Illegitimi non carborundum!!!

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And where do we go from here?

I’m feeling very beige, very uncertain, about what to do next.
However we MUST do something!
I wish I could do an inspiring post, but I can’t do it without your help.
This is the best I can do just now (even though I am so glad that Biden is now POTUS):

Illegitimi non carborundum!!!!!!!

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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Chip Le Grand, Margaret Court was given Australia’s highest civilian honour to address a gender disparity created five years ago when Rod Laver became the first tennis player to be made a Companion of the Order of Australia.
    David Crowe tells us that the property industry has ramped up its political donations to a fresh peak that takes its total funding to $54.2 million over the past two decades, finds new analysis that calls for curbs on the way big companies buy influence. The Coalition got twice that of Labor.
    Josh Butler looks at the contributions to the Australia Day debate from Prime Ministers past and present.
    A federal election may be on the cards, but Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are both constrained and compromised by their party’s recent past, suggests Shaun Carney.
    Michael Pascoe argues that the government has a policy to increase inequality. As evidence, he lists the key elements threatening to send us down the American road.
    For The Australian, Barnaby Joyce argues that the Coalition is not working for the Nats.
    Paul Keating says, “Liberals will see you die broke in the name of ‘efficiency’”. As usual;, he does not hold back as he excoriates Jane Hume’s comments.
    Mike Foley describes the Nationals’ coal crusade as “an expensive political fantasy”.
    And Greg Brown writes that city-based Liberal MPs have criticised the Nationals for proposing the construction of new coal-fired power stations, as ­Coalition divisions on climate change re-emerge in what could be an election year.
    In the meantime, Adam Morton reports that a business group representing mining, retail, manufacturing, banking and energy bosses has formally backed climate change legislation proposed by the independent MP Zali Steggall, saying Australia needs to set a net zero emissions target for 2050 and lay out a path to get there.
    Tim Soutphommasane says that Australia lags the rest of the world when it comes to political diversity.
    Paul Karp tells us about Tony Abbott’s descent into culture warrior fantasy as he further binds himself to the IPA.
    An “unseemly” dispute has broken out between Europe and the pharmaceutical companies behind two key coronavirus vaccines and may affect the supply of them to Australia, explains Bevan Shields.
    Federal and state funds for bushfire recovery have been heavily skewed in favour of state Coalition seats with NSW State Labor picking up just 1% of $177 million handed out. Elizabeth Minter investigates how a fast-tracked fund with no name directed grants to the timber industry, coalition donor Visy and community infrastructure that was not in accordance with project guidelines. There was even a $194,000 grant to Snives Hives, a business on the leafy Upper North Shore suburb of St Ives to “establish a Meadery to make and wholesale honey wine on the Central Coast”.
    Rob Harris reports that the veteran federal Liberal MP, Russell Broadbent, says the Morrison government must embrace the vision of the Uluru statement in its entirety if the nation is to reconcile its past with Indigenous Australians.
    The ACTU’s Michelle O’Neill says that Jow Biden shows that we don’t have to choose between climate action and jobs.
    When U.S. President Joe Biden declared climate change the “number one issue facing humanity” during the 2020 campaign, concerned citizens breathed a collective sigh of relief, writes Amanda McCleod.,14732
    Despite global attitudes changing, the racist principles on which our country was founded are still prevalent in today’s government, writes Bilal Cleland.,14736
    The ABC cannot fill the void created by the closure of hundreds of newsrooms in suburban and regional Australia, the broadcaster has told a Senate inquiry into media diversity.
    Ross Gittins explores Andrew Leigh’s work on the ecological footprint of economies. Quite an interesting exercise.
    The search engine giant’s threat to pull the plug on Australian audiences is a chance to look at alternatives and ask are we happy with the amount of our data they gather, writes media lecturer Belinda Barnet.
    Meanwhile, the social media giant Twitter and its chief executive Jack Dorsey are escalating the fight against fake news, lifting the lid on Birdwatch, a project the tech giant says will tackle misinformation and disinformation in a similar way to the likes of Wikipedia and Reddit, relying on its own users to flag potentially misleading content.
    Elizabeth Knight explains how the parasites, the short sellers, are getting their just desserts in the US,

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Glen Le Lievre

    Cathy Wilcox

    David Pope

    John Shakespeare

    John Spooner

    From the US

  2. Excuses, excuses.

    “Margaret Court was given Australia’s highest civilian honour to address a gender disparity created five years ago when Rod Laver became the first tennis player to be made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)”

    What a feeble excuse! And it’s a lie.

