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


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).

413 thoughts on “20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

  1. IF the NACC is passed and IF it is not bastardised, diluted or otherwise ‘politicianed’ to uselessness THEN there’s going to be a bus load of Coalition pollies who’ll have this tune playing in their heads for some time.

  2. The cashless debit card repeal legislation has passed the House of Representatives a second time, formalising the pending abolition of the income management tool.

    The Labor bill passed the Senate late last night, and had to go through the lower house a second time to agree to amendments made last week.


  3. It seems everyone has not only read Phil the Dill’s fantasy on Albo colluding with Dutton on the NACC but the same people have taken this nonsense seriously. That article was backed up by a piece in The Guardian telling us Albo and Dutton were negotiating “in good faith” which again relied only on stuff Dutton had said.

    The AFR article which started all the controversy was from Nine, well-known for years for their anti-Labor fantasies, and what’s more it’s by Phil Coorey. Why would anyone taking anything he churns out seriously?

    Some big names have been taken in, by this nonsense, including indies Pocock and Haines.

    It’s all dependent on the word “could” – Phil alleges that Albo and Dutton “could” do things they can both agree on. I hate to break it to Phil but Dutton is now irrelevant – it’s up to the Greens and the indies in the Senate to agree to government bills.

    Here – read it all for yourself.



    • Is this the one ? Those sort of levels are hardly the realm of ‘battlers’ .
      More self-funded retirees will be helped to ease their cost of living pressures with proposed changes to the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card due to to take effect from September of this year.

      It is proposed that the income threshold increase to $90,000 if you are single or $144,000 combined if you are a member of a couple.

    • I agree – people on that much income are not in need of financial help or increased benefits. Meanwhile real pensioners get no increase in their pension apart from the twice a year CPI adjustment, forcibly promoted by Labor as “the biggest increase in 12 years”. It was a lie, Albo and Co refused to use the words “CPI adjustment”.

      I know where that money should have gone – and it’s definitely not to people already doing very nicely.

      Remember – anyone with a decent accountant can fudge their income to qualify for the CSHC. It’s all based on taxable income, not assets.

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    The most important power shift in the world at this time is not in the British monarchy, but in Brazil’s presidency, writes Geoffrey Robertson who tells us that this coming Sunday, Trump-adoring neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro faces the verdict of its 220 million citizens over his responsibility for logging and burning the Amazon and belittling the danger of COVID (“just a little cough”) from which 700,000 have died.
    Italy’s Giorgia Meloni is no Mussolini – but she may be a Trump, writes Lorenzo Marsili.
    “How many times have the Kardashians tried to sell us dodgy health products?”, asks Nell Geraets who points out all of the rip-offs inflicted by them. Enough for them to be nominated for “Arsehole of the Week”, although Kim reckons she’s already got the Arse of the Century award all sewn up.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Joe Benke

    Andrew Dyson

    Fiona Katauskas

    Glen Le Lievre


    From the US


  5. “As inequality soars and the pound tanks, the plight of a battling working-class is being ignored by an increasingly powerful political elite, opines Gary Nunn who thinks Britain seems either resigned to or defeated by its ruling class.”

    How long before the Brits go back to medieval times with vassals tied to aristocratic landholders, forced to work for their overlords on pain of death and generously allowed their own small patch of dirt to grow food for their families? After they had done their work for their lords, of course.

    It seems Liz Truss is heading in that direction with her reverse Robin Hood tax cuts.

  6. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Everything else is all about Ian the Hurricane

    • Andrew Sparrow’s verdict

      Liz Truss is in denial. That is the primary takeaway from this morning’s BBC local radio interview round. She was asked repeatedly about the economic turmoil unleashed by the mini-budget last Friday, which has pushed up government borrowing costs, and which is set to push up mortgage rates more sharply than was expected because it included unfunded tax cuts and traders do not believe the government’s claim that they will eventually pay for themselves through higher growth. But instead she would not address this point at all, and instead she insisted on regurgitating a series of red herring talking points.

      She claimed that the “vast majority” of what was announced on Friday related to the energy bills package. This is true in the sense that, for the first time on Friday, Kwasi Kwarteng, the chancellor, put a price tag on the energy bills measures already announced and that, at £60bn for six months, this cost more than the tax cuts. But these measures had already been announced, and the price was no surprise. It was not that that spooked the markets. It was the unfunded tax cuts, the spurious claims about the impact they might have on growth (not backed by an OBR analysis), and the hint on Sunday from Kwarteng that the government would go further.

