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.

1,747 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. Which is why I don’t bother with TV cover, I prefer the AEC site.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Jess Irvine tells us what Ken Henry really thinks about tax reform.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/what-ken-henry-really-thinks-about-tax-reform-20200703-p558no.html
    The federal government will cap overseas arrivals into Sydney Airport at 450 people per day, as NSW faces pressure on its capacity to quarantine returned travellers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/federal-government-to-limit-overseas-arrivals-at-sydney-airport-20200704-p55901.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that the Victorian hotel debacle has put the nation at risk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victorian-hotel-debacle-has-put-nation-at-risk-20200703-p558p8.html
    The system is cooked when a ‘sexual harasser’ is promoted, not punished proclaims Jacqui Maley as she examines AMP Capital’s latest moves.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/system-is-cooked-when-a-sexual-harasser-is-promoted-not-punished-20200703-p558t5.html
    Misogyny and sexual harassment are a problem within the Australian jazz scene, similar to that of the world’s most powerful political figures, writes Carla Bennett.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/sexual-misconduct-in-the-australian-jazz-scene-needs-to-be-discussed,14068
    Benjamin Law looks at the rise and rise of Norman Swan,
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/norman-swan-i-have-a-deep-core-fear-of-dying-20200529-p54xto.html
    These two public health experts believe that the CovidSafe app will be of value as we move into an inevitable second phase of the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/covidsafe-app-helps-stop-the-spread-our-research-proves-it-20200702-p558i6.html
    Residents of the Flemington towers have vented their frustration with the Andrews government ahead of a five-day hard lockdown, saying that outbreaks were foreseeable in the densely populated towers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/a-very-obvious-risk-flemington-flats-residents-decry-government-inaction-20200704-p5590a.html
    Noel Towell wonders if Victoria’s outbreak has caused Daniel Andrews’ crown to slip.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/has-victoria-s-outbreak-caused-daniel-andrews-crown-to-slip-20200703-p558v5.html
    The Guardian explains the real reasons for people in Victoria refusing Covid tests.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/05/covid-19-conspiracy-theories-not-among-reasons-given-for-test-refusal-in-victoria
    Experts in the genomic sequencing testing science are playing an increasing role in containing transmission amid Australia’s biggest coronavirus cluster in Melbourne. Here’s how it works.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/05/genomic-sequencing-testing-coronavirus-what-is-it-how-used-australia-victoria-melbourne-covid-19-clusters-hotspots-outbreak
    No industry has been hit harder by COVID-19 than tourism. And the scary thing is, no one knows how long the pain will last writes Patrick Hatch.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/where-the-bloody-hell-now-60b-tourism-sector-fights-for-survival-20200702-p558ds.html
    The case against Dan Oakes exposes how dangerously fragile press freedom is in Australia, says a concerned Peter Greste.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/04/the-case-against-dan-oakes-exposes-how-dangerously-fragile-press-freedom-is-in-australia
    How to fuel an economic disaster. The New Daily’s Matthew Lloyd-Cape provides a beginner’s guide in 3 easy steps.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/04/economic-depression-how-to/
    Victorian AFL clubs have been told to get out of the state as soon as possible and not wait until Monday with more parts of Melbourne shutdown due to conronavirus restrictions.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/vic-clubs-told-to-leave-immediately-20200704-p5590v.html
    Rather than offer an apology, Scott Morrison has shifted the blame for the robodebt scandal to a welfare principle used by both parties, writes John Maycock on the Morrison Government’s robodebt cover-up lies.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-morrison-governments-robodebt-cover-up-lies,14069
    Warwick McFadyen is uneasy about our latest defence positioning and diplomatic posturing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/do-we-want-our-freedom-bought-this-way-20200703-p558uh.html
    On the subject of increased military spending Crispin hull writes that the acid question is not “Where is the money coming from?”, but “Where is the money going to?”. He makes some valid contrasts.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6818189/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-kitchen-table-debt-and-deficit-disaster/?cs=14258#gsc.tab=0
    Historian Liam Byrne writes about what lessons can be learned for current day politics from John Curtin. He loos at Curtin’s new model where social needs were considered as important as abstract economic targets.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/lessons-for-today-s-politicians-from-75-years-ago-20200703-p558v3.html
    In a bid to push the major parties to embrace deeper cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Greens have targeted net zero emissions by 2035 report Mike Foley and Nick O’Malley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/greens-announce-ambitious-new-emissions-targets-in-line-with-paris-20200703-p558ug.html
    The Morrison government will be spending billions of dollars over the next 6-to-12 months to kick-start the economy. A small fraction of that new federal spending – less than 1 per cent – should be spent on tutoring in schools says the Grattan Institute’s Julie Sonnermann.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/an-idea-we-should-import-from-the-uk-to-help-students-catch-up-20200703-p558vu.html
    Peter FitzSimons calls BS on the greyhound racing industry’s new code.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/gone-to-the-dogs-why-greyhound-racing-s-new-code-is-a-complete-crock-20200703-p558tt.html
    Sam McClure goes inside the camp that brought down the Adelaide Crows.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/inside-the-camp-that-brought-down-the-adelaide-crows-20200630-p557od.html
    On the Fourth of July national holiday, a day after the US reported a third straight day with a more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases and as Florida reported another record rise there, Donald Trump claimed “a tremendous victory” was at hand. This clown is without peer!
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/04/us-coronavirus-cases-fourth-of-july-holiday
    Trump is scooping up the world’s Remdesivir. It’s a sign of things to come, writes Devi Sridhar.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/04/trump-remdesivir-covid-19-drug
    The world still knows too little about Epstein’s secrets, but Maxwell holds the key explains the Washington Post. Are we going to see another “suicide” in custody, I wonder?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-world-still-knows-too-little-about-epstein-s-secrets-but-maxwell-holds-the-key-20200704-p558ze.html

