A New Parliament

Thank you to Billie for excellent advice to our new Federal government:

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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

and thanks to Tony Burke, for his always insightful 5&5:

Tony Burke tony@tonyburke.com.au via email.actionnetwork.org 12:49 (5 hours ago)
to me
Well, I’ve decided I like this job better. We’re back in Parliament and, as you know, the Prime Minister is Anthony Albanese. I always used to give you an update as Manager of Opposition Business. But I’m a lot happier now giving you an update at the end of the Parliamentary week as Leader of the House. So once again, here’s the 5&5:BEST
Government benchesThe Prime Minister’s first answerUluru Statement from the heartWelcome to countryFirst SpeechesWORST
Having to clean up a decade of messPeter Dutton’s scare campaignPaul Fletcher hit with neuralyzerPauline Hanson walk-outMorrison no-show
1. We didn’t waste a minute. We introduced legislation to take real action on climate change; reform the broken aged care system; abolish the cashless debit card; and set up Jobs and Skills Australia to tackle our skills shortages. I also had the incredible privilege of introducing legislation to give 11 million Australians access to paid family and domestic violence leave. These are all things that should have been done years ago – but it’s taken a Labor Government to start getting it done.

2. “I thank very much the Leader of the Opposition for the question, and I congratulate him on his election as Leader of the Liberal Party. I wish him well as Leader of the Opposition and I hope he stays there for a very, very long time!” That’s how Anthony Albanese began his first answer as Prime Minister to Peter Dutton’s first question as Liberal leader. Generous. Or at least generous-ish.

3. “Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Indigenous Australians: How is the Australian Government delivering the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and in particular, progressing an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution?” With that question Marion Scrymgour became the first ever First Nations backbencher to ask a question of a First Nations minister.


4. “Respect is taking responsibility for the now, the past, the present and the future”. The Welcome to Country before the opening of parliament, introduced by Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and delivered by her son Paul Girrawah House, was incredibly moving. His words outlining the struggle of First Nations people for rights and respect was a reminder of how far we’ve come but how far we still have to go. He ended with a passionate call to implement the Uluru Statement of the Heart and begin the process for a referendum to enshrine a First Peoples Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. We intend to do both!

5. One of the best parts of any new Parliament – particularly when you win government – is hearing from new colleagues for the first time. And what an incredible series of first speeches from Labor members this week! Sally Sitou … Zaneta Mascarenhas … Louise-Miller Frost … Marion Scrymgour … Tracey Roberts … and Tania Lawrence in the House, as well as Jana Stewart in the Senate. I’m so happy to be a part of a government that looks and sounds more like Australia.


1. The Government has been left with a huge mess to clean up after the wilful neglect of the previous decade. The economic challenges are particularly acute – and that was reinforced this week with the inflation figures and an economic statement to Parliament by Treasurer Jim Chalmers. It was a powerful speech that was brutally honest with the Australian people: things are going to get worse before they get better. We didn’t make this mess – but we are taking responsibility for cleaning it up.

2. So surely the economy was Peter Dutton’s focus in his first Question Time as Opposition Leader right? Nope. Instead he fell back on a weak, tired old anti-union scare campaign. Seriously? He’s had two months to prepare for this and that’s all he’s got? This does not bode well for the next three years.


3. I think over the years you’ve worked out that I really like the Parliament. You may also have a sneaking suspicion that the Libs and the Nats wish it wasn’t there. Who needs democracy when you think you’re born to rule? So it was pretty funny watching the antics of the new Manager of Opposition Business Paul Fletcher this week. First he tried to blame us for the fact Parliament isn’t sitting very much this year – conveniently forgetting that’s because his government only scheduled 10 sitting days in the first half of the year. Then when I made changes to Standing Orders to allow more debate on urgent bills he attacked us for shutting down debate. Ummm. I think Agent J from Men in Black has hit Mr Fletcher with his neuralyzer – because he seems to have forgotten the last decade ever happened.

4. Pauline Hanson has sat through dozens of Acknowledgements of Country during her time in the Senate because it’s a routine thing that’s been happening for more than a decade. This week she decided to storm out and make a scene as if it was a new thing. Pointless, divisive culture wars are still a thing then.

5. I bet you wish you’d heard the last of this guy 👆 But I can’t let this through to the keeper without comment. Scott Morrison was a no-show in Parliament this week because he was in Japan getting paid to make a speech. If he’s off being paid to do another job – why does he expect taxpayers to keep paying him to do this one?But let me finish with the first thing that happened after we were sworn in. My friend Milton Dick was dragged to the Speaker’s chair. It was a real highlight in an incredible week. I know that he’ll bring fairness and decency to the role.Parliament’s back again next week and I’ll write to you straight after that.‘til then,Tony.PS. After 20 years Joni Mitchell finally performed again this week and I’ve been wanting to find an excuse to have ‘Both Sides Now’ as song of the week. When there’s a change of government the song means something slightly different to every one of us. But I’m pretty happy with the side of the room where we’ve landed. Here is Dave Le’aupepe – yes I know, lead singer of Gang of Youths – singing Joni’s ‘Both Sides Now’.

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204 thoughts on “A New Parliament

  1. John Barilaro is refusing to name the individual that acted as his third referee for the job.

    Ask the panel that selected him. If it is a public service job then the referees can’t be kept secret.

  2. Barrilaro doing great stand up comedy

    All I did was apply for a job.

    .

    What did I do wrong? I got offered a job and I accepted a job.

    .

  3. The person who ICAC will not name is Jennifer Lugsdin, formerly his mistress but now he has officially dumped his wife and kids she has been “promoted” to his girlfriend. She was also his staffer until she was found a better position – by Bruz. This happened in august 2021, immediar=tely after Bruz’s affair became public knowledge.

    She seems nice – always willing to join Bruz in a street brawl.

    https://kangaroocourtofaustralia.com/2022/08/02/john-barilaros-girlfriend-jennifer-lugsdin-is-under-investigation-by-nsw-icac-for-alleged-corruption-nsw-police-for-assault/

  4. Brown details a number of concerns and errors with the recruitment process, including by the third party recruiter and by herself. But she said she did her best “under trying circumstances”. Brown says the process was made more complicated by the high level of ministerial interest.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/aug/08/australia-news-live-john-barilaro-coalition-labor-albanese-homelessness-housing-economy-politics#top-of-blog

    The CEO of of Investment NSW was unable to isolate herself from the “trying circumstances”?!

