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. Someone must have reminded the #JobShirker Morrison, that aged care and nursing homes were a federal issue. Suddenly he's about to act over Cov-19 in nursing homes, and the rodents on SKY news are applauding him. Australia you can't be that fucking STUPID, !! Or can you???— normboy562💧 (@normboy562) July 26, 2020

    He’s not doing much, he has just set up a joint coordination centre in response to the outbreaks in aged care. He is still trying to blame the problem on the states, especially Victoria, by saying PPE training is partly a state responsibility. He is also giving out misinformation, saying all aged care residents with COVID-19 are being moved to hospitals when that is not happening. Some will be moved, many cannot be moved because of their other health and mental issues.

    Still no word on decent paid pandemic leave for aged care workers though, and that is at the root of the whole issue.

  2. Shhh! We are not supposed to remember this –

  3. Morrison is now in total control – of everything. He is in every way except in title a dictator. Without parliament sitting he governs by delegated legislation and what he wants he gets. A risky situation now the National Cabinet cannot be scrutinised for 20 years and the expanded (as of today) National COVID-19 Commission is full of more of his mates.

    Greg Combet has left that commission, or as the official statement says “has concluded his role”. Did he go voluntarily or was he pushed? Maybe he just couldn’t stand the dictatorship any longer.
    https://pmc.gov.au/ncc/news/hon-greg-combet-am-has-concluded-his-role-commission

    It’s still run by the CrimeMinister’s mate Nev Power, new members are former Bendigo Bank boss Mike Hearst, former Transurban CFO Samantha Hogg, agriculture and rural Australia expert Su McCluskey, Rolld restaurant chain founder Bao Hoang, former AWU national secretary Paul Howes, and Indigenous business expert Laura Berry
    https://pmc.gov.au/ncc/who-we-are

  4. Here’s an interesting read.

    James Ashby took the Speaker to Court and lost — but the piper must be paid.
    The matter of a $3.75 million legal bill has been simmering since 2012, when James Ashby made false accusations against Speaker of the House Peter Slipper — and the piper is still waiting to be paid, writes investigations editor Ross Jones.

    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/james-ashby-took-the-speaker-to-court-and-lost–but-the-piper-must-be-paid,14141

  5. This little black duck

    It was always a “compare and contrast” when reading reports from NZ of a pollie asked about him and what was happening. They always emphasized that it was nothing to do with them and the decision was up to the immigration peeps and such matters were confidential . The immigration people said in answer to questions a very polite “feck off,this is private and confidential”. Winston Peters couldn’t help himself and tried to make some mileage out of the Behrouz issue. But not for long as nobody was interested.

  6. What a cruel government we have.

    This mini documentary goes behind the scenes as Flinders Quartet, Dimity Shepherd (mezzo soprano) and Richard Piper (narrator) prepare for the July 23rd world premiere of Katy Abbott’s “Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender”.

    In 2013, barrister Julian Burnside AO QC asked Australians to write letters of comfort and encouragement to asylum seekers detained on Nauru. Nearly 2000 of those letters were returned unopened, marked “Return to sender”.

    Katy Abbott’s “Hidden Thoughts II: Return to Sender” for string quartet, narrator and mezzo-soprano is a musical response to those letters, using incredibly moving text by Australians compelled to connect with people they’d never met.

  7. I went to uni today for the first tutorial of my creative writing degree. But no-one was there.

    I was a week early.

    And I promise to try to write for this blog, I have really slackened off (been as depressed as a ln empty dark blue balloon).

  8. Kaff,
    Thanks. I remember for OB, writing a parody of Abbot as rabbits in a rabbit warren. Rabbots! Complete with asylum seekers i dungeons.

    I need to reconnect with that level of creativity. Everything is just so miserable with Right Wing Knuck Fits all over the world killing people.

