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. My question is not relevant to the issue raised by the the title of this post, I finish my reading of all comments here on several others, however, with an awful sense of foreboding, Why is that, I wonder.

  2. Michael West –

    Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  3. How far right has the UK Labour party drifted ? Further than you think judging by this from the shadow minister for social security’s choice of quote sources !!

  4. OH and I had bad colds last week so she decided on Sunday that we should have Covid-19 tests. We queued for about 90 minutes and were done by about 14:45.

    We both had SMSs timed 3:34 and 13:13 the next day (both negative). That’s service for you.

    • What was the ‘upnosing’ like ? Some has said awful some people say meh. Living in covid free, rain for past 17 days Perth I’ve nae had call for a test.

    • Ducky n Kaffeeklatscher,

      We live opposite Trinity Grammar Kew. The paths around our house are infested with TGS staff and students.

      I don’t know whether I was prescient, but approx 3 weeks ago, any time I was out walking, I’ve been leaping into the bike lanes every time I’ve seen a Trinity student/person approaching.

  5. Skitterbrook –

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (SKIT-uhr-brook)

    MEANING:
    noun: A coward.

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Dutch schijtebroek (literally, shits his pants), from schijten (to shit) + broek (pants). Earliest documented use: 1652.

    USAGE:
    “The royal skitterbrook’s advice to the remnants of his army, still holding out in castles and towns along the borders, was terse and characteristic: ‘Let each man look to himself. Expect no help from me.’”
    Thomas B. Costain; The Conquerors; Doubleday; 1949

    http://www.wordsmith.org/words/skitterbrook.html

    • leone – You beat me to that definition of ‘skitterbrook’ just now – but I rather like my own choice of many delicious versions available on line ………… Skitterbrook – From Dutch schijtebroek (literally, shits his pants), from schijten (to shit) + broek (pants). Earliest documented use: 1652 – Then perhaps as punishment for being such a dirty boy he could be made to wear them on his head – and we would have historical justification for that more modern description of him, now in common use! Sorry, I don’t think even ‘shithead’ quite hits the mark. Perhaps it would be easier to somehow trick him into the stocks and share a national historical, hysterical? chorus of joy while throwing sh,,,sh…you know what I mean….. at him! Do you think my mother would approve? I only used a bad word once a few times back there, and they were real words from the OED, no swearing, very acceptable to Pentecostals, so some of them might read this. Sorry my train of thought is running off the rails….Scomo does that to my head…..

      just there!

    • patriciawa –
      I love your idea on shithead and suitable punishment.

