20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

Yes, I did watch the funeral this evening – more about that some other time. Meanwhile, this is a fascinating post from Common Dreams. I, for one, find the analysis persuasive and terrifying. I commend it to The Pub’s attention.

A new book by one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers powerfully describes how America’s constitutional checks and balances are being pushed to the brink by a president who is consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s—when the Nazis took power in Germany.

In When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic, Burt Neuborne mostly focuses on how America’s constitutional foundation in 2019—an unrepresentative Congress, the Electoral College and a right-wing Supreme Court majority—is not positioned to withstand Trump’s extreme polarization and GOP power grabs. However, its second chapter, “Why the Sudden Concern About Fixing the Brakes?,” extensively details Trump’s mimicry of Hitler’s pre-war rhetoric and strategies.

Neuborne doesn’t make this comparison lightly. His 55-year career began by challenging the constitutionality of the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He became the ACLU’s national legal director in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan. He was founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School in the 1990s. He has been part of more than 200 Supreme Court cases and Holocaust reparation litigation.

“Why does an ignorant, narcissistic buffoon like Trump trigger such anxiety? Why do so many Americans feel it existentially (not just politically) important to resist our forty-fifth president?” he writes. “Partly it’s just aesthetics. Trump is such a coarse and appalling man that it’s hard to stomach his presence in Abraham Lincoln’s house. But that’s not enough to explain the intensity of my dread. LBJ was coarse. Gerald Ford and George W. Bush were dumb as rocks. Richard Nixon was an anti-Semite. Bill Clinton’s mistreatment of women dishonored his office. Ronald Reagan was a dangerous ideologue. I opposed each of them when they appeared to exceed their constitutional powers. But I never felt a sense of existential dread. I never sensed that the very existence of a tolerant democracy was in play.”

A younger Trump, according to his first wife’s divorce filings, kept and studied a book translating and annotating Adolf Hitler’s pre-World War II speeches in a locked bedside cabinet, Neuborne noted. The English edition of My New Order, published in 1941, also had analyses of the speeches’ impact on his era’s press and politics. “Ugly and appalling as they are, those speeches are masterpieces of demagogic manipulation,” Neuborne says.

“Watching Trump work his crowds, though, I see a dangerously manipulative narcissist unleashing the demagogic spells that he learned from studying Hitler’s speeches—spells that he cannot control and that are capable of eroding the fabric of American democracy,” Neuborne says. “You see, we’ve seen what these rhetorical techniques can do. Much of Trump’s rhetoric—as a candidate and in office—mirrors the strategies, even the language, used by Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s to erode German democracy.”

Many Americans may seize or condemn Neuborne’s analysis, which has more than 20 major points of comparison. The author repeatedly says his goal is not “equating” the men—as “it trivializes Hitler’s obscene crimes to compare them to Trump’s often pathetic foibles.”

Indeed, the book has a larger frame: whether federal checks and balances—Congress, the Supreme Court, the Electoral College—can contain the havoc that Trump thrives on and the Republican Party at large has embraced. But the Trump-Hitler compilation is a stunning warning, because, as many Holocaust survivors have said, few Germans or Europeans expected what unfolded in the years after Hitler amassed power.

Here’s how Neuborne introduces this section. Many recent presidents have been awful, “But then there was Donald Trump, the only president in recent American history to openly despise the twin ideals—individual dignity and fundamental equality—upon which the contemporary United States is built. When you confront the reality of a president like Trump, the state of both sets of brakes—internal [constitutional] and external [public resistance]—become hugely important because Donald Trump’s political train runs on the most potent and dangerous fuel of all: a steady diet of fear, greed, loathing, lies, and envy. It’s a toxic mixture that has destroyed democracies before, and can do so again.

“Give Trump credit,” he continues. “He did his homework well and became the twenty-first-century master of divisive rhetoric. We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader. The Nazis did not overthrow the Weimar Republic. It fell into their hands as the fruit of Hitler’s satanic ability to mesmerize enough Germans to trade their birthright for a pottage of scapegoating, short-term economic gain, xenophobia, and racism. It could happen here.”

20 Common Themes, Rhetorical Tactics and Dangerous Policies

Here are 20 serious points of comparison between the early Hitler and Trump:

1. Neither was elected by a majority. Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, receiving votes by 25.3 percent of all eligible American voters. “That’s just a little less than the percentage of the German electorate that turned to the Nazi Party in 1932–33,” Neuborne writes. “Unlike the low turnouts in the United States, turnout in Weimar Germany averaged just over 80 percent of eligible voters.” He continues, “Once installed as a minority chancellor in January 1933, Hitler set about demonizing his political opponents, and no one—not the vaunted, intellectually brilliant German judiciary; not the respected, well-trained German police; not the revered, aristocratic German military; not the widely admired, efficient German government bureaucracy; not the wealthy, immensely powerful leaders of German industry; and not the powerful center-right political leaders of the Reichstag—mounted a serious effort to stop him.”

2. Both found direct communication channels to their base. By 1936’s Olympics, Nazi narratives dominated German cultural and political life. “How on earth did Hitler pull it off? What satanic magic did Trump find in Hitler’s speeches?” Neuborne asks. He addresses Hitler’s extreme rhetoric soon enough, but notes that Hitler found a direct communication pathway—the Nazi Party gave out radios with only one channel, tuned to Hitler’s voice, bypassing Germany’s news media. Trump has an online equivalent.

“Donald Trump’s tweets, often delivered between midnight and dawn, are the twenty-first century’s technological embodiment of Hitler’s free plastic radios,” Neuborne says. “Trump’s Twitter account, like Hitler’s radios, enables a charismatic leader to establish and maintain a personal, unfiltered line of communication with an adoring political base of about 30–40 percent of the population, many (but not all) of whom are only too willing, even anxious, to swallow Trump’s witches’ brew of falsehoods, half-truths, personal invective, threats, xenophobia, national security scares, religious bigotry, white racism, exploitation of economic insecurity, and a never ending-search for scapegoats.”

3. Both blame others and divide on racial lines. As Neuborne notes, “Hitler used his single-frequency radios to wax hysterical to his adoring base about his pathological racial and religious fantasies glorifying Aryans and demonizing Jews, blaming Jews (among other racial and religious scapegoats) for German society’s ills.” That is comparable to “Trump’s tweets and public statements, whether dealing with black-led demonstrations against police violence, white-led racist mob violence, threats posed by undocumented aliens, immigration policy generally, protests by black and white professional athletes, college admission policies, hate speech, even response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico,” he says. Again and again, Trump uses “racially tinged messages calculated to divide whites from people of color.”

4. Both relentlessly demonize opponents. “Hitler’s radio harangues demonized his domestic political opponents, calling them parasites, criminals, cockroaches, and various categories of leftist scum,” Neuborne notes. “Trump’s tweets and speeches similarly demonize his political opponents. Trump talks about the country being ‘infested’ with dangerous aliens of color. He fantasizes about jailing Hillary Clinton, calls Mexicans rapists, refers to ‘shithole countries,’ degrades anyone who disagrees with him, and dreams of uprooting thousands of allegedly disloyal bureaucrats in the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the FBI, and the CIA, who he calls ‘the deep state’ and who, he claims, are sabotaging American greatness.”

5. They unceasingly attack objective truth. “Both Trump and Hitler maintained a relentless assault on the very idea of objective truth,” he continues. “Each began the assault by seeking to delegitimize the mainstream press. Hitler quickly coined the epithet Lügenpresse (literally ‘lying press’) to denigrate the mainstream press. Trump uses a paraphrase of Hitler’s lying press epithet—‘fake news’—cribbed, no doubt, from one of Hitler’s speeches. For Trump, the mainstream press is a ‘lying press’ that publishes ‘fake news.’” Hitler attacked his opponents as spreading false information to undermine his positions, Neuborne says, just as Trump has attacked “elites” for disseminating false news, “especially his possible links to the Kremlin.”

