Earthquake

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. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This effort is a bit of a letdown after yesterday’s!

    Canberra won’t find corruption because it’s desperate not to look, writes Jon Faine who dopes not hold back in this very good contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/canberra-won-t-find-corruption-because-it-s-desperate-not-to-look-20211008-p58yd9.html
    James Massola muses over what the next three months might look like politically for Morrison and Albanese.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-do-the-next-three-months-look-like-politically-for-morrison-and-albanese-20211007-p58y6l.html
    Annika Smethurst headlines this article with, “Dan the untouchable: Why scandal fails to trouble the Premier”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/dan-the-untouchable-why-scandal-fails-to-trouble-the-premier-20211008-p58yfz.html
    According to The Age, the Andrews government is set to consider scaling back the powers of the state’s Chief Health Officer and giving the Health Minister greater control over public health orders.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/cho-could-be-sidelined-as-government-mulls-giving-ministers-more-power-20211006-p58xm4.html
    “Who are the vaccine hesitant and why are they waiting?”, explore Ben Schneiders and Simone Fox Koob.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/who-are-the-vaccine-hesitant-and-why-they-are-waiting-20211005-p58xau.html
    The stories from across the world are similar. In those countries where anti-vaccination mythology is rife, vaccine hesitancy is a major problem. Explains Milal Cleland.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/the-vaccination-saga-infections-hesitancy-and-inequality,15610
    James Massola tells us that Dominic Perrottet says he is “absolutely” committed to avoiding any further lockdowns in NSW, agreeing the measure would be a last resort and that “targeted restrictions in circumstances where they are required” are his preference as the state opens up from tomorrow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-more-lockdowns-international-borders-could-open-sooner-perrottet-20211007-p58y7x.html
    The feedback loop between US conservative media and Australia’s fringe right has intensified as New South Wales and Victoria have struggled with outbreaks, writes Jason Wilson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/10/tyranny-us-rightwingers-portray-nightmare-vision-of-australias-covid-response
    Peter FitzSimons chronicles his recent interview with Tim Flannery who says that on his global warming warnings he is now vindicated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/vindicated-tim-flannery-unfazed-by-climate-change-critics-20211008-p58yjc.html
    Angus Taylor has taken a swipe at the nation’s peak business group, the BCA, warning that its call for Australia to slash its emissions by up to 50 per cent by 2030 could impose a carbon tax on business. So, what does the clown think Keith Pitt’s $250 BILLION coal pledge is?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/this-is-a-carbon-tax-angus-taylor-takes-a-swipe-at-business-council-20211007-p58y7y.html
    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has no intention of allowed the establishment of a Palestinian state. He has chosen apartheid, writes Israeli journalist Gideon Levy.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-israeli-prime-minister-naftali-bennett-is-establishing-an-apartheid-state/
    A new book by ­reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa confirms how frighteningly close we came to a global disaster, just days from the 2020 election, writes Troy Bramston.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/trumps-insanity-is-right-there-in-black-and-white/news-story/73b042e1cb0324941831509b52d064c7

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  2. The feedback loop between US conservative media and Australia’s fringe right has intensified as New South Wales and Victoria have struggled with outbreaks, writes Jason Wilson

    It sure has. Local Murdoch loons such as Planet Janet have started popping up on Faux Gnus and the NY Post and they in turn get interviewed on SAD in a neat bootstrap loop. A ‘feature’ of the pandemic has been US nut jobs, moonlings and assorted wackadoodles getting very excited about Australia. We are a dystopian hell hole. Check out this selection of headlines from a US site.

    Australia: “The Darkest Place on Earth”

    Those who follow the goings on in Australia, as well as people like Avi Yemini of Rebel News know the tyranny and blatant evil that is being imposed on the people of Australia by their government.

    Australia’s astonishing tyranny keeps growing

    BREAKING: AUSTRALIANS ISSUE EMERGENCY SOS TO THE WORLD!

    Big Pharma payola scandal erupts in Australia, takes down six corrupt officials and Australian Premier Berejiklian

    Aussie Freedom Blogger Arrested At Home For Alleged ‘Breach Of Public Health Act’

    Australian Leader Gladys Berejiklian OUSTED As People Fight Back Against Tyrannical Lockdown

  3. What a team!

    Education minister Alan Tudge and minister for women’s economic security, Jane Hume, are speaking in Canberra at the moment about the government’s decision to bring forward a boost to childcare support by four months to March next year.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/10/australia-covid-live-update-nsw-businesses-prepares-to-reopen-victoria-braces-for-another-record-daily-cases-daniel-andrews-dominic-perrottet-lockdown-sydney-melbourne-pfizer-under-12s-vaccine

    • Blatant electioneering, nothing more.

      If voters are stupid enough to return this abysmal government you can bet that generous boost will be cut back to nothing.

  4. Work opening Elise’s tweet and readins the thread

  5. FMD. Let the battle of hokey ‘stunt’ shots begin. Happy Clapper opens with a ‘barbie mate’ but Opus Dei comes back with a beer keg.

  6. Fletcher’s interview with ABC’s Insiders mostly reinforced comments by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, last week. Morrison put social media companies on notice, saying they must take action against “cowards” who vilify, harass or defame others – or else be liable as publishers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/oct/10/australia-covid-live-update-nsw-businesses-prepares-to-reopen-victoria-braces-for-another-record-daily-cases-daniel-andrews-dominic-perrottet-lockdown-sydney-melbourne-pfizer-under-12s-vaccine

    But it’s fine for members of the L/NP to do it.

