The Big Budget Bribe.2018

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The 2018 Federal Budget will be announced tomorrow ( or what little parts already haven’t been) but a desperate Government hoping to bribe the voters into re-electing them.

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By all reports they are going to spend big on infrastructure as well as any other items the think will be looked upon favourably as well as giving tax cuts and other sweeteners immediately to the lower classes while the more affluent will have to wait a few years.

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Morrison and Mal are indeed trying to be Santa Claus. The hypocrisy is astounding by them as well as the complicate media,

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What happened to the DEBT AND DEFICIENT disaster   we were warned about day in and day out when it was much lower than what it is now? What about the Sovereign Risk to Australia,? WE were all going to be ruined unless it was bought back under control.

 

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This is the biggest bribe in place since Costello’s last one, which was the last trick to save their tired old Government from losing. This coming budget is about saving Turnbull/Morrison and the rest of Coalscums jobs.It will be talked up as brilliant by their sprukers and lickspittles , Labor will pillared from post to paddock if they don’t immediately agree to pass all the measures in the budget and then get out of the way and let the rightful rulers get on with their agenda with out question.

 

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Will the Public fall for it, or are they more savvy than given credit for?

Time will tell.

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2,674 thoughts on “The Big Budget Bribe.2018

  1. A good question –

    Read the thread for a good idea of how woeful Jones was last night.

    • I don’t watch either, Twitter gives me a running commentary, if I can be bothered. If something really good happens I can always watch just that bit on iview.

  2. The Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has confirmed she will sue David Leyonhjelm for defamation over comments she believes amount to “slut-shaming” and accusing her of being a misandrist.

    On Tuesday Hanson-Young confirmed she would bring a case against the Liberal Democrat senator and promised to donate any damages awarded to charities that focus on the support and development of women.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/10/sarah-hanson-young-confirms-she-will-sue-david-leyonhjelm-for-defamation

  3. I love it when the Libs turn on one another.

    This is what has put the wind up the Tasmanian Liberals –

    A ReachTEL poll on July 6 commissioned by progressive think-tank the Australia Institute found Labor’s primary vote had risen to 36.3 per cent, up from 33 per cent in a ReachTEL poll for Sky News done in early June.

    Mr Whiteley’s primary vote had fallen from 47 per cent to 42.9 per cent

    https://outline.com/jVmvcT

  4. Two Thai artists have immortalised the epic mission to save school boys and their coach from a Thai cave

    Here’s what the cartoon means:
    Wild boars (12 small ones and one larger one): the stranded boys and their coach.
    White seals: the Thai Navy Seals leading the rescue efforts.
    White elephant: Narongsak Osottanakorn, the leader of the rescue mission.
    Frogs: cave divers.
    White horse: all the heroes who have been involved in the mission. “Everyone who participated in the mission. May not be specific Everybody is a knight.”
    Blue lion: divers from Britain and Belgium.
    Kangaroo: rescuers from Australia.
    Panda: rescuers from China.
    Crane: rescuers from Japan.
    Moose: rescuers from Sweden.
    Tiger: rescuers from Myanmar.
    Brown elephant: rescuers from Laos.
    Eagle: rescuers from the US.
    Iron Man: Businessman Elon Musk who has offered to assist with a child-sized submarine.
    Swallows: climbers from Thailand.
    Dog: a K9 unit at the scene.
    Dragon: the team drilling into the cave to pump water.
    Birds: media
    Black crow: people criticizing the mission

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thai-cartoonists-pay-tribute-to-australian-cave-rescuers

  5. Is the Narrabri Santos gas project finally dead? I really hope so.

    Gas import spells end of Santos’ controversial Narrabri CSG, analysts say
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/gas-import-spells-end-of-santos-controversial-narrabri-csg-analysts-say-20180709-p4zqe0.html

    Would the NSW election in March next year push the NSW government to give up their support for this destructive project? Maybe. I’m not forgetting that the fight against Santos has been going on for nine years now, during the terms of both Labor and Coalition governments, and with support from federal governments on both sides.

