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  1. Bill Shorten explains why today’s win will not see people smugglers back in action – well, not on boats, anyway. Let’s not mention arrivals at airports.

    Bill Shorten MP
    1 hr ·
    The legislation Labor passed in the House of Representatives today ensures that people in Australia’s care, can get urgent medical treatment when they need it.

    Our legislation preserves the security of regional processing, it ensures the government has the power to deny criminals and national security risks entry to Australia.

    Importantly – it only applies to people who are already on Manus and Nauru. This means the people smugglers don’t have a product to sell and can never again resume their trade in human misery.

    The Australian people understand our nation can be strong on borders and still treat people humanely. We can preserve our national security and still look after people to whom we owe a duty of care. This legislation gets that balance right

    https://www.facebook.com/BillShorten/

    Got that, FauxMo? Today’s amendments only apply to people already on Nauru and Manus Island.

    And on the thing about the government letting a boat or six through – that would totally destroy their claim to have stopped the boats.

  2. The forces of darkness aren’t having a good day. (6-9 is too close for comfort.)

    Antiscience legislation in Oklahoma defeated
    Glenn Branch
    02.12.2019

    Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 14, which would have empowered science denial in the classroom, failed on a 6-9 vote to win the recommendation of the House Committee on Education on February 12, 2019.

    Styled “the Oklahoma Science Education Act,” the bill would ostensibly have provide Oklahoma’s teachers with the right to help students “understand, analyze, critique[,] and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught,” while prohibiting state and local administrators from exercising supervisory responsibility.

    No particular theories were identified as controversial, and the sole sponsor, David Bullard (R-District 6), is new to the legislature, but his predecessor, Josh Brecheen, notoriously filed a string of similar bills — most recently Senate Bill 393 in 2017, which passed the Senate before failing to receive a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives — that were apparently aimed specifically at evolution.

    Of the two similar bills introduced in 2019, one, North Dakota’s House Bill 1538, was withdrawn from further consideration by its sponsor, and one, South Dakota’s House Bill 1270, is with the House Education Committee.

    https://ncse.com/news/2019/02/antiscience-legislation-oklahoma-defeated-0018862

  3. It’s getting coverage O/S

    Canberra: The Australian government on Tuesday lost a major vote on a bill to help evacuate critically ill refugees from offshore processing centres to get treatment in the country, in a major blow to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s minority government’s highly controversial immigration policy.

    https://www.timesnownews.com/international/article/australian-government-loses-bill-blocking-ill-asylum-seekers/364746

