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. I’ve been seeing a few comments on social media saying this is not the time to talk about climate change making bushfires much more dangerous or to have arguments about the cause of the current fires. Instead we should be showing empathy towards those who have lost their homes or their family members.

    Nuts to that. It’s entirely possible to do both at the same time.

    People saying that sound like Trump after a school massacre by a crazed shooter – “Now is not the time to talk about restricting gun ownership” and then the discussion or the argument never happens.

    If we can’t talk about the effects of climate change right now, when those effects are so clearly visible to all of us, then when should we do it?

    Australia is in for a hellish summer, by the end of March we will be lucky if any part of this country has not suffered massive fires. Up here in northern NSW we are looking at another week of extreme fire danger with the current fires getting worse and the clear possibility of more starting. Temperatures are predicted to soar again by Tuesday and gale force winds are expected. And it’s not even summer yet, officially.

    We need serious discussions, strong leadership and a plan to tackle climate change, not “thoughts and prayers” from a coal-worshipping incompetent government.

  2. My local paper has this news –

    The Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will tour fire ravaged regions in NSW today with a stop over expected in Wauchope and Taree.

    They will see for themselves the human toll of the worst fires we’ve seen in more than two decades

    Big deal!

    Gladys cut funding for the RFS in the last NSW budget, FauxMo and the ATM government have chosen to ignore a 2013 report which clearly stated Australia was facing increasing bushfre danger from climate change and needed to start preparing to deal with that threat. In six years nothing has been done.

    They can shove their hugs and their crocodile tears, they are partly responsible for this disaster.

  3. Major corporations – including in the Manildra Group and Teys Australia group of companies – which have given tens of thousands of dollars each in political donations are among those to have benefited from a $200m regional jobs program.

    The regional jobs and investment package was the subject of a scathing Australian National Audit Office report which found substantial administrative shortcomings including ministerial funding decisions that did not always line up with advice provided by bureaucrats.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/10/major-corporations-and-political-donors-awarded-grants-under-200m-regional-jobs-program

    • What the hell does “collective aspiration” mean? What a load of waffle.

      FFS!

      Albo plans to abandon the cuts to franking credits, wants to cut back spending on education and keeps telling us coal is necessary because it will be used to make wind turbines.

      What Labor desperately needs is strong leadership. While Albo might be a nice bloke he is not a leader. Neither are any of the men (no girls allowed) in his leadership team. They are just wanna-be Liberals.

      Why would anyone vote for this mob of loons! If things keep going this way I see a big split in the party coming, with those who want Labor to stay a true labour party leaving and the “aspirational” wanna-be Libs being left with whatever they want to call their Lib-Lite creation.

  4. Well,that was a brief visit.

    FauxMo, Gladys and NSW police minister “you can strip-search my kids” David Elliott, with local Nats politicians visited the Wauchope RFS headquarters.There were protestors outside, not sure what they were there for but I’m guessing a protest about the government’s lack of action on climate change.

    Once inside the meeting started off open to the media and the politicians listened to RFS spokesperson Kam Baker explain what was happening with the fires. Then the meeting was interrupted by local environmentalist Harry Creamer, he was removed from the room and the meeting became a closed-doors affair. It was all over in a few minutes then the pollies got back into their cars to head for Taree. I assume they were flying down, the drive (only 40 minutes) and the smoke on the highway might be too much for such sensitive, sheltered city types.

    It was all a stunt, not worth the bother, the expense and the use of aircraft. FauxMo didn’t even meet any fire evacuees, although the showground where they and their animals have been sheltering is only just up the road, a few minutes in the car.

    At least FauxMo now knows that even in National Party safe electorates he is going to be greeted with protests. Not that he will do anything, except ramp up his plans to stop all protests. We can’t have politicians on publicity stunts being ridiculed, can we.

    • Right on cue: “Now’s not the time …”

      Yesterday it was revealed that the federal government was prepared to deploy the Australian Defence Force in order to combat the fires. When asked about this, Morrison said that the response from the NSW government had been “outstanding” and if the state needed more support, the state government would ask for it.

      When he was asked about climate change, someone heckled back to the journalist “oh please!”. Morrison said his focus was on what was happening on the ground.

      “One of the stories I heard today and the commissioner has referred to it because it is not uncommon, you have firefighters out there saving someone else’s house while their own house is burning down,” he said.

