Welcome to 2020 …

and good luck to everyone on board – we will need it.

Note: Cartoon reproduced with the kind permission of Jon Kudelka.

1,060 thoughts on “Welcome to 2020 …

  1. Jim Lehrer, the retired PBS anchorman who for 36 years gave public television viewers a substantive alternative to network evening news programs with in-depth reporting, interviews and analysis of world and national affairs, died on Thursday at his home in Washington. He was 85.

  2. I had a pleasant surprise on Monday when I discovered that Dr Norman Swan was hosting RN Breakfast this week. I usually don’t listen because of Fran K, but this week I’ve made a point of waking up in good time to listen to Swan’s incisive interviews.

    • We have been listening too. Took a while to realise that he knows more than health matters. His questions were short and to the point, no faffing around with ‘balance’ or equivalence. Our problem is, where to do go when Fran K comes back?

  3. I was given a copy of “Dark Emu” for Christmas; I’m very much looking forward to reading it now!

    How ‘Dark Emu’ upset the Right-wing media
    https://independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/how-dark-emu-upset-the-right-wing-media,13523

    I dunno what Josephine Cashman’s beef is. Jealousy? Sucking up for LNP pre-selection?

    Her Linkedin page has many titles (“entrepreneur”, “lawyer”, “businesswoman”, “orator” and “media commentator”), but few achievements.

    “Inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council” (uh huh… Where’s Tony?)

  4. PvO follows up from the podcast with this article. I use Firefox and can open it in a private window without any problems. My only criticism of PvO is that this has been happening for the last 7 years and this mob got so arrogant that they became blatant about it, and only now some in the msm have seen through it.

