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

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    At the start of the year, the Opposition Leader was battling to hold onto his job. But after a shocking six weeks for the government and a reset of politics, he is back in the race and capitalising on Morrison’s misfortune, says Andrew Tillett.
    Bringing in gender quotas in the Liberal party is not just right – it’s smart politics too, writes Chris Wallace.
    Katherine Murphy reports that the Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, has criticised Scott Morrison for elevating Amanda Stoker as the new assistant minister for women, declaring that the Queensland senator had supported a “fake rape crisis tour” that inflicted great suffering on survivors.
    The Prime Minister’s self-confessed inability to understand why so many Australian women are disgusted and enraged was frustrating, but not surprising, writes Jane Gilmore who explains the numbers he just can’t seem to comprehend.
    Public debt in the wake of the global pandemic isn’t something to fear, especially when considering the benefits of wise investment, writes Professor John Quiggin.,14945
    Kate Aubusson and Tom Rube tell us how pissed off the NSW government is with the Morrison and Co badmouthing them over slow vaccination rates.
    And the Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley has urged the Commonwealth to co-operate with state and territory governments to deliver more COVID-19 vaccines to Australians as a war of words erupted over who was to blame for the program’s delayed rollout.
    The states and GPs are furious and frustrated at the slow rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. But the federal government is adamant everything is on track. Who is right? And what is really going on? Liam Mannix tells us what has gone wrong with it.
    Rachel Clun reveals that only half of the nation’s aged care residents have been vaccinated in the past six weeks, falling well short of the government’s original plan to have all residents and workers vaccinated within that time.
    According to Doug Dingwall, Home Affairs Department staff have given a blistering assessment of their workplace in a set of employee census results flagging low morale in the agency.
    Politicians’ behaviour dishonours Parliament House, bemoans Terry Fewtrell who worked for the Parliament House Construction Authority.
    Alexandra Smith reckons the forced byelection represents an acid test for Berejiklian … and McKay.
    Nick O’Malley and Mike Foley report that the Australian Academy of Science says that unless “transformative action” is taken to reduce global warming, Australia is set for the destruction of its reef and more storms and floods.
    The editorial in the Canberra Times urges Labor to not let fear limit it EV ambition,
    Australia’s carbon price is coming, one way or another, writes Jess Irvine who warns the process is shaping up to be much more economically damaging than it could have been.
    A British multinational catering company received $32 million in JobKeeper funds while growing its profits and winning a major NSW government contract to feed hotel quarantine guests, prompting fresh criticism of the federal government’s stimulus program, writes Dominic Powell.
    Spending by the NSW government is over-politicised and too prone to pork-barrelling says the SMH editorial that calls for tighter scrutiny with the bestowing of community grants.
    The Auditor-General has agreed to Labor’s request to examine the Coalition government’s $270 billion arms build-up.
    Public investment in infrastructure would be a much needed boon to the Australian economy, explains Greg Jericho. He has produced several telling charts to support his assertion.
    Caterina Giorgi says that parliament has a drinking problem so it’s time to consider a booze ban.
    A majority of a NSW parliamentary committee is facing a backlash after endorsing controversial amendments to anti-discrimination laws. It’s a Mark Latham masterpiece.
    Shell’s accountants predict the Dutch giant will never pay Australia for gas extracted at the Gorgon and Prelude LNG projects that it can sell for up to about $4 billion a year. Peter Milne from independent energy and climate news site Boiling Cold has the story.
    Katina Curtis reports that political staffers will ask the Department of Finance to give all MPs training on preventing sexual harassment within months as part of a new pay deal.
    Jennifer Duke reports that Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg wants the Morrison government to redeploy an emergency scheme introduced at the height of pandemic letting workers withdraw $20,000 from their superannuation for other purposes such as first home deposits.
    Isabelle Lane tells us what we need to know about the 800000 half-priced flights.
    BHP mulls an exit from coal. Iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest goes headlong into green steel and, by floating a large coal port on the sharemarket, the financial alchemists from Brookfield have dumped their stranded asset onto unsuspecting retail investors. Michael West reports.
    The effects of being bullied as a child can stay with a person for life, causing depression and loss of confidence, explains Megan Blandford.
    Politicians, celebrities and news outlets will be able to control who can comment on their public Facebook posts under a new measure by the social media giant aimed at limiting defamatory or otherwise unwanted views posted by users.
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  2. Spot the reason why we are DOOMED.
    Public debt in the wake of the global pandemic isn’t something to fear, especially when considering the benefits of wise investment, writes Professor John Quiggin.

