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. Have a crew laying fibre past our front yard. asked one of them what was going on as in putting another node in further along the street. Answer? nope, upgrading so FTTP can be connected. WTF didn’t they do that in the first place?.

  2. leonetwo
    Some of the Evangelical loons said Trump’s “miracle win” was proof of god’s plan. A thought that makes me shudder as we had our very own “miracle win” in Australia with a genuine tripe believer the recipient of the “miracle”..

    • More like Satan’s plan.

      Any god who prefers Trump and FauxMo over sane, intelligent, non-haters is not a god I want anything to do with.

  3. With judges like these…

    A full bench of the federal court has ordered an asylum case rejected by the controversial circuit court judge Sandy Street to be reheard, adding further criticisms of his conduct and finding he failed to give procedural fairness to the Iranian asylum seeker.

    The judgment by the chief justice James Allsop and justices Melissa Perry and Murray Gleeson said the man had no legal representation and no translator with him when he appeared via video link at his July 2018 hearing.

    It also noted Street had instructed the interpreter not to translate his reasons, which he delivered verbally, and that he then did not publish them until 54 days after the man’s window to appeal closed.

    In March justice Nye Perram rejected an application to have Street’s ruling put under judicial review, but was nonetheless critical of Street’s conduct.

    On Wednesday the full bench sent the case back to the federal circuit court to be heard by a different judge, after it was asked by both parties to make orders by consent, under circumstances the judges said were “unusual and warrant an explanation”.


    • Sandy Street is a disgrace to the legal profession.

      I met his father once, he was doing mediation for a not-for-profit local organisation I was involved with. I thought he was a most charming and considerate man, very caring in his attitude towards us and our clients. He was about 80 at the time Our lawyer had called him, assuming he would not be interested in helping a small country disability service, but he was only too happy to take us on and offered to do it pro The lawyer, who was very young, was rather overwhelmed by having to deal with someone so illustrious.

      I’ve often wondered how such a man could have fathered a grub like Sandy.

  4. Any Pubster able to say if this number is good bad or OMG! with the number of cases he is likely to have dealt with ? Ta.

    In the four years since Street was appointed by the then attorney general, George Brandis, more than 80 of his cases have been overturned.

  5. Something Scrott would violently disagree with.

    Poor People Are Already Financially Literate. They Just Need More Money

    ………………………..I still, as I articulated in the New York Times last year, have PBSD (Post Brokeness Stress Disorder).
    I’m sharing this today because, of the myriad misconceptions of what it is to be poor, the most common is the belief that the main thing keeping people without money is a lack of understanding of how money works. It is also the most violent belief because implied is that if you’re poor, it’s your fault; it’s something you did or didn’t do. It’s God’s punishment for some elusive misdeed. If only you didn’t buy those Js. If only you saved $5 a week. If only you read this book. If only you downloaded that app. If only you didn’t celebrate that birthday. If only you had dinner with Jay-Z.

  6. I don’t watch The Drum, so I didn’t notice last night’s show was pulled, apparently for legal reasons, and replaced with an old episode of Grand Designs.

    Scared of another AFP raid, perhaps?

  7. This book also sounds a lot like Australia right now, especially the para-military force.

    The novel was published during the heyday of fascism in Europe, which was reported on by Dorothy Thompson, Lewis’s wife.[3] The novel describes the rise of Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, a demagogue who is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of European fascists like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler


    • Also very relevant to Australia.

      For years – since Howard – we have been encouraged to hate everyone who is not white, Christian and English-speaking by birth. We’ve even had politicians blaming traffic jams in Sydney on refugees – Muslim and/or brown, of course – while demanding we bring white alleged refugees here from South Africa.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. And now as soon as it gets light enough I’m out to feed the animals and get ready to head off for another sausage sizzle.

