2,016 thoughts on “It’s Spring!

  1. What has Trump done to his skin?

    In the latest videos his fake tan is so over-baked that his skin looks almost crispy.

    Too long on the tanning couch?

    • A more honest and competant one that at present.

      I still like the way Mr Shorten did “town hall” meetings all over the countryside before the election, and quite frankly think that changing the policy mix to match the LNP does a great diservice to the country.

    • Obviously Australian voters – the ignorant, poorly educated ones anyway, prefer to vote for a party that lies to them and treats them like dills.

      I don’t know how long Albo will last as leader, I hope he decides to step down soon before he does too much damage. Changing policies to be more like the Liberal Party is an extremely bad move. Labor was already more of a centre right party than a true Labor party, with Albo in charge it will move further to the right. The striking shearers who started the party would not recognise it today. Labor has completely forgotten its history.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Bercow has threatened Boris Johnson that he will be prepared to rip up the parliamentary rulebook to stop any illegal attempt by the prime minister to take the UK out of the EU without a deal on 31 October.
    Stephen Koukoulas laments that we are seeing a once in a generation policy failure.
    In support of this the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has paid out more than $15.7 billion in tax refunds since July. But economists warn they won’t help the economy one bit.
    And the federal government is pushing the Reserve Bank of Australia towards “unconventional” monetary policy – a dive through the looking glass into the surreal world of ZIRP and QE (zero interest rate policy and quantitative easing) writes Michael Pascoe.
    Max Kozlowski explains what are cashless welfare cards are and how they work.
    And federal Nationals MPs are urging their party to back an Australia-wide rollout of cashless debit cards for welfare recipients under 35 and an inquiry into welfare payments. Come on down Larry Anthony!
    The SMH editorial declares that there is no evidence the cashless welfare card, which the Prime Minister has been promoting all week, will help the unemployed find jobs or live healthier lives.
    With all the talk of drug testing welfare recipients, Melvin Fechner explores some of the deeper issues, largely from experience.
    The Morrison government’s plan to drug test welfare recipients could see users shift to more harmful substances and even commit crimes to fund their addiction, experts have warned.
    David Crowe asks, “What is the point of the Morrison government? What does it want to achieve now it has passed on its $158 billion income tax cut? The answers will take time, if they ever come, and they will certainly be subject to events – not least the stuttering of the global economy.”
    Dana McCauley writes on Sharron Burrow declaring that Australia’s wage theft among worst in the world.
    Australian researchers believe old class divisions based on work are over. The life chances of most people are now determined by property ownership says Shane Wright.
    Phil Coorey writes about Morrison obsessing over wedging Labor.
    In a long and thoughtful contribution Waleed Aly wonders if declaring a climate emergency such a good idea.
    Rob Harris reviews the day Gladys Liu had yesterday.
    And Gladys Liu shouldn’t escape scrutiny because the PM cries racism says David Crowe.
    Associate Professor Salvatore Babones says that the treatment of Liu is not racist, it’s politics.
    Michelle Grattan agrees.
    Sam Maiden tells us how Andrew Bolt ripped into Morrison for playing the ‘race card’ to defend Liu.
    The NSW Government interfered in the media to shut down a story involving a secret pilot training facility backed by powerful Chinese companies. It had earlier denied knowledge of the aviation project despite promising to commit taxpayer funds to it. Anthony Klan reports.
    In this op-ed Jacqui Lambie says she can’t make John Setka stand aside but I thinks he should.
    Jennifer Hewett has some ideas on how to avoid the trade war and do good business in China.
    Employer groups are furious with Anthony Albanese after Labor moved to overturn a federal government regulation aimed at preventing casual workers from “double dipping” on annual leave entitlements and the loadings supposed to compensate for them.
    As bushfires ravage Queensland and NSW, David Littleproud and the entire Coalition appear deaf, dumb and blind to manmade climate change, and the devastating consequences of their coal-loving actions, writes Michelle Pini.
    “Is it good enough that we continue to show complete faith in a process designed at the time of the Magna Carta, 800 years ago?” asks Greg Barns as he puts the case for people to have the right to ask for a trial by judge rather than by jury.
    Peter Brent writes that James McGrath wants to change the way we elect senators. According to The Australian, the Liberal National Party senator, who chairs the Joint Select Committee on Electoral Matters, wants to see upper house MPs elected from six provinces in each state, two per province.
    PwC has conceded “community expectations” have changed around what is acceptable tax advice and indicated it will consider both toning down its counsel and pushing back against clients seeking this type of advice.
    In a new low Dutton has labelled the Biloela kids as ‘anchor babies’.
    And according to Dana McCauley the federal government breached the human rights of three Iranian families seeking asylum in Australia by sending them to Nauru, the Australian Human Rights Commission has found.
    Nick Toscano explains how brown coal is in sharp decline as power plants close and renewables rise.
    Australia is facing a shortage of medicine vital for cancer diagnoses due to a mechanical fault at the Lucas Heights nuclear medicine facility.
    Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law write these two law lecturers.
    The Washington Post tells us about the unspoken rules governing Trump’s inner sanctum and how they tripped up John Bolton.
    The editorial in the UK Guardian explains the ugly truth about a no-deal Brexit.
    And former Deputy PM Michael Heseltine writes that Boris Johnson has no right to call himself a one-nation Conservative.
    Lucy Cormack tells us about today’s nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Another great effort from David Rowe.

