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


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

  1. #grumbles

    Today we have had four (4!) phone calls from “telstra” purporting to tell us that there is a problem with our internet connection. We have been fielding one or two a month for the last six months (funny, that’s the period of lockdown!) and usually the DB leads them on and then thanks them for helping correct the problem he’s been having with his “porn” downloads (HA! ie his “World of Warcraft” subscriptions *chuckles evilly*). That usually stops them for a week or two.

    Today … four of these ‘telstra’ calls, the latest claiming that “telstra” has the contract for monitoring the whole of the Australian internet.

    Now I know that some years ago there was talk about monitoring the ‘net, but neither of us can recall if there was any actual legislation put in place, or if this government has actually managed to slip a little something under the radar while we were all slightly distracted.
    I’m thinking that they are incompetant enough to have failed in this as in so many other things, but I’m just checking in case I’m wrong…


    • It is a scam, they aim to rile you up so that you can lower your guard and reveal further personal information.

      I find the best way to screen them is that when the phone rings and you answer, don’t say anything. If it’s an auto-dialing app used by scammers, if they dial a number, it answers and there’s no reply, they automatically end the call. However, if it’s genuinely someone trying to call you, they’ll obviously talk after a few seconds.

    • Oh, I do love my answering machine on occasion, I’m just not very good at using it *wry grimace* The DB on the other hand, takes wicked delight in talking to these people, leading them up and down the garden path (seeing how long he can keep them talking) and then thanking them kindly for preventing all the errors on his “porn*! (He is a very naughty boy!)

      What bothered me most was the claim that “telstra” had the right to monitor the Australian internet. Given the current collection in Canberra and their prediliction for hiding information, I thought I would just check. Just in case…

    • It’s a scam.

      I used to get occasional phone calls claiming to be from “the technical department of Telstra”. always an Asian voice with a fake name like “Liam” or “Matthew”.

      My usual way of dealing with these unwanted intrusions was to say “No you aren’t. Go away” and then hang up. Sometimes I’d be more – er – explicit.

      I kept my phone number when I moved to the NBN and now I have a phone that shows caller numbers, so I can avoid these pests.

      I really could never be bothered talking to them, even if it was just to tease they. I have never had any qualms about swearing at them, although normally I never use bad words. These pests ring uninvited, they do not deserve polite treatment.

  2. A master of the put down

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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  4. Oh Good Lord!

    As if Q&A wasn’t already dreary enough they have to invite this arsehole onto the panel to send the few viewers they have left racing for their remotes.

    Yep – let's invite Barnaby back on – that'll outrage a goodly dollop of those folks who can still be bothered to tune in. https://t.co/hLHTIsJpdJ— Coalition Tea Lady (@ItsBouquet) August 14, 2020

  5. The CrimeMinister believes he can keep on hiding information from us and we won’t even notice, in just the same wayashe believes we don’t notice his extended absences or the way when he does appear it’s to give allegedly “good” news, never to present bad news. He leaves the bad news to the state leaders. The MSM are complicit in this, of course.

  6. Coming soon to Australia?

    If the CrimeMinister gets his way it will be here in no time.

  7. The Federal Government rejected repeated requests to fund extra air support for fighting bushfires ahead of the last deadly season, arguing resources within the Home Affairs budget were too stretched.

    NAFC, which co-ordinates national water-bombing and air-support resources, had secured a one-off $11 million boost in December 2018, but the Commonwealth rejected a 2018 business case calling for an ongoing increase “due to other priorities within Government”.


    Did they get that $11 million? The Chief Weasel must have his own Sæhrímnir.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    • Insiders lost me years ago, the anti-Labor bias when Barrie Cassidy was running the show was too much for me.

      Honestly, I can’t see much difference now although I just read tweets and watch occasional interviews.

      A lot of viewers have left because they cannot accept David Speers hosting the show. They forget how biased it was before he took over. They also forget Speers, like Cassidy, gets instructions on what the ABC wants said.

      Cassidy used to tweet excellent thoughts during the week but on Sundays nothing would get a mention on Insiders.

      People make a fuss over the number of Murdoch employees on the panel. Didn’t they notice this last year, or for years? It’s not something new.

  9. Good thread –

  10. I was surprised that Shorten didn’t say that as the government pays around $120,000 per aged care bed, ie enough for each patient to have 3 aged care workers a day. Why are we seeing such neglect of residents? Could have had detail about Estia owners palatial Toorak spread featured in Australia Vogue in March with matching his & hers Maserati. Or could have quoted Micheal West aged care ownership stats

    I notice that aged care homes are refusing to readmit residents that have been in acute care hospitals, which is a common practice & which may explain reluctance to accept them into acute hospitals in first place

    We know that as of Thursday 1923 Covid cases in private aged care & 6 in state run facilities, with maybe 20% of residents load. Did you know that the state facility are places of last resort only avail when patient declined by all private providers?

    I reckon shorten, whom I like, needs to update his media training as he allowed speers to interrupt & change topic which ACTU won’t let speers get away with

  11. Neglect of residents has always existed in nursing homes. It is not something that started two weeks ago despite what the MSM would have us believe.

    Even the allegedly “good” homes skimp on staff and food.

    Anyone who has followed the evidence presented to the aged care RC knows this has been a constant issue for a very long time.

    This government just doesn’t care. They see nursing home residents as good for only one thing – guaranteed votes at election time. Teams of Liberal or National members descend on nursing homes to “help” residents vote. You might wonder how an old person with dementia could possibly vote. The answer – these “helpful” party members do it for them.

