Vale Neddie

I am sorry to report That This sites dog Overlord has passed away

NED ON HIS FIRST DAY HOME

After a few years living with Diabetes which saw him lose his sight 3 times and enduring the operations to restore it as well as a couple of bouts of Pancreatitis and the torments of his little brother Neds little body had had enough .He was a champion dog always happy no matter what . Everyone who got to meet Ned loved him . He didnt have a mean bone in his body. In the end it was the hardest decision of my life but as silly as this sounds the easiest. Neddie was going to suffer and he didn,t deserve that. To have kept him going a bit longer would have been unbelievable selfish on my part.

 

                                    

NED COOLING OFF

HEALING AFTER A EYE OPERATION

NOT HAPPY

NED AND HIS BROTHER ON THEIR BED YESTERDAY

Goodbye Ned . The best mate I ever had.

Sorry my return post is indulgent But Ned deserves his Pub Goodbye.

1,725 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sean Kelly says that Morrison is avoiding scrutiny at time when he most warrants it. He makes several good points.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-avoids-scrutiny-at-time-when-he-most-warrants-it-20200802-p55hs8.html
    Shaun Carney says that it’s not rocket science that is needed to explain how the second wave in Victoria came about.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-did-the-second-wave-happen-it-s-not-rocket-science-folks-20200731-p55hab.html
    Chip Le Grand writes that the latest COVID-19 restrictions will test the resilience of Victorian society and economy in a way it hasn’t experienced before.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/melbourne-staggers-into-next-phase-of-pandemic-20200802-p55htt.html
    And the SMH editorial says that it’s Victoria’s disaster but it’s a national emergency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-s-victoria-s-disaster-but-it-s-a-national-emergency-20200802-p55hu8.html
    Phil Coorey and John Kehoe tell us that the Morrison government will require Victoria to help fund new income support measures, including paid pandemic leave, for the state’s citizens after Daniel Andrews declared a state of disaster and a night-time Melbourne curfew.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/victoria-to-help-foot-the-bill-in-state-of-disaster-20200802-p55hrl
    Anne Twomey explains what a state of disaster is and what powers it confer.
    https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-a-state-of-disaster-and-what-powers-does-it-confer-143807
    Anna Patty reports on what NSW and Australia has learned about epidemics and how aged care was and is at greatest risk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-untold-story-of-how-the-nsw-health-system-avoided-disaster-20200610-p5513b.html
    The Victorian government has declared a state of emergency and much tougher restrictions for at least six weeks as it tries to get the virus under some sort of control. Will even this prove too little too late asks Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/down-the-rabbit-hole-with-dan-andrews-20200802-p55hr8
    Does stage 4 ‘shock and awe’ in Melbourne mean we should have gone for elimination of coronavirus after all wonders Gay Alcorn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/does-stage-4-shock-and-awe-in-melbourne-mean-we-should-have-gone-for-elimination-of-coronavirus-after-all
    Daniel Hurst writes that the Australian government has the power to roll out paid pandemic leave via regulation, rather than having to pass new legislation through the parliament, according to advice from the parliamentary library.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/03/no-barrier-government-has-power-to-provide-coronavirus-financial-support-now
    Phil Coorey writes about Morrison’s border backflip.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/border-backflip-pm-drops-support-for-wa-court-challenge-20200802-p55hr6
    And Mark McGowan has called Clive Palmer the nation’s “greatest egomaniac”, telling the billionaire to drop his case against his state government over its border closures.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/02/wa-premier-mark-mcgowan-says-clive-palmer-is-nations-greatest-egomaniac/
    Top epidemiologists want the Victorian government to be more transparent with its coronavirus data, arguing a stark lack of detail is hindering their ability to properly analyse the crisis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-virus-is-ahead-of-us-experts-call-for-transparency-on-victorian-covid-19-data-20200802-p55hp4.html
    Julie Power writes that being a first responder is hardly a normal sort of job.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-virus-is-ahead-of-us-experts-call-for-transparency-on-victorian-covid-19-data-20200802-p55hp4.html
