Not a bad week


Labor won the qld election


marriage equality was finally made law


Labor still well ahead in the latest polls . Malcom getting closer to the 30 newspolls lost in a row benchmark he set when knifing abbott


Kristina Kennerly looks to be doing well in the bennelong by election which would upset xmas dinner at point piper.


Not mush has been heard from or about One Nation this week which in itself is a blessing.


Neds diabeties is now under control and Syd has not got it.



all in all not a bad week.





490 thoughts on “Not a bad week

  1. Anyone wanna be a spy? ASIS is recruiting.

    ‘Not quite James Bond’: Australian spy agency launches recruitment drive

    Do take the very silly test, the link is in Julie Bishop’s email. I did it, it’s totally nuts. Apparently I did well enough for ASIS to be interested in me, although they said I could have done better.

    I think they might get a shock if I turned up for an interview. I suppose I could tell them I was wearing a disguise.

    • Instead, the key to a Jones victory is turnout among whites, which itself depends on whether the scandals around Mr Moore keep people away from the polls. Among white voters, who favour him by a whopping 35 points, roughly one-third seem to be persuadable by Mr Jones. A recent survey showed that 71% of Republicans believed the allegations against him to be false (compared with 37% of Republicans nationally). The same poll shows the mind-addling effects of partisanship: nearly one-quarter of white evangelicals in Alabama believe it is legitimate to defend sex with minors on Biblical grounds. The Jones campaign is running advertisements encouraging voters to spoil their ballots, as Richard Shelby, Alabama’s senior Republican senator, has already declared he will. Faced with the choice between a Democrat and someone accused of sexually assaulting teenagers, some might at least compromise by staying at home.

  2. Steven Salaita (born 1975) is an American scholar, author and public speaker formerly holding the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. He became the center of a controversy when University of Illinois withdrew its conditional offer of employment as a professor of American Indian Studies[1][2][3] after attention was drawn to his tweets on the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict. The tweets were seen as criticism of the Israeli government[1][4] by some, and as expressions of antisemitism by others – Wikipedia

    How corporate media tacitly justify the murder of Palestinian childre

    On Friday, Israel commenced yet another bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip. The Independent (London) began its report with a note from the IDF that it had “bombed militant targets.” The story then explained that six children were injured.

    The third paragraph completed the picture: “The Israeli military said it had carried out the strikes on a Hamas training camp and on a weapons depot in response to rockets fired earlier from Gaza at Israeli towns. Witnesses told Reuters that most of the wounded were residents of a building near the camp.”

    What first looks like standard reportage—a delivery of apparent facts, complete with views from both sides—is actually stock dissimulation that (intentionally or not) confers responsibility for harming children not on the Israeli bombers, but on the people who endured their detonation. A more pessimistic reading can make a reasonable case that the Independent actually blames the children for their own injuries.

    How can it be that Israel targeted “militants” while also injuring children? Four possibilities emerge:

    Either the Israeli or Palestinian sources are lying
    Children were hanging out with the militants
    The militants put themselves in the company of children
    It is difficult to target militants in Gaza without collateral damage

    Number one is negligible because the Independent doesn’t bother to find out if anybody is lying. The omission supplies a post hoc rationalization for the injured children. The story provides no indication that Israel willingly harmed children and thereby removes intent from the equation.

    Numbers 2-4 implicitly justify Israel’s behavior. Mixing kids with militants essentially collapses any distinction between the two demographics and implies that Palestinian society is uniformly militarized. If no children are free of militants in Gaza, then nobody in the territory is truly innocent. Everybody is therefore a fair target, their demise an unfortunate byproduct of existing.

    This kind of reportage was common during 2014’s Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 51-day destruction of the Gaza Strip. As the number of dead children kept rising, eventually topping 500, an exculpatory narrative emerged, peddled by Israeli officials and taken up by their stenographers in the Western press: Hamas used kids as human shields, or their parents failed to adequately protect them.

  3. South Korea Asks US To Halt Joint Military Exercises Until Olympics End

    North Korea may have successfully bluffed its way into getting the US to stop holding massive army drills with South Korea’s army.

    According to the FT, South Korea has politely asked the US to “delay” joint military exercises until after the Winter Olympics, in order to lower the chances that North Korea takes provocative actions during the Pyeongchang Games, which Seoul wants to use to showcase the country’s development. The unexpected request means that Seoul will want to postpone the start of the annual spring exercises — called Key Resolve/Foal Eagle — until after the Paralympics, which end on March 18. And since the FT’s sources said the US was likely to accept the request, it means that Pyongyang has just succeeded in getting the US to bend to its demands that the US and South Korea stop conducting army drills on its border for at least three months.

