Tony Burke’s 5 and 5.

The 5 Best and 5 Worst of the week in Australian politics, written by Hon Tony Burke MP. Member for Watson NSW, Manager of Opposition Business for the Australian Labor Party in the Federal House of Representatives.

We need to talk about Scott.

Usually when someone makes a terrible mistake you can see the embarrassment on their face. But Scott seemed happy. He felt invincible, like a genius. After one of the worst weeks I’ve ever seen a government have.

So as you read this week’s #5and5 just remember this: Scott thought he did really well.


  • The Muppet Show Sequel
  • Morrison’s character
  • Cost of living
  • Same job, same pay
  • Tony Smith’s farewell


  • Hawaii lie
  • Civil disobedience
  • Corruption
  • “Made up issue”
  • Christian Porter

The Best:

1. Chaos. Everywhere. And Anthony Albanese summed it up beautifully in a speech at the end of the week. He recalled when Mr Morrison described his own side as a Muppet show: “Well he is now the Muppet-In-Chief. And the theme song to The Muppet Show goes like this: it’s like a kind of torture to have to watch the show.”

2. Every day this week we zeroed in on Mr Morrison’s character. The challenge when we were organising question time each day was choosing among the long list of Morrison lies.

Why did he and his office repeatedly lie about going to Hawaii while the country burned?

Why did he lie about electric vehicles?

Why did he lie about battery power?

Why did he lie about vaccine mandates?

Why did he lie about inviting his friend Brian Houston to the White House?

In response Mr Morrison just ducked and dissembled – and even bowled up some brand new lies. As Richard Marles asked on Thursday: “If the Prime Minister has no regard for what he said in the past why should Australians have regard for what he’s saying now?”

3. While the government was focused on itself we focused on the economy and the cost of living – things that matter to everyday Australians. Anthony, Amanda Rishworth, Kristy McBain and Susan Templeman asked why under this government petrol prices were surging by $900 a year for an average family – but real wages have fallen by $700. Josh Frydenberg tried to pivot to the government’s economic record, so Jim Chalmers asked: “Can the current Treasurer name any other Treasurer in the last 100 years that has a worse record than him on waste, rorts, debt, deficits, annual growth and real wages?” Frydenberg could not.

4. On Monday Anthony and Labor’s Meryl Swanson introduced a “same job, same pay” Private Members’ Bill to crack down on dodgy labour hire firms that are undercutting wages and conditions in mining and across the economy. Throughout the week we presented real life examples of labour hire workers getting ripped off to the tune of hundreds of dollars a week. We need to stop permanent jobs being replaced with lower paid casual jobs.

5. Monday was Tony Smith’s last day as Speaker. He’s from the other side of politics of course but few would dispute that Smith brought order, fairness, dignity and integrity back to the chair after the Bronwyn Bishop days. He belongs in the “best” column even though we’re sorry to see him go.

The Worst:

1. Mr Morrison’s character was on full display on Monday. Labor’s Fiona Phillips asked: “When my electorate was burning the Prime Minister’s office told journalists he was not on holiday in Hawaii. Why did the Prime Minister’s office say that when it wasn’t true?” Mr Morrison responded by trying to blame Labor – claiming he’d told Anthony Albanese ahead of time where he was going. If that was true it would be irrelevant. But it wasn’t true at all. Mr Morrison was trying to wriggle out of his lies by telling more lies. He had to have two goes at correcting the record because he’s pathologically incapable of admitting fault or taking responsibility.

2. The LNP’s George Christensen stood up in the House on Wednesday and likened state premiers to “Stalin, Mao, Hitler and Pol Pot” – and then openly encouraged “civil disobedience” against their pandemic health orders. A few minutes later we asked Mr Morrison about these inflammatory and dangerous comments and he refused to even condemn Mr Christensen by name. Watch here.

