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).

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    David Crowe writes that Jim Chalmers, vowing to put economic priorities ahead of politics, has heightened concerns about the $243 billion cost of the stage three tax cuts for workers on higher incomes while cabinet ministers put the plans under the spotlight after financial turmoil forced a rethink on similar cuts in the United Kingdom.
    Nobody wants to be the next Liz Truss – but Albanese doesn’t want to be Gillard or Abbott either when it comes to election promises, says Crowe.
    But Richard Denniss reckons Liz Truss’ spectacular tax backflip gives Albanese a chance to do the same.
    The Reserve Bank has dialled back the hawkishness but can’t fall too far behind the US Fed. And the Albanese government has to help, says the AFR’s editorial.
    Australian borrowers are more sensitive to rate rises than their US counterparts, which is why the Reserve Bank can take a different path to other central banks, explains Karen Maley.
    Stephen Loosely says that the current federal ALP seems to know exactly where it is placed and exactly where its opponents happen to lie, both off to the left and to the right.
    Michelle Grattan declares that without those ‘lefties’ the Liberals can’t regain government. Referring to the party’s internal review of the election loss, she concludes with, “If Loughnane and Hume are tempted to pull their punches they will do the party a disservice. Scott Morrison might have been the biggest negative for the Liberals in May, but behind him was a party that had become dysfunctional, a reality just highlighted by the success of the teals and other community candidates.
    Angus Thompson begins reporting on what will be quite a trial over the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins. It’s not going to be a nice six weeks.
    Jacqui Maley tells us what the judge has said about the conduct of the trial.
    Michael McGowan was there, too, and reports that Bruce Lehrmann’s lawyer has told jurors that Brittany Higgins “erased” key details from the night of her alleged rape inside Parliament House, saying the Australian public had been “sold a pup” over the allegations.
    The Labor Government has issued its largest number of Skilled Independent visas in years as well as lowering the criteria for applicants, reports Abul Rizvi.
    Leonie Wood takes us through denial, complacency, anger: the stages of an Optus data breach victim.
    Investigations into the Optus data breach are centring on the question of whether the telco made a basic error by using customers’ data while testing a new computer system that went awry and left 9.8 million records exposed online. The New Daily tells us a senior cybersecurity official said Optus using real names, addresses and identifying details – rather than placeholders – during an upgrade gone wrong was viewed as the most likely explanation for the telco data breach.
    A class action against Optus could easily be Australia’s biggest and The Conversation explains what is involved.
    Lazy stereotypes and outdated political rhetoric are hurting employment assistance programs in Australia, the outspoken chairman of a parliamentary review, Julian Hill, has said. Hill used a speech in Sydney yesterday to savage privatised programs dating back to the Howard government, saying policies from the federal government were too often based on lazy stereotypes and outdated political rhetoric.
    Mike Foley reports that households and businesses were overcharged $10 billion on their electricity bills between 2014 and 2021 by the Australia Energy Regulator (AER), according to a new report that argues network companies were permitted to reap profits 67 per cent higher than the “normal” during that period.
    Electricity providers have stung their customers for $10 billion in supernormal profits, despite crying poor to the regulators and despite siphoning out billions, largely free of tax to foreign billionaires and power companies. Mark Sawyer reports on the latest analysis of Australia’s energy sector.
    Politicians of the Right keep suggesting Australia should build nuclear power stations. Why? They are slow to build, very expensive and potentially risky, and we have far better alternatives. Their aim is to divide and to wedge. We should treat it as a giant red herring, says Ralph Evans.
    While the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill is a major achievement, there are some blemishes. Public hearings are a crucial mechanism in promoting integrity and investigating and exposing corruption and should not be limited, opines retired judge Stephen Charles.
    Matt O’Sullivan and Tom Rabe write that Sydney’s new airport is at serious risk of opening without crucial public transport connections because of major delays to funding from the state and federal governments for a $1.6 billion project.
    The next couple of days could determine the trajectory of oil prices in the near term and Russia’s vital oil revenues in the longer term, which have been central to its ability to fund the war in Ukraine, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Australians no longer view the future in a positive light. But that can change – and it starts with technology, writes Peter Lewis, referring to Essential polling.
    Andrew Thorburn has decided he is not prepared to give up his position with City on a Hill church. Fair enough. What is unfathomable is how the Bombers could have made this appointment without doing an exhaustive check on his background, writes Peter Ryan.
    Henry Reynolds says that it was a watershed moment for Australia as the War Memorial, caught in a confluence of events, was pressured to announce its plans for recognition of Australia’s brutal Frontier Wars.
    Russian troops abandoned a key Ukrainian city so rapidly that they left the bodies of their comrades in the streets, offering more evidence on Tuesday of Moscow’s latest military defeat as it struggles to hang on to four regions of Ukraine that it illegally annexed last week.
    Elizabeth Knight tells us why the US regulator kept up with and caught (Kim) Kardashian. (IMHO Kim K is an extremely unattractive woman, a caricature)
    Mick Ryan posits that Australia’s pitiful support for Ukraine sends the wrong message to China.
    The costs of deposing Boris Johnson continued to mount for the Tory party after senior cabinet ministers accused colleagues of trying to stage a coup against new Prime Minister Liz Truss. Latika Bourke reports that Truss has struggled to assert her authority on her increasingly divided party following her disastrous decision to abolish the top tax rate, only to reverse it, ruining her attempts to cast herself as the next Margaret Thatcher.
    Britain’s leader seems to live in a fantasy world and is oblivious to concerns about social solidarity. But it’s hard to govern effectively when you’ve angered most of your nation, writes Paul Krugman who explains why Truss will struggle to repair budget damage
    Liz Truss wants to inflict more austerity on Britain – but there’s nothing left to cut, says Rosie Collington.
    Marina Hyde writes that the Tory conference 2022 is so bad that even Michael Gove has drawn the line.
    Matthew Sutton writes that the more the failures mount up, the less tenable Putin’s selective scapegoating becomes. He has replaced military leaders rapidly and is now reportedly issuing orders directly to field commanders.
    And Greg Sheridan says that Vladimir Putin would probably use a nuclear weapon, as he’s threatened, rather than endure total defeat in Ukraine, especially if he thinks defeat means the end of his rule, and possibly threatens his own physical security.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Matt Golding