  7. I am not at all excited about tomorrow’s “freedoms”.

    I am just worried sick about my grandkids, none of them have been vaccinated, they are too young. Three are in Sydney, one on the Central Coast – all at school. The youngest is here, she is too young for school, safe and her parents are very sensible.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sean Kelly looks at the electoral risks and opportunities in reopening.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/d-day-or-freedom-daze-for-morrison-the-electoral-risks-and-opportunities-in-reopening-20211010-p58ypg.html
    The NSW Labor conference has endorsed Anthony Albanese’s foreign policy positions on Israel and China, delivering a significant internal victory for the federal leader. This is a clear signal that not only is the Opposition Leader serious about doing what is required to win, the party has finally realised it is possible, writes The Australian’s Simon Benson.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/positives-for-albanese-in-neutralising-gnawing-negatives/news-story/88ca9618cf7211ace29bd571c8769312
    Steven Hamilton and Richard Holden urge Liberal MPs to not let the Nats rob taxpayers with a $250 billion coal bailout.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/libs-don-t-let-the-nats-rob-taxpayers-with-a-250-billion-coal-bailout-20211010-p58yow.html
    Crown has endured two years of inquiries and a serious threat to its licence over criminal links, money laundering and foreign influence. Now it’s Star Entertainment’s turn, reveal Nick McKenzie and Joel Tozer who say it has been enabling suspected money laundering, organised crime, large-scale fraud and foreign interference within its Australian casinos for years, even though its board was warned its anti-money-laundering controls were failing. More to come tomorrow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-fallen-star-sydney-s-cleanskin-casino-caught-in-dirty-company-20211006-p58xqq.html
    They follow on to tell us the chairman of NSW’s casino regulator Philip Crawford has admitted his watchdog was unaware of multiple serious instances of alleged criminal infiltration and lapses in anti-money-laundering controls at The Star Sydney.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/no-knowledge-gambling-watchdog-unaware-of-criminal-infiltration-of-star-casinos-20211010-p58ypo.html
    Ross Gittins writes that fear is driving good economic policy out of the political market.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/fear-is-driving-good-economic-policy-out-of-the-political-market-20211010-p58yp5.html
    Post pandemic, it will take more than just vaccines to put us on the road to a new and ecologically sustainable normal. We need to look closely at population policy, writes Michael Bayliss.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/hitting-the-snooze-button-on-big-australia-in-the-wake-of-covid-19,15598
    Alan Kohler argues why housing needs a major reset, free from politics.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/property/2021/10/11/housing-debt-alan-kohler/
    A $53,000 home-care package gets just nine hours of support yet the government has slung suppliers an extra $6.5 billion. Dr Sarah Russell reports on aged care profiteers and finds self-management is the answer.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/profits-over-people-in-home-care-a-cash-bonanza-for-greedy-aged-providers/
    Alexandra Smith writes that twelve NSW Labor MPs will co-sponsor a bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying as new coronial data for the state reveals that one in five suicides in the over 40s age group are people with a terminal illness.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/terminally-ill-turn-to-tragic-and-horrific-methods-to-end-their-lives-20211010-p58yqv.html
    Meanwhile, the ACT’s push for its right to legislate on voluntary assisted dying has been dealt a blow after the federal Coalition government said there were no plans to reverse a Federal Parliament ban.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7460771/feds-finally-respond-to-act-rights-reform-push/?cs=14350
    In regions that were not in lockdown, NSW’s so-called “freedom day” will strip freedoms from people not yet fully vaccinated. Rights they had yesterday will be gone today, explains Vivienne Pearson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-towns-where-people-will-have-less-freedom-not-more-come-monday-20211010-p58yqc.html
    COVID-19 has accelerated the death of cheques and ATM withdrawals as pandemic restrictions change the way we pay for our goods and services. But the fear of economic downturn has also driven a surge in the number of $100 and $50 notes stashed away under mattresses and in shoe boxes across the country, with a record amount of cash now in circulation, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cheque-s-no-longer-in-the-mail-but-100-note-is-under-the-mattress-20211008-p58ygo.html
    Lawyer Rebekah Giles explains the law that could make social media giants accountable.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-law-that-could-make-social-media-giants-accountable-20211010-p58yoh.html
    Nick Bonyhady tells us that more than 100 charities and non-profit organisations from Anglicare to Amnesty are urging federal Parliament to scrap rules aimed at stopping their resources going to unlawful acts after a report found they could cost up to $150 million in their first year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/charities-fear-150-million-hit-from-cost-of-new-government-rules-20211010-p58ypu.html
    Proposed legislation would install a ‘regime of alarming secrecy’, legal organisations and rights groups have told parliament. Ben Doherty examines their concerns.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/11/authoritarian-style-law-would-allow-australia-to-use-secret-evidence-to-deport-migrants
    Miki Perkins writes that carbon emission offsets will play an increasing role in Australia’s push for net zero but should not be used as an excuse to delay cutting greenhouse gases. She says a new report from the Grattan Institute on carbon offsets, Towards Net Zero, finds that while the Australian government should pursue strong emissions reduction policies, offsets will play an important role.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/carbon-offsets-no-excuse-to-delay-emissions-cuts-grattan-institute-says-20211010-p58ypd.html
    According to Mike Foley, Farmers are threatening to pull support from the federal government’s drive to set more ambitious emissions reduction targets unless the Nationals deliver them payback for land rights and profits they say were stolen nearly 20 years ago under the Kyoto agreement.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/farmers-demand-nationals-deliver-climate-policy-payback-20211010-p58yqd.html
    Labor climate spokesman Chris Bowen will liken the demands of hardline National Party net zero opponents to Venezuelan socialists while also opening the door to supporting a national plan to pay electricity generators to maintain extra capacity for the grid – a move critics fear will keep coal and gas plants alive too long, reports the AFR’s Jacob Greber.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/chris-bowen-opens-door-to-kerry-schott-s-energy-reliability-mechanism-20211010-p58yqo
    “What is the meaning of Australian democracy when a minor party, populated by extreme right-wing ideologists, can decide Australia’s position on arguably the most important policy issue of our time — climate change?”, asks George Browning.
    https://johnmenadue.com/with-a-five-per-cent-vote-the-nationals-are-holding-us-to-ransom-on-climate-change/
    Fortescue Future Industries will build a $1 billion electrolyser factory in Gladstone in Central Queensland as part of the state’s burgeoning hydrogen industry. While most states are racing to get hydrogen projects off the ground, this announcement – made by Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday – is significant because money is being committed to a specific project.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/twiggy-forrest-commits-to-1b-hydrogen-equipment-factory-in-gladstone-20211010-p58yq7
    While the country waits for Scott Morrison to announce the net zero target by 2050, the path there has been equally difficult, but SA can lead the way, writes Gemma Jones.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/future-leaders-will-look-back-and-find-a-generation-of-south-australians-who-led-the-way/news-story/670dea3c085e08cb2a0d46d5360a053e
    Meanwhile, Lisa Cox and Christopher Knaus reveal that the federal government gave a $5m tax incentive to a Liberal-linked gas company exploring the Beetaloo Basin using a scheme that specifically prohibits “prospecting, exploring or drilling activities”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/11/empire-energy-received-5m-tax-incentive-for-fracking-gas-well-in-beetaloo-basin
    Gippsland farmer John Zakula compares the sound of the Bald Hills Wind Farm to a “roaring train” through his home. Victoria’s highest court will soon decide how bad it is, writes Michael Fowler.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/wind-farm-owners-denied-turbines-were-too-loud-yet-claimed-compensation-for-them-20211007-p58y45.html
    The Pandora Papers show the line between tax avoidance and tax evasion has become so blurred we need to act against both, says criminologist Alex Simpson.
    https://theconversation.com/the-pandora-papers-show-the-line-between-tax-avoidance-and-tax-evasion-has-become-so-blurred-we-need-to-act-against-both-169353
    Carole Cadwalladr thinks the latest revelations might mark the beginning of the end for the House of Zuckerberg.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/10/latest-revelations-mark-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-the-house-of-zuckerberg
    Charlotte Grieve explains how Jane Halton’s ‘habit of running towards the fire’ has defined her corporate career.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/how-jane-halton-s-habit-of-running-towards-the-fire-has-defined-her-corporate-career-20211008-p58yb4.html
    The present model of the Catholic Church has far outlasted its relevance. The time has come for all Catholics to tell Rome loudly and clearly: the monarchical model isn’t fit for purpose and has to go, writes Paul Collins who says the Plenary Council has been a masterclass in avoiding the real problems in the Catholic Church.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-plenary-council-has-been-a-masterclass-in-avoiding-the-real-problem-catholicism/
    Robert Reich explains how three power centres – the supreme court, the Fed and the biggest tech firms – have huge and increasing effects on our lives, yet they are less and less answerable to US citizens.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/10/facebook-fed-federal-reserve-supreme-court-democracy-apocalypse
    As Evergrande’s crisis ripples through China’s property market and broader economy, it will be difficult to prevent contagion spreading through global financial markets, explains Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/can-china-contain-the-evergrande-crisis-20211010-p58yod
    A US Navy nuclear engineer and his wife have been charged with repeatedly trying to pass secrets about US nuclear submarines to a foreign country, according to court documents.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-navy-engineer-tried-to-leak-nuclear-submarine-secrets-fbi-20211011-p58ytk.html
    Donald Trump will never be president again, says renowned pollster Frank Luntz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-will-never-be-president-again-says-renowned-pollster-frank-luntz-20211009-p58yna.html