    Mark David lines up Littleproud.

    And Morrison on policy.

    Sean Leahy is disgusted with Dutton.

    Cathy Wilcox ventures to ALP HQ.

    From Matt Golding

    Jim Pavlidis on the government’s PR machine.

    Zanetti and Labor’s troubles in Queensland.

    Jon Kudelka has Morrison giving some advice to Gladys Liu.

    From the US

  3. The slow burn for Ms Liu

    Labor has renewed calls for Liberal MP Gladys Liu to explain links to Chinese associations despite Scott Morrison labelling the tactic “grubby”.

    On Friday the controversy around the member for Chisholm grew after the Herald Sun reported that Liu had failed to file a return declaring a $39,675 donation to the Victorian Liberal party in 2015-16.


  4. It was marked on the tin Gladys. Yesterday there was a mild ruffling of feathers in Sandgropia over some now defunct Chinese group and Labor links. A name leapt out, the United Front Work Dept. and by golly they printed its full name.

    ……………The banner on the website published on March 16, 2015, reads “China United Front News Web” …………….publication of the “Chinese Communist Party Central Committee United Front Work Department Propaganda Office“.

    Liu has been closely connected with a number of organisations in Australia and China that are directed by or closely linked to the CCP’s powerful United Front Work Department…………………… President Xi Jinping, who has described United Front as one of the party’s “magic weapons”.


  5. Considering how many Chinese students post Tienanmen Massacre arrived and add to them fearful of long term future Hong Kongers Scrott may find his clumsy play for “ethnic Chinese” backfiring bigly time. Those two groups of immigrants just for starters would be muy sensitive to the Comrades sticking their oar in here.

  6. Shouldn’t the media be investigating the likelihood of Chinese propaganda organisations, working through Gladys Liu, influencing the result of the last election? (And maybe the results in Chisholm that saw Julia Banks elected in 2016?)

    Remember this, after Ms Liu’s First Speech? I bet FauxMo now wishes he had not been so supportive.

    Paul Bongiorno thinks some on the government backbench think she has no option but to resign from parliament.


  7. Dear Nationals voters. Please consider yourselves told GAGF EVERY time you whinge , bleat and wail for aid due to drought or flood or cyclone or fire or ANY other thing you hold your grubby paws out for. May the rains never come, locusts become biblical and karma a real super bitch.

    Nationals MPs push party to support Australia-wide rollout of cashless card.

  8. At a visit to the Binna Burra Lodge to survey Queensland fire damage, Morrison was asked why it was “racist” to question Liu’s associations and whether it was racist of him to have labelled Labor’s Sam Dastyari “Shanghai Sam”.

    Morrison told reporters: “I didn’t use either of those phrases, so … I think people here today are focused on the fires, not Canberra.”

    According to transcripts on the Treasury website, Morrison referred to Dastyari as “Shanghai Sam” on at least three occasions in September 2016 at the height of the former Labor senator’s donations scandal, repeating the epithet and calling on Dastyari to resign on Sky News, FiveAA and 2GB Radio.

    Oh and this….. pic.twitter.com/mygZ4iuHt0— Sam Dastyari (@samdastyari) September 13, 2019


  9. I need to whinge about something. Feel free to scroll past, I won’t mind.

    A long explanation.

    The other day I posted some stuff about the rubbish being circulated that claims Larry Anthony, along with other unnamed Coalition people own Indue and will make squillions from the Indue card.

    I posted that information because I’m fed up with people telling me this tripe. It’s all based on something the AIMN ran over two years ago, a story based on very poor research or maybe none at all, where a lot of incorrect assumptions were made.

    Because this tripe has been circulating on social media since it was first published in February 2017 and the allegations it made are now accepted as gospel truth and pop up everywhere, even in some very unlikely places, almost everyone who is not a RWNJ believes it without question and without ever trying to see if the allegations made are true. It’s a classic example of the quote attributed to Goebbels that says something like “repeat a lie often enough and the people will come to believe it.”

    Almost everyone, it seems, believes it, except for me and a handful of others who have not been fooled. Every so often I’ve had a bit more of a dig into the muck that article allegedly exposed and every time I came up with the same result- it was all rubbish.

    The only truth to come out of it all was Larry Anthony’s family trust – Illalangi – has shares in the lobby firm Anthony founded – SAS Group. SAS allegedly has Indue as a client, even reputable journalists in The Guardian tell me that, but it seems to be just another lie.

    The only mention I can find is in the Queensland government’s Register of Lobbyists which shows an SAS lobbyist last made contact with Indue in 2014.

    Indue is not listed as a current SAS client.

    Now let’s go to the federal government Register of Lobbyists.

    Here’s SAS Group’s entry showing first up the names of those currently working for the firm as lobbyists. You will notice Larry Anthony’s name does not appear.

