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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1,136 thoughts on “Welcome to the 46th Parliament.

  1. About Albo, under his so called leadership I’ve lost any faith in the Labor party to stand for anything. The current performance is worse than the kick in the guts election night. So who can they call on as a leader? I have absolutely no idea. They all seem equally useless.

  2. I understand that Tony Abbott is looking for a job and as Albo doesn’t to be the Opposition Leader…………………..

  3. A Victorian MP has hired her teenage children on taxpayer-funded salaries to work in her electorate office, saying there is “plenty of online training” for them to learn the job.

    Independent upper house MP Catherine Cumming told the Herald Sun she obviously had “trust issues” with staff and felt the need to “surround myself with people I can trust and who are capable of doing the job”.

    Her 18-year-old daughter is now earning a taxpayer-funded salary while still at high school.

    Federal MPs are not allowed to employ family members, but there are no such rules in Victoria.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/19/independent-mp-catherine-cumming-hires-her-children-and-friends-as-staffers

  4. No surprise there

    Australia’s deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, had told a constituent in Wagga Wagga he disputed evidence of global heating because historical weather measurements might be inaccurate, according to notes from a meeting last month.

    The Wagga City Council, at the heart of McCormack’s electorate, declared a climate change emergency last week.

    The remarkable statement by the city leaders, in a normally conservative part of the country susceptible to extremes of drought, fire and flood, has intensified local pressure on McCormack to clarify his position. The deputy prime minister has previously made some sceptical statements and has suggested praying for rain to combat the drought.

    Wagga-based general practitioner Dr Trudi Beck, who has been central to a community push for the council’s climate emergency declaration, met McCormack at his office on 24 June.

    In notes she made immediately after the meeting, which she sent to McCormack and which were noted by a staffer who was present, Beck detailed comments made by the Riverina MP.

    “When asked if (McCormack believed) in climate change (he) stated that the climate has always been changing and made reference to various flood and drought events over the past 120 years,” the meeting notes say.

    “When asked what (McCormack) would make of data from meteorological agencies that 18 of the 19 hottest years on record have been in the last 18 years (he) suggested that earlier measurements of temperature by agencies such as the Bureau of Meteorology were not as accurately measured.”

    Beck and other community members in Wagga have begun “Fridays for the Future” demonstrations, where they picnic in a small park near McCormack’s office. Beck says the deputy prime minister told her she should abandon the actions and “do something useful like volunteer for Meals on Wheels instead”.

    McCormack told Guardian Australia that “a meeting was held with a constituent at her request to discuss climate” but did not elaborate when asked about his purported comments, or to make clear his personal view.

    “There was an exchange of views and the constituent was given an understanding of the government’s actions on climate. The government is taking responsible and affordable action on environmental issues which are of concern to people not just in Wagga Wagga but throughout Australia,” he said.

    “This has to be achieved in a responsible manner without de-industrialising our nation and driving energy costs through the roof.”

    Beck said she had initially thought McCormack would be open to a conversation.

    “The kinds of points he was raising with me were the same kinds of points I’ve heard people who do not believe in anthropogenic climate change bringing up,” she said.

    The Wagga city council will vote again on Monday, after some councillors launched an attempt to rescind the emergency declaration. McCormack did not express a view on the local debate but did say that “addressing global environmental issues, including those relating to climate, requires a global solution”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/19/deputy-pm-michael-mccormack-accused-of-disputing-evidence-of-global-heating

