This Venn Diagram …

really doesn’t need any fancying up by me.

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  1. And speaking of masks – what sort of bureaucratic nonsense is this?

    Volunteer firefighters in Australia warned not to crowdfund for equipment
    Exclusive: RFS deputy commissioner tells NSW brigade leaders of its concern over volunteers fundraising online for protective masks ‘without the appropriate authority’
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/12/volunteer-firefighters-in-australia-warned-not-to-crowdfund-for-equipment

  2. If you reckon Labor here is hard done by the press here check out this from the UK, from front page of The Sun. The Telegraph and the Times are no better but they dress it up with posher language

    We have a bright future with Boris as PM but lights go out if Jez gets in No10 – so go out and vote Tory

    .

    • Farce or what ! From Guardian report on it

      Trucks sent by the Queensland government carrying emergency supplies to the school, including Mount Tamborine bottled water, have been passing trucks heading in the opposite direction taking local water to bottling plants for beverage giants such as Coca-Cola.

      Water miners in the Mount Tamborine area supply roughly 130m litres of water each year to commercial bottling operations. Now the local bores are running dry.

    • It’s bizarre.

      I don’t even understand why people buy bottled water. Australia has extremely safe drinking water, why not just fill up a reusable container at home if you really have to carry water with you everywhere you go.

  3. Bill Shorten this morning at the Victoria University Graduation Ceremony.

    Great speech, especially from someone who gave back, got involved in public life, made a contribution only to be kicked in the teeth by the media and by voters.

    I really hope Bill has another chance to be PM.

  4. I forgot another of FauxMo’s extravagances –

    His lousy $11 million to aerial firefighting pales into insignificance when compared to his generous gift of $150 million to Trump’s Mars thing.

    • They have the “Vote Early” sorted. Now for the “Vote Often” 🙂 It was pleasing to see so many comments from people about the greater than usual numbers. Especially the early ones as it was dark,cold and or wet.

  5. This is interesting –

    Firefighting aircraft are managed by the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), a cooperative body funded by both State and Territory Governments and the Federal Government.

    As ABC’s Background Briefing revealed in October, two years ago the NAFC sent a proposal on behalf of all states and territories to Canberra for an annual increase of $11 million above its existing $15 million in funding, but they still do not have an answer.

    In a submission to a senate inquiry into the 2016 Tasmanian bushfires, NAFC said:

    “The Australian Government funding is, however, forecast to diminish in real terms, whereas the cost of providing aerial resources will rise. This may lead to a reduction in access to aerial resources in the future

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-15/are-bigger-water-bombers-the-answer-to-bushfire-woes/11705502

    Isn’t it funny how he has given the NAFC exactly the same amount he has been refusing them for two years, as treasurer and then as PM?

    The full NAFC submission is available online, but only as a personal download.

    This was the Senate committee’s recommendation and the government’s response –

    Recommendation 4
    The committee recommends that the Australian Government commit to long-term funding for the National Aerial Firefighting Centre of an amount that is at least equal to the government’s current contribution, rising in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    Government Response: Agreed
    The Australian Government provides $14.8 million each year to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre. Parameter adjustments will continue to be managed through normal Budget processes

    https://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/publications/government-response-senate-inquiry-tas-bushfires

    So the government decided to maintain funding at the existing level, with just an adjustment for CPI increases, rather than invest more funds in an essential service.

    More advice ignored. Now we see the consequences.

