Vale Neddie

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


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.







Goodbye Ned . The best mate I ever had.

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

1,747 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. It takes a threat to the ABC and some harsh words about government lies from Ita Buttrose to get Nine to criticise the government.

    Rob Harris and Zoe Samios –

    Mr Fletcher and Prime Minister Scott Morrison staunchly defended the level of funding provided to the ABC, insisting the government has not cut its budget, and backed the national broadcaster’s efforts to be more focused on regional and suburban Australia

    I notice the tired old lie “but we give them more money every year” was dragged out by the CrimeMinister.. There is plenty of evidence to prove he was, as always, telling lies.

    Just a few facts from a nifty graphic –

    Since the 2014 budget the ATM government has hacked away at ABC funding with cuts and freezes.

    In real terms ABC funding is now 30% less than it was three decades ago.

    Since 2013 staff numbers have fallen by 13%.

    ABC programming has been cut because of decreased funding.

    On a per capita basis the ABC receives less funding than other major nationally owned broadcasters around the world.

    Click to access ABC-fact-sheet.pdf

  2. Body language always reveals the CrimeMinister’s thinking.

    Yesterday while making his arts not-funding announcement that still left thousands without any income or support he slowly rubbed his hands together. That told us a lot.

    Rubbing the hands slowly often comes across as devious when accompanied with a smug smile. A used car salesman will slowly rub his hands together as he cooks up a plan to pocket a larger commission for himself at your expense. Slow hand rubbing usually means that good is coming to the sender of the message alone, whereas quick rubbing usually indicates mutual benefit. The slow hand rubber is diminishing and concealing his signal by slowing it down or even possibly hiding it, whereas the fast rubber is making his gesture more obvious with his hands in plain view, so both parties can share in the anticipation

    Morrison’s slow hand rub. Expectation of something underhanded . An anticipation which will only benefit himself & no one else . Clueless ‘buyers of funding.’ The motives accompany slow hand rub at the cost of someone else. A villain. A slow hand rub underhanded & selfish. #Arts— 💧Sara (@_sara_jade_) June 25, 2020

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  4. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert – (can’t find the rest of the vid)

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    friendlyjordies –

  5. Federal MP Gladys Liu, whose lawyers were in the High Court of Australia today (18/9/19) to defend the electoral fraud allegations, is refusing to answer questions regarding the $2.1 million court judgment in her company’s favour in 2016. Liu owned a company that mysteriously didn’t have an ABN but somehow a finance company was ordered by the Federal Court to pay her $2.1 million.

  6. Waffles was quite good at finger wagging

    Scott Morrison has said Australia’s economic response to Covid-19 will enter a “another phase” in September, with industrial relations flexibility to be rolled over to support part-time jobs and talks with the big banks about extending loan repayment holidays.

    Oh yes, let’s have more part-time jobs! NOT.

  7. The Europeans and the South Americans voted for Colombia: the rest, and the FIFA chairman, voted for the Antipodes. They just found the trek down under too unpleasant.

    • And this little gem

      English FA chairman Greg Clarke. Clarke’s decision to align with the Colombian bid appeared set when reports emerged before the vote he had refused to take a phone call from New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

      and this

      Despite scoring 4.1 out of five in a Fifa evaluation report compared to Colombia’s 2.9 score, the combined Australia and New Zealand bid was overlooked by English FA chairman Greg Clarke in the vote at the Fifa Council meeting.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s another Saturday Special!