    • I happened to get Biff’s Robocall message on TEN news tonight. He made an extraordinary claim that he’d been at many Caucus meetings where Bill had “told lie, after lie, after lie…” So I did a bit of checking. Latham left Parliament in Feb 2005. Bill entered in Dec 2007, So when were they ever together in Caucus?
      I did a tweet which has got a big response

      Another inspired choice by Pauline, which chould make Lamb very happy.

  6. Karp does Kill Bill

    The interview – addressing one of the Labor right’s key concerns about putting a leftwing MP in charge of the party – is likely to be seen as a further signal he is prepared to lead the party after a speech in late June laying out his manifesto, including the need for bipartisanship and closer cooperation with business.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/10/albanese-admits-coalition-stopped-the-boats-and-opposes-detention-time-limit

    Not open for comments …

  7. I’d like to think the missing eagle is a sly dig at the Yanks, reflecting their habit of show up after it’s all over and then claiming all the credit.

    Ouch.

    Speaking of ouch, once the “young boars” are fit and healthy (and well fed with ข้าวผัดกะเพรา), I’d like to see them try out Elon Musk’s “mini submarine” for size… A 31cm metal tube sounds more terrifying than the 38x72cm “choke point”.

    • Jaeger

      Thank goodness this did not happen in the USA. Photographs of the team showed them to be “slim young Asian types” and the dimensions of the choke point not too taxing . Getting through the ‘choke point’ for ‘Mercan kids ‘these days’ would be largely mission impossible 🙂

    • “Thank goodness this did not happen in the USA.”

      Au contraire – I want to see the footage of Elon Musk testing the functionality of his space junk mini-submarine with a kid before he sent it to Thailand. (He did test it, right?)

  8. Jaeger

    i fell in love with Thai food a long time ago and discovered this site. This recipe sounds close.
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    Khai pad gaprao – chicken with holy basil.
    http://www.chetbacon.com/thai-html/khai_pad_gaprao.htm
    The main site. The curry pastes are to die for.

    From Muoi Khuntilanont’s Thai Kitchen

    …..passed on in 1998 – We’ll all miss him and his humor): His caveats are:

    “The quantities are approximate: my wife is a professional chef and measures quantities in pinches, small and large piles on the palm of her hand and handsful, rather than neat teaspoons, tablespoons and cups. However experimenting with her measures I have converted them to more meaningful quantities. But as always if you like a spice you can use more, if you don’t you can use less. Temperatures and times are approximate: Thai charcoal braziers don’t have thermostats, and few Thai chefs use a clock – the food is cooked when you are happy with the result.

    http://www.chetbacon.com/thai-html/thai.html

    • Thanks, KK!

      Making curry pastes (and pesto) from scratch can be hard work, but very rewarding; finding the raw ingredients can be a “challenge” (your greengrocers may vary.)

      There’s a real satisfaction is have made it the hard way – and they smell amazing!

