Australia Votes 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE: ALP WINS! The Honourable Anthony Albanese is sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister.

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The most important day of 2022 for Australia is almost here.

Tomorrow, Saturday 21st May 2022 is the day Australians decide how they are going to live in the next three years, and the decades influenced by that time.

We vote in the 2022 Federal Election. 

It is a stark and clear choice. We either continue to live the same or worse lives under a nefarious, disingenuous Right Wing government driven by religious and political zealotry, partisanship and questionable ethics or we can choose the only other major party who can change the course of the nation towards a better future. 

We can choose the incumbent Liberal Party Prime Minister who mixes his politics with his religion and who claims a divine message from an eagle in a painting inspired his ascent to the top job of leading this nation.  Otherwise, we can choose Labor, the party whose leader will become the Prime Minister and whose solid experience includes living and working amongst some of the most disadvantaged in Australia, with the residents and workers in working-class suburbs. 

The Labor Party has an extensive team of talented experienced and enthusiastic candidates. The Liberal Party and National Party have a team that appears to be dead-scared of a FICAC, going by the Prime Minister’s refusal to keep his election promise to set up a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption. 

I am hoping that Labor and good Independents win their seats tomorrow so we can escape this nightmare of a government at last and see off our inhumane, international embarrassment of a Prime Minister.

It is the people’s turn to have their say.

For all volunteers from all parties and independents who have and will be helping in this and every election, thank you for your commitment to our democracy.

A big thank you from a grateful nation goes to some of the most under-rated, hardworking, and dedicated people whom Australia has the privilege of employing; the staff of the Australian Electoral Commission. If anyone wants to dispute that Australia’s democracy stands on their shoulders and that the AEC should be the envy of the democratic world, just look over the street at elections in the USA.

There is even an AEC site where you can practise voting.

Hopefully, AEC staff hand-counting every vote will see more thankyou messages scribbled in the margins of ballot papers than the usual drawings of penises and testicles, or the universal message to our politicians to Eff Off. I like to leave a kind message, in the margins away from the candidate’s boxes on my completed ballot. I feel very proud after I vote. It is both a right and a privilege in our uncertain world.

Please enjoy your Democracy Sausage!

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A contrast between the two major parties:

Here is an interesting article that uses a different style of map that shows the distribution of federal electorates held by the major parties.

The Australian election map has been lying to you

By Colin Gourlay, Georgina Piper, Tim LeslieCristen Tilley and Matt Lidd

1,371 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2022

  1. ‘Uncontroversial’ Jim Chalmers says unions right to push for higher wages despite conceding inflation will go higher

    A headline from The Grauniad. It appears yet another msm outlet all aboard , Inflation= all the workers’ fault.
    Well of course, it’s us greedy workers eh ? Let’s have a look at a couple of numbers. First the numbers for those greedy inflation causing serfs..

    Media Release 18/05/2022 Annual wage growth 2.4%
    (ABS numbers for 2020 Private +1.7% public 2.1%),rate%20recorded%20since%20December%202018.
    Meanwhile over at the ‘victims’ of the greedy serfs. a lazy +28% increase.

    Corporate Profits in Australia
    140, 380 1Q/22 31.05.2022
    109,606 2Q/20 31.08.2020

    • I really wish the MSM would stop it with their “higher wages equals higher inflation” rubbish,

      Every expert who actually knows about this and who is not biased will tell you higher wages are not the cause of inflation, it is higher profits.

      Here are a couple of tweets from Richard Denniss, one of the few people talking sense at the moment. Both link to the same article.

      The cost of medicine, child care, aged care, education, electricity, public housing & public transport are all directly influenced by state and federal government policies. If we wanted to control inflation we know how to do it #insiders #auspol— Richard Denniss (@RDNS_TAI) June 25, 2022

      Wage cuts will reduce business costs, but there’s no guarantee they lead to lower prices as firms simply charge what ‘the market will bear’. Does anyone think if workers in the gas industry take a pay cut Santos will drop the price of gas? #insiders— Richard Denniss (@RDNS_TAI) June 25, 2022

    • It makes me wonder if the children of these people, probably in exclusive and expensive schools, also do “live shooter drills” …

      It’s really hard to watch the sheer quantity of denial about what has been happening in the US, and it keeps making me also wonder who benefits from the chaos so developing?

