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!

    And –

  2. I am now fully loaded with Bill Gates’ microchips. My career as a mobile ‘hot spot’ begins. Latest entry into ‘vax diary’ … rien.

    • I’ve been fully loaded with those microchips since May and overall the result has been hugely disappointing.

      So far I cannot stick metal objects to my skin, do not glow in the dark, have noticed no internet, phone or TV interference, do not have a sudden ability to use myself as a mobile hot-spot and have not seen any mysterious aliens attracted by said chips.

      No-one has tracked me using those alleged chips – not that anyone would want to because I never go anywhere. Anyone doing surveillance on me would die of boredom.

      I have had two blood tests since becoming fully vaxxed and neither of them reported any interesting stuff in my blood, although it is possible those who did the results, being also also fully vaxxed, are under some sort of Gatesian mind control.

      I was looking forward to becoming magnetic – that would have ensured I never misplaced my keys again, I could have just stuck them to my forehead.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Some of those calling for Daniel Andrews to be hauled before the anti-corruption commission, including commentators and politicians, have not produced any credible evidence of an abuse of public funds, argues investigative reporter Nick McKenzie. This is a worthwhile and informative contribution.
    Sumeyya Ilanbey tells us about yesterday’s proceedings at Victoria’s ICAC.
    Niki Savva opines that the speaker who restored respect to the House will leave a gaping hole.
    David Crowe writes that Australia will need a surge in renewable power and a dramatic shift to electric cars to meet a call from the United Nations to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison tries to quell fresh fears from the Nationals over a deal on climate change.
    The Australian tells us that a crucial Nationals party room meeting on Sunday will determine whether the Coalition parties will fracture or unite over the net zero plan, which was discussed by cabinet for the first time on Wednesday as negotiations continued between the Prime Minister and Barnaby Joyce.
    Aaron Patrick looks at the “dubious morality” of privileged farmers seek special treatment in any climate deal.
    Phil Coorey reckons the Morrison government is likely to stop short of formally increasing its emissions reduction target for 2030, and instead adopt an upgraded projection, a move critics say would attract global criticism and deter investment. It would also avoid a vote on the floor of the House.
    Decarbonisation is the biggest long-term economic adjustment Australia faces since the Hawke-Keating governments exposed the nation to global market forces in the 1980s, writes John Kehoe who says the global energy crunch suggests the rapid shift to weather-dependent renewables won’t necessarily be smooth for businesses, workers and consumers
    Alan Kohler writes that it is good that Murdoch and the BCA are providing cover for Morrison. He says we should be grateful they have finally seen the light, but it’s hard not to go into the back yard and shout at the moon over their destructive, cynical, stupid, decades of intransigence.
    Meanwhile, Peter Credlin whines that the “PM’s switch to net zero leaves us in dark”.
    The battle for net zero emissions is nearly over, but not the war. A new battle, to cut emissions deeply by 2030, is under way. Following hard behind, another battle is starting, to cut emissions of methane, explains Ralph Evans.
    NSW hydrogen joins the unstoppable energy revolution, yet it is missing in action from all these developments is the federal government. The costs of its failures on climate policy are set to mount as our trading partners move towards implementing carbon border tariffs, explains Nick Hutley.
    Binoy Kampmark thinks we might be waking up to climate change dinosaurs.
    The NSW Coalition could be plunged further into minority government after the shock resignation of a fourth MP in a fortnight on the day former premier Mike Baird and Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres were named as witnesses in Gladys Berejiklian’s corruption inquiry, write Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack.
    NSW has called on the federal government to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all healthcare workers nationally after frustrated doctors warned the exemption of GPs, dentists, pharmacists and other private health practitioners is putting patients at risk.
    Through careful management and planning, it would be possible for the Australian Government to take control of the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Professor John Quiggin.,15622
    Lawyer and human rights activist Nyadol Nyuon explains how anti-vaxxers hide privilege behind the language of oppression.
