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. Niki Savva says “Morrison should have found a way to avoid going to Trump’s “G7” meeting.”

    Of course he should have, but apparently he nagged, begged pleaded and annoyed US officials until he was given an invitation. Then he boasted about Trump phoning him to make the invitation.

    Scott Morrison confirms talks with US about attending postponed G7 summit
    Spokesman says PM will attend if invited, after US president cited Australia among possible additions to event line-up
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/31/scott-morrison-confirms-talks-with-us-about-attending-postponed-g7-summit

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/supply-chains-critical-tech-on-five-eyes-agenda/news-story/3a82c8eb35c58b9c24e14dc3fae777a0

    Most of that 15 minute phone call would have been taken up by the CrimeMinister blathering about his gratitude for the invitation and his complete devotion to Trump. Sane world leaders have distanced themselves from Trump, but not our leader. He grovels to Trump, his behaviour is sickening.

    Albo should not just distance Australia from the US, he should rip up the ANZUS Treaty as well. It is pointless, just ensures Australia will always provide cannon fodder for US wars.

  2. This is getting (more) insane

    In Washington DC, personnel from the National Guard, US Park Police, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, US Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are all out patrolling the streets.

    Because Washington is a district, not a state, the President and federal government have more leeway to deploy a range of officers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jun/03/george-floyd-protests-us-live-news-updates-donald-trump

  3. So someone created a fake study claiming people died when were given hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 and everyone has resumed studies on the use of this very dangerous drug.

    All the nutters from Trump to Clive Palmer and way down to Pete Evans have had their way and we can now look forward to being dosed with this stuff.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/covid-19-surgisphere-who-world-health-organization-hydroxychloroquine

    Let’s just forget all the legitimate studies that have proved this drug does nothing for victims of
    Covid-19 but really does put them in danger of dying from its well-known side effects.

    As I have said before my auto-immune condition means I could take this drug should my current remission end. I would refuse it, if that happened, just as I refused another rather toxic drug, methotrexate, six years ago when my specialist was discussing possible treatments. I ended up not needing any of the drugs on offer as I went into remission after using prednisalone for months.

    If I am ever offered hydroxychloroquine as a preventative against Covid-19 I will refuse it. I’d rather take my chances with the virus than risk my life with a drug that has so many known risks and side effects.

  4. Joe Hockey has been given a job at Sky News as a “US political contributor”.

    https://mumbrella.com.au/joe-hockey-joins-sky-news-as-us-political-contributor-629771

    HoJo wasted no time putting the boot into all non-Murdoch media.

  5. In Australia our PM can’t get enough of Trump. He’s almost the only leader who doesn’t want to distance themselves from Trump.

    In Europe, after years of snubs and American unilateralism, America’s traditional allies have stopped looking to him for leadership, no longer trust that this president will offer them much, and are turning their backs on him.

    That was evidenced most obviously this week by the decision of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, not to attend the Group of 7 meeting Mr. Trump wanted so badly in Washington this month to show that the virus was behind him and the world was returning to normal.

    Ms. Merkel cited the lingering threat of the virus, but a senior German official who spoke on the condition of anonymity made clear that she had other reasons to decline: She believed that proper diplomatic preparations had not been made; she did not want to be part of an anti-China display; she opposed Mr. Trump’s idea of inviting the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin; she did not want to be seen as interfering in American domestic politics.

    And she was shocked by Mr. Trump’s sudden, unilateral decision to pull out of the World Health Organization

  6. Things are dire when you get LEGO off-side

    Lego has asked its partners to pull all marketing for police themed sets as part of its response to the ongoing black lives matter protests in the US.

    More than 30 building sets, minifigures and accessories are included on the list, distributed amongst affiliate marketers and widely published on social media.

    Amongst the sets to be pulled are “Police Dog Unit”, “Police Bike” and “Police Station”, but also some products with a less obvious connection to the police, including “Fire Plane”, “Barbecue Burn Out” and “Donut Shop Opening”.

    The Lego Architecture version of the White House, a £90 model intended for adult builders, is also included on the list.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jun/03/george-floyd-protests-us-live-news-updates-donald-trump

  7. A pithy summary

    The government’s “homebuilder” program is surely in the running for the most mendacious piece of public policy since Peter Costello decided to give tax refunds to people who don’t pay income tax.

    To kickstart what prime minister Scott Morrison calls a “tradie-led recovery”, the government will provide grants of $25,000 to eligible home owner-occupiers, through a temporary program that will deliver an estimated $688m over six months to individuals who earned up to $125,000 last financial year or couples who earned up to $200,000.

    To get the grant, they must enter into a contract between now and December to build a new home worth up to $750,000 or to “substantially renovate” an existing one valued at up to $1.5m, with a minimum renovation cost of $150,000.

