FauxMo’s Dilemma

Katharine Murphy says she can’t fathom FauxMo’s embassy plans. She writes a long article trying to find an explanation and completely misses the bleeding obvious – FauxMo’s Pentecostal faith.

She says “Morrison, for the record, has said his view on the Jerusalem question is not influenced by his faith.”

FauxMo is not renowned for telling the truth, whenever he opens his mouth he lies, so why would we believe him on this? He just blurts out whatever he thinks will get him out of yet another self-inflicted crisis. He lies constantly. Not very Christian of him, but then he’s not a real Christian at all, just a member of a cargo cult church that preaches a dodgy prosperity gospel.

For FauxMo and his religious mentors and advisers it is religious doctrine to regard Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Pentecostal churches usually include prayers for peace in Jerusalem and the advancement of Israel in their Sunday services. I’ve never been to Horizon Church so I can’t say it’s done there, but I’d bet it is. It’s part of their belief that the Bible is the literal truth, they believe Jesus will soon return and reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years. For that prophecy to come about there needs to be an end to the strife in the Middle East and Jerusalem needs to be established as the accepted capital of Israel.

FauxMo is following his church’s beliefs with his loopy decision. The Wentworth by-election campaign allowed him to push forward his own religious beliefs dressed up as government policy. That particular belief, he thought, would go down well with Wentworth’s many Jewish voters (who are mostly rusted-on Liberal voters anyway) so his timing, to him, was clever. He forgot an important part of that particular prophesy involves the conversion of the Jews to Christianity. He, like his church and all other Christian churches, assumes that will be OK with them. Jews today see this doctrine as anti-Semitism and some regard it as something akin to the Holocaust. To this nation it looked like a desperate last-minute attempt to win a few more votes, which it was, in part. It may well have lost him some votes of former rusted-on Jews. Now not only is he in a very difficult place politically, he’s also in a very bad place with the leaders of his cult.

If he backs down then politically he makes a fool of himself and risks being accused by his enemies in the Liberal Party of allowing foreign powers to dictate Australia’s foreign policy. He will also anger his cult leaders, who have been crowing about his rise to PM as “God’s will” and rejoicing over having the first (and hopefully last) Pentecostal PM. Some have even gone as far as predicting doom and gloom descending on this country if FauxMo is not re-elected. You might remember this –

If he sticks with his decision he delays the signing of the FTA with Indonesia until, most likely, after the next election, when Labor will do it and claim all the credit, and he risks angering not only Indonesia but Malaysia as well. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has already warned our government that moving the embassy would increase the threat of terrorism in this region. Even worse, he destroys Australia’s international reputation, already running downhill fast because of the way we treat refugees and asylum seekers, and because of this government’s refusal to accept the science of climate change and reduce our emissions. Insisting the embassy be moved will cause a major international diplomatic crisis, something no-one in this government is capable of handling successfully.

Murpharoo tells us Pyne, Abetz and others have tried to explain FauxMo’s plan as part of a two-state solution, a plan to end up with two embassies, one in Jerusalem, one in Palestine. Sorry, Katharine, but FauxMo is nowhere near smart enough to have ever thought of that explanation, he’s just following the dictates of his church, his mentors and the RWNJs in his government.

Don’t forget, when FauxMo became PM he was immediately given a “wish list” of items that had been rejected by Turnbull and his ministry-

Soon after Scott Morrison became Prime Minister, he was presented with a policy wish list by Liberal senator Eric Abetz and other conservatives who had helped dynamite Malcolm Turnbull.

It included abandoning the Paris climate change commitments and moving Australia’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem



If he wants to stay as PM he has to follow up these demands. Liberal PMs and leaders who do not do as they are told by the RWNJs are disposed of. Just ask Turnbull – it happened to him twice.

So, does FauxMo back down, save an FTA and avoid a diplomatic crisis or does he do what he always does, stick to his decision no matter what, causing a breakdown in relations with two (at least) important trading partners but staying in the good books of his church mentors and the extreme right wing of his own government? It’s a dilemma all of his own making.


238 thoughts on “FauxMo’s Dilemma

  1. Leone

    I don’t see any need for Labor to bring out the former PM’s. They have enough intelligent and capable people in parliament. Whereas for this goverment, if anyone can point who is actually intelligent and capable with this lot, I’m all ears.

  2. If only……..

    As much as I believe dwelling on the past is a waste of time, I wonder how things may have been different if Gillard had been given a fair go. For starters the NDIS would be up and running efficiently, The NBN would be well on its way to becoming first world technology and our schools funding would not be in the mess it is now. If only we could change the past.

