Not a Day to Celebrate 2022

The wonderful PatriciaWA and I have been discussing for some weeks about what to do about “Australia Day”.

She sent me some of her poems, and with her agreement I’ve done this. Dipping our lids to Scott Morrison and his justifiable pride in his convict heritage:

Australia Day at Fremantle Arts Centre
This garden where birds are singing,
Was once a place of sadness.
Here trees whisper to me, bringing
Sighs of despair and madness.
Women for whom this now sweet sun
A century and half ago
Was so harsh they came undone.
Lost entirely in their woe.

For them it seemed so hot that hell
Was already there upon them.
What judge, condemning them to die
in pain like this for petty felonies,
If here today, could justify
this ‘settlement’ of the colonies?



311 thoughts on “Not a Day to Celebrate 2022

  1. Now in Australia – BA2 – aka “Son of Omicron”

    More contagious and damn sneaky as well. Does not register easily on PCR tests.

    Australia records deadliest day of Covid pandemic as 35 cases of BA.2 Omicron variant detected
    Australian pathologists are closely monitoring the spread of BA.2 subvariant as 98 coronavirus deaths recorded
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/28/australia-records-deadliest-day-of-covid-pandemic-as-35-cases-of-ba2-omicron-variant-detected

    And a most interesting thread –

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A lot of meaty stuff today.

