Treading Water


dog-treading-water-slide.jpgI don’t know about you but i feel like we are just treading water waiting for the next election.

It’s like washing machine  at the moment . The Coalition try something to get a poll bounce, the media get all excited,Labor don’t say or do much ,whatever the big issue was dies away until the next big issue comes along. Rinse and repeat.


The ssm marriage issue has died down basically because after all the hysteria most people don’t give a shit what other people do in their love life and everyone knows what the result of this waste of money poll will be.


Dual citizenship  ineligibility is a big yawn but I will ask why Ignorance of the law is no excuse for any other offence why should it be any different for the entitled. I also note no labor pollies are caught up in this despite I bet the best efforts of the conservative forces to find some  Alp member to blame. How much Money have the lawyers made from this .


Power is all the go this week but something else will along come soon.


It is now well into October so most of Australia will now be focusing on the big races, then the end of the school term ,Christmas /New Year holidays and then the start of the next year .There are a few elections coming up next year so things will heat up a bit .

Maybe it’s a good time to chill.






470 thoughts on “Treading Water

  1. A large chunk of an excerpt from an account by a woman who was the only person on her bus to survive the Christchurch earthquake. She went on and has made a huge difference in NZ and elsewhere. The section I selected was the part that shows the kindness of strangers. We need to keep being reminded of such things.

    ……….The sounds stop. I don’t hear chunks, I feel them. On my left hip. Chunks don’t clatter or clunk. They push. They press. They crush. The bus roof and my left hip fuse, become one.

    Pelvis breaks. More than once. All sounds, all scents, all colours fuse.

    Pain. Lights. Flashes.

    Bright Light. I float. I watch.

    No. This is not my life. This is not me. This is not an acceptable situation. I am not OK with this. This is not my story. No.

    Bright Light fades. Dark Place arrives.

    Part 2: From Dark Place to first surgery

    In the Dark Place, I feel the involuntary death throes of a 14 year old boy, a 78 year old woman, and 10 others in between. My leg, my hand, and my soul will never be the same.

    When I enter the Dark Place, I do what any rational person would do. I scream at the top of my lungs. A sizeable gang of kind souls have already started clearing the rubble off the collapsed roof of the bus. When I scream, they stop.

    They already knew I was alive, but the scream confirms it in spades. It also attracts Rick and Paddy, an ex-cop and a tunnellist, to the rescue effort. Rick heard it from 2 blocks away.

    The gang quickly sends down an emissary to ever so politely ask me to please shut up. That’s when Mike appears outside my window. He repeats over and over “we’re going to get you out. We’re going to get you out.” And they did.

    None of my rescuers was a professional first-responder. But they did an extraordinary thing that day. Doug and the gang dug a meter of bricks and concrete off the collapsed roof of the bus and ripped the roof off with their bare hands. Rick and Paddy crawled into the bus, and freed my left leg from the bus seat that was crushing it. They lifted me through a broken window. Scotty held my hand as I lay in the middle of Colombo Street. Josie splinted my left leg. Garry flagged down a truck, convinced the driver to take us to hospital, parted the already gridlocked traffic, told me jokes and stories, and delivered me to hospital. Garry stayed with me in the Emergency Department for hours, through aftershocks, sirens, power outages, and the reassuring calm of the doctors and nurses. I nearly broke his hand when they reset my leg. When the hospital kicked Garry out, he gave careful hand-holding instructions to a medical student, Adele, who stayed as I floated into and out of shock. When they took me off oxygen, she explained “They have to ration the oxygen for the second wave of survivors.” She took me up on the bet that my leg wasn’t broken. I lost. When surgeons took me away, she went home to check on her flatmates.

    The rest of Christchurch had to wait for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) to mobilize from all round the world. I had my very own Ann Search and Rescue, or ASAR for short. During two months in hospital, nearly every member of ASAR came to visit. For some it was as much for them as for me – in the hopes of easing the night sweats and incessant replays. Two sent their mums to visit, with brownies.

    • For some strange reason, this crept into my mind when I read that:

      Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, instead of offering cigarettes to smoke, gave strange items such as gorillas, brass instruments and pictures of Queen Victoria. Neddie Seagoon would often decline: “Have a Gorilla?” “No thanks, I’m trying to give them up.” Later in the show this might be followed with “Have a Gorilla?” “No thanks, I’ve just put one out.”

