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. If we cannot manage safe operations at the Lucas Heights reactor with its production of tiny amounts of nuclear medicine products then how the hell are we supposed to operate nuclear power stations safely and without major contamination events?

    Reading through the numerous episodes in this article is scary.

    Lucas Heights nuclear medicine production halts after workers exposed to unsafe radiation

    It’s not very reassuring to be told the dose these workers experienced was “only” about the equivalent of one session of radiotherapy. Radiotherapy is precisely calculated and targeted so the dose is appropriate, even then a patient can suffer side effects later on.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hartcher examines what our position might be in the event of the US and Iran going to war. It’s not pretty.
    Shane Wright suggests that we ought not be expecting the banks to pass on any future RBA interest rate cuts.
    John Birmingham takes the wind out of the argument that plastic shopping bags are responsible for the malaise in the retail industry.
    Eryk Bagshaw writes about the RBA governor saying infrastructure spending should be run like monetary policy.
    And Bagshaw reports that the Coalition will refuse to split its flagship $158 billion, 10-year income tax plan, wedging Labor into opposing tax relief for workers in July.
    Sam Maiden reveals that wealthy Australians are being “overcompensated” for the scourge of bracket creep, according to a new analysis that makes the case for delaying income tax cuts for the rich.
    Greg Jericho looks to the bond market and how it indicates a rather grim economic future.
    Jennifer Hewett writes that Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has a strong message for the politicians but the markets aren’t paying much attention to any of it.
    Paul Bongiorno tells us how just when Morrison is on the cusp of delivering his election centrepiece – a tax package – damaging revelations are set to rock his government. Three serves of them!
    Employers say fixing the dying enterprise bargaining system is “the most significant challenge and opportunity” for the Morrison government in its new IR review.
    Michelle Grattan tells us that Morrison wants to unleash economy’s ‘animal spirits’ and foreshadows new look at industrial relations.
    Amy Remeikis outlines how Coalition’s ‘bracket creep’ tax plan has been found to give most to the workers who need it the least.
    A former director of the OECD outlines a plan to turbocharge Australia’s productivity.
    Simon Benson reveals that Peter Dutton has reignited his battle with Malcolm Turnbull, recounting for the first time how the former prime minister was prepared to abandon Julie Bishop by offering to make him deputy Liberal leader after narrowly surviving the first challenge to his leadership. Google.


    I knew this would happen! The Australian Christian Lobby will kick off the relaunch of Israel Folau’s crowd-sourced fighting fund with a $100,000 donation.
    Roy Masters tells us about the venality of Folau.
    Israel Folau’s sacking from Rugby Australia comes as religious communities worldwide are profoundly rethinking same-sex unions. His story is a depressing sub-plot in a larger – and much more hopeful – saga, writes Alan Austin.,12832
    Michaela Whitbourn reports on another aspect of Australian defamation laws as the NSW Supreme Court hands down what she describes as a “chilling judgement”.
    And she also reports that the ABC has launched Federal Court action to set aside a search warrant that authorised the Australian Federal Police raid on the national broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters, while News Corp is poised to follow suit over an earlier raid on a journalist’s home.
    Neil McMahon sums up last night’s Q and A – in which I found the people’s panellist a crashing bore just full of himself.
    Dana McCauley writes that Centre Alliance senators have reached out to fellow crossbencher Jacqui Lambie in a bid to form a powerful voting bloc as they seek amendments to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s union-busting legislation.
    Jenna Price has details of some of the damning evidence likely to come out in Setka’s case.
    Julie Power reports on yesterday’s hearing of the Aged Care royal commission at which the large for profit operator Japara did not fare well.
    Elizabeth Knight says that Westpac’s decision not to release the self-assessment report on culture governance and accountability may prove to be a mistake.
    Dutton is whipping up fear on the medevac law, but it defies logic and compassion, writes law academic Alex Reilly.
    Over the next decade, the Australian economy will be hit with a radical transformation that will forever change our approach to consumption – but no one is talking about it in Canberra yet, writes Lisa McClean. She explains the need for the world to adopt a circular economy.
    Many hope an Indigenous person in the Ministry for Indigenous Australians will be an advocate, but the opposite may be true, writes Celeste Liddle.,12831
    According to Jennifer Duke a senior Australian Huawei executive has launched a scathing attack on the government’s management of the NBN, describing the project as a “catastrophe”.
    The Coalition’s botched NBN is not just a costly technological failure, but a policy debacle that has cost Australia’s taxpayers billions of dollars, as well as contributing to the severe devaluation of a whole industry. Kim Wingerei reports.
    Conservatives stepped up warnings on Monday that a Boris Johnson premiership could lead to the collapse of the government if the leadership frontrunner attempts to pursue no deal.
    Emma Koehn reveals that last week the Australian Securities and Investments Commission signed off on AFCA’s power to investigate complaints about financial firms dating back to 2008, allowing those with un-aired grievances a chance to be heard.
    Authorities have urged children and older people to stay indoors and issued severe warnings against dehydration and heatstroke as an unprecedented week-long heatwave begins its advance across continental Europe.