      If your mother had to put up with Scovid I’m sure she would be using bad words along with the rest of us.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Governance experts fear Australia is sliding down the “slippery slope” of corruption, calling on the federal government to overhaul its planned integrity commission in the wake of an auditor-general report into a program funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Coalition-held seats.
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    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/21/liberal-party-donors-revenue-from-uncontested-contracts-for-offshore-processing-rises-to-15bn
    Conservative Australia is approaching a moment of truth. The pressure on the Morrison government to pledge net-zero carbon emissions at 2050 cannot be delayed or averted and the speed of global politics now makes this goal mainstream, not radical, writes Paul Kelly. Well fancy that!
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/finance-power-will-drive-pm-to-net-zero/news-story/84d1a1e999865dc3570ef0821c3ba626
    Scott Morrison’s attempt to nudge his government in the direction of a net zero commitment by 2050 is expected to face resistance at this weekend’s annual convention of the Liberal National party in Brisbane, says Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/21/resistance-in-the-ranks-any-nudge-by-morrison-towards-net-zero-by-2050-will-be-a-tough-sell-to-lnp
    “Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?”, wonder these contributors to The Conversation. This is quite a good read and it touches on more that the rollout.
    https://theconversation.com/is-the-covid-vaccine-rollout-the-greatest-public-policy-failure-in-recent-australian-history-164396
    The number of mystery cases in NSW has ballooned to levels not seen since the peak of the state’s March 2020 lockdown, with figures showing almost one in 10 COVID-19 cases has been transmitted at work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/that-s-where-the-risk-is-one-in-ten-infected-people-caught-covid-at-work-20210720-p58bd7.html
    A narrow majority of the community wants political leaders to phase out the use of lockdowns and border controls as more people are vaccinated, amid a sharp fall in the number who are reluctant to get a jab, writes David Crowe about a new survey.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/narrow-majority-of-voters-wants-lockdowns-phased-out-as-vaccination-rate-grows-20210720-p58bbs.html
    Three weeks after it outlined its much-publicised road map for living with COVID-19, Singapore is returning to a partial lockdown for a month.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/now-is-not-the-time-to-risk-it-all-singapore-returns-to-lockdown-20210720-p58bfn.html
    More from Crowe on the survey where Barnaby Joyce was really on the nose with a 29% net unpopularity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/voters-mark-down-morrison-joyce-s-popularity-extraordinarily-low-20210719-p58b3c.html
    Matt Wade lays out how the lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne could send the whole economy into reverse.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-chart-that-shows-why-lockdowns-in-sydney-and-melbourne-could-send-the-whole-economy-into-reverse-20210720-p58b9j.html
    The Australian reports that technical failures with the government’s MyGov platform have left people unable to access urgently needed financial relief via the website, causing long queues outside Centrelink offices yesterday.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/centrelink-glitch-strands-thousands-without-covid19-funds/news-story/48ddce89642c23a44f37242fcf813a6f
    The SMH editorial says that mental health is becoming our biggest lockdown concern.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/mental-health-is-becoming-our-biggest-lockdown-concern-20210720-p58bbx.html
    Despite this being the most scientific of all ages, capable of producing highly effective vaccines a year after the SARS-COV-2 virus was identified ( Russian scientists actually achieved this in six months), poor leadership, ignorance, stubbornness and irresponsible media, (broadcast and social), are making this pandemic much worse than it needs to be, explains Professor John Dwyer.
    https://johnmenadue.com/john-dwyer-poor-leadershipirresponsible-media-and-a-clever-virus/
    Our lives are changing profoundly, but we can’t succumb to cynicism and hopelessness, urges Lenore Taylor.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/20/our-lives-are-changing-profoundly-but-we-cant-succumb-to-cynicism-and-hopelessness
    Workers who have endured the slowest wage growth on record will never make up for the hit to their weekly pay packets caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Reserve Bank warning inertia could hold back incomes for years, reports Shane Wright.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/pandemic-will-deliver-pay-packet-pain-for-years-rba-20210720-p58bc5.html
    NSW’s hospitality and entertainment sectors are pleading for certainty about when they can reopen after Premier Gladys Berejiklian assured the construction industry that it would reopen on July 31.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/hospitality-entertainment-want-their-own-certainty-after-premier-s-reopening-assurance-to-construction-sector-20210720-p58bef.html
    Michael Pascoe goes to town on the construction industry scoring political mates’ rates. He says that for a tough industry, there seem to be plenty of cry-babies in this industry that is suffering a relative hiccup in the middle of an absolute boom.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/07/21/michael-pascoe-construction/
