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.

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

  1. What an almighty cock-up!

    Who thought giving this clown a government contract was agood idea?

    Cocaine, escorts and unpaid workers: Parliament’s security embarrassment

    A firm given the $14 million job of upgrading critical security at Parliament House in Canberra is in disarray with allegations of cocaine use, a sideline in an Uber-style app for escorts, debts to Russian friends and the intervention of a Morrison government minister.

    Almost a year after the $75 million state-of-the art upgrade to protect MPs from acts of terrorism was due to be completed, the marble entrances of Parliament remain shrouded in scaffolding and 400 businesses across Australia are owed $21 million.
    …………………………………….
    Documents obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age show Victorian-based blast-proof specialist Steelvision has floundered under cash flow challenges, lack of payments from clients and failure to pay workers, according to auditors Hamilton Murphy, who asked for the company to be put in to liquidation on Wednesday.

    But the business partners of the company’s owner, David Gooley, allege his “thousand dollar a day” drug habit and a $70,000 cash loan from Russian friends are also to blame

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/politics/federal/cocaine-escorts-and-unpaid-workers-parliament-s-security-embarrassment-20190325-p517h0.html

    David Gooley – “I don’t come out of this good”. He sounds just as dumb as Hanson.

  2. Zinger from Uhlmann

    Bevanshields Twitter:

    .@CUhlmann: Have you been a good government?
    @JoshFrydenberg: Absolutely.
    @CUhlmann: So why have you had three prime ministers? #auspol @TheTodayShow

