This Venn Diagram …

really doesn’t need any fancying up by me.

896 thoughts on “This Venn Diagram …

  1. Samantha Maiden offers this excuse for FauxMo’s despicable avoidance of the bushfire crisis –

    Mr Morrison only has a limited window to spend time with his two girls during the school holidays as he has a busy schedule of overseas travel in coming weeks, including an important trip to India

    Awwww – diddums.

    So what?

    The older daughter was born just after FauxMo was first elected to parliament. (You might remember the sob stories the MSM did on Jenny Morrison’s alleged difficulties coping with a baby while her husband was in Canberra.)

    Those girts have grown up knowing only a father who is absent for long periods of time. It’s normal to them.They probably see more of him now they are living in Kirribilli House.

    What about all the kids who have barely seen their fathers for a month or so because those dads are off fighting fires and risking their lives by doing that? Don’t they deserve a few days off with dad?

    The arrogance of the PM is astounding. I cannot remember any other PM who has buggered off overseas when the country was facing a crisis.

    I think this says it all –

  2. Just a sample – she really hammered away at him.

    LEIGH SALES: Treasurer, what do you think Australian voters care more about – a tiny budget surplus next year or staying out of recession?

    JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, the budget surplus has never been about a trophy for the cabinet shelf. What it has been about is paying back the debt that we’ve inherited.

    Now our interest bill …

    LEIGH SALES: Treasurer, sorry to keep cutting you off but I want to clear that up.

    It is not debt you have inherited. Debt has doubled since the Coalition took office.

    JOSH FRYDENBERG: Well, when the Labor Party came to government, they were bequeathed the pristine balance sheet with zero government debt, then they accumulated $240 billion of budget deficits.

    We inherited a situation where debt was growing by more than 30 per cent per year.

    LEIGH SALES: And it’s grown, and it has doubled over that time you’ve been in power

    https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/josh-frydenberg-announces-a-smaller-than-expected/11804884

    And then Josh went back to lying.

    It was a surprisingly strong interview from Ms Sales. Let’s hope it was not a once-off after she had had too many Christmas drinks.

    • Do you think Leigh Sales is displaying a bit of journalism because

      1. ratings are down, or
      2. staffing cuts are forecast and she is on a large salary
      3. Josh Frydenberg will be replaced as Treasurer in the new year (speculation – she only attacks people who are on their way out)

    • All of the above are likely explanations.

      Or is the worm starting to turn at long last?

      When the SMH, now ultra-right-wing with Peter Costello as chairman of the Nine board, produces an editorial that tears into the government’s dreadful economic mismanagement you really have to wonder if the media are finally waking up.

  3. I think Melbourne has a high level smoke haze today. There are high clouds in the sky and a gentle pinkish glow to the world. I have faintly smelt bushfire before but the south westerly winds have kept us cool with clean air till now. A month ago I had a lung infection caused by a virus so I can’t imagine I would be better if I was in coastal NSW

    The Premier Dan Andrews issued a statement saying that Victoria was prepared. We are getting ads urging us to make a fire plan. There is a video of dad yelling “we have to go now” and a 12 year old boy wanting to rescue his distressed dog who is on the wrong side of the flames

  4. From SBS, 45 minutes ago –

    Watch now as ex-fire and emergency chiefs announce an emergency bushfire summit, even if the Prime Minister refuses to join them.

    • They should supply footage for the press showing their meeting table with an empty chair with Scrott’s name on the table inf front of it. Would make for a devastating kick in the arse for Scrott .Flimflam man would be hard pressed to PR his way out of that.

    • and very clearly spoken and very coherent – a world away from the 3 word political slogans

      Our political class are amateurs in comparison to these fellows

  5. Oh good! Just what we need. Two coal mines and an open stock of coal right in the path of a huge fire.

    Fears ‘mega fire’ could hit coal power station and mine

    There are fears the Gospers Mountain “mega-fire” could burn through a coal power station and mine in the coming days.

    In a statement Greenpeace said local communities could be in grave danger as the large fire burned towards the Springvale coal mine and the abandoned Wallerawang power station.

    The fire was also burning towards Blackman’s flat which is close to the Mount Piper Power Station which has “large stockpiles of flammable coal”.

