Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Many Pubsters are aware of John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations, which

… began as a blog in January 2013 because John Menadue was concerned about several important issues. The first was how good policy discussion was being crowded out by gamesmanship, personal gossip, faction fights devoid of content and a ‘gotcha’ media style. Second was the importance of political action which is so much discredited and derided by populists and conservatives.

Politics is about how power is exercised. It is a noble calling which must be restored in public estimation. The third was the preoccupation of Australian mainstream media with newsfeeds out of US and UK, to the neglect of media coverage and interest in our own region.

Those words “Politics … [i]s a noble calling which must be restored in public estimation” resonate strongly with me. The blatant venality and corruption so evident at every level of government in Australia is the worst I’ve seen in my lifetime, and I know many share my view. So I thought that it would be useful to make this new thread a tasting-plate of recent Pearls and Irritations articles that concern integrity (or lack thereof) in Australian governance.

See if budget creates a future, and beware of dirty tricks!
By JACK WATERFORD | On 6 October 2020

Close observers of Tuesday’s federal Budget will no doubt have their eyes out for evidence of the usual political chicanery towards political donors, lobbyists and friendly interests, as well as mates, cronies and relatives of senior members of government, this time in the alleged cause of stimulating demand and picking winners in the post-Covid economy.

That eye is more necessary than ever before, if only because government has become more shameless, with less and less respect for evidence, proper process and transparency. But it is not the main game. This time about, indeed, there is a risk more serious than of government shovelling money towards its friends and cronies. It is that it will be doing too little, too conservatively, and with too little imagination and open mind, with the result that economic and social recovery will be delayed. Those who will suffer most from this timidity will be disproportionately the usual suspects: low-paid workers, casual workers and people in part-time work, pensioners and welfare beneficiaries — including the young, the aged, the disabled, indigenous Australians and many temporary workers, including overseas students. But the fabled little capitalist in “small business” — the people that the coalition pretends it is all about — will probably suffer more than most as well.
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Sports rorts and muddy waters
By IAN CUNLIFFE | On 8 October 2020

Last summer, just like much of the country, the federal political landscape was ablaze.  Scott Morrison was caught out taking a secret holiday in Hawaii; and those who weren’t evacuating from bushfires were very angry about sports rorts. 

One of the cunning ways by which Morrison and his Attorney-General, Christian Porter, sought to lower the temperature on sports rorts was to muddy the waters as to whether the whole exercise was illegal.

Many observers expected that the scandal would have blown over by now.  Those observers seem to have underestimated the deep impact that sports rorts affair had on many of John Howard’s old “battlers”. They were angered that wealthy clubs of the rich and famous got the grants which, according to Sport Australia’s careful analysis, battling clubs in the suburbs and the regions should have got.  Bridget McKenzie telling us that one tennis club is just the same as another – White City of White Cliffs?  Kooyong or Quambatook? – was just petrol on the fire.  (The Quambatook tractor pull is certainly better than Kooyong’s).
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“Disgraceful” Tudge puts him self above the law
By IAN CUNLIFFE | On 9 October 2020

Late last month, the Federal Court’s found that Minister, Alan Tudge engaged in criminal conduct by keeping an asylum-seeker in detention and depriving of his liberty for five days in defiance of an order by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that the man be released. 

The Court described Tudge’s decision to deprive the man of his liberty as “disgraceful”, and said: “The minister cannot place himself above the law”:  “The minister has acted unlawfully.  His actions have unlawfully deprived a person of his liberty.  His conduct exposes him to both civil and potentially criminal sanctions, not limited to a proceeding for contempt.”
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Michael Pascoe: Forget the ‘Daz and Glad Show’, this is the real political scandal (The New Daily Oct 15, 2020)
By MICHAEL PASCOE | On 16 October 2020

It’s the secret sexual relationship that sells the ‘Daz and Glad Show’ and elevates it from being merely yet another corrupt NSW politician before the ICAC, but it also distracts punters from the much bigger scandal.

Disgraced former National Party MP Daryl Maguire’s litany of rackets and wheezes are impressive for their breadth and, sometimes, shallowness.
Skimming the Wagga Wagga RSL’s spending on cutlery. Really, Daryl?

For all his efforts though, it’s small beer, the work of a wannabe grifting on the fringes of a vastly more professional and richer industry devoted to influence peddling, insider knowledge and structural corruption.

Actually, it’s more than that: It’s an industry steadily undermining our democracy, weakening our institutions, entrenching and reinforcing privilege.

