The Winter of our Discontent

I won’t continue with the calumny that Mr Shakespeare then hurled at Richard III (yes, I am a HUGE fan of Josephine Tey’s analysis of the blackening of poor Richard’s name in her wonderful book The Daughter of Time), but it is truly apposite given the way that the msm has turned turtle and everything bad is new again – especially when it comes to pouring ever more shit onto Labor.

Like most (if not all) Pubsters, I am both shocked by the election result, and truly horrified by the media’s response to it.

Never mind, my friends, while The Pub and each Pubster and Lurker lives, we are all tiny candles burning in the wind, keeping the flame of hope alive.

Meanwhile, shall nick out and give Madame La Guillotine another grease, oil change, and honing.

779 thoughts on “The Winter of our Discontent

  1. ckwatt

    I’m sorry it didn’t work as well, it is a lot of good hard work there, like a lot of the Pubsters do. I personally always go back a page to check if I haven’t been here for a while.

  2. I hope the students give him hell. I cannot see Pyne being able to teach anyone anything. What a waste of resources by Uni SA! With lecturers on contracts and money being tight, why are they paying that knob to lecture students.

    I would have thought the best thing for young minds is to keep them right away from the likes of Christopher Pyne.

  3. FDotM had a great Pyne t-shirt . A pic with the words “Pyne, because somewhere a unicorn is dying” . Couldn’t see it as the FDotM store but perhaps his students could stock up on this one.


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    He’d probably like these ones though.

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  4. Wandering over to the Pub’s jukebox I spied a song for Uber Tuber and his black shirts. Warning, whole lotta swearing going on in it.

    N.W.A. – Fuck Tha Police

    • I watched the game; a real roller coaster.

      Ashley is an ornament to the sport and a great among quite a group of Australian sportswomen who carry themselves with grace

  5. Dr. John – Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya, from his 1968 debut album Gris Gris

  6. Australian federal police drop investigation into media leak over medevac bill
    Kristina Keneally says the move is ‘absolutely breathtaking’ in light of raids conducted on ABC and News Corp journalist this week
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/07/australian-federal-police-drop-investigation-into-media-leak-over-medevac-bill

    The AFP raids this week were made in prime time during weekdays so there could be lots of news coverage.

    This news of an investigation into leaks is announced quietly, at night, after the evening news, on the eve of a long weekend.

    Am I being to cynical in suggesting our farce of a government is manipulating news to suit its own fear-mongering ends?

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Quite a lot for you today!

