The NSW Election – Gladys versus Michael.

Demolition work on Allianz Stadium has been going ahead just days before this Saturday’s election.

I’m hoping this photo is predictive of the Coalition vote crashing across NSW.


444 thoughts on “The NSW Election – Gladys versus Michael.

  1. I watched most of the Sky News/Daily Smelly “Peoples Forum” last night. It was, of course, a total pro-Liberal set-up, but one thing made it actually better than the ABC’s debate – David Speers was a much better moderator than the woman the ABC used for their leaders debate. He made sure Gladys did not use her now familiar technique of attempting to talk over Daley every time he answered a question. Speers shut her up every time she tried this, which was often. At one point someone in the audience yelled at her to shut up.

    Whenever Daley was speaking she glared at him, looking for all the world like a vulture about to leap on him and rip out his throat. She really should make sure cameras never catch her in profile, it’s a very unflattering angle for her..

    Gladys lied and lied and lied. If you had been a politically unaware bogan from Penrith then you may well have believed her. I didn’t believe a word.

    Gladys began just about every answer with “I’m incredibly proud that my government …..

    She claimed to have “fixed what she said was a disjointed array of domestic violence services. She certainly did “fix” it but not in the way she wanted her audience to believe. She closed down community run services, or took them away from the experienced people who had been running them for years and handed them to organisations like the Salvation Army and Mission Australia, who sacked the local staff and brought in their own people who knew nothing. She forgot to mention her changes meant many shelters are now forced to admit men, not a very welcoming move for women escaping a violent male partner.

    Daley kept missing opportunities.The questions turned to TAFE and he never mentioned the way the Gladys government has closed regional TAFEs, or that they have reduced classroom teaching, with many TAFEs now using only online tuition in hastily slung-together study centres” in corners of libraries and canteens.

    Daley seemed to not want to be there. He did not pull Gladys up on any of her lies. He didn’t know exact budget figures for a couple of things and the after-party panel of right-wingers decided that meant he could not be trusted.

    Neither leader came out well. Gladys came across as sly and a really nasty piece of work, Daley seemed befuddled.

    Just as well I’d already voted. If I had been hoping one of the two leaders would impress me and win my vote last night I would have come away determined to vote informal.

    The conclusion was – of course – Gladys had the election won.

    I’m not so sure.

    Funny thing though – Sky couldn’t have been very interesting in vetting last night’s live audience. It was supposed to be made up of about 100 undecided voters, yet a candidate was allowed to ask a question and the producers would have got away with that if someone had not dobbed.

    • Daley is probably not forceful or arrogant enough. Is Gladys intimidating him ? I doubt. Pity he didn’t mention the TAFEs. Last interview with Brigid G. as mod. Obeid was mentioned. He made sure to remind Gladys and Brigid of the many Libs who had been found guilty and some suspended. That topic didn’t go far.

  2. Fraser Anning has admitted on video he knew the person who egged him was a child when he struck him twice in retaliation, saying the boy “deserved it”.

    Victorian police are continuing to investigate the incident “in its entirety”, including the actions of the Queensland senator and the five crowd members involved in tackling and restraining the boy.

    Two of the men have been identified as known far-right activists who filmed their racist abuse of the former senator Sam Dastyari.

    Numerous videos of the incident and the aftermath – by media and attendees – have been posted online.

    In one video filmed by a supporter of Anning and posted online, the senator acknowledged he recognised immediately that the boy was a minor.

    “Because he’s only a kid I only slapped him with an open hand but you know, he deserved that,” Anning said. “He needs to get a few manners.”

  3. Weeeeeelll….

    I only watched the last ten minutes of the Morrison-Aly interview, but that was enough. Morrison has two modes:

    1. “I have the facts, I’m not telling you the facts, but I know more than you about it so don’t contradict me.”

    2. To a specific question about what he is actually going to do about something: “Hey, I’m a great guy and I do those things, you’ve seen I do those things, you know I do those things.” But, this thing, specifically? “As I said, I’m a great guy and that’s the sort of thing I do. Now let me tell you a story about me…” etc

    Morrison can barely hang on to the electoral support he has. That’s what he spends most of his time doing. He projects this fanciful idea that he’s achieved great things, and that he can stand on his record. That’s only going to appease people who are already on your side, because the rest need convincing.

