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.

1,488 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. Brittany Higgins is expected to speak later this afternoon about her meeting in Sydney with Scott Morrison. The ABC just heard from News Corp reporter Samantha Maiden, who said Higgins attended the meeting with businesswoman Wendy McCarthy and ACT victims of crime advocates.

    Good. You wouldn’t want to be alone with him.

    • Especially not after he has revealed he loves groping unsuspecting people on the excuse he is just “laying on of hands”.

    • I’m just wondering what will happen the next time he goes to ‘lay hands’ (sorry “shake hands”) with some female in a crisis situation ripe for a photo … any one taking odds that he gets a) refused or b) slapped?
      * feeling whistful *

  2. More problems with the CDC, from Donna Stolzenberg – Founder/CEO, National Homeless Collective, 2021 Victorian Australian of the Year and proud Ngatjumay Mirning woman.

    Yesterday we paid 4 weeks rent for a single parent who is on the Indue cashless welfare card. The card and the system that runs it is full of so many issues and faults it is beyond cruel.
    The card declined her rental payments time and time again. It would let her go to the shops and buy alcohol, but not groceries. Channel 7 actually filmed her purchasing alcohol and the card accepting the transaction, yet declining the transaction for food.
    It hadn’t let her pay rent for three weeks and literally no one can or will help her sort this mess out.
    Imagine losing your home and ending up on the streets with three kids because the government felt you weren’t responsible enough to handle your own money so it designed a system that was so inept that it was the cause of your homelessness. And there wasn’t a single thing you could to about it.
    This is just one example of hundreds of stressful and unnecessary situations the Indue card has caused. We absolutely must stand up and demand the government remove this blatant and unnecessary control and cruelty

    This is far from the first time charities and private citizens have paid rent for someone because Indue has failed to honour rent payments.

  3. Sounds like Brittany Higgins did not get the warmest reception from the CrimeMinister.

    She described the meeting as “difficult” – I suspect she was being polite. We have all seen what churlish behaviour the CrimeMinister displays when he is forced to do something he doesn’t like.

    So it would have been today.

    After Friday’s meeting, she told journalists in Sydney Morrison had acknowledged during a “robust” and “difficult” conversation that the system had let her down and reform needed to happen

    Nothing will happen, nothing will be done. The CrimeMinister/Prime Misogynist has finally deigned to meet Ms Higgins- only took him 10 weeks to find time . Now he believes he has done whatever needed to be done

    How on earth Ms Higgins can ever vote Liberal again is beyond my understanding.

    • Patricia Barraclough
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      Orwellian in the scope of this utter fucking nonsense. The leader Australia needed in one of its darkest hours. ? This is one of journalism’s darkest hours #thisisnotjournalism #itisbonkers”

  4. Typical. How hard was it to ask India what it needed?

    The Guardian understands the Indian government has told Australian officials it does not require elements of Australia’s initial offer of aid, which included one million surgical masks, 500,000 P2/N95 masks, 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields.

  5. latingle

    But the government is now, nonetheless, on a path where it will be judged by two things for which it has never been noted: reforms that assist job creation (rather than just letting the market rip) and service delivery. And, by the looks of things, it will fill some branding vacuum by ramping up its defence rhetoric, now that it is not just boat people who can’t come here.

    It will be doing this in times when there really is an ongoing crisis, not just one of the largely manufactured crises which have become such a regular resort of our politicians as they seek to differentiate themselves from the other side at a time when they share so much in common.

    And it will be doing it at a time when the global trends on issues such as tax and spending will be heading in exactly the opposite direction to all the mantras the Coalition has pushed since Howard’s time.

  6. As a PR exercise, that was a lead balloon, CrimeMinister

    The former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has told Scott Morrison the government needs to “show leadership” to deliver cultural change in the Australian parliament and protect political staffers against predatory behaviour in their workplace.

    According to notes prepared for a meeting with Morrison on Friday, Higgins – the former government staffer who alleges she was raped by a colleague in a ministerial office in 2019 – told the prime minister she had been “driven by my desire to ensure that no other person would have to go through the trauma that I experienced during my time as a political staffer”.

  7. Australians may be fined or jailed for entering the country from India

    Nine News reported on Friday night that the government was considering a further step by making it a crime, punishable by a maximum $66,000 fine or five years’ jail, if they travel home from India.

    Nine reported that federal Health Minister Greg Hunt would invoke powers under the Biosecurity Act – the same legislation used to close the borders – as soon as Saturday

    • So what will they do when sufficient abandoned Australians in India band together to hire a plane and fly home, all perfectly willing to spend five years in prison here (costing who knows how much) rather than risk a higher likelihood of dying of Covid, or something else, in India?

    • They just need to spend 2 weeks in a ‘non disaster’ country and they are,apparently, OK.

  8. Reading an article on the uber wealth concentration in Morica I saw a graph showing the decline of wages as a share of the economy. Wages ‘fight back’ a number of times but then plummet as a share of the economy. Done in by recessions. Great for the plutocrats as they come out of it with a greater share of the economy. Tough titties for the ‘working classes’ . Actual recession or response to the recession causing this a coincidence or planned ? Too many times I reckon to be bad luck.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s a Saturday Special!