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    According to Matt Wade new polling shows more Australians than ever believe human activity is entirely or mainly responsible for climate change. But only 13 per cent say the Morrison government is doing a good job tackling climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/a-record-share-of-australians-say-humans-cause-climate-change-poll-20190328-p518go.html
    In Ross Gittins’ opinion the budget’s getting better, but the economy’s getting worse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-budget-s-getting-better-but-the-economy-s-getting-worse-20190331-p519b2.html
    The Curtin Research Centre says the Coalition government is showing stubborn unwillingness to fix debt.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-government-shows-stubborn-unwillingness-to-fix-debt-20190327-p5183x.html
    Sean Kelly explains Morrison’s last chance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/last-chance-for-the-morrison-government-rests-on-two-things-20190330-p5198s.html
    Richo says that cheap bribes won’t save the PM.
    https://www.outline.com/5C3LVk
    Sam Maiden reports that Labor says it may well match Coalition’s budget-night tax cuts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/news-federal-budget/2019/03/31/federal-budget-2019-tax-cuts-labor/
    Bringing forward the Coalition’s income tax cuts would give high-income earners an extra $104 a week while low- to middle-income earners would gain just 50 cents to $4 a week, according to new modelling.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/01/low-income-earners-will-get-no-benefit-from-tax-cuts-coalition-warned
    The Australian tells us that Morrison will inject an addition­al $1 billion into boosting freight networks across Australia in an election pitch aimed at shoring up the regions­, including a $510 million investment in road upgrades in a 1450km corridor ­between Queensland and Victoria.
    https://www.outline.com/tg9Tem
    Greg Jericho tells us what a tough job Frydenberg has with this budget. He doesn’t think that hoping voters think pro-growth is better sounding than stimulus is going to be enough.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/mar/31/call-it-budget-or-campaign-launch-its-a-tough-ask-for-frydenberg
    Shane Wright tells us how Bill Shorten is treading gently with Labor’s careful climate change plan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bill-shorten-treads-gently-with-careful-climate-change-plan-20190331-p519di.html
    And Eryk Bagshaw reports that in a bold move today Labor will ban the use of Kyoto credits to meet Australia’s Paris climate commitments in a key decision that opens up a gulf between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on the environment just weeks out from the federal election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fake-action-labor-will-not-use-kyoto-credits-in-major-new-emissions-package-20190331-p519cy.html
    The AFR says industry’s 250 heaviest polluters will face penalties for breaching emissions caps and 50pc of new cars will be electric by 2030, under Labor’s ambitious climate change policy.
    https://www.outline.com/emZdcn
    Michelle Grattan examines Labor’s climate change policy.
    https://theconversation.com/shortens-climate-policy-would-hit-more-big-polluters-harder-and-set-electric-car-target-114561
    Bryce Gaton says Australia is in the slow lane as Coalition stalls on electric vehicle strategy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-in-the-slow-lane-as-coalition-stalls-on-ev-strategy-20190329-p518v1.html
    If the experience of the UK banks is anything to go by, Australia’s banks could be mired in misconduct claims for years to come.
    https://www.outline.com/sGYaxZ
    Theresa May’s government is on the verge of meltdown as cabinet ministers prepare to clash over whether to support plans for a softer Brexit and a possible lengthy delay before leaving the European Union.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/31/ministers-try-to-force-mays-hand-over-brexit-as-cabinet-rift-widens
    George Williams nicely sums things up by writing that from an Australian perspective, Britain’s problems were sadly predictable. Many mistakes have been made, but none larger than the initial decision to hold a flawed referendum. The British people voted to leave the EU, but nobody knows on what terms.
    https://www.outline.com/c2cLAR
    As Theresa May, her Conservative Government and Labour clamour for ascendancy after what has been a confusing, malicious and at times, barking mad, twenty-four months since the Brexit negotiations began, it shows that at least Australia’s political system remains relatively effective.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/should-brexit-make-us-thankful-for-australias-political-system,12524
    According to professor of obstetrics and gynaecology Caroline de Costa it’s time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia.
    https://theconversation.com/its-time-to-lift-the-restrictions-on-medical-abortion-in-australia-114364
    Amanda Vanstone writes that it’s not wrong to worry about immigration in the wake of terror.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-s-not-wrong-to-worry-about-immigration-in-the-wake-of-terror-20190329-p518w9.html
    Adele Ferguson explains how the self-regulation of life insurance is failing. .
    https://www.outline.com/A7s2L7
    Gerry Harvey has defended how the retailer discloses the value of its multibillion-dollar property portfolio, arguing that providing investors with a breakdown of individual properties would give its rivals an advantage. Yes Gerry, we can trust your own valuations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/gerry-harvey-defends-how-retailer-values-2-9bn-property-empire-20190327-p5181x.html
    John McDuling tells us how a rising Australian investor in Silicon Valley thinks there could be big opportunities for media companies in a post Google, post Facebook world.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/how-the-post-google-facebook-era-could-be-golden-age-for-media-20190331-p519af.html
    Kelly Bousfield posits that In Australia, and elsewhere, the system doesn’t favour academic merit, but rather it favours parental wealth and efforts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/education-isn-t-a-meritocracy-it-s-a-parentocracy-20190328-p518km.html
    Alexandra Smith looks at the messages in Berejiklian’s new ministry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/nsw-election-2019/berejiklian-s-cabinet-reflects-the-direction-of-her-new-government-20190331-p519e4.html
    Matthew Dunckley reports that a court case reveals how NAB’s troubled introducer bonus scheme unravelled on the inside.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-lender-fairly-sacked-over-fake-loan-referrals-20190330-p5195d.html
    Peter Hannam says that a Shorten Labor government would aim for half of all new cars to be electric by 2030.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/electric-cars-to-take-up-half-of-market-by-2030-under-shorten-plan-20190331-p519d6.html
    Angela Merkel will this week stage her most significant intervention in the Brexit process in more than two years, as the European Union moves to shield itself from the fallout of political chaos in Britain when she holds talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Thursday and demand a plan to protect Ireland’s border should the UK crash out of the bloc without a deal
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/merkel-enters-brexit-fray-as-the-eu-tries-to-deal-with-uk-turmoil-20190401-p519gy.html
    In the current political climate, it takes real courage to wear the hijab in the West given the discrimination and mistreatment that all too often comes with it.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/why-the-hijab-is-a-symbol-of-strength-in-todays-west,12514
    Australia’s recycling crisis is about to worsen as both India and Indonesia follow China’s lead and refuse to accept our contaminated waste.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/03/30/australia-recycling-crisis/
    Today’s nomination for ‘Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/she-disappeared-how-high-flying-ashleigh-crashed-back-to-earth-20190331-p519d5.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with an under pressure Frydenberg.

