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  1. FYI

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  2. Utrecht.

    Where the young man I would adopt as my son is working.

    (A semi-frivolous comment, but he’s one of the most delightful young men I’ve ever met and worked with.)

  3. Thank you for the thread.

    In my opinion, this is when Julia Gillard should have been PM. After successful Rudd terms Julia would have been experienced enough to fight for an election win. Then there would be PM Julia and PN Jacinta. What a combination that would have been!

  4. I have been challenging some RW anti-islam posts on Facebooks, they are spreading lies that a couple of people at the mosque were from ISIS training camps. One commenter responded to my calling it a lie, by referencing a different Australian RWFW fb page. You can imagine what I did to that comment.

    Afterwards I reported it for hate speech and false information.

    One post said ‘The mosque got what it deserved’. I said it was not the mosque but the peaceful worshippers, including children who ‘got it’. I then compared the post to loading bullets into the White Supremacist Terrorist gun to murder people. And some more, which you can imagine. Then I reported that comment.

    It is only a little but I have done something to combat the stinking slime that infects a site I use mainly for keeping in touch with friends, enjoying pet vids and sharing jokes.

    • you are a braver woman than I am. I won’t go near those pages.

      I’ve reported one of Fraser Anning’s pages in the past as hate speech, but Facebook did nothing, they said he was not breaking their rules. I gave up after that.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Nick Miller reports that the Speaker of the UK Parliament, John Bercow, has thrown a bombshell into the Brexit crisis, ruling that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot have a third vote on her Brexit divorce deal unless it gets “substantially” changed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brexit-bombshell-may-denied-third-last-gasp-vote-on-eu-divorce-deal-20190319-p515b2.html
    Shane Wright says that a budget of tough choices is facing Josh Frydenberg.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-budget-of-tough-choices-facing-josh-frydenberg-20190317-p514wt.html
    Neil McMahon has a go at Linda Reynold’s tacky effort on Q and A last night. I must say that the woman has gone down in my estimation in recent times.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/q-and-a-recap-after-christchurch-liberal-senator-had-one-thing-to-say-stop-the-boats-20190318-p515ao.html
    And Dave Donovan bestows her with the title of “Bloody Idiot of the Week”.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/video-bloody-idiot-of-the-week–episode-04-the-reynolds-defence,12482
    Authorities in Europe are working to establish whether the man suspected of carrying out the most deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand’s history had any links to far-right groups on the continent.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/christchurch-suspect-europe-investigates-possible-far-right-links
    Trump claimed yesterday that the US media were blaming him for a deadly shooting attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/18/trump-claims-media-is-blaming-him-for-new-zealand-shooting
    It’s possible that China’s banks might have a $420 billion problem with bad loans.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/china-s-banks-have-a-420-billion-problem-20190318-p5154a.html
    Michael Koziol tells us about another Abbott backflip born out of desperation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tony-abbott-backs-away-from-infamous-islamophobia-hasn-t-killed-anyone-remark-20190318-p5156u.html
    That outstanding Jacinda Ardern photo has resonated worldwide after the Christchurch attack. The face of empathy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/face-of-empathy-jacinda-ardern-photo-resonates-worldwide-after-attack-20190318-p5152g.html
    Jamila Rizvi says that Jacinda Ardern just proved typically feminine behaviour is powerful.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/jacinda-ardern-just-proved-typically-feminine-behaviour-is-powerful-20190318-p5157k.html
    Islamophobia researcher Susie Latham has penned an article on calling out those who created a toxic environment for Muslims.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/calling-out-those-who-created-a-toxic-environment-for-muslims-20190318-p5155z.html
    That Morrison now describes Muslims he has spent eight years destroying as our “family” should arouse in us a visceral horror, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-expedient-condemnation-of-christchurch-terror-attack,12480
    The dangers of video-sharing platforms have been highlighted by the live-streaming of the Christchurch massacre, writes Jonas Lipsius.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/going-live-on-the-internet-is-out-of-control-in-wake-of-christchurch-20190318-p5156b.html
    Lisa Visentin writes that it was the Liberals’ “break the glass” moment on the campaign trail yesterday. Howard was rolled out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/liberals-rely-on-howard-star-power-in-penrith-20190318-p5156k.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that independent costing from the state PBO shows that NSW Labor will outspend the Coalition on its election promises but will save more by not building a new Sydney stadium, while the government will borrow $7 billion extra to pay for its commitments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/labor-will-spend-more-than-coalition-but-save-more-too-independent-costings-show-20190318-p5158r.html
    According to David Crowe a series of powerful political campaigns will seek to defeat far-right candidates at the federal election as major parties and activist groups warn against the rise of extremism in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/political-forces-unite-to-reject-far-right-and-deny-one-nation-preferences-20190318-p5157t.html
    That Australian white supremacist terrorists appear to have made a major contribution to those 50 innocent deaths in Christchurch is a matter of national shame, writes Bilal Cleland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/christchurch-and-muslim-versus-non-muslim-terrorism,12481
    Simon Benson reports that Scott Morrison will lead a push at the G20 for a global agreement to clamp down on social media platforms that are used to promote ­violence.
    https://www.outline.com/jhjfZX
    Michelle Grattan tells us that Morrison has announced $55 million for security at religious premises and warned against “tribalism”.
    https://theconversation.com/morrison-announces-55-million-for-security-at-religious-premises-and-warns-against-tribalism-113746
