Welcome to the 46th Parliament.

Meet the new parliament.

Same as the old parliament.

Same lack of policy

Same dearth of ideas.

Same corruption (except much worse now FauxMo has surrounded himself with happy-clapper mates.)

Same demonisation of anyone FauxMo doesn’t like – which is everyone earning less than $200,000 a year.

Same plan to make the rich richer and kick the disadvantaged to the kerb.

What on earth will FauxMo find to do once his tax legislation has been passed? There’s precious little on the agenda. 

What will the media find to talk about when they are no longer able to make up crap about how Labor will vote?

 

 

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

  1. Tanya Levin’s piece on FauxMo and his religion has a mistake, but as Tanya is a former Hillsong member I suppose she believed everything she was told when she was there.

    The mistake?

    Houston created and presided over the Australian Christian Churches (ACC), an umbrella organisation of more than 1100 Pentecostal churches, which includes Morrison’s Horizon Church

    No, he did not.

    Here’s what happened – ACC is the newish name for Assemblies of God, a church organisation that has been functioning in Australia since 1937. All Brian Houston did was rename it.

    Houston’s father, Frank (a pederast the ACC will not talk about) moved to Australia from New Zealand in 1977 and played a large part in building up the existing Assemblies of God churches in Australia, He established the Sydney Christian Life Centre, later to become Hillsong, soon after his arrival in Sydney.

    Brian Houston did not come onto the scene until the 1990s, when he set up the Hills Christian Life Centre. That church was merged with Frank’s Sydney Christian Life Centre to become Hillsong in 1999.

    Brain Houston was already a leader in the Assemblies of God churches.

    In May 1997 Pastor Brian Houston was elected the new National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia, and under his leadership, the movement continued to grow and expand its influence into the 21st century. It was renamed the Australian Christian Churches in April 2000

    https://www.acc.org.au/about-us/

    Here’s more from Tanya, a post written for her blog just last month, where she talks about Brian Houston’s ambition to take over the country and the world, and FauxMo’s part in that.

    It’s very scary stuff, but absolutely spot on.

    Scott Morrison, the New Australian Idol
    http://www.tanyalevin.com/

    There’s another very plausible article about the reasons for that election win – the electorates with the highest number of tertiary-educated voters, especially voters with uni degrees, showed big swings to Labor. The electorates where voters were the least educated with lower percentages of tertiary education showed swings to the government.
    https://theconversation.com/final-2019-election-results-education-divide-explains-the-coalitions-upset-victory-118601

    That’s a definite link to the Pentecostal agenda. They prey on people who have little education, and especially on those they believe have money. They lure them in, suck them dry and then spit them out when there is nothing left to extract, leaving them traumatised and broke. I can give some examples of this happening, but I’ll save that for another time.

  2. billie11

    They listed the subs and dud planes with ‘defence’ we spend a lot more on them than education. No surprises there I suppose.

  3. Re ‘The Stupid ‘ and ‘Uneducated’ voted for Scrott. Way back when Poorlene arrived on the scene to stink the place up there was an amazingly good, but not surprising, inverse correlation between level of education and the likelihood of voting for Poorlene. Queensland stood out like the proverbial because, due to historical reasons, a very large percentage had not been educated beyond primary school.

    That’s a definite link to the Pentecostal agenda. They prey on people who have little education, and especially on those they believe have money.

    You only have to look at what the scum have done in Africa.

  4. You’d think meeja reptiles would be quizzing Scrott on the sort of bullshit religion he follows.
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    Pentecostal pastors continue to brand children as witches in Nigeria
    https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/pentecostal-pastors-continue-to-brand-children-as-witches-in-nigeria-22281
    Children abused, killed as witches in Nigeria
    By Christian Purefoy, CNN
    August 28, 2010 — Updated 1208 GMT (2008 HKT)
    Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria (CNN) — Just after midnight, the pastor seized a woman’s forehead with his large hand and she fell screaming and writhing on the ground. “Fire! Fire! Fire!” shouted the worshippers, raising their hands in the air.

    Pastor Celestine Effiong’s congregants are being delivered from what they firmly believe to be witchcraft. And in the darkness of the city and the villages beyond, similar shouts and screams echo from makeshift church to makeshift church.

    “I have been delivered from witches and wizards today!” exclaimed one exhausted-looking woman.