    Ross Gittins points to the latest weak inflation figures to demonstrate that we have a demand side problem with our economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/weak-inflation-tells-us-it-s-the-demand-side-stupid-20200802-p55hpk.html
    The Australian tells us that businesses that spend money on local expansion would get bigger tax concessions and incentives under reforms flagged by the head of the nation’s key economic advisory board.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/tax-boost-if-businesses-spend-local-says-national-covid19-commission-chairman-nev-power/news-story/c05d246e50ca4d70d045ac8dccf73bbf
    Neil Chenoweth sets out to decode James Murdoch’s resignation letter.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/media-and-marketing/decoding-james-murdoch-s-resignation-letter-20200802-p55hqg
    James Murdoch’s resignation is the result of News Corp’s increasing shift to the right – not just on climate opines Professor Rodney Tiffen.
    https://theconversation.com/james-murdochs-resignation-is-the-result-of-news-corps-increasing-shift-to-the-right-not-just-on-climate-143799
    Mark Kenny has a look at a new book “Morrison’s Miracle” and how leaders gain and grow into their job.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6860141/morrisons-miracle-just-keeps-on-rolling/?cs=14350
    Bob Carr looks at Australia’s history on handling China and says that the US getting Australia all hot and bothered about China and then slipping into our markets may be one factor in Marise Payne and Linda Reynolds drawing a line or two in our vassalage.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-toes-party-line-between-us-and-china-20200802-p55hro.html
    Michael Pascoe thinks Australia is caught on a China-US barbed wire fence.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2020/08/03/michael-pascoe-australia-caught-on-a-china-us-barbed-wire-fence/
    Peter Hannam reveals how NSW’s main irrigator lobby group pressed the Berejiklian government to place the state’s water plans above the federal law and sought to tap water earmarked for the environment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/irrigators-pushed-for-nsw-primacy-over-basin-plan-more-water-access-20200802-p55hqe.html
    Rob Harris reports that Australia’s gambling addiction has propped up some of the world’s biggest corporate bookmakers during the pandemic, sparking fresh calls for a fresh federal government crackdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australian-punters-propping-up-global-bookmaker-profits-20200802-p55ht8.html
    Shane Wright explains how, under the Coalition government, incomes in Sydney’s richest suburbs growing at twice the rate of poorest.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/incomes-in-sydney-s-richest-suburbs-growing-at-twice-the-rate-of-poorest-20200731-p55h8q.html
    The AFT explains how ASIC has advised that corporations must calculate any leave owed to ‘regular’ casuals in their next financial statement as a result of a precedent court ruling,
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/corporate-watchdog-call-to-book-regular-casual-liabilities-20200802-p55ho4
    According to Zoe Samios and Fergus Hunter, competition tsar Rod Sims has said he did not provide the Morrison government with advice on whether public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, should be remunerated by Google and Facebook because the matter was too complicated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/abc-sbs-exclusion-from-tech-giants-payments-a-government-decision-20200731-p55hfh.html
    Why Boris Johnson is suddenly spooked by the spectre of a second spike.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/02/why-boris-johnson-is-suddenly-spooked-by-the-spectre-of-a-second-spike
    The painful truth about Covid-19 and the economy is that Trump is to blame writes Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/02/covid-19-coronavirus-us-economy-donald-trump-republicans
    Nancy Pelosi has said she has no confidence in Deborah Birx over handling of pandemic.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/nancy-pelosi-deborah-birx-coronavirus
    Zona Black tells us that explosive court documents have revealed the victim at the heart of the Jeffrey Epstein saga claims she was forced to spend two days alone with Prince Andrew, where she was told to “entertain him endlessly”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/08/03/prince-andrew-epstein-ranch/
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” goes to a former UK Conservative MP arrested for the alleged rape of an employee.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/conservative-mp-arrested-in-britain-over-rape-accusation-20200803-p55hvn.html

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  2. Will Google destroy NewsCorpse? We can only hope.

