Children’s Literature

I was one of those painful children who was a VERY early reader. And I devoured books from at least the age of 3. Even books that my parents’ friends considered unsuitable … so, what was a problem about reading ‘Lolita’ when I was 10?

One of the delights of my childhood was our regular schedule: payday, we’d do dinner at Happy’s Restaurant in Garema Place. I’d then be allowed to choose a Puffin Book all by myself at Verity Hewitt’s Bookshop. Non-Friday night payday, we’d visit the local library, and I would have finished reading my two books by Saturday night. Throughout my late childhood and adult life, however, I have ALWAYS revisited my favourite children’s fiction, and each time re-reading has revealed different, sometimes surprising, nuances.

Which is why I was so delighted to read this from another WordPress blogger – Calmgrove:

For the readership the books were originally aimed at doubtless they were entertaining, but for all their superficial fantasy they also portrayed a reality — the threat of nuclear holocaust, the nature of authoritarian parenting, the evils of totalitarianism — that could upset any rose-tinted view that assumed that all was right with the world.

And that’s why it’s so important that children read, have access to books, to libraries, to classrooms where such fiction is held in esteem. For here, without the bitter pill Victorian novelists forced children to read, are deeply moral narratives. Here there may be crises to face and wicked antagonists popping out of the woodwork; but there won’t be the piety that accompanied too many tales from the 19th century, stories in which the protagonist suffered calamities and atrocities with a reverential quietude and passivity, accepting the fate that a noble sacrifice might offer.

No, as the 20th century proceeded the protagonist (other than the gung-ho British bulldog type who might show natives and the lower classes his superiority with feats of derring-do) would increasingly exhibit humanitarian values and a sense of compassion, combined with a bravery that wouldn’t require outstanding physical prowess or a privileged education. Nesbit’s children’s books are regarded as marking a sea-change from the piety of Victorian and Edwardian literature written to improve children to a more realist yet sympathetic fiction written with their innate sense of fairness in mind.

I generalise of course. But think of the classics that stand the test of time: in the main they are the ones that are based on moral outrage against injustice, war, deprivation, waste, greed, and so on. Whether the scenario is small-scale — family-based, perhaps, maybe in a school — or of epic proportions, stretching across continents, such narratives share the values of many traditional fairytales: standing up for what’s right, and recognising responsibilities.

In an era when most of our daily news stories concern the apparent success that arises from cheating, bullying, lying, exploitation and abuse, and when much contemporary adult fiction seems to end in tragedy or at the very least ambiguity, is it not important for all our sakes to counter that with alternatives? I don’t mean the saccharine endings of romcoms or the impossible triumph, against all the odds, of plucky outsiders over supervillains in the apocalyptic final reel; I’m thinking instead of the child hero who learns to do what is right because…

Well, just because.

My response – from my heart:

For me, children’s lit, fables, legends, etc., has always been about subtly teaching children how to deal with dangerous emotions, with adversity, and with despair. (One of the worst things I think my late unlamented mother-in-law did to my spouse was to refuse to read him – and refuse to let him read – ‘fairy tales’, because they weren’t “true”.)

The starkest example I’ve experienced about the value of children’s lit in this domain was the publication of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”.

That was back in 2003, at the height of the propaganda, gaslighting, and downright dishonesty about the “Coalition’s” purported and actual reasons for the invasion and – almost – destruction of Iraq.

– The intolerance of anyone who disagreed.
– The ill-treatment of anyone who disagreed.
– The calmunies directed towards anyone who disagreed.

And, as I read that book, I thought, “Yes, sounds SO like Bush (US), Blair (UK), and Howard (my Oz PM).” Lie after lie after lie, vilification of anyone disagreeing, and the intense desire to destroy anyone disagreeing with their vile stance.

It didn’t – quite – work then.

Now, however?

1,383 thoughts on “Children’s Literature

  1. The government gives Australian airlines a $715 million package and Joyce immediately stands down 20,000 staff without pay until at least the end of May.

