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. Not dead yet, just getting older?

    • Whatever has happened to our country it has been legitimised by the recent election. By the end of the year Dutton will be challenging for the Leadership.

  2. Will we be able to trust anything we see on tv/video ?

    Text-based Editing of Talking-head Video (SIGGRAPH 2019)

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Ross Gittins wonders how far the NSW economy will fall.
    Matt Wade says that it has hit a soft patch thanks to the housing downturn.
    Well it seems the AFP briefed Malcolm Turnbull on George Christensen’s overseas travel six times.
    Fergus Hunter reports that Christian Porter is “seriously disinclined” to approve the prosecution of journalists.
    Katie Burgess reports that John Hewson says the Coalition’s $158 billion tax cut plan will be unaffordable as the Australian economy weakens and that he also described Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an ad man with a “pocketful of slogans” but little detail, who needed to “establish credibility” as a leader through serious reform.
    Michaela Whitbourn explores just how free the press really is in Australia.
    Journalism researcher Dennis Muller writes about the four laws that need urgent reform to protect both national security and press freedom.
    Emma Koehn tells us that employers will face a crackdown on cash-in-hand payments from July 1, with new measures to stop businesses from claiming tax deductions for cash payments even though they’re ignoring tax withholding rules.
    Sarah Martin reveals that the Coalition awarded almost $1.4bn in grants through its regional development program in the lead-up to the election, with about half of the funding not subject to a competitive tender process. Who would have thought?
    Federal Labor is not ruling out sticking to its pre-election policy of repealing the long-term, stage three tax cuts that have already been legislated and are due to start on July 1, 2024.
    Ross Gittins explains how New Zealand has introduced the concept of wellbeing into its budget considerations.
    The CBA has predicted interest rates will fall below 1 per cent by November, as the Reserve Bank looks to jolt the economy out of a stupor while Parliament argues over tax cuts.
    David Crowe reports that immigration officials have been told to open the door to more refugees from South America in a formal directive that is likely to change the make-up of the annual 18,750 humanitarian intake from next month.
    Scientists are shocked by the Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted!
    The NSW government expects to bring in $810 million in fines next financial year, an increase of 25 per cent and more than the budget surplus. Always easy money!
    Elizabeth Knight explains how Coles has surrendered resistance to the forces of the digital era.
    The plot thickens as the AFR reveals that a former immigration official is now working for Paladin.
    Dana McCauley reports that university-educated preschool teachers who missed out on Labor’s promised taxpayer-funded pay rises are pushing ahead with a demand for large pay increases in the Fair Work Commission, with the Independent Education Union seeking salaries of up to $101,767.
    Greg Baum ridicules the AFL and its hamfisted effort on crowd behaviour.
    Katherine The writes that it’s time to bring all sides together in the interests of our omnivorous community, our farmers and our Aussie animals. We need to banish the cruelty, shine a light on the welfare dilemmas and evolve farmer engagement with consumers.
    Sam maiden says that Corey Bernardi is open to rejoining the Liberal Party.
    CSIRO’s Australian National Outlook compares two versions of the nation in 2060 – a scenario where economic, social and environmental challenges are tackled head on, and another where they are not.
    How Australia’s power grid is vulnerable to cyber attacks.
    Something is not quite right in the John Setka matter, writes Frank O’Shea.,12817
    Having a psychologist watching, listening and taking notes during a board meeting could become the norm in corporate Australia if ASIC’s latest experiment works.
    An explosive study into the poor quality of apartment buildings has found that new blocks are “plagued with defects”, with at least one found in 85 per cent of all buildings analysed.
    The Cayman Islands is the destination du jour for Australian hospitals and water profits but far more is bound for Bermuda. Michael West on tax haven risk for AMP Life policyholders and their $100 billion in assets.
    Kristina Keneally writes about the long lasting effects of stillbirth on a family.
    Chris Uhlmann says that Australia has turned a blind eye to a deeply offensive threat from China.
    And Tarric Brooker discusses PM Scott Morrison’s meek response to the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.,12815
    Simon Tisdall writes that the Iran crisis was created in Washington. He says the US must be talked down.
    The ABC has become the unwitting target of one of idiot Trump’s famous Twitter tantrums, with the US president mistakenly labelling the Australian public broadcaster “fake news”.
    A former head of UEFA gets today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” for his effort in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir with Boris and his followers.