  6. Now what do the larger than expected queues mean I wonder ? More people have to get in before work ?

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Jenna Price tellingly contrasts Morrison and Ardern.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-incredible-telling-difference-between-ardern-and-morrison-20191212-p53jd8.html
    Scott Morrison will canvass a new global tax on internet giants with India’s Narendra Modi and Japan’s Shinzo Abe in January in an attempt to position Australia as a leader in digital regulation. Some good work perhaps.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-are-not-going-to-put-up-with-this-tech-giants-warned-on-tax-20191212-p53jh1.html
    The giant foreign corporations who extract the most from Australian soils and seabeds have once again paid the least in tax, dollar for dollar. Michael West reports on the fifth year of transparency data from the Australian Tax Office.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/fleecing-australia-tax-office-data-dump-shows-the-usual-large-culprits-paying-no-tax/
    Katharine Murphy writes that now the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is examining complaints that people’s private information has been handed improperly to debt collectors under the botched robodebt scheme.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/13/robodebt-private-information-may-have-been-improperly-handed-to-debt-collectors
    David Crowe says that the cold calculation at the heart of Australian politics is that the forces which propelled Scott Morrison to victory at this year’s election are far more powerful than the factors helping Anthony Albanese rebound from defeat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-is-still-streets-ahead-of-anthony-albanese-20191212-p53jfr.html
    Eryk Bagshaw and Shane Wright report that more than 100 unidentified companies are being targeted by the Tax Office for “systemic non-compliance”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/find-out-what-the-largest-australian-companies-paid-in-tax-20191212-p53jcl.html
    Hello hello! Labor is calling for an inquiry into how one of Gladys Berejiklian’s most senior staffers was employed on a $250,000 six-month contract that was not advertised and didn’t exist before the appointment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/lucrative-contract-for-former-berejiklian-staffer-prompts-demands-for-inquiry-20191212-p53jgn.html
    If I was a media advisor for any MP, state or federal, my advice would be to stop watching Sky and reading The Australian says Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-bushfire-calamity-and-australias-rogue-parliament,13403
    The PM has changed his tone, but don’t expect a change in policy says David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-pm-has-changed-his-tone-but-don-t-expect-a-change-in-policy-20191212-p53jgl.html
    And Michelle Grattan writes that Scott Morrison is picking up that Australia’s devastating, prolonged fires are producing a soured, anti-government mood among many in the community.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-climate-winds-blowing-on-morrison-from-liberal-partys-left-128793
    After proclaiming that 50% renewable energy would wreck the economy, now the Coalition is relying on reaching this target by 2030, writes Giles Parkinson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/coalition-changes-stance-on-renewable-energy-and-is-now-relying-on-50-target,13404
    Sam Maiden outlines the Coalition climate change deniers whom Malcolm Turnbull referred to as being nuts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/12/13/climate-denial/
    Nick O’Malley writes about the US ambassador to Australia calling on the Morrison government to take stronger action against alleged Chinese government political harassment of Australian residents.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/us-ambassador-claims-chinese-agents-at-work-on-australian-streets-20191212-p53jie.html
    Labor has called on Peter Dutton to explain whether a staff member in his office leaked national security information critical of the now-defunct medevac legislation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/12/labor-calls-on-dutton-to-explain-if-classified-leak-over-medevac-came-from-his-staff
    First-time buyers hoping to use the Morrison government’s scheme to get into the property market have been warned they could end paying tens of thousands extra in interest to buy their home explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/first-home-buyers-warned-of-extra-interest-bill-as-deposit-scheme-extended-20191212-p53je1.html
    These two academics say that the federal government’s response to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry is a let down.
    https://theconversation.com/the-federal-governments-response-to-the-acccs-digital-platforms-inquiry-is-a-let-down-128775
    Dana McCauley writes that A federal judge has lashed the CFMMEU for using “bogus” safety claims to shut down three Sydney construction sites as he handed the union and two officials a combined $156,900 penalty. Albo has to do something about this lead in Labor’s saddlebags.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cfmmeu-officials-fined-156-900-for-shutting-down-work-sites-with-bogus-safety-claim-20191212-p53jfg.html
    Former Australian diplomat Dean Bialek tells us how Australia’s attempted carbon trickery is stoking India to pollute.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-australia-s-attempted-carbon-trickery-is-stoking-india-to-pollute-20191212-p53jgd.html
    Angus Thompson reports that NSW’s enforcement watchdog says police must be passing inside information to bikie gangs, who otherwise “could not be the major manufacturers of methamphetamine in NSW”, in an example of “significant corruption” dogging the force.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-passing-inside-information-to-bikie-gangs-watchdog-20191212-p53jf8.html
    Elizabeth Knight went to the Westpac AGM and says the contrite board deserves no credit for surviving the torrid meeting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/contrite-westpac-board-deserves-no-credit-for-surviving-torrid-meeting-20191212-p53jha.html
    It had to happen! Idiot Trump has mocked Greta Thunberg after her TIME person of the year accolade. And in true fashion she has quietly turned it around on him.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/chill-greta-chill-trump-mocks-greta-thunberg-a-day-after-she-is-named-time-s-person-of-the-year-20191213-p53jkm.html
    Republicans are turning impeachment into a carnival – and it could cost them.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/12/trump-impeachment-republicans-carnival
    Gabby Hinsliff says that whoever wins the UK election needs to show some humility.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/12/whoever-wins-election-humility-prime-ministers

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe and Morrison’s climate change avoidance.

    And he gives us the organ grinder and the monkey.

    Andrew Dyson reckons Albo’s got his work cut out.

