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

    • Relax, it is just a demarcation dispute, “partisan finger-pointing and game-playing.” is his job. He’s worried Tanya might move in on his territory.

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The Reserve Bank’s culture, appointments to its board and its 2 to 3 per cent inflation target will be the focus of the institution’s first independent review in four decades. Shane Wright reports that today Jim Chalmers will formally announce the review of the bank that will also canvass its performance in meeting its targets, the interaction between fiscal and monetary policy and the RBA’s accountability measures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-culture-board-and-inflation-target-to-be-review-focus-20220719-p5b2qd.html
    Peter Martin explains how Labor’s first budget which will consider “wellbeing” will have more rigour than any before it. He says this is already shaping up as Chalmers’ most important legacy.
    https://theconversation.com/wellbeing-its-why-labors-first-budget-will-have-more-rigour-than-any-before-it-187160
    Anthony Albanese says he will pursue a ‘large’ legislative agenda beyond what Labor committed to, with the October budget to focus on finding savings without raising taxes, reports Greg Brown.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/anthony-albanese-flags-cuts-in-reform-budget/news-story/2905d4fee02343ba351e8ba75bf047d3
    According to Phil Coorey, the government will fast-track almost 60,000 overseas permanent permit applications lodged by skilled workers and revamp the migration program.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/permanent-skilled-workers-to-be-top-priority-in-immigration-revamp-20220719-p5b2o1
    Population projections reveal the Treasury is hopeful for strong population growth, but Dr Abul Rizvi suggests it could be assuming too much.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/treasury-optimistic-about-post-pandemic-population-recovery,16575
    Labor must stay on target and stare down Greens, says the AFR editorial which asks, “The Greens have made perfection the enemy of the good once too often. Are they really willing to line up and block a third carbon policy?”
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/labor-must-stay-on-target-and-stare-down-greens-20220718-p5b2iv
    The former Wilderness Society campaigner and head of the Labor Environment Action Network Felicity Wade has warned the Greens will fracture the consensus for climate action in the community if the party sinks Labor’s 43% emissions reduction target. The stark warning comes as the Greens meet today to consider their position on Labor’s climate legislation, including their response if the government rejects their demands, write Katherine Murphy and Sarah Martin.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/20/greens-will-ruin-climate-consensus-if-they-sink-labors-43-target-activist-warns
    The centre-left is dominant in Australian politics – that is the meaning of the 2022 election – and the task facing Anthony Albanese is to entrench his governing authority and lead the centre-left to policy solutions in the areas of economy, wages, inflation and the jobs and skills summit, writes Paul Kelly.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/anthony-albanese-must-bring-centreleft-toa-new-realism/news-story/b6a33d02156a96dcc8711c33d8b2cba1
    John Lord’s latest contribution is headlined, “A new beginning for the Left and good riddance to the Right”.
    https://theaimn.com/a-new-beginning-for-the-left-and-good-riddance-to-the-right/
    Morrison’s right: We don’t trust in governments, especially his, says Jenna Price.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-s-right-we-don-t-trust-in-governments-especially-his-20220718-p5b2kv.html
    Blaming God for human failures is a bit rich, says Michael Pascoe, who says, “Scott Morrison’s belief that it’s “God’s plan” strikes me as obnoxious for either one of two reasons, or perhaps both.” Pascoe is clearly unimpressed.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/07/20/michael-pascoe-gods-plan-morrison/
    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will face fresh pressure to respond to allegations of branch stacking and the misuse of taxpayer funds by the Victorian Labor Party, following the release of findings by the corruption watchdog today, writes Patrick Durkin.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/victorian-liberals-seek-to-use-ibac-to-stain-andrews-20220719-p5b2ty
    Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has moved quickly to set up a task force to get Labor’s federal anti-corruption body off the ground, although the staff selection process for his pilot taskforce raises some serious questions, writes Dave Donovan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/labor-moves-quickly-on-anti-corruption-body-but-whos-watching-the-watchers,16577
    Clancy Yeates writes that the current recession-like confidence slump shows that the interest rate rises are working.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/recession-like-confidence-slump-shows-rate-rises-are-working-20220715-p5b205.html
    Economist Steven Hamilton has one idea he thinks could raise our productivity, economic growth, and living standards – all within the confines of this incremental system. And that is, simply, to figure out which policies actually work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/to-achieve-valid-reform-we-must-know-what-works-20220719-p5b2nn.html
    A gas supply guarantee has been triggered by the national energy market as Victoria faces a winter gas shortage. Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’ambrosio said the gas supply guarantee was triggered by the Australian Energy Market Operator on Tuesday afternoon, as reserves at a storage facility in the state’s south-west dropped to record lows.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/07/19/aemo-supply-guarantee-victoria-gas-shortage/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    New analysis from progressive think tank The Australia Institute suggests soaring profits are to blame and not fears about rising wages, writes Matthew Elmas.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/07/18/inflation-profits-wages/
    Australia is a different place politically, and so is Canberra. Scott Morrison is no longer a one-man employment agency. And many traditionally Coalition-aligned lobby firms have already started picking up Labor staffers, writes Stephanie Tran.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/the-ex-files-where-is-the-life-for-discards-of-the-parliamentary-bubble/
    It will soon become evident to premiers “that mask mandates are required” to tackle surging Covid numbers, the president of the Australian Medical Association has said, as the number of people in hospital and health worker infections continue to rise.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/20/ama-chief-says-its-time-for-mask-mandates-again-amid-pretty-scary-covid-hospital-numbers
    New federal environment laws will be created next year to respond to the dire state of native animal populations and declining ecosystems revealed in a landmark report publicly launched by Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek. Miki Perkins and Mike Foley expand on what she said at the NPC yesterday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/plibersek-promises-new-laws-next-year-to-tackle-rapid-environmental-decline-20220719-p5b2n6.html
    The State of the Environment report released yesterday paints a depressing picture of the threats to the natural wonders that play so large a part in Australia’s collective imagination. The SMH editorial says Plibersek is right to lay some of the blame for the degradation of the environment over the past 10 years at the foot of the Coalition, she must act quickly to reverse these trends, both with more money for things such as research and national parks and by tougher legislation and regulation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/environmental-destruction-is-a-threat-to-australia-s-imagination-20220719-p5b2vz.html
    The dire state of the environment report is a major challenge for Labor – and an opportunity, opines Adam Morton.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/20/the-dire-state-of-the-environment-report-is-a-major-challenge-for-labor-and-an-opportunity
    “There was no sign of the owner of Crazy for Candy, a lolly shop in Westfield shopping centre at Burwood, on Tuesday. Proprietor Joe Tripodi is one of the three former Labor ministers who the day before had been charged with misconduct in public office”, begins Kate McClymont in her description of want brought down him and his two shady mates.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-candyman-the-cabinet-minute-and-the-criminal-charges-20220719-p5b2x5.html
    Controlling what someone wears and who they see, limiting access to money, and incessant texting and calls are behaviours that constitute coercive control, and such behaviour could lead to seven years’ imprisonment under a draft NSW law, explains Lucy Cormack.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/coercive-control-offence-to-attract-seven-years-jail-under-draft-nsw-law-20220719-p5b2us.html
    Reinfection will be part of the pandemic for months to come, and each repeat illness raises the risk of long COVID explains Professor John Donne Potter.
    https://theconversation.com/reinfection-will-be-part-of-the-pandemic-for-months-to-come-each-repeat-illness-raises-the-risk-of-long-covid-186733
    A powerful omertà within Australia’s SAS caused soldiers to “turn a blind eye to the most despicable and egregious breaches of the laws of war”, Ben Roberts-Smith’s long-running defamation trial has heard. On the second day of closing submissions, Nicholas Owens SC, acting for the newspapers being sued by Roberts-Smith, said witnesses, including those called by the newspapers, were reluctant to report alleged war crimes because of a “pervasive culture” that forced new soldiers in particular to “toe the line” of the regiment’s culture.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/19/ben-roberts-smiths-defamation-trial-hears-australian-sas-soldiers-turned-a-blind-eye-to-alleged-war-crimes
    Michael Koziol tells us that a plan to prevent the preselection debacle of the last federal election has gained unanimous support from Liberals in the Sydney seat of Warringah.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-rules-would-stop-liberals-carving-up-seats-like-in-lawrence-of-arabia-20220719-p5b2vf.html
    Latika Bourke writes that Andrew Hastie is among the senior Liberals looking at the UK Conservative Party as inspiration to promote more diverse candidates without the use of quotas.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/hastie-birmingham-look-to-uk-for-ways-to-recruit-women-diverse-candidates-without-quotas-20220715-p5b21i.html
    It has taken far too long but finally two state governments are taking very seriously the threat to the public interest posed by the inherent risks of corruption and undue influence associated with lobbying, explains David Solomon.
    https://johnmenadue.com/breakthroughs-in-lobbying-regulation/
    Our teenagers need to get away from screens. Meanwhile, the nation is crying out for help. We must conscript the young into public service for their good and ours, urges Julie Szego.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/here-s-how-to-cheer-up-school-leavers-compulsory-national-service-20220718-p5b2jy.html
    The candidate who flirted with delaying Britain’s net zero emissions target has been knocked out of the race for Conservative Party leader.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/candidate-who-flirted-with-abandoning-net-zero-knocked-out-of-tory-contest-20220720-p5b2yg.html
    “In all of my experience, AUKUS is the worst example of abuse within the so-called American alliance”, writes Bruce Haigh.
    https://johnmenadue.com/aukus-contrived-to-foster-the-unrealistic-and-unattainable-aims-of-american-foreign-policy/
    Mick Ryan argues that the West has a moral obligation to help defeat Russia.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/a-just-war-west-has-a-moral-obligation-to-help-defeat-russia-20220719-p5b2vx.html
    Winning The Open has made Cameron Smith a bona fide golfing superstar for the next generation. Perhaps that’s why Greg Norman is so keen on luring him to his rebel tour, writes Gareth Parker.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/golf/the-larrikin-golf-superstar-in-the-shark-s-sights-20220719-p5b2y9.html
    Ferocious fires have forced London residents to flee their homes on a day Britain’s temperature has soared to a record high. The heatwave has already damaged airport runways and bent rail tracks, and people have been so frightened or unwell that paramedics are receiving 400 calls each hour.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/07/19/britain-record-temperature/
    The Tories are upping their attack on our democracy, under cover of the leadership contest, writes Gina Miller who says that deep within the Northern Ireland protocol bill, ministers are making a sinister grab for yet more unchecked powers.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/19/tories-democracy-northern-ireland-protocol-bill-powers
    To avert election disaster, the Democrats need to run a fiercely pro-worker campaign, argues Steven Greenhouse.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/19/to-avert-election-disaster-democrats-need-to-run-a-fiercely-pro-worker-campaign
    “In a recent New Yorker, Andrew Marantz paints a grim prospect of the United States becoming more like Viktor Orban’s Hungary, when a Republican President and Congress, a real possibility after the 2024 elections, use the full range of constitutional possibilities to maintain a government that does not represent a majority of the American population”, writes Dennis Altman.
    https://johnmenadue.com/these-untied-states/
    The US National Archives has asked the Secret Service to conduct an internal investigation over “erased” text messages from the day before and the day of the Capitol attack, according to a letter sent to the agency’s records management officer yesterday. The request marks the latest escalation of the matter after the watchdog for the Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, notified Congress he had sought the texts only to be told they no longer existed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/19/secret-service-investigation-erased-january-6-texts

