Welcome to the 46th Parliament.

Meet the new parliament.

Same as the old parliament.

Same lack of policy

Same dearth of ideas.

Same corruption (except much worse now FauxMo has surrounded himself with happy-clapper mates.)

Same demonisation of anyone FauxMo doesn’t like – which is everyone earning less than $200,000 a year.

Same plan to make the rich richer and kick the disadvantaged to the kerb.

What on earth will FauxMo find to do once his tax legislation has been passed? There’s precious little on the agenda. 

What will the media find to talk about when they are no longer able to make up crap about how Labor will vote?

 

 

1,491 thoughts on “Welcome to the 46th Parliament.

  1. There’s not enough money to properly fund the NDIS, or to increase the number of Home Care packages for older Australians, thanks to this government’s faulty administration and ridiculous desire for a budget surplus, but when it comes to new toys for the SAS boys money is no object.

    SAS fighting funds to be increased by billions

    The ability of Australia’s special forces to rapidly and covertly deal with security threats in the Indo-Pacific will be boosted with new hi-tech equipment, including drones, weapons and communications systems, under a $3 billion, 20-year program to cement their position as the region’s most potent fighting force.

    The Morrison government has approved the first stage of Project Greyfin, green-lighting $500 million in new spending over the next four years to ensure the elite combat units continue to have access to the best intelligence, science and technology.

    The project will over time lift the operational capabilities of Australian special forces towards those of the US Navy SEALs and Delta Force, which can be ­deployed anywhere in the world within 24 hours to complete sensitive, high-stakes missions, and be returned safely home again.

    The ability of Australia’s special forces to rapidly and covertly deal with security threats in the Indo-Pacific will be boosted with new hi-tech equipment, including drones, weapons and communications systems, under a $3 billion, 20-year program to cement their position as the region’s most potent fighting force.

    The Morrison government has approved the first stage of Project Greyfin, green-lighting $500 million in new spending over the next four years to ensure the elite combat units continue to have access to the best intelligence, science and technology.

    The project will over time lift the operational capabilities of Australian special forces towards those of the US Navy SEALs and Delta Force, which can be ­deployed anywhere in the world within 24 hours to complete sensitive, high-stakes missions, and be returned safely home again

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/sas-fighting-funds-to-be-increased-by-billions/news-story/b1e1e487970259d213c7c90075ef96e2

    I hope those people with disabilities waiting over a year for their funding to arrive and frail older Australians who have been waiting years for a Home Care package are comforted by the knowledge the SAS will be able to kill more foreigners and lop off more hands thanks to this boost in their funding.

    • I don’t know what he will say. I know what I’d like him to say, but with Labor now so Lib-Lite and mealy-mouthed I doubt he will.

      I’m sure Labor defence shadows will applaud FauxMo’s SAS funding though. They will waffle on about the importance of keeping us all safe, as they always do when it comes to defence spending. I’d like to be proved wrong.

  2. Australia coal use is ‘existential threat’ to Pacific islands, says Fiji PM
    Frank Bainimarama appeals to larger neighbour to ‘more fully appreciate’ climate risks and reduce carbon emissions

    Speaking in Tuvalu at a climate change conference ahead of the forum on Monday, Frank Bainimarama appealed directly to Australia to transition away from coal-powered energy and asked its government “to more fully appreciate” the “existential threat” facing Pacific nations.

    “I appeal to Australia to do everything possible to achieve a rapid transition from coal to energy sources that do not contribute to climate change,” said Bainimarama, who presided over the UN’s peak climate change body, Conference of the Parties, in 2017. “That transition should be just for your own people and just for us here in the Pacific, where we face an existential threat that you don’t face and challenges we expect your governments and people to more fully appreciate.

    “Put simply, the case for coal as an energy source cannot continue to be made if every nation is to meet the net zero emission target by 2050 that has been set by the UN secretary general and every other responsible leader of the climate struggle.”

    Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, was expected to come under serious pressure from other leaders at the forum for the country’s perceived inaction on reducing emissions

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/12/australia-coal-use-is-existential-threat-to-pacific-islands-says-fiji-pm

    And from yesterday –

    Pacific Islands Forum: Tuvalu children welcome leaders with a climate plea
    Climate crisis is more than a meeting agenda item in a host country that could be left uninhabitable by rising sea levels
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/11/pacific-islands-forum-tuvalu-children-welcome-leaders-with-a-climate-plea

    FauxMo won’t be moved. He’s too arrogant to listen.

  3. From The Canberra Times

    Transport authorities say an incident involving a pedestrian and a tram at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Barry Drive happened about 9.15am Monday.

    One person who saw the incident and didn’t want to named said the pedestrian had head injuries and “bounced off the tram”.

    Another eyewitness said they saw the pedestrian on their phone at the time.

    “The tram sounded the horn but he kind of froze, and then he was hit,” the eyewitness said.

  4. This is what you get then the President says he wants to see armed guards in every school

    Will Texas need a new version of this Johnny Cash classic called “Don’t take your guns to school”?

  5. Yet another Gladys stuff-up.

    Premier abandons 2021 deadline for domestic violence reduction
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/premier-abandons-2021-deadline-for-domestic-violence-reduction-20190807-p52eu6.html

    This government closed NSW women’s’ refuges and gave funding to inexperienced charities to run new shelters for both sexes instead. Skilled workers were lost to the system. Women leaving violent homes found themselves sharing refuges with men – exactly what they did not need. Court domestic violence advocacy workers look like being sacked after the NSW government cut their funding in the last budget.

    Now she tells us she can’t meet the target she set herself.

    Hopeless, absolutely hopeless. Is there anything this woman has not ruined?

  6. The comments are better than the article which just regurgitates NewsCorpse propaganda.

    I cannot find any mention of this alleged drop anywhere online, except fr a couple of sites repeating the sme “government information” aka propaganda, originally run byNewsCorpse.

    Of course not, they would never do that!

    “I genuinely believe that everybody who is on Newstart with the right amount of assistance, we can help them into a job,” she told ABC radio”

    And then there’s the use of the words “hardcore unemployed”.

    Anne Ruston is a fool.

    Is Ruston implying that those who can’t “get a job” don’t want one and therefore must be punished? That’s what it looks like to me. There are something like seven people on Newstart for every job vacant, some reports put that number as high as 19 jobseekers for every position, so not everyone is going to get a job.

    I can’t accept that propaganda about falling numbers on Newstart. I think it’s just government lies.

    In Tasmania the situation is getting worse, not better. That didn’t get a mention in the article.

    The number of unemployed persons in Tasmania was estimated to have increased by 200 persons (1.0 per cent) to 17 800 persons in June 2019 compared to the previous month and was 2,100 persons (13.1 per cent) higher than in June 2018.

    The estimated unemployment rate in Tasmania was 6.7 per cent in June 2019, unchanged from the previous
    month, but up 0.7 of a percentage point from the level one year earlier (Chart 2). Tasmania’s estimated trend
    unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the national rate in June 2019

    https://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/Documents/Labour-Force.pdf

    There are many reasons for people giving up Newstart. They include no longer being able to cope with onerous Centrelink demands, not being able to survive on the cashless welfare card and deciding to ditch Newstart and instead rely on family, friends or charities. People sometimes die when they are on Newstart, probably more than once did because these days no-one on it can afford proper food.

