Vale Neddie

I am sorry to report That This sites dog Overlord has passed away


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.







Goodbye Ned . The best mate I ever had.

Sorry my return post is indulgent But Ned deserves his Pub Goodbye.

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  1. A bitter war of words has erupted between the agency responsible for Centrelink and a major property company after the government announced the sudden closure of a Centrelink office in inner Melbourne.

    The Abbotsford service centre, which is surrounded by some of Melbourne’s largest public housing estates, was set to close on Friday, but may now be saved after the landlord indicated its desire to continue the lease and Services Australia said it would await an offer.

    The development came only after Salta Properties, the landlord of Centrelink in Abbotsford, claimed it had learned of the closure of the Centrelink office on Friday through Twitter – and that it had offered to continue the lease on existing terms.

    In a statement on Thursday hitting back at Salta’s claims, Services Australia said the offer to renew the lease had come via text message on Thursday, a day after the closure was announced.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Waleed Aly says that we were prepared to act on COVID-19 but he wonders if we will we do the same on climate.
    One of the most tempting ideas in the coronavirus crisis is that a monstrous shock to life as usual will force a lasting upheaval in Australian politics, but David Crowe does not think this will happen.
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that China is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong, provoking fears of further protests as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. This will end in tears.
    The Australian’s Brad Norrington writes that almost $50bn could be wiped from the value of commercial office properties across Australia’s major cities as a surge in the number of work-from-home staff forces employers to reassess how they operate their businesses and dampens demand for a corporate footprint in central business districts.
    Wealthy litigation funders face tough new oversight rules and ASIC reporting requirements, as the Morrison government moves to crack down on costly shareholder class actions.
    The Morrison government is considering urgent changes to address a ruling that allows regular casuals to claim both paid leave and 25 per cent extra pay, as employers warn it will increase the risk of widespread job losses once JobKeeper ends.
    Jennifer Hewett says the casual work test case is now an economic time bomb.
    Just days after Australian states started easing coronavirus lockdowns, the ‘we’re all in this together’ attitude has returned to turn the usual skirmishing between employers and unions over whose ideology is best for the economy writes Andrew Tate.
    London to a brick this is another case of unintended acceleration where the driver subconsciously believes and acts that his foot is on the brake pedal when in fact it is on the accelerator.
    The SMH editorial says that mow that he has left his radio pulpit, a show that has had a record 226 consecutive ratings wins, Australian politicians should reflect on how – and why – they tolerated Alan Jones for so long.
    Yesterday Rex Patrick has accused Treasury of obstructing the coronavirus hearing by refusing to release modelling on stimulus measures. The hand of PM&C was very evident.
    Surprise, surprise! The Coalition says the coronavirus crisis has forced it to delay plans for a federal integrity commission, despite critics warning of huge corruption risks posed by Australia’s multibillion-dollar pandemic response.
    Health researchers in Victoria have used genomic sequencing to trace the origin of almost 1,000 cases of coronavirus in the state, with cruise ships, healthcare facilities and social venues the site of most transmission.
    Rob Harris reports that as state governments prepare to lift internal travel bans and open up more businesses to the public, 52 per cent of participants in a new nationwide survey say the COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed appropriately. A further 32 per cent believe the pace is too fast, with only 15 per cent believing it is too slow.
    The Morrison government’s ‘positive’ climate plan is missing a key ingredient say Mike Foley and Nick O’Malley. It’s a price on carbon.
    Adam Morton reports that a cross-society collection of groups – representing business, the energy industry, property owners, unions, major investors, disadvantaged people and the environment – have banded together to warn that Australia’s prosperity depends on eradicating greenhouse gas emissions.
    We need gas in the interim, but it is polluting and costly – and we need be careful we don’t invest billions in assets that will become stranded warns the Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood.
    Ideologues will be disappointed, but the focus of the government’s post-pandemic IR changes will be on working with unions to fix Paul Keating’s broken enterprise bargaining system writes Phil Coorey who says Morrison and The Greens will sandwich Labor.
    While the media has been heaping praise on Scott Morrison’s leadership of late, it’s important to remember who the real heroes are, writes Noely Neate who says the worst of the COVID-19 crisis was averted despite PM Morrison, not because of him,13912
    The billionaire Melbourne Tarascio family has returned Social Services Minister Stuart Robert ’s fire over the immediate closure of the Centrelink office in Abbotsford. Even The Australian thinks Robert is a dud.
    More on the hopeless Robert as it is revealed that he received pages of bills noting excess data charges, adding up to hundreds of gigabytes a month and thousands of dollars.