  3. Everything the federal government touches turns into a pile of stinking ordure. That’s what happens when the so-called leader is a useless lump who cares only about hanging on to government.

    Dr Stephen Duckett nailed it –

    Health economist at think tank The Grattan Institute and former head of the Commonwealth Health Department Dr Stephen Duckett said the responsibility for the rollout was ultimately the federal government’s.

    “Hunt has all along seen this as a political opportunity for the Commonwealth government – that the vaccine rollout was going to go smoothly and then they would go to an election on the glory of the government taking sole responsibility for its success,” Dr Duckett said.

    “Then things went awry so the game plan failed, and the states started to step up so glory had to be shared.”


  4. Th eoriginal federal court docs are here

    Click to access Particulars-Letter-to-ABC.pdf

  5. Christian Porter’s lawyers have accused the ABC of failing to disclose that the parents of the woman who accused him of rape feared “she may have confected or embellished the allegations”.

    In a letter to the ABC, published by the federal court on Thursday, Rebekah Giles explained Porter’s bid for aggravated damages, accusing the ABC and reporter Louise Milligan of omitting material that cast doubt on the complainant’s claim and inappropriately lobbying for an independent inquiry.

  6. Regardless of how many seats WA Labor ends up with in the Legislative Council, I’ll be very disappointed if they don’t reform it and reform it hard.

    From its beginning, it has taken 189 years for Labor to secure a majority in it, and it took an election in which they nearly won the vote 70% to 30% against. That is not an acceptable democratic result for all those years and they really need to make the right decision in changing it so it has more appropriate results in future.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers and Happy Easter to all.

    Liam Mannix reports that some Australian GPs say they have been set up to fail on the vaccine rollout, with the federal government allowing millions of patients to book appointments while providing few doses to clinics. The very least than can be said about it is that it has been a communications cock-up.
    David Crowe says that starting the blame game on vaccine delays is a dumb move by governments. He does indicate, though, that Morrison and Hunt should admit the delays and be more candid about the challenge in scaling up local production.
    The editorial in the SMH says that state and federal leaders need to stop squabbling and put their heads together to ensure that a slow start does not morph into a botched vaccination rollout. It also calls for greater transparency from the federal government.
    And Michelle Grattan says that the vaccine rollout has enough problems without ministers politicking.
    Christopher Knaus writes that community health groups have nurses, GPs and locals ‘ready to go’, but a lack of deliveries has forced them to cancel vaccination clinics.
    Stephen Duckett explains four ways in which Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout has been bungled. All four seem to point to the federal government.
    Peter van Onselen buts gender aside as he examines the capability and suitability of Morrison’s new ministers.
    Gladys Berejiklian believes the Coalition will lose the Upper Hunter byelection as the government seeks to balance mining interests against environmental concerns.
    Mental health advocate Jill Stark says that, between Christian Portr and Andrew Laming, mental health should not become a political football.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports that pressure is mounting on the Morrison government to halt a controversial plan to require independent assessments for all national disability insurance scheme participants by the middle of the year after the states and territories raising fresh concerns about the change.
    Alan Kohler reckons Scott Morrison should be thanking the heavens for the economy.
    Jennifer Duke explains how Sydney’s median house price has surged by $100,000 in just three months.
    Christian Porter’s legal team have accused the ABC of omitting material that cast doubt on the rape claim.
    Quotas for women would be fraught with problems in the NSW Liberal Party, writes Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
    Former Liberal Victorian Legislative Council member, Margaret Fitzherbert, argues that the Liberal Party’s founding principles have been dismantled at women’s expense.
    Lisa Visentin tells us that Alan Tudge has successfully appealed against a Federal Court finding he engaged in unlawful conduct for leaving an asylum seeker in immigration detention after he was granted a protection visa. Basically, it found that it was Dutton who was the villain.
    The key to ending the misogynistic attitudes of our governing politicians may be in examining the history of the Western patriarchy, writes A L Jones.,14949
    As Federal Parliament continues to erupt with allegations of harassment and abuse, one of the responses from our most senior leaders has been empathy training, which isn’t enough for people like Andrew Laming.,14947
    In a wide-ranging contribution, John Warhurst writes about Australia having clear shortcomings. He suggests how we might aim higher.
    According to Lydia Lynch and Katina Curtis, branch members in rogue MP Andrew Laming’s office say Queensland’s Liberal National Party headquarters tried to get rid of him before the 2019 election but backed down.
    Michaela Whitbourne writes that A group of prominent defamation lawyers has urged state and territory governments to abandon a nationally-agreed set of reforms to the country’s defamation laws, just hours after NSW, Victoria and South Australia announced the laws would commence on July 1.
    Rex Patrick has taken a swipe at the federal government for its “absolute failure” on electric vehicles and says the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has broken a promise to make progress on their adoption.
    Chris Zappone explains how Elon Musk is well on his way to disrupt the Australian broadband business model.
    David Crowe reports that a cross-party parliamentary report into violence against women has made 88 recommendations and says past policies have failed to produce sustained results.
    Georgina Mitchell reports that former corporate titan Ronald Brierley faces being stripped of his knighthood after he pleaded guilty to possessing child abuse material, including photographs of children as young as two years old.
    Joe Biden’s $US2.25 trillion infrastructure plan goes well beyond building roads and bridges. It envisages remaking the US economy and society – and a new global corporate tax regime, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Four Afghan nationals who allegedly witnessed an incident in which a man was said to have been kicked off a cliff and shot dead by Australian soldiers will be allowed to give evidence from overseas in the defamation trial brought by SAS veteran Ben Roberts-Smith.
    An official report ordered in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests concluded that Britain did not have a systemic race problem. This did not go down well, so much so that the most senior black adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned
    The US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan will purge more than 40 .outside experts appointed by President Donald Trump from two key advisory panels, a move he says will help restore the role of science at the agency and reduce the heavy influence of industry over environmental regulations.
    A 47-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly refused to wear a face mask and then attacked a security guard, police officers and members of the public. Definitely a candidate for “Arsehole of the Week”!