    Is the government hoping to reduce the number of people on Newstart by starving them to death? Fewer recipients, bigger budget surplus.

    It’s been done before.

  7. Tsk, tsk.

    Israel Folau’s social media accounts appear to have been deleted on the eve of a court hearing into his sacking by Rugby Australia.

    The former Wallaby’s Twitter and Instagram accounts disappeared on Monday, 24 hours before he is due to appear at in Melbourne’s Federal Circuit Court for a directions hearing.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/aug/12/israel-folau-social-media-twitter-instagram-accounts-disappear-before-rugby-australia-court-hearing

  8. Perhaps the selection process was faulty, Amanda? You know, like the one that got you into the Senate?

    Labor and unions have hit back at calls by a Liberal senator for employers to be able to sack workers if they are not “the right fit”, arguing the Coalition is preparing to gut unfair dismissal laws.

    Amanda Stoker – who made the remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday – renewed the call on Monday arguing it was “untenable” to ignore industrial relations’ impact on productivity and accusing the Coalition of being “tentative” after John Howard lost the 2007 election in part due to its Work Choices reforms.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/12/liberal-senator-says-employers-must-be-able-to-sack-workers-who-are-not-the-right-fit

  9. Not here, not anywhere, is that appropriate

    Nigel Farage has derided the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their “irrelevant” social justice and environmental campaigns while abusing Prince Charles and describing the late Queen Mother as an “overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker”, in an incendiary speech to an Australian rightwing political conference.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/12/nigel-farage-prince-harry-meghan-markle-overweight-queen-mother-cpac-brexit

    In QE I’s reign he would have lost his head.

    • I sometimes wonder when Farage shaved off his little toothbrsh moustache, because he certainly is spouting the same sort of bilge as folk did almost a centry ago!
      He and his boosters make me feel quite sick and angry for the repetitions of such hateful lack of imagination.

  10. Methinks threat will see the Chermans put on their best Br’er Rabbit “Oh please don’t withdraw Uncle Sam” 😆
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    Germany must up defense spending, relying on U.S. “offensive” – U.S. envoy

    Spend More on Military or We Move Troops to Poland, US Envoy Tells Germany

    https://news.yahoo.com/spend-more-defense-move-troops-171139987.html
    The yanks must not have noticed this from a year ago 🙂

    Germans want Donald Trump to pull US troops out of Germany, poll finds

    Germans would actually welcome the withdrawal of American troops stationed in their country, a new poll has found – as Donald Trump threatens to pull the plug on military support.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/us-troops-germany-public-opinion-pull-out-nato-summit-merkel-a8442021.html

  11. At 2:45 a.m. what better time is there to get some Alan Jones LOL ? Gladys a Greenie culture warrior, who knew ? 😆

    ALAN JONES The NSW government is in a crisis entirely of its own making, having gone to the most recent election on infrastructure only to govern as green-left culture warriors.
    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/gladys-berejiklians-government-has-been-swamped-by-greenleft-culture-warriors/news-story/a8f54b034796e94dc11bf8b0f7802665

    • What the ….!

      Don’t tell me Murdoch wants Gladys gone! Any day now he will be suggesting she retire so Tony Abbott can have her seat and be NSW premier.

      Gladys is about to release old growth forests for logging. She wants to raise Warragamba Dam’swall, flooding heritage forest and killing off endangered flora and fauna.

      She’s also the most developer-loving premier ever.

      This is a green-left culture-warrior?

      Alan needs to take a couple of Valiums and have a good lie down.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Infrastructure Australia is predicting that congestion is at breaking point in Sydney and Melbourne, threatening to reduce the quality of life for residents.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/sydney-melbourne-coming-to-a-standstill-as-infrastructure-struggles-20190812-p52g9n.html
    And it has declared that the end of the suburban sprawl across Australia’s east coast and warned the biggest challenge facing government will be providing enough inner-city services to cope with the surging population.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-end-of-the-suburban-sprawl-20190812-p52gad.html
    Greg Jericho warns that if the task is left to the Reserve Bank alone, we won’t be getting a pay rise any time soon. He also pulls apart a number of the now heroic budget assumptions.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/aug/13/if-the-task-is-left-to-the-reserve-bank-alone-we-wont-be-getting-a-pay-rise-any-time-soon
    Nigel Gladstone reveals that the private building certifier who has been fined more than any other in NSW was among the people “primarily responsible” for privatising the supervision of building standards in the 1980s and 90s.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/state-s-most-fined-certifier-behind-building-standards-reforms-20190809-p52f1t.html
    AC Grayling tells us why Brexit is a futile tragedy that will be reversed in a few years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brexit-is-a-futile-tragedy-that-will-be-reversed-in-a-few-years-20190811-p52g15.html
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how Australian producers of Feta, Gruyere and Scotch steaks face being barred from using the names of their products under a list of demands made by the European Union as part of a $100 billion trade deal. The Morrison government will on Tuesday release the list of names the EU wants banned and prepare itself for a lobbying blitz from industry as it moves into the final stages of negotiation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/eu-gets-tough-on-australian-name-dropping-of-feta-gruyere-20190812-p52g9z.html
    Neil McMahon reports on Last night’s Q and A.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6324710/examining-president-trump-qa-ponders-the-biggest-question/?cs=14231
    The suspension of flights into and out of Honk Kong has had knock on effects. Kirsty Needham reports on yesterday’s protests.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/hong-kong-international-airport-suspends-flights-amid-protests-20190812-p52ge3.html
    Peter Hartcher writes that undaunted by giants, by space, even by outer space, the Australian Space Agency now has its chance to explore Australia’s full potential. If it can survive the near-space challenge known as Canberra, of course.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/astronauts-on-mars-australia-might-help-put-them-there-20190812-p52g6k.html
    The general secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches gives Morrison and his government a serve over inaction on climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/a-climate-plea-to-scott-morrison-from-a-churchman-of-the-pacific-s-sinking-nations-20190808-p52f4a.html
    The Washington Post reports that the former short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Monday that President Donald Trump is “giving people a license to hate” and called on Republicans to consider replacing him on the top of the ticket next year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/wait-a-minute-we-can-t-do-this-gop-should-consider-replacing-trump-on-2020-ticket-says-scaramucci-20190813-p52gfv.html
    The future of one of Victoria’s biggest coal-fired power stations is in doubt as energy giant Alinta warns it is “unlikely” that its Loy Yang B generator in the Latrobe Valley will see out the full length of its licence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/energy-giant-alinta-flags-early-coal-shutdown-in-victoria-20190812-p52gdz.html
    Corrine Schoch uses Germany’s example to show how coal-fired power stations can be closed down without job losses.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-can-close-coal-fired-plants-without-job-losses-germany-did-20190812-p52g8o.html
    Meanwhile an Australian coalmine has nearly doubled its greenhouse gas emissions in two years without penalty under a Coalition climate policy that promised to put a limit on industrial pollution. Mining company Anglo American was given the green light to increase emissions at its Moranbah North mine, in central Queensland, twice since 2016, according to documents released under freedom of information laws.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/13/coal-mine-increases-greenhouse-gas-emissions-without-penalty-foi-reveals
    And John Quiggin tells us coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable.
    https://theconversation.com/adani-beware-coal-is-on-the-road-to-becoming-completely-uninsurable-121552
    After the passing of NSW abortion bill in the lower house the Guardian wonders if we are seeing a naked attempt to forge a new front in the culture wars led by the Daily Telegraph and Sky News.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/13/is-the-revolt-against-gladys-berejiklian-over-the-abortion-bill-real
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says that bonds, a barometer of fear, are signalling something awful might lie ahead.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/barometer-of-fear-bonds-are-signalling-something-awful-might-lie-ahead-20190812-p52g7c.html
    Michael Pascoe wades into the US mass shootings and the staggering paradox that drives them.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/08/10/assault-rifle-usa-shootings/
    Last week’s hearings at the aged care royal commission in Brisbane looked at regulation in aged care. While rules and regulations are designed to safeguard residents, bureaucratic “red tape” also contributes to the failings in aged care.
    https://theconversation.com/red-tape-in-aged-care-shouldnt-force-staff-to-prioritise-ticking-boxes-over-residents-outcomes-121561
    Superannuation fund offerings will be rated red, yellow or green when APRA publishes its first publicly available performance assessment later this year.
    https://outline.com/WnwwJj
    Israel Folau’s social media accounts appear to have been deleted on the eve of a court hearing into his sacking by Rugby Australia. His Twitter and Instagram accounts disappeared on Monday, 24 hours before he is due to appear at in Melbourne’s Federal Circuit Court for a directions hearing.
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/aug/12/israel-folau-social-media-twitter-instagram-accounts-disappear-before-rugby-australia-court-hearing
    All Australians are poorer as the world devalues Australia’s currency further and further. Alan Austin reports from London.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/coalition-economic-management-a-huge-fail,12991
    The US, along with the rest of the world, is obsessed by Donald Trump’s antics. But many Americans find it easier not to talk about him in polite company says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://outline.com/gNHr7n
    Emma Koehn outlines how the Australian Taxation Office will have an unprecedented view of how much cleaning and courier contractors are making as payment details start to flow through for a new reporting scheme designed to prevent taxpayers from under-reporting income.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/level-playing-field-cleaner-courier-pay-under-ato-microscope-20190812-p52g5a.html
    Fatbergs are clogging Sydney’s sewer system. Dry wipes are a major culprit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/how-fatbergs-are-clogging-sydney-s-sewerage-system-20190808-p52f9p.html
    US Attorney General William Barr said the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein died had “serious irregularities,” and he vowed to pursue justice for the financier’s victims.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/prison-where-jeffrey-epstein-died-has-serious-irregularities-barr-says-20190813-p52gfn.html
    Jeffrey Epstein was enabled – he did not operate in a vacuum writes Suzanne Moore.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/12/jeffrey-epstein-was-enabled-he-did-not-operate-in-a-vacuum

