Welcome to 2020 …

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

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

1,086 thoughts on “Welcome to 2020 …

  1. More sports grant rorting.

    Coalition awarded $500,000 sports grant to rejected project after Andrew Broad quit
    Seat became hotly contested once the then National MP quit after allegations of improper conduct on a work trip

    The Morrison government awarded a $500,000 sports grant in the rural Victorian seat of Mallee a year and a half after it was first rejected – when the seat became hotly contested due to the resignation of Nationals MP Andrew Broad.

    The Northern Grampians shire council applied for the grant in September 2018 and was rejected in the first round of the controversial community sport infrastructure grant program, only to see the $500,000 Lord Nelson Park project in St Arnaud approved in April 2019, just weeks out from the election

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/18/coalition-awarded-500000-sports-grant-to-rejected-project-after-andrew-broad-quit

  2. Satire –

    Craig Kelly Disputes Claim That Smoke Will Do Lap Of Earth, Reminding NASA That Earth Is Flat.

    Liberal backbencher and science whiz Craig Kelly says NASA’s claim that smoke from Australia’s fires will do a full lap of the earth is ‘ridiculous’, pointing out that it’s impossible to ‘lap’ a two dimensional object.

    NASA scientists believe the smoke will travel entirely around the globe before returning to Australia from the west, but Mr Kelly says that claim is absurd.

    “We all know that the smoke will simply fall off the edge of the earth in a few days’ time. All NASA is doing is creating unnecessary panic,” he said. “It suits their spherist agenda to claim that the earth is round, but they’re yet to provide any compelling proof”.

    Mr Kelly said the evidence that the earth was flat was well known. “Ever looked at a map on a wall? Ever used Google Maps? They are entirely flat. We can expect the smoke to fall off the edge of the ocean, just beyond New Zealand, before the end of the week”

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2020/01/14/craig-kelly-disputes-claim-that-smoke-will-do-lap-of-earth-reminding-nasa-that-earth-is-flat%ef%bb%bf/

  3. The sheer gall of the woman!

    After voting for the Medevac repeal on the basis of a secret agreement she refuses to talk about she comes out with this!

    The Nats are not the only ones who have no moral conscience and no shame.

    • Albo would weasel a response because he is continuing the Shorten tradition of sitting on the fence on taking effective action on climate change and supporting coal mining and coal export. Besides, RSA (Rudd, Shorten, Albo) Labor love the mula from the coal lobby. RSA Labor want some of the largesse being heaped upon the COALition. RSA Labor wanna prove to the coal oligarchy that they are ready and able to be the alternate government. Nothing to worry about, carry on coal mining Gina and Clive, RSA Labor will ran interference for ya when sheeple get sick of the open corruption of the COALition government. RSA Labor will be a bit more subtle about it. You can mine coal for at least another 20 to 30 years, Gina & Clive, just don’t expect Albo to bring a lump of coal openly into Parliament! (Stuffing a lump of coal down the front of Albo’s trousers is okay though! Wink, wink, say no more! Albo is your new man!!)

  4. Albo can stuff the limp of coal into any orifice he likes, post election Labor has sent them down the bottom half of this voters’ election card. i suffer from Galeophobia.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers on Sparse Sunday.

    A very annoyed Greg Jericho writes that behind the smokescreen, the Coalition’s stance on climate change hasn’t changed at all. He says right now the government is indulging in the equivalent of responding to polio by promising to invest in more iron lungs. And bizarrely, it is getting credit for it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/18/behind-the-smokescreen-the-coalitions-stance-on-climate-change-hasnt-changed-at-all
    Scott Morrison’s blind devotion to his religious beliefs has had an influence on various Liberal policies including climate change denialism, writes John Wren in his weekly political roundup. Frightening really.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-scott-morrisons-pentecostal-beliefs-have-affected-liberal-party-policies,13502
    This is a good contribution on the same subject too.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-disconnect-between-political-piety-and-bush-fire-reality,13500
    As donations continue to stream in, the national charities regulator has said it intends to use its investigative powers to ensure the money is well spent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bushfire-donations-near-500-million-as-watchdogs-put-charities-on-notice-20200117-p53sg5.html
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us how their women have slammed the Liberal Party’s new harassment code of practice as unenforceable.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unenforceable-liberal-party-women-slam-new-harassment-code-20200118-p53slq.html
    Is the Lucky Country running out of luck? Natural disaster or political disaster? An essay by John Keane on Australia’s bushfires and its ailing democracy.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/john-keane-on-australian-bushfires-scott-morrison-and-the-decline-of-democracy/
    Claire Kimball explains why it’s shocking to feel embarrassed to be Australian.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-it-s-shocking-to-feel-embarrassed-to-be-australian-20200117-p53sen.html
    Canberra’s drought has almost reached the worst-case scenario planned for by Icon Water, and at this point the city would need about 100 millimetres of rain to make an impact on dam levels.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586098/canberras-drought-close-to-worst-case-scenario/?cs=14225
    Zoe Samios reports that a study undertaken on behalf of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, found 83 per cent of respondents were concerned that news on commercial television and radio broadcasters was influenced by large advertisers, and 88 per cent were concerned news is made more dramatic or sensationalised to attract viewers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/in-media-s-wild-west-news-consumers-struggle-to-find-truth-trust-and-transparency-20200117-p53sfc.html
    Lucy Cormack looks at the Mexican connection to the Australian meth trade.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/like-any-other-international-commerce-mexican-cartels-make-big-business-out-of-australia-s-meth-trade-20191218-p53lar.html
    The Chinese embassy has raised its “great concern” with the Australian government that hundreds of Chinese PhD students hoping to start their studies here have endured long visa delays.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/great-concern-chinese-embassy-hits-out-at-visa-delays-20200118-p53sm9.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding




