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.

1,347 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. Paul Karp is on the job

    Governments cannot address heat as a cause of bushfires so must focus on managing fuel loads instead, the Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro, Fiona Kotvojs, has argued in a submission to the bushfire royal commission.

    Kotvojs, who has a history of downplaying the human contribution to global heating, also argued that bushfire management should be the sole responsibility of state governments, despite Scott Morrison accepting during the summer bushfires the public expects the federal government to play a greater role.

    Kotvojs and her husband, Alan Burdon, made the submission in April, just nine days before the resignation of former Labor MP Mike Kelly set up the Eden Monaro byelection.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/29/eden-monaro-liberal-candidate-says-reducing-fuel-is-the-only-way-to-manage-bushfires?CMP=share_btn_tw

  2. One bit of good news.

    Here is an article from earlier today that explains a bit about community TV.

    https://tvtonight.com.au/2020/06/channel-31-resigned-to-say-goodbye.html

    Guy Rundle had something on it today in Crikey too.

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/06/29/cleaning-spectrum-kills-channel-31-for-no-good-reason/

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Anthony Galloway tells us that Australia will recruit 500 new spies to go after foreign hackers, amid rising tensions with China and a growing wave of attacks against the nation’s critical infrastructure.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/offensive-capability-1-3b-for-new-cyber-spies-to-go-after-hackers-20200629-p557bk.html
    Peter Hartcher says the Morrison government doesn’t want to talk about Trump and the shocking Russian bounty story.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-morrison-government-doesn-t-want-to-talk-about-trump-and-the-shocking-russian-bounty-story-20200629-p55756.html
    Jennifer Duke reports that Greg Combet has accused Liberal MPs of trying to undermine the superannuation system by pushing for rule changes that could put at risk $19.5 billion of planned investment to boost the economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/hugely-disruptive-combet-accuses-liberal-mps-of-undermining-super-system-20200629-p557bg.html
    Shane Wright points to a special ABS survey that shows more than 3.5 million Australians have cut spending or reduced their home loans to survive the coronavirus recession with warnings the economy could take an even larger hit unless immigration levels are boosted.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/three-million-australians-cut-spending-as-virus-recession-hits-income-20200629-p5578i.html
    According to Michael Pascoe, Scott Morrison’s plan to deliver the growth Australia needs over the next five years has negligible credibility.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/06/29/conversation-economists-coronavirus-pascoe/
    Cara Waters explains how Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes, First State Super chief executive Deanne Stewart and former Macquarie Group chair Kevin McCann have backed a plan to create 1.8 million jobs through renewable energy and low emission projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/we-need-a-destination-mike-cannon-brookes-backs-plan-for-1-8-million-jobs-20200629-p5578j.html
    Melissa Davey looks at Victoria’s coronavirus spike, what’s causing it and whether anyone is to blame.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/29/victorias-coronavirus-spike-whats-causing-it-and-is-anyone-to-blame
    Phil Coorey writes that a Victorian barrister and former High Court of Australia associate says former chief justice Murray Gleeson needs to break “the culture of secrecy” and comment about what, if anything, he knows of the alleged behaviour of Dyson Heydon, some of which occurred under his watch.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/barrister-calls-out-murray-gleeson-on-high-court-secrecy-20200629-p5575n
    When unwritten rules among judges protect those who harass women, then it is time for the rules to change writes Kathleen Foley. She certainly gets to the point!
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/time-s-up-for-silence-on-what-happens-in-chambers-20200629-p55743
    In a new Newspoll Daniel Andrews has suffered a sharp drop in support for his handling of the coronavirus, with federal author­ities fearing the state could become the source for a second wave outbreak of the disease. It says this stands in contrast to the increasing confidence voters in most other states are placing in their leaders who have all largely succeeded in suppressing the virus and are moving to rapidly phase out social restrictions.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/premiers-sky-high-as-andrews-halo-slips/news-story/1ea67f3eb2c1c6df10ac3452358b70c3
    Nick Bonyhady says millions of Australian workers may lose access to unpaid pandemic leave tomorrow, with the existing workplace deal set to expire.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pandemic-leave-hangs-in-the-balance-as-negotiations-go-to-the-wire-20200624-p555un.html
    The Australian says business owners across the nation are struggling to recruit staff despite surging unemployment, as calls grow for generous COVID-19 assistance measures to be rolled back amid fears people are being deterred from finding work.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/jobless-opt-for-dole-as-businesses-struggle-to-find-workers-despite-unemployment-surge/news-story/0ebe5e226775055acdfa90a1bd88751b
    The SMH editorial says one of the most damning revelations during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was how leaders within those institutions were willing to cover up the appalling actions of individuals. It concludes with, “It is no longer acceptable to turn a blind eye, to not give whistleblowers or victims the right to be heard and believed, to not investigate claims of wrongdoing. That must be demonstrated by the actions of leaders, for one simple reason. Because it is right.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/true-leadership-means-not-turning-a-blind-eye-to-uncomfortable-truths-20200629-p557d0.html
