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.


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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Yet another job for the NSW ICAC as Tripodi gets referred to it over allegations of development plans for the city’s inner west being altered to benefit the builder of waterfront apartments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sidoti-and-sydney-developer-referred-to-icac-over-land-dealings-20210304-p577na.html
    Sally Whyte tells us that a group of eminent retired judges has warned that ministers could be exempt from scrutiny under the government’s draft legislation for a federal integrity commission. Well fancy that!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7155943/ministers-could-be-untouched-by-proposed-integrity-commission-former-judges-warn/?cs=14350
    The Australian tells us that Linda Reynolds’ extended sick leave risks further stalling key government defence decisions, forcing Foreign Minister Marise Payne to take charge of the troubled $90bn submarine program and the ADF’s response to the Brereton’s war crimes report.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/ministers-out-of-action-ir-defence-stall/news-story/92813a14808fd47bbdb6dbbc6d66afc1
    In the latest development, she has another medical certificate lasting nearly another month. Everyone wishes the Defence Minister a speedy recovery. No one doubts the genuineness of her illness. But is this situation really in the national interest, asks Greg Sheridan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence-not-a-place-for-those-with-stress-issues/news-story/52156511e30e075d5d76fe984f1a8f26
    Coalition MPs believe a coronial inquest into the suicide of a woman who alleged she was raped by Attorney-General Christian Porter 33 years ago will ward off demands for an independent inquiry into whether he is a fit and proper person to remain the nation’s first law officer, writes Andrew Tillett in the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/coroner-s-inquiry-needed-to-stop-speculation-over-porter-mps-20210307-p578if
    Amy Remeikis explains how the culture of parliament follows women after they leave.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/rage-and-despair-how-the-culture-of-parliament-follows-women-after-they-leave
    Julie Lewis says that we must hear women roar, on every issue worthy of public discussion.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-must-hear-women-roar-on-every-issue-worthy-of-public-discussion-20210302-p5778c.html
    And the editorial in the SMH agrees, saying, “Beyond sexual assault and harassment, equity remains elusive for women”. I think they might mean “equality”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/beyond-sexual-assault-and-harassment-equity-remains-elusive-for-women-20210307-p578jv.html
    Josh Taylor writes on how Parliament’s sexual assault inquiry will tackle the ‘wicked problem’ facing staff and MPs.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/08/parliament-sexual-assault-inquiry/
    David Tyler says, “Scott Morrison and his court love make-believe; however much he kids himself that he has the powers of a US president.” It’s a very long contribution which Tyler ends by declaring that Morrison is out of his depth.
    https://theaimn.com/im-the-prime-minister-really-mr-morrison/
    Ross Gittins likens quantitative easing as a lobster pot – easy to get in, hard to get out unscathed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/qe-is-a-lobster-pot-easy-to-get-in-hard-to-get-out-unscathed-20210307-p578hj.html
    Jacqui Lambie explains why she won’t reveal the medevac deal she made with the Prime Minister.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7154667/heres-why-i-wont-reveal-the-deal-i-made-with-the-pm/?cs=14258
    Angus Thompson reports that the size of a $3 billion development by Harry Triguboff’s Meriton in Sydney’s east has caused a neighbouring council to call for a halt to construction because of the impact of the population increase on nearby suburbs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/no-way-calls-for-shut-down-over-meriton-development-s-size-20210305-p5786p.html
    The accusations of alleged sexual assaults that have dogged the Morrison government’s political agenda in the past three weeks aren’t going away in a hurry and Kristina Keneally won’t be letting them fade away, writes Colin Brinsden.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7156483/keneally-wont-let-alleged-rapes-fade-away/?cs=9676
    Amanda Vanstone succinctly argues that the search for justice should not undermine the judicial system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/search-for-justice-can-t-undermine-judicial-system-20210307-p578gk.html
    Julie Szego says that women have come a long way, but it can all be taken away.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-ve-come-a-long-way-but-it-can-all-be-taken-away-20210305-p5782b.html
    Jennifer Duke looks at the calls for a federal budget that improves gender inequality.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/louder-calls-to-improve-gender-equality-push-for-female-focus-federal-budget-20210306-p578cg.html
    The Age tells us that with GPs to start vaccinating patients against COVID-19 in two weeks, one doctor in Melbourne’s west says his practice is considering delaying its rollout because the allocation of 50 doses a week will not allow it to “set something up which is sustainable”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-can-t-do-much-with-50-doses-gps-concerned-about-supply-capability-of-covid-19-vaccine-20210306-p578e3.html
    Australia. the US, the UK and the European Union are refusing to waive intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines so developing countries can produce the vaccine locally, write David Legge and Sun Kim for Michael West’s website.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/vaccine-hoarders-poor-countries-at-risk-as-australia-co-block-covid-vaccine/
    The NSW government will invest $750 million over the next 10 years to help big polluters modernise their technology, reports Alexandra Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-new-750-million-nsw-program-to-help-major-emitters-modernise-20210307-p578jc.html
    To help meet our international agreements on climate change, Australia should immediately convert to fully electric vehicles, writes Imogen Bunting.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/angus-taylors-future-fuels-strategy-underachieves-on-climate-aims,14855
    The AFR explains how the federal government is looking at incentives to encourage people to take a holiday to stimulate the tourist sector, rather than simply hand over taxpayer funds direct to operators.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/aussies-to-get-inducements-to-holiday-at-home-20210307-p578gd
    The Great Koala National Park would save koalas threatened by industrial logging in NSW because the State Government can’t be trusted to protect them, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/weak-environmental-protection-laws-leave-koalas-stranded,14865
    Criminals are paying Google to build a database of targets for their high-yield scams. Without reporting there’s little to stop more victims falling into the same trap, explains Jonathan Shapiro.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/media-and-marketing/google-s-unwitting-alliance-with-scam-operators-20210307-p578hz

