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. Labor needs to reboot the moral challenge of our times as economic opportunity

    FMD, that it represents a huge economic opportunity for Australia has been in the bleeding obvious file for at least a decade or even two. That Labor need to be urged at this stage to ‘sell’ climate change using it shows what useless bunch of pricks have been running the party all these wasted years.

  2. In comforting (?) news Armageddon via Floppy Disc is no more.
    The US nuclear forces’ Dr. Strangelove-era messaging system finally got rid of its floppy disks
    By: Valerie Insinna

    OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — In 2014, “60 Minutes” made famous the 8-inch floppy disks used by one antiquated Air Force computer system that, in a crisis, could receive an order from the president to launch nuclear missiles from silos across the United States.

    But no more. At long last, that system, the Strategic Automated Command and Control System or SACCS, has dumped the floppy disk, moving to a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution” this past June, said Lt. Col. Jason Rossi, commander of the Air Force’s 595th Strategic Communications Squadron.

  3. Why is Ms Maley burbling on about what Joel Fitzgibbon said?

    The man is an attention seeker, desperate to pander to the 14% of voters (1st preference) who abandoned him for One Nation and Palmer. He believes a lot of blather about more mining and less action on climate change will win back those votes.

    I think he’s wrong, but what would I know, I’m not a journalist.

    Fitzgibbon has been a disaster for Labor since at least 2009, when Kevin Rudd sent him to the backbench over some dirty business involving Fitz, his father and a Chinese “businesswoman”. It was never admitted in the media, but it was clear one or both Fitzes had been receiving more than money, accommodation and meals from Ms Helen Liu, described by Fitz as “a close personal friend”. I bet they were close. Back then Ms Liu was a very attractive woman.

    Fitz conveniently “forgot” to declare his sponsored trips to China paid for by Ms Liu. He said “they weren’t on his mind”.

    Here is a long account of the whole sordid business.

    In 2017 investigations revealed Ms Liu had “close business and personal ties with a senior Chinese military intelligence operative at the same time as she was cultivating relationships with Australian Labor politicians.”

    A minister for defence involved in shady dealings with a Chinese woman who had close ties to Chinese intelligence operatives, what a juicy scandal.

    Fitz should have been kicked out of the parliament years ago, but instead successive Labor leaders have kept on rewarding him.

    Julia Gillard, to her great shame, gave Fitz back some power after the 2010 election, making him Chief Government Whip. Rudd restored him to the ministry in 2013, making him Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests. After that brief (thank goodness) stint as a minister Fitz has been a shadow minister under Shorten and now Albo. Shorten made him Shadow Minister for Agriculture, then after the 2016 election extended his portfolio by making him Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia. Now he is Albo’s Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources. That is an odd combination – resources like coal and gas fracking usually end up destroying agriculture, they cannot co-exist. It’s obvious Fitz has fully embraced the “resources” part of his current portfolio but doesn’t give a damn about agriculture. Why they keep giving this undeserving, ineffective, corrupt fool positions of importance is quite a mystery. What dirt does he have hidden away?

    Now Fitz is desperately trying to win back the voters who abandoned him by making ridiculous comments about emissions targets and climate change. He’s acting like a hereditary monarch trying to save his throne from hordes of angry peasants. He really seems to believe his electorate belongs to his family.

    The media should be ignoring this twit, not quoting his attention-seeking wafflings in articles about “moral challenges” and certainly not taking Fitzgibbon seriously. For his own sake he needs to STFU immediately or he will get unpleasant headlines recalling his links to China, not a good look with the current government whipping up fear and loathing of China.

    • Disappointing that able politicians are jumping ship rather than hanging around for the next election. Does this mean they don’t want to waste 3 years in opposition or that they reckon that Albo’s leadership is destroying the ALP

    • Both reasons, I think.

      Dreyfus says he is not resigning. Mike Kelly has been offered a better job and might take it. I don’t know about Brendan O’Connor.

