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

    • Scotty knows his responsibility. His entire career is built on his ceaseless efforts to avoid taking responsibility. In such a quest knowing what your responsibility is really helps in avoiding it.

  1. Gosh, who hasn’t forgotten they were Ministers in a government, it’s such an easy thing to do.

    • KK – Do you mean it’s easy to forget how to be a minister, or to remember that one is a minister, or two…..?

  2. I used to have a Ministry. Can’t think where I put it. Must be up in the attic with some odds and sods: a discarded chicken coop, Welding for Dummies, Book of Curries for Simpletons and a few dozen hi-vis vests.

    Must be time for a garage sale.

    • Puff! What do you mean? Look at the picture, he’s as clean as a whistle! No mud on his face! Nor can you prove he has shit on his doo-doo – he’s got his pants on! His hands are folded over his private parts anyway, protecting them as if in prayer. But he’s crossing his fingers too! Dear God, he can’t be lying to You!? No, he’s pointing the finger, at someone over there! On the other side! Or, more likely. he’s not accusing! He’s preaching, bringing the unconverted to right thinking! So, maybe you’re right. He is in the doo-doo, and not sure how to get out of it. Maybe he’s praying to his Lord for Holy Orders, or just preying on the poor. Knowing him, I guess, he can eat shit and shovel it out at the same time.

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Katina Curtis and James Massola report that a government MP has taken the extraordinary step of suggesting Governor-General David Hurley’s position may be untenable because of his role in secretly appointing former prime minister Scott Morrison to five extra ministerial portfolios. However, legal expert Greg Craven says it was Morrison who had “violated a basic constitutional precept” by bringing the governor-general and the Crown into disrepute.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/mps-question-governor-general-s-role-in-morrison-ministry-saga-20220816-p5baao.html
    Professor of Law, Rosalind Dixon, tells us what the governor-general should have asked the minister for everything. She concludes by saying, “While it is unclear whether the governor-general did highlight these concerns to the prime minister. If he did not, he should have done so, and must surely now consider whether his position is tenable.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-the-governor-general-should-have-asked-the-minister-for-everything-20220816-p5baa6.html
    The revelation the former PM had five secret portfolios demonstrates his contempt for colleagues and the longstanding conventions that underpin Australia’s democracy, writes Sarah Martin. “Morrison liked to think he was unchained from orthodoxy – but was he actually unhinged from reality?”, she wonders.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/aug/16/morrison-liked-to-think-he-was-unchained-from-orthodoxy-but-was-he-actually-unhinged-from-reality
    The Australian has quoted from Morrison’s Facebook page in which he says he acted in good faith.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/i-acted-in-good-faith-says-scott-morrison/news-story/5eeb54276c3dd6faeb84f5b6502dfd2b
    It is the secrecy, deception and absence of visibility around prime ministerial power that has brought Scott Morrison undone. Paul Kelly says that secrecy is the curse in this fiasco. Morrison’s swearing himself in to five separate portfolios in addition to being prime minister meant a deception of the public, the parliament and most of the ministers involved.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/scott-morrisons-secrecy-the-curse-in-this-fiasco/news-story/32cb8d70ad7f853bbdac564c3f944eaf
    Michelle Grattan reckons the Liberals would be better off with Morrison out of parliament. She says Liberal frontbencher Karen Andrews wouldn’t be alone among her colleagues in believing Scott Morrison should quit parliament.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-the-liberals-would-be-better-off-with-morrison-out-of-parliament-188838
    Did he seriously think people were going to give him a standing ovation for this self-aggrandising crap, writes Samantha Maiden. Scott Morrison’s 1279-word confession that he was running around knocking off his mates’ portfolios throughout the pandemic was missing something important. Why the secrecy?
    https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/opinion/not-telling-anyone-is-the-part-that-doesnt-make-sense-samantha-maiden/news-story/5cfb028cda7180c3499775a414e9de61?amp
    Recent revelations that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly swore himself in as a co-minister in three portfolios may explain why he stood so firmly in the way of a Federal ICAC, writes David Donovan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/secretive-scott-morrison-and-the-skeletons-in-his-cabinet,16666
    One can only wonder what Governor-General David Hurley thought when Scott Morrison strode into Yarralumla and informed him that he wished to be sworn in for several portfolios, even though they were already assigned to other ministers. Given no national security issues were at stake, he must have wondered what the hell was going on. Morrison’s demands were unprecedented and went way beyond what was expected from a prime minister, writes Graham Richardson.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/portfolio-power-grab-put-david-hurley-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/news-story/f605a9bd5b5af6025f1efe4a60d654ba
    Mark Kenny wades right in to criticise Dutton’s stance on the Morrison revelations. He says, “Proving that truth really is the first casualty of war, Peter Dutton wheeled out the war analogy to excuse the Trump-like rule-breaking of ex-prime minister, Scott Morrison. Dutton, who was himself breezily deceived (he was only defence minister after all), described a “war-like situation” in the early months of the pandemic when Morrison had quietly had himself sworn in as a secret health minister.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7863513/morrison-has-thumbed-his-nose-at-transparency/?cs=14329
    The most telling verdict on Scott Morrison’s deception within his own government is the outrage from colleagues who want him gone, writes David Crowe who tells us about the serious implications of Morrison’s shadow grab for power.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-serious-implications-of-morrison-s-shadow-grab-for-power-20220816-p5baax.html
    Tim Jones does a deep dive into what has been written about the Morrison issue and provides us with some analysis.
    https://theaimn.com/shadow-government-morrisons-minstries/
    Morrison’s ministerial mess needed cleaning up not covering up, writes Anne Twomey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-s-ministerial-mess-needed-cleaning-up-not-covering-up-20220816-p5bacl
    Scott Morrison’s epic decline and fall will be his place in history, writes James Robertson.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/08/16/morrison-decline-fall-history/
    In one of the world’s most secretive liberal democracies, the revelation that the previous Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison ran a shadow government overseen by personal quasi-despotic whim spanning several ministerial positions has caused chill and consternation. That’s not the way we do things – except when we do, opines Binoy Kampmark.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-failings-of-westminster-scott-morrisons-shadow-government/
