Election 2019

Well Pubsters here we go. After many tears and years we have finally arrived at Election time. 2019. Contrary to polls for years this will be a close and nail biting time .

The bookies are all saying Labor are a shoe in and in my experience and to my bank balance are very rarely wrong

All starts from now on and updates  will continue .

Lets have fun and hopefully celebrate a labor victory on Sunday Morning.

With The Boss’s kind permission, I am adding links to Gippsland Laborite’s and Vote 1 Julia’s analyses here, in case anyone wants to refer to them.

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

QLD: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/queensland-1.pdf

SA: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/south-australia-1.pdf

TAS: “https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/tasmania-5.pdf

VIC: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/victoria-3.pdf

WA: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/western-australia-1.pdf

ACT: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/act-4.pdf

NT: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/nt-4.pdf

Independent and minor party candidates: https://pbxmastragics.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/federal-seat-1.pdf

701 thoughts on “Election 2019

  1. Click on the link and enlarge the pic of teh front page, and you can read the whole thing

  2. For those who like US political comedy, Samantha Bee is on SBS 32 & 31 at 9:30 AEST tonight.

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
    Thursday 23rd May at 9:30 pm (30 minutes)
    May 23rd, 2019: Fast tracked from the US – award winning news satire Full Frontal with Samantha Bee tackles the week in politics, immigration, the media, healthcare, and Trump.
    Actors/Presenters: Samantha Bee, Andrew Bridge, Jayne Maginot

  3. Clive Palmer spent $80million on advertising from about April last year when his Make Australia Great billboards started appearing. The left wing sneered and the stupid and afraid took notice. The 7 pages of ads last Friday were glossed over by me, with a sinking feeling of dread, but combined with the lies spread on Facebook and WeChat they worked

    • I watched that on youtube and was just about to post it. Great fun and extremely well done JF seems to have the drum part off to a tee. Anyway –

  4. This is a very, very good thread on the unviability of the Adani mine.

  5. I think Albo needs to try and get an air of gravitas when speaking in public or at least drop the uptalking.

    It doesn’t matter how the knuckle draggers in the lnp talk as it is never remarked on or it is used as a way of potraying them as ‘one of the boys’, an ‘ordinary bloke’ or a ‘daggy dad’.

    It’s a shallow point I know but we have to use all the tools in our toolbox to beat these bastards.

    Give ’em hell boys, in a polished urbane way of course.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Will Woolworths be forced by its shareholders to get out of poker machines”?
    There is a general consensus that Speers bring picked up fry the ABC was a coup.
    Bob Carr has a stab at what the verdict on the mistakes that brought defeat to Labor might be.
    David Crowe tells us that the Labor leadership contest appears to be over, but the policy struggle has only just begun.
    Richo writes that Morrison managed to swat Shorten aside but is now in for a real fight. Albanese is personally popular, hard working and very, very bright. What’s more, he is a really good bloke, which is why factional divisions could not impede him. (Use the Google trick on this string).


