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. 

https://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/How_to_vote/practice/

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

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-20/federal-election-map-lying/101076016

1,371 thoughts on “Australia Votes 2022

  1. While there has been much talk about Nato and a couple of countries maybe joining there has been continuing developments in Eurasia. A number of groupings and organisations are forming and strengthening for some time. Ones that are not of ‘the West’ . All largely studiously ignored by teh media here. During an article on the Eurasian groupings, dominated by Russia and China and with some Indian input at times, it was mentioned that from ‘their’ point of view Europe is a peninsula on the Western periphery rather than something at the centre.

    Until seeing maps from this angle I’d never realised that Europe does look like a peninsula……waay over there.

    • Kaffeeklatscher,

      They shouldn’t cheat. Africa is separated from Eurasia by a human-made divide: the Suez Canal.

      The British Isles, however, are separated – ahem – by the forces of Nature.

    • Duckie, I’m not so much expecting anything so much as just realizing I am hoping it will be bringing us less of Leigh Sales. Just gave up on tonight’s ‘special’ ‘7.30’ after the first fifteen minutes of flashbacks to her interviewing a variety of important and interesting people. Why focus on her as if she were the ‘star’ when essentially it was her job to enable us to have insights into their significance in their part of the world and events around them which affected us? Disappointed in myself for not having this insight sooner. I don’t so much ‘adore’ the ABC as have become very comfortable with it over many years. I love its whole range of docos and drama and music! Also I only need three hours of tele a day at most, so am too lazy to change channels before bedtime! If Sales’ new job is still within the ABC maybe I’ll have to make some major late life decisions about how I spend my evenings!

  2. Unfortunately too many men – both in the US and in Australia – agree with this loon.

    It takes two to create a baby. Maybe he should get a vasectomy instead of picking on women.

  3. I was talking to a nurse today, she is part of the team who have looked after me since I came out of hospital. (The team are outstanding, includes an OT and a physio, and it is all funded by NSW Health.)

    Anyway, this woman brought me up to date on what is going on at the local hospital. Apparently all nursing staff are being asked to work 7 or 8 hour shifts instead of their usual 6 hours because the hospital is struggling to cope with the influx of Covid and flu patients.

    Looks like I left rehab just in time – Wauchope hospital now has to keep Covid patients instead of sending them back to Port Macquarie because there are no beds available at Port. Ambulances are “ramping” because there are no beds available for their patients.

    All this in an area that has allegedly been barely touched by Covid for the past two years.

    There has not been a word of this crisis in the local media. Not a peep!

