This morning, at approx 9:15am, the floor in my study went wild, as did the possums who live in my roof.
I galloped outside to meet OH, who had exited his workshop, and agreed, yes, it’s an earthquake.

It was somewhat concerning across lots of SE Australia, even as far north as Newcastle, the last recipient of a much nastier episode.

More importantly, in my opinion, is that it’s about time Australians grow up and understand that we aren’t immune from catastrophe.

Catastrophes take all sorts of shapes. Weather? Yep! Seismic events? Yep! Meteor impact? Yep! Climate change and the world heating beyond where we can live it it? Yep!

One of these catastrophes is avoidable: get rid of all the politicians and plutocrats who don’t give a flying fiddle about climate change.

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  1. Dame Fiona,

    I totally agree.

    It is about time some people realised they are not owed a cushy life, especially at the expense of others!

    As one of my favourite sayings goes, ‘There are consequences from how you vote.’

    Voting for greed and out of fear whipped up by our turgid media at the last Federal election put an incompetent man, Scott Morrison, and his Coalition in power.

    A very competent man, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who is skilled in crisis management, leadership, planning and delivery, and negotiation, along with his party his party, the ALP, was not voted into government.

    Then the Covid19 Pandemic hit.

    So crisis management, leadership, planning plus delivery, and negotiation skills, became desperatly needed.

    Lives depended on this.

    The incompetent man and his incompetent party failed to meet the need in this pandemic.

    People died, others suffer ongoing effects from Covid19, and our response to the Pandemic has been abysmal.

    No-one is talking about Franking Credits, nor taxes, nor the National Debt now.

    The Debt Truck is up on blocks.

    We want the government to deal effectively with Covid19, but with Morrison as PM, we might as well just spit into the wind.

    We now live with the consequences of how we voted in the last Federal election.

    Those consequences include the spread of Covid19, Covid19 deaths, permanent disabilities for survivors, unforgivable delays in acquiring vaccines, an ill-prepared and unvaccinated population, financial suffering for households and small businesses, people losing their jobs and our elderly and vulnerable left to die by the government that did not vaccinate them or their care-workers.

    It is about time Australian voters grew up, and stopped running to the person who holds out the biggest lollipop!

  2. I was surprised to discover that Ireland is a real Covid “quiet achiever”. We don’t hear much of them but just over 90% of people aged over 18yo are fully vaccinated. In the various age groups over 50 the ‘slackest’ are the 50-59 age group with a ‘mere’ 97.3% fully vaccinated !!
    Despite this they are not running around flapping their wings squawking “FREEDUMB” like the NSW Binchook is about her fake 70% and 80% levels.

    Ireland has managed to vaccinate 90 per cent of its eligible population, but the country continues to take a cautious approach to opening up.,has,-managed%20to%20vaccinate

  3. Ooops, forgot to close comments on Jonathan Pie …

    Here’s BK’s Dawn Patrol:

    Good morning Dawn Patrollers. We have a Midweek Monster!

