Death Notice

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

EVANS, Elaine Anne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1,460 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. Another announceable. It’ll go the way of the others.

    The Morrison government will use next week’s budget to establish a national recovery and resilience agency and create a new climate service to help manage the risk of natural disasters.

    The government will allocate $600m to the agency to fund resilience projects such as bushfire and cyclone-proofing houses, building levees for flood control, and improving the resilience of telecommunications and essential supplies.

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Rachael Clun reports that a doctor who helped bring 3000 Australians back from India in just three weeks last year says the Indian-Australian community wants a concrete government plan for the repatriation of stranded citizens.
    On this subject Bevan Shields writes that the world is watching, and it is wondering what this draconian decision says about Australia’s character.
    Scott Morrison lectured the states against snap border closures – now he’s done exactly that, points out Katherine Murphy who says there is an irony here that won’t be lost on the premiers.
    Criminalising citizens returning from India signals some are more Australian than others, writes Tim Soutphommasane.
    The Prime Minister’s Indian flight ban could face a legal challenge as soon as today as Scott Morrison is confronted by a growing backlash from inside and outside Parliament.
    The blanket and punitive travel ban for Australians returning from India is neither justified, nor does it make much sense in the efforts to curb the spreading of the virus. The Indian Coronavirus emergency is also raising many questions of the policies imposed around the world during the pandemic, explains Ramesh Thakur.
    The Morrison Government’s botched and controversial ban on Australians returning from India shows just how error-prone it can be when it makes Covid-19 related decisions without the help of State and Territory leaders, writes David Solomon.
    Anthony Galloway has a good look at what makes Peter Dutton tick when it comes to his position as Minister for Defence.
    The economy is growing but the pandemic will affect us for some time, writes Shaun Carney who says that contrary to last year’s expectations that we’d face horror deficits in future, next week’s federal budget will include some big spending.
    Paul Bongiorno says that the government is a Liberal in Labor’s clothing with this budget.
    The Reserve Bank of Australia has failed to achieve its inflation targets on a sustainable basis since the Global Financial Crisis, however, it should not solely be blamed says economist Alex Joiner who calls for a better fiscal policy.
    The budget is a window into the Treasurer’s soul. Peter Martin tells us what to look for on Tuesday night.
    Ross Gittins explains how on budget night, we’ll know if Scott Morrison really does care about women.
    The Reserve Bank of Australia upgraded its economic growth forecast to hit 4.75 per cent over this year, up from 3.5 per cent in its February statement.
    Sooner or later it was bound to happen. Scott Morrison in two recent speeches not only has explained his religious faith but also has drawn the battlelines for the contest of values that will shape the election next year, writes Paul Kelly who pontificates that mainstream voters are more concerned about progressive ideology than if the PM believes in god.
    Scott Morrison’s sermon was a carefully planned speech, not a moment of unguarded sincerity argues Jane Gilmore.
    Having kept a low profile during the pandemic, investors are now returning to the market with gusto. And that means home prices will continue to be pushed higher, warns Elizabeth Knight.
    Australia risks becoming the world’s laughing stock if state governments impose electric vehicle taxes too early, according to NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
    And the SMH editorial says he’s on the right track.
    Rob Harris tells us that car makers want to replace licence fees, rego and fuel excise with a tax on how far you drive.
    Tom Cowie and Nick O’Malley write that gas appliances including heaters, hot water services and cooktops would be phased out under a proposed moratorium on new gas connections to households in a Victorian council jurisdiction.
    Mike Foley and Peter Hannam tell us that Government intervention in the energy market is making the breakneck transition from fossil fuels to renewables even more challenging as investors warn that taxpayer subsidies for new gas power projects are squeezing out private industry.
    The Australian has an exposé on “the shocking secrets in Covid hotels”.
    General practitioners in Australia grappling with major vaccine supply shortfalls are being refused more AstraZeneca doses, despite 1m per week now being manufactured onshore, reports Christopher Knaus.
    Paul Karp tells us that almost two-thirds of Australians believe the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is not going well, with even a majority of Coalition voters declining to give the program a tick of approval.
    Jewel Topsfield writes about haw the NDIS chief ‘deeply regrets’ anxiety over independent assessments.
    According to Alexandra Smith, the NSW government will urge the private sector to come up with new development ideas for its extensive public property portfolio as part of a new 20-year plan for housing.
    According to Bloomberg, Pfizer has laid out a plan to turn its vaccine into a long-term business as its boss bets COVID-19 will become endemic, requiring people to get regular shots for years to come.
    The Australian tells us about the legal showdown looming for Australia Post over Christine Holgate’s ousting.
    Richard Mulgan explains how public outrage still holds the key to politicians’ accountability.
    “The Tasmanian Election — everyone’s a loser!”, exclaims Andrew P Street.–everyones-a-loser,15050
    After briefly showing signs of life in March the US dollar is on the nose again, and while that says something positive about the outlook for the rest of the world, it isn’t such good news for the US, or the Reserve Bank, says Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Australians don’t want a war with China. It’s time to raise voices against it, urges Dr David Brophy. He says we need to puncture these ideological pretensions too. Self-determination for Taiwan, and justice for the Uighurs – these are worthy causes, but not causes that anyone can advance by waging war against China.
    How hard is Scott Morrison willing to poke the panda? That’s a question posed by the government’s review of the Chinese company Landbridge’s 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin, writes Michelle Grattan.
    After a long-awaited report from the Human Rights Commission, Alison Quigly says that Gymnastics Australia should say sorry to abused athletes and back it up with cash.
    A billion-dollar investment gap in the upkeep of Australia’s electricity grid could undermine our ability to keep the lights on during natural disasters. That’s the warning from a new report into the state of our poles and wires by progressive think tank The Australia Institute, reports Matthew Elmas.
    COVID-19 appears to have accelerated the shift away from credit card debt. That’s good news for customers, if it lasts, writes Clancy Yeates.
    Germany’s interior minister has said that a dramatic rise in rightwing extremist crime demonstrates a “brutalisation” of society and poses the biggest threat to the country’s stability.

