Jonathon Pie: Comedy, Satire, and Some Very Colourful Language!

Thank you to Pubster CKWatt who put this excellent comedy sketch from England in the comments.

Pubsters, please indulge me. 

British comedian Tom Walker created the satirical character, Jonathon Pie. Jonathon Pie is a television news presenter who broadcasts live from outside locations. The sketches show Mr Pie between takes, saying what he really thinks about his subject.

I really like Mr Walker’s work, as the frustrated and angry Jonathon Pie. I particularly like his political satire. Jonathon Pie says it in a way I can never equal.

The Jonathon Pie advertised tour of Australian theatres has some changes, due to this Plague.

I would love to see his live show.

This comedy sketch is about Mr Pie’s’ opinion of the priorities of the UK government,  led by The Esteemed PM Boris Johnson, in the area of Social Care.

Language Warning.

In this sketch Mr Pie swears. A lot. A very lot. It’s kind of swearing I am sure most of us felt like shouting at the TV screen at times when listening to politicians and various commentators.

Let Jonathon Pie do it for you. Just keep the kiddies out of the room.

Now, this is a satire about British politics. There is no resemblance to any Australian politician, or persons or groups or any other entity. Any appearances of such are purely coincidental, misinterpretation or karma, and does not reflect, imply or otherwise anything about anyone by anyone for anyone, against anyone, to anyone or anyone’s anyone or their pet, or garden gnome.

You are free to draw your own conclusions, of course.

This is a bit of laughter to ease the minds of locked-down Aussies.

No animals, plants, or microphones were hurt in this production . . . as far as we can tell.

In what ways our once-strong culture of political satire will be impacted by recent developments here in Australia remains to be seen.

Can you name others? Elephant Stamps are up for grabs!

So enjoy what can still be produced and broadcast on social media, in the Now Brexited Olde Blighty.

Remember I warned you, his language would burn the ears off of a marble gargoyle… but I think it’s worth it.

‘The News Is Mad’ (T. Walker, 2020.)

Tom Walker is very interesting in this CNN interview from June 2020 which is posted on YouTube. Tom discusses the creation of Jonathon Pie, and the differences between the himself and his creation, along with his observations of our current poltical and social ⁷scene.

The interviewer, Bianca Noble, is excellent.

Tom Walker has a sharp political sense, and using humour, exposes the  contradictions, the hypocrisy, and the mendacious stupidity of our modern democratic leaders.

Jonathan Pie has us laughing through the dawning realisation that our only other choices are to howl at the darkness, or cry. Or both.

Australia on Fire.

Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not escape his dose of Mr Pie’s satirical medicine.

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114 thoughts on “Jonathon Pie: Comedy, Satire, and Some Very Colourful Language!

  1. Excellent stuff a worthy thread starter indeedy.

    On another topic ‘Propery Developers’ boooooooooooo

    friendlyjordies –

    • What is it with Strathfield Council and corrupt mayors and councillors?

      Back in the 1990s a local personage and former president of Hastings Council (now amalgamated with Port Macquarie Council) John Abi-Saab, had to leave Wauchope in a hurry, possibly because of a failed land deal (more on that later) and decided Strathfield was the ideal place to hide. Except he did anything but hide. He ran for Strathfield council and became a councillor, then mayor by various shonky means. He resigned in March 2005, accused of attempting to bribe another mayor, Alfred Tsang, so he could replace him. This was no surprise to those here who had known of the – er – “activities” including those that caused him to leave Wauchope in a hurry.

      This ICAC report, from 2005, explains those shonky means –

      Click to access Report%20into%20relationship%20between%20certain%20Strathfield%20Councillors%20and%20developers%20-%20Operation%20Cordoba.pdf

      Eventually he and his wife returned to Wauchope where he lived quietly until his death in 2016.

      Now for that failed land deal Abi-Saab had bought a large tract of land at Rainbow Beach, just down the road near Lake Cathie, in the 1980s. I remember the TV ads that deluged the local channel when Abi-Saab tried to flog off building blocks to unimpressed locals who knew exactly what that land was like. Some say the loan was guaranteed by Eddie Obeid, who came from the same village in Lebanon as Abi-Saab, some say the Lebanese government was involved in the finances. Anyway, the whole thing failed and Abi-Saab found himself hurrying off to Sydney. The land sat vacant for years because no-one local wanted to build on windswept swamp. It was eventually sold to the Obeid family and is now a dreadful subdivision of shoddy homes jammed onto tiny blocks of land with the whole area built on swamp and sand.. I wouldn’t live there if you paid me.

      Why does Strathfield Council attract so many shonks and chancers?

    • Puffy, my sincere apologies, I some how got the impression Dame Fiona had put the post up. Thanks from both of us, it’s a good thread and good imput.

  2. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/st-george-shire/covid-sydney-workers-cant-get-disaster-payments-over-reduced-contact-tracing/news-story/01a9296b343483b34230dc214b9b170b

    Covid Sydney: Workers can’t get disaster payments over reduced contact tracing

    Casual workers who have to take time off work after being exposed to Covid can’t qualify for disaster pay as Sydney’s contact tracers are being redirected.

    Eliza Barr
    September 13, 2021 – 12:27PM St George Shire Standard

    Essential workers in greater Sydney who are potentially exposed to Covid are no longer eligible for disaster relief payments while they are unable to work because NSW Health is no longer contact tracing exposures deemed “low risk”.

    As NSW Health turns its attention to major outbreaks in regional and rural parts of the state, some venues and exposures considered low risk are no longer being contact traced.

    Therefore essential workers exposed to Covid at deemed low risk venues who are required by their employers to isolate for two weeks are no longer eligible for $1500 Commonwealth disaster payments because NSW Health is not tracing their workplaces.

    Instead, casual employees who cannot work due to their employers deeming them close contacts are only eligible for a one-off $320 test and isolate payment – irrespective of whether they are unable to work for two weeks at their employers’ discretion.

    • Is there any one thing, ANYTHING, the NSW government has done right in this epidemic?