      “And when we are in that sort of a situation, that is where attention must be.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/nov/10/nsw-and-queensland-fires-fires-rage-as-conditions-expected-to-worsen

  5. FauxMo’s “special message” to the people of the mid-north coast of NSW –

    They have available to them the best firefighters in the world, well coordinated with effort coming from around the country to be there to support them, and they can have a lot of confidence in the operations I have seen here today

    https://www.portnews.com.au/story/6483850/pm-visits-firefighters-in-wauchope-and-praises-their-courage/?cs=2638

    Still no mention of extra funding for more air tankers (which could be used wherever needed in Australia) or grants to the states for fire-fighting equipment though.

    I suppose a budget surplus is more important than buying state fire services the gear they desperately need the gear they desperately need.

  6. The fires have claimed another life.

    A man in his 60s has died after rolling his car near a bridge at South Arm, about 30km inland from Nambucca Heads.

    It is believed the man – a local to the area – was driving through thick smoke on Friday evening when the accident happened on South Arm Rd.

    His body was discovered in his car at around 9.30am yesterday by local road crews who were clearing fallen trees.

    https://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/6483707/fatal-car-crash-at-south-arm/

    He was trying to drive in conditions like this –

  7. This statement by a group called Emergency Leaders for Climate Change was written and sent to the PM in April this year.

    EMERGENCY LEADERS: AUSTRALIA UNPREPARED FOR WORSENING EXTREMES
    https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/emergency-leaders-climate-action/

    And here’s a media report –
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/09/former-fire-chiefs-warn-australia-unprepared-for-escalating-climate-threat

    The PM ignored it.

    Months later, in September, Greg Mullins again wrote to the PM asking for a meeting to discuss this issue. The PM fobbed him off with Anus Taylor, who never got around to organising the meeting.

    • Sorry, too angered to put words in best order.

      At the very least, the current government should be held directly accountable and criminally responsible for lives lost, lives destroyed, destruction of homes, businesses, habitats and bushlands ravaged.

      To say nothing of the psychological damage to experts who plead to be heard.
      To say nothing of the psychological damage to firefighters and everyone doing their very best to help.
      To say nothing of the effects of smoke etc spreading over oceans and islands and upwards into the atmosphere.

      Apparently the PM’s god hasn’t been moved by his thoughts and prayers.

      I suppose if anyone tries to tackle them about this we’ll just get more weasel words.

  8. On Tuesday the New South Wales lower house of parliament is due to debate legislation that would try to stop planning authorities from blocking mine developments based on emissions from coal once it is burned.

    With the bushfire crisis in NSW unfolding, environment advocates are calling on the government to postpone that debate. Protests are expected in Sydney on that day. Authorities have put in place a catastrophic fire danger forecast for the same day.

    “The NSW government did this kneejerk reaction in response to pressure from the mining industry to take climate change out of the consideration for new coalmines and gasfields,” George Woods, a coordinator at Lock the Gate, said.

    “With the catastrophe unfolding around us in north-east NSW, this is the time to be listening to the people and responding effectively to climate change.

    “We would like them to withdraw the bill.”

    NSW Labor has called for parliament to be suspended this week

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/nov/10/nsw-and-queensland-fires-fires-rage-as-conditions-expected-to-worsen

    And – ir the first time ever, Sydney is facing a catastrophic fire danger forecast for tomorrow and Tuessday. That should give those smug bastards in Macquarie Street.a wake-up call.

  9. helenzilva

    Scrott Morrison’s religion believes that the End of Days is imminent. A truly joyous occasion for people like him who are to be saved. For the rest of us meh, the fires are just a warm up. So thoughts and prayers are thoughts and prayers for “Bring it on !” .

    • You have to wonder how Mr Morrison and others like him will react, when the “Rapture” comes and they are left behind amongst the unbelievers … or there is no “Rapture” at all (as I believe is far more likely, as it hasn’t happened at any previously advertised occasion!)

    • And to think the media praised his religious devotion during the election campaign.

      Just goes to show you how little understanding they have of his cult.

      They talked up FauxMo inviting the media into his church at Easter, one was so stupid they described the service as “mass”.

      None of them criticised him for breaking the agreement with Labor for no campaigning on Easter Sunday by giving that invitation. If that stunt wasn’t election campaigning then what on earth was it?

  10. More “we must not talk about climate change while houses are being destroyed” nonsense from FayuxMo and Gladys.

    If we don’t talk about it today then when should we have that discussion?

    Gladys has really shown all of Australia what a nasty piece of work she is today.