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  2. Our teenagers need to get away from screens. Meanwhile, the nation is crying out for help. We must conscript the young into public service for their good and ours, urges Julie Szego.

    OMG now there is a flashback 😆 . They were big on shoutback radio back in the day but I thought the ‘bring back ‘national service’ brigade had became extinct by about the turn of the century.

    • Ms Szego sums up her brain fart perfectly – “a half-arsed waste of time”, although she does include context which explains how that would be avoided.

      Her most important suggestion is that this program be compulsory. Great! Every school leaver in the country marched off to their local SES to do not-so-voluntary work combatting disasters – without any training at all. What could possibly go wrong?

  3. So why do they assume lots of ‘population growth’ = good ? Do they ever say when it becomes bad and what when the size of the population becomes a problem or do the fanbois of the dismal science continue to believe in ‘infinite growth’ in all things is ‘a thing’ ?

  4. Re Julie Szego’s article about compulsory national service

    Someone suggested a gap year at year 9, giving kids a chance to discover who they are before making their career choices

    The rationale for national service is that young people have had their socialisation disrupted by covid. Would you want your precious youngster rotting away in barracks?

    The usual caveats apply about the quality of supervision, and training, access to compensation if hurt – the armed forces notoriously get away with harming many recruits

    I am appalled at her suggestion of the Green Army. I was a volunteer gardener at Ripponlea beside Green Army recruits hoping to get a permanent job as a National Trust gardener. They were exploited, working 25 hours a week, paying for own transport, no pay

  5. Investigations into the alleged corrupt appointment of John Barilaro to a $500,000 a year job in New York have today been closed by the NSW government, after it was declared that there had been no corrupt conduct in a report by the new head of ICAC John Barilaro.

    “I have interviewed numerous stakeholders,” explained Barilaro. “From the former Deputy Premier John Barilaro, to former Minister for Trade John Barilaro, and not one of them reported any sign of corruption.”