    Tony Wright is not at all impressed with Morrison’s identity politics BS.
    Morrison may strike a chord on identity politics but he’s wading onto contested ground, opines David Crowe.
    Scott Morrison wants Australians to know he’s a Pentecostal Christian, but questions about it make him uneasy, writes Katherine Murphy. She says Australia, right now, could use a prime minister who doubted himself a bit more, because it would mean Morrison would listen more than he does.
    Dennis Atkins asks, “Pastor or politician?” and tell us why the PM’s claim he’s doing God’s work raises questions.
    It may console some Australians to know that their prime minister is doing God’s work. Millions of others are more likely to be confused, and even flabbergasted. Yet courtesy of a scratchy YouTube video, shot at a Pentecostal conference on the Gold Coast last week, Scott Morrison has given us a window into the soul he has otherwise kept shut, writes Paul Bongiorno.
    Scott Morrison’s partisan interpretation of biblical passages is disturbing for democracy, says Kevin Rudd.
    Angus Livingston explains why today’s Tasmania’s election matters for Morrison and Albanese.
    China’s intention to take Taiwan – by force if necessary – is clear, but the Morrison government needs to watch its language, says Peter Hartcher who examines the politics of standing up to Xi.
    “Where are the grown-ups?”, asks Bob Carr who writes that all this loose talk about China and war is dangerous.
    Dennis Shanahan reckons Malcolm Turnbull is becoming a new “Leader of the Opposition on Climate Change” with a campaign that threatens the Coalition at the next election and exploits the vacuum being left by Labor’s shifting position on coalmining.
    With monetary policy having lost its potency, fiscal policy becomes the only game in town, writes Ross Gittins in advance of the next federal budget.
    After dumping its decade-long “debt and deficit” warfare, the government has given Labor the opening to pursue an agenda on its traditional turf, explains Laura Tingle.
    Michael Pascoe reckons we should watch what Frydenberg does, not what he says with this year’s budget.
    Pontificating Paul Kelly trumpets that the Morrison government has embarked on its economic and political strategy for the next election — it will fuel the recovery tank all the way to creating more jobs, lower unemployment, big social spending and fidelity to income tax cuts. He says Liberal Party values are the same, but Liberal Party methods are transformed.
    Shane Wright tells us that a record haul of corporate, employee and superannuation tax has delivered Treasurer Josh Frydenberg a monthly budget surplus amid signs businesses are recovering strongly from the coronavirus pandemic.
    Emma Hoehn reports that the department of health has confirmed the government has met with French COVID vaccine maker Valneva as it casts a wide net for emerging products to fight the virus.
    Michelle Grattan looks to Australia’s duty to its citizens in India as the struggle to balance risk and fear rages on.
    According to Latika Bourke, the government is considering making it a crime, punishable by a maximum $66,000 fine or five years in jail, for anyone who travels home from India during the travel ban.
    By strangling immigration indefinitely, the Morrison government is placing politics above economic recovery. It’s a gamble that could backfire badly, writes the AFR’s Jacob Greber.
    Katina Curtis writes about the meeting Brittany Higgins had with Morrison yesterday.
    Karen Middleton reveals that the Morrison government has launched an urgent review of the Australia Day Council but denies a link to the 2021 win of outspoken advocate Grace Tame. Precious bastards!
    Meanwhile, dear old Gerard Henderson says that Labor has a problem with men.
    Some conservative commentators in Australia say it’s a ‘tough time for men’. Are they serious, asks Van Badham.
    For decades, governments have been using gender stereotypes to their advantage, but this narrow viewpoint is outdated and irrelevant, writes A L Jones.,15037
    Overruling the defence chief, talking tough on China and hinting he may tear up submarine contracts – Peter Dutton is out to make a name for himself and making people feel uncomfortable, writes Daniel Hurst.
    Karen Middleton believes that Home Affairs Department secretary Mike Pezzullo looks set to be denied his dream job in Defence and is now in the mix for promotion to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
    Chip Le Grand writes that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews believes the Morrison government is too weakened by its botched vaccination program to reject its proposal for a new quarantine centre.
    New terminology introduced by ASIO to describe violent extremist groups carefully avoids ‘right- or left-wing’ descriptors. But in not calling out right-wing extremism, is the national security agency guilty of double standards and bowing to the conservative side of politics, asks Lydia Khalil.
    A NSW Ambulance inspector said he fears the Sydney network could again be pushed to breaking point within days, as a result of surging demand that has been building for a month. I would think this would be a situation calling for the application of the Theory of Constraints.
    Mike Foley reports that hopes are rising that an urgent warning over power grid failure may finally spark long-overdue national reforms, as Energy Minister Angus Taylor says he will leave it to the market to decide the mix of coal, batteries, hydro and gas used to back up renewables.
    “Here comes the sun: The wind and solar boom is here”, declares The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo who says the fossil fuel era is over.
    Cait Kelly writes that energy analysts are warning that a new taxpayer-funded gas plant would increase electricity prices.
    Tim Flannery believes that the US carbon tariff offers an opportunity for Australia.
    Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hit out at right-wing media outlets and former coalition colleagues for their advocacy for the fossil fuel sector, accusing them of fetishising coal.,15033
    The editorial in The Saturday Paper excoriates Morrison’s “hint and miss” for climate targets.
    Miki Perkins reports that Victorian State Treasurer Tim Pallas has proposed a financial sweetener of up to $5000 for 10,500 people who buy new electric vehicles, as part of the government’s push to see its controversial electric vehicle tax become law, but she says the proposed subsidy has been greeted with incredulity by some in the automotive industry.
    Energy users led by the Australian Industry Group have clashed with federal minister Angus Taylor over whether proposals to beef up energy security will lower energy costs or whether they are just ‘gold-plated’ overkill, writes Angela Macdonald-Smith.
    In her weekly media roundup Amanda Mead tells us that Chris Kenny denies that the Sky doco “Men in the Mirror” is a payback for Rudd and Turnbull’s attacks on the ‘evil Murdoch empire’.
    National Archives director David Fricker wants to turn the institution that holds Australia’s memories into a major national site. But for now, he’s battling to hold on to those memories so the Archives’ records can be accessed by historians and interested Australians for years to come, write Shane Wright and Katina Curtis.
    Professor of Modern History, Michelle Arrow, is very concerned that Australian treasures recorded on magnetic tape are on the brink of destruction.
    The federal government says the states and territories must take responsibility for Australia’s housing crisis, arguing local levies imposed on new developments are hurting first homebuyers.
    “We’re six years and $2 billion into the project and Australian industry isn’t happy. And they shouldn’t be.” Senator Rex Patrick has compiled his analysis on Australia’s recent submarine program – and it’s not complimentary. (IMHO Patrick has been an extremely effective Senator).
    While this is going on, a major review into Australia’s submarine warfare capability is likely to recommend bringing forward upgrades for the navy’s frigates and Collins class submarines in light of the deteriorating strategic environment confronting the region sparked by China’s rise.
    The latest round of questioning of the big four bank CEOs was a blunt reminder that these hearings have lost their punch, says Clancy Yeates.
    The Chief Judge of the County Court has responded to criticism of the 10-month sentence handed to Richard Pusey over his filming of four police officers who were killed in a horror crash.
    Yet another fatal stampede of religious nutters. This time in Israel.