    Peter Lewis writes that with NSW’s pandemic strategy in tatters, Australians are piling on the state they love to hate.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/20/with-nsws-pandemic-strategy-in-tatters-australians-are-piling-on-the-state-they-love-to-hate
    Liam Mannix explains the irrationality of assessing and acting on risk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/worried-about-astrazeneca-me-too-the-way-we-think-about-risk-might-be-the-problem-20210720-p58beh.html
    Ross Gittins believes that getting electric cars on the road in Australia could be easier than we think.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/getting-electric-cars-on-the-road-in-australia-could-be-easier-than-you-think-20210720-p58bac.html
    Jack Waterford makes a case to re-imagine Anzac Day and phase out ADF and RSL’s ownership.
    https://johnmenadue.com/lets-re-imagine-anzac-day-and-phase-out-adf-and-rsls-ownership/
    Michaela Whitbourn tells us that Christian Porter and one of his lawyers look like they will have to cough up a cool $500000 to Jo Dyer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/christian-porter-and-barrister-facing-550-000-costs-bill-court-hears-20210720-p58b91.html
    Hayden O’Connor writes about Josh Frydenberg destroying his ‘nice guy’ image.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/josh-frydenberg-destroys-his-nice-guy-image,15312
    If Crown loses its Victoria licence, the hit for James Packer would be enormous. Most of his wealth is tied up in his 37 per cent stake in Crown and his lifestyle is funded from the hundreds of millions of dollars it generates, explains Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/packer-s-wealth-on-a-knife-edge-as-crown-becomes-biggest-gamble-on-asx-20210720-p58be4.html
    And Karen Maley tells us how James Packer killed his golden-egg laying goose.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/games-and-wagering/how-james-packer-killed-his-golden-egg-laying-goose-20210720-p58b9s
    Peter Martin opines that, when COVID is behind us, Australians are going to have to pay more tax.
    https://theconversation.com/when-covid-is-behind-us-australians-are-going-to-have-to-pay-more-tax-164707
    Stephen Alones reckons Tokyo’s Olympic Games could turn into a global horror story.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tokyo-s-olympic-games-could-turn-into-a-global-horror-story-20210719-p58b3y.html
    Police have arrested a former member of the Defence Force and seized chemicals that could be used to manufacture explosives during a major operation in Picton, south of Sydney. Investigators are looking into whether Michael Brown, 54, who allegedly has extensive training with bombs from his military experience, is a “doomsday prepper” or was preparing for an act of terrorism using the chemicals he had collected.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/terror-concerns-after-police-raids-uncover-potential-bomb-making-materials-20210720-p58bca.html
    The damage to coral reefs from bleaching during marine heatwaves is similar to that wrought on forests during bushfires – animal habitat is destroyed and the diversity of wildlife so highly prized in these ecosystems is lost, explains Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-coral-bleaching-is-like-a-bushfire-20210720-p58b9i.html
    Meanwhile, Australia’s global lobbying offensive to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the world heritage “in danger” list has secured support from at least nine of the 21-member committee that will make the decision, according to a diplomatic email seen by Guardian Australia.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/coalition-believes-it-has-numbers-to-stop-great-barrier-reef-being-listed-as-in-danger
    One of Australia’s most prominent conservationists and official “Beach Ambassador” for Tourism Australia, Brad Farmer, is urging the Morrison Government to do more in protecting our coastal resources.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/call-to-morrison-government-for-coastal-and-marine-commission,15310
    “It’s our waste, it’s our problem”, said Scott Morrison as he announced the nation’s waste export ban culminating in 2024. Not really. It’s a good thing Australia has banned solid waste dumping to the Third World but we have left a gaping, toxic loophole; burning plastics for energy. Luke Stacey investigates.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/toxic-waste-rebranded-australia-bans-third-world-dumping-leaves-giant-toxic-loophole/
    The global rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic is set to drive greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change to all-time highs, a Paris-based International Energy Agency says.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/science/environment/2021/07/20/covid-recovery-emissions-soaring-iea/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    Professor Martin Loosemore says that the problem with employment services is that the providers profit more than job seekers. Another triumph of outsourcing!
    https://theconversation.com/the-problem-with-employment-services-providers-profit-more-than-job-seekers-162421
    Excess deaths in India during the pandemic could be a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, likely making it modern India’s worst human tragedy, according to new research.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/indias-pandemic-death-toll-could-be-in-the-millions-20210721-p58bh1.html
    Multiple “Arsehole of the Week” nominee Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California to face sexual assault charges.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/harvey-weinstein-extradited-to-california-to-face-sexual-assault-charges-20210721-p58bh5.html