3. On Thursday things went from bad to worse for the government. Supported by Labor, independent MP Helen Haines moved a motion to suspend standing orders to debate her bill for a federal anti-corruption body. In a totally unprecedented move a Liberal MP, Bridget Archer, seconded the motion and crossed the floor to support it. That means we had the numbers on the floor. After the vote the new Speaker Andrew Wallace declared that we’d won – but then saying we needed to vote again. That led to complete chaos on the floor as the government tried to get its act together and figure out what to do next. There was around ten minutes where we all sat in the chamber and nothing happened. No one spoke. Just. Nothing. Eventually the vote happened again and this time the requirement to have an absolute majority of 76 votes was invoked which mean even though we had more votes, we didn’t win. There’s one simple take out from all this, the only way to have an anti-corruption commission is to change the government.

4. We asked the government about the Same Job Same Pay legislation that Anthony Albanese had introduced on Monday. What was the government’s response? Paul Fletcher – who represents the Invisible Industrial Relations Minister Michaelia Cash in the lower house – just arrogantly dismissed the labour hire rorts as a “made up issue”. I bet it doesn’t feel “made up” to the workers getting paid less every day or the families struggling to pay the bills. It only feels “made up” to a Government that is completely out of touch with the concerns of workers.

5. A few weeks ago the government took the completely unprecedented step of voting against a parliamentary inquiry into Christian Porter’s anonymous donations even though Tony Smith supported a referral. With a new Speaker in the chair I gave it another go. Mr Wallace rejected our request. So we are left with a situation where MPs can take large anonymous cash donations to pay for private bills. It’s beyond belief.

We’re back next week for the final sitting week of the year.

‘til then,


PS Song of the week goes to one of the early punk albums. It includes the perfect line “broke a confidence just to please your ego”. The song is called Liar. And while I never thought I’d say this: in honour of Scott Morrison, here’s the Sex Pistols

From Tony Burke’s Weekly Email., thank you Mr Burke.

Courtesy CK Watt who found this. In this political week

CK Watt, Tony Burke’s ‘5 and 5’ is too good to leave buried in the comments!

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  1. “Poppy Alice” seems to be Jenny Morrison., although when Facebook says someone is “with” someone it does not always mean they are in the photo.

    “Lynnie Stewart” is apparently Tim “QAnon” Stewart’s wife.

    There are lots of photos of him on “Lynnie’s” Facebook page, one referring to them as “a lovely couple”.

    Looks like Ronni Salt was right – Jen does have multiple social media accounts.

    Also – another happy snap of Jen and Lynnie from January 2018..

    • I’m starting to suspect that there won’t be an election next year … or the year after that, or the year after that either.

      Or I could just be getting increasingly cynical in my ‘old age’?

  2. Thanks everyone, now her excitement has worn off she is tuckered out. Hunter is in ecstasy but is settling down now.

    No cortisone infusion, we had an existing appointment with our doctor on Wednesday so we’ll get her to sort it, hopefully.

    • Just makes you wonder how many LNP members were actually in Parliament House and not in the chamber!

      I’m not sure what I feel, but there is an element of sheer frustration that there may not be an election until May #FrustratedGnashingOfTeeth

