785 thoughts on “It aint all bad

  1. The actual movie – Assassination Tango – is excellent. It’s got Robert Duvall starring as a hitman who travels from Miami to Buenos Aires to assassinate one of the generals from the old Argentinian junta, funded by families of The Disappeared – the general’s victims. Duvall is also a keen (if not highly skilled) tango fan, so when there’s a hitch in proceedings, he wiles away the time by going tango clubbing, where of course he meets a gorgeous tango queen who is ridiculously too young for him… Except in real life she’s actually Duvall’s real partner in her one and only film role. She’s actually a pretty good actress, and a sensational dancer, as well as being rather gorgeous. All I can say is “Good movie,” and “Lucky Robert!”

    It’s quirky in the way that Wag The Dog is quirky. Recommended.

    The music in the clip above is from the end credits of the film.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Mental health groups are in urgent talks about how to deal with a dramatic spike in demand they are attributing to the same-sex marriage postal survey, with fears the situation will worsen further as the campaign goes on. Just as predicted!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/mental-health-groups-sound-alarm-over-dramatic-samesex-marriage-survey-spike-20170916-gyizra.html
    Again, just as predicted, concerns are growing over the inadequacies of the same-sex marriage postal survey after ballots were reported damaged, stolen, sent to the wrong address and even advertised for sale online. Google.
    /national-affairs/marriage-equality-postal-surveys-flaws-starting-to-surface/news-story/d367748366dc5868c49f8a5bb4d091a5
    Stand by for the big stoush about the protection of religious freedom. As yet I have seen ho coherent argument on how the simple legalisation of SSM will change any existing protections. Google.
    /news/nation/samesex-safeguards-not-for-all-businesses/news-story/60dd0c4df79f0d91b463e48adccc2d1d
    Urban Wronski on the Turnbull government marking two years of inertia. paralysis and failure.
    https://urbanwronski.com/2017/09/17/turnbull-government-marks-two-years-of-inertia-paralysis-and-failure/
    Tony Walker has written a good piece on how we got into the energy mess and how to get out of it.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-did-we-get-into-this-energy-mess-and-how-do-we-get-out-of-it-20170914-gyht9r.html
    Meanwhile a shortage of rail capacity in NSW prompted partly by rising coal exports has led three of the country’s biggest power stations to run down stockpiles to “historic lows”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/coal-export-priority-left-nsw-power-plants-with-weeks-of-supplies-20170915-gyi17l.html
    The giant steel fence slowly encircling Parliament House is a “monstrosity” and risks further alienating the public from their representatives, one of the few politicians to vote against the fortification says.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/politicians-who-voted-for-parliament-house-fence-alarmed-now-theywe-seen-it-20170916-gyirwe.html
    Adele Ferguson explains that wage fraud, wage freezes, cuts to penalty rates and companies scrapping enterprise agreements will reduce the retirement savings of millions of workers by $100 billion by the time they retire.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/one-in-four-workers-set-to-lose-100-billion-in-retirement-savings-from-wage-attacks-20170917-gyj18p.html
    Malcolm Turnbull be warned. The wealth gap between young and old Australians is getting wider and it could transform our politics. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows young people are not accumulating wealth at the same pace as their parents and grandparents. And failed government policies are partly to blame.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-young-are-losing-out-as-the-great-australian-wealth-gap-grows-wider-20170915-gyi5ad.html
    Adele Ferguson examines the new Australian Financial Complaints Authority and concludes that the devil will be in the detail. Google.
    /business/banking-and-finance/financial-services/devil-in-the-detail-for-new-dispute-resolution-body-20170917-gyj5vk