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  3. Yet again the goldfish-brained Australian media have fallen for the CrimeMinister’s very familiar trick of re-announcing old announcements.

    All of them are gushing over the plan to establish a resilience and recovery agency while not one of them has the mental capacity to remember this announcement was made only six months ago.

    This was announced on 13 November last year, by the CrimeMinister, as part of the government’s response to recommendations made in the report of the bushfire RC.

    Nothing happened.

    13 Nov 2020
    Prime Minister, Minister for Agriculture Drought and Emergency Management

    In addition, the Royal Commission has identified the need for a new, dedicated National Resilience, Relief and Recovery Agency, and the government will now commence the necessary work to establish this new agency.

    The new agency will initially incorporate the functions of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, which we established in response to the Black Summer bushfires. It will also integrate the functions of the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, and the disaster recovery and risk reduction functions within the Department of Home Affairs.

    Importantly, it will drive the reduction of natural disaster risk, enhance natural disaster resilience and ensure effective relief and recovery to all hazards

    The only change has been to the name – it’s no longer a “National Resilience, Relief and Recovery Agency”, the “relief” has been dropped from the title.

    In a very long document the government sets out its response to the RC into the 2019/2020 bushfires.

    It clearly states the national recovery and resilience agency will be set up np later than 1 July 2021.

    4 -…………. The Commonwealth will establish a national resilience, relief and recovery agency to commence operations no later than 1 July 2021. This new agency will coordinate and align Australia’s national capability to build resilience, better prepare for future natural disasters, and recover from all hazards