    Click on the links and you get first the current SAS client list, which does not include Indue –

    And then the owner details –

    (Some of those clients are very, very interesting, but that’s digressing.)

    Larry Anthony is a director of SAS Group but is not currently working as a lobbyist.

    SAS does not seem to have Indue as a client – not now, anyway. He and his firm are not making any money from the card or from the proposed expansion if they do not have Indue as a client.

    He may have interests in other companies who supply things to Indue, maybe I might decide to look at that one day. Maybe not.

    So after all that, the reason for my whinge –

    Yesterday I came across yet another tweet that said wtte “I’ve just found out Larry Anthony and the LNP own Indue and stand to make a lot of money from the roll-out of this card”.


    I could not resist replying, so I responded with the truth – Indue is owned by 18 Australian financial institutions, not by the LNP and not by Larry Anthony, who resigned as chairman of the Indue board in 2013.

    No response from the person who tweeted that story, but today a reply comes back from someone else. no comments, just a link to the very same AIMN story I’ve been investigating and rubbishing for yonks, apparently to prove me wrong.


    I give up. Why present the truth when so many would prefer to believe absolute rubbish? No wonder we have the government we have.

  10. leonetwo

    Michael Pascoe is fighting the same battle 🙂

    Michael Pascoe @MichaelPascoe01
    Not just RWNJs given to conspiracy theories – Indue is not a Liberal/Nats company. If anything, it’s a bit socialist – owned by predominantly mutual credit unions, building societies & small banks. I’ve spoken at & MCed Indue conferences over the years.

  11. There’s blood in the water

    Ms Liu’s former colleagues in Victorian Liberal politics do indeed remember her as something of a change agent.

    When she worked for then premier Ted Baillieu, she had a business card. One side was in English, the other in Mandarin. Her title was the same.

    It said “Chinese Chief of Staff”. The title might have chafed with the real chief of staff but what it meant was delivered in dollars. And a lot of them.


  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    As the PM heads for the US Peter Hartcher is far from impressed with Morrison’s use of the race card in the Gladys Liu stoush.
    The AFR tells us why Trump is going all out for Morrison.
    “The Morrison government is running away from a national integrity commission at breakneck speed. Its reluctance is made all the starker by its unrestrained willingness to seize on the embarrassment caused to its Labor opponents by Australia’s toughest anti-corruption body, the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption.”, says Paul Bongiorno as he expands on the politics of integrity.
    Ben Schneiders reveals that a leaked tape has emerged of John Setka taking on Lambie, the ACTU, and the Senate crossbench as pressure grows on him to quit.
    Jacqui Lambie is a very different player to the angry newcomer who arrived in the Senate five years ago with “no idea” what she was doing says David Crowe. It’s Lambie 3.0.
    Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy writes Mike Seccombe.
    Michelle Grattan writes that the Morrison government appears to be seething with anger at big business. At least, that’s the impression you get from a lecturing, hectoring speech delivered this week by Ben Morton, who’s assistant minister to the prime minister.
    Rob Harris tells us that Michael McCormack will issue a rallying cry for Australia to “get serious” about water security when he officially launches a new authority to address falling stores of urban and regional water. This’ll be good!
    More from Harris as he reports that the new Victorian senator Sarah Henderson says she will hand back part of the six-figure, taxpayer-funded payout she received after losing her lower house seat in federal parliament in May.
    Karen Middleton tells us that while Labor faces a raft of legislation intended to split the party’s loyalties, the opposition leader has dismissed critics in his ranks who say he is capitulating to Scott Morrison’s agenda.
    The government’s tense relationship with corporate Australia is set to be strained further with the introduction next week of big stick legislation.
    Littleproud’s gaffe and Morrison’s reluctance only reinforce Australia’s climate reputation writes Adam Morton.
    Max Kozlowski gives an example of stressful life on the cashless welfare card. “Compassionate conservatism” my arse!
    With an expansion of the welfare crackdown signalled this week in parliament, experts warn the government’s measures will lead to collateral damage writes The Saturday Paper’s Rick Morton.
    Martin Farrer explains how high rise apartments are dragging down the property recovery.
    APRA chief Wayne Byres has warned that a resurgence in property speculation in response to interest rate cuts would be “unhelpful,” urging banks not to lower credit standards in a bid to revive soggy loan growth.
    Laura Tingle writes that the pressure over Gladys Liu not only consumes oxygen and blurs distinctions but is a potent reminder that Scott Morrison’s majority in the Parliament is not as large as the Coalition’s post-election hubris would suggest. She goes straight for his obsession with Labor.
    There was no smear on Chinese Australians, just a search for answers says Katharine Murphy.
    According to Associate Professor Benedict Sheehy Bupa’s nursing home scandal is more evidence of a deep crisis in regulation.
    Anne Davies reports that a highly secret government-commissioned review into skyrocketing rates of clearing of native vegetation for farming in New South Wales has been completed and is likely to add to simmering tensions between the Liberals and Nationals within cabinet.
    Jacqui Maley explains why some parents dread their child’s eighth birthday.
    Michael West tells us that someone is not getting their funding cut. It’s the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Quiet Australians! It has been a week, and nobody seems to have noticed, but the front page of the GDP release has been doctored, sorry … enhanced. In a happy coincidence for Josh Frydenberg, a spot of rounding and seasonal adjustment have delivered the Treasurer another 0.3 per cent for his next GDP.
    Paula Matthewson says that the PM wants us distracted from the very dark clouds ahead. She reckons there is a lot of distraction politics going on.
    Adele Ferguson writes about how Ken Hayne’s warning on parliamentary plodders has been shown to be prescient.
    According to Michael Pascoe Australia’s China boom is busting – and it’s not because of iron ore.
    Here we go! A criminal investigation into Clive Palmer and the collapse of Queensland Nickel is nearly finished and the corporate regulator is in discussions with other government agencies about what to do next, federal parliament has been told.
    The Saturday {Paper’s editorial begins with, “This is what happens when your chief climate policy is prayer. Rainforests burn in the spring. Bushfires rage in two states before it is even summer. Rivers are silted with dead fish. Drought wrecks the inland.”
    The LNP, particularly Attorney-General Christian Porter, continue to take steps to destroy workers’ rights and outlaw unions, writes William Olson.
    Lawyer Peter Vickery says that our national anthem is the cause of inexcusable hurt but it’s simple to fix.
    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has shown support for a reform of archaic abortion laws, writes Sophia Irvine.
    Guardian Australia reports from three communities hard hit by one of the worst droughts in living memory
    David Cameron has exacted his Brexit revenge on Boris Johnson according to Bloomberg.
    Johnson is sure he would win an election. A closer look at the polls says otherwise.
    “After a week like this, does the EU even want the UK to stay?” asks John Crace.
    In the Land of the Free Beto O’Rourke has received what he described as a “death threat” from a fellow Texas politician after he repeated his call for the mandatory buybacks for assault weapons.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe goes to town on Morrison and Taylor.

