It’s Spring!

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

It’s Swooping Season! Take care, people.

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1,242 thoughts on “It’s Spring!

    • Why on earth will Fitzgibbon be speaking at Gerard Henderson’s Sydney Institute?

      That alone should get him expelled from the Labor Party.

      The Guardian writes it up as already having happened. The speech will be made tonight.

    • Well, leone, Joel might just be expressing Labor’s deeper feelings or beliefs. Good on Butler to slap him down but I’m a bit sceptical.

  1. This is what Australia should be doing more of, instead of digging up stufff the world no longer wants.

    Massive 5,000MW solar and wind projects set to fuel WA’s hydrogen expansion

    A massive new renewable hydrogen production facility has been unveiled for Western Australia, with plans for up to 5,000MW of combined solar and wind projects to supply the production of low-cost hydrogen at the Murchison House Station near Kalbarri.

    The project proposed by Hydrogen Renewables Australia is the second massive renewables project in W.A, following the 15,000MW wind and solar facility proposed for the Pilbara by the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, also aiming at the domestic and export market. This new project is located at the edge of the state’s main grid

    https://reneweconomy.com.au/massive-5000mw-solar-and-wind-projects-set-to-fuel-was-hydrogen-expansion-91993

    Hydrogen production was a Labor election policy, with a new hub at Gladstone. Queensland missed out by not voting Labor and that opportunity has gone to WA.
    https://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-news/gladstone-clean-hydrogen-hub/

  2. gigilene

    Labor WAS ambivalent about climate change in last election ……..

    Which meant that both the ‘pro’ or ‘anti’ sides would not trust/believe what Labor was telling them on any given day.

  3. A +100 point. Did we hear cries of ‘lock them up” and cut off their welfare payments from Adolph Kipfler etc when we ad those neo-nazis parading about a while back ?
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    Why do we think these protesters are worse than neo-Nazis?

    TORY SHEPHERD If the Australian government is serious about cracking down on dangerous social behaviour it might want to focus on an upcoming neo-Nazi gig before going after climate change activists, writes Tory Shepherd.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/rendezview/why-do-we-think-these-protesters-are-worse-than-neonazis/news-story/0120baf116a60f27b95ff631ee9139e1

    • ckwatt

      Thank you so much for these clips. Razz and I look forward to them every day. They are just so good at the moment. I hope eventually they put one of Jonathon Pie’s “tour'” shows on video for us poor plebs who’ll never get to see him live.

  4. The games afoot, Watson (as Holmes didn’t say).

    This week has been seen as the effective deadline for a Brexit deal because, in practice, for an agreement to be signed, the framework would have to be in place by the weekend or early next week ahead of the EU summit starting on Thursday 17 October. The crucial decisions at these summits tend to get taken over dinner in the evening, with talks sometimes going on into the early hours. The summit is due to end on Friday. And this morning the BBC is reporting that Boris Johnson is now considering holding an emergency sitting of parliament on Saturday 19 October to allow MPs to decide the next step forward.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/oct/09/brexit-latest-news-boris-johnson-plans-emergency-saturday-sitting-of-parliament-after-eu-summit-live-news?page=with:block-5d9d8d228f084ab8417353fa#block-5d9d8d228f084ab8417353fa

  5. It pains me to suggest this, but I think Labor this term should adopt the tactics of the Coalition from 2010-2013. Constant aggression at everything they do. Be so blatant about it that even Murdoch’s shitrags are forced to begin every political article with “The Leader of the Opposition says…”

    Be so angry at this government that the anger spreads through the electorate too at what they’re doing to the downtrodden. Keep Labor’s support base energized, (but at the same time, don’t go too far as to screw it all up like Latham did in the end in 2004). It’ll be harder for Labor to pull off, yes, but, even though I was a political fledgeling at the time, this term from 2019-2022 is starting to feel a hell of a lot like the 2001-2004 term, Simon Crean led the ship rudderless at first, and Albanese looks like to be doing the same. Hopefully Albanese or if not him, someone better can steer forward to victory without smashing into an iceberg like Latham did.