  9. Not what you might expect –

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Peter Hartcher writes that Australia should yield neither to Xi nor Trump. He says Payne and Reynolds should make it plain that Australia has picked a side – the side of freedom. But that Australia is rising to the China challenge by defending liberty at home, not by advancing adventurism and aggression abroad.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-should-yield-neither-to-xi-nor-trump-20200727-p55fyd.html
    Globalisation is great with like-minded countries — but China isn’t one of them, writes Tony Abbott for The Australian.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/we-are-a-very-small-piece-in-beijings-jigsaw/news-story/4f182f9938baf6d5c8f9b38265283cc5
    Payne and Reynolds need to tread carefully in Washington as US turns up the heat on China says Tony Walker.
    https://theconversation.com/payne-and-reynolds-need-to-tread-carefully-in-washington-as-us-turns-up-the-heat-on-china-143436
    Katharine Murphy pulls apart the latest Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/28/essential-poll-third-of-australians-believe-quarantine-after-overseas-travel-will-last-two-years
    This virus is deadly, all over the world. It’s certainly not imaginary. Thinking it so helps the virus ­immensely. That’s not so good for humanity, writes Greg Sheridan in a thoughtful contribution. I wonder if Adam Creighton will read it!
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/deniers-of-covid-reality-must-do-one-thing-get-a-grip/news-story/a05f4cbb4e924ba518cfabf3d0f2eb3e
    Wearing a mask will protect human liberties, not infringe upon them explains the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Professor Rosiland Croucher.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/wearing-a-mask-will-protect-human-liberties-not-infringe-upon-them-20200727-p55fxa.html
    The New Daily explains why the anti-mask brigade’s legal arguments are just plain wrong.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/28/legal-arguments-face-masks/
    Nick Bonyhady reports that aged care workers across Australia will be given the paid pandemic leave to encourage them to stay home if they have symptoms of the coronavirus after Victoria recorded its highest daily case numbers during the pandemic on Monday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/aged-care-workers-across-australia-will-be-given-paid-pandemic-leave-20200727-p55fyy.html
    Katharine Murphy tells us that Scott Morrison has broadened the membership of the business advisory body assisting the government with Covid-19 recovery, but has made it clear the group will be advising the cabinet which means much of their input will remain confidential. This government is getting more and more secretive.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/27/morrison-broadens-membership-of-covid-19-commission-but-says-advice-to-remain-off-limits-to-public
    And Josh Butler writes that the government’s secretive COVID business taskforce has been described as something suiting “someone who’s a dictator”, with concerns over an “opaque” policy-making process for jobs and industry.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/28/covid-commission-secret/
    The SMH editorial says that Josh Frydenberg would do well to look beyond what Reagan and Thatcher did, instead taking heed of the political prowess that enabled them to do it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bold-political-leadership-needed-to-fashion-economic-recovery-20200727-p55fyn.html
    Paul Bongiorno opines that following Josh Frydenberg’s yesterday’s heroes is the last thing Australia needs.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/28/josh-frydenberg-heroes/
    The Morrison Government’s latest Economic Statement indicates that it has now accepted Australia’s fertility is in decline, writes Abul Rizvi.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/treasury-stops-pretending-australias-fertility-rate-will-rise,14143
    Rod Meyer tells us that the massive 600-page report on the independent Retirement Incomes Review has been sitting on Josh Frydenberg’s desk since Friday, but no one outside the government knows when it will be released to the public.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/superannuation/2020/07/27/retirement-incomes-review-now/
    Phil Coorey writes that as Josh Frydenberg’s comments divided his colleagues and drew criticism from within the labour movement, the Prime Minister said the economic challenge was an Australian problem requiring a domestic solution.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-reins-in-frydenberg-over-thatcher-reagan-20200727-p55fwl
    According to David Crowe, policies to create jobs will take priority over calls for faster tax cuts in the next phase of the Morrison government’s economic stimulus amid a political fight over the cost of bringing forward $48 billion in personal tax relief.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/job-programs-take-priority-in-federal-row-over-tax-cuts-20200727-p55fyj.html
    If Australia resumes mediocre growth after the pandemic passes, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens will pay the highest price, writes Craig Emerson.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/reform-or-lose-a-generation-20200727-p55fpf
    More than 50% of people expect Australia to be back to normal in six months. Greg Jericho suspects that is very optimistic.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jul/28/more-than-50-of-people-expect-australia-to-be-back-to-normal-in-six-months-i-suspect-thats-very-optimistic
    Australia and the United States are set to conduct more joint military exercises in the South China Sea following Canberra’s decision to brand China’s territorial claims unlawful at the United Nations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-us-looking-to-ramp-up-joint-military-exercises-in-south-china-sea-20200727-p55fvn.html
    Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned she will not hesitate to shut the border with NSW if community transmission becomes more widespread.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/queensland-threatens-border-closure-as-more-restaurants-shut-outbreak-grows-20200727-p55fr8.html
    A Melbourne private school has been criticised for introducing coronavirus face mask guidelines that suggest students can only wear plain masks in colours which match the college uniform. How bloody stupid!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/27/melbourne-school-criticised-for-guidelines-requiring-coronavirus-masks-to-match-uniform
    The pungent odour of panic emanating from Melbourne keeps rising, but Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is not the only politician looking increasingly shaken by the state’s failure to control the virus, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/escalating-outbreak-puts-another-nail-in-budget-numbers-20200727-p55fuo
    Richard Baker reveals that two Victorian government agencies withdrew their staff from overseeing hotel quarantine amid fears they were operating in an unsafe environment being run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/public-servants-were-pulled-from-overseeing-hotel-quarantine-over-safety-fears-20200727-p55fvk.html
    The aged care sector is facing an unprecedented crisis with experts warning of disaster. Meanwhile, the aged care facility at the centre of one of Victoria’s worst COVID-19 clusters has been threatened with revocation of its licence.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/fears-mount-as-aged-care-deaths-rise-20200727-p55fvz.html
    Aged care has been failing for years – coronavirus has merely highlighted systemic problems, explains public health researcher Sarah Russell.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/27/aged-care-has-been-failing-for-years-coronavirus-has-merely-highlighted-systemic-problems
    Coalition pork-barrelling during the 2013 and 2016 election campaigns involved “zombie” grants that had not a hope in Hades of getting off the ground. Yet those grant applications are still on the books just waiting to be revived. How many grants from the 2019 election await a similar fate? Jommy Tee investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/coalition-zombie-grants-a-slush-fund-to-be-reawakened-for-the-next-election/
    Ross Neilson could not resist taking on his pharmacist over him selling “snake oil”. Ross was correct in doing so.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-i-read-the-riot-act-to-my-chemist-snake-oil-merchant-20200727-p55fru.html
    The matter of a $3.75 million legal bill has been simmering since 2012, when James Ashby made false accusations against Speaker of the House Peter Slipper — and the piper is still waiting to be paid, writes Ross Jones.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/james-ashby-took-the-speaker-to-court-and-lost–but-the-piper-must-be-paid,14141
    What in the hell is going on here? Queensland Liberal National MPs have been actively discouraged from engaging with voluntary assisted dying campaigners or holding community forums on proposed new laws, prompting concerns the party could shelve reform efforts if it wins government.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/28/queensland-lnp-mps-discouraged-from-meeting-euthanasia-campaigners-ahead-of-conscience-vote
    The Andrews government will lease 1100 properties from the private market to provide permanent homes for people and open the first of 1000 new social housing units.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/hotel-stays-for-2000-homeless-extended-until-april-under-150m-package-20200727-p55fxu.html
    Power retailers are being warned they need to extend support to the growing number of customers struggling to pay their bills, including suspending disconnections until at least the end of October, as Australia’s unemployment hits a 22-year high.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/energy-retailers-ordered-to-help-struggling-customers-through-covid-19-20200727-p55fv1.html
    Australia ranks last for manufacturing self-sufficiency among its global peers, producing goods worth only about 70 per cent of the amount it consumes. A report by think tank the Australia Institute found a third of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member countries used more than they made. Australia was the least self-sufficient, while Ireland and Germany topped the list. Neoliberalism and trickle-down, of course, have nothing to do with this.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-bottom-of-league-table-on-manufacturing-self-sufficiency-20200727-p55fsm.html
    Charlotte Green tells us that the life insurance industry is bracing for a surge in mental health claims amid expectations social isolation and financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic will exacerbate existing conditions or cause new ones.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/looming-crisis-insurers-brace-for-surge-in-mental-health-claims-20200727-p55ftn.html
    John Ferguson explains how the young are fuelling the pandemic.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-how-the-young-fuel-the-pandemic/news-story/079e70b5722b311972a975f2173e1503
    Malcolm Long bemoans the diminished influence Australia is having in the region courtesy of the significant cuts to Radio Australia. He says that if wars of the future are about influence, words and ideas, Australia needs to be better armed too.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/if-wars-of-the-future-are-about-influence-australia-needs-to-be-better-armed-20200721-p55e7j.html
    The latest trade figures for Australia are exceptionally good. So why no celebration? Alan Austin examines the outcomes and their meaning.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australia-the-big-winner-from-trumps-disastrous-trade-wars,14142
    Technology giant Google is being taken to court for allegedly misleading consumers to give away a lot more personal information than they had expected. Aside from tracking people’s online activity on its search engine and platforms, Google also monitors users’ internet activity on “non-Google” sites to boost its targeted advertising.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/27/google-accc-consumers-information/
    The Washington Post examines Trump’s failures with the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/looming-crisis-insurers-brace-for-surge-in-mental-health-claims-20200727-p55ftn.html
    Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/germany-rejects-trump-s-proposal-to-let-russia-back-into-g7-20200727-p55fto.html
    What if Trump loses but refuses to leave office? Lawrence Douglas describes the worst-case scenario. It’s scary.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/27/trump-loses-election-what-happens-possibilities

