1,086 thoughts on “Welcome to 2020 …

  1. Mr Nietzsche do you have any thoughts on Peter Dutton ?

    “Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! “

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Bevan Shields explains how Malcolm Turnbull has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of “misleading” Australians over climate change and the summer bushfire disaster, in a dramatic worsening of simmering tensions between both men.
    And he reports that Prince Charles has pleaded with world leaders and businesses to rapidly shift to a new economic model that revolutionises the interaction between nature and global financial markets and saves the planet from “approaching catastrophe”. A bit of leadership!
    Shane Wright writes that destructive bushfires and toxic air has driven consumer confidence down to one of its lowest post-global financial crisis levels, prompting speculation the Reserve Bank will have to use its first meeting of the year to cut official interest rates. The confidence measure was already low and trending down before this happened.
    Jess Irvine says that we might be staring down the barrel of a climate change induced financial crisis. She makes some interesting points illustrated by actions already taken by some countries.
    Rob Harris tells us how Morrison has (probably tactically) asked PM&C to examine whether Bridget McKenzie had a conflict of interest with respect to her gun club grant. Nothing about all the others though!
    The SMH editorial says simply that McKenzie needs to be sacked.
    Sam Maiden has a close look at the referral.
    The Guardian digs deeper into the sports rort issue and finds that Trent Zimmerman did not declare to parliament that he was a patron of the Hunters Hill Rugby Club which received a $500,000 grant just before the 2019 election
    The time it takes for older Australians to enter a nursing home after being assessed as needing residential care has blown out almost 50 per cent in two years, while waiting times for the highest level of home care package are 34 months. Richard Colbeck is right on top of his brief by the look of it!
    Luke Henriques-Gomes writes that a controversial government crackdown on parenting payment recipients that has forced thousands to get a witness to verify their relationship status has failed to find substantial numbers of people flouting the rules. Yet another roaring success for Stuart Robert!
    More than half of all Australians have been directly affected by the summer’s bushfire crisis, including millions suffering health effects, according to a new survey from the Australia Institute.
    Sarah Kane examines the nature of work in the gig economy.
    Professor in plant ecology at Curtin University Byron Lamont explains why prescribed burns don’t stop wildfires. He provides a very sober assessment.
    But dirt digger Twiggy Forrest says fuel loads, not climate change, are the primary cause of bushfires.
    Scott Morrison’s stance on climate change makes it harder for future governments to undo his damage says Greg Jericho. He likens Morrison to a bloke who says he is against drink-driving, but then tells his mates the way to drive home from the pub without getting caught by the cops.
    There’s nothing safe about a country in flames, and the Coalition will exploit that writes Jeff Sparrow.
    Pru Goward suggests that Australia’s leaders could take a closer look at what volunteering actually does, and what it needs, and then invest in enabling real, not token, effort. It needs deep thinking and doing. Endless talk about social inclusion will not create it.
    Mike Foley writes that energy companies will meet Energy Minister Angus Taylor today to discuss the bushfire response but one peak business lobby, the AI Group, says they must also address climate change.
    The German retail giant Kaufland has put its toe into the water in Australia and has decided it’s not the place to invest big.
    Isabelle Lane explains why the supermarket giant abandoned its Australian plans.
    Weak business investment is eating into productivity and forcing down wages, according to ANZ bank. Businesses are trapped in a vicious cycle of weak investment feeding into lower wages and reduced household spending, which in turn is discouraging firms from investing.
    Recent rainfall has not extinguished the bushfires, and the RFS says there is no room for complacency writes Jenny Noyes.
    Nicholas Stuart opines that Albanese is trying to be too clever by half on coal.
    These researchers tell us that little noticed in the pre-Christmas release of the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, the government has quietly buried its long-standing targets for restraining spending.
    The number of women leading Commonwealth public service departments under the Morrison government is continuing to fall, with the resignation of Health Department secretary Glenys Beauchamp.
    Victoria’s ex-police chief Simon Overland told the royal commission that he believes corrupt police stopped successful prosecutions against drug king Tony Mokbel.
    According to Fergus Hunter telecommunications leaders want to better protect networks from natural disasters like bushfires.
    A decade since it was first announced, the federal government has spent close to $2bn on its troubled My Health Record system, and half of the 23m records created lie empty almost a year after the government made the system opt-out.
    January 26 offends Indigenous and many other Australians as the date to celebrate our nationhood. Here’s an idea – not a date but a particular day at the end of January proposes Chris Dunstan.
    And Frank Cassidy puts the case for changing out national anthem.
    As the rollout of fibre to the home project (FttH) remains a slow process it is no wonder that more and more people are looking towards mobile as a potential alternative writes Paul Budde.
    Ben Butler reports that at yesterday’s hearing lawyers acting for shareholders in a class action against James Packer’s embattled casino empire, Crown Resorts, have lost a bid to crack open secrecy provisions in the contracts of company employees who were convicted of gambling promotion crimes in China.
    Alan Austin explains how Trump lost the trade wars in 16 cool charts.
    With the cigarette excise set to rise by another 12.5% in September, the former official targeting illegal tobacco says the price rises are creating unintended consequences.
    Many in the north backed Brexit. They will soon begin to feel the costs explains David Conn.
    I thoroughly agree with Tony Featherstone’s thoughts on business meetings starting late.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe has hit his stride again.

