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.

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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe writes that Josh Frydenberg has said he believed in restoring migration to the levels seen before the pandemic as soon as the government’s health experts declared it possible.
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    Michelle Grattan writes that Josh Frydenberg calls this a “pandemic budget” – one to sustain the economy in times that are still uncertain – but it also has a substantial element of an election budget.
    Phil Coorey writes that a scheme enabling downsizers to turbocharge their superannuation when they sell the family home will be extended to people aged 60 – down from 65 – to bolster retirement savings and free up critical housing stock.
    The well-meaning efforts of the federal government to help people buy a house will only make matters worse, explains Alan Kohler.
    The SMH editorial says that Frydenberg has proven his worth, but the economy is far from salvation.
    Klaas Woldring writes that the ALP is going to need bold new policy if it wants to win government.
    The Morrison government has been accused of casting people with a disability as a financial “burden on society”, as it continues to argue the rising costs of the NDIS needs to be contained to keep it sustainable, writes Dan Jervis-Bardy.
    The Morrison government’s idea was to ask a disparate bunch of individuals from the private sector to give it some direct advice on managing COVID-19. Jennifer Hewett looks at how it worked out.
    David Tyler looks at whether or not Morrison does have “blood on his hands”.
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    Nicholas Stuart says one key issue sits at the heart of Australia’s abandonment of its citizens trapped in India: our Covid strategy is falling apart. Nick NAILS it!
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    Sen Kelly writes, “Little has gone right for the Morrison government, but it’s not clear much has gone badly wrong”. Kelly talks about the fuzziness that pervades politics at the moment and how Morrison might take advantage of it.
    Alexandra Smith tells us that Malcolm Turnbull is backing an independent candidate in the Upper Hunter byelection despite a loss for the Coalition meaning the NSW government would remain in minority. John Barilaro has described this as “nothing short of treachery”.
    Charlotte Grieve explains how some of the country’s key business leaders have warned Australia’s deteriorating relationship with China is a wake-up call for industries too reliant on one market and have called for a ceasefire in the war of words between the historic trading partners.
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    • Amazing it has survived so well, especially after being used for dress-ups by a child.

      I hope Tricia wears a bustle cage under that dress – the original owner would have done that.

  2. “Nicholas Stuart says one key issue sits at the heart of Australia’s abandonment of its citizens trapped in India: our Covid strategy is falling apart. Nick NAILS it!”

    Indeed he does, it’s a cracking good article that should (but won’t) be widely circulated. Nick tells it like it is – an absolute failure by the federal government.

    The rest of the Australian media, keen to see this government return, will really be ramping up their “Morrison saved Australia ” nonsense.

  3. Well of course it was, barbarians

    The resources minister, Keith Pitt, has told Sky News he will be making a statement to the parliament to explain this decision:

    Coalition vetoes funding for wind and battery farm in northern Queensland

    The Morrison government has vetoed public funding of a windfarm and battery project in northern Queensland, with a cabinet minister declaring it was inconsistent with its goals and policies.

    • That Pitt, a mendacious, braindead, dunderhead, is a minister tells us so much about this vile government and the utter lack of talent ands intelligence in its ranks.

  4. Attention Pubsters
    In 5 minutes I am off to the hospital for heart surgery. It’s a biggie so I’m taking the chance to send a bigly

    To the proprietors and all of their lovely patrons. I’ll be out of Pub action for an expected 7-10 days. So I’ll either be baaack within 2 weeks or not for obvious reasons.
    So thanks all , wish be luck and 🤞

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katherine Murphy summarises the results of the latest Essential poll.
    According to David Crowe, Australians will be offered “intensive support” to retrain for the economic recovery and young people will be told to sign up for job training if they cannot find employment.
    Australians saved $130 billion through the pandemic, and Josh Frydenberg is hoping they will spend that cash to offset a huge fall in COVID government support, says Shane Wright.
    Paul Bongiorno reckons we will see a budget of fantasy figures and questionable commitments.
    And Michael Pascoe say we should beware the Treasurer’s double counting.
    Simon Benson begins this contribution with, “The principal economic message from Josh Frydenberg’s second pandemic budget is that while the recovery is running apace, the economy remains fragile and unable to stand on its own two feet. Monetary policy is spent, population growth is subzero, migration has stalled. Fiscal policy is the only game in town. The government has no option but to continue spending. A premature withdrawal would jeopardise the revival.”
    And Dennis Shanahan says that Morrison is turning the policy retreat or political about-face into a refined art as he seeks to maintain political momentum and avoid distractions from the budget and pandemic recovery.
    Rachel Clun tells us what some are expecting to see for aged care from the budget.
    The world is partying hard on free money, but beware the hangover warns Peter Hartcher.
    Pfizer’s vaccine seems to offer good protection against the South African variant, while British data has given AstraZeneca a lift, in positive news for Australia’s vaccine mix.
    Would Australians support mandates for the COVID-19 vaccine? Our research suggests most would, explain these contributors to The Conversation.
    Matthew Elmas says there are five budget questions Josh Frydenberg is yet to answer. They are big ones!
    Australia’s housing crisis: it’s one of the most unaffordable in the world, so how is the Coalition going to fix it, wonders Jessica Sier.
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    Karen Maley tells us that Australia turned into a net lender of capital last year, as the Reserve Bank provided banks with ample cheap funding at a time when consumers were squirrelling away savings.
    Jennifer Hewett writes that Josh Frydenberg’s big-spending budget and a booming domestic economy obscure the risks and reality of the fractured relationship with Australia’s biggest trading partner.
    Brian Toohey tells us how the Australian media helps government peddle disinformation.
    And Alison Broinowski wonders if News Corp is back to new weapons of mass destruction.
    Rob Harris reports that business groups and unions are warning of a fresh flood of cheap foreign imports into Australia amid concerns the nation’s anti-dumping authority is not well enough resourced to safeguard domestic industries.
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    Jacob Greber reports that the federal government is blaming laggard states, bottlenecks, regulatory hurdles and the chaos of COVID-19 for punching holes in its infrastructure spending plans.
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    The company paid $110,000 to conduct an “independent review” into the corporate regulator refused to stand by the Government’s claims that it made no findings of wrongdoing against regulator bosses James Shipton and Daniel Crennan, explains Anthony Klan.,15069
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    The casino industry should never be too big to be policed. But inquiries into the sector are pointless unless politicians are prepared to act on their recommendations, says the SMH editorial,
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    Are too many businesses failing, or not enough, wonders Adam Triggs.
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  6. I don’t know exactly what is going on with the Dutton family finances, but it certainly sounds like marriage problems to me.

