Australia Votes 2022

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

Get your Democracy Sausage!

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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. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Increasing interest rates often seems to be our only weapon against rising inflation. But understanding the role of market power and curbing its use can also play a role, as can taking some sector-specific action, opines Rod Sims. He points to the dominant firms that have some degree of market power; that is, they can set prices at higher levels knowing competitors are unlikely to undercut them and take market share from them.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/curbing-use-of-market-power-can-help-fight-against-inflation-20220724-p5b42l.html
    Treasurer Jim Chalmers needs to commit the government to the wage and budget restraint needed to reset the foundations for sustainable increases in Australian living standards, urges the AFR’s editorial.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/labor-too-must-do-whatever-its-takes-to-fight-inflation-20220721-p5b3lr
    Anthony Albanese won’t have the cushion of a benign economic climate, let alone a budget surplus, writes Jennifer Hewett as parliament is set to sit.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/in-from-the-wilderness-labor-faces-big-economic-beasts-20220724-p5b41t
    Senate kingmaker David Pocock says the Albanese government would build parliamentary support for its climate bills if it was prepared to insert a climate trigger as part of its looming revamp of national environmental laws, writes Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/25/david-pocock-calls-for-climate-trigger-in-emissions-legislation-ahead-of-new-parliament-opening
    These contributors to The Conversation provide us with four lessons for the Albanese government in making its climate targets law and they say we can’t afford to get this wrong.
    https://theconversation.com/4-lessons-for-the-albanese-government-in-making-its-climate-targets-law-we-cant-afford-to-get-this-wrong-187423
    Doug Dingwall and Dan Jervis-Bardy report that Social Services Department officials have told Labor its planned royal commission into the robodebt scheme will help rebuild public trust in the federal government’s handling of debt matters, amid warnings the accuracy of payments had fallen since the implementation of COVID measures. This royal commission will be going into popcorn terriyory.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7829306/robodebt-royal-commission-will-rebuild-trust-labor-told/?cs=14329
    Alexandra Smith tells us that the NSW upper house is likely to be recalled for an urgent sitting on Friday after the state government failed to release key documents relating to the controversial appointment of John Barilaro to a plum trade role.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/parliament-set-for-recall-over-failure-to-lodge-barilaro-documents-20220724-p5b44o.html
    The SMH editorial says that the Morrison government’s election-day tactics crossed the line. (It was as illustrative and it was disgusting!)
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-s-election-day-tactics-crossed-the-line-20220724-p5b43p.html
    The Reserve Bank has had a lot of attention for its work on getting inflation under control, but longer-term there are things the government can do to keep it from soaring, explains Rachel Clun.’
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/australia-needs-insurance-against-future-inflation-20220724-p5b414.html
    Parliament returns this week and is likely to make clear the difficulty of matching aspirations to decency with actual government behaviour, writes Sean Kelly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-s-decent-aspirations-may-collide-with-heat-of-political-battle-20220724-p5b427.html
    Peter Dutton faces first sitting week as opposition leader, but it’s still unclear how he intends to lead, says Finn McHugh.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7827541/abbott-20-or-a-kinder-gentler-pete-well-soon-find-out/?cs=14329
    Nick Bryant argues why Australia needs its own ‘state of the union’ address. A good read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-australia-needs-its-own-state-of-the-union-address-20220724-p5b42p.html
    Chip Le Grand writes that some hospital patients in Melbourne’s west are going straight home from ICU because there are no beds on the wards – the so-called “ICU exit block” coming amid the approach of the expected peak of winter COVID and flu cases.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/icu-patients-sent-straight-home-as-exit-block-reveals-hospital-strain-20220724-p5b42c.html
    Meanwhile, health officials in Victoria and NSW are issuing directives to limit epidural kit usage to obstetric patients only amid a worldwide shortage that has hit Australia’s hospitals.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/use-of-epidural-kits-limited-as-global-shortage-hits-australian-hospitals-20220721-p5b3i3.html
    The complex fragmentation of Australia’s health system affects the availability of patient data to insurers and care providers, resulting in unfair payment distribution, writes Professor Francesco Paolucci and Josefa Henriquez.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/why-patient-access-to-healthcare-in-australia-is-so-unfair,16580
    The management of weather-related emergency situations like floods is the responsibility of the states. But the policies and activities of the Commonwealth government can make big differences to the impacts of floods, either for better or for worse. This is clearly demonstrated via immigration policy and its impact on population growth, explains Chas Keys.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-flood-problem-immigration-and-population-growth/
    Damage discovered on a new Manly ferry just months after it began carrying passengers is expected to worsen and occur on the other overseas-built vessels, explains Matt O’Sullivan. Top effort!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/damage-to-new-manly-ferries-to-worsen-leaked-report-says-20220627-p5awzv.html
    Tech giant Amazon is facing legal action from an Australian delivery driver, in a fresh challenge to the gig economy model the government has vowed to overhaul. Writes Angus Thompson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/terminated-without-notice-amazon-s-gig-platform-challenged-over-driver-sacking-20220724-p5b413.html
    Many researchers in Australia have little job security, and are stressed, burnt out and too often exploited, explains Ben Schneiders. It appears universities could become the next Uber.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/universities-are-the-next-uber-stories-from-the-coalface-of-scientific-research-in-australia-20220720-p5b34a.html
    A new wave of migration is coming – and Europe is not ready for it, warns Simon Tisdall.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/24/europe-migration-new-wave
    Tax-cut stunts can’t cover up the disaster that is Brexit, writes William Keegan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jul/24/tax-cut-stunts-cant-cover-up-the-disaster-that-is-brexit
    Trump’s attempted coup continues – even after the January 6 hearings are over for now, says Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/24/trumps-attempted-coup-continues-even-after-january-6-hearings-are-over-for-now

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  2. “Damage discovered on a new Manly ferry just months after it began carrying passengers is expected to worsen and occur on the other overseas-built vessels, explains Matt O’Sullivan. Top effort!”

    The old Dee Why class ferries (Dee Why and Curl Curl) were built in Scotland and sailed to Australia in 1928 under their own steam. In 1938 these two were joined by the larger South Steyne, also built in Scotland and also sailing to Australia under its own steam.

    They were built to last – I have childhood memories of these ships and must have been onboard all three many times.

    These ocean-going ferries have been replaced several times and now we have ferries that cannot even handle the swell near the heads without cracking up or becoming airborne. How is this “progress”?

  3. Yesterday on Insiders Phil Coorey dodged a question on THAT boat arrival.

    • Ooops put it in the wrong place, meh!

      I don’t watch it either but now I have another reason not to. So if anyone asks I’ll say I’m boycotting the show for this reason.

      I beg of you all, fellow pubsters. to keep my secret on pain of wet lettuce slapping 😀

  4. From the AFR editorial linked by BK:

    Treasurer Jim Chalmers needs to commit the government to the wage and budget restraint needed to reset the foundations for sustainable increases in Australian living standards, urges the AFR’s editorial.

    How can you “reset” living standards if wage rises are less than the rate of inflation, and businesses are free to raise prices as much as they like.

    I also don’t believe that the official inflation measure reflects the actual increase in the cost of living to those on fixed incomes or incomes well below the average.

    • You need to remember the peasants need to be made poorer in order to beat inflation. That is the current orthodoxy of adherents of The Dismal Science. You will find that the Labor party’s economic mavens are pretty much in agreement on that. It is just a matter of the amount of lip stick to be put on the pig. Hayek Rulez OK !

  5. Believe this if you want. I think he is just too scared to show up in parliament for many reasons, especially his breaking of the caretaker conventions by choosing to not only orchestrate a boat arrival but choosing to announce it on election day.

