THE BIG BUDGET BRIBE IS HERE

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Bribe night is upon us and this will be the Coalitions major last throw of the dice to win over the voters. If they get little or no bounce in the polls even they must come to the conclusion  they are gone.

Make no mistake though they will go hard aided of course by newscorp/shockjocks and most other media companies that want to keep there puppets in power.

 

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Hang on folks and remember the main attack game hasn’t started yet.

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611 thoughts on “THE BIG BUDGET BRIBE IS HERE

  1. US bars BDS co-founder from boarding DC-bound plane in Israel, despite valid travel papers

    The co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has been denied entry to the US, where he had a speaking tour scheduled, despite having valid travel documents. This was done in Tel Aviv on US, not Israeli, orders.

    Airline staff at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport informed Omar Barghouti on Wednesday as he prepared to board his flight to Washington that the US consulate had been ordered by US immigration authorities not to allow him to travel, even though he has a US visa valid through January 2021.

    Barghouti was given no explanation for the US’ decision to bar him from the country beyond an “immigration matter,” according to the Arab American Institute, which had invited the activist to Washington, DC for a series of speaking engagements and classes. He had also scheduled events at Harvard University and New York University, meetings with “leading policy makers, thought-leaders and journalists,” and – before heading home – his daughter’s wedding.

    The State Department refused to comment on the matter, telling NPR, “Visa records are confidential under US law; therefore, we cannot discuss the details of individual visa cases.”

    “It is clear this arbitrary political decision is motivated by this administration’s effort to silence Palestinian voices,” AAI President James Zogby said of the US’ move. “At a time when some members of Congress are advocating for regressive anti-BDS bills and resolutions, when states have passed legislation targeting the non-violent boycott movement in violation of our protected First Amendment rights, it is disturbing that policy makers and the American people will not have the opportunity to hear from Omar directly.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/456300-bds-founder-banned-us-israel/

  2. After Decades Refusing Egypt the F-15, U.S. Demands Cairo Terminate Plans to Aquire Russia’s Su-35

    In response to Egypt’s plans to modernise its Air Force with acquisition of an estimated two dozen Russian Su-35 ‘4++ generation’ air superiority fighters, the United States has issued a blunt warning that such purchases would result in American economic sanctions against Cairo. Officials stated regarding the purchase: “In terms of the expanding Russian influence in the region, that’s obviously something which we are quite concerned. We don’t see a lot of material benefits to engagements with the Russians… We just would encourage the Egyptians to turn more toward the West, toward the United States.” This was closely followed by a statement from State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who said regarding the sale: “We have made clear that systems were to be purchased that… would require sanctions on the regime,” Pompeo told the Senate Committee on Appropriations. “We have received assurances from them, they understand that, and I am very hopeful they will decide not to move forward with that acquisition.”

    https://militarywatchmagazine.com/article/after-decades-refusing-egypt-the-f-15-u-s-demands-cairo-terminate-plans-to-aquire-russia-s-su-35

