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.

758 thoughts on “Earthquake

  1. From the UK

    David Spiegelhalter
    excellent opportunity to see the staggeringly linear relationship between log-death rates and age! Meaning risks increase exponentially between 5 and 95, doubling for each 5-6 years older.

  2. Another sign there is an election coming.

    Normally this government would not reverse a cost-cutting decision like making oldies pay for this vaccine, but they realised it was going to cost them votes.

    Now if only oldies would take the threat of the CDC being whacked on their pensions seriously as well.

  3. Any Victorians here that can help would be much appreciated.

    I can get the vaccine certificate on my desk top but I have been trying all day, on and off, to get it on my mobile. I log into mygov, give name and password, then the mobile sends me a code to complete the task. How on this bloody earth do you keep the my gov log in as well as check the bloody code they send to put it in? I am tearing my hair out with frustration.

    • I’d tried getting it onto my ServiceVictoria app, the one you use to check in everywhere. I tried setting up Mygov, then sending it to ServiceVictoria app(there is a way to do this), but it didn’t work, although it does for others. It finally worked when I downloaded the Medicare Express app (from the app store on my mobile), and then used that to send it to the SV app on my phone. You cannot upload the certificate as a PDF from your desktop or another computer, that won’t work.

    • It took me 2 1/2 hours stuffing around in Medicare to get it to work, you need to get all your ducks in a row for it to happen. It is difficult though, stuffing around with Federal government stuff Medicare and Mygov and also Services Victoria is a nightmare. I would get to a certain point and bomb, multiple times, eventually my wife said try clicking that (not obvious thing) and it happened.
      As Leroy said apparently the Medicare express app is the easiest.

    • On your smart phone make sure you have
      Installed Medicare Express app
      Downloaded covid vax from my gov
      Updated services Victoria app
      Go into Medicare express
      Select person
      Select immunisation history
      Select covid
      Should be invited to download covid certificate to services victoria, services NSW if installed
      When successful on service victoria on download screen on bottom line will see
      Box for history, box for certificate, button for check-in

  4. If you want to understand the French election, read this.

  5. Van Badham writing for the New York Times on the alleged Australian dictatorship, who this rubbish is aimed at and the lengths the organisers go to in spreading their lies.

    No, Australia Is Not Actually an Evil Dictatorship

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Such lean pickings today!

    James Massola says that Morrison the pragmatist is leading from the back on net zero.
    Doug Dingwall outlines the big problem with the government’s climate change programs.
    The SMH editorial say that patience and empathy needed as NSW re-emerges into a changed world.
    Mihael McGowan explains why ICAC is examining the public and private lives of Gladys Berejiklian.
    Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, the self-styled anti-establishment libertarian, is resurrecting his political career, and he’s starting with the Coalition’s conservative base, writes Za Hope. And, looking at the photo, what a lovely couple they are!
    It turns out the very business lobbyists who stood to benefit most from JobKeeper were regularly advising the Government on JobKeeper. Callum Foote and Michael West report how $40bn was squandered and the role of corporate spinners Business Council of Australia and AI Group.
    Since the Government refuses to investigate many of the allegations against Christian Porter, concerned citizens are beginning to speak out, writes Emma Willson.,15637
    All new residential and office buildings with off-street parking should be forced to include electrical cabling for future vehicle charging, industry experts say, to ensure Australia can make a smooth transition away from petrol and diesel cars.
    A private school linked to the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, a group once described as an “extremist cult” by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, has received an estimated $9 million in JobKeeper payments.
    “Britain is going to the dogs. We haven’t quite woken up to the mess we’re in yet, but we will. In the unconscious mind of the nation the dots are all there, waiting to be joined up. When the connections are made, and as his Marbella tan begins to peel, the aimless occupant of 10 Downing Street will be in for a shock”, writes Matthew Paris for The Times.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Davidson

    Matt Golding

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight

    Alan Moir

    From the US

  7. Kos says full results re the below will be reported in the coming week.

  8. Just a reminder – the ICAC investigation into the BinChicken begins tomorrow.

    ICAC inquiry into Gladys Berejiklian begins tomorrow — here’s what to expect

    Meanwhile the adoring MSM, including Their ABC, are doing their very best to give her an easy ride though the next two weeks.

