11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month, 1918. Lest We Forget.

The final ceasefire of World War One, the war to end all war except it didn’t.

Let these images help us remember the animals who served. Let us also remember the farm animals, pets and wildlife who were the innocent victims of human stupidity, stubbornness and sense of superiority. We had a choice. They did not. Lest We Forget.

Only one horse was taken back to Australia at the end of WWW. Some were transferred to the British Army in India, some went to the abattiors to become meat for the troops. A lot were shot by their own riders to give them a quick and humane end. It is understandable but tragic that these horses were fated not just by the logistics of returning., but our animal diseases quarantine laws.

Of course WW1, in my opinion, was just the royal houses of Europe and Britain, all related, squabbling over territory. A family feud played out with the lives of millions. Then the end of WW1 was the beginning of World War Two, followed by the cold war, and the crazy era of nuclear Mutually Assured Destruction.

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    • Well I hope the previous government paid the legal costs of the people who fought against Robodebt when it was still being implemented.

  1. I have to admit I feel really sick and angry about the attack on Friendlyjordies today.

    Not only because it happened, but because the reaction from the mainstream media so far seems to be “Serves him right.”

    I hope the investigation pulls up solid results.

    • That media pack! Very apt description of them all by Jordan – “a pack of hyenas” and “absolute scumbags”. I include Their ABC in that – they made sure his address was given.

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  2. Bloody tradies!

    My neighbour is having a lot of work done on her house, it’s been going on for months in silence, apart from the noise made by legitimate work, tools etc. This morning, with the work finally nearing an end, we have a new tradie who is deafening the entire neighbourhood with his truck radio tuned to the local station.

    FFS!

