The Blame Game

Time for a new topic.

I’ve spent all day looking at comments on Facebook and Twitter and in the media from deadheads who say the whole bushfire catastrophe was entirely the fault of the Greens and/or “greenies”, depending what you read. They all seem to believe the Greens have been in government for years because they all rave about Greens policies “locking up” national parks. Some idiot on Twitter assured me Tony Burke and Adam Bandt had personally “locked the gates” of all our national parks. I pointed out the federal government controls only six national parks, none of which are in NSW and none of which are on fire. The states control all our other national parks. He then started blaming the Queensland government for the fires in both Queensland and NSW.

I was going to write a thread starter on this, but then I found something which says it all far better than I could have.

I found this letter on Facebook, I think it’s brilliant. I have corrected the spelling, fixed capital letters, but I have not changed the words. It’s exactly as Bruce Walker of Wytaliba RFS wrote it.

Hi everyone.

My name is Bruce Walker, you might remember me from ABC TV yesterday, I’m one of the survivors of the Wytaliba fires of last Friday, 8th November 2019, responding to this well informed fuckwit here – Anthony ×××××××

So mate – first up, I’ve been an RFS volunteer for close to 20 years, and am part of the highly regarded Wytaliba RFS – one of the most respected and hardened crews on the Northern Tablelands and beyond. Our crew number over 50 and include decorated vets of Ash Wednesday and many other national disaster catastrophic level fires.

Regarding hazard reduction. let me fill you in.

For my time here, we used to do managed hazard reduction whenever it was viable in winter. However – sadly, the moment Gina and Rupert went halves and purchased the LNP wholesale, we saw a MASSIVE increase in wholesale industrial logging across the nation.

Tell me, Anthony – do you garden? Do you use MULCH?

Compare a mulched garden to a non-mulched garden. You’ll see a near instant difference. If you’re not schooled on how soil works, try standing all day in the sun with no hat on. What happens?

That’s right, Anthony. Your head gets fucking hot.

That’s what’s happened to the planet. Now as anyone who’s dabbled in, you know… physics, will spell out better than I can – an increase of just one degree is quite significant.

Another neato thing physics talks about is the water cycle, Anthony.

You see, part of the water cycle is this cool thing called “transpiration”

It’s part 4 of this essential way in which trees send up moisture to meet clouds, creating low pressure troughs which draw rainfall inland In fact, it’s physically impossible to get rain on the lee side of a mountain, without trees doing this very thing. Impossible. Ask the residents of the Atacama Desert in Chile – who haven’t had rain for one THOUSAND years. Why? No fucking trees, Anthony.

So anyway, back to the Greens enacting a ban on burnoffs – that time we elected them to majority government and they had the final say.

When was that again, Anthony? I’ll wait.

Nah. lets move on, since we ALL know this was never a thing . Ever.

So anyway – here in Wytaliba, we used to have an incredibly green lush valley – right up until industrial loggers finally broke in to compartments to our north. Right about this time there was a near instant and significant drop to our vital streamflow.

This happened again after each and every highland logging operation – and with LNP slashing and burning every national park in sight, well… you know, let’s not go there. Climate change is a hoax, right?

So wholesale burn quotas came in with LNP too. This… well.. I just want to pause here and say “wow” because this did indeed make us say wow.

In recent years, we’ve seen hazard reduction burns take place completely surrounding our once green, lush valley. So much so that after the last July burn of an area once supplying most of our water – well… 27 years of no burn had left a healthy and regenerating semi-arid rainforest. Now it’s simply arid nothing.

Despite this burn and 3 more last year, we got the following result – fires flared up in this dry, mulchless wasteland and burned for 6 weeks, destroying 2 more former rainforest areas, leaving them also tinder dry and unable to transpire – hasn’t actually rained a drop since then. Weird. almost like cause and effect took place.

Clouds pass over, for sure. they get rain on the tablelands even – but – as physics reminds us, when air drops, it warms, expands, and rather than raining, sucks even more moisture from trees and soil.

Oh well.

I mean, this is normal for Australia, isn’t it? Watching 200 or more year old trees slowly wither and die right in front of you. That’s normal. Happens all the time. Rivers dry up too, even though ours is home to platypi – who aren’t known for travelling much – and hasn’t dried up in probably 100,000 years minimum.

Until last summer, and it’s been bone dry since August.