  5. I say send Bruz to New York.

    New York, Ukraine – The Big Apple’s tiny Ukrainian namesake

    New York, they say? But there is no Manhattan here, no Times Square, no statue of Liberty. Instead of skyscrapers, a large phenol factory that overlooks a few worn streets of this typical Donbas town. The former industrial and mining region has been divided by raging conflict between the Ukrainian army and Russian-backed separatists since 2014. The frontline itself lies on the town’s western outskirts.

    In Old New York, one can still see the brick-and-mortar houses built by German Mennonites, a Protestant sect, who arrived here

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/23/ukraines-new-york-evolves-next-to-kremlin-stoked-war

  6. https://apnews.com/article/gun-violence-biden-covid-health-d604eede16665ee38b8113aa897a321d

  7. Unnamed no longer

    Back in the Barilaro inquiry, we mentioned briefly some questions about a media advisor who John Barilaro was in a relationship with.

    Barilaro had called Investment NSW chief executive Amy Brown, suggesting that the media advisor, Jennifer Lugsdin, be considered for a media job at Brown’s agency.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/aug/08/australia-news-live-john-barilaro-coalition-labor-albanese-homelessness-housing-economy-politics#top-of-blog

  8. Just released, the VEC has analysed 2018 State election results data against the new electoral boundaries. On the new map, Labor would’ve picked up net two seats.

    ALP to LIB: Bass, Bayswater
    LIB to ALP: Caulfield, Hastings, Pakenham, Ripon
    IND to NAT: Mildura

    See page 12
    https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/-/media/4dd734d659a44a08b45d415501981cc6.ashx

    The page that VEC pdf link was on is here. There are some other reports on voting etc. that could be worth a look for the keen.

    https://vec.vic.gov.au/about-us/publications

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Vale Olivia Newton-John.