    David Wroe and Fergus Hunter combine to explain at considerable length how national security is colliding with freedom of the press.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/balancing-act-national-security-collides-with-freedom-of-the-press-20190607-p51vfv.html
    Here’s a good editorial on the matter from The Saturday Paper.
    https://www.outline.com/2XuCY5
    Bevan Shields writes that the AFP is bracing for fresh scrutiny over its decision to raid major media organisations after officers quietly abandoned a separate investigation into who leaked classified national security advice at the height of a major political dispute over border protection. I think is is clear this government has standards!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/breathtaking-development-afp-drops-investigation-into-who-leaked-classified-medevac-advice-20190607-p51vir.html
    Geoffrey Robertson describes Australia as “a second-rate country unwilling to defend press freedom”. He starkly contrasts our laws regarding the application for and granting of search warrants with those of the UK. This article should embolden those senators seeking to put the raids under the spotlight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/exposed-a-second-rate-country-unwilling-to-defend-press-freedom-20190607-p51vfu.html
    Laura Tingle, clearly upset, writes that we are seeing a casual slide into the abuse of power.
    https://www.outline.com/nj5nXC
    Phil Coorey heaps praise on Ita Buttrose’s entry into the fray.
    https://www.outline.com/Mj84nn
    Michael Koziol reports that a leading academic on national security and press freedom has warned police could start raiding newsrooms pre-emptively to stop sensitive stories being published, as ABC chair Ita Buttrose called for an overhaul of secrecy laws in a rallying cry for public interest journalism.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/warning-of-pre-emptive-newsroom-raids-as-buttrose-calls-for-overhaul-of-secrecy-laws-20190607-p51vm9.html
    Paul Bongiorno, in a wide-ranging contribution, examines the political week just past.
    https://www.outline.com/cJpt8W
    Lenore Taylor says, “It’s not 2007 anymore. We need new tools to fight election lies.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/08/its-not-2007-any-more-new-tools-election-lies-facebook
    Following on from this lead in a Guardian investigation has tracked the course of the death tax scare, revealing alarming implications for Australian democracy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/08/it-felt-like-a-big-tide-how-the-death-tax-lie-infected-australias-election-campaign
    Martin McKenzie-Murray looks at the divisions over religious freedom now the election is behind us.
    https://www.outline.com/3CT4YJ
    In another scoop, Karen Middleton has created the clearest picture yet of the events surrounding his dismissal as the CO of Tourism Australia. Hmmm.
    https://www.outline.com/jf5RwZ
    With a the G20 meeting about to occur Matt Wade wonders if an unconventional fix might be required for our troubled economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-re-in-bad-shape-does-the-australian-economy-need-an-unconventional-fix-20190607-p51vjq.html
    The SMH editorial says that the government should accept that reality and rethink its economic policies, including the myopic focus on achieving a budget surplus.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/how-to-build-an-economy-that-is-better-than-just-reasonable-20190607-p51vjt.html
    Ross Gittins declares, “After the hype, our economy’s grim reality setting in.” He says Frydenberg’s boast of having achieved budget surpluses in the coming four financial years – and Labor’s boast that its surpluses would be bigger – are little more than wishful thinking, manufactured by a politicised Treasury.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/after-the-hype-our-economy-s-grim-reality-setting-in-20190606-p51vap.html
    Peter Hartcher looks at our economic trajectory and concludes that the economy needs a restructuring to strip away the ossifying forces of oligopoly, of inflexibility, of risk aversion. He asks, “Will Morrison raise to the challenge of this time”?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-s-choice-be-exceptional-or-a-time-server-20190607-p51vnp.html
    Economics professor, Gabrielle Gratton, writes that our economic model looks broken, but trying to fix it could be a disaster.
    https://theconversation.com/our-economic-model-looks-broken-but-trying-to-fix-it-could-be-a-disaster-118397
    Richard Holden writes that if we fall into a recession (and we might) we’ll have ourselves to blame.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/06/07/economy-inflation-recession-australia/
    The AFR reports that the government is close to stitching up a deal with Senate cross benchers on the full income tax cut legislation.
    https://www.outline.com/hVbqZ5
    Mike Seccombe explores Australia’s China dilemma.
    https://www.outline.com/SKXdXn
    The ride-hailing company Uber does not directly employ its drivers, the Fair Work Ombudsman has said, because drivers have control over “whether, when, and for how long they perform work”. This decision could have far reaching ramifications for the gig economy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jun/07/uber-drivers-are-not-employees-fair-work-ombudsman-rules
    Gun lobbying groups are influencing Australia’s political parties with untraceable dark money donations, writes David Paull.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/guns-dark-money-and-the-far-right,12784
    Tony Wright waxes eloquent over Barrie Cassidy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/barrie-cassidy-a-country-boy-who-flew-in-the-highest-circles-20190606-p51v7w.html
    Buy-now-pay-later company Afterpay is expanding its footprint into GP clinics, radiology and pharmacies, raising fears vulnerable patients will be left with bigger out-of-pocket costs. What a disgusting development!
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/would-you-like-to-pay-with-afterpay-patients-visiting-their-gp-can-buy-now-pay-later-20190607-p51vm1.html
    Five dams used to store mining waste are at “extreme” risk of causing environmental damage if they fail, according to a review by BHP, the world’s biggest mining company. Four of them are in Australia.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/07/bhp-reveals-five-mining-dams-at-extreme-risk-of-causing-damage-and-loss-of-life
    Sydney has become the cocaine capital of Australia as the drug appears to be gaining some form of social acceptability.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-cocaine-capital-of-australia-sydney-s-insatiable-drug-appetite-20190607-p51vo9.html
    Jonathan Freedland explains how Brexit is causing the strange death of British conservatism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/07/brexit-strange-death-british-conservatism
    AGL Energy has flagged a seven month outage at Victoria’s Loy Yang power plant.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/agl-energy-flags-seven-month-outage-at-victoria-s-loy-yang-power-plant-20190607-p51vq0.html
    Sarah Danckert writes that Lendlease is facing fresh questions over why it took much longer than its consortium partner on the $3 billion NorthConnex road to confess to massive cost blowouts and delays on the project.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/lendlease-facing-questions-over-northconnex-blowout-disclosure-20190607-p51vk1.html
    Elizabeth Farrelly bemoans the loss of or “right to repair” the goods we buy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-m-fed-up-with-iphone-feudalism-viva-the-repair-revolution-20190606-p51v7t.html
    A man abused by notorious paedophile Christian Brother Edward ‘Ted’ Dowlan is suing George Pell, alleging the disgraced cardinal did nothing to protect him. I just hope the man is not represented by Mr Boyce!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/pell-sued-by-victim-for-failure-to-protect-him-from-notorious-abuser-20190607-p51vkz.html
    The Saturday Paper’s Russell Marks looks deeply into the Pell appeal.
    https://www.outline.com/bphk9c
    Disgraced former Vatican treasurer George Pell could know next week if he will be free from jail, with the longer a decision takes the less likely he is to succeed, legal experts say.
    https://www.outline.com/9NnksD
    Tim Costello has used his last day as head of World Vision Australia to call out middle-class Australians and their ‘huge sense of victimhood’. Speaking to The New Daily, Mr Costello said Australians had lost ‘perspective’ of what’s important.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/06/07/tim-costello-world-vision/
    In this investigation, Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt untangle the web of key identities, wealthy but low-profile financiers mostly, behind Australia’s most lucrative water deal.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/watergate-the-oxford-connection-behind-australias-richest-water-deal,12783
    Trump has attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview last night as “a nasty, vindictive, horrible person” in his first public comments since reports that she told colleagues she would like to see him in prison rather than impeached.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-lashes-out-at-nasty-vindictive-horrible-pelosi-20190608-p51vqs.html
    Disturbing new details have emerged about the behaviour of construction union boss John Setka, prompting Victorian premier Daniel Andrews to demand he apologise over comments he made about anti-violence campaigner Rosie Batty. This earns Setka a nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/pressure-on-setka-over-rosie-batty-comments-20190607-p51vhx.html

    Cartoon Corner.

