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.


1,460 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. Sickening – the CrimeMinister getting teary and “emotional” as he talked about troops being withdrawn from Afghanistan. (Australia should never have been involved in the first place but Howard insisted.)

    He raved on about sacrifice and courage, things he has never experienced in his entire miserable, mendacious life, and wept crocodile tears for the families left bereaved by this filthy war.

    Ugh!

    • Good comments in this thread – not one of those mentioned will get tears from the CrimeMinister. Those are reserved for war “heroes”.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Michelle Grattan has written a cracker of a piece that shows how Christine Holgate, with nothing to lose, has homed in on Morrison’s weak spot.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-16/morrison-holgate-australia-post/100073004
    Labor set up an ambush for Scott Morrison, who blundered in. And a competent professional woman became the collateral damage, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/in-the-end-it-was-politics-that-felled-christine-holgate-20210415-p57jcx
    If bullying can happen to Christine Holgate at the highest level, then what happens to other women at work, asks industry professor, Nareen Young.
    https://theconversation.com/if-bullying-can-happen-to-christine-holgate-at-the-highest-level-then-what-happens-to-other-women-at-work-158956
    Richard Holden thinks that Christine Holgate’s ‘principal’ error was applying corporate logic to Australia Post.
    https://theconversation.com/christine-holgates-principal-error-was-applying-corporate-logic-to-australia-post-158959
    If the PM wants the states to drive mass vaccination, he should pay up, writes David Crowe who says Morrison has finally realised that picking fights with the premiers never pays off in this pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/if-the-pm-wants-the-states-to-drive-mass-vaccination-he-should-pay-up-20210415-p57jiw.html
    Matt Wade writes that senior economists are warning Australia’s disrupted COVID-19 vaccination rollout is likely to take at least six months longer than some comparable countries and cost the economy tens of billions of dollars in lost output.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/delayed-vaccination-rollout-will-cost-australia-tens-of-billions-say-economists-20210415-p57jk3.html
    Yesterday’s excellent news of another reduction in unemployment comes hot on the heels of the NAB economics department reporting business conditions surged to a record high in March. That’s great, but it doesn’t mean business conditions are at a record high, explains Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/04/16/michael-pascoe-business-conditions/
    Scott Morrison has canvassed options for allowing Australians to travel overseas for funerals or business before opening the door to mass travel. The plans include the possibility of having those travellers quarantine at home on returning, report Kate Aubusson and Latika Bourke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/quarantining-at-home-on-the-agenda-for-travelling-australians-20210415-p57jkr.html
    And Morrison has said there would be at least 1000 coronavirus cases in Australia every week if the international borders were to open, even when vulnerable people are vaccinated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/incursion-opening-international-borders-would-see-1000-cases-per-week-says-morrison-20210415-p57jmo.html
    Writing from the US, Matthew Knott tells us how a COVID vaccine restored his faith in America.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/injection-of-hope-how-a-covid-vaccine-restored-my-faith-in-america-20210415-p57jeh.html
    The nurses’ union, the Queensland government, and the peak doctors’ body have warned the deployment of mass vaccination clinics will place strain on Australia’s immunisation workforce, writes Christopher Knaus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/16/coalitions-mass-vaccination-clinics-will-put-strain-on-healthcare-workforce-industry-groups-say
    Kristina Keneally has booked her own flight to Christmas Island to visit a Tamil family held in immigration detention after a government-approved committee trip was cancelled at the last minute by Defence Minister Peter Dutton.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/kristina-keneally-books-own-ticket-to-christmas-island-to-see-tamil-family-after-dutton-drops-private-flight-20210415-p57jkp.html
    Paul Karp tells us that Scott Morrison has again been urged by members of his own government to give a budget boost to the auditor general, despite the prime minister brushing off a similar request last year.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/16/coalition-mps-renew-call-for-scott-morrison-to-boost-auditor-generals-budget
    Kaye Lee writes that no amount of “official” photography can hide the man beneath the baseball cap. She pulls apart Scotty from Marketing.
    https://theaimn.com/no-amount-of-official-photographs-can-hide-the-man-beneath-the-baseball-cap/
    The LNP, led by the mendacious Morrison, is in a bad place. Morally bankrupt, it is destructive, by default and design. Many have followed, both blindly and with intent, and now find themselves equally bereft, says Bruce Haigh.
    https://johnmenadue.com/look-at-morrison-and-see-for-yourself/
    As the minority NSW government relies on the independents for stability, the timing is perfect for a private members’ bill to legalise assisted dying, posits Alexandra Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/a-life-and-death-question-for-the-people-and-for-berejiklian-s-government-20210414-p57j1n.html
    Yes, interest rates are low, but that doesn’t mean Australian housing is getting more affordable, explains Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/apr/15/yes-interest-rates-are-low-but-that-doesnt-mean-australian-housing-is-getting-more-affordable
    Mike Foley writes that rural leaders are putting the Nationals on notice in the lead up to international climate talks that farmers are still furious over the Kyoto climate accord, warning the bush won’t pay the bill for climate action again.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-are-nationals-voters-angry-about-climate-policies-it-s-not-coal-20210415-p57jjp.html
    Failure is not an option, and Australia must radically scale up its climate targets now, urges Will Steffen.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/15/failure-is-not-an-option-australia-must-radically-scale-up-its-climate-targets-now
    The Climate Council says Australia needs to triple its ambition to cut carbon emissions by 2030. Professor Lesley Hughes tells us why.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/what-keeps-climate-scientists-like-me-awake-at-night-and-why-the-next-10-years-are-so-critical-20210415-p57jdt.html
