Spring has sprung

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Warmth may be returning in a big way if these two idiots don’t settle down

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But life goes on

 

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Footy Finals are here. Good luck to all involved. ( Go The Cowboys )

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I can’t wait till this waste of time is over

 

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And Just to remind you all

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According to the big retailers.

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Chin up folks. Things can only get better

1,096 thoughts on “Spring has sprung

  1. I only hope to cripes that if Abbott does end up being PM again, he loses the next election. I don’t think I can stand going on if Abbott wins the 2019 election.

    I know it’s highly unlikely, but my nightmare scenarios have been coming true lately, such as this awful plebiscite.

    I doubt he’d win in 2019 if he became leader again because most he tends to activate the gag reflex of most of Australia whenever he speaks, but, like with Trump, he’d get the most media attention, so, if humanity proves to be as awful as they have been this past decade, so be it.

    • Look at it this way –

      If Abbott does challenge and does return as PM then it will be a total disaster. This isn’t 2013, and the next election will not be a repeat of the 2013 election. Things are vastly different now. I think most voters, even (perhaps especially) Liberal voters wish Abbott would just go and vanish up his own arsehole. He is an embarrassment and an annoyance. If he becomes PM it will destroy the Liberal Party and make them unelectable for years.

      Abbott and his supporters dictate government policy anyway, Fizza is to oweak and scared to stand up to them, so what would be different if he was to become PM?

      So it could be a good thing, in a weird way, if he does return.

  2. Kirsdarke

    I know most Aussies have short memories, but in the case of abott I think the memories are too fresh, so if they make him leader again it won’t work. It will be like Labor when they made rudd leader again, it backfired badly.

  3. This will have legs

    The senate inquiry that has thrown the spotlight on the Australian Rugby Union’s axing of Western Force will push for further transparency on the decision to cut the Super Rugby club when it re-opens in Perth tomorrow.

    The inquiry is likely to focus on the money trail that led to millions of dollars being handed to the Melbourne Rebels by the ARU after it was bought for $1 by New Zealand businessman Andrew Cox.

    The Force were cut ahead of the Rebels by the ARU.

    The inquiry is also likely to again ask what due diligence was carried out on Cox’s bid and another by a syndicate called BidCo, led by former Rebels foundation investor Alan Winney, who was prepared to absorb losses for the club from 2015.

    https://thewest.com.au/sport/rugby-union/inquiry-to-probe-australian-rugby-union-money-trail-to-melbourne-rebels-before-western-force-axing-ng-b88624739z

    • What is it with NXT and groping waxworks?

      They say the leader sets the tone – this weird behaviour doesn’t say anything good about Xenophon.

  4. Kinda disappointing, but not a surprise.

    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7366-roy-morgan-snap-sms-survey-facial-recognition-surveillance-technology-october-10-2017-201710101059

    It’s Official: Australians not concerned about mass facial recognition technology
    October 10 2017 Finding No. 7366 Topic: Press Release Public Opinion Special Poll Country: Australia

    As reported last night by Michele Levine on ABCTV’s Q&A, a special Roy Morgan Snap SMS Survey taken last weekend finds the majority of Australians (67.5%) are not concerned that ‘under anti-terror measures State Governments will provide driver licence photos for mass facial-recognition technology’ while 32.5% are concerned.

    This special Roy Morgan Snap SMS Survey was conducted over last weekend of October 7-9, 2017 with a cross-section of 1,486 Australians aged 18+.

  5. Carles Puigdemont has declared independence but has suspended it. The president of the Generalitat said this afternoon during his appearance in the Parliament that assumes, in presenting the results of the referendum, “the people’s mandate for Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic,” but has proposed that in the next few weeks the Parliament “suspend the effect of the declaration of independence to engage in a dialogue to reach an agreed solution” with the Spanish Government.

    https://elpais.com/ccaa/2017/10/10/catalunya/1507616614_461445.html

    Over to you, Mariano Rajoy.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A HUGE edition today!

