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. L2
    I liked this in one of the tweets. A good word. Seen a few of them over the years, may even have been one myself at times 😆

    Susie Dent 💙
    Word of the day is ‘eye-servant’ (16th century): one who only works properly or follows the rules when they are being observed.

  2. Razz got a lovely surprise yesterday afternoon, three elves (Mum, Sis and Bro) arrived from Naarn. I have a dishwasher gardener and handyman, for a little while. Bliss. I ducked over and had a Friday night beer with son and family them bought pizza’s from the other Pub.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Laura Tingle writes that It’s been a year of bad behaviour and short-lived policies and wonders why there aren’t more people (and pundits) predicting a Coalition election loss.
    George Megalogenis declares that “It’s the stupid economy – and navigating its volatility will test the PM’s grip on power”. He presents a lot of figures and concludes that the danger for Australia is that we may have further to fall, and that our people, already divided by the experience of COVID, may become even grumpier in 2022.
    Peter Hartcher says, “Labor has been accused of running a “small target” strategy. Not true. We’re about to see that it’s actually running a “no target” strategy. This doesn’t mean a “no policy” approach. Labor will be offering a fair few policies. It means that its offerings are designed to be as unthreatening as possible.”
    Paul Bongiorno opines that symptoms of decay are exposing Morrison’s old and tired government.
    A string of independents who have broken away from conservative politics could define the next parliament, says Mike Seccombe.
    Paul Kelly in this evaluation says the economic recovery is the only game in town now left for the bedraggled Morrison government – and that story is filled with short-term gain and long-run problems.
    John Hewson says, “One Nation is an opportunistic, populist mob that is very much the creation of the Howard government’s failure to call them out at birth. Subsequent Coalition governments have let or encouraged them to run amok across our political and policy landscape, and sought to do ridiculous preference deals with them.” He points to Jacqui Lambie’s impassioned speech in the Senate calling out that ragtag mob.
    Michelle Grattan says that it was a grotty week for the PM as Parliament’s noxious culture was laid bare.
    David Crowe outlines Labor’s position on climate policy.
    Crowe says that Labor caucus members admitted yesterday that they were nervous about a new climate target that would bring them under attack from both sides for doing too little or too much.
    Jacob Greber writes, “Labor is the only party in Australia today with a credible climate policy. Despite the low bar set by more than a dozen years of political warfare and leadership destruction, Anthony Albanese and Chris Bowen will take to the next election a plan that creates a meaningful differentiation from the Coalition, without being crazy brave.”
    The climate war is destructive, dumb as a bag of hammers, but Scott Morrison is prepared to wage it anyway, bemoans Katherine Murphy.
    Phil Coorey reckons Albanese’s moment to step up is now.
    Geoff Chambers writes that Anthony Albanese will force Australia’s biggest emitting companies to cut pollution at a faster rate under a plan to reduce emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, sharpening Labor’s appeal in target inner-city seats while seeking to win back bush electorates through a promised regional jobs boom.
    According to Mike Foley, big business is backing the Labor party’s climate policy to cut greenhouse emissions 43 per cent by 2030, setting the scene for a bitter election battle between the major parties over the economic costs and opportunities of climate change.
    The editorial in the SMH says that the ALP’s climate plan is weak but better than the Coalition’s.
    Ross Gittins writes that the rebound to a growing economy seems assured but returning to the old normal isn’t looking like being all that flash.
    What would Menzies say? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg would have us believe Australia’s economy is back to leading its rivals after two years of pandemic. The latest economic update shows instead that we are not only lagging the field, we have had one of the poorest outcomes in the developed world, writes Alan Austin.
    Waleed Aly says we saw Omicron coming, but we didn’t think to act.
    “That the people of Australia have lost faith in our system of Government is unsurprising. To say that we are ambivalent about our politicians is an understatement, and we are now ashamed”, laments John Lord.