    A team of Australian researchers are claiming a world first in a global race to develop cheaper, more flexible and more efficient solar panels after their experimental cell passed a series of heat and humidity tests.
    There are many mental health challenges in working from home warns psychologist Shanta Dey.
    Christopher Knaus reports that public pathology providers have criticised the government’s four-fold payment increase to private multinationals conducting Covid-19 testing, saying the public sector was receiving half the amount despite providing some testing services at a loss.
    To revive Australia’s economy, we must commit to a safe and sustainable three-step return of both domestic and international travel suggests Geoff Culbert, CEO of Sydney Airport and chairman of the BCA’s tourism, transport, freight and logistics taskforce.
    Australia’s oil policy and unwillingness to abide by IEA regulations is leaving us vulnerable to shocks provided by an unstable industry, writes Tim Cornwall.,13916
    According to a secret bishops’ report Australia’s Catholic Church could be dramatically overhauled to give lay people more power, increase the number of women in leadership roles and force parishes to open up their finances to the public. It has called for unprecedented reform in a bid to make the church more inclusive and break down the structures that contributed to decades of clergy abuse and cover-ups.
    Gladys Berejiklian remains in a sparring contest with her Queensland and Western Australian counterparts, as pressure to reopen state borders triggers accusations of bullying between leaders and threats of travel restrictions until September.
    Michelle Grattan writes about the border wars that are splitting political leaders and embroiling health experts.
    Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules writes economics professor Richard Holden.
    NSW has approved Snowy 2.0. The Conversation outlines six reasons why that’s a bad move.
    Paul Maley reports that the Australian Defence Force appears set to cover some of the legal costs of special forces soldiers embroiled in a series of criminal war crimes probes stemming from the long conflict in Afghanistan.
    Phil Coorey tells us that the government has officially put on hold its plans to pass the Ensuring Integrity Bill through the Senate as it seeks union support for industrial relations changes to help reboot the economy.
    The head of the super fund servicing retail employees has warned that the sector will not be able to invest in nation-building infrastructure and deliver good returns for their members if governments continue to allow early withdrawals by members.
    Patronage on Sydney’s network is continuing to rise despite strict physical distancing measures with the NSW government considering more pop-up parking.
    John Roskam writes that Senator Michaelia Cash is the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in the Morrison government. It’s one thing for a minister to have such a title. It’s another thing entirely for the government to take that title seriously. He says it looks like Chairman’s Lounge membership was a prerequisite for advising the PM on the economic recovery.
    Peter Hannam reports that the federal agency responsible for managing environmental flows in the Murray-Darling Basin has warned NSW’s draft water-sharing plans are at odds with the existing Basin Plan.
    David Crowe reports that local councils will be promised $1.8 billion in federal funds to accelerate projects that support jobs during the coronavirus crisis. McCormack announced this scheme – so stand by for some more rorting?
    Fergus Hunter writes that National Broadband Network performance crashed when COVID-19 lockdowns forced people home in March but recovered quickly after NBN Co injected extra capacity for internet providers to use. It was FTTN customers that were very much most affected.
    Patient advocates and doctors are urging governments to devise a plan to catch up on elective surgery after the coronavirus shutdown added an estimated 400,000 people to hospital waiting lists.
    Reuters’ Clyde Russell writes that while the government is backing coal, Australia is probably the best-placed country in the world to tap into the switch to renewable energy in coming decades.
    Elizabeth Knight looks at the way in which our iron ore producers are reacting to China’s latest apparently retaliatory move.
    Vicky Xiuzhong Xu explains why Australia must not bow to China but seek wider trade options. She says Australia is far from the only country to suffer Beijing’s economic coercion tactics, and it is time to look for ways to work with other like-minded countries to put a stop to it.
    Morrison, who says we are too small to matter on climate, has instead picked a fight over the coronavirus — with our biggest trade partner, writes Michelle Pini.–australia-left-holding-the-barley,13917
    Children and adolescents in Australia are at low risk of coronavirus infection and few develop severe symptoms of the disease, a study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found.
    Johnson has escaped a criminal inquiry. This doesn’t mean he did nothing wrong writes Owen Jones.
    Now the United States has announced its intention to withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty.
    The New York Times says that every problem the US faces due to COVID-19 could get much worse than imagined, but, like the GFC, this crisis also provides opportunities.
    For the next six months, America’s fate will be in the hands of its President’s erratic re-election strategy explains the Financial Times’ columnist Edward Luce in a very long essay.

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  3. Famous predictions, 2020.