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Paul Karp has the scoop and tells us that a report by the privileges committee following an investigation into Christian Porter’s disclosure that he’d received funds from the “Legal Services Trust” calls for the rules to be changed to uphold the “intent and integrity” of the register of interests.
    According to Paul Bongiorno, the signs are the Morrison government is decaying before our eyes. A very good read.
    Scott Morrison’s personality and style has infected the whole government — he sclerosis and the lack of flexibility on general positions is now built-in, writes Jack Waterford who tells us how Scott Morrison is trashing the Liberal brand.
    In spite of the Liberal party’s small-government rhetoric, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is running the most expensive government in recent memory with departmental expenses outstripping both tax revenue and Australia’s GDP; and dwarfing Labor government. Callum Foote investigates.
    Julie Bishop has urged Australia and France to fully disclose what they told each other about the dumped submarine contract, saying Canberra’s diplomacy had been “missing in action”, writes Anthony Galloway. She said Australia “really alienated a very strong partner and friend in France” and it needed to be doing everything in its power to repair the relationship.
    The AFR’s editorial says that Australia’s security would be better served by a defence minister who spoke more softly and carried a bigger stick – and a foreign minister who spoke about our strategic challenges.
    Last week Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton competed to confirm the conclusion previously reached by Paul Keating, Max Suich et al: Domestic political purposes are running our China policy, opines Michael Pascoe.
    Alan Kohler agrees that China fits the domestic political need for an enemy.
    Katherine Murphy tells us that the Australian Human Rights Commission has agreed to brief the former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins before it hands over the much-anticipated review into whether parliament house has a toxic workplace culture to the Morrison government. I wonder when the government will see fit to release the report to parliament.
    Scott Morrison’s transactional government seems merely to want to return to the rut of slow economic growth with no ideas for the future, writes Craig Emerson who wonders where Morrison’s ambition for Australia is.
    Strict lockdowns to stop the spread of the Delta strain of COVID-19 may have hit the economy harder than expected, fuelling fears the recovery from the pandemic could be derailed by the new Omicron variant, explain Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke.
    When reflecting on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statements in Federal Parliament last week, one could be forgiven for thinking he does not want the Coalition to win the forthcoming election, writes Colleen Lewis.
    Independent politicians, particularly women, are becoming a strong voice against the ineptitude of our Federal Government, writes Professor Kerryn Phelps.,15799
    Sarah Martin reports that a high-profile NSW Liberal woman is quitting to run as an independent at the next federal election, partly to protest the handling of an internal complaint in which she alleged “inappropriate” behaviour by some senior men within the party and government.
    Cara Waters reports that the head of the Accountability Round Table is concerned the federal government is putting its political benefit over the merits of building commuter car parks and is issuing “implied threats” on funding. Ouch!
    Peter van Onselen looks at the potential leadership contenders for both sides post-election.
    Royce Millar explains the origin and content of the religious discrimination bill.
    Kaye Lee begins this Contribution with, “ScottyfromMarketing is doing the media rounds to assure us that political games will not distract his laser-like focus from dealing with the very serious issues facing this nation. Like voter fraud. And the ABC. And protecting the rights of religious people to be selectively nasty.”
    Paramedics who drove a year-long human rights inquiry after they blew the whistle on workplace bullying at Ambulance Victoria say the fearmongering and bastardisation they still face was so bad that some have thought of suicide, writes Wendy Touhy.
    Lucy Cormack reports that the NSW Ombudsman has found the state’s debt-collection agency unlawfully used an automated system to claw back unpaid fines from financially vulnerable people, in some cases emptying bank accounts and leaving them unable to buy food or pay rent. Nice.
    Adele Ferguson provides us with yet another horror story from the cosmetic surgery industry.
    Tony Wright asks, “Does a calendar mean anything in PM Morrison’s world?”
    The Australian share market was bracing for the worst as fears of the latest COVID-19 strain – Omicron- gathered pace. But traders haven’t let their anxieties get the better of them, yet, says Elizabeth Knight.
    The federal government has been ranked last behind all Australia’s states and the Northern Territory in the move toward clean energy, with a new report showing Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia are leading the transition to renewables, explains Lisa Cox. This is hardly surprising!
    Meanwhile, Peter Hannam reports that Tesla, Snowy Hydro and other big suppliers of storage capacity on Australia’s main electricity grid warn proposed rule changes amount to a tax on their operations that will deter investors and slow the decarbonisation of the industry.
    A taxpayer-funded community legal centre model could be used by the federal government to back defamation actions launched by private citizens under proposed anti-trolling laws to be released this week.
    Clancy Yeates reports that banks will be required to set aside more capital for higher risk interest-only and investor mortgages, under long-planned changes to regulation that are aimed at making the sector more resilient to future shocks.
    “The economy is getting back to normal? We don’t even know what that looks like any more”, writes Greg Jericho.
    Greg Baum writes about the Tim Paine issue with eminent sense.
    Nick McKenzie and Lucy Cormack report that a NSW police blitz on money laundering through poker machines has identified more than $5.5 million in suspicious transactions in the past six weeks alone as the state emerges from lockdown.
    Legislation scheduled to be debated in federal parliament this week would shield Australia’s Future Fund from freedom of information requests such as the one that revealed the sovereign wealth fund is investing in weapons manufacturers that sell arms to the Myanmar military.
    Johnson insulting France over Channel crossings will only make things worse, writes Simon Jenkins.
    Good and persistent policing resulted in this guy being nabbed for a string of rapes fifteen years ago and earned him nomination for “Arsehole of the Year”.
    The Adelaide bubble tea bar where two women were assaulted after one complained to her boss about unpaid wages has gone into liquidation allegedly owing $186,000 to 20 workers. They were previous nominees for “Arsehole of the Week”.

