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

    • Scandalous that priority vaccination for group homes was cancelled by the feds in April. Where was the media on this?

      I really believe that Scovid and his useless ministers WANT people with disabilities and people in aged care to die of this virus – it would save their precious budget so much money if they could manage to kill them all off.

      How else can you explain their total disinterest and total ignorance when it comes to numbers actually vaccinated in both groups?

    • Leone,

      I partly agree with your analysis of their ‘reason’. In the case of the disability homes, however, that reason is augmented by their belief that disabilities exist because the sufferers don’t love their god enough and/or don’t tithe sufficiently. And I’d think they’d want their private aged care homes to keep their cash flow up …

    • There is also the Pentecostal belief that disabilities are caused by sin. They never explain how a baby can be born with a disability though, unless they also believe in past lives and the idea people are being punished for something they did in a previous life.

      The “cure” for all disabilities is only available to members of the cult, so Step 1 is being “saved” and baptised. Then comes tithing, prayer, donations whenever you are asked in addition to your tithing and maybe laying on of hands.

      None of this malarkey is going to make the blind see, the limbless grow new arms and legs or the deaf hear, nor will it “cure” intellectual disabilities and more.

      Scovid though, as a devout Pentecostal, believes all this garbage without question. So does “Brother Stuey”.

      As for aged care – the Baby Boom generation is just starting to need residential care so there will be plenty of victims for incarceration in nursing homes should all the current detainees die.

  1. Bloody hell. Channel 7 has called out Linda Reynolds for trying to blame Labor Senators for her hospitalisation just after Brittany Higgins made public her rape allegation that allegedly occurred in Reynolds office.
    Then it was put down to an existent heart condition.

    Maybe it was to determine if Reynolds HAD a heart!

    We now know what the answer is!

    • I can’t find words to express how insulted I am by this lie. Especially after Scovid made such a huge fuss about talking to Linda Reynolds’ cardiologist. I bet he didn’t talk to any doctors, he just told us lies. No doctor would reveal personal information like that to anyone but close family, and then only if the patient consented or was so far gone they could not give consent.

      Now Scovid creates a new fairytale and expects us to believe it as well!

      How insulting that he seems to believe we are so stupid we have no memory of recent happenings and will believe whatever rubbish he tells us.

  2. Progress

    Finance ministers from wealthy G7 nations pledged to commit to a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 percent, rallying behind a US-backed plan.

    “We… commit to a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent on a country by country basis,” a statement said after their London meeting, adding that they hoped to reach a final agreement at the July gathering of the expanded G20 finance ministers group.

    The proposed accord is aimed at ending a decades-long “race to the bottom” in which countries have competed to attract corporate giants with ultra-low tax rates and exemptions.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/g7-nations-back-historic-deal-on-taxing-multinationals