      Three of Labor’s best, possibly jumping ship, while scum like Fitzgibbon hang around working to destroy the party.

      It’s way beyond depressing.

  4. billie11
    If this ‘outsider’ Labor supporter has become so disillusioned with them imagine how bad it might be from the inside 😦

  5. I’d forgotten this and it being what caused him to resign, only remember his sus Chinese stuff. How nice, looking after the family.

    Mr Fitzgibbon resigned his Defence portfolio today after revelations that an army general was instructed to attend meetings with the minister’s brother, Mark Fitzgibbon, at which defence health contracting was discussed.

    Major-General Paul Alexander, who is in charge of defence health services, told a parliamentary committee that Defence Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon’s office had told him to attend the meetings attended by Mark Fitzgibbon, the chief executive of insurer NIB Health.

    Mr Rudd told Parliament no members of his staff had been in attendance.

    • I didn’t know about that.

      What a rotten to the core bastard he is.

      Now I’m even more confused about why Labor leaders keep giving this corrupt bastard ministries and shadow ministries while more competent people are left sitting on the backbench.

  6. Oooops wasn’t meant to be a reply sorry folk’s I was going to put this in that spot becausr that’s what comes to my sick mind whenever I hear the name Joel Fitz(funky)gibbon (do you see what I did there?) –

    Anyway here’s J P –

  7. TLBD

    I guess Leigh has too much actual ‘smarts’ for the front bench. Gotta keep up the quota of time servers .

    . Damned impressive effort by Andrew.

    Leigh graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in 1994, and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours in 1996. He then obtained a Master of Public Administration degree and a PhD in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At Harvard, Leigh was a Doctoral Fellow at the Malcolm Wiener Centre for Social Policy from 2002 to 2004, and a Frank Knox Fellow from 2000 to 2004………..Leigh was Professor of Economics at the Australian National University from 2004 to 2010. He also had several visiting appointments at the University of Melbourne, New York University, the Research Institute of Industrial Economics and the University of Michigan.
    So how good is the Kennedy School of Government Leigh graduated from ? Farkin good. But hey we have union hacks and ex staffers to accommodate to have room for Andrew.

    Harvard Kennedy School receives high rankings in the U.S. News & World Report listing of top graduate schools of public affairs. HKS is currently ranked first by US News in social policy.[14] In the 2015 rankings,[15] HKS is ranked first in the subcategory of health policy, second in public policy analysis and social policy.[16] Kennedy’s foreign affairs offerings are also ranked at or near the top of Foreign Policy magazine’s Inside the Ivory Tower survey, which lists the world’s top twenty international relations programs at the undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. levels.[17] In 2012, for example, the survey ranked HKS first overall for doctoral and undergraduate programs and third overall in the Master’s category.[18]

  8. Fashion report –

    For those who believe the Twitter myths about ladies of the Pentecostal faith being required to dress modestly here are some happy snaps of Jenny Morrison at the G20 last June. One shows her making a beeline for Trump.

    Modest is the last word anyone would use to describe this frock and the cleavage on display. It was actually a very inappropriate choice for that occasion. Take a look at what the other women were wearing and judge for yourself. The daggy cardigan was an awful addition.

    Photos by Alex Ellinghausen, taken at the “family photo” proceedings at the G20.

    These photos make me wonder even more about her reasons for choosing the ultra-covered-up clothes she wore for her visit to the US. Did Trump, overcome by the vast amount of Jenny’s cleavage on display, make a pass at her? Was she keen to avoid any more of his attentions?

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It seems that the AFR is now blocking access to Outline for many of its articles.

