Death Notice

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

EVANS, Elaine Anne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1,018 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. The government has decided not to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to anyone over 50. Those older wil lstill get it – the risk of the blood clotting thing has spooked them.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/apr/08/australia-news-live-international-flights-victoria-federal-parliament-scott-morrison-women-astrazeneca-vaccine-covid-coronavirus-blood-clots-pfizer-aged-care

    This is why I was very happy to wait – if my GP clinic had not insisted I need that vaccine right now, given my interesting conditions. .

    We do not know enough about side effects and long-term effects of any vaccine yet.

    I’m OK with being used as a guinea pig because it would not be the first time I’ve done that.

  2. Well, all of the immediate comments above shows that the latest information about the historic alleged rape against porter will disappear, never to be seen again.

    I have just decided that I will not have any vaccine for awhile and I’m prepared to stay isolated from everyone, until such time as things are more sure.

  3. Using a rare blood clotting effect to delay vaccination is pretty low tactics, as is refusing to accept expert advice on the need for more than one or two vaccines. It’s even worse when the CrimeMinister opted for the one involving a Liberal Party member – by “coincidence” also the cheapest option.

    This is what we get when the CrimeMinister is a member of a cult that believes in the “End of Days” theory so does not want to do a frigging thing that will delay the return of his dark, evil god.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Rachel Clun describes the vaccine rollout as in disarray following the restriction on the A-Z product.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/astrazeneca-vaccine-blood-clot-incidents-spark-pfizer-recommendation-for-under-50s-20210408-p57hnd.html
    If you weren’t yet willing to concede Australia’s vaccine rollout was a disaster at lunchtime on Thursday, then by dinner time there was little room for debate, says Rob Harris.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/astrazeneca-vaccine-decision-will-have-dramatic-consequences-on-our-daily-lives-20210408-p57ho7.html
    Waleed Aly says, “Let’s not panic about Australia’s vaccine rollout … yet”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/let-s-not-panic-about-australia-s-vaccine-rollout-yet-20210408-p57hf0.html
    In the body of this SMH editorial is, “Mr Morrison must take some of the blame for the unrest because he has over-promised but under-delivered and he has not been transparent with the public. While he always qualified his promises about the timetable for vaccination, it was a stretch to claim that Australia was ‘at the front of the queue’”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-must-give-clearer-guidance-on-vaccine-supplies-20210408-p57hl9.html
    Mass vaccination sites will be essential if Australia is to reach herd immunity against COVID-19 by March next year, according to UNSW epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/vaccination-hubs-essential-for-australia-to-reach-herd-immunity-20210408-p57hjc
    Australia could have prepared a more ambitious vaccine strategy than most. Catherine Bennett outlines what went wrong. (This was written just before last night’s A-Z announcement).
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/08/australia-could-have-prepared-a-more-ambitious-vaccine-strategy-than-most-so-what-went-wrong
    Scott Morrison and the Coalition keep changing their story on why the Covid vaccine rollout is a debacle. Are they betting the public will be unable to keep up with the rewriting of history? Elizabeth Minter reports on the Government’s world-leading program of false premises. This, too, would have been written before the latest A-Z announcement.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/public-jabs-multiple-doses-of-lies-spin-and-obfuscation-in-covid-vaccine-roll-out/
    The only beneficiary of the unfortunate and avoidable war of words that has erupted between the Prime Minister and the European Union is the Coalition government, says The Canberra Times’ editorial that describes how for Morrison expediency is trumping diplomacy..
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7199826/expediency-trumps-diplomacy-for-pm/?cs=14258
    Annika Smethurst writes that Dan Andrews’ injury is prompting colleagues to question his future as premier.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/andrews-injury-prompts-colleagues-to-question-his-future-as-premier-20210408-p57hlu.html
    Katina Curtis tells us that Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has criticised the federal government for missing an opportunity to overhaul key laws in its response to her landmark Respect@Work report, after it said it wouldn’t fully adopt all the legislative changes.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/federal-government-announces-overhaul-to-sex-discrimination-act-backs-all-55-recommendations-20210408-p57hf2.html
    Michelle Grattan tells us how Scott Morrison is finding strong women can be tough players.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-scott-morrison-finds-strong-women-can-be-tough-players-158648
    The government’s ‘roadmap’ for dealing with sexual harassment falls short. What we need is radical change, say this group of contributors to The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/the-governments-roadmap-for-dealing-with-sexual-harassment-falls-short-what-we-need-is-radical-change-158431
    Our government is being far too reactive when it comes to violence against women and children and needs to be more proactive, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/jennifer-wilson-the-government-needs-to-do-more-to-end-domestic-violence,14967
    The tawdry sex scandals plaguing the Morrison Government are drawing attention to its deeper and far more serious problems, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/sex-lies-and-iphone-pics-scott-morrisons-imperfect-storm,14964
    Twin tropical cyclones are predicted to clash off the north-west coast of Australia in the coming days in a relatively rare interaction that is exciting weather nerds far and wide.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/rare-clash-of-tropical-tempests-expected-off-wa-coast-20210408-p57hk7.html
    The majority of NSW’s new school builds over the last three years have been determined by government promises and election commitments, rather than priority projects identified by the education department’s infrastructure arm, an audit has found, reports the SMH’s Natassia Chrysanthos.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-school-projects-driven-by-election-promises-over-priorities-auditor-general-20210408-p57hi7.html
    Michael Pascoe says it’s a curious thing when the nation’s main newspapers go to the effort of a major four-part series that gives most readers the impression that Australia’s domestic economic problems are all the Reserve Bank’s fault. He says that, with the government pledging radical fiscal consolidation over the next three years and the sometimes difficult relationship between the governor and the Treasurer, the government can be relied on to deflect blame for problems.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/04/09/rba-great-deflection-pascoe/
