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.


3,208 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. I have only one thing to say to his claim no Australian faces a different law to any other Australian – Bullshit!

    Try telling indigenous Australians they are treated exactly the same by “the law”as wealthy white Australians and see what response you get. Try telling women who have had a male charged with rape they will get a fair hearing. What about those who had false and illegal robodebt claims inflicted on them? Did they get a “fair go”?

  2. A question for all pubsters.

    Do you still want me to post these vids now that the political angle seems to be fading out of the commentary of especially Jimmy K and Stephen C.

    I await your responses.

    • You’ve done a fantastic job with these posts and your generosity of time is really appreciated. It’s been good to see that there are/were anti-Trumpers with a voice too.

      But these people are on YouTube for anyone to access to keep up with the repubs’ shenanigans, as I do.

      Regards, Helen

    • Up to you.

      I have enjoyed these posts. I know these videos are on YouTube, but having them here each day makes sure I see them. I don’t go to YouTube every day but I am here every day.

      I hope you keep posting,it’s a good way to keep up with what’s going on in the US. I think it’s up to you to decide. Maybe curate them a bit, choose those you consider most relevant.

    • CK I look forward to your contributions especially Bill Maher, Jimmy Kimmel, Rachel Maddow. Somedays they aren’t very interesting but they don’t have ads when posted here

    • Thanks for the posts, it adds some colour to the blog, and when it is slow politically, gives us addicts something to keep up with. Please don’t feel you have to post them, just do it when the mood or the occasion calls you.

  3. So the CrimeMinister will temporarily remove Hunt from his portfolio, taking on the duties himself (Lord Help Us!) but Porter and Reynolds, who will be absent for far longer, with health or mental health issues may keep their portfolios.

    Why? Why not stand down Porter and Reynolds while they recover or hide or whatever it is they are doing?

    PM takes health portfolio off sick Greg Hunt
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/10/scott-morrison-greg-hunt/

  4. Great opening paragraph on the first link below.

  5. Have a read 😀

    Dr Fiona Martin has become the latest government MP stymied on how to answer questions on how an independent inquiry into the allegations against Christian Porter would impact ‘the rule of law’.

    Porter denies all allegations which have been made against him and NSW police has closed an investigation into the claims, after the woman who made the allegations died without giving a formal interview or signed statement.

    Dr Martin, the federal government MP for Reid ,was asked by the ABC’s Patricia Karvelas and why the solictor-general should not be consulted, and was unable to provide an answer.

    Here’s how it played out:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/mar/10/australia-new-live-daniel-andrews-trauma-ward-qantas-chief-border-closure-international-students-greg-hunt-health-covid-vaccine

  6. Anyone for joining dots?

    Guardian Australia understands Porter hired Bartlett more than four months before going public to deny the rape allegation.

    The attorney general engaged Bartlett in October after he became aware of potentially defamatory material that had been published online.

    The material did not mention the rape allegation and was published prior to the ABC broadcasting an episode of Four Corners in November looking into a culture of sexism and misogyny in Parliament House, including allegations of sexism against Porter.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/10/boss-of-law-firm-minterellison-reportedly-steps-down-over-christian-porter-furore

  7. leonetwo
    March 10, 2021 at 4:01 PM
    Up to you.

    I’ll keep posting when I can, which will be most days but I’ll prioritise the other stuff in my life, so may be a bit sporadic in future.

    The time difference is the issue b/c some are not available tiill 3 pm t’other side time, if I watch before posting it will not be till 5 – 6 pm your time.

    So I’ll post and if anyone wants to watch that will be their choice and if not then just scroll on by, hmmm sounds like a song title –

    • Come the mid-terms it will be full on politics again. They will be starting manoeuvering already

      The 2022 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. During this mid-term election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. Thirty-nine state and territorial gubernatorial and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.

      (Wiki)

    • CK,

      Whatever you choose to do will be greatly appreciated by all of us. Thank you for your sterling support in so many ways at The Pub!

      Please accept

      … but wait – there’s more …

  8. Fiona

    I am humbled and deeply appreciative of the compliment, as I am want to say ‘ta muchly’.

