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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe says that Labor is feeling the heat in the climate change grudge match that is breaking out.
    Michelle Grattan on the same subject.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that Facebook and Google have backed a multilateral solution to digital taxes proposed by 134 nations in a policy move labelled the “most dramatic change” to international taxation in decades.
    By giving Turkey the green light to attack Syrian Kurds, the US President has once again demonstrated his unreliability as an ally. Scott Morrison should pay heed says Phil Coorey.
    The Turkish president has threatened to “open the gates” for 3.6 million Syrian refugees in his country to migrate to Europe if the continent’s leaders label Turkey’s military campaign in north-eastern Syria an “occupation”.
    Michael Pascoe wonders if our PM Scott Morrison is Trump-lite or a Trump true believer. This is quite a spit!
    Shane wright tells us that IMF research is showing that even direct intervention to address climate change won’t be enough for Australia to reach its international commitments. Even a $75/tome carbon tax won’t be enough to meet our Paris commitments.
    Suggestions from Rod Sims that electricity suppliers are delaying investments to keep power prices high have been rejected by companies and investors.
    The AFR tells us that leading energy analysts have warned lobbying by ‘rent-seeking’ gas buyers raised the risk of government intervention which would threaten investment in new supply.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports on the tough day former NSW Labor boss Jamie Clements had at ICAC yesterday.
    Shane Wright previews today’s meeting between states’ treasurers and the federal government.
    The tendrils of corruption now extend to two business associates of Rudy Giuliani being arrested on campaign-finance charges. Apparently they schemed to funnel foreign money to US politicians in a bid to affect US-Ukraine relations and launch a marijuana business.
    Environmental and social concerns are core issues for business, the International Monetary Fund has declared, saying firms that ignore them will face growing financial pressures that could sweep them away. Not quite the position Morrison has taken with big business recently.
    The Guardian reveals how a top UK thinktank spent decades undermining climate science.
    And here in Australia Kevin Rudd tells us how the mining firms worked to kill off climate action.
    Paul Karp reports that Labor has blasted Michaelia Cash for refusing to say how much taxpayers are paying The Block star Scott Cam to promote vocational education in his new role as “national careers ambassador”.
    Unions and the opposition have poured scorn on the Prime Minister’s plan to enlist TV host Scott Cam to encourage more people to take up trades, labelling it a stunt and an insult to young people.
    In this essay Jenna Price explains how hiring nonconformists can save lives.
    Economics professor Robert Slonim puts the case for paying blood donors for their volunteered efforts. He says it is time to stop discriminating against our life-saving Australians and treat them the same way we treat overseas donors.
    Michaelia Cash is in a class of her own!
    Domino’s Australia has defended its strategy of opening new stores in already successful high-sales areas despite concerns it could cannibalise the sales of existing franchises. What a cutthroat arena is franchising!
    The Morrison Government, for all its pretensions and rhetoric, has shown that its commitment to basic human rights – such as of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association – is paper-thin at best writes Michelle Pini.
    Greg Hunt says he respects the right of states to make their own laws on voluntary euthanasia. But territories will not be able to follow suit, even if more states push ahead with assisted dying schemes, his office has confirmed. Kevin Andrews WILL be pleased!
    Too many Australian secondary mathematics teachers are unqualified to teach those subjects, a leading technology think tank has warned.
    Right-wing extremism a growing threat to Australia’s national security says Samantha Dick in The New Daily.
    War has broken out within Fox News over the impeachment.
    The first witness in the Congressional inquiry into President Trump’s links with Ukraine, Kurt Volker, has delivered many official emails described in the New York Times as incriminating. Lee Duffield sees a dangerous stand-off between implacable law and rough politics.
    60000 civilians are on the move as the Turkish actions in Syria get under way.
    According to The New Daily Kerri-Anne Kennerley needs to bow out stage left while we still remember the good times.
    Scott Ludlam and another Extinction Rebellion activist have had bail conditions banning them from participating in more climate protests promptly thrown out by a magistrate. Greg James said during a short application at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday that the conditions were designed to lock-down political expression of those in the movement.
    According to David Crowe the Morrison government has dispatched the Australian ambassador in Turkey to urge a halt to the Turkish invasion of northern Syria amid growing fears of a humanitarian catastrophe after the withdrawal of US forces.
    The SMH editorial joins the growing push for tougher laws on quad bike safety.
    Johnson’s desperate for a general election, but he faces an unpleasant surprise writes Polly Toynbee.
    Darren Weir is angling for an “Arsehole of the Week” nomination.

