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. From The Shovel the AFR……………………really !

    As a shopkeeper’s daughter, I understood poor people; they obeyed the law, worked hard, sent their kids to the same primary schools…

    “If there is hope, it lies in the proles.” So said ……………….. I believe my lifelong fascination with the underclass began when I pondered that declaration…………..

  2. The different agendas of Nine and The New Daily was made very clear this morning.

    BK gave us two examples of Nine demanding increased immigration and followed it with TND’s article by Sally McManus on the increasing casualisation of the workforce and the way growing numbers of workers need two, or three jobs just to survive.

    I know which media I prefer to read,

    Meanwhile the AFR has run an article by the appalling Pru Goward, former – we hope – lover of John Howard, in which she raves on about her amazing new discovery. Australia has an underclass which she insultingly refers to as “proles”. Those of us who have spent decades living in that “underclass” wonder why it took her so long to wake up.

    This part of Ms Goward's article is staggeringly special. It sounds like David Attenborough talking about a specialist breeding program for bats.And, the "proles"? Really? Anyhow – they keep breeding.— 🕯 RonniSalt 🕯 (@RonniSalt) October 19, 2021

    It is complete and utter drivel, written by a self-entitled prat who has been taught from babyhood that “the poor” are not “naice” but if you want to read it here it is –
    Why you shouldn’t underestimate the underclass
    They are damaged, lacking in trust and discipline, and highly self-interested. But the poor are still a force that Australia needs to properly harness.

    It is, of course, paywalled, so you will need to do the usual search trick with the title.

  3. Kaffee and Leone

    You are both on fire this morning. With that fire in the belly you both have going, I going to use some of it to attempt to set up a mygov account for Razz. We went and bought a cheap phone for Razz yesterday. I spent the day working out how to use it. Had to ring to even find out how to turn it on!!! The lovely young fella downloaded the Vic qr app and the medicare app so I don’t have to worry about trying to do that.

    Wish me be best of british luck, please.

    • I had fun getting my vaccination thingy after my second. Around and around a couple of laps and then half way through another lap I suddenly found it was all good. So good luck and may this NOT be you !

    • Best of luck!

      I sympathise. I took delivery of a new phone yesterday, I will have to download the manual to find out how to drive it. Once I manage that I’ll have to do battle with mygov or Service NSW to download my vax certificate.

      The new phone was essential because a helpful cat knocked a heavy box off a high bookshelf. Exactly what she was doing up there and how an ageing granny cat got there are excellent questions. The box landed squarely on the phone and cracked the glass, it still works, but is very dodgy.

      I had been thinking it was time for a new phone, but not right now!

  4. OMG ! OMG ! Prudence Goward’s article out Shovels The Shovel.

    Since the 1950s there has been a remarkable growth in the number of proles

    Like the stoats and weasels of the Wild Wood in The Wind in the Willows, yet another English children’s book on the topic of class, they rejected the rules and lived by their own. They were to be feared and were, to use my mother’s words, not very nice. It took Orwell to turn the noble Marxist proletariat into the proles..

    Social workers, traditionally good young men and women who thought it would be nice to be kind for a living, despair of their appalling housework, neglect of their children and, notably, their sharp and unrepentant manner when told to lift their game by the patronising do-gooder.

    Despite the billions of dollars governments invest in changing the lives of proles, their number increases. Their birth rates far outstrip those of professional couples and they are now a significant potential contributor to our workforce.

    The underclass is not always a happy place to be and bumping into the rest of the world mostly does not go well. People with chronic mental illness, cognitive disabilities and childhoods of trauma are mixed together in a sometimes brutal way, chaos and crisis never far from their door, living in a Wild Wood in their streets and public housing blocks or caravan parks.

    And yet, I like them. I like them because they call us out. They are honestly self-interested, and you always know what they think. I know many of them.

    Elizabeth Farrelly’s paean to Malcolm the Magnificent was , I thought, an effort that would never be surpassed. But I was wrong.