Over time it perverts government and increases inequality. When insiders keep selling access and influence and the rich and powerful keep buying it and profiting from it, the citizens end up betrayed.

That is the core of the lobbying industry – selling access to politicians and senior bureaucrats, bending outcomes to their paymasters’ benefit. Those with the money get the inside run and the rest can go whistle, all the more so as the public service is intentionally run down.
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Morrison Government is running scared of a federal integrity body
By DAVID SOLOMON | On 16 October 2020

This week’s trials of Gladys Berejiklian only confirm the Morrison Government’s largely unspoken fears that a federal ICAC would do the government a lot more harm than good.

The Morrison Government, in theory, supports the creation of a federal version of NSW’s Independent Commission Against Commission. The proposal has been on the table for two years, following the belated (and agonised) decision of Labor nationally to include a federal ICAC among its policy objectives.

The political manoeuvrings over its creation demonstrate how resistant the Morrison Government really is to having a federal body with the powers of the NSW ICAC or Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission. Attorney-General Christian Porter is supposedly negotiating with cross-bench senators about the proposal – not with the ALP or the Greens, who have had their own legislative proposals for a strong ICAC-like body on the books for the past three Parliaments. But the cross-bench senators haven’t heard from the Attorney-General since he said he would begin talks with them.
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Why the resistance to a national anti-corruption commission?
By IAN CUNLIFFE | On 16 October 2020

Scott Morrison and Christian Porter are insisting that a new federal integrity body could not look at old corruption. What is that about? Is it because there are skeletons in too many people’s closet? Is it the extent to which Alexander Downer and other senior officials benefitted financially from their activities during the Australian Government’s shenanigans on behalf of Woodside and others over oil and helium, which should always have been Timor-Leste’s, in the Timor Sea?

Preposing the case for the commission feels like pushing against one of those beautifully crafted doors that will open to the slightest touch. Everyone supports a federal anti-corruption commission, including 85% of the population. Federal Labor came out in support in January 2018.

In December that year, Prime Minister Morrison, with Attorney-General Christian Porter at his side, announced he would move to establish one. An appropriate discount needs to be made for propensity of this Government to announce many more things than it ever gets around to doing. Indeed, the Big Announcement seemed to be a cunning ploy to buy time and do nothing. That seems a likely story with what Morrison and Porter called the Commonwealth Integrity Commission.
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The Gladys and Daryl Show. Having to squirm in open hearings acts as a disincentive to venality
By JACK WATERFORD | On 20 October 2020

If Gladys Berejiklian, and her ludicrous consort, have to take one for the team, let it not be for tiny misdemeanours but for being parties to a corrupted mindset of the spoils of public office.

One has only to look at the daily papers to see constant reminders of how the system is broke. There is a fresh scandal every other day. Beyond the Maguire (and Berejiklian) inquiry, or Hayne, we have seen in recent weeks a tribunal considering whether Crown Casino, and owners associated with it, such as James Packer, “are fit and proper people” to be allowed to operate in Sydney.
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Gladys’ arrogance paves the way for Federal ICAC
By MUNGO MACCALLUM | On 20 October 2020

The most remarkable thing about the revelation of Gladys Berejiklian’s love life was that it was remarkable at all.

It is quite incredible that every person in the Macquarie Street bubble – government, opposition, staff, journalists, lobbyists, innocent bystanders – was completely oblivious to the fact that once the day’s work was over, the premier and her paramour would regularly go off for a bit of bonking in the background.
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853 thoughts on “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  1. Thank goodness someone is capable of giving perspective, because former Murdoch employee Patricia Karvelas is incapable of doing that.

    So all Ms Karvelas is worried about is Melbourne’s fashion status. And this ditz is a leading ABC political commentator???

