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. leonetwo


    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.

    A “By contrast” the Murdoch orc missed was NZ GDP US$ 205 billion “by contrast” to Australian GDP US$ 1,330 billion. Strayan numbers looking a lot less impressive “by contrast”

    • I could have looked at the NZ budget for more ammunition, just to see how much NZ really gave to Pacific countries in their last budget. I have a feeling Packham was just cherry-picking.

  2. What a shame we at The Pub are all in the same boat as Richard Ackland. No invitation to what sounds a LOL evening with Gerard 🙂

    Sadly, Gadfly’s invitation to hear Minister for Minerals Matteo Canavani at Chuckles Henderson’s Institute got lost in the mail.

    It promised to be a spellbinding evening, with the topic “The Link Between Pope Pius XI and Bob Brown”. The theological possibilities are intriguing, especially when you consider Pius XI – formerly Achille Ratti – and the regime of Benito Mussolini had a lot in common.

    David Kertzer, who specialises in the politics and religious history of Italy, says that much of the ideology of Fascism drew heavily on the Catholic traditions of authoritarianism, intolerance and dislike of the Jews.

    Pius XI was distressed over the state of women’s clothing, particularly backless ball gowns and gym togs, while allowing himself to be shamelessly manipulated by Il Duce into supporting the Fascist regime.

    How did this dovetail with Bob Brown, wondered puzzled members of Chuckles’ institute? Was Bob similarly upset by scantily clad women? From what Gadfly can gather from the event, Matteo thought Brown was a busybody who meddled in the Adani mine business, which “really, really frustrates people and leads to very poor decisions to boot”.

  3. Time for a different aspect of the climate change worry, ‘Come On Down ! ‘ VPD, which is……………..
    Plant growth has declined drastically around the world due to dry air

    A lack of water vapour in the atmosphere has caused a global decline in plant growth over the past two decades, resulting in a 59 per cent decline in vegetated areas worldwide.

    Studying four global climate datasets, Wenping Yuan at Sun Yat-sen University in Zhuhai, China and his colleagues found that the decline is correlated with a vapour pressure deficit in the atmosphere, which has increased sharply over more than 53 percent of vegetated areas since the late 1990s.

    Vapour pressure deficit (VPD) is the difference between the pressure that would be exerted by water vapour when the air is fully saturated and the pressure it actually exerts. When this deficit increases, the pores on the surface of leaves that facilitate gas exchange close up, resulting in lower photosynthesis rates.

    Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2213529-plant-growth-has-declined-drastically-around-the-world-due-to-dry-air/#ixzz5wdZA9LL4

  4. “Shove a sock down her throat” – Alan Jones once again demonstrates his complete inability to accept female leaders.

    Will FauxMo have anything to say? Not blooming likely.

  5. Australia is racing headlong towards being a totalitarian state.

  6. It’s all about “me”

    Scott Morrison has said the radio presenter Alan Jones was “way out of line” for saying the Australian prime minister should “shove a sock down the throat” of his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern.

    Speaking after a 12-hour meeting with other leaders of Pacific countries in Tuvalu on Thursday, Morrison said: “The comment has been relayed to me; on what’s been reported to me, I find that very disappointing and of course that’s way out of line.

    I have two daughters, so you can expect that’s how I would feel personally about it. I’ll leave others to explain what they’ve said and how they’ve said it,” said Morrison.