This has never happened in my entire 25 or so years here. No local elders remember such a thing. Wow!

Now, we all know about the Bees Nest and Kingsgate fires and the hundreds more around the state. My crew and many other heroic RFS volunteers have been fighting them for months on end.

Yet another backburn actually got lit up about a month ago, on our south side, just half an hour before high southerly winds were due. The responsible paid agency then ran out of paid hours, packed up and left it to spot onto our property and threaten 80 homes.

We’re like the Mujahadeen of firefighting though, so we got it after about 10 days nonstop hectic battle.

This brings us up to date, Anthony. We’ve got bare, blacked-out dust for 50 km in all directions. Right up to the actual eaves of half the homes here, which is why Friday’s hellstorm caught all of us by surprise, Anthony

A mushroom cloud went up at 3 pm, 20 or so km away. Within 30 minutes, high winds turned that into a 20 km long front – strangely, this front was on ground burnt black as recently as 3 weeks ago. Crown fires too, since every tree was literally a giant matchstick with dead leaves and nothing else.

This then switched to 80km/h southerlies and rained hell on 3500 acres of already blacked out ground.

Well… you can’t say we didn’t prep or do hazard reduction redneck style, can you, Anthony? Or can you?

Curiously, within 1 hour we’d lost 20 homes, a school, a fire shed, and a concrete fucking bridge – meaning only 2 outside units even got in to help. Falling trees in the hundreds blocked the old Grafton road, so no one could even help neighbours.

By dawn, of 80 homes in our community, 52 were lost, 2 dead (one a Sex Party voter, the other apolitical – this one is for you, Barnaby fucking Joyce. 😉 We had many injured, thousands of local animals died, and it looks like a war zone here. Which it did almost before, except we had homes.

So, Anthony ××××××× and ALL you fucking armchair experts out there, tell me again. How was this the Greens fault?

Thanks. Looking forward to your well thought out response.

Bruce Walker, Wytaliba RFS member and survivor. 🙊🙉🖕”


660 thoughts on “The Blame Game

  1. Oh to have the skills to whip up the Sex Pistols singing their hit Pretty Vacant “Priti Vacant”

    Oh we’re so Priti
    Oh so Priti
    Ah but now
    And we don’t care
    We’re pretty a-Priti Pa-tel
    We don’t care

