It’s Spring!

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

It’s Swooping Season! Take care, people.

2,016 thoughts on “It’s Spring!

  1. The weather is crazy here today.

    Started off normal for this time of year, warm, sunny, lovely morning.then it went berserk.

    Since about 1 pm we have had a storm with rain, the temperature suddenly leaping from a pleasant 30C (didn’t feel anything like that) to 36C in 30 minutes, the arrival of a strong nor-westerly blowing at 48 k/h with wind gusts up to 72 k/h, the humidity crashing from 69% two hours ago to 14% and now we are back to brilliant sunshine, 35C, strong winds and with the added bonus of the air full of smoke.

    None of those things individually or a couple at once are unusual for this place in October, but to get the lot over a few hours is not usual.

    I would not be at all surprised if it ends with snow this evening.

  2. leonetwo

    Sounds like you copped some of this system heading for Qld.

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    Meteorologist Livio Regano said the storm cells would be “fairly quick” and sweep across the south-east “like a windscreen wiper”.

    “There is a deep inland trough stretching across the western Darling Downs, the winds ahead of it are very warm, and the upper atmosphere is quite unstable,” he said….”These storms will bring more damaging winds and hail, rather than heavy rain.”
    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/severe-storms-to-sweep-across-south-east-like-a-windscreen-wiper-20191017-p531ln.html

  3. Trump has flummoxed a White House translator with a rambling speech, by referring to Italian president Sergio Mattarella as “President Mozzarella” several times and by saying the US and Italy had been allies since Ancient Rome. There was also something about Christopher Columbus.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7581913/Social-media-lights-Italian-translators-reaction-Donald-Trump.html

  4. The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2019 passed the Reps this morning, 70 for, 64 against.

    Labor voted against it, as did Andrew Wilkie, Dr Helen Haines, Rebekha Sharkie and Adam Bandt.

    Among the ayes – Bob Katter (managed to actually turn up for a vote) and the darling of the media Saint Zali Steggall. Looks like Zali is showing her Liberal roots.

    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6395

  5. Randy Rainbow – I may repost this later on down thread as most of you t’other siders are probably abed now.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    A frustrated David Crowe nails it as he writes that Scott Morrison and his ministers are making Parliament meaningless with their vacuous rhetoric while they squander the opportunity before their eyes and the platform beneath their feet. And Albo’s indecision and lack of a Labor platform isn’t helping.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-happened-this-week-was-simple-the-government-wasted-parliament-20191017-p531re.html
    And tempers have frayed this week in parliament.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6444072/tempers-fray-amid-pressure-of-parliament/?cs=14350
    Shane Write explains how the Reserve Bank has delivered the Morrison government almost $1.7 billion in dividends to help the budget bottom line on the back of its fourth largest ever trading profit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-hands-government-1-7b-dividend-as-new-notes-hits-counterfeiters-20191017-p531pn.html
    Mike Bruce tells us about the one million Australians forgotten in the unemployment statistics. These are the ones who would like to work, and are available to work, but aren’t looking, mainly because they think there are no jobs for them.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/work/2019/10/17/unemployment-figures-marginally-attached-australia/
    Anne Davies reveals that a former minister in the Berejiklian government is alleged to have told farmers in his north-west rural New South Wales seat that they could clear native vegetation with impunity because the government was planning to change the law and they would not be prosecuted.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/18/farmers-prosecuted-for-land-clearing-alleg-former-nsw-minister-gave-them-green-light
    Judith Ireland says that a Labor-aligned women’s group has slammed the “lack of diversity” among leadership positions in the party’s head office, saying “homogenous groupthink” from “Anglo men” meant Labor failed to sell its female-friendly policies to voters at the May federal election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/homogenous-groupthink-labor-women-slam-election-strategy-set-by-anglo-men-20191017-p531ht.html
    David Crowe examines the exploitation going on in this country against migrant workers who arrive with dreams and end up in chains.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/migrant-underclass-arriving-with-dreams-ending-up-in-chains-20191017-p531o4.html
    Politicians on all sides aren’t prioritising environmental issues, while the media is failing in its role in bringing the world together, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/politicians-are-still-blind-to-critical-environment-issues,13210
    The SMH editorial looks at where Labor might head with respect to climate change,
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/reality-bites-labor-s-chance-to-move-beyond-climate-politics-20191017-p531nk.html
    According to Rob Harris up to six new energy projects to be supported by taxpayers could be approved before Christmas as the Morrison government strongly defends its intervention in the market to address an “investment drought” in new generation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-energy-projects-on-track-for-end-of-year-approval-as-angus-taylor-defends-underwriting-scheme-20191017-p531nj.html
    Josh Taylor writes that Anglican churches around Australia have pushed back against Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies’ suggestion to same-sex marriage supporters that they “please leave” the church.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/17/anglican-churches-reject-sydney-archbishops-stance-on-same-sex-marriage
    Michelle Grattan thinks, on the face of it, that Morrison’s a bit rattled by the drought.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-storm-clouds-avoid-the-bush-darken-over-the-economy-125433
    A fragile consensus is growing across industry, governments and the environment movement that carbon capture and storage is essential for meeting climate goals.
    https://outline.com/anMBd4
    Samantha Dick reports that as a highly contagious pig-killing disease threatens Australia, quarantine measures are going into overdrive to stop African swine fever from decimating our pig population.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/10/17/african-swine-fever-security/
    Communications Minister Paul Fletcher propagated a number of misconceptions in a recent speech on the NBN, writes Laurie Patton.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/nbn-myths-how-the-government-has-let-us-down,13208
    Nick Miller reports that a Brexit deal has been done in Brussels but he wonders it if can get through the House of Commons.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brexit-deal-done-in-brussels-but-will-it-survive-the-uk-parliament-20191017-p531sr.html
    FFS! Trump has scheduled the next G7 to take place at one of his golf resorts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-awards-next-g-7-summit-to-his-own-miami-area-resort-20191018-p531to.html
    It looks like Mark Latham has had to dip into his pocket after a defamation suit has been settled.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/mark-latham-settles-defamation-dispute-over-terror-tweets-20191016-p531e8.html
    Donald Trump instructed US diplomats to go through his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to make the Ukrainian president’s access to the White House dependent on launching investigations into Trump’s political opponents, the US ambassador to the EU has testified.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/17/gordon-sondland-testimony-trump-giuliani-ukraine
    We have a jailed rich narcissist as today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brexit-deal-done-in-brussels-but-will-it-survive-the-uk-parliament-20191017-p531sr.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Nicholson on Trump’s feelings about the Kurds.