    • I smell a 100kg

      For decades bigly business has paid good money to buy governments and ensure they have , euphemistically speaking, a friendly tax environment. US corporations have rolled over and will allow a bit of a roll back ? Sure and I have a harbor bridge to sell. I’m betting on just a new set of loop holes to avoid the ‘For public consumption’ headline 15%.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The nations to Australia’s north are enduring their worst outbreaks of the pandemic, but experts say that will continue until they get enough vaccines.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/covid-wave-sweeps-across-south-east-asia-with-jabs-in-short-supply-20210603-p57xwo.html
    Cait Kelly writes that there are growing concerns Australia will face more lockdowns and be forced to deal with more infectious strains of the coronavirus if the slow pace of the federal government’s vaccine rollout continues.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2021/06/06/covid-delta-australia-vaccine/
    James Massola reckons its MPs are losing patience with Albanese as Labor faces a fourth term in opposition.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/mps-lose-patience-with-albanese-as-labor-faces-fourth-term-in-opposition-20210604-p57y5d.html
    Margaret Simons writes that it’s hard to judge the reasoning behind the ABC’s decision to hold the 4 Corners program, but what’s clear is both journalists and senior management are feeling deeply betrayed. She says, “One thing is for sure. This flawed and spin-loving government will exploit the fractures that have been revealed. That is an unfortunate outcome.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/05/cautious-or-craven-the-saga-of-four-corners-program-on-morrison-and-qanon-has-laid-bare-fractures-within-the-abc
    This excellent contribution from Jack Waterford details the diminution of capability and subjugation of the public service. It’s sad.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7283293/when-the-public-service-cant-attract-our-best-and-brightest/?cs=14329
    Australia looks set to lose its opportunity to decouple GDP growth from carbon emissions, explains Greg Jericho who says the sad state of affairs is that, since the end of the carbon price, much that is good for growth is bad for reducing our emissions. He concludes that, until reducing emissions becomes a political problem, we cannot expect the Liberal party to do anything.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/commentisfree/2021/jun/06/australia-looks-set-to-lose-its-opportunity-to-decouple-gdp-growth-from-carbon-emissions
    Tome Rabe explains how food delivery companies will be required to provide protective equipment to riders in NSW, who will also be monitored with unique ID numbers by police, with the state government set to introduce the toughest safety laws in the country for the gig economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/toughest-laws-in-australia-set-for-food-delivery-companies-in-nsw-20210604-p57y85.html
    Now the NSW government wants the Commonwealth to build and run a dedicated quarantine facility in the state to help bring more Australians home.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-need-the-federal-government-to-do-their-job-nsw-wants-dedicated-quarantine-site-20210605-p57yd8.html
    Dr Kate Atwell says that the Morrison government has to do its job better before mandating vaccinations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-government-has-to-do-its-job-better-before-mandating-vaccinations-20210604-p57y8r.html
    The French submarine boondoggle is Australia’s biggest defence blunder, and our tame corporate media hardly noticed says John Menadue.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-french-submarine-boondoggle-is-australias-biggest-defence-blunder-and-compounded-by-corporate-media-failure/
    With the next election possibly but a few months away, it seems highly unlikely that the Coalition will bring any legislation into the House for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission. So pathetic was the last attempt by Christian Porter that it was laughed out of the Chamber, writes John Lord.
    https://theaimn.com/there-are-consequences-for-reneging-on-a-major-promise/
    Allan Orr examines Dutton, Crompvoets and the politics of character assassination. He writes, “How in Morrison’s name did Crompvoets go from lauded cultural shaman to being accused of strategic witchcraft? The answer lies at that almost immediately encountered policy fork in the road that was the politically driven order to rescind the revocation of the SAS’s Meritorious Unit Citation.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7284740/dutton-crompvoets-and-the-politics-of-character-assassination/?cs=14264&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
    Abul Rizvi writes that the Grattan Institute has released its first report on permanent migration, ‘Re-thinking permanent skilled migration after the pandemic’, making six recommendations.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/grattan-institutes-first-report-on-skilled-permanent-migration-is-good-in-parts,15157
    Sarah Danckert takes us inside the calamitous world of King Clive Palmer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/the-calamitous-world-of-king-clive-palmer-20210603-p57xpw.html
    Caroline Graham looks at accusations that Australia has become an Israeli apologist.
    https://johnmenadue.com/slouching-towards-jerusalem-australia-an-israeli-apologist/
    Some Australian police officers have taken unnecessary violence too far as an act of intimidation against protesters, writes Tom Tanuki.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/police-violence-on-the-rise-as-officers-abuse-their-rights,15158
    Responding to Michael Kroger’s outrageous outburst this week, Ita Buttrose told Peter FizSimons she has deep concerns about the tone of public debate.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/make-your-point-without-stooping-so-low-ita-buttrose-calls-out-michael-kroger-s-cancel-culture-attack-20210604-p57y7d.html
    Jonathan Holmes laments that Australia has surrendered its liberty by tiptoeing around press freedom.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/for-we-are-one-and-safe-how-australia-surrenders-its-liberty-by-tiptoeing-around-press-freedom-20210603-p57xut.html
    G7 leaders have reached a landmark deal to close tax loopholes used by some of the world’s biggest companies. The Group of Seven said it would back a minimum global corporation tax rate of at least 15 per cent and put in place measures to ensure taxes were paid in the countries where businesses operated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/g7-countries-agree-cross-border-deal-to-tax-large-multinationals-20210605-p57yft.html
    Here’s Peter FitzSimons’ weekly column.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/there-can-be-no-horsing-around-on-concussion-joey-20210604-p57y7s.html
    A federal judge has overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. What a joint!!!!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/judge-overturns-california-s-30-year-assault-rifle-ban-as-failed-experiment-20210605-p57ydv.html
    And it’s on again in Minneapolis as rioting has broken about after another police shooting.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/05/winston-boogie-smith-jr-minneapolis-deputies-protests