    Jacqui Maley explains how white nationalist ideas have made their way into our political debate.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-overton-window-how-white-nationalist-ideas-made-their-way-into-our-political-debate-20190318-p5152k.html
    David Wroe and Max Koslowski explore whether or not we are doing enough about the extremist right wing problem.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-right-wing-extremist-problem-are-we-doing-enough-20190318-p5155q.html
    Peter FitzSimons reckons Anning should be charged with assault and thrown out of parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/charge-anning-over-striking-eggboy-and-drive-him-from-parliament-20190318-p5154k.html
    Davide Crowe tells us that the Morrison government is clearing the ground for a major shift on immigration policy ahead of the April 2 budget by insisting the debate over congestion must not be “hijacked” by racial and religious fears in the wake of the New Zealand terror attack.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-moves-to-insulate-looming-cut-in-immigration-intake-from-christchurch-fallout-20190318-p5156v.html
    University lecturer Nick Reimer says that after Christchurch universities have a responsibility to abandon Ramsay.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/after-christchurch-universities-have-a-responsibility-abandon-ramsay-20190318-p5154r.html
    This opinion piece in The Guardian says that white entitlement is part of the very structure of Australian society.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/18/white-entitlement-is-part-of-the-very-structure-of-australian-society
    Sam Maiden tells us why Waleed Aly’s words stung the PM and what it means for the 2019 federal election.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/03/18/why-waleed-aly-words-stung-morrison/
    Elizabeth Knight writes that as the countdown to the arrival of Virgin’s new CEO, Paul Scurrah, enters its last week, all eyes will be on how his strategy will differ from that of incumbent John Borghetti.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-s-new-boss-may-fly-in-a-different-direction-to-borghetti-20190318-p5155y.html
    Jennifer Hewett says that Scott Morrison is too nervous to talk in any detail about any economic costs of the Coalition’s plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
    https://www.outline.com/hvRgab
    Paul Karp explains how the climate change economic modelling cited by Angus Taylor did not model Labor policy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/19/climate-modelling-cited-by-angus-taylor-did-not-model-labor-policy
    Michael West is concerned that the explosion in government spending which suddenly ramped up last May will leave the incoming government buried in debt but worse, it will leave whoever wins the impending federal election tied to billions of dollars in spending commitments which never went to tender.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/poisoning-the-well-liberal-spending-splurge-to-bury-labor-in-debt/
    Yesterday’s Aged Care royal commission heard a lot about the bottom feeders infesting Aged Care Package provision.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/18/aged-care-royal-commission-home-packages-eaten-up-by-fees-families-say
    The Conversation has an informative contribution on why we’re struggling to meet demand for subsidised home care.
    https://theconversation.com/would-you-like-to-grow-old-at-home-why-were-struggling-to-meet-demand-for-subsidised-home-care-112963
    Deutsche, not long ago regarded as the riskiest bank in the world, is in merger talks with Commerzbank. The world should be concerned., writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/german-bank-merger-should-send-shudders-through-global-markets-20190318-p5154j.html
    Greg Jericho writes that more people than ever need a second job to help pay the bills. There are several disturbing trends that he outlines.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/mar/18/more-people-than-ever-need-a-second-job-to-help-pay-the-bills
    Cara Waters reports that struggling Cold Rock franchisees say stores at the ice-cream chain are closing because high product costs and marketing charges are making it hard to stay afloat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/cold-rock-ice-cream-franchise-under-pressure-as-stores-close-20190318-p5152v.html
    Patrick Hatch explains how pilots and aviation experts have expressed alarm that proposals to force Australia’s aviation regulator, CASA, to consider the financial interests of industry operators could compromise the country’s air safety regime.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/pilots-experts-call-out-push-to-make-casa-weigh-costs-of-safety-20190318-p5155l.html
    The ever-precious Judith Sloan is all upset over what the RBA is saying about climate change.
    https://www.outline.com/hX7yvC
    Some Australian Border Force officers are considering taking second jobs, or leaving their roles at Australia’s regional ports, after a Fair Work Commission decision drastically reduced the allowances for workers by thousands of dollars.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/security-concerns-after-border-force-pay-slashed-in-regional-ports-20190317-p514v0.html
    Westpac’s move to engineer three dividend payments in one financial year will “hopefully” spark similar moves from other big banks, says one leading fund manager, who described the tactic as a way to beat Labor’s pledged changes to franking tax policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/westpac-shows-the-way-for-banks-to-beat-labor-on-franking-20190318-p5156d.html
    Auditor-General Grant Hehir will decide by early April whether to review a series of lucrative services contracts awarded to companies on Manus Island.
    https://www.outline.com/haDyDR
    APRA has warned super fund trustees must be “free from influence” in response to union calls for super funds to take an activist stance on industrial relations.
    https://www.outline.com/zUNkwC
    Economists are anticipating that the fear of not getting out is about to take hold and that listings in Melbourne and Sydney will rise as investors rush to sell.
    https://www.outline.com/ESu9Gx
    Cambridge Analytica was the Chernobyl of privacy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/commentisfree/2019/mar/18/cambridge-analytica-chernobyl-privacy
    Investigators probing the Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia have found similarities in vital flight angle data with an aeroplane that came down off Indonesia, a source says.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/africa/investigators-see-flight-angle-data-similarity-with-indonesian-plane-20190319-p515b5.html
    Journalists and attorneys are partnering together in a new amended lawsuit filed by PEN America arguing Trump is violating the first amendment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/17/trump-media-journalists-attacks-first-amendment-pen-america
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” comes from Adelaide.
    https://www.outline.com/qw53aJ

