Death Notice

I was on the crux of publishing another article about Fed Parliament, rape, and the rule of law (and will do so soon), but I’m so enchanted by this that I must share – what a brilliant woman!
I hope her family will forgive me for republishing this, but given it’s already in the public domain, and given what a fantastic woman she obviously was, I hope they will forgive me.

EVANS, Elaine Anne

After 84 years of pushing and dominating her family, ‘little sis’ Elaine has lost her final battle with the grim reaper.

Although she managed to get her way on most of the matters she took on during her lifetime, she bit off more than she should with the big C, but she would say only because it took a rare and highly aggressive one to finish her off.

Despite her diminutive stature and disarming smile, only the brave took on Elaine or the causes she fought for, at least directly, and woe to anyone who misjudged her tenacity and will power to push aside mountains of bureaucracy and accepted practice if these stood in her way.

Not content with getting her way with her immediate and extended families, Elaine took her battle for fairness and justice for her beloved Sydney western suburbs to such areas as Board member of Parramatta Hospital (1984-88), Councillor on Parramatta City Council (1987-91), Board member on Parramatta Park Trust (2001 -11).

While these organisations all probably felt the heat of Elaine’s passion to challenge the ‘accepted way’, they would probably all admit they emerged fairer and more responsive to local needs for her time with them.

Eschewing most official recognition for her community work, Elaine was chuffed to be pulled up by the Western Australian police while holidaying with her beloved Bill in 1999, telling her she needed to fly back to Sydney to receive the inaugural Justice Medal awarded by the Law Foundation of NSW at Parliament House for her “outstanding contribution to justice in NSW” – arising from her decade of work at the then Women’s Legal Resource Centre supporting women, especially in western Sydney as well as the more remote and needy corners of the State.

All pretty good for the daughter of a fettler and a railway gate keeper in Armidale who left school at 15 to take care for her newly widowed dad, worked in factories and farms before resuming her schooling at forty by completing her HSC so she could enter tertiary studies to better help others. Always the overachiever, Elaine topped her class at the then Milperra College of Advanced Education and was awarded the Council Medal in 1979.

Elaine’s passion for justice for all made her a very active member and supporter of the Labor Left, and the Evans dinner table at Toongabbie was never free of animated discussion and debate on the failings of the ‘other side’, be it Labor or Liberal, to achieve fairness and equity for those in need.

Elaine will be greatly missed by husband Bill, her siblings Grace, Joan and Gerald, along with her proud children Graham, Jennifer, Jeffrey and Sharon (dec) and their wider families.

Thanks to Sally-Ann, Trish and their respective teams at Mt Druitt Palliative Care Unit for their special care in Elaine’s final weeks, along with Dr Dinh at Westmead Hospital oncology.


2,257 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. A long reminder of how the West ‘lost’ a Russia .

    How the United States Created Vladimir Putin

    ……………Yale’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Poynter Fellowship for Journalism hosted Vladimir Pozner, the acclaimed Russian-American journalist and broadcaster. Pozner spoke on the impact of US foreign policy towards Russia after the Soviet Union has been disbanded,

    Short version is that effing NATO wot done it. The effects of which predicted by this chap.(use Incognito)

    Foreign Affairs; Now a Word From X
    Thomas L. Friedman
    By Thomas L. Friedman
    May 2, 1998

    ……..I reached George Kennan by phone to get his reaction to the Senate’s ratification of NATO expansion it was no surprise to find that the man who was the architect of America’s successful containment of the Soviet Union and one of the great American statesmen of the 20th century was ready with an answer.

    ”I think it is the beginning of a new cold war,” said Mr. Kennan from his Princeton home. ”I think the Russians will gradually react quite adversely and it will affect their policies. I think it is a tragic mistake. There was no reason for this whatsoever. No one was threatening anybody else……………….

    • Leone,

      It’s always about the Coalition politicians: THEIR feelings, THEIR needs, THEIR entitlements, THEIR trooly-rooly empathy. Plus, of course, THEIR righteousness.

    • Exactly.

      The latest example proving this is Dutton’s claim to have “suffered hurt and embarrassment” and being brought into “hatred, ridicule and contempt”, presented in his defamation case against against Shane Bazzi.
      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/jun/16/australia-news-live-politics-morrison-victoria-covid-nsw-biloela-vaccination

      Dutton has been ridiculed every day for years over his vicious personality and his savage treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and women. Remember him calling Samantha Maiden a “mad, fucking witch”?

      He has never taken anyone to court until now. It seems to be quite the craze with this government – suing for defamation.

      Is there any member of this government who is not suing someone?

    • Okay, I won’t say anything more ever again, because I don’t want to upset their fragile little egos.

      Freedom of speech? Fugettit!