      Truss claimed that this was a global crisis, caused by Vladimir Putin. In terms of energy prices, she is absolutely right. But the energy bills package did not cause the current turmoil. And it was not Putin’s decision to abolish the 45% highest rate of tax in the UK, to ban the OBR from producing a new economic forecast, or accelerate a programme of unfunded tax cuts.

      And, when asked about interest rates, Truss tried to imply that was nothing to do with her, because they are set by the independent Bank of England. They are. But the Bank responds to decisions taken by the government. Her answers on this were not quite dishonest, but they were certainly disingenuous.

      Truss is not daft and she must know that the ‘lines to take’ she is relying upon do not address the questions she needs to answer. The BBC radio presenters who were interviewing her could tell she was flannelling, an and Tory MPs who were listening will have thought the same. It is hard to see her getting through Conservative party conference without better answers than these.

  7. Speaking of Truss and tax cuts, Stage 3 …………
    If that sounds suspiciously like what the stage 3 tax cuts are here in Australia, you are correct – except ours are worse.
    The tax cuts in the UK will deliver almost two-thirds of the benefits to the richest 20%; whereas the stage 3 cuts will deliver that group around three-quarters of the benefits

  8. There will be one very happy chappy in the UK, BoJo. He successfully offloaded the ticking Bombe de Merde on to Truss and he will be well clear when it explodes.

  9. Eight trainwrecks on audio below.

    The UK Tories always claim to be the economic competence party, regardless of the ups & downs of history, and the public seems to give them a default pass on the topic. But they’ve comprehensively lost the public on the topic before and got hammered as a result.