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  4. The Australia Institute kicks off it’s new program “Spin Bin” by demolishing Frydenberg’s recent Insiders interview,

    Will the lower 80% of taxpayers be better off or worse off under the Government’s proposed tax reform? That was the question asked to Josh Frydenberg on Insiders, and his answer was anything but clear. We got the facts, and we’ve taken the time to decode the obfuscation to present to you our new show: Spin Bin.

    Spin Bin is for everyone frustrated by watching politicians use economic jargon & spin to do everything *but* answer the question.

    Our chief economist, Richard Denniss, and senior economist, Matt Grudnoff, give a play-by-play on these interviews — to explain what you need to know and answer the questions politicians try so hard to avoid.

    In this episode: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, interviewed by David Speers on ABC’s Insiders.

    Speers questioned Frydenberg on whether the 80% of taxpayers, those earning $90,000 or less, would be better off or worse off under the Government’s proposed tax reform, which includes the removing of the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LAMITO, or ‘Lamington’) next year, and introducing the Stage Three tax cuts in 2024.

    The full interview can be watched on iView – https://iview.abc.net.au/video/NN2105V015S00

  5. Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has revealed thousands of Covid-19 vaccines have already been thrown out due to supply-chain mistakes and that many vaccines had looming expiration dates.

    https://www.couriermail.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=CMWEB_WRE170_a_GGL&dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.couriermail.com.au%2Fcoronavirus%2Fqld-vaccination-blitz-due-to-confluence-of-factors%2Fnews-story%2F0317c9cb6efe36b6440e261b9ea19665&memtype=anonymous&mode=premium

  6. Ingrid on Insiders

  7. I can’t find any evidence …

    • The only media reporting this is The Daily Telegraph.

      In the usual Murdoch style the whole thing is poorly written and confusing. I’m no wiser after reading it about whether all Medicare subsidies for everyone have been removed or if it only applies to gap payment for privately insured patients. However it seems to mean all Medicare rebates, for everyone, will go.

      It is strongly paywalled so here is most of it –

      Patients set to pay thousands more as rebates cut in raft of radical Medicare changes
      A chaotic attempt to modernise the 38-year-old Medicare system could see patients hit with higher gap payments – in some cases more than $10,000 – from next July 1.

      Patients could find themselves over $10,000 out of pocket for common surgeries, as radical changes to the Medicare rebate scheme are introduced.

      More than 900 procedures including hip, shoulder, hand, cardiac and other surgeries are impacted in the overhaul next month, with doctors warning it will create “total chaos”.

      In some areas, like shoulder surgery, one in four of the existing items have disappeared altogether so there will be no Medicare or health fund rebate — patients will have to either pay the full cost or do without the surgery.

      Some tendon procedures for elbow surgeries have also been wiped and with no Medicare or health fund rebate, could cost patients $7000 to $10,000.

      And fee cuts for hip arthroplasty could deliver a $1200 gap.

      Young people and sports people are among those worst impacted, now faced with having to fully fund their own microsurgery for an extremely common hip condition.

