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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  1. The repercussions of New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s defamation lawsuit against Friendlyjordies are no laughing matter, writes managing editor Michelle Pini.

    NEW SOUTH WALES Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s defamation case against YouTube comedian and political commentator Jordan Shanks-Markovina, better known as Friendlyjordies, is no longer only about an overpaid and overly sensitive politician suing someone for daring to criticise him — though it is also about that.

    It is not only about the intrinsic democratic right of members of the media to freely criticise governments and politicians, though it is also about that.

    While Barilaro’s defamation case against Friendlyjordies is also about these things, it may well determine whether Australians are happy for their elected officials to use public funds in any way they choose for the simple self-serving purpose of getting re-elected.,15347#.YQHZtFcb7ls.twitter

  2. I hope Fuller asks the ADF to help round up the loons at Eastern Suburbs beaches, especially Bondi and isn’t planning on targeting only western and south-western Sydney.

    This was the outdoor gym at North Bondi earlier this week – not a mask in sight, no social distancing and you can bet none of that equipment was sanitised between users.

  3. I knew this would happen.

    Australian athletes in COVID lockdown in Tokyo

    Australia’s track and field team has reportedly been forced into a COVID lockdown in the Olympics Village.

    The Australian athletes reportedly received a message while many were training at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

    Team organisers have confirmed the Australians are in isolation as a “precautionary measure”.

    It came after American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was booted from the Games on Thursday after testing positive to the virus. He is reported to have been training with Australian Kurtis Marschall, who is the reigning Commonwealth pole vault champion

  4. The same old, tired old “”good bloke, just a suburban dad from the Shire” bullcrap he always tries when the going gets moderately tough.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    While putting this together I have been watching Joe Biden deliver, at length, a stunningly clear message to Americans about the current “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and how he is mandating the use of masks in federal facilities. He has declared that he will fight head on against misinformation. He is also putting sticks and carrots into play to complete the vaccination program. Biden means business! If Only Morrison could be so clear and direct.

    Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers decided months ago to use the dead of winter to drop Labor’s old tax policies into a deep crevasse so they could lighten their load on the march to the next election. David Crowe says it was the ruthless decision Albanese had to make.
    And Michelle Grattan says Anthony Albanese this week sent a clear message – he intends to use John Howard’s 1996 model as his strategic guide to the election.
    Waleed Aly provides us with a sobering assessment of where we are in the Covid situation.
    Both big parties are vying to be a smaller target than the other, reducing the next election to a referendum on the pandemic and the road out, opines Phil Coorey.
    In a measured contribution, CEDA’s Melinda Cilento writes that every tool must be deployed to suppress this outbreak.
    New modelling from the Grattan Institute found Australia could ease restrictions and end lockdowns when 80 per cent of the entire population has been vaccinated. A similar report from the Doherty Institute will be discussed today at national cabinet as will whether snap lockdowns on low coronavirus case numbers are the best way to handle Delta variant outbreaks, given their success in Victoria and South Australia.
    The Grattan Institute’s Brendan Coates goes into detail about the report, saying it shows that fully vaccinating 80 per cent of all Australians, and 95 per cent of the over-70s, will give us the best chance of gradually returning to normal life – with open borders and no lockdowns. Anything less, and we risk a rapid surge in COVID cases that overwhelms our hospitals. He concludes with, “State governments have led the way in managing COVID. Now they need to lead again on the way out.”
    More on this from Stephen Duckett.
    Long-awaited vaccination modelling from the Doherty Institute will finally be revealed on Friday, with national cabinet to discuss the number of jabs Australia needs to give before COVID restrictions and lockdowns can finally end. But Josh Butler tells us that Greg Hunt says it won’t be as simple as a “magic number” being tacked on Scott Morrison’s ‘four-stage plan’ for reopening.
    Christopher Knaus reveals that the public health orders needed to enforce the vaccine mandate on aged care workers in Australia have still not been made and no risk assessment on the potential disruption to care has been completed, more than a month after the prime minister Scott Morrison announced the policy.
    The vaccine rollout is a race. It always has been, writhes Anthony Albanese in this op-ed in The Canberra Times.
    Michael Pascoe reckons Gladys Berejiklian is giving us the COVID definition of insanity.
    As Sydney Covid infections spiral out of control, the efficiency of NSW’s lauded “gold standard” contact tracing system has become ever more critical. Cracks are appearing. Luke Stacey reports.
    The Herald Sun says that if Victoria had applied Sydney’s outbreak settings after NSW removalists brought Covid to town, we would be awash in virus instead of exiting lockdown.
    Professor Greg Dore, an infectious diseases expert with Sydney’s Kirby Institute, this week said Australia would look back at “anti-AstraZenecism” as one of the greatest public health failings in many years.
    Matthew Knott explains how breakthrough COVID infections in the US represent a reality check on the road to normality.
    A COVID ‘ring of steel’ around Sydney would play havoc with Australia’s supply chains, warns Flavio Romero Macau.
    When Australians once again take to the skies for overseas trips they won’t just need a ticket, but also a vaccine passport. Qantas is set to introduce digital COVID-19 vaccine passports, paving the way for what some say will be a more ‘seamless’ travel experience, writes Isabelle Lane.
    The SMH advises that as households remain one of the main drivers of COVID-19 transmission, the ADF has accepted a request to help NSW ensure people stay home and don’t mix with extended family.
    A Sydney law firm that was admonished by the regulator for urging civil disobedience during Victoria’s winter lockdown has been accused of spreading misinformation on social media with suggestions that COVID-19 vaccination does not work and testing is nonsense.
    Zoe Samios reports that News Corp’s Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph will stop publishing columns from controversial broadcaster Alan Jones after weeks of anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown commentary.
    And Michaela Whitbourn tells us that Sky News has paid $40,000 plus legal costs to avoid a defamation suit being filed against it by Sarah Hanson-Young after the broadcaster wrongly aired claims she involved her young niece in a dangerous environmental protest.
    The Guardian tells us how Alan Jones has rejected the premise that he ‘no longer resonates with readers’.
    Five weeks into the greater Sydney lockdown, the rules are eye-glazingly complicated, complains Anne Davies.
    Police have released images of four men suspected of throwing pot plants at mounted officers during the anti-lockdown protest in Sydney’s CBD.
    Covid is facing a resurgence in the US, and so is Trumpian politics, writes Robert Reich who says that after a moment of hope, much is sliding backwards. It’s not Biden’s fault; it’s Trump’s legacy.
    Adam Morton reports that Labor has asked the Morrison government to explain why a Great Barrier Reef-focused charity received jobkeeper despite still having hundreds of millions of dollars remaining from a nearly $500m grant it received three years ago.
    The repercussions of New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s defamation lawsuit against Friendlyjordies are no laughing matter, writes Michelle Pini.,15347
    Hamish McDonald provides us with a detailed look at Marise Payne’s career and examines if she has done enough to pull the government in the right direction. He has questions, too, about the appointment of Kathryn Campbell to head up DFAT.
    “Whenever Scott Morrison claims we are at the front of the queue, that we have gold standards, that it is “not a race” but a chase for gold medals, I start to panic. Not once has any claim like this been true. Not once”, begins Jenna Price in this article in which she examines the government’s response to the Foster report on the processes and procedures relating to serious incidents in the parliamentary workplace. Price questions its independence.
    A decision will be made soon as to whether or not the already massive legal debt accumulated by One Nation’s James Ashby will increase, writes Ross Jones.,15351
    The SMH editorial says that the pandemic has delayed progress on the new national plan for closing the gap between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the community, but it should not be used as an excuse.
    One of Adelaide’s wealthiest mining executives allegedly defrauded $38.5m from the Australian Taxation Office over a 15-year period, police say. Keith Robert “Bob” Johnson has been charged with two counts of defrauding the commonwealth and 13 counts of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
    Ben Butler reports that competition watchdog Rod Sims has called for curbs on state and federal government privatisations, saying the public has lost trust after seeing prices rise following asset sell-offs.
    Rupert Murdoch’s role in a secret project jointly financed by the US government and wealthy backers in the private sector to influence public opinion demands the attention of Australian lawmakers, argues investigative journalist Marshall Wilson.
    Nick Toscano reports that energy billionaire Trevor St Baker’s electric vehicle-charging company Evie Networks and fuel giant Ampol are among the winning bidders for the first round of Commonwealth grants to boost the roll-out of fast-charging stations across the country.
    The industrial umpire has confirmed it will explore new ways to recover $175,550 in court-ordered penalties from disgraced former Labor MP Craig Thomson, a week after his NSW Central Coast home was raided by federal police.

    Cartoon Corner

    Mark Knight

    David Rowe

    A cracker of a gif from Glen Le Lievre

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding

    Jim Pavlidis

    Alan Moir

    Johannes Leak

    From the US

  6. Reading BK’s Dawn Patrol this morning was a real blast from the past. For a moment I thought I had woken up in 2012. Craig Thomson, and James Ashby are both back in the news.