    Cartoon Corner

    Great work from David Pope.

    From Matt Golding.






    Mark David and Anning.

    Some bad news from Peter Broelman for Anning.

    A history lesson from Cathy Wilcox.

    Some context from John Shakespeare.

    A rather puerile effort from Zanetti today.

    Glen Le Lievre sums up Sky News.

    David Rowe farewells David Capon, long serving director of the NSW Art Gallery.

    Jon Kudelka and Anning “finding the line”.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a11fd840249b2c92f551c71cc1fcd600

    From the US






    • This bit is her secret. Yaay for a pollie who is not some plastic product of focus groups and PR flaks and offering us highly processed pap.

      Dwight Eisenhower once said: “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity.” Ardern embodies this; meaning what she says, saying what she means, unafraid and unbowed.

  6. “Lisa Visentin writes that it was the Liberals’ “break the glass” moment on the campaign trail yesterday. Howard was rolled out.”

    I hope the Libs realise that every time they have trundled out Howard, Australia’s very own Living Dead, they have lost votes.

    They dragged the old fossil to WA to “help” Colin Barnett, and lost government. They shipped him to Queensland and Labor was returned with an increased vote. They trundled him to Mayo to “help” Lady Georgina regain her family estate and she lost.

    You’d think the penny might have dropped by now, but apparently the Libs have still not realised Howard is poison. Rusted-on Libs may adore him, heaven knows why, but the swinging voters needed to retain a seat have a different opinion.

    Howard has become Gladys’s mentor and is advising her on campaign strategy. He is supposed to be her “secret weapon”.
    https://outline.com/DCbD4C

    What could possibly go wrong?

  7. “Simon Benson reports that Scott Morrison will lead a push at the G20 for a global agreement to clamp down on social media platforms that are used to promote ­violence”

    It’s all social media’s fault – that’s the easy option for blame.

    White supremacists don’t become converts by reading a post on Facebook or by seeing a tweet. They are a product of our society., a result of decades/centuries of promotion of racism. We have to change the whole way our leaders speak and operate if we are to even begin to try to stop the violence.

    For over 20 years Australians have been subjected to daily doses of xenophobia, fear and hatred of anyone not white and anyone Muslim, doses administered by members of the Howard government, the Abbott opposition and the ATM government. There was no respite in the Rudd/Gillard years because the media adored Abbott and delighted in promoting his bigoted views on asylum seekers.

    It is good to be reminded of Abbott’s “”Islamophobia hasn’t killed anyone” nonsense. He may try to back away from that now, but it was said and we remember.

    Since the ATM government came to power we have seen hatred, fear and bigotry ramped up, especially this year with the passage of the “Medevac Bill” and the repercussions of that passage.

    FauxMo and Dutton and anyone else who cared to join in have told us over and over that refugees are criminals, rapists, murderers, paedophiles, and as we already know most of those refugees are Muslim the implication has been very clear – Muslims are undesirable and must be kept out of this country. It was clear the government was going to use fear and loathing as a way to win votes during the election campaign. Those plans have been destroyed by the Christchurch massacre with it’s Australian perpetrator.

    Now we have the appalling spectacle of FauxMo trying to make us believe everything he has said about Muslims during his time in government, even things he said in the last two weeks, were never said. He’s even threatening legal action for defamation because someone dared mention his past ravings on national TV. You can’t get more Orwellian than that, a PM denying he ever made racist, hateful remarks in the wake of a massacre you could say was encouraged by his own actions and words.

    If FauxMo wants to do something to curb the promotion of violence then he can begin by shutting his mouth.

