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?

 

 

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

  1. Larf of the day , they really do have nothing to lose

    Clover Moore, has warned that “the entire credibility of the planning system” in New South Wales is at stake

  2. Loose lips sink more than ships

    The prime minister of Tuvalu is considering pulling his country out of Australia’s seasonal worker program, after comments by Australia’s deputy prime minister that Pacific islanders threatened by climate change would survive because “many of their workers come here and pick our fruit”.

    “I thought the Australian labour scheme was determined on mutual respect, that Australia was also benefiting,” Enele Sopoaga told RNZ.

    “We are not crawling below that. If that’s the view of the government, then I would have no hesitation in pulling back the Tuvaluan people as from tomorrow.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/19/tuvalu-threatens-to-exit-australias-seasonal-worker-program-after-deputy-pms-comments

  3. To add a bit of cheer to your Monday morning, the briefing brings you news of the officially decreed best gag of the Edinburgh fringe. The Swedish funster Olaf Falafel was the winner, receiving the Dave funniest joke of the fringe award for this joke: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘Broccoli’ and ‘Cauliflower’ – I think I might have Florets.” Runnerup was Richard Stott with: “Someone stole my antidepressants. Whoever they are, I hope they’re happy.” Third was Milton Jones’s attempt to extract some humour from the wreck of British politics: “What’s driving Brexit? From here it looks like it’s probably the Duke of Edinburgh.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/19/monday-briefing-brexit-leak-feeds-no-10-blame-game

    • Koala’s tweet –

      Telling it like it is.

  4. So far 14 companies have withdrawn advertising from the Jones show, some from 2GB entirely.

    Let’s hope they don’t all sneak back when the fuss dies down.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Katharine Murphy reports on today’s Essential Poll which finds 71% of voters support proposal as debate is set to resume in the upper house
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/20/essential-poll-majority-of-nsw-voters-support-removing-abortion-from-criminal-code
    Take the time to read this concerning contribution from Shane Wright who dives into a recent major report from the Productivity Commission.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-congestion-around-our-school-desks-20190819-p52if6.html
    Ross Gittins wonders if the trouble with our politicians is that they’ve evolved to do politics but not economics, making them unfit to cope with the economic threats we now face. He makes several good points.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/we-re-relying-on-a-government-that-spurns-economic-advice-20190818-p52i9d.html
    Eryk Bagshaw exposes more of the Liberal Party’s deep-seated problem with women.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-party-event-about-woman-problem-rejects-speaker-who-alleged-assault-20190819-p52ihr.html
    Neil McMahon reflects on the three people that didn’t front up to Q and A last night.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/the-most-interesting-thing-on-q-and-a-was-who-didn-t-turn-up-20190820-p52ipj.html
    And Ken Wyatt has come under fire for ruling out the Indigenous voice referendum question.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/19/ken-wyatt-under-fire-for-ruling-out-indigenous-voice-referendum-question
    An official from the Department of Home Affairs who quit his job in the refugee processing area to argue publicly for an overhaul of Australia’s border protection regime has warned abandoning the medevac procedures would be “disastrous”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/19/kerryn-phelps-appeals-to-senate-crossbenchers-dont-scrap-medevac-laws
    Shane Wright explains how analysis shows major price hikes in areas directly controlled by federal, state and local governments, despite a string of policies aimed at keeping a lid on the cost of living. Combine this with stagnant wages and what do you get?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/families-feel-squeeze-as-healthcare-education-costs-outpace-inflation-20190819-p52ihv.html
    If not recession for Australia, certainly a turn for the worse puts Greg Jericho in contribution strongly supported with factual data.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/aug/20/if-not-recession-for-australia-certainly-a-turn-for-the-worse
    Anna Patty tells us how wage theft now represents a problem for high-skilled workers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/wage-theft-now-a-problem-for-high-skilled-workers-20190816-p52hrd.html
    According to The Australian Scott Morrison is headed for a showdown with the Catholic Church over religious freedoms, as cabinet meets today to discuss draft proposals for federal laws that would protect faith-based ­organisations from vexatious cases launched through state anti-­discrimination tribunals. (Google).

    catholics-scott-morrison-to-clash-on-religious-freedom/news-story/929a388349ff431c3d675f7d61f06e2b

