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. What is it about that bloody pub that everyone has to go there?

    Australian Border Force have confirmed that security guards working at Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre are self-isolating after attending a party at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula.

    The ABF refused to say how many staff from the detention centre were currently in isolation, but confirmed security guards who had recently been to the pub were following advice from NSW Health and were all currently self-quarantining.

    The Refugee Action Coalition claimed as many as 30 guards are self-isolating after attending a Serco manager’s party at the Crossroads Hotel on the weekend of July 4.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jul/13/coronavirus-australia-update-victoria-outbreak-numbers-schools-closed-remote-learning-crossroads-hotel-nsw-cluster-second-wave-vaccine-live-news#comments

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Yesterday NSW recorded more locally acquired coronavirus infections than cases in hotel quarantine for a second straight day, in a sign that the state has entered a precarious new phase of contagion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-to-tighten-restrictions-as-covid-19-casula-cluster-rises-to-21-20200713-p55bo4.html
    And a COVID-19 case has been traced to The Star casino in Pyrmont as health authorities race to contain clusters that threaten to break through containment measures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/covid-19-community-transmissions-rise-in-nsw-after-crossroads-hotel-cluster-20200713-p55bj1.html
    Peter FitzSimons has written a good article praising Victorians and giving Tim Smith a real bollocking.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/good-on-you-victorians-we-salute-your-fortitude-20200713-p55blo.html
    Paul Bongiorno says there is no vaccine for political leaders against the toxic pandemic.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/14/coronavirus-no-vaccine-for-political-leaders/
    Four of Victoria’s five living ex-premiers have rallied to the defence of the state, warning that anti-Victorian sentiment has reached damaging levels.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/kick-a-vic-mentality-gets-short-shrift-from-ex-premiers-20200713-p55bjp.html
    Phil Coorey writes that struggling businesses are being urged to think twice before signing up to a new JobKeeper because workers on the subsidy have been accruing annual leave, which they will be entitled to if let go. It has the potential to send them broke, he says.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/revamped-jobkeeper-could-send-firms-broke-20200713-p55bh5
    Anna Patty reports that some workers are avoiding crowded public transport and taking a long walk to work instead.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/city-workers-walk-to-office-to-avoid-public-transport-20200712-p55bbx.html
    According to Dana McCauley, Greg Hunt has backed a target of zero healthcare worker deaths from COVID-19, as a new outbreak at a Melbourne psychiatric facility pushed a further 60 workers into isolation after four staff members tested positive.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/health-minister-greg-hunt-backs-target-of-zero-healthcare-worker-deaths-20200713-p55blw.html
    Jennifer Duke tells us that charities are bracing for another surge of unemployed households needing help to put food on the table after September if there isn’t a long-term increase in the dole.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/charities-brace-for-catastrophic-surge-as-welfare-supplement-due-to-end-20200713-p55bgv.html
    To make jobseeker fit for purpose, its temporary rise should be permanent says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jul/14/to-make-jobseeker-fit-for-purpose-its-temporary-rise-should-be-permanent
    Sally Whyte tells us what various charitable agencies are fearing in the event of JobSeeker cuts.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6831270/desperate-situation-services-warn-jobseeker-cut-could-increase-homelessness/?cs=14329#gsc.tab=0
    Katharine Murphy examines the latest and rather uninteresting Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/14/guardian-essential-poll-government-approval-takes-a-knock-as-anxiety-over-coronavirus-rises
    Chris Bowen has branded COVIDSafe a $2m failure.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/covidsafe-app-a-2-million-failure-bowen-20200713-p55boq.html
    The bank and tech giant are working together on an ambitious move to shift 1000 of NAB’s applications to the cloud in 1000 days.
    https://www.afr.com/technology/nab-microsoft-unite-for-app-a-day-cloud-project-20200709-p55aiq
    Daniel Hurst reports that a government-ordered inquiry into the funding of legal class actions descended into acrimony on its first day of hearings when the first witness from a Liberal party thinktank was accused of misquoting a federal judge and citing unreliable figures. Deb O’Neill dismembered him by the looks of it!
    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jul/13/liberal-thinktank-submission-on-class-actions-labelled-an-undergraduate-essay-that-would-fail
    Christopher Knaus writes that the federal government is attempting to stop the auditor general giving evidence about a report critical of a $1.3bn arms deal, more than two years after it used extraordinary powers to suppress parts of his findings.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/13/coalition-trying-to-stop-auditor-general-giving-evidence-on-report-critical-of-arms-deal
    Paul Sakkal reports that correspondence between government departments shows top Victorian bureaucrats were concerned about the role of security guards in the hotel quarantining program, requesting police be called in to replace them.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/leaked-emails-reveal-government-knew-of-problems-on-day-one-of-hotel-quarantine-20200713-p55bij.html
    David Crowe says a new row over the republic is set to ignite as secret letters set to be released this morning will reveal the role of Buckingham Palace in the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975, with a key historian expecting the papers to expose decades of false claims.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/volcanic-repercussions-palace-letters-set-to-ignite-new-republic-debate-20200713-p55blg.html
    Steve Evans looks at what the letters might reveal.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6830031/what-might-the-palace-letters-reveal/?cs=14329#gsc.tab=0
    The ‘cancel culture’ war is really about old elites losing power in the social media age writes Nesrine Malik.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/13/cancel-culture-elites-power-social-media-age-online-mobs
    In an op-ed for the Australian George Pell describes how he survived “hell on earth” in prison.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/george-pell-how-i-survived-hell-on-earth/news-story/a0efdb3c8abee991558790f942e121c7
    Behind closed doors, the dark underbelly of domestic violence is thriving as more people are locked down at home, writes Anushka Britto.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/covid-19-lockdown-a-breeding-ground-for-domestic-abuse,14085
    Peter Hannam writes that yesterday the bushfire royal commission pressed NSW officials on lessons learnt from previous disasters and queried why the incoming Resilience NSW boss, Shane Fitzsimmons, did not get a formal handover report.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/royal-commission-presses-officials-on-lack-of-briefings-insight-into-bushfires-20200713-p55bmw.html
    Nick Toscano reports that Santos is exploring the potential to produce hydrogen out of natural gas at its operations in the Cooper Basin, becoming the latest gas giant to eye an expansion into the fuel that many believe is primed to play a crucial role in the world’s future energy mix.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/gas-giant-santos-studies-blue-hydrogen-expansion-20200713-p55bo2.html
    A NSW Upper House Inquiry has indicated that koalas will be extinct before 2050, but relaxed environmental protections and ongoing destruction of habitat are causing their extinction right now, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/can-the-koala-survive-in-berejiklians-nsw,14096
    Anne Davies reveals that the former NSW water minister Kevin Humphries has defended controversial legislation that effectively excludes some of the driest water years from figures used to calculate sustainable water allocations for irrigators, towns and the environment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/13/former-nsw-water-minister-defends-exclusion-of-driest-years-from-sustainable-water-calculations
    Andrew Tillett tells us that the navy’s $45 billion future frigate project has been added to a Defence Department watch list because of emerging concerns over its design. The frigate’s inclusion as a Project of Interest comes as the principal engineer overseeing the design work quit the department, with sources attributing it to frustration.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/frigates-added-to-defence-watch-list-of-troubled-projects-20200713-p55bi4
    China has warned its citizens they could be arbitrarily searched and have their property seized in Australia, escalating its travel advice as tensions rise between the two countries. This is getting stupid!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/travel-with-caution-china-upgrades-advice-for-australia-20200713-p55bq6.html
    Meanwhile Peter Hartcher explains the goings on of the spy agencies and security apparatus in China. It’s a bit of a worry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/rundown-of-china-s-spy-agencies-will-make-uncomfortable-reading-for-some-20200713-p55bhs.html
    Morrison’s latest $270 billion military funding“update” is a misplaced policy that antagonises China and misunderstands regional relations in the Asia-Pacific, writes Rashad Seedeen.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-more-aggressive-military-stance-only-antagonises,14098
    The leader of New Zealand’s opposition party, Todd Muller, has resigned after just 50 days in the job. Mueller ousted former leader Simon Bridges in May, but after a fortnight of scandals, Muller said he had realised he was not a good fit, saying the country needed an opposition leader who is “comfortable in the job”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/14/new-zealand-opposition-leader-todd-muller-resigns-just-weeks-before-election
    Stephen Roach thinks the aggressive stimulus response to the pandemic will expose the domestic saving gap and cause a huge plunge in the value of the US dollar.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/why-the-covid-currency-shock-will-be-made-in-america-20200713-p55bgu
    Mixed messaging from governments has steered “too many countries” in the wrong direction to suppress transmission of the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has warned.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/14/australia-coronavirus-second-surge-who-warning/
    It seems that years of public health funding cuts have led to the humble fax machine becoming a choke point in efforts to contain Covid-19 in the US. There are lags of up to two weeks between testing and results notifications.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/choke-point-for-us-coronavirus-response-the-fax-machine-20200714-p55bqk.html
    The role of medical journals is again in the spotlight after The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine retracted studies that raised alarms about the safety of experimental Covid-19 treatments. Dr Maryanne Demasi reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/while-their-ads-are-prevalent-drug-companies-and-medical-journals-will-remain-uneasy-bedfellows/
    The Trump administration is increasingly at war with Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top public health expert, over the handling of the coronavirus crisis, as the US continues to report around 60,000 new cases a day.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/13/trump-administration-fauci-coronavirus-crisis
    Donald Trump has made 20,000 false or misleading claims while in office, according to the Washington Post, which identified a “tsunami of untruths” emanating from the Oval Office.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/13/donald-trump-20000-false-or-misleading-claims
    The UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression has accused the White House of mounting an “onslaught” against the media and referred to a negative “Trump effect” on global press freedom.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jul/13/press-freedom-trump-effect-un-special-rapporteur
    Michaela Whitbourn, courtesy of an excoriating statement from a judge, nominates this lady for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/abysmal-arrogance-and-privilege-balmain-lawyer-ordered-to-pay-neighbour-300-000-20200706-p559d2.html

