Wagga Wagga bye-bye election

The Wagga Wagga by-election has reached its conclusion.

Background

In the by-election on 14 December 1957, on the death of Eddie Graham (Labor), Wal Fife (Liberal) won the seat of Wagga Wagga.

The seat was held by the Liberals till 2018. At the 28 March 2015 election, the seat was won by Daryl Maguire with 53.8% first preferences and beating Dan Hayes (Labor) by 62.9% to 37.1% on preferences.

In July 2018, Maguire was drawn into an inquiry by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption regarding possible corruption involving the former Canterbury Council, through his association with former councillor Michael Hawatt. It was alleged that Maguire had acted on behalf of a “mega big” Chinese client, asking for help in buying into development-approved projects, in return for a commission from the developer for both himself and Hawatt. As a consequence, Maguire resigned from the Liberal Party, and from his roles as Parliamentary Secretary for the Centenary of ANZAC, Counter Terrorism, Corrections and Veterans. After initially refusing to resign from Parliament, he announced he would do so before its next sitting. Maguire tendered his resignation to the Speaker of the Legislative of Assembly on the afternoon of 3 August 2018.

Writs were issued on 17 August for a by-election on  8 September.

The candidates

At the close of nominations, the candidates, in ballot paper order, were

  • Seb McDonagh (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers)
  • Julia Ham (Liberal)
  • Joe McGirr (Independent)
  • Ray Goodlass (Greens)
  • Tom Arentz (Christian Democratic Party)
  • Paul Funnell (Independent)
  • Dan Hayes (Labor)

The count

The voting system was optional preferential, which is why the total votes decreased as preferences were distributed or exhausted.

Wagga Wagga 2018 by-election preference count.png

Erratum: 844 should be 13443 and 3650 should be 42574

The result

Interesting that Ham held her lead until preferences for Funnell and Hayes were distributed. In the end, McGirr won with a whopping 59.6% to Ham’s 40.4%.

The Liberals’ first preferences dropped from 53.8% to 25.5%; two-party preferred from 62.9% to 40.4%.

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690 thoughts on “Wagga Wagga bye-bye election

  1. Hot of the press from my old home town a bit of a lol. Who knew 9 year old Basset hounds were so ‘get up and go’ ? 😆

    A rescue dog has blown up social media after making a hilarious and daring escape from its owner down the main street of Kawakawa.

    Bay of Islands Animal Rescue volunteer Lucie Green was taking 9-year-old Lily for a walk when she decided to treat the pedigree basset hound to a sausage.

    She tied Lily to the Coca-Cola flag outside the bakery, then entered the store to buy the dog a well-earned treat.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12127743

  2. This is unbelievable.

    Push to double aged care residents’ daily fees – amid shocking revelations

    A powerful aged care industry group featured in Four Corners‘ Monday night exposé is lobbying for aged care residents to be charged more than double the current maximum fee for daily living costs.

    Residents in aged care homes are already forced to sacrifice 85 per cent of the aged pension to cover daily living costs, but according to Leading Age Services Australia – the peak body representing Australia’s private and not-for-profit aged care services – they are not paying enough.

    Despite aged care homes receiving nearly $12 billion in taxpayer dollars last year, LASA revealed in a report released last week that it has lobbied to raise “consumer contributions” – the “basic daily fee” elderly residents pay to cover “living costs” such as meals, cleaning, laundry, heating and cooling

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/09/18/aged-care-lobby-four-corners/

    • Well that clearly is crap!

      How do you think Stokes got the money to buy his ceramic collection, how did he acquire the house and land at Mount Macedon.

      Stokes is an accountant by training, owned 13 nursing homes in Melbourne’s western suburbs and bought out a nursing home in Mount Macedon that he converted to a 26 room gallery for his magnificent collection. [Which he paid well over the odds for, according to art dealers]

      And he is a small player, the Moran’s are reputedly wealthy beyond my wildest imagination

      If Aged Care was not lucrative why would British, BUPA, American Blue Cross and Chinese AVEO investors be such big players – after all the world is their oyster

      Do they think we are stupid, or have they bought off the Liberals for a surprisingly small amount

  3. Follow-on to my post about Ken Wyatt.

    After reading that story, and after seeing Wyatt do a complete about face within 24 hours on the need for a RC I wonder why Labor would want this man.

    Labor held defection talks with Ken Wyatt

    Last month, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt held secret talks with senior Labor figures (including fellow Indigenous MP and Labor frontbencher Linda Burney) about crossing the floor… for good. Under the Australian Electoral Commission’s declared new boundaries, Wyatt holds his Perth seat of Hasluck by just 2.1 per cent. So he’s toast. But after changing sides? Hard to say; a forceful protest vote, to be sure, but if the swing to Labor remains cyclonic, he could just be sweet as a nut. Of course, this was all before the new PM coincidentally announced a royal commission into Wyatt’s usually dull policy principality

    https://outline.com/DDAubq

    • Which is how it has been for quite some time. John Howard semi plagiarized the Plutocrat class’ saying “We decide who becomes Prime Minister and the manner in which they become Prime Minister”

    • I think we can all acknowledge that for all Mr Murdoch’s apparent desire to ‘rule the world’, he is actually a coward when it comes to actually standing up to taking responsibility for his desires.

