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.

1,288 thoughts on “Vale Neddie

  1. No love for the ABC in this thread, just disgust and criticism.

    Maybe Ita should read it.

    It’s bad enough having the compulsory Murdoch employee (sometimes two) on the panel every week without Their ABC advertising the HeraldSun as well.

  2. My feelings for Ken Wyatt have never changed ever since he stood under THE sign. What a deplorable man he is. Letting his people down as well as some of us who feel for their cause.

  3. Being an idiot helps, I suppose

    This comes after Donald Trump tweeted that he told Minnesota governor Tim Walz that “the Military is with him all the way”. Twitter hid that tweet behind a warning that it “glorifies violence” – Trump had ended that tweet with “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a nod to former Miami police chief Walter Headley, who in December 1967 promised violent reprisals to protests over stop-and-frisk tactics.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/may/29/george-floyd-killing-protests-minneapolis-minnesota-us-twitter-donald-trump-latest-news-live

  4. At a Sydney rally for anti-vaxxers and assorted other nutters –

    “Stick your hand up if you’ve died from the flu shot ……”

    Read the thread.

    All I can say is if these loons refuse to have a vaccine for COVID-19 (which looks like being an annual shot just like annual flu shots) then they might all die out and leave the world a saner place.

  5. The CrimeMinister sends out the minnows, as usual.

    These two performances are pathetic.

    But cabinet minister Keith Pitt believes there is nothing to apologise for when conducting oversight of a large government program.

    “The biggest issue that gets raised with me and my office on a regular basis is from Australians who are concerned about taxpayer support that perhaps has been provided inappropriately or for people who are making a claim that is not quite correct,” he told Sky News.

    Liberal backbencher Fiona Martin also defended the actions of Government Services Minister Stuart Robert, saying he was first aware of the problem in November 2019 and immediately paused the scheme.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/nothing-to-apologise-for-minister-backs-stuart-robert-over-failed-robodebt-scheme

    • Is it remotely possible that The CrimeMinister and his spiritual advisors are shaking their heads and agreeing that the kid, or possibly his parents, maybe even the kid’s extended family, did something so dreadful that Their God cursed him/them?

      There you go: a Taylor-made response.

    • Entirely possible. His lousy “faith” believes illness, disability and poverty are all punishments for sin.

      Funny how Dutton caught a bad case of COVID-19. He must have been very. very naughty, to be punished like that.

  6. Bigger than Ben Hur

    The Australian government has privately acknowledged the robodebt scandal may go beyond the unlawful 470,000 debts already identified for refunds, but it has no plans to pay back the money because it believes it would be too difficult to identify victims.

    Amid growing fears unlawful debts could date back decades, the Guardian can reveal ministers were told in February the now unlawful ATO income averaging method was a longstanding “last resort” practice used to enforce Centrelink overpayment debts.

    Confidential advice seen by the Guardian said: “As the identified invalidity would apply to all versions of the practice, there is a risk of Commonwealth liability for all actions outside the Programme including pre-1 July 2015 actions.

    “The proposed approach would not address that potential liability. Any claims will be managed on a case-by-base basis.”

    The government on Friday conceded the practice – which enforces debts using ATO annual income data compared against fortnightly pay reported by Centrelink recipients – was unlawful as it vowed to repay 330,000 people affected by faulty debts.

    But it only promised to issue refunds to “all income compliance debts raised from our use of income averaging since 2015-16”.

    The advice does not state the potential number of pre-2015 debts that were raised using income averaging, or their value, but experts said it was likely to be much smaller than the post-2015 debts.