  5. Albo is right to tell them to stop saying the Libs are fibbing. Where he went wrong was not telling to instead call their bullshit bullshit when they bullshit the public. Call them bullshit artists and let them defend a claim they are not.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    “Will Australia’s future over the next 40 years be bright or pretty ordinary? It could go either way, depending on how we respond to the challenges facing us. So what do we have to do to rise to the occasion?”, begins Ross Gittins in this confronting contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/change-is-inevitable-if-we-embrace-it-we-win-resist-it-we-lose-20190718-p528l8.html
    Shane Wight explains how shackled the RBA has become.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/trapped-like-houdini-the-shackles-facing-the-reserve-bank-20190718-p528au.html
    And Josh Frydenberg roped RBA Governor Phillip Lowe into belting out a rendition of ‘Everything is Awesome, writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/josh-frydenberg-goes-full-trump-on-the-rba,12914
    Mike Seccombe explains how organised, connected and efficient, older voters have campaigned hard for concessions from the government and won time and again.
    https://outline.com/5GXGBq
    Kate McClymont gets inside the bullshit that is the Hillsong Church.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/why-the-pm-and-most-christians-are-going-to-hell-20190719-p528xx.html
    The Guardian has a feature article titled, “Australians’ faith in politics has collapsed – how can we reimagine democracy?”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2019/jul/19/australians-faith-in-politics-has-collapsed-how-can-we-reimagine-democracy
    The Sydney City Council and the developers don’t look too good with respect to the latest apartment building fiasco.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/toxic-secret-kept-from-owners-of-erskineville-units-20190719-p528vj.html
    The magnitude of the crisis facing Australia’s construction industry demands nothing short of a revolution, turning current building practice on its head to put quality and safety back on top where they belong. It’s all about greed and speed says architect Kathlyn Loseby.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/greed-and-speed-before-quality-the-equation-behind-sydney-s-building-crisis-20190719-p528so.html
    And architecture lecturer Geoff Hammer says that ministers are fiddling while buildings crack and burn.
    https://theconversation.com/ministers-fiddle-while-buildings-crack-and-burn-120592
    Meanwhile the certification agency that signs off on the majority of Australia’s building products has been temporarily suspended – and a company note to clients shows the suspension is related to combustible cladding.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/07/20/certmark-international-suspended-combustible-cladding/
    Sarah Martin tells us how Morrison is trying to get politics off the front page.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/20/politics-off-the-front-page-is-part-of-scott-morrisons-bid-to-dial-down-the-volume
    Karen Middleton writes that the Coalition is divided on a First Nations voice.
    https://outline.com/fexgdr
    Peter FitzSimons calls for the removal of The Parrot from the board of the SCG.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/trust-me-jones-must-go-from-scg-after-goodes-saga-20190719-p528zj.html
    Paula Matthewson looks at Barnaby Joyce’s aspiration to regain the Nats’ leadership.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/07/19/barnaby-joyce-leadership-ideas/
    The Australian Federal Police has added more confusion to the question of whether the AFP consults ministers before conducting raids, after its outgoing commissioner, Andrew Colvin, denied that it did so.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/19/afp-adds-more-confusion-about-whether-ministers-consulted-over-raids
    Nick O’Malley warns the government about sitting down to dinner with Trump.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/even-the-liberal-party-stands-to-be-embarrassed-by-donald-trump-20190719-p528w2.html
    Matt Holden introduces a new criterion for ethical eating.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/ethical-eating-it-starts-with-the-kitchen-hand-s-pay-packet-20190719-p528t4.html
    The AFR reports that the Coalition is putting a surplus ahead of raising Newstart.
    https://outline.com/gnbYzx
    Hidden accounts, rapacious insolvency tactics, greedy bankers. The pillage of Arrium has been a travesty for shareholders and creditors and begs the question: should short-selling laws be upgraded to save vital industries from financial ruin? Investor and shareholder activist Ben Pauley writes this oped for Michael West.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/barely-legal-arrium-a-fee-fest-for-financiers-a-misery-fest-for-shareholders/