    Cathy Wilcox delivers Morrison a kick in the cobblers!

    As does Mark David.

    From Matt Golding.





    Zanetti on Albo’s coal problem again.

    Johannes Leak doesn’t fancy Morrison’s chances against Google and Facebook.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/f349bcf7425e0114560a4058dd1d8498?width=1024

    From the US







  8. UK Exit Poll predicts:

    Conservatives: 368
    Labour: 191
    SNP: 55
    Lib Dems: 13
    Plaid Cymru: 3
    Greens: 1
    Brexit: 0
    Others: 22

    Conservative majority of 86. Also Labour’s worst result since 1935 if it turns out that way. Even Michael Foot managed to get over 200 in 1983.

    God help the UK.

  9. I have to do some Twitter myth busting again.

    You will see repeated claims on Twitter about FauxMo not “mobilising the ADF” to help fight fires.

    Well, that’s a lie. Several lies actually.

    First – the PM does not “send in the ADF/Army/troops”, the GG is their commander in chief, not the PM.

    Second – asking for help in disasters is a state responsibility or even a council one. Local commanders can be asked for help. State governments can ask for help. It’s complicated.
    https://knowledge.aidr.org.au/resources/ajem-apr-2012-left-and-right-of-arc-the-legal-position-of-the-australian-defence-force-in-domestic-disaster-response-using-the-2009-black-saturday-victorian-bushfires-as-a-case-study/

    Last – the ADF has been involved for at least a month, ever since the fire situation became serious.

    Some of the things they are doing –

    There are Army disaster planners embedded in RFS and Queensland Fire and Emergency headquarters.

    The RAAF has been flying firefighters and equipment from interstate for weeks.

    The Army has opened up barracks in some places as accommodation for firefighters and has been preparing meals for them.

    Trained firefighting teams from all services have been sent to help fight fires. (Service people, unless they choose to specialise, are not trained firefighters, so they would be dangerous if thrown into a fire situation.)

    The Army has taken part in post-fire cleanup operations, doing things like demolishing damaged buildings, felling trees, clearing roads.

    The real usefulness of the Army is in logistics and planning. The days of sending in soldiers to beat out fires with wet sacks are long gone, thank goodness.

    There’s more, you can do a search for information, it’s not hard to find.

    So let’s stop the nonsense about the PM not sending in the ADF. He does not send them. They have been there for at least a month now, quietly doing what they do, with no fanfare or announcements.

  10. A thought on the UK election –

    Add to that the same tricks we saw here in the 2016 election – voters being given the wrong ballot papers, voters being turned away because they were not on the roll, despite having their poll cards with them. And the loopy UK system that does not allow absentee voting – you have to vote only at the polling station shown on your poll card. If you can’t get there you miss out.

    Proxy voting is allowed only in certain circumstances, and there are a lot of rules. Worst one – finding someone registered at your polling station to vote for you.
    https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk

    It seems as if they want to discourage people from voting because they make it so difficult.

  11. That $11 million FauxMo grudgingly handed over for aerial firefighting may not be new money. It’s possibly funding he promised a year ago but had not delivered.

    Add that to his refusal to agree to the 2016 request from the NAFC to increase their funding by $11 million a year. (See my post last night.) He was Treasurer when the submission was made. That money could have been delivered in the 2017, 2018 and 209 budgets if FauxMo wasn’t so tight with funding essential services.

    That $11 million figure keeps recurring, this might explain why. Is he promising funds that are never delivered, just recycling the same amount of money?

  12. You don’t have to be stupid to vote for Eton toff BoJo’s Tory party but it sure helps.
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    These are from Will Jennings, the academic and elections specialist.

    Will Jennings
    (@drjennings)
    Change in the Conservative vote seems to have been highly correlated with support for Brexit. pic.twitter.com/34qJHpHMvQ

    December 13, 2019
    Will Jennings
    (@drjennings)
    Reinforcing the pattern from 2017, education is a new dividing line of British politics – the Conservative vote has increased most in constituencies with fewest graduates. pic.twitter.com/Tyn2CZkGIb

    December 13, 2019
    Will Jennings
    (@drjennings)
    It seems that Labour suffered particularly heavy losses in constituencies with under 25% graduates, faring rather better in those with more than that. pic.twitter.com/mbaYRpmpXj

    December 13, 2019

    • Same as Australia then – the COALition did well in seats with the least educated. Labor did well in seats with the most graduates.

      Education is everything.