    As they say, a fish rots from the head. If extreme right-wing white supremacists and neo-nazis are now rife in Australia it’s because the leadership of this country has allowed them, even encouraged them to flourish. Leaders like Howard, Abbott and FauxMo have, through their words and actions, egged on extremists, pandered to them. Turnbull may not have been quite so encouraging but he certainly did nothing to stop these groups flourishing or to silence the members of his government who kept on spruiking hatred. During the Rudd/Gillard years the causes dear to extremists were promoted as a way to get rid of a Labor government, a reason to vote for the Coalition.

    Social media is not to blame. We can blame our right-wing politicians. If this country wants to heal, wants to stop the promotion of violence then as a first step we need to change our government. Then we can start to work on the media who have promoted racism, religious bigotry, fear of “others” and hatred simply because it makes profits.

    • Agree that the continuous racist dog-whistling in this country for the past 20 years against Muslims has born bitter fruit.
      Now can we start to address the 230 years of institutional racism against Aborigines which leads to worse interactions with government and poorer life outcomes

      ScoMo is more about closing down social media and censorship – so the populace is continually subjected to his propaganda.

      He would love to have loudspeakers on every corner calling every one to prayer (oh . . . but Muslims are called to prayer 5 times a day)

  8. SOCIAL MEDIA is to blame !!! they cry . Well before that it was the fault of video games and before that it was heavy metal music and before that it was comics.

  9. Hi folks, home again from my Welly trip.

    I hope Kambah Mick is around as he would likely have comments about similar ground roots programs operating in Oz.

    I saw an article about this last year, where NZers could offer driving lessons to immigrants/refugees. Of course in NZ the govt website facilitates this assistance https://www.immigration.govt.nz/assist-migrants-and-students/assist-refugees

    The Oz govt website only offers support for navigating the bureaucracy, nothing about practical support for assimilating, life skills, oz culture etc. There have been mentions that immigration needs to be re-instated as its own dept again and re-focused back on assisting immigrants – we can only hope. There is an opportunity here, when society is calmer, maybe not until after the election, when the ALP can start to change focus of ts refugee policy, using this tragedy (not in an opportunistic way, but openly, showing reflection) as a circuit breaker to 20 years of toxic public debate.

    More of this practical support, skill sharing on a one to one basis is needed. Its fine to donate $$ to the ASRC etc, but even people who are against refugees or just ambivalent will donate $$ to assuage their guilty conscience.

    The demonstrations and anger against Sky News/Anning/Sunrise are heartening – i have to hope that something positive will come from this tragedy. NZ’s and JA’s response is showing the way, Bill Shorten should take note. Make no mistake, if Oz attitudes go back to the toxic debate and ignoring hate speech, NZ will rightly condemn us – we own this white supremacist, lets hope there isn’t a next one, but if there is we want to be able to say that oz society/MSM were no longer openly encouraging them.

    On a different angle, I was trying to equate the way NZers were feeling at their loss of innocence,(most obvious to see in the twitter feeds of Sam Neill,Lucy Lawless etc) with how Aussies felt after Port Arthur, but its not quite the same. Martin Bryant is a psychopath and did not target a particular group, it was random. Its more like the Bali bombing, but even that was not on home soil – thankfully we haven’t had a home soil attack of this magnitude Maybe our stricter gun laws have helped to prevent it. Its not yet known if He Who Shall Not Be Named is insane as well as /radicalised, but 9/11 skewed the perception of all future mass shooter events.

  10. Apologies, that is a bit of a disjointed ramble above, but these ideas have been running around my head since Friday night….

    • Not at all disjointed. On the contrary, you have made, and raised, some very interesting points that I hope the next government takes up.

  11. Take note ACMA & MSM…

  12. Excellent article by Paddy Manning putting the blame for hate speech against Muslims squarely where it belongs.

    Hatestream
    Australia’s Islamophobia problem goes right to the top

    The hate has come from so many corners, there are too many to point at. It’s not just the far right. It’s not just the hate media. As commentator after commentator has pointed out, the Abbott–Turnbull–Morrison governments have to take some responsibility for fomenting it, from the treatment of asylum seekers to stoking fears about Muslim immigration and Islamist terrorism, from bringing One Nation into the fold to accidentally-on-purpose voting up an ‘It’s OK to be white’ resolution

    https://www.themonthly.com.au/today/paddy-manning/2019/18/2019/1552884601/hatestream

  13. Absolute knee-jerk reaction.

    Morrison set to announce 30,000 cut to migration

    It’s believed the Prime Minister has held off on announcing the plan in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

    Since the far-right terrorist attack that killed 50 people, some conservative politicians have been accused by Muslim leaders and the Greens, of dog-whistling and fanning fears about refugees and migrants.

    Speaking in Adelaide on Tuesday, Scott Morrison said managing population growth is a practical challenge and has nothing to do with issues arising out of the far-right terrorist attack.

