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. Scrott and his clappy mates should be kept well away from mental illness. There are a number of fcuked ideas running around the pentecoatal world and the causes/treatment of mental health issues.

  2. Just on that visit to Burwood Girls High School –

    FauxMo was visiting with Dr Fiona Martin, newly elected MP for Reid. Burwood is part of that electorate and Dr Martin replaces Craig Laundy.

    FauxMo didn’t seem to know where he was, he seemed to think he was perhaps in Victoria. (Maybe the brain damage from all those amphetamines I’m sure he takes is starting to show.)

    In the official transcript of this presser, after being welcomed by Dr Martin, who clearly knew exactly where she was, FauxMo said this –

    PRIME MINISTER: Well thank you Fiona. It’s great to be here with Greg Hunt the Health Minister, and it is wonderful here at Port Phillip High School.

    No-one noticed, no-one has (so far) corrected the official transcript.

    It gets worse – there doesn’t seem to be a Port Phillip High School. Maybe the addled FauxMo thought he was at Parramatta, visiting Arthur Phillip High School.

    I only looked it up because I was wondering why on earth FauxMo was at a state high school. I really think there needs to be a rule to stop politicians of all kinds using public schools and public hospitals for their campaigning and announcements.

    This is why he was there – taking all the glory for a program sponsored by many well-known businesses and organisations.

    • Possibly. She’s right though, no-one knows what the economy will be like next year, let alone in three years time because this miserable government doesn’t have a clue about proper economic management.

  3. FauxMo doesn’t seem to know what he is. Economist? Scientist? Property marketer? Who knows? He certainly likes to stretch the truth about his life.

    Just before the election, on 7.30, he said he was an economist.

    SCOTT MORRISON: Because I’m an economist and I’ve had a lot of experience working in the property industry over most of my life, Leigh

    A degree in applied economic geography does not make you an economist, it’s a science degree, his was run by the science department at UNSW. His actual degree is a B.Sc.Hons.

    In October last year he mentioned that science degree and admitted it was in applied science. when he was speaking at the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Awards.

    Now, it’s true I actually have a science degree –
    It’s true. But I hate to disappoint you; it’s in Applied Science, Social Sciences and Economic Geography. But that said –

    He changes his story to suit the occasion. When it suits him he’s a scientist, on a different occasion he’s an economist.

    He is also very “flexible” with the truth about his own CV. He told Leigh Sales another lie in that 7.30 interview, he said he had worked in the property industry “over most of my life”. He lied.

    Wikipedia tells us “Morrison worked as national policy and research manager for the Property Council of Australia from 1989 to 1995”, straight after he left university. He then moved into tourism and we all know the rest. He spent six or seven years working in property and then moved on to something better, eventually entering parliament in 2007. He’s now 51 years old. Seven years is not most of his life.

    No-one except the dedicated keyboard warriors on social media has ever mentioned this constant lying about his own life.

  4. Sorry about the poor quality ot the Bill Maher video, I’ve watched this one all the way through. There are a couple of hiccups in it but it is much better than the first one I posted.

    Also I just wanted to add Bill seems to have lost control of his panel of late and it makes it hard to watch when you have 3 of 4 people speaking at the same time, anyway here it is –

    New rules 46:45

    Overtime –

  5. More problems with the F-35s.

    I’d call them flying lemons, but they don’t fly.

    Host of new faults revealed in Australia’s billion-dollar fighter jets
    Australia’s $17 billion investment in stealth fighters has seen pilots experience “extreme pain” in the cockpit. It’s one problem after another.