    To say that our democracy has taken a beating from the hard-Right of Australian politics over the past decade is no exaggeration.
    On Tuesday, as the prime minister prepared to present a report describing sexual harassment, bullying and assault within parliament and its precincts, his deputy warned colleagues to be careful when getting drunk in public in case their pictures ended up in the newspaper, writes Karen Middleton who is looking at the Jenkins report.
    Crispin Hull argues that the religious discrimination bill should be replaced with a broader bill of rights. He says, “Perhaps the reason religious organisations feel they are being put upon is their growing irrelevancy. Fewer people care what church leaders say, these days, compared to the 1950s when politicians supplicated on their every word.”
    The protests against Victoria’s pandemic legislation are larger – and stranger – than people realise, explains John Safran.
    Carrie Felner tells us that an internal investigation has uncovered more than 70 key risks to the environment posed by one of the NSW’s coal-fired power plants, Bayswater, as a whistleblower warned parts of the plant are “literally falling apart” and threatening to spew toxic pollution into surrounding communities.
    Families who can afford to pay private fees are still waiting months to have their distressed children seen by a psychologist amid staff shortages, while universities say they are losing money on psychology courses, writes Dana Daniel.
    Mining giant BHP’s attempt to require all staff at a massive coal mine in the NSW Hunter Valley to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been rejected by the national industrial tribunal in a blow to private sector jab mandates, explains Nick Bonyhady.
    The rejection of ethical and accountability standards that is undermining our political system has left voters cynical, posits Charles Sampford who proposes a package of reforms that will restore trust and protect our democracy.
    Adele Ferguson gleefully reports that the controversial cosmetic surgeon Dr Daniel Lanzer has quit as the regulators are circling. She points to the statement from AHPRA, “Dr Lanzer’s decision to surrender his registration will not stop us from continuing our investigation.”
    After a year of painful conversations about the treatment of women and traumatic disclosures of appalling incidents, the federal government has a blueprint to fix things, writes Katina Curtis who wonders what hope there is for politics.
    Anthony Fauci has said COVID-19 vaccine makers have contingency plans to deal with the Omicron variant that include a combination vaccine against the original version and the variant as well as a variant-specific booster dose.
    South Australia’s Covid chiefs are meeting on Saturday and are expected to crack down on borders with NSW, ACT and Victoria amid rising fears about the Omicron variant. I’d rather them use every stick and carrot available to force the unvaccinated to get the jab and stop holding the state to ransom. It also raises the question of what metric will be the determinant of the borders reopening.
    New details have emerged regarding the spread of Omicron to Europe, but it is still not clear how significant the Covid-19 strain will be, explains Rick Morton.
    The Coalition’s vindictive legal campaign reveals its contempt for democratic rights and shows how easily prosecution can slide into persecution, writes Spencer Zifcak about “he contemptible prosecution of Bernard Collaery”.
    In his weekly whine, dear old Gerard Henderson is upset the people (ie those of the left) hold Morrison in contempt.
    Today is local government election day in NSW., writes Elizabeth Farrelly who says, “Together, if we wish, we can rid ourselves of the developers and real estate shonks who infest our local councils and distort our local hoods. This election, we could flush them out. But will we?”
    Here’s Amanda Meade’s weekly media rundown.
    The federal MP Craig Kelly – who has been permanently banned from Facebook and criticised for the online distribution of “seriously misleading” information about Covid-19 vaccines – has been appointed to a parliamentary committee looking into social media and online safety. WTF!!!!
    Angus Thompson reports that a two-time former Liberal mayor vying for another term on council has declared he is not a close associate of property developers despite having helmed a company with them. Ah, local government and developers!
    A young athlete who represented Australia at the last Youth Olympics has been charged with rape after allegedly not using a condom during sex when he said he would. This will be an interesting case.
    Jonathan Freedland tells us that the Republican party is embracing violence in the name of Trump.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    Andrew Dyson