    Matt Davidson

    From the US



  6. This is true.

    This is not exactly news. These who have been keeping an eagle eye on the CDC have known about it ever since someone first looked up the BIN number on the cards.

    Here’s an excellent article on the topic –

    SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATISATION AND INCOME MANAGEMENT PROFITEERING
    https://melmacpolitics.com/2019/04/13/social-security-privatisation-and-income-management-profiteering/

  7. Didn’t work as I wanted. Twitter have a new way of copying which, I haven’t got right yet.

  8. Not making the news – this story is two days old and was only published in the paywalled NT News and the Mercury.

    Posted here thanks to The Say NO Seven.

    Jacqui Lambie has decided not to support the expansion of the cashless debit card – for now anyway.

    Lambie left furious after her trip to the Territory

    “The Morrison Government will face an uphill battle to expand its cashless debit-card program across the NT, after independent senator Jacqui Lambie said she would withdraw her support”

    ” The crossbencher previously said she “broadly supported” an expansion of the welfare card program but changed her tune during a “fact-finding mission” to the Territory this week.

    The withdrawal of Ms Lambie’s support will mean the Coalition will face a roadblock in the Senate to pass legislation that would expand the card to the NT, Cape York and extend existing sites in WA.

    Territory senator Malarndirri McCarthy invited Ms Lambie to visit the NT before they debate the legislation next month.

    But after meeting with residents in Papunya, Haasts Bluff, Alice Springs and Milingimbi, Ms Lambie was left fuming because she felt the Government had “misled” her on how much consultation they’d done in the Territory.

    A spokeswoman for the senator said the Morrison Government had assured her that they had come to the NT and sat down to tell communities about the cashless debit card but when Ms Lambie spoke with residents herself she realised that wasn’t the case.

    “The Government better get their arse out here because I’m not voting for this until they do,” Ms Lambie said.

    Labor’s McCarthy said she would fight to make sure the legislation doesn’t pass.

    Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie was also meant to join the trip this week but couldn’t attend due to bushfires in her South Australian electorate of Mayo.

    A spokeswoman for the MP said she sent people from her office in her stead.

    “The visit was informative and Rebekha will be raising community concerns about what appears to be a lack of appropriate and meaningful consultation with remote communities with Minister Anne Ruston,” she said.

    “Centre Alliance has not reached a position on the card”

    https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/

    I think she will see what the government comes up with in the way of additional consultation and then vote for the expansion. I hope I’m wrong, but I do not have a good opinion of Ms Lambie and her lunatic voting habits.

  9. Just caught up on all the news after having visitors for the weekend.

    Can someone explain how spending $76m on tourist advertising overseas is going to help the over 2000 families that have lost their homes, farmers have lost their crops and equipment, businesses that have been burnt out, etc?

    I thought the 2billion dollars was supposed to go to bushfire recovery infrastructure and stuff.

    • Unfortunately, Gravel, that ain’t the way our current Supreme Idiot sees Oz and its desperately urgent needs.

    • The Prime Monster believes if he can lure in tourists to spend money the economy will get a boost.

      He’s wrong.

      Who would want to visit Australia under the current government? The world hates us for our human rights abuses, for killing our wildlife and for the government’s refusal to deal with climate change and to stop flogging coal and gas. All the advertising in the world won’t make anyone decide to come here.

      If I lived overseas and was looking at a holiday destination I’d choose New Zealand.

  10. The ‘pinko’ Financial Times uses Scrott as an example of leadership. Shame for him it is not as a good example.
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    You can tell a lot about a boss from how they act on holiday

    …………………………………………….Yet that was not the end of it. Another leader might have made a contrite apology at such a time and left it at that. Mr Morrison did express regret but he also tried to defend his absence with the memorable observation that Australians understood he was not personally needed to put out the flames.

    “They know that, you know, I don’t hold a hose, mate, and I don’t sit in a control room,” he told a radio interviewer. “The brave people who do that are doing that job.”

    It was a final, unfortunate reminder that there are times when one learns a lot more about one’s leader when they are away from their desk, not behind it.
    https://www.ft.com/content/08267d5a-32e5-11ea-9703-eea0cae3f0de

  11. Here in Ballarat I feel something of relief, considering what could have happened.

    A thunderstorm so heavy that it appeared black on the BOM radar formed around 6pm, centered on Burrumbeet (25km to the West of the city) and it remained stationary while it was active for 4 hours.

    If that storm had been 25km east, Ballarat would have been flooded. Thankfully the storm mostly fell over Lake Burrumbeet, so hopefully that can count as a dodged bullet. Maybe even a good thing if it means the lake has been replenished.