      At some stage, there must be a mechanism for removing a dangerously incompetent State Premier. Gladys B has increased covid19 cases, deaths, healthcare problems and financial distress.

      In the name of anything holy, ffs NSW Libs, get rid of her.

  3. Puff, The Magic Dragon

    Ta muchly for the thank you, I feel priviledged just to be part of the pub community and it is my pleasure to post vids such as Jonathan Pie and others for the entertainment and edumication of pubsters.

  4. Kelly must think “1984” is a manual.

  5. “Four Corners

    Monday 13th September at 8:32 pm (46 minutes)

    Bearing Witness: Exposing the secretive world of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Former members reveal the secretive practices used to instil fear and maintain discipline among followers. Those who have escaped say it’s time to hold them to account.”

    Hillsong next?

  6. Hospital in the Home (HITH) was introduced in NSW in the late 1980s. It was never designed for use in a pandemic. It is just a way to free up hospital beds by sending patients home if they allegedly do not really need to be in hospital. It saves state governments from spending money on more hospital beds.

    This article shows why HITH should NEVER be used for Covid patients.

    Woman reveals harrowing account of NSW ‘hospital at home’ program
    A Sydney man was experiencing terrifying symptoms of Covid-19 at home but NSW Health staff told him to stay at home despite coughing up blood.
    https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/woman-reveals-harrowing-account-of-nsw-hospital-at-home-program/news-story/34d12b5da1632e0caaff046440bd5efb

  7. My Mum had H@H and it was brilliant. Nurses came out three times a day and we had a 24 hour number to call.

    But Hospital at Home is not there to replace hospital stays.

    It is there so the last phases of recovery can be done in the patient’s home, doing things like changing dressings, giving medicine, checking vitals, applying topical creams etc.

    It is NOT for treating serious illness.

  8. Re that picture of Craig Kelly holding the book, is anything to be made of the reflection on the table? Although it caught my eye immediately, it could be of a dark coat, a strip of white shirt, and a yellow tie.

    And I’d rather like to have some indication of the qualifications of the doctors in his two lists – are their doctorates in medicine, virology, chemistry, epidemiology – are they developers of vaccines, are they experts in the mechanics of pandemics?

    • I think it’s just a bad photo.

      What caught my eye was the prominent photo of Menzies, who must be rolling in his grave at what his beloved Liberal Party has become.

      I haven’t seen Kelly’s lists, but I do know he cherry-picks information in attempts to prove his points. He does not have the intelligence to actually read any of it. If he had read it he would not make the claims he does.

  9. Razz has used HITH for many many years. First in Colac and now here. We have been very fortunate that every single person that had come to our home has been wonderful. At the moment, because of an out break of sores on her leg, we go in twice a week, where the two top nurses can debride and such. It is like going to the circus twice a week, lots of banter between staff and all patients, as there is room for three patients at a time, if needed.

    I asked our lot about the HITH involvement in Covid patients if needed. They are all geared up for it but will need more staff, as they will not let there other patients down.

    It is a wonderful system.

    • Gravel,

      I’ve checked to see whether the Pending Monster had gobbled BK. I do remember his not posting Dawn Patrol a couple of months ago when he slept in – hopefully that’s the reason.

  10. Belatedly, the Morrison government has launched an offensive on JobKeeper waste, by making a virtue of it.

    Over the weekend, Liberal backbenchers began pushing a heroic JobKeeper graphic onto their social media feeds. It sports Josh Frydenberg in full Lord Kitchener mode, with the deranged slogan: “99 per cent of the businesses that did not experience the anticipated fall in turnover were small businesses, with an average of just four employees”.

    https://www.afr.com/rear-window/liberals-celebrate-the-good-kind-of-jobkeeper-waste-20210913-p58rbw

