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. Luke Howarth – another FauxMo appointment made on the basis of Howarth’s alleged “faith”, not his ability.

    FauxMo urrounds himself with incompetent twits simply because they talk up their relationship with a god.

    In his First Speech Howarth concluded with this –

    I wanted to end with a simple belief of mine, just four words: ‘Life is about relationships.’ I truly believe this. The most important relationships in my life are: (1) my relationship with God, as a man of strong faith, and (2) my relationship with those people around me—my friends, my family, my neighbours and my work colleagues in this place. At the end of the day, when everything else is gone, relationships are what count


    His wife must have been thrilled to learn Howarth thinks more of his god and his friends than he does of his wife and sons.

  2. Any god worthy of the name would tell these idiots to stop bothering it and to start looking after their constituents.

    I’ve said this before but, if you want the lowdown on God, read Dawkins’s The God Delusion.

    • What always gets to me when these government god-botherers start spouting their nonsense is the way everything they say and do goes against the teachings of the person with whom they all claim to have a special, personal relationship.

  3. The loudness of declaring their faith is inversely proportional to the degree they follow their declared faith. Most seem to use it as as some sort of fig leaf excuse for acting like the utter bastards they actually are

  4. Meoldema is back home, and happy. A sibling of mine convinced her to go for respite into a nursing home. After a week she said, ‘I am leaving on Friday’. Sibling was hoping she would stay here. ‘I would be happier if you stayed here.’ he said to our Mum. The nursing home was caring mostly for dementia patients (which my Mum does not have.) The overworked staff were nice, and they had simple activities twice a weekday for residents. But everyone spends most of their time in their rooms, except for coming out for meals or activities and it was no place for a sharp-minded woman like Meoldema.

    Brother and me had words along the lines of what Mum wants is central, not what he wants. It seems we won’t be having many more words after that. No skin off my nose. I do not know how he votes but I suspect he is a Liberal traitor to the family Labor tradition.

    Meoldema is glad to be home with the dogs.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Outline is broken again, so there are no SFR links today.

    Professor Richard Kingsford applies the pub test to the MDB plan and it fails.
    Extremist jihadi groups Islamic State and al Qaeda pose more of risk now than when the so-called “caliphate” of IS commanded vast swathes of Iraq and Syria, a leading Australian security think tank has warned. Deborah Snow reports that it calls for a specialist inquiry into Australia’s laws allowing revocation of citizenship, saying there is “no evidence that such measures work.”
    According to Jennifer Duke Paul Fletcher has ruled out any chance of Telstra buying the National Broadband Network and nixed hopes of a cut to wholesale prices to ease pressure on the listed telco’s profits.
    Shane Wright says that housing debt and affordability concerns get kicked down the line, as they have for the past 25 years and this failure to properly deal with affordability also means our regulators have to contort themselves when it comes to major policy changes. He doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the future.
    Many people have been wondering just what is going on with scandal-ridden Retail Food Group. Well they might too given it has had an almost 70 per cent rise in its share price in the past three trading days writes Adele Ferguson. Regulators are looking closely at the events of the last few days. As they should.
    Amy Remeikis reports that the home affairs department is keeping a multimillion-dollar strategic review into Peter Dutton’s super portfolio secret from the public.
    Retailers are slowly shifting away from ‘a path to destruction’ with constant discounting. But is it too late asks Melissa Singer.
    Shane Wright tells us that Frydenberg is hoping Australians hit the nation’s shops and spend their tax refunds as signs grow that the surge in business and consumer confidence since the Morrison government’s re-election is starting to wane.
    But fixing potholes and building more social housing could kickstart the economy, government officials and economists have said.
    Paul Bongiorno says Morrison is scrambling to avoid being tagged with a massive breach of trust by senior Australians – the very people who played a significant part in his surprise election win.
    Sam Crosby opines that Labor shouldn’t be tempted by a small target strategy – it needs to sell hope.
    Emma Koehn explains how businesses are becoming quite frustrated their the ATO’s new system for single touch payroll. MYOB’s been copping some flak too.
    The Greens have asked the Auditor-General to investigate the Department of Agriculture branch that oversees the regulation of live exports of sheep and cattle after an inquiry into potential corruption stalled.
    This is priceless! Attorney General Christian Porter has rejected suggestions he is not religious enough to understand drafting laws to protect people of faith from discrimination. Matt Coughlan reports that the legislation is causing tension within the coalition party room, with conservative MPs raising the prospect of voting against the bill if it doesn’t go far enough.
    As the debate over the Morrison government’s plan to legislate against religious discrimination gathers heat, an Essential poll has found only 38% of Australians agree that stronger laws are needed to protect those who express their faith in public reports Michelle Grattan.
    MPs have voted resoundingly to extend same-sex marriage and access to abortion to Northern Ireland, bringing the region into line with the rest of the UK on the two significant social issues.
    Yet another franchise outfit has gone under and creditors are wondering where all the money has gone,. This time it’s Jump swimming classes.
    The number of Australian properties sold at a loss has climbed to a six-year high.
    Kate Aubusson reports on the Parlous state of Sydney’s new Northern Beaches Hospital.
    Angus Thomson was at yesterday’s inquest into music festival deaths and tells us about some of the disturbing evidence presented.
    Virgin Australia should go back to being a budget airline to turn the financially-embattled airline’s fortunes around, an industry insider says.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz looks at the perversity and irrationality of the US stock and bond markets and interest rates.
    Transatlantic tensions over the British ambassador’s leaked criticisms of Donald Trump have grown into a diplomatic crisis after the US president attacked Sir Kim Darroch as “a pompous fool” and his commerce secretary postponed planned trade talks with Liam Fox.
    Trump’s spat with the UK reveals the bottomless depths of his insecurities writes Richard Wolffe who doesn’t hold back in his criticism of Trump.
    Holding people accountable for abusing girls should be nonpartisan. Sadly, in the Trump era of lowered expectations, we can’t count on that says Jill Filipovic who couldn’t care less if Eptsein sings like a bird and some Democrats go down.
    I reckon these highly paid spivs deserve nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”!