    Ben Packham reports that Peter Dutton says his top priority as Defence Minister is repairing an ADF-wide morale slump that has followed the Brereton report, reassuring the nation’s serving men and women that “the government has their back”.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/peter-dutton-tells-troops-weve-got-your-back/news-story/5165aa86d80184d2dc4c4a44fd212d09
    Since the 1980s, the supply of money has been increasing but its velocity has decreased, resulting in less productive investment and a dramatic increase in financial speculation, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-cash-conundrum-there-s-more-money-around-but-it-changes-hands-less-often-20210408-p57hhr.html
    Elizabeth Knight reckons Rio Tinto is bracing for the shareholder mob armed with their voting pitchforks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/rio-braces-for-the-shareholder-mob-armed-with-their-voting-pitchforks-20210408-p57hkx.html
    Mattew Knott tells us that Joe Biden has announced a series of policies aimed at curbing gun violence in the US, a phenomenon the President described as an “epidemic” and “international embarrassment”. Of course, the NRA has come out with all guns blazing!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/an-international-embarrassment-biden-announces-gun-violence-plan-20210409-p57hoq.html
    Shane Wright explains how the world’s richest nations including Australia are on track to agree by the middle of the year on a new way to tax multinational businesses to halt “unfettered tax competition” that could leave countries struggling to pay for vital infrastructure and services.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/global-company-tax-overhaul-on-track-as-us-presses-for-minimum-rate-20210408-p57hgf.html
    The Australian says that the Morrison government has confirmed it is working on a back-up plan to keep Sanjeev Gupta’s Whyalla steelworks afloat, after a move by creditors to seize control of his local industrial operations.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/canberra-mulls-whyalla-steelworks-rescue-plan-if-sanjeev-gupta-falls/news-story/c998b94c7e55ca0677a11ff0e5279c74
    Paul Karp provides another chapter in the Andrew Laming saga, this time revealing that he wrote to schools in his electorate using his Liberal MP letterhead to request early Naplan data for private research for his doctoral thesis, prompting a complaint from the teachers’ union.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/09/schools-in-andrew-lamings-electorate-told-his-request-for-naplan-data-was-inappropriate
    And Madonna King has written a resignation letter for Laming.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/04/09/andrew-laming-resignation-letter/
    John Lord provides us with an idealist’s view of a democratic society.
    https://theaimn.com/an-idealists-view-of-a-democratic-society/
    To fix Australia’s housing affordability crisis, negative gearing must go, argues Richard Holden.
    https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-to-fix-australias-housing-affordability-crisis-negative-gearing-must-go-158518
    AustralianSuper chief Ian Silk has accused the Morrison government of introducing “sovereign risk” to the $3 trillion superannuation system as the trade union-linked industry super movement puts up its strongest defence yet to the slated reforms of the sector.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/ideological-fervour-gone-mad-ian-silk-on-super-reforms-20210408-p57hio
    According to the AFR, employers are saying moves by the Morrison government to make sexual harassment a sackable offence do not go far enough, and they want a rewriting of unfair dismissal laws to enshrine a zero-tolerance approach that would rule out compensation or reinstatement of offenders.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/overhaul-to-make-it-easier-to-fire-workplace-sex-pests-20210408-p57hel
    Jasper Lindell writes that a new study has found High Court justices are more likely to find in favour of the federal government while the prime minister who appointed them remains in office.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7199116/study-shows-high-court-justices-favour-their-appointing-pm/?cs=14329
    Mike Foley writes that Australia’s foremost coral reef scientist Professor Terry Hughes says government plans to restore the Great Barrier Reef are doomed to failure because they’re too small and expensive, while the rate of catastrophic bleaching events are already recurring faster than corals can recover.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reef-on-path-to-destruction-and-clever-science-can-t-fix-it-20210407-p57h5i.html
    Nick Toscano reports that the head of Origin Energy says state governments must explore ways to spur private investment in new projects to plug gaps in the market as their plans to increase renewable power force an early exit of coal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/origin-boss-warns-investment-needed-to-plug-power-gaps-as-coal-exits-20210408-p57hiz.html
    What in the hell is going on in Belfast? We have just seen the fourth night of rioting there.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/leaders-call-for-calm-after-fourth-night-of-rioting-in-belfast-20210408-p57hms.html
    After the fall of the Trump Administration, the GOP is making new efforts to regain power by gaming the system, explains George Grundy.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-republican-effort-to-reclaim-power-and-threaten-american-democracy,14962
    Fergus Hunter writes about a charming couple whose actions have earned them nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cherrybrook-husband-and-wife-arrested-for-allegedly-running-guns-and-drugs-20210408-p57hjk.html

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  5. Prime Minister Scotty From Marketing has last night successfully constructed a narrative to excuse himself for not vaccinating the entire country by October, as was initially promised.

    This week’s neck-saving strategy has seen the PM work alongside Byron Bay instagram conspiracists to undermine public trust in the AstraZeneca vaccine.

    The Government announced a shake-up of the nation’s rollout plans at a 7:15pm press conference last night, timed perfectly so that he could avoid being skewered by Leigh Sales on the ABC’s 7:30.

    Scotty said the national vaccination plan would have to be reworked because of concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine’s possible links to a rare blood clotting disorder, a very common medical risk associated with mainstream birth control.

    https://www.betootaadvocate.com/headlines/if-youre-worried-about-this-jab-we-dont-have-you-can-always-use-our-app-that-doesnt-work/

  6. James O’Brien on Belfast violence

    worth reading the whole thread for gems like
    “armchair doctorates”
    Arlene Foster == Scott Morrison, same tactics supported by same dark money

  7. Possum Comitatus@Pollytics

    As an example of how human brains don’t personally grapple with risk well. There’s a thing called micromorts – a one in a million chance of death. AZ has about 1.5 in a system like Australia – but here are some other activity micromorts from the ABS Causes of Death series….