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hartcher writes about how Morrison’s strength turned into a weakness.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/prime-minister-s-strength-turns-into-a-weakness-20190212-p50xd2.html
    Michael Koziol says that yesterday the Morrison government twice turned to Tony Smith to rescue it from defeat but twice, he failed to oblige.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/speaker-tony-smith-puts-propriety-before-politics-and-lets-the-government-suffer-20190212-p50xdd.html
    David Wroe outlines what the public want when it comes to the situation around asylum seekers and says that yesterday’s bill ticks all those boxes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-hasn-t-been-pretty-but-this-is-a-workable-compromise-on-an-ugly-issue-20190212-p50xcz.html
    Tony Wright tells us how the first day of the political year threatened to end the Morrison government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-the-first-day-of-the-political-year-threatened-to-end-the-morrison-government-20190212-p50xcx.html
    The Australian’s Simon Benson reports that the PM has declared every new people-smuggling boat arrival will be “on Bill Shorten’s head” after yesterday’s historic vote.
    https://www.outline.com/2p5mj7
    And Pontificating Paul Kelly says that Labor has delivered a sharp blow to border security.
    https://www.outline.com/DpAYzJ
    Constitutional lawyer Anne Twomey explains how the government was defeated on the ‘medivac’ bill, but that does not mean the end of the government.
    https://theconversation.com/the-government-was-defeated-on-the-medivac-bill-but-that-does-not-mean-the-end-of-the-government-111635
    Michelle Grattan warns that Shorten’s victory will bring dangerous counter strikes from a desperate government.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-shortens-victory-will-bring-dangerous-counter-strikes-from-a-desperate-government-111666
    In a somewhat scathing contribution Paul Bongiorno says that Morrison has formally hot the panic button.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/02/11/scott-morrison-medical-transfer-refugees/
    Phil Coorey says that the Coalition believes it can turn the loss into a political positive by banging the drum between now and election day that Labor has again gone soft on boats by colluding with the Greens and other so-called “do-gooders” to weaken border protection laws.
    https://www.outline.com/7LeKqs
    It’s not every Prime Minister who loses a vote on his government’s own legislation. The man who ended an 80 year run not only definitely deserves a special mention in Australia’s political history but a closer look at just where the hell he came from. Michael Sainsbury unpacks the peripatetic pre-parliamentary adventures of Scott John Morrison.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/scott-john-morrison-where-the-bloody-hell-did-he-come-from/
    Katharine Murphy and Paul Karp unpick yesterday’s passage of the medivac bill.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/12/scott-morrison-suffers-historic-defeat-as-labor-and-crossbench-pass-medevac-bill
    The deaths haven’t stopped: a fact Scott Morrison can’t avoid, writes Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/12/the-deaths-havent-stopped-a-fact-scott-morrison-cant-avoid
    Unsurprisingly, the Coalition’s franking credits scare campaign is working. Once again, sensible tax reform is sacrificed on the altar of short-term politics and the absence of a holistic approach. Once again, politics gets in the way of policymaking, and fear and obfuscation are winning.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/franking-credits-the-coalitions-scare-campaign,12365
    In a good article Ross Gittins dispels many myths and explains how climate change is offering Australia an opportunity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/we-could-be-among-the-world-s-climate-change-winners-20190212-p50x6u.html
    Nicholas Stuart holds the mirror up to government as defence spending and revenue raising head for a mighty clash.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/raise-taxes-or-find-a-new-way-of-defending-our-country-20190212-p50x9p.html
    Plans to develop more than 3000 homes in buildings up to 18 storeys high at the Showground station precinct in Sydney’s north-west have been thwarted after an independent panel rejected a controversial bid to rezone parts of the site.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/plans-for-higher-density-development-at-showground-station-hub-knocked-back-20190211-p50wzi.html
    A BBC cameraman, assaulted during a speech by US President Donald Trump, was the victim of an “incredibly violent attack”, Ah. Trump’s America!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-supporter-attacks-bbc-cameraman-at-texas-rally-20190213-p50xe0.html
    Van Badham writes that Tony Abbott has not changed, not even the Speedo pose looks different.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/12/tony-abbott-has-not-changed-not-even-the-speedo-pose-looks-different
    The SMH editorial depicts the return of Hakeem al-Araibi as a rare Australian victory for the cause of human rights.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/a-rare-australian-victory-for-the-cause-of-human-rights-20190212-p50x9m.html
    Meanwhile the Australian Federal Police chief is expected to shed light on its role in the jailing of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was released from a Thai prison and landed in Melbourne yesterday after more than two months behind bars.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/02/12/hakeem-al-araibi-refugee-afp/
    Australians have had enough of the Coalition’s complicity with Saudi, savagery and ignoring international law, writes human rights lawyer and Greens candidate for Dickson, Benedict Coyne.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/ignoring-international-law-the-dutton-and-morrison-way,12364
    Judith Ireland looks at the parliamentary career of the soon to depart Wack Williams.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/john-wacka-williams-big-backbench-life-draws-to-a-close-20190206-p50vzu.html
    This professor of architecture says that much of the punitive cost of cooling is not down to power prices but to cheap and thoughtless construction and design.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/stay-cool-with-revised-house-construction-codes-20190212-p50x7j.html
    An anti-vaxxer writes about seeing the light.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/i-used-to-be-an-anti-vaxxer-but-then-i-changed-my-mind-20190212-p50xbq.html
    The government’s failed citizenship crackdown introduced in 2017 caused a backlog of 83,000 unprocessed citizenship applications, making waiting times 10 times longer than previously experienced, an audit report has found.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/citizenship-applications-too-slow-and-too-expensive-audit-office-20190211-p50x2n.html
    Australia’s mortgage brokers have hit back at the banking royal commission with a Grim Reaper-style ad that marketing experts describe as a “scare campaign”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/02/12/mortgage-brokers-hit-back-at-hayne/
    Administrators picking through the wreckage of one of the country’s largest online broking houses Halifax Investment Services, have found that $57 million in money invested by clients has been mixed up with funds belonging to the company. Bloody mongrels!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nearly-60-million-in-customer-money-mixed-up-at-collapsed-broker-20190212-p50x9a.html
    Carolyn Cummins reports that the nation’s biggest banks are scrambling to contact up to 100,000 customers who may have been caught up in a major data breach at property valuation firm, LandMark White.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/home-loan-details-in-major-data-breach-20190212-p50xas.html
    The UK Guardian predict that deal or no deal, both Labour and the Tories will split over Brexit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/12/deal-no-deal-labour-tories-brexit-may-corbyn
    Wow! The competition regulator is probing the big four consulting firms Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC over allegations the firms operate as a cartel.
    https://www.outline.com/YM6pd8
    Activists have called on the Queensland government to investigate after mining company Adani confirmed that contaminated water released into the Caley Valley wetlands during last week’s Queensland floods occurred at almost twice the rate it is licensed for.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/12/calls-for-inquiry-as-adani-confirms-it-released-contaminated-water
    Elizabeth Knight looks at the dynamics of the iron ore market as we enjoy what she describes as an accidental boom.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/welcome-to-the-accidental-iron-ore-boom-20190212-p50xap.html
    Trouble at David Jones as former Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly and Australian banking director Patrick Allaway have resigned from the board of David Jones’ parent company less than a week after the shock exit of the department store’s boss David Thomas.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/gail-kelly-quits-david-jones-owner-days-after-ceo-s-shock-exit-20190212-p50xbt.html
    Lisa Martin tells us about the terrible stories coming out of yesterday’s aged care royal commission hearing.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/12/aged-care-homes-regularly-ration-continence-pads-royal-commission-hears
    Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/12/four-in-five-vatican-priests-are-gay-book-claims
    Michaelia Cash’s former chief of staff Ben Davies told her then media adviser, David De Garis, that federal police were set to raid the Australian Workers Union’s offices, the federal court has heard.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/12/michaelia-cashs-former-chief-of-staff-was-source-of-union-raids-leak-court-told
    And it’s nearly the end oi the line for El Chapo, today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/drug-lord-el-chapo-found-guilty-on-all-counts-in-federal-trial-20190213-p50xe3.html
    Remember these two nominees from last year?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/qc-s-sons-accused-of-assault-after-afl-final-set-to-fight-the-charges-20190212-p50xbe.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with Dutton needing medical attention,