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  8. Liam Mannix reports that some Australian GPs say they have been set up to fail on the vaccine rollout, with the federal government allowing millions of patients to book appointments while providing few doses to clinics.

    Quite deliberate. I noticed Scrott and Ghunt when making their roll out ‘promises’ using words like “access ‘ , ‘available’ and ‘offered’ . We silly plebs think that means injected or delivered. Thousands have “access to” or have vaccines made “available to” or have been given an “offer” at your local GP, all boxes ticked by GhuntScrott , shame the GP will get dozens to cover those thousands.

    • Weasel words.

      Twitter tells me GPs in regional NSW are getting 50 doses at a time, meant to last a week. I think my clinic received fewer that that.

      At that rate it will take all year to get everyone through their first dose.

      If you want something totally stuffed up then give it to this useless government – everything they touch turns to shit.

  9. When the Australian Financial Review and senior reporter Aaron Patrick set their sights on Samantha Maiden for what is known in journalism as a “hit job”, one could have been excused for expecting it would do the seasoned reporter some damage. Dig up her work history, delve into her childhood, fling around words like “challenging”, “spiky” and “difficult” and the reporter who revealed allegations that Brittany Higgins had been raped in Parliament House might be cowed.

    What the editor-in-chief, Michael Stutchbury, and Patrick didn’t foresee was that what many believed amounted to the bullying of a top female journalist, who has led the coverage of harassment and sexual violence against women in politics, would backfire so spectacularly.

    The only people damaged by Wednesday’s article, “PM caught in crusade of women journos”, are the men who wrote and published it.

  10. The rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations in aged care “has been a shemozzle”, with some residents and staff in homes throughout Australia still not being given any indication of when they might receive their first dose, according to the researcher and co-founder of the advocacy group Aged Care Reform Now, Dr Sarah Russell.

    Her criticism comes as data from the federal Department of Health shows that residents at less than a third of aged care facilities have received the vaccine.

    “The commonwealth does not have the expertise or the experience to deliver services at this scale,” Russell told Guardian Australia. “Given aged care is a high-risk population and the staff are mobile, I consider them a priority group along with hospitals. Our prime minister should have given his jab to a nurse.”

    The federal government initially committed to administering 4m doses by the end of March, including up to 1.4m doses to the most high-risk people as part of phase 1a of the rollout. Fewer than 692,000 doses had been administered as of 1 April.

  11. Spinocchio Morrison the clueless MC from Announceables-R-Us has showed off the new org chart that is his disaster recovery plan. The women of Australia are revolting and the marketing man responded to his crisis like a marketing man does – by revamping the packaging. The LNP now comes in a choice of colours, swinging dick blue and sheila pink. Thankfully, during his pitch to the press Morrison resisted the urge to fondle his balls as a wink to his blokey-bloke base (“Play along, fellas. They’ve probably just got the painters in so they’ll forget all about itafter a box of Cadbury’s Favourites“).

    As a demonstration of his sudden revelation of the value of women to the party Spinocchio has elevated several of the serving wenches to special ministerial status adding “women” to newly grandiloquent titles thereby cynically absolving the men from any accountability to half of the population.