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Australia’s first anti-corruption commissioner has called for a 12-month deadline on major inquiries by the nation’s new integrity watchdog as part of stronger laws to allow for more public hearings, despite claims it could damage the reputations of politicians and officials. David Crowe tells us what Ian Temby KC has said about it.
    The major parties’ deal to legislate the corruption commission is all but done. But the independents should still take it as a win, writes Phil Coorey.
    Michelle Grattan says that a National Anti-Corruption Commission is set for an easy birth thanks to a Albanese-Dutton accord.
    “For many leaders of the legal profession and the federal integrity advocacy groups, the last two days have been a whirlwind of activity in Parliament House in Canberra. It was in a triumphant moment, although it didn’t always feel like it. To sit together in the public gallery and see a man of integrity, the Attorney General Mark Dreyfus, introduce his legislation to the House was a moment that crowned years of dedication by a number of individuals and bodies. It felt like an oddly matter-of-fact event to crown so much hard work. It was also a signal that that the battle for the best model continues”, writes Lucy Hamilton.
    A federal integrity body is finally to become a reality. While it’s a significant achievement, there are shortfalls and political hurdles. Callum Foote garners expert opinion on Australia’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) draft legislation. Whistleblower protections and secret hearings are the two big issues.
    Lidia Thorpe is a cyclone making landfall in the Green, writes David Crowe who says Lidia Thorpe represents a diabolical problem for Adam Bandt.
    The federal government is under pressure to rapidly accelerate the upgrade of the national electricity grid following AGL’s decision to shut its coal-fired power plant a decade earlier than expected, write Mike Foley and Kate Aubusson.
    Blinded by the smog of war there was nowhere for the AGL board to go – it has been ambushed by billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and a team of large investors who skilfully choreographed their strategy on the corporate stage, explains Elizabeth Knight.
    Sixteen billion dollars a year in government housing assistance could be better targeted, while nearly $3 billion spent helping first home buyers works against improving affordability, a Productivity Commission review has found.
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that jailed former state Labor MP Eddie Obeid and three of his five sons have agreed to pay $5.25 million to the corruption watchdog and a raft of creditors, including the state of NSW, or face bankruptcy orders over unpaid legal costs.
    Associate Professor Shahriar Akter says that the Optus data breach was bound to happen, and he urges that we need a better Privacy Act.
    Companies are set to be forced to cut back the vast amounts of sensitive data they retain about their customers under changes to privacy laws being considered by the Albanese government in response to the Optus cyberattack, write Matthew Knott and Nick Bonyhady. They tell us that Mark Dreyfus said he wanted to overhaul privacy laws within months as he questioned why Optus kept customers’ personal document identification numbers for years, even after they left the telecommunications giant.
    Major gas producers have promised to offer all available LNG supply to Australian buyers before shipping it overseas in a deal with the federal government to prevent a predicted shortfall on the east coast next year, explains Mike Foley
    Megan Gorrey reports that the NSW government is facing the threat of a class action from homeowners in Sydney’s inner suburbs who claim their properties have been damaged due to construction of the multibillion-dollar WestConnex motorway.
    The First Nations players and partners who have made allegations of mistreatment by Hawthorn senior officials want to tell their stories in an independent hearing, free of AFL influence, in which they and those facing allegations can be cross-examined. Hmmm.
    The SMH editorial expresses concern that NSW last year passed a grim milestone. The number of Indigenous people who died in custody set a record of 16, the worst since records started in 1995 and double the previous high in 1998.
    It is only fitting that, as well as senior bureaucrats who administered the scheme, the Royal Commission into the Robodebt disaster will likely call forth Scott Morrison, Alan Tudge, Stuart Robert, Christian Porter and Michael Keenan, writes Michelle Pini.
    According to Matthew Knott, senior DFAT officials are pushing for Arthur Sinodinos to remain as US ambassador until mid-2023.
    Regional Australians angry over continued bank closures have a chance to have their voice heard in Federal Parliament, explains Dale Webster.
    “Amid a crippling labour and skills crisis, is it time the hospitality industry seriously thought about improving its workers’ experiences?”, asks Richard Robinson.
    “The last decade of Australia’s defence policy has swung from successful focus on our own defence, by ourself, to one heavily influenced by the US strategic determination to dominate China militarily. Thereby conservative governments have invited risk to our nation needlessly and been wrong-headed enough to subsidise it”, opines Mike Gilligan.
    Liz Truss has doubled down on her government’s mini-budget which left the country on the brink of a full-blown financial crisis, blaming “global” factors for the rout in the pound and spike in government borrowing rates, writes Rob Harris.
    The Bank of England has averted a crisis, but it’s only for a moment, opines Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Liz Truss will hold emergency talks with the head of Britain’s independent fiscal watchdog after failing to dampen panic in the financial markets or shore up support from Tory MPs on her radical economic plan.
    Hans van Leeuwin writes that, in a blow to her authority, a poll gives Keir Starmer’s Labour a 33-point lead and finds three-quarters of people think Liz Truss is handling the economy badly.
    Binoy Kampmark writes, “It’s impossible to know whether the new British Prime Minister is genuinely serious about constructive policy or not. She is certainly interested in greasing palms and calming the storms, if only to delay the inevitable. Having proven herself the shallowest of candidates to succeed her disgraced, not wholly banished predecessor, Liz Truss has leapt into economic policy as her starting point.”
    Trussonomics has been exposed as a childish absurdity. Trussopolitics is even worse, says Simon Jenkins.
    Today, Vladimir Putin will sign formal documents proclaiming Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions, as Moscow rushes to lock in territorial claims that the Ukrainian army is threatening to reverse on the battlefield. The annexation, after what Kyiv and Western countries say were sham referendums staged at gunpoint on Russian-held Ukrainian territory, has been rejected internationally as an illegal seizure of land captured in war.
    Farrah Tomazin writes that countries from around the world have virtually no appetite to send troops or weapons to Taiwan if China invades, in apparent contrast to US President Joe Biden’s recent pledge to intervene militarily if the island nation was attacked.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    David Pope – OUCH!!

    Fiona Katauskas

    Andrew Dyson

    Cathy Wilcox

    Jim Pavlidis

    Simon Letch

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark David


    From the US

  11. The UnAustralian doing its best for its political mates

    Playing on its acronym, NACC, Tehan expressed concern the integrity commission “will become a knackery” in a tweet sharing the Australian columnist Henry Ergas’s article drawing comparisons with the Salem witch trials.

    To give a flavour of the article, Ergas begins with saying “what was new about the Salem witch trials was that they were held in public”. It concludes that “no self-respecting Australian government ought to permit a form of lynch justice” but that had “the Greens and the teals … been at Salem, they would have been rushing forward with the matches.”


  12. Samantha Maiden has reported National Cabinet has decided to scrap the 5 days isolation period for people with Covid.

    Have they all gone crazy?

    Australia to scrap mandatory Covid isolation rules despite health warnings
    Aussie leaders have agreed to ditch one of the most hated Covid rules – despite experts warning we’re headed for a period of “significant risk”.

    • Dom wants us “out and about, enjoying ourselves”. He can get stuffed.

