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. If you didn’t see Hanson’s racist comments on “Today” this morning they are on Twitter. I won’t post them.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    There is a lot written in The SMH and The Age and elsewhere about the concerns of residents in the towers in hard lockdown in Melbourne. Far too many to link here so I suggest you have a look for yourselves on this topic.

    In an article that examines the impacts of such a program, Peter Hartcher writes about Australia being poised to grant special immigration access for Hong Kong people who want to flee the newly repressive law imposed by Beijing to remove some key liberties. Australia’s federal cabinet is scheduled to consider some options at its Wednesday meeting. Hartcher says this could represent the greatest human capital harvest in recent memory.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-set-to-join-the-greatest-human-capital-harvest-in-recent-memory-20200706-p559fp.html
    Australia faces the prospect of having to live with two large countries that don’t share its values – India and China. However, the government keeps stressing that we share many common values with India but not China. This claim doesn’t square with reality warns Brian Touhey.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/drop-the-pretence-when-it-comes-to-india-20200706-p559ay.html
    Law professor Rosalind Dixon explains why she says Gladys Berejiklian took the right decision to close the border with Victoria. She outlines the legal issues relating to closure of state borders. Quite interesting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/premier-has-taken-the-right-decision-to-close-the-border-20200706-p559fm.html
    This is the first time in 100 years that the border has been closed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria-nsw-border-to-shut-from-midnight-on-tuesday-20200706-p559cv.html
    But Michelle Grattan tells us that the Morrison government accepts the Victorian closure but won’t budge on the High Court border challenges. She says that, whatever the legal logic, to be endorsing the Victorian closure but arguing against other states’ abundant caution may be a complicated proposition to defend in the court of public opinion.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrison-government-accepts-victorian-closure-but-wont-budge-on-high-court-border-challenges-142084
    Premier Daniel Andrews can’t afford to lose the trust of the community at this critical stage in the fight says Noel Towell in The Age,
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-s-fate-depends-on-premier-regaining-control-20200706-p559j0.html
    Bianca Hall explains how tenants in high-rise towers outside the lockdown zones have called on the government to take urgent action to avoid another outbreak of coroanvirus at public housing estates in Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/urgent-action-needed-to-prevent-lockdowns-at-other-high-rise-towers-residents-20200706-p559ba.html
    Residents of Melbourne’s public housing towers who test positive for coronavirus should be removed and isolated, infection experts said, as early testing revealed a high level of infection in some of the towers.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/infected-people-in-the-towers-should-be-removed-experts-say-20200706-p559bq
    Victoria is undeniably in a second wave of COVID-19. It’s time to plan for another statewide lockdown explains biostatistician Adrian Esterman.
    https://theconversation.com/victoria-is-undeniably-in-a-second-wave-of-covid-19-its-time-to-plan-for-another-statewide-lockdown-142047
    A social media influencer who returned to Sydney from Paris on Thursday has become the first person in mandatory quarantine in NSW to be fined for breaching a public health order after she allegedly attacked a security guard and escaped from her hotel room to buy cigarettes.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/social-media-influencer-sarah-josephine-liberty-fined-for-quarantine-escape/news-story/a84e6c19f7ccf6002db83856c4aef415
    A broader and higher GST would raise enough for states to ditch poor taxes but low income households would have to be properly compensated, explains Shane Wright. He points to a new independent analysis urging higher taxes on luxury items to properly compensate low-income earners.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bigger-broader-gst-could-be-offset-by-luxury-taxes-pwc-analysis-20200706-p559et.html
    But Per Capita’s Emma Dawson expresses her opinion that we should forget about changing the GST. She says that axing the money locked up in unproductive assets would create the efficient taxation that policymakers dream of.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/we-must-tax-wealth-not-workers-20200706-p559b2
    Peter van Onselen praises federal Labor’s efforts to redress gender imbalance in parliament but he says the NSW Right is presenting itself as a laggard on its own, by dragooning women into marginal rather than safe seats.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/edenmonaro-labor-right-gets-itwrong-on-female-representation/news-story/22b0818b6a3ec6df9b76b863e55eef35
    Coalition figures hope NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s “sabotage” of the Eden-Monaro byelection campaign will spark a revolt among Nationals MPs against his leadership, believing he has become too disruptive writes the AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/white-hot-anger-at-barilaro-after-eden-monaro-vote-20200706-p559dq
    The Reserve Bank is poised today to hold interest rates at record lows while hoping the worst of the recession may be over with employers ramping up efforts to find new staff.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/rba-poised-to-hold-as-job-ads-lift-point-to-turning-point-for-economy-20200706-p559gl.html
    Australia’s decision to ramp up spending on military hardware makes it even more important that parliament is given the power to vote on whether the country goes to war, former defence secretary Paul Barratt has said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/07/parliament-must-be-given-power-to-vote-on-whether-australia-goes-to-war-inquiry-hears
    Rob Harris tells us that Federal Parliament could be able to sit virtually by the time it returns in August, with detailed planning underway to allow MPs and senators to speak and vote in both chambers without physically being in Canberra.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/federal-parliament-prepares-for-virtual-sittings-in-case-of-further-covid-outbreak-20200706-p559ke.html
    Peter Hannam writes that investor confidence in clean energy has bounced back, led by interest in NSW’s new renewables zones.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/renewables-confidence-rises-as-solar-boom-shows-no-sign-of-fading-20200706-p559in.html
    Australian beef exports into China are set to face increasing competition, while wool producers are being urged to minimise their reliance on Chinese demand, as trade tensions with Beijing continue to shape Australia’s agriculture industry.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jul/07/china-trade-tension-to-hit-australian-beef-and-wool-exports-rural-bank-says
    Fergus Hunter outlines how school systems will be forced to disclose more information about how they allocate public funding to their students amid ongoing sensitivity over the way Catholic authorities distribute their resources. Fair enough.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/catholic-school-systems-to-face-more-funding-transparency-20200706-p559en.html
    The public sector union has called on Stuart Robert to apologise to its members forced to administer the unlawful robodebt scheme, ahead of a speech today at the NPC in which he will champion “helpful” and “respectful” service delivery, reports Paul Karp.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/07/centrelink-staff-forced-to-administer-botched-robodebt-scheme-deserve-apology-union-says
    Charlotte Grieve reports that the chief investment officer of the country’s largest super fund says the composition of the ASX will fundamentally shift away from old world industries such as resources and financials as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates the shift to digital.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/australiansuper-exec-warns-climate-laggards-will-wither-on-asx-vine-20200706-p559fw.html
    Channel Nine’s Today show has dropped One Nation leader Pauline Hanson as a “regular contributor”, after she described residents of public housing in Melbourne who are locked down due to Covid-19 as “drug addicts” who “cannot speak English”. Nine has itself to blame for this IMHO.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/06/today-show-dumps-pauline-hanson-for-divisive-remarks-about-melbourne-public-housing-residents
    According to Patrick Hatch large owners of Virgin Australia’s unsecured bonds have launched an extraordinary intervention to derail the bankrupt airline’s sale to Bain Capital and allow creditors to vote on their alternative plan for the company.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/virgin-australia-bondholders-move-to-derail-sale-to-bain-20200706-p559ee.html
    The secrecy in the Witness K case is an attempt by the government to avoid scrutiny says Luke Gosling.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/06/the-secrecy-in-the-witness-k-case-is-an-attempt-by-the-government-to-avoid-scrutiny
    Eternal pessimist Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that we will soon have the first full insight into the worst impacts of the coronavirus on America’s biggest listed companies, which will be a big test for the exuberant world markets, including in Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/reality-check-the-frothy-sharemarkets-are-about-to-face-a-big-test-20200706-p559da.html
    Australia is fighting a climate war as well as battling more natural disasters, which demands a military-style, co-ordinated national response, the bushfire and natural disaster royal commission has heard.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/climate-change-war-demands-national-military-style-response-ex-fire-chiefs-20200706-p559h7.html
    Morrison government’s $1b recycling plan must include avoiding waste in the first place urges Trevor Thornton.
    https://theconversation.com/waste-not-want-not-morrison-governments-1b-recycling-plan-must-include-avoiding-waste-in-the-first-place-142038
    David Donovan looks at what is really wrong with our media.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/what-is-really-wrong-with-our-media-the-eden-monaro-example,14078
    Emma Koehn tells us that blood plasma giant CSL has begun enrolling patients in a phase two study in the US for a potential treatment for people with COVID-19 suffering severe respiratory distress. The trial is due for completion by this December.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/csl-kicks-off-us-trial-for-covid-19-treatment-20200706-p559k4.html
    An independent report has concluded then lord mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, behaved in a “sexually inappropriate” way at a black-tie dinner in 2016, when he harassed a woman after drinking substantial amounts of red wine.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/robert-doyle-sexually-inappropriate-and-sleazy-at-black-tie-dinner-report-20200706-p559j5.html
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that a prominent critic of China’s President Xi Jinping has been surrounded by 10 police cars and arrested in Beijing, his supporters say, after publishing an essay accusing the Chinese Communist Party of systemic impotence in its handling of the coronavirus crisis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/chinese-police-arrest-prominent-critic-of-xi-jinping-with-ties-to-australia-20200706-p559hr.html
    From Jakarta James Massola writes that Indonesia will become the third coronavirus epicentre in Asia after China and India, according to one of the country’s top epidemiologists.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/indonesia-set-to-become-third-virus-hot-spot-in-asia-expert-warns-20200706-p559hi.html
    The Independence Day weekend concluded with dire predictions about the surge of coronavirus cases across the United States with national and local officials saying a rush to reopen fuelled the spread of the pandemic and outpaced efforts to care for its victims.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/we-re-right-back-at-the-peak-of-the-epidemic-rushed-reopening-leads-to-us-virus-cases-to-spike-again-20200706-p559gw.html
    For the New York Times Paul Krugman declares that Trump’s promise of a fading pandemic and a roaring economy has gone up in smoke. He says the next four months are going to be very ugly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/trump-promised-a-fading-pandemic-and-a-roaring-economy-the-us-is-seeing-the-opposite-20200706-p559af.html
    As those on America’s front lines fight to save lives from COVID-19, the President fights to save face. Claire McMullen reports from Washington.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/trumps-covid-19-response-americas-reality-check,14075
    Ghislaine Maxwell has been moved to a New York jail before a court hearing on Friday on Epstein-related sex abuse charges.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/ghislaine-maxwell-moved-to-new-york-for-epstein-related-sex-abuse-charges-20200707-p559md.html