    Anthony Galloway reports that Scott Morrison has warned that authoritarian countries are threatening liberal democracies.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/great-polarisation-morrison-warns-authoritarian-countries-are-threatening-liberal-democracies-20210415-p57jgd.html
    Lisa Cox reveals that environmental consultants from a company that advised governments on major developments in New South Wales have made windfall gains of millions of dollars by selling what’s known as conservation offsets for those very same developments to the state and federal governments.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/16/enormous-sum-of-money-40m-windfall-from-nsw-environmental-offsets-sparks-calls-for-inquiry
    The Nationals are counterfeiting the online identities of their political foes in a critical by-election in NSW by registering other peoples’ domain names, once again employing “bad faith” tactics that a regulator criticised them for using in 2019. Callum Foote reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/domain-squatters-nationals-play-dirty-website-tactics-to-defeat-foes-in-nsw-by-election/
    John Warhurst thinks that Prince Philip’s death will foreshadow the re-raising of the republic issue in Australia. He says that Australians should prepare themselves for King Charles in the not-too-distant future and it is in that context that the next republican referendum will be held.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7208806/prince-philips-death-foreshadows-the-debate-to-come/?cs=14258
    We can mourn Prince Philip, but not the monarchy, says Afua Hirsch.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/15/we-can-mourn-prince-philip-but-not-the-monarchy
    Now it’s Labor’s turn. A former ministerial adviser in the Andrews government has reported her former partner – a senior adviser in the Premier’s office – to police following years of alleged domestic abuse.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/andrews-staffer-leaves-premier-s-office-after-ex-partner-accuses-him-of-violent-assaults-20210415-p57jki.html
    This week, the PM shunned the media and took to social media to defend his Government’s bungled vaccine rollout, writes Michelle Pini wh has a decent dig at him.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-premature-vaccine-rollout-an-anticlimax,14990
    A group of Coalition MPs will ramp up pressure on the federal government to scrap legislation to increase the super guarantee to 12 per cent, or make it optional, if this year’s half a percentage point hike goes ahead, explains Jennifer Duke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-mps-won-t-let-up-opposing-super-increase-labor-warns-of-an-annual-fight-20210415-p57jd5.html
    Even before the government hit troubled waters, meddling with the super guarantee was always laden with risk. Now it would be a suicide mission says Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/capping-super-contributions-was-never-going-to-fly-politically-20210415-p57jci
    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, outdated “zombie” economic policies require fundamental rethinking, writes Professor John Quiggin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/john-quiggin-the-end-of-the-zombies-inflation-targeting,14991
    The Queensland Liberal National party has banked more than $30,000 in donations from a company owned by the billionaire Brisbane skyscraper developer Sam Chong since February last year, despite deeming the company a “prohibited donor” two years ago, reports Ben Smee.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/16/queensland-liberal-national-party-accepted-more-than-30000-from-previously-prohibited-donor
    Education experts Julie Sonnemann and Jordana Hunt say that if the government really wants to entice high-achieving graduates into teaching it will have to pay them substantially more.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/yes-minister-you-can-entice-our-best-and-brightest-into-teaching-you-will-have-to-pay-them-more-20210415-p57jib.html
    Murray Watt has raised questions over whether Liberal-appointed members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal have been overpaid for phantom hours worked. Surely not!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7208655/a-bit-smelly-questions-raised-over-liberal-aat-appointment-pay/?cs=14329
    The High Court’s current deliberations about the legality of warrants issued last year to the AFP to search the home of John Zhang, part-time assistant to NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane, are the tip of a massive iceberg of government abuses of power, writes Stuart Rees.
    https://johnmenadue.com/paranoia-over-china-government-media-afp-collusion/
    “Farewell Afghanistan, mission unaccomplished”, writes Tony Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/farewell-afghanistan-mission-unaccomplished-20210415-p57jmj.html
    And the SMH editorial says that it was about time Australia and the US cut their losses in Afghanistan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/about-time-australia-and-the-us-cut-their-losses-in-afghanistan-20210415-p57jku.html
    A group of taxpayer-funded aged care homes funnelled $31 million back into the coffers of one of Australia’s largest churches, an ABC investigation has found. The homes include St Basil’s in Melbourne, where 45 residents died in Australia’s deadliest COVID outbreak.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-16/st-basils-greek-church-taxpayer-funding/100068128
    The AFR explains how the ANZ Banking Group is going hell for leather in a perceived attempt to lock customers into high-fee credit cards ahead of a deadline for the financial regulator’s new Design and Distribution Obligations, which may find such deals are not compliant.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/anz-in-credit-card-blitz-before-asic-deadline-20210414-p57j6a
    Elizabeth Knight reports that, after months of negotiations, the NSW gaming regulator ILGA has come to a deal with James Packer which is believed to prohibit him from voting his 37 per cent stake on almost all issues relating to his casino empire Crown Resorts.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/packer-s-win-lose-as-he-keeps-crown-shares-but-forfeits-vote-20210415-p57jlq.html
    New Delhi will use hotels and banquet halls to treat coronavirus patients as new infections in Inda shot past 200,000 amid a devastating surge.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/india-s-biggest-cities-shut-down-as-new-virus-cases-hit-200-000-20210416-p57jod.html
    This American priest working in East Timor has earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”,
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/the-priest-was-idolised-but-his-accusers-say-the-price-for-his-charity-was-too-high-20210408-p57hlj.html