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Nick McKenzie and David Crowe reveal that senior federal Coalition MP Stuart Robert has been secretly providing advice to a Canberra lobbying and consulting firm that helps large companies win lucrative government contracts and obtain access to senior Coalition politicians, including Peter Dutton. FFS! (By the way, Robert is scheduled to be a panellist on QandA tonight).
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/senior-coalition-mp-stuart-robert-gave-secret-advice-to-lobbyists-20221123-p5c0kg.html
    Another FFS! The federal environment department allowed the National Farmers’ Federation to attend a meeting about clearing of native grasslands in what its own officials warned could be a breach of commonwealth prosecutions policy. The warnings are contained in documents, seen by Guardian Australia, which were prepared ahead of a 5 April 2019 meeting to discuss an allegation that Jam Land, a company part owned by the then energy minister Angus Taylor and his brother Richard, had illegally cleared 28.5 hectares (70.4 acres) of critically endangered grasslands in the New South Wales Monaro region.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/24/national-farmers-federation-nff-attended-environment-department-meeting-jam-land-grasslands-clearing
    A decade of policy inaction, misstep and failure is coming home to roost – and Australian taxpayers are being warned the cost of that will be borne by them, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-economic-issues-the-federal-government-cannot-ignore-20221123-p5c0jv.html
    Australia’s economy remains afloat – but there are choppy waters ahead, warns Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/nov/24/australias-economy-remains-afloat-but-there-are-choppy-waters-ahead
    Michael Pascoe opines that interest rates won’t work like they used to. This is a very good read that contains a telling chart.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/11/23/interest-rates-rba-philip-lowe/
    Angus Thompson reports that Scott Morrison and former ministers Alan Tudge, Michael Keenan, Stuart Robert, Christian Porter and Marise Payne will also have expenses covered by taxpayers, but the approval of the public money does not cement their appearance at future hearings, which begin again next month. Regardless, it’s going to be an interesting two weeks of hearings to watch.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/taxpayer-funds-approved-for-morrison-s-robo-debt-royal-commission-appearance-20221123-p5c0se.html
    Rachel Clun tells us that banking executives will face fines of up to $1.1 million for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent systemic misconduct in a significant strengthening of the laws introduced in the wake of the Hayne royal commission. She outlines the amendments that were proposed by the Greens have been accepted by the government.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/million-dollar-fines-for-dodgy-bankers-20221123-p5c0nt.html
    Mark Kenny explains how years of bipartisan neoliberalism have tightened the screws making the public service less capable and also less competitive in the broader labour market. To that we might add less adventurous. Successive iterations of government have contracted out some of the best thinking work, and in 2018, Scott Morrison basically told public servants to stay out of the ideas business which was the province of ministers.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7993450/public-service-shiny-bum-jokes-are-starting-to-wear-a-bit-thin/?cs=14329
    The Victorian election campaign has provided a compelling illustration of how the state’s anti-corruption and donation laws interact with our political leaders, serving to highlight the integrity framework’s strengths and deficiencies, write Josh Gordon and Paul Sakkal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/rollercoaster-election-campaign-has-highlighted-importance-of-integrity-20221123-p5c0jy.html
    Bob McMullan thinks that the return of Labor government in Victoria is likely amid tightening polls.
    https://johnmenadue.com/victorian-election/
    Lucy Hamilton explains how the Victorian Liberals are under siege from extremist religious groups. She says, “The Victorian election is a mess. This is the product of the destruction of our conservative forces by international right wing radicalism; for people in that sphere discrediting democracy is the desirable first step in dismantling the status quo. For the rest of us, it is a threat.”
    https://theaimn.com/victorian-election-liberals-under-siege-from-extremist-religious-groups/
    The AFR’s editorial says that sometimes a bad government, especially one headed in an even worse direction than the opposition, just needs to be thrown out of office.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/victoria-cannot-afford-more-labor-20221122-p5c07o
    Far from implementing the vision of COP26 in Glasgow, as intended, COP27 in Egypt signed the death warrant for 1.5°C, laments Alan Kohler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2022/11/24/climate-change-action-kohler/
    Whistleblower protection must not be an afterthought – it is the main game of integrity, argues Kieran Pender.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/23/whistleblower-protection-must-not-be-an-afterthought-it-is-the-main-game-of-integrity
    Australia needs a countrywide scheme to cut the cost of insurance premiums for homes at risk of escalating natural disasters, says the national consumers’ lobby as it warns that flood, fire and storm-surge protection is unaffordable or unavailable for many. Mike Foley tells us about a submission given to a government inquiry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/scheme-needed-to-cut-insurance-premiums-amid-market-failures-consumer-lobby-20221123-p5c0nk.html
    The NSW Liberal minister grappling with repeated strikes has backed the federal Labor government’s push under its contentious workplace bill to give the Fair Work Commission power to end industrial action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/labor-finds-surprising-ally-in-giving-fair-work-more-power-20221122-p5c0cm.html
    “I’m a doctor who’ll trust pharmacists to diagnose”, declares Nick Coatsworth. Enough said.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/i-m-a-doctor-who-ll-trust-pharmacists-to-diagnose-20221122-p5c0gk.html
    “Let’s hear it for equality instead of a voice”, writes The Australian’s resident snark, Peta Credlin.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/lets-hear-it-for-equality-instead-of-avoice/news-story/b498c3592e01f0d7491460fed754f31d
    Meanwhile Josh Butler reports that the Liberal party is expected to allow members the freedom to campaign however they wish on the Indigenous voice to parliament referendum, defying advice from former prime minister John Howard.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/24/liberals-expected-to-give-mps-freedom-to-campaign-as-they-wish-on-indigenous-voice
    Rudd is right – we can’t wish away a war with China, writes Mick Ryan who says Australia needs to start thinking more deeply about the very real prospect of a war with China.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/rudd-is-right-we-can-t-wish-away-a-war-with-china-20221122-p5c0ex.html
    Helen Dickinson argues that we should be proud of the NDIS, not fearful of costs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/we-should-be-proud-of-the-ndis-not-fearful-of-costs-20221122-p5c0cn.html
    Michaela Whitbourn reports that a Sydney businesswoman has been found guilty of defrauding the National Australia Bank of millions of dollars and paying kickbacks to a senior bank staffer after a jury returned a verdict to 92 charges against her.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-businesswoman-found-guilty-of-defrauding-nab-of-millions-as-jury-deliberations-continue-20221123-p5c0mp.html
    Companies responsible for testing the quality of Australian coal altered “40-50 per cent of the certificates” to make dirty coal look cleaner than it was and sell substandard products for higher profits to Australia’s export partners and underplay carbon emissions, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://johnmenadue.com/australias-fake-coal-ploy/
    The travelling public’s willingness to forget the past and pay booming prices for tickets is responsible for a massive surge in Qantas’ revenue, cash flow and profit, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/traveller-amnesia-and-pricey-fares-deliver-qantas-its-best-ever-profit-20221123-p5c0oc.html
    For a quarter of a century Joel Fitzgibbon was Labor’s man in the coal-mining electorate of Hunter. Now he’s the ‘‘ideal appointment’’ to the board of a company with a large stake in New Hope’s controversial New Acland coal mine. Callum Foote reports.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/controversial-coal-mine-wins-water-licence-former-pollie-joel-fitzgibbon-joins-the-board/
    Traders have been concerned about the volatility and lack of liquidity in the US bond market this year, fearing the world’s key financial market might seize up and trigger a global financial crisis, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz donning the black cap.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/could-the-world-s-most-important-market-crash-20221123-p5c0jn.html
    The true nature of sport is being overshadowed by corporate interference, poor management and corruption, writes Dr Lee Duffield.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/elite-sport-has-become-victim-to-greed-corruption-and-politics,17000
    Six and a half years after voting to leave the European Union, three years after the formal departure, two years after signing a post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels and one month after installing its fourth prime minister since the 2016 referendum, Britain is caught in – what else? – another debate over Brexit. They are suffering from Bregret.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/bregret-britons-are-showing-signs-of-brexit-buyer-s-remorse-20221123-p5c0n6.html
    DeSantis would likely deliver the next staggering blow to liberal democracy in America. He has made his ideology unambiguously clear, and it is darker and more coherent than Trump’s. America’s allies would be well served to monitor closely the political tides as the 2024 presidential election approaches, writes Mike Scrafton.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-woke-warriors-the-authoritarian-danger-in-2024/
    Matteo Vergani tells us that the US LGBT nightclub shooting shows why Australia must reform hate crime laws.
    https://theconversation.com/us-lgbt-nightclub-shooting-shows-why-australia-must-reform-hate-crime-laws-195191
    Former US president Barack Obama will visit Australia in March next year, delivering a series of paid speeches at leadership events in Sydney and Melbourne.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/barack-obama-to-visit-australia-in-2023-20221123-p5c0so

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    • Charles Marles being a good little rw chappie will be all aboard the ASPI and the like’s trains. Heaven forbid there be anything which may delay a single party dragging us into a war, especially if it is a US of A war whether the nation wants to or not. With governments primary votes being so low these days ,(Lab. a measly 32.58%) and the momentous nature of such a decision it is vital the decision is a whole of parliament decision.

  4. What’s driving inflation, well people like the cleaners and factory workers of course. Just ask and member of the ‘business class’ or one of high priests of the (very) Dismal Science at the RBA,. Can’t contact them ? Just give Phil Coorey a call he’ll explain it to you.