    Alan Moir with an unexploded cabinet and a reminder of Tiananmen Square.


    David Rowe and “Job done!” by Potatohead.

    From Matt Golding.





    Jim Pavlidis in Morrison’s dressing room.

    John Shakespeare on similar lines.

    Andrew Dyson and what might become a police state.

    Matt Davidson with some budget honesty.

    Mark David and a new level of transparency.

    And he takes a good shot at News Ltd.

    A couple from Sean Leahy.


    Jon Kudelka has more on the AFP.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/2a7013e89f8a11c4c1f37eeb9602442f?width=1024

    From the US.






  8. You just have to love physics

    Schrödinger’s cat might not only be dead or alive, but also brought back from the brink, according to scientists who said they have discovered a warning sign for quantum transitions once thought to be instantaneous and unpredictable.

    The upshot is that the fate of Schrödinger’s cat can not only be predicted shortly in advance but even reversed once under way, the scientists said.

    hhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/03/feline-fine-fate-of-schrodingers-cat-can-be-reversed-study

  9. I would think most of us scan through the headlines from journalists who are just beginning to realise Australia has been a police state for six years now and think “Well, it serves you all right. You wanted this government returned, you got what you all wanted, now stew in it”.

    We tried to tell them, on blogs and on social media the evidence was there – many Australians were worried about the direction the ATM government was taking. Independent media has been on to this increasing surveillance for years, but our political journalists seemed to have totally missed what has been going on right under their noses. They were too busy promoting politics as a blood sport, an entertainment, a presidential-style contest.

    Instead of holding the government accountable they have all gleefully joined in the “Labor is soft on terrorism/border protection” whenever it seemed Labor might, finally, have the intestinal fortitude to vote against yet another nasty piece of surveillance legislation. Labor never had the courage to vote against any of it, instead they waved every bit through tr=he Senate, sometimes with a few minor amendments that did nothing to lessen the overall effect. Last year’s encryption bill comes to mind. Labor claims it managed to get a few amendments through, but it still supported the initial concept. Labor has been just as responsible for the current situation as the government.

    Here’s an excellent piece from the Washington Post, on the erosion of democracy in Australia, not written by an Australian journalists but by Emily Howie, the legal director at Australia’s Human Rights Law Centre.

    Australia’s raids on journalists reflect a creeping surveillance state

    Thus far, no arrests have been made as a result of either of the raids, but the mere show of force has laid bare the tenuous protection of media freedom and the insidious power of law enforcement to stymie vital democratic debate in Australia.

    There can be no doubt that the stories under investigation are of legitimate public interest. It may be uncomfortable for governments when misconduct is revealed. They may not want the public to know about their failures or attempts to spy on them. But those are not good reasons to prevent the truth coming out.

    Yet, for too long, Australian governments have passed laws purportedly to protect “national security” that have ridden roughshod over press freedom and human rights. These laws, which include criminal offenses for disclosing government information and other measures that give authorities expansive power to access and even alter data, create a stifling secrecy in government, without proper safeguards to ensure accountability for misconduct or human rights abuses

    https://beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/06/07/australias-raids-journalists-reflect-creeping-surveillance-state/?outputType=amp&

    While laws were being planned and debated the very same journalists who are now screaming about the importance of freedom of the press did next to nothing to tell us about this creeping misuse of power. Instead they actively campaigned for the same government that was slowly taking away their freedom. Even in the last two months we have seen them actively promoting FauxMo and his miserable mob, ridiculing Labor. telling us every day that Shorten was “boring” and refusing to scrutinise any of FauxMo’s claims.

    This is their reward for all that slavish devotion – fear and the further erosion of their freedom, and through that gradual descent into a police state, the erosion of our freedom and our democracy.

    Well done, journalists of Australia. Enjoy the police state your collusion has brought us. It’s too late to squeal now, thanks to your efforts we are stuck with this government for another three years.

    • Very true. I don’t pity them. They have always been prompt at seeing or inventing weaknesses in Shorten regarding border protection. That’s why Shorten just agreed in the main with the govt. A major flaw, I always thought, even with these vultures around. I hope Albo will bring some changes.

    • Had Labor taken a hard stance on all the new border protection laws, there would have been louder screams of Labor being SOFT on border protection. Had there been even a semblance of fair media reporting I doubt very much if Labor would have taken the bi-partisan road and this miserable govt might not have got away with so little scrutiny about their non-policies and the whole secrecy which has surrounded their ‘governance’ since they got into office. The media have only themselves to blame and they can damn well stew in their own juice so far as I’m concerned.

