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. Samantha Maiden confuses Julius Caesar with Augustus and fails to understand the difference between life span and length of term as ruler, proving she knows as little about Roman history and maths as she knows about unbiased journalism.

    Read the thread to get the full dumbness.

  2. I presume this is preempting some of what’s in this weekend’s The Age / 60s Minutes thing.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Bruce Haigh writes that Australia must uncouple from the Murdoch/Trump axis. This long article is well worth reading.
    Nicholas Stuart concludes this contribution about accountability with “we need to stop looking for someone to blame and begin to fix what’s going wrong”.
    And Andrew Messenger wonders if trust in government could be the next COVID casualty.
    An unimpressed Katharine Murphy says that Scott Morrison’s persistent effort to sidestep accountability for aged care is utterly transparent.
    According to Jennifer Duke, Scott Morrison is on a collision course with Australia’s biggest business lobby groups over international travel restrictions.
    Same water, same valuer, $80m and nought. The same type of water licences for irrigation properties near those for which the Coalition government paid $80 million in 2017 were valued at zero between 2008 and 2010, writes investigative reporter Kerry Brewster in this exclusive report for Andrew West.
    Greg Jericho says that there appears to be a growing comfort with the reality that dark economic times are here to stay.
    David Crowe explains how the federal government had, in fact, been warned of potentially serious aged care staffing issues.
    Christopher Knaus reports that a blunder at the home affairs department has revealed the identity of a whistleblower and sensitive details of their disclosure, a mistake that could constitute a criminal offence punishable by six months’ imprisonment.
    Advocates fear an outbreak in boarding houses would have consequences similar to those in aged care facilities, with most residents being older people who share facilities, particularly men with underlying health issues.
    Anne Summers is upset that because of the way our external borders are closed she can no longer call Australia home.
    Pru Goward writes that systems and people need to be able to respond rapidly when a crisis hits. The bigger the Queen Mary the harder it is to turn around. Governments will need to get rid of all those unnecessary clogs in the wheel that get in the way of nimbleness.
    Katina Curtis reports that the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns to deal with it have led to a big spike in domestic violence and other forms of abuse, with two-thirds of victims reporting violence for the first time.
    She also tells us that Scott Morrison is considering topping up age pensions as older Australians call for a third stimulus cheque after the Department of Social Services confirmed their payments won’t increase automatically in September.
    The lobby group representing Australia’s major retailers has joined calls for the Morrison government to rethink its plan to cut the jobkeeper wage subsidy in September, arguing economic conditions remain weak.
    Melissa Cunningham tells us that two more coronavirus outbreaks have been detected in hospitals in Melbourne’s south and east as a major cluster at Frankston Hospital has infected 51 staff including doctors and nurses.
    Scott Morrison’s hint of sanctions against those who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine without a specific health exemption has sparked concern the tough approach could backfire, writes Dana McCauley.
    And Xavier Symons says Australians readily accept vaccinations, but making the COVID-19 inoculation mandatory risks turning it into a front in the culture wars.
    The Oxford deal is welcome, but remember the vaccine hasn’t been proven to work yet say these immunology experts.
    Samantha Dick explains how coronavirus workplace inspectors are not visiting locked-down aged-care homes in person because the risk of spreading the virus is deemed too dangerous. Instead, they’re checking on mask compliance and other safety regulations, over the phone – even as deadly aged-care outbreaks continue to drive up Victoria’s soaring death toll.