    Cathy Wilcox hits the target again.

    Alan Moir

    John Shakespeare’s suggestion on hazard reduction.

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Davidson

    Mark David

    Peter Broelman

    David Pope from a few days ago.

    Johannes Leak wants to get paid this week!

    From the US

  3. Weak business investment is eating into productivity and forcing down wages, according to ANZ bank.

    If they were honest they would have mentioned that for many many years the ‘go to ” solution used by much of the ‘business community’ to increase ‘productivity” and ‘efficiency” is to cut wages and or conditions. An easy and lazy ‘solution’ that has been keenly supported by the IPA’s political wing aka the Coalition.

  4. Still no David Pope that I can find so for your enjoyment, another Broelman effort and a pretty good one at that

    • I agree,

      All his investigations are internal Liberal Party stunts. Christian Porter won’t find anything wrong, and the PM’s department is stacked with grovelling allies.

      We need a real federal ICAC.

  5. The Australian has a good 404 Page not found page. A very long list of politicians with their versions of the 404 message. 3 samples

    [Says nothing, just arches an eyebrow meaningfully]


    Sorry the drink is br… The brink is loken. The ink is… Come on, Tony, you can do this – it was only a few bottles. The link is broken. Yes, the link is broken! I did it! I have to lie down for a bit now


    This error is just a distraction. Ordinary Australians want us focused on jobs, growth, the economy, union corruption, the ABC, and the return of Tony Abbott

    The ‘missing’ link page.

  6. Comparing the CrimeMinister to Neville Chamberlain seems to be popular here and overseas.

  7. The CrimeMinister, Bridget, MicMac and Fraudenerg. What a group! What a dismal dinner that must have been.

    And all they were worried about was keeping Barnaby off the front bench! Surely there must be another Nats woman who can take Bridget’s place, it’s not as if she ever did anything useful, a stuffed monkey could replace her and no-one would notice the difference.Actually the monkey would be less trouble, it wouldn’t be able to rort grants.

    They should all resign by tomorrow morning, the whole alleged “leadership” team.

    Call the GG, CrimeMinister, ask him to call an election. This country can’t take any more of your so-called “leadership”.

    We’d be better off with Kermit and Miss Piggy in charge.

  8. This is dreadful news –

    Three people on board, no survivors.

  9. CrimeMinister is using his daughters as a distraction from a crisis – again!

    Scott Morrison Is Now Using His Daughters To Ward Off The $100M Sports Rorts Scandal

    “I’ve got two daughters, I don’t want them changing in the car or out the back of the shed. I want them them to have access to sporting facilities in our community, like the boys do.”

