Welcome to 2020 …

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

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

1,059 thoughts on “Welcome to 2020 …

  1. Not exactly true – wombats do allow other animals into their burrows during bushfires but the herding has not yet been proved..

    But so very true about the government.

    Wombats Share Their Burrows With Animals Displaced In Bushfires, Experts Say
    https://www.unilad.co.uk/animals/wombats-share-their-burrows-with-animals-displaced-in-bushfires/

    • Well the company was very happy to set up shop in nazi extermination camps so easy peasy for them to do this.

  2. Hot off the press from the Dept of What Could Possibly Go Wrong ……..

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    Perth axe-throwing venue granted liquor licence

    Players will be allowed to drink alcohol at the recreational venue Maniax, where people in cages throw the 1.3kg weapons at targets, under strict conditions.

    https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/perth-axe-throwing-venue-maniax-granted-conditional-liquor-licence-ng-b881430402z

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Sarah Martin outlines the lousy set of numbers for Morrison from today’s Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/14/essential-poll-more-voters-disapprove-of-scott-morrison-and-see-him-as-arrogant
    The government’s top energy security adviser has warned “national leadership” is needed on emissions policy as the relentless uptake of renewables transforms the electricity market.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-energy-adviser-calls-for-national-leadership-on-emissions-20200113-p53r2a.html
    David Crowe tells us about Labor accusing Morrison of fudging our emissions figures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fake-number-labor-says-morrison-is-fudging-emissions-figures-20200113-p53r3v.html
    An impassioned Greg Combet has penned an excellent op-ed in which he says Australia needs to punch above its weight on carbon emissions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-needs-to-punch-above-its-weight-on-carbon-emissions-20200113-p53r4j.html
    Nicky Ison gives us five measures to determine our progress in properly addressing climate change.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/13/taking-action-on-climate-is-hard-here-are-five-questions-to-help-australia-seize-this-moment
    Some say we’ve seen bushfires worse than this before. But they’re ignoring a few key facts say these two climate scientists. (Too many polysyllabic words in this article for Craig Kelly and his ilk to handle.)
    https://theconversation.com/some-say-weve-seen-bushfires-worse-than-this-before-but-theyre-ignoring-a-few-key-facts-129391
    Moderate Liberals have seized on Scott Morrison’s apparent shift on climate change policy to argue the government will do more to cut emissions, as some conservatives push back against any “symbolism” that could damage the economy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/13/coalition-mps-split-over-scott-morrisons-apparent-shift-on-climate-policy
    Greg Jericho was not impressed with Morrison’s Speers interview and explains how he sees right through his carefully crafted weasel words.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/jan/14/the-government-has-been-forced-to-talk-about-climate-change-so-its-taking-a-subtle-and-sinister-approach
    The editorial in The Age says the nation wants answers on climate change action.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/nation-wants-answers-on-climate-action-20200112-p53qu3.html
    Can a world without the influence of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp be imagined? Alan Austin, it seems, has such a vivid imagination.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-decade-of-news-corps-demise,13483
    The heat in the world’s oceans reached a new record level in 2019, showing “irrefutable and accelerating” heating of the planet.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/13/ocean-temperatures-hit-record-high-as-rate-of-heating-accelerates
    Peter Martin describes moving to ultra-low emissions is an opportunity rather than a threat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/moving-to-ultra-low-emissions-is-an-opportunity-not-a-threat-20200113-p53r48.html
    Michael Janda writes that prospective first home buyers have been hit with a triple whammy of factors good for those who already own property, but bad for those wanting to buy — lower interest rates, looser mortgage lending restrictions and the retention of negative gearing and the 50 per cent capital gains tax discount.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/property/2020/01/13/first-home-buyers-price-boom/
    A targeted, coordinated online campaign has tried to mislead the public that arson is the cause of our catastrophic bushfires, not climate change. While the myths have been debunked, the culpable parties remain unknown. Timothy Graham and Tobias R Keller investigate these digital age, snake oil salesmen.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/bushfires-bots-and-arson-claims-australia-flung-in-the-global-disinformation-spotlight/
    Mike Foley writes that Australia is in “uncharted territory” as it plots a recovery for native flora and fauna, which will need human intervention to rebuild populations in zoos and the wild.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/uncharted-territory-as-species-likely-go-extinct-in-bushfires-20200113-p53r3z.html
    Today’s “Arseholes of the Week” nomination comes from Victoria.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/couple-flies-nazi-flag-over-victorian-home-20200113-p53r15.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    Cathy Wilcox

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding






    Mark David

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  4. The latest Essential Report – for those who prefer to look at the results rather than read a journalist’s interpretation –

    https://essentialvision.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Essential-Report-130120-2.pdf

    I want to know why 4% of Labor voters strongly approve of FauxMo and 12% approve. What the hell is wrong with them?.