    Last night I posted the news Dutton’s wife, Kirrilly, is losing her shopping centre because of unpaid rates.

    A few days ago Dutton sold – at last – his investment beach house at a huge profit.

    Defence Minister Peter Dutton sells Gold Coast beach house for more than twice what he paid

    The beach house was, according to Dutton’s register of interests, owned by him alone as an investment property.

    The wife’s family trust, RHT Family Trust, which also owns her childcare business, owns the shopping centre.

    Dutton could have used proceeds from the sale of his property to bail out his wife, or could have arranged a loan to be repaid with those proceeds, but apparently chose not to do that.

    His wife, according to Dutton’s register of interests is employed by RHT Investments (Qld) P/L and Bald Hills Childcare P/L. She is a director of the company which owns the childcare centre, also a director of her family trust, plus the company set up to run her superannuation and an investment company. Or was. Dutton claims he has no other income apart from his parliamentary salary (and perks).

    BUT –

    That register is sadly out of date.

    The childcare centre was sold in April 2019 to EMC 3 Investments Pty Ltd, based in Albion, Queensland.

    No wonder Kirrilly was unable to pay the rates on her shopping centre.

    Assets removed in 2019 are his status as a beneficiary of RHT Family Trust, a Kingston investment property sold just before the 2019 election, his and his wife’s interests in and directorship of K.D Investments Pty Ltd.

    In March last year Dutton sold his Camp Hill property, once listed as his own residence and bought a new residence/farm at Dayboro in August,

    This all raises some most interesting questions.

    Why has Dutton been divesting himself of properties and investments since the last election and possibly well before that?

    How did his wife buy a shopping centre all on her own (rumour has it Dutton was a part owner) and why didn’t she sell it when she first got into financial difficulties?

    Has the whole Dutton empire been built on massive borrowings? Is it collapsing because the debts could no longer be sustained?

    What is going on with the Dutton’s marriage? Did the couple separate some time ago but the media either didn’t know or were told to keep quiet?

    Or is this all being done deliberately because Dutton still has a burning ambition to be PM and is cleaning up so he cannot be accused of having shady interests – like his wife (or should that be ex-wife) benefiting from substantial government funding for childcare – or difficult questions about how an ex-copper with no income apart from his parliamentary salary could afford a large property and investment portfolio?

  7. More lies from the CrimeMinister. – this time about the non-existent cost blowout of the NDIS.

    NDIS on track with forecast budget despite Morrison’s claim of cost blowouts

    Opposition NDIS spokesman Bill Shorten said the government’s senior ranks had been “dramatically catastrophising” about scheme sustainability and hyping fictional cost blowouts.

    “Now it turns out that has just been pearl-clutching kabuki theatre when they knew all along the NDIS is tracking just as predicted,” Mr Shorten said.

    “The Liberals knew this when they ripped $4.6 billion dollars out of the scheme calling it an underspend. And they know it now as they hype fake blowouts to justify further cuts and privatisation through compulsory independent assessments.”

    Clearly our “devout Christian” CrimeMinister is once again allowing his cult beliefs to influence policy.

    If only people living with disabilities would realise all they need to do is pray a lot, tithe to a Pentecostal church, donate more money to the same church and allow the CrimeMinister to lay his grubby mitts on them then there would be no need for the NDIS at all. Apparently.

  8. You cannot believe anything the members of this rotten government say. The whole lot lie every time they speak.

    The story – The Guardian report contains some extraordinary lies from Laming.

    In the lower house, Labor have been trying to have Andrew Laming removed from his position as chair of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. It’s a paid position.

    The government stymied Labor’s strategy, moving a question on committee membership be put before an amendment to remove Laming could be seconded. That keeps Laming on the committee as chair.

    Laming has recently been the subject of reports of online harassment of women and taking an “inappropriate” photograph of a woman bending over. He took personal leave and then blamed his behaviour on ADHD


    Just a reminder on that Andrew Laming kerfuffle in the lower house. When this scandal was playing out in the media, Laming said he would” resign from all parliamentary positions effective immediately”.

    Now the government is moving to stop Labor’s attempts to remove him from a paid position as committee chair

  9. Update on Dutton’s shopping centre .

    This article says Dutton’s office claims the outstanding rates were hurriedly paid, seems to have been done over the weekend. Council could not confirm this yesterday.

    Edison Plaza bought in 2016 by the Duttons. Some shots of the place in this 2017 piece. Big plans for a childcare centre & locals were hopeful of the rejuvenation promise. #qldpol #auspol— David Marler (@Qldaah) May 11, 2021

  10. Labor has also released its response – and it is also not holding back.

    From Jim Chalmers and Katy Gallagher (but really from the whole party):

    This Budget is yet another marketing exercise that can’t re-brand the mismanagement and missed opportunities that define eight long years of this Liberal-National Government.

    It is a shameless political fix, rather than the genuine reform needed to make Australia’s economy stronger, broader and more sustainable.

    Despite spending almost $100 billion and racking up a record $1 trillion in debt, the Morrison Government’s Budget reveals real wages will go backwards.

    Beyond the hype and the headlines, Australians on modest incomes will only receive a temporary tax break before the election and be dealt a tax hike after it, while the highest income earners will enjoy a permanent tax cut forever.

    After their last Budget centrepiece ‘JobMaker’ created just 1,000 of the 450,000 jobs promised, Australians can’t believe any jobs promised in this Budget.

