Death Notice

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

EVANS, Elaine Anne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3,208 thoughts on “Death Notice

  1. This cannot be said often enough

    Here is James Hooke’s public statement in full:

    I was mentioned in The Australian and The Adelaide Advertiser this week, and I am referred to in Kate’s unsworn statement and the extracts from her diaries. I continue to be repeatedly contacted by numerous journalists seeking public comment, and in response, I make the following personal statement. But beyond this, I have no further public comment at this time.

    I continue to be devastated by the untimely death of my very dear friend Kate, and I am enormously concerned for the privacy and dignity of Kate’s family. I am also concerned for the well-being of Christian Porter. I have known all of them for approximately 30 years. We all find ourselves at a very upsetting time.

    Mine is just one set of recollections, and I am aware of the fallibility of human memory, however unintentional. That said, I have what I consider to be clear recollections of relevant discussions I had with Kate over the years from mid-1988 until her death. I also have what I consider to be clear recollections of relevant discussions I had with Christian Porter from April 1992 in Perth and through the mid-1990s.

    The NSW Police have determined that a criminal prosecution is not possible in this case. I made myself known to the NSW Police after Kate’s death and I understand why they were unable to interview me.

    In relation to any criminal prosecution, Christian Porter was manifestly and appropriately entitled to the presumption of innocence – it is essential to the rule of law.

    In relation to any investigation of the important non-criminal aspects of this matter, I support an inquiry, like either that conducted by three retired eminent judges after Justice Lionel Murphy was acquitted of charges or that conducted by Dr Vivienne Thom into allegations about Justice Heydon. I am willing to testify under oath at any appropriately convened inquiry.

    While I fully support the freedom of the press, I do not believe that the media is the optimal forum in which to investigate a situation of this sensitivity and significance.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/mar/12/australia-news-live-morrison-defends-tourism-package-wa-election-campaign-enters-final-day

  2. We have had accusations about sexual assaults and misbehaviour by male politicians from both Labor and the government.

    Now it’s the Greens at fault.This article is written by a man – Zach Ghirardello.

    ‘They buried allegations of sexual violence’: The shattering incident that made a young man walk away from politics

    After the 2016 federal election night, instead of celebrating the success of the campaign, I found myself advocating for three women who had been mistreated, neglected, and in one instance sexually assaulted by members of the party. It is out of respect for the privacy of these women, and the many others who have shared their experiences with me, that I will not name all those within the Greens who aided and abetted the coverups which followed. There were many others however that also played a role

    https://womensagenda.com.au/latest/they-buried-allegations-of-sexual-violence-the-shattering-incident-that-made-a-young-man-walk-away-from-politics/

  3. National Disability Insurance Agency criticised for paying $3.7m of taxpayer money to gambling company Sportsbet in rent

    The National Disability Insurance Agency is paying online gambling agency Sportsbet $3.7 million to rent office space, raising questions about its spending of taxpayer funds.

    The NDIA oversees Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme, which supports more than 430,000 Australians with disabilities.

    7.30 can reveal the agency entered into the contract with Sportsbet in 2018 to sublet office space from the betting company. It plans to rent the office space located in the Mirvac building in Melbourne’s central business district until 2022

    .
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-12/ndia-pays-online-gambling-company-sportsbet-$3.7m-in-rent/13234038

  4. Those bloody caveats, again!

    friendlyjordies – (52 mins)

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  5. Ahh, and there was I thinking it was an article about the earnest, hard working man, whom had a wham bam thankyou man one night stand with the Greens candidate for Higgins who was pumped up and thoughtless after euphoric campaign.

    The volunteer had been on leave for the campaign and had possibly trashed his security clearance working for the Greens

    Both really nice blokes, no seriously the candidate isn’t a nasty type. [Christian Porter has a cruel face] Can’t remember candidates name but can remember pulling my netball defence moves against Timmy Wilson and James Paterson at the early voting station

  6. It has been said that Scott Morrison want sto replace Senataor Linda Reynolds with an evangelical woman.
    Can Scott Morrison make Reynolds resign or does he have to entce her

    • The only way a Senator can be knocked off is if they resign or they run into constitutional problems, like all the Senators did in the last term with Section 44.