    Laver was given his AC in 2016. Two years later Evonne Goolagong Cawley was promoted from a mere AO to an AC. Surely that evened up the number of female tennis players who have this award..

    Here’s an article from 2018 about that award –

    FFS! That award even gets a mention from Chip Le Grand, shooting his entire story down in flames. Was he too dumb to notice? Or was he just repeating instructions from the PMO?

    The Council requested anonymity before speaking to Nine. Heaven knows why, it’s easy to find out who is on the council. The Council for the Order of Australia is headed by Shane Stone (remember him?) and has ex-officio members General Angus Campbell, Simon Birmingham and Stephanie Foster (from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet) to ensure captain’s picks are carried out.

    Here’s the list –

    Let’s just be honest – this award was a captain’s pick by a CrimeMinister eager to honour a fellow Pentecostal and also keen to stir up a bit of controversy to hide his failure to secure vaccines. What better way to do that than to leak news of this award to compliant media (Nine) exactly when he needed a distraction? He may even have been asked or ordered to make this award by leaders of his cult as a demonstration of his faith. It would not be the first time he has obeyed orders from a cult – he did as he was asked by QAnon by using the words “ritual sexual abuse” in his National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

  3. I don’t mind my dollars going to this

    The Australian government has been ordered to compensate asylum seekers whose details were mistakenly exposed online in one of the country’s most shocking privacy breaches.

    After almost six years of investigation, Australia’s privacy regulator has finally released a report into a 2014 breach that caused a vast database of asylum seekers’ personal details to be exposed on the then department of immigration and border protection’s website.

    The error, revealed by the Guardian, made public 9,258 asylum seekers’ full names, gender, citizenship, date of birth, period of immigration detention, location, boat arrival details, and the reasons which led to the individual becoming an unlawful non-citizen under the Migration Act 1958.

    • With a decent government that would force resignations. Guess who was Minister for Immigration and Border Protection back then?

      Yep! You guessed it – Scott Morrison.

  4. The Morrison government intends to work with the ACT government to establish a Holocaust museum in the national capital.

    No, thank you!

    Josh Frydenberg has warned antisemitism is on the rise in Australia and the treasurer says there is an obligation on all good people to “take on hate wherever we see it”.

    You mean like hating asylum seekers?

  5. Sorry for the late posting, I’ve been offline for a while due to a power outage.

    Caveats apply

    Rachel Maddow –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  6. The hosts at Fox News have been furious in recent days. The mainstream media, they say, has been “gushing” over Joe Biden, offering “nauseating” coverage of the new president and “not hiding their excitement”.

    Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham are some of the rightwing commentators at the conservative channel getting good mileage from the alleged Biden-fawning – but their accusations have raised eyebrows among those who watched Fox News’s hosts spend four years largely functioning as an extension of Donald Trump’s White House.

    Fox News, however, is not known as a place for self-reflection, or irony, which meant Hannity – who has literally campaigned with Trump – was able to chide other journalists’ coverage of Biden.

    “The tingling sensation up and down the media mobs’ legs,” Hannity noted last week, “Well they are throbbing like never before.”

    Hannity’s comments will have struck many observers as hypocritical, given Hannity’s own unbridled passion for the previous president.

  7. Oooooo ! Fight fight fight. Checked on Sky After Dark and the headline “Coalition Divided Over Climate Policy.” Apparently “The Energy Wars Are Back on Among the Coalition” . Also this outbreak is ‘clearly’ Matt Keane’s fault. The people who left because of Truffles and voted Scrott “are being betrayed” 🙂 .That was all I could take.

  8. The Australian government is seeking to build community confidence in the country’s vaccine approval process as it launches the first phase of a new $24m advertising campaign to allay any fears about the Covid-19 jabs.