  2. Come on Catherine , you’ve pointed to a symptom now name the ‘pathogen’ 😆
    Catherine Birch, a senior ANZ economist, has crunched the numbers.There’s a long list of blame for the soaring energy costs, …..“But an underlying issue is the lack of coherent energy and climate policy in Australia for the past several years which has undermined investment in the energy sector,” Birch said.,power,-plants%20being%20subject

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katherine Murphy dissects the latest essential poll figures.
    In this preview, Matthew Knott and Angus Thompson tell us that Australia has become strikingly more Godless over the past decade, with the latest census data showing the proportion of self-identified Christians dropping below 50 per cent for the first time and a soaring number of people describing themselves as “non-religious”. IMHO opinion the use of the term “Godless” is condescending and derogatory.
    More than 8 million Australians have a long-term health condition, including about 2.2 million who have a diagnosed mental illness, the nation’s 2021 census reveals.
    Australia has become a majority migrant nation, as newly released census data shows for the first time more than 50 per cent of residents were born overseas or have an immigrant parent, writes Tom McIlroy.
    In quite a dummy spit, new MP Monique Ryan, who unseated former treasurer Josh Frydenberg in Kooyong, warns Labor seats could be next. Does she realise that it was strategic Labor voters, as well as Liberal voters pissed off with Morrison, who voted her in?
    “Does the new Labor government have the Hawke-Keating courage to disrupt and do what is needed for a successful transition towards higher-value-added enterprises and greater self-sufficiency?”, asks economist Adrian Blundell-Wignall. He makes the strong point that the basic problem is that Australia has few global world-beating advanced technology companies driving productivity. This is the read of the day.
    The shortfall of aged care workers has doubled since August and 65,000 workers are leaving the sector each year, prompting fears that basic care for older Australians is being compromised. The Committee for Economic Development of Australia has just released a new report showing a further deterioration in the country’s aged care staffing crisis since the royal commission.
    Australia is badly prepared for food insecurity fuelled by the climate crisis and war, former military leaders have warned. Daniel Hurst tells us a new report, to be released today, describes Australia and the Asia-Pacific as a “disaster alley” for climate change, but says governments in Canberra have not properly planned for the impact of “cascading and compound events”.
    Journalists need to listen to media critique before it’s too late, writes Victoria Fielding who says while journalists behave like they are untouchable and beyond critique, Australian news media standards will continue to degrade, and audience trust will decline.,16503
    Inflation is outside the target zone in all developed economies. Central banks are responding by increasing interest rates. But the critical question is whether monetary policy can bring inflation down without causing a recession, says Michael Keating.
    Katina Curtis writes that a $163 million government scheme providing advice to businesses has come under fire from the Auditor-General in a damning report that found the Industry Department’s approach to awarding contracts “fell short of ethical requirements”.
    Large renewable energy developers want government leaders to dump plans to shore up the power grid by paying generators for being on standby and bring in battery and hydro targets.
    “Spare a thought for Michael Coutts-Trotter, the Secretary of the NSW Premiers Department. He has been asked, in effect, to decide which of several versions of how John Barilaro was appointed “on merit” to a cushy $500,000 trade commissioner job in New York most closely approximates the truth”, writes Jack Waterford.
    Alan Kohler argues that Bitcoin is not a Ponzi scheme, it’s an outcome of capitalism’s failure.
    On the staffing cuts for independent MPs, Crispin Hull says, “Labor and the nation would have been better off with a hung Parliament and minority government. That way, Labor would have been saved from itself.”
    The greatly expanded crossbench elected to federal parliament has reacted furiously to the Albanese government’s cuts to its staffing allowance. But the well-financed independents are well placed to make a virtue of the new austerity and remind us why they are at the vanguard of fresh thinking in politics, writes Mark Sawyer.
    Labor promised to fix Australia’s big water problem, writes Stuart Kahn who describes six things that must top the to-do list.
    A senior policeman behind Queensland’s successful crackdown on organised motorcycle gangs has warned Victoria to give police additional powers to stop organised crime-linked offenders or risk becoming a haven for bikies.
    The AFR’s editorial says that Australia is right to keep as many outside interests engaged as possible. This week’s meetings in Madrid will help to shore up this objective.
    Australia and the West are continuing to miss the bigger picture about China’s imperialistic plans, and time is running out, warns former diplomat David Livingstone.
    Phil Coorey writes that Anthony Albanese has said Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been a strategic failure that has made Russia a global pariah, something of which China should also take note,
    Russia continues to find ways to sell its oil and fund the war in Ukraine despite the West’s best efforts to strangle its revenues. But a new plan is being hatched, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Shivani Gopal says that it’s time to enshrine women’s rights into the US constitution. Good luck with THAT, madam!
    Abortion rights were hard-won in Australia – the Roe v Wade ruling shows how easily they could be taken away, writes Van Badham.
    Greg Sheridan defends the SCOTUS abortion decision.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Alan Moir

    Mark David

    Fiona Katauskas

    Glen Le Lievre


    From the US

  4. “The greatly expanded crossbench elected to federal parliament has reacted furiously to the Albanese government’s cuts to its staffing allowance. But the well-financed independents are well placed to make a virtue of the new austerity and remind us why they are at the vanguard of fresh thinking in politics, writes Mark Sawyer.”

    Excellent work by Mark Sawyer setting out all the information withheld by the MSM. Who but a few political tragics would ever know let alone remember that staff for independent MPs did not exist until 2010? Julia Gillard, battling with a minority government, offered one advisor per indie. Until then they had to make do with none at all! How quickly we forget. Advisors were increased by the previous Turnbull and Morrison governments.

