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.

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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Anthony Galloway tells us that today Linda Reynolds will warn China’s actions have “deeply unsettled” the Indo-Pacific region and put Australia’s security at risk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/deeply-unsettled-defence-minister-says-china-s-actions-risk-security-20200701-p557vs.html
    Professor Rory Medcraft explains how Australia’s Defence plan makes it clear we must prepare for risk of armed conflict.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-plan-makes-it-clear-we-must-prepare-for-risk-of-armed-conflict-20200701-p5584a.html
    Andrew Tillett writes about Scott Morrison invoking the spectre of the 1930s in a bleak warning of the deteriorating strategic outlook confronting the nation.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-harks-to-1930s-as-he-bolsters-east-coast-defences-20200701-p557zr
    John Hewson is pleased that shareholders are helping to shift the dial towards principled profit. He calls for governments to use the bailouts to push companies into different, more socially responsible directions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/shareholders-helping-to-shift-the-dial-towards-principled-profit-20200701-p5580t.html
    The SMH editorial blasts Boris Johnson and the Tories for their bungling of the pandemic response.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/britain-on-a-knife-edge-as-johnson-navigates-virus-response-20200701-p55845.html
    Niki Savva says that if Labor wins Saturday’s Eden Monaro by-election, Anthony Albanese should steal Scott Morrison’s line from last year’s election to declare it a miracle. Because that’s what it will be.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/albanese-has-most-to-fear-from-an-edenmonaro-fail/news-story/f2c541591a568ae92b7f49c817b02480
    Jacqui Maley and Kate McClymont report more on Dyson Heydon who is no longer a practising barrister and now is under additional investigation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/heydon-no-longer-a-barrister-amid-allegation-he-used-his-public-standing-to-lure-woman-20200701-p5585k.html
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    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/02/to-all-men-who-are-in-on-the-open-secret-you-have-failed-us
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    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/record-1-4-million-people-relying-on-food-charity-as-recession-bites-20200701-p55821.html
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    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/02/employers-flooded-with-job-applications-despite-higher-rate-of-welfare-benefits-data-finds
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    https://theconversation.com/forget-jobseeker-in-our-post-covid-economy-australia-needs-a-liveable-income-guarantee-instead-141535
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    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/01/australia-social-care-uk-sector-failed-coronavirus
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    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/government-scrambles-to-plan-state-funeral-for-indigenous-elder-20200630-p557ms.html
    Karen Maley writes about how many are saying that the economic recovery will be a long, slow slog.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/why-the-economic-recovery-will-be-a-long-slow-slog-20200701-p5580s
    Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow writes that a blanket ban on phones in immigration detention would be unacceptable.
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    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victorians-from-coronavirus-hotspots-banned-from-nsw-or-face-11-000-fine-20200701-p557xq.html
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    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/02/victorians-coronavirus-breaches/
    According to Chip Le Grand Scott Morrison will use tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting to call for an end to the virus border wars that have turned Victoria into a pariah state and put at risk the nation’s economic recovery from the pandemic .
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/morrison-pushes-for-end-to-virus-border-wars-20200701-p5584j.html
    Victoria is on the precipice of an uncontrolled coronavirus outbreak. Will the new measures work asks biostatisician Adrian Esterman.
    https://theconversation.com/victoria-is-on-the-precipice-of-an-uncontrolled-coronavirus-outbreak-will-the-new-measures-work-141706
    Phil Coorey writes that South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia are being pressured to do more to help quarantine overseas arrivals, as Scott Morrison suggested they had benefited from NSW and Victoria doing the heavy lifting so far.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/smaller-states-pushed-to-help-share-the-quarantine-load-20200701-p557un
    The Australian’s Peter Craven says Daniel Andrews is bloodied but unbowed.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/daniel-andrews-is-bloodied-but-unbowed/news-story/0564c4fcd9e06584c8b3d2af6d275de0
    Dozens of COVID-positive travellers at a CBD hotel remain under private guard, despite an inquiry being launched into whether private security firms may have allowed the virus to escape.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/melbourne-s-hot-hotel-still-guarded-by-private-guards-despite-outbreaks-20200701-p5584d.html
    Tony Wright tells us about the great shunning of Victorians in the hotspots.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-great-pile-on-victoria-gets-the-cold-shoulder-over-hotspots-20200701-p55828.html
    And John Faine issues a tongue-in-cheek apology on behalf of all Victorians.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/an-apology-from-victoria-to-the-rest-of-australia-20200701-p55829.html
    Facebook VP and deputy UK PM Nick Clegg defends the company’s efforts on eradicating hate speech from its platform.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/we-can-t-stop-all-the-hate-but-we-try-20200701-p5583w.html
    Jess Irvine makes her case for increasing the GST.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-we-should-stop-worrying-and-learn-to-love-the-gst-20200701-p55836.html
    Shane Wright sees the merit in Perrottet’s proposal for taxation reform but he doesn’t think it will ever get up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-odds-against-perrottet-tax-reform-even-if-it-deserves-success-20200701-p557xx.html
    The AFR’s John Kehoe has a look at the NSW taxation reform proposal.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/tax-and-super/nsw-blows-whistle-on-tax-failings-20200701-p5584w
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains the fragility of the global financial system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/we-have-just-been-warned-about-just-how-fragile-the-global-economy-is-20200701-p557yv.html
    Some small business owners who have relied on jobkeeper for income throughout the coronavirus pandemic have had future payments suspended by the tax office and warned they may have to pay back what they have received.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/02/tax-office-sole-traders-jobkeeper-not-entitled-payments
    A last minute union attempt to forestall cuts to weekend penalty rates for shop staff has failed reports Nick Bonyhady.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/retail-staff-face-final-sunday-wage-drop-after-union-bid-fails-20200701-p5585f.html
    Dana McCauley lists the organisations that failed to sign up to the national redress scheme. She outlines what potentially lies ahead for them.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/these-five-organisations-refuse-to-join-the-child-abuse-redress-scheme-20200701-p55810.html
    Rob Harris reports that Australia has for the first time publicly voiced its concerns about Israel’s potential annexation of land in the West Bank under the provisions of the Trump administration’s peace plan.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australian-voices-concerns-over-israel-s-annexation-plans-20200701-p5586y.html
    In the face of the pandemic, landlords have been called on to support their tenants. Many have been happy to help. But they are not happy to see their rights eroded in quite unprecedented ways writes Robert Harley.
    https://www.afr.com/property/residential/no-end-to-pandemic-pain-for-landlords-20200701-p557x0
    The Australian Communications and Media Authority found Woolworths breached the Spam Act 2003 more than 5 million times by sending marketing emails to consumers after they had unsubscribed from previous messages. Woolies was fined $1m.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/woolworths-hit-with-record-1-million-fine-for-spamming-customers-20200701-p557yf.html
    Elizabeth Knight writes that the diabolical state of the oil industry means write-downs in Australia are inevitable.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-diabolical-state-of-the-oil-industry-means-write-downs-in-australia-are-inevitable-20200701-p5582e.html
    Global property group Lendlease is showing significant cracks from the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a warning it could book a full-year loss of between $230 million to $340 million across its three key businesses.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/property-giant-lendlease-takes-340m-hit-from-global-pandemic-20200701-p55800.html
    New developments and opportunities are opening up in artificial intelligence, says Paul Budde.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/artificial-intelligence-is-on-the-rise,14058
    Investors Mutual is shunning the buy now, pay later sector in the small and mid-cap space, saying it’s reminiscent of the tech bubble of the early 2000s.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/iml-warns-buy-now-pay-later-looks-like-tech-bubble-20200701-p557uy
    The state’s 52nd coal mine, and the first since Covid, has been approved by the Minister for the Environment in NSW amid plunging coal prices and huge local opposition. The fate of Whitehaven’s Vickery mine, and its impact on farmers around Narrabri, now lies in the hands of the NSW’s independent planning commissioners, who are conducting their final public hearings. Callum Foote reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/environment-minister-approves-whitehavens-tenth-coal-mine/
    Hotels have become detention centres for many asylum seekers, each with their own problems and sometimes worse than offshore centres, writes Dr Sabrin Farooqui.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/no-one-cares-about-us-lives-of-detainees-in-alternative-places-of-detention,14056
    The first of four experimental COVID-19 vaccines being tested by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech showed encouraging results in very early testing of 45 people, the companies have said.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pfizer-reports-encouraging-early-coronavirus-vaccine-test-results-20200702-p5587k.html
    The US pharmaceutical giant Gilead has donated a supply of the antiviral medication Remdesivir to Australia’s national medical stockpile, with Greg Hunt saying there will be enough of the drug to meet Covid-19 patient demand.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/gilead-donates-covid-19-drug-remdesivir-to-australias-medical-stockpile-after-us-buys-up-supply
    Boeing failed to submit certification documents to the US Federal Aviation Administration detailing changes to a key flight control system faulted in two crashes killed 346 people, a long-awaited government report has found. Naughty!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/01/boeing-flight-control-system/
    Another Fox News anchor bites the dust over sexual misconduct.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/fox-news-fires-anchor-ed-henry-after-sexual-misconduct-allegation-20200702-p5587h.html
    Only two of the past six presidents before Donald Trump lost their bids for re-election. That’s good news for him, but their stories are bad news for him, too writes the NYT’s Frank Bruni.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/there-s-a-persuasive-argument-that-the-2020-election-is-already-over-20200701-p5587b.html
    John Crace has another serve at Boris Johnson, saying that six months into his term of office, he already looks a spent force. A man desperately playing catch-up as he tries to respond to events that are out of his control.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/01/boz-the-bluster-gets-hammered-in-pmqs-whack-a-mole

