896 thoughts on “This Venn Diagram …

  1. A pertinent comment from Cransley about the British General Election

    I have been a contributor on this site for several years. And I have upset many with views that are seen as “Red Tory” or “Blairite” (although why you would want to disenfranchise voters by name-calling, is a question those on the left haven’t yet been able to articulate).

    But one thing I have, as someone with life experience and a 30-year policing career behind me at a variety of ranks, is a perspective on things that is based on common-sense and an understanding of what life is like for some of those on the fringes of society.

    The position that Labour finds itself in now is this: Does the party want to appeal to the hard left? Or does it want to appeal to the electorate and form a government? Because it cannot do both.

    If it is the latter, then there’s some realpolitik that the party needs to come to terms with. And that is that the people they need to appeal to are floating voters. People like me, who have voted both Tory and Labour, but would never vote for Jeremy Corbyn who represents a particularly unpleasant form of socialism that is anti-west, anti-success, anti-wealth and anti-semitic.

    The problem Labour had in this election, is that it shackled itself to outdated 1970s ideologies and at the same time shackled itself to an elbow-patched, passed-his-prime-geography-teacher who couldn’t control the class! As a result, the party finds it difficult to break free and modernise, which is what it needs. As an outsider (I’m not a member, although I’ve voted for them when they’ve had a leader of some calibre), it’s a little like watching the demise of Kodak as a company, who insisted that wet-film would always be more popular that digital cameras, and only realised too late that they no longer had a market.

    Labour’s “market” is disappearing. Just who are the oppressed workers they so want to represent? Even those on the minimum wage (credit to Labour for bringing it in, credit to all for consistently raising it’s level way above the rate of inflation) have done way better than any other pay-level. In one year alone it was raised by 10 times the rate of inflation and its value has more-than-doubled from the £3.60 per hour when it was introduced to £8.21 currently. At the same time the personal allowance for income tax for lower-paid workers has also risen way ahead of inflation, such that someone working full time on the minimum wage pays virtually no Income Tax.

    Working people have the right to 5-6 weeks leave, maternity and paternity leave, childcare provision, health and safety protection and so on.

    Until Labour recognise that the majority of employees do not feel oppressed, they will not be able to ditch the rhetoric around this and move on.

    Now, just look back to the election victories that Labour made in recent history. There was little talk of inequality, poverty, oppressed workers. The conversations were about success, supporting business, supporting (middle class) families. The strategists understood that it is the massive swathe of perfectly ordinary people – the doctors, teachers, nurses, paramedics, police officers, supermarket staff, council employees etc.- whose allegiance at a general election is not nailed to one particular party, who will decide who forms the next government.

    People like me.

    All that Labour is doing at the moment is distancing themselves from these people. The direction feels comfortable to people within the party with left-leaning views, who are too wrapped up in the righteousness of their views to realise that it is the 71 out of every 72 of the electorate who are NOT members of the Labour party that you have to appeal to, not the 1 in 72 that ARE members of the Labour party.

    What Labour needs at the moment, more than anything, is a leader who can rebuild the party to look like a government-in-waiting in five years (as Tony Blair did) , ditch the nasty left-wing rhetoric and showcase to the public that In the 119 years of Labour’s existence there is so much to be proud of. When Labour is at the top of its game it delivers magnificent, society-changing progress – the NHS, the minimum wage and so on. Tom Watson was absolutely spot-on to point out recently that MOST of what happened between 1997 and 2008 represented excellent governance of this country – he was right, and that is why it also represented Labour’s most successful period at the ballot box, in the party’s history. The electorate could see the same thing.

    I wish them well in that mission. Because I – for one – would like to have a choice at a general election, and at this one it felt like there wasn’t one.

    I am sure I am not the only voter who feels that way.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/victory-boris-johnson-election-jeremy-corbyn#comment-136570554

    • From my reading

      1. there was a lot of fake news in Labour strongholds along the lines of saying the Labour manifesto says blah blah blah something that wasn’t in the manifesto or is an outright lie
      2. electorates that shifted from Labour to Conservative often had a low turnout as Labour voters would not vote for Corbyn

      So expect this successful formula to be used in the upcoming Queensland election

  2. I know I shouldn’t laugh ……

    Sydney light rail network breaks down on first official day of operation
    Tram breaks down near Circular Quay with others stuck near Randwick racecourse and Haymarket
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/14/sydney-light-rail-opens-for-passengers-at-almost-double-original-price-tag

    $2.9 billion, twice the original estimated cost, late opening, and now it doesn’t work. Typical of the Gladys government, really.