    About the same risk as dying from falling out of a chair (1.4 micromorts)

    As likely to die in a building fire (1.6 micromorts)

    Nearly twice as much risk of dying from falling out of bed. (2.8 micromorts)

    Much more likely to get killed as a pedestrian (8.4 micromorts)

    Plain old falling over is comparatively gigantic (17 micromorts)

    We will almost definitely see more refined statistical estimates come out soon, from a wider array of countries, with much better statistical controls attached to those estimates.

  8. A great tweet on the Northern Ireland/Brexit problems being sheeted home to Boris Johnson.

    [ NO Leader can truly lead who is unwilling to accept that with Power comes Responsibility to use power wisely for the progress of the people.]

    Something that our so-called leader seems to be totally unaware of. Just power for power’s sake. Absolutely no responsibility demonstrated so far by Morriscum to advance Australia fair in any way.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. There is a heck of a lot about Prince Philip’s death, so I’ll leave you to find what you want.

    Laura Tingle tells us how Morrison’s pandemic credentials are turning to dust.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-10/governments-credentials-managing-covid-turning-to-dust-vaccine/100059282
    Vaccination vacillation may infect recovery, and Morrison’s leadership, writes George Megalogenis who says he really needs to dial down the snark if he is to restore his personal standing with female voters. A good read!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/vaccination-vaccilation-may-infect-recovery-and-morrison-s-leadership-20210409-p57htq.html
    Peter van Onselen also thinks the botched vaccine rollout could spell doom for Scott Morrison.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/the-botched-vaccine-rollout-could-spell-doom-for-scott-morrison/news-story/deb76d18ba9d4e4cbba795371af3dbbc
    Paul Bongiorno thinks that there is no political jab that will inoculate Morrison.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2021/04/10/no-political-jab-inoculate-morrison/161797680011409
    From reassurance to shambles. Elias Visontay explains how Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout unravelled.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/10/from-reassurance-to-shambles-how-australias-coronavirus-vaccine-rollout-unravelled
    Scott Morrison spun a Covid vaccine story the public believed – and then it fell apart, writes Paul Karp.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/scott-morrison-spun-a-covid-vaccine-story-the-public-believed-and-then-it-fell-apart
    Paul Bongiorno reckons that not even the states can save the Morrison government from itself this time.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/04/10/paul-bongiorno-government-rollout/
    Michelle Grattan reckons voters could wreak vengeance if Scott Morrison can’t get the rollout back on track.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-voters-could-wreak-vengeance-if-scott-morrison-cant-get-rollout-back-on-track-158720
    Few leaders have experienced the extremes. The nation is still working out what Scott Morrison stands for as a leader, write PvO and Wayne Errington.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/pragmatist-scott-morrison-cant-rely-on-more-politics-over-policy/news-story/5a5e80cda73a1945f4d64a7e87535e55
    Phil Coorey describes the AstraZeneca decision ss a political debacle.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-astrazeneca-decision-is-a-political-debacle-20210409-p57hrp
    Demand for Pfizer is so hot worldwide that the drug giant won’t be able to dispatch the extra 20 million doses until the final quarter of this year, explains Bevan Shields in looking at the serous problems facing Australia’s vaccine rollout.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/serious-hurdles-stand-in-the-way-of-a-quick-solution-for-australia-s-vaccine-rollout-20210408-p57hof.html
    The PM pretended for too long that everything was going more smoothly than it was. The pressure is on to prove the doubters wrong because the slower the vaccine rollout, the slower the recovery, writes David Crowe who says we are being held hostage to a global vaccine shortage.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-is-hostage-to-a-global-vaccine-shortage-20210409-p57hw9.html
    The federal government’s promise that every eligible Australian would be vaccinated against Covid-19 by October was “always stupid, patently so,” leading health economist and director of the Grattan Institute’s health program, Prof Stephen Duckett said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/coalitions-stupid-october-target-creates-more-problems-for-australias-vaccine-rollout-thinktank-says
    “As the revelations of violent, sexist and misogynistic conduct in Parliament House have poured out day after day after day, I have felt wave after wave of emotion”, begins Julia Gillard in this stirring op-ed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/not-a-plea-a-demand-let-s-make-misogyny-history-20210408-p57hjt.html
    Aisha Dow and Rachel Clun report that Professor Allen Cheng, the co-chair of the expert advisory group behind the decision, said there was no doubt the new advice released late on Thursday would be a blow to confidence in Australia’s vaccine rollout, already beset by delays.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-vaccine-experts-felt-compelled-to-make-astrazeneca-call-20210409-p57hwh.html
    Australia has taken steps this week to make an extremely small risk of having a bad reaction to the vaccine even smaller, write epidemiologists Catherine Bennett and Hassan Vally who say AstraZeneca is by any definition a very safe and effective vaccine.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/extremely-small-risk-of-side-effect-better-than-not-being-vaccinated-20210409-p57hxw.html
    Jon Chesterton begins his examination of the government’s vaccination program with, “We were never going to meet anything close to Morrison’s vaccine march and rollout, as he arrogantly pronounced. It was foot in mouth disease, a muppet show.”
    https://theaimn.com/morrisons-vaccine-march-and-rollout-the-placebo-effect/
    Matthew Knott reckons Morrison can’t count on access to Biden’s vast vaccine stockpile.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/morrison-can-t-count-on-access-to-biden-s-vast-vaccine-stockpile-20210409-p57hq1.html
    Matthew Elmas says that the government is under pressure to restart JobKeeper and prop up the economy as estimates put a six-month delay on the vaccine rollout, further threatening ailing sectors such as tourism and higher education.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/04/09/jobkeeper-vaccine-rollout/
    The Coalition government’s signature employment policy for young people JobMaker has created just 609 jobs. And thanks to the flawed design of JobKeeper, which shut out many young people from key financial support, superannuation accounts were emptied, for which the young will pay a heavy price down the track. Kathryn Daley, Belinda Johnson and Patrick O’Keefe report.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/jobmaker-scheme-fails-youth-as-super-accounts-drained-and-jobkeeper-bypassed-gig-economy/
    Amy Remeikis writes on why the Coalition is suddenly looking so rattled and how the polls are pointing in the various states.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/postpone-the-poll-why-the-coalition-is-suddenly-looking-rattled