    • Yep, if only………..and if the polls and stuff are wrong and Vic elects the other mob, there goes euthanasia, along with all the investments in renewables, health, education……just to name a few things.

  3. Is there anyone in the Victorian Liberal Party who is not a crook?

    Tough-on-crime Guy stops for coffee with convicted drug cultivator

    A restaurant owner in Frankston who stood alongside Matthew Guy and Liberal candidate Michael Lamb to discuss her struggles with rising energy costs on Monday is a convicted cannabis cultivator whom police sought to deny a liquor licence.

    Parliamentary hopeful Mr Lamb is also senior sergeant at Frankston police station and by his own account is in charge of every drug investigation in the area


    And –

  4. With all the news rooms centered on Sydney means that there is no coverage of the Victorian sate election in the country’s second most populous state. Really a week out from the state election who gives a fig about boys breaking their necks playing rugby – a game only played in NSW

    I bet come March it will be wall to wall NSW state elections – B O R I N G

    Because Chris Nikou has been appointed head of Soccer Australia I thought I would check to see if he was related to my old uni mate Olivia – who set me on the straight and narrow. Quite surprised to see she is a QC – I have always been in awe of her drive and determination – I think she was a chip off the block. Her father appeared to be very principiled

  5. It’s all going so well.

    ‘Legend in his own lunchtime’: Frydenberg rebukes Pyne over Israel embassy comments
    Treasurer says defence minister is ‘giving his opinion freely’ as divisions within cabinet intensify over controversial move

    Infighting and name calling among members of a government is never a good look. This lot are taking it to extremes.

    i thought a PM was supposed to keep his/her troops in line. The current leader of the Libs clearly isn’t capable of doing that.

  6. Unless anywoof has sirius objections, I’m proposing to publish a thread-starter late Thursday for Victorian election coverage.

    And I do hope Gippsland Laborite will provide his inimitable forecasts, followed by his superb coverage.

  7. That would be good Fiona, Gippy too.

    I have just been having a look at the ticket for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan is the sitting MP. I hope she creams them, go Jacinta.
    Legislative Council appears tricky, all very well being told to vote below the line, but what the F**** do some of these oddball parties represent, no wonder only 5% vote below the line. More research required.

    We took Mum to vote in Buninyong electorate today, 94 years old, she strode up took the card off the bloke in the red T shirt and told the others pushing cards at her where to go. So proud of her. I was cacking myself, so was the red T shirt fella.

  8. What is the difference between ‘moderate” and “extreme” terrorists? Do the moderates say please before cutting off heads?

    Moderate Traffickers: Turkish-backed ‘Free Syrian Army’ Caught Smuggle Hashish in Ambulances

    Moderate Traffickers: Turkish-backed ‘Free Syrian Army’ Caught Smuggle Hashish in Ambulances


  9. What difference is there between Crimea and Golan Heights?

    Netanyahu: Golan will stay forever a part of Israel

    The Golan Heights is part of Israel and will remain under its sovereignty forever, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

    Netanyahu’s comments came at the weekly cabinet meeting, where he thanked the US for voting for the first time against an annual UN resolution calling for Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria. In the past, the US abstained.

    Nevertheless, a US representative told the UN General Assembly Fourth Committee in New York on Friday, after the vote, that “the US position on the status of the Golan has not changed.”

    The vote passed 151-2, with 14 abstentions. Last year the resolution passed 151-2, with 20 abstentions. The country that voted with Israel against the resolution last year was Paulu, which this year abstained.

    Australia, which voted for the resolution in 2017, abstained this time around, as did Ivory Coast. On the other side of the equation, Kenya, and the Solomon Islands abstained on the resolution in 2017, but voted for it this year.


  10. US warns of ‘consequences’ as Palestine joins international bodies

    The United States has threatened “consequences” as Palestinians step up efforts for statehood demanding accession to almost a dozen international bodies and conventions.

    The threat came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the documents on Thursday to join the Universal Postal Union, a UN agency that coordinates international postage, and 10 international protocols and conventions…

    Washington has asked the Palestinians not to join international agencies, citing laws dating to the early 1990s that require the US government to cut off funding to any UN organization that grants the Palestinians full membership.

    Abbas, however, said a Palestinian agreement with the US not to join international bodies was conditioned on the US not ending aid payments, not moving its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds and not changing the status of the Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington.