  4. Scummo wants us all to make strawberry pavlovas this weekend to help the strawberry farmers.

    FFS!

    How inane can this fool get? Every day I think he has hit peak inanity and then he goes even further.

    I eat strawberries several times a week, they are very healthy fruits. They don’t need to be stuck into a sugary dessert and loaded with cream, they are delicious as they are. I don’t need some fool telling me what to eat. I’ll be buying strawberries, as usual, when I shop this weekend – if there are any on the shelves.

    I loathe pavlovas, they are too sickly sweet for my barely existent sweet tooth to handle, so I will not be making one. Will I be rounded up by the Thought Police and sent to Nauru for not obeying our leader?

    Why not tell us to just have fresh strawberries with breakfast, or make a healthy strawberry smoothie?

  5. For those who think Scrott could not be such a bastard and the above was photoshopped…….

    “When the New York Times interviewed Australia’s new prime minister, Scott Morrison, the article contained a previously unknown detail: “His office features a model migrant boat bearing the proud declaration ‘I Stopped These’.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/19/i-stopped-these-scott-morrison-keeps-migrant-boat-trophy-in-office

    • Yep.

      I posted the original NYT article here, a day or so before the local media caught up, but there was no photo of that trophy. I’ve been hoping someone would show us one, today it’s all over everywhere.

      Morrison didn’t stop the boats, Kevin Rudd did. And even then they have not totally stopped, they have kept coming, just in smaller numbers than there were in 2007-2012..

    • Yes, we really are that mean. Every week, it seems, we have another forced deportation, and most of them involve people who are not white.

      I sometimes think Dutton has a whole department filled with people combing though records looking for people they can deport, just to make the rest of us that little bit more afraid and compliant.

      We are not mean if you are a European, white au pair coming to work with a mate of Peter Dutton though. In those cases every effort is made, no expense is spared to allow you to stay in the country while flouting your visa rules about not taking on paid employment.

  6. A nice ending to this story

    For 12 years, depression and grief after the death of her son left her angry, unemployed and alone raising children.

    Her “world fell apart”, she was zoned out and closed off.

    Last week, she completed her first week working since 2006.

    “I don’t like going home … sometimes they’ve got to throw me out,” she joked when speaking to the Rotorua Daily Post.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12120208

    And Scrott really will live to regret his ‘muppets’ reference

  7. The New Daily suggested that conditions are very dire for strawberry farmers with a glut of strawberries because big farms planted huge numbers of plants that small growers have been forced out of business creating resentment

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2018/09/18/strawberries-needle-overproduction/

    But Urban Wronski suggests it is the government wanting to increase the fear factor

    • Strawberries are always cheaper in winter – and nicer – but this year supermarkets and greengrocers have been almost giving them away. Around here the going price has been $1.50 a punnet or less for weeks. The same product at Christmas sells for well over $4.00, often $5.00.

      It’s been years since the fruit was so cheap, so I believe there is a glut and not just lack of demand in the cold part of the year. .

      I don’t know why the New Daily is quoting Anthony Sarks. He’s not a Queensland grower and he has not been affected by the contamination. He’s been advertising his fruit as “safe” on Facebook. His farm is close to here, he mainly grows tomatoes, the strawberries are a sideline and you can only get them from his farm shop or pick them yourself on the farm. His strawberries are grown under cover in climate-controlled high-tech greenhouses, so the weather doesn’t affect them.
      http://www.ricardoes.com/index.html

    • The reason the anti union legislation being bought before the senate again is mentioned in the last 2 paragraphs.
      Ostensibly because John Setka posted a tweet on Father’s Day of his primary school children holding an iPad with ABCC GET F#CKED
      But really because the unions negotiated good pay and conditions to upgrade Melbourne’s rail infrastructure

  8. US Expels Palestinian Ambassador, Freezes Family Bank Account

    n the latest move to bend the will of Palestinians, the U.S. revoked residency permits of Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot and froze his family bank accounts.

    The United States, in yet another attempt to force the hand of Palestinians, expelled the Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S. Husam Zomlot. The family’s bank account has also been frozen. This came few days after the U.S. State Department ordered the closure of Palestine Liberation Organization’s embassy in Washington.

    Wasel Abu Yousef, a PLO executive committee member, said that Zomlot has been in Ramallah for four months. “Ambassador Zomlot’s son Said, 7, who is in second grade, and daughter Alma, 5, who is in kindergarten were pulled out of Horace Mann Elementary School in Washington DC last week and have since left the country,” the PLO said in a statement.

    The expulsion of Zomlot and his family from the country is being done to force Palestinians into starting unconditional and one-sided peace negotiations with Israel.

    “By deliberately targeting the family of Ambassador Zomlot, the U.S. administration has gone from cruel punishment to revenge against the Palestinians and their leadership, even to the point of causing hardship to their innocent children and families,” PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashwari said in a statement.

    https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Expels-Palestinian-Ambassador-Freezes-Family-Bank-Account-20180917-0003.html

  9. Israel bars EU Parliament delegation from entering Gaza

    September 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Israel on Tuesday denied a European Parliament (EP) delegation access to the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to an official EP statement.

