Would it be nasty to hope they all catch The Plague?

Fiona thought this should be the next thread starter. I hope you agree.

What mind-bending hypocrisy! One day the federal Libs are whinging about having to go into quarantine, the next they are planning fundraisers starring the PM’s mate Ben Morton.

Would it be nasty to hope they all catch The Plague?

Liberal party plans three $2,500-a-head fundraising events in Canberra amid Covid risk
Attendees told social distancing will be in force and plans may change if crisis deteriorates

The Liberal party is attempting to organise at least three fundraising events in Canberra to coincide with the looming resumption of parliament, despite prior health advice warning of the heightened Covid-19 risk posed by sitting periods.

Guardian Australia understands that the party’s Western Australian division is organising three separate Liberal party fundraising dinners featuring the prime minister’s assistant minister, Ben Morton, for the two-week sitting period starting 24 August.

The events are planned for 25 August, 26 August and 2 September, and are advertised as featuring appearances from Paul Fletcher, the communications minister, Simon Birmingham, the trade minister, and Anne Ruston, the social services minister, respectively.

Attendees are being asked to pay $2,500 a head, and told that social distancing will be in force and that the plans may change if the Covid-19 crisis deteriorates further.

The party’s decision to plan fundraising events in Canberra sits uncomfortably with previous health advice about sitting periods

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/11/liberal-party-plans-three-2500-a-head-fundraising-events-in-canberra-amid-covid-risk

355 thoughts on “Would it be nasty to hope they all catch The Plague?

    • Open Gareth’s tweet and read his thread for more on the WA thing.