    Beautiful work from David Pope!

    Cathy Wilcox and Hakeem’s return.

    From the prolific
    Matt Golding.








    John Shakespeare’s been busy too.


    Two crackers from Sean Leahy.


    Fiona Katauskas says she’s happy that this cartoon she did yesterday is now redundant.

    Zanetti’s fixation continues.

    Here he pulls out an old Bill Leak cartoon to make his point.

    Jon Kudelka sends the ambulance to Parliament House.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/b3f34ed285e25af044b4d870d44882f3

    From the US





  5. The government thinks it’s 2001 and an election campaign based on “Boats!!!”, fear,and hate will get them over the line.

    The government is wrong.

    Yesterday’s vote will not mean a flood of boats will arrive. The election campaign will not be FauxMo’s Tampa, as some fools are suggesting, and Morrison is no Howard.

    Much as I loathe Howard, at least he understood a bit about voters and where their interests might lie. He knew what he was doing. FauxMo doesn’t have a clue. He seems to think slogans will fix everything. Even worse, he’s acting more and more like a dictator and is visibly becoming more insane, more rattled and more insecure every day. He now seems to think yelling at us and telling lies will keep him in government.

    Reliving the past won’t help a failing, corrupt, scandal-ridden government win an election.

  6. Corman is speaking in the Senate against bringing on debate in that place on the Bill affecting the refugees on Manus and Nauru.

    He is raking into the depth of fear of the “other”; he is besmirching the reputation ofall those unfortunate people who have suffered in those two hell-holes for so long.

    The following is part of his words being reported on the Guardian site.

    “People whose general past conduct shows they’re not of good character. For example, people who consort with criminals, people whose bad conduct is not criminalised in the relevant home jurisdiction. People who have been convicted of a lot of low-level offences. People who have been fighting guards on Nauru or Manus. People who have touched up nurses.

    People who have threatened violence. People who have bragged about going into crime and drug-dealing when they get to Australia. These are the people that the Labor Party together with the Greens wants to bring into Australia. People who centre incited racial discord on Nauru or Manus.”