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  2. The support for an increase in the GST makes me furious.

    Don’t these over-paid politicians, economists and journalists understand this tax hits hardest those least able to pay? Don’t they realise those of us who pay no tax at all because we rely on social security (age pension, cares, DSP etc) or low-paid casual work also miss out on the alleged benefits of this vile tax?

    It’s no good yammering about paying less tax to those of us who have such a small income we pay no tax.

    Jess Irvine sums it up as “Pay more at the shops, but less out of your pay packet. Simply enough.” What she should have said if “The poor pay more at the shops and the well-off lose less from their pay packets.”

    What if you don’t get a pay packet, what if your only income is a fortnightly Centrelink payment or a low income, often from precarious cash-in-hand casual work?

    It’s not just “the shops”. The real killer for us poor people is the big stuff like power bills.

    Ms Irvine also gets the Commonwealth/State funding arrangements wrong. She says when states run out of GST they have to raise their own taxes to get more money. She’s wrong. Has she never heard of grants to provide extra income to the states and territories? She needs to look at the planned new budget papers.

    There on page 3 and 4 is a run-down of Commonwealth funding to the states. As well is the usual specific funding for infrastructure, health,education and community services it also says the Commonwealth provides general assistance funding. That funding this financial year is expected to be $69,1 billion. The GST is expected to provide $67.2 billion and other general revenue assistance is expected to be worth $1.9 billion. Overall general revenue assistance to the states will rise by $1.9 billion over the 2018-2019 amount.

    The states always have and always will argue they do not get enough from the Commonwealth. The now abolished COAG meetings used to consist of mostly demands for more funding from the states. Before the GST it was the same. As Paul Keating famously said when allegedly berating premiers for whinging about reduced grants – “Never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money.” Nothing has changed.

    The NSW government is pushing for an increase because they have seriously mismanaged the NSW budget.
    They thought they could easily fund the demolition of the perfectly good Allianz Stadium and the subsequent rebuild, and would have no trouble paying for the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum, both projects to cost a combined total of over $3 billion. COVID-19 and the summer of fires have ruined those plans, Gladys is left with a gigantic hole where the stadium once stood and cannot afford to rebuild. She has promised her developer mates open slather on the old Powerhouse site and needs to crack on with demolishing that building, but cannot afford the new building. Her idea is to make life harder for the majority of us by increasing a tax, but she wants to save her skin by getting the federal government to do it.

