Vale Neddie

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


After a few years living with Diabetes which saw him lose his sight 3 times and enduring the operations to restore it as well as a couple of bouts of Pancreatitis and the torments of his little brother Neds little body had had enough .He was a champion dog always happy no matter what . Everyone who got to meet Ned loved him . He didnt have a mean bone in his body. In the end it was the hardest decision of my life but as silly as this sounds the easiest. Neddie was going to suffer and he didn,t deserve that. To have kept him going a bit longer would have been unbelievable selfish on my part.







Goodbye Ned . The best mate I ever had.

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

1,747 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. “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.”

    Shane Moran is the son of Doug Moran, close friend of John Howard and with Howard co-conspirator to turn Australian aged care into a multi-billion dollar investment opportunity.

    To claim Shane Moran now runs a “boutique” aged care operation is a gross understatement. Whatever the hell “boutique aged care” means it certainly does not define the money-making enterprises in Australia and China that Moran now runs. Shane coined that term himself, it crops up in every article about him. To Shane it means cornering the market in ultra-high-end nursing homes for wealthy Australians and prestige nursing homes in China, where apparently there is enormous growth potential – in other words buckets of money to be made.

    In 2001 Shane had been CEO of Moran Health Care Group, then Australia’s largest aged care provider, for about 15 years.The company also had large interests in aged care overseas. In 2001 he left the company after disagreeing with the direction the company was taking with its British operations, and set up Provectus Care Group which provides up-market aged care in Australia and China.

    By the mid-2000s Shane was heading an empire of private hospitals and aged care establishments under the banner Pulse Health Limited. He eventually sold Pulse, in 2017, for $115 million, keeping Provectus, of course.

    This is Shane – and his latest project.

    As you can see this level of aged care is only for the very rich. It is vastly different to the “care” given those unlucky masses subjected to the cheapest care where they may be left unshowered for days, fed hot dogs and party pies with sides of reconstituted powdered “potato” and slapped around by untrained staff. All these horrors and many more were revealed by the Aged Care RC.

    Now Shane wants the government to hand him more funding. If he’s short of a quid he could always sell his estate and move somewhere smaller.

    Just to show how much money Shane has gouged out of aged care – he lives in the ultimate “harbourside mansion”, Swifts at Darling Point. He has recently updated the place, spending almost $2 million on additions that included a tennis court and tennis pavilion and an underground garage for eight cars.

    I really wish journalists keen to write puff pieces about the demands of billionaires for increased government funding would take a few paragraphs to explain how the subjects of their articles became so wealthy.

    But all that money cannot buy happiness. For more Moran gossip read this article about this miserable family, from 2011 –

    You might remember Kerry Moran – she was all over everywhere as the head of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy during the 1999 referendum on whether Australia should become a republic.

  2. Doing the right thing.

    ABC Breakfast’s Michael Rowland, Lisa Millar isolate due to coronavirus case
    The ABC News Breakfast team will not be on air after deciding to self isolate when a close contact of a crew member tested positive for coronavirus.

    Not doing the right thing – the CrimeMinister, who refuses to self-isolate after his media advisor Nico Louw visited a known plague hotspot at Potts Point.

    The CrimeMinister even had his tame CMO announce there was no need for him to self-isolate as the staffer had tested negative. That does not mean he will remain free of COVID-19, there are plenty of examples of people developing symptoms a week or more after their initial contact.

    Just as well the CrimeMinister made his trip to Queensland this week – if he had waited until next week he would not have been allowed in, especially not as he may well have been exposed to infection.

  3. Priya has confirmed that Serco guards took her phone from her as she was requesting contact with her legal representatives. We are deeply concerned at that this disturbing development.#hometoBilo— HometoBilo (@HometoBilo) July 29, 2020

    That video was taken on 29 August last year, when the family were being put on an aircraft.It was Border Force’s intention to take them out of Australia. The family’s supporters are re-showing the video to remind us how this family are being tortured by our government.