      Hanson and Palmer appeal to the barely literate who never read anything and base their opinions on what they hear on the radio and see on morning TV.

  13. After the win in the UK, Albo might feel justified in following Morrison’s path. Very little of what Labour offered seemed attractive to the voters over there. Doug C is warning Labor here.

    • Boris won the election at the start when he basically beat his chest and declared BREXIT ? Bring it on !!! Like it or not most voted for Brexit and it had v strong support in many of Labour’s strongholds. Boris promised to deliver what they voted for. The push to thwart that vote of the people was exactly the sort of thing many critics of the EU complained of.

  14. Say bye bye to a huge amount of what little water is left.
    ———————————————-
    Massive heatwave could roast Australian records

    South Australia, with the Bureau of Meteorology indicating back-to-back days of 49 degrees in some remote regions for next Wednesday and Thursday.

    Much of the country’s south will exceed 45 degrees (113 fahrenheit) by mid-week, or 12-16 degrees above the December average, she said.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/like-a-furnace-massive-heatwave-could-roast-australian-records-20191213-p53jps.html

  15. If Brexit was the clincher then what does that say about the average UK voter? Nasty, ignorant, racist, “we don’t want no foreigners here” types.

    • The Independent had a great series looking at areas that voted strongly for Brexit. What they found were areas in severe decline that had had years of “initiatives”, many from the EU, which had still seen them go backwards. There was a large “we have nothing to lose ” in leaving and so why not try this.

    • And yet, most of the migrants in France want to go to England. I myself have always felt that the Poms were tolerant. Of course with the influx of migrants in the past two years, people were worried.

  16. Amen to that, Doug.

  17. With only 2 more seats remaining (one safe Con and one marginal Con-Lib), final results seem to be this.

    Conservative – 364-365 seats
    Labour – 202 seats
    SNP – 48 seats
    Lib Dem – 11-12 seats
    Plaid Cymru – 4 seats
    Greens – 1 seat
    Brexit – 0 seats
    DUP – 8 seats
    Sinn Fein – 7 seats
    SDLP – 2 seats
    Alliance – 1 seat.

    Dreadful results, but, about what I was expecting.

    Go on then, Britain, go ahead with your stupid Brexit and watch what little good is left in your nation turn to shit. While you’re at it, why don’t you demolish the Channel Tunnel and force UK nationals living in Europe to return home via the beaches at Dunkirk once Freedom of Movement ends if you want to re-live the glory of empire so much.

    • Last seat to be called will be St. Ives, which will be called early tomorrow morning. It includes the Isles of Scilly, and they haven’t been able to bring the ballots back to the mainland because of bad weather.

      Not that it matters that much, other to see whether or not the Liberal Democrats won the seat and thus kept the same amount of seats that it had going into the election, or if they went down by 1.

  18. Coming soon to a cinema near you.

    BoJo, ScoMo and DoJo star in a remake of The Three Stooges, only this version won’t be at all funny.

    The Shovel –

    World Now Run Entirely By Idiots

    The world is run by absolute clowns, it has been confirmed.

    The news comes as Britain decided to follow in America’s footsteps and appoint a self-obsessed, incompetent, incoherent arsehat as its leader.

    Political analyst James Richardson said the attributes required for world leadership had changed over the years. “In the war years what was required was a steady hand. During the sixties and seventies we looked to leaders who could inspire us. Now we tend to assess the range of options available and go for the one with funny hair,” he said

    http://www.theshovel.com.au/2019/07/23/world-now-run-entirely-by-idiots/

  19. Dodgy as ….

    Coalition pushes for nuclear ban to be lifted, Labor says it’s madness

    Federal Coalition MPs have called on the Morrison government to lift the ban on nuclear energy and pave the way for “emerging” nuclear technologies to be introduced into Australia’s energy mix, despite their enormous expense, huge environmental risks, and as-yet unproven technical status.

    The controversial push comes with the tabling of a 230-page report on Friday, the result of the inquiry into nuclear power called by energy and emissions reduction minister, and ex anti-wind campaigner Angus Taylor.

    It was conducted by the Liberal dominated House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy and chaired by pro-nuclear MP Ted O’Brien

    https://reneweconomy.com.au/coalition-pushes-for-nuclear-ban-to-be-lifted-labor-says-its-madness-43980/

  20. So the UK has BoJo we have Scummo and the Seppos have Trumpenstein. Now what seems to be a common factor in these Anglo-Saxon gone mad countries………… Ah yes there is a very influential common denominator……..


    New Zealand hasn’t got Newscorpse and instead has

    Coincidence ??????