    Mark Kenny tells us that the last time Turnbull was cornered like this on climate change it didn’t end well for him.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/once-bitten-twice-shy-why-malcolm-turnbull-is-cornered-on-climate-change-20171009-gyxbd1.html
    Meanwhile political allies and friends of Abbott went to ground yesterday following the incendiary speech to the sceptic Global Warming Policy Forum. It was “loopy” many said.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/tony-abbott-speech-allies-go-to-ground-and-labor-lashes-loopy-expm-over-climate-change-views-20171010-gyxug8.html
    Abbott’s rejection of evidence of climate change has revealed a coward according to Graham Readfearn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/oct/11/tony-abbott-dares-us-to-reject-evidence-on-climate-but-reveals-a-coward
    Michelle Grattan is unconvinced by Turnbull’s uttering on energy policy.
    https://theconversation.com/governments-energy-plan-still-under-wraps-while-abbott-shouts-his-from-afar-85496
    Katharine Murphy puts her oar in.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/10/tony-abbotts-climate-frolic-is-strange-and-sad-and-all-about-politics
    A tiny Pacific island nation, Tuvalu, whose existence is threatened by climate change has invited Tony Abbott to see for himself whether increased global temperatures are doing “more good than harm”.
    http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2017/10/10/tony-abbott-pacific-nations-respond/
    Tony Wright takes the piss out of Abbott over his loopy speech.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/why-tony-abbott-looks-forward-to-global-warming-more-beach-days-20171010-gyxp0o.html
    Five charts that show that Abbott has lost connection with science. (Not o mention sanity!)
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/five-charts-that-show-tony-abbott-is-the-one-who-has-lost-sight-of-the-science-20171009-gyxk8s.html
    The head of Energy Australia tells us why we need a Clean Energy Target.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-we-need-a-clean-energy-target-20171010-gyy57m.html
    And the SMH editorial says it really is time to adopt a CET.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/time-to-adopt-a-clean-energy-target-20171010-gyxzkq.html
    Labor states are going to go it alone with respect to a CET. Google.
    /national-affairs/labor-states-go-it-alone-on-energy-target/news-story/164390b6828b438440b080da413d84b3

  7. Section 2 . . .

    And the blame for the energy crisis is likely to expand past gas producers to pipelines and beyond, energy analysts believe.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/pipelines-next-target-in-energy-crisis-blame-game-20171010-gyxylt.html
    Ben Eltham writes that the Adani coal mine is a symptom of the crisis in Australian politics.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/10/10/adanis-coal-mine-is-a-symptom-of-the-crisis-in-australian-politics/
    Los Angeles is really copping it with nasty wildfires at the moment.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/several-dead-thousands-evacuated-as-california-battles-devastating-bushfires-20171010-gyxp7a.html
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that John Howard has slammed US president Donald Trump as an “unpredictable” leader and lamented his communication style on Twitter.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/john-howard-on-donald-trump-i-wish-he-wouldnt-tweet-20171010-gyxtfe.html
    The Turnbull government has rejected findings of a Senate inquiry into its controversial “robo-debt” system for welfare payments, refusing to suspend data matching and defending procedural fairness in the recovery of payments. Surprised? Thought not.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/government-accused-of-insulting-robodebt-recipients-in-inquiry-response-20171010-gyxrq2.html
    Australia’s newest Nobel Prize winner tells us why Turnbull won’t offer his congratulations.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/malcolm-turnbull-wont-congratulate-australias-first-nobel-peace-laureate-because-he-supports-nukes-20171010-gyxwdg.html
    Nicholas Stuart declares that the surveillance state is now here. He says that the only institution that can protect society from this threat is the government. It shouldn’t be allowed any more surveillance power until it can assure us it is properly protecting us.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-surveillance-state-is-here-already-we-must-pause-and-rethink-what-this-means-20171010-gyxu2v.html
    Queensland Council of Civil Liberties boss Michael Copesays new national drivers licence database and police powers to detain terrorism suspects without charge for two weeks put all Australians at risk.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/qccl-australias-new-terror-laws-take-away-everyones-rights,10804
    Josh Butler on all the things that have gone wrong with the SSM postal survey (so far).
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/10/09/all-the-things-that-have-gone-wrong-with-the-postal-survey_a_23237909/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