    Cartoon Corner

    Jon Kudelka

    David Pope

    John Shakespeare

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Alan Moir

    Johannes Leak

    Mark David

    Matt Davidson

    Andrew Dyson

    Joe Benke

    Simon Letch

    From the US

  10. For a bit of rain on the US Joltin’ Joe cartoon. They were already doing just on 1 million a day and rising before he took over.

  11. To add to that –

    This government can’t even get travel bans right.

    Two Australian cricketers flew back to Australia from India via Doha – the CrimeMinister did not believe that was possible so no-one bothered to check.

    Now they have finally closed the loophole – one so big you could have sailed a fleet of oil tankers through it.

    Flights from COVID-stricken India still possible through Doha, posing risk to government travel ban

    Australia moves to close travel loophole that allowed travel from India

  12. UGH!

    Complete with halo – St Scotty.

    What a shame his cult is in no way Christian. It’s a pyramid scheme where only the leaders get the money.

  13. Scrott has been way9 OTT criminalsing (5years ffs) but something Tim Soutphommasane should note. Yes, it was ‘raging’ in those other countries but there was a big difference. The number of returning passengers from those countries arriving with covid was not ‘raging’ . They certainly were not arriving in large numbers already testing positive. Even though supposedly testing negative within 72 hours of travel.Not only but also people would be a lot more gun shy of infections breaking out of quarantine now that they have seen it happen a few times and the effects it has had on ‘normalcy’. Politician and Punters .

    After NZ’s 2 week pause on travel from India it has resumed with these restrictions(see below) . Restrictions apply to all very high risk countries which include Brazil,India,Pakistan and PNG. Basically citizens and spouse/dependents are OK, with pre flight test at govt. approved lab. No mention of penalties . Although there is a $300-$1000 fine for not getting a pre filght swab.

  14. SPLAT, the Karma bus cleans up another jaywalker. Now excuse me while I pause for a moment of schadenfreude.

    Anti-vaccination doctor dies from Covid

    A doctor in Kenya who advised citizens against getting vaccinated has died from coronavirus.

    Stephen Karanja, who served as the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association chairman, advised mask-wearing and mass testing as the most effective ways to stamp out the pandemic,……….

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Greg Jericho says that we need to end the fear-mongering about government debt in Australia. He writes that our government finances are sustainable, but without fully ending the fear of debt, our economy will never be so.
    A Perth quarantine hotel guard and two housemates have tested positive for COVID-19, with the guard possibly infectious in the community since April 27.
    “More Australians are becoming less religious, so what’s with our PMs?”, asks Peter FitzSimons.
    Scott Morrison and his Liberal Government haven’t tried to hide their religious beliefs, yet have also displayed great hypocrisy, writes Bilal Cleland.,15041
    Scott Morrison is getting worse, and the hubris and hypocrisy is flowing at every turn, says Kaye Lee.
    The Morrison government’s jail threat to Australians seeking to return from coronavirus-ravaged India is rooted in racism and calls into question the “very essence” of citizenship, human rights lawyers have warned.
    “When does Scotty’s frenzied marketing become counterproductive?”, asks Noel Turnbull.
    Brittany Higgins has expressed disappointment with the lack of concrete outcomes following her meeting with Scott Morrison where, she said, she got a qualified apology.
    According to James Massola, childcare subsidies will be increased for families with two or more children aged five and under. The measure will save an average of $2260 a year for about 250,000 families.
    “It’s an ‘aged-care budget’… but will it deliver or kick the can down the road?”, wonders Rachel Lane. It’s a worry.
    The pandemic alliance between Big Pharma and governments foreshadows how the market-based capitalist system will fail to address global warming. Just finding low emissions technology is not an answer, says Mike Scrafton.
    Lucy Cormack and Tom Rabe explain how icare, the country’s biggest workers’ compensation scheme suffered from a failure of governance, sloppy execution and difficulties in getting injured workers access to their entitled benefits.
    As pandemic protections expire, many renters – especially in regional areas – face a hostile housing market and the very real prospect of homelessness=, writes Luke Henriques-Gomes.
    Peter Hannam tells us how the new rules on flood plain harvesting in NSW will face a political test next week.
    Rubber wheels. Electric batteries. No overhead wires. This could be the future for Melbourne’s trams, explains Timna Jacks.
    Alison Dow reports that air purifiers have been quietly introduced throughout Victoria’s quarantine hotels in the hope the modest measure could drastically reduce the risk of coronavirus leaking from the rooms of infected guests.
    Swimming Australia will raise the prospect of deferring the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine until after the Olympic trials in June as it tries to ensure athletes are not hampered by side effects as they race to make the Dolphins squad for Tokyo.
    U.S. President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan may be the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, writes Samuel Geddes.,15042
    Ahead of a special election on Saturday to replace a Texas congressman who died after contracting Covid-19, former president George W Bush said the ascendancy of supporters of Donald Trump suggest Republicans “want to be extinct”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark David

    Reg Lynch

    Matt Davidson

    Matt Golding

    Alan Moir

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight

    From the US

  16. Something journalists don’t know or choose to ignore –

    Pentecostals are evangelical to the extreme. They believe it is their mission on earth to save as many souls as they can before their dark god returns and raptures them all away to Pentecostal heaven. (A place unrelated to the Christian heaven, or Nirvana, or Valhalla or any other afterlife.)