    Laura Tingle has a really good article today, looking at the election. She says, “If Anthony Albanese’s problem as 2022 begins is that voters don’t know who he is, Scott Morrison’s problem is that they do know who he is” and then sets out to prove the point.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-29/scott-morrison-grace-tame-photo-other-images-back-haunt-him/100788736
    And George Megalogenis reckons it might be too late for Morrison to change course. He says Morrison has greeted 2022 with the worst side of his character. He has been both passive and aggressive, shifting blame and snapping at anyone who dares suggest he take some responsibility for the mess we’re in. His conclusion is, “Morrison has shown he is prepared to spend whatever it takes to hold power, from car parks to wage subsidies. But as Howard found in 2007, that party trick doesn’t necessarily work a second time.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-might-be-too-late-for-morrison-to-change-course-20220128-p59ryf.html
    John Hewson writes that, given he is running against the Morrison government, which many believe is our worst ever and most incompetent, nudging out Tony Abbott’s for the title, Albanese should be a shoo-in but he says Albo has had to operate in the context of two sycophantic media empires, namely Murdoch and Nine, that seem blindly supportive of Morrison and his government. This is an excellent evaluation.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/01/29/mosquito-nudist-colony/164337480013230
    Is Albanese ready to be prime minister? And, if he is, can he win? Ketherine Murphy and Mike Bowers take us on the road with the stubborn, headstrong and sentimental Labor leader
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/29/labors-lone-wolf-anthony-albanese-embarks-on-the-fight-of-his-life
    Pre-election advertising and strategy show both sides believe the campaign will be fought on the issue of character writes Karen Middleton. She says, on balance, the Liberals see Albanese as a potential asset to their campaign, at the same time as their own candidate has gradually become more of a liability.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/01/29/strategists-believe-the-election-will-be-won-character/164337480013223
    For ‘lack of integrity’ the Morrison government scores an A+, writes John Lord.
    https://theaimn.com/for-lack-of-integrity-the-morrison-government-scores-an-a/
    It is highly doubtful the Palmer millions can compensate for the sheer incompetence of the government. Clowns are meant to serve as a distraction from a disaster, not add to it, declares Paul Bongiorno. Another good read.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/01/29/send-the-clowns/164337480013231
    A fired-up Kerri Sackville writes, “At 50, I finally figured out what Grace Tame knows in her 20s”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/at-50-i-finally-figured-out-what-grace-tame-knows-in-her-20s-20220128-p59s0a.html
    And Jennifer Wilson says that Grace Tame’s non-smile speaks volumes.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/grace-tames-non-smile-speaks-volumes,15989
    Tame’s critics came from the right, and they attacked their target’s alleged rudeness rather than dealing with the legitimacy of her approach, opines Chas Keys.
    https://johnmenadue.com/grace-tame-stayed-true-to-her-cause-and-her-self-in-meeting-an-unhelpful-pm/
    Last October, the government made a new plan for hospitals – but it was never updated and one of the key drugs it was based on still hasn’t arrived, explains Rick Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/01/29/hospital-plan-try-very-hard-avoid-getting-covid-until-march/164337480013222
    A COVID-19 royal commission should go beyond what the Morrison government got right and wrong, and assess the track records of the premiers, medical bodies and their lobbyists, says Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/pandemic-probe-must-look-at-the-states-too-20220127-p59rkr
    Osman Faruqi explains how Australians actually DO love big government.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/01/29/fact-check-actually-australians-love-big-government/164337480013227
    On the subject of an indigenous Voice, Peter Hartcher reckons it’s time Australia, the Lucky Country, started to make its own luck. In it he says that the British and American political systems now offer object lessons in what to avoid, not what to emulate. Destructive populism plunged both nations into bitter division over national identity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/hey-lucky-country-it-s-time-we-made-our-own-luck-20220128-p59ry5.html
    The SMH editorial says the Aboriginal flag should be flown on the Harbour Bridge every day.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/fly-the-aboriginal-flag-on-the-harbour-bridge-every-day-20220128-p59s41.html
    The Australian’s John Ferguson reports that up to $2m will be spent by the Liberals in two critical Victorian seats to head off the ambitions of green activist Simon Holmes a Court and rival left parties.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/libs-to-spend-millions-sandbagging-key-kooyong-and-higgins-seats/news-story/4d417cef2fbdc133d825f0093a7f9392
    Lucy Cormack and Tom Rabe look at the aspirants for Gladys Berejiklian’s seat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/liberal-out-of-central-casting-the-man-who-wants-gladys-berejiklian-s-seat-20220128-p59s1p.html
    Phil Coorey tells us that Liberals in at least two key seats will have their work cut out, come the federal election as new polling shows independents, who are campaigning for more action on climate change, are poised to cause considerable disruption.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/independents-threaten-upheaval-in-key-lib-seats-poll-20220128-p59rys
    Margot Kingston explains how independent Kate Chaney plans to win Curtin in WA.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/01/29/how-independent-kate-chaney-plans-win-curtin/164337480013224
    According to Anne Davies the New South Wales Liberal party has failed to resolve its preselection impasse for federal candidates and has delayed the issue until next week, dramatically raising the prospects that a federal intervention will be required.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/28/nsw-liberals-fail-to-resolve-preselection-impasse-raising-prospect-of-federal-intervention
    Two parliamentary inquiries into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s religious freedom legislation are under way, with many, including Liberal Party supporters, wondering why the divisive bill has not been scrapped, writes Mike Seccombe who tells us why Morrison refuses to drop it.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/01/29/why-morrison-refuses-drop-the-religious-discrimination-bill/164337480013229
    Amanda Hooten goes to considerable lengths to explain how the Christian Porter imbroglio politicised arts executive, Jo Dyer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-the-christian-porter-imbroglio-politicised-an-arts-executive-20211122-p59auv.html
    Aged care providers and unions have quietly struck a deal acknowledging the increased complexity and value of aged care work, a key step in a case seeking pay rises of up to 25%. Aged care stakeholders lodged a consensus statement shortly before Christmas as part of the union-run case arguing for pay rises of at least $5 an hour, although the in-principle agreement about work value does not endorse the size of the claim. Paul Karp says that the Health Department declined to be involved, in spite of the royal commission’s recommendation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/29/industry-stakeholders-strike-deal-that-could-lead-to-pay-rise-for-australian-aged-care-workers
    Failure to protect Federal aged care residents has left 389 elderly Australians dead this year alone, and 40% of private nursing homes locked down. Dr Sarah Russell reports on the government’s devastating failure as the Covid aged care crisis grips.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/a-poor-knock-colbeck-carousing-at-the-cricket-amid-aged-care-crisis-just-tip-of-incompetence-iceberg/
    The Health Department’s Covid response was filled with missteps due to its indifferent minister, structural deficiencies and reliance on consultants, writes Charles Maskell-Knight who tells us why it has proven tragically inept.
    https://johnmenadue.com/why-the-department-of-health-has-proven-tragically-inept/
    A pandemic rush to fixed-rate mortgages, the more than $220 billion in household savings, and improved wages growth could force the Reserve Bank of Australia to raise interest rates further than first thought to stem inflation, writes the AFRS’s Ronald Mizen.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/fixed-home-loans-could-spur-faster-rate-hikes-20220127-p59rlf
    Julie Hare expounds on how Pentecostalism is reshaping America and the world. Yuk!
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/how-pentecostalism-is-reshaping-america-and-the-world-20220126-p59rfp
    In his weekly culture warrior contribution Gerard Henderson combines his disdain for the ABC and an Australian republic.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/arms-choice-for-republic-looks-like-a-model-of-failure/news-story/04f5b82942a72d7a2f34e136e6e50cc9
    One of the most disturbing features of contemporary politics is the almost complete absence of any difference in the foreign policy of the Coalition and Labor parties., writes James O’Neill.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australians-look-in-vain-for-independent-foreign-policy,15977
    Wendy Touhy writes that several prominent researchers have concluded that replacing words like “women” and “mothers” with terms like “birth-givers” and “pregnant people” in research risks dehumanising women and would harm decades of work to improve the visibility of women in medical literature.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/inclusive-language-risks-dehumanising-women-top-researchers-argue-20220126-p59red.html
    Peter FitzSimons declares that Ash Barty is the real deal – everything we have ever wanted in an Australian sports champion. The rest of his sporting round-up is well worth a read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/barty-novak-and-haneen-zreika-bring-us-highs-lows-and-in-betweens-20220128-p59s1m.html
    Reconstructive plastic surgeon Neela Janakiramanan argues that we urgently need a plan to allow elective surgery.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/we-urgently-need-a-plan-to-allow-elective-surgery-20220126-p59rb6.html
    Christopher Joye ponders the question, “Is crypto the 21st century tulip bulb bubble?”
    https://www.afr.com/wealth/personal-finance/is-crypto-the-21st-century-tulip-bulb-bubble-20220126-p59reu