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sally Whyte reports that Independent MP Helen Haines has called on government MPs who support her push for a federal integrity commission to work within their party room to progress the cause, and if that route fails, to prepare to cross the floor to allow the bill to be debated.
    The editorial in the AFR says that Scott Morrison’s over-the-top reaction to Australia Post’s CEO Christine Holgate is about decreasing the political pressure for a federal ICAC. They are not alone in thinking that!
    Michael Pascoe accuses Morrison of jumping the shark over the Cartier watches. Pascoe excoriates Morrison’s daggy dad image.
    New Zealand and the US compile public registers to ensure their Jobkeeper-type subisidies are not rorted by businesses. But no such transparency for Australians. As the Government singles out bureaucrats such as Australia Post chief Christine Holgate for corporate excesses, Tasha May shines the torch on pandemic rorting at the top end of town.
    Katina Curtis reports that a lobby group representing hundreds of post offices is urging its members to send Prime Minister Scott Morrison $5 notes to cover the cost of the Cartier watches given to four Australia Post executives as part of a campaign of support for embattled boss Christine Holgate.
    Karen Maley explains why Frydenberg needs to take the axe to ASIC.
    Neil Mitchell reckons Daniel Andrews has broken Victorians’ hearts.
    Nicholas Stuart examines the use of political spin. It’s quite a good read.
    Ross Gittins explains how day-to-day economic power has transferred from the econocrats back to the politicians. De does not think it will be good for the recovery.
    Adele Ferguson laments that members of Australia’s so-called ASX 300 directors club are on the gravy train, with far too many of them raking in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in fees for being a rubber stamp for the management.
    NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro has an approval rating of 18 per cent, one month after he threatened to destroy the Coalition over the contested koala planning policy, writes Alexandra Smith as she reviews the latest Ipsos poll.
    Peter Martin tells us how top Australian economists have awarded the budget a cautious pass.
    Sean Kelly is concerned that the pursuit of wealth now eclipses Australia’s ‘fair go’ mythology.
    The only plausible explanation for the delay in reopening business is that even after all these months Victoria’s contact tracing regime is still substandard, says Phil Coorey.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals that the Victorian government has built only 57 of the 1,000 new public housing units it pledged by 2022, amid a push to bind the state to a housing target.
    According to Mike Foley, multinational food companies are investing millions in Australia to measure agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, which analysts say is a move to avoid being stung with trade tariffs or charges by countries that have set global warming goals.
    The shift to renewables in SA’s Upper Spencer Gulf has been a social as well as technological process, explains The Guardian.
    Matt Johnson reports that the federal government has been criticised for delaying the rollout of a medical technology and manufacturing plan designed to boost crucial businesses during the post-pandemic recovery.
    Alastair Lawrie explains how One Nation’s religious discrimination bill will create an unholy mess as it represents a serious threat to the rights of all people in NSW.
    Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has issued a Statement of Expectation to the ACCC over their position on NBN pricing, writes Paul Budde who says this makes the beginning of a new battle.
    When executives from Victoria’s regional train service V/Line front up to the anti-corruption commission IBAC on Monday, it will be the second time in three years the agency has faced serious allegations.
    A growing number of grandparents care full time for their grandchildren in Australia, without receiving the financial support they need, writes Lisa Ikin.
    The SMH editorial says that it is important that Australia openly and actively debates its relationship with China.
    In a very interesting contribution, Michael Fullilove believes that Australia will benefit if American craziness subsides.
    A Joe Biden White House will have little time and less love for ‘Britain’s Trump’, writes Andrew Rawnsley.
    It would be easy to pass off these exaggerated claims as Trump just being Trump, if there weren’t lives at stake. writes Farrah Tomazin.
    Robert Reich writes that Trump has assaulted American democracy, and he tells us how Democrats can save it.
    The Guardian has canvassed the opinions of several authors in the US about Trump and the collective opinion is that, deep down, he is a terrified little boy.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Johannes Leak

    David Rowe

    Jim Pavlidis

    Michael Leunig

    John Shakespeare

    From the US

  3. Clive Palmer is at it again, spreading anti-Labor lies.

    Just received this text from Mineralogy aka the big yellow buffoon, Palmer.Blatant lies are all he has. Trying the same tactic againShould report the fat pr*ck for misusing a carriage service. pic.twitter.com/GtgeyZYcuY— ShiannonCorcoran (@ShiannonC) October 26, 2020

    The idiot thinks using the same lies he pushed last year will bring about a change of government in Queensland. He doesn’t understand that “death taxes” are a federal responsibility. He also does not understand how to use apostrophes.

    • Yep, I got the text too. Since I’m not in qld, suspect fed libs have provided phone numbers to clive & mineralogy. Serious breach of privacy. Have lodged complaint with QLD Elec Comm

  4. For those interested, Daniel Hurst was working yesterday and saw the Tony Burke interview on Sky.

    It included this interesting tidbit:

    Where I sit in the chamber, I’m not far from the table at all. And I can hear a lot of the banter between Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison. The other day, right at the end of question time, because Scott Morrison can get pretty angry by the end of question time, he looks across at Anthony just before he leaves and says, “I’m not afraid of you.”