    But the launch of the campaign on Wednesday has triggered fresh calls for the government to correct misinformation spread by some of its backbenchers, with Labor saying it was “patently absurd” for the Coalition to spend the money if the messages were undermined from its own side.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson delivers his verdict on Australia’s emissions targets. He says it’s catastrophic.
    Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s climate boss has invoked last summer’s Australian bushfire crisis as evidence the world “can’t afford to lose any longer” and must urgently slash carbon emissions.
    Josh Butler reports that Tony Burke has launched a stinging attack alleging the federal government’s actions “trash the norms” of Parliament, and that scores of gagged debates have made him the “most closed down” politician in Australian history.
    David Crowe says Anthony Albanese will drop climate spokesman Mark Butler from the key portfolio in a shake-up that aims to bridge a gulf within the party on gas fields, coal mines and greenhouse emissions.
    Angus Taylor has accused his NSW counterpart, Matt Kean, of scaring away the private sector as the federal government looks increasingly likely to make good on its threat to build its own plant.
    Christopher Knaus reveals that Christopher Pyne’s lobbyist firm has been engaged by a private defence contractor that was awarded tens of millions of dollars of government work while he was defence minister. It was only worth $98m – let’s move on.
    Nick McKenzie and Joel Tozer examine the rise of Australia’s far right.
    Greg Jericho says, “It’s not just the pandemic, stupid. Australia’s economy has been weak for years”. He provides plenty of evidence for his assertion.
    The Institute of Public Affairs has scored an epic “own-goal” by calling out the slide in Australian quality of life. A new report by the Liberal Party think tank identifies the drop in home ownership, high incarceration rates, the low level of skills training and debt as the main culprits but, as Michael Tanner reports, the declining standards are a direct result of Liberal Party policies.
    Anthony Galloway reports that new research shows Australia is in the top 10 countries in handling the global pandemic and disproved a claim that authoritarian regimes had an advantage. The US was 94th out of 98 nations examined.
    Nick Bonyhady tells us that two of the country’s most powerful unions have combined to launch a social media, TV and radio campaign targeting the Morrison government’s industrial relations overhaul, claiming it will let companies cut workers’ pay.
    Jess Irvine opines that the Covid-19 vaccine will not be the economic silver bullet some people think it will be.
    Stephen Duckert believes that Australia’s COVID vaccination will challenge the speed, efficiency and GPs’ capacity to deliver.
    Samantha Dick writes that today coronavirus vaccine giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca are set to face a grilling from politicians amid concerns Australia’s rollout could be delayed or impacted.
    These contributors to The Conversation say that most government information on Covid-19 is too hard for the average Australian to understand.
    Thousands of extra cars and trucks have been flooding onto southern Sydney roads since a new toll was imposed on the M5 East motorway as drivers try to save money. Motorists can only be squeezed so much.
    Advertising experts have warned Google’s threat to cut off search in Australia could hurt businesses but said they can survive as the competition watchdog prepares to release new findings that expose the tech giant’s dominance of the local digital ad market.
    Richard Holden says that the Morrison government needs to come to its senses and recognise that its proposed media bargaining code is absurdly slanted in favour of media companies.
    Nick Evershed reports that Google’s “experiment” in Australia to remove major news sites from search results is hiding important news stories from hundreds of thousands of Australians. In some cases, he says, filtering out mainstream news publications from search results is also resulting in lower-quality publications being promoted, including a news website known for spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories.
    Nick O’Malley writes that an expert panel has found Australia must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2045 if it is to do its part to keep warming to less than 2 degrees,
    Michelle Grattan tells us that the coal push from the Nationals is a challenge for Scott Morrison.
    Rather than marginalising the homeless, governments must start taking steps to ensure their health and wellbeing, writes Gerry Georgatos.,14739
    The Future Fund’s chairman and CEO don’t believe the current share market ‘frenzy’ can last, and the sovereign wealth fund is positioning its portfolio for the hangover, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    Uniting Church minister Alistair Macrae is handing back his Australia Day award in protest of Margaret Court’s upgraded honour.
    A Jewish charity will offer chaplaincy services to alleged paedophile Malka Leifer when she returns to Australia, a decision that has angered some members of the religious community.
    Far-right extremism in the US is deadly serious, but what will Biden do about it, asks Cas Mudde.
    The entertaining John Crace tells us that Boris Johnson reserves the right to carry on without learning anything.
    There should be no questions about this little shit being nominated for “Arsehole of the Week”!

    Cartoon Corner

    Glen Le Lievre

    Peter Broelman

    John Shakespeare

    Cathy Wilcox

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding

    Matt Davidson

    Johannes Bloody Leak

    From the US

  10. These contributors to The Conversation say that most government information on Covid-19 is too hard for the average Australian to understand.

    Jeebus that was depressing to see how bloody low the ‘average’ is. No wonder the Coalition has so much success with ‘3 word slogans’ .