    The Pentagon is battling the clock to fix serious, unreported F-35 problems

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Jacqui Maley wonders what has changed to make Labor’s attitude to Setka change. It was publicity, she says.
    Federal Labor is turning up the heat on the coalition government to split its planned income tax cuts to help immediately stimulate a floundering economy.
    Katharine Murphy and Christopher Knaus have collaborated to write a feature article on Mike Pezzullo becoming Australia’s most powerful bureaucrat.
    Judith Ireland reports that Kerry O’Brien says the federal government should not “faff around” with a proposed parliamentary inquiry into press freedom, and should instead move to urgently update national security laws to improve protections for journalists and whistleblowers.
    The prime minister’s department has intervened to thwart the release of the navy chief’s diary to a senator investigating the handling of a multibillion-dollar arms contract. Bulldog Rex Patrick is on the job!
    Unemployment was unchanged in May. But the seemingly positive numbers are hiding a growing scourge in our labour market: underemployment.
    Matt Wade explains how Sydney is the champion when it comes to inequality.
    The Mascot Towers instability issue points again to building standards and regulation.
    Peter FitzSimons nicely describes the Hawke memorial service.
    Nick Cohen wonders when resistance in Britain to populism will properly begin.
    Former Sydney Swan Brandon Jack writes with considerable feeling that the pressure to “be a man” is bringing heartache to too many people. When young men are made to feel that this life is not for them anymore, we should rethink what it is about this life that drives them to that point.
    Bridget McKenzie is the federal politician who claimed the most in travel allowances last year, spending at least three out of five nights in 2018 staying at hotels and billing taxpayers for more than $1400 a week.
    The owner of a Japanese tanker attacked in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday has offered a different account of the nature of the attack than that provided by the United States. Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo, said the Filipino crew of the Kokuka Courageous thought their vessel had been hit by flying objects rather than a mine. There’s funny business here.
    The captain of Hawthorn gets today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” for this unedifying sporting performance.

    Cartoon Corner

    From Matt Golding.

    Richard Gilberto looks to the future.

    Zanetti just couldn’t resist it!

    From the US

    The Washington Post sees off Sarah Sanders.

  7. I have just caught up with the Bob Hawke Memorial Service on iview
    A few thoughts
    1. Bob Hawke made our national anthem “Australians all let us rejoice. . . ”
    2. Bob Hawke appeared on Towards 2000 to spruik the dangers of global warming in 1989
    3. as well as getting a moratorium on mining in Antartica – currently Australia isn’t doing research in Antartica
    4. Blanche delivered part of the eulogy in Mandarin, which she had gone to great pains to learn
    5. the tune “Downunder” is emblematic of an optimistic nation, the tune was bought 10 years later from the copyright owner and the band was sued for breeching copyright, causing a band member to suicide
    6. Scott Morrison wrote 3/4 page in the memorial book WTF??


    • Everything always has to be about him. In every speech he gives us a fairytale anecdote about himself. This time he wrote what seemed to be an essay in a condolence book.

      I suppose his minders tell him it makes him seem like “one of us” to Australians, but to those of us who loathe this person it makes him seem fake, the more he does it the more fake he becomes.

  8. The original The Age article is buried but the Guardian reported the same thing

    The government will face a second legal challenge to its controversial welfare debt recovery scheme after the Department of Human Services wiped the robodebt at the centre of the first case.

    Guardian Australia revealed in May that the debt of a Melbourne nurse, Madeleine Masterston, had been wiped before proceedings in the federal court. The judge is yet to determine whether the challenge will proceed but the department has argued it no longer has a case to answer.

    On Wednesday Victoria Legal Aid said it would mount a new challenge on behalf of a 33-year-old local government employee, Deanna Amato, who was sent a $2,700 robodebt over alleged Austudy overpayments. Her $1,700 tax return was garnished by the government over the debt.

    Centrelink drops woman’s robodebt after she mounts court challenge
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    “In this case and the case of our other client Madeleine, we think it’s critical for a court to look at the process Centrelink relies on to decide that people owe them money,” said Rowan McRae, an executive director at Victoria Legal Aid.

    “These two women are asking the court to decide whether that process complies with the law.”

    In the face of sustained criticism, the government has taken a number of steps to blunt the harshest aspects of the scheme, including allowing people more time to prove their past income before the department uses a controversial “averaging” tool.

    The averaging method spreads a person’s annual income gathered from tax office data over 26 fortnights to calculate to whether they were overpaid, which often results in incorrect debts being raised.

    But employees have told Guardian Australia that under-pressure staff are routinely proceeding straight to the averaging method to raise a debt to try to meet informal team targets. The department denies this.

    Amid those changes, the government has also ramped up the scheme. It is on track to issue more than 200,000 debts this financial year and has raised about $555m, about 30% more than it did in previous years.