    The noted epidemiologist thinks this thing is just going to take care of itself.
    FEBRUARY 11, 2020
    After remaining relatively mum on the coronavirus thus far, Donald Trump told supporters at a rally in New Hampshire Monday night that the virus will be gone by April, claiming that when temperatures rise, “the virus” will “miraculously” go away.
    Hot weather, will it help ?

    Will Hot Weather Kill the Coronavirus Where You Live?

    For many people living with the crushing consequences of Covid-19, the summer offers a tantalizing possibility: If the coronavirus behaves like the seasonal flu, warm weather could substantially weaken the virus and allow normal life to resume.

  4. A ‘Mercan travel writing couple ‘trapped’ in NZ for the lock down writes of their experience.They will have a great “compare and contrast” with their home country’s experience of The Plague.No wonder they wrote “I had to ask myself if I really wanted to leave New Zealand. ”

    ……………… Before we could get new tickets home, the country halted all travel completely. Like an estimated 100,000-plus international visitors, we were stuck..The sudden austerity could have been a cause for panic. But each day, the 39-year-old Ardern, or “Jaz” as she’s popularly known, made clear, concise statements about the situation to the nation, bolstered by a team of scientists and health professionals.

    ‘……………………….From an outsider’s perspective, the interesting thing about New Zealand is that the country simply got on board. On day one of the lockdown, the streets and highways were empty, the shops were closed, and everyone stayed home.

  5. I can’t access the AFR article where the Greens are joining LNP to destroy the unions. At least the Greens are now really showing their true colours. Ah, poor Australia, there is no hope for the future. I wish I could find a new interest that doesn’t involve politics, it is so depressing.

    • Don’t worry – it’s just Phil Coorey’s usual anti-Labor spin.

      Here’s the relevant bit, right at the end of his waffle.

      The Greens are also in on the plan to subject Labor to a Malachi Crunch. On Monday, Greens leader Adam Bandt set the demand-side standard when he released his party’s economic recovery strategy.

      Highlights of the Invest to Recover Plan include increasing the debt from 29 per cent to 44 per cent of GDP to enable the construction of 500,000 units of public housing, keeping the JobSeeker rate at $1115 and, in an audacious bid to pilfer younger voters from Labor, offering those under 30 free university or TAFE places, apprenticeships, or taxpayer-funded jobs on nation-building and environmental projects.

      The legislated stage two and three income tax cuts would be canned.

      Bandt knows Labor won’t and can’t match his proposals, and that’s the point.

      On the other side, Morrison is laying the groundwork for another campaign of the Coalition growing the economy and keeping taxes low, versus Labor’s “tax and spend”

      Coorey tries to impress us by using the term “Malachi Crunch” presumably to show how cool he is. It just means a two-pronged attack from opposite sides.

      Whether or not the Greens are going to do this we don’t know, neither does the government. Neither does Coorey, he is just imagining things. The Greens came up with a pie in the sky recovery plan knowing they will never get to use it because they will never be in government. What they say really is not relevant.

      The MSM carry on as if the Greens were a serious alternative government, not a bunch of over-privileged, attention-seeking inner-city wankers.

  6. Hi Joe,

    So sorry to hear about Ned.

    Loving a dog is easy, having to make the decision to let them go is one of the hardest things you will ever do in life.

    He may not be with you physically anymore, but his spirit will always walk beside you.

  7. ANYTHING Coorey writes on industrial relations will when it comes down to it translate into “Workers need to work harder and get paid less”. He is a bought and paid for shill.

  8. ridgiesrule

    Hello ridgie ! Long time no see. Hope all is well down your end of the swamp during these “unprecedented times©” .

    • Hi kaffeeklatscher. Thanks for the welcome back.

      It is taking a VERY long time to get over the fact that lies and corruption can win you an election, and that major corruption from the alleged “government” seems to be acceptable to the Australian public.

      This is NOT the country I grew up in. Hope you and yours are staying safe and well.

  9. From Joanne Ryan, Labor MP for Lalor.

    She rips into the government and especially Christian Porter, for spreading the myth all casual workers are teenagers after extra pocket money, and for continuing attacks on wages and conditions.

    My two cents worth this morning
    There is a new Canberra bubble and it is not about journalists and gossip. It is about politicians like Christian Porter who have lived in a corona virus bubble throughout this crisis and missed the many things the rest of us have learned. We have been talking for years now about the casualisation of the workforce and people in insecure work and how it is undermining our way of life and suppressing wages. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted just how damaging this is for our society and just who is essential to our economy, not just in a crisis but every day.

