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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 Common Themes, Rhetorical Tactics and Dangerous Policies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whither Constitutional Checks and Balances?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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    A deep-seated ontological fear is complicating any possible moves towards restoring some semblance of normality in relations with China. There are many strands in this tangled skein. Jocelyn Choy tries to pick some of them apart.
    https://johnmenadue.com/china-how-do-i-fear-thee-let-me-count-the-ways/
    Only 34 per cent of Australians name King Charles as their choice for the country’s most widespread banknote while 43 per cent would rather see somebody else, such as a famous Australian, given the position and another 23 per cent are undecided, reports David Crowe.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/voters-want-australians-of-note-on-the-next-5-not-king-charles-20221014-p5bpr1.html
    Suicide and incarceration statistics from WA’s Banksia Hill prison highlight a lack of proper rehabilitation for our troubled youth, writes Gerry Georgatos.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/blood-on-our-hands-banksia-hill-is-failing-our-children,16861
    The AU$1.5 billion dollar payout that conspiracy-monger Alex Jones is being forced to pay to the families devastated by the Sandy Hook massacre is the check on “free speech” that we all need to discuss, says Lucy Hamilton.
    https://johnmenadue.com/alex-jones-1-5-billion-loss-reignites-free-speech-debate/
    Greg Sheridan looks at the possibility of Putin using nuclear weapons.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/putins-empire-strikes-back-but-will-he-go-nuclear/news-story/d40db2c2124f7b9a6487d3e45b48fa0b
    Rob Harris reports that Liz Truss has sacked Kwasi Kwarteng as her Chancellor after just 38 days in office, as she attempts to drag her government out of deep political turmoil following the disastrous financial impact of her mini-Budget. The Tories are going really well!
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/british-pm-liz-truss-sacks-chancellor-kwasi-kwarteng-20221014-p5bpz8.html
    “So farewell, Kwasi. Your career died so Liz Truss’s might live for at least 15 more minutes”, writes Marina Hyde.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/14/kwasi-kwarteng-liz-truss-jeremy-hunt
    The markets have taken back control: so much for Truss’s Brexit delusion of sovereignty, says Jonathan Freedland.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/14/markets-take-back-control-brexit-humiliation-britain-suez
    Farrah Tomazin outlines yesterday’s Jan 6 public hearing where all roads led to Trump.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/in-the-end-all-roads-of-us-capitol-riot-inquiry-lead-to-donald-trump-20221014-p5bpr4.html
    According to The Guardian, Donald Trump is considering testifying in front of the House January 6 committee, which this week concluded a dramatic hearing establishing what it says is his culpability for the deadly Capitol attack by voting to subpoena the former president.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/14/trump-testify-january-6-panel-capitol-attack-subpoena
    A man who has been found guilty of murder after he used two guns to shoot more than 220 bullets across the road on the NSW Central Coast, killing a man and hitting two other people in the shoulder and back strolls in to nomination for “Arsehole of the Week” nomination.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/bradley-white-found-guilty-of-murder-after-shooting-a-hail-of-more-than-220-bullets-20221014-p5bpub.html

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  2. “Rick Morton tells us that a consulting firm responsible for a quarter of the aged-care sector, Mirus Australia, has warned its providers to avoid high-needs patients or risk reducing ‘profitability’.”

    Shameful, but not news, Lamborghinis and posh residences are favourites of those running these facilities.

    This brings up a few questions.

    1 If “high needs” clients are refused admission to this company’s accommodation where are they supposed to go?
    2. Wouldn’t the favoured “lower needs” clients be better off staying in their own homes with home care packages?

  3. Miriam Margolyes’ sweary Today performance (see also 8.48am) reacting to Jeremy Hunt being hailed by some as best moment of the Radio 4 programme’s history:

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. As I have been pulling this together I have been watching a masterful and informative NPC appearance of Mark Dreyfus. All I could think about was what sort of performance there would have been by Michaelia Cash!

    Rex Patrick writes about the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet having been ordered to hand over the Gaetjens Report into the Sports Rorts Affair after his two and a half year fight against fake Cabinet confidentiality.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/prime-ministers-department-ordered-to-come-clean-on-sports-rorts-cover-up/
    Ebony Bennett suggests ways in which the government can get the revenue it needs to fund what we need.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7942387/how-labor-can-raise-the-revenue-to-deliver-the-budget-we-need/?cs=14329
    Tom Cowie writes that the deadly floods inundating homes in central and northern Victoria are not expected to recede for up to a week, as emergency services warn of some of the “largest evacuations that we have ever seen” in coming days.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/flooding-to-remain-for-for-a-week-as-swollen-rivers-bear-down-on-echuca-20221015-p5bq0f.html
    Rising costs, insecure work and the stage-three tax cuts make Australia’s class system even starker, argues Sisonke Msimang.
    https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/commentisfree/2022/oct/15/rising-costs-insecure-work-and-the-stage-three-tax-cuts-make-australias-class-system-even-starker
    Daniel Hurst reports on a long time US foreign policy official being frank when asked whether Australia should worry about risks to American democracy “I can’t, with a straight face, say there’s nothing to worry about,” says Richard Fontaine, head of the Center for a New American Security, an influential Washington thinktank.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/16/documents-reveal-australias-efforts-to-stay-neutral-as-donald-trump-claimed-electoral
    “Worried about Australia’s sovereignty? Don’t bother, it’s gone”, says Michael Pascoe.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2022/10/15/australian-sovereignty-its-gone/
    Anthony Galloway reports that the federal government is set to lose billions of dollars over the coming years with the increasing take-up of electric cars and is looking at a new way of charging motorists to use the roads.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australians-want-fuel-excise-scrapped-if-new-road-charges-are-introduced-for-electric-cars-20221013-p5bplf.html
    Rob Harris writes that there has been a retreat so speedy Liz Truss is left with no ladder to climb down. He says that in fewer than 40 days Liz Truss has lost her chancellor, her signature tax cuts and all authority as British prime minister. The next thing to go will more than likely be her.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/a-retreat-so-speedy-liz-truss-is-left-with-no-clear-ladder-to-climb-down-20221015-p5bq0o.html
    According to Mary Ward, people trained in CPR will soon be able to receive phone notifications about emergency situations near them, with the state’s ambulance service hoping a new app will increase survival rates of people in cardiac arrest. (In America this would be impossible given that country’s stridently litigious nature).
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/new-app-to-connect-people-with-cpr-training-to-emergencies-20221015-p5bq0y.html
    Investors are betting insurance companies will cut their provisions for payouts to businesses that suffered losses due to pandemic lockdowns, after a long-running battle in the courts reached a milestone. The High Court on Friday declined to hear a further appeal in a long and complex dispute over “business interruption” cover, and whether insurers are liable for losses associated with pandemic lockdowns.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/insurance-shares-jump-as-high-court-declines-to-hear-covid-19-appeal-20221014-p5bpxe.html
    Alison Broinowski writes that it would be no great surprise if Australians were to join British military instructors in training Ukrainians to fight. Defence Minister Richard Marles hinted at that when he visited the UK in September. The Australian personnel would join others from New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands and elsewhere who have been supporting Ukraine’s side in the war as trainers of civilians in using weapons, patrolling, and first aid.
    https://johnmenadue.com/ukraine-military-instructor-decision-echoes-lead-up-to-australias-deployment-in-vietnam/
    Rupert Murdoch is considering recombining his Fox Corp and News Corp businesses, putting back together a media empire that he split in 2013. News Corp has set up a special board committee of independent directors to study a potential deal and evaluate possible terms, according to a statement late on Friday. There’s no certainty an agreement will be reached, the company said.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/companies/rupert-murdoch-is-considering-reuniting-fox-news-corp-20221015-p5bpzs.html
    “Arseholes of the Week” nomination goes to this ridiculous and dangerous sect, Jesus Christians, the leader of which is now in the court. Yes, we pay this mob through tax breaks and other government discounts.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/satanist-melbourne-kidney-cult-youtube-sermon-sparks-defamation-battle-20221013-p5bpj8.html