    Priya has a message for you: Yesterday was an awful day, it was scary. But I know there is so much love & support for my family. I’m happy to be with my kids & Nades again. I am strong. I think one day I will be back in Biloela. Much love to you all. Thank you. #hometoBilo— HometoBilo (@HometoBilo) July 30, 2020

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  5. Nomination for Arseholes of the Month – two selfish young women who care more about parties, lip filler, facial “enhancements” makeup and generally having a good time than they do about others.

    A sister of one of these arseholes has been infected, possibly dozens more who came in contact with them on two flights and during their extensive tours of shops, restaurants and bars in Queensland.

    They deserve much more than a fine.

    COVID-19-infected teen lived it up at cocktail bar in Queensland

    • Acting CMO Paul Kelly does not think these women should have been named.

      I disagree. If these incredibly self-centred idiots had no problem lying to police and airport staff and wandering around Brisbane spreading infection then they richly deserve to be named and shamed.

    • My nomination for Arsehole Of The Month is Clive Bastard Palmer, for challenging state border lockdowns in the courts, just because HE wants to visit WA.

      State border lockdowns are essential in our fight against the spread of Corona Virus and Covid19.

      Here is SA it is the only thing preventing a second wave of infection.

      I also nominate this selfish tapeworm for the Triple A Of The Year Award: Australia’s Absolute Arsehole.

    • Clive richly deserves Triple A Of The Year Award: Australia’s Absolute Arsehole, not only for trying to allow the plague into WA but also for getting FauxMo re-elected.

  6. Well, well, well! (not just three holes in the ground)

    A senior Australian Border Force (ABF) officer who allowed 2,700 people to disembark the Ruby Princess cruise ship mistakenly believed passengers displaying “flu-like symptoms” had tested negative to COVID-19, when they had instead tested negative for the common flu.

    The ABC can reveal that Border Force command only realised the mistake more than 30 hours after passengers — including 13 who had been isolated in their cabins with fever — had left the ship.

    The new revelations challenge Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram’s assertion in March that NSW Health was responsible for allowing passengers to disembark.

  7. More good news

    Today, the ancient language of the Ngunnawal people echoed through the chamber as the Assembly’s traditional Acknowledgement of Country was delivered in Ngunnawal language for the first time. The Assembly is the first parliament in Australia to deliver its Acknowledgement in an indigenous language at the start of each sitting.

    The Assembly voted unanimously to shift from an English to Ngunnawal language Acknowledgment of Country in November 2019. The resolution calling for this was the first tripartisan motion in the Assembly’s history. United Ngunnawal Elders Council co-chairs Roslyn Brown and Fred Monaghan provided invaluable advice about the wording of the Acknowledgement. As the member who reads the Acknowledgement, Speaker Joy Burch undertook linguistics training with Ngunnawal man Cheyne Halloran and linguist Louise Baird.

    As an aside, Canberra is not a bad place to be right now.

  8. I am a Sandgroper. I have been to two very different meetings this week. The usual social distancing in cleanliness rules were followed to the letter. What amased me was that during chat sessions after the meetings was the invective directed at Clive Palmer by people I would usually assume were apolitical. If he wins his case as remoured, he very be very very unpopular, and by association the Liberals who have supported his case.

    • You would think Scrott and his scurvy Coalition crew have been campaigning for McGowan the way they have been showing support for that slug Clive.

    • Clive took Qld to court to argue for borders to be open.

      Unfortunately court appearance was scheduled for day that Victoria case numbers started to increase so case thrown out as lawyers could not agree on common facts

      Did Scotty bankroll that court case too?

  9. Front page of NZ’s national newspaper. How ‘unThe Australian’ of them to have articles like this 😆
    Refugees are not your political footballs

    Comment: Allegation of Behrouz Boochani “queue-jumping” is as appalling as it is wrong

    Pay attention. Who you vote in for Prime Minister is your business. But what Judith Collins just tried to pull off this week is every New Zealander’s business.

