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.


2,373 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. Michael West – (sarcasm alert)

    Rachel Maddow (aliens alert) –

    Chris Hayes –

    Anderson Cooper –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  2. What is with all this bullcrap Barnaby is spouting about one parent needing to be a full-time carer?

    His own second family does not do that.

    In March 2020, Ms Campion shared she was ready to work once more.

    “I adore my kids, but I also want to challenge myself with more than wiping babies’ faces,” she told The Australian. “And I haven’t worn high heels in two years!”

    Ms Campion has since returned to parliament as a staffer for federal deputy speaker, Llew O’Brien.

    She has also began writing for the publication that published the ‘intrusive’ photos of her, The Daily Telegraph

    https://www.mamamia.com.au/is-barnaby-joyce-still-with-vikki-campion/

    Also – Ms Campion has been using her part-time work as a journalist for the Daily Smelly to stir up leadership ructions among the Nats.

    Mr O’Brien has since employed Vikki Campion, Mr Joyce’s partner and a Daily Telegraph columnist, part-time in his electorate office. Ms Campion’s weekly Saturday columns have routinely savaged many of Mr Joyce’s internal enemies and have privately enraged some senior members of the government

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/see-you-monday-return-of-rebel-mp-reignites-nationals-leadership-rumblings-20201205-p56kww.html

    How nice – get your bonking partner a part-time job in an ally’s office, have her use her other part-time job to whip up party discord over the current leader then sit back and wait for the spill.

  3. The Hutt River Province is for sale!

    https://www.realestate.com.au/property-mixed+farming-wa-yallabatharra-700099310

    A good academic background article below, the pdf is free to read.

    The demise of the ‘second largest country in Australia’: micronations and AustralianexceptionalismHarry Hobbs & George Williams

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10361146.2021.1935450

  4. I am getting confused with NSW numbers. They seem to jump all over the place, 10 now 13 after, something something tomorrow. I guess if I’m confused then everyone else must be too.

    • They fluff about with results from before and after 8 pm figures. It’s great for increasing or decreasing numbers depending on whether you include or exclude it. All in all your “I am getting confused” for them is probably “Mission Accomplished”

  5. I’ve been wondering all day today just how the “gold standard” That has been promoted so strongly in NSW has been going?

    Seem to remember that the NSW Premier had an axe to grind with her counterparts from Victoria and Qld in relation to their outbreaks that were countered fairly well & in reasonable time.

    I’ve got my fingers crossed that the outbreak in NSW doesn’t get totally out of control and stupid bastards from there things because they currently don’t have obvious symptoms, 6that it is all right for them to go the back ways into Vic, SA or Qld like some of their fellows have already done. I’m sure those states are not in the mood to have a case of Delta spreading virus right through the state so that they can’t track down the source.

    Mmnn. That seems a bit like the current situation in NSW. They’ve got no idea where it is coming from and no idea where it is likely to go next!

    • Scorps,

      Like you, I devoutly hope that NSW gets the DELTA outbreak under control PDQ.

      However, it does raise a few questions about Sanctimonious Gladeye’s pronoucements.

      Given the rate of the spread, I wonder how much longer she’s going to be able to manage this particular spin.

    • That genie was never in the bottle in the first place.

      Ruby Dutton and Princess Gladys …

      And Dutton was the first one to bring Covid-19 into Australia from his US non-essential visit.

      There was this question from Tony Burke today

      “This parliament has been used for 120 years to debate the issues of the day. If on the day, as new [Covid] cases are coming out, and borders are closing, the government won’t accept a debate in the middle of a global pandemic, how bad does a crisis have to be before the government will allow this parliament to be used as a parliament?”

      and Dutton lying in response

      “Well, Mr Speaker, I’ve been in this parliament for a few years now, and I have seen a few debates, I have seen a few governments in action. I can remember very clearly, Mr Speaker, when the Labor party was sitting on this side of the House. We were denied day after day, Mr Speaker…”

    • I think that “gold standard” long ago turned out to be Fools Gold, in a very thin plating that has now flaked off.

      Gladys has NFI, she was all over the place in her presser today.

      Some stupid announcements announcements were made today, including these;
      Drinking standing up is banned but drinking sitting down is not. Apparently this is to stop “mingling”.
      No dancing, except at weddings where the bridal couple and up to 20 guests can puff and pant their way around the dance floor, breathing those aerosols all over the other guests.
      No singing, anywhere, especially not in church.

      Just announce a statewide lockdown and be done with it, you daft woman!. This nonsensical shillyshallying is pointless in dealing with a highly effective strain of the virus.