    The floodgates are opening! Jacqui Maley and Kate McClymont now tell us that Dyson Heydon allegedly sexually harassed young women while he was Trade Unions royal commissioner and at the exclusive Commonwealth Club where he stayed while on the High Court.
    A superb contribution here from Julia Baird about how many in the legal profession knew about Heydon’s proclivities.
    According to The Australian’s Katrina Grace Kelly, the Dyson Heydon sexual harassment inquiry was fair and lawful.
    Do yourself a favour and read this sparkling contribution from Paul Bongiorno. He goes into the appointment of Heydon to the “Get Shorten and Gillard” royal commission and then to his fall from grace.
    Allegations against former High Court judge Dyson Heydon have delivered the legal profession its “us too” moment – and the Law Council is determined not to waste it explains the AFR’s legal editor Michael Pelly.
    Former judge’s associate Bri Lee writes about sexual harassment in the legal profession.
    Rob Harris and Zoe Samios report that the ABC put forward two separate proposals offering to open more regional studios, expand its coverage of remote communities and hire more journalists in rural areas in return for the federal government dumping its decision to freeze annual funding indexation. Fletcher has been playing funny buggers by the look of it.
    In this stirring op-ed Ita Buttrose writes that it’s been a devastating week for the ABC, and all Australians will suffer.
    And Margaret Simmons accuses Morrison of being fancy-pants in saying there are no cuts to the ABC.
    Here Gerard Henderson salivates over the job cuts at the ABC.
    The Saturday Paper’s Rick Morton reveals that two days before the ABC confirmed that up to 250 jobs will be cut across the organisation, the federal government finalised a $200,000 offer for consultants to prepare a report on news and media business models looking specifically at the impact of public broadcasters “on commercial operators”.
    Australia has been engaged in a global battle to secure enough test kits, ventilators and protective equipment to manage the virus – and it’s every country for itself explains the AFR’s Ronald Mizen.
    If the PM spurns Albanese’s climate peace offer, Labor will be left with a painful problem opines Katharine Murphy. And she also says that if the ALP loses Eden-Monaro next Saturday, it will be a significant blow to morale and a green light for internal mischief
    In quite a forthright article Ross Gittins concludes it with, “We should take a more hard-nosed, business-like attitude towards foreign investors such as the miners, which make huge profits but employ very few workers. When state governments fall over themselves building infrastructure for them and offering royalty holidays and other inducements, it matters greatly how much company tax they pay before they ship their profits back home.”
    Phil Coorey reports that Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has urged bank bosses to keep lending, as he expresses fears of a second spike in unemployment when government assistance winds down after September 30.
    Australia is doing well by international standards. But it has to change if that lead back to prosperity is to be kept says the editorial in the AFR.
    Scott Morrison has said Australia’s economic response to Covid-19 will enter a “another phase” in September, with industrial relations flexibility to be rolled over to support part-time jobs and talks with the big banks about extending loan repayment holidays.
    Australia must reject austerity and embrace targeted spending to beat this recession say these three economists in The Guardian.
    Coronavirus and its lethal politics chipping away at life as we knew it, writes Paul Kelly.
    Coronavirus infections in Melbourne with an unknown source are at their highest levels since the pandemic reached Victoria, placing the state in a “dangerous situation”.
    Nick McKenzie and Lisa Visentin look at ASIO’s interest in NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane.
    Peter Hartcher says that if there were any doubt about Australia’s resolve to stand its ground in the face of a full-force pressure campaign from China, those doubts evaporated yesterday.
    The Department of Home Affairs is cementing its role as chief co-ordinator of Australian security, rolling out permanent and as-required taskforces across government and the community to tackle threats in the real world and online, writes Karen Middleton. It’s extending its reach, she says.
    Clive Hamilton writes that Friday’s raids on the office and home of openly pro-Beijing NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane will attract the close attention of intelligence and security agencies across the Western world.
    Mike Seccombe has some information that suggests the university fee changes will not markedly affect the rates of take up of courses intended by the government.
    Dennis Atkins thinks the Eden-Monaro byelection is a test run for pandemic-era politics.
    Scott Connolly warns that the Morrison government is currently softening the ground to backflip on its long-standing commitment to abide by the already legislated increase in the superannuation guarantee to 12 per cent.
    David Penberthy’s review of Christopher Pyne’s “tell all” book is worth reading.