    Link is here –

    More –

    Message from National Bushfire Recovery Coordinator Andrew Colvin APM, OAM

    Government to establish national resilience and recovery entity

  4. This is a very interesting thread in which the CrimeMinister declares his ignorance and racism to the world.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In a scathing character assessment, John Hewson accuses the faithful Morrison of saying one thing but doing another. He says Australians have become wary of politicians who spruik morals, principles and religion but then fail conspicuously to live what they claim to believe.
    Morrison is too Christian for some, not Christian enough for others, explains John Warhurst.
    After decades of governments urging migrants to take out Australian citizenship for their own good, the Morrison government in the early hours of Saturday morning effectively told them it was worthless, laments Niki Savva.
    The lawyer behind a Federal Court challenge to the government’s India travel ban claims the unprecedented action may be unconstitutional. However, the latest legal action may not reach a legal resolution and could become a moot point as the health order banning travel from India is set to expire within days.
    At least two repatriation flights will be dispatched to India every week once the controversial travel ban ends on May 15 as the Morrison government faces an uphill battle to get thousands of its citizens home from the coronavirus-stricken country. Rachel Clun and Anthony Galloway say it represents a logistical nightmare.
    A commitment to increase wages must be part of next week’s federal budget, Labor leader Anthony Albanese has declared in a challenge to the Coalition to go beyond its new ambition to push the unemployment rate below 5 per cent.
    Alaxandra Smith writes that the way in which many of the NSW state MPs behaved on Tuesday night was not befitting of elected officials, and it would not be tolerated in any other workplace.
    David Crowe tells us that digital services will get a $1.2 billion overhaul in a budget plan to expand government services online, fund research into artificial intelligence and fund new skills programs. While $200 million will go to the myGov site, which is the main entry point for Australians who need federal services or support, $300 million will be spent on the health records including its digital identity system.
    Karen Barlow tells us that Anthony Albanese will accuse the Prime Minister Scott Morrison today of deliberately and callously delaying action to address systemic problems in aged care.
    And Josh Butler writes that Anthony Albanese has fired a broadside at Josh Frydenberg just days out from the budget, demanding the federal government urgently pour funds into managing the “broken” aged care sector and specifically addressing rising concerns over dementia among the elderly.
    Let’s not pick a fight over Darwin port unless we have to, urges Greg Sheridan. He says we should never be cowardly in pursuing our national interests, but we don’t necessarily need to pick every fight going.
    Constitutional law expert, Professor Helen Irving, explains why the Australian government cannot treat its own citizens as pariahs. She says the India travel ban is clearly unconstitutional and a breach of our rights
    In quite an interesting contribution, Julie Szego takes a revealing and uneasy peek at Morrison’s “altar ego”.
    Tom Rabe reports that the NSW Treasurer and Transport Minister is saying the federal government must consider bigger tax breaks to incentivise the take-up of electric vehicles.
    According to Peter Hannam, NSW Labor will reject plans by the NSW government to regulate the ability of irrigators to capture flood waters flowing across their properties.
    A Victorian public servant in charge of infection control in hotel quarantine has been stood down after reports of breached protocols.
    Jordan Baker writes that the University of Sydney is considering closing its departments of studies in religion – one of the last devoted to the secular study of faith in Australia – and theatre and performance as it looks to cut costs.
    Ita Buttrose has said the ABC board is constantly at risk of not making quorum for its meetings while the government leaves three vacancies unfilled.
    Australia’s energy market is defined by two steps forward one step back, but the direction is inevitable even if there’s no end to divisions over politics and policy, says Jennifer Hewett.
    Tom Cowie tells us that the health risk for children from cooking with gas has been compared to that from living with a smoker and may be responsible for as much as 12 per cent of childhood asthma.
    The latest data reveals just how insane the Australian housing market has become, explains Greg Jericho.
    Labor’s leader in the upper house could be suspended from Parliament if the long-awaited report into sexism and bullying in the CFA is not released to the public.
    Ben Smee reveals that the Queensland police service blocked academic research seeking to scrutinise its response to domestic violence cases and the attitudes of officers – sending rejection letters that denied there was a need for studies.
    Latika Bourke reports that the coronavirus has hit the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in London as two delegates from India tested positive.
    Overnight Israel’s President has chosen Yair Lapid, a centrist politician and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest rival, to try to form a new government, but Lapid’s path to success remains uncertain.
    South Australia’s Upper House has passed a Bill that proposes to legalise euthanasia. It is the first time in the state’s history that any euthanasia Bill has passed a chamber of parliament.
    The NSW Liberals and Nationals have snuck through floodplain harvesting legislation that allows upstream irrigators to take up to five times (500 %) their licensed water allotments, potentially devastating the already fragile Murray Darling system. Callum Foote reports.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes explains how a new report shows nearly 1,000 robodebt victims had their debts sent to an external debt collector even after the government had admitted in court that the program was unlawful.
    John Gilroy explains how the planned NDIS reforms discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
    Zoe Samios tells us that The Washington Post is establishing an Australian bureau in a sign of increasing reader interest in the Asia-Pacific region.
    Ben Packham reveals that Peter Dutton is planning an intervention to ensure Australia is not left exposed by the late arrival of new French-built submarines, with fast-tracked and comprehensive rebuilds of the navy’s six Collins-class boats now being seen as vital. He says Dutton is also looking at an option to engage Saab Kockums to develop a $50m-$100m design scoping study for a “Son of Collins” boat, based on a submarine the company is offering the Dutch navy.
    Elizabeth Knight explains how Westpac found itself in the frame for alleged insider trading.
    Kaye Lee expounds on the drums of hairy chest beating and looks to Karen Andrews to make some changes.
    Australia’s states are forging ahead with ambitious emissions reductions. Imagine if they worked together say these academics.
    The metals empire owned by the industrialist Sanjeev Gupta said it has agreed terms on new financing for a key part of its business located in South Australia, potentially staving off a threat to thousands of jobs.
    ASIC’s latest stoush with Westpac will once again pit the regulator’s idea of breaking the law against the bank’s idea of standard practice in risk management, writes the AFR’s Jonathan Shapiro.
    The devastating outbreak across India exposes the stark failures in governance and vaccine development locally and across the world, writes Dr Rashad Seedeen.,15051
    Boris shows he’s as adept at pedalling a bike as he is at peddling lies, writes the ever-critical John Crace.
    A week that could set in motion the eventual collapse of the 314-year union between England and Scotland is concentrating trading desks on market disasters ahead says this article from Bloomberg.
    The New York Times says a US federal judge has accused the Justice Department under former attorney-general William Barr of misleading her and Congress about advice he had received on whether Donald Trump should have been charged with obstructing the Russia investigation.
    Corey Norman posting a photo of himself with Jarryd Hayne is a strong show of public support for his mate. Some will find it touching, even inspiring. Peter FitzSimons finds it troubling.