  11. BK posted over the road this morning, Here is his post.

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katherine Murphy explains the results of the latest Essential poll that looked at attitudes to Covid management.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/14/guardian-essential-poll-majority-of-australians-support-vaccine-mandates
    Liam Mannix reports that modelling by a new scientific lobby group projects that NSW’s road map to reopening may lead to all the state’s intensive care unit beds being full for five weeks over Christmas and almost 1000 people dying from COVID-19.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/new-science-lobby-group-claims-nsw-reopening-will-crash-icus-20210913-p58r3x.html
    Aaron Patrick goes into more detail.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/nsw-s-second-covid-19-wave-may-peak-on-christmas-day-20210913-p58rbf
    Berejiklian is under pressure from her MPs to release COVID-19 hotspots from harsh restrictions and for health orders to be applied to suburbs with high case numbers rather than entire local government areas.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/mps-call-on-berejiklian-to-apply-harsh-lockdown-rules-to-suburbs-not-lgas-20210913-p58r9x.html
    Hundreds of critical workplaces continue to be hit by COVID-19 exposures, with warehouses and distribution centres conducting contact tracing in-house as health authorities focus on “higher-risk” locations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/food-distribution-warehouses-childcare-centres-hit-by-exposures-20210913-p58r93.html
    Unvaccinated people in New South Wales could be barred from locations and denied movement freedoms even after the state achieves 80% double dose vaccination, with the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, warning vaccine-hesitant residents they will not be able to “let everybody else do the hard work and then turn up” for equal freedoms.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/13/nsw-unvaccinated-could-be-denied-freedoms-at-80-target-premier-says-as-1257-covid-cases-recorded
    Nick Bonyhady reports that Federal vaccination teams will be sent to aged care homes to offer jabs to the remaining 24,000 unvaccinated workers in the sector by the end of the week before state and territory jab mandates come into effect on Friday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/roving-vaccination-teams-to-target-lagging-nursing-homes-ahead-of-deadline-20210913-p58r9l.html
    The Victorian government has put the building industry on notice to comply with public-health orders after construction sites emerged as coronavirus hotspots.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/mandatory-jabs-being-considered-for-victorian-construction-workers-20210913-p58r7n.html
    Federal digital minister Stuart Robert has claimed the apps needed to make vaccine passports work will be ready by the end of the month. But tech experts warned ancient immunisation registry technology infrastructure and a mish-mash of state-based apps risk leaving Australia short of international standards. Stuart Robert – the champion!
    https://www.afr.com/technology/tech-industry-doubts-vaccine-passports-are-on-track-20210913-p58r43
    Uninspiring leaders and a non-compliant public do not bode well for Australia’s management of COVID-19, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/like-the-us-australians-angry-about-covid-mismanagement,15513
    The travel exemption based on “compassionate and compelling” grounds is inadequately defined, leading to considerable uncertainty, writes Lina Li.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/rules-around-travel-exemptions-unclear-stranding-australians,15511
    Angus Thompson tells us about Berejiklian’s latest troubles stemming from Maguire.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/top-official-who-approved-maguire-money-said-treasury-didn-t-have-sight-on-every-grant-20210913-p58ras.html
    Kevin Davis goes to Morrison’s preference to go slow on key issues.
    https://johnmenadue.com/go-hard-go-early-but-the-pm-prefers-a-stroll-out/
    Peter Hartcher writes about Xi’s determination to distribute wealth in China and to crack down on LGBT activities.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/why-xi-jinping-is-crushing-private-lives-and-wealth-20210913-p58r46.html
    “Does Australia continue to provoke and insult China not so much to hurt our biggest trading partner as to motivate our most important ally – the United States – to maintain a strong economic and military presence in the area?”, asks Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/coalitions-game-of-chicken-with-china-for-political-advantage/
    Jess Irvine puts the case for a four-day working week.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/it-might-seem-like-a-pipedream-but-there-s-a-good-case-for-a-four-day-working-week-20210913-p58r9i.html
    The ABC is under such constant pressure and threats from government (as well as relentless attacks from hostile media and other organisations such as the IPA), it’s not surprising that public attention is almost exclusively on the domestic service, writes Helen Grasswill.
    https://johnmenadue.com/when-politics-fail-the-folly-in-under-funding-the-abcs-international-services/
    The shift of wealth to the wealthier is driving interest in Universal Basic Income and Job Guarantee proposals as millions of Australians are being left behind by Australia’s mean welfare system. Can Labor do better? Brian Toohey writes about the idea of Liveable Income Guarantee.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/welfare-how-a-rich-country-can-do-better/
    Clive Palmer has already lost one High Court case challenging the WA border closure. He is threatening another. That too will fail, predicts Frank Brennan.
    https://johnmenadue.com/frank-brennan-clive-palmer-covid-and-border-closures/
    Tina Jacks reports that another Melbourne council in the electorate of Liberal MP Tim Wilson is divided over the Morrison government’s controversial car parking scheme after a scathing audit raised serious pork-barrelling concerns.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/federal-government-s-car-parking-scheme-leads-to-council-division-20210909-p58q5x.html
    The trade war between the US and China had appeared to have settled into an uneasy truce. But the catalyst for another trade confrontation is simmering, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-us-is-contemplating-reigniting-the-trade-war-with-china-20210913-p58r6w.html
    A Liberal backbencher in SA is considering quitting the party to become an independent MP – a move that would leave the state government’s power to pass legislation, and its chances of winning next year’s state election, in a precarious position.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/liberal-mp-considering-quitting-party-becoming-an-independent/news-story/60f3038b1ff4e828791a7eac30be11f4
    The SMH editorial says that restoring confidence in apartment buildings is vital for city living. It tells us about the serious underlying existing issues.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/restoring-confidence-in-apartment-buildings-is-vital-for-city-living-20210913-p58rae.html
    Anthony Galloway has a long look at the submarines fiasco.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lost-the-plot-how-an-obsession-with-local-jobs-blew-out-australia-s-90-billion-submarine-program-20210913-p58r34.html
    Boris Johnson is right that we have to live with Covid, but he’s not making it easy, writes Simon Jenkins.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/13/boris-johnson-live-with-covid-not-easy
    Prince Andrew risks the wrath of a New York judge if his lawyers decline to take part in a pre-trial hearing today in his sexual assault civil case.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/prince-andrew-risks-provoking-wrath-of-judge-over-pre-trial-hearing-20210913-p58r2a.html

  12. This is an email I just got From CHOICE, the consumer organisation who test products.

    Landlord’s Insurers have been going after renters to pay for damage claimed by landlords, without the landlords knowledge. The insurers get renters to pay for damage they did not cause.

    Is there even one area that is ethical in this country, or has it all gone onto the sump?

    Hi

    In our latest investigation, CHOICE is digging deeper to expose landlord insurance companies who pursue renters for debts they don’t owe – often without the landlord even knowing.

    After we first broke the story, CHOICE supporters Lauren and Luke (pictured above) reached out to share their experience.

    They had been living this nightmare ever since their landlord’s insurance company GIO sent them a letter demanding $78,000 for accidental property damage caused by a kitchen fire, giving them only 14 days to pay.
    When the story hit the news last week, GIO dropped the claim.

    Unfortunately, their story is just the tip of the iceberg.

    It’s clear that some of the biggest insurance companies are banking on scaring renters into paying for debts they don’t owe, rather than accepting that insurers are responsible for paying landlord insurance claims.

    In this investigation, we uncover more stories of people who rent being unfairly targeted by insurers and what CHOICE is doing about it.

    Check out our latest article to read the full investigation:

    A few weeks ago we asked you what you thought about this issue. We heard overwhelming public opposition to insurance companies pursuing this unfair practice:

    98% thought it was unfair for insurance companies to bill tenants for damage they didn’t cause
    96% supported banning this practice altogether

    Of the over 1,200 landlords who responded, 95% said they weren’t aware of this practice, 96% thought the practice was unfair and 95% supported banning it.

    CHOICE has written to the major landlord insurance companies for answers on how they pursue renters for accidental damage and damage that renters didn’t cause. When questioned on particular cases, many stopped pursuing the debts altogether.

