It’s Spring!

Spring is sprung! And in Australia we know exactly where those birdies are.

It’s Swooping Season! Take care, people.


449 thoughts on “It’s Spring!

  1. Good ol’ NSW Labor, always there to provide the meeja lizards a yin for every Gladys yang.

    ‘You must be a potential leader’: Labor MP’s staffer links to China’s Communist Party
    A NSW Labor MP, who is linked to pro-China community organisations, hired a staffer who completed a propaganda training course in Beijing run by the Chinese Communist Party.

    Upper house MLC Shaoquett Moselmane, who controversially gave a speech last year proclaiming a “new world order” was needed for China to reach its potential, appointed John Zhang to his parliamentary office at the beginning of 2019.

    Mr Moselmane has taken nine privately-funded trips to China since entering Parliament in 2009. Disclosure records show his transport and hospitality costs were often met by Chinese government officials or agencies.

  2. Another example of satire being too close to the truth to be entertaining –

    From The Betoota Advocate.

    NSW Woman Forced Into Having Unplanned Child Now Forced To Piss Into A Cup To Support It

    Cessnock-based single mother, Ava Gogedagogh (25) is today preparing for the next phase of intrusive government policy that looks to completely remove her agency as a young woman, and further humiliate her for the ordinary hand she’s been dealt.

    After finding herself in the undesired position of having to follow through with an unplanned pregnancy because of the religious beliefs of the blue-blood aristocrats that make up the NSW state government, Miss Gogedagogh is now facing the prospect of having to piss in a cup to prove her life isn’t so bad that she also has to support a drug problem, as well as a young child

  3. Good grief!

    European officials have reacted with exasperation after Boris Johnson compared himself to the Incredible Hulk throwing off the shackles of the EU the day before he was due to travel to Luxembourg for talks in pursuit of a Brexit deal.

    No 10 struck a combative tone before the scheduled meeting with European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, saying the prime minister would tell him that the UK must reject any new Brexit deadline.

  4. This may not be a drill

  5. Open Sean’s tweet to see the whole thread/statement.

  6. Looks like the anti-abortion nutters in the NSW parliament are determined to have their way at any cost.

    Come on down Dominic Perrottet, religious nutter, allegedly devout Catholic, anti-abortionist through and through and the most rotten, corrupt MP in a parliament that makes the Rum Corps look like kiddies on a Sunday School picnic.

  7. This isn’t going down well with the nats

    Or with some people reliably pro-Coalition

  8. Can we arrange for the NSW Labor and Coalition parties to be taken to Antarctica and left there ? It will be immensely beneficial for Australia,

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. On this morning’s experience it would appear that Nine Media has prevented the use of incognito browsing so I have flipped to using Outline.