    Pastors in southeast Nigeria claim illness and poverty are caused by witches who bring terrible misfortune to those around them. And those denounced as witches must be cleansed through deliverance or cast out.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/08/25/nigeria.child.witches/index.html

    • You would think so, but they are all busy telling us what a good bloke he is because he goes to church.

      Most journalists just don’t understand, because they know nothing about the difference between mainstream churches and the Pentecostal “faith”, that there is nothing Christian about anything Pentecostal. It’s all about making money for the church (if you could call it a church) and getting power. It’s a cult, a cargo cult. The money goes to those at the top, and the plebs keep on paying.

  5. Leonetwo

    When Scrott got the PM’s job I checked out a video of the church he attends and some wally preaching there. No surprise to see it full on grifter, exhorting people to give money to the church was on very high rotation . Lots of ‘Just So’ stories about how someone donated money to the church and it was ‘returned’ 10 or a hundred fold by a very pleased mammon god. The people running the shit are evil bastards because the people they prey on would have to be naive,desperate,gullible or just plain not very bright to fall for the bullshit.The smart cookies in the hierarchy must piss themselves laughing at their own good fortune to land such a gold mine.

    • One of my sisters belongs to one of those churches. A few years ago they had a guest speaker from (where else) the US, doing a thing about the evils of abortion. It was live streamed on Facebook, or something similar, so my older son decided to watch, out of curiosity, because he’d never been in one of those churches. He disagreed with just about everything that was said, but what really shocked him was the presence of an ATM in the foyer, promoted many times during the evening, so those wanting to make donations could get the cash straight away.

      I think they have ditched the ATM now, instead they have EFTPOS available, it saves having to handle cash.

  6. More blood on the hands of Dutton and FauxMo –

    Man dies at Melbourne detention centre
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/man-dies-at-melbourne-detention-centre-20190713-p526ut.html

    An earlier version of this story, now not available (except among my saved files) said this-

    A 23-year-old man who died at a Melbourne detention centre had been stuck awaiting his release after being granted a visa months ago, a fellow detainee says.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………

    It is understood the deceased man was waiting to be released from detention.

    “He was very, very quiet. But he told us he got his visa signed five months ago and he was going to be out soon. But it never happened.”

    https://amp.theage.com.au/national/victoria/man-dies-at-melbourne-detention-centre-20190713-p526ut.html?__twitter_impression=true

    That has been deleted from the updated version. So the story has been changed to imply this young man took an overdose of whatever medication he was on (no mention of long-term medication in the original) and there is no longer anything about his successful visa application or of him awaiting release.

    Hmmmmm ……….

  7. With all the talk this week about what Ken Wyatt did or didn’t say and whether or not FauxMo said he would veto any plans I think it’s important to go back two years and remember what indigenous Australians actually want.

    They do not want just a mention in the Constitution.

    Indigenous leaders call for representative body and treaties process after Uluru convention

    Indigenous leaders from across the country have outright rejected the idea of mere recognition in the constitution, instead calling for a representative body to be enshrined in the nation’s founding document and a process established working towards treaties

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-26/constitutional-recognition-rejected-by-indigenous-leaders-uluru/8563928

  8. And unfortunately the stupid and uneducated who voted for scrott around my area of the Central Coast have lots of money.

    • As for the claim that lower taxes inevitably lead to higher economic growth, Daley makes two points. First, that Australia already is a relatively lowly taxed country, compared with other advanced economies. Second, many high-taxing countries are doing well.

      “There are plenty of countries, particularly Scandinavian countries, in which the government is a much larger proportion of the economy, that seem to be doing fine for economic growth,” he adds.

      “Ultimately, it depends on what kind of society you want to have.”

      Historically, Australia saw itself as an egalitarian society. It’s not a descriptor you hear from Scott Morrison and those around him, who prefer the word “aspirational”.

      As to what they mean by that, the answer lies in the consequences of their economic plan. It means a less progressive system, and a lower tax burden on the wealthiest 20 per cent of taxpayers, an increased burden on everyone else and, in all likelihood, cuts to government services and programs.

      It means a meaner and less equal society.

  9. I’m not usually one to promote or praise Jacqueline Maley, but her article today for Good Weekend, on Julia Gillard, is very good.

    I liked this mea culpa -.
    “I am also reminded of how many people – in the media and in public life – ignored or explained away the sexism levelled against her at the time. I am reminded that I was one of those people.” At last Ms Maley admits she was unfair.