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  6. Funny how the CrimeMinister slapped a ban on travel from India allegedly to avoid a third wave of
    Covid while all the time he was concocting that plan an Australian was happily spreading the virus around Sydney.

    There have to be many, many cases out there in all states, people who are asymptomatic or people who know they have symptoms but refuse to be tested.

    This virus is going to lurk around for years, mutating and mutating.

  7. Federal government to roll out $30 million job-ready package for cashless debit card sites

    What a load of garbage! Why did the ABC publish so much incorrect information?

    Incorrect apart, that is, from the sensationalised threat to put card users into work – what about people with disabilities or carers or those on any of the other multitude of trigger payments that will get you forced onto this card.

    Incorrect figures and facts include the following.

    In some places people on the CDC are barred from buying food but can buy as much alcohol, as they want – just another Indue glitch which no-one wants to fix.

    The figures on the number of people on cards are wrong. As of this week there are 10,747 forced participants remaining on the CDC program including 894 people in #Ceduna.

    2. The last senate admission on costs per participant was that the card was costing $12K pp cumulative total, PLUS yearly admin fee.

    3. The sum reported as ‘saved’ in this article, and as stated by the department & reported in the CM, was 400K – which worked out to $29 per forced trial participant across the entire number.…/Cashless-welfare-card…

    4. This person from Monash also only refers to and includes direct contracts with Indue Ltd, ignoring all the other contracts & spending which is well into $250M mark. :

    5. Via Accountable Income Management Network:
    “Senator O’Sullivan’s comments here incorrectly suggest that
    a) the #CashlessDebitCard is a success,
    b) no working people were put on the card,
    c) wraparound support services were put in place,
    d) there are ample suitable jobs in the trial site

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  9. When too much pork is not enough

    The federal government redirected cash from a $31 million safety program into a selected group of churches and cultural events after a key minister rejected department advice that ruled the projects ineligible.

    Assistant Minister Jason Wood handpicked the projects to receive taxpayer funds for security services and equipment in a decision that cut funding to recipients that scored more highly in the Home Affairs department’s analysis of their merit.

    Mr Wood intervened to make sure the grants went to projects including a Catholic parish in south-east Melbourne, a preschool in Gulargambone in NSW and an African music festival.

    The decisions came after Peter Dutton, the senior minister running the budget program, diverted money from a previous funding round to help 53 handpicked projects, in another sign of the power of ministers to award valuable grants regardless of advice from their departments.

    Mr Wood, the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, conceded the grants were not recommended by officials.

  10. When too many blunders are not enough

    Scott Morrison has incorrectly characterised Australia’s policy on Taiwan in a radio interview in which he also declared he “stood for freedom”.

    Despite Australian government figures publicly warning about the risk of war in the region, the prime minister appeared to endorse a formula for Taiwan that is actually Beijing’s stated vision for unification with the currently self-governed island.