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  7. Gladys is now into Trumpian lies.

    Interesting, Gladys Berejiklian has stopped comparing the NSW response to other states in Australia (remember “the gold standard”?) and has started comparing responses to other, much harder hit countries around the world. Not a brilliant sign.

    “We have done well to stem the growth that other countries around the world have seen with the Delta strain.

    We’ve stopped the thousands and thousands of cases around the world that other countries have had.

    Our vaccination rates are so low and yet we’ve done really well in stemming the growth of the virus. What we need to do now is quash it, because with the vaccination rates the way they are we won’t be able to live freely and safely unless we’re able to quash this current outbreak”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/jul/21/australia-covid-live-sydney-gladys-berejiklian-lockdown-victoria-south-australia

    She also claims there are more cases today because testing is high, She has gone full-on Trump.

    Berejiklian:

    “I thank the nearly 84,000 people who came forward for testing in the last 24 hours. That is the highest number New South Wales has ever had in a single day.

    As a result of this record testing, we did have 110 cases to 8pm yesterday.

    That is a high number but a number which reflects the high amount of testing that we had.

    What is concerning, however, is that 43 people in that, in that number of cases, were infectious in the community”

  8. Brad Hazzard blames GPs for the slow vaccine rollout.

    FFS!

    And AstraZeneca is principally being delivered through GPs and there are not enough GPs to actually give the AstraZeneca.

    So the net result is we’re encouraging the Federal Government to get the GPs

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/jul/21/australia-covid-live-sydney-gladys-berejiklian-lockdown-victoria-south-australia

    It might be better to encourage the Feds to actually find more vaccines ASAP.

  9. Scovid has surfaced for a presser. He was half an hour late. Why? He does these things from The Lodge now, so there is no excuse for keeping the media standing around in freezing weather while he dilly-dallies.

    Was he afraid someone might dare ask a question?

    And – what if media persons are not yet eligible for vaccine?

    Apparently the blame is now being shoved on ATAGI.

  10. I can’t wait to hear Scotty regale us with tales of how he single handedly won us the ‘Lympics’

  11. Perfectly expressed. The Tories are keen on ‘volunteering’ others to do the paying.
    .

    “Living with the pandemic” is allowing other people to die from it for you.

  12. PS. A god read

    It was hard to keep up.

    A reporter asked Scott Morrison on Wednesday whether he would consider urging the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (Atagi) to change its latest medical advice on AstraZeneca, opening the inoculation up to people aged 59 and under “given more than half of the population is in lockdown and the situation in Sydney is getting worse”.

    Morrison wanted people to know he was on it. “This a constant appeal, I can assure you,” he said. “It’s a constant appeal.”

    As well as constantly appealing to Atagi (which translated a little later in the press conference to “relaying sentiments” to Prof Allen Cheng and “appropriate conversations that are had with the head of Atagi … done through the secretary of health and the chief medical officer”), the prime minister thought the states needed to crack on with getting jabs in arms.

    (For context, the states battling the current outbreaks are screaming for more Pfizer jabs. The Berejiklian government had made another public plea for more Pfizer earlier on Wednesday.)

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/21/morrison-offers-micro-aggression-and-deflection-when-all-we-want-is-an-apology-and-a-solution