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  9. Imagine all the year 12 kids at Northcote High School whose university entrance in 2022 is destroyed by this arsehole family. This is a high income, ambitious socially aware cohort who want their kids to become professionals

    I bet Victoria introduces “No jab, no sit public examinations” today

    • I hope Victoria does exactly that. It might wake up a lot of these idiot parents. Doubtless the whole lot of them received every possible immunisation when they were children yet now they refuse the same protection to their children.

      What happens when these loons want to travel overseas, as they soon will? Are they going to give in and get vaccinated or are they going to try to leave without the necessary proof?

  10. Meanwhile in the new capital of North Korea, Pyerthyang, Kim il Mark maintains hostilities with the Sydney Plague Rats.Given the PM for Sydney has been so ‘PM for Sydney’ , frequently ‘flunging dung’ at we ‘cave dwellers’ it should help Scrott collect a decent kick in the electoral arse over here.

    Want to take me on?’: Mark McGowan’s swipe at ‘whinging’ NSW leader

    A spear-holding premier has taken another swipe at his ‘whinging’ NSW counterpart, as the cross-country battle heats up.

    https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/want-to-take-me-on-mark-mcgowans-swipe-at-whinging-nsw-leader/news-story/1b9ac8a8b5e1d99e4f1f12463a84377e

    • Mark McGowan is spot on.

      Dom (aka DoPe) has left NSW in a financial mess and I am not counting the $10 billion he borrowed to invest in gambling on the stock market.

      As usual with Liberals he has been rewarded for his ineptitude, in his case by being made premier.

      DoPe has twice appeared in a pub to announce NSW is opening up which causes me to think he not only has an alcohol problem but is pushing for a booze-filled reopening.

    • I think his pub schtick is out of Flimflam man’s hokey photo op manual. The holy roller geek would be a fish out of water in a pub. The HIA is a ‘bigly’ patron/constituency of the NSW Rum Corp so gotta play up to them. Dom is showing us what an every day ‘Strayan’ he is and is just as convincing as Flimflam man’s ‘Daggy Dad’ impersonation.

    • Like most Catholics DoPe would have no objection to partaking of generous amounts of alcohol, I suspect he often over-indulges.

      He wouldn’t drink at a common pub though, he’d be more the trendy, over-priced bar type.

      I think you are right about him copying Scovid’s photo-ops, though the two certainly do not get on.

  11. Greetings from NSW, soon to be The Plague Centre of Australia.

    Even Their ABC admits there will be a surge of cases and hospitals will be overwhelmed.

    So what does this reopening mean for me?

    Absolutely bleeding nothing.