  11. I made a mistake in claiming the Gladys government had cut funding for the RFS by 35.4%.

    It was actually 75.2%

    The 35.4% cut was for NSW Fire and Rescue,

    https://twintowntimes.com.au/_/2019/06/cuts-to-fireys-in-liberal-state-budget-a-disgrace-labor/

    Have a look at the NSW Budget Papers, page 6-7, for proof.

    https://www.budget.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/budget-2019-06/6._Stronger_Communities_cluster-BP3-Budget_201920.pdf

    It’s amazing Gladys was game to show her face today.

    • Being shameless and having the hide of a rhino seems to be a KPI for the Coalition’s selection criteria.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Catastrophic fire danger conditions have been announced for Greater Sydney for the first time ever. Does this say anything?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/rfs-raises-sydney-fire-warning-to-catastrophic-20191110-p5397q.html
    Peter Hannam reports that moisture levels of trees and shrubs around Sydney are lower than during the Black Christmas fires of 2001.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-region-now-drier-than-before-the-2001-black-christmas-fires-20191110-p53964.html
    Former international oil, gas and coal industry executive Ian Dunlop passionately writes that a local mayor can see we face a climate emergency and he asks why the PM can’t. (Clue: Because he won’t)
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/a-local-mayor-can-see-we-face-a-climate-emergency-why-can-t-the-pm-20191110-p5393b.html
    From a highly relevant background Greg Mullins says that things are not normal and he explains this using the mega-fires that are currently burning.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-is-not-normal-what-s-different-about-the-nsw-mega-fires-20191110-p5395e.html
    Read this contribution from Ross Gittins and weep! Highly recommended.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/confessions-of-a-pet-shop-galah-a-lot-of-reform-backfired-20191107-p538gr.html
    Labor was warned it was failing to gain an edge on the Coalition at key points during the federal election campaign, a secret analysis that identifies a fatal blow to the party from voters on lower incomes and without a tertiary education says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-failed-to-heed-warnings-that-election-was-on-knife-edge-says-secret-report-20191110-p53968.html
    Shane Wright explains how Labor is set to accuse the government of a ‘cancer of complacency’ on the economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-to-accuse-government-of-a-cancer-of-complacency-on-economy-20191108-p538wj.html
    Sean Kelly says that it feels like Albanese is beginning to settle into his role and that maybe, just maybe, Labor is ready to return to the fight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/six-months-from-crushing-defeat-labor-may-be-ready-to-get-back-in-the-ring-20191108-p538wx.html
    “What did Albo know and when did he know it?” asks Sam Maiden.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/11/10/albanese-at-centre-of-labor-rift/
    Putting on his historian hat Peter FitzSimons explains how November 11 has forged our national identity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-november-11-has-forged-our-national-identity-20191110-p5395d.html
    David Scutt reveals how a sharp rebound in mortgage lending risks leaving Australia more vulnerable to economic shocks and could see regulators considers the reintroduction of macroprudential measures to keep debt levels in check.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/economists-warn-on-debt-risks-as-mortgage-lending-heats-up-20191108-p538ux.html
    Australia is set to receive another black mark for its lax anti-money laundering laws, putting renewed pressure on the federal government to force real estate agents to report suspicious sales.
    https://www.afr.com/property/residential/dirty-money-spotlight-on-estate-agents-20191107-p538ay
    Militant union officials could start being drummed out of the construction industry within weeks, Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter says as it seems his bill is likely to be passed by the Senate.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/deal-to-disqualify-union-bullies-on-verge-of-passing-senate-20191110-p53954
    Due mainly to political tensions Australian food exporters are facing regulatory roadblocks in China.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/agriculture/australian-food-exporters-face-regulatory-roadblocks-in-china-20191029-p535e2
    According to the SMH hundreds of buildings throughout NSW are potentially covered in flammable material, and the government refuses to tell us which ones.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/we-need-more-resources-frontline-firefighters-diverted-to-cladding-crisis-20191108-p538sd.html
    Adam Morton goes inside Market Forces, the small climate group Scott Morrison wants to put out of business.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/11/inside-market-forces-the-small-climate-group-scott-morrison-wants-to-put-out-of-business
    The Berejiklian government will pause new approvals for mining under Sydney’s catchment until well into 2020 as it considers an advisory panel’s report that environment groups say was too lenient as water supplies dwindle.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/new-coal-projects-in-sydney-s-catchment-on-hold-after-panel-s-reports-20191109-p538ys.html
    A Senate inquiry into Newstart heard first-hand accounts of what life is like for some of Australia’s most vulnerable people. Luke Henriques-Gomes writes about some of them.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/11/please-listen-to-us-the-newstart-recipients-trying-to-convince-scott-morrison-hes-wrong
    Kirsten Lawson writes that Jacqui Lambie has called for an independent media regulator to put the brakes on what she sees as media abuse of its power and invasions of privacy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6482526/lambie-calls-for-curb-on-media-power/?cs=14350
    Sarah Martin tells us about some of the ammunition the Auditor-General has given to Labor over the Coalition’s regional grants scheme.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/11/tasmanian-cafe-and-victorian-bike-path-breach-coalitions-regional-grant-scheme
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that a coalition of more than 60 legal organisations has urged the federal government to abandon a plan to scrap the Family Court as a stand-alone entity, warning that a proposed courts merger risks the safety of child and adult victims of family violence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/safety-must-come-first-in-family-law-legal-groups-reject-merger-plan-20191110-p5395q.html
    Laws that aim to protect businesses from environmental protests need “very careful” drafting to avoid a being struck down by the High Court, one of Australia’s top constitutional lawyers says.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/anti-protest-laws-vulnerable-to-high-court-challenge-20191108-p538sl.html
    Rob Harris tells us that foreign-based online casinos, which often falsely attached themselves to Australian brands to lure in customers, will be blocked by internet service providers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/illegal-offshore-gambling-websites-to-be-blocked-by-australian-internet-providers-20191110-p53963.html
    Smart tech systems can cut congestion for a fraction of what new roads cost explains Professor Hussain Dia.
    https://theconversation.com/smart-tech-systems-cut-congestion-for-a-fraction-of-what-new-roads-cost-125718
    So the big-headed Jim Molan is coming back to the Senate – via the backing of Morrison and Howard.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/jim-molan-to-return-to-senate-after-morrison-howard-backing-20191110-p5396t.html
    The RSL in Victoria is captured by the pokies lobby and Tabcorp. As we remember the fallen on Remembrance Day, don’t forget the dubious deals and scandals besetting the RSL, writes journalist and anti-gaming campaigner Stephen Mayne.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/tabcorps-welfare-payment-from-rsl-veterans-fund-keeps-pokie-losses-ticking/
    Amanda Vanstone predicts that none of the medevaced refugees will go back to Nauru.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/medevac-we-ve-been-duped-by-ridiculous-ruse-20191108-p538w3.html
    But The Independent Australia says the Government’s traditional scare campaign has failed to work, because Medevac transfers haven’t re-started the “people smuggler” boats.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/medevac-law-should-not-be-repealed-it-saves-lives,13300
    Billionaires fear Warren and Sanders – but they should fear us all writes Robert Reich who explains the five ways to accumulate a billion dollars.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/10/billionaires-warren-sanders-wealth-tax-bezos-dimon-cohen

