Death Notice

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

EVANS, Elaine Anne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  2. The federal government originally denied the disability royal commission’s urgent request for a 17 month extension before backflipping on its decision a month later, letters obtained by SBS News reveal.

    Correspondence between the Attorney-General’s office and commission chair Ronald Sackville, released under freedom of information laws, also reveal the government will not provide any additional funding to support the extension of the $527.9 million inquiry.

    An extension until September 2023 was first requested by Mr Sackville in the commission’s interim report, handed down in October last year.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe reports that, in a dramatic intervention in a growing row, a former Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Gerard Brennan has said he is ashamed of the treatment of the family after one of the daughters, Tharnicaa Murugappan, was evacuated to Perth to treat a suspected blood infection.
    Michelle Grattan proposes that the government has another, simpler option to return this Tamil family to Biloela.
    The continued detention of the Tamil Biloela family, let alone the threat to deport them, confirms the government’s fascination with cruelty as policy. To demonstrate their bravery in defending Australia’s borders, Ministers think that to protect comfortable and fortunate Australians, they must show a wanton disregard of the interests of the powerless and vulnerable, writes Professor Stuart Rees.
    Michael Pascoe says that the government treatment of the Biloela family is stepped in blood.
    The SMH editorial simply declares that the Biloela family saga has gone on for too long.
    “If only the Morrison government’s zeal for passing laws to tackle organised crime would extend to legislating to create a strong anti-corruption body” laments Dr Catherine Williams, research director at the Centre for Public Integrity.
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    Michelle Grattan writes about Scott Morrison’s quest to be a Biden ‘bestie’.
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    David Crowe writes that Morrison used the international crime bust to target Labor, but his tactic misfired.
    The Coalition seems to have a tenuous relationship with scrutiny, opines Michelle Pini.,15177
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    Charlotte Grieve reports that residents in Melbourne’s tallest towers are being tormented by creaking noises so loud they are unable to sleep and fear for their safety in a plight made worse by strong winds lashing the city and COVID-19 lockdowns keeping them indoors.
    But Annika Smethurst says that response to COVID is starting to seem disproportionate to the risks.
    The Australian says that all six of the navy’s Collins-class submarines will be completely rebuilt to extend their life for another decade, under an ambitious, high-risk plan to safeguard the nation’s submarine capability in the face of growing Chinese hegemony in the region.
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    Labor members of the powerful joint committee on corporations and financial services are trying to get Julie Bishop to appear at the next public hearing on June 18. It’s about her role as a senior adviser to Greensill Capital and chairperson of their Asia-Pacific operations.
    George Christensen has made two secret submissions to Australia’s privacy watchdog in an attempt to block media access to information about a now concluded police probe into his frequent travels to the Philippines. Perhaps there IS something to hide.
    Fergus Hunter reports that one of the top national figures in the Nomads bikie gang has been charged with drug and firearm supply offences in an arrest stemming from the global police sting involving encrypted platform An0m.
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  4. Michael Pascoe gets this right –

    I’ll repeat a hypothetical I’ve posed before: If they were Katie and Tessa instead of Kopika and Tharnicaa, if they were the blonde and blue-eyed Australian-born children of, say, white former South African farmers who had legally sought refuge here, can you imagine the relevant Coalition ministers would have treated them like this, hounded them, persecuted them, spread falsehoods about them?

    Somehow, I can’t imagine it

    Nailed it!

    This persecution reeks of racism. Its way past time to be blunt and call it what it is.

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  6. Remember the first words of this song?

    “And now the end is near
    And so I face the final curtain”

    Is it a good idea for Scovid to be adopting it as his climate policy?

    I can’t wait for his end, and the end of his rotten goverrnment.

  7. Costs running to hundreds of thousands of dollars must be paid to the friend of the late woman who accused the former attorney general of raping her – a claim he denies

    The former attorney general Christian Porter and his lawyer Sue Chrysanthou have been ordered to pay the substantial court costs of Jo Dyer.

    Christian Porter and his high-profile barrister have been ordered to pay costs running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jo Dyer, a friend of the woman who had accused the former attorney general of raping her three decades ago.

    On Friday justice Tom Thawley made a costs order forcing Porter and his former barrister, Sue Chrysanthou SC, to pay Dyer’s costs in relation to last month’s federal court hearing.