    How nice of the Fair Work Commission to drag up the Craig Thomson issue right when Scovid is facing tumbling disapproval and even the dimmest of rusted-on Liberal voters are beginning to realise he lies constantly and is incapable of performing the duties of a prime minister.

    How is this not a deliberate political tactic concocted by the PMO to throw a bit of shade at Labor?

    It makes me think James Ashby will receive his “act of grace” payment out of gratitude for all he did to destroy Labor’s last term in government.

    After all this time we still read about old scandals. It’s like Groundhog Day!

  7. Listened to Qld Health announcement of 17 year old Indoropilly High school girl testing positive to Covid

    Dr Jeanette Young sounded like a very concerned mum wanting to find out where the girl had acquired Covid before jousting with journalist quoting research findings he didn’t understand

    Qld has been well served by their Chief Health Officer

  8. OK, time for a rant.

    So what if Labor decided to dump their franking credits policy and support the third stage tax cuts? I’m so sick of the fake outrage from alleged Labor supporters over this .

    Labor needs to win government so they decide to ditch policies used to scare voters in the last two elections. Fair enough. Once in government Labor can reintroduce laws that restore fairness to the tax system. Laws can be changed – all a government needs is votes in the Senate. Voting for minor parties will not guarantee enough Senate seats for Labor to successfully change legislation. Be careful who you vote for. Centre Alliance is an excellent example of the way a minor party wins Senate places, gains crucial votes and then repeatedly sells out to the Coalition. The only decent member of that party was Rex Patrick, who became so fed up he turned independent.

    What no-one is mentioning at all is Labor’s promise to kill the Cashless Debit Card.

    Few outside the trial sites know about this card. Those that do usually assume, incorrectly, that all those on it are drug addicts, alcoholics or chronic gamblers who deserve punishment. There are too many stories from card holders about being abused whenever they have to use their Indue cards because others assume they are druggies. The card is often referred to as “the druggies card” or “the alcho card” because of this false idea.

    We know the government plans to roll this card out to everyone on any form of social security, including the age pension. There are already pensioners on this card in Cape York, and not pensioners who volunteered. A few unlucky Grey Nomads who gave Centrelink their temporary caravan park addresses in trial sites have also found themselves suddenly on this card. Once forced onto this card it is damn hard to get off – excuses given by Indue for refusing to allow anyone to exit the card are always financial issues caused by Indue not the alleged financial incompetence of the user. The most common reason is being homeless. This happens because Indue repeatedly knocks back rent payments, then card holders have to contact Indue and wait weeks for their rent to be paid – from their own funds which were available all the time! Landlords will only put up with this nonsense for a limited time before they decide to evict the card holder. Many real estate agents now refuse to rent to card holders at all and who can blame them. The CDC actually makes people homeless.

    The usual excuse for the extended rollout is “pensioners will be safer if a third party administers their payment”. The office of David Gillespie, member for Lyne, an electorate that contains a large population of age pensioners, gave this away at the same time Anne Ruston was denying any plans to put millions more onto the card.

    So – we have a government planning to put pensioners, veterans, the disabled, the sick, the unemployed, carers and students onto this punitive system should they win the election. Most Australians don’t even know this card exists, but another term for Scovid will ensure they do know all about it because their family members will be forced onto it.

    What issue is more important? Saving the wealth of a few retirees or saving millions of Australians from the CDC?

    Here’s the latest example of the way this card is misused by Indue and the misery it inflicts – read the whole thread and imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly forced onto the CDC. It is a nightmare that will soon be inflicted on too many of us if idiots incensed over easily changed tax legislation do not come to their senses.

  9. Keith Pitt, surely one of the dumbest of the dumb in a ministry notable for its stupidity, is in a bit of legal bother.

    (Follows on from the corruption exposed in a recent Senate inquiry.)

    Legal challenge launched against federal government’s $21 million Beetaloo Basin grant

    Environmental groups are challenging a federal government decision to award millions of dollars in grants to a fracking company searching for gas buried deep in the Beetaloo Basin.

    The Environment Centre NT and the Environmental Defenders Office have filed urgent legal action against Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt, alleging he did not consider the potential risk to climate change or Australia’s obligations under the Paris Agreement in his bid to expedite gas exploration in the Beetaloo Basin.

    Earlier this month, the minister awarded three grants totalling $21 million to energy company Imperial Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of Empire Energy, to support three new exploration wells and “create thousands of jobs”.

    Documents filed in the Federal Court show lawyers will argue Mr Pitt failed to act in a way that was “reasonable, rational and logical”

    • Keith Pitt campaigned to get the under 35 in his electorate put on Indue

      Nasty nasty man

  10. I love the NSW Health directions that state that people from the infected LGAs must mask up when outside but residents from other LGAs can be maskless

    If I was a resident of the infected LGA working in Bondi I would remove my mask to blend in

    • As would everyone else.