    • Then Albo should be replaced. So far he’s a fizzer in my eyes. He lost me when he told the party “don’t call the government liars anymore” because they are absolute goddamn liars and I will not be told to ignore the evidence given by my own eyes.

    • I agree.

      I think a lot of former Albo supporters thought he would be like that as leader. I say “former” because I’ve seen a lot of comments from disappointed “We Want Albo” types who have had their illusions smashed since he became leader.

      At least a lot of the “We Want Albo” mob have had their illusions about Albo smashed since he became leader.

      I never thought Albo was a leader’s bootstrap, so I’m not disappointed. He’s turning out just as I expected.

      The only questions are how soon does Labor dump him and how do they manage to make it look like a resignation for personal or health reasons.

  6. FauxMo trying to improve on his creator’s work by making himself even more loathsome.

    Scott Morrison’s comments that transgender teenagers are dealing with “the pressures of identity politics” have been dismissed as “inaccurate, dismissive and patronising” by transgender supporters.

    Morrison made the comment in response to the transgender teen activist and new Headspace spokesperson Georgie Stone, who told Nine newspapers she was disappointed with Morrison’s history on trans issues, particularly given the government’s push to tackle mental health problems.

    “The tragedy of youth suicide is all too common in Australia, particularly amongst younger Australians working through their identity and the pressures of identity politics,” Morrison said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/09/scott-morrison-criticised-after-saying-transgender-teens-pressured-by-identity-politics

  7. Frankly I’m hoping that there’s a future Labor leader that’s paying attention to all this that is learning from what happens so they can make a good grab at repeating what Bob Hawke did in 1983 and brought in a team that lasted 13 years in government.

    At the moment a most likely contender seems to be Jim Chalmers, since his tactics and position as a Queenslander currently seem to work out the best for a winning ALP leader, I just hope he doesn’t suffer the same overinflated ego that brought down Rudd in the end.

    If this was an American system though where we could primary the leading candidate, I’d probably vote for Andrew Leigh since to me he’s like a young male Elizabeth Warren who has good ideas in loads of places, but since it doesn’t work that way, I just hope Albo’s current strategy of constant surrender expires in time so we don’t have to put up with a fourth term of the Coalition in 2022.

    • Andrew is openly “unaligned”. For which read: not destined for higher office in any of the major parties.

      I don’t know whether he would make a great PM but he would make a damned fine Treasurer.

    • I thought Chalmers was a strong contender for the leadership, but since he became Shadow Treasurer he has said too many things I just can’t stomach. His announcement that people earning $200,000 a year are not necessarily wealthy really floored me. He seems more right wing than the Liberal Party at times, especially with all his talk of “aspirational Australians” which is straight out of the Howard playbook, then he channelled Turnbull in his talk about Labor needing to move to the “sensible centre”.

      I might not be disappointed by Albo, but I am terribly disappointed by Chalmers.

      If he is the alternative to Albo then Labor is set for a decade in the political wilderness.

      Andrew Leigh should be Shadow Treasurer or at least Shadow Minister for Finance, but he is never going to get either position because of Labor’s daft factional thing. Talented people have to give way to factional hacks far too often. Leigh is well qualified for the job as a former Professor of Economics at ANU. He is entitled to call himself “Dr” but unlike Chalmers he does not use that title.

    • I don’t think we will get a Labor Party of the quality of Hawke’s or Whitlam’s until the political culture of the NSW branch, in particular, is cleansed of the “Rum Battalion” attitudes that seen to infect all political parties in that state.

      The ‘inherited’ culture of nepotism and cronyism that continues to infect our political system is the challenge. Finding honest and honourable possible candidates is a different sort of challenge, one which I have no idea of how to change.