    Morrison and Frydenberg won’t tell Australians when they will be vaccinated, haven’t secured more vaccines, haven’t come clean on the cost and risk of delay, and are failing to deliver fit for purpose quarantine facilities.

    Instead of securing Australia’s recovery, the Morrison Government is risking it.

    It’s not the headline-seeking announcements in this Budget that matter, it’s the Government delivering on them.

    For eight long years, this Government has overseen record low wages growth, chronically high underemployment, and it still doesn’t have a credible plan to create secure jobs.

    For eight long years, this Government has presided over an aged-care crisis, an energy crisis, a housing crisis and a skills crisis.

    And for eight long years, this Government has overpromised and underdelivered on critical infrastructure and this Budget actually cuts funding by $3.3 billion.

    They’re now cynically using their eighth Budget to pretend they care about the issues and Australians they’ve ignored in the last seven.

  11. So now Australians stranded overseas MIGHT be home by ……… June 2022! If they are lucky.


    Extra 120 repatriation flights for stranded Australians
    Daniel Hurst:

    The government is planning to arrange a further 120 facilitated flights by June 2022 to bring Australians home from abroad.

    Since the start of the pandemic, 127 government-facilitated flights have brought 18,800 Australians home.

    There are currently 34,500 Australians registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as wishing to return from overseas, and the federal opposition has repeatedly accused Scott Morrison of breaching the “home by Christmas” pledge he made last year.

    Tonight’s budget papers include an extra $120m over four years “to increase Australia’s consular capability and provide additional support to vulnerable Australian citizens overseas whose return to Australia has been impacted by Covid-19 travel restrictions”.

    We’re told that includes about $56m in funding for a further 120 facilitated flights between now and June 2022. Given we’re nearly at the end of the current financial year, three-quarters of that funding ($42m) is in 2021-22.

    If the number of passengers on each flight is about the same as the earlier facilitated journeys, that means these additional flights could bring home about 17,760 people – far short of the number of stranded Australians. Typically, facilitated flights go to the Howard Springs quarantine facility in the Northern Territory.

    But we’re told Dfat also plans to assist people to secure commercial flights (the ones that go into the state capitals and hotel quarantine). Apparently Dfat has helped 45,400 Australians to return home since the start of the pandemic, including 18,800 on facilitated flights.

    Still in the Dfat space, the budget papers also show an extra $37.1m over two years “to support the Indian government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis in India through the provision of urgently needed medical supplies”. That includes the medical supplies the government announced last month, but Scott Morrison assured Narendra Modi in a recent call that that was just an initial package of support

    Why are we still relying on Howard Springs – a former mining camp with no suitable accommodation for families, just single rooms and no connecting doors – as our only solution for quarantine?

  12. They are not interested in “fair and inclusive””. Full stop

    Michele O’Neil, president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has blasted the budget for doing “nothing” about unreliable, insecure jobs and low wages growth.

    O’Neil told reporters the government seemed to have no interest in addressing these crisis, even though they needed to be tackled in order to secure a fair and inclusive economic recovery.

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. I will try to limit budget coverage to commentary.

