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.


1,018 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. The wife of Mao’s last dancer, Mary McKendry was born & raised in Rockhampton, Queensland and began her Ballet dancing here where Mrs Scorpio & I live.

    She is also a cousin of a gentleman that I play golf with occasionally here and who both Mrs Scorpio and I know well including his wife who is a fellow committee member of a club executive that Mrs Scorpio is also a member of.

    It’s exciting to follow the evolving story of Li Cunxin and Mary McKendry in the knowledge that we have a connection to the story, although of some distance.

    It’s still exciting though. Australia Story on the ABC tonight has a small insight into this fascinating family story.

  2. Booked myself in today for the Flu Vaccine and the first dose of the AstraZeneca one for a couple of weeks after.

    It could be interesting when I line up for the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine if there are problems starting to arise with supply of the vaccine.

    One thing we can all be certain of at the moment is that the Federal Government (ala Scott Morrison) is all at sea on this and hasn’t the slightest clue of where they are and where they are taking us, ala the Australian population.

    It’s impossible for me to remember a more incompetent government of this country.

    • I had my first dose of AstraZeneca two weeks ago – didn’t even need to book, the GP clinic just rang me out of the blue and offered me vaccine.

      No nasty side effects so far.

      I’m supposed to wait 12 weeks for the next dose but since the whole thing is now a complete balls-up thanks to the CrimeMinister’s lies and failure to take expert advice to get hold of as many different vaccines as possible I’m wondering exactly when I will get that 2nd dose. Looks like I might be waiting until the end of the year.

      Would that mean I’d have to start the whole process over again?

  3. This little black duckHe could have been so much better

    [ Latingle is taking Grunt to the cleaners on 7.5.

    All he has is lies. ]

    You can guarantee that I will catch up with that on I-view. Earlier in his political life that man had some substance and credibility.

    It’s amazing just how quickly cretins like him can undermine any credibility they may have previously had.

    As someone said many years ago, “you reap what you sow”

  4. leonetwo,

    [ It is entirely likely that this poor woman became extremely upset by the lack of interest shown by NSW police, was convinced it was because they did not believe her and as a result took her own life. ]

    It amazes me just how some people can sleep at night. Running a protection racket for Liberal scum, seems to me to be something that even rusted on Lib supporters in the NSW PS should deem to be a bridge too far!

    It’s a terrible shame that the police services from Federal to most State services appear to be nothing more than a branch of the Liberal Party.

    Go and sue me you miserable pricks. I don’t have anything so it would just be a waste of your time!

