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. And that, CrimeMinister, is how it is done

  2. Some translators were prevented from helping residents of nine locked-down public housing towers in Melbourne because of an industrial dispute, according to their union.

    Members of Translators and Interpreters Australia claim they were unable to assist some 3,000 residents, who were in a hard coronavirus-induced home detention for nearly a week, due to a dispute with the federal government’s translating service.

    They say for two months they have refused to sign contracts with the Translating and Interpreting Service, also known as TIS National, because they can be varied for up to 10 years.

    TIS National is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/home-affairs-dispute-hampered-melbourne-tower-residents-access-to-translators-union-says

  3. Just another illustration of how pointless the COVID-Safe app is –

    A man working in an office in Melbourne tested positive, but none of the other staff in that office were alerted via the app, despite everyone in the office using the app. He said they hadn’t been contacted by contact tracers, either

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jul/10/coronavirus-australia-update-nsw-victoria-border-closure-lockdown-stage-3-melbourne-second-wave-albury-queensland-reopens-live-news

    The app does not alert you if you are near someone with COVID-19. That’s up to contact tracers to do. Where did this idea that this useless app alerts you if you come into contact with an infected person come from? I keep seeing this sort of comment – the CrimeMinister’s faulty marketing seems to have given too many people that impression.

    How on earth can an app diagnose a case within 1.5 metres of you? It doesn’t take temperatures or carry out tests. All it does is give contact tracers the phone numbers of those you come close to. So far it has not traced one infection.

    Maybe none of the office users came close enough to this person for the app to shake hands with their phones. Maybe their apps were not working, or their phones were turned off. There are many reasons why this happened. The app is a useless piece of battery-chewing junk.

  4. The CrimeMinister will be taking another extended break from his job.

    To be clear the PM will be working next week. He will be in front of a camera on Wednesday and perhaps a further one later in the week. You will hear from him next week #auspol #CovidVic— PatriciaKarvelas (@PatsKarvelas) July 10, 2020

    What else does he have to do? Parliament is not sitting, he doesn’t live in or care about his electorate, where voters are so rusted-on they would vote for a rotting corpse if it ran for the Libs, and yet he’s attracting a lot of favourable media attention for his non-existent “management” of the pandemic.

    He’s a fraud, and the laziest PM ever. The way the media lie about him is exceeded only by his constant lies to us.

    Never forget – he initially wanted to copy Boris’s disastrous ideas. If it had not been for the National Cabinet we’d all be dead by now.

    Don’t believe me? Then read this, from 17 March this year, just days after the National Cabinet was formed on 13 March.

    Should we be keeping schools open?
    by Stephanie Bedo
    17th Mar 2020 10:39 AM

    The decision to keep schools open to develop “herd immunity” has been met with criticism.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison referenced the concept when questioned why such a decision was made and deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said having no herd immunity against coronavirus made everyone susceptible.

    “The important issue of herd immunity that we talk about a lot in vaccination is exactly the challenge that we have at the moment,” Dr Kelly said.

    Herd immunity is where you hope millions get a mild dose of the virus and therefore immunise themselves collectively.

    But not everyone agrees with the idea.

    Former Australian Medical Association president and MP Kerryn Phelps labelled it as “rubbish”.

    “Herd immunity is the desirable outcome of a national immunisation program,” Dr Phelps said on Twitter.

    “It is NOT a strategy for preventing illness and death from an uncontrolled infectious disease.

    “There is no vaccine against #coronavirus yet.”

    Others are on board with the move.

    “Keeping the schools open is a defensible option,” epidemiologist and former deputy chief medical officer John Mathews told the Australian Financial Review.

    “One possibility is that because childhood infections are so mild, they will transmit smaller doses of virus, and this would induce milder illness in their parents and grandparents at home.

    “Contrary to conventional thinking, this could even mean that adults at home, especially older ones, could be major beneficiaries of keeping schools open.”

    The UK has also adopted the strategy, which has been met with alarm.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said between 60 to 70 per cent of their population would need to be infected to achieve herd immunity.

    “We think this virus is likely to be one that comes year on year … like a seasonal virus,” he said.

    “Communities will become immune to it and that’s going to be an important part of controlling this longer term.”

    British Society for Immunology president Arne Akbar wrote an open letter to the UK government raising “significant concerns” about the strategy and its “severe” consequences if vulnerable people weren’t properly protected.

    “For example, we don’t yet know if this novel virus will induce long-term immunity in those affected as other related viruses do not,” he said.

    “Therefore, it would be prudent to prevent infection in the first place.”

    In an opinion piece for The Guardian Harvard epidemiologist William Hanage said when he heard about Britain’s plan he thought it was satire.

    “When I first heard about this, I could not believe it,” he said.

    “This is not a vaccine. This is an actual pandemic that will make a very large number of people sick, and some of them will die. Even though the mortality rate is likely quite low, a small fraction of a very large number is still a large number.”

    https://www.seniorsnews.com.au/news/why-its-smart-to-keep-schools-open/3973701/

    And here’s Brendan Murphy, on “Insiders” on 15 March making the comments on schools that inspired the above article, suggesting that children SHOULD catch COVID-19 to give herd immunity –

    PROFESSOR BRENDAN MURPHY:
    So, one of the interesting and positive aspects of this virus is that there have been very few reports of symptomatic infection in children. What we don’t know is whether children are getting infected but just don’t get symptoms.