    Michaela Whitbourn reports that the Federal Court has frozen the Australian assets of exiled billionaire Huang Xiangmo, a central figure in the ICAC’s investigation into Labor Party donations.
    The mystery of a $105,000 donation linked to Liberal MP Gladys Liu has been solved and it involves her Chinese employer dropping six figures to dine with then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. But in a plot twist, the dinner never occurred and Brighsun, the Chinese-owned company that won the auction, never asked for a refund reveals Sam Maiden.
    In a hard hitting contribution Peter Hartcher says the Morrison government’s big stick should be pointing at itself!
    Is it going to be Lib-spill in NSW today as the religious right flexes its muscles?
    Former Labor president of the NSW Legislative Council Dr Meredith Burgman tells us why NSW is still fighting about abortion. It all comes down to religion she says.
    Neil McMahon analyses Sam Dastyari’s appearance on Q and A last night.
    This good SMH editorial has come out saying that the government should not tell business what to talk about.
    Business leaders and federal ministers can both claim to have some right on their side in their differences – but that’s not good enough says Jennifer Hewett.
    And Shane Wright says that the government wants to be a monopoly provider of opinion as it smacks down big businesses for having a view on “social” issues.
    Michael Pascoe calls for a bipartisan revenue-neutral carbon tax.
    Several assertions repeated regularly by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann do not stand up to scrutiny. Alan Austin scrutinises his claims and the evidence against them.,13111
    A special investigation by The Age reveals how paedophile priests in Victoria worked together to share victims. What a filthy, protected collection on mongrels!
    The Morrison government has stared down a backbench warning against sweeping new powers to break up big energy companies in the second dispute in a week over draft laws that intervene in free markets.
    Industry experts have accused the Morrison government of “virtue signalling” in introducing “big stick” energy laws to curb practices that don’t exist.
    Paul Karp reports that the offshore detention security contractor Paladin has had to pay back $3.1m to the Australian government for hundreds of breaches of its key performance indicators.
    Australian intelligence determined China was responsible for a cyber-attack on its national parliament and three largest political parties before the general election in May, five people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
    Expert in jurisprudence Pauline Hanson wants to force couples who split up to sort out custody and financial disputes through self-assessment to reduce the burden on family courts.
    Why are Victorians so worried about crime when rates are actually falling asks consultant criminologist Karen Gelb.
    Dana McCauley writes about how a new report shows that the 200,000 Australians with a disability living on Newstart payments – after being kicked off the higher level of welfare payment through the Coalition government’s reforms – are struggling to make ends meet.
    It’s cheap to visit Australia right now, but the world economy is suffocating our tourism writes Greg Jericho.
    Gladys Liu, race cards and foreign influence.,13112
    Paul Budde outlines a community fix for Australia’s second-rate rural broadband.,13107
    Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy in the first step in a complex, multibillion- dollar plan by the maker of OxyContin to settle thousands of lawsuits
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says that the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s most important oil processing complex at the weekend is unlikely to have a lasting effect on the world’s oil supplies but it could have a more persistent impact on oil and fuel prices.
    ‘An insult’ – politicians sing the praises of the cashless welfare card, but those forced to use it disagree explains Eve Vincent.
    Frank Bainimarama, has called on Australia to be “far more ambitious” in reducing greenhouse gases, linking the climate crisis to extreme weather events in the Pacific including drought and bushfires in Australia.
    The gloves are off: ‘predatory’ climate deniers are a threat to our children writes Tim Flannery.
    Tony Wright is not impressed with the current parliament.
    Paul Sinclair says that climate change is threatening to break cricket apart, from putting players in danger to disrupting matches.
    Central bankers are fearful they’re caught in a policy trap, with little choice but to continue to dial up the stimulus to placate financial markets writes Karen Maley.
    Corruption charges against executives at the centre of one of Australia’s biggest corporate scandals have been dropped after serious disclosure issues emerged in the prosecution case just one week into a 13-week trial. Looks like a giant cock up.
    Boris Johnson was left humiliated and his claims of progress in the Brexit negotiations in tatters after a chaotic visit to Luxembourg ended in the prime minister being mocked by a fellow European leader for cancelling a press appearance to avoid protesters.
    The Incredible Sulk morphs from green to yellow as he is bested by Bettel writes John Crace.
    Donald Trump says it’s “looking like” Iran is responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry and warned that America is “more prepared” for war than any country in history
    Associated reports that the office of Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr sent a subpoena to the accounting firm Mazars USA seeking eight years of Trump’s personal and business returns.
    James Massola reports that Indonesia’s corruption watch dog is so good that the government is fighting back!

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox and the political lexicon.

    Great work from Alan Moir!

    Andrew Dyson on our fuel supply fragility.

    And from Dionne Gain.

    Glen Le Lievre.

    Jon Kudelka on our low fuel reserves.

    From the US

  10. So NSW avoids becoming a theocracy – at least for the time being.

    Something the media won’t mention – Tanya Davies, chief spiller, is a spiteful, vicious piece of work who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

    Read her speeches during the lower house debate on the abortion bill and you find out what she is about.

    She is Pentecostal, according to this article –

    I don’t regard Pentecostals as Christians, I see them as members of a cult that pretends to be Christian. Her alleged “faith” explains a lot of Ms Davies’ nastiness.

    Davies was formerly Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women and Minister for Ageing in the first Berejiklian ministry. Gladys realised she had made a mistake when Davies, a strong pro-lifer, announced immediately after her appointment as Minister for Women that she was going to propose changes to the NSW abortion process.

    Gladys slapped Davies down by responding there would be no changes. Davies voted against the bill for safe zones around abortion clinics and that must have been the last straw for Gladys. Davies was passed over for a ministry after this year’s election, was sent to the back bench and has had it in for Gladys ever since.