    A clear majority of Australians are on board with an Indigenous voice to parliament, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, but a majority of respondents also haven’t heard very much about it, says Katherine Murphy in her assessment of the latest Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/09/guardian-essential-poll-most-australians-support-an-indigenous-voice-but-they-dont-know-too-much-about-it
    Deborah Snow says that John Barilaro is either the luckiest – or unluckiest man – in NSW politics, depending on how you view what he described on Monday as a “series of coincidences”. She reports on yesterday’s “fiery” appearance of the former deputy premier at the inquiry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/a-fiery-barilaro-plays-the-victim-card-20220808-p5b87u.html
    John Barilaro helped his staff member-turned-girlfriend secure a job at Investment NSW, according to fiery testimony in which he also denied making decisions about his political future when he sought to give ministerial colleagues the power to appoint trade commissioners. Nice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/john-barilaro-doubles-down-with-fiery-testimony-to-trade-inquiry-20220808-p5b88b.html
    “About 55m light years from Earth, a colossal black hole about 1,000 times larger than the sun known as M87 is slowly consuming the universe. In New South Wales, there is John Barilaro, whose appointment to a New York trade role appears to be getting the job done much faster. That, at least, must be how it feels for the state government, which is in the orbit of something it can no longer contain nor escape. Or, to use Barilaro’s more succinct phrasing, it’s a “shitshow””, writes Michael McGowan.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/09/shitshow-over-john-barilaros-nyc-appointment-keeps-sucking-the-nsw-government-in
    NSW’s London-based trade commissioner expected an $800,000 salary and became “threatening” in tense negotiations over his contract and expenses, a senior public servant has told a parliamentary inquiry. Nice
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/london-trade-commissioner-was-threatening-over-800-000-pay-packet-inquiry-hears-20220808-p5b885.html
    The Liberal Party should be fighting political machines rather than turning into one by embracing “command and control” politics and muzzling debate, warns Rob Stokes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/mps-say-muzzled-debate-culture-wars-and-populism-is-killing-liberalism-20220808-p5b87j.html
    And the Young Libs have roasted Alex Hawke and Scott Morrison in a scathing submission to the party’s post-election review, run by shadow finance minister Jane Hume and former president Brian Loughnane. Nice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/brazen-politicking-young-libs-roast-former-minister-alex-hawke-20220808-p5b87p.html
    The Australian has seen the Hume/Loughnane report that it describes the document as an artefact of staggering bluntness that takes aim at numerous targets, including the grossly stubborn behaviour of the Prime Minister’s office and the tin-eared confusion of campaign HQ. Nice.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/margin-call/liberal-party-red-faces-over-teals-wentworth-assault-grovelling-apology-over-mercedes-benz-letter/news-story/7e9071dafb6b0e5f8489ef6f0f8bc6fa
    Troy Bramston writes that as Labor approaches its first 100 days in office, it has been a sure start for Anthony Albanese and his government that has been broadly welcomed throughout Australia and abroad., but he wonders if he can avoid the first-term curse. He concludes with “The story of the Albanese government so far augurs well for the future. Voters like to know their governments have a road map and an action plan for taking the country in a new direction. They want sound, stable, responsible administration, and to trust and respect leaders. Albanese might just buck the trend and avoid the first-term curse. Time will tell if he can remain on a steady course.”
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/experienced-albanese-and-co-look-to-defy-firstterm-curse/news-story/12519f61d9f0fceead940ac9c90bfde8
    On its way to electoral oblivion, the Morrison government kept the dollars flowing to select beneficiaries, in defiance of the 70-year-old parliamentary “caretaker” convention, writes #Mate for Michael West. Nice.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/all-caretaker-no-responsibility-how-a-dying-government-slipped-freebies-to-its-mates/
    Phil Coorey refers to new analysis that shows economic concerns and climate change were by far the biggest issues that shaped the outcome of the May 21 federal election, dwarfing health and the COVID-19 response, immigration and the need for a national integrity commission.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/voters-motivated-by-economy-and-climate-but-not-by-covid-or-borders-20220808-p5b811
    In Victoria Rachel Eddie and Annika Smethurst tell us that Matthew Guy’s election prospects have been dealt another blow, with new state electorate boundaries predicted to give Victorian Labor a net gain of two seats ahead of November’s state election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/new-boundaries-tipped-to-unseat-liberals-20220808-p5b855.html
    Meanwhile Guy has appointed his best man and childhood friend Nick McGowan as his new chief of staff, as Victoria’s integrity agencies work to determine how best to probe a donations scandal that led to the resignation of his top staffer last week. It hasn’t gone sown well.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/victorian-liberals-divided-over-chief-of-staff-pick-as-watchdogs-weigh-probe-20220808-p5b817.html
    “Will Labor use the jobs summit to make a serious attempt to fix the enterprise bargaining system, or simply change the law to lock employers into a broken system to appease the unions?”, asks the Age’s editorial which says Burke must get serious about productivity and real wages.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/burke-must-get-serious-about-productivity-and-real-wages-20220807-p5b7yg
    COVID-19 is expected to be the third-leading cause of death in Australia in the first seven months of 2022, an analysis by the Actuaries Institute has concluded.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/more-people-dying-from-covid-than-stroke-lung-cancer-20220808-p5b833.html
    The alarm sounded by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, that fighting between Russian invaders and Ukrainian forces near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant carried “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster” is one with relevance far beyond the war raging within Ukraine’s borders, says a concerned SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/imminent-risk-in-ukraine-shows-danger-of-going-nuclear-20220808-p5b88z.html
    The agriculture minister, Murray Watt, will launch a new national biosecurity strategy today, warning that climate change, Covid and online shopping have contributed to a biosecurity environment that is “more threatening than ever before”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/09/albanese-government-unveils-national-biosecurity-plan-amid-multiple-risks-on-multiple-fronts
    Peter Stanley says that it’s time to tell the truth at the Australian War Memorial.
    https://johnmenadue.com/time-to-tell-the-truth-at-the-australian-war-memorial-image-required-frontier-conflict-aus/
    Jess Irvine explains how borrowers are facing a ‘king hit’ to budgets as fixed interest loans roll off.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/borrowers-face-king-hit-to-budgets-as-fixed-interest-loans-roll-off-20220808-p5b871.html
    With all the mutual agitation going on, Peter Hartcher wonders if the US and China can avoid conflict over Taiwan.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/mutual-agitation-can-us-and-china-avoid-conflict-over-taiwan-20220808-p5b81e.html
    On that subject, Alan Kohler writes, “One can now imagine teams of analysts in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade producing briefing papers for federal cabinet on the prospects of Australian sanctions against China – what they might involve, and how much of a disaster it would be for the Australian economy.”
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/08/08/china-usa-australia-sanctions/
    The Albanese government’s strategic review takes place entirely in the shadow of China’s extreme aggression around Taiwan. These are times, and currents in history, of immense importance for Australia. Nothing cataclysmic is likely to happen in the immediate future but once more we have been delivered the most colossal wake-up call, writes Greg Sheridan who says the Morrison government talked far too much and far too airily about going to war while making absolutely no provision at all to acquire anything that would make it more likely that we could prevail, or even survive, such a war.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/beijing-aggro-should-send-a-rocket-up-defence/news-story/e9c68587727673ea7ae15bc1b5a95690
    Nick O’Malley is pleased that at last the US Senate has flexed its muscle on climate change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/i-can-look-my-kids-in-the-eye-us-senate-finally-flexes-muscle-on-climate-change-20220808-p5b83r.html
    Will the change of government reset the dial on Australia’s planet-endangering projects? Beetaloo gas fracking, Barnaby Joyce’s petrochemical plant, Scarborough. Australians may soon get the sinking feeling that little has changed from the Morrison-Joyce fossil-fuel spree, writes Callum Foote.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/labor-gas-policy-same-as-coalition/
    Europe’s most severe drought in decades is hitting homes, factories, farmers and freight across the continent, as experts warn drier winters and searing summers fuelled by global heating mean water shortages will become “the new normal”, writes Jon Henley.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/08/the-new-normal-how-europe-is-being-hit-by-a-climate-driven-drought-crisis
    The nation’s only live proposal for a low-emissions coal-fired power station is likely to be rejected by the Queensland government on environmental grounds. Clive Palmer’s $3.5bn proposal for the plant in the Galilee Basin has the support of the local community and was due to create nearly 600 jobs, but the state government says the plan poses “irreversible risks to the environment” and may not be in the public interest.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/axe-hanging-over-clive-palmers-clean-coal-project/news-story/5e16dece89b6c6c7351518bdf80b5474
    Corporate employees at Sydney Airport, Virgin and Qantas are pitching in on “frontline” jobs such as baggage handling to alleviate pressure from the industry’s worker shortage.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/aviation-sector-enlists-corporate-suits-to-handle-bags-amid-workers-shortage-20220808-p5b84y.html
    “The current economic settings are weird. That creates novel challenges for the central bankers on the front lines of the efforts to tame rampant inflation rates around the globe”, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz who reckons the world is behaving very strangely.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-world-is-behaving-very-strangely-20220808-p5b81t.html
    A subsidiary of the supplements company Blackmores left a pregnancy multivitamin on shelves for nearly a year despite hundreds of complaints that it was contaminated with mould-like black spots, a former staff member has alleged. Snake oil merchants!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/09/blackmores-subsidiary-kept-selling-pregnancy-vitamins-despite-hundreds-of-complaints-ex-employee-alleges
    It’s the culture war games – and the last Tory contenders are on the run from reality, writes a downcast Nesrine Malik.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/08/culture-war-games-rishi-sunak-liz-truss-war-on-woke
    Claims that Donald Trump periodically blocked up White House and other drains with wads of paper appear to be borne out in photographs leaked ahead of the publication of a new account of the 45th presidency.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/08/donald-trump-blocked-toilets-photographs-documents-book
    Biden can still stop Trump, and Trumpism – if he can find a bold plan and moral vision, opines Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/08/biden-trump-plan-president-republican-party
    Has the love affair between Trump and Fox News gone sour, wonders Adam Gabbatt who says, “The right-wing channel has not covered its former sweetheart with its regular fervour – could a billion-dollar lawsuit be why?”
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/08/trump-fox-news-presidential-run-2024
    ‘He has done more to further the cause of hate in the US than almost anyone’, writes Charlie Scudder about the rise and fall of Alex Jones.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/08/he-has-done-more-to-further-the-cause-of-hate-in-the-us-than-almost-anyone-the-rise-and-fall-of-alex-jones
    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages from misinformation, but Dr Victoria Fielding argues that it may be too little, too late.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/alex-jones-verdict-is-a-small-victory-in-the-war-against-misinformation,16640

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  10. Rest in Peace, The Finnigans. His avatar was usually a dolphin.He was a regular on Pollbludger but as a one-eyed Labor supporter he got in hot water for being somewhat unfriendly to perceived non-Labor folk.

    He was very active on Twitter and I kept in touch with him there. He spread the Labor message far and wide.

    Vale Finnigans, you were Labor supporter to the bone. Swim free, dolphin.