    This is a direct result of relaxed restrictions and NSW residents being told to “live with Covid”. It’s worth adding that I successfully avoided Covid until I went to hospital, The nurse told me that Port hospital is “full of Covid”. I believe her.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    French President Emmanuel Macron says he has put Australia’s cancelled submarine contract behind him, declaring Anthony Albanese was not responsible for the controversy, writes Rob Harris.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-apology-flagged-as-albanese-declares-new-dawn-in-relationship-with-macron-20220701-p5ay7t.html
    Latika Bourke tells us that Macron has singled out Australia’s new environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, in front of a global audience in Portugal, declaring that Australia was back in action on climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/you-re-back-emmanuel-macron-singles-out-tanya-plibersek-at-key-oceans-summit-20220701-p5ay6k.html
    The de-ScoMofication of Australia on the world stage took a leap forward this week as the Albanese government consolidated its international relations edge over an enfeebled opposition in a series of high-level meetings in Europe. In just over a month, the competitive advantage the Coalition held over Labor with regards to foreign, defence and security policy has completely evaporated, writes Chris Wallace in a cracker of a contribution.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/07/02/world-away-morrison
    With the NATO summit in Spain, attended by Anthony Albanese, ideological conflict has gone global. Australia lines up with its old friends, the US, Europe, Japan, South Korea, even, astonishingly, New Zealand, and against its old enemies, Russia and China, writes Greg Sheridan. He concludes his contribution with, “Important and genuinely praiseworthy as Albanese’s strategic diplomacy has been, it is on the far more prosaic front of ruthlessly managing the defence budget and, with hitherto undreamed of speed, actually acquiring relevant defence capabilities on a scale that gives us genuine deterrent force that history will judge the Albanese government.”
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/nato-g7-reveal-ideological-conflict-has-gone-global/news-story/03e6e12a53cd7a4ad49bd23040432e11
    Scott Morrison shone the spotlight on China’s bullying. But Albanese, Wong and Marles have the temperament to build the response to it, opines Andrew Tillett who praises much of what the government has been doing.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/foreign-policy-team-is-literally-front-and-centre-of-this-government-20220701-p5ay9n
    Australia will be exposed to sanctions for missing climate change targets under a new trade deal with the European Union that holds out the promise of boosting $94 billion in two-way trade, explains David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/carbon-sanctions-still-on-the-table-as-australia-pursues-eu-trade-deal-20220630-p5axvf.html
    “As Labor enacts its emissions reduction target, will the climate truce survive?”, asks Katherine Murphy who is concerned that war can easily resume once the honeymoon ends, and Chris Bowen begins turning election promises into regulations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/02/as-labor-enacts-its-emissions-reduction-target-will-the-climate-truce-survive
    Energy Minister Chris Bowen has criticised the Coalition’s failure to implement effective emissions reduction policies, writes Michael Mazengarb.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/-bowen-slams-morrison-legacy-as-fossil-fuels-drive-jump-in-australia-emissions,16518
    John Lord says the opposition will continue recycling old policies, while the government gets on with the future.
    https://theaimn.com/opposition-to-continue-recycling-old-policies-while-the-government-gets-on-with-the-future/
    Australians must brace for the worst housing correction on record as rising interest rates and recession fears strangle the property market. That’s the latest warning from the big banks, which are now predicting that most of the gains booked during the pandemic house price boom will be erased over the next two years, writes Matthew Elmas.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/property/2022/07/01/property-prices-2022/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    We are the first English-speaking nation to have a migrant majority. From city to city, what that means is different. “So where does Australia go from here?”, wonders George Megalogenis.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/root-and-branch-renewal-as-australia-makes-migrant-majority-history-20220629-p5axo0.html
    Pontificating Paul Kelly is still banging on about the fact that Christianity is in the decline in Australia as the census has shown.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/restoring-faith-in-our-national-heritage/news-story/3b4f382cba6e6bae25b4103b45a4e430
    And Angela Shanahan is reduced to inferring that the rise of the “No religion” census is a donkey vote.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/rise-of-no-religion-doesnt-reveal-truth-on-ground/news-story/ddfb0c5549d922295396defe738231aa
    Judith Brett says that the greatest challenge facing the defeated federal Liberal Party is not whether to move to the right or the left, nor whether to court voters in the outer suburbs or try to win back its once blue-ribbon seats. It is how to stay relevant and it’s a challenge the party seems barely to recognise.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/07/02/can-the-liberals-stay-relevant
    Angus Thompson writes that former ACTU boss dismisses much of the talk of a looming wage-inflation spiral as “hyperbole”, saying current economic conditions bear no resemblance to those of the 1970s and early ’80s, when pay increases were linked to the consumer price index.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/you-re-chasing-your-tail-kelty-warns-against-trying-to-outrun-inflation-with-repeated-wage-rises-20220630-p5axzx.html
    Wages are a key issue right now, and the RBA board would benefit from the advice of someone who has experience in the labour market and knows about wage settlements, says economist, Tim Harcourt.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/another-voice-at-the-table-can-help-rba-with-inflation-20220701-p5ayam.html
    As Australia attempts to control inflation, it is ignoring the impacts of monopoly ownership and price gouging, argues Claire Connelly.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/economy/2022/07/02/profits-wages-down-todays-australia
    When parliament returns at the end of this month for the first time since the federal election, we will get a clearer sense of what sort of government Anthony Albanese will lead, writes Peter van Onselen. He says, “The opposition really isn’t all that impressive. Peter Dutton lacks the cattle on his frontbench to hold this new government to account meaningfully. And his strongest political characteristic is his capacity to be adversarial, which could help him wreck the joint and return to power but it won’t elevate reform debates or the reforming outcomes such debates lead to.”
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/albos-success-on-fiscal-test-will-decide-his-governments-future/news-story/18352549ec444e89adb592401fcebb1f
    As a review is set to begin into the Reserve Bank of Australia, questions are being asked about its opaque operations and the absence of qualifications on its board, writes Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/02/reserve-bank-if-you-know-about-monetary-policy-youre-disqualified
    The Age has learnt the Victorian Liberal Party has for 18 months been training prominent locals to run as independents in some Labor-held seats.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/teals-eye-guy-s-seat-but-liberals-back-independents-in-andrews-backyard-20220701-p5ayb4.html
    Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack look at some of the dynamics around the Barilaro issue. They tell us that Barilaro’s enemies say he has thrown them under a bus too many times.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/how-a-grand-plan-to-spruik-nsw-became-a-perrottet-government-nightmare-20220630-p5ay3v.html
    The SMH editorial says the former deputy premier has decided not to take up his cushy New York job, but the question is how he was offered it in the first place and the saga reflects poorly on Perrottet and his government
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/barilaro-saga-reflects-poorly-on-perrottet-and-his-government-20220701-p5aygb.html
    The Age tells us what the Victorian police are doing to counter the rise in organised crime.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/guns-ink-and-short-tempers-the-police-viper-versus-the-nike-bikies-20220628-p5ax45.html
    With an estimated price tag of $320 billion, there are still big questions as to how the economics and politics of Australia’s decarbonisation will evolve, writes Jacob Greber who says that Australians are starting this journey from a state of absurdity.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/labor-s-dance-with-climate-destiny-20220630-p5axwj
    Former Victorian senator Greg Mirabella will nominate for Liberal Party president after Robert Clark announced he would stand down ahead of the state election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/dumped-senator-to-run-for-victorian-liberal-presidency-20220701-p5ayfh.html
    Jordan Baker explains how powerful voices and vested interests have perverted the original purpose of subsidising non-government education. He says that politicians must find the courage to say that if schools do not need the money, they should not have it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/private-school-funding-exposes-the-nation-s-lack-of-heart-20220629-p5axoo.html
    Julie Power reports that professional groups have written to NSW Treasurer Matt Kean about a new plan to streamline the government’s procurement strategy for its construction projects, saying the development of a new payment rate schedule had been shrouded in secrecy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/wrong-end-of-the-shovel-experts-say-infrastructure-cost-cutting-is-shrouded-in-secrecy-20220628-p5axc9.html
    ‘Living with the virus’ is proving much harder than the early vaccine success suggested: this fight is far from over, explains immunology professor, Danny Altmann. He says the fight is far from over and learning how to pull this off is an active process requiring considerable effort, intervention and ingenuity.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/01/herd-immunity-covid-virus-vaccine
    New research shows the latest Omicron strains are more able to infect people who have been vaccinated, and multiple infections can cause future serious illness warns Rick Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/health/2022/07/02/the-next-coronavirus-variant-already-here
    John Hewson writes that the establishment of a national centre for disease prevention and control would go a long way to ensuring that our nation was better prepared for future pandemics or epidemics and more able to respond in a timely and effective manner. These are challenges we can’t afford to fail in our response. He says it is hoped that, unlike its predecessor, the Albanese government is genuinely willing to listen to the science and to take expert advice on this kind of proposal, or at least be willing to debate it.
    As Blockade Australia concludes a week of climate protests in Sydney, police are using extraordinary tactics against the group, arresting and rearresting dozens of people, says Wendy Bacon.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/02/inside-the-police-crackdown-blockade-australia
    Data analytics company Nuix is never far from the headlines with scandal after scandal since listing in December 2020. An affidavit alleges some shocking practices inside the group, which is majority owned by Macquarie, writes Adele Ferguson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/nuix-and-macquarie-s-dirty-laundry-aired-in-sizzling-affidavit-20220701-p5ayf1.html
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has revitalised the world’s largest military alliance, NATO, which has not lost sight of the threat posed by Beijing either, explains Rob Harris.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-fall-and-rise-of-nato-20220701-p5ay73.html
    In a ruling that came down yesterday, the United States Supreme Court hobbled the Biden government’s authority to regulate carbon emissions, writes Nick O’Malley who says the court has marched the US back in time.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/supreme-court-marches-us-back-in-time-20220701-p5ay9t.html
    The US supreme court has declared war on the Earth’s future, declares Kate Aranoff.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/01/the-us-supreme-court-just-declared-war-on-the-earths-future
    Malcolm Knox declares that it is time for the AFL to emerge from its hermit kingdom and send players off.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/time-for-the-afl-to-emerge-from-its-hermit-kingdom-and-send-players-off-20220701-p5ay7v.html
    It’s hard to say what’s been worse at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios’ cringeworthy on-court theatrics or hypocritical, self-serving press conferences, writes Kate Halfpenny who wants to see him “kicked off the island”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/it-s-time-to-kick-nick-kyrgios-off-the-island-20220701-p5ay8t.html

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  5. Isn’t it time the airport owners were held to account?

    “Long queues at Melbourne airport as travel chaos spreads

    The line at Sydney airport Virgin bag drop is out the door and through the adjacent car park.”

  6. No Bill Maher till the end of the month

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  7. So the chaos at Sydney airport has been blamed on passengers arriving too early for their flights, according to airport management.