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  3. Federal minister for employment minister Stuart Robert has been out and about this morning talking about the government’s new “woman-led recovery”, citing that 80% of the new jobs created in March went to women

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/apr/16/australia-news-live-scott-morrison-says-reopening-international-borders-risks-1000-coronavirus-cases-a-week-covid-blood-clots-death-vaccine-rollout-queensland-nsw-mass-clinics-perth-astrazeneca-pfizer-afghanistan-troops

    As someone suggested, an increase in tricoteuses might be the way to go.

    • Just how many of those alleged “jobs” were full-time, permanent work with proper pay and conditions as opposed to menial work with no decent conditions and bosses who refuse to pay award wages? How many involved shitty (literally) work in aged care, a workforce known for high turnover of staff? How many of those alleged jobs were part-time? How many will disappear within a few months or will not last more than a few weeks?

  4. The CrimeMinister, desperate for a good news announcement, has decided to blather on about opening international borders for business travel and to allow Australians to attend events like overseas funerals. (The dead don’t care if you get to their funerals or not.)

    It would be madness to do as he suggests, sheer lunacy, especially as he seems to think quarantining at home will be good enough for returning travellers. How on earth can we trust Australians to do the right thing and stay at home when there have been so many examples of lunatics breaking quarantine over the past year?

    While he looks for yet another announcement far better minds than his are issuing warnings.

    Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

    Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely” need a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated.
    He also said it’s possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/15/pfizer-ceo-says-third-covid-vaccine-dose-likely-needed-within-12-months.html

    Since this virus arrived and the talk began to focus on vaccines I’ve thought we would need annual shots just as we do for flu. Viruses mutate, all we will ever be able to do is protect against what vaccine manufacturers believe will be the most prevalent new strains – just as they do with flu vaccines.

    • A lot of very good responses to this idiotic brainfart in this thread –

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In what is becoming a weekly event, Peter Hartcher writes critically of Scott Morrison, this time going to his “masterstroke of political mismanagement”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/too-great-expectations-morrison-s-masterstroke-of-political-mismanagement-20210416-p57jy8.html
    Scott Morrison was so keen to own a successful vaccine rollout he forgot about the risk of overseeing a debacle, says Katherine Murphy. She points to the concerns that Morrison’s new whip cracking timetable is configured around the need to feed the media cycle rather than serving the imperative of clear headed deliberation and decision making.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/17/scott-morrison-was-so-keen-to-own-a-successful-vaccine-rollout-he-forgot-about-the-risk-of-overseeing-a-debacle
    Paul Bongiorno writes about Morrison’s delivery failures piling up. He looks at many of them in quite a detailed examination. This is a cracker!
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2021/04/17/morrisons-delivery-failures-pile/161858160011480
    Dennis Atkins says that Morrison’s myriad messes put his re-election chances in jeopardy.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/04/17/scott-morrison-election-chances/
    But Peter van Onselen reckons the pile-on from the Morrison haters is likely to backfire.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/pileon-from-the-morrison-haters-is-likely-to-backfire/news-story/729a6c0f11008f1389e63b5338c439e6
    Karen Middleton tells us how Christine Holgate lost her job trying to save Australia Post.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/17/how-christine-holgate-lost-her-job-trying-save-australia-post
    Jennifer Michels begins her contribution with, “Over the years Australia has had many politicians and governments who have applied one bandaid after another. Sadly, I feel in the case of the Morrison Government more than the average have been applied.”
    https://theaimn.com/morrisons-bandaids/
    The NSW government is preparing for a potential major overhaul of its coronavirus vaccination program, including the possible distribution of new vaccines.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-readies-vaccine-plan-b-amid-astrazeneca-uncertainty-20210416-p57jqx.html
    The goalposts have shifted once again on Australia’s closed borders. The Morrison government should tell Australians what the path out looks like, urges Latika Bourke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/when-will-borders-open-why-australia-needs-to-set-out-its-covid-endgame-20210414-p57j0w.html
    The Therapeutic Goods Administration says the death of a 48-year-old woman this week was likely linked to her COVID-19 vaccination.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/nsw/woman-s-death-likely-linked-to-covid-19-vaccine-tga-20210416-p57jz8.html
    The states and territories are demanding additional funding from the federal government in exchange for their stepping in to get the beleaguered vaccine rollout back on track, reports Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/17/ramping-the-vaccine-rollout/161858160011484
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg knows now is not the time to cut budget spending, but he has to make sure Australia’s remarkable economic recovery isn’t wasted, says David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-time-for-austerity-frydenberg-puts-the-priority-on-economic-repair-20210416-p57jv8.html
    Mike Seccombe believes that the US climate summit will be a reckoning for Scott Morrison.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/17/us-climate-summit-be-reckoning-morrison/161858160011469
    Alexandra Macdonald-Smith reports that Origin Energy has slashed guidance for full-year profit after being hit by a gas price ruling deemed “unfathomable” by one analyst and points to higher prices for east coast manufacturers, threatening the federal government’s gas-led recovery.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/origin-cuts-profit-guidance-on-shocker-gas-ruling-20210416-p57jr1
    In a sign the city’s recovery is gaining pace, City of Melbourne data shows pedestrian activity had returned to 72 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/pulsing-with-people-melbourne-foot-traffic-climbs-to-highest-level-since-start-of-pandemic-20210416-p57jxr.html
    A comprehensive study of more than 230,000 people by Oxford University researchers has linked neurological disorders, such as stroke and dementia, to Covid-19.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/17/covid-19-and-its-effects-the-brain/161858160011483
    A ban on popular artificial stone benchtops is being considered by a national taskforce grappling with spiralling rates of deadly silicosis in tradies, reports Carrie Fellner.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ban-on-popular-benchtops-being-considered-as-wave-of-deadly-illness-sparks-alarm-20210416-p57jxy.html