    However, the Department of Human Services has previously told the commonwealth ombudsman it had used the practice since the early 1980s. Guardian Australia has seen records from one likely case dating back to 2008.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/31/robodebt-scandal-leak-reveals-unlawful-debts-predate-2015-but-government-has-no-plans-to-pay-back-money

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Dana McCauley tells us that Anthony Albanese has called on the federal government to apologise to thousands of Australians wrongly made to repay funds to Centrelink, after it promised to refund $721 million to 373,000 people.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-calls-on-government-to-apologise-for-illegal-robodebt-scheme-20200530-p54xxf.html
    Crispin Hull urges Morrison to take a better look at education. Hull says education funding in Australia is a quagmire of blame-shifting, cost-shifting, and caving in to lobbying and special interests.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6772860/is-less-more-morrison-must-learn-lesson-on-education-funding/?cs=14258
    Peter van Onselen believes that we are moving too quickly through the three steps the national cabinet set for lifting lockdown restrictions, thereby risking the success Australia has had to date in combating COVID-19. I tend to agree with him.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/as-we-rush-towards-the-exit-cautious-steps-get-the-boot/news-story/fdbcab232719e47ab5d620a366b857cc
    And The New Daily tells us that Australians are overwhelmingly in favour of remaining within their own state – and keeping others out – as the nation gets ever closer to achieving zero new infections.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/05/31/coronavirus-state-borders/
    Paul Sakkal has a good look at how the Covid-19 breakout occurred at Melbourne’s Cedar Meats. And it’s not particularly edifying.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cedar-meats-dismissed-reports-of-covid-19-as-rumour-and-innuendo-20200525-p54wbx.html
    The government still treats debt like it is economic poison but now is the time to invest urges Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2020/may/30/the-government-still-treats-debt-like-it-is-economic-poison-but-now-is-the-time-to-invest
    Max Koslowski reports that medical experts warn decades of progress on immunisation could be undone unless the federal government urgently pushes a strong pro-vaccine information campaign. Many sections of the MSM have aided and abetted the anti-vaxxers’ ridiculous ravings. Kyle and Jackie O please stand up for starters!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/act-now-ama-urges-health-education-to-combat-growing-anti-vaxxer-movement-20200525-p54w7b.html
    Matilda Boesley tells us how radical reform has been urged by unions before cruise ships should be allowed to return to Australia.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/31/a-moral-obligation-radical-reform-urged-before-cruise-ships-allowed-to-return-to-australia
    John Lord explains why those 1975 letters between the GG and the Queen are such a touchy subject.
    https://theaimn.com/letters-from-the-queens-secretary-on-a-touchy-subject/
    Courtesy of a leak, Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals that unlawful Robodebt debts predate 2015 but the government has no plans to pay back the money.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/31/robodebt-scandal-leak-reveals-unlawful-debts-predate-2015-but-government-has-no-plans-to-pay-back-money
    In another attempt to discredit him, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is being criticised for involvement with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, writes John Wren.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-attacks-continue-as-daniel-andrews-is-branded-a-traitor,13946
    Wendy Touhy looks at ways to handle misinformation superspreaders.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/slap-them-down-or-hear-them-out-how-to-handle-misinformation-superspreaders-20200529-p54xs3.html
    The crises of 2020, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, have shown us the true failings of neoliberalism and the need for change, writes Bilal Cleland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-global-economic-transformation-after-covid-19,13948
    Despite being one of the most advanced nations in the world, America has been hit with the worst COVID-19 death toll, writes George Grundy who outlines the reasons for this happening.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/reasons-behind-americas-catastrophic-coronavirus-death-toll,13944
    America is unravelling. And Trump isn’t helping matters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/absolute-chaos-two-dead-as-violence-and-fury-erupts-in-dozens-of-us-cities-20200530-p54y0f.html
    Matthew Knott writes, “As America burns, Trump falls short at another crisis”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/as-america-burns-trump-lets-another-crisis-go-to-waste-20200530-p54xyw.html
    Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy writes Paul Butler Ouch!.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/30/policing-in-the-us-is-not-about-enforcing-law-its-about-enforcing-white-supremacy
    If violence isn’t the way to end racism in America, then what is asks Arwa Mahdawi.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/30/if-violence-isnt-way-end-racism-america-then-what-is-george-floyd-protests
    Now the army is on the streets of Minneapolis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/protests-spread-to-several-us-cities-force-white-house-into-lockdown-20200530-p54xxn.html
    An Australian academic living in Minneapolis has described a city at “breaking point” as unrest driven by anger over the death in police custody of George Floyd causes the boarding up of homes and businesses.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/at-breaking-point-australian-professor-stuck-in-chaotic-minneapolis-20200530-p54xxx.html
    Davis Smith says Trump wants America looking at the stars as he drags it through the gutter.
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/may/30/donald-trump-space-coronavirus-spacex-election
    Jared Kushner is a Know Nothing – not just because he has failed on so many fronts points out Sidney Blumenthal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/30/jared-kushner-know-nothing-donald-trump-republican-platform-sidney-blumenthal
    Geoff Blackwell writes that Jacinda Ardern proves political leaders can be both empathetic and strong.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/31/jacinda-ardern-political-leaders-can-be-both-empathetic-and-strong
    Meanwhile Trump mini-me, Brazil’s Bolsonaro, is leading his country into a Covid-19 disaster.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/south-america/brazilian-hospitals-are-under-siege-as-bolsonaro-laughs-off-the-little-flu-20200527-p54x1e.html
    Boris Johnson is under fresh pressure to sack Dominic Cummings as a new poll shows that more than two-thirds of voters – including more than half of Tories – want him thrown out of Downing Street for breaching lockdown rules.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/30/tory-poll-lead-collapses-as-voters-say-cummings-should-go
    YES!!!! This experience of watching old games during lockdown has given The Age’s chief AFL writer a new perspective and benchmark to compare to today’s footy.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/a-lockdown-lesson-old-footy-was-better-20200530-p54xz7.html