    The four-day hearing was brought by Dyer in her attempt to restrain the star silk from acting for Porter over what she said was a conflict of interest arising out of a meeting between the two women in November last year.

    Dyer was successful, with Thawley ordering Chrysanthou to relinquish the brief after agreeing she had received confidential information which was relevant to the case and could present a “danger of misuse”.

    Three days later Porter sensationally dropped his defamation case against the ABC, declaring victory in the matter despite failing to secure an apology or retraction from the public broadcaster.

    Thawley ordered both Porter and Chrysanthou to pay costs, but did not make a ruling about how or whether those costs would be shared. Chrysanthou had argued she should not be ordered to pay costs as she had maintained a “neutral” position in the case, which was run by lawyer’s acting for Porter.

  8. The military sociologist whose interviews with Australian special forces soldiers helped trigger the long-running inquiry into alleged war crimes has vowed she won’t be “bullied or intimidated”.

    Dr Samantha Crompvoets – who has faced criticism from the defence minister, Peter Dutton, over a planned new book – also said on Friday she believed the response to the Brereton inquiry had “become political” and the trend was “unhelpful”.

    “I am unapologetic about raising issues that I see as significantly jeopardising the reputation and capability of our defence force,” she told a conference hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

    Without naming anyone, she added: “For those who wish to silence me or my work, I won’t be bullied or intimidated. Cultural change needs to happen.”

    Crompvoets is currently seeking approval through government processes for her forthcoming book, titled Blood Lust, Trust & Blame, which is due for release next month.

    The defence minister told 2GB radio last week he had “sought some legal advice” and he did not think Crompvoets’ company would be awarded any more defence contracts.

    No more contracts, potato? That sounds to me like a menace.

  9. A powerful line-up

    The G7 is a group of wealthy, democratic countries. It started life as a G6, Russia was included for a period, making a G8, until it was kicked out for annexing Crimea, and today the leaders of the seven core countries will be in Cornwall. They are:

    Boris Johnson (UK)

    Joe Biden (US)

    Angela Merkel (Germany)

    Emmanuel Macron (France)

    Mario Draghi (Italy)

    Justin Trudeau (Canada)

    Yoshihide Suga (Japan)

    Although it is the G7, the European Union is also a member and it will be represented by two of its three presidents:

    Charles Michel, the president of the European Council (which comprises leaders of EU member states)

    Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission (the organisation that runs the EU full-time).

    And then

    But G7 hosts often decide to invite other leaders to attend and Johnson has invited the leaders of four other major democracies to attend. Last year he added India, Australia and South Korea to the list, in the hope of turning the group into a big, less Eurocentric “D10” group of major democracies. But South Africa was subsequently invited too, ostensibly because of the country’s role in tackling the pandemic, but reportedly also to ensure that Africa is not left out. The four extra leaders are:

    Narendra Modi (India – participating virtually)

    Scott Morrison (Australia)

    Moon Jae-in (South Korea)

    Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa)

