It is the time of the major Christian festival, Easter. Its name is said to come from Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of spring and fertility. This was a time in the ancient Britannic world when the new season was welcomed. After the dark Winter, people enjoyed festivals to mark the new life of Spring. This also explains the giving of eggs for Easter, to signify the new lives to come and the celebrations of hope, joy, and fun. The bunny celebrated fertility.

 Are there themes that the non-religious or those from other faiths, take from the Christian Easter? What can voters in the next Australian Federal election take from Easter?

The Christian festival is wrapped up in the story of Jesus rising from death, to proclaim new life for all people. Most cultures and religions have a festival to celebrate the shedding of the old and welcoming the new. We are now in Ramadam, the period of fasting and giving in the Moslem faith, which is followed by the family celebrations when it is finished and a new cycle of faith begins.

We can go back to the pagan ceremonies, taken over by the Christians for convenience, which looked forward to a new spring, new plants, fruits, new wildlife, and new humans being conceived.  It was a time when there would be plenty to eat, the weather was nice and the daily grind of survival was easier than during the dark and cold, often frozen Winter. Old straw mattresses were tossed out and new, fresh beds made up.


Easter also says it is never too late to take a better path or live a different life.  The despair of Easter Friday is lifted on a joyous Easter Sunday. Although from then on, the next day or week may still be difficult, and the next month and the next year, and even the next decade hard, that bright day when the Ancients hoped for nothing more than another good season, can be our inspiration as well. 

Sometimes to survive until your time comes is enough.

In the Southern hemisphere, we go into Winter after Easter but we can always look to the Spring beyond. Those who plant our Autumn bulbs know that the plants are absorbing energy and growing, quietly, out of sight. They bloom gloriously when our side of the Earth reaches the part of our orbit around the Sun which gives the flowers their time in the sun. 

And so the world turns.

We also may think our lives will never see the sun, that we are in a perpetual Winter.  I am certain the grief-stricken victims of the wars in the world think that, too, with very good reason. We can only hope they get a time when they can safely sit in the sun with memories that comfort them. 

 This is also a time when those who bring Winter into the lives of others can step back, and just stop doing it. They can count the cost to themselves as well as others, and realise that at the end of it all, it just is not worth it. All the energy, resources, and time spent to make others unhappy is a lost opportunity to gain their own happiness. Does the dictator sleep well without guards, locks, and alarms? Does their power bring them anything but their own self-imposed prison? Can he or she just sit in the sun, with their memories, without dragging Winter into the seat next to them?

Can a President or Prime Minister, or any leader who lets only some select few sit by the fire in Winter while leaving others outside to bear the cold as best as they can, expect his or her Springs to last forever?

 The Story of Easter says not, unless they cast aside their destructive ways forever and make good, and atone for their past behaviour and the consequences of their actions.

During this festival of giving eggs and chocolate and celebrating happiness, we can look at ourselves and see if our choices are bringing Spring to others and ourselves. 

In Australia, we do that every time we vote, for we are fortunate that we do not have to do it with weapons. The vote we make is critical, so I say, vote to bring in Australia’s Spring, the new life we need. Wave off our long Winter, and those who brought it to us. Bring in new talent, new ideas, and new hope. 

How does Easter help voters?

In my opinion, in Australia the current government has given us a nine-year social and economic Winter. I see the most vulnerable left out in the cold, and also many others kicked out into the cold with them, judged worthless.

If we want a new Spring in Australia we have to make sure the political world turns towards the sun, and new life is breathed into our Parliament.  Change the government.

Give our people their Spring. 



Our best wishes go out to Moderator Leone2, who is in hospital with a broken hip. Her son Steve kindly informed The Pub. I must say to be thinking of other Pubsters at such a traumatic time is going beyond expectations. We will organise a Gold Echidna With Bar for Leone2 and her son Steve to thank them and recognise Leone2’s valued contribution to The Pub.

Puff, the Magic Dragon.


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  1. This the previous post from Steve Leone’s son. Thank you Steve.

    We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Leone.

    It is a shock to the system, so rest up Leone. We hope you heal very quickly, and get back to The Pub for free drinks.

    I’m leonetwo’s son, Steve.