    Ross Gittins declares that Scott Morrison’s surplus obsession is hurting the economy and that his problem is that he gets politics – and is good at it – but doesn’t get economics. When will the penny drop I wonder?
    But according to David Crowe Frydenberg is now saying it’s not time to panic with stimulus, rather it’s to push for “reforms”.
    The Australia Institute’s Ebony Bennett says that Morrison’s government is spinning its wheels.
    A company that puts people’s lives at risk and a CEO involved in market manipulation couldn’t be published due to weak whistleblower protections laments Adele Ferguson.
    Dwindling water supplies in towns such as Armidale and Tamworth threatens to sap population growth in regional NSW and add to Sydney’s congestion as the drought takes a deepening toll on the economy.
    Meanwhile Peter Hannam reports that the Coalition government in NSW ignored multiple warnings since 2012 from a key planning agency that the state prepare plans to cope with the risk of droughts and longer-term climate change.
    And irrigators have slammed the Murray-Darling Basin Authority for releasing images of farm dams filled with water in drought-affected parts of the state, likening the move to the controversial Aussie Farms activist website.
    Amy Remeikis tells us about Home Affairs officials being left scrambling over a $7m strategic review that didn’t exist!
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons writes about the push to substantially increase the support of mental health through Medicare.
    Joanne McCarthy, who has plenty of skin in the game, writes that Morrison is yet to answer legitimate questions about his reported attempt to have Hillsong leader Brian Houston invited to the White House. He has unfinished business in reckoning with church abuse she says.
    Lisa Visentin and Alexandra Smith look at what’s going on at ground level in the NSW ALP before the big internal review kicks off.
    Adele Ferguson reveals that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s criminal offences unit is investigating a number o companies over clear orthodontic teeth straightener providers, amid claims of discounts to preferred dentists that are not disclosed to customers and social media influencers spruiking products in breach of the law.
    Australians are being urged to heed new warnings about the cost of government secrecy in a united campaign by the nation’s biggest media companies that calls on Parliament to enshrine press freedom and protect whistleblowers.
    And Allan Fels has also warned that increased government secrecy has created a greater need for whistleblowers but warned the people who expose bad behaviour among big institutions were at risk of intimidation and financial loss.
    Lenore Taylor trumpets that concrete action rather than nice words are needed on press freedom.
    The SMH editorial says that the ‘right to know’ campaign is not just for journalists.
    Kate McClymont joins the argument, saying, “There is an old saying that a journalist is only as good as his or her sources. So what happens to journalism, to the public’s right to know, when our sources become too terrified to speak to us?”
    Recent actions by the Australian government and its agencies regarding media freedom resemble those of an authoritarian regime writes human rights lawyer and barrister Jennifer Robinson.
    Michaela Whitbourn tells us that NSW may follow the lead of Victoria and Tasmania in amending sexual assault laws to make it clearer that saying or doing nothing does not amount to consent.
    While some electricity players are arguing for a switch to a “capacity” market where plant owners are paid to have generators on standby, Alinta Energy has suggested the maximum price cap in the wholesale market of $14,700 a megawatt-hour be more than doubled to spur investment in new peaking plants.
    Babcock & Brown sank in a sea of debt during the Global Financial Crisis, soon leaving $70 billion of assets around the world up for grabs. Its rail business in WA went to the then little known Canadian financier, Brookfield. And Brookfield has made a killing, closing down 2,100k of narrow gauge track, funnelling profits offshore and forging a 280 per cent return, even tapping the government for grants. Michael West reports on the Brookfield’s buying spree.
    The Conversation tells us how the Coalition government is (again) trying to put the squeeze on the ABC.
    Sam Maiden writes that Clive Palmer has lashed Labor’s calls for new spending caps on election expenditure despite revealing he spent more than the Liberal Party and Labor Party combined, with the spend-a-thon likely to reach $70 million.
    Amy Remeikis writes that Labor will home in on the fact that the government has spent just $2.2m of a $3.5bn infrastructure fund designed to tackle ‘immediate priorities’.
    The Medevac legislation, a fairly small gesture of Parliament in what is otherwise Australia’s part monstrous, part indifference to refugees, has been on the shooting range of the Morrison government since it won office in May this year says Binoy Kampmark.,13228
    Michelle Grattan writes about Morrison’s meeting in Jakarta with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan.
    Pollutants, such as dangerous drug waste, are contaminating our water system and having detrimental effects on the environment, avers Dr Peter Fisher.,13227
    Tony Walker examines the situation in the Middle East following Trump’s most recent5 actions.
    The Conversation looks at who is responsible for the slaughtered ex-racehorses and what can be done about it.
    Mick Miller headlines this contribution with “The Brexit vote was a message to Boris Johnson: ‘we don’t trust you’”
    It’s Warren, Sanders or Biden vs Trump – all the other Democrats are irrelevant says Robert Reich.
    The Trump presidency should not be shocking. It’s a symptom of our cultural malaise writes Professor Brendon O’Connor.
    The impeachment investigation and corruption of President Donald Trump has reached the dramatic proportions of a reality TV series, says Dr Kim Sawyer.,13223
    A massive stockpile of highly toxic chemicals has been discovered inside the rubble of a West Footscray warehouse more than a year after it burnt down during one of Melbourne’s worst industrial fires. All the work of a former “Arsehole of the Week” nominee!