      Rule of law? Meh!

      Nice cuddly warm blanket of silence?

      mmmmmmmm schnoring peacefully …….

  2. Leone,

    That vaguely reminds me of a play/film decades ago when the “hurt and embarrassment” and “hatred, ridicule and contempt” charges were leveled in defence of a very nasty character’s behaviour. I vaguely remember that he lost on the basis that he was already the object of hatred, ridicule and contempt from a majority of his community.

    Or … it might have happened in real life!

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Writing about what she describes as a “stalling government”, Niki Savva says that Morrison cannot allow the QAnon questions to fester.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/pm-tries-to-smother-fire-but-its-a-hose-he-needs/news-story/f87cab83f5b0b3b6e4039bc3262ce8c0
    A fall in productivity growth over the past decade has cost every Australian $11,500 in lost income, eating into our standard of living, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australians-11-500-worse-off-as-productivity-slows-over-the-decade-20210616-p581gu.html
    More from Wright who tells us that intergenerational reports mapping out the state of the budget would be expanded to cover economic disadvantage, climate change and whether government policies are actually working, under plans from Labor to revitalise the document.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/intergenerational-report-needs-to-be-broader-and-measure-what-matters-labor-20210616-p581l0.html
    Cait Kelly writes that there are fears the biggest reform to Australia’s agriculture visa program could all but guarantee widespread exploitation throughout the picking industry, with non-English-speaking workers left vulnerable to wage theft and racism.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/06/17/agriculture-visa-australia-changes/
    And Matthew Elmas identifies the missing jigsaw piece driving our labour shortages.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/06/16/labour-shortages-australia/
    The Fair Work Commission has warned that more lockdowns and the pace of the vaccine rollout are risks to the economic recovery, as it awarded an $18.80-a-week ­minimum wage rise, but delayed the increase by up to four months for workers in Covid-impacted ­industries.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/fair-work-commission-grants-minimum-wage-rise-for-22m-workers/news-story/4027255b7a3efd4dcdef92ca390e464a
    A fresh push for an independent inquiry into damning allegations against Christian Porter was blocked straight away, in a government move that’s been slammed as a “virtually unprecedented” gag tactic, explains Josh Butler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/06/16/christian-porter-inquiry-blocked/
    Annika Smethurst looks at an Age poll that suggests the Andrews government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has cost it the support of thousands of Victorian voters but Daniel Andrews remains comfortably ahead of his rival as the state’s preferred premier.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/voters-shun-labor-over-covid-but-andrews-still-preferred-premier-20210616-p581h1.html
    The Age says Morrison government ministers have reignited a push to replace state Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien as Victorian Liberal MPs again consider plans for a spill just three months after a failed coup attempt.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/liberal-leadership-rumblings-resurface-as-coalition-closes-gap-on-labor-20210616-p581gx.html
    Deborah Snow writes that up until this point in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case, it has been the former soldier’s opportunity to give the best possible account of himself, unchallenged by the other side. That opportunity ends today when Nicholas Owens, SC, the lead barrister for the respondents begins his cross-examination – a process that could keep Roberts-Smith on the witness stand for another week or more.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ben-roberts-smith-case-about-to-change-register-as-cross-examination-begins-20210616-p581ed.html
    And Harriet Alexander describes the efforts of BR-S’s eminent lawyer, saying that on the last day of Mr Roberts-Smith’s evidence, it fell to Mr McClintock to coax from Mr Roberts-Smith a demonstration of the emotional impact on him from the published articles. And for several hours, he plumped his questions to find it.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/roberts-smith-s-lawyer-casts-his-line-with-the-practised-art-of-a-fly-fisherman-20210616-p581it.html
    Epidemiologist David J Hunter tells us why the COVID endgame could be a long one.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-the-covid-endgame-could-be-a-long-one-20210615-p5815d.html
    Some business chiefs and politicians keep telling us that restrictions diminish our lives and harm our economy but there is little indication that any of us want leaders to abolish all controls and put our health at risk, writes Shaun Carney who sets out to examine the meaning of the oft-used term “living with the virus” means.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-have-to-live-with-the-virus-but-with-no-changes-we-could-be-dying-from-it-20210616-p581l6.html
    Melissa Cunningham tells us that a Melbourne infectious diseases physician is saying that until vaccine uptake rises substantially, testing remains the most critical measure in Victoria with the state “primed for a third wave”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-is-a-powder-keg-experts-fear-virus-still-circulating-as-testing-rate-drops-20210616-p581ic.html
    Diverse spokespeople and humour: how the government’s next ad campaign could boost COVID vaccine uptake.
    https://theconversation.com/diverse-spokespeople-and-humour-how-the-governments-next-ad-campaign-could-boost-covid-vaccine-uptake-162240
    On the Biloela family, the government is hiding behind legislation as a reason for not doing anything. This is truly a morally bankrupt position as anyone who understands immigration law knows, complains John Menadue.
    https://johnmenadue.com/john-menadue-hypocrisy-cruelty-and-the-biloela-family/
    The Prime Minister will be relieved to be in greater company in Australia’s criticisms of China, but it’s still standing exposed on the front line of a much more tense region, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/morrison-finds-safety-in-numbers-20210616-p581kg
    Jennifer Duke reports that the federal government is forging ahead with a plan to overhaul the $3.2 trillion superannuation sector in a bid to usher in a new regime by July, bringing a surprise motion to debate the legislation in the Senate. Labor fears a deal might have been done with PHON.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/super-legislation-pushed-in-senate-as-labor-fears-one-nation-deal-20210616-p581o1.html