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with our switched on PM.

    David Pope and Morrison’s policy problems.

    From Matt Golding.





    Cathy Wilcox and our big friends.

    Zanetti with our weather man.

    Hastie inspired this one from Jon Kudelka.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/aa89e7cba78490624f3506e58116a753?width=1024

    From the US








  13. Murdoch is definitely after Gladys.

    First the story kk posted about Gladys being a raving greenie leftist.

    Now there’s this “exclusive” (which usually means they made it up) in The Oz this morning. It is aimed at starting a rumour about Gladys planning or being forced to retire and no doubt it will be taken up by Jones and Hadley today.

    I never thought I’d ever want to defend Gladys, but this is classic Murdoch gutter journalism designed to get rid of a leader and replace her with a hand-picked Murdoch stooge. We saw this sort of thing with the media treatment of Julia Gillard and Rudd’s leadership ambitions. Now they are at it again.,

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian has no plans to step aside

    Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to run again as NSW Premier in 2023, slapping down ministers keen for her job in the wake of a backlash over the passing of new abortion laws.

    As the Premier faces headwinds after she backed laws ­decriminalising abortion in NSW — which passed the Legislative ­Assembly despite a majority of Liberals voting against them — she told The Australian she voted for the bill “for the next generations” of women in NSW, to prevent them being prosecuted for terminations.

    The Premier, triumphant after a state election victory in March, has looked shaky lately, partly thanks to her decision to allow ­independent MP Alex Greenwich, with the support of Health Minister Brad Hazzard, to move the bill decriminalising abortion.

    It has angered conservatives in her party and was voted against last week by Attorney-General Mark Speakman, Treasurer ­Dominic Perrottet, Planning Minister Rob Stokes, Police Minister David Elliott and Corrections Minister ­Anthony Roberts among other ministers.

    But Ms Berejiklian said she did not feel threatened by speculation that Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Mr Perrottet have ambitions to be premier. “I think competition is healthy in politics and it’s always been thus and I don’t have a problem with that,” she said.

    Ms Berejiklian, speaking during a trade mission to London, said she had felt under pressure for years from MPs including Mr Greenwich to deal with the abortion laws, but “if anything, I kept kicking it down the road because I didn’t want to deal with it before the election, I’ll be honest with you”.

    Ms Berejiklian felt she eventually had to allow a conscience vote on the laws, particularly as abortion had been decriminalised in every other state.

    She admitted that she had been pro-choice since her days in the Young Liberals.

    ……………………………………………

    Asked why she did not take the draft legislation through a cabinet process, as opposed to a ­conscience vote, Ms Berejiklian said: “Because how can you argue on the one hand that NSW is the only state that doesn’t have it out of the Crimes Act but on the other ­respect people’s deeply held ­religious views. I wouldn’t want to force someone to vote against their religious ­beliefs.”

    Ms Berejiklian denied speculation in parliament that abortion could be her “greyhounds ­moment”, similar to how Mike Baird’s later-overturned greyhound racing ban damaged his premiership.

    Talk around Macquarie Street is that Mr Constance and Mr Perrottet have leadership ambitions amid a belief Ms Berejiklian could retire mid-term to get a job in the banking sector, as Mr Baird did. Ms Berejiklian confirmed there was speculation, but said she was going nowhere.

    Of ministers wanting her job, she said: “I’d be disappointed if there wasn’t. I think ambition is healthy in politics.” Ms Berejiklian is touring the UK and Germany to promote trade with NSW.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/premier-gladys-berejiklian-has-no-plans-to-step-aside/news-story/7047e39b381fa0b6808e7b10e259cea9

    This classic example of rumour-mongering and use of weasel words like “denied” and “threatened” was written by Andrew Clennell, NSW political editor. We’ve seen how this works. They start a rumour, they write it up as a denial,nothing positive about the victim is said, even though there is no case against them, the shock-jocks pick it up and before you know it a leader is in trouble.

    John Constance and Damien Perrottet may have leadership ambitions but they are also among the dumbest, shiftiest members of Gladys’s cabinet, both responsible for many stuff-ups. Heaven help NSW if either of them become premier.

  14. $4 billion to the SAS for new toys, $500 million (peanuts to a government) over 5 years to our Pacific neighbours to help them deal with “climate and disaster resilience”.

    It gets worse – this is not new funding, it has been taken from the aid funding already promised.