    The decision was agreed as appropriate by the chief investigator Bohn Jarilaro who said the process was clearly all above board. “Just because the job already had a shortlist and a candidate had been offered the role, both of which were suddenly scrapped when Mr Barilaro stood down from his government job, and the selection role was suddenly taken out of the public service’s hands right before Barilaro’s was appointed to the $500,000 job he created, that doesn’t mean anything dodgy took place,” explained Jarilaro. “And even if it had taken place, it’s not like it’s one of those serious crimes like ‘a teenager approaching a ministers car to make a joke’ that would require serious police involvement.”

    https://chaser.com.au/national/no-corruption-in-barilaros-appointment-declares-new-head-of-icac-john-barilaro/

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said this week he wants to lead “a government that does things”. COVID-19 management aside, the early signs are that he will. Australia’s international relations performance has been transformed since the election on May 21, writes Chris Wallace in a contribution is in the MUST READ category.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-goes-back-to-the-future-for-governing-20220720-p5b38b.html
    Jim Chalmers has told emerging public service leaders they were needed more than ever to help the government tackle the looming economic challenges of inflation, rising interest rates and climate change. Dr Chalmers spoke to public servants in the Sir Roland Wilson Scholarship program yesterday, saying they would play a crucial role in government efforts to manage the nation’s headwinds.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7828038/aps-expertise-needed-more-than-ever-chalmers/?cs=14329
    According to Lisa Visentin, Anthony Albanese will map out his government’s priorities when the new parliament sits next week, introducing four bills that will seek to enshrine a 2030 emissions reduction target, legislate 10 days of domestic violence leave, mandate nurses in aged care homes, and create a new jobs and skills agency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/climate-change-top-of-the-agenda-as-labor-kick-starts-new-parliament-with-four-bills-20220720-p5b38l.html
    Phil Coorey puts in his two bob’s worth on Albanese’s legislative priorities.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/aged-care-overhaul-joins-climate-change-on-pm-s-priority-list-20220720-p5b377
    Meanwhile an acidic Peter Credlin despairs, saying, “The challenge for the federal opposition now is that some of its members seem to prefer the government’s policies to their own, even though the Coalition had a higher primary vote than Labor. It makes you wonder whether they’re in the right party.”
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/lesson-for-rogue-liberals-disunity-is-still-death/news-story/8f3c8cc743d0c2628594f1f623f8997e
    The head of a powerful business lobby, the BCA’s Jennifer Westacott, has broken ranks with other industry groups and urged that wages keep pace with rising living costs, singling out the nation’s embattled teachers as among those who should be paid their worth.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/business-lobby-boss-wants-wages-in-line-with-living-costs-in-jobs-summit-agenda-20220720-p5b361.html
    The hope for productivity driving wages growth will only occur if the labour market truly becomes fair, writes Greg Jericho who, in saying wages growth should be skyrocketing on the back of Australia’s low unemployment, wonders if the system is broken. His argument is supported, as usual, by several telling charts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/21/wages-growth-should-be-skyrocketing-on-the-back-of-australias-low-unemployment-is-the-system-broken
    George Browning writes that, with a considerable sense of hope and anticipation, we might look forward to Jim Chalmers first budget which, he states, will be set within a values framework and will begin to set economic policy in the context of national wellbeing.
    https://johnmenadue.com/a-national-well-being-budget/
    Ronald Mizen and Helen Wootton report that Treasurer Jim Chalmers, Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe and business bosses have backed Australia’s 2-3 per cent flexible inflation target that could underpin a doubling of the official interest rate in coming months.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/chalmers-lowe-strongly-back-2-3pc-inflation-target-20220720-p5b31i
    Some economists fear the Reserve’s vigour against inflation will crush the housing market. But the central bank reckons they are wrong, writes John Kehoe.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/rba-slaps-down-property-doomsayers-20220719-p5b2sp
    Dominic Perrottet is heading overseas as his government is in turmoil after a former Liberal cabinet minister was found corrupt and an ex-senior Coalition staffer’s claims about John Barilaro, write Alexandra Smith and Lucy Cormack.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/premier-leaves-turmoil-at-home-as-he-sets-off-on-overseas-trade-mission-20220720-p5b384.html
    The NSW government is falling uncomfortably silent as the spotlight shifts to its own woe, says Michael McGowan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/21/the-nsw-government-falls-uncomfortably-silent-as-the-spotlight-shifts-to-its-own-woes
    The abuse by politicians of taxpayer-funded resources to branch stack and engage in other political skulduggery for their own benefit is an old problem. So too is the employment by politicians of unqualified friends, relatives and factional apparatchiks in electorate office jobs. Following yesterday’s IBAC report, Nick McKenzie says that the public is also tired of hearing how politicians of all persuasions have sought to influence taxpayer-funded grant processes to help a vested interest or advance their own agenda.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/exposing-political-corruption-will-only-happen-with-cultural-change-20220720-p5b35n.html
    The Coalition and Greens have accused the Andrews government of deflecting from Labor’s internal problems by including a proposal that could strip millions of dollars from other parties among a set of integrity reforms, writes Paul Sakkal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/rival-parties-say-labor-deflecting-from-ibac-fallout-with-funding-rule-change-20220720-p5b39b.html
    Annika Smethurst tells us why the Andrews government arrived late to the integrity party.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/why-the-andrews-government-arrived-late-to-the-integrity-party-20220720-p5b308.html
    This call for urgent reform from the state’s top integrity agencies presents an opportunity to bolster the Victorian integrity framework more broadly argue the Centre for Public Integrity’s Catherine Williams.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/damning-labor-report-is-a-clarion-call-for-reform-20220720-p5b34s.html
    A new parliamentary watchdog to monitor the behaviour of politicians will be the first step the government will take in response to a landmark report that exposed a rotten culture and rampant nepotism inside Victorian Labor and prompted an apology from the premier.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/catalogue-of-unethical-behaviour-report-flays-victorian-labor-20220719-p5b2n5.html
    The Reserve Bank faces reform rather than revolution as part of its first independent review since the early 1980s despite critics calling for the inquiry to shake up the institution’s approach to monetary policy and the way it is run. Shane Wright takes us through the terms of reference for the inquiry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-faces-reform-not-revolution-but-the-board-set-for-a-shake-up-20220720-p5b36b.html
    The SMH editorial says that the review should examine RBA’s recent run of mistakes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/review-should-examine-rba-s-recent-run-of-mistakes-20220720-p5b37p.html
    Australia’s economy will crash-land if it relies on the Reserve Bank alone to curb inflation, Treasurer Jim Chalmers says, as the bank flags it will continue to ramp up interest rates to quell inflationary pressures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reserve-bank-can-t-tackle-inflation-alone-treasurer-20220720-p5b37o.html
    Alan Kohler proposes the three things our Energy Minister must do.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/07/21/chris-bowen-priorities-emissions-alan-kohler/
    The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business NSW have proposed three immigration solutions to address worker shortages. But would these ‘solutions’ work or actually make things worse, asks Abul Rizvi.
    https://johnmenadue.com/three-immigration-solutions-for-worker-shortages-from-victorian-and-nsw-business-lobby/
    Craig Emerson asserts that it’s folly to resist a Beijing reset.
    https://johnmenadue.com/its-folly-to-resist-a-beijing-reset/
    Scott Morrison is continuing the Pentecostal agenda in Opposition, undermining the system of government he is still paid to uphold. Michelle Pini takes a look at the former PM’s aggressively expanding cult.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-courts-pentecostal-world-domination,16582
    Using some examples, Luke Henriques-Gomes tells us how flaws in the Centrelink system need fixing so people leaving violent partners don’t end up in poverty.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/21/flaws-in-centrelink-system-need-fixing-so-people-leaving-violent-partners-dont-end-up-in-poverty
    As Europe burns, the world’s climate plan, such as it is, unravels, writes Nick O’Malley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/as-europe-burns-the-world-s-climate-plan-such-as-it-is-unravels-20220720-p5b33n.html
    Peter Ker report that a “steamed up” Malcolm Turnbull hopes the Greens will support the Albanese government to legislate its 2030 emissions targets, as he joined the share register and advisory board of American solar steam company GlassPoint.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/steamed-up-turnbull-warns-greens-not-to-repeat-past-mistakes-20220719-p5b2v9
    Kate Aubusson reports that an expert has said one in 20 Australians infected with COVID-19 during the Omicron wave is expected to still have symptoms three months later, but as vaccination rates rise the prevalence of long COVID among those infected is declining.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/vaccination-driving-down-long-covid-risk-but-numbers-still-high-20220720-p5b380.html
    Anthony Albanese has defended the government’s reluctance to introduce stricter Covid measures, citing civil disobedience, vaccinations and mental health as reasons not to, reports Josh Butler.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/20/anthony-albanese-stops-short-of-calling-for-australians-to-work-from-home-amid-covid-surge
    Some on the front line of Australia’s latest coronavirus battle say they have observed early signs the new BA.5 subvariant may be increasing disease severity, reports Melissa Cunningham.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/doctors-alarmed-by-severity-of-latest-omicron-wave-20220715-p5b20s.html
    Australia has close to zero chance of getting a submarine from the United States’ current program, experts say, as yet another report shows the US is struggling to meet its own needs. Tory Shepherd writes that Defence is facing a capability gap as the existing Collins-class fleet retires and hopes fade of getting a new submarine under the AUKUS deal before 2040.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/20/australia-almost-no-chance-to-buy-any-submarine-from-current-us-building-program-experts-say
    Rumours of cost-cutting measures at the News Corp papers have been kicking around for some time now, and at a briefing for staff at The Australian yesterday, editor Michelle Gunn can’t have filled many with confidence.
    https://www.theage.com.au/cbd/murdoch-staffers-in-the-gunn-as-rumours-of-cuts-swirl-20220720-p5b381.html
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that in closing remarks from Nicholas Owens SC, the court was told yesterday that Ben Roberts-Smith told a “deliberate lie” to conceal his involvement in the alleged execution of an unarmed prisoner in Afghanistan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/roberts-smith-told-deliberate-lie-to-conceal-killing-court-hears-20220720-p5b33s.html
    Matt O’Sullivan reports that the pilots of a Qantas passenger jet were forced to declare a “mayday” on a transcontinental flight after running low on fuel as they were put in a mid-air queue with other planes near Perth.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/qantas-pilots-declare-mayday-due-to-low-fuel-on-transcontinental-flight-20220720-p5b35r.html
    Greg Norman’s suggestion that Kerry Packer’s cricket revolution in the 1970s has parallels with LIV Golf would be laughable if the issues behind it weren’t so serious, declares an exasperated Peter FitzSimons.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/golf/beyond-stupid-for-norman-to-compare-packer-s-wsc-to-golf-rebels-20220720-p5b358.html
    Boris Johnson is believed to be supporting Liz Truss as his supporters campaign against her rival Rishi Sunak, who has been accused of plotting his leadership run for months.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/rishi-sunak-or-liz-truss-to-become-britain-s-next-prime-minister-20220720-p5b3ab.html
    Yet another very entertaining effort from John Crace who describes Johnson’s last short speech to Parliament and the reactions therein.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jul/20/tory-mps-indulge-in-a-mawkish-farewell-for-their-poundshop-arnie