    The Australian tells us that Joel Fitzgibbon has warned Labor could split into two separate parties if it fails to bring together its working-class and socially progressive supporter bases, as ­Anthony Albanese faces ongoing destabilisation triggered by concerns he will not bring the party to the political centre.
    Something quite rare happened this week. A leader apologised repeatedly and unreservedly for mistakes that spread the coronavirus and cost lives. And it wasn’t Scott Morrison. Or Daniel Andrews says Niki Savva.
    The editorial in the SMH joins the chorus saying that recession is a bad time to raise the super guarantee.
    Australia’s second-largest mall landlord Vicinity Centres is asking governments to wind back pandemic-inspired protections for tenants as it struggles to overcome a $1.8 billion loss from COVID-19.
    Psychiatrist Christopher Davey explains how the ‘missing middle’ leaves too many Victorians without mental health support.
    And lockdown poses big challenges for the rehabilitation community, who rely on social interaction to aid drug and alcohol recovery, writes Rhys Harmer.
    Sweden took a different path in the coronavirus fight – but it’s paying the price.
    John Kehoe looks at the dilemma facing Frydenberg over the FIRB advice to approve the sale of the big dairy company, Lion, to Chinese interests.
    The editorial in the AFR says that Beijing’s anti-dumping investigation and tariff threat against Australian wine is absurd and is purely a political action.
    And Jennifer Hewett says that Beijing is exercising its trade power against Australia’s wine industry but this is just another example of the hard political border between the China and the US and its allies.
    Scott Morrison says Australia will never trade its sovereignty as he rejects Beijing’s claims Australian wine is being dumped in China.
    Amanda Meade looks at Google’s “bullying tactics” over the Australian legislation forcing it to contribute to the cost of conventional news gathering.
    Mike Foley reports that one of the country’s most conservative industry organisations, the National Farmers Federation, has called for Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, which sets a more ambitious climate change agenda than the Morrison government.
    Plans have been released for a $3 billion wind and solar farm development in South Australia’s Mid North, which proponents Neoen say will provide enough electricity to power a million homes.
    The biggest review of the nation’s spy laws in 40 years won’t be released until almost a year after it was handed to government, as Australia’s intelligence agencies look to combat a rise in cyber crime, espionage and foreign interference. Labor is calling for the immediate release of Dennis Richardson’s report.
    Restricted numbers for funerals have meant that people who would otherwise be physically surrounded by friends and family are having to deal with grief almost in solitary confinement, writes Nicola Philp.
    Harriett Alexander tells us about the lengths the Catholic church went to on Philip Wilson’s case.
    Income-starved shareholders were jubilant after ANZ Bank decided to pay an interim dividend, but its decision ramps up the pressure on Westpac, writes Karen Maley.
    Bloomberg says that experts are unconvinced that the coronavirus is being transmitted via the food cold chain. Even so, there is considerable disruption to the process.
    Strewth! The bushfire season in NSW has kicked off already.
    Matthew Knott looked at the second day of the Democratic Party convention and he says that it highlighted Joe Biden’s strengths as a nominee rather than simply positioning the Democrats as a party that opposes everything Donald Trump stands for.
    Joe Biden plans to try to turn the clock back on America’s international relations to the pre-Trump era with a “global summit for democracy” aimed at restoring US leadership in a new drive to advance human rights and combat corruption and authoritarianism.
    The ever-petulant Trump has urged people to boycott tyres from Goodyear, tweeting that the Ohio-based company had “announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS”.

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  4. A look at the alienation of blue collar workers from the Democrats.
    Why Trump is Likely to Win Again
    Swing voters are sick of “social vaporware”

    The Bronx of my childhood was……………Most of my relatives and old neighborhood friends hate people like me. And I don’t blame them. Most are lifelong Democrats, yet they voted for Donald Trump, and will again, and I can’t blame them for that, either. Let me explain.

    My career is the product of an economic revival engineered by the center-right New Democrats of the Clinton era …………….

  5. Goodness.

    The Director of Government Affairs at Scott Morrison’s suddenly favourite new drug company AstraZeneca is former federal govt lobbyist Kieran Schneemann.

    He’s also a former Chief of Staff in the Liberal party.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that at all.

    • Very interesting thread from Ms Salt.

      It seems the CrimeMinister also forgot to mention AstraZeneca has paid over USD $543 million in fines since 2000.

      He also forgot to mention he has recently exempted the company from COVID-19 vaccine liability, so if their vaccine kills us they are not liable.

      Ronni says “From illegal marketing to product safety, tax avoidance & price gouging – it seems AstraZeneca has been there & done that.”

      Read this and be horrified.


  6. Anne Summers has a whinge about expats stranded overseas during which she admits she has not yet tried to book a flight to Australia.

    She can afford to pay whatever it takes to get home but it seems she really isn’t interested. She’s safe, she has her work and her New York lifestyle, she’s doing OK.