  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Here’s the Guardian’s report on its latest Essential poll.
    Lenore Taylor says that with Fairfax gone, the need for diversity in Australia’s media is greater than ever.
    Peter Hartcher explains the undercurrents and portents of the failed APEC conference in PNG.
    And in further fallout David Wroe reports that China has fired an apparent trade warning shot at Australia by targeting one of its key grain exports in the wake of the weekend’s heated APEC meeting at which tensions between Beijing and Washington deepened, setting the stage for a showdown at the upcoming G20 summit.
    Tony Walker writes that as tensions ratchet up between China and the US, Australia risks being caught in the crossfire.
    Meanwhile a Fairfax Media/Nine News investigation has confirmed that China’s Ministry of State Security is responsible for what is known in cyber circles as “Operation Cloud Hopper”, a wave of attacks detected by Australia and its partners in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance.
    Phil Coorey reports that the government looked at relocating the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem less than six months ago but rejected it on a number of grounds including security, geopolitical consequences, cost and need.
    And Michelle Grattan proposes a Jerusalem consulate as a Morrison escape hatch.
    Morrison continues down the populist road.
    Matthias Cormann has confirmed the government’s $3 billion spend on the Big Four consultants, responding to Questions on Notice by Greens’ leader Richard Di Natale last week. Although the Finance Minister responded accurately to the questions put, he is almost a billion dollars short on the actual, up-to-date figures. Michael West reports on the mystery of exploding government spending.
    Simon Benson reports that an alliance of well-known Australians has launched a centre-right political machine in a bid to rival activist group GetUp.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz looks at the discussion on incentives that dominated the royal commission hearing yesterday.
    And Elizabeth Knight tells us how the royal commission lit a fuse under mortgage broker payments.
    Yesterday Matt Comyn revealed CBA’s profit preservation strategies at the royal commission.
    Karen Maley describes Comyn’s hopes that the Hayne royal commission might act as the catalyst that finally allows him to achieve his long-held dream of shaking up the remuneration paid to the country’s army of mortgage brokers.
    Michael Pelly described Comyn as the “Commbot” as he withstood Ken Hayne’s barbs.
    And we found out why mortgage brokers are still trousering millions upon millions!
    Greg Jericho explains how the economy is ticking along in all states, but households are not benefiting.
    David Crowe says that parliament will be asked to give the Treasurer the personal power to force the big energy retailers to restructure their companies and sign financial contracts, in a government bid to pressure the industry into cutting prices.
    More from Phil Coorey as he tells us that Labor says the certainty created by having an energy policy and the falling cost of renewable energy means emissions can be cut and prices lowered at the same time. Speaking ahead of the launch of Labor’s energy policy on Thursday, shadow climate change and energy minister Mark Butler said asking people to choose between price and emissions reduction was an “utterly false choice”.
    What a naughty boy! Nissan Motor Co-chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested for alleged financial misconduct and will be fired from the board this week.
    So the bishops want to entrench hypocrisy.
    Trump’s weekend visit to fire-ravaged California has prompted a withering barrage of ridicule and anger after he suggested the state should copy Finland in raking forest floors to prevent a repeat of wildfires that have killed at least 76.
    Donald Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos believes Australia was drawn into a broader Western intelligence conspiracy to discredit the Trump campaign and that diplomats recently implored the US President to suppress FBI reports that could reflect unfavourably on Australian activity in the lead-up to the 2016 US election.
    How experts from around the world rate Trump.
    White House officials have reportedly sent a letter to CNN’s Jim Acosta indicating they will suspend his press pass again once the temporary restraining order that required them to restore Acosta’s credentials expires.
    Nicole Hemmer writes about the effects of the tech behemoths on the cities where they operate.
    And right on cue US stocks plummeted yesterday, with the largest technology companies leading the way lower, as investor pessimism about escalating trade tensions between the Trump Administration and China added to concerns about new regulation coming for the industry.
    In the longest slide in history Bitcoin tumbles below $US5,000. It’s getting a bit ugly!
    Ellie Large defends her Twitter mates following an extraordinary speech from Senator Fierravanti-Wells, in which singled out people who criticise the Coalition on Twitter as “bots” who “run interference for Labor”.
    Jenna Price gives some sage advice to students to take a gap year before embarking on studying for a university degree.
    The Washington Post says that Facebook’s mark Zuckerberg should declare mission accomplished – and find something else to do for the next few decades.
    In a rather frightening contribution Peter Hannam writes that hazards will multiply and accumulate with climate change. We’ll have to get our rakes out!
    Canadian energy storage company Eguana Technologies is coming to Adelaide with plans to create 200 jobs, as it aims to capitalise on the State Government’s home battery scheme.
    Steve Bishop examines how an internal battle within the British Tories has led to the carnage, chaos and confusion that is Brexit.
    And Peter Wilson explains how UK is stockpiling food and medicine to prepare for a potential ‘hard Brexit’.
    The “NRA-inspired” gun lobby Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) has no members but its directors include some of Australia’s largest gun dealers. Lecturer in Politics, University of Melbourne’s George Rennie alerts Victorian voters to SIFA’s tactics to weaken Labor’s vote because it favours tighter gun laws.
    John McDuling writes about ASIC shining the light on the murky world of sports rights as it jumps on Tennis Australia heavies.
    Amy Remeikis writes that Labor is attempting to use the government’s new minority status against it, by calling on the crossbench to support the latest push for a federal anti-corruption body. But even with the entire crossbench, including incoming Wentworth independent Kerryn Phelps, Labor remains one vote short of being able to force opposition legislation through the House.
    The Canberra Time editorial tells us why we should be concerned about the Home Affairs contractor purge.
    The cost to the budget of negative gearing tax breaks for investment properties has jumped by $1.6 billion a year following steep interest rate rises on investor and interest-only loans in response to regulatory curbs on lending that threaten the stability of the financial system.
    This week, in Parliament, the Berejiklian government is pushing through another significant ideological shift in child protection. This foster family is most concerned that the voices of foster families and cares are not being heard.
    Concerns over the running of the new Northern Beaches Hospital have been characterised as “hiccups” by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard at the hospital’s official opening on Monday. Time will tell.
    Herpes would kill off most of the Murray’s carp but the immune fish left behind would restock the river, research shows.
    The victim of a paedophile pastor has accused the man’s son, Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston, of not doing enough to expose his father’s crimes. Will questions be asked of the PM?
    Canberra correspondent John Passant analyses Sharri Markson’s recent defence of her Barnaby Joyce “exclusive” and extraordinary attack on Independent Australia.
    Rain is set to bring fresh misery to California this week in the wake of the state’s deadliest ever wildfire, with fears of mudslides and flooding causing people to depart an impromptu tent city set up by evacuees.
    Joanne McCarthy reports that there is something of a smell coming out of the NSW Department of Planning.
    Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has been charged over an alleged sexual assault on the night of the NRL grand final. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
    And for the “Arsehole of the Week” we have a businessman who fled to Thailand while he was being investigated by ASIC and has been sentenced to at least three years behind bars for fraud, after he told a court he was not “living the high life” or having “one big party” despite spending money on cocaine and lavish meals.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe channels South Pacific.