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Seven West Media lent $1.87 million out of shareholder funds to help finance Ben Roberts-Smith’s legal expenses, which included the cost of hiring top barristers for the war crimes inquiry and a defamation case. They have been kept in the dark about it, say Nick McKenzie and Zoe Samios.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/stokes-funded-ben-roberts-smith-s-defence-out-of-public-company-funds-20210412-p57iia.html
    Greg Barns argues that hiding the truth ensures the powerful remain unaccountable.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/hiding-the-truth-ensures-the-powerful-remain-unaccountable-20210412-p57ih4.html
    A senior officer whose new job will be to help reform special forces culture has been implicated in lewd exploits at an unauthorised on-base bar in Afghanistan, reports The Australian’s Steve Jackson.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/lewd-crew-star-now-to-fix-special-forces-culture/news-story/225e9adac7c8939d600360723e8143b5
    Katherine Murphy looks at the latest Essential poll which shows deterioration in voters’ views on Morrison and the vaccine rollout.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/13/more-than-half-of-australians-think-covid-vaccine-rollout-is-too-slow-poll-suggests
    Safety First has become Vaccine Last for the Morrison government, and it is damaging Scott Morrison’s political health, opines Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/government-needs-an-urgent-jab-20210412-p57ijx
    Aisha Dow and Melissa Cunninghan write that Australia must develop a new, more centralised model for its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with general practitioners unable to deliver the preferred Pfizer vaccine to younger Australians, disrupting plans for millions of vaccinations.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/time-for-a-rollout-reset-gps-say-with-pfizer-freezers-a-major-hurdle-20210412-p57ijj.html
    Courts and tribunals need access to all the evidence available to bring justice to bear. It’s concerning that some of that evidence was buried in a lunch box, says the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/justice-must-prevail-after-all-the-investigations-into-roberts-smith-20210412-p57il4.html
    Sarah Martin reports that the Liberal National party in Queensland has blocked Andrew Laming from recontesting his seat at the next federal election after he backflipped on his decision to quit parliament.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/12/andrew-laming-changes-his-mind-and-wants-to-recontest-next-federal-election
    Australia will not buy the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to boost the nation’s immunisation arsenal because it is too similar to the AstraZeneca drug, but Scott Morrison says he hopes the majority of the population will be immunised by the end of the year, writes Rachel Clun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-johnson-and-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-for-australia-as-sector-calls-for-compensation-scheme-20210412-p57ih9.html
    Inflation will reappear in Australia – but that shouldn’t mean the end of stimulus, posits Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/apr/13/inflation-will-reappear-in-australia-but-that-shouldnt-mean-the-end-of-stimulus
    Many bank branches that temporarily closed during the height of the pandemic will never reopen and some communities have been left with no local bank, writes Henrietta Cook.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/the-disappearing-bank-branches-and-the-communities-left-behind-20210409-p57hvy.html
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    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/vaccine-delay-casts-doubt-over-qantas-international-restart-plans-20210412-p57ihj.html
    The recession, the job market shakeout and the budget hit have not been as deep or extended as first feared. The Treasurer should seize that opportunity to commit to budget repair, urges the editorial in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/may-budget-should-launch-fiscal-reset-20210411-p57iaf
    Food delivery giant Menulog has broken with the gig economy industry and declared it will be the first to give many of its couriers rights to a minimum wage and superannuation contributions by directly employing them.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/we-owe-it-to-our-couriers-menulog-trials-employee-rights-for-workers-20210412-p57iin.html
    If Australia’s booming public companies have, in claiming JobKeeper, traded lower costs for public opprobrium, Australia’s far more opaque private companies have gotten the best of both worlds. Many appear to be doing exceedingly well with the aid of public subsidy, without the gritty details making the newspapers, writes the ASFR’s Myriam Robin.
    https://www.afr.com/rear-window/linfox-banks-700k-from-booming-jobkeeper-recipient-k-and-s-20210412-p57igc