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  2. BK

    And the editorial in the SMH agrees, saying, “Beyond sexual assault and harassment, equity remains elusive for women”. I think they might mean “equality”.

    Equity v Equality has a Made in USA stamp on it. Calls for equity rather than mere equality seems all the go over there. The bonus for the equity warriors is that you can call for discrimination on the basis of sex or race etc etc and dodge accusations of hypocrisy. A bit hard to avoid if you campaign for equality and unequal treatment at the same time 🙂

  3. From BK’s link

    But the battle for change seems long, and will ultimately rest on the willingness of men to face up to it. Then enact it. And as the women who still can’t speak publicly privately testify, there’s not too many men in the parliament willing to cede the space to make it happen. Happy International Women’s Day.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/rage-and-despair-how-the-culture-of-parliament-follows-women-after-they-leave

    Highly recommended

  4. re the future for Brittany Higgins and David Sharaf
    I don’t think they will stay together
    Both will have to find jobs in small organisations which don’t rely on government money. I would suggest a coffee cart

    Amanda Vanstone article on “let justice prevail” is cute
    1. admits that court is grueling for victims of rape, 2% conviction rate with retraumatization every step of the process
    (there is a move in Victoria to remove committal hearings and require the victim to give evidence once and replay that evidence in subsequent courts)
    2. why has a Fixer been scrubbing Porter’s internet trail on Hale School website, & interschool debating championships

  5. I cannot get excited about IWD and especially not this year’s daft theme – “#ChooseToChallenge”. WTF does that mean?

    I have watched this day since the first “official” IWD in 1975. At the time I was a stay-at-home mum with a new baby, comfortably off,about to buy my first home . It meant little to me then.

    Ten years on and I was a single mother living on social security. The opinions of well-educated, financially secure women meant little to me, dealing with daily prejudice against dreaded “single mums” who were, so the media told us, all busy having babies to get free money.

    Today this day still means nothing to me. Why? Because nothing has changed in those forty-odd years, not one thing for those of us at the bottom of the wealth heap.

    Women are still being abused, raped, assaulted, discriminated against, subjected to appalling control by the men in their lives and we are still raising our daughters to believe they are somehow inferior if they do not have a man in their life. No-one cares if that man is abusive, a drunk, a wastrel who treats his chosen woman as a source of income. As long as a woman can say “This is my husband/boyfriend/partner all is seen to be well – she has succeeded in the most important task for a woman, finding a mate.