    What a miserable person this man is.

    • It’s about time the media caught up,that issue was all over social media two weeks ago.

      Like this – (note the date).

  7. I think Morrison is opening up Christmas Island again so that he can move the asylum seekers from Manus and Nauru, so that they won’t be covered by the current amendments (which were specific to Manus and Nauru). That’s the impression I’m getting at the moment anyway. It’s all been a series of underhand tactics to stymie improvements to the way AS are treated.

    I’m really not sure if he’s worked out how that plays politically. The focus all along has been on winning their little battles on the floor at all costs, with very little thought to winning over the electorate. They’re buried so deep in ‘process’ here that they simply can’t see the larger picture.

  8. From Amy’s blog.. Poor Scrott.
    .

    Can we just take a moment to look back at that press conference, at this moment between David Speers from Sky and Scott Morrison:

    Speers: Prime Minister, just on Medivac, are you willing to say to would-be asylum seekers this will not apply to you if you come now?

    Morrison: If we’re re-elected it won’t apply to anybody because I will reverse it.

    Speers: (asks question again)

    Morrison: I can only say what the law says. It’s not my law. I think it’s a foolish law. It’s a foolish law and it’s not one that I support.

    Speers: For the sake of deterring arrivals do you say it does not apply to new arrivals.

    Morrison:

    I’ll be engaging in direct messaging as part of Operation Sovereign Borders with people smugglers and with those who might be thinking on getting on boats.

    Not the first time I have done that – to send very clear messaging that my Government is in control of the borders.

    As long as my Government is here you can expect strong border protection and resolved to be in place.

    Under a Labor Government you can expect them to see fold like a pack of cards like Bill Shorten did yesterday.

    He would not say it. The prime minister, who has spent the past 24 hours telling us our borders will now be over run because of this medical evacuation bill, would not say that it only applies to the cohort already on Manus and Nauru, which is a key part of the bill.

    He would not say the words, despite telling us that people smugglers and those they market to, are watching this very closely.

    He. Would. Not. Say. It.

    Let that sink in.

    • The body language!

      There’s Bill, clearly saying “I own you now” with one hand on FauxMo’s back and the other extended for a handshake.

      And there’s FauxMo, all petulance, refusing to look at Shorten, hands firmly folded in his lap,not interested in shaking hands with Shorten. He looks for all the world like a sulky five year old.

      FauxMo is becoming angrier and more unhinged with every day that passes. The chirpy “suburban daggy dad” iamage is long gone. Now it’s more like “angry PM shouts at clouds”.

      It won’t be long before FauxMo starts frothing at the mouth (some might say he’s already at that stage), chewing rugs and talking to statues. It won’t be long before he has a meltdown on camera.

      the man is clearly unfit to be PM.

  9. You can see Morrison’s problem. He can’t get the messaging straight because he’s having to argue two contradictory things. That our border security is strong, and also that it’s weak. In order to counter Katharine Murphy’s drilling down into the details, he was forced to claim that people smugglers don’t look at the ‘nuance’, they just go by the feels. And when Speers invited Morrison to give people smugglers the clear message they need to dissuade them, as you can see from Kaffeeklatcher’s post above, Morrison refused to do it.

    So he’s being seen as both encouraging and discouraging people smugglers. Bad look. Very bad look.

    There’s also his contradictory messages regarding Parliament and policy. The way he has it, Shorten is running things, and Morrison is also running things. Depending on what particular question Morrison is being asked.

    You can’t run a strong campaign if you’re only interested in the broad sweep and run away from the details. But that’s what Morrison is attempting to do here. Rhetoric only gets you so far.

    • Plus, as I think I said yesterday, having everyone in the Liberals out there shouting about Shorten and border protection is over-egging it. They shouted a whole lot of stuff in Parliament yesterday, then they came straight out and shouted the same stuff straight afterwards. And this morning, first chance they got, they started shouting the same things again. You’ve got to give it a little time to sink in. It looks exactly like what it is, the Morrison government trying to keep anyone from thinking too long about it, because if they do they’re going to reach some conclusions quite damning for this government.

