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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In a major blow for Boris Johnson, British MPs have voted to reject the government’s timetable for the passage of its Brexit deal. The Brexit bill passed through its first stage in the House of Commons with 329 votes to 299 – which would have allowed Brexit to pass into law if MPs agreed to Mr Johnson’s tight three-day timeline.
    The northern tablelands town of Armidale is looking at the prospect of carting in water on 100 trucks every day if it cannot find ground water before its dam runs dry next year, or unless the drought breaks writes Harriett Alexander.
    Paul Bongiorno posits that Australia is on a slippery slope to tyranny.
    Katharine Murphy looks at the state of the Nationals’ leadership as the unlikely combination of Alan Jones and Pauline Hanson gives them a prod.
    David Crowe tells us that corruption inquiries have hit a record high at the nation’s law enforcement agencies in a telling sign of misconduct at the same time federal politicians face a united media campaign against government secrecy and that now, more than ever, we need better whistle blower laws.
    Dana McCauley reports that the peak body for insurers has warned Australians with private health insurance will face hefty premium increases next year – likely to be twice the rate of inflation – after Health Minister Greg Hunt’s deal with the medical devices industry failed to lower costs as promised.
    Shane Wright writes about the continued squeeze being put on the APS by this government.
    Experts have roundly condemned the Federal Government’s move to privatise Australia’s visa processing system, leaving Peter Dutton’s department as the only champion of the deal reports Michael Sainsbury.
    Rob Harris writes that the angry Nationals will push the Morrison government on its response to the worsening drought, demanding a new 10-point plan and a massive boost in funding to support ravaged communities across the country.
    And Ross Gittens stridently writes that insincere and misguided displays of concern have made the drought worse. He says that our politicians find it easier pretending to fix the problem.
    Policymakers have wasted time since the Millennium Drought by not implementing water recycling more widely writes Lisa McClean.
    In the meantime farmers have sent a list of key demands for immediate drought response to government, including a call for the commonwealth to pay council rates for affected businesses and to offer exit packages for those wanting to leave the land.
    The SMH editorial says that climate change will require policy on new coal mines.
    Some tip of the iceberg this is! Court documents reveal Tiffany & Co wants the NSW government to pay more than $100 million for forcing it out of Martin Place to make way for Sydney’s metro rail line.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals how a vast majority of disability pension applicants say that Centrelink has treated them unfairly.
    Sally Whyte reports that the national redress scheme will receive a funding boost to address delays that have plagued the system since it started a year ago.
    Craig Emerson explains how Australia can show the lead with respect to foreign trade.
    A new board consisting of heads of agencies within the Department of Home Affairs will be assisted by a $7 million strategic review of the portfolio, even though Dutton had previously told the Senate the review didn’t exist.
    Christopher Knaus argues why Australia needs a ban on taxpayer-funded political advertising before elections,
    Do we have a “canary in the coalmine” here as developments in certain areas of Sydney and Melbourne are declared to be “no go” zones for lenders?
    Can things get even worse for Mascot Towers? Apparently they have.
    The federal environment department says it is not aware of any countries other than Australia planning to use controversial “carryover credits” to meet international climate commitments. This hardly surprises.
    According to The New Daily drivers are being slugged at the petrol pump as fuel retailers take advantage of recent attacks in Saudi Arabia to set record-high profit margins.
    Hospitals and health services in NSW have been told they will need to find savings of $252 million under a new “treasury cap”, which paramedics and health workers say will lead to cuts in emergency services and longer hospital waiting times.
    Nina Hendy explains how the Australian Taxation Office is looking for better ways to ensure that those raking in extra cash in the black economy are paying their fair share of tax after Airbnb recently provided data to it to help it identify those not paying tax on rental income, or who may have over-claimed deductions.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports on the argument about transparency of NSW’s Independent Planning Commission.
    “What explains this tidal wave of authoritarians taking over supposedly mature secular democracies?”, asks George Grundy.
    Ripped-off workers have been compensated more than $40 million in stolen or lost wages recovered by the Fair Work Ombudsman over the past year. In the agency’s annual report released on Tuesday, Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker revealed a “significant increase” in action on wages stolen from 18,000 employees.
    Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration are engulfed in a public rupture over a bombshell revelation about the 737 Max, and the timing couldn’t be worse – just as the plane maker and the regulator are working to get the grounded jet back in the skies. What a corporate debacle!
    A scathing Nicole Hemmer laments that thanks to Trump, US influence is being replaced by Russian influence.
    Trump has scraped the bottom of the barrel by using the term ‘lynching”.
    The ‘ceasefire’ in Syria is ending – here’s what’s likely to happen now explains Professor Mehmet Ozalp.
    Campaigners have gathered in Rome to call for the lifting of a ban on female priests that would “save the Catholic Church” where it is failing to ordain enough men. It’s amazing how self-preservation can temper one’s beliefs.