    Cartoon Corner

    From David Rowe. What can you say?

    Mark David is in great form.



    Pat Campbell and the fires.

    Peter Broelman gets to the point.

    From Matt Golding



    Jim Pavlidis and what’s facing Albo.

    Johannes Leak is now lead cartoonist for The Australian. I wonder why?
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/3256f6673b93612e73d71e25fefe0b39?width=1024

    From the US



    • “Jim Pavlidis and what’s facing Albo.”

      This sort of thing makes me angry. Labor is not in government, Albo is not PM. Albo cannot do a thing about any of the issues facing Australia right now.

      Why don’t journalists and cartoonists stop worrying about what Albo and Labor might plan to do in three years time and start talking about what the current government is failing to do on so many important issues like the tanking economy or the drought or the ridiculous refusal to admit this country is really suffering from the effects of climate change

      This constant focus on Labor while the government gets away with so much is driving me nuts.

  13. Whatshisname is now being openly derided

    Photo: Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack and his Nationals colleagues are going to great lengths not to mention the elephant in the room (AKA climate change) as bushfires rage across New South Wales and Queensland. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

    Carol Sparks, the mayor of Glen Innes Severn council, which had an absolute horror weekend dealing with the fires, spoke to ABC TV this morning about Michael McCormack’s interview, where he said he found it “galling” to have climate change raised as the cause of worsening fires:

    Well, I probably couldn’t respond how I really feel on television but I think that Michael McCormack needs to read the science, and that is what I am going by, is the science.