    I understand the problems of those who are stranded, have lost jobs, face visa issues or just cannot afford the prices airlines demand now, but honestly, they have only themselves to blame. Why didn’t they come back months ago.

    The news of the pandemic broke in January or late December, surely anyone with a brain would have decided getting back to Australia was more important than a job overseas or finishing a long holiday.

    I’m sorry to sound harsh, but why didn’t all these expats get home as soon as they could?

    In early April Qantas and Virgin arranged flights to get Australians home from London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Auckland. Later that month flights were arranged by others from South America and India. It’s now August. Where have all these expats been for the past four months? Too stupid to book a flight when they had the chance? Too willing to believe The Plague was “just the flu”?

  7. You sound very harsh Leonie
    My nephew is in New York, 11 months into a career change, gaining experience just not available here. He is well paid in New York but would be unemployed here. He needs to bed down his experience before coming home and trying to get a job here

    • I did say I was sorry to be harsh.

      I do understand – I have a niece who has been making a lot of money working in the UK, she will not be coming home because of the pandemic, never intended to do that. Her only problem is probably not being able to make her usual Christmas visit to her parents.

      My criticism was aimed more at those who ignored all the warnings and decided to continue their holidays or stay on in insecure jobs until the work ran out or they were sacked and who then found it was too late to get a flight home.

  8. I’m not sure about this site, but this seems to be OK

    A Brief Timeline Of Scott Morrison Dodging Blame & Avoiding Responsibility In 2020

    The following is a list of instances in which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has overtly deflected blame, downplayed or shirked the responsibilities of the role of Prime Minister, contradicted his own previous words, or outright lied to the Australian public in the year 2020. For the purposes of telling the full story of his January activities, we have traced this timeline back to December 10th, 2019. This list is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive.


  9. Re Trumpenstein’s ‘calling out’ of NZ’s “big surge” . I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves 🙂

    US New cases 43,226 NZ new cases 5
    US New deaths 1,349 NZ new deaths 0

  10. The ACT has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to support raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, in a move hailed by justice campaigners as a “huge win” for the rights of children.

    The resolution, which brings the territory into line with UN standards, says it will be the responsibility of whichever parties form government after the ACT election in October to amend the legislation.

    The Legislative Assembly motion, passed on Thursday, said in amending any legislation, consideration should also be given to medical evidence on cognitive capacity of children over 14, and there should be options to shift the age or provide exemptions for more serious criminal offences.


  11. Labor’s Senate leader, Penny Wong, has said the ALP wins elections when leaders convince voters they are “champions of progress and trusted custodians of the economy”, in a rebuke to the rightwing frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon.

    Fitzgibbon had suggested Labor could split if it fails to reconcile its progressive and blue-collar constituencies.

    But Wong told Guardian Australia: “Our winning leaders did not see conflict between fairness, economic growth and a sustainable future; they knew these values to be mutually dependent.”

    She said Labor needed to protect existing jobs “while creating new jobs and taking Australia forward”. Wong on Thursday declared “all of us in Labor” needed to focus on the Morrison government’s “policy vacuum” on climate and energy.

    Fitzgibbon’s latest public intervention has angered a number of his shadow cabinet colleagues. After the shadow resources minister floated in a podcast a potential split sometime in the future, Tanya Plibersek, the party’s former deputy leader and the shadow education minister, told Guardian Australia: “It’s beyond me why anyone is talking about this when we have vulnerable people dying in nursing homes.”


    • Ducky,

      I was somewhat surprised when Joel spewed that out this morning. Is he, just possibly, jockeying for a place on the Libs/Nats front bench?

    • He’s probably after a cushy board position with a mining company, seeing as he’s likely to lose his seat at the next election.