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Peter Hartcher there is a lot more to play out as China keeps up the pressure on Taiwan.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/a-lot-more-to-play-out-china-to-keep-up-pressure-on-taiwan-20220809-p5b8jr.html
    Chris Uhlmann says that it’s time for the Coalition to start thinking about the long term.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/time-for-the-coalition-to-start-thinking-about-the-long-term-20220809-p5b8bt.html
    Contrary to impressions, passage of Labor’s climate change bill through the House of Representatives does not signal an era of Labor-Greens co-operation – just the reverse with a new, intense, high-stakes rivalry about to engulf the left of Australian politics, writes Paul Kelly who says Bandt is threatening Labor from the left.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/bandt-threatens-labor-from-the-left/news-story/cf5f50c73eb9a0ea3ab361fd7c24a83b
    Shane Wright tells us that the ACTU has proposed a radical overhaul of the nation’s economic structures, pushing for a tax on businesses that profit from high inflation and price controls on some goods and services, while tasking the Reserve Bank with driving down unemployment.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/actu-presses-for-radical-overhaul-of-economic-structures-to-boost-jobs-20220809-p5b8fb.html
    Phil Coorey reports that the federal opposition will be offered a spot at next month’s Jobs and Skills Summit, but Peter Dutton was less than impressed, dismissing the event as a talkfest that would give a blank cheque to the unions. Chalmers wrote to the opposition leader yesterday, inviting either him or another member of his team to attend the summit, which is to be held in Canberra on September 1 and 2.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/political-bad-blood-erupts-ahead-of-jobs-summit-20220809-p5b8iz
    In a very readable contribution, David Solomon looks at how Albanese has taken control of parliament.
    https://johnmenadue.com/albanese-scores-a-parliamentary-goal/
    Plans by the government to crack down on the use of labour hire companies under its principle of same job, same pay, have received a boost after One Nation advocated a similar policy of its own, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/same-job-same-pay-push-gets-boost-with-one-nation-support-20220809-p5b8d8
    Geoff Chambers writes that Peter Dutton is under pressure to adopt a more nuanced approach in the Coalition’s attacks on Beijing, with new analysis revealing massive swings against the Liberal Party in seats with high numbers of Chinese-Australian voters.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/liberals-pressure-dutton-to-ease-up-on-china-hard-line/news-story/2db06c79ce7e432ff0ab485034bd69f5
    “Is the Liberal Party abandoning war talk on China?”, wonders John Menadue.
    https://johnmenadue.com/is-the-liberal-party-abandoning-peter-duttons-war-talk-on-china/
    Tory Shepherd reports that new documents obtained through FoI show how the former defence minister Peter Dutton’s “captain’s call” delivered a senior Coalition adviser the top job at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Just before the May election was called, Dutton, after axing the recommended candidate, announced that Justin Bassi – then chief of staff to then foreign affairs minister Marise Payne – would be the institute’s new executive director.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/10/foi-documents-show-peter-duttons-captains-call-to-make-senior-liberal-head-of-defence-thinktank
    Tom Rabe tells us that the confidential resignation letter of the NSW building commissioner is likely to be released to state parliament amid scrutiny over the conduct of the recently dumped fair trading minister Eleni Petinos. Rabe points out that yesterday the opposition said it would use Legislative Council powers to compel the government to release the letter after it was revealed that Petinos met representatives from a property development company that employed former deputy premier John Barilaro. Could be a bomb.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-building-commissioner-s-resignation-letter-set-to-be-made-public-20220809-p5b8j2.html
    Andy Marks tells us how ‘fast’ politics has left the NSW government staring into the electoral abyss.
    https://theconversation.com/how-fast-politics-has-left-the-nsw-government-staring-into-the-electoral-abyss-188429
    Lucy Cormack reports that Dominic Perrottet has refused to back his highest-paid trade commissioner, following revelations that the agent-general in London racked up more than $113,000 in expenses in just nine months. It’s all getting a bit shaky.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-refuses-to-back-in-uk-trade-commissioner-as-parliament-resumes-after-winter-break-20220809-p5b8ii.html
    Laura Chung writes that a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the state’s deadly flood disasters in the Northern Rivers and Hawkesbury region found the information from the Bureau of Meteorology and NSW SES was “incorrect and out of date”. The inquiry’s report released on Tuesday also suggested axing Resilience NSW, restructuring the State Emergency Service and improving the BOM’s rain data infrastructure and modelling tools. The findings are listed within the article.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/out-of-date-inaccurate-and-confusing-bom-ses-and-resilience-nsw-slammed-for-flood-response-20220809-p5b8j8.html
    New NSW Deputy Premier Matt Kean has branded himself a champion of women, but only when it suits, says Alexandra Smith.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/matt-kean-has-branded-himself-a-champion-of-women-but-only-when-it-suits-20220809-p5b8ih.html
    Referring to Poll Bludger, John Lord writes about restoring a democracy that the Neo-Cons butchered.
    https://theaimn.com/restoring-a-democracy-that-the-neo-cons-butchered/
    Governments are backing more preschool places even as the sector grapples with staff shortages and industrial unrest. The plan has been linked to the ambition for massive productivity gains. Are the under-fives of Australia the latest conscripts in our seemingly endless neoliberal push for higher productivity? Mark Sawyer examines the evidence.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/childhood-the-new-frontier-of-economic-rationalism-with-some-help-from-twiggy/
    Claims by the former government that most patients are being bulk-billed are “not honest”, the federal health minister, Mark Butler, has said, as a taskforce prepares to examine why basic health care is increasingly unaffordable. He said the 88% bulk billing rate parroted by the former government was an artificially inflated construct.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/10/not-honest-new-health-minister-dismisses-coalition-election-claim-that-bulk-billing-had-hit-88
    “We’ve got more than we’ve ever had, but are we better off?”, asks Ross Gittins. Worth a read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/we-ve-got-more-than-we-ve-ever-had-but-are-we-better-off-20220809-p5b8e4.html
    Kate Aubusson tells us about new analysis that indicates more in-home care would dramatically shorten hospital stays and ease the burden on a system under pressure from long elective surgeries waiting lists.
    https://www.theage.com.au/healthcare/shorter-hospital-stays-solution-to-elective-surgery-backlog-new-analysis-finds-20220809-p5b8hg.html
    Dan Jervis-Bardy reports that the costings for Scott Morrison’s signature super-for-housing scheme were based on scant detail and prepared in an “extremely” short timeframe, according to internal documents which suggest the Coalition’s centrepiece policy wasn’t finalised until the last minute before the federal election. Shades of desperation?
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7851872/morrisons-super-for-housing-costings-based-on-limited-detail-foi/?cs=14329
    Power companies are opposing a key energy policy designed to help Labor deliver its climate ambitions, but experts are saying state ministers can ease the standoff, says Mile Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/power-companies-switch-off-support-for-key-clean-energy-proposal-20220809-p5b8bq.html
    The Morrison government’s controversial COVIDSafe app is no more following a direction by Health Minister Mark Butler to pull the plug on the virtually unused contact-tracing initiative. Two years too late!
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7854523/plug-pulled-on-controversial-contact-tracing-app/?cs=14329
    There is considerable scepticism that a US proposal for a cap on the price of Russian oil will be effective. Nevertheless, it is the only option on the table that might avert another huge spike in oil prices and another surge in global inflation rates, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz. He says the plan, however, requires Putin to act rationally.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-us-needs-putin-to-act-rationally-for-its-plan-to-succeed-20220809-p5b8df.html
    Katina Curtis reports that the aged care sector will meet with ministers next week to discuss chronic workforce shortages as providers wait for more details about how an anticipated multibillion-dollar package to fund wage rises will work.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/aged-care-providers-ministers-to-examine-chronic-workforce-shortages-20220809-p5b8c9.html
    Meanwhile, Cara Waters reveals that private providers have taken over from two Melbourne councils to provide in-home aged care despite lacking the staff to service all the additional clients as low wages and poor conditions fail to attract workers. Uberisation.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/big-contracts-little-staff-amid-uberisation-of-in-home-aged-care-20220809-p5b8ca.html
    Victoria’s anti-corruption agency has excoriated the MPs who monitor its operations, accusing them of leaking confidential correspondence and compromising ongoing investigations, reports Paul Sakkal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/ibac-says-mps-are-compromising-ongoing-corruption-investigations-20220809-p5b8jw.html
    Phill Coorey tells us that senior sources are saying key act of pork barrelling by the Morrison government that was used by Labor to justify the establishment of a national anti-corruption watchdog may not fall in its remit because it would struggle to fit the definition of serious or systemic corruption.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/sports-rorts-may-slip-through-the-net-of-anti-corruption-body-20220809-p5b8d9
    According to Zoe Samios, NBN Co boss Stephen Rue has refused to rule out increasing wholesale prices as the telecommunications sector waits on its renewed attempt at a regulatory proposal that determines how it sells internet plans.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/nbn-says-broadband-price-hike-still-on-the-table-20220809-p5b8gq.html
    Labor is pushing ahead with Stage 3 tax cuts to benefit the wealthy, but with so many Australians struggling to make ends meet. Dave Donovan argues that the timing couldn’t be worse.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/be-progressive-albo-dont-implement-stage-3-tax-cuts,16643
    NBN Co’s financial results and commercial expectations have collided with a Labor government that insists it must radically revise its pricing models and work in co-operation with telcos, writes Jennifer Hewett who wonders how likely it is that a positive outcome will eventuate.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/telecommunications/nbn-goes-back-to-the-drawing-board-20220809-p5b8de
    While the Morrison Government delivered endless scandals, the mainstream media must now adjust to a government free of controversy, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-morrison-circus-is-over-but-the-mainstream-media-must-go-on,16642
    Within 24 hours of accessing the first stage of Australia’s newest supercomputing system, researchers have processed a series of radio telescope observations, including a highly detailed image of a supernova remnant.