    In many ways a de-escalation in military tensions, whether won by Seoul’s clever diplomatic maneuvering which hopes to avoid a mushroom cloud in the middle of its games due to an errant Trump tweet, is a welcome development. Earlier this month, HR McMaster, US national security adviser, said the potential for war with North Korea was “increasingly every day” after Pyongyang last month tested the Hwasong 15, a long-range missile capable of hitting the east cost of the US — a move that came two months after it conducted its sixth, and most powerful, nuclear test.

  4. Liberals win federal byelection in B.C., taking seat from Conservatives for second time this fall

    This defeat means that the tories only have two seats in the greater Vancouver area (down from nine in 2011).

  5. gorgeousdunny1

    Thanks for the reminder of the Saturday Paper link. I did miss it initially, however I have read it now.
    It certainly confirms my impressions of Dastyari. I have met him several times as he is the duty senator for the ALP Branches in Reid. Slick used car salesman comes to mind (with apologies to used car salesmen). A Machiavellian political operative, far surpassing his mentor Graham Richardson.
    Dastyari may have left the Senate but unfortunately not the ALP. He is grooming a close friend for a Federal seat but many of the rank & file are on to it. Hopefully, we can keep him and consequently Dastyari’s influence out.

  6. My views on Isrealv Palestine will always be impacted by my memories of the hijacking of planes and bombings by the PLA.

    That means I focus on the children, and their rights to safe lives and not growing up in a war-zone. The adults on both sides disgust me.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Wroe says that the Dastyari resignation is having an effect in Bennelong. We shall see.
    Mark Kenny sees some positive things to emerge from Sam’s departure.
    Local Chinese community leaders have warned the Coalition to tone down clumsy rhetoric used by some government ministers as they attacked Labor’s Sam Dastyari over his links to China in recent weeks.
    The political career of Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie has been left in limbo following a High Court hearing. Google.
    Nicholas Stuart tells us that we should treat China like the superpower that it is. There is some sage advice in this well put together article.
    Uber coke anyone?
    Ross Gittins says that robots are not stealing jobs and he is upset at how today’s youth are so pessimistic.
    Adele Ferguson now has Wacka William in the Donut King case.
    The case for building big stadiums just doesn’t add up writes Caitlin Fitzsimmons.
    Poof! There goes Westfield for a tidy $33b.

  8. Section 2 . . .

    John Falzon says that we need a solid jobs plan but we keep getting a putting-the-boot-into-the-unemployed-plan and a slashing-social-expenditure-plan. He opines that inequality is not a personal choice. Rather it’s a choice governments make.
    Nicole Hasham writes that shareholders have turned up the heat on the world’s 100 biggest polluting companies including Australian firms BHP Billiton, Wesfarmers and Rio Tinto, in the first coordinated global effort by investors to force corporate action on climate change.
    The chaotic “meltdown” of Sydney’s transport system is testament to the manufacturing truth of “robust and buffered, lean and fragile”. That is the more efficient a system becomes the more it behoves its managers to assure it is operating perfectly.
    Shorten has blamed the Liberal Party for promoting the idea of Kristina Keneally seeking to enter the Senate.
    HSBC says that he Aussie property boom is nearing its end, with housing price growth to run in the low single-digits in 2018, but it will be a soft landing rather than a property market crash.
    And out goes another AFL staffer for inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment.
    Dr Jennifer Wilson analyses the bewildering circumstances around allegations against actor Geoffrey Rush and the distinct lack of “inappropriate behaviour” allegations within the Australian Parliamentary workplace.,11021
    Martin Parkinson has challenged public service leaders to hold a potentially “discomforting” national survey of Australian views of government service delivery.
    More from the Mehajer soap opera.
    Catholic school parents in Victoria have been hit with large tuition fee rises after their schools were stripped of hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding. Fingers are being pointes at the Catholic Education Commission for picking winners and losers.