    This is a restoration of the old staffing numbers, a cost-cutting measure not Albo picking on new indies.

    As the article says –

    Having campaigned on integrity and against government waste, it would be refreshing to see the new independents embrace the new austerity. The Teals, representing Australia’s richest electorates, already have a pool of motivated supporters from the upper echelons of media and advertising at their disposal. We are already hearing about the geniuses of digital engagement who helped them get elected.

    Much of the media live in the Teal electorates, and media personalities flocked to the Teal cause. Jim Middleton, former ABC political editor (44 years at the national broadcaster) was Climate 2000’s communications director and prominent in Monique Ryan’s campaign in Kooyong. Allegra Spender’s media people were Heath Aston and Max Koslowski, both ex-Sydney Morning Herald. Former ABC News Victoria sports presenter Angela Pippos served Zoe Daniel, herself a former ABC journalist. There must be a massive pool of well-connected academics and students to help some of the more complex research projects if the parliamentary library falls short

    Did they ask these supporters for help? No, they went straight to the Lib-friendly media and to Twitter to hurl accusations. The indies, especially the Teals, were elected thanks to strategic Labor voters, now they have revealed their true allegiance. Hint – it never was Labor. It all makes me think they should give up politics and try working in a hospital or in aged care.. That way they will discover what staffing cuts really mean.

  5. The handling of the staffer numbers by Labor has been been handled with all the skill of a klutz. I have pinched this from a r ‘over the road’ . They wrote a reply to someone dismissive of the complaints by the crossbench. a r expressed far better than I the feelings I have re this decision.
    a r says:
    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Snappy Tom @ #483 Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 – 10:22 am

    If you support 4 advisers for cross-benchers for workload reasons, why are you happy for other back-benchers to get only 1, or shadow ministers to get only 3?

    All the numbers being thrown around right now are arbitrary. Yes, including the ones Labor has put out. And the ones that were there beforehand.

    What is the workload requirement? What is the appropriate number of staff?

    And those are good, relevant questions. Ones that should have been asked, consultatively and with the involvement of all stakeholders, before any changes were made. Obviously they weren’t.

    Can you quantify your concerns?

    Labor hamfistedly allocating resources by fiat and angering a bunch of people who just helped them kick the Coalition out of power. All while their supporters dig in and grasp at any post-hoc justification available instead of conceding that maybe Labor should have applied a more robust decision-making process here.

    It’s a storm in a teacup. But neither does the arrogance shown in dealing with the crossbench so flippantly bode well for the future. Labor is on 77 seats in the House. That’s a majority of 1 after supplying a Speaker. They’ll get nothing through the Senate without support from at least the Greens and one other. They need friends, and instead they’re making enemies. Not a good way to start.

    Pride before a fall, and all that. Would have been no great concession to involve the crossbench in the process so that 1) everyone can see that they’ve had a chance to justify the staffing levels they want, and 2) they can’t pretend to be surprised or taken aback by any changes. But okay, let’s just walk all over them instead, stick our fingers in our ears, and pretend like there are no consequences?

  6. Is it April 1st? (checks calendar: nope!) so they must be serious OoooooKayyyyy –

  7. 46 people die in a trailer truck in San Antonio, this tragedy makes international headlines.

    In NSW 40 people died of Covid yesterday, no-one mentions it.

  8. Reported today

    National Covid update
    Here are the latest coronavirus case numbers from around Australia on Tuesday, as the country records at least 75 deaths from Covid-19:


    Deaths: 0
    Cases: 1,159
    In hospital: 121 (with no one in ICU)

    Deaths: 40
    Cases: 8,623
    In hospital: 1,540 (with 49 people in ICU)
    Northern Territory

    Deaths: 1
    Cases: 302
    In hospital: 17 (with 1 person in ICU)

    Deaths: 19
    Cases: 5,268
    In hospital: 593 (with 14 people in ICU)
    South Australia

    Deaths: 0
    Cases: 2,626
    In hospital: 246 (with 8 people in ICU)

    Deaths: 0
    Cases: 1,228
    In hospital: 45 (with 4 people in ICU)

    Deaths: 11
    Cases: 7,758
    In hospital: 468 (with 35 people in ICU)
    Western Australia

    Deaths: 4
    Cases: 4,810
    In hospital: 246 (with 11 people in ICU)

  9. And on this day things turned to shit in Europe for decades as……..

    1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo

  10. One for the space people. After Australia’s NASA launches first rocket from Australian space center NZ goes one better with a ‘moon shot’ tonight. Live broadcast here………

    The first lunar mission to take-off from NZ soil could be close.