  3. Section 2 . . .

    Nassim Khadem reports on where Joseph Stiglitz thinks we are going.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/nobelprize-winning-economist-joseph-stiglitz-on-how-to-stop-inequality-and-tax-avoidance-20170914-gyhnmh.html
    I’d love to see a resounding YES outcome from the survey if only to humiliate the likes of this crew!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/thought-crime-fears-motivate-samesex-marriage-opponents-at-no-campaign-launch-20170916-gyixe6.html
    ATO scam calls are alive and well.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/ato-fake-calls-the-scam-that-keeps-on-giving-20170915-gyidju.html
    Greg Jericho writes about the situation of the treasurer arguing that living standards had improved, which not only didn’t feel right but also was questionable when his evidence was held up to the light.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/17/living-standards-are-going-up-but-are-lower-than-six-years-ago-hardly-a-winning-argument
    Peak mental health bodies says people with psychosocial disabilities being barred from the NDIS scheme and are missing out on support and treatment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/18/ndis-people-with-severe-mental-health-problems-being-denied-access-on-a-daily-basis
    Labor is calling for an independent inquiry into the government’s decision to appoint Nigel Hadgkiss to head the building industry watchdog, despite legal concerns. Let’s hope there is enough cross bench support to get it up.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/labor-demands-independent-inquiry-into-nigel-hadgkiss-building-watchdog-affair-20170917-gyj70b.html
    Trump has got problems! Look at this “affection” towards Melania.
    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/germaphobe-donald-trump-thanks-wife-melania-trump-with-awkward-handshake-20170916-gyizun.html
    Inexperienced truckies trained in “grubby short courses” are being let loose on the road, putting lives at risk, according to truck drivers who are calling on the NSW transport department to raise teaching standards. Are the spivs making a motza out of this?
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/lives-at-risk-as-inexperienced-truckies-let-loose-on-the-road-20170913-gyh2fi.html
    And whilst on the subject of spivs . . .
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/contempt-of-court-action-against-family-accused-of-running-binary-options-site-20170917-gyj4do.html

  4. Section 3 . . . with Cartoon Corner

    Bruce Guthrie writes that the most predictable element of the wholly unpredictable world of modern media is this: governments will use media policy first and foremost to reward friends and punish perceived enemies. Oh, and one other thing: no matter who is in power, Rupert Murdoch always gets the chocolates. Always.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/09/17/australia-media-laws-the-new-daily/
    The ADF is neither equipped nor trained to adopt a domestic anti-terrorism role and giving it a call-out function further blurs the nation’s civilian-military divide, writes security expert Dr Allan Orr.
    https://independentaustralia.net/article-display/posse-comitas-giving-adf-domestic-security-role-a-massive-mistake,10726
    The PaTh program could hardly be branded a success!
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/path-internship-program-only-gets-two-people-in-canberra-a-job-20170915-gyigv1.html
    Jorian Gardner is upset because what he describes ac character assassination is under way in Canberra right now, and it’s not Tony Abbott leaking against Malcolm Turnbull. It’s an architectural hit-and-run on a grand scale, happening right in front of us, yet no one seems to be stopping to help.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/allenkey-architecture-of-canberras-new-suburbs-is-destroying-our-city-20170917-gyj4f7.html
    This Orthodox rabbi will be voting NO essentially because of the fairy tales.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/as-an-othodox-rabbi-i-will-be-voting-no-but-it-is-not-a-vote-against-love-20170916-gyiw0s.html
    Tim Winton says that Turnbull has trashed the Liberal Party record and betrayed our oceans.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-malcolm-turnbull-has-trashed-the-liberal-party-record-and-betrayed-our-oceans-20170908-gydy2d.html

    What an absolute ripper from Ron Tandberg!
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    Matt Golding’s view of media concentration.

    Mark David has a delightful little dig at Morrison.

    Matt Golding on discrimination.

    Mark Knight and what Parliament House is looking like.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a4830041e97ab44e043bc77f4eb729c1?width=1024
    David Rowe just loves drawing Abbott!

  5. Re Abbott’s “swastika” .I now think it is a “Deus Vult”(God Wills It) cross a la The Crusades

  6. 4C tonight

    The deputy mayor of the Gold Coast has voted in favour of development applications linked to her campaign donors nearly 30 times since the last election, acknowledging a potential conflict of interest each time.

    An investigation by Four Corners has revealed that Donna Gates has not left the council chamber on any of the occasions she has declared a “real or perceived conflict of interest” because of donations associated with developers or the property industry.

    Councillor Gates declared $174,000 in campaign donations, including tens of thousands from developers and property industry firms, after last year’s local government elections.

    She was unopposed at the poll.