    This is what the Minister’s ACC speech was all about – he was urging his fellow cult members to work harder plus giving them lots of propaganda to use.

    He seems to see himself as some sort of religious guru now, someone more important than a mere pastor, a leader of all faiths as we saw in his speech to a Jewish audience.

    He was always dangerous because of his cult beliefs, now he is becoming dangerously deluded.

    People of Persuasion: Evangelism and the Pentecostal/Charismatic Revival

    • Dangerous all right. They believe End Times are nearly upon us and bringing them on and so Armageddon is bigly good. It got them cheering madly for Trump when he moved the embassy to Jerusalem and recognised Jerusalem as the capital. We went ‘lite’ recognising West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

      For many evangelicals, Jerusalem is about prophecy, not politics

      Moving the embassy to Jerusalem is one way to affirm his commitment to these evangelicals — reminding them that he, Donald J. Trump, is pressing biblical history forward to its conclusion and that he is God’s man in the unfolding of these last days.

    • The worst thing is the CrimeMinister’s firm belief he has been chosen by his god as leader, The Chosen One no less, and as such he can safely leave everything to some god to work out.

      Bushfires? His god will fix them

      Floods? Leave it to his god.

      The pandemic? His god will solve that problem.

      He believes all these disasters are a sure sign his god is about to return. He believes he needs to just sit back, relax and leave it all in his god’s hands.

      There’s an old joke which fits perfectly with the CrimeMinister’s inaction on disasters. You have probably heard it a zillion times.

      A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.
      Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”
      The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”
      So the rowboat went on.
      Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”
      To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”
      So the motorboat went on.
      Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”
      To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”
      So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

      Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

      To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

  17. “Swimming Australia will raise the prospect of deferring the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine until after the Olympic trials in June as it tries to ensure athletes are not hampered by side effects as they race to make the Dolphins squad for Tokyo.”

    So people who spend their days ploughing up and down fools – a real benefit to humanity – are getting the expensive Pfizer vaccine this month while oldies in aged care have to wait months to get their first shots of a possibly inferior and certainly much cheaper vaccine.

    Where are this government’s priorities? Obviously they believe winning medals at an over-hyped sports carnival is far more important than the lives of elderly Australians.

    Does anyone care about the damn Olympics any more? Isn’t it way past time they were abolished? Don’t we have more important things to worry about than whether or not swimmers feel in top form for selection?

    • Another reason not to have it from an epidemiologist.

      Professor Baker said the issue was a moral one; that the event went against all advice to avoid travel and mass gatherings.

      “We should recognise what is at stake here and I would really like to see New Zealand government take a firm stance on this,” he said . “The New Zealand Olympic Committee should be saying they are not going to have a bar of it. Someone needs to say the obvious – that it should not happen now.”

      High income countries could ensure a -high degree of safety for athletes, he said, “but the equity, ethics and the symbolism of doing it are atrocious. For athletes from low income countries to attend, particularly if they are vaccinated, that will mean taking vaccines away from vulnerable populations.”

  18. Excellent comment on Kaye Lee’s piece today

    John Iser (the NSW one)April 30, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    At that ACC conference Spottie referred to Australia as “the great south land of the holy spirit”. “Where on earth did he get that from?”, you probably didn’t wonder.

    It turns out that he got it from a 17th-century Portugese explorer named Pedro Fernandes de Queirós. In 1606 F. de Q. thought that he had landed on the shores of the Great South Land and named it “Austrialia [sic] del Espíritu Santo”. That’s Spanish for [what Spottie said]. (The misspelling was a suck-up to F. de Q’s sponsor the King of Spain, who was from the House of Austria.)

    Just one problem: the place where he landed is now called Vanuatu. (Look, we all make mistakes. Columbus thought he had landed on an island off the coast of India, when he was actually in what we now call the Bahamas.)

    The island where F. de Q. landed is known to this day as Espiritu Santo. And, apart from being in more-or-less the same part of the world, it has nothing to do with Australia-the-country-Spottie-is-Prime-Minister-of.

    In other words, Spottie’s use of the Anglicised version of the name was a case of Irrelevant Religious Overreach. Again (or still)

    To back that up here’s an article from 2018 –
    Pastor Michael Murphy reflects on ministering to ScoMo

    And this article tells us how long Murphy had been “lead” pastor at that church – 30years.

    A digression –
    That would put Murphy in charge when this church targeted my ageing and schizophrenic uncle around 2001. (He died the next year.)

    A young woman from this church, had attached herself to him, dropped in constantly, brought him meals and so on. She was the daughter of a friendly butcher where he shopped and was under the impression Unc was wealthy. He had given her part of his valuable coin collection in thanks for her kindness – luckily that was all the money she ever got out of him. My sister, who cared for Unc in his last years and who told me this tale, believes she was acting on instructions from her father who was high up in that church. Eventually she invited him to a service. Turned out to be the Shire Christian Centre, as it was called back then – Shirelive has had many name changes.