    Julia Gillard’s global warming: life after politics
    Touring African schools with Rihanna. Standing ovations here and abroad. Australia’s first female prime minister has crafted a new life with a focus on girls’ education and empowerment – and it’s proving a potent mix in the #MeToo era.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/julia-gillard-s-global-warming-life-after-politics-20190709-p525f4.html

  10. Alastair Campbell

    He has watched as Brexit has torn apart not just the conservative government but the country at large, and his own side of politics.

    But on that, he doesn’t just blame the Tories.

    “I think democratic politics is going through a very, very challenging period,” he says of the western world at large. “I think there are all sort of factors.

    “I think if I look at one big factor, for me, [it] is the crash, it is a consequence of the global financial crisis playing out, and the feeling that lots and lots of people around the world had nothing to do with it, didn’t cause it and they paid a price, and the people that did cause it didn’t pay much of a price at all.

    “So that is one factor. The other factor, and I guess Trump is the sort of apotheosis [of this], and Brexit is part of this as well, is the sense of polarisation that isn’t just about left and right, it is also about cultural attitudes.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Nick O’Malley explains how Germany closed its coal industry without sacking a single miner.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-germany-closed-its-coal-industry-without-sacking-a-single-miner-20190711-p526ez.html
    Judith Ireland says Rex Patrick has cautioned community concerns over religious discrimination may have more to do with a “perception of a problem, rather than a real problem,” while asking if Australia has become “too sensitive”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-perception-of-a-problem-rather-than-a-real-problem-kingmaker-senator-questions-level-of-religious-discrimination-20190711-p526d8.html
    David Crowe reveals that decision to cut the headline “deeming” rate from 3.25 per cent to 3 per cent falls short of the demands from retiree groups in recent weeks, as the government rules out a more generous change so as to protect the budget surplus.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/planned-cut-to-deeming-rate-falls-short-of-pensioner-demands-20190713-p526wz.html
    John Wren delves into our Prime Minister’s obsession with religion and why our nation is becoming a global joke.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/wrens-week-australia-the-laughing-stock-of-the-world,12894
    Pater FitzSimons tentatively lauds the government over indigenous recognition and rubbishes Malcolm Roberts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bid-for-indigenous-recognition-vote-a-step-in-the-right-direction-20190712-p526q2.html
    Michael West’s website spills the beans on Australia’s national parks management.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/extinction-crisis-director-of-national-parks-slammed-by-audit-amid-decade-funding-squeeze/
    Tony Wright looks at what is facing Arthur Sinodinos in Washington.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/peril-in-the-time-of-trump-for-our-man-in-washington-20190712-p526qt.html
    Following the Four Corners exposé on the Murray-Darling Basin Michelle Pini interviews two of the program’s key experts who are scathing about the Government’s management of the Basin Plan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/sanctioned-water-theft,12889
    Neill Brien tells us why Australia got what they deserved in the cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston. Ouch!
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/world-cup-semi-final-debacle-lays-bare-australia-s-frailties-20190713-p526um.html
    In an effort to stop the spread of fake news, legitimate stories may be suffering in the process.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-consequences-of-fighting-fake-news,12896
    Cassandra Morgan writes that Australian experts are rejecting the notion of an “aged care sector”, calling on the government to implement a national “ageing strategy” instead.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6271266/australias-culture-crisis-experts-push-to-scrap-aged-care-concept/?cs=14225
    Thousands of families rushing to file their tax returns could be hit with a surprise debt instead of an expected tax offset as the federal government begins reviewing parents’ incomes for the last financial year to check they received the correct amount of childcare subsidy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6272235/parents-could-be-hit-by-nasty-surprise-when-they-file-tax-returns/?cs=14231
    Ed Pilkington tells us how the US media – with one star exception – whitewashed the Epstein story.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/13/jeffrey-epstein-alex-acosta-miami-herald-media
    Labour and the Tories have been taken over by activists who seem to care little for the voters in the UK writes Nick Cohen.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/13/an-unelected-prime-minister-and-bullied-mps-can-we-still-call-this-a-democracy
    For nomination for “Arseholes of the Week” we have . . .
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/land-banking-scam-ends-up-in-supreme-court-20190711-p52687.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding and indigenous recognition.

    Reg Lynch lands Sinodinos in Washington.

    Matt Davidson with Pence’s protection of Trump.

    More from Golding.


    Peter Broelman turns the tables.