    Peter Broelman with Pamela Anderson.

    Paul Zanetti has APEC worked out.

    Matt Golding at the royal commission.

    David Pope after the royal commission revelations.
    More in here.

  12. Hm. maybe the Ipsos wasn’t such an outlier after all. All in all, it tends to suggest that in the (numerous) weeks where Morrison or someone else from the Liberals does something completely egregious or stupid, the polls sit around 54-46. The quieter weeks (the ones where they’re still stupid but not so visibly) it drifts back to 53-47 or 52-48.

    Ultimately, it’s most likely MOE and nothing more than that, which would mean that the underlying figures are 53-47 and we’re just seeing the effects of sampling.. But it’s also possible there’s a bedrock of 51 or 52 percent that have already decided to chuck this government out, and the extra 3% are a bit more volatile.

    • Definitely MOE and the results of sampling, plus the rather dodgy polling set-up Essential uses.

      Don’t believe the spiel on their site about their methodology. They just farm out a poll to one of several online polling companies who pay their members a few cents for their time and effort, and then sit back and wait for the results.

      What matters is this government is still set to lose the next election.

  13. Government to reveal sweeping changes to boost women’s economic security
    Women fleeing domestic violence to get early access to superannuation, no-interest loans and may no longer have to face alleged perpetrators

    Today’s big announcement is just another pea and thimble trick, another attempt by the abysmally incompetent ATM government to look like they are “doing something” when they are doing nothing at all.

    It also allows Kelly O’Dwyer a bit of publicity and a chance to lie at the NPC today.

    Let’s pull that apart.

    The lavish sum of $109 million overall will not achieve a thing. It will barely pay for the cost of advertising and and for morning tea at all the meetings that will be held to further develop this latest brainfart.

    The funding for addressing the gender pay gap is not a new thing, it was announced earlier this month and applies only to the public sector. It’s worth $8 million.

