A Vertical Triptych

Inspired by Tanya Plibersek, Catherine Perry, and Gravel:

451 thoughts on “A Vertical Triptych

  1. Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech has been voted the most unforgettable moment in Australian TV history by readers of The Guardian Australia.

    ‘It took on a life of its own’: the story behind Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech
    Condemned by much of the media but celebrated by the public, Guardian readers say this is the most unforgettable moment of Australian TV history
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/feb/07/it-took-on-a-life-of-its-own-the-story-behind-julia-gillards-misogyny-speech

    More than twice the votes of the runner-up – Gough Whitlam’s dismissal speech.

  2. Telling Joel Fitzgibbon (aka Coal Fitzgibbon) exactly what she thinks of him –

  3. The latest thing I’ve done on Wikipedia is added some clarity as to exactly what went down at the 1957 Queensland state election, when Labor split up there. I’ve added which MP’s split from the ALP to the QLP, as well as the seats that changed hands during the election that ended up forming the perpetual National government from 1957-1989.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1957_Queensland_state_election

    Was a little depressing to do, but, it’s still history, so it should still be recorded, especially on an easily accessible site.

    • It is very sad when I have to watch something like this to find out the Dan Andrews has spent so much on our fire fighting efforts. I am so glad I live here in Victoria.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. We have a bumper edition today.