    It looks like Virginia Trioli was in good form at last night’s QandA.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/30/qa-host-virgina-trioli-rebukes-arts-minister-over-abc-funding-cuts
    Rob Harris tells us how Labor will be urging Eden-Monaro voters to send Liberals messages on JobKeeper.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-urging-eden-monaro-voters-to-send-liberals-messages-on-jobkeeper-20200629-p55791.html
    Just what Albo needs! The Victorian CFMEU and a coalition of other unions have joined forces to challenge the federal ALP’s intervention in the party’s troubled Victorian branch.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/industrial-unions-to-challenge-victorian-labor-takeover-in-court-20200629-p557dc.html
    Tim Costello says that Gladys Berejiklian should heed the health advice on gambling just as she did for COVID.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/premier-should-heed-the-health-advice-on-gambling-just-as-she-did-for-covid-20200629-p5577d.html
    Peter Hannam writes that the South Pole has been warming at triple the global average, as natural variability joins with climate change to produce an abrupt shift in temperature trends.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/nowhere-to-hide-south-pole-warms-up-with-climate-change-a-factor-20200629-p55797.html
    Energy titan Trevor St Baker recently warned that if the government doesn’t introduce fuel efficiency standards Australia would become a global magnet for the “world’s dirty cars”. Some say we already are.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/a-global-dirt-magnet-australia-is-losing-out-from-fuel-efficiency-failures-20200629-p5579u.html
    Melbourne’s COVID-19 hotspots are also housing crisis hotspots.
    https://theconversation.com/overcrowding-and-affordability-stress-melbournes-covid-19-hotspots-are-also-housing-crisis-hotspots-141381
    Matt O’Sullivan reveals that owners in Sydney’s Opal Tower are suing the state government after allegedly discovering more than 500 new defects in the 36-storey apartment building at Olympic Park. What a clusterf**k!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/opal-tower-owners-sue-nsw-government-over-500-new-defects-20200629-p5578w.html
    According to Nick Bonyhady, a report handed to the Morrison government four months ago contains many of the recommendations that would make it harder for powerful men to harass their subordinates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/heydon-firestorm-sparks-calls-for-action-on-sexual-harassment-report-20200626-p556me.html
    The courage and creativity allowed to grow among public servants in the pressure of the COVID-19 crisis will be a “crucial quality” for the federal bureaucracy moving into a post-pandemic world, a senior public service leader has said.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6811458/permission-for-aps-creativity-should-stay-after-pandemic-david-fredericks/?cs=17318#gsc.tab=0
    According to the Grattan Institute, the $1500 a fortnight wage subsidy, which goes from the government via businesses to about three million workers, is being paid in arrears. The system means businesses are having to borrow to pay the wages bill being reimbursed by the tax office and has discouraged some from signing up. It believes the allowances should be paid in advance.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6811587/jobkeeper-should-be-paid-in-advance-think-tank/?cs=14225#gsc.tab=0
    Australians have been given the green light by the European Union to travel to member countries after their local authorities declared the country ‘safe’. We are one of a select few set to be allowed entry into the EU’s 27-member block from July 1, diplomats confirmed just this morning. Now doubt Trump will get all shitty over America being left off the list.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/06/30/european-union-safe-list/
    Doug Dingwall writes about has the ABS has been making changes to keep pace with the fast-moving crisis.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6806307/abs-makes-changes-to-keep-pace-with-fast-moving-coronavirus-crisis/?cs=17318#gsc.tab=0
    Ad Astra tells us how Morrison has morphed into ‘Strict Father’ mode.
    https://theaimn.com/morrison-morphs-into-strict-father-mode/
    Federal Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester says an ongoing inquiry into war crime allegations against Australian special forces in Afghanistan needs to be completed as soon as possible to stop further speculation over the probe.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/war-crime-inquiry-must-put-an-end-to-speculation-says-chester-20200629-p55792.html
    Nationals frontbencher Andrew Gee has warned that the junior Coalition partner will only support the government’s major overhaul of university funding once the party is satisfied regional education institutions are being looked after.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-issue-warning-on-government-s-university-funding-overhaul-20200629-p5579k.html
    The West Australian newspaper is under fire for publishing a cartoon which refers to an Indigenous character using an offensive racial slur.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/western-australia/utter-disbelief-the-west-australian-under-fire-over-racial-slurs-in-cartoon-20200629-p557by.html
    Virgin Australia could slash up to half of its workforce to rebuild its crisis-hit operations, a former chief economist of Qantas said, as Regional Express tries to muscle into the lucrative “golden triangle” routes between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/transport/virgin-could-cut-5000-jobs-as-part-of-relaunch-predicts-expert-20200629-p557a2