    DAVID SPEERS:
    They can still spread it.

    PROFESSOR BRENDAN MURPHY:
    They can still spread it. Or whether they’re not getting infected. The former is probably more likely. But, in a way, if they are getting infected and they’re perfectly well, whilst they might spread it, it also creates a herd immunity. So there is lots of complex questions about schools.

    https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/interview-with-david-speers-on-abc-insiders-about-coronavirus-covid-19-with-the-chief-medical-officer

    Just remember all that next time some grovelling journalist tells us how fabulously well the CrimeMinister is handling this crisis. Just think on where we would be if the state leaders, and especially Daniel Andrews, had not overruled the CrimeMinister and the CMO so many times, had not insisted on closing schools and borders.

    • Everything he has said since the start of the bushfires could have been scripted and said better by a robot.

      His actions and words are those of a dork.

      I don’t care if I never hear from him again until his concession speech at the next election; if he lasts that long.

  5. If you thought all the idiots were in Mlbourne then think again.

    Not only does Sydney have loons who pack themselves cheek by jowl in the queue outside the Golden Sheaf hotel in Double Bay, and more loons who visit a busy pub in Casula while infected with The Plague, there’s more stupidity. Sydney also has its share of illegal parties.

    Anyone spotted buying 20 KFC meals at 1 in the morning is going to arouse deep suspicion.

    One KFC Trip Has Just Cost A Bunch Of Aussies $26,000!
    https://www.wsfm.com.au/lifestyle/food-wine/one-kfc-trip-has-just-cost-a-bunch-of-aussie-26000/