    The Australian has a whining article today about what might happen (to NewsCorpse) if this threat is carried through.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/google-threatens-to-dump-google-news-in-australia/news-story/7a636c77916ba3260176a47405c1cf3d

    It’s probably paywalled, and not worth reading, except for this bit, which had me laughing.

    “People generally don’t trust news found on the internet, but prefer to go to the mastheads they trust,” she said. “There is too much bad information out there. Small publishers which have strong links to their communities – be it geographical or by interest – need to continue to build that.”

    There are severe implications for Australians if Google walks away from news. When searching for “coronavirus”, for example, users may not be referred to information from verified news outlets. If Google is unable to reach a deal with News Corp, its users would be unable to view any of the Herald Sun’s exclusive “Lawyer X” stories, or The Australian’s groundbreaking COVID-19 coverage

    That from a media empire that gives daily misinformation on the virus and targets the Victorian government’s efforts to contain it.

  3. If Google is unable to reach a deal with News Corp, its users would be unable to view any of the Herald Sun’s exclusive “Lawyer X” stories, or The Australian’s groundbreaking COVID-19 coverage

    😆 As Herbert Morrison would say “Oh, the humanity,”

  4. A rant.

    I’m so sick of right-wing lunatics promoting hydroxychloroquine just because Trump pushes it.

    As I’ve said before, I’m actually able to take this drug because of an autoimmune condition. It was one of a list of drugs – all of them with very nasty side-effects – that my eye specialist considered as possible treatment. He ended up going with methotrexate, and I was all set to refuse it when he rang one night to say he thought that level of treatment was not needed as I was responding well to the treatment he was using. I went into remission not long after and have not needed any drugs for five years.

    So why was I going to refuse to use an immunosuppressant? Because of the side effects.

    Autoimmune conditions are caused by an immune system that has gone into overdrive and is actually attacking the body. It makes sense to prescribe an immunosuppressant, which calms the immune system but unfortunately also produces dangerous side effects.

    It also makes sense that researchers trying to find a treatment for COVID-19 have tested some of these drugs, they know the lungs are affected by a drastic over-reaction of the immune system. The problem with hydroxychloroquine is tests have proved it does nothing for COVID-19. Other drugs like remdesivir and dexamethasone are more promising. You don’t hear Trump or Craig Kelly talking about those drugs though. Why not?

    Many people around the world rely on hydroxychloroquine for relief of symptoms. This drug is used to treat not only my condition – sarcoidosis – but also lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, other autoimmune conditions and malaria.

    Craig Kelly and his kind, by continuing to promote and demand the use of a drug that has been proven useless against COVID-19 are creating a shortage of this drug. Those who need it are now unable to get their regular supplies, especially in the US where Trump’s lies are treated as gospel truth by far too many ignorant people.

    So go ahead, Craig, promote this drug if you want, but spare a thought for those battling life-long conditions who may not be able to get the relief this drug provides because of loons like you who insist on spreading lies.

  5. Paywalled but incognito can get you over,or under, the wall.

    Why the Working Class Votes Against Its Economic Interests

    One of the mysteries in politics for decades now has been why white working-class Americans began to vote Republican in large numbers in the 1960s and 1970s. After all, it was Democrats who supported labor unions, higher minimum wages, expanded unemployment insurance, Medicare and generous Social Security, helping to lift workers into the middle class.

    Of course, an alternative economic view, led by economists like Milton Friedman, was that this turn toward the Republican Party was rational and served workers’ interests. He emphasized free markets, entrepreneurialism and the maximization of profit. These, Friedman argued, would raise wages for many and even most Americans.

    But wages did not rise. And yet many in the working class kept voting Republican, still seemingly angered by Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, which was dedicated to helping the poor and assuring equal rights for people of color. In the 1980s, under Ronald Reagan, income inequality began to rise sharply; wages for typical Americans stagnated and poverty and homelessness increased…………………..