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  5. Oh what a lovely war for some people. Party time for US frackers. Their long held dream finally came true. Way back when I was involved in the petroleum industry the frackers vision was to sell their expensive gas to Europe. The Europeans were used to paying prices that US customers would not. Their very high cost of production made it uneconomic without very high oil prices. They were furious that the Nordstream II pipeline went ahead. Well as US Sec. of State Blinken said re the piplines going BOOM BOOM it is ‘a tremendous opportunity” . Yee haw it’s raining money……………….

    French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire…………“We cannot accept that our American partner sells its LNG at four times the price at which it sells it to its own companies,”

    https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2022/10/frances-le-maire-warns-against-american-gas-domination-00061111

  6. “Arseholes of the Week” nomination goes to this ridiculous and dangerous sect, Jesus Christians, the leader of which is now in the court. Yes, we pay this mob through tax breaks and other government discounts

    If ever there was a case presenting why churches need to be taxed this is it.

    What the article does not mention –
    1. The “Jesus Christians” are based in Australia and have existed since 1981 The leader, Davew Clark, is US-born and came to Australia in 1968, where he joined another cult, Children of God, before leaving and founding his own cult.

    2. Cult members can choose to give all their money and property to the group or to charity. I would bet there is a strong persuasion to give all property to the group aka the founders, who are now in their seventies and far too old to be running a cult.. These false Christians have no problem travelling overseas often to visit other groups and to enlist new followers/cult members. For that they need money, which is why I have suspicions about “donations”.

    3. The cult disbanded in 2010 and is now believed to be operating as “End Time Survivors” so this article is very out of date, although the kidney thing is still going. The cult has its own YouTube channel under the name “End Time Survivors” which I have not visited. Feel free to go there if you want to see what these loons believe. No new videos have been posted for 8 months.

  7. Live weather updates: Residents in Victoria’s north told it’s ‘too dangerous’ to leave as floodwaters spill and rivers rise
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-16/victoria-tasmania-nsw-flooding-evacuation-rainfall-live-updates/101540122

    • The Vic. Teals lack the secret weapon their Federal counterparts had. No Scott Morrison. On the other hand the Vic State Libs seem to be a clown show.

  8. Reading a story about Vasily Arkhipov ,”The man who saved the world” ,who during the Cuban Missile Crisis said ‘nyet’ to launching a nuclear torpedo against the US navy group . 3 officers on board had to say yes to launch it , two said da and he said nyet. Any way the picture of him sure looks alot like Friendly Jordies.

  9. Gosh how things have changed in 40 years lol. Article German but use translate. (‘strand’ = pipeline. )

    The Unforgiven Strand to the East
    SPIEGEL editor Werner Meyer-Larsen on Siberian gas and power politics
    03/21/1982, 1 p.m • from DER SPIEGEL 12/1982
    America’s opposition to the gas deal is not based on a possible dependence of its European allies on energy imports from Siberia. It only has foreign and security policy aspects – defensive, but also offensive…The pipeline to the Russians has been seen by conservatives in America as a symbol of appeasement, if not capitulation.

    https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/der-unverziehene-strang-nach-osten-a-7e646f14-0002-0001-0000-000014337181

    • A translation update. The headline in German is

      Der unverziehene Strang nach Osten

      Which I discovered is a riff on….
      Drang nach Osten (German: [ˈdʁaŋ nax ˈʔɔstn̩]; ‘Drive to the East’,[1][2] or ‘push eastward’,[3] ‘desire to push east'[4]) was the name for a 19th-century German nationalist intent to expand Germany into Slavic territories of Central and Eastern Europe…
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drang_nach_Osten

