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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  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A strident Chris Wallace says that an extraordinary network of women has unleashed a co-ordinated campaign to structure policy across the workplace and welfare landscape ahead of this week’s two-day Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra. She tells us that the dinosaurs are being nudged aside by capable women in many areas.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/extinction-looms-for-dinosaurs-as-women-take-charge-20220830-p5be1p.html
    Jennifer Westacott takes aim saying, “It’s frustrating that cynicism always seems to precede significant national gatherings like the two-day Jobs and Skills Summit, which begins in Canberra on Thursday. The critics have been out in force, predictably and unimaginatively deriding it as a talkfest.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/cynicism-will-not-fix-our-jobs-crisis-we-need-this-talkfest-20220830-p5be1n.html
    Josh Bornstein and Alison Pennington say, “For years, we have heard business complain that our industrial relations system is too complex and riddled with red tape. But it is employees who face the greatest red-tape burden under current industrial relations laws. Their burden is so overwhelming that it has stopped them bargaining for pay rises for decades.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/employees-are-wrapped-in-red-tape-not-business-and-it-s-killed-wage-growth-20220829-p5bdml.html
    Phil Coorey writes that the Albanese government is poised to soften the Better Off Overall Test in a bid to rescue the ailing enterprise bargaining system, accepting its previous outright opposition to change has been flawed.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/government-flips-on-boot-as-bca-and-actu-give-green-light-for-change-20220831-p5be3y
    Shane Wright, Rachel Clun and Angus Thompson list the jobs and skills summit key discussions points where we might get agreement. They say the key elements of the federal government’s economic and budget agenda could be locked in place within days.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-jobs-and-skills-summit-key-discussions-points-where-we-might-get-agreement-20220831-p5be78.html
    Michael Pascoe urges us to beware self-interest driving summit productivity chatter.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/08/31/michael-pascoe-self-interest-productivity/
    More from Coorey who writes that Jim Chalmers has called for an end to the growing unfunded demands on the budget as he rejected requests to bring forward the government’s new childcare subsidy regime, and said emergency wage subsidies for COVID-19 were becoming unsustainable.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/chalmers-calls-time-on-unfunded-budget-demands-20220831-p5be58
    ACTU secretary Sally McManus let the cat out of the bag when she revealed the country’s biggest small business lobby, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had failed to speak with unions on industrial relations before this week’s jobs summit.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/actu-picks-off-business-groups-in-bargaining-deal-20220829-p5bdjv
    The stage three tax cuts are a pile of garbage, and everybody knows it, argues Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/sep/01/stage-3-tax-cuts-a-pile-of-garbage-and-everybody-knows-it
    Dominic Perrottet is threatening to terminate the existing enterprise agreement and tear up a commitment to modify a rail fleet. Tom Rabe and Matt O’Sullivan tell us about this dramatic escalation in the long-running dispute.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/perrottet-declares-war-on-rail-unions-in-high-stakes-ultimatum-20220831-p5beby.html
    Alexandra Smith reckons the commuters’ pain will be felt in higher places.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/what-a-train-wreck-commuters-pain-will-be-felt-in-higher-places-20220831-p5be5e.html
    Latika Bourke reports that, in one of his last acts as British prime minister, Boris Johnson made a surprising special trip to meet with Australia’s defence minister.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/boris-johnson-makes-surprise-visit-to-see-richard-marles-20220831-p5beew.html
    Australian naval officers will be allowed to train inside Britain’s nuclear-powered submarines for the first time under an Australia, UK deal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australians-to-train-on-uk-nuclear-submarines-under-landmark-pact-20220831-p5be8p.html
    According to Lucy Cormack and Nick McKenzie, the architects of a shadowy plot to stack Liberal Party branches registered a fake website designed to mirror the party’s genuine web page, potentially enabling them to pose as the party or its officials. Nice!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/liberal-party-website-spoofed-in-shadowy-nsw-branch-stacking-scheme-20220831-p5beat.html
    And now we see more infiltration of the Victorian Liberal party by the Pentecostal church!
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-01/vic-liberal-party-branch-stacking-claims-city-builders-church/101388642
    The AIMN’s Grumpy Geezer looks at what’s in the Tories’ shallow talent pool.
    https://theaimn.com/the-tory-talent-pool/
    Sarah Martin reports that the Nationals have appointed the former state director of the LNP in Queensland, Lincoln Folo, as the party’s new federal director in a move that has angered female candidates who had been pitching for cultural change within the party.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/31/women-left-behind-again-nationals-choice-of-federal-director-angers-female-candidates
    Six experts have their say on how to fix Australia’s broken health system.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/31/how-to-fix-australias-broken-health-system-six-experts-have-their-say
    Alan Kohler reckons that in order to reform financial advice, we should start again.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/09/01/financial-advisers-reform-alan-kohler/
    Shane Wright and Rachel Clun report that the Reserve Bank has made clear it will continue to push up interest rates. New data show house values are now falling by almost $1000 a day in some parts of the country, by $415 in Melbourne.
    https://www.theage.com.au/property/news/house-values-falling-nearly-1000-a-day-as-rba-warns-of-uncertainty-ahead-20220831-p5be8w.html
    The move to cut COVID isolation must be guided by health evidence, declares the Age’s editorial.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/move-to-cut-covid-isolation-must-be-guided-by-health-evidence-20220830-p5bdsc.html
    According to The Australian, Malcolm Turnbull was so incensed that Alexander Downer, Australia’s top diplomat in London, had “blundered” into the US embassy, “blurting out political gossip of the most intense political sensitivity”, and sparking the FBI inquiry into Russian meddling in the US election, that he considered sacking him.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/malcolm-turnbull-almost-sacked-alexander-downer-for-sparking-fbi-inquiry/news-story/6b79d5317f9bff033e33e09225f03ef4
    Doctors without specialist surgical training can keep offering procedures like facelifts, tummy tucks, breast implants and Brazilian butt lifts while the medical regulator works on a multi-year plan to create new accreditation standards. Dana Daniel reports that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will on Thursday release the report of an external review of the troubled industry and promise a new $4.5 million cosmetic surgery enforcement unit and a social media crackdown.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/regulator-announces-cosmetic-surgery-crackdown-but-won-t-hit-pause-on-1-4bn-industry-20220831-p5be4t.html
    When you have been forced to watch hundreds of videos of barbaric, illegal and exploitative cosmetic surgery procedures, including facelifts done while awake and patients left butchered and in agony, the urgent need for a fundamental overhaul of this area is crystal clear. Changes need to be strong, immediate and effective, urges Adele Ferguson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cosmetic-surgery-reforms-need-more-than-a-nip-and-tuck-20220831-p5bede.html
    The “exclusive” Knox Grammar school is back in the news again with senior boys displaying disgraceful values.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/knox-grammar-students-suspended-after-posting-offensive-messages-in-chat-group-20220831-p5bee2.html
    Lydia Thorpe, who is leading the Greens negotiations on the Voice proposal along with party leader Adam Bandt, did not rule out the party ultimately opposing the referendum. Thorpe has branded the referendum as a “waste of money”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-waste-of-money-greens-lidia-thorpe-attacks-voice-referendum-ahead-of-negotiations-with-labor-20220831-p5be4q.html
    The Australian tells us that Wentworth independent MP Allegra Spender is a corporate director of a private Australian company that did not pay tax on a $280m payment it received in 2019, according to annual transparency reports published by the Australian Taxation Office.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/tax-reform-teal-allegra-spenders-280m-deal-revealed/news-story/7f0d8c1eecae3d4026c0d43383a3f09a
    James Madden reports that Nine has admitted the central claim of a television news report about a federal MP – which earned the network a Walkley Award – is untrue, leaving the media company potentially liable for a massive damages payout. Ouch! And serves them right.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/nine-admits-its-andrew-laming-upskirt-story-untrue/news-story/716e67047010fae0916fecb0195bf963
    The European Union is considering radical measures to respond to the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. There could be unintended consequences, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/mission-impossible-europe-s-desperate-fight-to-solve-its-energy-crisis-as-winter-looms-20220831-p5be55.html
    Google’s Play Store is declining to distribute Donald Trump’s Truth Social app, saying it still needs to resolve the fact that it hosts violent threats and other content that goes against Google’s standards.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/violent-threats-google-blocks-downloads-of-trump-s-truth-social-app-20220831-p5be68.html
    The new DoJ’s legal filings paint Trump as a flailing liar surrounded by lackeys, writes Lloyd Green’
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/31/trump-legal-filings-liar-lackeys
    Maybe US mainstream media SHOULD begin using the term ‘fascism’, says Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/31/ron-desantis-republican-party-fascism

