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Nebru 7 Pod*

A most briefe and pleasaunte treatise teachyng how to dresse, sowe and set a garden**

Chillies and why you should try growing them. Variety is the spice of life and these spicy plants have variety in spades. You will never run out of variations in size, color, and shape or heat level. There is at least one out there perfect for you.

Before moving on to some ‘why you shoulds’ let’s look at some ‘why you won’ts’.


A most briefe and pleasaunte treatise teachyng how to dresse, sowe and set a garden*

If there are any interested in giving it a go after reading this I have put together a variety pack of seeds. Heat from zero to world’s hottest. Colours, red, white, chocolate, yellow, peach. Shapes, pea shaped, 30 cm ‘ribbons’, ‘normal’. Large plant, small 30-60cm plants. Included in each bundle will be growing instructions. Or more accurately what I have found to work in WA. Drop a note to ‘management’ or leave a message on the blog and we will get them out to you.

Chillies and why you should try growing them. Variety is the spice of life and these spicy plants have variety in spades. You will never run out of variations in size, color, and shape or heat level. There is at least one out there perfect for you.

Before moving on to some ‘why you shoulds’ let’s look at some ‘why you won’ts’.

A small or no garden at all? There are plants that happily grow indoors in 150-200mm pots, just provide some sunshine. But even then I grew a specimen of the then world’s hottest chillie which never received direct sunlight. Apart from leaves displaying ‘gigantism’ it was fine. The beauty of the chillie plant is that you do not have to have a big garden to grow sufficient quantities. One or two plants can supply you for months. A super hot one will keep you supplied with fresh and dried chillie spice all year.

2) A Hot & Spicy Food Wimp? Definitely not an excuse. There are varieties as mild as a capsicum. There is also no need to actually eat them. Many look great just as an ornamental. The pods can be any number of colors and shapes and look good against the green foliage, lasting for weeks or months. There are some who sport purple leaves for added colour.

3) Lack a green thumb? You are in luck. While there are some chillies that need a bit of tlc there are others that are relatively tough. Ones such as the Tepin/Chiltepin, the State Chillie of Texas. They grow in semi arid areas. I have found chillies to be relatively pest and disease free. Although where you live might have voracious insects and plant lurgies we do not have in the Wild Wild West The big secret is maintaining water supply and an occasional feed. 

The chilli growing bug bit me over 20 years ago, prompted by a simple desire. Since then it has provided many joys and the occasional disappointment. But always there is next season, renewed hope, new varieties and this time doing it right’.

A small or no garden at all? There are plants that happily grow indoors in 150-200mm pots, just provide some sunshine. But even then I grew a specimen of the then world’s hottest chillie which never received direct sunlight. Apart from leaves displaying ‘gigantism’ it was fine. The beauty of the chillie plant is that you do not have to have a big garden to grow sufficient quantities. One or two plants can supply you for months. A super hot one will keep you supplied with fresh and dried chillie spice all year.

2) A Hot & Spicy Food Wimp? Definitely not an excuse. There are varieties as mild as a capsicum. There is also no need to actually eat them. Many look great just as an ornamental. The pods can be any number of colors and shapes and look good against the green foliage, lasting for weeks or months. There are some who sport purple leaves for added colour.

3) Lack a green thumb? You are in luck. While there are some chillies that need a bit of tlc there are others that are relatively tough. Ones such as the Tepin/Chiltepin, the State Chillie of Texas. They grow in semi arid areas. I have found chillies to be relatively pest and disease free. Although where you live might have voracious insects and plant lurgies we do not have in the Wild Wild West The big secret is maintaining water supply and an occasional feed. 

The chilli growing bug bit me over 20 years ago, prompted by a simple desire. Since then it has provided many joys and the occasional disappointment. But always there is next season, renewed hope, new varieties and this time doing it right’.

One of the great adventures the growing of chillies takes you on is a trip from the garden to the world’s kitchens. Across the globe there are a myriad of cuisines that call for particular chillies prepared in a particular way. Be it the incredibly useful smokey Merkin powder of the Mapuche people using Cacho de Cabre chillies or Prik Kaeng Kiao Wan (a green curry) from Thailand using Green Bird Eye chillies to Hungarian Sajtos Toltott Paprika using Hungarian Wax chillies. The heat scale of the dishes ranging from mild to wild……………………well. nuclear J . I may have been growing chillies for a long time but I still prefer not to mix pain and pleasure. The foolproof formula is – it’s twice as hot, use half as much !

The ‘heat’ from chillies comes from several related chemicals called Capsaicins. To show you the difference a few atoms make, capsaicin is a vanilloid, a ‘cuzzy bro’ of vanilla. Heat is measured on the Scoville Heat Units scale. Word of the day ‘Organoleptic’. Organoleptic testing was how the heat level of chillies was originally measured. It often still is. It sounds ‘high tech’ but it really is ‘suck it and see’. The Scoville rating measures how many times a measure of chillie can be diluted using sugar water and ‘heat’ still be detected by a panel of tasters .To give you an idea of how hot is hot and how NOT HOT a Jalapeno actually is…..

Chilli Scovile Heat Units (SHU)
Jalapeno2,500-8,000
Thai Birds Eye50,000-100,000
Habanero100,000-350,000
Pepper Spray2,000,000+
Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest)1,650,000-2,200,00

The ‘burn’ from capsaicins has a couple of interesting aspects, it stimulates the same pain pathway as an actual burn. Unlike other hot spices such as pepper, the body becomes increasingly tolerant to the effects of capsaicins. Like drug addicts, chillieheads need larger and larger doses to get the endorphin rush.

In addition to the culinary world there is, if you wish to enter it, a large community of ‘chillieheads’ out there. People who will help you out with advice, hints, seeds or recipes. No one is going to get rich out of the hobby so none of the crap which goes along with anything that involves big bucks or hope for big bucks. A number of Australian cities have chillie festivals. Drop in to one when they, eventually, run again.

