To All Pubsters In This Time of Plague…

To all Pubsters, their family and friends, and to all people in Australia in lockdown, or dealing with any effects of the Covid19 Pandemic, we send our best wishes for the best in these times.  

Please stick to the rules of your Lockdown, follow medical advice. Wear your masks, do your social distancing, your handwashing and sanitising.  

Stay home as directed. It is better to be bored than sick. Use your common sense: if in doubt stay home.  

I have some suggestions to help spark ideas to pass the time at home. Do you have other ideas to share? 

With the internet you can learn a new hobby, or a language, or listen to podcasts, music, jokes, explore art or sport or anything. You can go online to Berkeley College, USA, for example. Every lecture in every course is available to watch, for free. Play online (non gambling) games. Talk to others in your household. 

Live cams from all over the world let you see other places from home. My favourite is Africacam at the waterholes to see wild animals gather to drink. 

Get the kids to make their own board-games or invent new or rediscover old playroom games. 

You could start to gather your family history from your elders, by phone. 

Use the phone instead of a visit. 

Lockdown gives you time to do such home-based projects that you wanted to do, but could not fit into your schedules. Protecting mental health is very important. Phone friends! 

Think back to WW2, when restrictions were drastic in many countries. If they could do it, you can. 

Maybe keep a diary, and/or a family scrapbook, so future generations can read about your experiences of these times. 

If you have been ill, or know someone affected by Covid19, we wish for a rapid recovery. 

For all who have suffered grief from Covid19, we give you our sincere sympathy. 

We hope we can keep ourselves and each other safe. 

Remember, consult your doctor, follow medical advice on vaccinations (not internet rumours or human gossip) and other health issues, follow Lockdown restrictions (including mask-wearing and staying home), and err on the side of caution. 

Our leaders are limited in dealing with this pandemic by their abilities and beliefs. Some do well, others less so, as is clear from the data. 

We can only try to influence our leaders, but we have control over ourselves. 

So what are our areas of direct control? 

  • Our conduct. 
  • Our choices. 
  • Our decisions. 
  • Our understanding and patience with ourselves and others. 
  • Our words. 

It is up to each one of us to act for the good of all, because what is good for us all is good for each of us. 

Thank you to all you front line workers, volunteers, health staff, welfare staff and others keeping vital services running, often at risk to yourselves. 

For example, my friend received free delivered meals from a group of volunteers from the Indian community.  Thank you to that group. 

Thank you to everyone doing the right thing to keep us safe. 

Drop into The Pub, if you want! 

Learn to cook in a new style!

368 thoughts on “To All Pubsters In This Time of Plague…

    • “Touche, Leone!” Wish I could have used black italics and the ‘aigulle’ just then, just to show off my erudition, and also support the Opposition! How can I learn do that easily as I touch type?

      Following Puff’s advice I am trying to learn a new language, I mean ‘IT’ if there is such a thing. My late life occupation has been to write political satire and commentary on government generally. In the 20thC I could write an article and send it off to a publication with an SAE enclosed, have it speedily returned therein to submit elsewhere, or better still, an acceptance with a cheque from the Editor, and then the thrill of seeing my views in print with my name there too, a byline! Now, I need to learn the language of self-publishing on the internet. Yes I can print all sorts of things on my own site, ‘polliepomes.com’, but contributing to or commenting on the Guardian or ABC about Oz politics is impossible without password and username to protect me and them from worldwide litigators and advertisers. I understand why this is and must be so, but isn’t there a ‘fail-safe’ way for octogenarians in social solation to learn ‘IT’ from go to woe? Thank God the Pub recognizes old friends and faces on Word!

      PS. Well done too, Puff, you pipped me with this new first post! I wanted to write one about being sad when I made my daily visit, wondering if you were all dropping off the perch when Death Notice extended for so long, even though the post itself was uplifting and you, Leone and BK and others were still commenting. We have to face facts though and ‘Death Notice’ was a reminder to all of us who are still here and blessed with long and eventful lives that time is running out. We have to get on with things even in this time of plague and ague!

  1. Yup

    • I think that I would be equally as annoyed (to put it mildly) if I were trying to raise something this important, only to see empty seats opposite me, with no guarantee that members were listening in their offices. Given the number of times in recent months ALP and cross-benchers have been in the chambers, but LNP members haven’t, I’m surprised that there haven’t been more angry speeches by ALP members.

      It could make it easier for them to block some of the more stupid ideas issuing from the ‘bowels’ of the Lib’s tanked thinking?

    • If Scott Morrison says that something is going to happen, it is possible to say, with absolute certainty using the Iron Law, that whatever he said is definitely not going to happen. If Scott Morrison thinks something is a good idea, then it definitely is not a good idea. If Scott Morrison says we don’t need purpose-built quarantine facilities, then even if you lack any other data point or expertise, you can be absolutely assured that we fucking need purpose-built quarantine facitilities immediately.