    Thirty-five years ago I was newly divorced and despite my lack of money very happy. A then friend suggested I find a well-off older man I could “get on with” and marry him so I would have financial support. That woman became a former friend as soon as she said that. That attitude still prevails. Single mothers are still expected to marry. How very 14th century! Back then youngish widows had two alternatives – marry again and be expected to produce more children, risking death in childbirth as the result, or enter a convent. I’d have opted for the convent.

    Tell me, please – what has changed for women since IWD was first “celebrated”? How are average women better off? How much have society’s expectations of women changed in the last forty or so years? In the last century? In the last 500 years?

    I really believe the answer is “not much”.

    Today is pointless, a time for men to wear purple ribbons on their identical suits to show their “support”, a time for male politicians to attend breakfasts, eat little purple cakes and pretend they care.

    This is an old article from 2018, still relevant because nothing has changed.

    Confession: I hate International Women’s Day
    https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/why-i-hate-international-womens-day/

    It includes this line – “Women don’t need a pedestal for a single day, they need equality. Every day.”

    Good luck with that, ladies. It won’t happen in what’s left of my lifetime.

  6. Smarmy

    Wentworth Liberal MP Dave Sharma’s idea from International Women’s Day seems to have backfired this morning after he handed out what I believe are pink carnations to women.

    So far he has got about 150 likes and more than 1000 comments. Never a good sign!

    The general consensus seems to be “women would prefer an independent inquiry into contested historical rape allegations levelled against Christan Porter and not hot house flowers please”.

  7. International Womens’ Day “#ChooseToChallenge”

    Brittany Higgins has challenged Scott Morrison’s smarmy photo op with Grace Tame and destroyed her career prospects and her boyfriend’s
    Kathryn Thorton’s friends have chosen to challenge Attorney General Christian Porter’s right to his post, even his name smacks of hypocrisy, his ambition has taken a fatal hit. Love it when Liberals eat their own
    Anne Connolly ABC questioned Scott Morrison’s release of teh Aged Care Royal Commission Report then challenged him on the detail, demonstrating his ugly temper and laziness. Reminded women who are the amjority of nursing home residents that this government shovels money to its mates who own nursing homes and neglects inmates
    Laura Tingle’s mild question at the National Press Club elicited a savage put down from Scott Morrison

    None of these actions will improve the lot of women in the bottom 80%

  8. Very unprofessional

  9. Another old, white male. Sigh

    John Anderson, the former deputy prime minister and former leader of the Nationals, who resigned parliament due to prostate cancer in 2005, has put his hand up for senate preselection in NSW.

    Anderson told The Australian he felt running for the senate was the best contribution he could make to the party, but stressed he would operate as a backbencher and would not seek the leadership from fellow NSW National, Michael McCormack.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/mar/08/australia-news-live-covid-international-womens-day-adelaide-wastewater-vaccine-rollout-christian-porter-linda-reynolds-health-business-economy<

  10. Dave Sharma -please take note.

    There’s more in the thread.

  11. leonetwo, re Sharma handing out flowers, the pic above shows him handing out pics of Scomo in his tropical headdress. The pic appears to be a photoshopped version of the one on Van Badham’s twitter thingie.

    Curious.

    • It’s a body double 🙂 . Actually it fits. The other day I saw Joshy Boy for the first time in ages on TV. Wow did he look different. Buggered if I could pick what it was exactly but the face was different. I guess it must be the loss of pudge from his ‘running for Scrott’s job’ .