    Where do casuals work in our modern economy? In childcare and early education, in aged care, in disability care, in supermarkets and supply chains, in health, in hospitality, in construction and the arts. For some this is a choice, for others it is not. And for many it is on minimum wage if you take out the casual loading.

    The Covid-19 crisis has seen two significant things occur in this space that highlight the fact that many are not paid enough – eligible aged care workers were paid a retention payment on top of their normal rate of pay to create incentive to show up to work. Some supermarket workers also received an essential worker payment.

    Yesterday the federal court ruled that people who work the same roster every week for years are not casuals. This is no surprise to anyone close to people who actually work in our economy. There is and never has been a category of worker called a permanent casual. You are either permanent full time or permanent part time or casual. If you are casual you are supposed to be paid a loading of 25% in lieu of paid sick leave and holidays. Most have had a casual job in our lifetime and understand this – you are not guaranteed shifts and if you are sick you don’t get paid and if for some reason the business doesn’t need you, you don’t get paid either and you don’t get holiday pay so you don’t in reality get a holiday. You may get time without work but it is not a holiday as you have no job security and don’t know when the next pay packet will come.

    So the court has made a ruling that supports the Fair Work ruling. This is something I am celebrating because in our community I have spoken to many people who are told they are permanent casuals but who are not paid a loading on their wages. There are also many in low paid industries who cannot survive on the minimum wage without the loading so they forgo security to pay the bills and live precariously from week to week.

    It is one thing to live week to week in secure employment, it is another to do so without it.

    So I welcome the court’s ruling and hope that it means that this business practice changes as a result and people are given permanent employment that they can count on. I also hope they get paid a decent wage that will cover the cost of living.

    Porter has argued that he will change the legislation in response to the ruling so the practice can continue. It is interesting that when the Fair Work Commission ruled on cutting penalty rates for casuals he said he couldn’t interfere but now he can. That’s right – penalty rates that used to be part of casual loading.

    This crisis has shown us who we rely on in a crisis and it is the people who are most likely to work casual, who have already had their wages cut by a reduction to penalty rates and who the courts say are really permanent employees.

    At a time when the Prime Minister is saying – don’t go to work if you are sick, in an environment where the people most likely to be working are casuals, many wrongly termed casuals when they are in fact permanent employees you’d think they would step back from this ledge and learn the lessons. To keep everyone safe you need to stay home if you are sick but if you lose pay, if you have a day off and can’t pay the bills you are less likely to do so.

    Which brings me to another point, also this week, some in the business sector argued that increases in the minimum wage should be pushed off because of the crisis. Seriously, the old arguments churned out every year against minimum wage increases are just not going to cut it at the moment. Lots of the people earning the minimum wage are the people we have relied on throughout this crisis to keep showing up at work. They are also the casuals in hospitality, who did not receive jobkeeper because they changed jobs in the last twelve months who are now being asked to go back to work first and take the risks to get the economy moving.

    So to those who do live in the Canberra bubble and still think casuals are high school students, living at home, earning some pocket money, welcome to the real world. There are tens of thousands of working people raising families, paying rents and mortgages who have been caught in this trap who deserve better

  10. Australia must have some incredibly stupid business owners.

    About 1,000 businesses filled out JobKeeper form incorrectly, ATO says
    Hirschhorn says about 1,000 businesses misunderstood a question where the ATO asked how many workers the business expected would receive the JobKeeper subsidy.

    He says that the questions was only for analysis purposes, and had no bearing on how much money was paid to businesses.

    He says “the largest mistake” was “about 550 employers, instead of putting down one employee, put down 1,500 employees being the amount that they were entitled to in the first fortnight”

    Here’s the question that allegedly caused the problem –

    Seems perfectly straightforward to me. You would have to be dumber than a box of extra-stupid rocks to get that wrong.

    • I find it EXTREMELY difficult to believe that these businesses got it wrong. If they did, how on earth have they managed to stay in business if they can’t even read a simple form.

      What I DO believe is that the so-called “government” are flailing around looking for a scapegoat for their latest stuff up.

    • ridgiesrule –


      Here’s what I think happened.

      The CrimeMinister just gave that 6 million workers figure off the top of his head while he was blathering at a presser to announce JobKeeper and no-one bothered to check.

      His exact words –

      Today, I announce that we are committing $130 billion over the next six months to support the jobs and livelihoods of what we anticipate are being almost six million Australians, who will need that lifeline in the months ahead

      All those reporting on this assumed he knew what he was talking about,even though he never seems to know anything. Still no-one checked. The media statement just repeated the same lie.

