Flabbergasted Friday

Thank you, most wonderful Dragon aka Puffy, for coming to the rescue with the following thread-starter:

Our pollies are toppling over like nine-pins under  S44 of our Constitution

South Australia and Victoria find out the water allocations upstream are not all smooth flowing, in fact the stench of rotting fish hangs about the air.

Barnaby has been ranting over few coldies and not all are happy.

The international bat-dung crazy embarrassment,  The Peter Principle President of the USA, decided a serviceperson’s sexuality is more important than if they can operate millions of dolalrs worth of lethal machinery of war.  There will be no lace in the armed services!

The ALP is busy developing policy, getting their message out and not interrupting an enemy while he is shooting himself in both feet.

And our fearless Prime Minister is….

so just relax…

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455 thoughts on “Flabbergasted Friday

  1. I found a web archive version, someone must have saved ot there quick

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Mark Kenny says Turnbull could well be experiencing a near-death experience over ME.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/could-marriage-showdown-bring-down-malcolm-turnbulls-government-20170802-gxnkix.html
    Peter Martin says that Bill Shorten’s onto something with inequality.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/hilda-why-were-suddenly-concerned-about-inequality-things-have-stopped-getting-better-20170802-gxnmo1.html
    Meanwhile stagnant wage growth is beginning to limit Turnbull’s budget options. Google.
    /business/opinion/david-uren-economics/stagnant-wages-beginning-to-limit-turnbulls-options/news-story/f577355c6a0a049c4a465df5a9356cfe
    Warren Entsch has had enough of many of his colleagues and tells them to grow a pair.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/all-im-asking-for-is-to-have-a-bloody-vote-liberal-mp-warren-entsch-20170802-gxnomk.html
    Niki Savva says that Turnbull is stuck in a terrain of rocks and a hard place with SSM. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/niki-savva/turnbull-stuck-in-terrain-of-rocks-and-hard-places/news-story/b27bb16b53c4f2985fdf784c4409116d
    Turnbull’s own words on a SSM plebiscite are being used to shoot him down.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/scorching-malcolm-turnbull-quotes-resurface-as-push-for-samesex-marriage-postal-plebiscite-grows-20170802-gxnpn0.html
    James Campbell tells us why the Liberal’s can’t win the SSM debate. Google.
    /news/opinion/james-campbell/why-liberals-cant-win-marriage-equality-debate/news-story/675eb44d391a7904a0fbec9b0f42d4a1
    Josh Butler explains why a postal plebiscite is a terrible idea.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/our-parliament-is-in-crisis-over-s44-technicality–not-inequality,10565
    David Crowe thinks that Malcolm Turnbull is moving to shut down a party room revolt over same-sex marriage by using a secret ballot of government MPs to cement a ¬“people’s vote” to decide the ¬reform, amid ¬growing signs that Liberal rebels will lose their bid to overturn the policy. A smart move it he can get away with it! Google.
    /national-affairs/turnbull-eyes-secret-ballot-to-end-samesex-marriage-row/news-story/35ca0ee5f96ad1a5ecfd40e708cd8b5e

  3. Section 2 . . .

    Today is ICAC/AWH day.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/icac-to-release-longawaited-report-on-australian-water-holdings-20170802-gxnjkr.html
    Big insurer AAMI is playing funny buggers.
    http://www.theage.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/how-is-this-legal-insurer-aami-criticised-for-ad-that-looks-like-bill-20170801-gxn10p.html
    As were the makers of Nurofen.
    http://www.theage.com.au/national/nurofen-settles-35m-class-action-20170802-gxo5m6.html
    This editorial from the SMH homes in on the Murray-Darling Scheme.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/we-should-refrain-from-converting-murraydarling-water-scandal-into-a-disaster-20170802-gxno98.html
    This suggestion on managing the MDB could have merit.
    https://theconversation.com/tax-returns-for-water-satellite-audited-statements-can-save-the-murray-darling-81833
    Judith Ireland says that citizenship for MPs is a can of worms but it needs to be opened.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/citizenship-issue-is-a-can-of-worms-but-it-has-to-be-opened-20170801-gxmtut.html
    John Warhurst writes on section 44 “Fear of change leads to the politics of the status quo. There is fatigue in the air about constitutional politics which must be challenged because, if it is not, constitutional change of any sort may become a thing of the past.”
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/section-44-reform-demands-bold-leadership-constitutional-change-20170802-gxnk2v.html
    The s44 fiasco has already taken decent Senators but forcing Roberts out to be replaced by Hanson’s sister is hardly democratic reform writes John Passant.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/our-parliament-is-in-crisis-over-s44-technicality–not-inequality,10565
    Jonathan Freedland says that Trump’s views on Britain show him up for the narcissist he is.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/02/donald-trump-britain-narcissist-wall-street-journal-brexit-us-trade-deal