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Deborah Snow tells us that John Howard has warned that the Liberal and National parties are facing “existential challenges” including factionalism, a narrowing political class and the difficulty of preserving a broad-based party membership.
    Shane Wright outlines how Albanese will promise a Labor government would underpin its budget management with “prudence and mutual obligation” in a speech today that will commit to reforms to get the economy growing faster.
    Michelle Grattan says that Scott Morrison will go into 2020 with a challenging cluster of policy loose ends and how the task ahead of him should not be under-estimated.
    Peter Hatcher writes about former ASIO boss Duncan Lewis saying that the Chinese government is seeking to “take over” Australia’s political system through its “insidious” foreign interference operations.
    We say we want climate action, but we still won’t vote for it writes Waleed Aly.
    David Crowe explains how one of Australia’s biggest fund managers will pledge to sink $25 billion into major infrastructure projects over the coming decade in a bid to lift returns while forecasting the creation of 50,000 jobs.
    The SMH editorial says that Australia’s unbalanced defamation laws pose a threat to the free media.
    According to Michael Koziol the Morrison government has set a target for 50 per cent of new refugees to settle in “regional” Australia by 2022 and will appoint a special migrant services co-ordinator in a bid to improve outcomes for recent arrivals.
    In its six-monthly review of the global economy, the OECD has sharply downgraded its expectations for Australia while raising serious concerns about the level of debt being carried by households.
    David Crowe writs that the roar of complaint from older Australians this week after Frydenberg’s call for older Aussies to retrain is a lesson about the danger of talking about problems when there is no solution in sight.
    The Australian Energy Regulator has commenced proceedings against the major power and gas supplier, EnergyAustralia, accusing it of breaching retail laws designed to protect customers in financial difficulty from going without power.
    Clancy Yeates reports that the compliance scandal engulfing Westpac has sparked warnings the bank faces a fine as large as the record-breaking $700 million paid by Commonwealth Bank. He says the pressure will be on Hartzer for some time to come.
    And Stephen Bartholomeusz says that if Weatpac chairman Lindsay Maxsted finds Hartzer has any personal responsibility for the breaches revealed this week – he’s unlikely to last as CEO.
    How a software bug triggered Westpac’s woes. (Not to mention lack of effective corporate governance!)
    Not only was the bank unable to detect small, suspicious transactions, but in certain circumstances transactions of up to $100 million and even more could be made without the bank’s knowledge.
    Richard Denniss begins this contribution with,” Imagine if the government were as keen to deregister banks that broke the law as it is to deregister unions.”
    The Canberra Times says it’s time for big bank bosses to take notice.
    The thuggish Netanyahu has been indicted on charges of bribery and fraud – and he’s on TV right now squealing about it. Among other things James Packer is said to have sent hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts to Netanyahu’s residence. He’s channelling Trump in his presser.
    Gladys Berejiklian has fast-tracked the implementation of Level 2 water restrictions in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra regions as dam levels deplete faster than expected.
    But while leaky old pipes lose 110 million litres a day, the NSW government will slug households rather than invest its huge dividend from Sydney Water says Justin Field.
    Phil Coorey writes that change, ultimately, is necessary, especially if the economy is going to adapt and grow, and find money for things such as the increasing costs of an ageing population.
    Dominic Powell writes on the build up to what promises to be a fiery Harvey Norman AGM next week.
    A large spate of thefts throughout Sydney has been brought to a halt after a month-long investigation, with police seizing $175,000 in baby formula, cosmetics and groceries, along with $55,000 in cash.
    The government is being urged to support an inquiry into a controversial East Timor gas project in a bid to stop China gaining access to a port 500km off Darwin.
    In a landmark decision a US Federal Court has found against Johnson & Johnson in a class action over its pelvic mesh product.
    Trump’s former Russia adviser Fiona Hill has urged Congress’ impeachment inquiry not to promote “politically driven falsehoods” casting doubt on Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.
    Six words – there was no quid pro quo – have constituted the core of Donald Trump’s impeachment defence. Now that’s been blown to smithereens writes Matthew Knott.
    Remember Milton Orkopoulos? Today he will hear from his victims and the state government on Friday as they oppose his intended release from jail before the NSW State Parole Authority.
    Jeremy Corbyn has launched the most radical Labour manifesto in decades, promising an “investment blitz” that would leave no corner of the UK untouched and welcoming the hostility of billionaires, big business and dodgy landlords.
    Witnesses have started giving public testimony in the Trump impeachment hearings with the original whistleblower’s accusations proving to be accurate, writes Lee Duffield.,13334
    A chest-beating Trump, facing lawsuits and political demands to release his US tax returns and other financial information, says he will release a statement on his finances before the presidential election, and asserts that it was his call on providing the information.
    The UK Guardian’s Gaby Hinsliff writes that Prince Andrew’s behaviour has put the very future of the monarchy in doubt.
    Forced by the Queen to retreat from public life, Prince Andrew is reportedly preparing to give formal evidence to a US criminal investigation into the activities of late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe in the Trump bunker. Look at the Twitter gun!

    From a pensive Cathy Wilcox.

    Nice work from Jim Pavlidis.

    From Matt Golding.

    Mark Zanetti.

    Alan Moir with the MBD. Quite distressing.

    Johannes Leak.

    Heaps and heaps from the US

  3. Teh Poorlene voters……………….

    How educated are they? Then and now, the figures show the typical One Nation voter didn’t finish school. Yet they are not unqualified. They make an effort. Tradespeople are strongly represented in party ranks…………………but for whatever reason, few of Hanson’s people have been exposed to life and learning on a campus. Huntley wonders if “the persistent attachment to clearly illogical connections between, say, asylum seekers and crimewaves, and also the interest in non-official online content, is because they never had never had at least some exposure to what happens at higher education”. What strikes her in focus groups is the One Nation attitude: “I can work this all out by myself.”

    • Sorry, it’s an image from FB; it looks like you have to click on the “broken image” icon to see it.

      A map of areas of Australia that have received “desert rainfall” in 2019.

  4. FauxMo refuses to talk about climate change and even worse he lies about Australia’s part in global emissions.He won’t talk about bushfires or the drought.

    But there is something he will talk about – his cult-influenced adoration of Israel and his dislike of the UN which has been a constant theme throughout his time as PM..