    It shouldn’t take a CHOICE headline for insurers to stop this practice – that’s why we’re hoping today is a wakeup call for this industry. Together, we need to put an end to this practice for good. We’ll be in touch again soon with another update.

    Together for fairness,

    Erin Turner
    CHOICE

    We’re CHOICE; the Australian Consumers’ Association
    57 Carrington Rd Marrickville, NSW, 2204.

    Mission driven
    CHOICE is Australia’s biggest consumer movement. Starting from humble origins in 1959, with your help we’re now over 200,000 people strong. Can you support our mission? Become a CHOICE member.
    Privacy policy | Unsubscribe

  13. I see we have a reply function under each comment.

    What do Pubsters think of this?

    I worry that replies will not be seen as much, as readers do not scroll through all comments to see the replies.

    I prefer all comments and replies to come one after the other but in WordPress I do not know how to set a quote and reply function that will do this.

    • I like seeing the responses to comments under the comments
      Pollbludgers replying to something said 3 pages ago is boring at best

      If you want to Reply to something that you think people won’t see because Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes or Covid press conferences are posted later then post as a Comment rather than a Reply

    • The “Reply” function is not new. I love it because it makes replies relevant to the comment. Without it you would have to scroll back to find the original comment and replies would be scattered around the blog.

      It is easy enough to see who might have replied to your comment – all you need to do is look at the recent comments section, or scroll back, or for mods and editors just check the “comments” section.

      Please, DO NOT change it.

      I agree with billie’s comments. If you think people won’t see a reply then just post it as a new comment with a “replying to xxx’ note.

    • OK. I won’t try to change it.

      I was hoping for a ‘quote’ function. PB used to have it. It meant the original comment was quoted with the reply. That meant no scrolling back. PB does not have it any more. I do it the hard way by copy and pasting the original comment with the reply,in a new comment.

      I think that a quote function is a bit too technical for a simple WordPress blog.

  14. This report is worth a look.

    Click to access EMC_Final_Report.pdf

  15. Paul Keating weighs into the Kristina Keneally debate and makes a lot of sense.

    I especially liked this comment- something no other commentators seem to have mentioned at all.

    And on the diversity point, she’s a migrant herself – she got off the plane and scrambled her way to the NSW premiership, which is a pretty big effort, a pretty good effort

    Albo also mentioned her immigrant status, so good on him. Just because you are white does not mean you did not face the daunting task of adjusting to life in a new country.

    Tu Le, the “dumped” candidate, is 2nd generation Australian-born.

    ‘Good intentions are not enough’: Paul Keating backs Keneally as the MP Fowler needs
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/good-intentions-are-not-enough-paul-keating-backs-keneally-as-the-mp-fowler-needs-20210914-p58rid.html

    KK’s enemies are making a big deal about her losing the 2011 NSW election, completely ignoring the fact she became premier after years of corrupt men in suits mismanaging government. Nothing was going to save Labor in that election but she gave it her best shot anyway. The men only gave her the job because none of them wanted to take the poisoned chalice of a certain election loss.

  16. The below one is from two weeks ago, but worth a look. Both these Crikey articles are not paywalled.

  17. I’m a little bit nervous here in Ballarat as the Delta strain has arrived via a construction worker who works in Melbourne who decided to have an active weekend and contaminate a hotel, a restaurant and a Big W, a day before a compliance blitz was launched across the state’s construction industry.

    https://www.thecourier.com.au/story/7429514/the-day-the-covid-delta-strain-came-to-ballarat-exposure-sites-listed/?cs=12

    I’m dreading that this might turn out to be another Shepparton situation.

    • Right to be concerned, case numbers are doubling every 6 days in Melbourne

      Time to plan your shopping trips, shop early, and forego nightclubs, don’t drink or eat in the street so you always wear face mask covering mouth and nose.

      Avoid people and locations who are slack

      Pray to which ever God you believe in or all you have heard of

  18. OK. I won’t try to change it.

    I was hoping for a ‘quote’ function. PB used to have it. It meant the original comment was quoted with the reply. That meant no scrolling back. PB does not have it any more. I do it the hard way by copy and pasting the original comment with the reply,in a new comment.