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  4. “Sarah Martin reports that a high-profile NSW Liberal woman is quitting to run as an independent at the next federal election, partly to protest the handling of an internal complaint in which she alleged “inappropriate” behaviour by some senior men within the party and government.”

    Always read the fine print if you opt for an independent candidate.

    This woman will continue to vote with the Liberals should she be elected -which is highly doubtful anyway.

    She admits she will offer “traditional Liberal voters” an option – if they fancy giving their vote to a climate change denying loon that is. She is not going to disappoint her base.

  5. This was me on Sunday when I got grandson to help me post vidoes of Hunter to Razz, and I don’t know how he did it, because I had left my glasses at home ID10T!!!

  6. PvO blocked me ages ago, I have no idea what I could have said to upset him.

    Anyway, I replied to a Twitter post about blocking him saying I’d love to, but he had blocked me.

    Back came a reply recommending I check because this person discovered a few days ago he had been unblocked. I did, and what do you know- I was back in PvO’s good books.

    So I blocked him.

    Petty and childish I may be, but it felt soooo good.

    • I think PvO uses the Twitter function that recommends groups of Twitter users, ie someone who you follow was blocked along with all their followers

      I have started getting abusive and trolling tweets, which I block immediately because I can’t argue with idiots

    • Well that feat was over Morrison’s dead body because for 2 years he has been prepared to fund ABV, Anywhere But Victoria

  7. I am obviously not firing on all cylinders today, forgot to add the thing I was referring to. Now repeating my comment at 9.42am, plus what I was referring to.

    This was me on Sunday when I got grandson to help me post vidoes of Hunter to Razz, and I don’t know how he did it, because I had left my glasses at home ID10T!!!

  8. The tone of Parliament House is set by the PM. It is easy to see why the place is now full of misogynists, bullies and despicable behaviour. Scovid has no idea how to behave in any given situation. He also feels threatened by strong women – actually by any woman. So he resorts to lying and bully-boy tactics to try to hide how weak and useless he really is.

    On the same day the Kate Jenkins review into parliamentary culture was handed down, where the sex discrimination commissioner made a point of speaking on the issues that women in particular face because of the environment they work in – and her shock at what some women, including parliamentarians were subjected to, Jacqui Lambie was subjected to dog noises in the senate, while asking a question.

    This is not normal workplace culture. A woman, in her workplace, doing her job, was greeted with growls and dog noises. And it was other women who had to call it out and ask for something to be done.

    Scott Morrison spoke on the review at 12.15pm.

    Jenkins held a press conference on it at 1.15pm.

    It was still going when question time started at 2pm.

    And then, not even a hour after Jenkins finished speaking, someone was making dog noises at a woman senator, as she asked a question.

    We don’t know who it was – no one was identified. But that it even happened, and that so many people within the chamber were prepared to sit there in silence until women spoke up, speaks volumes about why the report was needed in the first place

    And –

    Sarah Hanson-Young is speaking on what happened in the senate now – she says the noises “came from the government side of the chamber”.

    I was appalled, that only after a matter of hours that the prime minister was on his feet, growling was coming from his side of the chamber. It is a disgrace.”

  9. When I think of the rampant sexism in parliament by the Coalition, the first thing that comes to mind is this moment 10 years ago.