    Just to let you know that Mum had a fall on Monday and as a result, broke her hip. Mum is fine, had a hip replacement yesterday and is in little pain and good spirits.

    I’ll add in further updates as I get them.

  2. Puff, thank you. You have written something quite special, and inspiring.

    Coming down to the choices facing Australia now, I’m prepared to be joyous and relieved for our people, our country and the planet if there is a change of government. If there isn’t, I will know despondency and a deep sadness for what we will certainly lose.

    All the living things that will be lost forever. All the people whose lives are blighted by our government’s lack of humanity and decency, who could never feel fortunate to be an Australian. The reckless damage being done to the physical Australia in the name of money and power. Untold numbers of lost opportunities.

    You have summed it up perfectly, and eloquently.

    “If we want a new Spring in Australia we have to make sure the political world turns towards the sun, and new life is breathed into our Parliament. Change the government.

    Give our people their Spring.”


  3. So is Morrison’s ‘Mr Speaker’ gaffe going to be the subject of intense ongoing media scrutiny, with every Press Gallery journo, shock-jock and associated Lib/Nat sycophant questioning Morrison’s fitness to lead the country?

    Yeah, nah!

  4. Anne Ruston to be new Federal Health Minister if Coalition re-elected
    Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces..”….

    I’m thinking

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A hung parliament is a likely outcome based on the most recent Resolve Political Monitor but the rest of the campaign may change everything, opines David Crowe.
    It will demand an iron will, but it’s not too late for Albanese to change track, writes Sean Kelly.
    Albanese has five weeks to combat Labor’s perennial problem, says Melbourne City councillor Rohena Campbell.
    Margaret Simons laments that focus on gaffes misses the real issues. She says political journalism is not, or should not be, like sport reporting.
    Voters in the Liberal-held seat of North Sydney have ranked climate and the environment as a higher priority than the economy, while they see integrity in politics as narrowly more important than the cost of living, a new poll shows.
    Easter offers no escape from our responsibility for climate change, says Ross Gittins,
    Money wields power in politics and the lack of transparency about how parties and candidates fund their activities undermines public faith, says the SMH editorial that want to see this election be the last to be run under existing political donation laws.
    Dana Daniel reports that aged care homes are closing at an escalating rate, forcing rural families apart as elderly residents are moved hundreds of kilometres away. This is “canary in the coalmine” stuff.
    Hundreds of elderly people will be forced to switch carers and more than 60 workers will be made redundant under a Boroondara City Council plan to privatise in-home aged care services, reports Cara Waters. Boroondara is one of 23 councils across Victoria to have announced their exit from aged care services as a growing number struggle to provide an increased number of services.
    Leaders in the industry have claimed general practice is “on the precipice of completely falling apart” as fewer people take up the profession and doctor shortages hit home. ANU Medical School Associate Professor Louise Stone said the percentage of doctors choosing to focus on general practice had dived. Over the last 10 years, the number of junior doctors applying for general practice has dropped from 50 per cent to about 16 per cent.
    We can be friends of the US without being vassals, says Bruce Haigh in this manifesto he has provided for an incoming PM.
    Australia’s Collins class submarines will receive a $381m upgrade in a decision which was made just before the government went into caretaker mode.
    The Coalition will raise the price caps for houses eligible under its controversial Home Guarantee Scheme to help home buyers get into the property market faster as the soaring cost of housing plays a key role in the federal election.
    Aaron Petrick looks at the motives and risks behind the selection of Katherine Deves for the Warringah candidature.
    Food prices are racing up at both Woolworths and Coles at more than 3 per cent in the March quarter, to place further strain on household budgets.
    Criminal lawyer, Nicholas Stewart, on the subject of historical gay bashing, writes, “An inquiry into decades of gay and transgender murders, bashings and robberies must have as its focus interrogating matters to a point of identifying evidence that can be used in future criminal prosecutions for murder, assault and robbery. The special commission of inquiry announced this weekend does not have those powers. Only a royal commission with wide terms of reference can do this.”
    Russia is ambling toward a major default on its foreign debt, a grim milestone that it has not seen since the Bolshevik Revolution more than a century ago and one that raises the prospect of years of legal wrangling and a global hunt by bondholders for Russian assets. The New York Times looks at how things might unfold.