    From Matt Golding.


    Pat Campbell takes us into the One Nation bunker.

    Jim Pavlidis on the budget launching Morrison’s election campaign.

    From the US.

  4. Labor has been very clever. There have been a few policy statements over the weekend and the big one, climate change, comes today. It’s all just too late for the government to respond by changing their budget.

    The budget is done,the papers have been printed, it’s too late for FauxMo and Fraudenberg to fudge some sort of compromise.

    This, obviously, is why the PG crowd have been hammering away about Labor’s need to release their climate change policy for weeks – they wanted to pressure Shorten into giving a few clues so the government would have time to change their budget, such as it is.

  5. On Labor’s planned budget rejig – will Shorten announce Labor will give that one-off energy handout to those on Newstart? It’s worth a few votes if Labor does that. Labor has already said they will pass that budget item, it would be great if they could, once in government, extend it to those who most need that help.

    Labor could promise to increase Newstart too, but they won’t. They keep saying it’s just not possible. Pfft to that. Of course it’s possible.Forget matching FauxMo’s planned tax cuts, where the well-off will benefit by over $100 a week and the average worker will be about 50c a week better off and put the money into Newstart instead. It’s time this country stopped punishing people for not being lucky enough to find a job.

    Governments never admit that every time they give a tax cut those on pensions and benefits fall further behind.

    • I have no expectations on what Labor will do about Newstart. I do though however plan to wait and see what they will do if they achieve government. I find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t try and fix it. Also, it would nice not to hear so much negativity while there is, at this point in time, no need for it. At least give them a chance, say at least 12 months, before criticising something that may or may not happen.

    • My view about Labor: Shorten will do certain things, like climate change, education, health, workers’ salaries + other things he said he would also do. As for Newstart, my belief is that he might, just might, do something about it. Not big. But something. He just doesn’t want to talk about it now. Let him win first. He should.

  6. ‘Victims’ of the day it all went BOOM!!!! have been found
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    Sixty-six million years ago, a giant meteor slammed into Earth off the coast of modern-day Mexico. Firestorms incinerated the landscape for miles around. Even creatures thousands of miles away were doomed on that fateful day, if not by fire and brimstone, then by mega-earthquakes and waves of unimaginable size.

    Now, scientists have unearthed a remarkable trove of fossils that appear to date from the very day of the impact.

    • In the deposit, the team discovered an ancient freshwater pond whose occupants had been quickly cemented together by waves of sediment and debris. The fossils include sturgeon and six-foot-long paddlefish, their scales intact but their bodies ripped and smashed; marine mollusks; leaves and tree fronds, and the burned trunks of trees. The fish carcasses were not bloated, decayed, or scavenged, suggesting that they were buried quickly — and that few animals were left alive after the cataclysm to come digging.

  7. The Coalition seems to be stuck in the past.

    Carbon tax? Oh please, no-one believes that crap now. Everyone wants something done on climate change. Even the farmers have finally woken up and the Business Council is saying it’s time this issue was dealt with.

    So what does FauxMo do? He starts raving on about a “carbon tax” and tells us if Labor wins government the country will be “landlocked”.

    What????

    Shorten will make all those oceans and seas around Australia dry up?

    I think the Prime Oaf means “gridlocked”. Or maybe he doesn’t. Maybe no threat is too far-fetched for him now he finally has to call an election within days. He’s desperate and it shows.

  8. Today FauxMo visited the Icon Cancer Centre in Canberra.

    These centres (there are a few around the country) are private and require membership of a health fund. If you don’t belong to a health fund they will give you a cost estimate for your self-funded treatment.

    The same services are available in the public system for free. You will not pay one cent for your Medicare funded care. I know this because I’ve benefited from this free treatment, so have some of my friends.

    So what if you can have free wifi and can choose the music you want to listen to while you have your chemo at an Icon cente? Is that privilege worth paying thousands for health fund membership?