  10. Social media is not ‘all bad’ , ask this guy 🙂
    An injured Waiheke Island man put out a desperate late night SOS call on social media for help……………………Surfdale resident Raymond Waru had been checking his emails for the last time on Saturday night when he suddenly collapsed on to his desk chair after his leg twisted and dislocated his hip.

    The 69-year-old, who was on his own in his Surfdale house, found himself trapped on his chair and unable to move.

    “I wasn’t in any pain. You are only in incredible pain if you actually move so if you don’t you are sort of alright.”

    His phone was charging five metres away from him, but he couldn’t reach it.

    His late night cries to his neighbours for help at about 10.30pm also went unanswered.

    So with few other options available, the retired broadcaster took to his computer which was right in front of him…………..

    • I would email No 1Son. Eventually he’d check his emails, or if he was wearing his smart watch it would tell him he had an email. That watch seems welded to his wrist.

    • leonetwo
      I’d be OK as I recently purchased a ‘smart watch’. First bit of tech for a very long time that really has impressed me. Can use it for Eftpos, take and make phone calls, LTE so no need for a phone. The health monitoring stuff is cool too. Grrrr about Blood Pressure though. Can’t seem to get it set up. No surprise given all the conditions it said made it not suitable. Basically most of the stuff that would make people want to keep an eye on it in the first place.

      My GP was impressed with the ECG it does. It even picks up my Atrial Fibrillation……….tells me to see a doctor 🙂 . A bit of a bummer as there was a chance it would have disappeared by now.

  11. One thing that the Albo ‘Boofhead’ effort may do is help………………………….. Bullshitman. The Reichspud sells himself as a bit of a tough hard line kinda guy. Being put in his place in front of the people he is trying to win over would be a bit of a blow to the ‘Leader” image.

  12. Read the thread – it’s not long.

    It rots from the top. Parliament’s ecosystem of abuse has been revealed.15 minutes after the 500-page Review launched today, Scott was already claiming it’s a safer workplace than when Brittany was there. This, days after he coercively orchestrated the ambush of Bridget Archer.— Grace Tame (@TamePunk) November 30, 2021

  13. Katharine Murphy in full. Read it.

    There are statistics, and there are vignettes in Kate Jenkins’ review that trigger deep revulsion.

    “The MP sitting beside me leaned over. Also thinking he wanted to tell me something, I leaned in. He grabbed me and stuck his tongue down my throat. The others all laughed. It was revolting and humiliating.”

    Another person said there were aspiring male politicians “who thought nothing of, in one case, picking you up, kissing you on the lips, lifting you up, touching you, pats on the bottom, comments about appearance, you know, the usual. The point I make with that … was the culture allowed it, encouraged it.”

    Another: “Frequently, like at least every week, the advice was go and cry in the toilet so that nobody can see you, because that’s what it’s like up here.”

    Parliament is not the only Australian workplace where women, and some men, feel unsafe. There are plenty of toxic places, plenty of terrible stories.

    But there are distinctive characteristics of political life that supercharge some of the risks. The Jenkins review lists them. The role of power, gender inequality, a lack of accountability, a culture of entitlement and exclusion.

    I sit on the edge of this world. I have for more than two decades. Political reporters are in it, and out of it. The hours are long. We all work under high pressure. The occupational requirements are unforgiving. Perfection is a high bar, and I certainly don’t claim to clear it.

    But if any external agency assessed my own news bureau in the terms in which the sex discrimination commission has just reviewed the parliament, I would dig a large hole, clamber inside, and never get out again.

    I would be paralysed by shame and remorse. I would feel the clinical rebuke in my marrow. There would not be enough ways of saying sorry.

    A review like the one tabled on Tuesday should trigger deep institutional atonement (which was actually recommendation one of the Jenkins report: stop, take a beat, acknowledge the wrong).

    The women who spoke to the human rights commission about their private humiliations, people who have spent years being angry, should not be the only ones weeping.

    The Australian parliament, the political class, the whole arse-covering, ego-driven apparatus, should care enough to grieve.

    It should care enough to want to be better.

