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. When the most right-wing commentators turn on the CrimeMinister –

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Rather slim pickings today.

    Today’s best read comes from Crispin Hull who explains why censorship isn’t the same thing as being called out. He takes Morrison and McCormack to task.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7086811/censorship-isnt-the-same-thing-as-being-called-out/?cs=14329
    The Australian Open is under a fresh cloud after 47 players travelling on two charter planes into Australia were told to go into hard lockdown in the latest COVID-19 scare. A rather inauspicious start!
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open-quarantine-program-hit-by-two-positive-tests-reports-20210116-p56ulj.html
    Chartered flights that are available to bring stranded and desperate Australians home have been rejected by the Morrison government, the operator has told The New Daily.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/01/17/stranded-australians-chartered-flights/
    Anthony Galloway has a very good look at how things nay unfold with Australia’s relationship with the incoming Biden administration.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/is-morrison-ready-for-a-biden-administration-20210115-p56uee.html
    Greg Jericho says the biggest Coalition conspiracy theory is climate change denial.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/jan/17/the-biggest-coalition-conspiracy-theory-is-climate-change-denial
    The Department of Home Affairs finalised an internal investigation into allegations of “cash for visas” just 15 days after interviewing the complainant and receiving a recording of a detainee discussing a $50,000 payment for a visa.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/17/cash-for-visa-inquiry-finalised-just-15-days-after-interviewing-complainant
    Henrietta Cook tells us that Australia’s health watchdog is investigating a series of complaints about the accuracy of infrared thermometers as the coronavirus screening devices become an increasingly common sight at airports, schools and shops.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/health-watchdog-probes-thermometers-amid-inaccuracy-concerns-20210114-p56u2q.html
    Lee Duffield says that you’ll have no trouble coming in and out of Australia, and the world remains your oyster — if you’ve got heaps money and can say you are in business.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/australias-business-driven-travel-policy-leaves-thousands-stranded-,14704
    Cait Kelly reports that right-wing extremists in Australia have celebrated last week’s riots at Capitol Hill, and experts are warning the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the threat of far-right white supremacist terrorism here.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/01/17/far-right-extremists-australia/
    James Murdoch, without naming News Corp or Fox News, said some US media outlets were responsible for unleashing “insidious and uncontrollable forces” that will be present for years.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/media-and-marketing/james-murdoch-lashes-us-media-for-propagating-lies-20210116-p56ul4
    The Chaser’s Dom Knight farewells @RealDonaldTrump. And he gives Craig Kelly a serve.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/farewell-realdonaldtrump-we-knew-you-far-too-well-20210115-p56ugx.html
    Trump’s impeachment trial will start after Joe Biden’s inauguration and senior Republican Mitch McConnell is telling Senators their decision on whether to convict the outgoing president over the Capitol riot will be a “vote of conscience”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/trump-trial-pending-mcconnell-calls-it-vote-of-conscience-20210116-p56umb.html
    If Trump looks like a fascist and acts like a fascist, then maybe he is one, opines Nick Cohen.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/16/if-trump-looks-like-a-fascist-and-acts-like-a-fascist-then-maybe-he-is-one
    Richard Luscomb writes that the exiting Trump has lit a match to ignite a civil war inside his Republican party.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/16/donald-trump-republican-party-divided-impeachment-capitol-attack

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  3. And a good summary of what our government has NOT done so far –

