BIG BY ELECTION BLURB

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So Called SUPER SATURDAY is upon us when 5 Federal by elections are to be held.2 of them  in WA.Perth and Fremantle seem certain to be retained by labor with the Libs not even bothering to contest them.

Mayo in SA. held by the NXT (or whatever party she represents nowadays) Rebekah Sharkie looks like it will ,against all common sense and decency ignore the overtures from their lords and masters and reject the pure blood ,snooty snobby entitled princess Georgina Downer and stick with Sharkie. How I pity the servants in the manor on Sunday morning. It will be floggings all around with salt afters and no food for few days .

Which leaves Braddon in Tassie and Longman in QLD,

Both seats were held by labor but both members Justine Keay and Longmans Susan Lamb ruled ineligible due to dual citizenship.Both are re contesting.Both are held by slim margins 2.2% for Braddon while Longman is on a slender thin.08%.

Opinion polls in these seats have put the libs slightly ahead which has sent the MSM into a meltdown over Bill Shorten and his leadership and praising Turnbull over how wonderful he is,  he has turned things around and will now go on and win at the next Election and finally fulfill his ordained destiny as the greatest PM. Rupert could ever construct.

Never mind the fact that Shorten and Labor have beaten Turnbull and the coalition in the polls since roughly the last election ,it is all about Leadership  in Labor and unrest in the ranks while the libs are all hunky dory and one united tribe . I seem to think I have seen this all before but I may be mistaken as I get older.

If Labor hang on and win both it will be portrayed as nothing spectacular. You know no government winning a seat  from the opposition in a byelection for 100 yrs blah blah blah. If they lose one it will be regarded as savage test of Shortens leadership and a firming of Malcom’s magnificence .

If  labor lose both get ready for the biggest Kill Bill Campaign yet. It will be wall to wall,blaring from the mountains over the top non stop continuous bleating sniping unnamed sources from all the usual suspects.They will try to have him gone by next Friday.

I doubt we will know the results on Saturday night as if things are as close as predicted postal votes will have to taken into account and that can be up 13 days after polls close but if at the end of counting Saturday the Libs are even ahead by 1 vote the resulting avalanche of Leadership speculation will still begin.

Better get some drinks handy.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Oil industry wants government to build seawall to protect refineries from climate change effects

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas — As the nation plans new defenses against the more powerful storms and higher tides expected from climate change, one project stands out: an ambitious proposal to build a nearly 60-mile “spine” of concrete seawalls, earthen barriers, floating gates and steel levees on the Texas Gulf Coast.

    Like other oceanfront projects, this one would protect homes, delicate ecosystems and vital infrastructure, but it also has another priority — to shield some of the crown jewels of the petroleum industry, which is blamed for contributing to global warming and now wants the federal government to build safeguards against the consequences of it.

    The plan is focused on a stretch of coastline that runs from the Louisiana border to industrial enclaves south of Houston that are home to one of the world’s largest concentrations of petrochemical facilities, including most of Texas’ 30 refineries, which represent 30 percent of the nation’s refining capacity.

    https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/08/88ce31f2fa4310/oil-industry-wants-government.html

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. The next few Bludger Tracks will be interesting!