    The RBA looks close to cutting rates again. But with inflation remaining at perplexingly low levels, the move may not have the desired effects, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    The Liberals are usually content to be economic managers, but they’ll need new policy to beat Labor in the long run. The IPA’s John Roskam suggests five ways in which they can do this.
    The SMH editorial goes to the dangerous rise in tension between the US and Iran.
    The Coalition government may be in high spirits after an election victory, but its penchant to shoot itself in the foot over trying to restrict GetUp! can’t be underestimated writes Satya Marar.
    Phil Coorey says that as much as the Coalition’s triumph on Saturday was Scott Morrison’s victory, Labor’s loss was a collective effort. And that explains why the party, is not ripping itself to shreds, as is customary after a bad loss.
    Michelle Grattan wonders what Labor’s policy direction will be now.
    Dr Geoff Davies provides an analysis of factors leading to the Coalition’s election victory, including mainstream media bias.
    Sally Whyte reports that Scott Morrison has called on public service bosses to “bust congestion” within the bureaucracy, as well as committing to performance targets.
    Barnaby Joyce won’t return as deputy prime minister or to the Coalition frontbench after Saturday’s shock election win. Good!
    Anthony Albanese, who is set to become Labor leader within days, said the party needed to end some of the “us and them” rhetoric that shaped its failed election campaign.
    Morrison’s re-election sees voters locking themselves into the existing tax frameworks, despite concerns the tax system is not fit for the 21st century.
    Australians won’t know who bankrolled the major parties’ election campaigns for another eight months, due to a weak donations reporting regime that experts say is feeding “secrecy and distrust”. This has to change!
    ASIC has assured nervous brokers and advisers that no-one would benefit from prosecutions “for the sake of it” as it takes a bolder approach to litigation following the royal commission.
    Noel Towell reports that business and welfare groups say they fear tax increases and service cuts while unions are worried about job security for public servants as the Andrews Labor government prepares to hand down its budget on Monday.
    Sam Maiden reveals that Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie was broke, unemployed and survived off Vegemite toast and as little as $150-a-week for a year after she left Parliament.
    The Department of Human Services has quietly released the external report detailing how and why its notorious upgrades to the Child Support IT system went wrong, more than a year after the report was first received. Another fine mess.
    Outstanding high school teacher Eddie Woo says that society urgently needs to shift its view of mathematics. It’s time for everyone to regard numeracy with the same kind of importance as literacy.
    Noel Whittaker writes that we have an ageing population, with a decreasing number of people paying income tax to fund a growing number of retirees who pay no income tax. He says a GST boost may be answer to dwindling tax dollars.
    The head of a Chicago-based bank was charged in an indictment unsealed on Thursday with bribery and accused of corruptly approving high-risk loans to President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in a scheme to land a top Trump administration post such as secretary of the US Army.
    Towns in western and central New South Wales, including Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Walgett and Tamworth, are facing a crisis in their water supplies within a few months unless it rains, prompting emergency planning by water authorities.
    Fairfax-Lite’s Tony Maguire explains why it has not renews its contract with Ipsos and pausing on polling in general.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that Geoffrey Rush now holds the record for the largest defamation payout to a single person in Australia after The Daily Telegraph agreed to pay the actor almost $2 million for lost earnings, on top of an $850,000 payout.
    Mining giant BHP has become the latest resources firm to join the thermal-coal exodus, telling investors it has “no appetite” to grow existing projects. The company said it expects thermal coal as an energy source to be “phased out, possibly sooner than expected” and, as such, has no intention to grow its thermal coal portfolio “regardless of asset efficiency”.
    Religious ministers in Western Australia will be compelled to reveal knowledge of child sexual abuse – even if it is gained through the confessional – but the Catholic church is resisting.
    Kogan gets today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

  7. Some cartoons –

    David Pope gets Palmer’s motives. Many still haven’t figured it out –

    David Rowe on Trump –

    Cathy Wilcox on the wave of anti-abortion legislation in the US –

    Jim Pavlidis –

  8. I’m over seeing suggestions the only way this country can afford to keep giving well-off retirees their franking credits is to increase the rate of the GST.

    That is classic Reverse Robin Hood thinking, take from the most disadvantaged to give more to the rich.

    As someone who has no assets other than the inadequate age pension and a 20 year old car I cannot believe we have a government that is allegedly considering this.

    The GST was never a brilliant move, it was upward redistribution of money. It penalised the disadvantaged while the most wealthy could claim every cent of GST back as legitimate business expenses. The GST compensation paid as part of the pension supplement to those on various welfare payments was never adequate and has become more inadequate over time.

    Why should the aged and the disabled be forced to fund a tax lurk for the most well-off retirees? Why should people who struggle to keep a roof over their heads, often sacrificing food to do so, have to subsidise annual overseas holidays and new cars for the wealthy?