    Zanetti with a warning to Morrison – at least I think that’s what he’s getting at.

    Glen Le Lievre’s chaotic Canberra.

    From the US



  12. Political commentary from progressives has been grim, and it has only gotten worse since May. We are told that Australians are not ready for a progressive agenda, and Labor lost the federal election because it talked too much about its many policies to increase equality. The new orthodoxy is that Australians are supposedly “naturally conservative” despite the worldwide moral and intellectual collapse engulfing conservative politics.

    Commentators already spend too much time on the horse race and not enough on the marketplace of ideas. Unrelenting bleakness undermines ambition for progressive reform, and risks replacing talk of policy with narrow electoral strategising.

    Progressivism depends on a certain faith in people and our polity. We do not need collapse or catastrophe before our ideas are palatable to the public. The democratic exercise of power is not inherently corrupting or degrading. Politics can be done well.

    But if we are going to do politics better, ensure power is exercised cleanly and convince the public of our ideas, we need to learn from places and moments when politics has been done well.

    The Australian Capital Territory is such a place, and now is such a moment. Canberra’s Labor–Greens government under successive chief ministers, most recently Andrew Barr, has implemented a suite of progressive, bold policies, and won re-election after doing so.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/14/canberra-has-the-answers-just-not-where-you-might-expect-them

    • In case that link doesn’t work –

      Barnaby Joyce fires up over ‘malicious and false’ attack on love nest rent

      CONTROVERSIAL Federal MP Barnaby Joyce has been using a bank account set up to manage his electorate allowance to pay the rent for his Armidale home.

      A furious Mr Joyce slammed what he called a “malicious and false” attack on his integrity and defended the use of the account, saying it was for “multiple purposes” and received deposits from a range of sources, including sheep sales on his family farm.

      Just days after Mr Joyce staunchly defended the use of politicians’ electorate allowances, The Sunday Mail can reveal the former deputy prime minister has this year made regular deposits of more than $400 a week into the account of a real estate agent in Armidale, where he now lives with new partner Vikki Campion and their two infant children.

      Federal politicians receive up to $46,000 a year in electorate allowances, designed to help them engage with their constituents, but under parliamentary guidelines they are allowed to retain any unspent funds.

      Former Senator Derryn Hinch has called for an end to the “rorting’’ of electorate expenses while the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance wants politicians to come clean on all their allowance expenses.

      While the loophole has attracted community anger, Mr Joyce defended the payments, saying he worked hard for his money and would earn more working as an accountant.

      The Sunday Mail understands Mr Joyce has this year made regular deposits of $415 a week to First National Real Estate Armidale from a bank account which receives almost $4000 a month in electoral allowance payments.

      Under parliamentary guidelines, Mr Joyce is eligible for the maximum $46,000 in annual electorate allowances due to the large area of his New England seat.

      Mr Joyce, who has previously been cleared of claims he misused travel allowances, said the account was used for many purposes and also received income from other sources, including farming transactions.

      “This bank account was given this name in 2005, but it has long since been used for multiple purposes and is used for farm business, private and electorate transactions, as are other accounts I hold, including my private credit card, which is also used to pay electorate expenses,” he said in a statement.

      “Income is transacted to this account from a range of other accounts I hold and non-parliamentary sources including, for example, sheep sales. I am extremely disappointed that someone would disclose a misrepresentation of my private financial affairs for malicious and false purpose.”

      He said he would now rename the account “Account Number 2”.

      Appearing on morning television this week, Mr Joyce defended the use of electorate expenses and said he didn’t know if he used all of his allowance, but “I pay tax on whatever I don’t”.

      Satya Marar, director of policy at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, described it as “sloppy accounting at best”.

      “Which is ironic because he actually was an accountant,” he said.

      “However, the rules not only permit this sort of ­behaviour, they effectively, actively encourage it because if you’re not spending it for electorate purposes, you can … pocket it as a lump sum.”

      Barnaby keeps saying he could earn more as an accountant, so why doesn’t he give up rorting the taxpayers and rooting his staff and resign? I know why. He gets far more from his rorting than he could ever earn as an accountant in a small country town, even one who fiddles the books for cotton-growing companies and accepts under the table bonuses.

    • L/NP has 77 seats in the Reps and the rest 74. It makes it, effectively, a three seat majority because the speaker has a casting vote though not a deliberative one. Convention is that, if the speaker’s casting vote decides whether debate is to continue, he must allow debate to continue.