Lastly, there is the simple pleasure of growing something. Watching something go from seed to setting fruit is just a few months. The plants look good, taste good and are the fruits of your own labour. The chillies themselves can often be a great conversation starter or common point of interest with others. There is always someone in your circle who likes a bit of HOT …

… and you can provide it. They will appreciate something different to the limited variety sold in shops. Especially if it is a very hot one as they are rarely available. Although I did see a local Coled selling the world’s hottest chillie in late 2019, Carolina Reaper, $5.50 for 10 grams , OMG $550 a kg !!!. So even if they are too hot for you there will be someone that will greatly appreciate some fresh ones.

Kitchen Korner. Last season I tried making a Lactofermented Chillie sauce. The chillie version of the sour dough bread craze. Lacto sauces became ‘trendy’, chock full of buzz words like “probiotic’ so they ‘gotta be good’ eh? The ubiquitous Tabasco sauce uses the method. If you have been to Asian eating places you likely came across Sriracha chillie sauce, another lactofermented sauce. Once you know the basics it is very easy and non labour intensive.

Lactofermentation

Apart from the sauces mentioned you will already be familiar with foods produced using this method, kimchi and sauerkraut. The process involves putting fruit/spices/vegetables in a brine strong enough to kill off the ‘bad’ bacteria but not the lactobacillus that naturally live on the fruit and vege.The same bugs that spoil milk. As they digest the sugars they produce lactic acid which lowers the pH and so preserves the vegetable. Apart from general cleanliness THE one thing to remember is to end up with about 2.5% salt.

 

Equipment.

Fermentation Jar.

Although there are jars designed specifically for this, an Agee jar or similar is quite OK to use. Whatever jar you choose make up enough of the ingredients to fill with 5 or so cm from the top. During fermentation the jar needs to be sealed from the air. If you have a container with an air lock, fantastic. If not then 1/2 to 3/4 fill a resealable plastic bag with water. Place it on top of the brine and sauce ingredients so as to exclude contact with air and keep the ingredients below the surface.

Ingredients

A basic recipe. Adjust quantities to suit your jar.

1)     Rock/Sea Salt. NOT iodised salt

2)     Boiled and cooled water. Roughly enough to fill your glass container

3)     350g Green Jalapeno. Type of chillie and quantity to suit your taste

4)     225g chopped celery, stalk and leaves

5)     1 chopped green bell pepper or one that matches colour of chillies

6)     2 cloves garlic minced. (optional)

7)     1 medium onion sliced

8)     1 tsp coriander seeds

Weigh ingredients 3 to 8. Then weigh out 2.5% of their weight in rock salt/sea salt. Put salt to one side. (easy peasy calc., just divide  weight by 40)

Place vegetables and spices into jar. Pack down a little. Pour in water until water is a cm or two above the sauce ingredients.

Pour the water back out of the jar and measure its weight. Divide weight by 40 and add that quantity of rock/sea salt to the water. Also add the salt you weighed out for sauce ingredients 3 to 8. Dissolve the salt and then pour back into the jar of ingredients. Seal the jar with the zip lock bag of water. Ensure all the ingredients are a cm or two below the surface of the brine.

Fermentation should begin in 1-4 days. During fermentation a white ‘powder’ may form on the surface. This is Kahm yeast. Not dangerous but supposedly gives a bitter taste. Just carefully skim it off the top. Easy to do as it is extremely hydrophobic.

Leave to ferment for 2-4 weeks. You can process it then or wait a little longer to let the flavours develop. I left a mash of pure Carolina Reaper for 6 months. The original Tabasco was left 2-3 years.

Processing. After fermentation strain out sauce ingredients and retain the liquid. Place the veggie/spice mix in a blender. Turn on the blender and slowly add the retained fluid until the sauce is of the consistency you want. A good option is to add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar before adding the liquid. Adding ½ tablespoon citric acid will also help preserve it or the juice of a lemon instead

Once the sauce has been ‘blitzed’ you can either work it through a sieve to remove pulp or use as is. The extra work of getting it through the sive means your sauce should not separate on sitting. I never bother. Just keep it in the fridge and shake before use.

At the start of this I mentioned my chillie adventure started 20+ years ago from a simple desire. What was that desire? Revenge! While watching cricket and enjoying a few cleansing ales with a Scottish mate – he kept munching on some homemade pickled chillies he’d made. Eventually he offered me one, assuring me they were nae hot. Following his example and taking his word I tore into one. 10 seconds later “I’m melting’. I did not realise back then that you become tolerant to effects of capsaicin ‘with practice’, he had lots of ‘practice’. A month later I read an article about a new world record chillie in the US and a plan was born. Not legally exportable at the time and e-commerce in the early days I set about getting seeds and growing some. 18 months after ‘the incident’ a very very cold dish of ‘revenge’ was served. Ah the sweet sight of a gruff Glaswegian from The Gorbals trying to make out he was not in agony despite the gasping, red face, tears and sweat dripping off him. He did very well though considering how much of the pod he ate. So here’s to you Alex me old mate, now in the great Highlands in the Sky. Thank you for the road you sent me down,

*Nebru 7 Pod .Kaffeeklatscher is the very proud ‘parent’ of this variety. An accidental cross I grew that turned out to be ‘most excellent’ and now sold in places as far away as Texas and Croatia. It has earned for me exactly $0.00 but inner ‘chuffedness ‘= Priceless.

**Thomas Hill . Published 1588.

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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. The day after Sunday often has slim pickings. Today is a prime example of this.