    Richard Denniss posits that Scott Morrison is the accidental architect of a carbon tax – whether he likes it or not.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/16/scott-morrison-may-be-the-architect-of-a-carbon-tax-whether-he-likes-it-or-not
    John Hewson notes how gentlemen’s clubs have long been – and are becoming ever more so – an anachronism, inconsistent with evolving social norms.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-men-only-club-i-can-no-longer-belong-to-because-gents-in-suits-can-t-rule-the-world-in-the-21st-century-20210616-p581fv.html
    Peter Hannm reports that the Berejiklian government will spend an extra $380 million to help expedite investment into the state’s five renewable energy zones and smooth the way for an increase in solar, wind and storage projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/rezs-20210616-p581la.html
    Attorney-General Michaelia Cash is to bring a major rewrite of the contentious Religious Discrimination Bill to parliament by December, sparking new debate over faith-based and gay rights before the next election, reports the Australian’s Richard Ferguson.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/religious-discrimination-bill-set-for-second-coming-this-year/news-story/f0df7ff004ebcbfba089cd3fef08e4aa
    In an era where religious importance is on the decline, it’s only conservatives and the hard Right who are still pushing for religious discrimination, writes Dr Stuart Edser who says religious freedom laws have no place in modern Australia.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/religious-freedom-laws-have-no-place-in-modern-australia,15192
    Greg Jericho laments that Australia’s main response to the Covid recession was to keep home prices booming.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/jun/17/house-of-cards-australias-main-response-to-the-covid-recession-was-to-keep-home-prices-booming
    Making sure the ‘big people’ pay their taxes would be a boost to democracy, urges Nicholas Shaxson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/16/taxes-democracy-loopholes-havens-billionaires
    The Morrison government is attempting to stare down the Senate over changes to conservation laws, warning the wording of controversial new environment standards before parliament is “not negotiable” and will not be strengthened. The push was immediately rejected by two key crossbench senators, with one declaring the legislation to change the laws – which all parties agree are failing – was “dead in the water” unless the standards were strengthened, writes Adam Morton.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/16/dead-in-the-water-key-crossbenchers-reject-coalition-demand-to-keep-new-environment-standards
    Alexandra Smith previews the NSW budget.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-budget-needs-to-imagine-our-post-pandemic-world-20210616-p581ki.html
    Michael McGowan reveals that tenants are effectively being charged fees to pay their own rent by real estate firms that outsource payment processing to third-party companies, a practice advocacy groups say has become increasingly common despite laws meant to curtail its use.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/17/it-starts-to-add-up-renters-charged-fees-to-pay-rent-as-real-estate-agents-outsource-collection
    In an address to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Scott Morrison warned rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific were a threat to the financial prosperity of other nations and called on leaders to “defend a world order that supports freedom”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pushing-back-against-china-will-take-global-effort-not-seen-for-many-decades-morrison-20210616-p581kq.html
    As Biden inflicts a new cold war, his acolyte Morrison shows he has learned nothing from his blunders on China, says Colin Mackerras.
    https://johnmenadue.com/as-biden-inflicts-a-new-cold-war-his-acolyte-morrison-shows-he-has-learned-nothing-from-his-blunders-on-china/
    The failure of the media to hold various Australian governments to account for their mistakes in Afghanistan has taken a terrible toll on veterans and its military reputation, writes Branko Miletic.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/media-failed-to-accurately-report-on-afghanistan-war-for-far-too-long,15194
    The TV networks have joined Netflix to oppose local TV content quotas. It’s too expensive, they say. Yet the local arts and screen sector says the industry which employs 200,000 Australians would be devastated. Elizabeth Minter reports on a crucial decision for Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/tv-networks-join-netflix-crusade-against-australian-arts-and-screen-content/
    Alan Kohler begins this contribution with, “The decision by El Salvador to accept Bitcoin as legal tender is a big moment. It could prove that the largest cryptocurrency is a viable alternative to the money created by central banks, which would be huge. Or it could prove the opposite by making a bigger mess of El Salvador’s economy than it already is, and that would probably be the end of all the Bitcoin fun.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/06/17/el-salvador-bitcoin-alan-kohler/
    Dan Andrews is okay as Dictator Dan but not John Barilaro as Benito Mussolini, apparently. The attack by the NSW government on critic Friendly Jordies has escalated as Google and Facebook moved to remove parody images of Deputy Premier Barilaro. 2SM Radio host Marcus Paul also came under pressure. Callum Foote reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-state-v-friendly-terror-suspect-google-facebook-2sm-dragged-in-to-barilaro-affair/
    Latika Bourke reports that Dominic Cummings has leaked Boris Johnson’s private WhatsApp messages in a sensational escalation of the former adviser’s feud with the British Prime Minister.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/totally-f-hopeless-dominic-cummings-leaks-boris-johnson-s-bombshell-text-messages-20210616-p581o9.html
    One of the first cruises scheduled to sail from the United States has been postponed after eight crew members tested positive for the coronavirus during routine testing. Surprised?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/royal-caribbean-cruise-postponed-after-eight-crew-members-test-positive-for-covid-20210617-p581ot.html
    A crew of conservative lawyers still pushing disinformation that echoes Donald Trump’s false claim that the election was rigged are now battling federal inquiries, defamation lawsuits and bar association scrutiny that threaten to cripple their legal careers.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/16/trump-election-legal-lawyers-sidney-powell-l-lin-wood