  5. Apparently, The Guardian is the only newspaper covering this in Britain

    The Conservative peer Michelle Mone and her children secretly received £29m originating from the profits of a PPE business that was awarded large government contracts after she recommended it to ministers, documents seen by the Guardian indicate.

    Lady Mone’s support helped the company, PPE Medpro, secure a place in a “VIP lane” the government used during the coronavirus pandemic to prioritise companies that had political connections. It then secured contracts worth more than £200m.

    Documents seen by the Guardian indicate tens of millions of pounds of PPE Medpro’s profits were later transferred to a secret offshore trust of which Mone and her adult children were the beneficiaries.

    Asked by the Guardian last year why Mone did not include PPE Medpro in her House of Lords register of financial interests, her lawyer replied: “Baroness Mone did not declare any interest as she did not benefit financially and was not connected to PPE Medpro in any capacity.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/23/revealed-tory-peer-michelle-mone-secretly-received-29m-from-vip-lane-ppe-firm

    Could never happen in Oz, eh?

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Niki Savva’s back! She tells is how pissed off Josh Frydenberg was with Morrison after he found out the PM has assumed the role of Treasurer. This is a long edited extract from her new book, Bulldozed. Please drop in on Insiders, Niki!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/extreme-overreach-frydenberg-felt-betrayed-by-morrison-s-secret-appointment-20221124-p5c0zj.html
    Lisa Visentin looks at what we might see today when the report from independent inquiry into Morrison’s accumulation of ministries is released.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/judge-s-inquiry-into-morrison-due-friday-as-frydenberg-andrews-condemn-secret-ministries-20221124-p5c105.html
    Sitting weeks were something the Morrison government endured. In stark contrast, the Albanese government has jam-packed each sitting session with an agenda of bills, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/calm-and-steady-wins-the-race-for-labor-so-far-at-least-20221124-p5c0vv
    David Crowe and Nick McKenzie report on Labor establishing an inquiry into Stuart Robert’s over a leaked cache of emails also reveals the firm sought work on a $1 billion visa outsourcing bid led by Scott Briggs, a close friend of former prime minister Scott Morrison. Pentecostals’R’Us!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/told-him-not-to-use-the-l-word-firm-taking-advice-from-robert-denied-being-lobbyists-20221124-p5c13i.html
    Backgrounding this story, David Crowe writes, “When a global tech company wanted to open doors in Parliament House, its advisers in Canberra knew exactly who to ask for help. The company, Unisys, was one of the clients paying a retainer to a firm with a direct connection to Stuart Robert, the Liberal MP whose career has been a tale of rapid rise, sudden falls and regular controversy over his business dealings.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-do-you-enter-the-corridors-of-power-maybe-go-via-the-backbench-20221124-p5c0zr.html
    Katherine Murphy tells us how Albanese walked a tightrope of Labor division amid fears the 43% emissions target would cost it the election.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/25/how-albanese-walked-a-tightrope-of-labor-division-amid-fears-43-emissions-target-would-cost-it-the-election
    On election eve in Victoria, The Age’s editorial says, “This election confronts Victorian voters with a difficult choice. On one hand, we have a government that’s been in power for eight years and is showing signs of both arrogance and exhaustion. On the other is a weak and divided opposition facing the same identity crisis as its federal party.” Despite the dangers it mentions, The Age believes the opposition is simply not ready to govern. It has done little real renewal of personnel or policy in the past four years and has not made a compelling case for change. On most of the policy issues that matter to Victorians, Labor’s are stronger and more coherent.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/the-arrogant-or-the-unprepared-not-an-easy-choice-20221124-p5c0w5.html
    Nick McKenzie and Charlotte Grieve tell us that an influential Liberal Party figure and public relations executive at a high-end firm has admitted to using a false online identity to try to shut down reporting on controversial Liberal candidate Renee Heath and the City Builders Church in the lead-up to the Victorian election.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/shame-on-you-liberal-figure-caught-using-007-pics-and-fake-identity-for-dirty-tricks-20221124-p5c10j.html
    Meanwhile Greg Sheridan, who should stick to his defence knitting, writes, “Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews runs the most dedicated and consistent anti-Christian government in Australian history. And Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, a profile in political cowardice, has given in on almost every case. In legislation and abusive rhetoric, the Victorian government has acted to restrict Christians from teaching and living their beliefs. It’s not quite a crime to be a traditional Christian in Victoria but it’s not quite legal in lots of contexts either.” Suck it up Greg!
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/victorian-election-daniel-andrews-crusade-against-christianity/news-story/9d92730cba2a700919fa3f7b8f7ce80b
    Only time will tell if the NACC will be the ‘big broom’ promised to sweep through our corridors of power, writes Katherine Murphy.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/24/only-time-will-tell-if-the-nacc-will-be-the-big-broom-promised-to-sweep-through-our-corridors-of-power
    According to James Massola, The Australian Federal Police have spoken with Greens leader Adam Bandt about senator Lidia Thorpe’s former relationship with former Rebels bikie member Dean Martin.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bandt-meets-federal-police-over-thorpe-s-relationship-with-ex-bikie-20221124-p5c10u.html
    He wouldn’t relish the comparison, but at the start of the Albanese government Senate crossbencher David Pocock finds himself with the sort of pivotal power independent Brian Harradine enjoyed during the early Howard years, writes Michelle Grattan.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-david-pocock-has-only-just-arrived-in-the-senate-and-now-hes-negotiating-with-the-pm-195295
    Is a taxpayer subsidy to keep AGL’s Torrens Island B gas power station running really the transition Mike Cannon-Brookes had in mind, asks Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/agl-gas-part-of-renewables-balancing-act-20221124-p5c13n