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  3. How long before Scrott and crew does this as the rush to return builds ?
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    Covid 19 coronavirus: Govt restricting seats on Air NZ flights for Kiwis returning home

    The Government has confirmed it is restricting seats on international flights for people wanting to return to New Zealand.

    In a statement this morning the minister in charge of quarantine and isolation facilities Megan Woods said the Government and Air New Zealand had agreed to manage incoming bookings in the short term.

    This would enable the Government to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, said Woods.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12346018

  4. I think this sums up the border closure issue very well –

    It’s fine for Liberal state governments to close their borders but when Labor states do it their premiers must be harangued, vilified and taken to the High Court.

  5. From Van Badham’s Facebook page –

    A number of the locked-down towers in Melbourne are in Bill Shorten’s seat of Maribyrnong. I posted photos of him delivering food there the other day – as the situation’s unfolded, he’s stayed down there with his community, demanding more “eyes and ears” on the situation and response to the residents *justifiable* fears and concerns.

    For people who heard the inane, untrue Pauline Hanson fantasy version of events in the towers yesterday, the hard truth from Bill on morning TV today about how these people are truly “taking one for the team” in the coronavirus crisis and deserve immediate attention, community respect and dignity… Well, it’s absolutely essential viewing.

    Solidarity

    https://www.facebook.com/ThatVanBadham/

  6. When we went into lockdown in midMarch Dan Andrews & Brett Sutton told Victorians that remote schooling until September

    Given the climate you would expect the virus will hit Victoria & Tasmania hardest

    The ABC switched to a sniping LNP leader Micheal O’Brien- not helpful. Am not convinced that he could do a better job

    Still angry that Scott Morrison has supported or funded Clive Palmer’s high court challenge to Qld & WA border closures

  7. Well it looks like Australia is already rationing the number of people allowed to return to Australia. I’m surprised the MSM hasn’t been doing a bit of ‘outrage’ and violin playing.
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    Air New Zealand last night confirmed they were forced to reduce the number of passengers travelling into Sydney to comply with a strict 450 daily entry quota of international arrivals. It included an allocation for 50 Kiwis each day.

    “Look I’m not angry about the limited people being allowed back into Australia, but I am hacked off with the way Air New Zealand are going about it.”

    “I was told there was a technical problem with the plane but then found out it was actually cancelled. They should have said that from the outset.”
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12346180

  8. And it’s getting bigger

    Liberal Fiona Kotvojs 45859 49.6%
    Labor Kristy McBain 46673 50.4%

    6:07:36 PM ACST

    7/07/2020 6:07:56 PM – Labor widened its lead with errors found in the check count, but lost 50 votes from its lead with the counting of further postal votes. About 500 were counted today but still well short of the 60% or so the Liberal Party need to overtake Labor’s lead.

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

  9. I watched Daniel Andrews’ presser today.

    I might be hyper-critical, but to me most of the journalists seemed incredibly thick, they asked daft question after daft question.

    Dan and his team answered them all, very patiently explaining things several times until they ran out of questions. I know most of the press dullards will now be writing articles critical of him, making out it is all his fault.

    It is the idiots who contracted cheap, untrained workers for quarantine hotels and the staff themselves who are to blame. They did not obey the rules, neither did some of those in quarantine. We have seen reports of staff playing cards with people who were supposed to be in isolation and even a story about staff having sex with people in quarantine. Staff car pooled to work, and there’s the story about a shared cigarette lighter. Those workers picked up the virus and took it home to their families and friends.