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  2. I’m a bit late catching up today – been to the eye specialist and as a result could barely see. Just my annual checkup, everything is OK.

    So many hurt males responding to Chris Wallace’s excellent article! She has really stirred up the dinosaurs. As we know Conservative women can be dinosaurs as well – just look at Bridget McKenzie and Michaelia Cash.

  3. Good on at least a couple of counts

    The Democrat Mary Peltola has won the special election for Alaska’s only US House seat, besting a field that included the Republican Sarah Palin, who was seeking a political comeback in the state where she was once governor.

    Peltola, who is Yup’ik and turned 49 on Wednesday, will become the first Alaska Native to serve in the House and the first woman to hold the seat. She will serve the remaining months of the late Republican US Representative Don Young’s term. Young held the seat for 49 years before his death in March.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/31/alaska-special-election-mary-peltola-wins

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe and Angus Thompson report that a clash over workplace law has undercut a consensus at the federal government’s jobs summit after Employment Minister Tony Burke unveiled plans to allow unions to negotiate uniform pay deals across multiple employers despite fears it would clear the way for strikes that bring entire industries to a halt.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/fears-of-industry-wide-strikes-risks-jobs-summit-consensus-on-pay-bargaining-20220901-p5bemj.html
    Simon Benson writes that Anthony Albanese has consolidated his claim to be delivering on Labor’s election pledges after securing a consensus from business and the unions on much-needed industrial relations reform. He says this was an outcome that eluded Scott Morrison two years ago when he sought to achieve a similar consensus on reform.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/anthony-albanese-delivers-on-election-pledges-with-deal-at-jobs-and-skills-summit/news-story/5c1f954031348dd182eb73c3b793031d
    It’s unrealistic to expect silver bullets from the Jobs Summit, but the first morning suggested one solution that can deliver a triple benefit, says the AFR’s Chanticleer.
    https://www.afr.com/chanticleer/the-triple-whammy-win-from-the-jobs-summit-20220901-p5bek6
    Shane Wright says that Albanese is seeking to end the war but the battle has only just begun.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-seeks-to-end-the-war-but-the-battle-has-only-just-begun-20220901-p5bemw.html
    The jobs summit has restored to unions a role in economic policy but the Albanese government must govern for all, says the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/unions-welcome-back-inside-the-tent-but-they-must-not-call-the-tune-20220901-p5bepy.html
    Employers have drawn a red line on expanding strikes rights for multi-employer bargaining as a condition for leaving the door open to discussing proposals pushed by unions.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/employers-rule-out-strike-rights-in-multi-employer-bargaining-20220901-p5ben9
    Danielle Wood’s 31-minute analysis of the nation’s economic plight was clear, compelling and couched perfectly to the morning’s activist agenda, writes Aaron Patrick who reckons she is emerging as the summit’s early star.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/an-economist-emerges-as-the-summit-s-early-star-20220901-p5begh
    As Labor’s jobs and skills summit kicks off, it’s all about having a seat at the table, says Paul Karp.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/01/as-labors-jobs-and-skills-summit-kicks-off-its-all-about-having-a-seat-at-the-table
    The final, mega stage of the Coalition’s tax cuts, worth more than $240 billion over a decade, are now in the gun sights of many critics, who are calling for Anthony Albanese to dump his promise to deliver them, writes Michelle Grattan.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-should-anthony-albanese-keep-his-word-on-the-stage-3-tax-cuts-189790
    Michael Koziol writes that the Perrottet government has been warned city businesses face “financial ruin” unless it orders public servants back to the office and offers new incentives to attract workers back to the CBD – especially on Mondays and Fridays.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/city-businesses-face-financial-ruin-unless-workers-return-to-cbd-government-warned-20220831-p5be7b.html
    The NSW government has given rail unions just hours to call off all industrial action before it tears up a $1 billion offer to modify a new intercity train fleet and terminates existing labour agreements covering thousands of workers. The government has said it will trigger Fair Work Commission proceedings to terminate existing enterprise agreements if industrial action continues after “close of business” today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/rail-unions-given-24-hours-to-call-off-industrial-action-20220901-p5bepf.html
    Ross Garnaut has warned that Australia needs vast investment in renewables to escape economic funk. Peter Hartcher outlines Garnaut’s speech to the summit where he directly addressed Albanese and Chalmers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-needs-vast-investment-in-renewables-to-escape-economic-funk-garnaut-20220901-p5ber7.html
    Even if Labor wins the Victorian election, it could end up needing lengthy negotiations with micro parties or support from the Coalition to pass legislation, writes Annika Smethurst who has now transferred her obsession of a hung parliament to the upper house.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/election-winner-will-face-expanded-crossbench-in-upper-house-20220901-p5beh3.html
    According to Shaun Carney, this election is the last chance saloon for Guy – and Andrews.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/this-election-is-the-last-chance-saloon-for-guy-and-andrews-20220830-p5be1o.html
    The lobbyist brother of Planning Minister Lizzie Blandthorn alleges a shadow minister and the Liberal Party’s state director defamed him. The minister says it’s just a ‘media stunt’.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/planning-minister-s-brother-accuses-victorian-liberals-of-defamation-20220901-p5bejq.html
    Richard Baker reports that the Morrison government was warned last year about visa rorting in the meat industry which allowed some labour hire companies to promise permanent residency to low-skilled workers from Asia in return for charging them a large fee.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-government-warned-over-meat-industry-visa-fraud-documents-20220831-p5be4x.html
    Laura Chung tells us that the state government will announce funding for five new pumped hydro schemes across NSW, from Illawarra to Bathurst and as far north as New England, as the national energy market operator issues a new warning that the state faces an energy shortfall.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/new-44m-pumped-hydro-projects-to-plug-energy-gaps-20220901-p5begk.html
    The solicitor-general’s response that Morrison’s secret swearing of himself into five extra government portfolios was not illegal has done us no favours. On the 7.30 Report, Laura Tingle announced that Stephen Donaghue’s findings were not about ‘the legality or constitutionality’ of the findings, although Donahue’s report did go on to say that ‘the principles of responsible government are fundamentally undermined’, writes Graham Maddox about the undermining of conventions on responsible government by Kerr and Morrison.
    https://johnmenadue.com/graham-maddox-concerning-laws-and-conventions/
    David Crowe writes about the unlucky 400 companies are the collateral damage from a scheme that put politics first and them last. He is talking about the Modern Manufacturing Initiative launched by Morrison and Taylor two years ago.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-to-play-politics-with-1-3-billion-a-lesson-for-albanese-to-avoid-20220901-p5beg7.html
    Rex Patrick complains that the federal government has indicated it has no immediate plans to install a dedicated privacy commissioner despite its heavy workload and a string of ongoing high-profile investigations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/01/labor-shows-no-intention-of-installing-dedicated-privacy-commissioner-former-senator-says
    A deeply flawed culture is spreading throughout the world epitomised by today’s global, technocratic and managerial elite with growing inequality and concentration of wealth and power, posits Richard Eckersley who argues that invisible cultures will determine humanity’s future.
    https://johnmenadue.com/invisible-force-why-culture-will-determine-humanitys-future/
    As government funding for universities continues to decline, the sector has been savaged by cuts to staff, services and standards, writes Michael Sainsbury. It’s a crisis that should be high on the agenda as politicians, business and union representatives nut out the challenges facing the economy.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/something-to-chew-on-at-the-job-summit-the-crisis-at-our-universities/
    Nicola Green, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons president, declares that the health regulator’s (APHRA) response to Australia’s cosmetic surgery crisis is wholly inadequate. While it proposes increasing financial penalties for misconduct by self-styled “cosmetic surgeons”, these will be inconsequential for those rogue doctors operating in such commercially driven ventures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-solution-for-cosmetic-surgery-rogues-fails-patients-20220831-p5be6g.html
    As a woman, Kate Milner explains why she is glad to be free of the Anglican Church.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/as-a-woman-i-am-glad-to-be-free-of-the-anglican-church-20220901-p5behj.html
    De La Salle Brothers will sell their Malvern school, which has net assets of $27 million, to fund compensation claims from victims of historical sexual abuse and to financially support ageing brothers. The buyer, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools, will take over the running of the college for more than 1000 boys in years 5 to 12.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/de-la-salle-school-sold-to-pay-for-abuse-restitution-and-ageing-brothers-20220830-p5bdts.html
    Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit Australia as the two countries repair a relationship fractured under Scott Morrison. The ABC reports planning is underway for Mr Macron to make his second trip Down Under after the G20 summit which is being held in Bali in November.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/09/02/emmanuel-macron-visit-australia/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    The spectacle of garbage piled and strewn across the streets is symbolic of the sense of decay that could grip Britain this winter, writes Latika Bourke about what is happening in Scotland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/scottish-cities-turned-into-rubbish-tip-by-striking-workers-20220830-p5be2m.html
    China is doing everything it can to prop up its currency as it tries to avoid external sources of instability adding to its domestic woes, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/china-is-growing-more-alarmed-about-what-is-happening-to-its-currency-20220901-p5begq.html
    Chinese authorities have locked down Chengdu, a south-western city of 21 million people, following a spike in COVID-19 cases.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/china-locks-down-21-million-in-chengdu-hub-after-covid-19-outbreak-20220901-p5beqr.html
    Biden’s speech will deliver a hard truth: American democracy is under grave threat, writes Robert Reich who says the essential political choice is no longer Democrat or Republican, left or right, liberal or conservative. It is democracy or authoritarian fascism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/01/biden-speech-philadelphia-independence-hall-democracy-robert-reich
    The framing of Donald Trump’s far-Right ideology as legitimate has led to tragic stupidity like Ricky Shiffer’s ill-fated attack on the FBI. Yet people continue falling for “Don the Con”, writes Dr Alex Vickery-Howe.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/trump-plays-the-martyr–fools-following-him-actually-die,16714

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  5. Exactly –

    Doctors query advice on shorter COVID iso
    Professor Steve Robson says COVID-19 is a multi-system disease and couldn’t be treated the same as the cold or flu.

    “It’s a complete furphy to think that COVID is the same as the flu or cold and this is a dialogue we’re hearing around the place,” he said.

    “We’re seeing huge effects on the workforce from long COVID at the moment. So it’s very different to other infectious diseases, and it needs to be treated differently.”

    https://www.aap.com.au/news/covid-iso-changes-unlikely-to-up-cases/?cid=ab6a043f4a6f9962a41704989de330df

    Albo, by making this daft comment, is adding fuel to the growing belief that Covid is “just like the flu”. It is nothing like influenza.