  8. Section 3 . . .

    The owner of a Canberra-based online sex shop has taken on two digital payment services that have refused to accept her as a merchant. She’s gone to the Human Rights Commission.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-sex-toy-business-takes-afterpay-zippay-to-act-human-rights-commission-20171004-gytxgy.html
    Adam Gartrell reviews yesterday’s goings on in the High Court.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/natural-australians-shouldnt-face-section-44-disqualification-government-tells-high-court-20171010-gyxs6o.html
    An estimated $3.5 billion in revenue from large corporates and multinationals is at risk to the economy, but through audit activity this will reduce to $2.5 billion, according to the Australian Taxation Office. The report will be released today.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/atos-tax-gap-figures-revealed-25-billion-missing-from-corporates-multinationals-20171010-gyxpkl.html
    The rise of antisemitism in Australia has a distinctly American tone.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/10/the-rise-of-antisemitism-in-australia-has-a-distinctly-american-tone
    Naughty business on the North Shore.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/north-shore-money-drops-bikie-link-savas-guven-charged-in-laundering-ring-20171010-gyy6mv.html
    In an interesting article this youthful contributor says that for the sake of the mental wellbeing of girls ads sexualising women should be banned.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/for-the-sake-of-our-girls-australia-needs-to-ban-advertisements-that-sexualise-women-20171010-gyxrgk.html
    James Campbell writes that reading between the lines of the Productivity Commission’s report into the way the GST is divvied up, it is clear it has only grudgingly come up with what the Turnbull Government wanted — namely, an excuse to give Western Australia more at everyone else’s expense. Google.
    /news/opinion/james-campbell/james-campbell-states-could-pay-for-western-australias-mess/news-story/c55ec71673838b29281fd13f50c58db1
    Some of Australia’s best known billionaires – Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon, James Packer and Gina Rinehart – face losses in the hundreds of millions after the administrators of channel Ten declared the shares in the third rated network worthless.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/oct/10/channel-ten-some-of-australias-best-known-billionaires-face-massive-losses
    Julie Bishop in this op-ed says that failure to enforce UN resolutions and check North Korea’s ambitions could embolden other nations to act illegally in pursuit of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/failure-to-check-north-koreas-nuclear-ambitions-could-embolden-other-nations-20171010-gyxp6j.html

  9. Section 4 . . .

    In yet another bizarre indication that Donald Trump’s inner circle is fracturing more every day, the President has publicly challenged his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ contest.
    \http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2017/10/11/donald-trump-tillerson-iq-challenge/
    Now it’s kids getting the blame for the NBN mess! Google.
    news/nation/nbn-speeds-crash-the-school-holidays-theory/news-story/029b3e0c72fc5d04579045967a460d9e
    On top of this regional disaster coordinators fear the Coalition’s cost-cutting decision to run fibre optics to-the-node will result in people being cut off in power outage.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/10/nbn-may-leave-lives-at-risk-in-bushfires-and-floods-experts-warn
    In his interview with Forbes, published on Tuesday, Donald Trump showed how his self-confessed tactics of exaggeration when negotiating business deals are now being applied to the US economy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/10/donald-trump-economy-exaggeration-protectionism
    The police have changed their account of the Las Vega shooting.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/world/las-vegas-shooting-police-change-account-of-how-massacre-occurred-20171010-gyxp2z.html
    According to PWC Adelaide’s naval shipbuilding program will trigger a $134.4 billion economic bonanza for the state, including 8000 jobs. Google.
    /news/south-australia/professional-services-firm-pwc-estimates-naval-shipbuilding-will-reap-1344-billion-for-south-australia/news-story/a33d4fb4fa8b5777f83e70156a2aef17
    The long political career of Labor’s most outspoken supporter of Israel appears to be in terminal decline, writes Michael Brull.
    https://newmatilda.com/2017/10/10/end-of-an-error-the-days-of-danby-ism-look-done/
    The Turnbull government has moved to turbocharge reform of the family law system by appointing a new chief justice of the Family Court who is just 14 months away from mandatory retirement. The unorthodox move, which will raise eyebrows in legal circles, comes as George Brandis embarks on the most ambitious reform of the Family Law Act since its inception in 1975.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/george-brandis-moves-to-turbocharge-family-law-reform-with-unusual-judicial-appointment-20171010-gyxyov.html
    Shops will be allowed to stay open until 10pm, seven days a week, without formal approval under sweeping changes to local planning laws proposed by the City of Sydney.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/city-of-sydney-to-allow-shops-to-stay-open-until-10pm-in-bid-to-revive-night-life-20171010-gyy68i.html

