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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592 thoughts on “A New Parliament

  1. Why is Albo ignoring all the advice to cancel stage 3 tax cuts?

    Excellent article from George Megalogenis on this issue – I can understand why Labor supported this daft bill, they were trying to avoid a wedge and media outrage, but in government it needs to be dropped.

    • And Labor would then destroy any trust that have. They will not be believed by again many people who held their noses and voted for them. Give the article Leroy posted about the work done on energy and emissions, if their is a way, Labor I’m sure will try and sort something out.

  2. Leroy

    Thanks for that link to the summary of the Energy Ministers meeting, as someone in the article said, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Labor must have been working on the for ages, and to get all the states to udate their emissions standards. That put paid to any approvals for any new coal fired plants for power. It will get more private companys investing in much more renewables.

    It was a brilliant article.

  3. Bill Maher (new rules 45:35)

    Overtime –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  4. leonetwo,
    [ Why is Albo ignoring all the advice to cancel stage 3 tax cuts? ]

    I might be wrong, here, but I suspect that Albo is playing the long game here in regard to this and is waiting for public support for ditching these tax cuts to be so overwhelming that Labor will be able to come out and say that, “even though we had originally supported the cuts, that they were now being forced by public opinion to reluctantly break that “promise” and shelve these tax cuts to such time as when the economy can support them”.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. And this is your lot, I’m afraid!

    Michael Pascoe explains how the Liberals face being engulfed by a rising tide of independents.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2022/08/13/independents-rising-tide/
    The government is considering increasing the annual migration cap from its current rate of 160,000 to somewhere between 180,000 and 200,000 and jobs minister Brendan O’Connor said the country also needed to better recognise existing skills and qualifications of migrants who come to Australia, which could include “bridging training” instead of forcing them to study again for years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-to-bring-in-tens-of-thousands-more-migrants-as-it-eyes-bargain-with-union-movement-20220812-p5b9hf.html
    Complexity is part of our contemporary experience and mind-bogglingly complicated health systems make even small changes difficult and broad reform almost impossible, opines Stephen Leeder.
    https://johnmenadue.com/integrating-care-for-better-health/
    The floods in NSW and south-east Queensland have resulted in a significant increase in fraudulent claims for disaster relief payments, with the federal government detecting more than 27,000 cases of suspicious activity in the past six months alone. Anthony Galloway says Bill Shorten has called them “scumbags engaging in despicable conduct”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scumbags-thousands-make-fraudulent-claims-for-disaster-relief-cash-20220812-p5b9d0.html
    Paul Sakkal outlines how Matthew Guy’s new chief of staff sharply criticised the direction of the Victorian Liberal Party and some of the Opposition Leader’s key policies in a speech weeks before his elevation to the key staffing role.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/guy-s-new-chief-panned-state-liberals-in-preselection-speech-20220813-p5b9k6.html
    Lucy Carroll writes that a child psychologist has said expanding phone restrictions to high school is now critical after pandemic years took isolation and distraction to new levels.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/high-school-phone-ban-more-urgent-than-ever-amid-pressure-on-teens-20220809-p5b8dp.html
    Sarah Martin tells us that waiting lists at long Covid rehabilitation clinics have blown out to more than five months, as experts call for a nationally coordinated approach to managing the condition.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/14/long-covid-clinic-wait-times-blow-out-as-health-experts-call-for-national-approach-to-condition
    The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a new recommendation that asymptomatic people who are using coronavirus antigen tests take at least three tests, each spaced 48 hours apart, to reduce the odds of missing an infection.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/people-exposed-to-covid-19-may-need-three-at-home-tests-fda-20220813-p5b9k8.html
    Josie Ensor writes that Donald Trump’s voters will lap up his tale of unjust persecution by the FBI.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-s-voters-will-lap-up-tale-of-unjust-persecution-by-fbi-20220813-p5b9ks.html
    We may never know who turned on Trump, but Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump certainly make the most sense when it comes to possible informants, writes Arwa Mahdawi.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/13/mar-a-lago-search-ivanka-trump-week-in-patriarchy

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  6. This headline would have caused some clacker valves to tighten in the US.