    Cartoon Corner

    Some very disturbing stuff from David Rowe here.

    David Pope rightfully ridicules Luke Howarth.

    Andrew Dyson’s view of the housing market.

    from Matt Golding.

    Mark David lines up Joyce over the MDB.

    Zanetti gets this one right.

    Jon Kudelka on the MDB.

    From the US

  6. BK thanks for your daily roundup

  7. This is FauxMo “praying” at the Hillsong conference in Sydney yesterday, with his submissive wife and Brian Houston, his alleged mentor, or possibly his puppet-master.

    Shouldn’t he have been at work?

    Apparently he prayed for Australia. Well might he pray! We need all the help we can get to survive a few years of his inept, bumbling government. I doubt any god was listening.

    Not all those attending were pleased to see him.

    • I just saw that.

      What a damnable hypocrite he is!

      Fancy praying for rain when his government’s corrupt water management has resulted in dry rivers.

      The hypocrisy of praying (to what god, I wonder) for indigenous Australians when he and his government refuse to allow an indigenous voice in parliament and have ruled out ever accepting the Uluru Statement.

      Praying for the disabled when his government expects them to live on a pittance and continually cuts Medicare rebates.

      And talking about his rotten, divisive religious legislation only from what he thinks is a Christian perspective, as if no other faiths count at all.

      He is a fraud.

  8. The only time the business community pretends to take economics seriously is when they want to slash their taxes – or other people’s wages. The economic evidence to support the case for multimillion CEO bonuses is as weak as the economic evidence that cutting penalty rates would boost employment. But in Australia, when self-interest and power combine, a lack of evidence is rarely a problem.


  9. While the government boasts about tax cuts and expects an unlikely spending spree once taxpayers get their refunds, it has quietly introduced a suite of laws which further remove the freedoms and legal safeguards of everyday Australians. You can bet Labor will wave all of them (except, maybe, the repeal of the medevac legislation) though both houses. Labor always supports bills that take away freedoms in the name of “keeping Australians safe”. Safe from what, exactly, is what I want to know.

    Who keeps us safe from Dutton and FauxMo the fundamentalist?