  10. Section 5 . . .

    Across Australia, about 22 university graduates are competing for every new graduate position and many will need to settle for low-paying entry roles “just to get their foot in the jobs market”, a new national report has found. This is not good.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/you-end-up-behind-a-bar-22-graduates-fighting-for-every-job-20171003-gythgp.html
    Now Woolworths has been sprung over rampant underpayment of lowly paid employees.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/woolworths-trolley-collectors-to-receive-back-pay-20171010-gyxygw.html
    And there are big stakes on the table for the Fair Work Commission’s hearing on Dominos Pizza’s pay arrangements. The case starts on November 1.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/highstakes-hearing-with-the-lot-looms-for-dominos-20171010-gyy43f.html
    John Quiggin explains why slashing penalty rates is a misguided response to problems of the past.
    https://theconversation.com/slashing-penalty-rates-a-misguided-response-to-problems-of-the-past-85317
    The expansion of public media is being messed with by big business and rightwing “friends” of the Turnbull Government, say media experts. Dr Lee Duffield reports. The dumbing down of Australia continues.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/conservative-forces-trying-to-block-new-media-and-the-abc,10805
    The rise in global life expectancy is surging.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/global-data-shows-2017-is-shaping-as-the-best-year-ever-20171010-gyxyv3.html
    In its October world economic outlook the IMF said it was time to re-engineer social security to cope with the global transition to less stable, more freelance-oriented work. Eryk Bagshaw looks at what the “gig economy” means for Australia.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/parttime-work-and-gig-economy-are-breaking-down-the-welfare-system-imf-warns-20171010-gyxxo5.html
    The fall and rise of an alcoholic. A firsthand experience.
    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing/why-i-finally-admitted-i-was-powerless-over-alcohol-20171009-gyxk7j.html
    The Turnbull government is preparing to amend its Banking Executive Accountability Regime in a major concession to the banks to allow bankers to challenge in the courts penalties imposed by the prudential regulator under its expanded powers. Google.
    /news/scott-morrison-makes-bear-concession-after-david-gonski-intervention-20171010-gyxvgm
    Several Sydney clerics are in revolt over the Anglican Church’s decision to donate $1 million to the “no” campaign on same-sex marriage, declaring themselves shattered and disappointed.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/reverends-in-revolt-over-churchs-1-million-donation-to-samesex-marriage-no-campaign-20171010-gyxt6v.html

  11. Section 6 . . .

    So now the NSW government is in thrall of coal, “this amazing black rock”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/get-yourself-a-friend-government-defends-bill-to-weaken-water-protection-20171010-gyxxhw.html
    Low breastfeeding rates and “aggressive” baby formula marketing have raised the ire of delegates at the World Health Organisation’s Western Pacific
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/low-breastfeeding-rates-and-formula-marketing-targeted-by-world-health-organisation-western-pacific-delegates-20171010-gyy15l.html
    This oncologist puts his case for opposing the Victorian assisted dying legislation.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/i-wont-intentionally-help-my-patients-to-end-their-lives-20171009-gywz7j.html
    Meanwhile supporters of Victoria’s planned euthanasia framework are increasingly optimistic it will pass the parliament and become the template for national reform. MPs on both sides of the -debate think momentum has shifted behind the Yes case ahead of next week’s debate. Google.
    /news/government-predicts-euthanasia-legislation-will-pass/news-story/d7888cd674d1846d7559b0b6a10bacf1
    Why so few Australians are using legally prescribed cannabis while many turn to unregulated, illegal palliative use.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-so-few-australians-are-using-medicinal-cannabis-on-prescription-20171008-gywqq7.html
    Police are investigating a Richmond star at the centre of a topless photo scandal after explicit images showing a young woman wearing his AFL premiership medal emerged on social media. When will top sportsmen ever learn?
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/richmond-tigers/police-investigate-topless-photo-of-woman-wearing-richmond-premiership-medal-20171010-gyy9c9.html

  12. Section 7 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe goes full on with Abbott’s demented ravings in London.