    David Pope at the triage station in an ACT hospital.

    Alan Moir with Morrison standing up for Liu.

    And he has one on animal extinction.

    John Shakespeare (whose caricatures all seem to look alike) has Morrison cheering Trump on against China.

    Matt Golding with a good Trump piss take,

    Zanetti with Morrison sweating it out over Liu.

    Jon Kudelka thinks it might be curtains for Clive Palmer.

    From the US

  13. From what that chap Lenin wrote about the MSM waaaay back in the day it looks like sfa has changed since then

    “Freedom of the press is another of the principal slogans………………..The capitalists have always used the term freedom to mean freedom for the rich to get richer and for the workers to starve to death. In capitalist usage freedom of the press means freedom of the rich to bribe the press and freedom to use their wealth to shape and fabricate so-called public opinion. In this respect, too, the defenders of pure democracy prove to be defenders of an utterly foul and venal system that gives the rich control over the mass media. They prove to be deceivers of the people, who, with the aid of plausible, fine-sounding, but thoroughly false phrases, divert them from the concrete historical task of liberating the press from capitalist enslavement…”

  14. Now all we need is the US “establishment” to realise. Despite everything else about him I think Trump actually does. Of course until the “establishment” realises it also any Trump moves towards peace , or at least stopping the war , will be met with howls of derision and a host of accusations.
    We Lost the War in Afghanistan. Get Over It.

    After 18 years of war, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the United States accomplished precisely nothing.
    BY STEPHEN M. WALT | SEPTEMBER 11, 2019, 4:10 PM

    Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

    …………..the ability to blow things up with great precision does not confer a similar capacity to shape political realities on the ground. As former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes once admitted, “the [American] military can do enormous things. It can win wars and stabilize conflicts. But the military can’t create a political culture or build a society.” Unfortunately, that is precisely what U.S. leaders were asking it to do.

    All of this has been obvious for a long time—indeed, for more than a decade…………….Why didn’t the United States change course sooner? In part because it is a wealthy and powerful country, so it is able to do dumb and expensive things for a long time without feeling too much pain. In part because …………….


  15. Alan Jones is in a spot of self-created bother.

    Alan Jones 2GB breakfast program under ‘full review’ as owner writes to advertisers

    Veteran broadcaster Alan Jones said he was getting “on with the job”, as the media company that owned his program promised its advertisers a “full review”.

    Macquarie Media, the company that owns 2GB, wrote to advertisers on Friday saying it “got it wrong” and must “do everything possible” to ensure it did not happen again


    Nothing will happen, Jones will stay, he will promise never to say anything nasty about a woman ever again and in a couple of months time (if he can hold off that long) he will let fly again..

  16. Bill Maher (obviously I have not seen it all yet so let me know if there are issues and I’ll find a better one)

    New rules 47:00

    Overtime (geddit while it’s hot)

  17. Andrew blog post is from August, but worth a read. Its about the weird online interests of the UK PMs adviser. “Is Dominic Cummings A Doomsday Cultist?”

    “Basically, everyone in Cummings’ blogroll belongs to a subculture which has no official boundaries, but which is essentially the pseudo-intellectual impetus behind the neoreactionaries — the “intellectual” part of the alt-right.”

  18. Why wasn’t all this information about Gladys Liu now coming to light known about before the election?

    How on earth did she ever become a candidate?

