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. Australia used to be better than this, but sadly not for years now.

    Remember, it was Labor who reopened Howard’s off-shore detention centres and started the dreadful “if you come by boat you will never settle here” cruelty. Both sides of politics are equally guilty.

    • Update –

      Sick for TEN DAYS before the bastards in immigration bothered to take notice of her mother and do something!

      Suspected septicemia!

      The family’s immigration lawyer Carina Ford said she understood the three-year-old and her mother Priya were on a plane to Western Australia, which was due to arrive at about 7:00pm AEST.

      “She’d been unwell for about 10 days and it got increasingly worse over the last few days,” Ms Ford said.

      “Priya, her mother had been bringing that to the attention of the doctors and clearly her temperature did not go down over the weekend.

      “So a decision was made to put her into hospital at Christmas Island but then as a result it’s been considered that it’s safer for her to be transferred to Perth.”

      So much for all the hopeful people who thought Karen Andrews, being (allegedly) female, would take a softer stance on this family. To the contrary – she has to prove again and again to the Liberal chaps that she is just as stony-hearted, if not more so, than the men.

  2. TLBD,

    Scott Morrison has launched the biggest attack on Medicare in decades.

    Under the cover of the Victorian COVID-19 outbreak, Scott Morrison has snuck out almost 1,000 changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.1

    These changes would radically alter the cost of hundreds of orthopaedic, cardiac and general surgery items.

    Scott Morrison’s plan to cut Medicare rebates mean patients have to choose between cancelling life-changing surgeries or be hit with huge bills they were never told about.

    These changes are due to come into effect on 1 July – that means we have just a few weeks to convince the Morrison Government to back down on their changes.

    Will you help us show Scott Morrison that Australians everywhere don’t want his cuts to Medicare by joining our campaign?

    Join our campaign

    The Liberals have attacked Medicare for decades. They tried to put in a GP tax to make you pay more to see a GP, and they cut billions from Medicare by extending the funding freeze.

    But with your help, we can stop them from making more cuts to Medicare. We’ve campaigned to protect Medicare before, it’s time for us to do it again.


    Mark Butler
    Shadow Minister for Health and Aging


    1. “Patients set to pay thousands more as rebates cut in raft of radical Medicare changes”, The Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2021

  3. From Michael West –

    Why is a Parliament librarian threatening John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations Marcus Reubenstein an academic, a school principal & yours truly via govt-funded law firm Meyer Vandenberg?
    We asked ASPI if they were involved.
    No response


    After writing a series of factual public-interest articles about ASPI/Australian Strategic Policy Institute (which is an Australian Commonwealth Government company) Marcus Reubenstein has been targeted with a campaign of online abuse; and has also been on the end of legal threats from a former ASPI associate.

    He is hitting back against those harassing him and the Chinese-Australian community.

  4. Julian Hill is good

    • Katie Allen – she is supposed to be highly qualified and very learned doctor – the medical kind. Yet she has NFI how quarantine works!

  5. Victor Kline is leader of The New Liberals, they hope to contest non-Labor seats in the next election. An unfortunate name they have chosen.

    Good to have clarification, BUT –

    As others in that thread point out lower rebates mean many private patients, unable to afford higher gap fees, will opt for the public system causing waiting times to blow out beyond the ridiculously long waits patients now endure.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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  7. An awful day for me today. The time has come to return to work, just as I was getting used to the bludging 😆

  8. “The Guardian tells us that up to 30% of residents in some aged care homes have not taken up a Covid-19 vaccination, according to new data that has prompted an investigation into the high rates of non-uptake”

    Could it be that some inmates would prefer to take their chances with The Plague, hoping for a quick death as a way to end their incarceration?

    I know were I to be shut up in a residential facility I’d happily contract any disease, even Ebola, if I thought it would kill me quickly

  9. Take that!

    Acting premier James Merlino has come out swinging against the Victorian Liberals after they spent the morning demanding Daniel Andrews released details of his back injury in March, fueling the flames of a number of conspiracy theories currently circulating.

    We are dealing with a global pandemic, for goodness sake. I treat it with the contempt that it deserves. This is more about how the Liberal Party treat people. No decency, no respect, they should be ashamed of themselves…

    I am honestly not going to spend much time on this. I think it is a disgraceful act by the Liberal Party… They should be ashamed of themselves, quite frankly…

    You can’t put to bed conspiracy nutters and if the Liberal Party want to act disgracefully, that is a matter for them.