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe goes to No. 10.

    Glen Le Lievre and Frydenberg’s surplus.

    Richard Gilberto on press freedom.

    John Shakespeare with our friend Murdoch.

    From Matt Golding

    A cracker from Zanetti.

    Johannes Leak on the MSW ALP inquiry.

    From the US

  10. AFR blocking access via Outline –

    AFR articles have never really worked with Outline. They were always cropped, either missing the start or the last half of an article.

    Just Google the title (has to be the title, not the URL) on an incognito window, click on the link and you get the lot.

    It’s easy to have a look at the AFR front page, choose whatever you want to read, copy the title etc.

    For example, this article today – ‘No need to panic’: Frydenberg upbeat on trade fix – is paywalled but works with the incognito window thing. Outline gives you the first five paragraphs, there’s much more.

  11. “Ross Gittins declares that Scott Morrison’s surplus obsession is hurting the economy and that his problem is that he gets politics – and is good at it – but doesn’t get economics. When will the penny drop I wonder?”

    But ….. but …. FauxMo says he is an economist!

    He said this to Leigh Sales in his last pre-election interview –
    “Because I’m an economist and I’ve had a lot of experience working in the property industry over most of my life, Leigh”

    Surely he wasn’t lying! A good Christian man like the PM? Unbelievable!

    A BSc with Honours in Economic Geography does not make anyone an economist. It doesn’t make anyone a scientists either, another false claim FauxMo made when he was talking to real scientists. You have to wonder what else he thinks he is. It would depend on the audience he is trying to impress.

    An earlier 7.30 interview in January this year revealed just how little FauxMo knows about economics.

    ScoMo’s misunderstanding came to light after 7.30 host Leigh Sales pointed out that he had recently claimed the economy would be weaker under a Labor government, because it would impose higher taxes. “Correct,” Morrison confirmed.

    “Where’s your evidence that higher taxes weaken an economy?” was Sales’ next question, and Morrison floundered.

    “I think it’s just fundamental economics 101,” was all he could say. Even if the word “economics” makes your eyes glaze over, it’s pretty clear that this isn’t true, simply because it’s too broad. There are many kinds of taxes, and the money raised by those taxes can be put to many different uses. Who or what you’re taxing, and who or what you’re funding as a result, will determine whether the economy is weakened or strengthened

    FauxMo’s only understanding of economics comes from his cult beliefs – pray more, tithe more and some god will make you rich.

  12. A 😆 reply to Senator Moron Hanson.

    Poorlene: “You’re saying that coral bleaching is affected by water temperatures,” she told Dr David Wachenfeld.

    “Yet around Indonesia, closer to the equator … where the water temperatures are 29 degrees, it’s a known fact that coral actually grows faster and more prolific in warmer temperatures.”

    Dr David Wachenfeld.: “The fact that corals in Indonesia could withstand higher temperatures than corals on the central Great Barrier Reef is of no benefit to the corals of the central Great Barrier Reef when they die.”