      This tweet illustrates how useless Sydney’s mockdown rules are –

  11. Just as well I never watch Q+A – the new hosts are David Speers and Stan Grant, with occasional visits by Virginia Trioli.

    At least Leigh Sales and Patricia Karvelas didn’t get the gig, I suppose.

  12. My cousin competed in her event’s final today. Unfortunately she didn’t win a medal, but our family is still very proud of her.

    She was on the Australian Womens’ Eight Rowing team, and Australia came 5th. They put up a very gutsy performance, but unfortunately as in any other lost race, it was just the fact that the other teams were faster in the end.

    It was a very close race though, only 5 seconds between the winner and last place.

  13. So possibly unvaccinated ADF personnel are going to wander around what is alleged to be Plague Central – south-western Sydney. The Excuse – they won’t be entering homes.

    This news comes the same day as Brad Hazzard told us some families are keeping their sick relatives at home then taking them to hospital when they die. Understandable why they do this – they fear uniforms and police because of past bad experiences in the places they fled to get to Australia.

    Now the idiots in government want to send them more uniformed troops to enforce the latest rules.

    Don’t the loons in charge ever stop to think what their irrational decisions are doing to migrant/refugee communities or to the large Indigenous communities in Sydney?

    Troops enforcing western Sydney lockdown will alienate community, advocates warn

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    As the COVID crisis deepens, effective advocacy and leadership are missing – and the public is paying the price, writes Laura Tingle who says Morrison is running out of things to say.
    George Megalogenis headlines this contribution with, “Premiers, your nation needs you when the PM’s positions keep mutating”. He says Morrison has had more mutating positions in this pandemic than the virus has had strains. Another excellent article from George.
    John Hewson writes about Morrison and his problems with the truth. He writes, “The pandemic has tested Morrison’s capacity for leadership, and he has been found seriously wanting. He simply hasn’t been able to rise above base politics, nor beyond what he considers to be clever marketing. Like Humpty Dumpty, he has relied on words to suit each occasion, even if they contradict each other from one moment to the next.” This is one hell of a dismantlement of the PM!
    Tax cuts may ‘turbo-charge’ inequality but that’s a price Labor is willing to pay to win Coalition seats, says Katherine Murphy.
    Dennis Atkins thinks Labor’s electioneering backflips have come too late to woo wary voters.
    And Paul Bongiorno says of this that “On the day the nation celebrated the extraordinary feat of Ariarne Titmus winning her first Olympic gold medal in the pool, Anthony Albanese did a political triple backflip with a twist he hopes will bring him just as glorious a victory.””
    Paul Kelly writes that there is a moment of truth, for us — and for Morrison. He says the political reality is that the pathway will still be unfolding at the time of the next federal election. It will be either in phase two or phase three.
    Rule-breakers and anti-lockdown marchers are boofheads – but the biggest failure is the government’s, opines Paul Daley.
    Rick Morton examines the political forces inside the anti-lockdown movement. It’s very ugly!
    Janet Albrechtsen writes, “Scott Morrison has been a relatively slow learner during the Covid pandemic. Apart from two important and quick decisions by him and the Treasurer – closing the border to China and giving financial help to Australians during the pandemic – the rest of the Morrison government’s pandemic responses have been frustratingly, painfully, slow and confused.”
    Peter Hartcher tells us how Albanese plans to make his run for the big league. Quite a good read.
    Crispin Hull despairs that Labor has given up any hope of a progressive agenda. He says that Future generations are being sold out. Labor’s tax decision this week just adds to the woes.
    Calla Wahlquist looks at the state v state: as a war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns.
    Ministers are relying less on advice from public servants and relying more on the political advisers in their own offices, writes Ross Gittins as he ponders over why politics has gone bad.
    Mark Kenny posits that courage and vision have gone missing in 2021.
    David Crowe and Katina Curtis unravel Morrison’s new Covid plan.
    Rachael Clun and David Crowe report that Australia’s biggest companies will set up schemes to vaccinate employees and their families with unallocated vaccines in a bid to boost the national rollout and help end sweeping lockdowns.
    A September bottleneck is looming for Covid-19 vaccinations, as another at-risk group is revealed as having been essentially forgotten in the rollout plan. By Karen Middleton, warns Karen Middleton who points to the home care system.
    No federal department is squarely responsible for the nation’s quarantine, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has said. Appearing before the Senate’s COVID-19 committee on Friday, Ms Frame revealed no Commonwealth body took overarching responsibility Australia’s quarantine system.
    As trident SMH editorial says the time for half measures is over. The whole of Sydney must lock down harder and stay locked down until infection numbers fall. It says Berejiklian needs to stop playing catch-up with Covid-19.