      Something that is really pissing me off – the media whining about border closures when school holidays are about to begin.

      FFS! We are enduring a colder than usual winter. Why would anyone want to leave their (presumably) cosy home to traipse around the countryside? It’s wet, cold and miserable out there. Stay home, you idiots, and keep warm.

  6. This Ken doll is not looking very pretty

    Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has been accused in court of writing an anonymous threat letter to another SAS soldier, warning him he would “go down” for murder if he did not recant his evidence to a military inquiry into war crimes allegations.

    The allegation was put on Wednesday by newspapers defending a defamation claim brought by Roberts-Smith.

    “You and others have worked together to spread lies and rumours to the media and the inspector general’s inquiry,” the printed letter, mailed in 2018 to a soldier who had served alongside Roberts-Smith, said.

    “You have one chance to save yourself. You must approach the inquiry and admit that you have colluded with others to spread lies.

    “We are very aware of your many murderous actions over many tours in Afghanistan, including specific dates … just like when you took part in the execution of two persons-under-control at Tizak. You know what you have done and so do we.

    “Don’t forget this because it will not go away. You will go down, better to take a reprimand than murder charges.”

    In the federal court Roberts-Smith himself was accused of being the author of the letter, of wearing gloves to prepare and print off the document, of buying stamps from a number of different shops, and of instructing a private investigator to address and mail the sealed envelope he had placed it in.

    It was alleged he later told his then-wife – who will give evidence in this trial – that he was responsible for the letter.

    In court in Sydney on Wednesday, Roberts-Smith denied all of the allegations.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/23/ben-roberts-smith-wrote-threatening-letters-to-sas-soldier-and-set-fire-to-his-own-laptop-court-told

  7. KK,

    The Kiwis might, just might …

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/icc-world-test-championship-2019-2021-1195334/india-vs-new-zealand-final-1249875/live-cricket-score

    “And that will be lunch. Given all the rain we’ve had and all the play we’ve lost, we’re blessed to be in this situation with two sessions remaining. India are 98 ahead, and have five wickets in hand. All four results are still in play.”

    Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy is off the planet.

  8. The Morrison government is fighting to keep under wraps documents that a former public servant says could show “what went wrong” with Centrelink’s botched robodebt program.

    The man seeking the documents, IT expert Justin Warren, argues they should be released so the public could learn lessons from the scandal.

    Lawyers for Warren, who has sought the documents under freedom of information laws, argued in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on Wednesday that it was “difficult to conceive of a stronger case for the most robust accountability”.

    But the government says cabinet confidentiality would be undermined if the documents were released, and its counsel, Andrew Berger QC, flagged this week the case may yet head to the federal court if government agency Services Australia loses the case.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/23/robodebt-government-fights-to-keep-secret-documents-that-may-show-what-went-wrong

    No responsibility; no accountability. I don’t think that is the way democracy is supposed to work.

  9. Oh My Lord!

    This is exactly the sort of thing Scovid would go for.

    I thought it was satire, but the Brits are deadly serious.

    ‘Strong Britain Great Nation!’ Children urged to sing patriotic song about ‘shared values’

    CHILDREN throughout the UK are being encouraged to sing a patriotic song later this week as part of a celebration of One Britain One Nation Day 2021.

    One Britain One Nation (OBON) aims to “create, a strong, fair, harmonious and a proud British Nation, celebrating patriotism and respect for all our people”. “OBON DAY 2021” will take place this Friday on June 25 and will begin at 10am. The group said on its website: “Encourage every child in your school to clap for a minute to recognise, embrace and pay tribute to all those people who helped during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1453266/One-Britain-One-Nation-Day-2021-song-children-Department-for-Education-UK-Government-news

  10. lenoetwo
    Re the 😆 British Empire Nostalgia Day I mean “OBON DAY 2021” , Obon sounded familiar and by golly it turns out to be quite apt . It is the Japanese lantern festival or more precisely…………