    Gladys Liu’s Liberal Party branch called to relax foreign investment laws before she became federal MP

    Gladys Liu’s Liberal Party branch pushed an unusual motion within the Liberal Party to relax foreign investment laws prior to her becoming a federal MP.

    At the 2017 Victorian Liberal Party conference, the party’s Eastern Multicultural Branch, of which Ms Liu was the president, proposed a motion that would make foreign investment in agribusiness and agricultural land easier without approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

    It also accused public attitudes toward foreign investment as being driven by xenophobia.

    The motion, obtained by the ABC, called for the raising of the $15 million screening threshold for agricultural land and the $55 million threshold for agribusiness. Any investment above these levels must be approved by the board


    It seems Ms Liu was lobbying via her branch to allow the Chinese to buy more of our land without scrutiny. So much for FauxMo’s claim she is a “great Australian”.

  19. Gee there are some idiots out there.

    Someone just said on Twitter that the rivers on the east coast, between Newcastle and the Tweed, have plenty of water, pumping from any one of them would fill Lake Keepit in a day. They thought the water could be pumped over the mountains, using solar power, into inland rivers. Just how it was meant to get into Keepit is a mystery.

    It’s the discredited eighty-year-old Bradfield scheme idea again, except that scheme only proposed using the water from a couple of rivers in far north Queensland to irrigate inland north Queensland.

    It would never have worked, even if there was water to spare on the coast and right now we need every drop we have. .

    The NSW coast from Newcastle to the border is in severe drought. There is no water to spare. It might look like there is, but the water near the coast is salt water, useless for farming and drinking.

    Our river – the Hastings – is so low that pumping to top up our two dams has not been possible for months. Our two storage dams are at a combined level of 56% and dropping fast. There’s no rain forecast for the next few weeks at least, and when we do get the odd shower it’s only enough to water the grass, never enough to fill the gutters, let alone increase river flows. We are on level 2 (high) water restrictions and will soon move to level 3 (very high).

    There is no water to spare here, nothing to spare up to the Queensland border.

  20. We’ve just experienced the miracle of modern technology, via mobile phone. Son and family holidaying in Thailand. They sent a friend around this afternoon to do something to our mobile, then they rang and all of a sudden we were talking to them face to face. Will ring grandson tomorrow to see if we can watch great grandson sleeping.

  21. It’s not often you get a sports post from me, but tonight is special.

    The Sharks just crashed out of the NRL season with a big loss to Manly.

    I am so very happy, not because I’m a Manly fan (I’m not) but because this loss might wipe the smirk off FauxMo’s face for a little while.


    Thoughts and prayers in your time of loss, FauxMo.

    How good is Manly!

  22. I’ve been thinking about this article a lot today, namely that I agree with many of the comments that are in it. Basically the fact that all of these towns voted heavily for the Coalition in both state and federal elections. Therefore my attitude to them is “You voted for this, therefore you deserve this.”


    But I know that’s a horrible way to think, so I wonder, is there any hope of bridging the gap of what they voted for and what they need to try and make things better? Or are we just going to stand either side of a battlefield and scream at each other for the next 50 years until most of us are dead?

    • It’s a shame that those in regional Australia who don’t vote National have to suffer along with all the rusted on dolts. I speak from experience, I live in National Party homeland where nothing ever happens. (Apart from the few years wehad not only Rob Oakeshott but his mate as out state MLA, the only time any politician has ever done anything for this area.)

      I’ve lived in rural towns across NSW for fifty years, I know how stupid National voters are.It’s a wonder they can manage to put on clean socks and jocks, they are so averse to change.

      We are facing a water crisis here too, if there is no substantial rain by the end of next month. Despite the drought and the bushfires in this electorate no-one here has seen our new Nats MP since the election, no-one seems to have heard him say anything either. Totally useless, yet an increased majority voted for him.

      I can’t work it out. Talk to your average Nats voter and they seem sane enough, but there must be some sort of intellectual deficit, maybe an absence of a vital part of the brain that controls reason and logical thinking.I’d say something caused by inbreeding, but the types who move here from Sydney, especially the retirees, are just as bad, if not worse. The more retirees we get (and this is Retirement Central) the more the Nats vote increases.