    All going well, Rocket Lab will launch Nasa’s Capstone micro-satellite on an Electron rockets from Mahia at 9.55pm tonight

    tarted streaming 25 minutes ago
    Rocket Lab147K subscribers

  11. Clarence Thomas already said Supreme Court should ‘reconsider’ rulings on contraceptives and same-sex marriage ..

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Rob Harris reports that Anthony Albanese has said Russia’s atrocities in Ukraine are uniting the democratic world against Vladimir Putin’s regime, as he joined a chorus of international condemnation over the Kremlin’s missile strikes on a busy shopping centre.
    Mick Ryan writes that yesterday’s announcement of a revised military leadership team which has great clarity about the challenges it will face in the short and medium term. These can be traced back to a single source: an aggressive, assertive and militarily capable China.
    On the above appointment Greg Sheridan says, “These men are all fine Australians, good, brave, competent, etc. But let’s be clear: they have together overseen a dismal, wretched, useless, ineffective perform­ance in delivering actual defence capability.”
    Richard Marles says he’s aiming to decide which nuclear submarine Australia will acquire by early next year while blasting the former government for letting major defence purchases “drift” for years, writes James Massola.
    “How did it come to this? Australia’s defence policy has been baldly sacrificed to US interests via AUKUS with little public discourse”, writes Mike Milligan.
    Pontificating Paul Kelly is angry that Albanese is approaching the constitutional referendum this term on the First Nations voice to parliament with undue haste.
    Sarah Martin tells us that Queensland Labor MP Milton Dick has emerged as the frontrunner to take on the coveted Speaker role in the House of Representatives, despite a split within the right faction that will determine the position.
    Australia’s new prime minister will have an easier time mending relations with the French “because he is not Scott Morrison and that’s a big advantage”, the former leader Malcolm Turnbull has told journalists in Paris. Turnbull said Anthony Albanese, who will meet the French president in Paris on Friday, was honest and “never had a reputation for being deceitful and untruthful”.
    Chris Barrett tells us that Malaysia has joined Indonesia in expressing anxiety about Australia’s nuclear submarine ambitions.
    There is no shortage of demand for electric vehicles. The key in Australia is to improve the supply, writes Monique Ryan in an op-ed.
    Young Australians have reported far higher levels of psychological distress than any other age group, with the census capturing the upheaval and mental toll of living through a pandemic.
    A Liberal MP said that he “secured” a $20,000 grant for a gun club which lists him as its patron, raising questions about whether he should have disclosed his links to the organisation in his register of interests, reports Christopher Knaus.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that Uber’s global chief executive has heralded a landmark agreement the ridesharing giant has struck with one of its fiercest critics, Australia’s Transport Workers Union, in a major compromise that will frame the future of the gig economy.
    Elizabeth Knight explains why Australian salmon is such a tasty morsel for international buyers.
    Lendlease whistleblower Tony Watson is fighting the big property developer in court as the Tax Office investigation into the $1bn tax scam grinds on behind the scenes, writes Michael West.
    Heidi Nicholl argues that the census results mean religions should stop getting special treatment.
    According to Stephen Bartholomeusz, the “cash box” company that plans to acquire Donald Trump’s fledgling social media business and provide it with $US1.3 billion ($1.9 billion) of funding has revealed it is under investigation by a federal grand jury, threatening completion of the deal.
    The US supreme court is letting prayer back in public schools, and this is unsettling, writes Moira Donegan.
    The acerbic John Crace begins this contribution with, “Spare a thought for Simon Case. He’s diligently worked his way up the ladder to become the youngest head of the civil service and cabinet secretary only to be landed with Boris Johnson as prime minister. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world. The Convict who thinks nothing of trashing the reputations of anyone and anything with which he comes in contact. People get chewed up and spat out in an unthinking heartbeat. Case is no exception. His is a precarious existence. Every day he must curse his luck that he didn’t get the top job five years later.”
    Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to take legal action to ensure a referendum on Scottish independence if the British government tried to block it.
    Former “Arsehole of the Week” nominee Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday for helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage girls.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    David Pope

    Mark David

    Reg Lynch

    Megan Herbert

    John Shakespeare

    Cathy Wilcox

    Fiona Katauskas


    From the US

  13. Richard Marles is to decide which flavour of nuclear submarines Australia should buy.

    Why nuclear, especially as we have no way of refuelling or arming them?

    Why does Australia need subs anyway? We can only afford a few and they would be knocked out in the first round of any conflict.

  14. Charles Marles will mouth word for word what he has been told at places like ASPI. Guff straight from the US arms industry and government. He already has been. I’ve read stuff from ASPI and the like and listening to Charles Marles yesterday little bells went off in my head, I’d come across the same language and phrasing before, guff from teh moar war , buy moar weapons Think Tanks.

  15. Statisticians showed that Roe reduced juvenile delinquency . . . .

    Statistics provided by Donohue and Levitt note that “the marginal children who were not born as a result of abortion legalization would have systematically been born into less favorable circumstances if the pregnancies had not been terminated: they would have been 60 percent more likely to live in a single parent household, 50 percent more likely to live in poverty, 45 percent more likely to be in a household collecting welfare, and 40 percent more likely to die during the first year of life.”Although unfortunate, it is a proven fact that being surrounded by any of these conditions in a person’s childhood automatically increases their chances of becoming a future criminal. Unintended pregnancies are associated with poorer prenatal care, greater smoking and drinking during pregnancy, and lower birthrates. As a result, the living circumstances of a child who was only born because their mother could not have an abortion are considerably damaged compared to those children who were wanted at the time of conception.