    When speaking about Taiwan, Morrison referred to “one country, two systems” – the principle that China pledged to apply when Hong Kong was returned to Beijing’s control in 1997. But this is not Australia’s policy in relation to Taiwan, and both sides of Taiwanese politics reject the idea.

    The prime minister made the blunder on the same day a Chinese government agency suspended a form of economic dialogue with Australia – in what experts described as a mainly symbolic move indicative of the worsening relationship between the two countries.

    • But Porter was the one who decided to sue the ABC. What is he up to? Doesn’t want damaging information released would be my guess.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This is Saturday Special length!

    Two of the nation’s top policy experts, Bernie Fraser and Andrew Podger, have urged Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to dump at least part of his stage three personal income tax cuts and use the money to increase spending on aged care and other critical services.
    A newer variant of COVID-19 is believed to be circulating in Sydney, as the city is hit with fresh restrictions ahead of Mother’s Day weekend.
    China has taken the first formal step towards severing government ties with Australia after more than a year of incremental trade strikes, veiled threats from the Chinese embassy and escalating attacks by Chinese state media, report Eryk Bagshaw and Anthony Galloway.
    Beijing’s decision to suspend a high-level economic dialogue with Australia has no practical effect, but it conveys important information nonetheless, explains Peter Hartcher who concludes by saying, “Morrison is in no mood to back down; neither is Xi. The spiral remains downward. The political dialogue between the two governments is the dialogue of the deaf.”
    Beijing’s decision to end all contacts under the China Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue is the new normal in this now permanently troubled relationship, says Greg Sheridan.
    We must say no to war with China – and understand the propaganda tricks taking us there, urges Guy Rundle.
    Michaela Whitbourn explains the legal stoush going on between Christian Porter’s and the ABC’s lawyers over the publication of each side’s submissions. There will be a critical court appearance today.
    Paul Karp also looks at these legal manoeuvres.
    In the latest chaotic scenes to erupt at the NSW State Parliament this week, Labor walked out en masse after Speaker Jonathan O’Dea kicked Opposition Leader Jodi McKay out of the house after she refused to follow his orders.
    According to Rob Harris, Scott Morrison has warned the National Disability Insurance Scheme will face further blow-outs unless new integrity measures such as the contentious independent assessments are implemented.
    Annika Smethurst writes that Victorians should be shocked by the latest leaked hotel quarantine report which reveals months of bungles and mismanagement in the system when we were told it was fixed. Sloppy practices, untrained staff and poor hygiene standards should be of great concern to millions of Victorians still traumatised from last year’s lockdown. She reckons there has been a culture of cover-ups.
    A bitter contest for the outer-northern Melbourne seat of Hawke may be delayed after 10 unions went to the Supreme Court to stop the ballot from going ahead today.
    David Crowe explains how the federal government redirected cash from a $31 million safety program into a selected group of churches and cultural events after a key minister rejected department advice that ruled the projects ineligible. Jason Wood seems to be in the frame.
    Lisa Cox reveals that the NSW transport department has referred its own purchases of tens of millions of dollars in environmental offsets in western Sydney to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for investigation.
    Shane Wright writes that The Reserve Bank has conceded record-low interest rates are contributing to soaring house prices but warned governments and regulators it is their problem to solve as the central bank focuses on driving down unemployment.
    In 1990, Andrew Peacock promised tax cuts and smaller government. Now the Morrison government’s budget could just as well be delivered by a Labor government, sons the IPA’s John Roskam.
    Euan Black outlines what we know so far about this year’s federal budget.
    Michael Pascoe asks, “Where’s the pay rise to offset our labour shortage?”
    According to Mark Ludlow, the Morrison government will announce a $58.6 million package in next week’s federal budget to help drive the gas-led recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    Yesterday Germany rejected a US proposal to waive patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines, saying the greatest constraints on production were not intellectual property but increasing capacity and ensuring quality.
    Anthony Galloway and Rob Harris tell us that senior European officials are saying the move to phase out fossil fuels will reduce the income of oil-rich authoritarian states and ease geopolitical tensions.
    There is no time to lose in transitioning to a world run on clean technology but it will have its risks and obstacles, write two senior European lawmakers.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that one of Australia’s most powerful unions, the CFMMEU, is splintering as its leaders fight for control.
    Vaccines require hundreds of products to make, with Pfizer’s has more than 280 ingredients, but the shortage of specialised plastic bags has become critical, explains Liam Mannix.