    Cartoon Corner

    A cutting contribution from David Rowe.

    Three more from Mark David again today.

    Fiona Katauskas and the box full of national security legislation.

    Another beauty from Alan Moir.

    Andrew Dyson and drought relief.

    Cathy Wilcox and police strip searches ant music fesivals.

    Nice work here from John Shakespeare.

    From Matt Golding.

    Zanetti on press freedom.

    From a dispirited Jon Kudelka.

    From the US

  2. An excellent piece by Professor Mehmet Ozalp in the Dawn Patrol. The analysis published in local MSM has been up until now largely woeful.

    One FMD is that the likely deal with the Kurds, an autonomous region within Syria, is what was on offer waaaay back at the start of the conflict in a deal the Russians had brokered but the Americans deep sixed. This is the fourth time in 70 years the Kurds have put all their hopes in the American basket and been left empty handed……. or worse. You’d think they would have learnt after the first 3 times. Not to mention earlier lessons like the utter betrayal by the Poms post WWI. Ye can nae trust an empire laddie.

  3. Another asylum seeker death.

    This time not in detention, but worse, because this man, Mohammad Mohsin,had been on a bridging visa with no right to work since 2013. He became so ashamed of relying on others for accommodation that he became homeless. Finally it all became too much.

    His application for protection had been going through processing for most of his six years in Australia. The refusal of that application happened recently and no doubt pushed him into suicide.

    Mohsin was what is called a “legacy ” asylum seeker, one of those who arrived before the Gillard and Rudd governments re-opened offshore detention centres and introduced the appalling “if you come by boat you will never settle in Australia” business. If Mohsin had arrived a few months later he would have been sent to Manus Island and would – if he had survived – be among those currently rotting there. It’s hard to know what would be worse – imprisonment in an offshore hell hole or being dumped on the mainland with no money and no way of supporting yourself.

    This is how Australia treats those who come to us seeking help. A majority of Australians vehemently support this cruelty. We have been brainwashed by governments since Howard to hate asylum seekers and refugees.

    I hope the members of successive governments (including Labor) that have engineered this filthy situation are happy now they see the fruits of their work.

    Bangladeshi asylum seeker dies by suicide at Lakemba mosque

  4. Our “devout Christian” PM has accused asylum seekers of faking illnesses to get medevac transfers.

    ‘Make up your own mind’: PM accuses asylum seekers of faking illness under Medevac laws

    Does he never read his New Testament? Do the words of the man he claims to have a personal relationship with, the man who was himself a refugee for the first years of his life, mean anything to him? Obviously not. FauxMo is no Christian, he’s just a member of a cargo cult.

    FauxMo does believe there will be a day of judgement, he does believe in an actual hell, because his cult makes a big deal of burning in hell if you are not “saved”.

    Read this and work out where FauxMo , according to his own beliefs, will be going –

    Matthew 25:31-46.

    31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,f you did it to me.’

    41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


    • 😆 from the article, a very human response from rat passengers being driven by new driers.

      …….. rats that drove themselves had lower dehydroepiandrosterone levels and were less stressed than rats that were driven around as passengers in remote-controlled cars.

  5. FauxMo’s Australia, where people have to work for food and are expected to be grateful to have a job.

    Isn’t this slavery?

    Brisbane cafe accused of paying its staff with food, instead of money

    The operators of a Brisbane cafe allegedly paid some of its employees in food and drink, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

    Visa holders — including junior workers aged under 21 — were partly paid in meals, desserts and drinks over two periods between August 2017 and January 2018, the ombudsman will allege in the Federal Circuit Court.

    Eleven employees from Cafe 63 Chermside, at the Westfield Chermside shopping centre in suburban Brisbane, were allegedly underpaid by Timi Trading Pty Ltd.

    They worked as cooks, kitchen attendants and food and beverage attendants.

    Company director Tien Hoang Le, company manager Minh Vo Duy Nguyen and company owner-director Hamish Watson are scheduled to face a directions hearing in Brisbane on February 21.

    Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said her inspectors looked into the small business after hearing allegations of underpayment


  6. Keeping it in the family –

    Senior Defence bureaucrat accused of nepotism over lucrative $400,000 contract

    The Defence Department has confirmed a senior official personally awarded an almost $400,000 contract to an IT company where his son worked, bypassing the usual practice of putting the work out to a competitive tender.

    It insists it followed procurement rules in awarding the almost $400,000 contract
    Victorian-based consultancy firm Sinapse Pty Ltd was selected in January by a “limited tender” to complete a so-called technical change review for Defence, due to an “absence of competition for technical reasons”.

    Defence insiders have told the ABC they believe the company was selected for the work because a senior departmental figure had a close relationship with the company, and his son worked there


    Defence insists all procurement rules were followed, despite the lack of a tender process.

  7. In other Defence news –

    Army’s reports kept secret to avoid flak on social media

    The Department of Defence has kept a series of reports into the ­culture within the Australian Army under wraps, claiming that their release would jeopardise any possible improvements and have the ­potential to fuel a social media backlash.

    The latest example of government secrecy can be revealed as Scott Morrison’s Coalition came under strong criticism from forme­r Liberal leaders over press freedom, with Jeff Kennett warning that the separation of powers had been “totally blurred” and John Hewson urging­ “serious” reforms to halt “abuse of power”.

    The government’s refusal to provide ­access to information is one of the motivating factors behind­ a letter media organisations sent on Tuesday to all 227 federal MPs, sounding the alarm on a growing culture of government secrecy. The letter — signed on behalf of 19 media organisations by News Corp Australia’s corporate affairs director Campbell Reid — said that laws needed to “strike the right balance” and too many passed in recent years were at odds with “an open and transparent ­society”.

    Nine months ago, a Freedom of Information decision-maker rejected the latest request by The Australian to obtain official reviews into army culture led by private consultant and expert sociologist Samantha Crompvoets. Sources have told several media outlets, including The Australian, that one of her reports, on the Special Air Service regiment, reveals a culture of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and allegations of unlawful activity. It was based on interviews with serving members and prompted an inquiry, but the report’s findings remain a secret.

    The request for the reports to be released was denied because the decision-maker said the inevit­able public debate triggered by the release of the reports would be too disruptive.

    “I note the development of ­active social media capability in ­recent years ensures that people can be influenced in short time with broad effect by sensationalism,” the decision-maker warned.

    “Army’s culture has been the subject of scrutiny on social media in recent years. The elimination of any bias and sensationalism on ­social media will allow Army to ­instil cultural change with the least disruption in the shortest possible time.”

    The Australian sought a review by the Information Commissioner in February but, based on current trends and timeframes, a decision on this appeal may not be made until mid- to late next year.

    The Department of Defence has kept a series of reports into the ­culture within the Australian Army under wraps, claiming that their release would jeopardise any possible improvements and have the ­potential to fuel a social media backlash.

    The latest example of government secrecy can be revealed as Scott Morrison’s Coalition came under strong criticism from forme­r Liberal leaders over press freedom, with Jeff Kennett warning that the separation of powers had been “totally blurred” and John Hewson urging­ “serious” reforms to halt “abuse of power”.

    The government’s refusal to provide ­access to information is one of the motivating factors behind­ a letter media organisations sent on Tuesday to all 227 federal MPs, sounding the alarm on a growing culture of government secrecy. The letter — signed on behalf of 19 media organisations by News Corp Australia’s corporate affairs director Campbell Reid — said that laws needed to “strike the right balance” and too many passed in recent years were at odds with “an open and transparent ­society”.

    Nine months ago, a Freedom of Information decision-maker rejected the latest request by The Australian to obtain official reviews into army culture led by private consultant and expert sociologist Samantha Crompvoets. Sources have told several media outlets, including The Australian, that one of her reports, on the Special Air Service regiment, reveals a culture of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and allegations of unlawful activity. It was based on interviews with serving members and prompted an inquiry, but the report’s findings remain a secret.

    The request for the reports to be released was denied because the decision-maker said the inevit­able public debate triggered by the release of the reports would be too disruptive.

    “I note the development of ­active social media capability in ­recent years ensures that people can be influenced in short time with broad effect by sensationalism,” the decision-maker warned.