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  8. BK

    Peter van Onselen believes that we are moving too quickly through the three steps the national cabinet set for lifting lockdown restrictions, thereby risking the success Australia has had to date in combating COVID-19. I tend to agree with him.

    As do I and over in NZ a chap ‘who would know’, Professor Sir David Skegg, would also agree. His message would apply even more so here , especially Vic. and NSW. We have done the ‘hard yards’ , the finishing line is in sight and the bustards are trying to throw away a couple of months work for the sake of a couple of weeks. Risking going back to square one and starting again.

    Top epidemiologist Sir David Skegg says anyone crying out for an immediate move to alert level 1 is either ignorant or trying to score political points.
    .
    “There is abundant evidence from other countries that a favourable situation like ours can very quickly turn to custard.”

    “I am glad the Cabinet decided we will remain at alert level 2 for several weeks, ” Skegg said in an exclusive interview with the Herald.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12335817

  9. While Trump blathers about sending in the troops the mayor of Atlanta is urging a different approach.

    “A protest has purpose. When Dr. King was assassinated, we didn’t do this to our city,” Bottoms said in Atlanta. “If you want change in America, go and register to vote … That is the change we need in this country.”

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms steps into national spotlight with passionate plea to protesters
    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/29/politics/atlanta-protests-keisha-lance-bottoms/index.html

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is being touted as a possible running mate for Biden. I can see why. She is very impressive.

  10. Ingrid M’s usual Sunday morning take on Insiders – it seemed a particularly dismal program today.

  11. If you open up Matty’s tweet, his thread has a lot of context

  12. Meanwhile in Australia things are not much better.

    Counterfeit face masks sold to Australian hospitals
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/counterfeit-face-masks-sold-to-australian-hospitals-20200525-p54w8l.html

    Police armed with assault rifles to patrol Australian airports over Christmas
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/police-armed-with-assault-rifles-to-patrol-australian-airports-over-christmas

  13. This tweet is a few days old, but I hadn’t been aware of this anti FBT push. Something to keep an eye on.

    Open the tweet for the thread.

  14. Australia’s attorney general, Christian Porter, has conceded that all Centrelink debts raised using the “income averaging” method were unlawful, opening the door to an influx of further claims for refunds from victims who were hit with debts before 2015.