  13. So much stupidity –

    Also from AAP, an update from that noted climate scientist, Pauline Hanson:


    A defiant Pauline Hanson has maintained coral bleaching is a natural occurrence, in an exchange with the chief scientist of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

    The Queenslander used a Senate estimates hearing on Monday to question the link between heat waves and back-to-back mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017.

    “You’re saying that coral bleaching is affected by water temperatures,” she told David Wachenfeld.

    “Yet around Indonesia, closer to the equator … where the water temperatures are 29 degrees, it’s a known fact that coral actually grows faster and more prolific in warmer temperatures.”

    Dr Wachenfeld explained that corals live in a variety of water temperatures over the world, with substantial differences even within the Great Barrier Reef.

    Corals bleach when stressed – such as when exposed to warmer than normal temperatures – and die if stressed for prolonged periods, he told the senator.

    “The fact that corals in Indonesia could withstand higher temperatures than corals on the central Great Barrier Reef is of no benefit to the corals of the central Great Barrier Reef when they die.”

    But Senator Hanson was not swayed, asking how the authority planned to address both water temperatures and the “natural occurrence” of bleaching events with its taxpayer funding.

    The GBRMPA is trying to stamp out crown-of-thorns starfish, improve water quality in catchments while urging for greater global action on climate change, Senator Hanson was told.

    The authority recently released its latest five-year outlook for the reef, that found it to be “very poor” unless more action was taken to slow climate change

    Thank you Queensland, not only for electing Hanson to the Senate but for electing her little buddy Roberts as well.

    Not that the other states have been any wiser in their choice of senators.

    There is definitely a good case for all voters to have a quick scan to detect the presence of a brain before they are allowed to vote. It wouldn’t be too difficult, just some sort of scanner at the door as you walk in ……. or maybe an IQ test would do the trick.

  14. Your government caring for the Quiet Australians

    The Coalition government has presided over a staggering blowout in the number of extreme long-term Newstart recipients, with an analysis revealing unemployed people are languishing on the welfare payment for an average of nearly a year longer than they did in 2014.

    Despite the government’s claims Newstart is a “transition” payment and not a “wage replacement”, the analysis of income support data by Guardian Australia shows there is a fast-growing cohort who have been living on the historically low rate of the dole since Tony Abbott was prime minister.

    And as Scott Morrison bats away calls for a $75 a week increase to the dole because it fails to cover basic living costs and stops people getting into work, there is no indication the problem is likely to turn around: in all but one quarter since 2014, the average time a person spends on Newstart has increased.

  15. Jenny Morrison turns up to meet Indonesian president Joko Widodo in what appears to be a crumpled white dressing gown with a weird hemline and, of course, her favourite plunging neckline. Flashing her cleavage yet again – so appropriate for a Muslim country.

    The Daily Mail said she looked “stunning”.

    I think she looked unkempt, straggly hair and looking like she had just got out of bed, after sleeping in her frock. Don’t her staff travel with an iron?

    • LeoneTwo, have you not seen the recent catalogues from Target, Kmart & Big W, not to mention some of the more upmarket fashion stores that cater to ladies with larger bosoms? They all seem to be featuring unpressed linen/cotton mixture wrap dresses at the moment.

      They always remind me of the Pratchet quote about ‘diplomats and politicians dressing up in ethnic costume but still mentally wearing suits’

      Mind you, I do think that Mrs Morrison could find a better stylist. It’s not inconcievable that they have the money to afford one (might even do something for her husband that better reflects who he really is?)

  16. Q&A
    Monday 21st October at 9:35 pm (67 minutes)
    Future Alert: Guest host Annabel Crabb is joined by John Hewson, Jordan Nguyen, Veena Sahajwalla, Julian Cribb and Chloe Spackman to discuss whether our government is capable of addressing potential disasters threatening human survival.
    2019, Premiere, CC, Live, News, Factual

    No, it’s not capable.