    “The Israeli authorities have once again refused the EP’s Delegation for Relations with Palestine permission to enter the Gaza Strip,” the statement read.

    The delegation, it added, had requested permission to enter the strip as part of a three-day planned mission to the Palestinian territories.

    Stating that the purpose of the visit was “to monitor the humanitarian situation caused by a decade of blockade”, the statement asserted that Israel had barred successive EP delegations from entering Gaza since 2011.

    “The EP delegation started its work in East Jerusalem and other parts of the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and was set to visit Gaza on Thursday,” it explained.

    As a result of the Israeli blockade and successive conflicts, the statement added, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had “insufficient access to basic needs, such as potable drinking water, food, housing, schools and health care”.

    “Denying the EP entry to Gaza has become systematic. It is arbitrary and unacceptable,” the statement quoted delegation chairman Neoklis Sylikiotis as saying.

    Asserting that Israel had tried to prevent the delegation from seeing Gaza’s dire humanitarian situation, Sylikiotis said it was clear that the self-proclaimed Jewish state was “ashamed and afraid” to allow the delegation into the besieged coastal enclave.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180918-israel-bars-eu-parliament-delegation-from-entering-gaza/

  10. Leonie journalists invite people to join their lists of expert talking heads. Obviously Ricccardoes is on the list and willing to speak up. If you are supplying the supermarket chains you NEVER speak about the bullying and unfair contracts because you will lose your shelf position. If you have been forced out of business you are probably too upset to speak coherently and concerned the police might turn their attention on you, after all it is Queensland and I bet dodgy practices exist up and down that supply chain. At least The New Daily attributes its sources unlike other media that say ‘sources’ say to mean the media made it up

    Re the picture of the boat. Once the New York Times mentioned some else who had photo of said article from previous photo shoot felt quite free to publish it

    Woke up this morning to grating traffic noise with helicopter then silence. I bet there was a large load transported slowly from port to industrial area. The load being so large the highway is closed to normal traffic. Or could be concrete panels or large girders for the infrastructure upgrades with sweetheart deals for the union fat cats. Is pay of $150,000 per annum with $25,000 site allowance amazingly good?