    Sean Kelly reckons that Morrison is in danger of misjudging what Australians think is important. A very good read, this one.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/desperate-measures-morrison-in-danger-of-misjudging-what-australians-think-is-important-20211120-p59an3.html
    Dominic Perrottet has reaffirmed his commitment not to grant freedoms to unvaccinated people until December 15 despite 10,000 marching in Sydney on Saturday to protest against mandatory vaccination rules.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-records-176-new-covid-19-cases-and-two-deaths-20211121-p59aob.html
    A frustrated Alan Kohler says that we need a vaccine against confusion and stupidity. Another good read.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/11/22/mandatory-vaccination-alan-kohler-2/
    The Morrison government has been accused of delaying legislation until “five minutes to midnight” as it tries to end the parliamentary year delivering on key election promises, reports Sarah Martin.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/22/morrison-government-accused-of-twiddling-thumbs-on-key-bills-until-election-time
    Josh Roose explains why the Victorian protests should concern us all.
    https://theconversation.com/why-the-victorian-protests-should-concern-us-all-172140
    Morrison ‘plan’ is kidding about Australia reaching net zero, writes Ross Garnaut who says five policy adjustments to reduce emissions faster would put our hand on the side of stronger global climate action in our national interest.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-cli.mate/morrison-plan-is-kidding-about-australia-reaching-net-zero-20211120-p59alh
    Despite the Liberal Party’s embrace of corrosive neoliberalism, the party continues to win elections. Australians get the governments they deserve, opines Mike Buckby who wonders if we care that the Liberals have undermined democracy and decency.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-liberals-have-undermined-democracy-and-decency-do-we-care/
    Hugh White is concerned that China is now likely to call America’s bluff over Taiwan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/china-now-likely-to-call-americas-bluff-over-taiwan/news-story/286511e9587c240c05901a6d1d504a8e
    Indigenous leaders from the Northern Territory have voiced their concerns over the Morrison government’s proposed voter ID law.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/21/voter-id-laws-will-diminish-rights-of-all-aboriginal-people-nt-indigenous-leaders-say
    Besieged SA Attorney-General Vickie Chapman will stand down as Deputy Premier and step aside from ministerial roles as she succumbs to a conflict of interest scandal rocking the state government. She has said, though, that she will not resign.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/defiant-attorney-general-set-to-stand-aside-after-conflict-of-interest-scandal/news-story/08a1bde218aebf43c1f6db3a88ccd3a7
    Men like Tim Paine reveal how little they know – or care – about what women think, writes Kerri Sackville.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/men-like-tim-paine-reveal-how-little-they-know-or-care-about-what-women-think-20211121-p59ap0.html
    Inspired by the Arab Spring, Manal al-Sharif used social media to start and lead movements. In the second of two articles, the Saudi-born cybersecurity expert and human rights activist examines how her home country uses social media to crush dissent. She explains how digital rights and human rights are inextricably intertwined, and how the absence of the former is the death knell of the latter.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/when-governments-defy-the-people-the-authoritarian-blueprint-for-oppression/
    Zoe Samios and Lisa Visentin report that local media companies are expected to knock back an initial proposal for the creation of an Australian Debates Commission, raising concerns that some take-it-or-leave it measures the government is proposing to implement are too restrictive.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/media-companies-raise-concerns-over-tv-election-debates-plan-20211118-p599z0.html
    The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade claims that it “promotes and protects Australia’s international interests to support our security and prosperity.” Jocelyn Chey believes it has failed in this objective.
    https://johnmenadue.com/liberals-fear-mongering-wont-be-effective-former-australian-diplomat/
    Angela Macdonald-Smith reports that manufacturers are worried that rising prices for natural gas on our east coast will end up causing the sort of crisis that has closed down factories in the UK and Europe.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/energy/gas-buyers-fear-fresh-price-surge-amid-europe-crunch-20211117-p599l7
    The Age’s editorial says that the St Basil’s fiasco shows how once again we learn the hard way.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/st-basil-s-fiasco-shows-how-once-again-we-learn-the-hard-way-20211119-p59ai1.html
    Binoy Kampmark writes about Morrison’s electric car delusions.
    https://theaimn.com/electric-car-delusions/
    Apparently, dishwashers are earning up to $90 an hour in one of Sydney’s top restaurants, as labour shortages in the hospitality industry force some businesses to cut opening hours.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/dishwashers-on-90-an-hour-as-staff-shortages-smash-hospitality-sector-20211119-p59a9x.html
    In defence of the apostrophe.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/long-live-the-apostrophe-a-bulwark-against-chaos-20211121-p59apk.html
    Prabir Purkayastha questions whether Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse is an attempt at rebranding Facebook’s sullied image, a cool new virtual space, or is the social media giant building a dystopian world?
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/one-persons-metaverse-is-anothers-dystopian-reality,15768

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    Alan Moir

    Peter Broelman

    Jim Pavlidis

    Matt Golding


    Mark Knight

    Cathy Wilcox


    Warren Brown

    Leak

    From the US

  2. Hanson is planning another cartoon. The new episodes, to feature Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, would coincide with the parliamentary term after May next year. Hopefully it will never happen. She is up for re-election or ousting in the election.

    Going by the tweets in this article most of the half a million hits a week across social media platforms were by people who wanted to see how awful her nonsense was.

    Pauline Hanson’s Cartoon Isn’t A Silly Little Political Comedy When It Comes From Her
    https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/pauline-hanson-cartoon/

    She is already in talks with the scum responsible for her first.

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/post/max-opray/2021/11/22/midnight-approaches-coalition

  3. An interesting video with Julian Hill and some rwnj from t’other side, as usual our boy gets interupted when making his arguments and salient points but still worth a watch.

    • Anthony Albanese is now giving a personal explanation about the text message Scott Morrison referenced in his question time answer.

      I kept that text message confidential, as you do with private text messages between private phones. And on the Friday on the Friday, he disclosed in interview with 2GB that he had texted me and that was the first time that that became public, but at no stage is he told me where he was going.

      Scott Morrison jumps up:

      I was taking leave Mr. Speaker, and I told him the same thing and Mr. Speaker, he chose to politicise that and has done so ever since.

      Here is what Anthony Albanese had to say about that earlier this month, when it came up again:

      When, in 2019, the Prime Minister sent me a private text message that he was going on leave and that the then Deputy Prime Minister would be acting. That was on Sunday night. You might be aware, for a number of days, the Prime Minister’s office couldn’t confirm whether he was on leave or not. The Acting Prime Minister couldn’t confirm that he was the Acting Prime Minister. I didn’t know where Scott Morrison travelled. I wasn’t critical of him travelling. I didn’t go out and breach that private message when Scott Morrison was on holiday. And then on Friday, on the Friday of that week, Scott Morrison gave an interview on 2GB from Hawaii, in which he said, ‘Oh, I messaged Anthony Albanese, I told him what was happening’. As if I knew that he was in Hawaii. But I kept his confidence. I kept his confidence. Because that’s what people of integrity do. They have relations between people. And this Prime Minister, on a range of issues, has ducked questions, has not given straight answers, has pretended that things that were a changed position for him were positions that he had all the way along, and always seeks to blame someone else, always seeks to defer responsibility.