    The SMH editorial simply says that Morrison showed no respect for our system of government. It’s not buying Morrison’s lame excuses.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-showed-no-respect-for-our-system-of-government-20220816-p5bado.html
    There is a growing push for Scott Morrison to be investigated by parliament’s powerful privileges committee over his decision to secretly appoint himself to five additional ministerial portfolios. The Greens’ legal affairs spokesperson, Senator David Shoebridge, and the independent MP Sophie Scamps have both said the privileges committee should investigate Morrison. Fellow independents Zali Steggall and Kate Chaney think a referral should be considered.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/16/push-for-parliaments-privileges-committee-to-probe-scott-morrison-over-ministerial-appointments
    Truth is fundamental to democracy. When citizens cannot tell fact from fiction and leaders spread falsehoods for political advantage, society as a whole is damaged. The US demonstrates this. Donald Trump’s baseless claims about electoral fraud are sowing division and distrust throughout that nation and undermining good governance, writes George Williams who says that this is a wake-up call for Australia.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/trumps-lesson-for-us-lies-cant-be-allowed-to-flourish/news-story/643181dd8b53df30caee29e7c885166d
    Another Morrison piss take from Tony Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/president-scomo-gets-loose-in-the-studio-20220816-p5bab2.html
    Lucy Cormack and Tom Rabe writes that a former public service commissioner has found the appointment of John Barilaro to a plum US trade role was not at arm’s length from government, with Premier Dominic Perrottet conceding several “fundamental errors” meant the process was flawed from the outset.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/fundamental-errors-perrottet-responds-to-barilaro-review-20220816-p5ba78.html
    Alexandra Smith says that Perrottet drove the creation of trade jobs, but is taking no direct responsibility for the ‘fundamental errors’ laid out in the above report.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-drove-creation-of-trade-jobs-but-is-taking-no-direct-responsibility-for-fundamental-errors-20220816-p5baca.html
    Deleted NSW Government “guidelines” for a $300 million investment fund show the Wagga Wagga gun club grant approved by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was expressly illegal from the outset. The revelations mean that not only was the grant illegal under the legislation, as previously revealed, but it was even illegal under the specific “criteria” set for the investment fund, explains Anthony Klan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/smoking-gun-shows-perrottets-club-grant-was-illegal-from-the-start,16665
    Axe fossil fuel subsidies, bring in a Carbon Export Levy, fix tax and royalty loopholes. Michael West reports on a compelling plan to dramatically reduce Australia’s debt and soaring energy bills.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/a-real-plan-to-tackle-energy-prices-climate-and-the-budget/
    Ross Gittins says bosses should take note that workers will soon have the upper hand.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/bosses-take-note-workers-will-soon-have-the-upper-hand-20220816-p5ba7s.html
    The business community is challenging the federal government to revisit work practices and competition across the nation’s ports as part of its jobs summit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/port-overhaul-to-boost-jobs-and-skills-say-business-leaders-20220816-p5ba9u.html
    Sydney and Melbourne house prices could fall by more than 10 per cent this year and drop again in 2023, one of the nation’s biggest lenders has predicted, as data shows inflation pressures are even more acute than feared, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/house-prices-could-fall-20-per-cent-as-rates-bite-anz-20220816-p5ba9x.html
    Cracks are starting to emerge in Australia’s regional property markets as house and unit values in some of the most sought-after and expensive sea- and tree-change areas have fallen by as much as 4.5 per cent over the past three months, new data shows.
    https://www.theage.com.au/property/news/the-towns-where-the-sea-change-dream-just-got-more-affordable-20220816-p5ba9l.html
    In the ever-deteriorating relationship with China, the mainstream media have a lot to answer for, argues Colin Mackerras.
    https://johnmenadue.com/in-the-ever-deteriorating-relationship-with-china-the-mainstream-media-have-a-lot-to-answer-for/
    Jordan Baker reports that Australia’s Anglican church has split, and conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage have launched a breakaway movement led by former Sydney archbishop Glenn Davies aiming to lure Anglicans who are unhappy with progressive bishops.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/anglican-church-splits-conservatives-form-australian-breakaway-20220816-p5bact.html
    According to Liam Mannix, US biotech Colossal Biosciences will invest $10 million in a University of Melbourne team working to bring the Tasmanian tiger back from extinction.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/furry-tail-or-fairytale-thylacine-de-extinction-bid-wins-10m-boost-but-critics-question-science-20220815-p5b9u7.html
    Lucy Carroll reports that an eastern suburbs Jewish school is set to close after the NSW education authority received a scathing inspection report and recommended that the school’s registration be cancelled for failing to meet curriculum and teaching standards.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/bondi-jewish-school-set-to-close-after-failing-to-meet-standards-20220816-p5ba7b.html
    New education minister Jason Clare will make it clear to the Australian Research Council he wants grants rounds delivered on time, to a pre-determined timeframe. That will make a glorious change from the current fiasco, says Jenna Price.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nitpicking-over-research-grants-is-blunting-our-creativity-20220815-p5ba2r.html
    National Australia Bank paid a false invoice worth $2.2 million after a trusted staff member and her associate colluded to claim the money was needed to employ former NSW premier Mike Baird, a jury has been told.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nab-paid-false-2-2-million-invoice-after-claim-it-was-needed-for-mike-baird-court-told-20220816-p5ba8r.html
    Many backers seemed all too eager to buy what the ego-driven, larger-than-life Australian financier Lex Greensill was selling. It’s time to brush up on how this pyramid of lies was built. It could be built again one day, warns Lionel Laurent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/greensill-s-ghost-will-haunt-the-finance-world-20220816-p5baen.html
    BHP generated record profits, cash flows and dividends but it is the absence of any meaningful debt that gives it flexibility in a volatile economic environment, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/bhp-s-torrents-of-cash-gives-it-lots-of-options-in-an-uncertain-world-20220816-p5ba4p.html
    A federal judge in Florida will hear arguments tomorrow over whether to make public an affidavit used to justify a search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate, as broadening legal disputes on multiple fronts intensify against the former president and his allies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/16/donald-trump-search-affidavit-legal-cases
    In praise of Liz Cheney. May we have more politicians like her, writes Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/16/liz-cheney-politicians-stand-by-principles

