A Vertical Triptych

Inspired by Tanya Plibersek, Catherine Perry, and Gravel:

451 thoughts on “A Vertical Triptych

  1. Interesting –

    Read the thread.

  2. We should find out at the NPC tomorrow. Or before

    • I agree. No-one in authority in Australia seems to be interested, it’s all being dismissed as easily controlled because it allegedly doesn’t spread through person-to-person contact.

      I think there needs to be a lot more attention paid.

      Also – why doesn’t Australia have a centre for disease control? It would be very valuable when dealing with an international threat.

      The AMA has been calling for one since at least 2017 but our government is not interested.

      https://ama.com.au/position-statement/australian-national-centre-disease-control-cdc-2017

    • There could be many more deaths and infected ones in China. Saw a video spoken in hiding by a Chinese citizen. The situation over there is terrible. There is no more room in hospitals. People are left to either survive on their own or die. Eye mucous is also contagious and the disease is contagious before the symptoms. We have isolation rooms here (probably thanks to Labor as usual) and a lot of care is given to patients. We are lucky so far but we are so few compared to China. It is dismissed in Europe too, but shouldn’t be. Here, some schoolchildren require a doctor’s certificate. Over all there should be more checking. My son teaches at uni where there are Chinese students. He wears a mask on public transport. But he can’t realistically wear one during tutorials.

      In general, governments tend to be quiet about risks/danger and often act too late. It’s the wrong approach.

  3. An analysis of the UK election.I think what they call “socially conservative” has a different meaning to what it does here. Some lessons for teh locals ?

    ……..the researchers say a Labour victory at the ballot box will be “impossible” without winning over voters with socially conservative views, but also warned: “Avoid making shallow appeals to these voters. Do not adopt insincere slogans or messages like ‘one nation Labour’ or ‘British jobs for British workers’. This is self-defeating, reinforces Tory messaging and risks eroding the Labour coalition. Focus on the economic policy offers that have support.”

    Instead, they argue, a focus on economics and democracy will be critical in Labour gathering 14m votes needed to win the next general election.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-labour-brexit-conservatives-corbyn-leadership-election-a9304591.html

    • Bullshit.

      All the other schemes the ATM government have cooked up to bash people on social security were touted as saving billions and none of them achieved anything except more expense for the government.

      When things get tough for the CrimeMinister he announces yet more welfare bashing as a distraction and his allies at the Murdoch rags and Sky are only too willing to pump out the propaganda.

      That’s all this is, a distraction to give the MSM something to talk about when parliament returns next week. Anything to stop debate on the government’s dismal handling of bushfires, climate change, sports grants, the corona virus and whatever disaster is going to happen over next weekend.

    • “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”

      If it means peace with all nations, prosperity with all nations and friendship with all nations then no extra comma is needed. If they don’t want peace and prosperity with all nations then it is.

      Whichever way, it’s pathetic.

  4. Over the Tasman a date for the voters has been set.. Good to see the important things are still taken into account 🙂
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    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals September 19 election date

    ……………Asked whether the All Blacks fixtures for the year had factored into picking the election date, Ardern said things that could distract voters had been on her mind,
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12303984

  5. Just noticed the apt name of the writer of this Dawn Patrol article.

    How a leader rises like a phoenix from the ashes
    Wayne Burns

  6. Cool!

    The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, lets a phone call from her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, go to voicemail during a press conference. Ardern was speaking about the idea of cooperating with Australia on an evacuation of citizens from Australia and New Zealand from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, China

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/jan/28/jacinda-ardern-lets-phone-call-from-scott-morrison-go-to-voicemail-video

  7. Oh dear!

    Sports Australia reportedly raised concerns about the controversial $100m sports grant program, warning the Morrison government’s administration was compromising its independence.

    In an explosive report, published on Tuesday, the ABC said Sports Australia executives complained about the program in March 2019, and revealed that the three lowest scored projects that nevertheless received funding were all in Coalition-held seats.

    The report is based on a leaked spreadsheet containing the merit scores of projects in the community sport infrastructure grant program, colour-coded by which party held the seat in which they were located.