    New data revealing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are much higher than reported means pressure is on the Federal Government to go beyond current commitments toward global climate action, writes Professor Jeremy Moss.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australias-debt-to-the-world-greater-given-our-real-carbon-emissions,16997
    As the prime minister and opposition leader attended a Parliament House barbecue for prostate cancer awareness, a red meat advocate of a different kind was addressing a packed room of conservative MPs just metres away. The Canadian psychologist and internet personality Jordan Peterson, fresh off being unbanned from Twitter, drew a lunchtime crowd of Liberal, National and One Nation politicians for an hour-long lecture touching on energy, climate and opportunities for the political centre-right, reports Josh Butler.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/24/scott-morrison-and-other-conservatives-flock-to-hear-anti-political-correctness-culture-warrior-jordan-peterson
    The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has taken legal action to block Guardian Australia from accessing documents about an investigation into illegal land-clearing by Jam Land Pty Ltd in which the shadow treasurer, Angus Taylor, and his brother Richard had interests.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/24/department-acts-to-stop-release-of-documents-on-probe-into-land-clearing-by-company-linked-to-angus-taylor
    Dominic Perrottet’s claim to “have the strongest record on environment anywhere in the country” doesn’t stack up against his dismal failure to protect koala habitat in NSW, writes Sue Arnold.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/perrottets-big-lie-nsws-strong-record-on-environment,17001
    After 50 years at the helm of a public company, Gerry Harvey knows how to play the room when asked about questionable governance or controversial practices. He did just that in yesterday’s intimate annual general meeting reports Callum Foote.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/harvey-norman-longest-running-chairman-gerry-harvey-doesnt-disappoint/
    The AFR tells us that banks have forced the Albanese government to put off the vote on a bill to lift accountability in financial services, with Labor now rethinking a last-minute deal with the Greens that would have added million-dollar fines for law-breaking financial service executives.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/banks-force-labor-rethink-on-1m-executive-fines-20221124-p5c0we
    Federal Court Justice Bernard Murphy described Robodebt as “a massive failure of public administration”. So far the Royal Commission has made little progress is establishing how it happened, given contrary legal advice and warnings from mid-level public servants of the policy dangers, Charles Maskell-Knight who asks if we can recall a greater failure of public administration.
    https://johnmenadue.com/robodebt/
    A growing stoush over plans to clear bushland and build 450 homes in northern Sydney will test the NSW government’s environmental credentials as it faces a teal threat.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/own-goal-plan-to-clear-bushland-for-new-homes-divides-government-mps-20221124-p5c0tw.html
    Dr Asanka Gunasekara writes about the blurring of work/like boundaries and what it is driving.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/why-the-great-resignation-and-quiet-quitting-are-not-just-trends-20221020-p5bri7.html
    Policing of protest has long been fraught in New South Wales. Over years a slow creep has chipped away at the right to peaceful public assembly, argues a concerned Zelda Grimshaw.
    https://johnmenadue.com/totalising-control-police-anti-climate-protest-powers-threatens-us-all/
    The first week of public hearings of an unprecedented inquiry into historical hate crimes against the LGBTQI community has served as a reminder that prejudice existed – and still exists, says the editorial in the SMH. It declares that this important inquiry shines a light on their plight and shows us the need to educate the community about the need for respect and understanding to ensure hate crimes become a thing of the past and the LGBTQI community are treated with respect.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/important-inquiry-shines-a-light-on-transgender-and-gay-hate-crimes-20221124-p5c143.html
    The concerted attacks against comedian Friendlyjordies are simply not funny, declares Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/friendlyjordies-dangerous-work-met-with-firebombing-attacks,17003
    Danny Lim’s bloody face makes us recoil yet again at police use of force, argues Samantha Lee.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/danny-lim-s-bloody-face-makes-us-recoil-yet-again-at-police-use-of-force-20221123-p5c0sa.html
    “I love America and Americans, but this day devoted to retail is one tradition we don’t need to import”, writes Helen Pitt about Black Friday.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/black-friday-bonanza-no-it-s-just-a-black-day-for-australia-20221123-p5c0of.html
    The good news for investors is that US Federal Reserve Board officials now believe they should slow the pace of interest rate increases. The bad news is that they think US rates may end up higher than they had previously thought, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-future-of-interest-rates-just-got-more-complicated-20221124-p5c0vl.html
    Bruce Wolpe writes, “What is coming to a split-screen near you in 2023 is much more dramatic. It is a direct result of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of a Special Counsel, Jack Smith, to take forward two critical investigations that may well seek to bring Trump to justice, and to show to the American people that no one, not even a former president, is above the law.”
    https://johnmenadue.com/coming-next-year-a-live-stream-split-screen-spectacle-one-president-indicted-another-president-impeached/

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  7. Excellent piece by Niki Savva. It is also remarkable for this information about the GG’s habit of making guests sing to one another –

    The Governor-General, David Hurley, was a former military man, very close to Morrison, also deeply religious, who would urge – or rather oblige – guests at his official residences, and at events around the country, to sing to one another.

    Guests were alerted to the expectations of their hosts by his wife, Linda, who would announce: “I believe that singing is a gift we give to one another.” The Department of Foreign Affairs began forewarning new ambassadors of the Hurley tradition before they made the trek to Government House.