  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Morrison has slapped down Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones over his comments towards New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. And so he should!
    Meanwhile Rob Harris reports that Pacific leaders have left Australia isolated over the future of coal in the region after a marathon summit meeting last night, as fears grow that China will seek to exploit diplomatic differences in the region over climate change.
    Australia has been accused of using a loophole to back out of a promised emissions cut nearly eight times greater than the combined annual fossil fuel pollution released by the rest of the Pacific.
    As Andrew Hastie chairs the inquiry into laws that would criminalise journalism and speech, let’s hope he champions the right of journalists, academics and whistleblowers says human rights lawyer Alice Drury.
    Waleed Aly writes that politicians enjoy stressing that the country must ‘live within its means’, yet our economy relies too much on people doing precisely the opposite.
    Focusing on the economy, keeping out of the news and steering clear of culture wars issues are all essential for the Coalition, writes Phil Coorey.
    The NSW government was warned by its own bureaucrats more than five years ago that reliable water supply in parts of the state could plunge by a third, with the situation now so dire that some of the largest regional towns face being left with no water within the next year. Top effort!
    And Peter Hannam reports that the dams serving metropolitan Sydney will sink below 50 per cent full for the first time in 15 years by the weekend, with long-range weather forecasts suggesting the slide could accelerate.
    Frydenberg has vowed the government will take “the necessary actions” to protect the Australian economy amid fresh signs of a global slowdown and fears the United States could be on the cusp of a recession. Sure Josh.
    Michelle Grattan wonders how ‘guaranteed’ is a rise in the superannuation guarantee.
    The SMH editorial says that Australia must urge China to keep calm in Hong Kong.
    Dana McCauley explains how pharmacists are pushing the Morrison government for changes to the Medicare system to allow Australians to claim rebates for vaccinations and medical consultations at their local chemist.
    John McDuling examines Telstra’s annual report and outlook.
    And the AFR says Telstra has warned investors to expect an extra $400 million hole in its earnings because of the national broadband network.
    Disability royal commissioner and former state Liberal MP John Ryan has withdrawn from a “men’s brekkie” event at which he was to appear alongside NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham.
    A trove of documents filed in the court case shed new light on an ASIC investigation into Tennis Australia over the 2013 Australian Open broadcast rights.
    Following a review of its Change The Rules campaign and the resulting Labor Election failure, the ACTU is pushing ahead with it, writes William Olson.
    Law professor Luke Beck says of the confessional that churches and priests are not above the law.
    The Melbourne archbishop said he’d rather go to jail than break confession confidentiality. A new bill could send him there writes Hadeel Al-Alosi.
    Sarah Martin reports that the Coalition is under pressure from faith groups to include protections for institutions in its proposed religious discrimination bill, which is expected to go to cabinet next week.
    Supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem according to a panel of experts in The Conversation.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants us to join with the U.S. in tackling the problems which Donald Trump created with Iran and presumably to soften us up to host missiles to protect the U.S. marines and port facilities in Darwin, writes John Menadue.
    Trump and the thuggish Netanyahu are a good pair as this effort shows.
    The Epstein autopsy has revealed broken bones and deepens the questions about his death.
    Driven out of Sydney by cost and congestion, loved-ones are scattering for an affordable, better life elsewhere, but family get-togethers become a challenge writes Belinda Noble.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with Trump’s economic prowess.

    Nice work from David Pope on Brendan Nelson and the War Memorial’s plans.

    This from Pope yesterday.

    Cathy Willcox and competing moral positions.

    Andrew Dyson with our debt problem.

    From Matt Golding.

    Alan Moir at the South Pacific Forum.

    Jim Pavlidis and police transparency.

    Zanetti’s back on the bandwagon.

    Jon Kudelka’s inverted yield curve.

    From the US

  8. FauxMo should have apologised to Jacinda Ardern on behalf of Australia for the attack by a publicity-hungry old queen who still will not admit his sexuality to his devoted fans. There was absolutely no need to drag his daughters into this, Jones attacked a leader, not a child. Whether or not FauxMo has daughters is just not relevant here.

    If Jones wants to attack women then it’s once again time to fight back.

    Remember this, “Gloria”?

    And here’s some Friday morning reading –

    And –

    Then there’s Jones’ well-known association with and support for criminals like Roger Rogerson and his co-murderer Glenn McNamara, the paedophlie lawyer John Marsden, with whom he is said to have visited “The Wall” in Sydney to pick up teenage boys, murderer Andrew Kalajzich and Margaret Cunneen, alleged crooked lawyer and close friend of Rogerson.

    Here’s Pete FitzSimons, in 2014, on Jones and Rogerson –

    What’s doing with Jonesy and Roger Rogerson? Ten years or so ago, I remember listening as Alan Jones did a breathtakingly soft interview – the softest I’ve ever heard, outside every Coalition politician, ever – where he bowled up the disgraced detective a series of questions about whether he had ever done anything corrupt or violent. Rogerson replied “No, Mr Jones, never,” or words to that effect, about ten times, and Jones finished up with something along the lines of “Well, there you have it, you’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth. Thank you Roger Rogerson.”

