Australia Votes 2019: Part 2 – New South Wales

Welcome to Gippsland Laborite’s prognoses for New South Wales. Especially apt given Labor’s demands for the release of unredacted Departmental material about the MDBP!

https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/new-south-wales-2.pdf

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232 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2019: Part 2 – New South Wales

  1. The head of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, was personally receiving payments from the multinational arms manufacturer Thales while publicly defending the institution’s controversial acceptance of donations from weapons companies.

    The AWM has strongly denied any suggestion that Thales’s payments to Nelson for his work as a board member created a conflict of interest, saying Nelson donated any money he received and cleared the arrangement as required with the federal government.

    The AWM has drawn criticism for accepting funding from weapons manufacturers, including Thales, which is a sponsor and supporting partner of the institution. The Medical Association for Prevention of War told a Senate inquiry last year such sponsorship was “contemptible” and pointed out the “stark” irony of an institution commemorating the horrors of war accepting money from companies that profit from conflict.

    Nelson has been a staunch defender of the sponsorship arrangements, saying arms companies had a corporate responsibility to help explain “what is being done in the name of our country”.

    Last month it was revealed through the federal government’s new foreign influence register that Nelson sat on the advisory board for Thales, a company in which the French government holds a 25% stake. Nelson’s role on the Thales Australia advisory board requires him to provide strategic advice to the chief executive and leadership team.

    Guardian Australia has learned this position entitles Nelson to a fee from Thales.

    Neither the AWM nor Thales would say how much that fee was.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/24/brendan-nelson-denies-conflict-of-interest-after-passing-on-fees-from-arms-firm-to-war-memorial

    Not one of Julia Gillard’s best appointments. He is another one who has trouble sorting out wrong and right.

  2. Leone,

    I shall misquote even more:

    To misquote an old song –

    There was an old pollie who swallowed a fly.
    I don’t know why he swallowed that fly.
    With luck, he’ll die.