    Cartoon Corner

    Two beauties from David Rowe.

    From Matt Golding.

    Andrew Dyson with what’s ahead for our kids.

    A couple from Mark David.

    What a beauty from Alan Moir!

    I think Simon Letch gets the point.

    From an unhappy Jim Pavlidis.

    Zanetti gets back to his core values here.

    Jon Kudelka on Trump’s Turkey withdrawal.

    From the US

  2. The Federal Court has ruled the union watchdog did not have reasonable grounds to launch an investigation into the Australian Workers’ Union over donations made to Labor and GetUp for the 2007 election campaign of Bill Shorten.

    However Justice Bromberg has rejected the rest of the AWU’s case on Friday, finding there was insufficient evidence to establish the investigation was established for a political purpose driven by Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.

    “I have concluded that the evidence before the court does not establish that the decision made to conduct the investigation was made for the improper purpose contended by the AWU,” the judge ruled.

    “I have held that the AWU has not demonstrated that the Minister’s communications to the commissioner were a material and operative reason for the commissioner’s decision to investigate,” he said.

    The investigation by the Registered Organisations Commissioner led to police raids on October 24, 2017 on the Melbourne and Sydney offices of the AWU.

    The judge said that having concluded the investigation was invalid, he would hear further evidence on November 11 in relation to whether that made the search warrants invalid too.

    More to come.

  3. See this twitter thread

  4. Great article from Michael Pascoe.

    Thank goodness someone is taking FauxMo’s cult beliefs seriously. Those beliefs explain so much of what he does and says. Most journalists still push the “devoted church member/devout Christian” line at us while refusing to call him out on his many, many lies.

    The Pentecostal movement began in the US, Australian Pentecostal churches show a strong US influence, as Pascoe mentions.

    Here’s a bit more to add to that.

    To be Pentecostal, to accept the warped teachings which have nothing to do with Christianity at all, you need to be gullible. FauxMo was lured into the Pentecostal cult by his then girlfriend, now his wife. He had grown up Presbyterian, his parents were devoted church goers. Maybe if he had stayed with that mainstream church (now part of the Uniting Church) we would have had a very different FauxMo as PM. Of all the mainstream churches the Uniting Church is the most tolerant, the most accepting. FauxMo was gullible so he went along, was eventually “saved” and baptised and stayed on, absorbing without question all the teachings of this cult.

    That makes our PM a gullible fool. We saw that with his grovelling to Trump. the only world leader dopey enough to want to be in the same room with the increasingly insane POTUS. FauxMo was dazzled by Trump, by the flattery showered on him and the attention he received in Washington At last he had found a leader who not only took him seriously but seemed to want to be his friend. FauxMo has no friends among the leaders of the world, they see him for what he is, a deluded. lying fool. He was and remains too dazzled, too deluded to see he is being used. He won’t like it when the inevitable happens, when Trump tires of his lapdog devotion and dumps him.

  5. Joel Fitzgibbon’s treacherous attention-seeking is made clear in this interview with Paul Bongiorno.

    About half way through there is a sound clip from Fitzgibbon’s speech to the Sydney Institute in which he repeats the daft claim that nothing Australia does to reduce emissions will have any effect on the world’s overall climate. That nonsense has been discredited time and time again, so to hear the Labor Shadow Minister for Resources and Agriculture parroting it is disgraceful. He then goes on with a daft recommendation for Labor to adopt a “sensible settlement” that seems very like the government’s policy.

    Bongiorno says this speech has set up “an almighty brawl” for next year’s Labor Party national conference. He’s absolutely right.

    I would have liked Bongiorno to question why a Labor shadow minister was speaking at Gerard Henderson’s ultra-conservative Sydney Institute, but that did not happen.


    Fitzgibbon showed no concern for blue collar workers when the ATM government shut down the Australian car industry. He has shown no concern for workers facing unemployment due to the fall in building construction and the government’s refusal to spend on new infrastructure. He has shown no concern for mining workers displaced by increasing automation of existing mines. But suddenly, after losing thousands of votes which he believes were those of mine workers he suddenly starts talking about his deep concern. He’s a fraud.

    The interview ends with comment on Bill Shorten’s interview where he said he intends to stay in politics for another 20 years.

    Here’s hoping Bill Shorten does get to be PM, sooner rather than later.

