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.

1,461 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. I have to post this because I am sick to death of well-meaning idiots telling me I must give up eating meat to save the planet. Not one of them ever mentions the huge amount of processing and emissions required to turn a heap of soy beans into a vile “vegie burger” or the lack of important nutrients like iron and vitamin B12 in this junk.

    Go vegie if you want, but do not, ever fool yourself into believing you are saving the planet by doing that, because you are not.

  2. leonetwo
    A quote for your ‘Vegan File”
    “There are people who are vegans because they really care, and there are people who are vegans because Scientology didn’t find them first” – Joe Rogan

    • I’d agree with that.

      No 2 Son became a vegetarian – almost vegan – when he was into yoga and wanted to “live the yoga lifestyle”. He has stuck with it and now he has a family they are vegetarians too. He’s not as strict as he was – for a time he didn’t eat eggs because he was taught they are a form of life, and cheese had to contain vegetarian rennet. Now he eats eggs and buys ordinary cheese. He still doesn’t eat meat though and in my opinion eats far too much processed soy muck.

      But – he did it for the right reasons, strong beliefs, not because it was trendy and idiot TV “celebrities” tell the gullible they do it to save the planet.

  3. Diddums, Michael

    A former Liberal senator and Australia Post board member has blamed Labor for the Christine Holgate controversy, accusing the senate inquiry looking into Holgate’s departure of “trying to get political scalps”.

    Michael Ronaldson, who served as the member for Ballarat between 1990 and 2001 before his election as a Victorian Liberal senator from 2005 t0 2016, made a colourful contribution to evidence at the committee’s second public hearing.

    Ronaldson took aim at Labor senator Kimberley Kitching’s motives in asking questions on 22 October last year which led to the revelation that $20,000 worth of Cartier watches had been given to executives as a thank you for their work in completing the 2018 Bank@Post project. Holgate claims she was bullied out of her job during the controversy that followed.

    In response to questions about whether Holgate had been offered natural justice, Ronaldson said he was concerned the bipartisan committee was “moving from asking questions to trying to take scalps”.

    “What occurred was not of the board’s making,” Ronaldson said.

    “The situation we’re in today – this inquiry, [the] media frenzy, a former CEO who’s clearly suffering – [is] not of the board’s making [and is] most definitely not where we wanted to be or ever imagined we would be.

    “The moment senator Kitching asked her question in estimates and the senator knows full well why that was done and on whose behalf it was done, and the fact that it was a bit of payback, from that very moment this thing got completely out of control.”

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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    The AIMN’s Rossleigh has a quite different view.
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    Amy Remeikis writes that a former Liberal senator and Australia Post board member has blamed Labor for the Christine Holgate controversy, accusing the senate inquiry looking into Holgate’s departure of “trying to get political scalps”.
    John Sidoti insisted he did not lie or make up evidence as he completed his final day in the witness box of a public inquiry into his conduct as an MP, reports Lucy Cormack.
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    At his first appearance at the NPC since before the election, Bill Shorten will say today that if Labor wins the next election, it will return people with “lived disability experience” to the board and senior levels of the agency that runs the scheme and introduce greater accountability of how money is spent.
    Ross Gittins says, “The main reason the economy has rebounded so strongly is the unprecedented sums the government spent on JobKeeper, the JobSeeker supplement, HomeBuilder and countless other programs with gimmicky names. Spending totalling a quarter of a trillion dollars”, and that there is a risk that before long the economy’s roar will turn to no more than a loud meow.
    Peter Martin explains why productivity growth has stalled since 2005 that it isn’t about to improve soon.
    Jennifer Duke writes that controversial tests weeding out underperforming superannuation funds will be revamped following concerns they could put off the $3 trillion sector from investing in long-term projects like infrastructure.
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    Scott Morrison was right to take hard actions to keep the double mutant strain of COVID-19 ravaging India out of Australia, writes Greg Sheridan who warns that India’s present distress, which is acute and tragic, is a significant strategic blow to Australia.
    Indian community leaders say they feel helpless watching their families engulfed in a COVID-19 crisis, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied the federal government is “forsaking” stranded Australians by pausing flights between the two countries, writes Josh Butler.
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    Chris Uhlmann writes that when it comes to COVID-19, we cannot run a risk-free society.
    Peter Lewis argues that the prime minister must change course to combat vaccine hesitancy in Australia. He examines Essential Poll results and concludes that taken as a whole, the figures suggest the prime minister is now seen as accountable for a vaccine program that has alienated its primary target audience.
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    The editorial in the Adelaide Advertiser declares that opinion polls show the vast majority of South Australians agree and says it is beyond time that the state’s politicians give the people they represent the right to receive – in strict and specific circumstances – the help they need to die with dignity.
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    As China becomes more assertive in the South China Sea, rival claimants have beefed up their military capabilities but there is a better path writes Dr Rashad Seedeen.,15025
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  5. The Prime Minister for Reannouncements strikes again