    ‘You Are My Sunshine’ was a hot favourite. Guests were told to face the person next to them to sing the final chorus. Sometimes it would be the familiar tune with new lyrics written by Mrs Hurley that would be printed on the back of menus and handed out to guests. No one had an excuse not to sing along. Hurley was punctilious about this ritual he had initiated, even though some guests found it awkward or embarrassing

    What nutters the vice-regal couple are, forcing their official guests to sing whether they want to or no and even going to the trouble of providing words to be sung. Who do these loons think they are? Third world dictators maybe?

    The story is told to reinforce a point Ms Savva makes, that Hurley was incredibly punctilious about forcing his guests to perform but could not be bothered telling us about Scott Morrison’s additional ministries. These religious loons certainly stick together!

  8. Young people of today “snowflakes”? this lot don’t seem to be 🙂 A school on NZ’s Stewart Island ran a rat catching competition . Rats being a huge menace to local birds. They seemed to have been quite enthusiastic….

    I…n TVNZ footage, captured in the midst of the competition, the children dump out bucketloads of rats on the school lawn, arrange them according to size, and dangle particularly impressive specimens by the tails for measuring…………“My trap, basically the whole thing’s a layer of blood,” grins one enthusiastic vermin-slayer.“Even the five-year-olds are really into the idea. They know the end goal: they want kiwis back in their back yards,”…… Big brown rats with long tails, their stomachs caked in blood. Smaller rats, stiff from the refrigerator, tails in a tangle.The children happily pass the rodents around with bare hands, proud of last night’s catch – and fixed on the goal of eradicating rodents from the surrounding forests.

    However that is not what caught my attention. It was the oh so somehow appropriate lol. from…………

    Each child was given their own trap, made out of recycled political billboards.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/25/the-littlest-rat-catchers-new-zealand-schoolchildren-trap-and-kill-600-pests-in-100-days

  9. Two cookies from the same bakery

    While checking in on Scott Morrison’s Facebook to see his statement regarding the Bell inquiry I noticed he’d posted a selfie with Jordan Peterson last night, saying he’d enjoyed meeting up and “having a chat” with him.

    “He makes a lot of sense,” Morrison added.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/nov/25/australia-news-anthony-albanese-scott-morrison-peter-dutton-victoria-election-labor-coalition-bell-inquiry#top-of-blog

  10. I’m really glad to see Neel Kolhatkar and Isaac Butterfield show their support of Jordan Shanks in this time. While I don’t agree with most of their views (particularly Butterfield’s), I feel heartened to see their messages. And that makes the fact that most of the rest of the Australian media ignore this story completely even more outrageous.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClBzWLRnI_Itn2W5c7J9sYQ/community?lb=Ugkx4yTSUiELEi4cVl_svhcBJbNm2n3wUKCy

  11. Dastardly Dictator Dan doing something right. Squawks from the ‘Santamaria’ wing of the chook yard………………….

    A premier crusade against Christianity

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews runs the most dedicated and consistent anti-Christian government in Australian history.

    GREG SHERIDAN

    • How can someone who is a practicing Catholic be “anti-Christian”? And how can a Catholic keep on sniping at another Catholic because the newspaper he works for demands it?

      Dan has said this about his faith, a month ago –

      “I’m not here to be having a debate with faith leaders but I will just say this: I am a Catholic. I send my kids to Catholic schools. My faith is important to me. It guides me every day,” he said, reeling off his government’s commitments to addressing issues such as family violence and homelessness.

      “It also guides me in my sense of what is right and what is wrong, and if I can just say with utmost respect, calling out homophobia is not the problem. Homophobia is the problem.”

      The premier said it was his passionate belief that all Victorians should be treated equally and fairly.

      “For me, that’s my Catholicism. That’s my faith,” he said.

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/oct/06/thats-my-catholicism-daniel-andrews-embarks-on-theological-debate-with-archbishop-over-essendon-furore

  12. The EU starting to catch on that ol’ Henry Kissinger wasn’t joking when he said “To be an enemy of the US is dangerous, but to be a friend is fatal”. What a cute name for massive subsidies ,”Inflation Reduction” . Free trade, LOL . European industry will be smashed by continuing high energy costs and shortages leaving it ripe for the pickings by the cashed up Mercans.

    EU industry chief Thierry Breton is warning that Biden’s new subsidy package poses an “existential challenge” to Europe’s economy.

    If it weren’t enough that energy prices look set to remain permanently far higher than those in the U.S. thanks to Russia’s war in Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden is also currently rolling out a $369 billion industrial subsidy scheme to support green industries under the Inflation Reduction Act.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/cheap-us-gas-cost-fortune-europe-russia-ukraine-energy/

  13. From my inbox 5&5

    Both Houses were on again together this week and there was a lot on. Here’s the 5&5.

    BEST

    Cheaper early childhood education and care

    One step closer to a National Anti-corruption Commission

    The Shadow Treasurer’s moon phases

    Catherine King stating the facts

    10 years since the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was signed

    WORST

    Peter Dutton joking about climate change

    Dutton distancing himself from the Vic campaign trail?

    Where oh where is Jenny Ware? Not in her seat…

    Fletch still being five steps behind

    Oops… Dutton did it again…

    1. We promised cheaper early childhood education and care for Australian families – and this week we delivered it, passing our Cheaper Childcare reforms into law. This will cut the cost of early education and care for more than a million families.

    2. We also promised to legislate a National Anti-corruption Commission. We’re now one step closer to legislating the NACC, with the Attorney-General’s bill passing the House. It’s now off to the Senate.