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  3. As I keep saying – never underestimate the stupidity of the average Australian voter.

    The voters of Eden-Monaro had a rare opportunity to tell our farce of a government what they thought of a PM who cared more about having a Hawaiian holiday than his duty to be with them in a crisis, promised recovery funding that never existed and has made more promises of funding that will turn out to be lies and yet those fools reward the bastard by giving his party and their more right-wing than Tony Abbott candidate an increased first preference vote – so far.

    It’s dumber than turkeys voting for Christmas.

  4. Ingrid M’s run-down of Insiders –

  5. A very confusing article from Melissa Davey and Matilda Boseley –

    First they quote a spokeswoman from the Victorian health department saying conspiracy theories are not the reason for over 10,000 people refusing tests. Then they go into detail about a conspiracy theory text message being the reason why people are refusing to open their doors to health workers offering tests.

    Covid-19 conspiracy theories not among reasons given for test refusal in Victoria
    Exclusive: department contradicts minister who blamed such theories after 10,000 people declined

    A woman named Ann contacted Guardian Australia to say she had received a text message that purported to be a police bulletin. The text warned against answering the door to door-knockers. It read: “People are going door to door handing out masks, they say it’s a new initiative from local government. They will always ask you to please put it on to see if it fits you.

    “It has been doused with chemicals which knocks you out cold and once you’re knocked out they proceed to rob you. Please do not accept masks from strangers. Remember, we are living in critical times and people are desperate to take advantage with the aim of making money. Crime rate has skyrocketed, so please be cautious and play safe!

    “Please send to all your friends, colleagues and loved ones so as to help them stay vigilant in this adverse situation.” A spokesman for Victoria police said the message had also been widely circulating on social media for some months, long before the lockdown

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/05/covid-19-conspiracy-theories-not-among-reasons-given-for-test-refusal-in-victoria

    People can be so gullible.

    • But Labor still won 2PP – or is winning.

      That tells us a fair few who voted Labor last year gave their first preferences to minor parties this time but still gave Labor their preferences. It’s a growing trend, voting for minor parties or independents not expecting them to win so still giving preferences to a major party.

      I understand why voters would do this. I’ve voted independent in federal elections since a 2008 by-election and last year, for the first time ever, I put Labor second on the Senate paper. Maybe next election I’ll go back Labor, maybe not. It depends who runs.

  6. Can’t say Andrews isn’t trying

    Victoria has recorded another 74 coronavirus cases overnight as Premier Daniel Andrews announces the more than 3,000 public housing tenants placed under hard lockdown will not have to pay rent for two weeks.

    Mr Andrews also announced a range of financial support for all tenants in the nine buildings under lockdown.

    “Those who are employed and because of the hard lockdown cannot go to work, they will receive a $1,500 hardship payment,” Mr Andrews said.