    Why Malcolm Turnbull will be our longest-serving PM since Robert Menzies

    It is such a relief to have a leader who uses intelligence to connect with the rest of us.

    When, as kids do, I worried about a bogeyman coming in to get me, I’d send up a silent prayer: “Just let him be smart”. An intelligent bogeyman, I figured, was one you could reason with. It was the stupid, emotion-crazed bogeyman, inaccessible to logic, you had to fear.

    I feel the same now about Malcolm. Already, after only a few weeks, the country feels different. The air itself has a new edge. And that edge has a name. Intelligence.

    • Worth mentioning – again – Pru’s long-standing affair with Howard. If ever two people deserved one another it has to be these two haters.

      Can you imagine the pillow talk between those two? Full of hatred of those less fortunate than their over-privileged selves and plots to take more away from them, I suppose.

      No wonder Pru was such a dire NSW Minister for Family and Community Services. Her views on who was or was not socially desirable coloured all aspects of her time in that ministry. For a time she was my landlady – public housing came under her ministry. I used to be sent regular newsletters from her department in which she allegedly wrote articles on public housing. I never believed she actually wrote those articles herself, it would have been too difficult for one of her apparent social superiority to have deigned to write to proles.

  5. Clive Palmer can spend as many millions as he likes on advertising on YouTube but I won’t see any of it.

    I use YouTube every day, I am also one of the many people who use an ad-blocker. I never see ads on YouTube and do not pay for their “premium” service that stops those ads.

    Surely everyone knows how to avoid online ads by now – except Clive, it seems.

  6. Well, that’s over four hours that I will never get back. I don’t know if I was successful or not, but I’ve given up for now. I followed all the instructions, made a couple of phone calls, tried do do a qr code, it didn’t work, although the young fella tested it in the store before we left. Looks like visit to back to the telstra shop. Ugghhh. Oh and that picture was perfect, I must have looked like that a couple of times.

  7. Did Tudge really say this in QT, or was he misquoted?

    As you know, we live in the greatest inegalitarian, freest, wealthiest country that has almost never existed in the history of humankind, but if you read that national draft curriculum on the history, you would not think this

    If he DID say that then for perhaps the first time in his parliamentary career he spoke the truth.

    Australia is definitely an inegalitarian country and is getting more so the longer this miserable government is in power.

  8. If Smith resigns now, instead of waiting until an election is called he will force the government into minority. Will he be so incensed by the government’s total disregard for parliamentary conventions that he decides to go now?

  9. The stupidity of humans never ceases to amaze me.

    Here they are, standing too close to a disaster about to happen, filming and taking photos instead of getting the hell out of there.

    Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas were really hammered by the storm, so much hail fell it looked as if it had been snowing.

    The storm went past Port Macquarie without anything much happening except a lot of noise from distant thunder and a few minutes of heavy rain.

    • Out of puff, Puff? Sorry, about your son! Both of you should take a break, rest up. I hereby give you special leave of absence. Best headmistress smile from decades back there! Can’t see an
      appropriate ‘smiley’ to attach – just imagine my warm, womanly touch on your shoulder. If I could I’d even make tea for you!

      Now bugger off and come back when you’re all fired up again!

    • Thank you, Miss!

      And don’t forget my House points for my Assembly speech showing that PM Scott Morrison is an example of not to growing up to be an honest, diligent, honourable human being, and that despicable, slimy, cowardly actions are the result if a twisted soul. I thought the revelation, that according to his faith he will have to answer some quite difficult questions on Judgement Day, was a nice touch.

      And I promise always put Libs and Nats last my voting ballot.

    • Thank you Puff for your prompt response. I wanted to contact you before about the whole Porter issue and the subsequent events in the House of Reps, re breaking all historical precedent to override official advice.

      Even little old me suspected something like this about the significance of Porter and his mysterious “donors/supporters” in 2012. (Why Leave the West where Porter’s chances were best?)