  10. The presstitutes and their owners will not moan for long , they will all be ‘Kent Brockman” in no time.

    • No, we didn’t win, Gigilene but then I really didn’t hold much hope that the voters would forget the six years of demonising Bill Shorten and Labor. However, we did hold our own in that we didn’t lose by much despite the negative propaganda and lies used by the Govt and their media supporters…..already the same cries are coming thick and fast from those who were duped who want LABOR to save them from their preferred govts excesses.

  11. There is always buyers’ remorse after each govt for one reason or another. People seem to just be discontent in general. What I’d like to see is journos regrets and remorse for their deceitful behaviour.

  12. Is this what Australia has become become? A member of the ABC Investigation Team telling potential whistleblowers not to send emails and to have meetings in person to avoid detection?

    • Another alternative…

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Jackie Maley suggests here that the AFP raids were an indication of the Morrison government being emboldened and exploiting its power. She declares that when an emboldened government that rejects transparency, collides with the erosion of public confidence in democracy, freedoms will die.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/afp-raids-add-to-picture-of-a-morrison-government-emboldened-20190607-p51vkq.html
    David McBride explains what h leaked documents to the ABC.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/my-duty-was-to-stand-and-be-counted-why-i-leaked-to-the-abc-20190608-p51vte.html
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us how Rex Patrick is quite fired up about the government’s actions to subdue the media. He wants action.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/senator-lashes-attempt-to-shut-down-media-and-whistleblowers-20190608-p51vts.html
    Peter Greste says that to protect press freedom, we need more public outrage – and an overhaul of our laws.
    https://theconversation.com/to-protect-press-freedom-we-need-more-public-outrage-and-an-overhaul-of-our-laws-118457
    Christopher Knaus writes that Whistleblowers who revealed government wrongdoing already face jail and this week’s raids will only deter others from coming forward
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/08/it-sends-shockwaves-through-your-life-how-the-media-raids-will-silence-whistleblowers
    Correspondence obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age shows shadow attorney-general Mark Drefyfus wrote to Malcolm Turnbull in 2018 to urge the then prime minister to convene an investigation into how secret government documents were leaked to senior News Corp reporter Annika Smethurst.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6206765/correspondence-shows-labor-demanded-an-investigation-into-classified-annika-smethurst-leak/?cs=14350
    Much has been said about Scott Morrison’s recent election victory but less has been said about how similar it was to the victories of Donald Trump and the Brexit movement, writes Tom Orren.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/how-the-liberals-won-the-unwinnable-election,12778
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that Albanese is distancing himself from the toxic John Setka.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-relationship-albanese-distances-himself-from-cfmmeu-s-john-setka-20190608-p51vst.html
    Trains reaching Geelong within 35 minutes and Ballarat within 45 minutes would be built under a landmark proposal seeking to cut through political wrangling and finally make fast country commutes a reality.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/regions-unite-on-fast-train-strategy-20190608-p51vsd.html
    John Wren takes a look at the visit to Sydney by the Chinese Navy, the AFP raids against journalists and RBA interest rate cuts.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-the-chinese-navy-afp-raids-and-interest-rate-cuts,12786
    Julie Szego tries to understand the essence of the Pell case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/in-search-of-a-complete-picture-in-the-pell-case-20190607-p51vlu.html
    Michael Gove was battling to keep his campaign for the Tory leadership alive on Saturday night as he faced accusations of hypocrisy from drug experts and politicians, after admitting he had taken cocaine when working as a young journalist.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/08/michael-gove-branded-hypocrite-after-admitting-using-cocaine
    The world’s greatest respecter od science, Donald Trump, has excelled himself this time!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-says-the-moon-is-mars-on-a-confusing-day-for-space-travel-20190608-p51vtl.html
    Nick Miller tells us how, with the choice of jurisdiction for the court case, the odds are stacked well and truly against Assange.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/you-don-t-stand-a-chance-how-the-press-freedom-argument-will-go-for-assange-20190607-p51vfi.html
    I am giving today’s nomination for “Arseholes of the Week” to the NSW town of Mullumbimby.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/how-one-hippie-town-became-the-anti-vaxxer-capital-of-australia-20190603-p51txe.html

    Cartoon Corner

    A few from Matt Golding.



    And from Mark David.


    At the ABC with Mark Zanetti.

    A concerning one from Glen Le Lievre.

    From the US



  14. The town of Mullumbimby and its dopey inhabitants well deserve this week’s “Arsehole of the Week” award.

    One day these pro-plaguers will find their town struck with an illness that will hit their children hard. The adults, of course, are mostly fully immunised thanks to their sensible parents, so they will be OK. I just wonder how these fools will cope when their kids become victims of something like Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), years after apparently surviving a childhood illness these fools consider harmless.

    https://www.msdmanuals.com/en-au/home/children-s-health-issues/viral-infections-in-infants-and-children/subacute-sclerosing-panencephalitis-sspe

    One in four kids who have measles will need hospitalisation.
    One in 1000 will develop encephalits which may leave them with deafness or intellectual disabilities.
    1 or 2 in every 1000 kids who suffer through this allegedly harmless childhood disease will die from respiratory or neurological complications.
    https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/complications.html

    It’s pointless, of course, trying to explain all this to pro-plaguers, they know better because they believe people with no medical qualifications who spruik this nonsense.