    Cartoon Corner

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  4. From Dawn Patrol. At least the arsehole was honest about his industry’s business model relying on ripping off overseas workers. Lurve the euphemism “lower-waged international staff” .
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    ‘A big hole’: The missing jigsaw piece driving our labour shortages

    Mr Normoyle said many businesses in his industry aren’t in a position to offer higher rates of pay, particularly after lower-waged international staff became the competitive standard over the past decade and pushed down prices in the process.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/06/16/labour-shortages-australia/

    • Yes- someone has finally admitted what we all knew.

      Business owners relied on overseas staff, often backpackers or students, paid them shit wages and exploited them by forcing them to work long hours and do unpaid overtime while pocketing the profits. Not just in the “hospitality” industry but in agriculture as well. We have all read the horror stories about farm workers, especially pickers, living in substandard conditions, charged huge rents for the privilege of sharing a tiny room with others, crammed into bunk beds to allow a room intended for one person to hold a dozen and being treated as slaves by labour hire companies.

      And they did it all with the compliance of the federal government, who were only too happy to see wages driven down.

      Now Australian workers do not want to go near these employers, and who can blame them.

      Just maybe the pandemic will clean out all these vultures.

      Do I feel sorry for these whining business owners? Not a bit.

  5. leonetwo
    Isn’t it amazing the party that believes so strongly in economic commandments like the law of supply and demand refuse to believe it applies to working peasants. Shortage of labor ? Quick bring in cheap exploitable labour. Pay more to attract workers ? “Burn the heretic !”

  6. Re exploited Labour. Since the start of the pandemic I have noticed in NZ papers a steady stream of employers getting whacked for ripping off migrant workers . In the last week it was quite a !!! to see two separate cases where the ‘business scum’ were also banned from employing or being in any way involved in employment arrangements of any sort for 2 and 3 years. The sort of migrants and employers involved in all those NZ cases were pretty much the same thing we have here. (sarcasm font -on) I wonder why we see so few cases compared to NZ for such matters .Especially with there being so many tales of exploitation?

  7. More vaccine failure from this incompetent government –

    Big developments today on Astra ZenicaHearing ATAGI will today raise the recommended age to as high as 60.Big ramifications. Could deter more from AZGovt hoping lots more Pfizer coming July and afterWaiting to see what ATAGI will say today.— Rafael Epstein (@Raf_Epstein) June 17, 2021

    Scovid opted for the cheapest possible and least effective vaccine and decided it would be manufactured here because a former Liberal staffer, Kieran Schneemann, ran the Australian arm of the company.

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2020/08/20/from-lib-staffer-to-big-pharma-an-unsurprising-journey-of-lobbying-at-work/

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/18/belgian-minister-accidentally-tweets-eus-covid-vaccine-price-list

    Jobs for the boys yet again. And this has resulted in that vaccine being unsuitable for most of the Australian population.

    Well done, Scovid! Great job!

    I get my second dose of AZ on Saturday. As I had no side effects at all from the first round I do not expect any problems

    • and

      So from what the NSW premier is saying there, it seems to be that it is up to NSW frontline workers to organise their own vaccinations (if they are outside of the direct quarantine system)

      Which was the issue with the federal government’s roll out of the vaccination program for aged care workers.