      Why Leave The West?

      Surely, the Libs could have known for a over a decade that Christian Porter had something to hide?

    • To the Libs having something to hide just makes you a more desirable leader. Unfortunately for Porter an old scandal caught up with him, something he did not expect to re-emerge, and his leadership aspirations have crumbled into dust.

      Worth mentioning – Scovid has things to hide too, like his dismissal (and associated huge payouts) for leaving both the Australian and New Zealand tourism bodies. He has never explained why he had to leave both positions. I almost threw up today reading his speech on the anniversary of the anniversary acknowledgement of the national apology to survivors and victims of institutional child sexual abuse. He knew all about his mentor, Brian Houston, hiding his father’s child abuse and said nothing.

    • Why is Dutton allowed to run the Reps? He makes all the decisions. Has Scovid outsourced even his parliamentary responsibilities to Dutton?

    • My sense re this whole debacle for the Coalition is not simply about losing government or being forced to an early election which this time, I hope and pray, they will lose. There is a stench around their resistance to an effective ICAC at the highest levels of government. For their own party’s sake and restoration to some respectability on our political scene they need to ‘come clean’ on Porter’s so called ‘anonymous’ donations. There are good Liberal and National MPs who want the best for all of their own communities as well as wider Australia. It’s time for them to speak out.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In another superb contribution, Niki Savva tells us about the challenge Morrison is facing to manage the enemies within.
    Christian Porter’s blind trust should be examined by parliament – but it won’t be and that’s crushingly predictable, declares a disillusioned Katherine Murphy.
    The Coalition government has blocked an inquiry into donations to Christian Porter made through a blind trust, in a procedural move the opposition blasted as a “mockery” that had never occurred in the history of Parliament, writes Josh Butler.
    “Former premier Mike Baird came neither to praise nor bury his successor, Gladys Berejiklian, when he appeared before the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Wednesday. What he did do was demolish any remaining shred of an argument that she’d never needed to declare the romantic relationship she’d had with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire while she was treasurer and premier herself”, writes Deborah Snow.
    The shattering force of Mike Baird’s evidence to a NSW ­corruption inquiry on Wednesday effectively ends any pretence that Gladys Berejiklian might emerge unscathed and vindicated at the conclusion of the public hearings, says The Australian’s Yoni Bashan.
    After a bombshell day at ICAC, questions must be asked about integrity in Australian politics, say two academics in The Conversation.
    Anthony Clan writes that NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet as Treasurer was responsible for the $5.5 million Wagga Wagga gun club grant, which was green-stamped despite it being “unusual” and the NSW Office of Sport not wanting “any involvement” in the project, according to internal Government emails.,15651
    Anthony Galloway writes that Trade Minister Dan Tehan warns Australian farmers and miners will be slapped with carbon border taxes and local businesses may not be able to secure finance if Australia doesn’t commit to a net zero emissions target by 2050, as his Nationals colleagues debate whether to support the plan.
    Tim Flannery says that Australia is running dead last among rich nations in the most important race humanity has ever faced.
    The chief executive of the world’s largest asset manager has called on governments globally to treat climate change with the same urgency as COVID-19 by supporting private capital investment in new technologies, but warned capitalism alone could not solve this crisis, reports Charlottee Grieve.
    The Nationals say their support for net zero emissions will not be bought by “thirty pieces of silver” and are insisting on changes to environmental and other laws they say will guarantee farmers and miners the security to keep operating as the economy transitions over the next three decades, writes Phil Coorey.
    This is how Peta Credlin begins her weekly article. “Before any of the Coalition’s MPs get too excited about supposedly ending the climate wars, they need to remember how they got into government and why they’re still there. They’re in government because Tony Abbott won a landslide election promising to repeal the carbon tax, giving them a big enough buffer of seats to survive the subsequent revolving-door prime ministership.” I couldn’t go any further than that. You have a go!
    And her stablemate Greg Sheridan chimes in with, “Nothing is more ridiculous than the conventional wisdom among many politicians, activists and commentators that Australia has lost a decade in coming to grips with climate policy. It is widely proclaimed that this has cost us economic opportunities, jobs and export markets.”