  6. As we expected – the latest US troops to arrive in the NT have brought the virus with them.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Adam Bandt and that useless Victorian opposition guy should read this and then shut up!
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-11/testing-residents-in-melbournes-public-housing-nurse/12443060
    The Saturday Paper looks at the negative side.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/07/11/five-days-inside-the-melbourne-nine-block-lockdowns/159438960010106
    This article from Paul Bongiorno is a good reflection of politics during the pandemic.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2020/07/11/labor-scrapes-through-eden-monaro/159438960010101
    Peter van Onselen wonders whether ministry changes resulting from Cormann’s departure will be as minimalist as possible or whether the Prime Minister will go for a significant shake-up to usher out the deadwood and usher in more of his mates.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/cabinet-cleanup-may-be-in-the-works-but-will-it-spark-joy/news-story/064cb08b080658a2f9f6c0062a7af1a4
    On nearly every economic indicator of wellbeing, Australians have gone backwards in the past six years of the Coalition government. Yet it, and particularly the Finance Minister, is lauded at every turn. Alan Austin takes a closer look at the figures.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/mathias-cormann-leaves-a-legacy-of-losses-as-finance-minister/
    Andrew Clark writes that an influential group of advisers is shaping government policy on everything from the bushfires and the pandemic response to the fraught relationship with China.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-rise-of-the-group-morrison-s-powerful-network-of-advisers-20200710-p55at4
    Tom Rabe and Rachel Clun examine the inevitable lead up to and the closure of the Vi/NSW border.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-looked-inevitable-how-the-nsw-border-to-victoria-was-closed-20200710-p55awf.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that we must stop acting like we have the COVID-19 fight in the bag.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/we-must-stop-acting-like-we-have-the-covid-19-fight-in-the-bag-20200710-p55b07.html
    And the AFR editorial says Victoria is a sharp reminder that social distancing is here to stay for a long time, but that makes boosting the economy even more imperative.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/free-the-economy-while-learning-from-melbourne-20200710-p55avt
    As Treasurer Josh Frydenberg prepares to unveil a mini-budget on July 23, the Covid-19 outbreak in Victoria has put the country’s economic recovery in jeopardy, writes Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/07/11/the-impact-victorias-second-wave/159438960010104
    John Silvester looks at how the hotel quarantine was stuffed up. In doing so he looks at the underbelly of the security industry.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/lock-down-lunacy-how-we-stuffed-it-up-20200709-p55ag9.html
    The Victorian Hotel Quarantine Inquiry, which will start on July 20, will be live-streamed to the public.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/public-hearings-into-hotel-quarantine-debacle-to-start-in-10-days-20200710-p55b0m.html
    Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities. What will it look like after a second lockdown wonders Johanna Leggatt.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/11/melbourne-is-one-of-the-worlds-most-liveable-cities-what-will-it-look-like-after-a-second-lockdown
    Paul Kelly writes that Australia’s second wave of COVID-19 will come with a fearful price — not just more infections but signs of psychological resistance, the erosion of political concord and fresh lockdowns that will damage recovery, cost jobs and impose a deeper financial burden on the Morrison government.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/recovery-from-second-wave-depends-on-containing-virus/news-story/1a6456d2819caaeab82b3f9891489c51
    The Covid-19 catastrophe has “reinforced a macho strain of nationalism” while fuelling damaging levels of “mistrust” between countries, and Australia cannot afford to stand by as the pandemic speeds up threats to the world order, Penny Wong argues.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/11/penny-wong-says-coronavirus-catastrophe-fuelling-a-macho-strain-of-nationalism
    Josh Frydenberg has promised a further phase of income support targeted at the sectors most heavily hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as Melbourne reported a record 288 new virus cases.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/new-phase-in-fight-to-revive-economy-frydenberg-20200710-p55aut
    More than two in three rental apartments in the Melbourne CBD were sold for a loss during the March quarter, even before the virus hit, with experts forecasting further losses in the coming months as the city goes back into another lockdown.
    https://www.afr.com/property/residential/melbourne-apartments-sold-for-a-loss-as-lockdown-spooks-vendors-20200709-p55aih
    Old versus young: The coronavirus has drawn the wrong battlelines explains The New Daily. It points to the structural inequities created by successive conservative governments that have embraced neo-liberal economic policy.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/11/coronavirus-old-young/
    Angus Thompson reports that the Auditor-General will examine the approval of more than $100 million for councils in Coalition seats before last year’s state election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-government-to-be-investigated-over-council-grants-fund-20200710-p55b0v.html
    Dennis Atkins writes that the stakes couldn’t be higher in the PM’s poker game with China.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/11/dennis-atkins-poker/
    Anthony Galloway writes that Penny Wong has sounded the alarm about China’s growing influence over global bodies and potential ambitions to remake them to suit the interests of authoritarian states.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-needs-to-take-leadership-role-in-face-of-us-china-contest-wong-20200709-p55ap2.html
    More from Galloway who tells us the nation’s domestic spy chief says he is offended by a Law Council of Australia comparison between aspects of a bill giving his organisation expanded questioning powers and China’s national security law imposed on Hong Kong.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/law-council-raises-concerns-about-intrusive-questioning-powers-under-asio-bill-20200710-p55avx.html
    The mainstream media has a duty to see through our government’s political smokescreen when it comes to national interest, writes Timothy Ginty.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/media-must-inform-public-of-true-values-and-interests-driving-foreign-policy,14091
    Many things disgust 80 year-old John Lord about many societies of the world, none more so than the people’s aptitude for electing moronic individuals who show no understanding of life and the living of it.
    https://theaimn.com/we-live-in-shadowy-times-and-white-men-who-inhabit-it-lead-us-further-into-darkness/
    According to Nick Bonyhady, the rift between John Setka’s Victorian construction union and the Australian Council of Trade Unions has resurfaced with a sledge against the ACTU President after she assisted with a food drive at Melbourne’s locked-down public housing flats.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/setka-s-cfmmeu-branch-trashes-actu-leader-before-deleting-post-20200710-p55atg.html
    Clancy Yeates says cheap money not enough to cure our economic ills.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/cheap-money-not-enough-to-cure-our-economic-ills-20200709-p55an7.html
    Killian Plastow reports that consumer advocacy groups are warning of an explosion in high-interest payday loans if coronavirus supports are wound back as planned in September. ASIC has already taken action against two short-term credit providers – Cigno and BHF Solutions (BHFS) – after the pair allegedly overcharged desperate borrowers by exploiting a licensing exemption granted to continuing credit contracts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/10/pay-day-lenders-asic/
    One of ANZ Bank’s most senior bankers says some borrowers unable to meet their mortgage payments would need to consider selling their properties in the coming months.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/struggling-borrowers-will-need-to-consider-selling-anz-20200710-p55awv.html
    New analysis shows funding for Catholic and independent schools grew more than five times that of public schools in the past decade explains Royce Kurmelovs.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/education/2020/07/11/public-schools-still-missing-out-funding/159438960010107
    Elizabeth Knight explains how Qantas has offered its 3000 excess pilots a smorgasbord of options including redundancies and early retirement as it scrambles to deal with a setback in the resumption of domestic flights and the likely extended duration of the hiatus in international flying.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/qantas-is-creating-an-army-of-zombie-pilots-20200710-p55azr.html
    For all its good intentions, the National Redress Scheme doesn’t come close to repairing the damage done to victims of abuse, writes Duncan Storrar.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/national-redress-scheme-is-the-final-insult,14090
    For The Saturday Paper, Ed Husic writes about the legacy of Ben Chifley.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2020/07/11/ben-chifleys-legacy/159438960010097
    Tom Switzer defends free speech here.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/cheap-money-not-enough-to-cure-our-economic-ills-20200709-p55an7.html
    Jim Bright writes that there us a lot of ugly sentiment and highly simplistic solutions to, frequently, complex or possibly intractable issues, commonly social or political, but increasingly medical and scientific that can lead to a kind of mob rule.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/society-needs-a-new-abnormal-time-to-shake-up-the-social-contract-20200707-p559s6.html
    Living alone can be lonely – especially in lockdown. But to live with someone you loathe and to express that hatred through abuse is another matter says Wendy Squires.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/lockdown-s-when-bad-marriages-become-a-living-hell-20200709-p55ao7.html
    Julia Baird examines workplace culture, then and now.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/dinosaurs-thrive-when-nothing-ever-changes-20200710-p55aw8.html
    Lucas Dow has mysteriously stood aside as the Adani chief executive with the controversial Carmichael coal project still about a year away from production.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/qld/2020/07/10/adani-boss-lucas-dow-quits/
    Rick Morton chronicles a shocking example of failure in our medical system.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/health/2020/07/11/exclusive-doctors-ignore-terminal-cancer/159438960010102
    The New South Wales south coast has an elevated risk of fire this winter in areas not burnt during last summer’s devastating blazes, a new report predicts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/10/nsw-south-coast-areas-not-burnt-during-summer-face-bushfire-risk-this-winter
    In a serious examination of this week’s SCOTUS decision on Trump’s tax returns, Jack Waterford looks at politicians acting as though they are above the law.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827661/one-cannot-say-the-law-is-above-our-politicians/?cs=14232#gsc.tab=0
    The Chinese equity markets dance to their own tune, often decoupled from anything going on in the real economy. But the latest surge is ringing alarm bells warns The London Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/bubble-fears-china-s-sharemarket-frenzy-brings-back-painful-memories-20200710-p55ar9.html
    The UK’s decision not to join an EU plan to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to its most vulnerable citizens has been described as “unforgivable” and condemned by health charities and opposition politicians.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/10/uk-poised-to-shun-eu-coronavirus-vaccine-scheme
    Americans are at war over wearing masks as coronavirus cases reach new high.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/11/americans-fight-over-masks/
    Donald Trump is a hypocrite on China – but China deserves to be condemned writes Jonathan Freedland.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/10/trump-china-beijing-hong-kong-uighurs
    Trump says Dr Anthony Fauci is “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes”. Fauci says he last saw Trump on 2 June and has not briefed him in two months.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/10/trump-fauci-covid-19-coronavirus-cases
    Woolworths’ ALH has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” – plus a huge fine!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/woolworths-controlled-pubs-used-free-booze-to-keep-punters-on-pokies-20200709-p55anp.html