  2. There has been some discussion about NSW wanting to stop counting covid cases and track hospitalisation instead.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe looks at the growing animosity between Albanese and Morrison.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/things-get-personal-and-political-between-morrison-and-albanese-20210803-p58fk8.html
    Anthony Albanese’s cash-for-jabs proposal has galvanised talk-back radio and put the government on the defensive about inadequately robust vaccination rates, as it was intended to do, writes Julie Szego.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/vaccine-race-goes-around-in-circles-20210803-p58fds.html
    Gareth Parker thinks that cash incentives not a bad idea to avoid an Australia divided by vaccine status and at least it gets the debate rolling to achieving important shared national objectives.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/cash-incentives-not-a-bad-idea-to-avoid-an-australia-divided-by-vaccine-status-20210803-p58fld.html
    And Peter Martin reckons paying Australians $300 to get fully vaccinated would be value for money.
    https://theconversation.com/paying-australians-300-to-get-fully-vaccinated-would-be-value-for-money-165520
    Federal Labor has become as timid about reform — particularly in the “big” Commonwealth fields such as the economy, or taxation, and tertiary education — as is the conservative government. It doesn’t dare say anything on defence and foreign affairs — or social justice — for fear of being wedged writes Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/commonwealth-timidity-on-the-big-issues/
    Scott Morrison needed a national road map with targets and that road map has already changed the politics. The new metric by which the Prime Minister will be judged a success or failure is the 70 per cent adult vaccination rate before the end of this year to enable a national transition to stage two of the plan, opines Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/big-shift-coming-in-vaccine-politics/news-story/f13856537a09b06cb24aca5ead0d43b8
    The Doherty Institute modelling is important, but the PM’s presentation was likely incomprehensible to anxious Australians watching at home, writes Katherine Murphy who says politics is riding roughshod over substance as Scott Morrison tries to spin his way out of Covid corner.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/03/politics-rides-roughshod-over-substance-as-scott-morrison-tries-to-spin-his-way-out-of-covid-corner
    Michelle Grattan says that the government is set to tweak its vaccination timetable to accelerate jabs for those aged 30 to 39, after Doherty Institute modelling showing it is vital to get younger adults quickly vaccinated, because they are high COVID transmitters.
    https://theconversation.com/accelerated-jabs-for-younger-people-after-doherty-modelling-shows-its-vital-to-vaccinate-them-quickly-165555
    Paul Bongiorno says the PM is missing the podium with his ‘going for gold’ pandemic rallying call.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/08/03/scott-morrison-vaccination-rallying/
    Lucy Morris-Marr reckons Australia has moved from victory to calamity in the pandemic battle.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/australia-has-moved-from-victory-to-calamity-in-pandemic-battle-20210803-p58fbn
    “OK boomers, Australia needs you. Toughen up and take your AstraZeneca”, declares Peter Lewis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/03/ok-boomers-australia-needs-you-toughen-up-and-take-your-astrazeneca
    The Australian reports that Australia’s counter-terrorism chief has vowed to crack down on activists who incite violent resistance to vaccination and lockdowns, amid a surge of online death threats against political leaders and chief health officers.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/antijab-violence-cops-vow-no-mercy/news-story/d6bc3aa36e7aa971da8daf9b922d0fed
    A mostly vaccinated Australian society must learn to live with people being hospitalised and dying from COVID-19 at levels equivalent to a flu outbreak, all while resisting severe lockdowns and border closures, writes Phil Coorey about the Doherty modelling.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/deaths-hospitalisations-part-of-living-with-covid-19-20210803-p58fba
    The incapacity of NSW Premier Gladys Berejklian’s “gold standard” Government to contain the latest outbreak of COVID-19 has become a political liability for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. So, as has become standard in such situations, Morrison called in the army, offering 300 troops for what was described as a “crackdown” on compliance with COVID-19 regulations, opines John Quiggin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/government-reliance-on-army-for-lockdowns-a-weak-move,15365
    Typhoid Mary, Gladys, no longer PM’s poster girl, gets the Delta blues, writes David Tyler in a long exposition.
    https://theaimn.com/typhoid-mary-gladys-no-longer-pms-poster-girl-gladys-gets-the-delta-blues/
    More than 400 health workers are among thousands currently in isolation in Queensland, placing pressure on hospitals as the state’s Covid-19 outbreak grows.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/03/queensland-covid-update-more-than-400-health-staff-in-isolation-as-16-new-local-cases-recorded
    Medical researchers and scientists have been lobbying the Morrison government for almost a year about the need to develop an mRNA vaccine manufacturing capacity in Australia, but action was delayed until a few months ago, report Farrah Tomalin and Clay Lucas.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/morrison-told-months-ago-of-need-for-locally-made-pfizer-style-vaccines-20210802-p58f2d.html
    In a very similar situation to Sydney, Melbourne’s west has the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Victoria with many of the suburbs hardest hit by last year’s coronavirus outbreak recording vaccination uptake rates well below the national average.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/most-vulnerable-least-protected-city-s-west-lags-in-jabs-race-20210803-p58fih.html
    A disillusioned Grace Tume writes that Porter’s elevation betrays PM’s chilling apathy towards survivors.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/porter-s-elevation-betrays-pm-s-chilling-apathy-towards-survivors-20210803-p58feo.html
    The Australian Government may be right to express concerns about China’s recent domestic and international behaviour under President Xi Jinping. But claims of having superior democratic values might have more credibility if the Government understood and genuinely upheld them, laments Andrew Podger.
    https://johnmenadue.com/andrew-podger-our-democracy-needs-serious-reform/
    Australia’s proposed path out of harsh restrictions depends on optimal quarantine systems, contact tracing and social distancing – and lockdowns will probably still be needed, explains Rachel Clun. There is still a lot more work to do.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/path-from-lockdowns-hinges-on-testing-tracing-and-quarantine-measures-20210803-p58fib.html
    Bill Bowtell explains why the price of ‘living with COVID’ must be understood before its paid. He says that opening our borders before all are vaccinated will exact a disproportionately high price on poor, vulnerable and remote Australians.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/price-of-living-with-covid-must-be-understood-before-its-paid-20210802-p58f1w.html
    Australians will use a QR code vaccine certificate for international travel under a multimillion-dollar plan to reopen the borders, but the Coalition can’t agree on using it for domestic travel.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cabinet-backs-qr-code-vaccine-certificates-for-travel-amid-party-room-disagreement-20210803-p58fda.html
    Vaccine trials are shorter than you might think but time and time again, they produce safe and effective jabs, so it’s a fair bet we’re not going to start turning into horrifying lizard creatures, writes Liam Mannix.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-do-we-know-vaccines-won-t-have-long-term-safety-risks-20210803-p58fc7.html
    The Government department which covered up the security report into the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins is also the department found to have a culture of bullying and is also the department whose staffer is threatening multiple legal actions against small publishers and other Australians. What is going on at Parliament House? Michael West investigates the Department of Parliamentary Services.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/department-of-cover-ups/
    Privatising assets without allowing for competition or regulation creates private monopolies that raise prices, reduce efficiency and harm the economy, writes John Menadue who says Australia should privatise for efficiency, or not at all.