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Nicolas Stuart reckons we should be standing by for a khaki election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/stand-by-for-a-khaki-election-20180710-p4zqnw.html
    Tony Wright offers some relationship counselling to Latham and Hanson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/latham-and-hanson-we-know-how-this-political-relationship-will-end-20180710-p4zqld.html
    Michelle Grattan tells us how the incoming ALP President Wayne Swan has lashed out at Mark Latham as “someone who ratted on battlers” after the former Labor leader’s robo message to Longman voters, authorised by Pauline Hanson”.
    https://theconversation.com/mark-latham-helps-hanson-in-robocall-attacking-shorten-99665
    The ACCC has called for radical reform of the National Electricity Market to bring down prices, claiming the gouging of households and business consumers has reached an “unacceptable” level with widespread abuse of market power by the larger energy companies.
    https://outline.com/yzH5NA
    But already there is backlash.
    https://outline.com/CCy4mc
    And Matthew Stevens says, “Australia needs its coal-fired power stations. But it doesn’t need a new one. It really is that simple.”
    https://outline.com/yendP4
    Here’s Michelle Grattan’s take on the ACCC report.
    https://theconversation.com/consumers-let-down-badly-by-electricity-market-accc-report-99697
    The National Energy Guarantee is Turnbull’s attempt to fend off the far-right climate deniers led by Tony Abbott, barking madly, demanding $5 billion for new coal and denouncing renewables.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/coalitions-neg-a-less-powerfulword-for-stupid,11677
    And Paula Matthewson writes that if recent comments by arch-conservative Liberals Michael Sukkar and Zed Seselja are anything to go by, Tony Abbott’s ambition to use the government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee against Malcolm Turnbull is doomed to fail.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/07/10/tony-abbott-energy-conservatives/
    Paul Kelly writes, “The infatuation of Australian conservatives with Donald Trump continues unabated as the authentic Trump breaks free from the chains of restraint — yet seduction by Trump constitutes the corruption of conservatism and threatens its moral and intellectual standing for many years.” In this excellent contribution he says that we must deal with Trump but never forget the menace he represents.
    https://outline.com/Fjp4XR
    This will be interesting. The Hayne royal commission has told more than 30 superannuation funds to nominate a director to be available to take the stand during hearings starting on August 6.
    https://outline.com/CWZ5rw
    Senate Democrats trying to rally opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are portraying him as a potential threat to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/supreme-court-nominee-would-shield-trump-from-russia-probe-democrats-20180711-p4zqq0.html
    Michael West writes about Labor’s triumph of politics over policy with respect to WestConnex.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/westconnex-labors-triumph-of-politics-over-policy/
    Childcare workers in Victoria will be legally obliged to report suspicions of sexual abuse of youngsters in their care as part of the state government’s response to the child sex abuse royal commission. It is likely the confessional will be included so stand by for some fireworks,
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/mandatory-child-abuse-reporting-for-victorian-childcare-workers-20180710-p4zqo2.html
    Meanwhile Australia’s most senior Catholic Church leaders have criticised new ACT laws that would force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse, saying the clause would make children “less safe”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/act/catholic-archbishops-say-confessional-laws-make-children-less-safe-20180710-p4zqkv.html
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s son, Alex Turnbull, has been one of the few, if only, former Goldman Sachs bankers to raise concerns publicly about the investment bank’s involvement in what could be one of history’s great frauds.
    https://outline.com/9mwRjN
    Government investment in services and manufacturing is driving jobs in NSW and Victoria, while one-in-five positions created since 2017 have been in manufacturing.
    https://outline.com/4bksqv
    John Howard is still fighting his culture war and has come off second best this time around.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-don-t-admit-defeat-john-howard-clashes-with-sydney-university-chancellor-on-ramsay-centre-20180710-p4zqob.html
    John Sparrow headlines this contribution with “Does the religious freedom debate make sense? Of course not, it’s the culture war.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/10/victims-of-religious-discrimination-need-protection-from-victims-of-religious-discrimination
    Ross Gittins on how smart bosses get the most out of their employees. As interesting essay.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/what-smart-bosses-do-to-get-the-best-out-of-staff-20180710-p4zqk1.html
    Stephen Koukoulas writes that tackling inequality has the potential to drive the kind of economic growth Australia has been looking for.
    https://thekouk.com/item/620-tackling-inequality-has-the-potential-to-drive-the-kind-of-economic-growth-australia-has-been-looking-for.html
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how international online shopping giants appear to be shirking their responsibility to charge GST more than a week after it came into force and two years since the tax estimated to be worth $500 million a year was first announced.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/online-shopping-giants-fail-to-keep-up-with-gst-20180709-p4zqbw.html
    The commissioner heading South Australia’s royal commission into the Murray-Darling Basin plan, Bret Walker SC, has repeatedly questioned whether the Murray Darling Basin Authority relied on the best available science. This is all building up nicely.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/10/head-of-inquiry-into-murray-darling-basin-plan-questions-its-use-of-science
    A review into Crown Resorts’ suitability to hold its lucrative casino operating licence has been completed without hearing from a whistleblower about controversial poker machine practices, according to an official complaint to the regulator. Andrew Wilkie is not at all happy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/casino-regulator-snubs-whistleblower-in-crown-probe-says-mp-20180710-p4zqnp.html
    What game is Boris playing with Brexit?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/boris-johnson-not-a-brexit-messiah-just-a-naughty-but-clever-boy-20180710-p4zqoe.html
    And with just eight months until Brexit the British government is teetering on the edge.
    https://outline.com/hDNycd
    Gabby Hinsliff says that In the Tory shires, Brexiteer activists are mutinous and ready to tear Theresa May’s compromises to shreds
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/10/boris-johnson-tory-grassroots-brexit-brexiteer-theresa-may
    David Littleproud says he has no power to intervene in a move by Emanuel Exports to ship live sheep to the Middle East under another name, two weeks after the company’s primary licence was suspended pending an animal welfare investigation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/10/suspended-live-exporter-plans-to-ship-60000-sheep-under-different-name
    Breastfeeding mum Polly Dunning goes to town on the US’s ridiculous moves on the practice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/shocking-double-standard-on-display-as-us-bullies-on-breastfeeding-20180710-p4zqnb.html
    South Australia’s construction sector is expected to deliver a whopping $13 billion in projects this financial year but that value will fall sharply unless more projects come on stream, economic modelling has predicted.
    https://outline.com/XmD2XV
    For the first time in decades, there is a large potential supply, unfettered by geopolitical concerns and controls, that can be brought to bear and which will – over the medium-long term, at least, set an effective cap on the oil price.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/careful-the-oil-price-is-too-high-20180710-p4zqm3.html
    An SA contender for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://outline.com/xM6WuB