    Simon Letch with NZ’s attention to wellbeing.

    Also from Andrew Dyson.

    From Matt Golding.

    Fiona Katauskas and the Adani approval.

    John Shakespeare and Albo’s Setka problem.

    Zanetti and the State of Origin.

    From Glen Le Lievre.

    Three from Sean Leahy.

    Jon Kudelka and the final Senate result.

    From the US

  4. Roll on Summer ! Canberra weather still holidaying in SW WA. Average temperature in past 24 hours has been 8.3 C ,max 16 C.

    • I don’t know if “he has the right to say it”. Free speech comes with responsibilites. What Folau said was violent towards innocent people.

    • Well, we might not like the things some people say, but Folau has the right to say what he thinks.

      Once we start dictating what others can or cannot say, when we start judging what is or is not offensive on the basis of some arbitrary belief then we eventually end up in a dangerous place. We end up with censorship and worse.

      Imagine a world where it is considered offensive to say climate science was real, or gay men should be able to marry, or voluntary euthanasia is a good thing, and there is a government-imposed penalty for saying things that are not permitted.

      Do we really want to end up in that place?

  5. There is a lesson here for Australia. State and federal, rushing to approve fracking, gas drilling and coal mining, which all deplete our groundwater, need to start paying attention to the consequences of their decisions.

    Chennai water crisis: City’s reservoirs run dry

    But the big concern is the dry reservoirs and low groundwater levels.

    “The only way to make this better is to improve the groundwater level,” Nakkeeran, a social activist, said. “We’ve had dry years before but the groundwater was our saviour.”

  6. Australia’s power grid and cyber attacks –

    Years ago, around the time Howard started his “The Terrorists Are Coming!!!” scare campaign, No 1 Son, some of his friends and I had a chat about ways real terrorists could cripple Australia. First on our list was hacking into controls for the electricity grids and simply turning off the power. Even just hitting one capital city would be enough.

    It’s taken a while for the “experts” to catch on.

    • In 2015 South Australia was blacked out because the interconnector tripped. The eastern states electricity grid has one control room

  7. A month on from the election, the second phase of Scott Morrison’s triumph is unfolding with the Australian Electoral Commission’s finalisation of the immensely complex Senate preference distributions.

    The Coalition went into the election with 31 senators out of 76 and comes out with 35 — and may be about to go one better if there is anything behind suggestions that Cory Bernardi is set to rejoin the Liberal Party. paywalled

    • Billie – and all Pubsters,

      I’ve been trying to find an analogy from Ancient Rome for Morrison’s ‘victory’.

      The only emperor I can find (at least among the first few) who fits the toga is Caligula.

      Would be very interested in your opinions!

    • I don’t know why the media are saying Cory Bernardi will, if he goes back to the Libs or leaves parliament will give FauxMo an advantage in the Senate. Bernardi always votes with the Libs anyway.

      Bernardi has realised he’s toast come the next half-Senate election sohe’s going to throw a tantrum and leave. Depending on who you read he’s either going to leave the parliament as leader of his own shoddy little party or he’s going to go back to the Libs and then leave, ensuring that his replacement is a Liberal.

      He will take a pay cut if he goes back to the Libs – he gets a higher salary as leader of his very minor party. If he ditches that to return to the Liberal Party he loses quite a chunk of his income.

      He must have been made a substantial offer of employment to be thinking of quitting.

  8. FauxMo and Caligula –

    I’m not sure what “victory” we are talking about, because Caligula (or Gaius, to give him his correct name) didn’t have any, unless you count his alleged war with Neptune that supposedly involved spearing the ocean and having his troops pick up seashells on the beach.

    FauxMo is like Caligula in a few ways though.

    He is a megalomaniac, we are only seeing the start of what he will try to do after his “miracle” victory.
    FauxMo, like Caligula, is bat-shit crazy.
    Caligula believed he was a living god. FauxMo believes he was chosen by his god to be PM.
    As far as we know FauxMo has not committed incest with his sisters, so that’s one point of difference.