      Femoro-acetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) — where extra bone grows along the hip joint causing an irregular shape and painful rubbing during movement — is no longer allowed as a diagnosis.

      Australia has now become the only medically advanced country not to recognise this diagnosis or treatment — through a hip arthroscopy — the Australian Medical Association (AMA) said.

      …………………………………………………….[Blather about the medical issues of a sports “star” omitted for brevity]

      The changes are the result of the government’s long running Medicare Benefits Review that was meant to modernise the 38-year-old system.

      Doctors said they would continue to charge the fees they do now but many Medicare rebates will go down or disappear, increasing the gap fees patients pay.

      Health funds have not yet updated their rebate systems and doctors are currently unable to give patients proper informed financial consent about any out-of-pocket fees for surgery they are booking for after July 1.

      “This is not the health funds fault, it takes a lot of time to work out the numbers you’ve got hundreds and hundreds of numbers and you got to work out what the relativities are and what the formulas are to turn an MBS rebate into a health fund rebate,” AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid said.

      “It will result in larger gaps (patient gap fees) from the first of July. That’s guaranteed,” he said.

      The Department of Health said it provided a data file to doctors and funds on May 28 and would provide further fact sheets and webinars before July 1 but it could be September before the complex changes can be worked into medical and health fund schedules.

      “Practitioners are encouraged to consider the personal circumstances of their patients when determining the fees they charge,” the department said

      https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/patients-set-to-pay-thousands-more-as-rebates-cut-in-raft-of-radical-medicare-changes/news-story/6c325564a2ee62144306e878a8448715

  8. Exactly who has been exempted from quarantine and testing?

    Abbott, on his numerous trips from the UK? Assorted movie stars, “celebrities” and high-profile Liberal donors? Socialites returning from places like Aspen who think their incomes make them immune?

    I believe there are many people wandering about in the community with active infections which they are passing on but because they might be asymptomatic, or just plain stupid, have not bothered to be tested.

  9. I am incensed that Medicare changes are coming in in 21 days and the schedules are not yet available.
    I think we should have had 12 months notice of these changes so we could determine whether we needed private health insurance

  10. Announcements ‘R Us

    The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, has announced an extra 330,000 Covid-19 vaccines will be directed to Victoria as he calls for people to seize the “moment of momentum” and get a jab.

    The commitment of extra doses, announced on Sunday, will see another 115,000 AstraZeneca vaccines sent to Victoria for each of the next two weeks, along with 100,000 more Pfizer doses for three weeks from 14 June.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/06/albanese-says-australia-cant-afford-more-lockdowns-and-new-covid-quarantine-facilities-needed-now

    • And where are these doses coming from? Supplies meant for other states?