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  4. The comedy continues

    Morrison reminds the media they have not had the experience of being prime minister:

  5. Let me explain what I said. I did not take over the treasury portfolio. I did not take over the home affairs portfolio. I did not take over the health portfolio.

    And if there was a difference of opinion between the two ministers? Like Pep11?

  6. Morrison “… I was steering the ship in the middle of the tempest.

    somewhere in SfM’s fevered mind………………..

  7. Is anyone else starting to wonder if a certain ex-PM might be angling to “take his ball, go” in a fit of pique because he was rejected in May?

    • I think he’ll hang around a while. Long enough to be able to claim he was not forced out or had to resign but instead retired at the time of his own choosing. After which the only workplace shonky enough to be interested in taking him on would be the evangelical preacher man business. However SfM’s atrophied work ethic means it would be just ‘guest appearance’ stuff .

    • He can’t leave until he finds a new job. He needs the money we pay him to tide him over until whenever or if ever that may be.

      Chances of him finding another job were already dwindling after voters gave him and his government the boot. By now they must be non-existent.

      I want to see him lonely, abandoned by his wife and kids, homeless, broke and unable to find a job even as a garbage collector. Seeing him relying on Centrelink would be most apt considering his hatred for the unemployed. Don’t forget – he has no parliamentary pension, being elected in 2007 means he has to survive until his superannuation becomes available, and he is used to having lots of money.