    Then there are the nasty effects of diphtheria, tetanus,whooping cough, meningitis and all the other illnesses that are now preventable but which these incredibly stupid people believe are harmless.

    I’ve been to Mullumbimby, and to Byron Bay, years ago when I briefly lived up that way. My impression back then in the late 1960s and again on another visit in the early 1980s was both towns were filthy holes. I have not changed that opinion.

    Mullumbimby votes Green, overwhelmingly Green. Enough said.

  15. I just posted this across “the road”.

    The AFP raids.

    These are extremely serious threats to our democracy. The Fourth Estate’s watchdog role is essential to a functioning democracy. These raids are clearly a demonstration of intimidation of the press, seeing that the matters being “investigated” happened a year or more ago.
    Labor is just as culpable as the Coalition for enacting laws that have given the AFP the powers to carry out these raids. The security legislation was supported with some minor amendments by Labor under the leadership of “Me Too” Shorten. I remember arguing here on PB at the time of the dangers of such legislation weakening our civil liberties & rights. The counter argument here was it was a good move tactically by Labor to neutralise National Security as an issue which the Coalition had successfully beaten Labor over the head for many a year. I then argued that if that was the case and even if Shorten had been briefed at the time of serious impending threats that required such legislation, Labor should have insisted on sunset clauses. Labor would 100% support the legislation but it would be reviewed in say 5 years to see if such drastic reductions in our freedoms were still warranted by external threats.
    My opposition to the support of this security legislation by Labor under Shorten was seen as Labor heresy at that time. Shorten was the master tactician, uniting the Labor team and had neutralized one of the few clubs the Coalition had to beat Labor with. Leaving the Coalition vulnerable in the areas of the economy and social infrastructure which would result in their electoral defeat. “Besides, little bedwetter, Labor once in Government can change or repeal this security legislation.” [My paraphrasing].
    Well it is 2019, Labor is still in opposition and it feels like 1984.

  16. Mum is in Lyell MacEwin hospital. Not sounding good with kidney partially failing. I am way up past Broome area and can’t get back till 48 hours. All the fucking mineral wealth they take out of a country and where they take it from gets fuck all public resources back.

    • It is the same universe where it will also be Labor’s fault if the shit hits the fan re the economy and unfortunately it is our universe.

  17. I think by now everyone who comes here knows I’m not a rusted-on Labor voter. I haven’t voted 1 Labor in federal elections since the 2008 Lyne by-election that sent Rob Oakeshott to Canberra. At the last election I did not vote 1 for Labor in the Senate, which was a first for me. I gave Labor my 2nd preference, and I think that’s the best Labor can hope for now, for the rest of my life. I’m now what you might call a rusted-on independent supporter.

    Why has Labor lost me? Because I could not stomach Labor’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees and more recently because I could not stomach Labor’s eager support for alleged “national security” legislation. Tinkering around the edges with a minor amendment here or there was never acceptable to me. I wanted Labor to take a strong stand, to defend the rights of asylum seekers rather than demonise them because the party saw votes in an abysmal, inhumane approach. I wanted Labor to vote against nasty legislation like last year’s so-called “encryption bill”, but they did not. That was a huge mistake, to my mind. Mealy-mouthed assurances that Labor would re-examine those laws when they became the government were unbelievable, especially as we have heard these assurances before, elected a Labor government and seen nothing done.

    Labor has been complicit in passing increasingly draconian national security laws instead of taking a stand against the creeping erosion of democracy in Australia.That legislation will continue to have a dreadful effect on Australia for years to come. Labor never had the slightest intention of repealing any of it. Instead Shorten boasted about Labor’s willing compliance.

    We haven’t had real democracy in this country since at least September 2013, and probably for much longer than that.

    Just look at these instances of the ATM government shutting down any criticism, or any comment they did not much like. This is not an exhaustive list, it’s just the examples that come to mind.

    In 2014 we heard about Tony Abbott’s daughter, Frances. receiving a $60,000 scholarship from a Sydney design school allegedly because Abbott knew the owners of the private college. Freya Newman, the student who informed the media of this lavish gift was taken to court, found guilty and sentenced. She was placed on a good behaviour bond and narrowly avoided a jail term, just for doing something she believed was in the public interest.
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/no-conviction-for-student-who-leaked-frances-abbott-s-scholarship-details

    In February 2017 blogger Andie Fox wrote an opinion piece for Fairfax criticising Centrelink’s robodebt fiasco. In retaliation a Fairfax journalist wrote a response in which he revealed personal information about Ms Fox that had been released by the Department of Human Services and by the responsible minister Alan Tudge. . The acting Privacy and Information Commissioner, Angelene Falk, ruled the Department of Human Services was justified in releasing that information. A few months later Ms Falk was rewarded for services rendered by being made Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner

    More recent;y we have had Witness K and Bernard Collaery, both being prosecuted for revealing an illegal spying operation in East Timor, David McBride, who leaked the information in “The Afghan Files” to the ABC hounded and Richard Boyle, tax office worker, facing a long jail sentence if he is found guilty of revealing the government’s heavy-handed approach to recovering debts.