    From the US

    David Rowe (and check out the bin chicken!)

    Cathy Wilcox

    David Pope

    John Shakespeare

    Matt Golding



    Peter Broelman

    Alan Moir

    Andrew Dyson

    John Spooner

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  11. Andrews has had enough. He’s sticking it to Morrison and Colbeck

    Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is giving the update.

    He says there are now 260 people in hospital with Covid-19, including 45 people in intensive care.

    Four of the six people who died since yesterday are cases linked to “private sector aged are”. That’s a change in language from the premier from yesterday – he didn’t previously differentiate between private and public aged care, in fact he explicitly said he wouldn’t.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jul/28/coronavirus-australia-victoria-aged-care-outbreak-melbourne-sydney-nsw-qld-andrews-berejiklian-morrison-latest-updates#comments

    • I noticed that Dan made a point. I remember the days of kerosene… It seems that those days have not changed. Are there any public age care?

  12. For years aged care nursing homes have been notorious for spreading flu, gastro and other illnesses including scabies (the reason for the kerosene baths) among inmates.

    It happens because staff are poorly trained in infection control, or not trained at all. Staff turn up to work when they are ill, we all know why. Often staff have no qualifications, some can barely speak English. We heard about all this while the Aged Care RC was taking evidence, time and time again witnesses spoke about inadequate care, staffing issues and illnesses circulating through homes.

    Most seriously ill people will end up in hospital, then will be sent back to their”care” facility where the original infection may still be ramapnt.

    It’s no wonder COVID-19is raging through nursing home, no-one has learnt a thing about managing, controlling or eliminating infections in years.

    As far as management of these homes goes their inmates are expendable. they don’t care if residents die, there are plenty more waiting to get in. Nursing homes are mostly there to make huge profits for shareholders. They don’t care about their residents, they are just there to generate income. Even not-for-profit homes skimp.

    This document was prepared by the Federal Government in 2017, it deals specifically with influenza infections but if the protocols specified had been followed during the pandemic we would be seeing far fewer cases in nursing home. It sets out detailed procedures for controlling infection in nursing homes. It seems no-one bothered reading any of it.
    https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cdna-flu-guidelines.htm

  13. The woman who refused to wear a mask at Bunnings because she said it breached the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, quickly left the store after staff advised that there were half a dozen well-priced 5G antennas available in aisle 14.

    After explaining that wearing a mask was a condition of entry, the Bunnings employees told the woman that masks could be purchased for just $9.99 for a pack of ten.

    “They’re just over there, next to the 5G antennas. If you get to the vaccination section you’ve gone too far,” the employee said.

    As the woman rushed towards the exit, the staff member politely informed her that she was going in the wrong direction. “Sorry madam, the masks are back this way. There’s a big display of them, just there next to the bottles of chemtrails”.

    The woman hasn’t been heard from since.

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2020/07/27/bunnings-karen-flees-store-after-staff-tell-her-5g-antennas/

    • The CrimeMinister doesn’t return to Canberra until Wednesday most weeks, his weekends are now typically four day breaks. After a whole three days posing for cameras and blathering at pressers he typically flies back to Sydney on Friday to spend the weekend with Jen and the girls – and the dog.

      The laziest PM ever – you can bet that trip to Queensland was mostly a holiday break, with a presser or two tossed in to make the MSM think he was working.