    • Black on the BoM radar image (magenta on WZ) is never good – but at least we have access to weather radar now.

      I’m always relieved to hear when it was just shit loads of small hail, rather than sporting equipment analogies (golf/cricket/basket balls etc.)

      Growing up, thunderstorms were fun. Climate change has made them nasty!

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Eryk Bagshaw reports that workers are unlikely to see substantial pay rises in 2020 as unemployment remains stubbornly stuck above 5 per cent and confidence in the economy continues to diminish, challenging the Morrison government as it begins work on the May budget.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-pay-rises-in-2020-as-economic-confidence-in-a-crater-20200117-p53sd5.html
    Stephen Charles QC writes that our government does not want corruption investigated. He says the sports grant rort uncovered by the Australian National Audit Office last week is far worse than traditional pork-barrelling and equates to political corruption.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/your-government-does-not-want-corruption-investigated-20200119-p53son.html
    And now the law firm Slater and Gordon is considering launching a class action over the Coalition government’s so-called “sports rorts scandal”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586785/class-action-brewing-over-sports-rorts/?cs=14350
    Michael Pascoe writes, “Look who helped sports grant corruption get the go-ahead”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2020/01/20/bridget-mckenzie-sports-grant-scott-morrison/
    Private health patients in NSW are paying up to 40 times more in out-of-pocket costs than patients in other states for the same procedure. How’s THAT for a rort!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-fee-website-shows-nsw-pays-up-to-40-times-more-in-out-of-pocket-costs-20200114-p53rad.html
    Anne Davies gets back onto Angus Taylor’s case as she reveals that the government rejected several offers from Eastern Australia Agriculture over the past decade to sell its overland-flow water rights because the deals were “not value for money”, before paying $80m for the same rights.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/20/government-rejected-several-offers-on-water-rights-before-reaching-80m-deal
    This is an excellent contribution from Sean Kelly on the current state of politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/unprecedented-number-of-store-closures-could-hit-landlords-and-other-retailers-20200119-p53sqe.html
    Ross Gittins stridently says that the RBA should stop pretending there is any more it can usefully do. This is well worth reading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/rba-should-stop-pretending-there-is-any-more-it-can-usefully-do-20200119-p53sp7.html
    And Katie Burgess also writes about the Deloitte report that indicates The Reserve Bank of Australia caused an ‘Engadine Maccas’ moment for Australian economy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586925/rba-caused-engadine-maccas-moment-for-economy-deloitte/?cs=14225
    Paul Karp reports that the bushfire crisis is expected to further sap confidence in the Australian economy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/20/bushfire-crisis-expected-to-further-sap-confidence-in-the-australian-economy
    Kevin Andrews is poised to become the first sitting federal Victorian Liberal in more than a decade to be challenged for his seat, amid warnings the move could trigger a fresh outbreak in factional fighting. Bring it on!
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/veteran-liberal-mp-kevin-andrews-faces-preselection-battle-20200119-p53srt.html
    Anthony Galloway tells us that an independent review into the NDIS, to be released by the Morrison government today, includes 29 recommendations to cut wait times, improve services and to make plans amendable. Another great effort by that sterling Pentecostal mate of Morrison’s!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-pay-rises-in-2020-as-economic-confidence-in-a-crater-20200117-p53sd5.html
    Small businesses hit by the bushfire crisis will have access to new grants, interest-free loans and a financial counselling hotline under a support package to be unveiled by the Morrison government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-to-announce-bushfire-support-package-for-small-businesses-20200119-p53sru.html
    Galloway explains how a surge in state and territory spending on infrastructure risks driving up the cost and timeline of major defence projects by making it more difficult to attract skilled workers. Isn’t this in the capable care of Melissa Price?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/infrastructure-spending-blitz-puts-defence-projects-at-risk-20200119-p53sov.html
    Nine Media tells us that Albanese will likely commit Labor to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 later this year, before the party debates its contentious 2030 targets closer to the next federal election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-calls-labor-s-45-per-cent-emissions-target-a-mistake-20200119-p53sos.html
    The Canberra Times editorial declares that climate change is impossible to deny.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6586051/climate-change-now-impossible-to-deny/?cs=14258
    The Big Four banks and Macquarie, big Liberal Party donors all, have received over $2.3 billion in taxpayer-backed funds from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. That is almost one-third of every dollar ever invested by Australia’s green bank. Anthony Klan investigates dramatic rise in CEFC funds to the Big End of Town, particularly Macquarie, which coincides with a sudden rise in affection from Prime Minister Scott Morrison. This is Part II.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/big-four-banks-and-macquarie-have-received-2-3-billion-in-taxpayer-backed-funds-from-clean-energy-finance-corporation-cefc/
    Before we rush to rebuild after fires, we need to think about where and how explain these architecture academics.
    https://theconversation.com/before-we-rush-to-rebuild-after-fires-we-need-to-think-about-where-and-how-130049
    With costs approaching $100 billion, the fires are Australia’s costliest natural disaster.
    https://theconversation.com/with-costs-approaching-100-billion-the-fires-are-australias-costliest-natural-disaster-129433
    The SMH editorial says that as the take-up of EVs accelerates around the world, it is time for the Morrison government to urgently shift gear on this exciting, game-changing technology. It contends that Australia is stuck in the slow lane on this.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/australia-stuck-in-slow-lane-on-electric-vehicles-20200119-p53ssp.html
    Paul Karp reports that Dan Tehan has defended the Coalition’s record on childcare after revelations that fees have increased by 3% in the last quarter and by more than 34% since the Coalition was elected in 2013.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/19/childcare-fees-up-3-in-last-quarter-and-34-since-coalition-took-power-in-2013
    National Secretary of the United Firefighters Union of Australia, Peter Marshall, opines that the last thing we need is a federal bushfire royal commission.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-last-thing-we-need-is-another-bushfire-royal-commission-20200117-p53sev.html
    Official figures reveal the Liberals’ foremost climate change denying MP, Craig Kelly, resorted to lies and misinformation to dispute factual evidence in his presentation to a Sky News program.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/notorious-climate-denier-craig-kelly-at-it-again,13501
    This op-ed from Chris Bowen examines the health effects of global warming on health policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-warming-planet-is-already-killing-people-so-health-policy-must-catch-up-20200119-p53sqs.html
    Dominic Powell reveals that an unusually high number of store closures and retail collapses in the first weeks of 2020 has prompted concern over the impact on Australia’s major landlords, with one expert warning the closures could have a flow on effect for the local retail market. If the landlords try to increase rents to counter this it will put things int a cost accounting death spiral.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/unprecedented-number-of-store-closures-could-hit-landlords-and-other-retailers-20200119-p53sqe.html
    The US National Archives has admitted it made a mistake when it blurred images of anti-Trump signs used in a photo in an exhibit on women’s suffrage.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/us-national-archives-admits-it-made-a-mistake-altering-trump-photos-20200119-p53sqx.html
    Australia’s Returned and Services League (RSL) is allowing a Nazi-aligned group from WWII and their supporters to march in Anzac Day parades.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/betrayal-rsl-backs-nazi-aligned-serbian-chetniks,13505
    China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, according to the state planner, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/19/china-moves-to-phase-out-single-use-plastics
    This is an hilarious inside story on The Chaser’s APEC stunt.
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/20/how-the-chaser-invaded-apec-a-small-camera-was-secreted-behind-his-scrotum