    I don’t go to gyms, bars, clubs or restaurants. I don’t even buy coffee, I prefer tea. I’m not desperate for a haircut – I have been cutting and colouring my own hair since I was a teenager, apart from a few years when I frequented a hairdresser’s establishment. That patronage ended abruptly in December 2007 when I was given an appalling cut and the worst ever foils. Since then I have not been near a hairdresser. I do not go to “beauty parlours” either, I can and do look after my own skin perfectly well.

    I intend to stay at home, apart from visits to No 1 Son and his family who live five minutes away and regularly pop in to check on me, and maybe some visits to friends. The only thing I have been missing are those regular visits and catch-ups, but we are all vaxxed now and getting together should be safe.

    I will continue to do all my shopping online – every bit of it. I may never go into a supermarket or a shop again.

    I take no interest in sport of any kind so I’m not rushing off to run around a paddock in pursuit of a ball or to watch other humans whacking or chasing balls.

    I will be wearing a mask every time I go anywhere and continuing with the hand washing and sanitising and the social distancing.

    I am perfectly happy at home – the longer this pandemic goes the more I realise I could have been an excellent hermit as long as I was allowed a couple of cats. I am also realising that our pets are far better company than most humans – they do not judge, listen politely to our complaints and ravings, sit with us while we read or watch TV and demand only affection and copious amounts of food in return.

    • I loathe hand sanitisers as they dry your hands out but firmly believe that washing hands thoroughly in warm soapy water kills covid virus

  12. What a bastard!

  13. Cheque’s no longer in the mail … but $100 note is under the mattress

    But the fear of economic downturn has also driven a surge in the number of $100 and $50 notes stashed away under mattresses and in shoe boxes across the country, with a record amount of cash now in circulation.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cheque-s-no-longer-in-the-mail-but-100-note-is-under-the-mattress-20211008-p58ygo.html

    I reckon people likely to go on NewStart know they are penalised for having more than $5000 in bank accounts so they are hoarding cash The threat of Indue also promotes hoarding of cash

  14. of FaceBook Robert Reich writes

    Worst of all, they’re sowing hate. As Frances Haugen, a former data scientist at Facebook, revealed this week, Facebook’s algorithm is designed to choose content that will make users angry, because anger generates the most engagement – and user engagement turns into ad dollars. The same is likely true of the algorithms used by Google, Amazon and Apple. Such anger has been ricocheting through our society, generating resentment and division.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/10/facebook-fed-federal-reserve-supreme-court-democracy-apocalypse

  15. billie11 at 1:00 PM

    Re the handwash.Soapy water is good but you could try this WHO formulation I made for work and it went down well.It is alcohol based but the glycerine in it counters the drying effect.

    WHO Recommended Formulation
    850 ml Diggers Methylated Spirits. It is actually ethanol. You could use other brands but check the MSDS to make sure it is 96%+ Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol)
    41 ml Hydrogen Peroxide. From chemist or supermarket
    20 ml Glycerine. From Chemist or supermarket

    optional ‘extra’ add a couple of mls of Lavender oil ‘to taste’ . It was a hit with our office staff 🙂

  16. Victorian Labor minister Luke Donnellan quits over IBAC allegations of branch stacking

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-11/ibac-victorian-labor-party-luke-donnellan-anthony-byrne/100528586

  17. When you despair at our pollies take a moment to consider ‘Mercan’ pollies. Jeebus. I hear Bill Maher mention this guy and thought he was taking the piss. It seems not.

    Democrats and the state’s Republican governor have called for Rep. Ken Weyler to be removed as chair of an influential committee after he emailed the conspiracy theories to colleagues

    A New Hampshire lawmaker is facing backlash for reportedly circulating wild conspiracy theories to his colleagues about COVID-19 vaccines, “octopus-like creatures” and babies born with “pitch-black eyes.”…………………..In Mexico, babies of vaccinated parents are born with “pitch-black eyes,” according to the document’s baseless claims. “It also appears that these babies are aging too fast, as they can stand and even walk at only three months old.”…….Weyler spoke with InDepthNH.org by phone and acknowledged “there’s exaggeration on both sides.”

    “I’m speaking my mind as a state rep. and skeptical person,” Weyler said, adding he won’t step down from his position and that he looks to “sources other than the CDC” for information about the safety of vaccines.

    https://people.com/politics/new-hampshire-lawmaker-spreading-false-claims-covid-19-vaccines/