    Jennifer Duke writes that childcare overhaul and parental leave top the wish list for leading female economists.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/childcare-overhaul-and-parental-leave-top-the-wish-list-for-leading-female-economists-20210414-p57j2f.html
    Frank Robson sets out to explain why people get caught up in conspiracy theories.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-thrill-of-the-game-why-are-people-drawn-into-conspiracy-theories-20210304-p577tv.html
    For too long good women have been routinely doubted and dismissed, but the reception for the courageous testimony of ousted Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate this week suggests a promising change in our culture, writes Elaine Stead.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/holgate-s-moment-to-shine-brought-hope-for-all-women-we-re-starting-to-be-believed-20210416-p57jqu.html
    The AFR tells us that new witnesses will be hauled before the Senate inquiry that unearthed explosive allegations by former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate as early as April 27, with the Liberal-aligned board in the frame to be grilled. Tony Nutt will be one of them.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/leaders/australia-post-board-to-be-grilled-in-holgate-sequel-20210416-p57jw8
    Stuart Robert has been forced to defend his own luxury watch and excessive spending scandals while justifying the treatment of former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7212225/stuart-robert-defends-luxury-watch-scandal/?cs=14329
    For years Susan Ryan fought to get the Sex Discrimination Act passed. Three decades later, the battle continues with a push to bring politicians and judges under the law, writes Chris Wallace.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/17/updating-the-sex-discrimination-act/161858160011472
    Margaret Simons explains why journalists need to take social media responsibilities seriously. Quite interesting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/journalists-need-to-take-social-media-responsibilities-seriously-20210415-p57jn6.html
    Tim Barlass writes about the anger, heartbreak and acceptance at our withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/anger-heartbreak-and-acceptance-at-withdrawal-of-troops-from-afghanistan-20210416-p57jvl.html
    With our troops coming home, Lohn Blaxland reflects on Australia’s involvement in what has long seemed to be an unwinnable war.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/was-it-worth-it-the-positives-and-negatives-of-australia-s-war-in-afghanistan-20210416-p57jur.html
    Greg Sheridan writes, “The 20-year war in Afghanistan has been a civilisational failure for the West. It is not Australia’s most expensive war. We suffered 41 combat deaths, which is a grievous and terrible burden on the families and loved ones of those brave Australians who died. But strategically, the Afghanistan war will have profound effects on Australia, many of them negative, and some of them positive.”
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/war-in-afghanistan-a-forever-and-fateful-failure/news-story/685d93564565787fb49d631dcde5473c
    A secret taskforce set up to cut costs and reduce access to the NDIS is the tip of the iceberg in a suite of plans to dramatically reshape the scheme, reveals Rick Morton in The Saturday Paper. He says controversial “robo-planning” reforms of the National Disability Insurance Scheme could lead to the loss of 1200 jobs within the agency and hugely limit the input of disabled people, according to a proposal prepared for the scheme’s board and executive leadership team.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/04/17/the-restructuring-the-ndis/161858160011479
    Bruce Guthrie looks at a clearer vision for Australian journalism beyond the Murdoch media.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/04/16/bruce-guthrie-media-diversity/
    Adele Ferguson reports that the scandal-ridden Chinese-owned Van Dairy Group was in turmoil yesterday as fresh investigations were launched amid secret plans to hive off parts of the business.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/chinese-owners-of-scandal-ridden-dairy-scramble-to-sell-the-farm-20210416-p57jx7.html
    After years of a ‘coal-first’ mentality, Townsville is starting to see a future for itself as a green-energy powerhouse, writes Ben Smee.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/apr/17/townsvilles-road-to-paris-moment-the-slow-greening-of-an-adani-stronghold
    Richard Denniss explains coal’s fragile economics.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2021/04/17/coals-fragile-economics/161858160011481
    The High Court’s current deliberations about the legality of warrants issued last year to the AFP to search the home of John Zhang, part-time assistant to NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane, are the tip of a massive iceberg of government abuses of power, opines Stuart Rees.
    https://johnmenadue.com/paranoia-over-china-government-media-afp-collusion/
    Sarah Danckert reports that Lex Greensill faces a possible public grilling over the spectacular company collapse. And I should think so, too!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/lex-greensill-faces-possible-public-grilling-over-company-collapse-20210415-p57jff.html
    Greensill Capital’s Australian parent group is under investigation for potential insolvent trading after administrators Grant Thornton recommended it be liquidated. This is hardly surprising!
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/greensill-under-investigation-for-insolvent-trading-20210416-p57joa
    Beef farmers are finally in greener pastures after battling years of what was the most severe drought on record and they’re poised to tap a rare opportunity to modernise their operations and ultimately kick-start the market for climate-conscious meat, writes Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-very-very-optimistic-time-once-in-a-generation-chance-for-australia-s-drought-hit-beef-farmers-20210415-p57jkn.html
    The publication of two volumes of George Pell’s prison journals that may come as a surprise to people who think of him as a thug of Catholic conservatism, writes Peter Craven.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/pell-prison-journals-should-fascinate-friend-and-foe-alike-20210415-p57jll.html
    Vale Andrew Peacock, 82.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/andrew-peacock-dies-in-the-united-states-aged-82-20210416-p57jze.html
    Tony Mokbel has been ordered to face a retrial on drug-trafficking charges that were quashed because of the Lawyer X scandal. However, writes Tammy Mills, despite the Court of Appeal ruling on Friday, prosecutors won’t pursue a new case against the Melbourne gangland identity.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/court-orders-mokbel-to-face-retrial-on-quashed-drug-trafficking-charges-20210416-p57jrx.html
    The delightful Ibrahim family is back in the news again.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-hunt-for-fresh-clues-in-underworld-kidnapping-20210416-p57jxt.html
    It may not be an economic miracle, but the accelerating recovery now underway is a breathtaking turn of fortunes for the much-denigrated British economy, explains Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/coiled-spring-the-uk-s-economic-surge-has-taken-the-world-by-surprise-20210416-p57jok.html