    He went, with some hesitation as he was not a church-goer at all. Once the service was over (he did not enjoy it) he was accosted at the door by a group of men which included the pastor, and was not allowed to leave until he said he wanted to be saved and would then agree to tithe to the church.

    He muttered something and bolted, never to return. He never saw that young woman again and changed his shopping habits to avoid her father.

    He had no money apart from his age pension and his villa.

    This is the sort of thing that goes on every week in Pentecostal churches. Had my uncle decided he needed “saving” they would not have stopped their demands until he had given them his home.

    And yet the media tell us constantly that we must not criticise the CrimeMinister’s weird beliefs, they say we must respect his devotion.

    His church had no respect for an ageing man with a mental illness, seeing him only as a source of money. I have less than zero respect for the whole vile, greedy establishment.

    • The childcare subsidy was a rushed announcement intended to distract us from the usual chaos in the government ranks.

      Labor announced their policy in October last year and the CrimeMinister immediately criticised it for being too generous to wealthy families. It wasn’t.

      Morrison attacks Labor’s childcare policy as too generous for the rich

      it has taken all that time for the government to come up with a policy that in no way matches Labor’s far more generous plans for all families, not just those with two or more kids under five in childcare..

      Today’s announcement was all about a policy that will not come into effect until July 2022 – assuming (God forbid) this farce of a government wins another election. It is all about winning female votes with pie in the sky promises. Do not expect this policy to ever eventuate if the Morrison government is returned, expect instead a ramped-up program of austerity in next year’s budget.

      The media, of course, are gushing over the government’s policy – that should set off alarm bells.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In examining Morrison’s identity politics stance, a concerned Sean Kelly writes, “Australian citizens in India can be treated as non-citizens. Chinese Australians can be treated as potentially disloyal citizens. Indigenous Australians can be treated as citizens whose lives are worth not quite as much as those of white Australians.”
    Peter van Onselen says that making criminals of Aussies trying to get home shames us all.
    Luara Ferracioli. a senior lecturer in political philosophy, argues that fining or jailing Australians arriving from India is a step too far.
    And Professor Kim Rubenstein says that it is difficult to reconcile the concept of being a citizen of a democratic country while being trapped by one’s own government, unable to leave Australia or to return.
    Anthony Galloway tells us that the Morrison government has asked the Department of Defence to review the Northern Territory’s 99-year-lease of the Port of Darwin to the Chinese-owned company Landbridge – a deal that has unsettled national security figures in the federal government since it was signed six years ago.
    And he reports that Peter Dutton has vowed to speak out more openly about China’s acts of aggression, declaring everyday Australians are with the government and understand the threats posed by Beijing.
    According to Ross Gittins, we are now trying Plan C to end wage stagnation. He says that at last, they’ve concluded that the only way to get wages growing again is to get unemployment down so far that employers are having trouble finding the workers they need and are forced to compete with other employers by bidding up the wages they’re prepared to pay.
    Jennifer Hewett says that for Josh Frydenberg, red ink is the new black.
    Shane Wright says that soaring iron ore prices and a stronger-than-expected jobs market are poised to deliver Treasurer Josh Frydenberg a $98 billion improvement to the budget bottom line as Australian workers become increasingly confident about the nation’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    And he tells us that Treasury secretary Steven Kennedy says while Australian debt levels are modest by global standards, taxpayers will have to decide how they are paid.
    Deloitte Access Economics director Chris Richardson estimated annual savings of about $40 billion would eventually need to be found but stressed the task of budget repair should not begin too soon, reports Ronald Mizen.
    Gareth Eavans tells us why the Hawke-Keating government remains the gold standard.
    The government’s embrace of ‘clean hydrogen’ helps no one but the fossil fuel industry, explains Richard Denniss.
    John Lord fills us in on how Scott Morrison sees himself as our prime minister.
    Eleven crew members from a livestock cargo vessel docked in Townsville are claiming asylum after refusing to get back on board the ship, while a hunt is underway for a twelfth crew member on the run in Queensland.
    The Covid-19 vaccination program is becoming an ethical discussion of the difference between national vs global, private vs public, and whether to co-operate or to compete. It is also about who pays and who benefits, explains Terry Slevin.
    The Liberals’ victory in Tasmanian election is more status quo than a ringing endorsement, writes Michael Lester.
    Jacqui Maley examines when it is OK to criticise a prime minister’s spouse.
    Parliamentary Budget Office costings, commissioned by The Greens, has revealed an extra $1.1 billion would be made available next financial year if 65 companies that made excessive profits or paid out executive bonuses while receiving JobKeeper payments returned the amount they received from the government.
    Crispin Hull has had enough of certain media coverage and he declares, “Australia’s Covid risk is far greater than blood clot vaccine hysteria”.
    Amanda Vanstone has a spit about media groupthink.
    South Australia’s latest euthanasia Bill will pass the first major hurdle in parliament this week, a poll has found, as some MPs grapple with the hardest decision of their lives. An Advertiser survey of all Upper House members, excluding President John Dawkins, found 11 members were committed to voting in support of the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation on Wednesday. Seven members remained against the Bill, while just three were undecided.
    COVID-19 may serve to intensify the pre-existing turn towards fascism, currently inflaming the Western world, writes Gerard Gill.,15029
    Lisa Visentin explains how parents will have to wait until after the next election to benefit from the Morrison government’s $1.7 billion childcare package, amid concerns that it won’t be a game-changer in boosting women’s workforce participation.
    An extra $1.7 billion for child care will help some, but it won’t improve affordability for most say these contributors to The Conversation.
    Sarak Keoghan writes that Indian-Australian community members say bringing cricket stars home while thousands of Australians remain stranded would not be well received.
    The moment they turn 65, newly disabled people are excluded from the National Disability Insurance Scheme – and that, according to former business titan Bill Moss, is discrimination, writes Jewel Topsfield.
    Belated arts support offered by the Coalition does little to encourage stable recovery from the impacts of funding cuts and COVID-19, writes Leya Reid.,15040
    Netflix has paid less than $550,000 in income tax in Australia in 2020 despite estimates it earned more than $1 billion in revenue.
    Britain’s overgrown Eton schoolboys have turned the country into their playground, declares John Harris who says the reckless disdain of Boris Johnson and David Cameron is evidence of the institutional elitism blighting UK politics.
    The first 100 days of Biden were also the first 100 without Trump, and that’s telling, says Robert Reich.
    Mitt Romney was loudly booed at the Utah Republican party convention on Saturday – and called a “traitor” and a “communist” as he tried to speak.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Jim Pavlidis