    Mike Scrafton posits that Australia is now openly a cog in America’s war plans.
    https://johnmenadue.com/ausmin-and-aukusits-even-worse-than-you-think/
    Alan Feuer reports that top Republicans and prominent conservatives have reacted with outrage to the news that the FBI had searched Mar-a-Lago, the private residence of Donald Trump, with some suggesting that federal agents should be arrested and others hinting that the court-approved law-enforcement action against the former US president was pushing the country towards political chaos. (I thought it was already there!)
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/i-ve-seen-enough-republicans-react-with-fury-to-trump-home-search-20220809-p5b8h7.html
    Yet more disgrace for Trump as the FBI raid Mar-a-Lago. Of course, he’s milking it, says Marina Hyde.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/09/fbi-raid-mar-a-lago-donald-trump-law-2024
    Finally, Donald Trump’s misdeeds are catching up with him, explains Richard Wolffe who says the FBI Mar-a-Lago search suggests that the former president is no longer living in a protective bubble.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/09/donald-trump-fbi-mar-a-lago-president
    As the FBI raids Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump reaches for unconvincing historical parallels, says Professor Rodney Tiffen.
    https://theconversation.com/as-the-fbi-raids-mar-a-lago-donald-trump-reaches-for-unconvincing-historical-parallels-188455
    Truss and Sunak are completely unreliable narrators of their own campaigns, writes John Crace in sparkling form.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/aug/09/truss-and-sunak-completely-unreliable-narrators-of-their-own-campaigns

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  13. Representing his electorate rather than his party. A novel concept.

    The new independent senator David Pocock will use his balance of power position in the Senate to push for the ACT government’s $100m public housing debt to be waived as part of negotiations over Labor’s new housing policy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/aug/10/covid-omicron-bulk-billing-medicare-serena-williams-ash-barty-anthony-albanese-peter-dutton-china-taiwan-actu-jobs#top-of-blog