    Russia has asked 10 US diplomats to leave the country in retaliation for Washington’s expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats over alleged malign activity and suggested the US ambassador return home for consultations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/russia-retaliating-against-washington-asks-10-us-diplomats-to-leave-20210417-p57jzt.html

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  6. “Adele Ferguson reports that the scandal-ridden Chinese-owned Van Dairy Group was in turmoil yesterday as fresh investigations were launched amid secret plans to hive off parts of the business.”

    Another Morrison failure – he was the Treasurer who approved the sale to Chinese company Moon Lake.

    Everything he touches turns to shit – in this case quite literally, judging by the photos.

  7. No one in Morrison’s government is “responsible” for anything

    The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has rebuffed a push by her state counterparts to be kept in the loop about the Morrison government’s plans for climate action ahead of international talks in Glasgow in November – telling them she is not responsible for mitigation efforts.

    Several sources have confirmed to Guardian Australia there was a stoush in Thursday’s meeting between Ley and a number of state ministers, both Liberal and Labor.

    State environment ministers insisted their federal counterpart should assert responsibility for reducing the risks of runaway climate change, and commit to consultation and collaboration with the states, given managing climate risk was integral to effective environmental stewardship.

    But Ley is understood to have said she could not commit to brief or coordinate with them on climate change mitigation efforts because that would go beyond the bounds of her portfolio responsibilities. Angus Taylor has responsibility for climate action in the Morrison government.

    Environment, energy and climate change were previously in a single portfolio federally when Josh Frydenberg held the portfolio, but that has changed under the Morrison government.

    As they pointed out to Ley, some of the state ministers retain both policy responsibilities, and considered it untenable for the federal environment minister to effectively opt out of responsibility for climate mitigation efforts.

    Ley told her state counterparts she would cooperate on adaptation and resilience measures that were within the scope of her federal environment portfolio.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/17/environment-minister-sussan-ley-says-climate-action-not-her-portfolio-in-stoush-with-states

  8. That Bill Maher vid disappered quickly eh!

    No replacement as yet but I’ll keep looking and get back to you asap.

  9. Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate was kicking herself today, saying that she should’ve just taken an unsolicited, sexually inappropriate photograph of a stranger rather than awarding four executives a bonus watch.

    “What was I thinking? If only I’d hid in a bush and taken photos of a woman in public without her knowledge, I’d still have my job right now. But instead I had a brain-snap and gave a corporate gift,” she said.
    Ms Holgate, who was forced to stand aside from her job after pressure from the Prime Minister, said if she’d had her time again she would’ve paid $26.7 million too much for land next to an airport, owned by Liberal Party donors, rather than spend $20,000 on four watches.

    “I mean that’s obvious now, but at the time I just didn’t think of it. But if I’d done that, the Prime Minister would never have called for my resignation. I’d still be in a job. Probably promoted.”

    The former Australia Post chief said she made the grave error of rewarding people rather than bullying them. “Now that I’ve had time to reflect on the situation, I can see that I should’ve called those executives lying cows, or at the very least relentlessly bullied them on Facebook. I’ve still got a lot to learn”.

    https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/04/13/christine-holgate-photo-up-a-mans-trousers/

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    James Massola tells us that the Morrison government will promise at least $10 billion over four years for aged care in the May federal budget, including allowing more people to stay in their own homes for longer. Sounds a lot, but it looks like it will fall a long way short of the royal commission recommendations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/very-big-package-10-billion-aged-care-boost-at-heart-of-federal-budget-20210417-p57k23.html
    I missed this one a few days ago. Niki Savva savages Morrison yet again.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/return-to-gender-christine-holgate-saga-a-tripwire-for-pm/news-story/a5f6860c876bf61b679f45bf00eab0dd
    Anthony Galloway reports that Karen Andrews will make cyber security and safely reopening Australia’s borders her top priorities, while stressing there will be no softening of Australia’s hardline stance on border protection as “a change of minister does not mean a change of policy”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-home-affairs-minister-declares-cyber-security-and-female-representation-top-priorities-20210415-p57jnn.html
    James Massola goes inside Albanese’s “Don’t interrupt your enemy while he’s stuffing up” election campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/don-t-interrupt-your-enemy-while-he-s-stuffing-up-inside-albanese-s-off-broadway-election-strategy-20210415-p57jk6.html
    From public enemy to wronged CEO. Sarak Basford Canales writes about Christine Holgate’s path to vindication.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7211953/from-public-enemy-to-wronged-ceo-holgates-path-to-vindication/?cs=14350
    Peter FitzSimons reckons Scott Morrison’s making a beeline for Mike Baird to take back Tony Abbott’s old seat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/scott-morrison-s-making-a-beeline-for-mike-baird-to-take-back-tony-abbott-s-old-seat-20210416-p57jve.html
    The reaction to the navy twerkers said way more about the people reacting than the dance itself, says Jacqui Maley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-politics-of-the-twerk-and-other-matters-of-state-20210416-p57jwh.html
    Crispin Hull explains why the RBA can’t solve this housing crisis.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7213170/heres-why-the-rba-cant-solve-this-housing-crisis/?cs=14258
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals that the agency that runs the National Disability Insurance Scheme hired an “external research company” to help create a “new narrative” aimed at selling its controversial reforms to its staff and the public, leaked documents show.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/17/ndia-hired-research-company-to-sell-controversial-changes-to-staff-and-public-leaks-reveal
    Greg Jericho tell us how the race to the bottom on cutting company tax rates has failed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/apr/18/the-race-to-the-bottom-on-cutting-company-tax-rates-has-failed
    International law expert Geoffrey Robertson QC says Australia will “lose its reputation as a supporter of human rights” if the federal government fails to act on a ruling from the United Nations to bring stranded Aussies home.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/governments-handling-of-australians-stranded-overseas-blasted/news-story/3d649d7e99115908fff34547086d9e7e
    According to Michael Koziol, Catholic schools have split over Mark Latham’s proposal to ban any discussion of gender diversity in NSW classrooms, with the state’s main Catholic education body supporting the bill but the large Parramatta diocese lodging a strong objection.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/catholic-schools-split-over-mark-latham-s-anti-trans-education-bill-20210414-p57j6r.html
    The one thing we can say for sure about Australia’s economic recovery is that it has not been gas-fired, writes Ben Oquist in a long argumentation.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7212342/australias-recovery-has-not-been-gas-fired/?cs=14258
    Paul Sakkal tells us that sexual assault reports and wait times for counselling have soared in recent months as women’s issues have dominated the national agenda, but hundreds of cases in Victoria may be going undocumented because a “world-leading” reporting mechanism has been shut down.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/surge-in-sex-assault-reports-but-hundreds-may-remain-hidden-20210417-p57k1l.html
    It has been almost two years since landmark assisted dying laws were introduced in Victoria, but some palliative care organisations are refusing to formally certify deaths of terminally ill people who have taken their own lives under the scheme. Bastards!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/discriminatory-and-unethical-palliative-care-service-criticised-over-failure-to-verify-euthanasia-deaths-20210415-p57jif.html
    The law in Italy has made it difficult for women to have freedom of choice in the matter of abortion, some resorting to dangerous methods, writes Francesco Bertolucci.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/italian-legal-system-forcing-clandestine-abortions,14997

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  11. On this I am quite prepared to believe ‘Scott Morrison’ on this claim. It was just Scrott being his natural self.