      Courtesy of Australia’s Chief Stuffuperer.

  8. Good luck to NSW frontline workers trying to get vaccinated -we seem to have run out of Pfizer and AZ is only for oldies.

    Meanwhile we see reports of NSW people under 40 using dodgy tactics, scamming and telling lies to get doses of Pfizer and no-one seems to be checking or doing anything to stop this.

    Like this –
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/it-allowed-me-to-book-people-under-40-are-getting-their-covid-19-vaccines-early-in-nsw

    The NSW “Gold Standard” in action yet again.

  9. Free article from Crikey (They have let everything out from behind the paywall, so have at it while you can.)

    Police overreach or political influence? Either way, the ‘Fixated Persons’ unit got it wrong arresting Friendlyjordies’ producer
    The Fixated Persons Investigations Unit was set up in NSW to target potentially violent lone-wolf offenders. By arresting a YouTube producer, it’s overstepped its mark
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/06/17/fixated-persons-unit-friendlyjordies/

  10. Strong contender for Arsehole of the Week –

    • The arsehole of the week year’s icing on the Arsehole Cake.

      Within months of the young woman’s death, Mr Higgins returned to his partner of 18 years, Lurline Le Neuf, whom he’d left earlier that year to be with Ms Petrie.

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  11. Leone, I think I tried to when I asked Professor Phelps, via that twitter comment, a few hours ago, to clarify why the AZ seemed now to be only for oldies, which she seemed to think okay.

    “Dear Professor Phelps, I’m happy to heed advice from respected politicians and professionals such as yourself. I really would like to know the answer to this question. For an 85 y.o. healthy female – which vaccine is preferable, and why? i.e. What is the difference between the two most promoted brands, and why is one more effective for older people? Is this a marketing or a medical issue?”

    Is it cynical for me to wonder if older people tend to die in greater numbers so why not use this cheaper and perhaps proven less effective one, with less statistical damage attributed to the vaccine rather than old age?”

    • It is down to the numbers . Because older people are far more likely to die from a covid infection they reckon older people dying from blood clots is not a problem. Bonus of course for Josh Boy and Scotty being that AZ is cheap…………………..or should I say inexpensive ? 🙂

    • patriciawa-
      Not at all cynical – I have thought the same. Anything will do for older people, “they are going to die soon anyway so it doesn’t matter” seems to be the government’s thinking.

      It’s all marketing and spin. No-one knows the long-term effects of any of the Covid vaccines yet, we are all, not matter what our age, guinea pigs.

      They doll up their spin with talk about the importance of getting older Australians immunised first, but six months after the first vaccines arrived in Australia there are still far too many over-60s who have not received their first dose.

      I’m not worried about the blood clot issue, if it happens it happens. I took the pill for years, fully understanding it too could cause dangerous clots – a far higher probability of a problem with that than with a vaccine.

