Political Self-interest Couldn’t Give a Flying Fiddle

From our formidable Lioness:

Why has Gladys allowed the cricket to have spectators? Was she pushed into that decision by Tony Shepherd and the other old white men of the SCG Trust?

Another thing about the cricket – the media and every politician in NSW keeps blathering on about 24,000 people, half the normal 48,000 capacity of the SCG. That’s just for one day. The 3rd test goes for five days with the last day being the main fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation. Not everyone wants to or can afford to attend every day of a test .Do the maths. Work out the potential audience. It could well be a huge super-spreader event. No wonder Gladys has taken the week off.

That’s not all. There are two BBL series at the SCG and the Showground Stadium scheduled for January 13- 26. It has not yet been decided if spectators will be allowed.

This is a yet another flagrant example of Gladeyes’ preferencing her own political career over the well-being of New South Wales AND the rest of Australia.

Despicable doesn’t even begin to describe her behaviour.

455 thoughts on “Political Self-interest Couldn’t Give a Flying Fiddle

  1. “Australia risks skating past difficult questions of right-wing extremism in favour of a haphazard fight over who can say what on the internet, writes Ariel Bogle”

    Spot on! (And I say that fully aware Ms Bogle is a member of ASPI.)

    We are now having a debate, urged on by our mostly right-wing media, about who can say what on social media when we should be looking at the rise of right-wing extremism in Australia. It’s almost as if the MSM doesn’t want us to talk about weak PMs or idiots in the government who are allowed free reign to spread ridiculous conspiracy theories. Surely they wouldn’t do that deliberately? Well, yes they would.

    It would be easy for Australian right-wing groups to try the same tactics as those in America. It is accepted theory to say our electoral system protects us, but does it really? When you look at the MSM pile-on in 2019 against Bill Shorten and Labor you realise we are already most of the way there. Yes, it is possible to steal an election in Australia if you have the media on your side. There is a good case for arguing the last election was stolen by the CrimeMinister and his one man band, no policies at all campaign because the MSM, dominated by right-wing owners, chose to support him.

  2. Being idiots helps

    A HuffPost reporter saw three Republican members — Bob Gibbs, Chip Roy and Garret Graves — ignore the metal detectors.

    Another Republican member, Russ Fulcher, pushed past a cop guarding the metal detectors to gain access to the floor.

    The metal detectors were set up yesterday to provide more security on the floor, in response to the violent riot at the Capitol last week, but some Republicans have objected to their use or ignored them entirely.


    • Honestly,

      representatives who avoid the metal detectors should be ejected from the building – so they can’t vote

      Or refuse to count their vote

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    Anne Davies writes that residents in Craig Kelly’s Sydney electorate of Hughes have reacted angrily to their MP accusing Facebook of censorship, saying he regularly blocks constituents from his page when they disagree with his climate change denialism and advocacy of unproven treatments for Covid-19.
    Samantha Dick examines the dog whistling and the hypocrisy behind George Christensen’s free speech crusade.
    Corporate America is frantically distancing itself from Donald Trump in the dying days of his presidency after spending four years financing him, enjoying his tax giveaways, his attacks on workers and gutting of regulations to fatten corporate profits. Elizabeth Minter reports on the rank hypocrisy, even extending to Scott Morrison’s top adviser on Covid-19 economic recovery.
    The government is racing to secure more vaccines but staring down its AstraZeneca critics.
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    Osman Faruqi is concerned about the way Australia is going, as exemplified by the comments from senior government ministers on recent events in the US.
    In a long argumentation, Wayne Swan says our democracy is fragile, and the Liberal Party’s embrace of Trumpism puts Australia in danger.
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    “Is Scott Morrison a Donald Trump lite?”, asks The AIMN’s Rosemary J36.
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    Political unrest within the White House led to a domestic terrorism event some in the media have compared to the attack on Pearl Harbour, writes Dr Lee Duffield.
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    Cartoon Corner

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    From the US

  4. The abc news 24 strapline is

    should read


    Went walking with the Malvern ladies who think Scomo is doing a good job and Dictator Dan is horrible so I was really annoyed listening to the Dan Andrews press conference on Facebook ( I h8 Facebook) to catch his response to a question about why does Victoria continue to use hotel quarantine when its risky

    Federal government will not allow ADF barracks be used for quarantine
    except in Northern Territory where Howard Springs is an ADF facility

    at 44 minutes

  5. For fans of The West Wing – a very long thread.

    Well worth reading.