  3. All the prattle about Sir Moron and Mr Shorten are just noise to me, I can’t vote for either them. I can however vote for the candidates in my local electorate. I don’t personally like the Labor candidate in my electorate but I do like Labors policies, so to get what I’d like too see happen I’ve gotta swallow my pride and vote for a candidate I honestly don’t like. I think you could call this a case of brain ruling over heart. I bet I’m not the only one that wrestles with this conundrum.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    According to Niki Savva Morrison should share his plans, not just prayers. She says voters need to hear more from the Prime Minister about his plans if elected, other than a perfunctory collection of three-word slogans. You’ll have to Google trick this one.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/morrison-should-share-his-plans-not-just-prayers/news-story/87e5cb0fb6582423184b74258af14524
    Underwhelmed by the election campaigns so far John Hewson provides another snappy insight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/far-from-a-contest-of-ideas-this-campaign-withers-to-irrelevance-20190424-p51gr0.html
    Greg Jericho says that the economy is struggling, and the election campaign needs to start facing up to it. There are a several worrying indicators in the article.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/apr/24/the-economy-is-struggling-and-the-election-campaign-needs-to-start-facing-up-to-it
    Jess Irvine on the cyclical outbreaks of pork barrelling.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/you-get-a-car-park-australian-politics-goes-full-oprah-20190424-p51gwv.html
    Elizabeth Knight says it was a sharp increase in the cost of vegetables, medical expenses, cars and education that saved the March quarter inflation rate from moving into negative territory. But that’s cold comfort for consumers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/vegie-price-increase-is-more-bitter-news-for-consumers-to-stomach-20190424-p51gw7.html
    Discussion of case for interest rate cuts is likely to dominate the next meeting of the Reserve Bank’s board says Jess Irvine.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/weak-inflation-report-the-case-for-an-interest-rate-cut-20190424-p51gxx.html
    Michael Pascoe says that the fixation with auction clearance levels overshadows other important aspects of residential real estate markets. Rather than the disastrous ‘crashing’ housing story pushed by the usual headline-seeking doom-and-gloom brigade, the picture that’s emerging is actually of a healthier housing market.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/04/24/housing-auction-clearance-fixation/
    Australia’s top union leader has hedged on whether the Adani coal mine should be approved, putting her at odds with Queensland workers campaigning for the controversial project to go ahead.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/sally-mcmanus-refuses-to-back-adani-coal-mine-20190424-p51gsh.html
    Independent Australia’s media editor Lee Duffield reports from the reputed “mad-lands” of Right-wing backwoods politics in North Queensland, asking if the vote really might turn on provincial passions and demands of the coal lobby.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/election-2019-sorting-out-balderdash,12606
    Do clubs really return their pokies millions to the community? The ABC’s 7.30 Report ran a good story this week about the contributions to the community by the Victorian RSL. There is some merit to the club lobby claims but the truth lies in the numbers. A michaelwest.com.au investigation of clubs in NSW and their opening hours shows the community rhetoric is greatly exaggerated.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/dracula-time-new-pokies-stats-show-community-benefits-are-a-mirage/
    A veteran who assaulted a police officer and choked an RSPCA inspector in 2015 is the lead Senate candidate for Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party in the ACT. Natural attraction?
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6088977/fraser-annings-candidates-criminal-history-revealed/?cs=14329
    This Liberal candidate is SO easy to intensely dislike.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/private-schools-are-far-superior-liberal-candidate-claims-20190423-p51gbm.html
    A #watergate update from Nicole Hasham.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/water-buyback-criticism-a-joke-says-company-at-centre-of-scandal-20190424-p51gu1.html
    More from Anne Davies as she tells us that new questions have arisen over the calculations of the volume of water bought by the federal government for $80m from Eastern Australia Agriculture as the department of agriculture and water used data which ended in 1995 and failed to take account of climate change.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/25/new-questions-raised-over-calculations-behind-80m-water-buyback
    Tuesday saw yet another record broken by the Trump White House: the longest run without an official news media briefing. At 43 days and counting, this information drought supplants the previous record of 42 days without a briefing, set in March – which broke the 41-day record set in January.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/meet-the-press-don-t-bother-white-house-sets-a-new-record-20190425-p51h06.html
    The AFR says that with interest rates stuck at historic lows, investors are being tempted by high-yielding but more risky bonds.
    https://www.outline.com/5VVb8J
    Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge of a new Scotland independence vote by 2021 underlines how Brexit is fraying the United Kingdom from within.
    https://www.outline.com/NJk9AF
    The ubiquitous Rod Culleton is in trouble again. Pauline can really pick ‘em!
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/disqualified-once-rod-culleton-referred-to-police-over-false-declaration-for-senate-20190424-p51gwz.html
    Trump suggested yesterday that he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene if Democrats move to impeach him – a notion that legal experts said showed a misunderstanding of the Constitution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-says-he-would-ask-supreme-court-to-intervene-if-democrats-move-to-impeach-him-20190425-p51h08.html
    This US professor of law writes that Donald Trump is no Nixon – he’s worse!
    https://www.outline.com/3mGjTA
    The crimes of an Adelaide sex tourist are the most serious case of sex offending in Australia, a court has heard.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/24/adelaide-tourist-committed-most-serious-child-sex-crimes-in-australian-history
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” goes to . . .
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-says-he-would-ask-supreme-court-to-intervene-if-democrats-move-to-impeach-him-20190425-p51h08.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope and an Anzac Day truce.

    Cathy Wilcox on Palmer’s return.

    Andrew Dyson also features Palmer.

    Matt Davison’s summary of the campaigns.

    Jon Kudelka and modern campaigning.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/3cd7546cb26bee06073368098649b7a3?width=1024

    From the US





  5. I thought there was to be no campaigning today.

    Someone must have forgotten to pass on that memo.

    It’s the same as the “We will not be campaigning on Good Friday or Easter Sunday” promise. Photos taken of FauxMo and Shorten attending church services with their families are still campaigning. Rudd used to do the same thing. The media are told where the leaders will be and are free to turn up, take photos and ask questions.