    I refuse to read anything the SMH, The Age and the Murdoch papers run now, it’s all blaming Andrews. Even The Guardian is getting snarky. Overseas articles are better – BBC, New York Times etc. Isn’t it wonderful to think we now have to rely on overseas press for decent, unbiased reporting.

    Anyway, here’s the video, just over an hour long, including questions.

    • I listened to him too. He was so patient. He never walked out as the Libs always do. Superficial questions coming from superficial journos.

  10. “We support the government. We all want to go back to our lives. We all want to fight the virus. But is detaining us like this necessary.”

    https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/they-are-scared-concerns-for-elderly-residents-of-melbourne-public-housing-towers

    Yes, Mr Yusuf, it is necessary because people are stupid. They will go to the shops when they have symptoms, they will assume they are special and don’t need to obey the rules, or they will visit friends assuming “it won’t happen to me”.

    The only way to contain this virus, especially in high rise blocks of flats is to enforce a lockdown.

  11. The CrimeMinister has gone AWOL again, has not been seen since last week. He is allegedly taking phone calls from the premiers, but is that really him or an impersonator?

    Surely he isn’t still sulking over not winning Eden-Monaro.

    So where the bloody hell is he?

  12. Gladys has been dealing with crises pretty much nonstop since mid October
    Andrews has been dealing with state of emergency since January
    Morrison only got involved when Andrews got good coverage

    • Make that Dan Andrews has been dealing with state of emergency since November last year, the fires here in EG were happening in November.

    • NSW school holidays started at the weekend, The CrimeMinister’s fans excuse his absence by saying he might be spending time with his family. How nice for him. He certainly takes a lot of breaks.

      Those working in health care, delivering our groceries and working in supermarkets don’t get to take long breaks with pay, no matter how hard they work, but the media never mention FauxMo’s frequent holidays.

      He took time off over Easter too, to do blooming jigsaw puzzles with his daughters – I’m sure they would rather have been watching Netflix, but the media myth they are “little girls” must persist, despite the fact one is now a teenager (her 13th birthday was yesterday) and the other isn’t far behind.

      This photo, taken around Mothers Day this year, shows just how mature these girls are now – we don’t often see recent photos, the media prefers to show us ones taken in 2018. Do these girls look like they would enjoy Disney Princess jigsaws? No, they do not.

      The CrimeMinister doesn’t work weekends either, he’s strictly a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 type.

      Have we ever had a lazier PM?