6. They relentlessly attack mainstream media. Trump’s assaults on the media echo Hitler’s, Neuborne says, noting that he “repeatedly attacks the ‘failing New York Times,’ leads crowds in chanting ‘CNN sucks,’ [and] is personally hostile to most reporters.” He cites the White House’s refusal to fly the flag at half-mast after the murder of five journalists in Annapolis in June 2018, Trump’s efforts to punish CNN by blocking a merger of its corporate parent, and trying to revoke federal Postal Service contracts held by Amazon, which was founded by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

7. Their attacks on truth include science. Neuborne notes, “Both Trump and Hitler intensified their assault on objective truth by deriding scientific experts, especially academics who question Hitler’s views on race or Trump’s views on climate change, immigration, or economics. For both Trump and Hitler, the goal is (and was) to eviscerate the very idea of objective truth, turning everything into grist for a populist jury subject to manipulation by a master puppeteer. In both Trump’s and Hitler’s worlds, public opinion ultimately defines what is true and what is false.”

8. Their lies blur reality—and supporters spread them. “Trump’s pathological penchant for repeatedly lying about his behavior can only succeed in a world where his supporters feel free to embrace Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ and treat his hyperbolic exaggerations as the gospel truth,” Neuborne says. “Once Hitler had delegitimized the mainstream media by a series of systematic attacks on its integrity, he constructed a fawning alternative mass media designed to reinforce his direct radio messages and enhance his personal power. Trump is following the same path, simultaneously launching bitter attacks on the mainstream press while embracing the so-called alt-right media, co-opting both Sinclair Broadcasting and the Rupert Murdoch–owned Fox Broadcasting Company as, essentially, a Trump Broadcasting Network.”

9. Both orchestrated mass rallies to show status. “Once Hitler had cemented his personal communications link with his base via free radios and a fawning media and had badly eroded the idea of objective truth, he reinforced his emotional bond with his base by holding a series of carefully orchestrated mass meetings dedicated to cementing his status as a charismatic leader, or Führer,” Neuborne writes. “The powerful personal bonds nurtured by Trump’s tweets and Fox’s fawning are also systematically reinforced by periodic, carefully orchestrated mass rallies (even going so far as to co-opt a Boy Scout Jamboree in 2017), reinforcing Trump’s insatiable narcissism and his status as a charismatic leader.”

10. They embrace extreme nationalism. “Hitler’s strident appeals to the base invoked an extreme version of German nationalism, extolling a brilliant German past and promising to restore Germany to its rightful place as a preeminent nation,” Neuborne says. “Trump echoes Hitler’s jingoistic appeal to ultranationalist fervor, extolling American exceptionalism right down to the slogan ‘Make America Great Again,’ a paraphrase of Hitler’s promise to restore German greatness.”

11. Both made closing borders a centerpiece. “Hitler all but closed Germany’s borders, freezing non-Aryan migration into the country and rendering it impossible for Germans to escape without official permission. Like Hitler, Trump has also made closed borders a centerpiece of his administration,” Neuborne continues. “Hitler barred Jews. Trump bars Muslims and seekers of sanctuary from Central America. When the lower courts blocked Trump’s Muslim travel ban, he unilaterally issued executive orders replacing it with a thinly disguised substitute that ultimately narrowly won Supreme Court approval under a theory of extreme deference to the president.”

12. They embraced mass detention and deportations. “Hitler promised to make Germany free from Jews and Slavs. Trump promises to slow, stop, and even reverse the flow of non-white immigrants, substituting Muslims, Africans, Mexicans, and Central Americans of color for Jews and Slavs as scapegoats for the nation’s ills. Trump’s efforts to cast dragnets to arrest undocumented aliens where they work, live, and worship, followed by mass deportation… echo Hitler’s promise to defend Germany’s racial identity,” he writes, also noting that Trump has “stooped to tearing children from their parents [as Nazis in World War II would do] to punish desperate efforts by migrants to find a better life.”

13. Both used borders to protect selected industries. “Like Hitler, Trump seeks to use national borders to protect his favored national interests, threatening to ignite protectionist trade wars with Europe, China, and Japan similar to the trade wars that, in earlier incarnations, helped to ignite World War I and World War II,” Neuborne writes. “Like Hitler, Trump aggressively uses our nation’s political and economic power to favor selected American corporate interests at the expense of foreign competitors and the environment, even at the price of international conflict, massive inefficiency, and irreversible pollution [climate change].”

14. They cemented their rule by enriching elites. “Hitler’s version of fascism shifted immense power—both political and financial—to the leaders of German industry. In fact, Hitler governed Germany largely through corporate executives,” he continues. “Trump has also presided over a massive empowerment—and enrichment—of corporate America. Under Trump, large corporations exercise immense political power while receiving huge economic windfalls and freedom from regulations designed to protect consumers and the labor force.

“Hitler despised the German labor movement, eventually destroying it and imprisoning its leaders. Trump also detests strong unions, seeking to undermine any effort to interfere with the prerogatives of management.”

15. Both rejected international norms. “Hitler’s foreign policy rejected international cooperation in favor of military and economic coercion, culminating in the annexation of the Sudetenland, the phony Hitler-Stalin nonaggression pact, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the horrors of global war,” Neuborne notes. “Like Hitler, Trump is deeply hostile to multinational cooperation, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the nuclear agreement with Iran, threatening to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, abandoning our Kurdish allies in Syria, and even going so far as to question the value of NATO, our post-World War II military alliance with European democracies against Soviet expansionism.”

16. They attack domestic democratic processes. “Hitler attacked the legitimacy of democracy itself, purging the voting rolls, challenging the integrity of the electoral process, and questioning the ability of democratic government to solve Germany’s problems,” Neuborne notes. “Trump has also attacked the democratic process, declining to agree to be bound by the outcome of the 2016 elections when he thought he might lose, supporting the massive purge of the voting rolls allegedly designed to avoid (nonexistent) fraud, championing measures that make it harder to vote, tolerating—if not fomenting—massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, encouraging mob violence at rallies, darkly hinting at violence if Democrats hold power, and constantly casting doubt on the legitimacy of elections unless he wins.”

17. Both attack the judiciary and rule of law. “Hitler politicized and eventually destroyed the vaunted German justice system. Trump also seeks to turn the American justice system into his personal playground,” Neuborne writes. “Like Hitler, Trump threatens the judicially enforced rule of law, bitterly attacking American judges who rule against him, slyly praising Andrew Jackson for defying the Supreme Court, and abusing the pardon power by pardoning an Arizona sheriff found guilty of criminal contempt of court for disobeying federal court orders to cease violating the Constitution.”

18. Both glorify the military and demand loyalty oaths. “Like Hitler, Trump glorifies the military, staffing his administration with layers of retired generals (who eventually were fired or resigned), relaxing control over the use of lethal force by the military and the police, and demanding a massive increase in military spending,” Neuborne writes. Just as Hitler “imposed an oath of personal loyalty on all German judges” and demanded courts defer to him, “Trump’s already gotten enough deference from five Republican [Supreme Court] justices to uphold a largely Muslim travel ban that is the epitome of racial and religious bigotry.”

Trump has also demanded loyalty oaths. “He fired James Comey, a Republican appointed in 2013 as FBI director by President Obama, for refusing to swear an oath of personal loyalty to the president; excoriated and then sacked Jeff Sessions, his handpicked attorney general, for failing to suppress the criminal investigation into… Trump’s possible collusion with Russia in influencing the 2016 elections; repeatedly threatened to dismiss Robert Mueller, the special counsel carrying out the investigation; and called again and again for the jailing of Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, leading crowds in chants of ‘lock her up.’” A new chant, “send her back,” has since emerged at Trump rallies directed at non-white Democratic congresswomen.

19. They proclaim unchecked power. “Like Hitler, Trump has intensified a disturbing trend that predated his administration of governing unilaterally, largely through executive orders or proclamations,” Neuborne says, citing the Muslim travel ban, trade tariffs, unraveling of health and environmental safety nets, ban on transgender military service, and efforts to end President Obama’s protection for Dreamers. “Like Hitler, Trump claims the power to overrule Congress and govern all by himself. In 1933, Hitler used the pretext of the Reichstag fire to declare a national emergency and seize the power to govern unilaterally. The German judiciary did nothing to stop him. German democracy never recovered.”