  23. Kirsdarke

    I grew up on a farm, still have lots of farming rellies and despite or maybe because of that I too say let the National voting people reap what they have sown. They have made a choice to take the route they have so let them suffer the consequences or they will never learn. My sympathy for the drought and or fire affected people ran out some time ago.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Schools around NSW ranging from high end boarding schools like Kincoppal-Rose Bay and Trinity Grammar to alternative Steiner schools and low-cost Catholic schools are taking parents to court to recover tens of thousands of dollars in fees as debts mount.
    Judith Ireland writes about how the National Party has voted to stop non-animal products from being labelled as “millk,” “meat” and “seafood”. How about coconut milk then?
    We’re told not talk about climate change. I suspect this is because we might have to start wondering why we’re not doing anything about it laments Greg Jericho.
    Ben McKay reports that Jacinda Ardern has endured a rotten week, perhaps the worst of her leadership, as she confronts the Labour Party’s botched sexual assault investigation.
    The National Party is calling on the Morrison government to “pursue” increasing welfare payments, in a new intervention in the debate to raise the rate of Newstart reports Judith Ireland. The position is not unified though.
    More than 80% of the welfare recipients who had their income support suspended under the controversial ParentsNext program were not at fault, new figures show. What a shambles Centrelink has become under this government’s direction.
    Jacqui Maley has a dose of the irits as he launches into Morrison over him not mentioning his urine and saliva policy during the election campaign. She says it’s a unicorn.
    According to David Crowe Young Australians would be called up for duty at emergency services units across the country, under a plan aired by independent Senator Jacqui Lambie, to boost volunteering rates and respond to climate change.
    Households surviving on government allowances such as Newstart or Youth Allowance are twice as likely to be living in poverty than 25 years ago, new research shows.
    Caitlin Fitzsimons describes how about 1000 people held a rally in Sydney’s Hyde Park to support the NSW bill to decriminalise abortion, chanting “trust women, support the bill” and “no amendments!”.
    Gladys Liu has been making headlines and her political career should be in jeopardy, yet her demise is being delayed, writes John Wren as he reviews this week in politics.
    Many new vegans have noted cognitive effects – known as “brain fog” – and there’s plenty of science to back that up writes Luke Mintz.
    The CSIRO has been forced to tell Australia’s next generation of scientists to get an ABN, as it tries to skirt around the public service staffing cap by hiring new talent as external contractors. Ah, the folly of puerile management (read government) KPIs.
    Dr Martin Hirst has lost his sense of humour when it comes to the Morrison Government. Instead, he argues, we need to be angry, not silently sniggering up our sleeves.
    Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group has attacked two Saudi Aramco plants, including the world’s biggest oil processing facility, sparking fires in the latest flare up of violence in the Gulf.
    Someone will be in the shit over this!
    Amid hopes for approval to fly the 737MAX again within weeks, Boeing is preparing one of the biggest logistical operations in civil aviation history.
    Tess Lawrence joins some barely visible dots, where preserving the “brand” is all that the Catholic Church seemingly cares about.
    Global health regulators sounded a coordinated alarm about the possibility that a stomach drug taken by millions of people around the world could be tainted with the same cancer-causing agent that has sparked a worldwide recall of blood-pressure pills.
    The Conservatives have pushed further ahead of Labour in the latest Opinium/Observer poll – despite yet another turbulent week for Boris Johnson. Their lead is now 12%.
    Negative interest rates are traditionally a last resort for central banks on the ropes, but Trump is leaning on the Federal Reserve to drop below zero willingly.
    Clearly these mongrels have earned nomination today for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    Reg Lynch and Centrelink.

    What a cracker form Mark David!

    Mark Zanetti might have this one right!

    Here’s a good little gif from Glen Le Lievre.

    Alan Moir on Liu.

    From the US

  25. 😆 Bit of honesty from Trump re Egypt. Paywalled but here is the core of it.

    Trump, Awaiting Egyptian Counterpart at Summit, Called Out for ‘My Favorite Dictator’
    Quip drew attention to uncomfortable facet of U.S.-Egypt relationship

    By Nancy A. Youssef, Vivian Salama and Michael C. Bender
    Sept. 13, 2019 3:40 pm ET

    Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

    “Where’s my favorite dictator?” Mr. Trump called out in a voice loud enough to be heard by the small gathering of American and Egyptian officials. Several people who were in the room at the time said they heard the question.



  26. BK

    What a shambles Centrelink has become under this government’s direction.

    Keep in mind that the shambles is not a bug it is a feature.

  27. 😀 Not sure they quite understand the meaning of ‘volunteer” .

    According to David Crowe Young Australians would be called up for duty at emergency services units across the country, under a plan aired by independent Senator Jacqui Lambie, to boost volunteering rates

  28. Howard, worst episode ever. The man who legitimised 2GB+Pawlene land as being something to aspire to . 😦

    Six people recount their interactions with Centrelink and the government’s welfare programs, which range from absurd to frustrating to insulting.

    Earlier this year a scathing Senate report said the Jobactive scheme – the government’s employment service – had unleashed a “bureaucratic nightmare” on jobseekers.

    …………..out-of-work Australians were “suffering” under the Coalition’s $7.3bn program, which has its roots in the Howard government’s outsourcing of employment services in 1998.

  29. The Natonal Party and “milk” –

    This is just a distraction.

    The Nats need to take our attention away from the continuing McCormack train wreck. They are also keen to distract out attention from their failure to do a thing about climate change, the drought, a failing economy, regional hospitals unable to cope with demand, Gladys Liu, dying rural towns etc etc.

    All the Nats can think of as a distraction is a loony demand to relabel products that have been referred to as “milk” for centuries across the entire planet. Almond milk was a staple in medieval kitchens, both Christian and Islamic, especially during Lent and Ramadan, when it was used as a substitute for dairy milk and cream.