    Cartoon Corner

    Nice work from Cathy Wilcox.

    An excellent contribution from David Pope.

    And David Rowe.

    Mark David hits the spot with this one.

    John Shakespeare and GoFundMe.

    From Matt Golding.

    Zanetti in the Oval Office.

    Alan Moir with Trump’s change of mind.

    Jon Kudelka goes biblical at GoFundMe.

    From the US

  3. A comment on last night’s Q&A, which I did not watch and won’t be watching –

  4. The beauty of fables is that even though they are incredibly old, many of their lessons still hold true today.

    None more so than Aesop’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf, written in 600BC.

    I remember hearing this story as a child, and especially thinking how awful the shepherd boy must have felt when he realised the consequences of crying wolf too many times.

    Aesop was right then, and he’s still right now.

    What worries me deeply is the frequency and ferocity with which home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has been caught crying wolf.

    This is a man who holds one of the most powerful positions in Scott Morrison’s cabinet.

    What’s more, Dutton has a key leadership role when it comes to keeping our nation safe and is responsible for a department with more than 23,000 public servants across multiple security, intelligence and immigration and border protection agencies.

    But how can Australians believe a minister who routinely manipulates, misrepresents and mischaracterises the truth for political gain, as Dutton does?

    In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, over one hundred and fifty faith leaders have declared that the climate situation is an emergency and urged a halt to all new coal and gas projects, starting with the proposed Adani mine

    More –
    Faith leaders urge PM to show moral leadership on ‘climate emergency’

    I’ve looked through the list of signatories and one thing stands out – the lack of representatives of Australia’s Pentecostal churches.

  6. After years of having fuxtel I’ve decided to descend into the sewer known as fuxnews and record the documentary about Mal the Magnificence’s demise tonight and tomorrow night. I’m not expecting much but who knows?, plus it’ll give me a chance to suss out David Speers and how I think he’ll go on Insiders (with the current line up they have it won’t be a very high bar to clear), not having watched him before.

    • Speers is an excellent interviewer and journalist, I’ve always thought he was wasted at Sky with its tiny audience.

      I’m thinking of recording that program, not sure if I’ll bother yet. Dutton just makes me want to throw up.

      The problem with this program is how can we believe anything any of them say, especially Dutton and his claim Turnbull offered him the deputy leadership.

  7. Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape says he wants Australia to stop Paladin’s contract for security work on Manus Island immediately.

    Mr Marape addressed PNG’s Parliament on the issue, in the first sitting day since he was elected.

    The company’s $423 million contract for work with refugees and non-refugees on the island comes up at the end of the month.

    Mr Marape said PNG “will not tolerate” foreign companies undertaking work such as security in the country, which he said could be done by local firms.

    “We don’t intend for foreign contractors to operate here in business like security — it is a business that local companies can be engaged in and I ask the Australian Government to stop this contract forthwith,” he said.

    He said that “as far as the PNG Government is concerned” the contract should be terminated.