    Smelly political winds are blowing from across the Tasman and their stench should not be welcome here.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Shane Wright and Clancy Yeates tell us that people are using cash from the Morrison government’s early access superannuation scheme to pay down mortgages or put deposits on a home as the Tax Office admitted it has not made a single eligibility check on any of the three million Australians who have dipped into $28 billion in savings.
    The federal government’s economic recovery outlook has already been dashed only a week after its budget update, due to a looming harsher lockdown in Victoria, explains the AFR.
    Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for the Morrison Government to be more arrogantly out of touch or openly hypocritical, along comes Josh Frydenberg, exhuming Thatcher and Reagan writes Michelle Pini.,14154
    Four looming state and territory elections are making leaders shut their borders first and worry about the consequences later, writes Phil Coorey as he examines the rise of parochialism.
    David Crowe examines the issue of accountability surrounding the pandemic and its management and failures.
    The SMH editorial urges for tensions to not throw the national response to COVID-19 off track.
    Tony Wright provides a pen picture of Dan Andrews’ time on the podium.
    Dana McCauley reports that aged care providers have hit back at warnings their accreditation could be at risk if they failed to correctly use personal protective equipment, arguing the federal government had not provided enough funding to improve infection control.
    Waleed Aly says we’re appalled at the aged care crisis, but he wonders who will pay to fix it.
    Richard Holden opines that the COVID-19 crisis in aged care shows elimination is the only effective strategy.
    The Australian reports that coronavirus victims were left dead in their beds for several hours at a nursing home in Melbourne’s north this week, with the revelation coming as the health crisis in Victoria threatened to spiral out of control after a large spike in the number of COVID-19 related deaths and infections across the state.
    Michael Bachelard explores who is responsible for aged care homes.
    The Guardian explains how privatised aged care has failed during the coronavirus pandemic.
    Professor of epidemiology, Mary-Louise McLaws, is concerned that the last fortnight of cases in NSW has crossed a dangerous threshold.
    Daniel Andrews needs to seriously consider locking people up, says John Faine.
    Almost a quarter of the nation’s accommodation and food businesses warned they could close once federal government support to deal with the coronavirus pandemic ended, while Treasury said its economic forecasts were at risk due to the fresh outbreak across Victoria, reports Shane Wright.
    As much as the Morrison Government struggles towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-term outlook seems grim, writes Mungo MacCallum.,14152
    Paul Karp writes that an Australian Border Force officer who inspected the Ruby Princess mistakenly believed passengers with flu-like symptoms had tested negative to Covid-19 when they had in fact tested negative to the flu. Labor is jumping al over it.
    It’s dog eat dog in the world of COVID-19 vaccines, and that’s the fear of global health agencies planning a scheme to bulk-buy and equitably distribute vaccines around the world.
    Rob Harris tells us that three prominent Indigenous leaders say the federal government’s new targets to bridge the divide in disadvantage will continue to leave Aboriginal communities behind because the groups which negotiated them lacked a mandate to speak on their behalf.
    Google and Facebook together scooped up almost $400 million more in Australian advertising revenue than five major domestic media outlets combined last year, underscoring the significant market power to be targeted in a new code of conduct forcing the tech titans to share their revenue.
    The four types of climate denier, and Damian Carrington tells us why we should ignore them all.
    And poof! A fifth senior Liberal MP falls on his sword in SA.
    According to Anne Davies, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has proposed a possible federal takeover of the water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin, licensing of water brokers and new robust rules and oversight in order to ensure the $1.5bn water market operates fairly.
    The professional broadcaster could be in danger of getting turned into a bull-ring of amateurs and squabbling ideologues, writes Lee Duffield about the neoliberal invasion of the ABC.,14150
    Queensland police are investigating whether young women at the centre of the state’s latest coronavirus controversy were coached by an organised crime syndicate to cover their tracks at the border.
    More than half a million Australians are estimated to have “completely cleaned out” their superannuation savings during the COVID-19 crisis, as Treasury predicts workers will withdraw a total of $42 billion under the early-access scheme.
    The pandemic is being used as ‘a smokescreen’ to ram through controversial mining projects like Santos gas in Narrabri says Callum Foote.
    Nila Sweeny reports that S&P is forecasting a 10% drop in house prices over the next 12 months because of the pandemic.
    Australia’s freight industry has called for pop-up COVID-19 screening stations on major freight routes that would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, saying inconsistent testing rules have left drivers stuck in queues of up to four kilometres at borders.
    The Law Council has bounded to the rescue of Lendlease as the Tax Office closes in on the construction giant’s billion-dollar tax rort. The stakes are high. Michael West explores what appears to be a classic mates deal to rescue a large tax rorter at the expense of all other Australian taxpayers.
    Thousands have died in US prisons from Covid-19. Will Australia act before it’s too late, asks Nerita Waight for IndigenousX.
    The US economy suffered its biggest blow since the Great Depression in the second quarter (32.95 GDP drop) as the COVID-19 pandemic shattered consumer and business spending, and a nascent recovery is under threat from a resurgence in new cases of coronavirus.
    I KNEW it! Trump is for the first time floating a “delay” to November’s presidential election, as he makes unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting will result in fraud.
    But fortunately, as Matthew Knott writes, Republicans have forcefully rejected Trump’s suggestion to delay the November election.
    Sam Levine explains why Trump cannot delay the election and he gives us the truth about mail-in voting.