    Richard Ackland’s pot pouri is worth a read,
    Dana McCauley explains how travellers entering NSW will face extra time in hotel quarantine if they refuse a COVID-19 test, after national cabinet agreed on stricter measures to stop thousands of people being released into the community while potentially carrying the deadly coronavirus. Fair enough.
    Almost 5000 thermometers will be distributed to tourism operators, who are asking visitors from Melbourne to act responsibly amid the city’s COVID-19 spike.
    South Australia could record up to 25 more coronavirus cases from international visitors arriving in the state this weekend, authorities warn, as theatres were given the green light to open.
    Noel Towell thinks that Dan Andrews must recapture hearts and minds after his military manoeuvres went awry.
    The Andrews Government has had a victory in Victoria with the passing of new laws that will serve as a win for industrial relations, writes William Olson.,14041
    Rick Morton explains how divisions at The Age cost its editor his job.
    Tony Wright farewells Brendan Murphy from his gig as Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.
    The AIMN explains the inhumanity around gig economy jobs.
    Emma Koehn writes about the local head of $80 billion DNA sequencing biotech Illumina calling on the federal government to develop a national plan to better leverage genomic research and attract global medtechs to Australia.
    This is a very concerning look inside the cyber attack operations emanating from Beijing.
    According to Elizabeth Knight Virgin’s new private equity owners are set to track Qantas’ job-shedding route, with the rescued airline looking to slash about 30 per cent of its 9500-strong workforce.
    Adam Morton tells us that the Morrison government is being urged to fix the use of environmental offsets to approve developments after an audit found major flaws in a system supposed to help protect threatened species from extinction.
    John Lord puts it to us that conservative parties view social engineering as a means of changing society to fit their own ideology.
    Tony Wright has written a lovely tribute to national living treasure Barry Jones and the latest edition of his magnus opus.
    The Government’s reliance on the gas industry is killing our planet, but medical professionals are raising awareness, write Drs Graeme McLeay and Ingo Weber.,14039
    Art critic John McDonald proclaims that the new Powerhouse will not be a museum but rather a global embarrassment.
    The IMF has concluded that India will likely be the hardest hit among the largest economies by the pandemic.
    Elizabeth Farrelly has a big, frustrated spit, sating that everywhere you look, Australia behaves like the greedy schoolkid of climate class, wanting only to evade scrutiny, grab the cake and stuff it in gob.
    Facebook is changing a number of policies relating to hate speech and voter suppression on the platform, the chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, said in a surprise live video yesterday. More than 100 brands have joined a boycott of advertising on Facebook due to its failure to address hate speech and violence on the platform – most recently the major advertisers Verizon and Unilever.
    Judith Brett goes into how the Nationals became a party for coal.
    Sue Mitchell tells us how the shift in shopping habits triggered by the pandemic has ramifications for not only retailers but landlords and investors and there’s a growing realisation all parties will have to share the pain in this new “normal” state.
    Peter FitzSimons’ weekly sporting article is worth a look.
    John Perik explains how AFL great Nicky Winmar and leading sports photographer Wayne Ludbey are taking legal action against AFL identities Sam Newman, Don Scott and Mike Sheahan over claims made on their podcast that Winmar’s famous pointing to his skin in 1993 was not about racism.
    The absence of Stephen Dank from an official record of disqualified people in sport has prompted Australia’s drugs-in-sport watchdog to contact the World Anti-Doping Agency about adding the disgraced sports scientist to its global list.
    America is losing the fight against itself and a pandemic that doesn’t recognise political divisions and it faces a bleak scenario of death and disruption writes the AFR’s correspondent in the US, Jacob Greber.
    How America become a pariah nation of super-spreaders.
    Yesterday Mike Pence hailed “truly remarkable progress” in America’s battle with the coronavirus pandemic, despite the US reporting a record 40,000 new cases in the previous 24 hours, the highest daily total of the outbreak. What planet is he on?
    Swedish exceptionalism has been ended by coronavirus writes Erik Augustin Palm.
    The UK will have to “live with the consequences” of Boris Johnson ditching Theresa May’s plan to maintain close economic ties with the EU after Brexit, Angela Merkel has said, hardening her tone over the prospect of a no-deal scenario at the end of the year.
    From London Bevan Shields writes that not even Boris Johnson’s trademark bluff and bluster can hide the grim truths about the scale of Britain’s coronavirus crisis. He says the UK is about to make some new mistakes.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Alan Moir