    A difficult dismount from his COVID-zero ideal looms for McGowan, says Gareth Parker.
    If Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to weed out anonymous trolls on social media, he might want to start with his own government, writes Andrew P Street who gives us a brief history of the Coalition’s fake social media accounts.,15618
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said sweeping powers given to state leaders during the COVID-19 crisis needed to ebb away as life returns to normal, and the government expected lockdowns in Australia’s two most-populous states to wipe 3 per cent or more off the economy in the September quarter, writes Ronald Mizen.
    Delta has hit Australia’s economy harder than any other OECD nation. But it’s not all bad news, explains Greg Jericho.
    Steven Marshall started the day by swallowing a fly. After that, things just got worse as rogue former Liberal MPs plotted humiliation of a different kind, writes David Penberthy. He says that this midnight coup was one of several concerted acts of guerrilla warfare at North Terrace on Tuesday where former Liberal conservatives also targeted their enemies in the moderate faction by trying to kill their queen.
    Paul Starick says Premier Steven Marshall’s leadership is firmly under the microscope after a rash of defections and a late-night coup culminating in Liberal Party turncoat Dan Cregan being elevated to the speaker’s job with support from Labor and a crossbench which has been swelling in size.
    In this exceptional contribution, a doctor and husband of a woman who chose the timing of her death, Gavin Pattullo offers some facts on assisted dying.
    Lisa Visentin and Nick Bonyhady report that universities face the prospect of further rules to protect academics’ free speech after Education Minister Alan Tudge raised concerns about a High Court decision upholding the sacking of marine physicist and climate change sceptic Peter Ridd by James Cook University.
    The Conversation explains why the High Court ruled against Clive Palmer and what the judgment means.
    Officials in the Department of Defence told their superiors they were left distressed and mystified by Peter Dutton’s ban of special morning teas to mark an annual day in support of LGBTQI colleagues, with one staff member saying it had cemented their decision to quit.
    Following on from yesterday’s article, Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke tell us what changes to taxation arrangements economists are calling for.
    They add to this as they say death duty is politically unpopular, but Australia is one of only a handful of developed countries without one. As inequality rises, the case for a death tax is growing.
    Nationals Senate leader Bridget McKenzie has dismissed concerns Coalition seats disproportionately benefited from $300m of regional grants, saying all of the projects funded in the scheme were “valid” and “that’s how it goes”. McKenzie and former deputy prime minister Michael McCormack have both backed the fifth round of Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) grants, amid concerns by Labor it has been used to “pork-barrel” Coalition and marginal seats.
    After agreeing to rein in his intensity and earnestness to his senior players, Justin Langer seems to have gone in the other direction, says Peter FitzSimons who thinks the end as Australian cricket coach is nigh for him.
    Water leaks, cracks and flawed fire safety systems: Sydney’s apartments are riddled with building defects, explain these contributors to The Conversation.
    Elizabeth Knight tells us that, now on the cusp of having come through the aviation industry’s most damaging black swan moment, Qantas is facing a staffing hangover – having to retrain at least 200 pilots to ready itself for flying.
    But if you’re looking at flying soon, the price is going to be sky high.
    Commonwealth Bank chairman Catherine Livingstone has stared down environmental activists Market Forces, rejecting accusations the bank is not cutting fossil fuel-lending urgently enough and defending the need to keep funding oil and gas players committed to the transition to a cleaner economy, reports James Eyers.
    Australia is still tied to British legal decisions from 1786. It should come as no surprise that the Uluru Statement of the Heart directly challenges Australia’s entrenched legal doctrine, writes Henry Reynolds.
    Robert Reich thinks the US is experiencing some sort of general strike as, across the country, people are refusing to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage jobs.
    Eryk Bagshaw says that China’s president Xi is isolated from world leaders, just as his country – still pursuing COVID-zero – is from the world.
    China has launched an investigation of its key financial institutions and their regulators in the midst of the financial crisis enveloping its property sector, explains Stephen Barthoomeusz.