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Peter Hartcher contrasts the essential messages of the two major election combatants.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/morrison-s-hammer-v-shorten-s-allen-key-20190412-p51dos.html
    David Crowe reports that Labor has escalated a political fight over claims of a $387 billion tax burden under its election policies, prompting Treasury secretary Phil Gaetjens to say the government’s economic officials did not cost Labor policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/morrison-caught-lying-bowen-demands-answers-from-treasury-over-387-billion-tax-costing-20190412-p51dl7.html
    Paul Bongiorno writes that the tone of this election has been set by the prime minister, who admits he is the underdog and seems to have decided the best way to win over voters is to treat them like mugs, launching an absurd attack on electric vehicles and Labor’s 50 per cent EV sales target by 2030.
    https://www.outline.com/wmDHXj
    Michelle Grattan says Frydenberg was up to Bowen’s old tricks.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-frydenberg-up-to-bowens-old-tricks-115382
    Yesterday, Scott Morrison said on announcing the election: “Labor cannot manage money”. John Menadue who served as head of Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under both Whitlam and Fraser governments disagrees. It’s the Coalition, hidebound by an out-dated ideology about markets and private enterprise, who cannot manage the economy.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/australias-growing-debt-explodes-the-myth-that-libs-are-better-economic-managers/
    Katharine Murphy says that Scott Morrison’s ambition to make day two of the election campaign all about a $387bn Labor tax slug has been disrupted by Treasury disavowing the number and Peter Dutton accusing his Labor opponent in Dickson of using her disability “as an excuse’’ for not moving into the electorate.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/12/australian-election-2019-coalitions-tax-attack-on-labor-blunted-as-dutton-makes-gaffe-on-disability
    Lisa Martin writes that Reporters on Scott Morrison’s campaign bus were miffed the prime minister’s staffers gave them a night off on Thursday evening and then sent them pictures and videos of his night at Windsor RSL in the electorate of Macquarie. The bingo pictures are plastered over Morrison’s social media accounts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/12/bingo-snub-leaves-morrisons-election-media-pack-feeling-unlucky
    Paul Kelly writes that Campaign 2019 has begun with a bid by Scott Morrison to smash Bill Shorten’s polling ascendancy, his credibility and his policy strategy — while Shorten’s immediate response is to stay cool, keep his nerve and refuse to be intimidated.
    https://www.outline.com/7nmkyL
    While older Australians reap the benefits of the government’s fiscal policies, it is millennials who are fast becoming the nation’s largest voting bloc, but they are not becoming more conservative as they age, writes Mike Seccombe who says the government has lost younger voters.
    https://www.outline.com/DkcycN
    A cornered Peter Dutton is doubling down on being nasty. Shane Wright reports.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/peter-dutton-doubles-down-on-attack-on-rival-as-campaign-gets-nasty-20190412-p51dmz.html
    And Bevan Shields gives Dutton a good serve.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/both-sides-expect-the-election-to-be-dirty-but-few-thought-peter-dutton-could-go-so-low-so-quickly-20190412-p51dgb.html
    Chris O’Keefe tells us how Julia Banks is among key independents benefitting from an “unusual” funding structure that has prompted the Liberal Party to call for an investigation. Alex Turnbull is involved.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/independents-inc-structures-behind-steggall-phelps-banks-and-yates-spark-aec-complaint-20190412-p51dnj.html
    The AFR says that The RBA is pinning its hopes on low unemployment and low interest rates as home owners’ equity goes backwards.
    https://www.outline.com/9bURLA
    David Ross writes that as house prices fall around Australia, opinions are divided about the impact of the Labor Party’s proposed reforms to negative gearing.
    https://www.outline.com/AXcZHE
    Peter Hannam, an EV owner himself, looks at what’s ahead for that type of vehicle.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/instant-power-just-one-of-the-lure-for-buyers-eyeing-electric-cars-20190412-p51djk.html
    One in two Australians would support shifting all sales of new cars to electric vehicles by 2025, according to polling by the Australia Institute.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/12/poll-shows-50-per-cent-of-australians-support-shifting-all-sales-of-new-cars-to-electric-vehicles-by-2025
    Katharine Murphy asks, “With the Adani cola mine can Labor get away with choosing ambiguity over integrity?”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/12/adani-coalmine-can-labor-get-away-with-choosing-ambiguity-over-integrity
    Karen Middleton explains how Australia’s premier scientific research agency, the CSIRO, is distancing itself from the federal government’s decision to give final federal environmental approval for the Adani Group’s Carmichael coalmine in central Queensland.
    https://www.outline.com/Jp37jB
    Tony Wright has had enough of the limp scare campaigns already.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/they-re-coming-for-your-utes-oh-please-enough-with-the-limp-scares-20190411-p51d9j.html
    And Phil Coorey reckons this might be the meanest campaign yet.