    Cathy Wilcox and THAT letter.

    Mark David strikes Morrison low.

    From Matt Golding






    Peter Broelman goes dam building.

    Alan Moir on the same subject.

    Zanetti has a good one here.

    Jim Pavlidis make a point here.

    Jon Kudelka in Sussex Street.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/3e92119b9552727f210047ec3b545ade?width=1024

    From the US













  7. Michelle Grattan thinks, on the face of it, that Morrison’s a bit rattled by the drought.

    Well of course, all the usual,duck shoves-pay off mates-bullshit claims-platitudes-bail outs-dodgy numbers to prevent the public discovering ‘reality’ just ain’t going to work in a drought.Not even his go to solution for everything,praying, has worked.
    A parliamentary inquiry in NZ following the shit he left in his wake of his shortened contract with their tourism dept. saw an MP liken him to Rasputin. Scheming Scrott has finally found himself facing something he can’t plot/back stab/’Rasputin’ his way out of.

  8. Yesterday, in yet another display of weakness and cowardice, Labor supported the government’s Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6390

    This bill abolished what was left of the Rudd government Education Investment Fund, killed off by the Abbott government. The fund still had money which was uncommitted, apparently.
    https://www.education.gov.au/education-investment-fund

    The bill proposed transferring $3.9 billion in uncommitted funds to FauxMo’s disaster relief fund. No doubt a lot of that money will find its way to Coalition electorates where it will be frittered away on Mickey Mouse projects designed only to enrich party donors and the likes of Angus Taylor and his greedy family.

    The government could have found that money anywhere – cutting spending on useless, already obsolete before they have been built defence toys, perhaps, or just by forgetting about the damn budget surplus while the drought continues, but no, they did a secretive deal with Labor’s shadow cabinet. Caucus was not told about this deal until Murray Watt announced it in the Senate yesterday ahead of a heavily gagged debate. .

    Labor agrees with Coalition to redirect education funding to disaster relief
    Legislation passed despite significant opposition from Labor caucus and education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/17/labor-agrees-with-coalition-to-redirect-education-funding-to-disaster-relief

    What was Labor’s reward for this filthy, treacherous deal? Chickenfeed – a mere $50 million for extra TAFE funding.

    This support for a government bill was a dreadful move, but what made it so much worse was the sneakiness of it – Caucus were not informed at yesterday morning’s meeting, it was simply presented to the Senate as a done deal.