    Jones obvious rapport with Rogerson was as stunning to me as his similar support for the murderer Andrew Kalajzich who Jones agitated to get out of jail, only for the Court of Appeal to find the Manly hotelier guiltier the second time than the first.

    And this week – in the wake of Rogerson’s arrest for murder – there has been much comment about how odd it was that Jones actually launched Rogerson’s book,The Dark Side, in 2009, asserting that the streets would be much safer if only we had more detectives like him.

    The morning after Rogerson’s arrest, I listened carefully. Jones didn’t get to the subject of the day until 20 minutes into his show, and then said in what amounted to a quick, carefully calibrated statement that he had no relationship with Rogerson, and it was the publisher, not Rogerson, who asked him to launch the book, so there, and anyway, he didn’t really mean we needed more detectives like him in that sense. I repeat, what’s doing, Alan? Every election, and most times in between, you are the loudest drum beater for “Laura Norder” and yet you have this weird predilection for baddies?


    There’s plenty more out there, including the story of Jones being sacked from a teaching job at Brisbane Grammar School for getting too attached to some of the boys.And what about the defamation cases that have cost 2GB and Macquarie millions?

    Jones often rails about university education because he knows his audience members are poorly educated, Years ago my local radio station used to give us a few minutes of Jones every morning at breakfast time and if I wasn’t fast enough hitting the off switch I’d get an earful of his Venom of the Day spray. Abusing anyone with a uni degree was a popular topic in these rants. Yet Jones has a BA from the University of Queensland and a diploma in education from Oxford. He never mentions either. He prefers his fans only know about his football coaching.

    Everything about this grub reeks of hypocrisy.

  9. Asked whether the breakdowns came because of Australia’s refusal to budge on its positions on climate change, Regenvanu said “that would not be an incorrect assumption”. He said it was mostly Sopoaga who took the fight to Australia.

    Speaking on Friday morning at a joint press conference with Morrison, Sopoaga said he had told the Australian prime minister during the retreat: “‘You are concerned about saving your economies, your situation in Australia, I’m concerned about saving my people in Tuvalu and likewise other leaders of small island countries.’”


  10. Good podcast with Paul Bongiorno on Hastie’s position as head of the inquiry into press freedom and the Hastie’s outburst on China.


    Hastie wants to be in cabinet, he’s angry about being left on the backbench, he’s a Dutton supporter and he has an ego bigger than Jupiter, so he’s not going to shut up until he gets what he wants.

    Leadership struggles pushed by an overly-ambitious Hastie? You bet! I reckon he sees himself as a future PM – in the near future.

  11. The way the media are reporting FauxMo’s comments on Alan Jones are as you would expect – lots of hyperbole about “slamming” and “slapped down”. How very supportive of them

    He did none of that. He just made a comment so mild that it would have made that well-known wet lettuce leaf embarrassed. .

    Jones knows he has the PM on side.

    He renewed his attack on Jacinda Ardern this morning.

    On Friday morning, he returned to the subject, continuing to berate Ms Ardern and reading out messages of support from listeners, including one he claimed was from “a very prominent female political figure” who said, “Alan don’t worry, I haven’t met a man more supportive of women.”

    Jones repeated his comments that “Jacinda Ardern has no idea what she’s talking about” and called her a “hypocrite” and “gormless”, saying: “She has duplicitously excluded agriculture, New Zealand’s primary source of greenhouse gas emissions.

    “I used the language earlier on and, forgive it, but this is the farting and burping livestock, 50 per cent. So when is Jacinda Ardern going to start culling the dairy herds in New Zealand?”

    He then suggested the climate change being faced by Pacific Islanders was a “hoax”.