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Experts believe Australia has entered a dangerous new phase of the pandemic as soaring infection numbers in Melbourne forced the city back into lockdown and put NSW on high alert for new COVID-19 clusters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-faces-an-anxious-wait-as-melbourne-forced-back-into-covid-lockdown-20200707-p559x3.html
    The editorial in The Age declares that yesterday was a terrible day for Victoria, but decisive action had to be taken. It says that if the Australian Commonwealth is to mean anything, every state and the federal government must give Victoria full support.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-terrible-day-for-victoria-but-decisive-action-had-to-be-taken-20200707-p559wo.html
    Similarly, the AFR editorial says that the draconian treatment of Victoria makes it clear the price of clearing a path out of job- and business-killing lockdowns is to clamp down on new disease outbreaks without hesitation.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/draconian-lockdowns-keep-hopes-of-reopening-alive-20200707-p559pb
    Daniel Andrews says there’s no option but to announce very difficult steps for his state including the lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne for six weeks. He’s less keen on explaining why his state got into such a dire position, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/more-massive-job-losses-are-inevitable-20200707-p559v6
    The easy to dislike New South Wales Police Minister has called on Victoria to do the “decent thing” and help pay for the cost of closing the border between the two states, as more than 190 new infections were recorded in Melbourne on Tuesday.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/07/victoria-coronavirus-borders/
    Karen Maley writes that the RBA boss has sounded a cautious note in his latest statement, warning that the pandemic has left businesses and consumers with long-lasting scars. Lowe says there is a bumpy road ahead.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/rba-boss-phil-lowe-s-message-beware-the-economic-bumps-ahead-20200707-p559w0
    Coronavirus infections could have soared to more than 3000 per day in Victoria by the end of July without a lockdown, but further deaths are already inevitable, experts and health authorities say.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-covid-cases-could-have-soared-to-3000-per-day-without-lockdown-20200707-p559xm.html
    Shane Wright explains the dangers of dipping into superannuation funds to ride through the pandemic. The ATO has issued a warning,
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/don-t-wait-to-be-audited-tax-office-warning-for-those-dipping-early-into-super-20200707-p559sw.html
    Professor Andrew Podger explains why he thinks Morrison’s national cabinet is a superficial path to federalism reform.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6813858/morrisons-national-cabinet-is-a-superficial-path-to-federalism-reform/?cs=14350#gsc.tab=0
    Clancy Yeates tells us that the banks have extended the mortgage repayment lifeline for another four months from the September “cliff” if needed by borrowers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banks-throw-lifeline-to-pandemic-hit-borrowers-to-stop-financial-cliff-20200707-p559vi.html
    Paul Kelly writes that the status quo result in the Eden-Monaro by-election is stacked with meaning 14 months since the general election and after the opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis, the greatest tribulation facing the nation since World War II.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/businessasusual-edenmonaro-result-hides-deeper-meanings/news-story/153fc0481749fc9feada335d361c648f
    Labor’s win in the marginal regional electorate of Eden-Monaro has given the party a new template to win regional Australian seats and Anthony Albanese intends to push hard for it to be applied, writes Paul Bongiorno.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/07/labor-australia/
    Rob Harris says some federal Labor MPs have warned a five-day lock-down of public housing towers in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs will further entrench disadvantage and exclusion within its communities.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/federal-labor-mps-question-state-government-s-public-housing-lockdown-20200707-p559wv.html
    However, John Faine injects a good dose of reality to the situation in Melbourne and he gets behind the government’s efforts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/whatever-it-takes-for-victoria-to-stop-the-coronavirus-let-s-just-do-it-20200707-p559wp.html
    Clancy Yeates thinks the state border closure is worth the economic pain it will bring.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/state-border-closure-worth-the-economic-pain-20200707-p559u6.html
    Melbourne’s second lockdown spells death for small businesses. John Vaz suggests three things governments can do to save them.
    https://theconversation.com/melbournes-second-lockdown-spells-death-for-small-businesses-here-are-3-things-government-can-do-to-save-them-142173
    Dana McCauley writes that Medical staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital are concerned about the risk of contracting the coronavirus during a training course for the hospital’s new digital record system, after two nurses who attended the group sessions tested positive to COVID-19. Everywhere the suppression is fragile.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/healthcare-workers-may-have-been-infected-in-staff-training-session-20200707-p559so.html
    The Age explains how police will use number-plate recognition software to identify where drivers are travelling from, as authorities prepare to enforce Victoria’s second wave of lockdowns from 11.59pm tonight.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/police-to-scan-number-plates-defence-roadblocks-as-melbourne-locks-down-20200707-p559ur.html
    Elective surgery patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be swabbed for COVID-19 while under anaesthetic. And in a separate move, the hospital’s health workers will be offered testing as officials step up efforts to guard against fresh outbreaks, like the second-wave surge in Victoria.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/rah-elective-surgery-patients-asked-to-allow-covid19-swabs/news-story/2d95c318988d0a643843e17fd9846974
    The NSW Auditor-General is facing Opposition calls to investigate the state government’s handling of a council grants program that has been slammed as a pork-barrelling fund.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/auditor-general-should-investigate-council-grants-says-nsw-opposition-20200707-p559qz.html
    And Richard Mulgan wonders where has the buck has stopped on robodebt and the sport rorts saga. A pretty good question, I’d say.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6815641/where-has-the-buck-stopped-on-robodebt-and-the-sport-rorts-saga/?cs=14350#gsc.tab=0
    According to the Canberra Times, nearly 200,000 Australians who had money wrongly taken from them in the robodebt scheme could miss out on refunds unless they update their bank details with authorities.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6823273/robodebt-victims-need-to-give-bank-details/?cs=14350#gsc.tab=0
    Paul Karp reports on Stuart Robert’s appearance at the NPC yesterday.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/07/centrelink-debts-have-been-collected-based-on-income-averaging-for-20-to-30-years-minister-reveals
    Christopher Knaus tells us that crossbench senators are pushing for a parliamentary inquiry into the treatment of the lawyer Bernard Collaery and Witness K, while Labor has pressed the attorney general to explain his decision to approve the prosecution and enforce secrecy in the case.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/08/crossbench-pushes-for-inquiry-into-prosecution-of-witness-k-and-lawyer
    Elizabeth Knight writes about the stellar rise of the value of AfterPay. These parasites IMHO do nothing for the economy IMHO. Surely some bubbles will burst.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/sell-now-worry-later-afterpay-founders-cash-in-on-600pc-bounce-20200707-p559va.html
    As a good example of this, Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how the spectacular collapse of payments giant Wirecard has shone a spotlight on auditors and their role in uncovering elaborate and difficult-to-detect accounting frauds.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/tipping-point-wirecard-s-collapse-could-lead-to-big-changes-for-the-accounting-profession-20200707-p559r2.html
    Meanwhile John Collett reports that shareholders are forecast to lose as much as $15 billion in dividends that would have been payable over the six months starting on July 1, as companies slash or cancel payments due to the heavy financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/investors-brace-for-15b-dividend-pandemic-wipeout-20200702-p558gk.html
    Isabelle Lane writes that Australia Post workers have struck a deal to protect pay and jobs following claims one in four posties’ jobs were under threat from coronavirus-related letters service cuts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/07/australia-post-jobs-senate-inquiry/
    Ensuring your exposure to climate change risk is assessed, monitored and addressed is the best way to drive profitable long-term outcomes, writes Tim Conly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/why-it-will-pay-for-investors-to-go-green-20200707-p559s3.html
    Home loan customers are in the box seat to demand a better deal as a global fall in the cost of money prompts banks to cut the interest rates on new loans.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/interest-rates-on-new-loans-drift-lower-amid-wave-of-cheap-money-20200702-p558co.html
    Now Virgin Australia’s administrator Deloitte has cast doubt on whether its sale of the airline to Bain Capital is as watertight as originally presented, with court documents revealing the transaction is conditional and could still be terminated.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/court-documents-challenge-watertight-virgin-sale-to-bain-20200707-p559pg.html
    Professor Megan Davis opines that a new agreement won’t deliver the change Indigenous Australians need.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-agreement-won-t-deliver-the-change-indigenous-australians-need-20200705-p5593d.html
    Australia could struggle to meet emission reduction targets despite Angus Taylor’s claim of Kyoto success, writes Michael Mazengarb.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/coalitions-climate-win-claim-doesnt-add-up,14066
    The multi-billion-dollar company relied on a technicality to refuse to refund 100-year-old Egon Pedersen his $270,000 refundable accommodation deposit, making a mockery of its “pillars” of integrity, openness and trust. It wasn’t until Michael West Media got involved that the company changed its tune. Dr Sarah Russell reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/lendlease-puts-100-year-old-wwii-survivor-through-the-retirement-village-wringer/
    Big four professional services firm Deloitte moved quickly when it announced that more than 700 jobs, or roughly 7 per cent of its 10,000-strong workforce, was being cut.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/deloitte-cuts-more-than-700-staff-in-eight-days-20200707-p559ru
    The European Commission hopes the worst is over but urges the EU’s squabbling leaders to nail down the fiscal rescue package.
    https://www.afr.com/world/europe/fears-of-second-wave-as-europe-ramps-up-recession-forecast-20200707-p559z6
    Welcome to Johnson’s alternative reality – where care home workers get the blame, writes Marina Hyde. She really serves it up to Boris!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/07/boris-johnson-care-home-workers-blame-discharge-coronavirus-testing
    China is forging ahead in the race to develop a vaccine to help control the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sinovac Biotech’s experimental vaccine set to become the country’s second and the world’s third to enter final stage testing later this month. It is behind eight of the 19 vaccine candidates currently in human trials.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-is-leading-the-covid-19-vaccine-race-at-war-time-speed-20200707-p559z2.html
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that Australians living in and travelling to China may be arbitrarily detained, the Department of Foreign Affairs has warned as the relationship between the two countries deteriorates. I suppose my son and his family living in our embassy in Beijing will be OK.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/australia-upgrades-travel-warning-for-china-20200707-p559wi.html
    Russia is killing US soldiers. Trump’s response is a shameful dereliction of duty, writes Michael H Fuchs.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/07/trump-russia-us-soldiers-afghanistan-putin
    The New York Times has some of the stuff in the book written by a niece of Donald Trump. The titbits are hardly complimentary.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mary-trump-s-book-accuses-the-president-of-embracing-cheating-as-a-way-of-life-20200708-p559zc.html
    Donald Trump touted the use of hydroxychloroquine as a means to combat the coronavirus – and the WHO says it doesn’t work – but it didn’t stop a tremendous surge in prescription sales. Between February and March, an additional 300,000 Americans received a prescription for anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/07/hydroxychloroquine-donald-trump/
    It would appear that there are a lot of highflyers getting nervous about what might emerge now Epstein’s procurer, Ms Maxwell, has been arrested.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/2020/07/08/ghislaine-maxwell-friends-epstein/

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  14. Who thought the odious Andrew Laming belonged on the panel of a parliamentary hearing into homelessness?

    He’s a joke – a very nasty one.

    A witness for Mission Australia just discussed the rising rate of domestic violence during the pandemic and Laming disputed that, saying rates had actually dropped. He could not offer evidence, after disregarding the witness’s evidence because it was mostly anecdotal. What a piece of filth he is! Why does his electorate of Bowman keep on returning him to parliament?

    You can find the link to the inquiry here –
    https://www.aph.gov.au/live

  15. Re the homeless. The Plague in NZ and the lockdown has had a surprise bonus.

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    People who have been chronically homeless are choosing to stay in permanent housing – some for the first time in more than 20 years.