  10. Got a message from Diogenes who hasn’t been well for a number of weeks now. He said that he is improving every day and he is back working part time now.

    As many of you would know, Diogenes is a Plastic Surgeon based in Adelaide. I’m sure he has been sorely missed by his patients who will be glad that he is returning to his practice albeit part time for the present.

    I’m sure all his online friends on PB and The Pub wish him well on his road to recovery and hope he gets back to full health soon.

  11. Seth Meyers –

    Jimmy Kimmel – (skip first 6 mins)

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  12. Of course they would say that –

    The Department of Home Affairs has issued a statement denying allegations of inaction or mistreatment of the youngest daughter of the Tamil family from Biloela on Christmas Island.

    Tharnicaa Murugappan was evacuated from Christmas Island with her mother, Priya, on Monday evening to get medical treatment after Tharnicaa had been unwell for 10 days, with a fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness.

    Family friend Angela Fredericks told ABC News Breakfast Tharnicaa was being treated for a blood infection, sepsis, potentially caused by untreated pneumonia, questioning why it had taken so long for the three-year-old to get treatment from health officials on Christmas Island.

    The Department of Home Affairs issued a statement on Tuesday strongly denying any delay in medical care:

    “The minor has been receiving medical treatment and daily monitoring on Christmas Island consistent with medical advice. This has included an IHMS general practitioner and the Christmas Island Hospital.

    As soon as the ABF was advised by the treating medical practitioners that the minor required medical treatment in Western Australia, the minor was transferred to a hospital in Western Australia.

    The Australian Border Force strongly denies any allegations of inaction or mistreatment of individuals in its care”

    So it was an IHMS doctor – enough said.

    IHMS is notorious for mistreatment and neglect of refugees and asylum seekers yet this rotten government keeps giving the organisation contracts. Why? This company should have been investigated years ago.

    From a 2019 article by Behrouz Boochani, who knows all about medical conditions in Australian detention centres

    However, from all the companies working on Manus during these years it is International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) that has the worst record. This company played a central role in the death of Hamid Khazaei and a few others who were killed over the years. This medical services company has been operating on Manus for four-and-a-half years – throughout this time a number of refugees have lost their lives due to medical neglect. They have a series of rooms at their disposal from which they issue painkillers to dozens of sick refugees, or their psychologists prescribe sleeping tablets and medicine for psychological conditions

    • Home Affairs is lying – yet again.

      This is what the family and supporters are saying –

      Three-year-old Tharnicaa and her mother Priya Murugappan were evacuated from the island on Monday evening, and the child suffered dangerous temperature spikes on the journey to Perth.

      Her mother says the girl was sick for almost two weeks and that medical contractors at the Christmas Island detention centre repeatedly refused to take Tharnicaa to the island’s public hospital.

      When the girl was eventually taken, staff decided she was so sick they ordered an evacuation flight to Perth, family supporter Angela Fredericks says.

      Doctors at the Perth Children’s Hospital have since diagnosed Tharnicaa with a blood infection resulting from “untreated pneumonia”, she says.

      “It looks like they have said she has untreated pneumonia that led to a blood infection,” Fredericks said

      I know who I believe.

  13. The current plague outbreak in Victoria has been good for one thing. Check out the chart showing doses per 100. Victoria’s numbers have gone ‘berserk’ .Almost doubling in a fairly short time. About 1/2 way down page.

    Australia’s state vaccine rollout
    Showing the Covid-19 vaccine doses administered per hundred people.

  14. A pox on the lot of these sub-human monsters.

    Legal representatives said both parents, Priya and Nadesalingam, also known as Nades, lobbied for the whole family to go to hospital with their Australian-born daughter but the request was denied

    FFS! Why? What’s wrong with allowing both parents to be with a seriously ill child? Done out of pure spite, I think.

  15. [ Legal representatives said both parents, Priya and Nadesalingam, also known as Nades, lobbied for the whole family to go to hospital with their Australian-born daughter but the request was denied ]

    This little girl is seriously ill. People die from this condition often.

    If this little one, (born in Australia citizen) unfortunately passes away in Perth and her father & older sister (also an Australian born citizen are not there to be with her to console her and say goodbye, I cannot imagine the trauma that this family will have to try and live with for the rest of their lives.