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The UK and US are heading for recession and China is facing a sharp economic slowdown that will have ramifications for Australia’s economy and shape next week’s budget, Treasurer Jim Chalmers warns. Rachel Clun writes that updated forecasts on international economic growth ahead of the October 25 budget show a steep downgrading of forecasts over the next couple of years for several of Australia’s major trading partners amid global energy price shocks, the war in Ukraine and ongoing pandemic restrictions in China.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/perilous-path-for-global-economy-with-recessions-in-sight-ahead-of-budget-treasurer-20221016-p5bq5s.html
    The Albanese government is clear about the need for national conversations about the various challenges confronting Australia. It is far less clear about the need to lead them, complains Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/governments-must-walk-the-walk-not-just-talk-20221016-p5bq6w
    Adele Ferguson and Chris Gillett report that billions of dollars are being rorted from Medicare each year by medical practitioners making mistakes or charging for services that aren’t necessary or didn’t even happen – including billing dead people and falsifying patient records to boost profits.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/medicare-is-haemorrhaging-the-rorts-and-waste-costing-taxpayers-billions-of-dollars-a-year-20221013-p5bpp9.html
    They tell us that rorting Medicare has become so lucrative that courses teach doctors and health professionals how to milk the $28 billion taxpayer-funded billing system and cover their tracks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/doctors-taught-how-to-pack-and-stack-medicare-billings-to-boost-revenues-20221016-p5bq56.html
    And the SMH editorial declares that this Medicare rorting is a national scandal needing an urgent fix. It says the Medicare crisis is not of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s making but the current depth of public goodwill behind him, combined with Labor’s history as the architects of Medicare in the 1980s, means he is in a unique position to do something about it.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/medicare-rorting-is-a-national-scandal-needing-urgent-fix-20221016-p5bq4v.html
    “Sports Rorts” and assorted grants schemes manipulated for political gains by the former Coalition government are not merely corrupt by probably illegal too, writes Vince O’Grady. O’Grady found the political bias persisted not only in Sports allocations but throughout the more than $7bn in grants programs. And that is before even analysing the almost half a trillion in government contracts since 2013.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/judgement-day-is-coming-for-sports-rorts-other-coalition-grants-schemes/
    Despite trying to soften his image, Peter Dutton remains prodigiously unpopular, writes Belinda Jones.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/perennially-unlikeable-peter-dutton-is-fooling-no-one,16867
    Former prime minister Scott Morrison has been advertised as the “true definition of a leader” as he attempts to build a side-gig as a globetrotting speaker. The Worldwide Speakers Group has announced that Mr Morrison, Australia’s 30th prime minister, will “exclusively” represent the group on international speaking engagements. Pull the other one!
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/10/17/scott-morrison-worldwide-speakers-group/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    Australians are facing financial ruin, even homelessness, after being granted unaffordable credit at the “click of a finger” by payday lenders, a Senate committee has heard. Matthew Elmas writes that financial counsellor Lyndall Millburn told senators on Friday that one of her clients – who was scheduled to appear before the public hearing but pulled out – was pushed into a financial crisis by payday lenders.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/10/14/payday-loans-senate-committee/
    The federal government has signalled a new wave of competition reform, supported by incentive payments to the states, as part of an agenda it says would boost living standards and bring down prices for consumers. Shane Wright reports that tonight Competition Minister Andrew Leigh will say the country needs a “good dose of competition”, arguing for a return to the Hilmer reforms of the 1990s and early 2000s that delivered a $50 billion a year boost to the economy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-zippier-economy-competition-reform-back-on-government-agenda-20221014-p5bprv.html
    Wendy Touhy writes that today Amanda Rishworth will announce sweeping government programs to end the “epidemic” of violence against women and their children in Australia, where one woman is killed every 10 days by a current or former partner. The programs will have their effectiveness measured for the first time.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/game-changer-we-need-plan-to-end-violence-against-women-within-a-generation-20221016-p5bq4c.html
    More from Josh Butler on what he says is a world-leading action.
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/17/federal-government-launches-world-leading-bid-to-end-violence-against-women-and-children-within-a-generation
    Neil Mitchell and Jon Faine have their say about the Victorian election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victoria-s-pandemic-response-is-the-elephant-in-the-room-this-election-20221014-p5bpv7.html
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/dan-andrews-secret-weapon-is-the-man-trying-to-beat-him-20221014-p5bpv3.html
    More time off for new mums and dads will be good for the economy, says Rachel Clun about the government’s parental leave and childcare policies.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/more-time-off-for-new-mums-and-dads-will-be-good-for-the-economy-20221015-p5bq2i.html
    Countless thousands of small and medium-sized family enterprises are celebrating the courage of Labor and Andrew Leigh, the Assistant Minister for Competition and Treasury. Robert Gottliebsen writes that Leigh has introduced into parliament a tough bill that will make illegal the unfair contracts that are currently being shoved down the throats of Australian family enterprises.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/andrew-leighs-tough-bill-set-to-make-unfair-contracts-history/news-story/902e0985e0a4012cb2eb3dbb273f6d4f
    All Australian schools should have access to a bank of lesson plans under a radical proposal to reduce teacher workload, boost results and stop educators having to plan classes from scratch. Lucy Carroll and Madelaine Heffernan tell us that a report by independent think tank the Grattan Institute has found 15 per cent of almost 2250 primary and high school teachers across the country have access to a common set of high-quality curriculum materials for all classes, and teachers in disadvantaged schools are half as likely to have access to shared lesson plans than those in advantaged schools.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/schools-need-shared-lesson-plans-for-teachers-to-stop-learning-lottery-20221013-p5bpga.html
    The usual suspects in their regular appearances on Sky News After Dark or on the hustings are horrified by what they think is going on in our schools. Yet seeing what is actually going on is heartening for the rest of us, explains Noel Turnbull.
    https://johnmenadue.com/classrooms-of-hope-and-inspiration-why-are-sky-news-so-angry-about-them/
    People are using only 80 per cent of their support packages in the National Disability Insurance Scheme and combined with a higher-than-expected number of people entering the scheme, the program’s costs will continue to balloon without intervention, explains Rachel Clun.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/the-60-billion-question-how-to-fund-and-run-the-ndis-20220926-p5bl41.html
    Coalition senators Michaelia Cash and Linda Reynolds will this week appear in court in the last days of the high profile trial of Bruce Lehrmann, who is accused of raping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins. Cash’s testimony will be a sight to behold.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/senators-set-to-appear-following-higgins-claims-of-intimidation/news-story/6d5e30d8a53bf7dcc04a6d6844928dbb
    Greg Brown reports that religious leaders are urging Anthony Albanese to reverse his opposition to a “statements of belief” clause in religious discrimination legislation which would offer explicit protection for people of faith from being sacked by their employer over voicing their beliefs.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/faith-leaders-urge-pm-to-shield-religious-beliefs-with-legislation/news-story/c8b98fe82c4120c59b36bbc61caa776c
    The NSW casino regulator will fine Sydney’s The Star a record $100 million for its failure to stem criminal activity and money laundering within its casinos. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have confirmed with multiple sources that the Independent Casino Commission will hand down the decision on Monday, which is also the first day on the job for The Star’s new chief executive Robbie Cooke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/sydney-s-the-star-casino-to-be-fined-100-million-following-damning-inquiry-20221016-p5bq7m.html
    In cities and towns across Russia, men are going into hiding to avoid the officials who are seizing them and sending them to fight in Ukraine. The return of the press gang?
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/russia-is-grabbing-men-off-the-street-to-fight-in-ukraine-20221017-p5bq8q.html
    The AFR tells us that China’s property sector, which accounts for between 20 per cent and 25 per cent of Chinese GDP and about 40 per cent of household assets, is in the second year of a slump that has so far proved impervious to a series of increasingly desperate government stimulus measures, including lower rates, tax breaks and directives for banks to support property developers.
    https://www.afr.com/chanticleer/xi-s-coronation-can-t-overshadow-growing-property-crisis-20221016-p5bq49
    Liz Truss is fighting for her political survival, with Conservative MPs threatening to oust her and even allies warning she has just days to turn around her premiership despite ripping up her economic strategy and appointing Jeremy Hunt as chancellor.
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/oct/16/liz-truss-fights-for-survival-as-even-allies-say-she-could-have-only-days-left
    Bill Wyman explains why Trump is Biden’s greatest asset. He ends by saying, “America’s political structures are tested and strong. But even they can’t withstand a population determined to destroy them.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/with-enemies-like-trump-biden-s-greatest-asset-20221014-p5bpvz.html
    Here’s today’s “Arsehole of the Week” nomination. It goes to the principal of a Queensland religious school who interrogated students about whether they knew a teacher was living with her boyfriend, amid concerns the teacher’s “lifestyle” went against its “biblical moral standards”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/17/christian-school-principal-quizzed-students-if-they-knew-unmarried-teacher-lived-with-boyfriend

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  11. So Scollum has finally found a group dumb enough to take him on and prepared to tell outrageous lies about his ability as a leader.

    The “Worldwide Speakers Group” features other nonentities like Mike Pence and the former PM of Canada, Stephen Harper. I’m sure those stuck in a room with these so-called “speakers” (aka unemployed former bigwigs) will find their insomnia miraculously cured.

    Scollum has not yet set a speaker’s fee, he must be waiting to see what response he gets. Hopefully no-one will be interested in listening to his lies and his garbled, breathless speech. .

    Take a look at this group’s “team” – what a lot of losers. Most of them you won’t have heard of at all.
    https://wwsg.com

    • Good grief, poor Annie Liebowitz . They put her picture next to SfM’s ugly mug on their line up.