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe has the drum that Turnbull lodged a complaint directly with Murdoch over News Ltd and Sky News coverage in last days of his prime ministership.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/turnbull-lodged-complaint-with-murdoch-over-coverage-in-last-days-of-his-prime-ministership-20180919-p504rd.html
    John Warhurst reckons that in the next six months we will see either the best or worst of politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/six-months-of-best-or-worst-politics-20180918-p504hy.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how National Australia Bank has provided the first insight into what bank remuneration schemes might look like in the wake of reforms to bank executives’ accountability prompted by the wave of finance sector scandals. It should make it much harder for bad behaviour to be rewarded.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-pay-revamp-makes-it-much-harder-to-reward-bad-behaviour-20180919-p504q7.html
    Nikki Savva laments Liberal women , the new forgotten people.
    https://outline.com/EBCfsW
    David Crowe examines the Senate repot on Dutton and the au pairs. You’d have to say the Coalition’s dissenting report is more like a whinge than a rebuttal. Parliament could be interesting today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/senate-splits-on-peter-dutton-au-pair-inquiry-20180919-p504t7.html
    Michelle Grattan also has a look at the report and how the spotlight returns to illuminate Dutton.
    https://theconversation.com/dutton-back-in-spotlight-after-split-senate-report-on-au-pair-affair-103552
    Fergus Hunter reveals that the Coalition government secretly proposed a $660 million boost to welfare payments in its failed efforts to secure Senate crossbench support for tax cuts for large companies, even offering senators the opportunity to claim credit for the rare increase.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/the-government-s-secret-660-million-offer-to-crossbenchers-during-company-tax-cut-negotiations-20180919-p504m5.html
    Karen Maley tells us how yesterday’s royal commission hearing showed how consumers in a car dealership are sitting ducks.
    https://outline.com/kjsJdD
    More than a thousand bank customers have unwittingly downloaded malicious banking apps impersonating legitimate ANZ and Commonwealth Bank apps from the Google Play store.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/banking/cba-and-anz-caught-in-fake-banking-apps-scam-20180919-p504si.html
    Michael Koziol tells us how when in Canberra, Scott Morrison surrounds himself with things that mean a lot to him: God, his beloved Cronulla Sharks, and a reminder that he stopped the boats.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-stopped-these-boats-books-and-balls-inside-the-office-of-prime-minister-scott-morrison-20180919-p504p5.html
    Noel Towell looks at how Matthew Guy has locked himself into the crime scare tactic. In advance for the election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/win-lose-or-draw-crime-pays-for-guy-20180919-p504qy.html
    Ken Henry finds Trump’s trade war “deeply concerning”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/deeply-disturbing-ken-henry-s-warning-on-trump-s-trade-war-20180919-p504ov.html
    Jess Irvine looks at what the trade war could mean for us. She says we could be in for a bumpy ride she says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/what-donald-trump-s-trade-war-with-china-means-for-you-20180919-p504r2.html
    Telstra chief executive Andy Penn is aggressively looking to mitigate energy costs that have slashed earnings by $200 million over the past two years as the telco is readying to build out Australia’s ultra-fast next generation 5G mobile network.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/telstra-s-power-bill-shock-energy-costs-jumped-by-200m-in-two-years-20180919-p504p7.html
    Angus Taylor will consider a plan to upgrade the ­efficiency of Australian coal-fired power stations to improve performance, cut emissions and prolong their operating lives, among a suite of options to shore up the ­national power supply.
    https://outline.com/WxXM77
    Energy companies say they’re making good money out of the RET and it’s the government’s fault.
    https://outline.com/zyMGm9
    Alexandra Smith gives Gladys some advice to show leadership on the issue of women in parliament and not wait until it needs crisis management.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-should-see-red-about-shortage-of-liberal-women-20180919-p504qk.html
    The SMH editorial is concerned that the Shooters and Fishers Party is dictating environmental policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/shooters-party-must-not-dictate-policy-20180919-p504p3.html
    Madonna King writes that commercial terrorists have brought an industry to its knees.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/commercial-terrorists-have-brought-an-industry-to-its-knees-20180919-p504su.html
    John Lord wonders that after cutting funding by $1.2 billion, why is the Morrison Government now calling a royal commission into the aged care sector?
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-morrison-governments-aged-care-merry-go-round,11908
    Isabelle Lane explains how six big players are dominating Australia’s scandal-hit aged care sector.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/retirement/2018/09/19/aged-care-profits-players/
    A board director for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has been accused of a potential conflict of interest over public funding directed to companies working on crown-of-thorns starfish culling.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/19/great-barrier-reef-marine-park-authority-board-director-accused-of-potential-conflict-of-interest
    As SBS launches a new immigration experimental TV program Jacqui Lambie is about to be sent to one of the most dangerous war zones on earth – but she has no idea where she’s going.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/mind-wide-open-jacqui-lambie-joins-sbs-immigration-experiment-20180918-p504jc.html
    Sally Whyte has some thoughts on why Home Affairs avoided answering a series of questions about chief information officer Tim Catley until after the senior public servant left the organisation.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/home-affairs-avoids-questions-until-tech-boss-mysteriously-resigns-20180918-p504gz.html
    Rachel Erin from Australian Accident Helpline reports on the alarming number of deaths that have occurred in Australian workplaces so far this year.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/2018-australian-workplace-fatality-statistics-revealed,11907
    Michael Evans is disappointed that the NSW ICAC has missed the chance to call to improve the oversight on NGOs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/icac-misses-chance-for-oversight-reform-call-on-follow-the-dollar-20180919-p504r0.html
    Richard Dennis writes that the royal commission Australia really needs is one into the spectacular – almost complete – failure of our regulators to protect the vulnerable from the greedy. While it is clear that many of our so-called watchdogs are little more than lap dogs, what is less clear is why. It’s time that Australians found out why those tasked with protecting us from exploitation have wound up protecting those who exploit us.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/19/our-regulators-fail-to-protect-the-vulnerable-from-the-greedy-lets-find-out-why
    This sort of shit needs to be outlawed! (IMHO).
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-medical-practice-sued-over-death-of-diabetic-boy-20180919-p504r4.html
    This former Australian of the Year finalist has fallen off the perch. Big time! We have our own award for her and she is duly nominated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/tower-of-lies-comes-tumbling-down-around-australian-of-the-year-finalist-20180919-p504rj.html

    Cartoon Corner
    David Rowe with a fresh (fruit) challenge for Morrison.

    Peter Broelman goes to the supermarket.

    A cracker from Paul Zanetti.

    Sean Leahy and Santa ScoMo.

    Jon Kudelka goes to the overcrowded Royal Hobart Hospital.

    And he issues some strawberry health and safety guidelines.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/844dad40cbe05d218d3549621fc9d3e9
    Some good ones in here, especially from Cathy Wilcox.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-september-20-2018-20180919-h15m2m.html

  12. AMA president calls for urgent transfer of refugee families from Nauru
    Exclusive: Tony Bartone writes to Scott Morrison saying situation is ‘a humanitarian emergency requiring urgent intervention’
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/20/ama-president-calls-for-urgent-transfer-of-refugee-families-from-nauru

    An indication of the importance this government places on the health of refugees –

    In his letter to all parliamentarians, Bartone references a Senate inquiry from 2017 that recommended the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, “as a matter of urgency, commission an external review of its medical transfer procedures in offshore processing centres”.

    The inquiry also recommended the government seek advice in relation to whether improvements are required to the medical treatment options available to asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru and Papua New Guinea – particularly mental health services.

    The AMA president notes the government has not yet responded to the inquiry

  13. Another woman has accused NSW Liberal MP Gareth Ward of bullying.

    Gareth Ward accused of bullying by second woman, Parliament hears

    NSW Liberal MP Gareth Ward has been accused of bullying a second woman, after the Opposition revealed a written complaint from a community member had been sent to the Premier’s office.

    In question time on Wednesday, Shellharbour MP Anna Watson read excerpts from the complaint in which the woman accused Mr Ward of having “anger management issues” and claimed he verbally abused her at a community meeting in June.