    PPS

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe looks at Morrison’s rather pugnacious presser held yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-regrets-not-a-race-remark-promises-to-make-up-lost-ground-20210721-p58bq3.html
    The ‘it’s not a race’ vaccine mantra has been discarded, but the prime minister is still running around in circles trying to evade responsibility, says Katherine Murphy in a scathing assessment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/21/morrison-offers-micro-aggression-and-deflection-when-all-we-want-is-an-apology-and-a-solution
    Scott Morrison needs to rehabilitate AstraZeneca to boost the vaccine rollout. After weeks of frustration, Morrison broke the thin facade of unity on Wednesday. With the Delta variant running amok, he put the medical experts under public pressure to rethink their advice on AstraZeneca, writes Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/scott-morrison-jabs-the-experts-into-rethinking-astrazeneca-vaccine/news-story/cf8c9e147668f9c178b135b410d267d7
    With growing criticism toward his poor leadership of our country, particularly through the pandemic, Scott Morrison’s popularity is slipping, writes Emma Dawson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/polls-show-morrisons-spin-wearing-thin,15316
    Just as it can’t speed up vaccine delivery, the federal government can’t slow the global timetable for joining the commitment to zero net emissions by 2050, opines Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/virus-climate-change-pose-tricky-timetables-20210721-p58br5
    David Crowe and Shane Wright report that a former supreme court judge has labelled the federal government’s $660 million car park fund “corruption” amid warnings that ministers may have breached laws that required them to spend taxpayer funds in an efficient and ethical way.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/former-judge-labels-660-million-car-park-fund-corruption-20210721-p58bo3.html
    Locked down and out-of-work Australians struggling to access Covid disaster payments are waiting hours on the phone for assistance, and even longer in some branch queues, with Centrelink staff worried in-person identification checks risk spreading the virus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/22/totally-unacceptable-locked-down-australians-struggling-to-access-covid-payments
    Peter Brent says, “Morrison’s 2019 “miracle” can never be taken from him, and Covid still gives him purpose, but he’s not the prime minister he was two years ago. The lackadaisical attitude to the vaccination rollout, which was actually shared by others for a time, has truly come back to damage the country and the government.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7351201/political-authority-is-a-precious-commodity-use-it-or-lose-it/?cs=14246
    Berejiklian’s patchy lockdown performance has not translated into loss of votes according to a poll described by Aleandra Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/voters-question-speed-of-lockdown-but-berejiklian-still-popular-20210721-p58bri.html
    Alexandra Smith writes, “If Sydney has any hope of leaving lockdown – even in some form – next Friday, that zero goal is surely now overly ambitious. Instead, it seems the government has accepted that with deplorably low vaccination rates, Delta is getting the better of it.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-thing-about-your-polls-being-in-rude-health-premier-20210721-p58bo2.html
    We’re paying companies millions to roll out COVID vaccines. But we’re not getting enough bang for our buck, explains Kesley Russell.
    https://theconversation.com/were-paying-companies-millions-to-roll-out-covid-vaccines-but-were-not-getting-enough-bang-for-our-buck-164550
    The SMH tells us that NSW is struggling to keep up with vaccination demand in south-west Sydney due to insufficient Pfizer doses and a reluctance of older residents to take AstraZeneca.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/struggle-to-meet-vaccination-demand-in-sydney-s-hotspots-as-older-residents-shun-astrazeneca-20210721-p58bq4.html
    Paul Sakkal writes about Liberal leader Michael O’Brien saying stricter border controls could have prevented Victoria’s fifth lockdown and has called for quicker closures, in a departure from the Opposition’s frequent warnings against disproportionate public health measures. O’Brien is useless!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/delay-on-border-closure-exposed-victoria-to-more-risk-victorian-liberals-20210721-p58bpk.html
    The Age’s editorial examines the closing statement of counsel assisting the royal commission into Crown and wonders how that organisation, being too big to fail, can be repaired.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/too-big-to-fail-how-do-we-solve-a-problem-like-crown-20210721-p58biv.html
    Buckle up! Peta Credlin writes, “The official orthodoxy, that high immigration boosts growth without depressing wages, looks like being exposed as bunkum.”
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/we-need-to-talk-about-immigration-policy/news-story/e69964385d02c171c6ba9586ee27cee8
    Right wing darling Nicole Flint is upset, saying that Annabel Crabb’s ABC show Ms Represented blatantly misrepresents conservatives.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/annabel-crabbs-abc-show-blatantly-misrepresents-conservatives/news-story/e4c2ee4bb5b0211b77e097afec00e154
    Restoring our lives to normality after Covid is not the solution, it’s the problem, argues Jeff Sparrow who says that while Australians have been preoccupied by coronavirus, a wider environmental calamity has unfurled over the planet, manifesting in various ways in different nations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/21/restoring-our-lives-to-normality-after-covid-is-not-the-solution-its-the-problem
    Professor of International Trade, Gary Sampson, argues that it is time to reform the global trade rules for agriculture. He says that without it, the consequences for Australian farmers will be dreadful.
    https://johnmenadue.com/reforming-global-trade-rules-for-agriculture-the-time-has-come/
    Barrister, and Labor MLC Adam Searle writes that Monday’s guilty verdict by the Supreme Court in the long-running corruption case against former NSW ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald shows that the state continues to need a strong, well-resourced and independent anti-corruption body. Sadly, he says, this is not a universally held view.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/consider-the-obeid-result-before-meddling-with-the-icac-20210721-p58bl6.html
    Naaman Zhou reports that a private boys’ school in Perth that charges up to $27,000 a year in fees received more than $7m in jobkeeper subsidies in 2020 while declaring an operating surplus of more than $8m. The Hale School in Perth counts cabinet minister Christian Porter and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith as alumni.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/22/hale-private-boys-school-in-perth-received-more-than-7m-in-jobkeeper
    The AFR tells us that BHP’s Australian oil and gas assets are ripe for divestment and shareholders say they would support a more aggressive exit plan from the petroleum industry
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/investors-would-cheer-bhp-oil-selldown-20210721-p58bny
    There is widespread political acknowledgement overseas that climate change is a serious issue that needs immediate attention. Meanwhile in Australia, pollies twist themselves into back-breaking knots to muddy the link between climate change and deadly extreme weather, laments Will Steffen representing the Climate Council.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-lags-as-floods-fires-prompt-world-leaders-into-action-20210720-p58b90.html
    Westpac, one of the nation’s most corrupt major companies, has been aggressively recruiting prosecutors, lawyers and investigators from among the corporate regulator’s top brass, raising concerns the practice could further strangle its effectiveness, posits Anthny Klan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/exclusive-westpac-recruiting-key-asic-legal-figures,15318
    Jeffrey Sachs writes about the “idiocracy“ of America and how it is perilously close to becoming a failed state.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-idiocracy-of-america/
    Alan Kohler reckons China was whacked with a wet lettuce over its cyber crimes.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/07/22/microsoft-exchange-china-alan-kohler/
    Craig Thomson is back in the headlines again, this time for alleged fraud against the federal government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/former-federal-mp-craig-thomson-embroiled-in-new-fraud-investigation-20210721-p58bod.html
    Soon after withdrawing its troops, Australia is contemplating sending diplomatic and intelligence officers back to Afghanistan. China’s keen interest in the region may be the key to understanding this.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-return-to-afghanistan-as-fast-as-we-left-perhaps-because-china-is-filling-the-void-20210721-p58boz.html