    If you set out to design a fiscal stimulus measure that would fail to meet any objective economic criteria, you couldn’t do much better than this.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/the-homebuilder-scheme-is-simply-pork-barrelling-to-the-coalitions-electoral-base

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson writes that banking on gas will leave us stranded. He homes in on the government’s rather selective reliance on science.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/banking-on-gas-will-leave-us-stranded-20200603-p54yy6.html
    David Crowe reports that a new security test would be imposed on all foreign investments that threaten the national interest in a federal government plan to fix legal gaps that leave critical assets exposed to overseas control.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/foreign-deals-set-to-face-tougher-security-checks-20200604-p54zki.html
    Phil Coorey writes that a US visit was once seen overwhelmingly as a political positive for an Australian prime minister. But under Donald Trump they’re an exercise in putting the alliance first and risking poor optics back home.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/visiting-trump-a-minefield-for-morrison-20200603-p54z1a
    A shake-up of the prices of vocational education courses, abolishing unnecessary regulators, expanding access to student loans, introducing government-funded vouchers for training and simplifying subsidies are among proposals floated by a Productivity Commission report explains Fergus Hunter.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/governments-challenged-to-shake-up-byzantine-vocational-education-system-20200604-p54zfw.html
    It’s pretty clear that David Crowe is singularly underwhelmed by SfM’s HomeBuilder scheme.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/if-only-the-homebuilder-policy-lived-up-to-the-politics-20200604-p54zkw.html
    The Australian reveals that several government MPs have voiced concerns over the government’s $668m HomeBuilder stimulus package and ballooning post-COVID public debt in a weekly tele-town hall meeting with Scott Morrison.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-backbench-frets-at-homebuilder-bringing-deeper-debt/news-story/b5a783d2107d4111f17ccc3c7a8ba123
    And the SMH editorial thinks the HomeBuilder money would be better spent on social housing. It suggests Morrison’s ideology has been in play.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/social-housing-should-be-added-to-make-stimulus-fair-and-efficient-20200604-p54znb.html
    The AFR editorial also questions the wisdom of HomeBuilder.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/do-we-really-need-tax-funded-castles-20200604-p54zff
    Scott Morrison’s call for Australia to renovate won’t rebuild a broken economy says Van Badham.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/scott-morrisons-call-for-australia-to-renovate-wont-rebuild-a-broken-economy
    And Emma Dawson reckons the homebuilder scheme is simply pork-barrelling to the Coalition’s electoral base.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/the-homebuilder-scheme-is-simply-pork-barrelling-to-the-coalitions-electoral-base
    Andrew Tate reckons Morrison should lay off selling the snake oil.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2020/06/05/salesmen-and-substitutes-gave-snake-oil-a-bad-rap-a-warning-for-the-pm/
    As the Government lavishes stimulus on home renovators, the pandemic has revealed Australia’s economy to be fragile, with an export profile more akin to a developing nation, and a huge trade deficit in high-end manufactures. “We have to start making things again,” writes Peter Roberts of our narrow manufacturing base.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/australian-manufacturing-forum-delivers-shot-in-the-arm-for-nation-in-crisis/
    John Kehoe reports that police have raided a bedding company over allegations it deliberately depressed monthly revenue to qualify for up to $11 million in JobKeeper wage subsidies. Good stuff!
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/police-raid-firm-over-jobkeeper-claims-20200603-p54z7h
    Elizabeth Knight explains how Westpac missed money-laundering ticking bomb in bowels of the bank.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/how-westpac-missed-money-laundering-ticking-bomb-in-bowels-of-the-bank-20200604-p54zl8.html
    And Stephen Bartholomeusz writes about the difficult roles directors have in effective governance of complex organisations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/mission-impossible-westpac-panel-highlights-directors-dilemma-20200604-p54zfp.html
    Katharine Murphy is a bit upset that officials from Scott Morrison’s department are refusing to release conflict of interest disclosures from members of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission so they can be scrutinised by the public because the declarations are provided “in confidence”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/05/government-refuses-to-release-conflict-of-interest-disclosures-from-covid-commission-members
    Shane Wright examines the woeful retail sales figures just released.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/retail-sales-slump-as-coronavirus-torpedo-hits-economy-budget-20200604-p54zin.html
    Telco retailers are saying NBN wholesale prices and performance will both need to improve as the network rollout nears completion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/vocus-says-nbn-pricing-still-not-fit-for-purpose-20200604-p54zjg.html
    Activists have threatened police command with spitting, inflammatory chanting and other forms of physical abuse during Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne in an attempt to provoke use-of-force responses from officers. IMHO this is unacceptable and will only serve to diminish the momentum for change.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/activists-plan-trouble-for-melbourne-black-lives-matter-protest-20200604-p54zo7.html
    Michelle Grattan tells us that the pandemic has killed Indigenous referendum and delivered a likely mortal blow to religious discrimination legislation.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-pandemic-kills-indigenous-referendum-delivers-likely-mortal-blow-to-religious-discrimination-legislation-140079