  12. Oh dear

    A sitting senator has adamantly denied pretending not to know about the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins at Parliament House, agreeing it would be “political suicide” to try covering such a thing up.

    Senator Michaelia Cash also insisted the alleged rape of one political staffer by another would not be a “politically embarrassing” thing to hide, describing it as “something that would need to be attended to”.

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7944454/

  13. I wonder what our governments will do now they all insist “Covid is over” and the media are referring to the pandemic in the past tense?

    The Nightmare COVID Variant That Beats Our Immunity Is Finally Here
    The XBB subvariant of Omicron appears to be the fastest spreading COVID virus yet, and most of our treatments don’t touch it.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-nightmare-xbb-covid-variant-that-beats-our-immunity-is-finally-here

    I’ll keep staying at home.

  14. Your WTAF moment for the day

    Former prime minister Scott Morrison has been described as a “virtuous globalization mastermind” and credited with “controlling natural disasters” by the agency that says it now “exclusively” represents him.

    Morrison is known for “aggressively working toward a net zero global emissions economy”, the Worldwide Speakers Group said.

    Those comments prompted the University of Canberra’s Prof Chris Wallace to say the gig “raises former prime minister Scott Morrison from the national to world-class gaslighter league”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/17/virtuous-globalization-mastermind-former-australia-prime-minister-scott-morrison-lauded-by-worldwide-speakers-group

    Nice one, Ms Wallace!

  15. Well done, ladies

    There has been speculation that the players had taken a stand against Hancock Prospecting, the mining company of Gina Rinehart, when they appeared in uniforms without the new sponsor’s logo during the recent games in New Zealand.

    The Diamonds are reportedly siding with squad member Donnell Wallam, who stands on the brink of becoming just the third Indigenous player to represent Australia. Wallam has reportedly raised concerns with the company’s record on Indigenous issues.

    Netball Australia said prior to Sunday’s second game that the new squad uniform had been delayed “pending the resolution of outstanding matters relating to the player interim agreement and certain sensitivities”.

    The issue is a thorny one, not least because Netball Australia has suffered losses of more than $7m in two Covid-impacted years. Hancock has agreed a $15m sponsorship deal over four years with the cash-strapped governing body.

    Former Diamonds captain Sharni Norder (nee Layton) also opposes the sponsorship due to Hancock’s climate record, and spoke to the team in the build-up to this series. Netball Australia says the issue will be resolved at the end of the series.

    The players are showing solidarity, but the situation has been marked by poor communication between the sport’s management and its star players. Netball Australia media manager Georgina Cahill declined access to Marinkovich after Sunday’s game, and said captain Liz Watson would address media on Tuesday.

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/17/diamonds-gagged-by-netball-australia-mid-hancock-prospecting-sponsor-saga

    Why is it that sports (mis)governing authorities in Australia can’t get it right?

  16. Another Scollum brainfart gets the axe.

    Remember when he decided to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for purely cult beliefs? Australia has “quietly” dropped that.

    Australia quietly drops recognition of West Jerusalem as capital of Israel
    Exclusive: Former PM Scott Morrison’s decision to formally recognise West Jerusalem has now been reversed by Labor government
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/17/australia-quietly-drops-recognition-of-west-jerusalem-as-capital-of-israel

  17. Now, where did I hear “lying cow” mentioned?

    A senator has rejected suggestions she attempted to “coach” the cross-examination of former employee Brittany Higgins by texting a barrister for the man accused of raping her at Parliament House.

    Senator Linda Reynolds testified in the trial of Bruce Lehrmann on Monday, when it also emerged she had asked defence barrister Steven Whybrow to provide her with transcripts of Ms Higgins’ evidence.