    Michael Leunig

    Mark Knight

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  20. The NDIS/over 65 debate –

    This niggardly approach is something I have been aware of for some time. The scheme was set up this way from the start. The legislation (National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013) assumes anyone acquiring a disability after age 65 will be looked after by the aged care system. It made no mention of those already dealing with disabilities who were over the cut-off age when the NDIS began. What a farce! The aged care system in Australia is totally inadequate for able-bodied people let alone dealing with people with disabilities,

    Mr Moss makes some excellent points.

    Mr Moss said people aged over 65 requiring specialist high needs disability care were forced to go to a nursing home – which is unlikely to be able to provide the care they require – or stay in the home and receive inadequate support from My Aged Care.

    “It dawned on me when watching my mother in a nursing home: ‘God, how am I going to survive in a nursing home?’ And the answer is I won’t.”

    I won’t survive in a nursing home either – in fact I’d rather do myself in than be forced into such a place.

    Something not mentioned – any care provided by My Aged Care costs the consumer while anything provided by the NDIS is fully subsidised. The aged care fees charged to someone who receives only the full age pension and has no other assets are high.

    An age pensioner in a nursing home pays 85% of their basic pension for their “care”. This is higher than the despised Cashless Debit Card’s meagre 20% cash allowance which those forced onto the card agree is far too low. It has to cover clothing, toiletries, extra food, medications, outings, visits to medical professionals and transport to appointments, and so much more.

    For an age pensioner receiving in-home care costs vary from $9.72 per day/$136.08 per fortnight for a Level 1 package to $10.85 per day/$151.90 per fortnight for Level 4. Fees are charged every day whether you actually receive a service every day or not. If you just need someone to come in and clean for an hour twice a week or want someone to mow your lawn for half an hour a fortnight then you pay for every single day of the fortnight. Even the Level 1 fee is quite a hit to the pension.

    Most providers will charge more than the basic daily fee, and the client will pay the difference.

  21. Excellent comments from Eva Cox.

    Last week I listened to a podcast featuring Karen Middleton about Dutton’s new job. Ms Middleton assumed there would be another war for Australia to leap into and her only comment on this was to wonder where that war would be. It never occurred to her that there need not be another war.

    • Update – everyone is lying.

      CMO: Australians could die because of India ban
      The medical advice that the chief medial officer, Paul Kelly, provided to the health minister, Greg Hunt, about making it a criminal offence for anyone to enter Australia if they have been in India in the past 14 days has been made public.

      In the letter sent on Friday, Kelly warns the government the absolute ban on Australians returning home from India could cause deaths “in a worst-case scenario”.

      However Kelly’s letter largely backs up the government’s reasoning on the ban, and recommends the determination to give Australia’s quarantine system time “to recover capacity”.

      The ban began as a pause on all direct flights from India and was bolstered on Friday night when the government announced it would make it a criminal offence under the Biosecurity Act for anyone to enter Australia via indirect routes – punishable by up to $66,000 and five years in jail. The law came into effect from today.

      Earlier this morning, Kelly said he did not give specific advice to jail arrivals from India.

      However, in his letter, he acknowledges he was providing advice for a determination to make it an offence to enter Australia from India. The punishments of potential jail time and fines are outlined in the law, as opposed to being punishments specifically recommended by Kelly.

      Kelly also noted the action would be “appropriate and adapted to the purpose, no more restrictive or intrusive than required in the circumstances, and is applied in a manner that is no more restrictive or intrusive than required in the circumstances”. This follows legal experts in recent days questioning if the action was proportionate – which is a requirement of the law.

      Kelly wrote:

      Due to the high proportion of positive cases arising from arrivals from India, I consider a pause until 15 May 2021 on arrivals from India to be an effective and proportionate measure to maintain the integrity of Australia’s quarantine system.

      This measure will likely allow the system to recover capacity, which is a critical intervention in preventing and managing the spread of Covid-19 in Australia.

      Given the proposed limited duration of the determination, I am satisfied this meets the criteria that such an emergency requirement is in place for only as long as necessary.

      I wish to note the potential consequences for Australian citizens and permanent residents as a result of this pause on flights and entry into Australia.

      These include the risk of serious illness without access to healthcare, the potential for Australians to be stranded in a transit country, and in a worst-case scenario, deaths.

      I consider that these serious implications can be mitigated through having the restriction only temporarily in place, ie a pause, and by ensuring there are categories of exemptions

    • Jane Hume is not renowned for telling the truth either.

      Now it’s all the fault of legislation which apparently wrote itself and got itself through both houses.