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    • My act of kindness: A stray kitten/young cat came into my garden. I fed her for roughly 3 wks. I was able to pat her, brush her, put a drop on her head, etc. She rubbed around me, waited for me all the time. As I wasn’t able to keep a second cat, I gave her to a shelter. The lady there said she should be able to get her adopted. When they scanned her, they found she had a chip. The owner had lost her 2 months earlier and was happy to see her again. Isn’t this a miracle?

  8. Very good article by the current Australian of the Year Dr James Muecke AM on Type 2 Diabetes and the way our food industry and the Australian Dietary Guidelines are making this problem worse.

    Every day 250 Australians develop type 2 diabetes – a disease that makes us more susceptible to pandemics

    I’m half way through my 12 months as 2020 Australian of the Year.

    I wake up every day knowing over 250 Australians will develop type 2 diabetes that day.

    To put the full scale of the type 2 diabetes crisis in perspective, in the first three months of the terrifying COVID-19 crisis, we tragically lost just over 100 Australian lives to this microscopic killer.

    During the same period, we lost more than 5000 lives to type 2 diabetes, unnecessarily

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827184/dietary-advice-weve-been-fed-for-decades-is-wrong/#gsc.tab=0

  9. All the dreadful details of the way BoJo mishandled the UK response to the virus.

    Australia came so close to going down the same path, only the National Cabinet saved us by repeatedly over-ruling FauxMo. We are lucky to have them, especially Dan Andrews..

    It”s remarkable how much the CrimeMinister’s actions resemble BoJo’s – he too takes his weekends off, often extending them for a few days. He likes holidays too. He wanted to subject us to the herd immunity dodge. He shook hands with people after health experts had asked us not to. And that’s just for starters.

  10. The CrimeMinister said he was taking a short holiday (after taking a four day weekend last weekend and this week) to spend time with “Jen and the girls”.

    Today he went to the footy – alone.

    Have we ever had a lazier PM? Trump plays golf, FauxMo goes to the footy. Two peas in a pod, both incompetent liars.

    Once Morrison realises what a terrible look it is going to the footy in the middle of a pandemic – a pandemic he seems to have forgotten about – without a mask, and how angry Victorians are about it, he is going to be really sorry to see this photo RTed. You know the drill… pic.twitter.com/zwdypSeU2O— 💧Queen Victoria (@Vic_Rollison) July 11, 2020

    And in Melbourne –

    This man does not stop. Thank you to everyone who is doing the right thing. We are in this together. #istandwithdan ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/W63ANZix5n— Catherine Andrews (@CathLAndrews) July 11, 2020