  21. Listening to James O’Brien, I think he just identified just how politics of the left are struggling in these days.

    He said “In this campaign, I don’t remember Labour saying something about those voters who are just ‘getting by’. Instead, everyone was split into 3 groups. The victims, the saviours, and the villains. That fourth group, they weren’t acknowledged by them, and so Labour lost.”

    I think that’s something Labor here should reflect on going forward.

    • Some very profound calls on this program tonight.

      One of the callers is from Sedgefield, Tony Blair’s old constituency. He said he voted Conservative and it felt like putting down a dying dog – it hurt, but he felt it was the right thing to do.

      I honestly don’t know what to make of that.

    • Absolutely, but Labor here hasn’t been interested in the bottom of the heap for years. From Latham saying “All must work” to Julia Gillard talking constantly about “working families” to Shorten refusing to answer questions on increasing Newstart, it’s easy to see Labor doesn’t consider these votes worth fighting for.

      The only Labor leader in the last 15 years who gave a damn was Rudd. He increased pensions, but not just the age pension, everyone one else on the same rate also got the same increase. He also ended Howard’s discrimination against people on DSP, making sure they finally had the same benefits as age pensioners were getting.

      Then came Julia and the hacking away at benefits started again. all in the name of achieving a damn budget surplus that never arrived. I’m sorry to say Labor has continued down that road in opposition.

  22. They have been going down the gurgler for a long long time. This is just an extra flush as they go down the tubes. That said the effing EU needs a good dose of salts through it. It has become far too dominated by the Bankster class and undemocratic. Perhaps this might wake them up in Brussels………Nah money talks louder than ideals.

  23. And now for some gossip-

    He thinks he is John the Baptist.

    Doesn’t he know the Jordan River is heavily polluted? It’s full of raw sewage, agricultural runoff including pesticides, and hormone-laden effluent from fish farms. And yet there he is doing full immersion baptisms in that muck. Let’s hope everyone kept their eyes and mouths shut.

    Robert really does look evil, his resemblance to Nosferatu (but with better teeth) keeps growing.

    • I have an increasing distaste for the sort of Christianist posturing that seems to be endemic in Pentacostal churches, particularly ones that have high profile members or are in easily accessible wealthier areas.
      One particular behaviour that seems common to all the “Christianists” we have in parliament at the moment seems the willingness to draw on the taxpayer to pay for their personal trips/needs/&c …

      Mind you, I think comparing Mr Roberts to Nosferatu is insulting to Nosferatu. Mr Roberts is far too banal and therefore far more likely to be evil than poor old Nosferatu, who is merely monstrous.

    • I wondered what the logo on Robert’s shirt was about. Eventually I decided it has to be a shirt from the South Pacific Evangelical Fellowship. Despite it’s grandiose name this “church” has just a few small branches scattered around Fiji.

      The logo of the Lautoka branch features the same blue and yellow combination as we see on Robert’s shirt, the same initials plus a cross. It all fits. I suppose Robert has some sort of connection to that place, he has probably used his parliamentary expenses to pay for trips there.
      https://www.facebook.com/spef.fiji/

      Fun fact – the “church” refers to itself as “Spef”. Obviously they have never looked up that work in the Urban Dictionary. The meaning is not – er – polite.
      https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Spef

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s an absolute monster today!