    Niki Savva begins this contribution on how to lose friends and infuriate people with, “Scott Morrison’s momentous national security announcement last week should have been a turning point for him and the government. Instead, because he delayed making one tough call, leaving himself open to accusations of backstabbing and deception from a great friend and ally, he robbed himself of a much-needed reset.” She really serves it up to Morrison over his handling of the Christian Porter issue.
    “Just imagine for one moment that the identity of Christian Porter was transformed into that of a Labor Minister. How do you think the Murdoch media would react?”, wonders John Lord.
    Dennis Shanahan tells us that Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton are working with the US and the UK on options for nuclear submarines to operate in Australia six to eight years earlier than expected after the dumping of the $90bn French defence contract.
    Greg Sheridan writes, “ . . . the nub of Australia’s concerns right now are nuclear submarines. This is an enormous historic opportunity for Australia. It is a brilliant achievement by the Morrison government. But there are still a million ways Australia could mess it up.”
    Matthew Cranstan says that the United States would be unlikely to lease submarines to Australia, while the earliest off-the-shelf purchase would take at least five years, according to a former naval chief.
    Alan Kohler shares his view on what the nuclear submarines deal is really all about. He thinks we are heading for a Cold War that is going to be painful and expensive for Australia, and we really need America to win, whatever that entails.
    With allies like these, Australia doesn’t need enemies, writes Saul Estlake who says, “Will we ever learn that the US puts its own interests first, not just on strategic issues but on trade as well? The US will assist us if it is in its own interest and not otherwise.”
    Kevin Rudd is concerned that Scott Morrison’s determination to put political spin over national security substance in welcoming a new era of nuclear submarines (now to be brought to you exclusively from the Anglosphere) has undermined one of our most enduring and important global relationships – namely the French Republic.
    Jennifer Hewett opines that the Prime Minister will use the Quad meeting to push back against arguments Australia is retreating to the Anglosphere in the Indo-Pacific. She writes about Morrison’s brutal calculation to dump the French.
    Peter Khalil in this op-ed explains why his hero Paul Keating is wrong on China and our national security.
    Jennifer Duke writes that former Treasury secretary, Ken Henry, who chaired a major federal review of the nation’s taxation system has criticised inaction from political leaders on tax reform, saying the last decade has seen the country pushed into an unsustainable fiscal position. He says “It’s not capable of raising sufficient revenue to fund the activities of government.”
    Greg Jericho writes, “Australia’s long-term budget looks fine. But something important is missing from the forecasts”. He says predictions of debt, deficit and tax revenue out to 2060 rather nicely avoid the major issue that will confront the economy – climate change.
    The OECD has recommended tax reforms by the Australian Government to reduce reliance on taxing personal incomes, writes Dr Ross Stitt.,15544
    David Speers writes about the Melbourne construction protest responses showing the Morrison government’s contradiction on lockdowns and mandates.
    Annika Smethurst says “Wherever they sit on the political spectrum, politicians should first condemn such violence, and not do anything to inflame or legitimise such actions for their own political gain.”
    The ASU’s John Falzon tells us how the far right is preying on Melbourne vaccine protesters.
    The Canberra Times’ editorial declares that it’s time to crack down on anti-vax propaganda. It says that Morrison and Joyce need to get off the fence and pull the rug out from under those within their own ranks, including George Christensen, who are deliberately undermining the national vaccine push. Freedom of speech has never given anybody the right to cry “fire” in a crowded theatre.
    Following numerous episodes in which celebrities have supported or amplified falsehoods about COVID and vaccines, Facebook is launching a push to educate online creators about social media falsehoods, explains Josh Butler.
    Paul Sakkal reports that the Victorian government’s top construction industry adviser has quit amid a fierce backlash over building site lockdown orders, as union and industry groups blame unresponsive health officials for the crisis that has led to days of protests.
    Peta Credlin asks, “How long can Victorians stick to Teflon Daniel Andrews?”
    Dr Colleen Lewis looks at the fine line that police have to tread in handling events such as the Melbourne protests and praises IBAC which has proven to be an effective citizens’ watchdog body and is trusted by the community to conduct a thorough oversight role.
    Forcing people to get vaccinated in exchange for work or services could further ‘radicalise’ anti-vaccination activists and should only be done as a last resort, immunisation experts and civil liberty groups say.
    Victoria’s education unions have almost universally backed a state government move to mandate coronavirus vaccines for teachers and childcare workers, but an organisation representing Christian schools has warned the sector faces “significant challenges” with the order.
    Australians will need to adjust to less forensic tracking and tracing of Covid-19 infections even as case numbers continue to rise, according to the expert leading the Doherty Institute’s epidemiological modelling. Katherine Murphy explains McVernon’s reasoning.
    The ACT’s Andrew Barr has questioned the need for a federal bill protecting national cabinet secrecy and accused the prime minister’s office of extensive briefing of media about its deliberations. Yesterday he described the bill as “possibly a solution looking for a problem” and said Scott Morrison’s office appears to brief media “ahead of every meeting”.
    According to Paul Karp, Australia faces a possible Pfizer supply disruption next month, with states still in the dark about how many doses they will receive a week.
    It’s shocking to see so many leftwingers lured to the far right by conspiracy theories, opines George Monbiot.
    The editorial in the SMH says that Joe Biden and Xi Jinping used the UN General Assembly to make serious new pledges, highlighting Scott Morrison is out of step with the global consensus.
    China’s decision to stop funding offshore coal projects is good news in a warming world, but prompts more questions about its growing domestic coal fleet, says Mike Foley.
    Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack report that almost two-thirds of people in NSW support the plan to reopen when the double dose vaccination rate hits 70 per cent, as the state government plans for the final stages of the path to freedom. I wonder if the respondents really understand what “opening up” actually entails at 70%.
    Lucy Carroll and Mary Ward say that tens of thousands of retired doctors, nurses, psychologists and dentists have been asked to bolster the pandemic frontline as surging hospitalisations stretch health systems and staff shortages hit critical workforces.
    The NSW government has been forced to accelerate critical updates to the Service NSW app, including its dual check-in and vaccine passport feature, to keep up with the state’s surging vaccination rate.
    Matthew Knott tells us that Australia will share an extra 40 million COVID-19 vaccines as part of a push by US President Joe Biden to vaccinate 70 per cent of the world’s population within a year.
    The corruption watchdog will reopen its public inquiry into John Sidoti next week, after the NSW MP handed over fresh material and requested its inclusion in evidence.
    Rob Harris reports that Julia Gillard will urge corporate leaders to help fix the nation’s mental health systems, which she says are “not systems at all”.
    Meanwhile, Rachel Clun tells us that psychologists are struggling to keep up with the mental health demands of the pandemic, with a survey showing one in five were forced to close their books to new patients and others have wait times of up to three months as ongoing restrictions take their toll.
    Numerous Australian companies have recently faced the environmental backlash from investors. But AGL has been squeezed by the pincer of big emissions and plunging profit – enough to upset any shareholder, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    In a test of Victoria’s climate change laws, owners of Victoria’s coal-fired power generators and the state’s environmental watchdog are being sued for allegedly failing to limit pollution, reports Miki Perkins in The Age.
    The former federal frontbencher Darren Chester has declared the National party needs to have a “credible policy” on emissions reduction and sustainability which includes an aspirational target of net zero by 2050, report Katherine Murphy and Daniel Hurst.
    If the Morrison Government wins the next federal election, Australia can kiss goodbye to our unique, irreplaceable wildlife, writes Sue Arnold.,15545
    Australia’s banks got $188 billion in cheap loans from the RBA. Now they’re funding share buybacks, complains Kevin Davis in The Conversation.
    Eryk Bagshaw explains how China’s Evergrande became the world’s most indebted property company, running on empty for years.
    Without gas storage, Britain can pray for mild weather, a recession in China or help from Putin to get through the winter, explains Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
    The head of Canada’s Conservatives has ordered a review of the party’s dismal performance in Monday’s federal election amid growing questions over the future direction of the party – and his future as its leader.
    Donald Trump has sued his niece, Mary Trump, and The New York Times over the publication of a 2018 article detailing allegations that he “participated in dubious tax schemes… including instances of outright fraud” that allowed him to receive more than $413 million from his father, Fred Trump, while significantly reducing taxes.