    He plans to go into a meeting throwing a few crumbs and expects to be greeted with applause. I hope they give him a caning.

    Scott Morrison offers $500 million to fight climate change ahead of Pacific showdown in Tuvalu
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-13/pif-pacific-islands-forum-tuvalu-morrison-fiji-climate-change/11406868

    And back at home the FauxMo government is planning new coal fired generators,and new coal mines and telling porkies about our rising emissions.

  15. This should be weird but it isn’t

    The attorney-general’s department admonished Channel Nine for broadcasting a story about the One Nation candidate Steve Dickson misbehaving in a strip club because it may have breached foreign influence laws, the Nine CEO, Hugh Marks, has told the press freedom inquiry.

    Marks said the personal letter he received in May had a “chilling effect” and was a perfect example of an authoritarian culture aimed at gagging the media.

    The One Nation Senate candidate was forced to resign in April after A Current Affair aired footage of him groping dancers and making disparaging comments about a woman in a Washington DC strip club.

    After the ACA story was broadcast Marks received a letter from an assistant secretary in the attorney-general’s department scolding the network for not paying close attention to the new foreign influence transparency scheme, even while admitting Nine had not broken any laws.

    “It is the attorney-general’s department view that, if this broadcast was done on behalf of a foreign principal (Al Jazeera) then it would be a registrable communications activity,” the department said.

    “However, we note that Al Jazeera has subsequently issued a public statement denying its involvement in the broadcast which may indicate that the broadcast was not undertaken on Al Jazeera’s behalf.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/aug/13/government-chilling-letter-channel-9-steve-dickson-one-nation-strip-club-broadcast

    • “And more importantly the public won’t know because we can’t tell them, and that is the real tragedy for our society.”

      Exactly why the government is taking a hard line with the media. FauxMo the Dictator wants us to know only what he thinks we should know.

      Nine had been so very, very supportive of the ATM government and this is the thanks they get. Big, big mistake by the government.

  16. Surprise!

    Former defence minister Christopher Pyne discussed starting work with consulting company EY while he was still in Cabinet, and the job offer was made on April 17 after the election was called.

    The Canberra Times

  17. Angus Taylor’s department ignored advice warning not to run a $2.43m taxpayer-funded ad blitz spruiking the government’s energy policies in the lead-up to Christmas, internal documents show.

    The multimillion-dollar “Powering Forward” campaign boasted of the government’s efforts to bring down power prices, using ads in newspapers and on digital news sites, social media, television and radio.

    The campaign was spread across five phases and used language that closely reflected the Coalition’s political messaging, including phrases such as “we’ve turned the corner on energy ­prices”, which Labor said had been used regularly by government MPs. Crossbench MPs have separately complained that ad campaigns such as Powering Forward represent an enormous expense to taxpayers, without any real assurance of their effectiveness.

    Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information show the government’s advertising contractor, UM, spent about $2.43m on media for Powering Forward in December, when the fourth phase of the campaign ran.

    A separate FOI request shows UM had previously warned against running the fourth phase in December, because audiences would have little interest in energy issues in the lead-up to Christmas.

    “Consumer interest and information seeking activity surrounding the energy category begins to decline from mid-November with further significant declines seen from early December reaching the lowest point on Christmas week,” UM said in a strategy document dated 12 November.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/13/angus-taylors-department-ignored-advice-not-to-run-24m-energy-ad-blitz-before-christmas

  18. No-deal Johnson

    British diplomats will pull out from the EU’s institutional structures of power in Brussels within days, under plans being drawn up by Downing Street.

    In an attempt to reinforce the message that the UK is leaving the EU by 31 October, “do or die”, the UK will stop attending the day-to-day meetings that inform the bloc’s decision-making.

    The move under discussion is said by UK officials to be in line with Boris Johnson’s first statement in the House of Commons, in which he said he would “unshackle” British diplomacy from EU affairs.

    Critics have countered that the symbolic walkout would merely leave the UK blindsided on decisions and ultimately damage the national interest.

    EU working group meetings at which British diplomats were expected to take their seats alongside the other 27 member states will deal with issues on security, the pan-European response to any future crises involving civilians, foreign affairs and the protection of consumers interests.

    It is unclear how far the UK’s withdrawal from the EU structures would go before 31 October, and whether ministers or the UK’s permanent representative in the EU would ultimately fail to show up for meetings in September and October.

    The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said he would attend a meeting of his EU counterparts at the end of August in Helsinki.

    Luisa Porritt MEP, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European parliament, said: “Boris Johnson is unnecessarily sabotaging British influence in Europe.

    “Haughty grandstanding like this undermines our place in the world and will be treated as a snub by our European neighbours and allies, who we should be working with to address shared challenges.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/12/british-diplomats-to-pull-out-from-eu-decision-making-meetings-within-days

  19. Tim Wilson reveals his poor spelling skills to the Twitterverse.

    What, exactly, is a Prime Minster?

    • I know what a Minster is, but even Google has no ideas about a Prime Minster. It insists I must mean “Prime Minister”. When I insist back it just throws up a lot of misspelt headlines like “Preferred Prime Minster – The Essential Report”.

  20. I expect hue and cry from the Attorney-General and the Prime Minster

    Ties linking new Federal Liberal MP Gladys Liu to a secretive international influence arm of the Chinese Government have been uncovered by the ABC.

    Ms Liu, who made history after becoming the first Chinese-Australian woman to gain a seat in the Lower House, was appointed honorary chairman of a Hong Kong-based organisation that experts say is affiliated with China’s efforts to exert influence on foreign governments and expatriate Chinese.

    Liberal Party elder Bruce Atkinson, a Victorian MP and former Upper House President, has similarly been connected to the same organisation — World Trade United Foundation (WTUF) — for some years.

    Mr Atkinson said he played no active role in the organisation and denied he had in any way been a vehicle of Chinese influence in Australian politics.

    Ms Liu simply said she joined the WTUF in order to “support the promotion of trade between Australia and Hong Kong” and that she resigned from the group “around 2016”.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-14/liberal-gladys-liu-linked-to-secretive-chinese-influence-network/11288210