    FFS!

    First it was passengers at fault for not being “match fit”, now this.

    Maybe airlines should hire more staff instead of blaming passengers. Without those passengers they are nothing.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jul/02/australia-live-updates-anthony-albanese-emmanuel-macron-nsw-victoria-queensland-wet-weather-rain-flash-flooding-covid-coronavirus#maincontent

  8. I had no idea all homes in Victoria had to be connected to gas. All I can say is “thank goodness I don’t live there”.

    I loathe gas, have done since I was 12 years old and took cooking classes at high school with gas stoves. I had never had to deal with gas appliances before or since. I was terrified of those stoves and the need to light the gas with matches. Needless to say I have only lived in houses/flats that were all-electric.

  9. On Thursday I flew from melbourne to Coffs Harbour. Being aware of airport chaos I arrived early and breezed straight through security so had a 2 hour wait watching baggage carts driving across tarmac and watching baggage handlers hefting bags into the aging TAA Tjet in qantas livery

    Couple of points,
    1. there is a baggage conveyor system under the departure lounges
    2. I have seen freight loaded into planes using a conveyor belt to lift bag, cartoon from trolley into hold
    3. Spoke to a bloke who it was an hour wait to collect baggage

    Conclusion
    1, the privatised airport hasn’t maintained the baggage handling system
    2. Qantas fired handlers with the tickets to operate conveyor belt

    3. Can now carry 14 kg of cabin bags, and overhead bins are larger with better locks, avoid check luggage

    • When I flew Rex in May my bag was on luggage carousel waiting for me to collect it

    • The flight was an hour late as the old workhorse had flown Melb to Hobart return a couple of times then changed crew to fly to Coffs

      I can see why qantas is cutting fights after school holidays, not enough planes

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    On the PM’s trip to Europe, Rob Harris writes, “As far as symbolism goes, Anthony Albanese couldn’t have hoped for much better. Over the past 12 months Australia’s standing on the international stage had fallen to new lows. With Europe now at war and growing tensions in the Indo-Pacific, the nation’s diplomatic efforts had stumbled at a time when it could least afford it.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/the-sun-shines-again-on-the-french-australia-relationship-20220702-p5ayi5.html
    As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and French President Emmanuel Macron exchanged smiles and back slaps this week, Foreign Minister Penny Wong capped off a charm offensive through the Asia-Pacific with selfies in the Malaysian city of her birth. Between them, the pair have blitzed through a dozen or so countries in their first 40 days in office, with their reception by world leaders at times marking a notable contrast with the previous government, writes Lisa Visentin.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/around-the-world-in-40-days-the-pm-and-top-ministers-overseas-blitz-20220630-p5axxr.html
    Gerard Henderson, without once mentioning the ABC, says that Anthony Albanese is correct to be focused on Australia’s foreign and domestic policies rather than the discontent of a few independents on the home front.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/crossbench-reaction-to-staff-cuts-show-pm-has-priorities-right/news-story/8359fdd2fe6f5f9036424479d4f1e184
    Jodie Haydon experienced the perks of being Anthony Albanese’s partner last week, given a tour by the Queen of Spain. But she experienced the downsides too, writes Matthew Knott.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/there-s-no-guidebook-what-do-we-expect-of-a-pm-s-spouse-20220630-p5ay41.html
    Lisa Visentin tells us that Jacqui Lambie and her colleague Tammy Tyrrell have signalled their willingness to consider Labor’s plans to legislate its 43 per cent emissions reduction target.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/huge-decision-lambie-opens-door-to-backing-labor-s-2030-emission-reductions-target-20220701-p5aydm.html
    After 9 years of Coalition rule, a Liberal stampede out of Parliament House means political and social upheaval in the nation’s capital. Out with the old political culture, in with the new. Stephanie Tran reports on the wave of political change.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/culture-shock-liberal-exodus-from-canberra-into-lobbyland-as-labor-staffers-flood-in/
    “Many Australians are keen to embrace the new phase of living with COVID-19, without masks and most public health measures, but have we truly considered the cost of what we are signing up for?”, wonders Aishi Dow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/thousands-of-australians-with-covid-are-dying-and-it-will-get-worse-are-we-ok-with-that-20220702-p5ayje.html
    Almost three quarters of the Victorians who died this year had not received their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Wake up, Australia!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/who-are-the-victorians-dying-from-coronavirus-this-year-20220630-p5ay3m.html
    Nearly 200,000 people have filed for divorce across Australia in the past two years, the highest number in more than a decade.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/divorce-20220628-p5axco.html
    Arguing that Australia needs a Bill of Rights, Lucy Hamilton says that the decade of Coalition government showed how vulnerable our rights and freedoms could be in the face of a political party radicalised by anti-democratic and illiberal ideas. She says the Republican Party in America is displaying how quickly rights can be destroyed, even after it was removed from government; we need to protect vulnerable groups within our nation from copycat attacks.
    https://theaimn.com/australia-needs-a-bill-of-rights/
    A new five-year funding term from 2023 would give the ABC financial stability and safeguard against arbitrary cuts and political interference, the Labor communications minister, Michelle Rowland, says.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/03/labor-says-new-five-year-funding-for-abc-will-safeguard-against-arbitrary-cuts-and-political-interference
    Daniel Hurst writes that the acting prime minister, Richard Marles, has said he is “deeply committed” to reforming the Australian Defence Force after the Afghanistan war crimes inquiry, declaring that “history will judge us”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/03/history-will-judge-us-richard-marles-commits-to-defence-reform-after-afghan-war-crimes-inquiry
    A collapse in the Liberal vote in the former heartland seat of Bragg in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs means the one-time blue-ribbon stronghold has become a marginal seat, as the party’s nightmare 2022 continues.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/bragg-byelection-a-make-or-break-race-for-shattered-libs-says-speirs/news-story/b2b753c85f290e4bc85053de5592da4f?amp
    A case of diphtheria of the throat, a contagious and potentially deadly disease, has been confirmed in a two-year-old in northern NSW. It ‘s the first case recorded in NSW this century, reports Pallavi Singhal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/first-case-of-diphtheria-detected-in-nsw-this-century-20220702-p5aylj.html
    Peter FitzSimons has interviewed Nicholas Cowdery, a man who dedicated his life to the law and justice, without fear or favour.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-life-dedicated-to-the-law-and-justice-without-fear-or-favour-20220701-p5ayau.html
    Of all the officials who have given evidence about the storming of the Capitol on January 6, Wandrea Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, have been the bravest. Writes Jacqui Maley about various low-ranking officials who have spoken up.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/low-ranking-officials-who-held-the-line-against-trump-can-teach-us-all-a-lesson-20220701-p5aydw.html
    Renowned environmentalist and author Naomi Klein argued Thursday that over the past week, the United States experienced the early stages of a “rolling judicial coup” as the Supreme Court took a sledgehammer to abortion rights, gun control laws, and the federal government’s authority to tackle greenhouse gas emissions that are fuelling the global climate emergency.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/us-under-a-judicial-coup-after-roe-v-wade-overturned,16524

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  11. “A case of diphtheria of the throat, a contagious and potentially deadly disease, has been confirmed in a two-year-old in northern NSW. It ‘s the first case recorded in NSW this century, reports Pallavi Singhal”

    Anyone want to bet the exact location of that case is Byron Bay LGA?