    It sucks, it really sucks, but it is exactly the sort of thing the government would do.

  9. Today’s avoidance of politics, other than reading The Pub.

    1. Pre-anaesethic check

    2. X-ray ( in the hopes Razz has some sort of fracture so she is entitled to have a needle every six months instead of a tablet once a week, which brings her tablet intake to approx 25 tablets a day).

    3. Blood test, if they can find any.

    Sorry people, but this is helping us cope with all the crap that is, and is going to continue to, happen with these mongrels in charge.

  10. On the US, those abortion laws and a possible flow-on –

    Yesterday BK linked this article about the Pentecostal cult –


    That article told us Pentecostals are not fundamentalists.

    Oh yes they are!

    Any alleged “church” that believes every word in the Bible (a book for which no original manuscripts have ever been found) is the absolute, literal, infallible word of God and so must be obeyed without question in every aspect of daily life is fundamentalist. That’s not my opinion, it is the generally held view. Look up “fundamental Christianity” if you need confirmation.

    From the “What We Believe” page on the ACC website, linked on the Horizon Church site –

    We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, namely the Old and New Testaments in their original writings. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is infallible, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us all in all things necessary to our salvation, and is absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith (Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; John 4:39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).


    FauxMo’s pastor, Brad Bonhomme, is one of the nine members of the National Executive of the Australian Christian Churches. He is FauxMo’s adviser on spiritual matters and on how to live his life according to the teachings of this cult..

    FauxMo’s Pentecostal cult, and all other varieties of fundamentalist Christianity, tell us abortion is murder. No ifs or buts, no qualifications or exceptions, that’s it. It’s murder and therefore a sin. Not a sin for the man who impregnated the woman though, not a sin for a rapist to impregnate his victim, just a sin for the woman needing to end an unwanted pregnancy.

    Funny how FauxMo the devout “Christian” fundamentalist has no qualms about Australia’s defence forces killing innocent children in war though, or about Australia selling arms to, say, Saudi Arabia so more innocent kids can be killed. That’s just good business practice, a brilliant idea that will provide “jobs” and help towards that mythical budget surplus.

    Hypocritical? You bet!

    FauxMo has surrounded himself with a coterie of assorted fundamentalist so-called “Christians” including the greedy, odious and totally unprincipled Stuart Robert, Alex Hawke and Bert van Manen.

    Do not be surprised if he tries to take over the right to legislate on abortions from the states and tries to introduce draconian laws here, similar to those in Alabama, Georgia and the rest.He might have the numbers in the party room to try such a thing, but would he ever get that legislation up and running? Who knows. Australians have become so feral and so right wing conservative over the last few years that anything is possible, especially with a fundamentalist “Christian” in charge.

    Gilead, here we come!

    Extra reading – this was written in September last year by a former member of a Pentecostal church. It confirms why we should be very worried about having FauxMo in charge.

    Prime Minister Morrison and the Pentecostal agenda

    • OK, abortion is not a sin, abortion is not a crime, abortion is not murder.

      A women’s body belongs to her, not to any government, not to any church, not to any man, End of story,

      Even a selfish man (me) can see and acknowledge this.

  11. Roskam and the IPA demands for the Coalition. . .

    First, he makes it an objective of his government to increase the rate of home ownership.
    Second, he frames industrial relations reform not only as a way to improve national productivity but also as a means to reduce joblessness.
    Thirds, he starts a red tape reduction program that is initially focused on lifting the burden of regulation on small business.
    Fourth, he begins a discussion about tax reform with the explicit objective of reducing the overall tax burden.
    Finally, if the Liberals don’t yet have the courage to abolish compulsory superannuation, Morrison implements reforms to encourage as many Australians as possible to manage their own super.

  12. Another booby trap starts ticking –

    This was promised only to get Labor to commit to a better plan. It was never meant to be implemented. It was just another of the traps the government planted to destroy the economy ahead of an expected Labor win.