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7945221/

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Voters are divided about whether or not Labor should stick with an election promise to keep the Morrison government’s stage-three tax cuts, although prime beneficiaries of the change are more likely to argue Anthony Albanese should stick to his word, writes Katherine Murphy about the latest Essential poll.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/18/guardian-essential-poll-voters-split-on-whether-labor-should-ditch-the-stage-three-tax-cuts
    The Medicare story continues, saying that systemic rorting of the system is artificially inflating official statistics that claim almost nine out of 10 patients are bulk billed by their doctor and don’t pay any out-of-pocket costs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/medicare-rorts-expose-inflated-bulk-billing-rates-20221017-p5bqas.html
    Senior federal government ministers have described revelations that billions of dollars are rorted or wasted through the Medicare payments system each year as atrocious and alarming. They are right. The key question is what happens next, says the SMH editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/political-courage-needed-to-tackle-vested-interests-and-save-medicare-20221017-p5bqc0.html
    Rachel Clun writes that Mark Butler has commissioned a report on the Health Department’s existing compliance and audit programs following revelations billions of dollars were being rorted or wasted from Medicare each year and the system was failing to detect fraud or errors. Jim Chalmers has also signalled Medicare rorting could form part of the government’s audit of wasteful spending amidst attempts to rein in budget costs as the peak doctors’ group said the claims had been grossly inflated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/absolutely-atrocious-chalmers-attacks-medicare-rorts-20221017-p5bqaw.html
    Planners warn out-of-date flood maps and a lack of statewide co-ordination mean Victoria is not adequately prepared for flooding, with new homes being built in potentially dangerous locations such as flood plains. Cara Waters writes that Victoria’s peak body for town planners said there was no framework for updating flood mapping and the available information on riverine and coastal inundation was patchy and outdated.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/out-of-date-flood-maps-mean-homes-built-on-flood-plains-20221017-p5bqbl.html
    Grocery prices will climb in the wake of the Victorian floods, intensifying cost-of-living pressures as Treasurer Jim Chalmers warns that the impact of this latest natural disaster on the federal budget will be substantial. The total cost to the economy will not be known until after the waters have receded, but a leading economist predicts inflation could surpass a 32-year high of 8 per cent by the end of the year.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/australians-under-the-pump-as-floods-inflame-cost-of-living-20221017-p5bqe9.html
    Angus Thompson reports that Linda Reynolds has been accused of attempting to “coach” the cross-examination of Brittany Higgins by texting the barrister acting for her former staffer’s alleged rapist. Not a good look, Linda!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/reynolds-denies-trying-to-coach-defence-s-questioning-of-higgins-20221017-p5bqeh.html
    And the charming Michaelia Cash has denied that she knew of the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins more than a year before it became public in February 2021, agreeing it would be “political suicide” to have covered it up.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/17/michaelia-cash-denies-knowing-of-alleged-of-brittany-higgins-18-months-before-it-became-public
    The comments last week by Nationals frontbencher Barnaby Joyce likening the Voice proposal to a law enacted in Nazi Germany show what a difficult task it will be to get the Voice referendum passed, writes Crispin Hull.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7944521/with-joyce-rewriting-history-theres-a-tough-fight-ahead-for-the-voice/?cs=14258
    The ABC has called on the federal government to pass a new law guaranteeing it can host at least one debate during federal elections. James Massola tells us that the appeal for a legally mandated debate is contained in the corporation’s submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of the 2022 election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/abc-wants-new-law-guaranteeing-it-can-host-election-debates-20221017-p5bqf2.html
    John McDuling looks for the hidden message in Rupert Murdoch’s latest manoeuvre to remerge Fox and NewsCorp.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-hidden-message-in-rupert-murdoch-s-latest-manoeuvre-20221017-p5bqis.html
    The Coalition has vowed to “roll out the red carpet” for businesses and cut the payroll tax for small companies as part of its push to reinvigorate the state’s economy in the aftermath of COVID-19 disruption. Matthew Guy said on Monday that, if the Liberal Party won next month’s election, he would lift the payroll tax threshold – which is based on a company’s annual wages bill – from $700,000 to $1.6 million, writes Sumeyya Ilanbey.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/coalition-will-roll-out-red-carpet-for-business-with-payroll-tax-cut-20221017-p5bqew.html
    Australia’s aged-care system is at serious risk of financial collapse, with two in three nursing homes operating at a loss in 2021-22, and needs the federal government to step in with an emergency funding package, a study warns. The analysis of the financial performance of aged-care providers in 2021-22 reveals significant worsening of an already dire situation, with residential aged-care homes losing $14.67 a bed a day compared with losses of $8.43 in the previous financial year.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/emergency-funding-needed-as-agedcare-sector-at-risk-of-collapse/news-story/8b2f4a1ef7dc780352c861fc30a64b60
    Jack Waterford wonders if Albanese is up to the job of public service reform.
    https://johnmenadue.com/is-albanese-up-to-the-job-of-public-service-reform/
    Tory Shepperd writes that Scott Morrison has been described as a “virtuous globalization mastermind” and credited with “controlling natural disasters” by the agency that says it now “exclusively” represents him. Simply sickening!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/17/virtuous-globalization-mastermind-former-australia-prime-minister-scott-morrison-lauded-by-worldwide-speakers-group
    Alan Kohler thinks that Labor’s immigration and housing policies are an explosive combination.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/10/17/alan-kohler-labor-policies/
    House prices are falling and unlikely to rebound. “Bring it on”, says Jess Irvine.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/house-prices-are-falling-and-unlikely-to-rebound-bring-it-on-20221017-p5bqh5.html
    Following Julia Gillard’s historic Misogyny Speech, coverage in the press demonstrated a detachment from the true meaning behind her words, writes Victoria Fielding.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mass-media-fails-to-recognise-the-power-of-gillards-misogyny-speech,16873
    University fees are poised to change – a new system needs to consider how much courses cost and what graduates can earn, argues Andrew Norton.
    https://theconversation.com/university-fees-are-poised-to-change-a-new-system-needs-to-consider-how-much-courses-cost-and-what-graduates-can-earn-192023
    Star Entertainment Group has been hit with a record fine and had its casino licence suspended but will still be able to stay open and trade.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/star-hit-with-100m-fine-sydney-casino-licence-suspended-20221017-p5bqah.html
    Elizabeth Knight tells us why Star casino will survive the storm.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/revenue-trumps-retribution-why-star-casino-will-survive-the-storm-20221017-p5bqez.html
    The AFR is concerned that once again, the punishment handed down to a casino operator for egregious failures to stem criminal activity and money laundering has failed to fit the crime. It says the lenient treatment for the wrongdoing that has stained Australia’s reputation as a clean place to do business is not good enough.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/games-and-wagering/the-star-s-ill-fitting-punishment-20221017-p5bqgy
    In a country with well-publicised shortages in the health workforce, it’s perplexing and perverse that policymakers don’t use paramedics better. It’s an anomalous situation that the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce can help to overcome, explains Ray Bange.
    https://johnmenadue.com/paramedics-missing-in-health-care-debate/
    Paul Daley says that the Australian War Memorial’s recent vague commitment to a “much broader, a much deeper depiction” of colonial violence against Indigenous people risks being compromised by an absence of detail and sound historical context.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/17/the-australian-war-memorials-intransigence-on-depicting-the-frontier-wars-speaks-louder-than-words
    Laptops from the likes of Apple, HP, Dell and Microsoft are not built to last forever. Within a matter of years your needs will change, or something will break, or it will simply get too old, and you’ll need to recycle it or bin it or stick it in your drawer and buy a new, though similar device. But, as the growing “right to repair” movement will tell you, this isn’t how it necessarily has to be, explains Tim Biggs.
    https://www.theage.com.au/business/entrepreneurship/diy-laptop-offers-apple-like-looks-with-pc-repairability-20221011-p5bous.html
    Rob Harris writes that leading British figures have called on Prime Minister Liz Truss to stand down after less than six weeks in the job, as the Conservative government braces itself for a further week of infighting following the chaos caused by now dumped mini-budget measures.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/corporate-britain-turns-on-truss-as-mps-call-for-her-to-resign-20221017-p5bqe2.html
    Jeremy Corbyn gives a warning to Truss and Hunt, saying people see the chaos and unfairness – and they won’t accept it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/17/truss-hunt-activists-unions-tory-austerity
    Enter the acerbic John Crace who describes Librium Liz’s troubles. He describes her latest appearances as “like asking a death row inmate to administer their own lethal injection.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/oct/17/liz-truss-jeremy-hunt-penny-mordaunt
    In another entertaining contribution, John Lord writes about the implosion of Liz Truss.
    https://theaimn.com/the-implosion-of-liz-truss/
    American National Security Strategies (NSS) are a bizarre hegemonic specie. The latest version is saturated with more than usual hyperbole. The Biden Administration’s obsession that the defining characteristic of international reality is an ontological dichotomy between democracy and autocracy distorts the Strategy’s perspective, opines Mike Scrafton.
    https://johnmenadue.com/us-national-security-strategy-dogma-for-a-misconceived-crusade/
    Dozens of the hundreds of executives and engineers with US citizenship or green cards who work in or with China’s semiconductor sector, many of them born in China, have been told by their employers – whether those are foreign or Chinese companies – to stop work while their employers seek clarification of a new US rule that bars US citizens and residents from supporting China’s advanced chip-making industry without a licence. Stephen Bartholomeusz explains the US’s new weapon to destroy China’s tech dream.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-us-deploys-its-new-weapon-to-destroy-china-s-tech-dream-20221017-p5bqa7.html
    “The Chinese leader is not invading a neighbour, raining down missiles on innocent civilians or routinely threatening to use nuclear weapons. Xi is not only more powerful than Putin but also more capable. The two are strikingly different in presentation. Yet there is a great deal of overlap in their respective world views”, writes Greg Sheridan.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/xi-and-putin-two-sides-ofthe-samecoin/news-story/3c45660401c3647d833a1dcfd01708e6
    Daniel Hurst reports that Australia has quietly dropped its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, unwinding language adopted by Scott Morrison’s government after the US moved its own embassy from Tel Aviv.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/17/australia-quietly-drops-recognition-of-west-jerusalem-as-capital-of-israel

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  19. Wouldn’t paying GPs a decent Medicare rebate help with the alleged “rorting” of Medicare?

    Labor froze rebates in 2013 hoping to get a fix for the budget. Abbott (and Dutton as the worst health minister ever) extended the freeze until the 2018-19 budget and it is still there. It has increased since then, but only by cents at a time. You wouldn’t expect Scollum to do anything to help low income learners , age pensioners or anyone on social security to benefit from bulk billing would you?

