It’s Spring!

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

It’s Swooping Season! Take care, people.

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  1. LOL of the Day Award goes to Bill Shorten. Speaking to Pat Karvelis he dropped some pure gold with…..

    ………. there are people who want to see Labor stand up and fight for our values and that is what we’re doing every day.

  2. John Bercow, who is effectively working his notice as Speaker now, delivered a short speech from the chair as the prorogation ceremony was beginning early this morning condemning the government’s decision to prorogue for five weeks.

    Here is an extract from Hansard.

    I have already made the point that if people have the manners to listen, which they have not, that I will play my part. This is not, however, a normal prorogation. It is not typical. It is not standard. It is one of the longest for decades, and it represents, not just in the minds of many colleagues but for huge numbers of people outside an act of executive fiat.

    I quite understand. I have already said that I respect Black Rod, who is doing her duty. The Queen’s Commissioners are doing their duty, and I will play my part. I completely understand. [Interruption.] It is not disorder. I do not require advice on order from you, Mr Stuart. You are a master of disorder, man. I completely understand why very large numbers of Members are much more comfortable staying where they are. Mr Stuart, if you do not like it, you are perfectly entitled to your view. I could not give a flying flamingo what your view is. [Interruption.] Thank you very much indeed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/10/anger-abounds-after-parliament-suspended-in-night-of-high-drama-politics-live#comments

    The Guardian over there has been doing really well.

  3. I’ve been listening to LBC fairly regularly over the past few weeks about what’s going on in Britain. Yes it’s a mixed talkback radio station, it hosts the odious Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg is a frequent guest. But James O’Brien, Maajid Nawaz and Shelagh Fogarty are good presenters.

    I particularly enjoy O’Brien because his show is hosted live from 7pm-10pm AEST, making it something I don’t have to go out of my way in the evening to listen to. Somehow hearing him verbally duelling the brainless brexit zombies is really satisfying.

    • I just wish that there was something similar in Australia, someone who consistently can put the argument to people like the 2GB pond scum and can debate rings around them. Someone who so thoroughly believes in fairness that they can stand firm against the drones with their heads full of Murdoch’s propaganda and prove them wrong in real time.

      The only Australian I feel I know can do this is friendlyjordies, yet all he has is a tri-weekly Youtube channel. Everyone else in mainstream media is either a spear-carrier for the Coalition, or some smug trendy leftie that acts as a strawman for the things “average” people hate – pure vegans and such. Hardly anyone willing to stick up for average people that might not necessarily want to be green warriors, but just act to fight back at this increasingly extreme right status quo that the establishment is moving us toward.

    • Re The Moggster on the radio. Does he sound/come across as the Uber Toff he likes to look like being ?

    • @kk

      JR-M is absolutely repulsive on the radio. I heard him last week tell a neurologist that was concerned with the fallout of a no-deal Brexit about possible deaths from lack of medical imports that he should be ashamed of himself. Then under parliamentary privilege he went further and said he was a “remoaner” that deserved to be shunned to the level of some anti-vaxxer doctor.

      He later was forced to apologize for those comments, but Rees-Mogg is an absolutely despicable man. Even worse than Christopher Pyne in terms of being a posh, privileged lying git.

    • I watch the US and British videos posted here and always wonder why we have no-one in Australia who can do the same sort of commentary.

      I suppose the reason is the mainstream media are all in thrall to the Liberal Party and freeze out anyone who attempts a bit of mild criticism. The only alternatives – indie sites, YouTube – do not attract a big enough audience.

  4. Kirsdarke

    The chap has been practicing his whole life 🙂
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    Surprise, surprise Jacob Rees Mogg was also arrogant & condescending as a child

    • Hells Bells, that interview between Bolt and Lieu was painful. Partly because it reinforces just how dogged Bolt can be in an interview if race is involved, even if he asked some pretty pertinent questions, partly because how comfortable Lieu was in that this will never come back to haunt her with Australia’s compliant media, and partly because it won’t affect a goddamn thing in Australian politics.