    https://www.outline.com/3V7huL
    Laura Tingle is quite unhappy with current political standards.
    https://www.outline.com/MXpFC9
    Ross Gittins goes into some detail to explain why Morrison’s seven-year plan shows who it thinks more deserves a tax cut.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/morrison-s-seven-year-plan-shows-who-it-thinks-more-deserves-a-tax-cut-20190412-p51djj.html
    Peter FitzSimons with a sensible effort on the sacking of Israel Falau.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/folau-and-mundine-show-words-can-have-consequences-20190412-p51dr3.html
    Nicole Hasham advises us that environment officials say a Labor government could disrupt the proposed Adani coal mine by applying tough new scrutiny to the company’s plan to pump billions of litres of water from a river in drought-stricken Queensland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-has-a-way-to-disrupt-adani-but-has-to-keep-queenslanders-happy-20190411-p51d8e.html
    According to the AMEO the national grid has more immediate challenges than electric cars.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/national-grid-has-more-immediate-challenges-than-electric-cars-20190411-p51d5b.html
    The SMH editorial posits the judgment in the defamation case brought by Geoffrey Rush will cost the newspaper a lot but asks what signal it sends about sexual harassment at work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/judgment-on-rush-reveals-gulf-in-attitudes-to-metoo-20190412-p51djw.html
    The Australian reports that Donald Trump and first lady ­Melania have been angered by comments made by Julie Bishop about Mrs Trump wrongly identifying her as a spouse rather than as Australia’s foreign minister in 2017.
    https://www.outline.com/mXcha2
    Adele Ferguson reports that a senate committee is considering calling a parliamentary inquiry into the taxation watchdog after questions were raised about its investigation into garnishees. She says the Inspector-General of Taxation should stop making excuses for the ATO.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/tax-watchdog-should-stop-making-excuses-for-the-ato-20190412-p51do5.html
    Jennifer Duke writes that with News Corporation directors in Australia this week, all eyes are on the Murdoch family’s next move.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/all-eyes-on-the-murdoch-family-s-next-move-20190411-p51d2m.html
    Supreme Court documents released yesterday reveal the danger to Nicola Gobbo and her two children, with police warning before her identity was revealed that if criminal figures became aware of her role as an informer, the prospect of death would increase from ‘likely’ to ‘almost certain’.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/a-bullet-in-my-head-gobbo-s-child-mother-threatened-by-dangerous-criminals-20190412-p51dol.html
    The Coalition is set to make changes to the contentious ParentsNext welfare program after a scathing Senate inquiry report found it was causing “anxiety, stress and harm” for parents across the country.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/12/parentsnext-coalition-makes-minor-changes-to-welfare-program-after-scathing-report
    After the Christchurch massacre, the Coalition and Labor passed a bill prohibiting the sharing of abhorrent material on social media, but experts argue the new law will achieve little.
    https://www.outline.com/WfpwWX
    WorkSafe has seized control of a series of warehouses illegally stockpiled with up to 11 million litres of highly-flammable toxic chemicals that are linked to the same operator of the Campbellfield factory that erupted into a massive industrial blaze last week.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/up-to-11-million-litres-of-toxic-chemicals-in-four-warehouses-linked-to-massive-fire-20190412-p51dmr.html
    Nick Miller outlines Assange’s epic journey.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/from-hacker-to-fugitive-julian-assange-s-long-epic-journey-20180728-p4zu5p.html
    Peter Greste says Julian Assange is no journalist so don’t confuse his arrest with press freedom.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/assange-is-no-journalist-don-t-confuse-his-arrest-with-press-freedom-20190412-p51di1.html
    The Saturday Paper reports that Under the Coalition government, the processing of citizenship paperwork has increased to often upwards of 300 days, causing a huge backlog of applications and infuriating refugee groups.
    https://www.outline.com/Bbm9pT
    The European Union Heads of Government this week have good reason to throw the British out so they can get on with important business concerning their joint future.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/fresh-efforts-in-brussels-to-help-the-british-get-out-of-europe-,12570
    Associated Press tells us how Trump considered sending migrants to Democratic strongholds.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-considered-sending-migrants-to-democratic-strongholds-20190413-p51ds5.html
    And the Washington Post says Trump considered nominating his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, to be president of the World Bank in part because “she’s very good with numbers”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-considered-daughter-ivanka-to-lead-world-bank-because-she-s-good-with-numbers-20190413-p51ds4.html
    iSelect earns today’s nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/iselect-accused-by-accc-of-misleading-public-on-power-bill-discounts-20190412-p51dgp.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe ventures into Trump’s bedroom.