      We have no extra vaccine just waiting to be shipped off somewhere at Scovid’s whim.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Here’s Simon Benson’s take on the latest Newspoll.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/newspoll-parties-level-pegging-but-morrisonslides/news-story/36e818408722359a24d9e53d6a411c6b
    Four Corners will push for its episode linking Scott Morrison to a QAnon conspiracy theorist to air within the next fortnight, despite the Prime Minister’s office rebuffing the broadcaster’s attempts for a detailed response to its questions. The controversy over the episode will be a key focus of a Senate estimates hearing today, when ABC managing director David Anderson will face questions over his decision to delay the program days out from scheduled airing, deeming it “not ready”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/four-corners-pushes-to-air-qanon-episode-in-weeks-20210606-p57yiw.html
    And Margaret Simons writes that the saga of Four Corners program on Morrison and QAnon has laid bare fractures within the ABC and says it’s hard to judge the reasoning behind the ABC’s decision, but what’s clear is both journalists and senior management are feeling deeply betrayed
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/05/cautious-or-craven-the-saga-of-four-corners-program-on-morrison-and-qanon-has-laid-bare-fractures-within-the-abc
    Stephen Brook writes that Tensions between the ABC and the government have once again boiled over, despite Scott Morrison’s intentions to steer well clear of the ABC controversies his predecessors delighted in stoking.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/abc-versus-the-government-is-a-song-that-remains-the-same-20210606-p57yjv.html
    Sean Kelly opines that Scott Morrison is the man for optimistic narratives but one day Australia will need hard truths.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/scott-morrison-s-the-man-for-optimistic-narratives-but-one-day-australia-will-need-hard-truths-20210605-p57yed.html
    Nicholas Stuart begins his evaluation of the next election with, “Labor’s locked in on a strategy to win the next election. Unfortunately, it relies on Scott Morrison to do all the heavy lifting. The way the opposition tells its story, voters can see through the PM’s empty words and marketing spin and are desperate for a change. It’s a path to The Lodge although it relies (firstly) on voters rejecting the Coalition and (secondly) accepting Labor offers a better alternative. Let’s call this the “fingers crossed” strategy.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7283035/desperately-papering-over-the-cracks-in-labors-election-strategy/?cs=14258
    Frank Bongiorno tells us how the pandemic has brought out the worst — and the best — in Australians and their governments.
    https://theconversation.com/how-the-pandemic-has-brought-out-the-worst-and-the-best-in-australians-and-their-governments-161745
    Chip Le Grand goes inside the “war room” and explains why Victoria is winning the COVID battle. Looks a bit like a gold standard.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/inside-the-war-room-why-victoria-is-winning-the-covid-battle-20210605-p57ydb.html
    Despite our globally enviable low Covid-19 case numbers, Australia remains extraordinarily susceptible to a Delta swampland of the most powerful Covid-19 mutation so far, writes Greg Sheridan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/arrival-of-potent-delta-mutation-raises-stakes-for-our-covid-vaccination-rollout/news-story/36f8df0da99d9a3141d3f5c50a549d7c
    Two infection control experts explain how we should build and staff Victoria’s new quarantine facility.
    https://theconversation.com/this-is-how-we-should-build-and-staff-victorias-new-quarantine-facility-say-two-infection-control-experts-162157
    More than three-quarters of Australians support a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine for frontline workers in aged care and other vulnerable settings, a new survey from the Australia Institute shows.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/07/more-than-75-of-australians-support-compulsory-covid-vaccines-for-aged-care-staff
    Meanwhile, Henrietta Cook tells us that small business owners who demand customers wear face masks and sign in with QR codes are being targeted by those with “fringe views”, who are bombarding them with scathing online reviews. Anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers on the encrypted messaging app Telegram are regularly updating a blacklist of businesses boycotted for making customers comply with Victoria’s coronavirus rules.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/businesses-blacklisted-and-hit-with-scathing-reviews-over-covid-stance-20210604-p57y6l.html
    Professor Kathy Egan writes about Covid and aged care saying, “When you are in a deep hole, the most important thing to do is stop digging.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/covid-and-aged-carewhen-you-are-in-a-deep-hole-the-most-important-thing-to-do-is-stop-digging/
    The AFR says that business has urged the Morrison government to cut Australia’s 30 per cent company tax rate after the world’s biggest developed economies agreed to a global minimum corporate rate of 15 per cent, as part of a crackdown on the tech giants.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/global-tax-deal-revives-push-to-cut-30pc-company-rate-20210606-p57yhn
    Alan Kohler says. “Good try, G7, but your corporate tax changes won’t even tickle Google and Facebook”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/06/07/minimum-corporate-tax-rate/
    Deloitte Access Economics’ claims about Australia’s economic recovery were repeated verbatim by media outlets, although many were based on cherry-picked data and mixed verified GDP figures with unverified data in a classic apples with oranges comparison. Alan Austin takes a closer look.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/propaganda-machine-deloitte-skews-fact-on-economy-media-laps-it-up/
    Greg Bailey writes, “For Morrison, everything is a potential marketing opportunity and for creating photographic images that keep him firmly in the public eye. His constant avowal that he works for the Australian people as a whole overlaps with the role of the Governor-General, but it also enables Morrison to avoid having to confront single issues, even if behind the scenes it is he who substantially drives the government’s approach to such issues.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/scott-morrisson-as-governor-general/