    It’s really kicked off in the Middle East as an Israeli air strike has destroyed a 13-storey residential block in the Gaza Strip, triggering a Hamas threat to fire 130 rockets into Tel Aviv and its suburbs.
    Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg had the makings of a champion of budgets, but their courage failed them, writes Ross Gittins who says it’s more of a marketing exercise.
    Peter Hartcher looks at some of the budget’s hidden challenges.
    The Australian’s Geoff Chambers says Frydenberg has sparked a “superspender event”.
    Greg Jericho explains the six graphs we need to see to understand Australia’s back-to-the-future federal budget.
    Katherine Murphy says we should make no mistake, this is a keeping options open for an election this year budget.
    Rob Harris and Anthony Galloway reckon Scott Morrison’s pandemic budget leaves open the option of a snap poll in coming months, with billions of dollars set aside for a potential election war chest.
    Rachel Clun paints a rosy picture of the aged care part of the budget saying it’s all good. (Just wait until the providers do the sums and find the mandated requirements will drive them further into operational deficit.)
    She follows up with a piece that goes to some of these concerns and concludes by saying, “So far there is a rough outline, but no detailed roadmap of how the government will move through its accepted changes to the sector. Providers, workers and the elderly will want to see a clear plan before truly believing the government is committed to change.”
    Almost $18 billion will be invested into aged care over the next five years in what the federal government is describing as a “once-in-a-generation reform”. But advocates say the boost is little more than a good first step, explains Euan Black.
    This big-spending budget exposes a shift in economic policy that turns the old fiscal rules upside down, writes John Kehoe.
    Summing up the budget, Michelle Grattan says that hard decisions have been eschewed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is trying to avoid offending voters.
    This week’s budget announcement allowing international students to work unlimited hours in hospitality and tourism jobs presents puzzling contradictions. But research by Stephen Clibborn and Chris F. Wright shows it is consistent with a troubling 25-year trend. They conclude that there is serious risk of deepening a low-wage, low-skill, poor job quality equilibrium in hospitality and tourism. These are not the types of jobs that will drive up wages, encourage skill investment and career development, and aid other stated intentions of the government’s post-COVID economic recovery plans.
    Matthew Cranston says that workers should not expect a real wage increase for up to four years under Treasury’s forecasts as inflation edges higher than wage growth.
    Josh Butler tells us about Labor’s first response to the budget.
    Economics professor, Laura Meriluoto, writes that as the government is learning, a ‘wage freeze’ can come with unintended consequences.
    If your head is spinning at the idea of a Coalition government that came to office shrieking about a debt emergency now going on a spending spree with a starting deficit of $161 billion, and forecasting $1.2 trillion of gross debt, join the club, says Alan Kohler.
    The editorial in the AFR warns that Australia has gone straight back to its recurring bad habit: the permanent spending of any temporary budgetary gain. It just assumes everything will keep going the government’s way.
    Doug Dingwall writes that public service jobs will grow as the federal government pours money into services and leans on its agencies to deliver the health and economic recovery from COVID-19. But the government will keep its cap on staffing levels despite embracing larger numbers of bureaucrats on its payroll and flagging a new approach to planning the public service’s workforce.
    David Crowe reports that at the Coalition party room meeting yesterday Scott Morrison warned MPs that the pandemic is more threatening today than it was one year ago.
    Tony Wright says that Josh Frydenberg is rolling in the red, and he’s mighty proud of it.
    The government says all Australians will get two shots of a COVID vaccine by the end of the year, but international travel is still expected to be barred until mid-2022. The bold vaccination prediction was made on Tuesday night under key assumptions in the federal budget, which Treasurer Josh Frydenberg admitted were “imprecise”, writes Josh Butler.
    Matt Wade has done a gender audit on the budget but cannot see that it is a game changer for women.
    How fitting that in the same week the Morrison government holds its nose to table a lavish, woman-friendly budget we’re treated to a fresh instalment in the exquisite revenge of Christine Holgate, writes Julie Szego.
    We have found the limits of hotel quarantine and bow it’s time we fixed it urges Aisha Dow.
    Scott Morrison’s claim that Australian politics have become corrosive because of identity politics and tribalism misses the point. All too often the divisive and polarising events in Australian politics are not efforts of outsiders to get themselves power or a voice, but efforts of the establishment in trying to deny them just such a seat inside the councils of state, writes Jack Waterford who says there is no room for the poor at the Pentecostal table.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that the embattled Liberal MP Andrew Laming has retained his position as the chair of a parliamentary committee, which pays him an extra $23,237 annually, even though he vowed two months ago to stand down from all parliamentary roles. And every single Coalition MP voted to prevent him being stripped of the position from which he had previously declared he would stand down.
    Dutton’s ambiguous statement telling soldiers the Government ‘has their back’ has added to the damage. Moreover, he has politicised the system of military honours. Labor deserves no less condemnation for going along with this interference. By not resigning in protest, General Angus Campbell has left uncertainty about the ADF’s commitment to repair the cultural problems Brereton identified. Resignation might have forced a re-think by the Government (and the Opposition) focusing on the nation’s reputation as well as the ADF’s culture, writes Andrew Podger.
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    By enacting the travel ban against Australian citizens returning from India, the Morrison Government has managed to unite Matt Canavan, Andrew Bolt, the Greens and Labor, writes Tarric Brooker.,15074
    “Is it fair to call Scott Morrison a racist? Where’s the evidence?”, explores John Lord.
    Demand for Australian-made products soared in 2020 as borders closed, global manufacturing and supply was disrupted, and waves of panic-buying swept the nation, new data from market research firm Roy Morgan has revealed.
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how China’s population is growing at its slowest rate since the 1961 famine.
    The SMH tells us that a little over six months ago the NSW government passed legislation with the support of Labor, the Greens and most of the crossbench to deliver a watershed in its energy policy. The legislation and its implementation roadmap commanded widespread support and it’s not hard to see why: it was well thought through and imaginative, something that can rarely be said of energy policy in Australia.
    Doug Hendrie has written a delightful article which promotes the idea that parents need to learn to love their kids taking risks.
    Miriam Berger sets out to explain what is happening in Jerusalem and Gaza.
    The Queen’s a class act but the bills she has to read out are not, writes the entertaining John Crace.

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  14. The budget is repeatedly described as “lavish”, “big-spending” and “women-friendly” but is that just more spin?

    Seems to be.

    The budget is actually racist, anti-immigration, does little or nothing for most women and once again spends up big on off-shore detention.

    What an appalling picture of supposedly “friendly” Australia.

    Why on earth would anyone want to come here now? We have a blatantly racist government determined to punish immigrants just as they continue to punish the most vulnerable.

    New migrants to Australia will be forced to wait four years before they can access government benefits under a Coalition plan to save $671m.

    The cost-cutting measure, contained in Tuesday’s budget, will apply the waiting period to all those granted residency from 1 January 2022, affecting 13,200 future migrants and 45,000 families, with carers and parents to be hit the hardest.

    In a budget announcing a deficit of $106.6bn in 2021-22, the Morrison government has applied the biggest savings measure to new migrants, who it estimates will continue to be granted visas at a rate of 160,000 a year.

    The budget also contains $464.7m of spending on the immigration detention network, including an extension of the use of the Christmas Island detention centre until June 2022 and “hardening” it to prevent riots.

    The cost-cutting measure will apply a universal four-year waiting period for government payments, matching the current wait for jobseeker unemployment benefits and youth allowance.

    Currently, migrants are eligible to receive family tax benefit B immediately; carers allowance and family tax benefit A after one year; and paid parental leave and carers payments after two years

    There is, as usual, nothing in that budget for me or hundreds of thousands of others like me, the hundreds of thousands who exist on the age pension, DSP or the carers payment. We have no assets, apart maybe from our homes. Nothing has been done to address the increasing number of women made homeless by this government’s mean policies. Little has been done to deal with domestic violence, the only funding provides services for women escaping a violent home, it does nothing to provide education for males. What else could we expect from a CrimeMinister whose cult teaches men are superior to women and it is OK to hit your wife.

    As usual with this abysmal government the budget is all spin, designed only to win an election. Should that plan work and we suffer a return of this useless mob (God forbid!) be prepared for austerity in the budget following that election.

  15. On a pension and planning to do a “Grey Nomad” trip to any of the so-called trial sites for the Cashless Debit Card?

    Think again – you too could end up on the card.

    So far there have been reports of travellers to Kalgoorlie and the NT being forced onto this card.

    This appears to be a sneaky way to start putting age pensioners on this card.

    Read the thread for more details.

  16. Not gushing MSM budget analysis, this is far better and far more honest than anything you will see in the MSM.

    Brilliant work by Charles Firth.