    The Mascot Towers drama continues as residents vote to pay $7m.
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that private investment funds are circling Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation hoping for a sale of the $10 billion government-owned organisation, as its head flags a major shift on how taxpayer funds are used to support the booming industry.
    Tony Wright reflects on the life and contribution of Tim Fischer, a lovely bloke.
    Pru Goward points out the significant difficulties facing our lawmakers over religious freedom.
    And John Warhurst writes about testing the relationship between church and state.
    How Berejiklian let the abortion issue slide to crisis.
    Phil Coorey tells us that the abortion bill battle and an ugly brawl to replace Gladys Berejiklian as NSW Premier could drag on the federal government as well.
    And Sam Maiden tells us how Barnaby Joyce has threatened to sit on the crossbench and destroy Scott Morrison’s one-seat majority in federal Parliament over the abortion debate.
    Law professor Jeremy Gans invites us to read the full Pell judgement.
    The Archbishop of Melbourne has dramatically claimed he still believes George Pell is innocent and suggested the cardinal’s surviving victim may have been abused by someone else. Well he does believe in all sorts of improbable things!
    Michelle Grattan reviews Morrison’s first 12 months as leader of his party.
    Paul Karp writes about Labor accusing the Coalition of having lost control of borders, with 80,000 asylum arrivals by plane.
    ASIC has accused global financial companies of flogging billions of dollars of risky derivatives via Australia, in a “regulatory arbitrage” that has caused $2 billion in losses to a million investors, mostly in Asia.
    The results of the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics biennial survey of income and wealth have met with an uneven response, perhaps in part due to a slipshod press release. Christopher Sheil and Frank Stilwell report.
    The SMH editorial calls for an end to NSW’s agrarian socialism through subsidising the country energy network and sell it off.
    Large energy users have called on the federal and state governments to resolve their differences on energy policy, saying the use of emergency reserves was not a long-term solution to the nation’s energy problems.
    Matt Canavan has defended his extraordinary spray accusing engineering firm of being ‘weak as piss’ and giving in to anti-coal ‘bullies’.
    Mike Bruce describes the potential for hydrogen to become a fuel for the future.
    Richard Holden looks at the vital signs and declares that economically, Australia is at risk of becoming Germany, and not in a good way.
    International evidence indicates that about 10 per cent to 20 per cent of workers experience bullying each year, and up to half the workforce in some organisations is affected. Academics Angela Knox and Philip Bohle say that reducing workplace disorganisation and enhancing compliance with regulatory requirements can reduce bullying.
    A 2016 public apology for AFP culture demonstrated that it was not consistent with their values or community expectations. Since then it’s been slow progress despite many inquiries, writes Simone Anon.
    Australia Post boss Christine Holgate has warned losses for the company’s letter business could double in the current financial year and force the postal service to close multiple community branches.
    Jenna Price looks at spyware and GPS tracking, the next frontier for family violence.
    Australia’s latest military commitment should spark assessment of how well we use our defence forces says Professor John Blaxland.
    Experts and parents are calling on the Australian government to review its outdated paid parental leave schemes, as their inequitable and inflexible design deters fathers from using them.
    No one is immune to potential poverty and the crippling effects of being on the Newstart allowance, writes Melvin Fechner.
    Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm.
    ANZ chairman David Gonski admits that the bank’s culture suffers from a lack of accountability, it takes too long to get things done, and staff can be hesitant about speaking up.
    This brainless couple have earned nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and the Last Supper.

    Cathy Wilcox gets right to the point over Iran.

    And she explores Pell’s appeal prospects.

    Andrew Dyson and the can of worms that is religious freedom legislation.

    from Matt Golding.

    Jim Pavlidis and a David and Goliath effort.

    Peter Broelman takes us to a certain jail cell.

    A good one from Zanetti for a change.

    Glen Le Lievre and global warming.

    A nice send off for Tim Fischer from Sean Leahy.

    Alan Moir – an old one I think.

    A nice Tim Fischer farewell from Jon Kudelka.

    From the US

  9. ANZ chairman David Gonski admits that the bank’s culture suffers from a lack of accountability, it takes too long to get things done, and staff can be hesitant about speaking up.

    😆 Effing bankster Gonski ‘admits’ they don’t do anything wrong/unethical but just a need a little organisational fine tuning. Go the Iceland route jail the banker bastards. It’s ever so effective at gaining their attention .

  10. Michelle Grattan writes a whole lot of nonsense about FauxMo’s first year as PM.

    The REAL FauxMo is unrecognisable through all her slavish praise.

    She gets one thing right though – it definitely could all go to hell in a handbasket. Let’s hope that happens soon.

    In just over a week FauxMo has destroyed Australia’s relationship with the rest of the Pacific nations, refused to condemn Alan Jones’ latest bout of misogynistic inciting to violence, dragged us into what will, if Trump has his way, be another war and opened up discussion about the homes of age pensioners being included in the pension assets test. He has also told indigenous Australians they will not be permitted to have that voice to parliament, insisting that he, a white man, knows what they need. With Sussan Ley’s help he has sidelined the Great Barrier Reef as an issue.

    I’m sure there’s more.

    Now he’s off to a G7 meeting where no doubt he will find new leaders to offend and will once again display his arrogance.He’s going to take part in a meeting about plans to protect the planet. That should be interesting, given FauxMo’s staunch refusal to deal with climate change and his love affair with coal.

    He’s not going to be up to the job at all.

    PM Morrison heads into G7 minefield

    Yet despite all the arrogance, the hint of leadership struggles to come and FauxMo’s total inability to deal with any of the issues currently affecting Australia Auntie Michelle tells us everything is going wonderfully well.

  11. Well, they would, wouldn’t they?

    The Morrison government could target thousands of pensioners and other “sensitive” welfare recipients under a proposed expansion of the controversial robodebt scheme needed to achieve a promised $2.1bn in budget savings, according to confidential documents seen by Guardian Australia.

