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. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. And it’s back to slim picking Sundays.

    The NSW government will defend a $400 million class action from retailers disrupted by the Sydney Light Rail project by arguing it acted “reasonably” and the disruptions were unavoidable. This will become an interesting precedence case I suspect.
    Jacqui Maley tells us what’s really going on when politicians bow out for “family reasons”.
    Claire Kimball explains why the big test for Albo won’t be his pub appeal. It’s a good article that deserves to be read.
    Internal divisions have emerged over the future of Labor’s ambitious climate policy after the party’s calamitous election loss, reports a trio of Fairfax-Lite journos.
    Matthew Knott writes that Trump appears to be developing a new conspiracy theory, with potentially explosive consequences for the US-Australian alliance. What a prick!
    Josh Frydenberg says Australia needs to roll out new infrastructure in the coming term of government to support renewable energy zones, and has declared that the “inevitable” transition to low-emissions sources creates an opportunity for the country. How will this go down with the remaining Coalition troglodytes?
    Here’s Peter FitzSimons’ Sunday offering.
    Scott Morrison’s targeted, small-scale campaign resonated better with voters than Labor’s broader vision for Australia, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons says that the truth is Australia’s environmental record has very little to do with our population. We only have 25 million people but we have an appalling record on land clearing and extinction since 1788.
    In the wake of another murder of a woman in inner Melbourne one of Victoria’s most senior police officers has urged Australian’s to reflect “on what we say to our sons”.
    Boris Johnson promises fireworks should he become PM.

  2. As Terry McCrann has noted in another publication:

    Last Saturday we actually had two elections.
    One was in Queensland where the Coalition crushed Labor, winning 23 seats to 6.

    The other was in the rest of Australia, where 20 million of us and 80 per cent of voters live. Here Labor actually won 61 seats to the Coalition’s 55. If you take the numbers of Queensland-like Western Australia out, the Labor “victory” was even more emphatic at 56 to 44.

    There’s also a further five left-leaning Green/independents ex-Queensland. This makes the rejection of the Coalition government outside Queensland — and even more notably the endorsement of Bill Shorten’s Labor — even more emphatic: either 66-55 seats for Australia ex-Queensland or 61-44 seats for Australia ex-Queensland and WA.

    The core substantive reality this speaks to is that the 20 million Australians who live outside Queensland actually did vote to elect a Labor government. Australia ex-Queensland actually voted for:
    ● So-called “real action on climate change” and the 45 per cent 2030 emissions reduction cuts and its identical twin insanity of 50 per cent renewables by the same date. And to accept the absence of costs.
    ● The raft of Labor tax hikes, along with the vast social-engineering spending.
    ● And of course, a PM Shorten.

    It makes an utter nonsense of the sweeping claims from leading commentators that Australia “didn’t want sweeping change, class warfare or progressive ideology”.
    Or that Scott Morrison’s so-called “quiet Australians” shouted “NO to Labor, NO to its leader, NO to its agenda.”

    Yes, five millions Queenslanders did so. With metaphorical baseball bats. But the other 20 million Australians actually voted Yes, yes, yes to Labor, leader and agenda; and yes, we do want that uncosted sweeping change.

    For all the talk and learned editorials praising the “quiet Australians” voting for the Coalition, for all the clear evidence of the attack, especially on franking credits and negative gearing, causing voters to desert Labor in droves, the simple undeniable fact is that was not enough to stop Labor winning in Australia ex-Queensland.“

    • To back that up –

      When you look at the fine print this election was no miracle win for FauxMo .A handful of seats changed hands, some were Labor gains, some were Labor losses. As you can see from my post last night the result came down to a few thousand votes.

      That graphic was out of date before it was tweeted, Macquarie, as of last night, was down to 46 seats with 3683 votes provisional, (postal, absentee and declaration) still to be counted.


      It looks like the final result will be 78 to the Coalition and 67 to Labor, with 6 on the crossbench. That’s hardly a resounding win, more like voters deciding to keep things as they were. As I keep saying, most voters are rusted-on to one of the parties, election results in Australia depend on about 5% of voters deciding to change allegiance.

      There was no wipeout, there was no landslide win for the government, although the MSM still try to tell us there was. There wasn’t even a uniform national swing towards or away from the major parties. It was all a bit of a mess, really.

      Take a look at this – seats listed in order of change of votes. It contains a few surprises.