    Way to go, Albo. If there were not already leadership mutterings among Labor backbenchers you have ensured there will be now. Tanya Plibersek strongly objected to this move. Good on her for that. Maybe Labor backbenchers and party members might like to think about whether it might be time for another strong female leader.

  9. Does Labor actually stand for anything these days ? I look forward to seeing how much shafting of local workers they will wave through in the next round of trade deal signing.

    Albo,did you have to sell your soul to the party’s RW scum to get the leaders’ gig or has ‘;Fighting Tories. That’s what I do’ been utter bullshit the whole time ?

  10. Sorry for my long silence.

    I have been in Europe and catching up on the days events when you all were fast asleep. I haven’t contributed because I was so far behind the conversations and it’s difficult to compose comments on a phone.

    I really really hope Albo is gorn and the Fitzgibbons were never highly regarded in their electorate

    • Well – there was an election this year, so sitting days are always down in election years.

      Let’s see how 2019 compares to other election years.

      In 2016 there were 42 days when both houses sat plus 2 more when only the Reps sat, and one when only the Senate sat, a total of – yep – 45 sitting days.

      In 2010, the last time Labor returned to government after an election there were 52 sitting days overall – 39 when both houses were sitting plus 13 for just the Reps.

      In 2013 there were 53 sitting days overall, despite Abbott taking a long, long holiday before recalling parliament.

      Non-election years –

      2009 – 74 overall.

      2017 – 72 sitting overall.

      2018 – 76 overall.

      https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Sitting_Calendar/Previous_sitting_calendars

      Next year – if this government goes for a whole year – will give us more of an idea of just how lazy FauxMo is as PM.

  11. billie11

    Hello. Glad you still able to swing by The Pub. Glad to see it is not just me who finds doing ‘phone comments’ a !!&!@! 🙂

  12. This has apparently created a bit of a kerfuffle in Canberra, although you’d never know because our media, with two exceptions, AFR and The Oz, have said nothing about it. They were both gazumped by overseas reports.

    China Is Leasing an Entire Pacific Island. Its Residents Are Shocked.

    Under a secretive deal signed last month with a provincial government in the Solomon Islands, a Beijing-based company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party has secured exclusive development rights for the entire island of Tulagi and its surroundings.

    The lease agreement has shocked Tulagi residents and alarmed American officials who see the island chains of the South Pacific as crucial to keeping China in check and protecting important sea routes. It is the latest example of China using promises of prosperity to pursue its global aspirations — often by funneling money to governments and investing in local infrastructure projects that critics call debt traps for developing nations.

    “The geography tells you that this is a good location,” said Professor Anne-Marie Brady, a China politics specialist at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. “China is expanding its military assets into the South Pacific and is looking for friendly ports and friendly airfields just like other rising powers before them.”

    The AFR had this to say. (You might need an incognito window.)

    China lease for Solomons island sparks alarm in Canberra
    <blockquote.News of the lease agreement sent Australian diplomats scrambling to find out more details.

    Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Pacific Minister Alex Hawke had not responded to a request for comment at the time of going to print.

    But in response to suggestions last year China was looking to establish a military base in Vanuatu, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said that would be a "great concern".

    Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings warned the agreement could lead to a Chinese military base being established on Australia's doorstop, particularly if the Solomons Island defaulted on any loans
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/china-lease-for-solomons-island-sparks-alarm-in-canberra-20191017-p531n9

    The agreement was signed just three weeks after FauxMo’s visit to the Solomons where he announced a piffling funding deal – $250 million over 10 years.

    Looks like his offer didn’t fend off the Chinese as it was intended to do,
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-03/scott-morrison-pledges-$250-million-for-solomon-islands/11172062

  13. 😆 Soooo how did the Turks deal with Trump’s ‘threatening letter” ?
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    Turkish officials confirmed the letter was genuine and said Mr Erdogan simply threw the letter in the bin and ordered the attack to begin.

    “The letter was written on 9 October. Erdogan rejected the offer of mediation and it was thrown into the trash. The clearest answer to this letter was the reply given at 4pm on 9 October…..
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/17/dont-fool-donald-trump-writes-letter-turkeystayyip-erdogan-syria/

  14. Something does not compute. SMH shilling for Sydney Property Spivs ?. Any suggestions ? Dead wage growth for years,no prospect of any change for the better and yet…..

    SYDNEY HOUSE PRICES
    House prices will soon be growing at double-digit rates

    By the end of this year, house prices will be up by 3 per cent, according to ANZ. By mid-next year, they will be growing at a double-digit annual rate.