  11. Ingrid is full on

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  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    This is a MUST READ essay from Mark Kenny where he dissects Trump’s behaviour and actions and John Howard’s gormless acceptance of it.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827605/howard-looking-the-other-way-on-trump-is-a-stone-faced-betrayal-of-conservative-values/?cs=14350
    Australians living overseas have criticised the Morrison government’s decision to make it harder to return home, while forcing people to pay for two weeks in quarantine has been labelled as “almost cruel”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-should-not-be-blaming-people-new-quarantine-rules-criticised-by-australian-living-overseas-20200711-p55b5p.html
    The SMH editorial argues that this new phase of hotel quarantine must be managed safely – and fairly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-phase-of-hotel-quarantine-must-be-managed-safely-and-fairly-20200710-p55awc.html
    Wendy Touhy contrasts the second Melbourne lockdown with the first, saying the state of knowledge of what’s happening with Covid-19 creates a difference.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/my-dear-melbourne-in-this-new-groundhog-day-just-getting-by-is-enough-20200710-p55azj.html
    News that the big four banks will extend mortgage payment holidays taken up by more than 800,000 borrowers might seem welcome. However, with some lenders there remains a significant danger to the money you have already diligently overpaid on the loan, warns Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/the-big-four-banks-and-mortgage-repayment-holiday-traps-20200710-p55aw7.html
    Rhetoric from conservative politicians and media has caused Victorians to let their guards down, leading to a rise in COVID-19 cases, writes John Wren in his weekly column.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-liberal-irresponsibility-to-blame-for-victorias-covid-19-resurgence,14094
    Anna Meredith writes that the COVID-19 pandemic has awoken the world to the inextricable connection between environmental, animal and human health, and the persistent risks associated with wildlife markets.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/11/testing-wildlife-coronavirus-pandemic/
    Julie Szego looks at why so many people avoid wearing masks. She needed to go no further than the US to find some answers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/is-this-why-we-re-mostly-avoiding-wearing-masks-20200710-p55au4.html
    Last month NBN Co celebrated one of its biggest milestones, but the network is still far from fulfilling its full potential, write Zoe Samios and Fergus Hunter. In their examination of the 10 year project.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/plenty-of-twists-left-as-the-nbn-rollercoaster-rolls-on-20200703-p558sc.html
    Simon Holmes à Court tells us how Australia’s state energy ministers are turning the tables on Angus Taylor.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/11/how-australias-state-energy-ministers-are-turning-the-tables-on-angus-taylor
    Bill Gates has called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/bill-gates-calls-for-covid-19-meds-to-go-to-people-who-need-them-not-highest-bidder-20200711-p55b85.html
    Truth in independent journalism and lobby groups are helping to give Australians a voice against a corrupt and uncaring government, writes Bruce Keogh.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/there-is-hope-for-the-end-of-australias-apathy,14095
    Jennifer Duke writes about Liberal MPs welcoming a controversial open letter from 150 public intellectuals condemning attacks on free expression, arguing that “cancel culture” has ruined lives and calling for people to “stand up for the right to be offensive”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberals-laud-controversial-letter-as-welcome-pushback-against-cancel-culture-20200709-p55ajf.html
    Tim Biggs tells us experts are saying that even without considering the app’s Chinese ownership, users should be aware of how much data the app is scooping up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/tiktok-s-data-collection-a-worry-regardless-of-nationality-20200708-p55a4v.html
    The UK government is poised to launch an emergency drive to slim down the nation and reduce the incidence of conditions such as type 2 diabetes before an expected second wave of coronavirus, the Guardian has learned.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/11/no-10-plans-weight-loss-drive-to-ready-uk-for-expected-covid-19-second-wave
    How has America got policing so wrong? At his wits end, police reform strategist Chuck Wexler took 25 US police chiefs to Scotland. What they saw left them visibly changed.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/arrested-development-how-to-reform-policing-in-the-us/news-story/612de7173a75ad8087bdd26a7b821640
    In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the discourse around police violence has shifted dramatically, writes Michael Williams.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/black-lives-matter-and-the-fight-for-genuine-reform,14027
    Outrage is growing among opponents of Donald Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of his longtime friend and notorious Republican fixer Roger Stone despite the US attorney general having declared Stone’s conviction “righteous”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/11/roger-stone-donald-trump-commutation-outrage
    New York City is starting to tentatively emerge from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic but a revival in outdoor restaurant dining is facing a new hazard – a plague of rats.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/10/new-york-rats-diners-outdoor-restaurants
    Today’s “Arsehole of the Week” nomination.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cancer-patient-allegedly-assaulted-after-denying-man-a-cigarette-20200711-p55b3m.html

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  13. Get tourism moving again, they said. Open those borders. There’s no danger now, NSW has beaten the virus, they said..The threat is in Victoria, not here ……..

    They completely forgot how stupid, ignorant and selfish Australians can be.

  14. Good news, but don’t get too excited, the testing on humans will take a year.

    UQ to start human trials of COVID-19 vaccine

    HUMAN trials of the University of Queensland’s COVID-19 candidate vaccine will begin tomorrow in a move that promises to put the state on the world stage.

    Amid a frightening resurgence of the coronavirus both at home and around the world, scientists and the Palaszczuk Government are hailing the homegrown jab as the globe’s most promising contender in the race to stop the killer virus in its tracks.

    Volunteers will receive the first doses of UQ’s innovative “molecular clamp” candidate vaccine tomorrow morning in what is a major step forward in its development.

    “We asked Queenslanders to roll up their sleeves to save lives and they’ve answered the call in droves. We needed up to 120 volunteers for the first stage (of human trials). More than 4000 people have put up their hands to volunteer,” Innovation Minister Kate Jones said yesterday.

    “This research is putting Queensland on the map. We invested millions into this research because we know a vaccine is crucial to defeating COVID-19. But the success of our research has the eyes of the world on Queensland.

    “Our vaccine – made in Queensland by Queenslanders – could save millions of lives throughout the world.”

    There are more than 130 vaccines in the works around the world but UQ’s work is believed to have shown great success in the preclinical stage of development.

    “The animal trials held in the Netherlands would have ticked all the boxes. There is no way the research team would be able to progress from animals to humans without a complete guarantee of safety and they would likely have a confidence in its effectiveness,” Professor Robert Booy, head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance said.

    ……………………………………………………………………….