    Any government daft enough to increase the GST is going to lose votes. There, is that simple enough for you Ms Irvine?

  3. Former Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad has been cleared of official corruption over the appointment of a principal for a new Brisbane high school.

    The Crime and Corruption Commission has released findings from its investigation into Ms Trad’s alleged interference in the selection of the school principal in her electorate.

    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/former-deputy-premier-jackie-trad-cleared-of-corrupt-conduct-20200702-p558en.html

  4. CLERGY members in the ACT are no longer exempt from giving evidence of child abuse from religious confessions, under new legislation introduced today (July 2).

    These changes, introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly, ensure that information received under the seal of confession is no longer protected under the “Evidence Act 2011″.

    The changes are in response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    https://citynews.com.au/2020/clergy-no-longer-protected-by-legislation/

  5. Brent’s tweet line is a piss take, hence the *, but its worth a read even though he makes no such prediction.

  6. After detailing huge increases in federal outsourcing to consultants and contractors, the Australian National Audit Office says it will curb its own external spending to strengthen internal expertise.

    The move comes as the full cost of the Morrison government’s moves to privatise visa processing is revealed, with Peter Dutton’s Home Affairs Department spending $92 million on the dumped plan, including $39.7 million with strategy firm Boston Consulting Group.

    Commonwealth Auditor-General Grant Hehir used his annual report to announce savings of almost $2 million, part of a strategy to increase staff levels and “reduce reliance on the engagement of more expensive contractors and manage attrition”.

    In March Mr Hehir revealed federal spending with consulting giants almost tripled in a decade, as public service departments spent close to $1.2 billion with just eight firms in 2018-19.

    Contracts for external consulting services grew from nearly $400 million in 2009-10 to almost $1.2 billion last financial year.

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/auditor-general-cuts-back-on-big-four-budget-20200701-p5581q

  7. This will be interesting

    Australian Federal Police have asked prosecutors to consider charging an ABC journalist for publishing classified information over stories on potential war crimes.

    ABC journalists Dan Oakes and Sam Clark were first notified they were under investigation nearly two years ago, after publishing a series of stories known as the Afghan Files.

    Police have confirmed officers have sent a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, which will now weigh up whether to lay charges.

    It is understood the brief of evidence only relates to Mr Oakes, not his colleague, Mr Clark.

    But special protections for journalists mean even if prosecutors want to go ahead with charges, it will have to be formally approved by Attorney-General Christian Porter.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-02/federal-police-seek-charges-abc-investigation-afghan-files-dpp/12415930

  8. A WTF moment for me today driving home was seeing a Rolls Royce go through the intersection with personalised number plates “Psalm 91” . The driver must have missed the bit about Jesus saying “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” 😆

    • Hmmm – sounds like a religious nutter who thinks his god will save him from The Plague.

      Probably a follower of the prosperity gospel.

      The relevant part of that psalm –

      Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
      He will cover you with his feathers,and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
      You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
      A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
      You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
      https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+91&version=NIV

      There’s more, but no mention of road accidents.

    • The comma after “Gibraltar” makes it clear that Australia and New Zealand are not “British territories”.