    Davies begins her “About Tanya” spiel on her web site with these words – “Serving and helping other people has been a theme of mylife” – her typo, not mine. She should qualify that by mentioning she only wants to serve religious bigots.

    Davies says one of two highlights in her time as member for Mulgoa was was shutting down the St Marys Methadone Clinic. That alone tells you what a spiteful nutter she really is,

  11. How three nutters killed their own spill –

    It Took Three Anti-Abortion Liberal MPs 12 Hours To Totally Mess Up A Leadership Spill

    Voters keep on re-electing these idiots. That says a lot about the intelligence of the average NSW voter, and by extension, the average Australian voters who gave us the return of the ATM government. Dumber than a box of extra-stupid rocks.

    • Voters keep on re-electing these idiots. That says a lot about the intelligence of the average NSW voter

      Perhaps they are beyond caring ? I looked on in amazement at the NSW Labor party being re-elected 2 or 3 times after they had in my opinion reached the ‘putrid’ stage. It made me realise how FMD awful the NSW Liberals must be. No matter which side they pick they will almost certainly end up with a wholly owned subsidiary of ‘NSW Developers Inc’ or some such group.

    • Totally disinterested, I think. Couldn’t care less who is in government. Most just keep on voting for the same party out of habit. Like federal politics, no-one gives a damn.

    • Maybe Jodie McKay can attract swinging voters back to Labor. All the males chosen since Kristina Keneally have been more boring than batshit, pretty much identical nobodies, few could even remember their names.

      Kristina was only made leader because Labor was facing a dreadful election loss. She managed to make the loss less disastrous than it would have been under the leadership of yet another identikit ageing male from Sussex Street.

  12. Lord Help Us!

    A joint parliamentary inquiry into the family law system, chaired by Kevin Andrews, a devout Catholic (or so he claims) who does not believe in divorce or the need for a family court to handle divorce cases, and who has made a lot of money from his wife’s marriage counselling business, plus – wait for it – Pauline Hanson, who wants the Family Court abolished, as deputy chair.

    The whole thing set up as a sop to Hanson, by a religious nutter of a PM who belongs to a cult that does not believe in divorce and teaches all you need to do to save your failing marriage is pray a lot and donate to your local money-grubbing Pentecostal church, aka conference centre, aka property developing company.

    The whole setup is ludicrous, the inquiry will result, as ordered, in a recommendation to disband the Family Court and send struggling couples to marriage/couples counselling, run by the government’s pet religious institutions, the same ones who already handle employment, of course.

    • There is not a high enough level of FMD! for that dynamic duo being put together to look into how our ‘society’ should operate..

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. There are rich pickings today!