    It is believed the volunteers will be given two shots – most will get the vaccine and some will be given a placebo.

    Blood tests will follow and the volunteers will be monitored for close to a year.

    The research will be carried out by Australian-based clinical trial specialists Nucleus Network. If the initial trials are successful, it is believed the effectiveness of the vaccine would then be tested on thousands of people.

    The Palaszczuk Government in March injected $10m to fast-track the development of the vaccine by six months, to make it available as early as early 2021.

    ………………………………………………………………………………..

    However, Prof Booy said any vaccine may be only partially protective. “We have to wait and see but in reality the influenza virus vaccine has been 50 years in the making and is not totally protective and we are just starting out with COVID-19,” he said

    https://www.couriermail.com.au/coronavirus/qld-to-start-human-trials-of-covid-vaccine/news-story/92dde93cffb376ea7d2af24a68a16753

  15. What a load of tosh

    Australian government agencies have spent more than $230,000 on “innovationish” training – the latest management fad promising to improve work mindsets – and linked the programs to the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spent $180,000 with the US company People Rocket LLC, which suggests it can replace traditional management consultancy by developing “cultures that champion innovation through cross-functional collaboration”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/12/innovationish-training-australian-government-spends-230000-on-latest-management-fad

  16. Just let them die, eh?

    From AAP: Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott says the economy needs to be opened up, businesses need to invest and governments will need to stimulate through infrastructure spending, tax cuts and the extension of the JobKeeper and JobSeeker arrangements.

    She also believes the extreme measures tackling the Covid-19 through border closures is sapping business confidence and costing jobs.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/12/coronavirus-live-news-australia-vaccine-human-trials-to-start-trump-wears-mask-in-public

    • Suckle,
      That management training sounds like a lot of tosh I did in the APS in the 90s, but cheaper.

      The ones that helped were Six Thinking Hats. The 7 Habits if Highly Effective People Time Management System, and, strangely enough Ennegrams.

      Now this gov’t really really needs those Hats and so does the ALP. A lot of their ideas need Black- Hatting.

  17. Examples of why those state borders should stay firmly closed –

    Busload of Victorians trying to cross Queensland border fined $24,000

    A busload of Victorians has had a very expensive road trip after police busted them trying to cross the Queensland border illegally.

    The group was caught reportedly lying on their border declaration forms to get into Queensland.

    The six Victorians were travelling in a minivan when they arrived at the border.

    The passengers hopped out and tried crossing it on foot but police spotted them.

    Location settings and photos on their phones revealed they’d been in Victoria within the past 14 days.

    They were each fined $4000 each, making it a $24,000 dollar trip

    https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/busload-of-victorians-trying-to-cross-queensland-border-fined-24000-c-1160812

    And in Sydney the Casula Cluster has grown – so much for it being OK to go to the pub.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/12/crossroads-hotel-thousands-told-to-isolate-for-two-weeks-as-sydney-cluster-grows

    Apparently the Crossroads Hotel is a popular stopover for people travelling to Queensland. Infections are likely to be taken to Queensland by travellers who do not yet realise they have the virus.

    When are people going to understand they can no longer do whatever they like?

  18. I get a news feed on my mobile, including occasionally from Murdoch’s Australian. A head line says “Morrison shows his true colours at footy” and a picture of him waving a scarf. I can’t read the article because I am too mean to give News Corp money but the first sentence says ” Growing up in a hard rugby league town there were few things worse than being labelled a fair weather fan”.

    I presume the article make the case that Morrison is a good bloke because he goes to his team’s matches, even if they cop a flogging. Almost makes you want to vote for him.

    • The Sharks have not done well since FauxMo became PM. I think he jinxes them.

      My family are Sharks fans, and unlike the CrimeMinister did not decide to follow that team for political advantage. They live in the Shire (most of them) and some have followed the Sharks from Day 1 in the early 1960s. Some of us find FauxMo’s fakery way beyond irritating.

  19. Good thread

    “I cannot believe Dan Andrews let this type of thing happen in NSW.”

  20. At the momemt there is a bit of a moral panic (mainly in the USA) over “cancel culture.” Th ebelow article tells you everything you need to know to put it into context.