      We won’t know the final result for another week, as postal votes still have until Friday to arrive. Counting for the Senate is dragging on at slower than snail pace. The good news from the Senate count is many of the (alleged) independents elected in 2016 or as a result of citizenship challenges in 2017, have been booted out, regardless of some of them trying to bolster their chances by joining other parties. Bye-bye Anning, Hinch, Gichuhi, Georgiou, Burston,and Kaloschke-Moore. Also bye-bye to those who chose not to run – Duncan Spender and David Leyonhjelm.

      It looks like Jacqui Lambie will be back, and also Malcolm Roberts. What the hell were Queenslanders thinking? Hanson in the Senate is appalling enough, now she will be boosted by the return of the most ridiculously insane nutter ever to disgrace those red leather benches. Shame on you, Queensland, for returning that idiot.

  3. The Senate count is slow because they have to do data entry of each valid Senate ballot.
    Are there any data entry operators left in the world or is it optical character recognition?

    The AEC will probably not publish updates of the counts in the close seats this week, although scrutineers in the tally rooms will be keeping track. The last postals will be counted on Friday and HoR results will be known by Friday afternoon

    • Is Arfur’s health up to it?

      In August last year he was so ill he could not handle the flight from Sydney to Canberra to support Turnbull in the leadership spill. He had to be driven there and back.

      Now he’s back, supposedly completely recovered and allegedly being considered for a diplomatic posting.

      Is this just wild media speculation or is FauxMo trying to sideline a political enemy and replace him with Molan?

      Is FauxMo really that paranoid about his position? Didn’t he rig the Liberal rules so he could stay PM for as long as he liked?

    • Can an Australian ambassador afford health treatment in the US. He has a Pre-existing condition that would make insurance expensive or impossible

      The other mentions are Matthias cormann & Marise Payne. But replacing a NSW senator is the go

      Morrison surrounds himself with evangelicals

    • As Arfur, should he become an ambassador, is not migrating, just taking up a post, his health care will be paid for by us.

      FauxMo would not be the first PM to make an unwanted politician an ambassador.

      If this report is true then FauxMo is definitely trying to create a NSW vacancy so he can get Molan back into the Senate. Marise Payne is a NSW senator, so she is in with a chance. Even more so than Arfur, because it would leave the defence portfolio open for Molan. Who better to fill that position than the Butcher of Fallujah.

      It’s a shame though, I had hoped it would be Tony who got to be our new ambassador to the US. The Yanks deserve him and we deserve to be rid of him, if only for a few years.

      Another thing – there has been talk about FauxMo likely to push for nuclear power stations. He will need a lot of support if he wants to go down that road. Molan is all for nuclear power.

    • People are saying that this is being done to get Jim Molan back in to the Senate but I’m going to take a punt and say that Warren Mundine will be taking Sinodinos’s spot.

  4. Gippsland Laborite – the NSW Lib Moderate faction don’t want Molan, could be a fight over that spot, witha few entitled & notorious people putting their hands up.

  5. Neither of the senators forced out by FauxMo were up for re-election, so it’s likely losing senate candidates from the election won’t be parachuted in. It will be whoever FauxMo wants.

    I hope it’s not Mundine.

  6. Stuart Robert will be overseeing the NDIS.

    That’s just great.

    A Pentecostal con-man who believes, because his faith teaches it, that disabilities that cannot be cured by prayer and the laying on of hands are a punishment from God. His church actively discriminates against people with disabilities, seeing them as responsible for their alleged problems because they have been unwilling to be “healed”.


  7. Another looming headache for FauxMo.

    Liberals’ low-key LGBTI promises could prove challenging for Morrison

    On April 22, ahead of an LGBTI candidates’ forum with Labor and the Greens, Liberal federal director Andrew Hirst wrote to lobby group Equality Australia to outline where the party stood on “important issues” the gay community faced.

    The nine-page document talked up the achievement of marriage equality, committed the government to “calling out abuses of LGBTIQ+ human rights in appropriate international forums” and flagged new guidelines later this year to recognise gender and sexual diversity across federal departments.

    But the letter – a response to a questionnaire sent to the parties as they scrambled for votes – also gave assurances on issues such as gay “conversion” therapy and family law reform that went beyond the public positions Mr Morrison had previously taken.

    For instance, on gay conversion practices – which still exists in some evangelical churches, taking the form of counselling, courses and support groups – the Prime Minister had spent months deflecting debate, saying the matter was “not an issue” for him.