  12. Two articles that should be read together.

    Jenna Price –
    How can young men be so unsympathetic to this cause?

    As Australia woke up each day to further revelations of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct centred around Parliament House, support for the Prime Minister among the women of Australia slumped, at what Peter Lewis, executive director of Essential, described as a giddying rate. In just two months, one in six women withdrew their approval of the PM.

    And guess whose support is stubborn? Yeah, the men. They are rock solid, and, in some places, building. Looking at the Essential polling data, some aspects are completely depressing for those who hope there will be any change in the culture at all

    And –

    Her Day Today is Why None of Us Are Going to Shut Up About It

    The other day, whilst engaged in a rather passionate conversation with a group of friends, a male friend of mine turned to me and said…

    “Yeah, I get it, but I just wish they’d shut up about it.’

    ‘It’ being the issue of violence, inequality and prejudice against women in Australia. ‘It’ being the sexual misconduct….no sorry, the rape of a woman in Parliament House. ‘It’ being the culture of casual misogyny in our country that women of the past have had to smile politely about, rather than make a scene.

    I kid you not.

    He was bored of it. He was sick of it being on the news every night. He was tired of all of the women in his life talking about it all the time.

    He was sick of it!

  13. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has announced it is investigating a potential link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder, after a 44-year-old man was admitted to hospital with blood clots after receiving the vaccine.

    On Friday Australia’s acting chief medical officer, Prof Michael Kidd, told reporters that health authorities were taking this case “very seriously”.

    I have zero faith in the CMOs: they are Morrison lickspittles. The States’ and Territories’ CHOs are doing magnificently.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    These says it’s once a week that Peter Hartcher comes up with a rampant criticism of Morrison.
    Labor has been urged by federal backbencher Joel Fitzgibbon to set aside any opposition to coal mining if it is to win the marginal NSW seat of Upper Hunter, says Tom Rabe.
    Dennis Atkins writes that the controversial senator Amanda Stoker is the unlikely winner from the PM’s reshuffle.
    Productivity isn’t improving much because firms have found easier ways of increasing their profits – such as, by cutting costs, writes Ross Gittins who contends that cutting workers’ pay and conditions worsens our productivity.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that the President of the NSW Public Service Association has asked the state industrial commission to investigate her own union’s elections as she launches an attempt to be elected general secretary, claiming the voting has been marred by the use of members’ resources to support the incumbent leadership team.
    Paul Kelly says that the women’s movement won’t decide the next election as he looks at how it might unfold.
    Women are not fighting a culture war when it comes to alleged rape and harassment. It’s about time some men realised this, writes Katherine Murphy. She gives the AFR’s Aaron Patrick a really good serve.
    Own goals do not instil confidence – and there have been some big ones of late with the vaccine rollout, says Tony Blakely.
    “How did Australia go from a country with no cases to one that can’t get the vaccine rollout right?”, asks Rachel Clun.
    The rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations in aged care “has been a shemozzle”, with some residents and staff in homes throughout Australia still not being given any indication of when they might receive their first dose, according to the researcher and co-founder of the advocacy group Aged Care Reform Now, Dr Sarah Russell.
    The AstraZeneca rollout will continue as planned in Australia as medical authorities monitor the first reported case of a rare clotting disorder following a COVID-19 jab.
    “Instead of a patronising ‘Prime Minister for Women’, how about a Prime Minister for a faster, less chaotic vaccine rollout?”, declares Janet Albrechtsen who says Morrison and Hint deserve the egg on their faces.
    In looking at the potential or legal reforms with respect to sexual assault, Peter van Onselen thinks it might be time for our justice system to move away from its adversarial origins when it comes to sexual assault cases and towards a more inquisitorial approach as we see in countries such as France.
    John Lord writes that our Democracy is a work in progress for Social Progressives.
    A proposal to force Australians to present 100 points of identification in order to get a social media account faces opposition as academics say it won’t halt online abuse as intended and could even strengthen the hand of Facebook and Twitter, writes Alex Druce. Looks like a perfect opportunity for identity theft to me!
    Anthony Galloway tells us that a former policy adviser to the Australian government says funding for academic research is becoming increasingly politicised and projects that are critical of the government are less likely to be funded.
    With great power comes great avoidance of responsibility, says the AIMN’s Grumpy Geezer.
    As the federal government gets more involved in disability, aged care and mental health, the tensions between ministers and public servants are likely to increase, explains Don Russell who differentiates between the pleasers and the doers. Russell gives us a brilliant insight to the running of governments,
    With a spirited contribution, Margot Kingston pops up in The Canberra Times, writing that across Australia, women are calling the Prime Minister’s bluff.
    Mike Sullivan, the chief executive officer of Australian Association of Franchisees, is concerned with the lack of legislation that is leaving franchisees out in the cold.
    Matthew Elmas gives us three reasons the housing boom won’t last.
    The Guardian looks at Joe Biden’s bold infrastructure bet.
    Julia Baird writes that for a lesson in kindness and conscience, we should look no further than Kamahl.
    The US dollar’s hegemony is looking fragile, explains Kenneth Rogoff.