      Scummo can’t make Reynolds resign from the Senate, but as TLBD said, he can remove her ministerial powers. Other than that, the next level of power would be for the Liberal Party to expel her, but she’d still be able to sit as an Independent if it (unlikely) came to that.

      And if it did, Reynolds is entitled to remain a Senator until 2025, since she was last up for election in 2019.

    • There is only one evangelical woman – Lucy Wicks, a member of the CrimeMinister’s parliament house prayer group.

      I cannot believe she would be anyone’s candidate for a ministry.

      Nicole Flint was said to be a devout Christian, but she is leaving at the next election and I can find no proof to back up that claim. She keeps her religious views – if she has any – to herself, so she is unlikely to be any variety of happy-clapper.

  7. It is not getting any prettier for the constabulary

    There was a three-month gap between South Australia Police passing a woman’s rape claims about federal Attorney-General Christian Porter to their NSW counterparts and when she first spoke to Sydney detectives.

    NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told a state parliamentary hearing he would look into why the delay — from November 28, 2019, to February 26 last year — occurred as a document produced to Parliament also confirmed police had chosen not to interview Mr Porter, nor any witnesses at the event before the alleged incident occurred in 1988.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/a-complex-case-nsw-police-waited-three-months-to-talk-to-alleged-rape-victim-20210312-p57aby.html

    • CK Watt thanks for the videos

      Bill Maher is becoming very right wing in his old age
      People who get Covid are fat – also low income in precarious work and crowded housing
      Communism is baaad like it was under Stalin
      Anything that isn’t rampant hyper individualistic capitalism is communism

      Heard a medical specialist with an Indian accent say that business developed the Covid vaccine. Well not quite – Astra Zeneca got to market with Oxford university, Swedish & Russian cooperation. Moderna was developed with US Government funds

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Enjoy another Saturday Special.