    EXCLUSIVE India’s top cement maker paying for Russian coal in Chinese yuan

    https://www.reuters.com/business/exclusive-indias-top-cement-maker-paying-russian-coal-chinese-yuan-2022-06-29/

    The main pillar propping up the US is the deal with the devil that is the petrodollar. China and Russia in particular are quite keen to see an end to that position of the US$ and have in train an alternative. Ghaddafi and Saddam tried to set up an alternative currency systems. Ghaddafi’s one was actually a good idea. It involved a gold backed dinar in a pan African scheme. ‘Unfortunate’ things happened to both of them. Coincidence ? ( Insert conspiracy music lol )

    Ominously for the US the other half of the Faustian deal holding the Petrodollar up has been producing a number of headlines like this in the last couple of months . The Saudis look to be hedging their bets and you can bet they’ll jump ship the millisecond they see which way the wind blows ..

    Saudi Arabia is in active talks with Beijing to price some of its oil sales to China in yuan

    Saudi Arabia and China: New best friends? | Middle East – DW

    Chinese President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Saudi Arabia

    Wang Yi Holds Talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister

    When the tipping point comes it could all change very quickly. Remember the ‘West’ comprise about 12% of the world’s population and the recent colonial record of exploitation of most of the 88% non Western world must represent a powerful collective memory when push come to shove.

    The ‘West’ , looks quite small doesn’t it.

    Look out for the increasing connectivity of the huge Eurasian zone.

    And of course BRICS. Despite all the rah rah rah about The Quad you’ll notice India is well embedded with these Eurasian groupings.

  7. New phrase of the day, “Hunger stones” . It seems they are reappearing in Europe. What are ‘hunger stones’ Read on..

  8. It’s time businesses took on apprentices and trained them instead of whingeing about the lack of workers. I’m sure the government could find enough sticks to force them: they’ve had enough carrots

    The home affairs minister, Clare O’Neil, has vowed Labor “will always prioritise jobs for Australians” as the government eyes increasing the migration cap potentially to 200,000 places per year.

    A boost from the current annual migration intake of 160,000 will be on the table at the federal government’s jobs and skills summit next month.

    About 100 business, union and political leaders will attend the summit from 1-2 September in Canberra. The Greens leader, Adam Bandt, has confirmed he will attend, joining the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, and the Nationals leader, David Littleproud. Peter Dutton could therefore be the only major party leader to not accept a seat at the table.

    Business groups have raised concerns about a shortfall of skilled workers in critical industries such as health, trades, manufacturing and tech, amid historically low unemployment rates. Nine newspapers on Sunday reported the migration number could be increased to between 180,000 and 200,000 a year to attract more skilled foreign workers.

    The government would not confirm that number on Sunday, with a spokesperson for O’Neil, who has carriage over immigration, saying no final decision had been made.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/14/labor-vows-to-prioritise-australian-jobs-as-government-eyes-migration-boost