  9. The CrimeMinister and I-Never-Done-Nutin’ Porter have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    To save himself, PM must sacrifice Reynolds and Porter, says Niki Savva.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/to-save-himself-pm-must-sacrifice-reynolds-and-porter/news-story/eff8ef0b35987def91476d98146c5a5c
    Forcing job seekers to move is not just bad policy – it does nothing to address the economy’s real problems, says Greg Jericho as he demolishes the government’s demonisation of the unemployed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/mar/11/forcing-job-seekers-to-move-is-not-just-bad-policy-it-does-nothing-to-address-the-economys-real-problems
    Jennifer Wilson tells us what Morrison’s “exoneration” of Porter tells women.
    https://theaimn.com/what-morrisons-exoneration-of-porter-tells-women/
    David Crowe tells us that airline tickets will be sold at half price to 800,000 travellers in a federal bid to help the tourism industry survive the pandemic by encouraging more Australians to book flights.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cheap-flights-cut-price-plane-tickets-to-send-800-000-travellers-to-the-regions-20210310-p579kr.html
    The chief executive of MinterEllison, one of the nation’s most prominent law firms, has reportedly been asked to stand down after she criticised a senior partner of the firm for advising Christian Porter about his response to a 1988 rape allegation. Interestingly, this news comes as the federal government and the Liberal Party confirmed that Mr Porter and his cabinet colleague Linda Reynolds, will pay their own legal fees after engaging lawyers in separate matters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/law-firm-chief-asked-to-leave-as-embattled-ministers-told-to-pay-own-legal-costs-20210310-p579lg.html
    Professor Paul Strangio provides an interesting contrast between Dan Andrews and Scott Morrison.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/andrews-has-unleashed-a-quiet-revolution-20210310-p579bh.html
    Chip Le Grand writes that the Australian Republican Movement has seized on the latest travails of the Windsors, exposed by Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/republicans-flag-new-model-in-renewed-push-to-sever-royal-ties-20210310-p579jh.html
    Mike Foley reports that, in the wake of the announcement that the Yallourn brown coal power station will close four years early, Angus Taylor has warned that private energy companies have been put on notice to replace power supplies that will be lost.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/surprise-coal-plant-closure-fires-morrison-government-warning-to-industry-20210310-p579gy.html
    The rise of renewables is killing off Australian coal energy faster than was foreseen, at once threatening supply certainty and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, says Nick O’Malley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/coal-s-retreat-as-renewables-surge-is-a-shock-but-not-a-surprise-20210310-p579kj.html
    The closure of Yallourn is another signal that the Australian economy is decarbonising at a much faster rate than the political debate suggests. But the question is how messy the transition will be, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/solar-and-wind-are-making-life-at-the-coalface-a-lot-tougher-20210310-p579jz
    The editorial in The Age says that Victoria’s truth commission will succeed only if indigenous people get a seat at the table.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/truth-commission-will-succeed-only-if-indigenous-people-get-a-seat-at-the-table-20210309-p5791l.html
    John Haley writes that the government is failing to effectively handle unemployment.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/government-fails-to-effectively-handle-unemployment,14877
    Shane Wright tells us how Philip Lowe faced up to a phalanx of economists yesterday and not only stood by the EBA’s intention to maintain low interest rates but shot down their arguments against it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lowe-shows-markets-he-is-the-nation-s-interest-rate-sheriff-20210310-p579fc.html
    The AFR says that the RBA wants to see a wage bounce before lifting interest rates.
    https://www.afr.com/business-summit/rba-wants-wage-bounce-before-lifting-rates-20210310-p579dw
    Why the EU could make an Australian price on carbon redundant.
    https://www.afr.com/business-summit/european-car-makers-driving-demand-for-low-emission-metals-20210310-p579fx
    And just in, Australian exporters to Europe are likely to face millions of dollars in new tariffs after the European Parliament voted overnight to move forward with a carbon levy on products from countries lacking serious pollution reduction programs.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-11/australia-to-face-huge-tariffs-in-europe-over-climate-emissions/13233360