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Lewis uses the latest Essential poll to show how the dynamics of welfare politics are changing.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2019/aug/13/there-is-growing-empathy-for-those-on-newstart-the-dynamics-of-welfare-politics-are-changing
    Is Scott Briggs – Scott Morrison mate, Liberal staffer, News Corp lobbyist and Packer empire crisis consultant – now the front-runner to win the Government’s billion-dollar privatisation of Australia’s visa system? Or is it his rival suitors from Accenture and Australia Post, a consortium packed with Liberal Party identities? Michael Sainsbury and Michael West investigate the political and business connections behind this bumper taxpayer-funded prize.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/mate-versus-mate-inside-scomos-billion-dollar-visa-privatisation/
    A man who allegedly stabbed a woman to death before running through Sydney’s CBD with a butcher’s knife was carrying a phone and a USB stick with information about recent white supremacist attacks in the US and New Zealand. Cathy, isn’t it?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-cbd-stabbing-suspect-had-accessed-information-about-recent-mass-killings-20190813-p52gta.html
    Moderate Liberals are lining up behind Premier Gladys Berejiklian to defend her leadership, as disgruntled members of the party’s right continue to criticise her handling of the controversial abortion bill. Fired up also by News Ltd.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/moderate-liberals-defend-gladys-berejiklian-as-agitation-over-abortion-bill-ramps-up-20190813-p52gpn.html
    Amanda Meade tells us how the government sent ‘chilling’ letter to Channel Nine over its One Nation strip club broadcast.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/aug/13/government-chilling-letter-channel-9-steve-dickson-one-nation-strip-club-broadcast
    Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw tell us that a new review about city congestion will open the door to further cuts in immigrant numbers and moves to push more migrants into the regions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/migration-under-review-amid-growing-congestion-concerns-20190813-p52gks.html
    The SMH editorial calls for more clarity on responsible lending rules.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/need-for-more-clarity-on-responsible-lending-rules-20190813-p52gpp.html
    On the above subject borrowers’ ability to service a loan was at the heart of a court battle and the banks will be delighted with Justice Nye Perram’s ruling writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banks-pop-open-champers-while-borrowers-drink-from-cask-after-loan-win-20190813-p52gnu.html
    Magellan will create market history by launching a listed investment trust that pays no commissions to stockbrokers and financial advisers.
    https://outline.com/CVhMwC
    The “retail recession” is getting deeper and is now worse than anything faced by the sector during the global financial crisis, a key survey of the nation’s businesses has revealed as the Reserve Bank grows confident its interest rate cuts are flowing through to borrowers. When is this government going to wake up?
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/retail-sales-drop-to-levels-not-seen-since-the-1991-recession-20190813-p52gn3.html
    Gary Linnell looks at the future for bricks and mortar retailers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2019/08/13/retail-dead-garry-linnell/
    In a bid to “save Christmas”, Trump has effectively admitted that his negotiating position with China is indeed hurting US consumers.
    https://outline.com/VqduVk
    Independence is a pipedream and China will never allow Hong Kong to determine its own legislature according to Sydney business consultant Guan Pei Ling.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/china-will-always-get-its-way-with-hong-kong-20190813-p52gn8.html
    Fergus Hunter reports that Labor has seized on the findings of an Infrastructure Australia audit, saying the Coalition has failed to deliver on its promise of a faster and cheaper NBN.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nbn-customers-face-higher-prices-or-poorer-internet-connection-audit-warns-20190813-p52go7.html
    Harvey Grennan says that a simple stroke of the legislative pen would fix the corruption built into the NSW building inspection system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-issue-at-the-core-of-sydney-s-building-crisis-gets-hands-off-treatment-20190813-p52gk5.html
    Our universities have become much bigger, but you wouldn’t be sure all the extra youngsters going in are emerging with valuable degrees opines Ross Gittins.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/perhaps-we-need-more-helicopter-pollies-caring-for-our-kids-20190813-p52gkb.html
    Sally Whyte reveals that Christopher Pyne discussed starting work with consulting company EY while he was still in Cabinet, and the job offer was made on April 17 after the election was called.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6326640/christopher-pyne-discussed-consulting-job-while-still-a-minister/?cs=14350
    A $500 million bid by Scott Morrison to silence criticism of his government’s climate change credentials at the Pacific Islands Forum has failed.
    https://outline.com/PuNK2u
    Paddy Manning explores the prospect of a no growth future for Australia.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/14/the-no-growth-future-has-australias-economy-finally-run-out-of-luck
    More than half of young Canberrans were underpaid in the past year, a new report released Tuesday has found.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6327114/wage-theft-crisis-more-than-half-of-young-canberrans-underpaid/?cs=14225
    Tony Walker says that Morrison needs to take control of China policy – but leave room for dissent.
    https://theconversation.com/morrison-needs-to-take-control-of-china-policy-but-leave-room-for-dissent-121739
    Who needs guns?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/you-don-t-think-heroes-who-tackled-alleged-sydney-stabber-20190813-p52goy.html
    Elizabeth Minter writes about how a new report used data from the Federal Court to show which creditors are actively seeking to make Australians bankrupt for relatively small debts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/bankruptcy-threshold-of-5000-is-a-ticking-time-bomb-for-home-owners-20190813-p52gmp.html
    Despite the protests, Donald Trump thinks immigration and an attempt to build a border wall as among his most potent political assets as he counters the Democrats writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://outline.com/HsBagj
    Half the new cars sold in Australia in 2035 will be electric vehicles even if there is no policy support to drive change, a new government analysis forecasts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/half-of-all-new-cars-sold-in-australia-by-2035-will-be-electric-forecast
    Katharine Murphy writes that ACCC chairman Rod Sims says Facebook should have removed the bogus death tax claims in circulation during the May federal election and that it has the capability to deal with the proliferation of fake news on the platform, but the social media behemoth is instead “palming off responsibility” to protect its bottom line.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/14/facebook-could-tackle-fake-news-but-chooses-not-to-regulator-says
    It is glaringly obvious that Frydenberg is not being denied a place in Parliament because his family was forced to flee the Holocaust, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/frydenberg-andanti-semitism-spin,12994
    A group of Melbourne Anglicans have written an open letter to Wangaratta Bishop John Parkes asking him to not threaten the unity of the church by blessing same-sex relationships.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6327268/bishop-challenged-over-proposal-to-bless-same-sex-relationships/?cs=14231
    Meanwhile the Catholic Church is set to defy new laws that would punish priests with jail time if they refuse to report sexual abuse revealed during confession.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/church-digs-in-as-victoria-forces-disclosure-of-abuse-revealed-in-confession-20190813-p52gqd.html
    Chris Uhlmann reckons America has got a lot of things wrong but not when it comes to free speech.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/forget-the-hardy-outdoor-image-we-re-really-a-bunch-of-wowsers-20190813-p52gkg.html
    This is an interesting dynamic in the UK. Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has urged his party to work with the Liberal Democrats in order to stop a no-deal Brexit, as the party’s new leader Jo Swinson made clear she would work with Watson, despite having ruled out an alliance with Jeremy Corbyn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/13/tom-watson-urges-labour-to-work-with-liberal-democrats
    Federal prosecutors in New York have shifted their focus to possible charges against anyone who assisted or enabled Jeffrey Epstein in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of underage girls.
    https://outline.com/ZEA4bm
    And right on cue the FBI has raided Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean, in a further sign the death of the financier will not halt scrutiny of his alleged sex trafficking crimes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/13/fbi-raids-jeffrey-epsteins-private-caribbean-island
    Time for your morning emetic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/visit-to-trump-country-on-the-cards-for-scott-morrison-s-us-trip-20190813-p52glp.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe in Hong Kong.

    Cathy Wilcox with Morrison’s contribution to climate change in the Pacific Islands.

    More so from David Pope!

    And Fiona Katauskas joins in.

    From Matt Golding.






    Alan Moir.

    Peter Broelman and Huawei.

    I don’t know whose this is.

    Zanetti delights in putting the boot into Shorten.

    Cathy Wilcox with Epstein’s death.