  5. Sarah Henderson gets dragged into the sports rot scandal – and there is an awful lot of pork involved.

    Read all Ronni’s thread, it’s not long –

    This goes way beyond “it’s OK to break the guidelines, with millions of dollars involved, and despite all that bribery Henderson still couldn’t hang on to her seat. Not to worry,the CrimeMinister soon had her in a nice, safe Senate spot where she will achieve bugger all.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Rob Harris reveals that the embattled Bridget McKenzie signed off on more than $1 million for shooting clubs and associations during her time as federal sports minister, potentially opening her up to further allegation of conflicts of interest.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bridget-mckenzie-signed-off-on-more-than-1-million-for-shooting-clubs-20200124-p53ujm.html
    Nick O’Malley echoes John Hewson in saying that the Nationals have a problem distinguishing between the national interest and the Nationals’ interest. This is a good hit job.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/your-money-is-serving-the-nationals-interest-that-minor-party-with-major-delusions-20200124-p53uh4.html
    Sarah Martin reveals that Bridget McKenzie’s office was told it was ‘not appropriate’ to approve sports grants after applications had closed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/25/bridget-mckenzies-office-told-not-appropriate-to-approve-sports-grants-after-applications-closed
    Unsuccessful sports grant applicant Martin Smith writes about how unethical the process was.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/24/we-missed-out-on-a-sports-grants-for-our-club-now-we-know-how-unethical-the-process-has-been
    Karen Middleton explains how, following the auditor-general’s damning report on the sports grants scheme, questions are being raised about other programs.
    https://outline.com/VEwTYA
    Sean Kelly is concerned about how flagrantly this government operates outside any conventional sense of accountability.
    https://outline.com/7bWk7q
    Laura Tingle lament the culture wars still going on in Australia,
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-25/australia-day-2020-do-we-know-who-we-are-as-a-nation/11898652
    Richard Acland says that PR is the place people end up when all other professional options fail, and now Schmo has failed at the failures’ last resort.
    https://outline.com/2ujuvW
    The Saturday Paper’s Nick Feik writes that in recent months the federal government’s position on climate change has shifted. Not in policy terms: the change has been restricted to its rhetoric. It has a new strategy to avoid responsibility.
    https://outline.com/FRxphj
    The Saturday Paper’s editorial says, “What Scott Morrison lacks most is not intelligence or good advice: it’s empathy. He cannot feel what the country is feeling, and so he plays cricket and takes his kids to Hawaii.”
    https://outline.com/AFDfmq
    Paula Matthewson declares that Anthony Albanese has put himself front and centre on the leader board.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2020/01/24/paula-matthewson-anthony-albanese/
    Elizabeth Farrelly has written a searing article about the choice Australia faces – and that is survival-by-respect or death-by-stupid
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/survival-by-respect-or-death-by-stupid-your-choice-straya-20200123-p53u07.html
    The fires, together with this week’s hail storms, are on track to be one of the most expensive natural disasters in terms of insurance claims on record writes Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bushfires-may-crimp-living-standards-long-term-as-insurance-costs-hit-2b-20200124-p53uen.html
    Bevan Shields reports that in London our Governor-General David Hurley said Australia should have a national debate about whether to ban the swastika amid fresh warnings by world leaders of a steady reawakening of anti-Semitism across the globe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/governor-general-australia-should-consider-debate-on-reprehensible-swastika-20200123-p53u9i.html
    Ross Gittins gives us a good basic understanding of economics in this contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/economics-isn-t-as-highfalutin-as-the-jargon-makes-it-sound-20200124-p53udk.html
    It was a bit more than the few headaches Trump dismissively mentioned! The Pentagon says that 34 US service members were diagnosed with varying degrees of brain injuries after the Iranian ballistic missile attack in Iraq this month, upping the number of service members understood to be injured by explosions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/pentagon-says-34-us-troops-were-diagnosed-with-brain-injuries-after-missile-attack-20200125-p53um5.html
    Colin Kruger reports that Crown Resorts’ most senior board member John Alexander will step down as executive chairman of the embattled casino group as part of sweeping governance overhaul.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/crown-s-john-alexander-to-step-down-as-chairman-in-sweeping-governance-overhaul-20200124-p53ug4.html
    Mike Seccombe suggest that in Australia’s quest to become one of the world’s leading weapons exporters, the line between government and industry is becoming increasingly blurred.
    https://outline.com/Ws64V9
    The NDIS would better serve its participants if its workforce had decent pay and good working conditions, writes Nicholas Haines.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-ndis-leaves-workers-behind,13526
    Experts have warned that the government’s tree-planting projects may have limited effectiveness as a climate strategy – particularly in the wake of this summer’s bushfires.
    https://outline.com/RChupM
    Richard Ackland talks to Mark Speakman SC, the man leading the charge to update Australia’s lopsided defamation laws.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/25/mark-speakman-sc-meet-the-man-leading-the-charge-to-update-australias-lopsided-defamation-laws
    Wendy Squires ponders over Australians seem to be having quite a lot less sex than previous generations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/it-s-actually-little-wonder-young-people-are-saying-no-to-sex-20200124-p53ucv.html
    The Saturday Paper reports that as the aged-care royal commission rolls on, community groups fear that the welfare of elderly migrants who do not speak English is being forgotten.
    https://outline.com/G5EwXx
    Rick Morton writes that as the Australian Red Cross faces criticisms over its bushfire efforts, current and former employees question the broad scope of its fundraising appeal.
    https://outline.com/M3km9s
    With the risk of coronavirus being brought into Australia, our government should have taken steps to protect its citizens, writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/wuhan-virus-the-morrison-government-has-potentially-put-us-all-at-risk,13524
    The US and Europe have clashed over the threat posed by global heating as Donald Trump’s finance minister downplayed the risks of a climate crisis during the final session of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/24/us-and-europe-clash-over-climate-crisis-threat-on-last-davos-day
    Trump’s threat to assert executive privilege in his impeachment defence to try to curb testimony by his former national security adviser John Bolton is an attempt to silence a key witness and could undermine constitutional principles, ex-justice department officials and legal scholars have warned.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/24/john-bolton-donald-trump-testimony-impeachment
    Andrew Bolt and other News Corp associates have begun attacking author Bruce Pascoe and his book ‘Dark Emu’, writes Dr Martin Hirst.
    https://independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/how-dark-emu-upset-the-right-wing-media,13523
    Politic professor John Hawkins says that ‘Slow-minded and bewildered’, Donald Trump builds barriers to peace and prosperity.
    https://theconversation.com/slow-minded-and-bewildered-donald-trump-builds-barriers-to-peace-and-prosperity-128840
    Richard Glover outlines 42 ways by which we can tell if we’re truly Australian. Very funny!
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/bunnings-snags-and-the-meaning-of-girt-42-ways-to-tell-if-you-re-australian-20200121-p53tam.html
    Christopher Knaus reports that the Catholic church is attempting to stop one of its own priests from suing it for child abuse.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/25/catholic-church-attempts-to-stop-one-of-its-own-priests-from-suing-it-for-child-abuse

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe


    Alan Moir


    Matt Golding



    Andrew Dyson

    Dionne Gain

    Jon Kudelka
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    John Shakespeare



    Simon Letch


    Sean Leahy

    Johannes Leak gets this one right.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a3440bddcc6e176b12ca479380a016d7?width=1024

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  7. Some thoughts on Australia Day –

  8. Fiona Martin won Reid for the Libs. with a 2PP swing against her of 1.5%

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