  3. billie11

    Does the party want to appeal to the hard left?

    BINGO ! Political positions that were boringly mainstream a few decades back get labelled “Hard Left” and “extreme Left” today. Maggie T was right, her greatest achievement was Tony Blair. The chap that got Labour voters to accept ( cough ) reforms that Maggie said even she dared not introduce. We are being sold as ‘fact” these days that anything that restricts corporate power from taking even more of the economy and leaving less for us “peasants” is as good as supporting Marxism and “extremist socialism”.

    A Russian oligarch back in the day was interviewed by the NYT and when asked about why he had bought up so much media, where there was sfa profit and mainly loss, he replies “power,political power”: . A huge truth. Just ask Rupert.

  4. Things were different back then. How different ?. A story about the crossing of paths of Fraudenberg’s dad and Barry Cassidy. A 16 y.o. trusted to do such things ? A 16 y.o. having to do such work >

    Harry Frydenberg related how, aged 23 and employed as a junior doctor in a country hospital, he was blearily driving his car on the Hume Highway through the early hours of Monday, June 20, 1966……………At the same time Barrie Cassidy, aged 16, was trying to get some sleep on a bunk in the telephone exchange in his hometown, the north-east Victorian village of Chiltern……………..At 4am, all hell broke loose.

    A Melbourne-bound bus packed with sleeping passengers ploughed into the rear of a semi-trailer on the highway just north of the village.

    Cassidy was earning his keep by looking after the telephone exchange at night so he could continue attending high school during the day.

    He had a mid-year English exam coming up that day. He had no reason to expect his rest would be interrupted: country folk generally respected the custom that late at night was no time to be chatting on the phone.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-a-fatal-bus-crash-connects-barrie-cassidy-and-harry-frydenberg-20191211-p53izr.html

  5. I have 2 questions,wasn’t The Don supposed to come out for the golf in Melbourne and why isn’t Scotty down there?

  6. kaffeeklatscher,

    And, in a few heart thumping moments, I have just found myself tenuously linked with Messrs Cassidy and Frydenberg.

    My mother, aged 48, was one of the two unnamed women killed. My father, mother and I had moved to Brisbane in 1960. She was travelling to Melbourne to visit our relatives.

    She was apparently sitting in the seat directly behind the point of impact. I recall the Coroner’s Report stated that those who died were killed instantly.

    It was a couple of months before my 21st birthday and I have now come to understand the impact it has had on my life.

    Seeing the ‘out of the blue’ mention of the date of the accident, and the other details still had a powerful effect. I’m glad I saw that linked article.

    We humans are complicated.

    Helen

    • Thank you Puff, thank you.

      Over the years since then, and after my father died in 1996, there have been many times I’ve realised how much more they did for me and how sensitive they were. I’ve always recognised the obvious things they did, but as an adult over the years I’ve been able to see the subtle things as well. My father did also tell me that I wasn’t a horrible teenager (what I thought), which was a relief.

      I’ve been thinking of you after the recent loss of your mother and I hope you can take comfort from the life you shared, and the loving bonds of mother daughter/daughter mother.

      I didn’t understand the potential impact of being a ‘motherless daughter’ (there’s a book on the subject) until quite recently when it came up in a medical consultation.

      Helen

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A rather small and patchy collection today I’m afraid.