  5. Trump fires Bolton by tweet

    Trump has just announced that he has fired John Bolton just days after reports emerged that the national security adviser opposed the president’s secret plan to hold peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/sep/10/trump-news-today-latest-economy-north-carolina-republicans-live

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Chris Uhlmann reckons that for the first time in more than a decade politics has become boring again.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-understands-normal-people-want-a-boring-government-20190910-p52pqz.html
    Scott Morrison has proved he can ape John Howard, but he’ll also need the former PM’s luck says Paul Bongiorno.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/09/09/scott-morrison-john-howard-2/
    The PM’s simplistic opinion that keeping Newstart low gives people have an incentive to work actually has the opposite effect writes economist Angela Jackson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/yes-the-best-form-of-welfare-is-a-job-but-20190910-p52ptr.html
    Shane Wright says the Reserve Bank’s efforts to power the economy aren’t going to plan. All the money’s going into the housing market. He concludes by saying the RBA’s plan to use lower interest rates to get the economy motoring along does require governments – local, state and federal – doing their part. Otherwise, we’re just going to end up with more expensive housing, bigger mortgages, more debt and even larger long-term problems.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reserve-bank-s-efforts-to-power-the-economy-aren-t-going-to-plan-20190910-p52pps.html
    And fewer younger Australians now own their own home than 50 years ago, as more low-income households find themselves in rental stress.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6376735/housing-affordability-dives-for-younger-australians/?cs=14225
    Huw White writes, “For years our leaders have told us that we do not have to choose between the United States and China. But what if that’s wrong? What should Australia do if we are forced to make a choice between our main ally and our leading economic partner?”
    https://outline.com/qMFvf7
    Australian politicians are failing the nation by ignoring the advice of experts, former Treasury secretary Ken Henry has claimed, warning large numbers of people could miss out on a job because of their deliberate ignorance. Ouch!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6376982/a-case-study-in-government-failure-ken-henry-excoriates-politicians-warns-future-jobs-at-risk/?cs=14350
    Doug Dingwall writes that according to a former public service commissioner a “master-servant” relationship has emerged between ministers and public servants, while some senior bureaucrats are going too far in pleasing governments and supporting their agenda.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6376380/ministers-have-master-servant-relationship-with-public-servants-former-aps-commissioner/?cs=14350
    Health insurance premiums could rise more than expected next year after health insurers claimed they would have to recover the cost of a surge in benefits paid for medical devices. It seems Hunt’s medical deals come back to bite him.
    https://outline.com/7g4Hxy
    Idiot Trump has fired warmonger John Bolton. That’s the third national security advisor he’s selected and “lost”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-fires-national-security-adviser-john-bolton-20190911-p52q15.html
    The editorial in The Guardian declares good riddance to Bolton, but the problem is his boss!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/10/the-guardian-view-on-john-bolton-good-riddance-but-the-problem-is-his-boss
    Rob Harris writes that Federal Liberal MP Gladys Liu says three times that she “cannot recall” whether she was a member of Beijing-linked groups.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-mp-gladys-liu-denies-links-to-chinese-government-20190910-p52q0l.html
    A drug and alcohol treatment centre on the front line of the federal government’s cashless welfare card trial says the program is not reducing substance abuse. Over to you Zed!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cashless-welfare-card-trial-not-working-drug-and-alcohol-centre-says-20190910-p52pv5.html
    David Crowe reports that Bill Shorten has declared the party will “learn the lessons” of defeat in a crucial election review to prepare for the next ballot, admitting changes were “inevitable” in the rethink of the party’s direction and policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-prepares-for-substantial-rethink-of-labor-policies-20190910-p52pvl.html
    Almost 30 per cent of patients are waiting too long for treatment across NSW’s emergency departments writes Rachael Klun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/emergency-wait-times-increase-across-nsw-hospitals-20190910-p52prs.html
    Jennifer Hewett reports that TPG and Vodafone are challenging the ACCC in what will be a crucial test of competition law – and Rod Sims’ judgment.