      Today – before dashing back to Canberra – he was in Mooloolaba for a presser with local LNP MPs at a seafood business. He said he had been planning to stay in Queensland “for the next few days” but had decided to fly back to Canberra to deal with the Victorian situation – a situation he knew was dire before he even boarded his flight to Queensland.

      https://www.pm.gov.au/media/doorstop-mooloolaba-qld

  14. Sunday Dan Andrews said that 200 nursing homes were state run
    There are 750 nursing homes in Vic
    Only state operated homes have nurse to patient ratios and they have recorded single cases

    Dan said that Vic was balling out feds

  15. It will end with zero-hours contracts – employees don’t know from one day to the next when they will be offered a shift, are always on call, but seldom given work. It has the added advantage – for the government – of classing all these employees as “employed” – a cunning way to keep real unemployment figures artificially low.
    https://theconversation.com/zero-hours-contracts-have-a-devastating-impact-on-career-progression-labour-is-right-to-ban-them-123066

  16. FauxMo the Super-spreader?

    Shouldn’t he be self-isolating?

    You might remember Nico from happy snaps taken during the CrimeMinister’s Hawaiian holiday – Nico is the bloke on the right with the beard. It seems we paid for his holiday.

    Nico was also the person who leaked Malcolm Turnbull’s book to the media.

  17. Katharine Murphy

    In regards to Nico Louw, the prime minister’s office says the following:

    A staff member in the PMO is self-isolating after NSW Health issued a new alert last night.

    The acting chief medical officer advises that because the staff member has no Covid-19 symptoms, the prime minister is clear to continue with his plans.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jul/28/coronavirus-australia-victoria-aged-care-outbreak-melbourne-sydney-nsw-qld-andrews-berejiklian-morrison-latest-updates#comments

    The Coward from Cook has spoken.

    • No symptoms YET!

      You can be asymptomatic and still have COVID-19.

      You can test negative today and positive tomorrow.

      Anyone in self-isolation should be tested every day.

      There have been plenty of cases of people developing this infection after a week or two weeks in isolation.

  18. Another nutter comes down with COVID-10.

    Anti-mask US senator who called coronavirus a hoax tests positive for Covid-19
    Jason Rapert described face covering mandate as ‘an overreach of executive power’

    An Arkansas senator who shared an article that described the coronavirus pandemic as a “hoax” has contracted Covid-19.

    Republican senator Jason Rapert, who unsuccessfully introduced a bill to ban gay marriage in the US in 2017, was hospitalised with coronavirus and pneumonia on 24 July.

    Earlier in the year, as many states were beginning to take social distancing measures to attempt to control the spread of the virus, Mr Rapert shared an article on Facebook that called the pandemic the “biggest political hoax in history”

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/jason-rapert-coronavirus-hoax-face-mask-arkansas-asa-hutchinson-a9640156.html