    The government’s response to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s report on workplace harassment has positive elements but much more needs to be done, starting with the federal budget, to create full gender equity, say Jane Madden and Sally Moyle.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-s-respect-road-map-still-has-a-way-to-go-20210408-p57hkg.html
    As the government pushes for major changes to the NDIS, The Saturday Paper’s Rick Morton can reveal key figures in the scheme’s fraud and compliance division were also involved in the robo-debt fiasco. He says that rather than achieve consistency by training planners within the scheme, the NDIA will introduce a cookie-cutter framework that will ultimately reduce access to services required by individual needs. What could possibly go wrong?
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/10/robo-debt-public-servants-now-shaping-the-ndis/161797680011420
    Stuart Bonds – who came close to unseating federal Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon – has delivered an ominous warning about the party’s future in the region ahead of a crucial byelection. He says One Nation’s decision to support the Morrison government’s gutted industrial relations bill had left its supporters angry and disillusioned.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/absolute-outrage-one-nation-rising-star-s-warning-to-coal-heartland-20210409-p57hu6.html
    Nick O’Malley reports that environment groups are dismayed by the appointment of a former energy company chief to lead a revitalised Climate Change Authority.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/uniquely-unsuited-government-accused-of-stacking-climate-body-with-fossil-interests-20210409-p57hyn.html
    While the government pushes ahead with its major tax cuts, despite the pandemic, new analysis shows they will have a negative impact on women, writes Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/10/morrison-fixed-tax-cuts-us-and-britain-embrace-big-government
    Dennis Atkins reckons Scott Morrison’s treatment of Christine Holgate shows his true colours.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/04/09/dennis-atkins-holgate-morrison/
    Simon Cowan writes that a democracy must protect pluralism at all costs.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7203005/a-democracy-must-protect-pluralism-at-all-costs/?cs=14258
    The world is in a monstrous fiscal bind. Countries can either keep spending beyond their means to repair the economic damage left by COVID-19; or they can try to bring their ballooning debts under control, explains Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/ballooning-global-debts-need-to-be-restructured-before-it-is-too-late-20210409-p57hp3.html
    The Chinese owners of Australia’s biggest and oldest dairy farming business are facing fresh scrutiny following claims of animal welfare abuse and overstocking of cattle that is causing effluent systems to fail and damaging nearby waterways.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/chinese-owner-s-catastrophic-failure-drives-australia-s-biggest-dairy-farm-into-the-ground-20210406-p57gts.html
    Daniel Hurst writes that Barnaby Joyce has said the purchase of shares in a space company for his young son, just weeks after the MP had quizzed the firm over its ownership structure in his capacity as chair of a federal parliamentary inquiry, was a “reasonable thing”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/barnaby-joyce-says-purchase-of-shares-for-son-in-company-he-quizzed-at-public-inquiry-was-reasonable
    Andrew Hornery writes about Teena McQueen’s friendship with dominatrix Madame Lash being revealed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/teena-mcqueen-s-friendship-with-dominatrix-madame-lash-revealed-20210407-p57h2w.html
    The fight for women’s safety and rights must lead to real change, urges the editorial in the SMH.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/the-fight-for-women-s-safety-and-rights-must-lead-to-real-change-20210409-p57hxv.html
    Karen Middleton examines the government’s response to the 55 recommendations in last year’s landmark Respect @ Work report into sexual harassment.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/10/the-respectwork-response/161797680011430
    The Australian Federal Police has told the High Court it is actively considering referring a former NSW Labor staffer to prosecutors over suspected money laundering offences after bundles of $60,000 in cash were seized from his premises last year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bundles-of-cash-afp-considers-referring-former-labor-staffer-to-prosecutors-over-money-laundering-20210409-p57hwa.html
    Dear old Gerard has another whine at the treatment he says Cristians are getting.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/crikey-its-another-intellectually-light-antipell-rant/news-story/0a24344c5f1cbac87a7ebc87c7d5e77d
    Melbourne Health, one of Victoria’s major health service providers, has been fined $340,000 for a safety breach a judge said could easily have been prevented.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-health-fined-340-000-over-patient-s-suicide-20210409-p57hs4.html
    Australia has fallen behind many developed nations in clinging to the monarchy and it’s time for a change that benefits the people, writes Kaijin Solo.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/a-proposal-for-a-constitutional-republic,14968
    Amanda Meade tells us how the AFR hit job on Samantha Maiden backfired spectacularly.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/apr/02/afr-hit-job-on-samantha-maiden-backfires-spectacularly
    “The government of the US, the parliaments of Canada and the Netherlands and Britain’s House of Lords have damned China’s treatment of its Uighur people as the gravest possible crime against humanity – genocide. Neither Australia’s government nor Parliament has done so. Yet.”, says Peter Hartcher in a long examination of China’s stance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/fraud-force-and-genocide-an-extraordinary-day-in-the-annals-of-australia-s-national-life-20210409-p57hyy.html
    The latest koala plan from the NSW Government has outraged conservationists and destroyed any remaining credibility, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/berejiklian-governments-latest-koala-plan-out-of-touch-with-reality,14966
    An electric vehicle factory that could have brought hundreds of jobs to Victoria’s struggling Latrobe Valley has stalled. But around Australia the lack of government support for EVs stands in stark contrast to other nations, explains Kurt Johnson.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/10/australia-missing-out-evs/161797680011428
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how China is headed for a fiscal crunch by 2050 when it is forecast that about 70% of its population will be either under 14 or over 65. In Australia it is about 55%.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/china-s-dilemma-growing-old-before-it-becomes-rich-and-powerful-20210408-p57hmx.html
    While the Morrison government makes gestures towards stronger protections for women, the number of homeless women aged over 55 continues to rise alarmingly – made worse by the pandemic, inaccurate economic modelling, and poor superannuation policies, writes Kristine Ziwica for The Saturday Paper.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/10/older-women-and-homelessness/161797680011439
    A Victorian man who was sexually abused by Australia’s most prolific paedophile priest has reached a $1.5 million settlement with the Catholic Church, one of the largest payouts of its kind.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/i-can-move-on-1-5-million-payout-to-st-alipius-sex-abuse-survivor-20210409-p57hr0.html