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  3. The Shovel takes a dig at the COVIDSafe app –

    JUST IN: The COVIDSafe App has identified that there was a coronavirus outbreak on The Ruby Princess in March

    The Government’s high-tech coronavirus tracing app, COVIDSafe, has alerted officials to a potential viral outbreak on a cruise ship called ‘The Ruby Princess’ four months ago.

    If proven correct, it will be the first case identified by the $2 million app

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2020/07/14/covidsafe-app-identified-coronavirus-outbreak-on-the-ruby-princess/

  4. Katharine

    But this small treasure chest of letters, a primary-source account of one of the more explosive episodes in Australian political history, makes one thing abundantly clear. The governor general, the vestiges of another era, that cringing sensibility, that meek deferral to our betters, that quisling lack of national self-confidence, that passivity in the face of interference, should be done.

    That should be over, and this fascinating glimpse into history makes an open and shut case for why Australia needs to move on.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/14/the-palace-letters-amount-to-an-act-of-interference-in-australian-democracy

  5. Good thread confirming what we already knew – underpaid workers cannot afford to miss a shift for testing or because they feel ill.

  6. No wonder NSW is heading into a second wave. You just cannot get through to too many people..

    Coronavirus fears as Krispy Kreme offer attracts large number of people across NSW
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-14/coronavirus-fears-over-krispy-kreme-doughnut-promotion/12454862

    Risking your life for a free doughnut from a US-based company – how very NSW. And especially Sydney!

    I would rather have root canal work without painkilling injections (I have done that) than eat one of these revolting lumps of stale, sugary carbs. What the hell were these idiots thinking?