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  4. I’m not sure what this woman is up to but I don’t like it

    Australians will need to adjust to less forensic tracking and tracing of Covid-19 infections even as case numbers continue to rise, according to the expert leading the Doherty Institute’s epidemiological modelling.

    Prof Jodie McVernon has confirmed she is currently working with governments to gradually de-escalate the public health responses rolled out during the first, second and third waves of the pandemic.

  5. Ah yes ASPI ,Proudly sponsored by Death Merchants-R-Us ,Raytheon,Northrup Grumman ,Locheed Martin, Thales,Naval Group etc.

  6. The “Christian” schools objecting to mandatory vaccination for their staff are members of Christian Schools Australia (CSA).

    Take no notice of what this group says, they are not even representative of schools run by religious nutter groups. They are run by fringe happy-clapper “churches” or the more extremist Baptist churches.

    If you want proper opinions on mandatory vaccination in private schools look to Australian Education Union, Independent Education Union and Early Learning Association Australia who all support it.

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  8. Were there any imbeciles out and about today. We had a full morning, then a driving lesson with grandson, so haven’t heard much news.

  9. The Freedumb protestors’ cuzzies over in WA over in WA must be the Freedumb and Dumber branch. The plan of attack was to march on the Premier’s office chanting “We are Free !!”. Possibly a goer in Sydney or Melbourne but as the WA Premier pointed out to them rather pointless here as a protest chant…

    “…….We don’t have lockdowns, everyone’s going to work, having a great life. We’ve got the Royal Show starting on Saturday, we’ve got the grand final on the weekend, we have the WAFL grand final the following weekend, people about to go on school holidays all over WA, ….”

    • “We are Free” is just a statement of fact in WA.

      These incredibly dumb losers seem to actually want to have some “freedoms” taken away so they can have protest meetings just like the ones in Melbourne.

  10. Well, in the past 4 days, the anti-vaxxer cultists have so far…

    – Attacked the CFMEU Headquarters
    – Tried to do a Jan 6 insurrection on the Victorian state parliament but failed because the police secured it, and then took out their anger by blocking the West Gate Bridge
    – Occupied and defiled the Shrine of Remembrance
    – Spat on medical workers at the Melbourne Town Hall site that was mostly aimed at vaccinating the less well-off, forcing it to shut down.