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  3. “Last October, the government made a new plan for hospitals – but it was never updated and one of the key drugs it was based on still hasn’t arrived, explains Rick Morton.”

    A cracking good article. Make you both terrified and angry at the sheer incompetence of the federal government.

  4. Good news.

    ‘Huge Victory’ as Judge Blocks Biden’s Oil Lease Sale in Gulf of Mexico
    “The Biden administration must end new leasing and phase out existing drilling,” said one advocate. “Anything less would be a gross failure of climate leadership.”

    A federal judge late Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s massive oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, a significant win for environmentalists as they work to prevent the Interior Department from handing public lands and waters over to the fossil fuel industry.

    In his 68-page decision (pdf), Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. wrote that the Biden administration violated federal law by not adequately accounting for the emissions impact of the sale, which would have been the biggest offshore oil and gas lease sell-off in the country’s history’.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..
    On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden pledged to ban new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, a promise that climate advocates cautiously applauded while demanding more ambitious action. One of the first executive orders Biden signed as president directed the Interior Department to pause all new oil and natural gas leasing on public lands and offshore waters.

    Yet, over the past 12 months, the Biden administration has approved drilling permits at a faster rate than its oil-friendly predecessor. According to new federal data, the Biden administration signed off on more than 3,550 permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first year in power.

    Around a quarter of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions—which Biden has promised to slash—come from fossil fuel extraction on public lands

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/01/28/huge-victory-judge-blocks-bidens-oil-lease-sale-gulf-mexico

  5. The Jo Dyer story shows there are many brilliant women in Australia that are starting to stand up and be counted. I would vote for her if I lived in SA.