    After news of the ramp-up, the Greens senator Rachel Siewert called on the new minister, Stuart Robert, to suspend the scheme.

    “It’s shameful to be putting people on the lowest income through the stress and anxiety of the robodebt scheme, which is fundamentally flawed,” she said late last month. “It’s also far too convenient that the person at the centre of a federal court challenge to robodebt had their debt wiped.”

    Victoria Legal Aid has argued in court that the department had acted in “bad faith” by wiping the debt and that it held a “forensic advantage” because it could wipe the debt and then say it had no case to answer.

    A date has not been set for Amato’s case, while Masterston’s will be heard again in August.

    A Department of Human Services spokesman, Hank Jongen, said: “It would be inappropriate for us to discuss the details of a matter that is presently before the court.

    “The commonwealth ombudsman, in reviewing our processes, found that it is reasonable and appropriate to ask people to explain discrepancies in data.”

    Robo-debt madness
    I sympathise with young people who are caught up in the divisive robo-debts (The Age, 12/6). My daughter is working overseas so I was included as her nominee when she received two invoices from the Department of Human Services, with no warning, in July 2018. I was told it was up to me to provide bank statements and work payslips in order to seek a review. I collected all the data and presented it to Centrelink in August and that is when the process of grinding into the ground started.

    My daughter had one outstanding invoice garnished by the Tax Office and was also threatened with not being allowed to depart Australia if she did not pay the outstanding debt. But most irritatingly, since lodging the data, it has been followed up on seven occasions, the most recent being last week, and I was told the review had not started. If I do not follow up and ask for an extension, it triggers a robo-debt invoice because the department’s staff only have the authority to extend for two months. After 10 months, I am still waiting for a review. The department’s directive appears to be: robo-debt students are guilty, stall the process until they fold.

    Paul Norman, Ascot Vale

  9. Dutton has tried telling lies about Labor’s intentions on the medivac legislation and it seems to have blown up in his face.

    Result – a win for Kristina Keneally and Dutton left wiping egg off his ugly mug. It’s not a good idea to tell porkies about a proposed repeal when your lousy farce of a government needs to keep the opposition on side.

    Keneally backs medevac laws after Dutton claims Labor may help repeal bill
    Peter Dutton says legislation creates ‘broad power’ to overrule minister but Keneally says this has been ‘misconstrued’

    He also lied about the number of people brought to Australia for medical treatment under that legislation. According to Kon from the ASRC almost 70 people so far have been brought to Australia under that legislation, not the “just over 30” Dutton claims. I know who I believe.

  10. Not getting the attention it deserves –

    Mike Pompeo tells Jewish leaders he would ‘push back’ against Corbyn
    US secretary of state made comments in recording leaked to Washington Post

    Labour has accused Donald Trump’s top official, Mike Pompeo, of trying to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister, after he was caught on tape telling Jewish leaders that he would “push back” against the party’s leadership.

    In a recording leaked to the Washington Post, the US secretary of state was asked what he would do if Corbyn were to be elected as prime minister, after sustained criticism over Labour’s handling of accusations of antisemitism within the party.

    The questioner said: “Would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?” In response, Pompeo appeared to suggest that he would seek to intervene in the debate before Corbyn had a chance to become prime minister.

    “It could be that Mr Corbyn manages to run the gauntlet and get elected,” he said on the recording. “It’s possible. You should know, we won’t wait for him to do those things to begin to push back. We will do our level best. It’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened.”

    More comment from the UK –

    The US Just Threatened to Move Against Corbyn: Where Is the Outrage?

    The Secretary of State of the world’s most powerful nation has promised to ‘push back’ against the possibility of the leader of the Labour Party in Britain getting elected. He suggests US agencies will try and intervene to stop that eventuality because “it’s too risky and too important and too hard once it’s already happened”.

    We live in a liberal democracy at a time when there are widespread elite fears of foreign interference in politics, particularly by Russia. Cue outrage from the government and across media platforms surely? Err…well no actually. I haven’t found a single record of complaint from the government, the story hasn’t got near the top headlines in the national press, and as I write the BBC website is not featuring the story at all.