    So far Shorten has posted this –

    And FauxMo has posted this –

    There’s quite a difference – one tweet is tasteful and reflects what today is about, the other is self-congratulatory .

    The media will no doubt have more photos and news footage taken at ceremonies and marches this morning. If the leaders are not campaigning today then why are camera crews and journalists following them around?

  6. Well, I think the election campaign pattern has now set in. A couple of scandals for the Lib/Nats, a few trainwreck interviews, various stupid statements and some empty sloganeering. But Shorten doesn’t get much airtime so the press gallery pronounce Morrison the winner each week.

    I have definitely heard twice in the past few days re Shorten: “We don’t know anything about his policies, how can he afford them, you can’t trust him..” In both cases, not one mention of actual Labor policies, just a vague wash of negative sentiment. Very shallow analysis. In fact, it’s simply a projection of what the Liberals want you to hear about Shorten. We are very badly served etc…

    Speaking of which, the Chris Uhlmann Twitter whingeathon has entered its fifth day. He can’t stand the place. Doesn’t stop him from logging on every day of course, then reading all the negative comments, and then saying he doesn’t read all the negative comments. I’m on Twitter a fair bit, and I can say with some confidence that things are no worse at the moment than they’ve always been. It’s always been a curate’s egg. So I’d suggest what we’re seeing from Uhlmann is an orchestrated campaign (he’s getting other journalists on board, Michael Rowland in particular) to discredit everything coming from social media.

    Matt Bevan is the other notable one. He jokingly (I think…) says he’s going to advocate for Twitter to be shut down during election campaigns. And now he can’t stop talking about Twitter. If you can’t manage your account because you can’t work out the mute/block functions, that’s your problem. Or, as Julia Gillard once said, don’t write crap.

    Anyway, none of it as anywhere near as toxic as what we see on the front pages of the Murdoch press, the Daily Telegraph in particular. That’s trolling on a grand scale.

  7. I have to comment on this one:

    Ok, so the first thing is that he’s praised and retweeted his own comment. Only true narcissists do that. And they do it because it’s not good enough for others to praise and retweet it.

    Secondly, does that not reflect badly on the current state of reportage? He has to go back to 1972 to find an instance of dogged journalism breaking a major story? What’s happened since? And the way it broke, too. Two guys who discovered something a little dodgy, and busted a gut for a couple of years to get their own editors to take note – running into brick walls everywhere, but not giving up because they believed it could make a difference. Compare and contrast to stenographers like Bevan who seems more worried about information getting into the public domain than following up a lead.

    It’s true the the current #watergate issue has been kicking around in news reports for a couple of years. But it’s taken a couple of people on social media to make the press corps take note. And they did it by fashioning it into a narrative, whereas previously it had just been a disconnected set of data points. That’s what journalism is supposed to be, a conduit between the information and the public.

    • Jenny Morrison is very fond of plunging necklines (as seen in the FauxMo in church photos) and off the shoulder necklines, so obviously this alleged dress code does not apply to Horizon church.

      The United Pentecostal Church is a different branch of Pentecostalism to the Hillsong clone churches,

  8. This is a whinge about journalists. Feel free to ignore it. I’m just in a cranky mood today. Dunno why.

    I think all these whinging journalists are terrified of social media. Not because it could make many of them irrelevant (someone still has to churn out all those articles for everyone to tweet) but because it allows anyone to voice an opinion. Those opinions are what the whingers are afraid of. Journalists are, so they think, supposed to tell us what to think. Now we can all have our say online, not just on Twitter but on Facebook and on countless blogs, opinion pieces are becoming irrelevant.

    How dare the plebs have opinions of their own! How dare they think for themselves!

    The usual suspects can’t understand why their management of the election campaign news cycle has not pushed FauxMo into the lead. They have done all they could and it’s not working.

    Some of the tactics –
    Having journalists covering Bill Shorten’s campaign tour be as offensively aggressive as possible (Jonathan Lea’s incessant “Why won’t you answer the question” is getting very stale) while treating FauxMo with kid gloves.
    Giving us daily headlines about the campaign being boring and irrelevant. There is nothing irrelevant about voters going through the process of choosing a new government.
    And, of course, refusing to mention anything Shorten says or does unless it can be conveyed with an overload of snark while treating the splutterings of FauxMo as reverentially as if he was handing down a new Sermon on the Mount.