      Ok tactic if you’re preserving a lead in the polls. It keeps people from changing their minds. But right now Morrison needs people to change their minds, and they won’t do it if they’re over-stimulated. You have to present a logical case and give people time to come to their own conclusions. The current government can’t do that because their case isn’t logical to start with. I think they’re stuffed.

    • Aguirre,

      What Prime Muppet FauxMo really meant to say was:

      I don’t look at the ‘nuance’, I just go by the feels.”

  10. What a farce!

    This government officially closed the Christmas Island detention centre, with a lot of media attention, in October last year.

    Just four months ago!

    Back then it was spruiked as “cleaning up Labor’s mess”.

    Just as well that idiot Colemen said it would be kept “in a state of operational readiness” in case it had to be re-opened.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/after-10-years-the-notorious-christmas-island-detention-centre-has-quietly-closed-20181004-p507r0.html

    And what happens to this promise now?

    …..the government is intent on keeping the promise made by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton before the last election to close 17 detention centres, including Christmas Island. Mr Coleman said the closures have saved more than $500 million

  11. I really don’t want to agree with Richard Di Natale, but he is absolutely right here –

    Richard Di Natale also held a doorstop this morning:

    “When you’ve got nothing, when you’ve got no plan for the country, all you’ve got is fear and division, that’s what this desperate move from a desperate prime minister is about. Opening up Christmas Island is a political tactic to continue to sow the seeds of fear and division within the community,” he said.

    “The Prime minister wants to run around the country, thump his chest, sound tough on innocent people seeking asylum because he’s got nothing else. He’s got no climate policy, he’s got no energy policy, no plan to improve people’s standard of living, address wage stagnation, tackle the housing crisis. He’s got nothing.

    “We would welcome the opportunity to fight an election against Scott Morrison because he’s got nothing. He’s empty, he’s hollow, all he’s got is fear and division. And a leader does not divide the country in the way that Scott Morrison is trying to do. This is an insight into a Prime Minister who is an empty vessel, a hollow human being. A man who professes his Christian credentials and then says to innocent people ‘you won’t get the care that you need.’ There’s nothing Christian about that.

    “Bring on an election. Bring it on now. Let’s end this chaos, the circus that has been this Parliament.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/feb/13/coalition-labor-morrison-shorten-election-border-security-politics-live#comment-125799927

    Maybe he will have a bit of a think about the way he has been pandering to the government and denigrating Labor at every opportunity.

  12. Linda Burney really does show how far behind Australia is.2016 FFS!!

    On 2 July 2016, Burney won the seat of Barton at the 2016 general election, becoming the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives.
    ,
    When Burney was elected as the Member for Canterbury in 2003, she became the first Aboriginal person to serve in the NSW Parliament

  13. FauxMo must think he has been terribly clever re-opening the Christmas Island detention centre.

    He won’t be feeling so clever when the legal actions begin.

    If he moves just one person to Christmas Island in an attempt to avoid a medical transfer, claiming the law only applies to those still on Manus Island and Nauru. then he’s going to have to deal with a court case, one that will get a lot of attention. It’s my guess the government would lose. Our courts don’t seem to like government plans to deny children and adults the medical treatment they need. The same thing will happen for other forced transfers to CI.

    • I very much doubt there are any more boats on the way than there usually are, and that’s apparently not many. There have been very few turnbacks for the past few years. Three in 2017, one in the first half of last year, probably the same for the rest of 2018.
      https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1819/Quick_Guides/BoatTurnbacksSince2001.

      I’m not buying into the “Dutton will have the Navy let a few boats in” nonsense either.

      People smugglers have been flying their customers in on commercial flights for quite a while now, and the numbers of arrivals has been growing, a lot.

      Irony: Record number of asylum seekers arrive on Dutton’s watch
      https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2018/12/09/record-number-asylum-seekers-peter-dutton/

      Why would people smugglers risk boats when they can just put their customers on an aircraft? If you were an asylum seeker wanting to get to Australia what would you prefer to spend your escape money on – a nice, safe flight with onboard meals, drinks of whatever kind you wanted, decent toilets, some clean pillows and blankets or days/weeks on a leaky boat with hardly any food, drinking water that tastes like diesel fuel, maybe a bucket for a toilet and the risk of being caught and sent back to wherever your boat came from?

      Then there’s the matter of what happens to you when you arrive.