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    More than 1000 Sydney pub-goers have been asked to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 after another four people who attended the Crossroads Hotel in Casula tested positive for the virus on Sunday, bringing the total to nine. Not a good sign!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-are-definitely-at-a-crossroads-in-nsw-state-records-five-new-cases-20200712-p55b94.html
    Meanwhile have a look at these boneheads! The police certainly are.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/are-we-all-in-this-together-police-investigate-as-photos-of-packed-out-trial-rugby-game-emerge-20200712-p55bcv.html
    The AFR says that NSW is at the crossroads as hotspot fears begin to mount.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/nsw-at-crossroads-victoria-shuts-schools-20200712-p55bau
    Coronavirus outbreaks at Victorian hospitals could cripple the state’s healthcare system as more medical staff are forced into quarantine.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/victoria-s-outbreak-threatens-health-system-20200712-p55bc0
    However, The Australian’s Greg Brown writes that business leaders say Australia cannot afford more hard lockdowns and are urging national cabinet to provide policy certainty and maintain momentum in reopening the economy, despite Victoria battling to suppress a new outbreak of the coronavirus.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/business-leaders-plead-for-national-covid-plan/news-story/f532b48d412882b2c690088afb001bfa
    Anthony Galloway refers to a study by the Australian Institute of Criminology that shows that almost one in 10 Australian women in a relationship have experienced domestic violence during the coronavirus crisis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/domestic-violence-on-the-rise-during-pandemic-20200712-p55b8q.html
    The editorial in the AFR says Team Australia must learn how to ride the second wave.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/team-australia-must-learn-how-to-ride-the-second-wave-20200712-p55b91
    Up to 100 troops will be dispatched to help guard South Australia’s border with Victoria, as that state’s outbreak swells to more than 1400 active cases. Yesterday’s first full day of deployment for the troops, mostly from the Woodside barracks, marked South Australia’s 13th day of being coronavirus-free.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/police-commissioner-warns-public-to-brace-for-new-coronavirus-restrictions/news-story/ea6d34df03772987dc66bbe9d5f9caae
    Australian families will resume paying for child care on Monday, leaving many wondering how they’ll make ends meet, writes Euan Black.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/welfare/2020/07/13/childcare-subsidy-ends-impact/
    A reasonable contribution on the pandemic here from Amanda Vanstone.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/have-we-lost-confidence-in-daniel-andrews-to-get-it-right-20200710-p55b15.html
    A national survey by Newgate Research found 85 per cent of respondents supported the states and territories shutting off Victoria, with 6 per cent opposing the decision. 74% of Victorians supported the closure.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australians-back-decision-to-close-borders-with-victoria-20200712-p55bc3.html
    Shane Wright tells us that Australians have rushed to get their hands on annual tax refunds, with a record number submitting returns early in a sign of the income pressures on many households during the nation’s first recession in 30 years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/taxpayers-rush-ato-for-early-returns-to-cope-with-covid-19-recession-20200712-p55bd0.html
    Bringing forward tax cuts is giving to the wealthy when we can least afford it complains Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2020/jul/12/bringing-forward-tax-cuts-is-giving-to-the-wealthy-when-we-can-least-afford-it
    Euan Black also makes the case against fast-tracking income tax cuts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/12/income-tax-cuts-coronavirus/
    Labor has seized on new figures showing there are now 13 jobseekers for every single job vacancy in Australia to argue against cutting government supports.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/12/labor-demands-coronavirus-supports-remain-as-figures-show-13-jobseekers-per-vacancy
    Karen Maley writes that senior bankers concede that prices for luxury houses could weaken, but are surprisingly upbeat about the outlook for house prices in the middle market due to strong demand from expats.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/bankers-point-out-the-winners-and-losers-from-the-covid-19-recession-20200712-p55b8v
    Michael Fowler explains where the Covid-19 clusters are in Melbourne.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/high-risk-worksites-in-spotlight-as-more-outbreaks-hit-abattoirs-hospitals-20200712-p55bbf.html
    And Benjamin press tells us a peak medical group wants coronavirus testing stations set up at checkpoints bordering Melbourne as more infections emerge in regional Victorian communities.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/doctors-call-for-virus-testing-at-checkpoints-to-protect-regional-victoria-20200712-p55bak.html
    According to Doug Dingwall the agency delivering social welfare to Australians will spend more than $150 million on short-term staff from major labour hire companies as the coronavirus pandemic stretches its internal workforce. The Morrison government in December rejected a Thodey review recommendation to abolish the public service staffing cap, a restriction blamed for the increasing use of contractors.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827731/services-australia-to-spend-150m-on-labour-hire-as-demand-surges-during-coronavirus-pandemic/?cs=17318#gsc.tab=0
    Large listed companies have been issued a firm directive to reveal just how reliant they are on the Morrison government’s $70 billion JobKeeper program and other wage support packages around the globe as they prepare for the trickiest reporting season in recent years.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/regulators-investors-prepare-for-covid-complications-in-reporting-20200709-p55amz
    Fund managers and analysts have warned the heady run of buy now, pay later stocks such as Afterpay, Zip and Splitit could hit a wall in September. Dominic Powell looks at how things might unfold.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/stimulus-end-could-challenge-buy-now-pay-later-s-rampant-rally-20200712-p55bbr.html
    Michael Pascoe tells us how the Afterpay market mania is tempting fate.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/13/afterpay-share-price-bubble-pascoe/
    The AFR reports that ASIC is saying banks and wealth managers are more willing to spend ‘large amounts of money’ on consultants to evaluate and run remediation programs rather than risk potentially overcompensating customers dudded by poor financial advice.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/banks-splurge-on-consultants-instead-of-refunding-customers-asic-20200710-p55axm
    Robert Guy writes that the resurgence of virus cases that has forced Melbourne into lockdown will elevate concerns about the economy and the exposure of already stretched lenders.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/banks-on-knife-edge-as-second-wave-looms-20200710-p55az1
    Isabelle Laine thinks it’s not too late for Australia to change course and effectively rid itself of the scourge of COVID-19 – and the answer is just across the ditch.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/13/coronavirus-elimination-strategy/
    The Guardian’s Ben Smee reveals that the Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a legal bid to access documents – kept secret by the federal government – related to meetings between a major political party donor and authorities assessing plans for a development on protected wetlands near Brisbane.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/13/australian-government-faces-legal-action-over-secret-details-of-donor-meetings
    Australia is treading a dangerous path of media concentration, neoliberal government and little respect for the arts, which is ominously similar to America’s, writes George Grundy.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/sky-news-abc-cuts-and-creeping-populism-australia-becoming-the-us,14092
    Bye bye, Mathias. Is Spud next asks the AIMN.
    https://theaimn.com/bye-bye-mathias-is-spud-next/
    The high-rise apartment cladding issue continues unabated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/they-should-help-sydney-cladding-crisis-leaves-big-bills-for-owners-20200706-p559eq.html
    The desire for protein – and power – is helping fuel fights for territorial waters around the world. Where are these problems surfacing? And how are warming oceans making them worse? James Massola closely examines the evolving situation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/why-are-fish-wars-heating-up-all-over-the-world-20200129-p53vyp.html
    The Washington Post reports that as the Trump administration has strayed further from the advice of many scientists and public health experts, the White House has moved to sideline Fauci, scuttled some of his planned TV appearances and largely kept him out of the Oval Office for more than a month even as coronavirus infections surge in large swathes of the country.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/fauci-is-sidelined-by-trump-s-white-house-as-he-steps-up-blunt-talk-on-the-pandemic-20200712-p55bez.html
    A senior journalist for Nine Media, Farrah Tomazin, has landed in America and finds a deeply divided nation, where there’s nothing that resembles a coherent national plan to tackle a virus that has so far killed more than 134,000 Americans – representing almost a quarter of the global death toll.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/disembarking-in-a-deeply-divided-america-20200711-p55b6m.html
    Crispin Hull writes that with America we are witnessing the fall of a great power. He conclude the article saying, “Whatever happens, Australia must not go any further in the direction the US has gone in the past few decades.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827090/we-are-witnessing-the-fall-of-a-great-power/?cs=14258#gsc.tab=0
    History doesn’t travel in a straight line. Malcolm Knox tells us why Michael Holding had to deliver his four-minute BLM masterpiece.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/history-doesn-t-travel-in-a-straight-line-why-michael-holding-had-to-deliver-his-four-minute-blm-masterpiece-20200711-p55b6i.html
    This social moment shouldn’t be used to disempower black people from addressing issues of systematic racism, says Branko Miletic.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/racism-neo-colonialism-and-whitewashing,14084
    Bloomberg explains how Israel learning a lesson in hubris as its COVID cases soar.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/israel-learning-a-lesson-in-hubris-as-covid-cases-soar-20200711-p55b7f.html
    If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India. Yesterday it recorded 15000 new infections.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/florida-records-more-than-15-000-new-covid-19-cases-in-a-single-day-20200713-p55bfg.html
    Trump and McConnell are the twin tribunes of America’s ruin – vote them out implores Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/12/donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-covid-19-economy-racism-election-biden
    Robert Mueller has broken his silence following Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mueller-breaks-silence-following-roger-stone-commutation-20200712-p55b9v.html
    Ghislaine Maxwell is seeking to block the release of hundreds of pages of secret court evidence that could pile further pressure on Prince Andrew and other public figures embroiled in the Jeffrey Epstein child sex controversy.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/maxwell-battles-to-keep-personal-files-on-sex-life-out-of-court/news-story/6ff9fb85c22152aed0be8010cd78935e
    Zona Black tells us that Prince Andrew’s name has once again been raised as one of the many high-profile characters who have a lot to fear from the release of the tapes, with claims he “would certainly” appear on the footage.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/13/prince-andrew-epstein-tapes/