  6. How stupid does Scovid think we are?

    He claims this –

    Morrison is now talking about renewable energy. The crux of it seems to be: climate crisis isn’t our fault.

    “Whether it’s the reef or our environment, I’ll tell you what’s putting the pressure on climate, is rising emissions in other countries.”

    He says Australia is assisting other countries, like Indonesia, to transition to renewable energy

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jan/29/australia-news-live-covid-deaths-continue-to-climb-ash-barty-seeks-to-make-history-at-australian-open

    What a liar!

    If Australia is really “helping” other countries reduce emissions why are the feds rubbing their greedy mitts together in anticipation of their fossil fuel donors making a killing if (big if) the gas supply pipeline from the Ukraine has to be closed?

    Australia has offered to export more liquefied natural gas to Europe in light of Ukraine tensions. Here’s why
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-27/why-australia-is-offering-natural-gas-to-europe-ukraine-tensions/100784520

    It’s not as if his precious economy will benefit – all the profits go overseas to gas producers or secret accounts in places like the Caymans.

  7. Just thought I would add a personal update.

    Some time ago I downloaded the Kindle app for my phone as I found it a lot easier to read at night in bed before sleepy bye bye’s came and took me to that peacefull world of somnum.

    Unbekownst to me it gives statistics and last night it gave me the statistic that I had acheived 999 continuous and uninterupted days of reading. 😀

    So tonight I will acheive day 1,000. Ah! Small pleasures eh!

    • I always read my Kindle before I go to bed, not an app but the actual e-reader. I must have notched up similar hours by now.

      I also like to read in the mornings while I have a cup of tea – only problem is I tend to get engrossed in whatever I am reading and stay far too long.

      Meanwhile the “real” books are neglected. I’ll have to fix that.

  8. A very disillusioned James O’Brien on the Met police decision to start and criminal investigation into BoJo and parties during covid lockdowns, thereby stopping the release of the full Gray report on said issue –

  9. call me petty!
    My neighbours who are renting are party animals who are singing loudly in their dining room with open window 6 foot from my kitchen
    I have turned on my kitchen and laundry lights think spotlight bright and they will be turned off tomorrow morning, heaven help the person in the bedroom overlooking my kitchen he he he

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. It’s a rather lightweight collection this Sunday morning.

    Jon Faine, in this very good read, says, “The Prime Minister wants to take credit for the good while deflecting responsibility for anything bad. Opinion polls suggest that the public are not buying it. He also walks a fine line in condemning anti-vax sentiment from Novak Djokovic while refusing to risk his parliamentary majority by taking a similar approach with some of his own rogue colleagues. The hypocrisy has been widely noted.” Fine examines the public flattery employed by Morrison and Daniel Andrews.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-re-not-quite-as-special-as-our-politicians-say-we-are-20220128-p59s00.html
    Though he won’t enjoy the comparison, Anthony Albanese’s last month has looked a lot like Tony Abbott’s in January 2010: he’s out and about while the prime minister is busy with his day job, writes James Massola.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-hits-the-road-while-morrison-fights-covid-from-canberra-20220128-p59s2y.html
    Political platitudes like ‘we’re in a good place’ won’t fill the cracks in Australia’s economy ahead of the election, says Satyajit Das.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/29/political-platitudes-like-were-in-a-good-place-wont-fill-the-cracks-in-australias-economy-ahead-of-the-election
    In Victoria, employers are waiting for the “green light” allowing workers to return to the office, once children go back to school.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/employers-expect-office-return-plan-within-weeks-as-monash-battles-staff-over-in-person-teaching-20220129-p59s75.html
    Just because our governments have given up on the pandemic doesn’t mean we should do the same, writes Tom Tanuki.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/covid-apathy-is-contagious,15991
    Josh Gordon writes that Victoria’s remaining brown coal-fired power stations are likely to be closed years earlier than expected, with energy producer AGL now considering the viability of the state’s largest plant as the cost of renewable energy continues to fall.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/earlier-coal-phase-out-for-victorian-likely-as-renewables-surge-20220129-p59s6p.html
    House idiot George Christensen emailed the head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration to personally challenge the agency’s bid to prevent ivermectin from being used to treat COVID-19.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/rage-christensen-threatened-tga-official-over-worming-tablets-20220128-p59s4i.html
    Jacqui Maley looks at Morrison’s method of government in a rather innocuous contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-legacy-no-problem-why-morrison-is-the-perfect-man-for-the-pandemic-moment-20220128-p59s27.html
    James Massola tells us that Morrison has warned global music superstar Kanye West that he will have to be fully vaccinated if he wants to go ahead with his Australian concert tour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-doesn-t-matter-who-you-are-they-re-the-rules-scott-morrison-s-vaccine-warning-to-kanye-west-20220129-p59s79.html
    The Victorian justice department spent more than $250,000 on a religious chaplaincy program that prison staff feared would put volunteers at risk, an internal report has found. The report raised concerns that improperly trained volunteers were collecting inmates from prisons on their day of release and using the car trip to the prisoner’s accommodation to speak to them about Christianity.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/30/victorian-prison-staff-feared-250000-religious-chaplaincy-program-could-endanger-volunteers