    “There’s been lots of incidents where a councillor has received significant financial benefit from parties associated with a development, shall we say. And they’ll stay in the room,” Gold Coast councillor Peter Young said.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-18/gold-coast-deputy-mayor-votes-in-favour-of-donor-development/8940600

  7. Coal kills people. This isn’t even slightly scientifically controversial.
    From the mines to the trains to the climate disruption; from black lung to asthma, heat stress to hunger, fires to floods: coal is killing people in Australia and around the world right now.

    Yet we are once again having what passes for political debate about extending the life of coal-fired power stations and, extraordinarily, building new ones. The conversation is completely disconnected from the fact that two thirds of Bangladesh was reported to be under water, record-breaking hurricanes were battering the US, and wildfires were roaring in both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time.
    Australian health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction
    Read more

    Even the Greens only talk coyly about the impact of climate change on our “way of life”. It’s time we put it clearly: if Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce and their colleagues succeed in extending the life of the Liddell power station, let alone building new coal, they will kill people. Burning more coal, knowing what we know, is a deliberate act of arson, lighting a match in dry bushland, with homes just around the bend and a hot wind blowing in their direction.
    It’s hard to say that. It’s hard to read it. But we must come to grips with this connection urgently.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/enough-tiptoeing-around-lets-make-this-clear-coal-kills-people

  8. Fizza is blaming the appointment of Nigel Hadgkiss on ‘an act of parliament’ rather than a decision by his government. He wants us to believe it’s all parliament’s fault for passing the laws that allowed Hadgkiss to become head of the ABCC.

    Let’s not forget that Fizza engineered a double dissolution just to get those laws passed by the parliament he is now blaming.

    You can’t make up stuff as bizarre as the crap Fizza and his crew keep spouting, you really can;t.

    I knew about Hadgkiss claims: PM

    Malcolm Turnbull says it was “public knowledge” Nigel Hadgkiss was accused of breaking the law when he was appointed head of the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

    The Prime Minister this morning distanced the government from appointing Mr Hadgkiss as head of the ABCC, saying he was given the role due to an act of parliament rather than a decision by government.

    Mr Turnbull was asked if he knew Mr Hadgkiss was under a legal cloud when he was appointed head of the government’s building watchdog.

    “The litigation that is referred to was public knowledge, so that is the first thing, secondly it obviously had to take its course,” Mr Turnbull said.

    Mr Hadgkiss last week admitted to breaching the law in his former role as head of the Fair Work Building and Construction by directing that looming right-of-entry changes that were beneficial to unions not be published on his agency’s website.

    Employment Minister Michaelia Cash told parliament she became aware of the accusation last October but it was unknown if the Prime Minister and cabinet knew of the legal proceedings, which were lodged by the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

    But Mr Turnbull said this morning the accusations levelled at Mr Hadgkiss were on the public record when he became head of the ABCC in December.

    “Mr Hadgkiss became the ABCC Commissioner by virtue of an act of parliament because he was already the commissioner of the Fair Work Building Commission, which then transformed into the Australian Building and Construction Commission and given stronger powers and the ability to levy greater fines,” Mr Turnbull said.

    “So he transitioned into that new role buy virtue of an act of parliament.”

    Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor has written to the Prime Minister demanding an independent inquiry.

    “Minister Cash is obliged to account as to whether the Prime Minister, indeed the cabinet, was informed prior to Mr Hadgkiss being appointed to the new body, the ABCC in December last year, and if indeed they were advised about the legal proceedings that were on foot, why was he appointed?” Mr O’Connor said.

    “The admissions now being made by Mr Hadgkiss are that he was informed that the information that he was providing and distributing to the building industry did not reflect the law and therefore was erroneous and he was providing unlawful advice

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/industrial-relations/i-knew-about-hadgkiss-claims-pm/news-story/b0e285a6b8430228f41fd9fe4ac13605

    Paywalled, just do the Google thing if you need to.

  9. Turnbull talks more crap.

    A question from a journalist makes Turnbull realise he was talking crap and he has to backpedal furiously.

    Malcolm Turnbull has said the latest North Korean missile launch over Japan proves the fresh sanctions imposed by the United Nations security council are working.

    “I think this latest missile launch over Japan and the violent outbursts of North Korean propaganda, threatening opinion and the United States overnight – this shows that the sanctions are working,” Turnbull told reporters on Friday.

    But the prime minister quickly backtracked when asked if, based on his own argument, further sanctions would only place Japan at further risk.