    Alan Moir with EV problems.

    From matt Golding.




    Jim Pavlidis contrasts the majors’ policies.

    Simon Letch and Folau’s inferno.

    Jon Kudelka introduces the Tony Cycle.

    Mark David goes to Dickson.

    As does Jon Kudelka.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/739980f93fb72294ace4cb7a9c0f53e8?width=1024
    Alan Moir and Turnbull’s intervention.

    A couple from Peter Broelman.


    Sean Leahy and the Luddites.

    Glen Le Lievre heralds the election campaign

    You have to love this one from Matt Davison.

    Some astrophysics from Andrew Dyson.

    Michael Leunig with some unusual election posters.

    From the US






  4. I’ve just done a bit of research on the NSW election result.
    The Libs have been ” bouyed ” by the result and the media has been reporting that based on those results the Libs are hopeful of picking up seats in the federal election.
    If Wikipedia is to be trusted the Libs had a swing of 3.10% against, the Nats of .95% against and ALP of .77% against.
    Given the poor campaign by ALP I’d ignore that swing against the ALP.
    I dont think there was much of a mood for change in NSW unlike the feeling there is Federally.
    So in my opinion the Libs are ” bouyed ” by a combined 4.05% swing against them.
    If you can translate that to Federal numbers, a 3% swing will see them lose Gilmore, Banks and Robertson

    • There is absolutely nothing in that result to make the federal government feel “buoyed”. They should be quaking in their photoshopped joggers, because a repeat of those swings federally would put Labor into government.

      The NSW government lost four seats, two went to Labor, two to the SFF, it now has a bare majority of just one seat. Hardly the great triumph the MSM blathered about.

      I really don’t see how anyone could say the Libs could pick up seats in the election based on that result, but that’s journalists for you, always spinning things in ways that favour the government.

      ,

  5. As the campaign warms up, I thought I’d share this tweet, which produced a big response on Twitter

  6. From the US, but very relevant to Australia right now and an excellent example of why we really need a living wage.

    “Democratic congresswoman Katie Porter grills JP Morgan’s billionaire CEO, Jamie Dimon, on the real-world consequences his bank’s low wages have had on a single mother’s life.

    The congresswoman found that a single mother on a starting salary as a teller would be $567 short at the end of each month”

    His response to every question? “I don’t know, I’ll have to think about that”.

  7. Shorten should have been saying that not KK. Standing beside her doing a noddy isn,t a good look for someone who is trying to become the next PM.

  8. He could have just said “G’Day” and saved himself a lot of embarrassment, but he just has to show off ….

  9. The nurse tracking America’s ‘epidemic’ of murdered women

    Dawn Wilcox adds more names to her list every day. Sometimes as many as 50.

    From her home in a quiet cul de sac in Plano, Texas, Wilcox runs Women Count USA – a project honoring victims of what she believes to be America’s unseen crisis: femicide.

    Wilcox has spent much of the past two years scouring online news stories and social media for reports on women and girls killed by men in the US. She compiles their names in a publicly available spreadsheet and shares details about their lives and deaths with nearly 6,000 people on the Women Count USA Facebook page.

    It is no small task. By Wilcox’s count, in 2018 it happened to at least 1,600 women and girls from Alaska to New York, of all races, ages and income status. They were killed in their beds and in their cars, at work and in yoga class, by their fathers, husbands, ex-boyfriends, cousins, sons, neighbors and strangers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/11/the-nurse-tracking-americas-epidemic-of-murdered-women?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

  10. U.S. Senate Pushes Pompeo to Explain Legal Basis for Golan Annexation. He Doesn’t

    Pompeo told a Senate hearing he would later provide legal explanation for how annexation of Golan Heights was different from Crimea. The statement he released failed to do so

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was grilled by U.S. senators during a hearing Tuesday to explain how annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel and that of Crimea by Russia are different.

    Pompeo claimed there was a body of international law underpinning Trump’s recognition of Israeli annexation and, that while he could not explain at the moment, he would at a later date.

    “There is international law doctrine on this very point. We don’t have time to go through it today. But [I’m] happy to have a team go over and walk you through that element of international law,” Pompeo told a Senate appropriations subcommittee.

    Trump signed a proclamation during Netanyahu’s visit to Washington on March 25, officially granting U.S. recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, a dramatic departure from decades of American policy.

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/u-s-senate-pushes-pompeo-to-explain-legal-basis-for-golan-annexation-he-doesn-t-1.7110630

  11. This is what a Kangaroo Court looks like:

    Hague Court Abandons Afghanistan War Crimes Inquiry

    April 12, 2019

    PARIS — The International Criminal Court abandoned a possible Afghanistan war-crimes investigation on Friday, saying the United States and others in the conflict would not cooperate.

    The court’s chief prosecutor had long sought permission to open a formal inquiry into civilian killings, torture and other abuses in the Afghanistan war, including possible crimes by American forces. But a panel of the court’s judges decided that the difficulties of obtaining evidence and witness testimony outweighed the benefits of a prosecution, with a low prospect of any convictions.