    Matthew Wade explains the rising number that doesn’t get enough attention in our national debate – 713000 which is the number of unemployed people. This is quite a good article.
    Nicholas Stuart tells us how Labor lost the unlosable poll.
    Crispin Hull opines that perhaps the biggest calamity of Labor’s loss in May is that the better policies are in danger of being lost with it.
    As the government prepares to confirm the budget is back in balance for the first time in a decade, the RBA used the minutes of its latest meeting to highlight growing economic risks that may force it to take official interest rates below 1 per cent reports Shane Wright.
    Sports Minister John Sidoti has stood aside pending a corruption investigation, creating another headache for Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
    Anthony Albanese will support the right of big business to speak up on social issues as Labor pushes back at efforts by the Morrison government to wedge it on contentious migration and mandatory jail term proposals.
    Michelle Grattan also writes about Albanese defending social activism by businesses.
    And Michelle reports that Arthur Sinodinos, former minister and Australia’s ambassador-designate to Washington, has warned that the media is becoming a polarised “battleground”, which is dangerous for democracy and science.
    Dana McCauley writes that Christian Porter is weighing further concessions on the government’s union-busting legislation, after a key crossbench senator Rex Patrick demanded further changes to safeguard workers’ ability to take industrial action in order to prevent the government from using the bill as a political weapon.
    The big stick is not anywhere near as big as it sounds, but big business is still nervous about the political risk of a government prone to explosions over energy writes Jennifer Hewett.
    Amnesia has hit the Australian Parliament once again writes Dave Donovan as he explores many instances of it this week.–lies-spies-and-scomao,13114
    Alexandra Smith explains how Berejiklian survived an attack from her own side but not without wounds.
    And the SMH editorial says that the attempted coup against the NSW Premier should serve as a warning to all politicians to think carefully before shafting an elected leader.
    Paul Bongiorno writes about how President Trump will wine and dine his mini-me Scott Morrison in Washington.
    After the poisoning of critically endangered grasslands by a company which he part-owned, Angus Taylor pushed to have the environment legislation reviewed. The review was chaired by Dr Wendy Craik, a regular reviewer for government. Jommy Tee and Ronni Salt investigate conflicts of interest.
    Sally Whyte reports that the government’s automated Centrelink debt recovery scheme, known as “robodebt” is set to face a class action claiming it is unlawfully raising debts, but the government has labelled it no more than a political stunt. Once it gets to court the government might see it differently.
    Emeritus Professor of Law Terry Carney explains how the Robo-debt class action could deliver justice for tens of thousands of Australians instead of mere hundreds.
    Meanwhile the Senate has voted to force the government to reveal compliance data showing the full picture of job seeker suspensions from Newstart payments.
    The gap in the standard of living for disabled Australians on the disability support pension and Newstart is widening, with the Morrison government under pressure to urgently review the scheme reports Katie Burgess.
    A judge will today reveal her reasons for slapping a $140m asset freezing order on controversial businessman and political donor Huang Xiangmo after an application by the Australian taxation office.
    Our servility to the United States is making Australia an international pariah, writes Kellie Tranter.,13113
    The weekend’s drone attack on a key Saudi oil installation is an “unprecedented” attack that exposes Australia’s vulnerability to a global oil shock, an industry commentator has said.
    A security crackdown on cash payments has sparked another rebuke to the Morrison government from its own MPs over its policies, in a warning against draft laws that impose red tape and push up costs for business. In the third criticism of its kind in the space of a week, Liberal and Nationals MPs spoke out against plans to forbid cash payments of $10,000 or more in order to force the use of electronic transactions or cheques. I wonder why.
    The Coalition insists it is progressing new laws to crack down on dodgy payday lenders as consumer advocacy groups warn ongoing delays will see more vulnerable people exposed to the unethical practices of the sector. But they are accused of going slow reports Sarah Martin.
    When politics doesn’t address the big issues it’s not surprising people lose faith in the system writes Peter Lewis. He says that every step of the game is another chance to score a point, while the job of governing for the long term is wilfully ignored.
    Mark Kenny tells us how Jacqui Lambie mixes battler politics with populism to make her swing vote count.
    NBN Co has responded to critics of its wholesale prices with a second consultation paper that proposes new bundles and discounted products as part of its pricing review advised Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Rob Harris tells us about challenge to embattled Liberal MP Gladys Liu’s election win being heard today by the High Court as federal Labor continues to attack the Morrison government over her past association to Chinese government-linked groups.
    BHP has brushed off Morrison government complaints about big business pandering to activist shareholders, vowing to press ahead with plans to ”influence” the carbon emissions of Chinese steel mills and other big customers.
    Anne Davies reveals that former environment minister Josh Frydenberg went against the advice of his departmental experts when he blocked two wind turbines on Lord Howe Island in 2017, consigning the world-heritage listed island to relying on diesel fuel for the bulk of its electricity.
    Booze lobbyist Mark Textor has joined the anti-booze lobby. Now THAT’s a mouth for hire!
    The increasingly toxic battle between the airlines and the airports has reached a fever pitch – each side trading insults and corralling powerful supporters reports Elizabeth Knight.
    The AFR’s Janie Barrett reports that the new Virgin Australia CEO Paul Scurrah will call for more airport regulation together with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce today at the NPC.
    Economists have warned that under a worst-case scenario Australian petrol prices could hit $2 per litre, if tensions between the United States and Iran escalate into a full-blown war.
    Human rights barrister Simeon Beckett expounds on why the way in which the federal government seeks to achieve its aim to protect statements of religious belief from all claims of discrimination is so procedurally flawed it is bound to fail.
    More than one third of global fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch expect a US recession within the year.
    According to Paul Karp the Senate has approved a Liberal-backed inquiry into whether farming and poor water quality harm the Great Barrier Reef, interpreted as a bid to debate the claims of the controversial scientist Peter Ridd and discredit Queensland laws to protect the reef.
    Perhaps we need to explain climate change to politicians as we would to very small children opines Emma White.
    Deloitte and PwC have taken ‘unusual’ legal steps to keep audit files relating to their audits of two collapsed companies secret.
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons explains how workplace burnout exists and employers need to step up.
    George Pell’s case has fascinated the world. But is it “legally interesting”? That’s what the High Court will deliberate on writes Michael Koziol and Chip le Grand.
    Professor of Workplace Law Anthony Forsyth writes that it’s time for industrial manslaughter laws before more lives are lost.
    Boris Johnson abused an ancient royal power to silence the British Parliament because he saw it as an obstacle to his Brexit plans, a court has been told. Nick Miller covers yesterday’s arguments in the UK Supreme Court.
    Sydney’s growing city needs a diversified portfolio of water resources – a combination of desalination and, importantly, the re-use of water – to ensure independence from unpredictable rainfall proposes Paul Plowman.
    Scott Morrison has angered domestic violence campaigners with a decision to hold an inquiry into the Family Court after years of pressure from Pauline Hanson reports David Crowe.
    John Collett welcomes the reincarnation of the corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), as a cop on the block that not only has more powers but is prepared to use them.
    Women who have later abortions are a tiny minority, and they do not do so lightly writes Nicola Heath.
    A Sydney restaurant manager has told a NSW corruption inquiry that he agreed to lie about donating $10,000 to the Labor Party because his boss’s family was “very powerful” and he was “afraid” they could hurt his career prospects. Michaela Whitbourn reports on what is a damaging ICAC session.
    Jeremy Corbyn has set out the four pillars of a “sensible” Brexit deal he would negotiate with the EU, as he pledged to carry out whatever the people decide in a second EU referendum as Labour prime minister.