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A coronavirus cluster at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula has been genomically linked to Melbourne cases, putting NSW on high alert for a similar large scale outbreak.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/crossroads-hotel-covid-19-cluster-linked-to-melbourne-outbreak-20200714-p55c12.html
    The SMH editorial calls for the shutting down of pubs that flout the COVID-19 rules.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/pubs-that-flout-new-covid-19-rules-must-be-shut-down-20200714-p55c0b.html
    And the editorial in the AFR says that to avoid a damaging open-shut strategy in the rest of the country, a nationally consistent suppression strategy is needed to stamp out localised virus flare-ups.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/stamp-out-flare-ups-to-avoid-hard-lockdowns-20200714-p55brh
    Australians severely ill with COVID-19 have recovered at an extraordinary rate (compared to other countries’ experiences) throughout the pandemic, with 85 per cent of patients admitted into intensive care units surviving the deadly virus. This is good news logistically as we sit on what looks to be the cusp of a large increase in hospitalisations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/best-doctors-and-nurses-australia-leads-world-in-covid-19-icu-survival-rates-20200714-p55byq.html
    Demand for ventilators and intensive care beds in Victoria has spiked sharply as authorities begin opening specialist COVID-19 wards to meet an expected surge in hospitalisations this week. Its ICU capacity has been doubled.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/icu-capacity-more-than-doubled-as-victoria-braces-for-surge-20200714-p55bxq
    Ross Gittins is back from a break and writes that the COVID setbacks in Sydney and Melbourne mean Morrison must keep the money flowing. He adds that the focus of Centrelink and the Job Network should be switched from penalising the jobless for concocted infringements to actually helping them find jobs and retrain. It’s the least we should do, he says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/covid-setbacks-in-sydney-and-melbourne-mean-morrison-must-keep-the-money-flowing-20200714-p55bvd.html
    Industries decimated by COVID-19 have seized on the six-week lockdown in Greater Melbourne to declare the full $1500 rate of JobKeeper must continue beyond September, amid calls from government MPs to target the program towards sectors most harmed by the pandemic.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-decimated-industries-plea-to-retain-jobkeeper/news-story/6fa114dfd919cc2f8df7880576a0f30f
    According to Phil Coorey, Labor is likely pass legislation that would extend industrial relations exemptions to employers who sign up to a new JobKeeper scheme.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-to-continue-emergency-ir-changes-if-jobkeeper-extended-20200714-p55bxg
    Shadow Industrial Relations Minister Tony Burke has hit out at the Morrison Government for not blocking or at least delaying the timing of the final round of Sunday penalty rates cuts.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-government-forges-ahead-with-penalty-rate-cuts,14097
    Jill Margo explains what may save Sydney from a second lockdown.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/what-may-save-sydney-from-a-second-lockdown-20200714-p55bxu
    Nick Bonyhady explains the background of the palace papers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-are-the-palace-letters-in-a-nutshell-20200714-p55bxz.html
    Bonyhady and Shane Wright look at the letters to get an idea about John Kerr, the man.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-blue-blood-and-the-boilermaker-s-son-kerr-s-relationship-with-the-queen-s-man-20200714-p55by1.html
    Constitutional law professor, Anne Twomey has nicely distilled the essence of the palace pares here.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/most-surprising-of-the-palace-letters-shines-new-light-on-whitlam-20200713-p55bpw.html
    Peter Hartcher has a different view.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/history-is-offering-us-a-lesson-beware-the-goodwill-of-future-opposition-leaders-20200714-p55c14.html
    Jenny Hocking, the political scientist who worked so hard to get the palace papers released, says that they are every bit the bombshell they promised to be. She says damage this has done to the Queen, to Kerr, and the monarchy is incalculable.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-palace-letters-are-every-bit-the-bombshell-they-promised-to-be-20200713-p55bpx.html
    Chris Wallace thinks the letters reveal the palace’s fingerprints on the dismissal of the Whitlam government.
    https://theconversation.com/palace-letters-reveal-the-palaces-fingerprints-on-the-dismissal-of-the-whitlam-government-142476
    And Michael Pascoe opines that the greatest crime of the ‘Palace Letters’ belongs to Malcolm Fraser.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/07/15/michael-pascoe-greatest-crime-of-the-palace-letters-belongs-to-fraser/
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals that Stuart Robert is in a sticky position by not committing to refund 200 unlawful “averaging” Centrelink debts detected in a randomised review of pre-2015 cases.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/15/government-may-not-repay-200-centrelink-debts-raised-using-unlawful-method
    Jennifer Duke reports that some 350,000 struggling workers have rushed to pull money out of their superannuation funds in the first week of the financial year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit jobs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/350-000-workers-tap-superannuation-early-for-second-time-20200714-p55bzf.html
    Dana McCauley writes that doctors concerned about the risk to hospital staff of the coronavirus are calling on the NSW and Victorian governments to commit to a target of zero healthcare worker deaths from COVID-19, as the number of infected workers continues to climb. They described the rejection of this aspiration by NSW and Victoria as “perverse”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doctors-blast-perverse-rejection-of-zero-healthcare-worker-deaths-target-20200714-p55bxp.html
    Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned that he expected “a couple of hundred” people to be hospitalised with the virus in the coming days.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-grim-warning-for-intensive-care-wards/news-story/803a5c6e92326eb164d8c4a31c68146b
    Emma Koehn reports that Global pharmaceuticals giant Gilead has flagged the supply of its coronavirus treatment Remdesivir will be constrained until September, though the local arm of the business has said it is focused on extending the drug to more patients as well as ensuring Australia is prepared for future pandemics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/gilead-rushes-to-meet-remdesivir-demand-as-virus-pressures-grow-20200714-p55bsw.html
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    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/15/coalition-urged-to-cut-delays-for-struggling-parents-as-childcare-fees-reintroduced
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    https://www.smh.com.au/national/fitzsimmons-to-be-questioned-on-record-bushfire-season-at-royal-commission-20200714-p55bwl.html
    Anthony Dalloway tells us that Liberal MP and former diplomat Dave Sharma has raised the alarm about Australia’s diplomacy budget, saying the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has failed to sell its value and cultivate champions around the cabinet table. Sharma has pointed to the diplomatic vacuum being left by the US.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/diplomatic-deficit-calls-for-more-money-to-be-spent-on-dfat-20200714-p55bu1.html
    Ooh! ASIC says it was not consulted with about its new role regulating class action funders and only found out about the new rules the day before they were announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/asic-kept-out-of-the-loop-on-litigation-funder-regulation-20200714-p55bvk.html
    John Collett tells us what the inquiry is all about.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/inquiry-to-cast-public-eye-on-class-action-funding-20200709-p55aly.html
    These three experts explain how we can remake housing towers to be safer and better places to live.
    https://theconversation.com/vertical-cruise-ships-heres-how-we-can-remake-housing-towers-to-be-safer-and-better-places-to-live-142381
    Recent events in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have heightened the urgency of the community campaign to reduce the damaging influence of News Corp’s misreporting.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/trump-the-pandemic-and-the-news-corp-misinformation-machine,14099
    Stephen Bartholomeusz reports that an OPEC+ committee meets on Wednesday to decide whether to maintain or reduce the big cuts to production the cartel has made in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-oil-cartel-confronts-the-pandemic-dilemma-20200714-p55bv3.html
    The Washington Post says the US recession triggered by the coronavirus will be deeper and longer than initially expected, according to three big banks that reported drastic tumbles in quarterly profits.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/big-banks-prepare-for-extended-recession-profits-tumble-20200715-p55c2y
    John Collett writes that, with a renewed outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne and NSW, experts are expecting substantial property price falls; though the risk to Melbourne prices is greater because of the city’s return to a full, six-week lockdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/property-prices-hang-in-balance-as-pandemic-fears-rise-20200710-p55aw2.html
    South Australia’s flood of rooftop solar installations could lead to households being offered discounts of as much as 75 per cent on electricity prices during the middle of the day.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/sa-solar-overload-sparks-huge-power-discounts-20200714-p55bsy
    Meanwhile Ben Smee reports that the federal government has not yet paid a $3.3m grant for a feasibility study on the proposed Collinsville coal-fired power station in north Queensland – more than a year after the study was first announced – because negotiations to establish a formal funding agreement with the proponent have stalled.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/15/coalition-yet-to-pay-33m-grant-for-collinsville-coal-power-station-as-negotiations-with-company-stall
    Charlotte Grieve tells us how to future-proof our super from the next market meltdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/how-to-future-proof-your-super-from-the-next-market-meltdown-20200710-p55ayt.html
    The National Farmers Federation, speaking in code, is looking for reduced labour costs while saying that it is not.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/farmers-can-help-with-covid-recovery-but-say-wage-reform-needed-20200714-p55bz7.html
    The TWU’s Michael Kaine says the federal government should take an ownership stake in the airlines.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6827846/the-federal-government-should-take-an-ownership-stake-in-airlines/?cs=14258
    A government agency designed to connect small and medium businesses with the defence industry is spending the virtually same amount on its administration as it does on offering grants to firms. Andrew Tillett tells us that Labor is questioning the efficiency of the little-known Centre for Defence Industry Capability.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/defence-grants-body-attracts-labor-fire-20200714-p55bwy
    Abortion drugs remain inaccessible, unsafe and unaffordable for many Australian women writes Gina Rushton. It is an awful situation that currently exists.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2020/jul/15/abortion-drugs-remain-inaccessible-unsafe-and-unaffordable-for-many-australian-women
    A sex offender has had two convictions overturned and his jail sentence dramatically reduced, after a court found there was “a significant possibility” that he was innocent of committing a violent rape. Lawyers for Canberra man Robert Glen Sirl, 49, relied heavily on precedents set in the case of Cardinal George Pell, saying the church leader’s successful appeal against a number of child sex convictions had “changed the landscape”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6828799/pell-precedents-instrumental-in-sex-offenders-rape-acquittal/?cs=14225
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that China’s surging demand for iron ore and coal worldwide has boosted Australian exports despite the rising animosity between the two countries.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-s-demand-for-australian-coal-and-iron-ore-surges-despite-rising-animosity-20200714-p55bxh.html
    UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock will increase pressure on Facebook to tackle anti-vaccination propaganda after a report showed that almost 60 million people across the UK and US subscribe to such content on the social network.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/14/hancock-anti-vaccine-myths-on-facebook-put-lives-at-risk
    Private hospitals and clinics in Indonesia are charging patients up to $1450 for a coronavirus test, more than three times the monthly minimum wage, writes James Massola.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/more-than-a-months-salary-for-a-covid-test-welcome-to-indonesia-20200714-p55bvq.html
    The coronavirus crisis doesn’t surprise this Floridian who says the pandemic laid bare the incompetence of the Trump administration
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2020/jul/13/florida-coronavirus-outbreak
    Trump may be no good at leading America – but he’s really, really good at lying writes Richard Wolffe.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/14/trump-leading-america-lying-anthony-fauci
    Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time associate charged with luring young girls so the late financier could sexually abuse them, has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan, with a judge still to decide on whether to grant bail.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/ghislaine-maxwell-pleads-not-guilty-to-luring-girls-for-jeffrey-epstein-20200715-p55c2x.html
    Bail has just now been denied.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6833740/epstein-associate-maxwell-denied-bail/?cs=14232