    Rebates have been frozen at 2013 levels for almost ten years, increasing only by cents at a time to the current level of only $39.75 for a basic consultation of no more than 20 minutes.
    https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/professional/how-this-gp-illustrated-medicare-s-four-decade-sli

    No wonder GPs are refusing to take new patients and are moving away from bulk billing in droves.

  20. There is a pattern forming. they keep opening the doors that allow the Liberals to rush through. Labor initiated mandatory detention for asylum seekers, ‘efficiency dividends’ on the public service budgets and the Medicare rebate freeze to name but three. What a shame Labor then seems quite relaxed and comfortable with what the barbarians have done with the ‘opened door’ opportunity.

    • True but I hold little hope. I lack the hope because of what I saw and heard during the Rudd -Gillard years. There were powerful voices within Labor who are pretty much a unity ticket with the Coalition when it comes to that sort of stuff, including Climate Change. Then there are the apparatchiks who do not care about the issue but see being #metoo with the Coalition as politically ‘clever’. Have they all vanished ? No chance.

  21. This is an excellent thread on GPs and the problems with bulk billing. I recommend you read it all – it is not long.

    As I thought it is all based on a media beat-up.

  22. What a shame The Guardian chose to go with the highly discriminating “welfare” instead of using “social security”, but that’s a minor complaint about an excellent article.

  23. Must be a holiday over in merca so this is all I got –

    Rachel Maddow –

    Chris Hayes –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

  24. More on the alleged Medicare ‘fraud” – Callum Foote for MWM.
    Prescription CheckTheFactsicillin: $8bn Medicare fraud exhibits symptoms of Hyperbolizosis
    https://michaelwest.com.au/prescription-checkthefactsicillin-8bn-medicare-fraud-exhibits-symptoms-of-hyperbolizosis/

    Apparently the whole claim was based not on an investigation or a report but on a PhD thesis by Margaret Faux, a lawyer and the woman who appeared on 7.30 last night. No-one has bothered to check or verify what she claimed.
    https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/professional/gps-push-back-against-alleged-8-billion-medicare-r

  25. This Roy Margan poll’s data is a bit old, been a while since we had an up to date Vic poll.

  26. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This is a bit of a Midweek Monster.