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Julie Bishop has backed an inquest into the death of the woman who accused Christian Porter of raping her in 1988 – a claim he vehemently denies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/julie-bishop-backs-inquest-into-porter-case-says-reynolds-had-duty-to-tell-police-about-alleged-rape-20210308-p578wk.html
    And a witness in the Heydon inquiry speaks out on why Porter should face investigation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/as-a-witness-in-the-heydon-inquiry-i-m-speaking-out-on-why-porter-should-face-investigation-20210308-p578r3.html
    Paul Karp writes that Julie Bishop has criticised how senior Morrison government ministers have handled the sexual assault allegation raised by Brittany Higgins and the historical rape allegation against Christian Porter.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/julie-bishops-takes-aim-at-federal-government-ministers-over-handling-of-allegations
    Both must go, or Morrison will pay the price for eight years of scandals, proclaims John Lord.
    https://theaimn.com/both-must-go-or-morrison-will-pay-the-price-for-eight-years-of-scandals/
    The principle of the presumption of innocence has been weaponised to protect Christian Porter’s position, write Paul Taucher and Dr Dean Aszkielowicz.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-and-porter-wrong-on-presumption-of-innocence,14870
    Lisa Visentin and Shane Wright report that employers will be given at least $1.2 billion to hire 70,000 apprentices in the next year in an uncapped job-creation plan the government hopes will avoid a youth unemployment crisis from the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/businesses-to-be-given-1-2-billion-in-wage-subsidies-to-create-70-000-apprenticeships-20210308-p578s9.html
    Alan Kohler declares that the government is actively undermining the RBA on wages.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/08/alan-kohler-wages-government/
    The editorial in The Australian outlines how the PM is facing a double political problem-solving challenge.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/editorials/pm-faces-a-double-political-problemsolving-challenge/news-story/eb6d36e09c888ac33e6841bacd50c637
    The government is still struggling to get political traction for its agenda as the attacks continue on two key ministers who are taking leave to cope with intense personal criticism, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/canberra-s-sexual-politics-part-of-a-wider-war-20210308-p578v2
    Lucy Cormack tells us about more astonishing revelations about the management and profligacy o NSW’s icare outfit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/icare-paid-235-million-to-a-labour-hire-firm-including-for-office-fit-out-20210308-p578pz.html
    Clancy Yeates writes that consumer groups and some leading economists have warned a government plan to axe responsible lending rules could add fuel to the housing boom by easing credit while prices are already surging due to ultra-low interest rates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/easy-credit-will-fan-the-flames-of-housing-boom-critics-warn-20210308-p578sl.html
    Jenna Price reckons one way to improve sex ed for kids is to provide sex ed for parents too.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/one-way-to-improve-sex-ed-for-kids-provide-sex-ed-for-parents-too-20210308-p578tu.html
    And clinical and forensic psychologist Ahona Guha says talking about consent is not enough.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/talking-about-consent-is-not-enough-20210308-p578ts.html
    It plays a vital role in holding the government of the day to account yet the Senate is poorly understood by many, writes Katina Curtis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unrepresentative-swill-or-star-of-accountability-the-democratic-deficit-in-people-s-understanding-of-the-senate-20210308-p578qh.html
    Luke Henriques-Gomes tells us that unemployed Australians have warned a parliamentary inquiry examining the Morrison government’s jobseeker bill that the end of Covid-boosted welfare payments will plunge them further into poverty.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/09/covid-supplement-end-will-mean-being-pushed-further-into-poverty-australias-jobless-warn
    The AFR reports that Greensill has filed for insolvency, raising Gupta concerns.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/greensill-files-for-insolvency-raises-gupta-concerns-20210309-p578wx
    Mike Foley reports that an environment group is challenging Sussan Ley’s refusal to release documents relating to the selection of fast-tracked major projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nature-concerns-spur-legal-bid-against-secret-national-cabinet-documents-20210308-p578r6.html
    Amy Remeikis says the Morrison government’s claim that national cabinet deliberations are exempt from freedom of information laws will be challenged in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, setting up a test over the new body’s immunity from scrutiny. Thos could be interesting.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/freedom-of-information-coalitions-refusal-to-reveal-national-cabinet-discussions-challenged
    Opponents of a plan to build a town on internationally recognised wetlands and a marine park are gearing up for the release of an environmental impact study (EIS) of the project, writes Steve Bishop.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/proposed-development-on-protected-wetlands-raises-community-fears,14869
    Dear old Gerard has a dig at Insiders and the ABC in general.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/media-watch-dog-abc-walks-a-tightrope-in-campaign-against-christian-porter/news-story/a1c3674cf9de1474da06c6cafdd3caf1
    Dominic Powell tells us that the new owners of collapsed discount department chain Harris Scarfe are planning to open 50 new stores of the once-struggling chain in the next five years, despite increasingly staunch competition from corporate competitors Target and Big W. That’s brave.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/former-glory-spotlight-plans-50-new-harris-scarfe-stores-in-five-years-20210308-p578rm.html
    Meet BreadTube, the YouTube activists trying to beat the far-right at their own game.
    https://theconversation.com/meet-breadtube-the-youtube-activists-trying-to-beat-the-far-right-at-their-own-game-156125
    Investors have long used the US 10-year bond yield as the benchmark for pricing all financial assets, including shares and property. But what happens when they suspect it’s a ‘fake’ rate ponders Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/financial-castles-built-on-sand-20210308-p578pi
    China has made its ambitions clear as it looks to challenge and then surpass America’s lead in the next generation of technologies that will determine global supremacy into the future, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/battlelines-have-been-drawn-for-the-next-us-china-stoush-20210308-p578qd.html
    By deciding to leave production unchanged for another month, OPEC+ risks creating conditions for more instability in the future.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-oil-market-is-at-risk-of-overheating-20210308-p578md.html
    According to Bevan Shields, the British press was primed for the fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah, but the revelations and claims exceeded their wildest expectations. (You can read it – I didn’t!)
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/british-media-in-a-frenzy-over-meghan-harry-s-two-hour-trash-a-thon-of-the-royal-family-20210308-p578wr.html