    “If airlines keep paying workers when there is no work there won’t be any airlines left to employ their members,” a Qantas spokeswoman said on Thursday.

  2. Anyone else see an irony in the fact that Scott Morrison in Opposition suggested that raising the spectre of boat people introducing loathsome diseases would be clever politics?

    Now that we have a pandemic, turns out arrivals by air from his beloved Trumpland were a *real* risk.

    from Twitter.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. The US has just announced travel arrangements very similar to ours.

    According to Shane Wright the RBA has fired its shots and now it’s time for overwhelming force from the government.
    The SMH editorial agrees.
    Scott Morrison is heading down a road that may require him to do what was politically unimaginable only three weeks ago. Some companies may end up having to be nationalised, if even only temporarily writes Simon Benson.
    The RBA is doing its bit, who’s next asks Michael Pascoe.
    The government has dropped its longstanding opposition to increasing the Newstart allowance and has shut the nation’s borders to foreigners for at least six months, as it continues to grapple with the escalating coronavirus crisis says Phil Coorey.
    Mark Korda says that without deep co-operation between government, business and stakeholders we are heading for a death spiral of company failures.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that cafes, restaurants and pubs face being hit with another wave of coronavirus restrictions as Australia’s top health advisers recommend limiting customers in all non-essential indoor venues. A cap of one person per four square metres for indoor gatherings has been recommended by Australia’s chief medical officers and will be debated by the national cabinet today.
    With a big “Hail Mary!” one hundred billion dollars will be thrown at the Australian economy and interest rates held at record lows for years in a last-ditch effort to keep businesses alive.
    The medical and public health communities have rallied around Brendan Murphy amid criticism the official advice has been too timid, slow and badly communicated.
    Peter Dutton has warned Australians face criminal charges for bulk buying groceries to send overseas or sell on the black market during the coronavirus crisis.
    Michelle Grattan says that we are now a nation in self-isolation.
    Dana McCauley writes that hospitals around Australia are “gearing up in case all hell breaks loose” with plans to cancel surgeries not defined in the most serious category.
    Shaun Carney writes, “The gradual, immersive approach, extolling the virtues of one set of policies while simultaneously foreshadowing that they won’t last, doesn’t encourage observance. We need a single, united, non-partisan voice telling us as it is. The National Cabinet is designed to give us that, but it’s not there yet.”
    Kirsten Lawson tells us that the government is preparing to fast-track welfare and scrap rules that force people to apply for 20 jobs a month to get the dole, as the country shuts down to slow the spread of coronavirus.
    Sam Maiden also reports that Morrison is preparing to announce the new welfare measures to provide a safety net for thousands of job losses that are now expected in the tourism industry.
    Federal government finances may have been at least $15 billion in the red even before the drought, the bushfires and the COVID-19 virus outbreak struck, the Parliamentary Budget Office has warned.
    Long-distance train and bus services could be stopped to curb the spread of the coronavirus if the government follows the advice of the nation’s top health officials.
    Clancy Yeates tells us that Commonwealth Bank chief executive Matt Comyn has vowed to do “everything that we can” to keep businesses open and employing staff during a “very difficult” period for the economy.
    David Littleproud calls for calm and assures us that Australia has plenty of food.
    The chief executive of superannuation money manager IFM Investors, Brett Himbury, says allowing more people to unlock their retirement savings early will deepen market chaos by exacerbating problems with liquidity.
    Forward thinking and a proactive government plan is in need to save our economy from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Andrew Warrilow.,13706
    SA’s peak doctors’ union has issued a plea for calm amid claims widespread theft of hand sanitiser dispensers from hospitals could fuel a looming shortage, as the Marshall Government today moved to bolster frontline health capacity with the opening of two newly-repurposed hospitals.
    Casinos should be shut down during the coronavirus crisis, public health specialists and the Victorian opposition have said, with one expert telling Guardian Australia their continued operation were “an unnecessary risk to public health”. Ye, why IS Crown Casino still operating?
    The COVID-19 pandemic could have been an opportunity for Morrison to show leadership but ScoMo is only a “notional” national leader, writes Michelle Pini.,13707
    Economist Professor Bruce Chapman writes that it is very welcome news that Australian government might be considering HECS-style loans as part of any stimulus to help counteract the recession forces accompanying the global coronavirus crisis. This is quite an interesting proposition.
    Fund managers have warned investors to brace for a wave of dividend cuts, with the coronavirus pandemic wiping out four years of sharemarket returns and forcing more local companies to abandon their profit forecasts.
    Dr Sue Green looks at the panic surrounding supermarket supplies.
    Before the coronavirus, property market pundits were tipping their usual, regulation, 10% rise in house prices. They have been quiet in recent days. Callum Foote reports on the impact of the virus on an already weak economy, racking up the present crisis against the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Australians are unprepared. The ratio of household debt to household disposable income is now at an all-time high, suggesting the risk to property is also at an all time high.
    The AOC went to great lengths on Thursday morning to tell us it “does not live in a bubble”. Now it just needs to get out of its ivory tower says Andrew Webster.
    The coronavirus pandemic should be our wake-up call. Corporate power has largely replaced governmental expertise and competence, but brands won’t lead us out of this crisis says The New York Times. It says “. . . facing the catastrophe of pandemic, the US government stands naked in its mediocrity and impotence.”
    Newcrest will no longer fly Australian workers into its Lihir mine, in the first cut to the fly in, fly out industry that sustains Australia’s resources sector.
    Mark Carnegie says that the government should throw small business a legal as well as a funding lifeline. This is quite frightening.
    One brothel in Melbourne has shut as the virus takes its toll on the sex industry.
    Leading events company for the rich and famous The Big Group has leaned into the looming hospitality apocalypse by standing down 130 full-time staff and 600 casual workers.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    David Pope