    Paul Bongiorno writes that the Liberal vote has collapsed, but there are no regrets from the plotters.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/08/27/liberal-leadership-farce/
    Peter Hartcher examines the very quietly announced decision to freeze Huawei and ZTG out of the building of the new 5G network.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-bombshell-decision-canberra-wanted-to-bury-20180827-p5000d.html
    The SMH editorial says that Morrison needs some policies. Urgently.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-urgently-needs-some-policies-20180827-p50017.html
    The Liberal Party could be left with just two safe federal seats in all of Victoria if it cannot improve its performance in the polls, a leading Melbourne political scientist has warned.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/dark-times-expert-predicts-few-safe-places-for-victoria-s-liberal-20180827-p5003a.html
    Adele Ferguson can’t work out who in the new ministerial line up will have carriage of the fallout from the banking royal commission. It could be Stuart Robert. He knows a thing or two about bad behaviour!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/so-who-exactly-is-the-minister-for-the-financial-services-swamp-20180827-p50032.html
    Eryk Bagshaw is similarly concerned.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/extraordinary-wait-for-crucial-minister-20180827-p50015.html
    Morrison’s cabinet reshuffle has prompted cheeky observers of the financial services sector to ask one obvious question – is banking royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne now the de facto Financial Services Minister?
    https://www.outline.com/qV68qC
    A myriad factors lead to Malcolm Turnbull’s demise, but senior Liberal Party members have said Tony Abbott shoulders some blame.
    https://www.outline.com/r8ahFr
    Economics professor John Freebairn writes that Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good.
    https://theconversation.com/drought-is-inevitable-mr-joyce-101444
    There was a whole lot of fuss during Malcolm Turnbull’s reign as Prime Minister, with nothing much to show for it at the end, writes Ben Eltham. Except for maybe the Liberals being in an even weaker position, which is very hard to imagine.
    https://newmatilda.com/2018/08/27/turnbull-obituary-frying-pan-fire/
    Phil Coorey tells us that the federal government has dumped long-standing plans to dilute union and employer group influence on industry super fund boards after the damage done to retail funds by the Hayne royal commission ended any prospect of securing Senate support.
    https://www.outline.com/Pf3DL7
    Financial planning businesses are waiting to find out what study they’ll have to do when new standards kick in from next year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/there-is-an-agenda-involved-warning-over-exodus-by-financial-planners-20180827-p5000g.html
    Former Treasurer Scott Morrison is the new neoliberal Prime Minister, but the right-wing reactionaries in the Liberal Party will never be appeased, writes John Passant.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/prime-minister-scott-morrison-the-new-face-of-neoliberalism,11829
    Oh oh! David Crowe and Fergus Hunter are saying Morrison faces a test on the Paris climate deal,
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-faces-test-on-paris-climate-deal-20180827-p50045.html
    And Michelle Grattan says that with Turnbull’s resignation Morrison now has a real-time test.
    https://theconversation.com/turnbull-resigning-seat-on-friday-giving-morrison-a-real-time-voting-test-102215
    Michelle Pini attempts to shed light on the latest #libspill bloodbath winner, Australia’s current Prime Minister Scott “ScoMo” Morrison. She says he will uphold bigotry and failed Newspolls.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/current-prime-minister-scott-morrison-to-uphold-bigotry-and-failed-newspolls,11831
    Banks have stopped rewarding mortgage brokers who sell the most home loans with bonus payments, admitting they risked encouraging excessive borrowing.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banks-ditch-sales-focused-volume-based-commissions-20180827-p4zzzz.html
    The insurance industry is the next to come under Hayne’s spotlight.
    https://www.outline.com/652K3z
    I reckon the real estate industry should be given the once-over too.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2018/08/27/real-estate-agent-commissions/
    Last Friday the big royal commission news was overshadowed by leadership spill. A scathing 222 page report was released by Counsel Assisting Michael Hodge.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/08/27/commbanl-nab-superannuation-charges/
    Brent Finlay, former president of the National Farmers’ Federation, says Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce are the latest who are failing the bush
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/28/drought-policy-must-reflect-climate-change-says-former-farmers-chief
    Erwin Jackson says that if we want strong climate action, we need to get the moderate Liberals on board.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/27/if-we-want-strong-climate-action-we-need-to-get-the-moderate-liberals-on-board
    Jacqui Maley tries to work out what Abbott will get up to now.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/abbott-channels-oprah-promises-less-toxic-politics-20180827-p50035.html
    Here’s the SMH rundown on last night’s unhinged Q&A. BTW Bob Katter needs help, serious help.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/q-and-a-recap-pauline-hanson-says-she-had-no-idea-what-final-solution-meant-20180828-p5004v.html
    In the inelegant butchering that took place in Canberra over the week, one event should stand out in its ghastly affront: Parliament was shut down as the Liberal Party fought over who should lead it.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/renting-democracy-shutting-down-australias-parliament,11830
    Jenna Price has an excellent contribution on the insidious power and the motives of the likes of Jones, Hadley and News Ltd.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/me-and-mr-jones-what-i-know-about-media-bullies-20180827-p5002f.html
    And Michaela Whitbourn tells us how Sydney radio station 2GB’s star broadcaster Alan Jones has triggered an advertising boycott after he used a racial slur on air during a segment on the leadership rumblings in Canberra.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/advertisers-abandon-2gb-over-offensive-alan-jones-comments-20180827-p50011.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz reports that The BIS has warned that increasing protectionism could win back decades of global economic progress and create a ”perfect storm” in which everyone loses.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/global-economy-is-facing-a-perfect-storm-warns-bis-chief-20180827-p4zzzq.html
    Peter Hannam writes about Turnbull’s son, Alex, who has come out swinging about the power of the rent seekers in the Coalition who brought down his father.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/can-t-vote-liberal-in-good-conscience-alex-turnbull-blasts-climate-stance-20180827-p50018.html
    Tony Wright talks about the use of Akubra hats.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-new-pm-treads-an-old-track-but-leaves-the-akubra-at-home-20180827-p5003v.html
    A shuttle bus ferrying Home Affairs public servants around Canberra each day will expand its route as it replaces a service costing nearly half a million dollars.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/hail-to-the-bus-driver-home-affairs-expands-shuttle-for-public-servants-20180826-p4zztz.html
    Keith Aston makes some good points in this contribution in which he says that Australia is behaving like a spoiled brat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-is-behaving-like-a-spoiled-brat-20180824-p4zzne.html
    And here is this week’s favourite for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/grandfather-71-eligible-for-parole-in-2039-after-years-of-child-sex-abuse-20180827-p4zzyf.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe brings out the wrecking ball.