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A study retreat is the suspected catalyst for a ballooning COVID-19 cluster linked to Tangara School for Girls, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns camps and excursions are a pandemic no-go. Opus Dei – I offer no comment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/religious-study-retreat-at-centre-of-covid-cluster-20200811-p55kpw.html
    According to David Crowe, one of Australia’s most experienced aged care experts urged the Morrison government to send federal workers to help the sector combat the coronavirus months before infections surged. Things might be unravelling a bit for the federal government at the royal commission and this guy’s appearance today might flesh something out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/expert-wanted-federal-workers-in-aged-care-homes-months-before-outbreak-20200811-p55krm.html
    Victoria’s coronavirus count would have to drop to fewer than 20 cases a day before experts say it could be safe to start easing restrictions, but this milestone may not be too far away, writes Aisha Dow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/magic-covid-milestone-could-be-just-around-the-corner-20200811-p55kpr.html
    Reverend Bill Crews explains how the poor are being disproportionately affected by lockdowns. He calls for governments to supply face masks free to these people.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/provide-free-face-masks-for-the-poor-20200810-p55k6v.html
    In a long look at what the pandemic and its wake have in store for us, Ross Gittins opines that unless we do a lot more to correct it, the biggest and baddest continuing effect of the pandemic will be on the careers of young people leaving education during the recession and what looks like being a long and weak recovery.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/post-viral-life-don-t-mourn-the-death-of-the-handshake-just-yet-20200811-p55kjf.html
    And, in quite an interesting contribution, Professor Judith Bessant writes that only real change will help us emerge from this economic crisis. She says Australians cannot afford Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s leap “back to the future” by embracing Thatcher’s brand of free market economics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/only-real-change-will-help-us-emerge-from-this-economic-crisis-20200808-p55ju4.html
    In many ways after almost 30 years without a recession, the hubris surrounding the Australian economy is quite similar to that which surrounded the Cunard ocean liner, Titanic, writes Tarric Brooker.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australias-titanic-economy-is-sinking,14191
    Chip Le Grand writes about Dan Andrews and thew conflicting claims about ADF support for Victoria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/uncertain-answer-leaves-premier-facing-more-questions-20200811-p55kqz.html
    And Tom Burton reckons Sgt Schultz was busy at Victoria’s quarantine inquiry yesterday.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/hotel-quarantine-inquiry-a-sergeant-shultz-show-20200811-p55kj8
    Phil Coorey says that the Morrison government is deflecting blame for the aged care crisis.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-government-deflects-blame-for-aged-care-crisis-20200811-p55khs
    An aged care home in Kilsyth where residents have died of coronavirus was found to be in chaos when an alternative workforce was sent in to replace permanent staff writes Clay Lucas for The Age.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/new-staff-found-kirkbrae-aged-care-home-in-chaos-union-says-20200811-p55kr0.html
    Elderly people in aged-care facilities infected with COVID-19 are being refused hospital admission and are instead being heavily sedated in understaffed and under-siege nursing homes, writes Sharri Markson.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/sick-sedated-residents-trapped-in-agedcare-homes/news-story/e5dbfc18acf5ca560869de825f60e0ca
    Michelle Grattan says that, given the federal government’s rejection of the ryal commission’s statement that there was no aged care Covid-19 plan, the regulator, Janet Anderson, can expect a grilling at the commission today.
    https://theconversation.com/government-rejects-royal-commissions-claim-of-no-aged-care-plan-as-commission-set-to-grill-regulator-144301
    Daniel Andrews has locked down Victoria indefinitely. NSW is intent on its whack-a-mole strategy. Other states want elimination not suppression. Business, meanwhile, is just trying to keep breathing, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/keep-calm-and-carry-on-somehow-20200811-p55ko2
    Covid has exposed weaknesses in Australia’s political system but at a fundamental level it’s holding up explains Peter Lewis, supported by the latest Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2020/aug/11/covid-has-exposed-weaknesses-in-australias-political-system-but-at-a-fundamental-level-its-holding-up
    Given the pandemic’s impact on mental health, the media must not self-censor when it comes to covering suicide in Australia says Martin McKenzie-Murray.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/12/journalists-must-overcome-their-reticence-to-report-on-suicide-now-more-than-ever
    Nicholas Stuart explains why Labor is holding its breath and lurking beneath the surface.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6873807/why-labor-is-holding-its-breath-and-lurking-beneath-the-surface/?cs=14264&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
    Phil Coorey says, “The federal government says it will stare down Labor over extending industrial relations exemptions to businesses that will lose JobKeeper at the end of September, effectively daring the Opposition to either pass the laws or block the new wage subsidy package worth more than $30 billion.”
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/government-confident-labor-will-accept-jobkeeper-ir-changes-20200811-p55khw
    Ben Butler explains how Jobkeeper payments are flowing to shareholders.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/12/the-dividendkeeper-shuffle-how-jobkeeper-payments-are-flowing-to-shareholders
    Nick McKenzie reports that suspended NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane is demanding the federal police either provide evidence or clear his name in the Chinese government interference case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/put-up-or-shut-up-says-labor-mp-raided-in-chinese-influence-investigation-20200811-p55kny.html
    Peter Hannam reports that Sydney’s dams are almost full and overflowing – and there is more to come.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/sydney-s-dams-start-to-spill-after-a-saturating-six-months-20200811-p55koo.html
    More from Hanna as he reports that the NSW resources regulator has charged the company over 16 alleged breaches of the mining laws involving exploration and operations at its mine near Boggabri in the state’s north.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/whitehaven-coal-faces-16-charges-for-breaching-nsw-mining-laws-20200811-p55kk2.html
    Anthony Galloway tells us that Australia’s defence industry will have to triple in size for the government to deliver on a series of new weapons while maintaining sovereign capability.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-defence-industry-needs-to-triple-output-to-keep-up-with-arms-race-20200811-p55kko.html
    Ben Packham reports that two former defence ministers say military leaders must be held to account if Australian special forces soldiers are found to have committed war crimes in Afghanistan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/exministers-says-top-brass-cant-duck-warcrime-allegations/news-story/a041bb11f9f4df880e1a06c2df5a895a
    And Michelle Grattan writes that the government and the Australian Defence Force are bracing for reputational damage to the military from damning findings in an imminent report on Australian Special Forces’ behaviour in Afghanistan.
    https://theconversation.com/government-bracing-for-damning-report-on-alleged-special-forces-incidents-in-afghanistan-144284
    Joel Fitzgibbon is getting behind the government’s plans for gas and its distribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-warms-to-gas-plan-put-to-morrison-government-20200811-p55kq7.html
    But the SMH editorial says, “The Morrison government has made the right call by spending billions supporting the economy during the current pandemic but it would be a waste of money and a breach of its own principles if it threw taxpayer cash into a plan that has been floated to encourage new natural gas fields.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/illogical-to-use-taxpayer-funds-for-new-gas-fields-20200811-p55kpi.html
    The head of Scott Morrison’s Covid advisory commission says he has been approached by business leaders wanting the government to use the recovery from the pandemic to lock in low-emissions energy, but his organisation is not recommending “a green recovery per se”, writes Katharine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/11/australias-covid-commission-downplays-green-recovery-and-confirms-gas-push
    The Labor Party is now at a fork in the road with their energy and climate policy: an ambitious renewable energy policy platform, or, protecting jobs while seeing fossil fuel to its inevitable demise, writes Tim Cornwall.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/whats-next-for-labor-on-climate,14193
    Food prices will rise for consumers and profits will fall for farmers unless an urgent fix is found for the coronavirus-driven worker shortage, the farm lobby says, as it warns union demands to source local labour will lead to food rotting in the field.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/farm-labour-shortage-risks-food-price-spike-as-aussies-shun-harvest-jobs-20200811-p55knb.html
    The Australian tells us that Western Australia has introduced unprecedented emergency legislation to protect the state from a whopping $30bn-plus legal claim from Clive Palmer.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/emergency-bill-to-block-clive-palmers-30bn-mine-lawsuit/news-story/3a6d86ce29a6b490203d5749e19b2e9f
    “Serious and organised crime targeting early release of superannuation payments (ERS), real estate agents encouraging tenants to access ERS to meet rental payments, credit providers advising borrowers to use ERS meet loan repayments and members of the public being charged fees to access ERS,” ASIC has said in its response to questions on notice from a parliamentary committee.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/serious-and-organised-crime-targeting-super-scheme-asic-20200811-p55koy.html
    John Collett writes that retirement savings are expected to take an unprecedented hit as a result of the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic due to high levels of unemployment, minimal growth in wages and depressed investment returns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/pandemic-set-to-savage-retirement-savings-20200806-p55j9d.html
    The cut to dividends is a wake-up call for investors who refuse to let go of the idea that bank payouts are guaranteed perpetual income machines, says Robert Guy in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/it-s-time-to-stop-whining-about-bank-dividends-20200811-p55khb
    But Michael Gable reckons a combination of possible improving COVID-19 news and earnings upside surprises could provide the catalyst for our sharemarket to march higher.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/why-our-sharemarket-is-showing-so-much-resilience-20200810-p55kdu.html
    Elizabeth Knight tells us that in less than six months Sydney Airport has moved from being one of the most reliable providers of dividends, to a company with some of the most uncertain prospects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/first-virgin-then-qantas-sydney-airport-has-nowhere-to-hide-from-covid-19-20200811-p55kog.html
    Lisa Cox reveals that government documents show Walker Corporation, a major Liberal party donor, lobbied former federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg to remove an area from internationally listed wetlands for its Toondah Harbour apartment and retail development.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/12/developer-lobbied-frydenberg-to-de-list-area-of-wetland-for-queenslands-toondah-harbour-complex
    What a disaster the two peas in a pod have proven to be, writes John Lord about Trump and Morrison.
    https://theaimn.com/what-a-disaster-the-two-peas-in-a-pod-have-proven-to-be/
    David Penberthy wonders if Rebekha Sharkie will take the Liberals’ bait. If she does she’s lost me.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/coalition-woos-rebekha-sharkie-and-stirling-griff/news-story/62c7be762de0fcf8d981c987bba76e28
    Canberra Liberals election candidate Peter McKay has resigned over comments condemning the Welcome to Country ceremony and alleging the ACT’s “homosexual chief minister” influenced a police investigation. The Liberals DO pick some beauties at times!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6874059/liberal-candidate-dumped-over-comments-claiming-homosexual-chief-minister-influenced-police-response/?cs=14225
    And in Victoria another religious nutter leaves the Liberal party.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/key-figure-in-victorian-liberals-religious-right-faction-quits-post-20200811-p55kjh.html
    Dr Prateek Bandopadhayay writes, “The stigma of being a “resident” is the cursed narrative of aged care that befalls even well-intentioned people – from politicians to doctors, to even human rights lawyers – into failing their obligations to treat people who reside in aged care facilities with the dignity and care all human beings are entitled to.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-resident-of-aged-care-shouldn-t-need-to-surrender-their-human-rights-20200808-p55ju3.html
    Facebook said it had removed 7 million posts in the second quarter for sharing false information about the novel coronavirus, including content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures. I’d rather remove Facebook itself!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/facebook-removes-7-million-posts-for-sharing-false-information-on-coronavirus-20200812-p55ksw.html
    Hong Kong is not dead, just entering a new phase of struggle says the Lowy Institute’s Ben Bland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/hong-kong-is-not-dead-just-entering-a-new-phase-of-struggle-20200811-p55kly.html
    President Vladimir Putin says Russia has become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess. No stage 3 testing though.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2020/08/11/russia-approves-coronavirus-vaccine/
    Plans by Donald Trump to convene a Group of Seven leaders summit, including Scott Morrison as a special guest, appear over with the President saying the meeting should wait until after the US presidential election in November and then be held over the web.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pm-seeking-clarity-after-trump-cans-g7-summit-20200811-p55kl8
    The executive actions President Donald Trump took on the weekend were pitched as a unilateral jolt for an ailing economy. But there is only one group of workers that seems guaranteed to benefit from them, at least right away. It’s lawyers says The New York Times’ Jim Tankersley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/trump-s-economic-surgery-won-t-achieve-much-20200810-p55k3q.html
    Stephen Loosely thinks there is a chance that Trump take his bat and quit the presidential race.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/will-donald-trump-take-his-bat-and-quit-the-presidential-race/news-story/17697b71b9d86f4d52dc4f97a18380c5
    A federal judge on Monday ordered the unsealing and release of correspondences from lawyers for celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Victoria’s Secret founder Leslie Wexner in a defamation case that is likely to reveal more about the secretive life of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/court-ruling-could-spill-more-jeffrey-epstein-secrets-20200811-p55kjn.html