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Saen Kelly says that discussion about scrapping the stage 3 tax cuts need to move from the realm of the mythical to the real world. Kelly opines that “To say that they are “already legislated” gives them a mythic, symbolic status they do not deserve. If the government is considering scrapping them, as it should be, then it must work to shift the discussion to more practical ground.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-albanese-needs-to-get-real-on-tax-cut-talk-20220814-p5b9o8.html
    Doctors expect the national bulk-billing rate may plunge to as little as 30 per cent within two years unless urgent action is taken, as new data from hundreds of the nation’s biggest medical centres casts doubt on the veracity of official Medicare records. Mark Butler says the presentation of Medicare’s figures by governments has sugar-coated the true state of primary healthcare and he has ordered his department to review the “skewed” official data that states 88 per cent of all GP attendances are bulk-billed.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/revealed-sick-state-of-bulkbilling/news-story/3cf07960d73dd983e36441b0217fc9fe
    Creating a genuinely universal Medicare will require politically difficult actions, explains Jennifer Doggett.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/aug/15/creating-a-genuinely-universal-medicare-will-require-politically-difficult-actions
    Nick McKenzie and Amelia Bollinger report that Australia’s most senior criminal intelligence official says organised criminals involved in drug trafficking, violence and money laundering are exploiting systemic weaknesses in the National Disability Insurance Scheme to rort it on an unprecedented scale. Whenever there is swathes of government money around, the spivs and crooks move in.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-scumbag-scale-how-organised-crime-has-infiltrated-the-ndis-20220811-p5b95s.html
    Uncooperative workers are not the RBA’s problem when it comes to fighting inflation, it’s big business using the current environment to slip in a little extra for themselves, explains Ross Gittins.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/inflation-psychology-raising-prices-and-getting-away-with-it-20220814-p5b9o4.html
    Australia’s top economists are divided about how to tackle ballooning inflation of 6.1% that’s forecast to climb to a three-decade high of 7.75% by the end of the year, writes Peter Martin who says it is important that we should not overact.
    https://theconversation.com/its-important-not-to-overreact-australias-top-economists-on-how-to-fix-high-inflation-188537
    An increasing shortfall of childcare workers will put the brakes on the government’s productivity plans, Finance Minister Katy Gallagher acknowledges, as big business calls for women’s workforce participation to be treated as a core economic issue.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/jobs-summit-needs-to-solve-childcare-crisis-to-tap-into-workforce-of-women-20220812-p5b9gs.html
    Andrew Tillett tells us that the business community is pushing the Albanese government to create a national series of special innovation zones that could attract investment and fast-track skilled migrants, in a bid to make Australia globally appealing and underpin thousands of new jobs in future industries.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/businesses-in-push-to-make-australia-a-global-worker-destination-20220814-p5b9p5
    If we could reach consensus on the three fundamental priorities, we will have made huge progress towards a more prosperous Australia, writes the BCA’s Jennifer Westacott in a detailed argument.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/what-a-jobs-summit-win-would-look-like-20220814-p5b9oy
    Tom Rabe writes that David Elliott has launched an extraordinary attack on NSW Treasurer Matt Kean, blaming him for the prolonged industrial action dogging Sydney’s rail network in the latest internal scuffle that threatens to further destabilise the Perrottet government. It’s all sweetness and light in the NSW government!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/send-a-boy-in-to-do-a-man-s-job-elliott-launches-fresh-attack-on-kean-20220814-p5b9qm.html
    The States should stick to their knitting and stop deluding themselves about their overseas role, writes John Menadue who says Barilaro-State government overseas offices are waste of money.
    https://johnmenadue.com/state-government-offices-overseas-are-waste-of-money/
    Shaken by the “grave matters laid bare”, Dominic Perrottet will write to all party leaders seeking support to address the devastating findings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/we-can-t-afford-to-wait-perrottet-wants-bipartisan-response-to-broderick-report-20220814-p5b9qv.html
    Miki Perkins writes that prominent marine scientists are calling on the environment minister to provide greater protection to Australia’s ailing marine parks.
    https://www.theage.com.au/environment/conservation/parks-only-on-paper-experts-call-on-plibersek-to-tighten-marine-protections-20220814-p5b9oq.html
    According to Katina Curtis, Chris Bowen has called for China and the United States to resume climate talks despite rising tensions between the countries over the status of Taiwan.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australia-calls-for-us-china-to-keep-climate-talks-ring-fenced-from-taiwan-tensions-20220814-p5b9oj.html
    The government’s Climate Change bill, with its 43 percent emissions reduction target, has passed the House. Now, there is a huge agenda of things to do to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, says Ralph Green.
    https://johnmenadue.com/where-now-with-climate/
    Victoria’s three remaining coal-fired power plants would be progressively shut down over the next eight years, under a Greens bill to be introduced to the state parliament this week.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/15/greens-propose-shutting-down-all-victorian-coal-fired-power-plants-by-2030
    Australia has a steep hill to climb on electric cars – but if ever there was a time, it’s now, argues Adam Morton.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2022/aug/15/australia-has-a-steep-hill-to-climb-on-electric-cars-but-if-ever-there-was-a-time-its-now
    A significant step toward boosting Labor’s lacklustre climate policy would be to end the logging of native forests and dump the disastrous Emissions Reduction Fund inherited from the Coalition, writes John Quiggin.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/to-be-real-on-climate-labor-must-end-logging-of-native-forests,16658
    This is an excellent contribution from George Brandis on the wat Australia appoints judges to the High Court.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/choosing-high-court-justices-a-matter-of-good-judgment-20220808-p5b867.html
    “I will be voting yes to establish an Indigenous voice to parliament”, declares Malcolm Turnbull.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/aug/15/i-will-be-voting-yes-to-establish-an-indigenous-voice-to-parliament
    The SMH editorial says that the dire state of play facing federal Education Minister Jason Clare, who on Friday met with his state and territory counterparts, teachers, principals and representatives from the unions and independent and Catholic school groups in a bid to tackle the predicament. It was not before time to attack this complex problem.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/education-crisis-calls-for-comprehensive-plan-20220814-p5b9q7.html
    It’s great education ministers agree the teacher shortage is a problem, but their new plan ignores the root causes, argues education professor, Pasi Sahiberg.
    https://theconversation.com/its-great-education-ministers-agree-the-teacher-shortage-is-a-problem-but-their-new-plan-ignores-the-root-causes-188660
    The SMH says two women are dead following an assassination in a Sydney suburban street which police say throws the “rule book” of organised criminal violence “out the window”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/two-women-dead-following-shooting-in-sydney-s-south-west-20220814-p5b9nf.html
    Karina Curtis writes that community and charity groups are dealing with plummeting rates of volunteering, and Charities Minister Andrew Leigh is on a mission not only to stem the drop-off but halt the crisis in community participation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/declining-rate-of-volunteering-heralds-collapse-in-community-life-minister-20220812-p5b9ek.html
    A handful of Republican governors have criticized the “outrageous rhetoric” of their party colleagues in the US Congress, who have accused federal law enforcement officers of a politicized attack on former president Donald Trump after executing a court-approved search warrant on his Florida home this week.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/14/fbi-trump-search-gop-outrageous-rhetoric