      Arrive by air and get caught and you end up in a mainland detention centre. There is a chance some kind legal people will go in to bat for you and you will eventually end up living in the community. It’s not a good situation, but it’s better than what used to happen to boat arrivals – permanent detention on Manus or Nauru, imprisonment in a tropical hellhole for ever.

      No wonder business in organising flights is booming.

      If the government did decide to let in some boats then it not go well for them. They have spent five years telling us they stopped the boats. They have built their entire asylum seeker/refugee policy around that false claim. The government has always claimed that Labor’s soft policies were responsible for the increase in boat arrivals. (It wasn’t that, but the MSM has been happy to push that lie.)

      To deliberately start up fake boat arrivals, probably by rounding up some of the left-over Vietnamese fishing boats FauxMo had made (remember them?) when he was Abbott’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and filling them with actors, would destroy the government’s claims on the effectiveness of their methods.

      FauxMo and Dutton are dumb enough to try it, and to believe it will win them a few votes, but they would just be further destroying their government’s chances.

  14. Over the last 5-6 years Shorten has played a much better political game than any of Abbott, Turnbull and now Morrison.
    Labor would have factored in the scare campaign about boats when deciding to take the stance they did.
    If boats is going to become a theme in the election then I wonder if Labor has a plan to get someone like Roman Q(?) to say …”hang on . The boats never stopped. We just didn’t tell you about them. ”
    That, plus a focus on air arrivals should squash that issue .

    • LoTF,

      I think you have it in one. For me, the rings were the clue. However, Ms Burney’s cheekbones are also different. in the photo and the portrait.

      So the moral is, if an artist is painting from a photograph, ensure you are looking at the mirror image of that photographed image.

    • Maybe ScoMo could reopen the CI casino too – to determine which lucky detainee gets to come to Australia? (Shown only on Ch7 and Ch9.)

  15. I have been on a high since parliament passed the medevac bill. By lunch time today that has faded, and now starting to feel almost depressed. I should’ve kept off twitter. msm are going all out to turn this on Labor. It is disgusting.

  16. John Menadue, writing for Michael West’s blog –

    Errr… anyone noticed asylum seekers pouring into Australia in record numbers by air?
    John Menadue cuts through the hysterical fear campaign surrounding “boat arrivals” with a few sober facts about other “arrivals”, demonstrating that refugees are simply being used for political expedience.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/errr-has-anyone-noticed-that-asylum-seekers-are-pouring-into-australia-in-record-numbers-by-air/

    I really, really wish someone would ask Dutton for his thoughts on this. He’s been all over everywhere last night and today, spouting lies about Labor, but I don’t think anyone has bothered to ask him about arrivals by air.

  17. The Prime Muppet said he was reopening CI to cater for “transferees” and new asylum seekers.

    The transferees should come to the mainland.

    Now CI is an open invitation for more boats.

    Labor will shoot this down in flames

    Baldrick had better plans.

  18. I watched Hard Quiz on ABC. The victims were excellent.

    Then I switched to ABC24 to catch anything new where should the water go? Quite a revelation. The ABC would not show that in prime time. The best was that Senator Rex Patrick is taking on the Australian cotton growers on their use of water.

    Katrina (ABC) demolished the “Chief of Cotton Australia”. His last answer to “go” was “check the MDBA”.

    • A spokeswoman for Burston denied that the senator propositioned the staff member, stressing that a 70-year old man would not use the word “fuck”

      Compare that with an article in The Australian –

      When approached for comment about the incident, Senator Burston told The Australian: “F. k you”, adding: “It’s all a set-up.” He had earlier threatened Mr Ashby that he would contact the Australian Federal Police

      https://outline.com/m9trCR

      Not even New Idea at its most creative could come up with gossip like that!

  19. I have been out to my first Furniture Making class for the year. I got to play with the big machines, which is always a thrill.

    Did ScoMo do anything stupid while I was away?

    Or more correctly.

    Did ScoMo et al manage not to do something stupid while I was away?

