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. The AFP quick response group is on stand-by

    Four Corners
    Monday 26th August at 8:31 pm (46 minutes)
    Secrets, Spies And Trials: National security v the public’s right to know. The extraordinary steps Australia’s government took to prosecute a former spy and his lawyer for conspiring to reveal secret intelligence operations aimed at a foreign govt.

  2. Q&A
    Monday 26th August at 9:34 pm (66 minutes)
    High School Special: We open up the panel to the leaders of the future. In a High School Special, students William Gillett, Aurora Matchett, Willoughby Duff and Varsha Yajman join NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Senator Kristina Keneally.

  3. A bad case of the Trumps

    Britain could “easily cope” with a no-deal Brexit, which would be the fault of EU leaders’ “obduracy”, Boris Johnson claimed at the summit of G7 countries in France, as he continued to resist mounting pressure to spell out his own plans for breaking the deadlock.

    “I think we can get through this, this is a great, great country, the UK, we can easily cope with a no-deal scenario,” Johnson insisted in Biarritz, as he made his debut on the international stage as prime minister with a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders including Donald Trump, the EU council president Donald Tusk and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/25/britain-can-easily-cope-with-no-deal-brexit-claims-boris-johnson

  4. She’s a bit different over in Rupert Free NZ . The National Party are the equivalent of the Liberals over here.
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    New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters says National has “thrown older New Zealanders under the bus” by promising to raise the retirement age to 67.

    In a statement, Peters – who is also the Deputy Prime Minister – said during coalition talks in 2017, NZ First ensured the age would not be increased during this term of Government.

    “The National Party cannot be trusted on superannuation, and their record is littered with broken promises,” Peters said.

    This morning, National Leader Simon Bridges revealed the party would stick with its pre-election policy of increasing the superannuation age gradually from 65 to 67.

    Under National’s policy, the increase in superannuation age would increase by six months from 2037.

    National stuck to no movement in the super under the eight years of John Key’s leadership but changed to age 67 under Bill English’s last election.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12262146

  5. Good thread –

    Never forget the role the Gillard government played in making Centrelink the abomination it is today. They set up most of the current harsh measures with the aim of achieving a budget surplus. The ATM government has just tightened the screws.

  6. We know who have the big guns, don’t we, Boris?

    The European Union would refuse to negotiate a trade deal with the UK if the government reneged on the Brexit bill, EU sources have said.

    At the G7 summit in Biarritz, Boris Johnson said it was a “simple statement of reality” that the UK would withhold much of the £39bn financial settlement agreed by Theresa May, in the event of a no-deal.

    Brussels sources have warned that future trade talks would be blocked until the UK agreed to a settlement.

    The financial settlement was a “totemic” issue for EU member states, one official said. “The message will be ‘honour your debts, or we are not even going to start talking about a trade deal,” the source said, reflecting a widespread view among diplomats.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/26/eu-would-block-trade-deal-if-britain-reneged-on-brexit-bill

    • Creepiest photo from the G7 –

      His wife was standing right next to him, to his left, when that was taken, standing right there while he was leering at Melania.