    The documents, stamped “PROTECTED CABINET”, show the scheme would fall $600m short of its required budget savings unless it is expanded to hit “sensitive” groups originally quarantined from data matching.

    This would include people considered “sensitive” by the department: those aged 65 and over, those living in remote areas, and others considered vulnerable by Centrelink, including people who are homeless and those who have disabilities.

    “Estimated savings over the forward estimates cannot be achieved without undertaking sensitive cohort reviews,” says the early draft ministerial submission for the government services minister, Stuart Robert.

    According to the documents, the department would need to carry out an additional 1.6m income reviews over the next three years to reach the promised savings, including 350,000 debt-recovery reviews among “sensitive” or vulnerable groups.


  12. This morning BK linked aa editorial from the SMH about Essential Energy which claimed it was time to sell off that organisation and claimed the company was “heavily unionised”, implying that the company’s woes were all due to union power. That is not the case.

    One thing in that article was true –

    is an over-staffed, heavily unionised relic of the 1970s which has, for decades, burdened country power consumers with higher prices

    It’s not the fault of the relevant union – the ETU – though. The over-staffing is at the top levels and supporting the greed shown over decades by those working in the highest-paid jobs and their inefficient, profligate use of funds is what causes the high prices many regional NSW people pay.

    Here’s another side of the story.

    My local supplier is Essential Energy. I ditched them about ten years ago for a cheaper deal and have never gone back. EE remains too expensive.

    The planned sackings that Gladys and Barilaro were so angry about were to be mostly frontline staff, the men and apprentices who fix problems, make new connections, do all the grunt work. It’s not the first time this company has sacked staff to allegedly save money while showering benefits and inflated salaries on their top-level management. The sackings were to involve workers in regional towns where new job opportunities are scarce.

    Over many years here I’ve seen money splashed around by Essential Energy as if there was an unending stream, with no regard for the users who provided that money through inflated prices for their power.

    Senior staff (of which there are many) are paid extravagant salaries with many perks. Have been for years.

    The company has planned to spend $2.5 million on tarting up their huge, rented premises in Port Macquarie while claiming that workers have to be culled to reduce spending. The renovations will be mostly paid for by the property owners, but EE has to pay part of the cost.

    Essential Energy workers claim financial mismanagement over office upgrade as Leslie Williams MP calls for no job losses in Port Macquarie

    Here’s the head office building that EE wants to renovate –

    The place was built by a local millionaire with the intention of it eventually becoming a hotel. You can see that intention when you take a look inside. It has views across a park to the river, views that can never be built out and it’s a couple of minutes walk from the CBD with its many restaurants, cafes and bars. Perfect for a hotel, not very sensible for an office building. The building is now owned by Sentinel Property Group, a Brisbane-based property investment company.

    More staff work in a vast depot/office complex not far from my home, built on land the company owns. You might think it would be sensible for a company to build new premises there, or buy land close by, and do away with the very expensive rent they currently pay for their CBD premises. Not EE though, they prefer the expensive option.

    The ETU was rightly disgusted by this company intending to sack 182 workers across NSW, allegedly to cut costs while planning to spend millions on renovations to a building the company does not own. No wonder the union was screaming!

    There are always two sides to a story. Essential Energy does not need to be sold and does not need to sack workers. What it does need is new management, a clean sweep to get rid of the corrupt and greedy claque who currently run the place.

    Just a week ago those job cuts were still going ahead.

    • So well done by the Dog.
      I loved the bit that said “Maybe you should read it (The Bible) some time”.

  13. The damage to 2GB’s bottom line from Alan Jones’s tirade about the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, is serious.

    According to media tracking service Aircheck, the number of commercials across the station for the first three days this week was down 441 on the same period two weeks ago. Before Jones said Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down her throat” 2GB had 2,228 ads over three days. This week the number had dropped to 1,787.

    On Jones’s own breakfast program, from 5.30am to 9am, the ad tally dropped from 343 spots two weeks ago to 308 this week – that’s 35 paid ads down.

    The figures show that when Jones said advertisers who chose to abandon him would be replaced by others, he was wrong.

    “I’ve got no comment about the advertisers, they can make their own judgment if they go,” a defiant Jones told Nine News on Tuesday. “There will be others that take their place.”


  14. Another triumph for FauxMo and Super Spud

    A 36-year-old Pakistani refugee has been hospitalised after he set himself alight on Nauru on Friday.

    This comes amid warnings the government’s attempts to repeal the medevac laws could have fatal consequences, and accusations by Medecins Sans Frontieres that Nauru has breached medical ethics.

    There are also concerns that more than 50 men were sent to Papua New Guinea’s immigration detention centre without access to phones in a bid to block applications for medevac.


  15. So how can 1 country vote for Ardern and the neighbour for Morrison,whats the difference in our people?

    • Murdoch.

      NZ is fortunate to be uninfected.

      Unfortunately, Oz has been suffering from Murdoch Blight for far too long.