    In an interview on Sunday in which he refused to apologise, citing an ongoing class action, Porter told the ABC’s Insiders program that all debts raised under the method – which dates back decades – could no longer be legally substantiated.

    But he confirmed that the government’s plans to refund victims – now 460,000 debts at at cost of $720m – would only include those targeted after 2015.

    Porter also did not rule out compensation for those hit by debts after 2015 as part of the Gordon Legal class action, which is headed for mediation next week, saying the government had not finalised its position.

    “That’s something we’ll deal with in mediation and no doubt that’s a position put by the class action,” he said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/31/all-centrelink-debts-raised-using-income-averaging-unlawful-christian-porter-concedes

  15. I’m getting sick of Labor claiming all the credit for killing robodebt.

    Labor did nothing. Linda Burney asked for complaints and then did nothing – family experience told me that.

    The credit goes to social media warriors Not My Debt, also to Asher Wolf and others who provided information. Victoria Legal Aid deserves credit too for running with Madeleine Masterton’s successful legal challenge.

    https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/about-us/news/i-have-duty-were-challenging-centrelinks-robo-debt-process

    Labor turned up for the presser to announce the Gordon Legal class action, an action that was not instigated by Labor. The party just jumped on the bandwagon when all the work had been done.

    During last year’s election campaign Labor was very wishy-washy about whether or not they would abolish the robodebt program. I always thought they would keep it, just as they kept Howard’s Centrelink and CES changes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/08/labor-not-revealing-position-on-robotdebt-scheme-despite-attacking-coalition

    Last time Labor was in government they crucified those on social security in the interests of obtaining a budget surplus that never arrived. Data matching was in use then too, but Labor supported it and ramped it up.

    Now they want all the credit for something they did not do and are trying to rewrite history.

    Shame on them.

  16. À propos

  17. Isn’t private enterprise wonderful!

    The Australian government handed major pathology companies lucrative Covid-19 contracts through limited tenders, shielded their closed collection centres from takeover, provided large subsidy increases after industry lobbying, waived normal registration fees and promised to provide additional assistance outside of jobkeeper.

    The sector has lobbied government, including through its peak group Australian Pathology, for assistance. In one case, it threatened to stop providing Covid-19 testing unless the subsidy it received was drastically increased.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/01/coalition-gave-private-pathology-companies-lucrative-covid-contracts

  18. Here’s a story from Michael Safi about incidents in which journalists covering the protests and violence this weekend have been targeted by police and crowds.

    A salient passage:

    More than 50 incidents of violence and harassment against media workers were reported on social media and in news outlets on Friday and Saturday, according to a Guardian tally.

    They included the blinding of Linda Tirado, a freelance photojournalist and activist who has contributed to the Guardian, who was hit in the eye with a nonlethal round while covering unrest in Minneapolis

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/may/31/george-floyd-protests-latest-news-riots-us-cities-donald-trump-police-brutality-live

  19. Robert Reich

    You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J Trump is no longer president of the United States.

    By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.

    He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.

    How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?

    Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.

    On Saturday, he gloated about “the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons” awaiting protesters outside the White House, should they ever break through Secret Service lines.

    Trump’s response to the last three ghastly months of mounting disease and death has been just as heedless. Since claiming Covid-19 was a “Democratic hoax” and muzzling public health officials, he has punted management of the coronavirus to the states.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/31/donald-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-george-floyd-minneapolis-tweets