    “I don’t accept that,” he said

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/15/turnbull-says-missile-launch-over-japan-shows-north-korea-sanctions-working

  10. TLBD

    But that offer – like thousands of others – ultimately came to nothing. Hence the surprise this week when Abba officially confirmed they were getting back together to tour in 2019. But only in virtual reality.
    All four members of the best-selling band: Björn, Agnetha, Benny and Anni-Frid are being digitised using techniques that capture them as they were in their spandex prime.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/abba-tars-super-troupers-return-and-somewhere-in-the-crowd-there-s-you-1.3222297

  11. He has been beaten up, received death threats and hundreds of insulting emails, but Karamba Diaby is not one to give up.
    After winning a seat four years ago as the first African-born black MP in Germany, Diaby, 55, is now seeking re election.

    “To all racists: I’m not your negro!” he wrote on Facebook in exasperation after receiving a torrent of vitriol online ahead of the September 24th general elections.

    https://www.thelocal.de/20170917/in-election-battle-eastern-germanys-first-black-mp-fights-hate

  12. While I don’t watch QandA I do tend to pay attention to live commentary of it, just in case something interesting like this happens.

  13. And exactly how would your religious freedoms change?

    No one seems to have explained that.

    Scott Morrison has issued a warning shot that he will be “very forward leaning” in arguing for religious protections if the same-sex marriage postal survey returns a yes vote, as the Equality Campaign and GetUp insist that their campaign is on track.

    Morrison told Sky News on Monday afternoon it was “OK to say no” and those who opposed same-sex marriage should “not be intimidated out of it” despite noisy campus counter-protests.

    “The freedom of religion, more generally, is something that I feel strongly about and one of the reasons I’ve been fairly active on this issue in the past,” he said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/18/marriage-equality-scott-morrison-says-he-wants-religious-protections-if-yes-wins

  14. Richard Denniss, chief economist for The Australia Institute, rips into turnbull ans the energy mess he has created.

    Malcolm Turnbull has simply become the man with a plan for more plans

    While criticism can be made of previous governments’ handling of energy policy, every prime minister since 2006 has at least had some plan to drive investment in renewables or to lower energy prices.

    While he may have been wrong, at least Tony Abbott believed that scrapping the carbon price would lower electricity prices. And while it may have been through gritted teeth, it was Abbott who gave us the 33,000 Gwh renewable energy target by 2020. Ineffective though they were, at least Abbott had plans for our energy sector.

    But Turnbull has simply become the man with a plan for more plans. Last year he rejected the plan developed by Abbott’s appointees to the Climate Change Authority for an Emission Intensity Scheme. Last week he rejected the Finkel Inquiry’s plan for a Clean Energy Target, so now he has sent AGL off to come up with a plan for replacing Liddell. No doubt in 90 days’ time he will reject that plan as well. But that’s another 90 days in which he can keep playing politics with the issue

    http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/political-mountain-and-policy-molehill-20170918-gyjkqj