  12. $10 billion for aged care sounds OK – until you look at the details.

    It’s spread over four years, so will do little to address the huge waiting list for home care let alone pay for more staff – at decent award wages in full-time positions – for workers in residential facilities.

    Most of the money will go to fatten the bank accounts (mostly off-shore) of the big companies who run the largely privatised aged care system, not into providing help where it is needed.

    The media reports assume this mendacious government is telling the truth with this promise, but how much of it will actually reach aged care and how much is just pie-in-the-sky blather created to win an election?

    James Massola reports that extra home care packages “will be implemented over time as part of the package”. What timeframe would that be? A year? Four years? Never? So far the money this government has tossed at home care barely addresses increases in the waiting list. With around 100,000 people on the waiting list for a package and some dying before they can be given any help how far will $2.5 billion a year go? A clue – last year the government funded 23,000 new packages at a cost of $1.6 billion. Do the maths – that $10 billion will not fix this huge problem.

    Imagine how much better things would be if ATM government budgets had not slashed billions from aged care

  13. I agree with Lizzie that Christine Holgate has more logistics experience that she could use for vaccine rollout eg Blackmores & AustPost than Commodore Eric Young, CV below

    Eric Young joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer in January 1994 from Central Queensland. He is a Maritime Warfare Officer specialising in both Anti-Submarine and Air Warfare. He has served in a variety of staff roles in Fleet Headquarters, Navy Headquarters, Australian Defence Headquarters, Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Maritime Border Command, and Maritime Task Force Headquarters in the Indo-Pacific and Middle East. In addition to his broad Navy career, he has diverse Federal Government experience, including a mid-career break to work in Industry, where he was an Account General Manager. In late 2020, Commodore Young assumed the role of Director-General United States Force Posture Initiatives and the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative.

    Eric’s CV seems to be missing logistics, distribution, drugs

    I wonder what Eric’s religion is? He was promoted from Captain to Commodore in Dec 2020

  14. I don’t think it matters if the CrimeMinister brings in the military to oversee the vaccine rollout or not.

    No-one, not even a RAN Commodore can supervise the distribution of non-existent vaccines.

    The blunt truth is we have hardly any vaccines, especially now the AstraZeneca vaccine which was supposed to go to all Australians, is now only being given to those over 55. The latest order for another 20 million Pfizer doses won’t arrive for months and months. The first order was going to arrive in small shipments until the end of the year, so we can expect to wait until well into next year before these extra doses arrive – if (big IF) the government really has placed an order. I would not be at all surprised if that turns out to be another lie.

    This government stuffed up the ordering of vaccines and lied to us time and time again, over months, with a string of phony announcements designed only to make the CrimeMinister and Grunt appear competent. Now the whole charade has collapsed around them and they are frantically trying to get on top of the mess they created by calling in the military.

    Commodore Eric Young had better get used to failure in a hell of a hurry.

    Here’s Paul Kelly, on 9 February, admitting that he has no idea when Pfizer orders will arrive. He claimed the initial 20 million doses of Pfizer will not finish arriving until the end of the year. He could have been being optimistic about that timing. (This was before the CrimeMinister announced another 20 million doses had been ordered.)

    PAUL KELLY: So they’ve certainly committed to those extra doses that were announced last week. So 20 million by the end of the year. How that plays out after those initial four to six weeks, I’m not sure that we have that yet. It does, of course, depend on the global demand, et cetera, and their ability to keep up with that demand, which is a challenge, a good challenge to have of course. There are now millions of millions, tens of millions even of people around the world who have received their vaccinations. So in one sense, that’s good. But they have guaranteed that they will supply us and there will be more details once we start to roll out how that how that works for both the- for the Pfizer doses. The AstraZeneca, we do expect an early delivery from overseas, but then backed up quickly from next month with our locally grown supply through CSL

    https://www.health.gov.au/news/chief-medical-officer-professor-paul-kellys-press-conference-on-9-february-2021

    • no words. . .