    Taxpayers have spent $1 million compensating employees who lost wages and entitlements in the collapse of Made Establishment, the restaurant empire founded by celebrity chef George Calombaris.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/george-calombaris-restaurant-empire-s-collapse-costs-taxpayers-1-million-20200629-p557a6.html
    Woolworths’ plan to build a $1 billion B2B business supplying the education, childcare, healthcare, disability and government sectors has triggered alarm among food and grocery suppliers reports Sue Mitchell.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/retail/woolworths-b2b-plans-cause-supplier-indigestion-20200629-p5575b
    Isabella Lane reports that the national broadband network rollout is supposed to be finished by today, but more than 100,000 Australians remain unconnected. Experts say the nation may have to wait years longer to see the project fully completed. FTTN gets a real serve!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/tech/2020/06/29/nbn-rollout-deadline-june/
    The board of regional airline Rex has approved plans to raise at least $30 million to launch services to compete against Qantas and Virgin Australia.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/travel/2020/06/29/rex-flights-capital-cities/
    Jenny Noyes reports from the inquiry that a senior NSW public health official conceded that passengers on the ill-fated Ruby Princess should not have been allowed to leave the ship before the COVID-19 test results came back.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/passengers-should-have-stayed-on-ruby-princess-inquiry-told-20200629-p557cf.html
    Jenna Price tells us how to stop being a bystander and stand up to racism and sexism.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-to-stop-being-a-bystander-and-stand-up-to-racism-and-sexism-20200629-p557bb.html
    As the fallout from the Dyson Heydon scandal continues, it will contain many lessons for corporate governance and Australian company directors, writes law professor Jennifer Hill.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/misconduct-and-flawed-organisational-culture-can-exist-anywhere-20200629-p5579f.html
    Seven Network US correspondent Amelia Brace has described to a US congressional committee how she was shot by non-lethal projectiles and hit by a truncheon as police violently cleared Washington DC’s Lafayette Square near the White House.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/australian-reporter-testifies-about-police-beating-outside-white-house-20200630-p557f8.html
    Following a A$2 million funding injection from the federal government, the ABC and SBS have introduced an audio description service for audiences who are blind or vision impaired.
    https://theconversation.com/audio-description-finally-comes-to-abc-and-sbs-141276
    The names of all institutions that are yet to sign up to the national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse will be made public tomorrow and may face government sanctions, with the social services minister, Anne Ruston, saying failure to join would be “reprehensible”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/29/government-threatens-to-name-reprehensible-institutions-that-dont-join-child-sex-abuse-redress-scheme
    The future of the AAP newswire is assured with the inking of a sale to new owners who say they are driven by a desire to retain Australian media diversity. A consortium of philanthropists and investors on Monday finalised a deal with current shareholders, including Nine and News Corp, to purchase Australian Associated Press which has been operating for more than 85 years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/aap-newswire-begins-its-next-chapter-as-sale-finalised-20200629-p557et.html
    Bloomberg explains how China’s financial system is running out of room.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/china-s-financial-system-is-running-out-of-room-20200629-p5575r.html
    From Jakarta James Massola reports that grieving Indonesians are snatching back the bodies of family members who died of coronavirus, so the deceased can be buried in line with religious practice – despite the dead still potentially being contagious.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/body-snatching-families-risk-catching-coronavirus-to-perform-final-rites-20200629-p557aa.html
    The Cirque du Soleil has how gone under and filed for bankruptcy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/cirque-du-soleil-files-for-bankruptcy-20200630-p557fe.html
    And a double whammy of financial strains, including the COVID-19 crisis, has left The Sydney Theatre Company in a precarious situation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/theatre/auditor-casts-doubt-over-sydney-theatre-company-s-future-20200629-p557ax.html
    China has a new way to exert political pressure and that’s weaponising its courts against foreigners writes law academic John Garrick.
    https://theconversation.com/china-has-a-new-way-to-exert-political-pressure-weaponising-its-courts-against-foreigners-141195
    In yet another classy move Trump has retweeted a video of a white St Louis couple pointing guns at protesters.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/29/st-louis-couple-point-guns-at-protesters
    Coronavirus infection rates in the US have increased to a record high, putting hospitals under severe pressure and turning election battlegrounds Florida, Texas and Arizona into the latest hotspots.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/29/trump-biden-polls-battleground-states-coronavirus-impact
    America is too broken to fight the coronavirus. The New York Times says no other developed country is doing so badly. Ouch!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/america-is-too-broken-to-fight-the-coronavirus-20200629-p557c4.html
    Sort of surprisingly, the US Supreme Court has struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts came to the rescue.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-supreme-court-strikes-down-strict-louisiana-abortion-clinic-law-20200630-p557f3.html
    This doctor has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/gp-accused-of-indecent-assault-tells-court-he-was-engaging-in-tantric-healing-20200629-p557d6.html