  4. Glamourising war criminals –

    Please read Omar Sakr’s thread too.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    At least 72 players are now in hard lockdown for 14 days after another COVID-19 case was detected on a third plane that flew into Melbourne for the Australian Open. What a great idea THAT was!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/australian-open-rocked-by-third-covid-affected-plane-more-players-to-isolate-20210117-p56usj.html
    The Morrison government is under pressure from within to increase the caps on the number of Australians allowed back into the country.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-mps-call-for-caps-to-be-reviewed-after-emirates-cancels-flights-20210116-p56uly.html
    According to David Crowe, state and territory leaders cannot be sure when vaccines will allow a change in approach on social distancing rules. Caution and questioning form a basis for these decisions, he says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/caution-and-questioning-a-vital-part-of-vaccine-roll-out-20210117-p56urd.html
    The SMH editorial says that clear messaging must be part of COVID-19 vaccine strategy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/clear-messaging-must-be-part-of-covid-19-vaccine-strategy-20210117-p56urb.html
    The catastrophic failure of many Western democracies such as the U.S., UK and many European countries to control COVID-19 has been shocking, explains Professor Raina McIntyre.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/ignoring-pandemic-experts-proves-fatal,14702
    Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms cannot continue to be allowed to peddle lies on COVID-19 and other health matters that are detrimental to human health, writes professor of medicine, David Shearman.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/social-media-platforms-are-harming-our-health-20210115-p56udy.html
    And Julie Leask says that with the boost vaccines will bring to our existing strategies to fight COVID-19, we have so much to gain by keeping the public informed and engaged.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/public-must-be-kept-in-the-loop-on-vaccines-20210117-p56upi.html
    Daniel Hurst writes that three in four Australians agree that Scott Morrison should publicly rebuke one of his MPs for spreading misinformation during the pandemic, according to new polling commissioned by the Australia Institute.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/18/three-quarters-of-australians-say-scott-morrison-should-rebuke-craig-kelly-for-covid-misinformation
    Tim Soutphommasane is concerned that one of the things this pandemic has done is reveal just how much inequality there is around us.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/pandemic-strips-away-the-myth-of-equality-20210117-p56uof.html
    Jennifer Duke reports that Victoria is expected to boast the fastest recovery of any state or territory this year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/victoria-s-economic-recovery-to-outstrip-all-other-states-as-nation-bounces-back-20210115-p56ufo.html
    The Australian’s Greg Brown writes that a union-commissioned poll showing the ALP faces the loss of two seats in its political heartland at the next election has prompted a senior CFMEU official to call on Labor to dump Anthony Albanese as party leader.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/labor-woes-in-hunter-valley-poll/news-story/c899e8c6042bc273debbdcf3d76fa225
    John Kehoe tells us that confidential Reserve Bank analysis shows it is alert to the risks from low interest rates, which could bump up house prices by 30 per cent over three years, but is so far unconcerned.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/low-rates-inflate-asset-prices-rba-20210117-p56upq
    It’s clear that the 9.5 per cent super guarantee rate is only enough to fund a satisfactory retirement if people are prepared to chew through their savings – an option most retirees reject, writes Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/why-we-should-stick-with-the-12pc-super-guarantee-rate-20210117-p56unu
    China has finished building a 1500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad. Of course they would!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-builds-hospital-in-five-days-after-surge-in-virus-cases-20210117-p56uoq.html
    The effects of blunt monetary policy have created a divide between the have and have-nots, and the populist agitation could lead to more binary policy alternatives, and unstable investment conditions, explains Chris Dickman.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/debt-markets/trickle-down-policy-settings-aren-t-working-20210115-p56ugm
    The Defence Department might revisit an upgraded Collins class design for the future submarine amid tensions with the French. Working with the French was always going to end in tears.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/shot-across-the-bows-on-submarine-contract-20210117-p56uo9
    The silencing of environmental scientists, as revealed in a study late last year, profoundly damages our democracy, wastes taxpayers’ money, takes a huge personal toll, allows fake news to proliferate and short-changes the public. Elizabeth Minter reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/australias-environmental-scientists-intimidated-silenced-by-threats-of-job-loss/
    Dennis Glover looks back at the rise of Hitler and provides a history lesson that the US should heed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-cannot-ignore-lessons-of-history-20210117-p56upe.html
    Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s new ‘billionaire bunker’ neighbours may have already given them the cold shoulder, before the couple’s big sea change. A source has claimed the couple, who bought a plot on the exclusive Indian Creek Island, won’t be able to join the island’s even-more-exclusive country club.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/2021/01/17/ivanka-trump-jared-snub/
    Ian Warden writes, “It is a small consolation (not a consolation at all, really) that those of us who could always see and feel Donald Trump was an awful human being, have been vindicated by last week’s icing on the cake of his vile presidency.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7086124/chilly-wind-in-the-washington-willows/?cs=14246
    Jack Waterford opines that a second Trump impeachment will be a disaster for Democrats – and the United States.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7086899/trumps-impeachment-will-be-a-complete-political-disaster-for-democrats/?cs=14246
    Biden cannot govern from the centre because ending Trumpism means radical action, urges Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/16/joe-biden-govern-center-inauguration-trump-robert-reich
    The New York Times takes us inside Twitter’s decision to cut off Trump.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/inside-twitter-s-decision-to-cut-off-trump-20210117-p56uqg.html
    Zeke Miller writes that in his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging coronavirus pandemic, his incoming chief of staff said on Saturday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/biden-outlines-10-day-blitz-of-executive-actions-to-nullify-trump-era-20210117-p56uq7.html
    Karl Grossman explains why he says Donald Trump has been a blight on American history and its worst president ever.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/donald-trump-has-been-a-blight-on-american-history,14706
    Apparently, the majority of more than 140,000 tips sent to the FBI about the attack on the Capitol have come from friends and family of those involved
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/17/capitol-attack-reporting-family-internet-sleuths-qanon
    Virginia Haussegger wonders if Kamal Harris will get the Julia Gillard treatment.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7086788/will-kamala-harris-get-the-julia-gillard-treatment/?cs=14329
    As Johnson finally condemns Trump, Britain should examine its own shift to the right, says Nesrine Malik.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/17/trump-leaving-white-house-values-live-on-uk-johnson