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Not this time. On two crucial decisions, the vaccine rollout and the opening of the international border, the Prime Minister sounds oddly passive. These are budget assumptions, he says, not decisions. Yet the two factors will decide Morrison’s fate more than any single spending measure in Tuesday’s budget, says David Crowe.
    Shane Wright explains how the nation’s taxpayers are shouldering the burden of paying for the federal government’s budget plans, accounting for the highest share of tax revenue this century as company tax receipts collapses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Niki Savva thinks Josh Frydenberg’s spending spree may come back to haunt him.
    Within just 24 hours Scott Morrison’s theft of Labor’s pandemic agenda has turned the political debate from the traditional fight over key budget measures into a wider ideological contest over the economy, writes Dennis Shannahan.
    Simon Benson reckons Labor’s budget counter-attack on wages is a concession that there is limited territory left on which to launch a full-scale ideological assault.
    Phil Coorey looks at the looming battle over the high-income tax cuts.
    And Chris Richardson says that the stage three tax cuts are on a collision course with political reality.
    Matthew Cranston writes about the one problem budget cash splash can’t fix. Wages.
    Peter Hartcher tells us that a new report has urged world governments to allow WHO infection experts immediate access to inspect outbreaks anywhere in the world in an effort to prevent future cover-ups and delays.
    And high-income countries must donate a billion coronavirus vaccines to the rest of the world before new virus variants develop, potentially rendering them less effective, the World Health Organisation has warned.
    An independent panel set up to review the global response to the coronavirus pandemic has found a litany of failures led to the disaster and warned another catastrophic pandemic may happen unless “urgent and vital” steps are taken.
    Moderna has struck an agreement with the Morrison government to supply 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year and 15 million booster shots in 2022.
    The whole nation needs to lift its game when it comes to venue check-ins, health experts have warned, as Melbourne faces the potential of another lockdown as contract tracers rush to work out how far a new coronavirus case has spread, explains Cait Kelly.
    If Australia wants to avoid being left behind post-pandemic, the pathway to opening up will require some risk but it seems the government wants a political dividend first, says infectious disease expert Professor Greg Dore.
    Phil Coorey writes that Anthony Albanese will launch a program to mentor 2000 entrepreneurs in his response to what has been labelled a Labor budget because of its big spending.
    When the chiefs of Australia’s four banks went to bed after listening to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg deliver a massive spending budget, they surely counted dollars rather than sheep, says Elisabeth Knight.
    Greg Jericho tells us that the secret of the budget is that the big help is that we’re stuck in Australia and spending our money here.
    The 2021 Budget provided little encouragement for Australians in housing needs but provided the predictable range of homeownership programs that will help pump up demand and prices says Peter Phibbs.
    The budget’s affordability measures won’t lower Australia’s house prices, because they weren’t designed to, says Richard Denniss.
    Eva Cox wonders if we will ever see a socially responsible budget.
    To stand a chance of winning the next election, Labor must change its leader to someone who is well-known and has broad appeal, writes Paul Begley.,15078
    The AFR’s Chanticleer explains the missing link in the Morrison government’s AI strategy.
    There was little talk of the climate crisis or the environment in Tuesday’s budget, perhaps because the Morrison government has succeeded in framing them as side issues, writes Adam Morton as he begins his exploration of what the budget holds for the climate and the environment.
    It is embarrassing enough that the government is even considering PEP11, the proposal to drill for gas directly off the coast of Australia’s most populous beaches and wealthiest economic zone. The final decision rests with Resources Minister Keith Pitt. Luke Stacey and Michael West report.
    Josh Frydenberg’s moves to extend a temporary tax offset for about 10.2 million people earning up to $90,000 is not really a tax cut and won’t boost the pay packets of working Australians, writes Tom McIlroy who describes it more as spin.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes writes that fewer jobseekers will have face-to-face meetings with employment services providers when the jobactive program is scrapped next year, in a digital overhaul that will cut government spending on employment services by $860.4m. Apparently further changes, initially flagged in February, will see some jobseekers referred to work for the dole after six months, rather than after a year.
    After a paltry increase, Morrison is vowing to crack down on welfare recipients, explains Mark Thompson.
    Amanda Meade reports that the Morrison government handed out an extra $58.6m to the media sector in the budget but the ABC missed out on the largesse.
    Tom Rabe reports that a former Roads and Maritime Services employee accused of rigging $41 million worth of NSW government contracts in return for lavish kickbacks told ICAC he got swept up in a network of corruption.
    Nick O’Malley writes that Malcolm Turnbull says ‘right wing craziness’ drives the government on climate.
    Key crossbencher, Helen Haines, in the narrowly divided Federal Parliament has lost faith in the government’s promises, citing its failure to establish an integrity commission and MP Andrew Laming reneging over quitting his committee chair role.
    Tuesday’s budget had a $2.3 billion investment in mental health, but experts want to see more focus on the workforce, explain Rachel Clun and Nick Bonyhady. There is just nobody available to send people to for help.
    Professor Anthony Jorm explains why a bigger budget for mental health services won’t necessarily improve Australia’s mental health.
    Aged care workers said the government’s response to the royal commission gave them what they expected: disappointment, writes Rachel Clun.
    Rachel Lane is concerned that the aged-care cash splash fails to address the structural issues.
    Elias Visontay reports that aged care experts are warning the Morrison government’s budget commitment of $17.7bn for the sector “falls well short” of what is needed for generational reform and to avoid workforce and transparency “vulnerabilities”. Aged care workers and Labor have also slammed the government’s response to the aged care royal commission outlined in Tuesday’s budget, accusing the Coalition of not addressing low wages and overstretched carers.
    Hold the celebrations — the budget’s supposed focus on women is no game-changer, declares Professor Elizabeth Hill.
    Jess Irvine reckons the “back to the future budget” will deliver jobs, but not pay rises.
    As the Nationals try to cling on to a marginal electorate where coal is king, there’s frustration with their Coalition partners for engaging in “city-centric” debates. It began with former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s calls for a moratorium on new coal mines; now senior Liberal ministers have sharpened their focus to changes in clean transport technology, reports Alexandra Smith. Talk of electric vehicles is driving the Nats mad.
    Michael Fotheringham says that social housing and the homeless have been left out in the cold.
    This week’s budget was an encouraging step towards rebalancing the national focus on increasing women’s workforce participation and economic security, and renewing commitments to women’s safety, opines Sam Mostyn.
    Greg Sherridan is singularly unimpressed. He writes, “The most depressing item of expenditure in the federal budget was not even specifically mentioned. But it was there in the weeds, the money carefully tucked away. We are going to spend $2.5bn on buying 75 main battle tanks and some associated kit from the US. And that is just part of more billions of dollars we’re spending on other, hugely heavy (and therefore largely unusable) tracked, manned combat vehicles for the army as part of the Land 400 program.”
    Recent rhetoric on war is more about supporting the highly lucrative defence industry as it is about countering the rise of China, writes Dr Rashad Seedeen.,15077
    A friend of the woman who accused Christian Porter of rape has made a court bid to stop one of his barristers from acting for him in his defamation case against the ABC. Porter has had a spit about it.
    Annika Smethurst tells us that Victorian teachers will be banned from having sex with former students for at least two years after they finish their secondary education under a shake-up of rules governing teacher behaviour.
    Thomas Friedman writes that Israelis, Palestinians and their neighbours worrying that this might be “the big one”.
    The Republican Party has now made it official. You can still hold a leadership position in the party if you believe that Donald Trump fomented the January 6 Capitol insurrection with his lies about election fraud. You just have to keep quiet about it, says Matthew Knott.