  12. Jack’s article above is good if you can get past the paywall

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe reckons Morrison has bigger fish to fry than the diversion of the super guarantee.
    Regardless of the merits, repealing the legislated increase in the superannuation guarantee would unleash a WorkChoices-style campaign against Scott Morrison – and give Labor a political lifeline, writes Phil Coorey.
    The AFR chimes in, saying that border closures between states are a policy dead-end, not an exit strategy for Australia.
    Phil Coorey says that the Morrison government has declared today’s national cabinet meeting a flashpoint for the future of the federation, amid an avalanche of business criticism over the economic and personal tolls being caused by arbitrary state border closures.
    Scott Morrison and the premiers will consider a national emergency response for the aged care sector, as well as new principles to manage domestic borders, when they meet for today’s national cabinet discussion. This will give them plenty to talk about.
    If the buck doesn’t stop with him on aged care, border security or pandemics, what is the point of this Prime Minister, asks Michelle Pini.
    The New Daily says that it’s time to put aged care in public hands.
    The spread of coronavirus in Australia is not the fault of individuals but a result of neoliberalism opines Richard Denniss.
    Julie Power writes that federal officials investigating whether Australia’s 2632 aged care facilities meet quality and safety standards claim they are unable to spot gaps that may put residents at risk because the regulator is toothless, under resourced and understaffed.
    Simon Benson writes that lawyers acting for former high-profile ABC journalist Emma Alberici have accused the broadcaster of kowtowing to personal complaints by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior ministers, alleging editorial managers had repeatedly tried to silence her reporting so as not to upset the government.
    Dana McCauley reveals that the federal government wrote to aged care providers in June warning they must prepare for 100 per cent of staff to be stood down in a COVID-19 outbreak, but was slow to provide the surge workforce needed to respond when this happened during Victoria’s second wave in July.
    Yesterday in Melbourne the inquiry heard, among other things, that Victoria’s Health Department allowed hotel quarantine guests infected with coronavirus to leave as soon as three days after a positive test if they were not displaying symptoms.
    Oh dear! Two security companies have been investigated after an audit found the companies had been illegally subcontracting some of their NSW hotel quarantine security work. Spivs on parade!
    Prof, Patrick Charles examines what would happen if the pandemic were left to run its course and how the vulnerable would be protected. Spoiler – it’s far from a good idea!
    This academic contribution interestingly examines the factors affecting farmers’ ability to attract labour.
    Tough travel restrictions could shave $117 billion off the economy over the next decade, leaving each Australian $2850 a year worse off, unless a vaccine is found and widely distributed within two years, analysts say.
    Tony Wright reports that Premier Daniel Andrews will take the latest plight of border communities to the national cabinet on Friday as South Australia shut almost all Victorians out of the state, causing cries of outrage from farmers, business owners, families and workers.
    Dr Anne Gallagher writes that the current policy limiting international arrivals of Australian citizens and residents is illegal, unfair and completely unnecessary and says that it reflects badly on our government and on its capacity to respond rationally and compassionately under pressure.
    Liam Mannix reports that evidence is emerging worldwide showing between 20 and 50 per cent of people who have never been exposed to COVID-19 have immune cells that can recognise and react to the virus.
    Scott Morrison hypes vaccine hopes but there is a long road ahead warns Michelle Grattan.
    Rosalind Dixon and Richard Holden say that the answer to the current border issue is not to lift current border restrictions but to fine-tune them to work better for residents of border communities.
    Since taking the top legal job in Australia in 2017, Christian Porter has been in breach of Commonwealth safeguard legislation by neglecting to table crucial reports documenting his use of secretive national security (NSI) orders. Keiran Adair and Mark Davis report.
    Dominic Powell says that Westfield shopping mall owner Scentre has begun locking non-rent-paying retailers out of their stores in a dramatic escalation of tensions between major landlords and their retail tenants.
    Mike Foley and Nick Toscano tell us that AGL has announced the first concrete steps in shutting down its Liddell coal-fired power station in the NSW Hunter Valley, pre-empting the findings of a government taskforce examining options including extending the plant’s operating life.
    Jeremy Cooper argues that if the government decides to pause the super guarantee at 10 per cent, then it needs to help today’s and future retirees to spend their savings in retirement. This has other benefits, such as reducing the burden of super’s tax concessions, and it puts money back into the economy. Just remember that he represents Challenger, a company that sells annuities.
    The extraordinary legislation to protect WA taxpayers from Clive Palmer’s damages claim is not some out of a banana republic, but based on a solid foundation of case law and precedent, explains John Quigley.
    More than 300 insolvency firms are registered for JobKeeper because a moratorium on insolvent trading has seen their revenues collapse.
    Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate says every day is like Christmas for parcel deliveries in our pandemic world.
    The editorial in the SMH calls for AMP to sack its toxic senior executive, Boe Pahari, if the company wants to restore the public’s trust in it.
    Euan Black explains why sharemarkets are soaring when the economy is tanking.
    After suffering budget cuts, perhaps it’s time for the ABC to abolish its 24-hour news service which gives politicians an endless platform, writes Jeff Waters.
    A victim of one of Victoria’s most notorious paedophile priests says law firm Slater and Gordon bungled his compensation claim against the Catholic Church, which paid out $75,000 for horrific sexual abuse.
    The release of the Russia report in the UK last month has raised more questions than it answered. But the most troubling question it raises is about what role, if any, the Kremlin played in the drive to the Brexit vote writes Chris Zappone.
    Matthew Knott writes about yesterday’s Democratic Party convention effort where the stakes were raised against Trump by Barrack Obama and Kamala Harris.
    In a cracker of a contribution, Richard Wolffe says that Obama returned to torment Trump in ways that only a member of the Oval Office club can.
    The number of Americans filing a new claim for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly back above the one million mark last week.
    According to Bloomberg, Donald Trump’s attempts to use the office of the presidency to call for a boycott of an American company have always been jarring and alarming, but the latest broadside against Goodyear feels particularly shortsighted.
    Trump pledged that he would surround himself with only the best of people for his presidency. Now Steve Bannon gets added to the list of those charged with criminal offences. Of course Trump has rushed to distance himself from Bannon.
    Steve Bannon’s indictment tops a disastrous week for Donald Trump, writes Lloyd Green.
    A federal judge yesterday cleared the way for Manhattan’s top prosecutor to get Donald Trump’s tax returns, rejecting a last-ditch attempt by his lawyers to block a subpoena issued to his accounting firm.
    Gail Collins looks at the battle of the First Ladies – Melania Trump vs Jill Biden.