    https://johnmenadue.com/rod-sims-privatise-for-efficiency-or-not-at-all/
    Anthony Galloway reports that Defence is quietly releasing its war crimes inquiry response plan. He says Defence has not to release any public statement or inform media about its publication. So Duttonesque!
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/serious-failings-defence-quietly-releases-war-crimes-inquiry-response-plan-20210803-p58ffk.html
    “If Defence is determined to learn the lessons of the past, why isn’t it being upfront with the public on its response to the Brereton war crimes inquiry?”, asks The Australian’s Ben Packham.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/defence-is-avoiding-scrutiny-on-its-longawaited-response-to-the-brereton-inquiry/news-story/8e50f6456728e5f1fa35eab8183c3d62
    The Afterpay deal with Jack Dorsey’s Square is great news for Australia’s booming fintech sector but points to large regulatory holes in the payments system, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/the-hidden-cost-in-afterpay-s-mega-deal-20210803-p58fi0
    Disputes – whether they are between residents or a resident and a village operator – can come at high price both financially and emotionally, explains Rachel Lane.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/retirement-village-disputes-can-be-tough-to-solve-20210802-p58f7f.html
    Organised crime haven Crown Resorts or corporate welfare champion Lendlease? Who will win? Michael West reports on the new game show, The Biggest Robber.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/the-biggest-robber-crown-caught-and-confessed-as-cagey-lendlease-covers-up/
    And it’s goodbye Helen Coonan!
    https://www.afr.com/companies/games-and-wagering/coonan-to-exit-by-month-s-end-as-crown-pushes-to-retain-licence-20210803-p58fbt
    Andy Slavitt, who served as Joe Biden’s senior pandemic adviser, warns that governments must now vaccinate far more people to stave off the Delta variant.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/delta-has-moved-the-needle-vaccine-mandates-more-useful-than-cash-20210803-p58fdd.html
    A nephew of drug kingpin Michael Ibrahim has been charged for his handling of $1.37 million in an alleged fraud and money laundering scheme led by construction boss George Alex. Has to be worth a nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nephew-allegedly-distributed-1-3-million-in-fraud-proceeds-for-michael-ibrahim-20210803-p58fgq.html

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  4. If you innocently believe anyone with sporting talent, if they work hard, could compete at the Olympics and this glorified sports carnival is only for amateurs then you really need to change your beliefs.

    Paul Bongiorno revealed the true status of elite sport in Australia today by saying:-

    Martin realised to achieve his Olympic dream he needed to replicate the arena in Tokyo in his backyard.

    He bought a property big enough to hold the massive fixture and spent $70,000 constructing it. He then spent hours perfecting his routines

    He was talking about gold medallist and freestyle BMX professional Logan Martin,

    How nice to be able to afford not only a huge property but to be able to then spend all that money on a BMX track, just to win a tacky gold medal. There must be a lot of money in professional BMX.