    And there seem to be even more Greens voters approving of FauxMo’s performance – just goes to show why a coalition of Labor and the Greens would never work, I suppose. Not all Greens voters are as left-leaning as the MSM would have us believe.

  5. Could someone tell me a good argument against calling carbon ‘pollution’. Pollution is what is causing the problems. Why didn’t Labor call it a price on pollution?

  6. More on why FauxMo’s compensation scheme for firefighters is a crock of bovine excrement –

    And the headline is overly polite. It should read “will exclude most volunteers”.

    “I think it’s just political grandstanding,” he said.

    Firefighter compensation scheme may exclude many volunteers

    Andrew Ruddock left behind his terminally ill wife to battle blazes across Queensland and New South Wales, but says he and hundreds of other volunteers are ineligible for compensation under a new federal scheme.

    Since compensation was announced late last month, only 29 volunteer firefighters out of more than 33,000 Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) volunteers have applied.
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    Mr Ruddock, who lives in Far North Queensland, said he was “disappointed” by the scheme’s “restrictive” eligibility criteria, which exclude pensioners and people employed by large businesses.

    He said being a full-time carer for his wife, who has an inoperable brain tumour, made him ineligible for the scheme.

    “When I do go away on deployment I have to get my friends to look in on her and some of my relatives to keep in contact with her,” he said

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-14/volunteer-firefighter-compensation-not-enough-qld-man-bushfires/11863312

  7. Obviously the people who cooked up this (firefighter compensation) scheme have never done it, or is it because they know the limits of peoples endurance and have cooked it up to be just outside that limit.
    Even for young very fit people 10 hours of dragging around a 30m length of 35mm hose in uneven burning country exhausts you, 30m is the minimum, in an actual situation it could be 60, 90 or even more. To do it for 10 days would wreck you. I have done a week in the Victorian high country fires years ago and I know when I came home I completely lost 3 days, so exhausted that I would sleep for 12 hours wake up eat then go back to bed. I had no idea what day it was or even what time of day.

    • And 10 days won’t get you a cent in compensation. You have to work a minimum of 11 days to qualify and they have made the conditions for that so tough few will meet them.

  8. Just to lighten the mood a bit. If you ever want to watch a seriously weird interpretation of “Dracula” have a look at the current offering on Netflix, seriously weird.

  9. Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman resigns in shock announcement
    Liberal who has been state’s leader since 2014 says he wants to spend more time with his family

    Hodgman had previously told media in December he had no plans to step down, but he revealed on Tuesday he changed his mind after discussing it with family over Christmas. “I didn’t finally arrive to it until the last day or so,” he said

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/14/tasmanian-premier-will-hodgman-resigns

    That “I want to spend more time with my family” excuse for running away is so old and so hackneyed that no-one believes it, so why say it. Obviously he’s getting out in a hell of a hurry to avoid something really nasty.

  10. Re $ compensation/payment to fire fighters.The world’s largest klaxon should have gone off in people’s ears the moment they heard Scrott and his crooks use their favorite two words “Up to” before “$6,000”

    • “Up to ….$xxxx” is classic advertising speak, designed to lure in unsuspecting suckers who believe if they hand over all sorts of personal information they will win the full amount advertised only to discover they have gained only a free balloon or some such piece of useless crap. The company concerned then has all their details and can use them in whatever way they want.

      Applicants for this dodgy payment will be giving DHS, who will be handling these payments, an awful lot of information about their working hours, earnings etc, details that should remain between a taxpayer and the ATO only.

      No wonder few have registered so far.

      It’s what you expect from a failed, twice-sacked for incompetence and corruption ad-man like SootyFromMarketing.

  11. oh yeah, when he pulled the Army Reserves in, that probably meant Reservists who were volunteers would not get any call-out payments while Reservists who worked in their units would. I am not expert on this but that is my logic. But the reservists who volunteer would be unlikely to get the volunteer payments for last wages. Also reservists who get called out, their employers get some wage replacement payments I think. A clustrf@ck in the making, as Sooty usual.