    Why is this news? Why talk about it? Because Jones needs to be criticised, hammered. exposed. He has an audience of hundreds of thousands. not counting those who have him inflicted on their eardrums because his program is broadcast in shops, waiting rooms and even in delivery vans. For some reason he still has great influence on Australian politics. He’s part of the reason we have the abysmal ATM government, part of the reason Labor lost the election. Jones is poisonous, but politicians keep on crawling to him, as FauxMo did with his refusal to condemn his latest ranting.

    One of the first things Albo did after becoming Labor leader was an interview with Jones. Shorten had refused to have anything to do with Jones.


  12. Meanwhile 200 years ago…………
    Peterloo bicentenary: Manchester massacre remembered as historians draw parallels with politics today

    The bloodiest political episode of 19th-century England started the journey to the modern rights we enjoy, as a country, today………..

    • He has opened the way for China to give massive funding to Pacific nations. I would not blame any leader who turned to China for support after being bullied by the arrogant FauxMo.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Ross Gittins says, “ I’ve said it before but I’ll keep saying it until it’s sunk into the skull of every last politician: we won’t get back to healthy growth in the economy until we get back to healthy growth in wages.”
    The SMH editorial declares that Australia has lost Pacific’s trust on climate change.
    Things are not under control when it comes to Australia meeting our Paris target, even if Scott Morrison wants us to believe that says Katharine Murphy.
    Scott Morrison came out of the leadership spill against Malcolm Turnbull presenting a clean pair of hands. But his ascension to The Lodge was anything but accidental writes David Crowe. This is quite a story!
    The AFR says the teflon US President suddenly looks vulnerable as the global economy begins to crack. It says “ It’s the trade war, stupid”.
    With his controversial op-ed, Liberal backbencher Andrew Hastie set off a debate that has riven Canberra along unexpected lines explains Mike Seccombe.
    In a special report Eryk Bagshaw and Shane wright explore the issue of the urban squeeze and its associated pressures.
    The editorial in The Saturday Paper says that it’s an old, persistent lie: that traffic is a race issue, that failing infrastructure is the responsibility of migrants rather than the governments that build it. Said often enough, it allows politicians to blame congestion on people who look different. This is a useful trick and it’s one Scott Morrison is playing.
    Michael exposes the women empowering Alan Jones.
    Scott Morrison has been accused of causing an extraordinary rift between Australia and Pacific countries by the prime minister of Fiji, who said the Australian prime minister’s insulting behaviour while at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu would push nations closer to China.
    Politics academic Michael O’Keefe reckons Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change.
    London’s Daily Telegraph predicts that The UK will be drawn deep into the North American orbit. This is incompatible with the EU’s regulatory structure. Once it happens, there will be no turning back in my lifetime. Trading patterns will harden for half a century or more.
    The new NSW building commissioner has hit the ground running!
    Nick Toscano and Nick McKenzie say that the world’s biggest recruiter of high-roller Chinese gamblers, Suncity, is dramatically scaling back its Australian operations after revelations of its alleged links to organised crime. They say that Crown will not be too far behind.
    According to the AFR the saga of the Westpac and ASIC dispute demonstrates the absurd and irrational forces that have been buffeting the country’s biggest banks over the past year.
    Bevan Shields reports that Morrison will promise to “revisit” a ruling by the Australian Electoral Commission that GetUp is an independent entity.
    NBN Co’s stranglehold on broadband access has left the nation’s major telcos scrambling to stay afloat as smaller providers face possible extinction.
    The Saturday Paper tells us that as the backlash against the inclusion of trans and non-binary Australians continues, medical experts fear media rhetoric may hurt the wellbeing of gender-questioning youth
    Peter Hartcher explains how Australia has much to learn from Indonesia with respect to stamping out corruption.
    Amanda Meade’s week in the media.
    A recent article in The Australian has come under fire for its backwards views on transgender people, writes Melvin Fechner.
    Tough new regulations are set to leave the industry and millions of Australians unwilling or unable to pay for financial advice.
    Our ties to Washington and Beijing are not an either-or proposition. Australia’s interests must come first – and that means leveraging both relationships writes Tom Switzer.
    Barnaby Joyce has said the NSW Nationals risked losing votes in the bush over a decision by many party MPs to support a bill decriminalising abortion. He has also given some tactical advice to John Barilaro.
    Christopher Knaus reveals that n Australian-owned multinational, Incitec Pivot, is at the centre of a mysterious $15m shipment from Iran that threatens to breach strict US sanctions
    In the short term, our markets such as China and Japan will need our coal, but they are rapidly moving to renewables. Australia needs a plan to do the same writes Professor Martina Linnenluecke.
    According to a confidential report, Australia’s largest private training college raked in hundreds of millions in public money before its collapse, despite abysmal completion rates. A senior figure in the sector fears it could happen again writes Paddy Manning.
    Wow! Auditor-General Grant Hehir has labelled the suppression of his report on a $2 billion arms deal last year by the Attorney-General the most significant issue in his time in the job, and called for a review of the overarching legislation of his role in this parliamentary term.
    And Laura Tingle bemoans Canberra’s creeping culture of secrecy.
    Changes in marketing have led to a profit for NBN Co, but there are still plenty of economical and technical bugs to iron out, writes Paul Budde.
    KPMG’s chief economist has warned a decline in Australia’s working population represents an urgent challenge to the nation’s tax base.
    Paul Bongiorno examines all the forces in play at the inquiry into press freedom.
    Elizabeth Farrelly says that congestion isn’t about too many people, or even too little infrastructure. It’s about near-total absence of planning.
    A battle to release sensitive royal correspondence about the dismissal of the Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam will make its way to Australia’s highest court. Let’s hope it gets up.
    A week on from a deal to ban exports of domestic waste, some are still wondering what to do with our garbage says Peter Hannam as he gives us five ways households can reduce waste and promote recycling of what they can’t avoid tossing out.
    With overseas countries rejecting more and more of Australia’s recycling, the federal and state governments are finally working towards a solution – 10 years after industry experts warned of the impending problem writes Drew Rooke.
    It is the journalists from The Guardian and New York Times who should be in jail, not Julian Assange, said Mark Davis last week. The veteran Australian investigative journalist, who has been intimately involved in the Wikileaks drama, has turned the Assange narrative on its head. The smears are falling away. The mainstream media, which has so ruthlessly made Julian Assange a scapegoat, is silent in response.
    Nick Miller writes that at least four Conservative rebel MPs, plus the leaders of the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party, have agreed to meet with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to discuss a plan to evict Boris Johnson from Downing Street before he can take the country into a no-deal Brexit.
    The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne writes that violating sanctity of the confessional would be a betrayal of trust. (I think the photo f the author says a lot about the guy).
    Pam Corkery recalls an encounter with Alan Jones in the 80s and os not at all surprised at his outburst at Jacinda Ardern.
    This former ACT business owner of the year has earned nomination for “ Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark David has three for us today.