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  8. Why won’t Gladys close NSW pubs and clubs despite admitting health advice tells her that indoor venues are the biggest risk in spreading the virus?

    Because the AHA and ClubsNSW don’t want a shutdown.

    NSW government relies on promises from hotels despite Covid-19 risks of large venues
    New measures developed in partnership with powerful Hotels Association and ClubsNSW following warning further measures would cripple the industry
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/15/nsw-government-opts-for-stricter-compliance-over-covid-19-shutdown-despite-risks-of-large-venues

    So NSW will keep on allowing the virus to spread via pubs, clubs and Star Casino because NSW government policy is being dictated by alcohol-peddling and gambling-pushing groups. They will all look pretty damn greedy when they are forced into a complete shutdown by the inevitable second wave in NSW.

  9. David Hurley was Chief of the Defence Force when this and other similar actions were taking place –

    The same AK-47 was photographed on two dead Afghan civilians killed by Australian soldiers

    Australian special forces allegedly planted the same weapon on the bodies of two different Afghan civilians after a raid in which locals say unarmed civilians were executed, the ABC can reveal.

    An AK-47 assault rifle with teal-coloured tape wrapped around the stock was photographed next to two bodies in separate locations and logged in the special forces database after the raid at the village of Shina in May 2012.

    The operation by members of 3 Squadron SAS left three Afghans dead, with the special forces claiming they were all insurgents and legitimately killed.

    Australian sources have told the ABC that while one of the dead men was a Taliban fighter, the other two were civilians. This is backed by accounts from the families of two of the men

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-15/sas-soldiers-allegedly-plant-gun-on-dead-bodies-in-afghanistan/12452964

    Plenty of links in that article to earlier stories on the same topic.

    Hurley should resign immediately, should never have been made GG.

  10. Well he would, wouldn’t he (giggle)!

    Australia’s attorney general Christian Porter has declared the governor general having reserve powers “keeps executive governments on their toes” and he says the palace letters don’t tell us “anything about the role of the governor general that we didn’t really already know”.

    Porter, who on Wednesday characterised himself as a “sort of a constitutional conservative”, said Australia was probably the best-functioning democracy in the world, “and if you don’t like this system, it’s incumbent [on you] to suggest the next one”.

    “I think that many people who argue that [the dismissal of the Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam in] 1975 … should be an event that pushes us towards a republic don’t like the fact that there’s any degree of unclarity or uncertainty in the system,” Porter told 6PR in Perth. “But I wouldn’t conceive of this as being unclear or uncertain.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/15/christian-porter-says-governor-generals-power-to-dismiss-prime-minister-keeps-governments-on-their-toes