  16. Damn unions!

    A construction worker who fell several storeys to his death at a building site in Sydney’s west on Wednesday, in what’s been described as an “avoidable” tragedy, has been identified as 38-year-old Mohamad Riche.

    Emergency services were called to the site on Jubilee Drive at Jordan Springs, near Penrith, just after midday, to reports a man had fallen from the fifth storey of a construction site.


    • Disgusting. And sadly the future that the ruling bastards in power want for us – a return to a 19th century employer-employee relationship.

      Maximizing profits, minimizing safety. I’m sure many of them would like to behave toward worker deaths like this as something like “Oh dear, well, wash what’s left of him into the drain now, let’s not bother looking into this any further than that.”

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The trade war is escalating and Trump goes troppo.
    Leaning further into a burgeoning economic war with China of his own design, Donald Trump on Friday levied a series of bizarre demands of American companies who do business in the country. They included an order for American firms to cease production in China. A decree no less!
    McCormack has Scott Morrison could end up “one of the great modern day prime ministers”. He’s coming out with some great stuff lately!
    Nick Miller explains what Morrison will be walking into at the G7 meeting.
    An excellent contribution her from Paul Bongiorno who outlines the difficult diplomatic tasks are in front of Morrison.
    Dana McCauley writes that Kevin Rudd has lashed members of the Liberal party for whipping up national hysteria over China, describing outspoken backbencher Andrew Hastie as “post-pubescent” and warning of a descend into “neo-McCarthyism”.
    Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s attempt to blame state governments and industry for rising concerns over electricity security deserve an “A” for effort. That said, they are disingenuous and come across as a blatant attempt to distance a succession of federal governments from any responsibility for the mess trumpets the Canberra Times editorial.
    Australia’s energy woes will not be solved by reinforcing a monopoly explains Bruce Mountain’
    Further debate has erupted over wind farms after the Australian Energy Regulator began legal action against farm operators, writes Sophie Vorrath. She says the head of the big three energy utilities, EnergyAustralia CEO Catherine Tanna, has criticised the Australian Energy Regulator’s legal action against wind farm operators over their part in the South Australia 2016 “system black” event, describing it as ‘disappointing’ and a ‘blame game’.
    David Crowe and the anniversary nobody wants to talk about.
    Ross Gittins examines what unconventional measures should be applied by the RBA should things become dire.
    Cara Waters reports that the government is considering cracking down on the troubled $183 billion sector through increased fines, more enforcement power, more-effective dispute resolution and an industry-wide ombudsman. The franchisors, of course, are concerned.
    Alan Jones wants Planning Minister Rob Stokes sacked for not backing the Star casino tower in Pyrmont. Sky’s Graham Richardson called Stokes a coward and The Daily Telegraph quoted both at length. It’s a campaign. Perhaps for this reason alone Stokes should in fact be premier says Elizabeth Farrelly.
    Tim Soutphommasane writes about Pell and the twisted inversion of victimhood. He says the powerful will always have their friends, who will always defend them. No matter what their crime.
    And right on cue an acrimonious Paul Kelly unloads on the Pell decision. Google.
    Australia’s conservative organs have almost all embraced a mythology, by turns unhinged and incoherent, that seeks to turn Pell from an offender into a martyr writes Richard Cooke as he expands on the power and hypocrisy of George Pell’s supporters.
    Now his appeal has been denied, George Pell is likely to join at least seven other current and former Catholic clerics who have been locked up in Ararat for sex crimes against children writes Debbie Cuthbertson.
    Gladys Berejiklian has apologised to people who feel she rushed the abortion bill, saying there was no good way to handle the issue which has sparked fierce debate.
    The Coalition’s border cruelty has been exposed – and Jacqui Lambie will decide if it returns, writes Katharine Murphy.
    Lawyer Christopher Kerin writes that builders and designers should be liable for apartment defects. It works overseas, he says.
    Meanwhile Diane Scapinker wonders if the build to rent market might take off in Australia.
    The Morrison government could target thousands of pensioners and other “sensitive” welfare recipients under a proposed expansion of the controversial robodebt scheme needed to achieve a promised $2.1bn in budget savings, according to confidential documents seen by Guardian Australia.
    In a major speech this week, the prime minister warned the public service that it is losing the trust of middle Australia. But data suggests the ‘quiet Australians’ are losing faith with their politicians posits Rick Martin.
    Karen Middleton examines Morrison’s first year of leadership and finds that the government remains something of a blank page.
    The upcoming Senate Inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart and related payments is a game-changer and now is the time for students and academics to make their voices heard, writes Len Baglow.
    Pamela Williams explains how AMP and its advisers designed its elaborate fee for no service model to bill unwitting clients, and the lengths they went to protect their cash cow.
    Will Macquarie want to stick with Alan Jones? One thing is certain: when the next ratings report comes out on Tuesday, the broadcaster’s management will be looking closely.
    The Guardian reports that Angus Taylor did not declare at a meeting with environment officials about critically endangered grasslands that he had a financial interest in a company that was under investigation for poisoning them.
    After last year’s revelations that the Home Affairs Department was behind a clandestine scheme to influence Muslim communities, the British Home Office appears to be using similar tactics.
    The AFR tells us why NAB is the perfect target for ASIC.
    Michael Pascoe tells us why everything isn’t as great as Qantas makes it out to be.
    The damage to 2GB’s bottom line from Alan Jones’s tirade about the Jacinda Ardern is serious writes Andrea Meade.
    Russell Marks says that despite the so-called ban on plastic bags, plastic pollution remains prevalent – and Victoria’s waste crisis has only exposed the inefficacy of our recycling schemes.
    Now Setka has declared war on his own union by hiring a private investigator.
    Paula Matthewson explains why we should stop writing and reading about Pauline Hanson and Barnaby Joyce.
    Nick O’Malley and the unhingedness of Trump.
    Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders are delusional – no good Brexit deal is possible opines Owen Jones.
    It seems the Epstein inquiry has landed in France!
    One down – one more to go!

