Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II Under Medical Care.


Queen Elizabeth II died on 8 September 2022.

The best tribute to this lady I read was from our former Prime Minister, the ALP’s Paul Keating.

Thank you to The Little Black Duck for this. There are many who, with good reason, whose countries were devastated by English aggression, who will see this as not an event to mourn.

I look past the history to the life of the woman, Elizabeth, to her impact as a woman in a world ruled by men. The lottery of life put her in a role both powerful and powerless. What Elizabeth made of it will be the subject of debate, discussion, and research as much as her namesake Queen Elizabeth the First

”The former prime minister has released a tribute to the Queen. Keating incensed the British press when the Queen visited Australia and he touched her back to guide her along.’ (quote TLBD)

Mr Keating says:

In the 20th century, the self became privatised, while the public realm, the realm of the public good, was broadly neglected.

Queen Elizabeth understood this and instinctively attached herself to the public good against what she recognised as a tidal wave of private interest and private reward. And she did this for a lifetime. Never deviating.

She was an exemplar of public leadership, married for a lifetime to political restraint, remaining always, the constitutional monarch.

To the extent that an hereditary monarch can ever reflect the will or conscience of a people, in the case of Britain, Queen Elizabeth assimilated a national consciousness reflecting every good instinct and custom the British people possessed and held to their heart.

In a seventy-year reign, she was required to meet literally hundreds of thousands of officials – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, premiers, mayors and municipal personalities.

It was more than one person should ever have been asked to do.

But Elizabeth the Second’s stoicism and moralism welded her to the task and with it, the idea of monarchy.

Her exceptionally long, dedicated reign is unlikely to be repeated; not only in Britain, but in the world generally.

With her passing her example of public service remains with us as a lesson in dedication to a lifelong mission in what she saw as the value of what is both enduringly good and right.



7 September 2022. The Queen is reported to be under medical care in Balmoral Castle.

It seems to me The Palace is preparing the public for her death. I may be wrong but her latest photo showed her to be very frail, possibly from the recent death of her husband. Those who have been with loved ones close to us who have passed away are all too familiar with this.

As a friend said to me in my time of caring, death is just another of the body’s processes, But I do predict the passing of Her Majesty will remind people of their own personal grief, so please be compassionate of those around you. Like the Monarchy or not, Elizabeth has been like an unnoticed tapestry on a hallway; there and not there, but still a backdrop to Australian life. .

As a woman’s story and part of of women’s history or Herstory if you prefer, Elizabeth’s story is remarkable. She will go down in British history as a great Queen like her namesake, Queen Elizabeth the First, the Warrior Queen.

I have known no other monarch in my lifetime and it will be a real passing of an era when HRH Queen Elizabeth II passes away. As my own Mum always said, ‘We all got to go sometime’. It will, however be strange to not have Elizabeth on the throne. She was this unnoticed constant in life. My Mum was my very much noticed loved one in my life until she wasn’t there any more.

I hope Elizabeth goes in peace and without pain, after her lifetime of service.

It may not be this time but I can see that her life journey is reaching its end destination. I am sure HRH Queen Elizabeth II will be not be forgotten, not her bravery serving her nation in World War 2 nor her dignity now.

Our thoughts are with her family and the families of all who are caring for loved ones in such sad and worrying circumstances.

114 thoughts on “Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II Under Medical Care.

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers


    There is plenty to read throughout the media this morning about her death so I will leave you to find it yourself.