    Organisations working with rough sleepers say the change in attitudes is “phenomenal”.

    “The majority of the people we are looking after have been homeless long-term. They are suffering from all sorts of comorbidities, mental health issues, addiction issues, and on the whole they are settling quite well.

    “There is something magical happening.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12346527

  16. Re Covid in housing Commission towers. There are isolated towers blocks at South Melbourne and Williamstown. The Carlton blocks were sold off

    There are large tower complexes in Richmond connected by #79 tram to the tower blocks in South Yarra. If Covid is detected in the tower blocks in south Yarra it’s going to be ugly because there is new private housing towers beside them with poorer ventilation, smaller rooms, bedrooms without windows etc etc.

    The rents in the private towers is quite high and you literally can’t swing a cat in them

    From what have seen of the brutalist Housing Commission flats, the rooms are reasonable size and all bedrooms have external windows. The Commission stock built this century is as awful as the private stock, small rooms, poor ventilation because close to neighbouring tower

  17. In the Victorian press conference I was interested to note the police chief saying that the ADF would assist police as power to direct or detain civilians was a police power.

    So when someone says why doesn’t the ADF guard quarantined people, that’s because martial law hasn’t been declared

  18. The CrimeMinisrter, back out from hiding behind a cupboard and chewing rugs, is trying to distract us by promising a lousy 6,106 home care packages. nowhere near enough to meet the growing need fopr home care.

    Julie Collins, Labor Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors and Shadow Minister for Women had this to say

    he additional home care packages announced today by the Morrison Government are yet another drop in the ocean.

    There are still over 104,000 older Australians waiting for home care. There are no new level four packages for the 21,833 older Australians currently waiting for the highest level of home care.

    Time and time again the Morrison Government’s miserly announcements of new home care packages have failed to address the true scale of Australia’s aged care crisis.

    Almost 30,000 older Australians sadly passed away in just two years while waiting for home care.

    Older Australians waiting for high level home care packages are waiting almost three years to get the care they have been approved for

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jul/08/coronavirus-australia-update-live-news-nsw-victoria-border-exemption-melbourne-stage-3-lockdown-mitchell-second-wave-albury-wodonga

    The CrimeMinister loves to compare his government’s lousy performance and niggardly use of funds to address an urgent need by comparing the ATM government’s shoddy performance with Labor. Today he just had to say “Home care package numbers will increase to 164,135 in 2022-23 – up more than 170 per cent since Labor were last in office”. Big deal! Supply of home care packages is not keeping up with increasing demand, the ATM government is just tinkering around the edges, pretending to “do something” when they are not even managing to tread water.

    People are dying while they wait for these packages. Is his real aim allowing elderly, frail Australians to die so he can save money on home care?

  19. All set to be arrested at the Victorian border.

    The “common law” is not on this loon’s side, no matter what he says..

    Never forget – the CrimeMinister’s close friend, Tim Stewart aka @BurnedSpy34 is a member of QAnon, Tim’s wife is the women we pay to have tea parties with Jenny Morrison.

    I assume “General Flynn” is Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to Trump who created a bit of a furor by reciting a QAnon oath on 4 July, but why would he care about a bunch of idiots in Australia and why the hell would the US army protect anyone here?

    This idiot should be confined to a padded room in an ultra-secure asylum for his own protection.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A Greg Sheridan special. “Victorians are paying for the collapse of democracy”. The Australian is going full bore on Andres in today’s issue.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/democracy-is-slowly-eclipsed-in-victoria/news-story/d3c7ef0603b1e9c619fc3cee38724247
    New restrictions could be announced as early as today as Gladys Berejiklian warned there was an “extremely high” probability the resurgence of COVID-19 in Victoria would spread to NSW.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-flags-further-covid-19-restrictions-with-risk-of-contagion-extremely-high-20200708-p55a98.html
    Jetstar has been blamed for Melbourne passengers leaving Sydney airport without COVID screening.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/passengers-from-melbourne-leave-sydney-airport-without-covid-screening-20200708-p55a68.html
    Business groups want border restrictions between NSW and Victoria lifted to speed up freight and transport, saying Melbourne’s growing lockdown has left a huge police presence unnecessary.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/business-wants-nsw-victoria-border-reopened-20200708-p55a4m
    The PM is trying to bolster support for Victoria after the debacle alarms Australians and threatens to set premiers and their populations against one another, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/we-re-all-in-this-together-not-really-despite-pm-s-best-efforts-20200708-p55a9q
    Calla Wahlquist writes that in Melbourne the return of stay at home orders has been met with a mixture of resignation and relief, fury and sadness
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/09/this-lockdown-seems-different-second-time-around-melbourne-is-on-edge
    David Crowe explains how a snap review of the nation’s hotel quarantine regime is under way amid growing fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections linked to international arrivals.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/national-cabinet-to-decide-on-hotel-quarantine-cuts-to-flights-20200708-p55a9w.html
    This sounds serious. Coronavirus clusters are spreading through Victoria’s aged care homes and hospitals, infecting healthcare workers, vulnerable patients and elderly residents at heightened risk of dying from the virus.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/hospital-surge-plans-dumped-as-virus-spreads-20200708-p55aaf.html
    Victoria’s largest coronavirus outbreak has emerged at the Al-Taqwa College in Melbourne’s west, which is now responsible for 102 cases.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/andrews-defiant-amid-al-taqwa-school-outbreak-20200708-p55a58
    Sociology professor Michael Bartos describes Victoria’s outbreak ss a lesson in humility.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6824911/victorias-outbreak-is-a-lesson-in-humility/?cs=17318#gsc.tab=0
    The Grattan Institute thinks Australia should switch course and try to eliminate COVID-19.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-should-switch-course-and-try-to-eliminate-covid-19-20200708-p55a6a.html
    Greg Jericho says Australia’s recovery will take a big hit from the Melbourne lockdown.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jul/09/australias-recovery-will-take-a-big-hit-from-the-melbourne-lockdown
    Christopher Knaus reports that experts and human rights groups have raised new concerns about the Chinese company at the centre of Andrew Forrest’s Covid-19 testing deal following California’s reported rejection of its equipment due to security concerns.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/09/australian-experts-raise-security-concerns-about-chinese-maker-of-andrew-forrest-covid-19-tests
    Samantha Dick says that the next, ring of steel stage in Australia’s fight against the coronavirus has begun, as Victorians start a six-week lockdown to stem the rampant rise in cases.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/09/coronavirus-fight/
    Scientists have warned of a potential wave of coronavirus-related brain damage as new evidence suggests COVID-19 can lead to severe neurological complications, includig inflammation, psychosis and delirium.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/british-scientists-warn-of-potential-wave-of-covid-linked-brain-damage-20200708-p55a6p.html
    No one knows the ‘right’ way to manage the crises Australia faces, but America provides the clearest evidence of what the wrong way looks like says Richard Denniss.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/08/conservatives-know-australia-tough-covid-19-response-is-better-than-the-us
    Medical and legal experts Jeremy Howard and Nick Talley ponder over why masks are not yet mandatory in Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-are-masks-not-yet-mandatory-in-australia-20200708-p55a4k.html
    Shane Wright says billions of dollars worth of personal income tax cuts would be brought forward by at least a year to help boost the economy out of the coronavirus recession under a plan the Morrison government is considering.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/early-tax-cuts-on-budget-agenda-to-kickstart-economy-out-of-recession-20200708-p55a70.html
    Progress with the ongoing industrial relations reform negotiations has been slow, with both sides remaining steadfast in their objectives, writes William Olson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/industrial-relations-reform-negotiations-at-loggerheads–but-not-for-long,14082
    Banks have warned that customers who have taken advantage of the loan holiday but are not affected by COVID-19 will have to restart payments as soon as possible as concerns about forgone income and the logistics of sorting through 800,000 frozen loans worth $262 billion grow.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/banks-plead-with-customers-to-restart-payments-20200708-p55a7y
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that Australia is set to offer Tiananmen-style visas to Hong Kong residents currently in Australia, as federal cabinet considers tearing up an extradition treaty with the Chinese territory.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/australia-poised-to-offer-tiananmen-style-visas-to-hongkongers-20200708-p55a5j.html
    Dana McCauley tells us about the pitiful announcement yesterday of 6100 more home care packages as more than 100000 are still waiting. It was also said that the Aged Care royal commission’s final report has been delayed until February next year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-announces-6100-new-home-care-places-100-000-still-waiting-20200708-p55a51.html
    According to Zoe Samios Australia’s largest newspaper publishers are in advanced discussions about shutting some print centres and merging other operations as they look for ways to reduce costs without cutting editorial jobs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/publishers-look-to-close-print-sites-in-cost-saving-push-20200708-p55a6u.html
    Nick Toscano reports that First State Super is preparing to dump its shares in thermal coal miners as it maps out the most assertive short-term carbon cuts in Australia’s super sector.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/top-super-fund-dumps-coal-miners-as-emissions-cuts-intensify-20200708-p55a1c.html
    Thomas Friedman says Biden should not have a presidential campaign debate with Trump unless certain conditions were agreed to. This is an interesting tactic that he describes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/biden-should-not-debate-trump-unless-20200708-p55aak.html
    Now Trump is threatening to cut funding to schools if they don’t reopen amid the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-threatens-to-cut-funding-to-schools-if-they-don-t-reopen-amid-pandemic-20200709-p55aco.html
    Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech was a grim preview of his re-election strategy writes Nathan Robinson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/08/trump-mount-rushmore-speech-left-culture-wars
    Former White House aide Alexander Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, says he is retiring from the Army after suffering what his attorney described as campaign of “bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” by Trump. Par for the course!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/alexander-vindman-retires-from-us-army-alleges-bullying-by-trump-20200709-p55ack.html
    This lawyer has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/i-knew-it-was-wrong-lawyer-bought-mansion-with-money-meant-for-charity-20200707-p559ty.html
    Speaking od arseholes, accused paedophile Malka Leifer’s legal team has launched an appeal against a decision by an Israeli court that she is mentally fit to stand trial in an extradition hearing.