    Yeah, really good PR so far, guys. Makes me wonder what horrors they’ll attempt tomorrow. At their current trajectory they’ll be launching babies out of clay pigeon throwers and shooting them and declaring that a victory against the tyrannical left, but at this rate I’m sure they’ll surprise us in how despicable they can be and still retain support from the Murdoch media.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe tells us that Josh Frydenberg has backed the case to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 in a warning that Australia must not be left behind in a mammoth economic shift that will impose sweeping costs on countries that do not act on climate change.
    Here, Frydenberg makes his case. He says financial markets are preparing for climate change and so must we.
    Barnaby Joyce has assured his colleagues they will have the final say on any federal government decision to support a net zero emissions target as momentum builds within the Coalition towards adopting a 2050 commitment, reports Rob Harris.
    Joyce’s linking of climate change and inland rail is a sign the Nationals are finally stepping aboard Australia’s carbon abatement challenge, posits Phil Coorey.
    Meanwhile Morrison has sold the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Nancy Pelosi who said Australia is “leading the world” on climate change.
    EnergyAustralia has committed to end coal power generation by 2040, underlining the accelerating shift away from coal as proposed reforms to the national electricity market needed to keep the lights on during the switch to clean electricity hang in the balance, reports Angela Macgonald-Smith.
    Michelle Grattan says that after the deal on security, Scott Morrison now will turn to the shift on climate action.
    Michael Pascoe writes about Independents v Liberal Party and wonders if they will destroy the village to save it.
    “Imagine telling someone from last century about this week’s construction industry protests. Imagine telling them that they’d last for days, targeting not employers or a Liberal government, but a Labor government and the construction union”, writes Waleed Aly in his examination this week’s furore.
    A vaccination centre has closed, and healthcare workers have been told not to wear their uniforms in public after abuse from protesters across Melbourne this week, including one case where a nurse was allegedly spat on. Bloody charming!
    Without any sort of leadership or strategy, the Melbourne anti-lockdown protests have descended into chaos without real purpose, writes Tom Tanuki.,15552
    An illegal protest staged at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance could turn out to be a Covid-19 ­superspreading event, after authorities said a person who attended the demonstration was hospitalised after contracting the virus.
    States and territories were told at national cabinet their allocations of Pfizer will fall from 10.9m in September to 8.4m in October. The leaked figures, seen by Guardian Australia, substantiate concerns that there is a reduction of Pfizer supply in the critical month that New South Wales and Victoria intend to reach the 70% vaccination target and push towards further reopening at 80%, reports Paul Karp.
    States and territories have rejected Greg Hunt’s claims Pfizer supply issues in October have been fixed with Daniel Andrews warning Victoria could not bring forward second-dose appointments as a result.
    There is strong evidence that Melbourne’s four days of street riots by angry young men claiming to be construction workers were fomented by right-wing extremists who used social media to radicalise unemployed or locked-down young men. They look to have modelled themselves on Trump supporters storming the Capitol, opines former diplomat Tony Kevin.
    Overseas-trained nurses in Australia are frustrated they can’t work in New South Wales hospitals which are desperate for staff to deal with Covid patients, because of a requirement to sit an in-person exam in Adelaide. State border closures mean nurses in NSW can’t travel to South Australia for the test which is necessary for some foreign degree holders to be registered to work in Australia.
    As the public health measures work to suppress the pandemic, community relations and connections are at risk. A sense of community, togetherness and mutual support is needed, now and in the long-term, writes Professor Ian Webster.
    The Age reveals that the Victorian government wanted to keep some of its “big build” construction projects working as it imposed a two-week shutdown on the rest of the industry, but trade union objections put a stop to the plan.
    Sean Carney describes what Dan Andrews has had to endure and he says he is still running the show.
    Senior lecturer and expert in employment and contract law, Gabrielle Golding explains why she believes employee vaccination incentives will work. She points to a number of interesting examples.
    David Crowe writes, “Some of Scott Morrison’s colleagues believe the Prime Minister is in for a shock when he calls the election and voters get a way to vent their anger. He cannot delay this date any later than May” and he suggests that voter exasperation will be the great unknown for Morrison.
    The SMH editorial says that Angela Merkel was the sane one when the lunatics took over the asylum.
    Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters tell us that the relationship between Defence Minister Peter Dutton and the military top brass has frayed badly over the fallout of the Brereton war crimes inquiry, with armed forces chief Angus Campbell now described as a lame duck by senior politicians and former military generals.
    The French “overplayed their hand’’ in sending high value submarine work back to France, former South Australian defence industries minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says, while one fed up tech company boss said he’d be glad to help Naval Group pack their bags.
    “Almost comical”. Experts lambast Scott Morrison’s “crazy” AUKUS deal to buy nuclear submarine tech from parlous UK and US programs. Marcus Reubenstein finds a real prospect Australia will be used to “underwrite” the foundering foreign submarine industry.
    Fergus Hunter and Kate Mclymont lift the lid on police alleging that a building company owner who privately boasted of having the top CFMEU officials in NSW in the palm of his hand in an arrangement where he provided secret cash bribes under the table in return for promises of work with well-known developers across Sydney. Nice!
    The federal government should reveal the full list of big companies that gained help from the $88 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy, according to a clear majority of Australians who want to know the amounts paid out of taxpayer funds, writes David Crowe. This one is not going away soon!
    A bipartisan (sic) letter from NSW Nationals, Labor and Greens MPs has called for a restriction on non-essential travel to the North Coast until the region itself hits a 70 per cent vaccination target.
    Documents detailing robodebt advice handed to Scott Morrison when he was social services minister have been kept secret, citing their release could “substantially” harm the public interest. Minutes of a meeting between senior officials within the Human Services Department – now Services Australia – discussing the agency’s online compliance program in early 2015 will remain hidden for now, following a decision from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
    Cybercriminals are exploiting the confusion around vaccine passports to sell fake credentials and steal sensitive information, as the federal government races to put together a fully functioning proof of vaccination system, writes Tim Briggs.
    Legislation that the South Australia’s corruption commissioner warned would hobble her ability to investigate MPs has passed parliament unanimously.
    Shane Wright tells us that one in seven working Australians is now employed in health or social services, while manufacturing is enjoying a COVID-era renaissance, show new figures that also confirm casual workers are bearing the brunt of east coast pandemic lockdowns.
    Steven Hamilton explains how we dodged a bullet by sinking the French submarines deal.
    Elizabeth Knight tells us how a hungry Lew is scouring the landscape for pandemic-wounded retailers. Pacman!
    Zoe Samios reports that Australia’s five biggest telcos have launched another joint broadside at NBN Co, the operator of the National Broadband Network, saying the company needs to stop profiting off the prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns.
    The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s chief executive Matt Comyn says he is increasingly concerned with rising house prices and household debt levels and has called for action to be taken sooner rather than later to stop the property market from overheating.
    The European Union will produce a “toolbox” of measures countries can use to tackle energy price spikes, with consumers facing sharp rises in bills with winter approaching and even shortages of fast foods, fizzy drinks and lager. That’s hardly a “gas led recovery”.
    George W Bush will headline a fundraiser next month for top Donald Trump critic Liz Cheney, turning her re-election race into a proxy war of sorts between the former presidents who represent two competing factions of the Republican Party.
    The FBI is still coy on the Saudi government’s involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks but there’s enough in its latest document release to suggest that Saudi government officials assisted with hijacker logistics, explains Paul Malone.
    “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this Melbourne chiropractor who spouted “dangerous” misinformation about vaccinations, including likening childhood vaccinations to poison. He has been suspended from practising for six months.
    And a former multiple nominee, the disgusting Malka Leifer, has finally been ordered to stand trial.