    “For those households where there is no-one in employment, they will receive a $750 hardship payment.”

    More to come.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-05/coronavirus-victoria-new-cases-public-housing-melbourne-lockdown/12423700

  7. The final Eden-Monaro results are going to be similar to last election – Labor 50.85%, Liberal 49.15%.

    Not bad at all taking into account the normal by-election swing against the former sitting party, a deluge of funding promises and the worst dirty tricks I’ve ever seen from the Liberals. Maybe it was not a good idea to centre the campaign on the PM, reducing Ms Kotvojs to a silent noddy at pressers or to use FauxMo’s ugly, smirking mug on all the posters at polling places.

    Despite what the media say this result is not good news for FauxMo.

  8. Being an idiot is not necessary but it certainly helps

    A nightclub operator in the Australian state of Queensland could face a hefty fine after video emerged of a packed dance floor in breach of coronavirus restrictions, Australian Associated Press reports.

    Footage of clubbers dancing shoulder-to-shoulder is alleged to have been taken on Friday night at Prohibition in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Pubs and clubs were allowed to reopen on Friday, but dance floors remain closed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/05/coronavirus-live-news-daily-global-cases-top-200000-as-australias-toughest-lockdown-begins

  9. From my inbox –

    All party members and supporters can take great heart from Kristy McBain’s victory in the Eden-Monaro by-election. I want to personally thank the thousands of volunteers and contributors from right around the country who put their shoulder to the wheel in securing this victory.

    The government expected to win this seat and they threw the kitchen sink at it. The big money they deployed could not camouflage the failures of the government to deliver for bushfire victims, its denial of climate change, and the unwillingness of Prime Minister Morrison to give job certainty and JobKeeper to tens of thousands of workers post-September.

    So Anthony Albanese and Kristy McBain gave the Coalition a masterclass in grassroots campaigning and showed that Labor is very competitive in regional Australia. Credit also goes to the hard work by National Secretary Paul Erickson, NSW General Secretary Bob Nanva and their campaign team.

    This win is a first step in the battle of ideas and campaign organisation that we must win over the next two years.

    Following this victory there is much hard work to do, so please work with us to ensure that at the next election we win the battle for a more equitable and environmentally sustainable Australia.

    Yours in solidarity,

    Wayne Swan
    ALP National President

  10. 5/07/2020 5:38:51 PM – The final batch of pre-polls for today was 55.2% for the Liberal Party, bringing the overall Liberal postal vote position to 53.7% which is still less than the 57.1% that the Liberal Party polled last year. The Labor lead is down to 737 votes. The error corrected earlier was apparently a check count at Merimbula pre-poll centre.

    There are a maximum of 7,000 votes outstanding and the Liberal Party would need 55% to win, which is more than they have received in the first 9,000 postals.

    At last year’s Federal election, only 80% of Eden-Monaro postal votes were returned and included in the count. If that rate applied at the by-election, then there would be only 13,500 postals in total, which leaves about 4,000 to be counted. That would mean the Liberal Party would need 59% of the outstanding postal votes.

    The odds still favour Labor winning, but the two corrections to the first count have narrowed the result.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/eden-monaro-by-election-2020/commentary/

  11. Sigh!

    • Be very careful of memes like this unless you actually saw that comment and know for certain who Speers was talking about.

      I saw a comment that said he was referring to Labor, not the Libs, and Antony Green had a huge grin when Speers said this.

      I did not watch any TV by-election cover last night, so I don’t know what was really said.

  12. Coronavirus cases in Latin America have been rising dramatically. Tom Phillips reported for us earlier today on how years of social progress have been reversed by the virus, amid accusations that politicians have been fatally inept.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/05/coronavirus-live-news-daily-global-cases-top-200000-as-australias-toughest-lockdown-begins

    And when it really gets to sub-Saharan Africa …

    You know where those companies get their labour?