    “Obviously workers are at extreme risk as well as the community living nearby, as if any coal caught alight it would likely burn for weeks,” the statement said.

    Video on social media last night showed the fire creeping towards the Springvale coal mine as workers looked on

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-17/morning-briefing-bushfire-fears-for-power-station/11804498

    Also in the path of that fire – the Pine Dale coal mine at Blackmans Flat. The fire will hit that before it reaches the power station and its open store of coal.

    • After the disgraceful management of the Morwell mine fire which burnt for 6 weeks in Feb 2013 where the Paris-based mine owners had “removed fire suppression equipment from a worked out part of the mine** that had not yet been rehabilitated I think the coal mines ought to pay for fire fighters to control coal fires.

      That fire caused a spike in deaths from respiratory problems

      That fire also highlighted that volunteers worked 12 hour shifts while paid fire fighters worked 6 hour shifts on triple time for toxic conditions

      ** the mine had removed sprinklers from disused open cut mines. Exposed coal should have been buried to stop contact with air, ie cut off oxygen supply

  6. Come on down Labor and their position(s) on Adani. From a Brit election post mortem…..
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    By attempting to triangulate, Labour convinced leavers it was for remain and remainers that it was for leave. The party looked cynical and opportunistic, as if it were playing games on Brexit to secure electoral advantage, rather than sticking to its principles or standing up for the national interest

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/16/labour-2017-2019-corbyn-brexit-election

  7. ABC Canberra
    49 mins ·
    Here we go again, the smoke is back with a vengeance and even the team at ABC Canberra have been evacuated with the smoke activating our alarms. The ACT Emergency Services Agency assures us that it’s still coming from NSW fires as opposed to anything in the ACT. How’s it looking where you are?

    • Beautiful up here. The smoke has gone – for now. Blown away by a southerly on Friday night plus a tiny bit of rain to clear the air.

      It’s a relief after over a month of smoke.

  8. I’m getting sick of feeling ashamed of this government.

    Australian ministers snub largest-ever international refugee meeting
    Australia has not sent a minister to the UN’s major international summit on refugees starting on Tuesday.

    Australia’s commitment to tackling the global refugee crisis has been questioned after its decision not to send a minister to the United Nation’s Global Refugee Forum.

    More than 2,000 leaders from government, business and non-government organisations will attend the three-day gathering in Geneva starting Tuesday that aims to find practical solutions for the world’s 25 million refugees.

    Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is among the world leaders attending.

    Refugee Council of Australia CEO Paul Power said the government’s failure to send a minister or junior minister indicated a lack of commitment to the issue.

    “Last year, Australia joined 180 other UN member states in voting to adopt the Global Compact on Refugees. It is now showing minimal interest in supporting its implementations,” Mr Power, who is in Geneva for the summit, said

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australian-ministers-snub-largest-ever-international-refugee-meeting