  6. Some sad but true observations of the cancer in the Anglosphere’s democracy.

    Fair and unbiased reporting is disappearing in Australia as the Coalition Government and Murdoch Mafia gain control of our news, writes Ranald MacDonald.

    …………………………….It has and let us be blunt about it.

    The Australian Coalition Government and the Rupert Murdoch empire, the “shocking” jocks and the Right-wing ideologists are limiting any chance of informed public debate in this country.

    We in Australia, sadly, are moving towards the news access of those who live in the “democratic republics” of Korea and of the Congo.

    …………………………………………A 6-month investigation by @nytimes covering 3 continents & including more than 150 interviews described how Murdoch turned his media outlets into right-wing political influence machines that have destabilized democracy in North America, Europe & Australia https://t.co/nx7SKE3qNx

    — Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) April 3, 2019


  7. A Newstart recipient in her 50s had her payments suspended by her employment services provider after she appeared at a Senate inquiry to argue for an increase to the payment.

    At a hearing in Sydney on Friday, life on Australia’s unemployment benefit was described as “a state of fear”, “constant worry” and “stress and despair” by recipients.

    Government senators were forced to confront the experiences of Newstart recipients, who told how they skipped meals, experienced homelessness and were unable to afford clothes and Christmas presents for their children due to the low rate of the payment.

    “We do not want your pity but we do need your empathy,” said Nigel, who felt he was being punished for not having a job.

    Leslie, who is in her 50s and has been on Newstart for 10 years, said she was breaching her mutual obligations by appearing before the inquiry. Leslie told her employment consultant about the hearing; she said they scheduled an appointment anyway, saying it was a requirement of her jobs plan.

    About an hour after she finished giving evidence, Leslie told Guardian Australia she got a text. “Your payment has been suspended for not attending your provider appointment,” it read.


  8. Coalition MPs on the Community Affairs Committee after hearing about people’s horrible experiences with Newstart and robodebt.

    • Labor is just as bad. Don’t forget it was the Gillard government that really got stuck into the crackdowns, pushed single mums onto Newstart when their youngest child turned 6 (some deserved that, others did not) and and tightened eligibility for DSP.

      The Gillard and Rudd governments had the opportunity to increase Newstart and get rid of Howard’s evil job search system but they did not, they just made things tougher for those needing help.

  9. Gone back to editing Wikipedia articles to pass the time lately.

    Things I’ve been doing lately:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidates_of_the_1980_Western_Australian_state_election <– This article from scratch.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_1920_Victorian_state_election_(Legislative_Assembly) <– This article from scratch.

    Also: For NSW elections from 1971-1988, added "Seats changing hands" sections. This is by far the most satisfying. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_New_South_Wales_state_election#Seats_changing_hands

    • Good work, I’m a fan of the people who put in the effeort to help inform the general public. Its amazing how important Wikipedia is now as a non paywalled, non billionaire owned, general information source.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. There’s a lot to wade through today!