    John Shakespeare

    Jim Pavlidis

    Dionne Gain

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding

    Mark David

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  4. From the US, but just as relevant here.

  5. I thought I was getting to cynical, but it good to see I’m not alone. From the very first time I saw/heard Brenden Murphy all I could hear was the government talking points. Now there is an attack on Dr Norman Swan, whom I never listened to much, but he is straight down the line, no politics, and is keeping a very close eye on the successes that other countries are having in trying to staunch the spread of the virus.

    We seem to be following what Italy and USA are doing, and ergo it is getting worse here.

    While I’m here, on the financial side. It is strictly privatise the profits and keep them, but socialise the losses. I dread what it is going to be like, if we live through this, afterwards.

    • We have a stupid, mendacious, mean and spiteful government and a spiteful idiot for PM. Of course they are going to attack Dr Norman Swan, he’s providing proper advice, not the rubbish pushed by the CrimeMinister’s medical muppets Murphy and Kelly. (They sound as if they belong in a bad Irish joke, their “advice” is a joke,.)

      Also giving great advice is Adjunct Professor Bill Bowtell. He too will be crucified for his strong criticism of the government.

      Here’s a radio interview he did on Tuesday, it’s damning of the government. I strongly recommend listening.

  6. I’m sorry if this sounds mean but honestly, why would you go on a cruise if you are in frail health, in a wheelchair or on oxygen?

    Why would anyone sane decide to go on a cruise ship at all, with the coronavirus running rampant since January?

    ‘Death sentence’: Fears for elderly Australians trapped on cruise ship bound for Italy

    This ship is on a 28 day cruise from Mumbai to Venice. Why get on board on 29 February, when the virus was already world-wide, and with all the publicity given to the Diamond Princess at the time they embarked and for weeks before?

    The Australian government is apparently supposed to charter a plane to bring these tourists home.

    I just cannot get over how stupid, ignorant and selfish people can be.

  7. Another example of stupidity.

  8. Jenna Price takes inspiration from Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech to write a cracker of an article which rips into the CrimeMinister.