    Lyle Shelton, a self-described culture warrior, anti-same-sex marriage campaigner and former Australian Christian Lobby boss is set to be parachuted into the NSW upper house, writes Tom Rabe. What a travesty!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/former-christian-lobby-boss-bound-for-nsw-upper-house-20210412-p57ik1.html
    Adam Triggs tells us why we should end the race to the bottom on corporate tax.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7205757/why-we-should-end-the-race-to-the-bottom-on-corporate-tax/?cs=14258
    Recent outcries of “cancel culture” are red herrings that should be dismissed, writes Dr Rashad Seedeen.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dont-believe-the-hype-the-powerful-wield-cancel-culture,14979
    It is probably too late to throw partisans out of ministerial offices, or even to strangle the triennial increase in the number of ministerial staff, whether or not they are to be subjected to ordinary rules of civility and respect for each other. But it is not too late to set some enforceable public standards, writes Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/ministerial-staff-cant-be-strangled-but-they-can-be-leashed/
    The heavy concentration of media ownership in Australia corrodes democracy. The antidote is a thriving public broadcaster, but by 2023, Coalition cuts to the ABC will add up to $1 billion. Elizabeth Minter reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/media-concentration-by-murdoch-nine-and-stokes-and-abc-cuts-a-danger-to-democracy-report/
    The appointment of a new Australia Post CEO on the eve of a Senate hearing examining Christine Holgate’s resignation has been slammed as “shameful”, reports Samantha Dick.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/04/13/aus-post-senate-inquiry-ceo/
    The tug of war between financial market hawks and doves is likely to resume this week after a brief hiatus as an avalanche of US Treasury bond sales begins against a backdrop of better-than-expected economic data, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/markets/deluge-of-new-us-bond-sales-to-test-markets-nerves-20210412-p57ifr.html
    Resistance to raising the minimum wage reflects obsolete economic thinking, explains economist Jim Stanford.
    https://theconversation.com/resistance-to-raising-the-minimum-wage-reflects-obsolete-economic-thinking-158622
    Here’s a thoughtful article from John Lord about the media’s, particularly Murcoch’s, use of exaggeration.
    https://theaimn.com/say-what-you-want-murdoch-exaggerate-according-to-your-own-conscience/
    The new shadow minister Mark Butler could succeed as Minister if he can find a way to manage and neutralise the provider/lobbyists – but not otherwise, says John Menudue.
    https://johnmenadue.com/john-menadue-lobby-land-the-power-of-the-health-lobby-health-ministers-may-be-in-office-but-they-are-not-in-power-an-up-date/
    International arrivals going into Victoria’s rebooted hotel quarantine program can apply for their detention to be reviewed by a panel of lawyers within 24 hours. The Age has confirmed the government has been on a recruiting blitz to source lawyers with more than 10 years of experience to act as detention review officers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/international-arrivals-given-right-to-appeal-hotel-quarantine-detention-20210412-p57ie7.html
    NSW Labor officials have endorsed a coalminer and union official as its candidate for the Upper Hunter byelection.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/labor-picks-union-official-for-byelection-as-polling-shows-support-for-moratorium-on-new-mines-20210412-p57ijc.html
    Rachel Clun reports that two coalitions of aged care peak groups yesterday released their formal responses to the royal commission, urging the government to commit to a total overhaul of the system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/aged-care-sector-calls-for-uncapped-home-care-packages-more-staff-funding-20210412-p57ih6.html
    LGBTQ elderly face abuse, but the royal commission has let them down, says Claire Allen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/lgbtq-elderly-face-abuse-but-the-royal-commission-let-them-down-20210306-p578es.html
    Thousands of South Australian hills residents could soon be charged for hard waste collection in a move that could set a precedent for other metropolitan councils.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/adelaide-hills/mount-barker-and-adelaide-hills-councils-to-introduce-userpays-hard-waste-collection/news-story/c7554693fdf53e646c464622b62f52a7
    Trump’s example is playing out in Asia, the world has to intervene, urges Peter Hartcher writing about events in Myanmar.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/trump-s-example-playing-out-in-asia-the-world-has-to-intervene-20210412-p57ifn.html
    Boris Johnson was not honest about the Irish border, writes Simon Jenkins and he asks what Boris is going to do about it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/12/boris-johnson-irish-border-northern-ireland-politics
    The acerbic John Crace tells us how British MPs are lining up to parrot platitudes in tribute to Prince Philip.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/apr/12/mps-line-up-to-parrot-platitudes-in-tribute-to-prince-philip