    Tom McElroy reports that Australian manufacturers are set to receive a new boost to their efforts to commercialise world-beating ideas, with the Morrison government announcing a new $30 million support fund.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/new-30m-boost-to-manufacturing-commercialisation-20210310-p579g3
    Kevin Davis is concerned that the reported decline in bankruptcies and insolvencies may be just reflecting a postponement of the inevitable.
    https://theconversation.com/hard-bump-ahead-decline-in-insolvencies-and-bankruptcies-is-a-ticking-time-bomb-155744
    Following a year of lockdowns and travel bans, long-term changes in the way we travel might be unavoidable post-COVID-19, writes Lee Duffield.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/world-travellers-back-to-the-future-after-covid-19,14876
    Jess Irvine says, “Australia’s next property bonfire is well under way. And whose job is it to douse the flames? Put simply, and as things stand, the answer is: no one’s.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/whose-job-is-it-to-douse-this-home-price-bonfire-actually-nobody-s-20210310-p579it.html
    Australia’s peak doctors’ body has acknowledged the government is unlikely to achieve its target of vaccinating all Australians by October, suggesting some will have to wait until the end of the year.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/11/end-of-december-more-realistic-target-for-all-australians-to-get-covid-vaccine-ama-says
    Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres has conceded there are serious questions over the adequacy of the state’s compulsory acquisition laws, following widespread community anger over the buy-up of land for an $11 billion rail line.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/call-a-spade-a-spade-minister-questions-law-at-centre-of-sydney-land-controversy-20210310-p579go.html
    The digital world is unlocking new capabilities of human behaviour, writes Paul Budde.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/digital-technology-opening-up-new-spheres-of-human-possibility,14874
    According to Rob Harris, equality campaigners have lashed Anthony Albanese’s move to strip back Labor’s policy platform ahead of the next election by removing almost 40 references to LGBTIQ rights.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-s-slimmed-down-policy-platform-lashed-by-lgbti-community-20210310-p579i9.html
    Jennifer Duke and Rachel Clun report that the chairman of a historic review into the retirement sector wants more people to be forced to pay for their own aged care but has rejected an industry push to reserve a portion of superannuation for these costs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inefficient-to-fund-aged-care-through-superannuation-retirement-review-chairman-20210310-p579fy.html
    Daniel Hurst writes about Labor’s concern over the apparent profligacy of the government’s planned celebrations for the centenary of the air force.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/11/labor-questions-price-tag-of-more-than-400000-for-air-force-centenary-events
    Rape accusations against Christian Porter have highlighted the barriers facing sexual assault survivors seeking justice, says Samantha Dick.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/03/10/sexual-assault-facts/
    Malcolm Elliott writes about the concerning increase in anxiety being observed in schoolchildren.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/anxiety-in-schoolchildren-australia-we-have-a-problem-20210310-p579iu.html
    Property investors buying inner-city apartments in the expectation of achieving some big capital gains once international borders re-open could be setting themselves up for disappointment, warns John Collett.
    https://www.theage.com.au/money/investing/inner-city-apartment-price-recovery-some-way-off-20210304-p577u6.html
    Thea Deakin-Greenwood and Jane Bolitho argue that sexual assault survivors must be at the heart of the justice system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/sexual-assault-survivors-must-be-at-heart-of-justice-system-20210310-p579id.html
    The Bew Daily outlines how a breakthrough Australian trial has highlighted the alternatives to highly addictive painkillers for treating severe back pain.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2021/03/11/back-pain-painkillers-australia/
    Motoring and automotive groups are pushing the federal government to combat a potential patchwork of state-based levies on electric cars by introducing a nationally consistent tax to help replace rapidly falling revenue from fuel excise, reports Rob Harris.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/electric-car-tax-needs-national-approach-as-fuel-excise-falls-auto-association-20210310-p579kd.html
    Matthew Knott reports that Americans will soon receive their biggest round of government payments since the coronavirus pandemic began after the US House of Representatives has just now approved the final version of Joe Biden’s sweeping $US1.9 trillion economic relief package.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/house-passes-us1-9-trillion-covid-stimulus-bill-handing-biden-major-victory-20210311-p579mq.html