      We thought Abbott was a sleaze but FauxMo takes sleaziness to a whole new level.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Nick Miller reports that Trump has held out unexpected olive branches to Iran and China, saying he was open to the prospect of a face-to-face meeting with Iran’s President within weeks after a G7 leaders’ summit in France that proved unexpectedly convivial. Has he changed his meds?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/donald-trump-holds-out-unexpected-olive-branches-at-end-of-g7-summit-20190827-p52l0m.html
    Kate McClymont reports on the first day if the NSW ICAC hearing. It will keep on giving to the Coalition.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/100-000-cash-in-an-aldi-plastic-bag-delivered-to-alp-sydney-headquarters-icac-hears-20190826-p52kyy.html
    More than 90,000 Australian bank customers have had their bank details and other personal data exposed after PayID was breached via Credit Union Australia, in the second major attack on the payment management system in recent months.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/payid-in-new-breach-affecting-customers-at-big-four-banks-20190821-p52jby.html
    Doctors have hit back at a threatened intrusion into their domain with a proposal to allow GPs to own chemists writes Dana McCauley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doctors-raise-the-stakes-in-turf-war-with-pharmacists-20190826-p52ks5.html
    It must have been a virtuoso performance from Pezzullo at the medevac inquiry yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/only-four-refugees-transferred-under-medevac-laws-admitted-to-hospital-pezzullo-20190826-p52krm.html
    The illusion of unity among the West’s leading economies is more threadbare than it has been in decades. It’s pretty clear nobody at this G7 knows how to handle this US President – let alone persuade him writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://outline.com/fE4NsW
    Jonathan Holmes tells us that there’s a dangerous twist in the prosecution of the ABC whistle blower. Very interesting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/there-s-a-dangerous-twist-in-the-prosecution-of-the-abc-whistleblower-20190826-p52kqu.html
    The man originally charged with creating the national broadband network, John Quigley, has warned recent positive financial results announcements from NBN Co are masking billions of dollars of value destroyed by misguided technology choices.
    https://outline.com/JuEADF
    Top business leaders have rejected calls from Josh Frydenberg for companies to make more long-term investments and reduce shareholder returns. Surprised?
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/business-leaders-angrily-push-back-against-treasurer-on-investments-20190826-p52kra.html
    And Elizabeth Knight tells Frydenberg about the stimulatory effects of good dividends.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/note-to-josh-higher-dividends-can-get-consumers-to-open-their-wallets-20190826-p52kwk.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz also gives Frydenberg some advice in saying that it makes economic sense for companies to return excess capital to shareholders and give them the discretion as to what they do with rather than have it sitting idly in a company’s balance sheet generating the meagre returns on cash available today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/frydenberg-should-know-what-s-driving-australia-s-dividend-deluge-20190826-p52kvh.html
    Small businesses avoiding or mistaking tax liabilities are costing the budget more than $11 billion a year.
    https://outline.com/Vn3rGR
    The AFR explains how a broad-based investment allowance being contemplated by the government would not come at the expense of the planned budget surplus.
    https://outline.com/tEevmr
    Sally Whyte explains how Martin Parkinson opined that future public servants will have a more difficult time navigating the big questions around reform, and giving frank and fearless advice.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6349597/parkinson-warns-of-big-challenges-for-australia-and-the-aps/?cs=14350
    Key crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie has attacked the head of the CFMEU for not standing up to John Setka after receiving further allegations of domestic violence against the Victorian branch leader. She says he should “grow a set”.
    https://outline.com/Snw6rU
    Jenna Price praises Gladys Berejiklian over her Ben Fordham interview.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/what-gladys-told-ben-about-abortion-and-why-it-matters-20190826-p52kvs.html
    The controversial Powering Forward advertising campaign that spruiked the government’s energy policies has been slammed by the Auditor General, who found there was no evidence some of the claims made in the ads were accurate.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6348968/government-spent-33-million-on-ads-without-evidence/?cs=14350
    The company appointed to run failed recycling giant SKM will receive a $10 million government loan to kickstart the stalled processing of household recycling material within weeks.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/government-provides-10m-loan-to-kickstart-victorian-recycling-20190826-p52kyw.html
    Despite initially withholding support, the Coalition in Victoria will now back laws forcing priests to break the seal of confession if abuse is reported.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/coalition-agrees-to-pass-laws-forcing-priests-to-report-child-abuse-20190826-p52kwm.html
    In virtually every critical area where progress enhances the lives of citizens, New Zealand has been streeting Australia ever since Alan Jones helped get the Coalition Government elected in 2013, writes Alan Austin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-joke-and-utter-lightweight-is-not-jacinda-ardern,13043
    Employers are being told to adopt plain English in their job advertisements after research showed applicants are put off by jargon and buzzwords. Firms are being urged to write job adverts in plain English after research suggested applicants are put off by jargon such as “entrepreneurial mindset” and “action-orientated”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/work/2019/08/26/job-ads-buzzwords-jargon/
    A fresh war of words has broken out between the Victorian and federal governments over power grid investment.
    https://outline.com/aPnq2n
    The Conversation explains how the fall in ageing Australians’ home-ownership rates looms as a seismic shock for housing policy.
    https://theconversation.com/fall-in-ageing-australians-home-ownership-rates-looms-as-seismic-shock-for-housing-policy-120651
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his suicide prevention advisers straddle along as if there is no urgency while children as young as six attempt suicide, writes Gerry Georgatos.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-government-in-idle-mode-as-children-end-their-own-lives,13045
    A dire lack of vital mental health services in the bush is pushing people to crisis point and forcing the flying doctors to swoop in to transport patients to city hospitals, new research has revealed.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/08/26/mental-health-crisis-bush/
    Senate hopeful Greg Mirabella is facing questions from party members over his regional credentials amid revelations his family are living in inner Melbourne. The name “Mirabella” seems to frequently raise eyebrows.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/victorian-senate-candidate-under-pressure-over-living-arrangements-20190826-p52kwr.html
    According to these two guys Australians should be prepared to be disappointed with the 2020 US presidential election result.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/australia-get-ready-to-be-disappointed-at-the-next-us-election-20190826-p52kxo.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope at the G7.