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  13. Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma has hit the streets again this morning, handing out free irons and ironing boards to female voters in a continuing celebration of International Women’s Day.

    “It’s the least we can do for ladies on their special day,” Sharma said, explaining to one group of women how to set up the iron for best results.
    “On International Women’s Day of all days, it’s important that our female citizens have the tools they need to iron our shirts”.

    He rejected suggestions the move was a hollow gesture, saying he was providing genuine opportunities for women to get the ironing done.

    “Day after day I hear women saying they want equal pay, improved work opportunities, better childcare policies and for domestic violence to be taken seriously. I can’t help them with that – I’m just a member of Parliament. But I can secure a deal with Harvey Norman to get a couple of hundred ironing boards out into the community so we can all enjoy better ironed clothing”.

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/03/09/dave-sharma-hits-the-streets-to-hand-out-free-ironing-boards-to-women-voters/

  14. Why is the CrimeMinister claiming again he has spoken to Linda Reynold’s doctor?

    Isn’t she an adult who is perfectly capable of relaying her health status all by herself?

    More infantilising of women, plus, if it really happened (you never know with the CrimeMinister if he is telling the truth or not) a gross breach of privacy by the doctor.

  15. Looks like the pressure of dealing with multiple scandals is getting to the CrimeMinister.

  16. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, who has overseen the co-ordination of Australia’s medical response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been admitted to hospital with a suspected infection.

    Mr Hunt’s office issued a statement on Tuesday evening confirming he would be kept overnight for observation and was being administered antibiotics and fluid.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/health-minister-greg-hunt-in-hospital-as-third-morrison-government-minister-takes-leave-20210309-p5796x.html

    Must be that Lying Cow Pox going round in the government.

    • There are NO JOBS IN REGIONAL AUSTRALIA!!!!

      I know that because unlike the CrimeMinister who thinks anywhere north of Hornsby is “the bush” I live in regional NSW, have done for over 50 years.

      What work exists is mostly casual work in hospitality or low-paid part-time jobs in aged care, retail or cleaning. Big companies and state government departments import their staff from somewhere else. If the area you live in is considered “desirable” there is a waiting list of people hoping to transfer in.

      “Just move out of the city and get a job” is a myth.

    • When unemployed move to regional australia they are out of sight out of mind
      Doesn’t matter that there is no housing & no jobs they are invisible

    • If you are unemployed you can’t afford to move anyway.

      What if you have secure housing and are expected to give that up to move to a strange town where you know no-one? What happens to your bond? Will you get it back in time to sign a new lease? What if there is nowhere to rent? What f you sell your home and then find buying the equivalent will cost much more?

      What about schools for the kids? Are they going to be happy to be taken away from friends they have known for years?

      No-one has thought this through, have they.