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/sydney-and-melbourne-house-prices-will-soon-be-growing-at-double-digit-rates-20191018-p531z3.html

    • The ANZ is indulging in wishful thinking. If house prices increase by 12 percent in a year then wages will also have to increase or only the top end of town are going to be able to afford to buy. I cannot see this government supporting wage increases.

      There is something very wrong with a nation’s economy that relies for growth on people spending more and more on barely adequate housing then maxing out their credit cards to buy “stuff” to put in those homes. There is also something very wrong when wage earners have to use those credit cards to pay power bills and buy food because home loan repayments and exorbitant rents eat up their incomes.

  15. For some strange reason those responsible somehow don’t get a mention in this article.Some country called ‘Australia’ is to blame .There were a couple of mentions of ‘the government” and ‘ministers’. but they seemed almost in passing.
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    Australia wasted decades in climate denial – and must break free of the mire of misinformation
    Lenore Taylor

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/16/australia-wasted-decades-in-climate-denial-and-must-break-free-of-the-mire-of-misinformation

  16. I saw that last night, flicked through it and honestly couldn’t be bothered reading it properly because it looked like a heap of crap.

    Same old weasel words I suppose, using “Australia” and “government” when what Ms Taylor means (but won’t say) is “Coalition governments”. If she won’t name ministers she believes are responsible and won’t back up her claims then why waste time reading her schtick?

    • leonetwo

      Wise decision on your part. From the headline i foolishly assumed it was an article where there would be some calling a spade a spade and laying out just who and how we got to such a crap position .

    • Politicians on both sides still weep crocodile tears over asylum seekers who drowned at Christmas Island and in other boat incidents, they use them as an excuse for ongoing brutality. How many times have we heard “We don’t want any more people drowning at sea”?

      None of them ever mention those who have died in custody, either onshore or offshore,

  17. It is spring—spent two weeks on my block in Tassie and with some help planted 31 fruit trees incl cider apples, perry pears, cherry trees, eating/cooking apples and a couple of peach trees.

    I haven’t uploaded any pics but will do so soon. dunno if this will work:
    http://polanimal.com.au/download/file.php?id=662&mode=view
    http://polanimal.com.au/download/file.php?id=664&mode=view
    (not much to see, just thin whips of trees with a few leaves.)

    Today, hopefully, the posts for two pergolas went into the ground and cement poured around. One pergola 12m long, one 11metres.

    I will go back in early January, start training the trees to wires—espalier. With more leaves on the trees I should be able to take more interesting pictures.

    The bottoms of each tree to about 40cm high was painted with bitumin paint—stop the rabbits eating the bark and ringbarking the trees.

    I have clematis and jasmine to plant by the posts of the big pergola, should be nice when it is all finished eh?

    • Vélo wines, just out of Legana (west of the Tamar, north of Launceston) makes some very nice wines indeed. Love the Sauc blanc!

    • Can’t access the pic. I love Clematis. I still remember my wow at seeing them for the first time in NZ bush. NZ bush is pretty dull and subdued when it comes to color and flashiness so coming across a big flowering clematis was made even more impressive for me.

      NZ Clematis

    • Looks nice. One of the plants I bought flowered while I was there—like 10cm across they were.

      Anybody know anything about Tasmanian native fish? Definitely want a pond + “stream.”

  18. A good article on the reality of the Syrian crapola currently happening . Keep in mind this paper endorsed Hilary and joined an anti Trump media group so tit is not ‘Fox News’
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    OPINION | STEPHEN KINZER
    Condemning Trump on Syria? It’s ‘buffet outrage’

    By Stephen Kinzer,Updated October 17, 2019, 5:00 a.m.

    Several years ago, the United States hired Kurdish fighters to be our mercenaries in Syria. This month we decided we don’t need them anymore, and abandoned them to their fate. Turkey, which considers Kurdish militancy a mortal threat, quickly began bombing them. This set off a veritable orgy of indignation in Washington. It is a classic example of “buffet outrage,” in which one picks and chooses which horrors to condemn. Among those shedding crocodile tears, …………………..Abandoning the Kurds is not a policy that materialized out of thin air. It is the product of two long chains of American error, one dating to the beginning of the Syrian war and the other even further back. The deeper history of our Middle East tragedy begins in 1980, when President Carter declared that any challenge to American power in the Persian Gulf region would be repelled “by any means necessary, including military force.” A generation later, President George W. Bush recklessly ordered the invasion of Iraq, which set the region afire and led to the creation of ISIS.