    The woman, who is a member of a Dapto residents group and wished to remain anonymous, sent the complaint via a web form on the Premier’s website days after she claimed she had met with Mr Ward at a community centre.

    Ms Watson said the woman alleged Mr Ward had “anger management issues, no concept of appropriate behaviour and appears to have issues with women”

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/gareth-ward-accused-of-bullying-by-second-woman-parliament-hears-20180919-p504ri.html

  14. 2gravel, thank you for posting the cat video – so beautiful.

    The timing is absolutely perfect for me and a friend – we are both ‘cat people’ and have had some difficult times over the past few months. My two happy and apparently healthy 18 year old indoor cats died a week apart due to aggressive cancers, one became visible, one found on x-ray. The appearance and behaviour of the cat is very much like one of mine.

    I have an inspiring book on my iPad called “Catification” – the man is one of the people responsible for it, and the video confirms what his words say. The book deals with ways of making your home a happy place for indoor cats and I used it to add to what I already had in place. My new cat loves it too.

    Thank you, Helen

  15. Hey 2gravel

    I’ll second with my thanks for that cat video. Getting affection from a pet, especially from a cat is one of life’s little pleasures.

    • Russia provides Syria with Russian missiles that shoot down a Russian plane: how embarassment.

      (On the bright side, they apparently work against turbo-props.)

  16. What absolute rubbish! An over-the-top over-reaction to a minor problem.

    The government, aided by the MSM, has really made the whole situation worse. David Littleproud wants anyone caught contaminating fruit to be hung. Scummo was threatening to keep MPs in Canberra until his legislation changes were passed. He must have been very disappointed when it was all done and dusted as the first item of business this morning. this morning.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/nsw-youngster-arrested-over-strawberry-needle-prank

    Now, thanks to Scummo and Co puffing out their chests and carrying on like idiots and the MSM reporting every word we have an industry in crisis, copycats sticking pins, needles and assorted bits of metal in random apples, mangoes and bananas, attention whores reporting they too have found needles in fruit which they probably put there themselves, export deals cancelled, workers laid off, shops clearing harmless strawberries from their shelves and worst of all, people like me who love their strawberries being unable to have a small and inexpensive treat. And now Woolworths are refusing to sell needles! FFS! Is Dutton going to send Border Farce armed guards into our homes to search for needles and confiscate any they find? I have packets of the damn things here. I could end up on Nauru as a suspected strawberry terrorist.

    Last week I bought a couple of punnets of one of the allegedly affected brands, Donnybrook. There was nothing wrong with them, no nasty surprises, the same applied to the entire stock at Coles, because no-one local has said they found anything in their fruit.

    I hope the government is happy with their destruction.The whole thing could have and should have been handled differently.

    There’s this, from yesterday –
    Strawberry needle scare: Growers claim ‘hysteria’ is outrunning practicalities, risk management

    Strawberry growers are taking aim at government agencies for creating what they describe as “hysteria” around the needle crisis.

    Growcom chief advocate Rachel McKenzie said the response had tarnished the sector and led to copycat attacks that had seriously damaged the industry.

    “I think it’s fair to say that the rhetoric from some jurisdictions has actually exacerbated the problem and potentially led to copycat crimes,” she said.

    “You have the New South Wales police coming out and naming a whole range of brands based on things that are obviously not concerning to the Queensland health department

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-09-19/strawberry-growers-claim-government-causing-hysteria-needle/10282070

    • What absolute rubbish! An over-the-top over-reaction to a minor problem.

      I didn’t know you could buy needles at Woolies etc. (I have two shirts awaiting re-buttoning.)
      Assuming they sell dozens of packs of needles each week, pulling them off the shelves is far cheaper than paying a lawyer to defend them from “aiding and abetting” (or whatever) accusations.

      Woolies aren’t interested in supplying you with strawbs or needles – they are obsessed with profits.

  17. Still having fun

    Theresa May was left fighting to save her Chequers Brexit plan and with it her authority as prime minister after she was ambushed at the end of the Salzburg summit when EU leaders unexpectedly declared that her proposals would not work.

    The prime minister was thrown on to the defensive – just over a week before the Conservative party conference – when EU leaders led by Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron rejected her Chequers plan as it stood, prompting hard Brexit Conservatives to demand it be abandoned.

    May was also set an October deadline for a solution on the Irish border issue just hours after informing Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, in a private breakfast meeting that she felt it would be impossible to come to a compromise within such a timescale.