    But almost immediately after the Jenkins review was made public, someone in the Senate made a noise that sounded for all the world like a dog growling when the Tasmanian independent Jacqui Lambie was on her feet asking a question.

    The growl (or growl-adjacent sound – the Liberal senator who made it later contested it was a growl while apologising “unreservedly” to Lambie for the interjection) wasn’t audible on the internal broadcast.

    But the Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Labor’s Senate leader, Penny Wong, heard it clearly, and said it came from the government side of the chamber. Both objected in the strongest possible terms.

    While the Senate did pause momentarily to consider this development, nobody confessed immediately to inappropriate growling, so the Senate moved on – because why would the Senate become paralysed by introspection?

    As the Jenkins review notes, politicians don’t have conventional employers to account to. They can growl while a woman is talking without being reported to the nonexistent human resources department, and later contest the precise nature of the sound while promising to be better. Tomorrow obviously. Being better always happens tomorrow, or possibly the next day.

    The house was also in a mood. The testosterone was so thick and so noxious the new Speaker, Andrew Wallace, must have felt at risk of choking.

    After an extended rhetorical maul – hackles raised, chests out, voices raised, like unruly teenagers on the verge of a schoolyard brawl, man toddlers separated by Perspex screens – Anthony Albanese branded Peter Dutton a “boofhead” and shouted at him to sit down while Dutton accused the Labor leader of having a “glass jaw”.

    Shortly after this inspiring interlude, Wallace reminded MPs the just-released Jenkins review had called for “respect”.

    “As I said in my first speech as Speaker, I don’t expect this place to be a monastical library, but the Australian public does not want to see this place descend into a political colosseum,” Wallace counselled. “There will be a lot of discussion over the next days and weeks over respect in this place and I would ask members, all members, to show that level of respect in this chamber as well.”

    Before question time, we had Scott Morrison in his courtyard, being appalled, yet also not surprised, about the culture depicted by the review.

    Morrison didn’t say anything terrible. It wasn’t like those excruciating weeks after the former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins came forward with her allegation of sexual assault – an allegation that blew the lid right off the often dysfunctional and sometimes cruel enterprise of working in the belly of the political beast. Back then, every word the prime minister uttered was wrong.

    Tuesday’s words were better, but just like with the Higgins matter, Morrison was also flat out managing, massaging, shaping.

    The prime minister’s very obvious objective immediately on receipt of the report was to make sure that nobody concludes this grossness is a Coalition problem, or a government problem.

    This muck was everybody’s problem. Liberals, Nationals, Labor, Greens, journalists. The prime minister thought this crook culture had been around for a long time – certainly longer than he’d been in the parliament. Everyone had a role in the clean-up.

    Morrison is correct to say everyone has a role in the clean-up. We are all culpable in our own spheres for knowing about these things, or a version of these things, but moving too quickly past them.

    But the problem with everybody being responsible is it is too easy for no one to be responsible, particularly when the reform options get hard, and some of the proposed changes will be contentious.

    Jenkins has given the parliament a structure to work with when it comes to attacking the root causes of some of the problems.

    But the measure of success will be action – and prompt action. This review is a landmark, but plenty of landmarks gather dust.

    Going forward, Morrison needs to understand two things.

    The first is he is responsible for making this change. He is the prime minister who has to build the necessary consensus to get this done. This moment of reckoning has presented on his watch.

    The other thing Morrison needs to understand is we are watching. We owe it to the victims of this crook culture to go on watching. The prime minister will be judged by what he delivers.