  8. I am watching a replay of Morrison’s presser.
    Someone get me a sick bag, please.

    He was quicker snaffling ministries than ordering vaccines and enforcing border closures.
    People died as a result of Morrison’s inaction, how dare that scumbag claim he saved lives!

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    Lawrence O’Donnell –

  10. I want Morrison in parliament until the next election as a visible putrid sore on the Liberal Party’s face. They inflicted this inept clown on us as the Prime Minister and they should be reminded of it at every sitting of Parliament.

    Pus, the voting public needs to see the consequences of voting Liberal.

    • Puff, is your reference above to ‘Pus’ deliberately suggesting that this is indeed ‘what the Australian public needs to see…..i.e. a thick, opaque, usually yellowish-white, fluid matter that is formed as part of an inflammatory response typically associated with an infection and is composed of exudate chiefly containing dead white blood cells (such as neutrophils), tissue debris, and pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria……’

      If it’s just a spelling mistake, then it’s an extraordinarily serendipitous one!

  11. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. We see universal condemnation of Morrison’s actions and excuses – apart from in The Australian where it is virtually silent except for a call for Albanese to remain civil over the matter.

    The SMAge tells us about the G-G’s defence of his (in)actions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/governor-general-not-my-job-to-tell-anyone-about-morrison-s-secret-ministries-20220817-p5baop.html
    Chris Wallace goes the whole hog and reckons we need a royal commission to shed light on the ‘shadow government’ issue. She says it would be a mistake to write the issue off as just Morrison weirdness. This secretive multi-ministerial gambit represents a failure of norms at the heart of Australian government that, in a system that relies on good people doing the right thing, has to be restored. This is a typically lucid contribution from Wallace.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-need-a-royal-commission-to-shed-light-on-shadow-government-20220817-p5bah4.html
    Katina Curtis tells us that every time Scott Morrison assumed another ministry, the process was very simple: his staff sent a single sentence to the governor-general, who signed it and sent it back. Just like that!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-single-sentence-how-scott-morrison-took-on-his-ministers-powers-20220817-p5balw.html
    The cognitive dissonance of Scott Morrison’s defence is mind-boggling, writes Sarah Martin in a cracker of a contribution.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/17/the-cognitive-dissonance-of-scott-morrisons-defence-is-mind-boggling
    James Massola and Rachel Eddie report that, on Albanese’s instruction, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has released the documents outlining the details of Scott Morrison’s secret appointment to five additional ministries. They really were “rinse and repeat”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/peter-dutton-distances-himself-from-scott-morrison-says-his-actions-were-wrong-20220817-p5bajb.html
    “Why didn’t the governor general push back against Scott Morrison’s secret ministries?”, wonders Josh Gordon.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/18/why-didnt-the-governor-general-push-back-against-scott-morrisons-secret-ministries
    Scott Morrison’s enabling accomplice in his ministerial power grab, the Governor-General David Hurley, has some explaining to do if he is to resist suggestions that he should resign. Indeed, the political storm the ongoing revelations about Morrison’s extraordinary actions may be so embarrassing for the Governor-General that his early departure from the role cannot be avoided, writes David Solomon.
    https://johnmenadue.com/governor-general-should-have-queried-morrison/
    Even if the former PM had been upfront with the Australian people from the start, he would have struggled to offer a plausible reason for the five secret ministerial appointments, says the AFR’s editorial that thinks Morrison’s secret ministerial business doesn’t pass the pub test.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-s-secret-ministerial-business-doesn-t-pass-pub-test-20220816-p5badw
    Amy Remeikis points out the ten glaring inconsistencies in Scott Morrison’s bamboozling press conference.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/17/ten-glaring-inconsistencies-in-scott-morrisons-bamboozling-press-conference
    Jacqui Maley writes that anyone who was expecting an apology from Scott Morrison should look to history. She says, “If he was toxic to the Liberal brand at the election, that will only worsen now.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/anyone-expecting-an-apology-from-scott-morrison-should-look-to-history-20220817-p5banq.html
    Scott Morrison’s explanation for his behaviour used a biblical analogy to justify his supreme faith in his own actions, writes Jennifer Hewett who says Morrison stood defiant in the face of overwhelming political logic.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-stands-defiant-in-the-face-of-overwhelming-political-logic-20220817-p5baku
    Scott Morrison must resign immediately as the member for Cook, leave the Parliament, and try to salvage what remains of his shredded reputation as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister, writes Jenny Hocking who describes Scott Morrison’s ministerial fetish as ”an unprecedented trashing of our democracy”.
    https://johnmenadue.com/scott-morrisons-ministerial-fetish-an-unprecedented-trashing-of-our-democracy/
    Bruce Wolpe looks at how Trump trashed accountability and democracy conventions and sees parallels in Morrison’s behaviour and conclude by saying, “Trump and Morrison bonded quite famously in Washington in September 2019. They had even more in common than we knew.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-breach-of-norms-of-trumpian-proportions-morrison-s-power-grab-20220817-p5bahn.html
    According to The Canberra Times, Scott Morrison could be referred to a powerful parliamentary committee within days, but the former prime minister insists he won’t resign over the secret ministries scandal.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7865056/morrison-could-be-referred-to-a-powerful-parliamentary-committee/?cs=14329
    “There can be absolutely no doubt Scott Morrison saw himself as captain of Australia. And the first mate. And the engineer. And the deckhand”, writes Michael Koziol who outlines the “captain’s refusal to walk the plank.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/captain-morrison-refuses-to-walk-the-plank-20220817-p5bam1.html
    Scott Morrison appeared confused by all the fuss over his secret ministries, and offered confusion in response, opines Michael McGowan. He says the former PM explained the circumstances in which he appointed himself into five portfolios with contempt and parable.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/17/scott-morrison-appeared-confused-by-all-the-fuss-over-his-secret-ministries-and-offered-confusion-in-response
    Michelle Grattan reckons Morrison reverted to type in an unconvincing defence.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrison-reverts-to-type-in-an-unconvincing-defence-188911
    The go-to defence of pretty much everyone who is entangled in the scandal of Scott Morrison’s self-appointment to five ministerial portfolios other than his own is that no laws were broken. But this alleged legality – which remains unclear – is barely relevant to any judgement that might be offered on the affair, argue Frank Bongiorno and Emily Millane.
    https://theconversation.com/morrisons-multiple-portfolios-why-the-law-has-nothing-to-do-with-it-188892
    Shane Wright says the biggest fall in Australians’ real wages on record has intensified pressure on the federal government’s looming jobs and skills summit to come up with ways to boost take-home pay and future-proof the economy against major structural changes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/summit-aims-to-future-proof-workers-as-real-wages-suffer-record-fall-20220817-p5bagt.html
    With overall prices increasing by 6.1% and essential items being even more expensive, workers are feeling the pinch, writes Greg Jericho who says the reported “rise in wages should be good news, but in real terms, this is historically pitiful”
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/18/a-rise-in-wages-should-be-good-news-but-in-real-terms-this-is-historically-pitiful
    As the jobs summit looms, we need a reset in how we talk about the economy: in particular, how to encourage productive profits and discourage profit-bludging. To do that requires a much more accurate picture of what our economy looks like, argues Lindy Edwards.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/profit-bludgers-skew-focus-for-economic-fairness-20220812-p5b9ce.html
    Despite softening prices, rental from investment property is proving to be the ultimate inflation proof income this year, with income growth running at double the annualised inflation rate across all cities, writes James Kirby who remarks that it is no surprise that investors are returning in droves.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/housing-rent-the-inflation-busting-investment-of-the-year/news-story/c74a6e5515cdfd7d66a844a8df968485
    Mary Ward reports that an audit of Australia’s coronavirus vaccination rollout has criticised the slow speed at which early doses were administered, blaming poor planning for low levels of community protection when the virus locked down most of the country last year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/covid-vaccine-rollout-too-slow-poorly-planned-audit-finds-20220817-p5banf.html
    Alexandra Smith looks at David Elliott’s behaviour and says that there will be blood (most of it inside the NSW parties).
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/there-will-be-blood-most-of-it-inside-the-nsw-parties-20220817-p5bajj.html
    The Matthew Guy who Victorians had decided by a near-record margin they didn’t want as premier in 2018 was back on display last week: aggressive, dismissive and eventually angry. Meanwhile, his staff were fleeing as if a fire had broken out in his office, writes Shaun Carney.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/guy-s-suburban-rail-move-has-him-on-track-but-his-party-will-still-derail-20220817-p5bah1.html
    Australia’s largest greenhouse gas emitters could be required to slash their carbon footprint by up to 6 per cent a year under a key plank of the Albanese government’s campaign to combat climate change, writes Nick Toscano who says that Chris Bowen is preparing to strengthen a policy known as the “safeguard mechanism”, which would compel the top 215 industrial polluters that together cause 28 per cent of the country’s emissions to decarbonise their operations or offset their emissions by purchasing carbon credits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/bowen-begins-talks-on-emissions-cuts-for-215-biggest-polluters-20220817-p5baok.html
    The number of temporary teachers working in NSW public schools has almost doubled in a decade as experts warn surging insecure and short-term contracts are driving graduates away from the profession. Even teaching has been substantially pushed into being in the gig economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/number-of-temporary-teachers-in-nsw-schools-almost-doubles-in-a-decade-20220817-p5baif.html
    The AIMN’s Grumpy Geezer wonders how the Tory herd will sell the tattered remains of a discarded and discredited rabble.
    https://theaimn.com/papering-over-the-crackpots/
    A lawsuit brought over allegedly non-compliant United Australia Party signage has been labelled as a stitch-up and a waste of money by former MP Craig Kelly. The Australian Electoral Commission is pursuing Mr Kelly in the Federal Court, claiming the ex-politician did “public harm” by displaying UAP posters before this year’s federal election that did not properly display required details of the party.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2022/08/17/craig-kelly-hits-back-aec-lawsuit/
    Progressive Anglicans say they are “devastated” by a historic split in their church triggered by intractable divisions over same-sex marriage, and question whether a breakaway group can still consider itself Anglican. By the way, given such a momentous split, who owns all the properties and assets?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/progressive-anglicans-devastated-by-conservative-schism-over-same-sex-marriage-20220817-p5balx.html
    Foxtel has agreed to allow Channel Seven stream key AFL matches online in a move that could knock rival bidders out of the running for the code’s next rights deal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/foxtel-backs-down-on-streaming-in-attempt-to-clinch-afl-rights-20220817-p5bald.html
    Mike Pence condemned attacks against the FBI by Republicans after federal authorities searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/17/mike-pence-condemns-republicans-fbi-attacks