    Laura Tingle reckons Morrison should have a good look at himself over the break.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-14/bushfire-emergency-reveals-scott-morrisons-leadership-failure/11797826
    And Peter Hartcher says that when our nation was crying out for leadership it just got excuses from Scott Morrison.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-nation-crying-out-for-leadership-from-scott-morrison-got-excuses-20191213-p53jtn.html
    Judith Ireland tells us where Morrison has largely ignored the recommendations coming from David Thoday’s extensive review of the APS.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-rejects-call-for-political-staffer-code-of-conduct-after-public-service-review-20191213-p53jpe.html
    So does Michelle Grattan.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrison-wont-have-a-bar-of-public-service-intrusions-on-governments-power-128880
    Ross Gittins explains why the government’s forecasts are always way off.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/revealed-why-the-government-s-forecasts-are-always-way-off-20191212-p53ja3.html
    Meanwhile the Morrison government has been warned the nation’s “incipient recovery” is at risk with the International Monetary Fund urging it to embrace stimulus measures including direct cash handouts to shoppers and tax breaks for business if the economy deteriorates any further.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/below-potential-imf-warns-of-downside-risks-for-australian-economy-20191213-p53jqs.html
    We now have almost two years of evidence of the impact of the tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump in December 2017. The picture is grim. None of the touted benefits has eventuated. Alan Austin reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/trumps-tax-cuts-two-years-on-yes-we-have-a-verdict/
    Bevan Shields writes that Boris Johnson will move to quash a new push for Scottish independence amid a surge in nationalism that poses a fresh threat to the United Kingdom just as it prepares to move on from Brexit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/nicola-sturgeon-backs-new-scottish-independence-vote-after-election-landslide-20191213-p53jxa.html
    And he says Britain will leave the European Union within weeks after Boris Johnson engineered a thumping election win that has reshaped the political landscape and triggered a civil war inside Labour following the demise of its polarising leader Jeremy Corbyn.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/britain-will-leave-eu-after-prime-minister-boris-johnson-s-thumping-election-win-20191213-p53jt0.html
    David Scutt suggests that the win of Johnson and the latest US/China trade negotiation will lift a fog of uncertainty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/boris-win-us-china-trade-deal-lifts-market-s-fog-of-uncertainty-20191213-p53juc.html
    Campaigners have slammed Australia on the final day of a United Nations climate summit as its policy of using old carbon credits to count towards future emissions targets emerged as a major sticking point in negotiations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/australia-s-climate-stance-sparks-anger-on-final-day-of-un-summit-20191214-p53jxq.html
    Paul Bongiorno reckons Morrison just doesn’t get it when it comes to climate change.
    https://outline.com/bCvvTB
    Peter Hannam describes the extent and severity of the heatwave about to engulf the nation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/like-a-furnace-massive-heatwave-could-roast-australian-records-20191213-p53jps.html
    Katharine Murphy says that the only party of government in Australia that is halfway serious about climate action, the only party with the capacity to deliver tangible action, remains out of power, unable to move the dial.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/14/australias-democracy-has-faceplanted-and-labor-is-staring-down-some-disturbing-truths
    Mike Foley reports that when Angus Taylor took the stage in Madrid for an official address to the United Nations climate conference this week, he made no mention of the bushfires ravaging Australia. It did not go unnoticed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-big-smoke-morrison-under-increasing-pressure-to-change-with-the-climate-20191212-p53jg8.html
    Phil Coorey writs that a growing number of Liberal MPs believe a policy change and shifting Angus Taylor from the emissions reduction and energy portfolio are vital if the Coalition is going to deal with escalating public anxiety over climate change. (You will have to use the quick click and stop trick to get to this).
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/angus-taylor-under-pressure-as-fires-blaze-20191213-p53jml
    Michelle Obama is standing up for 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg after US President Donald Trump mocked the teen for being named Time magazine’s Person of The Year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/michelle-obama-tells-greta-thunberg-to-ignore-the-doubters-after-trump-attack-20191214-p53jxt.html
    NSW National Party MP Melinda Pavey says her country community wants practical talk not debates about climate. It’s a “now is not the time to talk about . . . “ contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/my-country-community-wants-practical-talk-not-debates-about-climate-20191213-p53jvc.html
    Alexandra Smith chronicles the rise and rise of NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/a-young-man-in-a-hurry-the-rise-of-matt-kean-20191213-p53jn0.html
    Bushfires have incinerated most of the forests in Sydney’s main catchment, leaving water reserves exposed to contamination in the event of a downpour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-s-water-supply-faces-contamination-if-heavy-rainfall-arrives-20191213-p53jkv.html
    Karen Middleton outlines how Labor is changing its message on coal.
    https://outline.com/RcmzUY
    The author of the report ranking Australia worst on climate policy has hit back at Morrison’s claim that it’s not ‘credible’.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/13/author-of-report-ranking-australia-worst-on-climate-policy-hits-back-at-pms-claim-its-not-credible
    This volunteer firefighter gives Morrison some home truths.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/i-am-a-volunteer-firefighter-yes-we-want-to-be-here-scott-morrison-but-there-are-limits
    A government’s primary duty is to keep its citizens safe but the bushfire crisis shows past and present leaders have not lived up to that duty says David Ritter.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/australias-politicians-face-a-crisis-of-legitimacy-as-fire-and-smoke-chokes-the-country