  17. Curioz –
    I don’t take much notice of those catalogues. All the clothes are the same no matter where you shop – same styles, same colours, same cheap and nasty fabric.

    I’ve found the designers of the frock – Ginger and Smart, the same people who made the black shroud Mrs FauxMo wore to the White House and the frumpy blue thing she wore to Arlington.

    I thought the fabric looked like some sort of rayon, I was right. I would not pay $500 for a rayon dress.

    • An ongoing conversation with a friend who also sews is that the “frumpier” the ‘Ready to Wear’ fashions are on the catwalk, in the catalogues, and in the shops, the more likely there is to be a recession/depression and if it doesn’t quite go quite 1926/1929 financially, then some other aspect of our culture will be “very sad”.

      Trying to find clothing, that is neither beige nor greyed out can be a challenge. I am seriously considering quilting fabric (the brighter and cheesier the better) a viable alternative to that being offered as fabric suitable for clothing – it has the added advantage of usually being 100% cotton.

  18. ho ho ho .The Canberra Press gallery are “standing up for press freedom” . Would that be the same gallery that lets oceans of bullshit from the likes of Tony Abbott go unchallenged and reported so much of it as fact ? The enablers who were so helpful in giving the country the Lying Friar and the Liar From the Shire ? My sympathy gland is underwhelmed.

    • Same here.

      The redacted front pages were pointless. How many people buy dead tree papers these days? They can’t even give free Daily Telegraphs away in my local IGA. Last time I knocked one back the poor girl on the checkout sighed and said “No-one wants these papers, everyone says they have already read the news online”.

  19. My goodness what luck that he just happened to own property there. 😆
    Properties linked to MP John Sidoti lie just metres from site of new metro train station

    Properties linked to embattled Liberal MP John Sidoti lie metres from the proposed location for one of the seven new metro train stations announced today.

  20. My latest contribution to Wikipedia: Candidates for the South Australian 1970 election.

    This one stands out because it’s the election that followed the end of the Playmander. This resulted in 20 of the 47 members of the House of Assembly being elected for the first time, possibly a record in modern Australian politics.

    Also significantly was that a 53-47% two party preferred vote in 1968 that resulted in a minority LCL government of 20-19 was transformed into a similar 2PP vote in 1970 result of 27-20 in favour of Labor on the new boundaries, allowing Don Dunstan to run one of the most successful long-term progressive governments in Australian history.

  21. Just on freedom of the press –

    The links between the PM and QAnon were revealed by The Guardian two weeks ago.

    The PM then demanded the media stop reporting on this, claiming his daughters might be in danger (how???) if any more was said.

    The media, tame little lapdogs that they are, obeyed. All of them.

    Until today, when those links came up in Senate estimates.

    At last The Guardian has come up with some news on this, and it is not good for FauxMo.

    PM staffer with alleged links to QAnon conspiracy theorist is awaiting security clearance
    The theories aired have been ‘extraordinary and bizarre’, says Penny Wong

    The prime minister’s department has revealed that a staff member who is working at Scott Morrison’s official residence, and who Labor on Monday alleged in a Senate estimates hearing has links to a conspiracy theorist, is yet to receive a security clearance.

    Under questioning by Labor senator Penny Wong in the hearing, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s first assistant secretary, Gerard Martin, revealed that a staff member employed at Kirribilli House on 12 August – on the recommendation of the prime minister’s office – had received a police clearance but was awaiting a security clearance at a “negative vetting” level 2.

    That level of clearance permits access to classified information and resources up to and including “top secret”

    So a woman with links to a secretive organisation of weirdos is given a job at Kirribilli House (where she will be nice and close to her BFF Jenny Morrison) without any of the necessary high level security clearances, just because she is a friend of FauxMo and his wife.

    Isn’t this the sort of thing done by dictators in third world regimes?