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  4. The government has succeeded in stacking the High Court with “black-letter” judges, now the persecution begins.

    Australia seeks to overturn landmark ruling preventing deportation of Aboriginal people
    The federal government wants to challenge the high court decision in Love and Thoms following the retirement of two supporting judge

    The federal government is seeking to overturn a landmark high court decision that deemed Aboriginal Australians cannot be aliens and cannot be deported.

    The Love and Thoms ruling in February 2020 ranks as the high court’s most significant constitutional decision in recent years, with the narrow four-to-three judgment prompting Coalition conservatives to publicly lobby for black-letter judges to be appointed.

    Just a year and a half later, the commonwealth has revealed it wants the precedent to be overturned after a New Zealand man tried to fight deportation using the Love and Thoms precedent.

    Part of Shayne Paul Montgomery’s federal court case seeks to prove that the category of “non-citizen, non-alien” should be extended to people customarily adopted as Aboriginal even if they have no Aboriginal biological descent

  5. I received my first Pfizer shot today. I hate that I’ve had to wait this long. I booked 6 weeks ago the day after I was made eligible and today was the earliest available.

    I would’ve taken the AZ earlier, but my GP said I’d be better off waiting since he was concerned about my risk of getting blood clots.

    Oh well, just 3 weeks more waiting for my second shot, then 2 weeks after that I should be done.

    • Great news, and you will be in the best position 2 weeks after your second dose
      Hold it together for another 5 weeks