    The decision was welcomed by the Trump administration and came just weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would deny visas to the court’s staff and judges involved in prosecuting or ruling on war crimes involving Americans. Last week the State Department confirmed that the United States visa of the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, had been revoked.

    But the decision by the judges, which took nearly 18 months to reach, troubled lawyers and stunned human rights activists, who said the court had capitulated to what they called Trump administration intimidation and pressure that had weakened the court’s credibility.

    “With its decision today, the International Criminal Court sends a dangerous message: that bullying wins and that the powerful won’t be held to account,” said Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.

    • Odeh Bisharat is an Arab-Israeli newspaper columnist and political activist. His first novel, The Streets of Zatunia (2007), was translated into Hebrew and Finnish; the Hebrew translation of his second novel, Donia, will be released in 2017.

    • Call him what you will, a political activist, whatever! The article a a perfect example of preaching to the natives and justifying it by blaming the same natives

      The Arab population, who are also Palestinians, recognize that the Arab electoral representatives are Israeli lackeys and not the sharpest tools in the box. The real Palestinian leaders, the thinkers and intellectuals are all rotting away in Israeli jails, locked up without charge or on trumped-up charges to prevent dissent among the natives. The author would rather apportion blame on the victims, the Arabs, than analyze the real reasons for the decrease in votes for the Arab parties – a distinct lack of faith in the Arab Deputies

      The Arab voters are not stupid, they recognize Jewish Parties do not collaborate with Arab deputies and that Arab presence in the Knesset has no influence on Arab daily life. They chose to place their votes where they believed it would be more effective, with Meretz and even Labour and more importantly, they placed their votes in increasingly large numbers with a good guy, a Hebrew University Professor with PhD from LSE, a firebrand communist, a Jew, and was elected mainly with Arab votes, his name Dr Offer Cassif. , remember him, the only good guy in the Israeli Sodom.He calls a spade a spade, compares the Zionists with the Nazis, calls for One-State and full equality between Jew and Goy.

      I don’t think your ‘activist” author appreciates this.

    • Fred I was merely pointing out that the author of the article is Arab. So for you to claim that the article is “Occupiers tell the Natives what is best for them:” is false.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A rather skinny effort today I’m afraid.

    Koziol and Wright summarise the two campaigns’ efforts from yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/nods-and-winx-as-leaders-in-spin-cycle-20190413-p51dvl.html
    Craig Laundy has dismissed speculation the former prime minister is secretly assisting the campaigns of independent candidates taking on sitting Liberals, calling the suggestion “a crock of crap”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/crock-of-crap-craig-laundy-insists-malcolm-turnbull-not-pulling-strings-for-independents-20190413-p51duv.html
    The apology to Ali France came a little over an hour after a blistering attack by Labor senator Kristina Keneally, who called Dutton “mean and despicable”, a “thug”, and the “most toxic man in the Liberal party”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/13/peter-dutton-apologises-to-ali-france-as-kristina-keneally-calls-minister-a-thug
    Australia’s gun lobby, SIFA, will scale back its campaigning at the federal election, conceding that the Christchurch massacre has made it harder for the industry to push for firearm reforms.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/gun-lobby-scales-back-campaigning-in-wake-of-christchurch-massacre-20190412-p51dmi.html
    Peter FitzSimons describes how the Warringah campaign is off to a very humbling start.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/warringah-campaign-off-to-a-very-humbling-start-20190412-p51dpj.html
    Claire Kimball tells us how Morrison’s presidential style campaign is fraught with danger.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/voters-can-pick-a-phoney-the-downside-of-morrison-s-campaign-discipline-20190412-p51dkx.html
    Alan Kohler writes that Labor’s NBN plan this week does a couple of things: it removes the biggest infrastructure project from the election fray, which is a good thing, and it is the first step towards sorting out NBN Co’s capital structure, and therefore its pricing.
    https://www.outline.com/PCVPGc
    Michelle Rowland has outlined Labor’s NBN policy which will hopefully undo Australia’s broadband fiasco, writes Laurie Patton.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/labor-spells-out-its-nbn-rescue-plan,12574
    This SMH editorial says that for all the emphasis governments and universities have placed on the subject, studies show science graduates have a harder time finding a career in their field.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/science-unsettled-get-the-education-balance-right-20190412-p51doy.html
    Nick Miller reports that The UK government may have to decide whether the WikiLeaks chief first faces hacking charges in the US or a rape investigation in Sweden. Je may spend up to two years in prison while this happens.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/imprisoned-assange-may-face-two-year-fight-against-extradition-20190413-p51dvs.html
    While more than 70 British MPs have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/04/13/uk-mps-want-julian-assange-to-face-the-music-in-sweden/
    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon advised Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini to attack the pope over the issue of migration, according to sources close to the Italian far right.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/13/steve-bannon-matteo-salvini-pope-francis-is-the-enemy
    A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan – surpassing Howard Hughes’ infamous Spruce Goose – took off from California on its first flight yesterday. Stratolaunch is vying to be a contender in the market for air-launching small satellites.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/13/paul-allen-stratolaunch-first-flight-spruce-goose