    • I have been grizzling for months about the Victorian Covid information

      You would expect that when you get the QR code inside the yellow square
      the safari strip appears at top of photo
      the next screen is enter Name & Phone number

      BUT in Victoria NO
      the safari strip appears on top of photo
      next screen is 1000 words of legalese (on a mobile phone screen) with orange tabs inviting you to download the Victorian Services app
      Download Victorian Services app and
      scan QR code
      30% of time might see screen to enter name & phone number

      Bouncers at large venues stand over the customers giving verbal instructions until they see that green tick

  11. from across the road Poroti says

    Since the vaccines were first approved I’ve seen a number of expert types warn us that we should not think it is “all over” and there is still a very long way to go. As in 2022 or even 2024

    Below is a chart from a report done by a group with The Economist. Quite a !! .Timing for NZ is close to what Ardern has said for the mass main roll out (mid year) . Looking at Australia’s expected time I wonder if Scotty has been doing a bit of bullshitting or misrepresenting (rhetorical question 🙂 )

  12. The article from The Conversation on the struggle most Australians have with understanding government information is depressing but not at all surprising.

    I’m a huge fan of Plain English, I hate ploughing through verbose documents filled with complicated language when the same thing could easily be said with fewer and simpler words.

    I agree with this-

    Almost half of Australian adults struggle with reading. Similar levels of struggling readers are reported in the United Kingdom and United States.

    This does not mean all struggling readers are illiterate. It means they often struggle to understand writing in a way required for broad participation in work, education and training, and society

    Maybe it’s because kids are no longer taught to actually comprehend what they read. Maybe it’s because too many writers of government information believe using abstruse language is a display of their alleged intelligence. Maybe it’s both.

    The struggles many have with understanding what they read are not new.

    Eons ago, when I was at primary school, we had a weekly lesson called “Comprehension” (I doubt today’s 10 year olds would be able to pronounce that word let alone understand what it meant) where we had to read a set piece of information then answer questions on it. Same thing applied when I was teaching in the 1970s. Some time after that those lessons disappeared. By the late 1980s I was doing part-time tutoring, with a lot of my work focusing on getting kids who could read perfectly to actually comprehend what they were reading. This lack of understanding was a major concern of the parents of those kids. Comprehension exercises were no longer provided in schools, private tutors had to do that work instead, and not everyone was able to afford that help. Few parents even cared enough to provide it.

    I have long believed that humans are becoming increasingly stupid. For proof you only need to look at the leaders elected recently in the US, the UK and Australia. How dumb can we be to elect such useless cretins to high positions? Further evidence – the letters WWI and WWII servicemen wrote to their families. These were ordinary men who probably had only a basic education but their letters are wonderful. Compare them to the barely literate texts that are the main way we communicate today and then tell me we are not losing command of and understanding of our language. Humans might be technologically brilliant but are reduced to expressing themselves with emojis.

    I have no problem understanding government advice on COVID-19 but I do understand why many struggle. As KK says, no wonder this government does so well with ‘3 word slogans’. They are all most Australians can comprehend.

    • My sister who attended school 5 years behind me never did COMPREHENSION classes or learnt to PRECIS

  13. Leone not only do Australians have trouble with comprehension but some government websites are exercises in legal arse covering.

    Victorian government websites are appalling examples of “lawyers on the lose”. Take the QR sign in process as an example

    scan QR code
    see Safari strip on top of camera, which you click on
    fill in name & phone number
    receive green tick

    scan QR code
    see Safari strip on top of camera, which you click on
    display 1000 words of legalese (on your mobile phone screen) with link in orange at bottom to download Service Victoria app
    download Services Victoria app
    scan QR code
    read gobbledygook – cos its sunny, yu have sun glasses on or left reading glasses . . . .
    30% of attempts
    fill in name & phone number
    receive green tick

    Now some establishments use proprietary QR software which works fine but you never know . . .

    Then of course there is the apply for travel permit exercise which I am helping a friend with this arvo. . .

    • I have to say I have never used the NSW QR code – I don’t go anywhere to use it in these days of The Plague, and as I’m “elderly” everyone assumes I’m technologically illiterate anyway.

      I intend to just provide the information they require in whatever way they need in the unlikely event I’m ever asked for it. Being old has a few advantages..

      My real reason is I don’t want to put the Services NSW app on my phone. My phone is for emergency use only, and for the occasional access code for vital things like eBay. I rarely use it for online stuff as even with reading glasses on the screen is annoyingly small. I have a PC and a laptop, I am at home most of the time, I do not need to use my phone for internet access. I know that makes me officially weird.

    • Leone almost no one takes their PC to a cafe, never seen anyone logging in using their iPad

      OK Lou Kamesky’s in Kempsey uses their iPad to log in customers who don’t admit to using smart phones

    • NSW government mandated that all eateries record their customers name & phone using electronic QR code in November

  14. The article in The Conversation focuses on language used because the authors are linguists

    The bigger discussion needs to be about USABILITY, what type of device will people be using, under what conditions, is the information visible to people who are colour blind, not using their reading glasses

    Clearly this software is tested on a 13inch or 15inch computer screen, inside by people wearing their correct glasses who know that all QR codes are Vic Services when in fact 75% establishments use proprietary QR code software

    • There is also the incorrect assumption that everyone has internet access.Not everyone does, not everyone wants it. I have a few very elderly friends who do not use or want the internet.