    Mandy should have patented those words.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    COVID-19 cases linked to Sydney’s swelling Crossroads Hotel cluster were infectious within a day or two after they had been infected, leaving contact tracers little time to contain the virus. This virus is a cunning little bugger!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fears-of-further-spread-as-sydney-s-crossroads-coronavirus-cases-become-infectious-within-a-day-20200715-p55cds.html
    Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer writes that attempting to eradicate coronavirus is not only unrealistic, it is dangerous.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/eliminating-covid-is-a-false-hope-but-aggressive-suppression-is-working-20200715-p55c8e.html
    Michelle Grattan asks, “View from The Hill: Why not have an inquiry to examine the pros and cons of suppression versus elimination?”
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-why-not-have-an-inquiry-to-examine-the-pros-and-cons-of-suppression-versus-elimination-142730
    A couple of legal experts look at the law with respect to shop owners requiring the wearing of masks as a condition of entry.
    https://theconversation.com/can-australian-businesses-force-customers-to-wear-a-mask-heres-what-the-law-says-142641
    The Age says Melburnians may have to keep their masks handy for years, with elimination of coronavirus unlikely for some time.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/masks-part-of-the-melbourne-look-for-a-long-time-to-come-20200715-p55c5i.html
    New South Wales Health made a “serious mistake” in using an out-of-date arrival form template for the Ruby Princess when it docked in Sydney, the special inquiry into the cruise ship that resulted in a Covid-19 cluster has heard.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/15/ruby-princess-inquiry-nsw-health-made-serious-mistake-when-assessing-travel-history-of-passengers
    Mungo McCallum thinks that Australia is not ready for the second pandemic wave.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mungo-maccallum-the-future-of-the-covid-19-economic-stimulus,14105
    David Crowe tells us that in an announcement today SfM will launch JobTrainer, a scheme that will promise job seekers and school leavers $2 billion in federal support to learn new skills in a sweeping federal program to help them tough out the recession amid deepening unemployment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-s-2-billion-jobtrainer-plan-to-help-school-leavers-and-unemployed-20200715-p55cev.html
    According to David Crowe, Anthony Albanese will call for a slow “taper” in JobKeeper payments for millions of Australians as a key demand in looming talks in Parliament, as the Morrison government prepares to revamp the scheme.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-wants-jobkeeper-to-be-slowly-tapered-will-oppose-sudden-halt-20200715-p55cdp.html
    The University of NSW will cut almost 500 full-time jobs and combine three faculties as it responds to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and a $370 million budget shortfall next year. It will also bolster online learning and offer more flexible working arrangements to address long-term shifts in the higher education sector propelled by the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/unsw-to-cut-493-staff-and-merge-faculties-under-covid-19-response-plan-20200715-p55c8v.html
    Mark Tedeschi, QC has examined the palace letters and other relevant information and homes in on the role of the then Chief Justice, former Liberal A-G Sir Garfield Barwick. Mark is concerned about the separation of powers between the judiciary, the legislature and the administration.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/whitlam-kerr-and-the-chief-justice-and-the-desperation-of-powers-20200715-p55c88.html
    And the SMH editorial declares that the palace letters show the Queen has no place in Australian politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/palace-letters-show-the-queen-has-no-place-in-australian-politics-20200715-p55cdm.html
    The sad decline of the Australian Republican Movement has been on display over the past two days in its angry, confused and convoluted attacks on the Queen and the Palace trumpets Pontificating Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/whitlam-dismissal-antimonarchists-have-now-royally-lost-the-plot/news-story/b5cb48ebfb546261c1694ddc596cd401
    The palace Letters end the conspiracy theory about the Dismissal. But they should also spur the debate about Australia becoming a republic says the editorial in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/palace-letters-don-t-dismiss-the-republic-debate-20200715-p55c4y
    The NSW Rural Fire Service has opposed a proposed new law that would allow the wider sharing of more than $51 million in donations raised by comedian Celeste Barber during the summer bushfire crisis. Barber made some good points.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/celeste-barber-and-rfs-clash-over-bill-to-allow-sharing-of-bushfire-donations-20200715-p55cbx.html
    Archives from the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) would shed more light on Whitlam’s dismissal than the “Palace Papers”, says Bilal Cleland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/questions-remain-over-us-and-cia-role-in-whitlams-dismissal,14103
    Meanwhile the NSW Rural Fire Service warns firefighting preparations for the coming season could be severely undermined by the coronavirus threat, with potentially hundreds of volunteers at risk at any one time from the virus. I know in SA the Covid-19 protocols severely impacted brigade operations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/virus-provides-covid-19-challenges-for-coming-fire-season-royal-commission-hears-20200715-p55cad.html
    After widespread job losses due to Covid-19, Luke Henriques-Gomes talks to people experiencing unemployment for the first time
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/16/joining-the-job-queue-i-never-wanted-to-rely-on-centrelink-it-beats-people-down
    Bob Carr explains how “clean” gas is by no means the answer to global emissions. There’s a lot of interesting stuff that he reveals.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-now-know-gas-is-far-from-the-clean-fuel-it-s-claimed-to-be-20200715-p55c7g.html
    And Mike Foley writes that an Australian study has found countries that put a price on carbon achieved far higher emissions reductions in the past decade than countries that had not.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/carbon-pricing-countries-achieve-massive-emissions-reductions-study-20200715-p55c9i.html
    John Warhurst looks at the similarities of the careers of Pyne and Cormann.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6833390/the-career-similarities-of-cormann-and-pyne/?cs=14258
    Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds are set to fly to the United States for annual diplomatic and defence talks in the next fortnight amid the spectre of coronavirus and rising China tensions.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/payne-reynolds-set-to-jet-to-washington-for-talks-20200715-p55c9s
    Jennifer Duke writes that a major super fund is warning further changes to the retirement system – like the early-access scheme – will undermine the $3 trillion industry’s plans to underwrite major job-creating projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/super-fund-warns-retirement-changes-could-limit-investment-in-jobs-boosting-projects-20200715-p55c63.html
    But Caitlin Fitzsimmons thinks the moral panic over the early access to superannuation has blown out of proportion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/early-access-to-superannuation-is-no-disaster-20200715-p55cdu.html
    First we feared how bad Australia’s economy might get. Now we worry how long it will be so bad says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jul/16/the-latest-economic-data-snuffs-out-hopes-that-australia-is-on-the-way-to-recovery
    In The Australian Tony Abbott writes that now is a good time to reassess what it means for us to be Australian.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/tony-abbott-now-is-a-good-time-to-reassess-what-it-means-for-us-to-be-australian/news-story/14a5a8e8dd9a3e77fcc273ab7309af9b
    John Lord writes, “What the people desire and need is for the government to come clean with what it is planning not the “We have a plan” slogans of the past 8 years. Tell us for God’s sake what it is you are going to do.”
    https://theaimn.com/the-morrison-government-has-no-sense-of-urgency-on-our-future-or-perhaps-the-marketing-plan-isnt-finished/
    Well, well. The Information Commission says it will call in the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security if it is not convinced the release of information regarding the AFP’s investigation of George Christensen’s trips to the Philippines would pose a security threat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/spy-watchdog-may-look-at-afp-s-documents-into-george-christensen-probe-20200715-p55c5j.html
    And with potentially more embarrassment to the government, ASIC has been asked by a powerful parliamentary committee to hand over its communications with the Treasurer’s office amid confusion about whether the regulator was consulted before its new role policing class action funders was announced.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/asic-to-hand-over-documents-to-clarify-consultation-on-litigation-funders-20200715-p55c9e.html
    Dana McCauley outlines some interesting changes in the habits of young people with respect to cigarettes, drugs and alcohol.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/young-australians-give-drugs-and-alcohol-a-miss-vaping-on-the-rise-20200715-p55c8g.html
    John Kehoe reports that company directors are calling for an extension of extraordinary regulatory relief for insolvent trading liabilities and corporate disclosures to investors that were temporarily introduced in response to COVID-19.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/directors-push-for-extension-of-regulatory-shield-20200714-p55bz3
    Risk-averse shoppers will be able to monitor the foot traffic at their local supermarket or book a time slot to jump the queues as Woolworths unveils its latest measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Other companies are doing other things to minimise risk.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/hate-queues-new-tool-lets-shoppers-track-crowds-book-supermarket-slot-20200715-p55c87.html
    Public transport users in Sydney are slowly returning with a surge of 10 million commuters in June but experts warn it may take years before passenger numbers go back to pre-coronavirus levels.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/it-could-take-years-slow-recovery-predicted-for-public-transport-20200715-p55c91.html
    A mutually beneficial system between councils and private companies should be in place for investment in large-scale smart city platforms, writes Paul Budde.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/city-as-a-service–a-new-business-and-investment-model,14104
    Australia’s university vice-chancellors last year spent many hundreds of millions of dollars on “professional services”. Now that the over-reliance on overseas student has exposed the university sector and put thousands of academic jobs at risk, more detail should be provided on those “services” reports Callum Foote.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/big-eight-university-vice-chancellors-overpaid-and-under-prepped-cut-jobs/
    ASIC has vented frustration with banks and wealth managers slow to remediate customers dudded by poor financial advice, as more than 2 million people wait for $3 billion in compensation.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/asic-frustrated-by-bank-go-slow-on-remediation-20200715-p55cb6
    The AFR tells us that the federal government will consider tax and regulatory concessions to help attract capital and skilled workers fleeing Hong Kong and to make Australia an international financial services hub.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/australia-financial-hub-push-to-replace-hong-kong-20200714-p55byv
    Latika Bourke explains how rebel MPs, and Trump, forced Boris Johnson into a Huawei backflip.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/how-rebel-mps-and-trump-forced-boris-johnson-into-a-huawei-backflip-20200714-p55c2r.html
    On this, Greg Sheridan writes that Boris Johnson’s decision to exclude the Chinese telco giant Huawei from Britain’s 5G network is a major strategic setback for Beijing that will have significant implications for Australia.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/boris-johnsons-call-but-beijing-will-blast-us/news-story/babe974ea62a93fd0aefb26d5276174f
    Brexit was meant to make Britain global. It has made it friendless opines Rafael Behr.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/15/brexit-britain-partnership-boris-johnson
    The Trump administration has escalated its attack on China, restricting employees of Huawei from entering the US and accusing the telecommunications giant of facilitating human rights violations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/us-restricts-visas-to-huawei-staff-as-tensions-rise-on-human-rights-20200716-p55cgp.html
    Healthcare is Trump’s Achilles heel and Republicans don’t get it writes Lloyd Green.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/15/healthcare-republicans-trump-coronavirus
    Ivanka Trump has led the pack of three big whoops-a-daisy moments this week, showing the rest of the world on how not to operate during a global pandemic writes Zona Black.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/people-entertainment/2020/07/16/ivanka-trump-krispy-kreme/
    How America’s coronavirus reopening is falling apart.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/15/things-have-not-gone-according-to-plan-americas-coronavirus-reopening-falls-apart
    Anthony Fauci has said he did not understand the White House effort to discredit him in the battle against coronavirus and believed it was a “major mistake” that reflected poorly on them. This has got Trump’s fingerprints all over it!
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/fauci-calls-white-house-efforts-to-discredit-him-bizarre-as-trump-rebukes-adviser-20200716-p55cgy.html