    “It shouldn’t be hijacked by other debates about race or about tolerance or these other issues

    .
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/morrison-set-to-announce-30-000-cut-to-migration
    FauxMo has been talking about a reduction in immigration numbers for quite some time, but he has not, until today, given any definite targets.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/20/scott-morrison-flags-cutting-migration-in-response-to-population-concerns

    How convenient he should choose the aftermath of the Christchrch massacre to make this announcement. t’s very obvious he hopes this will win a few racist votes. How very much in character it is for him to lie about his reasons for making this announcement at this time. He could have waited a week or three. He denies any racism in this cut but we all know he is racist to the core and that is his reason for cutting immigration.

  14. I noted on the weekend that Sheridan while saying all the right things about the NZ atrocity he was quick to telegraph the conservatives current line that Social Media is to blame as related by numerous posts since, mainly the words of Scrott.
    Wouldn’t the LNP just love the twitteratti and Facebook communities to shut the f*#& up and stop pointing out LNP hypochracy writhing milliseconds of them spewing out something self-serving and politically motivated.
    It won’t happen.
    Words will be spoken (shouted in Scrott’s case) and nothing will happen.
    The cat’s out of the bag and any strong arm attempts to curd the Internet will not go down well.
    But, I suppose they can but try.

    • Pill testing would have resulted in fewer deaths, but Gladys would rather see people die than bring in harm minimisation policies.

      She’s of the same mentality as those who want to close down injecting rooms.

      Coming soon? Number plates that say “NSW – The Police State”?

  15. Good thread

  16. Citizen Angrybee

    NZ sure does have the ‘big stick’ out .

    —————————————————————————————————–
    ………………….. the prospect of a fine of up to $10,000 or up to 14 years’ jail for anyone who shares the clip – and this morning, Privacy Commissioner John Edwards called on Facebook to share names with police.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12214083

    • KK
      Yes & Jacinda is awesome.

      And this…

      And this..

      Kiwis can feel proud of their response to this tragedy

  17. If any mods are around would they mind amending my long post where I’ve referred to both terrorists by name….. in light of JA’s comments I’m feeling really uncomfortable. Thks

  18. One Nation probably not listed separately on this Galaxy poll due to them only contesting a few seats, so most voters don’t have the option. In November probably all respondents were given the polling option. Upper House vote will of course be different.

    • Actually in the article text we do get info that the 12% Others includes One Nation 1% & Shooters 3%

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. (Outline is not doing the job on The Australian for me today).