    Farrah Tomazin and Clay Lucas describe how Australia’s vaccine rollout turned into a train wreck.
    The Delta variant is much more contagious, more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines and may cause more severe disease than all other known versions of the virus, according to an internal presentation circulated within the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US.
    Australia’s COVIDSafe app has identified only 17 close contacts that were not already found by contact tracers, despite costing taxpayers millions. It has been rated as a huge flop writes Cait Kelly.
    In the long term, one of the defining features of this pandemic, especially in Australia, will be compliance; that is, the willingness of citizens to have their rights curtailed in the name of the public good, writes Peter van Onselen who looks at how these erosions of civil liberty might affect the future.
    As global cases of the coronavirus build towards 200 million, the threat of long-term medical consequences keeps extending, warns Jill Margo.
    Matt Wade thinks that Sydney’s lockdown will have lasting legacy.
    Shane Wright and Katina Curtis write that the $660 million Commuter Car Park fund might do almost nothing to cut congestion, with an urban planning expert warning it may be more effective to send people home in Ubers.
    The SMH tells us about the plans to unite the ratbag fringe into a new political party, the Freedom Party.
    “Scott Morrison gave his life to God, committing himself to the ­service of Jesus for the rest of his days, on January 11, 1981. He was 12 years old. He remembers the day and the moment with perfect clarity. He has never gone back on this promise.”, writes Greg Sheridan. I couldn’t read this article any further!
    Facebook has been criticised for enabling the fomentation of dangerous activism and disinformation, but the platform also provides a ready-made digital breadcrumb trail for police to track law-breakers, explains media expert Jonathan Hutchinson.
    As Brisbane prepares to host the 2032 Olympics, there are questions over contracts that siphon off revenue and invest almost all power in the International Olympic Committee, explains Mike Seccombe.
    Scott Morrison’s technology-not-taxes approach to hitting net-zero emissions by 2050 is not likely to be enough, says new research co-authored by economist Warwick McKibbin and published by the International Monetary Fund, reports Ronald Mizen.
    Three simply spoken Afghan farmers made history this week as they testified in a western courtroom from a small office half a world away, writes Deborah Snow about this week’s testimonies in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial.
    “Cruel” Australian soldiers planted a radio and a bag on the body of alleged murder victim Ali Jan to incriminate him during an SAS raid in southern Afghanistan in 2012, a relative of the dead man has told Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial, reports Ben Doherty.
    Alan Jones is neither down nor out at News Corp writes Amanda Meade in her weekly review of the media.
    From Alan Jones to Gladys Berejiklian, News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics, says Dennis Muller.
    Is the ACCC helping the Government get the best price for the sale of NBNCo? The competition regulators are doing consumers no favours hindering investment in new telco infrastructure. Who is looking after the interests of telco consumers? asks former NBNCo CTO Gary McLaren.
    Anyone who wants to understand why our share market is hitting record highs despite lockdowns and the threat of recession would do well to pay attention to the corporate earnings season, explains Colin Kruger.
    And Adele Ferguson tells us that Australian bank shareholders will be awash with cash this year as the big four are on track to serve up big profits, hefty share buybacks and fat dividends.
    Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks yesterday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was “corrupt”.
    Victorian authorities are investigating whether contaminated horse meat, which was sold to pet owners as beef, was responsible for the deaths of 22 dogs and the hospitalisation of a further 44, reports Henrietta Cook.

    Cartoon Corner

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    Matt Golding

    Andrew Dyson

    Jon Kudelka

    John Shakespeare

    Richard Giliberto

    Alan Moir

    Mark David

    Simon Letch

    Matt Davidson


    From the US

  15. There was a moment during last Friday’s venomous national cabinet meeting, as leaders fought over Covid-19 management strategies, when the military man handpicked by Scott Morrison to run the vaccination program launched a savage broadside against New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

    Lieutenant-General John Frewen, an unelected public servant, had just listened to a desperate plea from the premier about redirecting Commonwealth-controlled vaccines from GP clinics into the most affected Sydney local government areas.

    Frewen was apoplectic. According to those present in the virtual meeting, he spoke with such derision that it left other premiers and chief ministers stunned. At least one state leader told colleagues: “I would have stopped the meeting if he had spoken to me like that.”

    Prime Minister Morrison seemed unconcerned, however. He spoke second to Frewen, and only to back up what the army man had said.