    David Pope joins in on Abbott’s ravings.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0
    Matt Golding has Turnbull appeasing the volcano.

    More from Golding on Abbott’s loopy speech.

    The speech has been a goldmine for Golding!

    Cathy Wilcox tells Abbott to get stuffed!

    John Shakespeare depicts Abbott as Icarus.

    Mark David declares the unhingement of Abbott.



    Broelman ventures to Queensland.

    Paul Zanetti unveils the revised CET.

    Cathy Wilcox and the latest app.

    Matt Golding and assisted dying legislation difficulties.

    Glen Le Lievre on the relationship between security and privacy.

    Jon Kudelka pumps up Abbott’s chances to win a Nobel Prize.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/7bbe95c48caa85f0ca58411762372277

  13. I hope I never have to deal with an oncologist like Marion Harris (BK’s links).

    The rosy picture she paints of palliative care is much like that given in yesterday’s discussion, all talk of peaceful rests in the sun with the warmth on the skin easing pain. Palliative care in this country isn’t always like that. In Australia the drug of choice for pain relief is morphine, which has side effects. Other drugs are then used to relieve those side effects – nausea, vomiting, depression, confusion, and more. Those drugs also have side effects. Morphine doesn’t always relieve all the pain and because of our restrictive drug laws other, better drugs are not available to us.

    Palliative care often fails.

    Yesterday’s article made me realise just how few people will benefit from Victoria’s proposed assisted dying legislation. The restrictions and conditions are so strict that hardly anyone will meet them. The dementia example is heart-breaking. The time limit for assisted dying is less than 12 months. If you are in the early stages of dementia you will not qualify because you are going to live for much more than 12 months. When you are in the final stages you will still not qualify because to request assisted dying you need to be of sound mind. People in the end stage of dementia are not, and so will be denied this way of ending life. Anyone with depression will also be denied assisted dying because they are not of sound mind, but are simply ‘depressed’. And on it goes.

  14. Palliative care is largely bullshit and I think most people know that.
    In my own case my Dad had melanoma, palliative care did very little so they upped the dose until he was effectively dead with a heartbeat, then they removed the drips to starve/dehydrate him until he died of dehydration. Effectively euthanasia but horrible.
    The whole process was ugly, bloody ugly.

    • Exactly.

      I’ve seen a few bad examples of the way palliative care fails, and I also know of a few times doctors gave large doses of morphine that ended lives quickly, before the suffering became too great. We aren’t supposed to talk about that, it could lead to arrests and accusations of assisting a suicide. Actually they are merciful actions carried out be decent, caring people who don’t want to inflict suffering on the terminally ill.

  15. It’s simple, isn’t it. Or it should be simple.

    if you don’t agree with same sex marriage then don’t marry someone of your gender. No-one is going to make same sex marriage compulsory.
    If you don’t agree with abortion then don’t have one. No-one is going to make abortion compulsory.
    If you don’t agree people have the right to die with dignity then feel free to suffer months of agony while you slowly die. No-one is going to force you to take your own life.

    If you believe any of these things should stay illegal then that’s your right, you are free to be as narrow-minded as you like. No-one is going to force you to change your mind.

    Just remember one thing – we can all choose for ourselves what we believe, what we think is acceptable, but we should not have the right to force our opinions on those who don’t agree with us. Why can’t we all be free to choose to live in the way that best suits us?

  16. Lord Al-fracking-Mighty! What next?

    Human Services to use private contractor Serco as Centrelink call centre provider

    Private contractors will answer calls from Centrelink’s welfare recipients after the Department of Human Services outsourced call centre work to multinational services company Serco.