    A clearly nervous and angry May told reporters that EU leaders were engaged in “negotiating tactics” designed to throw her off course. “I have always said these negotiations were going to be tough,” she said. “And at various stages of these negotiations, tactics would be used as part of those negotiations”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/20/may-in-fight-to-save-chequers-brexit-plan-after-salzburg-ambush

    Well, you wanted the job, lady.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The SMH editorial defends its stance that the influence of News Ltd and media moguls over politics is one of the key issues for the future of Australian democracy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/media-moguls-role-in-turnbull-coup-is-fair-game-20180920-p504x6.html
    David Crowe looks at Murdoch’s role in Turnbull’s downfall.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-mogul-and-a-pm-s-fall-20180920-p5050k.html
    Bruce Guthrie joins the fray and says the news that billionaires Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes essentially war-gamed the ousting of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should appal all Australians wanting media diversity and an open and transparent polity.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/09/20/murdoch-stokes-turnbull/
    And in a feature article The Guardian goes inside Murdoch’s ‘evil empire” where it explains how it shapes the news.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/sep/21/inside-the-news-corp-tribe-how-powerful-editors-shape-the-news
    The Fairfax press tells us that just days before the Great Barrier Reef Foundation received a controversial $443.4 million funding package, the organisation was in talks with then environment minister Josh Frydenberg’s office for a grant of just $5 million. It’s not t good look!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-reef-funds-went-from-5-million-to-nearly-500-million-in-five-days-20180920-p5050r.html
    Michelle Grattan opines that Strawberries and hay have provided unlikely lenses for an insight into how Scott Morrison will conduct his prime ministership from now to the election.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-morrison-aims-to-make-agility-his-prime-ministerial-trademark-103626
    Phil Coorey tells us how Abbott’s electorate is changing around him.
    https://outline.com/GHP8VC
    Fergus Hunter writes about Dutton’s close shave in parliament yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/peter-dutton-narrowly-avoids-no-confidence-motion-over-au-pair-saga-20180920-p504y3.html
    NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes has slammed Morrison’s Catholic school handout calling it a slush fund.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-s-1-2-billion-bonus-for-private-schools-slammed-as-a-slush-fund-20180920-p5050o.html
    Michael Koziol says this win for private schools fixes politics, not policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/win-win-for-private-schools-morrison-s-cash-splash-fixes-politics-not-policy-20180920-p5052o.html
    Eryk Bagshaw writes about how Melbourne has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the developed world, racing away from the rest of Australia and doubling the rate of growth of most cities in advanced economies.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-is-one-of-the-fastest-growing-cities-in-the-developed-world-20180920-p504zn.html
    Banking analysts are braced for the interim report of the financial services royal commission to prompt a further restriction in housing credit, which could apply further pressure to house prices, after various case studies presented by the inquiry found banks lent more than many borrowers could afford.
    https://outline.com/KDeGF7
    The corporate regulator’s failure to issue major companies with fines of any consequence was again highlighted at the Hayne royal commission on Thursday when evidence showed Suncorp was fined just $43,200 when it was liable for a $7.2 million penalty.
    https://outline.com/cZ6e7b
    Suncorp sent bush fire victims who had lost their homes renewal policies for home and contents insurance and in some cases charged them premiums for homes that no longer existed, the Hayne royal commission has heard.
    https://outline.com/q86AFB
    Morrison has rebuffed a plea from the Australian Medical Association to change policy on Nauru, and bring families and children to Australia, saying he will not “put at risk any element of Australia’s border protection policy”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/20/scott-morrison-rejects-ama-plea-to-bring-children-from-nauru-to-australia
    Chris Wallace writes that quotas are not pretty but they work – Liberal women should insist on them.
    https://theconversation.com/quotas-are-not-pretty-but-they-work-liberal-women-should-insist-on-them-103517
    Mental health issues are a difficult enough subject without our medical system making things even more complicated, writes Prashant Bhatia.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/how-the-mental-health-system-is-failing-our-young-people-,11913
    Catharine McGregor angrily writes that Morrison’s bid for religious freedom looks like legislated homophobia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-s-bid-for-religious-freedom-looks-like-legislated-homophobia-20180919-p504os.html
    Sally Whyte reports that labour hire workers will soon be used in face-to-face roles in Centrelink offices across the country, as part of a six-month trial. What could possibly go wrong?
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/contractors-to-be-face-to-face-with-centrelink-customers-in-new-trial-20180919-p504ni.html
    David Leyonhjelm’s “stop shagging men” comment about the Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young was much more likely to enhance her re-election prospects than harm her reputation, according to his defence to her defamation lawsuit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/20/leyonhjelm-argues-comments-about-sarah-hanson-young-would-boost-her-re-election-chances
    Ross Jones writes that if the Liberal Party has a woman problem, the Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment saga reveals the National Party to have a woman disaster.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-nationals-barnaby-problem,11914
    Stephen Koukoulas explains how Trump has boosted US stocks with borrowed government money.
    https://thekouk.com/item/634-trump-boosts-us-stocks-with-borrowed-government-money.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is expected to challenge his ministerial colleague Ray Williams in a nasty preselection battle that will have broader ramifications for the party.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-treasurer-takes-on-fellow-minister-in-nasty-preselection-battle-20180920-p5052b.html
    On the subject of bullying Jenna Price accuses Morrison of “gaslighting”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/gaslight-s-on-but-no-one-s-home-20180920-p504yv.html
    Greg Jericho says boosting women’s super isn’t enough. Men must pull their weight in childcare.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2018/sep/20/boosting-womens-super-isnt-enough-men-must-pull-their-weight-in-childcare
    Nick Millar reports that Europe’s leaders have delivered a humiliating blow to the UK’s plan for a frictionless, business-friendly Brexit, declaring that Prime Minister Theresa May’s so-called Chequers blueprint “will not work”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/it-won-t-work-eu-leaders-eviscerate-may-s-brexit-plan-20180921-p5053r.html
    Trump’s latest bleating about Jeff Session was a raw expression of vulnerability and anger from a president who associates say increasingly believes he is unprotected.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-feels-angry-and-unprotected-amid-mounting-crises-20180920-p50536.html
    John Kavanagh wonders how much of our colonial past should we erase’
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/how-much-of-our-colonial-past-should-we-erase-20180920-p504x4.html
    The pro-coal Monash Forum is attempting to convene a private dinner when federal parliament resumes in mid-October with Trevor St Baker, part-owner of the Vales Point coal generator and founder of the business electricity retailer ERM Power.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/20/pro-coal-coalition-mps-schedule-dinner-to-discuss-australias-energy-future
    The New Daily three simple questions: What are Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions? Who or what is responsible for them? And how are we planning to reduce them? And the answer is that Australia is heading for an epic carbon emissions failure.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/09/20/australia-carbon-emissions-failure/
    Jon McDuling explains the problem Foxtel has in light of the new competitive market.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/10-the-do-or-die-number-for-foxtel-s-netflix-of-sport-play-20180920-p504yn.html
    Michael West reports that the Big Four global accounting firms have banked $3.1 billion in taxpayer income in the past six years for government consulting. That’s three thousand one hundred million dollars in government revenue to just four firms – PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte – for providing advice. It’s gone ballistic!
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/big-four-governments-binge-on-consultants-goes-ballistic/
    Elizabeth Knight tells us to get ready for an almighty stoush at Myers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/two-men-with-grenades-who-ll-be-the-first-to-pull-pin-in-myer-fight-20180919-p504qn.html
    Holstering his bombast for the moment, President Donald Trump has so far refrained from trashing Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when both were teenagers in suburban Washington DC in 1982.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/09/20/kavanaugh-trump-supreme-mistake/
    In an interesting contribution James Adonis explains the concept of emotional labour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/the-consequences-of-faking-your-emotions-at-work-20180920-p504zw.html
    Yet another mass shooting in America.. Ho hum.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/multiple-dead-in-us-warehouse-shooting-20180921-p5053q.html