    Cartoon Corner. The “wonderful” Mark Zanetti has withdrawn his Twitter account.

    David Rowe is back!

    An economic statement from Cathy Wilcox

    Mark David

    Matt Golding



    Simon Bosch

    Andrew Dyson

    From the US

  13. The law firm advising Woolworths on the underpayment of their staff has been underpaying their own staff!

    (You will need to Google the title in an incognito window to get around the paywall.)

    Woolies’ law firm underpaid its own staff

    The same top-tier law firm advising Woolworths on its $300 million underpayment scandal has been underpaying its own staff, as gruelling work hours threaten to spark an underpayment crisis in the legal industry.

    Big six law firm Ashurst has undertaken an extraordinary 10-year review into whether its $80,000-a-year graduate lawyers were paid below minimum rates as a result of working long hours.

    Individual back payments to date are as high as $15,000

    https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/woolies-law-firm-underpaid-its-own-staff-20200119-p53sok

  14. This is how you interview a lying politician.

    How often do we hear a journalist pull up a politician and say “No, that’s not true” and then point out a few true facts?

    Could this be a first ever?

  15. Saying very tentatively, we are having some rain, it is a mixture of short heavy bursts with drizzle and very light rain.

    I have been trying to get some sort of testing kit to test water running off our roof to see if we can reconnect our very small water tank. Someone will get back to us in the next 24 hours, but there probably won’t be any rain by then.

  16. Scrott and the Coalition’s war of attrition on the poor suffers a set back.

    Lambie left ‘furious’ after her trip to the Territory

    WELFARE CARDS The Morrison Government will face an uphill battle to expand its cashless debit-card program across the NT, after independent senator Jacqui Lambie said she would withdraw her support

    https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/palmerston-and-beyond/jacqui-lambie-opposes-cashless-welfare-cards-in-the-nt/news-story/b53f52db68893e88f8468c77e89ff279

  17. ScottyFromMarketing has missed a great opportunity.

    Forget tourism.

    He should be inviting film-makers to come to Australia to make apocalyptic movies.

    Over the weekend I caught up on the DC universe TV series – I’d been saving up the big crossover event until I had all the episodes.

    Anyway, the multiverse was being destroyed by an evil creature and just before yet another planet was consumed everything turned orange.

    We’ve seen that orange sky and glow a lot recently, no need to watch TV at all, we’ve been having our very own climate apocalypse right here at home.

    Somewhere in Australia right now conditions are perfect for whatever disaster movie a producer might desire. Floods? South-east Queensland. Bushfires and charred hellscapes? Take your pick. Huge dust storms? NSW. We have it all – giant hailstones, dust storms , fire tornadoes, flash floods, the lot.

    How about it, Scotty? A new industry for Australia. Under your shonky leadership and with your lack of action on climate change Australia is set to become the disaster movie world centre for years to come.