  9. Section 3 . . .

    The first half of the hearing that determines whether Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on historical sex offences will be closed to the public, when his alleged victims give evidence over a period of up to 10 days.
    Child sexual abuse victims’ advocacy group Broken Rites has been forced to hand over documents to lawyers representing Cardinal George Pell as he fights historical sexual abuse charges. Counsel for Pell, Broken Rites, Victoria police and the ABC appeared before Melbourne magistrates court yesterday.
    Joanne McCarty relates Julia Gillard’s feelings on the eve of the presentation of the final report from the CA Royal Commission.
    Annastacia Palaszczuk has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to veto an almost $1 billion concessional loan for the Adani mine. Will this be the end of the saga? How will Canavan react?
    James Massola says that despite a significant drop in wholesale prices southern states do not have a positive outlook on retail prices.
    Jeff Kennett tells us that Fentanyl is a threat Australia cannot ignore. Google.
    These two paediatric heath workers say that Australia is wilfully damaging the health of children on Nauru to make a point – and it is appalling.–and-it-is-appalling-20171212-h035cq.html
    $30m in funding on photovoltaics research has just been announced. That’s good.
    Chinese businesses are concerned that “anti-China” sentiment in Australia will put investments at risk or block Chinese energy deals, it has been reported.
    Michael West’s latest investigation relates to how Kellogg’s and Sanitarium infiltrated the medical profession.

  10. Section 4 . . .

    Spending on environment department programs, monitoring and staff has been slashed by nearly a third since the Coalition won the election in 2013, with deeper cuts promised into next decade.
    What is behind Google’s recent charm offensive and how will its relationship with Fairfax work?
    Australian charities are avoiding political advocacy and “self-silencing” out of a fear that dissent will attract political retribution, a new report has found.
    Sexual abuse in Victoria’s mental health wards is bad and getting worse. This is quite a disturbing article.
    Simon Birmingham has blasted the “woeful” state of civics education in schools after a report found students’ knowledge of Australian society are either stagnant or declining. I have to agree with him.
    China’s attempts to reduce pollution will be a major driver of commodity demand in the near and long-term, and deliver a boost in demand for “green” commodities used to make electric vehicles and renewables.
    Facebook has said it will start booking advertising revenue in countries where it is earned instead of re-routing it via Ireland, although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax. And about bloody time!
    As the California fires continue to rage and over 200,000 homes are evacuated, Trump, Abbott and others can deny it all they want but climate change is to blame.,11022
    According to this advocate it’s time to break the silence about using antidepressants.
    Here’s a rather unusual traffic obstruction!

  11. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and the next course in the Chinese restaurant.

    Cathy Wilcox sees Sam off.

    As does David Pope.
    Jon Kudelka reminds us of Sam’s halal snack packs.
    Simon Letch and the evolution of communication.

    Mark David and Santa Turnbull.

    Peter Broelman and Chinese donations.

    And he gives us some feds under the bed,

    Paul Zanetti also gives us something on Chinese influence.

    Here are Matt Golding’s contributions for the day.

    Mark Knight delivers a truth bomb on the NBN.

    Sean Leahy and the new LNP leader in Queensland.

    Alan Moir sums up Turnbull’s QndA appearance.

  12. Environment funding slashed by third since Coalition took office
    Exclusive: WWF and ACF analysis shows Turnbull government plans to reduce environment spending to less than 60% of 2013-14 budget

    Spending on environment department programs, monitoring and staff has been slashed by nearly a third since the Coalition won the election in 2013, with deeper cuts promised into next decade.

    While the federal budget has expanded by $36bn since Tony Abbott took office, funding for the environment has been cut by nearly half a billion dollars, an analysis by two conservation groups found.

    By 2020-21, the final year of the forward estimates period in May’s budget papers, the Turnbull government plans to have reduced environment spending to less than 60% of 2013-14 figure.

    Among the programs hardest hit are those designed to maintain biodiversity by protecting shrinking animal and plant populations and ecosystems. Their funding is to be cut in half across the eight years

    Also on the environment –
    The ‘National assessment of chemicals associated with coal seam gas extraction in Australia’ was released yesterday by the Australian government.It has taken over 5 years for this assessment to be completed and now we have it it just isn’t worth the wait. It considers only the above-ground handling of 113 chemicals (yes, that many) used in CSG drilling and fracking, but only in NSW and Queensland and only during a sample time frame between 2010 and 2012. It does not assess potential risks from chemicals entering deeper groundwater, mixtures of chemicals, geogenics (chemicals in the coal seam or rock that are mobilised by the fracturing process), fugitive emissions and ambient air, shale or tight gas extraction, potential effects on agriculture or the food chain, or the individual risks of chemicals used at particular sites. It does make a brief mention of the possibility of a spill from a waste storage facility (those big rubber-lined holes in the ground that look like giant kids’ wading pools) finding its way to water used by the public for washing and drinking.

    It found 57 of the 113 chemicals were harmful, in their pure form, but dismissed any risks because they were not likely to come in contact with humans unless there was a spill or an accident during transport. This despite the industry itself reporting spills and accidents.

    So – it’s taken five years to ‘assess’ and then come up with this conclusion – ‘Yeah, well, some of that stuff is dangerous, but it’s OK if you don’t go near it, so there’s nothing to worry about. Just carry on as usual, chaps, it’s all OK with us.”