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/nov/22/australia-politics-parliament-covid-nt-nsw-act-morrison-legislation-vaccination-election-victoria-pandemic-perrottet-andrews#comment-153234691

    • How could Albo possibly know where Scovid was when even the PMO had no idea where he had gone

      Regardless of who knew what and when they knew, a PM should know better than to take leave when the country is on fire.

      He really needs to stop lying, but lying is so much a part of him, probably has been since he was a toddler, that he cannot help it.

  4. The full saga, from Amy

    Right.

    So the prime minister immediately went on the personal attack in question time, accusing Anthony Albanese of knowing where he went on holiday during the 2019 bushfires, because he had told him in a text message he sent the opposition leader at the time. (This was in response to a question about why Morrison’s office had misled journalists who were asking about where the prime minister was back in 2019. Michael McCormack was acting in the prime minister’s role, but wouldn’t say if he was acting prime minister or where the prime minister was, which was a whole thing in December 2019 because half the country was on fire)

    During question time, Morrison says he sent Albanese a text message saying:

    As the leader of the opposition will know, because I texted him from the plane when I was going on that leave, and told him where I was going and he was fully aware of where I was travelling with my family,’

    Albanese says no, I received a text message saying the prime minister was going on leave, but not the destination. And I didn’t make it public, because it was a private message (Scott Morrison made the text message public on Sydney radio 2GB when he was found out as being in Hawaii. Morrison then claimed he was coming back home early – he arrived home a day earlier than scheduled)

    Morrison jumps in on that explanation, where Albanese says he didn’t know a destination, and says:

    Where I was going was on leave, Mr Speaker, and that was the important thing I sent to the leader of the opposition. He knew I was taking leave, Mr Speaker. I told him I was taking leave. And Mr Speaker, he chose to politicise that and has done so ever since.

    Called out for misleading again, Morrison makes a third attempt (in just over an hour) to explain what he meant when he said

    As the leader of the opposition will know, because I texted him from the plane when I was going on that leave, and told him where I was going and he was fully aware of where I was travelling with my family

    In that third attempt, Morrison says that what he meant by Albanese being “fully aware of where I was travelling with my family” he meant, that Albanese was “fully aware” he was on leave AND travelling with his family.

    When I was referring to he knew where I was going and was fully aware I was traveling with my family what I meant was, that we were going on leave together.

    So Morrison went on the attack, said something which wasn’t true, then changed the meaning of what he said when confronted with what had actually occurred. All in the space of an hour.

  5. Oh dear, an orc from Mordor Media , Denis Shanana, not gruntled with SfM. A one off or are they thinking of turning ?

    No matter the question, PM has same answer, ad nauseam

    Prepared lines the PM will trot out for months will make Tony Abbott’s three-word slogans seem a fleeting moment of originality.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/no-matter-the-question-pm-scott-morrison-has-same-answer-ad-nauseam/news-story/01dbabc3e2eea826fd6b4062f7f98ab6

    • Kaffeeklatscher,

      I seem to detect just the slightest hint of a change of breeze. I read somewhere else that Morloch has already begun cutting him loose – maybe this confirms that suggestion.

  6. We just watched Grace Tame on Australian Story. It was very heavy, but what a woman, with a great partner supporting her. Worth catching up with if you can.

    • It’s amazing the ignorance of so many of these “christianists” who do not know the difference between reincarnation and resurrection.
      An inability to ‘recognise the protein transcription process’ would only be of importance in resurrection (the restoration of the original body) #sighs Which is what the Book of Revelations seems to have promised (mad author)

      I always understood reincarnation meant I would get a nice new body! Or possibly become a pink flower (as I thought the word referred to as a child (as “in carnation”) )

  7. The cheerful ‘Cherman’ Health Minister Jens Spahn on covid………….

    “Probably by the end of this winter, as is sometimes cynically said, pretty much everyone in Germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead,”