    As women prepare to march on Parliament House in Canberra, the Coalition’s female parliamentarians have little to say on the issues that have spurred the anger. And the Prime Minister has missed an opportunity, says Peter Hartcher in yet another excoriation of the Liberals.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-women-are-roaring-but-where-are-their-coalition-sisters-20210312-p57abs.html
    George Megalogenis describes the prospect of a gender gap a ticking time bomb for the Morrison government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/prospect-of-a-gender-gap-a-ticking-time-bomb-for-the-morrison-government-20210311-p579zg.html
    After the most intense year of decision-making since World War II, an ascendant Scott Morrison is suddenly vulnerable, opines Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/dawn-of-realism-a-test-for-scott-morrison/news-story/da779ad2085f353912c4c567c550bafb
    Prominent legal experts have renewed calls for an independent inquiry into whether Christian Porter is fit to hold the office of attorney-general, after a former boyfriend of the woman who accused him of rape revealed she had discussed the accusation with him in 1989, reports Cait Kelly.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/13/christian-porter-rape-claims/
    Katherine Murphy writes about Morrison’s empathy gap and tells us that it is time to stop the damage control and start showing basic humanity. Another good read.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/13/morrisons-empathy-gap-time-to-stop-the-damage-control-and-start-showing-basic-humanity
    Key ministers in the political line of fire over the past two weeks will be missing in action when parliament resumes on Monday. The Morrison government, currently being held together by gum and string, is in full strategic retreat in the hope it can brazen out the crisis, writes Paul Bongiorno.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2021/03/13/morrison-ministers-mia/161555400011265
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    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pork-for-airlines-thin-gruel-for-the-jobless-20210312-p57a30
    Ross Gittins reckons that, despite what Morrison says, we’re not home and hosed on the recovery. He says that Morrison needs to remember that if he withdraws budgetary support at a time when business is unlikely to take up the slack, the economy will go flat and the voters will blame him.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/we-re-not-home-and-hosed-on-the-recovery-despite-what-morrison-says-20210311-p579yb.html
    Ben Harris tells us that Mathias Cormann has been elected the next secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in a major strategic coup for the Australian government that also catapults the former finance minister onto the world stage.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/mathias-cormann-elected-next-secretary-general-of-the-oecd-20210312-p57ad6.html
    This is not good. A major hospital in Brisbane has been placed in lockdown after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the Queensland government said on Friday night.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-hospital-in-lockdown-after-new-covid-19-case-20210312-p57ad4.html
    Adele Ferguson outline how Australia’s shocking wage theft scandals keep coming by the truckload. This is well worth reading and contemplating the damage that is being done to the fabric of society.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/australia-s-shocking-wage-theft-scandals-keep-coming-by-the-truckload-20210312-p57a5p.html
    A former partner of the woman who accused Christian Porter of raping her says he spoke to him repeatedly about her allegations, challenging the Attorney-General’s timeline of when he was first made aware of the claims. Sounds a bit like a game changer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-boyfriend-of-porter-s-accuser-says-willing-to-front-any-inquiry-20210312-p57a8m.html
    Amy Remeikis and Katherine Murphy look at the statement and tell us that the revelation prompted the NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, to say he would re-examine the case. Porter has denied the allegation as “never happening”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/12/friend-of-christian-porters-accuser-says-he-has-clear-recollections-of-discussions-with-porter-about-claims
    The exoneration of Christian Porter by our Prime Minister sends a dangerous message, one that sets women’s rights backward in our country, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrisons-support-of-christian-porter-is-demeaning-towards-women,14886
    No matter what the Prime Minister says, the disputed rape allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter need to be investigated without delay, urges Jacqui Maley. She says this whole business is ugly as hell, for all concerned. The government’s inertia is making all of it worse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-has-duty-to-australians-to-act-on-porter-allegations-20210312-p57aa6.html
    New details of the alleged sexual assault of Brittany Higgins continue to emerge, as calls grow for an independent inquiry into Attorney-General Christian Porter over a separate rape allegation, reports Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/13/inquiries-parliamentary-culture/161555400011264
    Angus Thompson reveals that there was a three-month gap between South Australia Police passing a woman’s rape claims about Christian Porter to their NSW counterparts and when she first spoke to Sydney detectives.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/a-complex-case-nsw-police-waited-three-months-to-talk-to-alleged-rape-victim-20210312-p57aby.html
    John Lord argues that culture is but a reflection of the society our politicians create.
    https://theaimn.com/culture-is-but-a-reflection-of-the-society-our-politicians-create/
    Dennis Atkins: says that Scott Morrison’s handling of the Christian Porter scandal could be his undoing.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/13/atkins-morrison-porter-scandal/
    Chilling and never-before-published details from Christian Porter’s accuser can be revealed for the first time. Now readers can judge for themselves, write Janet Albrechtsen and Peter van Onselen.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/christian-porter-rape-allegations-kates-dossier-of-tragedy/news-story/3e48224a9a5f3a16b4d75510607ec272
    The rarefied and entitled boys-only private school network has created massive imbalances and injustice in the halls of power, public policy and broader society, explains Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/13/the-children-gods-how-power-works-australia/161555400011248