      Our state MP sends out occasional letters containing government advice, the local paper also prints regular, updated advice, but unless you read this stuff you have no idea.

      I do not know how anyone manages without being able to get information online.

    • Yes, I worry about people without internet access whenever government informatoin refers to a website

  15. Labor’s move to the right on emissions targets seems daft to me.

    If Coal Fitzgibbon is happy with the change then surely that means it’s bad news for any hope of changing the government.

    Labor has just delivered thousands more votes to the Greens.

    Me? I’ll be looking for an independent candidate, but it won’t matter who I vote for here, the Nats chap will be returned. This would have to be the among the dumbest electorates in Australia. Others vying for the “Most Dumb” title would be those that keep on returning Dutton, Kelly and Christensen.

    • Renew Economy’s take on this –

      Butler dumped as Labor’s climate opposition collapses at a truly pivotal moment

      Back in Australia, the news that opposition climate spokesman Mark Butler is losing the climate change portfolio to a member of the party’s right wing was leaked to media. What a contrast. As the federal government sinks even deeper into a climate and energy funk, the opposition marks this major global climate moment by sacking one of their best.

      The total absence of any countering force to pressure a government that’s become stunningly and openly destructive on climate is a dark moment for Australia, and it’s worth exploring how we got here

  16. Satire, but I suspect too close to the truth –

    Joel Fitzgibbon Demands Labor’s Climate Change Policy Be Solely Based On Keeping Him In A Job

    Journalists keep telling us The Gibbon’s electorate of Hunter is based around coal mining, but as usual they lie.

    The electorate of Hunter also includes the famous Hunter Valley wine country, the Wollemi National Park and some of the best farmland in NSW, all currently being ruined by coal dust and pollution from mining. Hunter deserves better than a destroyed environment and ruined farmland. If The Gibbon cannot see that then he is incredibly stupid, has obviously been bought by mining companies and should be expelled from the ALP. Instead they pander to him.

    I am, as you probably guessed, more than pissed off with Labor today.

  17. I think 2As has it right

    Reshuffles are always a window into the psychologies of leaders and the parties they preside over, and Thursday’s Labor reshuffle tells us Anthony Albanese knows he has a fight on his hands, and not just against Scott Morrison.

    The frontbench refresh, which was supposed to happen before Christmas, then this coming weekend, but then lobbed on Thursday after one of the key decisions leaked, is a combination of offensive and defensive actions by the leader.

    Before we get to the specifics of the reshuffle, we first need to map the underlying conditions.

    Labor MPs continue to ask themselves and one another whether Albanese has what it takes to beat Morrison in crisis management mode.

    Just in case this isn’t clear, this is the most dangerous question a party room or a caucus ever asks about a leader. If that question is persistent, it can trigger a conflagration. But it is not yet clear whether Labor’s wafting existential dread will lead to any concrete action.

  18. FFS!

    Anthony Albanese has elevated his deputy, Richard Marles, to a super portfolio while clipping the wings of Jim Chalmers, Tanya Plibersek and Clare O’Neil in a frontbench reshuffle intended to shore up his leadership and sharpen Labor’s messaging ahead of a possible election later this year.

    Marles, the Victorian rightwinger and previous shadow defence minister, has been handed a new portfolio of national reconstruction post Covid-19 – which encompasses employment, skills and small business – and Albanese has elevated Brendan O’Connor, the Victorian leftwinger who backed Bill Shorten to become Labor leader over Albanese in the 2013 leadership contest, to defence
    Marles is utterly useless. I suppose his only advantage is he sounds OK when he speaks – if you can ignore what he actually says.

    Some of Marles’ more objectionable ideas –

    He wants Labor to help get more government legislation passed.

    He supported the dreadful Pacific Solution and was enthusiastic about turning back boats.

    He also supported a move to have boat turnbacks honoured by the War Memorial.

    Marles should join the Liberal Party – he would find it a better fit.