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  6. At least Scotty is making some people happy. 😆

    OPINION
    Vaccine rollout may be slow but it’s better than Aus.

    ANALYSIS: A glance across the Tasman shows what can go wrong when you over-promise and can’t deliver.New Zealand’s vaccine roll out might be slow, but it’s looking a lot better than Australia’s

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/124808395/covid19-new-zealands-vaccine-roll-out-might-be-slow-but-its-looking-a-lot-better-than-australias

    Now all sing along with Andrew Denton.
    .

    1992 ABC TV Live And Sweaty _ I Don’t Care as Long as We Beat NZ

    • It’s a wonder he dares show his face there, considering the recent WA election results.

      I’m hoping for a repeat of Cobargo.

    • I am sure the good folk of Kalbarri and Geraldton who don’t like southerners or easterners will rise to the occasion, although Morrison’s minders will be rounding up dyed in the wool Nationals voters to front the camera

  7. Some good replies in this thread to Grunt’s lies on 7.30 last night.

  8. I really hope the CrimeMinister decides to visit Kununurra during his trip to WA. He will not be welcomed by anyone forced onto the CDC.

  9. Turns out the CrimeMinister’s WA trip had been planned some time ago, intended to drum up support.

    Here’s an article from 31 March.

    Cash splash for WA on the cards as Scott Morrison will try to combat mental secession

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit Perth on April 14, informed sources say, and he’s got plenty of work to do.

    It will be the PM’s first time on WA soil since October 2019, an extraordinarily long absence that can’t entirely be explained away by the difficulty of pandemic border restrictions

    https://www.watoday.com.au/politics/western-australia/cash-splash-for-wa-the-cards-as-scott-morrison-will-try-to-combat-mental-secession-20210330-p57feu.html

    Isn’t he lucky the cyclone has left him a reason to throw money around.

  10. Update on the CDC failure – from Rachel Siewert, posted two hours ago.

    UPDATE: Cashless Debit Card Outage, Kununurra
    Hi everyone,
    Just wanted to post a quick message to confirm that the Cashless Debit Card outage in Kununurra has now been resolved. Minister Ruston’s office has confirmed the outage was due to a telecommunications issue and the Department will contact affected people in the coming days.
    The outage meant that people on the Cashless Debit Card were unable to access their accounts or make any purchases. It is yet another example of how the cashless card makes people’s lives more stressful and causes harm.
    People should be able to access their money when they need it, especially during emergencies when it is vital to have access to cash.
    The Cashless Debit Card should be scrapped once and for all

    https://www.facebook.com/RachelSiewert

    So every time EFTPOS drops out for whatever reason no-one on the card can buy groceries. Wonderful!

    • Actually it’s not OK that Indue card holders will be contacted in coming days. The press release of a smug Canberra press officer

      It’s an emergency, these people should have access to $1000 cash as electricity supply has been disruption so refrigerated food has gone off.
      I imagine there are lots of hungry blacks in Kununnura today

  11. Grrrr!

    Who would ever have thought Linda Reynolds was lying through her teeth when just two days ago she said she had “no intention of excluding Australians from the scheme”?

    Only everyone who is fed up with this mean, dishonest government.

    Now we have this –

    NDIS cost-cutting taskforce told to reduce growth in participants and spending
    National Disability Insurance Agency quietly forms unit to avoid ‘cost overrun in 2021-22’
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/13/ndis-cost-cutting-taskforce-told-to-reduce-growth-in-participants-and-spending

    Now for a history lesson –

    This cost-cutting reminds me of something that happened in 2005, except it was the NSW Labor government doing the cutting.

    In the 1990s the NSW Coalition government introduced a Post-School Options program to allow teenagers with serious disabilities to still be funded and educated after leaving school. It was a worthy scheme, very untypical of a Coalition government, but our local Nats MP Wendy Machin had a sister with intellectual disabilities and had campaigned hard for this, with great success. Services were set up and disabled school leavers applied for funding. However the government had not realised the ongoing growing cost of this program and had underestimated the ever-increasing demand for it.

    Few participants ever “graduated” into full employment, most stayed with their disability service. I was involved with such a service for about eight years – the service still exists and still grows, most of the clients who were there in 2004, when I left, are still there or have transferred to other similar services either in town or elsewhere.

    In around 2004 the then NSW Carr Labor government realised this program was costing a lot of money and decided to cut funding by cutting the hours a client could spend at their chosen service. As it was they usually arrived at 10 am and left between 2 and 3 pm, 5 days a week. The cuts would have meant staff would have lost hours and would have taken pay cuts – most already had two jobs just to survive – as well as meaning the clients would be deprived of valued social contacts and whatever programs they did that allowed them to learn life skills, basic literacy and, hopefully, allowed them to move on to employment.

    It was even nastier when you understand the machinations in Labor that led to this decision.

    At the time Carmel Tebbutt (Albo’s former wife and a lovely woman) was the minister in charge of disabilities. She was being touted as a future premier, but the chaps in the party didn’t want a woman in charge. Michael Egan, then NSW Treasurer, hatched a plot – many thought the real reason for the attack on people with disabilities was really about destroying Carmel Tebbutt by making her seem responsible for the cost-cutting when it was actually Egan’s brainwave..

    Parents of clients were furious. Meetings were held all over NSW, During the next year many services went broke and closed or were snapped up by big organisations hungry for profits. (Another probable, more likely aim – to close small services and allow the “big boys” and the mates in big corporations to take over.)