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  2. Jacinta Ardern press conference live here (its been underway for a while)

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12355856

  3. I find it amazing that the Sydney cases are all connected to people with enough disposable income
    To eat in restaurants
    Goto pubs
    Pay private school fees

    Yet the virus hasn’t infected workers in abattoirs, distribution centres, aged care

    Or maybe sick casual workers continue to go to work

    • That had occurred to me too.

      I’d say sick casual workers are still working, they cannot afford to take time off.

      If Gladys does not bring in a NSW lockdown by the end of the week NSW will be in the same situation as Victoria, the demographics of the spreaders might seem different but the outcome will be the same.

      The Sydney-centric media are not reporting this, but the virus has spread to Newcastle with a few schools closed for cleaning over the last week and one man with Covid visiting three places including a big football match.

      We had a young couple arrested in Coffs Harbour a few days ago, Victorians who had abused their travel permit by going on what seemed to be an extended tour of the north coast. They had spent a night here before heading north and getting arrested,

      NSW has already dealt with nursing home outbreaks, not all that well either.

  4. I’ve just been listening to the union reps speaking at the aged care RC.

    They were –
    Annie Butler, Federal Secretary Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
    Diana Asmar,Secretary, Health Workers Union
    Carolyn Smith, WA State Secretary, United workers Union.

    The commissioners were shocked by their evidence, absolutely gobsmacked, actually.

    The women spoke about lack of communication with staff, staffing issues, the need for casual workers to work at three or four different homes to earn enough to live on. (Which we knew.) They also said there would have been far fewer deaths in nursing homes if workers had one steady, decently paid job instead of having to travel to different places. There was much, much more.

    They placed the blame for poor management not only of the pandemic but for years of failure squarely where it belongs – on the federal government.

    The transcript will be released tonight, it will be well worth reading.

    There is a link to the transcripts on this page- https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/hearings-and-workshops/sydney-hearing-2

    I also saw part of Professor Joe Ibrahim (mentioned in David Crowe’s article this morning). What I heard was not good news for the government.

  5. Missus has gone by ambulance to local A&E hopefully to ascertain the aeteology of her condition (see what I did there)

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  6. The RC continues with Brendan Murphy and Michael Lye, Deputy Secretary for Ageing and Aged Care, Commonwealth Department of Health being grilled, and I mean grilled.

    They are not performing well.