    Gone are the days when a kid from an average working family could train during breaks from their real job and win gold, as Olympic athletes once did decades ago. Now you need to have substantial money behind you, wealthy parents, a professional career in your chosen sport and a sponsor or six who will be only too happy to finance your quest for gold.

  5. From Kangaroo Court –

    Scott Morrison clears rape allegations against Christian Porter and Bruce Lehrmann in preparation for the next election

    Leader of the House is the government minister responsible for the management of government business in the House of Representatives and it is a high profile position that would be great for someone with a damaged reputation trying to rebuild their image. Deputy Leader of the House David Gillespie, who should be the person to fill in for Dutton, has been sidelined to allow Porter the high profile role and many people on social media, especially women, are appalled as you would expect.

    Prime Ministers clear the decks before elections of any issues they think might cause a problem during an election but trying to clear the decks of 2 rape allegations is a new low

    https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2021/08/04/scott-morrison-clears-rape-allegations-against-christian-porter-and-bruce-lehrmann-in-preparation-for-the-next-election/

    Also click on the link to the article about Justice Jayne Jagot concealing evidence against Porter.

  6. You know how ‘outraged’ Scrott is at the thought of Strayans being ‘insulted’ by being offered $300 to get vaccinated ? Wellllll in Jack the Insider’s column this little bit.

    Covid-19…………………at the issue of aged care workers in privately run centres being unvaccinated and by way of encouragement, a payment of $250 was on offer to workers in the sector.

    They ‘solved’ that by making it compulsory. Now on to Scrott.
    .

    Payments for vaccinations are not limited to Labor thought bubbles. The Coalition made financial incentives for the vaccination of children black letter law six years ago.

    In 2015, the No jab, No pay legislation was introduced by the Abbott government with the current Prime Minister, then Minister for Social Services, reading the bill to the parliament

    Use Incognito to jump the pay wall
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/coronavirus-australia-time-will-come-for-vaccination-incentives-but-its-not-now/news-story/ad7da9192eb1854e1df8b27a949995d4

  7. This Naval History channel I follow on youtube dedicated their Wednesday special documentary to the story of HMAS Armidale, a Bathurst class corvette that was sunk in 1942 between Darwin and Timor by the Japanese, and was the ship on which Teddy Sheean, a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross served.

    • I should add that most of the video is the personal testimony of the last surviving sailor on Armidale, Ray Leonard, who has sadly since passed away since the recording last year.