    Caligula was assassinated by his Praetorian guard because he became too crazy to tolerate. Will FauxMo be knifed by his own party because they will grow sick of his one man band style of leadership? Probably. I give him until the end of the year.

    Both Caligula and FauxMo are renowned for their cruelty.

  9. Morrison’s love affair with coal

    Just as weird as Caligula being so much in love with his horse, Incitatus, that he thought of making him a consul –

    Lobbyist who provided Morrison’s lump of coal joins PM’s advisory team

    In case there was any doubt about the ties that bind Australia’s top coal lobbyists with the federal Coalition government, former Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson has been tapped as a senior adviser to Scott Morrison.

    The appointment, revealed in The Australian on Wednesday, shifts Pearson up in the Coalition pecking order from the office of the minister for finance, Mathias Cormann, to Morrison’s inner sanctum.

    It also reunites the Prime Minister with the likely source of the infamous lacquered lump of coal he brandished in Parliament back in 2017, when Pearson still headed up the Minerals Council.

    Pearson will also be back working side by side with his former MCA deputy chief executive, John Kunkel, who currently occupies the key position of Scott Morrison’s chief of staff

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Hewson reckons Australia is all over the place when it comes to China policy.
    Shame Wright and Matt Wade point out that NSW has joined other states and territories in forecasting relatively weak wages and employment growth, calling into question Morrison government spending plans and a return to federal surplus.
    The US Fed has stoked speculation it’s willing to cut interest rates for the first time since the global financial crisis, while keep its options open for now if there’s a trade war breakthrough at this month’s G20.
    Greg Jericho tells us to not hold our breath waiting for the housing market to bounce back. His charts present a woeful picture.
    The Guardian reveals today that the office of the former environment minister Josh Frydenberg canvassed whether he had the power to water down federal protections for critically endangered grasslands and if it could be kept secret, following lobbying from a fellow minister, Angus Taylor.
    Industry heads say that the government is playing with fire over its efforts to reduce gas prices.
    A former boss of the ASD, Ian McKenzie, explains why we need to be careful with respect to spying on our own citizens’ data.
    Ben Schneiders writes that John Setka’s support in the union movement might be loud, but it’s small, with those calling for his resignation vastly larger in size than those that support him staying as construction union boss.
    The government (Spud, that is) fears a new federal court ruling will significantly increase the number of refugees and asylum seekers coming to Australia for medical aid under the so-called medevac law which passed in February. However medical professionals say the ruling is in line with standard medical practice.
    The AFR reports that Paladin has strengthened its business ties with the family of PNG’s parliamentary Speaker ahead of a deadline for the renewal of its contract on Manus Island.
    It looks like the spivs are at it again as Fergus Hunter reports that English courses for international students are now facing audits against new standards.
    What is going on in our hospitals? Kate Aubusson reports that St George Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit has been stripped of its accreditation to train junior doctors amid protracted allegations of bullying and dysfunction among senior staff.
    Alexandra Smith tells us about the mess the NSW Labor party has found itself in.
    The New Daily tells us that evidence is emerging that a growing wave of businesses are going to the wall as the end of the financial year approaches. Private debt collectors dealing directly with businesses struggling to pay their suppliers have told the ABC’s PM program their work load has “spiked” in recent weeks.
    Jennifer Duke outlines how the National Broadband Network will review the prices it charges retail providers following intense criticism from Telstra and consumer advocacy groups, as construction of the mammoth infrastructure project edges towards the finish line.
    Doug Dingwall reports that the department overseeing Centrelink will remove staff from work they’ve spent years learning and retrain them as it re-divides social security programs between call centres.
    Facebook users are being warned not to rush into the social media behemoth’s new digital currency, citing fears the network could expose them to theft and security breaches.
    Greg Baum writes about the hypocrisy of the AFL as it severely punishes a young player for betting on the game while unquestionably accepting millions of dollars from bookmakers.
    And lawyer Duncan Fine examines the AFL’s new crowd behaviour control regime.
    The late Bob Hawke was more honest in his political views and determination to better the country than our current leaders, writes Mungo MacCallum.,12818
    Architecture lecturer Geoff Hammer explains how buck-passing on apartment building safety is leaving residents at risk. This is a sorry story!
    Tony Walker says that the Trump administration’s big-stick approach to Iran risks starting another war in the Middle East – and the destabilisation of the entire region. He does not think Iran will yield to the crude pressure being applied by the US.
    NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has intervened to save three domestic violence services from imminent closure, just one day after the government promised no frontline jobs would be axed as a result of budget savings.
    Territory rights advocates are looking for a new way forward in their fight to remove restrictions on the ACT and Northern Territory’s parliaments making laws on voluntary euthanasia, as the legal scheme gets under way in Victoria.
    The Australian chief investigator into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 says he hopes the charging of four men over the tragedy will bring some solace to the victims’ families.
    An increasing number of students with autism are being excluded from mainstream classes according to new research which raises concerns about the segregation of children with disabilities.
    Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corporation will shut down five newsrooms across Australia as regional broadcasters struggle to justify funding local journalism in a tough market.
    The federal government claims that Australia’s rising emissions are offset by savings around the globe when Australian gas exports replace other fossil fuels. But the numbers don’t stack up like that.
    This government is not fit to govern on the climate change emergency because of its incapacity to grasp the imminent danger to Australia, our neighbours and indeed the world, writes David Shearman.,12819
    Monica Wilkie is upset that the New York Times has ceased to publish cartoons.
    The trajectory of the American Empire has relied so heavily on false flag attacks one could describe it as a false flag empire.,12822
    This shocker of a family well deserves today’s nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox perfectly sums up Trump’s re-election launch.