    I think that a quote function is a bit too technical for a simple WordPress blog.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Lucy Carroll reports that emergency departments were overloaded with a record number of seriously ill patients in the three months leading up to the Delta outbreak, with nearly one-third of patients arriving at NSW hospitals not treated on time.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/fuel-on-the-fire-hospitals-faced-record-demand-in-the-months-before-delta-hit-20210914-p58rir.html
    Shane Wright tells us that, for the first time, the OECD says the RBA – which sets interest rates and guides economic policy – should be the focus of an independent review.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/oecd-says-now-is-the-time-for-a-review-of-the-reserve-bank-20210914-p58rjo.html
    Meanwhile, Harris reports that the Reserve Bank has urged governments to deal with tax and social security policies to bring surging house prices under control after new figures showed the biggest jump in nationwide property values on record.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-says-surging-house-prices-are-a-government-problem-20210914-p58rjv.html
    Australia has lost considerable credit as an international citizen in recent years, in part because of meanness with aid, but also because of its retreat from multinational systems, including combined action on climate change, writes Jack Waterford ahead of the PM’s trip to the US for a Quad meeting.
    https://johnmenadue.com/to-protect-its-interests-australia-should-be-a-better-neighbour-rather-than-a-us-lapdog/
    Paul Keating has backed in Kristina Keneally.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/good-intentions-are-not-enough-paul-keating-backs-keneally-as-the-mp-fowler-needs-20210914-p58rid.html
    Rob Harris writes that Adam Bandt wants voters to welcome the prospect of a hung Parliament after the next federal election in a strategy to help Labor form a minority government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/greens-name-price-to-share-power-with-labor-take-swipe-at-its-diversity-woes-20210914-p58rmg.html
    Anthony Galloway reports that a cyber attack is being reported in Australia every 7.8 minutes on average as sophisticated hackers, including foreign governments, target the nation’s critical infrastructure and essential services such as hospitals, food distribution and electricity systems.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-battleground-cyber-attackers-targeting-australia-s-health-system-20210914-p58ri2.html
    Phil Coorey tells us that Labor and the Greens are demanding cabinet minister Christian Porter disclose the identity of those behind a blind trust who have helped him with a hefty legal bill.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/porter-faces-demands-to-name-who-paid-his-legal-bills-in-abc-case-20210914-p58rfy
    Scott Morrison faces fresh pressure over Australia’s lack of emissions reduction ambition from the Biden administration, with the US President putting the “climate crisis” firmly on the agenda for the first ever face-to-face Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders’ meeting next week, writes the AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-to-face-climate-change-questions-at-quad-meeting-20210914-p58rgv
    Lisa Cox tells us that analysts are saying Australia was late on renewable energy and is now making same mistakes with electric vehicles.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/15/australia-was-late-on-renewable-energy-and-is-now-making-same-mistakes-with-electric-vehicles-analysts-say
    Australia’s climate failures are costing its economy – and Scott Morrison’s government is being blamed, says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/sep/15/australias-climate-failures-are-costing-its-economy-and-scott-morrisons-government-is-being-blamed
    The government is determined to keep National Cabinet’s work a secret. This should worry us all, argues law professor, Cheryl Saunders.
    https://theconversation.com/the-government-is-determined-to-keep-national-cabinets-work-a-secret-this-should-worry-us-all-167540
    Legal cases both here and overseas highlight reasons why our theocratic Government needs to make a clear separation between church and state, writes Max Wallace.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/why-australia-needs-to-become-a-secular-republic,15515
    “Why are ‘religious’ organisations given tax free status?”, asks the AIMN’s RosemaryJ36.
    https://theaimn.com/why-are-religious-organisations-given-tax-free-status/
    Margaret Simons agrees with some of what Leigh Sales complains about over social media abuse but she does point out the some of the interactions are justifiably critical.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bullying-must-end-but-it-can-t-all-be-tweet-nothings-20210914-p58rk4.html
    Former corporate cop Greg Medcraft says digital currencies issued by central banks and “stablecoins” have the potential to unleash major changes in finance. Clancy Yeates tells us about Medcraft’s thoughts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/digital-dollars-could-be-a-game-changer-says-former-corporate-cop-20210914-p58rm7.html
    With no idea when caps on arrivals will be lifted, Singapore Airlines has cancelled at least one flight a day into Australia over the next three months, reports Chris Barrett who tells us that the hopes of scores of Australians trying to get home before Christmas have been shattered.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/devastating-dozens-of-new-flight-cancellations-leave-australians-stranded-20210914-p58rg9.html
    COVID Delta is tempting us to trade lives for freedoms — a choice it had looked like we wouldn’t have to make, writes Peper Martin as we approach an end point.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-15/covid-difficult-choice-between-trade-saving-lives-end-lockdown/100461128
    An on this subject, Peter Lewis writes about an old ethical dilemma has become Australia’s grim reality – and this can’t be spun, he says.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/sep/14/an-old-ethical-dilemma-has-become-australias-grim-reality-and-this-cant-be-spun
    In this excellent contribution, John Dwyer says, “The truth is that with the exception of a vaccination target with which all agree, there would seem to be little appreciation of the urgent need to have nationwide uniformity in the development and application of the non-vaccination strategies that will be essential for us to live, together, more enjoyable and productive lives despite the continuous presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/a-house-divided-against-itself-cannot-tame-the-pandemic/
    Paul Bongiorno says that Denmark provides salutary lessons for lifting COVID restrictions. It’s a good read.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/09/14/paul-bongiorno-denmark-covid-restrictions/
    The Age reports that a breakaway group within the Victorian education union is leading push for mandatory jabs ahead of return to class as anti-vax groups issue legal threats over vaccination promotion.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/inner-city-teachers-push-for-mandatory-jabs-ahead-of-return-to-class-20210914-p58rjq.html
    Melbourne’s Jewish community has been subjected to a wave of anti-Semitic abuse via social media, graffiti attacks and verbal threats following recent breaches of public health orders by a small number of ultra-Orthodox worshippers. It’s not pretty.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/jewish-community-faces-wave-of-hatred-after-illegal-gatherings-20210914-p58ri5.html
    The Australian Services Union’s Natalie Lang argues that the government needs to enshrine pandemic isolation leave into the national employment standards.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/amid-the-rush-to-reopen-pubs-prime-minister-don-t-forget-the-pandemic-heroes-20210913-p58r73.html
    Planning alone will not fix Sydney’s housing affordability crisis, explains Rob Stokes, the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/planning-alone-will-not-fix-sydney-s-housing-affordability-crisis-20210914-p58rhv.html
    Uneven vaccination rates are just a part of the challenge looming in our region, explains Matt Wade who urges Australia to step up over the economic calamity on our doorstep.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/there-s-an-economic-calamity-on-our-doorstep-australia-must-step-up-20210914-p58rmj.html
    One of the country’s major aged care providers has warned international border restrictions are beginning to cause acute workforce problems, which will only get worse in the next 18 months, writes Christopher Knaus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/15/australias-aged-care-workforce-under-strain-amid-international-bordure-closure-provider-warns
    With the government’s response to the pandemic starting to feel like its treatment of environmental issues, the absence of a cohesive policy has again forced the corporate community to set the agenda, complains Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/businesses-left-to-separate-the-jabbed-from-the-jabbed-nots-20210914-p58rma.html
    Former PM Tony Abbott has criticised people for dobbing him in for not wearing a mask in public, which is hypocritical considering his past, writes Andrew P Street.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dobber-king-tony-abbott-doesnt-care-for-being-dobbed-upon,15514
    The next election is likely to continue the grim outlook for welfare beneficiaries regardless of whether the Coalition or Labor wins. A healthy democracy should do a lot better than this. There is no shortage of good ideas, writes Brian Touhey.
    https://johnmenadue.com/economists-proposals-show-responsible-welfare-reform-is-possible/
    According to Joel Gibson, some “junk insurance” policies added to credit cards, home loans, car loans and personal loans may have hidden benefits for those suffering from coronavirus hardship.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/insurance/junk-insurance-may-have-hidden-covid-19-benefits-20210913-p58r91.html
    One of our favourites, Chris Uhlmann, tells us why Keating’s dovish advice on China should be scorned.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/why-keating-s-dovish-advice-on-china-should-be-scorned-20210914-p58rji.html
    A disgusted Julie Szego writes about the ‘evil brilliance’ of the Texas abortion laws. Really, America is rooted!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-evil-brilliance-of-the-texas-abortion-laws-20210914-p58rgq.html
    China’s ambassador, Zheng Zeguang ,has been blocked from attending a summer reception at the Palace of Westminster in an escalation of tensions between London and Beijing.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/china-s-ambassador-barred-from-entering-british-parliament-20210915-p58rox.html
    General Mark A Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the 2020 election and after the January 6 siege in a bid to avert armed conflict, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/top-general-feared-trump-might-spark-war-so-made-secret-calls-to-his-chinese-counterpart-book-says-20210915-p58roz.html
    Days after former US president George W. Bush called domestic and foreign terrorists “children of the same foul spirit”, former president Donald Trump has lashed out, saying Bush should not be lecturing Americans about national security.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-on-defensive-after-george-w-bush-calls-out-domestic-terrorism-20210914-p58rez.html