    3. I’ve heard the phrase ‘Once in a blue moon’ before, but never ‘Two eclipses since a Budget’. Turns out that’s how rare it is for the Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, to field a question from his counterpart Angus Taylor on Budget matters. As Jim explained to the House: “Since 25 October there have been two eclipses, one solar and one lunar, and there have been two questions from the Shadow Treasurer to theTreasurer about the Budget. Questions from the shadow Treasurer to the Treasurer after the Budget are as rare as a very rare celestial event.”

    4. The new Member for Casey thought he was being clever asking the Infrastructure Minister a question about projects in Victoria. He might have felt clever while he was asking, but he looked pretty stupid by the time Catherine King was answering. “In relation to the Wellington Road project that the Member referred to, the previous government said they would fund 100 per cent of it …The only problem was they only put $110 million into what is an approximately $620 million project. … As I’ve said previously, you can’t drive on a press release.”

    5. When I was Julia Gillard’s Environment Minister I signed the Murray-Darling Basin Plan into law. Thank you to the current Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek for marking the ten year anniversary in the House this week. “Ten years ago the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was signed in to law. It was the most important piece of water policy that this country has ever made, and it still leads the world in terms of water policy … We still have a challenge. We need to deliver this plan in full … We know that only full delivery of the Basin Plain will save our river systems and the communities that depend on them.”

    1. Peter Dutton set the tone for the Opposition’s approach to the Parliament this week – with his first question to the Prime Minister on Monday. He used the first question of the week to criticise the historic decision at COP27 to establish a loss and damage fund for nations most vulnerable to climate change. The Prime Minister called him out: “I’ll tell you what we won’t do, which is to stand at a press conference, with a microphone, making jokes about Pacific Islands drowning. That is what we won’t do.”

    2. I’ve never seen this before. For two days in a row this week Peter Dutton didn’t ask a single question. The only strategy I can work out is he’s trying to help with the Victorian campaign by making the Liberal party more popular, by thinking he wasn’t part of it.

    PARLVIEW

    3. There are times when a Manager of Opposition does their colleagues no favours and that’s exactly what happened to Jenny Ware, the Member for Hughes, on Wednesday. First of all she’d been given a question from the tactics committee that made no sense. It was directed to Julie Collins as Small Business Minister, referred to a Regulatory Interest Statement (which get attached to pretty much every Bill) without saying ‘which statement’, ‘which Bill’ or how on Earth it in any way related to Julie’s portfolio. On pointing this out, the Speaker then asked her to rephrase so that it was somehow relevant.

    It was absurd to see Paul Fletcher leaning over her desk writing the words before the Member for Hughes stood up. Once again with the extra information, the question was clearly meant to be directed to me, not to Julie Collins. I took the point of order and Peter Dutton went straight to outrage. Then – thanks to the eagle eyes of Anne Stanley – I received a text message and raised one of the most basic of Parliamentary rules. Is the Member for Hughes even in her own seat? At this point it was all off, the next question went to Labor. Jenny Ware went back to where she was meant to be asking a question with a further version of the question – only to find, once again, it was directed to the wrong Minister.

    4. Poor Fletch. He’s really not getting the hang of this Manager of Opposition Business thing. The first thing he did when the House sat on Tuesday was move to suspend standing orders over our Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill. The only thing is – the Bill had already passed the House and was in the Senate! As I explained to Fletch: “TheBill’s not here. It’s gone. There’s a red room on the other side of the waterfeature in the middle there, and that’s where the Bill has gone to!”

    5. In the words of that great philosopher “Oops, he did it again”. You might remember a few weeks ago Peter Dutton sought to correct the Prime Minister – interjecting “it’s pronounced Yeppoon”, when the PM was referring to the Yeppen Floodplain. This time when the PM was referring to Alex Surf Club, Peter Dutton interjected trying to correct the PM. Once again – the Prime Minister had to explain the geography of Queensland to someone who reckons he’s a Queenslander. I guess challenging the person who’s held the Infrastructure portfolio longer than anyone else (ie. Anthony Albanese) gets points for bravery. Ah well, it’s also dumb.

    GOOGLE MAPS

    We’re back next week. I’ll write to you then.

    ‘til then,

    Tony

    PS. Two recommendations this week.

    Thelma Plum visited Parliament House on Monday. Last night at the ARIAs alongside Jessica Mauboy and Budjerah,Thelma gave an incredibly special tribute to Archie Roach. Her new EP Meanjin is fantastic. Have a listen.

    But the song of the week is in honour of the tactics committee of the Opposition who had the genius idea to break the most basic standing order and demand that the Member for Hughes ask questions from a seat where she wasn’t allowed to ask questions.

    In their honour here’s Arctic Monkeys with “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”.