    Cartoon Corner – it appears David Rowe and Matt Golding are having a spot of leave.

    A ripper from Fiona Katauskas.

    Cathy Wilcox and “all those women”

    Mark David has a couple of good ones for us.

    Zanetti just can’t help himself!

    From Glen Le Lievre.

    Jon Kudelka and the failed Lib-spill.

    From the US

  14. Interesting thought on the government’s illogical cash ban –

  15. Hanson and the joint parliamentary inquiry into the family law process –

    Pauline Hanson has again accused women of making up claims of domestic violence.

    It’s a red letter day on RN for Hamish Macdonald today. Pauline Hanson is up next.

    She is talking about the family law inquiry. Asked what evidence she has that women make up domestic violence allegations in the family court, she says she has submissions from men telling her that is the case.

    She can’t give a number. But she is sick of this “gender” issue

    Funny she should say that, because she is guilty of the very same thing, making up her own stories about experiencing domestic violence.. I suppose she speaks from her own experience.

    Here’s a sob story concocted by Pauline in 2017, about the alleged domestic violence she allegedly suffered from an unnamed “intimate partner” not necessarily one of her husbands. .

    How Pauline Hanson became the queen of angry men

    How do I know it’s a pack of lies? Because of this article (and a lot of other things that have been written about Hanson since she first got herself into the political spotlight.) –

    Both her ex-husbands say they were pressured into marriage because Hanson was pregnant. They have doubts about the paternity of the children. She left her first marriage because she had found someone else.. She left the second marriage, she says, because of his drinking. No mention is made of violence from either man.

    I’d say any violence in her marriages and in the many relationships she has had would have come from Pauline herself. She is an angry, angry woman. No partner seems able to stand her for long.

    There’s one other reason I do not believe her sob story – she now panders to men who have been divorced or been through relationship breakdowns, men who have been through the family court process and believe they were hard done by, men who often have a record of domestic violence, men who complain about having to pay child support for their own children. If she had really experienced domestic violence herself and had really had a hard time raising her kids without any support from her former husbands then her sympathies would be with single mothers. That she chooses instead to denigrate these women, accuses then of lying and supports men who, if her story was true, are exactly like her exes, tells her a lot about her dishonesty and her political opportunism.

    Hanson is totally unfit to be on any committee inquiring into the family law process, her prejudices and bias should have disqualified her. That she has been not only selected for that committee but made deputy chair tells us this whole joint inquiry is a set-up, designed to help the government advance its plans to abolish the Family Court.

    The ATM government planned to merge the Family Court with the Federal Court, a bad move.