      I’ve said this many times already – dead people don’t spend money. It is no good encouraging us to go out and spend money when doing that will probably lead to infection and possibly Long Covid.

  13. Any shit hits the fan and responsibility is everybody’s and nobody’s . A politician’s perfect arse cover.

  14. YouGov poll for the UK reveals a massive slump for the Tories. Labour are 33 points ahead.


    Voting intentions (compared to last YouGov Poll on 23-25 Sep) {compared to 2019 election}

    Labour: 54% (+9) {+22}
    Conservative: 21% (-7) {-24}
    Lib Dem: 7% (-2) {-5}
    SNP: 5% (+1) {+1}
    Green: 6% (-1) {+3}
    Reform: 4% (+1) {+2}
    Other: 2% (-1) {0}

    If this keeps up, Liz Truss is toast. On those numbers, the Conservatives would lose around 300 seats, leaving them with only around 60-70, while Labour would be sitting pretty on nearly 500 seats.

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Peter Hartcher writes that the government’s management of the crisis has been remarkable. Not only because it’s been effective and purposeful, but because of everything else going on around it. He concludes by saying, “The secret to the government’s success? Albanese delegates to his ministers and trusts them to do their jobs. Scott Morrison was an obsessive centraliser and micromanager. Albanese operates as the chairman of the board rather than chief executive. Bob Hawke set the model, and Albanese is setting out to emulate it.”
    Nick Bonyhady does a deep dive into the Optus data breach and what its ramifications are.
    As Optus scrambles to explain how data from millions of users could have been stolen, it is also clear that federal data retention laws contributed to the build-up of vulnerable information, writes Royce Kurmelovs.
    Federal integrity commission is welcome, but three design flaws will sap its strength, argues Geoffrey Watson, who fears what the opposition would do to it if it regained power.
    Michael Pascoe says that Mark Dreyfus has put a fork into pork rorts, for all time, with a few choice words in his NACC legislation.
    Quite a lot still has to be scrutinised in the proposed National Anti-Corruption Commission, and there are also questions about how it will change the politics of scandals, writes Laura Tingle.
    The idea that MPs only look after themselves lingers, as pressure builds over closed anti-corruption hearings, says Malcolm Farr.
    Karen Middleton writes that, as the Albanese government introduces its integrity commission bill, Liberal MP Bridget Archer says she will move to the crossbench if her party does not support the legislation.
    AGL investors are clamouring for more details from the energy giant on how it will finance the $20 billion decarbonisation of the business, as labour shortages and supply chain issues threaten it’s earlier-than-expected exit from coal.
    Beijing and Canberra remain deadlocked in a trade war. But there is a step-by-step means for both parties to climb down gracefully, writes Geoff Raby.
    The directors of one of Sydney’s two Tweedledee and Tweedledum casinos are desperate to keep the roulette wheels spinning, the blackjack dice rolling, and the poker machines humming. In other words, to keep the money flowing to the decision-making tables of the discredited enterprise, writes Michael Sainsbury.
    Although it still enjoys support from the Murdoch family and Gina Rinehart, the Institute of Public Affairs has fallen to its lowest point in history, explains Mike Seccombe.
    Lisa Visentin tells us that influential Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton has criticised the Greens’ position on the Voice to parliament as political gamesmanship, saying they were demanding “impossible” trade-offs in exchange for their support, which she believes the party will ultimately withhold.
    Sarah Danckert has written a long piece on what lies ahead for Australia’s approach to class action lawsuits.
    Michael Koziol reckons that by calling time on COVID, our leaders were just catching up with the public.
    No one was more shattered than Bill Shorten when he lost the “unlosable” election to Scott Morrison in 2019. But three years on, he is emerging as one of the Albanese government’s most impressive ministers. Paul Bongiorno says that it is a tribute to both men: Anthony Albanese for the trust and latitude he is giving his former leadership rival; Shorten for getting on with the massive job he has been assigned.
    The Victorian Nationals are a diminished political party. In just two state elections, the Nats’ numbers on Spring Street have dropped from 13 to just seven, writes Annika Smethurst who says the party faces a make or break election.
    John Hewson takes a critical look at opposition to the Voice.
    Greg Sheridan writes about the genesis and activities of the Five Eyes intelligence relationship of which we are a part.
    Annastacia Palaszczuk has been forced to dump a controversial land tax after weeks of damaging headlines culminated in her being abandoned by her fellow state and territory leaders at a dinner at the Lodge on Thursday night.
    Peak housing bodies are calling for nationally consistent rental laws to crack down on bidding wars putting pressure on tenants in a shrinking market. Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania have introduced reforms to ban rent bidding – the process of negotiating the price of a rental by advertising a property within a “range” or without a fixed cost.
    Rick Morton tells us that the federal government is considering proposals to continue funding a beleaguered literacy and numeracy test for teaching graduates, despite mounting evidence the mandatory examination does more harm than good.