    How much more of this ignorant, fake Christian, climate change denier can this country take?

    Jerusalem Prize: Scott Morrison warns of the United Nations’ seeping ‘anti-Semitism’
    Australia’s Jewish leaders have praised Scott Morrison’s attack on the UN’s ‘anti-Semitic agenda’ as the nation celebrates 70 years of diplomatic relations with Israel.

    Note – you do not have to be Jewish to be a Zionist. Not all Jews are Zionists. Pentecostals are fervent Zionists.

  5. Some news from the Say NO Seven on the very worrying and illegal expanded roll-out of the cashless debit card in Kalgoorlie, and what sounds very much like a deliberate imposition of a police state.

    HEADS_UP_EVERYONE We have first person testimony from a resident elder from the Western Desert region that up to 150 people not 70 as reported by the ABC, have been placed on Indue Cards by the DSS in their region, after VISITING Kalgoorlie.

    This is occurring in full breach of the Social Security Act and CDCT legislation therein. People are returning home from Kalgoorlie and finding the card in their letterboxes, some with some without DSS letters. This is a SERIOUS breach of the law.

    This is occurring at the same time as Kalgoorlie CEO’s bring shepherd attack dogs (drug dogs are normally beagles and spaniels etc) into the community and have added over one million dollars to ramp up policing hours and numbers there.

    Wilson can find no money for reliable bus services, no money for water, housing, legal aid or shelters, yet he can fund tools of terror. [Wilson is Rick Wilson, federal Liberal MP for O’Connor, which includes Kalgoorlie.]

    First Nations people from Alice Springs – now flooded with armed tactical squads – to Kalgoorlie, are expressing desperate fears for their future.

    This comes after elders in both regions have asked that weapons be removed from police officers on country, so it is a blatant disrespect and slap in the face to the Aboriginal communities by the Morrison government.

    Combined with recent closures of several Aboriginal health and key DV, legal and other services over the last two months, something very shifty is going on. We feel these increases in policing activity are not just tied to recent events on country, they may in fact be preparatory events for an expected backlash in the event of forced Indue Card roll outs if the current bill passes Senate.

    Please stay awake and alert. You wont hear this on Murdoch press.

    SNS stands with ALL First Nations communities

  6. Someone who lost their home in the bushfires has a few messages for Scrott.Such as…….
    “If only I’d prayed more,” one message, sprayed on scorched pieces of corrugated iron read.

  7. As someone that’s had a close look at the numbers in all state elections from the 1920’s onward, I honestly wonder if there’ll be a watershed moment in rural Australia as significant as the one in the 1960’s-70’s when voters in rural NSW and Queensland swung decisively from Labor to Country/National and never turned back.

    I mean, look at the electorates held by Labor in these elections and compare them to the ones today (elections where yes, the Coalition won, but Labor came close thanks to its hold on rural electorates that stuck by it).

    Maybe there’ll be a moment when every summer, a few thousand houses burn down and all the Coalition has to say about it is, in the words of Battery Sgt Major Williams, “Oh well, how sad, never mind.”

    Of course I won’t hold my breath, but, I do hold hope that maybe after a couple of generations they’ll catch on and realize they’ve been taken for mugs for over half a century.

  8. Again, I feel as much sympathy toward those in this article as I do to Trump voters that got screwed over by Trump.

    Ed Colless grows wheat, chickpeas, canola and barley on his property, “Ashantee”, 30 kilometres south of Walgett. When circumstances allow he runs cattle, but his only livestock remains three bulls “living as monks”.

    The drought is old news there. He’s only planted one crop in six years.

    “This is now a socio-economic drought. Towns are dying, people are moving away to find work elsewhere. Many of them will never come back,” he says.

    He said the idea that May’s election vote was an affirmation for the Coalition was “a bit of bullshit”. “We just didn’t want a Labor government with what it was promising.”

    Colless predicts that unless things change, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Bob Katter will “cut swathes” through parts of Queensland at the next federal election.

    “If the Shooters and Fishers were to get their act together at a federal level here [in regional NSW], I think this government is in for a hell of a shock.”

    “It’s about time people woke up and realised that marginal seats get the goodies,” he says. “And this part of the world hasn’t had a helping for a long time.”

    Oh how cute, he thinks Katter, Hanson and the Shooters will save him. In reality, all it takes is a little homophobia here, a little kick in the teeth of environmentalists there, a little relaxation of gun laws here and his so-called saviours are nothing but putty in the Coalition’s hands.