    Federal Government’s Rights-Erasing Law Bonanza

    The 46th Parliament of Australia opened on 2 July to finance minister Mathias Cormann waving about the Tax Relief So Working Australians Keep More of Their Money Bill. One might be forgiven for translating the legislation’s title to “progressively robbing the poor to give to the rich”.

    As the Grattan Institute analysis puts it, while the first two stages of low-end tax cuts are sustainable, it’s the third stage of high-end cuts that kick in mid-next decade that are of real concern, as this is where health, education and social security will suffer.

    Labor has continued on with its post-election version of Liberals 2.0 last week. The supposed opposition had initially wanted to see the third stage left out of the legislation. But, in the end, it waved the bill through unamended.

    And with the nation buttered up with a fresh cash injection, the Morrison government thought it was an opportune moment to introduce a whole smorgasbord of new legislation last Thursday that contained Peter Dutton’s favourite: rights eroding laws


  10. I played a villager in a movie scene last weekend, an extra. Student film thing. Fantasy genre. Next time I get to play a dead body. I asked to play the corpse. I always wanted to do that. Maybe it is just me practicing for my final role in the Body Farm in NSW. lol.

    ( I have left my body to a university, specifically to be used in the NSW Body Farm in the Blue Mountains. My final act for Science.)

    Anyway, the Villager scene was fun, actually we played displaced villagers who arrived at a place and were denied help. One extra remarked, “Are we playing modern Australia and asylum seekers?’ We all agreed the guard who turned us away was not mean enough to be Border Force, and he was not dressed in black.

  11. Kim Darroch has resigned as
    ambassador to Washington

    Since the leak of official documents from this embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador. I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.


  12. Depressing news. It feels like another step toward Orwellian dystopia. The fascists have already secured a power base that believe everything they’re told by the party, now they’re eliminating those that can see the truth and still be able to speak about it.

    Darroch will be replaced by a Johnson/Farage puppet that’s eager and willing to kiss Trump’s feet. I think this will extend to more people over the coming years.

    I’m particularly worried because the worst part of the story was the fact that Darroch was compromised by a treacherous leak from the foreign office, yet he’s the one that’s punished because the leak was “Darroch said a mean thing about Trump, off with his head!”

    Another step toward the last step of the dystopia. “The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

    • Britain is turning into an Orwellian nightmare, Australia is turning into Gilead.

      After reading today’s reports of FauxMo’s appallingly hypocritical remarks at the Hillsong conference and his call for more prayer I really fear for Australia. We are heading in a very dangerous direction. I’v said before we are turning into a version of Gilead, now I think it’s even worse than I thought.

      We have a PM who is a religious extremist, his “faith” is not Christian, it’s a cargo cult that teaches its followers their god will make them rich if they pray a lot and tithe to their church. They believe all problems, from minor illness to permanent disabilities to lack of rain can be solved by prayer,

      “Just pray more” is FauxMo’s mantra. He doesn’t need to waste time on policy-making, he just believes everything will work out according to his god’s plan and all he needs to do is pray a lot.

      This extremism is bad news for women.According to FauxMo’s church women are to focus on home, family and being subservient to their men. Women do not need tertiary education because they are supposed to marry young and devote their married life to raising children, often large numbers of children.

      Ever wondered why FauxMo didn’t promote more women when he was forming his new ministry? It goes to his religious beliefs – women have no place in parliament, unless, like Lucy Wicks, they are devout Christianists and belong to his parliamentary prayer circle. He has appointed incompetents and rorters to his ministry just because they are allegedly Christian, passing over what few reasonably intelligent people he has in his government because they are not believers.

      It’s a worry, even more of a worry because so many fools fell for his election campaign schtick and voted for him because they thought he was a nice man, or a good bloke, or because he smiled a lot.