    Now they have to deal with another broken election promise, and this government has not even been formally declared yet.

    A new record for broken promises?

  13. IHello from the metropolis of Humpty Doo to Pubsters. The crocs in the Adelaide river making for much nicer company than Scrott and his theocratic spivocracy . Tonight it is mud crabs and beer under the trees out Noonamah way. Boo to going back to work next week 😎

    Bye y’all and may any remaining post election downer be fading

  14. Hi All,
    This is the start of my tracking of Lib deeds, non-deeds and broken promises.
    If you could help me by posting anything you read or hear that I’ve missed I’ll add it when I can. This might last a week or hopefully for the next 3 years. No guarantee of regularity–more when I get a chance.

    The Liar from the Shire
    • 09/05/19 Reported in Daily Telegraph Morrison pledged to reduce power bills by 25%. Let’s keep track of this.
    • Election 18/05/19 Libs win
    • 21/05/19 Libs say tax cuts to be put off until next year
    • 22/05/19 Manildra announces importing grain from Canada
    • RBA reported to be going to lower interest rates….“And Leigh, they’re not cutting interest rates because the economy is doing well. Interest rates are being cut to 50-year lows because the economy is struggling,” the shadow treasurer said on the ABC’s 7.30, having already described rates as being at “emergency levels”. Joe Hockey 2013.
    • During campaign, budget will be in surplus 2020. Let’s keep a track of this
    • Telegraph report 22/05/19 Morrison looking at negative gearing and franking credits as way of raising money
    • Before election, Melissa Price “…will be Environment Minister..” 23/05/19 media reports Price to be dumped from cabinet
    • 23/05/19 Tim Wilson reported as saying Franking Credits campaign made up.
    • 24/05/19 According to C/mail holes appearing in Lib plan for housing deposit

  15. From my inbox –

    The result on Saturday night was not what any of us hoped for and the sting of defeat is hard to take.
    We’re all hurting right now. For me, the greatest disappointment is all the things a good, strong, reforming Labor Government could have done for our country and for the millions of our fellow Australians who voted for us.
    I congratulate the successful candidates and thank those who were not successful.
    Along with Chloe and my family, the Labor Party and the labour movement is my life and it’s been the greatest honour of my life to lead Labor for the past five and a half years.
    I’ve treasured this job. I’ve loved the chance to get around the country, to meet great people and to advocate on behalf of the millions of Australians who count on Labor Governments.
    One of my final tasks as Labor Leader is to thank you.
    For making calls, knocking on doors, manning booths – thank you.
    For the donations you gave to the campaign, for the town halls you attended, for your messages of support – thank you.
    For giving your time and passion and energy in support of the Labor cause – thank you.
    Saturday night was a hard, raw moment for so many of us in the Labor family. But I say to all the true believers, all the branch members and union members and volunteers, we are a great movement and a resilient one.
    So maintain your passion and enthusiasm.
    There are lessons for Labor to learn, there are messages we need to heed in the aftermath of defeat. And we will do what we have done for over 120 years: bind-up our wounds, get back on our feet and take up the fight for fairness once more.

    We can’t change the past but we can change the future.
    The fight goes on – and Labor still needs you in the fight with us.
    I urge you to keep the faith, to unite behind our new leadership, to carry on the battle and to know, in your hearts, that as long as Labor stands for the future, our time will come.

    In solidarity,
    Bill Shorten

  16. May

    She will resign as leader of the Conservative party on Friday 7th June. The process to select a new leader will begin in the following week.

    She will resign as leader of the Conservative party on Friday 7th June. The process to select a new leader will begin in the following week.

  17. This video hits the nail on the head in what the challenge is with getting the emergency of climate change through to the heads of most people.

  18. Razz is having a snooze, I’m blobbing out watching The Project. They showed scummo crying….don’t know what for…….he’s gonna spend the next three years crying????