    I’m hoping the PMs of New Zealand, Canada and the UK (if they have a PM in the next week) treat Scovid with all the contempt he deserves and then some. Scovid is no longer a PM, he is not even a Shadow Minister, he has nothing useful to contribute. It’s just another all expenses paid holiday to him.

    Scott Morrison statement on missing parliament sitting

    The former prime minister and current member for Cook, Scott Morrison, has issued a statement explaining why he is not attending parliament this sitting week.
    Morrison said:

    Prior to the new government advising the sitting schedule for the remainder of 2022, I had already accepted an invitation to join other former Prime Ministers from Canada, the UK and New Zealand to address an international event to be held in Tokyo this week. As a consequence I will be unable to attend the first three sitting days of the new Parliament this week.

    Both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition were advised of my intended travel and absence from the Parliament this week.

    While in Tokyo, in addition to making an address on the role of the Quad in promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific, I will be holding a series of meetings with Japanese political and business leaders and will have the opportunity to join other former leaders to express my condolences for the passing of Prime Minister Abe following his assassination.

    I will return to Australia to be present in the Parliament on August 1, 2022

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/jul/25/anthony-albanese-47th-parliament-climate-trigger-covid-wave-adf-aged-care-murray-watt-foot-and-mouth-disease#maincontent

    • Agreed, even when he does eventually show up I bet he’ll spend most of his time sulking in his tiny little backbencher office. Obviously no suitably lucrative post-pm job offers, otherwise he would have resigned already, looks like not even the right wing ‘think’ tanks want him, not even the IPA!

  6. Imagine turning up to parliament though for SfM. Mr Me Me Me would face reminders every minute of the day that rather than the rooster he was a discarded feather duster. All that bowing, scraping and deference gorn. No hot and cold running flunkies at your beck and call , finding out all those maaaates only cared about the title and not you and doors that no longer open.

    Then of course the big IF , IF Mr Prosperity Theology Bullshit Man really did believe his victory was a ‘miracle’ bestowed upon him by Dog then his bigly loss would tell him he is in Dog’s bad books,and out of favor big time. A norty sinful sinner man . Very depressing until he can come up with a story he can tell himself as to why it is a good thing he lost and it shows he is still in the ‘good books’ 🙂

    All in all it could not happen to a more deserving chappie.

  7. Hmmm – the plot thickens.

    I did the same search – I found nothing.

    • Then there’s this – I believe it because money is everything to Scovid and he will be finding it hard to cope on a backbencher’s salary.

      Scovid is just using his parliamentary membership as a stopgap until someone offers him a more lucrative position. Shame about his reputation for failing at every job he has had.

  8. I Googled up international events in Tokyo and in July there were these items. SfM doesn’t seen to fit any of them . Perhaps the bakery one as he plans on branching out from his curries ?
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    International Conference on Science, Technology…
    Tue 26 – Wed 27 July
    Tokyo Tokyo, Japan
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    International Conference on Medical & Health Science
    Fri 26 – Sat 27 Aug
    Kadoya Hotel, 1 Chome-23-1 Nishishinjuku
    Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan
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    Japan Bakery Show
    Wed 27 – Fri 29 July
    Tokyo Big Sight, 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake
    Koto City, Tokyo, Japan