  8. Ian’s post is good for anyone who has struggled to wrap their head around Brexit. He is speaking to an American audience, so doesn’t assume prior knowledge and lays it out clearly.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe outlines how the chiefs of out three biggest news organisations will today at the NPC demand new laws to protect journalists from police raids/
    And lawyer Lou Dargan says that Australia’s dangerous and undemocratic reworked espionage laws criminalise dissent.
    Ross Gittins explains how retail prices have not at all been rising.
    Karma! Just karma! The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has been asked to investigate the Australian Christian Lobby over its role in helping Israel Folau raise more than a million dollars for his legal fight against Rugby Australia.
    According to David Crowe Morrison will set out a more assertive Australian stance on the growing trade war between China and the United States in a new warning about the threat of “coercive power” that damages the global economy.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that Labor has flagged the possibility of rolling back $42 billion in already-legislated tax cuts and reintroducing another income tax bracket if it wins the next election, as the party grapples with internal dissent over its tax policy.
    Richard Dennis explains why cutting taxes instead of raising spending is exactly what a softening economy does NOT need.
    And a former Head of Finance Michael Keating debunks an SMH article that suggests the Morrison Government’s $158 billion tax plan must be passed in full to benefit workers.,12835
    More from Crowe as he looks at how Morrison and his colleagues cannot stop the next cycle of recriminations over the leadership spill that brought their government to a standstill 10 months ago. He points to the diametrically opposed versions of events stated by Morrison and Dutton over the deputy leadership position.
    Here is what Sam Maiden has to say after the first Bad Blood program on Sky News.
    Michael West lists a whole raft of measures that show how the economy is heading south.
    Kristina Keneally excoriates Dutton in this op-ed.
    Michaela Whitbourn tells us that the personal use and possession of ice and other illicit drugs would be decriminalised in NSW under a public health-driven plan backed by the Bar Association and other top lawyers.
    Jenna Price says that it’s time courts came to grip with the use of technology to inflict domestic violence.
    Jennifer Duke writes that Huawei is set to push Communications Minister Paul Fletcher to overturn the government’s 5G ban on the company.
    Meanwhile John Setka could be forced to submit to an internal CFMMEU inquiry after he faces court today, while fighting off Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s plan to have him expelled from the party.
    Christopher Knaus writes that a whistleblower has accused the government of flagrantly breaching laws to thwart the release of politically-sensitive documents, including records of the former prime minister Tony Abbott’s taxpayer-funded entitlements.
    Kate Aubusson reports that junior doctors have removed from a fourth hospital in NSW by a peak medical college over concerns of their welfare. What is happening in NSW Health?
    Arnold Zable, a Melbourne refugee advocate, writes that the time has come for an amnesty for those suffering on Manus and Nauru.
    Not a bad effort here from SpaceX as it put 24 articles into orbit overnight.
    Clancy Yeates says that after a decade or so of weaker performance than some other big markets, Australia’s share market may finally be throwing off its mantle as a bit of a global laggard.
    A scramble by banks for consultants to help compensate customers in the wake of the banking royal commission has helped Deloitte post record revenue of $2.3 billion, up 13 per cent for the year.
    Richard Denniss says that modern conservatives don’t fear social change, they just oppose it when it undermines their friends. Ouch!
    Richard Wolffe writes, “The Saudis are good customers, Trump says – which evidently outweighs the fact they murdered and carved up a Washington Post journalist”.
    Law lecturer Michael Duglas writes that when you go online and write something nasty about a person, or even a small business, you risk being sued for defamation.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how the US Fed is holding its nerve against Trump’s impetuous Twitter tirades.
    In the last few years, Western Australia’s eviction toll has increased but the political will to support the vulnerable, to keep families housed, is lacking.,12836
    A Sydney mayor insists there is no “cover up” from his council over Mascot Towers, after it was revealed engineers are still waiting on paperwork that may help them pinpoint the cause and prevent further damage.
    Yet another stuff up from Human Services.
    US presidential hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has ignited a firestorm by comparing the migrant detention facilities on the Southern border to concentration camps. Critical thinker John Turnbull takes a look at the history of these insidious institutions and asks whether AOC might be A-OK?,12837

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox gets is with the tax cuts.

    And so does Fiona Katauskas!

    David Pope is still giving Morrison curry over his lack of a legislative agenda.

    David Rowe returns to the Oval Office.

    From Matt Golding.

    Upstairs with Michael Leunig.

    Peter Broelman goes crowdfunding for Christians.

    And some Broelman catch up as he comes out of Twitter hiding.

    Another rather weak effort from Zanetti.

    Jon Kudelka with the tax bill negotiations.

    From the US

  10. In today’s SMH (BK’s links) lawyer Lou Dargan said this –

    Changes to espionage laws passed in 2018 – and backed by both major parties – criminalise dissent. These laws could be used to target think tanks and other NGOs whose advocacy is unflattering to the government of the day

    Well, who would ever have thought that might happen?

    Only a lot of very concerned people who talked, wrote, blogged and tweeted about this when the legislation was being debated. Only a stack of people who petitioned Labor not to support this.

    Now it’s law, and there is nothing we can do about it until one day we have a government with the guts to repeal draconian legislation introduced with Labor’s full support, possibly introduced only to placate Peter Dutton.

    Labor eagerly supported this, Labor always supports bills that impose newer, stricter restrictions on freedom and they always do it in the name of “Keeping Australians Safe”.

    Safe from what?

    Media articles never mention the names of the acts and bills they refer to. I suppose that’s because journalists cannot be bothered spending a few seconds looking up these details. After all, who cares about legislation? It’s so boring!

    The passage of this bill – National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2018 (and it’s companion the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2018) is interesting. The bill was introduced to the Reps in December 2017 where it languished until June 2018 while the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (made up of only government and Labor members) looked at it and recommended more than 60 changes, which were made. It was then pushed through both houses in three days at the end of the 2018 winter sitting with Labor’s complete support.

    We can now look back and realise that Dutton needed to be placated back then, needed to be made more important, needed to be given even more powers than he already had. We now know why.

    Only the Greens, CA and a couple of the Senate crossbenchers tried to have these two bills debated separately. That made sense. As Rex Patrick said –

    Centre Alliance will be supporting this motion to deal with the bills separately. We note that it’s very important national security legislation and, in principle, we are in support of it—although we don’t necessarily understand all of the details. And that needs to be drawn out, as Senator McKim has suggested. This has gone to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. There has been considerable discussion both in the PJCIS and in the media in relation to these bills. It’s a very complex set of legislation that involves powers to protect national security, but it also inhibits conduct of citizens. That may be necessary, but we need to explore that in much more detail. There have been two reports that the PJCIS has generated in relation to these—754 pages worth of reports—with 60 recommendations from the first report and 52 recommendations from the second report. We do need to consider this carefully and properly. As I said, Centre Alliance will be supporting the motion

    Labor voted with the government against that motion and two very complex bills were treated as one.

    Attempts to amend the bill by the Greens and CA on 28 June 2018 failed because Labor refused to support them. Labor had already made whatever changes they wanted during the confidential committee stage.