      A more skilled journalist would have worded that sentence differently to make the meaning clear.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Paul Karp looks at a new uComms poll where Labor has its nose in front leading into the Eden-Monaro byelection and increased ABC funding is popular in the marginal seat and three traditionally blue-ribbon Liberal seats.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/03/labor-has-nose-in-front-leading-into-eden-monaro-byelection-poll-finds
    Michelle Grattan says that Saturday is crucial for Anthony Albanese but July 23 is more important for Scott Morrison. This is day of the government’s economic announcement.
    https://theconversation.com/saturday-is-crucial-for-anthony-albanese-but-july-23-is-more-important-for-scott-morrison-141885
    Shane Wright describes how modelling has shown that lifting unemployment benefits by $200 a week would protect 1.5 million people and impose a modest cost on the budget.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/jobseeker-s-200-boost-could-cost-4-billion-for-six-months-20200702-p558bh.html
    Millions of Australians are asking electricity retailers for help with their bills or expect do so shortly, in the latest indication of the worsening economic hardship inflicted by coronavirus.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/millions-of-households-seek-help-with-power-bills-amid-covid-downturn-20200702-p558dh.html
    The Australian reports that Mathias Cormann has flagged further tax incentives for businesses in the October budget, killed-off any changes to the rate of GST and outlined the government’s plan to “re-shore” strategic and defence manufacturing in Australia.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/gst-to-stay-as-is-but-mathias-cormann-flags-incentives/news-story/36453ec724a304f79df0fe2f21b0cab1
    But Phil Coorey reckons Cormann is poised to quit politics before the end of the year, prompting a shake-up of the frontbench and leaving the government without one of its key fiscal disciplinarians. He tips Simon Birmingham to fill the role.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/cormann-poised-to-leave-politics-after-october-budget-20200702-p558g7
    Coorey ponders how the government might behave without Cormann.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/cormann-s-exit-ramp-highlights-tax-reform-dead-ends-20200701-p5585g
    Scott Morrison will inevitably be criticised for not seizing the day in terms of an overdue tax reform agenda. But he will prefer not to squander his strong chance of re-election opines Jennifer Hewett. She thinks he will let this crisis go to waste.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/why-morrison-will-let-this-crisis-go-to-waste-20200702-p558gy
    Invest in the green economy and we’ll recover from the Covid-19 crisis urges Joseph Stiglitz.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jul/02/invest-in-the-green-economy-and-well-recover-from-the-covid-19-crisis
    Euan Black writes that only governments can get us out of this mess. That’s because private businesses will have little appetite to borrow and spend in this uncertain economic climate. And neither will households, which account for almost 60 per cent of national GDP via spending on goods and services.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/02/economic-recovery-senate-select/
    We shouldn’t blame those in lockdown – we should thank them, says Waleed Aly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-shouldn-t-blame-those-in-lockdown-we-should-thank-them-20200702-p558c2.html
    Michaela Whitbourn reveals that the NSW Attorney-General will seek advice about stripping Dyson Heydon of the title of Queen’s Counsel.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/attorney-general-seeks-advice-on-stripping-dyson-heydon-of-qc-title-20200702-p558hz.html
    Anthony Galloway reports that the Australian Federal Police has recommended prosecutors consider laying charges against an ABC journalist over stories revealing allegations of potential war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/afp-wants-charges-considered-over-abc-s-afghan-files-stories-20200702-p558jj.html
    More from Galloway who writes that Kevin Rudd has declared there are “major gaps” in Australia’s new defence strategy, accusing the Coalition government of a “botched” submarine program.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-national-security-scandal-kevin-rudd-names-three-gaps-in-defence-strategy-20200702-p558gf.html
    The Lowy Institute’s Sam Roggeveen explains the unspoken danger in buying more missiles to defend Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unspoken-danger-in-buying-more-missiles-to-defend-australia-20200702-p558c8.html
    The SMH editorial has its say on the defence announcement.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reality-bites-and-australia-has-to-defend-itself-into-the-future-20200702-p558i9.html
    The AFR’s Jacob Greber writes about John Bolton saying Australia, the US and other allies need to strengthen their stand against China or risk becoming little more than vassal states of Beijing.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/bolton-tells-australia-stand-up-to-china-20200702-p558ac
    And James Massola thinks Australia’s decision to acquire longer range strike capabilities will be welcomed by our strategic partners in south-east Asia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/long-range-missiles-likely-to-earn-a-quiet-thank-you-from-neighbours-20200702-p558g8.html
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us that Australia is set to offer safe haven visas to Hong Kong residents as the Chinese territory is consumed by another wave of protests and arrests over new national security laws imposed by Beijing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-set-to-offer-safe-haven-visas-to-hong-kong-20200702-p558c9.html
    Peter Lewis writes that Facebook has evolved to being a potent advertising machine which many advertisers don’t feel safe to use. He examines other platforms as well for their impact on society.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/facebook-and-google-must-move-away-from-the-zero-sum-game-20200702-p558h9.html
    In an interesting development Nick Bonyhady tells us that legal experts are split over the constitutionality of extending JobKeeper wage subsidies to priests, imams and rabbis, sparking a call for the government to release the advice underpinning its decision.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/experts-split-over-constitutionality-of-jobkeeper-for-priests-imams-rabbis-20200702-p558e3.html
    Jackie Trad, the former Queensland deputy premier, who resigned from the cabinet in May, has been cleared by the Crime and Corruption Commission over the selection of a high school principal in her electorate.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/trad-cleared-in-corruption-probe-20200702-p558h0
    Anna Patty outlines the crisis surrounding the paucity of apprenticeships and traineeships.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/workplace/training-sector-calls-for-5-billion-to-bring-thousands-of-apprentices-out-of-hibernation-20200630-p557qk.html
    Australian unions have labelled it “cruel” of the government to suggest the unemployed are unwilling to work given the dearth of vacancies, record rates of unemployment and underutilisation among young people. Paul karp and Daniel Hurst write that unions are saying the Coalition’s ‘demonising’ of unemployed is laying the groundwork for Covid-19 welfare cuts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/03/unions-say-coalitions-demonising-of-unemployed-is-groundwork-for-covid-19-welfare-cuts
    The ‘job snob’ stereotype has been used for decades to denigrate the unemployed. Facts tell a different story says Van Badham.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/02/the-job-snob-stereotype-has-been-used-for-decades-to-denigrate-the-unemployed-facts-tell-a-different-story
    The Australian Taxation Office has told 8000 businesses they may have to repay JobKeeper money because they failed to provide enough paperwork – but some small businesses claim they are being unfairly targeted.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/robo-debt-situation-8000-businesses-threatened-with-repaying-jobkeeper-cash-20200701-p5581c.html
    In an op-ed in The Australian Bill Shorten says that Robodebt was cruel and it must not happen again. He is calling for a royal commission.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/robodebt-was-cruel-and-it-must-not-happen-again/news-story/da474ae6a5c678383713ff09f05b037b
    John Lord says that we need our public broadcaster because there is an absence of political truth.
    https://theaimn.com/clear-as-abc-we-need-our-public-broadcaster-because-there-is-an-absence-of-political-truth/
    Quiet Australians need to become noisy and well-informed Australians and take back control of our country, writes David Donovan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/what-is-really-wrong-with-the-country-10-years-of-quiet-australians,14061
    The NSW independent water regulator has charged Whitehaven Coal over alleged breaches of the Water Management Act at its Maules Creek coalmine and it may be facing a multi-million dollars fine reports Lisa Cox.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/02/nsw-mine-could-face-multi-million-dollar-fine-for-allegedly-breaching-water-law
    Rob Harris reports that a new plan will attempt to boost the number of Indigenous Australians who hold senior positions throughout the Commonwealth public sector.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/new-plan-boosts-indigenous-australians-in-senior-public-sector-roles-20200702-p558gb.html
    Former NSW magistrate David Hellpern describes how NSW’s drug-driving detection laws are beyond doubt the most stupid he has had the unfortunate duty to apply.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/drug-driving-laws-are-destructive-and-ineffective-20200630-p557sj.html
    Defunding arts degrees is the latest battle in a 40-year culture war writes historian Joel Barnes.
    https://theconversation.com/defunding-arts-degrees-is-the-latest-battle-in-a-40-year-culture-war-141689
    Passengers from Melbourne will face a security blitz at Sydney Airport after at least five travellers from Victoria’s coronavirus hotspots were detected after flying in on Thursday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-health-staff-detect-person-with-symptoms-trying-to-enter-nsw-20200702-p558d5.html
    And Steven Marshall has advised that South Australia will not permit Victorian AFL teams to hub in Adelaide due to the risk of them bringing COVID-19 into the state.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/afl/teams/adelaide/sa-premier-steven-marshall-says-victorian-clubs-can-play-in-adelaide-but-only-after-two-weeks-quarantine/news-story/1b915c0d98cf32d135a47e11a245a7b0
    Noel Towell writes that no Andrews government minister has taken responsibility for the use of security guards that led to a second surge of the deadly COVID-19 virus in Melbourne.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/premier-s-team-takes-cover-over-hotel-quarantine-20200702-p558ip.html
    Meanwhile Stamford Plaza management has blamed the Victorian government and its contractors for a coronavirus outbreak affecting at least 32 people that was spread by private security guards deployed to the hotel.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/stamford-hotel-blames-government-and-guards-for-outbreak-20200702-p558e6.html
    Samantha Dick points to new data that suggests more Victorian suburbs may soon be joining those in lockdown after recording a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/03/victorian-suburbs/
    And The Age reveals that guards at quarantine hotels are still misusing or not using personal protection equipment, as the government investigates failures in its own operation linked to Victoria’s second COVID-19 spike.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/security-guards-still-not-wearing-protection-gear-at-quarantine-hotels-20200702-p558gz.html
    Human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in Adelaide are set to start at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Forty healthy adults who have already been screened will receive two doses, three weeks apart, of the COVAX-19 vaccine or a placebo injection.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/human-trials-of-a-potential-covid-vaccine-to-start-at-rah/news-story/d9160cf9e0a5944592ff15e3be566e0d
    The Grattan Institute’s Marion Terill explains why the time is right for a congestion charge to enter the Sydney CBD.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/time-is-right-for-congestion-charge-to-enter-sydney-cbd-20200702-p558dw.html
    This group of three food and health experts looked at the health star rating of 20,000 foods and tell us what they found.
    https://theconversation.com/we-looked-at-the-health-star-rating-of-20-000-foods-and-this-is-what-we-found-141453
    While gradual steps are being taken to end the racist attitudes prevalent in Australia, more still needs to be done, writes Dermot Daley.
    https://independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/a-wake-up-call-to-end-australias-ongoing-racism,14062
    According to this report in The Age, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro told his state Nationals colleagues he had personally voted for Labor ahead of the Liberals in last year’s federal election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-mps-say-barilaro-personally-voted-for-labor-above-liberals-20200702-p558g9.html
    And Barnaby Joyce has accused some Liberal colleagues of wanting the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party to outpoll the Nationals in Saturday’s crucial Eden-Monaro by-election, as the junior Coalition partner fears it will be blamed if Scott Morrison loses.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/liberals-not-innocent-in-the-quest-for-edenmonaro-says-barnaby-joyce/news-story/717f79b70e09444f8666ac3b68f7f27c
    The sale of Virgin Australia to Bain Capital is facing a fresh legal obstacle after a major aviation leasing group launched court action to repossess jet engines and other parts it had supplied to the airline prior to its collapse. It’s a bit of a bumpy ride!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-sale-faces-first-legal-obstacle-as-court-fight-over-jet-engines-fires-up-20200702-p558h8.html
    A story involving an aviation project backed by Chinese companies was shut down after media interference by the NSW Government, writes Anthony Klan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/how-chinas-virgin-australia-sold-out-the-national-interest,14063
    Kevin Rudd and wife Therese Rein have emerged as buyers of tennis player Pat Rafter’s former pile on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, having paid $17 million in May for the seven-bedroom home.
    https://www.afr.com/property/residential/rudd-revealed-as-17m-buyer-of-pat-rafter-s-former-home-20200702-p558hy
    Female employees at AMP have exploded at senior managers and the male-dominated board, calling for the sacking of Boe Pahari and for cultural change across the business.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/amp-women-stage-revolt-over-pahari-promotion-20200702-p558gq
    From Washington David Smith writes that yesterday a former defence secretary and CIA director, Leon Panetta, said that Donald Trump has “essentially gone awol from the job of leadership that he should be providing a country in trouble” during the coronavirus pandemic,.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/02/trump-coronavirus-awol-crisis-leon-panetta
    A group of former George W. Bush administration and campaign officials have launched a new super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the latest in a growing number of Republican groups to come out in support of Biden for the 2020 election over US President Donald Trump. This will get Trump even more unbalanced!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/hundreds-of-republican-officials-launch-fundraiser-backing-biden-20200702-p558f2.html
    Trump and Johnson aren’t replaying the 1930s – but it’s just as frightening says George Monbiot.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/02/donald-trump-boris-johnson-fascism-us-uk-rightwing
    Epstein’s procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been arrested overnight and earns nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/ghislaine-maxwell-associate-of-jeffrey-epstein-arrested-in-the-us-20200702-p558kv.html