    A little while ago Murphy was asked a question which he attempted to fudge off to Mr Lye. Peter Rozen QC, senior council assisting, wasn’t having that. “I asked you, Professor Murphy, I want you to answer.” Murphy stammered through a sort of answer.

    Then a few minutes later Murphy tried to coach Lye.
    Rozen – “Did you just whisper to Mr Lye telling him the answer you wanted him to give?”

    And then, as Murphy launches into a long diatribe which does not answer the question he was asked, Rozen says wtte “This is not an opportunity for you to make speeches, just answer the question.”

    Commissioner Tony Pagone has just had a go at the hapless pair for shuffling paperwork, he was offended by the noise they were making because it is magnified by their equipment. .

    This is not the confident Murphy we have seen in pressers with the CrimeMinister.

  7. Noice to see the ‘war spirit’ in action as Auckland locks down.
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    11m ago
    06:00
    Phil Taylor reports for the Guardian from Auckland:
    Mary Robson, 77, said having to remain indoors again was sad, “but it’s a wise decision. I will do that but I’m old school – born during the war years”.

    The Guardian met her just after she lost her bank card. Robson handed a fish merchant $5 – all the cash she had with her – only to be given a bag of fillets and her money back.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/aug/12/coronavirus-live-news-lebanon-sees-record-cases-after-blast-as-new-zealands-biggest-city-heads-into-lockdown

  8. KK is highlighting a bit of Sky from yesterday. Not a bad watch.

  9. Oh, the highs and lows of living in the country. Had to follow and cattle truck home from town for about 18ks, windscreen and front of car covered in a very wet mixture. Just what I didn’t need. Had to hose the car down. Where’s the rain when you need it?

  10. Almost want to go to Hall and give them a rousing cheer.

    When they reach the ACT, they will need to attend the ACT Government’s reception centre, off the Barton Highway at Victoria Street, Hall. Signage will be there to guide travellers. ACT and NSW Policing will be in attendance to ensure residents have arrived safely and to offer any support needed. They will then be able to proceed directly to their place of residence for their period of quarantine.

    https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/update-on-restrictions-for-those-seeking-to-enter-the-act-from-victoria-by-road

    Who said Gladys was a bitch! (Oh, I did; and she still is)

  11. Ah Yes Gravel, not just the country either.
    Many years ago I worked in Port Melbourne, Quite a lot of Sheep and Cattle were moved back and forth along Williamstown road heading for King Island, Flinders Island and Tassie. I was following a double decker cattle truck down Williamstown road at a decent distance when an impatient young female in an open topped sports car had had enough and passed me, At the next traffic lights she moved up beside the truck so as to get in front of it when the lights changed. At this moment a very nervous cow let go with a green Niagara falls.

    • Something that really annoyed me this morning (Rick mentions it in his thread) was Dr Nigel Lyons (Deputy Secretary Health System Strategy and Planning NSW Ministry of Health) repeatedly referring to inmates of nursing homes being “decanted” to hospitals, as if they were some sort of product to be shoved around or poured out. I kept thinking of Soylent Green while he spoke.

  12. Suggestions Australia’s aged care response has been marred by an attitude of futility are an insult to every Australian who has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says.

    It comes after the aged care royal commission today heard expert evidence that aged care residents, many of whom would die prematurely as a result of the pandemic, had been treated like second-class citizens.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-12/dcmo-says-criticism-of-aged-care-coronavirus-response-insulting/12551404