    Oh, and May has resigned in England.

    • The tears were something to do with him being moved by the plight of a couple of farmers who had lost stock during the Queensland floods.

      He can fracking well stop crying and start working on ways to deal with climate change, before we all die in extreme weather events.

  19. It seems very likely that Boris Johnson will be the new leader, especially since he has been endorsed by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

    If that’s the case, then Britain can go full Trumpland like the USA and Australia.

    With Canada likely to elect the Conservative muppet in October, seems almost the whole English-speaking world will be a right wing nutjob utopia.

    Oh well, at least New Zealand seems to be bucking the trend.

  20. This is wonderful!

    Behind the unlikely bond between two guys and the yiayia next door, lies a tragedy
    Social media is in love with yiayia, the Greek grandmother who gives food across the fence to her young neighbours in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. But their story is more than that: it’s an amazing tale of love forged in tragedy.

  21. Calling all Pubsters!

    I’m not really into creating new images. Nevertheless, let me set you a challenge!

    A new image for The Pub. Has to be inclusive, warm, welcoming, generous, understanding, accepting (that said, a little challenging is fine by moi).

    I have no designedly credentials at all, so please help.

    • Just a suggestion with no particular preference for any change, but… if you’re looking for a new name, I like the opening lines to that song (which I’d like to see as our National Anthem)

      “We are One, but we are Many..”

  22. From Van Badham’s Facebook page –

    Van Badham
    May 21 at 4:23 PM ·
    Oh, friends – *more than 1000 of you* contacted me yesterday to tell me you’d seen people spreading the lie/faked photos pretending Labor would introduce a made-up “death tax” during the election. So I decided to dig out where this nonsense may have come from… and I did. You ready for this?

    It’s originally from America.

    Specifically, it’s a line run by Donald Trump that a bunch of rightwing Trump/American front groups were pushing in 2017. They’ve *already run* the same campaign as we just saw in Australia – blah blah blah it’s a secret plan from the other side, be angry and frightened and vote for us to stop this imaginary thing that does not exist in your life.

    How did I find out?

    The key detail was the insistence in the posts that the pretend “tax” was going to be “40%”, which kept coming up in the fake posts.

    I looked that up and found that’s the maximum rate of a very obscure American “estate tax” that applies to a handful of multi-million inheritances in very specific circumstances – like non-farming couples with joint assets in excess of $11 million. And in a country where 2 million people die a year, it applies to under 5000 extreeeeeeeemely rich people. And THAT was the basis of Trump’s fake “death tax” claim.

    We have no such tax at all in AUSTRALIA.

    And Labor *never* planned one.

    The other thing I stumbled over in my research around this was a line from one of the Republican front groups pushing the fake “death tax” story. “Americans for Taxation Reform” claimed, falsely, that Trump’s opposition, the Democrats, planned “a trillion dollars in new taxes”, which was a lie. It was also very familiar…

    … in an amaaaaaazing coincidence – that’s EXACTLY what Clive Palmer was falsely claiming Labor had planned in his TV ads.

    Proving Palmer’s claim is a lie isn’t hard. Firstly, because Labor released all their costings before the election. Secondly, because the entire Australian economy is only worth $1.69 trillion: you can check this with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    I obviously can’t accuse Clive Palmer of repeating Donald Trump’s strategies. “Make Australia Great Again” is, like, a TOTALLY ORIGINAL political slogan.

    I CAN say that someone saw a tactic that worked somewhere else, and WHOEVER THAT WAS repeated it.

    I know some of you are really angry at family members and friends who shared what turned out to be fake news…

    … But it is really important for our way back to truthful politics in this country that you resist the temptation to lay into them for it – they were victims of an *incredibly sophisticated* political strategy that had been developed and tested overseas before it was released like a feral animal here. And every single one of us has fallen for advertising in the past, one way or another.