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  4. So, if I was unemployed and desperately looking for a job, I’d be bombarding all these federal politicians asking where and what all these jobs that no one wants, are.

  5. Someone did not enjoy last night’s Q&A –

    A question – why haven’t we seen this sort of performance from Ms Trioli before, instead of her usual ditzy carrying-on? Has the latest cut to ABC funding focused her mind? She was wonderful.

  6. Man on breakfast TV show that panders to racists, rednecks and Hanson fans has a sook because Daniel Andrews and Jenny Mikasos will not accept invitations to appear on Sunrise. Could it be because they have more important things to do?

    Koch is getting hammered in the thread, that might bring on another sook.

  7. Tomorrow some of our lowest paid and most essential workers will get their penalty rates cut again. The Morrison Government is refusing to stop that cut.

    And – retail workers, the same people who worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, will have their pay increase delayed until next year. Their penalty rates cuts will still go ahead from tomorrow.

  8. All the usual suspects are on mid season break for a couple of weeks (4th of july and all that)

    friendlyjordies –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Anderson Cooper –

  9. Annastacia Palaszczuk is now giving her own return serve to border critics, including Scott Morrison:

    I think, for a start, these border wars have got to stop.

    I think a national leader should have been able to bring all of the states and territories together.

    Frankly, I’m a bit sick that Queensland has been singled out as opposed to South Australia and Tasmania, just to name a few.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jun/30/coronavirus-australia-update-victoria-spike-suburb-lockdown-keilor-downs-albanvale-broadmeadows-brunswick-west-fawkner-reservoir-cyber-crime-national-security-nsw-qld-border-live-news#comment-141952011

  10. The CrimeMinister loves to talk big, loves promising money, but his promises usually turn out to be duds.

    It looks like the much hyped HomeBuilder scheme might be another dud.

    No timeline for when $25k HomeBuilder scheme will be up and running

    The Federal Government launched the HomeBuilder scheme on June 4, but just over three weeks later it is still not operational and there is no start date in sight.

    Each state and territory is responsible for administering the scheme and, according to Treasury, a national partnership agreement is still being negotiated.

    So far, only Tasmania and South Australia are signatories to HomeBuilder

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-29/queensland-homebuilder-hold-up-no-timeline-for-federal-scheme/12394130

    Everyone concerned has problems with this scheme, no-one really understands how it can work over a narrow timeframe. This is what happens when a PM announces a poorly thought-out brainfart without bothering to get ll the details sorted first.

    • Nothing like a bit of sunshine to reveal the truth

      The government released new data from the National Skills Commission on Tuesday that indicated some businesses had reported a shortage of applicants for jobs, which had been the basis for the Australian newspaper’s front-page story under the headline “Jobless opt for dole over work”.

      But a close analysis of those figures shows that of the 2,324 employers contacted for the survey, only about 22% of them (514) said they were recruiting.

      Of those 514 employers who were recruiting, 27% (139) reported that they were having – or expected to have – difficulty recruiting staff.

      Of those 139 having difficulty, just over 50% (or 72) cited lack of applicants as a reason. Other factors cited in lower numbers included that applicants lacked experience, employability skills or technical skills.

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/30/deeply-hurtful-claims-of-australian-jobseekers-turning-down-work-are-based-on-scant-evidence

    • And the complexity of the tax and social welfare system intersecting with low wages means some people will be markedly worse off if they work extra shifts.

      For example, a single person on the minimum wage working three shifts a week would actually drop $8800 a year if they take an extra shift next month.

      They would cop an effective marginal tax rate of 212 per cent.

      Rather than admit that complexity, Prime Minister Scott Morrison went close to playing the “dole bludger” card on shock-jock radio 2GB on Monday.

  11. NO NO NO & F*CK NO, HELL NO! This makes me so angry.. war mongering, wasting billions that should be spent on essential services & the ABC.. on Hypersonic missiles! Is morrison having a mid-life crisis? Can’t drive himself around in some red ‘penis-on-wheels’ sportscar so decides to buy huge phallic missiles instead!!!.

    So we piss China off ’cause morrison’s been bullied into it by dipshit trump & no-one in this govt has a f*cking clue about diplomacy & strategy. Talk about provocative to announce this now.
    Greens will go ballistic (pun totally intended), suspect NZ will not approve. ALP will probably support it cause they are too scared of being villified by the rightwing media for being soft on China & how nicely timed with the ASIO raid & cyber scare. Most of the msm including ninefax will totally get off on Aus having big missiles… AARRRHHHHH THIS COUNTRY IS SO SCREWED. Changed my retirement plans a couple of years ago, not retiring to Tas anymore, moving to NZ as soon as the clock ticks 60, even if I have to live in a tent cause my super has been screwed by covid downturn. That’s assuming the whole world hasn’t been fried to a crisp by global warming or nuked in the next 5 years.

    • I really think we ignore Indonesia at our peril.

      They have huge population pressures on Java and are running a “transmigrasi” program to resettle Javanese in Irian Jaya (West Papua)

      Decades of government policy have left the Kimberley sparsely populated, it gets monsoonal rain and is a long way from white settlement

      Not sure what we can accomplish in a pissing contest with China. We will get hurt when they bother to notice us,.