    Mark Knight

    Simon Letch

    Matt Davidson

    Tom Jellett

    Jon Kudelka

    John Shakespeare

    Joe Benke

    Jim Pavlidis

    Andrew Dyson

    Peter Broelman

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  9. Deserves repeating

    Neither Kotvojs or Hicks got a go, though the ministers made plenty of reference to what a splendid job Kotvojs was doing. Poor old Trevor Hicks was studiously ignored by the PM.

    The stand-out moment, though, was the triple-somersault-with-pike performed by the Prime Minister in answer to a journalist’s question which noted the new funding measures would “mainly benefit voters in Eden-Monaro. So how is this not pork barrelling?”

    We won’t ask you to read all 332 words of the PM’s answer, but suffice to say it started like this:

    “Well, I think that’s a pretty offensive question to people who’ve lost everything in bushfires …”

    And finished like this:

    “This is about rebuilding economies. Now, that is exactly the point that we’ve been making through Fiona Kotvojs as candidates [sic], as the Liberal Candidate for Eden-Monaro”.

    “Fiona” being “part of my team” got three more mentions, including “by supporting Fiona at the by-election, you can ensure that she’s there working with me to get that job done”.

    You can see how offensive the pork-barrelling suggestion must have been, can’t you?

  10. NSW police couldn’t even get his name right – there are 3 tweets here, read them all.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers on Slow Sunday.

    Ben Grubb describes how the federal government’s COVIDSafe app has not identified any close contacts of a person infected with coronavirus who had not already been found through manual contact tracing, despite being downloaded by more than 6 million Australians in two months. So much for THAT silver bullet!
    Greg Jericho says that it’s time our political leaders face reality and admit Australia is in a deep recession.
    Jacqui believes that the Morrison government is marching us towards anti-intellectualism.
    Peter Fitzsimons describes the government’s defunding of the ABC as Trumpian madness.
    And the editorial in The Age says the ABC must be funded to tell us what we need to know.
    What would we go without to properly fund the ABC? Try one less submarine suggests Warwick McFadyen.
    Josie Dempster, a young female barrister, tells us about the ubiquitous nature of sexual harassment within the legal profession.
    Jack Waterford says that “Dirty Dyson” has demolished his own reputation.
    Victoria’s 41 new cases on Saturday come as ADF members bolster testing sites and data shows public transport numbers spiked in Melbourne’s ‘hotspots’ in June.
    John elder makes a case for civilian oversight of the police force’s use of tasers.
    Jennifer Duke writes that Australia’s 2 million landlords will miss out on billions of dollars in rental income over the next two years as tenants struggle to pay, with housing market researchers suspecting many more property investors will claim a financial loss.
    Coronavirus is removing employment barriers and will accelerate a population shift away from cities, the Regional Australia Institute has said.
    In NSW Brad Hazzard will not make testing mandatory but has updated the public health orders to ensure returned travellers would have to stay longer in quarantine if they refuse to be tested for the virus. Fair enough!
    Kate Aubusson reports that scientists scattered across the globe can share their data on a new digital platform, pooling their knowledge and discoveries and skills to fast track vital treatments for COVID-19.
    You know the world has officially spun off its axis when Nick Kyrgios becomes the voice of reason says David Penberhty.
    You know the world has officially spun off its axis when Nick Kyrgios becomes the voice of reason.