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  6. The catastrophic failure of many Western democracies such as the U.S., UK and many European countries to control COVID-19 has been shocking, explains Professor Raina McIntyre.

    A LOL is that in late 2019 The US and UK were ranked No.1 & 2 in the world for ‘pandemic preparedness’ . What a joke. Although they did say nobody was fully prepared.

    From the World Economic Forum.(Australia.No.4)
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    These are the top 10 countries for pandemic preparedness
    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/countries-preparedness-pandemics/

  7. The Morrison government is under pressure from within to increase the caps on the number of Australians allowed back into the country.

    How low the cap on returning travelers to Australia ? NZ is currently receiving the same number of returnees as Australia. So 5x fewer by capita.I was wondering what the story was with NZ getting so many quarantine cases compared to Aus.

  8. A bit more on the deaths in Norway. It looks like it is OK, except if you are very old and frail. O

    …. 13 of them fatal. All the deaths occurred among patients in nursing homes and all were over the age of 80.

    The agency listed fever and nausea as side effects which “may have led to the deaths of some frail patients,” Sigurd Hortemo of the Norwegian Medicines Agency said i

    It is quite clear that these vaccines have very little risk, with a small exception for the frailest patients,” Steinar Madsen, medical director with the agency, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

    “Doctors must now carefully consider who should be vaccinated. Those who are very frail and at the very end of life can be vaccinated after an individual assessment,” he added

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300207692/covid19-norway-adjusts-advice-after-vaccine-deaths-but-isnt-alarmed

  9. Excellent article by Raina MacIntyre in BK’s links.

    I especially liked this comment –

    The same people who peddled herd immunity by natural infection are now silent on herd immunity by vaccination being a feasible goal. Instead, they are telling us “we have to live with COVID-19” and giving negative, defeatist messaging to us

    I know she was talking about medical people, but it is also a perfect description of the thoughts of our CrimeMinister over the last year. He enthusiastically embraced herd immunity through infection at the start of the pandemic and has now been telling us we have to learn to live with the virus for the last few months. I wonder which health officer fed him those lines? Would it be the former CMO, once a kidney specialist now turned public servant?

    At least the current CMO is an epidemiologist so should have a few clues about how viruses spread, but as as his position is a government appointment he still has to push the government’s flawed lines.

    Raina mentions Australians having trust in the government – I have no trust in our federal government on management of the pandemic or anything else. Nor do I have any trust in the NSW government. I really wish I lived in one of the states with a Labor government.

  10. rom Confessions on PollBludger

    • The Dutch government stood down for a Robodebt style scheme that coerced return of child care subsidies from families
      The scheme targetted low-paid IMMIGRANTS

      Not even true blue home grown voters

      Is that accountability?

  11. The Victorian QR codes just don’t bloody work

    You walk into the coffee shop
    hover camera over QR code
    Safari pops up so you wander off out of the traffic to fill in form
    BUT
    scroll through screens of legalese (on your phone)
    It’s easier to complain than fill in name & phone number

    In NSW
    hover phone over QR code
    Safari opens at screen to enter name & phone number

    What’s so bloody difficult about copying code

    UNLESS
    I have to uninstall Services NSW for Services Vic to work

  12. How fracking arrogant can you get!

    Djokovic is an anti-vaxxer, he probably thinks The Plague is a hoax anyway.

    He has already run his own super-spreader tennis event –
    https://wwos.nine.com.au/tennis/novak-djokovic-defends-adria-tour-anti-vaxxer-comments-us-open-covid19/86410b35-fbd3-4682-81aa-a6a5f6166ae8

    Now he wants less quarantine time here, plus a list of other demands.

    Dan Andrews rejects Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open proposals amid quarantine chaos
    Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has rejected Novak Djokovic’s quarantine demands and issued a stern message to other tennis stars.
    https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open/novak-djokovic-reportedly-issues-six-australian-open-proposals-after-quarantine-chaos/news-story/ed59f6b61bc06cb7557d3a7bd806a20c

  13. So having a long-term, intimate relationship with a crooked politician who used insider information to profit from property deals has all been forgotten? What about the Ruby Princess disaster where Gladys and her crew of loons spread the virus throughout Australia? What about the way she deliberately and repeatedly hid outbreaks of The Plague, lied to the people of NSW and refused to insist on masks let alone lockdowns?