    All have revealed things that are critical of the ATM government and which are definitely in the public interest.

    However, the media went along with all these harassments, arrests and charges,even took delight in much of it, until a couple of their own became targets. Then suddenly it all became a threat to democracy.

    Not seen as a threat though is the sudden abandonment of an AFP investigation of a leak that had troubled ASIO earlier this year, a leak intended to embarrass Labor just before the vote on the medivac legislation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/07/australian-federal-police-drop-investigation-into-media-leak-over-medevac-bill

    This is a very bad look for the government. I can only assume, in line with my thinking on the reasons for the media raids, that the government no longer needs to embarrass Labor and suddenly decided after the debacle with the media raids to ditch this investigation because continuing with it might have thrown up something that would have reflected badly on this government. The AFP say they have found no reason to continue this investigation, but who would believe anything they say? They were compromised years ago and are now just handy tools for Dutton to use as he sees fit, his very own tame police force.

    • A sad overall picture. Except for this irritating me-tooism with regards to as and national security, Labor was offering great policies. For some reason they didn’t help him win. What a disaster!

    • I’m biting my tongue…….I don’t understand when people vote against a party because of a couple of policies they don’t like, then complain about the party they didn’t vote for and blame that party when things they do like get taken away from them.

    • Leone,

      For me, Oz democracy stopped with Tampa. Rudd/Gillard made a valiant attempt, but of course sub- and perverted by Murdoch. Again.

    • 2gravel –

      I did not vote against Labor, I wanted a Labor government. Why would I have posted all those Labor videos pre-election if I had not wanted that?

      Preferential voting allows me to give my No 1 vote to whoever I think is best, and for this election, in both houses, that was not Labor, it was an independent. Labor got my No 2 votes.

      I have to say at this election I was stuck after numbering 1 and 2 on the ballot paper. It became a case of least disliked for the six remaining places. Same with the Senate paper – I was determined to vote below the line, but after about 20 places (including all the Labor and ICAN candidates) I was struggling. I think I got to 30 and then gave up. My upper house votes would have gone to Labor anyway. In my safe National electorate I have the luxury of voting as I do because my vote usually doesn’t matter, a Nat always wins. If I lived in a marginal electorate I might have to think about voting Labor.

      There have been times I have had to grit my teeth and hold my nose to vote Labor – the 2004 election was the last time I did that. I really did not like Mark Latham, I thought (rightly, as it turned out) that he would have been a dreadful PM, but I voted Labor anyway.

  18. Gullible ? Some but the Coalition specialise in appealing to our baser instincts. The stated reasons given for voting for the Coalition are just fig leaves for the real reason they voted for the Coalition, be it greed, racism or whatever. There are shed loads of those bustards.

  19. Each and every one of us is capable of gullibility, though I suspect our susceptibility is minuscule compared to most of the population. Each etc is capable of being illogical – again, I think we are less so than most.

    And – most importantly – we are all tolerant of each others’ opinions, even when we disagree. That is a healthy state of affairs.

  20. Then of course there are the plain stupid. You can bet these bustards will be first in line with their hands out asking for assistance when shit hits the fan.
    .
    .

    “Half the people on NSW coast don’t think rising sea levels will hurt them.
    JUNE 07, 2019
    The coastline is retreating and beachfront homes have been damaged in recent years, but half of the people who live, play or work on the NSW coast do not believe rising sea levels will affect their lives.
    https://outline.com/8pKYSf

    • Kaffeeklatscher,

      And 99.9repeater% of them will be screaming “Why didn’t you tell me?”

    • I see lots of stories on social media about pensioners voting conservative for the first time because they believed FauxMo promised to give franking credits to all pensioners. They seem to have misheard or misinterpreted something he said during the election campaign.

      I’ve seen so many of these stories that it can’t all be made up. There really are pensioners out there so stupid and so gullible that they believe they are going to be given thousands of dollars every year, even though they do not have shares.

      There are going to be a lot of very upset oldies when they finally work out there is no money for them.

  21. Their lack of knowledge will of course be the fault of the ‘gummint’ who should have been warning people like them.

    Happy days though for those who could not afford to buy right on the beach and so bought a street or two back from the beach.

  22. Leone and Gravel,

    To be honest, I don’t think either of you are at odds.

    Leone, you have always been explicit about why you don’t give Labor your first preference.

    Gravel, my reading of your position is that you aren’t all that happy with people who don’t vote Labor and then complain because they don’t get the handouts they thought they’d been promised.

    I understand and support both of you (as I suggested earlier, your views are NOT incompatible).

    I should also take this opportunity to remind everyone at The Pub that I was a paid-up member of the Liberal Party from mid 1978 to late 1982.

    Silly me.