  13. Less praying, more working needed.

    Pair that with the sitting days for the first 6 months of the year –

    This is what happens when Australians elect a government with no policies. The government doesn’t know what to do now it has passed those tax cuts and ruined the economy by doing that. All they have left now is taking away freedoms and taking away welfare.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe reports that Ken Wyatt is facing growing concerns in the Coalition party room over calls to create a “first Australians voice” to Federal Parliament.
    Katharine Murphy says that the outspoken government conservative Craig Kelly has warned he and other Liberal and National colleagues could “actively campaign for the no side” if Ken Wyatt, pursues an ambitious proposal for constitutional recognition.
    The PM’s very public appearances at the big Hillsong conference needs to be discussed says Stephen Fogarty,
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how iron ore mishaps have provided an unsustainable windfall for miners and Josh Frydenberg.
    Noel Towell writes that Albo might have bitten off more than he can chew by simultaneously taking on Setka and Morrison.
    According to Bevan Shields the department responsible for the nation’s metadata retention regime is falling behind on its legal obligation to tell the public how many times powerful new laws were used to intercept the communications of Australians, including journalists. Guess whose department that is!
    Meanwhile the Commonwealth Ombudsman has urged the powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to remove Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s power to redact its reports, saying no other minister has that ability.
    Angus Taylor has been accused of avoiding a state demand to reduce emissions in national energy policy by refusing to meet with the states.
    David Crowe reports that Ken Wyatt has pledged to hold Indigenous recognition referendum within three years.
    Workplace flexibility has its limits – bend too far and something breaks says Greg Jericho.
    Richard Denniss says that the only time the business community pretends to take economics seriously is when they want to slash their taxes – or other people’s wages.
    “Australia needs ‘fiscal stimulus’, but what does that actually mean?”, asks Stephen Koukoulas.
    Sam Maiden reports that Barnaby Joyce says the idea Australia can stop climate change is “barking mad”, and global warming is a better problem than the next ice age. HE’S what’s mad!
    Marise Payne has faced awkward questions on the government’s domestic record while at a ministerial conference on media freedom in London.
    At the same conference lawyer Amal Clooney has joined the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in criticising Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, saying the US president has emboldened individuals who wish to persecute journalists.
    Peter Martin explains deeming.
    Jennifer Duke tells us that competition tsar Rod Sims has heaped further doubt on Telstra’s ability to buy the NBN, as rival telcos backed the government on blocking the telco.
    NBN faces a medium term threat to its business model from mobile network operators because of the high cost of its wholesale access charges. This adds to the problems facing communications minister Paul Fletcher says the AFR.
    Fed-up phone and internet users flooded Australia’s telco providers with nearly half a million complaints over a period of just three months, a new report has shown.
    And the ACCC has in its sights ads that overstate what is possible on specific plans and those that create a false urgency for customers.
    It looks like we’re heading for major trouble on the waterfront again.
    Shoppers are becoming increasingly concerned about the state of the economy, despite the prospect of income tax cuts and cheaper mortgages reports Shane Wright. High end tax cuts are not going to fix this!
    The National Irrigators Council (does that sound a bit like a lobby group to you?) puts its position on the MDB plan.
    Gladys Berejiklian says the system of regulation in the building industry is not working, after the Sydney Morning Herald revealed the evacuation of a third apartment building in Sydney. So what now?
    Australia could quickly solve the problem of Indonesia and other countries rejecting its waste if governments invested in recycling manufacturing as promised and required the use of recycled material in public projects, industry and environmental groups say.
    Chloe Adams is disturbed by the massive change in our children’s classrooms brought about by the ubiquitous presence of iPads.
    In the wake of the resignation of the UK ambassador to the US Nick Miller tells us that there is more to come on the weekend as the Mail plans to reveal further content from the leaked papers.
    Donald Trump’s role in the Washington ambassador’s exit has driven a stake through the heart of the UK’s postwar self-image writes Martin Kettle.
    Here’s today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and the road to indigenous recognition.

    David Pope on our sorry history of environment ministers.

    Andrew Dyson and Trump’s trade talks.

    From Matt Golding.

    Matt Davidson with Ken Wyatt.

    Mark David returns to the MDB.

    Glen Le Lievre.

    Alan Moir doesn’t hold out much hope for Labor.

    Jon Kudelka – there is hope.

    From the US

  15. Ken Wyatt’s comment about working towards a referendum was immediately talked up by the MSM, they all gleefully told us it was happening. A referendum by 2022! A referendum in this parliamentary term!

    This morning the cold hard truth has hit – there won’t be a referendum or any other move towards indigenous recognition because the white massas in parliament don’t want any uppity blackfellas getting any sort of recognition.