    The Little Squeak from Oz will be so out of place.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Kate McClymont paints a pen picture of Morrison’s shady mate, Tim Stewart – and it’s not pretty.
    An American conspiracy theory about a Satanic child sexual abuse ring has gained a foothold in Australia. Tim Stewart is one of the believers, and also a long-time friend of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, writes Richard Cooke.
    A $1.8 billion settlement of the government’s broken robo-debt scheme has re-invigorated calls from Labor and the Greens for a royal commission to hold ministers accountable for the program that a judge on Friday declared a “shameful chapter” in the country’s treatment of the poor. (There’s no way known this unprincipled mob will accede to that request!)
    Peter van Onselen says that Labor is gearing up for another Mediscare election.
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    With predictions of a worsening election climate looming, pundits predict Scott Morrison will call an election this year and base his strategy on John Howard’s 2001 campaign, writes Laura Tingle. Yes, the Tampa election.
    Dennis Atkins reckons the PM may learn a valuable lesson in vaccine politics at the G7.
    David Crowe reports that a political clash on national security could end within days under a Labor offer to pass new federal laws to give police more power to ban aviation workers who fail criminal intelligence checks.
    And right on cue, Nick McKenzie writes that Australian Federal Police have arrested an employee of an Emirates-owned air services company and charged him with drug trafficking and money laundering offences as a result of the Operation Ironside investigation.
    Peter Hartcher looks at the methods used in Operation Ironside and concludes that the onus on scrutineers of state power is now heavier and the political argument in favour of enforcement is stronger.
    The Anglican Church has a serious, dangerous problem with women. Julia Baird writes that a report out this week found that those inside the church are significantly more likely to have experienced abuse than those in the broader population. Julia settles some old scores in this contribution..
    Paul Karp writes that the former high court justice Michael Kirby has warned against the “excessive protection” of religious freedom that could diminish the rights of non-believers and minorities, as a report reveals 70% of Australians say religion is not personally important to them.
    A key government MP says the Tamil family detained on Christmas Island could have a resolution to their plight within two weeks as federal ministers consider a legal brief that could allow the asylum seekers to settle in their former home in Queensland.
    Paul Bongiorno tells us about the human toll of border protection who says why Dutton chose to make an example of this Tamil couple and their two Australian-born daughters is a mystery.
    If you think Australia making an example of a sick three-year-old is an exception, think again. This is what we do, writes a disillusioned Katherine Murphy.
    As her daughter battles sepsis, Priya Murugappan talks to The Saturday Paper about the four-year-old’s dramatic health decline while held in immigration detention. By Rebekah Holt.
    Recently, a Federal Court Judge ordered the immediate release of a young man from immigration detention. The man had been in immigration detention for five years. The Federal Government wasn’t happy. It introduced legislation into the Commonwealth Parliament to make sure that no such release could happen again. The Government’s power to detain non-citizens indefinitely was affirmed and strengthened. That was not a good outcome, writes law professor, Spencer Zifcak.
    Nick O’Malley and Tom Rabe tell us that a leading Australian energy expert has said the NSW government’s move to transition the state’s transport network to renewable energy forms part of a clear indication it is moving towards a broad decarbonisation strategy.
    Some have tried to suggest Scott Morrison has turned away from the fearful “negative globalism” mindset that shaped his foreign policy while Donald Trump was in office. But the Australian prime minister arrives in Britain for this weekend’s G7 meeting very much a man whose first instinct remains to turn inward in a world that is reopening, begins the editorial in The Saturday Paper.
    Deborah Snow writes that history is at stake as two sides face off in the Ben Roberts-Smith case but agree that the judge should “lend weight” to efforts to persuade the federal government to declassify more secret documents and photographs that might prove central to the case.
    A military sociologist who helped expose alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers says she won’t be bullied or intimidated, insisting cultural change is needed within the defence force, reports Anthony Galloway.
    Christian Porter and his defamation barrister have been ordered to pay legal costs, expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, after losing a court fight with a friend of the woman who accused the federal minister Mr Porter of rape. Porter and his legal team have not fared well so far in this saga.
    Ageing societies and shrinking workforces are shaking up the international order and will change the way Australia looks at migration, aged care and the economy, explains Jacob Greber.
    Elizabeth Knight writes about the rollout that’s even worse than the vaccine debacle. She puts scorn on the government’s craven approach to the inevitable introduction of electric vehicles.
    Microbiologists Brendan Crabb and Mike Toole examine the use of lockdowns in Australia.
    Frustrated with the federal government’s beleaguered vaccination plan, the states and territories have stepped in. But experts warn the race to vaccinate the nation is becoming a ‘free-for-all’, writes Mike Seccombe.
    Gerard Henderson tells UK diplomats and others to butt out of giving Australia gratuitous advice.
    Ignore, defend and pretend: Scott Morrison’s G7 climate strategy is embarrassing says Bill Hare.
    The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines to Australian prisons has been delayed despite evidence from around the world that the virus can be a disaster for incarcerated people, explains Denham Sadler.
    Attempting to tame the juveniles in the play pit – or at least their stupidity – is a thankless task writes John Lord.
    The National Archives has raised almost $100,000 in donations in a bid to save its most at-risk records as some of the nation’s pre-eminent historians argue it should never have been forced into a public appeal for funding.
    Gideon Haigh lets fly at this “uncaring” government, saying “We took 40 years to commit to Australian archives and 60 years to nurture them. On present trends, this government will undermine them irrevocably in the next five.”
    More than 140,000 JobSeeker recipients will be up to $457 worse off under a planned job services crackdown, a Senate hearing has heard. Matthew Elmas writes that the Morrison government is trying to save $191.6 million over four years by dumping a grace period that backdates JobSeeker payments to when a claim is first made, instead requiring recipients to finish a job plan first.
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  11. There is a precedent for making an exception to Australia’s harsh “if you come by boat you will never settle in Australia” rule – and it was set by Dutton!!!!