    Fittingly, Ian Dunlop writes about the deniers at The Australian with their faux commitment to climate change.
    Public ethics professor Clive Hamilton opines that the Nationals’ climate position has become symbolic posturing and no longer represents Australian farmers.
    In the tradition of Coalition environment ministers, Sussan Ley has knocked back a large renewable energy project while waving through three new coal mines. Callum Foote reports on an Environment ministry which has found more renewable projects “clearly unacceptable” than coal mines.
    While climate change is a threat to all Australians, it’s the Indigenous communities who will bear the burden of our government’s ignorance the most, writes Joanna Psaros.,15649
    Alexandra Smith writes that, from assisted dying to unassisted high-wire act, Perrottet risks losing vital independents’ support. She tells us about the key independent’s asking the premier who is “pulling the strings”.
    Australia could face a shortfall of almost 1 million people by 2024 due to the pandemic-induced collapse in migration, but reliance on temporary residents could slow wages growth and hit the nation’s economic recovery, explain Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke.
    A political debate over migration is coming, but will it be rational, asks Wright.
    Discussing the call for significant migration increase, Abul Rizvi says, “Leaving aside “trivial” questions of whether our infrastructure and services such as health, education, housing and transport can be ramped up quickly enough to accommodate the proposed unprecedented increase in immigration, the immediate question is how the increase would be designed and delivered.”
    The SMH editorial simply says migration is the lazy way to boost economic growth.
    Unemployment is down, job ads are up, but disadvantaged Australians are still being left behind, argues Greg Jericho.
    Pat McGorry has said Australia must import mental health workers to double workforce to fix the crisis.
    Nick O’Malley tells us that Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and wife Annie have pledged to donate and invest $1.5 billion on climate projects by 2030 to reinforce the COP26 goal of spurring global action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
    Australia is undermining the Paris Agreement, no matter what Morrison says – we need new laws to stop this, urges Peter Christoff.
    Kate McClymont tells us that a prominent cosmetic surgeon, who has clinics in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, has taken legal action in the Federal Court attempting to prevent the ABC’s flagship program 4 Corners from broadcasting a program on him next Monday.
    Lucy Carroll and Rachel Clun report that general practitioners are bracing themselves to manage the bulk of coronavirus patients into next year, calling for a major funding overhaul to cope with demand on primary care as more people catch milder cases of the virus and need treatment for long COVID.
    “No thanks Djokovic: Vaccine rules must apply no matter how big a star you are”, declares Peter FitzSimons.
    The independent MP Helen Haines has warned Scott Morrison she will lobby “concerned” government MPs for support for her proposed anti-corruption bill to deliver a new federal integrity commission, writes Sarah Martin.
    The charity that won a landmark case giving the sector greater freedom to engage in political advocacy says the government’s decision not to appeal is a “huge win” that will give it a greater voice in Australia’s democracy, reports Christopher Knaus.
    According to Tom Rabe, Sydney’s train network has become the first in Australia to transition to net zero emissions after the NSW government moved to power the massive transport system with renewable energy.
    The NSW government has been accused of watering down modern slavery legislation, with new Premier Dominic Perrottet now being lobbied by a host of religious leaders to ensure the landmark reforms are delivered in full.
    One of South Australia’s most experienced barristers, Frances Nelson QC, will represent Attorney-General Vickie Chapman during a parliamentary inquiry into her conduct in relation to the scrapping of a proposal to build a deep-water port on Kangaroo Island. Ms Chapman will pay Ms Nelson’s fees out of her own pocket.
    Demographer Liz Allen says that Pru Goward’s comments on Australia’s underclass play on disproven and harmful myths.
    A Victorian opposition video call descended into chaos – and a whole lot of swearing – after some members furiously rejected a shadow minister’s promise that the Coalition would not alter the Andrews government’s law banning gay conversion therapy. The Age gives us some of the juicy bits.
    The clock is ticking for Crown Resorts, as the Victorian state government mulls over the findings of the royal commission. Meanwhile, Star Entertainment’s management can expect a serious public grilling next year, explains Elizabeth Knight.
    The prospect of stagflation, which plagued the world in the 1970s, is starting to be seriously debated by economists and policymakers, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.