    Kangaroo Island is struggling to recover amid bushfire grief and Covid-19.
    Virgin Australia’s preferred buyer – US private equity firm Bain Capital – plans to pare back the airline, cut high-end comforts for flyers and relaunch with about half its existing fleet as early as September.
    Mark Zuckerberg has finally caved in and says Facebook will now flag or ban content containing hate-speech or misinformation, including that from Trump.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Matt Davidson

    Sean Leahy

    From the US

  12. NZ picked up 4 more cases of the Plague. Now it seems 80-90% of the 22 cases picked up in the last week or so came in from the Sub Continent flying Air Indian on repatriation flights. Now either India is absolutely riddled with Covid 19 or flying is not as safe as people have been lead to believe when it comes to transmission of the Plague.

    I can see even returning Kiwis being line for being told ‘GO AWAY’ . All these cases have been picked up at quarantine facilities but a lot of the people I know are pissed at them bring ‘The Plague’ back in to the country. Everything is still level 1 but it only takes 1 slip up.

  13. leonetwo
    Testing is now compulsory at 3 days and 12 days of their 14 day quarantine. They have been picking up a number on the day 3 test so it is good to get that early one in. They were a bit slack on that at the beginning but as a Air Force guy just said at the briefing people will..

    …not be allowed to leave managed isolation facilities until they returned a negative covid test which would be taken on day 12.

  14. Was waiting for the Dan Andrews Covid press conference scheduled for 10:30.
    It eventually started at 11:30
    Why was the Press Conference delayed? PM still at church? fierce discussions about further public health measures?

    I noticed that ABC News TV started showing the empty podium at bottom corner of screen from 11:23
    Was the ABC flooded with calls from irate viewers demanding the Press Conference be broadcast issuing slurs about failure to broadcast emergency information?

    Anyway Dan Andrews shared some snippets about behaviours that caused transmission
    – sharing a cigarette lighter
    – car pooling

    Dan returned to podium to rescue Chief Health Officer who was getting bogged down re transmission amongst newer migrants to remind all that transmission started with the ASPEN group. No one pointed out that newer migrants have low paid jobs, and no sick pay or access to commonwealth welfare payments

    Hoping the spit test overcomes people’s refusal to allow small children to be tested. Stamford Hotel is running as another part of The Alfred Hospital

    • A few days ago Dan Andrews said that most early quarantine flights were virus free but everyone on the flight from Montevideo, Uraguay contracted the virus. That was a 17 hour flight!

    • Dan Andrews said in response to a question about should people who refuse a COVID test pay for the additional 10 days in quarantine hotels

      “Making people pay for their detention is a precedent we do not want to set and is likely illegal”

      Tell that to Border Force who give refugees a bill for cost of their detention as they forcibly repatriate them

  15. Porter thinks he can do better than Susan Kiefel?

    What sort of whitewash will he come up with?

    The federal attorney general, Christian Porter, says his department will investigate allegations that the former high court judge Dyson Heydon sexually harassed a former staffer of the trade union royal commission.

    The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday reported claims by a female administrative assistant that Heydon touched her inappropriately in Canberra in 2014, while he was the royal commissioner investigating the union movement.

    It follows reporting by the newspaper that an independent inquiry commissioned by the high court had found Heydon sexually harassed six associates during his tenure on the court, from 2003 to 2013.

    • How valuable is this lecherous old man to the government
      They are protecting him and alienating every woman voter

    • Old Handsy is obviously very precious to the Liberal Party and must be protected no matter what.

      The female investigator believed the women brave enough to give evidence, but Porter does not believe them. That alone tells us so much about why no -one came forward until now, even though Handsy had been sexually harassing women for years. .

      Porter is just another misogynist pig.

  16. He has zero value to the wider community. However, I shudder to imagine how much a certain party owes him – or vice versa.