    https://outline.com/xkrsBL
    According to Michaela Whitbourn at the ICAC hearing former NSW Labor MP Ernest Wong summoned the employee of a property developer to a secret meeting in state Parliament where he took the man’s mobile phone before encouraging him to lie to the Electoral Commission about a political donation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/he-took-my-mobile-icac-hears-former-labor-mp-summoned-donor-to-secret-meeting-20190910-p52psf.html
    Department of the environment officials were acutely sensitive about meeting Angus Taylor over critically endangered grasslands while his family’s company was being investigated for alleged illegal land clearing in New South Wales, according to internal emails.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/11/environment-officials-wary-of-angus-taylor-grasslands-meeting-emails-show
    Equality advocates fear the religious discrimination bill could increase discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people in the health system, and “set us back 20 years” writes Judith Ireland. BTW has anyone actually explained why this bill is required?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/this-will-drive-people-back-into-the-closet-lgbtiq-warning-on-religious-discrimination-bill-20190910-p52ppz.html
    A series of raids on journalists by the Australian Federal Police has tarnished Australia’s standing on the world stage, the chair of the ABC Ita Buttrose says.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/sep/10/ita-buttrose-says-media-raids-have-tarnished-australias-reputation
    Australia’s political lobbying regime is broken and needs urgent reform writes politics lecturer George Rennie.
    https://theconversation.com/australias-political-lobbying-regime-is-broken-and-needs-urgent-reform-123003
    The latest data shows the trade war with the US is biting into China’s economy. The Chinese authorities are responding cautiously explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/china-s-already-in-pain-and-that-s-before-the-latest-trump-tariffs-20190910-p52pst.html
    The AFR tells us that as Scott Morrison prepares for a White House state dinner, Canberra’s top NY envoy Alastair Walton has delivered a thundering critique of America’s debt and deficit woe.
    https://outline.com/bYFz92
    Borrowers have regained their mojo after sitting on the sidelines for 18 months as house prices fell, and first home buyers are leading the charge says Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/borrowers-don-t-care-about-bank-lending-rules-they-just-want-a-loan-20190910-p52pvx.html
    Colin Kruger explains how prominent lawyer and company director Philip Crutchfield, QC, has criticised the “unrealistic” expectations placed on modern company directors, saying it deters people from taking on board roles.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/dangerously-wrong-top-lawyer-hits-out-at-unrealistic-expectations-on-directors-20190910-p52pvq.html
    The latest report card on Australia’s greenhouse gas production is the same old news: emissions are up again. We’ve heard it before, but the news should never stop being confronting as Angus Taylor spins his gas ‘solution’.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/angus-taylor-spins-gas-solution-as-emissions-continue-to-rise,13092
    David Scott outlines how Donald Trump has helped to spawn a whole new field of research, namely analysing the impact of his Twitter feed on markets.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/trump-s-market-moving-tweets-have-created-a-new-field-of-financial-analysis-20190910-p52pq5.html
    The Guardian says that MPs looking to stop a no deal Brexit are exploring ways to bring back a version of Theresa May’s Brexit deal plus a vote on a second referendum in the last two weeks of October, amid concerns Boris Johnson will still try to pursue a no-deal departure.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/10/mps-look-to-bring-back-mays-brexit-deal-with-vote-on-referendum
    How Bunnings plans to meet the challenge of US giant Amazon.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/09/10/bunnings-threat-amazon-hardware/
    It seems investment in renewable energy projects across Australia has “slowed dramatically” after a record-breaking two years, prompting fresh concerns over power affordability and reliability ahead of the eventual closure of coal-fired generators.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/investors-cooling-on-renewable-energy-projects-amid-policy-uncertainty-20190910-p52psr.html
    Yesterday the National Rifle Association sued San Francisco over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/10/nra-san-francisco-domestic-terrorist-lawsuit
    The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, today put an end to democracy in the nation writes Dave Donovan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/britain-cancels-democracy-experiment,13093