  18. Just dashed out in the rain, yay, to put the car in the carport after seeing photos of the hail storm in Canberra, and then seeing this warning.

    • The Canberra storm was a shocker. The hail cut right across the ACT (see the http://www.esa.act.gov.au incident map); the damage bill will be massive.

      ACT Emergency Services Agency
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      Record number of calls for help

      A record number of calls for help has been received by the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) today.

      Over the last two years, the ACT State Emergency Service has averaged an annual storm response of approximately 600 jobs.

      Today, The ACT ESA has received more than 1,900 calls for help since midday.

  19. His replacement has to be a Liberal, so –

    Come on down, Georgina!

  20. From Greg Mullins –

    I tried to warn Scott Morrison about the bushfire disaster. Adapting to climate change isn’t enough

    There has been an appalling failure in national leadership from Canberra. Failure to recognise and prepare for what was coming. Failure to accept briefings from experts. Failure to understand and accept the government’s national support role to the states and territories. Failure to provide funding certainty for critical equipment requested by fire agencies in a detailed business case but stalled in Canberra since May 2018.

    And the government is failing again by now suggesting that our primary focus should be on adapting to climate change, rather than upping our efforts to tackle the root cause: the burning of fossil fuels. Continuing to burn coal, oil and gas is sending us down a pathway to an even hotter, drier Australia where conditions will get worse and worse

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/20/i-tried-to-warn-scott-morrison-about-the-bushfire-disaster-adapting-to-climate-change-isnt-enough

    • I wonder if the Governor-General could be involved – it was good enough for the Libs to get rid of Gough Whitlam’s government on trumped-up charges.

      In the current situation there is nothing trumped up.

      We’ve got government incompetence, deceit and mismanagement on a huge scale. There is billions of dollars’ worth, and rising, of damage. Lives, habitats, crops, businesses, communities and ecosystems are being destroyed. Waterways are choking, fish are dying. People in cities here, and around the world, have been exposed to toxic smoke and ash.

      Massive funding cuts have nobbled research and technology organisations. The government’s continued public disregard for science and the advice of genuine experts is astounding.

      There is no measure for which the Coalition can be praised. There is no indication the Coalition is willing, or able, to treat this situation as urgent. There is no leadership. Nor is there a competent alternative leader obvious in Coalition ranks.

      I hope weasel words, spin and lies will not be enough to obscure the realities of what we, and our planet, are facing.

    • The GG can’t do anything.

      He is required to act on the advice of the PM or his ministers.

      There is a convention that the GG can only dissolve the parliament on the advice of the PM, and FauxMo is never going to want to go there. The GG could do what Sir John Kerr did, remove the PM and replace him with a caretaker PM who would go to an election, but no-one wants a replay of the 1975. constitutional crisis.

      He could possibly, under certain circumstances, remove the PM if ministers asked him to do that and could present credible reasons, but that won’t be good enough, we will just end up with Dutton or Frydenberg or some other loon. There is no-one in the government who could be a successful PM.

      The GG was chosen by FauxMo and is unlikely to want to remove the PM.

      Our only hope is a successful motion of no confidence in the government, moved as soon as parliament returns. That would be enough reason to bring on an election. It is unlikely to happen.

      To succeed such a motion would need the Reps crossbench to withdraw their promises to give the government confidence, but that would still be a few votes short.

      Let’s look at the numbers.

      The government has 77 seats in the Reps, Labor has 68, the Greens, Centre Alliance and Katter’s party each have 1 seat and there are 3 independents, giving a total of 151. Even if the entire crossbench voted with Labor there would not be enough votes. A majority of 76 is required to pass such a motion so at least two members of the government are going to have to cross the floor and vote to bring down their own government.

      It’s not going to happen.

      The only slight chance is Labor taking advantage of a lack of numbers on the government benches and pulling a surprise motion. Labor has managed to do this before, but the government is alert to the tactic now.

      So here we are, stuck with an incompetent, corrupt government and there is nothing we can do to get rid of it.

      Withholding supply after the budget is handed down is an option, the Senate could do that by blocking appropriations bills, but Labor is unlikely to do that.

  21. Scott Morrison’s local soccer club embarked on a building project costing more than half a million dollars in October, more than a month before sport grants were announced, without having enough funding to complete the project.

    An administrator of the Lilli Pilli Football Club indicated in a Facebook post on October 31 the remaining funding was coming so that construction would be finished by the start of the following season — even though applicants in the scheme were being assessed at the time.

    The club announced $200,000 in funding from the scandal-plagued Community Sport Infrastructure grant program on December 22.

    According to a report from auditor-general Grant Hehir that found bias in the scheme, the office of then-sports minister Bridget McKenzie received representations from MPs including through Mr Morrison’s office during her assessment of applications.

    “The evidence available to the [Audit Office] is that representations were received across the three rounds both directly and indirectly, including through the Prime Minister’s Office,” his report read.

    According to ABC analysis of the 684 grants awarded, Lilli Pilli’s grant was the largest awarded to the people in Mr Morrison’s electorate of Cook.