    Why was FauxMo promoting a private medical business when he should have been talking about pumping more money into regional cancer centres in the public system?

    While things are getting better for regional patients there are still too many of us who have to travel for hours each way to get treatment, or have to leave home for a few days each time we need chemo or radiotherapy.

    https://iconcancercentre.com.au/.

  9. 😆 Amy

    Shhhhhhhh

    Be very, very quiet. The Melissa Price environment minister is speaking. We don’t want to startle her.

  10. Ah Durack. When a Russian hears that word they think simpleton/bonehead/idiot ‘. Melissa trying to get the same happening here.

  11. Leone

    Thanks for the Bill Shorten presser. I had to laugh at the media, that got all their questions answered, so they kept repeating questions that couldn’t be answered until Labor are the government. We all know they can ask good questions. The (not)mystery is why they don’t do it to the lnp.

    • My pleasure.

      The usual media tactics are so predictable it’s rather like watching trained monkeys – they can remember their routine but don’t know how to do anything else.

  12. We are going to shut down a little early today, because parliament isn’t sitting, and we’ll be back at the crack of dawn (it will seriously be the crack of dawn) tomorrow for the Unicorn Budget shenanigans.

    Brought to you by Josh

  13. Laydeez an genulmun on a remote beach somewhere Josh’s Budget has been delivered.

  14. Q&A
    Monday 1st April at 9:35 pm (66 minutes)
    Arthur Sinodinos, Amanda Rishworth, Rebecca Huntley, John Roskam And Lakshmi Logathassan: On the eve of the budget Tony Jones joins Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos, Labor front-bencher Amanda Rishworth, social analyst Rebecca Huntley, IPA Executive Director John Roskam and People’s Panellist Lakshmi Logathassan.

    • Arfur may get a gee-up from Lakshimi

      https://au.linkedin.com/in/lakshmi-logathassan-2522a7132

      Founder and Coordinator
      The Laptop Project
      2012 – Present 7 years

      TLP is a not-for-profit that supports the digital education of students in marginalised and remote communities. Our efforts across communities throughout Sri Lanka, India, Kenya and Bangladesh are equipping students with the tools to shape their future.

      TLP refurbishes hundreds of laptops with the financial support of Microsoft Australia and the technological expertise of WorkVentures.

  15. ;German deputy foreign minister says out-of-touch British political elite won’t lose out from Brexit ‘shitshow’

    Reuters have filed a story on the comments from the German deputy foreign minister, Michael Roth. The Reuters intro is worth quoting in full.

    European exasperation over the chaos in Brexit talks descended into profanity and name-calling, as Germany’s deputy foreign minister said the U.K. government consists mostly of clueless boarding-school graduates.

    And here are the key points.

    Roth described Brexit as “a big shitshow”. Speaking at a Social Democratic party event in Berlin on Saturday, he said:

    Brexit is a big shitshow, I say that now very undiplomatically …

    I don’t know if William Shakespeare could have come up with such a tragedy but who will foot the bill?

  16. Every now and then you get a simple and unambiguous opportunity to identify all the Liberal lackeys in the media. We have one of those opportunities right now. You simply need to list the ones telling us that the Morrison government are going to ‘deliver a Budget surplus’ tomorrow. They’re not, and everyone knows they’re not. Any claim that they are is cheerleading.

  17. I’m not sure, Sinodinos directly questioning government policy, especially with not giving the electricity rebate to Newstart recipients was a pretty out-of-the-ordinary event.

    Of course in the typical Liberal fashion he wrecks that by implying most people on Newstart are there because of substance abuse.

    Overall not a bad show tonight. Didn’t have the shock and awe of Typhoon Teena last week, but the debate did feel something close to constructive for at least half the time.