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Lonergan Research boss Chris Lonergan admitted tearing up a poll showing Labor was in a much worse position than widely believed because it was worried the results did not match other published polls.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/embarrassed-pollster-ripped-up-poll-that-showed-labor-losing-election-20190604-p51u9v.html
    Greg Jericho expounds upon the Coalition’s lies, damned lies and election-winning strategies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/jun/09/coalitions-lies-damned-lies-and-election-winning-strategies
    Sam Maiden reports that the whistleblower who leaked the internal report and sparked last week’s police raids on the ABC insists he was trying to expose the willingness of politicians and Defence to throw the soldier under the bus to appease voters – not criticise the troops.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/06/09/sas-inquiry-whistleblower/
    Sean Kelly urges the opposition to go hard in holding this government to account.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-is-a-dangerous-time-in-the-political-cycle-20190609-p51vx0.html
    Amy Remeikis reports that the government’s income tax plan will gift Australia’s top income earners more than $33bn in benefits, according to a new economic analysis from the Australia Institute.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/10/coalitions-income-tax-plan-will-gift-highest-earners-33bn
    If there are to be press freedoms, we must look to and criticise the silencing and prosecution of Western journalists, writes Daniel Safi.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/media-organisations-need-to-speak-up-in-support-of-whistleblowers-and-press-freedom,12788
    Part of the pension income test should be reviewed to better reflect Australia’s record low interest rates, according to federal Labor. But new Human Services Minister Anne Ruston says she has already sought advice on whether any changes are necessary in light of this week’s interest rate drop.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6207387/minister-checking-pension-test-rates/?cs=14329
    Bob Katter has been recorded taking a membership pledge for far-right “western chauvinist” group, the Proud Boys, but has dismissed his actions as “larrikinism”. The guy’s demented!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/09/bob-katter-pledges-allegiance-to-far-right-group-but-dismisses-it-as-larrikinism
    Kirsty Needham reports that over a million people marched through Hong Kong city streets last night in a massive protest against a bill that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/a-million-take-to-hong-kong-streets-to-say-no-to-beijing-20190610-p51w20.html
    Dana McCauley reports that Albanese has lashed Victorian construction union boss John Setka for disparaging family violence campaigner Rosie Batty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/anthony-albanese-declares-i-m-on-rosie-batty-s-side-20190609-p51vzi.html
    Cara Waters examines the franchising scene as planned new laws come into effect.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/it-s-costing-us-millions-jack-cowin-hits-out-on-franchising-reforms-20190607-p51vqg.html
    Melissa Cunningham explains how Victoria’s voluntary euthanasia laws will be brought into effect on June 19.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/pharmacists-at-the-alfred-to-mix-lethal-dose-and-hand-deliver-to-patients-20190523-p51qfa.html
    The Guardian says that the UK’s archaic first-past-the-post system is alarmingly unfit for a multi-party age. Too right it is!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/09/our-archaic-first-past-post-system-alarmingly-unfit-multi-party-age
    Greg Hunt has sounded a warning to medical specialists over “very excessive” fees after brain surgeon Charlie Teo defended charging large medical bills for risky procedures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/greg-hunt-warns-of-excessive-medical-fees-amid-dr-charlie-teo-debate-20190609-p51w06.html
    The Age reports that a leaked government document has revealed the true cost of Peninsula Link, showing it would have been far, far cheaper for the state to have built the motorway itself.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/billions-more-leaked-document-reveals-true-cost-of-peninsula-link-20190609-p51vzs.html
    Abortion is never something to be taken lightly, but it must be an option for women who don’t feel ready, for whatever reason, to start a family, writes Sarah Thomson in relating her own story.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/reproductive-choice-is-a-woman-s-right-i-don-t-regret-exercising-mine-20190609-p51w1e.html
    Boris Johnson metaphorically ups the ante over Brexit, saying he would withhold payment of the country’s European Union exit bill to try and get a better deal – a move that drew an immediate rebuke from France.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/uk-should-refuse-to-pay-brexit-divorce-bill-says-pm-contender-johnson-20190610-p51w27.html
    Netflix is poised to open its first Australian office and has started hiring local staff.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/netflix-sets-up-australian-outpost-as-streaming-battle-intensifies-20190607-p51vfq.html
    Better than putting your finger down your throat, here is Amanda Vanstone’s effort about Albanese’s ”leftie leanings” being an albatross around his neck.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-s-leftie-leanings-are-an-albatross-around-his-neck-20190608-p51vsr.html
    In plain English, David Cay Johnston shows how super rich business owners like William Ingraham Koch, one of the billionaire Koch brothers and Trump neighbour and supporter, can pocket vast sums without paying income tax.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/bill-koch-tax-dodges-of-the-american-super-rich-part-1/
    There’s trouble ant the morgue!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/delays-give-new-morgue-a-grim-outlook-20190607-p51vjc.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Some redecoration by Matt Golding.

    From an upset Pat Campbell.

    Mark David lines up the Uber Tuber.

    Zanetti and our wonderful national anthem.

    Sewn Leahy celebrates Ash Barty’s win.

    Alan Moir and our erstwhile guardian of democracy.

    Jon Kudelka and our own new world.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/e386d3bef67ea771dafa1def5f7ea0d4?width=1024

    From the US


  24. Chinese warships pictured loaded with Australian baby formula before departure
    Chinese military personnel have been spotted loading baby formula and face masks onto a warship before leaving Sydney Harbour.