    Key points:
    Scott Morrison’s local soccer club started a construction project that was only partly funded more than a month before Community Sport Infrastructure grants were announced
    A club representative posted on Facebook that the final stage of funding was secured but they were still waiting to confirm when it would arrive
    Mr Morrison has previously appointed the president of the club, an online underwear entrepreneur, to a government board

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-20/scott-morrison-sports-grants-lilli-pilli/11881578

    • Interesting little aside in that article about the underpants seller who is now being paid $300,000 over five years for attending four board meetings a year. Mates looking after mates yet again.

  22. Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg personally announced sports grants under the controversial $100m program overseen by Bridget McKenzie – with Morrison even boasting the program “isn’t about sport” but rather “community” while unveiling a $200,000 grant in his electorate.

    On Wednesday the auditor general released a scathing report on the program, finding it had a distributional bias in favour of marginal seats and suggesting the then sports minister may have lacked legal authority to approve grants.

    On Monday Labor stepped up its attack on Morrison’s involvement, with the shadow small business minister, Brendan O’Connor, saying it “beggars belief” that the prime minister, the “campaigner in chief” at the 2019 election, did not know how funding was allocated.

    Three clubs in Morrison’s electorate of Cook received funding under the community sport infrastructure grant program: Lilli Pilli Football Club, which got $200,000; Sans Souci Football Club ($50,000); and St George and Sutherland Shire Giants Baseball Club ($42,500).

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/20/scott-morrison-personally-announced-sports-grants-for-clubs-in-his-electorate

  23. What a farce!

    Attorney-General to review controversial sports grants, despite boost to his own electorate

    The Federal Attorney General will lead a review into the community sports grants scandal, despite nearly a million dollars in funding being awarded to his own marginal electorate during the 2019 Federal Election campaign

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/attorney-general-to-review-controversial-sports-grants-despite-boost-to-his-own-electorate

    Why bother? We already know what he will decide.

  24. Thanks leonetwo, I appreciate your clear explanations. I knew there’d be Constitutional reasons why the pm’s mate, the gg, wouldn’t be doing anything, and seeing possible processes in black and white is not encouraging.

    Would it be reasonable to think that, when the Constitution was formulated, the possibility of a bunch of incompetent, self-interested liars and rorters being elected to form a government was not foreseen.

    I suppose it’s unlikely that any relevant amendments since made to the document by “those elected by the voters” would have included mention of the expected calibre of “those elected by the voters”.

    • The Constitution doesn’t mention political parties or prime ministers. It seems to have been written with our founding fathers assuming the parliament would be made up of independents who would all be honest, fair-minded, upstanding gentlemen.

      Those “elected by the voters” don’t get their own way when it comes to amending the Constitution. Section 128 sets out the process.

      When a government wants to alter the Constitution the amendment, once passed by both houses of parliament, has to be put to the people in a referendum. A national majority of voters plus a majority of voters in at least four states have to vote in favour – the “double majority” rule. Australians are very reluctant to agree to changes. Only eight amendments have been successful out of forty-four questions spread over nineteen referendums.

      The next change should be recognition of indigenous people in the Constitution, perhaps with an indigenous voice to parliament, but the current government will fight tooth and claw to stop that happening.

  25. It is still raining. 17mls yesterday, 24.8ml so far today. It will have to be doing something to douse a bit of the fire front. Fingers crossed.

  26. We were in the path of the storm in Canberra this afternoon. Higgins, if you want to check the path.

    The coriander got a bit of damage but that was it. Considering what our neighbours two doors down had (broken window, broken skylight) and the really serious damage done elsewhere, we were lucky. And the car was in the garage.

    • That’s a relief, TLBD.

      I expected the worst driving home through the shredded leaves etc. but seem to have escaped mostly unscathed too. Phew!

      Thunderstorms used to be “fun”; now they are a source of dread.

  27. What a load of bull excrement!

    FauxMo this morning, talking to the abysmal Ray Hadley, completely missing the ppint of climate change.

    …….what is action on climate change? Building dams. What is action on climate change? Hazard reduction in these areas. It’s native vegetation management. It’s land clearing laws. It’s all of these things which are often talked about and often on your program or other programs that I know that there’s very strong support for. All of those things actually make you more resilient to longer, hotter, drier seasons. And that’s what we’re going to face in the future. And you’re right. I mean, we’re taking action on climate change, we’re reducing emissions

    https://www.pm.gov.au/media/interview-ray-hadley-2gb-0

    Building dams, more land clearing. FFS! Doesn’t he understand land clearing exacerbates climate change?

    I’m surprised he didn’t say “It’s turning up the air conditioning”.

    The man is dumber than a whole fence of posts, more stupid than a box of extra-stupid rocks.

    We are supposed to just adapt to climate change, this government will do nothing about it.