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe is inspired by Fuseli’s “Nightmare”.


    Mark David defines bias in the media.

    Also from Mark David.

    Some perspective from Fiona Katauskas.

    Peter Broelman gives Clive Palmer a good serve.

    Zanetti and Latham.

    A reminder from Alan Moir.

    David Pope has a beauty for us today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/act/david-pope-20120214-1t3j0.html
    A warning from Jon Kudelka.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/229f4f82de2b8618ef4ea3938f9dcb7d
    And some very good ones in here!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-july-11-2018-20180710-h12ieo.html

  10. Ten green bottles …

    ,blockquote>Two Conservative party vice-chairs have resigned in protest at Theresa May’s Chequers plans, timing their departures to a few minutes before the prime minister was due to give a press conference with Angela Merkel.

    Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield both released resignation letters saying they opposed May’s Brexit proposals, resigning in the wake of the departures of Boris Johnson, David Davis and Steve Baker.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/10/opposition-grows-mays-brexit-plan-tory-vice-chairs-quit

  11. Then there’s this –

    • I don’t know what he’s talking about. Idiots the 2 of them.

      The Thai Rescue was a tour de force because of the skills and the good will of everyone involved.

  12. A bit late, but still good news.

    Melbourne zoos dump Nestle products over palm oil controversy

    Zoos Victoria has dumped Nestle products from its kiosks and food carts after the company was suspended from an international organisation that promotes the sustainable use of palm oil.

    The organisation, which operates the Melbourne and Werribee zoos, has long campaigned for the sustainable production of palm oil — an ingredient blamed for threatening the critically-endangered Sumatran orangutan population.

    Nestle’s certification with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was suspended last week when it failed to submit a report outlining the company’s actions on producing and buying certified sustainable product

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-10/melbourne-zoo-dumps-nestle-products-over-palm-oil/9961936

    I dumped Nestle years ago because I did not like the way they were promoting baby formula in third world countries with unsafe water supplies.

    • Being taught how to shoot properly is not a bad thing.
      Learning to shoot properly is the young person’s responsibility (and I suspect an higher aptitude due to computer game practice).
      It’s the other things that make guns a worry that children pick up from their parents and the society around them.
      Also does Mr Bernardi have a daughter and is he teaching her to shoot guns too?

  13. Murray-Darling Basin Authority: former employee accuses agency of manipulating data
    Royal commissioner labels government’s approach ‘irregular and deplorable’

    A former senior employee of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has accused it of manipulating data on the amount of environmental water being recovered to back its claim that the “basin plan is being delivered on time and in full”.

    She has also told the South Australian royal commission that the MDBA uses a small pool of consultants for its scientific reviews and uses “peer review” in an entirely different context to the way scientists use the term.