  6. While our new wood heater was being installed today, I slipped down to the bakery to get some bread. Everyone I saw was wearing a mask. In the bakery the women were all wearing masks and a sign on the door said “No Masks, No Service”. Grandson called in after school, wearing a mask, he is pleased to be going back to home learning, can sleep in for longer.

    Our little town has about 500 people, or maybe a bit more. I love our little town.

  7. So many stupid people!

    First, this mass stupidity. Why anyone would want to go near a cruise ship now is a mystery to me.

    Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts
    Outbreaks of Covid-19 recorded on MS Roald Amundsen in Norway and the Paul Gauguin in Tahiti
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/03/two-cruise-ships-hit-by-coronavirus-weeks-after-industry-restarts

    Next – in Australia we have more than our fair share of dingbats.

    A man playing Pokemon Go is among the 172 fines issued in Victoria for coronavirus restriction breaches. Police say officers found the Sunshine man out and about in Melbourne.

    Among those fined include 27 people failing to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four approved reasons.

    There were also 22 infringements issued at vehicle checkpoints.

    Police did 4,366 spot checks on people at homes, businesses and public places across the state on Sunday.

    Among other breaches were a Keilor man on the Surf Coast who admitted he travelled there on Friday to stay at his holiday home, a woman at Southern Cross station attempting to travel to Bendigo, two men at a fast-food outlet in Hobsons Bay admitted staying at a friend’s house in Altona overnight and a group of people at a Point Cook birthday party

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/aug/03/australia-coronavirus-live-update-daniel-andrews-stage-4-restrictions-victoria-curfew-nsw-queensland-covid-19-latest-news?page=with:block-5f2776018f08bb338d709f3e#liveblog-navigation

    And from Mullumbimby, the anti-vaxxer capital of Australia, there’s this loon –

    A 53-year-old man was fined after hosting a house party at his home in Mullumbimby. He told police he was aware there were too many attendees but wasn’t worried because he believes Coronavirus is just a flu

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-fines-wagga-wagga-woman-charged-with-coughing-on-police-mullumbimby-man-says-virus-is-just-a-flu/54b5e763-182e-4045-8ab1-6539378c8503

    Australians have only themselves to blame for the latest outbreaks, they just won’t listen, they think it’s funny to disobey the rules.

    I agree with every word of this –

    This makes perfect sense!#melbournelockdown #coronavirus @LiberalVictoria @VictorianLabor @RitaPanahi @jeff_kennett @TimSmithMP pic.twitter.com/vebzgkv7DO— Ray (@ScallywagRay) August 3, 2020

  8. leonetwo

    So many stupid people!

    I read an article in a NZ paper which was about kiwis now stuck in Melbourne. A common comment from the people they spoke to was how effing slack observance of the previous restrictions were. People were not taking it seriously.

    • People are really slack here too. I go out only when there is no alternative – medical stuff and last Friday to take my poor, neglected car for its rego check. (My insurance company is giving me a $50 gift card because they say no-one is using their car much now and we deserve some compensation.) I have all the shopping delivered now, even my prescription drugs. Friday was the first time I have left the house/property for three weeks.

      No 1 Son tells me the shops are crowded on Saturdays, almost like Christmas. No-one wears masks or bothers with social distancing.

      We have not had a case here since May, so everyone has become very complacent. There are cases in Newcastle now, just a bit under three hours drive away, so it won’t be long before an outbreak happens here, especially as the winter tourist influx is well under way.

    • Leone, All the selfishness of the Survivor, Big Brother, vote- the-best-rival-off-the-island tv shows are coming home to roost, imo. When Big Brother first started showing and my youngest daughter got hooked on watching it, I said it rewarded the very worst human attitudes and behaviours.

  9. First day of compulsory face coverings in Ballarat. It’s been pretty relieving so far to see that roughly 95% of us are complying.