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katherine Murphy takes a look at what’s in the latest Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/26/guardian-essential-poll-40-of-voters-say-labor-doing-poor-job-tackling-surging-cost-of-living
    The Albanese government is promising to rewrite its signature climate reforms to secure support from the Greens including a change to make clear its target of 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 is a minimum that could be upgraded over time, explains Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-to-rewrite-climate-bill-to-win-over-greens-20220725-p5b4fn.html
    Trump 2.0 poses a grave risk to the US, and Australia, argues Peter Hartcher. Frightening, really.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/trump-2-0-poses-a-grave-risk-to-the-us-and-australia-20220725-p5b485.html
    The SMH editorial says that the parliamentary agenda must be balanced by budget restraint.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/parliamentary-agenda-must-be-balanced-by-budget-restraint-20220725-p5b4ev.html
    And The Canberra Times’ editorial says that by the time Parliament breaks on Thursday, Australians will have an idea of how their new government will work and whether or not Anthony Albanese’s bid to rein in some of the acrimonious excesses of the past three years has a chance of succeeding.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7833474/albaneses-team-faces-baptism-of-fire/?cs=27763
    As parliament returns, Albanese must not lose sight of his promise to leave no one behind, implores Edwina MacDonald.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/25/as-parliament-returns-albanese-must-not-lose-sight-of-his-promise-to-leave-no-one-behind
    Paul Bongiorno says that Anthony Albanese faces daunting challenges and can take nothing for granted.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2022/07/26/anthony-albanese-challenges-paul-bongiorno/
    A grim double dilemma haunts Labor ahead of a looming confrontation of politics with economics, says Simon Benson.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/grim-double-dilemma-haunts-labor-ahead-of-a-looming-confrontation-of-politics-with-economics/news-story/01f112bb3cc7b73b02a51ded054a3d34
    On the subject of small government and free markets, Alan Kohler ponders whether it is driven by either of ideology or greed. Quite an interesting read, this one.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/07/25/small-government-free-market-kohler/
    Stuart Ayres has been interviewed as part of the independent inquiry into the controversial appointment of John Barilaro to a plum New York role, while maintaining the former deputy premier would have made a fine trade commissioner to the United States.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/ayres-interviewed-as-part-of-independent-inquiry-into-barilaro-trade-appointment-20220725-p5b4gn.html
    Defence Minister Richard Marles wants to substantially increase the lethality and strategic strike power of the Australian Defence Force within the next five to seven years. This is an extremely ambitious time frame which would ­almost certainly make the Albanese government accountable for real-time defence delivery, a nearly unique circumstance in recent Australian history, writes Greg Sheridan.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/richard-marles-on-the-attack-in-revival-of-australian-defence-force/news-story/00df11f9555bc9748f23e94fef86fda7
    Labor will struggle in the Senate to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission, but is ready to defund the watchdog if needed, say Phil Coorey and David Marin-Guzman.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/government-could-deny-abcc-budget-if-moves-to-abolish-it-fail-20220725-p5b48a
    James Robertson thinks Anthony Albanese may have finally snookered the Greens on climate.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/25/greens-climate-snookered-by-albanese/
    Scott Morrison’s decision to skip the opening of parliament to attend a conference in Tokyo with other former conservative world leaders has fuelled speculation among Liberals about his political future, writes Lisa Visentin. (The sooner Morrison is out of our lives, the better!)
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-to-miss-first-week-of-new-parliament-20220725-p5b4dc.html
    Although the activities of politicians from minor parties and independents should fall under integrity legislation, we should mostly be grateful that they contain more enthusiasts for a tough and expansive system than within the government, writes Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/its-the-teals-who-are-the-most-representative-on-integrity-issues/
    Katina Curtis reports that casual and part-time employees will be able to access the full 10 days of domestic violence leave under a new entitlement the government is putting to parliament.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/casuals-part-timers-will-get-full-paid-domestic-violence-leave-in-new-scheme-20220725-p5b4bf.html
    High prices and a big push by the ATO mean Labor’s budget will get billions of extra dollars in revenue from Australia’s offshore LNG projects, explains Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/tax-and-super/the-tax-man-cometh-for-the-gas-industry-20220725-p5b4fq
    Extraordinary profits generated by rapacious exporters have gone largely untaxed by Coalition governments, says Alan Austin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/coalitions-failure-to-tax-gas-windfall-profits-cost-the-nation-billions,16592
    The AIMN wants us to avoid the lunatic fringe and holds up Hollie Hughes as a prime example.
    https://theaimn.com/avoiding-the-lunatic-fringe/
    Poor-quality construction was the most common complaint for new home buyers in NSW over the past three years, with plumbing and solar issues also high on the list of concerns for residents. NSW Fair Trading received about 11,000 complaints each year between 2019 and 2021. The main issue raised was the quality of construction, which included defective work, incomplete work and unsatisfactory performance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/almost-financially-ruined-us-the-number-one-complaint-of-new-home-buyers-in-nsw-20220721-p5b3j0.html
    Nick Toscano reports that Victorian apartment developers will be banned from striking private deals with electricity retailers that lock residents into contracts covering entire buildings, under changes the Andrews government says will empower consumers to seek better offers as energy prices rise.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/developers-banned-from-locking-apartment-residents-into-energy-deals-20220725-p5b4av.html
    It’s often said that sky-high property prices could be fixed by the release of more land but a new report suggests this is not the case – and that developers are gaming the system, explains Cara Waters.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/land-banking-by-big-developers-driving-up-property-prices-report-20220725-p5b486.html
    Quality journalism is crucial to a healthy democracy because it holds power to account and informs the public when politicians are misbehaving, are corrupt, or incompetent, writes Victoria Fielding who says biased reporters should lose their status as ‘journalists’.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/biased-reporters-should-lose-status-as-journalists,16594
    The Teal independents are still riding a wave of media adulation. The coverage suggests a new, more idealistic way of practising politics. But when MPs emphasise the primacy of their own electorates, the unity of the nation is overlooked, writes Mark Sawyer.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/triumph-of-the-teals-a-media-love-in-rolls-on/
    Even if they don’t lose their homes, a significant cohort of stressed borrowers is about to emerge with very little fat to cut in their budgets as mortgage rates rise. It’s beef mince and tap water from now on, writes Jess Irvine.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/a-farewell-to-shiraz-and-wagyu-155-000-borrowers-to-feel-intense-pain-20220725-p5b48g.html
    International airfares have doubled as blistering demand and shrunken capacity has enabled airlines to raise prices to combat higher fuel costs, explains Elizabeth Knight. I must admit, I have no desire to fly anywhere anymore.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/airfares-hit-maximum-altitude-as-capacity-constraints-hit-the-market-20220725-p5b4dn.html
    Sydney airport has been named among the world’s worst airports for flight cancellations and delays in the past two months. Data compiled by the flight tracking and data platform FlightAware ranked Sydney sixth-worst for flight cancellations, with 5.9% of flights cancelled, and ninth-worst for delays, with 34.2% of flights affected.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/25/sydney-airport-ranked-among-worlds-worst-as-delays-persist-chaos-doesnt-come-close
    Michaela Whitbourn takes us through yesterday’s closing statement from Ben Roberts-Smith’s lawyer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/bigger-knolls-at-bondi-ben-roberts-smith-barrister-rejects-cliff-kick-claim-20220725-p5b4ao.html
    More than 200 NDIS participants were having their funding slashed by 20 per cent or more every day in the final months of the Morrison government, internal documents have revealed. But almost double the number of plans increased substantially in the same period, according to the agency in charge of the scheme, reports Dan Jervis-Bardy.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7832369/unimaginable-ndis-funding-slashed-every-day-under-former-government/?cs=14329
    Waiting lists for SA’s public health specialists are so long people are dying before getting to see a doctor – but incredibly, the maximum seven-year wait is an improvement, writes Brad Crouch for The Advertiser.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sevenyear-wait-to-see-specialist-in-sa-public-health-system-is-an-improvement-on-the-previous-16year-maximum/news-story/4bf40800f229e2dde60f2e21eef4edd9?amp
    Humans excrete about 10 grams of urea, and about 1 gram of phosphorous, through their urine daily, writes Angus Dalton who tells us about Freguia, a part of a $3.8 million new Hub for Nutrients in a Circular Economy, funded by the Australian Research Council, to find a commercially viable method of recouping urea flushed down toilets (100 tonnes of the stuff is produced in Melbourne and Sydney alone per day).
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/entrepreneurship/you-re-a-walking-urea-factory-could-your-pee-help-avert-the-fertiliser-crisis-20220725-p5b4ec.html
    Conservationists have declared a win in a fight over Tasmania’s takyana/Tarkine rainforest after a judge found the Morrison government had erred in approving preliminary work on a mining waste dam. Adam Morton tells us that federal court justice Mark Moshinsky found the then environment minister, Sussan Ley, had failed to apply the precautionary principle before allowing drilling and surveying works for a new tailings dam near the town of Rosebery, on the state’s west coast.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/26/judge-finds-morrison-government-erred-in-approving-preliminary-work-on-tailings-dam-in-the-tarkine
    The CPA is saying the construction industry is facing a ‘raft of insolvencies’ without assistance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/construction-industry-faces-raft-of-insolvencies-without-assistance-20220725-p5b47z.html
    Josh Butler tells us that a bill to overturn a federal ban on the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory passing voluntary assisted dying laws will be introduced to parliament next week, setting up the first conscience vote of the new government.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/25/federal-labor-allows-conscience-vote-on-push-to-overturn-ban-on-act-and-nt-assisted-dying-laws
    The US Fed is set to announce another big rate rise this week and will continue to do so for the rest of the year, adding to the existing pressures already on Australia’s Reserve Bank, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-us-is-setting-up-the-rba-for-some-painful-decisions-20220725-p5b481.html
    There is one man to blame for the lorries backed up in Dover. That’s Boris Johnson, says Simon Benson.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/25/lorries-dover-boris-johnson-tory-leadership-brexit
    If you have a miscarriage in Republican America, your health is now at risk declares Moira Donegan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/25/abortion-republicans-anti-choice-women-health-risk
    Pope Francis has apologised to Canada’s indigenous people on their land for the church’s role in schools where indigenous children were abused. And ha had the hide to ask for forgiveness!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/i-ask-forgiveness-pope-apologises-for-deplorable-evil-of-canadian-indigenous-schools-20220726-p5b4hr.html

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  10. Katharine

    You’ll recall that during the Morrison epoch, routine deliberation was often boring, process-obsessed “bubble stuff”, and accountability was often nit-picking, irritating bubble stuff.

    This week, Anthony Albanese set about popping Morrison’s bubble.

    Australia’s new prime minister began the task early on Tuesday at the welcome to country ceremony that kicked off the opening of the new parliament. Albanese tried to reclaim some nobility for his vocation by pointing out politics was about more than tactics.

    At its best, politics, the humanist business, was about soul, he seemed to suggest. Politics was about progress. It was about justice. It was about decency. In the span of time between him being a kid in public housing in inner-city Sydney and becoming prime minister of Australia, there had been the 1967 referendum, Mabo, the apology to the Stolen Generations, and the requirement that new parliaments open with a welcome to country.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/26/albanese-believes-in-politics-with-purpose-hes-determined-to-pop-morrisons-canberra-bubble