    Obon* is one of Japan’s most well-known holidays……….. The Festival of the Dead.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Gladys Berejiklian has given her clearest indication that Sydney is on the brink of a lockdown as health officials scramble to find missing links in the city’s growing COVID-19 cluster. In a significant escalation of her rhetoric, Ms Berejiklian told Parliament on Wednesday the government “will not hesitate to go further and harder if we have to” with restrictions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-locked-in-a-time-warp-as-bondi-cluster-swells-20210623-p583mn.html
    Alexandra Smith explains how, within hours of its release, the NSW budget’s assumptions were exposed as being brash.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/a-vision-too-splendid-nsw-budget-s-covid-assumptions-already-too-brash-20210623-p583jh.html
    “While anyone with a brain is rooting for the Berejiklian government’s health response, a large outbreak in the nation’s population capital would up-end much of the federal Coalition’s rhetoric on fighting the coronavirus. It’s no secret that the Morrison government has used NSW’s success (so far) as a blunt weapon to bludgeon the policy and strategic failures that have inflicted a succession of lockdowns on Victoria and border closures elsewhere”, writes The Australian’s John Ferguson.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-sydney-outbreak-is-scott-morrisons-viral-landmine/news-story/8515fa0c9cc9280eee15196d2f4301f2
    The Morrison government is still congratulating itself on its management of the pandemic but the NSW outbreak shows the new and growing threat created by delays in the vaccine rollout, writes Jennifer Hewett who calls “Enough!” on the constant self-congratulations on the success of Australia’s management of COVID-19 relative to other countries.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/botched-rollout-erodes-pm-s-leading-the-world-claims-20210623-p583ll
    Emma Dawson argues that the economy is working well for some, but not for all. She welcomes the new ABS breakdown of the CPI into discretionary and non-discretionary spending. It reveals that the cost of the things households must buy to maintain living standards has risen twice as much as the cost of the things we buy with the disposable income left over when our basic needs have been met.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-economy-is-working-well-for-some-but-not-for-all-20210623-p583h5.html
    Move over Gerry Harvey! Wesley College in Melbourne, which charges some of the highest private school fees in Victoria, gave its parents fee rebates, waived other costs and made a $5m transfer to its scholarship fund after it received $18.2m in jobkeeper last year.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/24/melbourne-private-school-cut-fees-after-receiving-nearly-20m-in-jobkeeper
    Niki Savva opines that Morrison did not allow space for McCormack to shine. She says that this, combined with Barnaby Joyce’s unyielding ambition, led to a brutal coup that has left the Nationals divided, not knowing how well or how badly the party or government would fare by the end of it.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/morrison-did-not-allow-space-for-mccormack-to-shine/news-story/defa13563c0d9e16050030bd4788b344
    David Crowe tells us that Liberal MPs are escalating calls for stronger action on climate change to counter Barnaby Joyce, demanding he stands up for farmers rather than defending mining and gas companies against pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fossil-fuels-free-ride-liberal-mps-escalate-calls-for-net-zero-target-20210623-p583o5.html
    Alan Kohler reckons the Coalition’s climate change argument is really just about freeloading.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/06/24/alan-kohler-climate-change-cost/
    In this op-ed, Warren Entsch writes about the Nats’ allergy to net zero. He concludes it with, “The question that Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals need to answer is: when the chips are down, who do they actually support and listen to? Their farming constituencies or mining and gas executives?”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-national-party-s-allergy-to-net-zero-by-a-worried-liberal-20210623-p583it.html
    The energy grid must be protected from climate change-related weather events, writes Darren Edwards.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/energy-grid-must-be-protected-from-climate-change-related-weather-events,15218
    Mike Foley explains how the Liberal Party has delivered its first slapdown to the Nationals since Barnaby Joyce deposed Michael McCormack as leader, rejecting a proposal to halt water recovery to restore the ecosystem to health.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-party-scuppers-nationals-shake-up-to-murray-darling-water-plan-20210623-p583hi.html
    The pushing up of Barnaby Joyce to the second top job in Canberra and the pushing out of Mark Vaile from the top job at Newcastle University are the depressing bookends of Australia’s renewed coal wars, says the editorial in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/climate-zealotry-and-populism-reignite-carbon-wars-20210622-p5839f
    Katina Curtis reports that Labor is seizing on a political opportunity to promise transparent childcare fees to reassure taxpayers their money is actually helping parents, after some Nationals expressed unhappiness with the amount spent subsidising parents who work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/outsourcing-parenting-comments-draw-criticism-that-nationals-lag-behind-voters-20210623-p583jp.html
    Luke Henriques-Gomes tells us that The Morrison government is fighting to keep under wraps documents that a former public servant says could show “what went wrong” with Centrelink’s botched robodebt program. The man seeking the documents, IT expert Justin Warren, argues they should be released so the public could learn lessons from the scandal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/23/robodebt-government-fights-to-keep-secret-documents-that-may-show-what-went-wrong