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  6. My/our plan is, if Labor don’t win the election, is to withdraw our nest egg (very small), out of the bank. I think one of the first things they’ll do will be to put everyone that is on disabled/carer pension on the Indue card.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    • I feel for you and Raz.

      I don’t blame you wanting to preserve your rights to act as the competent adults you are, and to do whatever you can to protect yourselves. I can’t offer any useful practical advice, but I’m sure others will. How terrible is it that you find yourselves in this position?

      The conservatives will not accept the fact that recipients of any form of pension or support payment are receiving money that we are entitled to under the laws and social contracts we worked/lived under. It is not their money.

      The stories we hear about those unfortunate enough to be controlled by this card program and its ghoulish enforcers are shocking. I don’t doubt there are countless similar stories we don’t know.

      In a current court case, some people are justifiably referred to by a generic title ?Person #x. The people who designed and run this shameful program apparently condone the humilitating treatment of anyone who isn’t like them. There is no empathy. We are all Person x.

      I’m in the fortunate position of being a single and healthy aged pensioner with no dependents. All of my working life I managed my relatively low income well. I’m fearful that a re-elected LNP will actually do what they say they will.

      My fear of the govt hasn’t changed. My anger and my sense of being powerless have – they continue to grow.

      Hugs to you all,

  7. Leone and Steve,

    Of course I meant High Noon Australian WESTERN Standard time …

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to confer upon The Pub’s very favourite lioness, Madam Leone, The Pub’s highest award, in honour of her stalwart support of our modest blog, and the hope that your recovery will be rapid:

    It is also a pleasure and privilege to confer that same high award on Leone’s cub, Steve, for his bravery in venturing to this place to give us news of his mama’s plight. Well done, sir, and please feel free to attend The Pub whenever you so wish:

  8. Helen

    Thanks. We have been able to manage by pooling our resources and have almost paid off our joint mortgage. My fear is they will start with the smaller numbers on our types of pensions(I have been due to go on aged pension for a couple of years, but chose not to because I am still caring for Razz full time) first, then work their way up to the aged pensioners.

    We have a very strict budget and stick to it. Ergo, we have saved a couple of dollars as well. I certainly don’t want any government to tell us what we can spend our money on.

    We will feel very rich once the mortgage is paid off. We will then get some extra maintenance done around the place to spruce the place up a bit.

    • Yes, it seems you are definitely more vulnerable than the age pensioners at the moment.

      You will be justified in feeling very rich when you have the freedom of being mortgage-free. It’s an achievement to be proud of, and the liberation of finally not having that expense is really special. I might hear some shouts of joy up here in Brisbane.

      I’m 77 in August and have owned my home since being made redundant in the year I turned 50. What a surprise!

      I’m not usually given to negativity and remember the hope of the Whitlam years.

      After the terrors of the rodent years had taken hold of the country and so many Australians, it was a huge relief that they were finally turfed out. Despite the turbulence of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years, many good things were achieved and I certainly felt more hopeful for Australia.

      This coming election is difficult. On the one hand, surely there are enough voters who are concerned about the damage being done by Conservative minds – openly corrupt politicians, business and sundry personality disordered media and squillionaire identities.

      On the other hand, I think the same thing leading up to every time conservative governments are returned.

      I hope that you and Razz, and everyone else in similar circumstances, can find some distractingly lovely moments in the lead up to the election. I’ll certainly be looking for them.


  9. Brilliant

    Protestors dressed as cavemen greeted Morrison in Western Australia, an apparent reference to him referring to the state’s inhabitants as “Croods”, cartoon cavepeople, because of the McGowan government’s border closures.


  10. Re Leone’s and Steve’s well-deserved Golden Echidna with Wreath and Bar, which didn’t go exactly to plan, I will be most grateful if one of my .http moderator colleagues could look at my comment and fix it!

  11. Thank you, Ducky, for the excellent Gold Echidna with Bar for Leone2 and her son Steve.
    I hope our LIoness and Steve print it out or download to display it where it will give a smile.