  9. Went down to the local 20/20 cricket match to watch grandkids tonight. Looked at the back of the hills and our hearts met out mouths, a huge plume of smoke that we saw about three weeks ago was back and raging. It wasn’t there went we left because we can see it from out front door. Thankfully by near the end of the cricket it had dissipated and almost disappeared. The afternoon/evening has been very still, wind wise, so they must have done a very necessary backburn. The ongoing fire is about 6-7 klms away so hopefully it won’t come our way. Where it is burning is almost inaccessible.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Mike Foley reports that NSW has backed down from its threat to withdraw from the Murray-Darling Basin Plan at yesterday’s ministerial council meeting of basin states, while Victoria has refused to participate in a review of water-sharing rules that could leave its irrigators worse off.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nsw-backs-down-on-basin-plan-threat-as-victoria-refuses-to-open-its-books-20191217-p53ks9.html
    And the SMH editorial says the NSW government must not sabotage the MDB plan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/nsw-must-not-sabotage-the-murray-darling-basin-plan-20191217-p53kvb.html
    Shane Wright says the RBA is preparing for a new year interest rate cut as it becomes increasingly concerned that poor wages growth and super-sized mortgages are crimping household spending plans while businesses become more risk-averse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rate-cuts-on-agenda-as-rba-frets-wages-won-t-grow-fast-enough-20191217-p53ksu.html
    This engineer is not too happy with transit times for the new Sydney tram route.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/why-sydney-s-south-east-light-rail-is-so-slow-and-how-to-fix-it-20191216-p53kd7.html
    Adele Ferguson is pleased that APRA has finally woken up and is going after Westpac.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/apra-finally-wakes-up-and-goes-after-westpac-20191217-p53ks0.html
    And NAB won’t miss out on the fun as ASIC nails it for thousands of cases of “fees for no service”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-faces-huge-fine-after-thousands-of-breaches-in-fees-for-no-service-case-20191217-p53kvx.html
    Sarah Martin writes on how Michael McCormack defied a Senate order to produce documents relating to the government’s troubled regional grants program, despite early advice from the department suggesting information should be released.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/18/mccormack-defied-senate-order-over-regional-grants-scheme-despite-initial-advice
    Simon Birmingham has warned the erosion of the WTO’s dispute-settlement function takes the world closer to a “might is right” trade system as the US vetoes key appointments and shuts down its ability to function.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-hits-out-at-dismantling-of-wto-appeals-20191217-p53krz.html
    Sarah Danckert reports that A company chaired by former defence minister David “Canoes” Johnston operating in Bougainville is in crisis after its licences were suspended following the killing of its geologist by “criminal thugs claiming to be landowners”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/miner-chaired-by-ex-defence-minister-in-crisis-after-bougainville-killing-20191217-p53kqz.html
    Now the wage theft scandal heads to a big car dealership.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/major-car-dealership-underpaid-employees-4-5m-20191217-p53kt5.html
    Australians are spending an average $83 to see a medical specialist after out-of-pocket costs increased at more than triple the rate of inflation in six years. Arseholes!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/out-of-pocket-specialist-costs-spike-at-triple-the-rate-of-inflation-20191217-p53krc.html
    NSW taxpayers forked out more than $200 million last year propping up a NSW government insurance fund that offers consumers protection against dodgy builders in an industry so broken that private insurers have fled the market.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/taxpayers-paid-200m-last-year-to-prop-up-government-fund-against-dodgy-builders-20191205-p53h6n.html
    Pope Francis has abolished the “pontifical secret” used in clergy sexual abuse cases. It still looks like a closed book to me.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pope-francis-abolishes-pontifical-secret-in-clergy-sex-abuse-cases-20191217-p53kxj.html
    John Birmingham uses the recent experience of Myer to illustrate the fragility of the digital systems upon which our society now depends.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-would-take-only-a-stroke-of-a-keyboard-to-send-us-back-to-the-dark-ages-20191217-p53kn6.html
    Stephen Duckett goes inside the great private health insurance premium drama.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6548281/inside-the-great-private-health-insurance-premium-drama/?cs=14258
    As Australia cooks under forecast record temperatures this week, the Coalition is still trying to cook the books by claiming carry-over Kyoto credits to mask its abject failure on climate action. Sandi Keane updates how the Kyoto credits were conjured up courtesy of former prime minister John Howard.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/kyoto-credits-as-australia-cooks-the-coalition-cooks-the-books/
    The latest ATO annual transparency report reveals one-third of large companies are paying zero tax. Alan Austin reports.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-corporations-making-big-money-paying-no-tax-and-laughing-at-us,13419
    Simon Overland’s evidence to the Lawyer X inquiry has sharpened focus on the possibility of police being charged.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/overland-s-evidence-sharpens-focus-on-possibility-of-police-being-charged-20191217-p53kw4.html
    A new study has shown that changes in climate since 2000 have cut Australian farm profits 22%.
    https://theconversation.com/new-study-changes-in-climate-since-2000-have-cut-australian-farm-profits-22-128860
    Fergus Hunter tells us that NBN Co will have mandatory rules for its connections and repairs from 2020, with a government review of telecommunications consumer protections finding the company’s processes need to improve to meet community and business expectations.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/nbn-faces-new-rules-for-timely-connection-and-repair-appointments-20191217-p53ksc.html
    Katie Burgess outlines the parlous state of many defence projects.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6545420/defence-projects-57-years-behind-schedule/?cs=14350
    Ross Gittins stands behind ecotourism.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/don-t-let-new-age-puritans-kybosh-ecotourism-it-gets-a-qualified-tick-20191217-p53ko1.html
    And the problem with Takata airbags gets even worse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/takata-airbag-crisis-worsens-as-accc-warns-of-new-safety-risk-affecting-78-000-cars-20191217-p53kux.html
    Jug time for yet another Trump man.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/ex-trump-campaign-official-rick-gates-gets-45-days-in-jail-20191218-p53kxt.html
    Chris Uhlmann opines that the people who lost the election for British Labour hate the working class.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-people-who-lost-the-election-for-british-labour-hate-the-working-class-20191217-p53kq3.html
    The Tories have the BBC in their line of fire. Don’t let them destroy it urges Polly Toynbee.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/17/tories-bbc-line-of-fire-destroy