    In an unprecedented move for the welfare agency, 250 of the company’s Australian subsidiary staff will take calls about payments in a three-year pilot program costing the government $51.7 million

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/human-services-to-use-private-contractor-serco-as-centrelink-call-centre-provider-20171010-gyyfuq.html

    At least it will tie in neatly with that other service Serco provides – running prisons. Serco can now dob you in for alleged welfare fraud and then see you packed off to one of their prisons to serve your sentence.

    Just one of the prisons run by Serco –
    https://www.ft.com/content/4ea81ac6-55a8-11e7-9fed-c19e2700005f

  17. Two polls on Nick’s chances in Hartley. ReachTEL 50-50, Galaxy 53-47 to him

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-election-2018-advertisergalaxy-poll-shows-nick-xenophon-set-to-win-state-seat-of-hartley-with-53-per-cent-of-twocandidate-vote/news-story/66900d31bd080a453c2df443be5e3934 open via twitter or google URL

    Watch the vid

  18. Click to access No_30_Craig_Burton_Amended.pdf

    • I agree, I liked her writing style and tone. Definitely “a keeper” . It would be a damn hard job sitting through so much dense guff and winnowing out the “good bits” as you try and keep track of it.

  19. Just read this. John Hewson sees the problem, but then thinks if only trumble would grasp the nettle and defy abot everyone will fall at his feet and worship him.

    I don’t think he is right, but it would be a good experiment to see if the lnp can turn things around.

    It would a nightmare for many of us here, but I don’t have much faith in the general public, they are easily led by the msm and all the propaganda.

  20. Leigh Sales great on 7.5 with kids talking about Day of the Triffids Girls. Brilliant.

    Does give you thoughts about what girls and boys think. At least they say what they think. That soon gets knocked out of them.

  21. An Air NZ ad targeting Australians for long haul flights to LA. A not so subtle choice of character 🙂

  22. OMG nostalgia “he is still alive” time. The narrator was one of my form masters back in the day. Lordy did i have to literally pick up bucket loads of acorns.

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Hewson has urged Malcolm Turnbull to defy Tony Abbott in the party room over climate and energy policy, saying that by “drawing a line in the sand” he could deliver better policy and save his prime ministership.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberal-statesman-tells-malcolm-turnbull-to-stand-and-fight-tony-abbott-on-climate-20171011-gyypm7.html
    Josh Frydenberg has pointedly reminded Tony Abbott that “climate change is real”, and that it was the former prime minister’s decision to sign Australia up to the Paris climate change deal.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/well-climate-change-is-real-josh-frydenberg-reminds-tony-abbott-he-signed-paris-deal-20171010-gyyfx8.html
    “What does Tony Abbott want? It’s the question everyone would like answered. Is he out there making trouble because he wants to be a wrecker or is he trying to come back?”, asks James Campbell. Google.
    /news/opinion/james-campbell/hard-to-know-what-tony-abbott-wants-on-climate-and-comeback/news-story/94c96bacbec4b5c40632d6761a918e4d
    Adam Gartrell reports on yesterday’s High Court hearing. In particular he goes to what Tony Windsor’s lawyers put forward with respect to Barnaby Joyce.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/every-federal-election-risks-becoming-a-genealogical-witch-hunt-high-court-warned-20171011-gyyivg.html
    The IMF has singled out Australia for its high debt levels, saying household leverage and high house prices have made it more susceptible to interest rate shocks.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/12/australias-debt-levels-and-housing-cost-leave-it-vulnerable-imf-warns
    The PBO reveals that more than one million Australians will be hit with increased taxes over the next five years as the rising wages of middle income earners force them into higher tax brackets. Is this is how Morrison plans to fund the big corporate tax cuts?
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/higher-taxes-to-hit-16-million-australians-parliamentary-budget-office-report-reveals-20171011-gyykm6.html
    Competition boss Rod Sims has questioned whether NBN has genuinely dealt with internet retailer complaints of the monopoly over-charging for fast speed broadband, less than three months after it initiated a review into a growing consumer backlash. Google.
    /technology/web/nbn/were-still-expecting-genuine-discussions-on-nbn-pricing-accc-20171010-gyygny
    Unions, business and the federal Parliament should come together and strike a “radical” grand bargain that would deliver a much-needed pay rise for ordinary Australians, Bill Shorten says.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australians-need-a-pay-rise-bill-shorten-calls-for-grand-bargain-on-wages-20171011-gyyqrb.html
    Greg Jericho looks at how the IMF is approaching stalled wages growth. There soe disturbing chrts within the article.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2017/oct/12/imf-tackles-stalled-wages-growth-with-unusually-radical-thinking
    Donald Trump’s long-anticipated state visit to the UK has been stripped down to a ‘working visit’ in early 2018 that won’t include tea with the Queen, according to media reports.
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/donald-trumps-uk-trip-reportedly-stripped-of-red-carpet-treatment-20171011-gyz5d8.html