    This is extraordinary. Trump’s endorsement of Johnson and Farage during his visit was bad enough. But here we have an unambiguous statement by the most powerful foreign policy official in the US administration bar the President suggesting a move against a democratically elected leader in Britain. And it is not big news

  11. It may be an interesting 3 years ahead for us watching this bumbling government shift from 1 cock-up to another,if it lasts 3 years.

    • I doubt they will last three years, and even if they do, I don’t think FauxMo will be leader at the next election.

      His one man band, dictatorial, captain’s pick style will mean a lot of his henchgoons will soon conspire to dump him. I would be very surprised if the plotting is not already underway.

      Even his tactic of rounding up all the happy-clappers in the government and promoting them way above their level of competence won’t save him.

  12. Nothing to see here.

    Soon after Donald Trump took office, Mr Turnbull demanded he honour the agreement.

    In a leaked transcript of that conversation, the Australian leader reportedly said: “We will take anyone that you want us to take.”

    Last month, it emerged two Rwandan men accused of murdering tourists in 1999 were sent from the United States to settle in Australia.

    Mr Dutton defended the decision to accept the pair.

    “You’ve got to look at all of the facts of individual cases, you’ve got to look at the historical perspective around the circumstances, what has happened in the intervening period,” he said.

    Asked if he knew where the men were living, Mr Dutton said: “I just don’t have any information on individual cases.

    “But we aren’t bringing in people posing a risk.”

    He said Australia was working with the United States and United Nations to help resolve “very hard” and “intractable” refugee cases abroad.

    “[But] we don’t have plans to bring any others from America at this stage,” he said.

  13. Excellent response to the latest F-35 faults –

  14. It was far more important to natter on about John Setka and push pro-government propaganda about alleged union thugs, obviously.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    A delated Ross Gittins opines that the election was lost by the party proposing to remove a long list of sectional tax breaks and use the proceeds to increase spending on hospitals, schools and childcare, and won by the party that couldn’t agree on any major policies bar a humungous tax cut. He bemoans that in a world where switched-off swinging voters aren’t even guided by informed self-interest, the scare campaign is king. To be blunt, the best liars win.
    And Greg Jericho explains why it’s time for a post-election reality check – and a budget reboot!
    Tony Walker severely criticises this government’s China policy which he says is in flux, under stress and confused. He concludes the article by saying that China policy is much too important to be left to a non-accountable security establishment.
    In a signal it could continue to fight tax cuts for high-income earners, Labor is demanding the government release detailed data on the cost of its tax cut plan.
    The Coalition’s plan to flatten tax brackets for middle to high income earners will provide twice as much benefit to men than women, a new analysis has found.
    Matt Holden tells us that Adani is not about jobs, and it never really was.
    Matt Wade writes that NSW is fearful of being duded with the GST carve up despite undertakings from the federal government.
    Alexandra Smith reports that thousands of students across NSW will be given free breakfasts every morning, with the Berejiklian government to roll-out a program to provide healthy meals in 500 schools.
    Despite months of controversy and two investigations Paladin is set to have its $20 million a month contract extended.
    According to Sam Maiden John Setka has warned he will hit Anthony Albanese with a legal challenge if he tries to expel him from the party and is threatening to withdraw millions of dollars in funding.
    And she reports that the Labor Party has emerged from the election in the red and is bracing for a $1.8 million budget black hole because it budgeted for a higher primary vote.
    The idiot Folau has let fly again!
    Australia’s peak car dealer body is examining a High Court challenge against increased stamp duties on motor vehicles priced over $100,000,.
    Judith Ireland explains how the Morrison government wants to grow the prefabricated building industry to create more jobs and tiny homes.
    Jennifer Duke reports that ABC managing director David Anderson will push for a greater diversity of viewpoints among guests on its panel shows as the broadcaster braces for more “tough” budget decisions including a review of the controversial digital website Life. Perhaps they need to balance truth with lies and exposure with complicit cover up.
    More than 3900 survivors of child sexual abuse have applied to the national redress scheme, but Labor has warned it is moving too slowly. Less than 200 payouts have been made to date.
    It was drier in parts of NSW, Queensland, central South Australia, Tasmania and much of Western Australia in December last year than at the height of the Millennium drought. That’s according to scientists from the Australian National University, who developed software to analyse data from water-tracking satellites.
    Michelle Grattan writes that Lambie’s vote will be key if the government wants to have the medevac legislation repealed.
    Scott Morrison has effectively employed a suburban dad persona to conceal his neoliberal, divisive political vision, writes Davey Heller.,12807
    Professor of Economics Robert Slonim explains how retailers bury customers in an avalanche of choice and leave us worse off.
    Nicole Hemmer writes that Sarah Sanders was able to leave the job with Trump’s blessing because she served not the presidency but the President, furthering Donald Trump’s goal of diminishing the press to the point that a press secretary seemed unnecessary. It’s one more worrisome sign for democracy, she says.
    Ross Barkan says there’s no point in replacing her.
    Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam issued an apology but resisted calls to step down after an estimated 2 million people marched through the city’s streets expressing anger at her extradition bill.
    Now the demented Trump has warned, on Twitter of course, that the US would face an epic stock market crash if he’s not re-elected. This guy is dead set dangerous!