    A lot of us are nervous and unhappy, but, everyone I’ve encountered today has been friendly, supportive and accepting of the new situation. Hopefully there won’t be too many clusters breaking out here.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Peter Hartcher has a god look at what a Biden win would mean to US-China relations and what it could mean for Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/competition-without-catastrophe-us-policy-with-china-if-biden-wins-20200803-p55hxz.html
    The NSW government will exhaust all options with restrictions before it shuts down the economy, with a key minister saying stubborn case numbers could force changes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/stubborn-case-numbers-will-drive-nsw-s-response-to-covid-19-20200803-p55i5q.html
    Greg Sheridan says that the state of emergency and extreme lockdown in Victoria is the right strategy for this horrible moment in the fight against COVID-19, and consistent with all international evidence.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-extreme-measures-required-to-conquer-extremely-vicious-enemy/news-story/5fde04e2690857f3a9a3b677dd58c7f0
    Samantha Dick agrees.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/08/04/stage-4-stage-5-coronavirus/
    Sally Whyte explains what Morrison has offered on paid pandemic leave and how we got to this point.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6861021/pandemic-leave-what-has-been-announced-and-how-did-we-get-here/?cs=17318
    More on this from Paul Karp.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/03/morrison-announces-1500-pandemic-leave-disaster-payment-for-workers-with-no-sick-leave
    Australia won’t recover unless Victoria does too. The federal government must step up says the Grattan Institute.
    https://theconversation.com/australia-wont-recover-unless-victoria-does-too-the-federal-government-must-step-up-143840
    Katies Burgess reports that MPs from across Australia will still converge on Canberra later this month, despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria forcing the state into stage four lockdown.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6862328/parliament-to-resume-despite-victorian-lockdown/?cs=17318
    Caroline Overington writes that poorly trained security guards on a so-called “crazy floor” of the Rydges Hotel in Melbourne’s Swanston Street may have let COVID-19 escape into the community, after they became overwhelmed by hysterical guests who were screaming, crying and banging on walls, begging to be let out.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/coronavirus-on-the-crazy-floor-people-were-going-nuts/news-story/e20cfd913d6b518549e51105f58663db
    Rather than leave an important public policy decision to the lawyers and regulators, or left to the veto of the ACTU, the law regarding casual worker needs to be urgently fixed urges the editorial in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/end-the-casual-confusion-20200803-p55i4y
    Jill Margo writes that top experts say the unprecedented restrictions being imposed on Victorians will succeed in suppressing the virus – if human frustration and community transmissions can be kept under control.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/two-things-could-bring-the-crackdown-unstuck-20200803-p55i25
    As ‘lockdown fatigue’ sets in, the toll on mental health will require an urgent response says psychiatry professor, Ian Hickie.
    https://theconversation.com/as-lockdown-fatigue-sets-in-the-toll-on-mental-health-will-require-an-urgent-response-143817
    Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims has warned of criminal cartels targeting COVID-19 support packages, including cyber scammers attempting to defraud the Morrison government’s early access to superannuation scheme.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-access-to-super-sees-criminals-move-in/news-story/763551373f2447431190c6ed7c45f2fe
    Meanwhile superannuation accounts are dwindling as millions of Australians fund their own rescue during the pandemic, writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-stimulus-with-your-retirement-savings,14163
    Victoria is in its own world of pain with businesses and individuals now suffering an extreme lockdown that will decimate the economy and spread across borders says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/carpet-bombing-the-victorian-economy-20200803-p55i43
    Victoria’s rise in Covid-19 case numbers is occurring so rapidly that contact tracing can no longer be relied upon to unearth all potential clusters in the state, according to epidemiologists who argue health detective work “won’t make much difference when you’ve got thousands of active cases potentially out there”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/04/victorias-contact-tracing-effort-buckles-under-the-weight-of-covid-19-cases
    Tax reform architect Ken Henry has revived the mining tax debate, saying Australia’s economically ‘illiterate’ failure to tax the mining boom properly has cost the country dearly.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/tax-and-super/henry-blasts-mining-tax-stupidity-20200803-p55hzj
    Greg Jericho says that unlike previous recessions, Australia did not enter this one with a strong economy. His collection of charts is telling!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/04/unlike-previous-recessions-australia-did-not-enter-this-one-with-a-strong-economy
    And Paul Bongiorno says that staving off a depression is Australia’s last best hope.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/04/paul-bongiorno-staving-off-depression-australia-best-hope/
    An Adelaide man is due to front court charged with eight counts of breaching South Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions. He’s in a spot of bother, I’d say.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/sa/2020/08/04/south-australia-coronavirus-breach-court/
    Ad Astra wonders if adversarial politics is damaging our democracy.
    https://theaimn.com/is-adversarial-politics-damaging-our-democracy/
    More follow up from Lisa Visentin and Alexandra Smith as the CEO of the NSW government’s troubled insurer icare has quit after it emerged he was stripped of a bonus for failing to properly declare his wife had been given a contract with the agency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/icare-boss-quits-after-failing-to-declare-his-wife-s-involvement-20200803-p55i2i.html