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Here’s a real pile-on from Ross Gittins who lampoons Frydenberg’s invocation of Thatcher and Reagan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/thatcher-and-reagan-he-must-be-joshing-us-20200728-p55g4n.html
    Michael Pascoe also joins in with a cracker of an article!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/news-federal-budget/2020/07/29/reagan-thatcher-fan-club-pascoe/
    Reaganomics and Thatcherism were characterised by huge transfers of income and wealth from the poor to the rich, writes Roger Beale. Even such august institutions as the Productivity Commission argue that there’s little to be gained by going down the road of labour market flexibility.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/are-thatcherism-and-reaganomics-your-best-answer-josh/
    The SMH editorial says the Liberals should follow Thatcher on environmental policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberals-should-follow-thatcher-on-environmental-policy-20200728-p55gai.html
    According to Nick Bonyhady and Mike Foley, Morrison’s hand-picked coronavirus manufacturing taskforce is urging the federal government to underwrite a dramatic expansion of gas supply through tax incentives and financial support for new projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/covid-taskforce-urges-government-support-for-new-gas-projects-20200728-p55g8q.html
    Outbreaks and lockdowns in Australia are leading to job losses and tumbling consumer confidence with women bearing the brunt of the hit, writes Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/jobs-fall-and-women-bear-the-brunt-as-virus-hits-melbourne-and-sydney-20200728-p55g6a.html
    Alexandra Smith tells us that NSW will give a 50 per cent discount on land tax to developers who invest in build-to-rent schemes, which are designed to provide better quality rental properties and long tenancy agreements.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-to-cut-land-tax-for-20-years-in-ambitious-build-to-rent-scheme-20200728-p55gbm.html
    Clancy Yeates explains how National Australia Bank has vowed to stop dealing with unlicensed debt management firms, which promise to help people in financial trouble but have been labelled “debt vultures” by consumer advocates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-to-crack-down-on-debt-vultures-as-financial-stress-surges-20200728-p55g90.html
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons explains what the companies faring the best in the pandemic have in common.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/what-the-companies-faring-best-in-the-pandemic-have-in-common-20200728-p55g9d.html
    In the wake of the 4 Corners program, Lisa Visentin reports that NSW Treasury abandoned an independent review into the troubled state government-owned insurer icare after it complained the proposed investigation would be overkill.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-treasury-abandoned-a-review-into-icare-after-agency-complained-20200728-p55g6j.html
    And The Age’s editorial says that compensation schemes must put injured workers first.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/compensation-schemes-must-put-injured-workers-first-20200727-p55fwk.html
    Morrison’s election upset forced a reckoning on pollsters. Here’s what Essential changed, explains Peter Lewis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2020/jul/28/morrisons-election-upset-forced-a-reckoning-on-pollsters-heres-what-weve-changed
    This contribution for Michelle Grattan says that the aged care crisis reflects poor preparation and a broken system. She says that the real issue is that the aged care system is simply not fit for purpose in normal times and so was inevitably destined to fail when under this sort of extreme pressure.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-aged-care-crisis-reflects-poor-preparation-and-a-broken-system-143556
    Liam Mannix refers to a new report that says COVID-19 may have long-term effects on heart health, even for relatively young people who experienced only a mild illness.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/more-signs-covid-19-leaves-long-lasting-mark-on-the-heart-20200728-p55g4f.html
    The Australian Medical Association is calling for every nursing home in Victoria to undergo an urgent risk assessment to measure its vulnerability to “disastrous” coronavirus outbreaks.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/doctors-demand-urgent-risk-checks-at-all-nursing-homes-as-crisis-grows-20200728-p55g7y.html
    Dana McCauley reports on aged care employers saying they can’t afford pandemic leave without federal assistance, warning the new requirement could send agencies providing relief workers to Melbourne’s coronavirus-stricken facilities broke.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/aged-care-employers-say-they-can-t-afford-pandemic-leave-without-help-20200728-p55g87.html
    Samantha Dick and Josh Butler explain how three months of errors left elderly Australians vulnerable.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/07/29/aged-care-catastrophe/
    If being ravaged by a deadly virus isn’t bad enough, Victorians living in aged care facilities are now caught in a blame game between the state and Commonwealth over why it took this long for decisive government intervention, writes Chip Le Grand as aged care is opening up a political divide.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/aged-care-crisis-lays-bare-political-divide-20200728-p55gbw.html
    And The Australian says extra nurses, doctors and paramedics are being rushed into Melbourne aged-care facilities at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak killing elderly patients, as the relationship between the Morrison and Andrews governments publicly fractures and the Victorian Premier declares nursing homes unsafe.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/coronavirus-governments-argue-as-elderly-death-toll-rises/news-story/a7239aef2d4e406e2d1ad5f5726e369b
    A new front in the home loan interest rate war has broken out, with variable interest rates falling below 2 per cent for the first time explains John Collett.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/banking/home-loan-war-heats-up-with-rates-under-2-per-cent-20200723-p55esi.html
    Patrick Hatch reports that a NSW government inquiry yesterday Crown Resorts’ chief legal officer says he was unaware of concerns that Macau-based “junket” tour operators were poorly regulated and faced scant probity checks when it was revealed that some of his casino’s junket partners had links to organised crime.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/crown-legal-boss-unaware-of-concerns-over-junket-operators-inquiry-hears-20200728-p55g6z.html
    Super fund members are facing a conundrum thanks to the pandemic: Accept that the cost of retirement will need to be funded by additional current income or risk having less to live off when they stop work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/low-rates-long-term-threat-to-retirement-funds-20200727-p55fyg.html
    Peter van Onselen and Richard Gluyas write that Christian Porter has launched a stinging attack on Westpac and its new chairman, John McFarlane, over their dealings with the financial crimes regulator, accusing the big-four bank of arrogance and running a PR campaign while in delicate mediation talks over millions of transgressions of anti-money laundering laws.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/financial-services/attorneygeneral-christian-porter-launches-stinging-attack-on-westpac-chairman-john-mcfarlane/news-story/835d6743e854f824d7ced2a935206f9b
    The editorial in the AFR says that Australia’s bank borrowers have been spared from ASIC’s regulatory overreach at a crucial time as it “gives up on its fruitless case of shiraz”.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/asic-gives-up-on-its-fruitless-case-of-shiraz-20200728-p55g2l
    A fossick into the Coalition’s new university fees policy reveals a schedule increasingly onerous for students, inconsistent in government contributions, shallow in economic rationales and not serious about equity issues opines Stephen Saunders.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/job-ready-graduates-package-inequitable-and-just-poor-economics,14145
    John Lord begins this contribution with, “The economic news last week was enough to make the depressed reach for an extra anti-depressant tablet or two. Yes, it was bad economic news, folks; as bad as I have ever heard in my lifetime.”
    https://theaimn.com/so-what-is-an-economy-now/
    Rio Tinto is expected to deliver strong results on Wednesday but the damage to its reputation and that of the entire iron ore industry won’t be quickly fixed after its detonation of 46.000 years of cultural heritage, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/mining/rio-tinto-s-detonation-of-trust-adds-up-20200728-p55ga5
    Matthew Cranston explains how Victoria has lost more jobs, and is losing them faster than any other state in the country, as the COVID-19 lockdown bruises its economy and forces businesses to cut staff.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/victoria-jobs-losses-gain-momentum-20200728-p55g58
    According to Stephanie DeGooyer and Srinivas Murthy, the best lessons on eradicating coronavirus come not from Spanish flu, but smallpox.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/28/coronavirus-smallpox-vaccine-eradicated
    Harriett Alexander reports that the peak cotton industry body is refusing to release a report into the cause of trees losing their leaves in the central west of NSW, despite saying there was no evidence chemical sprays were to blame.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-chemical-report-cotton-australia-will-not-release-20200728-p55gak.html
    Telstra has accused rival Singtel Optus of misleading customers over the size and quality of its mobile network in a new court case that re-ignites a long-standing dispute between the telco carriers reports Zoe Samios.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/telstra-sues-optus-in-long-simmering-dispute-over-mobile-networks-20200728-p55g6d.html
    Elliott Williams writes that the Australian War Memorial has sent an email to volunteers warning them they face losing their position if they make public comment on its $500 million expansion.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6848886/war-memorial-volunteers-told-they-could-lose-roles-if-they-comment-on-expansion/?cs=14225
    Tim Biggs tells us how Google harvests and uses our data, and what we can do about it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/how-google-harvests-and-uses-your-data-and-what-you-can-do-about-it-20200728-p55g95.html
    Christopher Knaus reveals that an American thinktank funded partly by undisclosed donations from Google tried to convince Australia’s competition watchdog not to regulate the media giant during a landmark digital platforms inquiry.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/29/us-thinktank-linked-to-google-donations-criticised-problematic-accc-digital-media-inquiry
    The conviction of Najib Razak, Malaysia’s former prime minister, is a landmark moment in the country’s politics and on the face of it, a victory for anti-corruption forces. However, James Massola writes that there is a long way to run yet before the final legal judgement on him is delivered.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/najib-s-conviction-could-trigger-a-snap-election-in-malaysia-s-unstable-politics-20200728-p55g9j.html
    A coronavirus surge in Florida, California and a handful of other hard-hit states could be peaking while other parts of the country may be on the cusp of growing outbreaks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/covid-19-outbreak-in-hard-hit-us-states-may-be-peaking-fauci-says-20200729-p55gds.html
    US Attorney-General William Barr has faced pointed questions from Democrats about the government’s response to protests across the nation over police brutality, his controversial interventions in high-profile cases and an array of other matters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/shame-on-you-mr-barr-attorney-general-defends-blm-protest-response-in-hearing-20200729-p55ge1.html
    The New York Times’ Bret Stephens writes that if Donald Trump stages another come-from-behind victory in November – helped, in all likelihood, by the collapse of public order in American cities – the Republican Party will become an oddity for the Trump Organisation: the only entity it owns but does not brand.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/what-will-the-republicans-look-like-after-trump-20200728-p55g9w
    Today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” comes courtesy of The Adelaide Advertiser as it tells us how the disgraced former MP Bernard Finnigan pocketed more than $14,000 in taxpayer-funded travel perks after he moved to Mount Gambier while awaiting the outcome of his child pornography trial.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/disgraced-former-mp-bernard-finnigan-pocketed-14000-in-taxpayerfunded-travel-expenses-during-child-pornography-trial/news-story/dfb0aa5697115d2101d53cdf990bda5d