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Jennifer Duke writes that the federal government has been accused of “keeping Australians in the dark” over its new plan for the stimulus scheme that has helped keep about 3 million people in work.
    Shaun Carney reckons we could do with more straight talk on the economy. He says the pandemic is not a six months passing phase and there will be no “snap back”.
    With Qantas laying off 6000 workers last week and Deloitte cutting 700 jobs, the Grattan Institute weighs in, saying that unless governments act, there’s going to be a lot more of this. It says Australian governments must urgently develop an economic transition plan for the next six to 12 months.
    Ross Gittins thinks Morrison is in for a rude shock on post-pandemic economics.
    Peter Martin writes that there will be no big bounce. He outlines a 2020-21 economic survey pointing to a weak recovery getting weaker, amid declining living standards
    John Kehoe tells us that the federal government is actively considering making permanent some coronavirus “regulatory shields” for businesses to cut red tape and attract investment in the economic recovery.
    Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created in Australia by hurrying the shift to zero greenhouse gas emissions, a study backed by business and investment leaders has found. Adam Morton explains how decarbonising the economy by investing in renewable energy, clean buildings, clean transport and manufacturing could help fight the recession
    The AFR’s Sarah Turner explains how Australia’s leading economists believe the pandemic-triggered JobKeeper program could hamper the recovery if it remains in place for too long
    Shane Wright writes that young Australians entering the workforce in the nation’s worst recession will take a decade-long $32,000 hit to their incomes, with calls growing for the Morrison government to develop a new $30 billion stimulus package to avoid an even deeper downturn.
    Hooray! Fergus Hunter reports that Morrison has threatened the charity status and government funding of organisations that refuse to sign up to the child sexual abuse redress scheme by the tomorrow’s deadline. I’ll believe this when it actually happens.
    Doug Dingwall reports that the federal Attorney-General’s Department has drawn criticism from the ANAO for its handling of efforts to raise awareness of regulations safeguarding government decision-making from undue influence by lobbyists.
    The owners of 130 buildings in inner Sydney have been told to replace flammable cladding or reveal more details about the composition of materials used, leaving individual apartment owners facing bills running into the tens of thousands of dollars. So the spivs win again?
    Slowly it comes out. The senior army officer in charge of Australia’s special forces admitted during an extraordinary confidential briefing to dozens of troops at SAS headquarters that some elite soldiers had committed war crimes in Afghanistan. He used the term “poor moral leadership”.
    Julie Szego tries to make sense of the government’s war on arts degrees.
    Karen Maley thinks it’s time for ASIC to concede defeat in the ‘wagyu and shiraz’ case.
    This anonymous contributor writes that she was a sexually harassed judge’s associate, but at last she’s being heard.
    In a good contribution Amanda Vanstone asks the key question of who knew about Heydon’s behaviour and who turned a blind eye.
    Meanwhile The federal attorney general says his department will investigate allegations that the former high court judge Dyson Heydon sexually harassed a former staffer of the trade union royal commission.
    From his personal experience Andrew Leigh writes about the risks and rewards of being a High Court associate. This is an excellent read.
    The SMH editorial brands the CovidSafe app as a terrible failure.
    Caitlin Fitsimmons tells us that families who use au pairs are scrambling for alternative childcare as about 10,000 backpackers leave Australia every month.
    Members of the Australian Defence Force have been testing hundreds of Victorians for the coronavirus.
    Zac Hope reports that unemployed and career-nervous Australians are turning to the Defence Force in droves through the COVID-19 pandemic, with year-on-year applications up close to 40 per cent in April alone.
    A division has opened up among the nation’s biggest power companies after a second electricity supplier slammed a decision by its peak body to endorse a 2050 net zero emissions target writes Perry Williams in The Australian.
    News that iconic objects in the Powerhouse Museum could be shipped off to regional museums have alarmed critics, including a former NSW premier.
    Six months into his tenure, NAB boss Ross McEwan is warning shareholders to brace for modest dividends even when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
    Daniel Hurst reports that more than 100 regional newspaper publishers and broadcasters across Australia are set to gain funding through a federal government scheme to help media deal with “catastrophic” declines in advertising revenue.
    Kevin Rudd has called on the Australian government to condemn Israel’s proposed annexation of large parts of the West Bank, which he says would undermine the shared goal of a two-state solution and violate international law.
    Simon Tisdall says everyone loses from Netanyahu’s territorial ambitions.
    Dana McCauley tells us that health insurers are calling for rule changes to make their products more appealing to young Australians, whose exodus from funds has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic as unemployment soars.
    Putin is up to no good. But Johnson needs little help in creating chaos writes Nick Cohen.
    US health secretary Alex Azar has warned that “the window is closing” on the country’s chance to take action to effectively curb the coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 2.5m. Nice work from the Idiot-in-Chief!
    Yesterday Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. It’s now deleted and the White House has gone into damage control.
    The Rolling Stones have threatened Trump with a law suit for using their music at his rallies.
    Trump is struggling against two invisible enemies: the coronavirus and Joe Biden writes Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, David Smith.
    Robert Reich outlines Trump’s 25-point plan to keep the presidency.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Jim Pavlidis