    Get will soon, Leone2 GEB

  12. After all that…

    Preferred PM: Morrison 44 (0) Albanese 37 (-2)
    Morrison: Approve 43 (+1) Disapprove 52 (-2)
    Albanese: Approve 37 (-5) Disapprove 51 (+6)

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Simon Benson tries to find some good news for the Coalition in the 53/37 Newspoll result.
    David Crowe says that Labor will launch a sweeping review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in a pledge to make the $30.8 billion system deliver better services to more than 500,000 people if it forms government, warning that money is being wasted while Australians are denied help. Fair enough – there are too many cowboys out there.
    James Massola and Anthony Galloway write that Labor is saying cabinet minister Alan Tudge may have committed a criminal offence by trying to persuade his former staffer Rachelle Miller not to declare their personal relationship when she was renewing her top secret security clearance, warning it could have played into the hands of foreign spies.
    Katherine Murphy has been in Tasmania, and she writes that voters in key electorates really think Morrison is on the nose.
    Peter Hartcher explains how Australia’s stakes in the Solomon Islands are exceptionally high. He gives Marise Payne a bit of a serve.
    He’s the treasurer who may become the next leader of the Liberal Party. So how high can Josh Frydenberg fly, wonders Michelle Grattan.
    Yes, there was a “gaffe” last week, and Labor’s wide but shallow support in the opinion polls this week looked a little bit shallower. But this week’s polls did not change one fundamental in this supposed two-horse race – the 6 to 7 percentage-point drop in the Coalition primary vote since 2019, writes Crispin Hull. He talks about the way the media is not servicing electors well.
    Embattled Liberal candidate for Warringah Katherine Deves has declared she is “not going anywhere” and lashed her critics for “vile” bullying after more of her inflammatory comments on transgender issues were unearthed and Liberals lobbied privately to dump her, writes Michael Koziol.
    Michael Koziol explains the latest embarrassing stuff dug up about Deves’ pronouncements.
    Sarah Martin writes that the Liberal MP for the seat of North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, asked the prime minister’s office to dump controversial candidate Katherine Deves because of her comments on transgender issues.
    This low-rent election campaign we’re going through is fascinating because it’s getting closer and more unpredictable. But it’s a spectacular illustration of the decline in our political culture, opines Greg Sheridan who says fundamental issues such as the giant structural deficit we’ve built into our budget, our shocking productivity performance, the collapse of an economic and population growth ethos that is essen­tial to our security, our dreadful failure to provide any meaningful defence capabilities are all neglected.
    And Michael Pascoe is concentred that the federal election campaign is silent on the issues that count.
    There is a very simple reason why Prime Minister Scott Morrison broke his pre-2019 election promise to introduce into parliament legislation to establish a Commonwealth integrity commission, declares David Solomon.
    The Coalition is relying on a broad scale assault on the Opposition Leader’s economic credibility to drown out the criticisms of its various policy failings. Can Labor get out in front of the campaign vortex, asks Jennifer Hewett.
    The editorial in The Canberra Times says that, while Labor is still favoured to win the election, both the party and its leader are coming to grips with the fact that after months of positive polling and a less than rigorous examination by the media the job is a lot harder than first thought. It
    Jess Irvine examines the truth about how much politicians can actually ‘manage’ the economy. Ne of her better contributions.
    The ABS data fails to capture those working multiple jobs to get by, and the government does not actually count the number of gig workers, explains Tony Sheldon who says the precarious grind of casual work is no ‘made-up’ issue. This is a sleeper issue, I believe.
    David Crowe tells us that independents have fired a warning shot across Scott Morrison’s bow over his refusal to commit to setting up an integrity commission. Climate action, too.
    And the SMH editorial declares that Morrison is showing bad faith in his hit job against an ICAC. It says ICAC is not above criticism, but the attacks launched on it by Morrison and his team reveal wilful ignorance and bad faith on an issue of vital public importance.
    The Australian federal election just got more interesting. Fairfield deputy mayor Dai Le has put her hand up to contest the electorate of Fowler as an independent candidate against former premier of NSW and current Senator Kristina Keneally.
    Mike Foley and Laura Chung report that Labor is courting blue-collar voters with a commitment to back new coal and gas projects, as long as environmental and economic conditions are met.
    Australia’s wholesale power costs are soaring, with prices for most of the national electricity market running at double the rate promoted by the Morrison government in last month’s budget, reports Peter Hannam.
    Australians have been promised gas will bring jobs, security and prosperity to regional towns. The reality is not so simple, explain Charlotte Grieve and Jason South in a long exposition.
    These SCIRO scientists tell us about plant-based patties, lab-grown meat and insects and how the protein industry is innovating to meet demand.
    A former Australian SAS soldier alleged by three newspapers to have ordered the execution of an unarmed elderly man in Afghanistan will be the first witness-in-reply called by Ben Roberts-Smith in his war crimes defamation trial, writes Ben Doherty ahead of the trial’s switch from defence witnesses to the complainant’s.
    The Australian Army has failed its own leadership test. Where does the buck stop, asks Alan Stephens.
    The median cost of financial advice services rose by 8 per cent last year to $3529, pushing the number of professionally advised Australians below 2 million, explains the AFR’s Aleks Vickovich.
    Melissa Cunningham writes that cancer surgery is being delayed almost daily at Victoria’s leading specialist hospital for the disease, in a scenario surgeons warn is happening at every hospital across the state amid ongoing severe staffing and bed shortages.
    With the federal health department preparing to review the industry code, Dana Daniel writes that the peak body for infant formula makers has accused the Australian Breastfeeding Association of “political statements” that make mothers who use formula feel guilty.