    They have to be joking!

  14. A mystery spotted by a keen eyed ex pat.

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    spoiler alert, allegedly due to ingredients.

  15. Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend on the trials of being in quarantine –

    Sierra said she was eager to leave quarantine to “get her hair done”.

    “This is the worst part of quarantine,” she said.

    “I don’t wash my own hair I’ve never washed my own hair. It’s just not something that I do. I usually have hairdressers that do it twice a week for me.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/tomic-in-hard-lockdown-unable-to-train-ahead-of-australian-open-girlfriend-says-20210118-p56v1g.html

    FFS! How freaking useless!

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In a stark warning, Peter Hartcher explains the global threat being posed by three strongmen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/global-threat-from-three-strongmen-20210118-p56uvr.html
    In a very interesting contribution, Josh Bornstein posits that on the subject of free speech, Voltaire would applaud the Trump Twitter ban. He says that much of what passes for debate about free speech is confused and misconceived.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/freedom-of-speech-voltaire-would-applaud-trump-twitter-ban-20210118-p56uu5.html
    There’s something fishy with the land acquisitions (or not) for the railway to the new Sydney airport.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/billionaire-family-avoids-acquisition-after-u-turn-on-airport-rail-plans-20210112-p56tfq.html
    Private patronage of politicians corrodes faith in the integrity of decision-making and increases cynicism about government and our public institutions, trumpets the SMH editorial. It declares that the weakest link of all is the federal regime.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/laxness-on-political-donations-reeks-of-self-interest-20210118-p56v1t.html
    Anthony Galloway writes that Morrison has criticised “things that were said” to incite the violent riots on the US Congress without directly naming President Donald Trump. Gutless!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/very-disappointing-morrison-criticises-incitement-of-riots-without-naming-trump-20210118-p56v0t.html
    Kaye Lee looks at the things the seven-year-old Coalition govern fails to mention.
    https://theaimn.com/seven-years-later/
    #Sportsrorts was the most egregious of the Morrison government’s grant frauds and the $3 billion Community Development Grants are by far the largest and most blatantly corrupt, but they are by no means the only pork barrels rolling through key electorates, writes Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/01/18/michael-pascoe-grant-rorts/
    Alan Kohler gives us some reasons to feel better in 2021.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/01/18/alan-kohler-finance-predictions-2021/
    More than half of the recommendations made by the banking royal commissioner, Kenneth Hayne, have either been abandoned or are yet to be fully implemented, almost two years after the treasurer received the inquiry’s final report and vowed to take action on all recommendations, explains Ben Butler.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/19/banking-royal-commission-most-recommendations-have-been-abandoned-or-delayed
    Companies are buying up Australian carbon credits at an increasing rate even though they’re not required to offset their emissions under local laws, in what experts say is a bet on future international regulations, reports Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/investors-place-australian-bets-on-compulsory-emissions-reductions-20210118-p56uy9.html
    Andrew Tillett says that Scott Morrison will push premiers for greater transparency and predictability over state border closures at Friday’s national cabinet meeting after the Commonwealth lifted all of its hotspot designations of coronavirus outbreaks. (its easy for Morrison to push for this given he has no skin in the game!)
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-to-renew-push-for-states-to-harmonise-border-rules-20210118-p56ux1
    According to Charlotte Grieve, the global insurer QBE has expanded its provision for COVID-19 losses by $US185 million ($240 million) after facing another defeat in the UK courts and being threatened by a local class action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/qbe-expands-covid-19-provision-after-losing-uk-insurance-case-20210118-p56uy4.html
    The gap between Australian house prices and incomes is only likely to grow, explains Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/jan/19/the-gap-between-australian-house-prices-and-incomes-is-only-likely-to-grow
    The World Health Organisation chief has lambasted pharmaceutical companies’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries and charging that most vaccine makers have targeted locations where “profits are highest”. Anyone surprised?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/a-catastrophic-moral-failure-who-chief-condemns-vaccine-rollout-20210119-p56v3i.html
    Nearly one in five people working in federal government departments are employed on external contracts or through labour-hire firms, analysis by The Canberra Times shows, amid concerns by critics the government was being privatised by stealth.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7087674/stealthy-privatisation-of-public-sector-causes-concern/?cs=14350
    Jono La Nauze says that coal power stations designed to keep chugging along all day have to decide whether to ramp up and down – at the cost of wear and tear – or keep running while actually having to pay for the privilege.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/renewables-transition-means-planning-for-coal-plant-closures-now-20210117-p56uoi.html
    Bridget McKenzie has agreed to face a Senate committee next month over her involvement in the sports rorts saga after being ordered by senators to appear at an inquiry into the community grants program. But it will only be a one hour cameo.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7090347/bridget-mckenzie-to-face-senate-over-sports-rorts/?cs=14350
    A Tax Office investigation sparked by one of the biggest leaks of confidential financial information (the Panama papers) has led to more than $140 million in new liabilities, with a small number of criminal investigations continuing.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/panama-papers-tax-haul-tops-143-million-20210118-p56uw3
    Australians are more aware than ever of the impact of colonialism on Indigenous people and it’s time to take ‘brave’ actions towards reconciliation, a new report says. And Angus Livingstone writes about it suggesting that it’s time to take braver steps to push reconciliation beyond just raising awareness.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reconciliation-report-calls-for-concrete-steps-beyond-just-raising-awareness-20210118-p56uze.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that twelve months on, it is obvious that, contrary to Donald Trump’s conviction, trade wars are neither good nor easy to win.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-verdict-s-in-on-trump-s-trade-deal-with-china-20210118-p56uw7.html
    Locking people in quarantine rooms without access to fresh air is not just bad to their mental health – it may make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, suggests economics professor, Tim Moore.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/to-fight-coronavirus-we-all-need-a-breath-of-fresh-air-20210118-p56uug.html
    Nick Kyrgios has nicely summed up Djokovic’s quarantine demands, Called ho a tool.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/djokovic-is-a-tool-kyrgios-slams-serbian-superstar-after-list-of-demands-20210118-p56v35.html
    Brexiters are waking up to the damage they’ve done, says Polly Toynbee.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/18/brexiters-damage-horse-racing-fishing-haulage-industry-chaos
    Biden’s choice of William Burns as CIA director indicates that for the USA, foreign policy objectives have not changed and that the world will continue to face a perilous future, writes Dr William Briggs.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-usa-cia-and-a-poor-nights-sleep-for-the-world,14709
    Federal authorities are looking for a woman whose former romantic partner says she took a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the riot at the Capitol.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/fbi-hunt-for-woman-accused-of-stealing-pelosi-s-laptop-to-sell-to-russians-20210119-p56v3j.html
    Bloomberg looks at the many paths ahead for the ex-president.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/citizen-trump-the-many-paths-ahead-for-the-ex-president-20210119-p56v3v
    The Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol were deplorables, but they were also victims explains Julie Sego.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/capitol-rioters-led-to-their-deaths-by-a-false-prophet-20210114-p56u6w.html