    However, in response to a question asking whether the Liberals would “take a leadership role in tackling the harm caused by LGBT religious conversion therapy”, the letter promises that “the Government will work with the states, which have legal responsibility in this area, to ensure such practices are not supported or occurring”


    Lying ahead of an election you expect to lose can throw up horrendous problems when you actually win, as FauxMo is discovering.

  8. New government strategy – pray and then pray again.


    • So let me get this straight –

      If the drought doesn’t end then it’s not the fault of the governments anti-climate policies that are at fault, it’s because we didn’t pray hard enough or long enough or meaningfully enough or whatever!

      Great strategy eh!

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    When Arthur Sinodinos takes over as Australia’s next US ambassador, he will have to deal with Trump’s concerns, says Shane Wright.
    Ross Gittins sees risks for Labor if it adopts a small target strategy. He makes a number of good points.
    David Crowe describes Morrison’s reshuffled ministry as “deliberately humdrum”.
    Michelle Grattan says that Morrison’s new ministry mixes stability with dashes of innovation, box ticking, and the rewarding of friends.
    David Wroe praises the choice of Arthur Sinodinos as our new US Ambassador.
    The AFR explains how the Liberals got inside voters’ heads.
    John McDuling sets out Paul Fletcher’s “to do” list as Communications Minister.
    Chris Wallace tells us that for Labor to work out how to win in 2022 id needs to look at the lessons of 2019. A good read!
    It’s baffling that politicians like George Christensen and Peter Dutton achieved swings towards them at the Federal Election and further evidence that a National Integrity Commission is needed, writes Dr Kim Sawyer.
    Environmental lawyer Ariane Wilkinson says that it would be a sensible and fair measure for the Queensland government to fix the law so the Adani Group’s track record is properly scrutinised. Currently there has been no accountability for their past actions and no proper scrutiny of their suitability to operate in Queensland.
    The West Australian resources industry is under renewed attack from the environmental watchdog and looking to governments for immediate answers, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    Fairfax-Lite in an exclusive reveals that a coalition of alt-right Facebook groups working with Fraser Anning’s staff and associates of the United Australia Party produced fake news, racist memes and messages against voting for Labor or the Greens, which were liked or shared more than a million times during the election campaign.
    Anne Davies wonders if Wentworth’s ‘modern Liberal’ Dave Sharma is a hawk on Iran.
    Jennifer Duke reckons David Speers is expected to face a pay cut by taking a role with the ABC replacing Insiders host Barrie Cassidy.
    The Guardian’s Knaus and Karp ask how can we ensure truth in political advertising.
    The plethora of racist, white supremacist and Islamophobic parties and candidates rolling up for the May 2019 Federal Election, all directing their preferences to the Liberal-National Coalition, suggested a yearning amongst very vocal fringe elements for the past certainties of Australian society.
    Amanda Vanstone struggles here to hide her hubris.
    Sarah Danckert reveals that five of the biggest investment banks in the world, including UBS, Barclays and Citibank, have been accused in an Australian class action lawsuit of operating a foreign exchange cartel using secret chat rooms titled “the Cartel”, “the Bandits Club” and “the Mafia”.
    The 2017 election and the Brexit challenge brutally exposed Theresa May’s flaws. She unleashed a Brexit monster, now a new leader has to get it back into the box.
    The Washington Post examines the path to Trump impeachment proceedings.
    Surely this was an Act of God!
    And for “Arsehole of the Week” we have this 20 year old charmer.

    • Their ABC – the propaganda arm of the Coalition. Has been for years.

      I do not understand how an organisation that excels at investigative journalism, an organism that has given us the truth on so many important issues, like corrupt water use, for example, can also be such a government lackey when it comes to news and comment.

      I suppose the coming cut in funding will mean the end of the ABC’s excellent investigations. They will just concentrate on propaganda, they won’t be able to afford anything else.

  10. FauxMo sure can pick them!

    Jason Wood, new Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs (and yet another former policeman who has managed to get himself into parliament) is himself guilty of promoting racism.

    From November last year –

    Liberals ask voters if they ‘feel safe at home’ in marginal seat crime scare
    Exclusive: campaign material promising crackdown on crime sent to federal seat of La Trobe

    On Monday and Tuesday residents of the state seat of Bass – which overlaps with La Trobe around Pakenham in Melbourne’s south-east – received the pamphlets from Wood, their federal member.