    “Army’s culture has been the subject of scrutiny on social media in recent years. The elimination of any bias and sensationalism on ­social media will allow Army to ­instil cultural change with the least disruption in the shortest possible time.”

    The Australian sought a review by the Information Commissioner in February but, based on current trends and timeframes, a decision on this appeal may not be made until mid- to late next year


    • Is it a good idea for farmers to leave their land? It seems that the govt is pushing hard. Isn’t it a bit like closing down factories or selling them overseas which this govt is so good at?

    • All those vacant farms, just waiting to be snapped up by big overseas agri-businesses. No wonder FauxMo refuses to do anything – except, of course, forcing farmers off their Farm Household Allowance payments so they leave sooner. I suspect he has an ulterior motive. Maybe Anus wants to buy up more farmland for his shoddy Caymans-based company.

      Farmers should be encouraged to stay on their land and to try new farming methods that will help them to better manage what water they have when the drought breaks

    • leone
      I must say I find it tragic. Morrison seems to be starving them of funds. We depend so much on farming. Wasn’t Landcare, a long time ago, helping them. I really think they need help, even if they don’t vote for us; they still give us food. Many farmers have committed suicide, leaving their families without help. Govt doesn’t care. I’m distraught. And why do overseas agri-businesses always have more money than our farmers?

    • I think that there are farmers on marginal land who should be encouraged to exit farming. Their land ought to be rehabilitated and made more tolerant to climate change

      BUT I have been hanging around with you bunch of cynics for so long I am sure the only farmers who will be offered Exit packages are those whose farms are being coveted by the large NFF donors.

      I think the large donors are feedlot operators, 10 large irrigators, agri-chemicals, live sheep transports, Angus Taylor and Gina Rinehart

    • Since the Green revolution our food producers have become more concentrated so the beef you buy in Colesworth was “finished” in the large Riverina feedlots, Australian pork was grown in the piggeries at Wakefield just north of Adelaide, there are large vegetable growers

      The blockies in the old irrigation colonies are being forced out because their access to water has stopped but larger operations can produce more

      The danger is that the Green Revolution is in danger of collapse and then our carefully constructed network of food imports and exports will fall apart. Australia has been a net food importer for the past decade according to Elizabeth Broderick when she was a director of Nestle. The world has a 3 month store of wheat

      The old family farm of yore just doesn’t compete with the large operators. Before it was sold our family farm was more or less a retirement hobby, no longer being large enough to provide a good living for a farmer with school age children

    • Gigilene – good questions.

      I suspect one of the reasons the government is not keen to help farmers is they know they will always have those rural votes. Farmers are mostly conservative voters, the ones I’ve known are very fixed in their thinking and like to do the same things their fathers and grandfathers did. This explains the general rural reluctance to try new farming methods.

      No matter what happens National voters will keep on voting National. Both sides of politics ignore Nats electorates. The Libs know they can count on those seats staying in the Coalition, Labor knows they are a lost cause. It’s only when rural electorates rebel and elect independents or representatives of minor parties like the Shooters and Fishers that governments take notice.

      Overseas buyers have lots of cash because they have lots of investors, and because Australian governments are suckers and will give these companies massive subsidies, including funding for new dams that hog water and deplete our rivers.

  8. Another day, another Labor petition.

    This time it’s from Linda Burney asking me to sign Labor’s petition asking the government to increase Newstart.

    I’m not signing.

    Here’s why.

    First – as soon as I sign I’ll get another email asking me to “chip in” to help get this petition circulated. I cannot afford to fritter money away like this.

    Next – I gave up signing Labor petitions asking the government to do whatever years ago because they are pointless. Does anyone seriously think this arrogant government would change the way they operate because Labor presents a petition? FauxMo believes people suffer misfortunes like being unemployed or ill as a punishment for sin, he believes the way to fix poverty is through prayer and tithing. He’s not going to go against his brainwashing.

    Last – Labor had the opportunity to increase Newstart when they were in government. They had six years to do that, but preferred to keep on punishing people for being unemployed, arguing getting the budget back into surplus was more important than increasing an inadequate payment. They could not even be bothered changing the way the six-monthly increases are calculated to bring them into line with other payments like the age pension, carers payment and DSP. Those payments are tied to wage, Newstart is tied to the inflation rate. If it was tied to wages Newstart would now be about $70 a fortnight higher.