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe has FOUR for us today.

    David Pope ventures to the Amazon in Brazil.

    Jim Pavlidis’s view of Trump.

    Alan Moir and Trump’s Greenland infatuation.

    A nice dig here from Andrew Dyson!

    And John Shakespeare.

    Two more contributions from Mark David.

    Funny stuff from Peter Broelman.

    Zanetti farewells Tim Fischer.

    Glen Le Lievre has some concerns about Morrison’s adventure.

    From the US

  18. This explains his fervent desire to mine more coal – his brother’s financial interests in Queensland coal mines.

    Matt Canavan’s family obsession with coal

    It’s a marvellous thing when a family shares an obsession—for Matt Canavan and his brother, it’s the wonder of coal. While the Resources Minister is quite the talker, John Canavan is a doer.

    Sometimes it’s like two sides of a penny. Just this week while Matt was delicately declaring that mining contractor Aurecon was “weak as piss” for cutting links with the Adani coal mine, John was launching a $422 million “bid” for Stanmore Coal that’s so aspirational it looks like he’s taking the piss.

    It seems only yesterday, Matt’s October 2017 High Court win on citizenship (with a little loan from John to cover legal expenses) reinstalled him as Resources Minister. This was just as his brother was working with fellow ex-Peabody exec Robert Hammond on a bid to buy the Rolleston coal mine


  19. BK

    A special version of “Arsehole of the Week” goes to Paul Kelly.

    Can we have faith in justice?
    The appeal ruling has not helped to dissipate doubts about George Pell’s guilt. It’s an extraordinary judgment.

    HURRAH, David Koch who along with his brother are hot faves for my Arsehole of the Century award has carked it. When the future world is burning up this man more than just about anyone can be blamed .

    David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79
    A man-about-town philanthropist, he and his brother Charles ran a business colossus while furthering a libertarian agenda that reshaped American politics.

  20. Bill Maher (I hope it’s better than last weeks effore, sorry folks)

    New rules 46:45

    Overtime (geddit while it’s hot)

  21. I know Paula Matthewson says we should not talk about Hanson (in an article she wrote about the woman) but this is hilarious. Uluru won, Hanson lost.

    Before her climb Hanson said she had spoken to two sons of Paddy Uluru and had permission to climb. I wonder if Paddy’s sons reminded her of this quote from their father –
    ‘If tourists are stupid enough to climb the rock, they’re welcome to it,’ he has been quoted as saying.

  22. FFS!

    Albo should read this article, linked by Gavin Newsom, governor of California. It’s what Australia could have been doing for a decade, if we had not had such weak leaders.

    • Onya Albo, keep that coalie love coming, a little more effort and you can work a miracle and get me to decide to put your party last at the next election. Voted Labor 1 at every federal election and all but one state election , big shout out to Brian Burke 🙂 but as it stands they can get stuffed.

  23. The media are so desperate to paint FauxMo as a hero that they have resorted to rewriting history.

    Not only Julia.

    Howard visited Vietnam in 2006

    Turnbull visited Vietnam in 2017.

    It was very, very easy and fast to find that information. Can’t Their ABC afford internet access these days?

    Another example of poor standards of journalism at the ABC –
    A few weeks ago a female journalist on the ABC (might have been Insiders, might have been Lenore Taylor) said Fraser was the first Australian PM to visit China. No he wasn’t, it was Whitlam, and Fraser was very critical of that trip. Funny though, when he became PM he did a complete about-face on China..

    • All these lies by the journos are intentional. They know the real truth. And now we have to listen to that Jane Norman. What a shocker – voice and all.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This is all I could trawl today, I’m afraid.