    His only hope for the election was a change of heart. But that’s not in him. A touch of humility, a promise to reset the political compass in the wake of Christchurch, an understanding that a greater rapproachement with Muslim communities is required, greater care with the utterances of himself and those in his party, a renewed commitment to rooting out right wing extremism, which clearly has a profile in this country – these are the things he needed to project. Not just for himself and his party, but because this country desperately needs it. We’re on the verge of an identity crisis here. But he just can’t get past his own hucksterism.

    • He has nothing going for him, nothing at all, that’s why he keeps changing his schtick as each new line fails. He tried the daggy suburban dad into footy, thing and it failed. He tried the Trump-like caps thing and he was mocked. For the last week he’s tried being compassionate and that failed because he doesn’t have a compassionate bone in his body.

      I saw a bit of a presser he did today. Someone asked him about football and his eyes lit up, the smirk intensified, if he’d been able to prick his ears and wag his tail he would have done those as well. He feels much safer talking about football than he does talking about anything serious. Here was something he could sound confident about. Unfortunately the question was about AFL, which he knows nothing about, so he had to admit that. Then he was asked a question about the Tayla Harris photo.

      “It was a GREAT photo” he smirked, “A great photo”. The sleazy smirk said it all, told us exactly why he thought it was great. Although he tried to sound as if he loved the photo because it was of a wonderful player in top form anyone watching would have known exactly why he liked it so much. He’s pure sleaze.

  4. Labor is poised to switch to high-profile Melbourne barrister Fiona McLeod as its candidate for the blue-riband Melbourne seat of Higgins as it eyes a potential upset victory.

    Current preselection candidate Josh Speigel, endorsed prior to the shock resignation of Liberal frontbencher Kelly O’Dwyer this year, is understood to have offered his resignation to the Victorian ALP branch late today.

    Ms McLeod, who has represented the Commonwealth in major cases including the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse, is likely to be endorsed party’s national executive as soon as tonight.

    Ms McLeod has previously been president of the Australia Bar Association and head of Australian Women Lawyers.

    She was appointed to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014.

    Labor’s internal polling is understood to show it is a genuine chance to win Higgins, held by two Liberal prime ministers and a treasurer, for the first time in the seat’s 70-year history.

    Several published opinion polls have had Labor ahead 52-48 on a two-party preferred vote with the Liberals down around 40 per cent.

    A senior Labor source told the Herald Sun while the party was not expecting victory on election day, it now wanted to give itself “the best possible chance” to win Higgins.

    The source said there was no controversy surrounding Mr Speigel stepping aside.

    “Josh is terrific and he’s got a big future, but given how close this race is, we’ll need a heavy-hitter to get is over the line,” the source said.

    “We’ve got someone who will help us form government and make a big contribution to the nation.”

    The Liberals last month preselected internationally recognised allergist, Professor Katie Allen, to replace Ms O’Dwyer.

    But Ms Allen’s losing campaign in the state seat of Prahran has raised some internal doubts over her ability to win over voters.

  5. La Tingle had a bit to say about FauxMo’s 2011 effort. She saw a bit of his “chat”* with Waleed.

    Her conclusion was that by not demanding that One Nation be put last on L/NP ballot papers he wtte “has questions to answer”.

    *He doesn’t know how to chat: he remonstrates.

  6. The Australian government is fighting to hide Tony Abbott’s letters to the Queen about his much-ridiculed bid to bring back knight and dame honours, despite the information watchdog ordering the documents be produced.

    The freedom of information expert William Summers has spent years attempting to secure the release of correspondence between Australian prime ministers and the Queen. The correspondence, penned between 2013 and 2016, includes 14 letters from Malcolm Turnbull and Abbott. At least one letter relates to Abbott’s infamous decision to bring back knight and dame honours in Australia.

    Abbott reintroduced knighthoods in March 2014, a decision that surprised even his own cabinet, who were not consulted. He handed a knighthood to Prince Philip on Australia Day 2015, causing widespread outrage and ridicule, including among his own colleagues.

    Even Rupert Murdoch, an avid supporter of Abbott, slammed the decision as a “joke and embarrassment”.

    The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet initially refused to release the letters, arguing they would damage the international relations of the Commonwealth and undermine trust in Australia’s ability to handle confidential communications. It also argued they were exempt from release as “deliberative documents”.

    But Summers took his case to the information commissioner, arguing the Queen was Australia’s head of state and received the letters in that capacity, meaning there could be no risk to international relations.

    The information commissioner agreed and ordered the government to make the documents transparent.

    • “On the day PM&C were supposed to hand over the letters, I was notified that the department had instead made an appeal to the administrative appeals tribunal (AAT) to try to block release of the letters,” Summers said.