    Labor can take their petition and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

    • Labor can take their petition and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

      Hear hear ! Labor showed that when it came to the unemployed,single parents,disabled , refugees etc that they are quite willing to kick people when they were down. Nothing like beating up the powerless to show how ‘strong/tough’ you are 😦

  9. I am disappointed that Labor didn’t win the election and Albo is such a fizzer.

    If you want to raise Newstart, make DSP more accessible, stop Robodebt, and stop the roll out of Indue (yes the latest legislation is rolling it out to aged pensioners in north Queensland) — who are you going to call?

    • If the two main parties only ‘bastard’ or ‘ bastard with a nicer smile then’ people will ‘call’ the populists the rabble rousers the people hanging out at the more extreme ends of the political spectrum.

  10. . The Big Stick. Remember all the Coalition claims about how fabuloso it’s effect will be on prices ? FMD 1 . Labor supported The Big Stick FMD 2. From Guardian’s live blog.
    Katy Gallagher (in finance estimates) :

    Did Treasury perform any economic analysis or modelling of the ‘Big Stick’ reforms’ impact on electricity prices?

    Structural reform division acting head Damian Dunn:

    No Senator, we haven’t done any modelling.”

    • Labor says the bill the government presented was very different to the original, but that just tells us how weak Labor has become. They have now reached the “selling the cow for a bag of magic beans” level of stupidity.

      Labor should have voted against this. It still would have passed, but the protest vote would have been a better option than the now usual practice of waving flawed government bills through both houses.

  11. If the dumb people stay dumb no matter how many billions or trillions Morrison throws at the drought if it doesn’t rain they will blame the government.It may have been a good election to lose.

  12. The Liar From The Shire’s latest pea and thimble trick –

    And they keep on voting for Nats politicians in rural Australia! Dumber than a box of rocks, the lot of them.

  13. Small error – Hillsong isn’t FauxMo’s church, not now anyway. May have been once. He still regards Brian Houston as his friend and mentor though, still attends the annual Hillsong conference and as we all know, refuses to answer questions about his wish to take Houston to the White House state dinner.

  14. I’m watching the House of Commons.

    The TV coverage is much more fluid than ours.

    It is the Prime Minister’s Questions. He is not allowed to duck shove to a lesser mortal.

    I must say, though, that there is a lady behind Mr Johnson who is showing some leg.