    During the meeting, Morrison handballed much of the negotiating to Frewen. The prime minister was being beamed into the hook-up from The Lodge in Canberra, and periodically got up from his desk, turned his back to the camera, and bent down to literally stoke a fire with a poker.

    Onlookers were agog. It served as a potent metaphor for the divisions and rancour engulfing the nation, much of which had been stoked by Morrison and his Coalition colleagues.

    From Rick Morton in The Saturday Paper

  16. A maternal great grandfather worked tirelessly in the 1880s to establish high schools and for Federation

    It has taken Morrison 18 months to destroy Federation as every state fights to keep Covid out and get their populations vaccinated. The Premiers are fighting a Prime Minister who actively wants people to die

  17. “Scott Morrison gave his life to God, committing himself to the ­service of Jesus for the rest of his days, on January 11, 1981. He was 12 years old. He remembers the day and the moment with perfect clarity. He has never gone back on this promise.”, writes Greg Sheridan. I couldn’t read this article any further!

    What is it with Greg Sheridan ? He latched on to The Mad Monk and wrote the same (and worse) drivel about him.

    • I don’t know which god he committed his life to, but it certainly wasn’t the Christian God. Not judging by his very un-Christian actions for the whole of his adult life.

  18. He’s ba-ack

    Bill Maher – (new rules 44:20)

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  19. There is no way I’d read this tripe. No cat with self-respect would agree to be photographed with that creature, not unless the photographer wanted a shot of Cash covered in her own blood.

  20. A handy summary of the lies told by Gladys and Scovid, with dates! Cameo appearance by Fraudenberg, who is also lying.

  21. billie11 at 7:54 AM

    Onlookers were agog. It served as a potent metaphor for the divisions and rancour engulfing the nation, much of which had been stoked by Morrison and his Coalition colleagues.

    From Rick Morton in The Saturday Paper

    Rick suffering a touch of ‘Gladys’ . NSW being ‘the centre of the universe’ . The ‘engulfing the nation’ is NSW , all the other States be they Lib or Lab are pretty much on the same page.
    NSW outbreak ? Oh, it is “a national emergency”. Victoria last year ? Not so much. Federation supposedly ‘in flames’ when everyone except Gladystan are together, everyone together except Gladys chucking shit at ever other state , meh .

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. The return of Sparse Sunday.

    Brad Hazzard Minister says NSW could be the first state in Australia to reach the new, national vaccine threshold of 70 per cent but insists Sydney’s emergence from lockdown is not wedded to that target.
    The pandemic is hitting us all but the message isn’t cutting through, declares Jon Faine who says that of all the failures in Australia’s COVID response, the absence of a comprehensive coherent communications plan is the winner in a cheerless competition.
    James Massola writes that health experts and epidemiologists say the 70 per cent vaccination target for adult Australians is too low to achieve herd immunity, though they have welcomed national cabinet striking a deal to plot a course out of the pandemic. Grattan Institute Health program director Stephen Duckett said the 70 per cent of adults figure was actually about 56 per cent of the entire population and “it’s a very risky strategy”. “The targets they have set are too low, even if they are assuming that the virus is not very transmissible,” he said.
    Tony Blakely tells us why he thinks the government’s COVID-19 transition plan is actually pretty good.
    Sarah McPhee reports that frustrated regional and rural leaders say they “haven’t got a hope in hell” if Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak leaks into their communities and are seeking clarity from the NSW government after it diverted up to 40,000 of their Pfizer doses to Year 12 students in the city’s most affected suburbs.
    While it’s easy enough to condemn protesters at anti-lockdown rallies, the Government also needs to be held accountable for its part, writes Tom Tanuki.,15358
    “Who are the people who marched in Melbourne and Sydney at the weekend, chanting about freedom and demanding an end to lockdowns? One answer is obvious. They are people whose idea of freedom seems to mean being free to put the lives of others at risk by dismantling controls on the transmission of covid-19”, writes Kim Carr.
    James Massola tells us that four federal Labor MPs have backed a royal commission into Australia’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing the inquiry will provide vital lessons for the future.
    Labor’s tax cuts support is bad policy – but the Buffett rule could make it better, opines Greg Jericho. He has a point.
    A taskforce established to crack down on fraud in the $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme will be extended indefinitely after it uncovered millions of dollars of alleged rorts in three years. Another triumph of privatisation that has allowed the spivs to march in!
    Duxton Water executives have been boasting about “beautiful” structural imbalances in Australia’s water market, and potentially dazzling profits from drought. Corporate nut farming is thirsty business and the proliferation of almond farms is poised to whip up prices and crush traditional agriculture in Australia’s food bowl, reports Callum Foote.
    The ALP this week released an outline of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) it would introduce if it were to come to power at the next federal election, a body based on the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that has operated (mostly) successfully in New South Wales for more than three decades, explains David Solomon.
    Tom Cowie explores the new questions that will (and won’t) be asked in this month’s census.
    A good column from Peter FitzSimons who thinks Alan Jones is going to be boned by Sky After Dark tomorrow.
    Donald Trump insisted yesterday that when he told senior justice department officials to “Just say that the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me”, he was not attempting to subvert US democracy, but to “uphold the integrity and honesty of elections and the sanctity of our vote”. Yeah sure, Donald!
    Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50 per cent this week, the state Health Department reported on Friday continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak’s epicentre.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    Peter Broelman