    Cartoon Corner

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    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  11. TLBD

    Could you offer a reason for this odd trend? The chart below is showing death rates through the year in various countries average and this Plague year. In the UK death rates go up in summer and in places like Denmark,Sweden etc it goes way down.

  12. All today’s articles about aged care seem to tell us things were lovely pre-virus, but they were not. The things mentioned – faeces left in beds, bodies not removed for several hours, inmates starving because allegedly new staff did not know these people had to be hand-fed and more were problems that have existed for years.

    All these things plus many more were revealed by the Aged Care RC last year but no-one did anything.The excuse is they are waiting for the final report, due in November.

    Aged care is a cash cow for big companies – often overseas owned – and for churches. They skimp on staffing, food, basic supplies like incontinence pads (remember the stories about patients being restricted to only two or three a day) to maximise profits.

    We can blame John Howard for the whole mess. He conspired with his mate Doug Moran to completely rework the way aged care is delivered in Australia.

    From April 2018 and still applicable –

    • Yes, even Emmaus in PtMq has gone downhill. The food standard which was good when Mum first moved in about 2 yrs ago has deteriorated over the last 9 mths. Blamed on kitchen staff turnover, really means they are not employing a qualified chef. Its not as bad as the anecdotes from the royal commission, but unappetising and insufficient protein. The Doc put Mum on daily sustagen and some lemony protein supp to keep her weight up because of weight to drug dose ratio. Luckily, my sister put small fridge in Mum’s room before christmas, she keeps it stocked with yoghurts, cheese & crackers, hommus, tuna snacks etc. Mum’s room is close to main entrance so sister drops groc at front desk, can see/talk to Mum for a few minutes.

    • I can confirm the drop in standards at Emmaus. My friend’s mum is there, late last year my friend visited as she does most mornings and found her mum still in bed at 10.30. Staff said they did not have enough workers to get everyone up, showered and dressed that day.

      This woman has dementia but is otherwise well, her usual routine was disrupted that day, causing her needless distress. My friend wondered how often this was happening.

      No-one could explain why staff numbers were down. It’s forgivable if it was a one-off due to illness, but not if it was just a cost-cutting decision.

  13. Insider information on how bad aged “care” really is.

    I quit my aged care job when I could no longer give residents the life they deserve

    I recently quit working in aged care. I am a registered nurse with a master’s degree and many years of experience. I quit because aged care is broken. I managed a 120-bed not-for-profit home. The neglect of the aged care system by government, the chronic underfunding, chronic staff shortages, the ridiculous compliance system and family expectations make it impossible. Covid-19 is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    The modern philosophy of aged care is to create a home-like environment, provide activities and opportunities for residents to live the life they choose and for care to be individualised and best-practice. Our older people deserve this level of care and the opportunity to make friends, sing, dance, laugh, knit or visit the pub, even if they live in a nursing home. This is the expectation of the aged care quality standards and also of families and the people who work in nursing homes.