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    • Given the current right-wing. Liberal-loving bias of the ABC her replacement may well be someone even worse.

      We won’t know for a while, probably because management needs time to recruit someone from Sky News.

  11. Scovid did exceptionally well at the Ernie Awards, winning both the Political Silver Ernie Award, shared with fellow Liberal Eric Abetz (winner of the Gold Ernie) and the Trump Award for repeat offending. although he would not want to talk about that success.

    Congratulations, Scovid, on your well-earned awards.

    The Ernie Awards For Sexism In 2021 Have Been Announced And Congrats To ScoMo

  12. I checked Hansard this morning to see if Tudge really did call Australia “inegalitarian” and the record says he did not. I think it was corrected.

    Hansard insists this is what he actually said –
    “As you know, we live in the greatest, egalitarian, freest, wealthiest country that has ever existed in the history of humankind………”

    Shouldn’t that be “most egalitarian”?

  13. The way things currently are Rita Panahi would be in with a chance to replace #$@# Fran.

  14. Indue tries to stifle criticism of their extremely dodgy practices by threatening legal action to card-users who complain.

    A reminder Indue Ltd has exemptions under ASIC & ACCC, are not required to sit before Senate Estimates & there is NO gov oversight on their profiteering.These threats attempt to silence those that @ScottMorrisonMP & @Anne_Ruston have segregated from laws meant to protect them.— SN7 🌱 (@thesayno7) October 21, 2021

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    Stephen Colbert –

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    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  16. Celebration time…….come on it’s celebration time.

    Gave up yesterday on trying to fix Razz phone certificate thingy. Spent four hours in town this morning, 2 hours at district nursing, a little bit of shopping, lunch at wayward son’s place, trying to keep calm while he was giving us the latest spiel on how bad the vaccine is, and sadly found out his eldest son agrees with him. Came home caught up here, saw a tweet from Dan Andrews on how to get certificate on mobile.

    Followed each step, realizing that I looked vaguely familiar when I did my own, and bingo, Razz now has her certificate on her mobile.

    To celebrate, in a couple of weeks, if we can get tickets, we will be going all the way down to the footy club (about 600mtrs) to see Andrew Wishart play. Yipppeeeee. Oh and he was born and bred in our little town, so you can’t get more local than that.

    • Very interesting comment from Ronni Salt via Samantha Maiden on Porter’s trust fund, and a very interesting thread.

      If you can’t be bothered reading it all here is Geoffrey Watson, on ABC News Mornings today, being very scathing of the government and their trashing of parliamentary process and more. He believes the $1 million figure being tossed around could actually be millions more, but we are not allowed to know.

      Starts about 31 minutes in.