    I will not be lectured about toilet paper by this man

    He said, among other things: “Stop hoarding. I can’t be more blunt about it … it’s been one of the most disappointing things I’ve seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis … stop doing it. It’s ridiculous. It’s un-Australian, and it must stop.”

    The bloke who fled to Hawaii while his actual country was burning is telling me what’s un-Australian, is telling me what’s disappointing. The absolute cheek of the man to stand up as if he is an example, with his raft of employees and his two houses. I cannot tell you how furious I was, watching him tell Australians how to behave

  9. Someone gets it: infrastructure

    The ACT government has released details of it’s own stimulus package.

    It includes $150 rebates on residential rates, a freeze on government fees and fines, additional health funding, waivers on payroll tax and electricity rebates for business owners.

    The Government has focused on how we can deliver targeted support for low-income households who are likely to be most impacted from any economic downturn. As a starting point, the ACT Government will provide rental support of $250 for all public housing tenants in the coming months, as well as a one-off rebate for residential utility concession holders of $200 to help with power bills. More work will be required in the coming months alongside any stimulus offered by the Commonwealth Government on income support.

    Keeping Canberrans employed through infrastructure projects is another component of the ACT’s economic survival package, with $20 million to be immediately spent on infrastructure projects and maintenance on local schools, roads, and public transport.

    The Government will provide more funding for the removal of dead trees, planting of new trees and maintenance of surrounding areas to redeploy existing government contractors impacted by event cancellations.

    Additionally, there will be a new $500,000 round of grants funding for the arts sector.

    Additional funding of $7 million for our non-government organisation partners to meet increased service demand for emergency relief will also be rolled out as part of our Community Support package.

  10. The banks and the ACCC get it

    The ACCC has acted quickly to provide the banks with the authorisation they need to move forward with the business loan deferral plan.

    The fe(de)ral government …

  11. To show my solidarity with the “panic buyers” community of Australia I did my weekly shopping 24 hours earlier. Spotted by first ‘hoarder’ ,hopefully they felt the full burn of my “looking daggers” . A middle aged couple with a ‘cunning plan” if there were limits to items. It looked like 2-3 packs of every sort/brand/size of pasta,lentils,dried peas-beans ,soup mixes and rice. Filled the trolley. I’m sure they will get a nice reception at the checkout. The regular staff are feeling pretty brassed off with the behavior of some customers 🙂

  12. No 1 Son, who went to Catholic schools and survived two principals and several teachers who were Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (two of which became family friends) had this to say yesterday –

    What we need to stop hoarders is a Nun to go on all channels at the same time and look down the camera and say, in the way that only a Nun can “you’ve really disappointed me”. People will bring stuff back to the stores

    If you have ever been sent into the office of one of these formidable women, be it as a student, a teacher or a parent, you will know exactly what he means. The sister is always quietly spoken – the quieter she is the worse your crime – she will give you a look that is a cross between sorrowful reproach and a death glare and then will begin to tell you how disappointed she is by your crime. I’ve seen grown men reduced to tears and grovelling apologies by this approach. I’ve experienced it myself, as a teacher.

    • Oh yes that brings back memories. The principal at my primary school, Sr Pauline was about 5 foot nothing but scary as anything if you mis behaved. And could she swing a softball bat! She’d belt the ball out of the oval then hitch up her habit and run round the bases like ol’nick himself was after her!

  13. Centrelink is continuing to chase welfare recipients over potential social security debts, including robodebts, as the government readies a second stimulus package that is expected to place more cash into the hands of low-income Australians.

    Although the agency stopped initiating reviews in December under its online compliance – or robodebt – program after settling a federal court challenge, it confirmed that it had not halted its broader debt recovery activities, as has occurred in previous crises.

    Services Australia said people could apply for “flexibility” in repayments if they were suffering hardship.