      It would be a minority government if the L/NP had 75 seats.

  13. This will be interesting

    The suspect behind the leak of confidential memos from Britain’s ambassador to the US has been identified, it has been reported, as fresh details of their content was published.

    Sir Kim Darroch resigned last week after the Mail on Sunday published extracts from the memos, in which he described Donald Trump’s administration as “clumsy and inept”.

    The Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command launched a criminal investigation on Friday, and on Sunday, the Sunday Times, citing unnamed government sources, reported that a suspect had been identified and the possibility of a computer hack by a foreign state ruled out.

    “They think they know who did the leaking,” the paper quoted an unnamed government source as saying. “It’s now a case of building a case that will stand up in court. It was someone with access to historical files. They went in and grabbed a range of material. It was quite crude.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jul/14/suspected-leaker-of-kim-darroch-emails-identified-report

    • I doubt it now Labor has become Liberal Lite and seems to think agreeing with the government on everything is what Labor supporters want.

    • Labor is going to make it so easy for this govt to pass any bill… So much easy that Morrison will fligh through the next election.

  14. I wish to declare myself heartbroken………………………….bloody cricket 😦

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. I happened to see the last 40 minutes of the World Cup final. Amazing!

    In an article in which he pushes for an Australian Bill of Rights Tony Walker says that if you’re the prime minister of a secular country where not much more than half the population identifies themselves as Christians, those in public office should tread warily in the proselytising business.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/there-s-a-better-way-to-protect-religious-speech-and-other-freedoms-20190712-p526oi.html
    In an op-ed Kristina Keneally goes for Dutton’s throat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-buck-stops-with-you-peter-dutton-and-these-secrets-aren-t-yours-to-keep-20190712-p526lr.html
    Eryk Bagshaw writes about the traffic solution politicians should stop running away from – road user charges.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-traffic-solution-politicians-should-stop-running-away-from-20190711-p526eq.html
    Meanwhile the Electric Vehicle Council says that top of the infrastructure list is a no-brainer – a charging network.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/top-of-the-infrastructure-list-is-a-no-brainer-a-charging-network-20190712-p526rn.html
    Consecutive interest rate cuts and fiscal stimulus have left Australia little “wriggle room” to revive the economy in the event of a further downturn, Deloitte Access Economics has warned.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/15/economy-has-heaps-of-stimulus-but-rba-may-have-fired-too-many-bullets-warns-deloitte
    Richard Marles says that Ken Wyatt has every reason to be outraged by Morrison’s approach to constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples.
    https://outline.com/fZnMWg
    Alan Fels explains how simple fixes could help save Australian consumers from up to $3.6 billion in ‘loyalty taxes’.
    https://theconversation.com/simple-fixes-could-help-save-australian-consumers-from-up-to-3-6-billion-in-loyalty-taxes-119978
    Business has good reason to fear Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans writes William Keegan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/14/business-has-good-reason-to-fear-boris-johnson-brexit-plans
    The Age reveals that the viability of the Christian Brothers is in doubt as the religious order is forced to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to settle an avalanche of compensation claims stemming from decades of child abuse.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/christian-brothers-under-financial-pressure-after-paying-213-million-in-sex-abuse-compensation-20190713-p526v4.html
    Australia’s Defence Force chief has used a private speech to warn that China or others could take advantage of climate change to occupy abandoned islands in the Pacific.
    https://outline.com/bR5Nwn
    Jennifer Hewett looks at the issues currently pertaining to temporary work visas.
    https://outline.com/Wfx8Tx
    Adele Ferguson says that APRA’s capability review promises to make for sobering reading as its culture and governance are put under the blow torch and recommendations made.
    https://outline.com/L4qAmP
    A new $20 million, state-of-the-art plastics recycling plant has opened in Somerton, Victoria and will process mixed plastics collected from kerbside recycling.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/victoria-has-just-opened-australias-largest-plastic-recycling-plant,12900
    Andrew Hammond suggests that the expected victor in Britain’s Conservative leadership ballot on July 23 may face a no-confidence vote from some Tory MPs if he presses for a no-deal Brexit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/boris-johnson-faces-100-frenzied-days-as-pm-if-rebel-tories-don-t-knife-him-first-20190714-p5270q.html
    Why don’t these Congresswomen just come out and say Trump is n ignorant , dangerous pig?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/leave-the-us-for-totally-broken-and-crime-infested-places-trump-tells-women-democrats-20190715-p5276q.html
    Retirees have warned the government they will not stand for being used as a cost-saving measure and have demanded an independent arbiter plays a key role in the way their payments are determined. Howard was quick enough to put the rate up!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/retirees-demand-role-for-independent-umpire-in-determining-payments-20190714-p5272b.html
    Sam Maiden reports that Scott Morrison’s “$800 pension bonus” has been branded a slap in the face for retirees after it emerged only seniors who don’t own a family home have any chance of securing the full amount.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/07/14/deeming-rate-homeowners/
    To allow women adequate access to abortion services, they must be available across the country writes Cali Bourne.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/australia-needs-national-abortion-protection,12899
    The Queensland agency that designs flight paths is under investigation for the second time in two years for plotting new plane routes over homes without warning residents.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/queensland/2019/07/14/flight-paths-noosa/