      I do remember in 2013 there was a push to get people on DSP into work. My friend who is on DSP was keen but I persuaded her not to get a part time job because when she got sick again, due to stress and winter, she would not be able to get back on DSP. As it was she lost her volunteer job to a friend she had introduced to the organisation. She is now in council run supported housing that is only available to people on DSP (JobSeeker is too low to pay the rent). We are waiting for her new accommodation to become available which she will have to furnish, so I will trot along to pay.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The Morrison government and the opposition will have to promise tens of billions of dollars’ worth of personal income tax cuts to 10 million workers on low and middle incomes — many of them women — or risk slowing Australia’s recovery from the pandemic, say Shane Wright and David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/ten-million-face-hip-pocket-hit-without-budget-tax-cut-20210416-p57juw.html
    Sean Kelly reckons Morrison’s problems could have been avoided. He says that after three years, this government has done little to suggest it has any talent for governing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/pm-s-problems-could-have-been-avoided-20210418-p57k5h.html
    To abandon vaccination targets is to abandon the mantle of leadership, say these two management experts.
    https://theconversation.com/to-abandon-vaccination-targets-is-to-abandon-the-mantle-of-leadership-159123
    People aged over 50 could be vaccinated sooner and more mass-vaccination sites opened to speed up the vaccine program, as the first of new bi-weekly national cabinet meetings focuses on the country’s vaccine rollout. Report Rachel Clun and Sumeyya Ilanbey.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/vaccines-for-over-50s-to-be-brought-forward-as-national-cabinet-reconfigures-rollout-20210418-p57k8c.html
    Surging global cases of COVID-19 are threatening Australia’s vaccine exit strategy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/surging-global-cases-of-covid-19-threaten-australia-s-vaccine-exit-strategy-20210414-p57j9j.html
    The editorial in The Canberra Times says Scott Morrison should use his empathy training and apologise to Christine Holgate.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7212815/pm-should-put-empathy-training-to-use/?cs=14258
    Pentecostal heavy, Denise Austin, tells us that Morrison’s faith paves way to justice for women and it’s all Labor’s fault. There goes my breakfast!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-s-faith-paves-way-to-justice-for-women-20210413-p57ixp.html
    Farrah Tomalin reports that women’s groups are pushing for the federal government to put the onus on employers to take action to prevent workplace sexual harassment amid dismay at the Commonwealth’s response to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work report.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/a-bit-despairing-dismay-at-government-response-to-sex-harassment-report-20210416-p57ju0.html
    Next month’s federal budget is the time to stop talking about aged care and start fixing it, writes Stephen Duckett.
    https://theconversation.com/next-months-federal-budget-is-the-time-to-stop-talking-about-aged-care-and-start-fixing-it-158951
    James Massola and Emma Koehn report that the Morrison government is strongly supportive and exploring the prospect of bringing cutting edge vaccine manufacturing onshore to ensure Australia can combat present, and future, pandemics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/support-grows-in-morrison-government-for-next-gen-vaccines-being-made-locally-20210415-p57jkf.html
    Peter Dutton, in his first major public decision in the Defence portfolio, will officially overrule Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell’s decision to strip the citations from more than 3000 special forces soldiers as a “collective punishment” for the alleged crimes uncovered by the Brereton inquiry.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/dutton-pulls-rank-on-adf-medal-ban/news-story/1fd405366965a34d73dedaf94aaab58e
    It’s time for those of us who predicted a long painful climb out of recession, and a lurch backwards when the JobKeeper subsidy ended, to admit we were wrong, writes Alan Kohler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/04/19/alan-kohler-economic-recovery-2/
    This AFR investigation reveals that Chinese migrants looking to enter Australia via the $5 million Significant Investor Visa program used ‘bogus documents and false claims’ in applications.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/golden-ticket-visa-applicants-used-gambling-wins-fake-passports-20210415-p57jfz
    How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? It’s bizarre, trumpets Richard Denniss.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/19/how-can-nsw-allow-new-coalmines-while-committing-to-net-zero-emissions-its-bizarre
    The watchdog tasked with cleaning up Australia’s horticultural industry has only fined 15 farms for worker exploitation in the past two-and-a-half years, despite receiving hundreds of requests for assistance, writes Cait Kelly who says figures released to The New Daily under FOI laws show pay disputes in horticulture make up less than 1 per cent of the ombudsman’s 26,900 annual closed cases.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/04/17/farm-workers-fined-ombudsman/
    During 2020, 96% of trees felled in the NSW region of Eden were turned into woodchips, with 1.5% for firewood. Elizabeth Minter and Harriet Swift report on the potentially illegal activity and the huge amount of taxpayers’ money being handed out to the timber industry.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/logging-eden-nsw-south-coast-forestry-dominated-by-potentially-illegal-wood-chipping/
    At least a dozen South Australian officials have been alerted to a potential local fire hazard, but red tape is ruining efforts to reduce risk, writes Oliver Corfe.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/blatant-bureaucracy-fuels-fire-risk-in-adelaide-hills,14978
    Nicholas Stuart writes that China will keep pushing the envelope.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7213828/china-is-going-to-keep-pushing-the-envelope/?cs=14258
    Eryk Bagshaw writes that China and the United States will push for stronger international climate change commitments by the end of the year in a show of solidarity that will put further pressure on Australia to take more action on emissions reduction.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/us-china-call-truce-to-cooperate-on-fixing-climate-crisis-20210418-p57k61.html
    Will the Five Eyes stare down China’s economic coercion? So far their self interest looks to be winning out, writes James Laurenceson.
    https://johnmenadue.com/will-the-five-eyes-stare-down-chinas-economic-coercion-no-sign-of-it-yet/
    Zoe Samios tells us that Sky News Australia is trying to strike a deal to keep programs such as The Bolt Report, Jones and Co and Paul Murray Live on free-to-air television as it nears the end of its agreement with broadcaster WIN Corp.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/sky-news-searches-for-free-to-air-future-for-alan-jones-andrew-bolt-20210418-p57k5g.html
    Jennifer Duke says that it’s time for the Coalition to put a gender lens back on the budget.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/time-for-the-coalition-to-put-a-gender-lens-back-on-the-budget-20210412-p57ier.html
    Of the more than 330,000 small businesses eligible to lodge business interruption insurance claims, less than 1 per cent have done so, prompting the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to step in to boost the numbers and launch surveillance work to make sure there is no misconduct, explains Adele Ferguson.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/asic-probing-long-wait-for-insurance-payouts-20210418-p57k4l
    According to Matt O’Sullivan, owners of high-rise buildings in Sydney will finally receive advice from the NSW government as early as today about what products they should use to replace flammable cladding found on their towers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/high-rise-owners-to-get-government-advice-about-safe-replacement-cladding-20210416-p57jr8.html
    Let’s not go back to the denial and delusion of the Thatcher years, writes John Harris.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/18/denial-delusion-thatcher-years-nostalgia-royal-modern-britain
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses have taken legal action against Australia’s charity watchdog after it ­revoked the organisation’s tax-­exempt status over concerns with the religion’s opaque global donations structure and alleged failure to protect vulnerable people.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/jehovahs-witnesses-facing-tax-turmoil/news-story/64acd93d531eb6b7301dda758e7ee2ff

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  16. “Zoe Samios tells us that Sky News Australia is trying to strike a deal to keep programs such as The Bolt Report, Jones and Co and Paul Murray Live on free-to-air television as it nears the end of its agreement with broadcaster WIN Corp”

    I realised a while ago that WIN doesn’t broadcast Sky News here – aren’t we lucky!