    Jon Kudelka also goes to the pacific islands.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/c5920186861b24b113be09ef1c8d8787?width=1024

    From the US










  22. FauxMo won’t be getting a warm welcome in Tuvalu today.

    Tuvalu’s PM says Australia’s climate funding for Pacific ‘not an excuse’ to avoid emissions cuts
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-13/australias-climate-funding-pacific-islands-forum-tuvalu/11408930

    And there’s this –
    Scott Morrison will arrive in Tuvalu on Wednesday for the Pacific Islands Forum, where he enters a political storm around Australia’s climate policies.
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pm-set-for-debate-about-australia-s-approach-to-climate-change-at-pacific-forum

    And while that’s going on Alex Hawke (Lord help us, this happy-clapping Hillsong member is FauxMo’s Minister for the Pacific) has been up to some heavying of the locals.

    The story – in which FauxMo comes across as an arrogant fool.
    Canberra applies pressure for region to stay quiet on coal

    Pacific Minister Alex Hawke says he does not want Morrison’s talks this week with Pacific Island leaders to break down over Australia’s support for coal, but warns it is a “red line issue.”

    The Prime Minister will fly into ­Tuvalu today for the Pacific Islands Forum under pressure from Pacific leaders over his government’s commitment to tackling climate change.

    The Australian revealed earlier today that Mr Hawke has been working to tone down the language of the ­Funafuti ­Declaration behind the scenes.

    With Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoanga pushing hard for Australia to do more on climate, Mr Hawke said today that Pacific Island nations would need to respect our nation’s economic reliance on coal.

    “We wouldn’t want to see talks break down but every country has a position, every country has a thing we need to stick with. Australia has a position we have to stick with,” Mr Hawke told ABC radio.

    “It (Australia’s support for coal) certainly is a red line issue. It certainly is a red line issue.

    “There is a great deal of respect between leaders … they also listen to us about the way our economy is structured.

    “Australia has a red line position on coal.”

    Mr Hawke said he understood the threat climate change poses to countries like Tuvalu and said Australia was committed to helping them in other ways.

    Canberra applies pressure on Pcific Islands

    The Morrison government is lobbying hard behind the scenes at the Pacific Islands Forum to keep a transition from coal-fired power out of the final communique to be signed by regional leaders, calling it a “red-line” issue for Australia.

    Scott Morrison will fly into ­Tuvalu today under pressure from Pacific leaders over his government’s commitment to tackling climate change, with The Australian confirming the Minister for the Pacific, Alex Hawke, has been working to tone down the language of the ­Funafuti ­Declaration. The government has argued in preliminary meetings that any reference to coal in the final communique would be a step too far because it could place obligations on Australia to wind back the $26 billion thermal coal ­industry.

    The Australian has learned Mr Hawke held discussions with several Pacific Island countries on Monday, presenting them with a table showing Australia had just 20 of the world’s 2459 operating coalmines, while 126 were in China and 33 in India. Of 359 coalmines in pre-construction, Australia had just two.

    It is understood Australia’s negotiating team — led by Mr Hawke and the Head of the Office of the Pacific Ewen McDonald — are arguing Australia is the largest contributor to climate change funding in the region and its economic interests should not get in the way of Pacific relationships.

    Pacific nations want to use the communique to call for a major top-up of the Green Climate Fund, which is almost expended after an initial $US10bn in international commitments.

    Australia is arguing it cannot endorse the rejuvenation of the UN initiative, which Mr Morrison described yesterday as “some ­remote fund in Geneva”. Speaking in October last year, the Prime Minister said Australia was not going to “tip money into that big climate fund”.

    Mr Morrison will today face pressure from small island states after they declared his commitment to spend more on sea walls and disaster relief didn’t excuse Australia from doing the “right thing” on emissions.

    Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoanga delivered the stark message after a meeting of the forum’s eight smallest members called for an immediate ban on the construction of new coal plants and the opening of new coalmines, as well as an urgent boost to global efforts to fight climate change.

    Mr Morrison, who has prioritised his Pacific diplomatic push amid rising strategic competition with China, said Australia would deliver on its 2030 Paris emissions cuts and “smash” its 2020 Kyoto commitments.

    “Australia is doing its bit and it’s doing it, I think, in a very effective way. And that is a point I’ll be making again when I meet with Pacific leaders,” the Prime Minister said in Sydney.

    Mr Morrison has announced reprioritisation of $500 million from the aid program to protect regional neighbours from rising seas and worsening storms rather that routing the money through the Green Climate Fund.

    “This isn’t cheques that we’re sending off to some remote fund in Geneva to spend who knows where. We stopped that practice. What we do now … is to help them with the mitigation and resilience works which are needed in these islands — and those needs are very real,” he said.

    Mr Morrison will today seek to shift discussion at the forum to economic issues, launching a new skills portal to help Pacific workers tap into opportunities across the region, including in Australia and New Zealand.

    He will also announce a $1.5m commitment to deliver an extra 150 technical and vocational scholarships in 2019-20 through the Australia Pacific Training ­Coalition. The scholarships will provide graduates with Australian qualifications so they can take ­advantage of Australian labour mobility programs.

    But Mr Sopoaga — whose ­island is facing worsening storm surges as temperatures rise — said island nations wanted to see a deeper commitment from Australia on climate change.

    “No matter how much money you put on the table it doesn’t give you the excuse not to do the right thing, which is cutting down your emissions, including not opening your coalmines,” he said.

    PIF’s Small Island States grouping issued a statement yesterday expressing “deep concern” at the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that a 1.5C temperature rise would threaten the survival of small ­island communities.

    The SIS group includes Tuvalu, Nauru, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, and Federated States of Micronesia.

    The declaration followed a plea by Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama for Mr Morrison “to fully appreciate” the threat posed to Pacific nations and “achieve rapid transition from coal”.

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also ramped up the pressure on Mr Morrison yesterday, inviting the Prime Minister to visit the Torres Strait to see the ­impact of rising sea levels “much closer to home”.

    Ms Palaszczuk and West Australian Premier Mark McGowan used Friday’s Council of Australian Governments meeting to push for commonwealth support to combat rising seas and hit out at the lack of action at a federal level.

    “The same water that’s lapping at the Pacific Islands is lapping at ours. And yet when I raised the issue of rising sea levels with the Prime Minister at COAG he said it was a state issue,” Ms Palaszczuk told The Australian

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/canberra-applies-pressure-for-region-to-stay-quiet-on-coal/news-story/fc729d7890ac1665f9e77110b9c0e96a

    Oddly enough no-one seems to want to talk to Alex Hawke. I wonder why?

    Until Mr Morrison arrives, Australia is represented at the meeting by Alex Hawke, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, who took part in a fatele (traditional dance) during last night’s opening ceremony.

    But Pacific leaders already in Funafuti appear more focused on making their case directly to their counterparts, Mr Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on Wednesday.

    While prominent as the most senior member of the Australian delegation so far, Mr Hawke has appeared to be on the periphery of some informal discussions between prime ministers and presidents

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-13/pif-pacific-islands-forum-tuvalu-morrison-fiji-climate-change/11406868?pfm=sm

  23. From Al Jazeera, once again doing what the Australian media should be doing, but will not.

    This article was published in March this year.

    ‘Open prison’: The growing despair of refugees stuck in Indonesia
    https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2019/02/prison-growing-despair-refugees-stuck-indonesia-190225055714272.html

    I knew about this arrangement and the involvement of IOM, although neither ever gets a mention in Australian media.