  6. Highly suspicious, especially as at least six other high-profile Russian businessmen have died this year, sometimes with their families also dying mysteriously. Looks very much like assassinations to me.

    Chairman of Russian energy giant Lukoil dies after reportedly falling out of hospital window
    Oil tycoon becomes the latest senior energy executive to have died in mysterious circumstances this year.

    Ravil Maganov, the chairman of Lukoil, Russia’s second-largest oil producer and one of the few Russian companies to criticize the war in Ukraine, has died after falling out of a hospital window, Interfax reported Thursday.

    The Russian news agency cited an “informed source” who said that Maganov died after falling from the sixth-floor window of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital. The 67-year-old oil tycoon was being treated for a heart condition, according to Russian media.

    In a press release, Lukoil attributed Maganov’s death to “a severe illness.” The hospital confirmed Maganov’s passing to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, without disclosing the circumstances of his death

    https://www.politico.eu/article/chairman-of-russian-oil-producer-lukoil-dies-after-reportedly-falling-out-of-window/?cid=ab6a043f4a6f9962a41704989de330df

  7. Chris Hayes – (live telecast of Joe Biden, no other content)

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

  8. Brought to you by the same genius who in 2007 (allegedly) breached caretaker conventions by spending $10 million on funding untried and bogus Russian technology to make it rain –

    “Ludicrous:” Snowy 2.0 contractor has zero working capital, but denies dispute

    One of the two major contractors for the $5 billion plus Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project says it has zero working capital – a situation it describes itself as “ludicrous” – but denies an ongoing dispute with the project owner Snowy Hydro.

    The South Africa-based Murray & Roberts, which owns Clough Engineering – a 35 per cent partner in the consortium building the massive project – revealed the status of its working capital situation in a briefing to investors overnight.

    It blamed the liquidity problems on the cost of new equipment, such as the massive tunnel boring machines digging into the national park’s mountains and other costs now subject to “contingent revenue” claims

    https://reneweconomy.com.au/ludicrous-snowy-2-0-contractor-has-zero-working-capital-but-denies-dispute/

    Details of the “Rainmaker” scandal –
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-11-20/turnbull-pumps-10m-into-rainmaking-gamble/731004

  9. Watched most of the jobs and skills summit yesterday and today. The majority of the participants were very good. The big business guys were too much into their usual slippery mode, saying something, but not meaning anything.

    The Government are acting on 36 things immediately, and are following up on another 36 ideas/suggestions in the near future.

    They are going to put the first 36 online somewhere soon.

  10. Sprung!

    It reminds me of something – this video is satire, from Chris Morris. What a shame Sussssssan has never seen it,