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Michael Koziol traces Morrison’s defeat on the floor back to the Wentworth by-election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inside-story-the-doctors-deal-behind-the-deal-on-the-contentious-medivac-refugee-bill-20190212-p50x9b.html
    The Morrison government is preparing to remove 300 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru in the first wave of medical transfers under a divisive new law that has sparked a political storm over the risk of a resumption in boat arrivals. Morrison will stop at nothing now. No stunt will be too stupid.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-prepares-to-remove-300-refugees-from-manus-island-and-nauru-in-first-wave-of-transfers-20190213-p50xld.html
    David Crowe says the facts will matter as Shorten faces the scare campaign to end all scare campaigns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/facts-matter-in-refugee-debate-20190213-p50xku.html
    Niki Savva says that Morrison should have called a snap poll.
    https://www.outline.com/HepNfw
    Katharine Murphy goes right off on Morrison’s “sonic boom” response to the medivac bill.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/13/pm-pushes-off-medevac-loss-by-launching-a-sonic-boom-on-border-protection
    The Department of Home Affairs dropped its target of processing 80% of citizenship applications within 80 days after it got through just 15% last financial year, an efficiency review has found.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/13/duttons-department-processed-just-15-of-citizenship-applications-last-year
    John Menadue cuts through the hysterical fear campaign surrounding “boat arrivals” with a few sober facts about other “arrivals”, demonstrating that refugees are simply being used for political expedience. This is well worth reading!
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/errr-has-anyone-noticed-that-asylum-seekers-are-pouring-into-australia-in-record-numbers-by-air/
    John Passant writes that humanity triumphed as the Morrison government was defeated on the Medivac bill.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/humanity-triumphs-as-morrison-government-defeated-on-medivac-bill,12370
    There’s no doubt about Pauline Hanson’s ability to attract a better class of politician.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/senator-brian-burston-denies-offering-to-have-sex-with-staffer-to-improve-her-mood-20190213-p50xll.html
    And Sam Maiden writes that Pauline Hanson has denied sexually harassing Senator Brian Burston after a bloody scuffle in the corridors of Parliament on Wednesday night involving her chief of staff James Ashby.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/02/14/pauline-hanson-brian-burston-brawl/
    An article has surfaced alleging that Peter Dutton has been accepting bribes in order to free captive drug lords, writes investigations editor Ross Jones.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/duttons-corrupt-link-to-drug-kingpin,12371
    The lawyer in charge of Apple’s insider-trading policy has been accused of insider trading. What con one say?
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/lawyer-in-charge-of-apple-s-insider-trading-policy-accused-of-insider-trading-20190214-p50xmv.html
    Jess Irvine attempts to diagnose the precise cause of the unique hysteria that grips Australians over the issue of asylum seekers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/getting-to-the-dark-heart-of-our-asylum-seeker-hysteria-20190213-p50xka.html
    The editorial in The Age says that the banks’ credit crunch is a wrong response.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/banks-credit-crunch-is-wrong-response-20190213-p50xl1.html
    Shane Wright reports that Frydenberg has told the corporate regulator to ramp up court action against the financial sector and warned the nation’s banks they must change their cultures if they are to regain the community’s trust.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/frydenberg-tells-regulators-to-go-hard-in-wake-of-royal-commission-20190213-p50xhm.html
    The federal government has told the banks and regulators there will be a fresh industry inquiry in three years to ensure they have improved their behaviour and were treating customers better.
    https://www.outline.com/WTKpSd
    Latika Bourke tells us how the independent review into live exports was softened after department criticised its draft findings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/independent-review-into-live-exports-was-softened-after-department-criticised-draft-findings-20190205-p50vob.html
    The key witness in one of the biggest scandals in Victorian legal history may no longer be compelled to give evidence in the royal commission that begins tomorrow.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/vanishing-act-informer-3838-evidence-to-royal-commission-in-doubt-20190213-p50xl6.html
    The fallout from a massive data breach at valuation company LandMark White has deepened with NAB suspending its use of the firm. This scandal is growing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/nab-pulls-plug-on-landmark-white-as-home-loan-breach-scandal-grows-20190213-p50xkk.html
    The Commonwealth Bank has admitted it is unable to just switch off ongoing service fees for customers, as ordered by the corporate regulator because its systems are so bad. That’s quite an admission!
    https://www.outline.com/2NVeBU
    John Warhurst examines Ken Henry’s sudden fall from grace.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/ken-henry-s-fall-from-grace-20190212-p50xbz.html
    Paul Budde says that if we continue with the NBN based on conservative neoliberal policies, then NBN 3.0 will also fail.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/will-it-be-third-time-lucky-for-the-nbn,12369
    Stephen Koukoulas identifies the main driver for a cash rate cut and says that it’ll happen soon.
    https://thekouk.com/item/670-this-is-the-main-driver-for-a-cash-rate-cut-and-it-ll-happen-soon.html
    Dutton has moved to distance himself from a controversial government contractor, which is providing security on Manus Island. There’s quite a whiff about this!
    https://www.outline.com/yBmNkp
    John Setka’s in court again.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/union-boss-john-setka-fronts-court-over-charges-of-injuring-and-harassing-a-woman-20190213-p50xls.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says that it seems clear that, should it win the federal election, Labor is seriously considering a massive write-down of the value of the national broadband network but it’s not quite so clear how it could do it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/there-s-a-big-obstacle-to-an-nbn-write-down-and-it-s-in-the-billions-20190213-p50xhn.html
    Ford has told British PM Theresa May that it is stepping up preparations to move production out of Britain,
    https://www.outline.com/sakbrZ
    George Monbiot says that dark money is pushing for a no-deal Brexit and wonders who is behind it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/13/dark-money-hard-brexit-targeted-ads-facebook
    Water flows at key environmental sites in the Murray-Darling Basin are unimproved or worse than before the basin plan was implemented, a scientific report has found, raising serious questions about where the $8.5bn of environmental water purchased by taxpayers is going.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/13/water-flows-at-key-sites-in-murray-darling-are-worse-than-before-basin-plan-report-says
    Syphilis is making a come-back, and causing some unusual health problems.
    https://theconversation.com/syphilis-is-making-a-come-back-and-causing-some-unusual-health-problems-109658
    A standout nomination here for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/pastor-accused-of-sex-abuse-was-running-a-money-making-machine-20190213-p50xk7.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope goes after the desperate ad man. Says it all really/