  11. Note for above: The left “Pocock” is Senator Barbara Pocock
    Senator for South Australia, Greens

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Mike Foley, the Greens are preparing to back Labor’s signature climate reforms and vote them into law, despite the Climate Change Bill setting an emissions reduction target below what the minor party campaigned for and leaving out measures to stop coal and gas exports.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-flags-higher-climate-target-for-2035-within-next-three-years-20220726-p5b4nc.html
    Power giants Origin Energy and EnergyAustralia are calling on governments to ensure market reforms are focused on spurring new projects to back up renewable energy, as states clash over whether existing coal and gas generators should be paid to be on standby, explains Nick Toscano.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/power-giants-want-new-projects-prioritised-as-coal-is-phased-out-20220726-p5b4mn.html
    A prominent group of Australian investors says Labor’s 43 per cent emissions target is only the first step ahead of a raft of necessary legislative and administrative changes to get the country on a trajectory to net zero by 2050, reports Jacob Greber.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/emissions-target-legislation-is-only-the-start-of-what-investors-need-20220726-p5b4sm
    While the ALP searches for its heart and the Greens its brain, perhaps what they both really need is courage, opines Peter Lewis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/jul/26/while-the-alp-searches-for-its-heart-and-the-greens-its-brain-perhaps-what-they-both-really-need-is-courage
    Expect the Liberal Party’s “women of calibre”, Karen Andrews and Hollie Hughes, to be taking it up to the Labor Party “full bore” this week, especially over power prices, writes Dave Donovan who reckons said ladies will say Labor should have fixed the energy crisis already.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/labor-in-power-should-have-fixed-energy-already-say-lib-dynamos-andrews-and-hughes,16597
    Albanese believes in politics with purpose, and he’s determined to pop Morrison’s ‘Canberra bubble’, writes Katherine Murphy. She says Scott Morrison wasn’t there, and his absence was probably for the best, because the style of politics that Morrison personified was repudiated in myriad ways.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/26/albanese-believes-in-politics-with-purpose-hes-determined-to-pop-morrisons-canberra-bubble
    The Liberal Party’s problem is the crumbling of its ‘liberal’ base. It’s difficult to see how the leadership of Peter Dutton – a political Steven Bradbury – can fix that problem, says Ross Stitt.
    https://johnmenadue.com/ross-stitt-peter-dutton-liberal-party-saviour-or-nemesis/
    Inflation is not a big problem, so don’t hit it with a sledgehammer, says Ross Gittins who asserts that increasing interest rates – which all the rich countries’ central banks are doing – can do nothing to end supply disruptions caused by the pandemic, end the Ukraine war or stop climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/inflation-is-not-a-big-problem-so-don-t-hit-it-with-a-sledgehammer-20220726-p5b4o7.html
    Our politics is suddenly boring, and that’s worth celebrating, writes Julie Szego. Not a bad read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/our-politics-is-suddenly-boring-and-that-s-worth-celebrating-20220726-p5b4jr.html
    The Albanese government comes with a solemn obligation – to have a successful first term that breaks from the debacles of the past. The task is for the leader and parliamentary party to purge the cycle of failed first-term governments from which neither the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government nor the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government fully recovered, writes Paul Kelly.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/pms-test-to-break-cycle-of-firstterm-failure/news-story/1d7250217c7dd3eefc8edf1e4a1c8bb9
    It seems Scott Morrison has many work choices in his new job. But the electors of Cook might have expected him to at least turn up, writes an obviously unimpressed Jenna Price who throw’s Morrison’s concept of “mutual obligation” right back in his face.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/so-much-for-mutual-obligation-new-job-first-day-no-show-20220725-p5b4hb.html
    A new parliament, a new government and we have a new political divide: masks, says Tony Wight who takes us through yesterday’s ceremonies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-new-parliament-a-new-government-and-a-new-political-divide-masks-20220726-p5b4tr.html
    Simon Benson reckons we should get set for question time fireworks as inflation lights the fuse.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/get-set-for-question-time-fireworks-as-inflation-lights-fuse/news-story/0a55ad4c78ed508e82167e3ef4ddad02
    The rapidly changing outlook means the new government must confront the growth agenda that both sides of politics have sought to ignore, says the AFR’s editorial.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/gloomy-global-backdrop-for-chalmers-statement-20220725-p5b4fg
    The International Monetary Fund has significantly downgraded its outlook for the global economy for the second time in just three months as inflation and rapidly rising interest rates stymie activity. The IMF forecast growth of just 3.2 per cent this year and 2.9 per cent next year, downgrades of 0.4 and 0.7 percentage points from April. This largely reflected slowdowns in the United States, China and in the Eurozone, reports Ronald Mizen.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/imf-downgrades-global-growth-outlook-20220726-p5b4sg
    Labor is warning it will need to make additional budget cuts after uncovering a $1 billion blowout in the Morrison government’s signature program to consolidate business registries. The revelations come as Treasurer Jim Chalmers prepares to deliver a statement on Thursday that will paint a dire picture of the state of the federal budget, which is forecast to remain in deficit for the next decade, explains Michael Read.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/budget-cuts-needed-after-1b-blowout-in-business-registry-revealed-20220726-p5b4qc
    Michael Pascoe tells us that business isn’t wasting a good crisis while China plays the long game.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/07/27/michael-pascoe-business-crisis-profits-china/
    Australian university researchers and staff are critically important. It’s time they are given job and income security. The era of exploitation of their vast knowledge and commitment must end now, urges Dr Alison Barnes, National Tertiary Education Union national president.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/insecure-work-in-australian-higher-education-must-end-now-20220725-p5b4cy.html
    Dominic Perrottet has defended Stuart Ayres as a strong trade minister amid the escalating saga around the appointment of John Barilaro, as it was revealed Ayres signed a brief naming former bureaucrat Jenny West as the successful applicant for the New York job.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/premier-defends-ayres-as-barilaro-trade-job-saga-escalates-20220726-p5b4ts.html
    Chris Uhlmann mounts another of his hobbyhorses, the excessive Covid response. Read it if you like – I can’t.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nothing-to-fear-but-the-truth-time-to-question-our-pandemic-response-20220726-p5b4jt.html
    Politicians seem to have abandoned plans to stop the COVID-19 pandemic from continuing to wipe us out, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/absence-of-mandates-means-no-end-in-sight-for-pandemic,16595