    And the AFR tells us how Morrison prepares to stare down “a handful” of unhappy conservative MPs on the issue.
    https://outline.com/PAxYES
    Television host Sonia Kruger’s vilification of Muslims, and men telling women wearing hijabs on trains they are “terrorists” should be against the law, Islamic groups say. Sam Maiden tells us that Australian Islamic leaders have urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to tackle Islamophobia as he prepares to unveil new religious discrimination laws.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2019/08/19/sonia-kruger-muslim-pm-islamophobia/
    Peter Hartcher writes on now modern, moderate Islam is fighting back in Indonesia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/how-modern-moderate-islam-is-fighting-back-in-indonesia-20190819-p52ihz.html
    Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political party – and is not beholden to one writes academic Krystian Seibert.
    https://theconversation.com/yes-getup-fights-for-progressive-causes-but-it-is-not-a-political-party-and-is-not-beholden-to-one-122033
    Michael Pascoe has a dip at the profitable private health insurance outfits.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/08/19/private-health-insurance-poor-service/
    Low and even negative rates in other parts of the world are resulting in the rapid growth of the foreign bank presence in Australian banking, the biggest since the global financial crisis writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/big-four-on-alert-as-foreign-banks-sniff-an-opportunity-in-australia-20190819-p52iii.html
    The Age editorial is concerned that after much hand-wringing and many earnest comments by federal, state and local governments about Australia’s escalating crisis in waste management, not one thing has emerged that might come close to an answer.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/waste-management-needs-a-national-plan-20190819-p52iov.html
    Jacob Saulwick tells us how Gladys Berejiklian’s incursion into the debate about The Star’s proposed $500 million tower has exposed her to criticism that she risks undermining the credibility of the state’s planning system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/berejiklian-delivers-on-a-jackpot-day-for-sydney-casinos-20190819-p52imz.html
    Paragon of virtue and family values Barnaby Joyce goes full on writing that the NSW abortion bill will impose a death penalty on the innocent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-abortion-bill-imposes-death-penalty-on-the-innocent-20190815-p52hh2.html
    Chris Zappone writes that the ability to trace and stop transactions linked to crime, terrorism, and corruption is one of the tools a country has at its disposal to defend itself and its interests but cryptocurrency threatens to erode this power and, in the process, frustrate governments attempting to understand the flows of money into and out of their borders.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/from-money-laundering-to-sanctions-busting-the-real-value-of-cryptocurrency-may-soon-be-clear-20190808-p52f1l.html
    The cost of fixing the unfolding national building crisis, including widespread residential apartment block defects and the use of dangerous combustible cladding, could soar past $6.2 billion, according to a new economic analysis. What a mess we’ve gotten into!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/australia-s-building-crisis-fix-will-cost-6-2-billion-report-20190730-p52c9x.html
    Luke Henrique-Gomes exposes more about Centrelink’s actions mid the debate around the low rate of Newstart, for those nearing pension age. He says a collision of policy adjustments is taking its toll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/20/really-upset-welfare-changes-forced-woman-to-volunteer-as-husband-was-dying
    Australia’s apartment sector is reaping the costs of a “poorly oversighted industry with a lack of competence and, in some cases, a lack of integrity”, says the author of a landmark report into Australia’s building industry.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/08/19/apartment-construction-defects-crisis/
    ASIC has chastised lenders after they revealed that up to two thirds of applicants are relying on a controversial benchmark for expenses. This comes after it was disappointed with a recent court case went against it.
    https://outline.com/28SeGU
    Early voting should be limited to two weeks before a federal election with voters having to show evidence they are unable to get to a booth on election day, an inquiry has heard.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6336682/call-to-limit-early-votes-in-federal-polls/?cs=14329
    Jenny Noyes reports that at least three more companies have withdrawn advertising from Alan Jones’ morning show as the fallout from his comments towards New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last week continues.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/alan-jones-losing-more-advertisers-in-wake-of-attack-on-jacinda-ardern-20190819-p52iip.html
    Frydenberg has said that any delays in implementing recommendations from the banking and superannuation royal commission could undermine the restoration of trust in the financial system critical to preparing the economy for any imminent downturn.
    https://outline.com/28SeGU
    Dana McCauley tells us that shoppers would see a confronting 16 teaspoons of sugar on the label of a 600-millilitre Coca-Cola bottle if the advice of health experts is followed by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation. Stand by for the push back!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-orders-review-to-weigh-up-added-sugar-labels-20190819-p52ilx.html
    Qantas has promised to cap certain airfares for locals living in some rural and remote areas to ease the often crippling cost of flying around the outback reports Patrick Hatch.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-to-cap-some-rural-airfares-after-local-outcry-20190819-p52inx.html
    According to The Independent Australia Morrison has begun implementing plans to save the seat of Kooyong for the Liberal Party. The plans are to be implemented if either of two petitions filed in the Court of Returns succeeds and a new election is called for the seat.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrisons-war-plan-for-kooyong,13017
    Christopher Knaus reports that The Coalition backbencher Llew O’Brien has broken ranks and called for the proposed federal anti-corruption body to be given “more strenuous, stronger” powers to investigate and publicly hear allegations against politicians, breaking with his government’s position.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/20/coalition-mp-breaks-ranks-to-push-for-a-stronger-federal-anti-corruption-body
    Now the ever-litigious Clive Palmer doesn’t want to pay $10m in fees to the liquidator of his company.
    https://outline.com/7sLJMz
    Australia should establish a live, national femicide death count, according to Marcia Neave, the former head of Victoria’s landmark Royal Commission into Family Violence.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/push-for-real-time-count-of-women-killed-by-violence-20190819-p52in3.html
    Sarah Martin reveals that The British government has privately appealed to senior Coalition ministers – including Angus Taylor and Marise Payne – to develop a more “ambitious” climate policy, amid growing concern Australia is not doing enough to cut emissions.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/19/uk-privately-appeals-to-senior-australian-ministers-for-climate-action
    Ultra-nationalist Chinese trolls are targeting Australian-based critics of the Chinese Communist Party in vicious online campaigns designed to shut down dissent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/humiliating-chinese-nationalist-trolls-target-critics-in-australia-20190819-p52in4.html
    Climate change may change the way ocean waves impact 50% of the world’s coastlines.
    https://theconversation.com/climate-change-may-change-the-way-ocean-waves-impact-50-of-the-worlds-coastlines-121239
    As our Federal Government continues its climate-change-denying ways, psychologist Lyn Bender offers tips on dealing with post-election trauma and continuing the fight in the wake of the climate emergency.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/the-climate-emergency-and-post-election-trauma,13016
    Plans to end freedom of movement for EU citizens immediately after a no-deal Brexit have caused anxiety and confusion among European nationals in the UK, with concerns they could be caught up in hostile environment policies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/19/reckless-plan-to-cut-off-free-movement-alarms-eu-nationals
    The UK Guardian’s editorial urges lawmakers to do whatever it takes to avoid crashing out of the EU with a no deal Brexit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/19/the-guardian-view-on-preventing-no-deal-do-whatever-it-takes
    Now Trump has slammed the Fed’s Jerome Powell’s “horrendous lack of vision”, and demanded 100 basis points of rate cuts and a return to quantitative easing.
    https://outline.com/6hae8N
    Prince Andrew should give sworn testimony on “everything he knows” about his friend Jeffrey Epstein after saying he was appalled by the disgraced financier’s sex crimes, lawyers for some of Epstein’s victims have said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/19/prince-andrew-urged-to-tell-all-he-knows-about-jeffrey-epstein
    Here’s today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/desperate-search-for-missing-victorian-swimmer-turns-out-to-be-a-hoax-20190817-p52i35.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Two rippers from David Rowe on Alan Jones.


    From Matt Golding.