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  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A bit of a monster today.

    Several Infrastructure Australia board members have agreed to step down ahead of an independent review ordered by the new federal government over concerns the agency has become overly partisan and lost direction. Infrastructure Minister Catherine King has said the review was essential to restoring confidence in the organisation that vets and ranks major projects ranging from roads to dams. It’s being de-Joyced
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/infrastructure-australia-board-members-step-down-ahead-of-review-20220721-p5b3lo.html
    Also, the Albanese government will scrap changes to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency introduced in the dying days of the Morrison government that would have allowed it to fund some fossil fuel developments. The climate change minister, Chris Bowen, will release a new set of regulations today that he said would ensure Arena was focused on funding renewable energy and technology that supported it. It’s being de-Taylored!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/22/coalition-changes-allowing-renewable-energy-agency-to-fund-fossil-fuel-projects-to-be-scrapped
    The detection of even a single case of live foot-and-mouth virus in Australia would trigger a COVID-like official response, including contact tracing, lockdowns and interstate border closures for livestock and potentially even people, explain Mike Foley and Benjamin Preiss.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/single-foot-and-mouth-case-would-trigger-covid-like-tracing-culling-of-sick-animals-20220721-p5b3ie.html~
    Swift action will reduce the environmental and economic impact of climate change, urges Nicki Hutley who says that only when we understand the value of what we stand to lose can we make sensible policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/swift-action-will-reduce-the-environmental-and-economic-impact-of-climate-change-20220721-p5b3co.html
    The Liberal Party is gearing up for a hard-fought internal debate over Labor’s climate change policy over the next fortnight, with some moderates leaving open the option of crossing the floor and others arguing that leader Peter Dutton should not have ruled out support for the policy in advance, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/liberals-gearing-up-for-divisive-internal-debate-on-climate-20220721-p5b3bv
    The NSW government has failed to produce a single document detailing the second recruitment round that landed John Barilaro a plum trade job, as Premier Dominic Perrottet conceded there were issues with the process.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-government-fails-to-produce-single-document-detailing-how-barilaro-landed-us-trade-job-20220721-p5b3lb.html
    Meanwhile, in yesterday’s inquiry hearing, it surfaced that a proposal to give government ministers the power to appoint $500,000-a-year trade commissioner roles instead of the public service was allegedly fast-tracked through cabinet in the weeks before John Barilaro resigned from parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/barilaro-s-proposal-to-change-trade-postings-was-fast-tracked-through-cabinet-inquiry-hears-20220721-p5b3d2.html
    Daniel Andrews will be remembered as a premier that championed bold new infrastructure projects and social reforms. But meaningful reform of the Victorian Labor Party is unlikely to be part of his legacy, writes Annika Smethurst.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/why-reforming-victorian-labor-won-t-be-part-of-andrews-legacy-20220721-p5b3cr.html
    The Albanese government has promised a national anti-corruption commission, but it’s at state level where the most egregious examples of unacceptable political behaviour are on regular show, writes Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/the-examples-of-political-bad-behaviour-keep-on-coming-20220721-p5b3ky
    Private contractors who have worked for the federal government could be targeted by Labor’s proposed national integrity commission, the attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, has revealed. There are some interesting potential contracts of interest.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/22/federal-icac-to-cover-private-contractors-working-for-government-attorney-general-says
    Anthony Albanese’s reckless warning for the RBA not to ‘overreach’ works against Philip Lowe’s efforts to keep a lid on inflation expectations and maintain credibility, says John Kehoe, who thinks Albanese is playing with fire.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/pm-plays-with-fire-on-rba-interest-rates-20220721-p5b3lx
    To be intellectually consistent, those who say pay rises are inflationary should be equally worried about profit increases, writes Michael Buckland, chief executive of the McKell Institute. He says that to call for the former without the latter is to be exposed as caring more about ideology or self-interest rather than inflation.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/why-isn-t-wage-restraint-chorus-calling-for-dividend-restraint-20220720-p5b37h
    Shadow treasurer Angus Taylor has lashed Anthony Albanese’s warning to the Reserve Bank of Australia not to “overreach” on interest rate rises as it moves to curb growing inflation, reports Ronald Mizen. Yes, everyone should listen to Taylor!
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/taylor-lashes-albanese-over-rba-overreach-comment-20220721-p5b3hp
    Climate bill front and centre when parliament starts but it’s the least of Albanese’s problems, writes Michelle Grattan who says it’s the economy and COVID that will actually be the more immediately worrying issues.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-climate-bill-front-and-centre-when-parliament-starts-but-its-the-least-of-albaneses-problems-187439
    Effective action against climate change requires Labor’s legislation. Hopefully the compromise necessary to pass this legislation can be achieved if the target set is for the minimum reduction in carbon emissions required, says Michael Keating.
    https://johnmenadue.com/labors-climate-change-legislation/
    Australians welcoming the defeat of our nascent religious right in the May election need to pay attention to the echoes of the American right-wing strategies looming ahead of their 2024 election, and the faction in Australia that shares those goals, warns Lucy Hamilton.
    https://johnmenadue.com/orbans-australian-sycophants/
    Former head of the Prime Minister’s Department Phil Gaetjens has pushed back against claims he was a political actor in the public service, describing himself as a “public servant plant” in Parliament rather than a “political plant” in the bureaucracy, reports Doug Dingwall. Gaetjens also defended much of what Morrison did.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7828784/im-not-a-political-plant-in-the-aps-gaetjens-says-his-roles-were-misunderstood/?cs=14329
    Lisa Visentin reports that Bill Shorten has intervened to scrap a consent form for new parents that used the term “birthing parent” after a mother complained about the gender-neutral language.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/shorten-intervenes-to-reverse-gender-neutral-language-on-medicare-form-20220721-p5b3gu.html
    Jenna Price this contribution on how Labor can save the future with, “We’ve had nearly 10 years of oil, gas and coal appeasers in government, hooligans who harmed our nation. The only Liberal ever serious about climate change, Malcolm Turnbull, was first hamstrung and later knifed by his party. Then we had a series of people pretending to be ministers for the environment. Seriously, a government which happily housed Matt Canavan, king of coal pushers, was never going to fix all that ailed our beloved country.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7829036/how-labor-can-save-the-future/?cs=14258