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  17. There is one word that perfectly describes Gladys. Politeness prevents me from using it. Let’s just say it starts with “b” and ends with “itch”.

    Why the media seem to love this creature, constantly praise her while ignore all her many faults and her corruptness is quite the mystery. Any Labor premier would have been forced to resign at the first hint of the many crimes this creature has committed, but all is forgiven when it comes to Gladys. Could it possibly be because our media are so biased towards the right?

  18. Covid may be killing a lot more people than we think.Those who are considered recovered have a high rate of further illness and death. Study currently being peer reviewed.
    .
    “Of 47,780 individuals in hospital with Covid-19 over the study period, 29.4 percent were readmitted and 12.3 percent died following discharge,” the paper said,

    Click to access 2021.01.15.21249885v1.full.pdf

  19. Compare and contrast

    Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has called for Australia to play a more assertive role in its alliance with the United States, accusing Prime Minister Scott Morrison of pandering to departing US President Donald Trump.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-19/albanese-calls-for-australia-to-be-assertive-in-us-relations/13071046

    The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, put his personal affinity with Donald Trump ahead of the national interest, damaging relations with the incoming Biden-Harris Democratic team, the Labor opposition party says.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/20/scott-morrison-accused-of-pandering-to-trump-and-damaging-relations-with-biden