    Now, that’s not the sort of thing that you say when you’re feeling relaxed. And you think of the different times you’ve heard someone say that they’re not afraid of someone – I’ve never heard them say it unless they’re feeling some pressure?

    • After Dan praises Victorians and warning the virus must still be taken seriously the very first question – from a female – is “Can I confirm that what you’re saying is that we can finally get back on the beer?”

      To me, who does not drink beer and loathes even the smell of it, and also knows that alcohol sales have boomed during lockdowns that inane question sums up the woeful state of what passes for “journalism” in Australia.

  5. Watched the first 45 min of press conference

    Interesting exchange between Rachel Blaxendale asking a question about NSW Covid testing without understanding the detail of what she was asking and Dan Andrews not understanding what she was asking either.

    Rachel should have been asking why does NSW capture patient details before conducting test.
    Dan answered that Salesforce software is world beating in managing Covid positive people. It was recommended by chief scientist Alan Finkel, degree in computer science (not information systems). Victoria’s response is backed up by NSA AI software to parse conversations to find linkages

    Well let me put on my rusty IT hat

    When I was Covid tested in NSW last week the test was conducted after my details had been entered on an iPad and cross checked to Medicare database. Perhaps Vic does not have access to Medicare database. Then I was given a piece of paper with the serial number of my test and I was told to use my phone to enter my details to a website if I wanted my results ASAP
    IE the data collection took place before testing
    I think In Vic data is batched before being manually entered in a data centre, so Vic concentrates on entering positive test results first
    My results took 28 hours to come back

    NSW could have this high tech front end and then still batch and manually enter testees data

    • The Shovel is onto him –

      Morrison Praises Efforts Of Victorians, Saying They Couldn’t Have Done It Without Him

      He said he had been working hand in hand with Victorians since day one. “When things started getting bad for Victorians in May I dropped everything and cleared my diary so I could immediately start building a cubby house for the kids. I think you’ll agree that the publicity I got from that must have been a source of comfort for Victorians stuck in their homes.

      “It’s been hard slog. And Jen and I, more than anyone, know that when you’re suffering through the worst crisis in living memory, what you need more than anything is a video of your Prime Minister building a chicken coop”