    I knew that would happen.

    If there was to be a referendum then it would have tricky wording, designed to con voters into giving a “No” vote when they really meant “Yes”.

  16. This government’s management of the NDIS will soon claim another life thanks to FauxMo and Fraudenberg wanting a budget surplus.

    A three year wait for vital equipment is a disgrace.

    When the ordered equipment arrives it will be useless, because this little girl has grown out of the wheelchair she never received and her condition has deteriorated so much that the ordered walker is no longer of any use.

    NDIS delay ‘a death sentence’ for 10-year-old Ballina girl with rare neurological condition

    Josie won’t be the first to die while waiting for equipment to arrive. These artcles are just over a year old –


    I suppose FuxMo and Fraudenberg rejoice when another NDIS client dies while waiting for their approved equipment because it means more money towards their imaginary budget surplus.

    Same for aged care – people die while waiting years for their Home Care packages to arrive. The latest victim was a man whose funding was finally approved the day after his funeral. He had waited two years.

    Perhaps FauxMo will round up his parliamentary prayer group and pray for these people. Perhaps he can bring Brian Houston along for added prayer power. I’m sure that will not only fix all the delays and problems but will magically deliver a surplus as well. (Yes, I am being sarcastic and yes, I am way beyond cranky.)

  17. John Barilaro has come up with another attention-seeking brainfart.

    NSW deputy premier vows to open up Murray Valley national park to logging
    John Barilaro wants to remove protection by either de-gazetting the entire park or reducing its size

    The NSW deputy premier has vowed to introduce legislation to open up a national park in the state’s Riverina region to logging.

    John Barilaro wants to remove protection of the 42,000 hectare Murray Valley national park by either de-gazetting the entire park or reducing its size.

    Barilaro told the National party’s recent state conference a bill would be reintroduced to the parliament after the winter recess.

    Whether it takes the form of a private member’s bill or government bill will depend on there being broader Coalition support for reversing the listing of the park. Such a move would be a first for New South Wales and is fiercely opposed by environment groups.

    The conservation area is known for its river red gum forests and is home to several threatened species and a Ramsar-listed wetland


    It’s all Labor’s fault of course, former premier Nathan Rees stopped the destruction of river red gums by creating that national park.

    Now Barilaro, who also wants nuclear power stations at Tamworth and Armidale, has come up with another appalling idea.

    Wonderful timing, just days after Four Corners revealed massive water rorting in the Riverina.

    • Where will the water to cool the nuclear power stations come from?

      I am sure the good folks of Armidale want a nuclear power station built to the exacting building codes that currently exist in NSW built in their back yard.

      Would NEGS and TAS lose students?

  18. Oh FFS!

    Govt wants broadband tax passed this year

    The federal government has resurrected its heavily-delayed plan to introduce a broadband tax, with the laws expected to be in place before parliament wraps up for the year.

    Plans to both introduce and pass the regional broadband scheme (RBS) charge bill were revealed in the government’s proposed laundry list of legislation released on Tuesday.

    The tax, which was first proposed in December 2016, would see residential and business users of “NBN-equivalent” fixed line services slapped with a monthly fee of $7.10.

    The proceeds would then be used by NBN Co to fund future costs of commercially unviable portions of its network – the satellite and fixed wireless footprints – and prevent future calls on the budget or public funds.

    NBN users are not be expected to pay the tax because it is already built into the wholesale price they pay


    This resurrection has not been mentioned by the MSM.

  19. Disgraceful, Mr Lowe!

    Speaking after the meeting called by Frydenberg in Melbourne, Lowe said “the Australian economy is growing and the fundamentals are strong”.

    “The outlook is being supported by our lower interest rates, by your tax cuts, by higher levels of investment in infrastructure, by a pickup in the resources sector and the stabilisation of the housing market in Sydney and Melbourne,” he said. “But I don’t think we should forget that more Australians have jobs today than ever before in Australian history. That’s a remarkable achievement.

    “And I also agree with you that a priority is to make sure that Australia remains a great place for businesses to expand, innovate, invest and employ people and I’m sure we can do that.”


    • Guess who has been hauled in for a chat with the PM or one of his minders.

      You can make statistics prove anything you want if you twist the figures.