    • Fourth at the Olympics would have to be the worst possible thing for a competitor. Having got so close to an Olympic medal there would a herd of ‘if only’ thoughts thundering about your head for a very long time.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In what I think is Niki Savva’s first contribution to the Smage writes that damaged not destroyed, the PM in trouble but could again land on his feet. She’s in very good form!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/damaged-not-destroyed-pm-in-trouble-but-could-again-land-on-his-feet-20210804-p58fv3.html
    And over at the Oz, Peta Credlin is appalled at YouTube’s suspension of Sky After Dark.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/big-tech-gives-free-speech-theboot/news-story/2342fecd982e17576885c15152cbc335
    The Grattan Institute’s Anika Stobart and Stephen Duckett opine that the Doherty modelling suggests COVID reopening plan is reckless. They question a number of key assumptions underpinning the study.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/doherty-modelling-suggests-covid-reopening-plan-is-reckless-20210804-p58fo9.html
    We need to start vaccinating people in their 20s and 30s, according to the Doherty modelling, explains epidemiologist, Catherine Bennett.
    https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-start-vaccinating-people-in-their-20s-and-30s-according-to-the-doherty-modelling-an-epidemiologist-explains-why-165540
    The end goal of the ‘National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response’ announced on July 30 is a nation willing and able to weather the endemic existence of COVID-19 in the community. But this may well be unachievable under the plan because of two fundamental flaws: it is a plan that allows for opting out, or even a veto, by key players; and its targets are not accompanied by timelines, writes Martin Painter.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-covid-19-national-plan-seems-designed-to-fail/
    As the vaccine rollout accelerates, governments are gradually tiptoeing towards talking about living with COVID-19 from later this year, and the inevitable hundreds – or thousands – of virus deaths that unfortunately still await us, says the AFR’s John Kehoe.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/to-live-freely-how-many-covid-19-deaths-can-we-bear-20210726-p58cx8
    David Crowe writes that a national advertising blitz will aim to spur millions of vaccinations by Christmas, but the federal government has ruled out using cash vouchers in an escalating fight with Labor over the best way to encourage more jabs and ease the need for lockdowns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/advertising-blitz-not-cash-to-drive-vaccine-rate-20210804-p58fwp.html
    In a rather scathing assessment, Alexandra Smith reckons Berejiklian’s roadmap is becoming a vicious circle.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/the-premier-s-road-map-becomes-a-vicious-circle-20210804-p58fuq.html
    With 1000 contact tracers working on stopping the spread of COVID-19 in NSW, authorities are concerned about the quantity of virus fragments found in regional parts of the state and Berejiklian has abandoned the promised full-scale return of HSC students to classrooms as case numbers remain stubbornly high and fears mount that the virus had spread beyond metropolitan Sydney.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/worst-not-over-amid-fears-virus-is-spreading-beyond-sydney-20210804-p58fuf.html
    The Age reports on the steps being taken after a single positive test on a schoolteacher yesterday. The next 48 hours will be critical.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/second-melbourne-college-closed-after-hobsons-bay-teacher-tests-positive-to-covid-19-20210804-p58fmt.html
    Church leaders are concerned migrant communities in Sydney’s west are being influenced by COVID-19 vaccination conspiracy theories and fears the pandemic was part of God’s judgment on the world, writes Anna Patty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/religious-leaders-warn-faithful-against-vaccine-conspiracy-theories-20210803-p58ffv.html
    ‘The blood of Jesus is my vaccine’, Robyn Whittaker explains how a fringe group of Christians is hijacking faith in a war against science. It is all WAY beyond my comprehension!
    https://theconversation.com/the-blood-of-jesus-is-my-vaccine-how-a-fringe-group-of-christians-hijacks-faith-in-a-war-against-science-165236
    According to Rachel Clun and Liam Mannix, Australia’s COVID taskforce is working to increase deliveries of Pfizer vaccines beyond a million doses a week ahead of opening drive-through vaccination clinics and as more jurisdictions look to open bookings for people aged 30 and over.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/emergency-vaccination-teams-larger-pfizer-deliveries-key-to-vaccinating-young-people-sooner-20210804-p58fp2.html
    Frustrated NSW pharmacists say they are waiting for deliveries to arrive, with hundreds of the state’s pharmacies signed up for the vaccine program still waiting for jabs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-pharmacists-stuck-in-waiting-game-for-vaccines-20210804-p58fqk.html
    At least two Coalition MPs are threatening to cross the floor to vote against any plans to bring in vaccine passports in Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/really-uncomfortable-coalition-mps-speak-out-again-vaccine-passports-20210804-p58fw3.html
    Shane Wright tells us that the National Archives CEO, David Fricker, has said laws written in the 1970s had to be updated to deal with both technological advances and how government documents could actually be held by foreign-based companies, while revealing there was also a negative attitude among some public servants towards Freedom of Information and written records.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/archives-need-to-be-brought-into-technological-age-fricker-20210804-p58ftm.html
    The political resurrection of Christian Porter is at hand, declares Andrew P Street.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-political-resurrection-of-christian-porter-is-at-hand,15369
    Professor Charles Livingstone tells us that if Crown continues to operate the casino in the light of all that has been revealed, then proper regulation is not a serious activity for the government of Victoria.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/crown-s-conclusion-the-buck-stops-with-the-andrews-government-20210804-p58fph.html
    Matthew Elmas report that Workers are being slugged with tax bills after receiving the federal government’s COVID-19 crisis payments last financial year.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/08/03/tax-bills-covid/
    The SMH editorial says that it is pleased the Defence Force has (very quietly) released a four-year plan to respond to the Brereton report on alleged war crimes but it does raise questions about Mr Dutton’s commitment to the highest of standards of military behaviour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/politicians-must-back-army-s-principled-response-to-afghan-report-20210804-p58fvx.html
    The AFR tells us that a unanimous ruling has bolstered employers’ power to define employment by contract, sparking predictions it will lead to more independent contractors.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/high-court-rejection-of-casual-backpay-far-reaching-20210804-p58fpb
    As a social media platform, Facebook has become controlled by bureaucracy and no longer offers fair democratic discourse and debate, writes Craig Minns who has quit the platform.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/why-i-closed-my-facebook-account,15367
    The Morrison government will commit $378.6m for a redress scheme for members of the stolen generations as part of the first implementation plan after a reboot of the Closing the Gap initiative.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/05/stolen-generation-members-to-receive-3786m-in-payouts-under-redress-scheme
    Australia Post will pay its former chief executive Christine Holgate $1m to settle claims relating to her departure from the organisation during the Cartier watch controversy, reports Paul Karp.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/aug/04/australia-post-pays-former-ceo-christine-holgate-1m-in-settlement-after-cartier-watch-saga
    CBA’s strained relations with Apple and Afterpay’s record takeover demonstrate the threat to banks from digital disruption is not some abstract risk. It is starting to happen here and now, writes Clancy Yeates who explains how Apple and Afterpay are competing with banks in ways that fall outside banking regulation, and all the costs that come with it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/banks-square-up-to-afterpay-and-apple-in-payments-fight-20210804-p58fqf.html
    Tom Rabe reports that Sydney’s new, problem-plagued River-class ferries will only be able to operate during daylight hours when they enter service more than a year late, with the private operator yet to find a solution to ongoing night-time safety concerns. Another NSW gold standard.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-sydney-ferries-will-only-operate-when-the-sun-is-up-20210804-p58fu5.html
    “Are powerful retailers who set farm prices the real problem in keeping wages down?”, asks David Peetz who wonders if it is powerful retailers who set farm prices the real problem in keeping wages down.
    https://johnmenadue.com/why-dont-farmers-just-raise-wages-to-get-workers/
    There’s a dirty secret of carbon accounting, and it could soon be exposed. That’s because the assumptions most companies base their calculations on could be wrong, explains Bloomberg’s Akshat Rathi.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-dirty-secret-of-carbon-accounting-that-underpins-climate-goals-20210804-p58fqs.html

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  9. Oh Mr Sheridan you are a larf.