    Proposed merger of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court

    Then they had another brainfart – abolish the federal Family Court altogether and shift responsibility for family law to the states.

    This article from last April outlines the government’s agenda.

    Push to abolish federal Family Court and return power to states

    Let’s not get our well-deserved mocking of the appointment of Kevin Andrews and Hanson to head this inquiry overshadow the real reason it is taking place. Like everything this government does it is part of an agenda.

  16. Mark Latham will be the one behind the scenes pushing Poorlene on this. It is an issue he had a real bee in his bonnet about.

    • I think it’s the other way around. Hanson has raved on about single mums being nasty, lying women and their former partners are hard done by for years. Latham jumped on board because he needed her to get back into parliament.

  17. The differing standards applied to the Liberal and Labor parties justs gives me the irrits.

    Dastyari was forced out because a Chinese businessperson paid one of his bills.

    Lui raises millions of dubious donations through her Chinese Communist Party affiliations and she is fine to sit in our parliament, with a negative ASIO assessment against her. And the PM is fine with that!

    If the names were swapped and ethnicities swapped or the party affiliation swapped, Lui would have been toast and Dastyari would have been a Minister in the LIb gov’t.

  18. I have met some Pauline Hanson’s of this world. They get their position and satisfaction from male approval.

    I think it was feminist Gloria Steinem or someone similar who said the worst thing about patriarchy is that it got women to police each other.

    Pauline is one of those female culture cops. She denigrates women and sucks up to arskehole men so she can prove she is at one with them. As a member of the female stazi, she collects her brownie points by giving male misogynists a female voice in support of their complaints.

    It works for her too.

    • Years ago, a friend defended Ms Hanson to me in quite vivid terms as being good for the battlers of the country and, on her imprisonment, a victim of the “powers that be”.
      I had to stifle my giggles quite hard this morning, as the same friend let rip volcanically at Ms Hanson and some of the claims she is making about abusinve relationships and the family court.

      If her son has been indeed, involved in a DV issue, one has to wonder where he got the idea that kind of behaviour was acceptable…

  19. Morrison government takes sick leave case to the High Court

    The Morrison government will appeal to the High Court to overturn a landmark legal decision by the Full Federal Court which grants shift workers more sick leave.

    Workers at a Cadbury factory last month won the right to be receive 12 hours of pay for every sick day – the same number of hours they were rostered on for each shift, instead of the 7.6 hours per sick day they were being paid by employer Mondelez International

    Is the government really that desperate to stop workers having entitlements? Are they afraid this decision will lead to more similar decisions and so want to nip things in the bud?

    It’s not as if Mondelez cannot afford to pay workers their entitlements.

    Christian Porter says it’s all Labor’s fault. That excuse is so threadbare these days it’s see-through.

  20. Former Family Court chief judge labels Hanson’s comments ‘appalling’

    The first-ever chief justice of the Family Court saysSenator Pauline Hanson’s claim that women fabricate family violence complaints is “appalling” and “not true”.

    Meanwhile, domestic violence campaigners say the new inquiry into the family law system makes a mockery of the federal government’s stated commitment to reducing such violence.

    Campaigners and former judges agree there have been numerous inquiries into the family law system that have already identified the key issues

    How many women are going to want to make submissions to this inquiry or give evidence when they know Hanson won’t believe them, Andrews is a religious fruitcake who does not believe in divorce and the terms of reference have been set up to reflect Hanson’s views?

    The ATM government has never shown any interest in adopting any of the recommendations of the 2017 inquiry, latest of several, so why have another one? Easy answer – this one was set up to please Hanson. It’s not as if the government needs to court ON’s Senate votes, they always have those anyway.

  21. Hi Pubsters

    I’m taking Friday off to march with the kids in Glebe Park and I can’t decide what to put on my banner… The kids want to be inclusive of fossil fuel workers, “just transition..” etc, slogans around that theme don’t come anywhere near my rage…. so give me your thought on these attempts to combine just transition with rage… I will print the banner at work on Thurs evening after everyone has gone home as we have a big paper roll printer just perfect for printing coloured banners!