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  10. One for TLBD. Opened on this day and celebrating a 179th ‘birthday’ ………………………………………

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  11. So – Scovid was secretly sworn in as Minister for Health but then put all the blame for late vaccine orders on Grunt and the Health department when he had given himself all the power to organise whatever he wanted.

    That is damning.

    Isn’t it Pentecostal teaching that nothing must be allowed to interfere with the plans of whatever vindictive god they worship even if it means non-cult members will die?

    The more we learn about this loon the more Trumpian he sounds. and the more under cult influence he seems. Yah! Boo! Sucks! to all those who tried to make excuses for his devout cult following by saying he was only pretending to be “religious” and that it was all an act to win over voters.. He is, and has been for years, deeply brainwashed.

    That makes four jobs he failed at – PM, Minister for Finance, Minister for Health and Minister for Resources in addition to his other failures before he wormed his way into parliament.

    • From “The Shovel” –

      QANTAS DECLINE EXPLAINED: Scott Morrison secretly took on CEO role 2 years ago
      The spectacular fall in operational standards at Australia’s national carrier has finally been explained, after it was revealed Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as CEO in early 2021.

      “Everything was going pretty well in the early stages of the pandemic, but then Scott took over and the whole thing basically collapsed,” a Qantas insider explained.
      “I remember a colleague at the time saying, ‘there isn’t anyone who could fuck this airline up more than Alan Joyce’, and at that moment Scott Morrison walked in and started setting up his office”.

      Another Qantas employee said she started to suspect something wasn’t right when all of the onboard food options were changed to curry. “But I think the alarm bells really started ringing when we got a staff memo telling us that it didn’t matter if flights took off or not. As long as an announcement was made about the flight then we’d done our job”

      https://www.theshovel.com.au/2022/08/15/scott-morrison-secretly-ceo-qantas/

  12. Secret Scotty story is spreading 🙂

  13. G&S, in The Mikado

    “Pooh-Bah holds numerous exalted offices, including “First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral … Archbishop … Lord Mayor” and “Lord High Everything Else”.

    We have a winner for his new nickname: Pooh-Bah.

  14. The below is a video interview

  15. Il Dutto speaking to Raf Epstein seems very keen on making one point 🙂
    ————————-
    “I wasn’t there for the decision making, I don’t know…”

    “I wasn’t consulted, wasn’t part of the decision making process”

    “it was not a decision I was party to or was aware of.”

    “but I wasn’t part of that decision making process.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/aug/15/canberra-shooting-airport-taiwan-politics-turnbull-albanese-morrison-vic-nsw-qld#top-of-blog

  16. I find the idea of having two people in the same Ministerial Position at the same time mind-boggling.
    On top of that is the fact that the general public was completely unaware of the situation. Was the Head of the relevant Public Service Department aware of who his/her boss was?

    • There’s something pretty odd about it all. But then we are dealing with Scotty from Marketing. –

    • Cormann says he had no idea Scovid was his partner in the Finance portfolio. Keith Pitt claims he didn’t know a thing until Barnaby Joyce, in a rare moment of sobriety, told him.

      Of course, we don’t have to believe their protestations of innocence –

  17. Update from my eldest child – he has a mate (known him since they were at pre-school together) who works in Parliament House. Today this mate told Steve he had pretty much ambushed Bill Shorten, told him Steve’s story and then emailed Bill’s assistant who is going to follow it up.

    It looks like we might see some action – eventually. It affects many people who have physical disabilities and/or mobility problems but don’t want to or are postponing using wheelchairs for whatever reason.

    The key to this is the electric skateboard was purchased with NDIS funds although using them on the street is illegal. It only takes one nark having a bad hair day to see someone arrested.