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Ross Gittins lauds Philip Lowe’s direct messaging to the government about JobKeeper and Jobsseker payments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-rba-has-just-one-message-for-scott-morrison-and-josh-frydenberg-20200531-p54y11.html
    Regarding the new National Cabinet the AFR editorial says the states must drag the PM to the tax reform table.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/states-must-drag-pm-to-tax-reform-table-20200531-p54y17
    Anthony Galloway and Rob Harris tell us that Australia is poised to join the world’s most exclusive political organisation after Trump called for an expansion of the Group of 7 nations without China in an attempt to build greater cooperation over restoring the global economy following the coronavirus pandemic. What could possibly go wrong with a lunatic as host?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-set-to-be-part-of-trump-s-g7-expansion-20200531-p54y36.html
    Taxpayers could end up forking out more than $1 billion to the victims of the bungled “robodebt” scheme after Attorney-General Christian Porter conceded the Commonwealth may have to pay damages to the hundreds of thousands of people hit with debt notices based on flawed calculations. But the government is not countenancing an apology.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/porter-concedes-robodebt-scheme-unlawful-doesn-t-rule-out-damages-20200531-p54y2d.html
    Bill Shorten is appalled that another minister has refused to apologise for the Morrison government’s flawed robo-debt scheme, accusing it of acting like a “legalised mafia”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6775644/robo-debt-like-actions-of-mafia-shorten/?cs=14350
    From the AIMN – Robodebt: Part man. Part machine. All crap.
    https://theaimn.com/robodebt-part-man-part-machine-all-crap/
    Professor Terry Carney writes that the government, in repaying 470,000 unlawful robodebts is in the middle of what might be Australia’s biggest-ever financial backdown.
    https://theconversation.com/government-to-repay-470-000-unlawful-robodebts-in-what-might-be-australias-biggest-ever-financial-backdown-139668
    Caitlin FitzSimons explains the measures the government will be taking to claw back incorrect JobKeeper payments. Sounds like the job is MADE for Stuart Robert!
    https://www.theage.com.au/money/tax/employers-could-dock-staff-pay-to-claw-back-incorrect-jobkeeper-payments-20200529-p54xwd.html
    Meanwhile John Kehoe reports that a bedding company will be investigated by the Australian Taxation Office over allegations it deliberately depressed monthly revenue to qualify for up to $11 million in wage subsidies under the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/ato-to-investigate-11m-jobkeeper-claim-20200531-p54y16
    On top of this Michael West reveals that Lendlease and Blue Care have joined the throng of large corporations cheating JobKeeper.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/lendlease-and-blue-care-join-throng-of-large-corporations-cheating-jobkeeper/
    The SMH editorial contrasts federalism in Australia and the US.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/national-cabinet-gives-us-our-own-united-states-20200531-p54y5d.html
    Facebook increased advertising revenue by 16 per cent to $673.9 million for the year ending December 31 and made a paltry $22.7 million profit, according to documents filed with the corporate regulator. I’d like to see the input costs that contribute to the $650m difference in revenue and reported profit. It stinks!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/facebook-s-australian-revenue-soars-16pc-to-674m-20200531-p54y6m.html
    And now Google Australia boss Melanie Silva has scotched claims it exploits news content for profit and dismissed calls for the search giant and rival Facebook to pay up to $1 billion annually in compensation to publishers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/google-downplays-news-value-in-fight-over-1bn-compensation-fund-20200531-p54y4m.html
    NSW has “pushed the envelope” in loosening restrictions, buoyed by good data, scary economic projections and a dose of exceptionalism writes Michael Koziol.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/leading-without-inhibition-inside-the-berejiklian-government-s-rush-to-reopen-20200527-p54wyr.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW will fast-track its hazard reduction during winter as it prepares for the next bushfire season.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/hazard-reduction-fast-tracked-with-100-extra-full-time-rfs-firefighters-20200531-p54y4p.html
    The COVID-19 crisis has shown the remarkable capacity of Australians to rally together. Now its time to apply it to national reconciliation urges lawyer Danny Gilbert.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/extend-national-goodwill-found-in-pandemic-response-to-the-voice-to-parliament-20200529-p54xmt.html
    The AFR’s health editor Jill Margo tells us how the united effort it took to steer Australia through the pandemic was an extraordinary feat of co-ordination and communication across a wide range of leading medical experts and scientists.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/tough-decisions-tears-and-agility-behind-australia-s-covid-19-success-20200529-p54xp1
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the Australian government handed major pathology companies lucrative Covid-19 contracts through limited tenders, shielded their closed collection centres from takeover, provided large subsidy increases after industry lobbying, waived normal registration fees and promised to provide additional assistance outside of jobkeeper.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/01/coalition-gave-private-pathology-companies-lucrative-covid-contracts