    From Matt Golding.

    Andrew Dyson doesn’t like the idea of Facebook’s entry into the financial system.

    Matt Davidson in the Straits of Homuz.

    Zanetti thinks there’s something missing from the NSW budget.

    Sean Leahy at Noosa.

    Jon Kudelka serves it up to the AFL.

    From the US

  11. Dutton, as usual, is lying.

    He knows the medivac amendments only apply to people held on Nauru and Manus Island on the day the legislation was passed, or in the case of children, were born in an offshore detention centre. It’s all there in Section 198E(2) of the Migration Act 1958, as amended on 1 March 2019.

    Look it up, if you like.

    Dutton is just trying his usual “the boats will start again ” rubbish, the same crap he drags out every time someone wants to make life a little easier, a little less cruel for the poor souls he keeps in permanent detention in the hellholes he supervises. (Let’s not mention the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who have arrived by air since Dutton claimed he had stopped the boats, or the annoying little fact about boats still coming over the last six years.)

    This time he was over-ruled and now there is a legal precedent . Thank you, Justice Mordecai Bromberg, for establishing that precedent allowing doctors to order a transfer without face to face consultation.

    Dutton must be furious. .

  12. Someone as stupid as McCormack isn’t fit to be in parliament let alone Acting PM

    Does this moron realise how big the ABC Sydney premises are? This is just a part of the set-up –

    His government has been closing regional ABC offices and studios across Australia, now he wants to decentralise???? He might like to think about why there are empty shops in Sale and Traralgon. It wouldn’t be his government’s policies causing retail failures, would it?

  13. I haven’t posted anything from James O’Brien for a while but I thought this was interesting –

    • Leroy, re your 3rd …

      Hush yo’ mowf, bo’ – don’t want dat sorta talk messin’ up da ‘hood.

  14. In Victoria, the CFA restructure bill finally got through

  15. Guess who has finally worked out the only way he can stay in parliament (and get a handsome salary for doing bugger all) is to rejoin the Libs.

    What happens to Lyle Shelton now his best buddy has disbanded their nasty little hate party? I have an idea – the Proud Boys might take him in.

  16. What a despicable arsehole Dutton is. He never stops lying –

    Peter Dutton says women using rape and abortion claims as ploy to get to Australia
    Home affairs minister says ‘some people are trying it on’ in an attempt to get to Australia from refugee centres on Nauru

    Nothing he says can ever overcome his decision (although he tells us he knew nothing about it) to accept two Rwandan mass murderers simply because Turnbull promised Trump Australia would take anyone they wanted to get rid of and then having Dutton tell us rapists and murderers will get into Australia via medical transfers.