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  20. Excellent article on what went wrong in Victorian nursing homes.

    A foreseeable catastrophe: how Covid-19 swept through Victoria’s nursing homes
    Federal and state governments dropped the ball and an insecure workforce compounded the outbreak which spread to 20% of private residential aged care facilities in just over a fortnight

    The issues in aged care generally were known well before the pandemic. An interim report from Australia’s royal commission into aged care, published in October, was scathing about the sector. “Left out of sight and out of mind, these important services are floundering,” the report said. “They are fragmented, unsupported and underfunded. With some admirable exceptions, they are poorly managed. All too often, they are unsafe and seemingly uncaring. This must change.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/29/a-foreseeable-catastrophe-how-covid-19-swept-through-victorias-nursing-homes

    As we know, nothing changed and now we see the result.

  21. Good thread from Tanya Plibersek-

    It’s very clear (has been for years) that the ATM government believes a university education is only for the wealthy. The rest of us can just be casual workers on zero-hours contracts.

  22. Today makes 27 days straight that Dan Andrews has delivered his daily updates. No breaks for weekends, no days off to see his family, just the same punishing schedule every day. He looks exhausted, but if he takes a day off the MSM will cane him with accusations of laziness.

    There must be some sort of award due for devotion to duty.

    What a shame the CrimeMinister is nowhere near as diligent, his absence at weekends (which he usually makes into long weekends) and his constant breaks to go to the footy or (allegedly) spend time with his wife and daughters make him the laziest PM we have ever had.

    The CrimeMinister (or should I say JobShirker) is being made to look every bit the bludger he is.

  23. More deliberate cruelty from Dutton and the self-styled “Christian” CrimeMinister –

  24. The head of law firm Slater and Gordon’s class action practice, Ben Hardwick, has described as “blatantly defamatory” a social media statement by Liberal backbencher Jason Falinski accusing him of misleading a parliamentary inquiry.

    On Tuesday, Falinski tweeted a video of Hardwick telling an inquiry that “shortly before the treasurer of this country made announcements regarding reforms to class action laws, he met with an affiliate of the American Chamber of Commerce”.

    The video describes this claim as “wrong” and in his accompanying tweet Falinski said Hardwick “misled a parliamentary inquiry alleging foreign interference”.

    However, in answers to questions on notice, Treasury said that “the treasurer met with an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, by video conference on 14 May 2020”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jul/29/slater-and-gordon-class-action-lawyer-accuses-liberal-mp-of-blatantly-defamatory-social-media-post

  25. Scott Morrison has become Australia’s highest-flying new Prime Minister, spending more than $3 million on international flights and accommodation during his first 15 months in office.

    It has been previously revealed by SBS that Mr Morrison embarked on more overseas trips in his first year in office than each of his predecessors.

    New figures show the Prime Minister made 17 international trips to 19 nations during his first 15 months in office, at a cost of $3,105,537.

    Figures released by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Defence show Scott Morrison’s State Visit to the United States of America was his most expensive international trip, costing $527,840, including $328,176 in Royal Australian Air Force flights.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/exclusive-scott-morrison-s-high-flying-3-1-million-travel-and-accomodation-costs-revealed

    But he won’t have the mile high: no stewardess would go anywhere no him.