    You might wonder why a person with dementia still has the right to vote. There is a process to go through to have someone taken off the electoral roll.

    If your relative has dementia and they are no longer capable of understanding the nature and significance of enrolment and voting, you will need to complete the Objection claim that an elector should not be enrolled form to remove their name from the electoral roll. The medical certificate on the form must be completed and signed by a registered medical practitioner. Once the form is completed please return it to the AEC


    How many people would bother doing that?

    Also a worry is the growing number of people being forced into nursing homes by a dire shortage of home care packages. It seems when the CrimeMinister wants to draw attention away from yet another stuff-up by his government he announces a few more packages. These small additions don’t even dent waiting lists.

  12. I find this somewhat obscene that the properties involved in this display of inequality and privilege were former housing commission homes. Homes built for the poorest snapped up for profit by the preteen offspring of the most privileged. 😦
    Eight-year-old boy snaps up investment property

    The boy was unable to directly buy the property because of his age, but his father said he purchased the investment properties for him.

    His son handed the cheque to the sellers as part of the transaction.

    The property developer said he wanted his son to be involved in the purchase of the former housing commission units so he could learn as much as possible about Sydney’s pressure cooker property market.

    • The kid was robbed, he has paid for five bedsitters which will need to be demolished.

      A few things to think about before you get outraged.

      This is the property, a look at the photos tells you the place is a dump.

      It has been Housing NSW policy for years to get people out of these old bedsitters and rehoused in better, usually new accommodation. People complain about communities being broken up, but I’d be grateful to get out. I’ve seen this done here several times.

      These bedsitters are no longer being built, quite rightly too. They were built decades ago as age pensioner places, I’ve been inside a few of the now demolished ones here and they were not good.

      A big block of these units was sold to our council a few years ago, after the residents had been moved to new, bigger flats with separate bedrooms and living areas. Council wanted the land for future expansion of its HQ, so the building (a horrible place) was demolished.

      Here’s the problem – the funds raised from sales are supposed to go towards new housing, and under Labor it did, but the current NSW government is so corrupt the money could go anywhere.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    This is what Nick McKenzie was tweeting “popcorn” about yesterday. He’s not wrong! He and Chris Masters reveal that the Australian Federal Police’s war crimes investigation into former special forces soldier Ben Roberts-Smith was compromised after former AFP chief Mick Keelty was told secret details by serving police and then passed them on to Mr Roberts-Smith. I wonder what the federal government knew about this – and when.
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    According to Jennifer Duke, Paul Fletcher has lashed the ABC’s fact checking unit for being “riddled with errors” and “playing games” to support claims the broadcaster’s budget has been cut.
    The Human Rights Commission has warned that the federal government’s growing reliance on artificial intelligence and automated decisions is dangerous and will increasingly put vulnerable Australians at risk writes Fergus Hunter.
    The Victorian Liberal Party is investigating branch-stacking allegations after an internal audit found some members breached party rules by paying for other people’s membership fees.
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    Zoe Samios reports that Google’s plans to improve relationships with some local publishers including Crikey and The Saturday Paper have been put on the ice after the competition watchdog told US tech giants they would have to pay all publishers for using their content.
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  14. The feds have finally realised the pandemic affects people in disability group homes as much as it affects those in nursing homes. Will they do anything to help these people? Probably not, judging by the useless Start Robert’s comments this morning.

    Apparently he believes the federal government only needs to act when something has already become a problem.

    This is a very good thread from Asher Wolf on the way the media portray people living in these homes.

  15. Leone, those disabled people are living in the smartest address in that local government area so of course that neighbour was annoyed by their unseemly behaviour. Fortunately for those residents the state & federal MPs are Labor for now but the area is gentrifying.

    The local council has a number of supervised social housing accommodations in pleasant areas well serviced by public transport. A friend lives in one and reports the housing officer attends the wednesday bbq after they have been upto the market and makes sure residents are connected into U3A, yoga, church meals. They get free tickets to the Arts Centre

    Down the bay in Brighton the state member had a home for men closed to clean up South Rd. The federal member doesn’t give a shxt. Timmy Wilson

    • I get that the neighbours are concerned about their property values. How dare these disabled people live in an area reserved for the wealthy! But why can’t disabled people live wherever they want without some ignorant old cow trying to get them moved on?

      The same thing used to happen here – a respite home was set up and the residents of the street never stopped whinging, even though the place only catered for about three visitors at a time. It was always booked out for months ahead, the need was so great. Eventually new purpose-built premises were set up with funding from the then Labor NSW government, the new place was set back from the road and out of view of neighbours.

      I used to be on the board of a local disability service, the main aim was to get our clients out into the community with the side aim of getting the local community used to having people with mainly intellectual disabilities, some with very high support needs, mixing with “normal” people. They also learnt living skills and some work skills.

      Most of the clients lived at home with family, some were in the local group home (a horrible, uncaring place) and a couple had public housing flats but needed support. Since then new services have moved into town and some offer supported accommodation. The group homes are still horrible.

  16. If the CrimeMinister won’t …

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr has taken at swipe at Scott Morrison’s coronavirus response, saying the federal government has consistently overlooked certain groups when designing economic support during the pandemic.

    Mr Barr made the criticism as he announced the creation of an ACT government hardship fund, which will provide payments of up to $1500 to workers forced to quarantine due to coronavirus.

    The $1.25 million fund would be open to people who don’t have sick leave, savings in the bank, another source of income – including Commonwealth support payments – and are not a dependent.

    Mr Barr suggested the ACT government had been forced to set up the scheme because of the federal government’s failure to provide a readily accessible safety net for workers in insecure employment.


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