      Typical decision by a government of highly paid loafers who will never have to worry about uprooting the family in the hope of finding work.

      Honestly, this whole business makes me furious every time it is brought up.

  17. In the truly FMD dept. The uber super dooper ultra ‘sophisticated’ hack of Solar Winds must have been those darn Russkiys as it was so ‘spohisticated’ . Well according to US gubbermint sources. Guess what the password for the Solar Winds update server was ? solarwinds123 . Incompetence 101 should be the password.
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    A security expert reportedly warned SolarWinds in 2019 that anyone could access the company’s update server with the password ‘solarwinds123’

    ……The attack specifically involved hackers plugging malware into the IT company’s Orion software, which was later distributed to about 18,000 clients…………It’s unclear which clients specifically were affected by the hack, but SolarWinds has more than 300,000 clients, many of which are Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, AT&T, and McDonald’s, as well as government agencies. The Trump administration acknowledged that the hackers had indeed gained access to official networks, including the US Treasury. The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department are also confirmed to have been hacked.

    As Business Insider’s Aaron Holmes reported, the hackers were able to spy on the companies and federal agencies for months, free to peruse victims’ files and private communications sent by the top brass of the US government
    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/solarwinds-warned-weak-123-password-could-expose-firm-report-2020-12

  18. Well, they would, wouldn’t they?

    Scott Morrison and Christian Porter have been accused of ignoring the disability royal commission’s “urgent” request for an extension to the inquiry, after failing to reply to the commissioner for more than four months.

    In its interim report in October, the commission said it needed a 17-month extension, acknowledging the scope of the $527m inquiry may have been underestimated and noting the impact of the pandemic on the hearings.

    Guardian Australia can reveal the government is yet to respond to two letters from the commission chair Ronald Sackville requesting the extension, despite him stressing the “urgency” of an early response.

    Sackville said in a statement to Guardian Australia that he wrote to the prime minister and attorney general on 30 October about the matter.

    “On 14 December 2020, I wrote again to the prime minister and the attorney general explaining the urgency of an early response to the request for an extension,” he said.

    “The royal commission has not yet received a written response or indeed any substantive response to either letter.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/10/urgent-extension-to-disability-inquiry-ignored-by-morrison-and-porter-for-four-months

    • No surprise for Scrott. Pentecostals are full on with linking faith and healing. Testimony from the ‘healed’ is a bigly thing. The down side is of course what does that mean if you remain ‘unhealed’ ? Obviously you just ain’t ‘worthy’ of Dog’s mercy, so maybe you are just an unworthy wicked sinner. Porter, well he is just the ultimate FIGJAM arsehole.

    • There are conditions placed on that “healing” .

      The benefits their god will bestow are only for those who fulfil the conditions.

      First you have to be “saved” in a Pentecostal church (all other varieties of any faith are abominations, theirs is the only “true” church) then baptised. They practice full immersion baptism so prepare to get wet.

      As an aside – Stuart Robert, the man in charge of the NDIS, has taken parties of brainwashed believers to the Holy Land to be baptised in the Jordan River (nowa filthy, muddy, polluted sewer) with himself doing the honours.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7769987/Calls-Stuart-Robert-resign-footage-emerges-showing-BAPTISING-tourists-Israel.html

      Once saved and dunked you have to tithe regularly.

      You also have to participate fully in the activities of whatever “church” you have been suckered into joining. That means not only turning up for church every Sunday but also joining a special men’s or women’s group for weekly meetings, attending regular bible study and prayer meetings, attending age segregated meetings for seniors, “young professionals” or families and doing whatever else you are told that dark god requires of you.

      Then further donations in addition to the tithing will be necessary to show your faith in the healing power of whatever pastor has latched onto you.

      All this requires a considerable amount of brainwashing to be truly effective. These churches achieve that by taking over your life as well as taking all your money.

      And then, if the laying on of hands does not work you are to blame for not doing enough for that dark god. Maybe if you keep tithing, donating and praying said god (certainly not the Christian God) will eventually smile on you. If you cannot give any more they dump you, often saying you are so evil you are not able to be saved.