    Yet another good one from Mark David.

    Alan Moir and The Parrot’s problems.

    Pat Campbell in the South Pacific.

    As is Peter Broelman.

    Cathy Wilcox on Alan Jones.

    And she goes to Hong Kong.

    Zanetti with Morrison’s fight with GetUp.

    Jon Kudelka with a subtle change at 2GB.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/8823a643a338e3e4eb0b3494d7c56d4a?width=1024

    From the US








  6. Pacific leaders expect Australia to prepare to come to the forum next year ready to make further, tangible commitments on climate change. I have already written to my counterpart Marise Payne offering my support to make this happen. Without those commitments we have to ask, what is the Pacific Island Forum for? Does Australia want a seat at the table or not?

    The declaration contains the words “to lead is to act”. We call on prime minister Morrison to lead on climate change. The Pacific wants action, and we want it now.

    Ralph Regenvanu is Vanuatu’s minister for foreign affairs

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/20/vanuatu-will-host-the-next-pacific-islands-forum-we-want-to-know-if-australia-really-wants-a-seat-at-the-table

  7. Perhaps if you yell louder, Boris, those foreigners will understand.

    Boris Johnson has written to the EU suggesting the backstop could be replaced by some form of commitment to prevent a hard Irish border in his first major move to explain the UK government’s new position to Brussels.

    Ahead of talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, Johnson released a four-page letter setting out his position that the backstop is “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK”, because it could keep the UK indefinitely in a customs union with no means of exit.

    He proposed that alternative customs arrangements could be put in place at the Irish border within the two-year transitional period after Brexit, but suggested some unspecified commitments could give confidence that there will be no hard border on the island if this system is not ready by that point.

    The release of the letter, addressed to Donald Tusk, the European council president, appears intended to portray Johnson as willing to negotiate with Brussels, even though he is making a demand for the abolition of the backstop that they have repeatedly rebuffed.

    On Monday night Brussels sources once again ruled out any renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement, including the backstop. “There was a two and a half year negotiating process in which the EU compromised, including on the question of the backstop,” a well-informed source told the Guardian.

    “The withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation and the backstop is not open for change. A legally operable backstop to avoid a hard border remains central to the withdrawal agreement for the EU27.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/19/eu-unconvinced-as-boris-johnson-sets-out-fresh-bid-to-remove-brexit-backstop

  8. Cop that!

    Ardern has refused to comment on Jones’s attacks, but told the AM show on Tuesday morning she had no intention of engaging with his criticism, and that he had a right to air his opinions.

    “I understand that he of course used to be closely linked to the Wallabies so let’s just say that I think that revenge is best served through a Bledisloe Cup,” Ardern said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/20/alan-jones-attack-jacinda-ardern-backhanded-condemned-new-zealand

  9. You’re not yelling loudly enough, Boris!

    EU says Boris Johnson’s backstop proposal would not ensure no return to hard border in Ireland

    Here is the full quote from the European commission’s spokeswoman, Natasha Bertaud, on Boris Johnson’s backstop proposal. She said:

    We welcome the UK government’s engagement and continued commitment to an orderly withdrawal. We firmly believe this is in the best interests of both the EU and the UK.

    However, we also note that the letter does not provide a legal operational solution to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

    It does not set out what any alternative arrangements could be and in fact it recognises that there is no guarantee that such arrangements will be in place by the end of the transitional period.

    Otherwise, as we have said on many occasions, we do stand ready to work constructively with the UK and within our mandate.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/aug/20/brexit-latest-news-boris-johnsons-backstop-offer-to-eu-dismissed-by-labour-as-fantasyland-wish-list-live-news?page=with:block-5d5bca858f08a0805bcc124c#block-5d5bca858f08a0805bcc124c

  10. A good article on Barnaby and those robocalls.

    Shut up Barnaby Joyce, no one cares what you think about abortion
    Australia has put up with a lot from Barnaby Joyce in the past three years — but last night he crossed a line that has women in NSW raging.

    Barnaby Joyce is a joke. He’s Australia’s Sarah Palin, lecturing voters about abstinence while her teenage daughter gets knocked up by her high school boyfriend.

    And like Palin, his legacy will be nothing more than a punchline

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/shut-up-barnaby-joyce-no-one-cares-what-you-think-about-abortion/news-story/76f018c24096ae68b313f4519325dc26

    Something everyone seems to have forgotten – before Barnaby impregnated Vicki Campion he allegedly had an office affair with another staffer who had an abortion. He has never denied this allegation.

    True Crime News Weekly has previously reported that Ms Campion was not the first staffer to allegedly fall pregnant to Mr Joyce following an illicit office affair. That particular junior staffer though allegedly underwent an abortion following her dalliance with the politician who had regularly claimed same-sex marriage would destroy the ‘traditional marriages’ of heterosexual people like him. Mr Joyce – a self-proclaimed conservative Catholic who doesn’t seemingly much like gay people – has always publicly claimed he is against abortion. Mr Joyce has refused to confirm or deny whether the young woman did undergo an abortion

    https://truecrimenewsweekly.com/the-bonking-beetroot-deputy-pm-and-homewrecker-barnaby-joyce-allegedly-traded-sex-for-favours-with-powerful-canberra-lobbyist/

    Now he wants the women of NSW to know abortion is always wrong. We need a better word than “hypocrite” to describe Barnaby.

    • “Fake”, “fraudster”, “dissembler” don’t quite do it, in my opinion.

      It has to be a new eponym: “Bananabargey”.

  11. Jones is obviously suffering from advanced dementia. He said those words, it’s out there in the public domain now and cannot be taken back or hushed up.

    • Everyone who has built computer systems knows Boris & the Brexiteers have not paid enough attention to the detail and the time frame is short, so disaster is the only possible outcome

      Although the IRA or Provos have exploded a bomb in Fermanagh, how long will it be before London is the target . . . again

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Quite varied reading for today.