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The Coalition’s traditional lead on economic management has been whittled away by Labor, as more voters say they believe the opposition would manage the economy in the interests of everyday Australians, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, explains Katherine Murphy. Well, I’ll be.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/23/more-voters-say-labor-better-at-managing-economy-for-everyday-australians-poll-suggests
    Shane Wright reckons the Coalition is preparing to keep spending rather than make unpopular cuts ahead of the looming federal election, despite its own budget rules requiring repairs to the debt and deficit to begin now the economy and jobs market have recovered.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/budget-recovery-for-another-day-election-trumps-fiscal-repair-plan-20211122-p59azf.html
    Jess Irvine says we should stand by to be bribed with our own money as the dreaded bracket creep is set to continue to do the heavy lifting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-graph-that-shows-where-your-taxes-are-heading-hint-it-s-up-20211122-p59b2m.html
    Phil Coorey reports that the federal government has put on hold all contested legislation – including a crackdown on class-action litigation funding – because two Coalition senators refuse to pass any bills in protest at state-imposed vaccine mandates.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/bills-on-hold-as-lib-senators-continue-boycott-20211122-p59aui
    Scott Morrison’s ill-fated holiday in Hawaii burns him again, says Tony Wright who describes how the PM created the hot water he landed in yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-s-ill-fated-holiday-in-hawaii-burns-him-again-20211122-p59b5h.html
    We are facing the unnerving proposition that Australia’s 30th prime minister struggles to differentiate fact from fiction. What happened yesterday was deeply disconcerting, and all the more troubling because this conduct is an established pattern of behaviour, writes Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/22/the-lie-of-the-land-morrisons-corrosive-behaviour-threatens-trust-rebuilt-during-pandemic
    Michelle Grattan reckons Morrison has tripped up on a truth test.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-scott-morrison-trips-on-a-truth-test-172316
    Troy Bramston says, “Anthony Albanese is seeking to do what no other Labor leader has done in the post-war era: win an election with a small-target strategy. Once a party of grand visions and bold policies, Labor has become risk averse. It is frightened of a contest of ideas. Labor seems to be hoping that government will just fall into its lap.”
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/albos-smalltarget-strategy-at-odds-with-what-works-for-labor/news-story/67c8b625611db25519454fc9e89cd4d7
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been promoting ‘can do capitalism’, when what Australia needs is policies that treat all citizens equally, writes Stuart Rees who says that the term is an outdated, selfish narrative
    https://johnmenadue.com/can-do-capitalism-an-outdated-selfish-narrative/
    Nick Bonyhady gives us a precis of Jacqui Lambie’s classic outburst at One Nation in the Senate yesterday. One for the ages.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/be-a-goddamn-bloody-adult-lambie-takes-on-one-nation-over-vaccine-mandates-20211122-p59b0p.html
    Community-based lawyer in western Sydney, Yusra Metwally, explains how her community paid a high price for inconsistent lockdown rules.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/my-community-paid-a-high-price-for-inconsistent-lockdown-rules-20211122-p59b18.html
    The provincial pile-on against Scott Morrison over vaccine mandates may be shrill and partially confected but it is deviously political and potentially effective. And it is a forerunner of what is to come, predicts Simon Benson.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/in-brawl-between-scott-morrison-and-the-premiers-threes-a-crowd/news-story/bf78f65f2c4e2934e3d35a744c49ab4b
    Jack Waterford thinks Dan Andrews could turn the tables on critics by demanding explanations about the Morrison government’s favouring of NSW and other pandemic missteps.
    https://johnmenadue.com/derring-do-dan-victorias-decent-dictator-should-take-back-the-initiative/
    Victorians will find their commute takes longer, but they’ll have to do it less often, according to new modelling that shows how habits will change in the post-pandemic era., writes Cara Waters.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/post-pandemic-commuting-to-become-longer-but-less-frequent-20211120-p59all.html
    Senator Cash is confident she has walked the fine line between guaranteeing the freedom of religious believers to discriminate in their beliefs against Australians who are not heterosexuals and the rights of these Australians. Paul Bongiorno says that the whole exercise is fraught because any idea that freedom of religion does not already exist in Australia is absurd, and all sides of politics in Canberra know it.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/11/23/paul-bongiorno-freedom-of-religion/
    Australian conservatives’ obsession with religious freedom is just another US import, and part of a worldwide surge in fascist identity politics, opines Lucy Hamilton.
    https://johnmenadue.com/culture-war-over-religious-freedom-normalises-fascist-politics/
    Andrew Tillett write that Penny Wong will accuse the Morrison government of embarking on the “most dangerous election tactic in Australian history” by escalating the spectre of war with China, warning it plays into Beijing’s fatalism that it will inevitably take over Taiwan.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-using-spectre-of-war-with-china-for-political-ends-wong-20211122-p59aws
    Kaye Lee says that Morrison’s belligerence is backfiring as he bounces around like a beach ball.
    https://theaimn.com/morrisons-belligerence-backfires-as-he-bounces-around-like-a-beach-ball/
    David Crowe tells us that Morrison is at odds once more with state health orders that ask retailers, event organisers and others to ask for proof of vaccination, as the issue sparks public protests and fury from conservatives including Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-wants-businesses-to-set-vaccine-rules-as-some-senators-vote-with-one-nation-20211122-p59b51.html
    “Will Australia follow Europe into a fourth COVID wave?”, asks Raina McIntyre who says boosters, vaccinating kids, ventilation and masks may help us avoid it.
    https://theconversation.com/will-australia-follow-europe-into-a-fourth-covid-wave-boosters-vaccinating-kids-ventilation-and-masks-may-help-us-avoid-it-172296
    These contributors to The Conversation explain how white supremacist and far right ideology are underpinning the anti-vax movements.
    https://theconversation.com/white-supremacist-and-far-right-ideology-underpin-anti-vax-movements-172289
    Tim Costello argues that if Scott Morrison acted on his strong Christian faith, he would phase out coal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/22/if-scott-morrison-acted-on-his-strong-christian-faith-he-would-phase-out-coal
    Chris Masters and Nick McKenzie tell us that Australia’s official military history unit has been denied access to the unredacted final report of the Brereton war crimes inquiry, potentially compromising its ability to record a complete and accurate account of the nation’s longest war. This could take seven years, they say.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/war-memorial-historians-denied-access-to-afghanistan-war-crimes-report-20211122-p59b4n.html
    According to Rob Harris, Queensland MP Andrew Wallace has emerged as a frontrunner to win the support of his federal Liberal colleagues to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish him success, if only to keep that obsequious relic Kevin Andrews out of the job.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/queensland-mp-andrew-wallace-frontrunner-to-become-new-speaker-20211122-p59b0a.html
    Significant change is often made by holding government and independents rarely, if ever, wield this power, writes Dr Kay Rollison.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/how-an-influx-of-independents-could-change-parliament-for-the-worse,15775
    Peter Hartcher thinks that the kidnapping of Peng Shuai makes a stand on the Winter Olympics almost irresistible.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/kidnapping-of-peng-shuai-makes-stand-on-winter-olympics-almost-irresistible-20211122-p59axe.html
    Paul Keating’s appearance at the National Press Club after a 26-year absence demonstrates one thing, at least: that each new prime minister of Australia is worse than the previous one, argues Ian Curr.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/paul-keating-slams-morrisons-approach-to-australia-china-relations,15773
    High-fee private schools are claiming the most HSC disability provisions despite the independent sector having the fewest students with special needs, explain Jordan Baker and Nigel Blackstone. Gives one the tom tits, doesn’t it?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/a-complex-problem-richest-schools-claim-most-hsc-disability-provisions-20211122-p59ayg.html
    Andrew Webster argues why Cricket Australia should have sacked Paine after two Tests as captain. He gives CA a well-deserved serve.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/why-cricket-australia-should-have-sacked-paine-after-two-tests-as-captain-20211122-p59b1v.html
    And the SMH editorial says that we must judge Cricket Australia as much as we judge Tim Paine.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-must-judge-cricket-australia-as-much-as-we-judge-tim-paine-20211122-p59aye.html
    Matt O’Sullivan reports that NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler has taken aim at the builder of Sydney’s cracked Opal Tower which he accused of being involved in multiple projects across the city embroiled in legal action with apartment owners over alleged defects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/more-names-than-scarlet-pimpernel-opal-tower-builder-under-fire-over-other-projects-20211122-p59b0n.html
    Europe is growing increasingly reliant on coal to keep the lights on as the weather turns cold, sending the cost of polluting to a record. Carbon prices exceeded €70 ($108) for the first time ever as utilities turn to the dirtiest of fossil fuels. Power plants in the UK are burning the most coal since the beginning of March to keep the lights on as the cooler-than-normal weather and sub-zero temperatures are forecast for major cities this week.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/commodities/energy-crunch-drives-carbon-to-record-as-europe-burns-coal-20211123-p59b7l
    Three years of controversy have taken their toll on the local casinos and the three operators may give way to one large operating casino company with licences in each state, says Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-chips-are-down-for-our-casinos-as-consolidation-beckons-20211122-p59b25.html
    Meanwhile, the CEO of Victoria’s embattled gaming watchdog has resigned amid a major overhaul of the regulator, which has been widely criticised over its lax oversight of Crown casino.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/boss-of-gaming-watchdog-resigns-ahead-of-regulatory-shake-up-20211122-p59b12.html
    Tomorrow NASA will launch a mission to deliberately slam a spacecraft into an asteroid to try to alter its orbit – the first time humanity has tried to interfere in the gravitational dance of the solar system. The aim is to test drive a planetary defence system that could prevent us from going the same way as the dinosaurs, providing the first real data about what it would take to deflect an Armageddon-inducing asteroid away from Earth.
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/nov/22/nasa-slam-spacecraft-into-asteroid-to-avoid-armaggedon
    Boris Johnson has been criticised by senior business leaders and Conservative MPs for a “rambling” speech to top industry figures that saw him extensively praise Peppa Pig World, compare himself to Moses and imitate the noise of an accelerating car.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/22/boris-johnson-praises-peppa-pig-and-loses-place-in-rambling-speech
    Michael McGowan and Christopher Knaus tell us that Senator Gerald Rennick (today’s nomination for “Arsehole of the Week) has shared content from an anti-vaccination leader who previously called for the execution of Jacinda Ardern, while posting a deluge of stories from other people about vaccine side-effects he admits he can’t verify.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/23/liberal-mp-gerard-rennick-floods-facebook-with-vaccine-posts-he-admits-may-not-be-100-accurate