    Guardian Australia has spoken to two people who were contacted by Centrelink this week over unfinalised robodebt reviews, including a laid-off worker who was contacted by the debt recovery team about a debt on the same day she enquired about an application for Newstart, which was renamed JobSeeker on Friday.

    • I listened to a few seconds of that speech. It was just more pointless blather about keeping going, building bridges and getting over it.

      I turned it off, I have better things to do with my time than waste it listening ti drivel.

  14. Are they putting off the budget so they can weasel a claim that this financial year was “back in black” ?

  15. Have any of the idiots at Virgin Australia stopped to think these companies already have employees who are in danger of being put off?

    Virgin Australia has confirmed some staff will be asked to take leave without pay, but said it is working on getting them jobs at Coles, Costco and in nursing homes.

    In an email to staff yesterday, obtained by Guardian Australia, the company said unpaid leave would start as soon as this weekend.

    “Every roster published on Sunday will include leave without pay days which account for up to a 25% schedule capacity reduction for Virgin Australia,” the email said. “Crew should expect further LWOP days to be assigned.”

    A Virgin Australia spokeswoman confirmed the airline was requiring staff to take “the use of accrued annual leave, leave without pay and, in some circumstances, redundancies”.

    “We are consulting with unions and employee representatives on these measures and this process is ongoing,” she said.

    “We are working closely with some of our partners, including Coles, Costco Australia, RSL LifeCare and Blackwolf Group, on alternative job opportunities for the interim period and these discussions are progressing.”

  16. Another good thing to come out of the current crisis – NAPLAN has been called off for this year.

    They should cancel it forever, it serves no useful purpose, except to enrich Pearson Australia which gets paid squillions to print and distribute the tests and mark the damn things. not to mention its little sideline in publishing books of tips on how to get better results.

  17. I’m glad to have my online friends. For the past week we’ve been sharing memes and videos like this around so we feel better about self-isolating.

  18. Here’s another one with absolutely no grip on reality.

    The Qantas chief executive, Alan Joyce, said some of the 20,000 stood-down Qantas workers could work stocking shelves at Woolworths or at call centres for Commonwealth Bank

    I suppose being paid $23 million a year would insulate you from reality.

    What are Woolies current shelf stackers supposed to do? Give up their jobs and their pay to Qantas ground staff? Would you be happy getting a tanker driver when you ring the CBA call centre with a serious financial problem?

    • Nobody – NOBODY – on earth “earns”, let alone deserves, receiving such an obscene sum every year.

      We need a vaccination against covid-19.

      We also – maybe even more desperately – need vaccinations against hubris and avarice.

  19. The plan to privatise visas is dead.

    And this email from Proud to be Public –

    Today the government have abandoned their visa privatisation plan, announcing that they have “terminated the Request for Tender”.

    This is an enormous win for the 2000 workers whose jobs were at risk – and for the integrity of our visa processing system. This win would not have happened without you.

    The COVID-19 crisis has been the latest in a series of events that have exposed the flaws in the Government’s misguided proposal. The current health crisis reinforces that critical government infrastructure such as this should never have been put out to market.

    Since 2018, we have been campaigning hard against the sale of our visa system to for-profit private corporations. Doing this, posed a serious threat to thousands of Australian jobs that would potentially be sent offshore. This is clearly a bad idea at any time, and especially now we are facing an economic downturn.

    Thank you to our Proud to be Public community and our allies such as the Migration Council of Australia and Universities Australia who have all met with politicians, written letters, given evidence at inquiries and exposed secret documents and dodgy donations. This is your win.

    We can’t let this Government get away with selling off any of our vital public services. We can keep winning with you on our side. Join our campaign to stop the privatisation of Centrelink services.

    Thank you for all that you do,
    Proud to be Public

  20. An outraged Van Badham,-

    Friday night and I’m speaking to you live with *bad hair* because today a company called Woodside just stood down 400 of their Australian workers WITHOUT PAY… and paid out $730 million in dividends to their shareholders.