“When Congress refused to give Trump funds for his border wall even after he threw a tantrum and shut down the government, Trump, like Hitler, declared a phony national emergency and claimed the power to ignore Congress,” Neuborne continues. “Don’t count on the Supreme Court to stop him. Five justices gave the game away on the President’s unilateral travel ban. They just might do the same thing on the border wall.” It did in late July, ruling that Trump could divert congressionally appropriated funds from the Pentagon budget—undermining constitutional separation of powers.

20. Both relegate women to subordinate roles. “Finally,” writes Neuborne, “Hitler propounded a misogynistic, stereotypical view of women, valuing them exclusively as wives and mothers while excluding them from full participation in German political and economic life. Trump may be the most openly misogynist figure ever to hold high public office in the United States, crassly treating women as sexual objects, using nondisclosure agreements and violating campaign finance laws to shield his sexual misbehavior from public knowledge, attacking women who come forward to accuse men of abusive behavior, undermining reproductive freedom, and opposing efforts by women to achieve economic equality.”

Whither Constitutional Checks and Balances?

Most of Neuborne’s book is not centered on Trump’s fealty to Hitler’s methods and early policies. He notes, as many commentators have, that Trump is following the well-known contours of authoritarian populists and dictators: “there’s always a charismatic leader, a disaffected mass, an adroit use of communications media, economic insecurity, racial or religious fault lines, xenophobia, a turn to violence, and a search for scapegoats.”

The bigger problem, and the subject of most of the book, is that the federal architecture intended to be a check and balance against tyrants, is not poised to act. Congressional representation is fundamentally anti-democratic. In the Senate, politicians representing 18 percent of the national population—epicenters of Trump’s base—can cast 51 percent of the chamber’s votes. A Republican majority from rural states, representing barely 40 percent of the population, controls the chamber. It repeatedly thwarts legislation reflecting multicultural America’s values—and creates a brick wall for impeachment.

The House of Representatives is not much better. Until 2018, this decade’s GOP-majority House, a product of 2011’s extreme Republican gerrymanders, was also unrepresentative of the nation’s demographics. That bias still exists in the Electoral College, as the size of a state’s congressional delegation equals its allocation of votes. That formula is fair as far as House members go, but allocating votes based on two senators per state hurts urban America. Consider that California’s population is 65 times larger than Wyoming’s.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s majority remains in the hands of justices appointed by Republican presidents—and favors that party’s agenda. Most Americans are unaware that the court’s partisan majority has only changed twice since the Civil War—in 1937, when a Democratic-appointed majority took over, and in 1972, when a Republican-appointed majority took over. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blocking of President Obama’s final nominee thwarted a twice-a-century change. Today’s hijacked Supreme Court majority has only just begun deferring to Trump’s agenda.

Neuborne wants to be optimistic that a wave of state-based resistance, call it progressive federalism, could blunt Trump’s power grabs and help the country return to a system embracing, rather than demonizing, individual dignity and fundamental equality. But he predicts that many Americans who supported Trump in 2016 (largely, he suggests, because their plights have been overlooked for many years by federal power centers and by America’s capitalist hubs) won’t desert Trump—not while he’s in power.

“When tyrants like Hitler are ultimately overthrown, their mass support vanishes retroactively—everyone turns out to have been in the resistance—but the mass support was undeniably there,” he writes. “There will, of course, be American quislings who will enthusiastically support an American tyrant. There always are—everywhere.”

Ultimately, Neuborne doesn’t expect there will be a “constitutional mechanic in the sky ready to swoop down and save American democracy from Donald Trump at the head of a populist mob.” Whatever Trump thinks he is or isn’t doing, his rhetorical and strategic role model—the early Hitler—is what makes Trump and today’s GOP so dangerous.

“Even if all that Trump is doing is marching to that populist drum, he is unleashing forces that imperil the fragile fabric of a multicultural democracy,” Neuborne writes. “But I think there’s more. The parallels—especially the links between Lügenpresse and ‘fake news,’ and promises to restore German greatness and ‘Make America Great Again’—are just too close to be coincidental. I’m pretty sure that Trump’s bedside study of Hitler’s speeches—especially the use of personal invective, white racism, and xenophobia—has shaped the way Trump seeks to gain political power in our time. I don’t for a moment believe that Trump admires what Hitler eventually did with his power [genocide], but he damn well admires—and is successfully copying—the way that Hitler got it.”


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Steven Rosenfeld is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a national political reporter focusing on democracy issues. He has reported for nationwide public radio networks, websites, and newspapers and produced talk radio and music podcasts. He has written five books, including profiles of campaigns, voter suppression, voting rights guides, and a WWII survival story currently being made into a film. His latest book is Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election (Hot Books, March 2018).

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    The government will abolish the cashless debit card from four of the original trial sites across Australia, but a form of involuntary income management for welfare recipients will continue in the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland, explains Hamish Hastie.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-hopeful-cashless-debit-card-could-be-abolished-by-next-week-20220923-p5bkmk.html
    Experts say agents often list properties for much less than they’re worth to lure in buyers – and regulators ‘don’t seem to care’, explains Caitlin Cassidy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/24/price-baiting-the-blatant-and-sometimes-tactic-frustrating-australian-house-hunters
    The SMH editorial declares that the Optus cyber attack should be a reminder to take security seriously.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/optus-cyber-attack-a-reminder-to-take-security-seriously-20220923-p5bklb.html
    Optus’ rapid disclosure of its massive customer hack was messy – but also the right call, says Nick Bonyhady.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/optus-rapid-disclosure-of-its-massive-customer-hack-was-messy-but-also-the-right-call-20220923-p5bkfp.html
    Angus Thompson tells us that Peter Dutton has ended the nation’s bipartisan ceasefire following Queen Elizabeth’s death two weeks ago by attacking the government’s approach to the Voice referendum on a day many Indigenous MPs spoke of the effects of British colonisation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/opposition-leader-accuses-government-of-making-up-voice-plan-on-the-run-20220923-p5bkk4.html
    Michaela Whitbourn reports on the first day of trial in the Crikey/Murdoch case where the Murdoch lawyer cried foul and was told by the judge to keep the hyperbole at the door.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/crikey-mocking-lachlan-murdoch-on-public-billboards-court-told-20220923-p5bken.html
    In her weekly media roundup Amanda Meade also touches on the trial.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/sep/23/crikey-and-lachlan-murdochs-lawyers-have-first-day-in-court-as-judge-warns-of-hyperbole
    The arrests of anti-monarchy protesters in Britain have raised concerns about the freedom of speech, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/offence-by-another-name-suppressing-anti-royal-protest-in-britain,16796
    According to Peter Ryan, it will go down in history as the competing AFL grand final teams floated up the Yarra as part of the pre-game festivities. It was hilarious but not an idea that needs repeating as it left participants and fans bemused. He reckons it was all Gill McLachlan’s idea.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/afl-grand-final-parade-the-yarra-s-grand-final-farce-all-gill-igan-s-idea-20220923-p5bkkf.html
    The greatest scandal to engulf the AFL is a story about race and a story about trauma. But at its heart sits a small group of women who could no longer stay silent, writes Caroline Wilson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/we-were-watching-those-blokes-break-the-hawthorn-women-who-would-not-stay-silent-20220919-p5bj8u.html
    Young teachers in NSW are quitting lucrative permanent positions at the highest rate in 13 years, with one in nine now leaving the profession within five years, reports Daniella White.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/young-nsw-teachers-quitting-in-record-numbers-20220923-p5bkfq.html
    The NSW health watchdog has been given the power to shut alternative health clinics, such as naturopaths and chiropractors, for not operating in a safe and ethical way. I reckon the scope should be increased even further.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/alternative-health-clinics-that-don-t-comply-with-code-of-conduct-face-closure-20220920-p5bjlr.html
    Dear old Gerard in his weekly whine goes all in on the BBC as well as the ABC on “cancel culture”. I hope he feels better.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/cancel-culture-means-no-dissent-or-battle-of-ideas/news-story/46946363b5095215a80907ea8eb9a1ab

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  3. “Reports that Labor is in talks with Peter Dutton over the looming Federal Integrity Commission laws have sparked alarm the anti-corruption body might be weakened. Callum Foote reports on the timing, the critical detail, the delays and the latest scare.”