    The RBA has warned uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war was the global economy’s biggest risk, as China doubles tariffs on Australian beef.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/time-for-team-west-to-muscle-up-against-china-rba-worried-by-messages-out-of-us-20190820-p52iwj.html
    Kate Aubusson tells us how one in ten mentally ill people presenting to emergency departments in south-west Sydney hospitals is stuck there for over 24 hours, as the state’s mental healthcare system grapples with how to care for vulnerable psychiatric patients.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/over-24-hours-stuck-in-emergency-inhumane-wait-for-mentally-ill-20190820-p52j0b.html
    Shane Wright reports that the Morrison government has been warned that older Australians’ chance for a “dignified life” will be undermined unless its review of retirement incomes take on some of the nation’s most politically poisonous policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/call-for-pension-super-and-family-home-to-be-part-of-retirement-review-20190820-p52ivn.html
    Today is judgement day again for Pell.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/pell-s-day-of-judgment-is-upon-him-with-appeal-court-to-reveal-verdict-20190820-p52j16.html
    The Parrot is feeling the heat and one of his minions has lodged a complaint against the ABC.
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/alan-jones-team-threatens-media-watch-with-complaint-after-airing-2gb-audio-20190820-p52iyw.html
    Ross Gittins reckons recycling is all about being taken for a ride.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/recycling-is-all-about-being-taken-for-a-ride-20190820-p52iva.html
    Academic Salvatore Babone accuses Sydney universities hiding from the facts about Chinese students.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/sydney-universities-hiding-from-the-facts-about-chinese-students-20190820-p52ivl.html
    Max Koslowski says that an ally of the former PM says Malcolm Turnbull would have survived leadership the spill if Mathias Cormann had not abandoned him.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/a-dangerous-dynamic-cormann-to-blame-for-turnbull-s-axing-says-craig-laundy-20190820-p52iyz.html
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that a Federal Court judge has said. the ABC did not have a “proper basis” for claiming Australian Federal Police failed to take into account the importance of protecting journalists’ sources and other public interest factors before it sought a warrant to raid the broadcaster’s Sydney headquarters.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6339295/abc-loses-preliminary-round-in-fight-with-afp-over-raid/?cs=14225
    Gladys Berejiklian has caved in to her conservative MPs and delayed the abortion vote in the upper house for several weeks in a last-minute attempt to bring calm to her party. Her weakness will came back to haunt her.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-delays-abortion-vote-to-calm-furious-conservative-mps-20190820-p52iwi.html
    Alexandra Smith tells us how Gladys has a tiger by the tail with his abortion bell and the right wing faction of the government MPS.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/berejiklian-drawn-into-a-bitter-debate-that-was-not-of-her-making-20190820-p52j27.html
    This is good news. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells could lose preselection.
    https://outline.com/5k2kN3
    Professor Don Weatherburn says that a few days ago, Berejiklian abandoned her government’s 2021 deadline for domestic violence reduction and he tells her what she needs to do if she wants to reduce it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/what-the-premier-needs-to-do-if-she-wants-to-reduce-domestic-violence-20190820-p52j28.html
    Australia’s most senior public servant is refusing to appear before an inquiry into Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop’s controversial new corporate jobs, saying it would not be “worthwhile” for him to give any further evidence. We have a standoff says Christopher Knaus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/20/australias-most-senior-public-servant-refuses-to-appear-before-senate-inquiry
    Judith Ireland tells us that now Christian leaders are “optimistic” new religious discrimination laws will ensure church-run aged care homes do not have to support people when they access euthanasia services, as well as protect churches’ ability to selectively hire school staff who share their religious ethos.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/churches-want-new-laws-to-allow-refusal-to-support-euthanasia-in-aged-care-20190820-p52isi.html
    Sam Maiden writes that Barnaby Joyce has defended his right to robocall voters on abortion after his unsolicited phone calls were slammed as “vile”, “sanctimonious” and “cooked”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2019/08/20/barnaby-joyce-abortion-robocalls/
    And in an op-ed in The Australian Chrissie Foster writes that there are many reasons the seal of the confession should be broken to protect children and says the priesthood must own the sins of the fathers. Google.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/priesthood-must-own-sins-of-the-fathers/news-story/6ecd2ac071a9ca36e8e3229c78d3d919