    “Isn’t it time we felt safe again?” it said. “Home invasions, robbery, assaults, sexual offences, motor vehicle theft and firearm offences are worse than ever!”
    The pamphlet says that Wood is “fighting for our safety” by pushing for funding for a national criminal database and promising to create a joint federal and state police taskforce in south-east Melbourne.

    It calls for “visa cancellation for violent thugs” including reforms so the administrative appeals tribunal does not “overturn decisions to deport serious criminals”


    Looks like “multicultural affairs” for Wood means welcoming white South African farmers while trying to deport black Africans on trumped-up accusations of criminal activity.

    Whipping up fear and loathing of anyone who is not white and has English as a first language is not a good look for an assistant minister dealing with immigrant communities. This incident alone should have disqualified him from that ministry.

    No wonder FauxMo promoted this bigot – take a look at his voting record.

    Voted very strongly against
    A carbon price
    A minerals resource rent tax
    A Royal Commission into Violence and Abuse against People with Disability
    Decreasing the private health insurance rebate
    Doctor-initiated medical transfers
    Encouraging Australian-based industry
    Ending immigration detention on Manus Island
    Ending immigration detention on Nauru
    Extending government benefits to same-sex couples
    Implementing refugee and protection conventions
    Increasing consumer protections
    Increasing funding for university education
    Increasing government support for the dairy industry
    Increasing marine conservation
    Increasing penalties for breach of data
    Increasing political transparency
    Increasing protection of Australia’s fresh water
    Increasing restrictions on gambling
    Increasing scrutiny of asylum seeker management
    Increasing the diversity of media ownership
    Increasing trade unions’ powers in the workplace
    Increasing transparency of big business by making information public
    Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
    Removing children from immigration detention
    Requiring every native title claimant to sign land use agreements
    Restricting donations to political parties
    Restricting foreign ownership
    Same-sex marriage equality
    Stopping tax avoidance or aggressive tax minimisation
    The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme


  11. In the last couple of days I’ve seen an ad for the Australian – soothing voices, reassuring words about how good they are, etc. I’ve only seen it a couple of times, but I got the impression that what they are saying is not remotely like what they do.

    I don’t remember ever seeing ads for print media, excluding magazines and specialist publications.

    I wonder if Rupert’s getting a bit concerned about how the numbers and, perhaps, his influence continue to fall while the losses grow.
    Could his ability to influence political outcomes around the world be showing signs of fading into the gloom?

    Or maybe Lachlan is worried about what he’ll find when/if he is in charge.

  12. Your taxes at work – making anonymous millionaires even richer. Your taxes subsidise private hospitals.

    Not all these hospitals are private. One is the new Northern Beaches hospital, a privatised public hospital.

    Before the election Labor promised to take a look at this deal. No chance of that happening now.

  13. Okay people, don’t get your hopes up but apparently NDIS funding has been approved for Razz. Don’t know what they have funded but keep everything crossed that it is for the desperately needed wheelchair that she can’t fall out of.

  14. Thanks ckwatt and Leone. ckwatt, you’re lucky I didn’t ask you to hold your breath, that would be lot harder and I don’t know whether blue would suit you. 🙂

  15. From my inbox – (some text has been redacted to protect the identities of innocent persons)

    Dear (redacted),

    It is an honour to have today been endorsed as the 21st Leader of the Australian Labor Party.

    I am incredibly grateful for the support I have received from Party members, my Caucus colleagues and the broader Australian community.

    On behalf of our Party, I extend our sincere thanks to Bill Shorten for his leadership over the past six years. No one could have worked harder for the election of a Labor Government than Bill.

    I also thank the many tens of thousands of True Believers who campaigned tirelessly over many months leading up to the election. I’m sorry that we didn’t get the result we were hoping for.

    It’s too easy to jump to conclusions after a defeat like this. We owe it to ourselves and our supporters to properly diagnose what went wrong.

    Over coming weeks and months I will travel around our great nation to listen to our fellow Australians about why they found Labor wanting, and how we can win their support in the lead-up to the 2022 election.

    As Federal Labor Leader, I also need your feedback. I look forward to seeking out many of you in person to get your insights.

    This is no time for despair. It is a time for unity, focus and determination. We must learn from the result, take the fight up to the Morrison Government and win next time.

    I’m optimistic about Labor’s prospects. We have an experienced, united and talented team and we face a government without an agenda, short of frontbench talent and already showing signs of arrogance and hubris.

    As for me, I’m up for the fight.

    I grew up in council housing in Sydney, the son of a single mother dependent on an invalid pension. I know what it is like to do it tough.