    Melissa Cunningham reports that Josh Frydenberg has called for an end to an escalating trade war between the US and China which has left investors reeling and sent stocks plummeting.
    A very good column from Peter FitzSimons today.
    Not only is George Pell’s loss of appeal a win against his victims, but a triumph for abuse victims everywhere, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson. A well written contribution from a woman who herself suffered child sexual abuse.
    Dr Colleen Lewis writes that Porter’s proposed model for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission raises more questions than it answers.
    Katharine Murphy reports that Morrison’s suicide prevention adviser says the mental health system may increase the risk of self-harm.
    Freedom of speech has been questioned this week by two people who only believe in it when it suits them, writes John Wren.
    Keeping up with Australia’s surging population growth has meant that important issues have been pushed aside, writes Michael Bayliss.
    Trump launched a furious and highly personal Twitter attack on Friday against the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jerome Powell, fuming that the Fed once more “did NOTHING!” and wondering who is “our bigger enemy” – Powell or China’s leader. The idiot has no concept of the term independent”.
    Matthew Knott tells us about Trump’s latest tantrums.
    The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has taken aim at the US dollar’s ‘destabilising’ role in the world economy and said central banks might have to create a replacement currency.
    And Boris Johnson has waded into the escalating trade row between the US and China, saying he wants to see tariffs removed.
    Peter Wilson says that Boris Johnson has two formidable foes, France and Germany, to deal with regarding his Brexit.
    Fox News is a dangerous state propaganda outlet. Sarah Sanders’ job confirms that writes Nathan Robinson.

    Cartoon Corner

    From Matt Golding.

    Mark David Does such good work!

    I take my hat off to Zanetti for this one.

    Glen Le Lievre on the Amazon fires.

    From the US

  25. Melissa Cunningham reports that Josh Frydenberg has called for an end to an escalating trade war between the US and China

    😆 Presidents Xi and Trump will take sooooooooooo much notice of Joshy Boy.

  26. This has my alarm bells ringing. Better check to see if she is a holy roller of the Scrott flavor. There could be valid reasons but it also accords with the Scrott lunacy . There is an increasing infestation of the bustards as they busily hire their own , we don’t want more..

    The woman tasked with cutting Australia’s suicide rate – Christine Morgan – raises questions about the medicalised approach

    • FauxMo only chooses the most right-wing nutters as his advisers. Why would we expect this appointment to be any different?

      This comment sets my alarm bells off –

      She says the answer to the current problems isn’t more programs. The lens to look through is policy – “what do we need to consider at a policy level … as distinct from further programs, which are activity-based?”.

      More policy announcements from a government that has no policies, unless you count the ones aimed at taking things away from vulnerable Australians.

      This is her –
      Meet the woman tasked with cutting Australia’s shocking suicide rate

      This woman, a former lawyer, has been hanging off organisations that work with disadvantaged people for years. My alarm bells go off (again) when I see she has worked for Wesley Mission. She’s just another over-privileged person who has spent years making a lavish income from “managing” charities, a leach, a creature who sucks up funding that should go to providing services not paying high-flying CEOs and top-level general managers. It’s clear she abandoned her legal career because she was offered much more money to do something else. Heaven knows what she is being paid now, she obviously didn’t come cheap.

      Here’s a laughable quote from that article –

      Morrison declared suicide prevention a key priority for his government this month after record funds were pledged in the pre-election budget.

      The Prime Minister has an ambitious hope of reaching zero suicides despite a steady rise over the past decade

      Well, isn’t that lovely. Every plan FauxMo has thought up as both Treasurer and PM involves kicking people who are already suffering in some way.From Robodebt to cutting funding for domestic violence services to his refusal to increase Newstart and so much more, all targeted at those who are the most vulnerable, the most ill, the most in need of help. His plans and policies are driving people to commit suicide.Just ask the families of those who have committed suicide after getting a robodebt letter.

    • I read the article this morning, couldn’t understand it. Thanks KK & Leone for your explanation

  27. leonetwo

    . She’s just another over-privileged person who has spent years making a lavish income from “managing” charities,

    Insert huge number of profanities directed at that arsehole The Rodent. His ‘reforms’ led to leeching scum like that breeding like flies. Opened up charities as another pathway to wealth for the parasites.

    • I know. I’v met a few of Morgan’s type. They see those their organisations are supposed to care for as scum, won’t meet them, prefer hanging out in boardrooms and attending fundraising dinners, have NFI what it’s like to have a disability or be unemployed or sick or suffer from depression or live with any form of abuse. Condescending gits, most of them, and they demand top salaries for the little they do.

  28. leonetwo

    they demand top salaries for the little they do.

    BINGO ! First thing I saw happening with Rattus Rattus’ ‘reforms’ were huge salary increases all justified by the supposed need to attract the ‘right sort of people’ for that brave new spiv world.

  29. You might have noticed the journalistic gushing about the anniversary of FauxMo becoming the latest PM in the ATM government. He’s actually survived for a year! How marvellous, they squeak. What a great job he’s doing! Isn’t he just fabulous!