    I like almond milk, but I won’t buy the muck the supermarkets sell. It contains very little almond (around 2.5% to 3% for most brands) and contains additives which include salt (not necessary), oil of various kinds, thickeners and stabilisers like carrageenan and tapioca flour to stop the product separating, calcium carbonate in the form of ground limestone to add calcium, vitamin C, assorted B vitamins, bicarb soda, vegetable gum and even “natural” flavours. Some brands contain a stack of these additives, others not so many, but they all have some. Some contain sugar as well and have to be labelled as “sweetened”. You are actually buying water contaminated with nasty additives and containing very little actual almond.

    It tastes like shit, really it does. I tried it once, because I was too lazy to whip up my own. Never again. One taste was enough. I don’t know how people can use this crap.

    I make my own almond milk, I like it in porridge and sometimes use it in cooking instead of “real” milk. It’s dead easy. You just soak the almonds (I use raw almonds) overnight, drain and rinse, then stick them in the blender with water and let rip. Then you strain the liquid, squeezing to get all the milk. I like to repeat the blending part, to get all the juice from the almonds. The left-over pulp can be dried and used in baking wherever almond meal is needed, if you don;t want to chuck it out. Easy as. The usual ratio is 1 cup almonds to four cups water, (2 for the first blending, 2 for the second) but you can change that according to how thick and creamy you want your milk to be. The same process is used for cashew milk, except it’s even easier. You use raw cashews and they just dissolve during blending. Coconut milk uses much the same process, except you use hot water and the ratio is different. These milks smell delicious, unlike their store-bought counterparts, and they taste good too. Added advantage – no nasty additives, no GM oils and no nasty carrageenan. That stuff is very bad for you. Anyone buying ready-made almond milk in the belief it is healthy is nuts.

  30. leonetwo

    You are actually buying water contaminated with nasty additives and containing very little actual almond.

    It tastes like shit, really it does….

    I’ll second (and third) that motion. I was until recently furiously dieting and thought I’d give it a go instead of milk to see what the fuss was about. FMD it tasted like crap. I love almonds but gawd knows what they do to get them to taste as bad as that crap did. NEVER again. The next, if there is a next, almond milk will be freshly made. Your recipe tempts me 🙂

    • PS At the rate global warming and the Australian dairy industry are going the milk problem will largely be ‘solved’. 😉

    • PPS
      It turns out Douglas Adams was on to something with the number 42 being the answer to life ,the universe and everything. ‘Twas the number of kilos I lost, can’t believe it was that much but by god it feels good going from squeeze in to a 42 to slipping on a 32 🙂 Retired from a sport but maintained the diet. Not a good combo.

  31. Two very good threads on drug testing, which is already inflicted on people with serious, chronic medical conditions.

    Click on the link in this tweet for the second, horrifying thread.

    Australia, the police state, where only perfectly healthy, wealthy and white people deserve consideration. The rest of us can go and die in a ditch because we are a drain on the budget. (Labor has been complicit in all of this and should we ever gain have a Labor government they will not reverse any of this discriminatory nastiness.)

  32. Hypocrites “R Us.

    Abbott abandoned what he thought at the time was his first child, and being the weak little pissant he was and still is, got his mum to phone his bride to be and tell her the wedding was off. He never bothered with that child again, had no contact at all with either the kid or the mother, except for a story spread by Abbott himself, no doubt as a whitewash, where he claims to have held the baby for a few seconds not long after birth. Both Tones and the woman had been sleeping with anyone they fell into bed with, as it turned out.

    Barnaby abandoned his first four children because he had the hots for a staffer, just one of many who attracted his attentions. A previous affair ended (allegedly) when the lady became pregnant to Barnaby and wisely decided on an abortion. I hope his current floozy realises she is not likely to remain his one true love, if he has not already strayed then he will, any day now.

    It all makes you wonder how many more offspring are out there, abandoned by these two devout Catholic anti-abortion warriors.

    I’ve heard a lot of rumours about the extra-curricular activities of both of them, but as I have no proof it’s best not to repeat them. I’ll just say where there is a lot of smoke there’s bound to be a raging fire.

    I fail to see what could possibly attract a sane woman to either of them.

  33. Speaking of unattractive men –

    Here’s FauxMo leering at Michaelia Cash.

    I have no words for that.

    It seems to be his standard look when he spots a female – any female – who is not aware she is being leered at.

  34. Can anyone else spot a pattern re the speakers ?

    Mr Abbott was met with rapturous applause as he addressed the rally, declaring the bill was “a licence for sex-selection abortions [and] a licence for late-term abortions”……………………… Liberal MP Kevin Conolly led the crowd in chants of “ditch the bill” as he thanked protesters “answering the call” in their thousands. “………………………. Finance Minister Damien Tudehope, Christian Democratic Party MLC Fred Nile and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Mark Banasiak also gave speeches……………”This is the slavery debate of our time,” Mr Joyce said. “I would rather be standing on the parapet with you than living in some cowardly crevice as a lesser person.”
    A hint from Flight of the Conchords 🙂