    Cartoon Corner

    From Matt Golding.


    Two more good ones from Mark David.


    Lovely work from Alan Moir.

    Peter Broelman on Falau.

    Zanetti also.

    Glen Le Lievre nails the EV scare.

    From the US




  13. You would have to say that a political party ,facing a general election, would not usually be considered a certain winner if some of its candidates fail to include the party logo on their advertising or indeed, rebrand as “The Modern……….”.
    Bit like a wolf running around with “Ruminants Rule” plastered along its side.

  14. Those Sarah Henderson posters – of course the splash of ALP red wasn’t meant to confuse voters. Goodness me, no!

    • ALP red and no mention of what party she represents – definitely a deliberate attempt to confuse.

      The “Liberal” brand must really stink if candidates don’t want to mention their affiliation and won’t use the party logo.

  15. Someone needs to show this to FauxMo.

    And this –

    So much for “Australians like cars with a bit of grunt”.

    I’d love to have an electric car. I’d have one now if it wasn’t for one tiny little problem – money. There’s even a charging station not far from me, it’s been there since 2016, set up by the NRMA in a program to encourage tourists to use EVs. It’s also conveniently situated at a winery, so you can sample the wines while you recharge your car.

    Electric car charger installations target tourists who are being encouraged to drive in and plug in
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-04/tourism-benefits-from-electric-vehicle-charging/10184060

    • We had a small Prius about 5 years ago that we bought second hand, it was a great car. Subsequent purchase of a Corolla Hybrid has shown us that the technology of the future is well and truely on the car maker’s agenda. Excellent performance, surprising grunt, will steer itself if you don’t mind the 12 second repetition of reminders to put your hands back on the wheel, a large tea cup icon that displays when you begin to sway on the road a bit much and I love the radar controlled cruise control.
      Number two son says that his son won’t have to ever learn to drive because cars will be doing it for us by the time the two year old gets to 17.

  16. Toned Abs has had second thoughts, Piers wasn’t such a good look after all , especially if you are banging on about vested interests. Too bad the tweet is all over the shop thanks to the inter-tubes.

  17. Leone,

    Your wisdom in retaining my tweet duplication is proving justified. The ‘likes’ has now hit 1.2K, and still growing. I think it’s one of the best responses I’ve had since the days when I’d have to defend JG.

  18. I’m getting very sick of the no loaf is better than half a loaf mob

    Richard Di Natale has warned Bill Shorten should ignore the Greens at his peril when it comes to climate change action.

    The Greens leader committed to hold Labor to account in the Senate on its pledge to legislate the coalition’s national energy guarantee.

    Di Natale said he had reached out to the Labor leader, after the opposition committed to the Neg as a way to end the climate wars.

    Asked if he was genuine about cooperation or would stick to pure positions, Di Natale said the ball was in Shorten’s court.

    “I have reached out to Bill Shorten. It is up to him to decide whether he wants to continue to ignore the Greens. He does that at his peril,” Di Natale told ABC TV on Sunday.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/14/richard-di-natale-warns-bill-shorten-he-ignores-the-greens-at-his-peril

    • I haven’t noticed Dodgy Dick saying he will hold the Coalition to account, not now and certainly not during the 45th parliament.

      He’s an absolute fool, can’t decide if he’s Greens green or Liberal blue. He’s a teal politician, a mix of the worst anti-Labor aspects of the Greens and the worst anti-Labor hatred of the Libs.

      No wonder the Greens vote is dropping.