    Then there’s the latest attempt to distract the plebs from the real issues by the sudden promotion of Clive Palmer, based only on a couple of dodgy seat polls. Palmer is all over the media right now, with stories about an alleged preference deal with the Libs. The MSM are doing what they used to do for Hanson, until her love affair with the NRA turned them off her. Now Palmer gets the same treatment. Remember when Hanson was, according to the media, supposed to be the “kingmaker” in more than a few elections, and how every time her miserable party failed to come up to the expectations of her media fan club? Now Clive, who during his last stint in parliament either forgot to turn up or slept through his sessions in the house is getting the same treatment.

    Now the usual suspects are promoting Clive as the new kingmaker in what journalists tell us is either a major coup of a preference deal for the Libs or the decider on who will form government in what they see as an inevitable hung parliament.

    And then there’s #watergate.

    Journalists tried to dismiss Watergate because, I suppose, they didn’t find out about it first. (Just like they all dismissed Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech and were stunned when it became a global phenomenon.) They weren’t even looking, they don’t really do investigative journalism now, they are more into turning the despicable FauxMo into a delicious, delightful, wholesome, churchy marshmallow. Any scandals they want to reveal now will have to be about Labor, government scandals are to be ignored, or so it seems.

    Remember when we used to say something like Tony Abbott/Barnaby Joyce could have carnal relations with a goat on Manly Beach/Peel Street Tamworth and the media would rave about their love for animals? Same thing still applies.

    How dare an unknown woman on Twitter, her research assistant plus a couple of journalists who are no longer part of “the club” come up with something like Watergate! How dare they take over like that! A few journalists saved the day, and the reputations of their colleagues by taking the allegations seriously. Most dismissed them as “just Twitter being Twitter”.

    I really can’t be bothered reading all the daily election tripe. I see it for what most of it is, blatant pro-coalition propaganda from journalists employed by media organisations run by rich old men with strong preferences for the Liberal Party. Propaganda meant to make me decide to vote for the return of the ATM government. Well, sorry, but I decided moths ago where my vote would go and no amount of journalistic prattle and propaganda will change my mind. I suspect I’m not the only one.

    • If we were not already in a series of thread starters by GL I would be promoting this as one.

      Nicely put leonetwo.

    • Well said, Leone. All the media are finding fault with Shorten, but I’m damned if I can find what he is supposed to say is wrong. It is so much nitpicking, when they have doubleB truckload of lies and stuff they could be calling out the lnp on. As for the clive palmer stuff, three dodgy seat polls, and they are all feasting on the results. It is all very disheartening. As I said a month or two ago, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Labor win, but I’m not holding my breath. I do not trust the gullible Australian people.

    • Excellent response, Leone. The best response to the Mainstream Media narrative since #Eggboy. Assuming you’re OK with it, I’ve tried to link it on Twitter.

      We need Golden Echidna Awards for ripping through this shameful (or should it be shameless?) attempt by the media to control the narrative. Aguirre is also worthy of one.

  9. At last!

    A decent story about Watergate that everyone can understand. It includes a clear definition of “overland flow” which most stuff so far published by the MSM fails to explain.

    It’s not by a journalist, it’s by Maryanne Slattery, senior water researcher at The Australia Institute

    Barnaby Joyce and Watergate: the water buybacks scandal explained
    Maryanne Slattery
    Here we explain everything from overland flows to water buybacks and why they’re gripping the nation’s politics
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/25/barnaby-joyce-and-watergate-the-water-buybacks-scandal-explained

    That’s the thing – the water we paid $80 million to buy doesn’t exist. It might exist when there’s a big flood, but when this deal was made Queensland was in the grip of a major drought which looked like dragging on for a few more years.

  10. Can you hear the drums … ?

    Peter Dutton has sold his Canberra apartment, raising doubts about his plans to stay in parliament if the government loses next month’s election.