    Cartoon Corner

    What a shocker from Peter Broelman!

    Cathy Wilcox nails it again.


    From Matt Golding.




    Economics with Mark David.

    Alan Moir rolls out Greta.

    Fiona Katauskas at Christmas.


    Zanetti and Frydenberg’s MYEFO.

    From Glen Lievre.

    Oh dear! Johannes Leak is infatuated with Greta Thunberg.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/39e274243cd92439b4331b46dbbb5645?width=1024

    From the US









  11. Shane Wright – “poor wages growth and super-sized mortgages are crimping household spending….”

    Well derrr!

    Who would ever have thought that?

    Honestly, didn’t everyone (except political journalists and the government) work that out ages ago?

  12. A major investigation from The Guardian –

    Too hot for humans? First Nations people fear becoming Australia’s first climate refugees

    Aboriginal people in Alice Springs say global heating threatens their survival
    The town had 55 days above 40C in the year to July 2019
    Central Australian outstations are running out of water
    Poor quality housing in town camps cannot be cooled effectively
    Indigenous leaders fear extreme heat will cause influx of internal refugees

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/18/too-hot-for-humans-first-nations-people-fear-becoming-australias-first-climate-refugees

  13. TLBD

    Meet one of your ‘rellies’ 🙂

    Archaeologists reconstructed a Neolithic woman’s complete genome and oral microbiome from a piece of birch tar she chewed

    Ancient “Chewing Gum” Reveals a 5,700-Year-Old Microbiome
    Artistic depiction of a Neolithic woman drawn from information derived from DNA found in birch tar. Credit: Tom Björklund
    Toward the end of the Stone Age, in a small fishing village in southern Denmark, a dark-skinned woman with brown hair and piercing blue eyes chewed on a sticky piece of hardened birch tar
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ancient-chewing-gum-reveals-a-5-700-year-old-microbiome1/
    .

  14. Samantha Maiden copped a lot of criticism for her pro-FauxMo article yesterday saying he deserves a holiday and needed to spend time with his kids over Christmas, before taking off on more allegedly “official” overseas trips.

    People were very quick to tell her firefighters have barely seen their kids for well over a month now, as they try to save properties and lives from the fires – all without pay and while trying to crowdfund for vital supplies of food and water.

    Many pointed out FauxMo’s last family holiday was in June, when he took his family to Fiji. Before that, last January, he took a long summer holiday with his family at Shoalhaven Heads on the NSW south coast.

    How many holidays does he need?

    It’s not as if he works hard. He does next to nothing, unlike other PMs I could mention who worked their socks off in office.

    Anyway Ms Maiden must have been stung by all that criticism yesterday because she has certainly changed her tune this morning.

    ‘A bad judgment call’: Scott Morrison’s holiday flies in face of Black Saturday attacks

    Ten years ago, an ambitious young Liberal MP led the charge attacking Victoria’s police chief Christine Nixon for choosing to eat dinner at a gastropub as the horror of Black Saturday, the worst bushfires in the state’s history, unfolded.

    Scott Morrison was that MP’s name and he did not hold back when condemning her actions when asked on the ABC’s Q&A program in April 2010.

    “She’s clearly made a bad judgment call. That happens to people from time to time, but this was a very serious issue,” Mr Morrison said.