    Nobody likes to have to admit to being fooled. So maybe gently share this information – without judgment.

    And maybe take some time out to sit down with whoever you know shared the information and ask if they know how to spot “fake news” and maybe take them through a couple of strategies for improving their social media literacy – like checking sources, establishing those sources are legitimate, and seeing if there could be “reasonable doubt” to what’s been claimed.

    Remember, we ARE all in this together, even if there are very powerful forces who’d seek to divide us – and, yep, sometimes they win. The trick is, of course, to keep fighting back.


    Death tax lie: https://www.theguardian.com/…/its-a-lie-chris-bowen-calls-o…

    Trump on estate taxes in America: https://www.politifact.com/…/how-closely-did-tax-bill-rese…/

    Facts and stats on estate taxes in America: https://www.usatoday.com/…/fact-check-death-tax-…/711730001/

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Bevan Shields tells us that some MPs are nervous about whether the Morrison’s autocratic style will creep into the cabinet room.
    Peter Hartcher writes that from much of media treatment of the Morrison government’s win, you’d think that it was the result of a great upwelling of support for the Coalition, Australia swooning in collective rapture over ScoMo and his baseball caps. Rather is was people voting for the ones they hated least.
    “A triumph of image over substance, fear over logic, politics over policy”. Michael West reports on Election 2019 and the inexorable rise of corporate power over democracy.
    Sean Kelly previews the three year Albanese/Morrison face-off.
    “This was a political contest flagged as ‘the climate change election’, yet it has yielded a perverse result. Instead of pushing government towards greater action on climate change, it has pushed the other way ”, writes Mike Seccombe.
    Scott Morrison is now seen as a political genius, but the previous government wasn’t a good one. The only thing that should be on his agenda for the next three years is being a better one, writes Laura Tingle.
    According to Paul Bongiorno the RBA has quickly ended the Coalition’s celebrations.
    Adele Ferguson reports that changes in the way we eat has prompted calls within the tax office to alter how our food is taxed. She outlines a big wish list the ATO will be putting to the Treasurer.
    Karen Middleton writes that as Labor attempts to understand how it lost the unlosable election, old divisions have been reopened by the party’s search for a new identity to win back voters.
    Josh Frydenberg will commission a review of the retirement income system, including the interaction of superannuation, government pensions and, potentially, taxation.
    Advertising expert Tony Michelmore explains why election polling was so wrong and tells us it’s time to shut up and listen.
    Lisa Martin reports that the Australian Council of Trade Unions has appointed a former Queensland state Labor MP, Evan Moorehead, to review its election tactics and advertising campaign, which cost an estimated $25m.
    Matt Wade deduces that the election results show a growing divide within the nation.
    Michelle Grattan wonders what will now become Labor’s policy destination.
    Sky News has been “rocked” by the defection of political editor David Speers to ABC – and could try to delay his move to the public broadcaster, writes Michael Lallo.
    Bloomberg says the numbers on Adani simply don’t add up.
    Michael Koziol writes that Labor’s tectonic plates are shifting as it gets a nominally left-wing leader at the same time as its wealth redistribution agenda has come under question.
    This is quite a good reflection from Ross Gittins on the causes of the election result.
    Elizabeth Farrelly goes in even harder, lamenting the sheer willingness with which Australian voters are duped. We admire New Zealand for the candour of its new Prime Minister, she says, yet here we punish people for telling the truth.
    “Why did so many working class suburbs back the Liberals?”, asks David Crowe.
    Despite their loss at the recent election, the Labor party can regroup and become the beacon of hope Australia needs, writes John Wren in his review of the week that was.
    Andrew Leigh has openly attacked the campaign strategy of the Greens in the recent federal election, saying they targeted progressive seats rather than those held by the Coalition in the ACT.
    Michael West reveals that as major companies express their delight at Scott Morrison’s re-election, figures show untendered contracts have surged since the Coalition first took office in 2013, with $50 billion awarded in the two months before the election.
    Nicole Hasham writes that Mark Butler says Labor’s calamitous election loss is no reason to walk away from tough emissions cuts, as a senior party figure described the result of its climate strategy in Queensland as “absolute carnage”.
    “Was the time and money invested on their campaigns by GetUp!, unions and Clive Palmer a good return on investment?”, asks The New Daily.
    This SMH editorial goes into safety on building sites and how it could be better encouraged and enforced.
    Sally Whyte reports that independent candidate for the Senate Anthony Pesec has accused Australian Electoral Commission staff of giving voters the wrong information about how to vote for him, saying it affected the number of votes he received on Saturday.
    Martin McKenzie-Murray says that Australia’s offshore processing contracts with Nauru have abetted the longstanding corruption in the micro-nation. With elections looming in the coming months, Nauruans have grave concerns about their country’s future.
    Nick Miller writes on it being the end of the road for Theresa May.
    And this politics lecturer explains why Boris Johnson would be a mistake to succeed Theresa May.
    Matthew Knott and Nick Miller explain how Donald Trump’s reckless diplomacy is inflaming the world.
    As it becomes a more common practice for politicians to sue for defamation, perhaps it’s time for some reforms to the law, writes Brooke Murphy.
    John McDonald writes that too many works of mediocrity are dragging down the Archibald Prize, He has a point.
    Trump’s trade war against China has so far focused on attacking imports. His new front: Weaponising American exports.
    Perth’s Catholic archbishop, Timothy Costelloe, says forcing religious leaders in Western Australia to reveal knowledge of child sex abuse risks “interfering with the free practice of the Catholic faith” and will be ineffective – a stance that advocates say is “ignorant and pig-headed”.
    Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama from implementing a law making abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy. The lawsuit, brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Alabama abortion providers, seeks to block the near-total abortion ban before it can take effect.