  2. That dual citizenship thingy is interesting.

    The government’s only line is that ignorance of the law is an excuse. Never mind that they all signed a declaration that said they had paid due attention to section 44 of the constitution.

    Justin Gleeson and Ron Merkel really put them to the sword.

  3. See the full polling details for five states here (they don’t release for NT or TAS, samples too small)

    • So Xenophon wants well-off people who have previous experience as a party member or campaigner. No financially challenged newbies need apply.

  4. Teh younguns discover “nostalgia” . Each year at my old high school there is an inter house song competition. Talent is an optional extra :), it is the “enthusiasm that counts when it comes to winning.

    I checked out this year’s efforts and it is wall to wall 1980s,1970s,1960s. Flares,afros and all !

  5. So then, after today’s farce at the high court, I’m rather hoping that Roberts at the very least will be kicked out of the Senate.

    Not many of the other 6 will matter in the greater scheme of things, other than Barnaby. Seeing as the HC has so far seemingly ruled in favour of the Coalition this past decade when it comes to political matters, I’m not counting on him being booted out.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Waleed Aly writes about the cynical use of terrorism fear to distract from the government’s failings on climate change.
    Laura Tingle has a hard look at the energy situation and concludes that Turnbull is right back at square one on energy and climate. A good article. Google.
    Simon Holmes a Court writes that a shift to clean energy will come but it will have to wait until after the next election. The politics will remain vile until then, he says.
    David Wroe looks into the big data breach in the defence industry. Shorten has accused the government of making excuses rather than demanding answers.
    Pyne says the government can’t be blamed for the sloppy cyber security of its sub-contractor that led to hackers stealing 30 gigabytes of commercially-sensitive data.
    Following news the Defence Department has had reams of sensitive information stolen by a hacker, Murray Hunter looks at Australia’s weak link — the public service.,10813
    Adam Gartrell reports on yesterday’s proceedings in the High Court and the treatment Roberts’ lawyer got from the bench.
    David Crowe tells us that the sheer complexity of the legal argument in the High Court spells grave danger for Barnaby Joyce. Google.
    The citizenship case in the High Court this week provides a fascinating insight into the overlap of media, politics, law and justice, says Ingrid Matthews.,10811
    James Massola tells us that Turnbull’s long-awaited energy package that will dump the Chief Scientist’s proposed CET will be released as soon as next week after the energy committee of cabinet approved the package on Wednesday, clearing a major hurdle to the policy’s release.

  7. Section 2 . . .

    Michelle Grattan wonders if Turnbull will be able to sell it.
    Morrison has moved to reassure US investors – and Australian mums and dads – that Australia is not headed towards a housing market crash, arguing house prices are high but their value is still “real”. Sure, Scott!
    Julia Gillard believes we are living in an “age of anxiety” that affects not just individuals but entire communities and nations, and is partly fuelled by “political convulsions” such as Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and “fake news”. Troy Bramston reports on Gillard’s Annual Hawke Lecture. Google.
    Private health insurers will be able to charge higher excesses and offer discounts to under-30s under sweeping Turnbull government changes that will also cut more than a billion dollars from the medical devices sector and scrap coverage for natural therapies such as yoga. I hope they go all the way when it comes to all the fringe stuff.
    Meanwhile in the US Trump has been accused of sabotaging the Affordable Care Act on Thursday when he used an executive order to unilaterally weaken Obamacare following months of failed attempts by Republicans to repeal it.
    Julie Bishop has launched a stinging attack on Abbott, saying he should explain his sudden change of heart on climate change.
    The leader of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation has been accused of assaulting a fellow club member and intimidating a woman during an ugly stoush at one of the country’s most prestigious universities. This sort of behaviour seems to be de rigeur for young Libs.
    Peter Costello has called for what would amount to the nationalisation of compulsory default superannuation, saying if it was run by the government there would be no war between industry and private funds over who should run it. The conservatives can’t come to grips with the fact that industry super funds continually outstrip retail funds’ returns.
    Jacqui Maley wonders what is the end game for the Wrecker-in-Chief Abbott. Quite a good read.