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  12. David Hurley’s defence –

    He says he had no idea the ministries would not be communicated, but he lied. He knew Morrison had no intention of “communicating” these changes after Scovid failed to make public his first appointments in March 2020.

    If Hurley wants us to believe him then why did he say nothing when Scovid took over more ministries in 2021?

    There was no mention of these appointments on his official website either – normal procedure for any new appointments where swearing in by the GG has been necessary.

    Further proof Scovid and Hurley colluded on this blatant grab for power?.

  13. I hope an exceedingly fine toothed comb is used to go through everything Scotty 6 Jobs did when he was Minister Wallpaper. Taking so many positions might be a good way to try and cover a decision he wanted to make in one particular Ministry. It would stand out a bit if he took just took the Ministry involved in the decision he wanted to make. Not that I don’t trust the bustard 🙂

  14. Puff, is your reference above to ‘Pus’ deliberately suggesting that this is indeed ‘what the Australian public needs to see…..i.e. a thick, opaque, usually yellowish-white, fluid matter that is formed as part of an inflammatory response typically associated with an infection and is composed of exudate chiefly containing dead white blood cells (such as neutrophils), tissue debris, and pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria……’

    If it’s just a spelling mistake, then it’s an extraordinarily serendipitous one!

  15. Tom’s YouTube clip gives background to the ABC story. Its a bizarre story.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    It’s a stretch for the former prime minister to claim he saved 40,000 lives – and it is sophistry to use that as justification for the indefensible, writes David Crowe. Crowe concludes his examination of Morrison’s actions by saying, “The strange thing is that Morrison seemed to think nobody would ever discover his five secret portfolios but, all along, he had set the clock ticking on a bomb beneath his own legacy.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-weird-science-of-our-secret-saviour-scott-morrison-20220818-p5baso.html
    On Monday, when Solicitor-General Stephen Donoghue QC is due to produce his opinion on Scott Morrison’s conduct. The Australian’s Chris Merritt tells us what to look for in it.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/scott-morrison-scandal-a-chance-to-improve-our-system/news-story/41cadc1653a462e87a361be74b69cc76
    Phil Coorey reckons Morrison is friendless as Howard and Dutton condemn his actions.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-friendless-as-howard-and-dutton-condemn-secret-ministries-20220818-p5barv
    The former prime minister’s defence of backing up the health and finance ministers doesn’t pass muster. And ghosting Treasury, Home Affairs and Resources was just plain abuse, writes Coorey who says the secret ministerial deeds are trashing Scott Morrison’s legacy. (Maybe one day he will tell us what that legacy is).
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/secret-ministerial-deeds-trash-morrison-s-legacy-20220817-p5baia
    If David Hurley is in the clear over the secrecy surrounding Scott Morrison’s weird multi-ministry title-athon, then the Governor-General is in trouble. Not the man, but his office, says Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/08/18/governor-general-david-hurley-michael-pascoe/
    The news of former PM Scott Morrison’s deception has shown us how fragile our democracy can be. Dr Jennifer Wilson examines possible reasons behind such a pursuit of ultimate power.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/scott-morrison–the-man-behind-the-swindle,16678
    Fresh questions are emerging about Scott Morrison’s secret ministerial grab after it was revealed former Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack knew about one of the appointments. On the ABC’s Q+A program on Thursday night, former Resources Minister Keith Pitt confirmed Mr McCormack was aware of Mr Morrison swearing himself in as resources minister in 2021.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/08/19/scott-morrison-ministries-memes/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    Scott Morrison had a penchant for secrecy and centralising power, writes Paul Karp how gives us four examples.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/19/scott-morrison-had-a-penchant-for-secrecy-and-centralising-power-here-are-four-examples
    While this is undoubtedly a disgraceful “trashing of democracy”, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described it, it is hardly out of character for a man who denigrated his privileged position throughout his prime ministership. Indeed, Morrison even admitted his distrust of “governments” at the first opportunity, in front of fellow Pentecostal worshippers, following the toppling of his ridiculous excuse for a government, writes Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dictator-morrison-and-the-you-made-me-do-it-defence,16677
    According to David Crowe and James Massola, Scott Morrison will face a test in parliament over his secret appointments to five ministries after the Speaker was asked by Adam Bandt to refer it to the House privileges committee.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/censure-motion-plan-against-morrison-over-secret-ministries-20220818-p5bb14.html
    Lisa Visentin reports that constitutional law experts are saying new laws are needed to ensure all ministerial appointments are made public, amid a focus on the governor-general’s assumption that former prime minister Scott Morrison would disclose his co-control of five ministries.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/new-laws-needed-to-ensure-ministerial-appointments-are-transparent-constitutional-law-experts-20220818-p5bavq.html
    Scott Morrison’s horror show isn’t over — and there’s a high risk of more damage to come, says Michelle Grattan.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-08-19/scott-morrison-secret-ministry-albanese-governor-general/101348956
    Australia’s jobless rate is only 3.4% – so what’s holding wage growth back, asks Peter Hannam who says that an economist argues the tight labour market isn’t leading to real earnings rises is proof of a ‘deep structural weakness’.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/aug/18/australias-jobless-rate-is-only-34-so-whats-holding-wage-growth-back
    Alan Kohler tells us about a plan for the new welfare state laid out in a book by Bill Kelty.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/08/18/welfare-state-mulino-kohler/
    The summit initiated by Education Minister Jason Clare last week into the current and worsening teacher shortage crisis is a welcome move. There are some prominent and knowledgeable people at the table for this discussion and their ideas are likely to be productive. However, writes Adam Voigt, the opportunity for genuine traction in this now critical pursuit isn’t in the quality of these ideas. It’s in the way they’re received politically.
    https://www.theage.com.au/education/teacher-crisis-won-t-resolve-until-we-end-game-of-political-football-20220818-p5basq.html
    Shane Wright reports that Employment Minister Tony Burke has cast doubt on the ability of the nation’s industrial relations system to deliver real wage growth despite figures showing the jobless rate falling to a 48-year low of 3.4 per cent. Burke said there were “leaks” across the IR system that meant very low unemployment was failing to deliver the wage increases most people needed to deal with soaring inflation and growing cost-of-living pressures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/jobless-rate-falls-to-fresh-48-year-low-of-3-4-per-cent-20220818-p5bawg.html
    Annika Smethurst reckons Albanese’s budget woes may harm Andrews’ chances of a third term.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/albanese-s-budget-woes-may-harm-andrews-chances-of-a-third-term-20220818-p5bass.html
    Motorists will be promised new policies to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in a federal move to examine fuel efficiency standards and lift barriers that have been blamed for keeping popular overseas cars out of Australia. Chris Bowen’s decision clears the way for updated rules that could encourage global car makers to sell more EVs in the local market, with Volkswagen Australia chief executive Paul Sansom saying he was struggling to convince his parent company to supply more vehicles under the existing regime.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bowen-revs-up-debate-on-fuel-efficiency-standards-20220818-p5bb1a.html
    We don’t need subsidies to fuel Australia’s EV future, argues Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/transport/fuelling-an-electric-vehicle-future-doesn-t-need-subsidies-20220818-p5baxp
    Lucy Cormack reports that a former Liberal MP who interviewed John Barilaro for a US trade post believes other candidates had greater experience, telling an inquiry he felt disrespected and “bypassed” in the recruitment process for the plum role.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/uk-agent-general-claims-barilaro-perrottet-agreed-to-take-care-of-his-remuneration-demands-inquiry-told-20220818-p5baxd.html
    Oh no! Mary Ward writes that doctors will be able to book transport for patients to clinics and hospitals via a new Uber service launched across Australia this week, as the multinational ride-share company moves into the healthcare space. But privacy experts are concerned about the Uber Health platform, saying doctors may not consider the implications of patient information being held by a third-party corporation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/uber-moves-into-healthcare-with-australian-patient-transport-service-20220818-p5batt.html
    Imagine having a local healthcare centre where you could see your GP, take your child to the paediatrician, see your dietician or psychologist and know that your on-site general physician and GP were working together to help you manage your diabetes problems, all supported by a strong Medicare system. Two medical professionals propose a healthcare revolution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/healthcare/the-healthcare-revolution-we-all-need-a-one-stop-shop-from-gp-to-specialist-20220818-p5baue.html
    The first of the five focus areas identified by the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce is to have a reliable training and development pipeline, to build a strong and vibrant primary health care workforce. This is a logical and critical first step, but it is a well-known maxim that form must follow function, writes Mary Chiarella who suggests what the strengthening Medicare Taskforce must do to modernise the primary health care workforce.
    https://johnmenadue.com/creating-and-retaining-the-primary-health-care-workforce-pipeline-some-thoughts-for-the-strengthening-medicare-taskforce/
    Women’s wages have not moved any closer to matching men’s, even as they join the workforce in greater numbers, with men taking home an average of $263.90 more than women each week, writes Katina Curtis.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/gender-pay-gap-stagnates-despite-more-women-finding-jobs-20220818-p5bar5.html
    The property market is a favourite for money launderers, forcing ordinary Australians to compete with organised crime for their dream home, says investigative author Nathan Lynch. He blames the power of lobbyists as a cancer on our democracy. Lynch’s new book is a wake-up call, writes Stephanie Tran.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/lucky-laundry-review-aml-australia-property-money-laundering/
    The far-right disinformation pipeline that now spans the globe goes straight from Trumpland to Australia, writes Van Badham who says the anti-vaxxers obstructing hospital entries in Melbourne are consuming the same misinformation and subsuming the same moral values as the Americans.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/18/the-far-right-disinformation-pipeline-that-now-spans-the-globe-goes-straight-from-trumpland-to-australia
    “Florida calls teen ‘too immature’ for an abortion. But forced motherhood is fine?”, writes Jill Filipovic who declares that the Florida court’s decision is shameful, nothing less than an ideological assault on a teenager.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/18/florida-teen-abortion-forced-motherhood
    The SMH editorial says that the fate of Liz Cheney, a Republican who dared criticise Donald Trump, is a harbinger of more instability in US politics, and that US conservatives must put the rule of law before tribal loyalty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-conservatives-must-put-the-rule-of-law-before-tribal-loyalty-20220818-p5bazy.html
    Liz Cheney was purged by the cult of Trumpism. Richard Wolffe wonders who is next.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/18/liz-cheneys-defeat-nature-of-trumpism

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  17. Okay. I had a bit of a blank, just like all the so called journalists that couldn’t see what was happening for the last four years or so right under their noses. Now, they are discovering that he has been like that all along. Oh the shock horror they are suffering from. They are very worried now that it will damage their favourite political party, so they are putting the pressure on to get him to leave altogether so their next hero can step up and destroy Labor.