  15. I don’t know what has happened to BK’s Dawn Patrol this morning, it’s been up over the road for an hour and a half.

    Here goes with a copy –

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Hewson worries about the leadership vacuum we are living in. As usual, Hewson nails it!
    David Crowe writes about a former commonwealth ombudsman accusing the Morrison government of breaching disclosure laws by scaling back the peak agency which oversees the release of information amid a growing row over public sector secrecy.’
    Rob Harris says that the Nats are fuming at Cormann’s cosying up to Pauline Hanson. I heard a word yesterday that could apply to the state of the current Coalition – schismatic.
    Nationals leader Michael McCormack has admitted his party should have better handled agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie’s bring-forward of the planned dairy code explains Michelle Grattan.
    Michael Pascoe thinks our PM might be a nutter! This quite a serious article actually.
    Dana McCauley reports on the venomous John Setka’s expulsion from the Labor Party. But he’s still in the CFMMEU.
    The SMH editorial declares that Albanese has shown he is not in the unions’ pocket.
    But Ben Schneiders says the John Setka saga is far from over.
    The NSW government is set to privatise bus services in the last three parts of Sydney that are still in the hands of the state-run bus operator, in a move that is expected to spark a furious response from trade unions.
    Following a series of construction disasters, developers will now be forced to submit “declared” buildings plans, which must comply with the building code. Surely that should be the case in any event!
    Google has claimed that is has developed a quantum computer that has finished a calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that it would take the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to do.
    Paul Keating has lashed out in an op-ed saying, “This reckless government and its business and media mates are determined to damage superannuation”.
    Eryk Bagshaw writs about Taxation Commissioner Chris Jordan’s opening outburst about whistle blowers at Estimates yesterday.
    The AAP describes how secrecy and obfuscation are dominate Estimates hearings.
    Excessive government secrecy and repression of whistleblowers and journalists is on the rise. This is a government which persecutes its citizens for doing the right thing. This oped, written befittingly by Name Withheld for Security Reasons, identifies another target whose name is also withheld for security reasons.
    The chief executive of ARENA – the Australian Renewable Energy Agency – lays out the promise of hydrogen to make Australia a global clean energy leader explains Darren Miller.
    It gets worse tor Australian rugby union as its CEO Raelene Castle was left visibly upset after a heated verbal stoush with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika at a cocktail function during the World Cup.
    Emma Koehn reports on how retailers, already struggling with a shocking economic environment, are now having to cope with the rise of AfterPay and the likes who are charging up to 7% for the “service”. It is leeches like these who do a lot of damage.
    Rosie Batty has called for the removal of Pauline Hanson from the family law inquiry.
    The Canberra Times wonders if the APS staff freeze might be about to thaw.
    Roman Quaedvlieg is to be the first witness called at public hearings next week into corruption allegations involving the agency’s treatment of Crown casino high-rollers. This could be a very, very interesting testimony!
    The Guardian reveals that Angus Taylor baselessly accused Sydney’s lord mayor of driving up carbon emissions by spending $15m on travel, a claim that was later backed up with a doctored council document provided to the Daily Telegraph, which reported the figure.
    Our Government understating the current number of asylum seeker applications is a cause for concern, writes Abul Rizvi.
    Some good news for a change. Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are set to fall say these contributors to The Conversation.
    In a report released by NBN Co, the company have twisted the truth in an effort to give Australia’s broadband some credibility, writes Laurie Patton.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how McKinsey has warned that while Australia’s big four banks would be seriously challenged by a global downturn, more than half the world’s lenders could be swimming naked.
    According to Anna Patty the Fair Work Ombudsman said it would in future take into account the size of underpayments of wages when assessing the size of ‘contrition payments’ such as the one issued to former Masterchef George Calombaris.
    Mike Callaghan, the head of the Aged Care Financing Authority, told Senate estimates on Wednesday that the financial performance of the aged care sector, and particularly nursing homes, remains a “significant concern” to the agency. This is going to explode before long!
    Nicholas Stuart wonders whether or not we might be lumbering into China’s brave new world.
    In a very interesting contribution Jess Irvine suggests thoughtful micro-economic reform is what is needed. Not wholesale infrastructure spends targeting marginal electorates.
    The Morrison government will review the 5.25% rate it charges for reverse mortgages after criticism from seniors groups that it has been gouging pensioners at a time of record low interest rates.
    Despite small measures being taken to prevent the demise of our Great Barrier Reef, it may well be too late to save it, writes Simone Denereaz.
    Young Australians who believe smoking will not harm them as long as they quit by age 30 are underestimating the dangers, the Cancer Council warns as official data shows a spike in lung diseases and other illnesses among ex-smokers.
    Matthew Knott describes how chaotic scenes have broken out in Washington as Republican politicians stormed a restricted area on Capitol Hill, disrupting the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
    More from Knott as he tells us that an Australian National University professor recently stumbled across the fact that one of US President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisors had fabricated quotes about China in multiple books. And not just that: he concocted an entire person. This has infuriated China.
    Republicans are finally realising Trump is his own worst enemy – and theirs writes Richard Wolffe.
    John Crace writes that not even the Boris Johnson’s narcissism can protect him as the cracks show.
    Whoever is responsible for the deaths of these 39 people in the UK are “Arseholes of the Week”.

  16. Angus Taylor conspiring with the Daily Smelly to publish falsified documents alleging the City of Sydney Council spends millions on travel, and getting found out immediately has to go down as the one of the worst ever media attempts at spreading muck.

    What did Anus hope to gain from this?

    The election of a Liberal as Mayor, perhaps? Maybe Abbott’s sister, Christine Foster, who keeps being passed over by voters for that position?

    Whatever his intentions he has managed to damage only himself.

  17. Apart from the “I’m joining the Greens” part I totally agree with this.

    Yesterday’s performance by Labor – supporting the incredibly easy passage of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019 – was a disgrace.

    The government agreed to some trivial Labor amendments, Labor supported the bill and it goes to the Senate next month for Labor to wave it through.

    The government can still prevent electricity companies from closing down failing coal-fired power stations like Liddell. I do not call this a major Labor achievement, I call it more selling out, more collusion with this rotten government, more proof Labor has abandoned everything it ever stood for. Joel Fitzgibbon must be delighted with this outcome

  18. Could get interesting for Anus Taylor
    Mark Butler to Angus Taylor:

    My question is to the Minister of emissions reduction. Section 253……………………………Will he admit to this house that this forgery was not made by him or his office?



    (That’s the whole answer)
    Mark Butler to Angus Taylor:

    I refer the minister to his previous answer. Where did he get the document?