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Kate McClymont tells us that the Obeid family will keep $30 million in proceeds of crime despite Eddie Obeid and his son Moses being sentenced to jail terms for their role in a crooked coal deal. Eddie Obeid was sensationally released on bail within minutes of being jailed for a minimum of three years and ten months on Thursday after his lawyers flagged concerns about the risk of him contracting COVID and dying should he be held overnight at the Surry Hills police station.
    The SMH editorial says the Obeid trial shows the need for vigilance against corruption. It posits that while NSW can count on the ICAC to keep politicians honest, the weakness of the procedures for investigating corruption at the federal level is, by contrast, an open invitation to abuse.
    Blind trusts should promote integrity, not put it at risk, argues Jenna Price who says if Tony Smith does not resign in the next couple of days, she will be shocked.
    The Canberra Times editorial trumpets that the Coalition’s protection of Porter defies logic and belief.
    Madonna King says that public faith in our political system is at an all-time low, and it’s no surprise.
    The government’s move to block investigation of Porter donations is a nail in the coffin of integrity in politics, writes Transparency International’s Serena Lillywhite.
    Lucy Cormack reports that a NSW bureaucrat has told the ICAC inquiry that then-premier Gladys Berejiklian appeared to have a personal interest in securing a controversial grant for a gun club in Wagga Wagga in early 2017.
    According to David Crowe, Scott Morrison will be asked to commit more funds to regional Australia in a new list of demands from Nationals MPs that could secure a deal by Sunday on climate change policy, clearing the way for a government pledge to cut carbon emissions to net zero levels by 2050.
    Crowe writes that, knowing that he must take net zero by 2050 to Glasgow, all Morrison offers is daily dithering. Liberals are resigned to the government looking like a circus while Morrison, federal cabinet, the Liberal party room and half the Nationals wait for a small bloc of holdouts to accept the majority outcome.
    Barnaby Joyce’s push for a $3bn extension of the inland rail project to Gladstone would unlock a “carbon bomb” of nine new coalmines and an estimated 150m tonnes of carbon emissions a year, environmental groups claim.
    Michelle Grattan wonders if Barnaby Joyce can sell his supporters the net zero he’s previously trashed.
    Josh Butler writes that Government refusing to release its net-zero modelling represents a new low for accountability.
    Waleed Aly writes about the Nats’ torturous journey to an emissions reduction position.
    Greg Sheridan pours scorn on COP26.
    As does Henry Ergas.
    The International Energy Agency shows how the decarbonisation dash will speed up economic growth and leave many of us richer, explains Ambrose Evans-Pritchard.
    Labor is on track to easily win the West Australian seat of Swan at the next election on a primary vote of more than 40 per cent, with voters backing Anthony Albanese to manage the Covid recovery better than Scott Morrison. The Australian points to a poll of more than 800 people conducted this month by research firm Redbridge showing Labor winning the marginal seat by 57-43 on a two-party-preferred basis, representing a swing of 9.7 per cent from the 2019 election.
    Demographer Liz Allen fears the damage done during COVID through the lack of goodwill shown to temporary migrants, a critical source of skills in the Australian workforce, will undermine any renewed efforts to welcome much-needed people from overseas.
    Companies will compete fiercely to fill up to 500,000 jobs in coming months as Australia’s two largest cities roar back to life after COVID-19 lockdowns but remain largely out of reach to foreign workers, writes the AFR’s Ronald Mizen.
    Any return to the office is still likely to allow more people to work from home at least a few days a week as part of the new fashion for hybrid working, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    The tough talk from the supermarkets on vaccine is an important tipping point in the mandatory vaccination issue – certainly among large employers, writes Elizabeth Knight. She says it is crunch time for business. They need to decide whether the risks of a potential legal backlash around mandating vaccinations outweigh the risk of their staff being endangered by exposure to the virus.
    Victoria will scrap quarantine requirements for double-vaccinated travellers arriving from overseas as early as next month, bringing the country’s two largest states in line. Two state government sources confirmed the The Age that Victoria will follow the lead of NSW and no longer expect travellers to isolate either at home or in hotels if they are fully vaccinated and test negative to COVID-19 on arrival.
    Lockdown fatigue has enabled voters to accept a dramatic political change of course, but concern remains about the pressure on the health system, writes Annika Smethurst.
    Victoria’s AMA says Covid-deniers and anti-vaxxers should opt out of public health system and ‘let nature run its course’. A tempting argument.
    Allied health workers across nine major Adelaide hospitals, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, will strike today, demanding better conditions and pay increases. The Health Services Union of South Australia penned a letter to the state government’s industrial relations and policy branch notifying them of the stop work action.
    Meanwhile, the head of Victoria’s triple-zero call service has resigned after months of concerns that too many people are facing life-threatening delays when they call during an emergency.
    The ATO estimates nearly $34 billion worth of tax was not paid in the year before the pandemic hit, with small businesses responsible for the majority.
    Dominic Perrottet’s controversial hedge fund is lending to Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Cayman Islands. What is the NSW Premier doing funding dictators with NSW taxpayers’ money? Michael West reports on the New Generations Fund.
    Georgina Mitchell reports that the Federal Court in Sydney has refused to stop an episode of the ABC current affairs program Four Corners from going to air, after a cosmetic surgeon brought urgent action in an attempt to halt it.
    Bill Shorten has blasted a Greens call to halve Australia’s defence spending and scrap the nation’s nuclear submarine deal should the party form a power-sharing government after the next federal election.
    The trade war between China and Australia has taken a dramatic turn, with Canberra using a routine World Trade Organisation review to slam the world’s most populous nation for “undermining” global trade rules with “arbitrary” sanctions. In a scathing letter published on Wednesday night (AEDT), Australia said China’s crushing trade restrictions were inconsistent with its pledge to open up to unrestricted global trade over the past two decades, writes Matthew Elmas.
    The Victorian Coalition party schism has widened after Guy reneged on gay conversion law amendment.
    The national broadcaster requires structural and funding reform — but these changes must follow informed discussion and cannot be decided on a tribal battleground, argues Andrew Bell.
    George Christensen claims a letter from the federal police to Minister Peter Dutton about a probe into the MP’s frequent travel to the Philippines contains information that “falsely accuse me of a serious crime”. He is trying to stop the release of the letters under FoI.
    Alan Joyce says Qantas will return to pre-COVID levels of domestic flying by January, with the reopening of state borders expected to spark a rapid recovery in travel.
    A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech restored efficacy to 95.6 per cent against the virus, including the Delta variant, data released by the companies from a large study shows.
    Americans no longer have faith in the US supreme court, and that has justices worried, writes Russ Feingold.
    In Texas, the ‘Critical Race Theory Bill’ will edit important stories from American history and produce schools that dare not take a position on the Holocaust, writes an incredulous Heather ox Richardson.