    • I used to think Albo was an attack dog … Can’t think of anyone who could replace him. Jason Clare was often mentioned to me. I still much preferred the Shorten/Tanya team to the present team. I can think of MPs I really like: Terri B, Ged K, Brendan O’C, KK, Catherine K, but …

  8. US airstrikes in Afghanistan near record high after Trump vows to hit enemy hard

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States dropped more bombs and other munitions in Afghanistan last month than any other month in nearly a decade, Air Force data released Tuesday showed.

    The increase in bombing followed the collapse of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban in early September and a vow by President Donald Trump “to hit our enemy harder” than ever before.

    Manned American aircraft and drones released 948 munitions in Afghanistan throughout September, according to U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Only two other months have had a higher tally since 2006, when regular figures were first published.

    Since international combat operations in Afghanistan ended about five years ago, the United States has been the only foreign NATO partner known to conduct airstrikes in the country

    https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/us-airstrikes-in-afghanistan-near-record-high-after-trump-vows-to-hit-enemy-hard-1.602342

  9. Well… bugger then. Doesn’t seem to be many people that I can believe in with the immediate future now does there?

    I mean if that’s all there is, I guess ScoMo and the same brand of Trump/Johnson right wing brand of arsehole for the next 10 years is all there is. After all, who’s left to oppose them?