  8. Section 3 . . .

    Trump warned on Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US military can’t provide aid to Puerto Rico “forever,”
    Political donors are being promised special access to members of state cabinet if they purchase “premium” $950 tickets to a gala Liberal Party fundraising lunch next month featuring Gladys Berejiklian. Just below the $1000 mandatory political donation reporting threshold!
    Our ABC is doing it tough. Michelle Guthrie unloads but stops short of defending it over allegations that it is not “fair and balanced”.
    Sean Nicholls calls for a Gladys 2.0 makeover.
    Why hasn’t ASIC given Bellamy’s a “speeding ticket”?
    A Nationals MP has lashed out at his colleague, former Turnbull government minister Matt Canavan, over his call for gay and lesbian Australians to “grow a spine” in the face of homophobia.
    The Trump administration has just announced that it would withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural organisation, after years of the US distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias.” What IS it about Israel that lets it get away with so much?
    Ahmed Fahour in his tie at Australia Post championed opportunity and pay equality for women.
    The Australian Taxation Office’s systems to detect and prevent fraud are working, says Second Commissioner Andrew Mills, but there’s always room for improvement.
    A firsthand account of the predatory behaviour of the pig Harvey Weinstein.

  9. Section 4 . . .

    Bank bonuses for complacent CEOs may be further reined in APRA warns.
    This Australian academic working in a US university unloads on the American practice of inflating grades.
    An underground coal fire beneath a Wollongong school that has been dormant for a decade has reignited, sparking a multi-agency government investigation.
    A bigger share of Australians than respondents in most other countries think religion does more harm than good in the world, new polling has revealed. But we are also more comfortable with religious diversity than the international average. The apparent contradiction between these two metrics is interesting.
    Gina Rinehart faces a multimillion-dollar legal bill to a rival company linked to the descendants of a man her father pioneered Western Australia’s iron ore industry with. Tough titties!

  10. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe – you legend!

    David Pope goes to town on DHS outsourcing its call centre to Serco.
    Matt Golding takes us to the beach with Abbott.

    And he drops into the High Court.

    Andrew Dyson on the aftermath of the Domino’s decision at FWA.
    Cathy Wilcox gives politicians a shout about renewable energy.

    And Cathy hits out at defenders of the odious pig Harvey Weinstein.

    John Shakespeare on the proposal to use robotic marking on NAPLAN tests.

    Simon Letch with a cracker.

    Peter Broelman goes skywriting.

    Paul Zanetti and all the preaching going on about energy consumption.

    Matt Golding and the Ministry of Funny Talks.

    Two more shots at the deranged Abbott from Matt Golding.

    Sean Leahy and the trouble with an energy free market.

    Alan Moir on the NRA’s influence in the US.

    Jon Kudelka has the High Court judges calling for room service.

  11. Gender stereotyping starts young –

    Leigh Sales interviewed kindergarten kids. The attitudes these little poppets displayed reflect what they are taught at home and probably at school.

    Apparently girls cannot be firefighters and boys cannot be ballet dancers. Three cheers for the little girls who want to grow up to be scientists, vets, ‘police girls’ and journalists. Someone please help the child who wants to ‘catch fairies’ when she grows up.

    Dads fix things and clean the pool, mums cook, wash, clean and drive the kids around. Boys can climb ladders, girls can’t.

    When it came to politics we learnt girls cannot be Prime Minister , although one girl said “well, sometimes they can.”

    Ms Sales, to two little girls –
    What does the Prime Minister do?
    Five year old – He tells people what to do and they do it.

    Well, not these days. The PM is too scared to tell anyone what to do unless Dutton or Abbott or both have approved it first, and even then no-one will take any notice of what he says.

  12. ck

    It’s not trendy to say so but Costello is right on this.

    The Industry funds are much better than the ones the banks run.

    The scheme that the C’wlth runs for the public service and politicians performs consistently better than the industry funds.

    • Dear Mr Hammock Dweller ,I’ll give up my Cbus when you pry it from my cold, dead hands 🙂 Vote 1 industry funds.

  13. First two items on the media centre list at the Australian Retailers Association –

    ARA congratulates Federal Court on upholding penalty rates decision

    And right underneath –
    August retail trade figures a major concern leading into Christmas.