    Annika Smethurst and Paul Sakkal report that a Victorian Liberal MP has accused the Nationals of grubby political tactics after the Coalition’s sister party bought the domain name of an independent MP to spread negative information about her.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/low-leaked-texts-disclose-coalition-feud-over-fake-domain-names-20210531-p57ws0.html
    The New Daily says that doctors are concerned Medicare rebate changes for some private surgery procedures will create “chaos” for patients. The changes under the Medicare Benefits Schedule will affect orthopaedic, general and heart surgery and come into effect on July 1. Surely Labor can latch onto THIS!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/06/06/ama-slams-medicare-changes/
    Nine Media tells us that crime agencies believe Qantas has been infiltrated by bikies and other organised crime groups to facilitate drug importation and other activities that pose a risk to national security.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/qantas-infiltrated-by-organised-criminals-says-intelligence-report-20210603-p57xp2.html
    And it further reveals that Australia’s most dangerous and wanted crime bosses have organised themselves into a cartel earning an estimated $1.5 billion a year by smuggling drugs past the nation’s borders with the help of corrupt government officials and border insiders. Spud’s legacy?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-cartel-of-australian-mr-bigs-responsible-for-1-5b-drug-imports-20210603-p57xp0.html
    Ross Gittins writes, “. . . business has grown used to covering shortages of skilled labour by importing workers on temporary visas, thus avoiding pushing up wage rates (and training costs). Get it? The real reason they want the borders re-opened ASAP is so they can go on playing this game.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/morrison-needs-the-gumption-to-save-business-and-the-unions-from-their-folly-20210605-p57ycc.html
    Australian government bond issuers, companies and boardrooms face an accelerating global push towards forced disclosure of climate risks that investors warn could hamper or raise the cost of the country’s access to global capital, explains Jacob Greber.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/global-bankers-warn-australian-investors-on-carbon-risk-20210606-p57yjk
    The humble ute is leading the charge as the United States moves towards electric vehicles, with Ford registering 45,000 orders for its new model within days of it being unveiled. Utes are a fundamental part of the Australian way – but without an electric vehicle option on the horizon here, we’re being left in the dust on the road to cleaner cars, writes Bruce Newton.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/auto/2021/06/06/electric-vehicle-utes-australia/
    Following the Bernard Collaery and Witness K matters, occasionally there are little glimpses into the strange Stalinist world within which the Commonwealth beavers away to discredit two distinguished Australians. The Senate Estimates hearing on 29 May provided such an opportunity, explains Ian Cunliffe.
    https://johnmenadue.com/stalinist-style-prosecutions-of-witness-k-and-bernard-collaery/
    Michael Koziol reports that The Morrison government has placed religious freedom back on the political agenda, as Attorney-General Michaelia Cash restarts meetings with key stakeholders and church groups embark on a lobbying blitz to shape and enact the laws before the election. Here we go again!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/right-wing-backlash-church-group-to-make-religious-freedom-an-election-issue-20210602-p57xce.html
    House-ownership really is the great Australian dream, and those dreams don’t get any greater than the detached family home in an inner suburb of Sydney. The problem is too many people want one and there is not enough going around, says the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/retirees-need-to-make-room-for-younger-families-in-inner-sydney-20210604-p57y9g.html
    Charlotte Grieve writes that industry-super-linked ME Bank is facing 62 criminal charges for making changes to home loan interest rates and minimum repayments without properly notifying customers over a two-year period.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/me-bank-facing-62-criminal-charges-over-mortgage-fail-20210606-p57ygw.html
    The Property Council’s Jane Fitzgerald suggests that there is a way to kick-start migration safely and reap the benefits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/there-s-a-way-to-kick-start-migration-safely-and-reap-the-benefits-20210605-p57yej.html
    Professor John Carroll wants Australia to revise its legislation around research into early human life to reflect new international recommendations and allow crucial breakthroughs to happen.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/embryo-research-law-needs-tweaking-to-catch-up-with-science-20210606-p57yhp.html
    Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his pain over the discovery in Canada of the remains of 215 Indigenous students of church-run residential schools and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on “this sad affair.” But he didn’t offer the apology sought by the Canadian prime minister. Nice!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/pope-voices-pain-over-canadian-school-deaths-doesn-t-apologise-20210607-p57ym6.html
    American democracy is at risk from Trump and the Republicans. Pippa Norris wonders what can be done.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/06/republican-party-donald-trump-american-democracy-elections
    A man has been charged after he allegedly reversed into a woman’s car, before driving down the street, turning around and crashing head-on into her on purpose during a horrific road rage incident at Seaford, SA. He has also earned nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-sa/shocking-road-rage-incident-sees-young-woman-reversed-into-then-allegedly-deliberately-hit-headon-by-drunkdriver-at-seaford/news-story/edbe5bbdd585500a5f29bc37eb92dea2