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    The more recent set of causes for our Kurdish misadventure began in 2011, when President Obama ordered President Bashar Assad of Syria to “step aside.” Beyond the arrogance that leads American presidents to think they can and should decide who may rule other countries lay the utter impossibility of achieving that goal. The head-chopping death cults that fought alongside our partners in Syria, including Jabhat al-Nusra, the local al-Qaeda franchise, and Ahrar al-Sham, which seeks to “build an Islamic State” based on “Allah’s Almighty Sharia,” have as part of their agenda the murder of every Shia Muslim. Since the population of nearby Iran is 90 percent Shia, it should have been obvious from the beginning that Iran would use every ounce of its considerable power to assure Assad’s survival
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/10/17/condemning-trump-syria-buffet-outrage/6tb62A8186pWIIVKSY5HHP/story.html

    • There seems to have been more Trump ‘bombshells’ than there were in World War II and yet Trump is still there. I suspect he is loving everyone of them. Voter turn out GOLD for him . Two term Trump here we come. Dubya scoring 2 terms told me anything is possible over there.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katharine Murphy says that Scott Morrison has his boot on Labor’s throat while pretending they’re in government.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/19/scott-morrison-has-his-boot-on-labors-throat-while-pretending-theyre-in-government
    Van Badham looks at Morrison’s methods too.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/18/hes-a-fauxgan-not-a-bogan-but-scott-morrisons-blue-collar-drag-is-brilliant-marketing
    Paul Bongiorno explains how Morrison is under the pump over the drought and the economy. At the head of the article he mentions the queer logic of the PM who said, “The only prayers that you can be assured are never answered are the ones that are never prayed.”
    https://outline.com/e6aBFT
    Peter Hartcher examines the motives and effect of GetUp!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/dutton-gives-getup-the-lowdown-in-realpolitik-20191018-p531yh.html
    Remember the simply awful Tina McQueen on Q and A? Shae’s now the Liberal Party vice president.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-the-liberals-dumped-a-young-asian-woman-in-favour-of-q-and-a-star-teena-mcqueen-20191018-p5325r.html
    Karen Middleton writes that while the ALP pushes for reform of its troubled NSW branch, Albanes faces dissent from federal allies aligned to the party’s Right faction.
    https://outline.com/5LzCR5
    Ross Gittins reckons traffic congestion will continue to worsen until we summon the courage to tax it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/traffic-congestion-will-continue-until-we-summon-the-courage-to-tax-it-20191017-p531rm.html
    David Crowe writes extensively about the bucket of bolts that is the divisive religious freedom bill.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/neither-church-nor-state-can-agree-on-scott-morrison-s-draft-religious-laws-20191018-p5320p.html
    Meanwhile the outspoken conservative Archbishop of Sydney defends his divisive position.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/my-words-were-for-the-bishops-and-i-stand-by-them-20191018-p5323u.html
    But Julia Baird explains the damage already done by Davies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/even-conservative-rectors-shuddered-why-sydney-archbishop-s-words-hurt-20191018-p531ye.html
    Adele Ferguson tells us about the whistleblower who will ‘never work again’ after helping the tax watchdog.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/absolute-devastation-the-whistleblower-who-will-never-work-again-after-helping-tax-watchdog-20191018-p5322k.html
    Euan Black reports that developers are giving away free furniture and offering to pay buyers’ council rates, in what analysts say is a desperate attempt to shift excess stock.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/property/2019/10/18/developer-discounts/
    Rick Morton writes that while aiming to reduce sedative use in aged-care facilities, new government regulations may have the opposite effect, putting elderly residents at risk of dangerous – and potentially fatal – side effects.
    https://outline.com/eDvtSs
    A police officer who unsuccessfully tried to get elite officers to arrest James Gargasoulas in the hours before the Bourke Street massacre has rejected a police citation recently awarded for his service during the incident. He has blasted Victoria Police for failing catastrophically in its mission.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/police-failed-catastrophically-officer-turns-down-bourke-st-award-20191018-p5325d.html
    Tim Soutphommasane laments the “greed is good” existing in corporate Australia as the wage inequality gap widens.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/telstra-s-ceo-has-been-drinking-special-kool-aid-in-the-qantas-chairman-s-lounge-20191018-p531x9.html
    The press freedom inquiry has been told by media bosses that the Morrison use government is ignoring press freedom. Chris Uhlmann said Prime Minister Scott Morrison had built his political career on increasing secrecy around asylum seeker boat arrivals to “ludicrous levels”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/they-re-not-listening-media-bosses-accuse-governments-of-ignoring-press-freedom-20191018-p531zx.html
    Dana McCauley reports that the alcohol industry’s regulator says marketers are using frozen vodka ice blocks and cheap ciders labelled with rainbows, unicorns and cartoons to encourage under-age Australians to drink, prompting public health advocates to call for a tough independent watchdog to police the industry. Charming!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rainbows-and-unicorns-the-new-tools-for-alcohol-marketers-20191015-p530sw.html
    The Morrison government is charging pensioners 5.25 per cent on reverse mortgages even after the PM accused big banks of “profiteering” by not passing on official rate cuts. How hypocritical! You will have to Google this today.