    A cracker of an article from Laura Tingle looks to an important test the Senate faces as it attempts to hold this government to account.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-08/federal-government-accountability-senate-crossbench/11944552
    In similar vein Peter Hartcher, in the middle of this contribution says, “So Morrison’s trick is to make the lump of coal disappear, but no sudden moves. The Nationals leader is attempting a magic trick of his own. McCormack is hypnotising Australia, using his special skills to put everyone to sleep.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/be-amazed-by-canberra-s-masters-of-delusion-20200207-p53yvq.html
    For the Canberra Times Michelle Grattan gives her account of last week in politics.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6620176/in-tune-with-the-summer-a-week-of-wildness-starts-the-parliamentary-year/?cs=14350
    Karen Middleton writes that as Bridget McKenzie’s resignation brings about a surge in the Coalition’s conservative wing, new analysis confirms the bias of the sports grants program.
    https://outline.com/LJrELr
    Paul Kelly writes that Morrison confronts an extraordinary national and international balancing act in 2020. At home he must find a centrist path between the climate change and fossil fuel lobbies whose political warfare has the potential to ruin his government.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/heats-on-scott-morrison-to-pull-off-balancing-act/news-story/ee663a1f8fb5e6ed30fee960760225e5
    Mike Seccombe goes inside Clive Palmer’s campaign to thwart Labor.
    https://outline.com/bhnBJJ
    “Sports rorts. Unlawful robodebts. More than $80m in election donations. Is this the governance we want?”, asks Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/08/australian-democracy-is-at-risk-if-we-want-to-save-it-we-must-all-play-a-part
    By the time of the next election, the major difference between Labor and Liberal on climate may well be one of emphasis rather than policy substance writes the AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-end-of-the-climate-wars-is-in-sight-20200206-p53yhh
    Jacqui Maley tells us how Malcolm Turnbull has spoken some eminent sense at an outing yesterday. It includes a good swipe at the Murdoch organs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/politicians-from-donald-trump-down-who-insult-greta-thunberg-are-absolutely-ridiculous-says-malcolm-turnbull-20200207-p53yqp.html
    Paul Bongiorno tells us how the climate wars have returned amid Coalition chaos. This is quite a good analysis.
    https://outline.com/L5bpeX
    Australians waiting to be evacuated from Wuhan have been told by DFAT their flight has not been approved by Chinese authorities to land, and to return to their accommodation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australians-head-for-darwin-quarantine-christmas-island-full-20200207-p53ysc.html
    The Guardian reveals that the Morrison government pledged $4.5m to build a tidal pool in Port Macquarie before the 2019 election as part of a controversial $150m grants program with no open application process despite the opposition of the local council and no site having been chosen for the pool.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/08/coalition-pledged-45m-for-tidal-pool-despite-opposition-from-local-council
    Pleasingly, Rod Meyer reports that News Corp is in ‘dangerous times’ as audience and revenues drop in print and digital.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/02/07/news-corp-in-dangerous-times/
    A political backlash is threatening to halt a Morrison government plan to outlaw cash payments over $10,000 in a fight over the cost for consumers and companies of forcing a shift to electronic transactions. True colours are being displayed here!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/antithetical-to-our-liberal-principles-mps-move-to-prevent-10-000-cash-ban-20200207-p53yua.html
    According to Rob Harris, Barnaby Joyce’s leadership ambitions are not over yet.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/driven-by-black-jack-s-determination-joyce-s-leadership-ambitions-not-dead-yet-20200207-p53yqy.html
    Paula Matthewson describes Joyce as the last of the dinosaur wrecking crew.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2020/02/07/barnaby-joyce-nationals-mccormack/
    There will be no climate change policy under this government writes Kaye Lee.
    https://theaimn.com/there-will-be-no-climate-change-policy-under-this-government/
    More from Harris as he explains how Simon Frost, a senior aide to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, could still be prosecuted for breaching the Electoral Act after he admitted during a hearing that corflutes were designed to give the impression they were AEC signs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/not-illegal-liberal-official-defends-chinese-language-signs-20200207-p53yva.html
    Peter Hannam examines the threat to water supplies as deluges of rain on firegrounds fill dams.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/heavy-rains-to-top-up-shrunken-storages-but-raise-contamination-risks-20200207-p53yqa.html
    David Speers finds hell has no fury like News Corp scorned writes Amanda Reade in her look at the last week in the media.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/07/david-speers-finds-hell-has-no-fury-like-news-corp-scorned
    Katie Burgess reveals that government ministers ordered the Department of Infrastructure to reconsider a project under the $220 million regional jobs scheme, despite receiving clear advice it was not eligible. The ineligible project was then given funding, while others recommended by the department missed out.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6620237/ministers-asked-for-ineligible-project-to-be-re-assessed-under-regional-jobs-scheme/?cs=14350
    Mile Foley writes that Liberal and Nationals MPs are urging the Morrison government to tackle the politically thorny issue of nuclear energy, arguing its potential as a zero-emission source of baseload power is too tempting to ignore.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/support-for-nuclear-energy-heating-up-across-government-20200207-p53yru.html