      The ATO started handing out the money in April, eventually someone realised there was less money going out than they planned and finally someone checked the real numbers.

      It’s all the CrimeMinister’s fault, his and Frydenberg’s, but just like Trump they will never admit to making mistakes. Instead they are blaming it on businesses – the very people they always claim they support.

      Not even Prime Ministers can just make up crap and get away with it, something the CrimeMinister might now be learning at long last. But if the MSM have their way he definitely will get away with it.

  11. Re “permanent casuals” .Back in the day when unions were around more there was a pretty strict time limit as to how long a “full time casual” was in the job before they had to be taken on as a full time employee.

  12. Kirsdarke

    Hello.How is it going for you ? You had been embraced by the Coalition’s “love” re social security just before The Plague hit and then of course The Plague hit. What is your report from your position on how it is all looking ? Hope it is improving but not thinking that it is likely with this bunch of corrupt god bothering spivs.

    • I suppose it’s going alright. For one thing I’m glad to be back above the poverty line again and am actually managing to save a bit of money and not waste my time and employers’ time in applying for 20 jobs a month in this game of musical chairs where there’s the equivalent of 10 people playing and only 2 chairs.

      Although I do worry about what will happen next month if and when the Coalition grubs decide to put the thumbscrews back on to punish me for not having a job because they destroyed the industry I wanted to work in.