    Cartoon Corner

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  11. Will we soon be able to add an entire government to that tally?

    I very much hope so, but the stupidity of the average Australian voter should never be underestimated.

    • I didn’t see yours before I posted, but I hope the answer to your question is “Yes”.

  12. According to several articles/reports over the last couple of day, Ms Kimmitt’s criticism of Peter Bartlett was not that he had taken on Porter, but that he didn’t follow the firm’s consultation and approval processes before accepting Mr Porter as a client.

    So, on the surface, it appears to me that Ms Kimmitt, as CEO, was doing her job in saying the company’s processes had not been followed by Mr Bartlett, a senior partner, who would presumably be aware of the company’s policies,

  13. It seems from what Louise Milligan says that the NSW Police Commissioner is once again telling porkies at the request of his mate the CrimeMinister.

    Then there is this news, which explains today’s Rowe cartoon and which should make every Australian woman deeply worried –

    Scott Morrison rules out seeking Solicitor-General’s advice on Christian Porter rape allegation

    Former Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has suggested the government seek legal advice on whether Mr Porter is a fit and proper person to hold the Attorney-General position.

    The Solicitor-General provides advice to the government on legal matters.

    Mr Morrison said he had not received this advice from his office.

    “He is entitled to his opinion on this, but that is not the advice I have been provided at any time during the course of managing this matter,” he said

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/scott-morrison-rules-out-seeking-solicitor-general-s-advice-on-christian-porter-rape-allegation

    Exactly what advice has he received? Did he just ask Jen what she thinks? Or has he had a cosy chat with Mick Fuller?

    The CrimeMinister has no legal training whatsoever, he is just cherry-picking bits of gossip passed on via his staff who also have no legal training, yet somehow he feels qualified to ignore advice from a former Solicitor-General and make decisions on legal matters all on his own.

    Why do we even lawyers? Why do we need to spend years at uni studying law and then years gaining experience when a know-nothing, brainwashed religious nutter like FauxMo can just make legal decisions all by himself, decisions aimed only at saving his government?

  14. This is just gosh cringeworthy. Flying High anyone?

    Okay I can’t let this go, I have to share with you some of the truly surreal photos of our prime minister from this morning’s press events.

    We have “Scott the Pilot”:

    “Tipping the hat” Scott:

    “About to get sucked into the giant turbine engine” Scott:

    “Please don’t touch the plane” Scott:

    And finally, we have “You don’t have a commercial aviation licence, get out of there!” Scott:

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/mar/11/australia-news-live-half-price-airline-tickets-in-bid-to-revive-tourism-pm-under-pressure-over-porter

  15. Today’s photo shoot – UGH!

    And –

    And a very good comment on today’s announcement –

  16. I don’t believe a word he says

    The health department secretary, Brendan Murphy, has begun his evidence to the Covid committee with a full-throated defence of Australia’s vaccine policy.

    Murphy said:

    A point I would like to make: the real world data from the UK, which has widespread experience with both vaccines [Pfizer and AstraZeneca] is that both are equally efficacious.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/mar/11/australia-news-live-half-price-airline-tickets-in-bid-to-revive-tourism-pm-under-pressure-over-porter

    And “both are equally efficacious” is an appalling use of our language.

  17. Rachel Maddow (I only watched the first part so far so skip the first 5 mins or so) caveat applies for rest of vid-

    • Finally, but will anything come of it? No. None of this lot have any morals, and don’t appear to give a hoot about it.

  18. This discount airfare pork barrelling is going really, really well –

    Dan Tehan caused a kerfuffle today when he announced Darwin was on the list of cut-price destinations.

    It was not.

    Now it is .

    The government tried to save face by first lying that Darwin could be added at a later date, then gave in and opted for a bit of face-saving instead.