    Frydenberg has urged his counterparts to nominate infrastructure projects that could be fast-tracked with federal assistance to deliver a much-needed boost to the economy.
    Shane Wright tells us that the federal budget has had a $2.3 billion hole punched in it by lower-than-expected company tax collections and Australians eager to get their hands on the first stage of the Morrison government’s personal income tax package.
    Ross Gittins sends a message to Morrison and Frydenberg over their obsession with a surplus.
    Paula Matthewson reckons that in a monumental shift Morrison may be about to abandon the budget surplus.
    Phil Coorey says that for a currently directionless Labor the Weatherill/Emerson review can’t come soon enough.
    And, more bluntly, Katharine Murphy writes that Labor is stuck between arse-covering and blame-shifting as it tries to grasp why it lost.
    A rather pissed-off Peter Hartcher laments that Australian politics provides a leading example of being so deluded as to think that they can refuse to engage with reality of climate change and yet, somehow, improve their odds of survival.
    And Paul Bongiorno explores the hot topic of climate change.
    Fair and unbiased reporting is disappearing in Australia as the Coalition Government and Murdoch Mafia gain control of our news, writes Ranald Macdonald.
    While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy says Mike Seccombe.
    Dana McCauley reports that the alcohol industry is pushing for new Australian guidelines for alcohol consumption to take into account the “positive health benefits” of drinking, and consider raising the consumption level officially considered low-risk.
    In hardly unsurprising news David Crowe writes that the Morrison government has dismissed international calls for a dramatic policy shift on climate change despite new warnings its policies will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet its promises.
    Waleed Aly looks at the issue of “plane people”.
    Rob Harris writes that Kevin Rudd has joined other former world leaders to urge Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to reach a trade agreement by the end of the year.
    “Could 2019 be remembered as the year that shame finally died?”, asks Bridgid Delaney.
    Adele Ferguson explains how Retail Food Group (RFG) is embarking on a o-or-die rescue package at a whopping five times its market value. The company is also being investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which could result in a hefty fine.
    Katharine Murphy writes about the Greens intensifying their efforts ahead of the return of federal parliament next week to lobby moderate Liberals to break ranks and vote for a motion declaring a climate emergency.
    Amy Remeikis tells us how Frydenberg has been studiously avoiding the use of the word “stimulus” in his talks with the states.
    This could have more than a few property owners cause for concern. The Global accommodation giant Airbnb has handed over the data of 190,000 property owners and hosts to the Australian Tax Office about the income they have received from the platform.
    Karen Middleton writes that while the government’s proposal to restrict large cash payments is intended to limit criminal activity, opponents of the bill – including some of the Coalition’s own MPs – warn the legislation could ensnare ordinary citizens.
    The AFR explains why it thinks all is not well within the Defence Department.
    In a Saturday Paper exclusive Rick Morton writes that new figures reveal the human toll of a five-year NDIS funding fight, with hundreds of families pushed to relinquish their children into state care. It does not make for happy reading.
    Peter Dutton has launched a swingeing attack on the Chinese Communist party, accusing it of engineering a series of cyber-attacks on Australian targets, stealing intellectual property and muzzling free speech.
    Crispin Hull examines Morrison’s subtle use of language on the subject of globalisation.
    Laziness, inertia and lack of engagement in financial matters are not exclusive to the banking sector. Customers of insurance companies, telecommunications providers and energy retailers have been equally complacent says the AFR.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports that a Newstart recipient in her 50s had her payments suspended by her employment services provider after she appeared at a Senate inquiry to argue for an increase to the payment.
    While progress has been made towards empowering women in Queensland politics, there is still much work to be done, writes Noely Neate.
    Lurking beneath the headlines of trade wars and intellectual property protection is an existential trade-related challenge: biosecurity says AFR contributor Adrian Turner.
    Following on from yesterday’s article urging for Australian blood donations to be paid for Patrick Hatch looks at the quirks of the world’s $US30 billion a year plasma industry, which is scrambling to find enough of the precious raw material that is the lifeblood of their business.
    A prominent men’s rights group backed by One Nation claims 21 men commit suicide each week because of child support and custody disputes, but official data suggests the reasons are far more complicated.
    Oh no! Rod Meyer says that James Warburton could be prettying up Seven for a sale to News Corp.
    A climate of fear is playing havoc with the ability of teachers to prepare students for one of the most primal aspects of adulthood: a happy, healthy sex life writes Melissa Fyfe.
    Things have come to a head in Canberra as its hospital has been forced to use empty beds in general wards to place mental health patients, with the overflowing adult mental health unit meaning the number of patients left languishing in the emergency department has exploded.
    A Federal Court judge has ruled an investigation by the union regulator into donations made by the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) to the activist group GetUp! in 2006 was invalid.
    The latest figures on new homes reinforce other data showing Australia currently making close to the worst economic progress in the Western world. It doesn’t help that the Coalition has virtually abandoned public housing, reports Alan Austin.
    A top UK government climate adviser says carbon capture storage must play a role in fighting global warming, but raised doubts about using it for oil recovery
    Digital video streaming is on the rise in Australia and changing the way we consume our entertainment, writes Paul Budde.
    It is possible that the super-typhoon heading for Japan could rival the power of the one that hit in 1958.
    The criminal charges laid against horse trainer Darren Weir shine an uncomfortable light on the industry and cast a pall over the spring carnival says sports writer Greg Baum.
    The SMH editorial explains how Trump provides a case study in how not to end a war.
    The Washington Post reports on Trump’s latest unhinged rally.
    The US has threatened to “shut down” Turkey’s economy as the Middle Eastern country ramped up airstrikes and pushed troops deeper into Syria. Trump has authorised “very significant” new sanctions targeting Turkey after it launched an offensive in northeast Syria to flush out Kurdish “terrorists”.
    A former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told lawmakers on Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her position.
    Trump’s Ukraine call could get him impeached – but his Syria betrayal is worse writes Jonathan Freedland.
    And in another setback an appeals court has told Trump’s accountant it must surrender his tax records. Tellingly it was a 2-1 split decision with the dissenting judge being a Trump appointee.
    Matthew Knott tells us why Republicans can’t quit Trump – no matter how angry he makes them.