    The early access to superannuation idea –

    This is A Very Bad Idea. Women need all the super they can accumulate, to see them through their retirement years. This is especially applicable to women who will most likely be leaving a relationship and may not want to go into another. We currently have a large and growing problem with single, older women finding themselves homeless because their super or pension does not allow them to both pay rent and eat. Many have chosen to live in their cars, those with more financial resources might buy a mobile home. They all rely on finding safe places to park their “home” at night. This is what happens when an older woman, on her own after maybe a divorce or a relationship breakdown years earlier, does not have the money to buy her own home or to pay rent on a decent place. Allowing women to use their superannuation (if they have any) to start a new life seems worthy but is actually setting any woman who does it up for a life of poverty in their later years.

    There’s also the matter of the arrogant assumption that everyone has superannuation. Not all women have that advantage. Women who have always lived on a welfare payment, women who have never held a job for whatever reason, women who have survived on a combination of Newstart and casual work are not going to have any superannuation to take. (I could write a 3000 word essay on just that topic, and maybe a book.)

    Next – low interest loans.

    This is not a new idea, just a reminder that these loans exist. There is no additional funding being handed out. The government will push the Good Shepherd system at women. There are other options, like NILS. There is also the Centrelink advance system, where those on a benefit can borrow enough to, say, buy that new fridge or have the car repaired, and pay it back interest free over six months.

    Last – the legal stuff.

    This is just tinkering at the edges and is ludicrous when you remember the ATM government’s past actions. Following huge cuts by Abbott and Hockey, which saw many services close, this government then tried to cut funding for legal services for women dealing with domestic abuse in early 2017. This would have resulted in the axing of programs and the closure of more services. The huge protest saw the government back down and agree to maintain funding. It was spun as a funding increase, but it was no such thing, that money was taken from other domestic violence programs.

    So what has the government really done to help women and in particular women experiencing domestic abuse? Nothing. Things remain pretty much as they are. Women may, at the discretion of a court, be excused from facing their former partner during cross examination, should their matter ever need to go to that stage. That’s it. That and the paltry token money flung at the gender pay gap are the only new items in today’s announcement. The rest is just “look at us, aren’t we wonderful” spin.

    • Women fleeing domestic violence in NSW have a harder time now that the specialised women’s shelters have been closed or converted to men and women emergency housing

    • Yes, they do.

      A brainwave of Mike Baird, another “devout Christian” who brought in the appalling “Going Home, Staying Home” policy that literally forced women into staying with abusive partners because they no longer had anywhere to go. Baird rearranged funding and gutted services for domestic violence sufferers. His government handed some services over to church groups who had no experience dealing with victims of domestic abuse, closed others and converted most of those remaining into homeless shelters which took in men. The last thing a woman needs when she is fleeing from an abusive male is a shelter full of men.

  14. Another Bill Shorten speech, delivered earlier this morning at a Community Housing forum.

    One of his best, because it’s on an issue I understand only too well.

  15. There wouldn’t be an election coming up in Victoria?

    Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.
    Video: Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton speaks after terror arrests (ABC News)

    Three men arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack in Melbourne had tried to source a semi-automatic rifle to kill as many people as possible in a crowded space, police allege.


    • This week FauxMo is playing the Xenophobia Card.

      Didn’t Fiona Scott, former MP for Lindsay, use that excuse once? Something about refugees causing traffic jams on Parramatta Road?

      Dutton’s recycled excuse is as inane as FauxMo’s reasoning for cutting immigration –

      Minister Scott Morrison, in a speech on the future of Australia’s cities, said Sydney and Melbourne had been overwhelmed with population growth.

      “The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full, the schools are taking no more enrolments,” he said.

      “I hear what you are saying, I hear you loud and clear.

      “That’s why we need to improve how we manage population growth in this country.”


      If all those things are happening then it’s because this lousy, incompetent, wasteful, bigoted, racist government has not kept up with providing funding for essential infrastructure.

      The funding buck stops with the federal government, not with an immigrant family who dare rent a house in Sydney or Melbourne and want to send their kids to school.

      What happens when essential services like health and aged care, both heavily reliant on immigrant workers, grind to a halt because this farce of a government decided cutting immigration was a vote winner?

      FauxMo should take a look at Bill Shorten’s speech, linked above. It might help him figure out what governments are supposed to do.

  16. Women’s Shelters support women in their choices to leave the relationship or go back to it. When the woman decides to leave, they will shield her from harassment, get her legal advice, find her a safe place to stay, connect her with services and generally support her. If she decides to go back, she will go with information and contacts,

    This is a specialist area, and getting put into a homeless shelter is not the same. Homelessness is a totally different kettle of fish.