    Shadow minister for defence Brendan O’Connor said the PM needs to “be upfront about why it is using an NT defence base visit for a photo opp two years after the relevant project was announced”.

    AusTender documents reveal that the prime minister’s “announcement” today is for upgrades confirmed two years ago in a closed tender.

    The funding disclosed today ($747m) is up to $447m above the tender estimates, continuing a trend of delays and blowouts on major procurements such as Future Submarines ($40bn blowout) and Future Frigates ($10bn blowout).

    Today’s rehashed procurement predates recent comments by government members and national security bureaucrats that use language that is neither sober nor cautious about our regional settings. The project also predates Defence’s 2020 strategic update.

    Which begs the question: is the government using another Defence announcement for purely political purposes, such as distracting from its botched vaccine rollout and the abandoning of thousands of Australians stuck overseas?

  6. The Prime Minister’s assertion that he ‘is doing God’s work’ is defamatory, the deity has claimed in filings with the Federal Court.

    In a statement issued through lawyers, God said Mr Morrison’s characterisation of His work ethic were slanderous, insulting and patently false.

    “Last year, during devastating bushfires and a global pandemic, Morrison took a year off so he could learn how to cook curry and build cubby houses. I’ve only ever taken one day off, and that was after I created the fucking universe. So no, he is not doing God’s work. Scott wouldn’t know a hard day’s work if it hit him in the face at a Bunnings sausage sizzle,” the statement read.

    “I created the earth in six days. Morrison spends that long constructing a photo shoot in a fighter jet so he can divert attention away from a rape allegation”.

    God said Mr Morrison’s comments might lead people to believe He endorsed locking up children on remote islands. “You won’t find that in the Bible. Actually, you might, Leviticus in particular is full of weird shit like that. But you know what I mean”.

  7. No wonder Andrew Laming gave up medicine for politics – he must have been the crappiest ophthalmologist ever.

    Controversial MP Laming diagnosed with ADHD
    Okay… so some interesting news breaking about controversial MP Andrew Laming.

    Samantha Maiden from is reporting that Laming has been recently diagnosed with ADHD.

    Although Lamming says he is not looking for a “free pass” from the diagnosis, his friends in the article say it helps explain “why he is such a dickhead”.

    Which is… well… ummmmmmmmm…

    Maiden reports:

    Liberal MP Andrew Laming has revealed the shock medical diagnosis that he believes explains some of his erratic and downright eccentric behaviour that friends admit has left his career “in flames”.

    The veteran Queensland MP has told he has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD by a psychiatrist. He believes that the daily medication he now relies on has changed his life.

    There is one quote that is particularly interesting from the former medical practitioner:

    As a medically trained person, I really genuinely just had no idea that ADHD and hyperactivity was an adult condition.

    I mean to be fair, he was an ophthalmologist, not a psychiatrist, but still

    Not mentioned – Laming, for a brief time, was a gynaecologist/obstetrician. The mind boggles at the treatment his female patients must have received. Those poor women!

  8. More gobbledegook from the CrimeMinister.

    Scott Morrison says NT military buildup ‘designed to pursue peace’
    Morrison is being careful to separate the $747m funding package from tensions in the region, particularly with China.

    All of our objectives through the activities of our defence forces is designed to pursue peace. That is the objective of our government. That is the path that we are pursuing, but to do that in a region as uncertain as this you need to ensure that you have the defence capability that enables you to protect and defend Australia’s interests in that region. And this enables us to ensure there’s an appropriate balance

    He and Duttion are determined to drag us into another war – probably with China. Should that happen it will all be over in a couple of hours and what few defence forces we have will be obliterated.