    According to Alexandra Smith, Dominic Perrottet will proceed with plans to suspend John Sidoti from parliament, insisting he would not feel comfortable accepting a vote from the MP who has been found to have acted corruptly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-calls-for-sidoti-to-resign-his-seat-after-icac-corruption-finding-20220721-p5b3jv.html
    An independent MP says she understands the government will ‘‘welcome’’ her legislation introducing fuel efficiency standards for cars as it continues to negotiate on climate change targets to be introduced to Parliament next week, reports James Robertson.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/21/independent-climate-car-emissions-change/
    Josh Frydenberg has found his next job after losing his seat at the 2022 federal election, joining investment bank Goldman Sachs as a senior regional adviser for the Asia Pacific. You can bet your house on Morrison not landing anything similar when he departs parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/josh-frydenberg-lands-at-goldman-sachs-20220721-p5b3ek.html
    Speculation surrounding Scott Morrison’s post-parliamentary ambitions includes the possibility of a job with the Australian Rugby League. His involvement with the sport poses plenty of questions, including the grants largesse that defined his time as PM. Investigation by #Mate for Michael West.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/scott-morrison-rugby-league-rorts/
    The European Central Bank has raised its key interest rates by half a percentage point, the first increase in more than a decade and a bigger jump than expected, as it ramps up its fight against record high inflation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/european-central-bank-raises-interest-rates-for-first-time-in-11-years-20220722-p5b3nl.html
    Economic storm clouds were massing over Europe on Thursday, as Mario Draghi quit as Italian prime minister, the European Central Bank jacked up interest rates by an unexpectedly hawkish 0.5 percentage points, and traders sold off Italian bonds, writes Hans van Leeuwen.
    https://www.afr.com/world/europe/economic-stormclouds-mass-over-europe-20220721-p5b3nc
    NSW public schools are dealing with a huge shortfall in funds after a drop in parent contributions over the COVID-19 pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/public-schools-face-funding-shortfall-as-parent-contributions-drop-20220712-p5b13n.html
    The editorial in the SMH believes that a new NSW coercive control bill can help in the struggle against domestic violence.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/coercive-control-bill-can-help-the-struggle-against-domestic-violence-20220721-p5b3kb.html
    To go to work, or to attend an appointment to “find” work – that’s the question one worker is asking himself under the federal government’s new Workforce Australia employment services system, writes Luke Henriques-Gomes who gives us more examples of a broken system.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/22/jobseeker-asked-to-choose-between-work-and-job-agency-appointments-under-workforce-australia-system
    With the continued push over recent decades to make the public sector more “business-like”, city planning has gone astray, write Brian Feeney and Dr Mark Limb.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/politicians-need-to-prioritise-city-planning–its-off-the-rails-,16583
    The chaos in the global and domestic travel sectors that is generating so much angst, anger and vilification of airlines and airports and their executives needs to be put in perspective. The only surprise within the current state of affairs is that it isn’t worse,had it not been for large-scale government assistance for virtually all the world’s major airlines and speedy and drastic responses by the airlines themselves, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-world-is-still-grappling-with-travel-chaos-but-it-could-have-been-worse-20220721-p5b3cz.html
    The design problems and high cost of the Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop will make it the greatest public transport infrastructure failure in Australia unless substantially altered, argues Michael Buxton, Emeritus Professor Environment and Planning at RMIT University.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/rail-loop-rethink-is-first-major-test-for-new-planning-minister-20220717-p5b285.html
    Just 20,000 of the 1m Paxlovid antiviral drugs ordered by the former government have been prescribed to Covid-19 patients, leaving Australia with hundreds of thousands of drugs due to expire within months. While the take-up of Covid-19 antiviral medicines has tripled since eligibility was expanded a fortnight ago, the federal government is urging more people to access the drugs amid concern about the shelf life of remaining treatments, reports Sarah Martin.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/22/government-urges-take-up-of-covid-antivirals-as-almost-500000-in-australian-stockpile-near-expiry-date
    Ben Roberts-Smith attempted to suborn or intimidate witnesses who were set to give evidence against him in his defamation case, made criminal allegations against another, and threatened to accuse one of murder in an attempt to coerce him into changing his testimony to a war crimes inquiry, lawyers for the newspapers he is suing have told the federal court. Ben Doherty takes us through yesterday’s part of Nicholas Owens’ closing statement.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/21/ben-roberts-smith-allegedly-attempted-to-intimidate-witnesses-lawyers-for-newspapers-tell-defamation-trial
    Poorer young Australians have suffered a catastrophic collapse in homeownership rates over the past four decades and international research warns the situation is only going to get worse. It is among the largest falls in homeownership found by the OECD’s examination of housing tax policies and compares with a 7 percent fall among young Australians in the top 20 per cent of income earners.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/poorer-young-australians-suffer-world-leading-hit-to-housing-oecd-20220721-p5b3cf.html
    Joe Biden, the oldest person to serve as president of the United States, has tested positive for COVID-19, highlighting the ongoing threat of the virus as mask mandates and other restrictions are eased across America, reports Farrah Tomazin.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/joe-biden-tests-positive-for-covid-experiencing-mild-symptoms-20220722-p5b3ni.html
    The right-wing supreme court has another target: Native American rights, explains Nick Estes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/21/supreme-court-native-american-rights-target
    In an hour or so, the January 6 House select committee is expected to make the case at its hearing that Donald Trump potentially violated the law when he refused entreaties to take action to stop the 2021 attack on the US Capitol by a mass of his supporters, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/20/january-6-hearings-trump-violated-law-stop-attack
    It is looking increasingly likely that Britain’s next prime minister will be Liz Truss, says George Brandis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/rishy-is-dishy-but-truss-is-the-true-blue-choice-for-british-pm-20220721-p5b3du.html
    And right on cue, John Crace pops up with a typically satirical evaluation of Truss. Another cracker!
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jul/21/shapeshifter-liz-truss-is-on-a-roll-as-version-30-hits-tory-sweet-spot
    A woman who injured two police officers by hitting them with her car at a McDonald’s drive-through before leading other officers on a high-speed pursuit through Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs has been sentenced to more than five years in jail, thereby earning nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/five-years-jail-for-driver-who-hit-two-police-officers-at-maccas-then-sped-off-20220721-p5b3cm.html