    Cartoon Corner

    A classic from David Pope!

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    • David Pope’s cartoon is brilliant! And thank goodness David Rowe decided to draw Hanson in a T-shirt instead of bare-breasted as in the Delacroix original.

  9. Jess Irvine says we should stand by to be bribed with our own money as the dreaded bracket creep is set to continue to do the heavy lifting.

    I though wages growth was 1/10 of SFA and has been for some time ? So bracket creep should be bugger all. Or is that just over all averages and the upper end have been doing very nicely ? Whatever the case it will be sold as giving everyone a fortune but for most people, good luck buying much more than a coffee and biscuits a week out of the extra.
    Still the MSM fanbois will love it. After all their income group is always in the peak generosity range.

  10. Funny how commentators and journalists like Michelle Grattan and Katharine Murphy to name just two of a whole horde, are only now realising that Scovid is a compulsive liar. Some of us mere proles have known that for years. What took them so long to wake up?

    • Come on, Leone! Let’s be fair to Pauline! Give her more space! Let her state her case! Let’s see her response to Glen’s cartoon. I’m sure she’d show how much she believes in her principles and is willing not just to stand up and fight for them on the tele but more importantly she will pay for them! Even if it means mortgaging her own home and using the investments bought by fees earned from all her public speaking gigs.

      The same goes for all her followers who cheer for her at those meetings and just happen ‘catch the covid’ and end up in hospital, even in ICU and the morgue with subsequent funeral expenses. I am sure the the anti-vaxxers have considered all of that, and the further cost of ongoing support for orphaned children or home care for widowers bereft of lifelong partners. They and Pauline will explain it all. Ask them. Be patient. They’ll answer. They will have thought it through. Maybe one of them has already set up a Go Fund Me page.

  11. Good!

    Senate motion scuttles government ABC complaints inquiry
    The Greens and Labor came together to put this motion through the senate:

    That the Senate directs the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee to suspend the inquiry into the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service complaints handling until the independent review of the ABC’s complaints system has been completed, in line with the request made to the Senate on the 14 November 2021 by the independent Chair of the ABC, Ms Ita Buttrose AC OBE.

    Which passed, 23-22 after One Nation abstained from the vote

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/nov/23/australia-politics-morrison-coalition-labor-corona-poll-parliament-economy-albanese-andrews-canberra-victoria-nsw-act-sa-perrottet-rennick

  12. Secret footage of Coalition senators James Paterson and Amanda Stoker discussing the LNP’s policy on welfare recipients.