    Howard set up this agreement with Indonesia, the UNHCR and IOM in 2000 as a way to “stop the boats” and for a time it worked. Eventually asylum seekers and refugees held in Indonesia realised that the promises they had been given were mostly lies and they were trapped in Indonesia. They started looking for ways to get to Australia. Many “ran away” from detention centres, as the article linked below explains, and became boat people.The boats restarted in earnest around the time Rudd became PM (the first time) and of course the Coalition and the MSM blamed it all on Labor being too soft on asylum seekers.

    You will barely find a mention of anything about this system online now, there never was much to find anyway. It has been hushed up rom the start. There is this article, written in 2001, which gives a lot of detail about the original plans. Since then things have become much worse for those detained in Indonesia,

    Paying the Price: Australia, Indonesia try to Stop Asylum Seekers
    https://www.refworld.org/docid/3c58099a1.html

    I did not know that successive Australian governments have kept on prioviding this funding all these years, to to allow IOM to maintain what are actually detention centres in Indonesia, but how like Fauxo and Dutton to decide to cut the long-standing funding. These people are trapped with nowhere to go and no hope of resettlement. No doubt Dutton smiles when he thinks of that. He and FauxMo are monsters.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Alexandra Smith reports that Berejiklian has rolled over on gender selection abortion and ruled out voluntary euthanasia. The religious mafia within her party got her!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/berejiklian-rolls-over-on-gender-selection-abortion-rules-out-voluntary-euthanasia-20190814-p52h69.html
    And the SMH editorial chimes in saying the right must not use the abortion debate as a political tool.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/right-must-not-use-abortion-debate-as-a-political-tool-20190814-p52h4q.html
    The AMA says that state Parliament has been paralysed into inaction because people who want to obstruct access to abortion or prevent it entirely have linked it in a very insincere and flawed way to the very emotionally charged issue of gender selection.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/gender-selection-has-nothing-to-do-with-decriminalising-abortion-ama-20190814-p52h2z.html
    John Hewson has some suggestions on how to fix our debased Parliament and its most questionable time.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-to-fix-our-debased-parliament-and-its-most-questionable-time-20190814-p52gyb.html
    Greg Jericho prosecutes his case that the government’s wages growth predictions appear to be wishful thinking.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/aug/15/the-governments-wages-growth-predictionswishful-thinking
    Jacinda Ardern has challenged Scott Morrison to explain his ­government’s position on climate change to Pacific leaders as ­Australia fends off attacks over its domestic emissions policies ­despite committing $800 million to address global warming in the region. Google.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/australia-has-to-answer-to-pacific-arderns-climate-blast/news-story/a75b975eabac7938facc693912fa0039
    Can Scott Morrison deliver on climate change in Tuvalu – or is his Pacific ‘step up’ doomed?
    https://theconversation.com/can-scott-morrison-deliver-on-climate-change-in-tuvalu-or-is-his-pacific-step-up-doomed-121501
    A former officer is trying to stop Victoria Police blocking the release of a report on the lead-up to James Gargasoulas killing six people in 2017.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cop-fights-for-release-of-bourke-street-massacre-report-20190814-p52h50.html
    Signs that a recession could be on the horizon sends investors heading to the exits, and sets up the Australian share market for steep losses.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/asx-set-for-heavy-falls-as-wall-street-dives-on-recession-fears-20190815-p52h7z.html
    The Dow plunged 800 points in the worst day of the year and Donald Trump blamed the Federal Reserve as investors repositioned for a dimming economic outlook.
    https://outline.com/8t9FYs
    Meanwhile Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that Trump might have finally twigged that his trade wars are hurting voters
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/trump-might-have-finally-twigged-his-trade-wars-are-hurting-voters-20190814-p52gyq.html
    Jennifer Hewett writes that Trump can’t be trusted on this trade truce.
    https://outline.com/xWTgUG
    Peter Hannam reports that the justification for the $500 million Broken Hill water pipeline prioritised irrigators and all but ignored the environment, according to the project’s business case that has finally been released by the government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/disdain-anger-as-broken-hill-pipe-business-case-finally-released-20190814-p52h20.html
    Historian David Brophy tells us that we can be wary of China without blindly following the US into war.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-can-be-wary-of-china-without-blindly-following-the-us-into-war-20190813-p52gqv.html
    New trade figures show China needs us as much as we need them, with Australia supplying a record 74 per cent of China’s imported iron ore.
    https://outline.com/YHWxGB
    The Catholic Church in Melbourne has pushed back against the Victorian government over legislation aimed at forcing priests to report admissions of child sexual abuse made during confession. On this stance Peter Fox has tweeted “They’ve learnt nothing. Confessional wasn’t conjured up by God, nor did Jesus come up with the idea. There is no mention of it in the bible. Its a ritual ‘invented’ by a man 700yrs ago. What sort of person would hide behind a religious ritual above protecting children from rape?”
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/protect-children-without-infringing-on-religious-freedom-catholic-archbishop-says-20190814-p52h6o.html
    Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo has said the public servant who leaked a top secret document he authored should be sent to jail, and he was “heartened” to hear police were closing in on a suspect.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6327873/leaker-of-top-secret-document-should-go-to-jail-pezzullo/?cs=14350
    ASIO has warned against exempting journalists from national security laws, as police refuse to rule out charging a journalist for publishing leaked material reports Fergus Hunter.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/afp-commissioner-declines-to-rule-out-charges-for-news-corp-journalist-20190814-p52gw4.html
    The AFR reports that more than a year after it was announced, there is still no sign of a $325 million biosecurity levy. Over to you Mr Littleproud.
    https://outline.com/qBLvM3
    Evidence is mounting that Sir John Kerr and the Palace had a close relationship amid Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, writes Professor Jenny Hocking.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/distortion-how-the-palace-airbrushed-sir-john-kerrs-memoirs-,12997
    Individual Australians hold more than $100bn offshore, spread across more than 1.6m accounts, according to new taxation office data collected under an international cooperation agreement. Lots of letters have gone out from the ATO,
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/15/new-tax-data-reveals-australians-hold-100bn-in-offshore-accounts
    Jennifer Duke reports that National Broadband Network chief executive Stephen Rue has refused to rule out hiking internet prices but rejected concerns that the $51 billion project could miss its financial targets as it enters its crucial last roll-out year. He says “NBN is a vital infrastructure project for Australia” so how come so much of it is shit?
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/financially-strong-nbn-boss-rules-out-writedown-won-t-rule-out-price-hike-20190813-p52gss.html
    Dana McCauley outlines how Graeme Samuel says governments bowing to the Pharmacy Guild ought to have learned from the other industry to have been safeguarded from pro-competition reforms – taxis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/discount-chemists-the-new-uber-former-accc-chief-backs-pharmacy-deregulation-20190814-p52gxz.html
    The spending arms race at elite private schools is out of control writes Trevor Cobbald who says that taxpayer money for private schools denies much-needed resources for disadvantaged public schools.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/14/the-spending-arms-race-at-elite-private-schools-is-out-of-control
    In the wake of the Sydney knife attack former NSW deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas explains the important difference between what is terrifying and what amounts to terrorism.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/terrifying-but-not-terrorism-the-distinction-matters-in-the-clarence-street-tragedy-20190814-p52h3o.html
    What’s Google up to now? Emma Koehn tells us that the small business ombudsman has asked the consumer watchdog to investigate Google’s advertising policies amid claims small businesses are being blocked from advertising on the site without a clear explanation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/absolutely-unacceptable-business-fury-over-google-ad-policy-20190814-p52gvy.html
    The number of students found to be cheating in assessments and exams increased by about 2000 per cent at the University of NSW when it moved resources from deterring cheating to detecting it. This will bring quite a few back to the field.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/cheating-found-at-unsw-up-by-2000-percent-as-new-detection-methods-used-20190814-p52gz4.html
    The New York Times tells us about Trump struggles with an Asia in crisis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/trump-struggles-with-an-asia-in-crisis-20190814-p52h3u.html
    Here’s a worthy nominee for “Arsehole of the Week” . . .
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/p-plater-filmed-at-nearly-200km-h-before-crash-killed-police-officer-20190814-p52h0m.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe.