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    From the US

  14. I don’t understand why so many Labor supporters are only now seeing the pro-Liberal bias at the ABC. Like all the other problems we have now – aged care, racism, the rise of right-wing hate groups, our despicable treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, the cuts in tertiary education funding, rampant privatisation and more – it started with Howard and has become worse every year.

    First, in July 1996, just four months after becoming PM, Howard appointed his very good friend Donald McDonald as Chairman of the Board. McDonald stayed until December 2006 and was replaced by Maurice Newman. The Rudd and Gillard governments were stuck with Howard’s choice until 2012, when Jim Spigelman was appointed. After Spigelman’s term ended in 2017 Turnbull appointed close friend and former Ozemail partner Justin Milne. What a disaster he was!

    It gets worse. Howard appointed Jonathan Shier as Managing Director in 2000. Remember him? He was allegedly given a hit list of people Howard wanted sacked. Shier found it impossible to work with McDonald and left in a huff in December 2001, taking with him a $1 million payout. Shier was replaced by Russell Balding and then in 2006 came Mark Scott. Labor had the chance to boot Scott in April 2010, when his term ended, but for some reason (and to her shame) Julia Gillard gave him another five year term. It is no coincidence that the ABC really began to promote Abbott around the same time.

    It gets even worse. Howard and McDonald stacked the board with their people, some appointments were made in the last year of the Howard government. As board members are appointed for five year terms, with an option to serve another term, the incoming Rudd government had to put up with Howard’s choices, including Janet Albrechtsen as Director until 2010.

    So the supposedly impartial ABC has been sliding to the right since 1996 and as the board comes under the provisions of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 (sections 7-13) there is nothing Labor could have done. Those calling for the next Labor government to sack the entire board, including the Managing Director have no understanding of the reasons why this cannot happen. Legislative change is the only way to fix the problem and that needs a Labor majority in both houses of federal parliament.

    A board stacked with government appointees will always expect the ABC to follow that government’s policies, which can be a good thing under a decent government, but we have had corrupt, ultra-right-wing governments for seven years now. This, together with the constant ATM government funding cuts since the 2014 budget, is why the ABC is now just the government’s propaganda machine. No-one is game to say a critical word now for fear of being sacked. It has nothing to do with former Murdoch employees now working for the ABC and everything to do with Morrison having a stranglehold on management at all levels. We are told only what he dictates.