    The direction Morrison is taking Australia is characterised by the same overarching ethos as that of his grotesque idol, Trump. It’s self-interest, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-smugness-rubs-off-on-australians,13964
    This is big, I think. The Australian Tax Office has launched fresh legal action against accounting giant PwC and meat processing firm JBS in an escalation of its ongoing conflict with the ‘big four’ firm over tax avoidance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/ato-launches-legal-action-against-accounting-giant-pwc-meat-processor-jbs-20200604-p54zmh.html
    Tony Shepherd, completely in character, advocated for public service pay freezes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-case-for-a-public-service-pay-freeze-ask-what-you-can-do-for-your-state-20200604-p54zdi.html
    But Adrian Rollins correctly pays tribute to our much and unfairly maligned public services.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6774931/crises-bust-the-myths-that-target-the-aps/?cs=14350
    Meanwhile the University of Melbourne expects to lose $1 billion in revenue from foreign students in the next three years and has urged staff to accept a 2.2% pay cut.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-uni-says-covid-19-will-cost-1b-urges-staff-to-take-pay-cut-20200604-p54znx.html
    The Australian tells us that surgeons are accusing health ­administrators of allowing operating theatres in public hospitals to sit idle while patients wait in pain for elective surgery as waitlists blow out.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/the-second-wave-how-hospitals-are-keeping-theatres-closed-to-save-money/news-story/9b312f40e128064aa3aa15cb0fa62430
    The High Court decision to rule that the use of tear gas on four youths at the Northern Territory’s notorious Don Dale detention centre in 2014 was unlawful could not have come at a more appropriate time opines Greg Barns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/don-dale-ruling-a-strong-message-against-use-of-force-on-children-20200604-p54zhc.html
    Just 38 of a predicted 36,000 food boxes have been delivered under a $9.3m government initiative designed to deliver emergency food supplies to older Australians isolating throughout Covid-19. Another “estimation variation”?
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/05/government-scheme-delivers-just-38-of-predicted-36000-covid-food-boxes-to-older-australians
    Zoe Samios tells us how the government has commissioned a second opinion on the state of Australia’s struggling regional broadcasting sector after an initial report proposed regulatory reform.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/kordamentha-called-in-to-recheck-the-pulse-of-regional-media-20200604-p54zeu.html
    Bill Gates sees a way to ensure that poorer regions won’t be left behind in the rush for COVID-19 vaccines: invest in factories globally.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/bill-gates-investing-in-factories-to-immunise-the-world-20200605-p54zqy.html
    Janes Massola writes about a UN human rights body slamming Duterte’s murderous drug war.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/systematic-un-human-rights-body-slams-duterte-s-murderous-drug-war-20200604-p54ze2.html
    Racial tension overseas is serving as a wake-up call for other countries to recognise their own issues, including ours here in Australia, writes Hayden Marks.
    https://independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/now-is-the-time-for-australia-to-finally-face-up-to-its-demons,13959
    Christiane Barro proves us with a disturbing look at how things are developing in suburban Los Angeles.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/06/05/sonya-ottaway-us-protests/
    While you might have considered Trump’s threat this week to mobilise the military as something unthinkable, it seems Americans find it very thinkable indeed writes Waleed Aly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/floyd-protesters-face-a-mountain-of-public-opinion-20200604-p54zdt.html
    In a rather chilling contribution, veteran Reporter Robert Penfold says that when police attack news crews, he fears something is broken in America. He’s not wrong!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/when-police-attack-news-crews-i-fear-something-is-broken-in-america-20200604-p54zjr.html
    The New York Times analyses what drives, and intensely annoys, Trump.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/don-t-be-a-jerk-dominate-how-trump-accentuates-the-positive-20200604-p54zhx.html
    From Washington DC, Australian lawyer Claire McMullen looks at the legality of using American troops against the people.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/american-democracy-or-dictatorship,13963
    Emma Brockes wonders if the killing of George Floyd be a turning point for American denial.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/killing-george-floyd-american-denial
    Matthew Teague writes that when Donald Trump raised overhead a Bible – the Sword of the Spirit, to believers – he unwittingly cleaved his loyal Christian supporters into two camps.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/04/trumps-bible-photo-op-splits-white-evangelicals
    Trump’s photo op with church and Bible was offensive, but not new says theologist Robyn Whitaker.
    https://theconversation.com/trumps-photo-op-with-church-and-bible-was-offensive-but-not-new-140053
    A vast database from a little-known company called Surgisphere has influenced rapid policy shifts as the world seeks treatments for Covid-19. But as researchers began to examine it more closely, they became increasingly concerned writes Melissa Davey.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/04/unreliable-data-doubt-snowballed-covid-19-drug-research-surgisphere-coronavirus-hydroxychloroquine
    The former head of Ferrari in Australasia has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/former-ferrari-australasia-boss-tried-to-talk-employee-into-abortion-court-papers-say-20200604-p54zp7.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe


    Peter Broelman

    Cathy Wilcox

    A very in form Matt Golding






    Jim Pavlidis

    Mark David

    Johannes Leak
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  9. More game on

    On June 4, 2020, together with our partners, we sued President Trump, Attorney General Barr, Secretary of Defense Esper, and numerous other federal officials on behalf of Black Lives Matter D.C. and five individual protestors, including a nine-year-old boy, for violations of their constitutional rights. Our action seeks to uphold, against blatantly unlawful attack, cherished rights enshrined in the First and Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and foundational to our democracy: the rights to peaceful assembly, petition for redress of grievances, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom from unwarranted seizures by the government.

    https://www.acludc.org/en/cases/black-lives-matter-dc-v-trump

  10. I’m not surprised no-one wants the government’s food boxes for old people.

    It is too difficult to access.

    You cannot access it through the My Aged Care site. That page just says you MUST be registered with My Aged Care and already receiving a service to be eligible. The site tells these lucky people to talk to their provider about their needs. That’s it.

    Those who are registered but not yet receiving a service are told they can use their ID number to get priority phone and online shopping with “major supermarkets”, something the supermarkets had already set up themselves for anyone who is aged or disabled.

    If you are not registered My Aged Care won’t help.

    https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/covid-19-information-support#help-food-shopping

    Old people receiving services are likely to already have help with shopping and might already be using meal delivery services.

    Then there’s the contents of these boxes, which are decided by retailers with no regard for special dietary needs. My big needs are fresh food, especially vegetables and fruit, and cat food. (The cats have to eat too, and many older people have companion or therapy pets.) I suspect these boxes would contain little I need, maybe nothing. I’m not the only oldie who does not eat breakfast cereals, pasta, prepared meals and tinned food.

    It seems these boxes are just another brainfart rushed out by a government keen to be seen to be “doing something” without bothering to put any thought into the flawed access requirements. No wonder no-one is interested.

  11. “Activists have threatened police command with spitting, inflammatory chanting and other forms of physical abuse during Saturday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne in an attempt to provoke use-of-force responses from officers. ”

    That’s just Nine trying to whip up fear and loathing of anyone daring to join this protest. Ignore it.

  12. The video, which displays images George Floyd and videos of people mourning his death overlayed with narration from Trump’s first pubic speech following Floyd’s killing. The president also warns about “violence and anarchy” over images of looting.

    This is what the tweet looks like now:

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2020/jun/04/george-floyd-killing-protests-us-live-news-updates-donald-trump

  13. friendlyjordies –

    Honest government ad –

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Bryan Tyler Cohen –

  14. State governments will use any excuse to stop Black Lives Matter rallies in Sydney and Melbourne tomorrow.

    No-one in authority tried to stop or even seemed to care about the “Millions March” (actually less than 1000) rally for assorted nutters, anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists last weekend though. It went ahead even though no-one was showing any regard for social distancing. There was an extraordinary number of babies and toddlers in prams at that rally, no-one worried about their health.

    NSW –

    NSW Police are attempting to have the Black Lives Matter march scheduled in Sydney on Saturday ruled illegal on a technicality, because the notice of assembly documents for the protest were not signed by the organisers.

    Lawyers representing police are arguing that none of the three notices of assembly filed for the event – which was originally scheduled to be smaller and in a different part of Sydney – make the notices invalid.

    The court heard the most recent assembly notice for a protest 5,000 people in Town Hall on Saturday, was given to police on 4 June – yesterday.

    The court proceedings are still ongoing

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jun/05/coronavirus-australia-news-updates-covid-19-lancet-study-retracted-travel-bubble-homebuilder-grants-recession-nsw-qld-vic

    And in Victoria –

    Organisers of the rally in Melbourne, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, held a short press conference this afternoon and indicated the protest would proceed tomorrow at state parliament, despite warnings from Victoria police that people could be fined for breaching public health orders around large gatherings.

    “Every time we rally, the state and the police attempt to stop us,” Meriki Onus said. “Protest is not a choice when so many of our people are murdered at the hands of police and prison guards.”