    Cartoon Corner

    Pat Campbell has a problem with the job figures.

    Matt Golding on Adani and the Spud.

    Roy Taylor at the footy.

    Johannes Leak earns his pay.

    From the US

  16. “The Coalition’s plan to flatten tax brackets for middle to high income earners will provide twice as much benefit to men than women, a new analysis has found.”

    In June last year, when Fauxo was still Treasurer, Labor criticised his tax plans, saying the Stage Three change he wanted would advantage men over women by a ratio of 3 to 1. FauxMo said that was ridiculous, and just had to drag in another of his dopey football comparisons to make his point.

    “The gender pay gap is a serious issue and to suggest that it’s got something to do with the tax system is a nonsense,” he said on Thursday.

    “You don’t fill out pink forms and blue forms on your tax return, I mean, it doesn’t look at what your gender is any more than it looks at whether you’re left handed or right handed, or you barrack for the Sharks or you barrack for the Tigers, it makes no difference. It’s based on what you earn.”

    “So it’s just a nonsense of an argument. I’m sorry, I reject it. I’m surprised people are giving it this much credibility. I would have thought you’d have seen through that.”

    Now we know Labor was right. Some of us already knew that. What a shame the media never mentioned that gender gap, except as a way to imply Labor, and especially Chris Bowen, were just trying to scare us.

  17. Bushfire Bill comments on the ALP written across the road are interesting

    Labor did not lose because it was too left wing, too Green and promoted too many new taxes. The ALP lost because, just like social democrat parties internationally, it has betrayed the working class with decades of pro-business and pro-war policies. The lack of left-wing leadership for the working class leaves the door open for the likes of Murdoch and Morrison to redirect working-class discontent down the most reactionary paths.

    Labor’s problem (and to some extent, its aim) has been that it has alleviated the benighted state of the Working Class to the point that much of the Working Class has concluded that it can go it alone economically, i.e. it doesn’t need Labor anymore.

    Labor has accomplished this by being complicit in the rise of:

    ○ the self-employed (e.g. journeyman tradies in utes, armed with a set of tools and an ABN),

    ○ labour hire firms who scoop up many of the rest of potential working class candidates (these are the workers who only have the ABN, i.e. no ute),

    and their encouragement of aspiration.

    On aspiration, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, or that encouraging it is evil. It’s just that if you want to preserve a voting base the absolute worst thing you can do is to aid its members to leave it, or praise those who do. Anyone who says they’re proud to remain a low-paid, unhealthy, under-educated shitkicker living in substandard accommodation on Struggle Street is probably lying, or – worse – rationalizing a very poor prospect.

    In short, the best, most self- interested aim that a member of the Working Class can have is to get out of it.

    Sadly this leaves a yawning hole in the numbers of those prepared to vote for a party that is run by or affiliated to the dwindling number of unions that represent the dwindling number of workers prepared to join them and pay union dues. Not only does Labor lose its voters, but it loses its funding too.

    In the orgy of back-patting, swooning, national self-congratulation, celebration of alcohol, adultery and vanity that has resulted from Bob Hawke’s death, many Labor supporters have lost sight of the fact that the transformation of the Working Class into the Greedy Class was enabled, promoted and facilitated by Hawke himself, aided and abetted by that other Working Class Hero, Paul Keating.