    Scientists have found the “most compelling and most detailed” evidence showing COVID-19 originated at a live animal market in China. Eighteen researchers – including Professor Edward Holmes from The University of Sydney, whose work was backed by the Australian government – have linked the outbreak to up to 15 market stalls that sold bats, foxes, dogs and badgers. They suggest Wuhan residents first became infected after contact with infected animals that had been sold for meat or fur.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/07/27/covid-china-wuhan-huanan-market-science/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    Bill Shorten hopes a Royal Commission into robodebt will win back the public’s trust, describing the program as “a woefully unlawful experiment on vulnerable people”. It’s the first step in his long-term vision to bring a “citizen-centric” focus to government services. But Mr Shorten said lessons first had to be learned from the past to ensure governments were providing systems that were “fair, accurate, accountable and efficient”.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7834730/robodebt-an-unlawful-experiment-never-to-be-repeated-shorten/?cs=14350
    The breakdown in relations between Canberra and Beijing during the years of the Turnbull and Morrison governments illustrates the emptiness of Australia’s claims to be a middle power in regional and global affairs, posits Allan Patience.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-turnbull-and-morrison-governments-and-the-breakdown-in-australias-relations-with-china/
    More childcare centres are operating without enough qualified early childhood teachers because of a worsening staff shortage that could undermine the federal government’s pledge to make childcare more affordable, writes Adam Carey. (Ditto aged care, ditto hospitals, ditto . . )
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/desperately-short-of-qualified-staff-childcare-centres-ask-to-bend-the-rules-20220726-p5b4j3.html
    Building inspectors working for the state construction watchdog say they are being pressured not to complete thorough inspections and to avoid finding faults on projects so they can meet high performance targets, reports Clay Lucas. Yet another example of ignorant performance measures leading to suboptimal outcomes.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/building-inspectors-pressured-to-avoid-finding-faults-20220726-p5b4rd.html
    “Why are our politicians so against anti-corruption bodies?”, wonders Colleen Lewis.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7820886/why-are-our-politicians-so-against-anti-corruption-bodies/?cs=14329
    Australia’s chances of keeping foot and mouth disease out of the country are close to zero if the behaviour of young Aussies at Denpasar airport is anything to go by, writes Jimmy Thomson who has just returned from there.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/my-return-trip-from-bali-augurs-badly-for-our-biosecurity-20220725-p5b4bz.html
    The employment services industry successfully lobbied to stop a proposed rule banning providers from referring jobseekers to their own training courses under the new $1.5bn-a-year Workforce Australia model. In a potential windfall for providers, Luke Henriques-Gomes reveals the Department of Employment last year intended to ban the practice before reversing course after “strong feedback” from the industry.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/27/workforce-australia-job-agencies-rake-in-millions-more-from-training-contracts
    Dentists are concerned about the number of people delaying treatment as cost-of-living pressures and long waitlists for government-funded care are expected to create a backlog of problems. Mary Ward tells us that more than two-thirds of adults (68 per cent) said they have not been to the dentist in the past two years and a quarter have avoided the chair for five years, according to a survey of 25,000 people commissioned by the Australian Dental Association.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/two-thirds-of-australians-haven-t-been-to-the-dentist-in-two-years-20220726-p5b4lg.html
    More than 17,300 welfare recipients will be transitioned off the Coalition’s cashless debit card from September, with Labor’s legislation to wind up the controversial scheme due to be introduced to parliament today.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/cashless-debit-card-to-be-wound-up-from-september-20220726-p5b4s0
    Michaela Whitbourn provides us with a summary of what Ben Roberts-Smith’s lawyer has been saying in his long closing argument, including accusing the soldier’s lover of fabricating an assault.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ben-roberts-smith-s-former-lover-fabricated-assault-claim-court-told-20220726-p5b4qk.html
    “Why is Peter Dutton trying to start another political fight over the school curriculum?”, asks Associate Professor Stewart Riddle who points out that it is important to remember that education authorities determine the curriculum – not unions, not activists and ideally not the minister of the day.
    https://theconversation.com/why-is-peter-dutton-trying-to-start-another-political-fight-over-the-school-curriculum-187021
    An Adelaide uni professor says he has finally uncovered the identity of the enigmatic Somerton Man – solving the haunting mystery that has intrigued Australians for more than 70 years.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/somerton-man-mystery-solved-as-adelaide-uni-researcher-names-body-on-beach/news-story/704827273f9feee92fdddb23fbd473e5?amp
    New Zealand-style laws to eradicate tobacco would be a game changer in closing the gap between the life expectancy of Indigenous and white Australians, experts say.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-urged-to-join-new-zealand-in-tobacco-endgame-20220726-p5b4j7.html
    The crisis in the property sector is one of China’s own making and it is getting deeper, sparking contagion fears for the rest of the economy, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/china-s-property-cancer-is-spreading-20220726-p5b4kw.html
    Joe Biden has made a terrible mistake in publicly pressuring House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi to cancel her visit to Taiwan planned for next month. This could be a pivotal and potentially disastrous moment in the US-China competition. Pelosi would not be the first US speaker to visit Taiwan. Newt Gingrich did so in 1997, says Greg Sheridan.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/world/joe-biden-at-risk-of-bending-knee-to-xi-jinping-over-nancy-pelosi/news-story/6fa06630c9654e4b171239f2b8151525
    Donald Trump’s treasonous refusal to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, his attempt to overturn it by pressuring his vice-president not to certify the result and his incitement of the Capitol riot resulting in death, injury and destruction is enough to warrant criminal prosecution and prohibition from running for president again, writes Troy Bramston who says a second Trump presidency represents a threat to US democracy.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/second-trump-presidency-a-threat-to-us-democracy/news-story/33d7a38b6381025cb2d8ca9125dce09e
    The US attorney general, Merrick Garland, said he would “pursue justice without fear or favor” when it comes to weighing political sensitivities around his decision on whether to charge Donald Trump with crimes related to the Capitol attack and his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. I’m not holding my breath.’
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/26/garland-charge-trump-capitol-attack-jan-6-doj
    “Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this man accused of driving at speeds of up to 200km/h on the Tuggeranong Parkway while on methamphetamine and who has accused a magistrate of having “no heart” after being refused bail a second time.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7835106/man-who-allegedly-drove-at-up-to-200kmh-on-meth-claims-magistrate-has-no-heart/?cs=14329
    Newly preselected Victorian Liberal candidate Moira Deeming once claimed schools were actively trying to change children’s gender and sexual identity, while encouraging gay and transgender students to be “really narcissistic”. In interviews posted on YouTube, the teacher and Melton councillor describes transgender laws as “my number one issue”, casts doubt on Covid-19 vaccines and claims LGBTQ+ students get “all the attention” at school. Another contender for “Arsehole of the Week”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/26/my-number-one-issue-victoria-liberal-candidate-has-history-of-attacking-transgender-rights