  6. Tough times in Victoria, hopefully this is around the peak as vaccination starts having an effect.

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe reckons that it’s “sink or swim” for Barnaby Joyce and he tell us that he must accept net zero.
    “Australian business talks big on climate, but who’s walking the talk?”, asks Andrew Charlton. He points to a new analysis that shows three-quarters of Australian companies currently emit at a rate that would lead to temperature increases above 1.5 degrees. And more than a third have emission consistent with a pathway to dangerous levels of warming above 3 degrees.
    Meanwhile, the ACTU’s Michelle O’Neill and the BCA’s Jennifer Westacott combine to write that jobs and trade will benefit if Australia acts on its wealth of clean energy resources. The say though, that doing this will require genuine and far-sighted political leadership. Over to you, Scott!
    In The Australian we see that the Reserve Bank’s warning that climate-conscious global investors will “significantly divest” from Australia has received backing from Josh Frydenberg, Labor and billionaire iron ore miner ­Andrew Forrest, as the economic case builds for the Nationals to ­accept a 2050 net-zero emissions target.
    Phil Coorey says that Scott Morrison is not about to inflame the anti-immigration right while wrangling the Nationals to achieve the meaningful climate policy no Liberal leader has.
    Rural Liberals are backing a move towards a net zero emissions target despite warnings from some within the federal Nationals that regional Australia would “pay the cost” of decarbonising the economy, write Sarah Martin and Adam Morton.
    The editorial in the SMH implores Morrison to not outsource climate policy to the Nationals. Again, over to you, Scott!
    Alan Finkel declares that blue or green, our future with hydrogen is bright. He says he is working with the federal government to help develop a domestic and global “guarantee of origin” scheme based on numbers, not colours. The existing colour code that refers to blue, green and other colours of hydrogen is emotive rather than focused on the only thing that counts – atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide.
    News Corp climate campaign pledged ‘positive stories’ only but it has also excluded any mea culpas, says Graham Readfearn.
    Not only does News Corp’s new climate change campaign come after years of spreading climate misinformation, it is also simply replacing its last fraud with another, argues Bronwyn Kelly.
    Shane Wright and Katina Curtis report that the Infrastructure Department was unable to tell the federal government whether its plans to spend almost $400 million on car parks at suburban railway stations had merit or could even be built just days before Prime Minister Scott Morrison signed off on the promises. Shameless!
    Losing one (Victorian) cabinet minister is unfortunate, but seven is just careless, says Annika Smethurst.
    Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne has quit as deputy chair of Parliament’s powerful intelligence and security committee amid scrutiny over his admission of branch stacking during an anti-corruption inquiry.
    Anthony Albanese has diminished his own, and Labor’s, credibility on integrity issues by declining to act immediately against MP Anthony Byrne, who this week admitted to participating extensively in branch stacking, says Michelle Grattan.
    Paul Starick tells us that senior Liberals have opened a new personal front to criticise Steven Marshall, urging him to curb late-night functions and a perceived growing arrogance fuelled by high public approval for his pandemic performance.
    Experts are warning past failures at the voting booths with tax promises and a lack of courage will keep necessary reforms off the table at the 2022 election, write Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke in this continuation of their series.
    Shane Wright headlines this effort with, “From brandy to housing … tax reform beholden to vested interests”.
    Nick Bonyhady writes that Labor will go to the next election vowing to address what it views as increasingly uncertain hours for part-time staff in an attempt to help workers, especially women, balance family and employment responsibilities.
    Tony Wright reckons our pandemic border wars reveal the state of our nationhood.
    Just how insurance companies will price their premiums to account for the COVID-unvaccinated is a thorny issue, a bit like the decisions being made by companies about whether their staff should be jabbed or not, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    For epidemiologists advising politicians and debating control measures in the public arena: excess haste, over-simplification and exaggeration will lead us into dangerous waters, warns Ewan Cameron, himself an epidemiologist.
    Blessed are the rich, for theirs are the taxes of the poor! Elite private schools gorged themselves on JobKeeper despite their profits, on top of Pandemic stimulus payments, and as well as trousering a bigger slice of the federal funding pie at the expense of public schools. Trevor Cobbold investigates the latest hand-outs which he brands as “Bratkeeper”.
    Australian home prices will surge 22 per cent this year, economists at Westpac said, upgrading their forecast from a previous 18 per cent and warning it could force regulators to try to further rein in credit growth.
    Nick McKenzie tells us that a top security official has warned that 90 per cent of Australia’s organised crime groups are operating with relative impunity, as police say employees of the Australian arm of Dubai’s government air services company have been used to infiltrate Sydney airport and smuggle drugs.
    John Watkins, who chairs Catholic Health Australia, is pushing to stop NSW becoming the final state in the country to legalise euthanasia. Figures.
    International borders are about to open, but these researchers explain how the plight of stranded Australians is not over.
    Matt O’Sullivan reveals that the structural engineer who raised serious concerns about the risk of a Sydney apartment tower collapsing said his fears were amplified by key structural documents for the building being withheld for 18 months.
    The prices of oil, gas and coal have skyrocketed through this year to levels not seen for years. The reasons why are complex, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Big tobacco got caught in a lie by Congress. Now it’s the oil industry’s turn, opines Mark Hertsgaard.
    The nuclear submarine deal with the US and the UK upends Australia’s carefully thought out forward planning in defence, without a clear explanation to the nation of the ramifications, writes Andrew Podger who says we don’t know the costs and we don’t know the risks of having nuclear submarines.
    In Bruce Haigh’s opinion, Tony Abbott delivered a most imprudent speech to the Yushan Regional Security Forum in the Taiwanese capital Taipei last Friday.
    Britain will offer six-month emergency visas to 800 foreign butchers to avoid a mass pig cull, it said yesterday, after farmers complained that an exodus of workers from abattoirs and meat processors had left the pork sector fighting for survival. What a surprise!
    The New York Times explains how China is trying to cool its costly and dangerously debt-ridden housing market, where high prices and go-go levels of borrowing and spending are increasingly seen as a national threat.

    Cartoon Corner – David Rowe’s rooting kangaroos cartoon I linked last night appears to have been taken down.

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  8. In Bruce Haigh’s opinion, Tony Abbott delivered a most imprudent speech to the Yushan Regional Security Forum in the Taiwanese capital Taipei last Friday.