    The loss of respect for authority

    OMG when did old ‘establishment’ types start whinging about people, especially ‘young people these days’ not showing respect to ‘authority’ ? 😆

    But seriously you wally , your list of respect losing peeps

    scientists, health experts and police officers,

    The company you merrily take money from has been on a campaign to cast doubt on and smear scientists and health experts from day one of this pandemic. If you really gave a shit about the ‘loss of respect’ you would have spoken out months and years ago if not resigned. But no , you are too comfy taking the blood and slime covered coin of Murdoch. Failed seminarian, failed journo.

  10. Well done Jon Kearsley!

    Scott Morrison avoids answering questions on carpark rorts
    The Nine Network’s Jon Kearsley takes the opportunity to tackle Scott Morrison over the car park rorts report, asking why there needed to be a list of 20 marginal seats provided before the car parks were allocated.

    Morrison gets almost instantly cranky. He gets very defensive, refuses to answer the actual question, and in the end, walks away from the press conference as questions are still being asked

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/aug/05/australia-politics-covid-berejiklian-sydney-melbourne-perth-queensland-lockdown-vaccine-delta

    Full description at the link.

    Amy Remeikis –

    You always know when Scott Morrison is under pressure – he gets instantly defensive, refuses to budge off his prepared lines, then gets angry and snaps at people, before walking away.

    It happens like clockwork – you could set a TikTok dance to it, it’s so rhythmical

    Scovid will be in a foul mood for QT, which is good. It does not hurt at all for voters to see what an absolute arsehole he really is.

  11. Victorian officials are strongly considering locking down the state for a sixth time, as Premier Daniel Andrews warns he will do “everything we can” to avoid a NSW-style outbreak.
    https://www.watoday.com.au/national/victoria/schools-closed-thousands-in-isolation-as-health-authorities-probe-three-mystery-cases-20210805-p58fze.html

  12. Speaker Smith is retiring next election. He is speaking his mind now

    Speaker Tony Smith:

    Before I go to the next question. When questions don’t mention the leader of theOpposition, it is not an invitation for the Prime Minister at the end of his answer to make a political statement,

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/aug/05/australia-politics-covid-berejiklian-sydney-melbourne-perth-queensland-lockdown-vaccine-delta#comment-151092940

  13. So the Deputy PM sits pissed in fed parliament in front of the leader of the house who's been accused of historic rape & the Prime Minister of Australia got on national radio to discuss losing control of his bowels in a hamburger joint.How's the month going in other countries?— 🕯 RonniSalt 🕯 (@RonniSalt) August 4, 2021

    Not one media article, not one journo has a word anywhere about the deputy leader of the country standing totally maggoted in front of Australia.Anybody?Is there some sort of great secret unsaid we're not all being let in on?Who decides it's not in the public interest? 👇🏽 https://t.co/8yb1k3BHnT pic.twitter.com/WOtCEpJQHz— 🕯 RonniSalt 🕯 (@RonniSalt) August 5, 2021

  14. Pissed and maggoted is too nice in relation to Barnaby Joyce, he was absolutely shitfaced.

  15. FASCINATING.
    Someone got an IA Bot to write an article on the Liberal-National Coalition government, including the PM.

    He used an AI program to scan headlines.

    The result sounds eerily accurate,

  16. This is Lieutenant General Frewen. Since Morrison put him in charge of #COVID19Aus, NSW, Qld, Victoria and SA have experienced lockdowns . He's the bugler from F-Troop. pic.twitter.com/vbBFcX902C— Wilma, Walter & Werner Slurrie (@SlurrieFamily) August 5, 2021

    As well as being useless he is also being used by Scovid. Guess who will cop all the blame when the vaccine rollout inevitably goes off the rails? Scovid has been flicking questions on the rollout to him at pressers to such an extent It’s now very obvious what he is up to. Nothing is ever Scovid’s fault, he always finds a scapegoat. He is not above using his own kids as an excuse as he did when he buggered off to Hawaii.

    Frewen can announce as many new plans as he likes, some of them downright ridiculous like his brainfart to use podiatrists and speech therapists to give injections. None of them matter because vaccine supplies are not there. It is no use urging everyone to have the vaccine if no-one can get an appointment for three months.