    • The long range ones they are going to hang off the FA18 – no mention of the useless F35. The hypersonic maybe Woomera? Already wasting $$$ on underwater tin cans, now flying tin phallus’.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Anthony Galloway and Peter Hartcher report that Australia will acquire long-range missiles to protect overseas forces, allies and the mainland against rising threats, including China, in a major update to the nation’s defence strategy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-to-buy-ship-killing-missiles-and-shift-focus-to-indo-pacific-20200630-p557op.html
    Hartcher says that China is the unspoken threat at the centre of this new defence strategy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-the-unspoken-threat-at-centre-of-new-defence-strategy-20200630-p557qg.html
    Greg Sheridan writes that Australians, for the first time since Vietnam, are living in a region with a strong chance of a major power conflict.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/giant-defensive-steps-in-a-region-edging-closer-to-conflict/news-story/c760068936392becb2a88be6a900bef5
    Phil Coorey reckons Morrison is channelling Churchill as China fears grow.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-channels-churchill-as-china-fears-grow-20200630-p557h7
    Josh Butler says that Australia has gone on the offensive with mega military spending.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/06/30/military-spending-australia/
    And Jim Molan beats his chest.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/give-it-everything-we-can-the-case-for-putting-winning-first-and-expense-second-in-national-security-20200630-p557jh.html
    A sudden halt to government stimulus to support the economy through the coronavirus recession would be a problem, the Reserve Bank has conceded, with signs the jobs market is failing to bounce back from pandemic-related shutdowns. Shane Wright reports.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-warns-ending-stimulus-will-be-a-problem-as-jobs-recovery-slows-20200630-p557oa.html
    In just over three weeks, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will reveal the government’s plan for overcoming what many fear is a looming economic “cliff”. Clancy Yeates says that avoiding an economic ‘cliff’ will require more spending
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/avoiding-an-economic-cliff-will-require-more-spending-20200630-p557m2.html
    Daniel Hurst writes that deeply hurtful claims of Australian jobseekers turning down work are based on scant evidence.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/30/deeply-hurtful-claims-of-australian-jobseekers-turning-down-work-are-based-on-scant-evidence
    Anne Davies reports that the federal government is still to sign agreements with the bigger states to deliver its $25,000 homebuilder subsidy scheme nearly a month after its announcement.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/30/victoria-nsw-queensland-yet-to-sign-on-for-homebuilder-grants-stimulus-scheme-program
    Forget blokes with shovels, shouldn’t stimulus go to nurses and teachers says Peter Lewis as he analyses more Essential polling.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2020/jun/30/forget-blokes-with-shovels-shouldnt-stimulus-go-to-nurses-and-teachers
    Willian Olson writes that the Fair Work Commission’s paltry pay rise will leave many Australian workers struggling to feed their families.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mcmanus-says-disappointing-pay-rise-short-changes-workers,14040
    The Melbourne spike shows the recession is fast changing shape, so a second wave of government supports must extend the emergency lifeline for the economy beyond September opines economist Chris Richardson.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/jobtweaker-lever-needed-to-pull-back-from-cliff-20200630-p557gz
    Killian Plastow writes that some new data shows low-income earners have propped up the economy during the coronavirus pandemic by opening their wallets.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/consumer/2020/06/29/low-income-shield-economy/
    And Michael Pascoe’s article is headlined, “Beware the government punishing the poor for earning more”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/work/2020/06/30/jobseeker-morrison-michael-pascoe/
    Responsibility for banking policy has been relegated to the legal profession for too long. At a time when the economy is reeling, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg needs to wrest back control urges Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/it-s-time-for-frydenberg-to-stage-an-intervention-20200629-p55758
    Anthony Albanese will promise today to restore $84 million of funding to the ABC in his first national spending commitment since taking charge of the federal opposition.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-pledges-to-reverse-abc-funding-cuts-if-elected-20200630-p557nu.html
    The SMH editorial says that the job of restoring faith in the building industry has only just begun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/job-of-restoring-faith-in-the-building-industry-has-only-begun-20200630-p557m8.html
    Katie Burgess explains the concerns that have been raised about Snowy 2.0, after Environment Minister Sussan Ley gave the final green light to the project despite a damning audit of Australia’s environmental laws.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6812531/concerns-as-snowy-20-gets-green-light/?cs=14329#gsc.tab=0
    Six months on from the bushfire that threatened my home, the government has taken zero action bemoans bushfire survivor Jesse Rowan.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6809852/six-months-on-from-the-bushfire-that-threatened-my-home-the-government-has-taken-zero-action/?cs=14258#gsc.tab=0
    Rob Harris tells us that the Liberals are quietly confident of having a good showing in Eden-Monaro.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberals-confident-they-are-in-striking-distance-of-eden-monaro-upset-20200630-p557r0.html
    Attack ads can tell you a lot about what the major parties think are the weaknesses of their opponents in any election. Saturday’s Eden-Monaro by-election is no exception says Paul Bongiorno.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/06/30/paul-bongiorno-eden-monaro/
    Paul Karp tells us that climate and LGBT equality campaigners have rounded on the Liberal candidate for Eden-Monaro, Fiona Kotvojs, in the lead up to Saturday’s byelection, with one warning she is “more conservative” on climate change than Tony Abbott.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/liberal-eden-monaro-candidate-under-fire-for-climate-and-same-sex-marriage-comments
    China has become that most convenient of cartoon villains in primary school-style politics, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark about Moselmane, Liu, Chinese spies and AFP raids.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/moselmane-liu-chinese-spies-and-afp-raids,14053
    A pony club, a self-help group accused of being a ‘cult’, youth groups, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses church are among the institutions still refusing to join the scheme to compensate victims of child sex abuse.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/01/national-redress-scheme-refusal-cult-pony-club-named/
    Rosalind Dixon and Richard Holden urge Gladys Berejiklian to close the border with Victoria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/premier-close-the-border-with-victoria-now-20200630-p557nh.html
    Meanwhile Scott Morrison has accused Queensland and South Australia’s premiers of lacking perspective over their decision to close their borders to Victorians as the coronavirus surge in Melbourne threatens to destabilise the federal consensus that has existed for most of the crisis.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/get-some-perspective-pm-calls-out-premiers-for-closing-borders-to-victoria-20200630-p557q4.html
    The pressure is building to mandate the use of masks when on Sydney’s public transport now that restrictions are being further eased.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/calls-for-face-masks-grow-as-restrictions-ease-on-transport-system-20200630-p557q7.html
    The Victorian government is scrambling to catch up to a virus it let get out of control. But the tough questions about Daniel Andrews’ handling of the crisis are mounting more quickly even than the spike in numbers, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/andrews-government-goes-postal-20200630-p557os
    Clay Lucas reports that four international flights carrying 300 passengers destined for Melbourne’s hotel quarantine will be diverted and Andrews has ordered an inquiry into the operation of quarantine hotels.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/flights-diverted-away-from-melbourne-as-premier-orders-hotels-inquiry-20200629-p557bw.html