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Anthony Galloway reports on Albanes roughing up Morrison over his fawning cultivation of Trump and alignment with his policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-lashes-morrison-for-cosying-up-to-trump-in-first-major-foreign-policy-speech-20210119-p56vcq.html
    Jennifer Duke reports that Australia’s biggest banks will stop offering automatic mortgage holidays to home owners struggling financially during the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/major-banks-to-stop-accepting-covid-19-mortgage-holiday-applications-20210119-p56v5m.html
    Ross Gittins observes that the deeper causes of America’s troubles are economic and social.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/deeper-causes-of-america-s-troubles-are-economic-and-social-20210119-p56v4j.html
    Jennifer Duke tells us that the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2021 warns the coronavirus pandemic could leave behind a “lost generation” of young people facing an increasingly precarious future.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/risk-of-lost-generation-amid-global-asset-bubbles-and-debt-crises-20210119-p56v5o.html
    Rachel Klun writes about a new Productivity Commission report that says thousands of older Australians waited more than two years to access already approved high-level home care packages and that more than half of all older people approved for residential aged care waited more than three months in 2019-20 to enter their new home.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/thousands-of-elderly-wait-more-than-28-months-for-access-to-high-needs-home-care-packages-20210119-p56v9a.html
    Bank shareholders are set to pocket higher dividends in the year ahead, after the worst-case scenarios of 2020 did not eventuate, predicts Clancy Yeates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/bank-dividends-to-bounce-back-after-very-grim-year-20210119-p56v80.html
    Australian billionaires must repay JobKeeper, not pocket millions in bonuses, writes Andrew Leigh
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-billionaires-must-repay-jobkeeper-not-pocket-millions-in-bonuses-20210118-p56v0v.html
    A disconnect between employers and employees on working from home has been revealed as managers signal concern staff are slacking off – but workers say they’re more productive, writes Chloe Booker.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/working-from-home-battle-looms-between-managers-employees-20210119-p56v9q.html
    Ben Butler writes that consumer groups have urged crossbench senators not to approve government legislation tearing up responsible lending laws, describing the idea as a disaster that could drown Australians in debt.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jan/20/scrapping-responsible-lending-laws-a-disaster-that-could-drown-australians-in-debt-consumer-groups-say
    Daniel Andrews has dashed farmers’ hopes of a last-minute plan to fly in significant numbers of seasonal workers and salvage what industry leaders say is a harvest season verging on crisis. Mr Andrews ruled out an on-farm quarantine model for workers that has been introduced in other states on Tuesday and admitted Victoria would only be able to bring in a fraction of the 25,000 seasonal workers required.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/farmers-accuse-premier-of-ignoring-letter-after-letter-on-worker-shortage-20210119-p56vc6.html
    Charlotte Grieve reports that the head of $3.7 billion Melbourne fund manager Munro Partners has described climate change as the biggest investment opportunity since the advent of the internet.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/great-place-to-invest-top-investor-says-climate-change-is-the-biggest-opportunity-since-the-internet-20210119-p56v8p.html
    John Lord explains why he says we shouldn’t expect leadership from Scott Morrison.
    https://theaimn.com/dont-expect-leadership-from-scott-morrison/
    A report by the World Economic Forum, produced in partnership with Marsh McLennan, SK Group, and Zurich Insurance, has identified an asset bubble bust, price instability, commodity shocks and a debt crisis looming as major risks on the horizon.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/risk-issues-on-the-horizon-what-to-watch-according-to-the-world-economic-forum/news-story/452e1af5022a87e8e739d8ed15c5f8b9
    Delta Electricity joins Shine Energy as grant recipients who were asked by the Morrison Government to formally apply for their own respective grants after they had been announced, reports Michael Mazengarb.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/87-million-gift-for-vales-point-coal-pesky-grant-applications-a-mere-formality,14711
    Dennis Atkins tells us why Morrison will go back to the future to solve issue of Aussies stranded overseas. In his article is this gem – “The Prime Minister doesn’t deserve the luck he makes – and is given – day after day.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/01/19/atkins-morrison-overseas-australians/
    The resources industry donated $136.8 million over two decades to Australian political parties. Donations buy a lot of influence, with research showing that for every US$1 spent, the return on investment can be as high as US$220. In return, public policy is routinely moulded to suit the highest corporate bidders and their lobbyists. Adam Lucas investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/lobbyland-ten-lobbyists-for-every-mp-has-democracy-on-life-support/
    Greg Baum thanks India for a Test Series “for the ages”. He’s right – and it’s a great read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/thank-you-and-good-night-india-20210119-p56vd9.html
    The National Parks Association says developers of power lines connecting the proposed Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project to the grid ignored alternatives despite the pylons cutting through a national park, writes Peter Hannam.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/snowy-project-to-cut-massive-swathe-through-national-park-npa-says-20210119-p56vb6.html
    According to Harley Dennett, Biden’s clean-up of Silicon Valley poses a problem for Scott Morrison.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7091998/bidens-clean-up-of-silicon-valley-poses-a-problem-for-morrison/?cs=14350
    While governments continue to spruik the supposed economic benefits of urban car racing events such as the Grand Prix and Supercars 500, the lack of transparency simply highlights an endemic culture of cronyism. Christine Everingham and Patricia Johnson investigate.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/grand-prix-supercars-500-private-gain-public-pain/
    Brexit was a typically English revolution – one that left the elites unharmed, says Rafael Behr.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/19/brexit-english-revolution-elites-ruling-class
    Mitch McConnell has accused President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, of provoking the January 6 riot at the Capitol. McConnell said, “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the President and other powerful people.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/mob-was-fed-lies-mitch-mcconnell-accuses-trump-of-provoking-riot-20210120-p56vew.html
    As Joe Biden prepares to become president, the US still reels from the deadly consequences of ‘alternative facts’, writes Jennifer Hunt.
    https://theconversation.com/as-joe-biden-prepares-to-become-president-the-us-still-reels-from-the-deadly-consequences-of-alternative-facts-153449
    Biden’s inauguration is an FDR moment, but for Republicans, it’s civil war says Bruce Wolpe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/biden-s-inauguration-is-an-fdr-moment-for-republicans-it-s-civil-war-20210118-p56uxl.html
    Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate. This will fire up some of the media over there.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/biden-selects-transgender-doctor-as-assistant-health-secretary-20210120-p56ves.html
    Arwa Mahdawi says that Ivanka Trump’s legacy has been enabling her father’s odious actions.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/19/what-is-ivanka-trumps-legacy-enabling-her-fathers-odious-actions
    The police are sating that the missing former “Arsehole of the Week” nominee, Melissa Caddick is still alive.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/she-s-alive-police-say-caddick-case-is-still-open-20210119-p56v9c.html