    There have been a few comments from the Press Gallery crowd about Canberra being so much calmer now, claiming it was all due to FauxMo’s magnificent control of his troops and his laid-back style.

    Pffft. It’s not true, it’s just the usual suspects sucking up to the government because they fear a visit from the AFP if they tell the truth – this government is an abysmal failure

    If Canberra, by which they mean Parliament House, is calmer and quieter these days it’s because no-one is there. Nothing is happening. This government has set a record for the fewest sitting days in an election year. It’s August, and to date this year there have been just 16 sitting days for the Senate and 21 for the Reps. There are still 24 days left for each house. Even for an election year that’s paltry.

    When parliament is sitting there’s not much to do. There are few bills to debate, most of them trivial. There are no policies to implement. There are no plans to deal with any of the major issues facing Australia. It’s a lazy, do-nothing government with a ministry made up of people who were too corrupt and/or too incompetent for Turnbull, a ministry where the PM has promoted fellow Pentecostals to positions of influence despite their demonstrated lack of fitness and qualifications for their positions..

    There are already leadership rumblings. Both Dutton and Hastie (he’s angry at being passed over for a ministry while deadheads like Stuart Robert have been promoted) believe they should be PM and they won’t wait much longer before taking action.

    Here’s an excellent piece by Kaye Lee, for AIMN, describing in more detail just how useless this government is.

    Morrison doesn’t want to talk about his anniversary – with good reason.

  30. Not sure there is any value in renting your work clothes, but there is a benefit in renting your ball gown or frock for your friends wedding and perhaps the clothes you wear to the job interview. My sister, a maternity health centre sister, was incensed when she fronted for an interview neatly dressed and lost the job to a less qualified popsie dressed in business suit, who immediately hired her to run the ante-natal classes

  31. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In an intervention that risks irritating corporate heavyweights and investors, Josh Frydenberg will suggest boardrooms that prioritise short-term shareholder returns above long-term investments are hurting national productivity rates and warn changes are needed if Australians are to “continue to make our own luck”. Some chance!
    Nick Miller says that the Queen is reported to have confided in Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Donald Trump ruined her lawn with his big helicopter.
    Jennifer Duke tells us how thin the ice has really become under Alan Jones.
    No decision has yet been made on whether Cardinal George Pell will appeal his child sexual abuse convictions to the High Court, a spokeswoman for the cleric says, despite reports to the contrary.
    Meanwhile Kristina Keneally has blasted Melbourne’s Catholic archbishop for his response to Cardinal George Pell losing his appeal against child sexual abuse convictions.
    Noely Neate writes that the Victorian Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold George Pell’s historical child abuse convictions should have been the end of a long saga to hold this man to account.
    With Trump there is no bottom and it looks like Australia will follow him all the way down says Greg Jericho. Scary stuff.
    Tony Walker opines that dipping our toe into the Gulf is fraught with risk.
    The SMH editorial lets fly at the government over what it is saying in support of its attempt to reverse the medevac legislation.
    Ross Gittins begins this article with, “As if Scott Morrison didn’t have enough problems on his plate, we learnt last week that government-administered prices are rising much faster than prices charged by the private sector.”
    Now NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey has accused the Natural Resources Commission of having a potential “conflict of interest” as reforms to the drought-stricken Barwon-Darling river system threaten to cause another split between Liberals and Nationals in the Berejiklian government.
    Fergus Hunter outlines the Grattan Institute’s blueprint for improving outreaching stock.
    The Gonski 2.0 proposals are flawed, heavy in bureaucracy and will stifle creativity in children, writes classroom teacher, Paul Johnson .
    Climate scientists now find themselves in a quandary similar to medical doctors who need to break the news of a grave diagnosis. How do they tell people that the current spate of cyclones, devastating islands from the Caribbean to the Philippines, or the flooding of coastal regions and river valleys from Mozambique to Kerala, Pakistan and Townsville, can only intensify in a rapidly warming world?
    The Nine Network’s A Current Affair has dodged questions over who paid for One Nation leader Pauline Hanson’s controversial trip to Uluru.
    Australian workers could be caught in the crosshairs of the country’s biggest industrial relations shakeup in over two decades, according to the Labor Party and union insiders.
    Incarceration rates have risen 130% since 1985, according to new research by Labor MP and economist Andrew Leigh
    It took decades to build an effective Indigenous legal network but now it’s under threat writes the Law Council’s Charles Moses.
    The Australian Taxation Office has hit the British-Dutch oil giant Shell with a bill estimated at $755m as it continues to pursue multinational resources giants over claims they have avoided paying tax on offshore gas projects. Good!
    The Guardian continues to uncover the horror stories. This time a severely ill woman in her 60s who cannot leave the house without a mobility scooter was wrongly judged as fit for work by Centrelink and denied the disability support pension.
    And The New Daily reveals that Centrelink is using evidence of domestic violence as proof that women are in legitimate relationships, linking their access to vital support to their abusers’ wealth.
    Will Trump block the move to quell internet extremism?
    And Trump has rowed with his fellow G7 leaders over his demand that Russia be readmitted to the group, rejecting arguments that it should remain an association of liberal democracies, according to diplomats at the summit in Biarritz.
    The IMF thinks the trade war might be at its tipping point.
    Boris Johnson has declared that the UK can easily cope with a no deal Brexit. Will these words come back to haunt him?
    The UK Guardian says that a bumpy no-deal Brexit could turn panicking MPs against Johnson.
    Chris Uhlmann expresses concern over Chinese influence in Australia.
    Deloitte is facing a rebellion from its young auditors who are frustrated that as their wages stagnate, the latest crop of graduates is coming in on more money.
    There have been fears that the Hong Kong protest movement would be violently suppressed since the first demonstrations in late March because of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square. Lee Duffield, who covered the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in Europe at the same time as Tiananmen Square, says there are many links with this year’s events.