    “The reality is that the basin plan numbers no longer represent actual water,” Maryanne Slattery, the former director of environmental water, said in her submission to the royal commission. “This manipulation will first affect taxpayers but will ultimately adversely impact the property rights of all water licence holders.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/11/murray-darling-basin-authority-former-employee-accuses-agency-of-manipulating-data

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Abbott’s still at it!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/tony-abbott-trump-s-right-allies-are-freeloading-off-us-defence-20180712-p4zqy0.html
    As Trump goes troppo in Europe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/germany-is-russia-s-captive-trump-says-in-new-outburst-at-nato-allies-20180711-p4zqxg.html
    Trump is moving faster and more aggressively on Chinese tariffs than analysts expected, lifting the odds of a full-on trade war between the two global economic powerhouses.
    https://outline.com/LexvhH
    Michael Pascoe opines that a weak Turnbull is up to his eyeballs in orange dye when it comes to preferences.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/07/11/turnbull-one-nation-preferences/
    Peter Hannam concludes that Rod Sims, head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, can’t decide whether the answer to our “broken” electricity market is more or less government intervention.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/accc-can-t-decide-if-electricity-market-needs-more-or-less-regulation-20180711-p4zqsk.html
    A proposal for the federal government to financially guarantee the construction and operation of new dispatchable power generation, which could include clean coal-fired plants, is expected to be taken to cabinet with the backing of the Prime Minister.
    https://outline.com/LFcdGm
    But Amy Remeikis and Paul Karp report that Turnbull has pushed back against pressure from the Nationals and some conservative Liberals to subsidise coal, arguing that backing one technology over another is a recipe for higher power prices.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/11/turnbull-pushes-back-on-coal-pressure-after-accc-report
    In Michael West’s website analyst Bruce Robertson writes that importing gas to solve the challenge of rampaging gas prices is ludicrous and only paves the way for the gas cartel to further profiteer at the expense of consumers. The answer is clear; a “domestic reservation policy” which earmarks Australian gas for Australia consumers. What is lacking is political will.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/gas-importing-exports-will-lead-to-more-profiteering/
    Here’s Michelle Grattan’s take on the ACCC report.
    https://theconversation.com/consumers-let-down-badly-by-electricity-market-accc-report-99697
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that economically marginalised communities must be taken seriously or Australia will face a political backlash that threatens the established economic order, one of the Prime Minister’s top advisers , David Gruen, has warned.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-must-listen-to-struggling-communities-and-act-on-inequality-top-pm-adviser-warns-20180711-p4zquu.html
    The regulatory clampdown on Australia’s heavily-scrutinised banks is now “largely done”, according to APRA overseer Wayne Byres, who has declared “the heavy lifting on lending standards” has been completed.
    https://www.domain.com.au/money-markets/wayne-byres-surprise-apra-declares-mortgage-crackdown-largely-done-20180711-h12k3j-751935/?utm_campaign=featured-masthead&utm_source=smh&utm_medium=link
    Confidence in house price growth and the availability of finance has plummeted with triple the number of property insiders slashing expectations.
    https://outline.com/ubp7Ne
    The APS review’s head David Thodey has announced a high-powered international reference group will act as a “sounding board” for the independent panel, including the likes of former NSW premier Mike Baird and former New Zealand prime minister Bill English. The reference group includes current and former senior public servants from the United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand as well as former cabinet ministers.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/thodey-announces-high-profile-international-reference-group-for-aps-review-20180711-p4zqwg.html
    An explosive unfair dismissal claim alleges executives at Australia’s two largest super funds, AustralianSuper and HostPlus, “pressured” an employee to invest money in a “union-controlled” fund in which they had a conflict of interest – before sacking him when he complained.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/you-have-to-drop-this-former-exec-accuses-super-fund-of-conflicts-20180711-p4zqw6.html