    The ABC report for the first time provides examples of applications judged meritorious by Sports Australia but rejected by the minister, including a roller derby upgrade in the safe Nationals seat of Gippsland which did not receive a grant despite a rating of 98%.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/28/sports-rorts-australia-bridget-mckenzie-coalition-seats

  8. ACOSS statement on the government’s changes to Centrelink income reporting.

    Statement on Government’s proposed change to Centrelink income reporting
    January 28, 2020
    In response to reports today of the government’s plan to have Centrelink use payroll data to pre-fill earnings, as in online tax returns, ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie said:
    “As Centrelink reporting periods often do not match workplace pay cycles, people are left having to estimate or predict their earnings.
    “We welcome measures to improve accuracy of reporting income to reduce instances of people having to payback overpayments.
    “However, it’s important that that the system is accurate, and that people can easily make corrections where pre-filled data is incorrect. Also, Centrelink must be properly staffed to help people correct their records.
    “It’s also important that the changes take into account the challenges people on low incomes can face in accessing online systems.
    “Robodebt shows how disastrous relying on automation can be, which is why there must be proper checks and balances in place.
    “We will closely check the legislation to ensure automated income averaging will not be used.
    “Automated income averaging has been one of the worst aspects of Robodebt, the system the Government unleashed to claw back alleged overpayments. Up to 60% of robodebts used averaging, which was found to be unlawful by the Federal Court last year.
    “We still don’t know how much the government owes people who have paid false robodebts over the past three years.
    “Whatever savings the government expects to make with automating reporting of income, it must factor in money owed to potentially thousands of people who were wrongly charged with robodebts since 2016.
    “There are a whole host of ways that the government can save the budget billions a year to properly fund our income support system and other services, such as ending tax avoidance practices, including sheltering tax in private trusts, reporting income through private companies and international business tax avoidance.”

    https://www.acoss.org.au/media_release/statement-on-governments-proposed-change-to-centrelink-income-reporting/

  9. TLBD
    I would like to know the exact times of his unanswered call and the claim of having made a call . Not that I don’t trust his honesty 🙂
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    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been caught in a slightly awkward moment when she had to reject a call from Aussie PM Scott Morrison after he rang in the middle of a press conference today.

    In his own press conference a short time later in Blayney, NSW, Mr Morrison revealed he had just spoken to the New Zealand PM about the coronavirus situation.

    “I have just spoken just a few minutes ago to Prime Minister Ardern, and ………”
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12304070