    David Crowe writes, “Two decisions in Parliament House over the past few days offer a hint at a change in thinking that might one day lead to something Anthony Albanese promised in the weeks before he became prime minister – to change the way politics operates.” First, Albanese halted a dud idea dreamt up by people around the Governor-General, David Hurley, to give $18 million to a new foundation and guarantee $4 million every year in perpetuity so it could do vague work on training future leaders. And second, the prime minister agreed to a small but significant change to question time after independent MPs demanded a bigger voice in the most important business of the day.
    Michelle Grattan says that Albanese’s commitment to transparency should apply to the national cabinet.
    The Ai Group’s Megan Lilly went to the Jobs Summit last week and writes enthusiastically about it. She says it felt like a radical shift for the good.
    Progressives hope the Albanese government will break its election promise to implement tax cuts that offer the most benefit to high-income earners. They may well be disappointed, says Waleed Aly who thinks Labor will hold firm on its election promise.
    John Kehoe writes that Jim Chalmers is preparing the community for tougher decisions on spending and tax in his second budget in May, amid growing pressures from the NDIS, aged care, health and defence.
    Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has rejected calls to resign, saying he has helped deliver the lowest unemployment in half a century while conceding Australians face another year of financial pain before inflation falls to meet wages growth, write Rachel Clun and Shane Wright.
    The European Central Bank intensified its battle against record inflation by hiking interest rates by a historic three-quarters of a percentage point in the face of a darkening outlook for economic growth.
    As our nation transitions toward a renewable energy future, it is critical that all Australians, not just the energy market, play a central role in planning and delivering the country’s future electricity system, declares Darren Edwards.
    It’s getting expensive to make bathroom rolls, which means reduced production, shortages and even higher prices ahead. It’s the same story across the manufacturing sector, writes Javier Blas.
    Michael Koziol explains the work of the Greater Cities Commission that is considering creating Australia’s first global city region – Sydney, ranging from Newcastle to Wollongong.
    Paul Karp and Sarah Martin report that the government’s new chair of the intelligence and security committee, Peter Khalil, says he is “absolutely concerned” about what appear to be leaks from the national security committee of cabinet contained in a recently published book.
    Mark Dreyfus has been accused of a breach of the ministerial code of conduct for an indirect investment he has in a firm that funds litigation in Australia, as the opposition attacked the integrity of the Albanese government.
    Alan Kohler puts forward a crazy idea: Give the job of dealing with climate change to the Reserve Bank.
    The Defence Strategic Review will tinker around the edges, but will not push back on negative game changers such as AUKUS and all it represents in casting China as the enemy, opines Bruce Haigh.
    Cabinet needs to insist Marles’ return to Labor’s previous support for an independent foreign policy and recognise there is no guarantee an arms build-up won’t lead to a calamitous war. Crucially, the Albanese government needs to give a clear priority to helping reduce conflicts and global warming that cause horrendous suffering to innocent people around the globe, says Brian Toohey.
    Hundreds of millions of dollars of fees that are charged to trucking companies annually to bring containers in and out of ports should be scrapped and charged to shipping companies instead, the Productivity Commission says.
    Adrian Lipscomb writes about the private school dilemma – are toxic cultures of misogyny and racism inevitable?
    The company of colourful Sydney property developer Jean Nassif has been accused of trying to discredit the builder commissioner by falsely claiming he asked for a $5 million bribe. Kate McClymont reports that the extraordinary claims were made by Building Commissioner David Chandler at a budget estimates hearing yesterday.
    Up to 1.6 million homes nationwide are at moderate or high risk now from climate change-related extreme weather, with the number forecast to increase by more than 60 per cent by 2050, explains Tawar Razaghi.
    Marketing material for 18 managed funds has been changed or removed after the corporate watchdog found the advertising contained inaccuracies about the performance of the products.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz argues that criticism of the flying kangaroo needs some context.
    Bearing hallmarks of the 2019 Australia Federal Police raid on the ABC over its ‘Afghan Files’, Finnish journalists are on trial for treason after reporting on Finland’s national security, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    If he gets in the witness box, Lachlan Murdoch stands to win his defamation action against Crikey but the Australian news site is already triumphant. Michael West and Alan Austin report.
    Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon has been indicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges in connection with Trump’s effort to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
    Michael Hirsch explains his assertion that the cult of Trumpism will endure.

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    • I agree. I can only think that Parliament is suspended because our PM and others will be away for the funeral. Our country does not just stop. I suppose all this was worked out ages ago and hre death was no surprise.

      I am also pee’ed off that the British Labour Party is not in power. Now all those Tory wangders will be strutting around as officials for the ceremonies. I can only give thanks Boris Johnson is out of No. 10.

  2. I agree billie11. The world moves on.
    The illegal & immoral Russian invasion of Ukraine is more foremost to me than the monarchy. I’ve just finished reading an excellent insight of what really prompted putrid putin to invade. It really underscores what a nonsense that Russia had to act because NATO was creeping dangerously ever closer to Russia.

    • For me the delay in abolishing the CDC comes high on the list of things that urgently need doing. I thought the legislation had to be rushed through parliament so those on this vile card could start applying to get off it next month. Now that won’t happen. The Coalition, aided by Jacqui Lambie and Jacinta Price (a really despicable piece of work) demanded an inquiry, then the Murdoch press published lies, especially about David Pocock. That deliberate delay has cost those trapped on the card a few months more of hell.

      I know the closing of parliament was ordered by the palace and occurs in other Commonwealth countries as well, but I have a hard time understanding the reasoning behind it when so much needs urgent attention.

  3. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Everything else is either totally or mainly about the passing of you know who but my Irish ancestry makes it difficult for me to post anything about it.

  4. Fine words from PJK. Not that you would expect anything less

    The former prime minister has released a tribute to the Queen. Keating incensed the British press when the Queen visited Australia and he touched her back to guide her along.

    Keating says:

    In the 20th century, the self became privatised, while the public realm, the realm of the public good, was broadly neglected.

    Queen Elizabeth understood this and instinctively attached herself to the public good against what she recognised as a tidal wave of private interest and private reward. And she did this for a lifetime. Never deviating.

    She was an exemplar of public leadership, married for a lifetime to political restraint, remaining always, the constitutional monarch.

    To the extent that an hereditary monarch can ever reflect the will or conscience of a people, in the case of Britain, Queen Elizabeth assimilated a national consciousness reflecting every good instinct and custom the British people possessed and held to their heart.

    In a seventy-year reign, she was required to meet literally hundreds of thousands of officials – presidents, prime ministers, ministers, premiers, mayors and municipal personalities.