    • Turkey, ‘backed down’ or got what they were after and or paid off ? I know which option I’m picking.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katina Curtis tells us that the government is considering whether it can scrap a review body stacked with Liberal-linked members as integrity experts call for transparency and competitiveness around senior public appointments.
    Dana Daniel reports that the Albanese government is refusing to cover aged care providers’ rising costs, including a wage increase awarded this Friday, surprising providers who expected funding to rise under Labor. Honestly, this will put many providers over the top. Wages represent 80% of all costs in running a facility, so how will they be forced to act do you think?
    Angus Thompson writes that a former head of the industrial umpire and current Reserve Bank board member agrees with the head of the union movement that the historic hike in the minimum wage will not automatically lead to pay increases above 5 percent across the workforce.
    According to Katherine Murphy and Adam Morton, Chris Bowen, is poised to unveil a sweeping review into Australia’s carbon credit system after an expert whistleblower characterised it as a fraud and a waste of taxpayer money.
    Chris Bowen has signalled a more open-minded approach to negotiating the government’s climate change policy, talking to independent MPs and suggesting the emissions-reduction target could go higher, writes James Robertson.
    When it comes to partner visas, Abul Rizvi says that, under Dutton, the Department of Home Affairs just ignored the law.
    While most eyes rest on the remains of Scott Morrison’s failed attempt at a khaki election through last September’s announcement of a backward-looking AUKUS alliance, prime minister Anthony Albanese’s trip to Madrid for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit points to a much more significant shift in Australia’s alliance with the United States – ‘a global alliance of democracies’, aka Global NATO, argues Richard Tanter.
    Power and gas giant Origin Energy has been dealt a record $17 million fine after its automated processes breached legal obligations owed to tens of thousands of customers facing financial hardship across Australia. The Federal Court’s decision announced on Wednesday, which followed legal action launched by the Australian Energy Regulator, is the largest penalty ever imposed for breaking national energy retailing regulations, says Nick Toscano.
    Postponing the real pain of the Albanese government’s promised safeguard mechanism changes until later this decade may not be the cheapest option for Australia’s largest industrial carbon emitters, says the consultancy that modelled Labor’s pre-election climate change policy.
    Of all the incoming government’s priority reforms, the creation of a national anti-corruption commission is probably not front of mind for corporate executives. But it should be, writes Tim Wellington.
    Michael Pascoe describes the greed undermining privatisation and demutualisation. He says the spectacular burst of customer dissatisfaction with Qantas has focused a laser on the perceived failures of privatising government businesses – letting various investment bankers, ticket clippers and would-be robber barons make off with assets of the common wealth.
    Sarah Martin tells us that just 24 medical practitioners received direct assistance to come to Australia under a travel program announced by the Morrison government which promised to bring an extra 2,000 doctors and nurses into the country.
    Alexandra Smith reckons the Barilaro saga is an own goal for the Perrottet government. She concludes with, “The federal election clearly demonstrated that voters care about integrity in government and voters will punish politicians if there is a sense they are looking after their own, not the people who elected them. They are the facts, premier.”
    Australia’s employment services system is about to have a major shake-up commencing on July 4th. The lamentable ‘jobactive’ (no capital ‘j’) is being replaced by a new program ‘Workforce Australia’. Will Workforce Australia be any better than previous designs, wonders David O’Halloran.
    According to Chris Barrett, Australia is wargaming with allies about the best way to stand up to Russia at next week’s G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali without derailing Indonesia’s presidency of the group of leading economies.
    Rob Harris writes that Anthony Albanese will tell a critical NATO summit that under his leadership a “mature” Australia will stand up against threats to democracy in the Indo-Pacific and further afield, as western nations prepare to further isolate Russia on the world stage.
    Now that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor government has settled, it needs to make child sexual exploitation a national priority, urges John Coyne.
    With a new Government it is time for Health System Reform. In fact, reform is long overdue, argue John Blackwell and Kerry Goulston.
    The appointment of a planning minister whose brother is a lobbyist for major developers has raised concerns about potential conflict, writes Catherine Williams.
    Triple vaccination seems to reduce the chance of long COVID – but we still need to prepare for a jump in cases, warn these health experts.
    The European Union wants to turn to Australia for the supply of critical raw materials including lithium and iron ore and move away from relying on Russia, as negotiations resume on a free trade agreement, reports Rachel Clun.
    Mike Foley and Nick Toscano write that Australia’s energy market operator is preparing for more coal-fired power stations to close down many years earlier than planned and expects all of Victoria’s coal plants to be shut by 2032, demanding a massive expansion of renewable energy and 10,000 extra kilometres of power lines to connect the grid.
    The SMH is doing series of articles explaining the way the Lismore flood disaster unfolded and it points to some failures of emergency services management. The editorial below explains it.
    And here are the articles.
    The NSW ICAC is examining more developer/estate agent/councillor naughtiness.
    The Reverend Dr Michael Jensen tries here to parse the results of the census regarding religiosity.
    And Peta Credlin mounts a rear-guard action.
    “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to US singer R Kelly who has just been sentenced to 30 years in prison on sexual abuse charges.