      That appeal is being heard in Canberra on Thursday and Friday.

  7. Theresa May travels to Brussels today to formally request an extension to article 50 that would delay Brexit behind Friday next week, when the UK was supposed to leave the EU. British prime ministers have often had difficult encounters with their EU counterparts over the years, but it is hard to think of one more demeaning for the PM, or one where the power gap between the UK and the EU27 has been wider. “Humiliating” is an adjective frequently overused in political reporting, but today it is the prefect description.

    As if that was not bad enough, May seems to have hamstrung her own, slender chances of getting parliament to agree a deal next week by giving an evening address to the nation in which she blamed MPs for the Brexit deadlock. You can read the full text here, and it will make quite a good case study for the Guardian’s ongoing study of the new populism. “I am on your side,” May declared, as she framed the crisis as a clash between MPs and the people. Parliament was to blame because it “has done everything possible to avoid making a choice”, claimed May, apparently oblivious to the charge that she herself is an Olympic-grade procrastinator.

  8. I listened to the first few minutes of the Waleed Aly interview, tried a bit further in and then gave up. I’d had more than enough FauxMo bullshitting.

    I can sum up FauxMo’s schtick in this way – “FIGJAM”.

    Boastful, smug, combative, arrogant, utterly revolting.

    You should see the reactions on Facebook!

  9. Interesting bit of the interview, toward the end. Morrison pretty much said words to the effect: ‘if there is one paedophile or rapist among them, I’m comfortable letting the whole 50 rot without medical evacuation.’ He tried very hard to get Aly to admit that one paedophile/rapist is too many, so, you know, better safe than sorry. Which is just a piece of blunt sophistry. Surely if you know how many there are, and you know who they are (which he intimated that he did, without divulging any further information), it’s an easy job to remove those ones and give the rest the treatment they need. But no, Morrison insisted on tarring them all with the same feather. It’s quite inhuman when you think about it.

    • I think Aly really pushed him into a false claim there. Morrison said he knew there was more than one, under a bit of grilling. Nothing else he said in that entire exchange indicated more than one, and even that came across as a bit theoretical. Morrison looked as if he felt his point wasn’t strong enough, so he went ahead and inflated the threat.

    • Most, if not all of the refugees left in offshore detention have been through the determination process and were found to be genuine refugees. Those that were not have mostly been sent back to whatever hellhole they originally fled.

      The determination process involves an “exclusion trigger” that can be applied if a potential refugee falls foul of Section 1F (a), (b) or (c) of the UNHCR 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

      F. The provisions of this Convention shall not apply to any person with
      respect to whom there are serious reasons for considering that:
      (a) he has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against
      humanity, as defined in the international instruments drawn up to
      make provision in respect of such crimes;
      (b) he has committed a serious non-political crime outside the country of
      refuge prior to his admission to that country as a refugee;
      (c) he has been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the
      United Nation

      Any rapists, murderers, paedophiles or other criminals would have been weeded out long ago by this process. Remember, most of those still in detention have been there for five or more years.

      If FauxMo says there are criminals incarcerated offshore and he knows who they are then he is lying.

    • I caught a Twitter thread a little earlier claiming the man Morrison and co have been referring to as a ‘rapist’ was actually in a consensual relationship with a woman of legal age, but her parents objected to it, claimed she was underage, and had him charged as a rapist. And that, seeing as he hung himself while in detention, any claims that a rapist still exists in detention are false. The claim seems to be that Morrison and Dutton have been suggesting he’s still alive to further their own aims of vilifying asylum seekers.

      Can’t vouch for the truth of it. Of course, Morrison coming clean on what exactly he knows would clarify matters immediately, but he appears loath to do that.

  10. Referring to May’s outburst

  11. I was cutting up meat so I was 1/2 listening to the interview and going by the tone Waleed was calm and measured and Morrison was shouty hectoring and sly.

    Scott Morrison just lost the NSW election on Saturday

    • Billie,

      I really hope you are correct, and that your prophecy extends to the next Federal election.

  12. re Higgins
    Excellent news that Labor has put up a very formidable female candidate against the Liberal respected paedetrician Katie Allen.

    When Kelly ODwyer was still the candidate the ACTU put their efforts behind the Greens candidate who was then outed as having casual sex with a campaign volunteer at his after party. Jason’s campaign faltered after that.