  13. From the abc headlines this morning. It is all Dan Andrews and Victoria’s fault the virus is in Australia, that the economy is going bust, that no one can go to any other country……..etc. They’ve done it, it’s all their fault. People are in prison in their own homes, starving, no help, just like the refugees on Manus Island.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The Australian economy will bounce out of the coronavirus recession but it will be a jobless turnaround writes Shane Wright. He says new forecasts suggest real wages are likely to fall until the middle of the decade and government debt will breach $1 trillion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/economy-to-recover-strongly-but-wages-and-jobs-will-not-20200705-p5594c.html
    But Australia, and particularly the ACT, are in a much healthier economic position than most estimates predicted despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report by Deloitte Access Economics suggests.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6818261/australias-economic-outlook-not-nearly-as-bad-as-expected-deloitte/?cs=14225#gsc.tab=0
    Euan Black writes that a second wave of infections would cost Australia $100 billion in lost national income, according to new research from Deloitte that also warns against withdrawing government support too early.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/06/second-wave-australia-deloitte/
    Jennifer Duke looks at the fraught debate playing out across social welfare, political and economic circles in Australia over how much the government should give to those on JobSeeker.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-560-jobseeker-question-too-much-or-too-little-20200702-p558b9.html
    In a long article Sean Kelly explains his view that Morrison is preparing for an election campaign arguing that while things are still pretty rough, he must be allowed to finish the job. He also soes to the loss of trust in our institutions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/patience-running-out-for-those-who-pretend-to-solve-the-nation-s-problems-20200704-p55900.html
    Australian politics is incredibly volatile and there is no sign of that volatility abating. The towns and suburbs of Eden-Monaro proved it on Saturday writes David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/still-surface-belies-strong-currents-beneath-by-election-result-20200705-p55963.html
    Anthony Albanese will bank Labor’s Eden-Monaro win, but may suspend the celebrations says Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/05/anthony-albanese-will-bank-labors-eden-monaro-win-but-may-suspend-the-celebrations
    And Josh Butler thinks the Eden-Monaro result rings warning bells for both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/05/eden-monaro-morrison-albanese-impact/
    Can the Nationals stay relevant in a crowded political landscape asks Jamieson Murphy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6817599/can-the-nationals-stay-relevant-in-a-crowded-political-landscape/?cs=14350#gsc.tab=0
    And the editorial in the Canberra Times says the Nationals need to ask hard questions after the Eden-Monaro byelection.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6819372/nationals-need-to-ask-hard-questions-after-eden-monaro-byelection/?cs=14258#gsc.tab=0
    Phil Coorey reckons Eden-Monaro was neither quite a repudiation of the government nor an embrace of Labor.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/both-sides-spinning-as-voters-reserve-judgement-20200705-p5593x
    The Eden-Monaro byelection result shows that Scott Morrison has yet to make a winning case for post-virus reform. That needs to change says the AFR’s editorial.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/victoria-s-relapse-shows-need-for-speed-on-economy-20200705-p55945
    Michael Pascoe examines the effects that Cormann’s leaving will have on the government. In the end he says, history might best remember him for his inability to count numbers for Peter Dutton and his crucial role in knifing Malcolm Turnbull.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/06/mathias-cormann-quits-pascoe/
    Constitutional law expert Anne Twomey has sounded the alarm on the “structure and status of the national cabinet” as a body to steer the federation into the ­future, warning the prime minister wields too much power over the grouping.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/scott-morrison-has-too-much-power-over-national-cabinet-says-expert/news-story/ea02c3c40704837f43dbe81d7915c62a
    Kate McClymont’s on the job again as she reveals that mystery surrounds a major donation to the Liberal Party by a fledgling water company headed by a NSW branch powerbroker but funded by a convicted Griffith drug boss.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-councillor-the-drug-boss-and-the-liberal-party-s-pot-of-gold-20200619-p554b8.html
    The SMH editorial says that Victoria’s lockdowns have reset Australia’s response to pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria-s-lockdowns-have-reset-australia-s-response-to-pandemic-20200705-p55989.html
    And the Australian Medical Association has urged states and territories to temporarily stop lifting coronavirus restrictions in the wake of the spike in cases and outbreaks in Melbourne.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/play-it-safe-ama-calls-for-a-nationwide-freeze-on-lifting-covid-restrictions-20200705-p55982.html
    Residents of the nine high-rise towers under police lockdown in Melbourne have reacted angrily to the government’s admission that some of the blocks do not contain confirmed cases of COVID-19.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/covid-public-housing-wrap-20200705-p5596z.html
    The Guardian describes the explosive potential within the locked down Melbourne towers.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/05/explosive-potential-victoria-sends-500-police-to-contain-coronavirus-in-public-housing-high-rises
    The Australian has a feature article headlined, “Desperate Dan has only himself to blame for this mess”.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/desperate-daniel-andrews-has-only-himself-to-blame/news-story/e2b6137d6dcbad3aaf1a2a45d64d6d6f