    Both of them couldn’t have followed their own dictum quicker: they turned themselves into North Shore millionaires, self-employed “consultants” brokering their time in office into very pleasant little earners, thank you very much.

    And that’s why so many Liberals were at Bob Hawke’s memorial service: they loved the job he did for them that they couldn’t do themselves – at least while keeping a straight face.

    They were there to say thanks.

    • Labor’s problem (and to some extent, its aim) has been that it has alleviated the benighted state of the Working Class to the point that much of the Working Class has concluded that it can go it alone economically, i.e. it doesn’t need Labor anymore.

      The classic illustration in the election campaign was the Qld coal miner who complained to Shorten that Labor’s tax policies were going to hurt him because he earns over $250,000

      In this election Labor had policies with great appeal to the low paid female workforce in hospitality, teaching, nursing , aged care with policies on wage theft , free kindy and free dental care for pensioners.

      The reason why the CFMMEU has amalgamated is that many men who worked in construction, mining, forestry have joined the aspirational class

      Maybe Labor will have more cut through letting the CFMMEU go their own way.

  18. $247 million for chaplains in schools, $2.8 million [to just one NFP] for mental health: What’s wrong with this picture?
    On Tuesday, Scott Morrison will announce yet more funding for mental health programs in schools. However, if Morrison considers this his “key focus”, he’s completely misread the issue.

    As it stands, one in four Australians between the age of 16-24 experience mental health issues. However, merely combating suicidal ideation, or those in crisis, ignores the scope of the issue. Clearly, the mentally unwell don’t arrive at suicide soon after diagnosis. Often, it is a choice made when help is not forthcoming, readily available, or seems to be working. A lack of education around the steps that lead to that dark place is systemic of the issue.

    It speaks to what Morrison believes is the solution to the issue, rub some Jesus on it; ignore an objective crisis on a national scale for the incompatible subjectivities of religion

  19. Sussan Ley is now Minister for the Environment. Her electorate, Farrer, voted her back with a reduced majority, so not all the voters there are idiots, just the 60.9% that voted for her or preferenced her.

    Their reward? More environmental destruction thanks to the incompetent MBBA and greedy almond growers, most of them overseas based.

    ‘Reckless’: Farmers left high and dry after Murray River water goes missing

    In the midst of a drought, the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) released high volumes from the Hume Dam for five months until January to deliver water bought by large-scale, mostly foreign-owned, almond plantations near South Australia.

    Over 141 days, prolonged flooding at the narrow ‘Barmah Choke’ sent a reported 536 megalitres into the Barmah forest, an “icon site” of river red gums, protected under the international Ramsar Convention.

    “While everyone else in the basin was dealing with drought, the MDBA created a flood and lost large volumes of water,” said Maryanne Slattery, senior water researcher for The Australia Institute.

    Almond growing has become a bit of a boom industry, but the trees require huge amounts of water. It seems no-one planned for those needs or for increasing demand when the allocations were organised. Money talks when it comes to water.

  20. Emma Alberici has had a nasty kitchen accident.

    Just how much longer we will have that world class medical treatment for all, not just for the well-off, is a good question.

  21. Getting ready to move overseas?

    Malcolm Turnbull has often become teary when talking about his father, as we saw in this episode of Australian Story.

    He has even told schoolkids about his refusal to sell his Hunter Vally property because his father is buried there.

    Now Turnbull has put his two Hunter properties, East Rossgole and Scotts Creek,on the market.
    Malcolm Turnbull to list Scone property East Rossgole

    What could have induced him to sell East Rossgole, site of his father’s grave? Does it have something to do with his recent appointment to the world’s biggest investment firms, KKR & Co, as a global senior adviser.

    Is he planning to leave Australia?

  22. OK, it’s satire, not that it’s easy to tell any more. The more ridiculous the satire the closer to the truth it is these days.

    It’s inspired by fact though – the incredibly convenient discovery of a mint condition Iraqi passport in the rubble of the Twin Towers.

    Just another handy coincidence, like these others on alleged Iraqi involvement in 9/11, listed way back in 2002 – definitely not satire.