    Lilli Pilli Football Club, located in Morrison’s south Sydney electorate of Cook, received $200,000 as a result of the scheme. But the ABC reports the club announced a new half-million dollar infrastructure project in 2018, a month before the funds were publicly revealed


    I doubt his daughters are involved in any sort of sport, except whatever may be compulsory at their school..
    Lilli Pilli Football Club is a very short walk from CrimeMinister’s family home at Dolans Bay. If (big “if”) his daughters belong to a team there they would get into their sports gear at home, walk up to the club, play their game and go back home for a shower or mum would drive them to wherever they needed to be. That’s what thousands of families do every weekend.

    This idiotic excuse for showering money on the likes of elite rowing clubs, expensive golf clubs and Bridget’s own shooting club cannot be talked away with lame talking-point excuses about girls getting changed behind the shrubbery. They are all chanting that excuse now, they sound as if they have been carefully coached.

  10. Just got robocalled by the Victorian Liberal Party for a survey. It seems that their latest plan is to introduce a program to create a new type of energy industry based on combusting certain types of landfill, calling it “recycling”, as well as producing building material based on recycled plastics.

    They’re playing quite sneaky here. They claimed in the call that it was based on research and programs based in France and Germany, pretending to have genuine environmental credentials, but I doubt they’re serious about this, or they’re misleading about the science, because I’m pretty sure that burning landfill for energy is just as polluting if not more as burning coal, it’s just some smoke and mirrors trick.

    • Can you imagine the stench. Way back when, many many years ago, when every backyard had a 44gallon drum to burn the rubbish, the smell was excruciating.

    • My council was doing something with a project to use the methane gas emitted by landfill as a source of power. It was part of a national emissions reduction scheme, still operating a year ago but possibly killed off by our insane government. I don’t know much about it, I’ve just seen a mention of it a while ago. The power generated from the gas was being used at the tip. It seems much more sensible than burning garbage.

    • Sounds like it – ask some dodgy questions, fiddle the polling, claim everyone hates the idea, turn it into a scare campaign.

      All the usual Liberal tricks.

  11. leonetwo

    Those methane extractions are good. All the rotting organic matter in anaerobic conditions pump out methane anyway and if they don’t take it it will just escape into the atmosphere. Over time the production will of course drop off/stop as the organic matter is used up .Especially now the waste streams are separated so much more. ‘modern tips’ may make the extraction not worth doing.