    By the end of 2005 Tebbutt’s reputation was in tatters. Egan had resigned from parliament in January that year, fully aware of the mess he was leaving behind and Bob Carr had resigned in August, handing over the position of premier to Morris Iemma.

    After a year with little funding the disability support industry was in chaos. The government was forced to restore all the funding they had taken away. It had been a stressful time, done out of spite, not for any good reason.

    I’m afraid of a similar thing happening to the NDIS – I’ve seen first hand the damage this unnecessary cost-cutting does.

  12. The ongoing story of the Morrison Botched Vaccine Rollout (TBC)

    Australia’s biggest private aged care provider says the government gave it no plan for the vaccination of its aged care workforce prior to last week’s AstraZeneca announcement, and says it is now waiting on authorities to finish rethinking their strategy.

    Aged care staff were initially supposed to be vaccinated as part of the highest priority cohort under phase 1a – a recognition of the risk they pose for transmission into aged care facilities. The government, though, has shifted its plans and is yet to provide any data on how many aged care workers have been vaccinated so far, even in the new, more comprehensive datasets it has now released.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/14/australias-largest-aged-care-provider-left-in-limbo-about-staff-covid-vaccines-six-weeks-into-rollout

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters provide us with more information of the serious legal problems Ben Roberts-Smith is facing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/secret-drone-videos-of-military-operations-kept-in-ben-roberts-smith-s-backyard-20210413-p57ipk.html
    William De Maria asks, “Is Ben Roberts-Smith the Biggest Anzac Story since Gallipoli?”
    https://johnmenadue.com/is-ben-roberts-smith-the-biggest-anzac-story-since-gallipoli/
    Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders will hold an urgent national cabinet meeting next Monday to deal with vaccine rollout problems. He has put the national cabinet on a war footing and will meet twice weekly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/problems-with-the-program-urgent-national-cabinet-meetings-to-fix-vaccine-delays-20210413-p57iwj.html
    Greg Hunt has suggested Australia’s international border closures could stay in place even if the entire population had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/international-borders-might-not-open-even-if-whole-country-is-vaccinated-greg-hunt-20210413-p57ixi.html
    Chris Uhlmann says that the vaccine rollout casts a long shadow over the Morrison government’s competence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/vaccine-rollout-casts-a-long-shadow-over-the-morrison-government-s-competence-20210413-p57ip1.html
    The almost-total absence of criticism for Australia’s decision to preference Pfizer’s vaccine over AstraZeneca’s for under 50s is remarkable, says Liam Mannix.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/did-australia-get-it-right-on-astrazeneca-20210413-p57its.html
    Christopher Knaus reveals that Australia’s biggest private aged care provider, BUPA, says the government gave it no plan for the vaccination of its aged care workforce prior to last week’s AstraZeneca announcement, and says it is now waiting on authorities to finish rethinking their strategy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/14/australias-largest-aged-care-provider-left-in-limbo-about-staff-covid-vaccines-six-weeks-into-rollout
    Australians are increasingly frustrated at the slow vaccine rollout – and they blame the federal government, explains Peter Lewis who draws on Essential Poll results.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/apr/13/australians-are-increasingly-frustrated-at-the-slow-vaccine-rollout-and-they-blame-the-federal-government
    The Canberra Times editorial disagrees with the government, saying the vaccination rollout is a sprint, not a marathon.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7207843/vaccination-rollout-a-sprint-not-a-marathon/?cs=14258
    According to Ben Butler, experts are saying that if the vaccine program drags into 2022 and the international border stays closed, Australia ‘will miss out on first demand’
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/14/mighty-bleak-economists-warn-delay-in-vaccinating-australians-could-devastate-tourism
    The Pfizer vaccine is now crucial to Australia. Why the secrecy about how much we have, asks Melissa Davey.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/13/pfizer-covid-vaccine-is-now-crucial-to-australia-why-the-secrecy-about-how-much-we-have
    Nick Bonyhady writes that new NSW legislation will mean people and companies that breach an array of tax laws will have to pay much higher fines if they don’t keep proper records or lie to tax inspectors.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-to-introduce-tougher-tax-laws-to-target-wage-theft-20210413-p57ipv.html
    Australia’s ambassador to the US Arthur Sinodinos says “the argy bargy of the climate wars in Australia” has damaged our global reputation and Matthew Knott reports that the Morrison government hopes to use a summit next week organised by US President Joe Biden to repair the damage
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/australia-to-use-biden-summit-to-repair-climate-wars-damage-20210413-p57iqx.html
    Lisa Visentin reviews Christine Holgate’s impassioned and explosive appearance before a Senate committee yesterday. Visentin writes that Holgate has piled more pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his government’s treatment of women, alleging he bullied her out of a job as the first female chief of the postal service.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-have-done-no-wrong-christine-holgate-says-her-gender-was-a-factor-in-being-forced-out-of-australia-post-20210413-p57iwr.html
    Make no mistake, says Elizabeth Knight, there were generous and inappropriate gifts handed out at Australia Post, but they weren’t the Cartier watches awarded to senior executives by Christine Holgate. Instead, they were the Australia Post directorships handed to the federal government’s friends. In a governance sense, making politically motivated board appointments is a recipe for disaster.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-gifts-that-were-really-responsible-for-australia-post-s-woes-20210413-p57iwa.html