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Wow! John Hewson has come out swinging, saying, “Morrison’s hubris shows he’s turning his back on ordinary Australians”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-s-hubris-shows-he-s-turning-his-back-on-ordinary-australians-20191009-p52ywx.html
    The John Curtin Research Centre says that Labor has yet to learn the hard lessons of defeat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-has-yet-to-learn-the-hard-lessons-of-defeat-20191009-p52z5e.html
    It looks like Turkey has kicked off the action in Syria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/turkey-begins-military-offensive-in-northern-syria-erdogan-announces-20191010-p52z9j.html
    Tony Walker concludes that Syria is now a mess of Trump’s own making.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/syria-is-now-a-mess-of-trump-s-own-making-20191009-p52z1q.html
    Morrison has defended Donald Trump over the contentious withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria as the US President is accused of leaving Kurdish allies exposed to an imminent attack from Turkish forces. Of course he has!
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-defends-trump-over-withdrawal-of-us-troops-from-northern-syria-20191009-p52z6v.html
    And Bob Carr says that abandoning the Kurds confirms Asia’s view that US power is waning.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/abandoning-the-kurds-confirms-asia-s-view-that-us-power-is-waning-20191008-p52yqj.html
    Michelle Grattan reports that opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has had his proposal to bring Labor’s climate change target into line with the government’s immediately torpedoed by the party’s climate spokesman Mark Butler.
    https://theconversation.com/labors-climate-and-resources-spokesmen-at-odds-over-future-policy-124991
    There are three types of climate change denier, and most of us are at least one explain two academics in The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/there-are-three-types-of-climate-change-denier-and-most-of-us-are-at-least-one-124574
    Shane Wright reports that the Morrison government is facing growing pressure to bring forward infrastructure spending to boost the economy with consumer confidence falling to its lowest level in four years despite tax and interest rate cuts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-pressured-to-bring-forward-spending-after-consumer-confidence-dives-20191009-p52z1w.html
    The Coalition’s policy agenda hurts people economically, socially and politically, writes Mike Dowson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/return-of-coalition-government-threatens-australian-values,13188
    The Morrison government has been accused of waging a war on the poor through its Centrelink welfare debt recovery program. A Senate inquiry into the controversial “robo-debt” recovery program heard first-hand accounts from people told they owed the agency money.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6428626/centrelink-robo-debt-feels-like-bullying/?cs=14231
    In quite a concerning contribution Jess Irvine examines the perils of a long term low interest environment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/of-zombies-and-unicorns-the-perils-of-low-interest-rates-20191009-p52z5g.html
    Meanwhile the ANZ’s CEO has called for a quantitative easing summit.
    https://outline.com/fvxMHv
    Choice has announced its annual Shonky Awards and there some beauties among them.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/shonky-awards-handed-to-medibank-health-insurance-and-amp-super-lemons-20191009-p52z1m.html
    David Crowe writes that the Australian Kurdish community is urging the Morrison government to join global action to prevent a “bloodbath” in northern Syria after accusing United States President Donald Trump of a “complete betrayal” by withdrawing US troops.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/complete-betrayal-kurdish-community-braces-for-syria-bloodbath-urges-turkey-boycott-20191009-p52z3c.html
    Lawyer Rawan Araff says that the Australian women and children caught up in Syria’s al-Hawl camp should be brought home and the women should be investigated for their role, if any, in the commission of any crimes including war crimes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/australians-trapped-in-syria-should-be-brought-home-to-justice-20191009-p52z1i.html
    And the SMH editorial urges the government to bring Australian IS families back before a new war really starts in Syria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/bring-australian-is-families-back-before-a-new-war-in-syria-20191009-p52z5r.html
    Matthew Knott writes about Trump now going for a scorched earth policy with the impeachment inquiry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-s-scorched-earth-tactics-reveal-impeachment-for-what-it-is-a-free-for-all-20191009-p52z3i.html
    Amy Remeikis writes that Women would face further barriers to receiving healthcare under the proposed religious discrimination bill, advocates have warned, with the potential law overriding professional or employer obligations to treat patients. This bill is getting push back from so many quarters.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/religious-discrimination-bill-would-create-barriers-to-womens-healthcare-advocates-warn
    But of course the Australian Christian Lobby has backed calls for religious businesses such as aged care providers to gain more powers of hiring and firing employees who do not conform to religious teachings.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/09/australian-christian-lobby-backs-sacking-of-employees-with-no-christian-sexual-ethic
    Peter Harris, who retired as Productivity Commission chairman last year, says he favours introducing a stern best interest duty for bankers and mortgage brokers.
    https://outline.com/d8GpHy
    John Setka has launched an appeal against the Victorian Supreme Court’s decision permitting his expulsion from the Australian Labor Party.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6429487/setka-appeals-labor-expulsion-decision/?cs=14350
    A ban on repeat prescriptions for antibiotics could be just weeks away, according to Australia’s chief medical officer.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/10/09/antibiotics-repeat-prescription-changes/
    According to the SMH some Extinction Rebellion protesters have been subjected to bail conditions designed for bikie gangs. This will make Dutton happy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/extinction-rebellion-protesters-subject-to-bail-conditions-designed-for-bikie-gangs-20191009-p52z4s.html
    If you are under 34, you’ve experienced just one month of below average temperatures writes Greg Jericho. He shows us several graphs that should convince ANYONE about the climate change we are a part of.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/10/if-you-are-under-34-youve-experienced-just-one-month-of-below-average-temperatures
    Asylum seekers who have been approved for medevac transfers to Australia are among 52 men who have been locked up in Port Moresby detention without access to phones or lawyers for the past two months.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/asylum-seekers-approved-for-medevac-transfers-detained-in-port-moresby
    In this interesting article Crispin Hull tells us why Australia must be wary as autocracy advances.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6421191/laying-down-the-law-australia-must-be-wary-as-autocracy-advances/?cs=14258
    Three of Australia’s big banks will face pressure from investors on climate change with a series of resolutions lodged ahead of annual meetings demanding ANZ, NAB and Westpac reduce loans and exposure to coal, oil and gas companies reports Nick Toscano.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/big-banks-facing-investor-heat-on-fossil-fuel-lending-20191009-p52z2c.html
    The threat of Chinese military intervention in Hong Kong could spur locals to seek a new life in nearby countries – and Australia is among their most likely destinations reports Samantha Dick.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/10/09/hong-kong-migration/
    The Morrison government is focused on getting more dispatchable energy into the system. But the industry tells Angus Taylor he’s not providing the right signals for investment writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://outline.com/vgrnBV
    Dr Kerry Schott, chair of the Energy Security Board, has cautioned that some moves by government to cap prices and subsidise generation projects could discourage investment in firm and flexible plant, such as fast-start gas peakers and pumped hydro plants, which are needed to fill in the gaps between intermittent wind and solar.
    https://outline.com/PFEtFk
    Incitec Pivot’s Jeanne Johns says the gas market is “dysfunctional” and a use-it-or-lose it policy is needed to stop gas companies banking future supply for LNG plants.
    https://outline.com/vpuWt3
    In a special report The Guardian reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/revealed-20-firms-third-carbon-emissions
    The number of dwelling approvals and residential construction starts has continued to fall, dragging Australia’s economy down with it. It is not good news for wages growth in general.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/10/09/wages-growth-construction-data/
    The Darren Weir/Victorian racing story has just got bit more interesting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/prized-flemington-race-at-centre-of-weir-criminal-probe-20191009-p52z6o.html
    More than one million Californians were in the dark on Wednesday in the first phase of a multi-day power shut-off aimed at curbing wildfire risks amid high winds and hot, dry conditions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/more-than-1-million-in-california-are-without-power-to-curb-fire-risk-20191010-p52z9p.html
    The New York times describes how a White House official who listened to Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s leader described it as “crazy”, “frightening” and “completely lacking in substance related to national security.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/crazy-trump-phone-call-left-official-frightened-whistleblower-says-20191009-p52yzf.html
    Because of his standoff with Congress, Trump may be in danger of losing Republicans who still think of themselves as constitutional conservatives
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/09/trump-republicans-danger-constitution
    Trump’s decision to abandon America’s partners in the majority Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is yet another illustration of how the president’s rash foreign policy results in disastrous consequences.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/09/syria-kurds-trump-policy-lurches