  13. The theft of land as the spoils of religious wars….

    Oil profits grease Trump administration’s move to recognize Israeli annexation of Golan

    Washington last week gave another sign that the Trump administration is moving towards declaring the Golan Heights to be Israeli sovereign territory. At the heart of the move are huge anticipated US-Israeli oil profits.

    In an annual human rights report, the State Department referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled,” dropping the international norm of citing the contested area as “Israeli-occupied.” The change in wording is significant.

    The Golan Plateau is considered to be Syrian territory under international law, according to UN resolutions. Israel has occupied the strategically important area overlooking the Jordan Valley since the 1967 Six Day War. In 1981, Israel formally annexed the land, but the self-declared claim has never been recognized internationally.

    Hence, the normative term “Israeli-occupied Golan” in UN terminology, not “Israeli-controlled.”

  14. Real Reason Trump Wants to Ban Huawei: US Wants to Spy and China Won’t Cooperate

    The New York Times reports U.S. Campaign to Ban Huawei Overseas Stumbles as Allies Resist.

    Over the past several months, American officials have tried to pressure, scold and, increasingly, threaten other nations that are considering using Huawei in building fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, has pledged to withhold intelligence from nations that continue to use Chinese telecom equipment. The American ambassador to Germany cautioned Berlin this month that the United States would curtail intelligence sharing if that country used Huawei.

    But the campaign has run aground. Britain, Germany, India and the United Arab Emirates are among the countries signaling they are unlikely to back the American effort to entirely ban Huawei from building their 5G networks. While some countries like Britain share the United States’ concerns, they argue that the security risks can be managed by closely scrutinizing the company and its software.

    The United States is not ready to admit defeat, but its campaign has suffered from what foreign officials say is a scolding approach and a lack of concrete evidence that Huawei poses a real risk. It has also been hampered by a perception among European and Asian officials that President Trump may not be fully committed to the fight.

  15. Governments increasingly turning to censorship to control of the narrative:

    Twitter Restricts Account of Julian Assange’s Mother

    The social media giant has given no reason to Christine Assange who had turned to Twitter to campaign for the liberty of her son.

    By Joe Lauria
    Special to Consortium News

    The Twitter account of Christine Assange, the mother of the arbitrarily detained founder of WikiLeaks, has been restricted, she told Consortium News on Tuesday.

    “My Twitter account has been ‘blocked due to ‘unusual activity,’” Ms. Assange wrote in a text message. Twitter, however, has provided her no reason for its action.

    Ms. Assange is a prolific user of Twitter in her campaign to free her son who has been a refugee in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012.

    Twitter has posted the following message on her page:

    While a user can access her page by agreeing to view her profile, Ms. Assange told Consortium News she is unable to post new Tweets to her account nor see anyone else’s.

  16. “President Jared’s” plan is much daffier than anyone imagined, rooted in the old Zionist idea that Palestinians are just misplaced Jordanians:

    Kushner of Arabia wanted to Give Some of Jordan to Palestinians and some of Saudi Land to Jordan

    White House official Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan “once included a massive land swap proposal in which the Palestinians would get Jordanian land and Jordan would get Saudi Arabian land”, reported the Times of Israel.

    The claims are made as part of a new book published this week called “Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump”, authored by British-born journalist Vicky Ward.

    In a chapter on US President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip, Ward wrote that “Saudi Arabia was… the key to Kushner’s burgeoning Middle East peace plan”.

    “What Kushner wanted, according to multiple people who saw drafts of the plan, was for the Saudis and Emiratis to provide economic assistance to the Palestinians.”

    “There were plans for an oil pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Gaza, where refineries and a shipping terminal could be built. The profits would create desalination plants, where Palestinians could find work, addressing the high unemployment rate.”

    In addition, “the plan also entailed land swaps, so that Jordan would give land to the Palestinian territories. In return, Jordan would get land from Saudi Arabia, and that country would get back two Red Sea islands it gave Egypt to administer in 1950.”

    The president’s special envoy for Mideast peace Jason Greenblatt tweeted that “no one who has seen the plan would spread misinformation like that. Whoever made these claims has bad info.”

  17. New Zealand Mosque Massacre: White Supremacy and Western Wars

    The mass murder and wounding of 97 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ) which took place on Friday, March 15, 2019, has profound political, ideological and psychological roots.

    First and most important, Western countries led by the Anglo-American world has been at war killing and uprooting millions of Muslims with impunity over the past thirty years. Leading media pundits,political spokespeople and ideologues have identified Muslims as a global terror threat and the targets of a ‘war against terror’. On the very day of the NZ massacre, Israel launched large-scale air attacks on one hundred targets in Gaza. Israel has killed several hundred and wounded over twenty thousand unarmed Palestinians in less than two years. The Israeli massacres take place on Friday the Muslim Sabbath.