    • Sounds like there is hope for some movement on the station. Fingers crossed and may the wheels of government go a little faster !
      How about one of these “4wd” electric skateboards on an off road !

  18. SfM’s Smirkometer reading would have been off the scale when he was having his ‘one man band’ fun.

  19. The GG should be sacked for his connivance in allowing Scovid to make himself Minister for Everything.

    According to Laura Tingle there are a couple more ministries involved.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Anthony Albanese has ordered a search for documents authorising his predecessor Scott Morrison to take joint control over at least three key ministerial portfolios at the height of the pandemic in a secret arrangement that allowed the former leader to overrule the decisions of cabinet colleagues. It looks like Albo has got his teeth into this.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/hunt-for-documents-authorising-morrison-s-secret-ministerial-powers-20220815-p5ba1f.html
    David Crowe reckons Morrison’s mystery ministries reduced the Westminster system to a sitcom. He says that what Morrison did was a power trip, pure and simple. And a ticket to a political farce.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-s-mystery-ministries-reduced-the-westminster-system-to-a-sitcom-20220815-p5ba10.html
    Scott Morrison having himself secretly appointed as health, finance and resources minister is more than weird and bizarre – it is a frightening revelation of how fragile our democratic arrangements are. Paul Bongiorno says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese got it right when he reacted with alarm.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/08/16/paul-bongiorno-scott-morrison-secret-ministry/
    In this excoriation, Jacqui Maley begins with, “All prime ministers have their idiosyncrasies. Tony Abbott ate the onion and Kevin Rudd wrote a children’s book about his cat. Former British PM Gordon Brown reportedly consumed nine bananas a day during his time in office. But none have had quite the constitutional implications of what has been revealed as Scott Morrison’s peccadillo – secretly appointing himself to ministerial portfolios with an alacrity that would make a dictator blush.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scott-morrison-a-well-primed-minister-for-everything-20220815-p5b9zh.html
    Geoff Chambers writes that senior Coalition figures are bracing for a rough few months as Labor probes decisions made by Morrison, following revelations he secretly appointed himself as health, finance and resources minister alongside Greg Hunt, Mathias Cormann and Keith Pitt.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/anthony-albanese-to-turn-blowtorch-on-scott-morrisons-secrecy/news-story/08aaa6f68f52c89ae540b8529fef10cb
    Constitutional law expert Anne Twomey tells us what we need to know about what Morrison did.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/15/scott-morrison-was-sworn-in-to-several-portfolios-other-than-prime-minister-how-can-this-be-done
    It’s the secrecy that makes Morrison look dodgy, writes Phil Coorey who thinks Albanese could use Scott Morrison’s ghost portfolios to kick-start his long-promised royal commission into the handling of the pandemic.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/ghost-portfolios-it-s-the-secrecy-that-makes-morrison-look-dodgy-20220811-p5b8y7
    Malcolm Farr also homes in on the secrecy aspect of Morrison’s behaviour.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/15/the-secrecy-factor-is-telling-in-scott-morrisons-alleged-ministerial-portfolio-grabs
    Michelle Grattan opines that Morrison’s passion for control has trashed conventions and accountability.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrisons-passion-for-control-trashed-conventions-and-accountability-188747
    Why is Scott Morrison hanging around? The weekend revelations that Morrison swore himself in to multiple portfolios without notifying the nation has sparked cries of outrage, in the political class at least, writes Mark Sawyer about the “pimpernel PM, the gift that keeps giving”.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/scott-morrison-pimpernel-pm-is-the-gift-that-keeps-giving/
    And in the wake of the revelations, Anne Hyland reports that an obscure mining company has accused former prime minister Scott Morrison of bias in a court case attempting to overrule a decision he made while secretly sworn in as a resources minister last year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/ex-pm-scott-morrison-accused-of-bias-in-decision-on-nsw-gas-field-20220815-p5ba0n.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/16/scott-morrison-accused-of-bias-in-blocking-pep11-gas-project-using-extraordinary-ministerial-powers