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox on the government’s attitude to climate change.

    David Rowe gets right to the point.

    Some great poetry from Mark David.

    Fiona Katauskas and the elevation of Jacqui Lambie.

    Also from Zanetti.

    John Shakespeare and drug testing.

    Andrew Dyson and the Australian dream.

    From Matt Golding



    Zanetti’s right back in the groove here!

    David Rowe farewells Danny Frawley.

    Jon Kudelka at the Centrelink front desk.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/8e84c09d0179a778203a4373bac1a58e?width=1024

    From the US











  7. If you haven’y read the Tim Dunlop article linked by Leroy last night then you should do it today.

    Repeating the tweet, to save you scrolling back –

    Dunlop is absolutely right in his thinking.

    This article reminded me of Howard’s attempts to privatise welfare. FauxMo regards Howard as his model and mentor. Unable to think for himself, apart from coming up with daft advertising-type slogans, FauxMo looks to the Howard era for guidance on how to be a successful PM. He uses Howard’s reign as a sort of “PM-ship for Dummies” manual.

    Paul Bongiorno got it right on Monday with this –

    Scott Morrison has proved he can ape John Howard, but he’ll also need the former PM’s luck
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/09/09/scott-morrison-john-howard-2/

    If you really want to give yourself a scare then have a look at this, written in 2008, when memory of the damage done during the Howard years was a lot stronger than it is now. –

    Retrenching or renovating the Australian welfare state: the paradox of the Howard government’s neo‐liberalism
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2008.00569.x

    It tells us all the things Howard had planned for welfare. He did not get to do all of it, but managed enough, especially privatising job searching, to make life tougher for those who most need our help.

    I’m sorry to say the Gillard government carried on with Howard’s ideas, making DSP almost impossible to get, forcing single parents onto Newstart and more. You can see where the inspiration came from.

    It’s a long read, so you might want to skip through the early background and scroll down to “The neo‐liberal attack on the Australian welfare state.”

    It shows us exactly where FauxMo is heading. He intends to finish the work his mentor and role model began.

    Fancy having to go to Vinnies or the Salvation Army or even worse, Wesley when you have a problem with Newstart or your pension? That’s what Howard wanted to do – hand over all welfare to charities to administer. I remember some furious online discussion years ago when that idea was floated. I’d forgotten all about that until I read Dunlop’s article.

    Don’t say you were not warned.

    • All the major charities seem to be closely linked to the government in some way, especially when it comes to job agencies and aged care.

      Some, like ACOSS and The Smith Family just receive millions in funding to carry out their programs, so that makes them toe the government line, they could lose money if they say or do anything against government policy.

      The ATM government has been cutting funding for charities across the board for years.

      There are some charities and not-for profits that do not get or ask for government funding.

      Time for a commercial – the ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, my favouite charity) refuses to ask
      for government funding. They do everything through donations from supporters and partners.
      https://www.asrc.org.au/

  8. Liberal Liberals……………………almost but not quite extinct……………………………………
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    Michelle Grattan
    (@michellegrattan)
    Liberal moderate Russell Broadbent will not vote for government’s mandatory sentencing legislation https://t.co/OuhMndYzdf via @ConversationEDU

    September 10, 2019

  9. Gladys Lui –

    Rumour has it Gladys was once offered a staff position in Michael Sukkar’s office but she could net a security clearance, she was considered too much of a risk.

    Too much of a security risk to work for an MP, but not too much of a security risk to actually be an MP. How does that work?

  10. As far as I know Ms Liu is still to face the Court of Disputed Returns over her dishonest election day posters.

    If Oliver Yates doesn’t succeed in that court action the matters that brought her to Andrew Bolt’s attention might get her disqualified.

    This was published on Tuesday morning –

    Questions raised about Liberal MP Gladys Liu amid claims of links to Chinese political influence operations
    “New claims connecting Liberal backbencher Gladys Liu to the highest echelons of China’s covert political influence operations are raising questions about her eligibility to sit in Parliament.”
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-10/gladys-liu-parliament-eligibility-in-question-amid-accusations/11493632?pfmredir=sm

  11. FauxMo ramps up the punishment –

    Newstart recipients to have payment cancelled if they refuse drug test

    Dole recipients who are selected to take part in the Coalition’s welfare drug test trial but refuse to take a drug test will have their payments cancelled, the Morrison government says.

    The Coalition introduced its bill to trial drug tests for welfare recipients to Parliament on Wednesday, arguing substance abuse is “not consistent with community expectations about receiving taxpayer-funded welfare payments”

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/newstart-recipients-to-have-payment-cancelled-if-they-refuse-drug-test-20190911-p52q9q.html

    There’s this nice little twist designed to ensure no-one queries a false positive result. Who on Newstart can afford to have their payment docked for months to repay a second test? It’s easy enough to make sure a re-test is positive, this government would be up to it’s neck in such fraudulent activity, given the opportunity.

    The notes also explain that if people want to dispute a positive result, they will need to repay the cost of a re-test if it is positive. “This can be done through a small percentage reduction of their fortnightly social security payment. Financial hardship provisions will ensure no one is adversely affected,” the notes say

    The bill is unlikely to get through the Senate, unless Cormann can manage to bribe Jacqui Lambie – again.

    • The question will be how many people will consider making a terminal statement outside a parliamentarians office or parliament house.
      And I am with Kirksdarke in declaring that being on Newstart is sufficiently demoralisng and depressing as to reach out to what support services are available. There are days when reading anything about what the PM says about those of us on supported payments are sufficient to drive me to hide in bed with the covers drawn over my head, crying. I am so angry about the way in which this country is becoming so small and mean, yet I feel so powerless to actually make any difference.