    Adrian Rollins reports that the Australian Electoral Commission is considering investigating a mystery $165,000 political donation to the Liberal Party from a close associate of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6620134/inquiry-pondered-into-fishy-donation-to-liberal-party/?cs=14350
    Clover Moore has questioned the independence of the Australian Federal Police after it dropped an investigation into the Angus Taylor fake documents affair.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6618920/sydney-mayor-questions-afps-independence/?cs=14350
    On the subject of bushfire inquires the SMH editorial says good governance and public interest demands these hearings be open and accessible to all, because that is the best way of reinforcing the community’s confidence in the accountability process and any future decisions that must be made.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/as-we-take-stock-fire-inquiries-must-be-open-to-all-20200207-p53yvk.html
    Although best known as a media mogul, much of Kerry Stokes’ wealth is derived from LNG, coal, iron ore and beef, of which Japan is a major importer. Boosting demand is a key role of Australia’s Japanese ambassador, Richard Court. As a director of three Stokes companies, Court would be well aware of the flow-ons. So why not disclose his relationship? Jommy Tee investigates WA mining networks and political connections.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/ambassador-richard-court-stoked-to-be-in-the-land-of-the-rising-sun/
    Megan Gorry tells us about the concerns of the NSW Building Commissioner has about what he has seen in his recent visits to building sites.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/warning-nsw-construction-crisis-fix-is-still-two-years-away-20200207-p53yuw.html
    Meanwhile Mascot Towers are still causing grief.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cracks-reported-in-brick-facade-of-mascot-towers-as-shops-evacuated-20200207-p53ym6.html
    Liberal insiders say Isaac Wakil was never present in high-end donor circles. So what prompted the reclusive 92-year-old to donate $4.1 million to the Liberal Party asks Rick Morton.
    https://outline.com/58D3GR
    Senior police fear an ’emerging gun culture’ in the Melbourne’s north west may lead to innocent people being hurt after a string of shootings, including one by police, yesterday.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-investigate-emerging-gun-culture-as-city-reels-from-shootings-20200207-p53ypg.html
    A group of health insurers has called on the government to sack APRA’s head of insurance after he suggested all but three of Australia’s health funds would become unviable.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/health-insurers-demand-regulator-be-sacked-20200207-p53yt4
    When the government compels employers to contribute to their employees’ superannuation, it seems obvious that it’s forcing the bosses to give their workers an extra benefit on top of their wage. Obvious, that is, to everyone but the nation’s economists writes Ross Gittins.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/sorry-politicians-can-t-make-the-boss-pay-for-your-super-20200207-p53yp3.html
    Industry specialist Lawrence Brown wonders how, with sales down by 50% in some retail sectors, the wonders hoe the coronavirus problem will affect it further.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/how-coronavirus-will-affect-retailers-still-anyone-s-guess-20200205-p53y2b.html
    Martin Farrer explains how Australia could be one of the countries worst affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak as factories in China remain shuttered and millions of people are confined to their homes and banned from travelling.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/08/coronavirus-economic-impact-australia-could-be-among-worlds-hardest-hit-nations
    Clancy Yeates looks closely at the opposite trajectories of bred cards and buy now pay later schemes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/credit-cards-are-for-seniors-cba-steps-up-battle-for-millennials-20200206-p53ya0.html
    Latika Bourke reports that a key member of Australia’s Parliamentary intelligence committee has strongly criticised British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a private meeting over British intelligence claims they can safely allow Chinese telco Huawei to build the country’s 5G mobile network.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/australian-mp-delivers-stunning-rebuke-to-uk-s-dominic-raab-on-huawei-20200206-p53yjg.html
    A proposed gas project in NSW is raising a lot of questions concerning the project’s management, writes David Paull.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/government-handling-of-narrabri-gas-project-leaves-future-uncertain,13575
    Police have charged a Labor high-flyer and influential political lobbyist, Andres Puig, with child sex ­offences and producing and possessing child pornography.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/child-sex-charges-for-alp-lobbyist-andres-puig/news-story/0ea91b5b18be12c32978ec4bc88085ad
    40 years ago, Melbourne bookshop owner and mother of two boys Maria James was viciously stabbed 68 times with her own kitchen knife. As a new inquest begins into these killings, The Independent Australia’s Tess Lawrence calls for Cardinal George Pell, former Premier Jeff Kennett and Victoria Police to be re-investigated.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/exclusive-cardinal-george-pell-fr-anthony-bongiorno-and-the-killing-of-maria-james,13554
    Joshua Dowling tells us why electric cars should not get taxpayer dollars.
    https://www.drive.com.au/news/why-electric-cars-should-not-get-taxpayer-dollars-123213.html?trackLink=SMH0
    A majority of Americans already want Trump out, but Bruce Wolpe wonders if enough of them will vote to make it happen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/a-majority-of-americans-already-want-trump-out-but-will-enough-vote-to-make-it-happen-20200207-p53ymr.html
    A trade deal with Trump’s America would shred Britain’s climate ambitions says the UK Guardian.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/07/trade-deal-trump-america-uk-climate-ambitions-2050
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” goes to this Adelaide chiropractor.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/07/adelaide-chiropractor-who-secretly-filmed-clients-jailed-for-10-years