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  8. One of the long term aims of people like Bad Vlad and Xi is to get rid of the US$ as the defacto ‘world currency’ . After reading an item about the flow on from the US raising their interest rates perhaps that aim is a good thing.

    The point made was that when the US bumped up its interest rates it meant that the US$ strengthened vs other currencies. As commodities tend to be priced in US$s it meant they became more expensive to buy for other countries whose currency became relatively weaker. The effect on prices etc being like there was a boom in those countries even though there was no such boom. Unfortunately ‘dismal science 101’ as it is these days tells those countries they need to make the ‘peasants’ poorer in order to stop the inflation caused by it. I say poorer because that is exactly what they mean and intend. Wage restraint seems a popular euphemism for it. Keep wage increases below the inflation level and voila, the peasants become poorer.

    • It isn’t the lack of “wage restraint” that keeps inflation soaring, it’s fracking corporate profits and fracking obscenely high salaries for fracking corporate CEOs that does it.

      No wonder they want to keep the peasants poor. Until they eventually work out that people who struggle afford both food and a roof over their heads do not have any disposable income.

  9. For heavens sake, wear a mask!

    Jonathan Pie released this two years ago, when the existing strain was far less infectious than those we have today.

  10. Meteorologist: Lethal heat on the way
    “News” anchor: What happens to meteorologists? We want people to be happy about the weather (ignoring that much of weather forecasting is safety warnings).

  11. Obviously the problem is the greedy workers sucking too much out of the economy 😦 Profits and wages started off about the same in the year 2000 at about 100 . Just to keep up with inflation the 100 would need to be 167 in 2021. So the gap between the corporate pigs and the peasants is even wider than this graph shows.

  12. “How much I tell Estimates depends on how much this “independent” inquiry I set up finds out”

    The New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, said he is standing firm on not appearing before an upper house inquiry into the appointment of former deputy premier John Barilaro to a $500,000-a-year New York trade posting, AAP reports.

    Perrottet, who is in Japan as part of a 10-day trade mission to Asia, said he was waiting for recommendations from an independent review he had set up to look into the now-abandoned appointment before facing questioning at the budget estimates in a month.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jul/22/australia-news-live-abortion-women-domestic-violence-covid-fourth-booster-rate-cases-health-vaccination-us-ambassador-climate-emissions-target#top-of-blog