    It was more than one person should ever have been asked to do.

    But Elizabeth the Second’s stoicism and moralism welded her to the task and with it, the idea of monarchy.

    Her exceptionally long, dedicated reign is unlikely to be repeated; not only in Britain, but in the world generally.

    With her passing her example of public service remains with us as a lesson in dedication to a lifelong mission in what she saw as the value of what is both enduringly good and right.


  5. My Mum was a staunch anti-Monarchist but like many, had no animosity towards Elizabeth, the woman. She was angry thought that the royal family got to freeload off the commoners and that Elizabeth did not use her considerable personal wealth to alleviate suffering and poverty.

    A lot of the wealth of the royal family is tied up in national assets and so cannot be used as cash, but my Mum’s criticisms are valid. Again, this will be part of QE2’s legacy to be discussed over time, as usual.

    I was okay with Elizabeth as Queen of Australia but I am opposed to Charles III being King of Australia. The rush, by the ALP of all parties, to codify Charles as our King angers me.

    This could have waited and we as the public should be asked if we want this. Not necessarily if we want a Republic, but at least if we want this man as a King of Australia. I know I do not,

    I am focusings on the remarkable life of one woman in a historical role for 70 years, outside of the debate of having a Monarchy for Australia, and even for the United Kingdom. But it is time for the debate of what Australia wants to do now the era of Elizabeth II, HRH the Queen, has passed.

    I would discuss this more after her funeral, in keeping with dignity and decency. But it is a conversation Australis must have.

    • Puffy, it’s protocol pure and simple. London Bridge is going like an unstoppable clockwork. It just is not possible to delay acknowledgement of Charles III.

      Anything else and it would be chaos.

    • Good to keep prodding Oz to remember that general acceptance of Oz as an independent republic, shared by QEII herself, has been a given for decades now and that polite refraining from formalizing that has been out of respect for the ‘old Queen’ which in retrospect I think was a mistake. Who better to launch us joyously into the 2lst century world as an independent republic than our late lamented monarch? Rather like a mother who always loved the miscreant in the family, the rebel, often an outcast or runaway, the convict who finally returns to be magnanimous support to a family fallen on hard taxing times.

  6. When I woke up to the news this morning I mostly felt indifferent. The monarchy doesn’t mean much to me, and I’d much rather have a republic with an elected Australian head of state.

    But I did have a sad moment at the shop when I got a $5 note in change and saw the Queen’s face and paused for a moment when it suddenly sunk in that she was gone. It was particularly unhelpful that she died around the same time as my own grandma did 3 years ago, out by a week.

    • That is my concern, this may trigger grief. I want to remind everyone to be a bit more understanding over the next couple of weeks.

      It is a big change, that may be underestimated. In a sociological sense, a near-permanent fixture has gone and the new one is, I reckon, not judged to be up to the standard of the old one. So there is uncertainty there as well. People will be thinking of their pasts, like that I was born the year of the first Olympic Games held in Australia and two years from when the Queen made her historic first visit here.

      Public expression, through the formal funeral etc, will help to alleviate unease, but I urge people to be a bit sensitive to others at this time.

  7. Liz,Phil, Chas , Anne and my disturbing their peace, 🙂 . Many years ago the Britannia with all those royals visited the Bay of Islands . It was the bicentennial of Capt. Cook’s dropping by . Up one of the inlets of the Bay we would ski with another family most weekends.
    This weekend my grandfather decided to bring along his small boat. It became the designated kids ski boat for the day. My grandfather asked me if I wanted to go and look at the Britannia and off we went. It was I discovered a bloody long way and skiing out in open seas is not as easy as up an estuary.

    Having got there my grandfather starting doing laps of the Britannia, getting closer and closer each lap. I remember being impressed how close we were getting . At which point I also noticed a number of white uniformed people around the boat frantically gesticulating and shouting. I could not hear what they were saying due to the wind and outboard motor noise but I could tell the message was something along the line of “YOU THERE ! Fuck off ! NOW !”. Which my grandfather did, AFTER one more lap. I was at the time very glad that the ‘chaps in white and braid’ had appeared as I was knackered and wondered if I could make it back on skis. As it was quite early in the morning I had a chuckle at the thought that perhaps our noisy little boat had woken up ‘The Queen’ 😆

    • a great story. My Mum told me when the Queen visited Adelaide the motorcade passed within a few streets of Mum’s house. A friend said asked my Mum if she was going to see the Queen. My Mum retorted “Why would I do that? She is just another woman, like me.

  8. One memory I have is of Prince Phillp’s last visit to Adelaide. There was the usual Adelaide City Council Mayor’s reception.
    Of course, all the Adeliade Finest Families started preening their feathers over that chance to hobnob with Royalty. One can only think of the clothes and jewelry being chosen and the facials booked.

    Then the Lord Mayor at the time, dunno his name now, announced that instead of the usual guest list, invitations to the ball would go to workers in the Adelaide CBD, instead. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the gilded mansions when that news hit!