      More Australians have jobs today because there are more Australians available for work than there were six years ago, or six months ago, or six weeks ago.

      There were 42,300 jobs created in May, most of them part-time jobs. That means a lot of those jobs went to people who need to work two or three part-time jobs just to survive. It does not mean 42,300 new workers entered the workforce.

      The unemployment figure is stuck at 5.2%.


    • “STOP TALKING CRAP ABOUT …” expresses my disgust at any tabloid talking about any subject ever.

      The only reason I can think of that Google News _doesn’t_ provide an option to select which “news” sources to see/hide is because Murdoch et al. have threatened them if they don’t get equal coverage.

      So amongst the real news, you’re bombarded with RT, Sputnik, Express.co.uk, anything to do with the Royals, ditto Kardashians, ditto pretty much the entire “Entertainment” section, etc. etc. etc.

  20. FauxMo loves to have photos taken of himself (and his wife) praying. There are a lot of those photos.

    FauxMo has never read the Gospel of St Matthew.

    Matthew 6:5-8

    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him


  21. Essential poll: majority of Australians want Indigenous recognition and voice to parliament
    Support for advancing reconciliation is higher than support for Australia becoming a republic

    Despite that the government has slammed the door on a referendum and on an indigenous voice to parliament.

    Government shuts down calls to enshrine Indigenous ‘voice’ in constitution

    It gets worse.

    Scott Morrison will veto any move to enshrine an Aboriginal “voice to parliament” in the Constitution, urging his government to pursue indigenous recognition without supporting all the recommendations in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    The Australian has been told the Prime Minister remains ­opposed to enshrining the voice in the Constitution, a move he ­declared last year would create a “third chamber” to parliament


    So we stay with an outdated, paternalist, divisive “only whitefellas know what is good for blackfellas” system.

    So much for Australia needing more “love”.

    Earlier this week FauxMo spoke at the Hillsong conference and said this –

    Morrison said while freedom of belief in Australia was fundamental, Christians needed to prioritise love over judgments and lectures. “That’s what we all need. That’s what our country needs. That’s what our nation needs. That’s what we’re here to do as Christians. Not here to judge. Not here to lecture. Just here to show the amazing love of God.

    “My job is the same as yours: love God, love people. We’ve all got the same job.”


    What a fracking hypocrite. He preaches about Christians needing to show more love instead of being judgmental and then he goes full-on racist, vetoing a much-needed constitutional change.

  22. gigilene

    Abbott was not so much of the ‘tricky’ , more a punch you in the face type. Morrison on the other hand has a record of being very duplicitous in this and in his previous jobs. Sometimes euphemistically called ‘ruthless ambitious’ in some descriptions of him. A kiwi pollie describing him during an inquiry into dirty dealings in NZ tourism used the word ‘Rasputin’. He does so with a clear conscience as he is one of the chosen ones so ‘lying for Jesus’ is practically an obligation.

    • Yes KK, there is a difference between the two. I agree. Although they are both abject creatures, Morrison is probably the most dangerous – all hidden under his evil smirk and his smarmy manners.

  23. Peter Dutton says the Coalition’s policy is to achieve Indigenous recognition without enshrining a voice to parliament in the constitution, seemingly ruling out a key demand by the authors of the Uluru statement from the heart.

    The home affairs minister’s comments follow an anonymously sourced story in the Australian newspaper, which said Scott Morrison would “veto” any attempt to insert an Indigenous voice into the constitution.

    Dutton said the government was not in favour of a “third chamber” of parliament, a misleading characterisation of the voice to parliament, given that it would not have any veto powers and could not introduce legislation or change it.


    Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden don’t have a problem with such a setup

    The Saami Council (Northern Sami: Sámiráđđi) is a voluntary, non-governmental organization of the Saami (Sámi) people, with Saami member organizations in Finland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. Since it was founded in 1956, as one among the very first indigenous peoples’ organizations, the Saami Council has actively dealt with Saami public policy tasks. The secretary was previously sited in both Helsinki and Utsjoki, and now in Karasjok. The Saami Council is funded by a range of grants, and their engagements are based on decisions, statements, declarations, and political programs from the Saami Conference held every fourth year.