    Confusion after Darwin originally left out of discounted airfare scheme
    https://www.9news.com.au/national/cheap-flights-confusion-after-darwin-left-out-of-discounted-airfare-scheme/0676b899-a0a3-466a-8792-2d3ef98bc369

    Can they ever get anything right? It seems not. They could not even make a list of 13/14 places without stuffing up.

    • On Twitter this morning the most commonly reported side effects of Astra Zeneca vaccine
      105 incidents of cellulitis
      6 incidents of vaginal candida
      4 incidents of oral candida

      there were quite a few other single incidents, I can’t find the tweet, but I hit Like

      So folks keep an eagle eye on your health after vaccination

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Waleed Aly argues that there will be no justice for anyone without an inquiry. Well worth a read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/there-will-be-no-justice-for-anyone-without-an-inquiry-20210311-p579nl.html
    David Crowe wonders whether Labor could risk a “mutually assured destruction” by moving in parliament for an inquiry into the Porter allegation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/porter-v-shorten-will-labor-risk-mutually-assured-destruction-20210311-p579wv.html
    “It is not too late, prime minister, to seek the advice of the solicitor general”, says former Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/11/it-is-not-too-late-prime-minister-to-seek-the-advice-of-the-solicitor-general
    Michelle Grattan tells us how Morrison is grappling with slow vaccine rollout, end of JobKeeper and ministerial crises.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-morrison-grapples-with-slow-vaccine-rollout-end-of-jobkeeper-and-ministerial-crises-156975
    Tom Rabe and Matt O’Sullivan reveal that the NSW government’s justification for building a rail line to Sydney’s second airport has been savaged by the country’s peak infrastructure body, which warns the cost of the $11 billion project will far outweigh its benefit. The gold standards keep being presented!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cost-far-outweighs-benefit-sydney-s-11b-airport-rail-link-slammed-20210311-p579yh.html
    The Morrison government is preparing to expand its list of cut-price air fare destinations amid criticism its new support package has largely ignored Sydney and Melbourne.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/petulant-nsw-minister-says-queensland-should-not-be-rewarded-with-tourism-funding-20210311-p579tn.html
    The SMH editorial complains that there is no logic or justice in excluding NSW airports from the airfare subsidies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-tourism-deserves-same-federal-support-as-queensland-20210311-p579xd.html
    The ACT is disappointed, too.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7162652/disappointed-canberra-tourism-sector-reacts-to-half-price-flights-taking-tourists-out-of-the-city/?cs=14225
    Michael Pascoe tells us how Morrison’s half-arsed, half-price airfares stunt has taken off. This is quite a good spit!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/12/michael-pascoe-half-arsed-airfares-stunt/
    The tacit message in the great air ticket cash splash is that state premiers will now close borders at their own peril, says Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/border-bribes-closed-one-day-hands-out-the-next-20210311-p579o7
    Jewell Topsfield expands on how thousands of people will protest against the discrimination of women and alleged sexual abuse in the nation’s Parliament in 40 marches planned across Australia.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/it-was-a-visceral-anger-the-tweet-that-spawned-nationwide-protests-20210311-p579uk.html
    Ex-sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick says workplace dynamics have changed and people should no longer expect sexual harassment will stay secret, writes Katina Curtis.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/workplaces-have-changed-expert-says-if-you-don-t-get-that-you-don-t-belong-in-one-20210311-p579u9.html
    Rachel Clun reports that COVID-19 vaccine supply problems may push national rollout into 2022.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/not-all-second-covid-19-shots-will-be-delivered-by-october-20210311-p579tv.html
    A 3.1 million dose shortfall in vaccine supplies and a revolt from doctors over inoculation payments threatens to push the completion of the nation’s COVID-19 immunisation program into the early part of next year, advises The Australian.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/coronavirus-dose-of-reality-on-vaccination-target/news-story/c60d09baf7135ce76f8343f1501e213d
    The New Daily reports that Australia’s health boss, Brendan Murphy, has come under fire for the “dangerous” suggestion one coronavirus jab offers full protection as the national rollout falls behind schedule.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2021/03/12/coronavirus-vaccine-rollout-australia/