    The reality varies and is often very different

    • Oh, I do hope that some Americans pick this up … they probably won’t understand it, but one can always hope they might see it as a reflection of how others see them?

  14. What happens when you achieve WuFlu elimination ? Headlines you never thought you’d ever see 🙂

    Auckland Airport busier than Changi Airport and Hong Kong
    Auckland’s June numbers were just 28 per cent behind Heathrow where there were 320,283 passengers for the month.
    In June, Brisbane Airport had 184,616 passengers, 20 per cent lower than Auckland Airport, while Sydney had 172,000 passengers, 25 per cent lower.

  15. There are some incredibly stupid people out there.

    Despite the payments available, Andrews said in almost one in four cases (130 out of 500) where the ADF has visited the home of someone who tested positive for coronavirus, that person wasn’t at home

    What the frack is wrong with these people? They have COVID-19 yet they insist on wandering around spreading the virus.

    Perhaps locking people in cells for a few weeks is the only solution,

    • It’s criminal.They should be put in a quarantine-type jail. Because of people like them, things are getting out of hands over there.

  16. “No, I do not accept that” a fave phrase from #$%#! Scrott. She has learnt from the master ..

  17. Well of course Kathryn has an AO – awarded on Australia Day 2019 for “service to public administration and the Australian Army Reserve.” Awarded by a grateful CrimeMinister for services rendered while he was Minister for Social Services would be more accurate. They would have worked together.