    “I think there are very serious concerns in the community about exercising judgment, and it’s incumbent on all of us in public life to make decisions following that in the best interests of the ongoing nature of the program.”

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/12/18/scott-morrison-holiday-black-saturday-attacks/

    Albo has declined to criticise FauxMo, saying he has a right to take a holiday with his kids. Another big mistake from Albo. No-one has a right to take a third holiday in 12 months, especially not at a time of national crisis.

    • Albo should have put the boot in. Scrott is not just some pen pusher in the sales department taking a couple of days off during a quiet period. He is supposedly the leader of the nation. A position he back stabbed and plotted his way into so it is not as if he did not want the job. . All Albo needed to do to make the point without looking ‘nasty” is say that Scrott is entitled to take a break it is his decision but it is not one I (albo) would make given the unfolding disaster across the nation etc etc etc.

  15. I think Murpharoo has it all wrong.

    His holiday is tied up with his lack of leadership, it’s a sign of his total disinterest in his job. You cannot separate them.

    A real leader would never have chosen to go on holiday during the current crisis.

    She also uses the same excuse Samantha Maiden used – he’s entitled to a break because he’s going to be terribly busy after Christmas.

    Sorry, that is not acceptable.

    He wanted this job, he can blooming well cope with all the things that go with it. So what if he has visits to Japan and India next month? Those trips are not going to take up the entire month, he will still have plenty of time to hang out with his wife and daughters.

  16. 😆 An article in the SMH had a long rant about how terrible the NZ restrictions on suing the arse off people for accidents and the no fault accident compensation scheme are. At the very end we get to find it was written by……

    Rod Hodgson is a principal in personal injuries at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

    • Snap! 😀

      I saw that article this morning, and after the first couple of paragraphs wondered what/if the declared conflict of interest would be… (Quelle surprise…)

    • I can’t say I’m in debt. Wasn’t Betty Ford interested in Horoscope? Or maybe Nancy Reagan. This would be the most ludicrous ad I have ever seen. It’s also nasty. Some people are superstitious.

  17. More –

    Ex-MP Phil Edman ‘abused’ $78,000 allowance to fund exotic lifestyle of strippers and travel, CCC finds
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-17/ccc-report-finds-former-mp-phil-edman-abused-electoral-allowance/11805904

  18. I foolishly allowed myself to be cajoled into reading Terry McCrann in the Herald Sun this morning. His article asserted that Brexit would be great and the “experts” and “woke economists” were wrong. The article was about the vibe of the thing and provided no facts

    I guess hat makes Terry McCrann a presstitute.

    • His article asserted that Brexit would be great

      Ah the kiss of death from the guy whose predictions saw me dub him Wrong Way McCrann

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Over the next eight or so days the Dawn Patrol might not be of its usual standard as tonight one of our sons and his young family will be descending upon the BK household from Beijing and I am expecting a level of disturbance.