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In a rather disgusting and arrogant display at a presser yesterday, Morrison refused to say if he saw a list of marginal seats to get car park funding. David Crowe and Shane Wright tell us about it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-refuses-to-say-if-he-saw-list-of-marginal-seats-to-get-car-park-funding-20210805-p58g62.html
    Katherine Murphy and Paul Karp also have a look at this performance by Morrison.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/05/australians-are-the-winners-scott-morrison-defends-controversial-commuter-car-parks-fund
    Some of Scott Morrison’s colleagues were not sure about all his messages this week when the Prime Minister suggested the government had stumbled out of the political sunshine and found itself on a hard, muddy track, in the rain, writes David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-s-sermon-to-his-worried-troops-from-a-muddy-track-20210805-p58g5x.html
    In an interesting contribution, Wayne Swan expounds on how the pandemic has reshaped our politics.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/08/04/wayne-swan-covid-reshaping-politics/
    More than two-thirds of new COVID-19 cases in Sydney in 24 hours were in people aged under 40, increasing concerns about the long-term health impact of the Delta strain as it spilled into the regions, forcing more lockdowns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/almost-70-per-cent-of-new-cases-under-40s-as-virus-spills-to-regions-20210805-p58g5z.html
    Police have arrested 15 people after hundreds of protesters rallied in Melbourne’s CBD against Victoria’s sixth coronavirus lockdown, which was announced hours earlier by the premier, Daniel Andrews.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/05/victoria-covid-update-snap-lockdown-being-considered-after-eight-new-cases-recorded
    Phil Coorey writes that the premiers of NSW, Queensland and Victoria are clamouring for more Pfizer vaccine doses as almost 16 million people are disrupted by COVID-19.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/delta-puts-16-million-in-lockdown-in-three-states-20210804-p58fx1
    Australia’s vaccination plan is 6 months too late and a masterclass in jargon, proclaims Lesley Russell. She’s not wrong!
    https://theconversation.com/australias-vaccination-plan-is-6-months-too-late-and-a-masterclass-in-jargon-165603
    “Scott Morrison is confident Australia will reach the 80 per cent vaccination rate needed to widely reopen the nation – just in time for the election. However, federal leaders are split on how and when to best encourage a small number of later-vaxxers to roll up their sleeves. Indeed, as little as 3 per cent of the nation’s adults could hold the nation back from reaching the goal, with concerns the vaccination drive may just fall short”, writes Josh Butler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/08/05/scott-morrison-vaccination-80/
    And Michelle Grattan thinks we will need an inquiry to learn from rollout mistakes.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-we-will-need-an-inquiry-to-learn-from-rollout-mistakes-165696
    If you’re over 16 the Prime Minister wants you to go and get vaccinated – despite the federal government’s own official advice that Australia won’t have the supplies to do so until September, and Labor’s argument people are struggling to get bookings, says Rachel Clun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/prime-minister-says-vaccines-for-everyone-despite-government-s-own-plan-20210805-p58g5y.html
    JobKeeper then JobSeeker, JobMaker, JobTrainer and now JobSaver … Scott Morrison’s coronavirus programs are starting to look like the most aggressive brand extension since Apple tried to trademark the letter ‘i’ in 2010. Writes Andrew Charlton who cannot why understand the government did not roll out JobKeeper again. (A bit sensitive to the Gerry Harvey issue perhaps?)
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/jobmuddle-why-didn-t-we-just-bring-back-jobkeeper-20210805-p58g2e.html
    Newcastle and Hunter residents who had their Covid vaccine appointments cancelled so doses could be redirected to school students in Sydney are furious as they are left unvaccinated and in lockdown as the virus spreads to their region.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/05/pure-gaslighting-regional-nsw-residents-furious-as-covid-spreads-after-vaccines-redirected-to-sydney-students
    As paramedics in south-west Sydney, we are pushed beyond exhaustion – and into a dystopian world, explains an anonymous paramedic. A harrowing read, actually.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/05/as-paramedics-in-south-west-sydney-we-are-pushed-beyond-exhaustion-and-into-a-dystopian-world
    Jordan Baker tells Berejiklian that there are more important things to worry about than the HSC.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hsc-exams-can-go-ahead-without-sending-year-12-back-20210805-p58g5u.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that the NSW government has failed to anticipate the complex issues in imposing tougher lockdowns on south-west and western Sydney, and that the lockdowns are pulling at the threads of Sydney’s multicultural fabric.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/lockdowns-pull-at-the-threads-of-sydney-s-multicultural-fabric-20210805-p58g8c.html
    Daniel Andrews is preparing for the 2022 poll by clearing Labor’s policy decks of any controversial culture kindling, says Annika Smethurst.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/andrews-puts-social-reforms-on-ice-20210805-p58g91.html
    A federal tribunal has ordered Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s department to release secret documents about the workings of national cabinet after rejecting government claims the peak group is a committee of federal cabinet, writes David Crowe who examines the ruling in the case brought on by Rex Patrick.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/national-cabinet-thrown-open-to-scrutiny-in-ruling-it-is-not-a-cabinet-20210805-p58ga3.html
    Nichelle Grattan has her say on the decision.
    https://theconversation.com/morrison-government-loses-fight-for-national-cabinet-secrecy-165693