    This is craven and if the Morrison government is want to join the rest of us in “Team Australia”, they need to do something. Now

  21. Just watched the Australian movie Don’t Tell. From two small mentions I finally worked out why Hollingsworth had to resign as GG. Back when that movie was based in 1990’s to early 2000’s, I was politically ignorant, and I never knew why there was such a fuss.

  22. A new flavor of panic buyer idiot. The jetset one. Seen here for the first time at the Auckland International Airport departure lounge.

    • As baggage handlers are being retrenched you have to wonder how many of the toilet rolls got home

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. For some reason this has taken close to three hours to compile!


    Just to start off in a light vein Alan Jones has parted company with his second butler in just six months in mysterious circumstances.
    Boris Johnson has effectively closed down the UK, ordering pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms to shut their doors as his government vowed to cover workers’ wages.
    The UK government is to pay the wages of millions of workers across Britain to keep them in jobs as the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak escalates.
    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr is asking for an ethics probe in response to criticism that he sold off as much as $US1.7 million ($2.8 million) in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid coronavirus fears.
    The Grattan Institutes looks at three possible endgames for this pandemic.
    The Australian tells us that Morrison has warned that neighbourhood lockdowns and new clamps on interstate travel may be necessary to combat COVID-19, as the national cabinet tightened social-distancing measures on indoor gatherings, sparking predictions of mass closures in the hospitality industry.
    Elizabeth Knight looks at the Qantas/Virgin rivalry during and after the pandemic.
    A solid contribution from Peter Hartcher here.
    Also from George Megalogenis who concludes that the Morrison government will be forced to pick industry winners for the health effort and industry survivors for the recovery.
    Paul Kelly begins his contribution today with, “Australia is reverting towards a command-and-control economy, just temporary, but inconceivable a few weeks ago. Post-crisis, our economy will be left with a recession headache of high unemployment, high debt, wealth destruction, easy cash, household insecurity and the risk of a more government-dependent culture. The idea of normal will change for most Australians.”
    Greg Sheridan says that the Covid-19 pandemic is chewing up and spitting out every tenet of globalisation.
    One top US economist says the hit to supply chains is deeper and more sprawling than the trade wars and more devastating than natural disasters.
    Richard Denniss explains how Australia can avoid economic collapse in the wake of Covid-19. Essentially he says it is to dump neo-liberalism.
    Paul Bongiorno examines Morrison’s coronavirus awakening.
    Karen Middleton goes inside Morrison’s Covid-19 war cabinet.
    Paula Matthewson urges Morrison to include Albanese in the war cabinet.
    The Morrison Government’s emergency measures to protect the economy are another massive subsidy from embattled taxpayers to Australia’s largest corporations. They are a failure of government to govern writes Michael West.
    Food delivery platforms are refusing to cut their 30 per cent commissions, despite predictions the virus could wipe out up to 30 per cent of Australia’s dine-in restaurants.
    Mike Seccombe tells us what Morrison did wrong on coronavirus.
    “It’s the Coronacession: We’re closing down the economy, under doctors’ orders”, writes Ross Gittins.
    Elizabeth Farrelly has written quite a contemplative piece.
    Police are conducting random spot-checks on the homes of Victorians who have been told to self isolate amid concerns from doctors that people are flouting quarantine orders and putting the community at risk. Victoria Police confirmed to The Age that officers acting under the state of emergency declared by the Andrews government had been knocking on doors and checking on residents.
    Australia is right to spend what it takes to get through this fire. But there has to be something better at the end of it urges the AFR editorial.
    Laura Tingle says that Australians will begin to see politicians in a different light now.
    Ita Buttrose explains how the ABC will be operating.
    Federal and state energy ministers will work with energy companies to tackle threats to the grid from the coronavirus.
    Workers who lose their jobs will gain a sweeping boost to welfare payments in a major stimulus package to be unveiled soon as the Morrison government braces for a surge in unemployment.
    Tony Featherstone explains why many income investors will be tested financially like never before as savings rates and dividends fall.