  11. Also on the wit and wisdom of Susssssan Ley –

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe and Shane Wright describe the thirty hours of power that will shape wages for the Albanese age.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-30-hours-of-power-that-will-shape-wages-for-the-albanese-age-20220901-p5bek1.html
    You have to go back quite a long way to find prime ministers who grasped the advantages of letting debates play out to create room for a reformist government to subsequently move, writes Laura Tingle who saw the Summit as an insight into Albanese’s operating style.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/summit-reflects-albanese-s-operating-style-think-howard-and-the-gst-20220901-p5bel7
    Josh Butler describes the five takeaways from Labor’s jobs and skills summit.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/02/common-ground-and-concrete-steps-five-takeaways-from-labors-jobs-and-skills-summit
    “Australia is going to change as a country. This is the real lesson of the two-day Jobs and Skills Summit. It saw Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers chasing a new political culture as the Prime Minister declared he was pro-business and pro-worker – a useful optic for policies designed to boost wages and give trade unions extra leverage”, writes Paul Kelly who reckons Anthony Albanese has shown Labor is open for business.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/anthony-albanese-shows-labor-open-for-business/news-story/ea4c202277192a9ea8559ff843c9ef06
    But his stablemate Joe Kelly writes that Anthony Albanese risks a big-business backlash to his plan for multi-employer agreements, with Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce warning against a return to industry-wide bargaining at the close of a two-day jobs summit framed by Labor as the beginning of a new consensus-driven era of national politics.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/employers-alarm-at-return-to-industrial-relations-past/news-story/e48c2435330f68bec911704eb1c53875
    The government wants to create some faux consensus for a return to 1970s-style industrial relations. Business should make it clear that it will fight hard against this, urges the AFR’s editorial.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/business-cannot-allow-this-terrible-idea-to-be-revived-20220901-p5bekz
    And Peter van Onselen sends a memo to Jim Chalmers – “Settling old political scores won’t fix debt”.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/memo-to-jim-chalmers-settling-old-political-scores-wont-fix-debt/news-story/790038d0665c1cac9d9d82217dc5f59a
    The summit’s explosion of energy and enthusiasm for co-operative problem-solving was a manifestation of the frustration that had built over the past decade, opines Peter Hartcher who says the conflict-mongering of the Morrison government just jammed the pipes of progress. It doomed the country and, in the end, it doomed the government itself.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/pipes-unblocked-taboos-lifted-as-jobs-summit-hits-peak-enthusiasm-20220901-p5bekr.html
    Ross Gittins waxes lyrical about Ross Garnaut’s summit speech in which he gave a message in two parts – First, we must stop kidding ourselves about the state of the economy and the budget. Second, we can make the seemingly impossible changes needed to gain all the material and social advantages of economic success.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/look-up-we-re-on-the-verge-of-employment-greatness-20220901-p5beqt.html
    Writing about the summit, Paul Bongiorno says, “Anthony Albanese is looking to foster “a culture of co-operation for the future” … rather than pitting unions against business. What’s good for the worker should always be good for the employer. It’s a guiding light he has followed during his senior political career.”
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/09/03/the-view-the-jobs-summit
    Business appeared outfoxed at the summit with the unions scoring a big win after Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke agreed to legislate for multi-employer bargaining, writes Andrew Tillett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/business-gets-more-than-it-bargained-for-20220901-p5bep7
    Peter Dutton will be hoping Australians weren’t paying attention to the jobs and skills summit, writes Paul Karp who says that, more than any particular policy, its victory at the summit was the sense that the adults are back in charge.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/02/peter-dutton-will-be-hoping-australians-werent-paying-attention-to-the-jobs-and-skills-summit
    John Lord writes about restoring trust in the political system after a political hatchet job.
    https://theaimn.com/restoring-trust-in-the-political-system-after-a-political-hatchet-job/
    Brian Touhy writes, “Albanese’s frontbench is the most experienced the parliament has seen in decades … Albanese is well placed to run an effective and reformist government. He just needs to shake the fool notion that Whitlam was a warning against this kind of government.”
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/09/03/albanese-needs-take-his-gough-medicine
    Albanese claims he can’t stop them, but the stage three tax cuts threaten his political legacy, opines Malcolm Farr.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/03/albanese-claims-he-cant-stop-them-but-the-stage-three-tax-cuts-threaten-his-political-legacy
    On the tax cuts, the Saturday Paper’s editorial says, “The most surprising part of the 2019 election was that Scott Morrison won it. This solitary fact does more than any other to explain the stage three tax cuts now being imposed by Labor. Morrison promised those cuts without ever believing he would be in office to deliver them. He could have promised a pony to everyone earning more than $180,000 a year and it would have had as much consequence in his mind.”
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2022/09/03/stage-three-cancer
    John Kehoe writes about why CEOs were seen, not heard at the Jobs Summit.
    https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/workplace/why-ceos-were-seen-not-heard-at-the-jobs-summit-20220902-p5beso
    The SMH editorial welcomes the increase in immigration announced yesterday,
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/put-the-welcome-mat-out-we-can-easily-take-more-skilled-migrants-20220902-p5bf15.html
    Pressure is mounting to investigate a special grant to fund a leadership program pitched to Scott Morrison by Governor-General David Hurley, reports Karen Middleton who tells us the foundation still has no office, no website and an incomplete board.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/09/03/inside-morrisons-secretive-18m-leadership-grant
    An incredible 34 per cent of all ASX companies would be classified as “zombies” based on their inability to produce sufficient profits to cover interest repayments, explains Christopher Joye who warns of the worst rates-led company collapses since 1991.
    https://www.afr.com/wealth/personal-finance/get-ready-for-the-first-rates-led-collapses-since-1991-20220830-p5be0y
    Adele Ferguson tells us that, in the biggest crackdown on the $1.4 billion cosmetic surgery industry, Health Minister Mark Butler and his state counterparts have agreed to sweeping changes focusing on who can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, limiting surgery to proper accredited facilities and introducing new hygiene and safety standards.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unchecked-for-years-ministers-crack-down-on-cosmetic-surgery-cowboys-20220902-p5bezw.html
    Dana Daniel writes that Victoria’s chief health officer has warned against ending mandatory COVID-19 isolation as NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet pushes for the restriction to be scrapped, while Prime Minister Anthony Albanese refuses to release the advice behind reducing the period.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/sutton-warns-covid-isolation-critical-as-perrottet-pushes-for-it-to-be-scrapped-20220902-p5bf27.html