    In 2019 I reported that Peter Dutton had MADE AN EXCEPTION to Australia's policy of "never ever" resettling asylum seekers arriving by boat— Paul Karp (@Paul_Karp) June 11, 2021</a

  12. BK’s links- “The AIMN explains why no one can believe Anne Ruston and the LNP when it comes to the Cashless Debit Card.”

    Cracking good article that clearly explains the government’s lies and deals to retain this vile card, and the gullibility of Centre Alliance (and on this issue at least, Zali Steggall) who proved once again that they are Liberals in all but name.

    For updates on this card and good coverage of the problems cardholders face –
    Facebook – (Also on Twitter.)

    Twitter –
    Search for and follow Say No 7.

    Too many people do not even know this card exists because it is not inflicted on all states – as yet. Too many dumb people believe everyone on it is a druggie or an alcoholic, or both because the trashy part of the media reinforce this lie. This is not true – single mums, people with disabilities, students, the unemployed, carers and even some people of age pension age are forced onto this card because they receive (or once received) a trigger payment. Even people who once, years ago, lived in a trial site are now finding they have been put onto this card, despite not having lived in a trial site for years.

    Spread the word, especially about the likelihood of age pensioners ending up on this card should this rotten government be returned.

    Anne Ruston denies this is the agenda, but can you believe anything she says? She is a proven (many times) liar.

  13. Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman calls for Biloela family to be allowed to stay in Australia

    While it is good to see a member of the government urging common sense and compassion I really do wish Mr Zimmerman had managed to get his facts right before making a video.

    This “problem” was of the ATM government’s own making. Much of their sad story rests with Scovid and Dutton, not with Labor, although members of this vile government really love trotting out lines that originated with Labor, like “stopping people drowning at sea” and “if you arrived by boat you will never be allowed to settle here”.

    Nades arrived in 2012, Priya in 2013. Labor DID NOT first put this family into detention, nor have they been in detention since they arrived. They were given temporary protection visas and both moved to Biloela because the meatworks there employed Tamil asylum seekers.

    The couple met in Biloela and were married.

    Here are the facts, not the lies members of this government like to tell.

  14. SYDNEY — This weekend, a young girl born in Australia will spend her fourth birthday without freedom, watched over by immigration guards.

    The country’s government is trying to deport her to Sri Lanka, where she has never lived, and where Tamil minorities remain at risk of abuses nearly 12 years after a civil war ended, according to the United Nations.

    For the past couple of years, 3-year-old Tharnicaa, her 6-year-old sister, Kopika, and their parents, Priya and Nades Murugappan, have been the only residents held in Australian immigration detention on Christmas Island, a remote outpost in the Indian Ocean, while lawyers fight the deportation proceedings.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson expands on his contention that the Morrison government favours spin over substance. And he gives the media a serve for the part they play.
    Victoria Rollison explains why journalists need to be watchdogs in the marketplace of ideas.
    Bevan Shields tells us that Scott Morrison has met US President Joe Biden for the first time – but the encounter was not one-on-one as planned, and journalists were not permitted to cover the exchange. Gotta laugh!
    Australia cannot continue to stand apart from other wealthy countries, free riding on their emission reduction efforts. Sooner rather than later, we will need to set commensurate targets under the Paris Agreement and implement policies to achieve them, explain Frank Muller and Hugh Saddler.
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    Mike Scrafton writes about behaviour, the pandemic, and climate change.
    The writing is on the wall for plastic cups, plates and heavyweight plastic shopping bags, with NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean saying the government plans to phase out all single-use plastics by 2025 to stop 2.7 billion items from becoming rubbish.
    Increasingly, Australians are wondering when they will see the perks that ought to come with vaccination, such as freedom of movement around Australia without fear of being caught by border closures or lockdowns. I suspect we won’t get near that stage until a very substantial majority of us are fully vaccinated.
    And it seems many state premiers agree.
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    Daniel Hurst writes that Labor has signalled its determination to take on the Coalition over its perceived electoral strengths of defence and national security, blasting the Morrison government for a “yawning gap” between its talk and action on big military projects.
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    Ben Schneiders writes that two of Australia’s top mental health advocates and researchers have described Scientology’s anti-psychiatry campaigning as dangerous and harmful to the community and said the church should be stripped of its tax-free status.
    The Victorian Liberal Party continues its vendetta against Premier Dan Andrews, this time questioning his recent spinal injury, writes John Wren.,15184
    Peter FitzSimons declares that there is only one bit of good news in the sorry story of a little girl let down on Australia’s watch.
    Jacqui Maley looks into exclusive men’s clubs.
    Big Brother is still watching you and he goes by the name Facebook, explains John Naughton.
    Matthew Knott says the Democrats have a Kamala Harris problem.