    The creeping cost of widespread surcharging is being increasingly forced on Australians who are asked to bear the cost of payments across the food, clothing, services and transport sectors, incurring a shadow 1 per cent consumption tax, writes Tom Richardson.
    “Why is the cost of land rising much faster than the economy is growing? And why don’t economists take more interest in why this is happening and what we could do about it?”, asks Ross Gittins.
    More than 5 per cent of property sellers in Sydney and Melbourne made a loss in the June quarter, as falling housing prices began to take their toll, particularly on investors in inner-city apartments, explains Nila Sweeny.
    Kate McClymont reports that the inquest heard yesterday that the husband of missing fraudster Melissa Caddick now accepts that she was a thief who stole millions and millions of dollars from her friends and family.
    Gerard Henderson’s Weekly Whine this time centres on Sally McManus and the ABC.
    Thirty months into the pandemic, Jane Halton’s examination of Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine and treatment readiness sounds an alarm about what could still lie ahead, writes Karen Middleton about our preparedness for another outbreak.
    Kieran Pender writes that thirty years ago this week, something extraordinary happened. In two judgements issued on the same day by the High Court, a central democratic principle – the implied freedom of political communication – was explicitly recognised for the first time. A constitutional shield for free speech came into existence, an implication identified or, to critics, “invented” by the judiciary, in the name of upholding our democracy.
    More than 10,000 students have been hit unexpectedly with historical VET debts after an IT glitch meant the loans were held up in internal government systems for as long as five years. The Australian Tax Office is now seeking to claw back $24.2 million in debts, which the federal government maintains are genuine income-contingent loans that students agreed to and were expected to pay, but the system error meant they were not notified of the debt at the appropriate time.
    Harriett Alexander writes that, in political circles, the take-no-prisoners approach that ClubsNSW adopts towards anybody or anything that threatens its poker machine business has served the industry so well that diplomacy has become a lost art. But the peak industry group’s slurs against a terminally ill former employee last week have provoked pushback from a surprising quarter – James Packer.
    Nigel Farage’s Australian speaking tour is part of a global conservative network being run here by the financially troubled former publisher of Penthouse Australia, writes Kurt Johnson who wonders why Farage is here.
    In this week’s media roundup, Amanda Meade says that the Kennedy award for Seven’s $150,000 Koletti interview shows that the tabloid tradition is alive and well.
    Amelia McGuire reports that Australia’s largest carrier Qantas is at loggerheads with aviation service workers – responsible for plane safety, scheduling and on-time flight arrivals – over a proposed change to an enterprise agreement.
    West Australian Greens Senator Dorinda Cox is working on the culture within her office and the party’s leader, Adam Bandt, says he takes workplace safety “very seriously”, following revelations of complaints against two party members this week.
    Fresh allegations of controlling behaviour have emerged against former Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson. But this time the accusations relate to non-Indigenous past players and notably the current coach Sam Mitchell. The details surround Clarkson’s unsympathetic treatment of Mitchell during the 2011 season, the year Mitchell’s wife Lyndall gave birth to twin girls and the family was beset by a number of confronting health problems, writes Caroline Wilson.
    John Lord, who from an early age devolped a dislike for racism and the use of free speech to promote it, gives us part 1 of an exposition on the subject.
    Vladimir Putin has signed treaties for an illegal annexation of occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his seven-month invasion of Ukraine. Its leader immediately countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance.
    Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski famously described Ukraine as a “geopolitical pivot” of Eurasia, central to both US and Russian power. Since Russia views its vital security interests to be at stake in the current conflict, the war in Ukraine is rapidly escalating to a nuclear showdown. It’s urgent for both the US and Russia to exercise restraint before disaster hits, writes Jeffrey Sachs.
    The man vying to be Britain’s next Foreign Secretary says Labour in government would have to repair Britain’s international standing, especially the deterioration in the so-called special relationship between the US and UK. Latika Bourke reports that the opposition’s Foreign Secretary David Lammy said he would aim to strike the free trade deal with the United States that current Prime Minister Liz Truss has admitted she cannot negotiate because of ongoing rows over the Brexit break-up.
    Book bans are soaring in America. Not even Captain Underpants can escape them, remarks Malcolm Knox.
    Environmental destruction is part of Liz Truss’s plan, declares George Monbiot.
    And Gaby Hinsliff says that we should watch for a political earthquake in middle England, as Liz Truss breaks up the Tory bedrock.
    John Setka continues to demonstrate his previously recognised “Arsehole of the Week” prowess.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Alan Moir