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Peter Broelman

    Alan Moir


    Jon Kudelka

    John Shakespeare

    Simon Letch

    Matt Davidson

    Matt Golding

    Sean Leahy in Queensland

    Johannes Leak and the Nats.
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/9242257ebb5f770f5d3264f29fed1749?width=1024

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  5. The Port Macquarie tidal pool rort –

    Despite a few petitions circulated by whining oldies who have nostalgic, rose-tinted memories of childhood days in Sydney’s ageing tidal pools few people here actually want this monstrosity.

    The proponents have not even settled on a site – they argue about whether it should be at Flynns Beach (the original choice) or at Town Beach. Neither site suits a tidal pool. Originally the plans the pro-tidal group had drawn up showed an Olympic-size pool with huge concrete walls high above the rock platform, meaning it could never be a tidal pool because the waves would rarely come over those walls. The planners admitted it needed pumps to both fill it and circulate the water, plus filters. Somewhere there’s a Facebook page run by these loons, I won’t link it because they are nutters hell-bent on dividing the town into for and against camps. If the Nats promised funding then that tells you all you need to know about the political leanings of the group.

    What the town needs desperately is a replacement for the ageing town swimming pool. Built in the 1960s, it’s in bad shape, it’s been leaking for decades and nothing can be done to fix that leak.

    Council is currently planning a new aquatic centre, land has been chosen, the best possible site not far from the existing pool, planning and funding are underway.

    Why give up a proper new pool with every possible facility for an abomination at a beach, a pool that will need extensive roadworks, additional parking and most important, a lot of very expensive disabled access as both the suggested sites are at the bottom of cliffs and currently inaccessible to anyone with any sort of mobility problems. The Crime Minister’s $4.5 million won’t even pay for the roadworks and parking.

    If this promise works out like all the other Nats election promises to sporting groups over the last few elections the tidal pool pushers are going to be hugely disappointed.

    An example – in 2016 Luke Harsuyker promised funding for a new pavilion/change rooms/club house whatever at Oxley Oval.

    The funding for the new building never appeared, so last year Pat Conaghan, the new Nats candidate, made the same promise. We are so used to having the Nats promise the same things election after election without ever being kept that no-one noticed. No-one except Rob Oakeshott, who made a “haven’t we had this promise before” remark and was then accused by the Nats of telling lies.

    If past Nats funding promises for sporting facilities are anything to go by the tidal pool people will be long dead and buried before any funding appears.

  6. A great comment on TGA

    What LNP Politicians Really Mean…

    Accountability…There is none.

    Addressing the Issues…Something somebody else does.

    Clearly…Something that isn’t clear.

    Compassion…Spending public money to buy votes.

    Insensitivity…The public objecting to the above.

    Mob Violence…People who don’t vote for you wanting more.

    Downsizing…Firing people.

    Equal Opportunity…Offering an advantage to somebody whom you think might donate or vote for you.

    Government Innovations…Something old the Labor Party suggested about which you hope they’ve forgotten.

    I’m Glad You Asked That Question…I think you’re a low bastard for asking that question.

    I’m Tackling The Issue…I’ve given it to someone else.

    I’m Really Tackling The Issue…We’ll leave it for the next government.

    Informed Source…News Corp, Sky After Dark,2GB.

    It’s Not The Money It’s The Principle…It’s the money.

    I’ve Been Reliably Informed…Rupert told me.

    A Knowledgable Observer…See informed source.

    Troubled Times…We made the trouble.

    Unidentified Source…See informed source.

    Man In The Street Reaction…Something about which the man in the street has not the vaguest idea.

    Moderate Unionists…Mythical beings who terrify you because you can’t demonise them.

    Parliamentary Allowance…A slush fund taken from the taxpayer by politicians for politicians.

    Political Biography…Lies about politicians you don’t like.

    Political Autobiography…Lies about yourself.

    Political History…Lies about everybody.

    Private Greed…Trade unions-Average workers…Anyone who isn’t of the Elite or votes Labor.