  6. We have a few of those types here……………………….not in the Pub I might add unnecessarily 🙂

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    This Age poll indicates that the efforts of the Victorian Liberals during the second wave was largely on the nose with voters.
    Despite pushing for the border with Queensland to reopen, the Berejiklian government is taking a “wait and see” approach to Victoria, concerned the slow re-opening is an indication that Daniel Andrews does not have full confidence in his state’s contract tracing. Will Morrison come out swinging on this?
    Tears, cheers and beers: Melbourne joyous as Daniel Andrews puts end to lockdown.
    Phil Coorey looks at reaction to Victoria’s lifting of restrictions and Andrews’ relationship with business.
    Daniel Andrews will be banking on the strong surge of relief among most Victorians overwhelming any criticisms and complaints about his approach, says Jennifer Hewett.
    With reference to much of what John Bolton has said, Peter Hartcher writes that history will show that Trump was the president who ended the long phase of US accommodation of the People’s Republic pf China and began a new era of confrontation. Bolton said that Australia should count itself lucky that it hasn’t been molested by Trump as other countries have.
    Stephen Duckett and Tom Crowley explain how no other place in the world has tamed a second wave this large.
    Meanwhile Alexandra Smith writes that an exclusive Herald poll reveals 63 per cent of voters are concerned NSW could follow Victoria and get smashed by a spike in COVID-19 infections.
    Australia’s services exports have been smashed – and that’s not good for jobs, explains Greg Jericho.
    Paul Bongiorno writes that the business model for running the country, which has been holy writ for governments of all persuasions since the 1980s, is no longer fit for purpose. He says the mates rates ethos is selling Australia short. He concludes with, “Time has come for guidelines for government business enterprises and their boards and for a real integrity commission along the lines of the private member’s bill introduced into Parliament on Monday by the independent Helen Haines.”
    Former Treasury secretary Ken Henry has warned Australians’ trust in democracy is at risk if the federal government does not build institutions to restore public faith, starting with urgent work on a federal ICAC.
    The Canberra Times wonders what it will take for the major political parties to finally acquiesce to the establishment of an independent federal anti-corruption body?
    Shivani Ghopal writes that in reality, Ms Holgate is the victim of virtue signalling, grandstanding, and a desperate attempt to leverage the “optics” to the perspective of her accuser: our Prime Minister.
    The Australian digs up “dirt”on Holgate, saying that Australia Post paid more than $34,000 for her nine-month stay in a Grand Hyatt suite in Melbourne.
    Victoria’s contact tracing system is set to undergo its biggest test yet, as the state declares itself open for business, says Aisha Dow and Liam Mannix.
    Nick Bonyhady tells us that taxpayers will have to cover outstanding wages worth at least $1.3 billion of almost 120,000 sacked workers if the official government forecasts for bankruptcies over coming years prove accurate.
    The pandemic has stemmed the flow of backpackers into Australia, creating an acute labour shortage for farmers. Urgent action is needed to avoid a horticultural disaster, explains Professor Joanna Howe in an interesting contribution.
    Matt O’Sullivan reports that developers face millions of dollars in levies for large projects on land next to Sydney’s new airport at Badgerys Creek as desperate councils try to recover the vast cost of roads and infrastructure.
    Lucy Cormack gets back on the icare trail telling us that it has spent more than $8 million with one executive recruiter (which previously counted a former NSW Liberal minister and major Liberal donor among its lead head hunters).
    If ever there was a time to clean out ASIC, it’s now, urges Adele Ferguson.
    Katharine Murphy explains how $1.1m of public money was used to fund Liberal-linked market research sent to the PM’s office.
    Gladys Berejiklian has performed well in a Herald and Nine News poll but her reputation has suffered from her relationship with Daryl Maguire says the SMH editorial that puts her on notice.
    Tony Walker examines what a Biden presidency could mean for Australia.
    Kate McClymont fills us in on yesterday’s Obeid trial at which family members were said to have been cocaine users.
    Massive unemployment queues and cracks in Australia’s welfare system have highlighted the need for a basic income support system, a new study has claimed.
    ABC news director Gaven Morris criticised his own organisation for focusing too much on one audience at the expense of others. Was he right to do so, explores Karl Quinn.
    The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford produces an immune response in both elderly and young people and adverse reactions were lower among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca says.
    Most Australians love the ABC and only tolerate politicians, says Jacqui Maley.
    Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns.
    According to Zoe Samios and Lisa Visentin, Australia’s media regulator, ACMA has said a draft voluntary code that the tech giants created to tackle disinformation has failed to meet expectations as Google and Facebook await legislation that will force them to pay news outlets for use of content on their websites.
    Church leaders are pleading with MPs to back the NSW government’s plans for a state-issued gambling card, warning that harm minimisation measures are grossly inadequate.
    Matt Wade describes how two suburban regions in Sydney have been chosen to take part in a test aimed at erasing the bungling of the 2016 census.
    Any consideration of a domestic gas reserve must take into account global volatility, says a government discussion paper.
    As South Australia now knows, local jobs must be a priority in the clean energy transition, writes Tom Norton.
    A $100m scheme to fund the manufacturing of products from recycled plastics and paper has not used any of its funding, nor supported any initiatives, since it was unveiled by the Morrison government ahead of the 2019 election. Yet another empty announceable!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/27/coalitions-100m-scheme-to-fund-recycled-products-has-spent-no-moneyThe man who first published the genome sequence of the coronavirus for the world to see has been named NSW Scientist of the Year, writes Kate Aubusson.
    The automotive world could be on the brink of another global recall crisis as now it is Takata’s seat belts that come under question.
    Samantha Dick outlines the five barriers that are blocking Americans from voting in the US election.
    A group of 10 Democratic senators, led by Minority Leader Charles Schumer, is urging Vice-President Mike Pence not to preside over the chamber for the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, given the latest outbreak of the coronavirus at the White House.
    Stocks are slumping sharply on Wall Street, deepening last week’s losses as a troubling climb in coronavirus counts threatens the global economy.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Johannes Leak – pathetic!

    Glen Le Lievre

    Dionne Gain

    From the US

  8. “We have just witnessed one of the most successful CEO character assassination campaigns ever attempted in Australia. The target was in one of Australia’s best chief executives —who happens to be female — Australia Post’s Christine Holgate.

    Given Prime Minister Scott Morrison became part of the exercise and demanded her removal, I have been researching what happened.

    Many senior post office people know who orchestrated the character assassination attempt and why. The ALP will be pleased to know that it was not the unions and it’s not the board. That’s all I can say.