  24. In short, crap infrastructure and computer systems

    As thousands of Australians try to submit their tax returns, the main online portal for federal government services has gone down.

    In an outage that will also affect thousands of welfare recipients across the country, the MyGov site appeared to be unavailable on Friday morning, returning an error.

    The Department of Human Services said via MyGov’s Twitter account there were “technical difficulties” with the website.

    “We are urgently investigating the issue and we’re working hard to fix this as quickly as possible,” it repeatedly said in replies to people reporting the error.

    A department of human services spokeswoman said: “Some services, including myGov, are currently unavailable or experiencing slowness. The department is working on the issue and apologises for the inconvenience.”


  25. IMy son bought me a (second hand)lathe for wood. Built by an engineer. Very sturdy. It came with lots of extras, including chisels.
    Now to work out how to use it. 🙂 (You-tube is very helpful)

  26. A couple of consequences of AGW you should maybe bear in mind:

    1. Warmer seas evaporate more moisture into warmer air that can hold 15% more moisture each decade. That comes down as rain could be floods.

    2. Some of the moisture gets sent high up in the atmosphere by powerful updrafts in thunderstorms. AGW boosts these thermals so the moist air is sent higher. Up high the moisture condenses and freezes, freezes more moisture around it and starts falling. The hail stones grow and merge with adjacent hail stones until they fall past the level of the clouds. If AGW sends moist air up higher then the hailstones will be bigger.

    There was a hail storm in Mexico, tennis ball sized hail in France and similar in Spain this week.

    Means I have had to include a carport into my house plans and figure some things out re garden plantings and pergolas and a gazebo I would like.

    Check insurance re hail damage and flood damage. Tennis ball sized hail would bugger a car up but good I reckon.

  27. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Here’s a big lot of Saturday reading for you!

    The SMH editorial says that Frydenberg is taking some extraordinary steps to try to convince Australians that everything is alright with the economy but it will take more than spin. It remarks that the Treasurer’s double act with the RBA was a bad look.
    Paul Bongiorno’s review of the week is entitled,” Scott Morrison, prayers and Hillsong” and is a good read.
    Scott Morrison says there will be no cuts to health, education or services to pay for his tax package. The numbers tell a different story says Mike Seccombe. It all comes down to what is meant by the word “cut”. Seccombe opines that we are headed for a meaner and less equal society.
    Katharine Murphy writes that it’s not clear whether the prime minister will sink his personal capital into a positive outcome on indigenous recognition or run from the fight.
    Simon Benson reports that Trump will roll out the red carpet for Scott Morrison when he visits the US, insisting the Prime Minister be afforded the highest status offered to world leaders, ­including the first state dinner for an Australian leader since John Howard. Google.