    John Hewson reckons Morrison needs a conversion – and it not a Pentecostal one! He says Morrison’s arrogance, stubbornness and intransigence are damaging him politically. Well worth reading is this one!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-conversion-our-prime-minister-needs-20191218-p53l2o.html
    Governments both in Australia and internationally are not moving fast enough to avoid 2C warming, according to the former head of Scott Morrison’s department, and Australia is also creating a significant problem for itself down the track by deploying carryover credits from Kyoto to meet the Paris target writes Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/19/australia-and-world-not-moving-fast-enough-to-avoid-2c-warming-martin-parkinson-says
    Greg Jericho declares that we have a new normal of no recession but high underemployment and flat household incomes. His article is supported with several telling charts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/dec/19/the-new-normal-no-recession-but-high-underemployment-and-flat-household-incomes
    Shane Wright is of the opinion that we’ve had a record year of resource exports but a hangover is coming. What he pictures is not pretty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/record-year-of-resource-exports-but-hangover-is-coming-20191218-p53l4u.html
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s spruiking of the economy based on the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, released this week, is mix of truth, trickery and outright falsehoods says Alan Austin.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/exploding-myefo-myths-no-trickle-down-to-households-from-export-boom/
    Katharine Murphy does not hold back here as she goes at Morrison’s lack of leadership over the bushfires.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/18/scott-morrisons-holiday-is-not-the-problem-his-lack-of-leadership-on-the-bushfires-is
    Scott Morrison’s Government has failed the environment, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-bush-fire-problem,13420
    Patrick Hatch reports that concerns about global instability and climate change have risen dramatically among Australia’s business leaders, according to a survey of top executives.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/executives-sweat-over-global-instability-and-climate-change-kpmg-20191218-p53l4w.html
    Well, Sir Ron Brierley likes little children in certain ways. Will he get the same level of high level support from the right that George Pell got?
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/corporate-titan-sir-ron-brierley-charged-over-child-abuse-material-20191218-p53l99.html
    Talk of Scottish independence has come up again. What are the chances? And how would it work? Maher Mughrabi explains it for us.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/scexit-could-scotland-leave-the-uk-and-rejoin-the-eu-20191217-p53kqv.html
    China is both the world’s biggest polluter and the biggest investor in renewables, but a new host of new coal-fired power plants is worrying climate experts reports Eryk Bagshaw.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-on-the-cusp-of-a-coal-fired-power-boom-threatening-global-targets-20191217-p53ks6.html
    Garry Linnell writes that those people denying climate’s role in bushfires are as bad as anti-vaxxers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/12/18/bushfires-climate-denial-garry-linnell/
    Mile Foley writes about the SA Water Minister saying that NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey has exposed farmers and rural communities in her state and Victoria to heightened risk of irrigation cutbacks by refusing to participate in further environmental water recovery under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/basin-plan-brinkmanship-risks-more-water-cutbacks-for-nsw-and-victorian-farmers-20191218-p53l2y.html
    Australian states have agreed to stick with the Murray-Darling basin plan for now, while a review of each state’s contribution towards the environmental water recovery task is conducted by the inspector general of the Murray-Darling, Mick Keelty. But New South Wales is still insisting it cannot deliver on the final 450GL of water for the environment as required under the plan reports Anne Davies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/17/murray-darling-basin-plan-given-reprieve-by-states-but-nsw-says-it-will-miss-deadline
    Yesterday NAB had its AGM. It was a fiery affair and Clancy Yeates writes that the new CEO Ross McEwan said the bank must lift its game and has told senior executives to “fear me” if they have deliberately ripped off customers, as the lender tries to regain public trust after a run of scandals.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/lost-a-lot-of-respect-and-trust-new-nab-chief-s-plan-to-rebuild-bank-s-reputation-20191218-p53l00.html
    Adele Ferguson explains how the Fair Work Ombudsman has hit Bubble tea giant Chatime with legal action alleging its managing director Charlley Zhao “aided and abetted” and “procured” the underpayment of staff on an hourly rate as low as $7.59 over a number of years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/bubble-tea-boss-allegedly-aided-and-abetted-underpayment-of-workers-20191218-p53l6o.html
    Stephen Bartos says that Frydenberg’s surplus before spending is a risky strategy.