  9. The more I follow up on Mr Morrison’s speech to the ACC, and the various commentaries on it, the more I find myself thinking that these “prosperity gospels” with their reliance on the ‘Old Testament’ (except for the letters of Paul) are the Christian equivalent of Islam’s Taliban. And the thought that occurred to me twenty years ago when G.W.Bush lead the ‘free world’ into Afghanistan, was that we would end up with a Taliban of our own.

    Have a tendency to blind hypocracy and cultish behaviours
    Prefer hierarchies with themselves at the top
    Prefer using older parts of handy spiritual teachings
    Preach prosperity while making the bulk of the population poorer
    Don’t like an educated population
    Don’t like women being individual people equal to men
    Don’t like modern times

    How is the simile shaping up?

  10. I get bad feelings whenever I see or hear news about any “St” institution: my moral compass has to see exactly who and what it’s about (apologies to the likes of St Vincent)

    Staff working at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged were given outdated infection control training in the lead-up to a deadly coronavirus outbreak that left some elderly residents starving in their rooms and in soiled clothing for days, a court has heard.

  11. The President of the Human Rights Commission has put the abysmal Amanda Stoker (aka “Mandy Jane”) firmly back in her place.

    “Assistant minister Stoker rang me to express her concerns and I made it clear that while open communication is valuable, and welcome, it is not for an assistant attorney to give direction to an independent agency head,” Croucher said

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Shane Wright reckons Josh Frydenberg will use his post-pandemic budget to deliberately run the economy as fast as possible in a bid to drive the nation’s jobless rate below 5 per cent, upending the federal government’s fiscal policy.
    He says the “debt and deficit disaster” phrase will disappear from the government’s lexicon.
    The federal treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, says the upcoming budget will not take any “sharp pivots towards austerity”, with his focus on ensuring Australia’s economic recovery continues to create jobs, writes Saraj Martin.
    Scott Morrison is not the first prime minister with religious beliefs. Marrion Maddox explains what is different this time.
    The employment minister, Stuart Robert, has sought to explain the Pentecostal prayer of the “laying on of hands” after prime minister Scott Morrison revealed he had practised the tradition in visits to disaster relief centres, writes Sarah Martin. (No better than witch doctors IMHO!)
    The editorial in the Canberra Times is concerned that the apparently likely appointment of Michael Pezzullo as the Defence Department secretary may not be in the national interest, given it could effectively hand both day-to-day and policy control of the organisation to the China hawks.
    But Greg Sheridan declares that Michael Pezzullo was right to warn of war danger.
    The NBN Co needs to make a profit to recover its $59 billion total build cost. But does that mean it should be allowed to suppress competition wonders the AFR.
    Scott Morrison has not ruled out reversing the 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin to Chinese company Landbridge, saying if the lease was found to have national security implications, he would review it, reports Phil Coorey.
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    Our outward travel ban is unjust. There is no direct threat to public health from allowing people out of the country. The threat only arises if they come back – and we can deal with that, writes Caitlin Fitzsimmons.
    Alaxandra Smith writes that its vaccine-wary citizens will threaten NSW’s success.
    The adviser responsible for a major review of the Australian quarantine system says every hotel currently in use should be re-assessed for the risk of aerosol transmission. Jane Halton, a former health department secretary, said states and territories must learn from recent quarantine outbreaks, including in Western Australia, where the Mercure Perth hotel was deemed “high risk” due to its poor ventilation.
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    Regina Jefferies and Jane McAdam say, “Bring them home: both the law and moral duty demand we don’t leave Australians stranded in India”.
    Only 40 per cent of five million COVID-19 vaccine doses supplied by Pfizer and AstraZeneca have been administered, as the Morrison government prepares to reset its rollout for those aged 50 to 69 and the states ramp up delivery schedules, explains The Australian’s Tom Dusevik.
    The next revolution in medicine will be mRNA-based, and Australia must not miss out, urges Nadia Levin. Interesting.
    Australia is among a group of rich countries accused of standing in the way of some of the world’s poorest, which are seeking to free up the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines at a meeting of World Trade Organisation member states tomorrow.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that a public servant who claimed he was sacked for raising concerns about the federal government’s flawed “robo-debt” program has lost an unfair dismissal case, with the Fair Work Commission finding he was let go for making unsubstantiated bullying complaints.
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    Josh Butler writes that veterans advocates have demanded the Department of Veteran Affairs be kicked out of an early royal commission process, saying it’s like asking a victim to “engage with their abuser”. They say the process is already “bastardised”.
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    In the court of King Boris, only one thing is certain and this will all end badly, opines Raphael Behr.
    Chris Zappone tells us that Elon Musk’s Starlink may be on the path to providing faster broadband to rural customers after a US ruling overnight allowed the company to operate part of its satellite fleet at a closer orbit to Earth.
    Paul Budde explains how the new Biden Administration in the USA laid out a $100 billion (AU$128 billion) proposal for broadband investment as part of its $2 trillion+ (AU$2.5 trillion) infrastructure plan.,15026
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    Duncan Maclaren writes that the Pro-independence parties are heading for a landslide win in the Scottish elections.
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  13. TLBD
    I liked that description. ‘Exploitative’ and ‘Convenient’ poifect.