    Tom McIlroy takes us inside the campaign to bring back Christine Holgate.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/inside-the-campaign-to-bring-back-christine-holgate-20210308-p578pv
    Steven Hamilton and Matt Holden warn that vaccine complacency threatens to undo Australia’s hard work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/vaccine-complacency-threatens-to-undo-australia-s-hard-work-20210312-p57a3c.html
    Reflecting on the events of the past year, Simon Cowan writes that we’ve also seen first-hand how fear can undermine and challenge society’s commitment to its liberal ideals. He says the biggest question for the next 12 months is how we respond to that challenge.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7165051/the-challenge-covid-19-has-posed-to-liberalism/?cs=14258
    Matthew Knott reports that Morrison and his US, Indian and Japanese counterparts pledged to distribute one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to neighbouring countries as part of a massive “vaccine diplomacy” effort.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/scott-morrison-heralds-new-dawn-as-quad-leaders-pledge-1b-vaccines-20210313-p57adj.html
    Annika Smethurst writes that the Victorian Liberals need to clear out the deadwood and make way for new talent.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/liberals-need-to-clear-out-the-deadwood-and-make-way-for-new-talent-20210311-p579wi.html
    According to David Crowe, Nationals MPs are drafting a plan to add destinations to the $1.2 billion federal scheme to slash the cost of flights to major tourist hubs, in a revolt against the narrow list of travel options.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/right-intentions-wrong-rollout-nationals-push-for-more-options-in-1-2b-travel-scheme-20210312-p57ab8.html
    The editorial in The Age declares that more must be done to help the ailing tourism sector.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/more-must-be-done-to-help-the-ailing-tourism-sector-20210312-p57a3o.html
    Lex Greensill started the week as a billionaire. Within days, the boy from Bundaberg had lost his empire, writes Adam Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/13/lex-greensill-why-the-green-energy-backer-lost-his-billions/161555400011249
    Amanda Read tells us how News Corp is giving Kevin Rudd the silent treatment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/mar/12/news-corp-gives-kevin-rudd-the-silent-treatment
    Meanwhile, Mathhew Elmas outlines how News Corp’s dirty laundry has been aired in a day of extraordinary Senate hearings, with former employees accusing the media giant of spiking public interest journalism, a toxic workplace culture, and sexist reporting.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/03/13/news-corp-senate-media-diversity/
    Trade Minister Dan Tehan will lobby his international counterparts over the coming days to eliminate tariffs on green goods and services, as Australia fights back against the European Union’s push to impose carbon levies on countries with weak emissions laws. Good luck with that, Dan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-warned-tariff-removal-push-will-not-placate-europe-s-desire-for-green-trade-penalties-20210312-p57a2q.html
    The Age reveals that Victoria’s Country Fire Authority has been accused of failing to properly address serious accusations of bullying, discrimination and sexual assault within the organisation.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cfa-employee-told-bosses-of-two-sexual-assaults-but-nothing-changed-20210312-p57a3e.html
    Eight people are competing for every available job yet the Morrison Government continues to blame people themselves for being unemployed, putting the Coalition in breach of a key international treaty for as long as it refuses to raise JobSeeker to the poverty line. A Senate Committee hands down its report into JobSeeker when Parliament resumes next week. A clear commitment to increase the rate by of $250 a fortnight is vital to put pressure on the Government to do the right thing, legally and morally. Emma Dawson reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/jobseeker-hypocrisy-rule-of-law-for-porter-but-not-for-those-below-poverty-line/
    Farm tax shelters are being reviewed by the government, which could lead the tax-avoidance scheme to become even more generous, explains Aaron Fitzpatrick.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/agriculture/farmers-get-an-opportunity-for-more-pork-20210311-p579xk
    Jennifer Duke tells us that Malcolm Turnbull has warned delaying legislated rises in the superannuation guarantee will not be enough to stop some Coalition backbenchers from trying to scrap the system and could prompt an election backlash from voters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/really-alienating-turnbull-warns-coalition-against-ideological-campaign-on-super-20210312-p57a3p.html
    Sweeping new powers for the AFP and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission could see innocent users of social media services such as WhatsApp deemed criminals, explains Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/03/13/federal-agencies-seek-more-powers/161555400011271
    Sally Whyte reports that the boss of the National Archives has conceded it is likely the institution has breached its Act through the unauthorised loss of important records, after a landmark report found “fundamental, structural reform” and significantly more funding was needed to fulfil its mandate.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7165142/beyond-our-reach-archives-boss-says-records-are-being-lost-as-report-urges-fundamental-reform/?cs=14225
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    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/hydrogen-hype-angus-taylors-last-throw-of-the-dice-for-brown-coal/
    Tom Rabe and Matt O’Sullivan report about an internal document outlining potential cost and timeline concerns tabled to NSW Parliament less than 24 hours before a scathing Infrastructure Australia found the benefits of the project did not justify its $11 billion price tag.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/not-ideal-nsw-government-warned-rushed-airport-metro-would-lead-to-cost-blow-out-20210312-p57abh.html
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    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/how-much-stimulus-is-too-much-biden-s-relief-bill-may-have-a-nasty-sting-20210312-p57a1t.html