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  10. $10 million for a logo that looks oddly like some sort of coronavirus. (It’s supposed to be wattle.)

    Twiggy Forrest again.

    https://7news.com.au/news/australia/10-million-decision-over-new-made-in-australia-logo-sparks-controversy-c-1138639

    I prefer the old logo, it clearly said “Made in Australia” while the new one could mean anything.

  11. Yeee Haw,USA!USA!USA! .
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………
    US students throw Covid-19 contest parties
    3 Jul, 2020 10:51am

    Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students hosted the parties to intentionally infect each other with the new coronavirus, news outlets reported.

    McKinstry said party organisers purposely invited guests who tested positive for COVID-19. She said the students put money in a pot and whoever got COVID first would get the cash
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12345245

  12. The Australian Federal Police has charged a 32-year-old Blacktown man over a spam email campaign related to the upcoming Eden-Monaro by-election.

    The man was arrested during a search warrant at his house and later conveyed to Parramatta Police Station, where he was charged with one count of using a telecommunications service to menace, harass or cause offence, contrary to section 474.17 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

    https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/sydney-man-charged-over-election-spam-emails

  13. More Liberal rorting –

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian embroiled in grant rorting claims

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian directly approved more than $100 million in council grants in Coalition-held electorates before last year's state election, sparking a parliamentary inquiry over allegations of rorting.