    Scott Morrison’s exploitative and convenient Christianity

  14. Re Marion Maddox article. She warned us back in 2005.

    How has American-style evangelicalism become so prominent in secular Australia? Why are abortion, creationism and family values now on the political agenda? Why is religion no longer a private matter for public figures?

    In God Under Howard Marion Maddox explains how John Howard has harnessed the conservative social agenda and market-based ideology of American fundamentalists in order to stay in power. As a result, she argues that Australia’s democratic, egalitarian culture is now under serious assault.
    Assiduously cultivated by John Howard, an extreme form of conservative Christianity now has real influence on our politicians and their policies.

  15. Pinched from ‘over the road’ , An excellent point,

    Dr Sheep Devil Person
    The notion that people of faith must be respected comes from the equally idiotic notion that people of faith are necessarily morally superior. Which we know is far from the truth.

    • An example – Hillsong, dearly loved by conservative politicians from Howard’s time onward, with its leader protecting a paedophile and numerous marital infidelities causing pastors at US branches to be sacked.

  16. This vile government is really ramping up the fear now – must be an election coming.

    So far this week we have had likely war with China and a made-up story about a likely “terrorist attack” and the week is not over yet.

    What next?

    You can bet we are in for a load of bullshit about thwarted terrorist attacks over the next 12 months – all of them confected.

    All they have to offer is fear and loathing.

    • . . . . . and you are surprised the empathy training was an online course.

      I have a bridge to sell you . . .

    • Same here.

      I find it better for my blood pressure if I just read summaries of what government ministers and especially the CrimeMinister have said.

  17. Only a real arsehole would complain about disabled parking spots being “discriminatory”

    Disabled car parks ‘discriminatory to able-bodied people’, man in wheelchair told

    I know exactly the sort who would do that.

    Years ago I took No 1 Son to the local shopping centre. We always tried to park in a disabled spot, but as there are never enough we often had to take the closest spot available. My son has all the permits necessary, has had since he was a little kid.

    One day I was abused because – wait for it – I had parked in a regular, able-bodied spot and some officious arsehole had decided that disabled people should only park in designated disabled spots.

    Honestly, you just can’t win – if it’s not able-bodied people parking in disabled spots because they are closest to the grog shop it’s able-bodied loons abusing you for not using a disabled spot.

    Private carparks such as those at big shopping centres are often open slather for inconsiderate people.

  18. Ben Roberts-Smith threatened to sue his estranged wife and tear up their family court settlement if she gave evidence against him in an upcoming defamation trial over war crimes allegations against him, the federal court has heard.

    The former SAS soldier’s estranged wife, Emma Roberts, was expected to appear in defence of her husband but will instead testify for the Nine newspapers that Roberts-Smith had asked her to lie to the court.

    • Dame Quentin Bryce, the former governor general who pinned Roberts-Smith’s VC to his chest on the Queen’s behalf in 2011, will give character evidence in support of Roberts-Smith, the court was told last week

      I hope Dame Quentin decides against that. I would imagine she barely knows him, pinning a medal on someone and having a nice chat over a cup of tea afterwards does not give insights into their true personality or the crimes they have allegedly committed.