    Michelle Grattan says that Christine Holgate presented a compelling story of Morrison’s bullying.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-christine-holgate-presents-a-compelling-story-of-morrisons-bullying-158895
    Christine Holgate was targeting the Australia Post chairman, Scott Morrison and the patriarchy, writes Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/13/christine-holgate-was-targeting-the-australia-post-chairman-scott-morrison-and-the-patriarchy
    Jennifer Hewett believes that Morrison must regret his stinging Holgate rhetoric. She says that yesterday Christine Holgate did not miss any of her very large targets as she sprayed around fiery blame for the “bullying and humiliation” forcing her out of Australia Post.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/holgate-returns-fire-and-hits-government-20210413-p57irc
    Cait Kelly outlines the key moments from Christine Holgate’s Senate testimony.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/04/13/australia-post-holgate-senate/
    If Scott Morrison’s government had hoped the dire days of strong women producing evidence of appalling treatment at the hands of powerful men were over, or even moderating, Christine Holgate wearing “suffragette white” is here to provide a reality check, says Tony Wight.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/once-suicidal-christine-holgate-re-emerges-to-damn-powerful-men-20210413-p57iul.html
    Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters provide us with more information of the serious legal problems Ben Roberts-Smith is facing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/secret-drone-videos-of-military-operations-kept-in-ben-roberts-smith-s-backyard-20210413-p57ipk.html
    William De Maria asks, “Is Ben Roberts-Smith the Biggest Anzac Story since Gallipoli?”
    https://johnmenadue.com/is-ben-roberts-smith-the-biggest-anzac-story-since-gallipoli/
    The Canberra Times reveals that the agency running the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme has set up a new taskforce to “slow growth” in participant numbers and spending, as it attempts to avoid a looming budget blowout.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7208177/plans-for-ndis-razor-gang-revealed-in-leaked-memo/?cs=14225
    More on this story from Luke Henriques-Gomes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/13/ndis-cost-cutting-taskforce-told-to-reduce-growth-in-participants-and-spending
    And Paul Bongiorno says that the NDIS vaccine failure unmasks the government’s disability agenda.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/04/13/paul-bongiorno-ndis-vaccine-failure-disability/
    Business trading conditions have hit record highs as the nation’s economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic but analysts are warning there are signs of weakness in sectors such as construction that could lead to insolvencies, write Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/quite-fractured-recovery-for-next-few-months-despite-business-condition-uptick-20210413-p57is6.html
    SA has recorded eight new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine today as SA Health reveals 15 per cent of medi-hotel workers have refused vaccination.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/eight-new-covid-cases-in-sa-quarantine-hotels/news-story/1d64c9554483fd11f555377d7ade1dee
    More than $21 billion could be saved over the next four years from a reduction in unnecessary hospitalisations and emergency department presentations if the federal government improves access to doctors and nurses across the aged care system, explains Rachel Clun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/improving-healthcare-for-australians-in-aged-care-could-save-21-billion-ama-20210413-p57itj.html
    John Collett tells us that a good portion of superannuation fund members who dipped into their super last year would be left with a significant shortfall in retirement savings when they stop work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/hardship-withdrawals-leave-black-hole-in-retirement-savings-20210408-p57hjq.html
    Remember the $105m Plutus Payroll fraud perpetrated on the ATO? Fergus Hunter tells us about yesterday’s court case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/journalist-knew-blackmail-plotters-wanted-5m-from-plutus-targets-witness-claims-20210413-p57iu5.html
    Victoria’s business lobby wants Treasurer Tim Pallas to make a major leap in next month’s budget and finally scrap the ‘inefficient and distorting’ tax.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-urged-to-rip-up-the-budget-rule-book-and-ditch-stamp-duty-20210413-p57ito.html
    The rise of White supremacist and right-wing extremist movements in Europe and the USA, with even conservative ruled Australia admitting that it may have such a problem, is a nasty feature of our pandemic world, writes Bilal Cleland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/how-to-deal-with-the-problem-of-far-right-extremism,14981
    The AIMN explains how certain documents show the NSW police changed their minds over the Porter investigation.
    https://theaimn.com/documents-show-nsw-police-changed-their-minds-over-porter-investigation/
    Mike Foley reports that regional electorates will be targeted under Labor’s pitch to grow jobs with clean energy, setting up a clash with the Morrison government’s gas-fired recovery. Today Chris Bowen will tell a webinar that the “moral case for strong climate action is strong”, but to increase emissions reduction Labor must first persuade people that “good climate policy is good jobs policy”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-to-target-jobs-growth-with-clean-energy-avoids-gas-fired-recovery-20210413-p57iwg.html
    The AFR explains how the federal government is just $38 billion shy of achieving the Herculean $230 billion funding task set for the fiscal year after raising $14 billion through the sale of 11½ year bonds.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/government-closes-in-on-funding-deficit-after-14b-bond-sale-20210413-p57irr
    John Mc Donald accuses Berejiklian of splurging on pet projects but stinting on the basic upkeep of the arts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/berejiklian-splurges-on-pet-projects-but-stints-on-the-basic-up-keep-of-the-arts-20210413-p57irj.html
    While the USA moves towards war, anti-China rhetoric grows on a daily basis and the idea of war is being sold as the “right” thing, writes Dr William Briggs.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/not-sleepwalking-but-marching-with-eyes-wide-open-to-war,14982