    Which is a feature not a bug of the Abbott visit . Whoever was behind getting him to Taiwan knew that was exactly what he’d do. Someone wanted to add a little more heat rather than light.

  9. Taken a week ago – apparently this happens a lot, Jacinda just likes people.

    A reminder of what happened when Scovid tried to mix with commoners –

  10. leonetwo at 7:57 AM Edit

    Taken a week ago – apparently this happens a lot, Jacinda just likes people.

    Stephen Colbert visited NZ and Ardern picked him up at the airport and drove him to her house. Colbert was a bit !! when another driver called out to her and she wound down the window for a chat.Would be a surprise for an American to see that happening as an every day thing 🙂 Video at end of article.
    Stephen Colbert Visits New Zealand, Spends Day With Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

    Once in New Zealand, Ardern picked Colbert up at the airport. After the host thanked Ardern for cutting into her executive time to pick him up, she responded, “I’m a woman. I multitask.”

    Colbert then told her that he had one rule, which was to not sing along to any songs on the radio…………..

  11. I think I know what Murdoch’s sudden about-face on climate change is all about.

    He is trying to push Australia into using nuclear power.

    Coming up on Sky News on 25 October -a program titled “Going Nuclear: The Clean Energy Debate” presented by that great scientific mind Chris Kenny. Foxtel has been advertising this like crazy for the past few weeks.

    This has been a long-term dream of Rupert’s. From 2010 –

    Speaking last night at an event in Sydney as part of the The Australian’s Smart Business series, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, publisher of this newspaper, urged governments to invest in nuclear power, teacher quality, research and the education of all Australians

    Murdoch must have money invested in nuclear power.

    In 2006 Howard released a report into nuclear energy, the taskforce responsible for that was headed by Ziggy Switkowski. Howard was very excited by the thought of 25 nuclear reactors scattered around Australia producing lots of low-emissions power, over 1/3 of Australia’s electricity by 2050. No-one, of course wanted to talk about where these reactors would be or what we would do with the waste. These reactors were supposed to start production in 10 to 15 years. Thank goodness that brainfart never got off the ground.

    Does Rupert want to send us back to the past to build those reactors? It seems very likely. .

    • Ziggy was a genuine nuclear physicist and keen on nuclear. No doubt why The Rodent gave him the job. Despite this he concluded that when it came to climate change action and the time frame left to take action nuclear would take too long to get up and running in Australia.

    • Ziggy is still keen on small modular reactors for generating power though. Just like the reactors that power nuclear subs. Well, isn’t that a coincidence. Or maybe not.

      These subs are seen by some as a wonderful opportunity for Australia. The Minerals Council of Australia just cannot wait for the current moratorium to be lifted and to start mining more uranium.

      In another amazing coincidence Angus Taylor is also very keen on modular reactors.

      If Australia was stupid enough to opt for the nuclear option then it would still take at least 15 years to get one of these SMRs operating, and there is still the never-mentioned issue of what to do with the waste.

      Here’s the crunch line –

      Switkowski said nuclear was highly efficient, did not depend on the weather and could operate around the clock. Australia was well suited to support a nuclear fleet as it had strong environmental standards, capable regulators familiar with radiation safety, was geologically stable, had a technologically capable workforce and was home to a third of the world’s economically recoverable uranium

      However he also said there was a risk of catastrophic failure if Australia, at some stage, embraced nuclear power, so at least he admits there is always the possibility of a nasty accident.

      It looks very much as if Australia is being set up by the US and the UK to ditch our moratorium on nuclear.

  12. So Scovid is going to Glasgow. He will not be well received there, the international crowd know he has been dragged there and know all about his lies and reluctance to agree to any strategy for dealing with climate change.

    Has he been offered a pub crawl? Has he been told about long-lost family graves in an ancient Glasgow cemetery that he has to check out?