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe.

    More nice work from Alan Moir.

    Three from Mark David today.



    Cathy Wilcox in Syria.

    From Matt Golding.




    Matt Davidson and economic moral hazard.

    I think this is Turnbull that Zanetti’s going for.

    Jon Kudelka introduces the new range of NSW ALP cash collection accessories.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/fe13472b5c70d1a31876133a6f5f802b?width=1024

    From the US








  11. I agree Kirsdarke,labor should get angry,grab the headlines do stunts make statements even if they are brain farts to grab the attention.

  12. Trump’s decision to abandon America’s partners in the majority Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is yet another illustration of how the president’s rash foreign policy results in disastrous consequences.

    Yeah, totally unlike the consequences’ of Dubya and Obama ‘unrash’ decisions in the Middle East, not a ‘disastrous consequence’ in sight eh.

  13. John Hewson’s article – “Wow!” indeed.

    Maybe Hewson might like to join the ALP and become the new Labor leader. He certainly has more of the attack dog in him than the current wishy-washy seat warmer

    Hewson is saying what Labor, and especially Albo should be saying but won’t. Labor now prefers to agree with FauxMo on almost everything. The only strong voice of dissent now is Bill Shorten, currently touring the country holding meetings with people affected by the government’s NDIS cost cutting. Where is Albo during this break?

    Albo used to boast about fighting Tories – “That’s what I do” he used to say. Not any more.Now he acts like a Tory and sounds like a Tory. Labor parliamentarians must not call the government liars, he says, even though they are, in particular the PM, who lies every time he opens his mouth. Albo does not see any corruption among the Coalition ranks, although the stench of rot and corruption wafting from that lot is so overwhelming we can all smell it.

    The self-styled attack dog has become a sleepy, tame lap dog, or maybe he always was, maybe we are finally seeing the real Albo.

    Bring Back Bill! Bring Back Bill! Bring Back Bill!

  14. It’s a strange situation when Labor is fighting over whether or not to scale back their emissions reduction policy (thank you, Joel the Grub) while some Libs are joining the Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action group.