  28. Good morning Dawn Patrollers
    As the IMF warns global warming is a major financial risk, the RBA has been told it may have to buy coal mines and fossil-fuel power stations to save the economy. I suppose all these people don’t know what they are talking about either!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-told-to-mobilise-all-forces-to-save-the-economy-from-climate-change-20200120-p53szi.html
    Rob Harris writes that Morrison is standing by embattled cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie over the so-called sports rorts saga, but he concedes his government may have to change the way cash grants are handed out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-stands-by-bridget-mckenzie-over-sports-rorts-20200120-p53t3y.html
    Michelle Grattan reckons Morrison needs to control his temper.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrison-should-control-that-temper-in-liberal-climate-debate-130227
    It should surprise no one that a man steeped deep in an apocalyptic cult should demand that everyone else act as if his reality is the norm, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-now-demands-we-adapt-to-climate-change-catastrophes,13509
    Law expert Maria O’Sullivan explains why the sports grants findings are so serious. She concludes by saying that a government that bends the rules is a danger to the rule of law and to democracy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-the-sports-grants-findings-are-so-serious-20200120-p53sy4.html
    Michael Pascoe tells us how Scott Morrison whitewashes corruption. Noice!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2020/01/21/sports-grant-scott-morrison-snow-job-corruption/
    Hannah Aulby writes that the McKenzie scandal highlights the need for a (proper) national integrity commission.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6589236/mckenzie-scandal-highlights-need-for-a-national-integrity-commission/?cs=14258
    Meanwhile The Guardian has uncovered some more questionable grant approvals.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/21/upmarket-tennis-and-golf-clubs-among-recipients-of-major-sports-grants
    The office of embattled Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor has refused to release information relating to an allegedly forged document he relied on to accuse City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore of hypocrisy on climate change. FoI has become a farce!
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/taylor-s-office-refuses-to-release-majority-of-city-of-sydney-travel-claim-documents-20200120-p53t3c.html
    Adam Morton fact checks Morrison’s pronouncements on emissions and finds he comes up short.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/21/scott-morrison-says-the-government-is-acting-on-emissions-is-it-true
    John Connor describes seven ways Scott Morrison can evolve his climate policy without a political brawl.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/20/seven-ways-scott-morrison-can-evolve-his-climate-policy-without-a-political-brawl
    Shane Wright tells us that Frydenberg has warned the government’s promised budget surplus could evaporate due to the economic fallout from the nation’s bushfire emergency. Off course flat wage growth and the failure of heroic budget assumptions will have nothing to do with it.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/treasurer-warns-surplus-at-risk-as-fires-hit-economy-20200120-p53t3j.html
    Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up implore four professors of conservation.
    https://theconversation.com/conservation-scientists-are-grieving-after-the-bushfires-but-we-must-not-give-up-130195
    A new decade is likely to bring another year of low wages growth writes Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jan/21/a-new-decade-is-likely-to-bring-another-year-of-low-wages-growth
    Hotel comparison website Trivago breached Australian consumer law by misleading consumers on which hotel deals were best, the Australian Federal Court has found. And apart from that the woman who stars in their TV ads is the most smug, up herself character going around.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/trivago-misled-consumers-in-favour-of-advertiser-dollars-federal-court-finds-20200120-p53t40.html
    Ben Butler reports that most Australian chief executives believe climate crisis is a threat to business.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/21/most-australian-chief-executives-believe-climate-crisis-a-threat-to-business
    Greg Mullins gives Morrison both barrels over the bushfires. Mind you, Mullins doesn’t know what he’s talking about!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/20/i-tried-to-warn-scott-morrison-about-the-bushfire-disaster-adapting-to-climate-change-isnt-enough
    Dana McCauley reports that Disability service providers say free university courses and better wages are needed alongside a national advertising blitz to double the size of the sector’s workforce as part of the Morrison government’s overhaul of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/free-uni-places-better-wages-the-push-to-double-the-ndis-workforce-20200120-p53t2y.html
    Sally Whyte examines the recommendations of the report into the operation of the NDIS.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6588223/ndis-is-too-confusing-frustrating-review-finds/?cs=14350
    The SMH editorial says that tare many problems with the administration of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. But a new report offers the government a pathway to efficiency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/ndis-participants-still-needlessly-hindered-by-red-tape-20200120-p53t2u.html
    Chinese drivers are earning well above average income while Aussie Uber drivers can’t make minimum wage. Marcus Reubenstein reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/news-chinas-ridesharing-giant-didi-makes-uber-look-like-a-driver-sweat-shop/
    Clive Williams analyses the profile of firefighter arsonists.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/profile-of-a-firefighter-arsonist-20200120-p53syv.html
    The UNHRC by finding climate refugees cannot be forced back home has upped the ante.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-refugees-cannot-be-forced-back-home-20200119-p53sp4.html
    Did elections over the last year show a swinging pattern to the right or left? And what of elections in 2020? Alan Austin believes they offer hope for a better world.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-global-lurch-to-the-right,13507
    Thousands of armed gun-rights activists filled the streets around Virginia’s capitol building on Monday to protest a package of gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. What could possibly go wrong?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/armed-gun-rights-activists-rally-against-proposed-virginia-gun-laws-20200121-p53t6a.html
    Europe is worried about what Trump will say at this year’s Davos gathering.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/trump-s-speech-at-davos-is-putting-chill-down-european-spines-20200120-p53sym.html
    Bloomberg warns that every day Europe dithers, Iran’s uranium enrichment program grows.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/every-day-europe-dithers-iran-s-uranium-enrichment-program-grows-20200120-p53t1t.html
    “Is Brand Monarchy losing momentum after 68 years?”, asks futurist Tony Eades.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/is-brand-monarchy-losing-momentum-after-68-years-20200120-p53sy9.html
    Donald Trump is a good president … but only for the top 1% opines Joseph Stiglitz.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jan/20/donald-trump-is-a-good-president-but-only-for-the-top-1
    John Harris thinks Trump’s greatest ally in this year’s election will be Facebook.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/20/trump-election-facebook

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Another cracker from Cathy Wilcox!