    Jim Pavlidis

    Fiona Katauskas

    Jon Kudelka

    Glen Le Lievre with a gif

    Richard Giliberto

    Michael Leunig


    From the US

  16. Excellent article by Peter Hartcher in the Optus mess.

    What he says confirms my suspicions that the crisis was caused by human error, someone at Optus left the window open for the thief/thieves.

    Why would Optus need Medicare numbers, passport numbers and drivers’ licence details? I understand why they need bank account information for payment. This question has been worrying me since the news of the crisis became known. Optus is not a bank, no-one should have to provide all that info to prove who they are just to have access to a mobile.

  17. I nominate Jacinta Price for Arsehole of the Week: any week. Cait Kelly is not impressed either

    Price has bragged that her first speech to parliament ended in Penny Wong fleeing the chamber.

    I managed to crawl right under the skin of Penny Wong.

    She is now on the usual conservative cue cards – transgender Australians, climate change, cancel culture and race relations.

    Price is criticising Wong for supporting Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi, who had moved a censure motion against Pauline Hanson after she tweeted that Faruqi should “piss off back to Pakistan” last week.

    Price said Wong was acting like she knew more about what Aboriginal Australians needed than their own communities.

    I put it to Wong we need to co-design an Asian voice to parliament.

    So that policies that affect Asian Australians can be their responsibility and any time I need expert advice on how to better improve Wong’s life, I can consult with the Asian voice.


    • Like Penny Wong would ‘flee’ from someone like Price, walked out in disgust would be more like it.

    • Jacinta Price has been photographed with Pauline Hanson, both smiling and in the company of Warren Mundine, also with a big grin.

      Price is also parroting all Hanson’s drivel. I would definitely say Penny left in disgust

  18. I personally believe that this video clip is well worth people taking the time to view it.
    It is sort of a humerous/tragic review of some of the latest developments in Ukraine and Russia.

    I would love to see comments from Pubsters that take the time to view it!

    • I liked it, I learned a lot about the situation on the ground there in recent times. Honestly, these days I trust dedicated youtubers like him on specialist information than I do with “journalists” (who these days are more accurately corporate courtiers).

      I appreciated this video too from Kings and Generals that makes a very detailed account of the Ukraine war every couple of weeks. This latest one covers what happened for the first half of September.

    • Thank you scorps, that was a lot of down to earth info on the debacle of the Ukrain situation.

      When this is over I think Volodomyr Zelenskyy will be in charge forever.

      If I was Russian I’d probably be getting a visit from a very enlarged Steven Seagal right now.

      What a farked up world we live in atm.

  19. What. An. Idiot!

    Kwarteng: I had no other choice

    Good morning. As the fall-out from the chancellor’s mini-budget continues, with the pound tumbling and markets reeling, Kwasi Kwarteng has attempted to defend the government’s course of action.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said:

    The British taxpayer expects their government to work as efficiently and effectively and possible, and we will deliver on that expectation.

    Not all the measures we announced last week will be universally popular. But we had to do something different.

    We had no other choice.


  20. John Anderson, yes that John Anderson, has an interesting talk with this guy about Russia and the Russian psyche .

    Anderson must be doing OK as he has 200,000 subscribers. In a blurb about Anderson is quoted as saying “You cannot get good public policy out of a bad public debate.” He must have learnt that seeing The Rodent in action.

    John Anderson

    The Russian Psyche

    John is joined by Konstantin Kisin, himself Russian by descent, for a conversation about the Russian mindset, popular support for President Putin, the Western response to and coverage of the conflict in Ukraine, Western resilience, the role of satire in public discourse, and much more.