  4. Section 3 . . .

    Bosses at the Immigration Department will get a second pay rise inside eight months while a freeze on salary growth remains for rank-and-file workers locked in a marathon bargaining dispute.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/immigration-hands-bosses-pay-rises-as-frontline-bargaining-dispute-continues-20170802-gxnmyz.html
    Pilots have found further flaws in Australian airport screening.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/08/02/pilots-better-screening-australia-airports/
    Researchers Tony Shields and Rod Campbell at The Australia Institute expose Santos’ wilful and exaggerated economic assessments (known in the trade as “strategic misrepresentation’) to win government approval for its controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project. There’s a disappearing $2 billion involved.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-tale-of-santos-coal-seam-gas-and-the-disappearing-2-billion/
    Donald Trump on Wednesday backed legislation that would see the United States introduce an Australian-style skills-based immigration system, replacing a decades-old policy that favours family ties.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trump-backs-us-bill-to-introduce-australianstyle-immigration-system-20170802-gxo6ke.html
    Trump has signed a “seriously flawed” bill imposing new sanctions on Russia.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trump-signs-russia-sanctions-bill-but-says-its-seriously-flawed-20170802-gxo69i.html
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that the Turnbull government could be forced to choose between the military security of the US and the economic opportunity of China, experts warn, as President Donald Trump considers launching the first strike in a superpower trade war that could cause widespread damage to the Australian economy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-should-take-trumps-trade-threats-against-china-very-seriously-lowy-institute-20170802-gxnk4c.html
    Justice Peter McClellan says reliance on criminal cross examination damages vulnerable witnesses like children or sexual assault victims.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/02/court-system-is-unfair-and-traumatic-for-child-sexual-abuse-victims-inquiry-chair-says
    The world’s largest tobacco peddler has been caught moving millions of dollars in cash across international borders.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/08/02/exclusive-where-theres-smokes-theres-fire-and-lots-of-illegal-cash/

  5. Section 4 . . .

    Loopholes in Victoria’s new smoking laws have been quickly exploited.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/new-smoking-bans-are-riddled-with-loopholes-20170802-gxno7u.html
    Police have released CCTV footage in an appeal for information about two suspicious fires at a building linked to corrupt former MP Eddie Obeid. Surely not!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/cctv-footage-shows-people-in-building-linked-to-obeids-before-suspicious-fire-20170801-gxnh8f.html
    Being an arsehole came at a high price for this guy!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/company-fined-record-660000-for-paying-refugee-worker-as-little-as-350-an-hour-20170802-gxnrsf.html
    Superannuation trustees deal in risk on a daily basis, and are welcome to construct portfolios and investment options that bear a very high level of climate risk if they want. But not knowing or considering climate risk – that’s simply not good enough.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/this-is-the-climate-risk-jolt-that-super-funds-need-20170802-gxnwst.html
    Bill O’Chee says that children have a right to discuss their religious beliefs at school. (But avoids asking whether or not their parents have the right to poison them from birth).
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-hermit/school-children-have-a-right-to-discuss-their-religious-beliefs-20170802-gxnupq.html
    Companies are in for a wild ride as office accommodation in Sydney and Melbourne fills up.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/wild-ride-tipped-as-office-towers-fill-up-20170802-gxnky3.html
    Australians would no longer be able to receive wages in cash, and industries classified as being at “high risk” of illegally taking secret cash-in-hand payments including cafes and restaurants could be subject to a minimum rate of tax, which they could claim a refund on if they can prove to the tax man that they should be paying a lower rate. The black economy taskforce continues its examination.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/no-more-cash-wages-says-black-economy-taskforce-20170802-gxnxp8.html

  6. Section 5 . . .

    Australia’s climate research is in “urgent” need of dozens more scientists to help prepare farmers, businesses and governments for the expected worsening effects of global warming, the Australian Academy of Science said. I wonder how this came about!
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/more-climate-scientists-urgently-needed-for-australia-academy-says-20170802-gxnp6m.html
    Environment groups say they have scored a “massive victory” against coal mining in Sydney’s water catchment area after the NSW Court of Appeal found that consent should not have been granted to a mine near Lithgow. Will this prove to be in interesting legal precedent?
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/consent-for-polluting-coal-mine-in-sydneys-water-catchment-invalid-court-finds-20170802-gxnkrr.html
    Jim Pembroke ponders Malcolm Turnbull’s impressive fear mongering, which has accompanied the latest alleged terror threat.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/terror-bomb-plot-quick-australia-get-under-the-doona-covers,10566
    Apple, the world’s biggest company, has been undergoing a subtle transformation in recent years. From the maker of iconic devices, to… a giant fee collection vehicle? This is why I won’t go near them.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/innovation/the-subtle-transformation-of-apple-from-phone-pioneer-to-fee-collector-20170802-gxnjtb.html
    Happy criminal families!
    http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/it-shouldnt-have-happened-to-me-i-didnt-deserve-it-shot-mum-bares-scars-20170801-gxn8j2.html
    Industry body Australian Payments Network has revealed that transactions made using stolen credit card details accounted for 78 per cent of more than $530 million in total netted by fraudsters last year.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/online-credit-card-fraud-on-the-rise-accounting-for-78-per-cent-of-total-card-fraud-in-australia-20170802-gxnwd7.html

  7. Section 6 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox and a Foxtel goal.

    Down the inequality hole with John Shakespeare.

    Broelman visits the AFL match review panel.

    Paul Zanetti catches Turnbull out.

    Glen leFevre and Turnbull’s trouble with dykes. Oops! Unintentional pun.