    • Leone,

      What would a carpenter be expected to know about people’s suffering?

      It’s well beyond time to remind @richardmcolbeck that Jesus was a carpenter. Perhaps that arch-Christian @ScottMorrisonMP should also reflect on this inconvenient fact.

  15. Clive seems to have forgotten this news from last month –

    Clive Palmer charged with fraud and corporate misconduct offences
    Mining magnate allegedly diverted funds to the benefit of his Palmer United party in the weeks before the 2013 election

    Returning to court next week.

  16. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has gained praise and adulation from News Corporation today, after announcing he will be taking a three week holiday to Hawaii in the midst of a national crisis. “That’s more like it!” exclaimed Herald Sun editor Jane Coal today. “That’s exactly the kind of leadership we want to see more of in this country. No more of this working for three months straight without a day off nonsense, or taking responsibility for your mistakes. All we ever wanted from the man was that he occasionally turn up to a Sharkies game, and to maybe release the occasional partisan ad campaign in the middle of a deadly bushfire. You know, be a leader.”


  17. Some good stuff here

    You would think it would be seared into your brain if you were the aged care minister – how many people had died in aged care during the pandemic. But Richard Colbeck couldn’t recall on Friday. He had to be prompted by an official. The answer was 258 in Victoria alone, just for the record.

    Anyone can have a memory lapse, particularly when you are tired, and under pressure. I have them frequently. I suspect many of us do. It’s part of being human. It’s not a reason to crucify someone. But Friday’s memory lapse created some memorably bad vision, which will only serve to reinforce public perceptions the Morrison government hasn’t grasped the magnitude of its responsibilities in aged care; that somehow its mind is elsewhere.

    I think Morrison’s desire to project hope is absolutely genuine. The country needs hope. It has been a miserable year, full of stress and anxiety, and the future is highly uncertain. Things fall apart when there is an absence of hope.

    But hope isn’t an abstract quality. It can’t be summoned by prime ministerial command or through substituting good news for bad news. It doesn’t happen by obviously changing the subject when the scrutiny feels a bit too ferocious.

    Hope comes from confidence and trust. It comes from people having confidence in the strategies and the governance, whether it be in aged care, or the economy, or public health.

    It’s pretty simple really. In order to hope, people have to be able to trust you when you tell them hope is possible.


  18. Good grief!

    This is more like a happy-clapper service than a council meeting.

    Redland City Council meetings have a “Devotional Segment” on agendas, right after the Declaration of Opening and the attendance recording. A devout “Christian” councillor or a visiting happy-clapper pastor gets to provide the segment.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. I have quite a monster for you today.