    Cartoon Corner

    Glen Le Lievre (with a gif)

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare


    From the US

  17. The Nine rags seem to have taken sensational headlines to a new level with today’s screaming about the Albanese government “refusing” to cover increases in aged care costs.

    It’s all bullshit.

    Remember – the 47th Australian parliament is not due to sit for the first time until 26 July. That’s a whole month away. I know it takes longer than six weeks for any new government to “settle in”, let alone for the Albanese government to investigate and repair all the disasters the corrupt and useless Morrison government left behind. This will take years, not a mere six weeks.

    For example – Labor has until 8 August to make a submission for a 25% wage increase for aged care workers. This is NOT “refusing to meet costs”.

    It took nine years of funding cuts and overall stuffing around by the ATM governments to get aged care into the mess it is now in. The MSM barely mentioned the ever-increasing costs of providing care during those years. Could this possibly be because so many aged care private providers have become exceedingly wealthy because of “reforms” introduced by the Howard government and are Liberal donors? Now because we have a Labor government the MSM decide Labor must be castigated for allegedly “refusing” to fix all the problems in aged care the moment they are elected.

    That is not what is happening.

    • The post in the GA blog about this is confusing.. does the subsidy apply to both Residential and Home Care providers?
      And I have my doubts about “..two thirds of Australia’s aged care providers are operating at a loss.” Again I’d like to see the data on Resi vs in-home care providers since many of the agencies offering aged in-home care pkgs are also ndis providers. Hope to see comment from Minister correcting the record on this later today.
      I know from that Sat paper article 26/2 about Emaus’ getting dodgy subsidy for the new dementia facility that north coast catholic care for the aged is not broke. I don’t know what they are spending their $ on, but it sure isn’t decent food or activities for Emaus residents. Mum now has gluten intolerance so my sis has had to replace a lot of the supp food stashed in Mum’s room. She now has her own m’wave and one of those no-spill tipping kettles so minimises the need to eat their crappy food. But she’s lost so much weight that she reckons she looks like the photos of people rescued from concentration camps. Eating so little for so long since covid started has shrunk her stomach so she doesn’t have much appetite. The doc has had to halve her athritis meds to avoid liver damage.

    • Angrybee – I’m sorry to hear about your mum and her inadequate diet.

      The Catholic church in Port Macquarie can definitely afford better food. Long gone are the days of the residents of parish aged care here received the best food.

    • Thanks Leone, Mum says it all went pear shaped when Fr Donnelly died a few years ago – he was the driving force behind all the archdiosese’s services and facilities.

  18. Barilaro latest –

    The Hon. PENNY SHARPE: Ms Brown, is it correct that Mr Barilaro has signed a contract to become the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner to go to New York? AMY BROWN: That is correct, yes. The Hon. PENNY SHARPE: When did he sign that contract? AMY BROWN: … 20 June.— Ewart, Dave (@davidbewart) June 30, 2022

    For those not keeping up with all the intricacies of this case – that was only one day AFTER the inquiry was announced on 19 June.

  19. National Covid summary
    Here are the latest coronavirus numbers from around Australia today, as the country records at least 60 deaths from Covid-19:


    Deaths: 1
    Cases: 1,250
    In hospital: 122 (with 2 people in ICU)

    Deaths: 23
    Cases: 11,504
    In hospital: 1,534 (with 37 people in ICU)
    Northern Territory

    Deaths: 0
    Cases: 354
    In hospital: 15 (with 2 people in ICU)

    Deaths: 10
    Cases: 5,286
    In hospital: 642 (with 14 people in ICU)
    South Australia

    Deaths: 0
    Cases: 3,129
    In hospital: 237 (with 8 people in ICU)

    Deaths: 2
    Cases: 1,268
    In hospital: 44 (with 3 people in ICU)

    Deaths: 17
    Cases: 9,926
    In hospital: 465 (with 21 people in ICU)
    Western Australia

    Deaths: 7
    Cases: 5,548
    In hospital: 219 (with 11 people in ICU)

  20. Bruz Barilaro has withdrawn from his over-paid NY post. Will it be enough to save Perrottet?

    John Barilaro withdraws from controversial NY job
    Michael McGowan

    Former New South Wales deputy premier John Barilaro has stepped down from the $500,000-a-year trade role he was controversially appointed to.

    After weeks of controversy over the appointment, Barilaro announced late on Thursday that he was withdrawing from the job, saying his position had untenable after intense media scrutiny.