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The SMH editorial says that Perrottet’s Barilaro problem recalls the ALP’s death throes in 2011.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-s-barilaro-problem-recalls-the-alp-s-death-throes-in-2011-20220722-p5b3vf.html
    The Barilaro affair is a good illustration of why it would be a mistake, when creating a federal anti-corruption body, to confine it to tackling only suspected criminal conduct, argues Malcolm Knox.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-bar-for-potential-corruption-must-be-set-much-lower-than-blatant-criminality-20220721-p5b3gf.html
    The former government leaked information about a suspected asylum-seeker boat entering Australian waters to select journalists against the express advice of the Department of Home Affairs on the day of the federal election. Who would have thought it about that mob?
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-placed-pressure-on-home-affairs-over-election-day-boat-intercept-20220722-p5b3vz.html
    The Reserve Bank, its credibility on the line and now subject to an external performance review, has intensified its warnings that substantial interest rate increases still lie ahead – with the fortunes of the Albanese government now firmly hostage to the bank’s judgment, writes Paul Kelly.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/battle-to-curb-inflation-tests-governments-nerve/news-story/5ac0b325164d0019cf01f13dd52e769f
    Peter van Onselen (correctly) that spending cuts alone won’t pay off debt.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/spending-cuts-alone-wont-pay-offdebt/news-story/31603616c0710216c1c7a2424f315c31
    With Richard Denniss, Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz discusses the bedrock of a fair economy, balancing freedoms and the role of government.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/23/joseph-stiglitz-how-make-australia-richer
    The prime minister entered office promising minor change. But a turbulent world is ushering in a reform flurry rarely seen since the Whitlam era, writes the AFR’s Andrew Clark.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/albanese-starts-to-shift-from-light-touch-to-a-big-bang-20220722-p5b3p9
    In an interview with Karen Middleton on his return from Washington, Defence Minister Richard Marles details how non-proliferation is an essential condition of the trilateral agreement on nuclear-powered submarines.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/23/exclusive-richard-marles-aukus-nuclear-safeguards
    Australia is the extinction superpower of the world, writes Peter Hartcher who suggests what we need to do.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-is-the-extinction-superpower-of-the-world-here-s-what-we-need-to-do-20220722-p5b3sc.html
    The natural world is casting us adrift, declares Tony Wright who says we should get used to it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-natural-world-is-casting-us-adrift-get-used-to-it-20220721-p5b3en.html
    The NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has lost its only female MP in a battle over water management, prompting a three-way fight for the Murray–Darling Basin, explains Kurt Johnson.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/23/the-shooters-partys-fractured-fight-the-murray-darling
    The best way to Dutton-proof climate legislation is to get it into parliament and get it passed, urges Katherine Murphy who says Labor, the Greens and the teals should be focusing on widening the footprint of support for climate action, rather than preserving product differentiation.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/23/the-best-way-to-dutton-proof-climate-legislation-is-to-get-it-into-parliament-and-get-it-passed
    The full impact of the change of government nine weeks ago will be clear on Tuesday when the new parliament sits for the first time. It will be an acid test for the Albanese government. The test is one it has largely set for itself, in terms of raising standards and making a contentious emissions reduction bill its first piece of major legislation. Despite claiming it does not need the parliament to commit to its 43 per cent reduction goal by 2030, Labor has invested too much time and energy to brook an easy defeat. In fact, if it can’t steer the bill through parliament, it will suffer a stunning blow to its credibility, says Paul Bongiorno.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/07/23/glass-half-empty-or-43-cent-full
    We have a conundrum, writes John Lord. The Greens want to flex a bit of muscle, and Labor wants to exercise its authority.
    https://theaimn.com/we-have-a-conundrum-the-greens-want-to-flex-a-bit-of-muscle-and-labor-wants-to-exercise-its-authority/
    As the attorney-general considers whether to dissolve the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, freedom of  information documents show the body has been so stacked with government appointments that they are radically affecting its decision-making outcomes, says Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/23/odds-stacked-against-justice-politicised-aat
    Michael Pascoe reckons the Reserve Bank review fails at the starting gate. He says reviewing monetary policy in isolation – not in the context of reviewing fiscal, population and wages policies – is a bit silly.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/07/23/reserve-bank-review-fails-michael-pascoe/
    Chip Le Grand looks at Victorian Labor after the release of the IBAC report.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/can-labor-drain-its-own-swamp-or-does-the-rot-run-too-deep-20220721-p5b3ja.html
    And Paul Sakkal writes that a proposed crackdown on political staffers using work time to campaign for their parties could put an end to the long-running practice of one of Premier Daniel Andrews’ top advisers sitting on a high-powered campaign committee.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/integrity-recommendations-raise-questions-for-top-andrews-advisor-20220721-p5b3c0.html
    When Monique Ryan defeated Josh Frydenberg to become the federal member for Kooyong, she shocked the political class – but not those who knew her well., writes Melissa Fyfe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-ain-t-no-bambi-how-a-paediatrician-ended-up-in-politics-20220608-p5as9v.html
    Unvaccinated people and the elderly are dying at disproportionately high rates during the latest omicron wave, health authorities say.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/deaths-on-rise-as-unvaccinated-elderly-succumb-to-omicron-wave-20220722-p5b3so
    Melissa Davey reports that experts are saying that Covid isn’t going away any time soon, and that Australia will require public health measures for foreseeable future.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/23/covid-is-not-going-to-go-away-australia-will-require-public-health-measures-for-foreseeable-future-say-experts
    John Hewson wonders why the government is ignoring expert advice on Covid.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/07/23/why-the-government-ignoring-expert-advice-covid
    As leaders ignore calls from their chief health officers for mask mandates, politicians have become ‘the tail wagging the dog’ on precautions to help manage the third wave of Omicron, says Martin McKenzie-Murray.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/23/next-covid-wave-the-government-gaslighting-the-community
    Peter Dutton is calling for “civilised debate” in Australia. On Sky News he complained that the current standard of public debate is “reprehensible” and “unacceptable”. The opposition leader blames social media for the decline. Nyadol Nyuon does not.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/07/23/peter-dutton-the-uncivil-one
    Julia Baird pays homage to grandmothers as scientists have now established, the support – and good health – of them are crucial to the long lives, and health, of their kids, and grandkids.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/grandmother-hypothesis-revisited-the-women-who-fill-our-children-s-most-human-needs-20220722-p5b3oc.html
    Closing the long arc of the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case this week, Nicholas Owens, SC, barrister for Nine’s newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, returned to the stark proposition he’d put at the beginning of hearings a year ago: that “someone is lying”, writes Deborah Snow.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/as-the-roberts-smith-case-nears-its-end-barrister-returns-to-where-he-began-someone-is-lying-20220721-p5b3i8.html
    The leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia is suing several of his and the church’s biggest critics, with the help of one of the country’s top defamation lawyers. We are told that a 70-year-old pensioner, has published a series of provocative articles accusing the church of failing to act on alleged sexual abuse by the clergy, questioning the personal spending of Makarios, of improperly appointing senior clergy in Australia, and a range of other inflammatory accusations.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/greek-archbishop-sues-pensioners-critics-for-defamation-20220721-p5b3bu.html
    Rising rents and a lack of affordable housing is a growing trend that is impacting the way business and society functions, explains Mark Steinert.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/need-more-staff-good-luck-workers-can-t-afford-to-live-in-melbourne-anymore-20220721-p5b3kx.html
    It is far easier to understand the ideological bias at the ABC than it is to explain the defensiveness of the organisation and its staff. For a media behemoth that regularly assails its targets (fairly and unfairly) with gusto and aggression, the ABC is awfully sensitive to criticism, whines Chris Kenny.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/abc-is-more-interested-in-silencing-alternative-views/news-story/a305a0028a70fce54613fa6405c04978
    In a very long dissertation, Greg Sheridan bemoans the “collapse of Christianity” in Australia and whines about the criticism of Morrison’s service at wacky Margaret Court’s church.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/lost-in-the-secular-desert-christianity-under-siege/news-story/11b86e780f33b31e8731dbcde24c165d
    And Gerard Henderson has his whine – this one about his concern with NSW’s and Victoria’s commissions against corruption.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/secondhand-justice-falls-short-on-legal-standards/news-story/c70de1d5742871fd2c6a1cab58b8ad8d
    Even in the political afterlife, Morrison departs from the norm, opines Joshua Black.
    https://theconversation.com/even-in-the-political-afterlife-morrison-departs-from-the-norm-187346
    Almost 10,000 drivers across NSW have found themselves stranded with a damaged wheel or tyre this month as rain caused more than $1.5 billion worth of damage to the state’s roads.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/pothole-plague-rain-damaged-roads-trigger-thousands-of-calls-for-help-20220721-p5b3hn.html
    The end of negative interest rates will not save Europe, opines the London Telegraph’s Simon Foy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-end-of-negative-interest-rates-will-not-save-europe-20220722-p5b3s6.html
    After drawing foreign capital into China’s markets for years, President Xi Jinping is now facing the risk of a nasty period of financial deglobalisation. Investors point to one main reason why: Xi’s own policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/xi-has-made-china-a-pariah-for-global-investors-20220718-p5b2b1.html
    Donald Trump was repeatedly urged by his aides and family members to call off the violent mob that attacked the US Capitol, but instead sat back in his private dining room at the White House and watched the rampage for hours, reports Farrah Tomalin on yesterday’s Jan 6 committee public hearing.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/he-refused-to-defend-our-nation-committee-told-trump-sat-back-and-watched-violent-mob-attack-the-capitol-20220722-p5b3s3.html
    The real story of January 6 isn’t what Trump did – it’s what he didn’t, writes Moira Donegan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/22/the-real-story-of-january-6-isnt-what-trump-did-its-what-he-didnt
    Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon has been convicted of contempt of US Congress and will be sentenced in October.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-s-ex-adviser-steve-bannon-convicted-of-contempt-of-us-congress-20220723-p5b3xl.html