  12. Basically, after ten days of firefighting, any lost hours of the time you usually work is reimbursed up to $300 a week. If you are part time and work Monday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm, you will be reimbursed for firefighting between 9am to 1pm Monday to Thursday. If you are allowed to work from 2pm till 6pm after firefighting on a day, then you do not get paid as you have managed to work your usual hours. If you then work on Friday to Sunday you will not get paid as you got your work hours in for that week.

    That is just the nightmare for part-time and full time workers. Casuals and on call workers, who the eff knows.

    If you are retired, you do not get the volunteer money. If you are on Centrelink you may lose your payments because fighting fires is not an approved activity.

    It is a good headline for the Liar from the Shire but in reality it is a sham.

    • If you are on Centrelink you may lose your payments because fighting fires is not an approved activity.

      wow! how disgusting

  13. Clarifying on what I said last night, from what I saw – I saw a group of people bullying and terrifying people for simply entertaining a group of children in the persona of drag queens. One of that group committed suicide and the consensus seems to be that we’re all meant to be sad. Thinking about it, I don’t feel sad, or happy either.

    I saw the initial video yesterday and it terrified me. Because I found out I was gay when I was surrounded by young conservative Queenslanders in high school and I saw them do things like that multiple times to boys they considered feminine or GBTQ+ and heard of worse, so I kept firmly in the closet and became so depressed that I failed that year in almost everything, after getting excellent grades for my previous years.

    I think Gavin killing himself is a terrible thing because now he can’t atone for the bad things he did when he was alive. And now today, seeing all over the conservative world that he’s a hero and a martyr to the tyranny of progressives makes my initial feeling right – it’s just another round of the culture wars to the scum of the world, and I’m just so tired in fighting it. But they just fight and fight and fight – celebrating every progressive death as though it’s a triumph.

    I opened my eyes to them when I saw Trump supporters celebrating Carrie Fisher’s death in 2016, saying it was the third best thing to have happened that year after the election of Trump and Brexit, and I’ve despised them ever since. But they just keep on winning political power and keeping it, it just depresses me.

    • Agree!
      if you bully don’t come on as “precious petal” when you get bullied
      I hate it when a bully cries that they are being bullied

    • I agree.

      I didn’t feel sad when news broke that young man had committed suicide. I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t know him, he was just another nasty young Liberal bigot to me. His being gay and behaving the way he did made him despicable as far as I’m concerned. He even campaigned for the “No” vote in the same sex marriage plebiscite. He didn’t care about all the other LBGTIQ people who desperately wanted to be able to legally marry, he just went on TV to spruik the party line for the No case.

      As far as I’m concerned the world is better off without him. I can’t even feel sad for his family because they raised him to be the nasty creature he was.

      I do not believe all the soppy comments from his family and alleged friends about what a good person he was and what a lovely heart he had. Good people with kind hearts do not go into a library with the sole intention of abusing drag queens and scaring little kids.They do not stand so close to their target they are actually spitting words into their face.

  14. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service trustee may be unable to distribute donated funds, including more than $50m raised by the comedian Celeste Barber, to other states or to bushfire victims, legal experts have warned.

    At least $70m has been raised for the RFS, other state fire services, the Red Cross and wildlife charities, as part of a global fundraising effort during Australia’s horror bushfire season.

    The RFS has received tens of millions of dollars – including Barber’s $50m fund and money raised through fundraisers promoted by Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, and Prince Harry and Meghan.

    But legal experts say donors should be aware that money given to the RFS trustee cannot be used to help bushfire victims or recovery efforts.

    Under the trust deed of the RFS, money donated can be used only “to meet the costs of purchasing and maintaining fire-fighting equipment”, for “training and resources” and the “administrative expenses of the Brigades”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/14/legal-questions-complicate-how-rural-fire-service-can-spend-donated-millions

    • Then someone needs to update the Trust (if it can be done) to cover this event. Perhaps the RFS can send money to other state’s equivalent services to fund their equipment. Can they put some towards buying aircraft to be shared. someone needs to sort this mess out.,

    • I think that’s a bit of a beat-up.

      I assumed that was what would happen. If you donate to the RFS then surely you expect that money to go to them for whatever they need to spend it on.

      In other states you’d donate to your state volunteer firefighting organisation, wouldn’t you?

      If you want your donation to go to fire victims or recovery work then you find a charity raising money for that purpose.

      It’s not hard to do. The Red Cross is a good place to start.

      Anyone who has ever raised funds for a specific organisation will understand the legal requirements.

    • The simple solution is for Celeste Barbour to donate money to Red Cross, Salvation Army as well RFS, CFA & CFS
      even though the money was collected for RFS for Australian bushfires

    • and even if there is a shortage it is hi ho the merry ho lets bring in some exploitable “457s” .