    Funny thing though – I’ve had weird urges to watch the entire series lately. Not hard to do – No 1 Son and I bought the whole DVD set ages ago. I suppose a fictional America seems a lot better than the dire reality we now have to face.

  6. Both later reversed. Maley is a twit.

    On Tuesday Mark Maley, the ABC’s manager of editorial policy, banned unattributed use of the word “insurrection” in news reporting to describe the 6 January attack.

    The national broadcaster also described government backbencher Kelly’s untruths about Covid-19 as “unofficial information” in the headline of a news article published on Tuesday.


  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Australians are being promised a two-stage strategy to protect the population from COVID-19 under a federal commitment to pursue herd immunity while making vaccines available as soon as possible. Another announcement?
    The editorial in the SMH says that the real confusion about vaccines comes from the Morrison government’s own ranks. Too right it does!
    And the AAP reports that voters in controversial Morrison government MP Craig Kelly’s NSW electorate are brewing plans to run an independent candidate against the backbencher at the next federal poll.
    Vaccine deniers are a minority in Australia, but a successful rollout hinges on facts and honesty, writes Tom Aechtner.
    Record daily German COVID-19 death tolls have sparked Angela Merkel’s ‘mega-lockdown plan’.
    Cait Kelly reports that a leading health expert has said that the federal government must step in and take over management of hotel quarantine or risk further coronavirus lockdowns. Good luck with that!
    Australians have just had a reminder that they are in a global queue for the best vaccines to shield them from COVID-19, and there is no easy way to jump to the front, writes David Crowe.
    Immunisation expert Peter McIntyre argues that scientists are wrong to claim the AstraZeneca vaccine is a “second-best option” and its rollout should be paused.
    An unimpressed Liam Mannix says that the government’s refusal to answer simple questions leaves a vaccine vacuum.
    NSW cases of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant have doubled within a week but Health Minister Brad Hazzard is confident the state’s current quarantine system can handle the more contagious strain, reports Mary Ward.
    IOOF are never far away from troubles.
    With insolvency protections being wound back and JobKeeper ending in just two months, accountants are being prepared to deal with a wave of traumatised small business owners who have to wind up, writes Emilia Terzon for The New Daily.
    Josh Frydenberg has warned Google it should be paying Australian news websites, not banning them from search results, after the company admitted to intermittently blocking some content.
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    More on this from The Guardian.
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    The AIMN’s “Grumpy Geezer” tells us how the Trumpists are thriving in Oz.
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    Graham Richardson sums up Trump by writing, “Donald Trump was never up to the task. He was a wealthy bogan with no knowledge of economics outside the construction industry. He was not well read, knew only how to shoot from the hip, and had no sense of occasion. He let America down.”
    The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty writes that Trump’s stench will cling to Republicans long after he’s gone.
    By staying above the fray, the next president of the United States is exhibiting the deliberate approach to politics that became the trademark of his march to the White House.
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    Cartoon Corner

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    From the US

  8. Good stuff from Jenna Price

    The argument over free speech has now extended into the farcical.

    On Wednesday US time, during the discussion of failed US President Donald Trump’s impeachment, Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican congresswoman and QAnon supporter, wore a mask with the word “censored” emblazoned across it. She wore the mask while speaking in Congress – because apparently using the microphone to speak was not enough free speech for the conspiracy-loving politician.

    Our own politicians are also promoting all brands of nonsense, humiliating Australians on the world stage. Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack compared the powerful Black Lives matter movement to a band of violent fools storming the US Capitol last week, and was backed up by LNP senator Matt Canavan. Unloved backbencher Craig Kelly, the federal member for Hughes, continues to promote untested remedies for COVID-19 without a word of reprimand from his political masters. George Christensen, the member for Manila, promoted the falsehood that the invasion of the Captiol was a bunch of antifascists (Antifa) in disguise. Help me, God.