  24. Section 2 . . .

    A petulant Trump questions whether NBC should lose its licence. Google.
    /news/politics/world/president-donald-trump-questions-whether-nbc-should-lose-broadcast-licences-20171011-gyz672
    John Warhurst has a look at Nick Xenophon’s motives in his shift to state politics and makes a point that state power might indeed trump federal influence.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/nick-xenophons-gamble-does-state-power-trumps-federal-influence-20171010-gyyd1v.html
    Judith Ireland on the hidden bias that is eating away at parliament.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/the-hidden-bias-eating-away-at-parliament-20171010-gyxur5.html
    Labor will create a national licensing scheme for builders and installers, and a new penalties regime for people who breach the national construction code, as part of efforts to boost fire safety standards in buildings.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/12/labor-pushes-for-new-construction-licences-to-improve-fire-safety
    The public sector union has condemned moves to privatise Centrelink’s much-criticised call centre, saying it would give Serco access to vast amounts of personal information. And so it should!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/11/public-sector-union-condemns-centrelink-move-to-privatise-call-centre
    In the wake of the AFR National Energy Summit in Sydney, investment analyst Bruce Robertson joins Shell Australia’s Zoe Yujnovich in debunking a few gas myths — specifically those of Shell Australia.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/shell-plays-australian-gas-customers-for-mugs/
    Look at this drone footage of the effects of the horrifying wildfires in California.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/10/11/horrifying-drone-footage-shows-wildfire-devastation-in-california_a_23240439/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage
    Stephen Koukoulas with the truth about our debt.
    https://thekouk.com/item/543-the-truth-about-our-debt.html
    The SMH editorial is on the situation Spain has with Catalonia. (Don’t be fooled by the words in the URL).
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/time-to-adopt-a-clean-energy-target-20171010-gyxzkq.html
    Peter Martin has an interesting article on human behaviour when it comes to decision making.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-mostly-make-little-decisions-well–so-why-do-we-blow-the-big-ones-20171011-gyyier.html

  25. Section 3 . . .

    Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government in Queensland is in front of its Liberal National party rivals, with One Nation polling 13%, according to a quarterly state snapshot of voting intentions in the Guardian Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/12/essential-poll-labor-in-front-in-queensland-and-one-nation-on-13
    Clancy Yeates writes about ANZ’s appearance at the parliamentary committee yesterday.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/westpac-dumped-intelligent-atms-for-risk-and-operational-reasons-20171011-gyyx3e.html
    The Australian Taxation Office was working with the government to ensure that it had the right public “messaging” before releasing its tax gap figures, Freedom of Information documents reveal.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-ato-isnt-being-honest-with-taxpayers-about-the-25b-corporate-tax-gap-20171011-gyyqc9.html
    A female lecturer at Trinity College wonders why male Anglican Church leaders fear the demise of their patriarchal power.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/sydneys-male-anglican-church-leaders-fear-demise-of-their-patriarchal-power-20171010-gyygd7.html
    Houses in Sydney’s inner city and eastern suburbs, along with apartments on the lower north shore, have taken the biggest hits as the city’s five-year property boom comes to an end. Chinese buyers are keeping the market afloat.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/property/inner-city-sydney-property-prices-slump-20171011-gyz4c3.html
    The NSW government has rejected the only bid it has received from the private sector to build a major road interchange at Rozelle in Sydney’s inner west, regarded as the most complex part of the $16.8 billion WestConnex toll road project. Now what?
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-rejects-only-bidder-for-construction-of-westconnex-spaghetti-junction-20171011-gyysn9.html
    Michael Pascoe looks at the effect dementia is having upon the private health system and the premiums it charges.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/dementia-fuelling-the-private-insurance-premium-surge-20171010-gyxqwx.html
    NAB slashes its reward points value even further.
    http://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/nab-slashes-credit-card-rewards-points–again-20171010-gyxrgy.html
    More than 90,000 Honda car owners have ignored up to eight recall notices and continue to drive with faulty airbags blamed for a number of serious injuries and deaths. On the face of it in relation to the Code of Practice for automotive safety recalls Honda has greatly exceeded its responsibilities in contacting owners. In all my years of handling such recalls I have never seen anything like this level of unreasonable customers.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/more-than-90000-honda-car-owners-driving-with-faulty-takata-airbags-20171011-gyyxnt.html