      I have my second dose of AZ tomorrow. (I’m 75.) I would have preferred to wait for something better, something that has been more thoroughly tested, not necessarily Pfizer, but my GP insisted I take advantage of her offer. She knows my medical history, knows I have a condition that places me at risk in the very unlikely event I catch The Plague. So here I am, almost fully immunised.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Here we go! David Crowe reports that Nationals MPs are demanding a say on whether the federal government embraces a more ambitious target to cut greenhouse gas emissions, forcing a party room meeting on the potential goal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-mps-demand-debate-before-any-decision-on-more-ambitious-climate-targets-20210617-p581zs.html
    And Crowe goes on to tell us why Morrison cannot rush to a net zero emissions objective.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-morrison-cannot-rush-to-net-zero-emissions-20210617-p581y1.html
    Phil Coorey reckons the net zero stoush could spell trouble for McCormack.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/nats-dig-in-against-net-zero-leadership-talk-swirls-20210616-p581mv
    Michelle Grattan also thinks Morrison will have his work cut out on this subject.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-18/soctt-morrison-climate-change-2050-target/100223734
    Adam Morton reports that a Liberal-led committee has told the Morrison government its plan to change the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) so it can fund a broader range of technologies including some using fossil fuels could be illegal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/18/liberal-led-committee-says-angus-taylors-planned-change-to-renewable-energy-agency-could-be
    Christopher Knaus tips the bucket on the federal government over its specious claim that there were seven editions of the national Aged Care plan for the pandemic. FoI seeking copies of editions 1 through six revealed there were none!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/18/national-aged-care-plan-did-not-exist-before-coalition-published-7th-edition-in-late-2020
    Shane Wright and Nick Bonyhady writes that strong jobs figures suggest the economy is performing better than expected and could force the RBA to lift interest rates much earlier than expected.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/surging-jobs-market-may-force-rba-to-re-think-interest-rate-plan-20210617-p581yk.html
    Michael Pascoe says it has taken him five years, but Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has finally nailed the key domestic problem with low wages growth, namely business’s mindset, a decade-long ingrained resistance to granting decent wage increases, the capital wages growth strike, stinginess. He concludes this worthwhile contribution with, “Well, at least the RBA is now awake to the game. We’re yet to see if the Morrison government is.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/06/18/minimum-wage-rise-rba/
    The government is hedging on the politics and still believes the hardline view – that most voters are hostile to boat people – is the dominant one. So is Labor, says Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-is-hedging-on-asylum-politics-so-is-labor-20210616-p581mw
    Australia has scored its worst result in 25 years in a global ranking of competitiveness, even as it was one of few countries to successfully manage the twin health and economic crisis unleashed by the pandemic, explains the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/australia-s-competitiveness-hits-25-year-low-20210616-p581m1
    John Hewson explains how and why another housing crisis is in the offing.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7300943/another-housing-crisis-is-in-the-offing-hewsons-view/?cs=14258
    The Nationals’ support for fossil fuels is ramping up the risks to Liberal MPs in coastal electorates of NSW and Victoria heading into the federal election, as Resources Minister Keith Pitt cranks up his push for new offshore gas development, writes Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-power-play-makes-gas-exploration-a-hot-issue-for-liberals-20210617-p581vw.html
    The chairman of EnergyAustralia, which owns Victoria’s Yallourn coal-fired power station, has warned that the threat of a flood that could disrupt almost a quarter of the state’s power for months shows the National Electricity Market could fail if the transition to renewables were rushed.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/later-energy-warning-amid-yallourn-emergency-20210617-p581uw
    Labor is in a winning position in Victoria but more lockdowns risk suburban pain, writes Annika Smethurst.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/labor-is-in-a-winning-position-but-more-lockdowns-risk-suburban-pain-20210617-p581yh.html
    Shane Wright reports that Australia’s population grew just 0.5 per cent to 25.7 million last year, with signs the coronavirus pandemic is changing the nation’s demographic profile.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/population-growth-slumps-to-lowest-rate-since-world-war-i-20210617-p581w0.html
    Lismore Base Hospital patients have been thrown out in the middle of the night in their pyjamas to find their way 100 kilometres home through isolated countryside. Carrie Fellner writes about another Gold Standard effort in NSW.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/hospital-booted-out-patients-in-the-middle-of-the-night-in-their-pyjamas-20210617-p581zg.html
    Meanwhile, the NSW doctor who helped expose disgraced surgeon Emil Gayed has broken down in tears while revealing at a parliamentary inquiry he was yelled at by hospital administrators because he wanted a proper investigation into the preventable death of one of disgraced surgeon Mr Gayed’s patients.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/whistleblower-doctor-yelled-at-after-demanding-investigation-into-patient-s-avoidable-death-20210617-p581ue.html
    Nine tells us how the changed advice for vaccine choice is confusing and upsetting people.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doctors-warn-over-50s-cancelling-appointments-despite-expert-second-doses-are-safe-20210617-p581wy.html
    Sarah McPhee reports that two Sydney clinics experienced dozens of AstraZeneca vaccine cancellations yesterday, including a surprising number for second doses.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/fallen-off-a-cliff-vaccination-clinics-encourage-second-doses-as-astrazeneca-demand-plummets-20210617-p581y8.html
    With more AstraZeneca changes, hesitancy will remain the backbone of Australia’s vaccine program, says Rafael Epstein.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-18/astrazeneca-vaccine-rollout-hesitancy-remains/100224720
    Federal and state health authorities should introduce COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for high-risk frontline workers, experts say, following the positive test of an air crew driver on Wednesday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/health-experts-urging-the-use-of-rapid-antigen-covid-19-testing-for-frontline-workers-20210617-p581x8.html
    Infection control experts have stressed the importance of vaccinating everyone involved in the hotel quarantine system against COVID-19 after a second person connected to a driver who transported international air crew to their quarantine accommodation tested positive.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-sydney-cases-reveal-possible-weakness-in-air-crew-quarantine-system-20210617-p581te.html
    A frustrated Professor John Dwyer stridently declares that a ‘No jab, no job’ policy for frontline workers is a no brainer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/no-jab-no-job-policy-for-frontline-workers-is-a-no-brainer-20210617-p581uc.html
    The good economic news keeps on coming, with a further dramatic fall in the unemployment rate, but the virus threat will continue to stalk a largely unvaccinated population, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/another-cluster-another-excuse-another-risk-20210617-p581yp