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  12. Surely Labor will be up in arms about the Medicare changes – surely!

    It seems not.

    So far there has not been a peep out of Labor about the changes that will leave many – too many – Australians in pain because they cannot afford surgery.

    Labor created Medicare, why won’t they defend it? Too scared of another lying Mediscare campaign from the Liberals?

  13. Sydney house prices are insane.

    House with no kitchen or toilet in Sydney’s south-east sells for $4.705m at big auction weekend
    https://www.domain.com.au/news/house-with-no-kitchen-or-toilet-in-sydneys-east-sells-for-4-705m-at-big-auction-weekend-1061265/amp/

    OK – it had no toilet or kitchen because the previous owner had demolished them but had not got around to replacing them.

    The new owner is planning to rebuild, but over $4 million for a tiny corner block seems nuts to me.

  14. Told youse Scovid was going to steal vaccines from other states to fulfil his “promise” to give more doses to Victoria, didn’t I.

    Gladys is not happy!

    NSW should receive its ‘fair share of the vaccine’: Premier
    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says states should be receiving vaccinations based on their population, in response to the federal government’s decision to provide Victoria with an additional 100,000 Pfizer doses.

    Ms Berejiklian said the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria appeared to be under control and it was only fair NSW received its “fair share”.

    “Anything we can do to help we should,” she told 2GB on Monday morning. “[But] I think fair is fair and we should just receive based on the size of every state.

    “We are taking in lots of bodies every week through the airport and we do it because it’s the right thing to do. We have a lot on our shoulders as well. I think it’s only fair that we get our fair share of the vaccine.”

    The Premier added that NSW has dealt with similar outbreaks and, for the most part, managed to keep parts of the state open.

    “NSW has had similar if not larger outbreaks and we’ve dealt with things as we’ve seen fit,” she said.

    “I just think moving forward we just have to offer states an incentive for doing the right thing, offer states an incentive for getting on top of things and I hope that’s the way things happen in the future.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-news-live-delta-strain-could-extend-victoria-s-covid-19-restrictions-ben-roberts-smith-s-defamation-trial-begins-20210607-p57ymo.html?post=p52awh

    And some well-deserved comment –

  15. Just had a phone call from my GP clinic – my second dose of vaccine (AZ) has been booked for 19th June – a Saturday, when they are usually closed.

    I feel more than a bit guilty knowing too many aged care workers and inmates in aged care won’t even have received their first doses by then.

  16. With such a high percentage of news that is either bad or sad, sometimes a little gem of a happy story comes along the following is one of them.

    [ Phnom Penh: After five years of sniffing out land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Magawa is retiring.