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  15. “How did Australia go from a country with no cases to one that can’t get the vaccine rollout right?”, asks Rachel Clun.

    Easy peasy question. Because one of the positions had the States calling the shots and the other had Flimflam Man.

  16. Some 96,000 indigenous people were directly impacted by the fires, or about 12% of the entire indigenous population of Australia. Not to mention how much of the special places of country were smashed in the fires.

    The bushfire survivors our government forgot | The Aftermath

    Get Up have also been supporting Michael West investigations into the unfair loopholes and consideration given to Australia’s wealthiest, our billionaires

    The Secret Tax Loophole for Billionaires, with Michael West

    State Capture: Coalition assault on GetUp backfires, catches a rash of fossil fuel donors

  17. I have not read that article – I have better things to do with my time.

    This thread has been offered as a response – it’s great!

    After his disgusting remarks supporting Christian Porter PvO has no right to say anything about women, Every time he churns out another article or says something for the media he digs himself further into a hole. A wise man would realise it is time to STFU.

    A question – Why do women need yet another male (a very sexist one at that) to tell them what they need and what to think?

  18. choose your grandfather well . . . .

  19. Australia has announced it requires eight-weeks paid mental health leave to deal with the absolute clusterfuck of a government running the country right now.

    A spokesperson for the Australian people said it was distressing to have to watch on while the government tried to cover up a rape allegation, bully the victim, intimidate her family, then abolish the family court, pivot seamlessly to side-stepping another rape allegation, hijack International Women’s Day, cock up the vaccination roll-out, abuse a rape victim again and take upskirt photos without any consequences.
    “And that’s just this week. It’s too much. We will be going on a short period of leave to assess and hopefully improve our mental health”.

    The Prime Minister was asked to comment on the nation’s decision, but was unavailable due to being on leave.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Littleproud’s jab over vaccines blows up the camaraderie of national cabinet – again, says Michael Koziol.
    NSW will dramatically escalate vaccination efforts this week and is eyeing mass inoculation hubs, possibly including Sydney’s International Convention Centre, as federal government tender documents indicate the vaccine rollout in aged care is unlikely to finish until the end of May.
    Scott Morrison has made mistakes in coronavirus vaccine rollout, writes Jack Waterford who tells us where the PM went wrong.
    Nicholas Stuart says that a real danger the federal government faces today is that it’s on the verge of taking the huge leap from being competent (if occasionally flawed) into being regarded as an administration that’s incapable of getting anything right.
    PM should kick Andrew Laming to the crossbench, but Jaqui Maley tells us why he won’t.
    “What is it with Sydney and cocaine?”, ask Jennifer Duke and Mary Ward.
    The Australian reports that a Melbourne neo-Nazi leader has targeted a prominent Jewish community advocate in a series of vile and threatening social media posts, sparking concerns that far-right extremist groups are becoming increasingly emboldened. It says the number of matters linked to right-wing extremists doubled in the past 18 months and comprise around 40 per cent of Victoria’s counter terror watch list.
    Here’s Peter FitzSimons’ weekly Sunday column.
    Dear old Gerard has yet another dig at the ABC.
    Kaye Lee writes, “Scotty is listening to women. Well, that’s what he tells us at least. But if history is anything to go by, a woman expressing an opinion Scotty doesn’t like is liable to find herself out of a job or, at the very least, the subject of a blistering and co-ordinated smear campaign.”
    Australia has plunged down the global rankings on gender equality. Some 300,000 women older women live in poverty. Emma Dawson writes that the structural discrimination baked into our economic system is still punishing women for being women fifty years after they took up the fight against the patriarchy.
    Having moved on from his role as Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton has passed on a backlog of asylum seekers vulnerable to exploitation, writes Dr Abul Rizvi.–australias-biggest-labour-trafficking-scam,14954
    Cait Kelly advises us how to talk to friends who shun Covid vaccination.
    Scott Morrison’s latest billion-dollar missile spend was deftly leaked to the media then talked up by ASPI whose sponsors have raked in $51 billion in Defence Department contracts while doling cash to the conflicted “think-tank”. Marcus Rubenstein investigates.
    Scientology is shrinking fast and getting richer, and Ben Schneider explains how this is possible.
    A proposal to require migrants on partner visas to pass an English language test before obtaining permanent residency could make it harder for victims of domestic violence to seek help, submissions to, a government consultation has warned.
    The American oil industry is linked to a history of racism, a legacy that remains after decades of Black oppression, writes Kendra Pierre-Louis.,14953
    In a new book, Sir Alan Duncan, the MP for Rutland and Melton from 1992 until the last election, has said Boris Johnson was “a clown, a self-centred ego, an embarrassing buffoon, with an untidy mind and sub-zero diplomatic judgment”. That’s quite a wrap!
    Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign used pre-checked boxes and obscure design on fundraising emails to wring millions of dollars out of unwitting supporters, detonating a “money bomb” which allowed the Republican to compete against Joe Biden in the last months of the race.