  26. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson declares that when it comes to recovering from the pandemic Australia must reset its social policy. This is a MUST READ contribution. It will certainly fire up the right wing rump of the Coalition,
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/advance-australia-fair-to-recover-from-covid-reset-social-policy-20200729-p55get.html
    Australia’s Covid-19 response shows we can confront major crises. Threats to our planet should be next says former Chief Scientist Ian Chubb.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/29/australias-covid-19-response-shows-we-can-confront-major-crises-threats-to-our-planet-should-be-next
    Shane Wright says the biggest fall in consumer prices since the depths of the Great Depression in 1931 has prompted concerns the economy will struggle to escape the grips of the coronavirus pandemic and force the Reserve Bank to leave official interest rates at record lows for even longer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/deflation-threat-to-recovery-as-prices-crash-at-depression-rate-20200729-p55glx.html
    Adam Creighton writes that almost $42bn will be withdrawn from workers’ retirement savings, exceeding initial forecasts by nearly 50 per cent and fuelling concerns among superannuation funds that the government is misusing the system to help it navigate the coronavirus crisis.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/super-grab-pours-42bn-into-offset-accounts/news-story/39679ba07444958f1d2153d844a434b3
    The hostility of Frydenberg’s critics leaves one wondering whether his remarks have touched the exposed nerve of a new economic nationalism – or even socialism – in Australia, writes Tom Switzer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/is-josh-frydenberg-so-wrong-to-invoke-thatcher-and-reagan-20200729-p55gm8.html
    Across Australia people are losing jobs, and it’s older workers who are suffering most says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2020/jul/30/across-australia-people-are-losing-jobs-and-its-older-workers-that-are-suffering-most
    The editorial in the SMH describes how Marise Payne has had to tread a very fine line whilst in the US.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/payne-keeps-a-healthy-distance-from-trump-on-china-20200729-p55gng.html
    Matthew Knott says Payne not only declined to echo her US counterpart’s fiery rhetoric on China – she made a point of distancing herself from it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/independence-actually-marise-payne-s-unmistakable-message-to-the-us-20200729-p55gfi.html
    Payne and Reynolds leave Washington with key ‘wins’ — and room to disagree with US on China writes Rowan Callick for The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/payne-and-reynolds-leave-washington-with-key-wins-and-room-to-disagree-with-us-on-china-143612
    Australia has avoided joining the Trump administration’s new cold war. But big questions about handling the escalating US-China rivalry remain unanswered says Hugh White.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/payne-sensibly-says-no-to-pompeo-s-coalition-of-the-willing-20200729-p55gfm
    Darren Gray and Mike Foley tell us how the Australian trucking industry says state governments have adopted different COVID-19 test requirements that are causing confusion and chaos and could virtually shut down an industry transporting food, medicines and other essentials every day.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/supply-chains-at-risk-amid-confusion-over-covid-19-tests-for-truck-drivers-20200729-p55gqn.html
    Professor of Epidemiology Healthcare Infection and Infectious Diseases Control, Mary-Louise McLaws, says that New South Wales is on a knife edge as cumulative coronavirus case numbers spiral into the ‘red zone’.
    https://theconversation.com/new-south-wales-on-a-knife-edge-as-cumulative-coronavirus-case-numbers-spiral-into-the-red-zone-143608
    Phil Coorey headlines this contribution with, “Team Australia splinters as economy fears grow.”
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-ponders-pandemic-leave-as-economy-fears-grow-20200729-p55gfa
    In another article Coorey says that Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews both know the general public will not take kindly to a public spat over who is to blame for the ongoing coronavirus catastrophe in Victoria.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-and-andrews-passive-aggressive-but-best-of-friends-20200729-p55gfb
    But Jennifer Hewett says Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews are insisting there’s no problem in the relationship, but the frictions between the states and Canberra is testing the embrace of a national cabinet.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/how-to-lose-friends-and-influence-people-20200729-p55got
    Melissa Davey reports on the words being exchanged between the two,
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/29/daniel-andrews-brushes-off-pms-victorian-wave-claim-as-state-records-nine-more-deaths
    Nick Bonyhady and Mike Foley write that the Covid Taskforce wants mandated quotes for Australian-made goods when governments are making purchases in big-spending areas like defence as it calls for ambitious new government policy and industry collaboration to drive sector growth.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/manufacturing-shake-up-to-drive-jobs-boom-covid-taskforce-20200729-p55gji.html
    Christopher Knaus tells us that the prime minister’s department refused to publicly release 1,100 documents linked to the Covid-19 commission’s discussion of gas projects and 690 documents about potential conflicts of interest, while also redacting its meeting minutes on economic and national security grounds.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/30/australian-pms-department-refuses-to-release-covid-19-commission-documents
    However, the deliberations of the national cabinet may not be exempt from freedom of information disclosures as the Morrison government claims, according to legal advice obtained by a major environment group.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/30/national-cabinet-deliberations-may-not-be-exempt-from-foi-legal-advice-says
    National Seniors Australia chief advocate Ian Henschke said it was time for “political posturing” over aged care to be put aside because the pandemic had exposed longstanding problems in the sector.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/blame-games-aren-t-helpful-seniors-issue-warning-as-aged-care-crisis-grows-20200729-p55goe.html
    Tracey Burton says the South Australian health protocol for an outbreak in an aged care home has the best solution for aged care facilitues. First, transfer your residents with, or suspected to have, COVID-19 to a hospital. Second, the health department will bring a team and help manage the outbreak for those residents at the home.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/residential-aged-care-homes-are-homes-not-hospitals-20200728-p55g79.html
    Victoria’s aged care Covid toll is devastating. Forget the blame game, we need answers exhorts Gay Alcorn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/30/victorias-aged-care-covid-toll-is-devastating-forget-the-blame-game-we-need-answers
    Meanwhile Shane Moran, an aged care industry expert and head of a boutique care home operator, has called for the government to provide more financial assistance for staffing and protective equipment, including continuation of the Aged Care Workforce Retention Payment.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/healthcare-and-fitness/aged-care-operators-call-for-extended-workforce-bonus-20200729-p55gla
    The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has called for a comprehensive plan from the Morrison Government to support the nation’s workforce, writes William Olson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/paid-pandemic-leave-key-to-stem-covid-19-spread-and-unemployment,14148
    Nine Media reveals that Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s team was so poorly funded that top bureaucrats warned the Andrews government multiple times the state’s public health unit was the worst resourced in the country.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/top-bureaucrats-warned-a-year-ago-victoria-s-key-public-health-team-was-starved-of-money-and-staff-20200729-p55ggh.html