    Filthy anti-vaxxers! That child must have picked up their infection from another infected person – something the media and health spokespersons refuse to mention. With so many parents in Northern NSW opting for home births and demanding “natural” treatments for illnesses it’s no wonder many kids in that region fall through the immunisation net.

    My dad almost died from diphtheria in the 1920s, years before we had a vaccine. (The first immunisations did not start until 1932.) He always insisted his daughters and then his grandkids were fully immunised. I think if any of us had refused he would have kidnapped those kids and taken them to a clinic himself.

    • With the snippets I’ve seen (but thought to stupid to post here for the congnoscenti on this site) it is by no means a far fetched scenario. They are still arguing about 2020 being rigged/stolen!

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Rob Harris reports that Anthony Albanese has met face-to-face with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a historic first trip by an Australian prime minister to the war-torn country, pledging to boost military aid to Kyiv and impose further sanctions on Russian gold and several oligarchs. We will give them 14 more armoured personnel carriers, 20 more Bushmaster vehicles and drones in a new $100 million assistance package.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/albanese-promises-zelensky-new-100-million-aid-package-during-kyiv-meeting-20220704-p5ayrj.html
    This contribution from Sean Kelly is a very good evaluation of where the Albanese government is, what it inherited and the rapid pace of change of circumstances it must manage.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pace-of-change-emerges-as-a-key-challenge-for-albanese-20220703-p5aynq.html
    Simon Benson writes that Peter Dutton has described the transition to opposition after the May 21 election loss as a “brutal” process and warned against a prolonged postmortem that would see the Liberal Party drift off into the political wilderness.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/peter-dutton-decides-not-to-wallow-starts-liberal-party-rebuild/news-story/17ff052777a15a4b992ee4031309c7e0
    Skills Minister Brendan O’Connor supports bringing in more overseas workers to help fill immediate vacancies, ahead of a longer-term local fix, reports Greg Brown.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/quick-jobs-fix-import-more-skills-brendan-oconnor-says/news-story/e94321eb050869411be5bdea0f26f0ed
    Medicare fraud and billing errors by medical practitioners are costing taxpayers at least $7 billion a year, according to Dr Margaret Faux, a health regulation expert who has been administering Australian medical billing since Medicare began. Adele Ferguson tells us Faux says the level of leakage – taxpayer money lost through fraud, errors and abuse – was as much as 30 per cent of the total Medicare scheme’s costs.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/healthcare-and-fitness/medicare-fraud-errors-costing-billions-20220702-p5ayjy
    The SMH editorial argues why we shouldn’t raise the white flag on the fight against COVID.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-we-shouldn-t-raise-the-white-flag-on-the-fight-against-covid-20220703-p5aypj.html
    A frightened Alan Kohler writes, “On Thursday last week – June 30 – two documents were published here and in Washington DC that together present Australia with a horrible, very expensive problem. They were the Australian Energy Market Operator’s new Integrated System Plan and the US Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia versus the Environmental Protection Agency. In essence the two documents tell us that Australia will fork out hundreds of billions of dollars to transition the electricity system to near-100 per cent renewables to no avail, and we’ll end up paying even more to deal with the effects of global warming.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/07/04/alan-kohler-australia-climate-change/
    Mike Foley tells us that major renewable energy investors say Australia’s nascent offshore wind power industry has been overlooked in planning to date for the transition away from ageing coal-fired power stations and to replace jobs lost in the regions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/offshore-wind-a-dark-horse-in-race-to-replace-coal-with-renewables-20220630-p5ay1d.html
    As fossil fuel corporations reap fabulous profits at the expense of Australian gas and electricity customers, the gas lobby is running a propaganda campaign calling for Australia to power the world, help Ukraine, let “the market” do its thing. The reality is there is no properly functioning market and this is all a PR distraction to combat the obvious solution to the crisis, that the government needs to earmark gas supply for East Coast customers. Callum Foote fact-checks the finance press. https://michaelwest.com.au/gas-lies-as-super-profits-ramp-up-so-too-does-the-fossil-fuel-propaganda-war/
    European countries have de-industrialised to cut emissions. Our competitive advantage means we can follow a different path in a net zero global economy, explains Tony Wood who says, “The new federal government has a once-in-a-century opportunity. Despite the very real challenges, the opportunity should be taken; the downside is too ugly to be contemplated, and the upside too great to be missed.”
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/how-australia-can-be-a-clean-energy-industrial-success-20220630-p5ay45
    Australia’s mining and energy exports are expected to have hit a high of more than $400 billion as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lifts fossil fuel prices, writes Nick Toscano.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/australia-s-resources-exports-break-records-amid-global-energy-crisis-20220703-p5ayok.html
    Labor has a big reputation to protect on defence reform. At historic turning points in Australia’s security, it was mostly Labor governments which turned up and delivered, writes Mike Gilligan who says it’s time for a top-down review.
    https://johnmenadue.com/its-time-for-a-top-down-review-of-defence/
    How can Australia navigate the tough and dangerous strategic environment in Asia today with America and China competing to be the leading regional power? The consensus in Canberra – on both sides of politics – is that we should stick as close as we can to America, in the hope it will win the contest, writes Hugh White.
    https://johnmenadue.com/is-australia-in-the-firing-line-of-a-new-chinese-campaign-against-the-us/
    Steve Evans writes that a recently retired principal chaplain of the Royal Australian Navy is pressing for far more non-religious pastoral carers instead. Collin Acton says lots of soldiers won’t take their fears and traumas to men of the cloth who may want to convert them to Christianity.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7801178/ex-chaplain-questions-ongoing-role-of-christianity-in-armed-forces/?cs=14329
    Billionaire philanthropist Nicola Forrest has challenged Anthony Albanese to take charge of an impending overhaul of Australia’s early education system to ensure the sweeping reforms stay on track.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/billionaire-philanthropist-nicola-forrest-challenges-anthony-albanese-to-take-charge-of-overhaul-of-early-education-20220628-p5axeq.html
    Alexander Downer writes that he is a huge fan of the United States. But there are aspects of its society that are divisive and violent, and we want to try to keep those aspects out of our own country. That will require very real leadership given the weight of American culture through the media, the arts and entertainment.
    https://www.afr.com/world/north-america/beware-importing-america-s-ugly-divisions-into-australia-20220630-p5ay44
    Josh Butler reports that federal police conducted 39 investigations under a special taskforce related to the federal election, with numerous politicians and political candidates the target of threats, menacing phone calls and social media harassment.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/04/safety-threats-to-politicians-spark-39-australian-federal-police-investigations-related-to-election
    Ben Smee tells us that current and former female police officers in Queensland have detailed widespread misogynistic behaviour, sexist comments and sexual harassment by male colleagues, in submissions to a state inquiry focusing on problems with police culture. It does not read well.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/04/is-this-a-real-female-officers-detail-misogynistic-culture-within-queensland-police
    The link between film and the military-industrial complex has never been more evident than in the ‘Top Gun’ movies— a relentless advertisement for the U.S. defence sector, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/top-gun-the-thinly-disguised-pentagon-recruitment-drive,16522
    It’s not just the far right that should worry us. It’s their ideas seeping into the mainstream, warns Kenan Malik.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/03/as-macron-does-quiet-deals-with-le-pen-the-far-right-has-france-in-its-grip
    Double Bay naturopath Savannah Daisley, known for her detox company Smart Cleanse, faced Waverley Local Court last week where she was charged with four counts of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old child. This earns her nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/ian-thorpe-hits-the-water-with-pals-aboard-packer-s-gigayacht-20220630-p5axz8.html