    Simon Letch

    Cathy Wilcox

    Dionne Gain

    Fiona Katauskas

    Glen Le Lievre


    From the US

  8. “On Monday, Essendon president David Barham boasted that, “to my knowledge, no other AFL club has ever secured the services of an ASX-listed top 10 company CEO to run its club”. Barham omitted a key adjective here. Thorburn is a disgraced former ASX 10 company CEO. No other AFL club has ever secured the services of a disgraced former ASX 10 company CEO for the very good reason that no other AFL club has ever sought to.”

  9. The coverage by the Australian commercial msm and ABC has been poor imo. Private bloggers have come into their own in this respect. The most objective I find is Torsten Heinrich, a German military historian, on his Military & History channel.
    His latest situation report on the massive advances by the UA in Kherson is well worth watching for those Pubsters who are interested. In his conservative opinion, the UA will control Kherson by Christmas which he didn’t believe was achievable just a few days ago. He also reports that 1.5 million Russian winter army uniforms have gone “missing”! Creating a strong possibility that the Russians may be defeated by a Russian Winter!!

  10. friendlyjordies –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Chris Hayes –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  11. Albo sticking it to Dutton, who is not happy

    If you missed it earlier, Independent MP Helen Haines has been announced as deputy chair of the joint select committee on National Anti-Corruption Commission legislation, an important decision regarding her status outside the major parties.

    Labor’s Linda White is chair.

    The Coalition has accused the government of breaking convention and playing politics with the inquiry as an opposition member is usually appointed to the position of deputy chair.


  12. The latest from John Crace

    Which isn’t to say there will be no room for slapstick. With two clowns in charge, how could it be otherwise? First Librium Liz twice refused to say whether she trusted her chancer chancellor. Only to later say that she did trust him. So which is it? Both positions are equally absurd. Why would she trust him? Yet why wouldn’t she? So you can take your pick. Choose a Truss and write your own story.

    Meanwhile Kamikwasi was also set on self-destruct. He declared that the only thing wrong with his mini-budget was that the Queen had been selfish enough to die at the wrong time. So he’d had to do it in a rush. It hadn’t occurred to him to wait a bit longer to nail down the missing billions. It had been what the Queen would have wanted. Tanking the economy had been a mark of respect.