    • Heaven help us if rural electorates give us more SFF, Katter and ON pollies.

      The collective IQ of the current incumbents would not reach double figures.

      Those who vote for them are even more stupid. They think they are being frightfully clever and rebellious by voting for these loons but because they take no interest in politics at all they do not realise they are actually voting for maintaining the current government.

    • Sure country folk, go right ahead and vote in a bunch of Poorlenes, rootin’ tootin’ shootins and Katters. Then as that collection of nutjobs hold the country to ransom just sit back and wonder why any sympathy you may have had from townies goes up in a puff of smoke and a backlash ensues.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Katharine Murphy writes that Morrison is relentlessly pursuing the politics of panic, but validating voter anxiety can only go so far. Well worth a read, this one.
    A Chinese spy has risked his life to defect to Australia and is now offering a trove of unprecedented inside intelligence on how China conducts its interference operations abroad. This is pretty big.
    China’s got tougher, but Keating’s gone soft opines Peter Hartcher.
    Laura Tingle tells us about the trail of wreckage left by the disastrous Robodebt scheme.
    And Paul Karp explains that the problem won’t go away from the government because a class action is still proceeding.
    Paul Bongiorno has written a scathing contribution on the subject.
    Katharine Murphy writes that Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will struggle to meet its Paris emissions target without rapid decarbonisation of the energy sector, and he says the Liberal party’s continuing failure to develop a coherent climate and energy policy is costing the country much-needed new investment in power generation.
    Paula Matthewson recons Morrison has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight.
    David Crowe reports on the issues facing the government over pensions and superannuation.
    Now THIS is what you call an infrastructure blowout!
    This Guardian opinion piece says that Labor’s future lies in acknowledging the complexity of working-class people.
    Peter Hannam explains how NSW will rewrite electricity market rules to create a giant renewable energy zone, pour money into hydrogen, and spur consumers to offset carbon emissions in a landmark policy aimed at shifting the national debate over climate change.
    Mike Seccombe laments that despite the successes of Australia’s renewable energy sector, the federal government is stalling on further development of this industry, instead maintaining its dogged commitment to coal-fired power.
    Former diplomat Patrick Suckling explains why it’s so wrong to play down Australia’s role in fighting climate change.
    The Saturday Paper’s editorial ridicules Rupert Murdoch’s assurance that there are no climate change deniers in News Corp.
    According to Adele Ferguson Westpac’s 23 million breaches could just be the tip of the iceberg. She says that if gold medals were being handed out for playing down egregious misconduct, the gong for 2019 should go to Westpac.
    Amid the panic spreading through Westpac’s executive floors this week, never mind Friday’s emergency board meeting, is the little matter of what on earth to tell shareholders at the annual meeting on Tuesday fortnight writes Michael Pascoe.
    Victoria Police has sought to question Robert Doyle over allegations he sexually assaulted two women during his time as Melbourne lord mayor and leader of the Victorian Liberal Party.
    In quite a confronting contribution Tim Soutphommasane writes that a quiet and passive citizenry is not patriotic.
    David Crowe tells us how insurance companies are pressing for stronger action on climate change to deal with soaring premiums for Australians exposed to natural disasters. It’ll be alright – Sukkar has it in hand!
    Adan Triggs says that the Australian economy needs demand, not even cheaper cheap money. Until we properly understand the problem, we will keep producing ineffective solutions. Raising Newstart would be a good start.
    Judith Ireland reports that Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck has revealed up to a third of aged care services may not be “up to scratch” as he warned government spending alone won’t fix the quality issues plaguing the sector. There are quite a few issues that need to be addressed.
    According to Rod Meyer AUSfund, the industry superannuation fund lost-super manager, has delivered unclaimed super to its rightful owners more quickly than the Australian Taxation Office and paid far more interest, a committee hearing was told.
    The Saturday Paper’s Jeff Sparrow warns that we need to talk about fascism, particularly here in Australia.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid will be released on parole next month after serving three years behind bars for misconduct in public office.
    Has Angus Taylor won over the states by setting a direction for hydrogen projects to prop up coal fired electricity generation?
    Jess Irvine has a good look at the size of the human services sector in Australia, how it operates and what productivity gains can be made.
    In a very concerning article Karen Middleton explores the minefield that is the NDIS.
    As Australia’s economy continues to decline relative to the rest of the world, the latest area of failure is jobs. Alan Austin reports.,13336
    Christian Porter will examine the capacity of workplace regulators to enforce his promised new wage theft laws, as unions and academics warn they will be ineffective without a strong body to to prosecute employers. But Dana McCauley says that unions are saying introducing stricter penalties for wage theft would mean nothing if the new laws were not adequately enforced.
    And now Porter has lifted the proposed requirements to disqualify union officials in the Coalition’s union penalty bill in a bid to win Senate support in the final parliamentary sitting fortnight.
    The amendments, agreed between the Coalition and Centre Alliance, are designed to shut down unions’ objection that the bill would allow minor breaches of paperwork requirements to trigger severe penalties that harm workers’ representation.
    It was a damning judgment against Johnson & Johnson, but also an indictment on the federal agencies that need to protect Australians from harm writes Joanne McCarthy.
    Witnesses made it a bad week for Trump, a very bad week.
    Victoria’s independent corruption commission is paving the way for this Woodman guy’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe with Netanyahu.