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  14. Good analysis of preference flows and so on below

    • So the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, Archbishop Makarios Griniezakis has hired Sue Chrysanthou SC – allegedly “one of Australia’s top defamation lawyers” – to handle this case.. Based on her recent record he will lose.

  15. For once I agree with Sam Maiden –

    Anthony Albanese’s comments on abortion show he just doesn’t get it
    Asked about abortion policy this week, the Prime Minister fell back on a weak two-word answer which showed he just doesn’t get it.
    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/anthony-albaneses-comments-on-abortion-show-he-just-doesnt-get-it/news-story/83d1f82dba30be9d4c45446e37f0b8ca

    Even worse than his “it’s a matter for the states” answer is his backflip on providing abortions in public hospitals.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Here are your Sunday scraps.

    Anyone with honest doubts about the need for a Commonwealth integrity commission working with a wide-ranging remit would do well to study recent reports coming from, after, or to state-based anti-corruption inquiries., writes Jack Waterford who says the alarming thing is that almost all of the forms of corrupt, improper and unethical behaviour on display in the states have been blatant in the recent past at the Commonwealth level.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7829909/a-big-integrity-stick-is-essential-in-modern-government/?cs=14329
    The former Morrison government subverted Australia’s democracy, undermined the public service and endangered members of the defence force when it pressured public servants to reveal details of an asylum seeker boat on election day, home affairs minister Clare O’Neil has said, lambasting the former government for its “disgraceful” actions.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/23/coalition-subverted-democracy-with-election-day-statement-on-asylum-boat-labor-says
    James Massola reports that Adam Bandt has declared that the Greens will attempt to block any new federal funding for existing coal and gas projects and could try to amend Labor’s first budget.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/greens-bandt-demands-block-on-funding-for-coal-and-gas-flags-budget-fight-20220722-p5b3x0.html
    And Bandt says the party also wants to lift the minimum wage to 60 per cent of the median income, allow industry-wide bargaining and ensure all workers received minimum pay and conditions. (Try the maths. If the minimum wage goes to 60% of the median what happens to the new median then?)
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/greens-to-flex-senate-muscle-in-push-for-sick-pay-safety-net-20220722-p5b3p8.html
    Infection numbers that would once have caused widespread alarm are being met in some quarters with indifference, writes Michael Reid who says apathy is Australia’s newest pandemic challenge.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/australia-s-newest-pandemic-challenge-apathy-20220721-p5b3cp
    Workers’ real incomes are still going backwards, with the most recent workplace agreements showing the typical pay rise was just 3 per cent, despite soaring inflation, writes Ben Schneiders who has looked closely at 72 collective agreements lodged this week with the Fair Work Commission.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/wages-growth-still-failing-to-catch-fire-typical-pay-rise-just-3-per-cent-this-year-20220722-p5b3ut.html
    The incoming brief for the foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong contained the stark admission that cascading international crises including Afghanistan and Ukraine “have strained our ability to provide a high-level consular service to Australians overseas”, report Amy Remeikis and Daniel Hurst.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/24/dfat-concerned-about-ability-to-help-australians-overseas-amid-international-crises-documents-show
    The gambling industry’s grip on Victoria seems unshakable, writes Jon Faine who describes a conveyor belt running from pokies to prison, as any visit to Melbourne Magistrates Court will attest.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-gambling-industry-s-grip-on-victoria-seems-unshakable-20220722-p5b3sd.html
    Abortion provider MSI Australia is lobbying for new Medicare rules to enable it to end out-of-pocket costs, as the federal government vows to improve access to reproductive services, reports Dana Daniel.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/push-for-new-medicare-abortion-rebates-as-labor-vows-better-access-20220723-p5b3ym.html
    Controversial councillor Moira Deeming has been chosen by Liberal Party members to replace outspoken MP Bernie Finn in the contest for the upper house Western Metropolitan Region seat in the state election. Jackson Graham reports that Deeming, a City of Melton councillor since 2020 who has previously pushed for separate bathrooms for transgender people, was endorsed at a Liberal convention last night.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/liberals-choose-councillor-with-controversial-trans-views-to-replace-bernie-finn-20220723-p5b40i.html
    More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in 74 countries since May, prompting the chief of the World Health Organisation to declare it a global emergency.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/who-declares-monkeypox-a-health-emergency-as-infections-soar-20220724-p5b40t.html
    Richard Cullen bemoans the now radical US Supreme Court.
    https://johnmenadue.com/a-most-radical-supreme-court/

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  18. For anyone who believes Karen Andrews’ lies about boats (I cannot bellieve anyone here would) here’s the full story. Read the thread.

  19. leonetwo at 2:19 PM Edit

    For once I agree with Sam Maiden –

    Anthony Albanese’s comments on abortion show he just doesn’t get it

    Oh Albo gets it. What he also ‘gets’ is that there are still wallies from the likes of the ^#$#%!! Shoppies and their antediluvian views holding powerful positions within the Labor Party.

  20. I don’t know if that is the same as 2g posted b/c clicking on that link just gave me ‘page does not seem to exist’.

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