    The full Hansard of that day’s debate is here –

    Thanks to Labor’s willing support of this legislation we have seen AFP raids on ABC offices and the home of a NewsCorp journalist, during which police officers rummaged through her underwear. (Female officers, of course, because it was assumed that females would not become excited by the sight of bras and knickers.)

    Another time bomb waiting to explode is the so-called “encryption bill”, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, rammed through both houses on the last sitting day of 2018, with Labor agreeing to waive their amendments on condition this legislation was reviewed by a committee when parliament resumed this year.

    That review ended when parliament was dissolved for the election. Whether or not it is ever resumed is a question for FauxMo and Dutton. If the AFP raids had not happened then chances are that abandoned review would never have been restarted. Now, with media bosses about to speak at the NPC and everyone hopping mad about raids it’s possible the government might re-open that inquiry and try to blame the whole mess on Labor. After all, it’s always Labor’s fault when this mob stuff up.

  11. The Coalition scores another mighty achievement .
    Australia’s ranking plummets in ‘world’s best reputation’ countries list

    Meanwhile, both Australia and the UK slipped seven places to 15th and 19th respectively,…………………..Perceptions of quality of life in Australia dropped the most, falling nine points since 2014. The report cited the high cost of living, falling disposable incomes, lack of affordable housing and rising homelessness as potential reasons for the drop.

  12. Tawhidi’s public career began, as he recently told “intellectual dark web” star Dave Rubin, when he “was discovered” by a producer for a tabloid news show on Australia’s Channel 7. “I got a call from Channel 7,” Tawhidi told Rubin, “and apparently they Googled ‘imam,’ ‘Adelaide,’ ‘Muslim,’ just to get a comment.”

    “So they came in wanting a three-minute comment on a certain issue and I gave them a 30-minute talk about the Muslim community,” Tawhidi continued, “and the director gets in touch with me and [said], ‘We can do a lot with what you’re saying.’” paywalled, try googling the URL if you don’t have any other work around

    • Fantastic and deeply depressing article by Margaret Wenham.

      Everything she writes about could have been changed by booting out the government, but around 51% of Australians refused to do that.

      It’s a crying shame the 49% of us with functioning brains now have to endure the misery those turkeys voted for.

  13. Billie,

    If my memory serves me correctly, that design looks very much like the govt houses built in Canberra during the 1960s.

    They worked well.

    • That was a deluxe model the more basic design was rectangular but I couldn’t find it.
      I get disgusted at the dog boxes built around here with gold plated bathroom taps FFS – marketed as LUXURY

    • More insulation and siting on the block for passive solar orientation would make them tops

  14. Rory Stewart was a contender for the current UK Prime Minister competition. Here is a 90 minute seminar he delivered at Yale on Foreign Aid

    Rory Stewart OBE: “Failed States – and How Not to Fix Them”

    Rory Stewart, O.B.E., the member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border (the largest geographical constituency in England), author, senior diplomat, the founder of Turquoise Mountain, and a documentary maker, presented the George Herbert Walker Jr. Lecture in International Studies at Yale on April 9, 2018.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    There will be no Dawn Patrol tomorrow as I have to go down to the flatlands for an early hospital admission to have an angiogram. If no further action ensues it will return on Saturday morning.