    David Pope puts some perspective into the delaying tactics of the right wing warriors.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0
    General Kelly has instilled military precision into the White House already.

    With some very ugly imagery David Rowe infers General Kelly will have his work cut out.

  8. Section 3 . . .

    Bosses at the Immigration Department will get a second pay rise inside eight months while a freeze on salary growth remains for rank-and-file workers locked in a marathon bargaining dispute.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/immigration-hands-bosses-pay-rises-as-frontline-bargaining-dispute-continues-20170802-gxnmyz.html
    Pilots have found further flaws in Australian airport screening.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/08/02/pilots-better-screening-australia-airports/
    Researchers Tony Shields and Rod Campbell at The Australia Institute expose Santos’ wilful and exaggerated economic assessments (known in the trade as “strategic misrepresentation’) to win government approval for its controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project. There’s a disappearing $2 billion involved.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-tale-of-santos-coal-seam-gas-and-the-disappearing-2-billion/
    Donald Trump on Wednesday backed legislation that would see the United States introduce an Australian-style skills-based immigration system, replacing a decades-old policy that favours family ties.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trump-backs-us-bill-to-introduce-australianstyle-immigration-system-20170802-gxo6ke.html

  9. Section 3a . . .

    Trump has signed a “seriously flawed” bill imposing new sanctions on Russia.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trump-signs-russia-sanctions-bill-but-says-its-seriously-flawed-20170802-gxo69i.html
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that the Turnbull government could be forced to choose between the military security of the US and the economic opportunity of China, experts warn, as President Donald Trump considers launching the first strike in a superpower trade war that could cause widespread damage to the Australian economy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australia-should-take-trumps-trade-threats-against-china-very-seriously-lowy-institute-20170802-gxnk4c.html
    Justice Peter McClellan says reliance on criminal cross examination damages vulnerable witnesses like children or sexual assault victims.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/02/court-system-is-unfair-and-traumatic-for-child-sexual-abuse-victims-inquiry-chair-says
    The world’s largest tobacco peddler has been caught moving millions of dollars in cash across international borders.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/08/02/exclusive-where-theres-smokes-theres-fire-and-lots-of-illegal-cash/

  10. Section 5 . . .

    Australia’s climate research is in “urgent” need of dozens more scientists to help prepare farmers, businesses and governments for the expected worsening effects of global warming, the Australian Academy of Science said. I wonder how this came about!
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/more-climate-scientists-urgently-needed-for-australia-academy-says-20170802-gxnp6m.html
    Environment groups say they have scored a “massive victory” against coal mining in Sydney’s water catchment area after the NSW Court of Appeal found that consent should not have been granted to a mine near Lithgow. Will this prove to be in interesting legal precedent?
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/consent-for-polluting-coal-mine-in-sydneys-water-catchment-invalid-court-finds-20170802-gxnkrr.html
    Jim Pembroke ponders Malcolm Turnbull’s impressive fear mongering, which has accompanied the latest alleged terror threat.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/terror-bomb-plot-quick-australia-get-under-the-doona-covers,10566

  11. Section 5a . . .

    Apple, the world’s biggest company, has been undergoing a subtle transformation in recent years. From the maker of iconic devices, to… a giant fee collection vehicle? This is why I won’t go near them.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/innovation/the-subtle-transformation-of-apple-from-phone-pioneer-to-fee-collector-20170802-gxnjtb.html
    Happy criminal families!
    http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/it-shouldnt-have-happened-to-me-i-didnt-deserve-it-shot-mum-bares-scars-20170801-gxn8j2.html
    Industry body Australian Payments Network has revealed that transactions made using stolen credit card details accounted for 78 per cent of more than $530 million in total netted by fraudsters last year.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/online-credit-card-fraud-on-the-rise-accounting-for-78-per-cent-of-total-card-fraud-in-australia-20170802-gxnwd7.html

  12. The Daily Toilet paper goes the full Rupert today with this effort.

    EXCLUSIVE………A merger of three of the nation’s most disruptive militant far left unions threatens to derail the economy

    .
    Meanwhile over at the GG there are happier headlines. True or not it is good to see such speculation over there

    PM to ‘lose job before Christmas’
    Credlin

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/pm-to-lose-job-before-end-of-year-says-credlin/news-story/84253c3cefc92500c51f1a7312559e39

  13. Bosses at the Immigration Department get a second pay rise in a year while the plebs get nothing – the department for torturing refugees and turning back boats really has morphed into Animal Farm.

  14. Re the NBN: I note the our political media, having faithfully and unquestioningly reported all Turnbull’s talk about FTTN being “faster,cheaper and more affordable”, and then shutting out or ignoring all the warning voices about what a disaster it was going to be, and then faithfully and unquestioningly reporting all of NBNCo’s claims about how well the rollout was going, have now moved seamlessly into their “where did it all go wrong?” phase.

    They are in fact getting very close to the “why didn’t anyone tell us?” phase. I’m looking forward to all the unforeseen circumstances and factors beyond their control and the belated realisation the the old copper network was in worse condition than they expected. And then the cautious suggestion that maybe FTTP was a better idea “if only we had known that at the time…”

    Should be fun.