    One report actually, It’s just Phil the Dill, well-known Lib Shill, trying to feel important now he is no longer getting direct news drops (aka propaganda) from the PMO. He is relying on the use of the word “could” to stir up trouble. Ignore his pro-Liberal drivel.

    Doesn’t Phil know that legislation has to pass both houses? Does he not realise that Labor has the numbers to pass bills through the Reps all on their own? Why would Labor want to alienate the Greens and the indies when they need them, not the Coalition, to pass their bills in the Senate?

    Dutton is irrelevant now, so is the Coalition. Does Phil not realise that?

    • “Phil the Dill, well-known Lib Shill”

      Brilliantly put Leone, gave me a good laugh to start my day 😀

  4. Something that really pisses me off is ignoramuses saying if Australia becomes a republic we will have to leave the Commonwealth.

    No. We. Won’t.

    • All it would mean is one fewer glorified sports carnivals for Australian athletes, swimmers etc to compete in. As I have zero interest in sports carnivals for adults this would be a Good Thing.

      Considering the overdose of royalty we have had to endure for the last two weeks – at least those dependent on Their ABC for “entertainment” – seeing all that slavish toadying gone would be another Good Thing, especially as we will have to endure it all again when Charles is crowned next year, and when he too kicks the bucket.

  5. Whoa, those NSW state polls took me by surprise. For the past 2 years, Labor’s primary vote was slumping at around 28-34%, but with these two it’s shot up to over 40%.

    Something big must have changed recently, and I do hope that it holds up in March next year.

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This is what I could filter out od this morning’s sport overload.

    Anthony Galloway reports that political parties would face a cap on how much they can spend during an election campaign under a suite of measures being considered by the Albanese government to overhaul the nation’s electoral funding laws.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/we-intend-to-legislate-labor-considering-caps-on-election-spending-and-public-funding-20220922-p5bk7r.html
    Here’s an interview Peter FitzSimons has done with Jim Chalmers. A good insight on Chalmers here.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bigger-fish-to-fry-jim-chalmers-on-bracelets-booze-keating-and-tax-cuts-20220922-p5bk90.html
    The AFR tells us that Energy Minister Chris Bowen will warn Australia faces an ‘enormous task’ in meeting its newly legislated carbon emissions targets, with the heavy reliance on Chinese solar panels a key energy security risk.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/chinese-solar-a-key-risk-to-australia-s-2030-climate-goal-bowen-20220923-p5bkit
    Credit bureau Equifax expects credit scores to deteriorate as the costs of living rise, leaving those who tell lies on loan applications more likely fall behind on repayments, explains John Collett.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/planning-and-budgeting/why-loan-application-fibs-are-about-to-get-more-risky-20220923-p5bki7.html
    Political historian Paul Stranglo tells us how Dan Andrews’ activist style is all part of creating a big legacy.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/dan-andrews-activist-style-all-part-of-creating-a-big-legacy-20220922-p5bk4n.html
    Australia’s paid parental leave system still looks miserly compared to other Western democracies. But pressure is mounting on the Albanese government to shift the dial, writes Jacqui Maley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/tony-abbott-was-a-friend-to-working-women-yes-you-read-that-right-20220922-p5bk8x.html
    John Dwyer writes about the right-wing media outraged by Australia’s Covid 19 response.
    https://johnmenadue.com/our-right-wing-media-is-outraged-by-australias-gross-overreaction-to-the-arrival-of-covid-19/
    Australia would buy nuclear submarines from the United States by the middle of the next decade to give it more time to be able to build the boats onshore under a plan being considered by the Albanese government, writes Anthony Galloway.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australia-considering-buying-first-few-nuclear-submarines-from-the-us-instead-of-building-them-onshore-20220924-p5bkoa.html
    Binoy Kampmark writes, “The latest revelation in the Morrison Mendacity Roadshow came in a leaked document authored by a former Department of Defence deputy secretary, Kim Gillis, a key figure in submarine contract negotiations with the French Naval Group.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/i-do-not-think-i-know-scott-morrisons-submarine-deception/
    Authorities are investigating the authenticity of a threat to allegedly sell millions of customers’ personal information online unless telecommunications company Optus pays $US1 million ($1.53 million) in cryptocurrency to the hackers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/technology/optus-investigating-us1-million-ransom-threat-for-allegedly-stolen-data-20220924-p5bkog.html
    Some good advice here from Nicole Pederson-McKinnon on the importance of getting powers of attorney in place in a timely manner.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/planning-and-budgeting/help-my-mother-has-dementia-but-they-won-t-cancel-her-credit-card-20220923-p5bkja.html
    King Charles’ accession will not make the Australian republican cause any easier, opines Trent Zimmerman.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/25/king-charles-accession-will-not-make-the-australian-republican-cause-any-easier
    Gerry Georgatos argues why Medicare must be accessible for prisoners.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/medicare-must-be-accessible-for-prisoners,16798
    US anti-abortion extremists are already waging war on IVF, warns Arwa Mahdawi.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/24/republicans-ivf-abortion-week-in-patriarchy
    Attempts by Donald Trump to delay the criminal investigation into his unlawful retention of government secrets have been largely thwarted after the Department of Justice regained access to about 100 documents with classified markings that the FBI seized from the former US president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/24/donald-trump-investigation-mar-a-lago-legal-woes

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  7. I bet youse can hardly wait for today’s Insiders – David Speers is going to interview Jane Hume.

    Well might you ask “Who?”

    Her only claim to fame is her alleged affair with Scollum, which speaks volumes about her gullibility and her total lack of taste, should it be true. Speers will not be asking her about THAT. What a shame.

    The panel features the odious James Campbell for the eleventy-fifth time this year, plus Samantha Maiden for extra Murdoch bias. The panel list needs to be reorganised urgently.

    Just as well I haven’t watched this appalling drivel for at least 10 years!

  8. Who wants to guess the result if the ‘Referendum’ just conducted by Russia in the Occupied Territories if Ukraine?

    Seeing armed soldiers, some in balaklavas, turn up at your door, demand to fill out the ballot paper in front of them before taking it in a clear perspex box is not conducive to bucking the expectations of a pro-Russia vote. Nor is it if you go to a polling station with no private booths and clear polling box.

    I give odds of 100 to one on, (bet 100 to win 1) that the ‘Yes I want to join Russia’ result will be 98%.

  9. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    A series of federal government programs worth billions of dollars that funnelled money into Coalition-held seats ahead of the past three elections will be the focus of a parliamentary investigation that could back new regulations to prevent future pork-barrelling. Shane Wright tells us that yesterday the parliament’s joint House and Senate audit committee revealed it would look at six separate funds as part of an inquiry that will drag into next year, causing political headaches for Coalition MPs who oversaw some of the contentious programs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/car-parks-and-pickleball-courts-7b-of-coalition-handouts-in-crosshairs-20220923-p5bkkg.html
    Michael Pascoe says that everyone knows what’s needed for serious taxation reform, but none is game.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/09/26/michael-pascoe-tax-reform-jim-chalmers/
    David Crowe reports that Australians have backed the idea of an Indigenous Voice by a clear majority of 64 per cent in favour of draft wording from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to give First Nations people a more powerful say in national affairs
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/voters-back-the-voice-but-there-s-doubt-over-what-they-re-backing-20220923-p5bklx.html
    He says the poll shows many people are willing the Voice to succeed even though the details remain unclear. That’s where the work begins for Labor.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-s-biggest-enemy-on-the-voice-to-parliament-is-confusion-20220925-p5bkw1.html
    The SMH editorial says that Australia wants the Voice and tt’s time for the campaign to begin.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-wants-the-voice-it-s-time-for-the-campaign-to-begin-20220925-p5bkw9.html
    Interest rates aren’t just climbing on household mortgages. Rates on government debt have soared, carving a fresh $120 billion hole in the federal budget, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/skyrocketing-interest-rates-carve-new-120-billion-hole-in-budget-20220923-p5bkg5.html
    Ross Gittins argues that monetary policy is no longer fit for purpose.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/monetary-policy-is-no-longer-fit-for-purpose-20220925-p5bkto.html
    Jacob Greber writes that Chris Bowen has effectively told the Greens he will not be held ransom by demands to turn a key emissions reduction mechanism into an anti-gas crusade, with the most material changes to be done by regulation.