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  21. I am so sick of journalists using “we” when they really mean “Coalition voters”.

    To illustrate that here’s Nicholas Stuart in the Canberra Times (BK’s links).

    People accepted his trademark style of breezing past objections and ignoring valid questions at press conferences. When officials were rolled out with titles like that of the CMO, viewers accepted unquestioningly that their decisions didn’t involve political trade-offs and were based on evidence. And, as long as the policy worked, we happily accepted it as “best practice” (unlike what was happening in the US or the UK, for example)

    For pity’s sake Nicholas – did you really intend to bend the truth so much?

    Those of us who take an interest in politics and who do not believe the rubbish pushed at us by the majority of journalists and talking heads know the only reason voters accepted the flawed message of the CrimeMinister doing well on the virus was because the media told us so, and kept on telling us, every day. As Goebbels allegedly said – repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.

    They ignored the real heroes – state state and territory leaders – who disregarded insane advice from the CrimeMinister to open nursing homes and schools, demands to open borders and to let the virus rip because herd immunity was the best way to deal with the situation (Try telling that to the families of the 554.000 people in the US who died from this virus.) Instead the right-wing sections of the media (which is most of them) demonised Labor premiers, especially Dan Andrews, and their slavish readers accepted that propaganda as the truth. Goebbels certainly knew what he was talking about.

    And now we have another journalist joining the chorus of “Isn’t he wonderful for saving us”.


    • Newspapers increasingly fill their pages with opinion instead of news, opinion is cheaper than news because often the copy is free from “Think tanks” with an opinion to push.

      Looking at BK’s 19 links this morning 5 were news, 2 from Micheal West and 2 from Independent Australia, 1 from The Australian (a hoary old anti-semitic dusted off for Easter),

    • People accepted his trademark style of breezing past objections and ignoring valid questions at press conferences.

      fawning journalists accept the PM’s crap for fear of
      1. losing their press gallery accreditation
      2. being fired by the news barons like Murdoch, Peter Costello, Kerry Stokes

  22. My bold

    Supply of the Pfizer vaccine, which is essentially reserved for frontline healthcare workers, the elderly and hotel quarantine workers involved in phase 1a of the rollout, has been coming from Europe.

    A Health Department spokesperson confirmed the government had so far received 1 million Pfizer vaccine doses.

    When asked how much is expected in April or May, the spokesperson said “[we] are expecting to receive a total of 20 million doses over the course of 2021”.

    So either it does not know, or just won’t reveal it.

    And the odd grandstanding prime minister.

    • On 9 February Professor Kelly said the rollout would take all year. He must have realised he had given too much information because that comment has not been repeated.

      He also said the first arrivals of the Pfizer vaccine (80,000 doses) would be before the end of February but would not or could not be more precise. Whenever they did arrive distribution was delayed while the TGA carried out tests.

      And we are definitely on track to have those first vaccines being delivered by the end of February, as we’ve said, as the Prime Minister has announced.
      There is that quality step, remember. So once that quality hurdle has been finalised, then shortly after that, we’ll be looking to start vaccination by the end of the month. I’m not going to go into any further detail.
      The contract we have with Pfizer is that we will have now 20 million doses between now and the end of the year

      As we now know the CrimeMinister was one of the first to receive his first dose of – the Pfizer vaccine on 21 February.

      It is a shame most of us still wait for their first dose of AZ while the CrimeMinister is now fully immunised.

      Things are even worse than Kelly predicted now with AstraZeneca, a month ago, refusing to ship vaccine to Australia and the TGA taking longer than expected to approve locally made doses.