  13. Dan Ilic’s fundraising has been so successful he not only bought the promised billboard ads in Glasgow but also managed to pay for 10 minutes of advertising on the world’s biggest billboard in Times Square.

    Satirical ads mocking Australia’s climate stance take over Times Square’s biggest billboard– video

  14. NSW Supreme Court has dismissed both cases challenging the validity of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for NSW workers.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Laur Tingle, completely disillusioned with this government, lets rip at on another weekend spit. And it’s a good one!
    Peter Hartcher reckons NSW’s green machine leaves Morrison’s jalopy for dust! He says that ambitious climate change and renewables policies are politically straightforward for the Labor states. The force of the NSW case is that it shows a Coalition government can do it, too. A good read.
    The Nationals meet tomorrow to decide their climate change policy, although some members worry Barnaby Joyce has already done a deal with Scott Morrison, says Karen Middleton.
    The ‘net’ in net zero emissions offers a huge temptation to cheat, warns Ross Gittins. He says encouraging farmers to remove carbon from the atmosphere is a good idea. But there’s great scope for the unscrupulous to turn it into a fraud and another National Party rort.
    Meanwhile, Gabrielle Chan reports that constitutional lawyers and environmental groups have warned that federal agriculture funding could be open to challenge if it appears to support measures that are inconsistent with international environment agreements.
    The dramatic shifts in the politics of climate change have finally caught out Scott Morrison. It’s a reckoning that’s been coming since the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires, says Paul Bongiorno.
    Jack Waterford argues that Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party are the real villains when it comes to the lack of climate change action.
    Scott Morrison has abdicated any pretence of leadership on climate change, allowing the National Party — which has turned its back on farmers — to hold Australia to ransom, writes John Menadue who says Morrison has shamed Australia with his abdication to the National Party.
    John Lord reckons that if the Nat’s don’t join Rupert’s crusade, he will finish them.
    A legal challenge to NSW public health orders that restrict the activities of residents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 – including their ability to work in certain industries – has failed in the state’s Supreme Court.
    NSW will scrap quarantine for vaccinated travellers entering the state from November 1 but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has put a handbrake on Premier Dominic Perrottet’s push to reopen Sydney for international tourists and students, insisting Australians returning home should be the priority. ”Who’s running this show?”, says Morrison.
    Mike Foley and Katina Curtis tell us that, through gritted teeth, Morrison has announced that he WILL be going to Glasgow,
    Now he’s been shamed into going, Morrison must take more than spin to Glasgow, says Kevin Rudd in a rather biting contribution.
    “So Morrison’s going to Glasgow. Should we laugh, weep or rage for the lost decade?”, asks an unconvinced Katherine Murphy.
    Australia’s economic security depends on the government acting now to set clear and ambitious climate goals, urges the AiG’s Innes Wilcox.
    Phil Coorey writes that Morrison has warned that climate change is now as much about the global economy as it is the environment, and Australia will be left behind if it does not respond.
    And Coorey reckons this will be one small step for climate change, one giant leap for the Coalition.
    Morrison set for Glasgow but has to finish packing his bag, says Michelle Grattan.
    David Crowe writes that Peter Dutton has backed a climate target of net zero emissions by 2050 in a sign of majority cabinet support for the goal as the federal government waits on the Nationals to decide their stance tomorrow. Dutton has said he wanted to see more electric vehicles and more renewable energy to help Australia cuts its emissions in a way that did not damage industry, but he also said the Nationals should be given time to discuss whether they could accept the goal.
    Chris Wallace looks at Labor’s chances of winning the next election.
    Michelle Grattan thinks Anthony Albanese has diminished his own, and Labor’s, credibility on integrity issues by declining to act immediately against MP Anthony Byrne, who this week admitted to participating extensively in branch stacking.
    NSW regional travel is now on hold as cases rise and vaccinations rates lag. So we now have internal border closures?