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/malka-leifer-s-lawyers-launch-appeal-in-extradition-case-20200708-p55ac8.html

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  21. I agree, he’s doing a fine job. A few stuff ups, but then he can’t be holding everyone’s hand all the time.

    Now Jair Bolsenaro and Donald Trump, a different story, those bastards deserve everything disease known.

    • Jennifer Hewett, no doubt following orders from Nine’s board, refers to a “debacle” without ever explaining what she means. I assume that alleged debacle is the 2nd wave those of us with brains knew was inevitable. I also assume we are meant to believe Daniel Andrews, all on his own, caused that wave when the blame really lies with idiots who did not obey the rules.

      Idiot contractors who provided quarantine security guards with just a few minutes (if that) of “training” then handed them one glove and one mask as PPE.

      Idiot guards who thought it was perfectly OK to be invited into the rooms of those in quarantine for a game of cards or a bit of casual sex.

      Idiots in quarantine who thought it was fine to visit one another’s rooms and to invite their guards in for whatever reason.

      Those workers picked up the virus and spread it wherever they went.

      The real debacle has been the CrimeMinister and his tame CMO telling us it was OK to get back to “normal”. It was far too soon to reopen schools, send people to the footy and to pubs and allow large gatherings. He told us his flawed, pointless app would “keep us safe” without ever explaining how or why it could do that. He nagged and nagged state and territory leaders to reopen their borders to get his precious economy moving. The Labor premiers of WA and Queensland don’t look so over-protective now, do they.?

  22. Absolute idiots, a disgrace to their party. They might as well join the Nats where they will be right at home.

    Labor frontbenchers Joel Fitzgibbon and Shayne Neumann are pushing for approval of an expansion of the New Acland coalmine, breaking ranks with Queensland’s Labor government. The two MPs, who represent seats that have strong coal mining industries, say the expansion, which has been opposed by a coalition of farmers and environmentalists for 13 years, is taking too long.

    Pro-coal Labor MPs demand Acland mine action
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/procoal-labor-mps-demand-acland-mine-action/news-story/ad6b6f2c7e6fe1fb61e323c4ea140798

  23. Nancy Cato, one of the nicest people on Twitter, posted this at 8 pm last night. I suppose nothing has changed this morning.

    • I can’t say, I wasn’t using Twitter back then. I know she made a very moving video tribute to Julia Gillard in 2013, but it has now vanished from the internet.

  24. The US becomes more like Gilead every day –

    The story –

    Supreme Court says employers may opt out of Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate over religious, moral objections

    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration may allow employers and universities to opt out of the Affordable Care Act requirement to provide contraceptive care because of religious or moral objections.

    The issue has been at the heart of an intense legal battle for nine years — first with the Obama administration sparring with religious organizations who said offering contraceptive care to their employees violated their beliefs, and then with the Trump administration broadening an exemption, angering women’s groups, health organizations and Democratic-led states.

    Wednesday’s decision greatly expands the ability of employers to claim the exception, and the government estimates that between 70,000 and 126,000 women could lose access to cost-free birth control as a result

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-obamacare-birth-control-mandate/2020/07/08/0b38a352-c123-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html

    Thank heavens for Medicare! No wonder our Pentecostal PM wants to get rid of it.

    • The employers here, over the years, had a habit of asking their potential female employee whether she intended to start a family.

  25. gigilene

    Nancy Cato has never said a bad word about Julia, or almost anyone, since I have been following her. Nancy very rarely comments on politics, and that tweet was unusual, but she is very strongly supporting Dan. Hope that clears it up for you.

  26. Palace letters: Queen’s secret correspondence surrounding Gough Whitlam’s dismissal to be released on 14 July
    Previously secret correspondence between the Queen and former Australian governor general Sir John Kerr surrounding the dismissal of Gough Whitlam will be released in full on Tuesday morning, Australia’s national archives has confirmed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/09/palace-letters-queens-secret-correspondence-about-gough-whitlams-dismissal-to-be-released-14-july

  27. This is why The Plague keeps spreading – idiots who think they can do whatever they want because they are magically immune, until they are not.