    Education standards, the quality of health services and the state of the environment will form the starting point for the nation’s first “wellbeing” budget as Treasurer Jim Chalmers attempts to measure what matters to Australians. Shane Wright tells us that next week’s federal budget will devote a section to wellbeing, including how it will be measured and what parts of society will be tracked over time to determine if government policy is working.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/not-about-ashrams-and-yoga-retreats-nation-s-wellbeing-a-focus-of-october-budget-20221018-p5bqmm.html
    David Crowe reports that workers will be promised a new law to lift wages in a federal move that is fuelling industry alarm about rules that could empower unions to negotiate pay deals across multiple employers, along with changes to help close the gender pay gap.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-to-introduce-ir-bill-with-pledge-to-get-wages-moving-20221018-p5bqr3.html
    The AFR tells us that some experts are saying that funding for commuter car parks, regional dams and high-speed rail should be scrapped and governments should stop making dodgy assumptions when they allocate infrastructure spending.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/the-five-projects-experts-say-labor-should-dump-20221017-p5bqd0
    Michael Pascoe: says Albo has done a Joshy on infrastructure – and everybody falls for it.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/10/19/michael-pascoe-infrastructure-integrity/
    Paul Bongiorno reckons we’ll have a bread-and-butter budget with no hundreds and thousands. He says it will be a no-nonsense, down-to-earth “reconciliation” of Labor’s campaign promises within the confines of straightened circumstances, leaving no room for excitement or fireworks.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/10/18/paul-bongiorno-bread-and-butter-budget/
    Adele Ferguson and Chris Gillett explain how the $1.4 billion cosmetic surgery industry is illegally claiming Medicare rebates for medically unnecessary procedures such as facelifts, Botox, breast implants and tummy tucks. Surprise, surprise!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cosmetic-surgery-industry-exploiting-medicare-for-services-it-is-not-entitled-to-claim-20221018-p5bqsb.html
    GR, Dr Samantha Saling, defends her profession, saying, “The bulk of doctors aren’t overbilling you for their care”. She does make some good points, but the spivs will always turn up when opportunity knocks.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-bulk-of-gps-aren-t-overbilling-you-for-their-priceless-care-20221018-p5bqpk.html
    Anna Patty reports that Health Minister Mark Butler accepts he may need to conduct an independent investigation into the system that has allowed billions of dollars to be rorted from Medicare without detection.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/government-considers-independent-review-of-medicare-rorts-20221018-p5bquk.html
    Meanwhile, the SMH has a crack at the AMA, saying that it seems determined to prove the old adage that the best defence is a good offence. The paper reckons the association’s leadership is in urgent need of a reality check.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/the-ama-s-leadership-is-in-urgent-need-of-a-reality-check-20221018-p5bqpf.html
    Editors at Nine Entertainment and the ABC have been diagnosed with Acute Journo’s Ear Syndrome and possible Craniorectal Inversion following reports of an $8 billion Medicare fraud. Callum Foote reports.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/prescription-checkthefactsicillin-8bn-medicare-fraud-exhibits-symptoms-of-hyperbolizosis/
    The Albanese government admits it needs to rein in the National Disability Insurance Scheme after revealing its cost will blow out by almost $9 billion over the next four years, putting further pressure on the already-ravaged federal budget, report Phil Coorey and Michael Read.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/ndis-review-ordered-amid-8-8b-blowout-20221018-p5bqlj
    The call by Murray Watt, Minister for Emergency Management, for a national discussion about new development in disaster-prone areas should be welcomed, writes Chas Keys
    https://johnmenadue.com/towards-a-phase-shift-in-flood-management/
    David Crowe and Lisa Visentin report that the head of Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog has cautioned the federal parliament against adopting “exceptional circumstances” as the test for holding public hearings under the new National Anti-Corruption Commission, saying it had placed an “artificial limit” on the state agency.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/government-urged-to-give-witnesses-in-federal-anti-corruption-cases-more-protection-20221017-p5bqhy.html
    And the ABC has warned it could face corruption complaints for its journalists’ work under the national anti-corruption commission and has called for editorial work to be excluded from the commission’s purview. Paul Karp writes that the ABC made the request in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry on the NACC, saying that the definition of corruption – which includes the “misuse of information or documents” – could capture confidential government information or documents being sent to an ABC journalist in “the normal course of the journalist’s work”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/19/abc-warns-national-anti-corruption-commission-could-investigate-journalists-work
    The radical plan to flatten Australia’s progressive tax system is the bastard child of base politics, the Faustian pact Labor made in its ruthless determination to win power. Peter Lewis says it is the base politics of Scott Morrison’s division-by-design that summoned into being this brutal attack on egalitarianism, removing an entire tax scale so that people earning $200,000 would pay the same 30% rate as those on $48,000.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/18/following-its-faustian-pact-to-keep-the-stage-three-tax-cuts-labor-should-stick-with-the-fable-and-find-salvation
    Australia needs an honest conversation about tax and budgets – and Jim Chalmers is ready to talk, writes Peter Martin who pours scorn on Frydenberg’s efforts.
    https://theconversation.com/australia-needs-an-honest-conversation-about-tax-and-budgets-and-jim-chalmers-is-ready-to-talk-192603
    As Julie Bishop and Scott Morrison remind us why we’re better off without the Coalition, the ABC continues to forgive the crimes of the L-NP, writes Jennifer Wilson.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/circus-clowns-continue-covering-up-coalition-crimes,16874
    John Collett tells us that incoming regulation of Australia’s sizable buy now pay later space is likely to improve protections for consumers, with a recent report revealing one-third of users on BNPL platforms have fallen behind on their scheduled payments.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/investing/buy-now-pay-later-regulation-shake-up-to-help-protect-users-20221013-p5bpjs.html
    Reporting on yesterday’s closing arguments in the Lehrmann trial, Angus Thompson tells us that the prosecutor said Brittany Higgins was “right to be scared” of reporting her alleged rape in Parliament House to police due to the strong political forces at play from the time of her initial complaint to its airing in court. The defendant’s lawyer’s yet to be completed statement was also reported on.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/higgins-right-to-be-scared-lehrmann-trial-prosecutor-says-political-forces-at-play-20221018-p5bqqm.html
    The release of the Australian banking regulator’s annual points of presence data this week will be an integrity test for both its chairman Wayne Byres and Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers, says Dale Webster.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/bank-regulator-and-treasury-probity-to-be-tested-over-annual-data,16876
    The fate of Dominic Perrottet’s promise to raise the Warragamba Dam wall will be decided under Commonwealth law by federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, despite the state government’s claim it may fully fund the project to make sure it is built, explains Mike Foley.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/plibersek-holds-veto-power-over-raising-of-warragamba-dam-wall-20221018-p5bqqo.html
    A senior State Emergency Service volunteer says residents near the Maribyrnong River were not given accurate information about the scale of the unfolding flooding disaster, adding her voice to criticisms that evacuation warnings came too late.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/maribyrnong-flood-warnings-a-complete-shemozzle-senior-ses-volunteer-says-20221018-p5bqpd.html
    Home buyers steer clear of properties at extreme flood risk when informed of the threat, altering their property search and bidding for lower risk homes, an international study has found. More buyers are factoring climate-change risks into their property decisions, but making risk data more accessible could more quickly shift buyer behaviour, experts say, and encourage upgrades to properties, writes Kate Burke.
    https://www.theage.com.au/property/news/if-a-house-scored-9-out-of-10-for-flood-risk-would-you-buy-it-20221008-p5bo8j.html
    Josh Gordon reports that Victoria and the Commonwealth are ramping up efforts to build thousands of kilometres of new energy transmission lines as part of a massive drive to modernise the state’s electricity grid.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/state-and-federal-governments-unite-in-2-25b-renewable-energy-push-20221018-p5bquc.html
    According to Emily Woods, Victoria’s environmental regulator has been accused of allowing three coal-fired power stations to contaminate the air with millions of tonnes of pollution.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/epa-failed-community-by-not-going-tough-on-power-stations-court-told-20221018-p5bqrt.html
    An obscure Liberal hopeful has apologised after vowing to put Premier Daniel Andrews on trial for “murder” — but the offending material still remains online.
    https://www.theage.com.au/cbd/andrews-liberal-challenger-sorry-for-justice-threat-20221017-p5bqdn.html
    The sponsorship dollar, which was once colour-neutral, now has a specific hue and a certain scent, which players are deciding to take or leave according to their principles, writes Malcolm Knox.
    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/athletes-can-have-a-conscience-but-they-may-find-all-lucre-is-filthy-20221018-p5bqpg.html
    The state’s transport safety authority has launched a formal investigation into the steering failures dogging the government’s new Manly ferries. What a classic cock-up!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/investigation-launched-into-problem-plagued-manly-ferries-20221018-p5bqrk.html
    In an op-ed in The Australian, Andrew Leigh explains Australia’s plan to close the loophole allowing multinationals to avoid paying tax.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/australias-plan-to-close-the-loophole-allowing-multinationals-to-avoid-paying-tax/news-story/6f62269a68420c09a559a91408ca3fee
    The Optus hack is officially a nightmare for corporate Australia. And the chief executive of National Australia Bank, Ross McEwan, says the telco’s travails should galvanise every company in the country into action, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/the-threat-keeping-australian-ceos-up-at-night-20221018-p5bqr0.html
    Nepotism is one thing, but Fred Nile handing over to his wife to serve in the NSW upper house is another thing!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/fred-nile-to-retire-from-parliament-20221018-p5bqsn.html
    The federal Labor government has promised to craft a national housing and homelessness plan and to fund new social housing, returning Canberra to a field it all but abandoned for a decade. A new Productivity Commission report is scathing about current arrangements and calls for far-reaching change.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-market-has-failed-to-give-australians-affordable-housing-so-dont-expect-it-to-solve-the-crisis/
    China has delayed the release of eagerly-anticipated economic data at the last minute. There is an obvious conclusion why, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/china-s-economic-data-has-disappeared-during-xi-s-party-20221018-p5bqll.html
    Paul Kelly thinks China’s internal woes could yet eclipse those of the US.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/chinas-internal-woes-could-yet-eclipse-those-of-the-us/news-story/fd756f1d75c2b87ab1a0e8fad8d26df4
    Michael Pascoe, a few days ago, in the New Daily, in an article titled ‘Worried about Australian sovereignty? Don’t bother, it’s gone.’ drew together what Paul Keating, I and others have been saying recently about Australia becoming a proxy even a patsy for the United States. The signs are ominous on numerous fronts, says John Menadue.
    https://johnmenadue.com/paul-keating-has-warned-us-that-our-strategic-sovereignty-is-being-outsourced-to-another-country-the-us/
    Victorian firm Maddens Lawyers says it is launching its action against the world’s largest vehicle maker, Toyota, claiming the company sold hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles to Australian consumers that possess engine design features commonly known as “defeat devices”. This could be a very interesting case with global implications.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7947234/toyota-to-vigorously-fight-diesel-emission-tamper-claim/?cs=14329
    Medical experts, religious groups, the Greens and anti-gambling advocates have urged the NSW government to invest some of the $100 million penalty imposed on the Star Casino into minimising gambling harm.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-government-under-pressure-to-put-star-millions-to-good-use-20221018-p5bqq8.html
    Outstanding land, payroll, stamp duty and gaming machine taxes are contributing to $1.13 billion weighing on NSW’s debt book, up from $477 million in July 2019 and Lucy Cormack writes that there is no strategy to correct the situation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/unpaid-tax-in-nsw-soars-above-1-billion-no-strategy-to-correct-it-20221017-p5bqf0.html
    Australia is extremely vulnerable to the types of missile attacks seen in Ukraine over the past week. That’s why decision-makers in Canberra must invest in the right weaponry to boost our strategic defences, warns Mick Ryan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/lessons-for-australia-from-putin-s-missile-attacks-on-ukraine-20221017-p5bqj5.html
    Rob Harris writes that Israel’s foreign ministry has chastised a senior Australian diplomat over Canberra’s decision to drop its recognition of West Jerusalem as the nation’s capital, labelling the move a “wretched decision” which risked encouraging extremists to further agitate in the region.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/israel-castigates-australian-ambassador-over-wretched-jerusalem-decision-20221019-p5bqw5.html
    Changing Australia’s position on a topic as contentious as the capital of Israel was always going to arouse intense opposition and debate, writes Matthew Knott who says the messy, confusing way the Albanese government executed its decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem made a challenging task significantly more inflammatory and damaging than it needed to be.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bungled-handling-of-west-jerusalem-makes-a-tough-decision-worse-20221018-p5bqqk.html
    Greg Sheridan says that it was unnecessary, worthless and of no diplomatic benefit to anyone to reverse the Morrison government’s decision to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and revert to the old practice of recognising Tel Aviv.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/albanese-government-makes-its-first-big-mistake-in-foreign-policy/news-story/5d665850bc42c38ef86d00cfc9248139