    https://theconversation.com/surplus-before-spending-frydenbergs-risky-myefo-strategy-128092
    Gladys Berejiklian’s football stadium continues to embarrass her and her government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-football-stadium-cost-blows-out-by-99-million-as-government-signs-new-deal-20191218-p53kyc.html
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/another-stadium-delay-another-state-of-origin-decider-at-scg-20191218-p53l6b.html
    High levels of arsenic contamination in the water supply to the drought hit town of Uralla, south west of Armidale, has forced the population of 2700 on to bottled water.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/arsenic-contamination-forces-town-on-to-bottled-water-20191218-p53l89.html
    Buy-now-pay-later services are rapidly becoming the favourite payment method for young Australians, but proposed legislation changes could make 2020 the year they lose their lustre.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/consumer/2019/12/17/afterpay-asic-changes-cost/
    Nine Media’s Michael Bachelard responds in detail to Ben Roberts-Smith’s statement criticising the organisation’s reporting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-age-and-the-sydney-morning-herald-respond-to-ben-roberts-smith-20191217-p53kuc.html
    Sally Whyte reports that At least half of the Department of Human Services’ compliance workforce has been redeployed to review debts that could have been raised by a unlawful income averaging. But officials won’t confirm if the massive reassignmnent of staff was due to advice about the legality of the scheme, attributing it instead to ongoing “refinement” of the scheme. What a mess of this government’s own making!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6545146/hundreds-of-staff-on-robodebt-clean-up-but-few-answers/?cs=14350
    While the NDIS has made some positive inroads, it has some way to go to fulfil its ambitious mandate, writes Nicholas Haines.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/a-left-wing-critique-of-the-ndis,13421
    John Silvester reveals that Victorian police will buy 300 AR-15 30-shot semi-automatic rifles, with frontline officers being trained to take immediate action to confront active armed offenders.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-to-get-high-powered-guns-in-drive-to-sweep-terror-off-streets-20191218-p53l04.html
    Sarah Danckert tells us how ASIC has taken court action against major insurer TAL after the group allegedly unfairly denied a woman suffering from cervical cancer a life insurance claim because she had previously had depressive symptoms despite the two conditions not being linked. What a disgraceful effort!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/asic-takes-insurer-tal-to-court-after-it-denied-cancer-claim-over-depression-history-20191217-p53knu.html
    Isabelle Lane tells us how a new study has shown that internet users in Australia are being forced to pay some of the world’s highest prices for basic broadband connections.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2019/12/18/nbn-australia-internet-cost/
    The Age has run a story that shows dozens of refugees and asylum seekers evacuated from Papua New Guinea under the medevac transfer system have been detained for months in a hotel in Melbourne’s suburban north.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/medevac-asylum-seekers-detained-in-a-melbourne-hotel-for-months-20191217-p53kmh.html
    Mobile phone detection cameras have captured 3,303 New South Wales drivers in a single week of operation. That represented less than 0.5% of the 773,532 vehicles checked by the new cameras in various locations across the state in the first week of December.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/17/mobile-phone-detection-cameras-more-than-3000-nsw-drivers-week
    Yesterday Christine Nixon appeared before the Lawyer X inquiry where she refused to take responsibility for barrister-turned-informer Nicola Gobbo, saying her most senior charge Simon Overland kept her in the dark.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/nixon-says-she-was-kept-in-dark-about-lawyer-x-and-overland-should-have-told-her-20191218-p53l98.html
    All Opal Tower residents have been cleared to return to the Sydney apartment building which was evacuated almost 12 months ago after cracking was discovered in the walls.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2019/12/18/opal-tower-return/
    Google will cough up $481.5m to the ATO after decade-long dispute but the settlement does not admit any liability.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/google-settles-481-5m-tax-bill-with-the-ato-after-decade-long-dispute-20191218-p53l5l.html
    The New Daily outlines how the ATO has launched a crackdown on ‘lifestyle assets’. The ATO will be using information from insurances companies and other sours to home in on those apparently living above their declared means. Self-managed super funds will also be examined.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2019/12/18/ato-lifestyle-assets/
    According to Latika Bourke Tony Blair has said that the UK Labour Party will remain “marooned on fantasy island” if it doesn’t change course from hard-left socialism.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/comatose-tony-blair-hits-out-at-jeremy-corbyn-over-labour-s-massive-defeat-20191218-p53lav.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Another cracker from David Pope.