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  14. @GeoffreyHayes12
    LNP mantra: private enterprise does a better job. Deliver $1 Billion of our aged pension each fortnight to private banking enterprise, and 80% of our pensions will immediately go into the foreign money market. Wondering why your fortnight rent is not paid on time on Indue card?

  15. I’m Back!

    Thank you all for your good wishes and kind words. Also many thanks for the Golden Echidna with Wreath and Bar x2 kindly awarded to Steve and I. I’m more than a bit overwhelmed – Steve deserves his for taking such good care of me but all I did was fall over.

    I am being well looked after and have no pain at all. Who would have thought paracetamol would keep pain away so well?

    I am using the hospital’s free wi-fi, it’s very slow, not what I’m used to at home, but at least it works.

    I’ll be back tonight.

    • We know you needed a break from all of us, but breaking your hip was a bit overdone. Welcome back, the place hasn’t been the same without you.

    • Phew!

      Wonderful to see you here again, Leone – and yes, you do have a splendid son (not altogether surprising, given his mum …).

      Paracetamol is a highly-effect analgesic, although – as with all pain-relievers – it still needs to be used with care. And I have complete faith in your incisive common sense.

      Take care, and please give us a progress bulletin whenever you feel inclined.

      Purrs and ankle-strops from moi.

  16. Seth Meyers

    Stephen Colbert –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  17. I have been transferred to the rehab ward at Wauchope hospital. It’s a good move, but the political opinions of one staff member are as redneck as they come. I’d only been here an hour when he started telling me how wonderful Hanson was.