  24. Well done Italian unionists!

    ‘We won’t be complicit’: Italian dock workers refuse to load Saudi arms ship over Yemen war

    Italian unions have refused to load cargo onto a Saudi ship carrying weapons, in protest against Riyadh’s war on Yemen. The dock workers have gone on strike, refusing to work until the ship leaves port in Genoa.
    While the Saudi Arabian ship, the Bahri-Yanbu, was expected to leave for Jeddah by the end end of the day, it seems the delivery might end up being rather late.
    The ship was loaded with weapons in Belgium, but successfully blocked from picking up additional arms at a French port as a result of a similar protest.


    No wonder FauxMo wants to destroy Australian unions, he fears a similar thing happening here.

    Earlier this year –
    Australian Government under fire over export of weapons system to war crime-accused Saudi Arabia

    December 2018 –
    Documents reveal Australia’s secret arms deals with nations fighting Yemen’s bloody war

  25. Theresa May wept over her loss of position.

    This man’s comments on her tears are brilliant.

    FauxMo should take note. Weeping because conservative-voting graziers have lost stock in a flood may be (in his tiny, insane, drugged-up mind) good PR, but his miserable policies and the corruption and economic ineptitude of his farce of a government are going to cause many real tears among Australians. He won’t be weeping over older women forced to live in their cars (or worse) because they have to choose between paying rent and buying food. He won’t be weeping over kids with disabilities unable to get wheelchairs because he has slashed funding for the NDIS in an attempt to boost his illusory budget surplus.. He won’t be weeping about families who have to sell their homes to afford ongoing medical care for seriously ill family members, thanks to his nobbling of Medicare. But remind him about cattle killed in a flood a few months ago and he turns on the waterworks.

    • The bloke is right. But I have seen too many men bashing T May. Is it because she’s a woman? Throughout the year she has been condamned no matter what she’s done. And is the successor going to be any better? Probably not. But he will at least be a man.

  26. I heard that Clive Palmer paid his candidates $93,000 to stand. Small wonder he is happy none have got a seat, because the AEC might have something to say . . . then again they are a toothless tiger.