    Cartoon Corner

    We have three weekend contributions from David Rowe this morning!

    From Matt Golding.

    Mark David and the trajectory of climate change politics.

    Andrew Dyson on the new plight of the Kurds.

    Jim Pavlidis on the current state of climate politics in Australia.

    Matt Davidson and the government’s efforts to establish a surplus.

    Alan Moir puts the boot into the NSW ALP.

    Another cracker from Moir!

    More of the same from Zanetti.

    Jon Kudelka and Dutton’s comments on China.

    From the US

  11. Australia, this is your Prime Minister.

    Last night FauxMo acted as waterboy for the Prime Minister’s XIII vs Fiji rugby league match. The PM’s team won. Just as well, because FauxMo is still sulking about his beloved Sharks being eliminated from the NRL finals. He missed the chance to hog the limelight at the Grand Final and seemed determined to make up for that loss last night.

    Here’s an embarrassing video of FauxMo failing to carry out his duty on the field. It certainly looks like he had already had far too much alcohol. He had no idea what he was supposed to be doing.

    The comments in this thread are not flattering.

    We paid to fly FauxMo to Suva for this stunt.

  12. Kirsdarke,

    I agree with Leroy.

    Thank you for your latest contribution to Wikipedia. I wasn’t surprised to see that the town I grew up in, Swan Hill, didn’t show any hint of red.

    I hope good things start happening for you very soon.


  13. Not the first time this has happened. Remember this, two months ago?

    Australian mines turn to rail to top up drought-ridden dams
    AUSTRALIAN mine owner Centennial Coal is using a daily rail service to move water between two of its mines in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales (NSW), in order to ensure production continues at its Airly coal mine.

  14. The Saudis paying is a vote winner for Trump. The cost of endless wars and his promise to get out of it was a YUGE vote winner for him. His ‘base’ will love it’.

  15. Scott Ritter with his take of the goings on in N Syria. A worthwhile read from the former UN Weapons Inspector.A lot of background history.

    Why the Syrian Kurds Aren’t Necessarily Our Friends

    As usual, Beltway hawks and the media hive have oversimplified reality to advance their agendas.
    By SCOTT RITTER • October 11, 2019

    Trump’s actions have been widely condemned as a betrayal of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, an American-trained and -equipped force of Syrian Kurds who played a lead role in the fight against ISIS in Syria, suffering thousands of casualties in the process. That Turkey, an American NATO ally, is waging war against the SDF (which the Turks label as YPG/PKK—more on that later), while at the same time targeting ISIS, the archenemy of the all these Kurdish groups, underscores the complexity of the regional politics at play in northern Syria today. Deciphering this alphabet soup goes a long way towards explaining why the Turkish actions are justified and why President Trump will ultimately be vindicated for pulling the troops out.

    Truly understanding the complex history of the Kurds in the Middle East would require several Ph.D.’s worth of research, and even then questions would remain. My own opinions are, in large part, shaped by personal experience.


  16. Young people must be prepared to strike for a long time for action on climate change and not back down, the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally in Denver.

    Thunberg said she and fellow youth activists would not beg those in power to act because she expected leaders to keep ignoring them.

    “We will instead tell them, if they won’t do it, we will,” the 16-year-old said to loud cheers on Friday. “The world is waking up and we are the change. The change is coming whether you like it or not.”

    Thunberg spoke for several minutes to a crowd of several thousand at Civic Center Park near the state capitol building. The rally highlighted Colorado activists, like Madhvi Chittoor, 8, who has campaigned in the state against plastics.