    New rules on the use of restraints in aged care could lead to more elderly residents being sedated, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. This, and the new mandatory reporting regime, is a bit of a nightmare.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6337551/new-rules-on-physical-restraint-in-aged-care-could-backfire-inquiry-told/?cs=14225
    Australia is taking at least six years to list habitats as threatened under national environment laws, an inquiry examining the country’s extinction crisis has heard.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/20/australia-taking-six-years-to-list-threatened-habitats-under-environment-laws
    Anne Davies reports that an expert report has found a handful of big irrigators have extracted 86% of the water from the Barwon-Darling river system, pushing the lower Darling into drought three years early.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/big-irrigators-take-86-of-water-from-barwon-darling-report-finds
    Trump’s coalition of political populism and market protectionism has started to hurt more than just global sentiment. It will likely mean that at a headline level BHP’s 2019 results could prove a high water mark says the AFR.
    https://outline.com/ag5B48
    The main investigators into the Hodson murders say Victoria Police command’s protection of prized informer and barrister Nicola Gobbo destroyed their chances of solving the chilling execution. Tammy Mills reports on the latest bombshell from the Victorian royal commission.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/top-cops-nobbled-over-hodson-murder-probe-investigators-20190820-p52j3r.html
    When it comes to choosing the US or China, perhaps our chickens are coming home to roost suggests Peter Lewis as he digs into the latest essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2019/aug/20/when-it-comes-to-choosing-the-us-or-china-perhaps-our-chickens-are-coming-home-to-roost
    The SMH editorial says that the epidemic of childhood obesity and chronic health conditions linked to bad diet has turned supermarket aisles into the front line of one of the hardest debates in politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/food-health-ratings-should-not-be-an-a-la-carte-option-20190820-p52izr.html
    It will be money, not morality, that finally turns the tide on Alan Jones writes journalism academic Dennis Muller.
    https://theconversation.com/it-will-be-money-not-morality-that-finally-turns-the-tide-on-alan-jones-122051
    When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense writes Richard Denniss.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/when-it-comes-to-coal-australia-has-transitioned-away-from-economics-and-common-sense
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison pretends we have no responsibility for coal because we ship it overseas — this is the mendacity that sustains climate denialists says Mungo MacCallum.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mungo-maccallum-patriarch-scott-morrison-tells-pacific-islanders-about-coal,13024
    Clancy Yeates explains how the big banks are turning to technology to boost profits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/how-the-big-banks-are-betting-on-technology-to-boost-profits-20190819-p52ii3.html
    Deloitte threatened to more aggressively fight the corporate regulator over its audit inspection program findings if ASIC allowed rival firm PwC to publish its superior audit quality rating, FoI documents reveal.
    https://outline.com/CCXFsN
    And the AFR reports that both sides of politics want APRA recalled before Christmas to prove that early and decisive action has been taken especially in light of the royal commission into banking and superannuation.
    https://outline.com/z3RqHf
    A former school teacher from Copacabana Beach has just locked horns with the four most powerful private institutions on the planet. And they don’t like it. The shoddy audit standards, massive government consulting business and global tax avoidance operations of the Big Four accounting firms, EY, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC, now finally face government scrutiny. Michael West reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/who-guards-the-guards-big-four-prepare-for-war-as-beach-side-senator-brings-corporate-inquiry/
    The Coalition Government’s policies have starved TAFE in favour of private-sector VET training, effectively making it an educational option only for the rich., writes Leisa Woodman.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrisons-tafe-for-the-rich,13020
    ‘We all slept in the car, five of us’. Young refugees talk about being homeless in Australia in a report from The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/we-all-slept-in-the-car-five-of-us-young-refugees-talk-about-being-homeless-in-australia-121559
    A growing number of people are eating packaged foods and the ramifications for human health are disastrous, a global survey conducted by The George Institute for Global Health and published in Obesity Reviews has shown.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/consumer/2019/08/21/obesity-diet-disease-tsunami/
    Dominic Powell tells us how analysts are warning the collectibles promotion could have lost its lustre for the supermarket giant Coles.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/big-trouble-in-little-shop-collectables-fatigue-could-dent-coles-but-boost-woolies-20190819-p52ikh.html
    The European Union has rebuffed Boris Johnson’s attempts to tear up the Irish backstop, in a coordinated response that appeared to close the door on further meaningful Brexit negotiations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/20/donald-tusk-rejects-boris-johnsons-bid-to-remove-the-backstop-brexit

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with Trump’s economy.

    Clever work from Simon Letch.

    Andrew Dyson also looks at our recycling mess.

    Cathy Wilcox gets right to the point here.

    John Shakespeare and Gladys’s crossroad.

    From Matt Golding.



    Two more from Mark David.


    Fiona Katauskas and The Parrot.

    Peter Broelman also goes after Jones.

    Zanetti tries to please the IPA here.

    Jon Kudelka on the Hong Kong protests.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/53c8013621a6cee0da2a81191491ce82?width=1024

    From the US











    • In NSW both major parties only allow female leaders when they think they might lose an election.

      For Labor Kristina Keneally was the sacrificial female, given the impossible task of cleaning up the Augean Stables mess the Labor chaps had made. For the Libs it’s Gladys. Gladys became leader because none of the chaps wanted the position, not with NSW heading to what looked like being an election Labor could win.

      Now, with government assured until 2023 the chaps want their turn in the big chair. It’s the ultra-right-wing religious nutters who are stirring up trouble, in particular the completely corrupt Damian Perrotet, coincidentally also behind the moves to have Connie Fierravanti-Welles replaced in the Senate by a chap.These right-wing nutters just don’t like having a woman in charge, or even in the parliament. They see parliament as a boys club where no females are allowed. They will do all they can to pull down a female leader, especially one who has just won an election the chaps expected to lose.

      Gladys is doomed, no matter what she does. The abortion debate is just a handy tool for bringing down a leader.

  13. The Coalition Government’s policies have starved TAFE in favour of private-sector VET training, effectively making it an educational option only for the rich., writes Leisa Woodman.

    Well of course,how many Coalition MPs get funded by donations from TAFE? We have the finest government money can buy.

  14. Score one for Denmark

    Donald Trump said on Tuesday evening that he is postponing a scheduled meeting with the Danish prime minister over her comments on his proposal for the US to buy the island.

    Denmark owns Greenland, and the country has said the island is not for sale. Mette Frederiksen, the Danish prime minister, said on Sunday: “Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”

    A White House official confirmed that Trump had canceled a scheduled visit to Denmark, according to Reuters.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/aug/20/trump-news-live-today-isis-greenland-biden-2020-democrats-latest-updates

    • A White House official confirmed that Trump had canceled a scheduled visit to Denmark, according to Reuters.

      The Danes will be devastated 😆

  15. Sycophantic bastard

    Australia will send troops, planes and warships to help guard the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East.

    The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said Australia would make a “modest and time-limited” contribution to international efforts to protect freedom of navigation in the region.

    “The government has decided it’s in Australia’s national interests to work with our international partners to contribute to an international maritime security mission in the Middle East,” he told reporters at Parliament House on Wednesday.

    More to come

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/australia-to-join-us-led-defence-effort-to-protect-shipping-in-the-strait-of-hormuz

  16. Trump isn’t the first US president to attempt to buy Greenland.

    Truman made an offer in 1946. Before that Andrew Jackson wanted to buy it and a few years later, in 1867, there was a recommendation to purchase.
    https://www.livescience.com/why-trump-wants-to-buy-greenland.html

    Greenland is rich in valuable minerals, which could explain the sudden interest by Trump, but that’s not all that’s there.