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The SMH editorial says that both sides of politics should advocate for an end to stagnant wages on the grounds of fairness.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/parties-need-to-focus-on-wages-growth-20170915-gyi8yo.html
    Greg Jericho puts it beyond doubt that wages stagnation is a big underlying problem for growth. He concludes by saying that any attempts by the treasurer or other members of the government to suggest living standards are improving are going to be met with a very hollow laugh and much rolling of the eyes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/19/scott-morrisons-claim-that-living-standards-improve-will-be-met-with-a-hollow-laugh
    Mark Kenny reports that voters situated around the Liddell power station are already looking beyond coal to cleaner power sources and tend to blame the federal government for the current state of energy policy. All but a few believe pressuring AGL to keep its ageing power station operating is the wrong way to go.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/coal-not-even-popular-in-coaldominated-electorates-20170918-gyjm7r.html
    But the federal government is keeping up pressure on AGL Energy to sell its ageing Liddell power station, despite confirmation that the only company thinking of buying the plant is no longer interested.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/ends-the-speculation-delta-knocks-liddell-power-plant-purchase-on-the-head-20170918-gyjgqm.html
    EnergyAustralia managing director Catherine Tanna told a Turnbull government MP that the company would not expand its Mount Piper coal station in central NSW because of Australia’s carbon reduction targets and the energy giant’s commitment to invest in -renewables. When will the penny drop for this government? Google.
    /national-affairs/coal-support-offer-knocked-back-over-renewables/news-story/3cc10b9bd1d7dce751bdbca445297b1a
    Credit card promotions touting “zero interest” on balance transfers will go under the microscope as part of a review by the corporate regulator into the $50 billion market. The probe will assess whether banks are deliberately targeting interest-free promotions at customers who are likely to end up taking longer to pay off their debts. Surely not from the banks, our paragons of virtue! I can see some parallels with pokie owners taking advantage of problem gamblers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/zero-balance-credit-card-deals-under-asic-microscope-20170918-gyjgrs.html
    Bill Shorten says Turnbull government must take responsibility and invest more in frontline mental health services struggling with surging demand as a result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. It’s exactly as it was predicted.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-must-take-responsibility-for-postal-survey-mental-health-concerns-bill-shorten-20170918-gyjmf5.html
    Peter FitzSimons warns us of the battalion of straw men headed our way with the cashed-up SSM NO campaign.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nothing-like-a-straw-man-for-whipping-up-the-mob-20170918-gyjjka.html
    Claims of stolen same-sex marriage ballots, weather-damaged envelopes and other anomalies have prompted a stern warning from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and calls for the entire process to be scrapped. What a shambles!
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/09/18/postal-survey-security-concerns/

  16. Section 2 . . .

    Paul Bongiorno describes the nest month as the calm before the storm for Turnbull.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/09/18/malcolm-turnbull-tip-win-election/
    Jane Caro has had enough of the bullshit being speciously peddled by the NO campaign. She makes a lot of good points about religious bodies being able to continue with significant discrimination.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/yes-vote-wont-affect-religious-freedom–even-the-freedom-to-discriminate-20170902-gy9jtd.html
    Jennifer Hewett wants common sense to be given a chance in the survey. Google.
    /opinion/columnists/lets-give-common-sense-a-chance-on-samesex-marriage-20170918-gyjsr7
    David Crowe says that a key business leader who advised John Howard for more than a decade, Jeff Cousins, has rebuked the former prime minister over same-sex marriage, warning of a “misleading” campaign to confuse the issue with ¬religious freedom. Google.
    /national-affairs/howard-clouding-gay-marriage-issue-with-religion-cousins/news-story/b9a8055bef52d19c4f7cd8923d906902
    I thought it was a good Q&A last night. Sukkar didn’t have any friends.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/tv/2017/09/18/energy-q-a-malcolm-turnbull/
    How do people like this think they can get away with it?
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/meals-apartment-and-income-support-exrsl-presidents-expenses-revealed-20170918-gyjkzn.html
    Elizabeth Knight looks at the state of play with Network Ten.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/court-stacks-the-odds-against-murdochgordon-in-the-battle-for-network-ten-20170918-gyjmx0.html
    Trucks will face stiff fines for using Pennant Hills Road in northern Sydney instead of the NorthConnex toll-road tunnel under construction between the M1 and M2 motorways but the state government is yet to reveal exactly what the penalties will be. Nice!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/government-deciding-on-level-of-fines-for-trucks-that-fail-to-use-northconnex-20170918-gyjkaa.html
    The literacy tests proposed for Year 1 students are not going down well with teachers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teachers-infuriated-by-proposed-year-1-literacy-and-numeracy-tests-20170918-gyjplj.html
    David Wroe reports on Christopher Pyne saying that the US is serious about military-style action in North Korea.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/north-korea-crisis-christopher-pyne-warns-us-is-serious-about-military-action-20170918-gyjo8i.html