    Dutton, who is fighting to hang on to his marginal seat of Dickson in Brisbane’s outer northern suburbs, has previously said he would stay on as an MP even if the Coalition lost government.

    But the sale of his luxury Kingston apartment for $540,000 last month will fuel speculation that Dutton could call time on his 18-year political career if forced to the opposition benches.

    Asked last year whether he would remain in parliament if he won Dickson but Bill Shorten became prime minister, Dutton told the ABC: “Without any doubt. I might look much older, but I am 49 this year and so I have got a way to go yet.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/25/peter-dutton-sells-his-canberra-apartment-raising-doubts-over-future-in-parliament

  11. What next?

    Disabled Aussies To Be Literally Left Stranded Thanks To Crucial Funding Change
    https://10daily.com.au/news/a190418cpd/disabled-to-be-left-literally-stranded-thanks-to-ndis-change-20190425

    The current voucher system recognises the very obvious – many people with disabilities are not able to use public transport – where it is available.

    The SA government is, of course, is blaming Labor, but they could decide tomorrow to keep this scheme. It’s been around for years and works well.

  12. He’s dumber than a box of rocks and more offensive than a septic tank overflow, so of course Hanson chose him.

    I don’t think Joel Fitzgibbon has anything to worry about

  13. Another badly behaved candidate (LNP this time) blames PTSD from his time in the army for his appalling racism and bigotry.

    If these men cannot control their behaviour, cannot function like decent human beings then they have no place in our parliament. Being ex-defence is not a valid excuse for appalling behaviour.

    This creature was filmed in a boozy bar scene having a beer with FauxMo.

    Will this go down as a campaign gaffe? Will the MSM question FauxMo’ for choosing this drinking mate? Of course not.

  14. Dean Harris is the Labor candidate for Warringah. Not that you’d know, the media ignore him,preferring to boost Zali Steggall, who is a closet Liberal.