    • You can’t find anyone in the industry – be that IT geeks, NBN installers, Telstra people, JB hi-fi sales reps, tradies, bloggers or anyone else who uses a computer EXCEPT NBN CO executives – who has more than contempt for the disaster that Turnbull willingly foisted upon us with his “Faster, Cheaper, Sooner” Big Lie.

      It is a monumental cock-up, a national scandal (and a national laughing-stock that has made us the butt of joke worldwide), a vicious, unnecessary piece of political bastardry, and a condemnation of the average IQ of the Australian voter who fell for the blarney that Abbott and Turnbull put out.

      We are worse off than we were before, because to fix the problem we have to rip out most of the current disease-ridden NBN infrastructure and start again.

      BILLIONS have been flushed down the gurgle hole of history.

      Labor doesn’t get off scot-free either. It was their idea, and a brilliant, far-seeing one too. But they refused to sell it, or even speak in favour of it, except with tepid TV ads that took the politically correct line which advertized only medical and educational benefits: all good, solid bonuses, but boring as bat shit. Labor ran for cover as soon as the Murdoch media went after their purely optical NBN.They squibbed it – and still seem to be squibbing it – too afraid of their own shadows, or of criticism from the RWNJs who have gotten us to the situation where it is taken as a given that Labor fucked their own NBN and would have taken a hundred years to build it. It is a disgrace that Labor still won’t stand up for the NBN they envisioned and which would have truly transformed Australia in so many ways, from easing pressure on infrastructure to enabling business to be done almost anywhere in the country.

      The Liberals don’t give a stuff. They wrecked it pursuant to a Faustian bargain with Murdoch who promised support for them in return for a nobbling of his competitors inthe media streaming business. But of course it’s come back to bite him, because now Murdoch is as much a victim of the pathetic, slow speeds as anyone else is. They wrecked it for nothing.

      As to the media, don’t expect them to ever admit they were wrong, or (probably more accurately) went along with Turnbull’s Big Lie. They – all of them – were more interested in Julia Gillard’s big bum, Rudd’s Return and the laugh-a-minute circus that was the Tony Abbott Machine to give a shit about something with real potential like a national, fast, ubiquitous broadband network.

      All that’s left of it now is the name. Turnbull and his crony mates are fantastic at keeping the facade while gutting the rest of the building. They steal the brand and ditch the product, then make themselves out to be heroes. In this area, and some others lately, I’ve seen the most egregious failures simply declared to be brilliant successes, and the media scribbles it all down.

      We are at a turning point in Australia, between utterly incapable government and the promise of the future. The “NBN” is just a token for the mindless political proxy wars that go on and on, recycling the same substance with slightly different emphases and source material, be it the NBN, water rights, health, education or equality. We’ve dug our own graves and I’m not certain we’re going to be able to get out of them easily.

  15. Labor’s NBN, with FTTH, was due to arrive at my place a year ago. This area would have been one of the last to get it. Turnbull’s mess is due to arrive here later this month and it will be FTTN. There’s still more than half the rollout to go. I expect my speed, when I get around to connecting (I’m in no hurry) will be lucky to reach 12 because of the woeful condition of the copper connection. I’ve been told for 27 years now that the piece of copper that connects my home to the line needs immediate replacement. Every Telstra techie who comes here (there have been lots, because of that faulty bit of copper) has told me this, every one of them has reported it. I’m still waiting. One of the techies said ‘Don’t expect them to hurry’. That was about eight years ago. He wondered why I laughed. Labor’s NBN would have seen that copper finally replaced, and I was excited about finally having a decent connection to the world.

    Now I won’t have that.

    That;s the difference, put very simply, and it blows Turnbuul’s ‘faster, sooner, cheaper’ rubbish right out of the water. The MSM have told us over and over that the roll-out was progressing faster than Labor’s rollout. Well, derr!. Labor had to set up the whole process and had barely begun the actual installation when the idiot voters of this benighted country decided to change governments. The Abbott and Turnbull governments just had to keep on going, following Labor’s plan, and they managed to stuff that up too. It has taken longer to achieve less, and it will take another year or so to finally finish the Turnbull abortion. Just in time for a new Labor government to have to start re-doing all that useless, expensive work.

    • Labor had to set up the whole process and had barely begun the actual installation when the idiot voters of this benighted country decided to change governments.

      What angeredme was that despite the whole project being put back a couple of years by Telstra’s nobbling of it, and then the asbestos beat-up, it didn’t get really started until late.

      But the Liberals insisted on using the original start date – two years or more before the actual start date – to extrapoate a finish time inthe year 2286 (or whatever it was), based on rate of installations. By adding in those two dead years and then averaging the rate out the Libs – will the willing acquiescence of the media – perpetrated the lie that the whole project was decades behind schedule.

      The second Big Lie was to define the benefits of the NBN in terms of doing it cheaper. As many have joked, two tin cans and a piece of taut string would have been cheap, but would they have been good enough? Of course not! Cheaper doesn’t mean anything if what you get is dysfunctional, and has to be fully replaced all over again. The media again joined in the kicking.