    It is not a political thing. It is a scientific fact that we are going through climate change.

    Of course it’s not relevant at the moment when people’s houses are burning and you’ve lost lives, and you’ve lost friends, and you’ve lost family.

    You don’t think, “Oh, this is climate change.” You think, “What am I going to do next and how will I save myself?”

    But the overall thing is we are so dry in this country – we haven’t had rain for years in some places. All the dams and creeks and rivers are dry, and we need to look at what we’re going to do about that in the future. To deny climate change is, to me, a very ill-informed and uneducated way of looking at things.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/nov/11/morrison-coalition-labor-bushfires-monday-politics-live

    • McCormack’s idiotic comments even made our local paper this morning.

      This comment shows how utterly out of touch with rural Australia he is –
      “They don’t need the ravings of some pure, enlightened and woke capital city greenies at this time when they’re trying to save their homes.”

      It’s not just capital city greenies angry with our leaders, state and federal, for ignoring climate change. It’s across the board, and people in regional NSW are angry. It’s those of us trying to live with the smoke covering our towns, those who have lost everything, the people sheltering in evacuation centres along with their precious animals. And yes, Mr McCormack, a lot of farmers are extremely angry because they know climate change is affecting them.

      I hope all this denial from McCormack, FauxMo and Gladys finally convinces a lot of voters it’s time they stopped voting for these irresponsible loons.

      Pushing the conservative line – “Now is not the time to talk about climate change” – is not doing these fools any good at all. They can fly into fire-ravaged towns, hug a couple of distraught oldies, ban the press from their briefings and then fly back to somewhere safer if they like, but they have to understand no matter where they go now they are going to be met by protestors. If even the people of Wauchope felt moved to stage a small protest then things must be getting very angry in regional NSW.

  14. I just want to say how much I loathe the term “woke” used to refer to awareness. Why do we adopt idiotic word usage from the US? Why on earth would anyone want to say things like “stay woke” or “Fred is so woke he …”?

    Just say “aware”. It’s much less pretentious, and it is also much better grammatically.

    The only time you should use “woke” is when you refer to your sleep – as in “I woke up too early this morning”.

  15. FMD !! Just received an ad for Lotterywest. They run lotto in Sandgropia. The ad is for Powerball which has jackpotted. Across the top is this line !!! Before and after is tastefully placed a ‘fire’ emoji !

    $30 MILLION Powerball jackpot is on fire!

  16. The David Rowe cartoon (which deserves to win every award possible) has attracted the ire of RWNJs.

    Last night Chris Kenny wanted it removed from the AFR.

    Well, FauxMo did say he would burn for us.

  17. Alan Jones blames the fires on the Greens.

    Well, ho would, wouldn’t he.

    He also shows how ignorant he is by misusing the term “backburning”.

    Meanwhile, the Sydney radio host Alan Jones has blamed the Greens for the bushfire conditions, referencing a supposed lack of backburning.

    The 2GB host said there was in fact “room for a bit of politics” in looking at the causes of the current crisis:

    Let me just say here: I’m not too sure what government can do in the light of this. It is a frightening spectacle.

    But I do say it is room for a bit of politics as far as I’m concerned. Natale, the Greens leader, talks about it being a ‘climate emergency’. No, Mr Di Natale, you and your mob won’t allow, and you’re full of these local government areas where there’s fuel on the floor, can’t be cleared, we take too long, and now he’s running for cover and saying it’s a ‘climate emergency

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/nov/11/nsw-queensland-qld-bushfires-residents-catastrophic-conditions?page=with:block-5dc8a4688f08c2d1f80dd5cb#liveblog-navigation

    Backburning, or controlled burning – is what fire crews do when they want to establish a firebreak they hope will hold off an advancing fire front.

    What Jones means is hazard reduction and that does not necessarily involve fires.
    https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/hazard-reductions

    You would have been insane to try anything but very small hazard reduction burns in Northen NSW over the last few months because everything is tinder dry and larger burns are likely to get out of control very quickly.. There has been no rain for months, except a few brief showers that didn’t relieve the dry conditions.

    I wish these city know-it-alls would get to grips with a few facts. If Jones had spent five minutes looking up the difference between hazard reduction and backburning he might have avoided making himself look like a complete idiot..

    It’s a common mistake, I keep hearing about the need for more “backburning” to prevent fires from people who should know better.