    • I thought Lambie’s son was taking ice. Is he unemployed? And what happens to people who take prescription drugs. These might give a positive result. Who knows?

  12. More on Gladys Liu –

    Guests on Gladys Liu list for Malcolm Turnbull event sparked ASIO concerns

    Gladys Liu’s association with Chinese figures who were deemed a security risk was the subject of an ASIO investigation even before she entered Parliament or became a Liberal Party candidate.

    The ABC understands ASIO Director-General Duncan Lewis advised that then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, based on the guest list, should not attend a “meet and greet” organised by Ms Liu in the Victorian electorate of Chisholm for Chinese New Year in February 2018

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-11/guests-on-gladys-liu-list-for-malcolm-turnbull-event-asio/11502564?section=politics

    It’s becoming very clear that Ms Liu is extremely compromised by her associations, has lied to the media and in her statement today and is trying to hide her connections to shady Chinese persons. She should never have been allowed to become a member of the Liberal Party let alone a candidate for parliament.

    Sam Dastyari is right – she should be held to the same standards that caused his resignation. She won’t be though, she’s a Liberal MP, FauxMo needs to hang on to Chisholm and there is no guarantee the Libs would win a by-election if it came to that.

    I also agree with Sam on this –

    The good old “one rule for Labor, an entirely different and more lenient one for the Libs” thing again.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Hewson gives Morrison some sage advice, telling him he has to fill in the policy vacuum. Hewson, as is most often the case, makes eminent sense.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/your-honeymoon-is-over-pm-it-s-time-to-fill-the-policy-vacuum-20190911-p52q7w.html
    Rob Harris tells us about the panicky moves within the Liberal Party over Gladys Liu.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/gladys-liu-s-beijing-confession-deepens-dispute-over-loyalty-20190911-p52qec.html
    David Crowe says that forensic questions are needed to avoid a Gladys Liu witch-hunt.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/forensic-questions-needed-to-avoid-a-gladys-liu-witch-hunt-20190911-p52qe7.html
    Sam Maiden tells us who Gladys Liu is and why the story of our first Chinese-born female MP matters.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/09/11/gladys-liu-background/
    Ethicist Clive Hamilton writes that it behoves the parliament now to grapple with Gladys Liu’s case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/parliament-must-now-grapple-with-gladys-liu-s-case-20190911-p52q8c.html
    Voters are increasingly worried about the extent of Chinese influence and activity in Australian politics. That provides plenty of gotcha moments as part of the political frenzy writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://outline.com/txSzYc
    Lisa Visentin reports that the NSW Liberal Party says they will forfeit a banned donation from a Chinese property developer which was made at a 2015 fundraiser for Drummoyne MP John Sidoti.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-liberals-to-forfeit-property-developer-donation-20190911-p52qd4.html
    “Josh Frydenberg announced a stimulus party when delivering his April budget – tax cuts, infrastructure spending, “strong economy”, good times. Five months later, the punch bowl hasn’t been touched, the Jatz have gone stale, the gladioli have wilted and nobody’s dancing – the band hasn’t turned up”, says Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2019/09/10/stimulus-no-effect-consumer-spending-business-conditions/
    According to Judith Ireland the Morrison government says it will cancel welfare payments if people refuse to take part in its drug testing trial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/newstart-recipients-to-have-payment-cancelled-if-they-refuse-drug-test-20190911-p52q9q.html
    Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has been accused of an “unhinged attack” after he shouted abuse at a Labor frontbencher during question time writes Sam Maiden. The article includes a video of the performance.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/09/11/deputy-pm-question-time/
    Shane Wright outlines how the Asian Development Bank has signalled it will inject more cash into high-quality projects aimed at dealing with climate change and tourism and less on infrastructure “white elephants” as it battles pressure to counter the growing influence of China across the Pacific.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/development-bank-opts-for-climate-change-investment-over-white-elephants-20190911-p52qau.html
    According to Katharine Murphy Scott Morrison will not attend the UN climate action summit despite him being in America to visit the Trump administration at the time – deploying the foreign minister, Marise Payne, and the Australian ambassador for the environment, Patrick Suckling, instead.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/12/scott-morrison-wont-attend-un-climate-summit-despite-being-in-the-us
    And Paul Karp tells us how Angus Taylor has defended the government’s record on renewable energy as Labor and the Greens ambushed the minister over a sudden drop in investment in clean energy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/12/angus-taylor-taken-to-task-over-sudden-drop-in-renewable-energy-investment
    In her first Senate speech on Wednesday, the former Victorian secretary of hospitality union United Voice will call for a “secure jobs pledge” from state and federal governments to address a “crisis” of job insecurity, low wage growth and underemployment. Dana McCauley goes into detail.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/secure-jobs-needed-to-avoid-a-descent-into-trump-style-populism-new-labor-senator-says-20190910-p52ptp.html
    When it comes to jobs, one is not enough for many Australians writes Greg Jericho. He says the labour account figures show there are now about as many people working multiple jobs as there are unemployed
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/sep/12/when-it-comes-to-jobs-one-is-not-enough-for-many-australians