    Jacqui Maley writes that week Matt Wade was the closest thing we could claim to an environmental hero.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/better-make-sure-that-canberra-bubble-is-fire-and-smoke-proof-20191213-p53jso.html
    Ebony Bennett declares that Australia is a bludger on carbon emissions, not an overachiever.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6542354/australia-is-a-bludger-on-carbon-emissions-not-an-overachiever/?cs=14258
    Matt Wade explains the two demographic tipping points that the world reached this year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/two-big-tipping-points-in-2019-went-largely-unnoticed-20191213-p53jue.html
    A thick blanket of smoke from the bushfires has covered Sydney while the leader of our nation seems to have no idea how to deal with the situation, writes John Wren in his weekly political roundup.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-scott-morrison-seeks-distractions-from-bushfire-aftermath,13410
    Meanwhile Ffrefighters battling more than 100 blazes across NSW have seen their chances of respite vanish, with the latest weather forecasts predicting conditions will worsen again early next week as temperatures rise.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2019/12/14/nsw-bushfire-conditions-to-worsen/
    Promoters of illegal schemes for the early release of super can leave their clients with big tax-bills and possible financial penalties writes John Collett.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/warning-on-schemes-facilitating-illegal-early-release-of-super-20191212-p53jcp.html
    The US and China may have settled their trade differences for now and the UK appears on course to leave the European Union early next year, but federal Labor insists the Australian government still needs to stimulate the economy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6543394/labor-wants-stimulus-in-budget-update/?cs=14231
    The Auditor-General has found that Australia’s refugee settlement program has not been properly managed.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6541002/refugee-settlement-program-not-properly-managed-audit/?cs=14350
    Bevan Shields looks at who and what Boris Johnson is.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/cunning-skill-karma-boris-johnson-s-rise-proves-he-s-no-dunderhead-20191211-p53iru.html
    While George Brandis said it was not “a race”, he believes Australia was well placed to be the first to strike a deal with Westminster.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/australian-trade-to-be-a-winner-in-post-brexit-world-brandis-says-20191213-p53jxb.html
    Peter FitzSimons asks the question, “Aside from Tony Abbott, who will want to cling to ‘Little Britain’?” The other bits of his column are good too.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/aside-from-tony-abbott-who-will-want-to-cling-to-little-britain-20191213-p53jqp.html
    Matthew Knott says that the Republicans are not napping but they are comatose on the Trump impeachment case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/republicans-not-napping-but-comatose-on-trump-impeachment-case-20191214-p53jza.html
    Why is the president of the United States cyberbullying a 16-year-old girl?
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/14/trump-president-greta-thunberg-bullying

    Cartoon Corner

    In the UK with Peter Broelman.

    I can’t work out whether Zanetti is pleased or not here.

    Glen Le Lievre.

    From Matt Golding.



    From the US






  8. If you lived overseas and saw only the MSM you would think the bushfires and their smoke affected only Sydney, and only for the past week.

    Just to prove how Sydney-focused the media are – Jacqueline Maley writes a good article mostly about a NSW politician, the NSW parliament and a Sydney newspaper and it is published in a Melbourne paper. I hope Victorians currently battling their own fires or about to do so appreciated that “only Sydney has been affected” take.

    John Wren is at it too – “WHAT A WEEK. As Sydney is blanketed with bushfire smoke with no sign of it abating, Australians still wait on its political leadership……”

    No mention of the fires still burning across regional NSW then. It’s all about Sydney.

    No mention that parts of NSW have been covered in smoke for a month at least, some much longer.

    Why do things only matter when they affect Sydney?

    Sydney’s smoke has cleared now, for the time being anyway. Air quality is back to normal in the city, although the western fringes are still suffering smoke and particle pollution at hazardous levels. To the goldfish-brained city dwellers though, the inconvenience of smoke and the imagined need to wear useless surgical masks outside has passed and everyone can get on with their Christmas parties.

    Passed until it happens again, as it will over summer. The fringes of the city are still on fire. The smoke will blow over the city again soon.The catchment area of Warragamba Dam has been almost burnt out, so when it eventually rains all that soot, ash and bare soil will wash into the dam leaving the Gladys government with a huge water pollution problem in Sydney’s main supply. Are they starting to plan for that? I suppose not.

  9. Excellent thread from Greg Jericho –

    I agree..

    While Sydney and most of coastal NSW was covered in smoke Albo visited the Bundaberg Rum factory and talked up the importance of aluminium smelting.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/renewables-can-sustain-industry-says-anthony-albanese/news-story/18fd4523e93818aecf087ebf7ca2ba52

    At least Albo refused to back Joel Fitzgibbon’s demands for NSW and Victoria to increase gas production. I suppose we should be grateful for even the smallest of mercies.

    Albo has barely made any comment on fires or climate change since he agreed with the government and FauxMo saying now was not the time to talk about climate change. That was weeks ago, he has said next to nothing since. Instead he is talking up coal exports.

    A Labor leader should have spent the last few weeks beating the government over the head for their refusal to take any action on climate change, for their lies on emissions, and for FauxMo’s refusal to meet with emergency leaders since last April. Albo should have been in Sydney, doing daily pressers in the smoke, accusing the government of criminal neglect.

    Did Albo do any that? Of course not. He scarpered off to North Queensland to hug coal miners and taste rum. No doubt he also wanted some cleaner air than Sydney offered.