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  13. Anyone for schadenfreude?

    Four Corners
    Monday 4th July at 8:33 pm (46 minutes)
    The War Within: How factional infighting contributed to the Liberal Party’s election loss. Liberal insiders speak for the first time about deep divisions, pre-selections, branch stacking and the extraordinary measures by factional warriors.

  14. From The New York Times:”Jayland Walker, 25, died last Monday after fleeing the police during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop. He suffered more than 60 gunshot wounds but was unarmed at the time of the shooting, the Akron police chief said.”

    That – 60 gunshot wounds to an unarmed person – happens in a civilised country!

    I lived in California (Stanford) for 12 months in the 60’s and in Seattle (UW) for six months in the 90’s. We enjoyed both stays immensely BUT we lived in and had most of our contact with a restricted academic group. The USA is so diverse; it can come up with Presidents so utterly different in Obama and Trump next to each other.

    It’s a disturbing and disturbed world that in a few years I’ll be leaving behind for my children, grandchild and great-grandchild. A disfunctional USA, a meglomaniac in charge of Russia, a buffoon at the helm of the UK, a clever enigma running China and a slew of somewhat competent and incompetent leaders elsewhere across the globe. We, in Australia, have done our reverse Obama-Trump change but for how long?

    And, back to the NYT item, that just is heart-wrenching.

    • That – 60 gunshot wounds to an unarmed person – happens in a civilised country!

      It doesn’t and didn’t. The US started drifting away from the ‘civilized world’ sometime ago. Dubya gave it an extra nudge along. Being quite happy to systematically kidnap torture and murder , causing millions of casualties, tens of millions to be displaced due to wars started on bullshit that was known to be bullshit. Sure doesn’t pass the ‘civilized’ test as far as I’m concerned.

  15. After Watt, the shadow emergency management minister Perin Davey is on, and she thanks Watt for including her in briefings, and says the plan being enacted is the same one put in place by the former Coalition government.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jul/04/australia-news-live-updates-flood-sydney-weather-rain-albanese-ukraine-dutton-coalition-labor-vic-qld-nsw-health-economy#top-of-blog

    The new helpful Labor and the old lying L/NP.

    • Pffft. What a liar.

      The ADF were called in ahead of being needed, unlike the previous government who ignored the desperate calls for help from residents for days.

      I’m sure no-one will be sitting around waiting two weeks for this PM to visit, nor will he be dodging the locals and only talking to media and the mayor.

      Emergency funding should arrive promptly, not three years later and counting as it did with victims of the fires.

      There is nothing remotely like the previous government’s lack of action and compassion. Did they even have a “process”? I can’t remember seeing one.

  16. A wee bit wetter than Perth over here in Da Cave. Since May 2021 844mm and a full 32% of that fell in one month last year. July 2021 was a good month for frogs, moss and ark builders.

  17. I didn’t enjoy tonight’s 7.30 one little bit. Whoever thought that Sarah Ferguson wold be a suitable presenter for a flagship program which has a generally mature and balanced viewing audience, has failed miserably, to satisfy this viewer after suffering for so long under Leigh Sales.

    Until she learns to choose and frame her questions to an interviewee in such a way that they don’t trend towards “gotcha” style or encroach towards needing care with issues of national security and such like with the answers, this program will not be worth watching.

    • Thanks, Scorpio, you said it for ‘me too’ – I hope this is a ‘try out’ and not a confirmed contract. But even for tonight’s 7.30 it might help viewers if the producer suggested she not use her pen to point at interviewees! Seen that way it’s not the legendary sword we all revere in good journalists. I note, too, that Sales is staying on with the ABC after all the teasing marketing about just where she might go next. I thought I was too old to change my viewing habits, but maybe it’s time for me to seek pastures new and find a different sort of cud to chew.

  18. I don’t know what these idiot parents were thinking, refusing vaccination for their kids, but they might lose the two year old through their own stupidity.

    Parents who are this thick should be charged with child abuse and deserve to have their kids taken from them.

    Diphtheria cases have been reported in Australia for the first time this century. What is it and who is at risk?
    Experts believe the two infections in children in northern NSW, which can cause nerve damage and life-threatening heart failure, developed locally
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/04/what-is-diphtheria-nsw-case-australia-vaccine-two-cases-children-disease-who-is-at-risk-

    I realise there are rare cases where a child will be allergic to a particular vaccine, so my harsh comments do not apply to them.