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe on deeming.

    Cathy Wilcox with some exhibits from the Australian Museum of Democracy.

    From Matt Golding.

    Alan Moir with Morrison at the altar.

    A good point from Jon Kudelka.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/66e3a0367f046a681fac40d336e8b422?width=1024

  16. This flurry of articles stating temporary skilled migration has not undercut Australian labour markets lists the top 4 visa categories as ict business analyst, software developer, university lecturer and cook.

    Interestingly before forced retirement I clicked 3 out of those 4 categories and once it became fashionable to employ Indian software developers Australians could not find work

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/15/temporary-skilled-migration-has-not-undercut-australian-jobs-or-conditions-report-finds

  17. The current focus on pensions and a tweet I saw yesterday reminded me of some nonsense that keeps popping up on social media.

    It’s the daft idea that Australians, in pre-compulsory superannuation days (some say it’s still going on) used to pay part of their tax into a special government pension fund set up to pay only pensions. Some versions of this myth tell us what sort of pension you ended up getting depended on how much you had paid in.

    It’s all complete and utter rubbish, pushed partly by the same types that delighted in telling us the myth about Tony Abbott missing out by two days on getting his prime minister’s pension- he didn’t. He will be getting his full ex-politician, ex-PM entitlements by now.

    How did this myth start? Most likely (like the Abbott one) by someone doing a half-arsed search, finding something that seemed to agree with their thinking, grabbing onto that and not bothering to read any further.

    When the age pension started in 1908 (for men only, at first) it was financed from general revenue and it stayed that way. In 1945 new benefits were added to the Commonwealth’s social security payments, and the Chifley government introduced a system where a percentage of income tax funds would go towards social security. It was a levy, similar to the Medicare levy we now have, used to meet the increasing cost of wartime and post-war welfare, and was a way of increasing taxes while not seeming to increase them. A “National Welfare Fund” was set up to receive this money. This is where we get the misapprehension we still hear today, people talking about “paying tax all my life” and expecting to get an age pension in retirement whether they meet the assets test or not. Despite what some people still believe today the welfare fund did not mean Australians started contributing to their own pension funds or the government started setting aside money for each taxpayer in the event they might one day need an invalid pension or the dole. The amount each taxpayer contributed had nothing to do with how much they eventually might receive in benefits. In fact the tax income for the fund was not enough to meet the cost of social security payments and it had to be topped up from general revenue.

    The Menzies government stopped the levy in 1950, and tax payments went back to going entirely into general revenue.

    Despite that there are tweeters and Facebook addicts who assure us the non-existent legislation that allowed these mythical personal funds has never been repealed (it was, in 1985) and therefore the government has been secretly taking tax revenue and stashing it away. I’ve even seen people who have calculated that “the government” owes them hundreds of thousands, paid in over their working lives. I’ve seen them demand “their” money.

    Yesterday someone tweeted at me about this, claiming there are people “still alive” who have paid into these funds and deserve their money. Somehow they had it all mixed up with deeming rates.

    Some reading –

    History of Pensions and Benefits in Australia.
    https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/3d68c56307742d8fca257090002029cd/8e72c4526a94aaedca2569de00296978!OpenDocument

    The National Welfare Fund.
    https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:%22library/prspub/4511255%22

  18. Dumb as a box of extra-stupid rocks, a dozen sandwiches short of a picnic – that’s Hanson.

    Pauline Hanson compares stopping Uluru climbers to ‘closing down Bondi Beach’
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pauline-hanson-compares-stopping-uluru-climbers-to-closing-down-bondi-beach

    I prefer to think of climbing Uluru as the equivalent of hordes of tourists climbing the steeples of St Mary’s Cathedral, or any other big city cathedral. It’s inconsiderate, it’s rude, it shows total insensitivity to the religious beliefs of others. It’s also a totally self-centred thing to do, to climb because you want to, despite polite requests from the owners to please not do that.