    In a statement he said:

    I’m withdrawing from the position of STIC for the Americas. It is clear that my taking up this role is now not tenable with the amount of media attention this appointment has gained.

    I have always maintained that I followed the process and look forward to the results of the review.”

    His withdrawal comes amid an inquiry into the appointment

  21. The importance of wearing masks cannot be stressed enough, especially now a nasty strain of the flu is doing the rounds as well as Covid.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    John Barilaro was only going to be stopped from boarding a plane to New York to take up his lucrative post-politics trade role if he fell on his sword, says Alexandra Smith.
    New population estimates will lead to less GST revenue for the nation’s two largest states and could strip them of federal MPs, explains Shane Wright.
    A recession we don’t have to have is coming, and it will be the RBA’s fault, declares Alan Kohler.
    The NSW State Emergency Service faces accusations of failing to plan for a catastrophic flood in Lismore and the wider Northern Rivers, despite decades-old research warning such a disaster was probable.
    Europe’s trade commissioner says an agreement with Australia could be reached next year but insists climate change targets would have to be part of the outcome, reports David Rowe.
    James Massola tells us that Mark Butler has ordered a snap inquiry into Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine supplies, future variant jabs and how the rollout was caught short at the height of the pandemic.
    Katina Curtis reports that Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth has dropped the inaugural family domestic and sexual violence commissioner the day before she was due to start the job but will allow her to apply for the role in a new, transparent recruitment process.
    Australia’s labour and skills crisis is worsening, experts warn, with businesses struggling to fill nearly half a million jobs amid a mismatch between people’s expertise and the work available across the nation, writes Rachel Clun.
    Michelle Grattan looks at what input the new cadre of independents might make to parliament.
    There’s a lot wrong with the system that provides MPs and Senators with advisers and other office helpers, not least that it is run by the government and particularly the Prime Minister. That means decisions about staffing for MPs are influenced – and largely determined by – purely political considerations, and not the actual needs of parliamentarians or the contribution that might be made to improving outcomes for the public, writes David Solomon.
    Potential conflicts of interest and transparency shortfalls inside Australia’s controversial carbon credit system, a critical vehicle for Labor’s plan to cut national emissions by 43 per cent in 2030, will be at the centre of a review headed by scientist Ian Chubb, writes Jacob Greber.
    The new independent MP for the seat of North Sydney, Kylea Tink, says she wants to see a code of conduct for parliament that has consequences for MPs, suggesting the new integrity commission could be empowered to sack parliamentarians if necessary.
    Chris Barrie examines the looming food security issue.
    David Tyler begins this open letter to Tony Burke with, “We know you are new in your job, Tony and face not only the huge demands of your portfolio but a backlog of catastrophic ineptitude and deceit left you by a Morrison government whose criminal negligence of health and welfare was rivalled only by its pandering to corporate oligarchs and its bent for wholesale corruption, but can you, please, reconsider PBAS?”
    Sarah Martin tells us that doctors have blasted a government decision not to extend pandemic-related telehealth services that ended on Thursday, saying it will cause Covid patients and those who are vulnerable to suffer.
    Dave Donovan and Michelle Pini analyse the widening disconnect between Australia’s concentrated legacy media and its audience.,16514
    While we haven’t seen workers leaving their jobs en masse during the pandemic, more Australians could be tempted to switch jobs soon, writes Martin Edwards.
    Chris Barrett outlines Australia’s new soft power in Asia being championed by Penny Wong.
    Premier steamrolled Labor’s factions to promote Jacinta Allan. Those overlooked will serve revenge cold, predicts Annika Smethurst.
    The Labor government has yet to say how it’ll “fix” the NBN, while the other telco giants are variously courting and badgering the ACCC about the use of mobile spectrum. It’s the game that never ends in the land of Australian telecommunications, reports Kim Wingerei.
    Soaring construction costs have bumped up the price tag for the revamp of the Australian War Memorial by a further $50 million. It was originally billed as $498 million but the rise in the cost of raw materials and labour has pumped the budget up by 10 per cent. The Canberra Times has learned that the Coalition government provided the extra funding in March without any publicity.
    Josh Butler writes that the federal government will quickly move to give Australian territories the right to set their own voluntary assisted dying laws the new minister for territories, Kristy McBain says, with a bill to be presented to parliament within weeks.
    AGL, which regularly trawls its own share register, quickly found an unusually named new shareholder and smelt a rat, writes Elizabeth Knight who sees it’s the latest instalment in a corporate page-turner that looks a long way from reaching a conclusion.
    China has taken another small step towards reducing its exposure to the US dollar and the dollar’s dominant role within the global financial system while expanding its own influence in the Asia-Pacific region, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Joe Biden’s climate change agenda is in tatters after the Supreme Court ruled the federal government couldn’t unilaterally force power plants to cut their carbon dioxide emissions, the last significant lever available to the Biden administration after Congress failed to pass a Green New Deal.
    Beijing has accused Anthony Albanese of threatening Australia’s chances of resetting relations between the countries, after he warned China must heed the lessons of Russia’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine.
    Joe Biden has lashed out at the US Supreme Court for “outrageous behaviour” and said he would support overhauling Senate voting rules to make it easier to enshrine abortion protections into law.
    Recent decisions by the US Supreme Court have shown the old saying that Australia is always 20 years behind America is even more fallacious now than it ever was, declares the editorial in The Canberra Times.
    Bill Wyman celebrates what he describes the inflexion point in the Jan 6 committee hearings and sees an endgame unfolding for Trump.
    An angry Peter Kalmus writes that, in a 6-3 decision, the openly partisan and undemocratic court ruled in favour of a lawsuit brought by fossil-fuel-producing states against the Environmental Protection Agency. The decision strips power from regulatory agencies and advances the Republican goal to end government oversight.
    Adding to the furore, the US supreme court has agreed to hear a case that could dramatically upend the fight over voting in America and give state lawmakers enormous power in setting rules for elections to federal office.
    More than one quarter of US residents feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it, a poll released yesterday claimed. Other numbers are also very concerning.