  19. And some light relief below

  20. I really don’t know what to say about this – creepy, disgusting, peak dickhead – none of that seems anywhere near it.

    We are still only in the first week of the election campaign. How much worse are the Libs going to get?

  21. It had to happen

  22. How about the members of the former government (how I love saying that) spend less time picking on people who have lots of Twitter followers and more time devising some polices. It’s five weeks to the election and still there have been no Liberal policy announcements, just a lot of hate and yelling.

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The Australian’s Simon Benson writes that Pauline Hanson’s support has crashed, handing Scott Morrison the equal-best primary vote for the Coalition since just after the last election but also strengthening Labor’s lead.
    https://www.outline.com/p6WZkw
    Scott Morrison wants the Coalition re-elected because of its superior management of the economy. Why? He has to keep saying it because it ain’t true, says Ross Gittins. He concludes that it’s time Treasury and the Reserve stopped kidding themselves – and us.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/strong-economy-no-but-maybe-it-will-be-eighth-time-lucky-20190414-p51dy6.html
    Greg Jericho says lies aren’t new to election campaigns, but now they are more brazen than ever!
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/apr/13/lies-arent-new-to-election-campaigns-but-now-they-are-more-brazen-than-ever
    And Shane Wright reports that economic forecasts from Deloitte Access Economics point to budget problems that may curtail expensive vote-winning policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/falling-house-prices-threaten-tax-cuts-or-surplus-as-australia-s-economy-softens-20190414-p51e34.html
    With property prices shaping up as a key election talking point, the Coalition and Labor continue to trade barbs over the Opposition’s planned changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. While the Coalition claims that Labor’s proposed changes could undermine confidence in the property market and lead to further falls in housing prices, the reality is by some metrics, property prices have already fallen by over $400,000 in some suburbs.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-unpredictable-fall-of-housing-prices,12563
    Bill Shorten has doubled down on plans to end cash refunds for excess franking credits, saying the election was a choice between funding such “gifts” and better health care.
    https://www.outline.com/jP8Bc5
    Voters are being promised a spending surge on hospitals over the next five weeks in an election bidding war that has sparked fears of political deals to favour marginal electorates while neglecting those in safe seats.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/announcements-coming-out-of-the-blue-hospital-bidding-war-sparks-warnings-20190414-p51e1o.html
    There are a number of media no-go zones for Morrison. Q and A is one of them.
    https://www.outline.com/Pt6MHZ
    Stephen Brook explains what makes talkback radio tick when it comes to politics.
    https://www.theage.com.au/federal-election-2019/what-really-matters-to-listeners-in-radio-talkback-land-20190414-p51e0h.html
    The pressing moral issue of poverty sits outside the major parties’ carefully-tested election messages. Guardian Australia’s Lenore Taylor believes it’s too important to be sidelined
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/15/left-behind-the-australians-neither-political-party-wants-to-discuss
    Gabrielle Chan writes that Shorten has appealed directly to Labor supporters to have conversations with fellow Australians about the party’s policies, laughing off “angry ranting” headlines in the Australian newspaper.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/14/australian-election-2019-shorten-laughs-off-angry-headlines-with-direct-appeal
    Sean Kelly gives an insight into the machinations of an election campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/dutton-derailed-his-party-early-but-there-are-more-disasters-ahead-20190414-p51dy4.html
    The AFR says Shorten’s women strategy has been on show as the campaign got rolling.
    https://www.outline.com/UaJ4Kg
    And it says rookie errors by three top Liberal politicians show why Bill Shorten is winning the election campaign.
    https://www.outline.com/pLMPMM
    Jacqui Maley wonders if Captain GetUp is a help or a hindrance to Tony Abbott.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/is-captain-getup-a-help-or-a-hindrance-to-tony-abbott-20190412-p51dml.html
    Are corporations profiteering from water licences with the help of politicians? Academic researcher, Triskele, continues the investigation into why scientific evidence was ignored in the #MurrayDarling catastrophe. In this instalment, Triskele focusses on Barnaby Joyce’s role as Water Minister in demonising open tender water buybacks while overseeing controversial “strategic purchases” from Big Cotton, Tandou being a case in point.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/tandou-can-do-double-standards-in-water-purchases-in-the-murray-darling-basin/
    Jordan Baker says that Childcare workers are worried about a huge drop in the number of vulnerable families claiming subsidies for the cost of care, fearing red tape and tougher eligibility criteria are forcing them to withdraw their kids.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/really-worried-big-drop-in-vulnerable-families-using-child-care-20190412-p51dlu.html