    A series of emails seen by the Herald show the NSW Stronger Communities Fund, originally set up by the Baird government to help merged councils, was used by the offices of the Premier and Deputy Premier John Barilaro to orchestrate funding announcements for seats across the state

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-premier-gladys-berejiklian-embroiled-in-grant-rorting-claims-20200703-p558py.html

  14. I haven’t yet seen anyone get the better of Mutti

    The new look came after Merkel responded defensively when asked by a reporter on Monday why she never had been seen wearing a mask. She said:

    If I respect the distancing rules then I don’t need to wear a mask. And if I’m not able to stick to them, for example when I’m out shopping, then we apparently don’t see each other, otherwise you’d have already seen me with a mask — but I’m not going to give away where and when I go shopping.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/03/coronavirus-live-news-cases-rising-us-states-update-brazil-covid-19-infections-latest-updates

  15. For anyone interested (and you certainly will be come 11/3)

    Planet America: The Chaser’s Chas Licciardello and the ABC’s John Barron set out to discover the real America – its politics and its people – with US and Australian experts coming along for the ride.

    Wednesday and Friday evenings on ABC24. It’s brilliant stuff. It has graphs and things (not to mention A GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL WALL) and interviews with people who know stuff.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. And it’s another Saturday Special!

    George Megalogenis writes that every job an impatient Scott Morrison sacrifices now will only delay economic recovery. He says the Australian economy confronts three rolling shocks. In order of magnitude they are the collapse of the global economy; the closure of our border to foreigners: and the restriction of local economic and social activity involving large numbers of people.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/every-job-scott-morrison-sacrifices-now-will-only-delay-economic-recovery-20200703-p558ql.html
    The government quickly stepped in to prevent a potential collapse of the health system under the weight of Covid-19 cases. But will it go all in to head off economic disaster or let the market decide what happens come September asks Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/07/04/recession-and-government-stimulus/159378480010057
    In a few careful sentences, the Reserve Bank this week told the federal government not to worry about debt approaching $1 trillion as it tries to minimise the ’Rona Recession’ writes Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/03/reserve-bank-coronavirus-debt/
    Morrison sees strategic dangers ahead. Here’s hoping he doesn’t lose sight of the economic ones says Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/04/morrison-sees-strategic-dangers-ahead-heres-hoping-he-doesnt-lose-sight-of-the-economic-ones
    Peter Hartcher reckons Scott Morrison is not going to duck this crisis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/scott-morrison-is-not-going-to-duck-this-crisis-20200703-p558w5.html
    Dennis Atkins reckons ‘Scotty from marketing’ is keeping up the spin despite the coronavirus crisis.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2020/07/04/dennis-atkins-scott-morrison-marketing/
    Tony Wright examines what he says is an election being conducted today under exceptional circumstances.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/eden-monaro-the-campaign-that-s-had-the-lot-including-a-plague-20200703-p558u2.html
    Paul Bongiorno sees Eden-Monaro as a test for Morrison.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2020/07/04/test-pm-eden-monaro/159378480010064
    ACT remote weapons systems manufacturer, Electro Optic Systems Holdings, which has hitched its wagon to countries known to be engaged in gross violations of human rights and likely war crimes, wins big from the Coalition’s weapons announcement on eve of by-election, writes Michelle Fahy.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/pork-missile-government-fires-cash-at-weapons-maker-eos-in-battle-for-eden-monaro/
    Our relationship with China has become a complexity of its own, and Scott Morrison knows it writes Laura Tingle in a long contribution.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/australia-relationship-china-complexity-of-its-own-scott-morriso/12421320
    And Karen Middleton says Australia is embarking on the 21st-century version of a Cold War weapons build-up to deter growing regional threats – particularly from China – in an era when undeclared diplomatic, trade and cyber hostilities are blurring the lines between war and peace.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/defence/2020/07/04/cold-war-grey-zone-define-relations-with-china/159378480010056
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that China has warned Australia against following Britain in offering safe-haven visas to Hong Kong residents, as one of the federal government’s migration advisers says the unrest is an opportunity to attract highly skilled migrants.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-warns-australia-against-going-further-down-the-wrong-path-20200703-p558q2.html
    According to Paul Kelly, Australia’s best defence is a good offence as China flexes its muscles in our region.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/australias-best-defence-is-a-good-offence-as-china-flexes-muscles-in-region/news-story/b73224780eb6c6fa927fa09486ecdbe1
    The SMH editorial says the world must unite and stand up for Hong Kong’s liberty. It urges Morrison to stay the course.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/world-must-unite-and-stand-up-for-hong-kong-s-liberty-20200703-p558vy.html
    Hong Kong activists now face a choice: stay silent or flee the city. The world must give them a path to safety writes Brendan Clift.
    https://theconversation.com/hong-kong-activists-now-face-a-choice-stay-silent-or-flee-the-city-the-world-must-give-them-a-path-to-safety-141880
    The editorial in the AFR says Donald Trump’s characteristically erratic and narcissistic mishandling of the triple-whammy health, economic, and racial crises means he deserves the defeat he is headed for in November. Can’t argue with that!
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/trump-is-not-the-right-man-for-this-crisis-20200702-p558iz
    Dominic Powell tells us that governance experts are warning investors to keep an eye out for companies using the stimulus package to inflate profit figures and pad up executive bonuses. Harvey Norman gets a mention.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/warnings-jobkeeper-payments-could-boost-company-profits-and-executive-bonuses-20200703-p558ph.html
    In war against humanity, the coronavirus is winning says Greg Sheridan. Until we get a vaccine, there is no alternative if we want to avoid the dead in large numbers.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/in-war-against-humanity-the-coronavirus-is-winning/news-story/db27a5f366e1da8bed32e911fcd407d8
    New concerns surround the government’s increased use of legislative powers to bypass the parliament and create laws that cannot be amended or overturned, writes Karen Middleton who says Morrison is ruling by ‘Henry VIII’ clauses
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/07/04/morrison-ruling-henry-viii-clauses/159378480010053
    The Saturday Paper editorial laments that if reporting on alleged war crimes does not pass the threshold of public interest journalism, the government’s definition is unsound.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/editorial/2020/07/04/public-interest/159378480010076
    Criminalising journalism is part of Australia’s national security phase says Binoy Kampmark.
    https://theaimn.com/criminalising-journalism-australias-national-security-craze/
    The nightmare that is 2020 is only halfway done, are these the worst days of our lives asks Brigid Delaney.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/03/the-nightmare-that-is-2020-is-only-halfway-done-are-these-the-worst-days-of-our-lives
    An editorial in The Guardian looks at who is actually paying for social distancing.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/03/the-guardian-view-on-socially-distanced-culture-who-pays
    Kate McClymont and Jacqui Maley tells us that the scandal involving multiple allegations of sexual harassment by Dyson Heydon has prompted NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman to instigate an urgent review into the way in which NSW courts and tribunals handle similar complaints.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/attorney-general-orders-urgent-review-of-sexual-harassment-processes-after-heydon-claims-20200703-p558sa.html
    The law is slowly confronting its toxic culture of sexual harassment. The Dyson Heydon allegations will only speed things up writes Calla Wahlquist.
    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jul/04/were-all-gentlemen-here-australias-legal-profession-can-pretend-no-more
    Meanwhile, Michaela Whitbourn tell us the Court of Criminal Appeal has said that a jury in a NSW sexual assault trial cannot be told about the complainant’s alleged history of making false complaints.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/prior-false-complaints-cannot-be-admitted-in-nsw-rape-trial-court-rules-20200703-p558qp.html
    Ben Butler explains how Peter Dutton has narrowly avoided contempt of court charges after making a decision on an immigration case before a deadline set by a judge.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/03/peter-dutton-friday-deadline-contempt-court-charge-visa-protection