  13. What a sad photo. Dutton held a press conference in Brisbane and no journos (other than someone from the ABC apparently) attended.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Rachel Clun examines many of the arguments being proffered over the debate about the stage 3 tax cuts.
    Every taxpayer, including high-income earners, would still receive some relief under plans to “shave” the stage three tax cuts being contemplated by the government, but the benefit would not be as large as currently legislated, says Phil Coorey.
    For markets, the RBA rate move represented the first international glimmer of hope that other central banks will follow in the coming months, writes Elizabeth Knight who describes Phil Lowe as the accidental hero of world equity markets.
    Australia’s productivity agenda is already going backwards in industrial relations. So Labor needs to retain the stage three 30 per cent tax bracket as an incentive-sharpening structural tax reform, declares the AFR’s editorial that says winding back the stage three tax cuts would be a backwards step.
    Katherine Murphy and Sarah Martin report that Liberal moderate Bridget Archer says the federal treasurer, Jim Chalmers, and the finance minister, Katy Gallagher, are right to be questioning the stage-three tax cuts, declaring governments have “got to have an open mind if circumstances change”.
    Locked in to a home loan they can’t afford or locked out of buying altogether, young people are taking aim at the RBA governor, reports Osman Faruqi.
    John Collett tells us that David Richardson, senior research fellow at The Australia Institute, says the estimated $10 million in savings from a proposed change is a distraction. What the government likely wants to head off is the release of the $430 billion that companies have in their franking account balances. And this will lead to a shareholder revolt, Collett says.
    Margot Saville opines that high and increasing toll road fees will significantly affect the chances of the Perrottet government in the upcoming election.
    The SMH editorial urges the NSW government to stop development on flood plains before raising the Warragamba dam wall.
    Sector-wide bargaining throughout Australia’s “industrial revolution” of transitioning to clean energy is key to ensuring the climate wars are dead and buried, a key union figure has said in comments that have heightened suspicions from businesses and the opposition about the government’s agenda on multi-employer bargaining.
    Dana Daniel writes that NDIS Minister Bill Shorten has vowed to tackle “price gouging” by the scheme’s registered providers as the Albanese government tries to rein in the scheme’s cost, but physiotherapists and occupational and speech therapists are pushing for higher funding. Shorten seems to be getting support in the veracity of his assertions that providers are gouging.
    Yes, the heat is coming off the housing market. But it wasn’t just on fire last year – it was burning uncontrolled, explains Greg Jericho.
    Alan Kohler laments a global epidemic of bad thinking.
    Madeleine Heffernan writes that the independent agency that monitors school funding says public, Catholic and independent systems should be required to disclose how they distribute government funding.
    “The ‘we didn’t know’ narrative has always been ridiculous.” The Army’s top brass must be held accountable for Afghan war crimes rather than soldiers way down the chain of command, writes army veteran and retired officer, Stuart McCarthy.
    Paul Sakkal reports that Opposition MPs have accused Labor minister Harriet Shing of using confidentiality laws during her time as the head of a parliamentary integrity committee to gag Victoria’s corruption agencies from discussing matters that could be politically damaging for Premier Daniel Andrews.
    Federal Liberal party vice-president Teena McQueen has been told there is “no justifiable place” on the executive for disloyalists after she appeared to celebrate the defeat of moderate Liberal candidates in the May election, reports Josh Gordon.
    Poor mobile and broadband stability have dragged down Australia’s ranking in the global ‘digital quality of life’ index, despite gains in internet affordability and electronic governance. George Hyde reports that Australia was ranked 35 of 117 countries in the 2022 Digital Quality of Life index, released by internet privacy company Surfshark.
    Lucy Cormack writes about the disturbing evidence presented at a NSW inquiry into ambulance ramping.
    Jack Niall reports that former NAB chief executive Andrew Thorburn did not declare to Essendon that the church he chaired held controversial views that might be a concern for the Bombers before he was hired as chief executive. And Essendon and their consultant Ernst & Young did not ask Thorburn about the religious views of the City on a Hill church that he chairs.
    Chip Le Grand tells us about the various reactions to the Thorburn hiring and resignation.
    Andrew Thorburn had to choose between Essendon and his church – their values cannot be reconciled, opines lawyer Michael Bradley.
    Thorburn saga just more fuel on Essendon’s shameful dumpster fire, declares an SMH editorial.
    Essendon can rightfully prefer not to be run by someone who is identified with views which conflict with its stated commitments, argues ethicist Andrew Alexandra in a contribution well worth reading.
    “Essendon football club has revealed itself as an anti-Christian organisation. It conforms precisely to the new prevailing public culture, with that innate cowardice that allows institutions to perfectly reflect the lineaments of raw power”, says Greg Sheridan.
    And the Australian’s editorial chimes in with, “The forced resignation of former banking boss Andrew Thorburn as chief executive of the AFL’s Essendon Football Club after just 30 hours in the job marks a new low for freedom of religion and belief in Australia.” It says Christianity is being driven from the public square.
    The federal Coalition has warned against curbing the Australian government’s power to deploy troops to overseas conflicts, with an inquiry considering if such action should require a parliamentary vote. Daniel Hurst tells us that reform advocates will use the parliamentary inquiry to argue Australia should follow other democracies in requiring parliamentarians to authorise wars so elected representatives are accountable for the consequences.
    Jacqui Maley reports on day two of the Lehrmann trial.
    Sneakily released by the Albanese Government recently, the much-awaited Regional Banking Taskforce report contains nothing that will save a single bank, argues Dale Webster.
    In a move that will unleash waves of nationwide sympathy for the accused, the corporate regulator has received multiple complaints that consumers were being misled by Latitude Financial Services and retailer Harvey Norman over advertisements that promoted “no deposit” and “interest-free” payments but allegedly did not say an associated Mastercard was needed to access the deal.
    “If, as seems likely, the Albanese government has decided to bring 16 “jihadi brides” and their 42 children to Australia, it has weighed the wellbeing of terrorist sympathisers and their dependants against the safety of the Australian community and concluded a serious risk to people who rejected their country justifies the risk to others and the ongoing expense of bringing them back”, says Peta Credlin.
    Journalists working for foreign-owned outlets could face jail under Australia’s foreign interference laws for exposing defence force war crimes or misuse of surveillance powers, a new paper has warned. The broadly worded laws “have the capacity to criminalise legitimate journalism” and should be amended to protect public interest reporting, according to a press freedom policy paper published by the University of Queensland.
    In this op-ed, Bob Brown reckons Tanya Plibersek should seize the moment after she told the NPC Australians “need a government that cares as much about the environment as they do”.
    Liz Truss says nothing at all, and says it really badly, writes John Crace in another sparkling contribution.
    Farrah Tomazin wonders if the overturn of abortion rights will sway the US midterm election.
    Donald Trump has asked the US Supreme Court to intervene in his fight with the Justice Department over classified documents seized from his Florida home as part of a criminal investigation into his handling of government records.
    Putin’s order to seize control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station could be one of the first major practical consequences of the annexation move.
    Vladimir Putin, has appeared to concede the severity of the Kremlin’s recent military reversals in Ukraine, insisting Russia would “stabilise” the situation in four Ukrainian regions it illegally claimed as its own territory last week.

    Cartoon Corner

    John Shakespeare

    Matt Golding

    Cathy Wilcox

    Fiona Katauskas


    From the US

  15. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Chris Hayes –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  16. Who thought making these guest speakers perch on high stools was a good idea?

    Whatever they had to say was rapidly eclipsed by the audience wondering who would be the first to fall off.

    I notice stuff like this and I have always hated stools. I’d rather stand than use one.

    Good points made by ACOSS.

    • Absolutely. I find that in the Summer months (November-March), my 1-bedroom flat is more often than not absolutely stifling above 25C, and the best I’ve got for it is an ageing portable air conditioner, that becomes fairly useless above 35C, and puts my electricity bills through the roof to run.

      I mentioned this initiative from the Victorian government to my landlord, and they so far have ignored it, which I’m a bit disappointed about.


      A $1000 rebate to install a reverse cycle air conditioner should really be a no-brainer, but, apparently not worth the effort.

    • Kirsdarke – I’m lucky enough to have public housing. Some years ago a truck arrived in my little cul-de-sac and workmen began to install solar hot water systems on all the Housing NSW homes. Except mine. I missed out. Now whenever I go outside I see constant reminders of the arbitrary installation of these solar panels. The local office had no idea it was being done, someone in a higher office had had a brainfart. There were not enough for the whole estate (or what was then under department control) so they did what they could and then left. No-one ever came back to finish the work either.