    Essential this week showed a small increase in FauxMo’s disapproval rating, but not enough to matter. Imagine how different that polling might have been if Labor had attacked the government instead of copying its position?

    I don’t know who is advising Albo or what idiots Labor is using for strategists, but the whole lot need to be sacked ASAP. A change of leader and deputy leader would be good, too.

    There is a small ray of hope though. Renewables got a mention. Albo took the time to write an opinion piece on the importance of aluminium smelters using renewable energy this week. It’s a good piece, but you probably didn’t see it because it was published in only the Gladstone Observer and Tasmania’s The Examiner. Strategy falling down again.

    The opening paragraph was changed to suit the intended audiences.

    The Gladstone version began with this –

    Manufacturing jobs are the heart of regional Queensland. There is no better example than the aluminium industry, which directly employs 3,000 hardworking, highly skilled Australians in good regional jobs. Almost 900 of those jobs are in Gladstone at the Boyne Island smelter

    The Tasmanian opening paragraph –

    Manufacturing jobs are the heart of northern Tasmania. There is no better example than the aluminium industry, which directly employs 3,000 hardworking, highly skilled Australians in good regional jobs. Almost 440 of those jobs are at the Bell Bay smelter

    Here it is, if you want to read it –

    https://anthonyalbanese.com.au/opinion-piece-lnp-threatens-aluminium-jobs-thursday-12-december-2019

  10. Why are so many people stupid enough to fall for this sort of bullshit?

    It worked in the UK, so now US journalists assume it will also work for them.

    Here’s the story referred to –

    Bernie Sanders has an anti-Semitism problem
    by Tiana Lowe
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/bernie-sanders-campaign-has-an-anti-semitism-problem

    Ms Lowe is an extremely trashy right-wing journalist.

  11. I know of the Levido family. I’m nowhere near as impressed by them as that idiot Fitzgibbon seems to be.

    Dad Justin is a local lawyer, not a bad chap, devoutly Catholic, as right wing as they come, volunteered with Vinnies when I met him years ago. Can’t say if he still does that or not.

    Isaac’s mother – well, the less said the better. I could tell a few stories. She’s into rowing for old people these days, seems to spend all her time churning up and down the river or travelling to competitions with old men who are not her husband.The kids I haven’t seen since they were in primary school. Looks like young Isaac turned out just like his mother.

  12. Just to prove the NSW fires are by no means out – this was taken just over two hours ago at Mount Tomah by the captain of the Terrey Hills RFS.

  13. The chorus of the Smashing Pumpkin’s Bullet with Butterfly Wings resonates with me when it comes to politics as she is now 😦

    Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
    Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
    Then someone will say what is lost can never be saved
    Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