    Richard Giliberto

    Dionne Gain

    From the US

  23. Anyone rejoicing at the reports people are deserting to Liberal Party in droves (Pete FitzSimons’ article) needs to think again.

    The nutters leaving the party are the extreme right-wingers, the anti-vaxxers, the “No-one tells ME to wear a mask” mob, the conspiracy theory lovers and other assorted loonies. They are being attracted to minor parties like Clive Palmer’s bunch of loons, ON, a mob calling themselves Reignite Democracy Australia and especially the Liberal Democrats, the party of choice for disaffected former Libs like John Ruddick, Ross Cameron and probably Campbell Newman.

    This article from Crikey (if it is still free) gives greater detail

    We are becoming as loopy as the US, full of idiots who believe all the lies but none of the truth, headed by people who see advantage for themselves in leading this rabble. All people like Ruddick care about is power for themselves and they will grab any opportunity they see as a way to get it. Put any of these idiots in the Senate and see what damage they will inflict.

  24. Just read the Fitz-Hadley article. OMG ! Scotty is in deep shit . A 2GB ‘star’ says this. Bad bad sign for Scotty. Gorn ?

    Fitz: You started out as a huge supporter of Scott Morrison, then I recall you had a major on-air stink, then you made up. Can we agree he has completely stuffed up the vaccine roll-out?

    Ray: Most assuredly. The responsibility for that debacle lies at the feet of the Morrison government.

    • Scovid has pissed off most of the right-wing shockjocks, mostly over the vaccine issue. They were oce his biggest cheerleaders, but not any more. He is now reduced to appearing on Vyle and Kackie O’s nasty little show because no-one else wants him.

  25. @BirminghamAG @ 4:33

    Got some info today confirming the NSW Covid situation is worse than the government is admitting. Untrained community health staff are being compulsorily redeployed to three Covid centres in Zetland, Mascot and north Ryde. They were informed today in an emergency meeting.

    Community Health centres being closed. Health system is buckling under the pressu

  26. Below article in teh The Conversation from 30 July

  27. Gladys has lost control of The Plague in Sydney, now she is doing her very best to spread it across regional NSW.

  28. Just remember – most teachers are not vaccinated, have not been able to get even their first dose.

    That makes this irrational decision even worse.

  29. There is frustration, anger, and confusion in the Hunter and Central Coast regions after COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations, including those for priority workers, were cancelled and redirected to Sydney hotspots.

    Over the weekend, locals who had booked their vaccinations, including at the Belmont mass vaccination clinic which services the two regions, received text messages saying their appointments will need to be rescheduled.

    Hunter New England Local Health District confirmed some second Pfizer appointments, and appointments for people in priority groups such as health and aged care workers, have had their appointments “unintentionally rescheduled” and admitted the filtering system to identify people was “not perfect”.

    The Central Coast is in lockdown and residents have expressed concern that their Pfizer vaccinations may be redirected.

    “We have been in lockdown for weeks, taking all the pain, and when finally we start getting Pfizer to the coast we are losing it,” said shadow minister for the Central Coast, David Harris.

    “We’re considered an area of risk. We shouldn’t be losing our vaccinations because of the government’s poor rollout.”

    In her daily press conference on Sunday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was not advised that the Central Coast was having doses redirected.

    “I actually thought it was the Hunter, not the Central Coast,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “In any event, it is a small number of doses that are reallocated, which means some people have to wait a few more extra weeks.

    “What it also means is that we can contain the spread.”