    Barrister Nicholas Owens, SC, is recognised as being among the most skilled in his field, a gentleman interrogator. Former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has been trained in resistance to interrogation. And so begins the cross-examination, writes Harriett Alexander in anticipation of a fascinating contest.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-lawyer-and-the-soldier-duelling-words-and-the-danger-of-legal-traps-20210617-p581x2.html
    Michaela Whitbourn takes us through yesterday’s day in court for Roberts-Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/killed-afghan-man-was-showing-hostile-intent-roberts-smith-says-20210617-p581ww.html
    The Australian tells us that the barrister who was ordered to stop acting for Christian Porter in his defamation action against the ABC could face a possible disciplinary complaint over her involvement in the case.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/barrister-who-tried-to-represent-christian-porter-against-abc-could-face-disciplinary-complaint/news-story/05d216f0fe3cf70b8483f3bc491e933d
    Luke Henriques-Gomes writes that farmers who the Morrison government says were “acting in good faith” when they underestimated their income will have $51m in income support debts waived. He contrasts this attitude to that which led to Robodebt.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/18/acting-in-good-faith-farmers-who-underestimated-income-to-have-welfare-debts-waived
    Latika Bourke tells us that Helen Clark, who co-chaired the international expert panel that spent a year investigating the coronavirus outbreak, has said Australia and New Zealand were right to ban flights from China at the first sign of the pandemic last year, despite objections from the World Health Organisation and Beijing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/helen-clark-slams-who-for-opposing-china-travel-bans-jury-out-on-lab-leak-20210616-p581cg.html
    Abul Rizvi writes that throughout the almost two decades he spent in the immigration department, it was received wisdom that we must prevent Australia becoming a low-skill guest worker society such as the United States, many nations of Europe and the Gulf states. He is concerned Morrison’s announcement that he will establish an agriculture visa for people from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is perhaps the final step to Australia becoming a low-skill guest worker society. A society that accepts some “lesser” humans – usually people of colour — are needed to do the jobs we will not.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/new-visa-risks-changing-the-character-of-australia-forever-20210617-p581w4.html
    The former spy known as Witness K has pleaded guilty to conspiring to reveal classified information about an alleged Australian operation to bug East Timor’s cabinet rooms during sensitive oil and gas treaty negotiations, and Anthony Galloway tells us that his lawyers are pushing for him to receive no jail time and to be spared a criminal conviction, saying he has already faced years of alienation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress after his home was raided in December 2013.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/alienation-anxiety-and-post-traumatic-stress-witness-k-lawyer-argues-for-no-criminal-conviction-20210617-p581v8.html
    The New Daily says that Social Services Minister Anne Ruston has slammed “misinformation” spread by the Labor Party, after numerous social media posts went viral claiming the government was planning to put aged pensioners on the cashless debit card.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/06/18/pensioners-cashless-debit-card/
    A hearing into the Environment Effects Statement for Kalbar’s mineral sands project on rich Victorian farmland has been told about competition for billions of litres of water, high levels of uranium, untested technologies and a strange backflip by the project’s “independent experts”. Elizabeth Minter investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/kalbars-exotic-minerals-mine-a-toxic-risk-to-victorias-food-bowl/
    Elizabeth Knight explains how Coles is having to spend up big on infrastructure playing catch up with Woolworths.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/cash-splurge-from-coles-leaves-investors-asking-questions-20210617-p581wn.html
    James Frost writes that a lawyer acting for ASIC has argued for a substantial penalty to be levied against NAB for serious and substantial breaches of the law over its conduct in the fees-for-no-service scandal, citing as many as 69,000 incorrect fee statements issued by the bank.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/nab-issued-69-000-defective-fee-statements-20210617-p581su
    The former New South Wales director of public prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, has questioned the use of the fixated persons unit to arrest a 21-year-old producer for the Friendlyjordies YouTube comedy channel.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/18/friendlyjordies-arrest-by-nsw-police-fixated-persons-unit-questioned-by-former-top-prosecutor
    Arrest of Kristo Langker represents gross misuse of resources and threat to our freedom of speech, declares Greg Barns.
    https://johnmenadue.com/arrest-of-kristo-langker-represents-gross-misuse-of-resources-and-threat-to-our-freedom-of-speech/
    Adrian Beaumont takes issue with the question on climate change action in the latest Resolve poll.
    https://theconversation.com/victorian-labor-holds-comfortable-lead-flawed-climate-change-question-in-federal-resolve-poll-162923
    Newcastle University’s motto is “I look ahead” but its own failure to do so when it appointed coal firm chief Mark Vaile as its next chancellor has resulted in the resignation of a second council member, a ban on donations from high-profile philanthropists and a spate of student protests.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/education/storm-of-protest-grows-over-vaile-s-new-chancellor-job-20210617-p581tr
    We should consider a new proposal setting out a pathway for achieving an Australian republic as well as other constitutional reforms, writes David Muir.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/a-roadmap-for-a-republic-and-other-real-reforms,15196
    Dr Binoy Kampmark writes about Fortress Australia and the family from Biloela.
    https://theaimn.com/publicity-and-exploitation-fortress-australia-and-the-family-from-biloela/
    The Coalition government’s self-image, values and attitudes towards powerless people, such as the Tamil Biloela family, are parcelled in a language and style that is far removed from ideals of a common humanity, says Professor Stuart Rees.
    https://johnmenadue.com/immigration-language-of-cruelty-or-words-for-humanity/
    Dennis Altman explains why the Labor Party has long struggled over a position on Israel and Palestine.
    https://theconversation.com/the-labor-party-has-long-struggled-over-a-position-on-israel-and-palestine-heres-why-162611
    The two meetings of the G7 and NATO have left no doubt as to the growing strength of a united front, both economically and militarily, that is being built to threaten, confront, contain and reduce China’s influence in the world, writes Dr William Briggs.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-g7-nato-and-the-demonising-of-china,15197
    At its last meeting in April, US Federal Reserve Board chairman Jerome Powell indicated that the Fed was in no hurry to raise US interest rates. Now, it seems, it is thinking about it, says Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/markets/the-fed-s-abrupt-change-in-mood-just-got-everyone-s-attention-20210617-p581tf.html
    Richard Holden posits that it is technology that slowed growth globally.
    https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-why-has-growth-slowed-globally-it-has-something-to-do-with-technology-162848
    Brian X Chen tells us why we should be aware of Amazon’s behaviour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/amazon-is-treating-paying-customers-like-guinea-pigs-20210617-p581p3.html