    Islamophobia is a mass ongoing phenomenon which far exceeds other ‘hate crimes’ throughout the west and permeate Judeo-Christian cultural-political institutions. Western and Israeli political leaders having imposed extremely restrictive immigration policies – in some countries a complete ban on Muslim immigrants. Israeli goes a step further by uprooting and expelling long-standing Islamic residents. Clearly the NZ murderer followed the Western/Israeli practice.

    Secondly, in recent years, violent fascist and white supremacy thugs have been tolerated by all the Western regimes and are free to propagate violent anti-Muslim words and deeds. Most of the anti-Muslim massacres were announced in advance on the so-called social media such as Twitter, which reaches millions of followers.

    Thirdly, while the local and federal police collect ‘data’ and spy on Muslims and law-abiding citizens, they apparently fail to include self-identified murderous anti-Muslim advocates.

    Such as the case in the recent New Zealand mass murderer, Brenton Torrant.

    The police and NZ Security Intelligence Services did not keep files and surveillance on Torrant, despite his open embrace of violent white supremacy and leading supremacists including the Norwegian Anders Brevet murderer of over 70 children-campers.

    Torrant published a 74 page anti-Muslim manifesto easily available to anyone with a computer – even a dumb cop– let along the entire New Zealand security forces. Torrant planned the attack months in advance, yet he was not on any ‘watch list’.

    Torrant had no trouble getting a gun license and buying a dozen high-powered weapons, including the material for improvised explosive devices (IED), which the police later discovered attached to a vehicle.