  17. Section 3 . . .

    Peter Hartcher says that Australia shouldn’t count on China fro growth and profits.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/what-china-gives-it-can-take-away-20170918-gyjjt9.html
    Richard Wolffe writes that with respect to Trump’s presidency there is no master plan: there are just Twitter-happy thumbs, cable news all day and a long list of personal grievances that require immediate attention.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/america-trump-doctrine-u-turn
    Jenna Price goes to Hillary Clinton’s new book to explain the rough ride women leaders get.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/clinton-and-gillard-sexism-explains-some-things-but-not-everything-20170918-gyjknh.html
    Michael Koziol tells us about the unlikely demographic, gay Muslims, has come out in favour of a YES vote.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/postal-survey-gay-muslims-shake-off-conservative-image-to-back-samesex-marriage-20170918-gyjlut.html
    MPs have called for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be fired after he threw himself back into the Brexit debate with a newspaper article that was seen as undercutting Prime Minister Theresa May days before she is set to refresh her own strategy for the split. More trouble for Tories!
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/mps-demand-boris-johnsons-head-for-stoking-brexit-fires-20170918-gyjo1x.html
    John Falzon writes that with discriminatory and demonising policy measures the government is again taking from those who have little and giving to those who have much.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/the-proposed-welfare-bill-will-push-people-further-into-poverty-we-have-to-stand-together-against-it
    A company owned by the SA Liberal party’s largest donor, Sally Zou, is currently under investigation by the New South Wales mining regulator. Google.
    business/liberal-party-donor-sally-zous-nsw-mining-project-is-being-investigated/news-story/9b854169ead32b89ae3f0f47bc4981c4
    In the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after Four Corners last night, things get worse for Tom Tate as The Independent Australia releases the first part in a comprehensive new investigation into the “unorthodox” activities of the Gold Coast Mayor.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/exclusive-gold-coast-mayor-tom-tate-and-the-man-with-four-names,10733

  18. Section 4 . . .

    A lawyer specialising in strata law explains how short term rental is making Sydney’s housing problem even worse. The laws need to catch up with the modern reality he says.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-shortterm-rental-apps-are-making-sydneys-housing-crisis-worse-20170918-gyjgiy.html
    This political researcher deduces that there are three parties in the US – Republicans, Democrats and Trump.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/there-are-three-parties-in-america-democrats-republicans-and-donald-trump-20170918-gyji8x.html
    The Andrews government’s proposed toughening of donation laws is great news. But it is, as yet, so scant on detail that a comprehensive assessment will have to wait.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/donation-reform-welcome-but-incomplete-20170918-gyjyte.html
    Unprecedented changes are hitting the dairy industry in southern Australia, with a “supply chain revolution” underway that had snapped the traditional loyalty farmers had to processors. Dairy farmers have had enough of the predatory treatment of them by big processors.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/australian-dairy-industry-undergoing-a-supply-chain-revolution-says-rabobank-20170918-gyjpuc.html
    The Turnbull Government keeps finding fresh ways to rort Australia’s institutions to privilege its MPs and rich backers. Alan Austin continues the corruption count, which has now reached 90 instances — with no end in sight.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/corruption-under-malcolm-turnbull-going-for-the-all-time-world-record,10731
    Two of Australia’s biggest media companies, Fairfax Media and Seven West Media, have responded to the relaxed media laws in lightning-quick fashion, reportedly entering merger talks within hours of the new rules passing the Senate.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2017/09/18/seven-fairfax-merger-talks-spark-fears-for-media-diversity/
    Stephen Koukoulas gives us an update on government debt.
    https://thekouk.com/item/539-an-update-on-government-debt.html
    Almost 100 staff at the Australian Bureau of Statistics have been taken off existing projects to work on the same-sex marriage postal survey. The squeeze play!
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/almost-100-abs-staff-pulled-off-projects-to-work-on-samesex-marriage-postal-survey-20170915-gyi0np.html

  19. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    In the skies with Cathy Wilcox.

    Ron Tandberg is a great cartoonist.

    Mark David does it again!

    Paul Zanetti and the mad uncle at a wedding.

    Matt Golding and the first signs of spring.

    David Rowe and Myanmar.

    Mark Knight and the tiny supporter base of GWS.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/86ccd121ee4e9cde586ce3db00e809df?width=1024
    Pat Clement reminds us of the tactics used by Howard and Abbott.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/eaf587fa717c0ec4338f3e5359991e7d

    • Mark David is spot on – all the ‘No’ case blather about children and religious freedoms and the alleged loss of Christmas and the words ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ is a plot to distract from the main issue, just as Howard did with his republic referendum. He twisted the issue so it became about the model, not the simple question of whether or not Australia should become a republic.

      This time though there’s no messing with the question itself. Not even Howard could nobble that.