    And just for an excuse to play it on the pub’s juke box.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Shane Wright and Judith Ireland preview today’s MYEFO. It will still be a fragile projection.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/workers-set-for-more-disappointment-as-wage-forecasts-to-be-downgraded-20191213-p53jtt.html
    And Ross Gittins suggests an antidote for Frydenberg’s mid-year budget spin. He is far from complimentary.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/your-antidote-to-treasurer-josh-frydenberg-s-mid-year-budget-spin-20191215-p53k30.html
    Richard Holden explains how Australia’s wafer-thin surplus rests on a mine disaster in Brazil.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/news-federal-budget/2019/12/15/myefo-budget-iron-ore/
    Tony Walker opines that Morrison’s command of the political agenda has slipped and is due partly to a tepid – and in some ways inexplicable – response to climate-related bushfires throughout eastern Australia. He concludes this wide ranging article with, “The media’s job is not to join the ranks of Morrison’s “quiet Australians”. Its responsibility is to respectfully and firmly ask legitimate questions about challenges facing the country in what has the makings of a quietist policy-free zone.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/smoke-and-mirrors-shock-and-ore-the-pm-s-hazards-are-also-economic-20191215-p53k3c.html
    We need politicians to have the guts to admit it’s going to hurt to fight climate change says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/dec/15/we-need-politicians-to-have-the-guts-to-admit-its-going-to-hurt-to-fight-climate-change
    Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters advise us that the AFP now has two separate investigations into Ben Roberts-Smith over his alleged involvement in the murders of unarmed men including one detainee.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/police-launch-second-war-crimes-investigation-into-ben-roberts-smith-20191213-p53jpu.html
    Matt Bungard reveals that nurses and paramedics could face job cuts of up to 10 per cent as NSW Health contemplates ways to deal with an anticipated financial shortfall of $7 to $10 billion over the next decade.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/leaked-document-shows-nsw-health-needs-1b-in-job-cuts-to-plug-funding-gap-20191209-p53i9o.html
    Peter Hannam explains the link between climate change and bushfires.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/old-hat-is-there-a-link-between-climate-change-and-bushfires-20191111-p539d2.html
    Water specialist Chris Guest explains how 100 years of water-sharing history confounds the Murrary-Darling stand-off. He says this week’s meeting of the states and Littleproud could be an ugly affair. I’m wondering how much the SA Libs will have been heavied.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-100-years-of-water-sharing-history-confounds-the-murrary-darling-stand-off-20191215-p53k54.html
    “Will politics destroy the Murray-Darling Basin plan – and the river system itself?”, asks 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
    Mark Kenny outs the torch to Morrison and the Coalition over its priorities.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6543383/climate-change-religion-whos-preaching-now/?cs=14258
    Judith Ireland reports that the Morrison government has opened the doors on a $100 million recycling fund, to increase recycling rates and turn used plastic, paper, glass and tyres into “valuable products”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-starts-100m-recycling-fund-after-delay-20191214-p53jzq.html
    Some 22 groups representing health and medical professionals in Australia have issued a joint call to act on a “public health emergency” caused by smoke from the catastrophic bushfire season in New South Wales.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/16/governments-must-act-on-public-health-emergency-from-bushfire-smoke-say-medical-groups
    For a time, Arts and Environment were in the same federal department. Both functions have taken a hit, in Scott Morrison’s Christmas departmental reshuffle writes Stephen Saunders.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/morrison-torches-environment-department,13415
    Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers has accused the Morrison government of “hounding” families over child care payments, adding to their financial stresses in the run up to Christmas.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6543728/families-hounded-over-childcare-fees-alp/?cs=14350
    Australian exporters are hoping that the election result will spur a free trade deal with the UK.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/brexit-boost-exporters-hope-uk-election-result-will-spur-free-trade-deal-20191215-p53k2i.html
    Global climate talks lurched to an end in Madrid on Sunday, with accusations of failure and fresh doubts about the world’s collective resolve to stop global warming.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/un-climate-talks-drag-into-second-extra-day-20191215-p53k69.html
    Labour MP Catherine West fears Johnson will turn Great Britain into Little Britain.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/we-lost-big-time-and-now-i-fear-johnson-will-turn-great-britain-into-little-britain-20191215-p53k3p.html
    And here we go! Downing Street is threatening the future of the BBC by insisting it is seriously considering decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee, while boycotting Radio 4’s Today programme over the broadcaster’s supposed anti-Tory bias.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/dec/15/boris-johnson-threatens-bbc-with-two-pronged-attack
    Johnson’s thumping win an electoral lesson in not just having policies, but knowing how to sell them writes Simon Tormey.
    https://theconversation.com/johnsons-thumping-win-an-electoral-lesson-in-not-just-having-policies-but-knowing-how-to-sell-them-128243
    There aren’t 20 Senate Republicans with enough integrity to remove the most corrupt president in American history, so the US is going to have to get rid of Trump the old-fashioned way – by electing a Democrat next 3 November. That Democrat will be Warren Sanders says Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/15/donald-trump-democrats-elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders

    Cartoon Corner (I fear David Rowe will be on leave for a few weeks).

    Jim Pavlidis and Morrison’s climate change conundrum.
    https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_0.582%2C$multiply_0.7554%2C$ratio_1.776846%2C$width_1059%2C$x_0%2C$y_57/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/9dd69b2b4f6eca77039e0a2227533c0d078a4b32,jpg
    Matt Golding.



    Mark David with Helpful Scott.

    And this one is a cracker.

    Johannes Leak puts the boot in.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/034d57cccdde8ddd0b87031769b443b0?width=1024

    From the US.


  15. Matt Bungard reveals that nurses and paramedics could face job cuts of up to 10 per cent as NSW Health contemplates ways to deal with an anticipated financial shortfall of $7 to $10 billion over the next decade.

    A 10% cut despite a likely population increase of 10-12% over a decade. Something tells me it will not turn out well.

  16. Oh great!

    Our imaginary budget surplus was calculated on the basis of an environmental disaster in Brazil, caused by mining.