  18. For the record we need to remember that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, men, women and children and the and displacement of millions. More than 40,000 foreign fighters entered Syria via Turkey. Most of them joined the Islamic State. It was also Turkey that cared for wounded ISIS fighters.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The SMH editorial has declared on election eve that the Coalition deserves a third term to get the job done.
    David Crowe advises Morrison to not trade votes with One Nation. He says it would be playing with fire.
    Michael Koziol reports on Morrison’s showdown with Waleed Aly last night.
    As does Sam Maiden who says Morrison has confirmed he raised concerns over the”anti-Muslim” sentiment of voters during a 2010 shadow cabinet meeting, but insists it was only to “address them, not exploit them”.
    She also tells us why he Morrison agreed to Waleed Aly’s anti-Muslim grilling.
    The New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia, Dame Annette King, said she was being approached by Australians telling her they felt guilty for the deaths allegedly at the hands of a man born in the NSW town of Grafton. “Australia’s not to blame and New Zealand’s not to blame,” she said. “This is a terrorist, an individual who has caused this grief and death.
    These two university academics explain the problem of what happens when too often commentators and politicians conflate temporary and permanent migration. A good article.
    Jennifer Duke writes that Facebook has criticised media organisations for playing a role in the widespread distribution of footage from the Christchurch terrorist attack while defending live video streaming functions on its platform.
    Michelle Grattan says Shorten’s not getting ahead of himself, but the tape measure is out.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that David Leyonhjelm will call Senators Derryn Hinch and Stirling Griff to give evidence for him in the defamation case brought against him by Sarah Hanson-Young, even though both men have previously “declined to cooperate” with his lawyers.
    Shane Wright tells us that a pre-election interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank appears off the agenda after the nation’s unemployment rate slipped to its lowest level in eight years, despite signs full-time jobs growth is slowing.
    Former criminal defence lawyer Jesse Smith suggests that In Christchurch’s circumstances, declining to file a terror charge may be in the best interests of victims. It’s perhaps time to acknowledge that modern terrorism laws are inflexible, narrow, and don’t always meet public perceptions of horrific violence.
    Phil Coorey explains how Christchurch has changed politics.
    It appears Milo Yiannopoulos and his touring manager attempted to use their network of powerful conservatives including Andrew Bolt and Alan Jones to lobby the Morrison government to overturn a decision to deny the notorious political commentator a visa.
    There’s been an inevitable backlash against social media in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Mainstream news organisations have been quick to jump on the bandwagon of blaming Twitter, Facebook and sections of the more obscure “dark web” for the radicalisation of young men into the political orbit of white nationalists. However, Dr Martin Hirst argues we should not blame social media for the rise of Nazi shooters.,12493
    The AFR tells us that the RBA, like the Fed and much of the world’s economics fraternity, is in wait-and-see mode to gauge if the early 2019 global softening is a temporary blip or could turn into a more prolonged slowdown.
    JP Morgan’s decision to seek immunity in the ACCC’s criminal cartel case against ANZ, Citi and Deutsche has an intriguing back story.
    Michael Pascoe explains how the latest jobs-growth figures are yet another confirmation of a weak economy.
    Wayne Swan writes on how history tells us flat wages growth is dangerous for Australia.
    And according to this law professor we’ve let wage exploitation become the default experience of migrant workers.
    Latika Bourke explains how the UK parliament would handle the Fraser Anning issue.
    According to these two financial experts Berejiklian’s claim to have “paid down debt” is both hypocritical and misleading.
    Michael West writes on how ExxonMobil exploits Australia and PNG.
    Students striking against the lack of climate change policy are a strong voice against an ineffective government, argues Peter Henning.,12490
    Rules stopping public servants from anonymously criticising governments risk making leaders less accountable, lawyers for a bureaucrat sacked over her tweets say. The High Court heard rules that brought on the 2013 dismissal of former Immigration Department worker Michaela Banerji intruded unacceptably on free speech.
    Labor says it will contribute $60 million over the next four years to sideline payday lenders and provide cheap and fast credit to the needy.
    Queensland Nationals are warning they will reactivate their campaign urging the government to underwrite coal-fired power unless the Prime Minister budges.
    Jenna Price talks about how to handle racism at a personal level.
    Jennifer Hewett writes that Philip Lowe still believes the fall in house prices, especially severe in Sydney and Melbourne, is manageable for the overall economy. He is backed by the relatively low unemployment rate, re-enforced by the February unemployment figures and a headline jobless rate falling to 4.9 per cent.
    Greg Jericho says house prices keep dropping – and there’s no end in sight. He has some telling charts for us to ponder.
    The Australian government is fighting to hide Tony Abbott’s letters to the Queen about his much-ridiculed bid to bring back knight and dame honours, despite the information watchdog ordering the documents be produced.
    This is not a good look!
    And it gets worse again for Boeing’s 737 Max.
    Farmers have backed the weed killer glyphosate, saying it has revolutionised farming while delivering environmental benefits including reduced soil erosion.
    Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, uses the online messaging service WhatsApp for official business – including communication with foreign contacts, according to a new letter from congressional investigators.
    A “mind blowing” haul of fossils that captures the riot of evolution that kickstarted the diversity of life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has been discovered by researchers in China.
    Research suggests employers should be concerned about the frequency – and quality – of their employees’ sexual activity.
    But one in two Australian men aged 18 to 55 have experienced sexual difficulty in the past 12 months, according to data released this week. The findings are drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, which included more than 12,000 men. Overall, 54% of sexually active men reported having at least one specific sexual problem lasting three months or more.

    Cartoon Corner

    A telling contribution from David Rowe.

    David Pope and electoral peril.

    Great work from Cathy Wilcox.

    from Matt Golding.

    Jim Pavlidis with Morrison’s problems with Islamophobia.

    Simon Letch’s view on preference deals.

    A good suggestion from Peter Broelman.

    Wow! It’s more than a week since the CFMEU has figured in a Zanetti cartoon.

    From Alan Moir.

    Jon Kudelka and the regional immigration proposal.

    From the US – a much better crop today!

  20. There is one person who could clear up the whole matter of what happened in that 2010 cabinet meeting – Julie Bishop.

    She was there and allegedly spoke out against FauxMo’s plans.

    Someone should ask her for her opinion.

  21. After reading Twitter last night I decided not to watch scummo and Waleed. Sounds as though Waleed was trying to treat scummo as an intelligent, thinking person, but got a lying, arrogant, smug arsehole.

    I watched the rest of the panel afterwards for their reaction. Obviously they’d all discussed it before they went to air. (I suspect the interview was not “live”, as advertised.) After the previous nights spiel from Hamish, it all of a sudden turned back to the usual back rub. Grrrrrrrr. I thought we were going to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but no such luck.

    • I forgot to add, from what I have read this morning, everyone appears to accept scummo’s version that he was not saying to use Muslims as scapegoats, he actually wanted to help people treat Muslims like everyone else. All I can do is shake my head.

    • Twitter doesn’t believe FauxMo. A sample

    • OK – so I made myself a strong cup of coffee, gritted my teeth, removed all easily thrown heavy objects from the vicinity of the monitor and settled down to watch FauxMo’s interview with Waleed Aly right through.