    Cathy Wilcox on press freedom.

    From Matt Golding.





    A couple from Mark David.


    Nice work from John Shakespeare.

    Andrew Dyson and the church confessional law.

    Zanetti on congestion.

    Glen Le Lievre. Gloomy.

    Alan Moir salutes the whistle blower.

    Jon Kudelka and England’s secret weapon to control Steve Smith.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/667f5370ca70d6ced93a4e759b8bbbff?width=1024

    From the US










  25. Murdoch’s journalists just can’t stop lying.

    In his article “Hot air: NZ sets carbon test for PM” Ben Packham says this –

    Malcolm Turnbull pledged $300m when prime minister for the period 2016 to 2020 and Mr Morrison this week announced $500 more for Pacific island ­nations’ climate action plans.

    By contrast, New Zealand spent $200m in the region between 2015 and 2019 and is on track to spend a further $300m by 2023

    So he implies that NZ is spending less than Australia and therefore Jacinda Ardern has no right to criticise FauxMo. More weaselly journalism.

    Packham might not have noticed, but it’s almost 2020 and that initial $300 million has mostly been spent, the funding has less than a year remaining to run.

    The $500 million FauxMo has so generously given is not new money, it has been taken from the aid funding already promised to our Pacific neighbours. It”s a promise taken back, it’s re-purposed funding, a swindle. Too bad if any of the countries involved had already planned how they would spend that money or even worse, commenced programs that relied on it.

    FauxMo is a tight-arse liar and swindler who has now proved to our former friends in the Pacific that he cares more about his budget surplus than he does about them and their battle with climate change and rising sea levels.

    Just for your information, here’s the Pacific funding promises made in the 2019-2020 Budget.

    Pacific
    $1.4b

    We will take our partnership with the Pacific to a new level. In 2019–20, we will provide a record $1.4 billion in development assistance. We will work with governments and regional institutions on health and education programs, and on improving the environment for businesses and economic growth.

    We are delivering a new chapter in our relationship with the Pacific:
    *the $2 billion Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific will work with partner governments and the private sector to close critical infrastructure gaps. It will include $500 million in grants

    *the Pacific Labour Scheme, $70 million over four years, will expand to all Pacific island countries
    the Office of the Pacific will enhance coordination across the Australian government and consultation within the region

    *educational and people-to-people links will be strengthened with new secondary school scholarships, $66 million over three years, and more scholarships for vocational education and training

    *the new Australia-Pacific Sports Linkages Program, $12 million over 4 years, will strengthen sporting ties, build safe communities and increase the participation of women and girls in sport

    *across all our programs, we will continue to support equality for women and girls, including through Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development

    And this, on dealing with climate change –

    Climate Change
    $200m

    In 2019–20, Australia will invest $200 million to support the Government’s five-year, $1 billion commitment to addressing climate change to support developing countries’ climate actions, to build climate resilience and reduce emissions

    https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/corporate/portfolio-budget-statements/Pages/2019-20-australian-aid-budget-at-a-glance.aspx

    A bit more investigation tells us the $300 million promised by the Turnbull government is written up in the 2019-2020 DFAT Australian Aid Budget Summary in a way that makes it sound like new funding. (Page 11 of the document)

    Australia recognises that Pacific countries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate
    change and disasters. Australia is committed to working more closely than ever with our Pacific neighbours to address these shared challenges. We will spend $300 million over four years to 2020 to deliver climate and disaster resilient low carbon growth in the region. We are also mainstreaming climate and disaster resilience into Australian aid investments across the Pacific, which will fund high priority and resilient infrastructure in the Pacific and Timor-Leste

    https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/corporate/portfolio-budget-statements/Documents/2019-20-australian-aid-budget-summary.pdf

    Not “we previously committed” or “we have spent” but “we will spend”. Weasel words again.

    What a shame Ben Packham didn’t spend a few minutes looking at this easily found information. Every journalist writing for the non-Murdoch media was able to tell us the money was taken from the aid funding already promised. Everyone except Packham. Lazy? Liar? Following orders? You can work that out..

  26. The White America policy

    A top US immigration official says the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty, welcoming the world’s “tired and poor” to American shores, was referring to “people coming from Europe”.

    The comments came in a CNN interview with Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, who was referencing Emma Lazarus’s poem emblazoned on the pedestal of New York’s Statue of Liberty.

    Lazarus’s poem, written in 1883 to raise money to construct the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal and cast in bronze beneath the monument in 1903, served as a beacon to millions of immigrants who passed the statue by boat in New York harbour.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-15/us-official-says-statue-of-liberty-was-meant-for-europe/11415888

  27. The rest should just refuse to issue the communique

    Australia has succeeded in removing all but one reference to coal on the draft communique of the Pacific Islands Forum, and is expected to be able to get that removed on Thursday as Pacific leaders including Scott Morrison meet to debate the text.

    Sources familiar with the negotiations on the communique, which is used for regional policy making, told Guardian Australia that Australia has been working hard during negotiations to soften the language on climate change and has succeeded in many mentions.

    Tuvalu’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, told Guardian Australia at a dawn fishing trip on Thursday in the lead-up to the leaders’ retreat that it looked as though Pacific leaders would not be successful in getting the language of “climate change crisis” in the communique, with the draft most likely to describe the current situation as a “climate change reality”.

    A source saw a draft text of the communique said the version text leaders would be debating would call on members to “reflect on” the UN secretary general’s call for no new coal and an end to fossil fuel subsidies, rather than actually endorsing it, which is what Pacific small island leaders have said they want.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/15/australia-removes-coal-and-climate-crisis-references-from-pacific-islands-declaration

  28. Excellent thread from Rick Morton, formerly a journalist with The Australian –

    The story from The Saturday Paper, in case you missed it –

    Murdoch media fuels far-right recruitment
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2019/08/10/murdoch-media-fuels-far-right-recruitment/15653592008581

  29. Scathing article on Gladys and the insane decision to import gas from South Korea.

    If the link in the tweet doesn’t work just Google the title of the article in an incognito window,

    Santos is not waiting for approval. Fracking is well under way in the Pilliga, and has been for some time. The environmental damage is already huge. This is a fragile place, it should be protected, not destroyed by mining and gas extraction.

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