    Many people on social media have been screaming about it for four years or more and all they got in return was being called sewer rats and more.

    I have to say I was suprised that they are going this hard, but I’m not complaining, just laughing at their stupidity.

    • The presstitutes have, until SfM’s election loss, been required to keep their owners happy in order to maintain continued employment. Now that SfM is of no use to any of the media owning ‘demented plutocrats’ they are no longer bound to conform. They are not stupid, they are just prepared to sell their soul/dignity/self respect to a media baron. They are paid not to notice, paid to call black as white, paid to laud the likes of an SfM or an Abbott and they are happy to take the money.

  18. Sorry for late posting but meh!

    This will make up for it

    Randy Rainbow – (an absolute cracker!)

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  19. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Tony Wright tells us about the secrets that made Morrison a pariah in parts of his own party. He reckons Scott Morrison may be the loneliest politician in Australia as this week ends. This is quite a serious contribution that looks at the stocks of the Liberal party around the nation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-secrets-that-made-morrison-a-pariah-in-parts-of-his-own-party-20220818-p5baxb.html
    Scott Morrison’s secret ego trip has damaged the Liberal brand, writes Paul Kelly who says the damage to the Liberal Party is palpable. It’s a very long article.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/scott-morrisons-secret-ego-trip-has-damaged-the-liberal-brand/news-story/8aa959f424bebd17d33659d719b4a276
    Paul Bongiorno has quite a bit to say about the issue.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/08/20/quit-or-get-the-tin-pot
    As more details emerge about Scott Morrison’s extraordinary intervention into other MPs’ portfolios, colleagues are ‘gobsmacked’ by his actions, writes Karen Middleton. She says there is now some soul-searching around Morrison’s autocratic tendencies and what he was allowed to get away with, including establishing a cabinet office policy committee with himself as its only member, a device he used to cover meetings with “cabinet-in-confidence” secrecy.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/08/20/inside-scott-morrisons-shadow-government
    Malcolm Farr argues why Australia cannot simply move on from Scott Morrison’s many ministries.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2022/aug/19/why-australia-cannot-simply-move-on-from-scott-morrisons-many-ministries
    Aaron Patrick describes the “God complex: When Scott Morrison ended cabinet government”. Some very concerning stuff here!
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-god-complex-when-scott-morrison-ended-cabinet-government-20220808-p5b80r
    Andrew Clark also has a dip at the role of religion in Morrison’s prime ministership.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/the-secret-ministries-and-scott-morrison-s-god-connection-20220819-p5bb43
    The entertaining John Lord writes about Scott Morrison – a man for all reasons. He concludes that he understood little of leadership, and many have judged him to be the worst on a long list of Prime Ministers. He achieved nothing and was eventually replaced by a man who appreciated the workings of a true democracy.
    https://theaimn.com/scot-morrison-a-man-for-all-reasons/
    The editorial in The Saturday Paper says, “Morrison’s contempt for process is famous. He lives without contrition. He will say whatever he thinks he can get away with saying. It is strange that a man so fundamentally unserious could so seriously rig and bend the political system.”
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2022/08/20/scott-the-autarchic
    Jack Waterford says that the stench of Scott Morrison’s secret ministries will linger until there’s an investigation. He concludes his long dissertation with, “Morrison is not yet telling the full story. We have no reason to believe anything he says. There is clear evidence of trying to get around the requirements of the constitution and breaking any number of conventions and understanding about how responsible democratic government operates. There’s been a long pattern of this. Morrison may now be dead meat, but the smell, the feel and the taste of his lawless regime will persist until there is a searching investigation.”
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7867236/the-stench-of-morrisons-constitutional-coup-will-linger-until-theres-an-investigation/?cs=14329
    A small band of Morrison defenders – led by the member for Cook – has sought to downplay the significance of what happened when the former PM began accumulating ministerial portfolios without the knowledge or consent of his colleagues. But for most conservatives, what he did was an abject violation of the founding principles of their ideology, writes Peter van Onselen who says that Morrison, with his excuses, arrogance and deception was always the problem.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/excuses-arrogance-and-deception-morrison-was-always-the-problem/news-story/6d3208f96c28d78d5c202111c8451978
    Morrison is now defending his joking about the multiple-minister issue.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/happy-to-join-in-on-the-joke-morrison-defends-his-own-ministry-memes-20220819-p5bb5z.html
    Morrison’s devotion to Trump may be his undoing, writes Paul Begley.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-devotion-to-trump-may-be-his-undoing,16681
    Scott Morrison had final say over $828 million in grants in the industry portfolio in the year before the federal election at the same time he held secret authority over five ministries. David Crowe explains how the spending rules for the Modern Manufacturing Initiative scheme gave Morrison the ultimate power over every grant so he could assert his authority over then-industry minister Christian Porter and his successor Angus Taylor, according to a federal review launched in June to check hundreds of funding decisions.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-had-final-say-on-828-million-in-industry-grants-20220819-p5bbbo.html
    Ross Gittins thinks our low unemployment rate will last and he looks for the good things that have come from the upheaval from the pandemic. By getting 125,000 long-term unemployed back into the working world, it’s lowered the floor under the unemployment rate by about 1 percentage point.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/why-our-low-unemployment-rate-will-last-20220818-p5bb1b.html
    Shane Wright tells us that the expected “great resignation” of Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be over before it began, with research showing a sharp fall in the proportion of people thinking about switching jobs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australians-baulk-at-the-great-resignation-leery-of-commute-20220819-p5bb4q.html
    The editorial in the SMH calls for the jobs summit to restart the nation’s moribund economic debate.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/jobs-market-must-restart-nation-s-moribund-economic-debate-20220819-p5bbak.html
    New revelations in the John Barilaro trade saga show how firing the woman first offered the New York role prevented her from accessing state whistleblower protections, explains Rick Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/08/20/exclusive-barilaro-affair-sacking-dodged-whistleblower-protections
    The state’s most senior public servant contacted lawyers the same day he received the damning resignation letter of the NSW building commissioner, but NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was not shown the letter for another month. Internal government emails have revealed Michael Coutts-Trotter wrote to general counsel about the explosive letter hours after it was sent to a senior public servant, who later referred it to the corruption watchdog.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/lawyers-contacted-about-chandler-resignation-letter-three-weeks-before-perrottet-read-it-20220819-p5bb6q.html