    The Saturday Paper goes into how Australia’s private health insurance system is broken.
    https://outline.com/nDKehn
    Michael Koziol tells us how and why Barnaby Joyce changed his mind on an Indigenous voice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-and-why-barnaby-joyce-changed-his-mind-on-an-indigenous-voice-20190719-p528uy.html
    Financial advisers are warning a regulatory “loophole” is being exploited by other advisers who are being paid lucrative commissions to sell risky listed investment companies (LICs) to retail investors and self-managed superannuation funds.
    https://outline.com/5AsHjF
    APRA has been told to change in a post-Hayne world, and politicians can’t just leave it to markets to sort out anymore, writes Laura Tingle.
    https://outline.com/Bsen8B
    Dana McCauley reports that former Queensland Nickel workers who claimed unpaid entitlements from a $7 million fund Clive Palmer established before the federal election are now facing the prospect of hefty tax bills.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/palmer-s-former-queensland-nickel-workers-facing-shock-tax-bill-20190719-p528pj.html
    Caroline Wilson writes that the AFL governors can’t leave Adam Goodes in the too-hard basket.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/football-s-governors-can-t-leave-goodes-in-too-hard-basket-20190719-p528w3.html
    Matthew Knott explains how racism will be front and centre at the next US presidential election. Not a pretty picture.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/whites-feel-threatened-why-trump-s-race-tweet-is-a-preview-of-his-re-election-strategy-20190719-p528na.html
    And Chris Wallace examines the way Morrison has been cosying up to Trump and how this represents a test for him.
    https://outline.com/5Vm9RB
    Sam Maiden writes that Israel Folau has confirmed a last-ditch attempt to avert court action against Rugby Australia has failed. The Fair Work Commission issued a certificate on Friday confirming all reasonable attempts to resolve the dispute have been unsuccessful.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/07/19/talks-break-down-between-folau-rugby-australia/
    Kate Burgess explains how innocent bystanders are increasingly being impacted Australia’s national security laws.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6256747/is-the-government-watching-you/?cs=14225
    Abbott has not stopped being a Luddite!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6283063/abbott-calls-wind-turbines-the-dark-satanic-mills-of-the-modern-era/?cs=14350
    Simon Cowan is concerned that the Indigenous Voice proposal fails to nail down the details.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6281880/indigenous-voice-proposal-fails-to-nail-down-the-details/?cs=14350
    The US president’s extreme rhetoric appeals to his supporters. But they will lose interest because his aims are unattainable writes Paul Jackson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/19/donald-trump-archetypal-far-right-charismatic-leader
    The US/UK relationship is under growing strain, due to Trump’s interference in British politics as well as Britain’s refusal to back Trump’s positions on issues such as trade and the Iran nuclear deal. Boris Johnson’s work will be cut out.
    https://outline.com/f2q8yc
    People living in flight path say Melbourne Airport’s sudden change of mind on direction of third runway will result in an ‘unbelievable’ increase in noise from planes flying over their homes.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/residents-fear-deafening-noise-from-third-melbourne-airport-runway-20190719-p528wx.html
    Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street could take the West further into the politics of provocation, personality and populism.
    https://outline.com/FGAVpC
    Jonathan Freedland tried to find an upside to a no deal Brexit but couldn’t.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/19/upside-no-deal-crashing-out-country-brexit
    Former PM Gordon Brown wants to save Britain but it might be too late for that says Ruth Wishart.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/19/gordon-brown-save-britain-scotland
    Asahi has bought out Carlton & Unites Breweries for $16 billion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/iconic-brewer-cub-sold-to-japan-s-asahi-for-16-billion-20190719-p528xm.html
    Today’s “Arsehole of the Week” nomination.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-make-quick-arrest-to-remove-child-from-harm-of-79-year-old-charged-with-217-child-abuse-offences-20190719-p528qt.html
    Then again this serial arsehole excels himself as a huge illegal chemical dump has been found buried on bush block in country Victoria.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/massive-illegal-chemical-dump-found-buried-on-bush-block-in-country-victoria-20190719-p528y9.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir does it again!