    She said safety was paramount and protesters had been asked to wear a mask, bring hand sanitiser and use it regularly, to remain 1.5 metres apart, and to not protest in groups larger than 20, while remaining 1.5 metres apart in those groups

    • Gladys wants the Sydney protest stopped because she fears for the health of those taking part. She didn’t give a rat’s arse about anyone’s health when her government allowed the Ruby Princess to disgorge passengers who them spread the virus across Australia, and she didn’t care about anyone’s health when she decided schools would open last Monday with compulsory attendance.

      But indigenous people want to protest against racism, especially by police, and all stops are pulled out by Gladys and her over-paid police minister to stop that march going ahead.

      Does Gladys understand the clear contradiction in what she is doing?

    • AAP reports that the NSW government’s decision today on crowds at NRL games relates to corporate boxes.

      The state government told the NRL on Friday corporate boxes would fall into the same category as pubs and clubs pending the approval of a biosecurity plan.

      It means each corporate room will be able to have one person per four square metres from next weekend, with up to 50 people allowed per box.

  15. The Age has apologised for their article this morning claiming protesters were going to be abusive.

    Anyone could see the article was made up to reflect badly on those attending. Too late to apologise now, the accusations have been made and the damage is done.

    Ooft. https://t.co/BVdP3hTbsW pic.twitter.com/A38PEq3XJ3— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) June 5, 2020

    Weird to not mention in the lede that the 'threats' come from a claim from a single anonymous source and isn't backed up by anyone on the record. https://t.co/mfuwILC9ZA— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) June 4, 2020

    • The claims read like utter bullshit. Who would say they will be spitting and as for “provocative chants” 😆 😆 😆

  16. Justice Fagan also acknowledged the right to protest and the importance of the Black Lives Matter protest in drawing attention to the treatment of Indigenous Australians at the hands of police, but reasoned that many Australians had had to forfeit rights during the pandemic, including to attend church and forfeiting their livelihoods.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/jun/05/coronavirus-australia-news-updates-covid-19-lancet-study-retracted-travel-bubble-homebuilder-grants-recession-nsw-qld-vic#comments

    But not forfeit their right to go to the football.

  17. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has today announced that the formerly cancelled Black Rights protest will now be going ahead as planned, after organisers announced that a football will be kicked around during the event.

    “Aw dang, you got me,” said Gladys, who had only hours before announced that football games would be allowed to proceed. “Next you’re going to tell me they’ve re-convened their protesters in a shopping mall.”

    However, Gladys was quick to point out that the cancelling of the protest was always about public health, with fears that thousands of protesters could force police to shut down the protests, like they didn’t with the 3000 strong 5G protests last month. “It’s simple science that viruses only spread at some protests but not others, and that other large public gatherings like sports games are immune. If you don’t believe me, look in a textbook, and then do let me know if I’m right because I haven’t actually checked.

    https://chaser.com.au/national/nsw-premier-forced-to-allow-protest-after-organisers-rebrand-it-as-football-game/

  18. Oh noes, a coup attempt. Some American grade nuttery out in the Wild West WA
    …………………………..
    Bizarre scenes in tiny WA town as ‘sovereign nation’ attempts to overthrow government

    “As a Christian nation New Westralia strives to be a world class destination for spiritual vitality, enlightenment, meditation, wonder and expression, on the great adventure of life,” the group’s website reads…..”As a Christian nation New Westralia strives to be a world class destination for spiritual vitality, enlightenment, meditation, wonder and expression, on the great adventure of life,” the group’s website reads.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bizarre-scenes-in-tiny-wa-town-as-sovereign-nation-attempts-to-overthrow-government-20200605-p54zxx.html#comments

    • Meh! Just another bunch of right-wing nutters who want to suppress women, loathe people of colour, won’t tolerate abortions and will become apoplectic if you dare mention same sex marriage. The word “Christian” gives the game away.

  19. My heart bleeds for these poor people – well, no, not really.

    Grey nomads left out in the cold as sunshine state border remains closed
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-04/grey-nomads-left-in-the-cold-amid-coronavirus-border-closures/12317762

    “Medical reasons” my arse. They just want to be somewhere warm in winter and can afford to indulge themselves. I have friends who live here, where it’s rarely as cold as Sydney, let alone further south, and they too migrate to Queensland for winter. Or did. This year they too have to stay at home.