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  12. “Overseas-trained nurses in Australia are frustrated they can’t work in New South Wales hospitals which are desperate for staff to deal with Covid patients, because of a requirement to sit an in-person exam in Adelaide. State border closures mean nurses in NSW can’t travel to South Australia for the test which is necessary for some foreign degree holders to be registered to work in Australia”

    Well, isn’t this ridiculous!

    Nurses with overseas training in some countries must travel to Adelaide for an in-person exam!!!

    Why can’t these exams be done in other states as well? That should not be too difficult to organise. It’s just an exam after all. And why are there only two more dates for exams this year? Don’t those involved in this ludicrous plan understand we are in a pandemic and nurses are the most valuable workers right now?

    Bleeping bureaucracy!

  13. I noticed the demand from the mob protesting in Melbourne for distribution of mass supplies of ivermectin .

    That tells us exactly how gullible these fools really are. They actually believe ivermectin will stop them getting the virus because – wait for it – some other fool told them so.

    Forget the campaigns to get vaccinated, forget social distancing and wearing masks, I bet none of the so-manly oafs bothers washing their hands either. But they are willing to believe a rumour spread by heaven knows what sort of addle-brained loons.

    I hope all of them get the worst possible case of Covid and are too dumb or too “manly” to seek hospital attention. After all, it’s just the flu, right? Why not take some LemSip or Codral (both totally ineffective for treating the common cold let alone Covid) and they will be fine. Or not.

    • My head has, since Tuesday in particular, been wondering just how many “tradies” were/are “real tradies” – and how cross “real tradies” are in Melbourne right now. Plus, my head has been wishing all those rude disrespectful people the best of Covid, along with that quote from Marley about ‘reducing the surplus population’.

      It’s a very difficult set of thoughts to be entertaining at this moment in time, especially as WA seems to be relatively free of “the dreaded ‘lurgy’ ” (No idea what condition we will be after the next couple of weekends with grand finals and everything!)

  14. I’d like to see a record of that alleged text and of the alleged phone call because after years of Scovid lying his arse off as a minister and as a PM I do not believe one word he says.

    A “personal correspondence”…After 8 years and $4 billion already down the drain, did Mr Morrison break the contract with France via a text message?— Senator Penny Wong (@SenatorWong) September 24, 2021

    • Yes –

      France discussed the contract for the diesel-powered submarines with its allies at the G7 summit, the official said. Australia is not a G7 member but was invited by Britain as a guest country.

      On June 15, when Macron hosted Morrison for dinner, Morrison set out Australia’s concerns but there was no suggestion that he was considering tearing up the contract, the official said.

      “Morrison said nothing to suggest this and they agreed to continue working. The president later wrote at length to Morrison to address his concerns,” the official continued

      And all the time, and for at least a year before that dinner, Scovid had been plotting with the US to break the French contract.

      The topic must have been discussed at the G7 when Scovid was off doing one of his pub crawls, or visiting the grave of his ancestors, the family church, the jail where one was incarcerated, or maybe just having a nap after his busy round of non-G7 family history excursions. Scovid seems to have treated his taxpayer-funded trip to the G7 as a way to get free booze, free escorted visits to cemeteries and jails and free flights to Cornwall and back home. He certainly failed to achieve anything for Australia.

      ….controversy around the side-stops intensified after local Cornish media reported that Morrison’s trip was structured around investigating his family roots, as he is descended from William Roberts, a Cornish convict

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  16. This aborted submarine deal with France just keeps getting worse as more and more absolute bastardry by Scovid is revealed.

    Aukus: Australia sent ‘extremely satisfied’ letter hours before axing French contract
    French Naval Group to invoice Australia for abruptly cancelling submarine contract, says CEO

    France has said Australian military officials sent them a letter confirming they were “extremely satisfied” with French submarines just hours before they announced the €56bn (£48bn) contract would be cancelled in favour of a US, UK and Australia defence pact.

    Hervé Grandjean, the French ministry of defence spokesperson, told French television this week: “On the same day that President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison made the announcement, the defence ministry and Naval Group received an official letter, a letter with an official stamp on it, from the Australian navy.”

    He said this came from the defence ministry and a senior official – “the admiral who is overseeing the project” – telling France he had “taken a close look at the state of progress in the contract, in line with the contract, and was extremely satisfied that performance of the French submarine was excellent, which clearly means that we were to move to the next phase of the contract”.

    Grandjean added that the announcement that same evening of a US-Australia deal showed the lack of preparation about the decision, which he said was probably made within “a tiny circle” in Canberra

  17. There are three things that keep me coming to The Pub. It is the first site I open up on everyday.

    The first thing is everyone’s comments and impressions.

    The second one is BK’s linkes.

    The third one is Leroy’s links.

    And as I go to bed early, I love to get up in the morning and see tlbd’s night owl.

    Thank you Pubsters one and all for your company.