    We have some polling! But not TPP. Katharine Murphy reports that Australian voters say it is more important to maintain funding for services such as health and education than giving workers on high incomes a tax cut, according to the latest Guardian Essential survey.
    David Crowe reveals that in a high-stakes drama during a week of upheaval, the former prime minister argued with then Attorney-General Christian Porter over whether the Governor-General should play a decisive role in the leadership spill.
    Homeowners and subsequent purchasers of apartments would be owed a duty of care by builders and other participants in the property industry, under proposed reforms outlined by the NSW state government yesterday. Better late than never I suppose.
    Here’s Stephen Bartholomeusz’s view on how the outlook for markets hangs on a meeting in Osaka.
    “What will Scott Morrison will say to Donald Trump?”, ask Bevan Shields and David Wroe.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that the Coalition is on the cusp of securing its $158 billion in income tax cuts as crucial crossbench senators declare “we can get there” and the government prepares to unveil a major new energy policy.
    Greg Jericho explains how the latest engineering construction figures show yet more evidence that Australia’s economy has been struggling for nearly a year now, and that the public sector is failing to fill the gap of falling private sector infrastructure work. More shocking charts to peruse.
    Michael Pascoe says that the government’s integrity on trial again – this time on tax cuts. He writes that it’s merely cheap politics to delay the $1080 tax refunds as a means of wedging the Labor opposition on much more contentious cuts for the top 10 per cent of taxpayers in five years’ time.
    And according to Bagshaw trade representatives from more than a dozen countries have flown into Australia to conduct highly secretive negotiations on a mega deal that will sideline the United States amid the ongoing economic fall-out from the US-China trade war. Sounds like good stuff.
    The AFR says that it’s Indonesia that is leading a coalition of nations to stop the trade war between the US and China, with Scott Morrison pledging to make the case during meetings at the G20.
    Here we go! Dana McCauley reports that Christian Porter has launched a major review of the nation’s workplace laws, seizing upon the Coalition’s electoral victory as a mandate for reform.
    Ben Schneiders writes that Setka’s family violence conviction represents a challenge for the union movement.
    The PNG government has moved to end Paladin’s controversial contract while launching the equivalent of a royal commission into the UBS loan affair. So now what?
    Sarah Martin tells us that an audit report has found that the former agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce expanded a taxpayer-funded scheme that gives lucrative concessions to farmers against the advice of Treasury.
    Pru Goward goes round and round in circles in this piece on the Folau issue.
    Meanwhile David Marr writes that with Israel Folau the church is demanding a kind of free speech that keeps gays in the firing line. Beautifully written as usual.
    Law lecturer Renae Barker explores whether the Australian Christian Lobby be investigated for its Israel Folau fundraiser.
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons goes into the pervasiveness of slavery in the retail supply chain. But now Australia’s new legislation comes into effect and this puts the onus on retailers to start documenting the risk of slavery in their supply chain, making them accountable not just for their own workers but those of suppliers and suppliers’ suppliers – all the way back to the extraction of raw materials.
    Christopher Knaus reports that Labor has called for the prime minister to investigate allegations that his department repeatedly broke laws to stymy the release of sensitive documents, while crossbenchers announce a renewed push to overhaul Australia’s freedom of information system.
    Tammy Mills writes that as a result of the Lawyer X scandal a gangland murder conviction could be overturned. And it probably will not be the only one.
    The AFR reports that ASIC’s new power to ban financial products isn’t designed for emergencies, but as part of its expanding regulatory arsenal.
    Elizabeth Knight reckons it’s time for Afterpay to grow up in the corporate sense.
    Patrick Hatch tells us how Coles will be offering better home delivery times to reward big spenders as part of a wider push to start making money from its fast-growing but as yet unprofitable online business.
    A class action claim by former delivery drivers and staff could cost Domino’s between $100 million and $240 million if successful.
    Macquarie has banned gambling and lottery transactions on its credit cards, in response to regulatory concerns about the easy access to credit by problem gamblers.
    Poor conduct by principals and CEOs has resulted in Australia’s corporate culture in need of a change, writes Dr Kim Sawyer.,12838
    The City of Sydney has declared a climate emergency but what does that mean in practice? Professor Cliff Turney addresses the question.
    Martin Kettle opines that Boris Johnson’s full English Brexit could rip the union apart. He says the Tory frontrunner’s ‘do-or-die’ approach is alienating Scotland and Northern Ireland – and courting disaster
    British Conservatives, voting on whether to make Boris Johnson their party leader, may be opening a can of worms, writes Lee Duffield.,12840
    How a German town’s residents fought back against a neo-Nazi festival.
    As a result of a successful cold case investigation this guy get today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and Trump’s trade war.

    Some perspective from Cathy Wilcox.

    Andrew Dyson on the banning of mobile phones from schools.

    From Matt Golding.

    Matt Davidson on free speech.

    Peter Broelman and the resurrection.

    Good stuff here from Alan Moir.

    Eerie work from Glen Le Lievre.

    Jon Kudelka goes the full Leviticus with Folau.

    From the US.

  16. Good piece from Kaye Lee at the AIM Network on the difference between the way Labor and the Coalition are treated.

    It’s OK when we do it

    I especially like the last part –

    I cannot finish without giving a special shout out to some of our religious organisations and individuals who expect:

    >Government subsidies for their profit-making business ventures with the right to pay no tax.
    >The right to sack teachers who do not agree with their philosophy but will give millions to a multi-millionaire in his legal battle against Rugby Australia’s right to do the same.
    >Their right to religious freedom to be enshrined in law as they campaign against mosques being built.
    >To be protected from victimisation when people disagree with their view that homosexuals will burn in hell.
    >To be able to dictate what is taught in all schools.
    >To impose their morality on everyone through the legal system
    >To protect the reputation of the church at any cost

    I say to those who work on the ‘it’s OK when we do it’ philosophy, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye

  17. Just think on this for a while. In the US, right now, little kids and babies are being separated from their parents, are sleeping on bare concrete floors, denied toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap, are lice-infected but not allowed to wash, are denied blankets, some are kept in windowless warehouses. Kids are dying in US detention/concentration camps. Horrified US citizens are sending soap and other sanitary goods which are being returned to sender by police.

    Where does the inspiration for this cruelty come from?


    • I’ve watched Fox News in the last couple of days and the ‘border crisis’ was the hot topic.Watching the arguments from the Dems and Repugs I was hit by a sense of deja vu. From what I saw and heard it is not going to end well for the Democrats. Today in the SMH Much can be learned!’: Trump praises Australia’s asylum seeker policy suggests it is no accident it all sounded familiar.

  18. Nothing to see here. Just move on

    An investigator from the unit examining alleged illegal land-clearing by a company part-owned by Angus Taylor was at a meeting between Taylor, Josh Frydenberg’s office and senior environment department officials – but Taylor denies the meeting had anything to do with the case.