    Cartoon Corner.

    David Rowe at the G7.

    Pat Campbell and the apartment building fiasco.

    Jim Pavlidis with Morrison’s adventurism.

    Mark David and Morrison’s hat infatuation.

    Zanetti takes us to the G7.

    From the US

  32. Way to go Straya. kicking those yanks’ arse when it comes to who is bestest at locking up ‘blacks’ .Yee Haw 😦

    Australia entering ‘second convict age’ as imprisonment rates soar
    Incarceration rates have risen 130% since 1985, according to new research by Labor MP and economist Andrew Leigh

    Indigenous Australians are more likely to be in jail than African-Americans,” the working paper says.

    Leigh says in 2007, the African-American incarceration rate was 75% higher than the Indigenous incarceration rate, but in 2017, the Indigenous incarceration rate for the first time exceeded the African-American incarceration rate.

  33. And on it goes, more attempts to cut wages.

    The “we will employ more staff” excuse doesn’t work, not when we know previouscuts to penalty rates in retail and hospitality have not resulted in any more jobs.

    • Australia has a one-off invitation, along with Chile, India and South Africa. Those leaders are there only as observers, although they will get to take part in two special sessions. FauxMo has plans to talk to other leaders, the question is will they want to talk to him.

      It’s not the big deal the MSM make out, it’s not a “special invitation”.

      Macron destroyed what little hope FauxMo had of relevance when he surprised everyone by inviting Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to attend yesterday’s sessions. Guess where the media attention was.


  34. Could we find an omnipotent Pubster to pack NSW Labor into a packing crate and send it into the sun please ? Not that the Coalition are any better . State number plates- “NSW:Corrupt Since 1788”. NSW The Brown Paper Bag State has a nice ring to it.

    NSW Labor got $100,000 in cash from Chinese billionaire, Icac inquiry told
    Banned donor Huang Xiangmo allegedly took cash to the former NSW Labor boss Jamie Clements at party headquarters


    • There has always been a stench hanging around Jamie Clements.

      When Labor finally found a sexual harassment case that allowed them to ditch him (2016) he demanded $1 million to resign. They paid about $300,000. I would have demanded a few million from him for the damage he did to Labor.

      I’d like to know how grubs like Clements manage to rise so high in politics.

  35. Taylor-made for corruption

    Labor and the Greens have accused Angus Taylor of breaching the ministerial code of conduct by not declaring a personal business interest at a meeting about endangered grasslands in 2017.

    A Senate inquiry heard on Friday that Taylor, now the energy minister, did not disclose his financial interest in the company Jam Land Pty Ltd at a 20 March meeting with senior environment officials and the office of the then environment minister, Josh Frydenberg.

    The meeting, about the government’s designation of the critically endangered natural temperate grassland of the south-eastern highlands, occurred as Jam Land was under investigation for poisoning about 30 hectares containing the grasslands in the Monaro region of NSW.

    The Labor senator Katy Gallagher said Taylor not disclosing his interest at the meeting was “a clear breach” of his obligations under the statement of ministerial standards.

    Gallagher and the committee’s chair, Greens senator Janet Rice, also questioned why a senior department official at the meeting did not take notes.

    “Note taking is a critical function of the public service with clear guidelines outlined in the Code of Conduct. The department is required to provide notes, so where are they?” Rice said.


  36. It’s going so well for FauxMo at the G7. He’s mobbed by fans, surrounded by people who want to talk with him, adored by all …

    Not really.

    Obviously not one of the In-crowd.

    Pretending to read a text because no-one wants to stand next to him. (We know how they all feel.)

    More –
    Feel Free To Enjoy These Photos Of Scott Morrison Being A Complete Nigel At The G7 Conference

    And the traditrional “family photo” with FauxMo looking as if he somehow wandered into the wrong party.

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