    Maybe an area crawling with retired conservative voters is not considered in need of conversion.

  17. Apparently the CrimeMinister or someone on his staff has had all references to being booed at the football taken off Twitter.

    Never underestimate the determination of Twitter fans to get around such Nazi tactics. If you go to @Honeputu’s thread you can see multiple versions.

    Like this –

  18. Labor’s opposition resources spokesperson Madeleine King has come out in support of thermal coal exports beyond 2050, in a position at odds with achieving the ambitions of the Paris climate accord. In an interview with The Australian, the West Australian MP simultaneously backed Anthony Albanese’s commitment of net-zero emissions by 2050 and continued export of both thermal and metallurgical coal for decades to come. “I think we go beyond the middle of the century, I really do,” she said. King said Labor was “absolutely not supportive one bit” of a push by Malcolm Turnbull for a moratorium on new coalmines in the Hunter Valley and that coal will experience “a slow gradual decline in demand”. According to analysis by Climate Analytics, coal for electricity needs to be phased out globally by 2040 to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the desired outcome of the Paris climate agreement. King’s comments come ahead of a virtual climate summit of world leaders this week, to be livestreamed for public viewing. The United States and China released a joint statement ahead of the summit pledging to cooperate to tackle the climate crisis

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/thebriefing/max-opray/2021/04/19/labor-backs-coal-beyond-2050

    Because it’s paywalled you can have the whole article – if you can stand the bullshit from Labor.

    Labor drops hostility to coal
    Opposition resources spokeswoman Madeleine King has said Labor will not stand in the way of new mines and believes Australia will export coal beyond 2050, as the party moves to recast itself as a middle-ground option in the climate change wars.

    Ms King, a West Australian MP who took over the resources portfolio in January, said she is up for the challenge of taking on the perception in Western Australia and Queensland that federal Labor is not supportive of the resources industry.

    When asked whether Labor supported the coal sector, Ms King said “you bet it does,” and stressed her belief that Australia would continue to export the ­resource past 2050.

    “It is a major export. It is in our top three in any given time at the moment,” Ms King told The Australian.

    “For so long as international markets want to buy Australian coal, which is high quality, then they will be able to.”

    Ms King said Labor was “absolutely not supportive one bit” of a push by Malcolm Turnbull for a moratorium on new coalmines, while adding there would also be “huge opportunities” for mining companies as the growth of low-emissions technologies increased demand for lithium, copper and nickel.

    She called for a more “mat­ure” discussion on climate change from both sides of the debate in which green activists recognised that coal and gas would be part of the nation’s economy for many years to come.

    “It is about having a more ­mature conversation and explaining exactly what this will involve,” she said.

    “We all want a renewable ­energy future but it will not, cannot, happen overnight.

    “We need to explain that … (and) junk these climate wars.

    “Some arguments have been turned into a sort of a zero-sum game and it all has to be action immediately.

    “And action is urgent. I think that it’s right to say we must act, but you cannot shut down ­people’s lives either and shut down industries overnight. And we shouldn’t want to do it.”

    Ms King, who supports ­Anthony Albanese’s commitment of net-zero emissions by 2050, said she believed Australia would be exporting both thermal and metallurgical coal in the second half of the century.

    “I think we go beyond the ­middle of the century, I really do,” Ms King said.

    “I aspire to net-zero emissions by 2050 but not every country is going to make it.”

    She said the coal exports were “still growing” and any declines in the sector were a “fair way off”.

    “The demand will remain for some time and we will continue to supply that demand,” Ms King said. “As an export trading nation, we are subject to the vagaries of the international market that decides when that decline happens.

    “I think (reduction in coal demand) is a fair way off yet. And I think it will be a slow gradual decline in demand as each (nation) that is committed to net-zero emissions figures out how it is going to make its energy mix work to get to that point.”

    Ms King’s vocal support of the resources sector comes as the ­Opposition Leader moves to recast Labor as a centre-ground ­option that will take strong action on ­climate change but also support traditional industries.

    At the ALP’s national conference last month, Labor made commitments to give tax breaks to electric cars but also inserted supportive references to the coal and gas sectors in its policy platform.

    Former resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has led the charge for the party to be more forthright in its support of the sector after the Adani and climate change ­issues savaged Bill Shorten’s support at the last election in Queensland, the NSW Hunter Valley and Western Australia.

    While Labor has been successful at a state level in WA and Queensland in the past decade, its primary vote in the resource states has barely lifted above 30 per cent since Julia Gillard contested the 2010 election

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/labor-drops-hostility-to-coal/news-story/652509f4ac93f9f01d3f6ee44f702709

    Link for the US/China agreement – where this places Labor with Biden will be interesting.
    China, U.S. agree on need for stronger climate commitments
    https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/china-us-agree-need-stronger-climate-action-commitments-statement-2021-04-18/

    • This is a much better video, and it’s free on YouTube – the “clean” version as opposed to the “dirty” (I suppose) version that contains the odd rude word.

  19. The privatisation of AP functions continues

    Two weeks ago, Issa received a letter from Australia Post stating the company had made “the difficult decision” to cease transportation of perishable food items across all its StarTrack services, including Road Express, Premium, Next Flight and Courier.

    Australia Post will also no longer accept perishable food items for delivery, the letter stated, defining perishable items to include any product requiring temperature control during transportation, such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, and frozen meals.

    In a statement provided to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Australia Post said the reason for the abrupt halt was “due to the complex food safety requirements differing across states and territories.

    “Australia Post will discontinue the carriage of certain foods destined for consumption across the delivery network from June 30, 2021 for a small number of customers.

    Australia Post will continue to work clo

    https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/this-is-going-to-ruin-people-australia-post-to-stop-delivering-perishable-food-20210416-h1v92m

    • Why on earth would anyone send frozen food or any other foods needing refrigeration through the post?

      I never knew anyone did that.

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