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  11. “House idiot George Christensen emailed the head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration to personally challenge the agency’s bid to prevent ivermectin from being used to treat COVID-19”

    Why on earth would anyone insist a cattle-wormer was a valuable drug against Covid? At least we know George – IF he has been taking this stuff – is free of lice and scabies as well as worms.

    What an idiot! He really enjoys throwing his considerable weight around by threatening a learned doctor with his “rage”. All that proves is George really is dumber than a box of extra-stupid rocks.

    Here is a brief bio of Dr John Skerritt –

    Dr John Skerritt, is Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Health. He was formerly the National Manager, Therapeutic Goods Administration, until his role was expanded. He also has responsibility for the Department’s Office of Drug Control, responsible for developing the new medicinal cannabis regulatory scheme. Dr Skerritt is a former Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government and has extensive experience in medical, agricultural and environmental policy, as well as regulation, research management, technology application and commercialisation. In 2012 he was the world-wide winner of the Rotary International “Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award”. He is an Adjunct Professor of the universities of Queensland and Canberra, has a PhD from the University of Sydney, and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programs of London Business School and of the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. He has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Vic). He is a University Medallist and PhD graduate in Pharmacology

    https://healthvoices.org.au/author/skerrit/

    Somehow the deluded George thinks he knows better. George is a failed community journalist, failed trainee priest and now failing MP who has decided to abandon his constituents for a new career as a media super-star, which will also fail.

  12. A strange world. How has it come to pass that the Kiwi woman who asked the Taliban at the first press conference after the fall of Kabul …………

    “what will you do to protect the rights of women and girls?”

    How has it come to pass that she recently said of her current situation in Qatar.

    When the Taliban offers you – a pregnant, unmarried woman – safe haven, you know your situation is messed up.

    Read on……………
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-omicron-charlotte-bellis-an-open-letter-on-miq/U4WQGYTJHUP36AGVOBN3F6PJSE/

  13. Scott Morrison is all about himself, and doesn’t really care about you.

    That’s why when things go wrong – whether it is the bushfires or the COVID-19 vaccine rollout – he doesn’t take charge. But when things go right, he’s the first to take credit.

    Scott Morrison doesn’t just apply this lack of accountability to himself – he also applies it to his ministers.

    Scott Morrison doesn’t punish misbehaviour, he rewards it.

    He’s not interested in what you want or need. He’s not on your side. He’s only in it for himself.

    https://notonyourside.org.au/ministerialscandals

    • Rustednut,

      Scrot is a prosperity gospel “believer”. Not, never, a Christian.