    And it says Victoria’s coronavirus failure is a threat to national recovery.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/victorias-failure-a-threat-to-national-recovery/news-story/12350ec4a6749b4f034a41a306e78bcd
    A rapid and highly targeted response was always expected to be the key to managing any community outbreaks of the virus in Australia. The Andrews government didn’t apply its own rhetoric, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/failure-after-failure-for-tough-talking-andrews-20200705-p5596l
    Chip Le Grand explains how the pandemic crisis is hitting the criminal bar hard, with 10% of barristers saying they’ll be forced out of the profession.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/barristers-turn-to-other-jobs-chambers-empty-as-pandemic-hits-legal-profession-20200703-p558vz.html
    On Mathias Cormann, Shane Wright says “He won’t be back!”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/he-won-t-be-back-cormann-hits-his-limit-after-a-record-run-20200705-p5594z.html
    Sarah Danckert and Charlotte Grieve have more on the AMP Capital which promoted a man who has been accused of sexual harassment to one of the most senior positions at the firm due to concerns he could leave to establish a rival operation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/amp-executive-promoted-over-fears-he-would-leave-firm-20200703-p558u3.html
    Jacqueline Maley and Kate McClymont tell us that hundreds of female leaders in law have asked the Attorney-General to ensure the “integrity and diversity” of the judicial appointments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/top-legal-women-call-on-attorney-general-to-establish-independent-complaints-body-for-judges-20200704-p558yc.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW’s first commission for the ageing and disabled has been inundated with reports of abuse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/right-to-live-free-of-abuse-commission-inundated-with-abuse-reports-20200705-p5594l.html
    Commercial television broadcasters have called for the scrapping of regulations which force them to produce Australian drama, documentary and children’s programming as audiences drift away from free-to-air TV towards streaming services reports Amanda Meade.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jul/06/commercial-broadcasters-call-for-scrapping-of-drama-and-childrens-tv-quotas
    Ben Smee tells us all about the efforts of “Christian solders and Climate change deniers” within the Queensland Liberal Party. He says there is a slow and steady takeover by the Christian right.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/06/christian-soldiers-and-climate-deniers-inside-the-fight-for-control-of-the-queensland-lnp
    Mike Foley writes that up to 10,000 new jobs are expected to be generated through a $600 million waste recycling stimulus scheme from government and industry as the waste export ban in 2024 looms.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/job-boost-expected-from-600m-recycling-scheme-as-2024-export-ban-looms-20200703-p558qh.html
    Michael West reports on the debate over MMT and how it is being used to combat the impending deep recession.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/purple-house-and-mmt-new-money-creation-is-real-it-is-not-a-leftist-conspiracy/
    John Thwaites writes about a global report giving Australia an A for coronavirus response but a D on climate.
    https://theconversation.com/global-report-gives-australia-an-a-for-coronavirus-response-but-a-d-on-climate-141982
    Bloody hell! Chinese authorities have issued a warning about the bubonic plague and forbidden eating certain animals after a suspected case was reported at a Mongolian hospital.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/06/bubonic-plague-mongolia/
    According to Steve Boland, the criminal prosecution of the NSW Minister for Arts Don Harwin has been a governance fiasco of epic proportions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/don-harwin-health-order-affair-a-fiasco-of-epic-proportions-20200705-p5595j.html
    In a sign of things to come, books by prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures have become unavailable in the Chinese-ruled city’s public libraries, days after Beijing introduced sweeping national security legislation, according to online records and one activist.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/books-disappear-from-hong-kong-libraries-after-new-law-20200705-p5598e.html
    Trump celebrated Fourth of July by stoking division over pandemic and race. All ha has left in the locker for November now is a culture war to wage.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/05/trump-july-fourth-speech-rushmore-coronavirus-race-protests
    Donald Trump rushed to reopen America – now Covid is closing in on him, writes Robert Reich. He paints an awful picture of America here.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/05/donald-trump-reopen-america-covid-19-coronavirus
    Two prominent Texas mayors have warned that hospitals in their cities will be “overwhelmed” by cases of Covid-19 inside two weeks, even as Donald Trump continues to portray the coronavirus resurgence nationwide as the embers of a fire he is steadily extinguishing.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/05/coronavirus-texas-mayors-serious-trouble-hospital-beds-florida-trump
    Now Rapper Kanye West has announced in a tweet he will run for president of the United States in the November election. The place is f****d!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6819530/kanye-west-running-for-us-president-2020/?cs=14329#gsc.tab=0
    Zona Black identifies some of the Epstein associates with the most to fear from Maxwell’s arrest.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/06/epstein-maxwell-arrest-countess/
    Just to add to the Adelaide Crows’ woes, Christopher Pyne is having a tilt at the board.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/afl/teams/adelaide/sa-wine-baron-and-former-defence-minister-tipped-to-join-adelaide-football-club-board/news-story/808c52d91a96428c49baba65abe279db