    Public Service-Government individuals trying to find a way of stopping government mates
    making money whilst enjoying themselves.

    Ringing Endorsement…Rupert agrees with me.

    Seek A Greater Commitment From The Community…We want to steal more money from you.

    Special Interest Group…A minority group who you don’t want to give money to.

    Special Interest Lobby…IPA, Mining Companies Gina,Clive,Twiggy etc…etc who you want to give money to.

    Simplistic…An absolutely correct statement to which we have no answer.

    To The Best Of My Knowledge…Fucked if we know.

    We’re Making A Significant Difference…Some economic indicator moved point 1 of 1%.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/feb/08/australian-democracy-is-at-risk-if-we-want-to-save-it-we-must-all-play-a-part#comments

    • I don’t have the vocabulary to describe my thoughts about this government, at least ones that can be published.

  7. One of the very few pieces of classical music I actually love. I listen to it and it takes me to a much nicer place than the shit hole country I currently live in.

  8. Anyone remember Stephen Spenser, I think he was a journo. He is saying that Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech wasn’t live to air. I begged to differ, because it was in the days when SSO went live to air during question time. Does anyone else remember watching it live?

  9. So, I hear you ask , what is happening on the music scene in Tashkent ? Well there is Крылья Оригами ( Origami Wings )

  10. When teh natives invade the home country 🙂 Flash mob in Trafalgar Square

    Not that Australia is safe 🙂

    Not even you BK 🙂

  11. Thanks everyone, I know we watched it live on tv, as we got to Melbourne and I asked if it was okay to turn the tv on, not expecting much, and wow, it was just fantastic.

    • Journalists love re-writing recent history.

      It doesn’t really matter whether it was live on TV or shown shortly after. The real point is it went immediately viral while our useless media dismissed it as jut a woman having a whinge. Just shows what deadheads they were, and mostly still are.

    • Because I don’t watch TV, Gravel, I didn’t ‘see’ it live, but I most certainly heard it live.

      And, like many others, I watched the rebroadcast later.

      If this Stephen Spenser asserts it wasn’t ‘broadcast’ live, he is WRONG.

      Let me repeat that: He’s WRONG WRONG WRONG.

  12. leonetwo

    I am a total believer in calling the MSM ‘presstitutes’ they take shitloads of money to whore the views of their employers. They are utter scum .

  13. We should get the first Irish exit poll on Sunday morning Australian time.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A rather pissed off David Speers describes the continued rise in government secrecy and opacity.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-09/we-have-regressed-on-transparency-right-to-know-politics/11942762
    Michael Koziol says that the Angus Taylor fake document affair shows how much you can get away with in politics these days. He concludes that we need a decent ICAC.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/angus-taylor-fake-document-affair-shows-how-much-you-can-get-away-with-in-politics-20200207-p53ytd.html
    Eryk Bagshaw reports on life on Christmas Island for those quarantined.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-tropical-holiday-life-for-evacuees-on-christmas-island-20200207-p53yqi.html
    Jack Waterford says that the sports rorts will taint the Canberra air for a long time. This is very good.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6619220/sports-rorts-will-taint-the-canberra-air-for-a-long-time/?cs=14329
    In quite a hard hitting contribution Greg Jericho writes that ‘good’ climate policy can no longer be our goal. It’s time to reach for perfect. Ouch!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/09/good-climate-policy-can-no-longer-be-our-goal-its-time-to-reach-for-perfect
    While one scandal is almost over, the Government is still a thorn in our collective sides with more deceit and archaic ideals, writes John Wren in his weekly political roundup.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-bridget-mckenzie-falls-while-parliament-reverts-to-the-dark-ages,13576
    John Elder explains how and why the Pharmacy Guild is so good at leaning on politicians.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2020/02/08/pharmacists-political-donations-australia/
    Peter FitzSimons is worth a read today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-bought-a-tesla-and-it-brought-out-my-inner-hoon-20200207-p53yof.html
    Federal Labor says private investors won’t touch the Morrison government’s plan to support a coal-fired power plant in Queensland “with a barge pole”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6620528/no-appetite-for-coal-powered-plant-labor/?cs=14231
    Ebony Bennett opines that until we stop approving gas and coal projects, there’s no transition taking place.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6619628/until-we-stop-approving-gas-and-coal-projects-theres-no-transition-taking-place/?cs=14258
    Darren Gray reports that thousands of wine grape samples from this season’s vintage are likely to be laboratory tested as producers want to know whether grapes have been affected by smoke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/we-re-flat-out-labs-running-overtime-testing-wine-grapes-for-smoke-taint-20200207-p53ymu.html
    The deaths of the three Abdallah children and their cousin, mown down by an alleged drunk driver in Oatlands last weekend, has shocked the nation. What has shocked people even more, perhaps, was the astonishingly grace-filled response of the children’s mother, Leila Geagea Abdallah.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/to-forgive-is-a-strength-not-a-weakness-so-all-power-to-the-abdallah-family-20200206-p53yi9.html
    Neil Brown calls out Israel Foalu’s hypocrisy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/there-s-one-thing-more-important-to-folau-than-his-beliefs-20200207-p53ytn.html
    Experts are saying that Australia’s firefighting capacity would be better served by dedicated satellites launched to detect fires and provide real-time information to firefighters.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6607084/fit-for-purpose-satellites-on-the-cards-to-help-australias-bushfire-response/?cs=14225