    Cartoon Corner

    This one from David Rowe hit the spot made me very angry.

    Paul Zanetti has the kids turning support for the strawberry industry to their advantage.

    Sean Leahy on Dutton’s close shave.

    From Glen Le Lievre.

    Jon Kudelka takes the fruit scare to parliament house.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/ba0022eeceb5cbc1f69a0f7f6689be72
    David Pope steps back in time for this one.
    https://static.ffx.io/images/$width_828/t_resize_width/t_sharpen%2Cq_auto%2Cf_auto/5a79fade6c535f48dd8029d67b4c19201b26641e
    More in here – particularly from Cathy Wilcox and Jim Pavlidis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/best-of-fairfax-cartoons-september-21-2018-20180920-h15nxk.html

  19. Our coal-driven government

    The pro-coal Monash Forum is attempting to convene a private dinner when federal parliament resumes in mid-October with Trevor St Baker, part-owner of the Vales Point coal generator and founder of the business electricity retailer ERM Power.

    With the energy minister, Angus Taylor, working up options for cabinet to lower power prices and boost generation capacity by expanding existing plants, upgrading ageing legacy generators and pursuing new investments, the Coalition’s pro-coal ginger group has scheduled dinner with St Baker in Parliament House on 16 October.

    According to an invitation circulated among members of the Monash Forum, seen by Guardian Australia, Coalition MPs will meet for dinner and discussion on “Australia’s energy future”.

    St Baker has previously signalled interest in pursuing a replacement for the Hazelwood power station if the federal government settles on a favourable energy policy, and members of the Monash Forum want the businessman to update them about his investment plans.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/20/pro-coal-coalition-mps-schedule-dinner-to-discuss-australias-energy-future

  20. I read Michelle Grattan’s thing on Scummo. Talk about gilding a turd! She seems to have fallen in love with her subject.

    I did get two words I agree with – “kneejerk” and “hyperactive”, which I think describe what Morrison’s time as interim PM will be all about.

    His dopey reactions to drought, hay trucks and fruit contamination were not thought through. He rushed to pressers with backup groups of ministers and – heaven help us – the Bonking Beetroot, who should be relegated permanently to the farthest reaches of the naughty corner.

    He introduced changes to legislation on these issues and demanded the parliament pass them or else. There was never any doubt the changes would sail through parliament, but Scummo couldn’t resist the chance to take the stage, chestbeat, threaten to keep parliament sitting until his changes were passed and to have yet another dig at Labor.

    He came up with a stupid plan to base schools funding on parental tax data, which means truckloads more money for the top private schools because parents of pupils in those schools usually pay no or minimum tax.

    He thinks nothing through, he jumps in when he needs a quick headline and a photo for social media, like yesterday’s dreadful truck stunt. Did he know he was copying a Trump stunt? Probably. He doesn’t have an original thought in his empty head.

    It all ties in with his obviously hyper-active personality. The gabbling, motor-mouth speech, the sweating, the shouting and his rash, impulsive actions all tell me he should be on medication to calm him down and to deal with his paranoia and impulsive behaviour.