  18. A very good point, Kon.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Laura Tingle writes that Scott Morrison’s AUKUS submarine deal and ‘BFF theatre’ leaves Australia in a tricky spot. What she writes is hardly reassuring.
    With his sights on domestic navel-gazing, Morrison’s all at sea on the world stage, says George Megalogenis.
    Between East and West, Australia is no longer the misfit. That would be China, writes Peter Hartcher. He does say, however, that “Labor is asking reasonable and responsible questions about exactly how AUKUS will work. Morrison should resist the urge to turn this into a divisive fight. The Prime Minister should recognise Labor’s legitimate concerns as the future custodian of the arrangement, rather than weaken the national position for partisan gain.”
    Frozen out in Europe, feted in Washington, alarming some of its south-east Asian neighbours: questions are being raised about whether Australia has the right diplomatic skills and resources to perform on the world stage, says Anthony Galloway.
    Pontificating Paul Kelly declares that, with the AUKUS alliance, Morrison has seated Australia at the top table of diplomacy.
    Paul Bongiorno reckons Scott Morrison’s plans to make the looming election as much about keeping Australia safe from a Chinese threat as anything else have begun to take serious water.
    Greg Sheridan opines that Xi Jinping is the real creator of AUKUS and Quad unity.
    With the AUKUS treaty, Australia may have hitched its fate to a nation soon to be led by people who make Trump seem competent. Britain and Australia’s democracies are under threat; America’s future is in dire peril, warns Lucy Hamilton.
    Bevan Shields tells us that France has no immediate plans to restore diplomatic relations with Australia, as Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson move to heal a damaging rift triggered by the Morrison government’s new pact to counter China.
    Hours before cancelling a $90 billion contract for French submarines, Australia was still telling the company to proceed with design – but the plan to renege had been in the works since 2019, reveals Karen Middleton.
    Tony Wright has a look at Australia’s history with submarines, going right back to Gallipoli.
    John Hewson writes about Christian Porter and the ‘born to rule’ mentality. Wow!
    Rob Harris reports that the shock departure of Senate President Scott Ryan from federal Parliament nine months earlier than planned has sent the Victorian Liberals scrambling to organise a complex process to choose his successor.
    Katherine Murphy says that, as insurgents limber up for a federal election, the Coalition is worried about its restive right flank.
    Vaccine fears have plunged to a record low in a strong sign of support for the national plan to ease lockdowns, with only 9 per cent of Australians objecting to the jabs compared to 29 per cent in the early phase of the rollout. The findings suggest the country could achieve a 90 per cent vaccine target across the adult population as the federal government promises more supplies of Pfizer and Moderna doses over the next three months, reports David Crowe.
    Low vaccination rates in some NSW regions have prompted the government to reconsider allowing regional travel after the first vaccination target is met. The curse of reliance on averages alone strikes again.
    Further to this, Berejiklian is distancing herself from the term “Freedom Day” and is opting for graduated relaxations.
    The SMH editorial reflects upon the week that Sydney turned the corner on COVID-19.
    Coronavirus has taken hold at Parklea Correctional Centre, with at least 140 inmates infected. Treatment is cursory and prisoners with the virus are largely prevented from contacting family members and even lawyers, reports Denham Sadler.
    As contact tracing collapses in NSW, differences are opening up in the key health modelling commissioned by government, writes Rick Morton who looks at the significant sensitivities of the Doherty modelling with respect to the assumptions used.
    The Age says that Victoria Police is conducting a review into its handling of last weekend’s anti-lockdown protests following furious complaints from the police union when multiple officers were injured after being overrun during a botched crowd control operation in Richmond.
    On this week’s Melbourne protests, Chip le Grand writes, “Condemning the violence is the easy bit. A more difficult task is understanding who these protesters are, what drove them to this point and whether there is more to come as the NSW and Victorian governments pursue their two-speed exits out of lockdown for the vaccinated and unjabbed.”
    Paul Karp looks at vaccine passports in Australia, who will impose them, and how they will work.
    “Australia’s healthcare workers are reporting that they are exhausted and burnt out after the pandemic wrought profound change to their work practices. As the health crisis continues, how can the quality of care be sustained”, ask Karen Willis and Natasha Smallwood.
    “Workers’ rights or the far right: who was behind Melbourne’s pandemic protests?”, ponders Michael McGowan.
    Zoe Daniel writes, “There were shades of Trumpism in Melbourne this week as a hi-vis-helmeted mob (of largely white men) took their anger to the streets. More than one Trump-Pence flag was seen amid the crowd, along with a red MAGA cap or two. The disparate group of unionists, anti-vaxxers, anarchists, right wingers (including Proud Boys and neo-Nazis) and general troublemakers shut down parts of a city already crippled by COVID-19”.
    David Penberthy tells us that a former South Australian health minister who has relaunched the Christian party Family First is planning a major campaign against compulsory Covid vaccinations and vaccine passports, saying it is the No. 1 issue of concern for ­people of faith. What a dangerous pinhead!
    “Not fit for purpose: it may not be the most encouraging way to describe Australia’s taxation system but it’s certainly the most accurate”, writes Peter van Onselen who says we shouldn’t be holding our breath waiting for meaningful tax reform.
    Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham has signalled his opposition to offering the National party “handouts” to clinch a deal on climate policy, as the Morrison government wrestles with internal divisions in the lead-up to a crucial UN summit, report Daniel Hurst and Katherine Murphy.
    The SMAge tells us that IMF Australia mission chief Harald Finger says, given Australia is not using a carbon price to drive down greenhouse gases, it should toughen the rules around industrial emissions.
    China’s pledge to kick the coal habit comes at a critical moment for the planet, says Sam Geall.
    Australia’s failure to regulate flood plain harvesting was “a real embarrassment”, but the practice was unlikely to be illegal, the former chair of South Australia’s royal commission into the Murray-Darling basin plan has told a New South Wales parliamentary committee. What a bloody mess!
    Runaway residential property prices could threaten the stability of Australia’s financial system and need to be reined in, the International Monetary Fund says. That warning, delivered in the IMF’s first financial health check of the economy since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, follows rising local concerns about the threat that high household debt and surging house prices pose.
    The former chairman of Australia’s competition regulator Graeme Samuel says the nation’s cosy director networks can prevent new faces from being appointed to the country’s boards.
    Rupert Murdoch may have turned 90 this year but his news empire continues to grow. A week after announcing a new UK TV channel, TalkTV, and a Sky News program starring Piers Morgan, his Australian empire will next month unveil a dedicated news streaming service called Flash, writes Amanda Meade in her weekly media roundup.
    Peter Dutton will seek aggravated damages in his defamation claim against refugee activist Shane Bazzi following recent tweets suggesting the “wealthy and powerful cabinet minister” should focus on his defence portfolio, not the defamation case.
    In this essay on CBDs, Elizabeth Farrelly says that COVID forces us to question both the overwhelming centralism of Australian cities, and their ongoing dominance by business. But cracks were appearing well before that.
    Lisa Visentin reports that the offices of Daniel Andrews and Gladys Berejiklian are considering how to manage defamation risks on their social media pages, as Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said he would turn off comments on some posts on his Facebook page due to a High Court ruling.
    Ministers are poised to agree an extraordinary post-Brexit U-turn that would allow foreign lorry drivers back into the UK to stave off shortages threatening fuel and food supplies. Boris Johnson ordered a rapid fix on Friday to prevent the crisis escalating. Ministers met in an attempt to agree a short-term visa scheme permitting potentially thousands more lorry drivers from abroad to come to the UK.
    The Catholic church tried to stop a survivor suing it over the childhood abuse she suffered at the hands of a parish priest in northern New South Wales, despite its own records showing it knew the man was a paedophile but did nothing other than move him from parish to parish. But the NSW supreme court rejected the Catholic church’s request for a permanent stay of proceedings brought by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in 1968, when she was 14, by Father Clarence Anderson, a priest with the Lismore diocese.
    Meanwhile, Mike Seccombe reports that Cardinal George Pell has spent the past several months in Sydney, as the Catholic Church prepares for its first reform conference in more than 80 years.
    Yesterday China’s most powerful regulators intensified the country’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies with a blanket ban on all crypto transactions and mining, hitting bitcoin and other major coins and pressuring crypto and blockchain-related stocks.
    Today’s “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this white supremacist jailed for possessing child-abuse material and an arsenal of weapons in 2017 and who is set to spend another two years behind bars after officers found disturbing hand-drawn pornographic imagery in his cell.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    John Shakespeare