    Matt Golding

    Mark David

    Jon Kudelka

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre (with a gif)

    Jim Pavlidis

    Simon Letch

    Michael Leunig

    John Shakespeare

    Warren Brown

    Mark Knight


    From the US

    • Indeed she does, and is still quietly working on her pet causes – education and advancing women..

      Here is a link to the latest episode of her podcast “A Podcast of One’s Own with Julia Gillard”.

      Also on Spotify –

  4. Who’d a thunk it!

    We know of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Pentecostal brothers in the government — Brother Stuie (Stuart Robert) and Brother Matt (WA Senator Matt O’Sullivan) — but what about Sister Anne?

    Dr Anne Webster, a National Party MP from Victoria elected in 2019, has the plum role of chair of the federal Parliament’s joint committee on human rights which is set to examine the government’s contentious religious discrimination bill.

    As chance would have it, Webster is a product of the Christian politician factory known as the Lachlan Macquarie Institute. In her first speech to Parliament, Webster paid tribute to her local pastors in Mildura, Bruce and Margaret Sharman of the Diggerland church, a self-described “vibrant” Pentecostal church affiliated with CRC Churches International, previously known as the Christian Revival Crusade.

  5. Chief assistant to the state premiers Scott Morrison has finally been granted some responsibility, with National Cabinet reluctantly putting the PM in charge of ordering their coffees.

    Despite being the leader of the Australian Government, Morrison has had very little to do throughout Covid as everything that went wrong during the pandemic from lockdowns to the lack of quarantine facilities were solely because of the states.

    “Being Prime Minister you are completely powerless to make any decisions or influence anything so we thought we better give this bloke something to do to stop his boredom during these meetings,” said Victorian Dictator Dan Andrews.

    “Nothing important obviously! That would be catastrophic – but surely he couldn’t possibly stuff up a coffee order, right?”

    UPDATE: The premiers’ coffees are running incredibly late with Morrison yet to return from a nearby café despite his personal assurances that he was “at the front of the queue.”

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Jon Faine tells us to expect an implosion if the Morrison government loses the next election.
    Michael McKinley writes that one word can sum up our government today: kakistocracy. Ouch!
    James Massola reports that a future Labor government would spend $1.1 billion to make 465,000 TAFE places free and fund an extra 20,000 university places, under a plan heavily focused on pandemic recovery.
    Jacqui Maley says that it is shocking, but not surprising, that sexism in Parliament was found to be ‘the usual’.
    And Maley tells us about a letterbox drop by incumbent Liberal Jason Falinski inspired local GP Sophie Scamps to run against him as an independent in the seat of Mackellar.
    In a rare and expansive one-on-one interview, the Premier questioned if state Coalition MPs wanted political violence to stem from anti-government protests.
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new slogan, “can-do capitalism”, is hypocritically telling us that our planet’s saviour from the climate crisis is the very thing destroying it, writes Dr William Briggs.,15817
    Senior Liberals across the federal and NSW branches of the party say the chances of former premier Gladys Berejiklian standing in Warringah have grown after nominations for the seat were delayed until January 14.
    Between falling victim to COVID-19 and admitting neo-Nazis among their ranks, it seems members of the anti-vax movement have given up caring, writes Tom Tanuki who says Pauline Hanson has plunged anti-vax reputation even lower.,15816
    Tropical cyclones and flooding are set to pummel Australia over summer, national cabinet documents reveal. The Bureau of Meteorology briefed the meeting of premiers, chief ministers and the prime minister on 5 November about the high-risk weather facing the nation until April. National cabinet documents are usually kept secret, but South Australian senator Rex Patrick obtained these under freedom-of-information laws.
    Daisy Turnbull writes that she has a masters degree in theological studies, but some religious schools might rule her out of a job.
    The parents of a teenager accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school were caught on Saturday local time, according to a sheriff’s office. Clearly, they have earned nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Reg Lynch

    Matt Davidson

    Matt Golding

    Peter Broelman

    Mark Knight

    From the US

  7. Good grief, the march of Happy Clapper nutters continues . Just discovered NZ’s new Opposition leader is another @%#@$! Evangelical.

  8. The Christmas lights at Kirribilli House – no doubt whatsoever installed by professional light putter-uppers – look oddly like the lights from 2019.

    Sorry, but I can’t find images that will reproduce here so you will have to make do with links.

    2019 –

    2021 –

    Surely we can afford professional lighting designers and a change of decoration for Kirribilli.

    Looks like Scovid has most likely been recycling old photos again.