  26. Section 4 . . .

    Elizabeth Knight explains how Qantas’s tie up with Emirates was a game changer for it.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/qantas-takes-the-spoils-in-its-marriage-with-emirates-20171011-gyypms.html
    One Nation plans to direct preferences against all sitting MPs at the looming Queensland election after Pauline Hanson’s key ¬adviser admitted that the party had blundered by trading votes with the West Australian Liberals in March. Google.
    /national-affairs/state-politics/queensland-election/one-nations-preference-put-all-sitting-mps-last/news-story/67d8ef6f2c7aba6d37a111cd5e3b13f0
    The Turnbull government’s leading conservative cabinet minister – and a key architect of the same-sex marriage postal survey – believes the ‘yes’ campaign will win. Well done Potatohead!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/conservative-leader-and-postal-survey-architect-peter-dutton-predicts-yes-campaign-will-win-20171011-gyz4om.html
    Coal-linked air pollution in the Hunter Valley is reaching very high levels.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/shocking-spike-in-hunter-valleys-coallinked-air-pollution-fails-to-prompt-action-20171010-gyydsx.html
    Salim Mehajer has been ordered to pay more than $1 million after a court found he failed to pay for elaborate stonework at his “marble palace” in Lidcombe. He’s never far away fro trouble is he?
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/salim-mehajer-ordered-to-pay-more-than-1-million-in-marble-palace-dispute-20171011-gyyk9i.html
    Caroline Wilson writes that if it is true that a Richmond premiership player passed on to friends and teammates personal photographs of a semi-naked woman, then the Tigers cannot defend him. And the AFL, if required, must overrule the club and suspend him.
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afls-clumsy-efforts-to-rewrite-its-respect-and-responsibility-policy-exposed-20171011-gyz2no.html
    Shark! Big deal – it looks like a wobbegong.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/woman-picks-up-shark-throws-it-out-of-cronulla-ocean-pool-20171010-gyyct7.html

  27. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Two rippers from David Rowe!


    Matt Golding outside the High Court.

    Some sage advice from Cathy Wilcox on raising daughters.

    John Shakespeare on Mesma’s attitude towards the US.

    Mark David on Trump’s IQ boast.

    David Pope at the launch of iGov 3.0.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0
    Peter Broelman hammers Abbott over his loony speech on climate change.

    Some Joyce family history from Paul Zanetti.

    Something similar from Matt Golding.

    An interesting contribution from Glen Le Lievre.

    Sean Leahy on why global warming is good for you (according to Abbott).

    More from Leahy, this time on Queensland’s excess of energy.

    And he explains attitudes to the sharing of GST.

    Leahy has really unloaded this last day. Here’s two more.


    Mark Knight goes to Hollywood.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/latest-mark-knight-cartoons/image-gallery/3a75151fbab76180dfd2225950ca23da
    Jon Kudelka and the citizenship witch hunt.
    http://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/e8979e3fb9881646cb7188a1949258df

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