    Guardian Australia revealed last week that Taylor met with Frydenberg’s office and department officials to discuss the federal government’s designation of critically endangered grasslands.

    The meetings occurred at the same time that New South Wales and federal investigations were underway into the poisoning of 30 hectares that contained the grasses on a property in the state’s Monaro region owned by Jam Land Pty Ltd.

    One of the directors of that company is Richard Taylor, the minister’s brother, and the minister himself holds an interest in the firm via his family investment company, Gufee.

  19. Yes, I am a melancholic malcontent – with ‘the guardian’ of all papers to which I have long been loyal. It invites commentary, doesn’t acknowledge receipt and these days doesn’t publish any of it! And I really want to get on with supporting the media’s right to freedom of enquiry and publication! Meanwhile, here’s the current axe I’m grinding with what I tried to say to David Marr today via different links………I don’t think that Robert Browning is vulnerable to court action, mighty man of letters though he was!

    “Following links while reading your fine ,article I came across this in a poem of Robert Browning’s about Fra Lippo Lippi, the 15th century master painter, caught wandering the streets of Florence by the city night watch! Seems relevant, somehow. Has anyone interviewed Israel Folau’s team mates, or other great male athletes, not just in Oz, but throughout the world? As I’ve written to you already today this link seems apt.”

    “……………………………………….As it is,
    You tell too many lies and hurt yourself:
    You don’t like what you only like too much,
    You do like what, if given you at your word,
    You find abundantly detestable.”

    • Oh thank goodness someone else is suspecting there is an element of “methinks ‘he’ doth protest too much” about this whole affair!

  20. Oh my giddy aunt, the article is full of language demonising unemployed. Why is it not OK to demonise homesexuals 5% of the population but putting the boot into unemployed, 18% of population is absolutely normal.

    Scomo is light on for detail like
    How do unemployed get to farms
    What about accommodation
    Do you want 66 year olds on ladders
    How productive are dragooned workers – it’s quite easy to bruise a crop rendering it worthless

    NB the Ord river can’t get seasonal workers cos govt policy is to not pay unemployment benefits

    • FauxMo is showing his ignorance.

      Whenever FauxMo comes out with these brainfarts I’m always stunned by how little he knows.

      Australia no longer relies on itinerant fruit pickers who follow crops from region to region. That old practice died out long, long ago.

      These days the work is done by contract labourers, usually people here on working holiday visas or flown in from overseas specifically to pick fruit on work visas.Sometimes there might be a few “Grey Nomads” among the workers, earning a bit extra to fund their travels. They all work for companies who supply short-term workers to growers.

      Pay is minimal. It’s supposed to be regulated to the minimum wage for casual workers, around $21 an hour, but most growers will pay by the piece, or the bin-load, which means much less money. It’s usual for contractors to take part of the wages for fees, accommodation and transport, which can leave workers with next to nothing.

      The unemployed need proper, full-time jobs, not just a few weeks here or there picking pears or apples or even worse, doing back-breaking work like harvesting onions. They need jobs that suit their skills, not menial work that pays next to nothing.

      This article is from 2017. As far as I know things are just as bad, or maybe worse now for those trying to make a few dollars picking fruit and vegetables.

    • Leone – thanks for the link to The Land article.

      Unfortunately I don’t think ScoMo will let a few pesky facts get in the way of kicking the vulnerable when they are down. Not at all the sort of Christianity I was subjected to at school

    • Having done it myself, I think it’s better than factory work. But it’s not a job for unemployed here, mainly bec there is no novelty in it, I think. Excellent for young people with working visas who can travel from place to place, and who usually have bought themselves a cheap car, and who have a bit of money to begin with. They also tend to have a job or studies back home to go to, after 6 months, and parents who can help.

    • I have harvested pumpkins, beans and tomatoes. Was not paid. It is work for healthy people.

  21. Fight! Fight!

    Malcolm Turnbull has hit back at the attorney general, Christian Porter, for claiming the former prime minister was “wrong in law” for believing that the governor general could have prevented Peter Dutton becoming the nation’s leader.

    On Thursday morning it was revealed that Porter and Turnbull had clashed amid last year’s Liberal leadership spill over whether General Sir Peter Cosgrove could refuse to appoint Dutton because of doubts over the home affairs minister’s eligibility to sit in parliament. It was reported that Turnbull believed Cosgrove should reject Dutton on that basis but that Porter had told him that view was “wrong in law”.

    Turnbull defended his view on Twitter on Thursday afternoon: “The discretion to swear in a person as PM is vested in the Governor General. The proposition advanced by Mr Porter that it is none of the GG’s business whether the would be PM is constitutionally eligible is nonsense. The GG is not a constitutional cypher.”

    • So! there were doubts about Dutton’s eligibility to sit in Parliament WRT his family ownership of child care centres after the funding arrangements changed

    • Unless the family trust has also wound up, “don’t mind me – I’m just looking on” is about as believable as Angus Taylor.