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  12. leone

    I’m aware of BK’s enormous task each morning. This is just a suggestion. I don’t pretend to be an advisor of any kind … To let everyone open the cartoons of their choice, instead of BK having to prolong his already time-consuming work.

  13. The useless NSW government which keeps on bowing to the wishes of pubs, clubs and in particular Star Casino has come up with a typically daft idea to suppress the virus – posters and stickers.

    Businesses can apply to be declared “COVID Safe” and can display the relevant stickers and posters. People are meant to feel safer if they choose such a business.

    I wonder if the Crossroads Hotel had a sticker? As they discovered it takes only one infected person or tourist entering the premises to start a cluster of infections. No amount of stickers will prevent this.

    https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses

    I just found a survey from Service NSW in my inbox. Among other stuff it asked if I’d feel safer using businesses that displayed this junk, and why I said I would not. You can imagine my response. I was also asked my thoughts on reopening businesses and on whether I thought it was more important to get the economy moving or to keep people well. Again, you know what I said.

  14. Like everything the ATM government does today’s announcement of $2 billion in funding for the ludicrously named “JobTrainer” scheme is just a partial patch-up of previous budget cuts.

    It does not return the $3 billion cut during the life of this government. It’s a con, designed to hand more funding to business and to shonky private providers while continuing to deny funds to TAFE.

    We all know what happens when funding is showered on business to provide “training” – when the funding stops the trainees are sacked and the businesses concerned then take on new “trainees” (aka slave labour) to get more handouts.

    The states have to agree to overhaul vocational education to get funding, the usual FauxMo bullying approach.

    April last year –

    NO MONEY IN MORRISON BUDGET TO REVITALISE TAFE
    NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said the Coalition had ripped $3 billion out of VET over the past six years and severely damaged TAFE.

    “The paltry handout to vocational educational and training is nothing but a con job, repackaging the existing ‘Skilling Australia Fund’ and continuing the privatisation of VET which has been a disaster for young people seeking vocational training,” Mr Mulheron said.

    “The Treasurer’s announcement of 80,000 apprentices over five years will not address skills shortages and none of his extra measures will guarantee success,” Mr Mulheron said.

    As Treasurer, Scott Morrison handed down the 2018 Budget which cut $270 million from apprenticeships

    https://www.medianet.com.au/releases/174127/

    We need massive injections of funding for the states to revitalise TAFE, not useless brainfarts with silly adman-inspired names. The non-Labor states are still closing TAFE campuses, still sacking staff, still cutting courses. What used to be the best way to gain qualifications is now a decayed shell of the system that had served Australians well for decades.

  15. Excellent thread –

    I love her last comment – “You can’t just slogan your way out of a recession when you have been chipping away at the foundation of the economy for years”.

  16. Seth Meyers –

    Stehphen Colbert –

    Chris Hayes –

    Anderson Cooper – (audio out of sync)

  17. Peak Aboriginal health body welcomes clarification on Black Lives Matter rally
    The peak body for Aboriginal health organisations in Victoria says it welcomes the clarification from the Victorian health department that there is no link between the Black Lives Matter rally and the outbreak in public housing towers.

    In a statement, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health organisation (VACCHO) said it is aware of six confirmed cases of Covid-19 among people who attended the rally on 6 June, but says there is no evidence to suggest those people acquired the virus at the rally or were infectious during the rally.

    None of those six people live in a major public housing tower.

    This is the DHHS statement:

    VACCHO chief executive, Jill Gallagher, said she welcomed the Victorian department of health and human services clarifying the matter.

    “We hope that this clarification provides a level of comfort for all those involved, particularly those still on the ground responding to the towers and those affected who still remain in lockdown and quarantine.

    I personally hope these unfounded articles cease so we can get on with the job.

    We remain deeply committed to working with government and our Aboriginal Organisations to keep our families and communities safe as that’s our focus.

    Like the general population, we are seeing a large spike in Covid-19 cases in Victorian Aboriginal communities and we mustn’t lose sight of what is at stake”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jul/16/coronavirus-live-update-queensland-prison-covid-19-sydney-casula-hotspots-nsw-victoria-police-dan-andrews-latest-news

    Despite that Q&A will have renowned liar and anti-Andrews propagandist Sarah Henderson as a guest on Monday night. She has been spreading lies about infections coming from the BLM rally for a while now. Why would the ABC have such a dishonest person on a national program, especially at this time?

  18. Sounds like the new leader of the Nationals in New Zealand is a mate of Pauline Hanson

  19. Being a battler of limited means, I don’t subscribe to Crikey. I do support The Saturday Paper but that’s about as far as my budget goes,. Despite The Guardian and Raw Story providing free access amid appeals to subscribe. I feel a bit mean, but can’t get much out of the MSM.

    So i was wondering if there’s a subscriber to Crikey that might kindly run Guy Rundle’s piece on the the Queen-Kerr papers. He’s always worth a read.