    According to Amanda Vanstone childcare has become a nightmare of regulation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/childcare-has-become-a-nightmare-of-regulation-20200529-p54xsb.html
    Class actions and litigation funders have moved into the political arena with big reforms on the cards explains Adele Ferguson.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/class-actions-the-next-political-battleground-20200531-p54y3e
    Smaller pack sizes come in from today, so could these new opioid restrictions stop leftover medicines causing harm?
    https://theconversation.com/smaller-pack-sizes-from-today-could-new-opioid-restrictions-stop-leftover-medicines-causing-harm-139558
    Lee Duffield writes that News Corp’s closing of its community and regional papers, with few remaining and others online-only, cancels centuries of beliefs about media in the community, which were already dying.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/news-corps-closing-of-newspapers-a-blow-to-australian-communities,13947
    The scourge of domestic violence has intensified during the lockdown period and the Prime Minister and religion must strongly condemn it, writes Dr Ray Barraclough.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/covid-19-lockdown-worsens-violence-against-women,13942
    The London Telegraph reveals that Britain’s disastrous decision to abandon testing and tracing for coronavirus occurred because health systems could only cope with five cases a week. Nice work, Boris!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/britain-could-only-cope-with-five-cases-a-week-papers-reveal-20200531-p54y5f.html
    Another great day in the Land of the Free as protesters have defied curfews in place across dozens of US cities, setting cars alight, smashing windows and clashing with police.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/clashes-looting-and-buildings-torched-us-protesters-defy-curfews-in-dozens-of-cities-20200531-p54y6y.html
    Tom Switzer outlines how Trump fans flames of resentment and hatred.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-fans-flames-of-resentment-and-hatred-20200531-p54y39.html
    Greg Sheridan is concerned that, as American cities burn, they are putting to the torch not only a sense of community and common decency, but, at least for a time, a portion of Washington’s geo-strategic influence and power.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/world-a-poorer-place-as-american-unfluence-torched/news-story/b1200970e0cbe5c9a728812b6d735e77
    Decimated by centuries of injustice and months of pestilence, young, black America has resolved to be powerful writes Elliott Brennan as the US hurtles towards this year’s elections on a wave of anger and death.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-hurtles-towards-election-on-wave-of-anger-and-death-20200531-p54y3h.html
    Misinformation about the origins of Covid-19 is far more likely to be spread by pro-Trump, QAnon or Republican bots on Twitter than any other source, according to a study commissioned by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jun/01/covid-19-misinformation-pro-trump-and-qanon-twitter-bots-found-to-be-worst-culprits
    Twitter finally got something right. After a torrid week of acrimony, bluster and a president unleashing a flurry of tweets threatening violence and terrifying harassment on a mid-level Twitter employee, Twitter took a stand on Thursday night that set the model for proper “content moderation” on its platform.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/31/well-done-twitter-youve-finally-figured-out-how-to-deal-with-trumps-tweets
    The pandemic has revealed the danger of prizing ‘efficiency’ above all else. The recent slowdown in our lives points to another way of doing things writes Malcolm Bull.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/31/coronavirus-economy-change-pandemic
    A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet writes Robert Reich from the US. He says that by having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office. This is one hell of a spit!
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/31/donald-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-george-floyd-minneapolis-tweets
    This article in Quillette says America’s black communities are suffering and the violent protests will make the suffering worse.
    https://quillette.com/2020/05/30/americas-black-communities-are-suffering-violent-protests-will-make-the-suffering-worse/
    As people protest across the US, Donald Trump and Joe Biden have offered divergent responses that point to a divisive political debate on race relations
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/30/george-floyd-killing-us-politics-trump-biden
    As Minneapolis burns, Trump’s presidency is sinking deeper into crisis. And yet, he may still be re-elected opines American politics professor Timothy Lynch.
    https://theconversation.com/as-minneapolis-burns-trumps-presidency-is-sinking-deeper-into-crisis-and-yet-he-may-still-be-re-elected-139739
    Smarttraveller is warning Australians in the US to avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of American authorities after violent protests, looting and arson erupted coast-to-coast in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6776107/australia-govt-issues-warning-on-us-travel/?cs=14232&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding



    Johannes Leak
    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/d7bcdb5c2ed78045ca8a9dc5b20fcf99?width=1024

    From the US



  21. More crazy stuff. The CrimeMinister is patting employer thieves on the head instead of jailing them

    Any employee who wrongly received money through the JobKeeper scheme could have their future pay docked, with Treasury warning that employers who made incorrect claims are entitled to claw back the funds from their staff.

    https://www.theage.com.au/money/tax/employers-could-dock-staff-pay-to-claw-back-incorrect-jobkeeper-payments-20200529-p54xwd.html

  22. Not a pretty picture, fekkin horrible in fact but I can just see Scotty from marketing, locked in his bathroom and short stroking over trumpensteins invite to the G7 meeting

    • It’s not a compliment, although the CrimeMinister thinks it is.

      Turns out he has not been invited yet – he has just been hanging off a US government official begging to be included.

      From BK’s link-

      Prime Minister Scott Morrison has discussed the prospect of joining the G7 with a senior Trump administration official, senior government sources say, and is expecting a formal invitation in the coming days that could further test Australian relations with China

      He sees it as a reward for doing Trump’s bidding by stirring up anti-China hate in Australia. It’s more like a bone tossed to an annoying, yappy lapdog to shut it up.

  23. The CrimeMinister made an announcement on 2GB this morning. The Guardian missed his big new policy completely, reporting only on his comments on the US riots.

    Scott Morrison considers cash grants to boost Australian economy
    https://www.2gb.com/scott-morrison-considers-cash-grants-to-boost-australian-economy/

    This, I suppose, is where the $60 billion in alleged “savings” from JobKeeper is going – straight into the pockets of tradies and building companies in marginal seats. There will be conditions, and the PMO will make sure the money goes where it will do the most good for the government. Just like they did with SportsRorts.

    Here’s Ingrid M’s thread on it.

  24. Michael Pascoe: I was wrong. The CDG rorts are worse than I thought

    I was wrong. The Community Development Grants program isn’t the Coalition’s hot $1.126 billion political rort – it’s the Coalition’s hot $2.5 billion-plus political rort.

    It’s not 11 times bigger than #sportsrorts, it’s 25 times bigger and counting.

    The government has a number of corrupt slush funds, but none more blatantly designed to buy votes with taxpayers’ money than the CDG scheme purpose built in 2014.

    As reported last week, analysis of the government’s GrantConnect website showed Coalition seats “luckily” scored 75.5 per cent of last year’s CDG money, while Labor seats managed just 19.9 per cent.

    Of the 68 federal seats Labor now holds, 22 have never received a cent in CDGs while those that did score well tend to be of particular political interest or history.

    And the Coalition has quietly arranged to keep this particularly rich pork barrel rolling for another six years

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2020/06/01/community-development-grant-pascoe/

    • We have two members of the Wyatt family lying to us about that deliberate destruction.

      Ben Wyatt is the WA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, he also happens to be Ken Wyatt’s cousin.

      Both claim they knew nothing. I don’t believe either of them.

  25. Why?

    The ABC news department has been the propaganda arm of the Liberal Party for a very long time, it’s getting worse. It now seems you only get a gig there if you are a Murdoch employee, or a former Murdoch employee.

    • Sheridan can GAGF with anything he has to say about America. His opinion as valuable as his ones about his bromanitc partner, Tony Abbott.

  26. Why is everyone demanding only Stuart Robert alone should resign over robodebt? He’s just the bunny left holding the can.