    The millennium drought led to the realisation Australia’s major river system would die unless there was united action to save it; the latest drought is threatening to undo the Murray-Darling Basin plan writes Anne Davies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/14/water-wars-will-politics-destroy-the-murray-darling-basin-plan-and-the-river-system-itself
    The Saturday Paper’s editorial says that Morrison’s only real interest is comfort, which is why he can’t understand emergency.
    https://outline.com/VfM7pq
    Australia has a chance to lead the way towards repairing the damage done to our planet through climate change, writes Dr Steven Hail.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/adelaide-2020-a-just-transition-for-australia,13407
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison is prioritising his religious freedom bills over the environmental catastrophes destroying our country, writes Noely Neate.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrisons-religious-freedom-is-damning-the-nation,13405
    Sean Kelly opines that in Trump and Johnson new lows have been set for what voters are willing to accept. The two men are clowns. We can take them neither literally nor seriously. Language means nothing, promises mean nothing, anything might happen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/cross-your-fingers-and-hope-it-doesn-t-get-quite-this-bad-in-australia-20191213-p53jol.html
    Paul Karp reports that Annika Smethurst and News Corp will have to wait until the new year to find out whether their high court attempt to protect the source of her story about expanded spying powers has succeeded.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/14/annika-smethurst-faces-long-wait-to-hear-if-court-backs-attempt-to-protect-spying-source
    Adele Ferguson explains how wage scandals are becoming the dark underbelly of the labour market. She wonders what the workplace regulator and the government are actually doing about it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/wage-scandals-becoming-the-dark-underbelly-of-the-labour-market-20191213-p53ju4.html
    Some dramatic aspects of Victorian policing were brought into the light at yesterday’s Lawyer X inquiry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/very-dark-corners-former-top-cop-makes-dramatic-claims-about-police-20191213-p53jvo.html
    Pauls Matthewson takes us inside the mind of the average Aussie voter.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2019/12/13/paula-matthewson-angus-taylor/
    What this country really needs is freedom FROM religion asserts Judith Ireland. She’s plainly had enough!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/what-this-country-really-needs-is-freedom-from-religion-20191212-p53jex.html
    Paul Karp explains what Australians will be allowed to say and do if the religious freedom bill in its current form passes. This is SO perplexing!
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/14/religious-discrimination-bill-what-will-australians-be-allowed-to-say-and-do-if-it-passes
    Jane Caro explains how six women are campaigning to raise the Newstart rate,
    https://outline.com/VtH9aZ
    Contemporaneous Rhodes Scholar Denise Myer has written an open letter to Angus Taylor. Ouch!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/dear-angus-taylor-let-me-remind-you-of-our-encounter-at-oxford-and-why-it-matters-20191212-p53jkl.html
    Dairy farmers will be told that from January 1st what they will be paid over the life of their contracts under the new code, and processors will be barred from changing the contract price or conditions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/historic-day-new-dairy-code-of-conduct-to-help-farmers-on-milk-prices-20191213-p53jp6.html
    And Elizabeth Farrelly tells us why the days of ultra-cheap milk are – and should be – numbered.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-the-days-of-ultra-cheap-milk-are-and-should-be-numbered-20191212-p53jih.html
    Peter Khalil assets that Australia should lead the way on refugees.
    https://outline.com/fcyNdJ
    Crispin Hull declares that Tehan’s response to PISA results is to cook the books. He concludes by saying, “Thoughts and prayers do not cut the mustard. We need education, science and evidence-based policy.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6540724/tehans-response-to-pisa-results-is-to-cook-the-books/?cs=14258
    Rick Morton tells us that while Brian Houston celebrates Hillsong’s new multimillion-dollar church in New York, a victim of his father’s sexual abuse crowdfunds to pay for cancer treatment.
    https://outline.com/f7Gmgf
    Fergus Hunter reports that Peter Dutton has accused tech executives of being “morally bankrupt” on the issue of child sexual exploitation, dismissing Facebook’s claims the safety of its users is a top priority as it moves towards encrypting all its messaging services.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/dutton-labels-tech-chiefs-morally-bankrupt-on-child-safety-20191213-p53jou.html
    In congratulating Johnson Morrison childishly said, “say g’day to the quiet Britons for us”. He just can’t help politicising everything.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/say-g-day-to-the-quiet-britons-for-us-morrison-20191213-p53jv5.html
    It’s not over for Israel Falau as the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW has accepted a complaint from a gay rights activist who has accused him of “homosexuality vilification”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/nsw-board-accepts-complaint-against-folau-20191213-p53jwj.html
    In a continuation of her articles on Grill’d Adele Ferguson writes that now the hamburger chain has turned to a global food auditor to review work practices at its 137 restaurants in the wake of the growing food safety and worker exploitation scandal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/of-mice-and-mould-grill-d-hires-food-auditor-as-new-issues-emerge-20191213-p53jqa.html
    Nick Bonyhady explores the past and future of class actions in Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/different-class-the-fight-for-the-future-of-litigation-funding-20191210-p53ii2.html
    The editorial in the Canberra Times says that the hard work is just starting for Boris Johnson and the British Conservative Party which is still coming to terms with the internal turmoil of the past year which cost it many high profile parliamentarians.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6542690/the-hard-work-is-just-beginning-for-boris-johnson/?cs=14258
    Marina Hyde opines that Boris Johnson is world king now and she wonders what happens next.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/victory-boris-johnson-election-jeremy-corbyn
    “What kind of Brexit will Britain now ‘get done’ after Boris Johnson’s thumping election win?”, asks Tom Quinn.
    https://theconversation.com/what-kind-of-brexit-will-britain-now-get-done-after-boris-johnsons-thumping-election-win-128719