    “The Labor Party is debating whether to scale back carbon emission reduction plans, as moderate Liberals join a crossbench-led climate group.”
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/thebriefing/2019/10/10

    The links –
    Labor’s climate and resources spokesmen at odds over future policy
    https://theconversation.com/labors-climate-and-resources-spokesmen-at-odds-over-future-policy-124991

    Moderate Liberal MPs sign on to crossbench-led climate action group
    Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action aims to serve as a safe place for climate policy, away from ‘partisan politics’
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/moderate-liberal-mps-sign-on-to-crossbench-led-climate-action-group

    • “while some Libs are joining the Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action group.” At the end of the day they will still align themselves with their Party’s policy. Don’t trust the Libs! Did any of them fight for climate action during the election campaign?

  15. Peter Alley is a local councillor and has been the Labor candidate in state and federal elections over the last few years. He is a decent man with a good heart and a lot of business experience who never gets elected because he receives no support at all from Labor HQ who prefer to focus their funding and attention on big city safe seats, and because the local turkeys insist on voting National.

  16. Not just your average nutcase

    WASHINGTON – As Turkey launched punishing airstrikes on Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, President Donald Trump defended his decision to clear the way for the attack and played down the alliance with the Kurds, saying they did not fight alongside the United States in World War II.

    “They didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example,” the president said, responding to questions about a bipartisan backlash over his decision Sunday to withdraw U.S. forces who have fought alongside the Kurds against ISIS. “That’s a different thing.”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/09/donald-trump-turkey-invasion-kurd-held-syria-bad-idea/3920404002/

  17. This Betoota Advocate article would be a lot funnier if it were not so true 😦 When push comes to shove would Labor as it is today even stand up for workers in a fight with ‘business’ ? Perhaps in the fullness of time at an appropriate juncture of events it would be a definite maybe.
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    QLD Labor Pass Laws To Arrest Protestors, Like Sir Joh Did To Them, When They Were Lefties

    The Queensland Labor Party have this week completed the full turn-around from a progressive movement opposed to dystopian lawmakers, to the card-carrying members of the loathed political classes they once protested against.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk held a press conference last night joined by members of the Queensland Police to announce that her Labor government are now fast-tracking laws aimed at incarcerated Extinction Rebellion protestors.

    https://www.betootaadvocate.com/breaking-news/qld-labor-pass-laws-to-arrest-protestors-like-sir-joh-did-to-them-when-they-were-lefties/

    • It’s impossible to tell what is satire and what is real these days, with the feds acting like something from a dystopian movie and Labor acting like the Libs.

      That move by Premier Anastacia is actually happening – well, almost. Not the incarceration part, at least, not yet, but there was a press conference and the premier really is cracking down on anyone who dares demonstrate against her beloved Adani mine and anything else that involves digging up coal and fracking for gas in Queensland, flogging the stuff off dirt cheap to overseas companies, maybe even with subsidies so the poor struggling billionaire owners won’t be out of pocket, and increasing emissions as a result.

      I bet she really did seek the advice of mining companies on her new tough on protests stance.

      Queensland to fast-track laws to crack down on climate protesters
      Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state is seeing ‘major disruption’ amid rolling protests by Extinction Rebellion
      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/09/queensland-to-fast-track-laws-to-crack-down-on-climate-protesters

    • Stunts ‘R Us.

      There won’t be any work for tradies soon,not with the economy on the skids, home building in decline and FauxMo refusing to allow a stimulus because “Budget Surplus”.

      Scott Cam was a nobody going nowhere until he lucked into a TV show. Now he owns a country estate at Mudgee and his own fully restored lobster trawler for family fishing outings. None of that came from a TAFE education, it came from being in the right pub when talent scouts were looking for a yobbo.

  18. Mandy

    The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, knocked back a request for the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, Guy Debelle, to address a meeting of state treasurers on climate change.

    The Queensland treasurer, Jackie Trad, wrote to Frydenberg in June asking for Debelle to talk to treasurers at the October meeting of the council of federal financial relations in Canberra on Friday about how climate change could affect monetary policy, inflation and economic growth.

    Trad’s request was part of a push for a new “clean economy agreement” that would commit Australian governments to act together to meet targets set under the Paris climate agreement.