  28. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The World Health Organisation’s top official has urged countries to “open up” to scrutiny during an impending international investigation into the deadly coronavirus pandemic to be headed by former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/in-tears-who-chief-blasts-lack-of-leadership-and-solidarity-during-pandemic-20200709-p55aqv.html
    David Crowe reports that State leaders are being offered military help to enforce hotel quarantine and stamp out a new wave of coronavirus infections ahead of a national cabinet meeting today to consider stronger measures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-help-on-national-cabinet-s-agenda-in-push-to-stamp-out-new-cases-20200709-p55aod.html
    Nick Bonyhady writes that Morrison has refused to be drawn on calls for paid pandemic leave, saying the government is already supporting Australians with its JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/government-gives-no-ground-on-paid-pandemic-leave-20200708-p55aaa.html
    Coronavirus outbreaks have spread through two more emergency departments at Melbourne hospitals. One ER chief has isolated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/more-covid-19-outbreaks-detected-in-hospitals-as-er-chief-isolates-20200709-p55akg.html
    An extra 95 weekly train services have been added to Melbourne’s public transport network in a move to reduce crowding on peak time services and slow the spread of COVID-19.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-train-and-tram-services-to-stop-commuters-from-getting-too-close-20200709-p55agf.html
    Victorian authorities are bracing for the possibility at least one in four public housing residents still under strict lockdown will contract the coronavirus in coming days. Samantha Dick reports that thousands of tenants from eight Melbourne towers have been released from ‘hard lockdown’ – enabling them to leave home from Friday for essentials like exercise or shopping.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/10/melbourne-public-housing-lockdown-ends/
    Prominent epidemiologist Catharine Bennett writes that Melbourne has nothing to apologise for – it’s just been unlucky. Well worth reading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/melbourne-has-nothing-to-apologise-for-we-ve-just-been-unlucky-20200709-p55aip.html
    One high-rise tower will remain in hard lockdown and infected residents in six other towers will be offered hotel quarantine as Victoria battles to contain a breakout across seven public housing complexes.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/infected-hotspot-tenants-to-be-offered-hotel-quarantine-20200709-p55ah8
    Professor John Dwyer explains the seriousness of being infected with Covid-19.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/make-no-mistake-covid-19-infection-is-not-a-mere-flu-like-illness-20200709-p55aem.html
    Michael Pascoe believes that privilege is preventing us from accepting the new ‘COVID normal’.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/09/coronavirus-second-wave-pascoe/
    According to Dana McCauley, Australia’s intensive care wards are already nearing capacity despite low numbers of COVID-19 patients on ventilators as the nation’s surge capacity plans remain on standby.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/icu-beds-could-soon-be-full-as-covid-19-outbreak-spreads-20200709-p55ao4.html
    Michelle Grattan wonders if Victoria’s second wave suggests we should debate an elimination strategy.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-does-victorias-second-wave-suggest-we-should-debate-an-elimination-strategy-142374
    Long queues outside an eastern Sydney pub a have provided a serious lesson for NSW venues.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/long-queues-outside-eastern-sydney-pub-a-serious-lesson-for-nsw-venues-20200709-p55al3.html
    Consulting firm Taylor Fry has used data to map the financial impact of the virus on households across the country, using colour-coding to illustrate which suburbs are worse off. It shows that middle-class professionals in inner-city suburbs face the highest financial impact from the coronavirus pandemic as government stimulus payments do not cover the losses faced by salary cuts and reduced working hours.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/middle-class-disaster-inner-city-professionals-take-biggest-financial-hit-from-covid-20200707-p559wl.html
    Josh Butler reports that the national cabinet will discuss proposals to put a cap on the number of overseas Australian travellers returning home each day, a move that has incensed citizens who are working abroad.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/10/national-cabinet/
    Karen Maley explains how the banks are facing big challenges in weaning customers off loan deferrals.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/banks-face-big-challenges-in-weaning-customers-off-loan-deferrals-20200709-p55am1
    New lending to buy property by both owner occupiers and investors has posted it biggest monthly fall on record, but Scott Morrison says it’s still too early to make any calls on any house prices.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/home-lending-worst-on-record-but-pm-says-don-t-panic-20200709-p55akb
    Billions of dollars in wage support could soon be stripped out of the economy, while Malcolm Turnbull warns JobKeeper is being used to prop up doomed businesses.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/surviving-on-thin-air-jobkeeper-review-could-strip-billions-of-dollars-from-workers-20200709-p55aj7.html
    Australia flattened the infection curve but can it also keep the insolvency curve flat? CreditorWatch chief executive Patrick Coghlan says it can but it comes down to the banks.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/how-to-flatten-the-insolvency-curve-20200612-p5520b
    Christine McGinn reports that two leading Australian crisis support services have been smashed with calls for help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Half are from Victoria.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827228/demand-for-mental-health-service-surges/?cs=14231&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews#gsc.tab=0
    Naysayers cry that a measly super increase after years of flat wages will ruin the country. It won’t, writes Paul Keating for The Guardian.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2020/jul/10/naysayers-cry-that-a-measly-super-increase-after-years-of-flat-wages-will-ruin-the-country-it-wont
    Jonathan Rivett looks very closely at welfare in Australia, wondering if the unemployed are dole bludgers or are they hard done by.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/welfare-in-australia-dole-bludgers-or-hard-done-by-20200707-p559u7.html
    Katie Burgess tells us that transparency advocates have raised fears about the growing concentration of ministerial power during the coronavirus pandemic, with large amounts of money being spent in a short period of time with little oversight or accountability.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6825644/risks-of-new-rules-400-times-greater-than-sport-rorts-think-tank-warns/?cs=17318#gsc.tab=0
    After days of speculation about offering safe haven for Hong Kong citizens, the Prime Minister has adopted the most limited and least costly option he could find. Given current international travel restrictions and limitations of Australia’s visa system, that is understandable, writes Abul Rivzi.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-s-hong-kong-visa-changes-fall-short-of-safe-haven-20200709-p55alf.html
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that yesterday’s decision to offer up to 10,000 Hong Kong students and workers already in Australia safe haven from draconian new national security legislation imposed by Beijing is the right thing to do. But he thinks it will come at a cost.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/courageous-hong-kong-visas-will-come-at-a-price-20200709-p55aje.html
    The AFR says China has blasted Scott Morrison’s offer of a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for more than 12,000 Hongkongers and suspension of an extradition treaty as deplorable, with the government privately bracing for a trade backlash as punishment.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/china-s-fury-over-australia-s-embrace-of-hongkongers-20200709-p55ai1
    China has shown it is willing to pay the economic price of suppressing Hong Kong.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/09/china-economic-hong-kong-financial-beijing
    Michael Pascoe has a close affinity to Hong Kong and says it will never runout of matyrs.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/10/michael-pascoe-hong-kong/
    Yes! Previously secret correspondence between the Queen and former Australian governor general Sir John Kerr surrounding the dismissal of Gough Whitlam will be released in full on Tuesday morning, Australia’s national archives has confirmed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/09/palace-letters-queens-secret-correspondence-about-gough-whitlams-dismissal-to-be-released-14-july
    The alcohol lobby is interfering with government policy on health warnings leaving pregnant women vulnerable. Peak lobby group Alcohol Beverages Australia has a powerful ally in the chairman of the ministerial forum on food regulation. Liberal MP Richard Colbeck has put forward similar arguments to the ABA to delay the adoption of stronger health warnings. Food ministers are due to vote next week on the issue, writes Luke Stacey.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/health-warning-alcohol-industry-can-cause-lifelong-harm-to-your-baby/
    The Royal Adelaide Hospital has cut perks for privately insured patients including free-to-air TV – but is still charging health funds full costs – in what one patient’s family described as penny-pinching stinginess.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/royal-adelaide-hospital-cuts-free-entertainment-for-private-patients-despite-getting-624-a-night-from-their-health-funds/news-story/af54204cb6fac388143c1d159baf84e1
    The national security legislation watchdog wants security agencies to have to go before a retired judge to get permission to access encrypted messages under a proposed overhaul of controversial laws, writes Anthony Galloway.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/encryption-powers-need-to-be-ticked-off-by-retired-judge-national-security-watchdog-finds-20200709-p55amg.html
    Peter Hannam reports that a new renewable energy zone for the New England region aims to attract 8000 megawatts of generation capacity, nearly the size of the state’s entire fleet of coal-fired power plants.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-renewable-energy-zone-to-almost-match-nsw-s-coal-fired-capacity-20200709-p55agh.html
    At last Kotvojs has conceded Eden-Monaro.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6826771/kotvojs-concedes-eden-monaro-as-counting-continues/?cs=14225#gsc.tab=0
    John Warhurst says the Eden-Monaro byelection result had a lesson for everyone.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6824369/eden-monaro-result-had-something-for-everyone/?cs=14258#gsc.tab=0
    The AIMN tells us that information and critical thinking do matter.
    https://theaimn.com/information-and-critical-thinking-do-matter/
    The higher education sector needs funding reform or government intervention to recover from severe losses due to the pandemic, write Naomi Moy and Dr Francesco Paolucci.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/restructuring-higher-education-funding-in-australia-during-a-pandemic,14086
    Hooray! Telstra is keeping its inbound call centres in Australia even after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, with all inbound calls to be answered locally by the end of fiscal 2022.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/telstra-to-keep-call-centres-in-australia-even-after-covid-19-passes-20200709-p55am5.html
    Meanwhile Telstra says it has achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral across its scope one, two and three emissions, making it the first major Australian telecoms firm to achieve that status.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/telecommunications/telstra-breaks-records-in-carbon-offset-splurge-20200709-p55air
    Nick Toscano reports that federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt has spoken out against the superannuation sector’s latest move to divest coal miners because of climate risks, saying Australian coal would remain highly sought after by power generators and an attractive investment for decades.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/mystifying-minister-backs-coal-as-super-fund-vows-to-exit-20200709-p55ako.html
    David Crowe looks at how repaying uni fees for decades will be a particular burden on generation COVID.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/repaying-uni-fees-for-decades-the-burden-on-generation-covid-20200709-p55anl.html
    South Africa’s health minister has warned of a “storm” arriving and pleaded with the country’s 58 million inhabitants to change their behaviour to slow the spread of Covid-19.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/09/south-africa-warns-of-coronavirus-storm-as-outbreak-accelerates-across-continent
    The London Telegraph’ Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reckons the West should bide its time because the friendless China is in trouble.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/lone-wolf-the-west-should-bide-its-time-friendless-china-is-in-trouble-20200709-p55adj.html
    And the same guy says we shouldn’t be fooled by Europe’s economic recovery plan. This is one hell of a criticism,
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/don-t-be-fooled-by-europe-s-economic-recovery-plan-20200708-p55a15.html
    Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott is concerned that if the United States’ exit from the WHO goes ahead, it will be a hit to global health cooperation and place lives at risk in the US and beyond.
    https://theconversation.com/lives-at-grave-risk-trumps-withdrawal-from-the-who-is-a-hit-to-global-health-142266
    The supreme court just struck a huge blow to Trump’s belief that he’s above the law opines attorney Lloyd Green.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/09/trump-supreme-court-tax-returns-lloyd-green
    Bloomberg’s Nick Wadham writes that Trump’s pandemic response turns ‘America First’ into ‘America Last’.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/trump-s-pandemic-response-turns-america-first-into-america-last-20200708-p559zl.html
    ‘It’s like night and day’. Trudeau’s and Trump’s Covid-19 responses fuel wildly different outcomes writes a Guardian correspondent in Toronto.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/09/canada-coronavirus-us-justin-trudeau-donald-trump
    Donald Trump could be forced to release his tax records to a grand jury – but not before the US election – after the Supreme Court ruled that he did not have presidential immunity from criminal investigations while in office.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/supreme-court-rules-manhattan-district-attorney-can-obtain-trump-tax-returns-20200710-p55aqx.html