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe and Eryk Bagshaw were at the NPC yesterday where the Chinese ambassador told Australians it reserves the right to use military force to seize control of Taiwan against the wishes of the island’s 23 million people, deepening fears of war after days of Chinese missile launches and naval drills to lay claim to the territory.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/china-s-ambassador-backs-the-right-to-take-control-of-taiwan-by-force-20220810-p5b8pb.html
    Greg Sheridan sums up the speech with, “. . . if we simply capitulate on all of Beijing’s demands, we can have a happy life, or, to put it another way: tremble and obey.”
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/bow-to-beijings-demands-to-reframe-relationship-chinese-ambassadors-warning/news-story/02488d0e8e4c10673a4dc54dd0f93f30
    Ambassador’s fiery speech was the sound of China laying out terms that Australia has already declined, says Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/10/ambassadors-fiery-speech-was-the-sound-of-china-laying-out-terms-that-australia-has-already-declined
    Mick Ryan wonders if we might be facing a situation in the near future where not one, but two wars are being waged against small democratic nations.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/defending-democracy-parameters-of-western-resolve-may-soon-be-tested-20220809-p5b8ed.html
    There is no evidence that the worst of COVID has passed, Australian virologists say, tempering hopes that the peak of the Omicron wave marked the beginning of the end for the pandemic.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-it-s-impossible-to-say-if-the-worst-of-the-pandemic-is-over-20220810-p5b8st.html
    Australians with the condition known as ‘Long COVID’ are faced with months-long waiting lists for clinics as cases rise in “sobering” projections. Currently, Long COVID is estimated to affect about five per cent of people who contract COVID-19, according to a University of NSW study, writes Rosie Bensey.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7851591/sobering-1300-australians-are-getting-long-covid-every-day/?cs=9676
    Kate McClymont and others have put together this convoluted story that demonstrates the state of play in NSW when it comes to developments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/barilaro-petinos-and-unusual-calls-to-the-nsw-building-commissioner-20220810-p5b8v5.html
    Tom Rabe and Lucy Cormack report that Dominic Perrottet has revealed a confidential resignation letter from the NSW building commissioner has been referred to the state’s independent corruption watchdog. David Chandler resigned abruptly last month, prompting speculation over the circumstances of his departure amid scrutiny over the conduct of recently dumped minister Eleni Petinos, to whom he reported.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/building-commissioner-s-resignation-letter-referred-to-icac-20220810-p5b8sp.html
    The Age tells us about Mathew Guy’s recent travails.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/new-blow-for-guy-liberal-media-director-lee-anderson-quits-20220810-p5b8qm.html
    The cost of negative gearing tax concessions is set to soar as interest rates rise, meaning Australian taxpayers could spend billions of dollars to offset private landlords’ lost income in coming years, experts say. Abolishing the contentious tax policy is one of the fairest and least economically damaging ways to help repair the public budget, top economists say.
    https://www.smh.com.au/property/news/why-the-cost-of-negative-gearing-tax-breaks-is-likely-to-rise-20220810-p5b8qh.html
    Economist Steven Hamilton reckons that unions are in a time warp with a jobs plan that ignores hard economic lessons.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/unions-in-time-warp-with-a-jobs-plan-that-ignores-hard-economic-lessons-20220810-p5b8rl.html
    Jim Chalmers has distanced the government from ACTU proposals to overhaul the Reserve Bank and raise taxes, as the Coalition split over the September jobs summit, with Nationals Leader David Littleproud accepting an invitation to attend after it was rejected by Peter Dutton, writes The Australian’s Patrick Commins.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coalition-split-as-jim-chalmers-pans-actu/news-story/e384859b6c74c18c638215bf5ccc671c
    The federal government’s climate policy advisory body is urging Labor to establish a fully transparent national carbon market to give investors and businesses certainty, and open the door to international trading of credits. While carbon is priced and traded in Australia, the market is “fragmented, inefficient and complicated,” the Climate Change Authority says in a review of international offsets to be released today.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-toughens-stance-on-dominant-monopolists-20220811-p5b8wv
    Doctors are increasingly scrapping bulk billing, according to a survey of almost 500 GPs, with stalling Medicare rebates and the costs of running a practice cited as key reasons.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/11/gps-ditching-bulk-billing-as-costs-rise-and-medicare-rebates-lag-survey-shows
    Greg Jericho lays out how Australian tax data is absolute proof of the gender pay gap across the entire economy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/aug/10/australian-tax-data-is-absolute-proof-of-the-gender-pay-gap-across-the-entire-economy
    The Review announced by the Government on 3 August has invited public submissions. Which is comforting. The Review’s Terms of Reference begin logically, by suggesting it take into account “intelligence and strategic assessments of the most concerning threats which challenge Australia’s security.” But how can we prepare to defend Australia without being very clear about the threat, wonders Mike Gilligan.
    https://johnmenadue.com/australias-defence-strategic-review-facts-fallacies-and-narcissism/
    Elizabeth Knight tells us why the CBA CEO is alert but not alarmed about financially stressed borrowers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/why-cba-boss-is-alert-but-not-alarmed-about-financially-stressed-borrowers-20220810-p5b8rv.html
    A former defence chief has warned the new government against complacency in natural disaster recovery planning, saying army troops cannot keep being deployed to fire or flood zones and raising concerns about a “huge gap” in the resources needed to combat increasingly extreme weather events.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/11/former-defence-chief-warns-of-continued-complacency-in-disaster-recovery-after-labor-speech
    Katina Curtis writes that an interim report from the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide is expected to focus on the large backlog of compensation claims, but veterans’ families say that is only part of the complex problem. The interim report will be dropped this morning and the final report is due in mid 2024.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/royal-commission-report-to-examine-outdated-system-of-veterans-support-20220810-p5b8pc.html
    The SMH editorial describes John Sidoti’s tirade against the ICAC as sour grapes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/sidoti-s-tirade-against-the-icac-is-sour-grapes-20220810-p5b8u4.html
    Peter FitzSimons tips merde all over the very costly NRL stadia situation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/revealed-the-panthers-stadium-budget-blowout-that-will-blow-your-mind-20220810-p5b8na.html
    Adam Morton refers to a new report that indicates nine out of 10 major Australian electricity companies are failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/11/australian-electricity-companies-not-reducing-emissions-in-line-with-paris-agreement-goals-study-finds
    The US has finally passed a huge climate bill and Australia needs to keep up, urges Christian Downie.
    https://theconversation.com/the-us-has-finally-passed-a-huge-climate-bill-australia-needs-to-keep-up-188525
    Someyya Ilanbey writes that lawyers have warned Victoria’s proposed sexual consent laws could lead to unintended and unfair consequences, particularly for young people, but advocates say current legislation leaves too much room for interpretation and must be overhauled.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/lawyers-criticise-state-s-proposed-sexual-consent-laws-20220810-p5b8mp.html
    The transport union has launched legal proceedings in an attempt to force the NSW state insurer to pay compensation for the deaths of two Uber Eats riders who were killed in accidents while working on Sydney streets in 2020. Nick Bonyhady tells us that, under state law, employees’ families are entitled to a payment of more than $860,000 if a loved one dies because of their job, but most contractors, such as gig economy workers for platforms including Uber, are typically excluded.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/uber-eats-riders-families-launch-legal-battle-for-compensation-after-deaths-20220810-p5b8tb.html
    Dozens of wind turbines almost twice the height of the Sydney Harbour bridge could soon be seen off the coast of Australia after the federal government last week named six areas it hopes to declare “suitable” for the industry after years of delay, explain Laura Chung and Mike Foley.
    https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/bigger-than-two-harbour-bridges-the-giant-wind-farms-you-ll-see-from-the-coast-20220808-p5b81a.html
    Duncan Graham is disgusted with the ABC’s overseas service offerings.
    https://johnmenadue.com/a-hodge-podge-is-not-an-international-service/
    More AFL games are likely to end up behind a paywall in the next broadcast deal, regardless of which party wins the bid for the AFL rights, write Jake Niall and Zoe Samios. Big money continues to ruin the very essence of sport.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/more-afl-games-expected-behind-paywall-in-next-broadcast-deal-20220810-p5b8ul.html
    It is a sign of the increasing concern of the Chinese authorities that the implosion of their property development sector could ignite a wider financial crisis that they have sent their National Audit Office in to inspect the books of the country’s biggest trust firms, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/china-s-new-financial-threat-lurks-in-the-shadows-20220810-p5b8nb.html
    Britain faces crisis upon crisis, and our leaders are absent. This is how a country falls apart, says George Monbiot.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/10/crisis-britain-leaders-inflation-energy-wages-conservative
    Donald Trump declined to answer questions under oath yesterday in New York state’s civil investigation into his business dealings, pleading the fifth two days after the FBI raided his Florida home in a criminal case, seeking classified documents taken from the White House.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/10/donald-trump-deposition-new-york-business-investigation
    Trump and Republicans’ terrible, no good, very bad week is about to get worse, opines Lloyd Green.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/10/trump-republican-party-bad-week-fbi-raid

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  15. Economist Steven Hamilton reckons that unions are in a time warp with a jobs plan that ignores hard economic lessons.