    They had to try to stoke the anti-Labor fire up to a roaring blaze, before the NSW ICAC starts tomorrow. Look over there, etc.— Epicfail 💚🤦‍♀️ 💉💉 (@chocpudd) October 16, 2021

    • It would have been a good idea on Chris Minns’ part if he had not gone after Jodi McKay, if he had not told lies about her and if he had not allowed his own ambition to over-rule decency (if he has ever had any).

      Jodi should run for a federal seat – at least federal Labor appreciates strong female leadership, unlike NSW Labor where the women are only given a go if the chaps think they will lose.

    • Minns seems to want to have Labor stay out of the Willoughby, Bega, Monaro and Holsworthy by-elections.

      Wouldn’t it be embarrassing for him if the Liberals ran a candidate in Strathfield and won?

  9. Thanks for the responses. I have only just learned to scroll down the screen to get other things, it was so simple when I had someone actually talk me through it. Now to get Razz her mygov account and go through it all again.

  10. Thinking about the position of the federal ALP today, I’m imagining a similar situation of the bullied kid in the schoolyard.

    When everyone else watches the bullies gather up on them, punch them, kick them until they’re forced to curl into a helpless ball. The Liberals, Nationals, Murdoch Media, 9-Costello Media, the captured pro-Coalition ABC, the radio shockjocks, the various far-right numpties, who realistically comes to their aid with all that going on?

    Of course good people would think they’d come to their aid, but in reality, they don’t. Not if they don’t fight back. Otherwise all everyone else can do is pity them, but, realistically, they wouldn’t do anything to help them, because everyone would be like “glad that’s not me.”

    So that’s why I’m feeling so down about federal Labor at the moment. The bullies are ganging up on, punching and kicking them, yet they don’t do anything meaningful to defend themselves. I don’t think this is a winning strategy.

    As Jonathan Pie put it – “Where is the anger?!” This Coalition government has brought this country to its knees from over 8 years of misrule, yet somehow most people just still frigging hate Labor. Yeah, the polls have the ALP in the lead on 2PP, but I think that’ll all evaporate once the election is called, just like it always has for the past 25 years.

    • Yes!

      Labor doesn’t even have a policy on emissions yet. Maybe that’s because they intend to support gas drilling IF they win the election.

      If they do have a policy they certainly don’t want to talk about it. This is looking like being a replay of 2019 when Labor was too scared to talk about Adani in case doing that cost them seats in Queensland.

    • I can bring up a similar case in time, Victorian state politics in the 1990’s. Jeff Kennett’s Coalition won in a landslide in 1992, winning 61 of 88 seats.

      While I was too young to remember, the 1996 election with Labor led by John Brumby produced a pathetic swing back of 3 seats.

      But I remember the 1999 election, where Labor led by Steve Bracks fought back against Kennett, and hard, even though most of the media commentator class dismissed them, they actually managed to defeat the Coalition against all odds, managing to take out 15 Coalition seats to bring them to a minority and win government.