    An excellent assessment of Morrison here from George Megalogenis.
    And the editorial in The Saturday Paper is likewise uncomplimentary to Morrison.
    And David Crowe dismantles Richard Colbeck after his train wreck appearance in front of the Senate COVID-19 committee.
    Dana McCauley examines Colbeck’s concession that the federal government was responsible for infection control in aged care and his acknowledgement of weaknesses in the handling of COVID-19 after the virus killed hundreds of elderly residents in Victoria’s second wave.
    Colbeck had a memory lapse on aged care deaths when instead he should have apologised like he meant it says an unimpressed Katharine Murphy.
    In the AFR Tom McIlroy writes about our broken aged care system and how it needs to be fixed.
    Rick Morton reveals that as the coronavirus crisis in aged care worsens, the federal government is withholding key information and denying it is responsible for surge staff in nursing homes.
    A very unhappy Peter Hartcher begins this harsh assessment with, “Australia is host to a stranded asset. That is, something once valuable that is now worthless as events have moved on. We call it Canberra. Specifically, Parliament House. Even more specifically, the federal energy and climate debate.”
    And Paddy Manning says that the government has been asked repeatedly to develop a plan to address the health risks associated with climate change, and he asks why nothing is being done.
    Ross Gittins reckons it may be a terrible recession, but it could have been worse.
    News that a ‘vaccine’ might be available in Australia as early as the start of 2021 caused a wave of excitement this week. But don’t go booking your overseas travel just yet says the AFR’s Ronald Mizen.
    In quite a worrying article, Crispin Hull says that Australia must distance itself from the US if Trump is re-elected. And this would include our withdrawal from ANZUS, he says.
    Paul Kelly writes that the Morrison government is deepening its security and defence ties with the US but is also asserting its independence within the alliance as America plunges towards an economic and technological schism with China that poses serious risks for Australia.
    Morrison’s man, Nev Power, tasked with Australia’s economic recovery post-pandemic, wants states to reconsider their hard border policies, saying they’re an excessive response being used in the absence of measured policies to contain COVID-19 outbreaks.
    Mary Ward reports that the federal government will invest another $171 million into the country’s aged care sector, bringing its total investment during the pandemic to $1 billion.
    The editorial in the SMH says that it has been tough, but the COVID-19 strategy is working.
    With the health system already under pressure, nursing students warn of a shortfall in graduates next year as Covid-19 hinders their ability to officially complete their placements and other course requirements.
    More from Karen Middleton who writes that questions remain about the Ruby Princess as the federal Agriculture Department secretary contradicts the Commonwealth government’s own submission about who gave permission for passengers to leave the cruise ship.
    New University of Melbourne modelling shows that Victoria is on track to record around 30 new daily cases of COVID-19 at the end of the stage four lockdown. This is a study News Ltd WON’T print.
    Simon Benson writes that the states and territories need to inject another $40bn into job-­creating infrastructure after being told by Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe they must muscle up to help the national economic ­recovery.
    Fitzgibbon’s doom scenario, which he says wouldn’t happen during his political lifetime, is predicated on Labor’s struggle to reconcile its traditional work-with-your-hands base constituency with socially progressive voters. And it’s forced a schism, says Dennis Atkins.
    In this exclusive, Karen Middleton writes that the federal government has been warned excessive and possibly illegal force is being used to resolve conflict inside Australia’s immigration detention centres, with more than 4000 assaults recorded in the past five years.
    Any notion that ministers, state or federal, are responsible for anything much appears sunk in the wake of the Ruby Princess. And the ramifications are significant for the quality of our democracy and what we as citizens can rightly demand of our elected representatives and the governments they form. Laments Paul Bongiorno.
    Now Lisa Visentin reveals that NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet authorised a $4 billion bailout of the workers’ compensation insurance scheme for public servants at the last minute, as his department scrambled to ensure it was solvent before the end of the financial year. This story gets worse and worse.
    Scott Morrison has asked his ministers to come up with ways to help Australians stuck overseas to return home within caps on international arrivals.
    Tony Wright laments the continued hardening of the SA/Victoria border.
    The AFR’s editorial complains about weak, parochial premiers.
    Tom Burton writes that the Victorian Department of Health and Human services has been the target of wide-ranging complaints with the hotel quarantine inquiry hearing from multiple witnesses about poor infection control and safety at various hotels, with one resident declaring they were “sitting ducks” for COVID-19
    The Victorian second wave is passing. But borders, air travel and masks remain a seething mix of need and politics, says Laura Tingle.
    5 ways we can prepare the public to accept a COVID-19 vaccine (saying it will be ‘mandatory’ isn’t one) say these two academics.
    Labor would have to be politically insane to follow Fitzgibbon’s fossil fuel frolicking shouts Katharine Murphy.
    Australia is about to get ripped off by the gas industry, and it’s not the first time, warns Ebony Bennett.
    While the government continues to push for a gas-led recovery from the coronavirus-induced recession, the ACCC has another message – that Australia pays far too much for domestic gas, writes Mike Seccombe.
    Paul Karp reports that Labor and the Greens will both vote in the Senate to disallow a $3.3m grant to Shine Energy to conduct a feasibility study into a new coal-fired power station in north Queensland.
    The Morrison government is standing by its decision not to pay political staffer James Ashby’s $3.67 million legal bill accrued when suing former parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper.
    John Silvester writes about miscarriage of criminal justice and how it could be better addressed in Australia.
    Stott Despoja is worried the sharp increase in domestic violence during lockdowns coupled with the pandemic-driven recession will set back women’s equality.
    Peter FitzSimons directs his ire at the likes of Pat Cash and Pete Evans. He doesn’t miss.
    Elizabeth Knight says that retail’s day of reckoning has been avoided – for now. The battle with landlords will continue.
    “Is a 27 per cent step-down from the biggest building boom in Sydney’s boom-bust history really a bloodbath? Or is it a long-needed correction, an opportunity to take stock and rethink?”, asks Elizabeth Farrelly.
    Max Mason reports that Google has ramped on its efforts to get its YouTube community to pressure the Australian government to water down a new regulatory code and made its most overt threat yet that it would withdraw some of the user-generated video website’s functions in Australia.
    The charity sector is struggling in the face of unprecedented demand from those the Coalition refuses to help. There are now fears that many charities won’t survive. But if they go down, a big chunk of Australia’s social safety net will go with them, as will large numbers of jobs. Julie Macken reports.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that new Commonwealth modelling shows businesses could face a crippling $18 to $40 billion claim for unpaid holiday leave if many casuals are actually deemed to be permanent staff.
    Michael Lallo tells us about Emma Alberici’s troubles with the ABC and the effects they have had on her.
    Amanda Meade has a closer look at the Alberici saga.
    Tom Switzer and Robert Carling say that, despite his antics, Clive Palmer should not be treated as disgracefully as he has been by the West Australian government.
    While many countries that have contained COVID-19 now face the prospect of a second wave, a number of countries in Latin America are yet to contain the first wave.
    The New York Times describes how Steve Bannon and his business partners cashed in on Trump.
    After the dizzying array of the Democratic Convention, Donald Trump’s next moves to tackle the ascendant Joe Biden will be revealed at the Republican National Convention next week, explains Bill Wyman who says that the election is Biden’s to lose.
    Joe Biden has repaid the faith Democratic voters placed in him by delivering the most impressive speech of his career — just when he needed it most. Writes Matthew Knott.
    Julie Szego has written an open letter of appreciation to Michelle Obama.
    The Democrats’ $2.8 trillion blitz on clean energy is as much a bid for superpower supremacy as it is about climate change. It is aimed directly at China, opines The London Daily Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
    This Canberra-based bikie boss has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”. He looks like a really nice type.