    With conservative politicians governing the nation, it’s important for our youth to think critically about racial issues prevalent in our society, writes Professor John Quiggin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/we-dont-need-crt-but-we-need-to-think-critically-about-race,15220
    “If you wanted more proof Coalition misdemeanours, here it is”, writes John Lord, who adds to his comprehensive list from an earlier contribution.
    https://theaimn.com/if-you-wanted-more-proof-coalition-misdemeanours-here-it-is/
    Michael Pascoe explains how taxpayers are shelling out for yet more political adverts.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/06/23/political-advertising-mccormack-pascoe/
    For 15 years political parties have blocked action on stopping money laundering through Australia. Labor is planning to bring on a vote today for a parliamentary inquiry that could finally end the stalemate and ensure the nation is no longer a haven for the proceeds of foreign crime and corruption. Nathan Lynch reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/fatf-chance-senators-tackle-australias-status-as-paradise-for-white-collar-criminals/
    The Age says that an audit found a worst-case-scenario outage could result in the deaths of at least 18 people a day, as Victoria’s beleaguered emergency triple-zero call system continues to be hit by IT glitches and serious failures.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/triple-zero-call-system-failures-pose-deadly-risk-20210623-p583fx.html
    Harriett Alexander and Deborah Snow unpack what happened in court with Ben Roberts-Smith yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ben-robert-smith-defamation-trial-hears-explanations-of-agreed-facts-20210623-p583o7.html
    And Michaela Whitbourn tells us that a former soldier who war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith suspected of making damaging claims about him to the media had his home raided by police after a private investigator hired by the decorated soldier made a complaint about him to the Australian Federal Police.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/enemy-of-ben-roberts-smith-had-home-raided-by-police-court-told-20210623-p583lo.html
    The editorial in the SMH supports the NSW ICAC recommendation to rein in the influence of lobbyists on government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/secret-access-of-lobbyists-undermines-trust-in-government-20210623-p583nx.html
    Labor has called on the government to justify its claim a UN body bowed to political pressure in recommending the Great Barrier Reef be placed on a world heritage “in danger” list, saying there had been warning signs the site had been in trouble for years.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/24/great-barrier-reef-labor-calls-on-sussan-ley-to-back-up-claim-unesco-bowed-to-political-pressure
    Rachel Clun writes that Australia will not need the AstraZeneca vaccine after October except by request, as most Australians over the age of 60 are expected to be vaccinated by then. Iy appears that “targets” are OUT and “COVID vaccinations allocations horizons” are IN!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-likely-won-t-use-astrazeneca-after-october-except-by-request-20210623-p583n6.html
    Militarism has become the norm. We now even have an Army Lieutenant General heading the vaccine roll out exclaims John Menadue.
    https://johnmenadue.com/militarism-has-become-the-norm-we-now-even-have-an-army-lieutenant-general-heading-the-vaccine-roll-out/
    Greg Jericho explains how the latest Victoria lockdown smashed the hospitality and recreation sectors.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/jun/24/the-latest-victoria-lockdown-smashed-the-hospitality-and-recreation-sectors
    Jennifer Doggett dissects the controversy around Medicare reform and a disappointing response from the ALP.
    https://johnmenadue.com/dissecting-the-controversy-around-medicare-reform-and-a-disappointing-response-from-the-alp/
    Was this CLP senator, and Joyce supporter, “maggotted” from celebrating his success or from realising what she had done?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/senator-maggoted-in-late-night-sitting-draws-criticism-from-colleagues-20210623-p583ku.html
    In this essay, the outdoing head of DFAT, Frances Adamson writes about “The insecure superpower: a volatile mix that will make China our challenge for decades”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/the-insecure-superpower-a-volatile-mix-that-will-make-china-our-challenge-for-decades-20210623-p583q8.html
    The American economy is perilously fragile, and concentration of wealth is to blame proclaims Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/23/american-economy-us-concentration-wealth-blame
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us how Japan’s methods for holding the Olympics during the pandemic have provided China with a new excuse for Beijing’s crackdown on everything during its Winter Olympics next year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/winter-olympics-a-new-excuse-for-beijing-s-crackdown-on-everything-20210623-p583g6.html
    Five years on from the Brexit referendum, the result is clear: both unions are losing, posits Timothy Garton Ash.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/23/brexit-referendum-result-unions-uk-eu-relations

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  12. Alexandra Smith explains how, within hours of its release, the NSW budget’s assumptions were exposed as being brash.

    Brash, is I take it the current euphemism for ‘Bullshit’ ?

  13. John Ferguson preaches the usual bullshit about NSW being (allegedly) successful in fending off The Plague, thanks to Brave Little Gladys.

    He and all the other shills who keep chanting this mantra carefully avoid mentioning the Ruby Princess.

    Gladys and her henchgoons, through their laxity and ignorance, were responsible for spreading the virus across Australia. Infected passengers were allowed to leave the ship without any health checks at all, then travelled home by car, plane or train, infecting as they went.

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