  22. People over 50 can get vaccinated in the old Prahran Town Hall in Chapel St. Today I was in and out in 45 minutes following the pink arrows (everyone wishes they were yellow arrows)

    Book online at

    I wish my friend had waited another day to get vaccinated before returning to NSW

    • The Seven Mountains got a run out here in the Wild Wild West in some reports about the religious nuts moving to take over some branches at State level. The heartening thing though is as the religious nuts have multiplied the State Liberal party’s electoral performance is in the toilet

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Nick McKenzie and Anthony Galloway report that one of the nation’s top military commanders told his troops that Beijing is already engaged in “grey zone” warfare against Australia, and they must plan for the high likelihood this may spill over into actual conflict in the future.
    More from Galloway who explains how taxpayers could face a multimillion-dollar compensation bill if the federal government forced a Chinese company to give up its ownership of the Port of Darwin.
    Marise Payne has attacked efforts to “buy influence’’ and “pick off’’ individual countries in a diplomatic rebuke aimed at China ahead of two weeks of international talks with some of the world’s biggest democracies on strengthening global security.
    Peter Hartcher reckons it is Australia’s complacency, not racism, that led to the India travel ban. He says the ban was the culminating point of other failures by the government – the failure to build a robust national quarantine system with cabin-based accommodation, the failure to set up a local capacity to make mRNA vaccines, the type that can be edited quickly to prevent new variants of COVID.
    The SMH editorial says that for Australia to completely abandon more than about 600 vulnerable Australians in India, and another 8000 wanting to come home, is an embarrassment to this nation.
    According to David Crowe, federal ministers and backbenchers have slapped down attacks from colleagues over the government’s $1.7 billion childcare boost in an internal row. The conservative attacks on the new budget policy included calls for “tax justice” for families with mothers who stayed at home because they do not receive the help offered to women using childcare.’
    After the sharp recession, there is little sense of a booming recovery, posits Greg Jericho. He says that, without government grappling with the toll underemployment takes on the economy, growth and recovery will remain mediocre. He supports his position with a raft of telling charts.
    Lisa Visentin reports that Australia Post director and long-time Liberal Party operative Tony Nutt has said Christine Holgate was an “outstanding CEO” who should have survived the Cartier watches scandal and remained chief executive. I thought Nutt’s appearance at the Senate committee yesterday was both candid and impressive.
    Jennnifer Duke tells us that a Liberal backbencher, Senator Gerard Rennick, is threatening to change the government’s upcoming budget with support from Senate crossbenchers unless it includes permanent tax cuts for low-income earners.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes writes that Linda Reynolds has confirmed the government will proceed with “some form” of independent assessments for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, after announcing a “pause” that raised advocates’ hopes the policy could be scrapped.
    International human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC says powers used to enact India travel ban undermine the rule of law.
    Whoever wins the next federal election, it is likely that Jacqui Lambie and Pauline Hanson will have the balance of power in the Senate. And maybe also the Greens, suggests Phil Coorey.
    Ben Butler reports that a federal government proposal to place restrictions on firms advising super funds on how to vote at annual shareholder meetings has been slammed as a “Trumpian brainfart” that will chill free speech and increase costs.
    Angus Thompson writes that the commissioner who led the state’s ice inquiry has accused the NSW government of missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity for drug reform.
    An Australian expert in vaccine uptake says confusion and confidence are likely to be stopping people in NSW having the AstraZeneca shot. Barilaro has blames complacency for the slow uptake but an Australian expert says confusion and lack of confidence are the major factors.
    Vaccine experts say it would take at least $250m plus support from a big pharmaceutical company to set up mRNA manufacturing in Australia, cooling hopes of a local jab in the next year.
    Rachel Clun writes that the nation’s top medical expert says he advised the federal government to stem the flow of Australians returning from India because of COVID-19 but made no recommendations to jail or fine those who circumvent travel bans.
    Threats to Australia’s biosecurity are on the rise due to growing trade, international travel, urbanisation, climate change and biodiversity loss, and yesterday the government announced a $370m boost to our defences.
    Phil Coorey believes that the federal budget will set aside money for the construction of a gas-fired power station in NSW, amid a growing view within government that it is more likely than not the taxpayer-funded project will go ahead, regardless of what the private sector decides.
    The Australian tells us that controversial Coalition MP George Christensen, who last month announced he would not contest the next federal election, has sought to be disendorsed by the Liberal National Party in a move that could pocket him a six-figure taxpayer-funded payout.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that a second aged care worker who was sacked for refusing a flu shot has failed to get her job back after the national industrial tribunal ruled her employer had correctly followed government health directions. The same rule has not been applied to coronavirus vaccines, which are still being rolled out across the country, except in the case of some healthcare workers in Queensland.
    Jack Waterford begins this contribution with, “It’s all very well to have a prime minister who believes that he has been anointed by God for his task, and is thus above some of the checks and balances imposed by law and by custom on the mere mortals who have preceded him. Experience and the career so far of Donald Trump suggest, however, that a day of reckoning will come when either human chicanery or an act of omission by God deprives him of his mandate. Even assuming he goes with good grace, it is doubtful that the structures and styles he developed in government can or should endure.”
    A cynical Jenna Price writes that, with so many mates getting plum government jobs, there must be an election coming up.