    Latika Bourke tells us how London’s mayor has taken a good swipe at Trump after the latter’s comments after the Christchurch massacre.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/it-does-trouble-me-sadiq-khan-takes-swipe-at-donald-trump-over-christchurch-20190319-p515mc.html
    In a powerful contribution former diplomat Bruce Haigh writes that John Howard sowed the seeds of intolerance and vilification toward Muslims, which found ready disciples in Abbott, Morrison and Dutton and reaped a vile harvest in the ghastly Mosque massacre in Christchurch.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-seeds-of-intolerance-were-sown-long-before-the-christchurch-massacre,12483
    Kirsty Needham reports that China’s crackdown on coal imports has become significantly harsher, with Australian and Mongolian coal being particularly targeted for inspection on “environmental” grounds. Inspectors recently rejected 182 trucks carrying 19,540 tons of Mongolian coal, the biggest coal turn-back in years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/australian-coal-in-the-firing-line-of-chinese-environmental-crackdown-20190319-p515j2.html
    Amanda Vanstone posits that independents aren’t the panacea, they’re the problem.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/independents-aren-t-the-panacea-they-re-the-problem-20190314-p5148e.html
    David Crowe writes that Australia’s political leaders have taken a stand against extremism since the Christchurch terror attacks, but the ultimate test of their conviction will come in the weeks before the federal election. That is when leaders will have to decide whether to allocate any preferences to right-wing candidates like Fraser Anning and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-leaves-his-options-open-on-hanson-preferences-20190319-p515g8.html
    Michael Daley has received a letter threatening defamation action over his explosive interview with broadcaster Alan Jones during which he declared he would sack the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust board.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/michael-daley-receives-legal-letter-over-his-interview-with-alan-jones-20190319-p515j8.html
    Jacob Saulwick opines that Daley’s ‘foreigners’ comments are not like Foley’s – they’re worse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/daley-s-foreigners-comments-are-not-like-foley-s-they-re-worse-20190319-p515js.html
    Roy Masters says that Daley is undoing Labor’s longstanding links with the NRL.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/red-flag-daley-undoing-labor-s-longstanding-links-with-league-20190319-p515ez.html
    NSW shadow treasurer Ryan Park makes his case for change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/the-premier-says-we-can-have-it-all-but-everyone-has-a-budget-20190317-p514zc.html
    And Perottet puts his.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/this-boom-is-no-accident-what-the-liberals-have-done-for-the-nsw-economy-20190312-p513i5.html
    Sam Maiden tells us that Queensland MPs have urged the Prime Minister to put the Greens last and defy calls to put Pauline Hanson’s candidates at the bottom of the ballot paper. As Scott Morrison declared he would do “no deals” with One Nation, he was careful to avoid the question of whether he would put Pauline Hanson last in any how-to-vote cards.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/03/19/greens-worse-than-pauline-hanson/
    A site that explicitly stated it would not host the horrific Christchurch terror video has been blocked by Australian telcos in an “extraordinary” effort to censor dozens of websites. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all confirmed they are actively blocking Australian customers on their networks from accessing websites that hosted the Christchurch terror video.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/mar/19/australian-telcos-block-dozens-of-websites-hosting-christchurch-terror-video
    The Christchurch shooter is but one manifestation of Australia’s racism, writes Suresh Rajan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/in-the-wake-of-christchurch-is-australia-an-inherently-racist-country,12484
    Jason Wilson explains his concern that eco-fascism is undergoing a revival in the foetid culture of the extreme right.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2019/mar/20/eco-fascism-is-undergoing-a-revival-in-the-fetid-culture-of-the-extreme-right
    Branko Miletic explores a possible connection between the Christchurch shooter’s white-supremacist “manifesto” and an anti-Muslim subculture of convicted war criminals living freely in Australia.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/christchurch-shooters-obsession-with-white-supremacist-war-criminals,12479
    Following the Christchurch shooting, in which 50 people were killed, New Zealand’s government has announced it will be reforming the country’s gun laws. According to the GunPolicy.org website maintained by the University of Sydney, New Zealand currently has gun laws that are more restrictive in comparison to some countries but more permissive than others, such as Australia’s.
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2019/mar/20/strict-firearm-laws-reduce-gun-deaths-heres-the-evidence
    Journalism academic Dennis Muller tells us that two basic rules of media ethics apply to the coverage of terrorism: avoid giving unnecessary oxygen to the terrorist, and avoid unnecessarily violating standards of public decency.
    https://theconversation.com/christchurch-attacks-provide-a-new-ethics-lesson-for-professional-media-113840
    In stark contrast to the US, New Zealand is showing how a country invested in the safety of its citizens ought to respond. US Republicans must follow Ardern’s lead and stand up to the gun lobby.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/19/us-republicans-follow-ardern-lead-stand-up-gun-lobby
    Australian Conservatives leader Senator Cory Bernardi has defended distributing a flyer in the Victorian seat of Kooyong calling for a crackdown on “Islamic extremism”, just days after the New Zealand mosque massacre.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/03/19/cory-bernardi-islamic-handout/
    Sam Maiden reports that Accused Christchurch mosque killer, He Who Shall Not Be Named, could be deported to Australia to serve out his sentence if he is convicted. Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne confirmed on Monday that Australia would consider the request after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern raised the idea.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/03/18/mosque-killer-deport-australia/
    David Crowe reports that the Morrison government is vowing to triple the number of skilled workers heading to regional Australia as part of a bid to relieve population pressures on Sydney and Melbourne in a policy overhaul that cuts 30,000 places from the permanent migration intake.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/workers-and-students-pushed-to-regions-in-scott-morrison-s-congestion-reduction-bid-20190319-p515kf.html
    Clancy Yeates writes that as markets get ever more gloomy in their economic outlook, it is leading to lower borrowing costs for customers who are prepared to lock in an interest rate.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/fixed-mortgage-rates-slide-as-markets-bet-on-rba-cut-20190315-p514fo.html
    Yeates also tells us that even if you exclude the embattled wealth managers, some senior bankers believe the big four may still feel less long-term financial pain from the inquiry’s recommendations than their smaller rivals. That’s partly reflected in the fact that most of the big banks’ share prices are up by more than 4 per cent since the royal commission’s final report, whereas smaller rivals Bank of Queensland and Bank of Bendigo are down 10 per cent and Suncorp is basically unchanged.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/help-stamp-out-bank-misconduct-with-more-competition-20190319-p515cm.html