  17. Corruption runs in the Taylor family.

    Angus Taylor’s sister-in-law asked if she tried to influence endangered species listing
    NSW Nationals MP Bronwyn Taylor asked in parliament about federal department meeting with NSW Local Land Services

    The sister-in-law of federal MP Angus Taylor has faced questions in the New South Wales parliament over whether she sought to influence the state government’s submissions on the upgrading of an endangered grass species that was prevalent on land part-owned by the federal minister.

    Bronwyn Taylor, who is a NSW Nationals MP, was asked at question time about the issue that was at the centre of a state investigation and is currently being pursued by the federal environment department.

    The issue of federal and state protection for Monaro grasslands is the focus of a Guardian Australia investigation.

    On Wednesday, the Guardian revealed that Angus Taylor had sought briefings on the listing of grasslands in 2017, just a day after a company in which he has an interest met with federal compliance officers over potential illegal clearing charges.

    The company in question, Jam Land, had bought land near Delegate in 2016 and sprayed 30 hectares around November of that year, killing a critically endangered species

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe wonders what happened to the urgent need for the “Australian values” citizenship bill and says it’s a bit like an old car with a burnt-out engine and being left to rust in a field.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that a group of Labor MPs has urged leader Anthony Albanese to pass the Coalition’s $158 billion tax package to take it off the agenda.
    Stephen Koukoulas tells us why it’s time to end the “strong economy” propaganda.
    Michael Pascoe opines that the RBA admits it was wrong on rate cuts – and yet again it has begged Canberra to help out.
    Blocking the Coalition’s tax cuts carries big risks for Labor. But passing them would create political opportunities too, writes Philip Coorey.
    Sam Maiden reports that Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has privately urged the ALP to stop pretending it’s a “government in exile” and consider backing Scott Morrison’s entire tax cut package.
    Michelle Grattan says that the tax cut legislation is testing Albanese and provoking Hanson.
    And she tells us how Cory Bernardi will wind up his Australian Conservatives party, after its abysmal showing at the election.
    Sarah Martin reports that independent MPs who passed legislation allowing the medical evacuation of asylum seekers are urging Jacqui Lambie to use her crucial Senate vote to keep the laws in place.
    Matthew Knott writes that Josh Frydenberg has “forcefully” rejected Donald Trump’s tariff policies in face-to-face meetings with the US President’s most senior economic advisers, warning them that the US-China trade dispute is the major constraint on global economic growth. Fair enough!
    Dutton has said women have been “trying it on” in claiming they were raped and needed an abortion as part of a ploy to get to Australia for medical treatment from refugee centres on Nauru. I watched the interview and he was vague and evasive when pressed on this by Speers.
    Peter Dutton says he wants a sensible discussion about new powers to spy on Australians. So let’s have one, writes Dave Donovan.,12824
    Labor has accused the Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister of a potential breach of the ministerial code of conduct, after a briefing with Environment Department officials in 2017.
    Israel Folau has set up a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $3 million to help cover legal costs for his fight against Rugby Australia. He’d be better off setting up a fund to support some serious psychological assistance.
    And Alan Joyce has dismissed “outrageous” claims that Qantas was responsible for the sacking of Folau by Rugby Australia, but he supported the governing body’s course of action.
    Michael West takes us behind the push for a new coal-fired power station. He says Shine Energy’s proposal just doesn’t stack up.
    James McGrath had said the ABC’s headquarters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane should be sold, and the funds used to retire government debt. Is this guy a clown or what?
    Here’s an interesting essay from Waleed Aly on sporting crowd behaviour.
    Almost a million retirees are being short-changed by the Morrison government as it fails to increase their fortnightly payments to reflect the hit long-term savings are taking because of falling interest rates. They were quick enough to raise the deeming rate in 2015!
    The Guardian reports that now Angus Taylor’s sister-in-law has been asked in the NSW parliament asked if she tried to influence an endangered species listing.
    Residents of the damaged Mascot Towers block are expected to be out of their homes for at least a month, as engineers scramble to determine the cause of cracks to the decade-old building and the owners have voted to pay for a $1.1 million “special levy” by August to fund urgent repairs to the building
    But a leading developer says that the towering hysteria is unfair to a city of safe high-rise apartments.
    Adam Carey reports on the passage of the bill that separates Victoria’s voluntary and professional firefighting services.
    Australia’s big three miners will collectively export less iron ore this year than last year, in the sector’s first volume decline in decades.
    Doug Dingwall reveals that the Human Services Department would record the computer screens of its public servants during customer phone conversations under an expansion of call monitoring resisted by staff.
    Public servants should have clear, plain-language tests when developing policy to focus attention on intended outcomes in the real world rather than convoluted strategies or frameworks, according to a top British public servant.
    Emma Koehn explains how Australians dobbed on suspected tax dodgers 60,000 times this financial year, a new record ahead of the launch of an ATO integrity unit to target cheaters.
    Westpac has performed an abrupt about-face and reinstated a key lending restriction after inexplicably removing it. APRA seems to have prevailed.
    Despite the Liberal Government promising to do more to prevent youth suicide, statistics show the figures aren’t dropping, writes Bernard Mcleod.,12820
    According to these two education academics teachers are responsible for educating our future generations but they are doing more and more with less and less.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that the US Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged despite Trump’s threat to sack its chair but his trade wars might still deliver him what he wants.
    Interest rates in Australia are heading for unprecedented lows below 1% and the Reserve Bank could even be forced into extraordinary measures such as money printing to stimulate the struggling economy, forecasters believe.
    Tony Wright says that with respect to gambling the AFL couldn’t have turned commonly held values on their head any more spectacularly if they’d sat down and spent a year planning it.
    Tim Costello writes that the AFL needs to drop the hypocrisy over its gambling deal.
    Trump has warned that Iran has “made a very big mistake” after the Islamic Republic claimed responsibility for shooting down an American drone, further ratcheting up a week of heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.
    Elizabeth Knight tells us about the raid that gutted a major Australian broking firm. It’s like what you might see in a movie.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe returns with a very dark contribution on medivac.