    “As governments we have a responsibility to provide for the future,” Trad told Guardian Australia ahead of Friday’s meeting.

    “That’s why it was so disappointing that Mr Frydenberg was unwilling to allow deputy RBA governor Guy Debelle to address the [council] on the way in which climate change could impact monetary policy, inflation and economic growth.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/josh-frydenberg-refuses-request-for-rba-deputy-to-speak-on-climate-change

  19. For those of us old enough to remember

    Labor members from inner-Brisbane have unanimously passed a resolution condemning the mass arrests of climate activists and describing the Queensland government’s proposed crackdown as “eerily reminiscent” of the state’s authoritarian Bjelke-Petersen era.

    The Labor premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, this week announced plans to rush consultation on new laws that target climate change protesters, expanding police search powers and banning “locking” devices.

    A parliamentary hearing has been hastily organised and will take place on Friday. Public submissions have not yet been released.

    Guardian Australia understands the government’s proposals – in particular the decision to fast-track them – have created considerable unease within parts of the Labor movement.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/extinction-rebellion-labor-members-say-chilling-mass-arrests-have-echoes-of-bjelke-petersen-era

  20. Wallabies flanker David Pocock, along with Rugby World Cup teammates Bernard Foley and Dane Haylett-Petty, have announced their partnership with a scheme that aims to compensate for the carbon emissions associated with travel.

    Earlier this year, musician Heidi Lenffer, from Australian band Cloud Control, launched FEAT. (Future Energy Artists), an initiative that would allow Australian musicians to invest in a solar farm in south-east Queensland.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/10/david-pocock-and-wallabies-teammates-lead-sporting-charge-on-carbon-emissions

  21. A Wikipedia edit that has sadly been removed.

    Sir Johannes Bjelke-Petersen,[a] KCMG (13 January 1911 – 23 April 2005 & 31 January 2015 – present) is an Australian politician. He was the longest-serving and longest-lived Premier of Queensland,[2] holding office from 1968 to 1987, and from 2015 to 2019, inhabiting the body of Anastasia Palaszczuk as some kind of jackbooted poltergeist

    https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Joh_Bjelke-Petersen&oldid=920370285

    Made yesterday, taken away minutes later, but not soon enough for someone eagle-eyed to spot it and post it on Facebook, and who knows where else.

  22. I’d forgotten what HoJo and the Abbott government did to Dr Karl. Now I remember wondering why he had destroyed his credibility by doing those ads.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-15/dr-karl-backs-away-from-political-intergenerational-report/6393152

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-16/dr-karl-donate-intergenerational-report-money-needy-schools/6396824

    Dr Karl’s excuse was very lame. When you do something at the request of the “Australian government” you are working for the party in government.

  23. FFS!

    There’s that “A” word again.

    Labor must help Coalition pass legislation even if it disappoints ‘purists’
    Deputy leader Richard Marles says ALP must be more pragmatic and become the party of ‘aspiration’

    Labor must be prepared to disappoint its supporters by avoiding “manufactured parliamentary tests” and helping to pass Morrison government legislation, its deputy leader, Richard Marles, suggests.

    In a draft of a speech to be delivered at the John Curtin research centre on Thursday, Marles has argued the opposition’s “clumsy” attempts to “walk the tightrope” on the Adani coalmine left blue-collar workers feeling abandoned at the last election and it must take a more pragmatic approach even if it risks disappointing “purists”.

    Marles is one of a number of right-faction Labor spokesmen and women to argue Labor must position itself as the party of “aspiration”, echoing calls by its communications spokeswoman, Michelle Rowland, on Thursday for Labor to “advance aspiration and better the lives of working people”, and unite in the face of public division over key policies

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/labor-must-help-coalition-pass-legislation-even-if-it-disappoints-purists

    The sooner Marles jumps ship and joins the Liberal Party the better. What idiots made him deputy leader?

    The way I see it – if a government bill does not conform to Labor’s policies then Labor has no alternative but to vote against it. With government numbers the way they are at present Labor has nothing to lose by voting on principle.