    • She’s barking mad, and evil as frack. What’s next? Burning books?

      I’m sorry to keep on using The Handmaid’s Tale references, but these conservative loons (not just the Queensland ones) with their refusal to accept science, their blatant racism and their fake Christianity are heading in a scary direction. It can’t be long until they decide women don’t need to be educated or even allowed to read.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    AFP Commissioner Colvin saw the writing on the wall and has not sought an extension to his contract.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/he-saw-the-writing-on-the-wall-afp-commissioner-rules-out-new-term-20190715-p527gt.html
    Business leaders’ confidence in the economy is on the rise, boosted by the prospect of tax cuts and lower interest rates, but it is unlikely to translate into higher wages for their workforces says Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/business-confidence-moves-up-but-wages-are-unlikely-to-follow-20190715-p527bb.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how Trump’s trade war is biting and leaving a nasty scar on China’s growth.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/trump-s-trade-war-is-biting-and-leaving-a-nasty-scar-on-china-s-growth-20190715-p527dn.html
    Former leading umpire Simon Taufel has confirmed that England should only have been awarded five runs – not six – off the third-last ball of their innings in the World Cup final, but stressed it would be unfair to suggest the umpiring error cost New Zealand the trophy in one of the most remarkable cricket matches ever played.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/world-cup-umps-got-it-wrong-taufel-20190715-p527g9.html
    If the Albanese Opposition continues to let the Morrison Government run over them without a real fight, the Labor faithful have yet more pain to endure, writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/will-the-real-albo-please-stand-up,12902
    Julie Power continues her coverage of the Aged Care royal commission with yet another horrible account.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/aged-care-nightmare-from-walking-and-talking-to-dead-in-three-months-20190715-p5278z.html
    Things are getting worse for AMP and its shareholders.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/amp-s-controversial-life-insurance-deal-could-now-be-worth-even-less-20190715-p527ab.html
    Most recent news on the U.S. economy has been upbeat and triumphant but the reality, as Alan Austin reports, is different.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/americans-and-others-duped-by-fake-news-and-tweets,12901
    The building, property and insurance industries combined on Monday to demand stronger action from Australia’s governments on building standards to avert a crisis as certifiers, engineers and architects struggle to get insurance.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6275445/industry-demands-action-to-head-off-building-crisis/?cs=14329
    Meanwhile Morrison has been warned Australia’s building industry could fall apart if compulsory indemnity insurance issues are not tackled.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6275672/pm-warned-aust-construction-may-collapse/?cs=14231&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
    Rachael Clun writes that a leading health economist has called for an inquiry into the private health insurance sector as premiums continue to rise faster than wages amid falling membership rates and reports that Stephen Duckett, director of the health program at The Grattan Institute, has urged the Morrison government to investigate the industry he said is decades overdue for an overhaul.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/it-s-a-muddle-leading-health-economist-calls-for-inquiry-into-private-health-insurance-20190712-p526qq.html
    A shrinking tax base is a recipe for disaster for our ageing population explains Greg Jericho. He uncovers some worrying trends.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/jul/15/a-shrinking-tax-base-is-a-recipe-for-disaster-for-our-ageing-population
    Emma Koehn reports that more than 60 per cent of cases brought to Australia’s new one-stop financial complaints authority in its first six months were related to the banks, with credit issues the top concern as complaints soar.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6275615/banking-products-top-list-of-customer-complaints-as-grievances-soar/?cs=14231
    Christopher Knaus reveals that federal agents pressed David McBride on whether journalists knew they might be breaking the law, fuelling belief police tried to build case against ABC and Fairfax.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/16/police-investigating-national-security-leak-grilled-whistleblower-about-journalists
    And Knaus writes that Federal police wanted to fingerprint two ABC journalists involved in a series of stories about Australia’s special forces allegedly carrying out unlawful killings in Afghanistan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/15/police-wanted-abc-journalists-fingerprints-before-raid-on-sydney-headquarters
    One of the great myths of the gas debate has been that east coast gas customers are paying more for Australian gas than do gas consumers in Japan. That is a nonsense sustained by innocence or deliberate misrepresentation says the AFR.
    https://outline.com/UwnEaA
    The Conversation opines that wind and solar cut rather than boost Australia’s wholesale electricity prices.
    https://theconversation.com/wind-and-solar-cut-rather-than-boost-australias-wholesale-electricity-prices-119979
    If the Adani Carmichael coal mine was a wind farm there would be 4.7 times more Aussie jobs, writes Edward Treloar.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/if-adani-was-a-wind-farm,12898
    Alistair Campbell writes that from Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from post-truth to post-shame.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/15/populism-boris-johnson-brexit-trump
    John Crace says Johnson is nothing if not reliably untrustworthy, but Hunt appears to have accepted the game is up. He reckons it will turn out to be a disaster.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/15/it-will-be-boris-johnson-and-it-will-certainly-be-a-disaster
    Darren Gray writes that social justice experts have urged Australian companies to have strong and deep visibility of their entire supply chains, after allegations emerged that ethnic Uighurs had been forced into factory labour in China. This issue was covered on 4 Corners last night.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/companies-need-clear-visibility-of-china-supply-chains-say-experts-20190715-p527ey.html
    Dana McCauley reports that Hospital staff are preparing to hit the NSW government with a state-wide strike, demanding action to make their workplaces safer after an increase in assaults by patients.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-ve-just-had-enough-healthcare-workers-threaten-strike-over-patient-assaults-20190715-p527f7.html
    Top Republicans remained largely silent after US President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of colour in Congress should “go back” to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/some-republicans-rebuke-trump-s-racism-warily-but-party-leaders-still-silent-20190716-p527if.html
    The idiot is still digging in!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/horrible-and-disgusting-trump-digs-in-amid-censure-of-racist-tweets-about-congresswomen-20190716-p527i7.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe has been busy!