    Wages in Australia are at their lowest point since official records began in the late 1950s, as a percentage of economic activity. The revelation comes as part of an unprecedented public demand by a large group of economists and employment experts to overhaul policies to boost wages.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/work/2019/03/19/slow-wage-growth-economists-open-letter/
    Nicole Hasham has found that the author of a contentious report that predicted Labor’s emissions policies would devastate the economy has defended his findings after it emerged the expert who peer reviewed the research is also helping defend the Trump administration in a historic climate trial. Well who would have thought?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/trump-witness-backed-controversial-report-used-to-criticise-labor-s-climate-policy-20190319-p515gt.html
    Gay Alcorn laments that Andrew Bolt and her other media colleagues seem incapable of self-reflection after Christchurch.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/19/andrew-bolt-and-my-other-media-colleagues-seem-incapable-of-self-reflection-after-christchurch
    Public Sector expert Marcus Mannheim explains what is holding the public service back.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/review-deja-vu-didn-t-we-read-this-before-20190319-p515g1.html
    An independent review of the public service has mooted a shift towards common pay levels across the bureaucracy, greater power for department heads and an overhaul of the Public Service Commission. Review chairman David Thodey released his interim report yesterday, which has dozens of recommendations about pay, recruitment, structure and training, built around the goal of a “trusted, united” bureaucracy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/common-pay-across-aps-overhaul-for-apsc-and-secretaries-board-report-20190319-p515c6.html
    Eryk Bagshaw reveals that social media giants Facebook, Google and Twitter will escape a $200 million tax in next month’s budget, despite coming under intense pressure from the government over their activities in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack. The government has retreated on this agenda he says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/social-media-giants-to-escape-200-million-tax-in-federal-budget-20190319-p515gf.html
    The AFR tells us that Shorten has said superannuation law was unequivocal in that it required super fund trustees to forgo all other allegiances to act in the best interests of fund members.
    https://www.outline.com/cwF58e
    Shane Wright reports that Job hunters will be able to search for work from their home computer or smartphone and be freed from demands to apply for 20 positions a month under the biggest changes to unemployment services in two decades. Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer will announce the sweeping overhaul of the $1.3 billion-a-year Jobactive system today in a pre-election move she says will deliver extra services to Australians struggling to find work and help more employers secure staff.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/kelly-o-dwyer-to-unveil-biggest-changes-to-employment-services-in-two-decades-20190319-p515fk.html
    More rip-off stories on Home Care Package providers from yesterday’s aged care royal commission hearing.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/josef-rack-paid-for-home-care-every-month-but-he-rarely-saw-a-nurse-20190319-p515fj.html
    This lady thinks the alt-right will be thanking #EggBoy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-alt-right-will-be-thanking-eggboy-20190319-p515he.html
    Ethical investment funds are reviewing their shareholdings in Facebook after the platform was used to livestream the Christchurch attacks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/ethical-funds-review-facebook-shareholding-amid-political-crackdown-20190319-p515k8.html
    In January this year Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban held a press conference calling for “anti-immigration forces” in Europe to combine their efforts and “elevate the protection of Christian culture almost to the level of a political obligation”. Nick Miller has a look at what’s going on in Europe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-great-replacement-the-racist-idea-now-at-the-heart-of-europe-s-politics-20190319-p515cc.html
    The AFR has found out more about the questionable $1.2b loan to PNG.
    https://www.outline.com/LHqh2T
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how Westpac has conceded defeat as it exits the financial advice arena. It’s the last of the major banks to announce a strategy for exiting the sector.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/westpac-s-hartzer-concedes-defeat-with-exodus-from-financial-advice-20190319-p515eq.html
    The Conversation has a contribution that explains why the future of Australian capitalism is now in Greg Combet’s hands.
    https://theconversation.com/super-power-why-the-future-of-australian-capitalism-is-now-in-greg-combets-hands-113648
    Theresa May heads to Brussels tomorrow seeking two possible delay options, but the European side is keeping their cards close to their chest.
    https://www.outline.com/7cKz3z
    But the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has suggested that the price of a long Brexit delay in the event of Theresa May’s deal being defeated again would be a soft Brexit or a “new event” such as a second referendum or general election.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/19/eu-ministers-baffled-frustrated-brexit-chaos-bercow
    This GP tells us about the he problem with Labor’s over-the-counter contraceptive pill plan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/her-blood-pressure-is-up-the-problem-with-labor-s-over-the-counter-pill-plan-20190319-p515eu.html
    Coles and Aldi have followed Woolworths in raising the price of milk, ending an eight-year supermarket price war.
    https://www.outline.com/fT4DeK
    Labor is open to the use of cheap international carbon permits as it fends off claims its 45 per cent target will inflict widespread economic damage.
    https://www.outline.com/TtdP6a
    Labor will use an energy summit convened by small business to declare it will not “be hostage to repeal politics” if it wins the coming federal election, warning it will press ahead with emissions reduction in the electricity sector even if the Liberal party won’t reconcile itself to the national energy guarantee.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/20/labor-to-tell-business-it-wont-let-energy-policy-be-held-hostage
    Why climate action is the antithesis of white supremacy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/19/why-youll-never-meet-a-white-supremacist-who-cares-about-climate-change
    A cryptocurrency trader who counted accused drug trafficker and former AFL coach Mark “Bomber” Thompson as a former client is the subject of Supreme Court action after investors lost more than $20 million.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/clients-take-bomber-thompson-s-bitcoin-dealer-to-court-over-lost-millions-20190319-p515f1.html
    TPG wants the government to intervene to lower the price of NBN Co’s cheapest broadband plan, warning if nothing changes the internet provider would have to scrap its signature monthly plan.
    https://www.outline.com/bSWasN
    The New York Times reveals that Deutsche Bank’s hunger for profits and risk led it to lend Donald Trump more than $2 billion. Once he was elected President, employees were told not to utter his name. What a tangled web!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/a-mar-a-lago-weekend-and-an-act-of-god-trump-s-history-with-deutsche-bank-20190319-p515l5.html
    Here’s what got Trump fired up in extraordinary 24-hour Twitter tirade.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/03/19/trump-twitter-tirade/
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”. A truly harrowing story, not for the squeamish.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/groomed-by-a-grandfather-20190312-p513jb.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe does it again!