    This family has been subjected to some of the worst torment that this inhuman government could inflict on this poor family in the name of deterring further refugees wishing to settle in safety in this country which once had a heart and offered a haven for people escaping terror and worse in their country of birth.

    The Tamil population in Sri Lanka has experienced unbelievable horror and the Morrison government wish to send these innocent Tamil parents and their Australian born children back there to goodness knows what future.
    Un fucking believable!

  16. leonetwo

    [ FFS! Why? What’s wrong with allowing both parents to be with a seriously ill child? Done out of pure spite, I think. ]

    I bet this mob of inhuman bastards were scared that if they allowed the whole family to accompany this little one to Perth that they could possibly be subjected to an other round of applications for asylum for the whole family.

    They appear determined to grind this beautiful family into the ground, I’m now totally lost of words to describe this totally inhuman treatment of this family. So is the population of Biloela who embraced this family and wish to see them returned to a community who love them and wish for their urgent return.

  17. Karen Andrews, now Minister for Home Affairs, says she is looking at relocating the Biloela family.

    It’s an attempt to deflect criticism, nothing more. She has no idea where the family might end up, she will only say there are several options being considered.

    Bull there are! They have no idea what to do, except that whatever they choose must be as vile as possible.

    Why not let this family go home to Biloela?

    Because this spiteful farce of a government cannot allow themselves to be seen to relent. To back down now, after more than three years, would be seen by them as a sign of weakness.

  18. Stuart Robert?

    Amazon, The Age, The Guardian shut down by global website outage linked to provider Fastly

    A range of websites including popular news outlets, ecommerce giants and governmental websites are offline due to an unexplained internet outage, with some reports pointing to a glitch at US-based cloud computing services provider Fastly.

    Key points:
    Most of Fastly’s coverage areas were facing “degraded performance”, its website showed
    Websites operated by news outlets including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Times, the New York Times and Bloomberg News appeared to be down across the globe
    The UK government’s website was also affected by the outage
    In a statement on its website, Fastly said it was investigating “the potential impact to performance with our CDN services”.

    It later said the issue had since been identified “and a fix has been applied”.

    “Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return,” the statement said.

    Contact Delivery Networks (CDN) refer to a geographically distributed network of servers and their data centres that help in content distribution and improve the performance of web pages for users.

    Websites operated by news outlets including The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Times, the New York Times and Bloomberg News appeared to be down across the globe, while The Guardian said on Twitter that its website and app were being affected by a wider internet outage.

    Other high-traffic websites including Reddit, Amazon, Paypal and Spotify were listed as experiencing problems by outage tracking website, although several appeared to be coming back up.

    The United Kingdom’s attorney-general tweeted that the country’s main website was down, providing an email for queries.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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  20. Funny isn’t it – the chap who says he doesn’t hold a hose, claims he knew nothing about a rape metres from his office, denies all responsibility for aged care and quarantine, said he was “not the police” when asked questions about another matter yesterday claimed all the credit for a major international bust of criminal networks.

    There he was, in front of a backdrop with “Special Operation Ironside” and “AFP” plastered allover it, standing next to another chap in uniform (he does love being photographed with chaps in uniform) with Karen Andrews standing handmaid-like and silent in the background, not allowed to speak or answer questions about her own portfolio. She was the perfect image of a submissive woman – keeping quiet, allowing the chaps to do all the talking.

    The FBI, who played the major role, barely got a mention – it was Scovid all the way. He single-pawed rounded up the weapons, found the drugs, counted the cash – or so we were meant to believe. Actually he did bugger all, as usual. He just claimed the credit, once again, for something he had nothing to do with.

    What makes this so suspicious to me is the Murdoch sites released the news. The Daily Telegraph broke the news early yesterday morning. It took all day for The Guardian to get a story up. That brings up questions.

    Was this all a major distraction staged in cahoots with Murdoch to get us talking about something other than Home Affair’s spiteful treatment of a sick child? If it was then it didn’t work. Was the news deliberately leaked only to NewsCorpse as a favour, in the hope election coverage would be favourable? Was it intended to show Scovid as a strong leader before he jets off to the G&? All of the above?

    So Operation Ironside, eh? How appropriate, that’s what this version of the Daleks was called! #auspol— Brad Wolfe (@bigbradwolf) June 8, 2021

  21. Sepsis diagnosis of Tamil asylum seeker girl highlights danger of life-threatening blood infection

    I have been wondering if Tharnicaa’s problems have been brewing for her entire time in detention.