  35. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Dana McCauley reports that Julie Bishop has offered to assist the Morrison government with negotiations, saying she has “a long-standing and constructive relationship” with the country’s Foreign Minister and President.
    Michael Koziol writes that Sam Dastyari now concedes Huang Xiangmo, the billionaire donor and property developer he once courted and warned about ASIO surveillance, was probably an “agent of influence” for Beijing. He also admits he was arrogant, naive and blinded by his “out-of-control” ego.
    The Morrison government is spelling out to the business community that it wants big changes in how business leaders deal with Canberra and the broader community. It’s not a prescription many will appreciate hearing writes Jennifer Hewett.
    Gladys Berejiklian’s political agenda could be at risk due to a deteriorating relationship with key minor parties, warn Liberal MPs as her agenda risks getting stuck in a legislative graveyard.
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the New South Wales government is advising local councils to invoke terrorism fears to keep the location of potentially lethal flammable cladding secret from the public.
    Eryk Bagshaw details the cost of the likely achievement of a surplus in 2018/9.
    Australia could lose from a US-China trade deal, according to internal RBA documents.
    The hard heads in Washington and Beijing have recognised that trade war is a disastrous path. But there are five steps needed to secure a deal by November, writes Kevin Rudd in the AFR. He concludes by saying, “The options now facing Washington and Beijing are stark indeed. And for all of us.”
    Lisa Visentin tells us about the appearance of Abbot and Joyce at yesterday’s anti-abortion rally in Sydney.
    And Nick O’Malley explains how while in Europe recently Abbott cosied up to one of Europe’s most controversial leaders who he describes as a racist demagogue.
    ASIC deputy chair Karen Chester has blamed a lack of competition in banking and superannuation for delivering ‘unfair’ consumer outcomes and impeding the economy’s growth.
    According to the Canberra Times Anthony Albanese isn’t about to let embattled Liberal MP Gladys Liu off the hook when parliament resumes this week, saying she needs to explain her past donations and affiliations.
    The Liberal member for Chisholm, Gladys Liu, caused concern in intelligence circles before the Party pre-selected her as their candidate for the May 2019 Election. Writes Jennifer Wilson.
    And Sam Maiden, in an exclusive, says that Gladys Liu has declined to explain her involvement in a mysterious $105,000 donation to the Liberal Party by a Chinese-owned company she worked for, spruiking electric buses.
    Oil could hit $US90 a barrel over the next few months if the supply outage caused by strikes on Aramco’s world-leading oil processing facility at Abqaiq drags on.
    Adam Carey writes that private schools have been hit by a drop in enrolments, forcing some to take on debt to compete for students, as parents squeezed by rising costs and sluggish wage growth opt for the public system.
    Is going green the best way to fire up the economy?
    Amanda Vanstone goes into how the UK got into its Brexit mess.
    A survey by CEDA of 3000 people shows Australians overwhelmingly believe corporate leaders should speak up on social issues
    Emma Koehn reports that the nation’s largest airports have warned domestic airfares could keep rising unless carriers release more seats and offer better deals to the travelling public.
    The drought crisis crippling parts of the eastern seaboard may come to a head within weeks as several regional centres are set to completely run out of water within two months. The New Daily names the towns most at risk.
    Insurance Australia Group has estimated a class action over its sale of “add-on” insurance could be worth up to $1 billion writes Cara Waters.
    Last weekend, following a suicide car bomb attack in Afghanistan, President Trump announced he had cancelled a secret meeting with Taliban leaders. His campaign promise to withdraw American troops from an 18-year conflict is now in limbo meaning Australia probably won’t withdraw its contingent either. Clinton Fernandez reports.
    Trump is seriously, frighteningly unstable – the world is in danger says Robert Reich.
    Here is The Observer’s view on the threat posed to Israel by another Benjamin Netanyahu victory. It says the prime minister’s pre-election tactics underline why he must be ousted from office.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and a worried PM.

    Pat Campbell and climate change.

    From Matt Golding.

    Glen Le Lievre and Chinese influence peddling.

    Zanetti’s effort in The Australian.

    From the US

  36. The Economy and what the government is doing about the increasing sad state it is in. Somewhere in this wide brown and increasingly sunburnt land a government minster returns from a press conference.

  37. The meeting between FauxMo and Frank Bainimarama should be a barrel of laughs – Bainimara clearly loathes FauxMo, mostly because of his arrogance on refusing to act on climate change.

  38. This is what happens when a rotten government appoints its pets as commissioners.

    Disability advocates threaten to boycott royal commission over conflict of interest claims

    There are concerns the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability may be compromised before it has even started.

    A growing number of advocates and people with disabilities say they will boycott the long-awaited inquiry, which will hold its first public sitting in Brisbane today.

    We are committed to ensuring our coverage of the disability royal commission is accessible to all Australians no matter what their abilities or disabilities.
    Craig Wallace, the convener of the Disability Royal Commission Action Group, says he will boycott the inquiry unless two of the seven commissioners, John Ryan and Barbara Bennett, stand down because of a perceived conflict of interest.

    “I’m not making any statements that either commissioners Bennett or Ryan were involved or contributed to the neglect of disabled people as individuals,” he told AM.

    “But what they did is that they were both in charge of and managed systems where people with disabilities have experienced abuse … and that’s what makes them unacceptable appointments.”


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