    Elizabeth Knight tells us how it’s not in the interests of the banking industry’s regulator to frighten the horses. Instead, it has to walk a tightrope that ensures banks avoid risky lending without promoting a credit crunch that would damage them.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/regulator-puts-a-rosy-glow-on-the-state-of-australian-bank-lending-20180711-p4zquf.html
    Michael Koziol tells us how the ABC will eventually become a digital-only media outlet and failure to invest in the broadcaster’s digital future will lead it to “wither away and cease to exist” as its chairman Justin Milne has warned.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/invest-in-the-abc-s-digital-future-or-it-will-cease-to-exist-warns-chairman-20180711-p4zqsp.html
    Peter FitzSimons analyses the various carry-ons of soccer players.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/writhing-rolling-hands-on-heads-what-footballers-are-really-saying-20180711-p4zqwh.html
    This PhD student bemoans the lack of logic and communication skills present in tertiary students but I fail to see the benefit of her proposed remedy – more poetry!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-subject-students-really-need-to-study-at-university-20180711-p4zqvc.html
    Tony Featherstone weighs up the benefits and risks of the corporatisation of tertiary studies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/risks-in-too-much-business-input-in-university-degrees-20180710-p4zqoi.html
    A former senior employee of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority has accused it of manipulating data on the amount of environmental water being recovered to back its claim that the “basin plan is being delivered on time and in full”. As I said yesterday this inquiry is building up a head of steam.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/11/murray-darling-basin-authority-former-employee-accuses-agency-of-manipulating-data
    Paul Manafort has been treated like a “VIP” in jail, with a private bathroom and shower, a personal laptop and phone, and access to a meeting space for his legal team, Special Counsel Robert Mueller told a judge. That may have just come to an end.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/paul-manafort-treated-as-prison-vip-to-be-moved-20180712-p4zqy9.html
    Jason Wilson writes that Leyonhjelm threw out a dogwhistle to the men’s rights movement, and it appears to have been answered.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2018/jul/11/mens-rights-activists-have-a-new-hero-david-leyonhjelm
    Ben Doherty writes that each time Australia delays bringing a sick child from Nauru, the stakes get higher.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/11/each-time-australia-delays-bringing-a-sick-child-from-nauru-the-stakes-get-higher
    John Warhurst provides a scorecard for women in politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-women-in-politics-scorecard-20180711-p4zqtm.html
    Michelle Grattan reports on how the ABC chairman Justin Milne has gone on the offensive against the organisation’s critics, linking the public broadcaster to preserving the nation’s identity and strongly warning against the push to clip its digital wings.
    https://theconversation.com/abc-chairman-milne-attacks-self-serving-commercial-critics-99749
    Licences needed for coal seam gas exploration in New South Wales have been effectively extended indefinitely past their expiry date, due to a legal loophole.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/12/coal-seam-gas-nsw-licences-effectively-extended-indefinitely-due-to-legal-loophole
    Clementine Ford explains the term “toxic masculinity”. Clue: it doesn’t men all men are toxic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/now-is-not-the-time-to-wail-about-toxic-masculinity-20180711-p4zqvf.html
    The Victorian government has been criticised for delaying its decision on whether to abolish the seal of confessional for disclosures of child sexual abuse, in its response to the recommendations of the royal commission. Some critics say the Victorian government is ‘still putting the church ahead of children’.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/11/victoria-criticised-for-delaying-decision-on-reporting-child-abuse-heard-in-confession
    Meanwhile Professor of Constitutional Law, Luke beck, explains in a well put together contribution why Australia does not need a Religious Discrimination Act.
    https://theconversation.com/why-australia-does-not-need-a-religious-discrimination-act-99666
    Sarah Palin has called Sacha Baron Cohen “evil, exploitative and sick” after revealing that the satirist had “duped” her into an interview for an upcoming series by posing as a wounded military veteran. This could be a fun series to watch!
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jul/11/evil-exploitative-sick-sarah-palin-duped-sacha-baron-cohen