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  21. Looks like the CrimeMinister’s pet photographer didn’t have time to photoshop out his beer gut and double chin in yesterday’s photos.

    And then there was this weirdness –

    Not only that – his phone wasn’t on.

  22. So can we call the CrimeMinister “DoughMo” now?

  23. Caveats apply

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  24. Severe vomit alert. Gladbags has had a couple of puff pieces in the msm recently Today we learn that ,OMFG, Gladys’ problem had been that she ‘cared too much”. https://emojipedia-us.s3.dualstack.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/thumbs/120/emojipedia/132/face-with-open-mouth-vomiting_1f92e.png#image.jpg

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    Political leadership

    ‘I gave away caring too much’: Berejiklian on leadership post-2020

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/i-gave-away-caring-too-much-berejiklian-on-leadership-post-2020-20210120-p56vl4.html

  25. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The fickle Joe Hockey tells us why Joe Biden is exactly the right man to mend America.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/why-joe-biden-is-exactly-the-right-man-to-mend-america-20210120-p56vg5.html
    Save lives or save the economy? That’s a false choice – and it’s obscene proclaims Richard Denniss.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/20/save-lives-or-save-the-economy-thats-a-false-choice-and-its-obscene
    Jess Irvine puts forward the economic reasons for changing the date of Australia Day.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/australia-day-the-economic-case-for-changing-the-date-20210120-p56vme.html
    Brian Touhy explains the two alarming assaults on our freedom by a government that spruiks liberty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/two-alarming-assaults-on-your-freedom-by-a-government-that-spruiks-liberty-20210118-p56uue.html
    Heather McNeill reports that the Catholic Church has made what is believed to be its highest ever payout to a victim of sexual abuse after church lawyers forced a 52-year-old man to give harrowing evidence in court about his rape by a priest in the 1970s.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/catholic-church-makes-record-payout-in-child-sex-abuse-case-20210120-p56vng.html
    In his first major comments since threatening to ban news in September, Facebook’s local boss has doubled down on his criticism of new Australian laws.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/there-s-no-other-law-like-this-in-australia-facebook-hits-out-at-digital-media-code-20210120-p56vkk.html
    Coal mining will continue to generate wealth for Australians for decades to come, Scott Morrison has declared in a new statement fending off calls to phase out fossil fuels and toughen action on climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-backs-coal-wealth-for-decades-to-come-20210120-p56vnz.html
    Michael Pascoe tells us what Donald Trump, Teddy Roosevelt, and Craig Kelly have in common.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/us-news/trump-news/2021/01/20/donald-trump-craig-kelly/
    Rhonda Boyle explains how Scott Morrison foisted quarantine responsibility on the states.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/hospital-pass-how-scott-morrison-foisted-quarantine-responsibility-on-the-states/
    NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean is staking out positions normally held by Labor politicians. His target could be Tony Abbott’s former Sydney seat, says the AFR’s Aaron Patrick.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/a-liberal-minister-looks-to-step-up-by-trolling-trump-20210119-p56v97
    Marlene Kairouz is the most high-profile Victorian Labor figure to be issued with a show-cause notice by party elders after she was implicated in a branch-stacking scandal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/labor-demands-former-cabinet-minister-marlene-kairouz-explain-why-she-shouldn-t-be-expelled-20210120-p56vna.html
    The AFR tells us that the Productivity Commission has released its final report into a national agreement to bind the states together on vocational education.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/ir-reform-needed-to-get-more-people-into-training-review-20210120-p56viz
    Elizabeth Knight says that the stars are aligned for BHP to scrap its UK dual listing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/stars-align-for-bhp-to-scrap-its-uk-dual-listing-20210120-p56vkq.html