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  14. A story to go with this Dawn Patrol cartoon


    US doctor reveals what she tells unvaccinated Covid patients

    As the US grapples with the surging Delta variant, a doctor has told of her heartwrenching deathbed conversations with unvaccinated patients.

    …………According to Alabama’s Department of Public Health, 94 per cent of the people hospitalised with covid there since April and 96 per cent of those who’ve died have been unvaccinated.

    “I’m admitting young, healthy people to the hospital with very serious covid infections,” Dr Cobia wrote in a heartwrenching Facebook post this week.

    “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.

    “A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honour their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.

    “They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin colour they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’.
    https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/us-doctor-reveals-what-she-tells-unvaccinated-covid-patients/news-story/d29fc8c4d526999d4c341e86ccf7a97c

    • What a vile bully!

      I really don’t think Annastacia will be premier of anything in 2032 and I also think that bully Coates (now aged 71) will either be dead or confined to a nursing home. All that hair dye is obviously affecting what little brain he has.

      I also wonder if the world will have had the sense to ditch the Olympics by then.

      It might be a good idea for the media to remind us of just how much money and gifts of expensive jewellery Coates has received/demanded because of his position.

  15. 2gravel at 8:45 AM
    Louis XVI level arrogance and sense of entitlement of the Olympic ‘aristocracy’ has long been noted. I don’t think it matters too much to them whether you are a man or a woman when it comes to behaving like that.

    • Good point Kaffee, I was just so outraged to see and hear it. I tell you what, if anyone talked to me like that, all 4’10” of me would pulverise them.

  16. “We’re paying companies millions to roll out COVID vaccines. But we’re not getting enough bang for our buck, explains Kesley Russell.”

    Most interesting article. Contractors being paid to oversee other contractors and despite the millions handed over no-one is doing the work.

    This is what happens when a government, for purely ideological reasons, guts the Public Service then outsources that work to private companies run by Liberal Party doors. It’s mothing more than legalised trough-snouting for mates.

  17. I know why this rule exists – dirty old men who like to perve on women control this sport.

    Fair’s fair – if the women have to wear bikini bottoms and skimpy bra tops then the men can be forced to wear the same. I guarantee such a rule would not last beyond one game.

  18. Could the media (ALL of them) and politicians including Rudd please stop referring to Brisbane “winning” the 2032 Olympic Games and carrying on as if it was some sort of fabulous achievement.

    Brisbane only “won” those games because no other city put in a bid – the others were all too smart to pump billions into staging a glorified sports carnival for professional athletes, drug users, sex fiends and their hangers-on.

    Brisbane didn’t win anything except years of debt. It was awarded the games by default – if the city had not put in a bid the games would probably have died for want of a venue. That, to me, would have been the biggest win possible..

  19. Services Australia general manager Hank Jongen says queues at Centrelink are not as bad as they look because social distancing makes the queues look longer.

    That is on a par with GladBag’s “we have more cases because we are testing more people” claim yesterday.