    • Lovely story, Puff! There must have been local media reports of that? Is there anyone out there who attended? Surely there are some treasured family photos amongst those Adelaide families who were at that reception?

  9. I was not indifferent, Kirsdarke; as a republican I was oddly sad and tearful when I heard the news first thing this morning. I think Her Majesty deserved that final peaceful passing and well-earned rest. I thought she made a good job of both her life and the exalted role she had not sought. Decades after many of my generation had been pensioned off, retired or expired, she kept going, while smiling too! I’ve just watched her so recent skit with Paddington Bear again. His last words, thanking her for everything, now seem magically prescient, as does that timely but brief double rainbow over Buckingham Palace! Someone up there, somewhere, seemed to know something……..

  10. I just watched 2 hours of Lizzie on ABC. They had Sarah Ferguson and David Speers doing stuff. Luckily, Speers was just there as the token male.

    Sarah was brilliant. She must have had her lines but she did much off the cuff and it was excellent.

  11. I’m fascinated by the occasional historically inaccurate comment about “Queen Elizabeth’s responsibility for colonisation”.
    Perhaps it is having grown up having British history shoved into my brain as a child, but I was under the impression that it was George III or IV that was monarch when Sydney was first settled, and it was the Stuart dynasty and early Hanoverians that were more responsible for the beginnings of the slave trade to the ‘American Colonies’. I do remember that it would have been William IV who was monarch when Western Australia was settled.

    Do we now attribute the sins of the fathers and grandfathers to their children?

    • Apparently so, Curioz:

      George III was ‘responsible’ for the settlement of Sydney – more correctly, New South Wales, which then extended over to the current border of WA.

      And yes, William IV was in charge when WA was occupied.

      Unlike her forebears, Elizabeth II oversaw the freedom of most, if not all, of the UK’s African, South American, and West Indian colonies.

  12. There’s a rumor that Charles will not be King Charles III, choosing instead to be King George VII.

    Kings and queens can choose any name they like, so it’s possible.

    Charles I and II did not have successful reigns, it could be unlucky to take their name. Charles I, you might remember, was beheaded, Charles II was unhappily married and could not produce a legitimate heir, although he had many illegitimate offspring.

  13. Events may prove me wrong, but given that there has been no opposition from “The Firm” about referring to the new monarch as “King Charles III”, in addition to the fact that he’s 73 years old and has been heir for 70 years, known to the world as “Prince Charles”, and that his own grandson in line to the throne is also named George, I think it’d be unlikely that the new monarch will switch to the name “King George VII”.

  14. I have a hard time reading ‘King Charles III instead if Queen Elizabeth II.

    And a man is top dog again. The Monarchy should have gone to the next female in line, to be fair.

    Who would that be?

    • That would be William’s daughter Princess Charlotte. However, her older brother George is ahead in the line of succession. So it currently seems that there’ll be a line of Kings for the next 2 generations.

      However, when George grows up and has a family of his own, if he has a daughter first, she would be Queen after him.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    This will be another (almost) royal-free patrol. It will no doubt severely limit my choices today.