  20. Vale Stanislave Petrov a guy who saved us from an “accidental Armageddon”.

    The Guardian view on Stanislav Petrov: an unsung hero
    Editorial
    At the height of the cold war, one man did his bit to save the world, and no one knew

    Col Petrov was the only officer on duty when the computers told him that missiles had been launched from the US towards Russia

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/18/the-guardian-view-on-stanislav-petrov-an-unsung-hero

  21. One week into the postal survey, not all the ballot papers have been sent yet and already there have been 87,000 complaints by phone.

    We knew this delaying tactic would be a farce.

    For the first time I agree with Pauline Hanson, the whole thing should be scrapped. But instead of taking it to the next election parliament should, of course, have a vote. Pauline only wants it to be an election issue because she sees her rabble of a party winning over ‘No’ voters.

  22. Sam Neil celebrates his birthday by getting an afro.

    Sam Neill‏Verified account
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    People still worried about the conditioner I was using 2016? Relax. I am now using recycled frying oil from McDonalds w excellent results

    • A good reply.

      Robyn Malcolm @robynmalcolm
      Sam the merkin doesn’t go THERE….
      8:48 AM – Sep 16, 2017

    • KK – That’s Hilarious, esp with Robyn’s reply. Sam is definitely worth following on Twitter – such a dry wit!

      BTW, I’m heading to Auckland in late Oct to see “Pleasuredome the Musical” – Its going to be wild-all eighties music. I’ve got 4 full days to see the sights – I already have Waiheke Island, Skytower and Mt Eden high on my list – what else would you consider an absolute must see?

  23. Paul Bongiorno

    Three seasoned members of the parliamentary press gallery shocked delegates at the Tourism and Transport Forum last week by predicting Malcolm Turnbull would win the next election

    Obviously these three persons will be doing all they can to promote Turnbull. Just in case we can’t work out who they are from the very wide field of Turnbull stooges in the PG, could Mr Bongiorno please give us their names so we can avoid their work?

  24. What The … !

    Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country that has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority.

    Asylum seekers in the Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, have been pressured by officials to return to their home countries, even if they face violence.

    Papua New Guinea’s supreme court last year ruled the centre for around 800 people breached human rights, was illegal and must close. Australia has since ratcheted up efforts to clear the centre, offering up to A$25,000 to refugees agreeing to go home.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/19/australia-offers-pay-rohingya-refugees-return-myanmar

  25. I haven’t received the survey form yet. But in better news, I haven’t received anything from the No campaigners either. No advertising material regarding it at all.

    It does appear though that the No campaigners, by being so vocal about how their voices are being ‘silenced’, are encouraging homophobes to be more public and brazen. That may have been the intention all along, to whip up unrest over it so that all the other political news gets taken off the front page, and the Turnbull government takes a bit of the heat off themselves. Similar thing happened while Trump was campaigning last year – all the racists got out there and start harassing minorities openly.

  26. Why wasn’t I told he was coming? I could have been waiting on the highway with a bag of squishy tomatoes. It would have been worth the likely arrest for assault.

    Turnbull was up here yesterday, admiring the work on the Pacific Highway with Pruneface, both of them pretending it was all their own idea.

    Pacific Highway upgrade is saving lives, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says
    http://www.portnews.com.au/story/4930694/pm-gives-life-saving-highway-upgrade-thumbs-up/?cs=256

    Albo had something to say –

    The work was planned and funded by the Rudd and Gillard governents with help from the former NSW Labor government and the current NSW government The current federal government had to continue with the work because it was too far advanced to be stopped. That’s the only reason this part of the highway has been finished.

    Thank you Mr Oakeshott for helping to make it happen.

  27. However they dress up their worries in the rhetoric of freedom, the great complaint of the naysayers is having to campaign at all. A faith that once faced lions is indignant about being challenged.

    “We’re under assault,” cries Cory Bernardi but offers no proof of rough treatment. Sure, the contest has been a bit too willing at times but where’s the biff? Where are the martyrs? Who has actually been silenced?

    Free speech has won every round that matters in this contest.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/19/wheres-the-biff-free-speech-has-won-every-round-in-the-marriage-equality-debate

  28. I got it. Came today. I just checked and it’s super-easy to see what the vote is by shining a torch behind the envelope. So I’ve folded it one more time and now it’s impossible to see it. Can’t be too careful…

    Sending it this afternoon.

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