    While nations including Australia debate the details of a temporary waiver of vaccine patents, dangerous variants mutate in raging outbreaks around the world, writes Bianca Hall.
    Anne Davies explains how New South Wales has been told to revise almost all of its detailed 20 water resource plans after they failed to pass muster with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and were criticised for failing to include input from Indigenous groups.
    Latika Bourke writes that Marise Payne has given the strongest sign yet the controversial ban on flights from India – and harsh penalties to Australians who try to enter the country – will be lifted after the government has been stung by a fierce backlash.
    David Crowe reckons Morrison is learning all the wrong lessons from the travel ban backlash. He illustrates his point by saying, “This is what happens when politicians give themselves unchecked power: they eventually use it in the dead of night.” And blaming the media wasn’t smart, either!
    Our policy on India leaves us in a weird place, opines Waleed Aly who make several interesting philosophical points.
    And Tony Wright declares that the Morrison government has ripped up a treasured contract between nation and citizen.
    Michelle Grattan says that, by going too far in its effort to stop individuals using a third-country “loophole” to get home, the Australian government made it impossible to keep shut the direct flight pipeline.
    The India travel ban shows the government has given in to the hardline approach of state premiers not because it is necessarily right, but because it is politically popular, says Phil Coorey.
    According to Scott Morrison, it’s the media’s fault for focusing on the punitive elements of his travel ban, says the AIMN.
    In Australia, since the infamous 2001 Tampa ‘crisis’ the decline of the rule of law, often in the context of playing the race card, has been a disturbing feature of the political landscape. And the decision by the Morrison government to announce that it would use a draconian measure to fine and jail Australians who wish to return from Covid ridden India, marks a new low in that trend, explains Greg Barns.
    The AFR’s editorial says that the India travel ban controversy must put large, dedicated quarantine facilities on the table so expat Australians, then students, tourists and skilled labour can be brought back.
    A Queensland proposal to criminalise coercive control could be dangerous for vulnerable women, particularly First Nations women, some criminologists and advocates say.
    Inequality in the Australian educational system has placed our nation far behind most countries while the Government ignores the situation, writes A L Jones.,15056
    It’s been 14 months since the ice inquiry and the Berejiklian government has done nothing. Meanwhile, vulnerable people’s lives are being destroyed, laments Will Tregoning who says the response to ice inquiry is close to contempt.
    Katina Curtis and Shane Wright tell us that historians are mystified why the government seems to treat Australia’s military history with reverence at the War Memorial but indifference in the National Archives.
    The Red Cross actively encouraged people it knew were infected with Hepatitis C to continue to donate blood in defiance of basic principles of blood safety. As set out by World Health Organisation guidelines, a safe blood donor is healthy and has no risk factors for HIV or other infections. Knowingly including infected blood into a therapeutic setting is a basic breach. Elizabeth Minter reports Part II of the infected blood scandal investigation.
    Aside from the moral obligation to protect our endangered flora and fauna, the Government would do well to consider the economic value, writes Sue Arnold.,15054
    Vessels from Britain’s Royal Navy and French police boats patrolled on Thursday near the English Channel island of Jersey, where French fishermen angry about losing access to waters off their coast gathered for a maritime protest. The irate mariners set off flares and entered the island’s main harbor, in the first major dispute between France and Britain over fishing rights in the wake of Brexit.
    Peter Stone writes that former prosecutors are saying the extraordinary FBI raid on Rudy Giuliani’s New York apartment and office has sparked debate about what criminal charges Giuliani may face, and it signals a widening criminal investigation into his Ukraine drive to help Trump in 2020 by sullying Joe Biden.

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  12. The CrimeMinister’s great plan for repatriation of 9,000 Australians stuck in India.

    Wait for it ……..

    Three charter flights by the end of the month!!!!!!

    FFS! Is that the best he can do?

    Only 900 “vulnerable” people will be repatriated, the remaining 8,000 can just die, apparently.

    Will they all fit on just three aircraft considering space has to be allowed for social distancing?

    Three repatriation flights to India in May
    Morrison has committed to three charter flights bring Australians home from India before the end of May.

    There will be three flights, we envision, in the course of May going into the Northern Territory, bringing back the most urgent of cases as that’s worked through by our high commissioner and consular officials in India.

    We have some 900 people listed as vulnerable, as part of the group that we have got registered in India and our charter flights also will be focusing on them. In addition, there will be rapid antigen testing put in place for everyone getting on the flights


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