    Cathy Wilcox on power prices.

    From Matt Golding.





    Peter Broelman and Porline’s Uluru stunt.

    Zanetti goes to the G7 again.

    A couple from Sean Leahy.


    Jon Kudelka with Trump’s art of the deal.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/6738444f94c64f87ef3d1f9bf9067864?width=1024

    From the US










  8. An important test case starts tomorrow.

    Legal challenge over Sussan Ley’s decision to put potential mining jobs at Shenhua Mine before cultural heritage
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-27/shenhua-coal-mine-cultural-heritage-challenge/11443096

    This is the proposed mine that will destroy part of the Liverpool Plains, Australia’s most productive farmland.

    A few days ago we had this –
    Money pit: NSW’s $262m Shenhua deal a coal dud
    https://www.theleader.com.au/story/6344390/money-pit-nsws-262m-shenhua-deal-a-coal-dud/?cs=9397

    A previous NSW Labor government granted the initial exploration lease. The whole business has been corrupt from the start, with all governments involved only interested in “jobs”, not in heritage, native title, food production, carbon emissions, water triggers or environmental destruction. It’s all about making more money for overseas owners.

  9. Albo isn’t getting a lot of approval in this thread.

    People remember what the Gillard government did to those applying for the DSP. It’s a bit rich for Albo, who supported tightening of the application process in the name of a budget surplus that never happened, to be complaining about the effects the changes his own team made .

    As many tweeters point out, Albo needs to stop making deals with the government, needs to stop supporting government legislation and has to start acting like an Opposition leader. So far there has been no sign of that.

  10. The man who shows that an IQs that matches their shoe size is not a barrier to becoming a Deputy PM has some advice for ‘oldies’ on the job ‘scrap heap”…………………..

    @elhoelho
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    Just heard on @abcnews radio that the Deputy PM and Elvis impersonator @M_McCormackMP
    said that older Australians that are out of work should move to rural Aus and find work. ‍♂ What a FW. #auspol

    • So easy for him to say. Despite being a total moron with an IQ so small it’s not able to be measured and no worthwhile skills or qualifications (except being editor of a tinpot country newspaper, from which job he was sacked for incompetence) McCormack will get a cushy board position or six when he finally leaves the parliament. He will never have to worry about being retrenched with no prospect of finding another job.

      Older workers are supposed to just abandon everything and move to a regional town where there ARE NO FRACKING JOBS!!!!

      If there are jobs then they are low paid and menial, usually part-time and go to younger workers, not older people in their fifties or sixties.

      The almost daily announcements from this frackwitted dope are getting very tedious. It’s very clear he has no idea of life outside the sheltered workshop that is our parliament.

  11. Something I suppose but not much

    The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, has doubled down on the need for policy to drive the transition to electric vehicles in Australia, arguing electrification is “unstoppable” and declaring Australia will become like Cuba if the Coalition continues to obstruct progress.

    In his first significant comments post-election about the controversy around Labor’s policies to curb emissions from vehicles, Butler has used a speech to a conference in Sydney to blast the brutal partisan campaign the Morrison government ran during the federal election contest.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/27/labor-says-electric-cars-unstoppable-and-coalition-wants-to-make-australia-like-cuba?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

  12. The tax returns of Australians appealing controversial “robodebts” have been seized by the Department of Human Services, in what may be a breach of its own policy.

    The controversial scheme matches income data from the Australian Tax Office with income reported to Centrelink by welfare recipients.