    Peter van Onselen has been talking to Liberal MPs and he writes, “Had they known before the election what they know now, “we would have rolled him”, is how one Liberal bluntly put it.” PvO says that, if the GG survives his full term after such revelations, that will be another Morrison miracle. The role requires someone capable of doing more than simply following prime ministerial orders.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/had-we-known-we-would-have-rolled-him-liberal-colleagues-disbelief-over-scott-morrisons-multiple-ministries/news-story/d4a9fda2eca8916115d8b75e615f83c8
    “Morrison is the gift that keeps on giving … to Labor”, writes Jennifer Hewett who concludes with, “To the public, it just looks odd – another unpopular, unnecessary legacy of an overly self-confident prime minister always convinced he knew best.”
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-is-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-to-labor-20220815-p5b9xz
    Tony Wright has written a parody about Morrison’s ministerial arrangements.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-morrison-cabinet-meets-itself-coming-the-other-way-20220815-p5b9vc.html
    The three political figures at the heart of John Barilaro’s New York job scandal were responsible for the dodgy NSW gun club grant, explains Anthony Klan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/barilaro-set-up-fund-for-perrottets-illegal-gun-club-grant,16663
    The Stage Three tax cuts will add to inflationary pressures and permanently flatten the rate structure, while leaving the problem of bracket creep unsolved, writes Miranda Stewart who argues that the stage three tax cuts should be replaced.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/tax-and-super/how-to-think-big-and-small-on-reforming-the-tax-system-20220814-p5b9r9
    Alan Kohler expands upon the hubris of central bankers and the limits of money.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/08/15/alan-kohler-hubris-money/
    Even when the rich and powerful fall out, the house – their wealth – always wins. Michael Sainsbury examines the latest goings on surrounding Sydney’s Crown Casino. The grubby nexus between Australian business, politics and the mainstream media has been laid bare in a leaked series of explosive emails from James Packer to senior Nine Entertainment executives, journalists and chairman Peter Costello.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/james-packers-email-spray-is-more-than-a-falling-out-among-casino-mates/
    Helen Pitt and Paul Sakkal report that the Liberal Party is about to ask Tony Abbott to give them a pep talk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/tony-abbott-to-give-pep-talk-to-liberal-party-faithful-20220815-p5ba20.html
    Ahead of the summit in a couple of weeks’ time, Jess Irvine writes, “We’ve got 99 problems, and jobs ain’t one of them”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/we-ve-got-99-problems-and-jobs-ain-t-one-of-them-20220815-p5ba0x.html
    The alarming regularity of gangland shootings in Sydney this year casts doubt on how effectively policing resources are being deployed, says the editorial in the SMH.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/plague-of-violence-sydney-s-gangland-attacks-must-be-stopped-20220815-p5ba2f.html
    Chris Bowen has a big decision to make as his department prepares to release a discussion paper this week into the design of Labor’s safeguard mechanism on more than 200 of the country’s biggest emitters. Will the changes enshrine an absolute baseline for falling carbon emissions or will there be some form of wriggle room to allow for a series of mega gas projects, wonders Jacob Greber.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/chris-bowen-s-big-safeguard-headache-20220815-p5ba18
    The Age’s editorial says that Australia’s energy transition is moving in right direction.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/australia-s-energy-transition-moving-in-right-direction-20220814-p5b9r7
    The coroner is weighing an investigation into a cluster of deaths linked to the emergency call delays as leaked documents reveal more than 1000 Victorians could have been harmed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/more-than-1000-victorians-could-have-been-harmed-by-triple-zero-delays-20220808-p5b80p.html
    Doctors may be able to spend more time with patients, treat ­patients after-hours, and employ nurses, dietitians and pharmacists under a plan being considered by a federal Medicare taskforce. Federal Health Minister Mark Butler has flagged that voluntary patient enrolment – where a ­patient chooses a ‘medical home’ and the GP practice is funded to provide extra care for chronic conditions and co-ordinate that patient’s care – is a key area of focus for the taskforce, reports Natasha Robinson.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/onestop-shop-in-medicare-shakeup/news-story/707a213ea697ee513aab74365f78d89e
    Marie Healy explains why she has stopped bulk-billing after 20 years as a GP.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/why-i-ve-stopped-bulk-billing-after-20-years-as-a-gp-20220814-p5b9qn.html
    And Chris Summers tells us why he changed careers to teach high school – then quit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/why-i-changed-careers-to-teach-high-school-then-quit-20220815-p5b9v6.html