    David Rowe on the anniversary of the moon landing.

    Matt Davidson looks to the future.

    Jim Pavlidis on the current state of US politics.

    From Matt Golding.

    Peter Broelman.

    One from Zanetti’s heart.

    Jon Kudelka modernises the moon landing.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/9d5cca4b6b4219537d01857d234aa7ba?width=1024

    From the US









  7. Have aliens kidnapped the real Barnaby and replaced him with a clone that actually has a functioning brain?

    No, not at all. Don’t be fooled.

    The sudden change in Barnaby is amazing. However, I won’t believe he’s a new man until he starts talking sense on climate change. After his Facebook outburst last week, where he said “The very idea that we can stop climate change is barking mad. Climate change is inevitable, as geology has always shown” therefore it was pointless to try to reduce emissions we can be sure the real Barnaby is alive and well and just as stupid as ever.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2019/07/10/barnaby-joyce-climate-change/

    Although Barnaby is making sensible comments about Newstart and an indigenous voice to parliament I can’t help thinking his sudden change in thinking is all about his burning desire to oust Michael McCormack and become Nats leader again. He will say anything, do anything to get that position back. He needs the money not he has an extra mouth to feed.

  8. From the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) –

    6 years.
    2,191 days.
    3 million minutes & counting.

    For #SixYearsTooLong we’ve seen a humanitarian crisis unfolding on Nauru & Manus Island.

    See our timeline chronicling 6 years of Australia’s cruel and inhumane offshore detention camps

    https://www.hrlc.org.au/timeline-offshore-detention

    It began on 19 July 2013, with PM Kevin Rudd saying no person seeking asylum by boat would be resettled in Australia and announcing a “Regional Resettlement Arrangement” with PNG to detain and process protection claims in PNG.

    Two months later Abbott was PM and Operation Sovereign Borders began, with FauxMo as Minister for Immigration.and Border Protection.

  9. The cover of today’s Good Weekend – what were they thinking!

    The story isn’t even about Calombaris, he just gets a mention, so why the cover photo and what seems to be a halo?

    Apparently we are supposed to feel sorry for this thief because he’s had a tough time.

    ‘I’m not a grieving widow, I’m a seething widow’
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/i-m-not-a-grieving-widow-i-m-a-seething-widow-20190716-p527k2.html

    Anyone else think Masterchef should be renamed “Masterthief”?

    • Neo-aspirationals: Narcissist, wannabe “celebrities” that hope to have the chutzpah to pull off one of these scams – and get “likes” for it.

      Genesis – Supper’s Ready:

      (On the point of relevance, Mr Speaker, a reference to Narcissus about 11m in.)

    • “Nah, I prefer it called “Boring Crap””

      Masterchef, I hope…

      “Supper’s Ready” from the “Seconds Out” live album (Phil Collins on lead vocals).

  10. Re: Moon madness on the 50th anniversary.

    “Travel” by The Gathering, recorded at their “A Sound Relief” live concert:

    (Originally from their double album “How To Measure A Planet?”)

  11. We will be waiting until hell freezes over.

    A decent Australian PM would have refused Trump’s invitation to a state dinner, would have said he/she doesn’t dine with racists. But we have FauxMo, who is wetting himself with excitement about his visit to the US and his dinner with Trump.

    • ck –

      Thanks for those videos.

      Gee I wish we had someone in Australia who could take on our government and especially FauxMo like that. No-one seems game to even try. The ABC is too scared and the owners of the commercial networks are too government-friendly.

  12. Danby was proof not all Labor politicians are good guys. Thank goodness he’s gone.

  13. That’s working really well, isn’t it?!

    An increase to the dole would have a major implication for the budget bottom line at a time when there is a need for strong fiscal management, a Liberal backbencher warns.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week again batted away calls for an increase to Newstart – even from former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce – saying the unemployment benefit will continue to be adjusted with inflation every six months.

    Liberal MP Julian Leeser agreed, saying the best thing the government can do is to get people off Newstart and into jobs.

    https://7news.com.au/politics/newstart-rise-bad-for-budget-liberal-mp-c-356633

  14. Brussels is preparing to offer Boris Johnson a no-deal Brexit extension beyond 31 October in an attempt to help him keep the Conservative party together and provide one more chance to strike an agreement deal.

    The extra period of EU membership would be used for renegotiation but could be billed to Conservative Brexiters as an opportunity to prepare further for leaving without a deal.

    “It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement,” said one senior EU diplomat.