    Remember when she was Vitamin D deficient, thanks to Border Farce feeding her a diet inadequate in nutrients and fresh food and depriving her of sunlight. This deficiency was so severe that her baby teeth rotted and had to be surgically removed.

    We know Border Farce do not look after the health of detainees – there have been several court cases illustrating this. We know Tharnicaa was deficient in Vitamin D so that tells me she would also have been lacking all the other vitamins and minerals a young child needs. We know her diet still isn’t great – no reflection on her parents, just on BF and their deliberate lack of interest in catering for the needs of growing children.

    So isn’t it likely that the infection she had with her teeth is still lurking in her little body, making her more prone to infection now?

    A normal family would regularly see a GP who would keep an eye on a child’s health. This family don’t have that, instead they have IHMS doctors who seem to think Panadol and Nurofen will cure everything. Tharnicaa needed antibiotics, she was denied them although her parents kept asking for them.

    I’m also wondering if Tharni and her sister have had all the usual childhood immunisations and boosters, or is BF denying them those as well. What about Covid vaccine – have the parents been given theirs? I bet they have not.

  22. Isn’t another announcement good enough for you? I’m sure Grunt’s on the job

  23. “Bruce Haigh explains why he thinks Australian democracy is fading fast. He says it all started with John Howard.”

    Bruce gets it wrong in the very first sentence – “It was John Howard who locked refugees in concentration camps in the desert.”

    No, it was Labor, the Keating government, who introduced mandatory detention in 1992, changing the Migration Act to allow it.

    This was done in response to an influx of Indochinese boat arrivals. The locations for detention were mostly in cities, but one was at Port Hedland.

    In 1994 the Keating government saw indefinite mandatory detention became law.

    This is a very good explanation of how it all happened.

    Australia’s founding father of indefinite mandatory detention

    And this 2017 article contains details of what was done in 1992 and why. It makes shocking reading, because so much of it has been repeated by Coalition and Labor governments ever since.

    It was Howard who developed detention into the monstrous system we now have. He created offshore detention centres, introduced Temporary Protection Visas, excised areas from the Migration Zone and allowed the turning back of boats “where safe to do so”.

  24. Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    • “Broadly comparable” with standards in the Australian community?


      Is it standard Australian medical practice to treat a child who has been ill for two weeks with vomiting, diarrhoea, a raging temperature by offering only Neurofen and Panadol? Is it standard practice to refuse antibiotics to a child with a chest infection?

      Not where I live it isn’t.

  25. Andrew Laming has threatened to sue a publication owned by The Chaser, a media figure and a social media user for characterising an incident in which he took a photo of a woman bending over as “upskirting”.

    The Liberal MP, who has engaged defamation experts Company Giles, has received an apology from news website The Shot saying: “The Shot published an article containing statements suggesting that Andrew Laming MP had taken upskirt photos. The Shot apologises for publishing these statements, which have now been withdrawn.”

    Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has already apologised for similar comments, while ABC journalist Louise Milligan has deleted a tweet of 15 April in which she listed “Laming upskirts” amid a long list of incidents involving treatment of women in public life.

    At the height of the public furore about Laming’s alleged treatment of some of his constituents in March, 29-year-old Crystal White came forward accusing him of taking a photo of her while she was bent over, exposing her underwear beneath denim shorts, while she completed an office task at a Brisbane landscaping business in 2019.

    Wicks told Guardian Australia: “I don’t see any need to apologise.

    “[The dispute] seems to be based around the definition of upskirting.

    “I don’t think it has to be up a skirt, it’s a non-consensual photo of someone showing their underwear, like if they’re bending over and their trousers are down a bit.”

  26. MP Jing Lee has argued in parliament that attendees of a recent gala in honour of herself should have known it was a party fundraiser, because of the fact she is a Liberal politician.

    Facing further questions about the $180-a-head dinner in the Upper House on Wednesday, Ms Lee also argued the event helped support the South Australian economy.

    Kyam Maher, leader of the Opposition in the Upper House, asked Ms Lee: “How exactly were attendees at a multicultural dinner … made aware that this dinner was in fact a Liberal Party fundraiser?”

    In response, Ms Lee said: “I think that unless somebody actually sleeps under a rock, then they will know that I’m a Liberal member of the Legislative Council, so that in itself is going to be a Liberal Party function, is it not?