    Cartoon Corner

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    David Rowe

    Mark Knight

    Johannes Leak

    John Shakespeare

    From the US

  18. The Moderna vaccine –

    • The CrimeMinister has obviously been stung by criticism of his budget so in his usual knee-jerk fashion he has had his staff up all night on the phones to vaccine manufacturers – or so it seems.

      A month ago the Moderna vaccine was not even being considered by our useless government, they preferred to put their faith in the el cheapo AstraZeneca. Never forget – the CrimeMinister hogged two doses of Pfizer which should have gone to an aged person or a health care worker while his henchgoons had to make do with AZ.

      Here’s an article from a few weeks ago –

      Blood clots, supply issues, new technologies: Does Australia need another COVID vaccine option?
      After delays with Novavax, advising against AstraZeneca for under-50s, and ruling out Johnson & Johnson, what are the Government’s remaining options?

      Physician and journalist Dr Norman Swan says that with mounting concerns around emerging variants, such as Brazil’s B11248 and South Africa’s B1351, he believes Australia should be focused on acquiring Moderna.

      ‘We didn’t need another 20 million [of Pfizer] just at that point,’ he said. ‘What we need is 20 million or more of Moderna that are geared to the new variants.

      ‘We should be booking Moderna – and we haven’t.’

      But infectious diseases and vaccine expert Professor Robert Booy believes that between the supply of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and the potential for Novavax, ‘we don’t need a backup’

      So just whose advice has our government been taking? The advice of epidemiologists and other doctors who understand vaccines or the advice of bean-counters in the PMO?

      It gets worse –

      For weeks scientists and doctors have been begging the government to start the manufacture of mRNA vaccines here, but the government again is not interested. Grunt and the CrimeMinister prefer to have CSL continue making the now discredited AZ vaccine.

      It could take as little as three months for Australia to begin local production of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer, according to Associate Professor Archa Fox, from The University of Western Australia’s School of Human Sciences and School of Molecular Sciences.

      Associate Professor Fox, who is also RnA Network of Australasia president, said the estimate was based on the precedent of a factory that was repurposed in Germany, where they had a three-month turnaround.

      “This was an undertaking that was done byPfizer/BioNTech to make a factory that could make from one billion doses of mRNA vaccine a year,” she said

      The budget seemed to contain no funding for vaccine manufacture.

  19. This is a wishful thinking budget that has majicked away problems with

    1. supply of vaccine
    2. supply of annual booster shots for Covid which will have to be mRNA
    3. hotel quarantine
    4. arbitary lockdowns shattering citizens long term planning
    5. stagnant wages
    6. crisis in supply of affordable housing
    7. crisis in provision of decent aged care
    8. crisis in early childhood care/education reducing female workforce participation
    9. global warming threatens Australia’s water supply to the Murray Darling Basin foodbowl
    10. global warming is making vast areas of Australia unfit for habitation
    11. educating our youth for skilled jobs now and in the future

    • Billie,

      To summarise: Australia is fucked.

      Thank you bigly, Mr Morriscum, and all your partners in several crimes against humanity.

  20. “Greg Sherridan is singularly unimpressed. He writes, “The most depressing item of expenditure in the federal budget was not even specifically mentioned. But it was there in the weeds, the money carefully tucked away. We are going to spend $2.5bn on buying 75 main battle tanks and some associated kit from the US. And that is just part of more billions of dollars we’re spending on other, hugely heavy (and therefore largely unusable) tracked, manned combat vehicles for the army as part of the Land 400 program.””

    Remember when the Howard government bought 59 rusty second-hand Abrams tanks entirely unsuited for Australian conditions from the US?

    The M1 Abrams tank

    In 2004 Australia agreed at a cost of $539 million to purchase 59 second-hand Abrams M1A1 main battle tanks to replace Australia’s current fleet of 100 German-built Leopard tanks purchased by the Whitlam Government in 1974. Due to the necessity having US contractors service the Abrams, rather than domestic contractors, only around 30 are expected to be operational at any one time. In contrast to the life expectancy of the Leopard, which have so far been operational for 25 years, they are expected to last only 10 years.

    The Abrams is too heavy for use on Australian bridges and roads. It cannot be airlifted by any of the ADF’s transport planes and cannot even be loaded onto any of the Navy’s six heavy landing craft, let alone its smaller LCM8 landing craft, so they are entirely unsuited to the defence of the Australian continent and could only conceivably be used as part of joint combat operations with the US.

    The Abrams’ reputation for indestructibility has been laid to rest by the experience of Iraq where its armour has been penetrated with surprising ease by low-tech bombs and rocket propelled grenades used by Iraqi insurgents. At least 80 have so far been destroyed

    (Taken from a very long and very interesting 2007 article on the defence incompetence of Coalition governments.)