    All those degrees and awards and yet she has never heard of Robodebt, even though she played a key role in designing the damn thing.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    George Megalogenis says that the twin baggage of pride and ideology is impeding the pandemic strategy. He points very clearly at the Howard model of privatisation.
    And Paul Bongiorno explains how the aged-care failings have hurt Scott Morrison.
    Peter Hartcher – the ascent of Scott Morrison, from Trump’s mini-me to national leader.
    In this very good essay, Jack Waterford thinks that it is about time Albanese came out into the open, Waterford says Morrison has never been so vulnerable to fundamental attack. It is about time the Albanese army began probing his defences.
    Laura Tingle thinks that leaders need to change gear for a much longer war.
    Mike Seccombe floats the idea that Frydenberg might have been serious in invoking Thatcher and Reagan and might fight this crisis by printing more money.
    Anthony Galloway and Eryk Bagshaw say that Australia’s insistence on travelling to Washington this week was not about kowtowing to its major security ally; it was about ensuring Australia has a seat at the table in shaping the future of the Indo-Pacific.
    Peter van Onselen writes, “Parliament matters. It is a cornerstone of our democratic polity. That the executive and Prime Minister consider it irrelevant enough to junk sittings isn’t something to be applauded or allowed to continue without comment.”
    Rob Harris says that the next few days will be critical for moth Morrison and Andrews.
    Scott Morrison and Daniel Andrews are locked in an Argentinian tango on coronavirus, but their grip is starting to slip, writes Katharine Murphy.
    Ross Gittins declares that Morrison’s not doing nearly enough to secure our future. He says there’s no shortage of good things worth spending on.
    Richard Denniss looks at the true cost of a traumatised nation.
    The AFR tells us that Daniel Andrews is urging Morrison to inject a major financial package into the state to support struggling business hit by the COVID-19 lockdown, including extending JobKeeper, matching cash grants and targeted support for retail, hospitality and tourism.
    Patrick Durkin explains why Daniel Andrews can’t sleep at night.
    Adele Ferguson reports that NSW Treasury officials have warned $4 billion needs to be injected this year into the workers’ compensation insurance fund for police employees, nurses, prison guards and teachers to prevent it falling into deficit.
    Melissa Cunningham writes that at least three Victorian healthcare workers, including a young trainee doctor, are in intensive care after contracting coronavirus, fuelling concerns for the safety of frontline medical teams.
    According to Clay Lucas and Melissa Cunningham, the deregulation of Australia’s aged-care sector, relentless cost-cutting by operators and an industry plagued by severe staffing shortages meant the coronavirus crisis unfolding in Victoria’s nursing homes was “utterly predictable”.
    The Australian government has hit out at “outlandish” claims that it covered up the role of federal officers in informally clearing passengers to disembark the Ruby Princess cruise ship after confusing flu and Covid-19 test results.
    Christian Porter has emphasised the cost burden on struggling aged care businesses as the government considers whether to give more workers paid pandemic leave. It is my understanding that his ruling only applies to those on awards. A great number of aged care facilities operate on EBAs.
    Fiona Carruthers writes about God’s waiting room: where the vulnerable care for the frail.
    When it comes to the coronavirus supports offered by the Government for those on Centrelink payments, one cohort of society has been left mostly in the cold: disabled people, the elderly and carers, writes Chris Mordd Richards.–a-history-of-centrelink-coronavirus-supports,14153
    Victorians defying stay-at-home orders by leaving their homes while infected with COVID-19 are putting the nation at risk, leading public health experts have warned.
    Rick Morton outlines new research that shows coronavirus may have lasting impacts on cognitive ability.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports on yesterday’s senate inquiry where the public servant who headed the department responsible for the robodebt program has said she does not accept there were any people who took their own lives as a result of the scheme. I was surprised Deb O’Neill didn’t jump over the desk and thump Kathryn Campbell!
    Amelia Lester writes that there’s one fact about Australian life she cannot justify to befuddled foreigners, and that is that we are not led by an Australian.
    Adam Cooper reports that the news outlets being sued by Ben Roberts-Smith over allegations he was involved in unlawful killings as an Australian soldier have been allowed to include new evidence about two deaths to strengthen their defence for a coming defamation trial.
    Despite the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission having produced few tangible results thus far, Scott Morrison has appointed six new directors with a view to jobs creation says Margaret Simons.
    Peter Hannam looks at the surging incidence of household solar panels and the necessary distribution and power management issues that should be supported by ARENA, whose funding is all but depleted.
    Australia’s trilemma of providing good, fast and cheap energy finally has a clear solution, says Simon Holmes à Court. Worth reading.
    Queensland Liberal National Party president David Hutchinson has bowed to internal pressure and stood down from the role just months out from the state election.
    Rio Tinto has just announced an astronomical profit, largely on the back of its continued exploitation of Indigenous land in WA. Yet Rio still does not have an Indigenous Australian in a senior executive role. To maintain its social licence the company must also move its headquarters to Australia and up its royalties, writes Stephen Mayne.
    Elizabeth Knight looks at the impact of the ACCC’s demands on Google and Facebook might pan out.
    Elizabeth Farrelly writes about the constant fight between nature and urbanisation with particular emphasis on coastal erosion.
    In the face of the government’s inaction on the climate emergency, activists are turning to ‘world first’ lawsuits in an attempt to bring about change, writes Kieran Pender for The Saturday Paper.
    Australia’s ‘black summer’ bushfires showed the impact of human-wrought change, explains Tim Flannery.
    Researcher Chelsea Bond says that the ‘new’ Closing the Gap is about buzzwords, not genuine change for Indigenous Australia.
    Matthew Knott says that America’s voting system will face its day of reckoning in November.
    With less than 100 days until the presidential election, we are entitled to be worried about the trajectory for democracy in the US. There will be hell to pay if Donald Trump loses, and chaotic repercussions if he wins, writes Chris Kenny.
    Greg Sheridan thinks Trump can still win.
    Paul Krugman believes that Trump has led the US into an economic crisis that could leave scars. He paints a terrible picture of the nightmare that is America today.
    Who will choose the next US president – the American people, or Facebook, asks Jonathan Freedland.
    Idiot Trump has criticised Australia for its resurgence of coronavirus cases, using it as an example of a country that is now having “tremendous problems” dealing with the global pandemic.
    Trump badly miscalculated in Portland – and even he knows it, opines Cas Mudde.
    Dozens of documents about dealings between Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein have been publicly released by a US court, where the British socialite faces criminal charges, she aided the late financier’s sexual abuse of girls.
    Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused underage girls and joined Jeffrey Epstein in directing Virginia Roberts Giuffre to be sexually abused by others, Giuffre claimed in a cache of documents that has been unsealed in the US.