    Up here we too get an annual influx of elderly Victorians who arrive like migrating birds to spend the winter. My kids used to call them “Great Southern Gutter Crawlers” because of their dreadful driving habits. They drive so slowly they must have to start their migration on Boxing Day to get here by June.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Peter Hartcher has been in good form lately and this contribution about the decline of the US and what Australia can learn from it is no exception.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/let-s-not-copy-a-broken-empire-20200605-p55014.html
    The SMH editorial also looks in horror at the events unfolding in the US.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/australia-watches-in-horror-as-us-goes-to-the-brink-20200605-p55006.html
    Paul Kelly begins this article with, “Many Western democracies have succumbed to the malaise, the US most disastrously, with Australia still conspicuous as a holdout. The malaise is the erosion of the political centre — the once great middle-class suburban stability, anchor of family life, aspiration and widely shared cultural norms.” There’s quite a bit of his pontificating style in it.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/the-uncivil-war-killing-liberalism-in-the-west/news-story/2a4d7fb78ce58ea6752a491bc4113487
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke write that business and home buyers’ hopes that payroll tax and stamp duty could be slashed or abolished by the states and territories have been dashed, with the federal government ruling out financial help to make up the shortfall.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/payroll-tax-stamp-duty-reform-hopes-dashed-by-federal-government-20200604-p54zie.html
    George Megalogenis opines that, for one-upmanship, Morrison might just make a move on reconciliation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-morrison-might-be-tempted-to-move-on-reconciliation-one-upmanship-20200604-p54zog.html
    Transparency around government decision-making is another casualty of Covid-19 laments Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/06/transparency-around-government-decision-making-is-another-casualty-of-covid-19-
    Laura Tingle describes Morrison’s Trump visit as a splendidly bad decision. She believes that now we are willingly walking into a political prop being set up by a US president who this week ordered tear gas and riot police against his own people to clear the way for a photo opportunity with a Bible outside a church.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-s-trump-visit-is-a-splendidly-bad-decision-20200605-p54ztv
    And Paul Bongiorno says that if Scott Morrison hasn’t got enough on his plate, now he has been dragged into the quagmire of Donald Trump’s increasingly ugly campaign to cling to office. Quite a good read.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2020/06/06/morrison-dragged-trumps-mire/15913656009945
    Dennis Atkins comes out straight and says Morrison should just say no to Trump’s invitation to his G7 gala.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/06/06/dennis-atkins-donald-trump-g7-morrison/
    Max Kozlowski explains the wish list put on the table by the Australian Industry Group. There are not any surprises in it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/business-group-lays-out-its-wish-list-of-reforms-20200605-p54zxn.html
    Shane Wright reports that the PBO is forecasting a $500b hole in federal budgets over the next decade.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/virus-to-punch-500b-hole-in-federal-budget-over-coming-decade-pbo-20200605-p54zva.html
    In quite a detailed article John Kehoe writes that, as the economy strives to find its way out of the recession, the government needs to make every dollar count.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/the-big-climb-out-of-the-dreaded-r-word-20200603-p54z8e
    Ross Gittins writes, “To anyone who can tell which side is up, what characterises a recession is not what happens to gross domestic product in two successive quarters or even half a dozen, it’s what happens to employment.” He disagrees with Frydenberg who said that we had entered this crisis from a position of strength.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/virus-lockdown-pushes-already-weak-economy-into-recession-20200605-p54zqz.html
    The government’s latest taxpayer handout to help Australia pull itself out of the first recession in 29 years — the HomeBuilder package, touted to be worth $688m — is more marketing ploy than public-policy outcome says Peter van Onselen.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/homebuilder-cash-splash-is-one-we-can-ill-afford/news-story/7cc434f60d9e98a353b819a1cc8930b7
    The AIMN says Scott Morrison has done it again with HomeBuilder!
    https://theaimn.com/scott-morrison-does-it-again-with-homebuilder/
    China claims Australians are becoming increasingly racist against Asians because of the coronavirus pandemic and has issued a travel warning to its citizens. Beijing has advised Chinese people against visiting Australia because of what it says is a rise in racial discrimination and violence against Chinese people, linked to COVID-19.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/06/06/coronavirus-china-travel-warning-australia/
    Thousands of protesters will push ahead with Black Lives Matter rallies on Saturday as the prime minister and other leaders warned against the mass gatherings and NSW’s highest court banned Sydney’s demonstration. Let’s hope this doesn’t get out of hand.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/06/05/coronavirus-black-lives-matter-protest-illegal/
    Anna Patty and Jordan Baker tell us that our top universities say the sector needs to be reformed, but smaller universities argue that will come at their expense.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/all-over-red-rover-top-unis-drive-biggest-overhaul-in-30-years-20200605-p5500b.html
    Question Time’s purpose has been called into question by former speaker Harry Jenkins. He’s not wrong!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6781183/former-speaker-suggests-going-back-to-drawing-board-on-question-time/?cs=14350#gsc.tab=0
    The editorial in The Age complains that it’s taken far too long to rectify robo-debt distress.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/it-s-taken-far-too-long-to-rectify-robo-debt-distress-20200605-p54zs6.html
    And Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals that the government agency responsible for the robodebt debacle was warned more than four years ago of a “major” risk that automated Centrelink debts could be inaccurate.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/06/centrelink-was-warned-robodebts-could-be-inaccurate-more-than-four-years-ago
    Mike Seccombe says that, with the government set to refund $721 million over the robo-debt fiasco, the scheme’s early critics are feeling vindicated. And the damage in cash terms could be far worse following a class action trial set to begin next month. This is an excellent chronicle of the events leading up to this legal action.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/06/06/the-robo-debt-class-action/15913656009923
    Karen Middleton writes that, a year on from AFP raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist, the government is being asked to ensure the right of the media to protect sources.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/06/06/calls-journalist-protections/15913656009929
    While the property industry has welcomed the government’s HomeBuilder package, it has been widely criticised by others, with economists dismissing it as poor public policy writes Kirsten Lawson.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6783395/not-very-wise-why-homebuilder-grants-have-missed-the-mark/?cs=14231#gsc.tab=0
    HomeBuilder might be the most-complex least-equitable construction jobs program ever devised posits Professor Geoff Hammer.