    Anne Davies explains the Liberal party war surrounding NSW building commissioner’s exit. She says the man responsible for getting developers to fix unsafe buildings felt he had endured attacks on his character, a smear campaign swirling through the corridors of state parliament, lobbying by former ministers and a deteriorating relationship with his own minister.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/20/demolition-job-the-liberal-party-war-surrounding-nsw-building-commissioners-exit
    Alexandra Smith writes that embattled NSW Labor MP Walt Secord will leave parliament ahead of the next election amid bullying allegations that threatened to become a rolling issue for the opposition.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/labor-mp-walt-secord-to-quit-nsw-politics-after-bullying-allegations-20220819-p5bbaz.html
    Meanwhile, NSW state MP Gareth Ward has been committed to stand trial on historical sexual and indecent assault allegations. The Kiama MP, who remains suspended from parliament, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent, three counts of indecent assault and one count of common assault.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-mp-gareth-ward-to-face-trial-on-sexual-and-indecent-assault-charges-20220819-p5bb6w.html
    Rachel Eddie reports that letters between allegedly corrupt property developer John Woodman and the premier have been made public after Daniel Andrews had said he did not believe any such documents existed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/letters-between-property-developer-and-premier-made-public-20220819-p5bb9i.html
    The success of the Greens in Queensland may be a tipping point for the party nationally, as its grassroots campaigners see voters ready to embrace its blend of politics and activism opines Paddy Manning.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/08/20/inside-queenslands-green-wave
    According to the AFR, the global scramble to secure coal from anywhere but Russia has it in a position to replace iron ore as the market’s next source of super profits.
    https://www.afr.com/markets/equity-markets/coal-is-poised-to-replace-iron-ore-as-a-source-of-super-profits-20220819-p5bb7t
    Probably one of the most bizarre outcomes of our political process in recent years has been the deterioration of our relationship with China, as we have ignored the significance of the Chinese economy to our own, writes John Hewson who says, “Many seem stuck on the idea that it is a choice between the United States and China, and we should let the US dictate what we do. The Americanisation of Australia has gone too far – we are in danger of losing our national identity. We don’t need to choose.”
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/08/20/big-trouble-belittling-china
    Kevin Rudd throws out some ideas on how to avoid a crisis over Taiwan
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/08/20/how-avoid-crisis-over-taiwan
    Following the attack on Salman Rushdie, Greg Sheridan writes about an astonishing revelation from Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil that more than half of ASIO’s top priority investigative targets last year were minors, and says you get a sense of how terrorism and terrorist indoctrination are changing shape. Protean and hydra-headed, it is not remotely vanquished.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/spectre-of-jihad-rises-up-to-threaten-the-world-once-more/news-story/ee68fc3bded6b1e4b813db37dcff5c95
    Far-right Indian nationalism is spilling into Australia, with sections of the Indian diaspora responsible for hate crimes against Sikhs and Muslims. Political leaders are being asked to be more aware of the danger.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/08/20/the-rise-far-right-hindu-nationalism-australia
    The property market is a favourite for money launderers, forcing ordinary Australians to compete with organised crime for their dream home, says investigative author Nathan Lynch. He blames the power of lobbyists as a cancer on our democracy. Lynch’s new book is a wake-up call, writes Stephanie Tran.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/lucky-laundry-review-aml-australia-property-money-laundering/
    Average emissions from Australians’ cars would have to fall dramatically and rapidly to meet the ambitions of fuel efficiency standards flagged by Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen. Nick O’Malley reports that Bowen told an electric vehicle conference in Canberra on Friday that only by quickly introducing fuel efficiency standards in line with world’s best practice could Australia expect to drive down the cost of EVs domestically and expand the range of models available.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bowen-sets-his-sights-on-vehicle-emissions-standards-20220819-p5bb5v.html
    Peter Hannam outlines four things that will help Australia shift gears after a ‘decade of denial’.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/19/electric-vehicles-four-things-that-will-help-australia-shift-gears-after-a-decade-of-denial
    If pending US efforts on renewable energy are extraordinary, the revolution underway in China is truly staggering, writes Nick O’Malley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/what-if-china-saved-the-world-and-nobody-noticed-20220818-p5bavz.html
    The Age’s editorial says that it will take more than money to fix the GP crisis.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/it-will-take-more-than-money-to-fix-the-gp-crisis-20220819-p5bb5f.html
    And infectious diseases physician, Aaron Bloch, writes that Australia’s latest Covid wave may be passing but the crisis in hospitals has only just begun.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/20/australias-latest-covid-wave-may-be-passing-but-the-crisis-in-hospitals-has-only-just-begun
    There’s “No debate when you’re on wrong side of history — just ask the ABC”, whine Gerard Henderson in his weekly, apparently therapeutic expurgation.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/no-debate-when-youre-on-wrong-side-of-history-just-ask-the-abc/news-story/f30f83ef616d4a042846647dbefd2c95
    Jordan Baker explains how sex and women split the Anglican church.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-s-a-sin-how-sex-and-women-split-the-anglican-church-20220818-p5bat7.html
    The acceptance of same-sex marriage is only one of the long-simmering points of tension that go back decades or longer between Australian Anglicans on a range of doctrinal, order and even identity concerns, writes Philip Freier.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-challenge-of-finding-unity-across-difference-20220819-p5bb7u.html
    “Who better than Liz Truss to lead a country whose own sewage laps at its shores?”, wonders Marina Hyde. She is no fan of Ms Truss,
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/19/liz-truss-lead-uk-sewage-leadership-marina-hyde

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  20. I am really enjoying the msm doing somersaults trying to extricate themselves for the years of fawning at the feet of the ex pm. It is a sight to behold. They are saying we knew what he was like, etc, and blaming him for his deceiving them. They are refusing to own any of their own part in their eulogising him. It is really delightful.

    • I am enjoying it too. The ladies and gentlemen of the media have a lot to answer for – they promoted him at every opportunity and created more opportunities when he didn’t create enough. Watching their contortions now is highly amusing – or would be if Scollum had not done so much damage to Australia as PM and in all the ministries he held under Abbott and Turnbull as well.

  21. A truly “honourable” man would never make a vulgar, sexist remark like this –

    Queensland deputy commissioner right to quit over vulgar comments, minister says
    One of Queensland’s most senior police did the right thing by quitting after vulgar comments he made were aired at an inquiry into the force’s sexist culture, a state government minister has said.

    Deputy commissioner Paul Taylor resigned yesterday after an inquiry into police responses to domestic violence heard he had referred to a colleague as a “vagina whisperer” at a policing conference.

    In an email to colleagues announcing his resignation, Taylor said: “I am devastated about the impact this has had on the reputation of the service, because it does not reflect my values, nor those of the organisation.”

    The Queensland procurement minister, Mick de Brenni, told reporters on Saturday that Taylor had done the “appropriate thing” by quitting.