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  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe reports that a Labor government would commit $660 million to new programs to curb violence against women in a significant move that more than doubles the amount the Coalition put toward the problem just two months ago.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/labor-doubles-funding-to-curb-violence-against-women-in-660m-plan-20190425-p51ha9.html
    Bevan Shields reckons that this year regional Australia is waiting – with baseball bats!
    https://www.smh.com.au/please-explain/bush-bash-this-election-regional-australia-is-waiting-with-baseball-bats-20190424-p51gpe.html
    A pretty good contribution here from David Crowe on the factors influencing the two election campaigns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/relentless-focus-on-local-issues-misses-the-bigger-picture-20190425-p51h6j.html
    Phil Coorey says that unlike Morrison, if Shorten wins the election, he’ll be very busy. He has already sketched out a 100-day plan.
    https://www.outline.com/z5ZZPK
    David Wroe says it’s time political parties started taking data protection seriously.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/it-s-time-political-parties-started-taking-data-protection-seriously-20190424-p51guf.html
    Bill Shorten says he’ll become personally involved, if needed, in negotiating Labor’s controversial tax changes through the Senate should he win on May 18.
    https://www.outline.com/WgZXhx
    Bill Shorten has told a restive business sector that a Labor government would work with it but not for it. But neither, he said, would it be beholden to the trade union movement.
    https://www.outline.com/DtgZsF
    Dave Donovan says that Barnaby Joyce’s outrageous behaviour on ABC Radio National has made a Coalition victory next month even more improbable.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/bundy-and-watergate,12611
    Journalism academic Dennis Muller writes that lies, obfuscation and fake news make for a dispiriting – and dangerous – election campaign.
    https://theconversation.com/lies-obfuscation-and-fake-news-make-for-a-dispiriting-and-dangerous-election-campaign-115845
    Just to prove the point, the Morrison government has been accused of misleading Queensland voters in a seat set to benefit most from the controversial Adani coal mine with a billboard that appears to show Labor leader Bill Shorten participating in a campaign to stop it.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6090283/worse-than-getup-coalition-slammed-over-misleading-adani-billboard/?cs=14350
    Jenna Price has some ideas on how women can better succeed as political candidates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/to-get-elected-be-high-on-mongrel-and-low-on-pollyanna-20190425-p51h33.html
    Angus Taylor and Watergate have captured the headlines but a larger scandal is the billions wasted on water projects as the health of the river system worsens.
    https://www.outline.com/WaWptr
    Bill Shorten has declared Labor will run its own race on climate change, and will “listen” but not replicate Julia Gillard’s joint policy process with the Greens in any minority government scenario after the election.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/26/bill-shorten-rules-out-joint-climate-policy-process-with-greens-if-labor-wins-power
    Waleed Aly writes that the Sri Lankan attacks are uniquely senseless.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/the-sri-lankan-attacks-are-uniquely-senseless-20190425-p51h2v.html
    The SMH editorial comes out strongly and declares that high schools should drop religious education from their timetables.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/high-schools-should-drop-religious-education-from-timetables-20190425-p51h6e.html
    Sydney and Melbourne property prices are still adjusting to levels more commensurate with the incomes of full-time workers, according to residential mortgage-backed security analysts from the NAB.
    https://www.outline.com/VbGvjf
    Mental illness is more ubiquitous than cancer. “How can we help the ‘missing middle’?”, asks pat McGorry.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/26/mental-illness-is-more-ubiquitous-than-cancer-how-can-we-help-the-missing-middle
    Try and read this Anzac Day story from Peter FitzSimons without getting a lump in your throat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-dips-our-lids-to-the-old-diggers-it-s-really-their-day-20190424-p51gq0.html
    Anna Patty explains the bad practices of labour hire companies and how one company’s behaviour has come back to bite it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/tami-was-lured-to-australia-for-a-120k-job-three-months-later-he-was-left-with-nothing-20190410-p51cxa.html
    Sam Maiden tells us how billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes’ generous offer to host a cocktail party to raise campaign cash for Scott Morrison is under fire from unions, who claim the hotelier has ripped off workers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/election-2019/2019/04/24/host-pm-fundraiser-underpaying-workers/
    Dave Sharma does a Georgina at the SCG – and it didn’t go down too well.
    https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/in-poor-taste-sydney-swans-fans-question-dave-sharma-s-funding-vow-appearance-20190425-p51h3n.html
    Statistics released earlier this year show 41.4 per cent of the 18,520 adults released from prison in NSW in 2017 had re-offended within the year. Not the rehabilitation hoped for.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/criminal-re-offending-at-a-new-high-despite-330-million-announced-to-fight-it-20190425-p51h7x.html
    A private school’s refusal to pay compensation to a boy who was so badly beaten he required surgery has prompted the Victorian government to investigate changes to make it easier for bullying victims to sue schools.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-plan-to-make-it-easier-for-bullying-victims-to-sue-schools-20190425-p51hal.html
    The US Federal Aviation Administration is inviting top civil aviation officials from around the world to a May 23 meeting to discuss the now-grounded Boeing 737 MAX.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/04/26/global-boeing-737-meeting/
    Booing should not define this great Anzac Day AFL game writes Jake Niall. And neither should shit umpiring!
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/booing-should-not-define-this-great-anzac-day-game-20190425-p51hbk.html
    According to Martin Kettle there will be no soft Brexit now. It’s no deal or another vote.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/25/no-soft-brexit-no-deal-revoke-vote
    Hilary Clinton has written a piece in which she expresses how the nation should respond to the Mueller report.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/how-we-should-respond-to-mueller-report-20190425-p51h0y.html
    Trump has taken his stonewalling to extreme new heights.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/a-radical-departure-trump-s-stonewalling-takes-clash-to-new-level-20190426-p51hdj.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe on the Palmer preference deal.

    Great work from David Pope on Palmer and Morrison.

    And from Sean Leahy.

    Jon Kudelka also has a dip.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/ac02bd907469e35f79ffcdef88137507?width=1024
    Peter Broelman conflates #watergate and Anzac Day.

    Cathy Wilcox’s reflection on the Sri Lankan bombings.