  17. The US has a total boob as president, Australia has a total boob as PM, one with an added extra – man boobs.

    The US boob spouts some more nonsense –

    Meanwhile our boob of a PM leader seems in serious need of a good, supportive bra.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Virginia Trioli says, “Politicians will say the same bullshit over and over while the viewers are at home screaming, ‘It’s not true!’ And there’s no value in that. It’s just a waste of six minutes” and she vows to take then on with a new approach in her new radio slot. I wish her luck!
    Katharine Murphy tells us how we got from the national energy guarantee to the “big stick”.
    Trump has defended his lawyer Rudy Giuliani as a “legendary crime buster” and “wonderful lawyer” after a media report that prosecutors are investigating whether the former New York mayor broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.
    Parliamentarians deserve our wrath for 30 years of inaction, not climate protesters says Greg Jericho.
    While the Australian Government panders to America’s every whim, China continues to be a progressively dominant power in the Pacific, writes Bruce Haigh.
    Claire Kimball explores the reasons why we’ve stopped listening to politicians, business leaders and other traditional figures of authority and concludes that it is our abhorrence of a vacuum.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes writes on the robodebt inquiry and how the Coalition tried to defend the indefensible and attack those who want to see it dismantled.
    Judith Ireland looks at how Morrison is handling Dutton’s attack on China.
    The public is continuing to make the Coalition wake up to climate change, while The Block’s Scott Cam is the latest LNP puppet, writes John Wren in his weekly political roundup.
    Micheala Whitbourne and a couple of her colleagues say that there are still some pieces missing after seven weeks of the current ICAC inquiry.
    Darren Gray reports that European car makers have called for Australia’s luxury car tax and 5 per cent duty on imported cars to be scrapped, saying the argument for these measures disappeared with the closure of local auto manufacturing.
    A good weekend column from Pater Fitzsimons.
    And here is his weekender on more general subjects.
    The SMH urges for the retention of maps in their physical form.
    Trump and China may have a deal but the world economy is still at risk says the New York Times. It’s not a pretty picture it paints.
    The Boeing 737MAX has claimed another victim. This time it is the company’s CEO.
    Turkey is finding its invasion of Syria’s Kurd-held enclave harder going than it and military analysts anticipated, with besieged towns and villages offering stiff resistance.
    Turkey is finding its invasion of Syria’s Kurd-held enclave harder going than it and military analysts anticipated, with besieged towns and villages offering stiff resistance. And ISIS is stirring.
    An unrepentant Shep Smith unloads on air and resigns from Fox News.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir on Morrison’s surplus obsession.

    Matt Golding and the XR protests.

    Also from Peter Broelman.

    A more direct contribution on the matter from Sean Leahy.

    Zanetti of course looks at is in his own way.

    More from Golding.

    From the US

  19. Jericho’s article highlights one cause of problems in Labor, ‘Hereditary Entitlement Syndrome’.

    Palaszczuk…….It is rather disappointing that she is so eager to embrace laws that Joh Bjelke-Petersen and any number of conservative autocrats would embrace. After all she had to battle oppression and malevolent forces all through her youth to get to the point of *checks notes* taking over the safe parliamentary seat her father held for over a decade.

    Fitzgibbon is so eager to capitulate to the government. After all he had to had to battle oppression and malevolent forces all through his youth to get to the point of *checks notes* taking over the safe parliamentary seat his father held for over a decade.

    • Not that ‘HES’ is new or unique to Labor. Waay back when I came to Australia one of the ‘culture shocks’ which stood out was how many of ‘your politicians’ had mothers/fathers/grandfathers/uncles etc etc who had been MPs, some had so many it made being an MP seem like it is almost a ‘family business’

      In NZ after Norm Kirk, the hugely popular and truly working class* Labour PM’s untimely death his son stood for election in his old seat. Much hurrumphing about ‘nepotism’ in the papers and he failed to be elected. A wee bit different to here.

      *Family could not afford newspapers or a radio, he left school at 13, blue collar jobs all the way.A bit different to the background of so many current Labor princes and princesses eh Dicky Marles ?

    • “The Family Business” indeed and there are many examples.

      One is the Beazley family, with Kim following his father into federal parliament.

      Last election there was a failed attempt to get Hannah Beazley into the Family Business by running for her father’s initial seat of Swan. She would have been the third generation of Beazleys to get into federal parliament if she had succeeded. Maybe she will succeed eventually.

  20. Virginia Trioli says “politicians” lie and she is going to tackle them on that.

    Yeah, sure she is.

    By “politicians” does she mean the government’s congenital liars or Labor politicians? I’m sick of journalists and commentators using the word “politicians” when they really mean “members of the government”. I know who the liars are, I’ve been guilty of screaming “Liar!” at the TV screen many times, always at members of the Coalition.

    There was one thing in that article that grabbed my attention –

    On the coffee table is a plate of warm Anzac biscuits she made from a recipe sent by News Breakfast viewer Betty Firth. “This is why I’m excited about going back to radio,” Trioli says. “There is no closer community [in media] than a radio community.”