    Konstantin Kisin is a Russian-British comedian, podcaster, writer and social commentator. Konstantin is a regular contributor to BBC, ITV and TalkRadio. Frequently described as an “objective voice from the centre of the political spectrum”, he regularly writes for a wide range of publications, including the Telegraph, Spectator and Quillette

  21. I had a really tough time getting through this video, which details how badly Germany miscalculated its geostrategic position in the past 20 years.

    It put all its eggs of energy resources in the Russian gas basket, and now all that’s costing it very dearly. I only hope for their sake that the 2022-23 winter will be a mild one.

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Anthony Galloway, Cyber Security Minister Clare O’Neil has opened the door to compelling companies to report data breaches and reconnect services after a hack, declaring the current laws were “bloody useless” in dealing with the Optus attack.
    A little over a week ago, relatively few people beyond the readers of the business pages knew who Optus boss Kelly Bayer Rosmarin was, let alone what she did for a living. Not anymore, writes Andrew Hornery about the brutal reality of life at the top of the corporate ladder
    “Peter Dutton 3.0: can the Coalition hard man change voters’ minds by pasting on a smile?”, writes Amy Remeikis.
    Anne Davies provides us with four state scandals that show what a federal anti-corruption commission could uncover.
    Rachel Lane details what the new AN-ACC funding and resident contribution system will mean for providers and residents. Hold onto your hats!
    The Age’s editorial points out that the revelation that medical device companies based overseas are receiving more in Australian government subsidies than they pay in tax, according to private heath insurers, further strengthens the case for the government’s planned crackdown on multinational companies.
    One man makes the decision to send Australian troops off to war; no matter how futile, how distant, or how relevant the war. That man is now Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Earlier this year it was Scott Morrison. In the US and the UK, it is Congress and Parliament respectively which make this fateful decision. Labor has come good on its commitment to hold a parliamentary inquiry into War Powers reform. It is an issue which Michael West Media has been covering constantly for a year now, calling all the politicians in federal parliament for their views.
    Josh Butler writes that yesterday’s CPAC conference in Sydney showed Australia’s political right is gearing up for a fight against the government’s proposed Indigenous voice to parliament – and highlighted the potential political perils of Anthony Albanese keeping many details of the constitutional change out of the public arena for now.
    Queensland’s renewable energy plan confirms the politics of coal have changed for good, says Ben Smee.
    King Charles III is reportedly abandoning plans to attend and deliver a speech at the Cop27 climate change summit on the advice of Liz Truss.
    Gautam Adani and his corporation’s move into green energy would be amusing if not so serious, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    Australia has a mixed relationship with the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Irritation, dismissal and even the occasional openly hostile comment, have registered. But in 1994, the Toonen decision filtered through the Australian legal process, leading the federal government to remove archaically noxious provisions in the Tasmanian criminal code criminalising sodomy.
    The first of 200 British backpackers to take up the offer of cheap flights have arrived in Adelaide for working holidays. The tourists were offered 10 pound or $17 flights to help fill workforce shortages in SA’s tourism sector. The “Ten-pound Poms are back!”
    “Melbourne, the COVID battle might seem over, but the war’s not won!”, warns Jon Faine.
    An eastern suburbs council wants to financially penalise owners of Airbnb-type rentals, which it blames for driving up the cost of housing. Andrew Taylor tells us that Randwick City Council last week voted to investigate rate variations “or other appropriate responses” for holiday rentals and look at the responses of other councils where “short-term letting is exacerbating housing shortages and affordability”.
    The peak body for independent schools wants planning authorities to create a “fairer playing field” with some colleges’ enrolment limits unchanged in decades despite significant population increases. “Fairer playing fields”. There’s a good one!
    If the Russian president has finally started listening to his military chief, you can bet he’ll soon target all those poorly protected internet cables at the bottom of the sea, writes John Naughton.

    Cartoon Corner

    Karl Hilzinger

    Andrew Dyson

    Glen Le Lievre

    From the US

  23. Liz Truss says her critics are ‘declinist’ before Laura Kuenssberg interview at opening of Tory conference


    I see a certain irony about “decline.”