    During the Cold War the US built bases in Greenalnd. They are now abandoned, but contain toxic nuclear waste. As the ice covering those dumps melts thanks to climate change the waste is about to be exposed again. And not just that. A lot of secrets are buried, the US would prefer the world did not learn just how extensive their Project Iceworm network was.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/27/receding-icecap-top-secret-us-nuclear-project-greenland-camp-century-project-iceworm

  17. Morrison said about 15% of crude oil and 30% of refined oil destined for Australia came through the Strait of Hormuz, meaning instability in the region was also an economic threat that needed to be confronted.

    “Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law,” he said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/australia-to-join-us-led-defence-effort-to-protect-shipping-in-the-strait-of-hormuz

    Unless you are seeking asylum in Australia

  18. The raping continues

    Glencore has been given the green light to start work on its plans to vastly extend its controversial mining operations at McArthur River in the Northern Territory.

    The resource company, McArthur River Mine (MRM), has sought to extend its mining operation until 2048, which will add on a further 1,000 years of rehabilitation and monitoring.

    The mine, 1,000km from Darwin, has a potted history, with multiple allegations and instances of contamination of surrounding environment and mismanagement of toxic waste.

    In December 2017, Guardian Australia revealed the company had accidentally dumped 63 truckloads of toxic waste near the river the previous year. The incident and the government’s investigation – which produced no report – were kept out of the public eye.

    Guardian Australia has sought further information about the investigation through freedom of information laws, but almost two years later later is yet to receive any documents, for reasons that include objections from MRM.

    In 2013, the suburb-sized waste rock pile combusted, and the resulting fire burned for more than a year, sending toxic smoke into the atmosphere. The incident prompted the NT’s environment protection authority [NTEPA] to demand MRM redo its environmental impact statement if it wanted to extend its operation.

    On Tuesday, the NT minister for primary industry and resources, Paul Kirby, announced he had granted approval for an amendment to MRM’s mine management plan, “creating a pathway for the implementation of all 30 recommendations made by the [NTEPA]”.

    The approval means that “under strict regulatory conditions” MRM can now start work on its overburden management project.

    “Ongoing development of the mining industry in the Northern Territory is important,” Kirby said. “Our government expects it to be done in a sustainable and responsible manner, maximising economic benefits while focusing on minimising environmental impact.”

    The NT’s approval followed federal approval from the commonwealth in June, a decision that came with a 3019 expiry date and which was not made public until revealed by BuzzFeed last week.

    The amended plan also increases the company’s security bond, from $487m to almost $520m, which Gavin Mudd, associate professor at RMIT and chairman of the Mineral Policies Institute, described as “paltry”, given far less complex projects of similar scale required around $1bn.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/glencore-to-extend-controversial-mining-operations-at-mcarthur-river-in-northern-territory

  19. Australia’s attempt to deport a convicted criminal to Papua New Guinea (PNG) has failed after authorities there vowed to send him back.

    Gus Kuster, 40, has lived in Australia since he was three but was put on a flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby today after falling foul of the Federal Government’s character test for residents.

    His plane landed in the PNG capital just after midday.

    PNG chief of migration Solomon Kantha said his country’s Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) was making “a formal request and will have to verify if the person is or was a PNG citizen and if the person is still a citizen is qualified under our laws to be returned to the country”.

    “He has been refused entry until ICA receives a formal request with necessary documentation on his citizenship status before a decision is conveyed to Australian authorities,” Mr Kantha said.

    “He … will return to Australia until ICA establishes his citizenship status.”

    Australian officials had planned to leave Kuster in Port Moresby, where his family said he had no close relatives, with two weeks’ paid accommodation and $250.

    The Federal Government will also bill him for the cost of his removal.

    But Immigration officials today admitted they had not verified that Kuster was a PNG citizen.

    More to come.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-21/png-denies-entry-to-man-australia-is-trying-to-deport/11434494

  20. The global engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon has severed a longstanding business relationship with the Adani Group, amid ongoing efforts by anti-coal activists to target firms working for the Indian conglomerate’s Australian mining arm.

    Adani Australia released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “surprised” by the decision but that the “concerted campaign” against the Carmichael project by environmental groups had not succeeded, and that construction of the central Queensland thermal coalmine was under way.

    But the decision is likely to buoy activists groups’ efforts to convince other major contractors to walk away. Their current focus is on another engineering consultant, GHD, which is working on the design of the mine.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/21/global-engineering-firm-aurecon-cuts-ties-with-adani-amid-pressure-from-activists

    • Kuster has worked on Sunshine Coast trawlers, in labouring jobs and on farms north of Brisbane, but never became an Australian citizen.

      This exposed him to a government character test that mandates removal for anyone sentenced to a year or more in prison.

      Last month, the Morrison Government introduced legislation to allow it to deport people with convictions, but not jail time.

      This would put tens of thousands more Australian residents in line for removal, a senate inquiry has been told.

  21. A damned hypocrite –

    Don’t forget, FauxMo said Brian Houston, of Hillsong, was his mentor – a man who deliberately covered up his father’s paedophilia and asked church members not to mention it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/19/sex-abuse-victim-pursues-hillsongs-brian-houston-over-crimes-of-his-father

  22. Good comments from Richard Di Natale on FauxMo’s gleeful warmongering.

    Labor has supported the “mission”. Damn them for that.
    Labor’s shadow minister for defence Richard Marles said the opposition supported the commitment on the basis that it was “tightly framed” around freedom of navigation for commercial shipping in the Gulf.