    As we hopefully come out of the COVID-19 crisis, we need to make sure that the measures put in place do not become permanent nor have a permanent effect on our system of liberties, writes Michael Cope.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/covid-19-vaccination-should-not-encroach-on-civil-liberties,14884
    A cynical Elizabeth Knight writes, “The government has given a facelift to its largely unused small to medium-sized business loan package. The first two iterations of this low interest rate assistance package were greeted by the targeted recipients with about as much enthusiasm as an offer for an enema.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/the-government-s-stimulus-gift-almost-no-one-wants-20210311-p579wd.html
    A growing body of evidence supports the proposition that creating ‘quality’ jobs delivers better outcomes for workers, employers and the economy. This contribution from Professor Angela Knox makes eminent sense!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/quality-jobs-deliver-more-employment-and-a-better-economy-20210310-p579dl.html
    Australia’s economy would get massive boost from lift to super guarantee as Malcolm Turnbull joins the campaign to ensure it rises to 12% by 2025.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/12-billion-boost-turnbull-joins-super-fight-20210311-p579sb.html
    Anthony Galloway and Rob Harris tell us that Australia will launch an ambitious global plan to eliminate tariffs on wind turbines, solar panels and other green industries in a bid to fight back against the European Union’s (EU) push to impose carbon levies on countries with weak emissions laws.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberalisation-not-protectionist-australia-to-fight-eu-s-carbon-tariffs-with-its-own-plan-20210311-p579v9.html
    Mike Foley and Nick Toscano write that the future of NSW’s coal-fired power plants is under increasing threat from cheap renewable energy, which this week forced Victoria’s Yallourn coal plant to bring forward its closure date as analysts warn the end may come even sooner.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/coal-plant-closures-loom-large-as-nsw-backs-hydrogen-for-the-hunter-20210311-p579t7.html
    The botched transition to cleaner power is a political failure, not a market failure, declares the AFR’s editorial.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/as-coal-exits-what-will-take-its-place-20210310-p579jq
    And Angela Macdonald-Smith reports that fossil-fuel and renewable energy bosses are saying they can’t justify investing in the gas power and firming generation needed to help offset the plant’s closure.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/power-industry-trapped-in-catch-22-as-yallourn-closes-20210311-p579q8
    The death of coal-fired power is inevitable — yet the government still has no plan to help its workforce, writes Chris Briggs.
    https://theconversation.com/the-death-of-coal-fired-power-is-inevitable-yet-the-government-still-has-no-plan-to-help-its-workforce-156863
    And Richard Holden argues that the timing of Yallourn’s closure shows it’s high time for a carbon price.
    https://theconversation.com/vital-signs-timing-of-yallourns-closure-shows-its-high-time-for-a-carbon-price-156936
    Outcry at Australia’s coal plant closures misses the point – change is coming, explains Adam Morton.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/12/outcry-at-australias-coal-plant-closures-misses-the-point-change-is-coming
    Cait Kelly reports that the Australian government is refusing to address claims that some of the Liberal Party’s biggest fossil fuel donors have profited from fast-tracked, multibillion-dollar projects.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/12/gas-donors-government/
    Lawyer Fiona Thatcher writes, “Lo and behold, it’s a woman shown the door in the aftermath of Porter”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/lo-and-behold-it-s-a-woman-shown-the-door-in-the-aftermath-of-porter-20210311-p579p1.html
    This s simply awful! The Age reports on yesterday’s explanation in court in the case against the truck driver who ran into and killed three police officers last year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/concerns-raised-about-truckie-s-drug-use-fatigue-in-days-before-crash-court-told-20210310-p579jj.html
    China’s markets have plummeted, but its authorities appear keen not to let its citizens know about it, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/china-might-be-keeping-its-citizens-in-the-dark-about-markets-plunging-20210311-p579r5.html

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    • But ….. but …… the PR around Hunt’s hospitalisation said it was nothing to do with his having been immunised. Not a thing! Just an infection …..