  18. ABC going for a last hoorah before they get their funding cut
    Q&A quite watchable tonight except for Roskam defending the right to hate speech

  19. Is this the calm before the storm. Twitter is wery wery quiet this morning. Razz is having another needle thingy in day surgery this morning to help with her blood flow. It worked on the right side, so now hopefully it will work on the left side, and hopefully we’ll get some good healing results for her foot ulcers.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw tells us what to expect in tonight’s budget/
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cash-surplus-and-surprises-in-store-as-frydenberg-under-pressure-to-deliver-20190401-p519mp.html
    And in classic The Australian style Simon Bensons says Frydenberg will today ­declare an end to the debt and deficit disaster the Coalition inherited from Labor six years ago, with the budget revealing that government net debt will be eliminated within a decade.
    https://www.outline.com/H8TvEs
    Although its Adan Creighton writes that the energy supplement handout is a policy is emblematic of a timid government that has achieved little during more than five years in ­office.
    https://www.outline.com/6kTt8d
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s first budget tomorrow is expected to deliver a predicted surplus thanks to Australia enjoying its second largest increase in mineral exports on record. But for the winner of the 2019 federal election, the surplus will likely be short-lived with thermal coal exports entering long-term decline. Simon Nicholas, Energy Finance Analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/budget-predicted-surplus-short-lived-as-thermal-coal-exports-enter-long-term-decline/
    Jacinda Ardern met Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday evening, on a swift, one-day visit that won praise from her host. She keeps kicking goals.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/warm-words-from-xi-for-ardern-and-new-zealand-as-hard-issues-loom-20190402-p519su.html
    David Crowe tells us how Labor is fending off calls to reveal the full cost of its new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions across Australian manufacturing as industry groups predict a hit to economic growth from the “challenging” target.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bill-shorten-under-pressure-to-reveal-cost-of-carbon-plan-20190401-p519qq.html
    And the AFR says that in what looms as a repeat of 2009, Labor has unveiled a climate change policy that is considered too soft by the Greens and too severe by the Coalition.
    https://www.outline.com/DdumkL
    And he writes that Labor’s emissions policy does not have to be a carbon tax to have a cost.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-s-emissions-policy-does-not-have-to-be-a-carbon-tax-to-have-a-cost-20190401-p519qg.html
    Labor will ban the use of Kyoto credits to meet Australia’s Paris climate commitments in a key decision that opens up a gulf between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on the environment just weeks out from the federal election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fake-action-labor-will-not-use-kyoto-credits-in-major-new-emissions-package-20190331-p519cy.html
    The LNG industry says that Labor should target coal, not gas, to cut pollution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/labor-should-target-coal-not-gas-to-cut-pollution-lng-industry-says-20190401-p519l5.html
    Nicky Ison writes that Labor’s climate policy has a decent menu, but is missing the main course.
    https://theconversation.com/labors-climate-policy-a-decent-menu-but-missing-the-main-course-114606
    The National Farmers Federation has concerns about land clearing bans in Labor’s climate change policy.
    https://www.outline.com/gxeTN6
    Meanwhile South Australian irrigators are expecting their water allocations to be cut in half from July 1, as the Murray-Darling Basin crisis hits home. Growers face the choice of finding funds to buy extra water at $500/ML, or cutting production and watching their plantings wither and die.
    https://www.outline.com/mzujpT
    The BOM has just released its monthly weather review and it was officially Australia’s hottest March on record.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/weather/2019/04/01/australia-warmest-march-on-record/
    Shane Wright says we should expect a plot twist in Bill Shorten’s budget response.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/expect-a-plot-twist-in-bill-shorten-s-budget-response-20190401-p519ic.html
    The government will attempt to wedge Labor this week by ramming the tax cuts contained in the budget through Parliament.
    https://www.outline.com/JHfUNB
    The ALP is preparing to use federal powers under the Water Act and its influence with the two Labor-controlled basin states to drive better environmental outcomes if it wins government in May.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/02/murray-darling-water-plan-labor-says-its-prepared-to-override-states
    Richard Baker reveals that Australian government officials took part in evaluating bids for a big immigration detention centre security contract in Papua New Guinea, according to leaked confidential documents, contradicting Home Affairs Department claims they were not involved in the process. The Auditor-General WILL be busy!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/home-affairs-linked-to-controversial-png-security-contract-20190329-p518u9.html