    The first round of penalty rates cuts happened on 1 July, there are more to come.

    One day the pennies will drop, but probably not until a lot of smaller retailers have gone bust due to lack of customers. Why can’t these greedy idiots see the connection between decent pay and money being spent in their businesses?

  14. When this was first mentioned in the media a couple of months ago we thought it was just meant to put pressure on the federal and Queensland governments.

    Construction to start on Adani project ‘within 10 days’

    I still think that.It’s not much of a start. Reports in August said it was only going to be the construction of workers camps and maybe an air strip.

    There’s a court case still in progress, won’t be settled until March next year, and no real work can go ahead until that decision is announced. It might go against Adani anyway. so far no-one has ageed to fund that railway, not even NAIF, so it might never happen.

    I would not be taking on work with Adani, or supplying materials because it’s likely to end up with no-one being paid.

    Story from back in August –
    Adani jobs: Construction to start on mining camp for Carmichael megamine

    A while ago there was something said about Adani wanting to get the railway completed so he could flog off the whole concern as a going thing and get himself out of debt and out of an increasingly difficult situation. What a shame Premier Stacia seems not to have read those comments. I believe that is exactly what Adani has in mind, and if our government is stupid enough to give him a loan for that damned railway then that loan will never be repaid.

  15. What does 46 years do to a body ?
    Jimmy in 1971

    Jimmy about a week ago. Holds up pretty bloody well.Voice more so than body but then I think Pubsters can relate to that 🙂

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hartcher says that US politics has moved beyond reason.
    Jacqui Maley says that there’s only one way to end the Abbott/Turnbull problem.
    Paul Bongiorno expounds on the shadow that Abbott is casting over government policy.
    Paula Matthewson says Turnbull is PM but Abbott’s running the show.’
    Crispin Hull declares the plebiscite to be won by YES an says that Turnbull must now ditch the conservatives and lead. Makes sense – but it won’t happen.
    Jack Waterford talks about all the sniping at Turnbull that is coming from his own side. Abbott has vindictive rat cunning.
    Peter van Onselen asks, “What is motivating Tony Abbott to be so disruptive? Is he driven by vengeance or genuine policy goals that make life awkward for the government, Malcolm Turnbull in particular? Or is it something else?” He says Corman, Dutton and Frydenberg feel betrayed by Abbott’s sniping. Google.
    The SMH editorial piles into the self-absorbed Trump but concludes that he may well win a second term.
    Michael Pascoe pooh-poohs the government’s changes to the private health insurance system.
    And Judith Ireland tells us that consumer advocates have called for more evidence that households will see savings as a result of the federal government’s private health insurance changes.

  17. Section 2 . . .

    The AMA says the changes don’t go far enough.
    From Michael West’s website comes this article that untangles the web of CSG lobbyists.
    Adele Ferguson gets stuck into Turnbull’s ham-fisted efforts to replace Greg Medcraft as head of SIC.
    I rarely link Chris Kenny articles but this one about the Christmas killing season is a hoot – for the wrong reasons. Google.
    Julia Baird writes about the apology issued by the Sydney Anglican Synod about the domestic abuse committed within their ranks. The apology is just a start, she says.
    Labor has promised to create a $1bn “Australian manufacturing future fund” that will give loans to manufacturers – or even take equity in them – to drive innovation and grow jobs.
    Phil Coorey says that the Coalition’s productivity push shows only the scars of Work Choices. Google.
    Peter Martin goes to history to explain the importance of the new national payments system that will be launched early next year.
    There’s a huge field of contenders lining up in the event that Barnaby Joyce has to go to a by-election.
    A good pot pouri from Peter FitzSimons in his weekly column. And a good joke as well!

  18. I read that The Book Club (ABC) will have its final outing on December 19. I (and I guess many others) will miss Jennifer, Marieke and Jason. They have given many hours of entertainment: the best of television.