  18. The influence of the early years. I just saw an interview with the German guy Hasselmann who won the Nobel Prize in Physics this year. Watching and listening him it was hard to believe he was born in 1931 and he had a decidedly English accent. He attended primary and secondary school in England and returned to Germany in 1949 but the accent remained. A sharper ear would identify exactly where in England the accent is from.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Bevan Shields tells us that Prince Charles has used a rare foray into domestic politics to urge Scott Morrison to attend the Glasgow climate summit, warning the talks are a “last chance saloon” to avoid global “catastrophe”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/prince-charles-urges-scott-morrison-to-attend-climate-summit-to-help-avoid-global-catastrophe-20211011-p58z4f.html
    Paul Bongiorno reckons hot air and slogans are masking a government that is falling apart.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/10/12/paul-bongiorno-climate-government-split/
    Katherine Murphy looks at the latest Essential poll that shows most Australians want Morrison to set a higher emissions reduction target.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/12/guardian-essential-poll-most-australians-want-morrison-to-set-a-higher-emissions-reduction-target
    Retired judge, Stephen Charles, argues that a strong federal integrity commission requires public hearings.
    https://johnmenadue.com/a-strong-federal-integrity-commission-requires-public-hearings/
    Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has cleared the way for a deal on climate change after a party room meeting backed his stance in talks with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on whether to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, reports David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/barnaby-joyce-preparing-to-back-net-zero-with-conditions-20211011-p58z27.html
    And Crowe says that Rupert Murdoch’s critics were savage after his newspapers staged a spectacular backflip on climate change, but while for some it ignited fury, it is vindication.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/news-corp-s-climate-campaign-is-a-political-development-with-impact-20211011-p58z21.html
    Scott Morrison has expressed confidence he will reach agreement with the Nationals on climate change policy amid growing speculation a healthy majority of members of the junior Coalition party are open to a deal, says Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/coalition-climate-deal-looms-as-labor-ups-the-ante-on-net-zero-20211011-p58yv6
    Katina Curtis writes that Barnaby Joyce says he doesn’t care if the latest round of a regional grants program that disproportionately funnelled money to Coalition seats is labelled pork-barrelling. He has also boosted the amount of taxpayer money going to community organisations and regional councils, announcing $300 million of grants rather than the $207 million budgeted a year ago.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/i-don-t-care-what-they-call-it-joyce-will-push-on-with-regional-cash-splashes-20211011-p58yxr.html
    Unrepentant, the Coalition pork barrel rolls on with Building Better Regions Fund, writes Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/10/12/michael-pascoe-coalition-pork-barrel-building-better-regions-fund/
    The federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has rejected demands from farmers for compensation for emissions reductions agreed more than two decades ago, saying the states should be responsible for compensating farmers over land clearing laws.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/12/david-littleproud-says-states-should-compensate-farmers-for-past-emissions-reductions
    Paul Sakkal writes that yesterday’s ministerial scalp won’t stop Andrews’ IBAC headache.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/ministerial-scalp-won-t-stop-andrews-ibac-headache-20211011-p58z0d.html
    Peter Hartcher explains how Australia has shaped up to Xi’s aggression.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/how-australia-has-shaped-up-to-xi-s-aggression-20211011-p58yw8.html
    Australia needs an explosive post-World War II-style immigration surge that could bring in 2 million people over five years to rebuild the economy and address worsening labour shortages, according to NSW government advice to new Premier Dominic Perrottet.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/australia-needs-explosive-surge-of-2-million-migrants-20211011-p58z0n
    Catherine Bennett writes that there are good reasons to believe COVID cases may not skyrocket as NSW opens up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/good-reasons-to-believe-covid-cases-may-not-skyrocket-as-nsw-opens-up-20211011-p58ywb.html
    “The big lie”, effectively used by former President Donald Trump the Republican Party, now casts a shadow over Coalition federal and state government announcements, says Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australia-must-be-wary-of-trumps-big-lie-infiltrating-our-politics,15615
    Nick McKenzie and Joel Tozer continue their exposé on Str Casino.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/star-s-high-roller-manager-was-close-to-accused-corporate-crook-now-fugitive-20211011-p58yzk.html
    Revelations of suspected money laundering, organised crime, fraud and foreign interference at Star Entertainment casinos demand the same level of public scrutiny that Crown Resorts has faced, urges the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/public-inquiry-needed-to-get-to-truth-of-casino-regulation-failures-20211011-p58yxd.html
    Featureless glass towers, blank car parks at street level and poor-quality developments will be targeted by a group of experts appointed to safeguard Melbourne’s architectural integrity, reports Cara Waters.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/design-panels-to-tackle-melbourne-s-crap-buildings-20211011-p58yvw.html
    The backdrop to the Glasgow summit and the lead up to Christmas could hardly be worse as the world’s energy crisis and supply chain disruptions deepen and the post-pandemic bounce in the global economy is threatened, says Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/an-economic-storm-is-hovering-ahead-of-glasgow-and-christmas-20211011-p58yxo.html
    Australia faces pressure on gas prices as a global crunch spreads to the nation’s energy sector in a move that could further strain manufacturers and heavy industry, top industry executives have warned.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/australia-at-risk-from-global-energy-crunch/news-story/4fde70c2a19785f6faca3661e45f8e52
    Kim Moody argues why it’s high time to move on from ‘just-in-time’ supply chains.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/11/just-in-time-supply-chains-logistical-capitalism
    An expert in data security says Victoria’s vaccine passport system is too easy to forge, as bar and restaurant owners ready themselves for confrontations with customers when the system opens in Melbourne.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/vaccine-passport-too-easy-to-forge-says-academic-as-bar-operators-brace-for-conflict-20211011-p58yuy.html
    Referring to a recent study commissioned by the SDAEA, Jewell Topsfield explains why panic buyers and shoppers reluctant to wear masks or check in are not the only difficulties faced by Australia’s retail workers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/retail-workers-detail-the-difficulties-of-their-job-20211011-p58yw6.html
    Keeping workers COVID-safe requires more than just following public health orders, explains Stephen Duckett.
    https://theconversation.com/keeping-workers-covid-safe-requires-more-than-just-following-public-health-orders-169617
    Bad for patients, bad for paramedics: ambulance ramping is a symptom of a health system in distress, argues Malcolm Boyle.
    https://theconversation.com/bad-for-patients-bad-for-paramedics-ambulance-ramping-is-a-symptom-of-a-health-system-in-distress-169528
    Buyers of apartments in two 22-storey Parramatta towers found to have serious defects say they are trapped in a nightmare, with some no longer able to get loans from banks to settle on their purchases. Matt O’Sullivan reports on the plight of the buyers of apartments off the plan in the Imperial complex in Parramatta’s CBD was detailed during a NSW parliamentary inquiry on Monday into the regulation of building standards.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/no-trust-buyers-of-defective-units-in-parramatta-vent-their-anger-20211011-p58yvp.html
    Former prime minister Tony Abbott’s poorly judged speech in Taiwan last week was inept diplomacy. The question is: who put him up to it, writes Bruce Haigh.
    https://johnmenadue.com/tony-abbott-in-a-china-shop-former-pms-ham-fisted-taiwan-intervention/
    China can easily manage a property crash, and that’s a problem, explains Adam Triggs.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7464249/china-can-easily-manage-a-property-crash-thats-a-problem/?cs=14264
    A group of lawyers who claimed $19 million in fees and commissions from elderly investors in a civil action against a collapsed financial lender have been referred to Victoria’s public prosecutor to investigate possible criminal offending. They qualify for nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”, I’d say.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/judge-lashes-lawyers-in-banksia-securities-case-refers-conduct-to-prosecutors-20211011-p58ywp.html

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  20. [ Paul Bongiorno reckons hot air and slogans are masking a government that is falling apart.}

    Blimey! I reckon it fell apart during the rAbbott’s short term at the helm! There’s been an almighty scramble to try and make it fit for purpose.