    And Adele Fergusson writes that the jaw-dropping revelations show icare must be overhauled. She says NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet needs to step up and take decisive action to arrest this disaster.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/jaw-dropping-revelations-show-icare-must-be-overhauled-20200803-p55i61.html
    David Crowe explains how a former Coalition minister has slammed the federal government’s handling of aged care and called for major structural change in a submission that exposes years of failure to help older Australians. Connie’s gone rogue!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-chose-futile-bureaucratic-exercise-over-aged-care-reform-liberal-mp-says-20200803-p55i2g.html
    Elizabeth Knight postulates that many businesses won’t survive Melbourne’s extreme lockdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/state-of-disaster-many-businesses-won-t-survive-melbourne-s-extreme-lockdown-20200803-p55i4s.html
    Epidemiologist Catharine Bennett is of the opinion that the latest restrictions in Victoria became a self-fulfilling prophecy. She says the one advantage of a second wave is that we know exactly what we are capable of, and what we have already achieved.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/latest-restrictions-became-a-self-fulfilling-prophecy-20200803-p55i0u.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that the stage four lockdown in Victoria is increasing pressure on NSW to tighten its own COVID-19 restrictions but it should still be possible for that state to adopt a more carefully calibrated posture that balances jobs and health.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-must-stand-ready-to-toughen-covid-19-rules-20200803-p55i42.html
    Supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open but almost all other retailing in Melbourne, including hardware stores, will be closed to customers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/most-shops-apart-from-supermarkets-pharmacies-to-shut-under-stage-four-20200803-p55i3s.html
    Anthony Galloway previews Richard Marles’ appearance at the NPC today. Marles will get stuck into the government over the submarines program and it’s handling of relations with China,
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/profoundly-compromised-labor-ramps-up-attacks-on-delayed-submarines-20200803-p55i2b.html
    Andrew Tillett also writes about Marles’ speech.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-accused-of-monumental-failure-on-submarines-20200803-p55i1v
    Idiot Andrew Laming has defended idiot Craig Kelly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-mp-defends-colleagues-taking-on-medical-experts-20200803-p55i7j.html
    This is what Labor thinks of Kelly – and they are not alone!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/03/labor-condemns-craig-kellys-suggestion-daniel-andrews-could-face-25-years-in-jail-for-hydroxychloroquine-ban
    Cara Waters and Eryk Bagshaw say that any Microsoft deal to purchase TikTok would resolve many of Australia’s security concerns about the social media platform, according to government MPs and investors.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/microsoft-buying-tiktok-would-allay-australia-s-security-concerns-20200803-p55i5b.html
    Darren Gray says that three corporate giants have combined to develop the country’s biggest PET plastic recycling plant in a $45 million deal in a boost to the waste industry after it was plunged into crisis when China imposed strict rules around Australia’s rubbish.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/recycling-plant-set-to-boost-waste-industry-after-china-blow-20200802-p55hpg.html
    Brian Touhy writes that Peter Dutton is pushing a bill that would give Australia the right to force overseas companies to disclose data about Australian citizens. It would also give reciprocal rights to a number of foreign governments. He looks at the concerns about his being expressed by several parties.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/security-concerns-over-reciprocal-data-exchange-deal-20200731-p55h7w.html
    Peter Leahy’s wife is a director of a company awarded $38 million in contracts from federal departments, mostly Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade. The company had earned $2.2 million in revenue from federal government contracts before Leahy resigned as Chief. Michelle Fahy investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/family-ties-defence-contracts-go-to-company-linked-to-wife-of-former-army-chief/
    Trent Zimmermann has written an open letter to serial clown Malcolm Roberts about climate change. Unfortunately it will be like water off a duck’s back.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/yes-senator-climate-change-is-real-a-liberal-mp-s-open-letter-to-one-nation-s-malcolm-roberts-20200730-p55gww.html
    Patrick Hatch reports that Crown Resorts is still working with a “junket” partner despite being warned in several due diligence reports that its owner has links to organised crime and even after being directly challenged about the relationship by the nation’s anti-money laundering watchdog.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/crown-did-not-review-junket-partner-despite-red-flags-inquiry-hears-20200803-p55hzi.html
    The New York Times’ Tim Tankersley reckons Trump isn’t in any hurry to save his economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/trump-isn-t-in-any-hurry-to-save-his-economy-20200803-p55hvi.html
    Unwilling to accept defeat or his declining popularity in the polls, President Trump is attempting to sow doubt and division among U.S. voters in a last-ditch campaign to regain control of the political narrative. Claire McMullen reports from Washington.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/president-trump-struggles-for-a-winning-image-as-losing-looks-likely,14165
    Working people will pay the price for the Tories’ ideological pandemic response writes Ed Miliband.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/03/working-people-pay-price-tory-ideological-pandemic-response-furlough-scheme-ed-miliband
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/dr-ageless-fined-over-fake-breakthrough-covid-19-treatment-20200803-p55hyq.html