    What the bastard who changed NSW policy and funding wanted and got, was the loss of expertise and knowledge of the DV Sector to help women leave their abusive partners. He wants women to stay in marriages, and get no help to leave them. Conservative male thinking, supported by women who like the male domination status quo. Dinosaurs of both genders, to be precise.

  17. “In fact it’s such a great idea, the Right keeps having it… over and over and over. North Queensland reactionary George Christensen had it in 2016 when he called for expressions of interest “by those interested in financing and forming a patriotic, conservative alternative to GetUp. If we do nothing, we will let the forces of socialism and globalism conquer.”

    And great minds think alike because Cory Bernardi was calling for “a similar umbrella group” “to promote conservative views” after the 2016 election. Then there was Mark Latham who, according to former NSW Liberal Michael Yabsley, was going to “set up something that would at least rival GetUp” in 2017 with his “Outsiders” group, launched in true grassroots style at Yabsley’s Southern Highlands estate, Wombat Hollow.

    And earlier this year another salt-of-the-earth, anti-elitist outfit, the Business Council of Australia, launched their own version of GetUp, For The Common Good, run by the Liberal Party’s Andrew Bragg, which would “embrace the campaigning tactics of GetUp”. The group has been a massive success and currently boasts 124 followers on Twitter and is best known for being embarrassingly linked to Bragg’s own campaign against industry super funds — which the BCA denied any links to.

    Into this crowded field today comes yet another right-wing contender: Advance Australia. According to The Australian’s Simon “Drops King” Benson, it will “rival union-backed activist group GetUp” and campaign against Labor and to protect Liberal-held seats targeted by GetUp — though “Advance Australia would not be aligned to a political party”.”


    So Bernard Keane did well to remind us of these repeat attempts, but we could add the 2017 ‘The Fair Go’ site, if you count that as GetUp copy attempt, although that was an actual Liberal party site, not an outside activist group.



  18. Let ScumMo make his own apologies. Sending in a woman to bat for him doesn’t look good.

    Minister for women says Scott Morrison ‘didn’t mean to cause any offence’ when he made a lewd suggestion about the actor

    The minister for women has semi-apologised on behalf of the prime minister for “smutty” comments he made about Pamela Anderson, as she attempted to advocate on behalf of Julian Assange.


  19. For all the journalists wringing their hands over the Fairfax takeover and screaming about it meaning a less diverse MSM –

    Fairfax joins the Murdoch sectarian beat-up brigade

    The first law of journalism is that bad news is good news – bad news sells. On Monday, Fairfax’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers had a choice between a “good news” story and twisting the facts to make a “bad news” story. No prize for guessing which way the decision went.

    In the process, the once-venerable Fairfax mastheads ventured a little further down the road of clickbait and populism, joining the Murdoch newspapers with a sectarian beat up


    • When I tried to cancel my Fairfax subscription today I had to talk to a person, because Fairfax disabled the automated Unsubscribe. When I explained I didn’t like Channel 9 content I was offered a 50% discount for 6 months on my online subscription. I accepted.

  20. They’re coming for Tone

    More than 350 people turned up to a GetUp information night in Tony Abbott’s Sydney seat of Warringah on Tuesday night – a sign that the former prime minister is facing a highly organised and well-supported campaign against his re-election from within his own community.

    The crowd at Manly Senior Citizens club, who came to hear what they could do to unseat their MP, filled two rooms and then spilled outside.

    “It feels more like a rock concert. Maybe I should say ‘HELLOO WARRINGAH!’,” GetUp organiser Sean Murray said.

    Most were from the seat, although some had travelled from other parts of Sydney. About 75 % raised their hands to say it was their first GetUp meeting. About half were over the age of 50.


    Wonder if Lucien Eye are there.

    • There’s no point getting involved unless you can actually make a difference by not voting for Abbott. It doesn’t matter if Mal and Lucy turn up or not – they can’t vote in Warringah.

      What might help is a donation from Malcolm of $1 million plus. Will he do that? Does he hate Tony enough to contribute to a fund to get rid of him? That’s an excellent question.

    • Thanks 2g made mine and OH’s day. We both hate guns and hunters with a passion, ta muchly. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  21. Good grief!

    I think all that hair dye has finally rotted his brain.

    Tony might welcome prayers, but for those who do not share his (alleged) religious beliefs it’s all most unwelcome.