    A Plan for Nuclear Power in Australia
    By evcricket May 16, 2021

    There’s a persistent theme, particularly since the Texas power system dramas during the big cold, that nuclear power is some sort of magic bullet for power grids, and avoids the complexities of a majority solar and wind grid. I am frequently told that if we used nuclear in Australia we could avoid all these costly and time consuming transmission projects, greatly reduce the storage required and generally prosper. Problem is no one seems to have punched the numbers. Any of them. Not how much it will cost, not how many plants we’ll need and no estimate on whether or not we can actually do it without building additional transmission. This post will have a crack at all of those things.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe says Barnaby Joyce has weakened Scott Morrison just two weeks before world leaders are due to meet in Glasgow to decide their pledges on climate change. Joyce has left the Prime Minister with little room to move on one of the key negotiations at the United Nations climate summit: the goal of making deeper cuts to emissions by 2030.
    Barnaby Joyce has told The Australian after the meeting that Nationals MPs were “not at this stage” convinced that Scott Morrison’s plan for a net zero by 2050 emissions target could be achieved without negatively affecting the regions. The Deputy Prime Minister said the sticking point was a “lack of information” about the economic impact of the plan on the regions and jobs, after the party room of 21 MPs was briefed by Energy Minister Angus Taylor.
    The Nationals have flatly rejected an increased emissions reduction target for 2030 but with tens of billions of dollars for regional Australia on the table, they are considering backing a commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, writes Phil Coorey.
    Sean Kelly writes that climate has shifted in Scott-land, but he wonders whether or not real action will follow.
    Nicks O’Malley and Toscano tell us that business leaders say Australia is being left behind the rest of the developed world due to the federal government’s failure to commit to serious climate change action and want a national net zero emissions target to urgently be set.
    Meanwhile, European oil and gas giant Shell is seeking to expand its Australian power business and develop more renewables and zero-emissions hydrogen projects locally.
    If Australia sets a ‘net zero by 2050’ target at COP26, it will likely be heralded as a major shift, but it’s unlikely to do anything to align us with that trajectory, writes a concerned Jetan Joshi.
    Amy Remeikis tells us what she knows about yesterday’s big meeting of Coalition MPs.
    Peter Martin tells us Australia’s top economists are backing a carbon price, saying the benefits of net-zero outweigh the cost.
    Regional communities built around traditional mining and manufacturing will die unless governments invest and support them through the clean energy transition, Labor’s Chris Bowen has warned. Labor’s climate and energy spokesman believes the same regional cities which have historically powered the nation can and will become the engine room of Australia’s renewable energy economy.
    Alan Kohler says we should be preparing for inflation and higher interest rates.
    There are many things wrong with both housing policy and tax policy, and the interaction of them predictably creates distortions in our housing market. It makes it impossible for many young people to own their own home, writes Kevin Davis who says now good time to end negative gearing and taxpayer subsidised speculation in housing.
    The ICAC hearing into Berejiklian’s involvement in certain grant dealings begins this morning. Should make interesting viewing. Tom Rabe tells us what to expect.
    Sandy Killick argues that integrity in politics is not too much to ask.
    Melburnians are days away from ending their sixth citywide lockdown when restrictions ease on Friday under greater freedoms than had been previously flagged, explain Sumeyya Ilanbey and Jewel Topsfield.
    Public health measures will be needed into 2022 to keep a lid on COVID-19 outbreaks and do away with mass lockdowns, with high vaccination coverage alone not enough to stop the hospital system becoming overloaded as case numbers rise, explain Lucy Carroll and Rachel Clun.
    A prime example of Federal Government misspending, COVIDSafe never replaced the sleuthing efforts of human contact tracers and may have even inhibited them, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.,15633
    Melissa Cunningham and Aisha Dow tell us how Victorian hospitals are making seismic changes to handle a tsunami of the unvaccinated.
    If the Australian international border is reopened while highly transmissible Covid-19 variants are circulating overseas or locally, large and disruptive outbreaks will still be possible after 80% of people aged 16 years are fully vaccinated, modelling published in the Medical Journal of Australia today says.
    Daniel Andrews says Victoria and NSW are now “closely aligned” and will increasingly operate as one zone while other states pursue their own divergent COVID-free paths, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    The popular view is that once we’ve got on top of COVID-19 through vaccines, occupancy of offices will return to normal. But new habits die hard, writes Dr Peter Fisher.,15639
    Bloody idiots! The Maritime Union of Australia has given stevedores in Queensland until today to back down on vaccine mandates and urged all members not to provide proof of vaccination.
    Shane Wright writes that the man who designed HECS for the university sector says revenue-contingent loans should be an option to re-build small and medium-sized businesses.
    The Greens will fight for a million publicly owned, affordable homes to be built over twenty years if they hold the balance of power after the next federal election, reports James Massola. This will surely generate some discussion, given the caveats the PBO has put on its study.
    Zoe Samios reports that Australia’s national broadcaster has recruited a former Commonwealth ombudsman and an experienced news industry executive to review how it handles complaints, a step that could dramatically change how public concerns about coverage and breaches of editorial practices are dealt with in future.
    Decorah Snow and Adele Ferguson report that a secretive trustee company that has received tens of millions of dollars in native title payments is being asked to reveal where the money has gone.
    Bevan Shields writes that a new free-trade agreement between Canberra and London will make it easier for people to live and work in both countries.
    China’s global diplomatic approach is shifting, and Australia would do well to pay attention to it, argues Tony Walker.
    Nick Toscano reports on casino giant Star Entertainment facing the threat of a class action lawsuit over alleged failures to confront money-laundering and terrorism-financing risks.
    The courts have a new chance to block Texas’s abortion law. They must take it, urge these contributors to The Guardian.
    Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the special committee investigating the deadly 6 January US Capitol attack, said on Sunday the pursuit of a criminal contempt referral against Steve Bannon was “the first shot over the bow” for allies of Donald Trump defying subpoenas to testify.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Peter Broelman