    So does David Rowe!

    Matt Davidson with Philip Lowe’s urgings.

    Alan Moir at the South Pacific Forum.

    Another from Moir.

    Simon Letch on Kyrgios.

    From Matt Golding.

    Simon Letch and population density.

    I think Joe Benke gets this one right.

    Jon Kudelka and Morrison’s triumphant return from the South Pacific.

    From the US.

  14. I wonder why David Crowe waited so long to give us his article on the plotting and scheming that ended in FauxMo becoming PM?

    Karen Middleton covered similar ground in June for The Saturday Paper.

    Scott Morrison’s inner circle

    Did Crowe finally write his article because Nine is fed up with the increasing government attempts to gag the media? Was this a shot across the bows, a warning of what is in store if the government keeps on with their attempts to force the media to present only the government view? I would not be at all surprised if that was the reason. .

    From David Crowe’s article –

    The four men who met that Sunday night were and remain one of the tightest groups in the Liberal Party. Morrison and his friends had all entered Parliament in the same year, 2007, and attended Bible study and prayers every Tuesday night when in Canberra. There was no uneasiness here with Morrison’s Pentecostal faith. Their shared belief bound the four together in a world where so many politicians could change their allegiances with the weather or the polls. They were a small group but totally loyal to each other – and absolutely disciplined in a crisis

    Well, we will see just how disciplined they really are when they are faced with a national crisis, not just a leadership plot.