      Just a guy with an eye for the main chance: whatever will be most profitable for himself AND himself ONLY.

  14. Their ABC is pushing the propaganda about Omicron having “peaked”

    In your dreams, ABC.

    After the peak: What’s in store for Australia now that the Omicron wave has turned?
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-30/covid-whats-next-after-omicrons-peak/100786176

    What comes next? Another explosion of cases as kids go to school, pick up The Plague from classmates and take it home to their parents and siblings. The same applies to teachers and other school workers from the parents who help in canteens to the office staff.

    There is another problem no-one is mentioning. How many parents will ignore positive RATs tests because they can or because they absolutely need to go to work to pay the rent and buy food. Those who made this truly daft policy – test your kids at home then report all positive results – assume everyone is just like them, comfortable middle-class families with the required two children, a good income, a mortgage and no problems.

    Most families are not like that.

    • I always allow for a 2 point swing to the right wingers on election day so we need to be at least 3 points clear the day before the election for a narrow win. so this poll is looking good for at least a 52/48 or so win for the good guys. Let’s hope it doesn’t tighten too much before polling day.

    • Yep and definately leaves one with a feeling that all is right with the world and a change is gonna come –

  15. Well, on Twitter, at least, Scottyfm did not fair well with his unconscious koala photo op. It looks like it was done at Australia Zoo with one of the Irwins.

    btw This photo does not come up in a google image search for ‘Morrison koala’ or the usual news sites.

    It is Scotty poking around at an unconscious Koala in surgery while Jen and a pile of people including photographers look on. He has his fingers inside the poor animal’s groin.

  16. I did a TAFE Animal Studies Course in 2013. We were very privileged be allowed to handle greyhounds, cats and some small native animals. We were very quiet, still and respectful We handled them with great care lest we startle them. It was the highlight of our course.

    If any one of us were to act like Scotty with the animals, the lot of us would have been thrown out of the classroom.