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  13. “Why is Peter Dutton trying to start another political fight over the school curriculum?”, asks Associate Professor Stewart Riddle

    It’s comfort food for the Uber Tuber. Don’t know what to do ? Pluck out one of the ‘go to’ topics for his Shoutback radio demographic base. At least you can be sure to get a friendly greeting from ‘Ray’ and the rest of the scumbags.

  14. Feeling the world has gone off the rails ? A quick look at Rupert’s Teh Australian will provide you with reassurance things are 100% BAU . Reassurance provided by headlines such as this 😆

    EXCLUSIVE

    Convicted union ‘thug’ cosies up with Labor leaders

  15. Had my 2nd booster this morning – Moderna. Not expecting any reaction because apart from a sore arm after vax 2 I have not had any adverse reactions. I should have had it at the start of June but I caught Covid so that delayed things.

  16. Michael West – another blood boiler, ice baths ready?

    Stephen Colbert –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  17. This is the first Question Time I’ve watched in a while, and I noticed that ministers are now seated on both the front and 2nd row benches, and answer questions from their positions when needed instead of standing at the dispatch box.

    Is that a new thing? Or was it introduced during the previous government as social distancing precautions?

    • Sorry, can’t help with that, it’s the first time we have watched it in over 9 years. I have to say we both enjoyed watching it today.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Barely two months after the Greens’ best-ever federal election result, the party’s moment of truth has arrived. The choices its MPs, and especially its leader Adam Bandt, make on the Albanese government’s climate change legislation will have ramifications that go far beyond this electoral term, opines Shaun Carney.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-the-greens-decide-now-on-climate-will-affect-left-politics-long-term-20220727-p5b4wg.html
    Tony Wright nicely sums up yesterday’s first Question Time. A good read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-slugger-the-jabber-and-the-ref-the-new-order-in-question-time-20220727-p5b54p.html
    Losing question time opportunities to a bigger crossbench has made the Coalition even crankier after its election loss, says Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/27/losing-question-time-opportunities-to-a-bigger-crossbench-made-the-coalition-even-crankier-after-its-election-loss
    David Tyler says the new Parliament is promising but Team Dutton disappoints.
    https://theaimn.com/new-parliament-promising-but-team-dutton-disappoints/
    Ministers will set the tone and it is unlikely that the new Speaker, Labor’s Milton Dick, will do much to impose himself on them, predicts David Solomon.
    https://johnmenadue.com/huge-test-for-speaker-to-control-mps-conduct/
    The economy will slow, more people will be out of work and real wages will take a substantial hit as the Reserve Bank’s efforts to control inflation with higher interest rates bite, Treasurer Jim Chalmers will reveal in a budget and economic outlook to be delivered to Parliament, say Shane Wright and Rachel Clun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/real-wages-slump-unemployment-to-rise-as-inflation-s-headwinds-buffet-economy-20220727-p5b4wz.html
    And they outline where inflation is hitting households the hardest.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/where-inflation-is-hurting-household-budgets-the-most-20220727-p5b51z.html
    Inflation is being amplified by firms with market power, explains John Quiggin.
    https://theconversation.com/inflation-is-being-amplified-by-firms-with-market-power-187418
    Mark Kenny tells us why the treasurer’s words on the economy carry so much weight. He says he circumstances Chalmers faces are diabolical.
    https://theconversation.com/chalmers-challenge-why-the-treasurers-words-on-the-economy-carry-so-much-weight-187618
    The RBA is increasing interest rates to counter inflation – but it will also slow wages growth, posits Greg Jericho. As usual, his charts are telling!
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/jul/28/the-rba-is-increasing-interest-rates-to-counter-inflation-but-it-will-also-slow-wages-growth
    Inflation hasn’t been higher for 32 years. What now, asks John Hawkins.
    https://theconversation.com/inflation-hasnt-been-higher-for-32-years-what-now-187452
    The national skills crisis is influencing PM Anthony Albanese’s commitment to full employment, writes John Quiggin who says full employment is the promise Albanese must keep.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/full-employment-the-promise-albanese-must-keep,16601
    Labor will make it more challenging for key government agencies to spend public money on coal and gas projects in an olive branch offering to the Greens as negotiations go down to the wire over the government’s signature climate reform, explain Mike Foley and Nick Toscano. Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said the legislation was a positive start and would underpin the investment businesses needed to make to reduce emissions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/climate-bill-to-make-government-fossil-fuel-investment-harder-20220727-p5b4zy.html
    National Australia Bank chairman Phil Chronican has called on politicians to back Labor’s 2030 emissions targets to put banks on a firmer footing as they look to reallocate trillions of dollars of funding towards new technologies to drive the transition to net zero.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/emissions-target-will-drive-a-green-lending-boom-chronican-20220727-p5b50o
    The nation is failing to address the systemic disadvantages experienced by First Nations communities, according to the latest Closing the Gap data released by the Productivity Commission on Thursday. Four of the 13 targets are on track: the birth weights of Indigenous babies, preschool kids attending early childhood education, and youth detention rates are trending in the right direction, while gains are being seen in land and sea rights.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/28/australia-still-failing-to-hit-more-than-two-thirds-of-closing-the-gap-targets-new-data-shows
    Josh Butler writes that the aged care sector has urged the new federal parliament to quickly pass delayed legislation enacting key recommendations of the royal commission, saying residents “can’t afford to wait any longer” for reforms around new funding, governance and conduct of staff.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/27/aged-care-reform-first-bill-to-pass-lower-house-under-albanese-government
    Zoe Samios reports that Communications Minister Michelle Rowland has declared a regulatory proposal from NBN Co, which would dramatically increase the cost of internet, “unacceptable”, forcing the broadband network operator to rethink its long-term pricing model.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/unacceptable-nbn-co-sent-back-to-square-one-on-pricing-model-20220727-p5b51d.html
    With facial recognition becoming increasingly sophisticated, it will soon be possible to monitor an entire population with minimal effort, discouraging people from participating in political protests and social movements, writes Manal al-Sharif.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/sleepwalkers-wake-australians-must-face-up-to-our-surveillance-state/
    New forecasts have picked Adelaide to lead property price growth in Australia for the first time in 15 years, with regional SA already seeing the country’s biggest spike in buyers.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/property/adelaide-forecast-to-top-australian-property-market-this-year/news-story/cb32e9c279b486ea8f2e4ebadfa0a2d3?amp
    Building consultant Ross Taylor bemoans the early retirement of NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler and says the decision might bring a smile to the faces of the sector’s cowboys. He is hopeful the “sheriff’s” work will continue.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/without-a-fearless-sheriff-development-cowboys-may-ride-again-20220726-p5b4t7.html
    The SMH editorial says that the journey to acceptance for LGBTQ community is far from over. It points to Albanese seeking to calm the Manly issue and advocating respect for both LGBTQ people and people of faith and said his religious discrimination legislation – which he has promised to bring forward in his first term – will be “much more consultative” than Morrison’s and attempt to bring people together. Without underestimating the difficulty of that task, it is the right sentiment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/journey-to-acceptance-for-lgbtq-community-is-far-from-over-20220727-p5b54s.html
    New Senate president Sue Lines says she would like to see the longstanding tradition of reading the Lord’s Prayer at the start of each sitting day “gone”, as she prepares to put her mark on the chamber by warning senators she’ll be tougher on those who demean their colleagues, writes Rosie Lewis.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/atheist-senate-president-sue-lines-wants-lords-prayer-gone/news-story/92e2be9d68dfa277b1ad458823727ac7
    The compulsory wearing of a rainbow pride jersey by Manly players in Thursday’s NRL game against Easts shows clearly who is and who is not discriminated against in modern Australia, moans culture warrior Peta Credlin.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/no-pride-in-groupthink-that-tears-usapart/news-story/ca9b2e4bc8b72dd60cd7217b9f5aa959
    According to Paul Sakkal, an anti-abortion candidate for the Victorian Liberal Party who opposes the rights of trans people was deemed too risky to run as part of former prime minister Scott Morrison’s election team this year. On the face of it, she’s not a very nice person.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/state-liberal-candidate-was-deemed-too-extreme-for-scott-morrison-s-campaign-20220725-p5b4g7.html
    And Victoria’s first openly gay state MP has slammed the leader of his former party, Matthew Guy, for failing to condemn the newly preselected Liberal candidate who has a history of attacking transgender rights.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/28/out-of-stepvictorias-first-openly-gay-mp-slams-liberal-party-leadership-over-moira-deeming-preselection
    Scott Morrison would likely be in high demand on the global Pentecostal conference scene but may struggle to find an audience on the right-wing talk circuit, experts say, as speculation swirls about the former prime minister’s future, writes Michael Koziol.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/great-demand-but-less-fortune-for-morrison-on-pentecostal-speakers-circuit-20220725-p5b4h0.html
    “Even typing those words has an unreal feeling. Will he come back? Will his poisonous personality rear up out of the darkness? Will he make a miraculous comeback? Or will he pull the pin on his parliamentary career, and move to the U.S. where some believe he belongs?”, writes Mark Buckley who opines that Morrison has gutted the LNP.
    https://theaimn.com/morrison-has-gutted-the-lnp/
    Michaela Whitbourn tells us that the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial has ended after 110 days and millions in costs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ben-roberts-smith-defamation-trial-ends-after-110-days-millions-in-costs-20220727-p5b4z0.html
    Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial laid bare the brutal reality of Australia’s decades-long war in Afghanistan – now the ex-soldier awaits judgment, writes Ben Doherty.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/28/ben-roberts-smiths-defamation-trial-laid-bare-the-brutal-reality-of-australias-decades-long-war-in-afghanistan-now-the-ex-soldier-awaits-judgment
    Chris Kenny’s hour-long program on Sky News was heavily promoted as if it were some sort of scoop, but it merely restated assumptions that already exist, writes Karl Quinn.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/your-abc-exposed-doco-lands-some-punches-but-exposes-little-more-than-an-agenda-20220726-p5b4vb.html
    Foxtel is seeking to use its own commentary team for all nine AFL games per round, rather than having to use Seven’s live call of the free-to-air games, reports Jack Niall. Not having to listen to James Brayshaw would give Foxtel a definite advantage!
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/fox-wants-own-commentators-for-all-afl-games-not-seven-s-20220727-p5b54k.html
    Russia has further exacerbated the energy crunch facing Europe ahead of the northern winter, as Putin continues to use his leverage and take advantage of the uncertainty he has created, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/pulling-the-strings-putin-is-gaming-europe-s-energy-crisis-20220727-p5b4wu.html
    The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate by a hefty three-quarters of a point for a second straight time in its most aggressive drive in three decades to tame high inflation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/federal-reserve-unleashes-another-big-rate-hike-in-bid-to-curb-inflation-20220728-p5b56v.html
    The right in the US has a new bogeyman, libraries, writes Maeve Higgins who says Neo-Nazis and Proud Boys are targeting libraries, as legislators and conservative lobby groups are trying to remove books from shelves and change how library board members are appointed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/27/right-wing-proud-boys-libraries-book-bans

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  19. “The right in the US has a new bogeyman, libraries, writes Maeve Higgins who says Neo-Nazis and Proud Boys are targeting libraries, as legislators and conservative lobby groups are trying to remove books from shelves and change how library board members are appointed”

    This is shocking!