    She praises radio listeners for their sense of community while serving biscuits made to a recipe sent by a member of her now abandoned TV viewing community. An unintended revelation from a journalist trying to present the human side of Trioli while actually making her look totally fake as well as an absolute dill.

    I’m not a regular listener. I won’t be tuning in to see how Trioli goes.

    • I dislike everything about Trioli: her love for the gov, her overall style, her voice, and back then her treatment of Julia G. A nasty woman. Let her eat bikkies.

    • Because I don’t watch TV, I haven’t followed Trioli’s career in her previous incarnation.

      However, I do remember this (from radio, I think): when she challenged Reith over the so-called ‘children overboard’ pics. She was passionate, incisive, and correct.

      Whether I will bother to listen to her latest incarnation is moot. Probably not.

      A win for ABC Classic.

  21. Good article on FauxMo’s trip to Washington here, telling it as it really was, not as our adoring, biased media told it. –

  22. Ingrid M (@iMusing) gives us her weekly commentary on Insiders, this time sparing us the pain of enduring Fran, Gerard and Stutch.

    Thank heavens for Lenore Taylor, bravely battling on in the face of three pro-government stooges all determined to shut her up.

  23. Saw an interview with the MI6 guy who was on the inside of Al Qaeda. He gave an interesting and I think enlightening opinion on the not so ‘madness’ of Trump’s behavior in NE Syria and the Kurds. His main contention is that the withdrawal was about saving NATO from s lot of shit.Some points he highlighted
    1) Trump and the Americans knew Erdogan was going ahead come hell or high water. Their experience in trying to stop the purchase of S400s from Russia taught them how stubborn in the face of threats he can be.

    2) What then happens if one NATO country kills soldiers of another NATO country ? The US locations of its largely special forces would not be known, or given by the yanks, they would be on the move. Even if locations were known reality is shit does happen in the battlefield, fuck ups are made.

    3) Getting involved in another shit fight and US casualties would not play into his election campaign well.

    4) Getting out of the way of Turk forces then immediately threatening heavy punishment of a fragile Turkish economy if they over step their stated plans is a way to walk both sides of a dangerous street.

  24. I have a better and cheaper idea. Close it all down sack everyone and start from scratch . Rebuilding to be overseen by a committee of non NSW people selected by party members outside of NSW. Then put the rebuilt NSW Labor on P plates……………………. Say for oh about 20 years ? 🙂
    ‘Frank and fearless’ review ordered into Labor head office

    The NSW ALP head office will be reviewed by former federal

    • Good idea – shut it down, sack everyone, close up Sussex Street, maybe burn it to the ground because no-one will ever get the stench of corruption out of that place and start again, exactly as you suggest.

      Good on Jodie McKay and Albo for seeing the light and ordering a review, but that alone will not go far enough.

      In August Kristina Keneally said NSW Labor to move out of Sussex Street, allegedly partly to get away from the union connection, which was just spin from right-wing media, but mainly on the grounds that a change of culture would only come with a change of environment. She is spot on.

  25. Oh and EVERY NSW Labor candidate/MP will need to get a thumbs up from and independent ‘inquisition’ for before standing in the next election.

  26. Fake news!

    NSW to get new dam as part of $1bn drought emergency boost
    Conservation groups denounce plan, saying dams don’t provide water security and slashing water allocated to big irrigators is the best way to tackle shortages

    These dams are not “new”, they are upgrades of existing dams, both in National Party electorates, and will not make any difference to communities currently running out of water. It has to rain before there will be any relief from drought.

    Barnaby gets a rebuilt Dungowan Dam, McCormack gets an upgrade to Wyangla Dam. Talk about extreme pork barrelling.

    • A follow-on on the ongoing abuse of water resources by big agribusinesses.

      In NSW and Queensland water continues to be wasted on propping up huge agricultural companies at the expense of rural communities.

      The latest scandal centres on Hay, in the NSW south-west. The Hay Plain is said to be the flattest land in the southern hemishpere, it’s also mostly devoid of trees. The dominant plant is saltbush. Until recently this land was given over to sheep and wool, the extreme lack of water made it unsuitable for any other use, despite the very fertile soil of the plains. There have always been crops grown close to the river at Hay, but in recent years this has expanded drastically with the introduction of cotton and rice growing on a huge scale.

      For some years now greedy agriculture companies have been growing rice and cotton around Hay, with farming spreading further and further onto the plains. This requires massive irrigation and there’s the problem. The only source of water is the Murrumbidgee River, already depleted by the demands of irrigators in the MIA.