  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sean Kelly writes, “Summer is always a kind of limbo, and the same is true, this year, of politics. The Morrison era is definitively behind us. But, beyond the fact that Albanese is in charge, we are not quite sure, yet, what this new era is.
    Alan Kohler writes about Morrison’s 2018 budget and Liz Trusses disastrous efforts, and says, “So let this be a lesson to you, Treasurer Jim Chalmers – cutting taxes for the rich with borrowed money is no longer the way to a global capitalist’s heart, especially when central banks are trying to slow things down; these days financial markets punish reckless ideology.”
    Citizens who want an effective agency to weed out corruption and maladministration from Australian public life would do well to get involved in the National Anti-Corruption Commission debate. It is never going to be any better than the first model that goes through the Parliament over the next few months. If history in state and territory jurisdictions is any guide, only whittling down of any powers granted now is in prospect, writes Jack Waterford.
    In appointing former foreign and defence minister Stephen Smith as high commissioner to London, the Albanese government is making an important statement about how it sees Britain, and the world. Greg Sheridan says the Smith appointment shows that London is now primarily a security post, reflecting the dangerous and bitter times in which we live. He gives Marise Payne’s inaction in replacing Brandis in a timely fashion a real serve.
    Wring about the CPAC conference, Josh Butler reports that former Liberal senator Amanda Stoker has argued the Coalition will remain in opposition “for a very long time” unless it focuses more on conservative social issues, while federal vice president Teena McQueen has welcomed the defeat of “lefties” within the party.
    Support for the stage three tax cuts remains low with the majority of Australians backing sound economic management over sticking to election promises, a new survey suggests. Amy Remeikis tells us the research from the Australia Institute found that high-income earners were particularly likely to support the repeal of the stage three tax cuts, despite being the main beneficiaries of the changes.
    Dominic Perrottet has said destructive gambling was a scourge on society and called on ClubsNSW to take its ‘moral responsibility’ seriously. He is awaiting a Crime Commission report into money laundering in pubs and clubs.
    Alison Brionowski looks at the Defence Strategic Review and wonders if it is a national strategy or weapons shopping list.
    Telstra and TPG Telecom are on high alert for criminals looking to steal phone numbers of victims of the Optus data breach, which could risk further identity fraud. Max Mason reports that Optus has locked SIM cards temporarily, to reduce the risk of so-called SIM jacking, or SIM-swap fraud, where criminals, using personal information, convince telcos to switch a victim’s phone number to a device of their own.
    The Health Services Union is calling on the Albanese government to ensure that aged care residents’ “social and emotional” needs are met as a new funding model kicks off with dollars tied to time spent on clinical care. Dana Daniel reports that Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said aged care workers must be funded to provide “holistic care” that addressed emotional as well as clinical needs.
    The fallout from Defence’s war crimes inquiry has claimed its biggest scalp with a senior officer departing despite being cleared of any wrongdoing. Anthony Galloway reports that Brigadier Ian Langford, who commanded the special forces in Afghanistan when up to 16 war crimes were allegedly committed by other soldiers, was “voluntarily” discharged in recent weeks after falling out with Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell.
    Roshena Campbell says that Bandt needs to start difficult conversations with Lidia Thorpe.
    Ross Gittins looks at how, over history, pandemics having big and differing effects on societies.
    Ms Truss’s brand of havoc has got Britain moving… towards the resurgent Labour party, opines Andrew Rawnsley.
    After being encircled by Ukrainian forces, Russia has pulled troops out from the eastern Ukrainian city of Lyman, in a fresh victory during a Ukrainian counteroffensive that has humiliated and angered the Kremlin. Moscow’s withdrawal from the frontline hub prompted immediate criticism from some Russian officials.

    Cartoon Corner

    Peter Broelman

    Jim Pavlidis

    Megan Herbert


    From the US

    • They all look so young – most of them, anyway.

      The linked Wikipedia article tells us these portraits were done not long before they died so obviously life expectancy 2000 years ago was a lot lower than it is now.

  25. former Liberal senator Amanda Stoker has argued the Coalition will remain in opposition “for a very long time” unless it focuses more on conservative social issues, while federal vice president Teena McQueen has welcomed the defeat of “lefties” within the party.

    That was my FMD! and LOL of the election night. It was virtually wall to wall on Sky, after and before dark, that the Coalition lost because SfM and the Coalition had gone after the lefty vote. They had not offered voters good nutritious righty right policy and had instead pandered to the wokesters.

    • Yes indeed. At the time I put it down to the ‘shock’ of the unfolding electoral defeat for them but to see it still expressed , very much in the ‘cold light of day’, does not bode well for the Coalition. So so sad.
      On the other hand as I learned in my sporting life a good second team is essential to produce a good first team. The good second grade team ensure players in the first grade don’t slack off. So a good Opposition will help. Although what the Rupertariat calls ‘good’ may differ from the definition we use. 🙂

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