    staggering-canberra-charges-pensioners-5-25pc-20191018-p531wd

    The Saturday Paper tells us that leaked correspondence shows an error caused the controversial robo-debt algorithm to ‘unpause’ in April this year.
    https://outline.com/PxdEHz
    The horse racing industry is in shock, and other conditions, over the 7:30 revelations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/someone-s-been-asleep-racing-industry-in-shock-at-animal-cruelty-revelations-20191018-p5323c.html
    And the SMH editorial urges the racing industry to stop the blame game on animal cruelty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/racing-must-stop-blame-game-on-animal-cruelty-20191018-p5324c.html
    Peter FitzSimons puts his oar into the issue.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing-gone-to-the-dogs-in-appalling-self-sustaining-circle-of-cruelty-20191018-p53225.html
    Peter V’landys might rule the NSW thoroughbred world with an iron fist, but it’s his combative approach to Melbourne’s spring turf supremacy that has the punters agog.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/racing/sydney-powerbroker-peter-v-landys-has-melbourne-s-spring-racing-crown-in-his-sights-20191014-p530jc.html
    Jane Caro writes that Jane Caro survivors of domestic violence are being routinely let down by a system that misdiagnoses their trauma, leaving many women and children unsupported and stigmatised.
    https://outline.com/9GJuAK
    Australia’s privacy watchdog is yet to deliver findings on the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal or seek fines against Facebook more than 18 months after its investigation began writes Christopher Knaus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/19/australian-privacy-watchdog-fails-to-deliver-findings-on-cambridge-analytica-scandal-after-18-months
    Jacqui Lambie has rebuffed Peter Dutton’s claim that “the vast majority of veterans” would want her to abolish the medevac laws, as pressure mounts from all sides to secure her crucial swing vote.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/18/jacqui-lambie-rejects-duttons-claim-most-veterans-would-want-medevac-laws-abolished
    It seems Alan Jones has some “domestic” problems.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/trouble-in-team-jones-as-the-butler-bolts-20191017-p531iq.html
    As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates. Mike Seccombe explores the issue.
    https://outline.com/DDGGbc
    Nick Miller wonders, “Did Boris Johnson win the Brexit jackpot or sign a ‘Surrender Deal’?”
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/did-boris-johnson-win-the-brexit-jackpot-or-sign-a-surrender-deal-20191018-p531tk.html
    “For three years, we remainers have held our breath. This is the moment our dreams may die”, laments Jonathan Freedland.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/18/remainers-boris-johnson-brexit
    Professor Simon Underwood explains Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, what’s in it and how it is different to Theresa May’s version.
    https://theconversation.com/boris-johnsons-brexit-deal-whats-in-it-and-how-is-it-different-to-theresa-mays-version-125446
    Oh dear! Text messages between Boeing employees in 2016 indicate that the company was aware of major problems with an automated feature on the 737 Max jet that made the aircraft difficult to control, the messages show.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/text-messages-reveal-boeing-employees-knew-in-2016-of-problems-that-turned-deadly-20191019-p5326z.html
    Matthew Knott writes about Trump adding to the list of things that will lead to his impeachment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-cuts-a-deal-with-himself-virtually-guaranteeing-impeachment-20191018-p531x4.html
    Bruce Wolpe writes about a thousand days of Trump – the most ruthlessly honest president of modern times. It is frightening really.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-most-ruthlessly-honest-president-of-modern-times-a-thousand-days-of-trump-20191017-p531r7.html
    Donald Trump’s sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office, writes Gary Younge.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/18/donald-trump-sanity-free-market-white-supremacist-nationalism
    Dave Donavan writes that one of the major global underground organisations that allegedly dictate world events have, in a quite unprecedented fashion, cancelled their previous commitment to U.S. President Donald Trump.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/breaking-illuminati-not-re-endorsing-president-donald-for-2020,13225
    Omissions from Sir John Kerr’s autobiography have raised a number of questions regarding the royal involvement in Whitlam’s Dismissal, writes Professor Jenny Hocking.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/palace-letters-dismissal-truths-revealed-in-john-kerr-autobiography-omissions,13218

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir on Trump’s methods.