      Now we learn many huge dams are being built on private property to provide irrigation water for these ever-expanding farming empires. Building these dams attracts huge federal government subsidies. The dams collect run-off that should flow into the Murrumbidgee. We have seen this before in Queensland and Northern NSW, with the depletion of the Murray/Darling system the result.

      When are our governments going to realise that we cannot keep expanding farming in this way? Australia simply does not have the water to allow this.

      Here is The Australia Institute’s research on these “hidden dams”.

      Click to access P796%20Dam%20shame%20%5BWeb%5D.pdf

      Here’s a teaser video –

  27. I think it would be wonderful to end the political dynasties that both parties are guilty of.

    Not expecting much change from the Coalition since they’re the party of the bunyip aristocrats, but it would be nice if Labor did what made Kim Beazley Sr. proud of joining in the first place and preselected “the cream of the working class” rather than the “dregs of the middle class” (While I’m sure it’s ironic considering his son entered politics, Kim Jr. was not very electorally successful. And Hannah hasn’t even made it into politics yet).

    I sigh every time I read preselection news in one safe seat or another about it being a factional battle between [some center-right apparatchik] and [some left faction leader’s chief of staff] and [some son/daughter of a former Senator] and [someone who went from school to student politics to an MP’s office].

    Start offering preselections to people who have dedicated their lives to the light on the hill. Get some OA’s, working class people and good community leaders and stop buggering around with this Hollow Men garbage.

    I’m proud of my local MP’s. Catherine King (Federal) was a Social Worker and Public Servant before entering politics in 2001 and is one of Labor’s best shadow ministers. Juliana Addison (State) was a History Teacher for 12 years and has been a wonderful successor to Sharon Knight, also a Social Worker for 12 years. Would be nice if this pattern played out in the capital cities too.

  28. Just going back to the article about Virginia Trioli linked by BK this morning –

    So there I was, a little while ago, watching the last season of “Orange is the New Black” episode seven. About fifteen minutes in newbie warden Tamika is being coached in interview technique by former warden Natalie. Natalie uses the pivot and deflect approach mentioned by Trioli in today’s article, a discredited method that everyone is now wise to, it seems. Then blow me down if the scene of Tamika’s actual interview shows her using the very same “it’s all about the new jobs we will be creating” line Ms Trioli used.

    Guess where Trioli got the material for her lines? Watching Netflix!

    What an absolute fake! She tries to sound like a serious interviewer making a point about the way “politicians” avoid proper answers but falls flat on her face by actually quoting lines from a very popular TV show. I wonder show what she will be quoting next?

  29. Problem solved for all you good people. Let’s just get rid of Labor altogether. We have plenty of other parties to vote for. The Greens, One Nation, Liberal, National party, and plenty of Independents. None of them have ever done anything wrong, ever.

    We will all live in Nirvana and live happily ever after.

    See, it is only Labor that does everything wrong. They’ve never done anything for anyone. Fancy a political party that actually helped prevent Australia going into recession, like the rest of the world, during the GFC. How dare Labor doing something so horrible. We should all be starving and living under a bridge.

    I know, why don’t we set up a petition and demand Labor disband. Let every other pristine politician in Australia take their place.

    Ah, I look forward to the happy, happy, future.

    • That was quite a spray.

      Gravel, you do not live in NSW, you have a decent state Labor party. I envy you Victorians, because in NSW we don’t have such a thing. NSW Labor voters have lived with the corruption in the state branch for as long as I can remember. For years we have had to hold our noses to vote Labor. I know I did in this year’s election. The local candidate was a good man, but the party organisation is rotten.

      I voted indie for a time in state elections. Having an independent representative in Macquarie Street was amazing, things actually happened here. Same for federal parliament. Now there is no indie I’m back to voting Labor, back to being ignored, back to being treated by NSW Labor as not worth their attention. NSW Labor is extremely city-centred, regional voters are ignored. NSW Labor would rather spend money on safe city seats than on trying to win rural seats. The problem is no-one here trusts Labor and I understand why. That attitude flows on to federal elections, it holds NSW back, it kills Labor’s vote election after election. When voters turn to Pauline Hanson instead of Labor you know something is very, very wrong.

      As I said, it’s good to see a review, but it won’t go far enough, it will most likely just paint over the rot that is NSW Labor. I hope I’m wrong.

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