    Scummo is a huge disaster in the making. Dutton would have been a horrendous PM, Scummo is going to be worse, because of all the above and because he’s a religious fanatic. That combination of fanaticism, rashness and personality disorder makes him very, very dangerous and totally unfit for high office.

  21. As Michelle Grattan said, politics and not policy

    Scott Morrison has defended a $1.2bn fund for Catholic and independent schools in the face of dissent by the New South Wales education minister and a warning from experts and Labor that it amounts to a “slush fund”.

    Morrison told ABC’s AM on Friday that the fund would help “drought-affected areas” and “Catholic schools in less fortunate areas”, suggesting it would top up funding after “the Catholic system makes its decision about how it spreads its resources”.

    On Thursday Morrison and the education minister, Dan Tehan, unveiled a package of $4.6bn over 10 years earmarked for Catholic and independent schools, including the $1.2bn choice and affordability fund to be allocated for government priorities including diversity, regional, rural and remote education.

    Guardian Australia understands from sources in the Catholic and independent schools sectors that Catholic schools will receive $718m over a decade from the fund while independent schools will get $485m.

    Labor’s education spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, said the fund “looks very much” like a $1.2bn “slush fund” for non-government schools and called on the government to explain its purpose.

    The Grattan Institute schools director Peter Goss called the package a “special deal” for the non-government sectors, and said the “biggest part of the special deal is the $1.2bn slush fund”.

    “What I’ve heard so far at least some of it might be used to keep fees low at a certain group of schools – Catholic primary schools where parents have high incomes,” he told ABC’s AM.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/21/morrison-defends-12bn-slush-fund-for-catholic-and-independent-schools

  22. Something very important has been flying way under the radar for the last month or more.

    Before the Great Strawberry Distraction there was the Great Liberal Leadership Distraction taking attention away from this issue.

    Here’s all the detail.
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6195

    Here’s some useful comment on the dangers involved, from a month ago, while the MSM were all looking at leadership.

    The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data
    https://theconversation.com/the-devil-is-in-the-detail-of-government-bill-to-enable-access-to-communications-data-96909

  23. If anyone was thinking of making a submission to this stage of the RC then you had better get your skates on. Submissions close next Tuesday.

    Consultation to develop the detailed Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
    https://consultations.health.gov.au/aged-care-policy-and-regulation/terms-of-reference/

    Anyone can comment, members of the community, families of people in aged care, residents of aged care facilities, workers in that field, anyone with an interest.

    One lousy week isn’t much time to organise a submission, especially as there has been little said about the deadline. If you had not signed up for emails or gone looking for information you would never know. I thought from the start this RC was just a distraction and a stunt designed to give the government something positive to drag out during the election campaign. So far I’ve seen nothing that would change my mind.

  24. Sydney was supposed to be destroyed by a tsunami and an earthquake (in that order) yesterday, part of some imaginary wrath of God end of days destruction scenario. Obviously, it didn’t happen.

    Scummo missed an opportunity for a stunt. He could have held a big happy-clapper prayer meeting at South Head to turn back this imaginary tsunami. He could have claimed his prayers stopped it happening. Just think of the gushing headlines!

    Or maybe not. This government would have relished an opportunity to bring in martial law, so maybe Scummo was as far away from Sydney as he could get, praying for added destruction

    Religious nutters keep on making these threats and nothing ever happens.

    Don Dunstan knew how to handle these nutters. He vowed he would hold back a predicted tsunami, single handed.

    Adelaide tsunami prediction by clairvoyant John Nash proved wrong, 40 years ago

    John Nash said he had a vision that Adelaide would be wiped out, partly because South Australia was leading the nation on homosexual law reform.

    Then premier Don Dunstan turned the issue into political theatre at the forecast time of the “tidal wave” by heading to Glenelg beach and promising to hold back the giant wave if it arrived.

    “People were quite worried that indeed this would happen,” a government press secretary of the era, Russell Stiggants, told 891 ABC Adelaide.

    “[Don Dunstan] went down to assure everyone that it wouldn’t happen. He ended up on the balcony of the Pier Hotel, waving to the masses below because theatre was as much politics to Don as politics was.

    “He was in his safari suit and enjoying every minute of it. He was just chuckling throughout the whole episode.”

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-19/adelaide-survived-tsunami-which-never-came-40-years-ago/7097976
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  25. Well summed up Mr Carlton

    @MikeCarlton01

    When the fuck are we going to realise that ‘self-regulation’ and ‘voluntary industry codes of practice’ are a cover for rampant cheating, theft, extortion and wage robbery ? Certainly not while the Tories hold power in NSW and Canberra, that’s for sure.

  26. Encryption Bill sent to joint committee with three week submission window
    Fresh from rushing the legislation into Parliament, the government will ram its legislation through the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

    Speaking on Thursday, Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said a sign of how serious the government took the consultation process would be the time given to the committee to report back.

    “If you see them refer it to the committee and say ‘Come back to us in four weeks’, you’ll know that is one more chapter of a consultative and an inquiry process that is a sham,” Stanton said

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/encryption-bill-sent-to-joint-committee-with-three-week-submission-window/

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