    Chip Le Grand outlines the hardline enforcement measures introduced in Victoria. They are unprecedented in Australia throughout the pandemic and will include booze bus-style border checks on major thoroughfares in and out of 36 suburbs in Melbourne’s heavily populated west and north.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/police-to-set-up-border-checkpoints-as-hotspots-back-in-lockdown-20200630-p557qd.html
    The editorial in The Age says that the hotspot lockdowns show the need for all Victorians to heed their civic duty.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/hotspot-lockdowns-show-need-for-all-of-us-to-heed-civic-duty-20200630-p557sp.html
    By persisting with COVIDSafe, Australia risks missing out on globally trusted contact tracing explains Ritesh Chugh.
    https://theconversation.com/by-persisting-with-covidsafe-australia-risks-missing-out-on-globally-trusted-contact-tracing-141369
    Euan Black explains the big changes from today that will affect personal finances.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/your-budget/2020/06/30/july-1-changes-finance/
    The AFR explains how a new UK agency will scrutinise FTAs for their impact on British agriculture, putting a fresh hurdle in front of recently launched Australia-UK talks.
    https://www.afr.com/world/europe/britain-gives-farmers-a-lever-over-australia-free-trade-deal-20200701-p557t6
    Anna Patty reveals that more than three-quarters of international students earn below the minimum casual wage and one in four earns less than $12 an hour – less than half the minimum casual hourly rate. The Fair Work Ombudsman is examining the report.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/workplace/one-in-four-international-students-earn-less-than-half-the-minimum-wage-20200629-p557d1.html
    Jacqueline Haski, a solicitor who has worked in mid and top tier firms for 16 years, writes about the other types of harassment that frequently occur within the legal profession. It’s full of alpha bullies, she says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-law-is-full-of-alpha-bullies-male-and-female-who-can-no-longer-be-tolerated-20200630-p557nw.html
    Former High Court justice Kenneth Hayne has apologised for the sexual harassment allegedly perpetrated by Dyson Heydon and said it should have been recognised and acknowledged sooner.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/hayne-says-high-court-failed-sexual-harassment-victims-20200630-p557m7
    Over the first year of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, about 400 people applied to access the laws to end their lives. There are lingering issues, but the system is workable writes a group of medical experts.
    https://theconversation.com/one-year-of-voluntary-assisted-dying-in-victoria-400-have-registered-despite-obstacles-141054
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons says that higher HECS debt is another barrier to equal parenting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/high-hecs-debt-is-another-barrier-to-equal-parenting-20200630-p557p2.html
    Alexandra Smith writes that NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet ordered a comprehensive review that has called for a radical rethink of state-federal financial rules, including the abolition of stamp duty and an increase to the GST.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/abolish-stamp-duty-and-lift-the-gst-says-key-tax-reform-review-20200630-p557qn.html
    Ben Packham reports that British defence giant BAE Systems is facing a backlash from Australian industry after the company excluded local firms from bidding to supply key equipment on the $35bn Future Frigates.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/australian-firms-up-in-arms-as-brits-snare-defence-work/news-story/e449a6bfe892b2e0891acec5d3d71c44
    The CFMEU NSW says it will block the demolition of two historic buildings due to make way for the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/art-and-design/bodies-in-front-of-machinery-parramatta-powerhouse-hit-by-boycott-20200630-p557in.html
    Patrick Hatch looks at the wreckage of the Virgin takeover and finds that many investors will be pretty much wiped out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-investors-wiped-out-in-bain-deal-as-bondholders-brace-for-spare-change-return-20200630-p557ng.html
    Nick Bonyhady explains how under new Victorian industrial manslaughter laws, bosses can face a maximum 25 years in jail over worker deaths. This doubles the existing maximum sentence.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/workplace-deaths-in-victoria-almost-double-under-new-tally-20200630-p557m6.html
    Fears of China buying up the country run deep, with opportunistic politicians and commentators long showing a willingness to not let “facts” get in the way of the truth. And the facts are that: China’s land interests are predominantly leasehold, it owns just 2% of foreign investment stock and is subject to a much lower threshold test. With the Australia-China relationship at a low ebb, it is time to call out this destructive tactic, writes James Laurenceson.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/wilful-ignorance-of-facts-on-chinese-investment-is-cheap-politics/
    The spectacular collapse of one of the former darlings of the technology sector and one of Germany’s largest companies, Wirecard, is more than a rollicking yarn about the outing of a giant Ponzi scheme, it is a cautionary tale for investors and a serious warning for auditors writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/wirecard-scandal-has-all-the-hallmarks-of-enron-and-the-carnage-that-followed-20200630-p557og.html
    Eryk Bagshaw writes about the end of Hong Kong as we knew it. It has been suddenly put in the crosshairs of China’s security agencies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/the-end-of-the-hong-kong-we-knew-20200630-p557ma.html
    According to the erudite and cutting John Crace, Boris Johnson has returned to his happy place: upbeat, vague and incoherent.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jun/30/boris-johnson-returns-to-his-happy-place-upbeat-vague-and-incoherent
    The daily surge in coronavirus cases in the US could more than double to 100,000 a day if Americans fail to take steps to get the virus under control, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, Andrew Fauci, has warned. Bloody testing!!!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/eu-agrees-safe-travel-list-excluding-travellers-from-the-us-20200701-p557t4.html
    California’s “luck” with the virus seems to have gone as the case count surges. They are trying to work out what went wrong after a good start.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/our-luck-may-have-run-out-california-s-virus-case-count-explodes-20200630-p557sv.html
    Meanwhile the US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/30/us-buys-up-world-stock-of-key-covid-19-drug
    According to The Washington Post, some leading Republican lawmakers have confirmed that US intelligence agencies have credible information about a Russian military operation targeting US and allied forces in Afghanistan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/republicans-confirm-intelligence-on-russian-op-to-target-troops-20200630-p557p3.html
    David Smith reports that Donald Trump is facing renewed questions over his relationship with Vladimir Putin after reports that he was briefed in writing in February that Russia paid bounties for the deaths of US soldiers in Afghanistan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/30/trump-putin-russia-afghanistan-us-soliders-bounty
    Trump’s presidency is like a dead man golfing. So will he drop out of the election ask Arwa Mahdawi.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/30/president-trump-drop-out-election-covid-19-bounty-hunts
    Bernie Sanders says a 10% cut to the US military budget would help support struggling Americans.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/jun/30/a-10-budget-cut-to-the-us-military-budget-by-10-to-help-save-lives-in-this-pandemic
    A tell-all book by President Donald Trump’s niece cannot be published until a judge decides the merits of claims by the President’s brother that its publication would violate a pact among family members, a judge has said.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/judge-temporarily-blocks-tell-all-book-by-trumps-niece-20200701-p557tb.html
    Axed Seven’s daytime TV host Ryan Phelan has earned himself a nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/dumped-seven-presenter-ryan-phelan-living-away-from-home-after-alleged-assault-20200630-p557jk.html