  9. The right-wing media are really pushing the “Gladys for Warringah” thing, in the lead, of course, is Nine.

    Why would anyone except rusted-on, brainless Liberals want this corrupt woman in federal politics?

  10. In the interests of being NEUTRAL (check the spelling on the pamphlet), I should also point out that the Guardian has published the odd typo in our 200 years.

    I supposed it could have been “neutered”

  11. Good!

    Labor has ruled out governing with the Greens should neither major party receive a clear majority at the next election, AAP reports:

    Opposition leader Anthony Albanese believes his party’s climate change policy is a practical example of how Labor can bring Australians together after next year’s election.

    In what was described as Labor’s unofficial campaign launch, Albanese delivered a speech to the party faithful in Sydney on Sunday under the banner “A better future”.

    “We can put the climate wars behind us,” he promised.

    Just hours earlier, deputy Labor leader Richard Marles ruled out doing a deal with the Greens to form government should the upcoming election fail to produce a clear majority for either of the big parties.

    Prime minister Scott Morrison dragged up the possibility of a Labor-Greens coalition after the opposition released its long-awaited climate change policy last week…

    “This is Scott Morrison lying again,” Marles told the Sky News Sunday Agenda program.

    “We are seeking government in our own right. We are not going to enter into a coalition with the Greens. We have been making that clear from day one.”

    I wonder if Adam Bandt’s nasty tweets over the last few days finally convinced Labor palling up with the Greens is not a good idea.

    I like what the Greens do in the Senate but Bandt is a dead loss, he seems only interested in picking fights and trash-talking Labor.

  12. Scovid used a visit to Forbes today, allegedly to look at floods, as an excuse to first visit the Bathurst 1000.

    He was resoundingly booed at Bathurst and accused of using the race as a political stunt. Not that anyone knows, because the media “forgot” to mention this.

  13. Check out Ben’s site for some useful summaries of NSW council election results. Multiple posts.

    The below is a good read

  14. Charming people, these Nationals.

    Nationals [female] senator Sam McMahon allegedly took several ‘swings’ at party director at Canberra pub
    Deputy PM’s office confirms ‘an incident’ at the Nationals Christmas drinks on Thursday evening

    The deputy prime minister’s office has confirmed there was “an incident” at the Nationals Christmas drinks after it was reported senator Sam McMahon allegedly took several “swings” at the party’s federal director, Jonathan Hawkes.

    Sky News reported that McMahon allegedly attempted to punch Hawkes, taking three or four swings at him at a Canberra pub on Thursday evening at the event attended by Nationals MPs and staffers.

    A spokesperson for Barnaby Joyce told Guardian Australia: “The deputy prime minister has been advised there was an incident at the Christmas party on Thursday night.”