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Ben Packham’s name was drawn out of the hat to accompany Albanese to Kyiv. Here is his account of the visit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-road-to-kyiv-albanese-zelensky-and-the-staff-with-no-embassy-20220704-p5ayt7.html
    Anthony Albanese was right to go to Ukraine – right morally, strategically, symbolically, politically. But his main work on security lies at home. And that must start soon. Appointing former defence minister Stephen Smith to run the forthcoming force posture review would be a good beginning, writes Greg Sheridan who doubles down on his criticism of the previous government and our defence force capability.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/ukraine-mission-is-ok-but-big-defence-decisions-needed-urgently/news-story/3ac3661d734a9bd9732cfa5ab4edee79
    Australia’s ambassador to China has met with China’s vice-foreign minister in Beijing, days before the country’s foreign ministers are due to cross paths at the G20 in Bali. Eryk Bagshaw says the meeting between Graham Fletcher and Xie Feng paves the way for a potential meeting between Foreign Minister Penny Wong and China’s top envoy Wang Yi at the Bali foreign ministers’ summit from last Thursday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/beijing-meeting-opens-door-to-talks-between-penny-wong-and-wang-yi-20220704-p5ayzf.html
    An Australian prime minister who travels is always fair game, a target for those who argue that the leader’s job is to keep the home fires burning and the foreign stuff a glamorous distant second. It may have always been so. No longer. In spending many of his early days in the job meeting other global leaders, Anthony Albanese has got his priorities right, says former ambassador, John McCarthy.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/albanese-must-be-a-global-prime-minister-20220703-p5aypv
    FWIW, here is Phil Coorey’s take on Albanese’s visit to Ukraine.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/my-visit-to-war-zone-is-about-more-than-just-ukraine-albanese-20220704-p5aywv
    Jono La Nauze writes that, while his organisation welcomes the removal of rules that forced Victorian households to use gas in their homes, the road map lacks clear goals and timelines for this urgent transition to take place, and even more worryingly, it fails to rule out the potential use of dirty hydrogen made with methane gas.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/clean-energy-plan-leaves-too-much-gas-in-the-tank-20220704-p5ayy5.html
    The cost of avoiding blackouts in last month’s energy market chaos will be spread across all households and businesses – and those who can least afford are likely to have to pay more, explains Mike Foley.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/households-to-pay-1-5-billion-in-compensation-to-power-plants-20220704-p5aysp.html
    The SNH editorial looks at the latest census figures on housing and says that bold action is needed to tackle housing affordability.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/sydney-s-census-lesson-bold-action-needed-to-tackle-housing-affordability-20220704-p5ayzn.html
    Neither the former PM nor the former foreign minister has announced plans to stand down, but colleagues are making plans, writes James Massola.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberals-workshop-replacements-for-scott-morrison-marise-payne-20220704-p5aytu.html
    Reducing the pressure on hospitals from patients who don’t require urgent and complex care requires reform of general practice, argues Charles Maskell-Knight.
    https://johnmenadue.com/hospitals-and-general-practice-reform/
    The anti-corruption commissioner overseeing the inquiry into former premier Gladys Berejiklian’s conduct has had her term renewed for another six months in the latest extension to the high-profile probe. The report found, “This over-funding of private schools was delivered at the same time as NSW public schools were underfunded by more than 10 per cent below their required minimum SRS level of funding.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/term-extended-for-icac-commissioner-overseeing-berejiklian-inquiry-20220704-p5ayx4.html
    Professor Peter Coaldrake’s review of a Queensland public administration which has been losing its way since the Fitzgerald reforms of thirty years ago should be compulsory reading for politicians, for public servants, particularly senior executives, and for citizens sick of the way that modern government has let accountability and integrity slip by the wayside, writes Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/governments-losing-their-way/
    Australians have probably just spent their way to a 50 basis point increase in interest rates this month, having gone on a mad splurge at the end of financial year sales in June, says Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/done-deal-australians-spend-their-way-to-another-rate-rise-20220704-p5aywb.html
    Why the RBA must not over-react and slam on the brakes, urges Craig Emerson who makes a lot of sense.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/why-the-rba-must-not-over-react-and-slam-on-the-brakes-20220703-p5aypx
    The Grattan Institute’s report on industry policies for a green economy involves heavy government interventions and taxpayer funding. Surely the market and risk-takers should be left to sort out the winners and losers, argues Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/risky-strategy-for-picking-winners-and-losers-in-the-green-economy-20220704-p5ayua.html
    Two Labor backbenchers – one from the ACT and one from the NT – are set to lead the charge in restoring the territories’ right to legalise voluntary assisted dying, as hopes rise the 25-year-old ban can be overturned within weeks, reports Dan Jervis-Bardy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7805441/labor-backbenchers-to-lead-charge-on-restoring-territory-rights/?cs=14329
    To stop risky developments in floodplains, we have to tackle the profit motive – and our false sense of security, argue these contributors to The Conversation. Quite interesting.
    https://theconversation.com/to-stop-risky-developments-in-floodplains-we-have-to-tackle-the-profit-motive-and-our-false-sense-of-security-184062
    Annastacia Palaszczuk has blacklisted three Labor lobbyists who held senior roles in her re-­election campaign, banning them from doing business with her government for two years, following a blistering integrity review.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/annastacia-palaszczuk-puts-labor-lobbyists-on-blacklist/news-story/a05adb83d8229dbc3c3df2a48e5ceee0
    St Basil’s Homes for the Aged has been charged by WorkSafe with failing to provide a safe working environment for its staff and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forty-five residents of the Fawkner facility died from coronavirus in 2020, with the Coroners Court hearing last year that another five residents also perished, probably from neglect.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/worksafe-charges-st-basil-s-over-covid-19-outbreak-that-killed-dozens-20220704-p5ayvu.html
    NSW over-funded more than 200 private schools by almost $100 million last year, after dozens were given hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra state government money above what they were due, report Lucy Carroll and Daniella White.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/hundreds-of-nsw-private-schools-over-funded-by-almost-100-million-last-year-research-finds-20220701-p5aybd.html
    Motorists using Sydney’s Lane Cove Tunnel face years of disruption as operators allege the toll road is plagued by almost 400 defects that will cost $300 million to fix. Law suits are under way.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/motorists-face-years-of-disruption-after-cracks-found-in-sydney-s-lane-cove-tunnel-20220704-p5ayxt.html
    Spain and Portugal are suffering their driest climate for at least 1,200 years, according to research, with severe implications for both food production and tourism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/04/spain-and-portugal-suffering-driest-climate-for-1200-years-research-shows
    More witnesses are coming forward with new details on the January 6 US Capitol riot following former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s devastating testimony last week against former President Donald Trump, says a member of a House committee investigating the insurrection.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/new-evidence-to-show-trump-wanted-to-join-capitol-riot-20220704-p5aywa.html
    Fox News, OAN and Newsmax are in a shitload of trouble facing a monster law suit from Dominion, the manufacturer of US voting machines.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/04/fox-oan-newsmax-lawsuits-election-fraud-claims
    Republican politicians fear their base, while Democratic politicians don’t. That’s why America is in this mess, writes David Sirota.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/04/democrats-fear-own-voters
    Six people were killed and about two dozen were injured after a rooftop gunman opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday, officials said, as panicked spectators fled the scene. What better way is there for a celebration in a f****d up country than a mass shooting?
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/multiple-fatalities-after-shooting-at-july-4-parade-in-chicago-suburb-20220705-p5az2r.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2022/jul/04/chicago-shooting-fourth-july-parade-highland-park

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  20. I suppose this is about the Chicago shooting because further down the thread he refers to a parade.