    Political party donations are bribes. They should be banned. Defining bribery is more important than a federal ICAC, writes Kim Wingerei.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/aldi-bag-flush-with-cash-or-party-fundraiser-same-outcome-ban-donations/
    The treasurer claimed the gender pay gap has closed. Job done! Except for the facts explodes Emma Dawson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/11/the-treasurer-claimed-the-gender-pay-gap-has-closed-job-done-except-for-the-facts
    Jennifer Duke explains how a global Twitter executive has admitted the social media website will never be able to ensure videos of the Christchurch attacks are not still on the platform
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/i-would-never-say-there-s-not-a-single-copy-twitter-exec-admits-christchurch-video-could-still-be-on-site-20190911-p52q34.html
    Nick Miller describes the stinging blow Boris Johnson has received from the Court of Session in Edinburgh which declared the prorogation unlawful.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/boris-johnson-broke-the-law-by-suspending-parliament-court-rules-20190911-p52qfh.html
    Paul Karp reveals that, according to an ombudsman’s report, the home affairs department ordered companies to preserve metadata and used warrants to access it “without proper authority” and twice unlawfully accessed stored communications.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/11/home-affairs-unlawfully-accessed-stored-metadata-ombudsman-reveals
    Business has warned that the proposed religious freedom law poses ‘significant’ commercial challenges and will give employees too much latitude to use social media to breach company policies.
    https://outline.com/rBpCqu
    The SMH editorial takes a position that Jacqui Lambie has no mandate for ransom.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/lambie-has-no-mandate-for-ransom-20190911-p52qd0.html
    Although the Liberals were victorious in May, their political fortunes are not as strong as they may seem, writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-morrison-government-is-weaker-than-it-looks,13095
    Tony Featherstone explores workplace boredom and what to do about it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/workplace-boredom-there-s-a-solution-if-you-can-be-bothered-20190910-p52puo.html
    The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. There are a whopping 45 reasons why write two academics from James Cook University.
    https://theconversation.com/the-great-barrier-reef-is-in-trouble-there-are-a-whopping-45-reasons-why-122930
    Clancy Yeates tells us that the government’s financial dispute authority is pushing banks to go beyond merely complying with the law and consider “fairness” when dealing with customer disagreements after it was swamped by complaints in its first 10 months. AFCA is getting 40% more complaints than it bargained for.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/afca-hit-by-40-per-cent-more-finance-complaints-than-expected-20190911-p52q4q.html
    The former head of the competition watchdog, Graeme Samuel, is quickly creating himself a job as Marvel-type superhero exposing the finance industry’s prudential shortcomings writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/graeme-samuel-s-view-on-apra-s-management-ask-me-in-a-year-20190911-p52qck.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW Coalition MPs who support the abortion bill are prepared to consider “sensible amendments” to the draft laws to ensure terminations are removed from the criminal code. I wonder if there is a NSW equivalent of the Lyons Forum.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/cross-party-group-of-nsw-mps-join-to-amend-abortion-bill-20190911-p52q9n.html
    From a Christian perspective, Scott Morrison has been displaying great hypocrisy towards the Biloela family, writes Richard Tuffin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/the-blatant-hypocrisy-of-scott-morrisons-christian-faith,13089
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the reappointment of two department secretaries; Michael Pezzullo to Home Affairs, and Chris Moraitis to the Attorney-General’s Department, most likely for a five year period.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6380951/pezzullo-moraitis-reappointed-as-department-heads/?cs=14350
    The Tax Office’s investigations into tax fraud are being hampered, and offenders may be getting away because the agency doesn’t have access to telecommunications data, unlike similar government agencies like the Australian Securities and Investment Commission reports Sally Whyte.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6379100/ato-wants-phone-data-to-catch-tax-frauds/?cs=14350
    The big four consultants are harbouring a small number of arrogant partners who disrupt the tax system with overly risky advice, warns ATO second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn.
    https://outline.com/6EBVz9
    Professor of Public Policy, Andrew Podger, writes that the Australian Public Service needs protecting and nurturing.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6375051/promiscuous-partisanship-things-are-getting-worse-in-the-aps-and-we-need-to-fix-it/?cs=14258
    Climate change has changed our environment. Now it’s impacting the economy writes the chief economist at ANZ, Richard Yetsenga.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/climate-change-has-changed-our-environment-now-it-s-impacting-the-economy-20190911-p52q61.html
    Nick Miler tells us how, for a number of reasons, the UK is more divided than ever.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/whispers-betrayal-and-rebellion-britain-more-divided-than-ever-20190911-p52q2x.html
    George Monbiot describes the insidious ideology pushing the UK towards a Brexit cliff-edge.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/11/brexit-ultras-triumph-neoliberalism
    And now three top John Bolton allies resign from Trump administration.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/three-top-john-bolton-allies-resign-from-trump-administration-20190912-p52qg8.html
    “John Bolton is finally gone. But can his path of destruction be reversed?”, asks Ben Armbruster.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/11/john-bolton-path-destruction
    And Stephen Hurst explains what John Bolton’s exit reveals about Trump’s foreign policy priorities.
    https://theconversation.com/what-john-boltons-exit-reveals-about-donald-trumps-foreign-policy-priorities-123385