    Gladys is ignorant or doesn’t care; or both

  30. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sean Kelly reckons Albanese is proving to be an elusive target for the Coalition’s election playbook.
    According to David Crowe, Anthony Albanese has vowed to overhaul national cabinet to offer a more “cohesive” approach to the pandemic if he wins power, accusing Prime Minister Scott Morrison of showing favouritism between states when the country needed unity.
    The Grattan Institute argues that the National Cabinet’s plan out of COVID aims too low on vaccinations and leaves crucial questions unanswered. Quite a concerning discussion.
    “Is dysfunction too embedded in this government?”, wonders a critical Nicholas Stuart. He says that Kathryn Campbell’s appointment to head up DFAT is simply another small marker of the continuing disintegration of the public service from professionals capable of providing independent advice and its transformation into a collective of functionaries.
    Michael Keating in the first of two articles looks at what Labor has to offer in the forthcoming election. Today, he discusses the impact on equity and inequality, while Part 2, tomorrow will discuss the implications for the ability of a Labor Government to pay for the services that we need and want.
    The Australia Institute’s Allan Behm sets out to explain why Australia’s public policy management is being militarised.
    Australia’s top economists have overwhelmingly rejected cuts to either permanent or temporary migration as a means of restoring lost wage growth, writes Peter Martin.
    John Kehoe reports that Josh Frydenberg has failed to set up a Treasury-recommended independent review of the $90 billion wages subsidy program, after $25 billion was paid to firms that did not record the predicted revenue falls. Shameless!
    Anna Patty tells us that Uber drivers in Sydney and Melbourne have launched legal action in the Federal Court of Australia to determine if they and thousands of other gig workers are employees rather than individual contractors. This will be a pivotal IR case.
    YouTube has suspended Sky News Australia from uploading content onto its website after the video and live-streaming platform said the News Corp-controlled media company had breached its COVID-19 misinformation standards.
    The ABC has recruited University of Sydney Professor Rodney Tiffen and award-winning journalist Chris Masters to conduct an investigation into its series on the Luna Park fire tragedy after complaints were made about the way NSW Premier Neville Wran was characterised in the program.
    Restrictions on pandemic-fatigued Australians may start to be eased as early as mid-November under a national cabinet road map but it hinges on young men getting their jabs and laggard states that are struggling to get their residents vaccinated, explain Shane Wright and Katina Curtis.
    Residents in Gippsland emerge as least vaccinated at state immunisation centres, but the federal government has refused to release data showing if poorer suburbs falling behind. So much for transparency!
    Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rate for adults should reach 77 per cent without great difficulty but pushing it above that to the ultimate target range of 80 per cent will be tougher, according to federal government research, write Phil Coorey and Tom Burton.
    Sociology professor, Andrew Jakubowicz, describes in some detail a tale of two cities in the same pandemic.
    Nearly 15,000 visas have been granted to foreign millionaires since the start of the pandemic under a scheme that has been criticised for allowing people to buy their way into Australia, writes Caitlin Fitzsimmons.
    More from Fitsimmons who reports that more than 500,000 people in NSW are now fully vaccinated, but they are unlikely to be given greater freedom of movement.
    In common with the thugs who invaded the US Capitol on January 6, the Australian protesters against lockdown measures on July 24 displayed extremism which threatens the civility of democracy and thereby others’ freedoms, opines Stuart Rees.
    Monash University has set out to objectively evaluate who were Australia’s best Prime Ministers.
    Lisa Cox reports that federal environmental department officials questioned the credibility of a government plan to use heritage-listed land it already owned as the main environmental offset for the western Sydney airport.
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke write that economists are warning the 2032 Brisbane Olympics could deliver gold medals to athletes but leave the economy in last place, saying the claimed financial windfall from the event are over-blown while dragging money away from necessary community investments.
    Anthony Fauci has predicted that the number of cases and hospitalisations in the United States “will get worse” but that measures seen in the early days of the pandemic, such as closing businesses, were unlikely to return.
    The Tokyo Olympics has been a winner for Channel 7 in its first week and has been declared the “biggest digital event in Australian history”.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Peter Broelman

    Joe Benke

    Matt Golding

    Michael Leunig

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  31. I am disturbed by all this talk of freedom of movement for vaccinated people

    Vaccinated people can transmit the virus

    We are not vaccinating those under 18, children can get and transmit the virus and suffer from debilitating long covid

    We need 95% of population vaccinated ie if you attend child care, school or work you are vaccinated and you get an annual booster shot

    • Whoever is running NSW (hint – it’s not GladBag) refuses to admit those vaccinated can still catch the virus and pass it around. Vaccines stop us ending up on a ventilator or maybe dying of The Plague, that’s it. Life is not going back to “normal” any time soon, maybe never, despite what politicians keep telling us.

      I’ve been saying for ages we will need annual shots, just as we do for the flu because this virus will keep mutating.

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