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Here’s Michelle Grattan’s take on last night’s Newspoll.
    https://theconversation.com/labor-leads-coalition-56-44-and-morrison-slumps-dramatically-in-first-2022-newspoll-175994
    An uncertain election race means voters may yet get to experience something rare in Australian politics: a contest of ideas, says Paul Kelly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/flipping-the-script-on-elections-20220128-p59rz8.html
    More than a third of the cash flowing to the Liberal and Labor parties is coming from shadowy entities that can hide the true source of the funds, according to a new analysis that shows the main parties collected $1.2 billion over the past two decades. David Crowe digs into the numbers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/political-donations-1-2-billion-over-22-years-and-associated-entities-dominate-20220130-p59sau.html
    Michael Roddan looks into how the Morrison government gained, and subsequently lost, a vital line to industry that helped keep the economy running when strains on supply chains were most severe.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-untold-story-of-the-covid-19-commission-20220130-p59saj
    Peter Martin tells us that pop economists are expecting the RBA to hold interest rates low in 2022, as real wages fall.
    https://theconversation.com/top-economists-expect-rba-to-hold-interest-rates-low-in-2022-as-real-wages-fall-175054
    Accusations of wage theft in Australia are escalating, despite recent laws making it a criminal offence to deliberately underpay or withhold workers’ wages, writes Ben Powers.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/wage-theft-still-amounts-to-big-bickies-despite-new-laws,15992
    Michael McGowan reveals that health officials in New South Wales warned vaccines “may be less effective” against the Omicron variant and could lead to an increase in hospitalisations, just days before premier Dominic Perrottet announced Covid-19 restrictions would be scrapped.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/31/nsw-government-was-warned-omicron-could-lead-to-more-hospitalisations-days-before-restrictions-lifted
    With current MPs lacking science and maths backgrounds, the ability to deal with large scale systems due to COVID-induced change is sorely testing our political process, writes Dr Peter Fisher.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-government-lacks-steam,15981
    Return to school is necessary, but so is the need to vaccinate children says the editorial in The Age.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/return-to-school-is-necessary-as-is-need-to-vaccinate-children-20220130-p59sd7.html
    Teachers are ringing the alarm about their workloads. Governments need to start listening. Bold reforms are needed to set up the profession for success, writes the Grattan Institute’s Jordana Hunter.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/reform-urgently-needed-to-help-teachers-do-their-job-20220130-p59sb4.html
    Adam Carey reports that Victorian school staff who have not had a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine have been warned that they must do so by mid-March or face being shut out of their workplace and eventually having their employment terminated.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/teachers-given-new-booster-jab-deadline-as-retirees-return-to-school-20220130-p59sap.html
    Peddling hydrogen made from brown coal – the dirtiest of all coals – as ‘clean’ is a cringe-inducing backwards shuffle into the dark ages, writes Andrew Forrest.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/let-s-not-pretend-brown-hydrogen-is-exporting-green-energy-to-the-world-20220127-p59rsu
    Adam Morton reports that US coalmining giant Peabody Energy has repeatedly submitted incorrect greenhouse gas emissions reports to the Australian government, prompting questions about the reliability of national climate data based on company assessments.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/31/australian-regulator-finds-large-scale-emissions-misreporting-by-coalminer-peabody
    Political parties spend big on focus group research with the approach of an election – but changes in methodology raise questions over its worth, explains Noel Turnbull.
    https://johnmenadue.com/out-of-focus-the-pitfalls-of-political-market-research/
    As Scott Morrison says, “We’ve got our principles and if you don’t like them, we’ve got plenty of others!” From the AIMN’s Rossleigh.
    https://theaimn.com/as-scott-morrison-says-weve-got-our-principles-and-if-you-dont-like-them-weve-got-plenty-of-others/
    As misuse of communication technology rises, fact-based journalism to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda is under even more attack, writes Lee Duffield.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/fact-based-journalists-under-fire,15978
    Alan Kohler writes about the pleasure and pain of working from home. He makes some interesting points.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/work/2022/01/31/working-from-home-alan-kohler/
    More than 300 current and former McDonald’s workers, employed across 92 restaurants, are taking legal action against the fast food giant over rest breaks, in the biggest claim of its kind.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/cock-and-bull-story-mcdonald-s-workers-lodge-legal-action-against-fast-food-giant-20220130-p59se7.html
    Liam Mannix tells us that of more than 3800 predictions made by 207 Australian psychics between 2000 and 2020, just 11 per cent were unambiguously correct – an accuracy rate worse than random guesses from a control group of non-psychics. Hardly surprising!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/psychics-mostly-wrong-but-you-may-have-seen-that-coming-20220130-p59sdo.html
    Dominic Cummings has said it is his “duty to get rid” of Boris Johnson as prime minister, describing it as “sort of like fixing the drains”. The prime minister’s former chief adviser called his former boss a “complete fuckwit” whose only preoccupations were “Big Ben’s bongs” and “looking at maps” to “order the building of things” in his honour. Ouch!
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jan/30/dominic-cummings-says-it-is-his-duty-to-get-rid-of-boris-johnson

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    David Rowe

    Jim Pavlidis

    Megan Herbert

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    From the US





  18. A new scandal that the pro-Liberal Australian media are not mentioning.

    From this morning’s edition of The Saturday Paper’s “Post”.

    Future Fund linked to Yemen airstrike

    Australia’s sovereign wealth fund has invested more than $90m in a weapons manufacturer that made a bomb allegedly used in an airstrike on Yemen this month, killing nearly 100 civilians.