    A trio from Mark David.



    And a couple from Peter Broelman.


    Sean Leahy also has three for us.



    Paul Zanetti farewells Julie Bishop.

    As does Mark Knight.

    Cathy Wilcox gets this one right.

    Glen Le Lievre on our asylum seeker policy.

    And he has a nice little gif for us.

    Alan Moir.

    A little cracker for Jon Kudelka.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/09e52a3e2f434b9d0b6a2086e7769a5d
    Some very good ones in here, including David Pope and Matt Golding.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-august-28-2018-20180828-h14l9t.html

  3. I think i can put together a reasonably coherent argument for what’s happened to the Liberal Party, and why it was inevitable from the start. I just don’t have the time to do it at the moment. Very briefly: from the moment Abbott became opposition leader and the party decided to jettison all policy work in favour of simply opposing, they were doomed in the long term – thought they knew it would be successful in the short term. It was in fact the only reliable approach available to a bunch of apparatchiks with no talent for policy work. I don’t think they’ve ever swerved from that philosophy, and have mainly seen politics in terms of pure PR. It was worse when they gained power, because the expectation is that you do something while in governance, and they refused to do that. A fall in the polls saw them casting about for a short-term sugar-hit, and they eventually turned to Turnbull and his latent popularity, even though they despised him. That was destined to fail too of course, because he was subject to the ‘oppose everything’ philosophy too. Now they have no short-term vote-grabbing mechanism, no policies, and nothing to use their PR skills on. And they’re being led by the PR-iest of the PR merchants too.

  4. It’s not just Murdoch who is interfering in Australian politics.

    We all know about Alan Jones using the n-word on air, we all know that has cost 2GB advertising revenue, but there’s a bigger story that’s barely getting a mention.

    Alan Jones has admitted urging two Coalition MPs to support the challenge Turnbull last week. If you watched last night’s Four Corners you would have seen Jones saying he contacted John Alexander, and an unnamed second MP, telling them the government had to change direction. In his farewell press conference on Friday, Turnbull blamed “powerful voices in the media” for undermining his position. He was not talking just about Murdoch. He should have named names, but as always, he was too gutless to do that.

    Alan Jones says he privately contacted two MPs during leadership crisis
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-27/alan-jones-says-he-contacted-two-mps-during-leadership-challenge/10170584

    Ray Hadley has been involved in the chaos too in his cosy little chats with Dutton and Abbott. Dutton used Hadley’s show to set out his reasons for his possible resignation, just days before he challenged.

    Yesterday there was this –

    The prime minister using a shock jock to convey messages to one of his team. Why the frack didn’t SloMo just call Abbott into his office for a chat? Why have this done on a crappy radio show?

    We have a couple of old men using a radio station to push their very conservative agenda to their listeners. Really, no-one should take them seriously, but the rest of our media do, we get their views reported constantly. Hardly surprising when Fairfax owns 2GB.

    • “serious papers” should not follow the shock jocks. I was amazed at the way they treated Turnbull, all in favour of Dutton. After having practically adored T they completely demolished him. All in favour of Dutton. MSM is much more reprehensible than someone like Hadley.

    • I think we should probably all start using the phrase “Don’t you think [he] looks tired?” with regards to radio personalities who have involved themselves in more than one ousting of our prime ministers.

      Both Mr Jones and Mr Hadley have been involved in at least two Liberal spills and were instrumental in Ms Gillard being turfed, so … ?
      I have no idea who the Liberal shock jock is here in WA, but it is likely they are getting “tired”, too.