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Shane Wright briefly looks at Albanese’s election attack plan.
    Emma Dawson says we are now in the final quarter and it’s Albo’s time to kick. She contrasts the two leaders’ Sunday. Quite a good read.
    Lisa Visentin and Shane Wright say that the Coalition and Labor are gearing up for long election campaign on trust.
    The SMH editorial says that Albanese must make compelling case for change to oust Morrison.
    Michelle Grattan writes that Labor’s “Powering Australia” climate policy, released on Friday, is carefully calibrated to the politics.
    The Australian reports that Morrison has told the head of Nine that he is unhappy with the way he is being treated by several of its journalists. Sean Kelly, a former adviser to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, Peter Hartcher, the SMH and Age political and international editor, AFR columnist Laura Tingle, and Nine papers’ Thursday political columnist, Niki Savva were named. How precious!
    Federal spending on aged care will double by the end of the decade and put even more pressure on the budget, shows new actuarial research that warns older Australians may have to draw on their savings to help them into their later years.
    Scott Morrison’s reaction to the Kate Jenkins’ review was to make it very clear that it wasn’t just his side that behaved deplorably towards women. Whilst no doubt true, it’s a pitiful comeback which invites a response, writes Kay Lee.
    A surge in tax revenue from everyday workers, companies and superannuation funds plus lower-than-expected unemployment levels are helping the federal budget recover from the fiscal fallout of the COVID-19 recession. But Shane Wright reports that new figures from the Finance Department also show the budget is still on track for one of the largest deficits on record, leaving which ever party wins next year’s federal election tough decisions on how to repair the economy.
    ‘Technology not taxes’ is not enough. A price on carbon is needed to make more expensive lower-emissions innovations the cheaper option, urges Ross Garnaut.
    Does the Liberal Party’s claim to be “superior economic managers” stack up? No. We dig back to Harold Holt, through 60 years of Australia’s Treasurers, to find the best and worst. A Callum Foote investigation.
    Labor’s climate policy slakes the thirst of economic rationalists hanging out for someone – anyone – to deliver a rational response to the climate challenge, explains Stephen Hamilton.
    In another dismal display of the inability of Australian politics to deal with climate change, the Labor Party felt obliged to lower its target to win the election, laments Alan Kohler.
    The AFR’s editorial declares that Labor’s plan to use the safeguard mechanism as a carbon price will cut the cost of decarbonising and open up the opportunities it brings.
    Australia’s lobbying laws only apply to a small part of the lobbying industry, do not identify who is lobbying who and the sanctions are laughable, argue Ian Hunter and Don Jones.
    Jenna Price is disgusted with the government after Financial Counselling Australia released a heartbreaking report on a new form of credit which is turning people’s lives upside down. The BNPL industry is wreaking havoc.
    With prices rising surprisingly rapidly this year in the US and Britain – we’re witnessing a battle between financial markets, who fear inflation, and central banks, writes Ross Gittins.
    Yet another NDIS horror story from Luke Henriques-Gomes.
    Haileybury College. Hale School. St Ignatius College. Toowoomba Grammar. A common thread links all the men caught up in recent sexual assault and harassment allegations that have plagued the federal parliament – each one attended an elite private boys school, writes the AFR’s Julie Hare who really goes to town on the toxic brew of privilege, entitlement, expectation and protection that enables the worst aspects of elite schoolboys’ behaviour.
    Debate over creating federal integrity commission should not drag on as public trust in institutions continues to wane, a former government watchdog has warned. Speaking to a Canberra audience of senior public servants recently, former Commonwealth Ombudsman Michael Manthorpe, who spent more than four years in the role until this year, said it was an important oversight mechanism to establish, and soon.
    Residents of a Blue Mountains community that lost 12 houses in the Black Summer bushfires are pleading to be pork-barrelled after they unsuccessfully applied for a grant to secure their water supply, only to become the bewildered recipients of dance lessons, reports Harriet Alexander.
    The Victorian Liberal Party has shot down an internal push to formally oppose gender quotas – decried by one member as “Marxism” – and has instead committed to adopting programs to recruit, train and mentor more female candidates to increase their numbers in state and federal Parliaments.
    Many Australian boards are struggling to prepare their companies or organisations for climate change, with almost half the country’s directors saying they don’t know how to tackle the issue, reports Patrick Hatch.
    Police are investigating an alleged attack on the home of prominent Sydney anti-racism campaigner and Black Lives Matter rally organiser Padraic “Paddy” Gibson, which he says was carried out by Nazis. This is beginning to get very nasty.
    And now the ragtag collection of RWNJs, anti-vaxxers, UAP idiots and other hangers-on have descended on Ballarat.
    Initial data from South Africa, the epicentre of the outbreak of the Omicron variant, does not show a resulting surge of hospitalisations, America’s top COVID adviser said.
    The USA Today gives us a picture of what “Covid normal” will mean in the long term.
    A US congressman has posted a Christmas picture of himself and what appears to be his family, smiling and posing with an assortment of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a shooting at a high school in Michigan. Is America rooted or what?
    The UK’s new Tory right is fanatical and dangerous – and should be Labour’s prime target, says John Harris.
    Another “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to Peta Credlin who has issued a lengthy on-air apology to Victoria’s South Sudanese community after anger about a program in which she falsely blamed them for a Melbourne COVID-19 outbreak last year.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Matt Golding

    Richard Ang

    Jim Pavlidis

    Warren Brown

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  16. A US congressman has posted a Christmas picture of himself and what appears to be his family, smiling and posing with an assortment of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a shooting at a high school in Michigan. Is America rooted or what?