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  15. I don’t understand the media rage. What’s 5 days locked up in your own home for your own safety and that of others. They’re going to be looked after. Sure it’s inconvenient. But I wonder how many do in fact complain. As always the media exaggerate.

    • It’s the same mo they used against Rudd, Gillard, Shorten and trying it on Albo, but this is pointedly at Dan Andrews. The hype and exaggeration is in overdrive. When this happens in other states, it won’t be so vitriolic.

    • Quite right, Gigi. Though I suspect it may have to do with the demographics.

      Sim and I have had no trouble coping in the self-isolating period and will go back into it seamlessly, which may be easier than most, living in quiet little Portland. As a prime demographic target group, we felt we had no choice anyway. But we haven’t had much hardship in relation to it anyway. It’s mostly how we live, and we’re happy in each other’s company.

      The multi-level housing estate’s a bit different. Single parents, battlers, children to support and so on. The social support will be critical, especially since English is not the 1st language for many. I liked the initial program of delivering food parcels. It can be done.

      I haven’t loss any confidence in Andrews despite the media joining in the glee of his embarrassment and the usual trolling from the Liberal. It would be so much easier to manage if we didn’t see it as a point-scoring exercise. Unfortunately, that is the way the Liberals have been since the Howard ascendency. Always trying to draw battle-lines in any situation.

  16. I fail to understand the whinging about being made to stay in your home for 5 days.

    I know some of these tenants are on methadone and need daily medication, but that is being brought to them. Isn’t it better for them to stay at home rather than wander into public health clinics where they might pick up or perhaps spread the virus?

    I know some tenants have mental health issues, but aren’t they better off at home rather than possibly picking up an infection?

    I do not understand how anyone could run out of food.

    So what is it like to live in public housing?

    I live in public housing, although not, thank goodness, in a tower block. A client service officer once told me this estate was regarded as one of the best in NSW. I’d hate to see the worst. In my 30 years here I have had to deal with neighbours who were alcoholics or drug addicts, one sold dope which he grew in a bedroom, one had a thriving marijuana crop mixed in with his vegetables. I’ve seen wife-beaters, and children locked in their homes at night while their mothers went out drinking. I’ve seen girls become pregnant at 15 just so they could get a Centrelink payment and drop out of school. I’ve seen women take dreadful men into their homes so they would have “a boyfriend” and then put up with the inevitable abuse for fear these creatures would leave. (Women in public housing are targets for no-hopers, usually alcoholics, drug addicts, paedophiles or a combination, always unemployed and unemployable, after free accommodation, free meals and regular sex.) I’ve seen violence, a baby snatched by its drugged-up father, a neighbour break his brother’s arm with a baseball bat, more brawls than I want to recall and had someone set fire to a derelict car left at the end of the street while council and the housing department argued for months over who should remove it. Being woken at 3 in the morning by an exploding car is not a pleasant experience, but at least the remains were finally removed later that day.

    All that just in a little cul-de-sac with 12 houses.

    Things are better now. Over the last fifteen years Housing NSW has sold off many homes on their estates, an attempt to reduce the behaviour problems. In my street homes have been bought by people who live in them rather than investors, What used to be a notorious street with a police record as a troublespot is now peaceful, the police no longer do frequent drive-bys.

    I cannot begin to imagine how difficult living in a tower block must be. It’s way past time those blocks were demolished and the tenants given better housing.