    Jim Pavlidis

    Alan Moir

    Warren Brown

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  13. “David Crowe says Barnaby Joyce has weakened Scott Morrison just two weeks before world leaders are due to meet in Glasgow to decide their pledges on climate change. Joyce has left the Prime Minister with little room to move on one of the key negotiations at the United Nations climate summit: the goal of making deeper cuts to emissions by 2030.”

    Have any of the so-called “journalists” in this damned country ever bothered to ask why the braindead, drunken oaf leading the Nats, a party that gained only 642,233 votes for the Reps in 2019 and only 4.51% of the total vote (not including the LNP vote in Queensland) can hold the entire planet to ransom to save the jobs of a handful of coal miners employed mostly by overseas-owned companies who pay little or no tax in Australia?

    Or wondered why the Greens, who won 1,482,923 votes and 10.40% of the vote have only one seat in the Reps?

    Why isn’t Scovid standing up to this rabble of allegedly “rural” MPs, many of whose own constituents are feeling betrayed today by Barnaby’s support for coal and gas over their farming?

    Why won’t Scovid set the necessary zero emissions by 2030 and save the planet?

    Two reasons come to mind – Scovid’s cult beliefs and his reliance on the Nats to form government. Without the Nats the Liberal Party would never be in government.

  14. A look at our likely future for vax.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer shot for certain people who previously got that vaccine: those aged 65 or older, those aged 18 to 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID and people in the latter age group who are at high risk of occupational exposure, such as health care workers and teachers.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director recommended the shots for all three groups—overruling the agency’s own advisory panel, which had not recommended people receive an extra dose based on their occupation.

  15. David Shoebridge, Greens member of the NSW Upper House, has been live-tweeting this morning’s ICAC session.

    For those interested –

    ICAC hearing starts 10AM today into what happened in Wagga Wagga and why millions of dollars flowed into projects with little accountability or transparency. with so many MPs in front of ICAC, it's clear something is very wrong in NSW.— David Shoebridge (@ShoebridgeMLC) October 17, 2021

    If you want to watch –

  16. Squibbing it, as usual

    PM told Liberals Australia would offer net zero as a ‘nationally determined contribution’

    Murph has a bit more for you on climate negotiations – a NDC is a statement of intent, with a bit of weight behind it. So the prime minister told his party room he wants to offer up net zero by 2050 as a NDC to the international community, which is basically a way of saying ‘we will do this’ – without needing to go to the parliament.

  17. A good thread on Adani’s breaches of the UN Global Compact.

    Adani deems intent on digging up and flogging off as much coal as possible before the demand for it falls through the floor.

    Which brings me to an excellent article from TPS, accusing our woeful government of digging up and either using or exporting as much coal and gas as they can before demand drops to zero. Exactly what they are doing, with the aim of making as much money as quickly as possible for their billionaire supporters.


    • As daft as claiming rural electorates are full of poor people despite the Nats having held those electorates for decades without lifting a finger to help anyone but wealthy donors.

  18. ICAC has revealed some amazing stuff-ups and lies – already!.

    Like this –

    Not only that, but the shooting complex could not have been built in time.

  19. Tonight’s Four Corners was about Angela Merkel. It was brilliant.

    The “cast” was awesome. Getting your head about French, German, English and the subtitles was interesting.