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  20. Puffy, I like it when the bell at the top right turns read, it means someone has replied to me. I would miss it. Glad you are going to leave the reply button.

  21. Audio clip in above link.

    • Pat Cash would be the last person (after Craig Kelly) I would listen to for medical advice. He claims to have been in “the worst places” for Covid but does not mention how he managed to get to those places or back to Australia. I think his brain is more than a bit addled. He seems unable to put a coherent sentence together.

      At least he won’t have worms after over a year on this drug.

  22. God I hate Matthew Guy, The way he comes on and everything he says is just a constant Gish gallop.Nothing positive just sniping at a million miles an hour.

  23. Looks like the WA Upper House is going to be reformed. Legislation was introduced today. Labor has a majority in both houses, meaning it’s likely to go through.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-15/mcgowan-election-laws-regional-representation/100463700

    It looks like the current system of 6 regions electing 6 members each is going to be changed to a NSW and SA system where the whole state elects 37 MLC’s at once, with the difference that all of them have 4 year terms, rather than half of them being up for 8 year terms at a time.

    It looks a bit risky, with a party only needing 2.6% of the vote to elect a member, but it’ll be better than the one they had before.

    • If the 2021 election had this system, it would have yielded this result:

      Labor: 23 seats (+1)
      Liberal: 7 seats (0)
      Greens: 2 seats (+1)
      National: 1 seat (-2)
      Legalize Cannabis: 1 seat (-1)
      Australian Christians: 1 seat (+1)
      One Nation: 1 seat (+1)
      Shooters, Fishers, Farmers: 1 seat (+1)
      Daylight Saving: 0 seats (-1)

      Also if the 2017 election had this system, it would have had this result:

      Labor: 15 seats (+1)
      Liberal: 10 seats (+1)
      Greens: 3 seats (-1)
      One Nation: 3 seats (0)
      National: 2 seats (-2)
      Shooters, Fishers, Farmers: 1 seat (0)
      Christians: 1 seat (+1)
      Liberal Democrats: 1 seat (0)
      Animal Justice: 1 seat (+1)

      Lastly, putting in the results for the 2013 election, it would have been:

      Liberal: 18 seats (+1)
      Labor: 12 seats (+1)
      Greens: 3 seats (+1)
      National: 2 seats (-3)
      Christians: 1 seat (+1)
      Shooters and Fishers: 1 seat (0)

      So, these reforms don’t change the scale too much, although the WA Nationals won’t like it much.

  24. Paul Karp Paul Karp

    After inquiries about Christian Porter’s legal fees, a spokesman for Scott Morrison told Guardian Australia:

    “The Prime Minister is taking this matter seriously and has discussed the matter with the Minister today.

    The Prime Minister is seeking advice from his department on any implications for the Ministerial Standards and any actions the Minister must take to ensure that he meets the Standards.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/sep/15/australia-covid-updates-live-nsw-victoria-coronavirus-vaccines-gladys-berejikilian-scott-morrison#comments

    It has nothing to do with ministerial standards: it’s about corruption.

  25. There are no Ministerial standards. Not after The Rodent lost a swathe of Ministers early on . Prompting him to ‘dead bury and cremate’ them. Even then he thought his scurvy crew so dishonest he needed to put in a Rorters Get Out of Jail Free Card in the form of the @%#@#%!!! Minchin Protocol.

  26. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s late, but it’s a monster!