    • A friend of mine in the Womens’ Movement was very critical of Quentin Bryce’s fence sitting and long history of not rocking the boat so don’t hold your breathe

  19. I forgot to post these earlier before going shopping, my bad!

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes et al are doing one big long show re Joe Biden speech.

  20. So much for the “Prime Minister for Women” and the so-called Women’s Cabinet.Taskforce.

    But not to worry, ladies. Josh Fraudenberg is going to find you all lovely new jobs in the “caring” professions. That means more menial, low-paid, part-time positions as shit mopper-uppers in aged care and dribble-mopper-uppers in disability services.

    No mention of women being trained in highly paid professions like medicine or law though. The top jobs in Australia are reserved for the chaps. Can’t have the girlies getting ideas above their third-rate station, can we.

    Gilead here we come!

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Shane Wright, the nation’s jobless rate could be driven much lower than the sub-5 per cent target to be set by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the May budget, economists said as business leaders urged the government to unleash a wave of digital reforms that could deliver a $210 billion economic pay-off.
    Phil Coorey says the Treasurer’s jobless target is aimed at the next election.
    David Crowe says there are good reasons for Frydenberg to steer clear of austerity measures in his budget.
    And the SMH editorial warns that budget austerity could damage the budding economic recovery.
    Australia’s first four Intergenerational Reports made very different long-term forecasts of Australia’s budget balance and level of government debt driven largely by different assumptions of the real rate of economic growth. Abul Rizvi asks, “What will Josh Frydenberg forecast in his 2021 Intergenerational Report after forecasting budgetary nirvana in his 2019 ten year budget plan?”
    Peter Martin reveals that Australia’s top economists have overwhelmingly backed a decision by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to reset the budget strategy so that it prioritises achieving an unemployment rate of between 4% and 5% over reducing debt.
    Scott Morrison’s India and China problems share the same challenge — finding the right balance, writes Michelle Grattan who says he is walking a tightrope.
    It’s been a while since the government actually announced a policy and that drought looks set to continue. Because even though there was blanket media coverage of the fact that the federal government is planning a big budget spend, the government once again delivered that announcement via “a cosy briefing to a tight crew of chosen Canberra-based journalists“, complains Michael Tanner.
    Jennifer Duke explains how the $3 trillion superannuation sector is bracing for the government to get new powers allowing the Treasurer to block investments and spending decisions politicians dislike.
    Tom Rabe reports that Gladys Berejiklian has said NSW will go it alone on fast rail instead of waiting for consensus from state and federal governments and she signalled a renewed focus on privatising public assets to finance future infrastructure projects.
    The Australian’s Jamie Walker explains how Amanda Stoker and James McGrath are locked in a huge backroom battle over their position on the Senate ticket.
    Jennifer Hewett looks inside the intense political drama at ASIC.
    The Federal Government secretly deleted from the “independent review” into the corporate regulator three-quarters of the findings into $118,557 the regulator’s boss James Shipton charged taxpayers for his personal “tax advice”, writes Anthony Clan.,15034
    Eryk Bagshaw tells us that China’s top diplomat in Australia has warned Chinese students and tourists will question whether to return to Australia after the coronavirus pandemic, raising the possibility of further trade blows to Australian goods. The comments from ambassador Cheng Jingye come as Australian winemakers reel from a 96 per cent drop in the value of their exports to China.
    Labor learnt a valuable lesson at the last federal election; attacking Scott Morrison’s religion doesn’t work. In fact, it has the opposite effect, opines Annika Smethurst.
    The former Liberal staffer sacked after videos of him masturbating on the desk of a female MP were aired on television has made a report to police over allegations of revenge porn.
    Carrie Fellner reports that conditions are so dire in a NSW hospital that its doctors are threatening to quit en masse, as a parliamentary inquiry heard tea ladies are sometimes forced to check on newborn babies because no nurses are available. Bloody hell!
    Simon Sawyer argues that government demands for arbitrary performance targets are contributing to ambulance delays and paramedic exhaustion. This is a prime example of punk measures leading to punk results.
    Latika Bourke tells us Scott Morrison has repeated his assertion that identity politics and the moral corrosion caused by the misuse of social media are forces seeking to undermine society.