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  14. Sally McManus@sallymcmanus
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    The Morrison Govt has chosen to privatise the vaccine rollout in the aged and disability sectors where nearly 700 ppl died last year. It is a debacle. Who knows what those companies are doing with the money? This must be fixed – responsibility cannot be outsourced

  15. “William De Maria asks, “Is Ben Roberts-Smith the Biggest Anzac Story since Gallipoli?””

    Cracker article. A must-read.

    When truth is more bizarre than the wildest fiction. This sad story has it all – even the threat of murder.

    Why do Australians choose to idolise highly trained killers, which is exactly what Roberts-Smith was. We train men to kill others and then wonder why they go rogue.

  16. Shady organisation pinched the photos of Adam Bandt & Scott Ludlam for their site.

    Political bombshell: Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas allegedly blackmailed by former MP

    Former Labor MP Annabel Digance and her husband Greg have been charged with blackmailing Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas.
    NIGEL HUNT
    3 min read
    April 14, 2021 – 9:51AM

    Former Labor MP Annabel Digance and her husband Greg have been arrested at their Adelaide Hills home and charged with blackmailing Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas.

    In a bombshell development that will rock South Australian politics, the pair were arrested by Major Crime detectives this morning following a lengthy covert investigation – believed to be the first of its type in Australian politics.

    After being arrested by detectives at their Strathalbyn home, the couple were formally charged and are expected to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court later today.

    The offence of blackmail carries a prison term of 15 years for a basic offence and 20 years for an aggravated offence.