    For SA this is potentially HUGE news! The French submarine contract will be torn up and we will be getting nuclear submarines. What a Coalition f**kup! This pathetic submarine saga is deserving of a royal commission.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/ministers-granted-border-exemptions-to-attend-urgent-meeting-in-canberra-20210915-p58rzn.html
    The Adelaide Advertiser tells us that a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines will be built in Adelaide as part of an Australia, US and UK defence and security alliance. Let’s hope so!
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/adelaide-submarines-deal-link-tipped-in-mystery-biden-announcement/news-story/08732a6aceb3da1aa338394c2693930f
    Niki Savva has a good look at the efforts of independents to oust sitting Liberal MPs. She explains how it represents a clear danger to Morrison’s efforts to remain in power.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/fresh-voices-rise-in-liberal-heartland-20210915-p58rqh.html
    Christian Porter could be forced to repay anonymous donations for his legal fees or declare the donors’ identities after the Prime Minister requested advice over whether he breached ministerial standards by accepting payments through a blind trust, write Lisa Visentin and Rob Harris.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/turnbull-lashes-porter-s-blind-trust-declaration-over-legal-fees-20210915-p58rrj.html
    And David Speers says the blind trust donation raises many questions for Christian Porter — and Scott Morrison.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-16/christian-porter-blind-trust-legal-bills/100464856
    Christian Porter’s ministerial future is again on the line, with Scott Morrison seeking advice on whether his receiving money for his legal bills from a “blind trust” breaches the ministerial standards code, writes Michelle Grattan.
    https://theconversation.com/christian-porters-ministerial-future-on-the-line-as-morrison-seeks-advice-on-blind-trust-168011
    A mystery donation towards Christian Porter’s recent legal fees is drawing speculation over the total amount and the source of the money, writes Andrew P Street.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/honest-christian-porters-mystery-donation-is-totally-not-suspicious,15519
    Christian Porter has the right to remain silent. But the PM must show leadership, writes Richard Denniss.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2021/09/16/christian-porter-richard-denniss/
    The Australian’s Richard Ferguson reckons Porter will have to step away from the front bench over it.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/scott-morrison-to-probe-whether-christian-porters-legal-blind-trust-meets-ministerial-standards/news-story/3a7d6b57faf533e03eb4cffb80c119bd
    Christian Porter is beholden to a mystery benefactor. Hidden money is terrible for democracy, says Hugh Rimmington.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/15/christian-porter-is-beholden-to-a-mystery-benefactor-hidden-money-is-terrible-for-democracy
    Labor and the Greens need to sober up, writes Chris Wallace who says the next election is far from in the bag. He concludes the article with, “The Greens would do well to consider the consequences of destructive rather than constructive competition against Labor. If tactics like its “shadow minister” announcement help re-elect the Morrison government at the coming poll, climate policy will remain stuck for another three years.”
    https://theconversation.com/labor-and-the-greens-need-to-sober-up-the-next-election-is-far-from-in-the-bag-167972
    Michael Pascoe says that boasting about incompetence is a new government low. Read it and weep!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/09/16/michael-pascoe-government-incompetence/
    Our democracy is decaying from within, writes John Menadue who says we need a summit of community leaders to help chart democratic renewal.
    https://johnmenadue.com/john-menadue-our-democracy-is-decaying-from-within/
    John Lord explores which major political party is more qualified to embrace urgent change.
    https://theaimn.com/which-major-political-party-is-more-qualified-to-embrace-urgent-change/
    Mark Buckley reckons our ‘accidental prime minister’ is making it up as he goes.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-accidental-prime-minister-is-making-it-up-as-he-goes/
    According to Shane Wright, Josh Frydenberg has opened the door to a formal inquiry into the Reserve Bank as experts urge the government to make any review as broad-based as possible to avoid a repeat of monetary policy mistakes made before the coronavirus pandemic.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/josh-frydenberg-will-consider-reserve-bank-review-after-oecd-recommendation-20210915-p58rrs.html
    Australia’s house prices are disconnected from reality – and the RBA wants you to know it isn’t to blame, says Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/sep/16/australias-house-prices-are-disconnected-from-reality-and-the-rba-wants-you-to-know-it-isnt-to-blame
    Jennifer Hewett says that Morrison can no longer detour around a new 2030 emission target.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/morrison-can-no-longer-detour-around-a-new-2030-emission-target-20210915-p58ry1
    So concerned are some ministers they’re convinced Berejiklian’s demise could be weeks away. Their apprehension may well be premature, but Gladys Berejiklian is viewed as being increasingly isolated from much of her ministry, writes Alexandra Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/why-some-libs-sniff-an-early-exit-for-berejiklian-but-why-the-timing-is-likely-hers-to-choose-20210914-p58rn2.html
    The Labor and Liberal parties must work harder to field candidates who better represent the ethnic origins of Australians. Urges the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/federal-parliament-still-falls-short-on-ethnic-diversity-20210915-p58rwy.html
    Chair of International Law at the University of Sydney, Ben Saul, explains why 80 human rights experts object to the new Human Rights Commissioner’s appointment. He gives the lovely Michaelia Cash a good serve.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-80-human-rights-experts-object-to-commissioner-s-appointment-20210915-p58rre.html
    Shane Wright says there are indications that the work-from-home revolution started by COVID-19 lockdowns will not end once the pandemic is over, with workers saving time and money by not going into the office.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-re-never-leaving-the-home-office-pandemic-offers-end-to-commute-20210915-p58rs8.html
    Ehssan Veiszadeh is looking forward to “freedom” but argues for keeping vaccination passports indefinitely. She makes sense when she says, “It simply cannot be left to businesses to navigate the legal minefield when it comes to keeping their workers and customers safe.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/bring-on-freedom-but-keep-vaccine-passports-indefinitely-20210915-p58rvc.html
    Cases have risen in the two LGAs with the worst vaccination rates in Sydney this month, as health experts express concern about younger people struggling to book Pfizer shots.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/we-are-not-an-lga-of-anti-vaxxers-sydney-and-randwick-fall-behind-20210915-p58rr5.html
    And the SMH tells us that an email sent to Western Sydney Local Health District staff said almost 2000 district staff members had not received a single inoculation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/future-of-health-workers-uncertain-as-thousands-remain-unvaccinated-ahead-of-deadline-20210915-p58rw5.html
    This registered nurse writes on why she rejects the health union’s defence of aged care staff who will fail to meet Friday’s deadline to be vaccinated. She condemns the unvaccinated as “selfish”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/as-a-nurse-i-condemn-vaccine-resistance-among-aged-care-staff-it-s-selfish-20210915-p58rq8.html