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Pope

    Matt Golding



    Matt Davidson

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  15. Well, this weather is astounding.

    A month ago we were still choking on bushfire smoke, had been since July. Two weeks ago things were so dry council put us on Level 4 water restrictions, which means no outside use at all, not even washing cars with buckets. The Hastings River which is our only source of water (it supplies our two dams) stopped flowing months ago, leaving us with only what was stored in the dams, and they were down to less than 40% a week ago. The whole area was, until last week, drier than tinder.

    This week we have had rain, buckets of it, with more on the way. The rain extended inland over the mountains too, it isn’t just confined to the coast.

    The BoM says an east coast low is likely to form just off the coast here, something we have not seen for a few years. If that happens it means a lot more rain. I won’t mind a bit.

    And – there’s a flood warning out for the Hastings River, the same river that stopped flowing. It’s not in the upper reaches, unfortunately, it’s at Settlement Point – a king tide combined with heavy rain always means flooding there.

    The poor buggers on the north shore of the river, also likely to flood, had a mini-tornado a few days ago that ripped up houses and demolished roofs. The area has been closed ever since while hazmat teams check it out because of fears the houses contain asbestos. And now they have flooding to deal with as well.

    Mother Nature is certainly pissed off with Australia right now, especially the east coast, and I don’t blame her.

    • Trying to hang onto/win back votes in Queensland and the Hunter Valley. And trying to save Coal Fitzgibbon, no doubt.

      Unfortunately they can’t do both and whoever is coming up with this incredibly dumb strategy doesn’t understand why.

      If the Adani mine and the other Galilee Basin mines ever open they will kill off the Hunter Valley coal mines and cause massive job losses by bringing on a glut of thermal coal in a rapidly dropping world market. So Labor going after both lots of votes by becoming coal huggers is a really stupid strategy.

      I’d like to know who Labor is using as strategists, whoever they are they need to be sacked ASAP.

  16. Ingrid M’s weekly run-down of “Insiders”.

    I read Speers’ article (BK’s links) this morning and hoped all the things he wrote about would get a mention on Insiders. It seems not.

    • The reports on the camp keep making it sound almost in Darwin. It is a bloody long way out of town . Not sure being plonked out there with SFA of anything would help many people or if many would want to be put that far out from anything.

    • Why shove homeless people somewhere out of sight? They need to live close to their support, not be shipped to the fringes of town or stashed in grotty disused mining camps.