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson goes to town over what he describes as a national disgrace – the failure to plan for aged care. OUCH!!!!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-disgrace-of-aged-care-is-a-national-flaw-the-failure-to-plan-20200812-p55kza.html
    Numerous inquiries, reviews and consultations over the years have provided mounds of evidence of negligence, neglect and abuse in residential aged care homes. Yet the recommendations have mostly been ignored. Now we watch in horror as the number of elderly residents who die from Covid-19 continues to climb. The government is eventually going to have to explain to the nation how this entirely predictable tragedy occurred on its watch, writes Dr Sarah Russell.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/covid-19-tragedy-in-aged-care-whose-side-is-the-coalition-government-on/
    Australian politics has narrowed, and that isn’t good, laments John Warhurst.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6874915/australian-politics-has-narrowed-and-that-isnt-good/?cs=14350&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
    Christopher Knaus reports that a committee stacked with Liberal and Labor MPs has said there is no compelling need for federal politicians to face a binding code of conduct and has recommended against establishing an independent parliamentary standards commissioner. Gutless, the lot of them!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/12/australian-politicians-dont-need-a-binding-code-of-conduct-liberal-and-labor-mps-say
    A political party focused on the creation of a federal independent commission against corruption is nearing its quota of members. Investigations editor Ross Jones reports.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/federal-icac-now-you-can-make-a-difference,14196
    Niki Savva says that Morrison has dodged and weaved his way through the crisis but Question Time looms. This is a very interesting contribution.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/we-all-make-mistakes-and-the-pm-has-made-a-few-during-covid19/news-story/c76497cec91f0ca2ce2e51090c9b7130
    The Guardian outlines what was a very important day at the aged care royal commission yesterday.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/12/australias-covid-aged-care-deaths-worst-disaster-that-is-still-unfolding-before-my-eyes
    And Michelle Grattan tells us how the Royal Commission into Aged Care reminded Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy that IT sets the rules.
    https://theconversation.com/royal-commission-into-aged-care-reminds-health-department-secretary-brendan-murphy-it-sets-the-rules-144385
    According to Michael Pascoe, HomeBuilder has not been enough to ease the three-year construction slide.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/property/2020/08/13/construction-downturn-homebuilder-pascoe/
    Jennifer Duke tells us that the Tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham, says states will have to prop up businesses reliant on interstate travel themselves should they keep borders closed longer than needed. So just who will decide that and what will be the precursors for it?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/states-and-territories-put-on-notice-over-unnecessary-border-restrictions-20200812-p55ku2.html
    The SMH revisits the highlights of the Ruby Princess inquiry in front of the release of the report tomorrow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/return-to-troubled-waters-inquiry-to-report-on-ruby-princess-fallout-20200812-p55kxl.html
    The slowest wages growth on record and collapsing consumer confidence in the wake of Victoria’s unfolding coronavirus disaster has increased pressure on the Morrison government to bring forward personal income tax cuts in its October budget, reports Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pressure-on-for-early-tax-cuts-as-wages-slump-and-confidence-tumbles-20200812-p55l19.html
    Jess Irvine says that economically, the jury is still out on lockdowns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/economically-the-jury-is-still-out-on-lockdowns-20200812-p55l2y.html
    Adele Ferguson and Lisa Visentin write about how Dominic Perrottet’s own department raised concerns about his close relationship with icare, warning the scandal-ridden insurer often bypassed the bureaucracy, failed to comply with key policies and lacked transparency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/department-warned-icare-had-direct-line-to-the-treasurer-20200811-p55klv.html
    One of the biggest measures of the federal aged care financial assistance package was a workforce retention bonus, but workers waited four months to receive it, writes David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/aged-care-operators-were-left-waiting-for-promised-financial-aid-20200812-p55l4f.html
    Unsurprisingly, Labor caucus members have dismissed a call from resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon to back new gas pipelines with taxpayer support, venting their frustration over a split on energy policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-anger-over-fitzgibbon-s-support-for-gas-20200812-p55l48.html
    New outbreak data shows that abattoirs and warehouses are the workplace settings with the most COVID-19 cases. But aged care, healthcare providers, schools and households remain the major places for transmission of the virus in Victoria.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/new-data-reveals-workplaces-with-most-covid-19-infections-as-active-cases-drop-20200812-p55l0l.html
    Yes, it looks like Victoria has passed the peak of its second wave. It probably did earlier than we think, explains biostatistician, Professor Ian Marschner.
    https://theconversation.com/yes-it-looks-like-victoria-has-passed-the-peak-of-its-second-wave-it-probably-did-earlier-than-we-think-144200
    The Age says that a timeline of ADF communications reveals that top brass repeatedly made it clear that help was available to all states, but the Andrews government and Victoria’s emergency agencies chose not to call on defence personnel to strengthen the state’s quarantine arrangements.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/timeline-points-to-australian-defence-force-offer-of-quarantine-help-20200812-p55l31.html
    The New Daily says that, as the war of words continues, Daniel Andrews has dismissed the defence minister’s comments on Victoria’s botched hotel quarantine, saying he doesn’t know or deal with her, as the state’s tensions with Canberra continue over the scheme.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/vic/2020/08/12/hotel-quarantine-coronavirus-2/
    The Victorian Opposition has been unable to capitalise on the Melbourne quarantine debacle, triggering great internal angst, writes Aaron Patrick.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/struggling-against-andrews-vic-liberals-consider-leader-swap-20200806-p55j5c
    Clay Lucas writes that health experts and advocates has said the effects of six months of preventative lockdowns in aged care may be worse on elderly residents than coronavirus itself.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/experts-warn-of-hidden-toll-on-aged-care-residents-in-lockdown-20200812-p55l39.html
    Meanwhile, the aged care regulator is investigating a Melbourne aged care home following reports it used sedatives to manage the behaviour of some residents who had tested positive for Covid-19.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/13/australian-experts-warn-against-the-use-of-sedatives-to-contain-covid-spread-in-aged-care
    New Zealand officials are investigating the possibility that its first COVID-19 cases in more than three months were infected by imported freight, as the country plunged back into lockdown yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/freight-a-possible-source-of-new-coronavirus-cluster-officials-20200812-p55kz4.html
    NBN Co has demonstrated its capability to offer greater capacity, yet the government is encouraging a telco monopolisation, writes Paul Budde. He says the government realises it has built a network that is far too expensive and it is now struggling to safeguard its financial investment in it.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/call-for-an-nbn-user-revolt-to-send-a-message-to-the-government,14194
    Nick Toscano reports that a group representing top super funds says an inquiry into the destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters has exposed serious operational failures at Rio Tinto.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/unacceptable-failures-super-funds-call-rio-tinto-to-account-over-cave-blast-20200812-p55l1m.html
    More than 2600 staff at the National Australia Bank will have to reapply for jobs in three divisions as the financial giant restructures itself under a new chief executive and deals with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/nab-staff-in-firing-line-as-bank-pushes-ahead-with-restructure-amid-pandemic-20200812-p55l13.html
    The strong capital buffers built before the crisis are now helping the banks absorb the punch from COVID-19 says the editorial in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/bank-buffers-shore-up-hope-amid-the-crisis-20200812-p55kuc
    A Senate hearing has heard that the threat of jail has weighed heavily on the journalists involved in the police raids last year.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/media-and-marketing/jail-threats-hanging-over-journalists-heads-unacceptable-20200812-p55kuk
    The Commonwealth has been extremely cruel to Centrelink recipients but there’s no suggestion that those who designed and implemented Robodebt will face any punishment. Yet lawyers who unwittingly cause distress to public officials when defending clients could face criminal charges. Ian Cunliffe investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/robodebt-changes-to-criminal-code-pave-way-for-action-against-lawyers-who-vigorously-defend-clients/
    According to Caroline Cummings. vacancy rates in Australia’s city skyscrapers have close to doubled as they sit devoid of office workers, and things could get worse as experts warn normal conditions may not return for another two years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/office-vacancy-rates-on-the-rise-as-pandemic-takes-its-toll-20200812-p55kzr.html
    And the Property Council’s new numbers on office vacancies show the effects of the pandemic. Rents and values will fall – it’s just a matter of how much, writes Robert Harley.
    https://www.afr.com/property/commercial/in-office-markets-defying-gravity-how-low-will-falling-rents-go-20200811-p55ksg
    Daniel Hurst writes that Australia’s TAFE system generates an estimated $90bn in economic benefits each year but is “crumbling from neglect and policy vandalism”, according to a new report from The Australia Institute.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/13/tafe-system-crumbling-from-neglect-and-policy-vandalism-report-warns
    Australia’s consumer watchdog is investigating international airlines flying into the country during the pandemic, amid allegations operators are cancelling economy passengers’ tickets in favour of business and first-class customers, as companies comply with a strict cap on overseas arrivals.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/13/accc-investigates-complaints-about-airlines-flying-to-australia-during-covid-19
    The pandemic could be the last straw for global supply chains. Australia has more at stake than most warns Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/australia-s-economy-in-crosshairs-as-pandemic-threatens-global-supply-chains-20200812-p55kya.html
    COVID-19 has returned to New Zealand a little more than month out from the nation’s elections. It’s a tough time to be a rival of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, says Paul Little.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-politics-of-covid-in-new-zealand-ardern-s-warmth-has-united-us-20200812-p55l1u.html
    Last year was one of the three warmest on record, with glaciers melting, sea levels rising and a spate of fires, heatwaves and droughts, research published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society showed. Has it been peer reviewed by Malcolm Roberts yet?
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/last-year-was-one-of-three-warmest-on-record-researchers-find-20200813-p55l6h.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that Kamala Harris can strike a blow for diversity in politics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/kamala-harris-can-strike-a-blow-for-diversity-in-politics-20200812-p55l1q.html
    Greg Sheridan thinks Harris was the right choice.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/from-a-weak-field-kamala-harris-the-right-choice-for-biden-running-mate/news-story/79766303dd602872c63a5e06578069b5
    Matthew Knott looks at the possibility that Bide will be put into the shadows by his more youthful running mate.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/with-harris-biden-seeks-spark-but-no-extra-glare-for-campaign-20200812-p55kvq.html
    Arwa Mahdawi tells us how Donald Trump is driving Americans to renounce their citizenship.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/12/how-donald-trump-is-driving-americans-to-renounce-their-citizenship