    The African giant pouched rat has been the most successful rodent trained and overseen by Belgian nonprofit APOPO to find land mines and alert its human handlers so the explosives can be safely removed.

    Magawa has cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land, the equivalent of some 20 soccer fields, sniffing out 71 land mines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, according to APOPO. ]
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/cambodia-s-land-mine-sniffing-hero-rat-retires-after-five-years-20210605-p57yek.html

  17. PM and NSW premier announce $500 million Hawkesbury bypass
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian have announced they are combining forces to fund a $500 million bypass over the Hawkesbury river to solve “traffic issues.”

    So from what I’ve understood, this will be a new bridge over the river, to relieve the “choke point” at the Richmond Bridge

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/jun/07/australia-coronavirus-live-news-melbourne-lockdown-covid-day11-victoria-politics-aged-care

    That’s just spin.

    The real reason for that bridge is to open up land for developers who plan housing subdivisions – land that just happens to be on the Hawkesbury floodplain.

    All part of Gladys’s plan to increase land available for housing by raising Warragamba Dam and by doing that destroying priceless indigenous and natural heritage. Stand by for an announcement the dam wall raising is finally going ahead to make those new subdivisions “safe”. Safe until we have another rain event like the one last March and the dam spills again, causing flooding on the same flood plain.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-20/warragamba-dam-overflows-for-first-time-in-years/13264590

    This video explains why floods in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley, which Gladys wants to fill with housing, are so dangerous.

    That, Gladys, is why it’s called a floodplain, not a housing estate.

    There is nothing Koala Killer won’t do to suck up to her developer mates.

  18. At last! Labor wakes up.

  19. After months mired in historical rape allegations, Christian Porter is trying to focus on the fight for his political survival. To do so, the senior Coalition minister is spending more money on social media advertising than any other Australian politician.

    Since Porter outed himself as the subject of a letter sent to the prime minister and other MPs accusing him of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1988 — allegations he strenuously denies — attention on him has been through the lens of the accusations.

    The sudden end to Porter’s defamation action against the ABC, and NSW Police ruling out reopening the case, means this could be the end of formal proceedings — unless an inquiry into the allegations is called.

    But Porter’s not out of the woods yet. His hold on the seat of Pearce is looking less than certain. The once blue-ribbon Liberal seat is set to be redistricted in August, removing many of the traditionally conservative rural voting areas. The ABC’s Antony Green expects this cuts about 2.5% off Porter’s 7.5% margin.

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/06/07/christian-porter-big-spend-social-media/

    • What a shame I (and many others) see no ads on social media.

      My pages are totally ad-free, thanks to adblockers and the like.

  20. Former attorney-general Christian Porter twice offered to settle his defamation action against the ABC over a story that revealed historical rape allegations against a cabinet minister.

    Mr Porter, who emphatically denies the incident happened, took action over an article about a now-deceased woman’s claim he sexually assaulted her decades earlier.

    He was not identified in the February article but later outed himself as the man at the centre of the allegation after social media speculation.

    The two parties settled last week, with the ABC agreeing to put an editor’s note alongside the online story, saying it regretted some readers misinterpreting the article an accusation of guilt against Mr Porter.

    ABC managing director David Anderson said the cabinet minister offered to settle the action both before and after the broadcaster presented its defence.

    Mr Anderson said there was a difference between the two offers but refused to detail the change.

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/06/07/christian-porter-abc-defamation/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=News%20Alert%20-%2020210607

    • What a lying cow! (Said with great delight.)

      She pretty much accused Scovid of lying as well by dismissing his story about the alleged heart problem and having talked to her cardiologist. Then she made it all worse by telling another lie about Labor.

      The entire government is made up of liars-.Porter, Grunt, Reynolds, Scovid, Colbeck and anyone else you care to mention. Not even good liars either, because all their lies end up contradicting earlier ones.

      The entire pack are way beyond disgusting, and yet Newspoll would have us believe Scovid is still preferred PM. More lies, I suspect.

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