  27. Lazy or complicit (not that there’s much difference: the former implies the latter)

    • It’s amazing how little his observer status gets mentioned. He’s just a guest, has to meet all the really important people like Biden on the sidelines, if they can be bothered with him. He does not get to speak officially but the way the media carry on you’d think he was the star speaker.

  28. Great thread from Labor MP Justine Elliot.

    I have seen her Facebook post, it was perfectly OK and nothing we did not already know.. The Stasi just didn’t like having their plans revealed.

    This is it –

  29. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe tells us that things are conspiring to force Morrison to change his stance on the Biloela family coming back onto the mainland.
    Although the lovely Michaelia Cash is talking tough about it.
    Michelle Grattan says the Morrison government has escape hatch in Tamil family case – if it wants to use it.
    In a sober assessment, Waleed Aly writes that “Why Melbourne?” is a bad question. It might even be a dangerous question, he says, and we shouldn’t be asking it.
    The New York Times explains how things are rather delicate in China with Covid and draconian measures are being taken.
    Australia’s coronavirus vaccination rate is accelerating rapidly but doctors warned against going too far too fast and leaving the vulnerable unprotected, write Phil Coorey and Andrew Tillett.
    Apparent expert Alexandra Smith sets out to explain why NSW doesn’t need a purpose-built quarantine centre.
    Niki Savva begins this sage advice to Anthony Albanese with, “Imagine if Tony Abbott had been opposition leader during a pandemic and there had been yet another quarantine leak from an ill-equipped hotel in one state that then led to a lockdown in another.”
    Richie Merzian writes about the regrets Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have at G7.
    A debate between having a job and acting on climate change is painful for everyone involved and will not end well. Yet the absence of a clear narrative from our political leaders to clarify the issue is leaving many Australian communities in exactly that position, says Tony Wood.
    “After the G7, the G20 and COP 26 in Glasgow, what might equal real progress on the climate crisis by the end of the year?”. Ask Nicholas Rowley and James Rydge.
    Anne Davies reports that a senior New South Wales public servant recorded his serious concerns about a $50,000 payment to an agricultural cooperative associated with Angus Taylor’s family, after he was told the payment had been directed by the NSW deputy premier, John Barilaro, and should be disguised as a contract payment. Charming!
    Two nephews of Australia’s most wanted man have been swept up in the global police sting that has exposed the family ties at the top of a powerful network allegedly involved in drug importations and distribution of An0m encrypted devices. Such nice types, too.
    Lisa Visentin tells us that controversial Australian encryption-busting laws played a key role in bringing down hundreds of organised crime figures, with federal police monitoring communications on US soil. But legal and cyber experts say it is unclear exactly how the laws were used, and concerns remain about the scope of the legislation passed in 2018.
    Criminology professor, Terry Goldsworthy, tells us about the ‘most significant’ police operation in Australian history, how it worked and what it means for organised crime.
    Australian negotiators are seeking to overcome British fears of a flood of beef and lamb imports under a $36.7 billion trade deal that could be signed in London within days. Concerns about a surge of Australian beef and lamb shipments are among the top issues to be settled in daily talks between the two sides, along with wrangling over investment rules and government procurement.
    And Daniel Hurst writes that Dan Tehan has signalled he is prepared to walk away from a free trade agreement with the UK if Australian agricultural exporters are not granted sufficient access to the British market.
    Jess Irvine writes about a debt reality check, saying there are limits on governments spending to thrive.
    The Victorian Liberal Opposition has been clutching at straws for some time – witness their landslide loss at the last election – but now they are now sinking into desperate measures with this latest attack on Premier Daniel Andrews, says Noel Turnbull.
    NSW planning bureaucrats say a new coal mine in the Southern Highlands should be refused, given uncertainty around risks to Sydney’s drinking water, the unsuitable location of the site and a flawed design.
    Sales of clear plastic dividers soared in the pandemic, with offices and retail stores seeking plexiglass protection from the droplets spreading the coronavirus. Not a single study has shown they actually work.
    Technical expert from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Jocelinn King, warns that Tuesday night’s extensive internet outage points to a significant risk in how the internet functions today. Namely, that the position of CDNs (content delivery networks) in the infrastructure of today’s internet leads to increased risk for systemic failure.
    As the US picks up its war on cyber criminals, preparing to treat ransomware attacks as similar to terrorism, Labor wants the Morrison government to take President Joe Biden’s approach, writes Max Mason.
    According to Charlotte Grieve, NAB has extensively used casual workers in its financial crimes department, adding to concerns about its ability to clean up its anti-money laundering compliance.