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe’s weekend work.


    Another ripper from Alan Moir.

    More from Moir.

    From Matt Golding.





    Two more from Mark David.


    Jon Kudelka with Morrison in the smoke.

    Andrew Dyson and Johnson’s victory.

    John Shakespeare and Morrison’s bushfire stance.

    David Pope and a Brexit advice warning.

    Zanetti and the spectre of Facebook.

    Johannes Leak puts the Semitic boot into Corbyn.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/11349c9e549459f673fff352142da85f?width=1024

    From the US
















  25. Kudelka’s cartoon is not about FauxMo.

    It’s Albo!

    Albo often does stints as a DJ. For a while he used the name “DJ Albo”, maybe he still does.

    The clincher is the line “But we should continue to export coal”.

    • No, it’s not “beautiful”. It shows animals desperate for water.

      Why didn’t they place a bucket of water where she could reach it instead of taking photos of a joey struggling to get a drink?

  26. Somewhere in this clip is Bridget McKenzie claiming to have a science degree..

    “I’m a scientist” she says.”I have a science degree.”

    Well, no, she isn’t and she doesn’t.

    Her degree is in applied science (specialising in human movement) and teaching (specialising in mathematics). That does not make her a scientist, it just makes her a former PE teacher who could also teach Maths if required.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridget_McKenzie

    She is about as honest as FauxMo claiming he is a scientist because his degree in economic geography was done through the science department of UNSW. He also claims to be an economist based on that same degree, so I suppose Bridgie will be claiming to be a mathematician any day now.

    The Murdoch media were straight into the vilification Of Matt Kean just a few hours after he made his very sensible comments on climate change, with this nasty story –

    Environment Minister Matt Kean a rural firey ‘hose poser’
    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/environment-minister-matt-kean-a-rural-firey-hose-poser/news-story/21aee94c34c95837668d19bcdfe33464

    (Funny how Murdoch never said a word about Abbott’s fake firey efforts.)

    What has this country become when sane politicians who dare to speak the truth are immediately vilified by their fellow politicians and by the Murdoch media for daring to go against the Coalition line?

    I thought we were having a debate on freedom of speech. It seems that freedom is only permitted if you agree with the coal-lovers and the climate science deniers.

    • I have been watching an interesting channel on YouTube called Time Ghost History (https://tinyurl.com/we8e4om ) that is currently documenting the years between WW1 and WW2. It is so strange to hear the similar arguments we are having today echoing from 90 odd years ago. Particularly the ones about nationality and money policies and how newspapers and radio bias shaped what people “knew”. And look where it led!

  27. How very apt –

    A clueless rich clot buys a mansion famous for starring in a TV show about clueless hillbillies.

    Lachlan Murdoch buys ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ home in LA for $218 million

    Murdoch, the oldest son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, paid a California record of about $US150 million ($218 million) for a Bel-Air estate that had been featured about a half century ago on The Beverly Hillbillies TV show, according to a person familiar with the sale

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/lachlan-murdoch-buys-beverly-hillbillies-home-in-la-for-218-million-20191213-p53jp1.html

  28. Am I right in thinking that it seems only the good guys get punished for not being perfect while the mad, bad, nasty and downright evil always get away with it and benefit from said punishment.

    If what just happened in the UK, Australia and may be about to happen again in the US is not a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face or turkeys voting for christmas, then I don’t know what is.

    As George Carlin said “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

    • I agree. No good deed goes unpunished unless you are one of the rich and privileged. There are a very rare few who do excel at what they do, earn lots and remember their roots and stand up to try and help people who get left behind,

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