    Australian beef exporters are on high alert following reports that China may temporarily suspend all meat imports from Australia and New Zealand due to concerns about foot and mouth disease. Other exporters were also alarmed on Monday by a Chinese media report which said China was suspending imports of Australian grain, dairy and other agricultural products into the country, a move that would potentially damage tens of billions of dollars of business. Here we go again!
    https://www.afr.com/world/asia/alarm-for-australian-beef-exporters-over-reports-of-new-china-ban-20220815-p5ba0c
    Schools are just waking up to the idea that having non-stop phone access is a terrible idea. And it’s not just bad for students – it’s also terrible for those who teach, argues Jemma Price.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/the-one-rule-that-should-apply-to-kids-and-to-adults-20220815-p5b9xy.html
    Paul Sakkal writes that with just over 100 days until the Victorian election, Daniel Andrews and Matthew Guy’s media appearances last Sunday gave Victorians their clearest indication of how the poll will be fought.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/rolling-out-the-welcome-matt-quasi-election-campaign-begins-20220814-p5b9q5.html
    Donning the black cap, Stephen Bartholomeusz writes, “Markets are surging but it could be a false dawn”. He thinks we might be seeing a dead cat bounce.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/sharemarkets-are-surging-but-it-could-be-a-false-dawn-20220815-p5b9ub.html
    Simon Johnson reports that an electric vehicle start-up is converting semi-trailer trucks into electric heavy-haulers that will be powered by a quick-change battery network on Australia’s east coast.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/entrepreneur-big-trucks-big-savings-big-electric-plans-20220811-p5b91o.html
    Meanwhile, Nick Toscano reports that the world’s biggest fund manager, BlackRock, has selected Australia for the rollout of its largest investment in grid-scale batteries that will be crucial to driving the shift from coal to clean energy.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/blackrock-to-spend-1b-on-batteries-in-australia-as-coal-closures-loom-20220815-p5b9xo.html
    Australian rental homes are colder and more damp than is considered safe by the World Health Organization, with homes in New South Wales so humid as to promote mould growth, a new report has found. Tenant advocacy organisation Better Renting recruited 75 renters around Australia to install tracking devices in their homes that recorded temperature and humidity levels at one-minute intervals from 13 June to 31 July this year.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/16/australian-rental-homes-colder-and-more-damp-than-who-safety-standards
    Fran Kelly is fine and familiar, but she’s not the future of the ABC, opines Thomas Mitchell.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/fran-kelly-is-fine-and-familiar-but-she-s-not-the-future-of-the-abc-20220812-p5b9c9.html
    Paul Frijters and Cameron Murray explain how mates and grey corruption are rigging the political game.
    https://johnmenadue.com/paul-frijters-how-mates-and-grey-corruption-rig-the-political-game/
    Rob Harris tells us that Britain has become the first country to authorise an updated coronavirus vaccine that directly targets the Omicron strain of the virus as it begins planning for a nationwide autumn booster campaign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/britain-first-to-approve-coronavirus-vaccine-targeting-omicron-variant-20220816-p5ba3j.html
    A Sydney businesswoman bought a luxury car for a senior National Australia Bank employee and paid for a $620,000 overseas holiday as part of a series of kickbacks to ensure her inflated invoices kept getting paid, a jury has heard. A whistleblower had anonymously alerted NAB to the arrangement between the pair, triggering an internal investigation and police involvement.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/businesswoman-gave-car-boat-and-holidays-to-nab-employee-in-kickbacks-court-told-20220815-p5b9zm.html
    The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago in Florida is, in an American season of prodigies, remarkable, strange and potentially disastrous – bad news for America and the world, writes Greg Sheridan who fears the raid has moved the US closer to civil war.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/trump-raid-moves-us-closer-to-civil-conflict/news-story/5c2b3cba04da703fd41333f7c82eb224
    Donald Trump has demanded the return of the seized documents – by order of social media.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/15/trump-demands-return-documents-fbi-truth-social
    With preventable deaths escalating to all-time records, American exceptionalism is no longer what many Americans think it is, as Alan Austin reports.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/america-descends-steadily-into-a-deadly-dystopia,16661