    The Advertiser can reveal the charges relate to threats allegedly made to Mr Malinauskas by the pair last year and over recent months.

    The threats involved making false accusations about Mr Malinauskas’ conduct in order to politically wound him in the lead-up to the state election next March unless he submitted to their demands to orchestrate Ms Digance’s return to politics.

    Those demands included placing Ms Digance in a winnable spot on the Legislative Council ticket or preselecting her for a safe Labor seat prior to election or securing her a Senate position in federal parliament.

    The threats were allegedly made in text messages, in telephone calls and at face-to-face meetings. It is understood the alleged threats continued even after Mr Malinauskas told the pair he intended to report their demands to police.

    It is understood the threats to damage Mr Malinauskas revolved around spreading baseless allegations of racism, bullying, harassment and sexism.

  17. Some trivia with regards to Ben Roberts-Smith. Someone well known to me did army recruit training at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga at the same time as him. Every recruit gets a nickname and his was Two Dads that was derived from his hyphenated surname.

  18. What is the point of holding more meetings of the National Cabinet to allegedly “fix” the backlog in immunisations when the real problem is the government’s inability to obtain enough vaccine?

    National Cabinet can meet every day and talk at one another until their jaws lock, but nothing will change the situation – Australia does not have enough vaccine for us all. We have to rely on overseas manufacturers to provide whatever they can after they meet orders from smarter governments than ours.

    It is now crystal clear to even the dumbest rusted-on Coalition voter that this government’s failures and constant lies are to blame. They ignored expert advice to invest in multiple vaccines, instead gambling on only two, (three if you count the as yet undeveloped and untested Novovax vaccine) then found the AstraZeneca vaccine which was to be manufactured here was dangerous for those under 50 – or maybe 55. That failure means the majority of Australians must now wait for limited supplies of the Pfizer vaccine to trickle into the country in dribs and drabs for the rest of the year and possibly well into next year.

    Once again a clear illustration – if you want something well and truly stuffed then give it to the ATM government. They ruined the NBN, destroyed manufacturing in Australia, have wrecked the economy, want to abolish the NDIS and put everyone on social security on the CDC, including everyone on the age pension and now they have botched the vaccine rollout.

    Everything they touch turns to a steaming great pile of excrement.

    • It would be a better use of state time to publish a vaccination table daily listing
      vaccine doses received
      vaccines given
      % population vaccinated
      % population to be vaccinated
      aged care vaccines given
      % aged care to be vaccinated

      That will focus minds on vaccine procurement

      We all know that National Cabinet is a mechanism to silence criticism and sahre blame with the states

  19. A tidbit from that Scott Morrison press conference from earlier: the prime minister says he will meet with Brittany Higgins.

    Morrison said a location for the private meeting was yet to be confirmed, but that he was “looking forward” to meeting with her.

    I know there are a range of issues she’s relayed to my chief of staff that she would like to raise and I look forward to hearing her.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/apr/14/australia-news-live-christine-holgate-vaccine-blood-clots-australia-post-scott-morrison-johnson-#comments

    Bring a friend and a recording device, Miss Higgins.

  20. Wrong move, Jodi.

    NSW Labor will not support a ban on new coal mines in the Upper Hunter despite polling showing a different story from voters.

    An Australia Institute Poll for the Upper Hunter of nearly 700 voters showed 57.4 per cent support a moratorium on new coal mine approvals against 35.1 per cent who oppose one.

    The call for a moratorium on coal mines was initially made by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and led to him being dumped from the board he was to chair with the NSW Government on Net Zero Emissions.

    In Singleton yesterday, NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay dismissed the poll.

    “We don’t go by polls, we actually go by what we think is best for the community,”

    https://www.981powerfm.com.au/news/local-news/107050-nsw-labor-will-not-support-moratorium-on-new-coal?fbclid=IwAR3ni4rFxatVJtCEzz3Qg4RDbW8HUqwCUZLYw7qQvgbBaCZqqAloVz4RVEQ

  21. Dutton,

    Still vicious and sadistic in spades – or, perhaps, Trumps?

    (I’d love to see Trump(s) go viral when it concerns malice.)

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