    That purpose being to try and shift as much treasure from the poorest 80% of the population to the wealthiest 20% including themselves of course, without the majority of the 80% (who they depend on to keep themselves in government) realising that they have been taken for mugs since the Lying Rodent years.

    Surely the electorate will wake up now and send this corrupt, lying rabble to the fate they deserve. All the incompetent ones and especially the corrupt ones, out of office and brought before a proper ICAC can prosecute them and hand out the justice they deserve.

    Hopefully, I don’t wake up and find it is all just a fantasy and the bastards have corrupted the electoral system to such an extent that the country will have a never-ending LNP Coalition Government that can’t be tossed out no matter how incompetent or corrupt it is.

    • I’m disappointed you didn’t invite into your lovely dream, Scorpio. I’m trying not to think any further into the future than tomorrow. It is too depressing otherwise.

  21. The DoPe waves a white flag at Neonorth Korea’s Kim Jong Mark. Will this be the end of NSW’s campaigning for the Labor Party in WA ?

    “He rang me. It was a very good conversation,” Mr McGowan said.“We talked about the GST and agreed to disagree on it.”

    Such was the bonhomie Kim Jong Mark let the Plague State Premier into some of our State Secrets. Information that seems unknown to the peasantry of his benighted land.

    Mr McGowan said the pair also discussed the ongoing COVID-19 situation in NSW and the state opening up………..and I explained that to him (Mr Perrottet) … They’re all getting excited about drinking a beer and getting a haircut when we’ve been able to get haircuts and drink beers for a long time.”

    https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/agree-to-disagree-mark-mcgowan-dominic-perrottets-uneasy-truce-on-gst-feud-c-4206199

    • What if you don’t drink beer or need to get a haircut?

      What NSW people are not realising – the restrictions on the non-vaxxed Plague carriers end on 1 December. On that day they can join in the beer guzzling with the rest of the NSW alcoholics and can wander into any establishment without providing proof of vaccination.

      What a wonderful Christmas present for NSW – a new outbreak of The Plague.

      https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions/opening-in-dec

    • Drinking beer and having a haircut are the only games in (Sydney) town………………….apparently. Just ask Opus Per and the media lizards.

  22. I agree.

  23. Read it and weep

    The good word: a compendium of Scott Morrison’s godly quotes
    The PM has never shied away from making his faith known, but it’s the cryptic references — the hidden meanings — that speak volumes about his mentality.

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/10/12/the-good-word-a-compendium-of-scott-morrisons-godly-quotes/
    With a second course of

    It’s time to call it out: Scott Morrison doesn’t care about secular accountability

    https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/10/12/its-time-to-call-it-out-scott-morrison-doesnt-care-about-secular-accountability/

    • He doesn’t care what Prince Charles says about Glasgow, either. Hr worships and obeys a higher power, but what exactly that power might be we don’t know.

      I’m thinking it is some sort of malevolent planet-eating entity.

      I would not attach any importance or hidden meaning to Scovid’s fake gospel-preacher schtick, it’s just something he has learned to parrot after years of Pentecostal indoctrination. Anyone who has watched any fake “Christian” televangelist could do the same.

  24. { NSW is about to offer the rest of the nation a lesson in living with COVID. Will other states pay attention? }

    As far as I am concerned (and I bet most of my fellow Qldlanders are concerned} NSW can shove their lessons up where it can hopefully hurt most!

  25. WE don’t need lessons of how to have a fully open State. (with a few safeguards such as logging in with the QR link, respecting distancing (although not really needed with 0% infection rate.) And our economy is doing fine, thank you)

  26. This has just popped up in my feed. I find myself just shaking my head about what NSW, and sometimes the rest of the country and world are coming to …

    • That video has been up for only four hours and already has 23,000 views – or more.

      What lawyer drafted those letters? One who obviously has English as a fifth language judging by the mistakes and spelling errors. .

      Didn’t anyone proof read them? At least they gave me a good laugh.

  27. The current infections in NSW, the Act and Vic pretty well all started from just one infected person.

    In Qld, we also have had more than one similarly infected people arrive in our State and our CHO and Premier made sure that those commun9ity infections were death with promptly and isolated.

    If the previous NSW Premier had don a similar thing, we would not be here in this crazy situation that those States & the Act now find themselves in.

    Opening up this early, to me, is absolutely crazy and is destined to fail and potentially send the whole country into a similar position as India or the USA/UK.

    How smart is that??????

  28. leonetwo,

    { Don’t forget New Zealand – BinChicken’s dithering saw the virus spread across the Tasman to infect NZ too.}

    Sorry, I missed that one. NZ’s current infection that they don’t seem to be able to get under control originated also from just one returning NZ citizen infected with the “D” version of Covid 19!