    • Alan Jones should take his “chaff bag” and go and help beat out the fires like in the good ol’ days.

  18. The NSW fires show that nothing was learnt from the 2003 Canberra bushfires.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Canberra_bushfires

    I regularly fly to Brisbane, and some of those fires have been burning for months.
    Leaving fires to “burn out” because they’re in National Parks and “there’s nothing there” will bite you on the arse.

    “But we don’t have the resources.” Yes you do – you just don’t want to pay for them. Pay your firefighters!
    Buy firefighting helicopters, and employ ground crews to maintain them. You know, job creation!
    “But it’s seasonal work.” So are farmers. (And the way things are going, firefighting will be 24/365.)

    • Very cheeky. 🙂

      When I first heard the story, I wondered if it was plucking the “poppies” from the “Roll of Honour” walls – that would never do! The loose poppies around the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are more convenient, and unattributed.

      Any other species might have been quietly dispatched – but I hope not.

      “War Pigeons” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “War Pigs” – but combining the story of a cheeky pigeon with the message carriers of the past was very nicely done.

    • “The Canberra Times report quoted museum staff as saying that that particular pigeon would be allowed to complete one breeding cycle.”

      That seems fair; it is feral. I’m sure there will be calls on social media to save “Speckled Jim[ena]”.

  19. Quite a number of farmers commit suicide, here and in Europe. Will this catastrophy trigger more? It’s usually male farmers. Recently, in France, a female farmer committed suicide, leaving her family behind. It’s due to the general “malaise agricole”. Macron, like Morrison, couldn’t care less about human lives and the precarious situation of farmers in France. I’m so sad for them.

  20. A fine article by Gabrielle

    There might be a place where “raving inner city lunatics” are the only people who are concerned about climate change but it is certainly not Michael McCormack’s electorate of Riverina.

    Here in south-western New South Wales, the effects of climate change could not be more keenly felt, as we continue to manage for an extended fire season, as we continue to sell down stock and towns actively deal with water shortages and quality issues for drinking and irrigation.

    They are just the headlines to our lives.

    Monday’s extraordinary interview is just more evidence of the tin ear on the national political party most often associated with country Australia. And more’s the pity.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/12/for-us-farmers-climate-change-is-the-headline-to-our-lives-but-mccormacks-nationals-avert-their-gaze

    McCormack is becoming the most despised of any politician within his supposedly support base.