    “This is an appropriate measure for Australia to take,” Marles said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/australia-to-join-us-led-defence-effort-to-protect-shipping-in-the-strait-of-hormuz

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Here we go again! Australia will send 200 troops to the Middle East to protect crucial oil supplies from Iranian forces in a mission Prime Minister Scott Morrison concedes may extend beyond the initial six-month deployment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-to-send-200-troops-to-the-middle-east-to-protect-oil-supplies-20190821-p52jdi.html
    Former Department of Defence secretary Paul Barrett tells us why Australia should not be joining US action against Iran. He says the destabilising behaviour was initiated by our ally, the US, and sending additional troops, planes and ships into an increasingly tense situation is not a move likely to de-escalate tensions. This is a great read!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/echoes-of-iraq-why-australia-shouldn-t-be-joining-us-action-against-iran-20190821-p52jac.html
    And the SMH editorial says that the history of the invasion of Iraq should weigh heavily on the minds of Australians as we once again send troops into harm’s way in the Middle East. It concludes with a well deserved swipe at Trump.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/shadow-of-iraq-war-hangs-over-mission-to-the-persian-gulf-20190821-p52jfq.html
    Pressor Natalie Klein explains what the conflict between the US and Iran is about and how Australia is now involved.
    https://theconversation.com/infographic-what-is-the-conflict-between-the-us-and-iran-about-and-how-is-australia-now-involved-121490
    Greg Jericho explains how Trump’s ego and economic ignorance could tip Australia into recession.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/aug/22/how-donald-trumps-ego-and-economic-ignorance-could-tip-australia-into-recession
    Meanwhile US federal debt will top $1 trillion next year even as Donald Trump explores tax cuts and other giveaways that are only likely to increase the deficit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/21/us-federal-deficit-1tn-next-year-report
    With wages stagnating and the cost of living continuing to balloon, the Government remains silent in the face of this crisis, writes William Olson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/a-wages-crisis-the-coalition-government-is-shirking-its-duty,13022
    Federal funding for a $20 billion-plus metro rail line between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD should form the core of a new focus on Sydney’s suburban core, according to a new analysis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/an-afterthought-call-for-sweeping-overhaul-of-sydney-s-central-city-20190821-p52j8c.html
    The strength of one judge’s support for George Pell has given the disgraced cardinal’s legal team hope his convictions on child sex abuse charges could be overturned by the High Court writes Adam Cooper.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/pell-s-lawyers-set-to-make-last-ditch-appeal-to-high-court-20190821-p52jgu.html
    In an informed contribution the former religion editor for Fairfax Barney Zwartz writes that the failure of Pell’s appeal will help heal abuse survivors.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/failure-of-pell-s-appeal-will-help-heal-abuse-survivors-20190821-p52jap.html
    David Marr is always worth reading on this subject.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/at-the-verdict-george-pell-pursed-his-lips-he-was-going-back-to-prison
    Tammy Mills dissects the Pell appeal judgement.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/it-all-comes-downs-to-belief-victim-s-credibility-at-heart-of-pell-decision-20190821-p52jfk.html
    As does The Guardian.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/21/he-was-a-witness-of-truth-why-the-judges-decided-cardinal-george-pell-was-guilty
    While Chip le Grand examines the dissenting judge’s rationale.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/prayer-the-only-comfort-for-sinner-after-george-pell-s-appeal-is-rejected-20190821-p52jhb.html
    Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop says he accepts the decision to uphold George Pell’s conviction but has stopped short of condemning his predecessor or offering an apology to the disgraced Cardinal’s victims. Charming!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/after-demanding-distressing-process-archbishop-accepts-pell-ruling-20190821-p52j7w.html
    And check out all the pro-Pell articles in The Australian today!
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/
    Dana McCauley tells us about the stoush between private health insurers and medical device manufacturers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/remove-rugs-from-aged-care-to-reduce-health-insurance-costs-report-says-20190820-p52itv.html
    More from McCauley as she explains how pressure is mounting on the Coalition to fix legal uncertainty over “double dipping” of casual loadings and entitlements after a major union launched a $12 million class action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/more-pressure-to-fix-casual-double-dipping-following-12-million-class-action-20190821-p52j7x.html
    The nation’s leading scientists have started a publicity campaign to dispel what they say are unfounded fears over genetically modified foods.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6340237/top-scientists-slam-ignorance-about-genetically-modified-food/?cs=14225&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
    Former ministers – and the organisations that hire them – should have their access to Parliament House revoked if they are found to breach the lobbying code of conduct, a Senate inquiry has been told by the Grattan Institute.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6340079/you-shall-not-pass-lobbying-ex-ministers-should-have-parliament-access-revoked/?cs=14350
    The regular strains on the grid during peak summer demand will be exacerbated this year if repairs at Loy Yang A and in Mortlake are not completed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/nsw/power-strains-predicted-for-grid-this-summer-if-repairs-fail-20190821-p52jfl.html
    People who receive payouts from financial institutions over rip-off services have been warned by the ATO they may face “tax consequences”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/tax-office-targets-slice-of-banking-scandal-compensation-payments-20190820-p52ivj.html
    The abortion debate tearing at the NSW Coalition threatens to spill into the federal sphere following revelations state Nationals have discussed expelling Barnaby Joyce from the party.
    https://outline.com/fNagdY
    Historian Prudence Flowers tells us how the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia.
    https://theconversation.com/how-the-us-right-to-life-movement-is-influencing-the-abortion-debate-in-australia-121974
    There have been more suicides so far in 2019 than this time last year but the Commonwealth and the states talk but do little. As of the first day of August, I estimate that 1,700 Australians have been lost to suicide, more than this time last year.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/suicide-hits-the-poor-and-disadvantaged,13023
    Steve Evans writes about the welcome dullness of Australian politics.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6326346/the-welcome-dullness-of-australian-politics/?cs=14258&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
    “Is Crown now too hot for China’s VIP players?”, asks Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/is-crown-now-too-hot-for-china-s-vip-players-20190821-p52jdx.html
    There has been an almost 20-fold increase in police strip searches in NSW in less than 12 years. It’s time the law caught up with other states write Vicki Sentas and Michael Grewcock.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/humiliating-strip-searches-are-illegal-yet-even-police-are-confused-by-the-law-20190821-p52j8s.html
    Planning continues to be a big issue in Sydney.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/martin-place-towers-gain-final-approval-despite-concerns-20190821-p52j7i.html
    Just as in 1914, the Brexit build up is making calamity feel inevitable writes Rafael Behr in the UK Guardian.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/1914-brexit-calamity-inevitable-remainers
    According to Martin Kettle Britain and Italy are now the terrible twins of Europe.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/britain-italy-politically-bankrupt-salvini-boris-johnson
    The incredibly thin skinned Trump has attacked Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, saying she made “nasty” comments about his interest in having the US purchase Greenland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/in-denmark-surprise-and-fury-after-trump-cancels-visit-over-greenland-20190822-p52jis.html
    And Danish politicians have blasted Donald Trump after he bizarrely declared he wanted to buy Greenland, then cancelled his visit after prime minister Mette Frederiksen informed him it was not for sale.
    https://outline.com/w4wemu
    Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry writes Richard Wolffe.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/trump-wanting-to-buy-greenland-is-yet-another-sign-of-putins-puppetry
    Emma Goldberg says that Trump’s tweets about ‘disloyal’ Jews are laced with centuries of antisemitism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/21/trumps-tweets-about-disloyal-jews-are-laced-with-centuries-of-anti-semitism

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and our latest Middle East adventure.