    I also know that Labor governs for all Australians, offering support, opportunity and, above all, hope.

    Great Labor Governments changed my life and transformed the community around me.

    Australia needs a Labor Government to keep offering hope. Let’s work together to build one.

    Yours in Solidarity,

    Anthony Albanese

  16. Hello Pubsters. Hope your post election recovery programs are workiing !

    Tonight my recovery program involves beer in the Noonamah Tavern. So far so good . Kia Kaha ! And Davai ! 🙂

  17. Received a book today, only ordered it from Amazon late last week!

    Royal Horticultural Society “Pruning and Training.” From decorative shrubs, to roses to productive shrubs (e.g. red currants) to fruit trees. Quite a treasury of information. I am thinking of a curved pergola with roses/wisteria/climbing grape on the back and espaliered pears and/or apples on the front. Or something.

  18. do you think David Rowe’s cartoon of Trump’s visit to Japan will be in the paper

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe reports that Angus Taylor has dismissed calls from climate change groups to reach a deal on Labor’s proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, insisting his opponents recognise the will of the people and back the government’s plan.
    Peter Hartcher has a good look at the polling failure and finds the pollsters are beside themselves.
    Shane Wright explains how the Morrison government’s tax to GDP ratio is heading up to heights it won’t want to boast about.
    Anthony Albanese has been warned by colleagues to hold the line against the government’s medium-term tax cuts as the incoming Labor leader puts his stamp on the job by offering to work with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on key policies to end “conflict fatigue”.
    Greg Jericho says that the government needs to get into more debt because our grim economy depends on it.
    The Australian tells us that Nationals MPs are furious with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack over the ministry reshuf­fle, demanding a “please explain­” after they failed to pick up an extra portfolio and the key agricultur­e portfolio was split betwee­n two ministers. It could come to a head at this morning’s party room meeting. (Google this string).


    David Crowe reports that two members of Malcolm Turnbull’s extended family are being named as potential contenders in a race for a NSW seat in the Senate, while Victorian Liberal Sarah Henderson is the favourite for a similar contest in Victoria.
    Interest rate cuts starting next Tuesday will be an immediate remedy for falling house prices and the second largest correction in the country’s history will now stabilise or turnaround, economists have said.
    Here’s Neil McMahon’s take on last night’s Q and A. And I can’t wait for Tony Jones to head off to China!
    Contentious laws such as council mergers or the greyhound ban would be put to community focus groups to stop “half-baked policies” being rushed through NSW Parliament under a “revolutionary proposal” put by Mark Latham.to be considered on Tuesday. Alexandra Smith reports.
    “After his ‘miracle’ election, will Scott Morrison feel pressure from Christian leaders on religious freedom?”, asks Marion Maddox.
    Paul Bongiorno warns us that the re-elected Morrison government is using promised tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners in the near term as a Trojan horse to move Australia’s century-old commitment to look after more vulnerable citizens closer to the American model. Frightening, really.
    Warren Entsch has launched a crusade against single-use plastics as part of his new role as special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef.
    These two education professors says that we should make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school.
    A prime minister with greater interest in the public service would allow long-term agenda items to get a better hearing from government but risks the service having to focus on being responsive rather than offering independent policy advice, an academic has warned.
    Michael Lallo writes that Sky’s jump to the right has boosted ratings – but at what cost, he asks.
    Nick Miller looks at the results in the EU elections and the role of populism.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how the ACCC has got its hands full when it comes to telecommunications.
    The Independent Australia’s Ross Jones met with Brian Burston prior to the election, to discuss details of the UAP candidate’s colourful parting of the ways with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.
    The SMH editorial says that there are lessons from the treatment of Adam Goodes that still to be learnt.
    Alan Austin explains why Australia will never have a Jacinda Ardern.
    Lithium could become one of Australia’s economic powerhouses, as the world races towards a future of electric vehicles and renewable energy.
    Fiat Chrysler proposed on Monday to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker and combine forces in the race to make new electric and autonomous vehicles. They have a lot in common, all making shit cars!

    Cartoon Corner.

    David Rowe. OMG!!!!

    Cathy Wilcox’s view of “the gap”.

    From Matt Golding.

    David Pope and the political spectrum.

    Peter Broelman hands out an award.


    A great analogy here from Jon Kudelka.

  20. It’s not “religious freedom” that worries real Christians, it’s climate change.

    Sixty Christian leaders, including some from evangelical churches, have written to FauxMo asking him to get his act together and address climate change as a matter of urgency.