    George Megalogenis reckons Albanese is shaping up to repeat a slice of Labor history that Dutton would be dreading.
    Paul Kelly says that Jim Chalmers confronts a two-step economic challenge – the first is defeating inflation and cost-of-living pressures but the second is his defining task: how Labor remodels the Australian social contract and tackles the structural problems haunting the nation. In a far more volatile, unpredictable and changing world, Australia is no longer fit for purpose. Labor’s job is rectify this defect.
    Pewter Hartcher tells us why Albanese won’t race to a republic following the Queen’s death.
    Gerard Kennedy wants to know where the grand narrative for Dutton and the Liberals is.
    The successful jobs and skills summit clearly established the significance to our future of improving our national productivity, yet it didn’t attempt to fill in the detail of how to achieve this, writes John Hewson who says we shouldn’t miss the enormous opportunities – particularly for regional jobs in industries with a sustainable future, with abundant supplies of renewable energies, critical minerals and the essential technologies. His conclusion about what the government is doing is, “Included in this effort should be a review of the justification of all tax expenditures, and a consideration of how best to reform the tax system to the benefit of a national productivity strategy. And any special deals that were made to the benefit of vested interests – possibly at the expense of our national interest – should be jettisoned. Cleaning out the cupboard comes first.”
    A straight talker free from party politics, don’t dismiss David Pocock as just the bloke who said ‘bullshit’ in parliament, advises Malcolm Farr.
    Many Australians never lost their affection for Queen Elizabeth II. But now she has died we are faced with the riddle of our constitutional future, opines David Marr.
    Charles is now King of Australia, but Anne Twomey points out that it doesn’t mean any legal or constitutional change.
    The change in our head of state changes nothing about Australia’s constitution. And King Charles III presents a vexed dilemma for the Albanese government as it proceeds with the referendum to enshrine an Indigenous voice in the constitution, writes Mark Sawyer.
    This week’s figures showed super-strong growth in the three months to the end of June. But look under the bonnet and you find the economy’s engine was firing on only two cylinders, explains Ross Gittins.
    Anthony Albanese is storming the Bastille erected by a sclerotic government more intent on its own maintenance of power and privilege than effectively advancing the national interest, writes Paul Bongiorno who says, “The new tripartite world of government, business and unions is more than a throwback to the Hawke–Keating era. Times and challenges have changed but the attempt at inclusion in the pursuit of common ground owes a lot to this successful precedent. Albanese’s task is to deliver the sort of economy-boosting reforms that will set Australia on a path of economic growth and increased productivity and real wages growth.” Bongiorno reckons the opposition has got it all wrong.
    There are three reasons to believe that globalisation will go backwards in the years ahead. One of them is the growing realisation that the world is a dangerous place, writes Paul Klugman.
    Just ousting Morrison and his cronies alone improved the tone of our governance, but is it enough, wonders John Lord.
    Terrence Mills reckons th role of the Opposition under Dutton has become “Just waste Parliament’s Time!”
    Training, immigration and industrial relations policies all have important roles to play in addressing skills shortages, but their design means they are at cross-purposes, explains Professor Chris Wright who concludes that “Australia’s current labour market policies are not working. The urgency of the skills crisis requires innovative solutions. International evidence suggests that sector-wide bargaining over skills is the most promising solution, and one that governments, employers and unions need to consider.”
    Karen Middleton reveals that new details have emerged in the governor-general’s grant saga, with David Hurley hosting fundraising events for the leadership foundation at Admiralty House.
    Lucy Cormack and Alexandra Smith report that Gladys Berejiklian has distanced herself from the trade jobs’ saga in a written response to questions probing the plum posts.
    The rise of electric vehicles is being touted as “what Apple did with the iPhone on steroids”. Investors are trying to get their piece of the action, explains Clancy Yeates.
    In 2008 Labor pledged to halve homelessness, instead it exploded in a decade of Coalition leadership. Now a new national agreement must tackle a ‘vicious spiral’ of unaffordable housing and poverty, urges Rick Morton who writes, “People who have otherwise been able to live a reasonable working class life until recently are now having to live in their vans and cars. Landlords are able to profit from this shortage by increasing rents substantially further putting even rentals out of reach of an increasing number of people.”
    Zali Stegall will take her bid to crack down on misleading political advertising to the Voice to Parliament campaign. The independent first brought her truth in political advertising bill, which covered federal elections, to parliament last year, warning it was “perfectly legal” for politicians to lie under the current system, reports Finn McHugh.
    Next week the Government will unveil its long-anticipated National Anti-Corruption Commission (that’s now the official title) legislation. Experts and critics will be on hand to offer critiques based on comparisons with similar existing bodies in the States, with the Federal ICAC Bill tabled in the last Parliament by independent MP Helen Haines and with the promised but never delivered legislation of the Morrison government. David Solomon and Tony Fitzgerald have their says on the matter.
    As the Albanese government prepares to finalise a Nauru contract with an American prisons operator, the cost of the brutal enterprise has stretched into billions of dollars, writes Mike Seccombe.
    Shane Wright reports that research from the OECD shows Australians working long hours, or forced into part-time jobs, are less happy and more worried about their health.
    Tim Smith has opened up to Annika Smethurst in this interview in which he said it’s unlikely he will return to Spring Street.
    Jim Bright opines that there is little sense in forcing workers back to the office.
    The pandemic-fuelled renovation boom is officially over, declares Michael Read.
    Australia’s first uterus transplants are due to take place next year, with two hospital trials investigating whether women born without a uterus – or who have had the organ removed or damaged – can carry a child.
    Peter FitzSimons tells us why Kyrgios’ tantrum for the ages can’t just be ignored.
    A chairman or board publicly pronouncing support for a beleaguered chief executive is often the “the kiss of death”. But Qantas chairman Richard Goyder has ignored that lore and become a human shield for the airline’s publicly maligned chief executive, Alan Joyce, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    “Our environment is in deep trouble. We are all suffering as a result. Elected officials at all levels behave as if tackling the problem is a luxury, an optional extra if time and resources are available after meeting the much more important challenges of growing the economy. We are not even treating the symptoms and there is no appetite to address the underlying causes”, writes a concerned Professor Ian Lowe.
    We should regard the Taiwan issue as one for us to ‘sit out’, writes Geoff Miller about the Defence Strategic Review.
    Here’s Amanda Meade’s weekly media roundup.
    A communications entrepreneur and North Sydney councillor, James Spenceley is now working on the front line in Ukraine to deliver crowdfunded ambulances and evacuation buses, reports Charles McPhedran.
    The world’s most famous and admired woman leaves behind a fractured and fraying kingdom that now must confront much larger and more challenging questions than her own institution, writes Rob Harris.
    John Pilger tells us how propaganda works in the West.
    Hans van Leeuwin explains how Europe’s energy crisis is reaching boiling point.
    Ginni Thomas, the self-styled “culture warrior” and extreme rightwing activist, has links to more than half of the anti-abortion groups and individuals who lobbied her husband Clarence Thomas and his fellow US supreme court justices ahead of their historic decision to eradicate a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. She’s a real bit of work!
    Steve Bannon’s indictment reveals the truth about Trumpism, explains Andrew Gawthorpe.