    Also from Simon Letch.

    Jim Pavlidis and the one man band.

    From the US.






  17. I’ve just around to reading Michael Rowland’s article on the ABC site, re Twitter:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2019-04-24/federal-election-sees-voters-turn-on-journalists-on-twitter/10984688

    So much to unpack here, but I’ll restrict myself to one observation which hopefully points out the hypocrisy we’re being served up. Dennis Atkins is quoted as saying of Twitter users:

    They have never been great ones for considering other points of view, but now they have lost any inclination to do that, They are quick to attack the person rather than engage in the merits of an argument.

    Now, here’s a bit about Uhlmann from earlier in the article:

    Nine Network political editor Chris Uhlmann describes it as one of life’s little joys. He’ll post a tweet on federal politics, wait for the notifications of replies to build up on his phone’s home screen, then bulk delete all of them without reading a single word…. “Twitter is a peanut gallery of hyper-partisan tools,” Uhlmann laments.

    Uh huh. Sounds to me like somebody has no inclination to consider other points of view, and is quick to attack the person rather than engage in the merits of the argument.

    BTW, ‘peanut gallery’ in this context is not only insulting, it’s classist. It’s basically classifying the social media community as less privileged, and claiming they have no right to a point of view.

    There’s much more to object to in the article, but that’ll do for now.

    • One more thing. Of the four quotes Rowland publishes to indicate the level of vitriol he personally receives, three of them have Twitter handles ending in eight numbers, which most on social media already know are ‘bot’ accounts, the equivalent of email spam. He’s not even quoting real people here, just ghosts created by some organised political group. He needs to get a bit more savvy before he starts hurling abuse against the online community.

    • I would have thought that a large social media following was a vital part of being a journalist. Uhlmann had thousands.

      I say “had” because his Twitter account has vanished.

      Diddums!

      He can flaunt his anti-Labor bias, make up absolute crap like his rubbish on the SA power failure and dish out abuse to anyone he doesn’t like, but when Twitter gets a bit critical of his arrogant attitude he runs away.

      I never bothered following Uhlmann but I noticed a lot of tweeters were blocking him over the last few days, no doubt insulted by his comments, especially the ones in the Rowland article.

      Why do these so-called journalists think they are so much better than those who read their articles and watch their TV broadcasts? Without an audience they are nothing. Uhlmann has never realised that.

    • My mistake – Uhlmann is still there, and still copping a lot of flack over an article he ran the other day saying what a great guy FauxMo was and how well his campaign was going now he had ditched his “joint party” and was doing it on his own.

    • They wonder why they get so much flack. They are living in their own little world and can’t see what’s going on under their own noses.

  18. The Liberal party has just released a statement on the election debates:

    The Prime Minister looks forward to Monday’s debate in Perth and next Friday’s People’s Forum in Brisbane.

    The Liberal Party has also been in discussions with Nine and the ABC to participate in two further leaders’ debates in the final weeks of the campaign.

    Mr Shorten is so far refusing to participate in either of these nationally televised debates.

    The fact that Scott Morrison wants more debates suggests he thinks he may be able to knock Shorten off his game. And that he needs the debates more than Shorten. Scrutiny has turned to Shorten as people start to consider him the next prime minister, not to mention that Labor has a much bigger policy suite than the government so the details of those policy ideas are interesting and want interrogating.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/apr/26/australia-federal-election-2019-coalition-labor-morrison-shorten-clive-palmer-greens-politics-live#comments

    If Shorten decides to go on the national telecasts he would want a say about the MCs.

    Do you really think FauxMo could knock Shorten off his game? Worth a try when you have nothing left in the locker.

    • I really don’t think FauxMo has a hope of knocking Shorten off his game.

      Shorten is used to debates and has his union background dealing with aggressive bosses to back him up. FauxMo has nothing. Shorten has done over 80 town hall meetings by now, FauxMo has tried just one, and it seems to have been just him giving a sermon with no audience participation. He seems scared of questions. He even shuts down pressers and runs away rather than answer questions from journalists.