    Compliance officers from the Department of Human Services told 7.30 they are experiencing a large volume of calls from Australians who have unexpectedly had their tax returns garnished over alleged robodebts.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-27/centrelink-seizes-tax-return-of-robodebt-recipient/11450196

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Alexandra Smith says that the fate of NSW Labor boss Kaila Murnain could be sealed today when she gives evidence to the corruption watchdog, with senior party sources warning her career was “all but over”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/labor-sources-say-party-boss-murnain-s-career-all-but-over-20190827-p52l9i.html
    Increasing Australia’s refugee intake, even temporarily, could boost the economy by $5 billion a year and sustain 35,000 full-time jobs for the next 50 years. Michael Koziol unpacks a report from Deloitte.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lifting-refugee-intake-would-boost-economy-by-5b-a-year-deloitte-20190827-p52l7i.html
    China is hitting back at Australia over what it describes as “interference” over the imprisoned Australian writer
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/spying-for-australia-australian-writer-yang-hengjun-charged-with-espionage-20190827-p52l30.html
    Rob Harris tells us that aggressive and violent incidents involving federal MPs have sparked a spike in referrals to national security agencies, with a bipartisan group of parliamentarians warning that Australia’s increasingly toxic political debate could lead to tragic consequences.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/sitting-ducks-federal-mps-raise-alarm-over-personal-safety-fears-20190826-p52ky9.html
    Chris Uhlmann says it’s beyond comprehension that the government would seek to prosecute someone like Bernard Collaery in secret.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-immoral-act-against-a-decent-man-diminishes-all-who-pursue-it-20190827-p52l54.html
    Ross Gittins ends this article about the humanisation of economics with, “For many years economists believed economic efficiency and fairness to be in conflict. You could make the economy a fairer place only by making it a less-rich place. That’s the economists’ exciting discovery in recent years: if you play your cards right, you can make the world fairer and a bit richer.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/one-of-the-most-exciting-discoveries-in-economics-pays-a-happiness-dividend-20190827-p52l6d.html
    Anna Patty reports on how one guy, with the help of the TWU, is taking on Deliveroo in the Federal Circuit Court.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/it-s-not-fair-it-s-not-right-rider-takes-deliveroo-to-court-20190815-p52hda.html
    Michelle Grattan says Albanese is one step closer in the long march towards John Setka’s expulsion.
    https://theconversation.com/albanese-one-step-closer-in-long-march-towards-john-setkas-expulsion-122457
    The Pharmacy Guild of Australia puts its case for pharmacists to take the load off GPs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/let-pharmacists-take-the-load-off-gps-20190827-p52l8a.html
    It looks like the Target chain of stores is set to diminish.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/it-will-be-a-smaller-business-target-stores-closures-flagged-in-tough-environment-20190827-p52l8m.html
    Megan Gorrey writes that the co-author of a landmark report into Australia’s building regulations says the NSW construction industry is in “crisis” and the Berejiklian government should fund a fix for flammable cladding.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/quite-a-crisis-building-report-says-government-should-fund-cladding-fix-20190827-p52l78.html
    The SMH editorial says that Prime Minister Scott Morrison may not have had a seat at the high table at the G7 summit over the weekend in France but he showed Australia can still play a useful role in bridging the divisions between our key allies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-old-alliances-still-count-for-something-20190827-p52l95.html
    Meshel Laurie lifts the lid on some universities where group assessment (with groups allocated by instructors) in courses overloaded with full-fee-paying, non-English speaking students means the English speakers bear the burden of catching the others up, translating the course content for them and helping them pass. And she’s not happy!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/after-five-weeks-of-helping-chinese-classmates-i-fired-off-a-furious-email-20190827-p52l8f.html
    Australian universities are heavily dependent on overseas students for their survival, leaving them vulnerable to political and economic change in Asia, in particular, and disadvantaging domestic students, writes John Menadue.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/australias-universities-are-over-reliant-on-overseas-students,13049
    Meanwhile the federal government will establish a special taskforce to crack down on foreign governments attempting to meddle in Australia’s higher education sector amid rising concern about the influence of China on the nation’s university campuses.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6352302/taskforce-to-target-foreign-interference-in-australian-universities/?cs=14350