    Cathy Wilcox excoriates the Spud yet again!

    Jim Pavlidis with the AFL and gambling.

    From Matt Golding.

    Zanetti with Bernardi.

    A translation of tax negotiation conversations from Jon Kudelka.

    From the US.

  19. How desperate are they getting for anti Maduro propaganda ? Well this takes all the cakes……….and biscuits 😆
    “The data revealed Nazi ingots containing ‘Zahngold,’ the gold fillings pulled from the mouths of Jewish corpses between the gas chambers and the crematoria,” Dr. Shimon Samuels said.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is looking into whether or not Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has been trafficking Nazi gold that includes ingots made from fillings taken from Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

    • What a load of ….

      It sounds like the sort of thing Dutton would say – “Refugees on Manus Island and Nauru are trafficking stolen Nazi gold”. It fits right in with his latest lies.

      At least I learnt a new word from reading that crap – “fungibility”. I don’t think I’ll be using it.

  20. “Eryk Bagshaw reports that a group of Labor MPs has urged leader Anthony Albanese to pass the Coalition’s $158 billion tax package to take it off the agenda.”

    Yeah, sure, some might believe that.

    Bagshaw quotes only one name – Peter Khalil – a nobody of a backbencher out for a minute in the spotlight, a disgruntled MP first elected in 2016, a relative newbie who missed out on a spot in Albo’s ministry because there were better, more experienced, more talented people available. Bagshaw tries hard to give the impression Kimberly Kitching supports Khalil, but all she has said is he has the right to his opinion.

    This is just more made-up crap intended to give the impression Labor is in chaos. (The usual recycled leadershit story should appear soon, with only the names changed from past ones about Gillard, Rudd, Shorten and Albo.)

    Every day there’s another SMH story about Albo being “under pressure” over the tax cuts.

    The average pleb doesn’t understand anything about these cuts, they don’t realise the part Labor wants to vote against is the “third stage” that will give billions to the rich, hurt low income workers and won’t happen until 2024. Who knows what side will be in government then? It’s at least two elections away, more if FauxMo chucks a wobbly and goes for a DD.