    To that tight little group who meet regularly for prayers and Bible study you can add Lucy Wicks, Ben Morton and Bert van Manen. Paul Fletcher does not seem to be a member of the prayer group, but is a long-standing friend of FauxMo and was instrumental in getting rid of Turnbull.

  15. Labor has accused Scott Morrison of trashing Australia’s standing in the Pacific and alienating its friends at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.

    Labor’s foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, said Morrison’s “arrogance” was to blame for tension at the summit. On Saturday, the Fijian prime minister, Frank Bainimarama told Guardian Australia that Morrison’s approach during the leaders’ retreat on Thursday was “very insulting and condescending” and would push nations closer to China.

    Bainimarama described the leaders’ retreat, which lasted for nearly 12 hours and almost broke down over Australia’s “red lines” on the climate crisis, as “probably one of the most frustrating days I have ever had”.

    “I gathered [Morrison] was here only to make sure that the Australian policies were upheld by the Pacific island nations,” Bainimarama said. “I thought Morrison was a good friend of mine; apparently not.”

    Wong said Morrison’s “arrogance has done great damage to our relationships and Australia’s standing in the region”.

    “He’s undermined the Pacific step-up and alienated our friends,” she said.
    “It’s no way to treat our neighbours. At a time when we need closer engagement with our region, Australia’s PM has diminished our influence.”

    Wong’s comments followed controversial remarks from Australia’s deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, on Friday that Pacific island nations affected by the climate crisis would continue to survive “because many of their workers come here to pick our fruit”.


  16. Alan Jones has been told he will be sacked if he makes any more offensive comments after he used his radio show to suggest Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down the throat” of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

    Jones caused widespread anger on Thursday after using his 2GB show to tell the Australian prime minister to carry out the action to stop Ardern talking about climate change.

    “Notwithstanding his apologies, I have today discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract,” the Macquarie Media chairman, Russell Tate, said on Saturday night.

    The tough warning from Tate came after big advertisers including Snooze, Sleep City, ME Bank and Big W pulled advertising from Jones’s popular morning show in protest.


  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Slow Sunday again.

    The shock-jock urging Scott Morrison to “shove a sock” down Jacinda Ardern’s throat exposes a delicate matter for our PM: his climate policy black hole says Jacqui Maley in a great spit.
    Four politicians have warned the Chinese Communist Party has too much sway at Australian universities.
    John Pesutto writes that we must maintain goodwill but not be blind to China’s ambitions.
    Investigative journalist and writer Lucie Morris-Marr outlines the possible outcomes for George Pell on Wednesday as the appeal judges hand down their decision.
    Dana McCauley writes that GetUp has hit back at Morrison and what they describe as extraordinary claims.
    Issues relating to the protection of religious practices have arisen again while our Prime Minister dons floral headwear, writes John Wren in his weekly wrap.
    Julies Szego tells us why we should all ignore Trump’s toxic tweets.
    John Elder opines that Morrison stands accused of “hypocrisy” on matters of free speech and democracy – by defending free speech in Hong Kong, but curbing it at home.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that Alan Jones’ new employer says his contract will be torn up if he repeats the like of his Ardern comments. What it really needs is more advertisers to pull their business from his spot.
    Anote Tong, a former president of Kiribati, said Australia’s membership of the Pacific Island Forum should be “urgently reviewed” reports Peter Hannam.
    Morrison’s ‘arrogance’ on climate has been blasted by Penny Wong as Australia accused of ‘trying to destroy’ Pacific islands.
    Australians could pick up two months’ worth of commonly prescribed medicines in a single trip to the chemist – and pay less for them – under a plan being considered by the federal government. A good move I’d say.
    In a typically petulant move the Trump administration has fired another shot in its war with the US press, suspending the credentials of Brian Karem, White House correspondent for Playboy and an analyst for CNN.
    As Portland prepared for what was likely to be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the summer, which authorities expected would lead to violence, Donald Trump threw into the mix a characteristically explosive tweet.

    Cartoon Corner

    From Matt Golding.

    Matt Davidson’s view of what Trump is doing to America.