    A beauty from Alan Moir.

    From Matt Golding

    Zanetti goes to the Palace.

    Johannes Leak with Morrison’s regional settlement plan.

    From the US

  10. Doug Cameron’s thoughts on Albo’s alleged;y “visionary” speech –

    Impressed by aspects of Albo’s speech particularly his critique of and attack on the Coalition government. Unimpressed by some of the language particularly “micro economic reform” and “aspiration”. Reform means to make things better, however many of the neo liberal reforms of successive governments, including the Hawke/ Keating government made life much worse for working class Australians.
    Industrial relations reform has massively contributed to wage stagnation and inequality. Reform of government instrumentalities has increased prices, enriched private corporations and led to huge economic rents. Not to mention unbelievable and undeserved executive salaries.
    Competition policy, deregulation and so called free trade reforms have not delivered for working class Australians.
    I am appalled that Richard Marles now sees Labor as the party of the “middle class”. Labor must never abandon or ignore Australians, many working their arse off in low paid jobs, who are doing it tough and will never be “middle class”. The day we abandon disadvantaged Australians is the day the Light on the Hill is extinguished

    You can read the speech here –

  11. I just don’t recognise Australia any more. A few decades of Liberal Party inspired hatred of anyone who is not white, allegedly Christian and with English as their first language has brought us to a place where a women, 38 weeks pregnant, is brutally assaulted in a cafe just because some thug decided he didn’t like Muslims.

    The Sydney cafe attack shows the fear Muslim women deal with daily

    That report gets one thing wrong – this woman did not “keel over”, she was knocked out of her chair by her attacker.

    You can read her own account of this assault in the comments on this tweet –

    This is not the multicultural post-war Australia I grew up in. I spent my childhood at Cronulla, now seen as the centre of anti-Muslim nastiness, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1950s, when Gough Whitlam was the local MP and had his home just around the corner from a migrant hostel things were very different. Cronulla was a cheap place to live then, not the enclave of millionaires it is now. Half my class at school were immigrants, part of the great post-war influx. There were kids from everywhere. My best friend was Hungarian, her parents had the sense to migrate to Australia years before the 1956 revolution. There were Russians, Germans, English kids, kids from Burma and Africa and more. Not everyone shared the same Christian faith- there were some Jewish kids, and no-one ever worked out what the kids from Burma might have been, We never thought of any of our friends as different, they were just our friends and classmates.

    What happened to that Australia? I blame Howard for destroying it.

    • As far as I’m concerned Aus has always been racist, just like Europe was and still is. You only know that really when you’re a foreigner yourself. What has changed here and elsewhere is the extreme violence. I think it started with Abbott and most likely Howard. Terror men!! And now it’s Morrison.

    • I agree with your opinion. My paternal grandmother, who I adored, tried to raise me to hate what she called “reffos” – post-war immigrants. Just as well my mother, had other ideas.

  12. leone, this is very sad. But that’s the way it was. And in so many homes still is. My family, though so kind, is racist. Not every member. I’m so glad my son is not. What helped him, apart from OH, my views and his own gentle ways, were his numerous tennis friends – all of various nationalities. (colour is not the only factor. It’s simply “talking funny”). He teaches now at UNSW where there are many Muslims. A good place for him to be. And he is a Labor man, of course…

  13. Brilliant idea.

    Let’s hope more places catch on.