    What will it take for Americans to give up their love of guns? That damned 2nd amendment was never intended to allow acts of terrorism.

  21. “To stop risky developments in floodplains, we have to tackle the profit motive – and our false sense of security, argue these contributors to The Conversation. Quite interesting”

    Very interesting.

    Also interesting – the reasoning behind raising the wall of Warragamba Dam (for the second time) was to allow developers to build their tacky houses on floodplains below the dam. Never mind about the rare birds and mammals that will be wiped out by higher water levels.

    From 2020 –
    NSW has failed to properly assess impact on wildlife of Warragamba dam changes, federal government says
    Exclusive: leaked environment department document raises concerns about the regent honeyeater and forest and woodland ecosystems
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/15/nsw-has-failed-to-properly-assess-impact-on-wildlife-of-warragamba-dam-changes-federal-government-says

    The excuse given was flood mitigation.
    https://www.waternsw.com.au/projects/greater-sydney/warragamba-dam-raising

    The real reason was easing Sydney’s demand for new housing. The NSW government is controlled by developers, Gladys Berejiklian was infamous for allowing developers to do whatever they wanted. Perrottet is no better. That is why this ridiculous scheme was proposed and why it is almost a done deal.

  22. leonetwo at 9:42 AM Edit

    “To stop risky developments in floodplains,……”

    Always gives me a bit of a chuckle. You’d think the name ‘floodplains’ would be a bit of a hint but no, it still seems to be a surprise/shock when the ‘plains’ ‘flood’ .

  23. Matthew Guy is so well-informed, so up-to-date – NOT!

  24. Here we fucking go. Inflation ? It’s all you peasants whose wages have been stagnating and eroding for years fault so youse are gonna be made to ‘fix’ it as you have too much money. Take this prick. The Headline was Reserve Bank sends interest rates sky-high to throttle spending speeds
    Look at the lead off to make it look like the peasants are living the high life.

    In May, people in NSW spent a record $1 billion eating out across the state’s restaurants, cafes and takeaways.

    South of the Murray, Victorians spent a record $750 million eating out.

    Canberrans and Northern Territorians also spent record amounts on pad thai, pizza and pilaf. South Australians, Queenslanders and Tasmanians weren’t far off either.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reserve-bank-sends-interest-rates-sky-high-to-throttle-spending-speeds-20220705-p5az3n.html
    Oooo look at the big numbers , so profligate, the peasants must have too much money. Yeah, how about putting it another way, NSW people spent on average per day , drum roll, $4.03 . Victorians a whopping $3.62.

    • How much of that alleged “spending” was due to state programs like the NSW “Dine and Discover” vouchers? They were designed to get people patronising restaurants, cafes and clubs after lockdowns were lifted.