    Optus customers are frustrated with a lack of information from the telco and getting the run-around when trying to change their driver’s licence number and other personal information to prevent identity theft, reports Anna Patty.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/frustrated-optus-customers-get-the-run-around-20220925-p5bksf.html
    North Shore Liberal MP Felicity Wilson is the next confirmed target of a burgeoning independents movement aimed at unseating government members at the March NSW state election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/north-shore-seat-in-firing-line-of-teal-army-mobilising-for-state-election-20220925-p5bkt5.html
    And Matthew Knott reports that recriminations have continued to flow over the defeat of controversial candidate Katherine Deves at the May election, with Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg telling local members the way they were treated by party head office ahead of polling day was a “complete disgrace” and “outrage”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/disgrace-and-outrage-liberal-bloodletting-continues-over-warringah-defeat-20220924-p5bkoo.html
    The government wants to make good quality financial advice more accessible. But while everyone agrees the system is broken, there’s less agreement on how to fix it, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/how-to-make-good-financial-advice-affordable-20220925-p5bkvk
    Kate Aubusson reports that almost half the trainee doctors in NSW hospitals are so overworked and exhausted that they have made medical mistakes, raising grave concerns that the burnout affecting the state’s junior medicos is putting patients at risk.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/the-doctors-sleeping-under-desks-because-they-re-too-tired-to-drive-20220922-p5bk5i.html
    Simon Kuestenmacher tells us what the census tells us about mental health in Australia.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/2022/09/24/the-stats-guy-census-mental-health/
    State governments which have dragged their heels on delivering on their commitments under the Murray-Darling Basin plan are now risking a federal government takeover of water policy after June 2024, writes Anne Davies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/25/time-is-running-out-on-the-murray-darling-plan-should-tanya-plibersek-reach-for-the-big-guns
    Melissa Heagney writes that a typical working couple can spend $260,000 less at house auctions than five months ago – and the falls aren’t over yet.
    https://www.theage.com.au/property/news/home-buyers-budgets-slashed-by-hundreds-of-thousands-pushing-property-prices-down-20220923-p5bkjw.html
    Elenie Poulos explores the question, “Did the Morrison government change the relationship between religion and politics in Australia?”
    https://theconversation.com/did-the-morrison-government-change-the-relationship-between-religion-and-politics-in-australia-190650
    Toyota has been identified as a major roadblock to electric vehicle transition, delaying climate action by refusing to set phase-out dates for fossil fuel engines, writes David Ritter.
    https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/toyota-tanks-on-clean-cars-while-coasting-on-climate-friendly-reputation,16793
    According to Jocelyn Choy, Australia’s defence policy is based on an assumed “China Threat”. If this assumption is maintained, it will be used to justify increased defence spending and a closer defence engagement with the United States and other “like-minded” countries, including Quad and AUKUS partners.
    https://johnmenadue.com/defence-strategic-review-china-is-not-a-military-threat/
    A secretive torture training program has caused debilitating and unnecessary trauma to some Australian soldiers by forcing them into shocking acts of humiliation, including the simulated rape of child dolls and masturbating sex toys over bibles, a whistleblower has alleged.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/26/australian-soldier-alleges-torture-survival-course-involved-simulated-child-and-left-him-with-ptsd
    Corporate greed, not wages, is behind inflation. It’s time for price controls, urges Robert Reich.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/25/inflation-price-controls-robert-reich
    In a world first, NASA’s DART mission is about to smash into an asteroid. Professor Steven Tingay tells us what we might learn.
    https://theconversation.com/in-a-world-first-nasas-dart-mission-is-about-to-smash-into-an-asteroid-what-will-we-learn-189391
    George Brandis writes that Vladimir Putin is fighting two wars, only one of them with bullets.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/putin-is-fighting-two-wars-only-one-of-them-with-bullets-20220922-p5bk91.html
    Marin Farmer tells us about a Ponzi scheme by any other name, the bursting of China’s property bubble.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/25/china-property-bubble-evergrande-group

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  10. Rishworth and assistant social services minister Justine Elliot said they had visited every CDC community and undertaken consultation about their plans to abolish the program. The Coalition members claimed the ministers had not visited those sites before making the election promise, and accused the government of only listening to a select group of people in those communities.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/sep/26/australian-politics-anthony-albanese-peter-dutton-mark-dreyfus-integrity-corruption-canberra#top-of-blog

    M R-D.

    • The media – even The Guardian, which to their credit apologised and presented an updated report – have been lying through their teeth about the CDC. So much so that Kathryn Wilkes of No Cashless Debit Card Australia has had several Facebook rants about these lies.

      It seems the media do not want to understand the difference between the CDC and the Basics Card, and are deliberately confusing them. All designed to make it seem Labor is going back on an election promise, of course.

  11. Hurrah for the first King’s Birthday long weekend out here in The Cave. The weather, very nice indeed.

    • I’m confused Kaff, is it Charlie’s or Liz’s birthday? I didn’t think either were born on the 26th of September, and most of the T’othersiders did it in June, except the Banana Benders who will do it in October I think.

      What’s going on?

  12. This is our normal ‘Queen’s Birthday’ weekend holiday so just a name change and stuffed if I know why this date. A quick look at past monarch’s birthdays comes up with nothing. Looking at the date the T’othersiders look to have not bothered changing after Ed VIII or George V. Maybe it was just a nice time of year for a long weekend , Spring and al that 🙂
    Chas 14 th Nov
    Liz 21st April
    George VI 14th Dec
    Ed VIII 23rd June
    George V 3rd June
    Ed VII 9th Nov.
    Victoria 24th May.

  13. Q+A has really gone full-on RWNJ –

    Also appearing – Bridget McKenzie, jacqui Lambie and Ed Husic. Only one is worth tuning in for, and he will be the one constantly interrupted/talked over by Jones.

    • What a battle, Jones and Grant, so much FIGJAM in such a small space I fear a black hole may form as the FIFJAM field collapses in on itself.

  14. That has ‘driven me to drink” . About to crack open my first beer since the election. Just back from lunch at Kings Park in Perth on Kings Birthday ,crikey what a royalist lol. But the magic ingredient was the weather. After a false start to Spring, followed by a month+ of crap, today has been ‘good to be alive’ weather to the max. Unfortunately I think the entire population of Perth also thought it would be a great day for a trip up to Kings Park.
    For those not from The Cave a couple of pics from the park. Right in Perth 1,000 acres of mainly bush

    .

    • Gina is an honorary chap though. As you’d expect from the offspring of Lang. The two biggest FMDs in that list are Hadley and Murray, loud mouthed lard arsed bullies. That Adolph Kipfler lists shoutback radio sewerage kings as influences immediately disqualifies him from office.