    The document was drawn directly, from the City of Sydney’s website.”

    Emails between the council and the Telegraph show that Taylor’s office said it downloaded its erroneous document from the council’s website on 6 September 2019.

    But the council has now provided evidence to the Guardian that it had not altered the publicly available version of its annual report at any point since it was uploaded with the correct figures in November 2018. That evidence includes emailed advice from its IT department and screenshots of its content management system.

    “Metadata logs prove that the City’s annual report documents, both PDF and Word versions, were uploaded on 27 November 2018 and not updated after that date,” a council spokesman said.

    • Actually everyone is wrong on the introduction of the so-called “Medevac Bill”.

      There was no such bill.

      The Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018, introduced in the Reps on 28 March 2018 by Alex Hawke.

      The bill sat on the Notice Paper until August 2018 when it returned to the Reps for the 2nd reading debate.

      The Reps passed the bill that day and off it went to the Senate the same day, where the 2nd Reading debate was moved and adjourned.

      The debate did not resume until 4 December 2018.

      Meanwhile on 3 December 2018 Kerryn Phelps and Andrew Wilkie introduced their co-sponsored Migration Amendment (Urgent Medical Treatment) Bill 2018 in the Reps.

      A second reading was voted for and debate was adjourned.

      The bill was not debated when parliament returned in February 2019 and lapsed when parliament was dissolved for this year’s election.

      During the Senate debate an amendment proposed by Senators Storer and McKim was passed after a lengthy debate where the government did all it could to prevent that happening.

      That amendment was based on Kerryn Phelps’s bill.

      The amended bill then returned to the Reps for acceptance of the amendments on 12 February 2019 where it passed thanks to crossbench support.

      The bill became law on 1 March 2019.

      So technically speaking the bill Kerryn Phelps introduced went nowhere while the whole Medevac process came about thanks to an amendment from the Senate crossbench, an amendment based on the Phelps/Wilkie bill.


  19. Why the hell is our rotten government doing this in our name?


  20. And boy the Coalition,especially the Nats , demonstrate how much truth there is in this………..

    No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” — H.L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy

  21. Joel Fitzgibbon is Singleton’s federal MP. He’s not at all concerned about the poor air quality in his electorate. He just wants more coal mines.No doubt he is hoping for a cushy job on the baord of a mining company wjhen Hunter finally boots him out.