    Peter Hartcher gives us the good news, bad news and worse news about Donald Trump and his presidency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/there-s-good-news-bad-news-and-worse-news-about-donald-trump-20190401-p519kz.html
    Samantha Lee says that there has been no other political party in Australia that has taken a hammer to Australia’s gun laws like the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/no-other-party-has-taken-the-hammer-to-our-gun-laws-like-this-one-20190331-p519e6.html
    A Labor senator lost his job over his links to foreign political organisations. And yet Pauline Hanson and her party are being boosted by right-wing commentators despite her party’s attempts to fleece millions from foreign lobby groups. Lindsay Foyle weighs in.
    https://newmatilda.com/2019/04/01/foreign-fiddling-if-dastyari-had-to-go-then-so-should-hanson/
    Ron Boswell says that Liberals and Nationals should put One Nation towards the bottom of the ticket in next month’s election. The Liberals have made their call and the Nationals will make their decision in coming weeks.
    https://www.outline.com/xUfzgG
    Andrew Leigh makes the case for an evaluator-general who would help policymakers understand which policies work, and which to drop.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-randomised-route-to-better-government-20190330-p51978.html
    John Halligan says that there is much work still to be done to complete the unfinished review of the APS.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-randomised-route-to-better-government-20190330-p51978.html
    And John Lloyd posits that the APS review’s mild findings were predictable, because the bureaucracy is not broken.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/common-pay-for-public-servants-would-be-a-disaster-20190328-p518gt.html
    Paddy Gourley describes it as a wasted 10 months of waffle. This is one hell of a spray.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-wasted-10-months-of-waffle-20190328-p518et.html
    Markus Manheim writes that public servants deserve a far better champion that the one whose freedom of speech case is currently before the High Court.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/public-servants-deserve-a-far-better-champion-20190330-p5199c.html
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that the cost of an ageing population will eclipse Medicare three years earlier than expected
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cost-of-ageing-population-soars-now-to-surpass-medicare-by-2028-20190401-p519n2.html
    Research fellow Pat Ranald uses the Philip Morris plain packaging case to tell us why the government must exclude ISDS from current trade negotiations, and remove it from existing agreements. The coalition won’t, but Labor will.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-cost-of-defeating-philip-morris-over-cigarette-plain-packaging-20190327-p5182i.html
    Richard Mulgan writes about taxpayer-funded electioneering and how department heads are failing to adequately vet the advertising campaigns they approve.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/taxpayer-funded-electioneering-20190326-p517oc.html
    These lawyers say that Australia is finally protecting those who expose corrupt businesses, but not corrupt bureaucracies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-whistle-shaped-hole-in-our-laws-20190327-p5185l.html
    Another tragic building site mishap.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/worker-dead-another-critical-after-sydney-scaffolding-collapse-20190401-p519mf.html
    Clancy Yeates reports that Eftpos is calling for the RBA to regulate the fast-growing “digital wallet” market, warning retailers could face higher costs if choice was restricted.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/eftpos-warns-of-higher-costs-if-digital-wallets-not-regulated-20190401-p519pe.html
    A policeman involved in recruiting gangland barrister turned high-level informer Nicola Gobbo has admitted he had an “episode of physical intimacy” with her.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/gobbo-s-police-handler-admits-to-episode-of-physical-intimacy-with-her-20190401-p519po.html
    The Washington Post examines Trump’s rage-driven actions on border control and retaliation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mick-mulvaney-s-latest-effort-to-whitewash-trump-s-failures-is-a-joke-20190402-p519sr.html
    Appointments to the ABC board must be transparent and directors should have media experience, a Senate inquiry into allegations of political interference has recommended.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/01/abc-inquiry-critical-of-captains-pick-board-appointments
    Elizabeth Knight writes that Woolworths boss Brad Banducci can’t sell his loss-making Big W chain in its current state and, with $2.7 billion of lease commitments, closing it down would be rash.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/big-w-joins-growing-club-of-retail-orphans-20190401-p519o5.html
    Peter FitzSimons looks at Trump’s propensity to cheat on the golf course and hoe it exposes his character flaws.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/if-you-re-playing-golf-with-him-he-s-going-to-cheat-20190401-p519l0.html
    This mother earns nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hunter-mum-blew-0-252-on-the-school-run-three-hours-after-being-banned-from-driving-20190401-p519rn.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and Labor’s EV policy.