    You can wade through it yourself, if you want to –

  13. Well said

    “Inequality is not a personal choice – it’s a choice governments make
    John Falzon

    In 1952 a Catholic newspaper in Ireland proclaimed: “The welfare state is diluted socialism and socialism is disguised communism.”

    Extreme? Yes. Dated? No. When you listen to the dying declarations of the spear-carriers for neoliberalism, it’s hard not to hear the same alarmist codswallop.”

  14. Well, Mr. Trumble is in nasty campaign mode now – chucking mud at Kristina like snow balls after a snow storm. The more I hear him spewing abuse, the more I believe the strangled cat story. A mean and very nasty man is our illustrious, useless failure of a PM.

  15. 33% of votes counted so far. Moore leading Jones by about 5%, but the NYT predicts Jones will win by 4.8%. 75% certainty that Jones will win.

    I… can’t really believe it. Alabama seems to be voting for a Democratic senator. That’s incredible if it happens.

  16. What the hell is this country doing?

    Vocational education funding at lowest level in a decade, report says
    Report criticises Australia’s state and federal governments for setting the country up for an ‘uncertain future’

    The report, published on Wednesday, accuses policymakers of “refusing to look at education as a cohesive, integrated system”, and for allowing VET funding in particular to fall dramatically.

    It warns the VET system has become a poorer cousin to the university system, with government expenditure for 2015-16 in the sector 4.7% below what it was a decade ago

  17. They’ve called it, Doug Jones will be the Democratic Senator for Alabama.

    This is absolutely seismic for US politics.

  18. Good news from usa then, well done Dems.

    Sat by phone Monday and Tuesday, had dr appointment to do dressing on Razz’s foot, told her still hadn’t heard from hospital. Got phone call from hospital while with doctor to go there now. Have spent until now waiting in room, still no treatment……..but all paper work is done. They said she should be home Saturday.

    Poor Hunter is distraught, I’ve come home without his mother. Oh and my computer packed it in this morning. It is stinking hot here, 32.9c.

  19. @PTMD

    Yeah, I feel something like that too, like the world might actually get better from the elections of 2016 that pretty much wounded progressives all over the world (Brexit, Australia, USA).

    The voters finally having enough of Trump that they vote against someone like him in one of the Crown Jewels of the Republican South, it’s just a breathtaking result.

  20. What you done, McGowan?!

    The WA Government has announced tens of millions of dollars of sweeping education spending cuts that will see nearly 200 jobs axed and a range of services across the State either shut down or slashed.

    The $64 million cut to education funding will affect regional and metropolitan areas, with many programs closed down entirely, funding cuts for some and fee hikes for others.

    Six camp school sites run by the Education Department will be shut down and residential colleges in Moora and Northam will be closed.

    The Schools of the Air will also be shut down, while Tuart College in Perth will close and Canning College will be made available only to overseas fee-paying students.

    Landsdale Farm School will have its funding removed and fees for vacation swimming programs will more than double from $13.50 to $30 for a 10-day program.

    On top of that, 18 schools will face a 25 per cent funding cut for programs for gifted and talented students.

    The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) described the decision as devastating, saying it would have an enormous impact on people in regional WA.

    “It’s really an absolutely brutal decision, it shows a total disregard to the situation of regional West Australian families,” ICPA vice president Liz Sudlow said.

    “It’s just another nail in the coffin for regional WA in general.”

    In a statement, the Government linked the decisions to State Parliament’s decision to block a move to increase the gold royalty rate earlier this year.

    “I understand this process is a difficult and challenging time, particularly for staff, and our biggest priority is to minimise any impact on students,” Education Minister Sue Ellery said.

    A spokeswoman for Ms Ellery said the 170 staff affected would be redeployed, although some were expected to accept a voluntary redundancy.

  21. A good article

    I Think Shorten knows exactly why he is obsessed

    Labor is campaigning on education and health. Shorten accompanied Keneally to a press conference outside Ryde hospital and urged Turnbull to reverse the cuts to health funding including the freeze on Medicare rebates levels.

    The pair appeared to be determinedly on message, dismissing the smear campaign as a distraction.

    “It’s quite weird how obsessed he is by her candidacy,” Shorten said.

    Alexander unfastened the Gordian Knot: Kristina will unfasten the Alexandrian Knot.

  22. There was (another) interesting thing about that Alabama Is Down: Trump wanted The Other Bloke to get pre-selected – fail; then supported Moore – fail; then tweet-congratulated Jones because “decency won”.

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