  12. Why we should change Australia Day … to the fourth Friday in January

    This headline in the SMH was, for me a “back to the future” .In the good old days in WA NSW Australia Day holiday was taken on the nearest Monday or Friday so as to always get a long weekend. GRRRRRR to the bustards who made Sandgropers take NSW Day holiday on the actual date.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Rob Harris the political fate of Bridget McKenzie rests on when she approved a grant to a shooting club and if she declared her club membership. But that’s only part of her problems!
    John Hewson says that clearly, Bridget McKenzie has to go.
    And “What is the use of a ministerial code of conduct if the Prime Minister of the day is unable to understand it well enough to make a judgment as to whether or not it has been breached?”, asks the Canberra Times editorial.
    Sarah Martin lifts another rock and finds a rugby club getting funding for female change rooms but it has no women’s team.
    In quite a good read Michelle Grattan says Bridget McKenzie has made herself a sitting duck.
    Michael Pascoe writes, “Bridget McKenzie is looking at a spell on the sidelines – she’ll be able to spend more time with her gun club once the bus has rolled on – but Scott Morrison and an unknown number of senior ministers will have escaped lightly.” He says that for Australia, the whole contemptuous saga underlines the need for a federal ICAC with real teeth. The government will ride that out in Trumpian style as well.
    Howard Whitton tells us why we need strong ethical standards for ministers – and better ways of enforcing them.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison is telling the people what they want to hear while his approval rating plummets. He’s telling us nothing, writes Mungo MacCallum.
    Christopher Knaus reports that Australia is among 21 nations where perceived corruption has worsened.
    Pleasingly, Shane Wright reports that Australians who have used a Central American bank may be caught up in a joint global investigation by tax agencies including the ATO.
    Morrison can build a legacy, or be our next leader lost on the climate war’s battlefield says the Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood.
    Australia has been singled out for climate ‘denial’ at a Doomsday Clock event in the US.
    The Canberra Times reports that south Coast locals have backed concerns raised by NSW Road Minister Andrew Constance about the flow of relief funds to fire-ravaged communities.
    Scott Morrison’s $2 billion bushfires and climate fund set the Government up against a mountain of knowledge and expertise demanding much harder action, writes Lee Duffield.
    The threat of mass fish kills is emerging as ashy sludge with “the consistency of cake mix” moves downstream advises Peter Hannam.
    Lisa Visentin reports that state and federal NSW National MPs released a joint statement on the bushfires acknowledging climate change, but saying it wasn’t the only contributing factor.
    Michael Pascoe writes that Morrison announces massive carbon emissions cuts – but he doesn’t mean it!
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how, in light of the coronavirus concern, Australian authorities have prepared isolation units, stockpiled 10 million masks and are developing a one-step test.
    “Just what does it take to be sacked or even demoted in the Morrison Government?”, asks Michelle Pini.
    Health Minister Greg Hunt has denied accusations he interfered in a regulator’s decision on whether to review a self-testing flu kit made by a Liberal donor’s company. Never!
    Countries providing high-quality aged care easily outspend Australia and focus more on providing assistance within the home environment, a new study has found.
    The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships “falls short of God’s purpose for human beings”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Simon Letch

    Peter Broelman

    Johannes Leak goes the full bigot!

    From the US

  14. Changing the date – if we absolutely must have a nation-wide booze-fest to “celebrate” Australia Day why not go back to the old long weekend with the last Monday in January a public holiday?

    That used to be the case in NSW – the Australia Day long weekend marked the end of the school holidays and was not considered a day for celebration by school pupils. No-one really cared about the reason for the long weekend, it was just a public holiday.

    Blame the “celebrate on the actual day” thing on Hawke and Keating. The Hawke government started the “big celebration” thing in 1988, with a hugely expensive Bicentennial re-enactment of the First Fleet’s voyage, ending, of course, with the “fleet” (only nine ships) sailing into Sydney Harbour on 26 January followed by a landing and flag raising while the excited crowds cheered. I don’t suppose any of the onlookers knew about the historical inaccuracies this farce foisted on them, if any of them did they didn’t care.

    The national change of date happened in 1994, while Keating was PM. Even then no-one really cared about Australia Day. The jingoistic crap we have now was encouraged by – of course – Howard.

    Now if you suggest changing the date you are howled down as “un-Australian” by clods who don’t care about the history of the country they claim to love.

  15. leonetwo

    Also in WA. NSW Day itself was a big meh in WA but by golly the long weekend was celebrated. It is the way to go.

  16. I seem to remember in WA the “business community” scum were questioning the need for for a long weekend holiday as Australia Day itself was such a meh for people . The bustards back then were really pushing the line about ‘slack arse Aussie workers’ having too many public holidays.

  17. An article by Robert Fisk includes this remarkable quote from a book written by a survivor of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The quote is re the US school he visited/attended.

    ……………….But it was Surmelian’s salvation when he travelled later to Constantinople and visited the US-run Robert College, on a hill near Istanbul’s Castle of Rome

    Here is what he wrote “:……………………………..But to me the most remarkable thing about it was this: here Armenian and Greek boys sat in the same classroom with Turkish boys, were … in daily contact as members of one civilised society, with no fights, no racial catcalls between them. There were also Bulgarian, Russian, Jewish, English, Persian students, all living in harmony. As America had no territorial ambitions in our part of the world, she enjoyed a unique moral authority. And more than the mechanical wonders, the industrial progress and power of America was this moral authority, possessed by no other nation on earth. In my own mind, the concept of America was based on that…”

    And there you have it. Everything America was, Trump is not. And everything America is now did not exist in the Middle East at the end of World War 1”


  18. It dawned on me some time ago that I am really crap at being “Strayn” and am hopeless at the almost compulsory activities and foods we are supposed to enjoy on Australia Day.