    Business owners vowing to ignore the New South Wales government’s push to require people to be fully vaccinated to enter shops, bars or restaurants are unlikely to find the law on their side, an expert says.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/16/solid-legal-basis-for-nsw-vaccine-mandates-to-enter-businesses-expert-says
    James Ried tells us why Victoria is still months from its COVID-19 peak.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2021/09/15/why-victoria-still-months-away-covid-19-peak/
    Stephen Duckett, Anika Stobart and Jordana Hunter suggest what should be in Victoria’s school reopening plan.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/what-should-be-in-victoria-s-school-reopening-plan-20210914-p58rmc.html
    Aaron Patrick reckons that rushing towards freedom, Berejiklian risks a western Sydney outbreak.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/rushing-towards-freedom-berejiklian-risks-a-western-sydney-outbreak-20210915-p58rsw
    Is sexist bullying confined to Twitter users or the exclusive domain of the Left? Michelle Pini considers Leigh Sales’ recent calling out of so-called Leftist Twitter users.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/sales-gillard-and-the-left-leaning-twitter-bully,15523
    Paul Starick writes that SA Premier Steven Marshall is facing a major challenge to keep his party united just six months from an election, as three Liberal backbenchers are at risk of jumping ship.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/steven-marshall-facing-a-triple-threat-as-three-rebel-mps-ponder-defecting-from-the-liberal-party/news-story/014a038dc9875b67fd9153659b3e02cf
    Peta Credlin begins this contribution with, “If the federal government can have royal commissions into aged care, disability care, bushfires, veteran suicides and youth detention in the Northern Territory, you have to ask why it has not yet foreshadowed a full national inquiry into the biggest crisis in two generations, one that has resulted in more than 1000 deaths, the biggest expansion of government in peacetime and unprecedented restrictions on our freedom.”
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/why-no-inquiry-into-managing-covid/news-story/5330e50d5d4174ff51704deb8af83070
    Emma Koehn and Nick Bonyhady tell us that some of Australia’s largest employers are working to ink final policies on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, including what can be done with employees who have medical exemptions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/case-by-case-basis-big-business-sets-rules-for-mandatory-staff-vaccines-20210915-p58rs4.html
    Covid has shown again that Sydney’s welfare comes first – and only then the rest of NSW, complains Tamworth’s Tom Plevey.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/16/covid-has-shown-again-that-sydneys-welfare-comes-first-and-only-then-the-rest-of-nsw
    Gail Matthews tells us that we are much less likely to get long COVID if we have been vaccinated.
    https://theconversation.com/youre-much-less-likely-to-get-long-covid-if-youve-been-vaccinated-167189
    The alarmingly low rates have sparked concern from Australian Open organisers as the Andrews government discusses mandatory COVID-19 shots for major event workers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/low-vaccination-rates-in-security-staff-cast-shadow-over-summer-of-sport-20210915-p58rts.html
    Rachel Clun reports that lawyers for Australia’s medical regulator have written to former Liberal MP Craig Kelly claiming he has breached their copyright and demanding the United Australia Party and Mr Kelly stop distributing information on COVID-19 vaccines, which the TGA said could be misleading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-s-medical-regulator-accuses-craig-kelly-of-copyright-breach-20210915-p58rwo.html
    According to The Age, religious schools in Victoria will be prohibited from sacking or refusing to employ teachers because of their sexuality or gender identity under sweeping social reforms proposed by the Andrews government. This will ruffle a few righteous feathers and put some focus on the still unseen federal religious discrimination legislation.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/religious-schools-in-victoria-to-lose-the-right-to-sack-lgbtq-staff-20210915-p58rx5.html
    A string of councils getting car parks under the federal government’s controversial commuter car park fund weren’t consulted about the projects until after they were announced, even though the original plan was for Commonwealth money to be matched by local or state funding, reports Katina Curtis and Shane Wright.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/government-consulted-councils-months-after-announcing-commuter-car-parks-in-their-patch-20210915-p58rur.html
    Christopher Knaus reports that a wealthy Pentecostal church was handed $660,000 in Jobkeeper payments and later posted a 3620% increase in profit and a $1.2m increase in revenue. Hardly surprising, given that cult’s pre-occupation with wealth.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/16/pentecostal-church-given-660000-in-jobkeeper-then-returns-3620-increase-in-profit
    We have every reason to expect that Scott Morrison, as a professing Christian in a Bible-believing church, should exemplify the moral teachings of Jesus Christ, but that’s not the way the church game is played, explains ordained minister Roderick St George.
    https://johnmenadue.com/what-scott-morrisons-really-saying-by-aligning-with-pentecostals/
    Tim Smith is in line to be Victoria’s Attorney-General if Matthew Guy wins the election. The trouble is that Smith isn’t a lawyer, writes Duncan Fine, himself a lawyer. He says Smith is variously seen as either a brilliant political brawler or an arrogant Trumpian fool.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/attorney-general-a-job-for-legal-expertise-not-political-head-kicking-20210915-p58rrt.html
    In its recent ruling the High Court decreed publishers have responsibility for comments made on their Facebook pages. In the absence of a 21st century legal framework covering this newfangled thing called the Internet, the Court’s reasoning for the ruling refers in part to case-law dating back to the 19th century. Kim Wingerei reports.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/high-court-ruling-on-facebook-comments-shows-just-how-far-behind-our-media-regulation-is/
    Matthew Elmas reports that Members Equity (ME) Bank has been hit with 62 criminal charges over allegations it made false and misleading claims to home loan customers and faces a maximum fine of $94.3 million.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/09/15/me-bank-asic/
    China is responsible for more than two-thirds of state-sponsored cyber-attacks around the world, according to new research, as foreign governments are increasingly blending their capabilities with criminal networks to hide their identity. Anthony Galloway reports.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-responsible-for-two-thirds-of-state-sponsored-cyber-attacks-20210915-p58rt2.html
    Stephen Bartholomeusz examines the teetering state of sections of the heavily indebted Chinese economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/china-s-latest-challenge-the-world-s-most-indebted-company-is-teetering-20210915-p58rtq.html
    Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has become the second governor in US history to defeat a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democratic governor crafted as part of a national battle for his party’s values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and lingering threats from “Trumpism”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/republican-push-for-california-fails-leaves-newsom-in-office-20210915-p58rvt.html
    Republicans overplayed their hand in California – and Democrats are laughing, writes Lloyd Green.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/15/california-recall-republicans-larry-elder

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