    David Pope contrasts emissions policies.

    John Shakespeare launches a commemorative coin in honour of Eddie McGuire.

    Andrew Dyson sums up Trump.

    From Matt Golding.


    Cathy Wilcox and Zuckerberg.

    Zanetti with a less than original effort on The Greens.

    Sean Leahy on budget eve.

    Jon Kudelka with Frydenberg’s shadow,
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a26de052bdb4aca56b950cb3f094e8e6?width=1024

    From the US





  21. I’m pretty annoyed about this energy payment thingo too. I know I’m a bit late to this, but I can’t believe the number of people out there who seem to think it’s some kind of measured response by the Liberals, and are quibbling about the amounts and the designated recipients. That’s just going to fall on deaf ears.

    I mean, for a start a one-off payment of $75 is an insult. You know what that covers? Merely half the supply charge for just one quarter in the year. A typical power bill will shoot up by at least $200 over the Winter quarter on heating alone, and that’s if you’re being very careful with your usage. I know. For low income earners, $75 merely takes paying the bill from impossible to virtually impossible. You might as well ping a twenty cent piece at their heads for all the good it will do. The point of these payments is to stimulate the economy. This is just poking it with a stick.

    But the kicker of course is refusing the payment to people on Newstart. Nothing says “this is merely an on-paper bribe” than the implication that the payment is not considered necessary enough to give to the people who really need it.

    Which brings us back to their old slogan, which I see got dragged out again this week, “The best form of welfare is a job.” Uh huh. Then why have this government been slashing jobs in the public service? Why are they not actively creating jobs, instead of just taking credit for the jobs that naturally accrue with population growth? Why did they slash penalty rates? If they believe in the sanctity of work-as-payment, they might at least make an effort to preserve or create some of it. And at any rate, “The best form of welfare is a job” is about as helpful a statement as “The best approach to sickness is to be healthy” or “The best form of transport infrastructure is to already be where you’re going.” The point is to get from one place to another, not to claim that going there is better. We already know that.

    • The handout is an insult but it’s the only thing in this fake budget that will actually be of benefit to me. It will pay less than one quarter of one quarterly electricity bill (after discounts) so it’s pretty pointless. It’s a blatant bribe and although any extra government money is welcome it will not change my vote, nor will it change the votes of hundreds of thousands of others who will get this payment.

      Both the Coalition and Labor trot out that tired old comment about welfare. It’s been going on for a very long time.

      Here’s a story about it.

      In 1995, when Peter Baldwin was Minister for Social Security, Labor wanted to drop the child cut-off age for a single parent payment from the then 16 years to 12 years. At that time I was involved with a group working with widows and single mums. Of course, we wrote a letter of protest to the Keating government. Back came the reply from Minister Baldwin’s office. It included the line about the best way to get out of poverty was to get a job. That letter was not well received.

      Later on, when Mark Latham was Labor leader and was chanting his “All Must Work” mantra we again wrote to Labor with our concerns. Did Latham’s policy really mean everyone, even single parents and people with disabilities would be expected to work, and if so, where were those jobs going to come from? This time the reply was from Penny Wong. She assured us no-one on welfare would be forced into work if they were incapable of actually working, but again there was that line about the best way out of poverty was to get a job.

      It’s so easy for politicians to shove concerns aside with this trite nonsense, it allows them to Blame those on welfare for their plight, allows them to refuse to talk about the need to keep an economy ticking over so new jobs and new opportunities are constantly being generated. It allows them to be glib about poverty and to avoid hard questions about their own part in keeping people poor.

  22. Very good thread from Margo Kingston, who is struggling to get over feelings of betrayal after she appeared on the ABC program “Campaign Trail” a few days ago.

    The moderator Margo does not name was Brigid Glanville, so of course it was a set-up, of course that moderator did nothing to rein in Jones.