      Why not build more public housing and hostels? That would help solve the problem and would be a stimulus to local economies as well.

    • Prayer had nothing to do with it.

      Anyone who believes their prayers brought rain needs to undergo an assessment of mental competence.

      What will they say when they are hit by the inevitable floods? God’s will? I suppose they will soon be praying for the rain to stop.

    • “I suppose they will soon be praying for the rain to stop.”

      That’ll work too. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. Says William Cowper.

  17. TLBD

    Ta for the name of the camp. The camp I was thinking it was is out along Channel Island Road. As it is the place is still fairly isolated with few facilities near by.

  18. Revisiting The God Delusion:

    “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”

    And the most quoted passage:

    The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

    • Yep.Control freak is a good description.

      I remember a bit in the Old Testament setting out the robes the High Priest and his sons had to wear.

      God seemed particularly concerned with their underwear – not wearing the right underpants would result in immediate death.

      The Clothes for the Other Priests
      40 Since Aaron’s sons are priests, they should also look dignified. So make robes, sashes, and special caps for them. 41 Then dress Aaron and his sons in these clothes, pour olive oil on their heads, and ordain them as my priests.

      42 Make linen shorts for them that reach from the waist down to the thigh, so they won’t expose themselves. 43 Whenever they enter the sacred tent or serve at the altar or enter the holy place, they must wear these shorts, or else they will be guilty and die. This same rule applies to any of their descendants who serve as priests

      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+28&version=CEV

  19. “Interestingly, the recruitment industry and employers are already factoring in the legislation being passed. We have it on good authority that employers are actively discriminating against job candidates who are overtly religious.

    These employers fear these employees could try to proselytise fellow employees or customers or that they may try to claim religious discrimination if there are performance or disciplinary issues.

    They fear an Israel Folau scenario and, as such, are trying to select safer non-religious candidates. “Interestingly, the recruitment industry and employers are already factoring in the legislation being passed.

    We have it on good authority that employers are actively discriminating against job candidates who are overtly religious.

    These employers fear these employees could try to proselytise fellow employees or customers or that they may try to claim religious discrimination if there are performance or disciplinary issues.

    They fear an Israel Folau scenario and, as such, are trying to select safer non-religious candidates.’

    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-bridget-mckenzie-falls-while-parliament-reverts-to-the-dark-ages,13576#.Xj9_vZR-uCg.link

  20. Labor are in a difficult bind, one progressive parties are prone too. RW parties are not because they just lie and then do what the hell they like.

    How to look after union members and their industries when unions are part of the party DNA and the reason for its founding, and square that with the inevitable demise of that industry and the loss of those jobs.

    I have not yet seen a clean and clear way to handle this in all the history of Labour/Labor/Left parties so far and I assume this will be just as messy for Labor.

    We all know coal is dying and us along with it, but I do see why the ALP hesitates when they has been punished by the stupid voters in our country every time they mention a carbon price, or closing down an industry,

    Just look at those logging union members embracing John Howard ffs in Tasmania in that Federal election, because of ‘my job;. That they probably got sacked and replaced with non-union members in the end due to the Howard gov’ts Work Choices is an irony not much appreciated

    What I am saying is the ALP is not perfect by any means, and is known to try walk own both sides of the street at the same time, but it is not hopeless, nor is that a good reason for with-holding a vote for them,

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, will change as long as the ALP is in Opposition.

    By all means keep the pressure on the ALP. But do not expect Shadow Ministers to come out and gift the gov’t nor the Murdoch press with headlines to bash the ALP over the head with in an election campaign.

    Marles is not the best speaker, he develops stutter over small words when trying to get his message out, especially when under pressure. But in Insiders today, David Speers was looking for a headline, a quote, a string of controversial words. Speers did his job well, and if he does the same to the Coalition politicians, I will not complain. Marles did a good job on trying to remind Speers who actually is in government right now and has the responsibility to be implementing Climate Change policies, and that is the question, not whether the ALP is going to have a blanket policy of refusing approval for any mine.