    • Instead of handing “farmers” more money how about the government starts prosecuting them for environmental destruction?

      They could start with Anus Taylor’s family.

    • The sensible way to protect the environment from farmers is to remove the farmers. God speed, ScoMo.

  22. The Nats are really ramping up the pressure for nuclear power stations.

    Deputy premier John Barilaro says nuclear power station could be built in Tamworth or Armidale

    John Barilaro said Tamworth or Armidale could be the site of a new nuclear power station.

    The comments come after the NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals leader on Wednesday called for a national vote on whether to eliminate a long-standing federal ban on the power source.

    Mr Barilaro said modern nuclear power technology means small scale plants could be established in parts of regional Australia.

    Asked at a media event in Glen Innes on Wednesday if Tamworth or Broken Hill could be on the list he said “absolutely”. He said a power plant would be a major employer for Tamworth or Armidale if established

    • Just a thought … what type of farming takes place downwind of Tamworth or Armidale? Allowing for the improvement of technology in nuclear power plants since Chernobyl and Fukishima (to mention just two easily recalled failures). What would be the reaction of the livestock industries downwind to irradiated cattle they couldn’t sell?

      Although I will admit the number of jobs in those areas would probably go up for the years that it would take to build such legacy plants? So that’s a plus?

    • Oh, nice. And what would happen if that power plant runs out of water? According to them it’d be all fine, but, if a scenario passes like it doesn’t rain for a year, which they think won’t happen but in this world and climate it’d likely happen, what would they think happens to a nuclear reactor without a steady flow of water?

      For those that have watched HBO’s Chernobyl, if that happens, there’ll be more red faces than Barnaby in that scenario.

    • Is there anyone in the Nationals party that isn’t an idiot? (rhetorical question.)

      You can do better than that, John.
      Build a coal-fired nuclear power plant on Cubbie Station to desalinate water for the Murray-Darling system.

      (Don’t @ me.)

  23. Well timed, a few days before the tanker ‘attacks, this points to a good reason for the US to ratchet up tensions, good for oil…………..prices.

    Oil Prices Keep Falling. Something’s Got to Give.
    By Avi Salzman
    June 12, 2019 1:04 pm ET
    Oil prices fell on Wednesday after new data showed that U.S. oil supplies continue to build up.

    Mike Pompeo in an honest moment. Something to remember when hearing claims by US officials

    Mike Pompeo

    Address and Q&A at Texas A&M: The Impact of Diplomacy on Daily Life
    delivered 15 April 2019, College Station, Texas

    ……………….. it reminds me, you would know this as — it’s a bit of an aside. But in terms of how you think about problem sets, I — when I was a cadet, what’s the first — what’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s — it was like — we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.

  24. A reminder of how things have not changed. Looking through some newspapers that had been put under the lino in a nearby house , recently demolished. There proudly on the front page of the West Australian was the headline

    Employers Case Is Opened For A Cut In Wages

    The date ? Sept. 27 1952

  25. About the loopy NSW Nats proposal for a nuclear power plant at Armidale or Tamworth –

    What’s downwind of Tamworth and Armidale? Just the Liverpool Plains, 12,000 or so square kilometres of the world’s second-most most productive and fertile agricultural area after the Ukraine. That’s all.

    What do they produce there? Not a lot, just a large proportion of our barley, chickpeas, faba beans, sorghum, sunflowers, soybeans and maize, plus the odd bag of wheat, some cotton and some cattle and sheep.

    Lose the plains and Australia starves. Irradiate the farms there and we all suffer

    The Plains have been under attack for years by both Coalition and Labor governments. .

    Right now the ATM and NSW governments are still desperate to get the hideous Shenhua mine up and running, even though it will destroy valuable farm land and ruin important aquifers. Both governments are supporting the Santos gasfield further west in the Pilliga too, despite long-standing local opposition, and would be only too happy to allow fracking across the plains, And yet the locals keep on re-electing National MPs, state and federal. Why? (Not that Labor would be any better, it was the last NSW Labor government that sold Shenhua the exploration licence for the Plains.)

    Does anyone think Gladys and her henchgoons care about a possible nuclear meltdown? Of course not. Gladys lives in Sydney, far away (she hopes) from any possible radioactive fallout. Barilaro is from Queanbeyan, at the other end of NSW. Notice he is not suggesting a nuclear power plant there. I wonder why?

    The current line being pushed by the Nats says we no longer need to build reactors on the coast. “Modern” technology now allows them to be built inland. That’s only part of the story. Nuclear power plants still need to be near water, for cooling. If one of these things was to be built at Tamworth it would need to be near the Peel River, or maybe beside Lake Keepit or Chaffey or Dungowan dams. The only problem with that is you risk contaminating Tamworth’s water supply. Right now Tamworth is about to run out of water. Keepit is down to a few puddles, Chaffey is down to 20% of capacity and is falling, Dungowan Dam is now at 61% of its capacity. If substantial rain doesn’t arrive soon Tamworth will run out of water.

    These supplies are too precious to put at risk with the construction of a nuclear power plant.