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  18. Yesterday Dutton, getting very carried away with his new “Leader of the House” status, denied the ability to vote to MPs who were sitting remotely, saying it would be “impractical” to allow MPs to vote this way, despite the fact it has been done many, many times over the past year or longer.

    The tactic was not used in the Senate.

    It was used in the Reps to deny two independents a vote on the referral of Porter to the Privileges Committee.

    This was a very serious breach of parliamentary standards, but when has Dutton ever cared about such things.

    Is there nothing this government will not do to protect Porter and his donors? No standard they will not breach?

    Here’s a statement from Helen Haines which provides more details on how this vote might have gone if those independents had been allowed to vote. .

    Leader of the House, Peter Dutton, told @helenhainesindi it would be “impractical” for the Government to include the votes of remote crossbenchers in divisions. Impractical for elected members to cast votes – as they're elected to do? 🤔 #auspol— Georgie Dent (@georgiedent) October 21, 2021

    • Dutton certainly denied representation in parliament to the constituents of the electorates concerned. It should be a criminal offence, but whatever way you look at it it is a gross breach of parliamentary process.

      Dutton should be forced to hold the vote again, with ALL MPs voting. The only problem with that is who would do the forcing. Scovid is certainly not up to it. He’s too scared of Dutton. He’s also too scared to tell Barnaby to take his demands and shove them up his flabby arse.

  19. Police drop friendlyjordies gag order bid

    NSW police have withdrawn their bid to have YouTube entertainer Jordan Shanks gagged from commentating on his producer’s criminal prosecution, taking a $22,000 legal bill with them.

    The concession on Friday came moments before a magistrate warned she might issue a warrant for former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro’s most senior staffer for non-compliance with a subpoena

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