    Matt Golding

    Mark David

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    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  18. The developer-loving NSW government relaxes building regulations, ensures that blocks of flats can be built with flammable materials because it’s cheaper for developers, removes restrictions on who can approve buildings allowing in some cases persons from interstate to certify a building met all regulations when they had never seen it, and now those buildings require remedial work to make them safe the owners have to pay.

    How is that fair?

    Surely that responsibility rests on the builders, developers and certifiers, and on the NSW government which allowed the development of shoddy buildings.

    Matt O’Sullivan is a bit out-of-date with his “it’s not fair” article. There is some hope, some new legislation was passed by the NSW parliament earlier this month, although it comes with conditions. I would expect a journalist to have spent a few minutes researching that legislation, not just mention a comment from a spokesperson for the relevant minister, but O’Sullivan didn’t bother.

    Here’s the information O’Sullivan neglected to include.

    New Laws Shake Up Developers in NSW

    Earlier this month the NSW government passed two new bills, the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2020 and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020, enacted to empower apartment owners and hold developers accountable for their work.

    The two bills will provide the legislation needed to support the government’s six-pillar building reform package.

    At the heart of the new legislation is an ability for the secretary of the Department of Customer Service to order the correction of “serious defects” in residential apartment buildings which will be overseen by the NSW building commissioner.

    If you like poring through legislation (I don’t) here are the bills – I went with the bills, not the actual acts because these documents contain explanatory notes that make it easier to understand what is happening.

    Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019

    Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Bill 2020

  19. Leak’s cartoon: The bloke who refused the COVID-19 test while in quarantine doesn’t look like one of those nice caucasion people.

  20. He’s doing his master’s bidding by implying, as Bolt does, that those spreading the virus are immigrants of the non-Anglo variety.

  21. I don’t know who drew this, but I have one bit of nit-picking. Abbott and Turnbull both attacked the CSIRO by slashing funding. There’s not much left for the CrimeMinister to cut.

  22. Major multinational companies including Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Verizon and Unilever have joined forces to boycott Facebook ads, saying the company doesn’t do enough to remove hate speech.

    A growing list of companies have joined the Stop Hate for Profit campaign by vowing to pause their ads on Facebook for the month of July.

    More than 160 companies have pulled their spending so far, but is it enough to force Facebook’s hand to make significant change?

  23. Michael Pascoe follows on from Peter Martin’s article on the Grattan Institute’s survey by 22 economists and decides the CrimeMinister has no credibility

    The verdict is in: Morrison’s plan has zero credibility

    The bottom line is that a wide range of economists can’t see the Morrison government delivering anywhere near the growth Australia needs to restore living standards and get unemployment down close to 5 per cent again

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