  13. On a more serious note, if Labor wins the next election, I very much hope they do their best to keep Jacqui Lambie on their side and be as honest with her as possible. Whatever happens, she’s still a Senator until July 2025, and if a Labor government decides to play dishonest games with her, she’s going to erupt, and you can be 100% sure that the media will amplify such an event to the maximum.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Looking st the latest Resolve poll, David Crowe writes that trust is turning into a toxic issue for Morrison and he has made a simple decision. The best form of defence is attack. Branded a liar on the international stage, he tells Australians they can trust him on the economy. Branded a liar in Parliament, he tells voters that Albanese is not being straight with them.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/trust-a-toxic-issue-as-morrison-fights-fire-with-fire-20211123-p59bfn.html
    Michelle Grattan says that, for a leader with something of a fetish about having things under control, Scott Morrison is in a painful place. Just now, it seems, very little is controllable. She describes the tough time he is getting from all directions.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-scott-morrison-warns-disorderly-troops-against-putting-a-smile-on-labors-face-172423
    Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke tell us that economists are warning falling commodity prices could deal a blow to repairing the budget and caution it could take a decade to unwind COVID-19’s fiscal damage.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/politically-fraught-but-budget-repair-needs-to-start-soon-economists-20211123-p59b8r.html
    David Crowe tries to work out what’s in the religious freedom bill. I am none the clearer and am interested in what is really the specified “statement of belief”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/religious-australians-to-get-protection-to-make-statements-of-belief-20211123-p59bhz.html
    Luke Beck explains what has changed in the latest draft of the religious discrimination bill.
    https://theconversation.com/third-time-lucky-what-has-changed-in-the-latest-draft-of-the-religious-discrimination-bill-172386
    Chris Uhlmann reckons Morrison is trying to focus the election away from a contest with state premiers, where he fares badly, to one against Albanese.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/if-scott-morrison-could-pick-his-election-battles-there-s-one-he-would-prefer-20211123-p59b9h.html
    ‘Can-do capitalism’ is delivering less than it used to. Peter Martin gives us three reasons why this is so.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7522464/can-do-capitalism-is-delivering-less-heres-why/?cs=14264
    Michael Pascoe tells us why the GDP is almost a fetish and how it has a narrow business focus.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/11/24/michael-pascoe-gdp/
    With campaigns against pandemic mandates the need for a human rights act has never been greater, argues Greg Barns.
    https://johnmenadue.com/post-covid-the-need-for-a-human-rights-act-has-never-been-greater/
    Paul Sakkal writes that leading pandemic specialists Julie Leask, Catherine Bennett and Tony Blakely argue Victoria’s vaccination rate, on track to reach 95 per cent next month, is high enough to protect the state from any increased transmission that might happen if unvaccinated were given the same rights as those who’ve had their jabs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/giving-vaccination-a-bad-name-experts-say-jab-lockouts-can-end-at-90-percent-20211122-p59b4t.html
    Peter Dutton says federal Labor won’t stand up for Australian values in the face of Chinese attacks and accused it of “crab-walking” away from the AUKUS defence agreement in the angriest dispute between the two major parties over foreign policy in years. Mr Dutton on Tuesday lashed Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong for delivering a “very irresponsible” and “embarrassing” speech in which she argued the Defence Minister was hyping up the threat of war over Taiwan for domestic political advantage. Senator Wong hit back late on Tuesday to say Mr Dutton was lying about her speech and Labor backed the AUKUS deal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/embarrassing-dutton-accuses-labor-of-walking-away-from-aukus-defence-pact-20211123-p59bfy.html
    The slow, roiling crisis of Australia-China relations reached a distinct new stage with China’s president, Xi Jinping, directly criticising Australia’s new AUKUS agreement for the first time, writes Greg Sheridan.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/his-masters-voice-amplifies-how-annoyed-xi-jinping-is/news-story/0d90b3459a1c7fa5f43e21f951ae8ff2
    “Steady on ranters, Victoria is not descending into totalitarianism”, says Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/steady-on-ranters-victoria-is-not-descending-into-totalitarianism/
    In this flippant contribution, Andrew P Street looks at Morrison’s electoral challenges.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-braves-the-nsw-electoral-labyrinth-of-doom,15776
    Matt Wade explores why Australian businesses are not taking advantage of the good relationship that governments of the last two decades have been building with India.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-nation-australian-businesses-need-to-embrace-20211123-p59b9j.html
    In this op-ed, Jacqui Lambie adds to her ripper of a speech on vaccinations.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/11/24/jacqui-lambie-vaccination-freedom/
    Clearer boundaries for consensual sex have been enshrined in law after the NSW Parliament passed historic consent reforms to ensure more effective prosecutions of sexual offences.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/massively-satisfied-landmark-sexual-consent-laws-pass-nsw-parliament-20211123-p59bho.html
    Dana Daniel tells us that GPs have criticised the federal government over its coronavirus vaccine rollout, saying delayed information campaigns left a “vacuum” for anti-vaxxers to spread dangerous messages.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-lost-the-trust-and-faith-gps-blast-government-s-vaccine-rollout-20211123-p59bcm.html
    Coal plants are closing faster than expected, but governments can keep the exit orderly explains The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/coal-plants-are-closing-faster-than-expected-governments-can-keep-the-exit-orderly-172150
    A report prepared by an investigative journalist which summarised allegations and rumours about Ben Roberts-Smith will remain secret, after the Federal Court found it cannot be used in the former soldier’s defamation case because it is covered by legal privilege.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/journalist-s-report-to-remain-secret-in-roberts-smith-defamation-trial-20211123-p59bcb.html
    Scott Morrison is pitching to parts of the mainstream with his lines on freedom, writes a former Liberal party adviser, Pete Shmigel.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/scott-morrison-is-pitching-to-parts-of-the-mainstream-with-his-lines-on-freedom-20211122-p59b05.html
    The Coalition banks on the myth they are better economic managers than Labor, but facts are eroding the slogan, writes Peter Lewis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/nov/23/the-coalition-banks-on-the-myth-they-are-better-economic-managers-than-labor-but-facts-are-eroding-the-slogan
    Tom Rabe explains how the future construction of the multibillion-dollar Western Harbour Tunnel means the government is faced with the challenge of ensuring the new motorway’s tolling structure does not push motorists onto existing northbound crossings, which are free.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/split-harbour-bridge-toll-and-apply-it-each-way-an-option-for-nsw-government-20211123-p59bhq.html
    Premier Dominic Perrottet insists the Delta outbreak did not create a two-tiered Sydney, while the Minister for Western Sydney has railed against a “victim mentality” being imposed on areas worst hit by the lockdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/victim-mentality-has-got-to-stop-minister-says-no-such-thing-as-two-tiered-sydney-20211123-p59bc4.html
    Weakened labour markets in Australia and New Zealand have resulted in a significant slump in net migration of NZ citizens, writes Dr Abul Rizvi.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australias-weak-labour-market-causes-nz-migration-slump,15780
    Tony Wright does not appear to be a fan of Barnaby Joyce. Here he describes his performance yesterday answering a question from Catherine King.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/barnaby-champions-his-hometown-mayor-condemning-labor-snobs-20211123-p59b9y.html
    Lucy Cormack says that Dominic Perrottet insists the Delta outbreak did not create a two-tiered Sydney, while the Minister for Western Sydney has railed against a “victim mentality” being imposed on areas worst hit by the lockdown. She refers to what the SMH had found out about CHO Kerry Chant’s advice at the time was.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/victim-mentality-has-got-to-stop-minister-says-no-such-thing-as-two-tiered-sydney-20211123-p59bc4.html
    Peter Hannam explains why some petrol prices are on the road to $2 a litre.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/24/one-way-traffic-why-some-petrol-prices-are-on-the-road-to-2-a-litre
    Lisa Visentin reports that a government-backed Senate inquiry into the ABC and SBS’s complaints handling processes has been derailed by a Labor and Greens push to suspend it until the next term of Parliament.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/one-nation-s-bid-to-derail-senate-inquiry-into-the-abc-and-sbs-complaints-mechanism-20211123-p59bcq.html
    Dana Daniel explains how a royal commission has heard employers fear asking workers if they have a disability, making data collection on employment rates tricky as companies work to boost their diversity credentials.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/employers-anxious-about-asking-employees-to-disclose-disability-20211123-p59bco.html
    Jacqui Lambie, the Coalition and Labor have banded together to demand an apology from One Nation for sharing the independent Tasmanian senator’s personal mobile number on social media, leading to a torrent of abuse, reports Nick Bonyhady.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/one-nation-under-fire-for-sharing-lambie-s-phone-number-triggering-wave-of-abuse-20211123-p59bfj.html
    Vaccine mandate protests around the country are distracting politicians from the ongoing climate crisis that still requires urgent attention, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/protests-distract-government-from-climate-crisis,15774
    The AFR tells us that actuaries and academics are frantically working up plans to help “Middle Australians” get access to critical advice about retirement, which could replace the troubled financial advice industry with a software algorithm. UNSW law professor and former ASIC Commissioner Pamela Hanrahan is promoting a “standardised” tool that collects personal data about people transitioning to retirement and makes automated recommendations to buy products such as an annuity or account-based pension.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/the-financial-advice-solution-that-cuts-out-advisers-20211123-p59bc0
    Karen Maley writes that a ham-fisted regulatory response has left average Australians struggling to pay for financial planning. Astute players in the financial planning industry have long warned that we are now in a situation where average Australians can’t afford the $5000 or so it costs to prepare a high-quality personalised investment plan for their superannuation savings.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/why-it-will-be-harder-to-afford-quality-financial-advice-20211123-p59bcu
    The failures of Australia’s fragmented and ineffective housing policy are accumulating — governments should take heed or pay a political cost, urges Duncan McClennan.
    https://johnmenadue.com/why-housing-emergency-must-shift-australian-politics/
    Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott are concerned that a last-minute pile on of amendments and extra “safeguards” put at risk the workability of the NSW addicted dying legislation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/add-ons-to-assisted-dying-bill-may-render-it-unworkable-20211123-p59bd6.html
    John Collett writes that the property market might crack under higher interest rates, with some market watchers predicting a price slump of up to 10 per cent during 2023.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/house-prices-to-hit-skids-as-rates-rise-20211119-p59adi.html
    According to Lucy Carroll and Mary Ward, junior doctors are set to launch legal proceedings against the state government on Wednesday over unpaid wages as pressure mounts on NSW Health over its alleged treatment of trainee medics. I don’t think these practices are limited to NSW.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-health-facing-two-court-cases-over-junior-doctors-conditions-20211123-p59bcg.html
    Clancy Yeates tells us that the CBA has released data that it says shows customers who use buy now, pay later operators are more likely to overdraw their accounts and fall behind on repayments. This is hardly surprising, but BNPL is a consequence of these companies going for a serve of the usurious credit card business of the big banks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/bnpl-customers-more-likely-to-fall-into-arrears-cba-20211123-p59be7.html
    Senator Gerard Rennick’s use of Facebook to push unverified stories about vaccine side-effects is potentially dangerous, a top health expert has warned, as fresh doubt is cast on the legitimacy of a story he helped promote.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/24/liberal-mp-gerard-rennicks-facebook-reposts-on-covid-vaccines-could-be-dangerous-health-expert-says
    The acerbic John Crace writes that Boris Johnson is making a real pig’s ear of winning the Confederation of British Industry back over. He says that after telling business to eff off, the PM needed to impress. Instead, he went into bizarre meltdown.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/nov/22/boris-johnson-makes-pig-ear-winning-the-cbi-back-over