    The Australian government’s “high-level advisory panel” is stacked with five tax types from EY, three from Deloitte, five from KPMG and seven from PwC, Michael West reports. Well they should know all about tax avoidance!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/08/27/josh-frydenberg-tax-advisers/
    Paul Kelly has written an acrimonious article on the upcoming religious freedom legislation debate. Google.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/all-suffer-when-faith-degraded/news-story/80e34c9a8e5bd4e59861e706571b92f9
    “Does Scott Morrison think this is the trade war we had to have?” asks the AFR.
    https://outline.com/AUnGtn
    It might come as a surprise to many but there is no national plan regarding the future of the NBN writes Paul Budde.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-privatisation-of-the-nbn,13046
    An expert panel led by the former chief scientist Ian Chubb has warned ministers that controversial scientist Peter Ridd is misrepresenting robust science about the plight of the Great Barrier Reef, and compared his claims to the strategy used by the tobacco industry to raise doubt about the impact of smoking.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/28/great-barrier-reef-expert-panel-says-peter-ridd-misrepresenting-science
    Paul Karp writes that according to internal documents certain refrences to wealth inequality reaching its peak in 2017-18 were removed from an Australian Bureau of Statistics press release to help craft a “good media story”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/aug/28/abs-drops-reference-to-worsening-wealth-inequality-to-craft-a-good-story
    Up to 7.5 million Australians are struggling to pay their bills as living costs outstrip wages growth.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/08/27/australians-bills-struggle/
    The Financial Consciousness Report compiled by accounting giant Deloitte and consumer comparison site Compare The Market found fewer Australians feel financially secure now than in 2018.
    ‘It’s a real Yes Minister exercise’: writes Kate Burgess as she reports on the cost of running the empty detention centre on Christmas Island.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6350056/its-a-real-yes-minister-exercise-the-cost-of-running-an-empty-detention-centre/?cs=14350
    Proposed new counter-terrorism laws around detention orders and denying bail and parole should not include children, a parliamentary committee has been told by the Law Council.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6352679/exclude-children-from-detention-parole-and-bail-terrorism-laws-inquiry-told/?cs=14350
    Gary Linnell tells us how our massacre of the English language in the name of jargon has a dark side.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/advisor/2019/08/27/garry-linnell-jargon/
    Toni Hassan opines that Alan Jones needs to be taken off air as a public health matter!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6352048/a-public-health-issue-alan-jones-needs-to-be-taken-off-air/?cs=14258
    The Victorian Liberal Party has infuriated Burwood residents after seizing on a Labor MP Will Fowles’ high profile mental health battle in an incendiary polling exercise last week, and a mail-out to residents which suggested the local MP’s mental health meant he couldn’t do his job. Classy!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/anger-as-liberals-poll-on-door-kicking-labor-mp-s-mental-health-20190827-p52lcp.html
    With the country on the road to economic disaster Bloomberg explains why thy the Fed has to stand up to Trump. Quite an interesting read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/on-the-road-to-disaster-why-the-fed-has-to-stand-up-to-donald-trump-20190828-p52lem.html
    Things didn’t work out well for Johnson & Johnson as it was fined $845m in a landmark opioid epidemic trial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/johnson-and-johnson-fined-845m-in-landmark-opioid-epidemic-trial-20190827-p52l4n.html
    Many Americans are horrified by the mass shootings that are now so regular school kids have to practise lockdown drills. But not much is going to change says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://outline.com/t9cJST
    Latika Bourke reports that opposition MPs from across Britain’s divided House of Commons joined forces on Tuesday pledging to legislate against a “no-deal” Brexit instead of calling on a no-confidence vote in the newly-installed Boris Johnson when parliament resumes next week.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/mps-step-up-plans-to-block-no-deal-brexit-amid-signs-pm-could-be-preparing-for-election-20190828-p52le9.html
    And the UK Guardian reports that Britain’s opposition leaders have today decided to engage and cooperate rather than facilitate national food and medicine shortages in nine weeks’ time.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/27/corbyn-summit-no-deal-brexit-avoidable
    The media has become gossip, clickbait and punditry. This threatens democracy writes Bernie Sanders.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/27/bernie-sanders-media-democracy
    This former nominee for “Arsehole of the Week” will today find out how much time he will be spending in jail.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-mole-behind-the-100-million-scheme-to-defraud-the-ato-20190827-p52l4o.html