    From a downcast Cathy Wilcox.


    From Matt Golding.



    It’s instructive to read the shit that Zanetti posts on his Twitter stream.

    Good work from Alan Moir.


    Jon Kudelka and the lot of whistleblowers.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/968e6f66f5f572bbe0c7c7f2c6d28dd5?width=1024

    From the US







    • So that’s where Deb Frecklinton and the LNP ‘s nasty brainfart about setting up a body to discredit science reports they don’t like came from – Adani.

      Any report LNP and its donor mining companies don’t like would not pass the “quality assurance” process, which would mean anything that criticised proposed mines, gas drilling, pipelines or port facilities because it would endanger the environment or increase emissions would be binned.

      This is dystopian stuff. Howard tried to make us hate what he called “elites”, meaning anyone intelligent enough to publicly criticise his government. Now the same people want us to hate scientists.

  20. Having a go at Zanetti for his ignorance and racism is just too easy.

    Obviously he knows nothing about the “race clauses” in the Australian Constitution. Most Australians don’t know about them either. Why would they? Most Australians don’t even know we have a Constitution, let alone know what it says.

    There are two race clauses, sometimes correctly called “racist clauses”.

    Section 25 allows the states to disqualify people from voting on the basis of their race.

    Section 51(xxvii) allows laws to be made based on a person’s race.

    https://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/cth/consol_act/coaca430/

    For years there have been calls to have these sections removed. In January 2012 this report by an appointed expert panel was delivered to Prime Minister Julia Gillard –

    The report Recognising Aboriginal and
    Torres Strait Islander Peoples
    in the Constitution
    Report of the Expert Panel
    ISBN 978-1-921975-29-5, archived (PDF)

    It recommended a referendum be held proposing two changes to the Constitution.
    1. Section 51(xxvi) be repealed and replaced by s 51A which would empower the Commonwealth to make laws for Indigenous Australians and also recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australia’s first peoples.

    2.Tthe addition of s 116A which would prohibit racially discriminatory legislation or the making of laws under s51A that are not for the benefit of Indigenous peoples.

    Nothing was done.

    So now you know – Australia is a racist country, it says so in the Constitution written by our founding fathers.

    • It is also worth recalling that the very first Act to be passed by the brand new Federal Parliament was the Immigration Act 1909 (Cth).

  21. Once upon a time, four congresswomen holding a press conference about something racist that you put on social media would have been a career-ender. Today, Trump’s reelection campaign is making the best of it by really leaning into the racism:

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