  20. You were right, Puffy. But to give Murph her due she’s recognised the shortcomings of that time. She was irritating at the time, the way she was almost smug about her position then. Even Laura and Lenore, probably the best of the Gallery then, were not substantially different from the total Press Gallery Group-speak. I still remember Lenore at the time virtually saying ho-hum on JG’s Misogyny Speech before it went viral. Even after the world-wide reaction she barely moved. She went along with the official Gallery line that if you understood the context you’d see it was pointless trying to justify Slipper. They all got it wrong.

    Where I give Murph and other female journos since some credit is that they realise they were wrong then nd should not always follow the pack. Murphy broke from the group quite often in the later years of the Kill Bill campaign. I think it’s possible to recognise a wrong and to learn from it.

    I’d put Malcolm Fraser in a similar category. Michael Pascoe pointed out that he and his coalition colleagues seized the opportunity with a rigged Senate balance to use that power to move against our government. They knew that with 18 months to go and a much more competent Ministry, there was a chance the govt might recover. For Fraser, the problem was a little like Julia’s against Rudd. If he didn’t move they’d get another that would do it. This was his chance and he may not get another. That was how it was put to Julia too.

    Fraser retained most of the Whitlam initiatives other than Medibank. The revolt against Rudd couldn’t have succeeded without Julia. Fraser did some good things, especially in Aboriginal affairs and education, and overseas against Apartheid. JG had 3 brilliant years under siege yet still achieving. More legislation passed than any other govt in that time, and with a minority in both Houses. Yet I think both struggled to overcome that early tarnishing.

    I still have some hopes for Labor now but only if this govt disintegrates. I haven’t a lot of confidence in their leadership, except for the Senate pair Penny and KK. But there are many excellent female MPs too, who can bring in a lot of the community and compassion needed. Let’s hope so, anyway.

  21. Update from Q&A –

    Doesn’t matter when she made this claim, she still believes it and will keep on saying it in a dishonest, oblique way that makes it crystal clear what she really means. .

    She was repeating a revised version of this rubbish on 7 July –

    In a Sky News interview with Rita Panahi on 13 July she again claimed the BLM rally gave people the impression it was OK to have mass gatherings, giving a clear impression where she placed the blame for the Victorian outbreaks.

    https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6171176711001?fbclid=IwAR250prEuFDGQUWJ–Of0jKjW5vvsSMU0iCScu_wrQ3ZK8I3CHOxOB41uLE