    • Oh you are so dark, I never imagined that fast gabbling Indians would be assessing aged Australians for care. Mutual disrespect will lead to truly unfortunate outcomes

  15. I wrote this over the road, and I am just copying my brain dump as is. The topic was that recent suicide by guy who disagreed with the library reading.

    ….

    Unfortunately suicide is no respecter of race, religion, gender, age, political preference, sexuality, wealth or circumstance. Certain circumstances can increase suicide rates.

    Emile Durkheim, in the early days of Sociology did a study on suicide by analysing data and publishing the results. The book is ‘Suicide’ published 1897. It was the first that offered the premise that social factors influence the rates of suicide.

    So people could consider that instead of a (then perceived) ‘fault’ in the individual, society had a part in these acts.

    from Wiki
    “Durkheim concluded that:

    Suicide rates are higher in men than women (although married women who remained childless for a number of years ended up with a high suicide rate).

    Suicide rates are higher for those who are single than those who are in a sexual relationship.

    Suicide rates are higher for people without children than people with children.

    Suicide rates are higher among Protestants than Catholics and Jews.

    Suicide rates are higher among soldiers than civilians.

    Suicide rates are higher in times of peace than in times of war. (For example, the suicide rate in France fell after the coup d’etat of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte.

    War also reduced the suicide rate: after war broke out in 1866 between Austria and Italy, the suicide rate fell by 14 per cent in both countries.)

    Suicide rates are higher in Scandinavian countries.

    The higher the education level, the more likely it was that an individual would choose suicide.

    However, Durkheim established that there is more correlation between an individual’s religion and suicide rate than an individual’s education level. Jewish people were generally highly educated but had a low suicide rate.

    Nowadays much of this can be criticised and cannot be used, but, think of how far have we come since 1897.

    Suicide is still seen as an aberration of an individual’s psyche or a failure to cope with the stresses of life. It is mainly a medical problem, to be fixed with more funding for dedicates services to help the individual, which I agree to be commendable and urgent.

    But when are we going to put social factors in the same light? It has come up a bit with farmers suiciding, and in the Same Sex Marriage debate with social response to sexual orientation leading to suicide. But the suicides by robodebt victims never permeated the news-cycle in any real terms.

    When are we going to say, we cannot do this because it will increase the suicide rate? When are we going to look at risk of increase in suicide rate as a consideration for policy development?

    These are thoughts I am just streaming as I sit here

    And as an aside, when the reality of global warming really hits, which we are on the way to, I reckon suicide rates will climb, especially if it seems inevitable because no-one in power wants to do anything about it.

    Would I be jumping to a conclusion to think this could impact most on the young? Or could it be the elderly who decide their last years should not be lived in such times?

    But where is the planning? Where is the confidence that our leaders will give us more an ice-block’s hope in Hell that there is an Over the Rainbow where a Bluebird can fly? (e.g. WW2 Churchill telling British people that they will win in the end and they believed him. )

    Instead of confidence, we get The Con. Instead of planning, we get chaos. Instead of competence, we get madness.