      The temptation to throw things at the screen was almost overwhelming, only the thought I cannot, right now, afford a new monitor held me back.

      Students of body language could have worked out FauxMo was lying within the first minute or so. His BL was very, very revealing as he lied, and lied, and lied.

      He was, in turn, smug, aggressive, defensive and in the second half looked very much as if he wanted to bolt for the door.

      The media seems to have accepted his version of events and seems to like referencing Grunt’s comments, even though he was not at that meeting.

      History tells us the truth about FauxMo.

      Here’s a brief recap of FauxMo;s behaviour since the 2013 election, written in August last year, so not up to date on the avalanche of lies he has told us since then.

      We May Have Escaped Prime Minister Dutton, But Scott Morrison Is Also Pretty Shit

      Here’s another article written on 24 August last year, on FauxMo’s “very black record” on asylum seekers and refugees.

      But Refugee Action Coalition spokesperson Ian Rintoul told SBS News Mr Morrison “has a very black record as immigration minister”, presiding over “horrors” in offshore detention facilities.

      Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea
      Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea.
      He pointed to the case of Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei on Manus Island, who died a slow and painful death in 2014 after contracting a treatable infection on his leg at the then Australian-run detention centre.

      “[Mr Morrison] used anti-refugee policies to build domestic support,” he said.

      “He’s built his reputation in the way [former Minister for Home Affairs] Peter Dutton did, on extremely harsh policies towards refugees. Scott Morrison was the Peter Dutton on of the day.”

      Here’s an article about FauxMo’s moves to prevent asylum seekers/refugees who had been lucky enough to get to Australia from ever gaining permanent protection visas, something he initiated immediately he became minister in 2013.

      Scott Morrison tried to delay asylum seekers’ permanent protection visas, documents reveal

      There’s plenty more if you care to spend some time searching. There’s even more if you go back into reports of FauxMo’s ideas when he was Abbott’s shadow minister for immigration.

      He’s a nasty, mendacioius piece of shit. He wouldn’t know the meaning of the word “compassion” and he has certainly never demonstrated any towards those he has gleefully incarcerated.

      His schtick in last night’s interview was nothing but lies. He saw Muslim-bashing as a way to win votes and for the past eight years or so that’s what he has been doing. Now the media has swallowed his lies and is intent on telling us he spoke the truth.

      Sorry, I’m not living in a remake of “1984”, I know blatant lies and fairy tales when I see them.

      Thank heavens for Holly Byrnes! One journalist not afraid to call out the lies.

  22. Wish I could of come up with this name for Scamo but I’ve nicked it from John Crace over at the Guardian. LINO, Leader In Name Only

    • If only the media would take to reporting “Pentecostal PM Morrison” every time they mentioned him. If a journalist’s religion is so crucially important then so is the cargo cult FauxMo follows.

  23. Ardern getting high praise indeed. This Opinion Piece is from the New York Times ‘Editorial Board’ .

    ByThe Editorial Board
    The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

    Open link in incognito to read.Outline does not seem to work now but Incognito is working better!

    America Deserves a Leader as Good as Jacinda Ardern
    When Government Works for the Governed

    ……………………the world should learn from the way Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, has responded to the horror.

  24. How do I find out what time it is in NZ now? They are having a big prayer meeting at 1.30 their time, which I think is 11.30 our time?

  25. Brexit deal given one last chance in final EU communique, depending on British MPs

    All 27 European Union leaders have signed off on a final communique, issued on Thursday, outlining two options for Brexit that safeguard its own elections for a European Parliament.

    According to the document, if British Prime Minister Theresa May does not win approval from the UK Parliament for her deal — which has twice been rejected by the House of Commons — Britain will be given until April 12 to inform the bloc whether it will participate in European Parliament elections on May 23-26.

    Were it not to receive this undertaking, the EU would let Britain fall out of the bloc without a deal.

    Alternatively, the communique said, “the European Union commits to agreeing, before March 29, 2019, to an extension until May 22, provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week”.

    The EU is keen to prevent Britain remaining in the bloc during the election period, as legal advice has said any new parliament may be invalid if Britain doesn’t stage a poll.

    A “no-deal” scenario would trigger a major upheaval in trade and foreign relations that would damage Britain and continent, possibly greatly.

    • Leaving the EU without a deal would be economically catastrophic for the UK. Why?