    Cartoon Corner

    What a cracker from Mark David!

    David Rowe channels Peter Finch to show Frydenberg’s problems.

    David Pope and a new economy game.

    From Matt Golding.



    Another good effort from Cathy Wilcox.

    And Fiona Katauskas.

    Zanetti with Hanson’s Uluru expedition.

    Jon Kudelka and NSW Labor’s money handling procedures.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/06b4cc95172a62f79ff223226809ba31?width=1024

    From the US









  14. Paywalled but you get the gist. JUST where we should have been at by now and just how it should be “broadband the just works” .Compare and contrast here with the ‘bolded’ bit. Ah Malcolm, you wrecked the FTTP just to keep your hope of getting your arse on the PM’s chair alive, Shall we call you the $100 Billion Dollar Man ? For that is the sort of number you and knuckledragger Tones will end up costing the country direct and indirectly. But with an ego your size I’m sure you will consider it a fair price for Australia to pay so as to have you as PM. Grrrrrrrrr.

    NZ and their fibre to the home/premises…………………
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Juha Saarinen: Yes, the Ultra-Fast Broadband project was a gamble

    The UFB fibre to the premises project has two and a half years to go before completion, and you’d have to be very churlish to declare it anything else than a success.

    Apart from the occasional installation wobble, you rarely hear anything else than “yeah, we’ve got UFB” if you ask about someone’s broadband installation. Which is exactly how it should be, broadband that Just Works so that you don’t have to waste time and life over it.

    Getting to that stage though wasn’t assured for the companies working on the UFB though. Everyone knew fibre-optic networks was the..
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12262415

  15. Banks are now referring their customers (many of them older people) to Foodbank, and paying for vouchers for them to use there as a way to stave off mortgage defaults.

    Proof those tax offsets and interest rate cuts are not making things any better for struggling families.

    Any thoughts on this, FauxMo?

    Foodbank South Australia has been approached by banks wanting to refer their clients to the charity, in the hope it will prevent people from defaulting on mortgage payments.

    It comes as a new report has shown mental distress is increasing in older Australians, with nearly half of all homeowners aged 55 to 64 still paying off a mortgage — up from just 14 per cent 30 years ago.

    Foodbank South Australia is now working on a new agreement which would enable clients to access its food services directly, with a voucher funded by the major bank.

    However, Foodbank South Australia chief executive Greg Pattinson told ABC Radio Adelaide it was still exploring how the program would wor

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-27/foodbank-supporting-clients-struggling-to-pay-mortgage/11453556

  16. FauxMo will not send Australian firefighters to Brazil to help with the Amazon fires, he says our firefighters are needed here.

    Funny though, exactly a year ago, August 2018, about 188 Australians were sent to California to help battle some very nasty fires. Australia was heading into a serious summer for fires at the time, but there was no talk about our people being needed here. It was one of the last decisions Turnbull made before being knifed.

    FauxMo shows us he would not have made that decision, he will do anything to suck up to Trump, but prefers to ignore the needs of other countries.

    Scott Morrison says Australia will leave Amazon firefighting to others
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/scott-morrison-says-australia-will-leave-amazon-firefighting-to-others

    Firefighters from Australia have been called in to help fight the deadly wildfires in California
    https://www.businessinsider.com/australian-firefighters-called-in-to-help-fight-california-blaze-2018-8/?r=AU&IR=T

  17. An interesting discovery that opens up another explanation for why bees are in trouble.
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    Surprise: Bees Need Meat

    Ask an entomologist what makes a bee a bee, and you’ll likely get some version of “bees are just wasps that went vegetarian.” New research shows that isn’t true. Bees are actually omnivores, and their meat is microbes. This finding may open a new window on why bees are in trouble: Anything that disrupts the microbial community in a bee’s food, whether it is high heat linked to climate change, fungicides or another stressor, could be causing developing bees to starve.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surprise-bees-need-meat/

  18. The only reason for Australia’s appalling treatment of those still on Nauru and Manus Island is Dutton gets off on their misery. He gets huge pleasure from inflicting misery and his buddy FauxMo is just as bad. Maybe he’s worse, because he started this abuse.

    So much for FauxMo allegedly being a “Christian”. No real Christian would treat human beings in this way. FauxMop is a fraud, he and Dutton are monsters.

  19. Boris wants to prorogue parliament and go for a no-deal Brexit

    Boris Johnson has been speaking to the broadcast media. He confirmed that the Queen’s speech would be held on 14 October and said the move to suspend parliament was purely about “getting on with plans to take this country forward”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/aug/28/spending-review-set-for-next-week-fuels-election-speculation-live#comments

    Let’s hope the Commons stop him. Most likely through a Motion of No Confidence.

  20. Leroy,

    Just wondering: what does it take to be a food delivery giant? As opposed to, for example, a food delivery shonk franchise?