    The Australian Story before that was about Max Gillies. One to watch as well.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe writes that Scott Morrison has told Liberal colleagues he will forge ahead with a cut to carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 in a crucial call on climate policy that cannot be blocked by a small group of opponents in the Nationals party room.
    Australia’s decision not to boost its 2030 emissions reduction target will disappoint key allies that have called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do more ahead of next month’s United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, says Mike Foley.
    “Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are now on a unity ticket holding that the net-zero emissions by 2050 commitment is a national security issue. The problem is they mean opposite things. And they’re both wildly exaggerating, if not flat-out wrong”, says Greg Sheridan.
    Troy Bramston says it is utterly farcical that Australia’s climate change policy – which affects our future economy and jobs, living standards, natural environment, biosecurity and health – is being held to ransom by 21 members and senators in the Nation­als.
    Jack Waterford accuses the National Party of extorting the government for money and favours on climate change.
    Barnaby Joyce looks every bit the man who knows he has to deliver something that every sinew of his body disagrees with, opines Phil Coorey.
    Paul Bongiorno writes about the Nationals’ theatre of the absurd draining the government credibility.
    And Michael Pascoe says the opportunity cost of the Pork Party will be tens of billions. He chronicles many examples of the egregious misuse of taxpayers’ money.
    The Nationals appear to be inching towards accepting the net zero 2050 climate target, wrapped in a protective layer of cotton wool and of course accompanied by expensive sweeteners, writes Michelle Grattan who says a mall step for everyone else is a big leap for the Nationals.
    The Coalition government remains in thrall to a tiny rump of its support base despite its wilful refusal to make changes necessary to the national interest and the climate, says Stephanie Dowrick.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has decided to attend the COP26 Conference as Australians launch a campaign to demonstrate our shame to the world, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.,15641
    Deborah Snow reports on yesterday’s ICAC hearing where Maguire and Berejiklian’s integrity became further compromised.
    “The impact of dry, legal phrasing carefully constructing a case explains why it instantly became politically impossible for a popular Gladys Berejiklian to remain NSW Premier. It also explains why Scott Morrison is so apprehensive about replicating the NSW model for the proposed national integrity commission – and why Dan Andrews is keen to stay as far away as possible from current investigations of Victoria’s anti-corruption body into ALP branch-stacking and misuse of public money”, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    A senior public servant involved in drafting an “extremely unusual” submission for a grant at the centre of a corruption investigation into Gladys Berejiklian says he would have “absolutely” raised concerns about the funding if he’d known about her secret relationship with former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire, reports Michael McGowan.
    Anne Davies writes that the opening of ICAC’s inquiry into Gladys Berejiklian was a contrast to her shock resignation.
    While scandals happen on both sides of the political spectrum, the mainstream media tends to showcase Labor’s faults over those of the Liberal Party, writes Dr Victoria Fielding.,15642
    Speaker of the NSW House argues for significant change to political donation laws and regulations.
    Sydney oncologist Nicholas Wilcken recounts his experiences from working in a Covid ward for a week. A brilliant contribution! Read it.
    Doctors say urgent “category one” elective surgeries are being postponed because of a worsening bed shortage in Victorian hospitals, as people suffering painful conditions that impair their ability to work are having operations cancelled to make room for COVID-19 patients. The Age says the postponements ae “indefinite”.
    Stephen Duckett writes, “The easing of Melbourne’s lockdown, ahead of schedule, announced by the Premier on the weekend, was accompanied by an audible sigh of relief from most. But from health workers there was a sigh of resignation because they expect to have to deal with a surge in the number of people going to hospital – when there is the equivalent of one of Melbourne’s major hospitals full of people with COVID-19 already – and the number of people dying with COVID.”
    Facebook says the United Australia party’s page does not violate the social media giant’s community standards despite carrying prominent content from Craig Kelly, whose accounts have been banned for breaching the social media company’s misinformation policy, reports Katherine Murphy.
    Damien Spry explains why Australia may be powerless to force tech giants to regulate harmful content.
    Nick Bonyhady tells us that an industrial commissioner who railed against vaccination mandates as “medical apartheid” in a recent unfair dismissal case has been criticised by a senior NSW Supreme Court judge, who says she descended into politicking and made claims without evidence.
    The Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case got a bit murkier yesterday with legal arguments about the admissibility of certain information.
    Lisa Visentin writes that the Auditor-General has found the ABC did not have documented advice or policies to support its decision to pay star reporter Louise Milligan’s $200,000 in legal costs after she was sued by federal Liberal MP Andrew Laming over a series of tweets where she incorrectly accused Mr Laming of “upskirting”.
    Cheap money and a fear of missing out are driving a deal frenzy in Australia. ‘Every single ASX listed company is a target,’ said one banker.
    Nick Toscano reports that the developer of the largest clean hydrogen hub in Australia’s south-east has struck a $30 million deal with United States-based manufacturer Babcock and Wilcox to deliver a biomass-to-hydrogen project at the site. It intends to use waste timber as the energy source.
    Nuclear power is too costly, too slow, so it’s zero use to Australia’s emissions plan, argues Greg Jericho.
    Dana Daniel reports that Australian women will need to keep visiting a GP to renew their prescriptions for the contraceptive pill after the regulator rejected a proposal to allow pharmacists to sell it over the counter.
    Australia’s consumer watchdog wants the travel booking company Trivago fined a minimum of $90m for misleading consumers about its hotel room rates. A fine of that size would be one of the highest imposed in Australia for the contravention of consumer laws.
    The Australian mainstream media have been bullied into submission by the Israel lobby, considered at home to be the most effective in the world., opines David Smith.
    The gap between reckless Brexit promises and reality will soon be too big to ignore, explains John Harris.
    Peter Hartcher writes about the reasons Xi is fearful of leaving China.
    And its vale Colin Powell.
    “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this creature who repeatedly raped his wife and whose years of brutal, cruel and degrading abuse left a judge struggling to find the words to describe his conduct has been jailed for 15 years.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope OMG!!