    Mark David

    Jon Kudelka

    Mark Knight

    Simon Letch

    Jim Pavlidis


    From the US

  20. At least there will be some people who will actually be laughing at a Leak cartoon today, everyone in Qld. At him, not with him but by golly it’s a start.

  21. This slipped below the radar but it is significant event. A meeting at this level wouldn’t be for a chat about the weather.

    HELSINKI, Finland (AP)
    The meeting in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, between Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov
    ………..Both sides agreed not to disclose details of the talks, as has been the practice in previous meetings and calls. Afterward, Milley said: “It was a productive meeting. When military leaders of great powers communicate, the world is a safer place.”

  22. This was posted on The Guardian website. The writer surely let ’em have it!

    Morrison and Abbott SERVE ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE except to annihilate, destroy, tear down and defund EVERYTHING Australians value, especially our democracy! Like Abbott, Morrison is an insignificant, bone-idle, non-achieving sociopath; the original HOLLOW MAN: a sad, empty, soulless and totally vacuous right-wing extremist who’s ONLY allegiance is to the misogynistic, callously inhumane, capitalistic neoliberalism and elitism of the discredited ideology of the LNP and to his notorious, paedophile-protecting CULT of Hillsong!

    Morrison is a notorious, venomous and vindictive sociopath who has a long, notorious history of taking credit for OTHER people’s achievement, of the treacherous backstabbing betrayal of others (including his own LNP colleagues, Michael Towke and Malcolm Turnbull). Morrison, like the swaggering pompous misogynist, Abbott, and the loathsome war criminal, John Howard, before him, who will say ANYTHING, do ANYTHING and stoop to the lowest level of the gutter in order to attain and maintain his bloodstained grip on autocratic power!

    Never before in our history has this nation been burdened with such a pack of pathological lying, smirking, smug and totally perverted, non-achieving psychopaths as those in the LNP who try – but fail – to hide their unspeakable, and increasing, level of corruption and depravity behind a thin transparent coat of nauseating bible-thumping hypocrisy! What is worse, is that the dangerous political parasites in the LNP (including Howard, Abbott and Morrison) have, for decades, forged an undemocratic collaboration with a morally bankrupt, power-obsessed psychopath, Murdoch, and the unelected upstarts in the IPA to form one of the worst, most fascist alliances in our history! Murdoch showed such contempt for Australia, he tossed his citizenship in the bin but STILL remains the diabolical Propaganda Minister acting for and on behalf of the LNP!