    Barilaro should spend a bit of time watching the most excellent and absolutely terrifying TV series “Chernobyl”, currently running on Foxtel. It might bring him to what little senses he has.

    • On the bright side, maybe Mr “How good are cheeseburgers?” will come back from dinner with orders to stop Shenhua, Clive’s “China First” etc.

    • Effing crocodile tears.When ‘concern’ over drowning appeared it was taken up with gusto by Coalition ‘reffor’ demonisers and shoutback radio. Used ever since as a ‘moral’ fig leaf to cover the miserable black hearted racist .basis for their stance.

    • And theyarenot “illegals” as the government well knows.

      It is not illegal to seek asylum under international law and the terms of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights –

      Article 14.

      (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
      (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations

      Australia’s treatment and persecution of boat arrivals since Howard first thought up his Pacific Solution, through the Rudd and Gillard years and the entire terms of the ATM government is what has been illegal.

  26. A woman from Alabama who was shot in the stomach while pregnant – with the bullets killing the fetus – has been charged with manslaughter.

    Marshae Jones was reportedly five months pregnant when she was shot by another woman in December outside a shop in Pleasant Grove, near Birmingham.

    On Wednesday, Jones, 27, was indicted by a Jefferson county grand jury on a manslaughter charge and is expected to be held in Jefferson county jail on a $50,000 bond, while the woman accused of shooting her walked free, reported

  27. The nutcase who will be voted head of the Conservatives by 160,000 other nutcases

    Boris Johnson has refused demands to categorically rule out suspending parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit without the consent of MPs.

    The frontrunner to be the next prime minister confirmed it was one of the options on the table, after failing to give clear answers on several other occasions.

    Johnson said on Wednesday that the chance of a no-deal Brexit was “a million to one against”, but he has also promised to completely replace the “defunct” withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May and leave the EU by 31 October. The EU has repeatedly said the deal is not up for renegotiation, leading the odds of leaving without a deal to rise.

  28. Labor should let hope prevail on refugees, shadow minister Andrew Giles says
    Exclusive: the shadow minister for multicultural affairs is convinced public sentiment on asylum seekers has shifted

    Public sentiment on asylum seekers has shifted, and Labor must use the looming parliamentary term to “give Australia’s hopeful side a fair chance to prevail over the politics of fear, and division” according to the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, Andrew Giles.

    Giles will use a speech to Australian Fabians on Wednesday to argue the recent community debate around the medical evacuations bill, and the tone of the federal election, suggests Australians are over the toxic politics of border protection, and are fatigued by the “false binaries and unnecessary aggression” from the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton.

    The Victorian leftwinger will say it was notable that border protection, and the “demonisation of asylum seekers” did not feature front and centre in the 2019 federal election, which is unusual compared with previous federal contests. “I’m not sure if we can quite characterise this as something to celebrate, but it is a significant development – something to build upon.”

    At last, something positive from Labor on refugees and the nastiness of the government’s demonisation campaign.

    • Thank goodness another woman shares my opinion!

      Ms Lette made her reputation as an enfant terrible in her late teens, and somehow hasn’t worked out how to graduate from that to being a femme formidable – a move I achieved in my late 20s …

  29. From BK – over the road.

    Last night –

    BK says:
    Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    Breaking news. I will be in hospital overnight due to having had a rather spectacular bleed and haematoma. The cardiologist said my arteries fell 10 pc short of requiring a stent or two.
    So definitely no Dawn Patrol tomorrow

    This morning –

    BK says:
    Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 5:45 am
    Good morning Dawn Patrollers!
    I will definitely be going home this morning. And Puff, in the absence of politics, my blood pressure has been running around an uncharacteristically low 115/68.
    Standing by for the return of parliament next week, wondering who will display excessive hubris

  30. Gillard’s take on Labor’s election – fear campaigning is easier now

    Surprised and disappointed by Labor’s election defeat, former prime minister Julia Gillard said that ‘‘fear campaigning’’ about policies played a role in the election and had been helped by social media.

    Gillard also said the reasons for Labor’s loss in the May election were yet to be ‘‘unpacked’’ and that it would take several months, not a matter of weeks, for that analysis to be accurately completed.

    In a rare interview that she granted due to her role as chairman of mental health organisation Beyond Blue, Gillard also said the ‘‘lesson’’ that parties should not release detailed policies, as the ALP did, had been evident since the John Hewson-led Liberal Party defeat in 1993, but that there were ‘‘probably a few more factors’’ in Labor’s election loss.

    ‘‘I am prepared to say I was surprised. Surprised and disappointed,’’ Gillard said of the election result.’’

    • use of term “social media” indicates that no one has any idea of the volume of attack ads directed at swinging voters though their Facebook & Twitter feeds

      But when the ABC mentioned death taxes 200 times and dental care for pensioners and free kindy 37 times the MSM bias was very damaging

    • The only way to use social media and stay sane is to install ad blocking extensions and use a Facebook extension like Fluff Busting Purity. They stop all those annoying political ads and much more. I never see them now because I block the lot.

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