  10. https://www.patreon.com/posts/grey-is-not-only-33501246

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    The coronavirus outbreak is getting serios now as countries are telling their travellers to reconsider going to mainland China. And as I type the UK joins does so too.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australians-told-to-reconsider-all-travel-to-china-as-coronavirus-spreads-20200129-p53vlu.html
    Meanwhile the head of the Royal Australian College of GPs is calling on the federal government to urgently open the national medical mask stockpile.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/give-us-masks-doctors-urgent-demand-as-coronavirus-fears-grow-20200127-p53v62.html
    This Professor of Global Biosecurity explains how contagious is the Wuhan coronavirus is and explores whether or not we can spread it before symptoms start.
    https://theconversation.com/how-contagious-is-the-wuhan-coronavirus-and-can-you-spread-it-before-symptoms-start-130686
    Angus Livingston tells us how now Morrison wants the power to declare national emergencies in disasters. He will most likely bring this us at his NPC speech today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-wants-power-to-declare-national-emergencies-in-disasters-20200128-p53vj1.html
    Michelle Grattan says that Scott Morrison’s ‘resilience’ speech at the NPC today will be overshadowed by the deepening McKenzie crisis.
    https://theconversation.com/scott-morrisons-resilience-speech-overshadowed-as-mckenzie-crisis-deepens-130700
    Sam Maiden chimes in with this – “Gun-toting Bridget McKenzie slugged taxpayers thousands of dollars for a VIP flight from Adelaide to Perth for a shooters expo, where she declared shooters didn’t want “special deals” but were sick of being treated like “pariahs and terrorists”.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/01/28/vip-flight-mystery-bridget-mckenzie/
    John Barilaro says he will campaign against the Commonwealth if it tries to take control of Murray Darling management planning and “put in plans [that] communities don’t want”. Stand by for an unholy row, I’d say.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/barilaro-hits-out-at-federal-threat-to-take-over-river-planning-20200127-p53v4n.html
    Sport Australia reportedly warned the federal government that Bridget McKenzie’s interference in a $100 million grants program was compromising its independence. Nice knowing you Bridget!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/sport-australia-warned-mckenzie-was-compromising-sports-grant-program-20200128-p53vke.html
    Katie Burgess says that the embattled Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie has been embroiled in another government grants controversy, this time involving grants designed to assist drought-affected towns.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6602229/drought-funding-overseen-by-bridget-mckenzie-went-to-ineligible-councils/?cs=14350
    Christopher Knaus further embattles Bridget with this revelation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/sports-grants-program-awarded-248000-to-club-with-nationals-mp-as-life-member
    And the latest essential poll has bad news for her!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/essential-poll-51-of-voters-think-pm-should-have-sacked-bridget-mckenzie-over-sports-rorts
    Surely the colour-coded spreadsheet will be the smoking gun!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/28/sports-rorts-australia-bridget-mckenzie-coalition-seats
    Here’s Andrew Probyn’s story on Bridget.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2020/01/28/sport-australia-sports-grants-program/
    The future of the NBN looks grim with entrenched poor outcomes, increasing financial pressures and no solutions from the Morrison Government, writes Paul Budde.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/no-action-from-morrison-government-as-nbn-continues-downward-trend,13534
    And Isabella Lane also reports on the parlous state of the NBN relative to other countries’ systems.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2020/01/28/broadband-speeds-australia-oecd/
    Ross Gittins gets on board with Ross Garnaut who foresees that, if we rise to the challenge of climate change, we “will emerge as a global superpower in energy, low-carbon industry and absorption of carbon in the landscape”. Unfortunately, this is at odds with the current government’s thinking.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/zero-net-carbon-choice-do-we-want-to-be-losers-or-winners-20200128-p53vc6.html
    The CEO of the National Mental Health Commission, Christine Morgan writes that it’s OK to not be OK after the fires. She says these mental health issues should be recognised.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-ok-to-not-be-ok-recognising-mental-stress-after-the-fires-20200122-p53tmc.html
    Bushfires and other manifold impacts of global warming will only cause further isolation unless we adopt a hands-on approach to effect change, writes Dr Simon Pockley.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/bushfire-ravaged-communities-take-future-into-own-hands,13536
    Anthony Galloway reports that A $1 billion plan to outsource Australia’s visa processing system could be derailed by crossbench senators after the Department of Home Affairs warned the changes would likely need to be legislated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/visa-outsourcing-plan-thrown-into-doubt-by-home-affairs-advice-20200128-p53val.html
    ACOSS has cautiously welcomed some proposed legislative changes to Centrelink’s income reporting system.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/28/centrelink-to-let-those-on-welfare-use-payslips-to-report-income
    In a front-page “exclusive” in The Australian, Geoff Chambers and Joe Kelly uncritically regurgitate the Morrison Government’s talking points on asylum seekers arriving by plane.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-australian-falls-for-government-spin-on-asylum-seekers–again,13537
    Miki Perkins reveals that at least 10 survivors of institutional child sex abuse have died as they waited for an official decision on their applications for redress under the national scheme, which gives them access to counselling and a payment of up to $150,000.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/my-fight-is-to-the-end-sexual-abuse-survivors-dying-before-they-get-redress-20200127-p53v4o.html
    Qantas shares tumbled yesterday, with concerns about coronavirus adding to worries about industrial relations and bushfires.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/coronavirus-gives-qantas-another-headache-to-deal-with-20200128-p53vi9.html
    Australia should use its expertise in desalination to help the world maximise the benefits and minimise the impacts of this form of critical resource supply writes well known scientist Emma Johnson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/desalination-plants-are-a-critical-part-of-our-future-20200128-p53vc3.html
    In March 2019 a director of Uber Australia told a conference in Paris that Uber accepted OECD anti-tax dodging reforms for multinationals and acknowledged the company would face “additional tax”. What he didn’t say was that Uber was in the process of shifting assets from Bermuda to the Netherlands in order to create a US$6.1 billion tax deduction. This is the second in a series of Uber investigations by Marcus Reubenstein.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/investigating-uber-more-lawyers-than-drivers/
    Australia has suffered a 10% decline in the number of volunteer firefighters over the last decade, according to the Productivity Commission’s review of government services. I suspect the average age has increased too.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/australias-volunteer-firefighting-force-declined-10-in-past-decade
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how The EU is resisting vehemently the weakening of its food hygiene regulations to allow imports of chemically washed chickens, meat with growth hormones and genetically modified crops, which would open up politically sensitive and highly protected European agricultural markets to US farmers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/can-trading-oysters-for-apples-and-pears-make-america-great-again-20200128-p53ve0.html
    The Brexit hardliners are giving Boris Johnson a hard time over him trying to introduce an Australian-style points system for immigrants.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/johnson-s-plan-for-an-australia-style-immigration-regime-encounters-a-roadblock-20200129-p53vlt.html
    Trump has announced what he called a detailed plan for Middle East peace that provides a “win-win” solution to make Israel, the Palestinian people and the region safer, skirting complaints that Palestinians have already rejected the proposal and didn’t take part in drafting the plan. What could possibly go wrong?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/donald-trump-unveils-plan-for-middle-east-peace-20200129-p53vlw.html
    The SMH editorial says that Bolton and Pompeo should testify at Trump’s impeachment trial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bolton-and-pompeo-should-testify-at-impeachment-trial-20200128-p53vim.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Alan Moir