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  9. The best thing I’ve read on Australia’s political culture and rape —

    Rape allegations reveal Australia’s toxic political culture
    More than 40 women’s protest marches are planned nationwide on March 15
    https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Rape-allegations-reveal-Australia-s-toxic-political-culture

    I particularly liked this, and agree with it 110%

    Those who succeed in a political high office on the right often exhibit ruthlessness and a lack of self-doubt, coupled with traditionalist values that resist modernization almost as a point of pride. In fact, if you behave in this way in politics, which in any normal situation would be considered disgusting and boorish, you will earn a place in the history books, esteem from the mainstream media, and a respectable retirement.

    Politics has often been called Hollywood for ugly people. It is a field that attracts, among others, individuals who would otherwise be utter failures in life, allowing them perversely to find status despite exhibiting the opposite of what ought to be venerated in any self-respecting society. This philosophical commitment to masculine ideals of power explains two recent episodes in Australian politics

    About the author, lawyer and writer Lizzie O’Shea.
    https://lizzieoshea.com/about/

  10. The OECD has just destroyed whatever credibility it had by appointing the corrupt, climate change denying Cormann as its head.

    What makes this appointment even worse is Cormann’s connection to the cleaning up after the rape of Brittany Higgins. Guess who approved the early cleaning of Reynold’s office?

  11. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh the deep satisfaction of assisting in the suppression of the Liberal Party 😆 Sandgroper election time and I’ve returned from striking a blow. Mind you hell would have frozen over by the time the Liberal Party won my electorate .

    • My DS has just returned from the voting place to let me know that for once he didn’t place One Nation last on his vote. That place went to the anti-vaxxers. I’m so amused by him for that.

  12. Curioz
    Sadly I did not have a One Notion candidate to put last but happily an anti-vax peasant had stood up and volunteered to be put last.

  13. Tsk tsk tsk. WA peeps you have yet again let down the FotN . Shame on you for not listening to
    his ‘very clear’ gabble and failing to read the fine print .
    .

    WE’VE BEEN VERY CLEAR’

    PM defends COVID vaccine rollout delay

    Scott Morrison has confirmed the population won’t be fully vaccinated by October, but says the Government never made the commitment to deliver both jabs to Australians by that time.

    https://thewest.com.au/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-crisis-scott-morrison-defends-covid-vaccine-rollout-delay-ng-b881819425z

    • Tell that to Greg Hunt, conveniently in hospital and presumably incommunicado.

      Back in December –

      Australia’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout is expected to be complete by the end of October and ahead of schedule, the federal health minister Greg Hunt has said, reiterating that getting vaccinated against the virus will be voluntary

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/dec/28/australians-will-be-fully-vaccinated-against-covid-by-october-greg-hunt-says

      By 2 March he had changed his tune to “first dose by the end of October”.
      https://www.sbs.com.au/news/greg-hunt-stands-by-deadline-to-administer-first-coronavirus-vaccine-dose-to-all-australians-by-october

      Last Tuesday (9 March) the CrimeMinister was insisting all vaccinations would be completed by the end of October.

      The question from the journalist is important because the question is deliberately vague and so is the CrimeMinister’s answer. Note the singular form of “dose”.

      Journalist: Prime Minister, just on another matter, the recovery which we’ve been talking about is going to be very dependent on the vaccines rolling out. Are you concerned at all about reports that the vaccines will not be administered in full dose by the states and territories, that there’s not as much transparency around that as we might have seen? And are we still optimistic that everyone who wants the vaccine in Australia will be able to get one by October?