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with a scary contribution.

    Two little beauties from Mark David.


    From Matt Golding.


    The Pittsburgh Post’s cartoonist with Trump’s visit to London.

    Zanetti does his employer’s bidding yet again.

    David Pope on the cave rescue.
    https://static.ffx.io/images/$width_828/t_resize_width/t_sharpen%2Cq_auto%2Cf_auto/1f368c64e34906ff4681e693bdaf146959443a3e
    Johannes Leak gets this one right.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/3c8eecc794cb4de1deab9b54732150a5
    More in here.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-july-12-2018-20180711-h12k6t.html

  15. This is NOT satire. These dolts really thing things are invisible at night.

    Eco group: LNG decision straight out of ‘Yes Minister’

    AN AMENDMENT to QCLNG’s environmental authority which clarifies smoke emitted at night does not meet the definition of “visible smoke” has been likened to BBC comedy Yes Minister by a local environmental group.

    The environmental authority was amended on June 29 after an application by QGC for more flexibility to give off smoke during maintenance works such as shut-downs.

    The company is restricted to emitting a total of seven hours of visible smoke per year.

    Smoke density is determined using the Ringelmann Smoke Chart, which grades smoke based on its darkness.

    In the latest amendment to the environmental authority, the Department of Environment and Science acknowledges smoke released at night will not result in a Ringelmann reading of greater than two, so smoke released at night cannot be considered “visible”

    https://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/eco-group-lng-decision-straight-out-of-yes-ministe/3464097/

  16. Doug Cameron, this morning, having a go at the lack of knowledge shown by journalists. Echoes something I said a while ago about journalists who earn high salaries having no idea about how tough it is for working class and middle class Australians to cope on their much lower incomes.

    While I recognise the important role the fourth estate plays in our democracy, and I strongly oppose the Turnbull Government’s cuts to the ABC, sometimes I am shocked by the media’s lack of insight into the struggles of working class Australians. It would pay for some journalists to get out of the Canberra bubble and spend a bit of time in the suburbs and country towns where families are doing it tough due to stagnant wage growth, high energy prices and tax policies designed to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor

    https://www.facebook.com/senator.doug.cameron/

  17. No one should have to have two jobs

    New data from the Bureau of Statistics reveals just how drastically over the past seven years we have shifted towards white-collar and service-sector jobs and also how much of the surge in new jobs last year was due to a big uptake in workers taking a second job.

    The labour force figures are often touted as recording the number of “jobs”, whereas in reality they count the number of employed. There are actually more jobs than employed people because some people work more than one job. This discrepancy is also a problem for the ABS because while its labour force figures come from a survey of people, much of its information about jobs – such as job vacancies – comes from surveying businesses.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/jul/12/low-wages-growth-means-work-is-nice-if-you-can-get-it-twice

  18. If there is “nothing untoward” in Barnaby’s expenses then he can release the lot, ditto for his floozy, and we can all study the whole lot.

    Bet that never happens.

    Joyce cleared of travel entitlement misuse

    The Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority said it had to take Mr Joyce at his word that he was telling the truth about his Canberra stays.

    “Only Mr Joyce can determine that his overnight stay was primarily occasioned by that official business that Mr Joyce has identified,” the authority said in its report on Thursday

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/joyce-cleared-of-travel-entitlement-misuse

    A phony investigation in which The Beetrooter lies about everything and is taken at his word with no checking at all.

    Outcome as ordered.

  19. Crime fighting US-style

    Stormy Daniels, the adult film actor who claims she had sex with Donald Trump, has been arrested at a strip club in Ohio for letting patrons touch her while on stage in violation of state law, her lawyer has said.

    Michael Avenatti said in a tweet the charge was “politically motivated” and “reeks of desperation”, suggesting that the arrest was a preplanned sting operation. “We will fight all bogus charges,” he said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/12/stormy-daniels-arrested-in-ohio-lawyer-says

  20. From over The Ditch but the ‘wonderfullness” of Australia’s healthcare system is just the same. May it grow and prosper. Which means ditch the bleeping Coalition whose owners only see it as a potential ‘profit centre’ 😦

    Lana Hart: Thank you, taxpayers, for keeping my kids alive

    I grew up in America and migrated to New Zealand when I was 29 years old. With three kids requiring an unusual amount of healthcare, my US family and I are forever amazed at the public healthcare system that we Kiwis enjoy, everyday, no signing on the dotted line, no questions asked.

    It is so easily taken for granted, this omnipresent, expert, wrap-around system of healthcare that, despite its political and operational challenges, serves New Zealand well.

    My daughter had a heart surgery last week. It was her second one, and her brother has had five heart surgeries. Years ago, her sister had 11 months of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and high-dose chemotherapy. I suppose that sounds shocking or genetically nightmarish.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12087914

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