    • It might work. They are both old, well past their use-by date and in Jones’s case, have already escaped the clutches of the Grim Reaper a few times. Hadley had a lung cancer scare years ago, but it turned out to be nothing.

      Maybe we could add “and sick” to that quote when talking about them. I’m sure Doctor Who won’t mind.

  5. Erwin Jackson says that if we want strong climate action, we need to get the moderate Liberals on board.

    Totally missing the point.

    If we want strong climate action we need to change the government. The rabble now allegedly running the country are incapable of dealing with climate change. They are either in thrall to the big coal-mining companies or they are denying climate change is happening. Or both.

    As long as this bunch of head-in-the-sand idiots remains in charge nothing will happen to get any action at all.

  6. All SloMo’s new ministers were presented with flag pins at their swearing -in. If these pins are now compulsory for ministers, how long before we all have to wear them? Or will we just go straight to barcodes tattooed on our foreheads?

  7. Documents show a 27-year-old was released from immigration detention in November 2015 after Peter Dutton granted her a tourist visa

    ABC understands Alexandra Deuwel was planning to work for Callum Maclachlan, second-cousin of AFL boss Gillon McLachlan

    It is understood the AFL boss made representations to Mr Dutton’s chief of staff Craig Maclachlan, though the staffer’s relationship with Gillon McLachlan and his second-cousin is unknown

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/dutton-released-au-pair-after-lobbying-from-afl-boss-mclachlan/10172788

  8. Federal Labor backbencher Emma Husar says “slut-shaming” forced her decision not to recontest the Sydney seat of Lindsay at the next election.

    “What brought my career in politics to an end was being slut-shamed so viciously, with no ability to come back and stand up for myself,” she told 7.30.

    And she’s concerned that it’s a common tactic used against women in politics.

    “It’s almost used as a method of torture,” she said.

    Ms Husar had been accused by a former staffer, Jeremy Anderson, of executing a Sharon Stone move from the movie Basic Instinct while her colleague Jason Clare was playing with his daughter on the floor in front of her.

    “It’s utter garbage. Both Jason Clare and I have said it didn’t happen,” she said.

    Jeremy Anderson would not comment specifically on this issue, but 7.30 understands that the date of the alleged incident is contested.

    “I’m good mates with Jason and his wife. I’ve got a lot of time for both of them,” Ms Husar said.

    “It’s one thing to drag me through it because you’ve got a vendetta or got an axe to grind, but it’s another thing to draw somebody else into this.

    “It made me sick to the stomach — it still does now.”

    Barrister John Whelan, who was asked by the Labor Party to investigate the complaints, found the allegations of sexual harassment and lewd conduct were not supported.

    Ms Husar had been the subject of 44 complaints about her behaviour in the workplace, twenty of them made by Jeremy Anderson after she had terminated his employment.

    The other complaints were made anonymously.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/slut-shaming-forced-me-out-of-politics-emma-husar/10152266

  9. Go, Beetrooter, just go

    Environmentalists have slammed Australia’s new drought envoy Barnaby Joyce, describing his calls to divert water to farmers as “ill-informed” and likely to inflict further harm on river communities.

    The former deputy prime minister, who assumed his new role at the weekend, wants the Federal Government to “borrow” water so farmers can use it to grow crops to feed livestock.

    He said the drought was an emergency and should be treated like a bushfire, which would allow for resources to be taken without seeking permission.

    “The alternative view is the water that is going to the environment is going past the irrigation properties that could grow fodder to keep cattle alive,” he said.

    Mr Joyce also called for new provisions to allow for farmers to clear mulga trees to feed to livestock – an idea states have attempted to limit to reduce land clearing.

    “We have to look at the resources we have, we have to work out how to get grain to the areas where you need… but you need fodder to go with it and then hope and pray for rain,” he said.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/barnaby-joyce-drought-options-spark-controversy/10172702

  10. Two senior figures in Queensland cotton conglomerate Norman Farming have been arrested over an alleged $20 million fraud involving federal funds earmarked for Murray-Darling water savings.

    Norman Farming CEO John Norman, 43, and his chief financial officer Steve Evans, 53, surrendered themselves at the Brisbane watch house this morning with their lawyers at their sides.

    The men appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this afternoon and were granted bail.

    Police are alleging the rural fraud operation involved the director of the company submitting fraudulent claims, including falsified invoices related to six water-efficiency projects on the southern border property near Goondiwindi, known as Healthy Headwater projects.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/cotton-executives-20-million-fraud-allegation-norman-farming/10172736

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