    I loathe BBQs, I don’t understand why we cook outdoors in 40C heat when we have decent, cooler kitchens inside. I hate the way blokes always insist on cooking my meat because that means it’s either raw or burnt to a cinder and I have to lie and say it’s perfectly cooked.

    I don’t like sausages in slices of white bread.

    I don’t like the muck supermarkets flog for Australia Day – “damper” that is just bread baked in a round tin, mass-produced lamingtons (ugh) and seafood. I rarely eat seafood and when I do it does not come from a supermarket and it’s not frozen muck imported from Vietnam..

    I don’t like pavlova, I find it too sickly-sweet. I especially dislike it when it is topped with kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruit I like, but not with cream, I think it’s a revolting, stomach-churning combination.

    I loathe mass celebrations. I hate crowds and fireworks.

    I don’t drink much, so keeping the Strayn tradition of getting pissed as a newt on Australia Day is not for me.

    I don’t own anything that features or is made from an Australian flag.

    I would love to see more refugees and asylum seekers arriving here and being welcomed. I grew up in a place full of post-war immigrants and I miss that mix of cultures here.

    Worst of all, and dreadfully un-Strayn – I know all the words of both verses of the official version of the national anthem, I also know the now-omitted verse about “gallant Cook” sailing from “Albion” and have a passing knowledge of the also deleted verse that boasts of our English, Scottish and Irish heritage- and I know what “girt” means. I’m not very clued-up on the old fourth verse about Australians wanting to fight anyone who tries to take this place away from us.

    I suppose I can expect a white van to turn up any day now and whisk me off to a detention centre for non-Strayns.

    • The only think I love out of this menu is Pavlova… with cream, kiwis, strawberries, raspberries and bananas… Here you go, I’m a Pav fan…

    • I love a good pav (whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries on top)and I like a well cooked bbq, a bbq without those mystery parcel things they call sausages purchased from the nearest supermarket (won’t eat them). Only snags i use are the ones I make myself or obtained from a butcher I know of (his thai green curry prawn snags are beudifuuullll). A char grilled steak with a good salad is something else again, not purchased from a supermarket but a local reputable butcher. Seafood? it’s a case of if I see it I’ll eat it, especially when caught or collected by my myself or one of a select few mates. NSW take over day? I couldn’t give two stuffs. I liked the way it used to be, a long weekend. Fishing, camping or a combination of both and not an Oz flag in sight.

  19. The deluded MicMac shows just how unfit he is to be in parliament, let alone a party leader.

    Sports grants: Michael McCormack stands by Bridget McKenzie, saying she has done ‘outstanding job’
    Scandal-ridden community sport infrastructure program was a ‘very good scheme’, Nationals leader says

    The last sentence sums it all up beautifully, this rorting has the control-freak CrimeMinister’s grubby fingerprints all over it.

    He also rejected suggestions that Scott Morrison had been involved in the decision making process, despite the prime minister conceding that he made representations to McKenzie on behalf of MPs who had contacted his office

  20. I’m not much for Pavs but I did enjoy one I had that was simply Pav filled with cream whipped with a dash of Cointreau. It also had thin shards of toffee sticking out of it like the aftermath of a bad accident. It certainly looked and tasted a lot different.

    • I made one years ago that was filled with passionfruit creme patissiere instead of whipped cream, served with strawberries, more passionfruit and some whipped cream. It was fabulous, even this pav hater enjoyed it. . I’ve never been game to try to do it again, it was one of those spur of the moment things that worked out. The passionfruit were exceptionally good, I think that was the secret.

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