    This is the program in question –
    https://iview.abc.net.au/show/campaign-trail

    • Could you give me the gist of the “Margot’ story/dispute ? Can’t open the links with the work salt mine computer 🙂

    • Margo was invited to appear on “Campaign Trail” last week – unpaid, of course. Alan Jones was also invited onto the show, something Margo was not aware of when she accepted. She was concerned about him being there – first she knew was when the host tweeted the lineup to the world – but was still up for it.

      She assumed (wrongly) that Jones would be presenting a factual argument, as he had been asked to do that on his previous Q&A appearances.

      Margo assumed the host would inform the audience Jones was a ON donor, which she did not do.

      She says Jones slandered the journalist involved in the Al Jazeera sting, although he has in the past been a respected ABC producer working on Lateline.

      When she tried to get a word in she was cut off and Jones was allowed to rave on. She says the host, Brigid Glanville, who Margo tactfully never names, allowed this to happen and was obviously not interested in allowing Margo to counter Jones’s claims.

      Margo now believes she was set up from the start. She believes she was betrayed by the ABC and is now completely disillusioned with that organisation. (I don’t know why it took her so long to wake up to the ABC’s blatant bias to the right.)

      Later the host rang her and said Jones wanted to appear again and asked if she would also come back. Margo declined. She says the ABC tried to talk her out of going public with her concerns.

      Margo has been tweeting about this for a couple of days, she’s obviously distressed by the whole thing but says she’s now over it.

      Just as a final insult the ABC, in their online report, spelled Margo’s name wrong.

      https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/alan-jones-backs-pauline-hanson-in-nra-documentary/10955930

    • Also – Margo believes the ABC just wants Campaign Trail to be a show involving journalists going at one another, and she was the bunny. As proof she has provided a tweet from Glanville –

  23. leone

    Karvelas didn’t help Margo much. She simply changed subject and talked about the conspiracy.

    Glanville must be an IPA member.

  24. Bill Shorten is crucifying Morrison

    In the light and heat of a campaign, people under pressure can reach for convenient scapegoats, durable stereotypes. To use the other to be the easy answer to a hard question. To be tempted by the motivating power of fear. Christchurch stands as a warning, as a lesson, a reminder that if one plays with the poison politics of racism, if we courage majorities to pick on minority, if we try to whip up fear of people are different, who worship different Gods, if we try to pretend that all of the problems in this country can be blamed on the people who happen to arrive last, then we forfeit to be right to be shocked when the worst of consequences occurs. Not all extreme right-wing hate speech ends in terror and racial violence, but all terror and racial violence begins in extreme hate speech.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/apr/02/federal-budget-2019-d-day-politics-live#comments

  25. Environment minister Melissa Price requested a review of how climate change policy could be used to upgrade coal-fired power stations after being lobbied by an energy company, freedom-of-information documents show.

    As revealed by Guardian Australia, the Vales Point power station in New South Wales had been registered under the emissions reduction fund, the “direct action” climate policy introduced by Tony Abbott that Scott Morrison has promised to spend another $2bn on if re-elected.

    Its owners, Sunset Power International trading as Delta Electricity, wanted to bid for taxpayers’ support from the fund at an auction in December. If successful, it would have used the money as part of a $14m project to replace turbine blades at the plant.

    But the bid for taxpayers’ support was blocked by the Clean Energy Regulator, which administers the fund, on the grounds the company had not provided enough information to show it would qualify for carbon credits.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/02/melissa-price-lobbied-by-energy-company-before-coal-fired-power-review-requested

  26. I just want to point out a couple of tweets from Emma Alberici. The first one:

    And then this one:

    One the one hand, she takes a Labor initiative on cleaning up the environment and runs the old “where’s the money coming from?” complaint. Which I’m not happy with, because environmental concerns are much more urgent than financial ones, and any steps in that direction ought to be encouraged.

    On the other hand, she calls for childcare to be tax deductible (something I’m all for, by the way), without a peep about that revenue being foregone.

    She needs to be more consistent.

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