    The LNP/Murdoch/IPA Alliance now control just about ALL our media (including the ABC); they shut down democratic debate on ANY issue that puts the LNP in a bad light (which is just about everything except the trivial pap pushed out on free-to-air channels); the Alliance go on and on remorselessly character-assassinating the ALP or ANY individual who stands up and challenges them; the Alliance go on and on muzzling free speech, filling the Z-rated rag media with appalling right-wing propaganda and they are as GUILTY for what they do NOT report as for the lies and slander they do! Not a bad word is uttered by the army of right-wing LNP-supporting hacks about the depraved LNP in any Murdoch-manipulated media (now including the ABC) – not then, not now, NEVER!

    Now we have Morrison, the pompous, disingenuous megalomaniacal narcissist strutting around the world stage spewing out a ridiculous, empty and deceptive new-found support for pro-climate change initiatives! WOW, does he think we are stupid? Does this conniving, cowardly, insignificant buffoon think we have no memory? Wasn’t this the very SAME climate-change-denying idiot who dragged a piece of COAL into parliament declaring in front of a gleeful Barnyard Joyce: “This is COAL; there is no need to be afraid!” – which resolutely confirmed Morrison and the LNP’s open support for the filthy, polluting coal-mining industry!

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    “Peter Dutton, prime minister. If the thought of the Coalition’s Lord Voldemort-esque Defence Minister and demoniser of African gangs (they made Victorians “scared to go out to restaurants”) taking the top job has put you off your Sunday breakfast, give yourself a moment”, writes Stephen Brook.
    Joe Hockey was right about our age of entitlement. Just look at the Melbourne protest, writes Jaqui Maley. She says, “Bill Shorten also nailed it when he called the protesters “man-babies”: they are the political equivalent of a tantruming child, and as narcissistic.” This a very good rant.
    Jon Faine also wonders what lies beneath the protests. Another good read.
    Sporting events, regional travel, pubs, restaurants and other functions will likely remain off limits to unvaccinated people until as many as 90 per cent of NSW adults are double jabbed, with crisis cabinet ministers poised to indefinitely limit their freedom, reports Alexandra Smith.
    Andrew Taylor writes that fears are growing of a COVID-19 outbreak in northern NSW when tourism resumes.
    As New South Wales hospitals brace for the peak in admissions and overwhelmed intensive care units next month, the voices of those on the frontline are strangely muted, reports Anne Davies who says it’s because staff working in the NSW hospital system are restricted from speaking to the media.
    A week after promising most restrictions would be lifted once 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated, Health Minister Martin Foley said it would be “a challenge in Victoria” to keep case numbers down, writes Annika Smethurst.
    Future COVID-19 plans need to focus on resilience, sustainable development and to reappraise risk assessment procedures that have been relied upon, writes Dr Ted Christie.,15559
    Politicians should be banned from bombarding people with mobile phone messages and automated phone calls, most Australians say, after millions of voters received texts from the United Australia Party backed by mining magnate Clive Palmer, writes David Crowe.
    Rachel Dexter and Aisha Dow write that digital COVID-19 vaccine exemptions will become available next month, but they say almost no one will be eligible.
    That howl of despair is the sound of housing dreams being dashed, says Greg Jericho.
    Carrie Fellner tells us about the claims that candidate who missed out to Keneally was also a blow-in.
    Climate 200 is an initiative co-founded by Simon Holmes a Court, clean energy advocate and son of corporate raider Robert and philantropist and businesswoman Janet. It will support progressive independents at the next federal election, building on the success of the likes of Zali Steggall. Peter FitzSimons detailed the interview he had with him.
    Lis Visentin and Mike Foley tell us that former Nationals leader Michael McCormack and senior Victorian MP Darren Chester are urging party colleagues to back greater climate action to ensure Australia can remain relevant on the international stage.
    Darrell Egan examines Matt Canavan’s clean energy China cop-out.
    Research from the Centre for Public Integrity has shown that over the past 20 years, the property and construction sectors disclosed a total of over $54 million in donations to political parties, reports Callum Foote.
    Distracted by the submarine bauble, Labor and the media miss the point, writes Mike Scrafton who says Australia is about to become home to American bases.
    Dan Tehan says he has extended an open invitation to meet with his French counterpart after his offer was formally rejected amid the diplomatic fallout over Australia’s decision to tear up its submarine deal with France.
    Singapore’s latest move to combat COVID-19 appears to shift away from the country’s stated transition toward living with the virus.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Matt Golding

    Richard Giliberto

    Mark Knight

    From the US

  24. “Dan Tehan says he has extended an open invitation to meet with his French counterpart after his offer was formally rejected amid the diplomatic fallout over Australia’s decision to tear up its submarine deal with France.”

    Why would any French Minister want to talk to the monkey when the organ-grinder can’t get his act together?

  25. From The Dawn Patrol

    Singapore’s latest move to combat COVID-19 appears to shift away from the country’s stated transition toward living with the virus.

    Meanwhile, at the same time Norway is heading in the opposite direction. They are currently 67% fully vaccinated.

    Norway has ditched all its Covid-19 measures, even social distancing, in a radical move that as yet has unclear consequences.

    • I think an effective restraint might be to change the regulations so that any advertising has to also include a return to sender address. I noticed the large yellow piece of paper we received through the mail a couple of weeks ago, did NOT have such an address. If it had, I would have sent it back in an unstamped envelope, postage due!
      But then WA holds “such fondness” for anything produced by Palmer or Kelly! #rolls-eyes-so-hard-it-hurts

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