  29. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Eryk Bagshaw tells us that Chinese government-controlled media has threatened Australia with further trade strikes after former prime minister Tony Abbott accused Beijing of bullying Taiwan and claimed China could “lash out disastrously” if it was not stopped.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/the-worst-is-yet-to-come-china-daily-issues-fresh-threats-of-trade-strikes-20211013-p58zg2.html
    Ross Gittins lets fly at how we are turning into a business kleptocracy aided by governments’ obsession with outsourcing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/how-flimflam-politicians-cultivate-a-culture-of-business-greed-20211012-p58z94.html
    It’s all happening in SA! Liberal turncoat Dan Cregan has been installed as Speaker in a late-night coup just four days after he unleashed turmoil within the government by quitting to become an independent. Striking just before midnight, Labor combined with most of the six-strong crossbench to oust Liberal Josh Teague from the parliamentary umpire‘s chair to install Mr Cregan. The coup capped an extraordinary day of chaos within state parliament, which also backed an inquiry into Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman over her refusal of a Kangaroo Island deep water port.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/inquiry-launched-into-ags-kangaroo-island-conflict/news-story/c6a130dfff9ea32849f200b97012acaa
    When former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian faces an ICAC hearing, we might finally have a debate on whether we can call politicians doing favours for political or personal mates “corruption”, writes Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/partisan-political-favouritism-on-trial-in-berejiklians-icac-case/
    Julie Szego has a real spit here, saying that Sydney doesn’t deserve to be the first out of lockdowns.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/a-tale-of-two-cities-that-doesn-t-seem-fair-20211012-p58z79.html
    Gladys Berejiklian’s petulant leadership and disregard for the rest of the country undermined national efforts to control the virus, says statistician Robin Boyle.
    https://johnmenadue.com/fools-gold-australia-counts-the-cost-of-nsws-covid-arrogance/
    Terry McCrann calls for the resignation of the Treasurer and Treasury secretary over the Jobkeeper debacle.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/we-wasted-30bn-on-jobkeeper-to-get-beaten-by-nz/news-story/5db436d54d2893efa9dad9a28d57b155
    Karen Barlow reports that a Nationals backbencher has revealed colour-coded lists, only available to government MPs, were used in the latest round of the controversial $1.38 billion regional grants program.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7466334/nationals-mp-discloses-government-colour-coding-for-regional-grants/?cs=14329
    More on this from Katina Curtis.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/coalition-mps-were-given-spreadsheet-and-extra-chance-to-lobby-for-grants-20211012-p58zam.html
    The Age tells us that harassment and abuse of healthcare workers immunising Victorians against COVID-19 have soared following the enforcement of a vaccine mandate, with some being offered bribes to falsify documents by anti-vaxxers wanting to keep their jobs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/healthcare-staff-face-rising-abuse-as-anti-vaxxers-offer-bribes-20211012-p58z6x.html
    Sumeyya Ilanbey reports on yesterday’s IBAC hearing where it was revealed that former Labor minister Adem Somyurek “spat venom” at an ex-staffer for refusing to become the “right-hand woman” of union boss John Setka, and “verbally abused” her over the phone on more than one occasion.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/anthony-byrne-returns-for-second-day-of-anti-corruption-hearings-20211012-p58z5x.html
    And Paul Sakkal says that the man leading the corruption probe into Victorian Labor yesterday gave his clearest indication yet that the five-week investigation may examine matters directly related to Premier Daniel Andrews.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/could-and-should-the-premier-be-called-by-ibac-20211012-p58zcm.html
    The Age’s editorial declares that the verdict is in on the need to end branch stacking.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/the-verdict-is-in-on-the-need-to-end-branch-stacking-20211012-p58z7t.html
    Jennifer Duke and Shane Wright explain how the tax system is failing Australians. The examination will continue tomorrow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-budget-reckoning-how-the-tax-system-is-failing-australians-20210928-p58vf6.html
    It took 40 years to get a global tax deal done, but the next step may be even harder, opines Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/it-took-40-years-of-talks-to-get-a-global-tax-deal-done-the-next-step-may-be-even-harder-20211012-p58z97.html
    Alaxandra Smith reports that NSW will provide up to $3 billion in grants and waive fees and charges for producers, making the state one of the cheapest regions to produce green hydrogen in the world.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-backs-australia-s-biggest-hydrogen-plan-to-power-state-s-future-20211012-p58zdk.html
    It is the paradox that will plague the conservative parties. Scott Morrison, acting in the national economic interest and cognisant of global pressure on Australia, is leading the Coalition parties to a new realism on climate change – yet this necessity will threaten his survival, writes Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/turmoil-in-climate-change-politics/news-story/69b5b288ab3bbf3e27c4fa67fb2702a0
    Michelle Grattan thinks Barnaby Joyce is keeping his political hands clean on the road to net zero target.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-barnaby-joyce-keeps-his-political-hands-clean-on-the-road-to-net-zero-target-169752
    According to The Australian, Scott Morrison’s plan for net zero emissions by 2050 will go to cabinet today, with Energy Minister Angus Taylor seeking to reassure Nationals MPs the major shift in climate policy will not come at the cost of reliable power generation or undermine high-emitting regional industries.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/net-zero-target-is-not-zero-emissions-angus-taylor-warns/news-story/a5632f7ffd11c8a8654196fa6622c0ed
    Phil Coorey reckons cabinet will sign off on a technology-based road map today, which will include incentives but no carbon price mechanism such as a safeguards mechanism, before the plan is presented to the Nationals on Sunday.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/incentives-technology-to-drive-whole-of-economy-plan-on-net-zero-20211012-p58z5o
    Australia faces an annual $4.5 billion bill for inaction on climate change if major trading partners follow Europe and create their own carbon border taxes. As the Morrison government continues to resist introducing a carbon price to reduce emissions, new research suggests Australian workers will soon be paying for one anyway through key exports like coal, iron and gas, reports Matthew Elmas.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/10/13/carbon-border-tax/
    David Crowe writes that regional Australia will be promised a jobs boom from clean energy in a looming federal climate policy that lifts spending on hydrogen projects in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Queensland would fare very well out of it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/regional-australia-to-be-promised-clean-energy-jobs-boom-20211012-p58zdt.html