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  13. Moderator alert: I’ve copied the text of an email into this post but you might need to remove it for legal reasons.

    I just received this email, time stamp 12.07am, the subject being FWD: call for help, purporting to be from dioceses at catholicaustralia.com.au with a reply to boltworthfightingfor (sic) at outlook.com. I’m nowhere near Eden-Monaro and have no idea from where one of my email addresses could have been harvested.

    I dread to think how many people have received it. Have any other Pubsters seen it?

    Taking it at face value, I’m completely appalled by it. Apart from being very nasty, it appears to be illegal and may be actionable on grounds of slander or libel. However the biggie for me is that I believe it’s interfering with an election.

    What are the best things I can do to alert the relevant authorities?

    This is the text.

    Helen

    Can you call the authority? Do you live in Eden-Monaro? Many had reported kids screaming from the Basement of Kristy McBain’s house.

    We must let the authorities know and conduct a search at her house. They will surely find evidence of kids abused at her house.

    Kristy McBain, the “witch hunter” wrongly accused our church and its innocent people of child abusing offenses they didn’t commit at all for the past 10 years, had been making up stories full of lies, to be presented in court, to be aired through media outlets, causing innocent priests including our beloved Cardinal Pell to be wrongly convicted, damaging the reputation of the Holy See.

    Kristy McBain and her legal team had been recruiting real-life pedophiles to help to make their filthy lies more “credible”. They had been hosting child-abusing parties at her home so they can, together, come up with “true” stories and use them to frame innocent priests in court to earn payouts. In the high profile case of Cardinal Pell, Kristy McBain had sent her half-brother, known as “witness J”, to wrongly accuse Pell. Kristy McBain’s abhorrent deeds had been exposed recently and an investigation is believed to be underway.

    Residents in Eden-Monaro had been turning their backs on Kristy McBain as she runs for the seat, in the hope of redemption from the Bush fire, from the drought, and from the covid… all of which are punishment unleashed by God due to the mistreatment of Cardinal Pell, and the “witch hunt” lead by this former Bega mayor.

    As such, it is expected that in the coming by-election this weekend, NO ONE would support Kristy McBain, but her child-abusing mob. If you or your friends happen to “accidentally” vote for her, you may attract attentions from the authorities who will potentially put you under investigation of child abuse related crimes. The record will remain indefinitely in Australian Intelligence database and you will be barred for life from working with children or becoming a government employee.

    It is therefore advisable to put your support behind Liberal candidate Fiona Kotvojs. Dr Kotvojs firmly believes Pell’s innocence and condemns the persecution against our church and its people. Fiona Kotvojs would bring her diverse experience into the government. As a member of the government, she would get things done for Eden-Monaro.

    End of text.

  14. What the media don’t tell us –

    The deal to buy 200 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles at a cost of USD$990 million (not the $800 million being reported) was approved by the US on 7 February this year, but we have been told nothing about it until now. Why?