      Thanks for asking.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Another excellent effort from George Megalogenis who warns us to stay clear of the flailing Trump.
    Peter Hartcher writes that Australia’s federation now stands at the threshold of a different test, one it’s been failing continuously for decades. Not just to coordinate in one area of policy but to reform the federation itself. To simplify the messy lines of federal-state responsibility and to clear the clogged tax arteries that have helped give Australia an ever-slowing economic growth rate.
    Divergent views between governments is a positive sign that our federal democracy is working as intended, writes Dr Jacob Deem.,13918
    Kevin Rudd laments that Morrison’s missteps on China have brought unnecessary grief to Australia. Quite an interesting read.
    Jack Waterford has a very good long essay for us in which he says that Australia has shot itself in the boot again over China.
    Paul Bongiorno goes right to the heart of our latest stoush with China. His article ends with, “The Morrison government is talking up the coronavirus inquiry this week, but it will do nothing to restore the jobs and hours of the 2.7 million Australians who have lost work in the past month.”
    Paul Kelly writes, “Four months into the COVID-19 crisis, the world and Australia confront a worse problem — the ­descent into a version of cold war between the US and China, many years in the making but now apparently sealed in the great-power animosity unleashed by the virus.”
    The WHO’s coronavirus inquiry will be more diplomatic than decisive. But Australia should step up in the meantime writes Anthony Zwi.
    Is our Prime Minister a changed man or just another politician who can quickly learn, adapt and pivot for personal and party advantage asks Dennis Atkins.
    Morrison could muzzle his China hawks – but he wants to be all things to all people writes Katharine Murphy.
    Peter van Onselen says that on China’s bullying, we ain’t seen nothing yet!
    Karen Middleton reveals that, amid escalating trade tensions with China, questions are being raised about the proper scrutiny of foreign investment in Australia.
    Bianca Hall writes that as criticism continued to mount about the Victorian government’s involvement in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the government released unpublished figures revealing the vast trade and investment relationship with China, and the crucial revenue it generates. Victorian farmers are not particularly affected by the latest trade actions from China.
    The SMH editorial says the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health and economic crisis but it has been made worse by the failures of the two countries that should be leading the response – China and the US.
    Shane Wright explains the “significant error” that led to the extreme change in estimates for both expenditure on and numbers of employees affected by the JobSeeker scheme. It would appear the government has wedged itself here.
    David Crowe describes it as “a costings blunder made in political heaven”. He says the government will need to move fast to turn this into an opportunity because the disclosure reshapes the argument over their entire stimulus.
    And Phil Coorey says that as budget bungles go, this will be hard to beat.
    John Kehoe writes that it has led to a fight between the Coalition and Labor over whether the borrowed money should be saved or spent on casual workers.
    Is it good news or bad that we have three million “missing” workers asks Kirsten Lawson.
    Rod Meyer reports on how some big corporations are siphoning off Jobkeeper payments to artificial structures that shave their profits to make them eligible. Surprised?
    Mike Seccombe looks at the search for a way out of this economic situation. He mentions Bill Kelty’s ideas quite a bit.
    Ross Gittins explains how women, part-timers and the young hit have been hit the hardest in the jobs crisis. He unpacks the latest employment figures here.
    Laura Tingle writes that the pandemic is pushing and pulling the PM on IR and energy. She has perceived that the government has quietly gone a bit soft on coal.
    Elizabeth Farrelly has some ideas on how to change post-pandemic Sydney for the better.
    In choosing to combine with the EU on a COVID-19 inquiry, Australia made many concessions. But has it mapped a new way forward for multilateral diplomacy asks Anthony Galloway.
    Former ADF chief Chris Barrie writes that it is time Australian governments started to listen to experts when it comes to climate change and pandemics.
    Jennifer Duke says that business lobby groups were arming themselves to fight against an increase in wages for Australia’s lowest earners even before the coronavirus pandemic, as economic headwinds grew last year.
    David Crowe outlines The Greens’ mammoth investment plan to prevent a ‘lost generation’.
    Across Australia retailers are nervously awaiting a fast-approaching second wave of economic stress. Sarah Danckert and Dominic Powell tell us about retail’s new malaise.
    Weaning the economy off the extraordinary taxpayer support deployed in response to the coronavirus-induced economic crisis will be a monumental test for the Morrison government in the months and years ahead opines John Kehoe.
    Peter Dutton, has encouraged Queenslanders to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s border closures, saying people are “right to test” the ban.
    Kate Burgess reports that the firm running the robodebt class action has received thousands of calls, after opt-out notices were sent to potentially hundreds of thousands of current and former Centrelink recipients this week. This debacle is by no means over for the government that has put it right into Stuart Robert’s hands.
    Margaret Simmons writes that the decline in the international student market will hit universities not only financially, but also in their capacity for independence.
    Aaron Patrick tells us how Roman Quaedvleig is fighting back against Canberra. He has a book launch on June 2.
    And he reveals that in the book Quaedvleig says that the Royal Australian Navy and defence force actively avoided carrying out Scott Morrison’s signature national security policy – turning back boats carrying asylum seekers from Indonesia.
    According to The Age a review has found the Victorian Environment Protection Authority failed to detect or stop illegal chemical waste dumping despite repeated warnings up to two years before massive West Footscray blaze.
    Making sure the nation had enough ventilators so Australia did not end up with an overrun health system was no easy task explains the AFR’s Carrie LaFrenz.
    The Saturday Paper tells reveals that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government awarded a $5.77 million contract to an aged-care staffing app that claims to have no “duty of care” for the quality of its workforce or liability for the care provided.
    Shane Wright advises us that another ratings agency has put Australia’s triple A credit rating on negative outlook, raising fears about the size of household and government debt as signs grow the federal budget deficit will approach $75 billion.
    Victoria’s defunct Hazelwood Power Station is about to be demolished, with site owner Engie assuring locals that asbestos inside its chimneys will not be a threat.
    The Climate Solutions Fund is a fillip for the Government’s fossil fuel backers and offers little in the way of energy policy reform to reduce either Australia’s emissions or power prices. Tim Buckley reports.
    Israel’s latest annexation plan spells the end of the two-state solution. What a mess!
    James Frost reports that a review of the Westpac’s approach to risk management revealed a dog’s breakfast of malfunctioning systems and lack of engagement at the top. Ouch!
    Clive Palmer has been denied entry to Western Australia as the state government remains adamant interstate borders will remain closed for months. He says he will take this to the High Court. Have at it Clive!
    Internet traffic is growing 25% each year and we have created a fingernail-sized chip that can help the NBN keep up declares Monash University researcher Bill Corcoran.
    Key contraceptive and hormone replacement drugs have become unavailable in Australia as part of a mysterious global shortage of medications using the hormone estradiol.
    Eryk Bagshaw has a look at the new sedition laws that China is imposing on Hong Kong.
    Business groups have accused the UK government of pursuing an “isolationist” policy after the home secretary, Priti Patel, confirmed that arrivals in the UK will have to quarantine themselves for a fortnight or face a £1,000 fine. The phrase “Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted” springs to mind.
    Lois Beckett explains how America is victim-blaming the coronavirus dead.
    With the coronavirus tragedy and re-election time for Trump, political warfare is heating up and gloves are coming off in the media battles, writes Dr Lee Duffield.,13920
    Trump’s hydroxychloroquine habit is the triumph of rightwing quackery says Richard Wolffe. This is a real cracker!
    The Washington Post reports that a study of 96,000 hospitalised coronavirus patients on six continents found that those who received an anti-malarial drug promoted by Donald Trump as a “game changer” had a significantly higher risk of death compared with those who did not. What a bloody idiot!
    Now the clown has deemed churches and other houses of worship essential and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen. I’m sure there is a sound scientific basis for this move.