    Cartoon Corner

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  15. When Liberal senators have no idea how voting in the Senate works –

    The senate is trying to work through Gerard Rennick’s demand that he wants his vote counted in the Greens-Labor motion to end the senate inquiry into the ABC complaints process until the ABC board ordered independent inquiry is completed.

    Rennick missed the vote. He was paired, which Simon Birmingham confirmed this, which means his vote was counted with the government. But Rennick entered the senate last night and said he wanted the vote re-committed.

    Now, the government is saying the vote will NOT be recommitted.

    So the vote from yesterday stands.

    Now Labor and the Greens are trying to work out what it is Rennick was talking about, why there was a demand for a re-committal and what is happening with the pairing arrangements, given Rennick’s claim he didn’t want to be paired, he wanted to vote. Which, given his public statements that he will be withholding his vote until the federal government addresses state vaccine mandates, has everyone confused.

    So now the Greens want the pairing arrangements considered “in detail and in length”.

    Labor wants Rennick (and SA Liberal senator Alex Antic) to put their voting intentions in writing ahead of each vote.

    Wong:

    “I ask that you communicate in writing your intention to support oppose or abstain on each vote to all whips. It is consistent this requirement with the requirement for independent senators when they’re absent from the chamber and minor parties when they are not represented”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2021/nov/24/australia-politics-live-coalition-backbench-morrison-joyce-barnaby-liberal-labor-politics-corona-victoria-sydney-andrews-perrottet-porter-alp-lnp-canberra

  16. The link below is about France, but some parallels with the modern USA.

    The below is audio link, with the early part of the interview talking about the 50s-80s market in Australia for pulp fiction of all kinds. An interesting listen if you want to hear something completely off today’s topics.

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