    As membership of the United Australia Party surges, its policy platform remains built almost entirely around Covid-19 conspiracies, writes Mike Seccombe who says the story of how Craig Kelly came to leave the Liberal Party and join forces with Clive Palmer is long and convoluted but ultimately traces back to Donald Trump and a crackpot doctor in the United States.
    John Hewson is concerned about the relationship between church and state as hen looks at what Perrottet has been up to with cemeteries.
    Sumeyya Ilanby tells us how Adem Somyurek’s legend wilted under the anti-corruption spotlight.
    Nino Bucci writes about Victorian Labor’s excruciating week at IBAC.
    As federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne is embroiled in Victoria’s branch-stacking probe, the party is watching to see who else may be called to testify in front of the commission, writes Karen Middleton.
    As Victoria nears what health officials hope is the peak of our COVID-19 wave, one of our most important defences against the virus – the art of contact tracing – is undergoing a quiet revolution, explains Chip Le Grand.
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been infected with Covid-19 at a rate between almost two and three times higher than that of non-Indigenous Australians, according to confidential briefing papers from the federal government. Adam Morton reports.
    NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler, tells us that risky tower developers know their number’s up. Let’s hope his confidence is not unfounded.
    Here is an excellent essay from Malcolm Knox on getting to the point of having legislation for voluntary assisted dying.
    Sarah Danckert tells us that Australian influencers are building fan bases in the hundreds of thousands by posting about the enviable lifestyles fuelled by their trading activities and encouraging others to do the same. Fools and money!
    Nicole Abadee rightfully praised the efforts of John and Lucy Brogden in addressing mental health.
    Anthony Galloway reports that Australia’s Chief of Navy has opened the door to the nation’s ageing fleet of conventional submarines remaining in operation into the 2050s if the federal government’s proposed nuclear-powered fleet cannot be built in time. Way back, when we still had the design capability, we had a chance to develop “Son of Collins”, but the government snuffed out any chance of it going ahead. Now we are staring at “Weekend at Bernie’s Collins.
    Mike Foley explains how BHP is looking to move towards “forward facing” mineral resources such as those used in electric vehicle batteries.
    Jenny Noyes reports that Christian Porter will appeal against a Federal Court decision to stop his barrister from acting for him in his defamation case against the ABC, despite settling the case in question. Apparently it’s the principle, not the money, that matters.
    Qantas has landed a windfall of $802 million selling a sizeable chunk of prime land at Mascot near Sydney Airport to a consortium led by logistics property giant LOGOS and the country’s largest super fund, Australian Super.
    Fergus Hunter describes how police raiding a drug boat in high seas off Newcastle found a growing fire on board that threatened to ignite a cache of fireworks and fuel cans packed alongside the largest ever cocaine haul seized in Australia.
    Paul Kelly opines that, given Chinese President Xi Jinping’s intimidation of Taiwan to affirm reunification with its alleged breakaway province, Taiwan now parades itself as the frontline in the growing global struggle over freedom and democracy – an escalation of deep consequence for Australia.
    Dear old Gerard Hederson, in this weekend’s culture warrior diatribe, turns on his precious royal family.
    An international definition of antisemitism, to be formally endorsed by the Australian government, will help stop hate speech and violence, some Jewish advocacy groups say. But others argue the broad definition could be used to shut down legitimate criticism of the state of Israel, explains Ben Doherty.
    Tory austerity caused misery in the UK – and now they want to make it worse, says Polly Toynbee.
    The Biden administration said on Friday it will turn next to the US supreme court its attempt to halt a Texas law that has banned most abortions since September.
    An anti-vax baggage handler at Melbourne Airport who came to work while sick is being blamed for passing on COVID-19 to at least seven colleagues. Clearly “Arsehole of the Week” material.

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  16. Marise Payne is not exactly Stuart Ayres’ wife. I believe the polite term is “domestic partner”. But this is an excellent thought any way you look at their relationship.

    Someone is making up crap – my bet is it’s Scovid.

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