    The media, of course, have ignored this, preferring to concoct crap about alleged “Christians” demanding FauxMo do something to protect “religious freedoms”.

    The letter first appeared last week in a blog run by Mike Frost, the first signatory –
    A Letter to the Australian Prime Minister regarding Climate Action

    It was immediately picked up by The Brag, a little-known news site
    60 Christian leaders tell our Christian PM to sort his shit out

    Apart from those two mentions I have not been able to find anything online about this letter. I suppose it does not fit at all with the MSM agenda.

    Give it a read, it’s excellent, especially the reference to learning from indigenous Australians. It very respectfully encourages FauxMo to do his duty, as a Christian (an alleged Christian) by taking action on addressing climate change. I doubt it will move him to do anything.

    Dear Prime Minister,

    We are a group of Christian leaders representing eight denominations and twelve organisations from across five states.

    Firstly, we wanted to congratulate you on your election win, and to assure you of our continued good wishes and prayers as you lead our nation into the future.

    In particular, we hope and pray that your government will be able to maintain a broad policy platform in which the needs of the rest of the world and the needs of future generations are considered as seriously as the needs of present-day Australians.

    In the light of this, we would encourage you to be aware of our responsibility as caretakers and stewards of the natural world. Our cultural heritage, steeped in the biblical tradition sees its first responsibility, outlined in Genesis, as that of caring for the creation God has given us. The bible both begins and ends with God’s presence on Earth overseeing the wise stewardship of all of nature. Until that time, our responsibility is to manage it for the benefit of all creation and not just with the short term in mind.

    In saying this, we are also aware of how much there is to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as God’s appointed original custodians of these lands and waters. The need to listen to them and their Christian leaders is vitally important as they report on the effects of climate change and industry in the Torres Strait and Aboriginal communities in Northern Australia.

    Although our population, on a world scale, is small, we are among the world’s biggest per capita contributors to greenhouse gas pollution. With the opportunity afforded to you by this election result, we would like to call for a reset of political thinking. This is an opportunity to define your leadership as one marked by imagination, courage and conscience. This moment in our history is a chance to make a significant shift on the issue of climate change. We think our credibility in the world, our moral responsibility to our global neighbours, and our influence on others will be diminished unless we go further than the Kyoto protocols or Paris agreement.

    We are called to love our neighbours, particularly those of poorer nations who face catastrophe if the rich nations do not act. We are called to steward the environment facilitating its protection and improvement not contributing to land and water degradation and species extinction. Ultimately we are accountable, not just to electorates, but (using an analogy by Jesus), to the ‘owner of the vineyard’.

    We appreciate that politically there are challenges on this issue of which, you will be very familiar. There are economic challenges regarding the very real need for jobs, in for example, the mining industry. These sorts of issues make it difficult for leaders to find win-win solutions for both the communities concerned and for the environment. However, we also think that a strong economic case can be made for getting on the front foot in terms of clean energy and environmental protections as well as providing aid for nations most immediately at risk from climate change.

    The task is urgent, and we hope that ‘for such an hour as this’ your government will be up to the challenge.

    This letter is meant as a gentle encouragement, Prime Minister, for you to be strong and courageous in the light of your calling. We absolutely assure you of our continued prayers for your government on this and other issues.

    Yours faithfully

    You can read the list of signatories in one of the above links.

  21. BK

    A very warm welcom back.

    It has to be done, it’s tradition around here and someone’s gotta do it –

  22. BK
    Me too!


    L2M (Leonetwo Media) can be trusted to always present truth, accuracy and other points of view. I appreciate everything you post.

  23. The newly elected member for Chisholm, who won by 1378 votes, put the following out . . .

    There is a bit a of a stink about the Clive Palmer candidate who ran foul of Section 44 who gave her 1421 votes

    Is she the person whom ASIO wouldn’t permit to work as Micheal Sukkar’s staffer

  24. There is a bit a of a stink about the Clive Palmer candidate who ran foul of Section 44 who gave her 1421 votes

    On that, there’s been a lot of nonsense on twitter from idiots arguing that the result in Chisholm, and other seats where Palmer candidates ran afoul of s44, should be overturned because the Palmer Party directed preferences to the Liberals. Shit like this just makes us look silly. The LNP tried this line of argument in 2015 it was silly then and is silly now.


  25. Some more on the delightful (?) Gladys Lui.

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