    Now Dave Sharma, the federal member for Wentworth, bangs on about free speech.


  9. Not good, however you look at it

    The president is cutting a sad figure, White House staffers have told news outlets.

    “He’s been holed up in the residence, that’s never a good thing,” a person close to the White House told CNN.

    “He’s by himself, not a lot of people to bounce ideas off of, whenever that happens he goes to his worst instincts.”

    “He’s in self-pity mode,” a White House advisor also told CNN, adding that “everybody’s angry at everyone” at the White House right now.


  10. Is Pete planning to become a senator?

    We already have more than enough loons and nutters in the Senate.

  11. Someone is telling porkies.

    Yesterday Nine ran a story telling us CSL was interested in manufacturing the Novavax vaccine but could not do it until it had finished making the AstraZeneca vaccine, probably at the end of the year.

    That article contained a little gem of information, a quote from a spokeswoman for CSL –

    CSL remains fully focussed [sic] on production of the AstraZeneca vaccine and anticipates that the first locally produced doses of the vaccine will be ready in the second quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approval

    So the first doeses of that vaccine will not be available until April at the earliest.

    Today David Crowe and Liam Mannix told us this –

    Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly expressed hope for a swift roll-out of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday by saying the plan for 10 million doses covered “the first half of 2021” and could start in February.

    But a spokeswoman for Pfizer said the contract was to supply the doses “over 2021”

    That is not what Grunt has been telling us. He insists all Australians will be immunised by October with those who get the Pfizer vaccine immunised by the end of March.

    So who is lying to us? Who is telling us we will all receive a vaccine by October when clearly that is not going to be possible? And who has left ordering vaccines until far too late, meaning Australia is stuck with a possibly inferior variety? Looks very much as if all who get the AstraZeneca vaccine (around 20 million of us) will need to be re-immunised next year when a better vaccine becomes available.

    I would prefer to wait.

  12. Surely the CrimeMinister realises this – or you’d think he would.

    Maybe he assumed his BFF Trump would be there to protect him.

  13. Lenore writes well; as usuall

    Craig Kelly, the Liberal backbench member for the New South Wales seat of Hughes, is a bit player in Australian politics. At best. But he made headlines this week as a case study in the lesson the Australian government has apparently failed to learn from the Trump-fomented insurrection in Washington – the power of misinformation to poison a democracy.

    As the United States reckoned with the terrible cost of a president who peddled lies, unchecked by a Republican party hooked on the political power of his falsehoods, Australian ministers refused to call out Kelly’s ill-informed online rants.

    In terms of importance or immediate consequence, the two circumstances could not be further apart. But they shared a principle, or the lack of it.


  14. ’twas ever thus

    EU officials have told Reuters that some member states are receiving lower-than-expected supplies of Covid vaccines and complain in internal meetings of uncertainty over future deliveries, as distribution proceeds unevenly among EU states.