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  10. The botched rollout could spell doom for PM …….. ……..

    The B word ! Time for all Labor spokespeople to bolt ‘botched’ onto ‘vaccine rollout’ , to always refer to the ‘botched vaccine roll out’ when speaking in public/to journos . Pay back time for the “botched Pink Batts “………… except with a 1000% more validation.

  11. Chris Bowen is right – this, from last September, has not aged at all well.

    And those lies!!

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

    I hope Grunt realises he has been set up to fail and may well find himself under a very large bus any day now.

    The CrimeMinister is never to blame for any stuff-ups, especially not the botched vaccine rollout, he always looks for someone to blame. That someone seems likely to be Grunt – his signature is allegedly on the alleged agreement, although there was no “agreement” at this stage, just a letter of intent.

    You can read Bowen’s question and Grunt’s full answer here –
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Hansard_Display?bid=chamber/hansardr/c9e23b21-ae08-4a91-b34c-9ebb2c39bdc7/&sid=0000

  12. More millions for Liberal “mates”?

    Brisbane company paid $1.4bn to run offshore processing on Nauru despite no arrivals since 2014
    Contract awarded to Canstruct has been amended six times, escalating cost to taxpayers by more than 17,600%

    A single company running Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru has been paid more than $1.4bn over the past five years, with an additional $221m added two months ago, despite no new asylum seeker arrivals on the island since 2014, and a steadily diminishing number of people it is responsible for.

    The original contract awarded to Canstruct was worth just $8m in October 2017 but this was amended almost immediately – increased by 4,500% to $385m just a month after being signed.

    Since then, government figures show, six further amendments have escalated the cost to taxpayers to $1.419bn, a total increase of more than 17,600%.

    The latest amendment to the contract was in January this year, for another $221m, to continue to operate on the island until the middle of 2021

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/10/brisbane-company-paid-14bn-to-run-offshore-processing-on-nauru-despite-no-arrivals-since-2014

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Unless you want fifty links to royal family stories, this is all I have for you this morning,

    Jack Waterford writes that most ministers – on both sides of politics – could never imagine working without an (ever-increasing) staff of political operators and minders. He has a good look at how governments work these days.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7202303/morrisons-minders-are-at-the-heart-of-his-doldrums/?cs=14329
    The Prime Minister’s myopic approach to solving problems and his focus on himself is only making matters worse, writes Matthew Butera.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrisons-political-motives-have-turned-against-him,14974
    Australia’s faltering vaccine rollout is falling way behind the rest of the world – and that means more bad news posits Cait Kelly.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/04/10/vaccine-rollout-australia-world/
    At some stage Western democracies are going to have to tell the Chinese Communist Party that enough is enough and do so with more than just sanctions against a few individuals. Writes Crispin Hull who calls for western democracies to boycott the Chinese Winter Olympics and be ready with powerful sanctions at the earliest sign of aggression by the Communist Party against Taiwan.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7201951/the-west-must-boycott-chinas-olympics-and-ready-the-sanctions/?cs=14258
    Lian Mannix and Lisa Visentin report that many of the nation’s GPs are refusing to offer AstraZeneca’s vaccine to people under 50 until the federal government clarifies legal liability if patients suffer serious or fatal side effects.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/doctors-stop-offering-astrazeneca-jabs-over-legal-risk-20210410-p57i5f.html
    The state coroner will consider whether a new inquest should be held into the Luna Park Ghost Train fire and has formally asked NSW Police to review its evidence surrounding the blaze that left seven people dead in 1979.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/coroner-asks-police-to-review-evidence-around-luna-park-ghost-train-fire-20210410-p57i44.html
    Rachel Lane explains how taking away the ability to pay a RAD could deliver a financial hit to many aged-care residents but would likely result in a bonanza worth billions of dollars for the government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/flawed-arguments-to-abandoning-aged-care-rads-20210408-p57hkr.html

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  14. There’s that B word again. Come on Labor bloody well use it every time all the time , “the botched vaccine roll out” .The spivs showed you how it is done with ‘pink batts’ !
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  15. The Australian media, especially the ABC, seems to be devoting an extreme amount of time to Prince Phillip.

    Why?

    He was 99 and in poor health, his death had been expected for years.

    Phil proved one thing in his long and largely useless life – the best possible medical care and a lifetime of privilege can do wonders to keep someone alive.

    It’s a shame tens of hundreds of other, less privileged Brits died long before their time, victims of their government’s austerity measures.

  16. The CrimeMinister will do anything for a photo-op or a distraction.

    Interesting photos from yesterday’s signing (allegedly) of a condolence book.