    Praying in public does not make you a better or a more moral person – just look at what happens in parliament after the session of the day is opened with a prayer. I especially resent lectures on morality from a man who is infamous for his womanising, both before and during his marriage.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe reports that families and skilled workers are being targeted in a hard line on visa approvals that could drive Australia’s permanent migration intake below 160,000 new residents next year, as the Morrison government prepares a crucial election pitch on population and congestion.
    Ross Gittins calls out Morrison for crass populism over his immigration statement.
    And an SMH editorial says that a genuine leader should acknowledge Australians want enhanced action on climate change and do not want to target Muslims or any other group in our multicultural, liberty-based country.
    Michael Pascoe begins his contribution today with “It has come to this for the Australian government: With no leadership, no mettle and no political capital to spend, difficult decisions are outsourced, and responsibility for decisions that might offend are spread far and wide.”
    Phil Coorey reports that Labor has received a late boost to its energy policy plans with the IMF saying Australia needed policy certainty on emissions reduction.
    These academics have proposed a carbon tax system that would leave households better off.
    Ingrid Matthews analyses PM Scott Morrison’s spectacularly ill-conceived plan to move the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
    In a pointed and well-written op-ed Roman Quaedvlieg writes that Morrison is pouring fuel on the extremist fire on our doorstep.
    Michael Koziol reports on Dutton’s electioneering in Victoria.
    Nicholas Stuart says that making a needless enemy of Indonesia isn’t smart.
    The SMH editorial looks at what both sides can take from the latest Ipsos poll.
    This is priceless! The Turnbull family wants to help rid Warringah of Abbott.
    On the strength of stuff like this I hope they are successful!
    Anne Davies writes on how activists are warming to the task of ousting Tony Abbott.
    A disgusted Michael Pascoe writes that Fairfax has joined the Murdoch sectarian beat-up brigade.
    Former CBA chief Ian Narev’s name frequently came up at the royal commission yesterday – from under the bus!
    Elizabeth Knight writes that Comyn did well at the commission, deflecting blame to those not at the CBA any more and rolling over where necessary.
    And CBA chairman Catherine Livingstone has dumped on the bank’s former board and executive team saying there was an overwhelming sense of complacency.
    The AFR says that whoever writes the latest chapter in the history of Commonwealth Bank of Australia will find plenty of rich material in the transcripts of the Hayne royal commission, but they should be careful about believing everything they read.
    James Thompson writes that the picture provided by CBA chief executive Matt Comyn and chairman Catherine Livingstone makes the bank seem amateurish – and that’s the kindest reading.
    Worryingly, Stephen Bartholomeusz tells us that the US Fed and its counterparts would be aware that as well as creating a stock market bubble (with, in the US, a bit of help from Donald Trump’s tax cuts and spending spree) they have inflated a credit bubble.
    The New Daily outlines the three reasons you should avoid Afterpay.
    Labor is going to have its work cut out with its negative gearing policy.
    Financial planner Melissa Browne explains how casual and gig economy workers are missing out on benefits.
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons says the proposal to let survivors of domestic violence get early access to superannuation has merit – but we can do better.
    And Jenna Price writes that Kelly O’Dwyer is a great improvement on previous women’s ministers, now, we need to see her fix inequality for women in her own party.
    Sally Whyte reports that the boss of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has launched a strong defence of the agency and his management of it, in a hearing where more details of the agency’s move to Armidale were revealed.
    Paul Karp writes that Australians are working an average of six hours’ unpaid overtime a week, a total of $106bn of free work given to employers every year. An Australia Institute survey of 1,459 people to mark the 10th anniversary of Go Home on Time Day, found Australia suffers from an epidemic of overwork while others complain of underemployment.
    What’s wrong with retail?: Where did all our iconic bricks-and-mortar stores go?
    An al-Qa’ida propagandist may have inspired Australia’s latest ­alleged terror plot from beyond the grave, with evidence that members of a suspected extremist cell in Melbourne’s north were communicating by encrypted messaging less than 12 hours ­before a pre-dawn police raid.
    More than 30 federal MPs have failed to declare any free trips, gifts and the donors behind them for almost two years, raising concerns about transparency and potential conflicts of interest. A Fairfax investigation reveals the MPs neglected to update their register of interests within the stipulated time period. Seven have added nothing since September 2016.
    Two months before four people lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride, Dreamworld’s senior safety officers tried to bypass an annual engineering inspection of the attraction. This story gets worse and worse!
    Woolworths will be grilled on its response to allegations of labour exploitation in its fruit and vegetable supply chain at its AGM today – including by a woman who says she has experienced the harsh reality of migrant farm work first hand.
    The Washington Post tells us why Trump is afraid of visiting troops.
    And the Post says that Ivanka Trump is the “worst in the White House” when it comes to inappropriate use of private email accounts for government business.
    Trump has expressed his unstinting support for Saudi Arabia and questioned whether Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, knew about the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
    Where to avoid if you don’t want to be shot in America.
    Doug Dingwall reveals that tap-and-go payments and the decline of coins are hurting the Royal Australian Mint despite its plan to make up lost revenue with a rise in profits from selling collectors’ items and manufacturing currencies for countries overseas.
    The rebellion by some Democrats against Nancy Pelosi’s bid to ­become House of Representatives Speaker could backfire badly.
    David Isaacs says that our politicians have dragged us down to the moral depths. They should be ashamed.
    Russia is set to assume charge of Interpol as it appears they have the necessary votes in the bag.
    On the strength of this Jarryd Hayne is today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark David fine tunes Morrison’s image.