    The latest changes to Covid-19 rules – shortening isolation periods and removing some mask mandates – were made without any written advice and no modelling was provided to national cabinet, reveals Rick Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/09/03/no-model-change-covid-isolation-rules
    Australia’s newest vaccine targets a variant that is no longer being detected here. The US is further ahead because it has a different approach to approvals, explains Liam Mannix.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-australia-s-newest-vaccine-is-four-variants-too-late-20220901-p5begi.html
    According to The Age, the crisis in bulk-billing is widening the gap in access to medical services between those who live in the city and the country, forcing people in some regional centres to wait up to eight weeks for a doctor’s appointment, while new patients are turned away entirely.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sleepwalking-towards-crisis-regional-patients-wait-weeks-for-gp-as-gap-widens-between-city-and-country-20220901-p5behc.html
    The nation’s aged care peak body has warned pay deals across employers could lead to sector-crippling strikes as Business Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott said multi-employer bargaining would not guarantee better conditions for low-paid women.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-starts-drafting-wage-laws-as-care-industries-warn-of-strikes-20220902-p5beyl.html
    Burnt out and disillusioned, teachers desperate to leave the industry after the stress of the pandemic and an explosion in administration work are using career coaches to help them make a change, writes Carmen Forward.
    https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-fed-up-teachers-turning-to-career-coaches-to-help-them-quit-20220901-p5beqa.html
    Tom Rabe and Matt O’Sullivan report that the NSW government has backed away from its threat to wage war against rail unions despite an ultimatum to cease all industrial activity by yesterday being ignored.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/friday-no-longer-on-perrottet-s-mind-in-rail-union-dispute-20220902-p5bf16.html
    The Teacher’s Pet podcast likely turbocharged the wheels of justice, but judges don’t approve, writes Richard Ackland after the Dawson case judgement.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/02/the-teachers-pet-podcast-likely-turbocharged-the-wheels-of-justice-but-judges-dont-approve
    According to Paddy Manning, as Private Media prepares to defend Lachlan Murdoch’s defamation case, legal experts are warning the publisher is at real risk of losing. Total costs could reach $3 million.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/media/2022/09/03/crikey-lawsuit-i-thought-that-lachlan-murdoch-was-really-cool
    “The worst of what we’ve observed of the Murdoch media globally has made its way back into Australia. This is its tested “success” formula. We should expect better from our media. We should be able to demand fair play, transparency and accountability”, writes John Hewson who says a media inquiry would need to review the performance of other key outlets and journalists, including Nine Entertainment and the ABC. Nine, too, has been an apologist for the Coalition, on all platforms of print, radio and television, while the debate continues as to whether the ABC has been biased and met the requirements of its charter.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/09/03/buzzwords-bullshit-and-mockery
    “In declining order of trust: The Age, SMH, Guardian online, News com.au, Sky News, Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph come below the 50% mark with Sky News boasting the highest don’t trust rating. Would someone please remind us who owns the four at the bottom of the trust scale?”, writes Noel Turnbull who declares that the Murdoch media is in a class of its own with news replaced by propaganda.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-murdoch-media-is-in-a-class-of-its-own-with-news-replaced-by-propaganda/
    Malcolm Knox, an old scholar of Knox Grammar, explains his and others’ experiences there. It’s not complimentary.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/confession-of-a-knox-grammar-old-boy-my-son-won-t-lose-sleep-as-i-have-20220901-p5bekp.html
    Here’s Amanda Meade’s weekly review of the media.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/sep/02/chris-dawson-verdict-a-big-moment-for-the-australian-podcast-teachers-pet-but-redundancies-thin-ranks
    Meanwhile, the NSW education minister has asked the education authority to closely monitor the situation at Knox following revelations students posted offensive messages online.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/education-authority-told-to-monitor-knox-grammar-after-group-chat-revelations-20220902-p5bezd.html
    Claims made by Stuart Robert on a recent episode of Q and A come undone when the evidence is examined, writes Belinda Jones who reckons Robert must be losing his memory.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/stuart-roberts-memory-seems-to-be-slipping,16726
    Scientists are worried that the extreme weather crippling Pakistan is echoing around the world where records for flood, fire and drought have tumbled this year, writes Nick O’Malley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sleepwalking-to-destruction-world-struck-by-relentless-climate-catastrophes-20220902-p5besw.html
    In approving almost 47,000 square kilometres for offshore oil and gas exploration, the Labor government is jeopardising its climate target and echoing the Coalition’s spurious case for energy security, argues Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/09/03/how-labor-jeopardising-its-own-climate-target
    Luke Henriques-Gomes tells us some of what the disability royal commission has heard of abuse, neglect and fraud in the supported residential system.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/02/disability-royal-commission-hears-of-abuse-neglect-and-in-supported-residential-system
    Julia Baird says she was wrong about Meghan, but not about her critics.
    https://www.smh.com.au/culture/celebrity/i-was-wrong-about-meghan-but-not-about-her-critics-20220901-p5beob.html
    The LIV Golf contract has been released by a US court – and it’s one seriously onerous prenuptial agreement. Let’s hope Cameron Smith and co appreciate the full ramifications of committing to Greg Norman’s Nirvana, writes Darren Kane.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/golf/the-devil-s-in-the-detail-of-the-liv-golf-contracts-20220901-p5bejo.html
    Smearing Trump supporters is no way to unite the US, says culture warrior Gerard Henderson who still manages to get in a swipe at the ABC.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/smearing-trump-supporters-no-way-to-unite-the-us/news-story/57ac1ef341ee50ec327982e8593d1a41
    Further information about the seizure of documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago show that 43 empty folders with classified banners were taken from a box or container at the office, along with an additional 28 empty folders labelled as “Return to Staff Secretary” or military aide. Empty folders of that nature were also found in a storage closet. It gets worse and worse for him.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/dozens-of-empty-folders-marked-classified-found-at-trump-s-mar-a-lago-20220903-p5bf2c.html
    The Federal Court ordered Mercedes-Benz Australia on Friday to pay $12.5 million in penalties for describing the recall of potentially deadly airbags to its customers as a “precaution”. For this, and other previous indiscretions, the company earns nomination for “Arseholes of the Week”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/mercedes-fined-12-5-million-over-failure-to-communicate-dangers-in-airbag-recall-20220902-p5bexk.html