    What we know:

    An FoI request revealed the Future Fund has invested more than $90m in Raytheon Technologies, whose bomb was allegedly used in the airstrike on a detention centre;
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jan/31/australias-future-fund-has-invested-over-90m-in-weapons-manufacturer-raytheon

    The laser-guided bomb was used in an attack by the Saudi-led coalition on a detention centre in Sa’adah in north-west Yemen, killing at least 91 people and injuring 200 more
    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2022/01/yemen-us-made-weapon-used-in-air-strike-that-killed-scores-in-escalation-of-saudi-led-coalition-attacks/

    Amnesty International deputy director Lynn Maalouf said Yemeni civilians were “paying the terrible price for Western states’ lucrative arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its coalition allies”;

    A separate FoI request found the Future Fund has made $155m of investments linked to the Myanmar military, which is implicated in numerous human rights abuses;
    https://www.investordaily.com.au/superannuation/50377-foi-reveals-future-fund-s-investments-with-links-to-myanmar-military-top-150m

    The fund recently adopted a new investment model that considers geopolitics and politics as its base of a pyramid-shaped framework, after hinting at a shift towards riskier assets (Asian Investor);
    https://www.asianinvestor.net/article/new-strategies-as-australias-future-fund-enters-gangly-teenager-phase/475399/

    The Future Fund controls about $200bn on behalf of the Australian government, including the superannuation of Australia’s public servants;

    A government bill before parliament proposes to shield the Future Fund from FoI requests
    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r6759

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/post/max-opray/2022/01/31/future-fund-linked-yemen-airstrike

  19. Re the Grattan Institute’s Jordana Hunter article on getting more productivity out of teachers

    1. get allied staff to supervise camps, excursions, yard duty
    2. access to high quality prepared teaching resources
    3. Provide time to prepare classes

    My recommendations from watching teachers
    4. use allied staff to mark work – teachers hate marking
    5. use allied staff to assess students and write their reports in politically correct language
    6. Ed dept experts must stop rewriting curriculum documents every few years. There’s a lot of work involved in reading the flowery shit and massaging your developed materials into the new flowery framework
    7. every school should have qualified school counsellors not reformed evangelical biker druggies who didn’t finish high school
    8. Victoria Institute of Teaching must streamline certification process, every teacher application generates 5 reams of paper which are spot checked – probably contributes to new teachers leaving before 5 years as the certification process too onerous

    On point 2 I was employed by Monash University to build a database of teaching resources. There were fundamental arguments with the teaching expert who had run out of the classroom 20 years earlier about what constituted a unit of work. I had wanted complete lessons on the topic with aims, theory, exercises, assignments to occupy a class for 45 minute blocks. The expert thought teachers should select aims, then select theory then select exercises – a process that would take all night – after the teacher learnt how to query the database

    I notice the SMH article was not open for comments

  20. An excellent table in this article looking at hospitaliation rates. Could not post the table but extracted the numbers for one age group.This is for the UK.
    .
    Hospitalisation rates for the Omicron variant
    .
    Age (years)70-74
    .
    Delta (unvaccinated) 30.00%
    .
    Omicron (unvaccinated) 11.10%
    .
    Omicron (second dose) 4.00%
    .
    Omicron (booster) 1.11%
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/explained/127622391/covid19-nz-is-it-really-a-good-idea-to-call-omicron-mild

  21. Sad news

    7.30
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  22. A nice way of putting the vaccine mandates and their effect. Puts the anivaxxer ‘community’ into perspective. Ain’t no ‘silent majority’ that’s for sure .
    .
    WA’s strict vaccination rules kick in for bottle shops, gyms and cafes
    From Monday, around 62,000 West Australians, or 2.8 per cent of the population, will be locked out of attending most hospitality venues and large events.
    https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/wa-s-strict-vaccination-rules-kick-in-for-bottle-shops-gyms-and-cafes-20220130-p59sch.html

  23. Anti-vaxxers and other assorted loons who were demonstrating outside Parliament House somehow got it into their thick heads that Albo was inside and demanded he come out and talk to them.

    Albo has been in Melbourne for the last few days. Parliament doesn’t sit until next week.

    Do these idiots really think Albo, Scovid etc live there? It’s like little kids being surprised when they find out their teachers have homes and families and do not live in the school. No wonder these dopes believe all the rubbish they are told!

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