    Reg Lynch and Morrison’s effort in the South Pacific.

    Zanetti goes there too.

    From the US

  18. The Fijian prime minister expressed his anger with how events had unfolded in the leaders’ retreat, telling the Guardian that Morrison had been “very insulting and condescending” and that his behaviour could lead countries to reject Australia in favour of engagement with China.

    “After what we went through with Morrison, nothing can be worse than him,” Bainimarama said.


  19. Interesting article


    It may be true or not. Hard to tell

    And the fake news – they never stop. They say Trump hates the environment. Maybe they should look at my golf courses, the most beautiful courses in the world. I’m probably the biggest environmentalist ever. What did Obama do for Greenland’s penguins? Nothing! I’m going to change all that. I’m going to make sure that nothing happens to so much as one penguin in Greenland. Not one. No one loves the environment like Trump!

    [Cheers and chants of “Penguins! Penguins!]

  20. Excellent thread explaining what really happened at Tuvalu, demolishing all the government lies and having a good go at the misleading reporting from Their ABC.

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Patrick Hatch reports that the boss of health insurer nib says high out-of-pocket hospital costs are a leading reason people cancel their health cover and represents a “market failing” that needs to be fixed.
    ASIC is planning to put up to 50 matters into the courts in the coming months, many of them arising from the banking royal commission, deputy chairman Daniel Crennan, QC, says in the AFR.
    Greg Jericho gets really stuck into the science deniers and their boosters in the conservative media.
    Sean Kelly criticises some of Morrison’s recent weak pronouncements.
    Sydney councils want more help to rectify dangerous flammable cladding, amid warnings the cost of fixing the national building crisis could pass $6.2 billion.
    Here’s Peter FitzSimons’ weekly column.
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us that Morrison will undertake a major overhaul of the public sector, putting 280,000 public servants on notice, while warning his ministers to do their job and not allow “a policy leadership vacuum to be created”.
    Ahead of Morrison’s major address to the public service this morning, Labor has called for any reforms to the bureaucracy to have proper funding.
    Here’s an excellent contribution from NSW Nationals MP Leslie Williams who says the abortion debate has been hijacked by irrelevancies.
    Kirsty Needham writes that the huge and peaceful crowd that marched through Hong Kong’s streets in a massive act of civil disobedience has defied Beijing’s scare tactics and shown community support for democracy protesters remains largely unshaken.
    David Crowe tells us how close a rattled Turnbull came to calling a snap election.
    The SMH editorial is concerned that the latest inquiry into population might end up by going nowhere like its several predecessors.
    Consumers should prepare themselves to pay more for home broadband, as rising consumption forces retailers to buy more bandwidth from NBN, Telstra has warned.
    Clancy Yeates reports that the nation’s anti-money laundering regulator Austrac has warned it is likely to take more action against financial institutions following its landmark case against CBA.
    The government intends to shut down criticism that it has been dragging the chain on the Hayne royal commission writes Phil Coorey.
    According to Shane Wright the US-China trade war could deliver Australian farmers a one-off boost and generate an extra 3900 jobs just in time to offset the cost of drought.
    Sam Maiden reveals that Scott Morrison has told a closed-door meeting of religious leaders that the government is discussing how to provide greater protection against religious discrimination for workers in cases like that of rugby star Israel Folau.
    Another global agency has exposed Australia as bringing up the rear in caring for the disadvantaged. Alan Austin reports from Europe.
    Innes Willox has stopped short of citing the real cause of our broken national training system: namely the ideology of extreme neoliberalism ⁠— the unwavering belief that unregulated markets will produce superior results even when the evidence suggests otherwise.
    Winding back some of the overly generous tax concessions for “comfortably off” older Australians would reduce the budget pressures caused by an ageing population writes the Grattan Institute’s Danielle Wood.
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will spend $10 million ramming through 40 pieces of banking royal commission legislation in the next year says Eryk Bagshaw.
    Paul Karp reports on how the government is being accused of dragging its heels on a phoenixing crackdown.
    Picking fruit is work, not benevolence, and doesn’t absolve Australia of climate responsibility writes Victoria Stead.
    Sadness, depression, trauma and suicide can be better dealt with if we look to its social and economic causes, writes Gerry Georgatos.
    A former Centrelink robodebt compliance officer, who is totally blind, claims he was routinely shamed and later sacked for working too slowly and not meeting the government’s aggressive debt recovery targets on the “whiteboard of shame”.
    Two politics academics explain how the surge in pre-poll numbers at the 2019 federal election has changed the relationship between voters and parties.
    James Kirchick describes how Trump has so polarised America.
    America’s military authority is waning and it is ill-prepared to go to war with China in the Indo-Pacific region, a new report from the United States Studies Centre has warned, arguing Australia must move towards a shared reliance on a network of allies, in particular Asian militaries such as Japan, for its security.
    There is a Democratic candidate for President whose anti-war foreign policy positions would make Australia and the world safer. It’s Tulsi Gabbard writes Daniel Safi.
    Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times but the interpretation was immediately contested by ministers.