      I didn’t see anyone on the Labor side object to that bullshit and try to explain just why it was an unfair criticism. Sure, they would have probably been accused of “blaming the weather” or something similar, and yes, “Pink Batts” and “Tin Sheds” would have been brought up again, but at least Labor could have tried to explain the problem. They didn’t. Instead they put up those pathetic touchy-feely TV ads that said nothing to no-one, and mumbled something about remote controlled robotic operations.

      The NBN (as it is called) is this government’s biggest scandal. They have absolutely shovelled money down a sink-hole of national waste, but the most criticism you hear of it is a few whingeing hoburbanites saying their speeds are slower. THAT is the SYMPTOM, not the problem.

  16. Funny isn’t it. So many things could and should destroy this government and it looks like marriage equality, a minor issue compared to big things like growing inequality, the dismantling of Medicare and the wreck of the NBN, is likely to be the one that does it in the end by tearing the Liberal Party apart.

    The Prime Minister Has Called An Emergency Liberal Party Meeting For Monday Next Week
    With tensions running high around marriage equality, Malcolm Turnbull has called a special meeting of the party for Monday afternoon
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/aliceworkman/turnbull-meeting?utm_term=.rq9WbM6W4#.dl81ek61o

  17. Personally, I don’t think Labor’s handling of the NBN was the problem. The NBN wreckage was just a casualty. Abbott’s hit squad won the 2013 election for a variety of reasons, mostly to do with undermining Slipper and thus perpetrating chaos on the ALP, also with their utterly stupid but highly sellable border security policy, and of course Rudd being oh so willing to let his ambitions wreck his party.

    I seem to recall a lot of people being very regretful that they were voting away a proper NBN, but they rationalised it away as being for a ‘higher good’ – you know, ‘fixing the economic mess’, ‘paying off the debt’, ‘helping small business’, ‘cutting red and green tape’, ‘securing our borders’ and the one that was uppermost in their minds, ‘ending the chaos in Parliament’. People generally believed that NBN was down their list of priorities, which is (as everything always is) the fault of both the Liberals and the media, who were both more than happy to distort the issues to suit their means.

    We endured an era of utter stupidly and hysteria around 2012-13. A lot of good things got trashed for no good reason. The NBN was just one of them.

  18. Time for a Royal Commission.

    What’ll you make of this, Trumble?

    Commonwealth Bank allegedly failed to act on suspicions that its network of “intelligent” deposit machines was being used by drug syndicates to launder tens of millions of dollars.

    The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac), the financial intelligence agency, announced on Thursday it is suing Commonwealth bank for 53,700 breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism-financing laws.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/03/commonwealth-bank-accused-of-money-laundering-and-terrorism-financing-breaches

    • In other words – Oakes realises he won’t be able to swing the next election to favour the Liberal Party, as he did in 2013, so he’s getting out before there’s any mention of an early election.

      Just another rat abandoning a rapidly sinking ship.

  19. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has recommended charges be considered against former NSW Labor ministers Eddie Obeid Snr, Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly, after finding they engaged in serious corrupt conduct.

    The ICAC found Mr Kelly and Mr Tripodi used their ministerial positions to push for Australian Water Holdings (AWH) to be awarded a lucrative government contract, which the watchdog says would have financially benefited the Obeid family.

    The report on the investigation, known as Operation Credo, was released in Sydney on Thursday morning, more than three years after the commission wrapped up its public hearings.

    It found Mr Tripodi was “doing Mr Obeid’s bidding” and he “sought to improperly influence” Mr Kelly to present a doctored Cabinet minute recommending the government enter direct negotiations with AWH.

    Political staffer Gilbert ‘Laurie’ Brown was also found to have engaged in serious corrupt conduct.

    The ICAC recommended the Director of Public Prosecutions consider charging the four men with misconduct in public office, which is a criminal offence carrying a jail term.

    NSW Police Minister Troy Grant said he hopes “the book gets thrown at them”.

    “There’s plenty of spare beds down at Cooma jail waiting for them.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-03/icac-credo-findings-corrupt-conduct-obeid-tripodi-kelly/8769534

  20. Leone,

    Tribodi has always reminded me of one of these:

    leaving a sticky, icky trail behind him.

    I accept that my opinion is very unfair to the slug.

  21. Speaking of slime –

    Sophie Mirabella in court over defamation case
    TESSA AKERMAN

    An article alleged to have defamed former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella by claiming she pushed Indi MP Cathy McGowan out of a photo, actually referred to her pushing Liberal MP Ken Wyatt, a court has heard.

    Ms Mirabella, who lost the seat of Indi to Ms McGowan in 2013, is suing the Benalla Ensign and its editor Libby Price over the April 2016 article titled “Awkward Encounter”.

    According to the writ filed by Ms Mirabella’s lawyers with the County Court of Victoria, the article in the newspaper and published online mean Ms Mirabella had “physically pushed Cathy Magowan (sic) out of the way of a photograph for her own political reasons”.

    According to papers filed by lawyers for Ms Price and Benalla Newspapers, the articles meant Ms Mirabella had pushed Ken Wyatt out of the way.

    On Thursday, top commercial and civil lawyer Georgina Schoff QC, acting for Ms Mirabella, sought to have this line of defence ruled inadmissable at trial.

    She said the defendants didn’t seek to prove Ms Mirabella pushed Ms McGowan at all but wanted to say the article meant a politician was pushed and it didn’t specify the politician.