    Cathy Wilcox


    Matt Golding





    Simon Letch portrays Ross Garnaut.

    Johannes Leak on McKenzie.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/feff5d387db69930368261834ce88eb0?width=1024

    From the US








  12. A very good question and one the press have not been asking. Adolph Kipfler has been laying very low so perhaps his “out of sight out of mind” is working .
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    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?

    MA is a division of the Department of Home Affairs, whose Secretary is Mike Pezzullo. EMA states its role is to ‘build a disaster resilient Australia that prevents, prepares, responds and recovers from disasters and emergencies’.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dutton-and-pezzullos-culpability-for-the-bushfire-crisis,13488

  13. How good are armed guards for a four year old!

    Nice to see taxpayer funds being spent so carefully, isn’t it.

    Four-year-old Christmas Island detainee to be escorted to first day of school by armed guards

    The four-year-old daughter of a Tamil family held in detention on Christmas Island will be escorted to her first day of school by armed guards.
    ……………………………………………………….
    Kopika’s father, Nadesalingam, will be with her and the guards next Monday as authorities have only allowed one parent to attend the school

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/four-year-old-christmas-island-detainee-to-be-escorted-to-first-day-of-school-by-armed-guard

    Kopika and her sister Tharunicaa have not been permitted to see their friends over the school holidays because the island’s preschool closed for the holidays and requests to visit friends were refused by Border Farce.

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has insisted the family does not have a future in Australia despite calls from thousands of Australian campaigners and the United Nations to release them from detention. Dutton made controversial remarks in September that this case is costing taxpayers “literally millions of dollars” and that the parents had “anchor babies”. “It’s been made very clear to them at every turn that they were not going to stay in Australia and they still had children” he said.

    The family were victim to Australia’s rigorous “fast-track” refugee assessment system and many have criticised the mental deterioration and trauma this can bring to families. The family apprehensively await a decision on their future, despite stressing that their families’ past affiliations to the LTTE would result in them being persecuted in Sri Lanka

    https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/tamil-family-spend-second-christmas-australian-detention-centre

    This nasty business has cost Australian taxpayers “literally millions of dollars” because Dutton and the CrimeMinister want that. There’s no other reason. They do it because they can.

  14. Scotland to reach 100% renewables in time to host 2020 climate summit
    https://reneweconomy.com.au/scotland-to-reach-100-renewables-in-time-to-host-2020-climate-summit-60854/

    Meanwhile Australia keeps on churning out ever-increasing emissions. No amount of lies from our farce of a government will change that. Our coal-worshipping government and opposition have no intention of reducing our emissions. They rely on funding from mining companies for their election warchests and on the votes from coal-dependent electorates to win government.