  25. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The SMH editorial says that the prime minister has travelled a lot in his first two months in the job but he is promoting vital Australian interests. It certainly was not a holiday, it points out.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/albanese-s-trip-to-nato-and-ukraine-was-no-holiday-20220705-p5azaq.html
    As a new government Labor, confronting escalating geo-strategic dangers, will be required to put its ownership on a foreign and security policy without precedent for the centre-left since World War II. Albanese, Richard Marles and Penny Wong are now engaged in the most radical remaking of foreign policy by a Labor government for half a century, writes Paul Kelly.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/pms-task-to-claim-ownership-of-strategy/news-story/e83a76267cec3a37830a7e4083b59e4d
    Philip Lowe wants the pain of higher rates to alter spending behaviour as part of the bank’s belated attempt to hammer inflation. It won’t be a popular message, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/philip-lowe-s-warning-stop-spending-so-much-if-you-want-lower-rates-20220705-p5az7p
    If the Reserve Bank of Australia keeps lifting official interest rates, the decline in housing values ‘will continue to gather steam and become more widespread’, warns John Collett.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/property-price-falls-may-be-bigger-than-expected-20220630-p5ay2n.html
    Unless the June quarter annual inflation print on July 27 notably undershoots, which is unlikely, the RBA will almost certainly deliver another 0.5 of a percentage point increase next month, predicts John Kehoe.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/rba-eyes-more-supersized-rate-rises-20220705-p5az7f
    House values have fallen by more than seven per cent in three months in some parts of Sydney, new figures show, as rapidly rising interest rates put downward pressure on prices, writes Kate Burke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/the-sydney-neighbourhoods-leading-the-property-market-downturn-as-interest-rates-rise-20220705-p5az7g.html
    Banks are being urged to deliver the nation’s army of savers an increase in their interest rates to help offset some of the pain facing borrowers after the RBA again raised the cash rate, write Shane Wright and Rachel Clun.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/more-large-interest-rate-hikes-expected-as-banks-urged-to-pass-it-to-savers-20220705-p5azcp.html
    Recessions are looming – but that may be good new, posits Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/recessions-are-looming-but-that-may-be-good-news-20220705-p5az3g.html
    As interest rates take off and inflation picks up steam, one of the share market’s biggest fears is that our major banks will be left holding the bag with hefty mortgage bad debts and loan defaulters, writes Clancy Yeates about the recent falls in the value of bank share prices.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/why-banks-should-avoid-a-big-wave-of-mortgage-defaults-20220701-p5ay99.html
    Michael Pascoe provides an interesting insight over the operation of the RBA in the last fifteen or so years.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/07/06/michael-pascoe-australian-official-briefed-foreign-power-rba/
    At least 65 home owners are in limbo as another Victorian house builder collapses under pressure from construction costs, supply chain delays and labour shortages.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/langford-jones-homes-collapses-leaving-hundreds-of-unfinished-houses-20220705-p5az6c.html
    After years of driving down places available in the Skilled Independent category (Subclass 189), the Albanese Government is set to drive up numbers in 2022-23, most likely starting later this month, suggests Abul Rizvi.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/skilled-independent-visa-category-set-for-rapid-growth,16531
    Given its vast wealth, Australia should be one of the best countries in the world to be a child. Putting children front and centre in policymaking will help ensure we translate that wealth into wellbeing for all the nation’s kids, writes Matt Wade.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/to-advance-australia-must-think-of-the-children-20220705-p5az3c.html
    After holding together for decades, the postwar administrative and legal construction of unemployment is failing us. We’re outgrowing it, argues Anthony O’Donnell.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/how-we-invented-unemployment-and-why-we-re-outgrowing-it-20220629-p5axtb.html
    The repeated flood events across the Australian east coast foreshadow a future of wild weather, disruption and loss unless we act now. Without a clear plan to confront global warming and its impacts, we can expect this disruption to ramp up over time, declares Mark Howden.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/flood-events-foreshadow-our-future-but-we-can-and-must-act-20220704-p5ayx8.html
    Callum Foote examines the dodgy and contradictory reporting frameworks in Australia around carbon offsets.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/out-for-the-count-carbon-offsets-are-not-actually-carbon-offsets/
    Transitioning to electric vehicles will not just affect the cars we drive — it will be the biggest transport revolution since the horse-and-buggy days, but unlike that revolution, this one will catch many unawares, writes David Inkster.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/transitioning-to-electric-vehicles–australia-is-in-for-a-shock,16523
    Bank branch closures have cut off hundreds of communities, especially in regional Australia, from essential financial services. There is now a national fightback to save our communities by establishing a public banking alternative to operate through post offices, writes Robert Barwick.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-campaign-to-save-essential-banking-services-in-abandoned-communities/
    Just how a so-called news organisation can equate a family holiday in Hawaii with a trip to war torn Ukraine beggars the imagination, laments Terrence Mills about Sky After Dark.
    https://theaimn.com/airbus-albo/
    The Andrews government has extended its crackdown on privately run disability homes in Victoria, closing a second facility in Melbourne’s north-west after findings of bullying, coercion and abuse of vulnerable residents. Spivs!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/care-home-closed-amid-allegations-of-bullying-abuse-and-poor-food-20220705-p5az4a.html
    Now the post-election recriminations are going on in Cabramatta as the local Labor party look at the Kristina Kennealy “parachuting”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/local-anger-lingers-after-kristina-keneally-defeat-20220705-p5az67.html
    From Ardern to Zelenskyy, in just one month in the job Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has completed an A-Z of powerful social media moments. Whether by accident or (much more likely) by design, they’ve presented the PM with an appearance of informality, good humour – and likeability. And in doing so they’ve helped shape a sense of contrast with the man who preceded him, Scott Morrison, writes Hannah Neale.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7789378/from-curries-to-diplomacy-albanese-provides-a-change-of-pace-on-social-media/?cs=14329
    The US Supreme Court’s decision to overrule the Roe v Wade principle that the right to an abortion is a privacy right guaranteed by the American constitution has magnified the fears of pro-choice citizens. They are worried that in the red states that have already criminalised abortion, right-to-life zealots, including those in law enforcement, will be anxious to search out and punish those breaching these state-based laws. The text of some of these laws, and the rhetoric of some of their proponents, suggest that the concern is by no means simply paranoid, explains Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-unlimited-and-unaccountable-powers-weve-given-police/
    After ‘victory’ in Luhansk, what next for Russia, asks Mick Ryan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/after-victory-in-luhansk-what-next-for-russia-20220704-p5ayyk.html
    Foot and mouth disease has made its way alarmingly close to Australia, prompting biosecurity screening to stop the disease from wreaking havoc on our livestock industry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bali-disease-outbreak-threatens-rural-devastation-20220705-p5az3m.html
    When will Kyrgios ever pull himself together?
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/nick-kyrgios-charged-with-assaulting-former-girlfriend-20220705-p5azd5.html
    Julie Bishop and her “handbag” have parted their ways. Big deal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/cbd/julie-bishop-s-beau-calls-time-on-foreign-affair-20220705-p5azbs.html
    Boris Johnson’s prime ministership is in fresh crisis following the resignation of two of his cabinet ministers, including Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. Tick, tick . . .
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/boris-johnson-s-leadership-doomed-as-cabinet-ministers-quit-20220706-p5azdh.html
    The prosecutor in Georgia investigating the conduct of former President Donald Trump and his allies after the 2020 election has subpoenaed US Senator Lindsey Graham, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and other members of Trump’s campaign legal team.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-legal-team-including-rudy-giuliani-sought-in-trump-election-probe-20220706-p5azdu.html
    The suspected gunman at the centre of the Highland Park mass shooting had planned the attack for weeks, with police saying he disguised himself in women’s clothing and was equipped with a legally purchased firearm.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/highland-park-suspect-planned-shooting-for-weeks-disguised-himself-in-women-s-clothing-20220706-p5azdj.html
    By the way, this was the 309th mass shooting in America so far this year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/much-more-needs-to-be-done-to-end-america-s-gun-violence-epidemic-20220705-p5az3f.html
    Members of three families in a tight-knit religious group have been arrested over the alleged murder of an eight-year-old Queensland girl, who police say was denied medical care. Definitele “Arseholes of the Week” material! Or idiots – take your pick!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/murder-charges-for-12-people-who-prayed-over-dying-girl-20220705-p5az5e.html

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Andrew Dyson

    John Shakespeare


    Peter Broelman

    Cathy Wilcox

    Simon Letch

    Glen Le Lievre

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  26. First step in potential Teal campaign in Vic election below

  27. 😆

    Arguing that Australia needs a Bill of Rights, Lucy Hamilton says……………….

    We need them because..

    . She says the Republican Party in America is displaying how quickly rights can be destroyed,

    That would be the Murica that actually does have a Bill of Rights ?

  28. Laugh of the day – Julie Bishop dumped by her handbag during what she imagined would be a romantic dinner. Ouch!

    Full marks to Mr Panton for finally getting up the courage to end this relationship and for the way he chose to do it.

    • Leone! Was he or she a liar? Where’s the link for your dinner time tit-bit of gossip? Delicious story, ready for satire! Off for a walk, can you save me time with a bit more info for when I”m back, 5.30pm in the west?

  29. Poor Jules. Next stop a nice little earner front page splash ‘exclusive’ sob story in a ‘women’s’ magazine ?

    • Leone, KK, sorry, I misread that name as I rushed out, thinking it was ‘Pantson’ – amazing what a difference a little ‘s’ can make! Why hadn’t I seen all these media pics of this pair before today? Jules must have been even more of a hit with her terribly tall ‘toy-boy’ (or handsome ‘handbag’) over the several years of their mutually convenient connection? I guess he has made no controversial comments as they mingled with presidents, ministers and other mighty men on the international scene. Or maybe he didn’t have much to say, anyway – enough for him to smile and look beautiful, I guess.

  30. WHY does the ABC insist on interviewing whining cafe owners?

    • Because all the gym owners are booked out speaking to News Ltd and talk back radio ? That and it shows what a lazy bunch of slackers are at teh ABC. Have a chat with my barrista while I pose at my regular coffee shop drinking an Austrian goat milk double-half-caf-half-decaf-soy milk cappuccino – extra hot – with a dash of Madagascar cinnamon-and half tablespoon of caramel-latte-frappa-mocha . How easy is that !!

    • kk- how silly of me not to realise that.

      I’m not a member of the Cult of Coffee, I prefer a nice cup of properly brewed tea. Do you know how hard it is to find anyone who sells that?

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