      These people are evil, what they run is not a church, it’s a pyramid scheme where those at the top quickly become multi-millionaires while those at the bottom keep on giving.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe and Rachel Clun tell us that Australians will be asked to accept a new “risk framework” that opens the economy as millions of people are vaccinated against the coronavirus, ending an era of state border closures, shutdowns, and sudden social controls.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-risk-has-changed-morrison-seeks-a-deal-to-open-economy-borders-20210309-p5795r.html
    Australians aged under 70 are being urged to get their flu shot as soon as it is available, while older people should wait until after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/fear-of-flu-resurgence-drives-call-for-under-70s-to-get-early-shot-20210309-p5790q.html
    Matthew Elmas writes that $1.2 billion extension to the scheme offering apprentice wage subsidies to employers is wide open to rorting and may not deliver long-term skills for all young workers. Rorts? Never!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/03/09/apprentice-wage-subsidy-extension/
    Josh Bornstein describes the Coalition’s concern for rule of law as a ‘convenient fig leaf’. He says he rule of law demands that a process of inquiry is fair and is seen to be fair even if the circumstances are difficult and the outcome is far from perfect.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/coalition-s-concern-for-rule-of-law-a-convenient-fig-leaf-20210308-p578pc.html
    Paul Bongiorno tells us about a government drowning in tears for a lost ambition.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/03/08/paul-bongiorno-porter-government/
    Nick Bonyhady reports that key Senate crossbenchers have baulked at a push to pass an overhaul of Australia’s industrial relations laws through Parliament next week, which the Morrison government is planning even as the minister responsible, Christian Porter, remains on indefinite leave.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/no-date-for-porter-s-return-as-government-s-ir-overhaul-looms-20210309-p5790y.html
    Chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Angus Houston, explains how the single most important resource underpinning Australia’s food security is under threat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-single-most-important-resource-underpinning-australia-s-food-security-is-under-threat-20210309-p57953.html
    Daniel Hurst outlines Kevin Rudd’s feisty appearance at the NPC yesterday.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/09/kevin-rudd-declares-end-to-the-age-of-male-sexual-entitlement
    Matt O’Sullivan reveals that the former Liberal leader is the CEO of Landcom, which last year agreed to a controversial land purchase south-west of Sydney. Nothing to see here?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/brogden-says-long-term-friendship-with-developer-was-a-manageable-conflict-20210309-p578zg.html
    Prominent Melbourne lawyer Peter Bartlett said he was thanked by the Prime Minister’s office for advising Christian Porter over his defence of a rape allegation and told his colleagues the federal government was one of their law firm’s biggest clients.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-s-office-called-lawyer-to-thank-him-for-advising-porter-over-rape-allegation-20210308-p578uv.html
    A pessimistic Ross Gittins declares that we’re stuck with crappy aged care because Morrison won’t ask the young or the old to pay to fix it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/we-re-stuck-with-crappy-aged-care-because-morrison-won-t-ask-the-young-or-the-old-to-pay-to-fix-it-20210309-p57919.html
    Australia’s biggest private and corporatised charities in aged care are threatening the government with a political campaign if they don’t get more money, on top of the $21 billion in government funding they get already. Throwing money at large providers has not worked, write Elizabeth Minter and Dr Sarah Russell, in a call for greater transparency and significant reform for the sector.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/aged-care-giants-extort-government-for-funding-hike-threaten-campaign-in-marginal-seats/
    John Quiggin believes that by sharply moving to the left, the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Joe Biden’s $US1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, is not only a crucial development in US politics; it also has important implications for Australia.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7157601/on-economics-america-has-moved-left/?cs=14258
    According to John Kehoe, small businesses being weaned off the $100 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy program will be offered interest-free loans under a government and commercial bank partnership to help firms hardest hit by the COVID-19 recession.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/interest-free-covid-loans-for-smes-20210309-p5795b
    The state’s top planning bureaucrat warned his counterpart at Transport for NSW that his minister’s directive to clear tens of thousands of trees along major highways potentially posed serious legal implications.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/minister-s-tree-clearing-direction-prompted-legal-concerns-20210309-p5795v.html
    Peter Martin tells us how the ABS became our secret weapon.
    https://theconversation.com/you-cant-fix-the-economy-if-you-cant-see-it-how-the-abs-became-our-secret-weapon-156637
    Barrister Jess Moir says that by declining to read the Christian Porter rape allegation document Scott Morrison has sent the wrong signal to survivors of child abuse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-sent-wrong-signal-to-survivors-of-child-abuse-20210306-p578el.html
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports that Scott Morrison and Christian Porter have been accused of ignoring the disability royal commission’s “urgent” request for an extension to the inquiry, after failing to reply to the commissioner for more than four months.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/10/urgent-extension-to-disability-inquiry-ignored-by-morrison-and-porter-for-four-months
    The bravery of rape survivors has opened a moment of rare opportunity argues author Steve Biddulph.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bravery-of-rape-survivors-has-opened-a-moment-of-rare-opportunity-20210309-p5790a.html
    Metals and mining magnate Sanjeev Gupta faces a desperate race to refinance $US5bn ($6.5bn) and save 7000 Aus­tralian jobs, including workers at Whyalla steelworks, after his main financier, headed by one-time Bundaberg billionaire Lex Greensill, plunged into administration.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/jobs-in-peril-as-sanjeev-gupta-in-6bn-pit-after-lex-greensill-plunged-into-administration/news-story/ba963235ded894e778c9d039cf9497f7
    Josh Butler reports that medical experts and the federal government have slammed Clive Palmer’s public campaign of advertisements casting doubt on the COVID vaccine rollout, warning his “dangerous” actions could jeopardise the scheme.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/10/clive-palmer-vaccine-ads/
    Max Mason writes that different groups are warning the proposed easing of continuous disclosure laws for listed companies is a heavy-handed attempt to prevent class actions and will fail to bring down the high cost of insurance for directors as hoped.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/government-warned-on-watering-down-of-continuous-disclosure-laws-20210305-p5781b
    Some analysts believe the market is on the cusp of a dividend “super-cycle” after surprisingly strong company results, writes Clancy Yeates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/bright-outlook-for-dividends-after-stunning-earnings-season-20210303-p577jo.html
    European Council President Charles Michel has rejected charges of vaccine nationalism levelled against the European Union after it last week backed an Italian decision to halt a vaccine shipment to Australia.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/eu-rejects-accusations-of-vaccine-nationalism-after-australian-shipment-blocked-20210310-p57991.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Peter Broelman