  14. better than I expected…

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Laura Tingle writes that the Bell inquiry shreds Scott Morrison’s credibility and for Labor the timing couldn’t be better.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-26/bell-inquiry-scott-morrison-multiple-ministries-anthony-albanese/101698708
    David Crowe reckons there is a compelling case for parliament to condemn Scott Morrison.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-compelling-case-for-parliament-to-condemn-scott-morrison-20221125-p5c1cu.html
    Shane Wright explains the lengths Bell went to to get Morrison face to face.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-lengths-bell-went-to-to-get-morrison-face-to-face-20221125-p5c1ef.html
    We now have three new adjectives for the saga of Scott Morrison’s secret, multiple ministries: “unnecessary”, “exorbitant”, and “bizarre”. Those are the words of former high court justice, Virginia Bell, whose meticulous report lays waste to Morrison’s justifications for his break-glass-in-case-of-emergency powers, writes Paul Karp.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/25/bell-report-lays-waste-to-scott-morrisons-justifications-for-secret-ministries
    The Virginia Bell report shows that Scott Morrison’s fall from grace isn’t over yet, says Michelle Grattan who writes that Bell does not describe Scott Morrison as a megalomaniac. But the picture she paints neatly fits the dictionary definition of “someone who has an unnaturally strong wish for power and control”.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-the-bell-report-on-morrisons-multi-ministries-provides-a-bad-character-reference-195368
    Sarah Basford-Canales writes that one of Australia’s top bureaucrats has slammed the former prime minister’s moves to secretly appoint himself to multiple ministries, including assuming power over his department. Home Affairs Department secretary Mike Pezzullo shared with the judge he would have been placed in a “position of untenable conflict” had the former prime minister and former home affairs minister Karen Andrews given him contradictory orders.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7995897/pezzullo-critical-of-morrisons-secret-ministry-grab-report-reveals/?cs=14350
    James Massola reports that federal cabinet will decide next week whether to censure former prime minister Scott Morrison over his five secret ministries after former High Court judge Virginia Bell said his actions were “corrosive of trust in government”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-tried-to-become-environment-minister-fundamentally-undermined-government-bell-inquiry-20221125-p5c18f.html
    In this Quarterly Essay extract, Katharine Murphy excavates the layers of the Australian prime minister’s formative years
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/26/from-lone-wolf-to-leader-the-making-of-anthony-albanese
    Now that he’s in power, what we have seen is the much-underestimated Albanese scoring bullseyes precisely because he had identified a mood in the country for change in what the national government should be targeting: wage stagnation, climate change action, the status of women, security and participation, and integrity in government. Also marked for redress: the injustice that denies First Nations people recognition and respect in our constitution, writes Paul Bongiorno who says it is a tribute to Albanese’s smarts that he has been able to achieve so much so early in his term, without creating the air of political crisis that his critics in the media and on the opposition benches are so ready to conjure up at any opportunity.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/11/26/wild-ride-the-red-chamber
    John Lord examines what political promises mean and he marks the Albanese government’s first six months in office.
    https://theaimn.com/promises-promises-promises/
    Overall, for a new Labor government prosecuting a major overhaul of workplace law, the collaborative approach is working, says Peter Hartcher in a very good read.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pocock-and-bosses-play-ball-after-wage-scrum-with-pm-20221124-p5c14f.html
    But the editorial in the AFR says, “The relationship between Labor and business has hit a string of potholes. It’s a sign of a government not yet focused on what really counts.”
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-s-fraying-ties-with-business-an-ominous-sign-20221123-p5c0rs
    Independent senator David Pocock is the government’s best hope of passing its industrial relations package. He says it’s ‘fascinating’ how lobbying works in Canberra, writes Mike Seccombe.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/11/26/industrial-reforms-the-david-pocock-interview
    According to a slew of Age reporters, Labor remains on track to cling to power in Victoria, despite a late surge in support for the Coalition in the final days of an election campaign fought over health promises, competing cost-of-living solutions and a split over the Suburban Rail Loop.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/late-polls-point-to-labor-clinging-on-despite-final-liberal-surge-20221124-p5c15j.html
    The Australian reports that Daniel Andrews is poised to secure a historic third term ­despite a swing against Labor, with Newspoll showing him on track to retain a diminished majority. A two-party-preferred result of 54.5-45.5 per cent ahead of Saturday’s Victorian election represents a 2.8 per cent swing against Labor since 2018 and compares with 54-46 three weeks ago.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/victorian-election-despite-a-swing-newspoll-puts-daniel-andrews-on-track-to-win/news-story/e14d47a0f60223d09d05c124a620a48a
    If the electoral cards don’t fall their way, Matthew Guy might resign as Opposition Leader for a second time, and Daniel Andrews could be shown the door, opines Paul Sakkal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/knives-out-what-will-happen-to-both-leaders-after-the-election-20221125-p5c182.html
    No matter who wins, both major parties have made this Victorian poll the Daniel Andrews election, writes Benita Kolovos.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/26/no-matter-who-wins-both-major-parties-have-made-this-victorian-poll-the-daniel-andrews-election
    One of the key agencies behind the Andrews government’s “Big Build” agenda is being investigated over grant funding and failing to meet its targets.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/investigation-into-grants-allegations-of-bullying-in-labor-s-big-build-agenda-20221124-p5c0z7.html
    On December 2 we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the election of the Whitlam government. Health reform was one of that government’s signature achievements. It appears that the stars are now aligning to build on Whitlam’s remarkable legacy and create a new Medicare fit for purpose in the 21st century, writes a hopeful Stephen Duckett.
    https://johnmenadue.com/your-medicare-card-the-whitlam-governments-contemporary-legacy/
    As senior staff at the National Disability Insurance Agency explain their role in establishing robo-debt, the agency is seeking to expand similar compliance programs targeting people with disability, writes Rick Morton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/11/26/exclusive-robo-debt-insights-shape-ndis-compliance
    The SMH editorial says that Xi’s China juggernaut is running into potholes on the road to prosperity.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/xi-s-china-juggernaut-runs-into-potholes-on-road-to-prosperity-20221125-p5c1ea.html
    Chris Vedelago reports that plastic bags dropped off at Coles and Woolworths for recycling have been sitting in storage for at least four years.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/not-what-was-advertised-supermarket-plastic-bag-recycling-program-began-to-fail-in-2018-20221122-p5c0hl.html
    Greg Sheridan, who reckons a race-based voice a dagger to the heart of liberalism, writes, “The proposal for a constitutionally guaranteed, elected, policy advisory chamber to be known as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice to parliament is a direct repudiation of the central tenet of political liberalism, because it strikes against universal citizenship. Further, it gives life to the pernicious idea that universal suffrage, the rule of law and representative, democratic institutions are somehow inherently deficient when dealing with all the variety of human racial, cultural and ethnic diversity.”
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/racebased-voice-a-dagger-to-the-heart-of-liberalism/news-story/4849bcb6296f5109d25b842107b1c241
    Opposition to the Voice to Parliament is beginning to emerge from Liberal Party ranks, and some of it is disturbingly ugly, writes John Hewson who points his finger at John Howard’s influence.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2022/11/26/john-howards-anti-voice-strategy
    Michael Pascoe laments that, from COVID to carbon, the world has simply given up.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2022/11/26/michael-pascoe-covid-carbon-apathy/
    The federal government will press ahead next year with plans to fine financial executives if they fail to prevent systemic misconduct as it comes under attack from the community sector for delaying action on institutions that sting customers with interest rates as high as 900 per cent, explains Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/plans-for-banker-fines-to-return-next-year-as-government-scrambles-to-fix-deal-20221125-p5c1bx.html
    For months, shoppers have been saying one thing in consumer sentiment surveys and then doing another at the checkout. Things are likely to change in 2023, predicts Clancy Yeates wo says the teflon-coated consumer spending won’t last.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/teflon-coated-consumer-spending-won-t-last-20221124-p5c0yy.html
    Malcolm Knox describes 2022 as the year in which digital creep got too creepy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/2022-the-year-digital-creep-got-too-creepy-20221124-p5c14d.html
    Kurt Johnson reveals how scores of emails released under freedom of information show how the grand plan to take the Latrobe Valley’s coal-based workforce into the rapidly expanding electric vehicle industry was lost to politics and ineptitude.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2022/11/26/seas-electric-vehicles-v-the-state
    Anne Hyland lifts the lid on Cranbrook, where for the past 18 months, this most private of private schools – where the fees for year 12 are almost $40,000 – has been a pressure cooker of discontent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/these-schools-are-very-big-businesses-inside-the-fight-that-tore-apart-cranbrook-20221124-p5c0xk.html
    Crime journalist John Silvester takes us into the book “The Rise of Street Gangs” written by former member of Sydney’s Tactical Response Group. It gives an interesting insight to the psyche of such police officers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-an-ex-cop-learnt-the-ways-of-street-gangs-20221123-p5c0lb.html
    Ukrainian leaders and activists say the US and allies must share blame for Russia’s aggression, and negotiation with Vladimir Putin would put the world further in jeopardy, explains Karen Middleton.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/ir/2022/11/26/ukraines-next-pitch-the-world
    John F Cooper writes about interpreting and misinterpreting America’s mid-term election.
    https://johnmenadue.com/interpreting-and-misinterpreting-americas-mid-term-election/