  14. I do hope this is true – it explains so much. It also summons up some really nauseating mental images.

    Pst I got secret ‘straight’ from halls of Parlt. From 1 who ahem ‘walks’ those same ‘ahem’ corridors. Someone has a ahem new ‘new friend’. Not his wife. For all those prayers h e talks about for all us and that mighty bird 🦅 sure is soaring other heights #thoughtsandprayers— Adylady 🌹 (@AdyLady9969) November 30, 2021

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe writes that Labor will dump a contentious plan to set new fuel standards for millions of motorists in a bid to neutralise a growing political attack from Morrison ahead of a bigger fight on climate change. Another indication of the damaging role the media have played in this arena.
    Pontificating Paul Kelly writes that the Morrison government has been outsmarted on the national integrity commission because it decided not to contest the issue in political terms – another mistake – but Scott Morrison’s rash attack on the NSW model as a “kangaroo court” has stacks of evidence to support it.
    Nicholas Cowdery QC thinks otherwise and says that Morrison’s rant against ICAC needs a good fact-check, so he provides one for us.
    Phil Coorey reports that Scott Morrison has threatened to intervene and break the industrial gridlock on the nation’s ports unless the Maritime Union of Australia and Patrick Terminals negotiate a resolution to their months-long dispute.
    In a classic contribution, Julie Szego opines that Scott Morrison has embraced the culture wars with his religious discrimination bill. She kicks of her argument by saying the hotly contested bill enhances the rights of “religious bodies” to discriminate against outsiders, heathens and basically anyone with a sex life worth boasting about.
    “Because the pollies believe us all to be self-centred, they never try to appeal to the greater good. If the world worked the way it should, you’d expect housing affordability – and what each side was promising to do about it – to be a big issue in the coming campaign, but I doubt it will be”, writes Ross Gittins.
    Scott Morrison isn’t the only chronic liar in politics. He might not even be the worst. But he’s doing further damage by refusing to admit any error opines Jack Waterford who says that for the prime minister, self-delusion now an ingrained tic.
    Jewel Topsfield examines Kate Jenkins’ report and refers to a comment from Dr Blair Williams, a research fellow with the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at the Australian National University, who believes it is critical the government moves quickly to adopt all of Ms Jenkins’ recommendations rather than cherry picking some of them.
    The Australian parliament, the whole arse-covering and ego-driven apparatus, should be paralysed by shame and remorse, writes Katherine Murphy about the Jenkins report. She concludes by saying, “Morrison needs to understand is we are watching. We owe it to the victims of this crook culture to go on watching. The prime minister will be judged by what he delivers.”
    Katina Curtis writes that federal parliamentarians who sexually harass staff could have their salaries withheld and be suspended from Parliament after Kate Jenkins’ landmark report found a third of parliamentary staff surveyed had been victims of harassment.
    The Jenkins review has 28 recommendations to fix parliament’s toxic culture, Sonia Palmieri wonders if our leaders will listen.
    Tony Wright looks at the behaviour in Question Time immediately after Morrison’s presser releasing the Jenkins report.
    A parliamentary inquiry into the rising threat of far-right extremism is set to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic fuelled the proliferation of misinformation and neo-Nazi groups. The Victorian Greens have secured the support of the Andrews government to establish the inquiry.
    Connected? A man has been arrested after he allegedly struck a healthcare worker with his car at a COVID-19 testing site in Collingwood yesterday morning. Clearly a contender for an “Arsehole of the Week” accolade.
    John Lord thinks “this do nothing, good for nothing Government is now at its most vulnerable.”
    Paul Karp writes that it’s rare to see an issue unite the federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, independent senator Rex Patrick and One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts with such passion. But all three in the past week have launched extraordinary attacks on the prime minister’s department for insisting that national cabinet documents remain secret under FOI laws.
    Michael Koziol writes, “Buying time for more data sounds good, but to what end? If Omicron proves more transmissible than Delta, what do you do? We are already one of the world’s most vaccinated countries – in a sense, our position doesn’t get much better than this. And as a recent Slate piece contended by referencing Australia, border closures only really work when they are ‘extreme’”.
    The Omicron variant has many of us asking “when will COVID-19 end?” The answer depends on what exactly you’re talking about, writes Stuart Leyt.
    While rich countries like Australia are reaching 80% or more double vaccination rates, less than 5% of people in many low income countries have received COVID-19 vaccines. Millions are dying while new more infectious strains of the virus develop, reports Patricia Ranald.