    Wow! David Pope gives Morrison the full lapdog treatment.

    From Matt Golding.







    Nice work from Cathy Wilcox.

    Sean Leahy delivers the good news to Pell.

    A suggestion from John Shakespeare for Jones’s studio.

    Peter Broelman goes to Uluru with Porline.

    Zanetti and the abortion woes of Gladys.

    Jon Kudelka in the Straits of Homuz.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/4265000351d352025fb22ed012ad0862?width=1024

    From the US









  24. The experts say Australia should not be involved in Trump’s incredibly stupid war-mongering. They see the truth of the situation, a conflict engineered by a US president and his hawkish supporters aimed at drumming up votes ahead of next year’s election.

    There are questions about the legality of our involvement, questions about what Australia can and can’t do in the event our ships are attacked. All Linda Reynolds will say is Australia is “working through” these issues with the other partners. Wouldn’t it have been better to get it all sorted before the mad dictator running this country decided all on his own to send us into an escalating conflict?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-21/understanding-the-strait-of-hormuz/11435122

    Any leader with any brains would realise this was engineered by the maniac running the US. Any leader with intelligence would have kept us out of this. But not FauxMo. All he can think about is that state dinner in Washington and the importance of sucking up to his host.

    Labor is doing exactly what they should not be doing – supporting the government’s decision. There has not been a squeak of protest from any Labor politicians, just mealy-mouthed agreement from (Lord help us!) Richard Marles that it is an “appropriate measure’ to take.

    This should have been debated in parliament. Australia is now a dictatorship led by a religious nutter who sees another war in the Middle East as essential to bring about the return of his god. FauxMo, the Mad Dictator is ecstatic about this war, he cannot wait for the first attacks.

    FauxMo assures us his decision (his alone) was not anything to do with the US stance. He says it’s all about “freedom of shipping”. He’s lying. He is blindly following Trump into a needless, pointless conflict. .

    • The usual meaningless weasel words “apology” – “Look, if I offended anyone I’m sorry”. He doesn’t mean it, it’s not an apology, it’s just a weak attempt at arse-covering.

  25. Yes, and him too

    Donald Trump started off precisely on-message.

    Strolling to the end of a White House driveway on Wednesday ahead of his departure for a veterans event in Kentucky, the president began speaking while still walking toward a crowd of waiting reporters. “So the economy is doing very, very well,” he said.

    With fears of a recession stirring and public confidence in the health of the economy dropping for the first time in Trump’s presidency, it was a sound message to project to a skittish nation. But that was as good as it got.

    What followed might have swept away all previous Trumpian benchmarks for incoherence, self-aggrandizement, prevarication and rancor in a presidency that has seemed before to veer loosely along the rails of reason but may never have come quite so close to spectacularly jumping the tracks.

    Over an ensuing half-hour rant, Trump trucked in antisemitic tropes, insulted the Danish prime minister, insisted he wasn’t racist, bragged about the performance of his former Apprentice reality show, denied starting a trade war with China, praised Vladimir Putin and told reporters that he, Trump, was the “Chosen One” – all within hours of referring to himself as the “King of Israel” and tweeting in all caps: “WHERE IS THE FEDERAL RESERVE?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/21/trump-press-conference-greenland-jewish-democrats

    • And no one is willing or able to challenge the man’s mental ability/stability?
      Last time someone claimed they were the “Chosen One”, I believe a world war was the consequence!

    • Trump reaches new depths of Batshit Crazy, any sane leader would immediately distance himself/herself but our idiotic PM just sucks up even more by deciding to join the US in escalating a conflict.

      And Labor sits back and agrees!!!!!

      I remember Simon Crean refusing to have anything to do with Howard’s decision to join the Iraq war. He would only say Labor supported the troops involved but not the war. What became of that common sense, decency and sense of responsibility? They are very much missing from Labor now, Labor today is just appalling, a bunch of lickspittles for the government.

      Here’s the full text of Crean’s address. Albo should read it. It might remind him he’s supposed to be the leader of the parliamentary Labor Party, not a backbencher in the ATM government.

      https://www.smh.com.au/national/text-of-address-by-simon-crean-to-parliament-on-iraq-20030205-gdg7vp.html

  26. Paul Barratt follows up his comments on FauxMo’s decision to send ships and troops to the Strait of Hormuz.

    Someone else who gets it.

  27. Curioz

    People were/are OMG OMG OMG he has lost the plot but as far as I can see he was right on message to a very important group for his re-election the Evangelical loons. Re the ‘Chosen One” , Just what a number of Evangelical leaders said he was and he would help fufil some of their loon prophesies . He gave some of the press a kicking, TICK. Loyalty and jews ? ……

    When Trump Talks About Jews, He’s Really Talking to Evangelical Christians

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/when-trump-calls-jews-disloyal-hes-talking-to-evangelicals.html

    • Exactly, but say any of that and you are branded as crazy, needing a tinfoil hat for understanding exactly what is going on.

      This is why FauxMo is so dangerous. He appeals to the Australian branch of the Evangelical Loon Society. It\’s why he will do whatever Trump asks and then offer even more. He wants to hasten the end times he fervently believes in and longs for.

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