  19. Something random. Some LOL advice , a Russian saying – “Do not try to scare a hedgehog with a naked bottom!”

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe sees the logic in Labor’s shadow ministry reshuffle.
    Looking towards the next election, Phil Coorey quotes a Liberal insider who said, “We went to the last election with a ‘kill Bill’ strategy. Now we want to save Albo”.
    Coorey follows through by writing, “Albanese’s reshuffle has undercurrents of fear and panic”.
    Anthony Albanese knows he has a fight on his hands – and not just against Scott Morrison says Katharine Murphy.
    If anyone should go, it should be Joel Fitzgibbon, declares Kaye Lee.
    Josh Butler says that a defiant Albanese is comparing himself to Biden as Labor prepares for election war.
    And Michells Grattan writes that Albanese’s reshuffle sharpens focus on ‘jobs’ but talk about his own job will continue.
    Michael Pascoe explains how “The Great Wages Suppression” is destroying trust.
    Germany’s vaccine committee says there is not enough trial data available to support approving the jab for those aged over 65. Over to you, Greg!
    David Crowe says that the government is caught in the constant tension between building confidence and avoiding false hope when it comes to the supply of vaccine.
    Meanwhile, Medical teams will be sent to aged care homes to vaccinate almost 500,000 residents and staff under a federal plan to deliver the jabs outside hospitals and major hubs. The Morrison government has opened talks with medical companies to set up a “surge workforce” that will fan out to thousands of aged care homes as soon as the Pfizer vaccine becomes available.
    The editorial in The Age says that ‘vaccine nationalism’ isn’t the way to best tackle the pandemic.
    Binoy Kampmark writes about the Mad Monk Abbott’s latest pronouncements.
    In an op-ed in The Australian Jim Chalmers writes that we should remember Georg W Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” moment on the aircraft carrier when the government tells us the recession is over.
    Mike Foley tells us that a tough test of the Morrison government’s environment credentials looms after a major report on national conservation laws called for urgent reforms to prevent further extinction of Australia’s wildlife. Over to you, Sussan!
    Australia is presently embroiled in two major showdowns with superpowers. One is with China. The other is with Google and Facebook. And in the space of a week, we’ve glimpsed the implications of both, explains Waleed Aly.
    Schneider Electrics’ Lisa Zembrodt explains the flawed logic behind a taxpayer-built gas generator.
    The editorial in The Canberra Times says that Morrison’s Paris agreement ‘canter’ claim suspect.
    The large number of high-profile businesses hit by wage scandals in recent years has revealed a growing need for more graduates with the skills to steer companies through Australia’s industrial relations system.
    A David and Goliath-style skirmish pitting small-scale retail investors against mighty Wall Street hedge funds upended the Australian market on Thursday. Investors are wondering if the stoush signals a larger shakeout ahead, writes Sarah Turner in the AFR.
    Controversial tax concessions on superannuation contributions and capital gains are set to rack up to more than $338 billion over the next four years, explains Matthew Cranston.
    Alan Kohler explains how the government is putting the brakes on its own borrowing by getting households to borrow instead.
    Tim Marney, a previous mental health commissioner in WA, explains how Victoria can make right choices to fix its mental health system. It centres around a whole of system approach which he describes.
    Professor Greg Barton puts the case for stemming the toxic tide of extremism. He says there is something pathetic about men hiding behind balaclavas and play-acting at being neo-Nazis in a popular national park. This is a worthwhile read.
    Chistopher Knaus reports that Daniel Andrews has warned that “evil” and “wicked” antisemitism is on the rise after a meeting of neo-Nazis in Victoria’s Grampians national park on Saturday.
    A possible betting scandal involving the Australian of the Year Award has been referred to Australia’s top criminal intelligence agency.
    Nick Bonyhady writes that Uber Eats has overhauled its business model in Australia, requiring riders to hold ABNs and letting them transfer delivery jobs to others in a move that will make it harder for critics to claim its workers are employees rather than independent contractors.
    As Britain passes 100,000 COVID deaths, Boris Johnson is in a crisis of his own making says Rob Manwaring.
    Trump may be out of office, but Republicans are still angry and ready to do his bidding, writes Lloyd Green.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Pater Broelman

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Mark David

    John Shakespeare

    Glen Le Lievre

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  21. Geez Gladys is a turd, a sorry excuse for a human being. All she does is badmouth Annastacia Palaszczuk.

    No-one ever mentions the huge, indelible stain plastered all over Gladys – the Ruby Princess.

  22. friendlyjordies –

    Going out to look at mobility scooters, may as well get them before we really need them to start getting out and about again.

    So no posts till later in the day.


    • They are fantastic. Razz has been using one for years, she’s actually worn out two. She used to use them to drag garden stuff around. Be careful on sloped ground though, they have a tendency to tip over. My son got me a second hand one, and we do the railtrail taking the dog for a walk. They don’t like too many steep hills, drains the batteries.