    John Shakespeare and Jim Pavlidis on Getup!


    Matt Davidson on traffic congestion.

    From Matt Golding


    Andrew Dyson and Jim Pavlidis on the horseracing issue.


    Also John Shakespeare.

    Simon Letch and inequality.

    Peter Broelman and the latest meltdown. Is that a golden shower I wonder?

    Zanetti with Trump’s diplomacy.

    Jon Kudelka and Johnson’s final Brexit steps.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/c538b41551764e856d70635064a4f7be?width=1024

    From the US











  20. Ross Gittins reckons traffic congestion will continue to worsen until we summon the courage to tax it.

    Orrrrr just stop deliberate rapid population increases in the cities such that it out paces the

  21. The horse-racing issue.

    I’m amazed – not by the revelations shown on 7.30 on Thursday night, but by the fact it took Australia a couple of centuries to work out horse racing is a filthy, corrupt business rife with animal cruelty.

    Did people really not know race horses that don’t win money for their owners are usually slaughtered? It’s only the valuable winners who get to retire to stud farms. Even then popping out foal after foal can’t be much fun for the mares. Does anyone ever ask what happens to these valuable animals when they are past breeding? Of course not.

    The racing industry would have us believe racehorses are always retired to beautiful farms where they spend their days frolicking in lush green paddocks and their nights in palatial warm stables with lots of blankets, devoted grooms to give them rub-downs and plenty of food.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    I just wonder how many of those now voicing their disgust on social media will still be watching the Melbourne Cup on TV, still joining a workplace sweep, still having a bet on the race. I’m thinking most of them.

  22. A bit off tangent . . . but not much

    Historian of fascism offers lessons for democracies on how to resist authoritarianism

    • Working the heavy clay soil, carting stuff around etc has not been kind on my arthritic shoulders but with the structure now clearly in place I will get a local to plant the rest of the trees–more perry pears.

      Because I am not getting any younger and I lost most hearing in my left ear early last year I will not be climbing ladders! There is a book “Grow a Little Fruit Tree” that shows how to keep fruit trees small but productive.

  23. Dana McCauley’s article on marketing booze to teenagers gave us one line where a Kellogg’s spokeswoman accidentally spoke the truth –

    “We do not consider Kellogg’s cornflakes to be a children’s breakfast cereal ….”

    Absolutely right, but not in the way she meant.

    No, it’s not a children’s breakfast cereal. It’s not a family cereal or an adult’s cereal either, it’s muck. Over-hyped crap full of empty carbohydrates and sugar with cheap synthetic vitamins thrown in so Kellogg’s can pretend it is good for you. It’s guaranteed to spike your blood sugar then leave you feeling ravenous by mid-morning. You would be better off eating the box and chucking the contents in the bin.

    You would be hard pressed to tell the difference if you were blindfolded –
    Compere – “Welcome to Name That Crap. Contestants, your first task will be to taste two substances and decide which is the cornflakes and which is the cardboard box”
    Contestants, after tasting, and in unison – “Number 2 is the cornflakes”
    Compere – “Sorry guys, all of you are wrong”

    I would not feed this muck to a Liberal politician, let alone a human being. The mere thought of a Kellogg’s Cornflakes flavoured beer makes me nauseous.

  24. Stand by for a lot of UN-hate from FauxMo and his buddies.

    He does not take criticism well.

    UN expert takes aim at Scott Morrison’s ‘punitive, harsh’ approach to welfare

    A United Nations expert has slammed Australia’s controversial Centrelink robo-debt scheme and cashless welfare cards as both being “unduly punitive and unduly harsh”.

    Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston told SBS News on Friday Australia was using digital technologies to diminish its welfare system rather than improve it.
    ………………………………………………….
    Professor Alston, who is Australian, said these highlight the Morrison government’s “obsessive focus on the fraud dimension [in the welfare system] in order to achieve other political goals”.

    “Welfare in Australia is moving in a way that removes a lot of compassion,” he said from New York

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/un-expert-takes-aim-at-scott-morrison-s-punitive-harsh-approach-to-welfare

  25. Bill Maher – There seems to be an issue with the start of the show with a missing few seconds on all vids so far posted. Either whatch this or wait till I find a full version.

    New rules 43:20

    Overtime (geddit while it’s hot)

  26. The kids might get their nets in around three year’s time,but only if they re-elect a Coalition candidate.It seems to take the ATM government at least that long to honour election promises.

    My town was promised an upgrade for an oval in the 2016 campaign.
    https://www.portnews.com.au/story/3987943/hartsuyker-promises-oxley-oval-upgrade/

    Nothing happened.