      Prime Minister: Really, in relation to the last question, yes, I am and that’s the advice I have, too. We’re in the early phases of the vaccination rollout. I think we’re currently at about 84,000 vaccinations that have been completed. I said this morning, this week, we expect to go over the 100,000 mark. The other important point, as we’ve been able to secure the supply of the overseas produced vaccines, and that is enabling us to continue with the pace of our vaccination rollout. We will soon be at the stage where the Australian-produced vaccines will be coming off the production lines and hopefully we’ll be seeing that heading out across the distribution network at a rate of about a million a week being produced. As you know, we have some 50 million vaccines being produced by CSL of the AstraZeneca vaccine. In the early phases of the rollout, as we anticipated, there are some early issues that have been quickly identified and resolved and I want to continue to assure Australians that the very confidently prepared plans, plans put together by Australia’s expert medical professionals, led by Professor Brendan Murphy, working together with the other experts, including the Chief Medical Officer, deeply consulted through with the states and territories, is rolling out that vaccination strategy and it’s a strategy that was pulled together last year and has been meticulously worked through even to now as we roll the vaccines out. So, yes, I do remain confident about that. That doesn’t mean we won’t hit some obstacles. It doesn’t mean there won’t be the odd frustration, the odd logistics issue that needs to be addressed. That’s to be expected with a project of this scale. But I want to assure Australians that they can have confidence, A, that we’ve got the vaccines, B, that the vaccines are the best in the world, and that we’ll be able to get them to everybody who wants to take them. And we, of course, are encouraging people to do that, according with the priorities that we have set

      https://www.pm.gov.au/media/doorstop-pyrmont-nsw

      He was being very cagey there as he already knew that deadline could not be met.but journalists took that to mean everyone would have two doses of vaccine by the October deadline.

      Tom McIlroy of the AFR certainly thought that was what he said.
      Australia on track for full vaccination by October: Morrison

      Scott Morrison says Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is on track to be completed by October, as the nation’s public service chief downplayed early mistakes and logistical problems

      https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/australia-on-track-for-full-vaccination-by-october-morrison-20210309-p5790b

      On Thursday he implied those same journalists had misheard, or were mistaken, because what he meant was everyone would get at least one dose by the end of October. He smirked as he chastised journalists for being stupid.

      Hopefully that’s the last time they ever take his word on anything.

  14. Not sure what I am doing wrong with my posts . . .

    CK Watt thanks for the videos

    Bill Maher is becoming very right wing in his old age
    People who get Covid are fat – also low income in precarious work and crowded housing
    Communism is baaad like it was under Stalin
    Anything that isn’t rampant hyper individualistic capitalism is communism

    Heard a medical specialist with an Indian accent say that business developed the Covid vaccine. Well not quite – Astra Zeneca got to market with Oxford university, Swedish & Russian cooperation. Moderna was developed with US Government funds

    • Your post ended up as a reply to one made early this morning.

      I’ll leave it there, won’t hurt to have duplicate posts.

    • Liberal ladies not too fussed about rape, very exercised by shifting timelines for covid vax

  15. Polls close in 1 minute in WA. Thw only question is which is it for the Lib Nats is it….

    Or

  16. 😆 Local coverage before a single vote count opens with a discussion of when and where McGowan will give his victory speech.

  17. If this useless female got off her arse and found a charity to work with or a worthy cause needing help she might feel a bit less isolated. But she insists on staying in the harbourside mansion so her kids can (allegedly) still attend the same school they have been at for years – on the other side of Sydney. .

    Are there no “Christian” schools in Canberra?

    • leone
      Check out how deliberate and self serving the piece of slime is using “Jen and the kids” .
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      Because I conducted a media mentions search of “Jenny Morrison” and the word “struggle” to see how often it rated in Australian media.
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      No 1 – July/Aug 2018, when Scott Morrison was vying for PM

      No 2 – April/May 2019, when Morrison was fighting for re-election

      No 3 – Sept 2019, when Brian Houston tried for an invite to the WHouse/Trump trip scandal

      No 4 – Feb/March 2021 Morrison’s current rape crisis.

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      The media stories of Mrs Morrison & her private struggles are only ever strategically publicised when her husband Scott Morrison needs to exploit them for his own personal and political gain.

      That’s the standard of the PM’s comms team.

      That’s what they really think of women.