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  22. Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks

    About one in six state lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Dr. Thomas Dobbs of the Mississippi Health Department.
    For weeks, politicians flouted mask recommendations inside the state Capitol. Twenty-six state legislators have now tested positive for Covid-19, including Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and State House Speaker Philip Gunn. Neither man wore a mask at a bill signing at the governor’s mansion last week

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/10/us/mississippi-coronavirus-legislature-trnd/index.html

  23. Fans of friendlyjordies have been busy on John Barilaro’s Wikipedia page.

    A few minutes ago you would have seen this –

    Super Barilaro Bruz (born 14 November 1971[1]) is an Australian politician who has been the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016. He has been the Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade in the second KoalaKiller ministry since April 2019

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barilaro

    A later update than the one Jordie shows in this video –

    A quick glance at the page’s history shows a stack of alterations this morning. As soon as Barilaro’s staff fix an “adjustment” it gets changed back. In the time it has taken to write this post the page has been returned to normal then altered again.This could go on for quite a while.

  24. https://www.theage.com.au/national/coronavirus-australia-live-updates-victorian-cases-yet-to-peak-nsw-at-a-crossroads-after-casula-outbreak-20200712-p55bet.html

  25. Speaking of Bruz – he wants to steal Melbourne’s big events –

    NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro made a pitch to snatch the AFL Grand Final, slated for October 24, the Australian Open tennis in January and even the Melbourne Cup.

    While authorities in Victoria were quick to shut down any likelihood of the events being relocated, Mr Barilaro said NSW is simply offering their support to do what is best for Australia

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8515579/Sydney-attempts-pinch-sporting-events-Victoria-amid-COVID-19-crisis.html

  26. Just across the Princes Highway from Cook, actually, but Barnaby and Joel wouldn’t have a clue about where Kogarah Oval was.

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