    • During the first paroxysm it was scary; this time it’s frustrating. Don’t park your boat at the bottom of Sciara del Fuoco!

      Sciara: “New Latin, from Greek skiaros shady, dark-colored, from skia shadow.” Probably referring to the bare, basaltic rocks on the slope below the crater.
      del Fuoco: “of fire”. (Hint, hint.)

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In a trademark excellent contribution John Hewson writes, “Trump and our own leaders, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, have adopted triumphant rhetoric in describing their economies and prospects. However, as the data turns against them, they spin, deny, obfuscate and blame. Now they must deceive because reality is not on their side.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-spin-like-trump-but-we-can-t-fast-talk-our-way-out-of-recession-20190828-p52lj2.html
    Australia managed to survive the global recession – but all that good work has been wasted explains Greg Jericho. Read this and you’ll get angry.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/aug/29/australia-managed-to-survive-the-global-recession-but-all-that-good-work-has-been-wasted
    Nick Miller explains how “tinpot dictator” Prime Minister Boris Johnson has triggered a political row and potential constitutional crisis in the UK by asking the Queen to shut down Parliament for five weeks to mid-October, which could cruel a new attempt to prevent a no-deal Brexit. (In breaking news the Queen has acceded to the request).
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/constitutional-outrage-johnson-suspends-parliament-to-get-brexit-done-20190828-p52lsg.html
    He says Johnson’s Brexit plot is bold, barely legal and politically high risk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/bold-barely-legal-and-politically-high-risk-boris-johnson-s-brexit-plot-20190828-p52lsm.html
    A ‘hard landing’ for China could put 550,000 Australian jobs at risk say Eryk Bagshaw and Shane Wright. This makes very sobering reading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-hard-landing-for-china-could-put-550-000-australian-jobs-at-risk-20190828-p52lm9.html
    Australia’s long-term economic growth is not a given, and the Coalition does not have a plan to deal with the coming recession, writes Kevin Rudd.
    https://outline.com/dgvJsW
    They also tell us that the residential construction sector is facing its deepest contraction since the GST was introduced, dragging down the overall economy amid warnings that fast-tracking national infrastructure has now become urgent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/construction-hits-recession-territory-in-threat-to-national-economy-20190828-p52lm1.html
    NSW Labor has suspended Kaila Murnain as its general secretary following revelations about illegal donations from a Chinese billionaire.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-labor-boss-suspended-after-illegal-donation-claim-20190828-p52lma.html
    Kaila Murnain’s career as NSW Labor boss was teetering on the edge as she entered the witness box at the corruption watchdog. Then she threw a bomb and in turn, detonated her leadership writes Alexandra Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/labor-boss-kaila-murnain-s-future-is-now-clear-20190828-p52lqt.html
    In a broadside at the NSW Nationals over water management the SMH editorial begins with, “The classic tactic for an industry confronted with evidence that its products are harmful is to criticise the work of the scientists who exposed it. For decades, tobacco companies denied cigarettes caused cancer.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/attack-the-science-nationals-strategy-to-protect-big-irrigators-20190828-p52loc.html
    Fergus Hunter reports on how Labor is applying pressure on the government over the Indigenous Voice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doors-already-shut-can-be-reopened-labor-s-plea-for-action-on-indigenous-voice-20190828-p52lom.html
    Cassandra Morgan reports that the Grattan Institute is saying that a Commonwealth Integrity Commission in line with the government’s proposal would only “breed further suspicion” among Australians about corruption in the public sector.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6348862/commonwealth-integrity-commission-will-breed-further-suspicion-around-corruption-analyst/?cs=14350
    A simmering feud between some of Melbourne’s most connected women appears headed for the courts, with a rebel group of Lyceum Club members preparing legal action to force a spill of the current board and expose the full extent of a $500,000 fraud perpetrated against club members.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-s-leading-women-at-war-inside-exclusive-club-20190828-p52lqd.html
    The ugly financial consequences for retail super funds from the Hayne royal commission have been revealed by the prudential regulator, and industry super funds were the big winners.
    https://outline.com/4bsKKm
    Victoria passed new laws this week that require the registration of engineers to practise, leaving NSW as the last remaining state on the eastern seaboard without a broad-based licensing system. Anyone can call themselves an engineer in NSW writes Chris Walton, CEO of the Association of Professional Engineers Australia. He says that if action is not swiftly taken Sydney’s major projects will become a harbour for dodgy engineers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/why-sydney-is-about-to-become-a-harbour-for-dodgy-engineers-20190828-p52lns.html