    Cathy Wilcox on free speech.

    Fiona Katauskas gives us a new version of Gardening Australia.

    Peter Broelman serves it up to Sunrise.

    From Matt Golding




    Michael Leunig with some thoughts.

    Andrew Dyson with the big banks post-Hayne.

    John Shakespeare and Morrison’s “tribalism” comment.

    Zanetti throws some eggs.

    From the US



  20. The NSW economy – I just want to point out one trivial little fact about the alleged marvellous financial management of the current (and hopefully gone on Saturday) Liberals and Nationals government –

    The budget is said to be in surplus by $4.2 billion.
    Big deal!

    Gladys sold NSW’s share of Snowy Hydro to the federal government last year, for $4.154 billion. This gave a nice boost to the NSW 2018/2019 budget, which would have been verging on deficit without it.

    https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/news/nsw-sale-snowy-hydro-shares-commonwealth

    Not such great economic managers after all. Just typical Liberal flogging off of everything that isn’t nailed down.

    • leone, what do you think about Daley’s latest comment seen as racism by many? And I’m sure it is. They’re all dog-whistling, aren’t they?

    • I think so.

      Daley has been squeaky clean during his campaign, there’s nothing the MSM could find to criticise, so they dug and dug until they found something they could use to denigrate him.

      That comment was made last September.

      Daley is right. Many younger people are leaving Sydney because they cannot afford to live there. My daughter and her husband moved to the Central Coast a few years ago because rents there were half what they were paying in Sydney. He commutes to work in the city, she gave up her work there and has found more work close to home. My second son and his wife are seriously thinking about moving to the Blue Mountains and commuting back to the city, again because they are paying a fortune for an average house. I’m trying to persuade No 2 Son to move up here, where he would be very much in demand and much better off financially.

      Maybe Daley should not have said young Asians with PhDs would replace them, but at risk of being accused of racism myself, he’s spot on. What’s more, it’s not something that has only been happening in the last six months, it’s been long term and it’s not just young people. Up here we get older people who have moved here to in their words “get away from the ethnics/Asians/Lebanese/Muslims” and are very open about their reason for moving.

  21. leone, thanks. Interesting. I just think that if they are here legally, then they should not be pointed out. There probably are many who have overstayed their visa, or are “plane people” as opposed to “boat people”. These could be coming from Europe, England, etc. They could be White as much as Brown. Daley, as he said himself, used the wrong words.

  22. Pauline Hanson has hit back at Scott Morrison’s insistence the Coalition will not do a preference deal with One Nation, claiming Liberal and National MPs who fear they will lose their seat are “disgusted” by the comments and are seekingher party’s preferences.

    On Wednesday Morrison refused to firm up his commitment by agreeing to put One Nation last, instead noting preferences would be decided after nominations closed and that the claim of no deals applied equally to Labor and the Greens.

    Queensland’s LNP MPs, including Llew O’Brien and Scott Buchholz, have urged the party to put the Greens, not One Nation, last, the New Daily reported.

    On Tuesday Morrison said “there will be no preference deals with One Nation”. Labor noted that the same was said before the 2017 Queensland state election but the LNP had nevertheless preferenced One Nation ahead of Labor in 50 of 58 seats.

    Hanson refused to name the MPs, but said “they’ve been talking to One Nation for the last year and a half, two years, about preference deals”.

    “What do you think happened in Western Australia and in the Queensland state elections? They know they can’t win their seats without One Nation’s preferences.”

    In 2017 the Liberals preferenced One Nation in the Western Australian election in a deal orchestrated by cabinet ministers Michaelia Cash and Mathias Cormann.

    Hanson accused the Coalition of falling “into the trap of the Labor party” by attempting to isolate One Nation.

    “I’m not an extremist,” she said.

    In this term of parliament Hanson has called for an end to Muslim migration, suggested Australia is being “swamped by Muslims” and wore a burqa into the Senate to call for the Muslim garment to be banned.

    Hanson said Labor and the Greens opposed Coalition policies most of the time but the government could work with “like-minded” parties on the crossbench.

    “What I find amazing about this is the prime minister has accepted my vote on the floor of parliament quite readily,” she said. “He’s needed my vote … to have his legislation passed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/20/morrison-on-the-spot-as-hanson-claims-mps-reject-one-nation-preference-snub

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