    Told youse FauxMo thinks being PM gives him open slather to do whatever he wants.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The government is pinning its hopes on interest rate cuts to lift us out of the doldrums – but it’s not very convincing says Greg Jericho. There are some horrible exhibits in this contribution!
    A long forgotten 2006 transcript from the ABC’s 7:30 Report is undisputed evidence that Barnaby Joyce fudged the facts about his role in the #Watergate scandal. Jommy Tee reports for Michael West.
    Fairfax-Lite reveals that senior officials with the Papua New Guinea government have made frequent approaches to security company Paladin for a cut of the cash it receives from Canberra for running the Manus Island detention centre.
    And Kati Burgess reports from Estimates that Home Affairs had to defend its decision to reopen Christmas Island.
    Peter Hartcher reckons there’s a good chance Beijing already has your face on file.
    A weaker currency and falling house prices have seen Australia surpassed by Switzerland as the nation with the highest median wealth per adult.
    A controversial report that claims Australia’s broadband network is among the world’s best has been torn apart by independent experts reports Isabelle Lane. What a bloody disgrace!
    David Crowe tells us that a number of consumer advocates have backed a new campaign against government secrecy in the hope of forcing more disclosure of misconduct and corruption, amid a political fight in Parliament over the call for stronger laws.
    On the subject of the alleged request to invite Brian Houston to the White House dinner the Secretary of PM&C said at Estimates “Any matters related to compilation or consideration of the guest list for a state dinner provide by the United States would be a matter that might impact on international relations.” What a lot of crap!
    Here’s Katharine Murphy’s take on Penny Wong’s exploration of the Houston issue.
    Coincidence? Several properties linked to embattled NSW Liberal MP John Sidoti are close to the proposed location of a new train station.
    Michelle Grattan explains how the PHON “strike” is taking the skin off Bridget McKenzie.
    The Business Council of Australia is losing a number of big players from its membership.
    Paul Karp explains how Australians were inundated with $174.1m in taxpayer-funded government advertising in the last financial year, according to new finance department figures. Just what you’s expect from a second rate ad man!
    A journalist who fled from a repressive environment explains why media freedom is too precious to take for granted.
    The Coalition government has presided over a staggering blowout in the number of extreme long-term Newstart recipients, with an analysis revealing unemployed people are languishing on the welfare payment for an average of nearly a year longer than they did in 2014 writes Luke Henriques-Gomes.
    The Liberal Party is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a video which shamelessly falsifies history writes Alan Austin.,13229
    Australia has plenty of gas, but our bills are ridiculous. The market is broken writes energy expert Samantha Hepburn.
    Private health giant Medibank will become the first insurer to make public specific information about the potential out-of-pocket costs doctors charge for common procedures and surgeries. But the data will be very coarse.
    Five major Pacific ports have joined an Australian alliance to boost industry investment and trade amid growing concerns over Beijing’s presence and influence in the region reports Rob Harris.
    Australia needs a Media Freedom Act. Here’s how it could work writes this legal academic in The Conversation.
    NSW homelessness services support 71,000 people but are funded for 58,000 reveals Jenna Price who says that the Berejiklian government is trying to manage without sufficient funding.
    A Clive Palmer-controlled company has applied for a mining lease and environmental authority to build a massive coalmine four times the size of Adani’s in the Queensland Galilee Basin.
    Michaela Whitbourn says that former commissioners of the state’s anti-corruption agency have accused the Berejiklian government of caving in to mining industry pressure by holding a review into the future of the independent consent authority for major projects in NSW.
    Due to lack of funding, counsellors in rural Queensland are being overworked and having resources stretched thin, writes Ted Roker.,13231
    According to Max Koslowski Labor MP Julian Hill has urged the federal government to follow Victoria’s lead in restricting how much parties advertise outside polling booths in order to limit “enormously wasteful” plastic materials.
    Anna Patty reports on how the national construction watchdog has almost doubled the number of investigations into allegedly unlawful industrial action, right of entry breaches and coercive behaviour on building sites. Of course the CFMMEU figures strongly.
    An ALP move to back Liberal free trade agreements has outraged the ACTU, warning of a spike in foreign worker visas, writes William Olson.,13230
    Never one to embellish, Trump says that winning the election has cost him billions!
    Boris Johnson will make a final bid on Tuesday to force Brexit through by the 31 October “do or die” deadline, amid growing signs he will make a renewed push for a general election whether his deal passes or not.
    Meanwhile the Chancellor of the Exchequer has rebuffed MPs’ demands for the Treasury to carry out a thorough economic assessment of the government’s Brexit deal, claiming it is “self-evidently in our economic interest”.
    Boris Johnson tries to unhappen Saturday with sociopathic unreasoning writes John Crace.
    Netanyahu has failed to cobble up a coalition and this pushes Israel into a new period of uncertainty.
    A worthy nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” here.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope’s view on FOI redaction.