      What’s happening

  18. Comment below from Head of Polling at YouGov Asia-Pacific.

  19. It has been a particularly special night tonight, watching the WA Liberal party being utterly destroyed.

    Zak Kirkup in Dawesville, kaput. Liza Harvey in Scarsborough, annihilated. All they have left at this stage is David Honey in Cottesloe and Libbey Mettam in Vasse. Their next best hope is that Bill Marmion survives in Nedlands, leaving the total amount of Liberal MLA’s at 3, rather than 2. And imagine someone like Bill Marmion being your last hope.

    Still, I’m hoping for a good result in the upper house so they can finally reform their way out of the utter garbage they have with their perpetual pro-conservative majority that would mean no change.

    • It’s slightly odd standing with other Labor supporters watching the state of WA go “red”. Some sympathy was expressed for Mr Kirkup, along with comments of “… sacrificial lamb …”.

      There was a distinct air, as the evening drew on, of bogglement at the extent of the win, and loss of the Liberals. I think it will be interesting to see what shape our upper house is going to take. But I think there will be a degree of ‘concern’ in federal bubbles this morning.

  20. What a result for Labor in WA and in with a good chance of a majority in both houses. Well done to all involved. Now to repeat the effort with the feds. Onward and upward.

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson says that, like Howard, Morrison plays politics at the expense of good government. Ouch!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/03/14/john-hewson-scott-morrison-politics/
    James Massola writes that Minister for Women Marise Payne will snub the historic Women’s March 4 Justice on Parliament House on Monday, telling organisers she will receive their petition “via correspondence” rather than in person. Tin ear? Glass jaw?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/email-it-or-post-it-women-s-minister-marise-payne-snubs-women-s-march-on-parliament-20210312-p57a86.html
    Virginia Haussegger writes that the March 4 Justice taps into the power of recent acts of courage as well as a deep and ancient anger.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7165564/the-intensity-and-rage-of-this-moment-is-powering-a-new-movement/?cs=14264
    Cait Kelly reports that some experts are saying Scott Morrison’s refusal to hold an inquiry into whether Christian Porter is fit and proper to continue on in his role as Attorney-General has resulted in sections of the media putting a dead woman on trial.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/03/14/pms-inaction-porter/
    Chris Vedelago and Tammy Mills write about the culture war at the heart of MinterEllison’s implosion over Christian Porter.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-culture-war-at-the-heart-of-minterellison-s-implosion-over-christian-porter-20210311-p579w2.html
    After years of our nation being governed by a misogynistic boys’ club, Australians have the power of choice in the next election, writes Ethan Marsland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/its-up-to-australian-voters-to-end-the-liberal-partys-misogynistic-government,14887
    Falling wages growth in Australia shows how badly we need unions to bargain effectively on behalf of workers, argues Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/mar/14/meghan-gets-it-workers-still-need-unions
    Matt Wade explains how the state government has been forced to reassess its expectations for NSW’s fertility rate, and it has big implications for the economy, taxes and the way people live.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/birth-strike-the-fertility-rate-in-nsw-is-set-to-dive-20210312-p57aah.html
    Australians would be allowed to travel overseas to Singapore for work or leisure, while international students could complete their quarantine there, reports James Massola.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-and-singapore-plan-for-travel-bubble-and-quarantine-hub-by-july-20210312-p57a57.html
    Daniel Andrews was moved from intensive care into a new ward on Saturday while revealing he was expecting a “very long journey” to recover from a fractured vertebra and several broken ribs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/daniel-andrews-to-leave-intensive-care-but-expecting-very-long-recovery-path-20210313-p57afh.html
    Peter FitzSimons says, “With the royals at war, let’s get down to planning our republic” at the head of his weekly column.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/with-the-royals-at-war-let-s-get-down-to-planning-our-republic-20210312-p57ab9.html
    The most powerful men serving the royal family are the principal private secretaries at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace. They are the rulers of their masters and mistresses, not underlings, a royal expert explains.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/the-men-in-grey-the-true-powers-behind-the-palace-20210310-p579ml.html
    Britain’s royal family is an accident waiting to happen, and Prince Charles should dismantle it, writes Martin Jenkins.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/13/britain-royal-family-prince-charles-monarchy
    “Look what happens when the royals fail to keep it in the family”, says Tony Wright.
    https://www.theage.com.au/culture/celebrity/look-what-happens-when-the-royals-fail-to-keep-it-in-the-family-20210311-p579oh.html
    A specialised Riverland quarantine centre will house up to 1200 seasonal workers over the next three months as they help fill shortages in South Australia’s agriculture sector. The State Government has revealed the first 200 workers are expected to arrive within weeks and be transferred directly to the Paringa Resort in time for SA’s citrus harvest.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/coronavirus/riverland-quarantine-centre-for-flyin-workers/news-story/e9a95057f2e140284b9b337414a88a9d
    Now the case is getting somewhere! Lawyers for Mohinder Singh argue the truck driver faced ‘sustained pressure’ from his boss to work on the day he crashed and killed four police officers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/eastern-freeway-truckie-prepared-to-give-evidence-against-boss-who-leaned-on-him-to-drive-court-told-20210312-p57a6b.html
    Alex Crowe piles in on the planned Australian War Memorial’s expansion and tells us where the money would be better spent on veterans..
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7162386/veterans-left-behind-while-memorial-expansion-goes-ahead-doctor-says/?cs=14225