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    Simon Letch

    Joe Benke

    Matt Golding

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight

    From the US

  19. While Australia Stays Put, Scott Morrison Is Planning A Big U.S. Trip
    Hawaii is also in the U.S.

    Okay, so this isn’t one of Scott Morrison’s usual holidays where he buggers off somewhere (like Hawaii) while leaving Australia at the hands of its Premiers since rubbing shoulders with Trump at Washington DC as part of the G7 Summit is technically working.

    Having said that though, one has to wonder why on this green(ish) earth would Scotty From Marketing even consider jetting off to the U.S. at this point in time, regardless of whether it was for a holiday or work.

    The United States is currently leading the world in terms of number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, and things definitely don’t seem to be improving either with the Big Orange Baby in the White House repeatedly screwing up America’s response to the pandemic. Hell, in Washington DC alone there are 11,858 positive cases, which is pretty bloody alarming considering the city’s population is only around 700K.

    Taking into account the overwhelming amount of flak that Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne got for jetting over to Washington DC as part of the Australian-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), and the fact that there are genuine concerns COVID-19 may be running rampant among high-ranking Trump officials following confirmation that US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien tested positive for the coronavirus, one wonders how Scott Morrison is still so confident that his September US holiday work trip will go ahead as planned

  20. I’m sorry, but there is no way I’m going to read Hartcher’s hymn of praise to the CrimeMinister.

    Morrison has not been “reborn”, he’s still the same smirking, inept danger to democracy he has always been. Even worse this horrible person, driven by jealousy and spite, is now openly trying to discredit Dan Andrews by having his staff background against him (Paul Bongiorno in today’s The Saturday Paper) while he stands beside Andrews and says reassuring words about co-operation. That display brought memories of FauxMo with his arm around Turnbull’s shoulders saying “This is my PM and I’m ambitious for him” the day before he plunged a knife between his leader’s shoulder blades. The CrimeMinister absolutely hates anyone, especially a Labor man getting more attention, more favourable press than he gets.

    Also by Bongiorno on the same topic, covering pretty much the same ground as this morning’s article – yesterday’s 7am interview on “Pandemic politics: Morrison vs. Andrews”, where he also mentions government anti-Andrews backgrounding..

  21. More –
    Clive Palmer’s WA border challenge backed by Attorney‑General Christian Porter, document shows

  22. He’s ba-ack

    Bill Maher – (may be a few glitches but best I’ve found so far)

    New rules 48:30

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  23. Kathryn Campbell – we knew she was lying. Here”s proof.

    In this September 2018 address to the Institute of Public Administration Australia ( IPAA ACT) titled “Why Delivery Matters” she admits not enough time was spent on design of the Online Compliance Initiative and refers to that scheme as “Robo Debt”.(Page 9)

    Click to access Kathryn-Campbell-Secretary-Series.pdf

    Or if you prefer the original publication it’s on page 102 –

    • “It is fair to say that we in DHS didn’t initially do enough co-design when
      we were rolling out the Online Compliance Initiative (OCI) which came to
      be known as Robo Debt. “