  15. The home affairs department spent $6.1m on flights transferring refugees and asylum seekers interstate and between detention centres last year, according to new departmental data.

    In 2018-19 the department racked up a bill of $5.7m for charter flights and $400,000 for commercial flights, according to an answer to a question on notice provided in December.

    The figures exclude standing costs to keep planes at the ready for departmental use and do not include transport costs for personnel accompanying the person being transferred.

    The questions on notice also reveal the department spent $111m on legal costs in 2018-19, including $72m on external lawyers and $39m on internal legal expenditure.

    Last year’s legal bill is a $19m increase on the $92m the department spent in 2017-18 and is up from $79m in 2016-17, figures in those years’ annual reports show.

    The home affairs legal bill also dwarfs that of other major departments including the department of human services, which spent $47.6m last year, the health department ($26m), social services ($7.6m) and treasury ($4.4m).

    The shadow home affairs minister, Kristina Keneally, called on the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, to explain “why these costs within his mega-department … continue to go up year after year and if he is even bothering to keep account of how taxpayers’ money is being administered in his portfolio”.

    Keneally accused Dutton of “waste and mismanagement”, citing the $423m contract given to garrison services contractor Paladin and the Australian Federal Police’s unpaid superannuation bill.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/home-affairs-department-racked-up-61m-bill-transferring-refugees-and-asylum-seekers

    Dutton should have taken up Nicola Roxon’s offer of balls. Then he might get an attack of honesty.

    • I just finished watching the quite depressing Handmaid’s Tale. Abbott would love to be a Commander. (Elite Rank make and of household). He would fit right in. Well, some of those Commanders get just desserts due to being arseholes.

  16. Looks like the bulk of Scott Morrison’s press conference will be about the unfolding Coronavirus but he begins by calling the fires in Canberra “a reminder again that we’re a long way from the end of this bushfire season”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jan/29/canberra-fires-near-australia-capital-live-updates-bushfires-map-act-nsw-scott-morrison-latest-news

    Perhaps someone could remind him that we are also a lot longer into it. Like, before he scuttled off to Hawaii.

  17. rustednut

    Tones has a career at 2GB any time he likes.

    Women in the welfare system have lots of kids,” Mr Abbott said.

  18. Confirmation that the police state is here

    Australian federal police accessed the metadata of journalists 20 times and obtained six journalist information warrants to identify those journalists’ sources in the last financial year.

    The data is contained in the federal government’s report on law enforcement agencies’ use of telecommunications data for investigating crimes and surveillance for the 2018-19 financial year.

    Under the mandatory data retention legislation, law enforcement must get a warrant to access a journalist’s historical telecommunications metadata – including information on who they called, when they called or their location information.

    The journalist subject to the warrant has no knowledge that a warrant has been sought or issued, but a prime minister appointed public interest advocate can make submissions about whether to issue or refuse the warrant.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/afp-obtained-six-warrants-to-hunt-down-journalists-sources-in-2018-19?CMP=share_btn_tw

  19. Whakaari/White Island remains in an elevated state of unrest. Lava is now visible in the vents created by the eruption. Further explosive eruptions are very unlikely on any given day in the next four weeks. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 and the Aviation Colour Code remains Yellow.

    Visual observations last week and Monday (20th January) show lava has been extruded into the vents created by the December 9th eruption. In previous bulletins we proposed that magma was at a very shallow level beneath the floor of the crater, and we now have visual confirmation that this magma has risen to the surface. When magma reaches the surface, it is called lava.

    https://www.geonet.org.nz/vabs/4gbGrPpouFsu3SyO45QLrs

  20. There is a family in detention on Christmas Island.

    Does the CrimeMinister hope they will catch the corona virus and die? Certainly seems like it.

    How about sending Priya, Nades and their daughters back home to Biloela where they will be safe and wanted, before the possibly infected evacuees arrive from China.

    The hospital on CI is very small and totally inadequate for dealing with a highly contagious outbreak, should one happen.

    • My understanding was the transfer will only occur if the Chinese govt agrees. It didn’t seem confirmed. Yes, and no journos asked about the family already there.