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Matt Golding

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    Matt Davidson

    Reg Lynch

    Glen Le Lievre (with a gif)

    Mark Knight

    From the US




  22. A couple of 😆 pinched from over the road.


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    Kailas Wild Koala@kailaswild · 39m
    Scott Morrison making WA Libs their new party headquarters.

    • Wonderful!

      I especially like the second one, so deliciously cruel.

      Anyone else think the CrimeMinister has to take the blame for destroying the WA Libs?

  23. The local Worst Australian newspaper is not exactly left wing 🙂 but it was good to see them give Tudge a good kick.
    .
    Opinion:TEFLON TUDGE

    We will not be lectured about respect by this man
    Jenna Clarke Assistant Editor

    It’s been over a week since the press conference that saw Christian Porter dig in and say he will not be quitting his post as the highest law officer in the land — and we are still angry.
    https://thewest.com.au/opinion/jenna-clarke/jenna-clarke-how-does-a-minister-get-away-with-spruiking-family-values-while-sleeping-with-a-staffer-ng-b881820541z

  24. “Matt Wade explains how the state government has been forced to reassess its expectations for NSW’s fertility rate, and it has big implications for the economy, taxes and the way people live.”

    This article mentions the larger than expected ratio of elderly people as opposed to the shrinking number of younger workers who will have to support them. I would imagine the same applies in all states and territories.

    It is a clear illustration of why workers need superannuation and why the current rate must increase.

    Also – it illustrates why the Howard-era middle-class welfare lavished on older voters needs to be abolished.

    Who would want to bring a child into this world, this country now?

    • A grim read! intellectually you know that people on JobSeeker can’t afford food, but starvation?

      At the end there is a checklist of danger signs of starvation.

  25. Female Labor staffers warn male MPs they will ‘no longer keep their secrets’
    Furious female Labor staffers have taken aim at MPs and male staffers on a secret Facebook page, accused of sexually harassing them at Parliament House.

    Furious female Labor staffers have warned MPs and male staffers accused of sexually harassing them at Parliament House that they will “no longer keep their secrets”.

    On the eve of mass marches around Australia to demand “justice” over rape, sexual harassment and toxic workplaces, their angry call has also been backed by former Labor leader Jenny Macklin who has told the women that the anonymous allegations they have raised are unacceptable and cannot continue within the ALP.

    The women have outlined shocking allegations – including sex without proper consent with intoxicated women, power imbalances and forced kisses – in a private Facebook group for current and former Labor staffers

    https://www.news.com.au/national/politics/female-labor-staffers-warn-male-mps-they-will-no-longer-keep-their-secrets/news-story/6baf4f0b1d766c24718ff11fee1765c6

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