    David Rowe

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding is in fine form today!

    Alan Moir

    Warren Brown

    Mark David

    Mark Knight

    John Shakespeare

    John Spooner

    Andrew Dyson

    From the US

  21. After seeing some Powell hagiography on tv I thought I’d post this reminder of what the prick did. At least he later admitted regret but I doubt the millions of Iraqi’s who suffered and dies from the bullshit war would feel forgiving.
    Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew About Iraq 15 Years Ago And What He Told The UN.

    The evidence is irrefutable: Powell consciously deceived the world in his 2003 presentation making the case for war with Saddam Hussein.

  22. If Barnaby isn’t perpetually drunk he must have a serious brain condition. Either way he needs urgent medical attention.

    Fancy being drunk and incoherent so early in the morning! He cannot maintain a thought long enough to finish a sentence.

    At least he managed to match his tie with his face.

  23. Premier Mark McGowan is continuing to delay a decision on when Western Australia’s border restrictions will be relaxed, but will not allow people from states with COVID-19 hotspots to visit before Christmas.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The federal government is considering a rethink of the size and mix of the nation’s migration program amid warnings the living standards of ordinary Australians will fail to keep up with much of the developed world in the wake of the pandemic.
    Australia has a big immigration shortfall. But migrants have also been papering over rigidities in the domestic job market, explains Jo Masters.
    Sally McManus argues that the federal government must prioritise working people’s financial security. She says that an economic recovery based on exploding casualisation and record numbers of Australians in multiple jobs is no recovery at all.
    Ross Gittins says that as we emerge from the pandemic, the keys to making life in Australia better rather than worse are to face up to all the change being forced upon us, and to unite in finding solutions that share both the costs and the benefits as fairly as possible.
    In this frank assessment, Shaun Carney says, “Turnbull had his Snowy Hydro 2.0 and Gillard her NDIS while this Prime Minister has an election win and a range of props.”
    Lucy Cormack tells us that yesterday ICAC heard Gladys Berejiklian wanted a multimillion-dollar grant request for her boyfriend’s Wagga Wagga electorate accelerated and planned to back the proposal before it was presented to the government’s expenditure committee. Piece by piece, Counsel Assisting is building the case.
    Gladys Berejiklian expressed an “inclination to support” a $5.5m grant for a shooting complex in Wagga Wagga which her then-secret boyfriend Daryl Maguire had been personally lobbying for, the Independent Commission Against Corruption has heard.
    The Australian reveals that Gladys Berejiklian’s legal costs will be covered by taxpayers during her appearances at the Independent Commission Against Corruption, after she received approval for ex gratia payments to pay for a team of lawyers including two of the nation’s top barristers.
    As the Independent Commission Against Corruption prepares to put the former NSW premier in the witness box again, it’s time to weigh up its reputation, writes the AFR’s legal editor, Michael Pelly.
    Almost half of $60.2bn in federal government grants awarded over the past four years did not go through a competitive open tender process, a new report on grant spending has found. Sarah Martin tells us that the auditor general on Tuesday published an “information report” on the $60.2bn worth of government grants awarded under the GrantsConnect program, which is the centralised reporting mechanism administered by the Department of Finance.
    “How to justify making grants not recommended by the relevant department? Easy – just say you do. That’s what is disclosed by Freedom of Information requests into the wealth of federal government not-recommended-but-given grants”, says Michael Pascoe.