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  14. I’ve worked as a casual but when I did it was completely ad hoc so i usually had a couple on the go. If I didn’t get a shift from one employer I’d usually get one with with another or maybe neither for a couple of days. If I’d said I’d be there for a job on a certain day and the other employer called after I’d already been “booked” there wasn’t any problem, they’d just call someone else on their casual list. Sometimes I’d get continuous work with employer A for a couple of weeks so I’d let employer B I was unavailable for a couple of weeks or how ever long and that was it. After the period was up it’d go back to normal, first in best dressed. The last permanent job I had started out with 3 months as a casual, a sort of probationary period to see if I fitted with the company and vicky verky. Turned out to be the best job I ever had and I’d still be there if I hadn’t totally screwed my back.

    • I’m sure the CrimeMinister would have been just like Trump and BoJo – useless. The national cabinet saved us.

      I don’t care what the media say, I can look at what happens and make my own conclusions.

      Maybe now the government has stuffed up so badly over JobKeeper the MSM will start being just a bit more critical.

  15. Perhaps someone could tell our mob of incompetents

    There have been no new cases of the virus in New Zealand since 19 May, with a death toll there of 21. Meanwhile, finance minister Grant Robertson has said the government is considering distributing free cash directly to individuals as a way of policy stimulus to help boost the economy still reeling from the pandemic.

    “I am pretty keen on making sure that fiscal policy remains the role of the government,” he said.

  16. Shortages of certain brands of birth control and HRT drugs are just a part of a huge, ongoing problem in Australia.

    Late last year we ran out of child-size EpiPens. Parents were told to use outdated stocks or pens known to be contaminated. No-one seemed to know when new supplies would reach Australia – all the importers would say was new stocks would arrive “possibly by the end of January”.

    EpiPen shortage forces parents to use expired, contaminated drugs to treat children

    In March there were shortages of asthma puffers and drugs, broad-spectrum antibiotics,, blood pressure drugs and medications for diabetics. Now it’s HRT and birth control.

    Why is this happening?

    Because Australia no longer manufactures drugs. We make vaccines, thank goodness, but except for a handful of small niche manufacturers over 90% of the drugs we use and depend on are imported. We are at the end of a long and precarious supply line, completely at the mercy of overseas companies who are going to place their needs before ours.

    Take a look at whatever medications you take, even the over-the-counter supermarket painkillers. I bet you will find they are all made overseas.

    Isn’t it time we went back to manufacturing our drugs?

    Does Australia have a medicine supply problem?

    Her’s the report mentioned in that article.

  17. “Trump’s hydroxychloroquine habit is the triumph of rightwing quackery says Richard Wolffe. This is a real cracker!”

    It really is a cracker.

    I read it last night and had it ready to post this morning if BK didn’t include it.

    I’d forgotten all about the John Birch Society until I read it, I thought they must have gone the way of the dodo by now. Turns out I was very wrong.

    That mention reminded me of a song I used to love back in the 1960s, along with the rest of the album.
    Anyone else remember this excellent satirical song from the Chad Mitchell Trio?

  18. Herald Sun article is paywalled, try via the twitter link

  19. Aw, Gawd!

    Australians are being invited to record their coronavirus experiences for future generations in a new campaign by the country’s postal service. Australia Post says its important to mark this moment in the nation’s history, as the past few months have had an extraordinary impact on families, communities and our way of life.

    It’s created a ‘national letterbox’ for people to write a letter describing how the Covid-19 pandemic affected them. The project is in conjunction with the National Archives, which will keep some of the Dear Australia letters for posterity.

    Next they’ll want to build a Covid-19 wing on the Australian War Memorial.

    • That project was mentioned on the wireless around March 21. Suggestion was write a diary for future generations to read

  20. CK Watt thanks for Bill Maher!

    He is getting tiring blaming people who get Covid for eating wrong food, being fat. When 5% of a population has a problem that can be an individual failure. When 50% of a population has the same problem that’s a systemic failure

    Bill exhorting individuals to avoid processed food is not as effective as food regulations reducing sugar and corn starch and soy in processed food and introducing universal health care and sickness benefits for all workers so they don’t have to work when infected

    • When you see the way our families lived 100 years ago you can see why we are heavier than previous generations.

      The following 1980s program shows how crafters lived without running water, stoves, electricity. You are active from dawn to dusk. Quite happy with all the modern conveniences.