    “The article quite clearly says Ms Mirabella pushed Ms McGowan … in black and white letters,” she said.

    Ms Schoff said the defendants were seeking to introduce irrelevant facts that were not the subject of the article.

    “The article is clearly about that incident and no other,” she said.

    Ms Schoff recently represented Woman’s Day publisher Bauer Media, which was successfully sued for defamation by Hollywood movie star Rebel Wilson.

    Judge Richard Smith questioned why it would be more defamatory for Ms Mirabella to have pushed Ms McGowan than Mr Wyatt.

    “Because it’s in the midst of a political campaign,” Ms Schoff said.

    “It’s about Ms Mirabella pushing her political opponent.”

    Judge Smith said both statements would be defamatory.

    “You don’t go pushing people,” he said.

    David Gilbertson QC, for Ms Price and Benalla Newspapers, said it was a newspaper article that was sensational by way of election fever and a cacophony of politicians.

    “What’s the important aspect is it the identity of Ms McGowan or a politician was pushed for political purposes?” he said.

    “The precise identity of the politician pushed is not the focus.”

    Judge Smith reserved his decision.

    The case is due to be heard before a jury in April 2018

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/sophie-mirabella-back-in-court-over-defamation-case/news-story/8b612a940af7a84cfb9eb89912cddc4a

  22. My 17yr old Tenterfield Terrier, Chelsea aka Olde Woman Chelsea passed away in her sleep in my bed early this morning. I woke to find she had passed away. I am glad she had the peaceful end, fitting for all her loyalty and affection for 17 years. Vale Chelsea.

  23. More finger-wagging coming up. Next week.

    Malcolm Turnbull has summoned the major power companies to Canberra to demand they give consumers more information so they can take steps to lower their utility bills, despite the fact his government remains deadlocked on the future policy mechanism to give energy investors and the market certainty.

    The prime minister has asked the heads of Energy Australia, Origin Energy, AGL Snowy Hydro, Momentum Energy, Alinta Energy, Simply Energy and the Australian Energy Council to come to Canberra next Wednesday to discuss options that would lower power prices to consumers.

    In a letter to the power chiefs, Turnbull says he is “concerned by reports that consumers are being pushed from discounted market rates to higher-priced standard contracts or nondiscounted plans, often without realising it”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/03/turnbull-summons-major-power-company-heads-to-discuss-lowering-utility-bills

    • I am sure after a talking to from PM they will lower electricity and gas prices. Look at how he improved behaviour of banks after talking to them,

      Will also make PM look like he doing something, cares. Coincidence might divert attention from his other woes.

  24. Robert Hardy dead

    The Harry Potter actor Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91, his family has said.
    Hardy’s family announced his death and paid tribute to an actor whose theatre, film and television career spanned 70 years.

    His children Emma, Justine and Paul said: “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.

    “We are immensely grateful to the team at Denville Hall [a London retirement home for actors] for the tender care they gave during his last weeks.”

    Hardy was also known for his many portrayals of Winston Churchill and as the irascible vet Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/03/robert-hardy-harry-potter-actor-dies

    He should be remembered more for his Siegfried Farnon. Not that many younger than fifty would remember.

    • He should be remembered not only for his Siegfried, but for all the other work he did. Harry Potter was not his entire career.

      He appeared in just about every iconic British TV series. He played Winston Churchill a couple of times. He turned up in dozens of movies. His body of work is amazing.
      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0362735/

  25. Another piece of trouble for Fizza

    Bill Shorten has called for the immediate establishment of a joint parliamentary select committee to finalise a referendum question on enshrining an Indigenous voice in the federal parliament.

    The opposition leader wrote to Malcolm Turnbull proposing the bipartisan parliamentary process on the eve of the annual Garma festival in north-east Arnhem Land, and said the body could also “clarify” other proposals put forward by the constitutional dialogues this year.

    Turnbull and Shorten are expected to attend, as well as Indigenous leaders and professionals including Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Noel Pearson, Megan Davis and Marcia Langton to discuss Indigenous affairs.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/04/bill-shorten-calls-for-finalising-of-referendum-question-on-indigenous-voice-in-parliament

  26. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. In breaking news Mueller has just announced the formation of a Grand Jury on the Russia probe.