    Its a A2 sized 2 sided banner that I will attach to some corflute, on one side it has a picture of the earth with the word “i’m with her” and an arrow pointing to the earth. On the flip side, at the bottom I have the stop adani graphic, the no CSG lock the gate triangle and a Protect our Oceans graphic. The slogans I am considering are something like…

    A.Our kids need you to give a sh!t about their future

    B. So how much are Gina & Adani paying you to destroy our kid’s future?

    C. Science doesn’t care what you believe

    D. Thoughts & prayers won’t fix climate change – LISTEN TO THE SCIENTISTS!!

    E. Climate science doesn’t care what you think!

    F. Greedy capitalists are destroying our future – Just Transition to RENEWABLES NOW

    G. Greedy fossil-fuel patriarchs are destroying the Planet – Just Transition to RENEWABLES NOW

    H. No jobs on a dead planet – Just Transition to RENEWABLES NOW

    I. Climate denial is destroying our kid’s future – ACT NOW to stop ecocide

    what do you all think.. any other suggestion..?

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Shane Wright job advertisements in Sydney and Melbourne are falling at double digit rates, prompting concern unemployment may be increasing despite cuts in official interest rates and the Morrison government’s tax cuts for low and middle income earners. Never mind – the government might have fluked a fleeting surplus!
    A war of words between big business and the Morrison government is intensifying, with Qantas boss Alan Joyce vowing to speak up on contentious issues after the prime minister’s right-hand man told industry leaders the Coalition did not “represent corporate Australia”.
    When Scott Morrison lectured CEOs about speaking out on climate change, it was quite a fight to pick writes Richard Denniss.
    Rob Harris tells us that now frontbencher Jason Wood has been drawn into attacks on the Coalition’s financial activities as Labor seized on revelations embattled MP Gladys Liu will act as a “celebrity” auctioneer at a cocktail party hosted by the assistant minister. Also Gladys and the Liberal Party copped a bit of apparently well-deserved stick in court yesterday.
    Scott Morrison says Australia ‘prepared to do the heavy lifting’ as he prepares to meet Trump reports Katharine Murphy.
    If incomes don’t keep up with property prices, we’re in danger of another housing bubble says Greg Jericho.
    Elizabeth Knight outlines how Australia’s biggest steelmaker allegedly tried to rig prices and ended up being charged by the ACCC.
    Michaela Whitbourn tells how we now know why Huang Xiangmo’s substantial funds were so suddenly frozen.
    Iran wants to create chaos in the Middle East. But conflict with the US remains a limited, if worrying, possibility explains lecturer in international elations Ben Rich.
    Indonesia has announced it will send 100 containers of contaminated plastic waste back to Australia to make it clear the country does not wish to become a “dumping ground”.
    Peter Hannam reports that coal mining under Sydney’s drinking water catchment is drying up sensitive swamps and creeks, and draining groundwater, with more damage likely if a planned expansion allowing mining until 2048 wins approval.
    If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil says Bill McKibben.
    Despite warnings and scientific advice, our Government hasn’t budged on the issue of climate change so it’s time to strike back, writes David Ritter.,13119
    Shane Wright explains how Australia has become home to one of the largest temporary migrant workforces in the developed world, with the OECD warning that high levels of immigration can hurt some communities even as it benefits the broader economy.
    Tough new penalties for wage theft will be reserved for the most serious breaches to prevent employers being criminalised for “genuine mistakes”, Christian Porter has said.
    It looks like Albo outdid Morrison at the press ball last night.
    Ben McKay reports that acting New Zealand Prime Minister Winston Peters has foreshadowed a slump in the New Zealand economy, citing Trump as a reason.
    Jacqui Maley writes about the backlash against Pauline Hanson and the family court inquiry gifted to her.
    The SMH editorial trumpets that Hanson a terrible choice for deputy chair of family law inquiry. They are not wrong!
    Judith Ireland tells us how Labor and Greens fail to stop this family law inquiry.
    Sam Maiden says that Pauline Hanson has used parliamentary privilege to publicly accuse the ex-wife of her son of making false claims that he sexually abused his own child.
    Michelle Grattan writes about how senators are taking on John Setka now.
    Victoria’s assault laws face a major overhaul with the Office of Public Prosecutions mounting a legal challenge in the state’s highest court to make convictions easier in serious violence cases.
    Free movement between Australia and the UK would be explored by the government in “post-Brexit” business talks, Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, has announced.
    Bob Carr puts the case that Australia is a coal-fired nation in transition.
    Alexandra Smith reports that rebel NSW MPs are being urged to remain in the Liberal party room as their demands over the abortion bill look set to fail.
    The Independent Australia introduces the three modern stooges: Boris, ScoMo and Trump.,13118
    After more than a year of negotiations over a Western civilisation course, Sydney University wants the Ramsay Centre to radically re-think its $50 million plan.
    Apple and Ireland’s court room clash with the European Commission has finally lived up to its billing as the world’s biggest tax case.
    In this AFR op-ed Angus Taylor explains why he thinks a ‘big stick’ is the only way to tame power prices.
    The federal government has already lost hundreds of robo-debt appeals in secret court hearings, one of the country’s top tribunal lawyers has revealed.
    Economist Shirley Jackson writes that Australia’s premier scientific and technological agency, the CSIRO, has warned that the 5193 person cap on permanent staff is severely undermining our national scientific capacity and we risk a brain drain.
    The Nationals don’t want foods masquerading as meat, seafood and dairy to be able to use the terms – but surely they have bigger fish to fry says Matt Holden.
    Sharp falls in residential construction approvals point to significant rent increases in 18 to 24 months’ time, a new Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) report has claimed.
    Jenna Price says that John Setka’s behaviour will bring unions in Australia down with him.
    Yesterday India strongly banned the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, a public health decision that will dash the expansion plans of companies such as Juul Labs and Philip Morris International in the country.
    The Morrison government has told aluminium companies including Alcoa and Rio Tinto to slow down their export surge to the United States to avoid US President Donald Trump imposing trade restrictions on Australia.
    NBN Co has been accused of a ‘cynical attempt’ to shift consumers to pricier plans writs Isabelle Lane. What a bloody mess this luddite government has left us in!
    The Federal Reserve made a modest reduction in interest rates on Wednesday in an effort to keep the US economy strong, a measured approach that stopped far short of the dramatic action Trump has demanded for months. In an extremely unusual move, Trump blasted the Fed’s announcement within minutes, targeting Fed Chair Jerome Powell.
    Depression, anxiety and mood disorders have replaced coughs, colds and earaches as the bread and butter of GPs reports Kate Aubusson.
    The girlfriend of a previous “Arsehole of the Week” nominee, John Ibrahim) is in court over a handgun.