    A Coolangatta/Tweed Heads clubs and resort complex is cancelling its New Year’s Eve Fireworks.

    Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts management has voted to cancel its annual fireworks show at Jack Evans Boat Harbour and Club Banora in recognition of those impacted by bushfires.

    Twin Towns says it will donate the $20,000 it was going to spend on the fireworks to the bushfire appeals

    This announcement and others like it has stirred up a whole pile of whinging from the fireworks industry. (I didn’t know there was one).

    Fireworks cancellations during state fire bans has industry seeking compensation for ‘interference of trade’

  14. The last of three Rwandan guerrillas who once faced U.S. death-penalty terrorism charges for a massacre of western tourists two decades ago was deported from the U.S. to Australia last week, victims’ family members said.

    Francois Karake, 55, was released from an immigration detention center in Miami last Tuesday and arrived in Australia on Thursday. He spent more than 16-and-a-half years in U.S. custody after being accused with two other men of first-degree murder over their involvement in the slayings of two Americans and six other Western tourists, along with at least one local guard, during a 1999 rampage through a gorilla-watching preserve in Uganda.

  15. And scrott and spud are completely and utterly fine with this.

    Nothing like the smell of corrupt leadership in the morning …

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s Sparse Sunday!

    The SMH editorial paints a gloomy economic picture for NSW (which is not alone).
    Centrism is a dead weight in Australian politics – and it’s dragging us all down opines Greg Jericho.
    Australia has a long history of imitating American culture, but our mirroring of U.S. politics is bringing the nation down, writes Peter Henning.,13343
    Aussie Home Loans has been naughty and has been referred to ASIC.
    Dana McCauley reports that retail and fast food workers are preparing a dossier detailing more than $1 billion worth of wages and entitlements traded away by the “shoppies” union, but fear a Senate inquiry into wage theft will gloss over the “cosy” employer deals.
    Sacha Baron Cohen gave a tremendous speech on the role of social media and where world politics are heading.
    The video can be found here in this report.
    The judgment in Sarah Hanson-Young’s defamation case against David Leyonhjelm will be handed down tomorrow, more than a year after the Greens senator sued after a parliamentary debate in which he said she should “stop shagging men”.
    Another entertaining Peter FitzSimons weekend column.
    The Guardian has a look at what Porter’s new defamation laws might mean for reporting.
    “Suicidal thinking does not occur when people are in a normal and mentally healthy state. It comes about through the cumulative effect of a number of risk factors, especially when key protective factors – such as social support – are missing”, writes Patrick McGorry.
    Katie Burgess says that advocates for asylum seekers are apprehensive, as the fate of the controversial Medevac legislation looks set to be determined this week.
    This South African tells us why she’s addicted to the Trump impeachment hearings.

    Cartoon Corner

    From Matt Golding

    Jn the bush with Zanetti.

    Jon Kudelka lines up the hopeless Stuart Robert.

    David Rowe and Westpac’s dirty washing.

    From the US.

  17. It seems our Nats politicians have been ordered not to mention the bushfires.

    My MP, the utterly useless Pat Conaghan, has barely said a word.

    He has not visited any areas left devastated, has not even shouted a survivor a beer as far as I know. He has actually been trying really hard not to mention the word “fire”. He turned up at the opening of a new shopping centre the other day, in an area that was almost burned out last weekend. I wonder if he even noticed the bushfire scars and the smoke as he drove there. He also visited Dorrigo for their annual show and did not mention the fires that have been burning in that area, even though the heavy smoke must have given even his dim brain a clue as to what was happening.

    I did learn something from his Facebook page though – David Littleproud was supposed to visit Port Macquarie last Tuesday but his plane could not land because of all the smoke. At least the fires meant we were spared that imposition. We have enough to cope with here without the added burden of a visit from a politician desperately in need of a photo opportunity.

    I have to say the media has gone very quiet too – apart from the expected whinging about Sydney being smoked out – big deal, we have been covered in smoke for three weeks now, and it has been just as bad, at times worse that Sydney – we get very little news.The politicians – including Labor – have also gone quiet.