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  20. George Megalogenis describing the CrimeMinister – “Charm and stubbornness still run in almost equal measure”.

    What “charm”? We see the stubbornness all the time, and sometimes the aggression that always lurks, usually barely suppressed.

    Remember this photo? He was not controlling that aggression then. Look at the posture, the clenched fists and Gladys’s face. Apparently Shane Fitzsimmons had publicly criticised the CrimeMinister’s lack of communication. The CrimeMinister does not like being criticised.

    Is this a charming man?

    I’ve met bad-tempered pigdogs with more charm than that creature. Maybe men, especially male journalists see his smarmiy smirk and mistake it for charm because they want to see (and maybe write about) something positive. There is nothing positive, he is a repulsive oaf.

    I have yet to find a woman who sees him as anything but repulsive – a bully, a thug, a liar. Every woman I have spoken to, from Nats-voting friends to the women on the checkouts at Coles, loathes him.

    Mega gets everything else right.

  21. Another preview of The Age / 60 minutes story. I think this is an attempt by the Michael Sukkar and Kevin Andrews people to get ahead of whatever is coming.


    Explosive secret tapes and the hard-right religious plot
    John Ferguson
    6:00AM August 22, 2020

    The Victorian Liberal party’s hard right actively recruited members to branches as part of a plot to promote religious candidates for preselection and place conservative warlords in electorates to organise internal activities.

    The secret strategy was laid out in an explosive high-level discussion between former federal Liberal vice-president Karina Okotel and another senior Liberal Party member. The Weekend Australian understands the discussion was recorded,

    Ms Okotel is understood to have privately admitted the existence of a party database covering conservative members and that she was “recruiting” members in the lead-up to the federal election.

    Ms Okotel, who has told people “we are not crazy hardline nuts’’, admitted she blew up her relationship with powerbroker Michael Kroger and his backers because she was furious that religious candidates were not being preselected by the faction.

    Ms Okotel’s supporters are also being accused of plotting revenge attacks against two senior Victorian federal Liberal MPs: Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and former Howard minister Kevin Andrews in a factional split that is increasingly being played out in public.

  22. Thread from Emma Alberici setting the record straight –

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