    I suspect this lunacy has a lot to do with inability to read as much as it does about being a member of one of these gangs. If you are barely literate then of course you are going to follow the gang and try to ban books. Why waste time reading when you can be part of a vigilante group?

    Do these loons realise you can rip books from library shelves but that does not stop people reading them? Not in the digital age. You would need to ban the internet which these people rely on to spread hatred and recruit members, for that to succeed, and even then there would be a strong market for banned books imported from more enlightened countries

    How long before US right-wing extremists start burning books?

  20. Re the Victorian Ombudsman, you can read the full thing here. It seems as far as she is concerned, it should be the last word. Right at the end she says “Given the above, in my view it is not appropriate to investigate this matter further.”

    Investigation of a matter referred from the Legislative Council on 9 February 2022 – Part 1

    Click to access Investigation_of_a_matter_referred_from_the_Legislative_Council_on_9_February_2022_____Part_1_nThTmmFz.pdf

  21. lol

  22. There would be a fair bit of ‘turning in their graves’ going on over this headline.
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    Union fury after Keir Starmer sacks Sam Tarry for joining rail strikes picket

    Thursday July 28 2022, 12.01am, The Times
    Labour has descended into open warfare with trade unions as Sir Keir Starmer sacked a frontbencher after he joined a strike picket line.

    Sam Tarry, the MP for Ilford South, was fired as shadow transport minister after he joined striking workers outside London’s Euston station yesterday.
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rail-strikes-could-drag-on-for-a-year-warns-rmt-boss-mick-lynch-pcwcpf3n9

  23. Sorry for the late posting, got sidetracked with stuff at home.

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  24. AFR “ inflation-and-wages-are-spiralling-ceos-directors-warn”
    “ Your wait for a real pay rise just got longer”

    We are already copping it and we’ll get a shed load more so a couple of visuals to remember every time you you see a pollie or Dismal Science peasant explaining in euphemistic terms why the peasants need to be made poorer , cos , you know inflation .So sfa pay increases for you lot . Greedy darn workers . The charts are for the US of A but remember the same Dismal Science’ is orthodox here, as it is virtually everywhere. We just put a bit more lipstick on our pigs than the yankees, the trends are the same.


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    More on the greed of the peasantry.
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    The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90%.

    This is not some back-of-the-napkin approximation. According to a groundbreaking new working paper by Carter C. Price and Kathryn Edwards of the RAND Corporation, had the more equitable income distributions of the three decades following World War II (1945 through 1974) merely held steady, the aggregate annual income of Americans earning below the 90th percentile would have been $2.5 trillion higher in the year 2018 alone. That is an amount equal to nearly 12 percent of GDP—enough to more than double median income—enough to pay every single working American in the bottom nine deciles an additional $1,144 a month. Every month. Every single year.
    https://time.com/5888024/50-trillion-income-inequality-america/