  21. Katharine launches. No mincing of words

    Scott Morrison may pat heads and spout calming words, but he and his government are playing with the facts.

    Think of it as a hypnotist’s trick, because that’s what it is. Scott Morrison says it over and over: there is no dispute about the need to take action to reduce Australia’s emissions. No dispute. You are getting sleepy. No dispute.

    In fact there is a dispute, and a serious one. By failing to do what is necessary, the government Morrison leads maintains a serious dispute with what the climate science tells us needs to be done both in Australia and internationally to avert the most dangerous risks associated with global heating.

    When it comes to mitigation, Morrison’s government is in dispute with the facts.

    It is in dispute with the evidence.

    It is in dispute with the truth.

    Day in, day out.

    So despite his gritted-teeth soothing and head-patting from the podium at the National Press Club on Wednesday after a summer of calamity, there’s a dispute alright, and it’s one of the most important disputes of our time.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/our-government-is-choosing-to-fail-on-climate-and-trying-to-make-a-virtue-of-it

  22. Good.

    Let’s hope this can happen.

    Bettina Arndt is the female version of Mark Latham, a total RWNJ of the worst, woman-hating kind. If we absolutely must have these awards then we should choose people who work for good and set a great example, not lying, divisive hate-mongers.

  23. CrimeMinister seems to be demanding interviews and questions are done as he wants or not at all.

    He has a history of shutting down pressers when the questions get too tricky,or advising the media beforehand that questions will not be permitted. His ABC interview with David Speers was obviously scripted with the questions being supplied beforehand, possibly by his own office, and today we had this –