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  14. I’ve noticed increasing use of the term “care home” to refer to the institutions where we park our elderly relatives while they wait to die.

    These places are not providing “care” and should not be referred to as “care homes”.

    As we have seen this week, and through years of inquiries, these places are simply profit-making machines for big companies, many of them overseas owned. They are not interested in providing care, they just want the money. Everything they do is aimed at making bigger profits – skimping on staff, refusing to have registered medical staff always on the premises, refusing to provide adequate equipment and PPE, providing “meals” that a starving dog would refuse to eat, refusing to allow more than two incontinence pads a day, refusing to change soiled sheets and much more.

    Blame it on John Howard, who colluded with his good mate Doug Moran to change the rules to allow said mate to make more millions from his aged “care” empire, no doubt as a reward for Doug’s generous donations to the Liberal Party.

    Aged care has been broken for years, no-one seems interested in fixing it.

  15. This government really, really hates the idea students from average families (and students from – Oh Horror! – poor single parent families) go to uni. They would prefer universities catered only to the privileged.

    Dan Tehan (who woulds have completed his first degree just as HECS was being introduced, and has never has to struggle with a HECS debt at all) has released a new way of “helping” students who are not wealthy and are struggling with debts – kicking them out.

    The Government Plans To Kick Struggling Uni Students Off HECS In Order To ‘Help’ Them

    The Federal government has announced a plan to remove HECs-HELP access from university students who fail multiple classes in their first year, giving struggling students the option of dropping out or continuing while facing a monumental amount of debt.

    In a statement today, Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced a plan to “put students’ interest first” by rescinding access to HECs-HELP or FEE-HELP for first-year students who have failed “more than 50 per cent of eight or more units of a Bachelor course

    https://junkee.com/hecs-fail-students/265959

    The really sneaky way this has been announced while everyone is looking at aged care deaths and the 2nd wave of the virus is particularly nasty. Even worse is the deliberate targeting of poorer students right at a time when many have lost the part-time work they once relied on, have lost accommodation and are struggling to keep up with their studies.

    It’s just a clever (in the CrimeMinisterial sense) way to cleanse universities of those this government sees as undesirable. If a student loses HECS then they will have no alternative but giving up their studies.

    Where do they go then? TAFE across Australia has been almost destroyed by Coalition/Liberal state governments. Private colleges are untrustworthy and do not offer qualifications employers want.

  16. What is the effing purpose of having an abc24 news channel on the tv, when they then cut out of a press conference and tell you to go to the abc youtube channel on your computer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. I admit to being pretty damn depressed about the situation in Victoria now.

    The Coalition and Media are working a tag-team effort to bring down the Andrews government. This benefits nobody except the Coalition’s political prospects.

    Them constantly denigrating the state government simply means that their supporters are encouraged to ignore them and put public health into jeopardy. If 20-30% of the population is like “Screw Daniel Andrews, he’s an incompetent tyrannical liar, I don’t have to sacrifice my comfort for him” and they go about activities that spread the virus around more, and Victoria will take much more longer to recover from this second wave.