    Rob Harris explains how Indigenous leaders are saying nothing less than reaching parity with other Australians in the new Closing the Gap targets will be satisfactory.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/historic-new-closing-the-gap-targets-aim-at-achieving-parity-for-all-australians-20200703-p558vd.html
    Noel Pearson puts the case for a government jobs guarantee.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/the-case-for-a-government-jobs-guarantee/news-story/dee6e9545cd5af967c853e2f0481b02d
    After JobSeeker ends, we need a new unemployment system.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/after-jobseeker-ends-we-need-a-new-unemployment-system,14064
    While gradual steps are being taken to end the racist attitudes prevalent in Australia, more still needs to be done, writes Dermot Daley.
    https://independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/a-wake-up-call-to-end-australias-ongoing-racism,14062
    Robo-debt class action lawyers unhappy with government’s instalment payment plan writes Nick Bonyhady.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/robo-debt-class-action-lawyers-unhappy-with-government-s-instalment-payment-plan-20200703-p558qn.html
    Sally Whyte says it has been revealed that despite the government previously committing to starting refunds on July 1, many of those who are owed a refund will wait many more months before seeing money in their accounts.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6818453/robodebt-refunds-start-but-most-will-be-waiting-months-for-payments/?cs=14350#gsc.tab=0
    Professor Jim Bright says that the mass experiment in working from home has led to new insights and revelations about how we work and what works and what does not.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/no-longer-business-as-usual-20200626-p556qv.html
    If ever there was an area of public policy in desperate need of reform, it is the superannuation sector, writes Peter van Onselen who enters the murky world of self-interest and political nepotism and calls for the establishment of a generic product.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/super-reform-needs-a-default-option/news-story/69c00272408c2a6dd0612bb553bccb9e
    Retail spending has roared back to life as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions returns customers to the nation’s cafes, shopping centres and showrooms faster than economists anticipated.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/coronavirus-retail-sales-surge-as-shoppers-roam-free/news-story/1d192037f502a3ee5e66836abb078129
    Penny Dakin says children should not be victims in the welfare wars. She is concerned that we seem to be headed back to a punitive system of unemployment benefits which will not create jobs, but will cost our children dearly.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6818624/children-should-not-be-victims-in-the-welfare-wars/?cs=14258#gsc.tab=0
    Submissions to the ACCC’s inquiry into water trading in the Murray–Darling Basin reveal significant concerns about the possibility of market manipulation reveals Margaret Simons.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/07/04/govt-tight-lipped-accc-murray-darling-basin-water-report/159378480010062
    Some heads have been rolled after Victoria’s pandemic response and quarantine management issues.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/brett-sutton-s-boss-stripped-of-responsibility-after-hotel-quarantine-failures-20200703-p558v9.html
    Apparently, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer was told of poor protocols and lack of protective equipment in quarantine hotels in April, but standards were not reviewed until after an outbreak a month later.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sutton-warned-of-hotel-quarantine-risks-a-month-before-first-outbreak-20200703-p558tg.html
    Biosecurity expert Ralna MacIntyre explains why NSW should be worried but not just by the risk of transmission from Victoria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw-should-be-worried-but-not-not-just-by-the-risk-of-transmission-from-victoria-20200703-p558r1.html
    The New Daily tells us that scientists have developed a mathematical algorithm to predict when the next coronavirus outbreak will occur.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/04/algorithm-coronavirus-outbreaks/
    Of the thousands of young people with disabilities living in aged-care facilities, only a few hundred have been moved into the community since the NDIS rollout began in 2013 reports Rick Morton. Another blinder from the hapless, hopeless Stuart Robert.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/health/2020/07/04/young-people-with-disabilities-still-living-aged-care/159378480010063
    Peter Hannam writes that researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes report that heatwaves have become more frequent and have been lasting longer across much of the planet, including Australia, over the past seven decades and the trend is accelerating as the world warms.
    https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/trend-towards-worsening-heatwaves-is-accelerating-new-research-finds-20200703-p558s8.html
    ABC journalist Matt Doran asks why it is the governments get to decide which journalists are prosecuted.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/why-does-government-decide-if-journalist-prosecuted-afghan-files/12419712
    When the COVIDSafe contact tracing app launched, tech-savvy experts went looking for flaws. It didn’t take long to find them explains Royce Kurmelovs in The Saturday Paper.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/health/2020/07/04/the-flaws-the-covidsafe-app/159378480010058
    Kirsten Lawson says that the Audit Office has stepped up its criticism of the Coalition’s sports grants program, saying it was difficult to see how the program could be described as transparent or accountable. It’s still not a good look!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6818641/difficult-to-see-sports-grants-as-transparent-or-accountable-audit-office/?cs=14329#gsc.tab=0
    Well bugger me!!! Five years after it was first announced, the Berejiklian government has made the last-minute decision to keep the Powerhouse site at Ultimo open. Alexandra Smith looks a this extraordinary 11th hour backflip.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/powerhouse-backflip-as-ultimo-site-saved-by-berejiklian-government-20200703-p558vn.html
    Anxiety levels are high in motels across Victoria, where thousands of homeless people being put up are waiting on a state government lifeline, writes Bianca Hall.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/you-hear-screaming-at-night-plea-to-find-homes-for-hotel-homeless-20200703-p558pn.html
    Criminals were among those fined by police on Thursday for breaching coronavirus restrictions, as police set up 15 checkpoints across Melbourne.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/five-criminals-among-seven-fined-on-first-day-of-hotspot-lockdown-20200703-p558tv.html
    A man who allegedly sent harassing and offensive emails to voters in the Eden-Monaro byelection has been arrested in Sydney. No details have yet emerged about the guy other that police sources saying the man does not work in politics and is not believed to be a member of any party.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/man-arrested-over-spam-emails-targeting-eden-monaro-candidates-20200703-p558r3.html
    The bushfire royal commission has heard that volunteer firefighters are leaving the forces due to disrespect shown to them by city-based emergency managers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/volunteer-firies-disenchanted-and-disrespected-by-bureaucracy-20200703-p558sv.html
    Elizabeth Farrelly hates the casino tower that she describes as James Packer’s penis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/so-blatant-so-needy-why-is-james-packer-not-embarrassed-by-sydney-s-new-casino-tower-20200702-p558ey.html
    James Adonis gives us a whimsical examination and handling of office BS.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/how-to-deal-with-bs-at-work-20200702-p558gg.html
    As Boris Johnson reopens pubs, a no-deal Brexit threatens to rain disaster on a country reeling from the pandemic warns Jonathan Freedland.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/03/coronavirus-boris-johnson-no-deal-brexit-pandemic
    The London Telegraph wonders what is next for Prince Andrew now that Epstein’s fixer Maxwell has been arrested.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/what-next-for-duke-ghislaine-maxwell-s-arrest-reignites-public-scrutiny-20200703-p558m0.html
    How Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly manipulated an intuitive female bond.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/how-ghislaine-maxwell-allegedly-manipulated-an-intuitive-female-bond-20200703-p558n8.html
    Here’s a rundown of Maxwell’s 17-page charge sheet.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/02/ghislaine-maxwell-the-charges-against-her-for-role-in-epsteins-abuse
    Malcolm Knox writes that Nick Kyrgios, so often an embarrassment to himself, has come to understand that public performance of approved values leads to a proportionate inversion of that embarrassment. He says that Now that Nick is the world ambassador against tennis dickheads, he puts himself even more firmly into the hands of corporate image-makers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/rehabilitated-kyrgios-going-it-alone-for-the-fans-now-that-s-audacious-20200703-p558oa.html