    The states are forging ahead on climate action, but Australia needs a national strategy to reduce emissions at lowest cost over the next few decades, implores the Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood.
    Even if the federal government takes no action, the states’ own efforts to reduce climate change would enable Australia to meet current emission reduction targets, writes Nick O’Malley.
    According to Greg Combet, Victoria’s 2030 target leads Australia on climate action.
    Paying Australia’s coal-fired power stations to stay open longer is bad for consumers and the planet, say these contributors to The Conversation.
    Michael Pascoe says that the dirty plan to extend coal-fired electricity beyond its use by date.
    The federal government has admitted some veterans “may not be comfortable” with its plans for a royal commission into suicide, bowing to pressure from critics who had called for urgent change in how the landmark inquiry was to be set up, reports Josh Butler.
    Modi’s India is sick with more than COVID-19 — and Australia isn’t immune, says Alex McKinnon.
    Here’s an interesting contribution from Abul Rizvi about using immigration to manage Australia’s ageing population.,15046
    The AIMN tells us about “FauxMo’s cult of personalities”.
    Cryptocurrency is the future – and Australia is living in the dark ages, argues Alan Kohler.
    Elizabeth Knight opines that yesterday will either mark the start of Westpac’s comeback or the day it will rue by setting itself an ambitious cost reduction target against which it will be judged for three years. She describes the CEO’s move as a risky play to outplay the bank’s rivals.
    Historian, Professor Jenny Hocking, begins this contribution with, “Now that a decent interval has passed, we can recall Prince Philip more correctly as a relict of ancient European internecine royalty down to its last sou, a purveyor of horses and hounds, shooting and carriages, with a fine pedigree in offensive, racist remarks. In the coded language of his death these unfortunate traits were recast as ‘light-hearted’, ‘humorous’, ‘direct’, and always and only termed ‘gaffes’. The senior Nazi positions of his sisters and brothers-in-law, banned from his wedding to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 given its proximity to the war, were hidden in the oblique melange of ‘German relatives’ or ‘family connections’.”
    One in six motorists tested by police is caught driving with drugs in their system on South Australian roads, where detection rates have surged more than 140 per cent in a decade. But the dangers of drink-driving appear to be resonating with motorists as new figures reveal the number caught above the limit has dropped by more than half since 2011.
    Troy Bramston writes that, bolder than Obama, Biden is redefining the political centre.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Andrew Dyson

    John Shakespeare

    Matt Golding

    David Rowe

    Cathy Wilcox

    Alan Moir

    Peter Broelman

    Mark Knight

    John Spooner

    From the US

  24. A war with China would be over in 10 minutes and Australia’s tiny defence forces obliterated but still the defence chiefs plus Dutton, Pezzullo, the CrimeMinister and assorted other warmongers and journalists are desperate for a war.

    Why on earth do they want that?

    • You can just see it.

      Drones come over and wipe out designated targets. USA looks the other way.

      The Chinese invite Indonesia to ‘transmigrasi’ to Australia instead of Irian Jaya

  25. Abul Rizvi article had a stupidly discordant video from Monash Uniiversity that stated

    1. people in aged care have no rights
    2. staff that earn more than $450 per month have super contributions paid for them – hence the workers getting a shift a fortnight here and another shift there
    3. Malaysians think aged care there is of lower standard than they want for their family (here too)
    4. every population is aging – so people need to work longer [NO!]
    5. but in Australia there is a large pool of unemployed and underemployed – not all would make suitable carers

    ==> will need to regulate staffing and care in aged residents and have effective watchdog. Ge rid of for profit homes

    • i meant the musical background was stupidly discordant, irritating and detracted from the message

  26. Correction re above,- old fingers missed the mark and posted before editing! My former GP referred me to some ‘trustworthy’ colleagues whose first suggestion was a 30 day stayof bedrest prior to some mysterious ‘procedure’ and then notes on my file (recently acccessed) about how my family found me ‘difficult to control’ – complete fiction – presumably meaning that I was asking too many questions of these trustworthy ‘specialists’ after whose ‘treatment’ I require continuous pain reliefe medication – prescriptions for which I will never seek their signature. I have found a trustworthy GP and I am sure there are many more. I have to refrain from continuing and making too much of a ‘pome’ whose lines begin…..’Stay away from dcctors they will only cause you pain

    Sorry, old fingers posted before editing above. Yes to getting rid of for profit homes, and any others not government regulated.

    • Sounds very much like these “trustworthy colleagues” were going to bung you into a nursing home ASAP and then pump you full of haloperidol to “control” you. That seems to be standard procedure now in many of these places of incarceration. And how dare you ask questions about this proposed “procedure” – anything to increase their profits, I’d say.

      Unnecessary extended bedrest, unnecessary procedures, unnecessary chemical restraint – and they wonder why we oldies don’t want to have a bar of aged “care”,.

      Thank goodness you found someone really trustworthy.

  27. It seems to me that the CrimeMinister wanted to make yet another announcement to distract from the outrage around his farce of a government and chose banning Australians and dual citizens stranded in India as the target.

    It has all backfired in the most spectacular way, with even members of his government strongly disagreeing.

    This morning he did an interview on Channel 9 – the backpedalling must have been amazing. He now says it is unlikely anyone would have been fined or gaoled and says he would never fail Australia.

    He has failed us every day of his miserable, divisive time as PM


    90 minute presidency: Upper house chaos as NSW MPs bicker over plum role
    By Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack
    May 4, 2021 — 9.35pm

    The NSW upper house descended into chaos on Tuesday night as Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s pick for president was overthrown in less than two hours and a back-up candidate was installed to the plum job.

    Ms Berejiklian’s preferred candidate, Liberal MP Natasha Maclaren-Jones, claimed the seat after the house had been in deadlock for almost six weeks over who should replace departing president John Ajaka.

    Labor and some of the crossbench MPs opposed her nomination, insisting Ms Maclaren-Jones would be beholden to Ms Berejiklian in the role of president.

    In an act of defiance with the support of some Coalition colleagues, Ms Maclaren-Jones took the president’s seat.

    Less than 90 minutes later, Ms Maclaren-Jones was removed from the chair with a vote of no confidence after being accused of “stealing the chair” and conducting a “mini coup”.

    Her Liberal colleague Matthew Mason-Cox then nominated for the role.

    His nomination was supported by Labor and most crossbenchers. Late on Tuesday night, Mr Mason-Cox was elected 23 votes to 18.

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