  21. Finger crossed for everyone that will be in danger today. If it is anything like the Vic fires a few years ago, there will nothing anyone does to help much.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hannam explains how more than 100,000 homes in the Sydney basin alone are within 100 metres of bushland, placing them at risk of destruction based on previous bushfire activity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-bushfires-most-at-risk-postcodes-reveal-fire-zone-hotspots-20191111-p539gv.html
    And Hannam goes deeply into the links between bushfires and the links between their frequency and intensity with climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/old-hat-is-there-a-link-between-climate-change-and-bushfires-20191111-p539d2.html
    The SMH editorial says talking about climate change IS the right thing to do by bushfire victims and politicians must stop talking down to voters and come up with policies that accept the science and serve the interests of all Australians.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/talking-about-climate-change-is-the-right-thing-to-do-by-bushfire-victims-20191111-p539jp.html
    The deputy prime minister and his party poke their own constituency in the eye in favour of inexplicable political priorities says Gabrielle Chan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/12/for-us-farmers-climate-change-is-the-headline-to-our-lives-but-mccormacks-nationals-avert-their-gaze
    And Katharine Murphy tells Michael McCormack that the only ‘raving lunatics’ are those not worrying about climate change.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/11/dear-michael-mccormack-the-only-raving-lunatics-are-those-not-worrying-about-climate-change
    Australia’s response to climate change is one of the worst in the G20 with a lack of policy, reliance on fossil fuels and rising emissions leaving the country exposed “economically, politically and environmentally”, according to a new international report.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/11/australia-climate-response-among-worst-g20
    Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze explains The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/drought-and-climate-change-were-the-kindling-and-now-the-east-coast-is-ablaze-126750
    “Where there’s smoke, there are lies”, says Paul Bongiorno as he writes about these bushfires being a sign of a catastrophic political reckoning.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/11/11/nsw-qld-bushfire-climate-change-paul-bongiorno/
    Less than 10 per cent of the 3.2 million people with a variable-rate mortgage at one of the nation’s big banks have used the recent cuts in official interest rates to reduce their monthly repayments reports Shane Wright. And I bet they are not surprised, given the uncertainties within the populace.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/signs-mortgage-holders-running-down-debt-rather-than-spending-up-20191111-p539ee.html
    Meanwhile Frydenberg will use a major address on a string of mega-trends challenging the global economy as a call to arms for Australia to remain committed to open markets and take on major structural reforms to make the country more competitive. You can bet your sweet bippy that he will get into the unions, etc.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/frydenberg-signals-reforms-amid-mega-trends-of-rising-debt-ageing-population-20191111-p539ei.html
    Frydenberg has written a somewhat airy op-ed to coincide with his address.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/for-peace-and-prosperity-recapture-the-spirit-of-bretton-woods-20191111-p539dr.html
    Greg Jericho says that the Reserve Bank’s latest statement of monetary policy release on Friday had a rather upbeat tone that has been reflected somewhat by investors. And yet, it is actually a pretty dismal level of optimism. A decade on from the GFC, what constitutes an upbeat assessment is one that is rather depressing, and where the return to average growth is continually pushed off to a later date.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/nov/12/the-rba-sounds-slightly-more-upbeat-but-its-not-nearly-party-time
    If Labor hoists the white flag and dumps its franking credits policy, it endorses a bizarre regime of cash hand-outs for wealthy share market investors. Michael West reports on the bank profit season, welfare for the wealthy and the winner from plunging bank payouts – Government.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/franking-credits-government-wins-as-bank-payouts-fall-but-labor-anthony-albanese-big-four-banks-dividends-dick-smith/
    The solution to many of Australia’s economic ills could be staring policymakers in the face. According to the RBA’s economic analysis, we need a weaker currency writes David Scutt.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/markets/weaker-dollar-prescribed-as-tonic-for-sluggish-economy-20191111-p539j5.html
    According to Michael Karp Michael Kirby has said that Morrison’s religious freedom bill will sustain nastiness and hostility.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/11/religious-freedom-bill-will-sustain-nastiness-and-hostility-michael-kirby-warns
    John Falzon believes that the Ensuring Integrity Bill is about criminalising advocacy, not fighting crime.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6484335/ensuring-integrity-bill-is-about-criminalising-advocacy-not-fighting-crime/?cs=14258
    Peak oil used to be about falling oil production. Now it’s about waning demand and the peaking of demand may not be that far away writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/peak-oil-is-getting-closer-but-now-it-s-driven-by-waning-demand-20191111-p539dw.html
    David Crowe says, correctly, that Michael McCormack’s tough words only confirmed his weakness. Honestly McCormack and McKenzie are quite hopeless.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/michael-mccormack-s-tough-words-only-confirmed-his-weakness-20191111-p539iq.html
    Shane Wright says giving some tax back is one thing (and not such a bad thing). But wages growth delivers far more.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-longer-the-12th-man-australia-s-economic-standing-slips-20191111-p539b5.html
    Wow! Rob Harris tells us that Labor’s chief pollster says he was blocked from directly briefing party leader Bill Shorten in the lead-up to this year’s federal election and never given a chance to present troubling research findings to the peak group that met each morning to manage the campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-pollster-not-given-chance-to-speak-to-shorten-over-campaign-concerns-says-secret-report-20191111-p539dp.html
    Academic Andrew Fisher tells us the whole truth behind our dairy woes.
    https://theconversation.com/the-milk-the-whole-milk-and-nothing-but-the-milk-the-story-behind-our-dairy-woes-124290
    Peter Hartcher has written a piece that suggests we are losing our memory of the important things that should be shaping world, and local, politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/is-the-world-entering-the-age-of-forgetting-20191111-p539em.html
    Dana McCauley explains the issues within the government’s “Ensuring Integrity Bill”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/key-crossbench-senator-proposes-conduct-threshold-for-future-union-mergers-20191111-p539c7.html
    The Guardian reveals that in a series of leaked videos the leader of an extremist white nationalist group has revealed his aim is to attract members from mainstream society under the guise of a men’s fitness club, while secretly harbouring an explicitly white supremacist agenda.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/12/australian-white-nationalists-reveal-plans-to-recruit-disgruntled-white-male-population
    There are about 260 Accenture managing directors and more than 4500 staff in Australia. Sources told the Financial Review that there are fears among the MDs that between 30 and 70 will be ousted under the new plans.
    https://www.afr.com/technology/accenture-to-axe-up-to-70-executives-20191110-p53956
    Last Friday’s formal report into why Labor lost the May election falls well short of reflecting the real situation. Alan Austin suggests why.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/labor-election-review-facts-fallacies-and-the-mainstream-media,13298
    The Coalition did not win the election, Labor lost it. Stephen Koukoulas explains why this is so.
    https://thekouk.com/item/697-how-labor-lost-the-federal-election-so-badly.html
    Neil McMahan reports on last night’s Q and A, dominated by climate change and energy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/a-firefighter-on-q-and-a-wanted-to-discuss-the-elephant-in-the-room-20191112-p539mv.html
    Paul Budde writes that while fixed-line telephony traffic and revenue are declining, the mobile broadband market is growing steadily.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/slow-progress-for-nbn-as-mobile-sector-surges-ahead,13303
    If the High Court refuses leave to appeal tomorrow morning an extraordinary legal saga involving Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric will come to an abrupt end and Pell will serve out his jail sentence for raping a choirboy and sexually assaulting another more than 20 years ago.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nothing-general-about-this-case-pell-set-to-learn-high-court-ruling-20191111-p539i8.html
    Stephen Koukoulas tells us why animals are a crucial part of the Australian economy.
    https://thekouk.com/item/696-why-animals-are-a-crucial-part-of-the-australian-economy.html
    Australians are turning to payday lenders to cover their finances in times of crisis, with new research showing 15 per cent become trapped by debt. This is poisonous. Do the Pentecostals stand against usury I wonder?
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/11/11/payday-loan-debt-trap/
    Andrew Tate says that instead of blaming the ABC for axing its radio coverage of the Olympic Games the public should blame the PM.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/rio-olympics-2016/2019/11/11/no-gold-but-abc-puts-lead-weight-around-the-governments-neck/
    Iron ore’s price party is over, and everyone’s guessing what the hangover will look like writes Elizabeth Knight. And how will this be reflected in the MYEFO assumptions?
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/iron-ore-s-price-party-is-over-and-everyone-s-guessing-what-the-hangover-will-look-like-20191111-p539h6.html
    More than a third of Australians don’t view child abuse as a big issue, despite thousands of children suffering harm and neglect across the country. And parents are even more likely to be oblivious to the extent of the risks writes Samantha Dick.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/11/12/study-child-abuse-crisis/
    Nigel Farage has said the Brexit party will not field any candidates against the Conservatives in the 317 seats they won at the last general election, after Boris Johnson committed to leaving the EU by 2020 and pursuing a Canada-style trade deal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/11/brexit-party-will-not-contest-317-tory-seats-nigel-farage-says