    Some of the surviving Labor Old Guard still want to follow Labor policies, but they seem to be a dying breed now.
    Labor MPs resist trade deal ‘explicitly at odds’ with national platform
    Kim Carr says Labor would be defying its ‘supreme governing body’ by supporting Indonesian free-trade deal
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/labor-mps-resist-trade-deal-explicitly-at-odds-with-national-platform

  24. 125 People Were Staffing An Empty Detention Centre. This Is What They All Did.
    Politician: “So they’re guarding an empty facility?” Bureaucrat: “Well, they’re maintaining its operational status.”

    In figures provided to a parliamentary committee considering the “medevac” law, the Department of Home Affairs gave a detailed insight into what its staff are actually doing on Christmas Island. The figures are from August 26, when there were no detainees there at all.

    The 125 staff included 112 provided by detention contractor Serco. Of those, five handle catering: four staff plus a manager. Some handle “programs and activities”. Four look after welfare, 71 are detention service officers, and 10 of those are on the emergency response team. Four are on “compliance/admin”, and another four on “stores”.

    Health contractor International Health and Medical Services supplied nine staff. Only four were directly employed by the Australian government: two Australian Border Force officers, and two Home Affairs officers.

    At a committee hearing in late August, Labor senator Kim Carr asked public servants what the staff were doing on Christmas Island.

    “They’ve established the stand-up of the centre. It was in hot contingency,” replied the home affairs department’s immigration detention group manager Kaylene Zakharoff.

    Carr responded: “Right, but it’s empty?” Zakharoff agreed.

    Carr clarified: “So they’re guarding an empty facility?”

    “Well, they’re maintaining its operational status,” Zakharoff said.

    The staffing number is likely to be higher than 125 now that the centre has four detainees

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahryan/christmas-island-detention-staff-biloela

  25. Ahh, “qualitative research”!

    A provocative claim that Australian businesses struggle to recruit because of a “job snobs” problem that cited a survey of 14,000 employers was based on the views of only 29 companies, documents reveal.

    Reports emerged in August that firms were having trouble hiring staff after the employment minister, Michaelia Cash, released the employment department’s annual employers’ recruitment insights paper.

    The 2018 survey asked 14,000 companies across Australia about their recruitment process. A question asking whether employers had found their last recruitment round difficult had a sample size of 10,220; 45% said they had experienced difficulty, an increase from 2017.

    First reported in the Australian newspaper, which said in a front page headline that “job snobs ‘are leaving bosses in the lurch’ ”, the annual report prompted further news coverage and debate about whether Australia has a “job snobs” problem.

    The newspaper reported: “Employment minister Michaelia Cash said the research, which involved interviews with almost 14,000 employers across the nat­ion, showed ‘there are jobs out there for those who want them’ and her aim was to get ‘every Australian who is willing and able into a job.’ ”

    But documents released to Labor under freedom of information show that although the overall survey quizzed 14,000 businesses, questions about a “lack of interest” from jobseekers were derived from qualitative research.

    The documents reveal there was a sample size of 29 employers for data showing the proportion of companies who cited applicants “lacking interest or employability skills” as a reason for their difficulty recruiting staff. Those concerns were presented as one item in the data tables.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/10/job-snobs-claim-that-companies-struggle-to-hire-based-on-29-firms-not-14000-as-reported

  26. Aspiration. The chaps he went to school with at $39,000 pa Geelong Grammar will be chuffed to hear the code words for ‘greed’ and ‘selfishness” used .

  27. Dutton is at it again – lying for all he’s worth, spreading hate, making threats.

    Islamic State brides in Syria could cause ‘mass casualty’ attack in Australia if rescued, Peter Dutton says
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/peter-dutton-al-hawl-women-would-pose-terror-threat-australia/11589326

    The real terror threat in Australia is Dutton. He is more powerful than the PM, has his own para-military force of armed goons and has ambitions to be PM.

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