    Michelle Grattan reports that Anthony Albanese has referred Labor MP Anthony Byrne to the finance department to investigate his employment of taxpayer-funded staff who didn’t turn up to his office.
    Nationals MPs are being told a federal plan to slash carbon emissions to net zero levels by 2050 will deliver a “great positive” for the economy despite new modelling that shows a hit to coal prices from global action on climate change, writes David Crowe.
    Failure to stand up to the Nationals makes Liberal leaders the real villains, says Jack Waterford.
    Phil Coorey writes that the Nationals are handing over their climate demands but many senior members of their party and Liberals say the drawn-out negotiations will be damaging.
    The contours of Scott Morrison’s climate policy transition seem apparent – net-zero emissions by 2050 is done and dusted as the new benchmark, the Nationals will finish with truckloads of concessions and the Prime Minister is turning the climate debate into an economic debate, opines Paul Kelly.
    The insistence of denialists at The Australian that the 2050 emissions targets are beyond the world’s reach is damaging and flies in the face of science and technological progress, argues Jeremy Webb.
    “You take the high road and I’ll take the low road, and I’ll be in Scotland before you” headlines this contribution from John Lord.
    COVID exposed our fractured national identity, but state-based loyalties were rising long before, writes politics professor, Judith Brett.
    Australia’s tax commissioner, Chris Jordan, faces an inquiry into whether he “disobeyed a lawful order of the Senate” by declining to release information about jobkeeper payments. The Senate voted last night to refer the issue to the powerful privileges committee, the latest development in a long-running battle between non-government senators and the Coalition over the key pandemic economic stimulus measure.
    Retail Food Group, the franchising giant, is in the spotlight again. Matthew Elmas tells us about what Michel’s Patisserie put it franchisees through and ended up in a class action being launched.
    With some of the most prominent think tanks on defence and foreign policy receiving funds from companies that rely on war and threats of war, Australians are being fed vested interests masquerading as “independent” opinion, writes Dr Sue Wareham.,15645
    Vaccinated Melburnians flying home from London next week will be allowed to bypass hotel quarantine and instead self-isolate for a week in a trial using tracking technology.
    According to Josh Taylor, Clive Palmer’s United Australia party has spent close to $1.2m on YouTube ads in less than two months, as it racks up millions of views on its videos criticising lockdowns and government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.
    A respected community leader accused of pocketing almost $75,000 in taxpayer funds has been handed a temporary medical exemption that deems him unfit to give evidence the day before he was to appear before an anti-corruption commission in Melbourne.
    Paul Sakkal writes about a major win for Anthony Albanese and Daniel Andrews where the ALP’s takeover of its Victorian branch amid branch-stacking allegations has been upheld by the Supreme Court.
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  25. Migration is not a substitute for a more flexible workforce
    But migrants have also been papering over rigidities in the domestic job market, explains Jo Masters.

    No apologies for my ‘French’ as this ‘flexibility’ bullshit makes my blood boil. So Jo Masters and her paper can GAGF !! . We learned long ago what “flexible’ is a euphemism for in their shitty greedy world. Employers being able to reduce wages and conditions for their workers and the workers being forced to bend over and take it. How sad it is that employers whose business model is based on exploiting cheaper migrant labour are finding locals unwilling to put up with the pay and conditions offered.

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