    Karen Middleton reveals that as attempts to restore water to the river basin fail to meet their targets, scientists warn irrigator subsidies may cost 10 times initial estimates. Wow!
    Harry Triguboff’s Meriton wants immediate reforms to the construction industry in NSW to stop substandard buildings from going up, as a growing number of experts argue the government should issue low-interest loans to apartment owners battling defects.
    And The Saturday Paper explains how Sydney and Melbourne’s real estate boom, falling standards in oversight and a reticence to report flaws have combined to create a defects crisis in the cities’ residential apartments.
    Bevan Shields reports that Christian Porter has been forced onto the back foot over his stance that journalists aren’t being targeted by police.
    This what caused it. Peter Dutton has rejected demands to drop police action against three high-profile journalists, declaring reporters are committing a crime by receiving top-secret documents.
    Tanya Levin explains what Morrison’s faith means. I had difficulty coming to grips with this!
    Politicians leak secrets when it’s useful to them. So what about their pursuit of journalists who do the same in the public’s name, asks Laura Tingle.
    Doug Dingwall reports that the Tax Office has vowed tax refunds will still flow to people who lodged their returns before a prolonged outage hit websites for people dealing with Commonwealth agencies.
    Elizabeth Minter revels how debt collectors are going beyond ASIC’s guidelines.
    Elizabeth Franklin says we should have laughed at Folau but now it’s turned into a big mess.
    According to Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw a property market-fuelled surge has left Australians with record debt and more people in mortgage stress than ever before, raising doubts about whether the Morrison government’s tax refunds will boost the economy.
    Clancy Yeates explores why businesses are investing less in the economy.
    Amanda Meade tells us how lobbyists confected a Four Corners backlash – weeks before the show went to air!
    Richard Ackland unleashes a barrage onto Angus Taylor here.
    Paula Matthewson says that while Scott Morrison won the election the battle with his own party is only just starting.
    In the wake of the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch former Australian ambassador tells us that say-nothing diplomats serve no one’s interests.
    Peter Dutton says the Coalition’s policy is to achieve Indigenous recognition without enshrining a voice to parliament in the constitution, seemingly ruling out a key demand by the authors of the Uluru statement from the heart. Amy Remeikis reports.
    After the death of six workers in the past 12 months, Queensland’s mining industry is desperately searching for solutions to improve the safety of its worksites, writes Dennis Atkins. It seems there is quite a stoush brewing over the use of casual labour.
    Retail Food Group’s doubling down on its decision to keep the market in the dark about a major refinancing initiative even as its share price spiked 70 per cent looks set to spark fresh interest from class action law firms, writes Adele Ferguson.
    The proposed ban on some textured breast implants announced by the Australian pharmaceuticals and medical devices regulator earlier this week tells us something very disquieting about the effectiveness of consumer protection says The Conversation.
    Private schools are charging extraordinary amounts in school fees, for what is basically the same education as cheaper ones, writes Frank O’Shea.
    The financial accounts of three large clubs in NSW suggest the practice of forking out free grog to gamblers may be more widespread than government has acknowledged. When regulators fail to do their job, disclosure is the answer. All clubs in NSW should be required to disclose their bar trading performance, revenue from beverages before and after the amount of free drinks served, and the dollar amount of loyalty points awarded for poker machine gambling. Michael West reports.
    In breaking news US Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned on Friday amid intense scrutiny of his role as a US attorney a decade ago in a deal with Jeffrey Epstein that allowed the financier to plead guilty to lesser offences in a sex-crimes case.
    The Washington Post looks at what Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes say about our era.
    And Richard Cooke writes that the latest arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking minors has again focused world attention on the multimillionaire’s relationships with the rich and powerful.
    Nick O’Malley writes that in the era of Trump, there is no penalty for public wrongdoing and he wonders how Australia is going in this respect.
    A recent tribunal has determined that the unconventional gas industry is violating human, social and economic rights, writes Shay Dougall.
    A judge who will soon sentence a repeat offender paedophile priest has condemned the Catholic Church for prioritising “the sinner” over his young victims.
    Peter FitzSimons is fervently hoping the Kiwis knock off the Poms at the cricket World Cup final.
    The UK is stepping up its military presence in the Gulf by sending a second warship to the region to protect British commercial oil tankers, the Ministry of Defence has said. Where is this going to end up?
    Britain needs a calm and assured prime minister. It needs Jeremy Hunt, writes Michael Ashcroft.
    A nationwide wave of arrests of immigrants facing deportation will commence this weekend confirming that Trump’s plan, intended to discourage a surge of Central American migrants, was on track after a delay.
    This mongrel earns his third nomination (as I recall) for “Arsehole of the Week.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe thinks Ken Wyatt’s got his work cut out.

    Alan Moir closes the gap.

    Another from Moir.

    Nice work from Andrew Dyson here.

    And from Glen Le Lievre.

    Also from Le Lievre.

    Matt Davidson on the paucity of business investment.
    From Matt Golding.

    Zanetti’s back onto the Adani protests.

    Jon Kudelka on Morrison’s upcoming visit to the White House.

    From the US

  28. Having a look through my tax return where they break down where my tax went I noticed that ‘Dole Bludgers” cost me a whole $4.10 per week. If you consider NewStart as income insurance, what a bargain ! Check out how much income insurance costs in the private sector .

    Considering how little extra it would cost for a decent increase to it (and how cheap an income insurance it is) it really does show a failure on the part of our political class. ( All parties).

    • Did your tax return tell you how much went to
      Aged pension
      Disability Support Pension
      Franking credits
      F35 Joint Strike Fighters
      Obsolete submarines

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