    The AFR tells us that Australia is in pole position to benefit from a sixfold increase in demand for so-called “critical minerals” worth $US12.9 trillion ($17.6 trillion) over the next two decades, driven by the race to hit net zero emissions, according to analysis from the International Monetary Fund. The IMF specifically selects nickel, copper, lithium and cobalt as the top four energy transition metals likely to see surges in prices and production as the world works towards net zero emissions by 2050.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/commodities/bonanza-for-australian-minerals-under-net-zero-imf-20211012-p58z4n
    A record 75% of voters are worried about climate and 69% want the PM to push for net zero, but Queenslanders are less concerned than the rest of the nation, write Katherine Murphy and Adam Morton.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/13/more-australians-than-ever-are-worried-about-the-climate-crisis-annual-survey-suggests
    The net-zero bandwagon is gathering steam, and resistant MPs are about to be run over, argues sustainable agriculture academic, Geoff Cockfield.
    https://theconversation.com/the-net-zero-bandwagon-is-gathering-steam-and-resistant-mps-are-about-to-be-run-over-169632
    The Coalition’s election war-chest will be brimming with fossil fuel donations thanks to demands by Barnaby Joyce and Keith Pitt to transfer $250bn from Australia to Chinese and other coal and gas companies. Michael West reports on the National Party’s latest brainstorm.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/reds-under-bed-barnaby-and-keiths-plot-for-australia-to-subsidise-china/
    The prominent Murdoch commentator Andrew Bolt says News Corp Australia’s major editorial campaign to speed up climate action is “rubbish” and the “global warming propaganda” provides political cover for Scott Morrison, reports Amanda Meade.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/oct/13/news-corps-andrew-bolt-says-his-companys-climate-campaign-is-rubbish
    News Corp’s turnaround on climate crisis is a greenwash, opines Ketan Joshi who says the company won’t change until it understands the grave damage it has done with its ugly legacy of denialist reporting.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/12/news-corps-turnaround-on-climate-is-a-greenwash
    Businesses, politicians and media companies are climbing on board with cutting emissions, and it appears voters are too, writes Nick O’Malley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/evidence-mounts-that-australian-business-and-voters-agree-on-climate-20211012-p58zei.html
    Former Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon is steeling himself to return to federal politics and run as an independent candidate at the next federal election. The re-emergence of the popular political maverick threatens to up-end the major parties’ designs on snaring the sixth Senate spot in South Australia. He is planning to run on a platform of protecting jobs and ensuring workers and manufacturers do not miss out under the new deal over submarines.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/nick-xenophon-preparing-to-return-to-federal-politics/news-story/ce59cccb77ddb4ccb6fce4b490d3e9ac
    Twenty-eight MPs from across the NSW Parliament will support new legislation to legalise voluntary euthanasia, the highest number of co-sponsors to a bill in the history of any Australian parliament. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill is the first major parliamentary test for new Premier Dominic Perrottet, who has promised to allow a conscience vote on the issue which is likely to be highly divisive within the Liberal Party.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/voluntary-assisted-dying-bill-draws-multi-party-support-across-nsw-parliament-20211012-p58zba.html
    Mike Baird tells us why he hopes NSW does not embrace voluntary assisted dying.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/why-i-hope-nsw-does-not-embrace-voluntary-assisted-dying-20211012-p58zbx.html
    Australians could soon be flying direct from Adelaide to Broome and Perth to Byron Bay as new local airline Bonza sets its sights on opening new holiday routes. Aviation commentator Geoffrey Thomas, who is also the editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings.com, said that by offering travellers something new yet affordable, the budget airline will open up much more of Australia to tourism. “It really is a Ryanair model,” Thomas told The New Daily.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/travel/2021/10/12/bonza-budget-airline-ryanair/
    Another bucket of opinionated drivel from Chris Uhlman.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria-s-outbreak-response-a-template-for-what-not-to-do-20211012-p58z5n.html
    Pru Goward, after many months of inaction from Berejiklian, urges Perrottet to take action on the recommendations handed down by the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug Ice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/premier-perrottet-this-could-be-your-first-act-of-political-courage-20211011-p58z42.html
    Trade unionist Luke Hilakari calls for a royal commission into the organised far-right in Australia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/we-need-a-royal-commission-into-the-organised-far-right-in-australia-20211011-p58z1f.html
    In an exclusive by Anthony Klan, it has been revealed that the gun club under ICAC investigation was repeatedly denied a grant before Daryl Maguire stepped in.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/gun-club-grant-rejected-for-years-before-daryl-maguire-involvement,15619
    Five million doses of hydroxychloroquine imported by Clive Palmer were sent for destruction after a standoff with the commonwealth over who should take responsibility for a shipment sitting unclaimed in Melbourne airport. Ha ha!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/13/five-million-doses-of-hydroxychloroquine-destroyed-after-stand-off-between-clive-palmer-and-government
    The returns have not been impressive. For an app essentially anointed as a saviour for tracing purposes in the worst pandemic in a century, COVIDSafe is a lesson in exaggerated prowess and diminished performance, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://theaimn.com/covidsafe-the-failure-of-an-app/
    Australia doesn’t need nuclear powered submarines, especially given the Australia’s long-standing support for the world’s nuclear non-proliferation goals, argues Brian Touhey.
    https://johnmenadue.com/aukus-nuclear-submarines-deal-must-be-abandoned/
    The SMAge reveals that the anti-money laundering agency Austrac has obtained internal reports from The Star that reveal how the listed gaming giant failed to confront money laundering and terrorist financing risks in its Sydney and Queensland casinos.
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  30. “Domini Powell explains how major banks CBA and NAB, alongside supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths, have partnered with Eftpos to launch its new eQR payment platform which it expects will significantly transform Australia’s payments landscape, similar to the introduction of ‘tap and go’ payments in 2007. Thos has the stench of Big Data all over it!”

    There is a real stench around this idea.. I’m a fan of “tap and go” but this is something far worse.

    Why do retailers need to know all about me? What will this information contain? What sort of tracking information will this app place on my phone?

    No thanks. I won’t be using it.

    • Loyalty cards track your purchases already

      Cautionary tale doing the rounds of loyalty card departments. In USA in the 1980s an irate father asked Walmart why they were targeting his 15 year old daughter with maternity and neo natal supplies advertisements. Yes, the store knew by her purchase history that she was preggers before papa

      I never put intimate purchases on my loyalty card, because I worked across the aisle from the loyalty card department

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