    Nick Bonyhady reports that the federal government is considering giving paid pandemic leave to more workers in Victoria after carers and nurses in aged care won the entitlement earlier this week.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-considering-calls-for-paid-pandemic-leave-20200729-p55gn9.html
    Young Australians have suffered a decade of falling incomes due to government policies and changing workplaces, opening up a generational divide and leaving under 35s particularly exposed to the coronavirus recession, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lost-decade-of-income-growth-for-under-35s-20200729-p55gif.html
    Adam Carey looks at some of the effects of contact tracing backlogs building up in Victoria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/closed-schools-left-in-limbo-as-covid-19-contact-tracing-backlog-grows-20200729-p55glf.html
    Nick O’Malley outlines how an expert group has recommended that Australian bushfire fighters should change tactics to focus on early detection and extinguishment of blazes rather than their containment as climate change has altered the nature of fires on the continent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/firefighting-tactics-should-change-as-climate-warms-say-fire-chiefs-20200729-p55gom.html
    Former commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW, Greg Mullins, writes that the verdict from bushfire experts and that is that there’s no sidestepping the effect of climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-verdict-from-bushfire-experts-there-s-no-sidestepping-climate-20200729-p55ggv.html
    Australia’s coal power plants could face early retirement under a 20-year plan to reshape the electricity grid, as the market operator bets on a tripling in rooftop solar and major transmission investment, while emergency government intervention may be needed to avoid a looming gas shortfall, writes Perry Williams for The Australian.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/coal-power-plants-face-early-retirement-in-20year-grid-revamp/news-story/962e89f517449102d24ef8295aa7e7a1
    An environmental review proposing legislation reforms is being ignored by the Prime Minister and his government, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-government-ignores-environmental-review-recommendations,14146
    Anna Patty reports that the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney is accusing the NSW government of being undemocratic and a disgrace after failing to enact a law to eradicate modern slavery two years after it was unanimously passed by Parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/catholic-archbishop-slams-failure-to-act-on-slavery-as-a-disgrace-20200729-p55gkp.html
    Lisa Visentin gives us another revelation after the 4 Corners report on workers compensation insurance. Apparently former NSW Finance department secretary Martin Hoffman warned the Berejiklian government in 2019 that issues with icare could ‘get way out of hand really quickly’.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/top-bureaucrat-warned-nsw-government-about-looming-icare-crisis-20200729-p55gk0.html
    The pandemic has shown us that some of the early models in the so-called sharing economy have become more mainstream, reflects Paul Budde.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/the-digital-and-sharing-economy-is-booming,14147
    Risk avoidance vs disaster response – Kaye Lee tells us how the Coalition creates crises.
    https://theaimn.com/risk-avoidance-vs-disaster-response-how-the-coalition-creates-crises/
    Ambitious targets to improve the lives of indigenous Australians by lifting school attendance, employment rates and university enrolments while dramatically lowering the number of children in out-of-home care and behind bars will be unveiled today, reports Rob Harris.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/quantum-shift-ambitious-new-targets-to-improve-indigenous-lives-20200729-p55gog.html
    Cait Kelly reports that tenants around Australia have been issued with eviction notices despite a moratorium on rental evictions. She says that not only are tenants being issued with eviction notices, they’re also being threatened with police intervention if they don’t pay up on late rent.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/07/30/tenants-eviction-moratorium/
    According to Ben Butler, the head of law firm Slater and Gordon’s class action practice, Ben Hardwick, has described as “blatantly defamatory” a social media statement by Liberal backbencher Jason Falinski accusing him of misleading a parliamentary inquiry.
    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jul/29/slater-and-gordon-class-action-lawyer-accuses-liberal-mp-of-blatantly-defamatory-social-media-post
    Benjamin Press reports that the National Australia Bank will cut opening hours at 115 branches across regional Australia as it increasingly replaces face-to-face interactions with phone and online services. But the bank insists the smaller regional branches will remain open, with a moratorium on regional closures in place until January next year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/nab-to-slash-operating-hours-at-dozens-of-regional-branches-20200729-p55gl8.html
    APRA’s latest directive to the banks to limit dividends to no more than 50 per cent of profits penalises shareholders in banks that scrapped interim dividends, explains Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/apra-creates-winners-and-losers-among-bank-shareholders-20200729-p55gih
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that the US dollar has crashed since March, sparking fears that the turmoil in the world’s largest economy and Trump’s bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a permanent downgrading of the greenback.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/is-the-us-dollar-losing-its-clout-as-the-world-s-reserve-currency-20200729-p55gja.html
    The general manager of Gina Rinehart’s mining operations in Ecuador has been caught with a cache of illegal weapons. The arrest has stunned the expat community in the capital Quito where the likes of BHP, Newcrest, Hancock Prospecting and a slew of junior miners are enjoying a millennial “gold rush” as bullion prices hit records and drill results bode for enormously rich deposits of copper, gold, cobalt and other minerals. Michael West reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/gina-rineharts-mining-boss-in-ecuador-arrested-for-weapons-amid-aussie-gold-rush/
    Jess Irvine thinks Boris Johnson has a point about obesity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/walk-for-the-dole-we-must-find-new-ways-to-tackle-those-corona-kilos-20200729-p55gni.html
    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard opines that Trump’s $US1 trillion rescue deal is too small to succeed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/trump-s-us1-trillion-rescue-deal-is-too-small-to-succeed-20200729-p55geb.html
    The New Daily tells us how Trump is plumbing the depths when it comes to his election campaigning.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/07/30/trump-suburbs-housing-low-income/
    Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert, who steadfastly refused to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic, says that he has tested positive for COVID-19, raising concerns that other members of Congress may also have been exposed. Just desserts?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mask-shunning-republican-congressman-tests-positive-for-covid-19-report-20200730-p55grf.html
    The US military has unveiled plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, in fallout from President Donald Trump’s long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/we-don-t-want-to-be-the-suckers-us-to-withdraw-12-000-troops-from-germany-20200730-p55grj.html
    Why is Donald Trump Jr amplifying a quack who believes in ‘demon sperm’?
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/29/donald-trump-jr-demon-sperm-twitter
    There can be no argument about today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/eve-black-the-selfish-woman-from-checkpoint-video-arrested-in-melbourne-20200729-p55gpw.html
    And speaking of arseholes . . .
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/latest-malka-leifer-appeal-in-israel-to-be-heard-in-secret-20200729-p55gqr.html

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