    https://theconversation.com/homebuilder-might-be-the-most-complex-least-equitable-construction-jobs-program-ever-devised-140162
    Richard Denniss tells us why universities must save staff, not cash reserves.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2020/06/06/unis-must-save-staff-not-cash-reserves/15913656009925
    Lucy Cormack reveals that in the past 10 years the number of Aboriginal people charged by police in NSW has increased by more than 67 per cent. For non-Indigenous Australians, the increase has been just 8 per cent. Not a good look.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/criminal-justice-system-inherently-racist-towards-aboriginal-people-20200605-p5500l.html
    Rick Morton explains how Victoria’s participation in China’s $US1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative has attracted widespread criticism and created conflict between the state and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/economy/2020/06/06/daniel-andrews-and-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative/15913656009930
    Adele Ferguson is onto the story where thousands of struggling small businesses, including pubs, cafes, beauticians and gyms, are being denied insurance claims for COVID-related business interruption losses by some of the country’s biggest insurers. It looks like a battle of the fine print is headed for the courts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/insurers-deny-business-insurance-claims-as-battle-begins-20200605-p55000.html
    Millions of dollars raised for bushfire victims have seemingly disappeared with some calling for transparency in the Government’s actions, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/missing-bushfire-relief-millions-could-be-another-government-scandal,13969
    Stan Grant writes that when he looks at America torn apart, he sees his own family and Australia’s history of racism.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/when-i-look-at-america-torn-apart-i-see-my-own-family-and-australia-s-history-of-racism-20200604-p54zfn.html
    The Saturday Paper’s Amy McQuire writes that, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in the US, Australia can no longer ignore our brutal legacy of police violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/law-crime/2020/06/06/there-cannot-be-432-victims-and-no-perpetrators/15913656009926
    Qantas boss Alan Joyce says the airline needs to offer cut-price airfares to encourage pandemic-weary Australians to travel again and slow the company’s $40 million weekly cash burn.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/qantas-boss-says-low-fares-will-get-pandemic-weary-australians-moving-20200605-p54zw4.html
    Peter FitzSimons writes about The Divided States of America.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/divided-states-of-america-tragic-events-vindicate-kaepernick-s-stance-20200605-p54zza.html
    Lisa Cox reports that the Berejiklian government has abandoned a long-held commitment to adopt a state-wide policy on air pollution after five years of planning that included a state summit on the issue.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/06/nsw-government-abandons-plan-for-air-pollution-policy-after-five-years-of-planning
    Australia is on track to run out of domestically grown rice by December as continued water shortages and heightened demand during the COVID-19 pandemic bites into supply of the grain.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/agriculture/rice-production-collapses-under-drought-covid-20200605-p54zsn
    Multinational corporations have captured the national polity and continue to push last-century energy solutions on Australia, in defiance of sound policy and due process. The US fracking industry has collapsed. Yet the Covid Commission forges ahead with coal seam gas plans for Santos at Narrabri. Callum Foote reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/assault-on-environment-by-gas-fracking-multinationals-escalates/
    From robodebt to racism, Monlka Sardner explains what can go wrong when governments let algorithms make the decisions .
    https://theconversation.com/from-robodebt-to-racism-what-can-go-wrong-when-governments-let-algorithms-make-the-decisions-132594
    It looks like the EU has got the message and is headed for a huge stimulus application.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/europe-gets-the-message-unites-on-coronavirus-mega-stimulus-20200605-p54zye.html
    Lachlan Murdoch says black lives matter – but did Greg Sheridan get the memo asks Amanda Meade.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jun/05/lachlan-murdoch-says-black-lives-matter-but-did-greg-sheridan-get-the-memo
    James Massola reports that Indonesia’s top diplomat in India is promoting anti-vaccination views on his personal Facebook page, arguing that building physical fitness and immunity is preferable to ward off the coronavirus. There is no hope!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/i-opt-out-indonesia-s-ambassador-to-india-promotes-anti-vax-views-20200605-p54zxy.html
    America is in chaos, torn apart by a president who is incapable of showing empathy out of fear of being seen as weak. But it’s dealing with entrenched problems that pre-date Donald Trump writes the AFR’s US correspondent Jacob Greber.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/the-disunited-states-of-america-20200605-p54ztz
    A senior US police officer has admitted he is not looking forward to his next few years on the front line and suspects there will be “exponentially more” deadly encounters between police and citizens. What Trump could do to help, the deputy police chief from west-central Illinois suggested, is to “stop being Donald Trump”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/06/06/police-officer-message-us-protests/
    Matthew Knott explains how a week of protests changed America.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/out-of-the-ashes-how-a-week-of-protests-changed-america-20200605-p54zqx.html
    Joe Biden has said ’10-15%’ of Americans ‘are just not very good people’. Is this his Hilary Clinton ‘deplorables’ moment?
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/joe-biden-americans-not-very-good-people-claim
    Donald Trump was condemned yesterday for making the “revolting, enraging, disrespectful” claim that George Floyd, an African American man killed by police, is looking down from heaven and praising the US economy. The idiot has a special talent!
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/05/trump-george-floyd-comments-economy-unemployment
    The religious right is still sticking by Trump. Sadly, there’s a long, grim pattern explains Sarah Posner.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/donald-trump-religious-right-george-floyd-racism
    A former Marine general has said that events on Monday, the day Trump walked to the church, “may well signal the beginning of the end of the American experiment”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/troops-to-leave-washington-as-another-general-airs-concerns-about-trump-20200605-p54zrh.html
    If you’re surprised by how the police are acting, you don’t understand US history writes Malaika Jabali.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/police-us-history-reform-violence-oppression
    The London Telegraph’s Matthew Field explains how Silicon Valley’s war with Trump years in the making. He says that it is clear that Trump has triggered a war is set to change the way content is moderated for good.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/silicon-valley-s-war-with-trump-years-in-the-making-20200605-p54zri.html
    It’s easy to nominate these disgusting creatures for “Arseholes of the Week”! I could only get a few paragraphs into the article.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/alleged-child-sex-abuse-ring-busted-in-mid-north-coast-20200605-p54zyj.html
    If you want to look for “balance” go over here for an assortment of daily culture warrior contributions.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    David Rowe