    John Shakespeare and the BCA.

    Cathy Wilcox lodges an FOI request.

    From Matt Golding.

    John Shakespeare and Morrison’s position on press freedom.

    Three from Mark David on press freedom.

    Nice work from Peter Broelman.

    Zanetti returns to type.

    Dione Gain and the reason for China banning face masks in Hong Kong.

    Andrew Dyson on the same subject.

    From the US

  23. One hell of a typo!

    That’s DHS for you, can’t manage to get their own reports right, can’t be bothered correcting obvious errors.

  24. This guy sounds truly to be in a class of his own when it comes to being a FW.

    Liberal MP Craig Kelly raised the issue of textbooks, complaining that their treatment of climate change suggests Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd did a good job and Tony Abbott and John Howard a poor job, which he labelled “disgraceful” because it was tantamount to teaching children to vote for Labor or the Greens.

  25. Delusional twaddle –

    Further to Paul’s post about Labor and the big stick, Jim Chalmers and Mark Butler have put out this statement:

    The Government has dealt with some of our reservations by introducing a different Bill in this Parliament, which makes improvements, particularly in relation to privatisation.

    Labor still has concerns about potential impacts of the Bill, which is why we will fight to secure amendments that:

    Rule-out partial privatisation of publicly-owned energy assets in the event of any divestment order; and
    Ensure workers affected by divestment have access to protections under the Fair Work Act.
    Labor’s support for the Bill in the House is conditional on these proposed improvements passing.

    We also remain sceptical that this Bill will lower power prices, as the Government claims. That’s why Labor will propose an amendment to review the Bill before it sunsets. We will also examine any other outstanding issues as part of the Senate inquiry

    These two idiots need to get their heads around one little fact – the government does not need Labor’s support to get bills through the Reps. The government has the numbers.

    Just vote No and be done with it.

  26. That the Coalition would say “yes” to Labor’s proposed changes to protect local workers tells me they know the changes will offer somewhere between sfa and zero protection to local workers.

  27. No court date set, so this family stays on Christmas Island for months to come. No company for the two little girls, no toys, no pre-school, no contact with anyone but Serco guards.

    All because Dutton says so.

  28. To my relief, it seems Canada has not warmed to the Conservatives and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have the most seats in the new parliament, but they’ll need the support of the NDP or Bloc Quebecois to govern.

    While I’m not familiar with the nuances of what this will mean, one little speck of hope is that the new government is even more progressive this time around. And maybe even go through with electoral reform to adopt Australia’s preferential voting system to shut out the Conservatives for a long time. (Trudeau’s Liberals are Centre-Left, NDP are to the Left of that, and their Greens votes are mostly wasted in a First Past the Post system. From what I know of Canadian politics, the Conservatives thrive when the Liberals, NDP and Greens split the vote between themselves. Preferential voting would hopefully eliminate that.)

    • A few interesting things I found in the results.

      The Tories narrowly won the popular vote largely due to piling on the votes in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

      The NDP has lost all but one of their seats in Quebec.

      Both the Liberal and Tory deputy leaders lost their seats.

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