      Countries that deal with the EU do so within a framework of per-existing agreements. Without these, trade between the UK and the EU would come to a halt – all roll-on/roll-off traffic that previously drove off the ferries onto the roads, would have to be inspected bringing EU ports to a halt. With the danger gridlocked ports, the UK would be forced to stop all exports to the EU.

      Another reason is a large percentage of UK production, including the Financial Sector, is sold to the EU. Companies would be forced to migrate to the EU to keep their clients.

      The US, Japan and NZ that are not part of the EU but will continue to trade with the EU because of agreements that were mostly negotiated from the beginning. It is unlikely that any future agreements negotiated by the UK outside of the EU would have the same benefits as agreements brokered within the EU.

      Then there is the problem of Northern Ireland.

  26. He is so transparent

    The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has dodged the question of whether Pauline Hanson is racist, saying the right thing to do after Christchurch is to “reach out to the Muslim community and give them a big hug”.

    Morrison said he did not believe people should apply a broad brush to the One Nation leader and pick on one issue, as she had something to contribute on other issues, such as family court reform – on which she has been criticised for promoting the views of men’s rights activists.

    Asked directly on Melbourne radio 3AW by host Neil Mitchell whether he believed Hanson was racist, Morrison again demurred and said he had worked constructively with her.

    “Look, Pauline has expressed extremely strong views on these issues over a long period of time. I must say, in more recent times, particularly in this term of parliament, we have worked closely with Pauline on a lot of important issues, issues like family court issues, which I know she feels passionately about,” he said.
    “I think it is pretty easy to say … just go, ‘I have a view on this, so they have nothing to contribute on any other issue’, so I tend to deal with people on the issue they present to me, and Pauline has never raised or come to me on those issues. What she has been coming to me about is how welfare is spent and ensuring there is integrity on the welfare system, and she has very deep concerns about the way the family court system works.”

  27. The Brexit deadline day is also a 50th anniversary of the publishing of Slaughterhouse 5.
    From Dresden on the 50th Anniversary of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’

    When Kurt Vonnegut was at work on his hugely influential antiwar novel, “he was writing to save his own life,” his daughter said.

    Published 50 years ago this month, the book became his first best-seller and made 47-year-old Vonnegut a star. Weird, wise, moral, profane and profoundly human, it remains a countercultural classic and one of the most enduring antiwar novels of all time. Not to mention a salvational act of self-therapy by a man who likely suffered from what would today be recognized as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

  28. !!!!!!!!!!!

    Jacinda Ardern is speaking now. She greets the crowd in Arabic.

    She says: “According the the prophet Mohammed… The believers int heir mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When any part of the body suffers, the whole body feels pain. New Zealand mourns with you, we are one”.

  29. Not at all surprising.

    Fraser Anning staffer and alleged Nazi enthusiast employed by Home Affairs

    The political staffer accused of writing Fraser Anning’s infamous “final solution” speech and holding an obsession with Nazi Germany is employed by the federal government agency managing Australia’s immigration program, it has emerged.

    The staffer, Richard Howard, is on unpaid leave from the Department of Home Affairs and has left the door open to returning should Senator Anning fail to be re-elected in May.


    The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age has learnt that Mr Howard took leave without pay from the Home Affairs department to work for Senator Anning.

    He flagged the possibility of resuming work with the department after the election, saying “I have no idea … I don’t have any particular plans. Obviously my intention is to continue to work with [a re-elected] Senator Anning”

  30. From the Saturday Paper’s The Briefing –

    Leaked footage from prime minister Scott Morrison’s meeting with senior Islamic figures the day after the Christchurch terror attack has belied his claim to be met “with warm embraces” by Australian Muslims. In footage published by the ABC’s Hack on Thursday, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, questioned Morrison’s commitment to fighting Islamophobia and hate speech while Morrison sat at the same table. “The tragedy in New Zealand yesterday – it wasn’t something overnight, it’s been something that’s been a build-up over the last few years because of the incitement of hatred, bigotry, and discrimination against groups like the Islamic community,” the Grand Mufti said. Lebanese Muslim Association director Ahmad Malas, who also attended the meeting, said the Grand Mufti and others “raised several concerns, grievances with the position that senior members of government have taken on immigration, previous incidents such as the Bourke Street attack, and political rhetoric about Muslims being detrimental”

    The Hack link –

    Enlarge the video to see just how “warm” FauxMo was feeling.It certainly does not look like he had what he claimed were “many friends there”. I very much doubt there was any hugging either, more likely a few very stiff, formal handshakes.

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