    There is growing confidence among key member states that a no-deal Brexit can be avoided after the Commons voted this week to prevent the next prime minister, likely to be Johnson, from proroguing parliament.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/19/brussels-to-offer-boris-johnson-extension-on-no-deal-brexit

  15. FFS!!!!!

    When you thought Albo could not get any worse he goes and hits a new low – agreeing with Dutton!

    Peter Dutton, Anthony Albanese unite against Jacinda Ardern

    The Coalition and Labor have united against Jacinda Ardern’s calls to stop the deportation of New Zealanders who have committed offences in Australia.

    The New Zealand Prime Minister says the deportation of some convicted criminals born in her country — even if they have resided in Australia for decades — has had a “corrosive” effect on the Australia-New Zealand relationship.

    But Anthony Albanese and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton both defended the longstanding policy this morning.

    “We haven’t argued for change in this area,” the Opposition Leader told the Nine Network.

    “We think that the balance is essentially right but it is legitimate if there are issues for Jacinda Ardern to raise those with Scott Morrison.

    “We don’t want to see this to be a partisan debate. New Zealand is a very good friend of Australia.”

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/peter-dutton-anthony-albanese-unite-against-jacinda-ardern/news-story/0055c16453a37985bcc77e1af977c687

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A little bit late this morning due to a late night celebrating Mrs BK’s birthday with the family. The usual Sunday news drought helped to minimise the lateness.

    Tony Wright says, “The PM prays for Australians, but does that include the jobless?”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-pm-prays-for-australians-but-does-that-include-the-jobless-20190719-p528u4.html
    John Collett reports on this that seems to have flown under the radar. More than 100,000 families will lose some or all of their family tax benefits under changes that took effect this month.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/thousands-of-households-have-their-family-tax-benefit-reduced-or-cut-20190717-p527yd.html
    An increase to the dole would have a major implication for the budget bottom line at a time when there is a need for strong fiscal management, Liberal backbencher Julian Leeser has warned.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6283943/newstart-rise-bad-for-budget-liberal-mp/?cs=14231
    Meanwhile Sally Whyte reports that Rachel Siewert is calling for them to stand by their convictions this week when she introduces another bill to increase the payment. Of course it will go nowhere.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6283666/bill-to-increase-newstart-as-chorus-for-change-grows/?cs=14350
    The Morrison government is being accused of ignoring bipartisan recommendations and breaching commitments to reform the spy agency’s powers as it prepares a fresh push on national security when parliament resumes on Monday.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/21/coalition-accused-of-ignoring-bipartisan-advice-over-scrutiny-of-security-powers
    Boris Johnson will be tested by a major international crisis in his first days as prime minister, senior military figures and politicians have warned, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in a move that raised tensions in the Gulf to new heights.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/boris-johnson-iran-gulf-crisis-admiral-lord-west
    Cricket Australia has been caught out big time over hugely inflated player number claims.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/caught-out-cricket-s-inflated-playing-numbers-revealed-20190720-p5292s.html
    A new front is opening in the religious freedom debate, with an impending bill to allow religious schools to ban same-sex weddings in their halls writes Judith Ireland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/advocates-warn-of-payback-for-marriage-equality-in-extra-religious-freedom-bill-20190719-p528ru.html
    Israel Folau’s belief that any Christian who wasn’t “born again” would go to hell proved his congregation had deviated far from mainstream Christianity, Christian ministers have said. One described it as a “sect”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/folau-s-group-s-far-from-mainstream-christianity-leaders-say-20190720-p5292n.html
    Christianity has a track record of marginalising people for illegitimate reasons, writes Melvin Fechner.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/christianity-intolerance-and-christopher-pearson,12918
    Australia is the only country with a 4G network that is faster than the 5G network, as shown in a new report.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/07/20/australia-fast-4g/
    Peter FitzSimons has a good column today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-franking-ridiculous-and-dick-smith-says-so-too-20190719-p528ye.html
    Why is nursing home food so bad? Some spend just $6.08 per person a day – that’s lower than prison writes Cherie Hugo in The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/why-is-nursing-home-food-so-bad-some-spend-just-6-08-per-person-a-day-thats-lower-than-prison-120421
    We can have a stronger, more varied media if the Government legislates to prevent further takeovers and mergers, writes Ross Thorley.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/intervene-how-government-can-secure-media-diversity,12920
    It can’t be left to black Americans alone to resist Trump’s racism. Citizens of all colours need to resist, and embrace activism writes Nell Painter.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/20/as-donald-trump-revives-racism-struggle-against-it-gathers-momentum
    Police have arrested a fourth person over an alleged $100 million money laundering syndicate, apprehending him as he attempted to leave the country at Sydney International Airport. Nice people!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fourth-person-arrested-over-alleged-100m-money-laundering-syndicate-attempting-to-leave-the-country-20190719-p528xg.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    Matt Davidson and cladding.