    Isn’t it wonderful to know that the alleged “surplus” was built on the bodies of 272 people.

  17. Nurses and paramedics in NSW could face job cuts.

    That’s right Gladys, go after the people who least deserve to be punished for your own incompetence.

    Now we see the results of Gladys and her developer-influenced spending.

    Idiotic decisions pushed by her developer puppet-masters, things like moving the iconic Powerhouse Museum from Ultimo to Parramatta for no other reason but developers wanted the inner-city land. The move also involves the demolition of heritage-listed buildings at the new site, but Gladys doesn’t care. Whatever her puppet-masters want they get. It’s not the first time the NSW “Liberals and Nationals” government has flogged off important pieces of architecture to developers. For example this rotten government sold two important brutalist buildings, the Sirius public housing complex at The Rocks and the former Children’s Court and Metropolitan Remand Centre (MRC) at Glebe, plus its neighbouring heritage listed Bidura House. The Glebe site will become apartments for rich people, the Sirius complex will be redeveloped so Sydney elites can enjoy the harbour views once loved by poor people in public housing flats.

    Then there’s Gladys’s work turning Taronga Park Zoo into a resort, with animals moved out to Dubbo and other zoos to make way for a hotel.

    Whatever developers want Gladys will give them, especially if it involves destroying what remains of NSW’s heritage. Best not talk about what the Gladys government has done to the historic town of Windsor, insisting on destroying the oldest public square in Australia for an unwanted new bridge. The locals wanted a bypass, with the new bridge further down the river, so traffic did not have to go through the town centre and historic Thompson Square but Gladys insisted and now it’s done. Unforgivable, but that’s Gladys for you. She could have cancelled the plans, could have listened to the locals, but not Her Arrogance. She just bulldozed (literally) ahead.

    Maybe she should not have promised to spend billions on the totally unnecessary demolition and rebuilding of Allianz Stadium. There’s still no word on when that mess will be rebuilt. The Gladys government clearly doesn’t have the money to finish the job, especially not after the light rail project blew out from $1.3 billion to $2.9 billion, but who cares. Gladys will just sack nurses and paramedics so she can get the funds to rebuild it.

    The problem for the NSW government now is previous premiers have flogged off all the state assets, there is nothing left to sell unless they start selling public hospitals, public schools and the railways.

    Whatever Gladys touches turns to excrement, but for whatever reason NSW voters decided to re-elect her government, no doubt heavily influenced by the MSM’s campaign to denigrate Michael Daley.

    The media in Australia have a lot to answer for, and I do not mean just Murdoch.

  18. Date for the final (maybe) hearing in the Biloela family case being set now.

    Josh Taylor is tweeting today’s proceedings –

  19. gigilene

    December 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM
    I’m beginning to wonder if the volcan in NZ erupted because of climate change…. I’m serious.

    Not that volcano. It is business as usual for it. However in places like Greenland,Iceland and Canada where there are huge losses of ice that covered the land there might be. With the weight off the land is starting to rise. There have been earthquakes linked to such movements and I dare say there is a possibility volcanic activity may be triggered at some point.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————————-
    Melting Glaciers Are Wreaking Havoc on Earth’s Crust
    Sea levels are dropping, earthquakes and volcanoes are waking up, and even the earth’s axis is moving—all because of melting ice

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/melting-glaciers-are-wreaking-havoc-earths-crust-180960226/

  20. Another “achievement” notched up by our disgusting government.

    A handful of major polluters including Australia, the US and Brazil have prevented a proposed increase in emissions reduction targets at the United Nations climate summit in Madrid. The talks ended on Sunday afternoon, two days late, with a failure to increase targets. The increase was needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Climate Accord. Australia defeated attempts to prohibit its use of a loophole that allows it to apply “carry-over credits” from the previous Kyoto agreement towards its goal of reducing emissions to on;y 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Doing that means Australia will only have to reduce emissions by 15 per cent.

    Anus will be so pleased with himself.

    Meanwhile Australia continues to burn, from the east coast to the west coast.

    UN climate talks undone by ‘ghost from the past’
    Legacy of carbon credits created under 1997 Kyoto protocol turned into fatal obstacle

    Australia lobbied hard to carry over a second type of credits, which would have allowed it to apply the credits it received for overachieving on prior climate goals towards its future targets in 2030.