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  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Breaking promises isn’t easy. Keeping the wrong ones is just as painful, says Richard Denniss about the stage three tax cuts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/breaking-promises-isn-t-easy-keeping-the-wrong-ones-is-just-as-painful-20220901-p5bequ.html
    Anthony Galloway tells us that The Greens have called on the Reserve Bank of Australia to put interest rate rises on hold until after next month’s budget, accusing the central bank of inducing people into taking out unaffordable home loans.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/greens-call-on-reserve-bank-to-pause-interest-rates-until-after-budget-20220902-p5beu9.html
    It is the book that has landed Scott Morrison in the hottest water of his political career – revealing how he appointed himself to multiple ministries in his government unbeknown to the public or his colleagues. That disclosure has attracted the most public interest, but the book Plagued also reveals previously secret deliberations of Australia’s national security committee of cabinet, writes Paul Karp and Sarah Martin.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/04/plagued-book-revealing-morrisons-ministries-discloses-national-security-discussions
    Michael Pascoe reckons the Governor-General may have some questions to answer about this charity.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/09/02/governor-generals-charity/
    “What is with politicians and tanks and other armoured vehicles?”, asks Noel Turnbull who is sick of seeing defence waste.
    https://johnmenadue.com/what-is-it-with-pollies-tanks-and-defence-waste/
    The deaths of four children in a house fire in Werribee have been linked to the crisis that has engulfed Victoria’s triple-zero call agency, the true scale of which has been revealed in a damning report highlighting 33 deaths, writes Aisha Dow and Annika Smethurst.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/child-fire-deaths-linked-to-victoria-s-triple-zero-call-crisis-20220903-p5bf5i.html
    “Governance in Victoria today has become even more centralised than during the peak of the Kennett regime more than 20 years ago, when staff jokingly referred to ministers as “warm props” to the dominant premier”, opines Jon Faine.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/think-jeff-kennett-centralised-power-dan-andrews-takes-the-cake-20220901-p5beot.html
    Patrick Lawrence laments the collapse of foreign coverage in mainstream media.
    https://johnmenadue.com/when-correspondents-came-home/
    Private schools have begun to lock in fee rises of between 4 and 10 per cent next year, blaming cuts to Commonwealth funding for the hikes. My heart bleeds for the high end schools.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cost-of-private-education-to-rise-as-schools-end-covid-fee-freeze-20220903-p5bf31.html
    Australia’s first and for decades only international airline, Qantas, is looking rather tattered of late. Its reliability is becoming something of the past; its standing diminished in an age of diminished international carriers, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/letting-standards-slip-qantas-reels-from-repeated-failures,16728
    Russia has scrapped a deadline to resume flows via a major gas supply route to Germany, deepening Europe’s difficulties in securing winter fuel, after saying it had found faults in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline during maintenance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/european-fuel-fears-after-russia-scraps-gas-pipeline-reopening-20220903-p5bf3s.html
    Marriages in China have plunged to their lowest levels on record in a daunting sign of the deepening population crisis facing the world’s second-largest economy, explains Tom Rees.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/china-s-marriage-slump-rings-alarm-bells-for-its-battered-economy-20220902-p5bes8.html

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  14. The news India’s economy is now larger than the UK’s will bring a tear to the eye of the Rule Brittania set but what really leapt out was the graph. The UK GDP has flatlined for the past 14 years, a dead parrot.