    • What a life, Leone. And you never complain. From my part, I rarely had good neighbours. The present ones sometimes want to kill each other. They have two big dogs. We’ve written twice to them to clean their excrement. The dogs are Ridgebacks. They’re hunting dogs. He sometimes takes them to hunt wild pigs. Nice. The previous one was a pest exterminator.

    • The first ten years here were rough, one problem family would leave and an even worse one would move in. Then the department got tough and evicted the trouble-makers. Things were much better after that.

      I must say there is an advantage to public housing – you can make a complaint about the bad behaviour of other tenants. If several people complain and can back everything up by keeping diaries detailing incidents, the times police were called etc then action will be taken – eventually. You can’t do this with home owners or private tenants.

  17. leone, we called the police twice and the fire brigade once. The police came because they were bashing each other. The second time because their dogs were running in our garden. The firemen came because they had a fire going in one of these rusty barrels. They talked to them but the fire continued all night. Maybe the flames were safe in the barrel. Pests they are.

  18. Initially the Red Cross provided care parcels, which were probably leftover from the bushfires, containing items past their Use By date, pork products and no milk or bread

    The residents of these towers are predominantly Muslim and the care packages contained alien products, 2kg flour; weetbix, no milk & tea bags. I could eat the pasta & tomato

    Fortunately more modern charities including Foodbank, Foodshare, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre & Sikh’s have stepped up to provide more appropriate food.

    Red Cross has dropped the ball in recent times eg supplying workers with Vodaphone phones for use in regional Victoria, removing emergency box at start of December, raising $15000000 for bushfire relief and keeping most of it in reserve

    I shudder to think what the fate of the residents of the commission towers would be with LNP in charge. As a Victorian I recognise that life in the towers is not a bed of roses but it’s a 10 to 15 year wait for commission housing so there are many people in more dire circumstances

    I have been through the low rise blocks which were often better design & build than housing stock built privately in the same area

    • The old thinking – they should be grateful for whatever they are given, which means carbohydrate-heavy stale crap instead of providing fresh foods, fruit and vegetables, milk,eggs etc.

    • More simply the care parcels were made up in November December sitting in a warehouse waiting for distribution. The Victorian fires were expected to be much worse than they were ie expected Buckland Valley, wandilogong, could burn

      I am surprised they didn’t contain UHT or powdered milk but long life bread would be unpalatable

  19. FauxMo refuses to believe his dark god did not give him another miracle win.

    Morrison won’t concede the government has lost the Eden-Monaro byelection. He says the government got a swing to it on the primary vote and two-party-preferred. He says it will be very close, within a few hundred votes.

    “So that is a performance that, you know, for those who believe that there would be strong protest against the government or that there wasn’t a protest fight against the government on the weekend, we were the only party that actually had a swing to us, and we’ll go in very close, will be a few hundred votes in it

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/06/coronavirus-australia-live-news-victoria-covid-19-masks-lockdown-nsw-qld-police-dhhs-latest-updates

    The temper tantrum when the last vote has been counted and he still hasn’t achieved that win will be of nuclear proportions. He was so sure he would win.

    At 3.31 this afternoon there were just 86 postal still to be processed plus 104 provisional votes. The Libs cannot win, even if they win all the as yet unprocessed votes – which they won’t do.

  20. Had a very belated meal in a very nice restaurant to celebrate my birthday and the birthday of my great niece which is 2 days before (and a hell of a lot of years later) mine.

    The Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale.

    I shouted myself, my old Mum, my niece and my great niece. I had cassoulet and profiteroles for desert, washed down with a glass of riesling.

    Bloody virus—should have done this in May!

    I am anxious the new outbreak in Victoria won’t stop me driving to Pt Melbourne to get on the Spirit of Tasmania in September!

  21. 6/07/2020 4:14:14 PM – Next batch of 1200 postal votes split 52.4% Liberal and 47.6% Labor. That narrowed the gap by 56 votes. The overall rate of postal voting with 10,688 counted is Liberal 53.5% and 46.5% Labor. Even if all 6,000 outstanding postal votes are returned, the Liberal Party needs 56% of what remains to win. Realistically, at most 4,000 will return so the Liberal vote would have to be above 59% which looks unlikely.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/eden-monaro-by-election-2020/commentary/

    At 16:08

    Liberal Fiona Kotvojs 45814 49.6%
    Labor Kristy McBain 46563 50.4%

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