    Latika Bourke gives us the lowdown on THAT telephone conversation between Trump and Turnbull. Ouch!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/leaked-call-transcript-reveals-trump-told-turnbull-you-are-worse-than-i-am-on-refugees-20170803-gxp0oh.html
    A decade on from the start of the global financial crisis, voters think stimulus was money well spent, despite attacks over its size and claims of waste.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/04/ten-years-on-voters-say-labors-52bn-stimulus-saved-australia-from-recession
    Kate McClymont returns to the ICAC story and looks at n=what might be ahead for the star turns.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/exlabor-ministers-joe-tripodi-and-tony-kelly-found-corrupt-in-bid-to-enrich-eddie-obeid-20170802-gxo4ux.html
    Sean Nichols writes that the ICAC findings should cause Turnbull to act on political donations. Failure to do so can only add to the suspicion that our federal political leaders are deliberately putting their own interests ahead of those of the Australian people.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/icac-findings-why-malcolm-turnbull-should-act-20170802-gxo9em.html
    John Hewson is right on the money here as he homes in on the internecine problems the Coalition has with the SSM issue.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/john-hewson-egos-driving-samesex-marriage-vote-ignore-issues-of-the-majority-20170803-gxoaqu.html
    Laura Tingle lets fly on our “useless bunch of indulgent politicians”. Google.
    /opinion/a-useless-bunch-of-indulgent-politicians-who-deserve-to-be-turfed-20170803-gxonj5
    A group of conservative Labor MPs are threatening to blow up any last-ditch attempt by Liberal rebels to legalise same-sex marriage, with the numbers in both chambers hanging by a thread.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-labor-mps-who-could-blow-up-rebel-liberals-samesex-marriage-plans-20170802-gxnkp7.html
    Michael Koziol on the “emergency meeting” that Turnbull has called for Monday. He reports that constitutional expert George Williams has also warned a postal vote “could explode in the government’s face” if not underpinned by legislation.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-calls-emergency-liberal-party-meeting-to-debate-samesex-marriage-20170803-gxoh6h.html

  27. Section 2 . . .

    Richo says that the Liberals are ready to sink with Turnbull. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/graham-richardson/liberals-are-ready-to-sink-with-malcolm-turnbull/news-story/38751719c6fbf27436f892fdc8f8258d
    Warren Entsch has had enough and unloads on “gutless” colleagues.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/all-im-asking-for-is-to-have-a-bloody-vote-liberal-mp-warren-entsch-20170802-gxnomk.html
    Michelle Grattan puts in her piece on the Coalition’s “marriage on the rocks”. She refers to Turnbull’s penchant for inconsistency. She says that the contrast this week between a riven government and a united, policy-centred opposition was dramatic.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-marriage-on-the-rocks-in-divided-liberal-party-82033
    Simon Benson writes that Turnbull’s authority and ultimately his grip on the leadership will turn on the outcome of next Monday’s party room meeting, called to again resolve the Coalition’s position on gay marriage. Google.
    /opinion/pms-future-depends-on-issue-that-wont-go-away/news-story/ce0c363a76ab5db5ca937be3d5100091
    PM in the wings, Peter Dutton, has asked MPs to keep comments to party room and calls on Andrew Broad to stay in the fold following his threat to resign if plebiscite promise broken.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/03/marriage-equality-dutton-urges-coalition-to-rein-in-emotional-views
    Peter van Onselen had a very short and humiliating interview with Tim Wilson yesterday.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/08/03/time-wilson-destroyed-in-what-could-be-the-shortest-political-interview-in-history/
    Matthew Knott takes exception to Turnbull blaming the media for his SSM woes.
    http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/how-many-pollies-does-it-take-to-open-a-perth-freeway-extension-20170803-gxokrb.html
    Waleed Aly on why Trump can’t kill off Obamacare. He draws some interesting parallels with Australia since 2013.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-sterile-politics-of-anger-20170802-gxo7oy.html
    Clive Palmer has declared his fugitive nephew Clive Mensink has left Australia for good, as the resources magnate battles to stop liquidators freezing $219 million worth of his assets. Google.
    /news/investigations/clive-palmer/mensink-gone-for-good-says-clive-palmer/news-story/56d1c768b078b8e3a738e0f43d08a453
    Amy Remeikis writes that the creation of a new category of not-for-profit journalism in Australia could be enough to convince crossbenchers to pass the government’s changes to media laws.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/notforprofit-journalism-push-could-help-australian-media-changes-over-the-line-20170803-gxolo4.html

  28. Seems PM told Trump he could save face by just assessing refugees., He didn’t have to take any, ABC News Breakfast. Full transcript worse.

  29. Section 3 . . .

    Mark Kenny tells us that Turnbull has thrown the switch to brow-beating, calling in the nation’s biggest electricity retailers for face-to-face talks next Wednesday in a bid to curb galloping household and business electricity bills, and improve their market sensitivity.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/feel-the-power-malcolm-turnbull-summons-electricity-retailers-to-canberra-for-summit-20170803-gxotv1.html
    Adele Ferguson unloads on the latest CBA shocking allegations. She says that despite a series of parliamentary and industry inquiries and a series of mea culpas of sorts by various bank bosses, it seems mistrust is increasing and the scandals keep coming. Royal Commission anyone?
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/fake-names-drug-lords-suspicious-trading-and-cba-20170803-gxov29.html
    Former Australian Statistician Bill McLennan says the Independent Assurance Panel’s ‘Report on the Quality of 2106 Census Data’ is the flawed outcome of a sloppy process, which glosses over significant failures by the ABS.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/former-chief-statistician-condemns-censusfail-whitewash,10571
    A Sydney-born terrorism plot to place a bomb on a passenger plane was dangerously close to being carried out before it was unwittingly thwarted at an airline check-in counter.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-terrorist-plot-bid-to-smuggle-bomb-through-airport-thwarted-at-checkin-20170803-gxodlz.html
    How many pollies does it take to open a Perth freeway extension?
    http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/how-many-pollies-does-it-take-to-open-a-perth-freeway-extension-20170803-gxokrb.html
    Another by-election in NSW as Robbo announces he’ll be quitting next month.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/former-labor-leader-john-robertson-to-quit-parliament-20170803-gxomp8.html
    Leading retailers of Australian broadband ISP services say the NBN pricing model is broken, making high-speed internet connections too expensive for most domestic customers.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/exclusive-retail-isps-say-nbn-pricing-model-must-change,10570
    The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank writes that the way Trump plays golf tells us a lot about the man.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trumps-golf-game-tells-us-an-awful-lot-about-him-20170803-gxoylu.html