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    John Hewson tells us how he hounded Ros Kelly until she resigned, but he says Bridget McKenzie’s sports rorts are worse. This is in the MUST READ category.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-hounded-ros-kelly-until-she-resigned-but-bridget-mckenzie-s-sports-rorts-are-worse-20200129-p53vsa.html
    Michael Pascoe opines that for all but the most rusted on, Scott Morrison destroyed his credibility at the National Press Club on Wednesday – and even some of the rusted on would have to wince. Another good hit job!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/01/30/michael-pascoe-scott-morrison/
    An obviously angry and disillusioned Katharine Murphy writes that our government is choosing to fail on climate and trying to make a virtue of it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/our-government-is-choosing-to-fail-on-climate-and-trying-to-make-a-virtue-of-it
    Anthony Galloway writes that in her first major policy speech since taking over the shadow portfolio, Senator Keneally will declare Australia is changing from a nation built by permanent migrants to an economy relying on temporary visas. She will say that boats carrying asylum seekers cannot be allowed to restart, but the Morrison Government must now turn its attention in cracking down on the plane arrivals.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/kristina-keneally-sounds-alarm-on-temporary-migrants-20200129-p53vol.html
    Rob Harris looks at the continued fallout and recovery attempts from the government on SportsRort. Morrison is reduced to using convoluted word constructs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/mckenzie-saga-could-drag-on-to-weekend-as-morrison-manages-fall-out-20200129-p53vxh.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/29/sports-grants-pm-wont-concede-fault-but-says-clubs-may-get-a-second-chance
    Michelle Grattan was bewildered by Morrison’s stance on SportsRort at the NPC yesterday.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-politicians-not-bureaucrats-are-the-ones-in-touch-morrison-claims-in-sports-affair-130795
    Mungo MacCallum writes that corruption is rife among Morrison’s minions.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mungo-maccallum-corruption-is-rife-among-morrisons-minions,13538
    Independent MPs and candidates have called out the federal government for targeting their electorates with sports grants in the lead-up to the 2019 election, with information showing grants worth around $1 million were showered on clubs in each of three fiercely contested seats.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6604136/independent-mps-call-out-sports-rorts/?cs=14350
    By the day more and more of Bridget’s SportsRort largesse come to light. This time Christopher Knaus reveals that she gave a $500,000 grant to the Northern Territory shooting club of Nigel Scullion, her former Coalition colleague and fellow shooting enthusiast.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/30/bridget-mckenzie-granted-500000-to-coalition-colleagues-northern-territory-gun-club
    Chip Le Grand reports that the Sport Australia executive who pushed back against political interference in the assessment of community sports grants quit the agency following concerns his own conflict of interest could have compromised the program.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/sport-australia-exec-s-tennis-link-serves-up-twist-in-grants-saga-20200129-p53vsy.html
    The London Telegraph’s Tom Rees explains why coronavirus represents a ‘black swan’ risk for the global economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/virus-is-a-black-swan-risk-for-the-global-economy-20200128-p53v9v.html
    An open letter from 81 Australian Research Council laureates says that the outlook for humans is dire without urgent action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-outlook-for-humans-is-dire-without-urgent-action-81-laureates-letter-to-australia-20200129-p53vr8.html
    Andrew Leigh in this op-ed writes that the time for denial and distraction is over. He says it’s time for climate action.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6604161/the-time-for-denial-and-distraction-is-over-its-time-for-climate-action/?cs=14258
    While Australia bleeds, corporate multi-nationals are ripping us off blind, none more so than the major accounting firms writes David Paull.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/unaccountable-accounting-firms-secure-lucrative-government-contracts,13535
    The RBA is to blame for the weak economy when it does nothing. The RBA is also to blame when it does something writes Angela Jackson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/rba-damned-if-it-does-damned-if-it-doesn-t-20200128-p53vgt.html
    Dana McCauley says that Christian Porter is ‘absolutely committed’ to passing the government’s union-busting bill.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/porter-absolutely-committed-to-passing-union-busting-bill-20200129-p53vww.html
    Judith Ireland reports that ACOSS is calling for a $95/week rise in Newstart.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/raise-newstart-by-95-a-week-acoss-20200128-p53vfr.html
    Apparently NSW fire services spent 20 per cent less than Victorian organisations on staffing and capital costs but had to respond to nearly twice the number of fires last year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/dropped-the-ball-nsw-fire-services-spending-80-per-cent-as-much-as-victoria-20200128-p53vgw.html
    Nick Toscano tells us that one of Australia’s biggest batteries will be built in Queensland under a deal involving energy giant AGL, which backers say will strengthen the grid’s ability to shift from coal to renewable power generation by smoothing out the intermittent nature of wind and solar power.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/game-changer-agl-s-big-battery-deal-set-to-help-rise-of-renewables-20200129-p53vs7.html
    Bevan Shields writes that former British prime minister David Cameron says conservative MPs around the world – including in Australia – must do more to lower emissions, arguing climate change policy is a “natural” issue for the right of politics to take ownership of. Not here it isn’t!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/climate-change-should-be-a-natural-issue-for-conservative-mps-cameron-20200129-p53vy5.html
    As with climate policy, Australia’s leadership is too close to America, too close to Rupert Murdoch and too weak to secure the country from future military threats. This is the second in the “Second Rate Leadership”, series by former public service chief Jon Stanford.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/second-rate-leadership-immense-defence-spend-unlikely-to-secure-australia-in-new-world-order/
    Nicholas Stuart contends that at some point – not this year, probably not next, but certainly at some date between now and 2030 – a future government will finally, logically, and correctly abandon our attempt to build submarines.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6601930/the-best-bi-plane-in-the-sky-why-our-submarine-program-will-likely-be-scrapped/?cs=14258
    After widespread outrage, Victoria’s Attorney-General has written to Governor-General David Hurley asking him to overturn the decision to award Bettina Arndt an Order of Australia. This will get the culture warriors going!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/gobsmacking-state-attorney-general-calls-for-bettina-arndt-to-be-stripped-of-honour-20200129-p53vyy.html
    Sanders’ momentum has delighted the party’s left wing but alarmed Democratic centrists, who are scrambling to halt his rise before the Iowa caucuses writes Matthew Knott.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/easy-target-for-trump-centrist-democrats-alarmed-by-sanders-surge-20200129-p53vu9.html
    Today’s “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this creature.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-man-charged-with-transferring-money-for-child-sex-tourism-20200129-p53vw1.html

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    Leak on Huawei.
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  25. Another failure for the CrimeMinister? The Chinese government doesn’t seem to want to negotiate with him or his ministers.