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    • Me too Puffy, one of the better YouTube channels on the Ukrainian war.
      May I also suggest following Misha Zelinsky, the war correspondent at the Australian Financial Review on Twitter (@mishazelinsky).

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. My policy of not linking royal stories will continue until the fervour stops – cartoons excluded. The cartoons have generally been excellent.

    A relatively small Guardian Essential poll indicates that Daniel Andrews is in a strong position for Labor victory in the Victorian election.
    More than 3000 Australians have died with COVID-19 in aged care facilities this year, triple the number of deaths in nursing homes during the first two years of the pandemic. Anthony Galloway writes that Rebekha Sharkie, whose regional electorate of Mayo has the oldest age demographic in South Australia, has said the nation was struggling from “COVID fatigue” and suggested the media and politicians were no longer holding the government to account.
    John Kehoe writes that a small business council meeting has erupted in acrimony, after members railed against the council’s stand on multi-business pay bargaining.
    Kevin Rudd says Xi Jinping has brought communist ideology back to the core of the country’s decision-making, warning that the Chinese president appears unable to make a course correction. Today, our time, Rudd will receive a Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University after penning a 420-page thesis on Xi’s worldview.
    The Defence Strategic Review, or the Porcupine Strategy, cannot ignore the reality that the greatest threat to Australia’s security arises from its uncritical attachment to the United States, and to the assumption that the US will persist as a reliable and rational partner into the future, opines Mike Scrafton.
    Melissa Cunningham reports that Australia’s top emergency medicine college is pushing for around-the-clock specialist security guards to be stationed at every Victorian emergency department, as doctors warn of unprecedented levels of violence in hospitals.
    Landlords and developers are confident that, by 2030, Sydney will be a place where shopping centres are high streets, fostering community spirit.
    Facile, empty and cliched – Liz Truss’s first week has been a disaster, says Simon Jenkins.
    “Has the Republican Party gone completely rogue and is the American experiment beyond repair?”, asks Richard Cullen writing about the entrenched political polarisation in America.
    Of the billions of dollars in weapons the White House has shipped to Ukraine since the Russian invasion, perhaps none have attracted as much attention as the M142 HIMARS, an advanced rocket launcher that Ukrainian troops have used to devastating effect.
    The much-publicised Ukrainian southern offensive was a disinformation campaign to distract Russia from the real one being prepared in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s special forces have said. Ukrainian forces are continuing to make unexpected, rapid advances in the north-east of the country, retaking more than a third of the occupied Kharkiv region in three days. Much of Ukraine’s territorial gains were confirmed by Russia’s defence ministry yesterday.

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  17. The Ukrainians are coming! The Ukrainians are coming!

    The successful Ukrainian counterattack in the Kharkiv is a pivotal moment in this illegal and immoral invasion by Russia. It comes at a critical time as the NATO allies begin to waiver facing the coming winter hardship. It underscores that Ukraine can win provided it is fully supported with military and economic aid.
    The enormity of the rout is on display for all to see. Russian propagandists won’t be able spin this.

  18. Australia is to have a one-off public holiday on Thursday 22 September. Why a Thursday? Protocol, apparently. Plans have been in place for years, according to Albo.

    That news hasn’t gone down well with everyone.

  19. My friend made the earliest possible medical appointment to renew drivers license on Sept 22

    Grrr, will Dr surgery open or open on Sat to catch up

    • Those visits are protocol.

      “The Prime Minister is to accompany the King on his tour of the UK in the coming days.

      He is to visit Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff — and Liz Truss will be with him.”

      Truss with him is a no no: makes it political. The Scots will definitely not be pleased.

  20. The Ukraine Army hs is having outstanding success in their counter-offensive. This is another youtube channel I follow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bihU0FLH9To

    this vid has a good moving map of the gains by the UA at about 3 minutes in and vids of liberated Ukrainians giving watermelons etc to the UA soldiers.\

    I recommend this channel Joe Broke as well as Denys Davydov, and Operator Starsky, (they come up easily in youtube search

    Slava Ukraini

  21. It is time we as the citizenry need to start talking about the kind of republic we want, not whether we want one.

    I, for one, do not want a popularly eclected President. I do not want the title ‘President’, at all.

    After seeing the crazy mess Presidental elections threw up with Donal Drump, and other places where a presidency lead to chaos, I want a different system.

    I envisage a Chief Officer, chosen by a majority of both houses of parliament and with very narrow powers. The role should not be more important than that of the Prime Minister. Maybe we could have a panel of three Democracy Officers, with each taking the role for Chief DO for half a year at a time.