      I suppose I missed out because I was at the top of the street and they ran out before they got to me.

      Air conditioning is a big issue here. We need it but have no hope of ever getting it. I survive on hot days by moving to the cooler end of the house and by having fans in every room. I suppose that would be impossible for you. At least this house is fibro, so it cools down quickly at night.

    • Yeah, that’s pretty much right. My flat’s made of brick and is designed to keep the warmth in during winter. Which works out mostly well during April-October, but makes the other months dreadful. And there’s minimum circulation for the summer months as well. The best I’ve been able to adapt to is to sleep on my lounge chair with no blankets on such hot nights.

  17. I thought the Anglican church was split into 2 groups. The fundies of Sydney and everybody else . Or was that some other CoE type group ?

    • Depends where you are, I suppose.

      That article claims the Melbourne Anglicans are “progressive” unlike the Sydney lot who are definitely not. How an allegedly progressive church can tolerate such fundamentalist views as the City on a Hill lot embrace is a good question.

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Shane Wright reports that Treasurer Jim Chalmers is warning a global slowdown caused by central banks’ battle with inflation will wipe $US2 trillion ($3.11 trillion) from the world economy while increasing the risk of a hard landing for Australia.
    Michelle Grattan reckons Anthony Albanese is sanctioning Chalmers testing the mood for recalibrating the tax cuts.
    If tax cuts stay, someone must pay, writes David Crowe who says Albanese’s great certainty is the need for revenue.
    Crowe says, “Opinions are easy, but decisions are hard in the nightmare debate inside the government on whether to break an election promise and scale back the stage three tax cuts due to start in 2024 at a cost of $243 billion over a decade. The case against the tax cuts rests on a steady supply of modelling that shows most of the gains go to the wealthy while the cost to the budget will be too great. But the modelling cannot put a number on the political cost to Anthony Albanese if he reneges on an election pledge this big.”
    Phil Coorey writes, “After four months of good government, marked by a return of process and the orderly implementation of an actual policy agenda, a familiar, dirty old smell has returned to politics. The pong is the government signalling it may break a key election promise and pare back the stage three tax cuts, a move that would once more place integrity in the spotlight.” It’s quite clear to me that many in the MSM, and the opposition, are trying hard to force the political break as opposed to acting responsibly in the face of very much changed circumstances.
    The Albanese government should do the honourable thing by scrapping the “very dodgy” stage three tax cuts to pay for its “extremely expensive” planned spending, former boss of the Reserve Bank of Australia and Treasury Bernie Fraser says.
    It has become a constant refrain from the many who hire people that it is increasingly difficult to find skilled workers to fill vacant positions, and the SMH editorial says that urgent action is needed to stop the skills shortage.
    According to David Crowe, the $14.5 billion Inland Rail project will be put under review in a move to limit cost blowouts and settle disputes over the best route to carry freight between Melbourne and Brisbane in the hope of replacing thousands of trucks on major highways.
    MP Susan Templeton writes, “When it comes to Warragamba, we should lower the dam(n) water level”. She says that desalination capacity should be increased.
    A key government document outlining the impact of the $1.6bn plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall was changed to make the project’s consequences for an area of world heritage-listed environment appear “less definite”. The robustness of a peer review of an environmental impact statement (EIS) may also have been “compromised” because the agency charged with getting approval for the dam raising, WaterNSW, did not act “in accordance with best practice”, explains Michael McGowan.
    Brittany Higgins has told a court she made secret recordings of conversations with former Coalition minister Michaelia Cash and her chief-of-staff Daniel Try about her sexual assault allegations and distributed them “to as many people as possible” for safe-keeping, including a journalist.
    Higgins has told the ACT Supreme Court that high-profile journalists Samantha Maiden and Lisa Wilkinson were fighting one another over the release of stories they had done on her sexual assault allegation so “it became not even about me … it became about them”.
    Josh Butler reports that the Australian Human Rights Commission has accepted Mehreen Faruqi’s complaint against Pauline Hanson over alleged racial discrimination and racial hatred for her incendiary “piss off back to Pakistan” tweet, with the commission to consider the issue in light of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
    Tenants searching for a new home are facing the toughest outlook on record as the national rental vacancy rate holds steady at 0.9 per cent for the third month in a row, new figures show. Elizabeth Redman writes that tenant advocates are concerned about rising rents and a shortage of available rental listings that can lead some tenants to accept worse conditions in their homes to avoid a situation where their lease is not renewed.
    Lucy Carroll tells us that the NSW government has launched an investigation into The King’s School over possible misuse of taxpayer funding following plans to install a plunge pool at the headmaster’s residence and a controversial trip by the school’s senior staff to attend a British rowing event. Bring it on!
    Elizabeth Knight writes about religion and business, the toxic cocktail that blew up in Andrew Thorburn’s face.
    The Australian’s John Ferguson reckons that war on the church has become an article of Labor faith in Victoria.
    Employment lawyers are split on whether former Essendon chief executive Andrew Thorburn has a case for unlawful dismissal after he was forced to choose between the job and his role as chair of a controversial church, sparking a national debate on religious freedoms. Despite the furore, the federal Labor government maintains it won’t be moved into acting on religious discrimination before the end of the year, write Benita Kolovos and Amy Remeikis.
    Andrew Thorburn’s exit as CEO of Essendon Football Club has nothing to do with religious discrimination and everything to do with out-of-step bigotry, writes Michelle Pini.
    The costs of buying carbon credits to comply with Australia’s climate target will be less than 0.1 per cent of big mining and gas companies’ multibillion-dollar profits, new analysis shows, ramping up pressure on the government to restrict the use of credits to put the burden of emissions reduction on polluters that can most afford it, writes Mike Foley.
    Senior Liberal politician Simon Birmingham has called on the party’s NSW vice president Teena McQueen to resign as former MPs condemned her comments after she apparently celebrated the defeat of moderate Liberals at this year’s election.
    Voting Liberal is neither liberal nor conservative, argues Lucy Hamilton who says the parties of the right in Australia are changing faster than their voters might recognise. It is increasingly the case that a vote for the “conservatives” is a vote for the radical or religious right.
    Whatever you think of the Andrews government, one of its greatest failures has been its inertia on voting reform in the upper house, writes Annika Smethurst who says that, after eight years in office, there hasn’t been any attempt to ensure that when we cast our ballots next month, the result will better represent the will of the people, not preference whisperers and party insiders.
    Meanwhile, Sumeyya Ilanbey and Paul Sakkal tell us that Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog will inspect the Victorian Liberal Party’s head office after complaints were made about a website that has spread defamatory allegations of sexual misconduct and criminality by party figures.
    Jordan Baker reports that the Archbishop of Canterbury, currently visiting Australia, has said a schism in Australian Anglicanism is dangerous for the church because it looks to outsiders like any other institution that struggles to overcome differences.
    Star Entertainment has been declared unfit to hold a casino licence in Queensland and will be issued with a notice to explain why it should continue to operate in the state. Former judge Robert Gotterson’s report into the ASX-listed casino operator was released on Thursday after a public investigation into Star’s conduct in Queensland. Gotterson found the company was guilty of a serious dereliction of its anti-money laundering responsibilities, had deliberately misled the regulator and had a poor corporate culture with a “one-eyed focus” on profit at the expense of patrons.
    With seemingly endless data storage at our fingertips, ‘digital hoarding’ could be an increasing problem, explain these contributors to The Conversation.
    All’s not fair at the warfare Expo, where taxpayer-funded arms merchants hobnob with military types by invitation only. “Aggressive” journalists not allowed. Persona non grata Callum Foote reports on Land Forces 2022, Australia’s biggest War Fair.
    Australia is still trying to find its place in Asia, Paul Keating says, which explains why we’re so preoccupied with Taiwan and China, writes Alan Behm on what Paul Keating says about Australia’s national interest, Taiwan, and the absurdity of war.
    Australia perhaps isn’t the big deal it thinks it is to Solomon Islands, says Waleed Aly.
    Latika Bourke reports that Liz Truss has ditched Australian election strategist Isaac Levido, removing the man widely praised for his work on Boris Johnson’s landslide victory in 2019 from his role with the Conservative Party.
    The best course left to the Tories is to oust Liz Truss – and install a caretaker leader (such as Michael Gove), opines Simon Jenkins.
    The most terrifying case of all is about to be heard by the US supreme court, writes Stephen Donziger who says that if the court upholds the rogue ‘Independent State Legislature’ theory, it would put the US squarely on the path to authoritarianism.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe

    David Pope

    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Jim Pavlidis

    Fiona Katauskas

    Peter Broelman


    From the US

  19. Australia is still trying to find its place in Asia, Paul Keating says, which explains why we’re so preoccupied with Taiwan and China, writes Alan Behm

    Bullshit Mr Behm. The being ‘preoccupied’ with them is not about finding our place it is all about our loyalty to US foreign concerns and policy.

  20. “The Australian’s John Ferguson reckons that war on the church has become an article of Labor faith in Victoria.”

    I can’t read that, it’s paywalled and I cannot access it, not that I’d bother if I could.
    It’s just Murdoch stirring up more anti-Dan hysteria.

    The Libs are set to lose in Victoria, no matter how much propaganda the Murdoch outlets push at their rapidly dwindling readers.

    I’m so sick of these lies about a “war on Christianity”.

    There is no war, religious freedom is alive and doing well in Australia, as is freedom to have no religious beliefs at all. We are all free to choose what we believe in and free to choose to abstain from religious beliefs at all.

    Adding to the propaganda is Peter Comensoli, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne – here is a photo of him, make of it what you will.

    Peter has sworn to stop supporting Essendon and has had a war of words with Dan Andrews who is also a practising Catholic. I know who I would prefer to trust. Hint – it is not the chap in the dress and funny hat.


  21. leonetwo

    [ I’m lucky enough to have public housing. Some years ago a truck arrived in my little cul-de-sac and workmen began to install solar hot water systems on all the Housing NSW homes. Except mine. I missed out. Now whenever I go outside I see constant reminders of the arbitrary installation of these solar panels. ]

    We’re lucky enough to own our own home which had a Solar Hot Water system installed when we bought it. I later took advantage of the government subsidy I installed 5kva of Solar Panels and when they and the Solar Hotwater system got damaged by a huge hail storm in March 2020 and were replaced by insurance, I added another 1.6kva of solar panels on the advice of the bloke on the corner who said that I would pay for them by the end of the year in electricity bill saving.

    They were only installed in October last year (slow getting the new roof & fittings installed as thousands of roofs had to be replaced here and are still being repaired especially big ones like shopping centres and other large buildings) so the first big test came with the 1st quarter bill this year. A whopping $11.00…….This was when I was totally bed bound for more than 12 weeks and the aircon in my room was going 24/7 the whole time. The next Bill was a bit larger of $62.00 but I loved the latest one which was a credit of $204.00.