    The CrimeMinister came up with robodebt during his time as Minister for Social Services, planning began in July 2015, just before he became Treasurer.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/may/29/robodebt-government-to-repay-470000-unlawful-centrelink-debts-worth-721m

    It was taken up by Centrelink in 2016 while the CrimeMinister was Treasurer. Robodebt and the crackdown on welfare overpayments and alleged cheats was the centrepiece of the 2016 election campaign.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-28/election-2016-coalition-releases-election-costings/7550790?nw=0

    He is responsible for the whole debacle. His loathing of anyone who needs social security is easy to see. His rotten “faith” teaches its followers that people who are poor, sick or disabled are being punished for sin and the cure is to join a Pentecostal church, pray a lot, tithe generously and allow some shifty “pastor” to lay hands on you. Who needs social security when a money-grubbing church can save you and make you rich?

    If Robert is supposed to resign then the PM should be forced to resign as well. Not that Robert is going anywhere. The CrimeMinister protects his Pentecostal mates.

    • Yes, but he’s immune. Bridget is female, and not a Pentecostal, so she was expendable.

      Albo and the rest of Labor should be demanding FauxMo’s resignation, not just as PM but from the parliament.

    • Albo is not strong enough to make such demands and no-one is in his team. Always too frightened of the media. So nothing is done. Morrison just suits himself and the media follows him. He can destroy all the land’s sites and privatise every service. Albo will lift a timid finger. We need a very strong leader who is not afraid, who has vision. I know I’m dreaming.

  27. Over the weekend the CrimeMinister tweeted a photo of himself allegedly making samosas.

    Maybe it was to prove he was at home, as Twitter had commented on his absence since the robodebt mess was released on Friday afternoon. (He makes a habit of taking weekends off, even during a crisis. Who knew being PM was only a weekday job?)

    I saw his tweet but didn’t look too closely. Others did. It seems the samosa episode took place over 18 months ago while the jigsaw photo was taken last week.

    Those dark-rimmed glasses are the biggest giveaway – he wore those only for a few days, not long after he became PM. I thought at the time he might have been trying to imitate Turnbull. He was mocked for those glasses and quickly went back to his usual rimless style.

    Here’s an article from December 2018, with the glasses.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6522495/Scott-Morrison-continue-war-ISIS-Middle-East-one-day-Trump-withdrew-troops-region.html

    As well as that he is a lot thinner in the older photo (he has really stacked on the weight since the election) and has more hair.

    Next time his staff try to tell us lies about where he is they need to make sure they are not using such an obviously old photo.

  28. Bill gets it –

    Back on the $721 million worth of debts to be repaid to Australians, opposition government services spokesman Bill Shorten is calling for “some form of inquiry” into the Robodebt scheme.

    Speaking to Patricia Karvelas on ABC on Monday afternoon, Shorten also said responsibility for the scheme goes further than current government services minister Stuart Robert, naming Scott Morrison and former social services minister, now attorney-general, Christian Porter.

    “I think it goes further than the current minister…I don’t think the buck only stops with Minister Stuart Robert.”

    On an inquiry into Robodebt, Shorten said:

    “There should be some form of inquiry, there has been a human toll.

    These are poor people. These are vulnerable people. Some people with mental illness. All of a sudden, the government’s chasing you for a debt which you don’t think exists or you don’t know it exists or you can’t remember it exists…This is a terrible pressure, and it’s been going on for four and a half years”

    Asked what type of inquiry, Shorten said:

    “Whatever the form is, I don’t know if it should be a judicial inquiry. I haven’t formed a view, obviously we’ve got to talk, through the opposition, on that.

    I do think the parliament needs to talk further about it. It’s not satisfactory, is it, that the government says “my bad – here’s $721 million plus” and no one’s responsible.

    They raised all the issues around Pink Batts. They’ve never been shy of attacking Labor…How come no-one is responsible in the government for this?”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jun/01/coronavirus-australia-news-restrictions-ease-new-south-wales-queensland-victoria-covid-19-live-updates#comment-141206176

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