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    • Wouldn’t you love to be a witness to what was actually said!

      I wonder how Biden and even Johnson could bear to be in the same room as Scovid let alone speak to him.

  16. Some random thoughts on the meeting between Scovid, Biden and BoJo –

    • 😆 What were those lonely microphones on the tarmac for ? To address the hordes of journos flocking to Scotty’s arrival ?

  17. leonetwo
    The conversation would have been a barrel of condescension and humoring the ‘little boy’ interspersed with Joe and BoJo rolling their eyes at each other as Scotty performed.

    • There is a certain amount of curiosity in what the CIA and MI6 provided to their respective President/PM about Scovid in their profile briefings … especially considering the “recent revelations” about our PM and Qanon?!

      There are times when I feel my cynicism about our current PM and his cronies may be a little excessive. And then red carpets get rolled out and children and refugees are treated as ‘less than human’ #le_sigh

    • No cynicism about Scovid is ever too much.

      I hope those briefings included his extreme gullibility. The media never mention that, but he must be incredibly gullible to not only believe all the crap he is taught at his cult but also to accept the QAnon ravings that come from his close friend, even allowing the contents of hos speech on child abuse to contain a QAnon phrase “ritual child abuse” an idea planted in his empty head by Tim “Burn Notice” Stewart.

      Anyone who believes either of those things is an idiot, so what does that make someone who believes both?

  18. I have to point out something here – no reporters were allowed into the Biden/Scovid/BoJo meeting so all the breathless media reports about what was allegedly said are based only on what Scovid told the media later in a post-meeting doorstop and on an official statement issued jointly by the three participants.

    (Biden inviting BoJo was a clear indication that he did not, under any circumstances, want to be alone with Scovid and so invited a third party as, probably, a witness. Scovid’s constant lying must have been mentioned in Biden’s briefings)

    Despite the known fact that Scovid lies every time he speaks the media – ALL of it – repeat his fantasies about that meeting as if they were the truth.

    We have NFI what was said, neither do all the journalists writing crap about it. All we have is a PR statement carefully worded to make it seem the three leaders got along well and had a useful chat.

    The eye-rolling every time Scovid said something must have been stupendous. What a shame there are no photos.

  19. A special award has to go to the ABC for the most daft and most misleading headline ever.

    And yes, it really was the actual headline.

    All Canberra suburbs to contain new cats from July 1, 2022

    Why not just say “New rules for Canberra cats”?

    • Because some politicians would object because they might think it reference them? And they like the rules they already have …

  20. Bloody hell!

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A further debasement of the Australian Honours system as Peta Credlin gets a gong.