    Henderson is a poisonous bitch, rejected last year by the voters of Corangamite but back in the Senate thanks to the machinations of the CrimeMinister who went as far as sending Mitch Fifield to the UN so there would be a Liberal casual vacancy he could fill with this creature. Who knows what favours she performed for FauxMo in the past to earn such a reward.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    An Auditor-General’s report into a controversial water buyback scheme in the Murray-Darling Basin found the federal Water Department did not ensure value for taxpayers’ money in the $190 million program, but did not find any legal breaches in the so-called “watergate” deals. Buggered but not bent, apparently.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/auditor-general-watergate-report-finds-buyback-scheme-didn-t-ensure-value-20200716-p55co6.html
    John Hewson says that Morrison is using and “improving on” the worst of John Howard’s political methodology to avoid accountability. Hewson uses many examples to put the case for a national ICAC.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-s-dirty-secret-and-the-trial-too-sensitive-for-an-open-court-20200715-p55c6a.html
    David Crowe opines that the $2b skills package will fall far short of what will be needed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/skills-package-won-t-go-nearly-far-enough-20200716-p55cq5.html
    And Killian Plastow adds that the training sector’s dodgy past raises questions for JobTrainer’s future.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/07/16/training-tafe-vet-funds/
    The economic news continues to be grim but there is an encouraging political consensus developing on what policies will be needed to carry Australia through this pandemic crisis says the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/jobs-news-should-strengthen-consensus-on-stimulus-20200716-p55crg.html
    In a move which could put him on a collision course with Labor and the unions, Scott Morrison has flagged extending industrial relations exemptions to employers who will no longer use JobKeeper, arguing ongoing flexibility will be needed if jobs are to be saved and created.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/pm-pushes-for-ir-flex-to-ensure-jobs-recovery-20200716-p55cnv
    The grim prospect of prolonged unemployment must finally produce an overhaul the industrial relations system to make it easier to hire and invest in people in the post-COVID world echoes the AFR editorial.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/outdated-workplace-system-is-australia-s-real-jobkiller-20200716-p55ci5
    Phil Coorey reports that the Morrison government has extended the life of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for another five years as part of a broader plan to repurpose the loan facility to help with the economic recovery.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/northern-australia-fund-extended-under-economic-recovery-plan-20200716-p55cp5
    John Kehoe says that the old budget rules have changed and fiscal policy is in an ‘upside-down’ world where spending more money can now can help lower unemployment and improve the budget’s medium-term health.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/new-budget-thinking-needed-in-upside-down-world-20200609-p550sm
    According to these two academics, increasing the childcare subsidy will help struggling families — and the economy.
    https://theconversation.com/increasing-the-childcare-subsidy-will-help-struggling-families-and-the-economy-142557
    The prize for stupidity lands here today as Labor Party documents detailing allegations of corruption, forgery and branch stacking were removed from an ALP staffer’s garage and dumped in the bin behind an outer suburban chicken shop just weeks after Victoria’s anti-corruption commission announced a sweeping probe into similar allegations facing Andrews government ministers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/alp-branch-stacking-documents-dumped-in-skip-at-suburban-chicken-shop-20200716-p55coo.html
    In this essay on the pandemic Waleed Aly writes, “Now so many of us find ourselves financially decimated or unemployed through no fault of our own, thanks to a biological parasite that is showing us who is really in charge. Suddenly all these signs of our progress – these sophisticated, bustling cities full of globally mobile people – become the very things that make us most vulnerable. Our “mastery” has become our Achilles heel.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/covid-s-now-showing-us-who-s-really-in-charge-20200716-p55ck7.html
    Victoria’s Chief Health Officer sees positive signs in the infections data, but clusters are growing at nursing homes and other healthcare sites, with 150 healthcare workers infected as new cases topped 300 yesterday.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/150-victorian-health-workers-infected-as-new-cases-top-300-20200716-p55cse.html
    Melissa Davey tells us that the Victorian government has refused to answer questions about hospital surge capacity or the number of medical institutions coping with outbreaks of Covid-19, with hundreds of health staff now in precautionary quarantine due to potential exposure to the virus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/16/victoria-refuses-health-workers-have-covid-19-hospital-staff-looming-crisis-coronavirus
    The majority of patients admitted to an acute care hospital in Sydney with Covid-19 in March and April are still experiencing symptoms more than three months after being discharged.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/17/most-covid-19-patients-admitted-to-a-sydney-hospital-in-march-still-have-symptoms
    Fergus Hunter reveals that tens of thousands of families have waited more than nine months for payments they are owed by the government under the childcare subsidy scheme introduced in 2018. Over to you, Stuart.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/thousands-of-families-wait-on-government-childcare-payments-for-2018-19-20200716-p55cp1.html
    Shane Wright looks at the rather scary employment figures for June.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/almost-1-million-australians-unemployed-abs-20200716-p55cio.html
    The Canberra Times thinks these job figures indicate that worst is yet to come.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6836838/job-figures-show-worst-is-yet-to-come/?cs=14258
    Thursday’s unemployment figures confirmed that women have borne the brunt of this recession – a fact the government has failed to address, writes Euan Black.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/work/2020/07/16/pink-collar-recession-coronavirus/
    Matt Johnson identifies the five industries set to rocket – and plummet – amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/work/2020/07/16/industries-boom-bust-coronavirus/
    The Australian’s Michael Sexton writes that the palace papers provide further evidence of the meticulous planning on the part of Sir John Kerr to ensure that his removal of the Whitlam government encountered no unforeseen obstacles.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/john-kerr-schemed-in-secret-and-lost-his-chance-to-be-redeemed-by-history/news-story/4a67d6a2ed42276cecca6006b6a1b142
    And Michelle Grattan thinks that the palace letters make great reading but leave a republic as far away as ever
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-palace-letters-make-great-reading-but-leave-a-republic-as-far-away-as-ever-142837
    In order for Australia to move forward towards independence, it’s important to take a look back at the progress made during the Whitlam era, writes Dr Robert Wood.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/political-lessons-from-history-in-becoming-a-republic,14107
    Reading the palace letters reminded Ross Garnaut of a matter that played out behind the scenes on 11 November 1975, as Papua New Guinea transitioned to independence.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/16/ring-buckingham-palace-a-recollection-from-the-whitlam-dismissal
    Scott Morrison has suggested Victoria’s coronavirus outbreak has been exacerbated by poor contact tracing protocols, and that NSW was getting on top of its problems more quickly due to better procedures. I thought it would be a soda with COVIDSafe.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/nsw-a-better-example-of-how-to-contain-an-outbreak-pm-20200716-p55chu
    Premier Daniel Andrews is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison, despite much evidence to the contrary, remains the mainstream media’s golden boy, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dan-damned–scott-scot-free,14108
    Samantha Dick explains how two Australian vaccines are aiming to defeat the coronavirus.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/17/vaccine-coronavirus-australia/
    Lisa Cox writes that environment groups are increasingly anxious and frustrated as they wait for the release of an interim report from a review of Australia’s national environmental laws. The review’s chair, the former competition watchdog head Graeme Samuel, handed his report to the environment minister, Sussan Ley, almost three weeks ago.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/17/frustration-grows-over-delayed-release-of-review-into-australias-environmental-laws
    The nation’s flawed dietary guidelines have much to answer for, with more than 5000 people losing their lives “unnecessarily” from Type 2 diabetes in the past three months. With evidence showing diet can improve underlying health conditions, in a time of rising COVID-19 infections it is more important than ever to revise the dietary guidelines, writes Dr Maryanne Demasi.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/australian-of-the-year-takes-on-big-food-says-our-diet-is-killing-us/
    Bianca Hall reports that contempt of court proceedings have been launched against the developers who illegally demolished the Corkman Irish Pub in Carlton after they failed to comply with an order that they transform the ruined site into a park.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/contempt-of-court-proceedings-launched-against-corkman-pub-owners-20200716-p55cpp.html
    Apple’s $21 billion tax win highlights a big problem writes Bloomberg’s Alex Webb.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/gaping-loopholes-apple-s-21-billion-tax-win-highlights-a-big-problem-20200716-p55ck4.html
    Following this case Aiden Regan says that until the EU tackles tax avoidance, big companies will keep getting away with it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/16/eu-tax-avoidance-big-companies-ireland-apple-state-aid
    Zoe Samios writes that Telstra is confident the new national security laws imposed in Hong Kong will not apply to its operations there despite concerns that the telco may be forced to provide information to Chinese authorities under certain circumstances.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/telstra-to-stay-in-hong-kong-anticipating-it-wont-be-asked-for-data-20200716-p55cj0.html
    Law firm Maurice Blackburn has launched a class action lawsuit against Westpac on behalf of hundreds of thousands of car buyers who were sold vehicle loans under a deal that allegedly allowed dealers to secretly pocket vast commission payments.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/16/australian-car-buyers-launch-class-action-against-westpac-over-alleged-secret-dealer-commissions
    The Vatican has told bishops around the world they should report cases of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests. That didn’t take long, did it?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/vatican-says-bishops-should-report-sex-abuse-to-police-20200717-p55cve.html
    Sue Mitchell tells us that the ACCC will look at whether Woolworths’ B2B strategy has an adverse impact on competition, rather than an adverse impact on competitors.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/retail/accc-to-investigate-woolworths-1b-b2b-push-20200716-p55cjo
    According to Stephen Bartholomeusz, life after the coronavirus will create diabolical dilemmas for central banks as they try to grapple with unsustainable levels of debt and the risk of financial bubbles that could ignite another financial crisis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/post-pandemic-world-a-frightening-mix-of-financial-bubbles-and-massive-debt-20200716-p55clj.html
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that China’s economy has returned to growth just three months after businesses and workers were plunged into a negative quarter, putting Beijing in a better position to confront multiple international disputes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-avoids-recession-despite-coronavirus-trade-sanctions-20200716-p55cmv.html
    China has warned Australia that excessive anti-dumping complaints by BlueScope Steel threaten the nation’s steel industry and could impact crucial iron ore exports.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/china-threatens-iron-ore-industry-after-bluescope-antidumping-complaints/news-story/b9ffb06136b1c5a8f6c33e2839677870
    Daniel Hurst writes that Malcolm Turnbull has rebuked Australian business chiefs and academics for criticising the Australian government over the state of the relationship with Beijing, saying such reactions would only “encourage more bullying from China”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/16/shameful-turnbull-rebukes-australian-business-for-criticising-china-relations
    The American right is pushing ‘freedom over fear’, but it won’t stop the virus writes Jan-Werner Müller.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/16/coronavirus-american-right-freedom-over-fear
    The Washington Post tells us how groups such as the Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump got started.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/it-s-ok-to-change-your-mind-trump-voters-join-never-trump-ranks-20200715-p55cfa.html
    The fix is in. Florida can continue to block people with felony convictions from voting until they have repaid all fines and fees they owe, the US supreme court said yesterday, a major decision that makes it less likely that nearly three-quarters of a million Floridians will get to vote in November.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/16/florida-voting-rights-felons-supreme-court-restricts-amendment-4
    Kate McClymont closes out the story on a previous “Arsehole of the Week” nominee who has just been sentenced to nearly four years in jail.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/crooked-croke-s-shifty-athon-sees-him-jailed-for-almost-four-years-20200716-p55cpd.html

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  23. We’ve found the best way to have people noticing us. Our hospital has instituted mask wearing. Last Friday I saw a link to buying masks made by and with Indigenous printed material, bought nine, one on, one in the wash and one to wear and one spare, and they arrived Wednesday. As we go to the hospital twice a week and have to go through ‘check point charlie’, we marched in today adorned with our fantastic masks on and got great compliments.

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