    Things are very different in the electorate next door.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katherine Murphy writes about the latest Essential poll that shows Labor has lost ground over the last week’.
    James Robertson writes that Anthony Albanese is still paying for a momentary mistake on day one of the election campaign, with a Roy Morgan poll showing the government stealing a lead on primary votes before Labor can even change course. But on the main measure of support the ALP has maintained the bulk of its commanding two-party preferred lead, the poll, covering the opening phase of the campaign between April 11 to April 17, finds. The Coalition’s projected vote share after preferences is up 2 points after the first week but still remains on the wrong side of a commanding 55 to 45 per cent lead.
    It’s not jobs we’re short of, it’s jobs that pay decent wages, declares Ross Gittins. He concludes by saying, “The other reason Morrison wants to talk about jobs, jobs, jobs is to direct our attention towards his economic successes and away from his economic failure: since a year or two before the Coalition’s election in 2013, wages have struggled to keep up with the rising cost of living.”
    Shaun Carney points to mounting evidence that voters have entrenched perceptions of the major parties that give one side a decisive, inbuilt advantage.
    This election will be won by the Coalition and Prime Minister Scott Morrison if the economic models perform as expected – and they usually do. A model refined in 2000 by then Melbourne University economists Lisa Cameron and Mark Crosby found that most federal election results in records going back to 1901 can be predicted pretty well by just two economic indicators. And they are not the indicators that might be expected, explains Peter Martin.
    Paul Bongiorno believes that not being Scott Morrison is Anthony Albanese’s best shot.
    The political failures of the Morrison government allied with the embrace of progressive ideology by its opponents has generated a bizarre outcome – elevation of a national anti-corruption commission as an alleged frontline election issue, pontificates Paul Kelly.
    John Menadue chronicles the privatisation and hollowing out of Medicare by the Morrison Government.
    The Morrison government has slashed renewables funding and stacked Australia’s renewable energy agencies with fossil fuel executives, leaving the likes of ARENA, CEFC and Snowy Hydro controlled by potentially regressive political appointees for years, reports Callum Foote.
    Lee-Fui Ng explains what Labor and the Coalition are promising on an anti-corruption commission and what the government’s record is.
    If Anthony Albanese was a sharper politician, he’d be telling us his priorities were wages, wages, wages, writes Ross Gittins.
    Little wonder independents, undecideds and minor party voters are polling almost 30%. The election campaign between the major parties has descended from media infatuation with “gotchas” to a melange of fear-mongering tactics, argues Michael West.
    Yesterday the Coalition visited a factory owned by one of the largest fossil fuel emitters at the same time it tried to blow up Labor’s climate policy, writes Gerard Cockburn.
    Angus Livingstone tells us that Labor is warning the Coalition will resurrect a proposal to water down laws that protect workers from losing money in pay negotiations as it targets Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s industrial relations plans while cost of living pressures start to bite.
    Insecure work isn’t a made-up problem. It isn’t normal. And it isn’t inevitable, say Jim Stanford and Mark Dean.
    “How much do mainstream media matter in an election campaign? (Spoiler: more than you might think)”, says Denis Muller.
    The past nine days of the electoral campaign have been interesting to say the least, and apart from a disgraceful display of partisan media publishing or broadcasting their anti-Labor and pro-Liberal rhetoric, we are now gaining a clearer picture on policy rather than media noise, writes Michael Springer.
    Dave Donovan tells us why Australia must not deliver Mad (Prime) Minister Morrison his second ‘miracle’.
    Lisa Visentin writes that yesterday, in marginal seats on opposite sides of the country, both leaders ramped up their fearmongering about their rival, as they also accused each other of running scare campaigns.
    Foreign Minister Marise Payne and her opposite number Penny Wong must hold a National Press Club debate. It’s equally important that Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Labor’s defence spokesman Brendan O’Connor do the same, writes Sheridan who laments that arrangements for both debates are nowhere to be seen.
    The Coalition-News Corp attack on Labor’s energy policy is all too familiar, argues Adam Morton.