    According to David Crowe the fate of a Tamil family detained on Christmas Island will be decided within days as the federal government faces growing calls to release the four asylum seekers after one of them was evacuated for treatment in a Perth hospital.
    Sean Kelly explains how a photograph of Biloela sisters shows power of an image over words.
    Alan Kohler asks, “Tell me, Mr Morrison, whatever happened to that ‘compassionate conservatism’?”
    And Josh Butler writes that Coalition MPs are ‘complicit’ in the Biloela detention, as Tharnicaa spends her fourth birthday in detention.
    Bruce Haigh laments that a family from Biloela holds a mirror to unconscionable Government behaviour.
    Amanda Vanstone has other ideas on the matter.
    The AFR reports that Morrison has challenged the leaders of the world’s largest market economies to deliver reductions in carbon emissions rather than simply set targets, as G7 leaders prepare to formally align their net-zero goals.
    Daniel Hurst reveals that the Australian army is investigating allegations of bullying and harassment of officer cadets at the Sydney University regiment.
    The presumption that tAhe federal government will act fairly can be traced to the Crown, but the federal government is now undermining it, writes constitutional lawyer, Tom Spencer.
    This anonymised contributor, from her own experiences, writes that the Anglican church must rethink its doctrine that has left a trail of devastated lives.
    “Why are we allowing vaccination centres to sit empty when so many young people are keen to get the jab but are being turned away?”, asks Professor Luke Beck.
    In yet another tilt at economists, Ross Gittins says they are slowly revealing the weaknesses of their ‘rational’ theories.
    Health experts Leena Gupta and Teresa Anderson tell us about greater risks than airborne transmission when it comes to quarantine.
    Bianca Hall reports that Victoria’s Minister for Women has raised concerns a new federally funded trial designed to give women more information about their reproductive choices could create unnecessary barriers to them gaining emergency contraception.
    Lucy Carroll writes that people with intellectual disability in NSW are up to eight times as likely to be sent to hospital with conditions that could be managed in primary care compared with the general population.
    Forget Charles — an Australian republic hinges on the model we adopt, not the monarch argues history lecturer Benjamin T Jones.
    The delicate post-Brexit act of protecting the Good Friday Agreement usually centres on history, nationalism, religion and geography, but the latest spat is centred on sausages, explain Michel Rose and Michael Holden.
    Israel’s new patchwork coalition doesn’t hold much promise for Palestinians, who are fighting for self-determination, writes Dr Ibrahim Natil.,15173

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Matt Golding

    Glen Le Lievre

    David Rowe

    Mark Knight

    John Spooner

    Jim Pavlidis

    Nothing of note from the US today.

  22. The media fluffers (a very impolite term but exactly what they are for Scovid) are trying desperately to talk up his performance at the G7, creating rubbish about his alleged influence.

    How many times do I have to say this – he is an invited guest, simply an observer, he has no influence on what is said or adopted, no official duties, no speeches to make.

    All we know about what he may have done or said ON THE SIDELINES comes from his own PR team and his own pressers. As he is a proven liar most – probably all – of what gets reported is fantasy, yet the Australian media continue to churn out puff pieces about about these fantasies.

  23. When satire comes close to the truth – comment on Credlin’s Queen’s Birthday award from Situation Theatre.

    90% Of Respected Public Figures Would Now Rather Win Local Meat Raffle Than Order Of Australia

    The snap poll was conducted after news broke that Australia’s third most offensive broadcaster, Peta Credlin, had been awarded Australia’s second highest honour.

    A representative sample of 1000 Australian icons has found that 90% would rather be awarded 2kg of chuck steak than in any way be associated with Peta Credlin.

    Credlin has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service of a high degree “to Australia or to humanity at large”, such as falsely blaming Melbourne’s South Sudanese community for spreading Covid-19, falsely accusing Kevin Rudd of running a “data harvesting exercise”, and falsely describing Victoria as a “failed state”.

    Perhaps it is fitting that The Council of the Order of Australia has now falsely attributed Credlin with humanity

    Plus a bonus from the same site on Scovid’s performance at the G7, again more truth than satire.

    G7 Leaders Unsure Who Invited The Smug, Racist, Coal-Hugging Rugby Dad
    “He went on about something called the “Sharkies” for 30 minutes. C’mon man!!!”. President Biden said.

    The awkward and insufferable coach of his daughter’s netball team, who reckons he knows the game inside-out having never played, Scott Morrison, has somehow spent the weekend discussing global politics with G7 leaders.

    Morrison was set to meet one on one with the U.S. President to advise him on being tough on China based on that time he was firm on the phone when ordering Chinese takeaway for Jenny and the kids.

    Mr Biden told aides that sounded like a fate worse than death so aborted it in favour of a three-way meeting with Boris Johnson, which seems like adding insult to injury

    • He says.

      Why can’t we see reports of what the G7 leaders actually said? Why do we have to seek out overseas reports to get the real picture?

      No mention of Scovid in this report –
      G7 summit: What have the wealthy democracies agreed on?
      In a joint communique, the G7 pledges to address vaccine inequity, climate change and global taxes.

      Not in this report on the final communique either –
      G7: World leaders promise one billion Covid vaccine doses for poorer nations

      Nor in this one –
      G7 News: Summit Ends With Agreement on Global Minimum Tax and Common Threats

      Is it possible that the Australian media are lying to us?

      Does a koala eat gum leaves?

      I think you will find both answers are the same.

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