    David Crowe tells us that a flood of money has lifted activist group GetUp to a new peak of $12.5 million in annual donations as it puts pressure on election candidates to declare their policy positions in order to gain its support on polling day. It’s task is to remove the hard right.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/our-approach-is-to-remove-the-hard-right-getup-raises-12m-in-effort-to-oust-conservatives-20190414-p51e3c.html
    Professor Mark Triffitt writes about ‘Fairness’ versus ‘strength’ – the battle to frame the federal election.
    https://theconversation.com/fairness-versus-strength-the-battle-to-frame-the-federal-election-115296
    The SMH editorial reckons Assange was reckless but that might not be a crime.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/assange-was-reckless-but-that-might-not-be-a-crime-20190414-p51dzu.html
    Gillian Triggs and Julian Burnside tell us why Australia needs stronger laws to deal with hate speech.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-needs-stronger-laws-to-deal-with-hate-speech-20190412-p51dn1.html
    In this speech given at the Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees, Richard Flanagan says we are better than our politicians’ dark fears
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/14/have-we-australia-become-a-country-that-breeds-mass-murderers-with-our-words
    Three dozen journalists and publishers are to face court today over their coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s trial for child sex abuse, with prosecutors seeking fines and jail terms over accusations of breached gag orders in the case.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/14/george-pell-trial-journalists-and-publishers-face-court-over-coverage
    Andrew Brown reports that billions of doses of illegal opioids are available to Australians every day on the dark web, a new report has found. The Australian National University study uncovered “alarming” levels of synthetic drugs, some strong enough to sedate elephants.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6039997/billions-of-illegal-opioid-doses-available-on-dark-web-every-day/?cs=14225
    ASIC’s Wealth Management Project is focused upon the financial advice businesses of the big six: ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac, Macquarie and AMP. In March, ASIC told parliament that about 20 of the matters under investigation involved potential criminal offences.
    https://www.outline.com/vWe8Sg
    Adele Ferguson says that ss both parties go into the election campaign, the key difference is the Coalition sees the royal commission as the end process of bank reform, while Labor sees it as the beginning.
    https://www.outline.com/j4gah7
    Victorian firefighters have called for laws to jail, fine and sue operators responsible for illicitly stockpiling toxic chemical waste that cause industrial fires amid fears they are ‘death traps’.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/firefighters-demand-crackdown-on-toxic-dump-death-traps-20190414-p51e1v.html
    Why a quality curriculum is essential to Australian schools.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/a-quality-curriculum-is-essential-to-australian-schools-20190412-p51doo.html
    Peter FitzSimons recounts his time as a boarder at Knox Grammar when a lot of abuse was happening.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/tough-men-and-tight-ships-hid-an-awful-truth-at-knox-20190412-p51dqv.html
    I think Falau needs a bit of help.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/i-m-more-than-happy-to-do-what-he-wants-me-to-do-unrepentant-folau-20190414-p51dyw.html
    Professor Greg Callaghan explains that it would be wrong to see Borneo, a small country of 400,00 people, as some kind of homophobic exception in a world of rising tolerance for LGBT people. On the contrary, outside the Western world, the outlook for sexual minorities appears to be growing grimmer, especially so in Muslim majority countries.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/so-wrong-to-see-brunei-s-anti-gay-laws-as-an-exception-to-the-rule-20190413-p51dw6.html
    Former pilot Norm Sanders weighs in on why there’s been a spate of recent aeroplane tragedies. He says questions are now being raised about the integrity of the U.S. aviation regulatory system itself.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/boeing-planes-whats-gone-wrong,12561
    Meanwhile American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has extended its grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft from early June until mid-August, resulting in the cancellation of 115 flights a day.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/04/15/american-airlines-max-flights/
    There are a lot involved in this nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-investigate-extortion-attempts-after-love-machine-shooting-20190414-p51e2c.html

    Cartoon Corner

    As usual there is plenty to see in David Rowe’s latest.

    Pat Campbell and the horror of election campaigns.

    From Matt Golding.

    Jim Pavlidis.

    Zanetti’s been pulled back into line.

    Johannes Leak with some Greens bile.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/73e559ab505940090eced4eccca4978d?width=1024

    From the US



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