    • another nail in the abc coffin and the continued of the dumbing down of the nation until we reach the level of the good old usa

  19. Section 3 . . .

    What Trump is doing to Obamacare – and Americans.
    The Reserve Bank of Australia is opening the door to even tougher regulatory restraints on risky bank lending after announcing it would do its own “bank stress tests,” a task usually performed by the prudential regulator. This could be interesting. Google.
    Such wildfire devastation in California!
    Ian Warden looks at climate change sceptics from Aristotle right through to Abbott. A very funny and well written article.
    Karen Middleton on how Abbott has reached to George Pell on energy policy.
    The global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy will continue regardless of political action such as President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement or outbursts from ex-Australian prime ministers, a senior ratings analyst says.
    Anti-abortion protesters have acted with impunity for decades. That ends now as a result of a judgement in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
    Now Pontificating Paul Kelly goes after Victoria’s assisted dying push. Google.
    Simon Cowan seems threatened by Shorten’s proposed “grand bargain” between business and unions.

  20. Section 4 . . .

    The banking industry was put on notice this week that politicians will be watching their decisions on ATMs like hawks, especially those relating to the withdrawal of machines outside the major cities, where consumers may have limited alternative options. Like branch closure before it, ATM consolidation is set to become a new political battleground. Google.
    Who is this shady Michael Kauter character operating within Canberra Inc?
    New FOI documents appear to show Australia has full knowledge of U.S. activities at Pine Gap, which may have serious ramifications for the nation in future war crimes prosecutions.,10817
    A shotgun with an assault rifle-like magazine, described as “more dangerous” than the controversial Adler weapon, needs far heavier regulation according to Greens politicians and gun control advocates.
    Mike Seccombe tells us about the gun nuts in parliament.
    Judith Ireland writes that NSW could be left without its state-wide sexual assault counselling service unless an emergency funding boost is granted to the organisation behind the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.
    Jess Irvine has a good look at the balancing act of setting interest rates.
    I found it a bit distressing reading this long article about the loss of automotive manufacturing in Australia.
    The Turnbull government has refused to directly condemn Myanmar after a new United Nations report revealed its troops continue the indiscriminate slaughter Rohingya Muslims, including children. Why?
    Malcolm Roberts has some charming friends!
    Why electric cars have hit dead end in Australia.

  21. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and Trump’s hypocrisy.

    And he has a good pop at the odious Weinstein.

    John Shakespeare’s view of US politics. The nation is stuffed IMHO.

    Shakespeare has a good sense of Abbott and climate change.

    Alan Moir with Gollum’s World.

    Matt Davidson on Mesma and (presumably) Myanmar.
    Peter Broelman is not all that impressed by Malcolm Roberts and his legal team.

    Paul Zanetti and Hollywood exposed.

    Trump and the free press.
    Matt Golding and the long overdue health insurance cleanout.

    Golding and the defence cyber security medal.

    Sean Leahy on the Harvey Weinstein problem.

    Here’s Leahy’s take on the hew tiered private health insurance scheme.

    Alan Moir with some real fake news.

    Jon Kudelka and some potential problems with health cover.

  22. Going by the terms of Harvey Weinstein’s contract it seems the board was very much aware of his activities.

    Weinstein’s Termination For Sexual Misconduct May Have Violated His Contract
    The terms of the contract cast doubt on The Weinstein Company’s claims that any “suggestion that the Board had knowledge of this conduct is false.”

  23. Some good news – with qualifications.

    Chevron abandons plan to drill for oil in Great Australian Bight
    Environmentalists hail decision that comes almost exactly a year after BP ditched its own scheme for the untapped basin

    There’s a downside though – Chevron might decide to sell the drilling licences to another company, like BP did. Norwegian company Statoil took over two licences from BP. They plan to start drilling soon.

    Santos is still interested in drilling, so are Murphy Oil (US owned), Karoon Gas (Australian owned) and a shadowy operation called Bight Petroleum.

    the Wetherill government has been very supportive of off-shore oil and gas drilling including the Great Australian Bight. State governments, no matter what side of politics they are on, seem only too happy to allow acts of environmental vandalism because doing so means ‘jobs’ and money. They never seem to think about what happens after the oil, gas and coal companies have finished their work and left a huge mes behind, or about the water supplies, farmland and food stocks they will be ruining.

    • Saudi Arabia being a member is also obscene.

      That photo makes Jules look really old, all of her sixty-one years plus a few more. She won’t like it.

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