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  21. About David Hurley -and why Albo must demand his resignation.

    Chosen to be GG by Scovid in 2019 – have you ever wondered why? Could it be because Hurley was up to his neck in corrupt activities while still Chief of Defence?

    He tried to cover up the Skype sex tape scandal in 2011 –
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-09/adfa-cadet-sacked-over-skype-sex-scandal/5080834

    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/defence-skype-sex-scandal-cadet-suspended-again-over-sex-initiation-group/news-story/a7c9e76ce17f411c35f8d58ea102a5d6

    Then there’s Hurley’s feigned ignorance of the war crimes committed in Afghanistan while he was heading the Army. Here’s David McBride (December 2020) on this, claiming Hurley knew all about it.

    Hurley used his position as GG to drum up support for a very dodgy charity – the Australian Future Leaders Foundation Limited – which was awarded $18 million in this year’s budget. Was Scovid really conniving with Hurley back in March/April on this?

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-08/governor-general-lobbied-scott-morrison-leadership-program/100975582

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-07/australian-future-leaders-foundation-funding-launch-election/100971170

    It is time for Hurley to resign or be faced with sacking. Why could we ever expect anyone chosen by Scovid to be above board?

  22. full video below in the link

  23. Hey pubsters

    As a 35+ yr APS veteran who has watched good governance & the capacity of the APS be totally trashed over the last 9 yrs, esp the last 3 yrs, I didn’t think there would be anything like this, I expected a few more ‘mid level’ controversies like sports rorts & dodgy dealings to be revealed as Ministers & new dept secretaries got across their portfolios. But this is next level. Depending on whether morrison actually exercised any powers in the other portfolios (other than pep11) the legal minefield he’s left behind could be substantial.

    I thought Albo’s press conf was excellent & most of the press gallery showed themselves to be idiots fishing for info that Albo said would not be available until next week, his answer to the dopey phil coorey was perfect & its obvious Albo has the measure of the press gallery.

    I agree that GG’s position is not tenable & he was never a suitable GG to start with & the $18m for his pentecostal ‘leaders’ program appears dodgy & I would love to see him resign, but Albo does not do knee jerk reactions, esp for something this serious. He will wait until he has all the info & the legal/financial implications are known.

    As I suggested a few weeks ago, I suspect Albo has a couple of candidates in mind for the next GG & the timing for those candidates may not be right for them to consider stepping up early.

    Albo is playing the long game, & the govt has enough on its plate fixing the mess left by the LNP, & progressing their reforms without the additional distraction of a ‘disgracced’ GG – unless hard evidence comes to light that proves the GG acted inappropriately, Albo will leave the GG alone until he is ready to announce a new GG.

    Similarly, I think the long game applies to the income tax cuts, I think (hope) that Chalmers & Gallagher are biding their time & will find a way to nullify the long term impact or scrap them.

  24. BOOM ! From Karen Andrews. Apart from ‘Brother Stewie’ SfM will soon discover what a Nigel No Friends he is in Caucus.
    .

    I am going to ask him to resign and leave Parliament.

    I have nothing to say to him.

    This is totally unacceptable, For a Prime Minister to behave in this manner undermines everything that a federal government constitutionally should stand for.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/aug/16/politics-scott-morrison-anthony-albanese-gas-ministers-dutton-qld-victoria-nsw-weather-covid-live-news-melbourne-sydney#top-of-blog:~:text=She%20said%3A-,I,-am%20going%20to

  25. All this Ministerial stuff does at least explain Scotty’s official PM portrait.

  26. So far up himself

    Morrison also apologised to his colleagues through the post:

    I have endeavoured to set out the context and reasoning for the decisions I took as Prime Minister in a highly unusual time. I did so in good faith, seeking to exercise my responsibilities as Prime Minister which exceeded those of any other member of the Government, or Parliament. For any offence to my colleagues I apologise. I led an outstanding team who did an excellent job and provided me great service and loyalty as Ministers.

  27. Most of the following vids cover the same topic so take your pick.

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Ari Melbur –

    Mehdi Hassan –

  28. You can’t be serious man, you cannot be serious!

    The leader of the Nationals, David Littleproud, says Australians should “accept” Scott Morrison’s explanations for his secret ministerial portfolios.

    Littleproud told the Australian that Morrison’s Facebook post that supposedly explained his reasoning was “fulsome and wholesome” and that the matter should now “end.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/aug/16/politics-scott-morrison-anthony-albanese-gas-ministers-dutton-qld-victoria-nsw-weather-covid-live-news-melbourne-sydney#top-of-blog

  29. Now which of these 3 definitions of fulsome does Littleproud mean ?
    .
    2: aesthetically, morally, or generally offensive
    fulsome lies and nauseous flattery
    — William Congreve
    the devil take thee for a … fulsome rogue
    — George Villiers

    3: exceeding the bounds of good taste : OVERDONE
    the fulsome chromium glitter of the escalators dominating the central hall
    — Lewis Mumford

    4: excessively complimentary or flattering : EFFUSIVE
    an admiration whose extent I did not express, lest I be thought fulsome
    — A. J. Liebling

    Other Words from fulsome
    Synonyms

    adulatory, gushing, gushy, hagiographic (also hagiographical), oily, oleaginous, soapy, unctuous
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