    Silly me didn’t read the Bill properly before paying it so am getting a refund of that. Those Panels on the lovely shiny roof are wonderful for a couple on a modest fixed income (part Pension and a bit of Super) and allowed us to fit a whopping 9.2 kva reverse cycle Air-Conditioner in our open plan Lounge Room which heats & cools the rest of the house bar the bed rooms of which we have 2 of the 4, air-conditioned.

    I feel so sorry for you and other people who are in the same situation as you in relation to our situation that we now find our selves in. We are so much more fortunate and can be much more comfortable in our home and don’t need to be so frugal with our spending.

    We don’t live in a huge lugubrious marble palace with servants and armed guards like that bastard Putin but we get by, thankful that we don’t live in Ukraine!!!!!!!!!!!

    • At least my rent is fixed at 25% of my pension, which means I can afford to pay my electricity bills, unlike my kids who are all battling with increasing rents. No 1 Son’s landlord is especially greedy and keeps changing real estate agents, I suppose because he does not like being criticised for his constant rent increases.

      I’d love to have solar panels – one of the neighbours(own their home) has the full setup, some have just a hot water system.

  22. I forgot to mention, the last Friday Bill had a $174 government top-up payment or some-such and made it look better than I said!!!

    State Governments should be mandated to fit solar hot water systems and at least a 5 kva solar system on all public housing.

    Pretty all people in public housing have to get by on very megure incomes and would benefit greatly by that small investment. (it’ll never happen under Liberal governments I suggest)

    Also at the moment we are having a battle with Centrelink who reckon they overpaid us $25,509.15 in just 5 years.

    I believe it’s another Algorithm debt similar to Robodebt and is a Centrelink mistake so I’m hoping that we don’t suffer having to cope with a big, double hit to our income for the next 5 or so years. I might be dead by then. LOL

    • Yep!

      You have to be destitute to get onto the waiting list for public housing in NSW. I managed to circumvent the system by almost dying, they could not say no after being told a year earlier that I was managing my finances too well to be considered in urgent need of housing. If I had not been at death’s door it would have been at least five years on the waiting list, probably much longer as the current NSW government has not built any new housing here for years. That waiting list is now so long here that a young person would be a grandparent before they qualified.

      Centrelink sucks – I say that because I have been dealing with them since 1985 and the constant stuff-ups quickly became part of normal life. (People wonder why I insist on paying my rent myself, I refuse to deal with Centrepay.) I hope you manage to sort things out with them. Threaten them with taking it to the Ombudsman – I did that once and it worked.

  23. Poor widdle Potato

    Peter Dutton attacks Daniel Andrews over Essendon football saga

    The federal opposition leader, Peter Dutton, has said Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, “is well and truly past his use-by date,” in a stinging attack over the issue of Essendon football club and Andrew Thorburn.

    He also flagged the Liberal party, under his leadership, would more strongly speak out about social and culture issues like freedom of speech.

    Dutton appeared on Sky News last night, where he was asked about the Thorburn case, where the former banking executive quit as Essendon CEO after just a day following the surfacing of sermons from the church that he chaired likening abortion to concentration camps and claims that “practising homosexuality is a sin”.


    • Why is it that the “freedom of speech” crowd will not allow us to say anything about support for abortions, same sex marriage, trans people or any of the other stuff they refuse to discuss?

  24. Herr Kartoffelkopf is reduced to picking fighting in the second division (Premiers). Not that you can blame him as he has been all swings and misses in the first division. Still it is good to see the former Reichspud has taken on board the advice of the Sky After Dark loonies and going after all the big issues dear to their heart and nobody else.