    The federal government has banned Australians who normally live in other countries from returning home without needing government permission in a move branded as “barbaric”. Latika Bourke reports on some of the reactions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-says-it-will-lock-in-returning-citizens-who-permanently-live-abroad-20210805-p58gb9.html
    Nick Bonyhady explains how, under Barnaby Joyce’s rescue plan, aviation ground workers in regional airports across the country will miss out on $750 weekly payments that thousands of their colleagues doing the same job for major airlines in big cities will receive.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/joyce-s-aviation-rescue-plan-excludes-regional-airport-workers-20210805-p58g4u.html
    Zoe Samios and Lisa Visentin have a look at the trouble News Ltd has with Skay After Dark.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/youtube-s-sky-news-ban-ignites-fresh-news-corp-fury-20210803-p58fl0.html
    And Amanda Meade tells us that Sky News Australia will face a Senate inquiry next week after the broadcaster was suspended for seven days for posting numerous videos which violated YouTube’s Covid medical misinformation policies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/06/sky-news-australia-to-face-senate-inquiry-after-week-long-youtube-suspension
    Anthony Galloway writes that Malcolm Turnbull, who introduced the laws in 2017, said he did not intend for the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme to be used as widely as it has been after he registered himself for speaking at a South Korean-backed forum that was broadcast to the public.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/not-intended-or-contemplated-turnbull-says-foreign-influence-laws-need-review-20210805-p58g20.html
    Human-caused warming has led to an “almost complete loss of stability” in the system that drives Atlantic Ocean currents, a new study has found.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/critical-ocean-system-may-be-heading-for-collapse-due-to-climate-change-study-finds-20210806-p58gbz.html
    The industry super sector has slammed the Morrison government’s decision to tweak the new superannuation performance test, which they say will benefit for-profit retail funds, explains the AFR’s Michael Read.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/industry-super-sector-slams-backward-step-on-performance-test-20210805-p58g8n
    About one in ten groundwater users are non-compliant, with one operator extracting the equivalent of 1200 Olympic swimming pools of water more than the licence allowed for, a pilot probe of NSW bores has found, reports Peter Hannam.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/one-tenth-of-groundwater-users-in-breach-of-licences-investigation-finds-20210805-p58g8e.html
    Crown investors have two months before they place their final bets on whether Victorian gaming royal commissioner Ray Finkelstein will ask for the company’s Melbourne licence to be ripped up when he delivers his recommendations in October, writes Elizabeth Knight who examines how investors got Crown Resorts so badly wrong.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/how-investors-got-crown-resorts-so-badly-wrong-20210805-p58g6s.html
    John Lord looks back over the Abbott years. The last paragraph is a good ‘un.
    https://theaimn.com/the-abbott-years/
    Australia is a ‘Christian nation’ no longer writes David Smith who explains why Australia’s religious right loses policy battles even when it wins elections.
    https://theconversation.com/a-christian-nation-no-longer-why-australias-religious-right-loses-policy-battles-even-when-it-wins-elections-165169
    Stephen Bartholomeusz reports that the Biden administration has been forced to take “extraordinary measures” to conserve cash as it seeks to head off a US default on its debt – a development that would have global ramifications.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/america-has-hit-its-debt-ceiling-and-the-x-date-looms-large-20210805-p58g42.html
    Stuart Rees writes that a petition to be presented to Federal politicians on August 9 seeks the imposition of sanctions on Israel. It asks for condemnation of apartheid as a crime against humanity, demands an end to the cruel 15 year siege of Gaza and the 54 year military occupation of Palestinian lands.
    https://johnmenadue.com/sanctioning-israel-courage-to-present-a-petition-to-parliament/
    An immense trove of the most important royal historical material for decades has quietly been released in the United Kingdom. These are the diaries of Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife Lady Edwina, from the 1920s until 1968, writes Professor Jenny Hocking.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/release-of-mountbatten-diaries-significant-in-accessing-secret-history,15368
    Perhaps it’s time to nominate Brian Houston for “Arsehole of the Week” after him being charged yesterday for allegedly concealing child sexual abuse by his late father Frank Houston. Perhaps he’ll call Morrison as a character witness.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hillsong-pastor-brian-houston-charged-for-allegedly-concealing-child-sexual-abuse-by-his-father-20210805-p58g7z.html

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  18. I’m wondering if the odious Brian Houston, paedophile enabler and mentor to Scovid, will return to Australia for his court appearance. Last I heard he was in the US. I think he will opt to stay there, or maybe permanently visit one of the other places he has “churches” (aka businesses) permanently.

    According to the Hillsong website his “church” has establishments in Japan, Indonesia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Argentina. Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Israel, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa, so there is plenty of choice.

    He and his wife now call themselves “global senior pastors” of their shonky money-grubbing “church”. He spends a lot of time in the US anyway – the latest video, from last Sunday, was streamed live from California. He tours his overseas establishments regularly, so his return to face a court is unlikely.

    Scovid might soon be chatting to his mentor via Zoom or Skype.

  19. What a miracle!

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