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  29. I just listened to Paul Bongiorno gushing praise for the CrimeMinister’s handling of this week’s outbreak. I couldn’t bear to listen to it all, turned it off.

    He will have an article in tomorrow’s Saturday Paper saying the same – let’s hope he’s a bit more critical in print.

    See, here’s my problem –

    The CrimeMinister, after being all over Eden-Monaro campaigning, goes AWOL on Saturday and does not return until Wednesday when he made his ridiculous speech about us all being Melbournians now.

    He could not be bothered turning up to support Liberal campaign workers on Saturday, although Albo was there, handing out how to votes and chatting to voters.

    He could not be bothered turning up to help distribute food and goods to those suddenly forced into lockdown in the towers. Odd for someone who makes a huge deal of his alleged “Christianity”, don’t you think? Bill Shorten was there, doing what he could to help people in his own electorate.

    Even worse, the CrimeMinister could not be bothered even to send a message to those in lockdown. He said nothing. Was he too busy sulking over his by-election loss? I very much believe he was I saw a quote about him the other day, something about how ugly he gets when he does not get what he wants.

    And though all that the media said not one word. No-one asked where he was during a new crisis. It seems our pro-Morrison media cannot bear to say a word that is critical of what passes for our PM, but they sure can criticise Daniel Andrews, accusing him of never doing anything right. Even most of the cartoonists are against him now, no doubt acting on orders.

    So the CrimeMinister eventually emerges from under his doona or hiding in a closet or chewing the carpets at The Lodge, or wherever he had been, makes an exceptionally stupid statement, and the media fall over themselves to congratulate him, even claiming he was channelling John F Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech. He wasn’t. He was just spouting yet another ad-man slogan.

    When will the Australian media see this fraud for what he is? When will they stop telling us how wonderful he is? I’m sick to death of the lot of them and their fawning, grovelling and arse-licking.

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