    Andrew Dyson and the sports grants.

    Matt Golding




    Mark David


    Fiona Katauskas

    Glen Le Lievre

    From the US


  29. Being on the CDC is like ” being wrapped in a blanket of love” according to Jacqui Lambie, who is completely ignoring the card victims she has spoken with on her tour.

    Latest update – and if what Lambie says about the plans for this vile card is true then it’s not good news for anyone on any sort of Centrelink payment.

    Lambie says Indue will stop administering the card within six months and it will be handed to the “Big Four” banks.She also says all on benefits will be transferred to the card within two years. If true this is extremely bad news. “All” means pensioners and everyone else, across the country.

    What will Albo have to say? The usual wishy-washy Labor guff about not forcing the card into communities unless “they” want it?

    Lambie sets some ludicrous conditions for her vote on the expansion, but she will cave in anyway. She’s another conservative who absolutely hates anyone on social security, despite her background on DSP.

    #ONTHEWIRE: Kalgoorlie meeting with Senator Jacqui Lambie reveals Indue LTD to quit within 6 months, Big 4 banks gear up to to take over Social Security Cards and forced income management program.

    Thanks to some quick behind the scenes arrangements, Jacqui Lambie digressed from her guided tour today and met with NO Card Kalgoorlie representatives.

    ( Monday 20/1/2020):

    Brief run down/feedback from meeting attendees:

    👉Jacqui stated all current Indue functions will be replaced by the big 4 banks*. She was adamant that Indue Ltd were employed only for the “trial’ portion of the experiment.

    If found to be true, this move will represent a MASSIVE intrusion of the Big 4 banks into the private lives of Australian citizens, one that will enable them to infringe upon our human rights directly without penalty, enable them to avoid consumer and privacy laws and to radically discriminate against vulnerable populations.

    This will grant major banks the ability to sanction social security entitlements, to deny or approve funding for cash transfers and to control every aspect of our private lives through our income arrangements. Your local bank manager will become your DSS agent, your income management officer.

    👉 Jacqui stated that a nation wide roll out was always the plan via the big 4 banks from the beginning, and that Indue will not be running the CDC within 6 months time due to infrastructure/technology limitations and age.

    👉 Jacquie stated clearly and aggressively ( despite existing legislation) that the entire country will be on Indue Cashless Cards within 2 years with no opt outs unless you are critically disabled.

    👉 Jacquie’s list of demands to Government for her CDCT vote are:

    *Gov gets into the NT and consults communities

    *All Centrelink staff sacked to be replaced/restored

    *That drug and alcohol services in regions impacted by the card are put in place.

    👉 Jacqui stated that the Ceduna roll out is working so well and there are so many services out there it is like ” being wrapped in a blanket of love” .

    This means Jacqui is ignoring the chaos of cardholders having no power during fires and storms of recent weeks; ignoring the regional development fund rorting and corruption, and ignoring feedback through several senate submissions and from locals on cards themselves.

    👉 Jacqui stated that Hervey Bay people are ‘dealing with it’ better so its ‘not so bad’.

    This means Jacqui is intentionally ignoring Hinkler NO Card team feedback, ignoring the published QCOSS survey results, dismissing senate testimony by speakers Doctors Klein,Hunt and Beifield in Canberra in November, and dismissing all 500 members of the Hinkler trial zone support group and their feedback tabled to senate that reported significant hardships, suicide attempts and grave financial problems resulting from Indue cards in this region.

    We are deeply concerned by the Senator’s comments and claims that cannot be verified through other political sources at this time. These comments and statements appear very ‘led’ and are seemingly devoid of any awareness or recognition whatsoever of existing banking regulations, current senate documents, informed senate testimonies and on the ground realities and feedback from forced trial participants themselves.

    🌿👉 Via Sylvia Asusaar in Kalgoorlie: “Overall I think I left with a feeling that Jacqui can see a lot of problem especially with small communities and the services available ,but I really felt like this whole cashless card thing is no longer about so much drugs, alcohol or any of that. This is just a stealth excuse to completely change the welfare system and the government don’t care who they steam roll in the process. ”

    We are of a similar mind and deeply disappointed.

    👉 Further feedback is being sought from NT and Goldfields we will update this post and provide more feed back soon. In the interim, you can visit NO card Kalgoorlie page here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/174774006658281/ for direct feedback from attendees and locals.

    👉A reminder to all that Westpac, the bank recently caught out for money laundering and child trafficking, is an Indue corporate partner

    https://www.facebook.com/SAYNOSEVEN/

    The Say NO Seven are the best source for information on the CDC. They do not tolerate rumour-mongering and are very quick to correct anyone posting misleading information like the tired old guff about the National Party owning Indue. I’ve found them very reliable. They are involved with card users, not politicians, so they tell it as it is, rather than repeating media and political bias.

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