    “If you want this carry-over it is just cheating,” said Laurence Tubiana, an architect of the Paris accord. “Australia was willing in a way to destroy the whole system, because that is the way to destroy the whole Paris agreement.”

    “It is a ghost from the past in some way,” said David Waskow, director of WRI’s climate initiative, and an observer at the talks. “When you look at the final text, you can see that the Kyoto carry-over question was where the nub of the final issue lay — that was where things really did not get resolved.”

    https://www.ft.com/content/d8e8910c-1f54-11ea-92da-f0c92e957a96

  21. Just listening to Jim Chalmers. I actually like his style. He’s young, doesn’t waffle, knows his subject, is charming. Most of all I like the way he calls the govt’s MPs by their names without their title, just Cormann, Frydenberg, etc. He is a bit irreverential. I like that. Calling their statements b/s is also a nice change from the older guys like Shorten and Albo. imo.

  22. Yes, it’s real. Already happening in Queensland state high schools.

    https://hillsong.com/australia/youth/schoolstour/

    Of course Hillsong being Hillsong they are asking for donations to fund this apparently vital junket. Why should they spend church millions when there are suckers willing to hand over a donation.

  23. Someone should ask Scrott “Isn’t ‘Straya good enough for ya mate ? Two holidays and both overseas ”

    A message to the PM from the Australian Tourism industry

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Peter Hartcher thinks right-wing populists look poised to keep winning. Quite an interesting essay.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/right-wing-populists-look-poised-to-keep-winning-20191216-p53kck.html
    Shane Wright and Eryk Bagshaw point to the failed key Coalition pledge exposed in the MYEFO.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-dumps-key-plank-of-budget-strategy-20191216-p53kdt.html
    The SMH editorial’s view of MYEFO is that the economy is not up to scratch and the Treasurer needs to do more.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-economy-is-not-up-to-scratch-and-the-treasurer-needs-to-do-more-20191216-p53kif.html
    Similarly, The Age editorial says Frydenberg needs to focus on genuine reform plan to boost growth.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/frydenberg-needs-to-focus-on-genuine-reform-plan-to-boost-growth-20191216-p53kgl.html
    And Ross Gittins is concerned that the Coalition’s surplus fixation might send our economy under.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/life-boats-ready-if-pm-s-budget-surplus-sends-the-economy-under-20191216-p53kek.html
    The Grattan Institute informs us of us the five things MYEFO tells us about the economy and the nation’s finances.
    https://theconversation.com/5-things-myefo-tells-us-about-the-economy-and-the-nations-finances-128843
    Michael Pascoe is not impressed with MYEFO saying the spin is out of control as our living standards fall.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/news-federal-budget/2019/12/17/myefo-josh-frydenberg-fairytales/
    And Paul Bongiorno declares that the mid-year financial check has government’s marketing falling short. He says Morrison will need to more than hone his marketing skills shaping next year’s budget.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/news-federal-budget/2019/12/16/myefo-government-marketing-falling-short/
    Former Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins invites the PM and the cabinet to visit the mega-fire, where he has been fighting it on 16 hour shifts, with him to see what’s really going on. Ouch!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/come-with-me-to-the-mega-blaze-scott-morrison-and-see-what-we-re-up-against-20191216-p53kcp.html
    Despite the fact that the country is on fire, Sydney and much of the East Coast has been blanketed with smoke in recent days and the economy is tanking, the Coalition are somehow significantly ahead in the polls writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australia-is-on-fire-the-economy-is-tanking-and-labor-is-still-losing-in-the-polls,13414
    Sam Maiden says that Scott Morrison has staged a great escape from Sydney’s bushfire-related air pollution for a family holiday, but his office is tight-lipped on exactly where he is – insisting his whereabouts are “not a story”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/12/16/pm-scott-morrison-hawaii-holiday/
    Former emergency leaders who have been pushing the Morrison government to take action on the climate say they will “go it alone” and convene their own summit on the bushfire crisis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/17/hugely-disappointed-emergency-chiefs-to-hold-bushfire-summit-with-or-without-pm
    At least four of the NSW’s 13 water-sharing plans are not taking the Millennium Drought into consideration when calculating how much dam water to quarantine for towns at the expense of irrigators. A further four are planning to use old data in drafted updates reports Harriet Alexander.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/really-really-vulnerable-water-sharing-plans-not-taking-millennium-drought-into-consideration-20191204-p53ibo.html
    Now the fire that has burnt almost 400,000 hectares in the Hawkesbury is burning in the vicinity of a power station responsible for 10 per cent of NSW’s electricity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/blaze-approaches-power-plant-as-another-fire-destroys-homes-20191216-p53khc.html