  15. Great to see people living with disabilities on the board of the NDIA. This would never have happened under Scollum.

  16. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Australian Federal Police have launched Operation Hurricane, a global hunt to identify the hackers behind the massive Optus cyberattack, as the Albanese government flagged introducing large fines for future breaches and overhauling the nation’s data retention laws. Matthew Knott and Nick Bonyhady tell us how Claire O’Neill has been less than impressed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/huge-wake-up-call-optus-to-offer-credit-monitoring-as-government-threatens-big-fines-20220926-p5bl0t.html
    Companies may face multimillion-dollar fines for failing to protect customer data from hackers, as Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil rebuked Optus over its data breach that has affected almost 10 million Australians. As class action law firms circle and Optus promised customers credit monitoring services free-of-charge to shield them from scams, Ms O’Neil vowed to overhaul laws regulating the storage of consumer data.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/telecommunications/minister-rebukes-optus-for-breach-we-should-not-expect-to-see-20220926-p5bkzr
    Optus customers say they are growing increasingly angry and frustrated at the poor communication from their mobile provider over the massive customer data breach that left millions vulnerable to identity fraud. Josh Taylor reports that in the four days since Optus first reported that up to 10 million customers had personal information taken in a data breach, customers have been left scratching their heads over how Optus has communicated with them.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/27/optus-customers-exasperated-by-chatbots-and-rubbish-communication-after-data-breach
    The federal corruption watchdog will be given the power to investigate anyone who tries to induce public officials to engage in dishonest conduct, widening its scope to capture “third parties” in the pivotal reform to improve integrity in government. David Crowe writes that ehe new commission will also be able to probe schemes that allow federal ministers to hand out public funds in discretionary grants, subjecting the “pork barrelling” programs to greater scrutiny when the actions raise concerns about serious or systemic corruption.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/third-parties-to-be-covered-by-anti-corruption-commission-20220926-p5bl40.html
    Australia needs a national independent anti-corruption body. But its remit should be confined to genuinely corrupt conduct and should not cover matters of integrity that are essentially political, urges the AFR’s editorial. It says its remit should be confined to genuinely corrupt conduct at the level of federal government – defined as abuse of public office for private gain – and, by and large, should not cover matters such as pork barrelling scandals that are essentially political.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/federal-watchdog-must-root-out-genuine-corruption-20220925-p5bkvv
    Meanwhile, the federal government’s audit of grants allocated by the Coalition has identified millions of dollars across more than 100 community development projects that could be axed in the October budget. Guardian Australia understands there are about 120 projects under the Community Development Grants program that are in Labor’s sights. They were committed by the former government but not yet contracted.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/27/federal-community-grants-audit-uncovers-millions-of-dollars-in-projects-now-facing-axe
    James Robertson writes that the government will seek to thread the needle this week when it introduces legislation for a national anti-corruption bill – as the Coalition and crossbench MPs express totally different reservations about supporting it.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/09/25/government-anti-corruption-bill/
    Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ hopes of quickly repairing the federal budget face fresh headwinds with warnings the global economy has stalled and will struggle to recover next year due to the war in Ukraine and rising interest rates. The OECD believes the Australian economy will expand by 4.1 per cent this calendar year, down 0.1 percentage point on its June forecasts, with growth to drop to just 2 per cent in 2023. That is half a percentage point lower than it predicted almost four months ago.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/higher-rates-and-ukraine-war-force-downgrade-to-australian-economy-20220926-p5bkys.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW voters have spread the blame for rolling public sector strikes on both the NSW government and the unions as almost one-third of people say they have been affected by various industrial action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/a-pox-on-both-houses-voters-turn-on-government-and-unions-over-train-disruptions-20220925-p5bkrp.html
    Lisa Visentin reveals that, in an email, the senator’s former chief-of-staff apologised to Aboriginal elders for a meeting in June 2021, describing Lydia Thorpe’s conduct as “appalling”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/leaked-email-reveals-greens-staffer-scared-and-in-shock-after-lidia-thorpe-s-truly-awful-outburst-20220905-p5bfdn.html
    Veterans’ access to compensation and rehabilitation will be simplified under a government promise to overhaul the slow and complex system that has been blamed for contributing to defence suicides. Angus Thompson writes that Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh apologised to the defence community for the barriers faced by veterans seeking support as he handed down the government’s response to the interim report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, published last month.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/veterans-promised-greater-access-to-help-after-royal-commission-report-20220926-p5bl32.html
    When Australia signed up to the AUKUS pact, it committed to enormously expensive nuclear-powered submarines. And if rumours of the US taking over their construction are true, there will be little if any benefit to Australian workers, writes Rex Patrick. As for strategic benefits …
    https://michaelwest.com.au/aukus-was-a-tough-sell-already-and-now-it-seems-local-industry-will-miss-out/
    Forcing Asian countries to choose between the USA and China is unlikely to work. Even close Asian allies of the US have shown that they prefer to go their own way in geopolitics, writes Iyanatul Islam.
    https://johnmenadue.com/dealing-with-the-china-threat-an-asian-perspective/
    “Is Putin, the cornered rat, bluffing on the nuclear threat?”, wonders Peter Hartcher. He concludes with, “In fact, maybe we’re misreading the metaphor of the cornered rat. So far, it’s not Russia but Ukraine that’s behaved like a cornered rat, fighting with desperate determination against all odds. In Putin’s story, the rat won.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/is-putin-the-cornered-rat-bluffing-on-the-nuclear-threat-20220925-p5bkw4.html
    Sewage in NSW will be tested for poliovirus following the detection of the virus in London and New York, where an unvaccinated man in his 20s was paralysed by poliomyelitis in July. Angus Dalton tells us that NSW Health said it was working with Sydney Water to roll out testing “as soon as possible”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-to-test-wastewater-for-polio-as-soon-as-possible-20220926-p5bl2w.html
    The price of petrol is about to leap, as the previous government’s temporary halving of the fuel excise tax comes to an end this week. Nobody likes price hikes, but cutting fuel taxes was never the solution to our cost-of-living crisis and has probably done more harm than good, say the Grattan Institute’s Marion Terrill and Natasha Bradshaw.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-petrol-excise-tax-break-is-about-to-end-good-riddance-20220926-p5bl28.html
    Shane Wright tells us that shadow treasurer Angus Taylor has signalled the Coalition is prepared to look at far-reaching tax reform while opening the door to shaking up the way the health, welfare and education systems are run. Oh, yeah.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tax-reform-could-take-inflation-pressures-off-economy-taylor-20220926-p5bkyz.html
    Without radical tax reform, Australia faces an insoluble public finance problem, argues Satyajit Das.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/25/without-radical-tax-reform-australia-faces-an-insoluble-public-finance-problem
    Tim Costello calls for stronger, national curbs on gambling.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/we-need-stronger-national-curbs-on-gambling/news-story/de5391dac6660b08e775bbb2221b3d3a
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has abandoned his bid for a High Court appeal in his failed defamation case over a six-word tweet. Dutton launched Federal Court defamation proceedings in April last year against refugee advocate Shane Bazzi over a tweet in February that year accusing him of being a “rape apologist”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/peter-dutton-abandons-high-court-bid-in-failed-defamation-case-20220926-p5bl6b.html
    Late last week the Bank of Japan intervened in currency markets for the first time in almost a quarter of a century, hoping to arrest an alarming slide in the value of the yen. It’s an exercise almost doomed to failure. Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how the Japanese central bank’s decision to buy yen to prop up its value came after the yen broke through the 145 yen to the dollar level after depreciating about 20 per cent against the dollar this year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-yen-has-cracked-and-no-one-is-coming-to-its-rescue-20220926-p5bkyj.html
    And Karen Maley writes that hedge funds are lifting their bets on a sharp rise in Italian bond yields after Italians elected an extreme-right coalition to lead the country.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/bracing-for-a-fresh-euro-zone-debt-crisis-20220926-p5bkyw
    Right thinking Australians ought to want their nation to be a republic led by a president rather than by a protestant King or Queen of England. Even the local self-effacing should want it if only for international and national self-respect, says Jack Waterford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/no-guts-no-glory-in-deposing-the-king/
    Ambrose Evans-Pritchard describes the UK cluster bomb of tax cuts as a reckless gamble.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-uk-cluster-bomb-of-tax-cuts-is-a-reckless-gamble-20220926-p5bl36.html
    The White House switchboard dialled a phone associated with a January 6 rioter after it was clear the deadly Capitol attack had failed to prevent the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new book.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/26/white-house-call-january-6-rioter-denver-riggleman-book-the-breach
    Melvin Goodman writes about the dangerous civilian-military chasm in America.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-dangerous-civilian-military-chasm-in-america/
    Shutting down the internet is another brutal blow against women by the Iranian regime, writes Azadeh Akbari.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/26/elon-musk-iran-women-mahsa-amini-feminists-morality-police

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  17. I wonder if this had anything to do with Dutton’s attempts to soften his image, especially coming just before last night’s Four Corners story? No, I did not watch that and have no intention of watching.