    Jongen acknowledged there had been pressure at branches but he downplayed the queues. He suggested they were more visible due to Covid distancing and capacity requirements that limited how many staff and customers could be inside at once

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/22/totally-unacceptable-locked-down-australians-struggling-to-access-covid-payments

  20. Covid is lapping around my preferred supermarkets

    Early on the decision was made to restrict shopping to small supermarket with lower feeder population. A week ago a covid case shopped there. Next my local market became an exposure site, now the larger supermarkets

    Almost frightened to check the exposure sites

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Hewson argues that Scott Morrison is fast losing control of the narrative.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7351832/scott-morrison-is-fast-losing-control-of-the-narrative-hewsons-view/?cs=14246
    And Michelle Grattan, in a long discourse, says Morrison is a leader with his back against the wall, lashing out at the wrong place.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-23/scott-morrison-atagi-vaccine-advice-astrazeneca/100316092
    David Crowe looks at the strife Morrison has been getting into with respect to medical advice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-tackles-medical-advice-at-heart-of-vaccine-program-20210722-p58c2k.html
    Phil Coorey reckons Morrison’s salvation is also the nation’s.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/australia-s-salvation-is-tied-to-scott-morrison-s-20210722-p58bv7
    Rob Harris and Nick Bonyhady untangle Morrison’s press conference from yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-m-sorry-former-cabinet-minister-apologises-for-sluggish-vaccine-rollout-20210722-p58bzu.html
    Gladys Berejiklian insists NSW has not lost control of the virus but Sydney looks likely to be stuck in hard lockdown for months and the federal government will have to find more money to help, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/sydney-could-be-in-lockdown-for-months-20210722-p58c3u
    David Crowe and Katina Curtis report that health experts say poor communication of scientific advice on COVID-19 vaccines has undermined AstraZeneca while the nation’s peak medical group wants more transparency around decisions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doctors-seek-better-communication-more-transparency-from-expert-vaccine-group-20210722-p58byd.html
    The Australian’s Patrick Commins writes that failure to tame Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak over the coming week could mean the city’s lockdown remains a “permanent feature” that will end only when the large majority of the population is fully vaccinated later this year.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/covid19-lockdown-could-become-permanent-economist-warns/news-story/1f7841aea0c2c84a726c1332b5592102
    Morrison has finally embraced ‘informed consent’ for AstraZeneca, what took him so long to take Atagi’s advice, asks Paul Karp. He says that, despite that black and white view, the prime minister has finally found there’s more nuance to the question – and it was there in the medical advice all along.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/22/morrison-has-finally-embraced-informed-consent-for-astrazeneca-what-took-him-so-long-to-take-atagis-advice
    Raina McIntyre tells us why the Delta variant makes contact tracing so much harder.
    https://theconversation.com/is-delta-defeating-us-heres-why-the-variant-makes-contact-tracing-so-much-harder-164780
    Gladys Berejiklian has made her strongest plea on COVID-19 vaccination, urging under 40s to consider getting AstraZeneca as Sydney prepares for case numbers to rise despite being in a hard lockdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/premier-s-plea-consider-astrazeneca-if-you-are-under-40-20210722-p58c3f.html
    Watching New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her “gold standard” pandemic management unravel before our eyes is a bittersweet moment for many people — Victorians, in particular, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/liberal-party-pandemic-management-exemplary–thanks-gladys,15322
    The New South Wales government has taken up just 145,000 of the almost 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine allocated to it by the commonwealth, leaving vaccinations to either stockpile or be directed overseas.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/22/nsw-government-has-only-used-15-of-its-allocation-of-the-astrazeneca-vaccine
    We’re losing the vaccination race because of bungling, not bad luck, declares economics professor, Richard Holden.
    https://theconversation.com/were-losing-the-vaccination-race-because-of-bungling-not-bad-luck-164853
    The immediate benefit of a single AZ dose is well understood in the current wave of the delta variant. What is not well understood is a way to reduce the risk in all age groups, further tipping the benefit/risk ratio towards justified, rapid use of every available AZ dose, explains clinical immunologist, Graeme Stewart.
    https://johnmenadue.com/graeme-stewart-we-can-help-to-restore-confidence-in-the-az-vaccine/
    Michael Pascoe describes a quick test for how genuine employers are about staff and confidence.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/07/23/michael-pascoe-employers-test-staff-confidence/