    Coronavirus: Australia doesn’t have permission from China to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan
    Discussions still under way despite the US and other countries having already airlifts out

    Australia is yet to gain permission from the Chinese government to evacuate hundreds of citizens trapped in the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan, despite the US and other countries having already been granted access to the region.

    As some people on Christmas Island express fears of becoming a “leper colony” after the government said it would be used to quarantine evacuees, the foreign minister, Marise Payne, confirmed on Thursday morning that officials were still to win the “agreement of Chinese authorities for this process”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/30/coronavirus-australia-doesnt-have-permission-from-china-to-evacuate-its-citizens-from-wuhan

    • Personally, I think this govt has never really tried hard enough to get them back. Just finding excuses more or less from the start. It’s too costly.

  26. My ‘own personal conclusion’ remains the same after listening and reading all the evidence’ pro and con the case for Trump’s impeachment.. My first impression of him…. and I trust my own judgement …..was that I wouldn’t give this man a job, much less let him run my business for me. That has not changed. I’m not an American so all I can do is shake my head in wonderment that just over half of all the voting population of our major ally have somehow come to trust him. They have already accepted any variable he might bring to his version of the ‘deal’ which could possibly put the western world, and thereby all of us, at risk of nuclear extinction. Is this really who they want as their leader? This clearly dishonest and self-interested politician for whom ‘doing the deal’ is the priority, no matter what it takes?

    • I agree, I can’t listen to Trump speak without wondering how stupid someone would have to be to vote for him. His voice and manner screams “Con Artist”.

      Maybe come the election all those Democrat voters who couldn’t be bothered voting last time because they assumed Hilary Clinton would win will get off their backsides and vote him out.

  27. The ‘toonist at The Independent newspaper not impresssed with Trumpensteins “Deal of the Century” ……….and rightly so.

  28. The alleged evacuation from Wuhan has all the signs of government policy created on the hop with no thought given to planning.

    This morning there was mention of the runway at Christmas Island being too short for a large passenger jet to land. Dutton has now come up with a brainfart solution – have the Qantas jet land at Perth or Darwin and transfer the evacuees to smaller aircraft for shuttle flights to the island – thus potentially exposing more Australian crew and ground staff to infection.

    Just brilliant!

    Qantas has never flown to Wuhan, so that’s a whole new problem.

    The Chinese are not in a hurry to negotiate.

    No-one has a clue how many Australian citizens or permanent residents will want to take the government’s offer, especially not as they will have to pay for their own evacuation flights.

    No-one wants to be sent to Christmas Island.

    https://10daily.com.au/news/politics/a200130ajnue/the-unanswered-questions-of-australias-coronavirus-evacuation-plan-20200130

    • Perhaps the idea was to come out with an announcement to appear to be “doing something ” with the expectation that nobody will take up their ‘generous’ offer of a holiday on a tropical island ? People will remember the announcement but the goldfish population will forget what the actual result was.

    • The government’s strategy on anything you care to name is to be seen to be “doing something” when they are actually doing bugger all.

      There’s a whole heap of racism in the evacuation announcement too. The Australians trapped in China are Chinese or of Chinese descent, they are not “naice” white Anglo Australians. Many are not Australian citizens, they are permanent residents in Australia. This government really doesn’t really care what happens to them.

      So there’s that nasty racist attitude in play as well. Although you won’t see the Crime Minister or Dutton mention it publicly it’s right at the forefront of their thinking.

    • The Japanese have divided their 200 or so evacuees from Wuhan into 4 groups which they placed in 4 different hotels. We could also do that. It’s a bit unethical to put our evacuees in a camp surrounded by barbed wires.

  29. NZers were we were told going to be among those going to Christmas Island. They seem to have quickly decided “no thanks”.

    New Zealand is launching an independent rescue mission to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan,

    The foreign minister, Winston Peters, said the government has agreed with the national carrier to arrange a plane that can carry 300 people from Wuhan to New Zealand.

    There are currently 82 New Zealanders registered on Safetravel as being in Wuhan, and 57 of those have sought consular assistance.

    Any additional seats on the Air New Zealand flight would be allocated to Pacific Islanders and Australians “as a matter of priority”, Peters said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/30/new-zealand-citizens-in-coronavirus-outbreak-wont-be-kept-on-christmas-island

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