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with “Never Mind the Science”.

    Cathy Wilcox and Morrison’s response to the fires.

    John Shakespeare takes aim at McCormack.

    Mark David joins in on slaking our PM and Deputy PM.


    And a cracker from David Pope!

    From Matt Golding.





    Zanetti just can’t help himself. But The Greens keep giving him the opportunity.

    Spooner is now cartooning for The Australian and quickly setting out to impress his employer.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/118cdd3308eebd4169293f0b8036ee17?width=1024

    From the US




  23. gigilene

    Isn’t it true to some extent.

    Not really . Rudd + Labor’s main aim was to get to a bipartisan agreement with the Coalition and thereby lock in action, offering certainty to the business sector. Something the power generators were asking for. At he conferences i went to at the time the power generators said they were comfortable with a price but what they really needed was certainty before making 20-30-40 year investment commitments. The money people who would finance them were even keener on that point !.

    Anyway just as a bipartisan agreement looked imminent Truffles got the chop the first time. The Greens were pretty unhappy with what looked liked was going to be the bipartisan action, with some justification but at least there was a deal on the horizon*. In a way Green’s booing helped get the Coalition to even consider a bipartisan deal. i mean if the Greens don’t like it then it can’t be all bad can it ? 🙂 No matter what the Greens voted for or supported scum like Minchin and Robb would still have been there helping to ensure their masters’ wishes were fufiled. Which of course it was.

  24. So when should we talk about climate change making bushfires and floods worse?

    When the drought breaks – if it ever does – we will have floods and the same blithering fools who are telling us right now this is not the time to talk about climate change because people are trying to save their homes will be telling us we can’t talk about climate change while people are battling floods.

    It sounds just like the US, where every time there is yet another mass shooting the chorus is “Now is not the time to talk about gun control”.

    If not now, then when?

    What they mean is “We have no plans to deal with this situation”.

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