    First we saw this one – with the photographer accidentally caught in the mirror and an odd placement of a photo of the Queen.

    The less said about Jen’s frumpy sister-wife outfit the better.

    Then they changed the angle for Jen and the GG, avoiding the photographer in the mirror thing and placing the photo of the Queen in a more sensible spot.

    • One of the reasons I was happy to leave blighty was because I thought I was leaving the monarchy behind. Much to my surprise there seems to be a stronger monarchy fandom here in this great land of Aus.

      To add salt to the wound I arrived in 1974 and everyone here knows what happened the following year.

      I am happy to report though that all my ancesters (from Grandfather and Grandmother streching back to the dawn of time) are Irish from Co. Mayo on my fathers side and Co. Clare on my mothers side.

  17. Margaret scores a 10.
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    Margaret Morgan@Monocotyledon
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    “The reference I am writing for you is fair and honest. I don’t doubt that you’ll find another position in a more suitable household. I do feel compelled, however, to mention the matter of the tarnished silverware.”

  18. I would be interested in seeing these “indemnity agreements”.

    The health minister, Greg Hunt, has moved to assure Australians that the AstraZeneca vaccine is “safe and effective”, while insisting that doctors will be shielded from any potential legal action.

    “I want to make something very, very clear. Australia already has vaccine indemnity agreements in place. The AMA and College of General Practitioners have clear advice in writing from the government to that effect and they also have updated informed consent material so no doctor need worry. I am saying this on behalf of the government but also on behalf of our legal advice, no doctor need worry.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/11/coalition-admits-a-lot-of-unknowns-could-derail-plan-to-vaccinate-australia-by-end-of-year

  19. Such nice people

    Hillsong Church shuts down Dallas operations after married pastors quit for using worshipper donations to fund their luxury lifestyle

    . Hillsong founders Brian and Bobbie Houston announced that the Australian-based megachurch is shutting down its Dallas operations in an email to members

    . The Houstons addressed the church’s investigation into former Dallas pastor Reed Bogard and his wife, Jess Bogard

    . In January, it was revealed that the Bogards and other church staff allegedly used worshipper donations to fund their lifestyles

    . The Houstons said that Reed Bogard had been suspended from ‘his pastoral duties’ while the church reviewed complaints from members

    . ‘Early in our process, the Bogards decided to resign from Hillsong Church. We accepted their resignations,’ the Houstons wrote

    . Anna Crenshaw, now 23, told the Christian Post this week that Jason Mays, a married Hillsong staff administrator, assaulted her at some point before 2018

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9457707/Hillsong-shuts-Dallas-operations-pastors-used-church-donations-fund-lifestyle.html

    • Isn’t that exactly what Houston has been doing for years – using funds donated to his church to not only enhance his lifestyle but to expand his empire?

      What gross hypocrisy!

  20. Just watching SBS News.

    The missing woman whose body may have been found after NSW floods vehicle was captured on CCTV footage in the Aldi carpark in Port Macquarie.

    OK I am a retail queen having worked for Myer when they owned shopping centres and Coles Myer when Aldi was planning to enter Australian market. I also taught food retailing students [badly – they taught me] as well as studying inventory control theory at uni and working for Hamersley Iron. Rio Tinto’s underlying IT system is their assets or inventory.

    Imagine my shock when I watched the film Red Dog, I had tracked that damned canine wreaking havoc through the data base for 18 months, Yes that damned dog was buried in an infants coffin. Who knew that mining companies had infant coffins in inventory?

    • Leone – my grammar is weak
      Key point: your Aldi car park has CCTV, I will not hoon round that car park

    • It’s OK – I’ve never been there.

      I refuse to shop at Aldi – I don’t like the way they dodge tax and send all the profits back to German billionaires.

  21. The Morrison Botched Rollout reaches new depths

    Scott Morrison says there are too many uncertainties to set a new target for vaccinating Australians against Covid-19, as the government moves to shore up confidence in the trouble-plagued rollout.

    The prime minister said while he hoped all Australians could have a first dose of vaccination by the end of the year, Morrison said on Sunday there was no new timetable to replace the previous October target.

    It is the latest retreat on the government’s vaccine rollout strategy which has been beset by delays, confusion and supply challenges since Australia first locked in agreements with manufacturers last year and declared the country “at the front of the queue”.

    “The government has also not set, nor has any plans to set any new targets for completing first doses,” Morrison said on Facebook on Sunday afternoon.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/11/coalition-admits-a-lot-of-unknowns-could-derail-plan-to-vaccinate-australia-by-end-of-year

    A press conference for that announcement would be a bridge too far.

  22. Well they would, wouldn’t they?

    The New South Wales police passed up an offer by South Australian police to take a statement alleging sexual assault against Christian Porter – apparently without putting the option to the victim – new documents reveal.

    The documents, produced to the NSW Legislative Council after a motion by MP David Shoebridge, reveal how a request to travel interstate to take the statement was rejected in March 2020 because it was not deemed essential.

    They also show the NSW police rejected a request from Porter’s accuser to take her statement via Skype and alternatives were not pursued because the alleged victim seemed “resigned” to Covid-19 interruptions to travel delaying it until September.

    Shoebridge told Guardian Australia the documents show the NSW police “made two separate decisions to delay taking a statement, neither of which appears to have had a valid basis”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/11/nsw-police-passed-up-sa-offer-to-take-statement-alleging-sexual-assault-against-christian-porter

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This will make up for yesterday’s pathetically small curation.