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    • BK,

      As always, I am so grateful to your amazing round-up of the news.

      I hope all is well with you and yours.

  17. From today’s Gadfly –

    The British-based website polifiller.co.uk is providing a wonderful service. It automatically strips clichés and filibusters out of pieces of political posturing.

    Just paste the transcript of a political interview or a speech into the site and it will identify the verbosity and hyperbole and “expose the political vexicon”.

    Gadfly tried it with the Gettysburg Address and discovered it has a cliché count of 3 and a filibuster factor of 2 per cent. By comparison the much longer strategic defence speech by Schmo on Wednesday scored a cliché count of 19, but slightly better than Abraham Lincoln on the filibuster measurement, with an outcome of 1 per cent.

    Hamish Thompson, who runs the site, has announced the awards for the 2020 Polifiller Hall of Shame, highlighting the leading “wrigglers and stretchers” out of the lips of politicians. Among the top well-worn responses we find:

    “That’s a great question …”

    “We’ll have more to say about that.”

    “Let me be clear.”

    “Let me be very clear.”

    “Hard-working families …”

    “Unprecedented times …”

    “We’re all in this together.”

    “Now is not the time” and “I’m not going to give a running commentary.”

    Grassgate Gussy Taylor is a dedicated user of “Let me be clear”, as he dodges and weaves around questions about the now infamous Sydney City Council fake travel figures or his involvement in seeking to change the regulations around endangered Monaro grasslands.

    Gadfly’s awards suggestion would have been: “Keeping Australians safe.”

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/diary/2020/07/04/gadfly-jackson-thrives/159378480010049

    I’m sure I’ve heard the CrimeMinister cram almost all those Hall of Shame cliches into one presser.

    The Polifiller cliche of the day is “Protecting our borders”
    http://polifiller.co.uk/

  18. How much more confusing can google make it for me to comment on my own blogsite? Or is it my old mind which doesn’t understand the IT lingo?

  19. Gone AWOL again?

    Albo is in Eden-Monaro. FauxMo couldn’t be bothered turning up. That could tell us the Lib polling is bad news – for them

  20. Logins for more than 3600 MyGov accounts are for sale on the dark web, potentially exposing thousands of Australians to fraud and identity theft.

    The MyGov accounts are among a list of more than 150,000 hacked “.com.au” logins available for sale on dark web marketplaces, where logins are sold for as little as a few cents and as much as several hundred dollars.

    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/hacked-thousands-of-mygov-accounts-for-sale-on-dark-web-20200701-p55833

    Not a Stuart Robert job again?

  21. Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute takes a moment to set the record straight on ‘whether Governments can value-add’ –

    “The Defence Housing Authority is 100% publicly owned, built 20,000 dwellings & rents them out to defence personnel. Great! But if I said maybe the Govt should go out and build 20,000 houses and rent them out to teachers and nurses, I’m a communist.”

  22. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/coronavirus-victoria-live-news-covid19-queensland-dancing-clubs/12422080

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