    Peter Dutton’s defamation case against refugee activist Shane Bazzi ends with resolution
    Bazzi will not face prospect of high court overturning earlier win and Dutton will not pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/26/peter-duttons-defamation-case-against-refugee-activist-shane-bazzi-ends-with-resolution

  18. Good stuff

    Mark Dreyfus is now going through the principles of the bill:

    The Albanese government’s National Anti-Corruption Commission will investigate serious or systemic corrupt conduct across the entire Federal public sector. It will be built on the following design principles:

    A broad jurisdiction: the commission will have broad jurisdiction to investigate serious or systemic corrupt conduct across the Commonwealth public sector by ministers, parliamentarians and their staff, statutory office holders, employees of all government entities and government contractors.

    Independent: the commission will operate independent of government with discretion to commence inquiries into serious or systemic corruption on its own initiative or in response to referrals, including from whistleblowers and the public.

    Oversight: The commission will be overseen by a statutory, parliamentary joint committee empowered to require the commission to provide information about its work.

    Retrospective powers: The commission will have power to investigate allegations of serious or systemic corruption that occurred before or after its establishment.

    Public hearings: The commission will have power to hold public hearings in exceptional circumstances and where it is in the public interest to do so.

    Findings: The commission will be empowered to make findings of fact, including findings of corrupt conduct and refer findings that could constitute criminal conduct to the Australian Federal Police or the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Procedural fairness: The commission will operate with procedural fairness and its findings will be subject to judicial review.

    The legislation also provides strong protections for whistleblowers and exemptions for journalists to protect the identity of their sources.

    I look forward to introducing the bill tomorrow.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2022/sep/27/australian-politics-corruption-watchdog-mark-dreyfus-anthony-albanese-parliament-optus-hack-data-privacy#top-of-blog

    • That looks damned good. How sad it is to see the Coalition crews’ big wish, no retrospective investigations , is in there 🙂

  19. From BK’s links we learn that the AFR’s editorial says that pork barreling shouldn’t be examined by the new NACC because is is a political act.

    BULLSHIT

    Taxes are raised from all and should be spent where there is a need. Pork barreling is where taxes are spent to benefit a particular bunch of electors whose need is less than that of others. That’s CORRUPT.

    • +100 It has set mu blood boiling for years that the euphemism ‘pork barreling’ is in use. It is and alwaysnwas a corruption of the system. It is corruption.

  20. Lot of people want open hearings for the NACC (they want to see the dirty laundry).

    Quite right that the Commissioner should decide what is open and what is not. Something you would not want dictated by legislation or a Minister.

    • I think closed investigations are the right way to go, Investigating dirty laundry can also involve investigating people who are entirely innocent, sadly it’s easy to imagine the MSM running with banner headlines. “JOE BLOGGS INVESTIGATED BY CORRUPTION WATCHDOG”

    • Open whenever possible but of course not always open. There will be many cases where that would not be desirable. The ‘exceptional circumstances’ sounds a bit of a high bar though. Perhaps that is in there as a bargaining point with the ‘Teals’ . Labor lowers that bar a touch and the Teals get to claim a victory, meanwhile Labor loses nothing. Everyone happy………………….. well everyone except Adolph Kipfler’s happy happy joy joy crew.

  21. Bad news for Scollum –

    Scott Morrison and Alan Tudge could be called before robodebt royal commission
    Royal commissioner says inquiry’s focus will be on those who had or should have had oversight over the automated debt recovery scheme
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/27/scott-morrison-and-alan-tudge-could-be-called-before-robodebt-royal-commission

    I hope Scollum is called because the Robodebt fiasco had his grubby pawprints all over it. He was Minister for Social Services when the scheme was created, Treasurer when it was funded and the PM who refused to do anything to rein in his pet program.

    It fits right in with his habit of attacking those on social security. How anyone responsible for inflicting so much misery has the galll to call himself a “Christian” is something I will never understand. He’s much more like an Anti-Christ

  22. Pauline Hanson was branded a “scumbag” by a fellow senator during a highly charged parliamentary debate in the wake of an incendiary tweet Hanson posted about Greens politician Mehreen Faruqi.

    The Greens introduced a motion on Tuesday calling on the Senate to censure Hanson “for her divisive, anti-migrant and racist statement telling senator Faruqi to ‘piss off back to Pakistan’, which does not reflect the opinions of the Australian Senate or the Australian people”.

    Labor and the Coalition amended the Greens censure push, with the major parties voting to remove Hanson’s name and her comments from the motion, instead replacing those words with a general call for respectful debate.

    Immediately afterwards, in her own speech on the motion, Hanson angrily refused to retract her earlier statements and doubled down by saying she would “take [Faruqi] to the airport”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/27/pauline-hanson-branded-absolute-scumbag-during-heated-parliamentary-debate-over-tweet