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe on Gladys Liu.

    Matt Davidson with what everyone except the government can see.

    Cathy Wilcox continues her good form.

    A legitimate question from John Shakespeare.

    And Glen Lievre with something similar.

    And he has Morrison looking at The Bolt Report.

    From Matt Golding




    From Sean Leahy



    Jon Kudelka on Gladys Liu’s problems.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/056ceeca0296dbbb33c7065fd5996962?width=1024

    From the US







  14. FauxMo could put a stop to this today by ordering Coleman to allow this family to stay. How many millions have we spent keeping this family in detention and flying them to Darwin and then Christmas Island on charter flights?

    I thought achieving that fake budget surplus was the most important (and only) aim this goveernment had, but when it comes to torturing families the surplus doesn’t matter at all.

    Biloela residents travel to Canberra to plead Tamil family’s case
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/biloela-residents-travel-to-canberra-to-plead-tamil-family-s-case

    • FFS!

      Have the real Labor pollies been taken by aliens and replaced with Liberal clones?

      The 2030 target needs to be replaced by a 2015 target, and even that might be too late for useful emissions reductions., if Australia doesn’t act now we may not have a liveable planet by 2050.

      Have these jellyfish thought about that?

      Another stack of votes have just gone to the Greens. Former Labor votes.

  15. The Liberal Party Protection Racket machinery is cranking up to save Gladys Liu.

    “Foreign Minister Marise Payne said it was “offensive” to suggest that Ms Liu’s previous associations suggested she was not fit and proper to sit in Parliament”

    “Offensive”? That’s the best they can do?

    Soon there will be accusations of racism and of picking on Ms Liu because she’s female.

    Ms Liu has already tried the “But I’m new here, I need time to get used to things” excuse., the “I forget” excuse and the “Someone must have added my name to those lists” excuse. Does anyone really believe her?

    She has now started cutting ties with certain Chinese organisations, claiming she was appointed to hinorary positions without her permission. Why didn’t she and//or the Liberal Party check before she put herself forward as a candidate? Why didn’t she resign from these organisations before the election?

    Nothing adds up here. Everything this woman says now just raises more questions.

    Liberal MP Gladys Liu cuts China business ties
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/liberal-mp-gladys-liu-cuts-china-business-ties

    Nothing can alter the bleeding obvious – she did that Bolt interview without permission because she is a publicity-hungry fool. She has certainly got her name into the news, just not in the way she wanted. She has created a huge headache for FauxMo and his government. It’s only four months since the election and FauxMo could well lose his majority if this woman is forced to resign. That’s why he is supporting her and why Marise Payne has been sent out to make her comments.

    Questions have to be asked about where all those funds she raised for the Liberal Party actually came from.