    Sixty Minutes and Nine Media have combined to really open up the problems for Ben Roberts-Smith and others. Spud will have his hands full now.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/buried-evidence-and-threats-how-ben-roberts-smith-tried-to-cover-up-his-alleged-crimes-20210408-p57hlr.html
    Roberts-Smith has been caught on secretly recorded audio lauding his media mogul boss, Kerry Stokes, for financing his fight to “destroy” those in politics, the media and the SAS who have accused him of war crimes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-m-going-to-do-everything-i-can-to-f-ing-destroy-them-secret-ben-roberts-smith-audio-revealed-20210409-p57hv9.html
    New National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister Linda Reynolds says she has “no intention of excluding Australians from the scheme” on the basis of their diagnosis, appearing to dump radical reforms drafted under the previous minister Stuart Robert, reports Andrew Taylor.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/no-intention-reynolds-dumps-draft-proposals-to-cut-diagnosis-based-ndis-funding-20210409-p57hpo.html
    Australia’s vaccination rollout strategy has been an epic fail. Now Scott Morrison is trying to gaslight us, explodes Kevin Rudd who describes Morrison’s grandstanding as “all bullshit”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/12/australias-vaccination-rollout-strategy-has-been-an-epic-fail-now-scott-morrison-is-trying-to-gaslight-us
    As Australia’s vaccination bungle becomes clear, Morrison’s political pain is only just beginning, writes Mark Kenny.
    https://theconversation.com/as-australias-vaccination-bungle-becomes-clear-morrisons-political-pain-is-only-just-beginning-158704
    Alexandra Smith tells us that the NSW government feared as many as 25,000 people could have died from COVID-19 in the state, with worst-case scenario figures revealing what could have unfolded without drastic action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-secret-covid-death-toll-figure-which-had-nsw-terrified-20210411-p57i9p.html
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has abandoned setting targets for Australia’s vaccine rollout and conceded for the first time that not all Australians will get their first dose of a coronavirus jab by the end of the year, even though the government has doubled its order of Pfizer’s vaccine, report Anthony Galloway and Nick Bonyhady.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/vaccine-targets-dumped-morrison-concedes-all-australians-may-not-be-vaccinated-by-end-of-the-year-20210411-p57i9m.html
    “It appears a seamless vaccine rollout is not 2b”, headlines this contribution from Jenna Price.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7204297/it-appears-a-seamless-vaccine-rollout-is-not-2b/?cs=14258
    The editorial in The Canberra Times is concerned about the economic impact of the slow vaccine rollout.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7202562/slower-vaccines-spells-economic-fears/?cs=14258
    Jennifer Duke reports that the McKell Institute has warned that failing to speed up Australia’s vaccination rollout will increase the risk of new COVID-19 outbreaks and snap lockdowns that researchers warn could cost the economy more than $1 billion. (As I write this, I see on ABC24 the mass vaccinations occurring in the US where 4.3 million shots were given just yesterday!)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/delays-will-increase-the-chance-of-lockdowns-mckell-institute-warns-of-1-4b-hit-to-economy-20210409-p57htz.html
    Stemming the social media ‘infodemic’ crucial in vaccine rollout, argues business law and taxation expert, Andrew Moshirnia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/stemming-the-social-media-infodemic-crucial-in-vaccine-rollout-20210411-p57i7n.html
    Greg Jericho looks at how the linkage between job vacancies and unemployment rate has been fractured by the pandemic.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/apr/11/yes-job-vacancies-are-high-but-laziness-is-not-the-reason-they-arent-being-filled
    Prominent employment lawyer Josh Bornstein has ruled himself out of an expected run for Parliament after a series of negative reports appeared in the media.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/josh-bornstein-abandons-run-for-kim-carr-s-safe-labor-spot-in-senate-20210411-p57ian.html
    Matt O’Sullivan writes that the discovery of corrosion in the hulls of the NSW government’s new fleet of Emerald-class ferries has sparked concerns about the structural soundness of the vessels in the longer term. Another example of failure to differentiate between price and cost?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/corrosion-in-hulls-of-new-sydney-ferries-sparks-concerns-about-long-term-cost-20210331-p57fll.html
    Could the Murdochs be preparing to make right-wing US cable television station Fox News and its shows such as Tucker Carlson Tonight and Hannity available more broadly to Australians via a streaming service? Paperwork filed with at least one government agency suggests so, writes Zoe Samios.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/are-the-murdochs-preparing-to-unleash-fox-news-on-australia-20210410-p57i3t.html
    The list of government MPs who have escaped serious consequences for bad behaviour is long and at odds with the prevailing mood, writes Jacqui Maley who bemoans MPs seemingly floating high above a rising tide of accountability.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/mps-a-protected-species-floating-high-above-a-rising-tide-of-accountability-20210409-p57hx2.html
    Federalism is about the feds and the states. For a century, each played their assigned roles. Canberra had power and money and beat the states ragged; the states wept piteously and tried to betray each other. COVID has changed this game, like Kerry Packer changed cricket, opines Greg Craven.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/for-first-time-since-wwi-the-states-are-the-boss/news-story/1c1fb05090ffb3fb719065312bd83622
    The vaccine rollout debacle is further evidence that the federal Department of Health should not be in charge of reforming the aged care sector, as recommended by one of the Aged Care Royal Commissioners. Dr Sarah Russell and Elizabeth Minter report on the failure of neo-liberalism and its privatisation of government services.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/end-neo-liberal-experiment-gutting-of-bureaucracy-led-to-vaccine-and-aged-care-failures/
    Nick Bonyhady explains how Australian gig economy giants are resisting union efforts to make their workers “employees” — with rights to the minimum wage and injury compensation — but have offered other concessions as their British arms either opt to change workers’ status or face financial consequences.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/gig-economy-firms-divided-over-workers-rights-20210411-p57i9f.html
    The past year has seen more experts moving into the group willing to admit the future is too unpredictable and complex to ever have a firm grasp on. But this doesn’t, and shouldn’t, stop the nation’s top minds from attempting to make sense of the economy and its trajectory, writes Jennifer Duke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/in-an-uncertain-world-the-best-economists-know-they-don-t-know-the-future-20210406-p57guo.html
    According to Euan Black and Matthew Elmas, our economic recovery about to hit some major speed bumps.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/news-federal-budget/2021/04/12/deloitte-economic-recovery-speed-bumps/
    Thousands of jobs would be created in renewable energy projects this decade under a fast economic growth scenario with hydrogen playing a key role in fighting climate change, according to an Australian Energy Market Operator report on SA.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/hydrogen-and-renewables-to-power-up-jobs-in-sa-regions/news-story/43b64e4a9e09bf1c0f4a27cac4dea061
    The Grattan Institute explains why dipping into super won’t solve our housing affordability problem.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/property/2021/04/12/superannuation-house-deposit-grattan/
    Sarah Danckert writes that ASIC watchdog is poised to recommend that boards adequately respond to short-selling attacks amid a global push to develop consistent rules around the practise and weed out ambush tactics used against some listed companies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/corporate-watchdog-asic-to-release-new-board-advice-on-short-selling-attacks-20210409-p57hvr.html
    The pill causes clots too, so why no outrage, asks Gabriella Fowler.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-pill-causes-clots-too-why-no-outrage-20210410-p57i3w.html
    Advice limiting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger Australians would likely be overturned if there was a significant coronavirus outbreak. Expert vaccine advisers to the federal government have told The Sunday Age and Sun-Herald that Australia’s near elimination of coronavirus was central to its decision to preference the Pfizer vaccine for those aged under 50.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/control-is-precarious-astrazeneca-advice-may-change-in-outbreaks-20210410-p57i2f.html
    Paul Karp tells us that New South Wales police passed up an offer by South Australian police to take a statement alleging sexual assault against Christian Porter – apparently without putting the option to the alleged victim – new documents reveal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/11/nsw-police-passed-up-sa-offer-to-take-statement-alleging-sexual-assault-against-christian-porter
    Angela Macdonald-Smith report that, according to the Grattan Institute, Australia does not need coal-fired power stations to keep electricity bills down, but rushing to 100 per cent renewable energy will be “expensive” without major technology breakthroughs to provide back-up power during long winter wind droughts.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/no-need-for-coal-but-100pc-renewables-too-expensive-grattan-20210407-p57h9y
    David C Paul examines how what he describes as the “gas cabal” has got its own way with the government.
    https://theaimn.com/the-gas-cabal-exposed/
    On the eve of the Senate inquiry into the media, the full extent of News Ltd ownership has been revealed.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/04/12/news-corp-ownership-senate-inquiry/
    His death, aged 99, reminds us that for all of the Queen’s longevity her time as head of the family and the Commonwealth is coming to an end, says the SMH editorial which believes Philip’s death could be another step towards us becoming a republic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/prince-philip-s-passing-could-be-another-step-towards-a-republic-20210411-p57i9y.html
    The rape problem isn’t going away, and men must speak up against the entitled minority that furthers it, writes A L Jones.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/real-men-need-to-speak-up-against-the-entitled-minority,14975
    In what could be an exciting development, the NSW transport department has signed up to use a quantum computer to “self-heal” issues in real time.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/how-a-microscopic-particle-could-improve-your-sydney-commute-20210411-p57i6m.html
    The universities of Sydney, New South Wales, Monash and Queensland have engaged former journalist and policy adviser John Garnaut to detect foreign interference risks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-turnbull-security-adviser-auditing-academics-links-to-china-20210408-p57hoj.html
    US elections are entering a disturbing phase that bodes ill for what was once regarded as the world’s greatest democracy. This is occurring in response to Donald Trump’s claim that the presidential election was stolen from him through counting of illegal votes, explains George Williams who says that Australians can be grateful for the independence and integrity of our electoral systems and officials.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/trumps-legacy-a-wounded-democracy/news-story/005193f41a6d1baf888c29e49258e47f