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    Simon Letch

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding


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  20. Peter Martin tells us how the ABS became our secret weapon.

    Our deliberately nobbled and hobbled ‘secret weapon’. Some headlines….
    2020-the $1.4 billion funding cut of accountability institutions
    2019- ABS boss slams a decade of funding cuts, warns key data is at risk
    2014-ABS staff say data undermined by funding cuts, lack of leadership
    2009— The ALP under Kevin Rudd in 2008 cut funding to the ABS

  21. BK thanks for your round up

    The article from Peter Martin is very interesting. – kaffee klatscher beat me to it

    Listening Kevin Rudd’s address to the National Press Club yesterday I had to laugh when The Australian asked KRudd about his abuse of Air Force steward who delivered wrong flavoured yoghurt ??? KRudd said incident was described in his memoirs, had journalist read the book? No, then scathing lecture on failure to research etc etc

  22. People under 70 advised to get flu shot early.
    People over 70 and vax stages 1a & 1b advised to get flu shot AFTER vax

    As this government is all announcement, no follow up, I expect stage 2a to be invited for vax in September or October

    • I’m in group 1b. I suspect I’ll be waiting a long time for my flu shot if I decide to follow that advice.

      Maybe about November?

  23. Pensions will rise at the end of the month by $8.40 a fortnight for single age pensioners, carers and those on DSP. Those on JobSeeker will get $5.10 a fortnight.

    Whatever am I going to do with all that largesse?

    Considering there was no adjustment last September it’s meagre.

    And – pensioners and some others also received the final stimulus payment – $250 – this week. Mine will go towards the electricity bill due to be paid by the end of the month.
    https://7news.com.au/business/finance/australian-pension-payment-to-increase-after-indexation-c-2313604

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