    Kate Aubusson reports that junior doctors in NSW are being urged to take legal action against the state government over their exploitation, underpayment and a “culture of unsafe working hours”. The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation says this represents wage theft writ laege.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/junior-doctors-urged-to-take-class-action-against-government-20190828-p52lmn.html
    Stephen Miles writes that Future Fund chairman Peter Costello has warned the $162 billion fund’s stellar annual returns may be harder to replicate as the world economy slows and interest rates slump to historic lows.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/future-fund-s-costello-sees-big-risks-ahead-for-global-markets-20190828-p52llk.html
    Tony Walker explains why the Yang Hengjun case is a pivotal moment in an increasingly tense Australia-China relationship.
    https://theconversation.com/yang-hengjun-case-a-pivotal-moment-in-increasingly-tense-australia-china-relationship-122460
    James Massola reports that some of East Timor’s most respected political leaders are demanding the Morrison government drop the prosecution of Australian whistle blowers Bernard Collaery and former spy Witness K, as the Prime Minister prepares to land in East Timor tomorrow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/morrison-flies-into-a-storm-in-east-timor-over-witness-k-prosecution-20190828-p52lmc.html
    Meanwhile Anthony Whealy QC tells us why the secret whistle blower trial will only add to Australia’s shame over the spying cover-up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/secret-whistleblower-trial-will-only-add-to-australia-s-shame-over-spying-cover-up-20190827-p52ldh.html
    Isabelle Lane explains how the slow and expensive NBN is failing the nation.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2019/08/28/nbn-internet-affordability-speed/
    Australians are being warned to brace for an active bushfire season, which has started early in states such as Queensland and NSW. The seasonal bushfire outlook – released yesterday – shows the east coasts of Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as parts of southern Western Australia and South Australia, face above-normal fire potential.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/08/28/bushfire-season-2019/
    Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of kilometres of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/take-the-land-trump-wants-a-black-border-wall-with-spikes-by-election-day-20190829-p52lt7.html
    We need to cancel the next G7. Let’s resume them when Trump is gone Says Michael H Fuchs.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/27/cancel-g7-lets-resume-them-when-trump-is-gone
    One clear point to make about the bizarre British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on leaving Europe is that he definitely intends to do it. There remains much talk about the impossibility or danger of this without a “deal” on terms of severance — a too-sudden break after 46 years of increasing integration, writes Dr Lee Duffield.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/bizarre-boris-at-biarritz-while-pressing-on-towards-hard-landing-brexit,13048
    After the Queen granted the new prime minister’s request to suspend parliament for a month incensed opposition MPs have written to the 93-year-old monarch expressing their concern and asking for a meeting, urging her to intervene.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/08/29/brexit-suspend-parliament-queen/
    Actor Geoffrey Rush, who was awarded $2.9m in his defamation case against Nationwide News, has lost his bid to prevent the newspaper publisher from repeating the substance of its allegations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/28/geoffrey-rush-loses-bid-to-prevent-news-corp-from-repeating-allegations
    Once a government provides the opportunity the spivs move in! Here’s today’s nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/ndis-is-ours-accused-fraud-couple-s-texts-aired-in-court-20190827-p52l5h.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and a ram[ant Trump.

    Cathy Wilcox with Marise Payne’s problems with China.

    John Shakespeare gives Pavey a squirt.

    From Matt Golding.


    Zanetti and idiot Trump.

    Nice work from Sean Leahy.

    And he solves Queensland’s hospital And E capacity problem.

    Jon Kudelka has spotted another shopping bag on Sussex Street.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/55aa4e937356e643872b991e07a4a85e?width=1024

    From the US








  22. I’m getting really, really sick of this farcical government constantly looking for things to blame on Labor instead of doing what they are supposed to do – govern for all Australians.

    What about some infrastructure, you pea-brained gits! What about a bit of stimulus for the failing economy that does not just involve tax offsets for the well-off? What about not spending billions on defence toys that are already obsolete?

    Nah. Blaming made-up crap on Labor is so much easier, isn’t it. Even after six miserable years in government you still want to play the blame game.

    What about the 80,000+ asylum seekers who have flown into the country on tourist visas or with false papers since 2014, all on Dutton’s and FauxMo’s watch? Should we not mention that?

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