    Results from opinion polls are regularly accorded more weight than they deserve, particularly given that their methodology is not transparent; their language can shape answers; and only a small percentage of those contacted respond. Yet polls may also independently shape voting choices. Michael Tanner reports.
    The changes being considered to the NDIS by the Morrison government are a real concern to anyone living with a disability or caring for someone with a disability argues Phil Hayes-Brown, the CEO of disability services provider Wallara.
    The Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned Australians against jumping to conclusions with cases of blood clots linked to AstraZeneca, following two recent NSW deaths that occurred shortly after vaccination. TGA head Professor John Skerritt said the cases were still under investigation, but the evidence did not suggest the deaths were linked to the vaccine.
    But Melissa Cunningham tells us that doctors are reporting rising rates of vaccine hesitancy in elderly patients due to the risk of a rare blood-clotting condition that has been linked with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
    Has Australia become more frightened of COVID-19 vaccines than of the disease itself, asks John Elder. He says the numbers say that we are leaning that way, with more than half of Australians aged over 50 are reportedly unwilling to get the AstraZeneca vaccine or the Pfizer jab. He concludes that Australians need to wake up.
    Josh Butler reports that Senator Kristina Keneally has vowed Australia’s democracy will not be undermined by far-right extremism, as a Parliamentary inquiry heard she’d been the target of “terrible” abuse from neo-Nazi groups over her criticism of the fast-growing threat.
    AFLW player Jacinda Barclay, who died last year, has become the first contact sportswoman in Australia to donate her brain to the Australian Sports Brain Bank, where researchers have uncovered neurological damage that they described as a “ticking time bomb”, writes Stephanie Convery.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that Ben Roberts-Smith told his former wife he would sue her and seek to overturn a property settlement if she disclosed to lawyers acting against him in a defamation case any information she had agreed to keep confidential. Nice.
    Dutton and Pezzullo talk up the beating drums of war – but it is not them who will have to fight says Paul Daley.
    Mike Foley writes that the future of coal power is dead and buried as cheaper renewables make it uneconomic for private companies to keep their ageing plants firing, the Commonwealth’s energy adviser says as the Energy Security Board calls for urgent reforms to an energy market going through the fastest transition in the world.
    Christopher Knaus writes that commonwealth prosecutors have refused to drop their pursuit of tax office whistleblower Richard Boyle, prompting a withering response from human rights lawyers, who say the case is “profoundly wrong and unjust”.
    Elizabeth Knight reports that regional airline Rex has accused Qantas and Virgin of dumping capacity on the domestic market in order to crush the smaller airline and has now asked the ACCC to intervene.
    It takes real empathy for the plight of minorities and not just simple awareness to be a true advocate for the fight against racism, writes Marie Oelgemoeller.,15030
    ‘Sleaze’ doesn’t capture it: Boris Johnson is utterly careless of everyone but himself, opines Aditya Chakrabortty.
    The New York Times’ Annie Karni gives us four takeaways from Joe Biden’s address to Congress.
    Here’s today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”. I wonder what his motivation was.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    A gif from Glen Le Lievre

    David Rowe

    Mark Knight

    Simon Letch

    Mark David

    John Shakespeare

    Andrew Dyson

    Johannes Leak in full flight

    From the US

  22. If that speech was not a big deal why did he try to ram home his message by giving an almost identical speech to a Jewish group, as Latika Bourke reports? Is he bow looking for more religious groups where he can repeat again and again the same rubbish?

    Obviously the initial speech was a huge deal to him and he must have been deeply wounded (as far as he is capable of real human feelings) by the hostile reaction.

  23. Things are not going well for Clive Palmer.

    First the Queensland government refused to approve his new coal mine.

    Clive Palmer’s proposed coal mine near Great Barrier Reef deemed ‘not suitable’

    Now he has to pay Twisted Sister $1.5 million after losing a copyright case.

    Clive Palmer to pay $1.5 million after losing Twisted Sister copyright fight

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving chap.

  24. friendlyjordies –

    Seth Meyers –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Stephen Colbert –


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