    I see trouble in moving to a Presidental system after seeing the influence of the Murdoch media and how Democracy can be compromised by an enthralled, terrified electorate. Mainly I want to make this role limited in power and as non-partisan as possible.

    PLus the idea of rounds of Presidential elections taking up time, energy and money seems a waste for little gain.

  22. One of the reasons I was okay with the Queen as Head of State was that we didn’t hve to put up with Presidential elections like they have in the USA.

    And it should be our Prime Minister who represents us overseas as Top Dog, not a President. Our Senior Officer, Chief Officer, Grand Poobah should not be political.

    • it’s funny, but the scenario that you have described is the one that we currently have, all be it with arcane and ancient wording.
      It is what the “Glorious Revolution” (when Great Britain had William’n’Mary as monarchs) was mostly about, i.e. restricting the remit of the monarchy. The constitution of Australia was a step away from that to more ‘power for the people’. No doubt the Voice to parliament will add to that. And I can’t remember the last time the GG represented us Australians overseas in any but a ceremonial role.

      There are things that are questionable about our constitution, and they should/could be adjusted. We could, for example, become a direct monarchy and dispose of the whole governor layer of government, with the PM and Premier’s being the final arbiters of legislation? Though there is an aspect of final appeal against poor legislation with the governors, as supposedly with the monarch?

    • Sorry, but just for the giggles, we could as Harry and Meagan to act as our “monarch replacement”? It’s nothing that the Murdoch’s haven’t suggested as a GG solution in the past!

  23. ptmd wrote –

    It is time we as the citizenry need to start talking about the kind of republic we want, not whether we want one.

    A great idea for a thread starter methinks.

    Anyone agree?

    • I intend to run that as the a thread starter, after the QE2’s funeral. All the fuss should have settled by then.

      I have realised something I always suspected. I was fine with QE2 as our head of state because she was a female. Having a woman as head honcho was okay. But now it is Chucky3, a male, I want out of this arrangement now! We have too many males as heads of stuff now.

    • Especially a male that cheated on his wife, had to have a marriage arranged for him because he wanted his very unsuitable mistress (who is now Queen Consort, Lord Help Us) and drove his wife into mental illness because of his coldness and ongoing affair. Most unsuitable in my book, especially as he is now head of the Church of England.

      I am fully aware of the philanderings of previous male monarchs who seemed to think the rules applied to ordinary mortals did not apply to them.

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers – another royal-free patrol.

    Australia’s hidebound immigration system is broken and needs to be fundamentally transformed, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil says, otherwise the country’s economy will quickly fall behind its global competitors. Peter Hartcher and Matthew Knott report on her concerns.
    Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has rightly recognised the shortcomings of the $1bn-a-year “golden ticket” visa scheme, which is set to be scrapped over the coming year. The national interest demands no less, says the editorial in The Australian.
    Any Remeikis writes that Labor’s core election commitment to legislate for a national integrity commission before the end of the year has been thrown in doubt by the suspension of parliament after the Queen’s death. Mark Dreyfus, planned on introducing Labor’s anti-corruption commission bill to parliament on Wednesday, when it was to immediately be sent to a joint committee for review.
    The Coalition’s promises of infrastructure to roll out over the next decade and regional funds linked to the Nationals’ support for net zero are at risk in the coming budget, explain Katina Curtis and Shane Wright. A suite of regional programs promised to then-Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce in return for his party’s support to the Coalition’s net zero carbon emissions by 2050 policy are also being reviewed by the government as it combs through past Morrison’s pledges.
    Ross Gittins thinks Labor’s ‘plan’ to fix the economy has three big bits missing. He points to the pricing power that our oligopolised economy gives our big businesses and the need for more taxes.
    Michael Read writes that the labour market is expected to have tightened further in August, and forecasters are tipping Thursday’s labour force data will show 35,000 workers found jobs.
    George Brandis says that the sub-plot to our AUKUS pact is that we may need UK rather than US submarines.
    Tom Rabe reports that a stark rise in domestic and family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic will cost the NSW economy more than $3 billion by 2025, according to new research that estimates 60,000 women experienced abuse for the first time in 2020.
    There are Reasons for cautious optimism writes Adam Morton who gives us the good news on the climate crisis.
    Patrick Hatch reports that the Victorian government is being urged to explain when it will deliver the Metro train services to Melbourne’s outer-west it promised four years ago amid concerns public transport investment is falling severely behind the skyrocketing population growth.
    Rental prices in many parts of Australia are growing 10% or even 20% year on year, leaving people in parts of the country struggling to find housing, especially in regions hit by natural disasters. This has in turn led to questions over the almost a million dwellings vacant on census night around Australia, and the role of short-term rentals in driving up rents, such as those leased on platforms like Airbnb, explains Josh Nicholas.
    The Defence Strategic Review must not confine itself to “more of the same” but address a new world, urges Dennis Argall.
    The Government needs to keep in mind that Labor won office significantly due to the ‘Chinese Australian’ vote in 5 to 6 key electorates. The government’s inaction on China could see those ALP votes disappear, write Anthony Pun and Ka Sing Chiua.
    The AFR tells us how millions were made (and lost) in the childcare gold rush.
    There are still many questions surrounding Scott Morrison’s ill-starred time at the helm of Tourism Australia, writes Jommy Tee. Newly released documents confirm KPMG did not undertake a probity audit in 2005 into the assessment and evaluation of shortlisted tenderers for Tourism Australia’s advertising contracts. Should Morrison ever look for a corporate gig after politics … well corporate Australia he’s all yours, says Tee.
    Run off-road crashes occur primarily on country roads, accounting for about 40 per cent of all road deaths every year, says a new federal government report.
    Victorian Liberals face a fierce battle to retain two previously safe regional electorates as an appetite for independents and demographic change threaten to erode the party’s grip on its traditionally conservative coastal heartland.
    Melissa Cunningham tells us that Victorian health officials are racing to determine the source of more than 40 locally acquired cases of monkeypox, as doctors warn diagnosis is complicated by symptoms closely mirroring sexually transmitted infections including syphilis and herpes.
    Star Entertainment should lose its licence to operate in NSW unless it overhauls its board and undertakes compliance reform, the NSW inquiry into the company’s suitability has concluded.
    History will judge Republicans who stay silent about the big lie, writes Robert Reich who says that if the democratic experiment called America continues to unravel because of what Republicans did or failed to do, they will live in infamy.
    Putin is waging an economic war with Europe and Britain’s absurd energy plan plays into his hands, says Will Hutton.
    Over the weekend Russian nationalists called angrily for President Vladimir Putin to make immediate changes to ensure ultimate victory in the Ukraine war, a day after Moscow was forced to abandon its main bastion in north-eastern Ukraine.