    Cathy Wilcox at the MDB discussion.

    From Matt Golding.






    Some charming poetry from Mark David and a visit to Hawaii.


    Zanetti in the riverbed with Littleproud.

    Alan Moir on an Hawaiian beach.

    Johannes Leak does his employer’s bidding with this attack on Tim Flannery as a diversion.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/15871228590839ef14ea82a212666788?width=1024

    From the US











  20. The smoke is back and getting thicker.

    We seem to be spared the worst of the heat here, the max the last couple of days has been around 26C, today’s forecast maximum is 32C, which is not unusual for December.

    There’s a strong wind warning for this part of the coast – not good news for those fighting fires.

    I wonder what the weather is like in Hawaii right now? Or New York, where Twitter rumour has it FauxMo has been spotted with Brian Houston. (It’s always amazing how many apparently sane people believe without question anything that is said on Twitter.)

    • Very smokey and smelly here in the Wollondilly. We expect 41 degrees. Imagine the lungs of the poor little birds.

      Where M is, doesn’t really matter. The problem is, he’s a deserter.

  21. The story about medevac patients being held in detention in a Melbourne hotel –

    What did everyone think was going to happen to those transferred under this legislation?

    It was always the plan to keep these people in some sort of detention for the duration of their stay.

    Everyone brought here for treatment is still in detention, be it confined to a detention centre, permitted to live in the community or, as in this case, confined to one floor of a hotel. They are all under guard and watched constantly.

    Dutton is sticking to the terms of the legislation. It did not specify where those transferred were to stay, there was no mention of accommodation that allowed plenty of fresh air, sunshine and access to fresh foods, so none of that is provided. All that is offered is medical treatment, and for some there is along wait in detention before that is provided.

    The article mentions the men are not in hospital. Well, of course not. This is another misunderstanding pushed by journalists and anti-medevac types. They delight in whining “these people are not even in hospital”. They do not need to be ‘in hospital”, they are here for medical treatment. Most of these men probably need treatment for mental illnesses brought on by their time in detention, one man quoted in the article needs treatment for asthma. It’s not necessary to spend months in hospital for any of that. Did anyone seriously believe everyone brought here under this law would be hospitalised for months? Clearly a lot of people did.

    This is what the legislation allowed – transfer to Australia for medical treatment and then once that treatment ended being sent back to Manus Island or Nauru. Or to anywhere else Dutton might decide to send them.

    It might be possible for some of these people to get some sort of stay on that return or deportation, but legal work is expensive and takes time.

    Kind-hearted but politically ignorant Aussies have assumed that once transferred a refugee would stay in Australia.

    Sadly that’s not the way it works, it was never the intention of the now repealed legislation.

    • The only three achievements they could find were –
      1 – marriage equality
      2 – first female PM
      3 – plain packaging for cigarettes.

      So I suppose that was a nod to Julia.

      I could think of more of her achievements, but once the ATM government took charge the only achievement has been legalising same sex marriage, and the government had to be dragged to that.

      There have been no other achievements since September 2013. None at all.

  22. Now that MicMac has given Norgen approval to drill in the Bight off South Australia is any one else reminded of the Nats telling General Motors to close up shop when mRabbott was on holidays

    LNP really hates South Australia

    Do you think that Gladys has taken advantage of Morrison’s absence to declare a State of Emergency. Or is Morrison away so Gladys can declare a State of Emergency. I reckon Smoko is in NYC

    While the cat’s away the mice do play

    • That approval has flown right under the radar. Everyone is too busy talking about fires and total lack of leadership.

      It’s not a done deal yet, there are two more approvals to go. No doubt they will be waved through.

  23. MicMac has finally realised he is temporarily in charge and has held a presser to announce Adani is going ahead.

    FFS!

    ‘Adani is going ahead’: McCormack
    Today is apparently a good day to talk about increasing Australia’s coal exports. That will be one of Scott Morrison’s aims when he visits India next month, acting PM Michael McCormack told reporters today, which could include talks to advance the Indian-owned Adani coal mine.

    McCormack:

    We will wait and see, but Adani has been ticked off by the Queensland government. So Adani is going ahead. The fact is, this is going to lead to more coal exports. We need more coal exports.

    The Prime Minister is going to have a number of talks with his Indian counterpart Modi. Talks with business leaders of course. We need to continue and enhance our trade and negotiations with India.

    McCormack was then asked the obvious question: you’re talking about coal exports while standing in the incident control centre for a statewide bushfire emergency. What about the link between climate change and bushfires?

    His answer is going to need another post

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/19/nsw-and-qld-fires-australia-braces-for-extreme-bushfires-danger-amid-sweltering-heatwave-live

  24. Trump has gone too far this time with his bloody trade war, nowt Wakanda.cops it 😆
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    US officials remove Black Panther’s Wakanda from list of trading partners

    Trade talks between Captain America and Black Panther didn’t quite pan out, it seems. Wakanda, the fictional home of the Marvel superhero, is no longer listed as a free trade partner of the US.

    The made-up east African country was listed on the drop-down menu for the agriculture department’s foreign agricultural service’s tariff tracker along with Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/18/wakanda-usda-trade-agriculture-black-panther

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