    Patrick Hatch reports that yesterday’s royal commission hearing Crown Resorts heard that staff feared speaking up about bad behaviour and probity issues because they believed the casino giant’s management would punish them rather than act on their concerns.
    The uncomfortable truth is casinos grow revenue by encouraging more punters to lose more money, more often. How to do that responsibly requires a delicate balance between profitability and safety, and the evidence before the commission suggests Crown has consistently struggled to find the line.
    A new study by the Melbourne Institute finds more competition isn’t associated with better quality of care or lower prices in aged care, prompting policy reform to address sources of market failures.
    In a fiery court hearing yesterday, a barrister acting for Ben Roberts-Smith took aim at articles referring to the former soldier and a lawyer acting for him against his ex-wife, reports Michaela Whitbourn.
    Legal experts were in no doubt whatsoever that Christian Porter had given up but News Corp madly spun the line that it was a humiliating backdown by the ABC. Michael Tanner dissects the coverage of what had been billed ‘the defamation trial of the century’.
    A $600m gas power plant promised by the Morrison government is not needed and has no prospect of generating enough revenue to justify its cost, according to a new analysis explained by Adam Morton.
    Many long-term issues plaguing the NBN could have been avoided if it was an all-fibre network, writes Paul Budde who tells us how the concerns about NBN ‘overuse’ highlight Coalition Government’s failings.,15172
    Defence Minister Peter Dutton has defended overruling senior officials and allowing special forces troops to keep their meritorious unit citations from Afghanistan despite credible allegations of war crimes.
    Clancy Yeates writes that our corporate regulator says a government plan to ease continuous disclosure rules could put Australia out of step with the United States and the United Kingdom, by forcing the watchdog to establish fault when it takes enforcement action.
    Australians do the right thing each week by separating recyclables into colour-coded wheelie bins, yet most of it is destined for landfill. Luke Stacey investigates the secret agenda of the plastics industry: promoting recycling in order to ramp up production of virgin plastic.
    You can’t hide from the numbers: Australian women earn less than men in any job, proves Greg Jericho.
    Michael Roddan reports that the leaders of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission are braced for a restructure after new chairman Joe Longo tapped consultants PwC to review the regulator. Mr Longo, who formally took over from James Shipton at the start of this month, has also set up his own office of the chairman to help stamp his authority on the corporate watchdog. What could possibly go wrong with PwC’s fingerprints being all over the solution?
    No matter how much you pay for your home or car insurance, if your property is damaged by mouse plague, nuclear radiation, war or rising sea levels you are almost certainly on your own, writes Richard Denniss as he explains the effect of climate change on insurance risks.
    The recently appointed Chair of the Climate Change Authority, Origin Energy boss Grant King, has yet again raised the idea that nuclear energy is an important policy option for Australia, opines John Quiggin.,15174
    Chris Barrett warns that Australia is risking Indonesia sliding further into the orbit of China amid an absence of face-to-face diplomacy with its nearest and biggest neighbours in south-east Asia during the pandemic.
    Tensions with China resulting in economic sanctions are the result of Australia’s blind allegiance to the USA that began decades ago, writes Bruce Haigh.,15171
    Anthony Galloway reports that the watchdog for Australia’s national security laws says there is no reason why a summary of a secret prosecution of a former Australian spy, Witness J, could not have been published three years ago.
    China is about to pass laws that would let it penalise companies and individuals who comply with US and European sanctions on Chinese organisations and people. But that could backfire, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to redouble efforts to fight far-right groups two days after a hate-motivated attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in the city of London, Ontario. It’s everywhere.
    See. The self-proclaimed leader of Australia’s national socialist movement has been refused bail over an alleged attack on a group of bushwalkers who, police say, had filmed him and fellow neo-Nazis on a hike in the Victorian bush.
    Peter FitzSimons puts the Adam Goodes issue into stark perspective.
    It’s a toss-up whether to nominate this guy for “Arsehole of the Week” or for “Idiot of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

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    From the US

  30. Pork Barilaro and Anus Taylor at the rorting yet again –

    ‘This does not sit well’: public servant raises questions over John Barilaro funding request
    According to documents produced to the NSW upper house, a senior public servant tasked with delivering a $50,000 payment to an agricultural group associated with Angus Taylor’s family expressed concerns

    Maybe Bruz was showing his gratitude for this-

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