      Early report from Tuesday –

      The 55-year-old received his first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Sunday at Carrum Downs Medical centre, along with former prime minister Julia Gillard and Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy.

      His office said he was expected to make a “full recovery” and his condition was not considered to be related to the vaccine

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

      Then it was reported as a “bacterial infection” and finally came the admission it was cellulitis. I wondered how a fit, healthy man like Hunt could have picked up such an infection, then the penny dropped. The AstraZeneca vaccine.

      The CrimeMinister helpfully announced no-one knew where or how Hunt had become infected. As if!

    • I reckon you are better off vaccinated

      But if you are prone to the conditions listed above don’t get vaccinated prior to just heading out camping in central Australia Hang around home for a fortnight before heading off

    • Also I have no idea of the number of vaccinations given to generate these side effects

  20. I have no idea what the background level of some of those things is but some of them seem very strange to be associated with a vaccine,. How many people get Candida regularly for example, or Q fever, Pertussis? Is there something in the vaccine making people susceptible to infections or is it just the normal background noise being counted in the best possible medical way to make sure any bad reaction is picked up?

    • Some people, for whatever reason, are more susceptible to illnesses and health conditions than others. The vaccine might just give them a push into that problem.

      Some people have weak immune systems and all that might be needed to trigger an illness is a new vaccine.

      All these vaccines were rushed into production with barely any testing, so no matter what vaccine we get or which country we live in we are all guinea pigs.

      My advice – as someone whose immune system can go berserk at any time and cause problems – is to build up your own system while you wait for a vaccine.

      Take Vitamins D and C plus zinc every day – they are easy and cheap to buy.

  21. Following the allegations of rape against attorney general Christian Porter, which he firmly denies, Scott Morrison has insisted that alleged sexual assault can only be dealt with in criminal law. “I am not the police force,” he said when asked for his response as prime minister. “That is a matter for the police. I am not the commissioner of police.”

    Treating an allegation of sexual violence as if it is, and can only ever be, a matter for police and the criminal law is legally incorrect and a dangerous message for the many women and men who have experienced sexual assault. It also kills off a measured, informed public conversation about how else we might respond.

    The criminal law remains, despite valiant attempts to reform it over the years, a terrible tool for dealing with gender-based sexual violence. Governmental data suggests that almost 2 million Australian adults have experienced sexual assault since the age of 15, yet only about 14% of sexual assaults in Australia are reported to police. An overwhelming majority of these reports do not end with a conviction.

    Without a living person to provide evidence, the very low prospect of a conviction evaporates. The police discontinued their investigation into the allegations against Porter largely because of this. Is that then the end of all possible legal or institutional responses as Morrison is suggesting?

    The answer is no: alleged sexual violence can be investigated without police or criminal proceedings. There are a range of legal responses available to victims and their families, including a civil action in battery, a sexual harassment claim, or pursuing compensation under other statutes. In each of these instances, victims do not have to rely on police to bring their claim, and the standard of proof required is lower.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/12/no-prime-minister-sexual-assault-allegations-are-not-only-a-matter-for-the-police

  22. from Possum Comitas

    Quick thread: Tourism issues explained in 3 easy charts. Domestic tourism done for the locations and last month we have available data (December 2020). International tourism is 2019.

    So – capital cities are getting slammed by unavoidable domestic and international tourism issues. Regional tourism is doing better than the capitals everywhere, in some places better than they were in 2019. Cairns is a weirdly unique situation.
    This has been your friendly walk through tourism 101.

  23. As reported in BK’s links, Phil Coorey wrote in the AFR that “State Premiers will now close borders at their peril”, following the introduction of the botched airfare subsidy scheme. I don’t think so, not in Sandgropia at least. Although the list keeps being modified as flaws are found, I think that Broome is still the only local subsidised destination, hardly the place where many plane loads of tourists will go. Nearly all people I know drive to their holiday destination, even in a vast State like WA. Sally McManus hit the nail on the head with her explanation of more trickle down economics that will be rorted by the already wealthy.

    Border closures are very popular in WA at least, a hypothesis that I suspect will be well proven on Saturday.

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