    Chinese military personnel were spotted unloading boxes of highly sought after Australian baby formula onto their warship the day before leaving Sydney Harbour.

    The photograph, taken Thursday, shows military staff unloading boxes of baby formula from a van, along with boxes of whitening sheet face masks and Devondale brand long life milk.

    Australian brand baby formula has become a highly sought after product in China over the last ten years, after a mass milk poisoning in the region led to the injury and deaths of many babies

    https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/chinese-warships-pictured-loaded-with-australian-baby-formula-before-departure/news-story/934ce3aaf9df90e18a521d6bee1c90c9

    China wants our baby formula and milk, not our coal.

    Our government is quietly overseeing the death of Australian dairy farms while trying to get more coal mines up and running.

    Wouldn’t it be moire sensible to focus on developing Australia’s dairy industry to meet overseas demand, and not just Chinese demand?

  25. gigilene

    Ever since sailors were “invented” buying up what is in their home country, exotic/expensive/luxuries while visiting foreign ports has been SOP. The story is a “Dey terk er jerbs” effort.More suited to Clive’s UAP.

  26. The media kept referring to the arrival of the Chinese warships as a “surprise visit”.

    It wasn’t.

    These visits are arranged well in advance and the media jerks know this. Just because no-one bothered to tell them the ships were coming does not make it a “surprise”.

    It’s also no secret that the Chinese love Australian baby formula, and why wouldn’t they? Remember the scandal about melamine in formula ten years ago? Chinese parents still don’t trust the local product.

    https://qz.com/1323471/ten-years-after-chinas-melamine-laced-infant-milk-tragedy-deep-distrust-remains/

    Australia should be expanding production of formula, not whinging about the Chinese stealing our product. Talk about a missed opportunity!

  27. The meeja who are portraying the “surprise” visit as somehow “scary” are of course not chasing up Scrott as to why he permitted this “scary” thing to happen and why he kept such a “scary” visit secret from the public. Anyway how the fcuk could this milk powder crud be a story in the first place. A bit of racist click bait ?

    Re the sailors buying stuff up. Way back when NZ had a battalion based in Singapore it would have been quite a sight seeing the Hercules aircraft on their return flights being loaded. It usually would have looked like an electrical appliance store was being moved to NZ 🙂

  28. This post comes with extreme RANT warning..
    We absolutely should not be expanding our dairy industy – methane is a worse gas than C02 for global warming, plus the land clearing for grazing, nitrogen fertilizers and cattle effluent entering our waterways is disasterous for the environment. NZ massively expanded their dairy industry over the last 10-15 yrs in response to increased demand in Asia, & it has decimated their environment. Many NZ rivers are too poluted to swim in and have recurring blue-green algae blooms. The dairy industry in NZ has the same power as mining in Aus.
    The global expansion of beef & dairy herds to supply the fast food industry is as bad as coal. The global companies that own the mega cattle ranches (esp in the Amazon) receive as much support from govts in the form of subsidies & use similar tactics of bribery and disinformation.
    And no, we don’t have enough water to expand dairy herds when some towns in western NSW, QLD & VIC are having water trucked in.
    As China & India’s populations have become “middle class” they are adopting a western diet – more dairy – which is the worst thing for the environment. They are not learning from our mistakes. (And many asians have a dairy intolerance so should be avoiding it anyway)
    The companies that are pushing dairy & baby formula onto Asia & India are doing the same as Nestle did to Africa. Countries with dubious water quality should be encouraging breast feeding, formula should only be a last resort.
    There is a slowly growing trend in western countries, in response to both enviromental & health concerns, towards a more plant based diet, similar to what populations in emerging economies were used to and we should be encouraging these aspiring middle class in China & India to use their new wealth to grow foods that expand that diet. But their envy of western culture makes that a tough sell.
    It won’t be too far in the future that the grain used to feed cattle – more and more as drought means less grass – will have to be prioritised back to human consumption. And there will be less grain available as well so its a vicious cycle that we are unlikely to find a way out of. Food & water rationing is what we bequeathing our kids.
    At the point where we most need progresive & fearless govts & leaders to work together globally to address the climate emergency, we are stuck with trump, putin, bolsonaro, may/boris? & morrison. We are so screwed.
    Rant over..

  29. One more thing about the Chinese ship visit. They arrived on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre. Coincidence ? Were there a number of other countries also receiving visits at about the same time ?

  30. Why the secrecy?

    Defence agencies are refusing to say whether they consulted the then defence minister Marise Payne before referring leaks of classified information to the Australian federal police.

    The AFP has confirmed that it began its investigations into the ABC’s report of alleged unlawful killings by Australian troops in Afghanistan and Annika Smethurst’s report of plans to extend spy powers after it received referrals from agency heads in July 2017 and August 2018 respectively.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/10/afp-media-raids-defence-agencies-refuse-to-say-if-minister-was-told-before-leaks-referred-to-police

    • Kirsdarke,

      My apologies – I should have realised that there were two images. However, neither was showing up. That’s why I saved the obvious one and put it in The Pub’s media library.

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