    A good one from Paul Zanetti today.

    Jon Kudelka on traffic congestion.

    David Pope captures Morrison’s change of heart on immigration.
    Kudelka takes us to the CBA boardroom entrance.
    More in here.

  23. The Interim PM needs new advisers.

    Whoever is advising him on his recent blatherings is either a secret Labor plant or just plain incompetent.

    Last week FauxMo told us kids on Nauru are getting better medical treatment than many kids in indigenous communities receive. The immediate response to that? “Then why aren’t you providing better health care to indigenous communities?”

    Yesterday he told us immigration had to be cut because “the buses are full, the schools aren’t taking enrolments …..etc etc.”

    The immediate response to that was “Why hasn’t your government done anything to provide essential infrastructure?”.

    What or who is he going to blame for the next crisis of his government’s own making?

  24. These two angels here have just voted correctly. Asked one supervisor what the numbers were, they had about 800 a day last week and this week 1000 a day. It will be quiet on Saturday for most booths in town. The outlying towns will probably have the usual numbers, minus a few who voted in the big town, like us.

    • I prepolled yesterday, not that there will be any change in Kew, but at least I cancelled OH’s vote …

  25. My reading of the thread is that Harry is still alive. I do hope so, and hope he makes a full recovery – he is an inspiration.

  26. As usual, the temp PM gets it arse about

    The Morrison government has confirmed it will not sign up to the United Nation’s migration pact, claiming it will undermine Australia’s harsh policies to deter asylum seekers.

    In July the Coalition signalled it would refuse to sign the agreement, citing the fact the final draft of the compact said that migration detention should only be used “as a measure of last resort” and states should work towards alternatives.

    After failing to secure changes addressing its concerns, the Morrison government confirmed on Wednesday that Australia will not sign, joining the United States, Israel and a group of Eastern European countries that have also refused.


    “We are bastards so we won’t sign.”

  27. If you want to be really depressed and/or really, really angry then listen to the first two items in this –

    Shaun Hanns on breaking the asylum-seeker policy deadlock


    Nicole Curby on the plight of the asylum seekers left behind


    Skip the section on FauxMo, whoever is doing the talking has it all wrong and steadfastly refuses to actually say our PM is a liar.

    Just on the Indonesian refugee camps issue – Howard funded the initial setting up of these camps, getting IOM to oversee them. He dolled them up as “processing centres”, which they never really were. Some UNHCR processing as done, but no attempt was ever made to resettle the inmates, nor did Indonesia deport them if they were not genuine refugees. Asylum seekers and refugees were just fed and housed and left to rot. For a time this ploy worked to “stop the boats”, but eventually those incarcerated realised they had been conned and the boats started again, just in time for the Rudd and Gillard governments.

    It’s almost impossible to find information about this online now, the few articles I had bookmarked a while ago have disappeared. However, there is still this, from 2001.

    Now our government has cut all that funding. A sane government would be pouring increased funding into setting up regional processing centres and working on a real resettlement solution. Instead our government, with Labor’s full support, keeps on pouring billions into wars that create new waves of refugees for the world to deal with, and keeps on pouring billions into defence toys that will be obsolete long before they are ever delivered.

    • If/when Labor wins, the MSM will immediately change tactics with regards to refugees. They’ll accuse Labor of all sorts of human rights breaches. Rightly so if necessary. Labor will be forced to do something. MSM might finally be helpful, a thing they haven’t done for years.

    • Regional processing used to be a Labor policy, not it’s been abandoned in favour of the “turn boats back when safe to do so” rubbish and a whole lot of blather about third country resettlement. Labor will not admit there is no country – except New Zealand – willing to take our refugees.

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