    UK Slips Behind India to Become World’s Sixth Biggest Economy

    Loss of status comes as ruling Tory party elects new premier
    Cost of living shock batters UK, while Indian economy surges

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-02/uk-slips-behind-india-to-become-world-s-sixth-biggest-economy

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  16. TPP: ALP 57 (+1) L/NP 43 (-1)
    Primaries: ALP 37 (0) L/NP 31 (-2) GRN 13 (+1) ON 7 (+1) UAP 2 (0) OTH 10 (0)
    Preferred PM: Albanese 61 (+2) Dutton 22 (-3)
    Albanese: Approve 61 (0) Disapprove 29 (+3)
    Dutton: Approve 35 (-2) Disapprove 43 (+2)

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/newspoll-coalition-support-plunges-to-record-low/news-story/67684c3ced5e98afdbf9e58df9f98a43

    Newspoll: Coalition support plunges to record low
    By SIMON BENSON
    9:30PM SEPTEMBER 4, 2022

    Popular support for the Coalition has slumped to its equal lowest on record in the wake of the Morrison ministry controversy, as Anthony Albanese extends his lead over Peter Dutton as preferred prime minister.

    An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows the Liberal and Nationals primary vote falling for a second time since the election, plunging a further two points to land at a historic low of 31 per cent. This is almost five points down on the May election result and puts the Coalition at its equal lowest level of support since 2008, shortly after it went into opposition following the Rudd-slide of November 2007.

    Underlying support for Labor remains unchanged at 37 per cent but, with the fall in support for the Liberal/Nations, Labor has widened its two party preferred lead by two points to 57/43.

    This represents an almost 10-point gain for Labor since the election, as it continues to stamp its authority over the Liberal/Nationals parties.

    Labor won the election with a primary vote of just 32.6 per cent but a two-party preferred split of 52.1/47.9 per cent.

    The last time the Coalition primary vote was this low, however, Labor commanded a 63/37 per cent two-party preferred lead.

  17. Feeling rather good about this Newspoll, because of the parallels with the early Rudd government polls and their circumstances.

    When they were opposition leaders, Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull had something of a conciliatory approach, other than the sneaky saga of Godwin Grech, and they fell to historic lows. Only with the switch to Tony Abbott did they recover.

    Now, though, the Liberals are going straight for the Tony Abbott style method of opposition, saying ‘no’ to everything and refuse to acknowledge the reasons why they lost, and now they’re behind 57-43. May well they hold this position for the next 3 years. There’s a lot more tory trash left in parliament left to clean out.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The electoral honeymoon for Anthony Albanese continues. As does the post-election nightmare for Peter Dutton and the Coalition, writes Simon Benson about the latest Newspoll results. He opines that it shows Labor’s dominance is less about its own rising fortunes and satisfaction with Albanese’s performance over the past month than it is about the sinking state of the Coalition.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/newspoll-honeymoon-continues-for-anthony-albanese-as-peter-duttons-nightmare-grows-worse/news-story/a23551554211932536c7c30f7380539f
    Alan Kohler says that, among its outcomes, the jobs summit underlined the irrelevance of the Opposition. He says the best thing about the summit was that it was both an exercise in humility – of listening – and a statement that governing is not a venture in ideology, but in competence and consultation.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/09/05/summits-exercise-in-humility/
    The stage 3 cuts, as they stand, are unfair and difficult to defend. But with tweaks, the government can make them more equitable, and politically palatable writes Steven Hamilton who calls for them to be redesigned.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/redesign-stage-3-tax-cuts-to-better-balance-equity-and-efficiency-20220904-p5bf7v.html
    Tom Rabe reports that senior NSW ministers have launched a scathing attack on the Albanese government for its foray into the long-running dispute between the state and rail unions.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/arrogant-nsw-transport-minister-lashes-feds-amid-rail-dispute-20220904-p5bfa9.html
    The debate on Labor’s climate change bill sets up the first major test of the Albanese government’s relationship with the Senate crossbench, write Lisa Visentin and Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-integrity-pocock-attacks-labor-s-climate-bill-ahead-of-senate-debate-20220904-p5bf90.html
    “Albanese warms to the top job, but has he the skills to deliver?”, wonders Sean Kelly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-warms-to-the-top-job-but-has-he-the-skills-to-deliver-20220904-p5bf7t.html
    Unions are again playing a central role in corridors of power writes Ross Gittins who says that the Libs didn’t know the union bosses and didn’t want to know them. They were the enemy – always had been, always would be. Big business bosses, on the other hand, would be privately consulted and were always welcome to phone up for a quiet word with the minister.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/unions-again-play-a-central-role-in-corridors-of-power-20220904-p5bf8g.html
    Richard Mulligan writes that the Australian Public Service has been tarnished by Scott Morrison’s ministerial portfolio scandal and says the episode raises the general issue of the public service’s function as guardian of constitutional propriety and due process. It is a reminder that recent concerns about falling standards of government integrity have involved the failings of public officials as well as those of ministers.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7887190/public-service-not-unscathed-in-scandal/?cs=14329
    Behind closed doors, the big industry super funds have clearly told the Albanese government that they’ll only invest in ‘national priorities’ if the risk/return ratio improves, writes Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/jim-chalmers-rude-awakening-from-his-super-dream-20220904-p5bf83
    Jim Chalmers, has asked the competition watchdog to crack down hard on any price gouging when the petrol excise cut expires at the end of September. The letter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, released on Monday, confirms the government’s intention to reintroduce “the full excise” on 29 September.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/05/consumer-watchdog-will-crack-down-on-petrol-price-gouging-when-tax-cut-ends-labor-says
    A former Reserve Bank economist has suggested that the Greens’ push for an interest rate freeze is nonsensical.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/04/former-reserve-bank-economist-suggests-greens-push-for-interest-rate-freeze-is-nonsensical
    John Menadue says that the Greens are at it again and threatening to block the referendum on the ‘Voice’ which promises to give effect to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
    https://johnmenadue.com/john-menadue-the-pompous-greens-are-at-it-again/
    Federal officials are flouting their own rules by rejecting fair requests to release documents and disclose the reasons for sweeping decisions, sparking a new warning about a “culture of secrecy” in politics and government, says David Crowe.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/transparency-has-been-killed-by-obstruction-as-officials-flout-foi-rules-20220904-p5bf7r.html
    And Geoffrey Watson and Max Douglas write that bogus reasons are being used to keep controversial documents secret. They say that over the past 15 years or so, and particularly in the last five, the FOI architecture has been left to decay while uninterested governments stood idly by.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bogus-reasons-are-being-used-to-keep-controversial-documents-secret-20220902-p5bf0r.html
    Matthew Elmas discusses “QantasKeeper” and whether or not Australia’s largest pandemic bailout was a rip off.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/09/03/qantas-keeper-bailout-ripoff/
    The US private prisons operator likely to take over Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru has previously been accused of “gross negligence” and “egregious” security failures that allegedly led to the gang-rape of a woman in detention, the murder of two retirees by escaped prisoners, and the months-long solitary confinement of a US citizen wrongfully held in immigration detention, write Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/05/the-egregious-history-of-likely-new-nauru-operator-includes-allegations-of-gang-and-in-its-us-prisons
    The Age tells us that Australians lost more than $11.4b on poker machines in a single year despite COVID-19 lockdowns, with the average Victorian user losing about $2800. What a blight!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/calls-for-gambling-harm-body-after-victorians-lose-2-2-billion-on-pokies-in-single-year-20220904-p5bf97.html
    And sports gambling ads are flooding our media. Apart from anything else, they’re irritating, declares Greg Baum.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/gambling-ad-blitz-in-sport-is-a-turn-off-20220902-p5bew1.html
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons reports that Sydney high schools are seeing a rise in anti-Semitism, with at least two in the eastern suburbs dealing with incidents of Nazi salutes and Jewish students being bullied.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/eastern-suburbs-schools-grapple-with-nazi-salutes-and-anti-semitic-bullying-20220830-p5bdxg.html
    Rob Harris wonders if we really have seen the last of Boris Johnson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/have-we-really-seen-the-last-of-boris-johnson-20220904-p5bf86.html
    As the war raging past its sixth month, Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia is lobbying the federal government to send a fleet of 30 newly built Hawkei light armoured vehicles to the war zone.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/ukraine-s-pitch-to-australia-use-our-army-as-your-guinea-pig-20220904-p5bf7l.html
    In a rally over the weekend, Donald Trump has said, “The FBI and the justice department have become vicious monsters, controlled by radical-left scoundrels, lawyers and the media, who tell them what to do.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/04/trump-rally-fbi-doj-vicious-monsters-mar-a-lago-search
    Democracy is under attack in the US – and reporting that isn’t ‘violating journalistic standards’, writes Robert Reich who says “Balanced journalism” does not exist halfway between facts and lies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/04/biden-speech-democracy-attack-media-coverage-republicans