    And here are we, OH and I, in the “Canberra bubble”, and totally from the pestilences. It won’t last, I know.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe looks at how the conservative side of Australian politics is reassessing its adoration of Trump and his populist movement.
    The national cabinet’s decision to slash international arrival caps has forced Emirates to axe all flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
    And Patrick Hatch explains how state border closures and the realisation vaccines won’t be a ticket to overseas travel has set back Qantas’ long recovery from COVID-19.
    Deborah Snow writes that life for many Australians trapped abroad by caps on international arrivals has become a Kafkaesque nightmare.
    The editorial in the SMH says that the Australian Open should go ahead but it will be hard to enjoy if more is not done to bring stranded Aussies home.
    The Victorian government is preparing a February 15 “V-Day” launch for the most potent COVID vaccine, with its newly formed local public health units to play a critical role in delivering the life-saving jab.
    Just how ‘normal’ 2021 will be hinges on Australia’s Covid vaccination uptake, explains Greg Dore.
    Indulging Craig Kelly’s misinformation is a threat to Australia’s health, politically as well as literally, declares Lenore Taylor.
    “How many lies are too many lies?”, asks Jennifer Wilson.
    Dennis Atkins tells us what Morrison’s cowardly response to the Capitol riots reveals. It’s not a flattering assessment.
    Mike Foley reports that Victoria is copping criticism from farmers and the federal government over a lack of plans to fill the shortage in farm labourers, despite its commitments to bring overseas tennis players to the Australian Open and to accommodate international students. (Is it the problem that the pandemic has exposed the shit conditions and wages that have sustained the industry for years?)
    Liam Mannix describes the great vaccination debate where protection vs immunity is the choice.
    According to The Australian, some Liberal MPs are falling seriously short of fundraising targets ahead of a possible federal election this year — including a number who have failed to transfer any money to the head office account in more than 18 months.
    Peter van Onselen says that Morrison will win a 2022 election with the pandemic hiding the plethora of failures of his government.
    Jenna Price reckons the argument over free speech has now extended into the farcical, and says that the greater in one’s voice, the greater is one’s responsibility not to harm.
    Daniel Hurst says that, as stand-in leader, McCormack failed to take a stand in defence of truth and trust.
    Michael McGowan explains how Australia’s anti-terror regime has failed to rein in far-right extremists. Hmmm.
    Sean Kelly examines Morrison’s tiptoeing on indigenous affairs and wonders if they interest him at all.
    Daniel Hurst tells us that the Morrison government is considering launching an advertising campaign to sell its changes to workplace relations laws, after signing a new $200,000 contract for market research.
    Shadow industrial relations minister Tony Burke has warned that Australian workers may lose their penalty rates by the end of January 2022 – not via targeted cuts, but through knock-on effects previously outlined in Attorney-General Christian Porter’s industrial relations reform bills, writes William Olson.
    In an open letter, Greg Chappell urges the Australian captain to keep leading with courage and humour – and let the bat and ball do the talking. Fair enough, too!
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    The Morrison government’s attitude to Chinese investment in Australia is confusing and will exacerbate the growing tensions over trade, China experts have warned.
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    The Australian’s resident angry old ideologue Gerard Henderson writes that in the wake of Trump’s January 6th efforts, the left has been selective in showing contempt and outrage.
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    Cartoon Corner

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    Andrew Dyson

    Alan Moir

    Mark David

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    Dionne Gain

    Richard Gilberto

    Simon Letch

    From the US

  16. Jair Bolsonaro says he “should be at the beach” after informing his people there is little he can do about The Plague and lying about when a vaccine will arrive.

    Funny how that is so reminiscent of the behaviour of our own CrimeMinister, who really is at the beach, loafing and visiting pubs for photo ops while still refusing to accept responsibility for quarantine, still refusing to condemn the idiotic remarks from Kelly, Christensen, Rennick etc and still having his minions lie about the vaccine roll-out.

    How nice to know Australia’s leader is on a par with the appalling Bolsonaro. Are they acting as role models for each other?

  17. The sheer, utter stupidity of allowing the Australian Open to go ahead now becomes glaringly apparent.

    Clearly someone allowed infected people onto that aircraft. Such are the risks of international travel now – everyone is at the mercy of humans who might not take all necessary precautions. An aircraft coming from Plague Central (the US) should never have been permitted to land here.

    I know everyone needs to feel the world is returning to normal, even though it isn’t, but when our state and federal governments are prepared to put our health and Australia’s low infection rate at risk just so spoilt sports “stars” can parade around at the cricket or the tennis then we need to think again about whether or not we need to take such risks. Are sporting events, aka bread and circuses, really worth it?

    • Thanks CK

      The panel discussion was excellent this week, Katie Couric always makes sense as did the radio announcer from Kentucky Both said that Republicans will need to reclaim the suburban women voter and think Nikki Haley will be their presidential nominee

  18. Yet another announcement without any real plans?

    So easy for the government to decide an area is not “priority” isn’t it.

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