      A leader’s debate is very different to blathering on in QT and leading a prayer in church.

      I expect Shorten to demolish FauxMo, but it will all come down to the MC. With Channel 7 I expect total bias in FauxMo’s favour.

    • I bet Bill hasn’t even been informed or asked. And we know how they’ll skew the questions to suit scummo. Bill will be well prepared for the antagonism.

    • Bill wanted the WA debate. He said he would not do whatever it was FauxMo suggested but as they would both be in Perth next Monday he would be happy to have a debate then.

      As usual, Bill is setting the agenda, even for debates.

      No doubt FauxMo will claim all the credit for this debate, and of course the Libs are telling lies about future debates.

  19. Today’s video –

    From Melbourne – Equality for the women of Australia is at the heart of Labor’s vision for the future.

    It is a cracking good speech.

    • You’re so right, it is a cracking good speech. If only the media would give these speeches from Labor the same coverage as they give the bullshite that comes out of Scummo’s mouth.

  20. Just found out our pre-poll place doesn’t open until 6th May. In the same place as it was for state election. Now to find out what Labor’s how to vote recommendations are, compared to what I’ve already worked out for myself.

  21. Leone (from earlier today) –

    My mistake – Uhlmann is still there, and still copping a lot of flack over an article he ran the other day saying what a great guy FauxMo was and how well his campaign was going now he had ditched his “joint party” and was doing it on his own.

    What’s that all about, anyway? For one thing, surely it’s an indictment on the Liberal Party that most of them are so unelectable that Morrison has to pretend they don’t exist. And for another, if we vote for him we still get them. Morrison is merely a salesman, so what exactly does Uhlmann think we should be voting into power here?

    I know why Morrison’s doing it – it was obvious ages ago that in most areas the Liberals are now perceived as inferior to the ALP. The only thing they’ve had going for them (and it’s pretty flimsy) is the PPM figures. They – and their enablers in the media – are desperately trying to fashion a small advantage in PPM into a full-blown presidential-style campaign. I don’t think Morrison’s personal popularity is anywhere near sufficient to carry that off – his lead would need to be in Turnbull territory for that to have a chance, and it’s not. Nowhere near.

    Uhlmann’s fully on board with it, though. And there are plenty of others out there going “Shorten this” and “Shorten that” to attempt to narrow it down to race between two people. Shorten’s having none of it, though. He’s carefully preserving the image of a Labor Team, with plenty of prominent figures banding together. It seems to be driving Morrison (and his media mates) mad. Which is why they’re lashing out at social media, I’d guess.

  22. Why the fark has the SMH still got this headline at the top of theiir online page ?

    “AUSTRALIA VOTES
    ‘He wants as little scrutiny as possible’: Shorten under fire for dodging major election debates”

    • Because that is the way the media want it to be, and if after having lived through the years of the coalition Govt the voters swallow it, then more fool them.

  23. Bonus video following on from the earlier one.

    More detail on Labor’s plan for gender equality, starring Tanya Plibersek and Penny Wong.

    • Also includes media questions on those debates – Bill says he has two debates organised so far, the Perth one and one for Sky News and is open to a third with the ABC.

      The Sky one will be good as long as David Speers is the host.

      Comment on the debates also includes Bill asking why FauxMo is keeping his ministers in witness protection.

  24. Man arrested following scuffle with media at Fraser Anning press conference
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/man-arrested-following-scuffle-with-media-at-fraser-anning-press-conference

    A female journalist followed by aggressive Anning supporters because they didn’t like the questions she asked and a news photographer attacked because he tried to take photos of Anning’s supporters.

    Not Nazi Germany, just a political meeting at North Cronulla.

    I hope this is the last time Australian elections will be infested with right-wing extremists and hate speech.

    Anning is wasting his money putting up a candidate in Cook. FauxMo has the place in his pocket for as long as he wants to stay in politics.

  25. Leone

    Thanks for the links to Bill, and the last one with the questions. Someone on twitter was asking for that first link so I directed her here, and I hope she got to see the last one with the questions that Bill has to put up with.

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