  30. Section 4 . . .

    The inept, dishonest and unethical continue to prosper at the expense of the decent under this mendacious Government, all supported by its press gallery cheer squad, writes legal expert Ingrid Matthews.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/and-another-thing-path-transfers-public-resources-direct-to-business,10569
    If things weren’t already terrible for the Turnbull Government on marriage equality, the prime minister and deputy prime minister are front and centre in two other big problems. Crikey’s politics editor, Bernard Keane, reports in Michael West’s website. Very good reading!
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/if-ssm-doesnt-wreck-the-government-nbn-or-murray-darling-disasters-might/
    After months of discrediting the mainstream media as fake news, US President Donald Trump has launched his own news program hosted by his daughter-in-law. Is there no end to this idiot?
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2017/08/03/donald-trump-real-news/
    Garry Linnell looks at the career of Laurie Oakes.
    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/laurie-oakes-said-one-word-and-i-tumbled-out-of-the-hammock-20170803-gxosub.html
    The recent surge in the Australian dollar has led to a sell-off in stocks of companies exposed to US dollar earnings, but Macquarie reckons the falls have been overdone. Our strong currency is a phantom menace, he says.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/currencies/aussie-dollar-strength-a-phantom-menace-for-overseas-earners-20170803-gxok40.html
    The NSW government is planning to dismantle a homeless camp at Martin Place for a second time, and police threaten to throw anyone who resists “in the back of a truck”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/they-should-be-gone-police-government-plan-to-dismantle-martin-place-camp-20170803-gxow4l.html
    Trump’s great feat? Making Mitt Romney look like the epitome of common sense.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/03/trump-mitt-romney-normalisation-republicans
    A second Brexit referendum is becoming more likely by the day.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/04/ten-years-on-voters-say-labors-52bn-stimulus-saved-australia-from-recession
    Jenna Price on the design of public toilets and how to increase throughput by making them gender-blind.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/waiting-time-when-the-queue-for-the-loo-hurts-the-bottom-line-20170802-gxnrff.html

  31. Section 5 . . . with Cartoon Corner Part 1

    More from the Black Economy Taskforce as it is explained to them that certain ethnic groups are predisposed to dealing in cash.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/some-ethnic-groups-predisposed-to-deal-in-cash-says-black-economy-taskforce-paper-20170803-gxoe1y.html
    In Australia, 800 people die annually of an opioid overdose. How can patients be sure if they are right in taking them? Here’s what you should know.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/03/opioids-addictive-or-irreplaceable-as-a-doctor-i-urge-you-to-ask-more-questions

    Simon Letch in the US.

    Cathy Wilcox has Turnbull receiving Abbott’s postal vote.

    David Rowe on Arfur’s escape from ICAC. And have a look at how he’s drawn Tripodi.

    Mark David gets to the heart of Turnbull’s “emergency”.

  32. Section 6 . . . Cartoon Corner Part 2

    A ripper from David Pope on the nature of the SSM debate.

    Glen le Lievre on choice.

    Sean Leahy with the Palmer asset freeze.

    Andrew Dyson takes a gay wedding cake into the Coalition party room.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/andrew-dyson-20090819-epqv.html
    Ron Tandberg with Trump’s new White House appointment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    John Shakespeare contrasts Shorten’s and Turnbull’s situations at the moment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/illustrations-and-cartoons-by-john-shakespeare-20090909-fhba
    Mark Knight farewells Laurie Oakes.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/6b67d213fb0cbbad2a4347ef99ab9fe5?width=1024
    Jon Kudelka gives us Malcolm and the non-binding plebiscite.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/b649240cbeaa86494ebbcdccb6f6cea9

  33. let’s try again!

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers. In breaking news Mueller has just announced the formation of a Grand Jury on the Russia probe.

    Latika Bourke gives us the lowdown on THAT telephone conversation between Trump and Turnbull. Ouch!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/leaked-call-transcript-reveals-trump-told-turnbull-you-are-worse-than-i-am-on-refugees-20170803-gxp0oh.html
    A decade on from the start of the global financial crisis, voters think stimulus was money well spent, despite attacks over its size and claims of waste.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/04/ten-years-on-voters-say-labors-52bn-stimulus-saved-australia-from-recession
    Kate McClymont returns to the ICAC story and looks at n=what might be ahead for the star turns.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/exlabor-ministers-joe-tripodi-and-tony-kelly-found-corrupt-in-bid-to-enrich-eddie-obeid-20170802-gxo4ux.html
    Sean Nichols writes that the ICAC findings should cause Turnbull to act on political donations. Failure to do so can only add to the suspicion that our federal political leaders are deliberately putting their own interests ahead of those of the Australian people.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/icac-findings-why-malcolm-turnbull-should-act-20170802-gxo9em.html

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