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    From the US


  19. About the possible use of a scandal-ridden US company to “manage” Nauru –

    Why can’t Australia close all our offshore detention centres and bring those who have been incarcerated here? If our government needs an excuse surely the need for skilled workers over-rides any Howard-era punishment for being a refugee, a punishment that was eagerly embraced by the Rudd and Gillard governments, to our continuing shame.

    Australia could save billions which could be used for much better purposes. Recent reports state that offshore detention and processing cost around A$9 billion over the period 2016 to 2020.
    https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/cost-australias-asylum-policy#:~:text=The%20report%20found%20that%20offshore,the%20period%202016%20to%202020.

  20. Hey, BK, you left out a “T” in a crucial word in this last sentence!

    [ He opines that it shows Labor’s dominance is less about its own rising fortunes and satisfaction with Albanese’s performance over the past month than it is about the s”T”inking state of the Coalition.

  21. [ “Albanese warms to the top job, but has he the skills to deliver?”, wonders Sean Kelly. ]

    Well, going by the latest Newspoll figures, it looks like Albo doesn’t seem to be able to meet the level of skill-set needed to be considered a competent PM according to Sean Kelly.

    This opinionated article is pretty well in line with Kelly’s usual standard of one eyed, anti Labor writing.

    “Hey Albanese, pick your game up eh! According to Sean Kelly, you have a long way to go to meet the standard of the average Coalition Prime Minister.”

    Thank goodness for that EH! LOL

  22. The media are talking up the regular twice a year CPI adjustment as a “welfare increase”.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong!

    We go through this bullshit twice a year – March and September – when the legislated CPI increases are due. You’d think the media would have learnt by now, but no ……..

    • 4.7m Australians on welfare payments, ie 20% of Australians

      Fastest way to improve GDP is to increase incomes at bottom, because poor people spend everything they get

      A Twitter poster whose statement about her life on unemployment benefits was read out by Senator Janet Rice said in her statement she ate one meal a day except when she had a bill to pay and then she wouldn’t eat. She is currently in hospital on an IV drip. I wonder if her current stay in hospital is connected to her starvation diet

      So either up the JobSeeker payment or the hospital budget

  23. I read this article and I really did fume.

    FFS. Read and fume….The super-rich ‘preppers’ planning to save themselves from the apocalypse https://t.co/vUtcFXTwbl— Lenore Taylor (@lenoretaylor) September 4, 2022

    Who do these wankers think they are? Do they not realise they are as vulnerable as the rest of us commoners? Probably much more vulnerable because they live such pampered lives they have never acquired the skills most of us have learnt from childhood. All it would take is a tiny malfunction and they would be dead or sealed in their bunkers for eternity. If I know one thing about technology it is how unreliable it is.

  24. There’s been a number of votes in the House of Representatives after Question Time after the crossbench and independents worked to secure guarantee three questions in every QT.

    It passed with the support of the government, but the opposition has been putting up objections since because giving the crossbench more questions will take away questions from the opposition. So there are many votes going on right now.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/sep/05/australian-politics-live-with-amy-remeikis-greens-emissions-coal-gas-environment-parliament-anthony-albanese-welfare-petrol-inflation-integrity-train-strikes-nsw-victoria-weather-covid#top-of-blog

    Given the quality of the questions from the opposition in this parliament, they should count themselves lucky to have any.

  25. I think the crossbench should be given at least 5 questions per QT. The discussion between them and the government has been constructive and applies to their electorates, when compared to the Coalition’s verbal equivalent of just hissing and spitting venom at every opportunity.

    Also one thing that stood out for me today was Albo getting fired up at a Green crossbench question about public housing by responding that local Green councillors in Marrickville seem to be shooting down public housing plans in what seems to be a case of NIMBY’ism.

    • Part of me wants to discount that as polls tending to be very volatile in the UK when it comes to leadership contests, but another part of me thinks Joe Lycett has hit the nail on the head that after 12 years in power, the Conservatives have burned through their leadership and are just now down to the dregs, with Liz Truss just being the backwash of the available MP’s. It should be interesting times ahead there.

      Most of what I know about UK politics comes from James O’Brien and Dead Ringers and from what I gather, Truss seems to be something of a political klutz who the rest of the party has dressed up as Thatcher just to defeat Rishi Sunak.

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