    There are hidden consequences to that.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Eryk Bagshaw reports that Australia’s former productivity boss says the Morrison government is failing to stimulate the economy, and warns it seems more concerned about public perception than actual policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-productivity-commissioner-attacks-coalition-s-economic-plan-20200114-p53rby.html
    It looks like our Minister for Science has been nobbled.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/science-minister-says-climate-denial-a-waste-of-time-in-wake-of-fires-20200114-p53rev.html
    In conformation of a terrible decision to give the submarine contract to the French the design of Australia’s $80 billion future submarine fleet has been hit with a nine-month delay with Defence forced to extend two major contract milestones.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/design-on-future-submarines-hits-nine-month-delay-20200114-p53rd2.html
    Robert Pritchard explains how innovation is the key to reducing carbon emissions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/innovation-is-the-key-to-reducing-carbon-emissions-20200114-p53rar.html
    The SMH editorial says that native fauna must not be forgotten in the bushfire recovery.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/native-fauna-must-not-be-forgotten-in-bushfire-recovery-20200114-p53rfz.html
    Jenna Price fears that Morrison still has his beloved lump of coal and it sits in his top drawer, next to his copy of the Hillsong version of the Bible. Perhaps he might have time, on his next long plane trip to Hawaii, to embroider a sampler, this quote from Brian Houston: “Salvation comes with responsibility.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-takes-a-nation-to-save-the-land-we-love-20200113-p53r6k.html
    Chris Wallace reckons there is a way Morrison can shift the Coalition on climate change without losing face.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6577523/bushfires-wont-change-climate-policy-overnight-but-morrison-can-shift-the-coalition-without-losing-face/?cs=14350
    Climate activist Michael Bones says that the left needs to change the way it thinks about protest.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6575960/protests-arent-working-the-left-needs-to-learn-from-churchgoers/?cs=14329
    From Washington Matthew Knott reports that James Murdoch has accused his family’s global media empire of promoting climate denialism in a stunning attack on News Corporation’s climate coverage.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/james-murdoch-breaks-ranks-over-climate-change-denial-20200115-p53rie.html
    “The Australian says it accepts climate science, so why does it give a platform to ‘outright falsehoods’?”, asks Graham Readfearn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jan/15/the-australian-says-it-accepts-climate-science-so-why-does-it-give-a-platform-to-outright-falsehoods
    Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, former CIA director James Woolsey, former US Treasury head Larry Summers, former US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, hedge fund boss Michael Steinhardt and Jacob Rothschild have something in common. They are all on the board of oil and gas explorer, Genie Energy. Gas industry whistleblower Simone Marsh explores Rupert Murdoch’s fossil fuel interests.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/compromised-genie-energy-and-the-murdoch-medias-climate-denial/
    In their empire-building, Dutton and Pezzullo took on responsibility for the prevention of, preparation for and recovery of Australia from this bushfire crisis — so where are they? Abul Rizvi reports.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dutton-and-pezzullos-culpability-for-the-bushfire-crisis,13488
    Professor Colleen Lewis is perplexed over why people dismiss expertise.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6573361/why-do-people-dismiss-expertise/?cs=14329
    Emma Herd tells us that companies and super funds are feeling pressure from their customers and members, who increasingly want their money invested in climate-positive ways.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/institutional-investors-increasingly-taking-their-own-climate-action-20200114-p53raz.html
    NSW State Member Emma Hurst has penned the following plea to her peers for greater leadership on the climate emergency.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/emma-hurst-time-to-take-a-lead-on-the-climate-emergency,13486
    Consumers will be forced to pay more for essential foods as a result of bushfires and drought, the government has warned, while imploring supermarkets to “stump up” and help struggling farmers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/consumer/2020/01/14/fresh-food-price-rises-bushfires/
    Dominic Powell writes about Amazon showing signs of entering the pharmacy market but says the attempt would face a tough time due to stringent rules and regulations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/amazon-australia-signals-pharmacy-foray-with-new-trademark-application-20200114-p53rc2.html
    The New South Wales Rural Fire Service trustee may be unable to distribute donated funds, including more than $50m raised by the comedian Celeste Barber, to other states or to bushfire victims, legal experts have warned.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/14/legal-questions-complicate-how-rural-fire-service-can-spend-donated-millions
    In a worrying report Mellissa Cunningham explains how Australian GPs are being put on high alert to look for signs of elder abuse and enact safety plans for older patients they suspect are in danger.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/onus-on-gps-to-report-elder-abuse-as-ageing-population-soars-20200114-p53rbn.html
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the Attorney-General’s Department has formally warned Christopher Pyne that he was banned from lobbying for a defence contractor that won millions of dollars in government work, including during his time as minister. Anyone surprised?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/15/christopher-pyne-formally-warned-he-is-banned-from-lobbying-for-defence-contractor
    This should provide some entertainment. Victoria’s federal Liberal MPs will be forced to contest their own seats in preselections opening on Wednesday, despite a last ditch effort to overturn the plan by members who say it will damage the party’s electoral chances.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/federal-liberal-mps-forced-to-fight-for-their-seats-20200113-p53r54.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark David cuts deep.

    As does Glen Le Lievre.

    Michael Leunig

    Fiona Katauskas

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding



    What sort of a creature is Johannes Leak?
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    From the US








  17. Okay, I have to admit that in 2012/2013 Tony Abbot was right, towns are being wiped out, and with Barnaby Joyce, $100 lamb roasts. It is just that they had it the wrong way around. They should have been saying, with NO carbon price.

  18. Razz

    I think I’ve said it the wrong way, I’ll try again.

    If abbott and barnaby had said that towns would be wiped out and lamb roasts would be $100 if there is NO carbon price, they would have been right.

  19. Gravel

    That’s much better 😉

    While I am here I would like to say a cheery G’day, Happy New Year to all Pubsters & encourage every-one to “Keep on Keeping on” because, we “Can’t” give MoriScum & Co the satisfaction of stopping us.