    Reg Lynch and the hypocritical approach to Newstart.

    Zanetti FWIW.

    Glen Le Lievre and restaurant wage theft.

    Jon Kudelka unpacks our national anthem.

    From the US


  17. It might be a long while until the next election, but Labor needs to keep fighting, not saying it is the government’s problem – make it a problem they have to deal with. Be loud and clear. And be an opposition.

    Raising the Newstart rate is smart policy, smart politics and just the decent thing to do.

    If the Labor party can’t be seen to be leading that fight, then, really, what is the point of it?

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/jul/20/labor-must-lead-the-fight-to-increase-newstart-otherwise-whats-the-point-of-it

  18. The United States has authorised the deployment of military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon says, to provide “an additional deterrent” in the face of “emergent, credible threats” in the region.

    The move, agreed in conjunction with the kingdom, aims to boost regional security as tensions in the Gulf mount over Iran’s standoff with the US over sanctions and the 2015 nuclear agreement, and Tehran’s seizure of two British-linked vessels in the strait of Hormuz on Friday.

    Saudi Arabia’s defence ministry confirmed the deployment.

    “Based on mutual cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and their desire to enhance everything that could preserve the security of the region and its stability … King Salman gave his approval to host American forces,” a ministry spokesman was quoted by Saudi state news agency SPA as saying.

    In June, the Pentagon said it would deploy 1,000 troops to the Middle East but did not say where they were going.

    Saudi Arabia has not hosted US forces since 2003 when they withdrew following the end of the war with Iraq.

    The US presence in Saudi Arabia lasted 12 years, starting with Operation Desert Storm in 1991, when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/20/us-to-deploy-troops-to-saudi-arabia-in-face-of-credible-regional-threats

  19. The government decided to give part-pensioners affected by interest rate changes a handout. It will cost an estimated $600 million and that money will go to only about 630,000 pensioners, mostly part-pensioners, most with substantial investments. Greedy old people returned this government, now they want their reward. .

    There was no concern at all for this handout affecting the mythical budget surplus. It was done in the blink of an eye simply to keep old people, seen as the government’s base, happy. Not one of those oldies would have changed their vote because of this alleged “pensioner tax” anyway.

    But – FauxMo insists Newstart cannot be increased because the budget surplus is more important than the well-being of those stuck on this miserable pittance.He assumes those on Newstart are not Coalition voters, so why look after them, and he is wrong.

    FauxMo and his little buddy Fraudenberg give more to those who already have enough and refuse to help those who have nothing. It’s the Liberal way.

  20. The story –
    Former Nationals leader urges voters to get tough with badly behaving MPs
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-nationals-leader-urges-voters-to-get-tough-with-badly-behaving-mps-20190717-p527v0.html

    John Anderson was Barnaby’s campaign director when Barnaby switched from the Senate to the Reps in 2013.

    • I just have a feeling that Jim Chalmers is not happy. Neither am I. Will we ever have a leader we can praise and admire for his/her strength, authority, and social concerns – a builder ?

  21. Labor ‘fighting’ for Newstart ? Currently hearing that is 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 Agree with Jericho though. If they don’t bother with this then they can say good bye to my vote. They can fight it out with the Coalition down the arse end of my picks. Someone once said something about the cream of the working class being replaced by the dregs of the middle class in Labor(?). Are we to see it become real ?