    Alan Moir


    Andrew Dyson

    Richard Gilberto

    Matt Golding


    Glen Le Lievre

    Sean Leahy

    John Shakespeare


    Jim Pavlidis

    Simon Letch

    Eric Lobbecke

    Johannes Leak

    Jon Kudelka

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  21. Paul Bongiorno –

    As if Scott Morrison hasn’t got enough on his plate, now he has been dragged into the quagmire of Donald Trump’s increasingly ugly campaign to cling to office. The invitation to attend the September summit of G7 world leaders in the United States would normally be a feather in the cap for an Australian prime minister. Now it only complicates Australia’s interests at home and abroad

    Dragged?

    FauxMo asked for that invitation, negotiated for it, wanted it desperately. I bet he begged and grovelled for it.

    He is completely in thrall to Trump, will do whatever his master asks, even the dirty work like trash-talking China. FauxMo was too stupid or too dazzled by Trump’s faked “friendship” (or both) to realise he was being used to give China and the US an excuse for a dirty trade deal that replaces Australian barley and beef with US produce.

    Now FauxMo, having proved himself a useful idiot and a willing dupe, runs back to be used again.

    What price will Australia pay for this latest stupidity from FauxMo? Will sane world leaders distance themselves from the PM as they are from Trump? Will we lose more trade deals? What will Trump demand in return for grooming FauxMo?

    • I never know what to make of Paul. He writes a lot of good stuff but every so often he goes weak on the government, makes excuses for appalling actions. and gets things very wrong. I’m never sure which side he is on.

  22. From the BBC, an article on how the spread of misinformation about coronavirus is killing gullible prople.

    Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation
    By Marianna Spring
    Specialist disinformation and social media reporter
    https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-52731624

    In Australia the lies are being spread by the Murdoch media, shockjocks and on social media by the likes of Pete Evans.

  23. Claims by the NSW government and police that those attending today’s Sydney Black Lives Matter protest would not use social distancing were the excuse used to ban it.

    Funny though – in the same city you can send your kids to school, go to a pub or the footy, spend the long weekend at a crowded resort or camp site and even go to the markets.

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

    You just cam’t protest against racism.

  24. My area has been booked out for the long weekend. None of the tourists flocking around the main part of town are bothering with social distancing.

    There has not been a case of COVID-19 here for over a month. If we see new cases over the next month we will know where the infection came from – fracking tourists.

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