    NSW private schools are massively over-funded by the Commonwealth Government. Estimates based on official figures presented to Senate Estimate show that the NSW Catholic education system and nearly 40% of Independent schools will be over-funded by $865 million by the Commonwealth Government from 2022 to 2028, explains Trevor Cubbold.
    The Morrison government will double the fines that can be levied against militant construction unions and individuals, drawing a sharp contrast with Labor’s promise to abolish the construction industry watchdog if elected at the May 21 poll, reports Phil Coorey.
    Anti-trans rhetoric is nothing but a shameless grab for relevance, says advocate Dale Sheridan.
    Liberal MP in NSW, Felicity Wilson, says, “It’s not too late for my party to choose a better candidate for Warringah”.
    And the SMH editorial doesn’t hold back in saying that Deves’ distasteful comments are a stain on the Liberal Party.
    Australia could reap more than $24bn over the next four years from fossil fuel multinationals by reforming a tax on offshore gas projects that has consistently failed to deliver meaningful revenue, Parliamentary Budget Office costings show.
    Christopher Knaus writes that aged care providers say the sector’s staffing crisis is so acute that services cannot be delivered to people relying on home care in some areas.
    The Greens are proposing almost half-a-trillion dollars in new taxes, with party leader Adam Bandt on Wednesday to unveil a major boost to levies on oil and gas companies. Ronald Mizen writes that on a campaign trip to Western Australia, Mr Bandt will announce a revamped petroleum resource rent tax, which will add to a 40 per cent super profits tax and a wealth tax on Australia’s 122 richest people.
    Top-end-of-town consultants and lawyers are ripping off the government on advice regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme, contributing to the program’s ballooning costs, according to Labor.
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports that Labor has promised an overhaul of the national disability insurance scheme’s appeals process as Bill Shorten launched a stinging attack on the leadership of the agency’s current boss, Martin Hoffman.
    Neither the Coalition nor Labor can go on pretending that health spending is sustainable in its present form, argues Terry Barnes.
    Katherine Murphy writes that the Australian Christian Lobby is targeting moderate Liberals who crossed the floor to strengthen protections in Scott Morrison’s religious discrimination package, distributing leaflets in their electorates showing a mocked-up image of MPs driving a wrecking ball into religious schools. Precious, unrepresentative clowns!
    Surging property prices have ended the homeownership dream for two-thirds of young Australians, with the age group also naming cost of living as a top priority, writes David Crowe.
    With record-low interest rates and reasonably high property investment yields, negative gearing is all but impossible, explains Noel Whittaker.
    Michaela Whitbourn writes that a friend and former comrade of war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith has denied ordering the killing of any Afghan prisoners, as he gave evidence in support of the decorated former soldier in the Federal Court.
    The federal government could be forced to buy out a Chinese part-owner of the Port of Newcastle, as NSW’s second biggest city emerges as the navy’s internal favourite as the home of a new east coast base for the planned nuclear submarine fleet, writes Andrew Tillett.
    According to Elizabeth Knight, AMP is looking to sell its flagship business. Over the last two decades AMP has lost more than 92 per cent of its value, much of its brand value and its prominence as a key pillar of the Australian financial system.
    Former SA deputy premier Vickie Chapman will quit politics within weeks and trigger a by-election – and the new party leader says he is sad to see such a Liberal stalwart go. There’s a few hundred thousand for a byelection down the drain. Nice work, Vickie!
    The Age says that the Victorian government will remove many of the state’s remaining coronavirus restrictions by the weekend after the premier flagged the state appeared to have passed the peak of its latest wave of COVID-19 cases.
    A university academic whose modelling has shaped SA’s Covid response allegedly sexually assaulted a colleague who was too drunk to consent, a tribunal will hear today.
    Latika Bourke reports that Boris Johnson has been dealt a severe blow with a highly respected former chief whip telling him that he’s no longer fit to be prime minister of the United Kingdom.
    “Seriously, Tory party, there is no pooper scooper big enough to clear up Johnson’s constant mess”, exclaims Marina Hyde.
    Has Macron “done a Malinauskas”?
    Top leaders in the Oath Keepers militia group indicted on seditious conspiracy charges over the Capitol attack had contacts with the Proud Boys and a figure in the Stop the Steal movement and may also have been in touch with the Republican congressman Ronny Jackson, newly released text messages show.