    Germany took a step closer toward making COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory as the incoming chancellor threw his support behind the move, part of a tougher line by European leaders as the pandemic spirals out of control.
    Australians with adult sons and daughters living overseas are being told their children don’t count as “immediate family” and don’t warrant exemption for entry into the country in the lead-up to Christmas, explains Christopher Knaus.
    With Victoria on the cusp of standard-setting reforms to the way in which the government – and governments in the future – will handle pandemics, there is cause for watchful optimism, explains a panel of legal and public integrity experts.
    Daniel Hurst reveals that previously secret documents show the Australian government was warned in mid-July that the worsening security situation in Afghanistan and Covid restrictions were making it “extremely difficult” to help former Afghan employees escape the country.
    The fervid declarations of US support for Australia amid China’s trade sanctions count for little: the data shows Australia stands alone in paying the costs. The US does not have our back. It is grabbing our markets in China, explains James Laurenceson.
    The government’s chest-thumping about defamation on social media feels like a solution looking for a problem. There are legitimate public concerns about social media and strong support for greater regulation, but Caitlin Fitzsimmons is not convinced everyday Australians are chomping at the bit to launch their own libel cases.
    Michael Pascoe accuses APRA of helping the rich borrowers – again.
    The chair of parliament’s powerful privileges committee will resign after the committee’s findings on Christian Porter’s blind trust were leaked to a media organisation prior to the report being presented on Tuesday. Victorian Liberal MP Russell Broadbent told parliament it was clear the article published by the Guardian on Monday night was the result of someone leaking private deliberations. Unauthorised disclosure of committee findings is prohibited, and Mr Broadbent said the matter would be investigated.
    A new international education strategy released by the Federal Government is another example of the Liberal Party’s failure to plan efficiently, writes Dr Abul Rizvi.,15801
    Mike Foley reports that the federal government’s emissions inventory for the June quarter, released on Tuesday, forecast a decline in coal power and reinforced official projections for 60 per cent of the nation’s electricity to be generated from renewable energy by 2030. This exceeds Labor’s 2019 election target of 50% by 2030 that Morrison said would be an economic wrecking ball.
    Environment Minister David Speirs wants a change of portfolio, saying “crazy leftie activists” are wearing him down. “There’s only so many times you can deal with the Greta Thunbergs of South Australia,” he told supporters at a private Liberal Party fundraising event on Monday night.
    Terrene Mills dismantles Morrison’s “Technology Not Taxes” slogan.
    Following yesterday’s report about NSW illegally garnisheeing unpaid fines from people’s bank accounts, the SMH editorial says that the hidden risks of government by artificial intelligence need to be understood and heeded.
    Clay Lucas, writing about yesterday’s St Basil’s inquiry, says Chief Nursing Officer Alison McMillan’s assessment of St Basil’s as suitable for care was made to Brendan Murphy, then Australia’s chief medical officer, and came despite not having met any residents, visited any resident rooms or inspected the facility’s dementia ward. This is not an encouraging read!
    Adele Ferguson tells us that AHPRA, the national medical regulator, has announced a sweeping review of the multibillion-dollar cosmetic surgery industry, acknowledging that a profit-driven culture had led to dangerous practices that sparked widespread concerns about patient safety. Didn’t take long!
    The president of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons says that the review is a long overdue first step, but there is a long way to go before true reform takes place. Ridding us of the name “cosmetic surgeon” would be a good start, he said.
    It appears there was little in the way of religious discrimination when it came to federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg handing out cold hard JobKeeper cash. The Australian’s Melissa Yeo writes tht documents filed to the charities regulator reveal that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s place of worship, Horizon Church, in Sydney was the beneficiary of what looks to be $533,700 in JobKeeper payments in the year to December 30 last year, accounting for about a quarter of the group’s total revenue in the 12-month period.
    Elizabeth Knight explains why Westpac raised the white flag with ASIC over “charging the dead.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Mark David

    Warren Brown

    Simon Letch

    Matt Davidson

    Mark Knight

    John Spooner

    From the US

  16. He who pays the pollster calls the results.

    • This most excellent thread explains it all. So many “coincidences”!

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