    Anthony Galloway reports that A $1 billion plan to outsource Australia’s visa processing system has been canned by the Morrison government after already costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. Bloody useless!
    Karen Middleton writes that the Defence establishment is bracing for murder charges to be laid against former and possibly serving elite Australian soldiers over the activities of some members of the Special Air Service Regiment in Afghanistan.
    Victorian public schools will have two pupil-free days so teachers can prepare to run classes remotely if the coronavirus pandemic escalates.
    Sarah Danckert writes that Australia’s corporate undertakers and restructuring lawyers might soon be flooded with work. But rather than optimism about a growing pipeline of potential projects, a sense of dread is enveloping the sector.
    Adele Ferguson writes about the practice of short selling and algorithmic trading and says that the regulators should step in. She says this is a critical time for those regulators.
    Roy Masters explains the real reason NRL, AFL and A-League are playing through a pandemic.
    Nick McKenzie writes that the deputy head of parliament’s powerful national security committee, Labor’s Anthony Byrne, has savaged the Victorian government for allowing Crown casino to keep operating during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the failure to shut it down might expose more people and prompts national security concerns.
    Clancy Yeates reports that the country’s largest financial institutions say they will allow eligible mortgage customers thrown into financial stress by the coronavirus crisis to defer their mortgage repayments.
    And for small business loans.
    Panicked property buyers are rushing to complete deals at any cost on upcoming auctions as a looming social lockdown spooked buyers, triggering a flurry of pre-auction transactions and off-market deals, akin to toilet paper hoarding.
    The New Daily reports that Major Australian retailers are being called out for using the coronavirus crisis to push sales. Brands have been bombarding customers with emails and SMS marketing messages that play on fears and encourage unnecessary panic buying. Consumer advocate CHOICE has found multiple examples of well-known Aussie labels using pushy marketing tactics to sell products.
    The pace of change amid the coronavirus crisis is mind-blowing, but now is the time to calmly adjust down your expectations of our political system and rationally adjust up your sense of personal and community responsibility says Lachlan Harris.
    Matt Johnson writes that economists believe it could take longer than the Coalition’s six-month coronavirus timeframe for the housing market to return to “business as usual”, as one grim prediction forecasts the potential for double -digit drops in property prices.
    “We need honesty so we can prepare effectively. We need information so we can help educate our patients and the community. We need to know the truth because it is the lives of our patients, and our own lives, that are on the line. “Trust us” is not enough” says Dr Neela Janakiramanan.
    It’s possible to adapt the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic into other areas such as climate change, writes Claudia Perry-Beltrame.,13709
    The Saturday Paper’s Drew Brooke tells us how right-wing terrorism is on the rise in Australia.
    Farmers are warning of future food shortages if they don’t get fast cash to help get crops in the ground As Australia’s political leaders urge shoppers to stop panic buying, farmers – borrowed up to the hilt after a run of bad seasons – have warned there could be problems down the line if they don’t get urgent help.
    Wendy Squires writes that if anything positive comes from this tragedy, let it be that we gain some sort of perspective.
    After losses in his 2020 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders is focusing efforts on assisting U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Jon Queally.,13711
    Johnson as Churchill? History really does repeat as farce declares Geoffrey Wheatcroft.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    David Pope

    Alan Moir

    Matt Golding

    Matt Davidson

    John Shakespeare

    Jim Pavlidis

    Dionne Gain

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre

    Sean Leahy


    From the US

  24. A scary movie terrifying the Fox News orcs at the moment.

    It truly is scaring them because lately they have really been pushing “how bloody good is capitalism!!” when it comes to dealing with the virus. Turns out ‘big pharma’, the banksters and various large corporations are true philanthropists……………………..apparently 😆

    • I know it won’t happen, but that is what my first thoughts were, that the people who have very very little will be the one’s that would be looked after and have the money trickle up for a change.

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