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Melbourne is facing tougher new stage four lockdown restrictions within days, which could force more businesses to close their doors, the imposition of stricter stay-at-home rules and drastic cuts to public transport.
    A fifth of small firms have lost more than $100,000 due to the coronavirus recession but many are upbeat about their futures says Shane Wright.
    The judicial inquiry into Victoria’s quarantine disaster promised answers, but so far it has merely delivered more questions says Noel Towell.
    Jewel Topsfield takes us along for COVID-19’s deadly progress through our aged homes.
    The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed poor management within the aged care sector, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.,14162
    Dennis Shanahan tells us that Scott Morrison has pulled the Commonwealth out of the High Court challenge against Western Australia’s border closures started Clive Palmer.
    And Dennis Atkins is not impressed with Scott Morrison’s double standard for border closures.
    Peter Hannam writes that Coastal NSW faces the possibility of a third bout of wild weather in less than a month as insurance advisers warn the risks from multiple storms are being underestimated.
    Recessions are awful for young people – but things were already bad for Australians under 35 writes Greg Jericho.
    With rates already low and no real appetite for unusual methods to boost the economy, the RBA may find itself watching on during the recession writes Shane Wright who reckons the argument about MMT is over.
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the Covid-19 commission has handed a communications contract to a firm headed by two former Liberal staffers, prompting criticism from Labor, who say they will pursue the matter through an inquiry.
    William Olson writes that as both the union movement and the business lobby continue to maintain their poker faces in the ongoing industrial relations reforms discussions in Sydney and Canberra, KPMG – one of the major players in the business lobby – has risked the integrity of the negotiations after a document of theirs was leaked this week.
    Dr Lee Duffield continues his examination of the current state of the ABC and its future under a Liberal government.,14161
    If the Treasurer wants people to have babies, he needs to work on his seduction routine says Jacqui Maley.
    The Canberra Times editorial simply says Trump is destabilising and dangerous.
    Now James Murdoch has untethered himself from News Corp Matthew Knott wonders if he’ll become more outspoken.
    And Knott tells us that tens of millions of Americans face financial devastation after losing access to emergency US$600 ($840) per week payments because Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a new coronavirus relief deal.
    Don’t bank on Britain’s foppish, lazy elites to save us from deep fakery writes Nick Cohen.
    A bit of bad luck for these “Arseholes of the Week” nominees!

    Cartoon Corner

    Reg Lynch

    Matt Davidson

    Matt Golding

    Pater Broelman

    Mark Knight

    From the US

  25. Why would women have more babies?

    Greg Jericho reports that only 30% young graduates in full time work, often in work below their expectations
    Jacqueline Maley notes that child care subsidies have been withdrawn, so child care is expensive
    Jobs that were secure are likely to disappear as economy closes down
    Pandemic has added stresses to relationships leading to increased domestic violence
    So if you end up as a single mum you have to go onto Parents Next where your life is micromanaged by punitive Job Network Providers who are very fast to breach mums for non compliance or tardy reporting

  26. From Fulvio Sammut

    As I understand it, the parties to Palmer’s action are Palmer, the WA Government, and the Federal Government as an intervener.

    Those parties all finished presenting their cases last week.

    The matter is therefore now in the hands of the Court for its decision.

    Morrison’s offer to withdraw from the action at this stage is just hollow, egregious posturing.

    He’s done all the damage he can do, from the litigation perspective, and is merely seeking to extricate himself from the opprobrium which has emerged via focus groups and public remonstrations.

  27. Once again the CrimeMinister has gone AWOL, leaving Dan Tehan (FFS!) to handle things while he sleeps in.

    This morning Dan Andrews will announce a stage 4 lockdown. You might think the CrimeMinister would want to be with Dan to give support, but not this PM, he’s taking his usual weekend break. Who knows when he will reappear this time.

    Dan has now turned up every morning to give a presser for 30 days. He continues to get updates on new cases every night at 10 pm and then has to try to sleep with those numbers filling his thoughts.

    Victoria to announce stage 4 coronavirus lockdown restrictions with federal backing
    Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to announce tougher rules to attempt to contain rising community transmission

  28. I think Gladys should reflect on some legislation she has been responsible for

    New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian not mincing her words:

    If you have been exposed at a venue, where the recommendation is to get tested and stay home, please follow that advice. I couldn’t think of anything more horrible than causing someone else’s death, because I decided not to take the advice. I couldn’t live with myself. And I don’t want anybody else having that.

    So please note that the health advice is for you, for your loved ones, but also protecting anybody who might unintentionally be exposed because of our own personal actions.

  29. Friendlyjordies sure is getting to places with his youtube channel. His latest is a long interview with Tanya Plibersek.

  30. We are glad that it is being shut down. Very selfish of us, but there is so much more touristy traffic, and just going down for the bread and milk has to be timed for when not too many people are about. Not that it would affect anyone I know but the country areas aren’t having a curfew, which would be a it scary.

    • I wish NSW could have a shutdown rather than waiting for the current clusters to spread.

      I blame selfish dickheads who insist on going out for dinner or to pubs for the NSW spread.

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