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Alan Moir

    Andrew Dyson

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    John Shakespeare


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  16. Laura Tingle writes that the Bell inquiry shreds Scott Morrison’s credibility

    LOL ‘finally’ ,Bullshitman’s credibility was pureed years ago. The Media lizards have been pretending otherwise for a long time.

    • Laura Tingle also says –

      It’s hard to find anyone involved in the law or federal politics who can quite wrap their heads around either why the former prime minister would have thought this was a good idea politically, or administratively, to act as he did.

      And it’s even harder to find anyone who can quite fathom all the implications for the way we “think” the rules of our governance work, that he was so easily able to do what he did. Or in how it was allowed to happen by the bureaucrats and advisers surrounding the PM or the Governor-General

      I think we all know why, it’s staggering to think the media still have no clues.

      Here are some reasons.
      He really thought he had been chosen by his god to be PM.
      He has a colossal ego.
      He desperately wanted to run the country all by himself – all those ministries were just the first step to taking over control of government.
      Trump inspired him and this devotion allowed him to act like a Supreme Dictator.

      I’m sure you can think of more.

      What really amazes me is why no-one in the media saw through him. or maybe someone did but said nothing.

    • What really amazes me is why no-one in the media saw through him. or maybe someone did but said nothing.

      A very important part of the media lizards’ job description is possessing selective blindness. As for Bullshitman, rules don’t apply to him, never have. No great secret, it’s a ‘feature’ of all his jobs I came ,I trashed rules and conventions, I left trailing a smelly cloud
      Apart from his ego I think he is just an entitled bully.

  17. All I know about Cranbrook – except it is inhabited by rich kids and their very rich parents – is an old saying that used to do the rounds when I was at university.

    “Tiddlywinks, young man, get a woman if you can, if you can’t get a woman, get a Cranbrook man.”
    It still pops up now and then, although the words may be slightly different the message is always the same.

  18. Speaking of voting Liberals. Just saw this GK Chesterton quote……….

    GK Chesterton-“It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. ”

  19. Hah! What is this? I was told for the past few months that Labor would lose this election!

    Yet here on election night it was called for a Labor majority government on 8:15pm. On Sky News no less.

    After all these cooker bastards have thrown at us for the past 4 years. A quick, easy re-election for Labor.

    Oh I hope the Coalition cut their teeth on their concession.

  20. @ckwatt

    Basically “cooker” is slang for people who are into conspiracy theories, particularly anti-vaxxers. They were most exposed in September 2021 when they first tried to do a USA January 6th incursion of the Victorian Parliament and then marched through the city and pinned down and terrorized people on the West Gate Bridge. Later on they “occupied” the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance, several of them urinating on it. And after that they generally terrorized people in Victoria, and held their opposition against getting vaccinated against Covid-19 as a badge of honour, and they caused so much grief against most of us that just wanted to make a good public health outcome.

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