    Gosh what a surprise that a professor from George Washington University , a practitioner of the ‘Dismal Science’ should tell workers “Kneel before Zod” .

    • A comment summarised the article as
      Rising prices == prosperity
      Rising wages == inflation

      Hamilton clearly not a fan of Thomas Picketty and equitable distribution of income through the economy/community

    • Steven Hamilton seems remarkably ignorant assuming that union members are over paid militant construction and mine workers

      A union member is most likely to be female working as nurse, teacher or public servant on median annual salary of $41,800 according to latest ABS data

  16. billie11
    August 11, 2022 at 12:57 PM Edit
    He may be an ‘academic’ but the article sure as hell wasn’t. Scored bigly on propaganda and ideology though. The ‘neoliberal’ peasants love pushing their TINA (there is no alternative) shit. Come the revolution it’s ‘up against the wall’ for all the fanbois and gals of Hayek, Friedman, von Mises etc.

    • Jeebus, Campbell is the national politics editor at the Herald Sun. That barely a notch higher on the arsehole scale than being one for the Daily Mail. Not only but also the prick was a Liberal Party staffer back in the day ! While Rosie Lewis is a political correspondent for Rupert’s flagship The Australian. Pencil neck Hartcher meanwhile seems these days to too frequently occupy himself regurgitating verbatim crap from a couple of Mercan friendly think tanks. Yep , no wonder the program was moved from my ‘Must Watch’ list to the ‘Don’t Ever Watch’ list.

  17. Leonie I read the article about Steve and was trying to formulate an adequate response when I lost power. He is a credit to your (plural) determination

    Tellingly I have had three pleas/invitations to be an audience member for QandA tonight. You used to have to request tickets within 5hours, generally after 10am on Tuesday. No I won’t be there

  18. About what I expected. When it comes to coal and gas Labor and the Coalition are in lockstep.

    Labor to back new fossil fuel projects that ‘stack up’ economically and environmentally
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/11/labor-to-back-new-fossil-fuel-projects-that-stack-up-economically-and-environmentally

    The planet does not have “many years to come” to fritter away, especially on gas, something has to be done NOW! Kiss the Beetaloo Basin goodbye – it will be destroyed by fracking.

    it seems Madeline King has taken the Coalition’s lies about renewables not being continually available and made it her own with this nonsense – “The government understands that natural gas is the ally of renewable energy and will support the addition of more intermittent energy sources.”

  19. It was Labor fossil fuel fanbois and girls that took down Labor from within when Rudd looked like taking action. I’ve never forgiven them and will never trust Labor again on this issue. Madeline just reassures me I am wise to totally distrust them. There’ll be plenty of ‘Fitzgibbons still lurking in the party.

  20. On Scovid’s continuing search for a new, highly paid position –

    He will most likely end up in the US as a “pastor” of a Pentecostal church. Or maybe Margaret Court will offer him a position.