    As far as the average, uninformed voter goes Labor is planning to stop the tax “cuts” (actually a tax offset) due in a few weeks.

    Bagshaw includes this lie – “If the Coalition fails to pass the cuts, workers could miss out on the tax cut in July, with the Tax Office forced to send out extra payments later in the year.”

    Not true. Labor has already agreed to pass the first two stages of this bill, it’s the third stage that is the sticking point. The ball is in the government’s court, has been since the election. Only the government can split the bill so the tax offset that will benefit ordinary workers can pass while the long-term plans can be delayed for further debate.

    Is Bagshaw talking about the government’s responsibility to Australian workers here? Is he criticising the government for being obstinate and trying to deprive ordinary workers of a boost they were promised simply to scare political points?

    No, he is not. He’s telling lies and trying desperately to create stories about Labor chaos when he should be focusing on the antics of the government.

    Labor is not the government, it’s not up to Labor to get government legislation through the Senate.

    This deliberate lying is known as propaganda and Bagshaw should be ashamed of himself. He used to be an OK journalist, but since Nine took over Fairfax he has became a government shill.

  21. A rugby Wallaby gives Folau and his go fund me effort both barrels !!
    YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!!It’s no longer about religion, it’s about YOU and YOUR greed.

  22. Folau is a very wealthy man, thanks to his rugby career. Why should anyone be expected to donate to his legal fight? If he is successful he will be several million dollars better off while his donors get nothing. Don’t the fools donating realise this?

  23. Obione,

    I support the occasional Gofundme. Almost always when I know the person concerned, and am happy to support.

    In Mr Folau’s case, not a snowball’s chance in hell.

    He has a ridiculously high salary. He can fund his case by himself.

    Besides, I don’t want to support any form of discrimination.

  24. Of course Folau is going to get a lot of support. He’s opened a new front in the 21st Century culture wars. He’s going to get a lot of support from horrible people that want to see a world where they can spit hatred at people they see as inferior with impunity from the courts. That’s pretty much what this crap is about.

  25. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw say that middle- and high-income earners will face some of the highest tax rates in the English-speaking developed world unless the Morrison government’s $158 billion tax plan is passed in full when Parliament returns next month.
    Ross Gittins, though, plumps for a more targeted approach to get the economy off the recession path.
    And Australia’s peak social services body has seized on comments from the Reserve Bank governor after he said an increase to Newstart would be “good for the economy”.
    Here’s Paul Buongiorno’s take on the tax package, how it may or may bot be broken up and how the politics might play. out
    Laura Tingle writes about the downside of being a landlord nation.
    Karen Middleton dives into the Paladin issue and finds the Manus refugee services contract to be embroiled in dispute.
    Matthew Knott writes that Trump has revealed he was prepared to launch a military strike against Iran but called it off with just ten minutes to spare when a military general told him it would cause 150 deaths.
    US studies academic Jared Mondschein explains why Trump should hurry up and wait on Iran, for the world’s sake.
    Patrick Hatch reports that Qantas will re-route flight paths to avoid parts of Iran amid escalating tensions with the US.
    Martin McKenzie-Murray writes that the 17 years since her son’s death Rosie Batty have been marked by public esteem and an intense personal hell.
    “Nothing to see here,” said Scomo, following misconduct allegations over Angus Taylor allegedly trying to influence Josh Frydenberg to weaken laws to escape prosecution by a company he part owns. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt make another deep dive into the Energy Minister’s circle of friends and find significant absent-mindedness.
    The tax office plans a crackdown on investment property tax rorts as a growing number of people top up their loans, then claim deductions on cash being used for new cars, holidays or to pay down other debt. Good!
    The London Daily Telegraph looks at the possibility of a currency war.
    It’s about time the Australian Government started doing something to assist the poor and homeless rather than helping the rich, writes Noely Neate.,12825
    A brilliant contribution from Peter FitzSimons on Folau and The Parrot.
    Adele Ferguson tells us ow Rex Patrick is a thorn in Christian Porter’s side with respect to legislation to improve whistleblower protection.
    Building defect consultant Ross Taylor explains how the NSW government and many before it have presided over the gradual dilution of effective consumer protection when it comes to strata title ownership. This is a bit frightening.
    Meanwhile the NSW government is exploring options to deliver an unprecedented emergency relief package for residents forced to evacuate the troubled Mascot Towers apartment block.
    Adrian Beaumont shows how it will be difficult for Labor to win in 2022 using the new pendulum and the Senate and House preference flows.
    Australia’s energy problems have been exacerbated by the rise through Morrison’s ranks of the former Minerals Council CEO, writes Sophie Vorrath. She says that in case there was any doubt about the ties that bind Australia’s top coal lobbyists with the Federal Coalition Government, former Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson has been tapped as a senior advisor to Scott Morrison.,12826
    Patrick Hatch tells us why Coles and Woolies are rethinking their workforces.
    James Boyce tells us that when the Ruddock religious freedom review was belatedly released in December last year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed the “walls have been closing in” on believers in Australia. In truth, the walls have been coming down. Almost nowhere else in the developed world, including Britain or the United States, have so many core public services been handed over to the church. He concludes by saying that Morrison promised Australians his religion doesn’t influence his politics. Now is the time to make good on this promise. The prime minister must make clear that no group will be given a right to deliver government-funded services in a way that sacrifices the rights and freedoms of others.
    Peter Dutton’s claim that pregnant rape victims on Nauru were “trying it on” by seeking abortions in Australia and then changing their minds is an appalling act of politicisation and victim blaming, federal politicians, advocates and lawyers for the women have said.
    The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher writes in The Australian that state-sanctioned killing is not about love. (Google)