    The AusPost saga starts not with the watches affair but rather with the decision of various Coalition ministries to turn the board of Australia’s most successful government business enterprise into an appointment post for faithful Liberals. They now control the board. Some proved to be very good directors but this is a $10 billion enterprise that is competing against some of the world’s biggest and best companies including DHS, FedEx UPS and Japan Post’s Toll. It needs a board that includes those that have been deeply involved in large corporates and the transport and distribution business.

    Nevertheless, AusPost has secured almost three quarters of Australia’s booming online retail parcel delivery business. The Prime Minister’s involvement illustrates why the $10 billion business should be floated like Commonwealth Bank, CSL, Qantas and Telstra. The public company would have a clearly defined obligation to run the mail service. Running this business as a virtual arm of the Liberal Party is not in the national interest.”

    There is a lot more on the sequence of events, but he doesn’t say who leaked info in a calculated way. Presumably an inside job. He uses this to press his unrelated agenda of privatising Australia Post, as has Barnaby Joyce.

  9. The Shovel was part of the joking about the likely Murdoch response to the easing of Melbourne’s restrictions.

    Peta Credlin Slams Daniel Andrews For Opening Up Melbourne Too Early

    Turns out the jokes were actually reality –


    • No doubt his cousin’s friend’s sister’s husband also claimed to have been told about someone who did himself in due to losing their job in Melbourne.

      Gossip, hearsay and lies – if Fraudenberg wants anyone to believe his rubbish he has to give names.

      Meanwhile what about the 700 or so documented deaths in Victorian aged care for which the federal government still refuses to acknowledge responsibility? Any thoughts on that, Josh?

  10. More Defence failures, this time with the newish (2017) MRH-90 Taipan helicopters bought for $3.8 billion.

    Defence Force’s MRH-90 Taipan helicopter doors ‘not wide enough’ to allow guns to fire while troops are exiting

    That’s not the only problem.

    From June last year –

    Defence sources acknowledged the MRH90’s capability and sustainment has improved, but the fleet is currently limited on certain missions because it cannot shut down its main engines due to problems with the auxiliary power unit on board


    Before that came a problem with the tail rotors.
    ADF grounded its MRH90 helicopter fleet in July but knew about tail rotor issue in October last year

    Why is the ADF plagued with so much gear that is not fit for purpose?

  11. Gladdie may not be out of the woods yet……….

    Former NSW auditor-general says Berejiklian should resign

    A former NSW auditor-general has warned that the shredding of documents related to $250 million in council grants was likely to be unlawful and should end Gladys Berejiklian’s leadership.

    Tony Harris, who has also served as a senior Commonwealth public servant, said he was confident the Premier’s office breached the State Records Act when it destroyed paper and digital records.

  12. Kevin Rudd wants to break the record for signatures on a Parliament House petition – 405,000. So far there are 395613.

    Where does Murdoch want to take Australia? Look no further than America’s @FoxNews — the 24hr extremist propaganda unit that created & sustains Trump’s presidency. Thanks @BetteMidler for backing the #MurdochRoyalCommission petitionAustralians sign here: https://t.co/FjfK7ij7YQ https://t.co/0Q8gCOWyK3 pic.twitter.com/eTUbeFaeB8— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) October 27, 2020</a

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers’

    Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters are back on the job, beginning this contribution with, “Australian special forces soldiers were fuelled by “blood lust” when they tortured and executed prisoners in Afghanistan and then covered up their actions, according to a briefing handed to military chiefs which likened the conduct of some troops to that of American soldiers in Abu Ghraib.” This long report is not nice reading.
    Alexandra Smith reports that a former NSW auditor-general, Tony Harris, has warned that the shredding of documents related to $250 million in council grants was likely to be unlawful and should end Gladys Berejiklian’s leadership.
    And Tony Harris says that Maguire aside, the Berejiklian’s steadfast command has been shredded.
    According to David Crowe, despite an outward show of bipartisanship, the truth is that Federal Parliament is struggling to bridge a growing gulf in the national answer to a global pandemic. He says it cannot agree even when it claims to unite.
    “Now will Morrison stop nitpicking and second-guessing Dan Andrews?”, asks Shaun Carney.
    Victorians deserved a bit of grace but with Josh Frydenberg’s outburst, adolescent rancour prevailed, opines Katharine Murphy.
    The editorial in The Canberra Times says that Victoria’s heroic effort deserves praise.
    The reopening of Victoria’s economy is generating momentum for the removal of state border blockades, including between NSW and Victoria, and the blanket closure still being imposed by the West Australian government, Write Phil Coorey and Matthew Cranston.
    These ten graphs that show the rise and fall of Victoria’s COVID-19 second wave.
    Paul Sakkal reports that contact-tracing technology similar to systems underpinning coronavirus contact tracing in the ACT, NSW and New Zealand is being developed in Victoria.
    Despite widespread relief at hospitality reopening in Victoria, the real work now begins, explain Bianca Hall and Zach Hope.
    Mark McGowan is not giving anything away about the state’s hard borders, despite speculation they could be relaxed within days.
    Ross Gittins points out that the much-diminished public sector now employs only two in every 10 Australia workers. It’s no wonder the beefed-up private sector benefits most from the budget, he says.
    Many low and middle income Australians face being $1080 a year worse off unless the Morrison government revisits its just-completed overhaul of the personal tax system, explains Shane Wright.
    John Collett explains how the pandemic has placed many people in the rental market at risk; they face uncertainty, tenure insecurity, financial hardship and significant mental health effects.
    More from Shane Wright who writes that the Australian economy has emerged from its first recession in 30 years, the Reserve Bank believes but is warning the recovery will be marred by growing business failures and cash-strapped households struggling to pay off their mortgages.
    Katina Curtis reports that politicians are calling for a clean out of the corporate regulator, ASIC.
    On Cartier watches and expensive tax advice, Chris Uhlmann writes that keeping track of this gravy train is a tough station. He concludes that Auditor-General Hehir’s team could use some help in the form of a long-awaited national integrity commission.
    The corporate regulator is now trying to retrieve its own reputation for good behaviour after chairman James Shipton stood aside on Friday and deputy chair Daniel Crennan quit on Monday, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    Scott Morrison’s biggest success is manipulating his own image, writes Jennifer Wilson.
    The AFR editorial is thankful that the Morrison government is back-pedalling on the resources nationalism that would add even more uncertainty and political risk to gas investment.
    Another AFR editorial says that the pandemic should not become an excuse for relieving company boards of the obligation to face in person the questions and complaints of those whose money they put to work. This goes against Frydenberg’s suggestion that virtual AGMs may become a permanent fixture.
    Sarah Basford Canales reports that senior military and defence department figures have confirmed a major design flaw with a Howard-era fleet of helicopters totalling nearly $3.8 billion has limited its operational capability even after attempted fixes.
    Clive Palmer’s mining company has tipped more than $4.5m into his spoiler political party with more than 50 donations to his Queensland election candidates disclosed in the past week. He is a blight on democracy IMHO.
    Josh Butler goes into Palmer’s “bullshit” ad campaign.
    Former PM Kevin Rudd has sought a royal commission into the Murdoch family’s influence on Australian democracy. Founder and director David Donovan explains how the Murdochs have subverted Australia’s frail democracy for over a century.
    Crown chair Helen Coonan is chair of PR firm GRACosway, whose clients have been involved in questionable financial transactions including money-laundering and stumping for shady sharemarket promoters and mortgage brokers fighting commission bans. Her PR role is in conflict with her position as chair of financial complaints ombudsman AFCA, and both make her position at the head of Crown unsustainable at a time when the embattled casinos operator is desperate to show a leadership beyond reproach to keep its licence. Elizabeth Minter reports.
    Almost half of the Veterans’ Affairs Department’s workforce was made up of contractors as it struggled to meet demand for certain claims and wait times continued to grow, Senate estimates has heard.
    Coronavirus survivors may be at risk of lasting cognitive damage, according to a study that found that in the worst cases the infection can cause mental decline equivalent to an 8.5-point fall in IQ or the brain ageing 10 years.
    Certain members and associates from rival gangs were banned from several locations around Sydney’s west and east over the weekend, as police attempt to suffocate a bloody feud between the warring gangs. Choice!
    Paul Karp reports that Border Force has been warned that bonus allowances for seagoing staff are deterring workers from taking sick leave, leading them to risk their physical and mental health.
    Bevan Shields tells us that Boris Johnson has encouraged Scott Morrison to take “bold action” on climate change during a phone call in which the British leader stressed the need for “ambitious targets” to reach net-zero emissions. Good luck with that, Boris!
    Nick Toscano and Mike Foley write that Australia’s coal and natural gas producers are facing deeper uncertainty about long-term demand for their commodities after Japan pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
    Amanda Meade points to a report that suggests that the ABC may have bent to government pressure over its coverage of climate change.
    The ABC must be relevant to all – but that doesn’t mean telling people what they want to hear, writes Jonathan Holmes.
    New polling shows 79% of Aussies care about climate change. So why doesn’t the government listen, asks Rebecca Colvin.
    The Justice Department tried to intervene to represent Trump in the lawsuit by the writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Trump of assaulting her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s, but a federal judge has put a stopper on the attempt.
    Scott Morrison is a Pentecostal but he doesn’t need believers like Trump does, writes David Smith.
    Bill Wyman says that many poll watchers believe the Republicans have followed Trump off a cliff and they will lose in the Senate.
    Latika Bourke tells us that Anthony Scaramucci has revealed his marriage nearly broke down when he went to work for Donald Trump, because his wife loathes the US President.
    An Aussie expat living in North Carolina entertainingly writes about the religious fractures in the politics of the US. She talks of the false piety of moral high-roaders
    The latest Morgan Stanley virus modelling note says that the reproduction rate for the virus in America is greater than 1 in all 50 US states. This does not bode well.
    What is at stake for Donald Trump? It’s certainly not just the election explains Arwa Mahdawi.
    The US supreme court has sided with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mail-in ballots that are received after election day. What a joint!
    Another fatal police shooting of a black man in the US, this time in Philadelphia. The violent protests have started.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    Andrew Dyson