      Oldies who believe they are going to get the allegedly “better” vaccine – Pfizer – will be waiting until the end of the year or maybe well into next year for it. They might as well settle for the AZ vaccine, as I did. With my medical history I’m vulnerable so although I was happy to wait I took the chance to be immunised (with AZ) when my GP rang and offered vaccine.

  23. Message to the laydeez from the Rupertarium, (LNP-Head Office). STFU and stop ya whinging , you’ve never had it so good.

    To be righteous is one thing, to be right another

    Working women are better off than ever, but the tantrums are exceeding the traumas.

    ……..As the traditional Australian virtues of stoicism, and a laconic, somewhat disabused, realism, have given way to the glorification of uninhibited emotions, the nation’s capacity to distinguish tantrums from traumas seems to have completely disappeared.

    And with it has vanished the capacity to distinguish sanctimonious grandstanding from serious consideration of the difficult questions — including those related to sexual assault………

    • funny. . . . I felt much better off in 2012 under Gillard

      When Abbott made himself Minister for Women I couldn’t stop shouting

      I don’t want to sit in silence
      I don’t want to live in fear
      oooo oooo

      Yes I felt I was being abused by Abbott-Credlin uber catholic government

      Not sure that’s what John Farnham was thinking as he sang

  24. I used to spend a lot of money on clothes and a lot of time pondering my wardrobe choices.

    I wondered why I never had any Carla Zampatti in my wardrobe. I look online – it’s all evening wear and I needed work suits and technical sports gear.

    • The woman gets a state funeral – I can’t imagine why. It’s not as if she ever did anything useful. She just designed clothes most Australian women could not afford, married Liberal Party royalty (John Spender) – her first marriage, was a life-long Liberal and a close friend of Alan Jones. That, I suppose, tells you why she gets a state funeral while others who deserve that honour miss out.

    • I am, apparently, a dog magnet. For all my life, I’ve had so many dogs, large and small, gallop up to have their heads scritched. Some of them even put their front paws onto my knees and look lovingly into my eyes.

      So, today I met a 9 week old black cocker spaniel named Harry, when I was off to my preferred supermarket. He seemed happy to greet me, and he had a really nice young hoodad. Met him again after I’d been to the supermarket, and he was SO pleased to see me that he sat on my foot. And his hoomum told me that meant he really loves me.

      Harry is a gorgeous young lad, and I like him a lot (like his hoopaws too).

      And then I have my spouse. Aged 78. Was bitten by the family dog when he was very young, though he has no memory of it.

      Some years ago I needed to deal with a dog incident, which meant I had to tell him to hang onto a lead. He did so, grudgingly. Then, only recently, I told him I desperately wanted to have a dog.

      He trembled, shook, and SMELLED frightened …

      I know the family dog bit him when he was 3 years old. He has – he claims (and I accept that ) – no memory of the attack, but I suspect that 75 years’ later, he is still suffering from PTSD.

  25. The tag “Scotty from Marketing’ being attached to the PM has gone global…………………………welllll would you believe Australasian ? 🙂 From NZ’s national newspaper.