    Catie McLeod writes in The Saturday Paper that Victoria’s passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act has offered hope for those with terminal illness. But while some refuse to support the legislation, others think it doesn’t go far enough.
    The real Boris Johnson – lazy, selfish, dishonest and gaffe-prone – may yet emerge in the final stages of the UK conservative leadership contest. This is an amazing excoriation worth reding for the prose value alone!
    And Jonathan Freedland writes that when it comes to Boris Johnson Britons must not repeat the mistakes that have dogged opposition to the US president.
    Right on cue police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours overnight after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging.
    This year the flu is hitting us hard – and there could be worse on the way,
    With the growing popularity of ethical investments, superannuation funds are lobbying companies to clean up their act. But some say the funds should focus squarely on maximising profits for their members, writes Mike Seccombe.
    Across Australia, regional councils will be left to pick up the bill for new national security measures at local airports and there are warnings “that it’s going to be crippling”.
    Michael Gleeson unloads on the AFL’s recent positions.
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir and #watergate.

    David Rowe and the safe hands of Trump.

    Andrew Dyson homes in on Bernardi.

    John Shakespeare with Boris Johnson’s move towards No, 10.

    Matt Davidson and our circular economy.

    Matt Golding.

    John Shakespeare with Folau and Jones.

    Zanetti’s back on the CFMMEU bandwagon again.

    Two good ones from Sean Leahy.

    Jon Kudelka in the White House.

    From the US

    • She does have a point about stage three of the tax cuts.

      Also if I had my way the word ‘aspirational’ would be banned.

  26. Shane Dowling of Kangaroo Court is really getting stuck into Folau and Alan Jones.

    • I hope we’re not thinking Dowling’s a good guy now he’s going after the right, especially after he tried to smear Julia Gillard.

  27. This thread by Michael Pascoe is very good comment on the biased drivel churned out this morning by Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw.

    Unlike Mr Pascoe I have less than zero respect for these propagandists.

  28. Paul Bongiorno (BK’s links) suggests the government may be secretly hoping their tax legislation fails because Frydenberg’s chances of reaching his budget surplus will be better if those tax cuts are knocked back.

    If you don’t want to read the article then have a listen to this podcast, from yesterday morning. Bongiorno says the same thing. (It’s put out by the same team responsible for The Saturday Paper.)

  29. Mistake 1: Talking to the Daily Toilet Paper
    Mistake 2: misinterpreting primary votes
    Mistake 3: claiming that people who are in the top 3% of income earners are not the top end of town.

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