    Meanwhile, Scotty from Marketing is able to get away with anything and everything it seems. In fact, I wouldn’t put it past him that he’s actively trying to keep the covid numbers high in Victoria in order to both use it as a weapon against Andrews’ government and punish us for mostly voting Labor state and federally.

    • I’ve thought the same about the CrimeMinister. He’s a very nasty person, incredibly dishonest and would use and abuse anyone to get what he wants.

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  18. The day in the Aged Care RC

    The federal government acted with “self-congratulation” and “hubris” by not learning lessons and not preparing Victoria for its devastating outbreak of coronavirus in aged care, a royal commission has heard.

    The counsel assisting the commission, Peter Rozen QC, delivered the strong criticism in his closing remarks to a week of emergency hearings, called to examine how the coronavirus pandemic entered Australia’s nursing homes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/13/australian-government-acted-with-hubris-before-victorias-aged-care-outbreak-inquiry-told

  19. I just hope that Dan A. hangs on. He looks a bit thinner while Morrison is getting fatter. We’re living through a horrible time made worse by this contemptible government.

  20. The more I witness Morrison the more I see a miniTrump.

    Without, of course, the financial backing – which he will NEVER get.

    And yes, I’ve just finished reading Mary Trump’s measured analysis of her family.

  21. The CrimeMinister is nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is, no matter what the grovelling lackeys of the MSM say. .

    Anyone who is gullible enough to fall for the crap preached by the Pentecostal church is not very bright.

    Anyone stupid enough to believe the garbage pushed out by QAnon is extremely dimwitted.

    That makes the CrimeMinister doubly stupid because he believes it all, from both sources, without question. Not only that, he allows these phony beliefs to influence his government’s policies. His stupidity makes him incredibly dangerous, as does his adoration of Trump.

    And – FauxMo must be devastated that Trump has called off his in-person G7 meeting and instead wants an online meeting after the US elections. No cosy dinners with Trump now, no photo ops, no nothing for FauxMo.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Leaked emails show the infection that started the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria came from a staff member at one of Melbourne’s busiest quarantine hotels, and not a security guard. This changes the story a bit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/patient-zero-for-victoria-s-second-wave-was-not-a-security-guard-20200813-p55li3.html
    Julie Power tells us that during a week of harrowing evidence at the royal commission, the government has said the National Cabinet will discuss aged care preparedness next week.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/national-cabinet-to-debate-aged-care-after-royal-commission-findings-20200813-p55leb.html
    The federal government acted with “self-congratulation” and “hubris” by not learning lessons and not preparing Victoria for its devastating outbreak of coronavirus in aged care, a royal commission has heard from Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Rozen QC.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/13/australian-government-acted-with-hubris-before-victorias-aged-care-outbreak-inquiry-told
    Michelle Grattan says that the Morrison government needs to improve, rather than defend, its poor COVID aged care performance.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-morrison-government-needs-to-improve-rather-than-defend-its-poor-covid-aged-care-performance-144447
    The government is eventually going to have to explain to the nation how this entirely predictable tragedy occurred on its watch, writes Dr Sarah Russell.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/covid-19-tragedy-in-aged-care-whose-side-is-the-coalition-government-on/
    Josh Butler outlines aged care’s fatal flaws exposed at the royal commission.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/08/14/royal-commission-aged-care-3/
    On the subject of aged care, the AIMN’s Rosemary J36 asks is Morrison is a sadist.
    https://theaimn.com/mr-morrison-are-you-a-sadist/
    David Crowe says that it’s noy only Dan Andrews that is running for cover. The name “Morrison” appears quite frequently in this contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-not-just-andrews-everyone-is-running-for-cover-20200813-p55lg5.html
    According to Michelle Pini, mainstream media holds politicians to account — some of them, sometimes.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mainstream-media-holds-politicians-to-account–some-of-them-sometimes,14200
    Michael Bachelard reports that some of Australia’s biggest not-for-profit nursing home providers are claiming financial hardship to argue they need millions of dollars in extra government funding even though they are generating large cash surpluses. He does, though, point to the fact that many smaller homes were struggling before the pandemic.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/non-profit-aged-care-homes-are-making-big-money-but-crying-poor-report-20200812-p55kwg.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that New Zealand must not repeat Victoria’s COVID-19 mistakes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/new-zealand-must-not-repeat-victoria-s-covid-19-mistakes-20200813-p55lj5.html
    In this essay Waleed Aly posits that a rich inner life might be only upside of this invincible pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-rich-inner-life-might-be-only-upside-of-this-invincible-pandemic-20200813-p55l9y.html
    CCTV reveals that less than a third of Sydney commuters are wearing face masks on public transport. Andrew Constance has warned that masks will be made compulsory unless more people start to comply.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cctv-monitors-how-many-are-wearing-masks-on-trains-20200813-p55lh4.html
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke report that Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said it would not “cut the mustard” for the government to take a holding position. She urged it to abandon its traditional hands-off approach to industrial development and deliberately nurture those sectors in which Australia could lead the world. So much for “snap back”!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/time-to-pick-winners-bca-says-new-approach-needed-to-end-recession-20200813-p55lee.html
    Treasury head Steven Kennedy has confidentially warned business and union leaders unemployment is expected to remain significantly above its pre-­pandemic levels for four or five years and the impact of the economic crisis will hit younger workers the hardest.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/the-unemployment-rate-climbed-to-75-in-july-abs/news-story/74a87e38a730e771b2fc856ac75e837f
    The Reserve Bank has run out of conventional weaponry in its fight against the recession, but it still has some experimental tools at its disposal explains Rod Meyer.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/news-federal-budget/2020/08/13/unconventional-policies-rba/
    Phil Coorey says that over the past month or so, as the federation began to fragment under the competing political, health and economic pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, the basic tenet that everyone has a vote has also begun to erode.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/logic-goes-missing-as-federation-fragments-20200812-p55l42
    NSW Police are examining whether Tangara School for Girls breached COVID-19 protocols after a coronavirus cluster associated with the school expanded to 20 cases on Thursday. Will they find that these Opus Dei incubants were in fact not protected by God?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-called-in-to-check-if-tangara-school-cluster-breached-health-orders-20200813-p55lkl.html
    According to Anthony Galloway and Rob Harris, the Morrison government plans to amend the Defence Act to hand the Prime Minister of the day the power to declare a national emergency or disaster and deploy the Australian Defence Force within Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lack-of-clarity-laws-to-be-changed-to-deploy-the-adf-domestically-20200813-p55lbm.html
    Jennifer Duke explains why the latest wages figures are really not worthy of crowing (in Michaelia Cash’s case, squawking) about.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/dude-where-s-my-pay-rise-wage-figures-not-quite-what-they-seem-20200813-p55lfa.html
    Mike Foley writes that the coronavirus and renewable energy generation are driving wholesale power prices to their lowest point in five years, as Energy Minister Angus Taylor warns electricity retailers they are on notice to pass the savings on to their customers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/covid-renewable-energy-combine-to-spark-hopes-for-power-bill-relief-20200813-p55lin.html
    The publicly owned workers’ compensation scheme paid for a right-wing US political operative to work in Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s office. Instead of ordering a judicial inquiry into the scandal, Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to stand by her man, writes Wendy Bacon.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/sham-inquiry-calls-grow-for-proper-investigation-into-scandal-ridden-nsw-workers-insurance-scheme-icare/
    Elizabeth Knight reckons Solomon Lew has gamed the government support system and turned in a profit during Covid times.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/sollykeeper-billionaire-lew-gives-retailers-a-lesson-on-how-to-win-during-covid-20200813-p55lg9.html
    The AFR’s Jacob Greber writes that, trapped in a pandemic nightmare seemingly without end, America has been told it must now brace for what will be the worst autumn in public health history.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/america-facing-its-worst-autumn-in-history-say-covid-experts-20200814-p55lm6
    Across the world, social democracies have fared much better than countries ruled by neoliberalism in combatting the effects of COVID-19, writes Rashad Seedeen.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/covid-19-demands-a-social-democratic-response-not-a-neoliberal-disaster,14195
    Trump says that he does not want to fund the US Postal Service because Democrats are seeking to expand mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, making explicit the reason he has declined to approve $US25 billion ($35 billion) in emergency funding for the cash-strapped agency. This is going to be an ugly political six months.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/trump-says-hes-blocking-postal-funding-because-democrats-want-to-expand-mail-in-voting-20200814-p55lm4.html
    Donald Trump has vowed to push ahead with the reopening of America’s schools, despite the US suffering nearly 1,500 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday, the highest number in a single day for three months.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/13/coronavirus-trump-schools-us-deaths-covid
    In this pandemic letter from America, the Brookings Institute’s Adam Elshaug tells us how the US handling of COVID-19 provides the starkest warning for us all.
    https://theconversation.com/pandemic-letter-from-america-how-the-us-handling-of-covid-19-provides-the-starkest-warning-for-us-all-144357
    Lawyers for a Porsche driver accused of taunting a dying police officer on a Melbourne freeway are fighting to have a key charge thrown out, arguing the prosecution rely on examples of the common law offence dating back 400 years.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/porsche-driver-richard-pusey-fighting-charge-as-plea-negotiations-stall-20200813-p55laa.html
    Ray Hadley accepts being “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ray-hadley-agrees-to-settle-court-action-brought-by-former-staffer-20200813-p55ljq.html