    Labor is missing a golden opportunity – instead of leaving cheering up bushfire victims to members of Muslim communities from Sydney (there has been more than one visit) why aren’t Labor branches putting on BBQs and doing their best to help people who have suddenly found themselves homeless? Where’s Albo? Why isn’t he popping up in fire-devastated areas to work with people needing a bit of help to clean up what is left of their properties instead of making speeches which could wait for a few weeks, or months?

  18. Speaking of Albo – what the frack was going on here? Why is the leader of the Labor Party doing FauxMo’s Trumpish thumbs up thing and why is he posing beside Dutton?

  19. There was a free article in the The Age on Saturday, a profile on Dan Andrews one year after the election, it’s worth a read.

    Better however as it was more in depth was the one in The Oz, once you discounted a few minor loaded descriptions, as it went into building an electoral coalition. Sorry its pay-walled.

    This part in particular jumped out at me, as it mirrors my own opinion, which is that the sometimes socially conservative working class / blue collar / tradie vote it not motivated by socially progressive causes, but will go along with then if the basics are taken care of. A good job, concrete govt programs, health, education etc. It’s when socially progressive causes are pushed during some sort of neo-liberal free for all or the economy is doing badly that then can become the focus of resentment (e.g. Eastern Europe). So, you don’t have ditch socially progressive policies to appeal to the blue collar voters, it’s not an either/or choice, but you damn well better get the fundamentals right too.

    Andrews a rare success story for Labor
    As he enters his 10th year as Victorian Labor leader, Daniel Andrews has overseen one of the great political transformations.


    At the same time, Labor strategists are conscious that Andrews’s progressive push doesn’t work in every electorate. While they believe the Andrews government has cornered the blue-collar tradie market, they do not believe the progressive agenda works for this cohort, or is even of much interest.

    “Jobs work, the social stuff isn’t a core concern for a lot of people,’’ an MP said.

    Labor believes a secret to its long-term success is cornering a significant slice of the working-class ethnic vote.

    Where there were swings against Labor in last year’s state election, they occurred in areas such as Melton, in Melbourne’s outer northwest, where commuters struggle with the pain of traffic congestion amid the city’s super-sized population. Melbourne is on track to be Australia’s biggest city in the next decade.

    While it is an easy bet to say progressivism is an interest focused on the inner city, state Labor believes it also has benefited significantly from demographic changes forced by the housing price boom, which has sent many traditional voters into areas such as the so-called sandbelt suburbs, southeast of the city, around Port Phillip Bay. These have included many teachers, nurses and clerical workers, whom Labor campaigners have targeted in recent years.

    Meanwhile, Labor is courting the younger professional progressive classes, which are almost always university-educated, often socially minded but also being pushed into middle-ring seats where sub-$1m houses can be found.

    “In many ways, these are Dan’s people, they are onside with everything he does,’’ a Labor figure says.

    “The tradie class is a different question. They give the Premier a leave pass so long as they are sitting on a job.’’

  20. Shoppers at a Victorian supermarket were stunned when four people dressed in Nazi uniforms entered the store – an incident that highlights the increasing use of Nazi symbols in Australia, according to Jewish community leaders.

    Craig MacKenzie said he saw two men and two women, who all looked about 20 years old, enter a Coles outlet in Woodend, an hour north of Melbourne, shortly after midday on Saturday, October 26. A photograph obtained by The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald shows the group wearing uniforms that included swastika armbands and the imperial eagle.

    • I would have laughed at them, especially the loon who thought white joggers were appropriate footwear for a fake Nazi.

      These attention-seeking types do not like being ridiculed, so \that’s what we should do. Laugh at them, have a giggle, point out the silly white shoes, have a good giggle and watch them implode.

      The more people act shocked or scared by this sort of behaviour, the more “they can’t do that” articles the media produce the more it encourages these idiots. They did it for attention. Why not make sure attention seekers like them get what they are after – just not in the way they want.

    • I noticed that people born in the 1970s are quite happy to role play WW2 in Nazi costume. It was their grandparents who fought in WW2 and their parents who grew up on a steady diet of war films like Combat and Hogans Heroes (which has endless repeats) The horror of the Holocaust was publicised in the 1960s

      “F’ck Off” might be an embarrassed response

      My students organised a WW2 role play in Woodend many years ago.

  21. Too busy to meet with Emergency Leaders for Climate Action but not too busy to pull out all the stops to have gender neutral toilet signs removed.

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