    Cartoon Corner

    Jim Pavlidis

    Matt Golding

    David Rowe


    Alan Moir

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  25. The Government needs to keep in mind that Labor won office significantly due to the ‘Chinese Australian’ vote in 5 to 6 key electorates. The government’s inaction on China could see those ALP votes disappear, write Anthony Pun and Ka Sing Chiua.

    So the authors think Australia’s foreign policy should be guided by the ethnic composition of 5-6 electorates ? Sounds a dumb arse way to form foreign policy.

    • The right-wing controlled media have spread their poison well, it seems. Who would have thought so many Australians took any notice of what they say?

    • Finally, a view from John Carter: a 5th generation Australian cattleman as published in the Land Newspaper Oxley Awards:
      “There has been the usual concentration on trivia in the media covering the election.
      Neither Coalition or Labor are highlighting what I see as the major issues.
      They are in lock step with the Canberra elite which is ruled from the US – an empire that is in steep decline.
      Following the lead of the US munitions industry and Wall St bankers is suicidal for Australia.”


      The article says Australians are far more frightened of China than Taiwanese are. Taiwan is less than 100km from China
      Nobody expects USA to win a war against China
      The anti-China sentiment is making life hard for “Chinese” and they are swinging voters

      I agree with John Carter

    • “Following the lead of the US munitions industry and Wall St bankers is suicidal for Australia.”
      Very true and yet we are. Labor on a unity ticket with the Coalition on that stoopid. We’re strapping ourselves to the mast of a sinking hegemon.

  26. I have a piece up at The Story about the generally poor quality of journalism during the 2022 election campaign. Why is the media so obsessed with gaffes, while continuing to ignore policy?

    Lordy what an easy question. Any lazy dumbarse can churn out suitable crud about ‘gaffes’ for their MSM masters. Policy ? OMG no ! That requires actual knowledge, expertise,research, even original thought. In other words talent and work. The horror, the horror, I hear the media lizards cry.

    Besides, that is not what they are paid for. Good grief if they did that there is a very real risk the public may discover some actual facts and reality . That would make Rupert very unhappy.

    • I agree Kaffee, all progressives know about that. For a recent writing assignment, we had to pick a historical thing, change it and describe how it may have changed history.
      I wrote about what if men had not realised they provided the ‘seed’ for pregnancy would a matriarchal or equal society have developed? The premise is that Matriarchal worship is evidenced by pregnant and milt-mammery figurines from prehistoric times and this gave way to male-hero images and statues when humans worked out that women needed to mate with men to get pregnant. Before that pregnancy was a female mystery or their magic.

      I missed my chance. I should have written that Murdocks first newspaper, The Adelaide Advertiser, failed instead of succeeding, leading to Murdock giving up media ambitions, and then joining the Navy,

  27. He wasn’t so evil back in the Adelaide Advertiser days. There is even a story that Kieth Murdoch hired a private detective to spy on young Rupert because word had got to him that young Rupert was a bit too lefty 😆
    The struggling Adelaide News, under the ownership of a young Rupert Murdoch, began an investigative push that would increase its circulation by the thousands and set the trajectory for the future mogul……………..”It also had an impact on Australia, it sparked a campaign against the death sentence and helped Australia to make Indigenous rights an issue.”

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