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox

    David Pope

    John Shakespeare

    Mark David

    Jim Pavlidis

    Fiona Katauskas


    From the US

  23. God grief!

    Farewell To Leigh Sales – A 7.30 Special
    Friday 1st July at 7:31 pm (29 minutes)
    From celebrities to world leaders, artists and athletes, Leigh Sales has interviewed a remarkable variety of guests. A look at some of her most memorable interviews plus never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes.
    2022, Premiere, CC, Current Affairs

    • Fantastic. I’ll enjoy not watching that twice as much as I normally enjoy not watching anything with Sales.

  24. “More than one quarter of US residents feel so estranged from their government that they feel it might “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it, a poll released yesterday claimed. Other numbers are also very concerning”

    Instead of shooting one another these loons might like to consider the alternative – getting off their over-weight arses and actually voting. It could be a new experience for them. It does require basic literacy though, and most of them would be incapable of mastering that skill.

    • Given the country is basically an oligarchy you can’t blame them. They’ve had decades of being bled by the corporates. Corporates who also own all the media and politicians. They may not know what’s wrong but they do know something is wrong.

      The anecdote at the start of the story below would be representative of the sort of things happening to the ‘people’ to greater and lesser degree across the land for decades. Can they have faith in their pollies ? How could they, both Democrats and Repugs have shafted the people for decades.

      Mike Moore once said Bill Clinton was the best president the Republicans ever had. I wondered what the heck he was talking about. But over the years I have found that ‘reform’ after ‘reform’ that were Repug dreams come true had actually been done by bloody Clinton! Now I realise the bastard Moore was on the money. I guess Clinton was America’s Tony Blair. Tony Blah doing ‘reforms’ that Maggie herself said she had been too afraid to do. No wonder she cited Tony Blair as her ‘greatest achievement’. Obama spoke a damned good speech but when the poo hit the fan in 2008 he had no hesitation in throwing millions of people’s retirement funds and housing under the bus to bail out the ‘money men’ of Wall St., despite their fraudulent behavior. No sooner had he got his Nobel it off and bombing 4 more countries. Come on down the failed state of Libya and the rise of the head choppers across Syria and Iraq and North Africa.

      So who is Joe an Josephine 6 Pack going to vote for in America when both parties pledge their troth to ‘Business’ ? They are sick of war but both parties are keen to serve it up any way. The strength of support Trump gained in his first campaign for the promise to stop ‘rushing off to war’ should be remembered. The reasons and causes for such support will still be there.

      Matt Dorfman
      How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back

  25. Trust Morrison to deliver a crappy deal to our Pacific neighbours. Repairing the damage done to Australia and to our neighbours by his government (and the Abbott and Turnbull rabbles) will take years.

    Serious defects discovered in patrol boats Australia supplied to Pacific Islands
    Potentially serious faults in Guardian-class patrol boats may force some countries to pause use of vessels

    Do I detect more than a hint of racism in this? An “any old rubbish is good enough for the darkies” thing?

    • We supplied our own chaps with patrol boats that had a stack of shitty design flaws.So rather than racism probably just SOP incompetence that seems built in to all of these projects. With the Defence bureaucracy and pollies so well captured by ‘industry; there is always plenty of money to be thrown at fluck ups so no biggie for the design and construction people. There’ll always be bail out money. Heck , it is actually a ‘bonus’

  26. Seems like an Age since there was a SfM PM but tomorrow is only the ‘6th Weekaversary’ of ‘The Casting Out’ .

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  28. The RWNJ Euphemism Squad stride forth to propose………..

    Texas public schools may call slavery ‘involuntary relocation’

    Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as “involuntary relocation” under new social studies standards proposed to the state’s education board.

    A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of Texas’ efforts to develop a new social studies curriculum, according to the Texas Tribune. …..
    Texas public schools may call slavery ‘involuntary relocation’

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