    How rooted ? Fox News demonstrated that yesterday…………..for the millionth time. They had a piece on that shooting . The emphasis was on the importance of training and practise of school children on what to do in mass shooting. Just the normal school activity eh ? No talk of how fucked it it that they have society where prepping for mass murder is school life ‘normal’. They also told about the importance of “see something say something’ and how slack the school and parents were for not acting earlier. Obviously ‘normal’ US schools and parents should always have at the front of their mind the question “Is my kid about to go on a gun rampage ? “. How fucked is that !

    • I am pretty sure that I read that the gun used to kill and wound those students was purchased a very short time before it was used. If that is true, how on earth could they act earlier. If they must have their gaaard given rights to be a gun nut the proposed 10 day cooling off period may have helped in this situation but the NRA and Republicans won’t have a bar of that. Can’t do anything to curtail the profits of the gun industry can we.

    • So glad I live in a country that has restrictive gun laws and where kids do not have to waste school time on preparing for a mass shooting.

  17. Why read biased reports in the right-wing media when you can watch all of Labor’s Towards 2022: A Better Future and hear for yourself what Albo actually said.

    Here it is – it looks oddly like a campaign launch to me.

  18. “The Australian reports that Morrison has told the head of Nine that he is unhappy with the way he is being treated by several of its journalists. Sean Kelly, a former adviser to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, Peter Hartcher, the SMH and Age political and international editor, AFR columnist Laura Tingle, and Nine papers’ Thursday political columnist, Niki Savva were named. How precious!”

    Scovid wants to be Supreme Dictator.

    The voters of Australia have one final chance to get rid of this insane megalomaniac. Will they do it? Or will we be subjected to a future where everything is controlled from the top, including what we are permitted to see in our newspapers, what we see on our screens and what is shown on TV.

    Scovid will not be happy until he has that control and he will stop at nothing to get it.-He has already brought the ABC to heel, what was once a noble public broadcaster is now a lapdog for Coalition propaganda. How long before the few remaining bright lights, like Laura Tingle and the Four Corners team, are extinguished?

  19. Marise Payne
    Australia has joined others in the international community in expressing deep concern at reports of summary killings & enforced disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces.

    Strange, I don’t seem to remember her concern for that sort of shite before. You see several “Afghan Security Forces’ units were notorious for such activities and worse and have been for years.Were their victims guilty ? innocent ? they weren’t too fussed about that. Great help to the Taliban though. It made for ‘losing hearts and minds’ .I don’t know who the people who are now being ‘disappeared’ but there would be a large number for whom ending up ‘disappeared’ would be some well earned chickens coming home to roost.

  20. I’m sick of all the media chatter like this crap –

    She is not going to be a candidate. Not this election and hopefully never.


    Look at the timing.

    First counsel assisting the ICAC, Scott Robertson and Alex Brown, have to serve their submissions on the parties by December 20, then lawyers for the parties have until 14 February to make their responses.

    After that ICAC gets to deliberate for an undefined time. Eventually they will make their final report and findings. This could well be long after the next election.

    Meanwhile the Libs have delayed the final date for pre-selection nominations for Warringah from last week (3 December) until 14 January, just for BinChicken. This is a whole month BEFORE lawyers for Dazza and BinChicken have to respond to counsel assisting. So unless the selectors want to choose a candidate who is still under investigation and who could possibly be in prison by the time the election finally happens there is no chance for BinChicken.

    Not unless Scovid decides to hold only a half Senate election in May and delays the Reps election until 3 September (last possible date). I wouldn’t put it past him – he gets to hang on to power for a a few more months. For some time I have suspected he will use this option in the vain hope (like Mr Micawber) that “something will turn up” to improve his chances. And even then ICAC might not have announced its decision.

    No matter what lies Scovid tells and no matter how much manure he chucks at ICAC most of it is going to end up on his face. And no matter how much certain journalists (so called) want BinChicken to be a candidate she won’t be, unless the Libs want to commit political suicide.

  21. Exactly!

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