  25. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Australians’ real wages will not return to pre-pandemic levels until the second half of this decade as the federal government reveals a further lift in inflation that will eat into householders’ buying power, says Shane Wright and Rachel Clun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inflation-on-track-for-32-year-high-as-wages-go-backwards-chalmers-20220728-p5b5a7.html
    Jim Chalmers gave Australians a glimpse of the future, and it wasn’t pretty, says economist Chris Richardson in an interesting contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/jim-chalmers-gave-australians-a-glimpse-of-the-future-it-wasn-t-pretty-20220728-p5b5h3.html
    Peter Hannam opines that, while the Treasurer’s speech may have lacked surprises, it nevertheless lays down markers for what’s to come, both in the budget and beyond. Chalmers is seeking to distinguish his approach from the near-decade of Coalition rule that preceded it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jul/28/jim-chalmers-economic-update-reveals-labor-has-little-room-to-move-on-rising-cost-of-living-pressures
    The SMH editorial is rather strident, saying Chalmers should drop the sob story and outline his policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/chalmers-should-drop-the-sob-story-and-outline-his-policies-20220728-p5b5hi.html
    “Jim Chalmers is a good performer, but can he hold the public’s trust through hard times?”, wonders Michelle Grattan.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-jim-chalmers-is-a-good-performer-but-can-he-hold-the-publics-trust-through-hard-times-187872
    Jim Chalmers has used his first two months as treasurer outlining the government’s problems. The time to start dealing with those issues is rapidly approaching, says Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/economic-bad-cop-time-coming-to-an-end-for-chalmers-20220728-p5b5ez.html
    Business leaders warn that inflation and wages need to be brought quickly under control without triggering a recession. But central bankers have a “narrow path to the fabled soft landing” says a former Reserve Bank of Australia governor, Glenn Stevens.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/inflation-and-wages-are-spiralling-ceos-directors-warn-20220728-p5b5ek
    Alan Kohler writes that the Reserve Bank is a renovator’s delight and says the pointy end of the work of the panel reviewing the Reserve Bank will be to decide whether Governor Philip Lowe committed a sackable offence by saying, over and over, that he expects the cash rate to stay at 0.1 per cent until 2024.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/07/28/reserve-bank-review-alan-kohler/
    James Robertson reckons Peter Dutton might have ruined Labor’s plans for new politics.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/07/28/dutton-labor-plan-new-politics/
    Katina Curtis and Shane Wright take us through the ANAO’s scathing report on the Coalition government’s management of the $1.15b Building Better Regions Fund. Disgusting, but par for the course.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/choose-your-own-adventure-criteria-audit-finds-regional-grants-not-picked-on-merit-20220728-p5b5hq.html
    Josh Butler also examines the ANAO report.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/28/coalitions-115bn-regional-grants-program-favoured-liberal-and-national-seats-audit-shows
    The Liberal Party’s tin ear towards climate change and other progressive issues has resulted in its base dwindling to voters with assets and those aged over 50, according to research that was presented to federal Opposition MPs this week, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/climate-inaction-points-to-deeper-problems-for-the-liberals-20220727-p5b4xg
    The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics, writes defeated MP Trent Zimmerman.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/29/the-coalitions-refusal-to-engage-on-climate-legislation-abandons-the-sensible-centre-of-australian-politics
    The ALP knows how to impose its agenda. Meanwhile, the sanguine Liberals are trusting in luck for government to land back in their lap, complains the IPA’s John Roskam who says tha,t even though Labor has formed government only three times after the last 10 federal elections, the party has immeasurably more influence on the direction of Australia’s policy and politics than the Coalition.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/if-only-the-coalition-knew-how-to-govern-like-labor-20220727-p5b54e
    Waleed Aly declares that the Statement from the Heart is a gift to the nation, not a grab for power and he praise Albanese’s means of advocating its acceptance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/statement-from-the-heart-is-a-gift-to-the-nation-not-a-grab-for-power-20220728-p5b58r.html
    Anthony Albanese wants bipartisan consensus on an indigenous Voice to parliament, but a growing number of Liberal MPs have reservations, write James Massola and Lisa Visentin.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-mps-opposing-voice-to-parliament-because-of-a-lack-of-detail-20220728-p5b5h6.html
    Stuart Ayres recommended a shortlist of candidates for a controversial US trade role but maintains he had no influence on the process that eventually led to John Barilaro being appointed to the plum government job. The plot thickens.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/ayres-played-role-in-shortlisting-candidates-for-ny-trade-job-previously-secret-documents-reveal-20220728-p5b5hv.html
    On the same day the deputy Liberal party leader, Stuart Ayres, held a media conference in Mumbai denying he influenced the decision to hire Barilaro, a trove of files released under a parliamentary order raised new questions about the government’s insistence that the recruitment process had been handled at arm’s length from ministers, reports Michael McGowan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/29/nsw-public-servants-waited-on-ministerial-feedback-on-new-york-trade-role-later-given-to-john-barilaro
    A spate of coal-fired power station failures and soaring fossil fuel costs pushed Australia’s east-coast electricity prices to their highest levels on record during the weeks leading up to last month’s extraordinary suspension of the national power market, write Mile Foley and Nick Toscano about the AMEO report that will be released today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/average-electricity-price-tripled-to-an-all-time-high-last-quarter-20220728-p5b5dz.html
    Tony Wright reports that former Greens leaders Bob Brown and Christine Milne will not criticise Adam Bandt for being open to passing the Albanese government’s emissions bill. They have dismissed negotiations between current leader Adam Bandt and Labor over a minimum 43 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 as little more than “symbolic”, but said the real and bigger problem was the federal government’s insistence on retaining coal and gas exports as essential to the Australian economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/greens-elders-brown-and-milne-say-emissions-target-debate-not-as-important-as-coal-exports-20220728-p5b5dg.html
    The PM spruiked the myth that Australia’s ‘quality’ coal was relatively clean – following in the footsteps of Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison, complains Graham Readfearn.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2022/jul/28/albanese-parrots-a-pro-coal-talking-point-as-ampol-offers-carbon-neutral-petrol
    An Andrews minority government is a growing possibility, writes Annika Smethurst, pointing to three seats that could fall to the Greens.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/an-andrews-minority-government-is-a-growing-possibility-20220728-p5b58t.html
    The “unprecedented” and near total secrecy that hid the prosecution and imprisonment of a former Australian intelligence officer has prompted the federal government to order a review of laws governing the handling of sensitive national security information, reports Christopher Knaus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/28/labor-announces-national-security-law-review-after-inquiry-criticises-secrecy-of-witness-j-case
    And yesterday Labor dropped the Coalition bid to overturn the high court ruling that Indigenous Australians can’t be aliens.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/28/labor-drops-coalition-bid-to-overturn-high-court-ruling-that-indigenous-australians-cant-be-aliens
    There is a malaise in APS integrity, accountability and transparency. Robodebt was only one manifestation of the problem. Officials now mislead Parliament and there is little effective accountability, writes Mark Warburton.
    https://johnmenadue.com/mark-warburton-time-to-revisit-integrity-in-the-australian-public-service/
    4 in 10 nursing homes have a COVID outbreak and the death rate is high. Professor Hal Swiersson looks at what has gone wrong.
    https://theconversation.com/4-in-10-nursing-homes-have-a-covid-outbreak-and-the-death-rate-is-high-whats-going-wrong-187775
    Eryk Bagshaw and Lisa Visentin tell us that the man hosting Scott Morrison’s Tokyo address is a Japanese sect leader who has published more than 220 self-help books and claims to have 50,000 devout followers, and whose political influence reaches across Australia, Asia and Europe. Time for Morrison to piss off, I’d say.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/sect-leader-self-help-author-and-political-player-the-mystery-man-behind-morrison-s-tokyo-speech-20220727-p5b56i.html
    Climate 200 would “throw petrol on the fire” on an independent movement aiming to seize Scott Morrison’s seat at a potential byelection, its boss Simon Holmes a Court says.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7836516/petrol-on-the-fire-climate-200-eyes-morrisons-seat-as-potential-candidate-emerges/?cs=14329
    “Will 2022 be the year primary health care takes a step up?”, wonders Stephen Duckett who points out that, even though the previous government’s ten-year primary care strategy was released on Budget night, no dollars were allocated for implementation.
    https://johnmenadue.com/will-2022-be-the-year-primary-care-takes-a-step-up/
    NSW Small Business Minister Eleni Petinos is facing allegations she called an adviser “retarded” and “stupid” and threatened she would “kill” them for making a small mistake, despite workplace safety being part of her portfolio responsibilities, reports Max Maddison.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/nsw-minister-eleni-petinos-faces-claims-of-bullying/news-story/68304786e79dfc4c6cf95f7cc04e52b1
    Rex Patrick is fighting for the release of documents which expose Australia’s spying on Timor-Leste to cheat the little country out of oil and gas reserves. He is in court in Melbourne this minute but it’s a game of “We can neither confirm nor deny”. The former senator and unbowed transparency warrior kicks off his first column for Michael West Media today.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/rex-patrick-on-timor-spying-albanese-governments-first-secret-trial-after-only-67-days/
    Michelle Pini takes a look at the Liberal Party fallout following its crushing defeat, including the politically departed and the remaining former glamour set.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scomo-and-co-where-are-they-now,16604
    The Catholic Church is lobbying federal politicians to oppose a bill to restore the ACT and NT’s right to legalise voluntary assisted dying, arguing the change would amount to the Commonwealth sanctioning the killing of its own citizens. They aren’t going to be forced to use the option – they should just get out of the way.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7838692/killing-its-citizens-catholic-church-launches-major-territory-rights-intervention/?cs=14329
    Josh Butler and Paul Karp tell us the Australian Christian Lobby is at it, too.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/jul/29/conservative-christian-groups-lobby-federal-mps-against-territories-assisted-dying-rights-legislation
    The AIMN’s Rossleigh scathingly writes about Pauline Hanson’s latest stunt – ostentatiously walking out of the Senate as the Acknowledgement of Country began.
    https://theaimn.com/pauline-storms-out-declaring-she-doesnt-accept-reality-and-she-never-will/
    Commonwealth Bank’s chief executive has said the failings uncovered during the financial services royal commission came about because the bank’s success led to complacency, ignorance and arrogance within its ranks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/arrogant-insular-ignorant-commonwealth-bank-chief-reflects-on-bank-s-past-failings-20220728-p5b5cz.html
    The global pandemic has proven to be a breeding ground for corruption, with “urgency of response” offering a cover for corrupt decision-making made worse by a scarcity of information, writes Bella Farrelly.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/data-in-the-dark-a-look-at-covid-corruption,16598
    The US economy shrank again in the last three months, unofficially signalling the start of a recession. The commerce department announced Thursday that gross domestic product decreased at an annualized rate of 0.9% in the second quarter after falling at an annualized rate of 1.6% in the first three months.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jul/28/us-economy-gdp-second-quarter

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  26. Next thread starter . . . .

    With the start of a new Parliament under a Labor government, here is a Wishlist

    1. Change foreign policy to treat China as a major trading partner, not a potential enemy to invade at USA behest
    2. Stop buying USA defence materiel that is unsuitable for Australian conditions and non-operable without US approval
    3. Tax coal miners and gas producers
    4. Implement gas reservation policy on east coast
    5. Stop subsidising miners and gas producers
    6. Abolish stage 3 tax cuts for incomes over $150,000
    7. Abolish tax concessions for self funded retirees
    8. Increase income support payments, abolish INDUE card, abolish Mutual Obligation, Workforce Australia
    9. ⬆️Access to fee-free TAFE for in-demand courses like aged-care, childcare
    10. Reverse drift to casualised workforce
    11. Federal ICAC

    • Vote 1. billie 11 !!
      A particular bug bear of mine means a request to alter one of your election platform pledges.

      7. Abolish tax concessions for self funded retirees

      The years/decades of sucking on the taxpayer’s teat by way of concessions/allowances/tax breaks etc etc always seems to be forgotten.So ‘self funded’ needs to be retired and replaced by something a little more reflective of reality.

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