  21. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Chris Hayes –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –


  23. A criminal and a dickhead. Like, we didn’t know?!

    Scott Morrison denies his ‘one country two systems’ reference to Taiwan and China was an error

    After referring to policy that actually governs Hong Kong, PM appears to again incorrectly describe Australia’s one-China policy

    The Australian prime minister has denied he spoke in error when he answered a question about support for Taiwan by referencing “one country two systems” – a policy that actually governs Hong Kong.

    In an interview with SBS News on Wednesday, Scott Morrison also appeared to again incorrectly describe the formulation of Australia’s one-China policy.

    The interview followed up on comments Morrison made to 3AW radio, appearing to incorrectly suggest there was a “one country two systems” governance in place in Taiwan.

    Morrison’s office said he was talking about Hong Kong, despite the question making no mention of it.

    Speaking to SBS on Wednesday, Morrison was asked about the comments and denied he’d made an error. Asked why he said it, he replied:

    “What we know is that we have a situation with China where we’ve recognised, we’ve recognised, how they see these relationships within the region, particularly in relation to Taiwan, formerly Hong Kong and things of that nature. And so Australia understands that and that’s always been the basis of our policies.”

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The shortage of big policies from Anthony Albanese on Thursday night could mean he is keeping his powder dry for the election campaign due within a year, but it could also mean he does not have enough gunpowder, opines David Crowe.
    Josh Butler writes that Anthony Albanese has promised a Labor government would build dedicated affordable housing for critical workers, criminalise wage theft, and legislate to ensure employers have a duty to address sexual harassment at work.
    In this evaluation of the budget, David Crowe says the truth is that budget spending is secondary to achieving some form of herd immunity as soon as possible. He concludes with, “No decision on borders. No hard target on vaccinations. No new money for quarantine. No ambition on a budget surplus. The budget will only be complete when the government fills in those gaps.”
    Phil Coorey reckons the federal budget was not socialism, it was ideology on pause.
    When gross debt was 16.8% of GDP in 2013 under Labor, the Coalition condemned it as “spiralling out of control” and a “debt disaster”. Now, debt at 40.2% and rising to 50% of GDP under the Coalition is “strong and sustainable”. Was the Coalition lying then or it is lying now? Alan Austin reports the flip-side of the two-week festival of spin which is the Federal Budget.
    Former Business Council of Australia boss Tony Shepherd says more fiscal responsibility is needed from Canberra in the medium to longer term.
    Michael Keating assesses that the 2021 Budget continues the government’s good work in minimising the impact of the Covid recession and promoting economic recovery. However, the Government could still do better in setting up Australia for the future and guaranteeing essential services.
    Federal secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Annie Butler, explains why she says the budget reforms fall well short of aged-care advice.
    The government is right to go hard in the short term to lock in the recovery but will ultimately need to be honest that there will be a price to be paid for the spendathon, says John Kehoe.
    “Is that the Coalition debt truck parked just past the election?”, asks Michelle Grattan.
    Tax cuts for high and middle-income earners could be wound back or delayed after Labor warned their cost had to be balanced against burgeoning budget debt and deficit, just as the Morrison government said it was fully committed to its stage three tax plan, reports Shane Wright.
    Labor is resisting pressure from the Coalition to detail its plans for tax cuts for wealthy Australians, with shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers leaving open the possibility of scaling back stage three, writes Tom McIlroy.
    In committing to an unemployment rate below 5 per cent, the government is abiding by the old political axiom: only set targets that you already know you can meet. Because, putting aside another major outbreak of COVID-19, it seems certain that’s where we are heading, posits economics professor, Jeff Borland.
    Michelle Pini gives us seven ways the Coalition’s budget is blue – not pink.,15085
    Josh Frydenberg is getting plaudits for spending up to boost jobs growth and investment, but he and Scott Morrison are also sounding worryingly like Mark McGowan on borders writes Jennifer Hewett.
    Labor’s budget response seeks to galvanise voter concerns about soaring house prices while offering apprenticeship incentives and vowing to do more to protect women from sexual harassment, writes David Crowe.
    Dennis Shanahan says that, smothered by the Coalition’s pandemic blank cheque and so far from the real prospect of an election campaign, the Opposition Leader’s new policy offerings neither sink the budget nor offer an exciting alternative.
    Fiscal sobriety is surplus to requirements for the Morrison government, but the conservatives have lost their narrative on achieving long-term economic growth, writes Andrew Charlton who is a former advisor to Kevin Rudd during the GFC.
    Abul Rizvi writes that the Government appears to have again postponed the Intergenerational Report to an unspecified later date but it did update its population assumptions in the 2021 Budget which again highlight its eagerness to get the population rising strongly once international borders re-open.,15081
    Sarha Martin declares that Scott Morrison’s warm welcome to Andrew Laming is a rebuke to Australia’s women.
    Bloomberg looks at how US employers are approaching getting their workers back into the office and using incentives or conditions to get their employees vaccinated. Australia will have to face up to this at some time, too.
    Oh dear! A second NSW MP has been forced out of the government over allegations of sexual violence, with Families, Communities and Disability Services Minister Gareth Ward denying any wrongdoing or even knowing of an investigation into his conduct until told by a journalist.
    And Alexandra Smith says these allegations will be a test for Gladys Berejiklian – and the Coalition.
    Paul Karp reports that the Greens want federal parliament to set up an independent commission of inquiry into Christian Porter’s fitness to be a minister and an allegation of sexual assault against him.
    Madonna King says that knowing when it’s time to leave a job is a skill many of us, especially politicians, lack.
    The Smage tells us that Australia has a chance of vaccinating the entire adult population this year, as experts say a new deal for 25 million doses of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine makes a national December target reachable.
    Moderna shots are coming, but other delays may again hurt Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout, explains Josh Butler.
    The SMH editorial says that Australia must endorse a roadmap for a stronger, better funded WHO.
    The Australian’s exclusive about a “chilling” document produced by Chinese military scientists is based on a discredited 2015 book containing conspiracy theories about biological warfare which is freely available on the internet. Amanda Meade and Daniel Hurst tell us about Shari Markson’s effort.
    Compared to their compatriots, medically discharged male veterans are at a much higher risk of self-harm and suicide. Alarmingly, some of the worst contributing factors are systemic to the ADF itself, explains psychologist, A L Jones.,15079
    Just imagine what we could achieve as a nation if our federal government stepped up and led from the front on green energy, laments Nicky Ison.
    Meanwhile, the AFR tells us that the Morrison government is expected to announce as early as next week its plans to build a gas-fired power station in the Hunter Valley.
    As the US and EU are getting on with a green recovery but Australia has missed a huge opportunity laments Bill Hare.
    The 2021 federal budget has largely ignored the plight of Australian universities. The forward estimates even point to an overall decline, once adjusted for inflation, in Commonwealth direct funding for higher education through to 2023-34.
    Northern Territory legislators have enacted abhorrent new laws that will condemn a new generation of Indigenous youths to unnecessary incarceration and injustice, complains lawyer Teela Reid.
    Katina Curtis tells us that Linda Reynolds has given a statement to police about the alleged rape of her former staffer Brittany Higgins by a colleague in Parliament House in March 2019, and is prepared to be interviewed if required.
    Harriett Alexander reports that a NSW-based irrigation company faces the prospect of a multimillion-dollar penalty for water theft, in the largest prosecution issued by the national resources watchdog. Bring it on!
    Andrew Tillett reports that French shipbuilding executives have told staff they are locked in a “political timeline” to repair the fractious relationship over the $90 billion future submarine program, saying Defence Minister Peter Dutton has demanded the company agree to guarantees around costs and schedule.
    When international borders reopen, Australian casinos will surely be even more firmly in the Chinese government’s sights than barley, timber, wine or coal, says Elizabeth Knight.
    Yes, religion plays a more prominent role in politics, but ‘secular Australia’ has always been a myth, posits Cristina Rocha.
    Richard Pusey, the man jailed for filming four dying police officers after an Eastern Freeway crash, has had another plea hearing adjourned after a magistrate lost patience with his repeated interjections.
    Investors are worried because the Wall Street boom has been built on the assumption central banks will keep rates at record lows. Even relatively modest increases in rates in the US or Europe to combat inflation could cause bond and equity prices to crash, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Clashes on the streets of Israeli cities between Jewish and Arab Israelis have prompted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce he would take military action.
    Gwynne Dyer examines the motives behind the Israel/Palestine troubles and comes up with a cynical conclusion.
    Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $US5 million ($6.5 million) to Eastern European hackers, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the United States’ largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.
    EU citizens are being sent to immigration removal centres and held in airport detention rooms as the UK government’s “hostile environment” policy falls on them after Brexit, according to campaigners and travellers interviewed by the Guardian.
    The point of the Republican party is to stroke the ego of Trump, says Richard Wolffe.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    David Rowe