    Uncle Sam’s lucky finds

    In less than a week came another find, two blocks away from the twin towers, in the shape of Atta’s passport. We had all seen the blizzard of paper rain down from the towers, but the idea that Atta’s passport had escaped from that inferno unsinged would have tested the credulity of the staunchest supporter of the FBI’s crackdown on terrorism

  23. On the Setka fiasco.

    While I’ve long thought that Setka’s a liability waiting to blow up in the ALP’s face, I also think that Albo going in all guns blazing has just been counter-productive and goes back to what I have long been concerned about, his lack of judgement.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Greg Jericho tells us that the latest labour force figures released last week made it clear that hopes for an increase in wages growth is a long way off and the government’s predictions in its budget are absurdly optimistic. He says there is zero heat in our economy and backs this up with lots of data.
    Stephen Kirchner explains how the Reserve Bank would make quantitative easing work.
    Now the Coalition has been safely returned to power, some journalists are free to report what is actually happening, writes Alan Austin.–after-the-election,12811
    A scornful Matt Holden writes that it feels like you can believe whatever you want about Adani, or at least whatever suits your world view.
    The NSW government has vowed to push through bolstered protections for new homeowners by the end of the year, days after the cracked Mascot Towers building became the second damaged apartment complex in Sydney to be evacuated in the past six months.
    And Stephen Goddard, representing owners, writes that Sydney’s dirty strata secrets are emerging through the cracks in Mascot Towers.
    Sam Maiden writes that ten million taxpayers will have to wait for July 1 tax cuts, with Centre Alliance declaring the legislation as not “urgent” and is unlikely to pass when Parliament returns.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that the Morrison government has rejected claims by the NSW and Victorian treasurers that they could be short-changed under the “no state worse-off” GST deal.
    The AFR explains why Australia risks ‘slow decline’ without reform.
    According to Emma Koehn tax professionals are saying that they are facing continued pressure from clients to put in dodgy expenses while the Australian Taxation Office says it will take strong action against tax professionals who exhibit unprofessional conduct at tax time.
    Six people exercise extraordinary power in the current parliament. They are the Senate cross-benchers, senators whose votes are wanted, and courted, by both the Coalition government and the Opposition – to either pass laws or block them. Michael West looks at the lie of the legislative land and talks with new parliamentary kingmaker Rex Patrick from Centre Alliance.
    The AFR has the dirt on the Paladin contract saying a confidential report into the company by KPMG reveals the firm posed a financial risk and didn’t have sufficient cash reserves for the size of the contract.
    Australia has been warned it risks ‘drifting into the future’ if it fails to respond to challenges in a fast-changing world. The Guardian outlines Australian National Outlook 2019, a major report bringing together the thinking of more than 50 leaders in business, academia, NGOs and the community sector.
    Paul Bongiorno was not at all impressed with Dutton’s interview n Insiders.
    Adrian Beaumont writes that it is education divide that explains the Coalition’s upset victory.
    According to Michelle Grattan Anthony Albanese says he has legal advice to back his move to have John Setka expelled from the ALP, warning him against wasting union members’ money on court action.
    Kirsty Needham explores the effects of the big marches and riots in Hong Kong.
    The Lowy Institute’s Ben Bland asks, “Who would want to stand between the seemingly unstoppable force of China’s Communist Party and the immovable object of the Hong Kong people, and their resolve to defend their freedoms and identity?”
    Neil McMahon reports on last night’s Q and A. I must say it was nice to see a group of panellists that actually know what it was talking about!
    The head of the international trade union movement has unleashed on Australians who are putting coal jobs ahead of environmental concerns, reports Dana McCauley.
    The Morrison government has been challenged by the European Union and by China about whether it can meet its Paris commitments given rising emissions.
    HMAS Perth will have been out of the water for almost four years when it is eventually returned to service as the navy struggles to find sufficient sailors.
    Meanwhile the ABC reports that details of costly blowouts and delays on troubled military projects are being kept hidden from public view by the Defence department.
    Laura Murphy Oates explains the horrible new abortion laws in Alabama and draws some parallels with what faces women on Australian remote and regional areas.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says that the RBA will be keeping a keen eye at what happens at some key meetings in the US and Europe this week.
    The Jacksonville saga continues as Kathy Jackson’s trial for 70 fraud-related charges is postponed yet again, Peter Wicks reports.–but-not-today,12812
    Woolworths veterans say they’re being asked to reapply for essentially the same jobs for less money under a new operating structure. Looks like the consultants are in judging from the language coming out.
    Mike Bruce looks at the parlous state of the new car market.
    Shane Wright explains how a growing number of Australians are falling behind on their mortgage, hit by weaker house prices and high levels of debt as more signs emerge that consumers are leading the economy down.
    An obesity expert is calling for greater regulation of weight loss programs, warning that the “anecdata” used to market such plans is seeing Australians diet themselves larger. There is far too much quackery for profit being allowed to prosper in this country.
    AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has apologised to footy fans following mounting allegations of intimidation at the hands of match-day security staff. This mob has become expert at shooting itself in its own foot!
    Lewd, homophobic and anti-religious slurs appear to have been exchanged among Victorian Liberals at last weekend’s state council meeting, even as party chiefs were urging members to clean up the branch. Nice!
    There’s a horrible smell that emanates from Afterpay IMHO.
    The Washington Post tells us that Trump is afraid he’ll lose re-election, and he’s in a fury over it.
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” comes out of New York.