    Richard Marles is right, market forces will shut down mines and power stations. Without government intervention there will be no more mines and no new coal power. Why tie an anchor around your neck coming up to the next election by making bold statements designed to alienate key voters, when the focus should be on helping those voters cope with the coming changes.

    In the ALP shoes, I would rather be the rescuer than the blade of doom.

    If that is wishy-washy, so be it. Sometimes the pure is the enemy of good,

  21. One of my favourite Netflix shows is Lucifer. The story is that the fallen Angel Lucifer aka The Devil aka Satan (one of God’s many kids) decides to take a vacation from Hell, so he assumes the persona of Lucifer Morningstar and goes to Los Angeles where he opens a nightclub, Lucifer gets involved with a detective, leading to him helping her solve crimes, so the right people get punished. It has some really good humour in it and the British Actor who plays Lucifer, Tom Ellis, is excellent.

    In more than one episode he talks about his Dad (God) and his grievances with him, and Lucifer has this one rant about people praying for stuff, as in if Dad is not listening to his son Lucifer, then God is not going to listen to anyone because (shouting) “He just does not care!”. And Lucifer has a dig at people who think his Dad gives a toss about the weather and those people praying for rain.

    I quite like this Lucifer chap.

    Tome Ellis is on my AAA list.

    • OK – where to start –

      “Sous-vide” translates as “under vacuum”, this has been uber-trendy for a while now. I don’t like the idea of sealing food in a zip-lock plastic bag and then cooking it at a low temperature in a water bath. To me it sounds like asking for a bad case of food poisoning because the water temperature is below boiling point, not high enough to kill nasty bacteria like salmonella, e-coli and campylobacter. And wouldn’t the food taste like plastic?

      It’s supposed to be safe, but trendy cooking is not my thing so what would I know?

      Apparently you seal whatever in the bag, cook it in the sous-vide for ages (A steak takes two hours!), then take it out and finish it off by searing in a frypan or a grill or whatever. Seems like a total waste of time to me.

      https://recipes.anovaculinary.com/recipe/recipe-sous-vide-medium-rare-strip-steak

      Next – the homes in Canberra and Sydney are not Morrison’s homes, we own them and provide them out of the goodness of our hearts to the PM of the day. If that PM wants wine (Howard drank everything we provided in record time and then demanded more) or fancy renovations (Howard, Abbott) or expensive rugs for the family room (Abbott again) then we buy them.

      Only $89 for a steam iron? That seems very thrifty for the PM – not that he’d use it, of course, we provide staff to do his ironing.

    • Individual vacuum-packed steaks can be frozen and stored for quite a long time compared to ones that are just wrapped and frozen. The (apparent) advantage is that steaks can be prepared, packed, frozen and dropped into the sous-vide bath without previous defrosting, anywhere up to two days before being hauled out, seared and served to a high-end customer.
      I like the idea of long term storage, but having something cooked from frozen for 24-48 hours does not really appeal.

      But I have to admit to a chuckle about the whole long term storage thing … what happens when the disaster all this preperation is for happens, and the electricity goes off to all their freezers full of meat and other frozen perishables?

  22. Scrott is a total amateur compared to what The Rodent spent up on booze for the cellars. I Googled up the topic to try and get the $s and look what I found 🙂

    Megalomaniac Winery John Howard Cellars of Distinction

    Established in 2007, Megalomaniac is owned by John Howard and is a retirement project

    http://megalomaniacwine.com/

  23. And in Trans Tasman polling news Ardern might be up for another term.Yaay. Crikey those Kiwi lassies seem to have a lock on the PM gig over the last quarter century 🙂
    —————————————————————
    Labour and the Greens would be able to form a Government with 62 seats between them if the latest Newshub Reid Research poll were translated to votes – but it would be a close-run thing.

    National and Act would miss out with 58 seats.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12307158

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