    “I don’t think there’s any setting in which those sort of comments are acceptable,” he said. “He’s done the honourable thing.”

    De Brenni said misogynistic and sexist culture had to be stamped out in the Queensland police and the nation more generally

  22. Bill Maher’s been declining in my esteem for a long time and his show today was the last straw for me.

    He straight out said that he didn’t care about abortion rights or book banning because they didn’t affect him, and wanted to beat the usual drum about woke cancel culture. That’s all he ever seems to talk about lately, that and how young people wearing masks really trigger him, and that he seems to have a thing about fat people.

    And it’s such a shame because Real Time was such a comfort to watch in the dark years of 2016-2020 with Trump in power.

    • I agree with you kd, I find myself skipping through the interview and often don’t watch the panel discussion which has often turned into a shouting match with Bill losing control of the interviewees who often talk over each other making it almost imposible to understand.

      I usually skip to the end for new rules and overtime.

      However I’ll keep posting it for those who still watch it or until advised not to.

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    For the Canberra Times, Mark Kenny has penned a terrific article about Coalition governments and Morrison. In it he remarks, “Whatever else his critics might say of him, Howard still has more conservative vigour in his little finger than the dolts of Morrison’s cabinet – a cast of mostly B-graders who sat clueless as the “loose unit” to whom they’d sworn loyalty quietly undermined them.” And he doesn.t think Howardism has ended tet.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7868685/one-staggering-morrison-admission-will-go-down-in-infamy/?cs=14258
    According to Anthony Galloway, the Labor government is facing growing calls to scrap tax cuts for the wealthiest earners to avoid a budget hole of more than $240 billion over a decade and a tax windfall that would disproportionately benefit men over women.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unfair-tax-cuts-for-highest-income-earners-to-give-men-double-the-amount-as-women-20220818-p5baxh.html
    Four years ago, Greg Mirabella – the incoming party president who lost his Senate seat at the May election – started writing a manifesto that spelt out where the Liberals were going wrong. It was lost, until recently – and strangely ominous, write Paul Sakkal and Annika Smethurst. Mirabella posited that social media and its creation of information silos had accelerated the pace of attitudinal changes more quickly than the Liberal Party could adapt to them.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/the-prescient-victorian-document-that-foretold-the-liberal-party-s-crisis-20220818-p5bawl.html
    Scott Morrison has demonstrated that he is utterly unfit to serve in any public office, writes James Fitzgerald.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrisons-duplicity-proves-hes-unfit-for-parliament-,16685
    Nationals leader in the Senate, Bridget McKenzie seemed outraged that Scott Morrison had breached the coalition agreement by usurping the authority of Nationals resources minister Keith Pitt in April 2021. Kaye Lee says, “Come on, Bridget – it’s a bit late for outrage”.
    https://theaimn.com/come-on-bridget-its-a-bit-late-for-outrage/
    Jon Faine looks at the pressure a reinvigorated Matthew Guy is potting on Andrews as the election draws near.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/heading-for-a-stop-start-disaster-20220819-p5bban.html
    Senior Liberals are casting their eye on members of the NSW government to take over Scott Morrison’s seat while urging him to not resign before next year’s state election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-party-looking-at-replacements-for-morrison-in-state-parliament-20220818-p5baxr.html
    David Hurley’s diary makes no mention of handing extra ministerial powers to Scott Morrison, and the governor general has been called on to explain if this omission was his own decision or a request from the then prime minister.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/20/calls-for-governor-general-to-explain-exclusion-of-morrison-ministries-from-official-diary
    Negative gearing – the tax break loved by property investors and detested by just about everybody else – is back with a bang. James Kirby writes that a rapid upsurge in mortgage rates is triggering an explosion of activity from current levels as millions of Australians rediscover the biggest tax deduction available to salaried workers.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/negative-gearing-is-back-with-a-vengeance/news-story/d7f4d2be6990a693fe3f8151b0fcf411
    “Can the RBA kill inflation without killing the economy?”, wonders Ronald Mizen
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/lowe-and-behold-the-path-to-a-soft-landing-20220817-p5balp
    As part of its intention to lead the “no” vote in the coming referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party is collecting web domains; some explicitly tied to its cause including NoToVoice.com, but others more generic including UluruStatement.org.au, reports Tim Biggs. Looks like the woman is going to fight dirty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/pauline-hanson-s-web-obsession-cybersquatting-for-politics-not-profit-20220818-p5bav9.html
    Inadequate planning and poor decisions by both levels of government created a “chaotic, dangerous situation” at St Basil’s nursing home, according to a review of the aged care coronavirus crisis which the federal and Victorian governments sought to conceal from the public, reports Chip Le Grand.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/hidden-report-says-governments-were-to-blame-for-st-basil-s-chaos-20220818-p5basc.html
    Sustainability groups are calling for unnecessary best-before dates on packaged fresh produce to be scrapped in an effort to cut down on household waste. But stricter food standards mean waste initiatives adopted overseas are unlikely to make it to Australian shores anytime soon, explains Angus Thomson.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/nsw/why-australian-supermarkets-can-t-scrap-bizarre-best-before-dates-20220805-p5b7k0.html
    Fraudsters are targeting the country’s pandemic leave disaster payment scheme with $10 million worth of claims rejected due to fraud concerns over the past two years. There are currently almost 1000 criminal investigations under way and 20 referrals to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions into fraudulent claims for pandemic leave and disaster recovery payments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-s-un-australian-fraudsters-target-10-million-in-pandemic-leave-payments-20220820-p5bbdw.html
    Jessica Yun explains why Australia’s food giants keep ending up in foreign hands.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/one-way-traffic-why-australia-s-food-giants-keep-ending-up-in-foreign-hands-20220818-p5baw1.html
    Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has warned that Australia is at risk of losing skilled migrants to other countries such as Canada if it doesn’t overhaul the migration program, as the federal government prepares to lift its cap by tens of thousands to fill chronic labour shortages.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/immigration-minister-warns-australia-could-fall-behind-on-skilled-migrants-20220818-p5baxm.html
    The number of renters receiving termination notices from landlords due to properties being deemed “uninhabitable” is on the rise, a tenant advocacy says. Amelia McGuire tells us that the NSW Tenants Union says renters risk losing their home if they complain to their landlord about its condition.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/uninhabitable-the-rental-loophole-letting-landlords-suddenly-boot-tenants-20220607-p5arnu.html
    A pregnant Louisiana woman faced with either carrying a skull-less fetus to term – for the baby to likely die within hours – or traveling several states away to obtain an abortion has hired a prominent civil rights attorney as she weighs how to move forward. What a f****d-up nation!
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/20/louisiana-abortion-woman-nancy-davis-benjamin-crump

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  24. Barnaby’s having a trainwreck interview on Insiders this morning.

    Speers would be well within his right to ask “Mr. Joyce, are you drunk?”

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