    Andrew Charlton explains how Australians are adapting to the isolation economy – and spending up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/living-la-vida-lockdown-how-australians-are-adapting-to-the-isolation-economy-and-spending-up-20210722-p58bvr.html
    Workers and students who have lost paid work in NSW due to the lockdown are missing out on COVID disaster payments because they already receive payments like youth allowance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-people-missing-out-on-covid-19-disaster-recovery-payments-20210722-p58c1r.html
    Greg Baum justifiably piles into John Coates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-people-missing-out-on-covid-19-disaster-recovery-payments-20210722-p58c1r.html
    Peter Hannam tells us that scientists who once studied climate change as a future threat are now grappling with the immediacy of violently altered weather patterns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/how-the-dynamics-of-a-heating-planet-are-driving-extreme-weather-20210722-p58c1c.html
    Despite being deemed an unacceptable “flight risk”, the recently convicted former Labor ministers Ian Macdonald and Eddie Obeid, along with Obeid’s son, Moses, have effectively been given home detention until their sentencing in September, writes Kate McClymont. They will be subject to spot checks between 10pm and 5am to make sure they are in their respective homes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/eddie-obeid-son-moses-and-ian-macdonald-get-bail-despite-flight-risk-concerns-20210722-p58c0t.html
    The Chairman of AGL Energy has admitted that the company is failing to meet emissions targets as share value continues to plummet, writes David Ritter.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/agl-keeps-coal-burning-as-business-suffers,15324
    The sudden, global move to tax carbon puts billions of Australian coal and gas exports at risk, indeed this country’s largest sources of income. Hard on the heels of the EU’s carbon border tax declaration, the US declared a carbon border scheme. Others are poised to follow. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the immense risk to Australia’s largest source of income.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/spread-of-carbon-borders-leaves-aus-government-nowhere-to-hide/
    While the Law Council of Australia strongly supports the intent of the Family Law Amendment (Federal Family Violence Orders) Bill 2021, there are several issues within the legislation that need clarification, explains the AIMN.
    https://theaimn.com/law-council-calls-for-more-clarity-about-proposed-family-violence-regimes/
    Colin Kruger writes that finance house Greensill Capital’s Australian arm traded while insolvent, according to a report by the company’s liquidators. It means directors, including company founder Lex Greensill, may be liable for debts incurred during this period. What a clusterf**k!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/greensill-traded-while-insolvent-say-liquidators-20210722-p58c4n.html
    The Home Affairs Department will be forced to listen to staff concerns when introducing new policies after losing its second battle against the workplace umpire over a sleeveless top ban it introduced earlier this year.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7352645/home-affairs-loses-appeal-over-sleeveless-top-ban/?cs=14264
    The US military’s top officer has offered a glum assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan, saying the Taliban had seized “strategic momentum” over Afghan military forces who were falling back to protect important cities, including the capital Kabul.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/top-us-general-admits-complete-taliban-takeover-looms-in-afghanistan-20210722-p58c2q.html

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  22. There are 136 new locally-acquired cases in New South Wales.

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 53 of those cases were infectious in the community.

    “There is no doubt that the numbers are not going in the direction we were hoping they would at this stage. It is fairly apparent that we will not be close to zero next Friday.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/jul/23/australia-covid-live-update-national-cabinet-nsw-braces-for-increase-in-cases-despite-sydney-lockdown-astrazeneca-vaccine-push-scott-morrison-gladys-berejiklian-dan-andrews-pfizer-coronavirus-victoria-melbourne#comments

    Bloody vaccine non-rollout!

  23. The New Zealand government has announced it will pause the travel bubble between all Australian states and territories for three days beginning from 8:30PM AEST on Saturday.

    It said the decision followed updated public health advice regarding multiple cases and outbreaks across Australia in differing stages of containment.

    The travel bubble will remain paused until 10:00pm Tuesday AEST.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-26/nz-pauses-travel-bubble-with-australia-covid-19/100247024

  24. NSW press conference live, and can be rewatched later on the same link, as can all these clips

    Jacinda Ardern suspends NZ travel bubble following Australia COVID outbreaks

    South Australia Premier Steven Marshall delivers a COVID-19 update

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