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  13. And in non surprising news…………
    .
    Doctors warn over 50s cancelling appointments despite experts saying second doses are safe
    ……………But doctors in NSW and Victoria say they’ve had a rush of cancellations as people in their 50s decide not to get their second doses due to the changing advice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doctors-warn-over-50s-cancelling-appointments-despite-expert-second-doses-are-safe-20210617-p581wy.html

  14. “Brian X Chen tells us why we should be aware of Amazon’s behaviour.”

    Really?

    What we should beware of is self-centred idiots who have so many clothes that they need an app to tell them which outfit looks best.

    Honestly, this Paul Hollowell chap has a serous problem, and it is not Amazon!

    Who needs a button that orders more toilet paper? Who in their right mind wants to share an internet connection with the neighbours? Who needs a drone that flies around inside your home looking for intruders? I certainly don’t need or want any of that junk. .

    The only Amazon device I own is a Kindle which I use every day and cannot imagine being without.

    Amazon might like to cut out the pointless innovation of junk and instead concentrate on getting rid of the huge number of profiteers who use their “marketplace” to charge extremely high prices for items you can buy for much less on eBay.

  15. The Shovel –

    Michael McCormack Shocked To Discover He Is A Latte-Sipping Wanker

    Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who has used the majority of his Parliamentary career to berate city dwellers for drinking lattes, is receiving counselling following the realisation that he regularly drinks coffee.

    “Apparently I do it all the time,” a distraught McCormack said in a press conference today. “There are hundreds of photos, some from my own social media feed. There’s even one on my own website! I don’t know how else to say this – I’m a total and utter wanker”

    There’s more –
    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/06/17/michael-mccormack-latte-sipping-wanker/

  16. On Tuesday Cash, Reynolds and a stack of other Libs/Nats senators voted in favour of a ON motion to refuse certain forms of medical treatment to transgender kids. This was a conscience vote which allowed this nasty motion to be defeated thanks to government senators who refused to vote in favour.

    Shows you whose side these pillocks are on, doesn’t it.

    Janet Rice has the full story in this thread-

    The motion and the votes –
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Hansard_Display?bid=chamber/hansards/40613800-1436-428a-bdb0-08ea934125d3/&sid=0000

  17. kaffeeklatscher,

    [ It is down to the numbers . Because older people are far more likely to die from a covid infection they reckon older people dying from blood clots is not a problem. Bonus of course for Josh Boy and Scotty being that AZ is cheap…………………..or should I say inexpensive ? ]

    An added bonus that I am sure this mob of mongrels have considered is that knocking the oldies off with blood clots saves them a heap of Social Security benefits, ie Pensions etc!

  18. I’m honestly feeling pessimistic about the possibility of free speech in the future of NSW. I don’t see any believable timeline in which fascist liars like John Barilaro and allies will be called out, all significant court cases contributing to the final verdict will just favour the Coalition government and that’ll be the end of it, and any voice in opposition will be crushed.

    I wish I had hope to the contrary, but, honestly, with the state of the opposition as it is now, I have no such hope.

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