    Cartoon Corner

    I love this one from Cathy Wilcox!

    Also from Cathy.

    Alan Moir goes in hard on the Spud.

    Andrew Dyson in Hong Kong.

    From John Shakespeare.

    Matt Golding has several for us today.

    Zanetti creams his jeans as he comes up with yet another CFMMEU effort.

    Lovely work from Jon Kudelka.

    From the US

  25. If there are any Canberra Pubsters here could you please come and retrieve your weather. It has wandered off to SW W.A. . Ice on windows and just warmed up to 3C . Brrrr.

  26. Remember when Bill Shorten promised to make all public schools solar powered?

    Obviously that’s not going to happen now, not with our climate change denying, coal-obsessed, , fundamentalist nutter PM, but private schools, with their massive government funding, can afford to do it.

    In FauxMo’s Australia solar power is only for those able to afford to set it up. Public schools, renters and people living in public housing can’t afford or are not permitted solar set-ups and continue to pay exorbitant prices for their electricity.

  27. The Herald-Sun is reporting FauxMo has taken his wife and daughters on a “well-earned break” – a holiday on a secluded Fijian island.

    Well-earned? What the frack has he done lately?

    He should be getting parliament back, should be working on some policies, not swanning about a resort at our expense.

    Pay-walled, unless you have a handy extension –

  28. News about one of those ‘reffo brown people’ on the Tampa that Howard used to scare Strayans.

    Tampa refugee taken in by New Zealand wins Fulbright scholarship

    One of the asylum seekers the Norwegian cargo ship Tampa rescued in 2001 has won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship…………….Abbas Nazari was seven years old when his family boarded a fishing boat from Indonesia to Australia. …………….Ultimately it was New Zealand which gave Nazari’s family a chance to start a new life………………Who or what is a New Zealand? That’s what we were thinking, but we didn’t care ……

    …Tampa refugees resettled in New Zealand are now small business owners, home owners, doctors, nurses, public servants, students and keen rugby players, Nazari wrote in a piece for the Spinoff.

    “Given the chance at a new life, we have grabbed it with both hands,” he said.

    “I’m proud to call myself a Kiwi.

  29. NSW Budget: Coalition misses opportunity to invest in state’s energy sector

    In its first budget following its re-election at the March state election, the Berejiklian government has delivered no new funding to support the clean energy sector.

    The Government has missed an opportunity to invest in the state’s energy sector, that would support the growth of clean energy the state, help to lower energy costs for NSW households and secure a reliable revenue stream for the government.

    The Government will spruik that funding has been committed to the Empowering Homes program, that will provide interest-free loans for the installation of solar and battery storage. However, as RenewEconomy has revealed, that funding has been recycled from a cancelled $50 million virtual power plant program.

    According to a think tank based at the University of Sydney, the NSW Government is facing a major revenue crisis, and investments in renewable energy could be part of the solution

    • I can not confirm or deny this rumour. According to wiki he is 88 yo no death notice or story anywhere that I have looked.

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