    Australia has avoided tougher emissions reduction targets by banding together with a small group of nations to oppose a measure that would have stopped it using controversial “carry-over credits” to meet its climate goals. So we now have an Axis of Arseholes!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/missed-opportunity-australia-avoids-tougher-emissions-reduction-targets-20191216-p53kcw.html
    Oh oh! The Public Service Commission has written to Transport for NSW asking for details on how the ex-staffer was awarded a six-month contract worth more than $250,000 which was not advertised and did not previously exist.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/commissioner-seeks-details-on-job-for-premier-s-ex-staffer-20191216-p53khg.html
    Michael West tells us how the Government protects its donors and tax dodgers.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/ognap-how-the-government-protects-its-donors-and-tax-dodgers/
    Australia’s biggest defence projects have suffered another $1.2bn budget blowout in 2018-19, with the cost of the 26 projects rising by a total of $24bn compared with what was originally announced, the auditor general has found. Yes, the Coalition are such great money managers!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/16/australias-major-defence-projects-in-further-12bn-budget-blowout
    Clancey Yeates reports on the RBA saying that Facebook, Apple and Google pose a threat to the big four dominance in Australia. It suggested that technological change could see banks face greater upheaval than they have experienced in the past decade.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/facebook-apple-and-google-pose-threat-to-big-four-dominance-says-rba-20191216-p53kfw.html
    Richard Baker is investigating new disgusting revelations surrounding child sexual abuse at Xavier College in Melbourne. Never mind though, we’ve got a nice religious discrimination bill ready to roll.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/nightmare-at-xavier-college-new-claims-of-abuse-ritual-humiliation-20191216-p53kb0.htmlJenna
    Hidden in MYEFO is the indication that the public service efficiency dividend will save the federal government an extra $63 million in capital expenditure, on top of $1.4 billion in savings on ongoing spending.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6545000/govt-to-bank-extra-savings-from-efficiency-dividend/?cs=14350
    Jenna Price tells us about the hell of the real estate chase in Sydney.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/dispatches-from-the-hellhole-of-sydney-s-new-real-estate-mini-boom-20191216-p53kgi.html
    What a standout success has been Barnaby Joyce’s forced shift of APVMA to Armidale!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6545105/apvma-head-quits-two-years-into-five-year-term/?cs=14350
    The infighting in the Victorian Liberal Party has deepened over plans for early preselections.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/victorian-liberals-brawl-over-preselection-plans-20191216-p53khm.html
    The odious practice of construction companies’ phoenixing leaves sub-contactors out in the cold and the federal government needs to act decisively.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-other-victims-of-unscrupulous-building-industry-operators-20191216-p53kd5.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how Trump has changed the way the world operates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/donald-trump-has-changed-the-way-the-world-operates-20191216-p53kb7.html
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics will receive a $40.4 million shot in the arm next year, after its outgoing boss warned it would have to pare back on key reports due to years of budget cuts.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6545939/abs-to-get-40-million-boost-after-outgoing-chiefs-blast/?cs=14350
    Beijing has complained to the WTO that “unreasonable requirements” were now affecting Chinese companies’ involvement in existing 4G networks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unreasonable-china-claims-australia-has-expanded-5g-restrictions-20191216-p53k9j.html
    Bevan Shields reports in the toxic battle for Labour Party leadership in the UK.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/civil-war-erupts-within-labour-as-possible-leadership-contender-threatens-to-sue-20191216-p53kkg.html
    The London Telegraph posits that there may be no way back for British Labour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/there-may-be-no-way-back-for-british-labour-20191216-p53kcs.html
    For the prose alone, it’s worth reading John Crace’s latest contribution.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/16/the-new-normal-for-the-peoples-government-a-frenzy-of-inactivity

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope on Madrid.

    Dionne Gian and some unwanted Christmas gifts.

    From Matt Golding.





    John Shakespeare with the new Sydney light rail launch.

    Peter Broleman on the nasty Macca’s franchisees in Mildura.

    Zanetti in full hubristic splendour.

    Spooner and Santa ScoMo.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/0ca66cb807ad18328e98efc3336d1a86?width=1024

    From the US











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