    And Sean Leahy does something similar.

    David Rowe gets it!

    Cathy Wilcox also.

    From a new cartoonist Dionne Gain.

    John Shakespeare on energy policy and Morrison’s thinking.


    From Matt Golding.






    Mark David on Morrison’s parliamentary prowess.

    Zanetti just can’t help himself.

    From Glen Le Lievre.

    Sen Leahy has Porline sending Burston a Valentine’s Day card.

    Jon Kudelka with Morrison drawing some nautical strength.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/cd3e52c2a3074840e7f4fe81c25a0a64

    From the US






  21. As always, thank you, BK.

    So many of our cartoonists are really nailing the desperate, stupid, nasty Christmas Island card being played by Morrison.

  22. The Wikipedia “editors” were quick off the mark yesterday when this news broke –

    Michael Keenan’s office drawn into AWU police raid controversy
    Media adviser for former justice minister said to have worked with David de Garis to leak news of AWU police raids
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/13/second-government-ministers-office-drawn-into-awu-police-raid-controversy

    It was fixed very quickly, in just under an hour, but you can still see that edit in the page’s history – made at 2.13 on 13 February 2019.

  23. From the Betoota Advocate – (satire alert)

    Opportunistic Refugee Inspired By Medivac Bill To Get Lost At Sea, Spend 5 Years In Nauru, Develop Excruciating Illness And Then Maybe Briefly Come To Australia For Medical Treatment Under Armed Guard

    After spending her entire life avoiding being tortured and killed by a tyrannical terrorist organisation that has taken control of her home country after several failed US military operations, one opportunistic refugee has today received the news she’s been waiting to hear for years.

    Sharon* (named changed) was absolutely stoked to hear about the recent medivac bill that was voted through the Australian parliament last night.

    “Gotdam Kerryn Phelps! She’s just opened the borders for me” said the stateless and war-wear mother of three, while speaking to Betoota Advocate reporters through a barbed wire fence of refugee camp in a rare ceasefire zone between two hostile Middle Eastern nations.

    “I’ve been following the Australian news cycle quite closely actually, for my whole life.”

    “I’ve just waiting for a weak Labor government so that I can begin my seven year voyage to the shores of the Land Down Under”

    https://www.betootaadvocate.com/uncategorized/opportunistic-refugee-inspired-by-medivac-bill-to-get-lost-at-sea-spend-5-years-in-nauru-develop-excruciating-illness-and-then-maybe-briefly-come-to-australia-for-medical-treatment-under-armed-guard/

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