    Mark David

    Matt Golding

    Cathy Wilcox

    Peter Broelman

    Mark Knight

    Johannes Leak

    Glen Le Lievre’s gifs

    Andrew Dyson

    John Shakespeare

    Jim Pavlidis

    From the US

  25. So much for “respect” – the misogynist CrimeMinister shows no respect, neither did Sussan Ley, who just minutes before delivering this speech moved to gag two female Labor MPs, Terri Butler and Annika Wells, who had attempted to move and second a motion to suspend standing orders to allow censure of Andrew Laming’s retaining of a committee position.

  26. Why do people vote Liberal when so many of their candidates are crooks, shonks, wife beaters, sexual perverts or just plain loons?

    This nasty piece of work didn’t even get to take his seat in the new Tasmanian parliament.

    Tasmanian Liberal Adam Brooks charged by police over firearms offences, resigns from Parliament

    Controversial Liberal candidate Adam Brooks will not take his seat in the Tasmanian Parliament and has been charged by Queensland police with being in possession of a handgun, unauthorised explosives and false driver’s licences.

    Premier Peter Gutwein made the announcement shortly before the polls were due to be declared following the May 1 state election

    As an excuse Brooks is claiming “mental health” problems. They all do that when they are caught out.

    After weeks of scandals including using a fake drivers licence featuring a very dodgy photo to lure in women Gutwein still supported his former minister. Until now.

  27. Says the Minister for Wage Theft

    Employment minister Stuart Robert still wants wage theft outlawed despite abandoning the commitment two months ago, AAP reports.

    Labor has committed to criminalising wage theft if it wins power at the next election.

    Robert claims the coalition also remains committed to the idea despite dumping the provisions from its industrial relations package earlier this year.

  28. New powers to jail refugess for life.

    A new law rushed through parliament [with Labor’s enthusiastic support] allows the federal government to detain refugees for the rest of their lives or remove their refugee status after it has been granted.

    The Migration Act amendment allows:

    Indefinite detention of a refugee whose visa has been cancelled but who cannot return to their country of origin because they would face persecution there;
    The minister to unilaterally withdraw a person’s refugee status after it has been granted.
    The law ostensibly targets 21 refugees in detention convicted of offences or negatively assessed by ASIO, but rights groups warn the applications are far broader
    Visas can be cancelled for character reasons or “association with a group” suspected by the minister of wrongdoing.
    David Burke, of the Human Rights Law Centre, said “the minister should not be able to wave a pen and overturn the fundamental protection the government has given someone”.
    The bill was voted into law with Labor support on Thursday after Senate debate was cut short.

    Backed up by the budget:

    The federal budget this week allocated $464.7m to expanding the capacity of onshore and offshore detention centres
    The offshore detention system will effectively cost $3.4m per offshore detainee in 2021

    From those dealing first-hand with this cruelty –
    Refugees with visas cancelled on character grounds to be held in indefinite detention under new law rushed through Parliament

    Meanwhile, in Glasgow, the Scots show us how we should be treating refugees.
    Glasgow protesters rejoice as men freed after immigration van standoff
    Hundreds of people surrounded vehicle men were held in and chanted ‘these are our neighbours, let them go’

    That could never happen in Australia – a couple of decades of being taught to hate by governments and the media has had a disastrous effect on Australians.


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