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Right now, this is a problem for Australia. As the relationship between the world’s two greatest powers becomes increasingly febrile, we’re possibly hurtling towards a serious flashpoint in the thorniest geopolitical issue we’ll face this century, writes Waleed Aly who is concerned that we are being kept in the dark because we have no way to have a serious democratic debate about how we should handle this.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-cannot-debate-this-century-s-biggest-political-question-20220811-p5b8x0.html
    Stephen Fitzgerald writes about the Chinese Ambassador and our ignorant and hostile media and says we should be alarmed, if not ashamed, at how some of these journalists behaved at and reported on the NPC event.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-chinese-ambassador-and-our-ignorant-and-hostile-media/
    There are unsubstantiated whispers Guy might next week be confronted by colleagues over his leadership and judgment failures, but so far, no one is threatening to challenge or step up and offer an alternative, writes Annika Smethurst who says the Andrews government has certainly done enough to lose the election, but the Opposition has been such a shambles that it has been unable to capitalise on Labor’s woes.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/can-guy-turn-his-political-fortunes-around-before-the-november-poll-20220811-p5b8yd.html
    Michelle Grattan wonders if the teals will strike the Liberals another blow in the upcoming Victorian and NSW elections.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-will-teals-strike-liberals-another-blow-in-victorian-and-nsw-elections-188596
    A landmark investigation into the workplace culture at NSW parliament has uncovered a toxic and “devastating” combination of bullying, sexual harassment and assault, with MPs identified as the main perpetrators of some of the worst behaviour. Elizabeth Broderick’s report will be released today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/sexual-harassment-widespread-bullying-exposed-in-nsw-parliament-20220811-p5b97t.html
    The travails of Dominic Perrottet and Matthew Guy show that if the public’s imagination is not captured by politicians’ policies, something else will get voters’ attention, writes the IPS’s John Roskam who declares that state Liberals’ integrity blues are of their own making
    https://www.afr.com/politics/state-liberals-integrity-blues-are-of-their-own-making-20220810-p5b8v7
    The resignation letter of NSW building commissioner David Chandler has revealed he held concerns about the relationship between then-fair trading minister Eleni Petinos and the property development group that hired former deputy premier John Barilaro. Caps of another great week for the NSW government!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/building-commissioner-s-resignation-letter-reveals-concerns-about-minister-and-barilaro-20220811-p5b90l.html
    With John Barilaro appearing at the inquiry again today, Mark McGown looks a the questions he will probably be asked.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/11/the-looming-questions-for-john-barilaro-ahead-of-his-reappearance-before-a-nsw-inquiry
    The AFR says that the Albanese government will boost migration at the October budget to help fill urgent skill and labour shortfalls, as part of an emerging deal with unions for longer-term policies to train Australians.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/grand-bargain-on-migration-skills-emerges-for-jobs-summit-20220811-p5b8y6
    And its editorial reckons the Jobs and Skills Summit cannot be the turning point the government would like unless the prime minister keeps the focus strictly on the issues that are going to make a difference to Australia’s economy.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/albanese-must-be-clear-on-goal-of-jobs-summit-20220810-p5b8v6
    The Coalition has departed the government benches, but its malfeasance and corruption is still being revealed, writes Jommy Tee who says that stripping away auditor-speak and replacing it with punter-speak – the BBRF was found to be a heap of steaming cow dung.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/anao-report-on-coaltion-grants-practices/
    The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) last week published another manifest of maladministration by the former Morrison government. In its own understated way the Auditor-General applied the blow torch to, and excoriated, the $1.4 billion Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
    According to Saul Eslake, the Reserve Bank should have started tightening monetary policy last year rather than trying to catch up with large interest rate rises in recent months. He says federal budget repair will probably fall to taxpayers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/too-much-covid-stimulus-not-enough-budget-savings-eslake-20220811-p5b912.html
    Chris Bonnor argues that a teacher surplus is hiding in plain sight. Providing lots of figures to back him up, he advocates for equitable distribution of teachers among all schools.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-teacher-surplus-is-hiding-in-plain-sight-20220810-p5b8sc.html
    After years of systemic underpayment of casual university staff, the Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against Melbourne University.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/melbourne-university-pursued-over-alleged-coercion-of-casual-academics-20220811-p5b8zv.html
    Despite the lowest unemployment rate in a generation or two, consumers are saying they are particularly negative about the outlook for family finances. Smoothing out the monthly gyrations of the survey, the trend reading is worse than during the depths of the COVID-19 recession, which is more than a little extraordinary, writes Michael Pascoe who says the RBA jawbone has done its job with consumers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/08/10/michael-pascoe-rba-consumer-sentiment/
    Cara Waters reports that more Victorian councils are getting set to ditch in-home help, sparking fears aged care will ‘implode’.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-councils-to-ditch-in-home-help-sparking-fears-aged-care-will-implode-20220811-p5b8yc.html
    Australia’s teacher shortage won’t be solved until we treat teaching as a profession, not a trade, argue these contributors to The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/australias-teacher-shortage-wont-be-solved-until-we-treat-teaching-as-a-profession-not-a-trade-188441
    Veterans Affairs Minister Matt Keogh says it’s clear something is not working in his department and Defence given the serious issues facing many people transitioning out of active service. Katina Curtis takes us through the minister’s statement and some of the reactions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/deeply-sorry-minister-apologises-for-system-failing-defence-and-veterans-20220811-p5b8x1.html
    Renee Wilson, CEO of War Widows Australia NSW, says that stricken Defence families will draw little comfort from the commission report.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/act/stricken-defence-families-will-draw-little-comfort-from-commission-report-20220811-p5b93r.html
    And the SMH editorial says that the rate of veteran suicide is a national disgrace.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rate-of-veteran-suicide-is-a-national-disgrace-20220811-p5b95u.html
    James Robertson writes about where the commission’s report took aim at the Morrison government.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/08/11/royal-commission-veterans-defence/
    Regional Victorian workers are sleeping in tents, cars and caravans after a tree-change exodus from Melbourne pushed competition for rental properties to crisis levels, explains Melissa Heagney.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/leanne-gray-has-worked-for-35-years-now-she-can-t-find-a-rental-and-lives-in-an-unheated-tin-can-20220810-p5b8su.html
    Amy Remeikis reports that Madeleine King has said the Albanese government will continue to support new fossil fuel projects so long as they “stack up” from an economic and environmental perspective.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/11/labor-to-back-new-fossil-fuel-projects-that-stack-up-economically-and-environmentally
    Alan Kohler writes, “There are many lessons for Australia in President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, passed this week by US Congress, but perhaps the main one is: Never Give Up” and tells us how Anthony Albanese can do a Biden on climate change.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/08/11/climate-change-biden-kohler/
    Julie Power writes that engineer and inventor Saul Griffith says fully electrifying 10 million homes would almost halve domestic emissions. But turning off the gas is an expensive and difficult exercise.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/saul-wrote-the-book-on-all-electric-homes-but-his-gas-company-is-putting-up-a-fight-20220808-p5b86n.html
    More than 1,200 people with a mental impairment are being indefinitely detained in Australia, some for decades, without having been convicted of a criminal offence. A Guardian Australia analysis has found every state and territory is detaining people using a variety of court orders that, in some instances, can result in a person being detained or subject to strict conditions for life.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/aug/12/more-than-1200-people-are-detained-indefinitely-in-australia-with-no-criminal-conviction
    Elizabeth Knight says that as Telstra’s Andy Penn delivered his final result in the top job, he must be deeply satisfied he muscled through the detractors to leave the telco on an earnings high note.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/telstra-has-finally-cut-the-nbn-earnings-anchor-and-can-chart-it-own-earnings-course-20220811-p5b93c.html
    A mammoth wage theft case that started in South Australia is now threatening to cost McDonald’s a staggering amount to make up for docked wages. McDonald’s has been hit with a mammoth wage theft claim, with a union representing their workers seeking at least $250 million in compensation for more than 250,000 people. If successful, the case could be one of the biggest of its kind in Australians history and the action includes both the company itself and 328 operators.
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-sa/sa-mcdonalds-wage-theft-case-grows-to-250000-thousand-claims/news-story/591ecc30cc1e1e656e9b698d2a9f60ca?amp
    While Australia watches the U.S. deal with its flawed democracy, it’s important to remember that we have a history of partisan chest-beating with violent consequences, writes Dr Alex Vickery-Howe.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/our-far-right-tub-thumpers-just-as-dangerous-as-trumps-patriots,16645
    The US appears to have finally passed peak inflation, raising the prospect that the path of future interest rate rises there and around the world – including in Australia – might be shorter and less steep than previously expected, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/inflation-surprise-could-change-the-game-for-interest-rates-20220811-p5b8xu.html
    Troy Bramston writes about John Howard’s new book in which he has described Donald Trump’s behaviour as “appalling” and “atrocious” for not accepting the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election and seeking to overturn the result and declared him utterly “unfit” to return to the White House.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/donald-trump-isnot-fit-foroffice-john-howard/news-story/9b56bd8bc17fbc0924f8f9606eba1535
    Farah Tomazin tells us that the head of the FBI has broken his silence following the raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, describing escalating threats of violence against law enforcement officials as “deplorable and dangerous”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/fbi-director-breaks-silence-after-trump-raid-as-threats-of-violence-escalate-20220811-p5b98n.html
    And he has just reported that US Attorney-General Merrick Garland has broken his silence following the raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, calling for a court to unseal the search warrant due to the “substantial public interest in this matter”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/attorney-general-breaks-silence-on-trump-raid-as-threats-of-violence-escalate-20220811-p5b98n.html
    A Louisiana five-year-old was allegedly forced out of her kindergarten class at a religious school because her parents are a same-sex couple. Banjo country!
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/11/louisisana-kindergarten-class-kicked-out-parents-same-sex-couple

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