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  11. Craig Kelly is one of the CrimeMinister’s pet thugs. Remember – Kelly was not going to be given pre-selection for the last election until the CrimeMinister intervened and “saved” him.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/dec/03/nsw-party-bows-to-morrison-pressure-to-save-craig-kelly-from-preselection

    The CrimeMinister is encouraging these attacks on Labor state governments and Labor premiers, his refusal to censure the rubbish and dangerous opinions being touted by Kelly proves that.

    We have no national leadership in this crisis, we just have a party hack with an agenda to demonise Labor premiers. He uses the pandemic for political point scoring. The MSM cheer him on, agree with him and promote his attempts at divisiveness.

  12. Deb Frecklington six weeks ago –

    Deb Frecklington today –

    So what does she really want? Open borders or closed borders? No-one does mental confusion like a Queensland LNP leader.

  13. Angry, angry, angry. Got home in time to watch todays presser with Dan Andrews. At 11.59 abc cut him off, to talk about the news or something. Flicked the tv to Ch7 for the midday movies, lo and behold Dan and crew were still being televised. What is the effing point of having an abc news channel that cuts of live interview???????

  14. Before I go angry I was going to say, we had to go into town for an appointment, then Razz badly needed shearing, and while that was occurring I sat in the car. I did not see one person that was not wearing a mask. I was very very pleasantly surprised.

    Glad that this part of Victoria has got the message.

    No matter what happens politically in Victoria, I will forever be grateful that we have Dan Andrews as our Premier right now.

  15. Yes, I was surprised how well the mask wearing is going in Bendigo too, at the local ish Woolies and Aldi everyone, people walking and cycling too, about half the people in cars, no sign of panic buying.

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