  26. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sydney Airport boss Geoff Culbert is calling for Australia to open US-style mass immunisation centres to speed up its COVID-19 vaccine program or risk being left behind. He is warning that the world will move on without us if we continue lagging behind on vaccine rollout.
    Stephen Hamiliton and Richard Holden describe our vaccine rollout as an unmittigated disaster, and they tell us how to fix it.
    Ben Schneiders reports that Australia’s charity regulator has been called on to investigate Scientology amid concerns it is abusing its not-for-profit status. Bring it on! And don’t stop there.
    According to Shane Wright, he IMF has urged countries to use budget repair levies, such as that used by the Abbott government, to fill the deficits left by the coronavirus, but it warns deep cuts to spending could lead to political instability. It has also suggested taxes on “excess” profits such as the abandoned mining resource rent tax.
    Mike Foley writes that the Nationals’ call for a one-off visa amnesty on up to 100,000 undocumented agricultural workers has been rejected by the federal Department of Home Affairs, presenting a test for the Coalition government as regional MPs warn illegal workers are unlikely to present for vaccinations.
    In a VERY long explanation, David Tyler tells us how Morrison can’t take a trick.
    Queensland is bracing for more forecast extreme rain and flooding from above Bundaberg to the Sunshine Coast. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf for a large swathe of South-East Queensland late last night.
    Labor has welcomed the support of new defence minister Peter Dutton for a standing royal commission to address veteran suicides but says the proposal needs to be fleshed out with specific details.
    John Faine writes about the different types of NIMBYs.
    Rachel Clun says that aged care experts are saying boosting staff numbers is the key to reducing waiting times for in-home care for the elderly and improving services and employee satisfaction across the sector, but funding alone isn’t the answer. There were 96,000 people still on a waiting list for their approved home care package
    As the pandemic puts increasing pressure on young people’s futures, supporting our universities is more important than ever, argues Peter Hurley.
    Ross Gittins contemplates the things that traditional economics ignores and damages.
    A strident Virginia Haussegger declares that women will not be silenced again and heavily criticises Morrison’s wallpapering and deflections.
    Katherine Murphy reports that a former Morrison government staffer, Josie Coles, says she will make a submission to the looming review of parliamentary culture detailing allegations of bullying while working in the office of the minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, in 2018.
    In a thoughtful contribution Amanda Vanstone writes that the reason Australia should become a republic is about us, not the Windsors.
    A review of paracetamol for 44 common pain conditions found no strong evidence to support its use in many instances. I cannot recall it ever being effective for me.
    For the first time, South Australian ambulance officers will be able to make the call on treating patients at home, to tackle ballooning emergency department numbers.
    After a Melbourne-based woman reported to police that she had been raped, she was notified that her case was being looked into — 89 days after her report, posts Cheek Media Co.,14951
    Until we fully embrace our new arrivals and eliminate all forms of racism and discrimination in this country, we cannot expect to be a truly cohesive society, writes Dr Sabrin Farooqui.,14950
    Boris Johnson is a man of principles, and we should thank Jennifer Arcuri for exposing them, says Catherine Bennett in a searing assessment of the man.
    With Joe Biden’s own audacious New Deal, the democratic left rediscovers its soul, writes Will Hutton.
    Arwa Mahdawi explains how the sleazy Matt Gaetz saga grows ever more disturbing. His photo should be enough to convince you.
    “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this wedding photographer.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Michael Leunig

    Glen Le Lievre

    Alan Moir

    Mark Knight

    John Spooner

    Joe Benke

    From the US

  27. “Ben Schneiders reports that Australia’s charity regulator has been called on to investigate Scientology amid concerns it is abusing its not-for-profit status. Bring it on! And don’t stop there.”

    Good to see someone finally making a fuss about Scientology and their money-grubbing activities.

    I’ve been reading Steve Cannane’s most excellent book “Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia” published in 2016. It is a real eye opener and highly recommended.

    How anyone could become entangled in that cult let alone hand over huge amounts of money to them is beyond my understanding.

    I have learned that Lionel Murphy during the first months of his time as AG, was responsible for legalising Scientology in Australia – it was a Labor campaign promise in 1972. Various state bans were overturned by this decision.

    Scientology became officially a church in Australia through a change to the Marriage Act in1973 which recognised Scientology as a religion – another Murphy decision.

    The stories of what Scientology has done to those who try to stand against it are astounding. I hope the charity regulator is prepared for quite a battle.

  28. This is a serious question after seeing the claims about Ken Wyatt and Karen Andrews bullying their staff.

    Is there any member of this government who does not bully, sexually assault, rape, take photos without permission or otherwise attack/upset/abuse their staff?

    It seems the entire government is made up of nasty types who think nothing of bullying, yelling at, assaulting or otherwise abusing their staff.

    Karen Andrews seems especially nasty. There were foolish hopes that as the new Minister for Home Affairs she would allow the family currently imprisoned on Christmas Island to return to Biloela. There is not a chance of that happening. Andrews will be every bit as nasty as Dutton – maybe even worse – if that is possible. And anyway, it’s not her job. That decision would be made by the Minister for Immigration etc, Alex Hawke.

    • As I’m sure you know, Leone, Hawke is an active member for Hillsong, so there’s zero chance of his returning them to Biloela.

    • I do know that. Not one minster, MP or Senator in this government will allow that family to go home. They get their rocks off by punishing innocent people – especially brown people.

    • Exactly, Leone. After all, it’s the family’s fault for not having loved Jesus enough …

  29. No-one deservers cancer, although I could make an exception for Molan.

    I hope he recovers – but only because I want to see The Butcher of Fallujah in The Hague fronting the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes.,11171

  30. Blimey, looks like Barnaby Joyce reads comments on The Pub occasionally. The following comment of his is not only one of the very few that I agree with but has a striking resemblance to a comment I made here recently.

    [ The Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has cast doubt on government-ordered empathy training, saying you can’t “redesign people’s brains” to learn an “innate” skill. ]

  31. I hope that fellow The Pub patrons have had an agreeable Easter (lots of Easter eggs) and haven’t had their holiday plans disrupted by quite a lot of wet weather & wind along east coast areas.

    We’re in danger of developing webbed feet here! LOL


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