    Cartoon Corner

    Andrew Dyson introduces the corporate conscience cycle/

    Cathy Wilcox and the failed coup on Gladys.

    John Shakespeare and the new urban living..

    Matt Davidson and the evolution of the CSIRO.

    A good one from Zanetti this time.

    Jon Kudelka on political donations.

    From the US

  23. A comment on the CSIRO staffing cap –

    Is this being done in the name of the damn budget surplus or is it because our happy-clapper-dominated government does not believe in any form of science?

  24. BoJo will ignore it, as he has everything else

    Boris Johnson has been set a two-week deadline to table a plan for replacing the Irish backstop as further embarrassing details emerged of the prime minister’s chaotic visit to Luxembourg.

    France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and Finland’s prime minister, Antti Rinne, told reporters in Paris that they were both “concerned about what is happening in Britain”.

    “We need to know what the UK is proposing,” said Rinne, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. “Loose talk about proposals for negotiations is irresponsible … The UK should make its possible own proposals very soon if they would like them to be discussed.”

    Rinne said: “We both agreed that it is now time for Boris Johnson to produce his own proposals in writing – if they exist. If no proposals are received by the end of September, then it’s over.”

    A deadline of 30 September would be highly problematic for the prime minister as it falls on the eve of the Conservative party conference, and it remains to be seen whether the EU will stick to the threat.

  25. FauxMo believes visiting one of Pratt’s box factories with the Orange Loon is more important than attending a summit on climate change.

    As Morrison jets off to see Trump, other world leaders prepare for climate crisis talks

    On Thursday, Scott Morrison departs for the first official visit to the US by an Australian prime minister in 13 years. But skipping a key climate summit isn’t a good look, his critics say.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of “cowardice and contempt” for choosing to skip a high-level climate change summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, being in the US at the time.

    Instead, he’ll be meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump and the two will visit the Australian-owned Pratt Industries cardboard manufacturing plant together in Wapakoneta, Ohio

    Adam Bandt says this is a deliberate snub. I agree.


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