    In this year’s campaign exactly the same promise was made again. Some of us noticed the recycling of old election promises.

    Construction has now started – only three years late.
    https://www.portnews.com.au/story/6427751/regional-games-up-and-running-after-oval-upgrade/

  27. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    This government has abandoned economic logic – and no one seems willing to call them on it cries out Greg Jericho. He says it is time to ditch the surplus mania and force our government to stop worrying about some political con-job about economic management and to start facing up to the five years of falling living standards that have occurred under their watch.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/oct/20/this-government-has-abandoned-economic-logic-and-no-one-seems-willing-to-call-them-on-it
    Judith Ireland reports that the Liberal Party’s federal council is calling on the Morrison government to force voters to show identification on election day and to have people’s names checked off on electronic lists. Right out of the Republican voter suppression handbook! Next thing they will seek voluntary voting on a work day.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-party-push-to-force-voters-to-show-id-20191019-p5328p.html
    To win the middle – and particularly Queensland – the ALP must focus on the money argument when it comes to climate change says Jacqui Maley. It is quite a call to arms.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-needs-to-reboot-the-moral-challenge-of-our-times-as-economic-opportunity-20191018-p531yp.html
    David Crowe tells us how Liberal president Nick Greiner has set a goal of doubling party membership to 100,000 to confront a rise in populist politics, while warning of the danger of election defeat if the Morrison government displayed hubris and arrogance.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/liberals-urged-to-double-size-to-deal-with-rise-of-populism-20191018-p5324r.html
    Julie Perrin writes that Morrison’s self-assured Christian moral certainty makes her recoil.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-new-start-finding-christ-s-message-at-the-margins-20191007-p52yb7.html
    Ian Warder explains how Greta Thunberg strikes fear in fuming fogeys.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6440833/greta-strikes-fear-in-fuming-fogeys/?cs=14258
    Nick Miller reports on parliament’s rejection of Johnson’s Brexit deal. He has been ordered to seek another extension but will not actually negotiate for it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/mps-reject-johnson-s-brexit-deal-telling-him-prove-you-mean-it-20191020-p532c6.html
    John Crace explains how Johnson’s Super Saturday bubble burst.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/19/boris-johnsons-super-saturday-bubble-bursts
    So what does the delay mean for Brexit now?
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/19/what-does-the-letwin-amendment-mean-for-brexit-timetable-boris-johnson
    Peter FitzSimons disagrees with Berejiklian over pill testing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/respectfully-premier-you-ve-made-a-big-mistake-20191018-p5324n.html
    Hanson and Jones turn on the waterworks, but tears won’t end this drought -or prepare for the next one writes Paula Matthewson.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/10/18/hanson-and-jones-turn-on-the-waterworks/
    Michael Koziol on the outbreak of war within Australia’s Anglican church.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/archbishop-says-anglican-church-in-a-crisis-over-sexuality-and-marriage-20191018-p531vw.html
    Andrew West tells us why the Sydney archbishop’s same-sex marriage message has Anglicans rattled.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/20/please-leave-why-the-sydney-archbishops-same-sex-marriage-message-has-anglicans-rattled
    On the subject of warfare the PHOM conference descended into farce as a former president is refused entry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/queensland/entry-debacle-at-one-nation-conference-in-brisbane-20191019-p5328w.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/19/pauline-hansons-one-nation-members-say-they-were-refused-entry-to-secretive-national-conference
    Israel Folau has said at an ACL function he knew telling homosexuals they were destined for hell would be “offensive” but would “absolutely” repeat it, according to reports.
    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/19/israel-folau-reportedly-tells-australian-christian-lobby-he-would-absolutely-repeat-anti-gay-posts
    The New South Wales government is being urged to refer a Nationals MP to the corruption watchdog after the Guardian revealed that at least two farmers facing court said they broke land-clearing laws on his alleged say so.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/18/calls-for-nationals-mp-kevin-humphries-to-face-icac-over-alleged-advice-on-land-clearing
    Ross Barkan explains how his generals have had it with the feckless, reckless Trump.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/19/trump-military-generals
    Boeing has given lawmakers a transcript revealing that a top pilot working on the plane had raised concerns about the system in messages to a colleague in 2016, more than two years before the Max was grounded because of the accidents, which have left 346 people dead.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2019/10/19/boeing-pilot-737-max/

    Cartoon Corner

    A ripper from David Pope.

    From Matt Golding.




    Matt Davidson on inequality.

    Reg Lynch and Labor’s policy problem.

    From the US




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