  23. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe says Albanese has a watchdog choice – to align with Dutton on secret hearings or to wedge him.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-s-watchdog-choice-to-align-with-dutton-on-secret-hearings-or-to-wedge-him-20220927-p5blff.html
    John Lord reckons Albanese should put niceties aside in the NACC negotiation.
    https://theaimn.com/put-niceties-aside-albo/
    Meanwhile, a crossbench campaign will demand crucial changes to Labor’s plan for a national corruption commission in a bid to encourage more public hearings after the government unveiled a $262 million pledge on the new watchdog.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/row-brewing-over-corruption-watchdog-secrecy-20220927-p5ble9.html
    The SMH editorial says, “The lack of a serious anti-corruption body at the federal level has been a running sore in Australian politics for too long. Breaking an explicit promise before the 2019 election to create such a body was one of the most craven failures of the Morrison government. The Albanese government has, however, shown more courage and this week it is delivering on its election pledge to legislate what it calls the National Anti-Corruption Commission.” It points out that, contrary to claims it is a kangaroo court, the ICAC has only called public hearings in a handful of cases after conducting extensive secret private hearings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/federal-icac-must-have-power-to-shine-light-on-corruption-20220927-p5blf2.html
    Paul Bongiorno says that the moment of truth for long-overdue national anti-corruption commission has arrived.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/09/27/paul-bongiorno-national-anti-corruption-commission/
    The day has finally arrived: an Australian government today made good on its commitment to legislate an integrity watchdog, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). But there is one major bone of contention … secrecy. Callum Foote reports on the spectre of a Secret National Anti-Corruption Commission (SNACC).
    https://michaelwest.com.au/labor-delivers-national-anti-corruption-commission-nacc-with-secret-hearings/
    The Albanese government has escalated its attacks on Optus over the company’s massive data breach, demanding to know why customers were not informed their Medicare numbers may have been accessed as part of the cyberattack that hit almost 10 million accounts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/optus-hacker-releases-10-000-customer-records-20220927-p5bl7x.html
    This is one of the great corporate debacles in terms of brand damage. The CEO might ask her new hire, former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, for advice, says Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/telecommunications/optus-attack-a-wake-up-call-for-boards-20220927-p5blch
    Elizabeth Knight tells us why the Optus boss is unlikely to survive the data hack. Knight says this has been a wake-up call to the industry and corporate Australia which have paid notoriously scant attention to the cyber risks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/why-the-optus-boss-is-unlikely-to-survive-the-data-hack-20220927-p5ble1.html
    And the telco’s customers have complained they have not been allowed to change their driver’s licence despite the risk of fraud after the massive cyberattack.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/optus-customers-struggle-to-change-driver-s-licences-to-avoid-fraud-20220927-p5blct.html
    However, Victorians whose personal details were stolen in the Optus hack will be able to replace their driver’s licence online after the state government requested that the telco pay.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorians-unable-to-change-driver-s-licence-number-after-optus-hack-due-to-reactive-policy-20220927-p5bldd.html
    Senior government officials will be called before a royal commission to give evidence explaining their roles in the robodebt scandal, reports Luke Henriques-Gomes. The commissioner, Catherine Holmes, said on Tuesday that although much was now known about how the failed scheme operated, little had been revealed about the government’s response “behind the scenes” to warnings and criticism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/27/scott-morrison-and-alan-tudge-could-be-called-before-robodebt-royal-commission
    Yesterday, the upper house sounded the death knell for the controversial card after the Albanese government secured the votes of the Greens and key crossbenchers.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/09/27/cashless-welfare-cards-senate-scrapheap/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    George Williams says that Albanese has an opportunity to introduce a bill of rights for Australians.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/time-for-that-bill-of-rights-from-labor/news-story/25d804855dae717cf2024c2ccb952305
    Clancy Yeates argues why the RBA shouldn’t simply follow the US Fed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/why-the-rba-shouldn-t-simply-follow-the-fed-20220923-p5bklu.html
    Widening interest rate differentials and the rapid appreciation of the US dollar is causing turmoil in currency and other financial markets, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-fed-is-driving-the-world-towards-recession-or-worse-20220927-p5bl8i.html
    Anxiety levels are rising as investors face a highly explosive cocktail of rising interest rates, falling asset prices, tighter financial conditions, and a bleaker economic backdrop, writes Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/investors-suffering-withdrawal-pangs-as-the-era-of-cheap-money-ends-20220927-p5bla3
    A global recession is increasingly likely, writes Peter Martin who provides some suggestions on how Australia could escape it.
    https://theconversation.com/a-global-recession-looks-increasingly-likely-but-heres-how-australia-could-escape-it-191336
    Michael Pascoe writes, “RIP trickle-down economics – even the financial markets have given up”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/09/28/michael-pascoe-trickle-down-economics/
    Assistant Treasury Minister Andrew Leigh says that ensuring multinational and large businesses pay their fair share of tax is pivotal to funding services to ordinary voters.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/multinational-tax-avoidance-a-threat-to-budget-bottom-line-leigh-20220927-p5blam.html
    Unless humanity starts making urgent changes, neoliberalism will have disastrous consequences on our planet, writes Simon Cole.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/capitalism-the-fourth-great-humility-will-consume-us-all,16805
    Jacob Greber reports that Resources Minister Madeleine King has demanded the three major east coast gas producers sign a government-drafted deal that may include what some industry figures slammed as an “unworkable” and distortionary price cap mechanism to shield domestic manufacturers.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/stand-off-over-gas-price-caps-20220927-p5blf0
    “I guess you’ve heard. Isn’t it great? Australians are now the richest people in the world. But if you find that hard to believe, congratulations. Your bulldust detector’s working fine”, says Ross Gittins about the spectacle of high house prices.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-great-australian-pipedream-rising-house-prices-make-us-feel-wealthier-20220927-p5bl83.html
    The Canberra Times reveals that former NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds wrote to Treasurer Frydenberg last October, encouraging him to work with states and territories to set up the National Injury Insurance Scheme which the Productivity Commission had recommended more than a decade ago.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7919641/tragic-and-significant-gap-former-ndis-minister-lobbied-for-new-insurance-scheme/?cs=14329
    Staying in general practice is financially unsustainable for almost half of the nation’s GPs due to the increasing costs of providing healthcare and the growing numbers of patients with complex conditions, reports Kate Aubusson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/half-of-gps-say-staying-open-is-financially-unsustainable-as-medicare-rebate-fails-20220927-p5blc2.html
    The Greens will push for a parliamentary inquiry into abortion access in Australia, particularly in regional and remote Australia. A “postcode lottery” of service availability means a legal right does not mean women will be able to access abortion services in their area, says Greens spokeswoman on women Larissa Waters.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7920655/abortion-access-in-australia-needs-inquiry-after-roe-greens/?cs=14329
    Victoria has increased its renewable energy storage capacity target to 6.3GW by 2035 as it strives for enough renewable energy to power half the state’s current homes at peak energy use.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/victoria-announces-country-s-biggest-renewable-energy-capacity-target-20220927-p5blap
    There is a simple path to affordable childcare in Australia, explains Lisa Bryant who says s radical redesign of the funding system will ensure money isn’t siphoned off by the corporations sucking from the government teat. She wonders if the government has the guts to do it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/27/there-is-a-simple-path-to-affordable-childcare-in-australia-does-labor-have-the-courage-to-take-it
    Kate McClymont writes that in conflicting and “confusing” testimony, Anthony Koletti has told the inquest into his wife Melissa Caddick’s disappearance and presumed death that he did not speak to her after police officers searched their house the day before she vanished.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/husband-s-account-of-caddick-disappearance-confusing-coroner-says-20220927-p5blfu.html
    Lisa Visentin tells us that the Greens have refused to say whether Aboriginal elder Geraldine Atkinson’s written complaint to party leader Adam Bandt triggered an internal review into the meeting.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/no-response-to-elder-s-complaint-as-bandt-professes-full-confidence-in-thorpe-20220927-p5bld7.html
    Dana Daniel reports that Australia risks being at the back of the global queue for variant-specific COVID-19 jabs, with the government yet to strike a 2023 supply deal with Moderna even as it anticipates a shortfall in mRNA vaccines.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-facing-mrna-vaccine-shortfall-in-global-race-for-latest-jabs-20220927-p5bl9q.html
    Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan were part of a group accused of “bullying and intimidation” of Indigenous players, while running the Hawthorn football department like the “Russian Mafia”, according to a News Corp report on a review of the club’s handling of its Indigenous players.
    https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/bullying-intimidation-claims-allegedly-part-of-hawthorn-report-20220927-p5blh4.html
    Pouring cash into London to solve regional inequality? That’s trickle-down Trussonomics, declares Simon Jenkins.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/27/cash-london-regional-inequality-trickle-down-trussonomics-uk-economy
    January 6 changed America explains Thomas Zimmer who says there are two directions the country could go now.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/27/january-6-changed-america-here-are-two-directions-the-country-could-go-now
    As Putin desperately mobilises, hope is not a valid option for the West, declares Mick Ryan who says, “The surge of Russian soldiers into Ukraine in the coming months will not result in any decisive change of fortunes for the Russian military. All it means is that the cost of the likely Ukrainian victory will be much higher on both sides.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/as-putin-desperately-mobilises-hope-is-not-a-valid-option-for-the-west-20220927-p5bl9f.html
    We are in a far more dangerous situation than the Cold War, or either of two world wars, writes a concerned Dennis Argall.
    https://johnmenadue.com/we-are-at-war-and-it-may-soon-be-nuclear-war/
    Gas is pouring into the Baltic Sea from three separate leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines amid claims by seismologists in Sweden and Denmark of two sharp spikes in undersea activity, possibly indicating explosions, and speculation about sabotage.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/sep/27/nord-stream-1-2-pipelines-leak-baltic-sabotage-fears
    Daniel Johnson explains what Giorgia Meloni wants for Italy and why she infuriates the EU.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/what-giorgia-meloni-wants-for-italy-and-why-she-infuriates-the-eu-20220927-p5bl8x.html

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  24. Election promises being kept! How unusual.

    The CDC abolition legislation – Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Repeal of Cashless Debit Card and Other Measures) Bill 2022 – finally passed the Senate last night. I couldn’t bear listening to the debate. There were too many RWNJs all reading from the same script and spouting lies about children starving because their parents will now be able to spend all their money on booze, drugs and gambling. This demonisation of everyone on any form of social security has to stop.

    Here is the media release from No Cashless Debit Card Australia – no-one has worked harder than Kathryn and Amanda to see this card abolished.

    https://www.thesaynoseven.com/media-release2/?fbclid=IwAR36IogBMH12n9CdN9zKDC3Rx8UMPGF54jT6O6bOlHV38SlhagOMq52ltqg

  25. Why did the alleged hackers of Optus only demand US $1 million as ransom? It gives me the impression they were teenagers who got lucky with hacking tools they found on the dark web. When you are 14 $1 million sounds like a lot of money, but adults who try to buy a house in Sydney will tell you it is not.

    Optus’s strident denials that it was human error do not ring true. How many businesses have made huge mistakes, especially when using test servers?

  26. John Lord reckons Albanese should put niceties aside in the NACC negotiation.

    Damned right. What the hell is there to negotiate with the very people who created the urgent need for a NACC in the first place.?

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