      Just ask if you have any questions.

    • TLBD – I used to post that that a lot when I was doing the friday raffles (wow! how time flies eh!) and I had a bit of a flashback.

      2g – ta muchly, we have bought 2 biggly models with 16 kph top speed, 50 km range and 15 degree climb angle. So hope that will do us. I’ll be in touch if I need any help.

  23. But despite sharing the “Australia Day” name, Murdoch’s award was handed down by a non-profit outfit funded largely by the fossil fuel and banking industry. Sponsors listed on the website include BHP, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Woodside.

  24. Caveats apply –

    Seth Meyers –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  25. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe writes that the Prime Minister will be judged on how he handles the economy after JobKeeper, the vaccine rollout, climate change, aged care and China.
    Peter Hartcher begins his analysis of Morrison with, “Scott Morrison began the year in a baseball cap, drinking beer and touring an oil refinery and promoting gas in Queensland. Barnaby Joyce has emerged from an uncharacteristic silence to resume taking cracks at the cardboard cutout Nationals leader whatshisname. Labor is talking about itself and agonising about dumping another of its leaders. Because that always works so well. And the Greens? Who knows?”
    Parnell Palme McGuinness writes that Morrison is not invincible, saying that there are weaknesses in substantial areas that will become more evident as the year progresses.
    Peter van Onselen opines that, notwithstanding myriad problems on his plate, Morrison has the opposition’s measure going into the first week of parliament this year.
    Rachel Withers wonders if Albanese has lost Labor’s love.
    And Dennis Atkins thinks Anthony Albanese could face a leadership eruption at any time.
    Australia’s ambitious coronavirus vaccination schedule has already been met with scepticism by some health professionals, while others say the real priority must be keeping the public informed and confident, writes Karen Middleton.
    John Elder goes into the good, the bad, and the unknowns of Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout.
    Why is Frydenberg not curious over the gig rorts that have been going on with JobKeeper?
    Malcolm Knox says, “We’d sooner have fixed terms than a fixed election”.
    Katharine Murphy declares that in an age of polarisation, the prime minister seeks longevity in office by wafting above the fray rather than engaging in confrontation. She says, “Morrison tries to maximise what he’s for, or sort of for, and limit what he’s against, unless there is currency in picking a side”.
    Mike Foley, Nick O’Malley and Nick Bonyhady tell us that Labor is taking a leaf out of the NSW Coalition’s book with plans to grow regional jobs through green energy as it shakes up its climate portfolio and positions the party to gain ground in key regional seats.
    While the Coalition continues to stall on a net zero emissions target, the biggest buyers of our coal are rapidly shifting to renewables, says Mike Seccombe.
    The editorial in The Age that now the US is committed to emissions cuts that are much more ambitious than Australia’s, Australia will have no one to hide behind if it argues against stronger action at the next global summit on climate change in Glasgow in November.
    Adam Morton writes that as the US president vows to push the rest of the world to do more on climate change, the prime minister will face increasing pressure to measure up.
    John Lord ponders over whether Joe Biden can change Australian politics for the better. A good read.
    The Saturday Paper’s editorial begins with, “Sometimes people end up where they belong. This is not how Tony Abbott became prime minister, but it is how he found himself working at the Institute of Public Affairs. That a man can go from leading the country to making Facebook videos for a right-wing think tank is evidence of the great lack in our politics. The space between these two callings is the gap in which almost everything wrong with Australia lives.”
    Melissa Jenkins writes about Australia’s right-wing extremists who are stepping out of the shadows.
    Berejiklian and Palaszczuk are continuing their catfight over border policies.
    Christopher Knaus writes that an investigation has found the home affairs department is failing to meet lawful deadlines in a huge proportion of freedom of information cases, a problem exacerbated by the involvement of ministerial staff, poor training and the need for greater senior-level departmental support.
    The Australian government’s bid to have Google and Facebook share revenue with local media companies has seen the tech giants threaten drastic action – with the main aim of heading off similar measures from other countries.
    Alan Jones was forced to publish a correction to his August 2020 editorial railing against Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria after the broadcasting watchdog found he had “misrepresented the research” on the effectiveness of masks and lockdowns.
    James Ashby has lost part of the case he brought against the Commonwealth, seeking payment of $4.5 million in legal costs incurred during his litigation against former speaker Peter Slipper. Bad luck, pal!
    Jim Bright explains a form of workplace bullying, duty creep.
    Rick Morton writes that as the prime minister tries to calm concerns about tensions with China, Kevin Rudd says the idea Morrison is taking a consultative approach is ‘nonsense’.
    Simon Johanson and Dominic Powell explain how small businesses are under pressure as insolvency threats mount.
    A major report has excoriated Australia’s environment laws and Sussan Ley’s response is confused and risky warns law professor, Peter Burnett.
    Cricket has played a sterling role in Australian sporting and cultural life. The charitable work done off the field deserves to be recognised, writes Greg Chappell.
    The Australian tells us that rural and regional communities face a critical shortage of doctors despite billions of dollars in taxpayer funds having been spent on the problem over more than a ­decade, as medical graduates shun general practice and seek to ­become specialists.
    And studies have shown that the mental health crisis affecting rural citizens is an issue requiring greater government attention, writes Emma Goldrick.,14747
    Jennifer Duke and Sarah Danckert report that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission will be overhauled and chairman James Shipton will step down despite being cleared in a formal review sparked by revelations taxpayers paid almost $120,000 to cover his tax affairs.
    Corrections Victoria’s vetting process is under question after it was forced to remove a chaplain when it was revealed she knew two of Malka Leifer’s alleged victims.
    Christopher Joy explains how the RBA is having to use unconventional tools to keep our currency low in the face of soaring commodity prices and rival central banks actively debasing their own currencies.
    The editor who published The Age’s initial article about George Pell’s conviction on child sex abuse charges has rejected a suggestion it was aimed at motivating readers to search online for more information about the case.
    The GameStop saga has left investors wondering whether the rise of retail investor control is a flash in the pan or a new paradigm in investment returns. The AFR says that the day traders are shaking Wall Street to its core.
    With polls showing increased support for Scottish independence from the UK, the British PM went to Glasgow despite a lockdown to promote the benefits of the union.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Alan Moir