    Cartoon Corner – Monday’s are always quiet

    What a ripper from Mark David!

    From Glen Le Lievre.

    David Rowe.

    From Johannes Leak (I think).

    From the US.

  22. Perhaps Downing Street would be better off reacting with fury at what the document showed.

    Downing Street has reacted with fury to the leak of an official document predicting that a no-deal Brexit would lead to food, medicine and petrol shortages, with No 10 sources blaming the disclosure on a hostile former minister intent on ruining Boris Johnson’s trip to see EU leaders this week.

    The leaked document, detailing preparations under Operation Yellowhammer, argues that the most likely scenario is severe extended delays to medicine supplies and shortages of some fresh foods, combined with price rises, if there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

    It said there would be a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland before long and a “three-month meltdown” at ports unable to cope with extra checks. Protests could break out across the UK, requiring significant police intervention, and two oil refineries could close, with thousands of job losses, according to the documents.

    Those campaigning against a no-deal Brexit said the official Cabinet Office document confirmed all the warnings about the risks of crashing out without an agreement. Tom Brake, a leading Liberal Democrat MP, said it revealed the truth that no deal would “have wartime implications, in peacetime, all of them self-inflicted”.


    • What are “middle Australians” and why should an overhaul of the PS only affect them?

      Will this “overhaul” include punishments for those who step out of line, things like public floggings, witch burnings and beheadings for public servants who dare tweet disapproval of this government?

  23. 😀 .Older people with kids are happier than those without kids IF …….

    ………they analysed data from a European survey that asked 55,000 people aged 50 and older about their emotional well-being.

    They found that, in this older age group, people with children had greater life satisfaction and fewer symptoms of depression than people without children, but only if their kids had left home.

    Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2213655-having-kids-makes-you-happier-but-only-when-they-move-out/#ixzz5x0vZrLgv

  24. Doug Cameron on FauxMo’s public service “vision”.

    So Scott Morrison is saying the Public Service must be responsive to their Ministers and “quiet Australians”
    I have always hoped that wiser heads in the Public Service would be a positive influence on this hapless and hopeless government.
    If the Public Service is completely subjugated to incompetent ideologues like Dutton, Cash, Robert, McCormack, Reynolds, Hawke, Sukkar, Seselja and others we will all suffer.
    Workers rights will diminish, refugees will continue to be demonised, inequality will increase and global warming will be ignored.
    The rich will get richer and poor will be left to rely on charity. This is Morrison’s attempt to mimic Trump and “drain the swamp”
    Never give up we must fight back!


  25. Gladys doing her bit for her mates

    The lord mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has warned that “the entire credibility of the planning system” in New South Wales is at stake after the premier intervened to order a speedy review of planning controls in Pyrmont, where her own planning department has blocked the development of a 62-storey tower on top of Star casino.

    The rejection of the Star proposal for the 237 metre tower, in the historic area zoned for eight storeys to the west of the CBD, has bitterly divided the state government and led to a ferocious campaign by Star, aided by the Daily Telegraph and radio talkback host Alan Jones.

    The review by the Greater Sydney Commission will inevitably result in planning controls for the historic suburb – regarded as a model of urban renewal – coming under intense pressure from developers.


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