    The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to two hundred (200) AGM-158C, Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs); and up to eleven (11) ATM-158C LRASM Telemetry Variant (Inert). Also included are DATM-158C LRASM, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM-158C LRASM), containers, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The total estimated cost is $990 million

    https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/february/8029-us-approves-a-sale-to-australia-for-200-agm-158c-long-range-anti-ship-missiles-lrasm.html

    Trump has not bullied the CrimeMinister into this deal. He’s smarter than that.He has feted the CrimeMinister with the rare honour of a State Dinner at the White House, has bestowed phone calls on him, has invited the CrimeMinister to be part of his G7 talks, all with the aim of getting our PM to believe he is now one of the big boys, one of the cool kids, way up there next to POTUS who is his (so he thinks) close friend and No 1 ally. .

    The CrimeMinister is deluded.

    While all this befriending has been taking place Trump’s administration has been working on trade deals with China that leave Australia out on the cold. Wonder how those cancelled Chinese deals for barley, beef and more will be filled? With US produce, that’s how.

    Now it turns out Trump has persuaded his Aussie buddy to spend up big on US-produced missiles.

    What happens when those missiles are used up? The problem with missiles , unlike, say, aircraft or submarines, is once you fire one it’s gone forever. Does the CrimeMinister realise that?

    Trump knows a sucker when he sees one, fleecing suckers got him where he is now. The CrimeMinister is too dazzled by the attention he gets from his powerful friend, too blinded by his own hubris to realise he is being mightily used.

  15. And,

    the home of the Labor candidate may or may not have a basement, the email’s spellchecker may use American English, the email may or may not be from a ‘nutter’ but the text is out there regardless of the email’s source.

  16. Thanks Leonetwo,

    I hadn’t seen anything about these emails before, so it’s a relief that they’re already known about.

    There are some seriously nasty people out there.

    Hxxxx

  17. A very amusing thread, worth spending time reading

    • Hilarious! Gave me a good laugh.

      Half the UK seems to be living in France or Spain now, going only by what I see on Foxtel. Umpteen programs about Brits buying homes, even decrepit chateaux, doing them up (which always means employing expat Brits to do the work) and setting up businesses catering to other Brits. The EU should be glad to get rid of them.

  18. Why facts may not be enough.
    …………………………………………………………………………………..
    Coronavirus Responses Highlight How Humans Have Evolved to Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview

    Science denialism is not just a simple matter of logic or ignorance

    “Motivated reasoning” is what social scientists call the process of deciding what evidence to accept based on the conclusion one prefers.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coronavirus-responses-highlight-how-humans-have-evolved-to-dismiss-facts-that-dont-fit-their-worldview/

  19. The ATO website has crashed under the strain of people trying to withdraw their super.

    People doing their tax returns via the website has contributed to the crash.

    You might expect a government that knew these things would happen today would be prepared, but not this loit. Someone will probably try to blame it on hackers.

  20. If you feel the need to vomit uncontrollably then look at the front page of the deadwood edition of W.A.s local rag. About a 1/4 of the page is a head and shoulder drawing of Scrott. He is wearing an army helmet and camouflage jacket, drawn lantern jawed and with a 5 o’clock shadow.

    • It doesn’t look much him, but if he keeps on stacking on weight at his current rate he will soon look exactly like that – grossly overweight with at least two chins.

  21. Last year the bushfire season started here on 18 July. It was a grass fire that rapidly expanded into nearby bush, threatened to burn across our airport, caused school closures, threatened homes and at one stage jumped the Pacific Highway. This fire also got into an area of peat soil early on, so that part smouldered on and on. People developed breathing problems and were admitted to hospital. Some people died from smoke-related lung and heart problems. Every night that smoke settled over town. (By November smoke from other fires was added to it.) We breathed that stinky peat smoke at night until rain eventually extinguished all the local fires in February.

    That fire burned for seven months and in the end had consumed almost 900 hectares. Other fires on the edges of town destroyed far more bush, much of it home to koalas. It is estimated 600 koalas were killed.

    So now I’m wondering what the federal government plans to do over the coming months to help Australians prepare for another fire season. So far all the CrimeMinister has done is – zero.

    The federal government has done nothing to help those who lost everything in the fires. Unless they have been fortunate enough to score a bit of help from charities they have been left to cope as best they can. People are still living in tents, caravans (if they are lucky) and sheds. I wonder how the bloke in northern NSW is getting on in his chook shed? It took a by-election to get the CrimeMinister to revisit Eden-Monaro after his dismal visit earlier this year, the one where people at Cobargo famously refused to shake his hand. If that by-election wasn’t happening he would not have returned at all.

    How would you be feeling today if you were still living in a caravan or tent, or maybe a makeshift humpy, had no power or running water, had found out the billions in fire relief the CrimeMinister promised doesn’t exist and was a blatant lie and to top it all off had just heard about the $270 billion spend on defence toys?

    Would you be hopping mad? I would.

    • I know exactly what you are saying, Leone, but percentage wise in the electorate of E-M, a lot more would not have been directly affected. I sounds awful for the hundreds that were, but there were a lot more people not affected that would not be too worried about what is happening and will believe the rubbish and stuff that is going on.

  22. In Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon, the mayor’s office has put up posters amid an uptick in cases and reports of parties that have attracted as many as 1,000 revellers.

    “You know who also never misses an illegal party? The virus,” the posters read.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/01/coronavirus-live-updates-latest-news-us-buys-global-remdesivir-stocks-brazil-deaths-near-60000

    The Portuguese get lots of disease /drug things right.

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