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  27. I have not been here because I am trying to write a story for my university writing course assignment.

    You will hear more from me when it is finished. I am struggling to put the story together.

  28. I’ve just been listening to the wonderful Kathryn Wilkes who has campaigned tirelessly for years to have the CDC scrapped, despite not being on the card herself and battling ill health. (I couldn’t listen last night because we had a power outage from about 9 pm until after midnight.)

    Kathryn spoke about how wonderful it is to have a Labor government – the difference is particularly obvious to those coming off this card. She told how a man from DSS had rung her to make sure everyone in her region had no issues getting off the card, a complete contrast to the previous regime which had refused to talk to her at all, saying she was not “on the card” so they would not talk to her. This was especially insulting because Kathryn has spent years helping anyone on the CDC no matter what region they were in.

    People are still having trouble getting money back from Indue – money that is rightfully theirs. One man has been trying for FOUR years to get $900 (plus interest) back. Indue are still telling porkies about DSS being able to take money back, which is absolute bullshit. Also Indue is refusing to close accounts, leaving them open “in case they are needed again”. This is not a new tactic, they have been doing it for years, but the CDC is now dead and will not be resurrected. DSS and Centrelink are going to have a lot of work ahead to finally kill off this vile card.

    Kathryn is now an official DSS go-between for former card holders, all you have to do is send her a message and she will pass on a direct contact number for the man from DSS.

    On a brighter note – over 3000 people exited the card in the first 4 days.

  29. Looks like Nine and Murdoch are trying hard to make the abandonment of West Jerusalem as capital of Israel into a major issue.

    It’s a bit late for protest – the deed was done days ago. West Jerusalem should never have been recognised as the capital in the first place, Scollum did it to conform with his cult’s “End of Days” beliefs, not for diplomatic reasons.

    • Rupes company have been the planet’s biggest boosters of the Neocon war mongering nutters for decades. Which means of course total support of all things Israel. Part of a package deal.

      Indonesia our bigly large and close neighbour has expressed their happiness with the decision. Yet can you find any articles in Mordor Media mentioning that ? Jakarta or Tel Aviv, which do you think is more important for/in Australia’s future ?

    • Local Jewish MPs are het up about scrapping plan to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem announced on Yom Kippur.

      LIke most Australians I am sorry the Nazis exterminated 6 million Jews PLUS 6 million others, as well as 20+ million Soviet citizens
      HOWEVER why are Palestinians still being punished for European crimes committed 80 years ago, forced to live in the over crowded Gaza and West Bank ghettos

  30. Quelle surprise!

    Allegra Spender, MP for Wentworth, the largest Jewish population in NSW, has had a go at the government for ditching Scollum’s brainfart to agree that West Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. He did this for two reasons:
    (1) To get Wentworth back into Liberal hands and
    (2) Because of his cult beliefs which state that Jesus, on his return, will rule the world from Jerusalem – that’s going to be a bit difficult if Jerusalem is in Palestinian hands.

    Now Wentworth is (allegedly) independent and the silly Zionists of Wentworth can go frack themselves. I am fully aware that one does not have to be Jewish to be a Zionist or vice versa.

    This End of Days stuff is based on fantasies and the drug-addicted ravings of whoever wrote the Book of Revelation, allegedly a chap by the name of “John” but no-ne knows for sure. We can be sure about his drug use though.

    Allegra Spender criticises government’s decision on West Jerusalem
    The independent Wentworth MP, Allegra Spender, has released a statement saying the Albanese government’s decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was “rushed and badly handled”.

    Spender said she had written to the foreign minister, Penny Wong, to express her “deep concerns” at the decision, which Wong previously called “cynical”.

    The federal government’s decision to withdraw recognition of West Jerusalem was rushed and badly handled – made without proper consultation.

    Announcing the decision on a Jewish holiday was even worse, as it precluded community organisations from making a public response.

    Every sovereign nation, including Israel has the right to determine its own capital.

    Spender said Australia should play a constructive role in supporting a two-state solution and that the government’s actions “undermine our efforts without any gains”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/oct/19/victoria-floods-warnings-daniel-andrews-labor-coalition-albanese-politics

  31. Rupert’s sewerage production facilities are in fine form. Won’t bother linking the article.
    .

    “Australia-Israel row: terror groups cheer Penny Wong’s embassy call

    Proscribed terror groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have endorsed the Albanese government’s decision not to move the Australian embassy to Jerusalem.”

    • Not only but also – rubbish from the shady furry minister

      Shadow foreign minister Simon Birmingham has told ABC News the government has damaged its relationship with Israel, following the Albanese government’s decision to no longer recognise West Jerusalem as the capital.

      President Biden has not overturned the decision that was made around the same time. The substance of this issue, and in the substantive sense, West Jerusalem under essentially all propositions for peace and a two-state solution remains part of Israel. It’s essentially the functioning capital for much of the Israeli government.

      When the decision was made, it was very clear that from Australia’s perspective, East Jerusalem needed to be negotiated in terms of its status as part of a final two-state solution and that is what we continue to aspire to see.

      But then there is the fact that this has been handled in such a poor and shambolic way in which Australian voters who were misled prior to the last election in which Jewish and Israeli community groups were not consulted properly. The Israeli Government was not consulted or informed properly. And the announcement was made at a sensitive time, both on the Jewish calendar as well as in the timing of the Israeli elections and the Government really does now need to put effort and work into seeking to repair a damaged relationship with the Israeli Government.

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/oct/19/victoria-floods-warnings-daniel-andrews-labor-coalition-albanese-politics#top-of-blog

  32. This is anti-poverty week. The budget is next week, what would you like to see?

    I would like
    Workforce Australia abolished alongside Mutual Obligation
    Cancel contracts of Job Network providers who engage in illegal activity even if it’s one unqualified junior counter staff in remote WA
    Covid showed poverty is a policy choice, raise the rate to $750 a fortnight
    fix NDIS, routing out the rorters
    fix Medicare
    build social housing, use prefab and modular
    stop logging native forests
    fix Murray Darling water allocations
    get cracking on NACC
    rebuild public service

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