    Hanging around with this lot Albo will be slagging bludgers before long 😦

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  22. Has anyone seen 2gravel lately? I’m begining to miss her cheer you up animal video’s. I hope she hasn’t deserted us. Or did I miss something when the great leadership change occurred?

  23. Neil Perry’s restaurant empire sued by Rockpool chef for alleged underpayment
    Chef says he worked 20-hour shifts in Melbourne restaurant for $12 an hour and slept on pastry bench

    Celebrity chef Neil Perry’s high-end restaurant empire is being sued for allegedly underpaying a chef who worked gruelling 20-hour shifts at the Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurant in Melbourne.

    Rohit Karki claims he worked more than 70 hours per week, including 20-hour shifts from 4am to midnight over consecutive days without breaks for $12 an hour.

    The chef alleges he was forced to sleep on a pastry bench between shifts and his work conditions “significantly deteriorated” after his visa sponsorship was secured in 2013.

    The federal court claim – through Maurice Blackburn Lawyers – covers six years of alleged underpayment from 2012 until Karki resigned in March this year

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jul/21/neil-perry-sued-by-rockpool-chef-for-underpayment

  24. FauxMo is no Christian, his “church” is just a cargo cult where the leaders rake in the money and the plebs keep on paying in the hopes they too will become rich.

  25. The furore over Donald Trump’s racist slurs against four Democratic congresswomen intensified on Sunday, as the president resumed attacking them and posting far-right material online.

    Trump claimed in a tweet that he did not believe representatives Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were “capable of loving our country”.

    The allegation, made without evidence, was the latest in a series of grave attacks Trump has directed at the four ethnic-minority congresswomen, who hail from the left of the Democratic party and have been sharply critical of his presidency.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/21/trump-racist-squad-democrats-omar-ocasio-cortez-tlaib-pressley

  26. If Donald Trump’s racist diatribe against four congresswomen of colour was intended to animate his most loyal supporters, it seemed to have worked with Clark Smith.

    “Mr Trump didn’t say anything all,” the 58-year-old said. “He’s an extremely un-racist person and I sincerely mean that. He’s not stoking any racial resentment. The Democrats are. They are all about identity politics. Mr Trump doesn’t care about race, he doesn’t care about religion. He cares about America.”

    Smith lives just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, a city that knows the consequences of the president’s race-baiting better than any other. It was here, nearly two years ago, that a march by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members brandishing shields, clubs and guns, ostensibly to defend a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, led to violent clashes and the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

    Trump’s claim that there had been “very fine people on both sides” was a comment that will live in infamy. This week he did it again, tweeting that progressive congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should “go back” to their countries. Then, at a rally on Wednesday night, Trump again tore into Omar, a US citizen born in Somalia, and remained silent for 13 chilling seconds as the crowd chanted: “Send her back! Send her back!”

    It was a clarifying moment about the two faces of America in 2019. One is that of a 73-year-old white man spewing nativist bigotry and raging against change. The other is that of a 37-year-old hijab-wearing Muslim woman, a refugee from Africa turned congresswoman greeted with cries of “Welcome home, Ilhan!” on her return to Minnesota.

    To many this feels like a pivot point in history. In the New Yorker, Susan Glasser wrote of Trump: “Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons.

    Smith, a financial consultant, knows which side he is on.

    “Trump’s for all America and these four women hate America,” he said. “They want to change America into something I don’t recognise. If they were a bunch of white choirboys, I would be saying the same thing. They say we have a racist country , but I think there is very little broken in America right now.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/21/trump-race-charlottesville-democrats-ilhan-omar-2020

  27. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spurned offers to negotiate on a $3.9 billion drought fund in a hard-line approach to the resumption of Parliament this week, piling pressure on Labor to accept his plan without change.

    Mr Morrison is refusing to do deals with Labor or the crossbench on the Future Drought Fund proposal despite intense objections to the use of federal cash once promised for major infrastructure projects.

    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/there-ll-be-no-deals-on-drought-relief-bill-says-scott-morrison-20190721-p529at.html

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