    Dozens of refugees who have been detained for more than a year in Melbourne hotels and a detention centre have been granted temporary bridging visas, but the federal government said the bridging visas were temporary measures and suggested the refugees would never be settled permanently in Australia.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/dozens-of-refugees-released-from-hotel-detention-20210120-p56vkx.html
    One Nation politicians including Pauline Hanson have suffered the biggest drop in followers of all Australian politicians as Twitter purged accounts associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory, writes Josh Taylor.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jan/20/one-nation-mps-lost-more-followers-than-other-australian-politicians-in-twitter-purge-of-qanon-accounts
    Daniella White reports that the Canberra Liberals are under renewed pressure to publicly lobby their federal counterparts to give the ACT and Northern Territory the power legalise voluntary assisted dying.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7093692/canberra-liberals-under-pressure-to-lobby-for-euthanasia-rights/?cs=14225
    Our cities are in peril – COVID-19 is gutting them of their workers and vibrancy, but we need to resuscitate their beating hearts, implores Pru Goward.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/cities-the-magnets-of-civilisation-have-lost-their-pulling-power-20210120-p56vg9.html
    Angela Merkel has warned Germany may need to consider border crossing curbs if other European countries do not act to halt the spread of the coronavirus, particularly its new, more transmissible variants.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/germany-warns-of-border-closures-amid-fear-of-virus-mutations-20210120-p56vms.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz writes that among the many legacies of the Trump era is the distrust and resentment it has sown in the primacy of the US dollar in international trade and the way the US under Trump has been prepared to exploit its reserve currency status.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/trump-era-spurs-new-efforts-to-undermine-us-dollar-s-status-20210120-p56vij.html
    Rupa Huq wonders if Theresa May is really the only Tory willing to hold Boris Johnson to account.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/20/theresa-may-tory-prime-minister-maybot-boris-johnson
    Samantha Dick says that Joe Biden’s to-do list starts now because has an enormous task ahead of him.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/us-news/2021/01/21/biden-inauguration-agenda/
    The SMH editorial simply says, “Biden can make a big difference simply by not being Trump”. Cant argue with that!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/biden-can-make-a-big-difference-simply-by-not-being-trump-20210120-p56vm6.html
    Bernie Sanders says that Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual and tells him where to start.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/20/joe-biden-action-bernie-sanders
    President Biden on his first day in office will take a range of executive actions, including implementing a national mask mandate on federal property, revoking a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and reversing a travel ban from several largely Muslim and African countries, officials have said.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/the-wall-street-journal/bidens-firstday-executive-orders-to-include-mask-mandate-blocking-keystone-pipeline/news-story/d450d8f1f8c1f75977ac5849efbae4ef
    The Washington Post’s Jeff Greenfield says Biden is facing a harder task than any president but Lincoln.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/biden-faces-a-harder-task-than-any-president-but-lincoln-20210121-p56vp9
    And Bob Carr observes that America’s silo society has to face its racial demons.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/america-s-silo-society-has-to-face-its-racial-demons-20201215-p56nig
    Joe Biden is now president, but Trump has changed the US for a generation, says Martin Kettle.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/20/joe-biden-president-trump-us-inauguration
    According to The New York Times, a financial minefield awaits Donald Trump.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/out-of-office-a-financial-minefield-awaits-donald-trump-20210120-p56vjf.html
    Bill Wyman writes about Trump’s record of attempting the terrible – and making a mess of even that.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-s-record-of-attempting-the-terrible-and-making-a-mess-of-even-that-20210120-p56vm7.html
    And Lloyd Green also says Donald Trump’s post-presidency may be filled with legal woes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/20/donald-trump-post-presidency-legal-woes

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