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  23. The CrimeMinister has gone AWOL again.

    Josh butler, in The New Daily –

    Mr Albanese claimed the government is “determined to avoid scrutiny at every single turn”.

    Labor sources pointed out Mr Morrison has not fronted a media conference or had an interview since Monday morning – before the royal commission’s damning findings became public.

    Instead, the PM delivered a pre-recorded video message on Facebook on Thursday, expressing condolences for victims

    What a coward! Too scared to face questions about his government’s failure in aged care, too afraid of criticism to appear in public so once again he hides under the bed and hopes it will all go away. He leaves all the questions to the incompetent Richard Colbeck, who no doubt thought the aged care portfolio would be a breeze where he would have to do nothing except appear at expensive nursing homes for morning tea with carefully selected inmates The CrimeMinister also left tricky questions to the CMO and his numerous deputies, knowing those obedient lapdogs would never admit mistakes had been made.

    Why have a PM when he’s never around when he is needed?

    Australia deserves better than a part-time PM who only turns up when he has good news and disappears at the first sign of a problem.

  24. Jenna Price on aged care’s profit before people thinking.

    Jenna also quotes Professor Joe Ibrahim explaining why he will never go into an aged care institution.

    Australia’s aged care model prioritises profit over people
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6876269/lets-face-it-we-dont-care-for-our-aged/?cs=14231

    And an excellent article from Dr Prateek Bandopadhayay on how moving into aged care currently means giving up your human rights.
    A resident of aged care shouldn’t need to surrender their human rights
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-resident-of-aged-care-shouldn-t-need-to-surrender-their-human-rights-20200808-p55ju3.html

  25. Today’s Johannes Leak cartoon – a disgusting combination of racism, misogyny and ageism – has stirred up quite a storm. This thread is just a part of it.

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