    Maybe this is why he almost lost his seat – he did not listen to his electorate.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe tells us that Labor has given the government 24 hours to properly deal with the Clover Moore forgery effort or it will refer the hapless Taylor to the police.
    Anne Davies writes that this doctored documents mystery will further weaken trust in politicians and journalism. She says the Daily Telegraph is furious at being misled. The public should be furious too. The answer is in the government’s hands
    Rob Harris writes that Labor has attempted to drive a wedge between the Liberals and the Nationals this week over the worsening drought amid growing frustration within the junior Coalition partner. And now Barnaby Joyce has come out saying that unless the government tips in $1.3b for drought action it will lose the election.
    Shane wright reports that key details of the Morrison government’s election plan to help 10,000 first-time buyers into the property market, including price caps and regional restrictions, are yet to be revealed just two months before it is due to start.
    An influential global wealth survey has highlighted the world’s greatest loser in economic outcomes this year — Australia. Although the report is in $US, and reflects the impact of falling house prices and a falling $A – and although Australians remain among the richest people in the world – it also confirms that Australia’s economy is being poorly managed reports Alan Austin.
    Sam Maiden tells us that the man who was raped as a child by Hillsong founder Brian Houston’s father, Frank, has slammed Morrison’s public support of the church when it has yet to sign up to the sex abuse redress scheme. I wish Labor would really latch on to this.
    Older people staying in work highlights the consequences of fiscal policy that has forced the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates explains Greg Jericho.
    Phil Coorey says that Albanese is targeting jobs, not unions,
    Michelle Grattan reckons Albanese needs some meat in his first ‘vision statement’ next week.
    David Crowe explores what Clive Palmer got with his $50m plus election spend and what such behaviour could lead to with democracy in Australia.
    Dana McCauley explains how the AFP has dropped its investigation into John Setka over allegations he criminally threatened crossbench senators in a bid to sway their vote on the government’s union-busting legislation.
    Official government statistics have underreported the number of sick and disabled Newstart recipients by as much as 40% or as many as 80,000 people Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals.
    Greg Barns explains how our freedom of speech is being eroded.
    A leading Australian climate scientist has said his views have been misrepresented by conservative media commentators (Sky News!) who have used a “misspoken” statement to dismiss the links between climate change and drought.
    Consumer confidence in regional NSW has slumped to levels not seen since the global financial crisis amid fresh warnings about how major population centres are being affected by the drought.
    The Government’s insistence on clinging to fossil fuel technology continues to have consequences on human health, writes Dr Graeme McLeay.
    The Berejiklian government is giving no guarantee that scores of salaried staff in support roles at the State Transit Authority will keep their jobs or be able to transfer elsewhere after it decided to privatise the last remaining bus services in Sydney. Isn’t privatisation grand!
    This is music to my ears! Professor Peter Fleming gets stuck into the downfall of narrow reliance on many KPIs by managers and the suboptimal behaviour it causes.
    Law professor Simon Rice declares that the Coalition’s approach to religious discrimination risks being an inconclusive, wasteful exercise.
    Jenna Price bemoans Morrison’s treatment of welcome to country.
    Not just service workers, wage theft can happen to anyone in any industry — even at the ABC and RSPCA. Reports William Olson.
    It’s not just a Sydney thing. Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog is to hold public hearings into allegations of serious corruption around planning and property development at the City of Casey in Melbourne’s sprawling south-east.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that beneath the headlines of Qantas’s results were indicators of the slowing domestic and global economies.
    One could be excused for thinking the hand of Peter Dutton is somewhere in this action.
    Australia’s richest private schools – which charge students as much as an astonishing $70,000 a year for boarding and tuition – can access cash assistance from a new $1.2 billion taxpayer-funded slush fund but public schools are not eligible to apply!
    80% of household water goes to waste – we need to get it back writes Professor Roberta Ryan.
    Crown Resorts’ high-roller turnover has plummeted following revelations the group went into business with figures linked to organised crime in an attempt to lure wealthy Chinese gamblers to its casinos in Melbourne and Perth.
    Shareholders have won the first class action lawsuit to go all the way to judgment in Australia – but are unlikely to see a cent from defendant Myer because the stock market didn’t believe inflated profit forecasts made by the retailer’s chief executive, a judge has found. Given Myers’ atrocious management record this seems reasonable.
    The federal government has pursued the estates of up hundreds of dead people flagged as owing money under its much criticised robo-debt program.
    High-end restaurant group Rockpool is accused of tampering with timesheet records and making staff work excessive hours in an “audacious” scheme to cheat them of overtime pay.
    “Will the UK achieve Brexit, then cease to exist?”, ponders Waleed Aly.
    As it turned out Australia’s ambassador to the US Joe Hockey did make an unsolicited offer to help with the controversial White House inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
    “Trump’s presidency is built on lies. Does he actually believe them?” asks Waler Shapiro.
    According to this Guardian contributor the unholy alliance of the religious right and Trumpism is deeply anti-Christian.

    Cartoon Corner

    A couple from Alan Moir on Angus Taylor.

    And one from David Rowe (whose Twitter account has been closed)

    From Matt Golding.

    Zanetti with his CFMMEU fix.

    Andrew Dyson’s view on the state of the UK.

    And here’s Simon Letch’s.

    Jim Pavlidis really gets to the point of the matter here.

    From a totally frustrated Cathy Wilcox.

    Jon Kudelka’s contribution to the right to know campaign.

    From the US

  23. She says the Daily Telegraph is furious at being misled.

    :lol::lol: 😆 :lol::lol: 😆 :lol::lol: 😆 :lol::lol: 😆 :lol::lol: 😆 Now that is chutzpah . A Mordor Media Propaganda Ministry outlet ‘outraging’ about being mislead. Priceless.

  24. BK
    After reading the article written by Prof. Fleming I will be joining you in the cheering loudly section of the crowd. I saw what such bullshit did to a lab involved in analysis,QA and certification. The quality and trust i would put in our results fell off a cliff but hey all the KPIs etc looked fantastic. Thank jeebus I no longer work there it was pretty demoralising being there and watching the decline.

  25. BK
    Your avatar would have been nodding furiously at this bit. He might just have covered this in his rules for TQM 🙂

    First are the perverse incentives they can instil. When a simple numerical measure – weekly sales, for instance – is pegged to rewards, employees will fixate on the measure alone rather than the wider mission of the organisation.

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