  25. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  26. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The Albanese government is about to take its first really big risk. By breaking a major election promise. And Peter Dutton can’t wait. The government formally hasn’t made a decision, but it is careering towards rewriting the stage three tax cuts. Dutton won’t have to wait long, says Peter Hartcher. He concludes with, “And even if the Liberals pursue the government over its broken promise all the way to election day, Albanese would be happy to fight an election over a Liberal plan to give a tax cut to the rich. Stage three is all but dead. The question now is exactly which of its limbs and organs are to be discarded, and which rearranged for stage 3.5.”
    David Crowe reports that Treasury officials have been asked to prepare a new cost estimate for the stage three tax cuts to sharpen the political debate over federal debt, out of concern the impact of the package will exceed the $243 billion forecast made only months ago.
    The SMH editorial declares that scrapping the stage 3 tax cuts would represent a broken promise ans it urges Chalmers to open a much wider conversation about tax reform which puts everything on the table, from personal income and corporate tax to taxes on retirement savings and business, to the GST and carbon and mining taxes.
    Paul Bongiorno examines Labor’s approach to the stage three tax cuts.
    Michael Pascoe tells us that in 2018 when Scott Morrison was announcing his tax-cut package, the Treasury set out the grounds for scrapping Stage Three. He says the Morrison tax-cut package with the distant Stage Three element was always more politics than economics and responsible management.
    George Megalogenis begins this contribution about this country’s contested political environment around questions of faith and sexuality with, “The last federal election killed, perhaps for all time, the idea that we want to be led by someone who poses as a bloke, and who talks down to the most important workers in the economy today – women in the professions and in the caring sector.”
    A legal threat from at least one job service provider in the $1.5 billion-a-year privatised welfare system has prompted Minister for Employment Tony Burke to warn the sector that he has “flexibility” within contracts, and he intends to use it. This is the clearest indication yet that he will seek to reform outsourced welfare operations, which he has previously said he cannot change. Adam Morton reveals what was in an unreported speech to the Workforce Australia National Forum in Brisbane late last month, Burke delivered a “blunt” assessment of Workforce Australia – the largest single Commonwealth contract outside Defence.
    Shane Wright reports that the nation’s big four banks, superannuation funds and other institutional investors will be brought in by the federal government to help boost finance for social and affordable housing under a plan revealed by Treasurer Jim Chalmers. Speaking in Brisbane yesterday, Chalmers said the finance sector would be a key part of a series of roundtable discussions aimed at sharply increasing the amount of investment in areas of national importance.
    Politics is once again dictating pandemic settings, as national cabinet dumps mandatory isolation and paid pandemic leave, writes Chris Wallace about Albanese’s choice on Covid-19 and public health.
    Katherine Murphy says that Peter Dutton has found himself wedged between the CPAC reactionaries and the independent teals. She asks, “Could the Liberal party be co-opted by the deranged fringe? It is structurally and institutionally weak after the May election loss”.
    The editorial in The Saturday Paper looks at the “CPAC of liars”.
    Lucy Hamilton shows us how News Corp is tied into the extreme right wing CPAC.
    The Liberal Party’s campaign boss has angrily threatened to quit as the election campaign is about to begin over a feud with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy’s chief of staff, who MPs and officials claim has “gone rogue” in his attempt to revive the opposition’s fortunes. Paul Sakkal writes that party insiders say that a lack of an economic narrative and too few volunteers, coupled with a multimillion-dollar shortfall in funds from the Liberal-aligned Cormack Foundation, are hampering attempts to stop Labor winning a third term in office. Ongoing leadership speculation is also causing angst among MPs.
    Mike Seccombe explains how the US is unleashing a recession on the world. He says the power of the American dollar is driving up interest rates in Australia, as the Reserve Bank continues its unfounded approach to cutting inflation.
    Prominent Sydney Morning Herald columnist and bestselling author Peter FitzSimons negotiated a $325,000 advance for rape complainant Brittany Higgins to write a book, a court has been told. Jacqui Maley reports that Higgins discussed her book deal yesterday as she withstood tense cross-examination by the defence barrister of her accused rapist, Bruce Lehrmann.
    Michael McGowan and Christopher Knaus write about power and politics and why the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins has sparked a wider conversation. They say the trial concerning an alleged sexual assault in the heart of Canberra has heard about the effects of ‘party implications’ and the culture of parliament.
    And Knaus writes that Brittany Higgins feared information about her alleged rape could flow to Peter Dutton.
    Karen Middleton provides her summary of the first days of the Lehrmann trial.
    John Hewson describes Mathias Cormann’s failures at the OECD. He says that Morrison’s backing for Cormann’s OECD bid – which included travel funding and support from the departments of Treasury, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade – was one of the most significant breaches of integrity and received only limited scrutiny at the time. Hewson is quite disparaging and says Cormann couldn’t hope to get away with his slogans and backgrounding that worked in Australia with a sycophantic and compliant media.
    The state’s most senior health bureaucrat has fiercely defended the NSW health system as one of the best in the world, insisting it is nothing like that of a Third World country, as emergency doctors described it this week. Lucy Cormack writes that NSW Health boss Susan Pearce on Friday said, while she did not share the views of frontline workers likening emergency departments to developing nations, she would not contradict their personal experience.
    Is it too late for Australia to enter the global market for Electric Vehicle Battery (EVB) manufacturing? It has become apparent that Australia’s exit in 2016 from local car production has made it more difficult for us to participate fully in one of the 21st century’s fastest growing, technically advanced and environmentally critical industries, write Roy Green and Phil Toner.
    Crime reporter John Silvester has written a decent essay on the principle of fairness in reporting.
    “Is the Government undermining its own National Anti-Corruption Commission in an attempt to prevent it being nobbled by a future LNP Government? And is it able to future-proof it?”, wonders David Solomon.
    Jayne Jagot’s meteoric rise to the High Court delivers the first majority-female bench in history and a fresh, compassionate perspective, explains Kieran Pender.
    This effort from Janet Albrechtsen is headlined, “Moral cowards lead us all on another step down dark road in Andrew Thorburn, Essendon saga”.
    A new book on the pandemic by one of Australia’s medical experts could provide insights into dealing with unpalatable political questions, writes Laura Tingle.
    Matt O’Sullivan and Michael Koziol report that plans for crucial public transport links to Sydney’s new airport have been dealt another blow after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese rejected Premier Dominic Perrottet’s insistence that the federal government stump up money for the $1.6 billion project.
    Previously protected by zero rates and QE-to-infinity, many companies may now be torched by inflation and expensive money where the fallout will be far-reaching. Christopher Kaye writes about the “Zombie collapse” that could trigger the next sub-prime crisis.
    Osman Faruqi explains Ita Buttrose has revealed she doesn’t understand the ABC’s biggest problem.
    Neil Chenoweth tells us how PwC got tangled in a fight between ATO and the boys from Brazil, namely its controversial Brazilian meat processing client, JBS.
    The NSW government’s three problem-plagued Manly ferries are under orders not to carry passengers until an exhaustive process to fix steering faults is completed, sparking concern they will be out of service for many more weeks. The three new Emerald-class vessels have been out of operation since September 26, after two of them – the Fairlight and the Clontarf – suffered steering failures over two consecutive days.
    The fixated Gerard Henderson devotes his whole weekly whinge to the ABC and Louise Milligan.
    Rob Harris writes that British homes and businesses could face rolling three-hour blackouts in the coming months if the country cannot import electricity from Europe and source enough gas to fuel gas-fired power plants.
    China holds significant sway over the financial futures of many nations, but it is also owed huge sums of money that may never be repaid, explains the New York Times’ Keith Bradsher.
    “Never underestimate the power of failure. As the Liz Truss Disaster Show demonstrates, the next pitfall is probably just around the corner. The UK Prime Minister has shown, along with her distinctly oblivious Chancellor of the Exchequer, how to balls up the economy in the shortest timeframe imaginable”, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    Iran’s protests are not an angry outburst, but the result of generations of trauma, writes Nazrin Parvaz.
    The US Department of Justice has told lawyers for Donald Trump it thinks he has not handed back all the documents he took from the White House, the New York Times reported. The paper said Jay Bratt, the DoJ head of counterintelligence operations, communicated with lawyers for Trump “in recent weeks”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir

    David Rowe

    David Pope

    Simon Letch

    Jim Pavlidis

    Matt Golding

    Jon Kudelka

    Fiona Katauskas

    Glen Le Lievre


    From the US

    • White gumboots, not so odd if you have been in various food industry jobs. Although being Murica most probably wouldn’t know what a gumboot is no matter what colour it is. Although being Murica and the fcuked up place it is the choice between wearing white gumboots or the more common black gumboot could have some racial considerations in their selection.

  27. Re this story

    Paul Peulich, son of former upper house MP and frontbencher Inga Peulich, has kicked around the Vic Libs for years.

    And in non political news…

  28. Vlad will not be happy

    The Kerch bridge from Russia to Crimea, a hated symbol of the Kremlin’s occupation of the southern Ukrainian peninsula and one of Vladimir Putin’s prestige projects, has been hit by a huge explosion.

    Images from the bridge showed a fiercely burning fire engulfing at least two railway carriages from a train on the bridge, accompanied by a vast column of black smoke, and one half of the parallel road bridge collapsed into the Kerch Strait.


  29. Word press doesn’t like either of us on firefox, so have to resort to Chrome to comment.

    Razz wasn’t well on Tuesday morning, long story short, rang ambulance, very quick service, apparently she had to be resussed a couple of times during the, usually, 25minute trip into B’Dale. Got call from ED doctor, come in sooner that later, taken straight into ED, sat for 2hours hoping that she would wake. She did. Within hours, she was giving cheek to all the staff. Five days having excellent care with wonderful staff, home now in her recliner with Hunter. All is good.

    After a zillion tests, x-rays, scans and whatever else, nothing much could be found wrong with her. The worst that was happening was very low blood pressure and low temperature. Before I called the ambulance, which she didn’t want me to do, her temp was 39c. While in hospital it was a low and 34c. Otherwise she is good.

  30. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This is the slowest of Slow Sundays!

    The federal budget razor gang will make a decision on whether to roll back tax cuts for high-income earners within the next week-and-half, with the government now determined to come to a public position before the budget on October 25., writes Anthony Galloway.
    Alan Pears explains why we must stop ignoring energy efficiency gains instead of just focusing on switching to renewables. Is Australia’s focus on “clean energy” part of our economic and climate problems?
    Jess Irvine takes a look at how inflation is affecting everyday life around the world.
    Tens of thousands of Australians will be given a new welfare card to replace the much-maligned Basics Card, as the Albanese government moves to eliminate compulsory income management, explains Anthony Galloway.
    There has been enough talk about ministerial staff in the Commonwealth government over the last couple of years to sink a battleship. It’s now time to do something, urges Paddy Gourley.
    Mack Williams writes about the challenge of synchronising foreign policy and the Defence Strategic Review.
    A brick wall surrounds the awarding of grants for Covid vaccines. The result is the export of billions of dollars of public money to foreign companies such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, writes Rex Patrick.
    Sarah Danckert writes about the troubles with the Snow 2.0 project.
    Liz Truss’ speech does little to assuage abysmal approval ratings, writes Binoy Kampmark who says we should never underestimate the power of failure.

    Cartoon Corner

    Matt Golding

    Alan Moir

    Matt Davidson

    Reg Lynch

  31. Web moderators because of the volume of the traffic to this site and the ability to post photos, embed Twitter, yay, you could have 20 comments per page as this site becomes unwieldy when there are over 40 posts

  32. Because Dutton has been all over everywhere this morning and yesterday whinging about Stage 3 tax cuts (which he will benefit to the max from) it’s well past time to put the boot into this odious, barely human excuse for a man.

    Peter Dutton suing me for defamation almost ruined me – and it could happen to anyone

    It is an extraordinary experience to be sued for defamation by someone who has built his political career off being a political head kicker, a hard man of the right, presiding over a brutal detention system, vilifying Lebanese Muslim immigrants, fear-mongering about “African gang violence” in Melbourne, attacking the media and advocates, making jokes about rising sea levels in the Pacific Islands nations and boycotting the apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008.

    Despite all this, Dutton claimed my single deleted tweet had hurt his feelings.


    • Let him be able to torture ‘brown people” and have indefinite detention’ and it’s

      Be criticised for being an arsehole and it’s

      I guess Die Kartoffel des Reiches ist eine Schneeflocke

  33. So far I make it 99.9% of people I’ve seen wailing about how awful it would be if Labor ‘broke their promise’ re the S3 pile of shite are those who benefit most from the cuts. Sally McManus is the only one I’ve seen so far break with ‘class solidarity’.

    • “Albanese is due to appear in public in Western Australia about 10.30am Perth time (1.30pm AEDT), followed by a press conference at 2.15pm AEDT.”

      Do you have “S3 tax cuts” on your bingo card?

    • Spot on!

      These tax cuts were a Scollum brainwave, designed to make the rich richer and to punish those foolish enough to be on low incomes.

      Labor should have opposed them when they were introduced, but they were so afraid of being wedged by the then government they did what they did so well and simply waved them through both houses.

      Now they have to live with the consequences of their inaction and their timidity.

      There is no hurry, the damn cuts won’t come into force until July 2024. There is another budget before then and the government can afford to take their time.

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