    The following article is an example of the headlines not matching the text. It was about the effects of Getup and the Unions had on the election results, with Palmer mentioned and photos of Palmer billboards. I think the Getup & Union campaign entrenched people’s positions

    “Was the time and money invested on their campaigns by GetUp!, unions and Clive Palmer a good return on investment?”, asks The New Daily.


    Although personally I think the election was won / lost in the final week by directed lies on Facebook and blanket Palmer advertising in all newspapers. As per the TED talk posted below, its been posted here a few times before

    • I agree.

      I don’t think Labor did anything wrong in their campaign, I really want an end to all the soul-searching we get so much of in the media.

      The advertising onslaught was so hard to avoid. It’s still coming at me. I record everything I want to watch on TV so I can binge when I get the time. For the last few days I’ve been catching up and have come to realise just how much Liberal advertising there was, all of it dishonest, all of it aimed at Shorten. And that’s just from SBS and a few Foxtel channels. Oddly enough, Foxtel was far more equal in their advertising than SBS, at least on Foxtel you got pretty much equal amounts from each side. That was not the case for SBS, it seems to have been wall-to-wall Liberal lies and hate. I hate to think how much of a deluge there was on free-to-air.

      If you are the average totally disinterested, politically ignorant voter then of course you are going to be heavily influenced by what you see on TV, blasted at you every ten minutes, night after night after night.

      The Libs ran a vicious, totally dishonest campaign, aided by Palmer and Hanson, so they won.

      The only lesson from this campaign is about the power of advertising and the effect it has on ignorant voters.

    • I’m just bored by cartoons. With the exception of Mark David, Kathy Wilcox and Fiona Katauskas I really don’t thing they have much to say right now. It all seems to be “Ha! Ha! Labor lost!” Those who work for newspapers seem to be pushing the agendas of those who pay them.

      When they go back to decent comment I might regain a bit of interest.

    • I agree with you Leone, I skip most of the cartoons as most of them seem spiteful, & frankly I don’t see much humour in the current state of affairs. The 3 you mentioned are usually more thought provoking on the broader human condition, with a little wry humour for good measure. I follow George Bludger on twitter & he retweets lots of cartoonists every day – I muted them ages ago.

    • I can’t watch most cartoons, haven’t been for a long time. Thy’re gross, lazily drawn , unoriginal. Just like most journos are.

    • I was already considering moving to NZ when I retire in a few years. If you remember my coments on the TVNZ coverage on the Christchurch tragedy when I was in Wellington, well its even more attractive now to go and live somewhere with no Newscorp. I’ve mentioned this to others and they don’t get it – even those who are politically engaged. Its not the main reason I’ll move, but those few hours of TVNZ was a revelation that is tipping the balance. The election result has about sealed it. NZ has its share of RW commentators & shock jocks, but they don’t dominate the media & they lack the broader megaphone that Murdoch’s rags & Sky provide to the RWNJ here. Will watch the NZ election next year to see if they get attacked with same Facebook tactics. If NZ Nationals get back in, then I’ll stick to my original Tasmania plan as both countries will be equally screwed – politically, economically & environmentally.

    • I chose Australia as my country so while I might toy with the idea I will stay here.

    • DW and I have toyed with the idea, too; extra tax for non-residents of Oz is a bit of a bummer.

  27. From Greenpeace, starring Michael West.

    Released two weeks before the election, should have been on every TV channel and all over social media, but was not.

  28. From across the road . . . . .
    NE Qld says:
    Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    On Adani, I am of the opinion only the Political right can close down coal mining. Because it would never be about jobs for them. Think the car industry. When Labor is seen as taking people’s jobs, they lose. Labor need to be all about promoting renewables and transitioning to low carbon future without ripping the heart out of the mining industry. Let the market take care of whether there is a future for coal mining.

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