    Sam Dastyari might have asked for money “for himself”, as FauxMo keeps saying, but Gladys Liu, star fundraiser, asked for money for the Liberal Party. How much did she raise from Chinese interests? Thousands? Tens of thousands? Millions maybe? Did any kickback find it’s way into her bank account?

  16. leonetwo

    One thing is certain. If ‘Gladdie’: were a Labor MP the NewsCorpse lynch mob would be swarming all over her by now. The rest of the meeja lizards would of course feel obliged to join in lest they miss out on the ‘kill’.

    • Yep. The media would have camera crews and vans camping outside her home and office, there would be headlines screaming “Traitor” and the Daily Smelly would be in anti-Gladys/anti-Labor meltdown. Alan Jones would be in full shriek about the Chinese infiltrating our parliament.

  17. A no-deal Brexit could result in rising food and fuel prices, disruption to medicine supplies and public disorder on Britain’s streets, according to secret documents the government was forced by MPs to publish on Wednesday.

    A five-page document spelling out the government’s “planning assumptions” under Operation Yellowhammer – the government’s no-deal plan – was disclosed in response to a “humble address” motion.

    The content of the document was strikingly similar to the plan leaked to the Sunday Times in August, which the government dismissed at the time as out of date.

    That document was described as a “base case”; but the new document claims to be a “worst-case scenario”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/11/operation-yellowhammer-fears-no-deal-brexit-chaos-forced-to-publish-secret-papers

  18. More Potato blight

    Peter Dutton refers to Biloela Tamil family children as ‘anchor babies’

    Peter Dutton has phoned in for his regular love in with Ray Hadley on 2GB.

    They are still really cool friends, yadda, yadda, yadda.

    But then the Home Affairs minister gets into the Tamil family from Biloela.

    And well, Dutton is going a new direction on this now. And it’s not the direction Michelle Obama recommends we all take.

    He says the family’s case has cost taxpayers “literally millions of dollars”.

    “The matter has been to the High Court, these people came by boat. It’s been made clear to them at every turn that they were not going to stay in Australia and they still had children, we see that overseas in other countries, anchor babies, so called, the emotion of trying to leverage a migration outcome based on the children and they claim they have new grounds to test with the federal court in Victoria./blockquote>

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/sep/12/liberals-labor-morrison-albanese-politics-live#comments

    • And who has cost the taxpayers millions, who has spent that money out of sheer spite and a desire to inflict as much cruelty as he can?

      It’s all Dutton’s fault. And the fault of the voters of Dickson for re-electing this monster.

  19. Those weather records from 500AD really exist?

    Melinda Pavey represents the electorate next door to me in the NSW parliament. She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, there only there because the National voters of Oxley would elect a rotting corpse if it ran for the Nats.

  20. No wonder FauxMo is pulling out all thhe stops to protect Gladys – she’s an “evangelical Christian”, a Baptist, which is pretty much the same as being Pentecostal. (FauxMo sends his daughters to a Baptist school.)

    I wonder if FauxMo has invited her to join his little Parliament House prayer group yet?

    From April this year –

    On Saturday Liu spoke at a Chisholm candidate forum organised by the Australian Christian Lobby at Crossway Baptist church. Yang was also scheduled to speak, but pulled out.

    Liu said Crossway – one of the largest evangelical churches in Australia – was where her children came to meet God and be baptised

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/apr/29/liberal-candidate-gladys-liu-criticised-work-ethic-of-non-chinese-migrants

  21. Busting Dutton’s myths –

    Priya and Nades: The Facts
    https://www.hometobilo.com/blank

    On Dutton’s claim this has been to the High Court –

    6. The courts have no power to decide if Priya, Nades, Kopika or Tharunicaa are refugees

    It is untrue that Priya and Nades have had the opportunity to explain their circumstances to multiple decision makers and judges.

    Priya was only allowed to explain her safety fears to officials once.


    At the time she was interviewed, she was eight months pregnant. She had been released from hospital the day before and was suffering from a migraine.

    The interview took place by phone and a transcript of the call shows her migration agent dropped out of the call at important points. This was the only opportunity Priya had to tell her story to a decision maker.


    The courts do not have the power to decide if Priya, Nades, Kopika or Tharunicaa are refugees. They can only check whether officials have followed the process the government has decided they should, even if that process is flawed.


    Changes made to Australia’s migration laws in 2015 took away the right of people who arrived by sea to have the decisions of officials fairly and properly checked

    • More in here –

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