  21. It seems the CrimeMinister has blathering some condescending guff about National Volunteer Week.

    Not everyone appreciated his remarks.

  22. No, Mike, HE has not done well: the Premiers and Chief Ministers dragged him …

  23. TGA doing good stuff

    The head of the Morrison government commission tasked with coming up with plans to revitalise the economy after the coronavirus crisis, Nev Power, is to step aside from his position as deputy chairman of a gas company over conflict of interest concerns.

    “Because of the perceptions of conflict of interest he has stepped back from participating in board meetings and will not participate in the decisions of the board” of Strike Energy, a spokesman for the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission said on Friday evening.

    The move came after Guardian Australia on Friday asked the NCCC how Power was managing his apparent conflict of interest as chairman of the commission and deputy chairman of Strike Energy, a West Australian company that is developing a gas field in the south-west of the state.

    Late on Friday evening Strike Energy, which is listed on the ASX, had yet to inform the market that Power had “stepped back” from his position.

    The ramifications are a lot wider; for Power (a total embarrassment [he doesn’t know the meaning of the word] but no loss of influence) and for the CrimeMinister (nepotism)

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Not so many links today but there are some quality contributions.

    David Crowe and Nick Bonyhady write that the Morrison government will consider giving more help to workers who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis as it grapples with internal division over whether to bank or spend the $60 billion saving from its recalculated JobKeeper wage subsidy program. There are, however, some in the Coalition that are saying the “saving” should be pocketed.
    Dannielle Cronin writes that Annastacia Palaszczuk is not for turning. In a week when so many weighed in on whether the state should reopen its borders, the leader held firm and vowed to only heed the counsel of one.
    Josh Taylor explains why he thinks the COVIDSafe app went from being vital to being almost irrelevant.
    As we begin the process of reopening the economy, it’s important to factor in the potential cost of human life it could cause, writes Bruce Keogh.,13923
    In quite a worthwhile contribution Simon Cowan says that although Frydenberg will no doubt face continuing pressure over the JobSeeker supplement, in many ways it is JobKeeper that is likely to prove the greater challenge. He also says, While it is important to note that JobKeeper was introduced in response to an external crisis, not in response to perceived market failure, this does not change its nature: we must avoid normalising government bailing out business.”
    Paul Karp reveals that a $20m federal government program to upgrade showgrounds delivered just $2.2m to 11 Labor-held seats while the Nationals received more than four times as much – $9.2m – for 10 seats. This has a familiar smell about it, doesn’t it?
    The head of the Morrison government commission tasked with coming up with plans to revitalise the economy after the coronavirus crisis, Nev Power, is to step aside from his position as deputy chairman of a gas company over conflict of interest concerns. Well, it IS stacked with industry and business heavies.
    Nick O’Malley writes about the Lowy Institute saying that soon climate change will again be the focus of the world, and Australia will again be isolated for its recalcitrant response.
    Crispin Hull says Australia easily beats Trump on COVID-19 and he tells us why rational decision-making wins every time. This is an excellent examination.
    Ben Butler writes that retirees who have lived off a steady stream of share dividends have seen their income plunge as banks cancel payouts, and they face more financial pain in coming months when research shows more companies are likely to slash their distributions because of the coronavirus crisis.
    Joh Lord reckons that when it comes to climate policy we are being conned if we believe the government.
    Covid-19 has put Australian charities at risk just when they are needed most.
    Don’t blame COVID-19. Target’s decline is part of a deeper trend say these two academics.
    And pfftt! There goes Hertz into bankruptcy in the US.
    Seven questions answered on how to socialise safely as coronavirus restrictions ease.
    Sexual abuse suffered by children leaves a lifetime of damage and can be painful to talk about, as Gerry Georgatos knows first hand. He explains why it takes so long for victims to come forward.,13922
    Sweden’s Covid-19 policy is a model for the right. It’s also a deadly folly says Nick Cohen.
    Lockdown questions continue to bombard the British Government with the Prime Minister facing pressure to sack his closest aide, the rather odious Dominic Cummings, after it emerged that he travelled to his parents’ home despite coronavirus-related restrictions.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Mark David

    Alan Moir

    Reg Lynch

    From the US

  25. We really need a vaccine for stupidity.

    The latest Australian conspiracy theory on COVID-19 involves a design feature on $10 notes first issued in 2017. Those who believe this rubbish claim it is proof the virus was planned.

    Coronavirus in Australia: Bizarre conspiracy theory involving $10 note
    A determined cohort of Australians who believe the coronavirus is a hoax have found “proof” of a conspiracy hidden in the $10 note.


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