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  24. A culture of corruption is engulfing the Morrison government. It’s not just the endless graft and largesse – the million-dollar contracts to Liberal linked companies, the generously (mis)allocated ‘grants’ to coalition seats, the personal sinecures to retiring party faithful, the cruel illegality of Robodebt – we’ve become inured to all that, this is a corruption of the idea of democratic government itself. It is insidious, pervasive, and in its undermining of political institutions, dangerous.

    https://johnmenadue.com/professor-jenny-hocking-a-culture-of-corruption-is-engulfing-the-morrison-government/

  25. “The pill causes clots too, so why no outrage, asks Gabriella Fowler.”

    Easy – it only concerns women so the reaction has always been “meh!”.

    Blood clots from a vaccine though affect men as well, hence the rush to look into it.

  26. The NSW police could be held responsible for the death of Porter’s alleged victim. Their refusal to take her statement for the flimsiest of reasons. Other legal documents including affidavits and statutory declarations were able to be signed and witnessed online from the beginning of the pandemic. The “we couldn’t get permission to travel to SA” excuse does not hold up.

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

  27. The Monumental Morrison Rollout Disaster

    While Price is essentially saying GPs will be covered, it’s a slightly different story for state run vaccination clinics.

    This is why acting Victorian premier James Merlino, in announcing earlier today the rollout of the AstraZeneca jab would be paused until updated health information could be translated into more languages, also called on the federal government to provide indemnity agreements for state-run facilities, so the state government is legally protected against being sued if the AstraZeneca vaccine is administered to a younger person.

    Victorian health minister Martin Foley said he was confident this would be given, but it just had not come through yet.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/apr/12/australia-news-live-kerry-stokes-ben-roberts-smith-uncertainty-clouds-vaccine-rollout-pfizer-scott-morrison-astrazeneca

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