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Simon Letch

    Matt Golding

    Johannes Leak never gives up!

    Mark Knight

    Fiona Katauskas

    From the US

  14. you can watch a repeat below

  15. “Scott Morrison is a Pentecostal but he doesn’t need believers like Trump does, writes David Smith.”

    That would be because in Australia Pentecostals – the that bother voting – are rusted-on Liberal/Nats voters. You would have to search for a very long time to find a Labor voter in one of their churches and if you did find one they would probably be just visiting.

    Conservative voters are gullible, they believe without question, for example, that the CrimeMinister’s fake “just a typical dad from the Shire” act is genuine. Pentecostals are gullible too, they believe without question all the rot their millionaire “pastors” spruik.

    Combine religious and conservative gullibility and you get a rusted-on Lib/Nats voter

  16. Someone should demolish Sussan Ley’s home, preferably while she is inside, and see if losing her own habitat changes her thinking

    Federal minister gives green light for koala habitat to be bulldozed for Port Stephens quarry
    Conservationists accuse Sussan Ley of choosing ‘rocks over koalas’ after she approved 52 hectares of habitat destruction to expand Brandy Hill quarry

    More than 50 hectares of koala habitat in the New South Wales town of Port Stephens is set to be cleared after the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, approved the expansion of a quarry.

    The minister, whose decision comes as the government considers the koala for an official endangered listing, said on Tuesday the department’s assessment found the development would “not rob the area of critical koala habitat”


    Koalas stand no chance of surviving in Australia given continual attacks from governments, greedy companies and even greedier developers

  17. Usual cavieats apply

    Friendlyjordies –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  18. A RW pomgolian pollie going a wee bit OTT

    Suzanne Evans
    Oct 27
    The only thing more depressing than having to tweet this is having to tweet about the replies lapping what Ardern is doing. As I’ve said before, I could never understand 1930s Nazi Germany. Now it’s all too painfully obvious how it happened.
    Quote Tweet

    · Oct 27
    New Zealand now has a fascist government under @jacindaardern. Are you going to act, @amnesty? twitter.com/berniespoffort…

    A couple of responses

    “Amnesty, please help us, Jacinda is forcing us to go to Shapeshifter gigs in stunning vineyards”.
    “Did you also know, in New Zealand under Comrade Jacinda Ardern they send ALL children, even those UNDER FIVE YEARS OLD, to government mandated education camps instead of keeping them at home to be educated via Zoom while their parents work from home? It’s horrific.”
    “A fascist government that was re-elected in a landslide”.
    Please save us, Amnesty. Things are terrible here. We had to go to the beach on a three day weekend and see other citizens. Please come save us from the daily tyranny of scanning QR code’s and socialising with family and friends.

    • I had a look at her Twitter – it seems like a gathering place for whingers and conspiracy theorists. I especially enjoyed this tweet from an unemployed pathologist who says whatever is killing Poms can’t be Covid because not only “old men” are dying from it.. (Easy to see why no-one wants to employ her.)

      How dare that virus kill young people and those with chronic illnesses! Every unemployed pathologist knows it is only supposed to kill oldies.

      Deaths from non-Covid respiratory illnesses are down everywhere because people have been staying at home instead of going out and spreading colds and flu.


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