    Jon Kudelka

    Mark David

    Glen Le Lievre

    John Shakespeare

    Simon Letch

    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Richard Gilberto

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  26. So it’s Groundhog Day once again.

    Here we are, with a lazy, corrupt CrimeMinister running the most useless, most corrupt government this country has seen since Federation.

    The government has totally stuffed vaccines for The Plague. They waited too long to order them, despite the flood of announcements about what they were buying it is now clear Australia will get the leftovers after other countries with far more competent governments snapped up all supplies long ago.

    The economy is in tatters yet all this government and this PM can do is continue to take money from the most disadvantaged while demonising them as lazy burdens on said crumbling economy. The CrimeMinister’s cult beliefs come into play here – he believes all illness, disability and poverty can be eradicated if people are “saved” in his greedy, fake cult, baptised, promise to tithe, pray (prey?) a lot and submit to “laying on of hands” by some barely educated non-medically trained pastor. Why does he need to provide social security with such beliefs firmly embedded in his brainwashed head?

    The CrimeMinister, also brainwashed by his QAnon mate Tim Stewart and most likely by his white-supremacist wife who has as her paid companion (paid by us) Tim’s wife Lynelle, panders to RWNJs who carry on promoting conspiracy theories safe from all criticism while said CrimeMinister refuses to even mildly chastise them because he believes what they say.

    The CrimeMinister ignores climate change as he (and many members of his government) believe we are approaching the End of Days when whatever god they worship, definitely not the Christian God, is about to return, They will do nothing that might delay that return, even if the whole country has to fry in heatwaves or drown under rising seas.

    The CrimeMinister refuses to adopt the Uluru Statement From The Heart, refuses to allow an indigenous voice to parliament because he is an out and out racist. Instead he inflicts the vile Cashless Debit Card on more aboriginal communities, with the full support of his government and tame conservative councils made up, of course, of well-off white folks.

    One family (of brown people, naturally) has been incarcerated on Christmas Island, at huge cost to the taxpayers, because it pleases Dutton and the CrimeMinister to keep them there.

    Meanwhile what does the Australian media talk about? Well, none of that. They want to talk about Labor and leadershit. We have seen this so many times before it really is like Groundhog Day – whenever things get tough for the CrimeMinister and his government out come the leadershit articles. I swear some journalists just drag out the old Rudd stories, change a few names and recycle them, so familiar is their garbage.

    To see even The Saturday Paper and The New Daily engaging in this useless, pointless nonsense while this country sinks rapidly into decay is sickening.

  27. The Australian government will hold talks with the World Health Organization to ensure the vaccine supply ordered from overseas companies is delivered on time.

    Frontbencher Darren Chester said his fellow ministers were working hard to ensure the shipments aren’t affected.

    Now, about those guaranteed supplies …

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