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  19. A cautionary little misadventure . Nothing to do with the election and more on personal health.
    Last week I developed a small abscess in my mouth. Didn’t take much notice until it became bigger and started to get painful and my jaw started to tighten up.
    Oops. Off to the hospital around 10 AM thinking they’d pump me full of antibiotics, give me a script for some more orally and everything would be tickety boo. Jaysus was I wrong.

    I’d been seen by a surgeon by about 1045, theatre booked, scrubbed and prepped and rolled into the operating theatre. Lights out at 1515 then knew nothing until coming around in ICU at 0915 the next morning.

    Believe me after experiencing the ICU it’s an experience I have no wish to repeat. Intubated and catheterised at least that was done while I was unconscious. Just wish I had been in the same state when they were removed.

    A couple of days hooked up to a drip being given a cocktail of antibiotics and other drugs, drains removed and released home.

    A couple of hours later round 2 started. Stomach pain like I’ve never felt before. Phone call to ambulance which arrived some 3 hours later with a solo crew. So back to the RHH I did go. Full round of blood tests and much poking and prodding the result of which had me folding like a pocket knife, multiple times. Outcome? Suspected gastritis. More tablets and sent home again, still with pain but assured it will ease (finally started).

    The reason I ended up with an emergency op and all expenses paid stay in ICU? When the abscess started to grow it went down and back pressing on and starting to close my trachea so they wanted me there to fully support breathing. In fact at the very start they weren’t even sure they’d be able to get a breathing tube in.

    I still feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck but things could of been a lot worse.

    Oh and if you develope one of these bloody things, get it checked out.

    • Eeeeek, what a terrifying (and painful) experience, Bert! Please take care of yourself.

    • Bert, that was a really bad week for you. I do hope things improve well and reasonably rapidly for you.
      In my case I am sharing the health problems around my immediate family. Daughter has found out this week from her recent endoscopy that she has gastroenteritis; elder son came down with a kidney stone yesterday, on morphine and will go under the knife at Bendigo Hospital tonight; younger son and his wife arrived home to Murrumbateman from Blues Festival to find out this morning that they were both COVID positive; while I’m off to Penrith on Friday for body scan and bone x-rays checking for prostrate cancer.

    • Bert and brianmcisme – you have my best wishes for full and speedy recoveries. It all makes my simple fall seem trivial.

  20. Gracious me, we Pubsters are giving Medicare a damned good work out ! Feet up. Rest up, Get well !

    • With the government slashing away at Medicare it seems the best idea is to grab as much health care as possible while we still can.

  21. What dick of a reporter asked this? A damned good question asked…..

    Q: Two questions. The first is on the very day that Zed Seselja was travelling to the Solomon Islands, Marise Payne was hosting a private fundraiser at PwC Barangaroo. Is that really the best use of the Foreign Minister at that time as opposed to going to the Solomons?

    Then the moron adds

    My second question relates to boat turnbacks. How many have your Government done and how many have Labor done?

    Gee, I wonder which answer Bullshit Man chose to ignore and which one he crapped on about ?

  22. Both campaigns will go a little quiet now, as they prepare for the first leaders’ debate tonight.

    That is being broadcast on Sky, so it won’t be shown on free-to-air

    Prepare ye selves for some ‘creative selected editing’ reporting of the debate by the free to air crew.

  23. Targeting Quinceland voters ?

    Amanda Meade
    Tonight’s leaders’ debate between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese is only available to people who have a subscription to Foxtel, news streaming service Flash or the Courier Mail


  24. The Labor campaign is preparing for tonight’s leaders’ debate.

    Scott Morrison was asked about how he was feeling about the debate at his press conference and said:

    My approach is not to lock myself away in rooms before having these things.

    (That’s about Anthony Albanese taking the afternoon off to prepare)

    Morrison then said he hoped the debate “will be a civil discussion”.


    Fat chance. How many “Mr Speaker”s?

  25. I do not have Foxtel, so this voter cannot watch The Leaders’ Debate. How is that democracy. The ABC should have a live feed of this. It is time for laws to make sure the public broadcaster gets free access in real time to Leaders’ Debates.

  26. Leah Sales got bought good and proper by Penny Wong on 7.30 this evening. Penny is far too intelligent to fall for Sales usual aggressive tactics probing for the gotcha.

    Recent observations of Sales attempts at these aggressive gotchas since she came back from her extended break, show that she seems to have stepped up the aggro bit, somewhat more than before. I feel that is because people in general seem to have woken up to it, and try as best they can to talk over it or dodge it in other ways.

    I may be wrong here but I put this heightened aggression down to the almost universal praise for Laura Tingle who did an absolutely sterling job of hosting the program in Sales’ absence as well as being a far more polished interviewer.

    It seemed to me that Sales did somewhat resent being shown up as a quite average interviewer during that break compared to Laura. The fact that she seemed to take on a more senior interviewing role (more than she did prior to the break) and seeming to relegate Laura to smaller segments than she had previously as the program’s political reporter, seemed to stick out to me.

    Another thing that was obviously evident that there was a degree of envy present, was when Sales was asked on a number of times if she endorsed Laura as her replacement in hosting the program. She never once did so.

    I’m interested in hearing other peoples thoughts on this!

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