  20. It would be just too embarrassing

    The government is refusing to release documents relating to its trouble-plagued $200m regional grants program, claiming release would not inform debate on a “matter of public importance”.

    Refusing a freedom of information request for written briefings that informed the government’s allocation of grants in the lead-up to the May election, the department claimed a range of exemptions, despite agreeing that disclosure would allow “some oversight of public expenditure”.

    The government has come under fire for its management of the regional jobs and investment packages (RJIP) program, after the auditor general tabled a scathing report on Melbourne Cup day that found ministers had knocked back almost 30% of recommended projects and supported 17% of those not recommended.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/15/government-refuses-to-release-briefings-for-trouble-plagued-200m-regional-grants-program

  21. Karen Andrews-

    Ms Andrews will convene a roundtable meeting of top scientists on Wednesday to kickstart work in response to the “devastating and surprising” bushfires this summer

    Surprising????

    How many warnings was this useless, head-in-the-sand, climate change denying government receive about the dreadful summer we would face if they did not take action?

  22. Don’t you love the way Smoko has urgent press conferences to announce nothing in the middle of Victorian updates.
    Our Prime Minister is a hazard to Victorian safety every time he interrupts an emergency briefing

  23. It’s all about “resilience” and “adaptation” now

    Ah, the polite way of saying we are going to do nothing so “Harden up princess”

    • I think “preparation” was the first word in the slogan. What a laugh coming from someone who ignored all the warnings and all the requests to make preparations.

  24. 30 August 2019

    The nation’s top bureaucrat has told a Senate committee that the rules governing post-parliamentary jobs did not prevent former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop taking up new roles at separate consulting firms.

    Martin Parkinson, on his last day as head of Prime Minister and Cabinet, also said he took at “face value” assurances from the pair that they would not breach the ministerial code of conduct in their new roles.

    “I’m afraid that all I can do is assess against the standards as they are, whereas I feel that quite a lot of what’s going on here is people having a view about the standards that they would like to see,” Dr Parkinson said.

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/parkinson-defends-pyne-bishop-jobs-20190830-p52mag

    15 January 2020

    The Attorney-General’s Department formally warned Christopher Pyne that he was banned from lobbying for a defence contractor that won millions of dollars in government work, including during his time as minister.

    The Guardian revealed last year that GC Advisory, Pyne’s lobbyist firm, planned to lobby on behalf of a defence contractor, Saber Astronautics, which had won three contracts with the defence department worth $2.7m in the previous 12 months.

    A day after the Guardian’s report, the Attorney-General’s Department wrote to Pyne’s firm to remind it that the former defence minister was banned from lobbying for clients like Saber. Lobbying rules prohibit former government ministers from engaging “in lobbying activities relating to any matter that they had official dealings with in their last 18 months in office”.

    Documents obtained through freedom of information show the head of the department’s integrity and security division, Andrew Walter, expressly warned GC Advisory that it must take steps to avoid a conflict of interest.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/15/christopher-pyne-formally-warned-he-is-banned-from-lobbying-for-defence-contractor

  25. The Coalition awarded $100m in sport grants that were not assessed on their merits in order to favour “targeted” Coalition seats at the May 2019 election, according to a scathing report from the Australian National Audit Office released on Wednesday.

    The report, by auditor general Grant Hehir, slammed the handling of the program by the then sports minister, Nationals deputy leader Bridget McKenzie, finding she ignored the merit-based assessment undertaken by Sports Australia for almost half the successful projects.

    The audit office found the successful applications were “not those that had been assessed as the most meritorious in terms of the published program guidelines”, finding McKenzie’s office had run a “parallel” assessment process in deciding how to hand out the funds.

    Its report found there was a distributional bias in the award of grants.

    “The award of funding reflected the approach documented by the Minister’s Office of focusing on ‘marginal’ electorates held by the Coalition as well as those electorates held by other parties or independent members that were to be ‘targeted’ by the Coalition at the 2019 Election,” the audit said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/15/coalition-gave-out-100m-election-grants-not-assessed-merit

  26. And on this day 50 years ago the Biafran War came to an end.As a kid it was something happening out “there” in the great beyond and the coverage made it seem all about emaciated pot bellied children starving. So of course we ‘non ‘PC’ children at school used “Biafran’ as a way to say or describe skinny or how hungry we were..

  27. Friendlyjordie’s latest – giving some counter-mocking to negative comments to his scathing video on Morrison earlier.

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