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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  1. Women and men of Australia please meet Colin.Colin is the modern Liberal National Party. 🤡 #auspol pic.twitter.com/XTCtEMntBd— Julian Hill MP (@JulianHillMP) November 29, 2022

    Boyce a qualified boilermaker & farmer who has been described as "an old-style Queensland National".Too talkative, extreme,or both, even for the famous Katter Party. Self confessed climate denier. Wiki doesn't list any education qualifications but like Barnie wears a big hat.— Julie Anonymous (@anonymous_julie) November 29, 2022

  2. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Scott Morrison will be censured today for eroding public trust in Australia’s democracy, the first time in history a former prime minister has been formally reprimanded by the federal parliament. The text of the censure motion, which will be debated on Wednesday morning, notes the Constitution provides for responsible government in which the executive is accountable to the parliament and through that, to the voters.
    “Rift? What rift? Morrison and Hawke put their bromance on display”, writes Matthew Knight who writes about Alex Hawke’s “non-denial denial”.
    Phil Coorey tells us that Scott Morrison intends to speak in defence of his five secret ministries during today’s censure motion and has thanked his colleagues for their support in refusing to join Labor in condemning him.
    Sean Kelly wonders if Scott Morrison will even care when he is censured. A very good read.
    Barely a word has been spoken by his Coalition colleagues against former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s secret ministerial power grab, writes Jennifer Wilson who says that Coalition’s silence over Morrison’s betrayal is alarming.
    The entertaining John Lord gives us quite a pot pouri today. He’s always worth a read.
    James Massola and Chip Le Grand say that a secret review into the Liberals’ disastrous election loss in May has ruled out formal quotas for the number of women MPs in federal parliament and instead recommends a British-style recruitment drive to improve the party’s gender balance.
    Jacqui Maley reckons the Liberals’ rejection of quotas is self-sabotage on an epic scale. She is very critical of many of the current crop of men on the Liberal MP ranks.
    Scott Morrison and Marise Payne will be forced to appear before the robo-debt royal commission in the next two weeks of hearings by the inquiry. James Massola tells us that a source close to the commission, who asked to remain anonymous to able to speak freely, said the former prime minister and former human services minister will be compelled to appear in the week beginning 12 December.
    Paul Karp reports that the national anti-corruption commission bill has passed the Senate after Labor successfully stared down a Greens threat to support a Coalition amendment on the appointment of the NACC commissioner.
    The Nationals have split over their opposition to the Voice to parliament less than 24 hours after party leader David Littleproud announced they would formally oppose constitutionally enshrining the body. Nice work there from Littleproud!
    The SMH editorial accuses the Nationals of playing cheap politics on the Indigenous Voice.
    The National Party’s decision to oppose a First Nations Voice at the upcoming referendum is premature and petty. The reason articulated by the leader David Littleproud, “unfortunately, we got to a position where we don’t believe this will genuinely close the gap,” is jarring given the Coalition has been in power for the majority of the closing the gap campaign, declares Teela Reid who says the proposition that a Voice must fix the problems created by colonisation for it to be worthy reeks of paternalism.
    Ditching the politics of division is paying off for Albanese. Now it’s the media’s turn, argues Peter Lewis.
    Those of us who hope for a future for our children cannot vote for the current right, infected by international strains of bigotry and deceptive authoritarianism as it stands. The centre right must evaluate what it has to offer, rather than cowering under the threatening might of its extreme partners, opines Lucy Hamilton.
    A big spit from Rita Pahani here where she says, “Victorian Liberals under Matt Guy stood for nothing and got the drubbing they deserved. One can only hope that the next leader has a backbone and conviction.”
    As the world grapples with the ongoing impact of the pandemic, Russia’s unwarranted and illegal invasion of Ukraine, high and potentially sustained inflation, a global slowdown and the breakdown of global supply chains, our regional and global order is being remade. We are now in a world lacking in strategic trust. There is the real possibility of a splintering into democratic and authoritarian spheres of geopolitical influence, warns Dr Heather Smith who has previously served as secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
    Labor risks picking a fight with the gas industry with a plan to cap prices at between $11 and $13 a gigajoule for commercial and industrial customers in a move that could threaten additional supply and open up a battle between Queensland and southern states, write Jennifer Hewett and Jacob Greber.
    Few would have believed last May when Anthony Albanese took office that before the year’s end Labor would have legislated a radical reform that not only promotes secure work and attacks the gender pay gap but revives multi-employer bargaining in the labour market, pontificates Paul Kelly.
    ‘Zombie’ wage deals have hurt Australians for years. Peter Martin tells us how the new industrial relations laws could finally end wage pain.
    Phil Coorey writes that this week’s passage of the controversial Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill will be followed next year by another wave of industrial relations changes, this time to close what the government calls loopholes.
    The former NSW MP who had a secret relationship with former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has been charged with conspiring with a migration agent to help foreigners fraudulently obtain visas. He’s a bad ‘un!
    So many Australian children are now addicted to nicotine from vaping that the federal health minister, Mark Butler, will propose reforms aimed at curtailing the e-cigarette industry.
    Many children did not know they were consuming the highly addictive chemical until it was too late, experts say. “The former government dropped the ball on vaping,” Butler told Guardian Australia. “Our children are paying the price for that division and delay. Labor is considering ways to limit China’s investment and influence in our $20bn critical minerals industry on national security grounds, explains Dennis Shanahan.
    Property price falls to date pale in comparison to rapidly rising mortgage rates when it comes to measuring housing affordability – and some locations are tougher than others, explains Tawar Razaghi.
    Housing trade-offs are shaping our life choices and reshaping our cities by creating a fertility divide between the inner and outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, writes Matt Wade.
    The Albanese government says it’s unfair for UNESCO scientists to single out Australia and call for the Great Barrier Reef to be downgraded to “in danger” of losing its World Heritage status when all sites around the world are imperilled by climate change. But this claim misses the crucial point, says Mike Foley.
    Daniel Hurst writes that the former Coalition government knew the now-dumped submarine project would likely cost about $80bn when it told the public the price tag would be “greater than $50bn”, an audit report has found. In a new report tabled in parliament on Tuesday, the Australian National Audit Office found the 2016 defence investment plan “fell short of providing accurate, reliable and transparent information” to the public.
    Amelia McGuire reports that Crown Resorts has recorded a loss of just under a $1 billion for the last financial year as the combination of financial penalties, extensive investment in compliance and COVID-19 restrictions outweighed the group’s profits. Ouch!
    Gambling reform is urgently needed across Australia and lives are at stake argues Nieves Murray.
    The Minerals Council of Australia has duped Energy Minister Madeleine King into repeating its highly inflated claims of how much taxes its mostly foreign multinationals members pay. Callum Foote reports on an $85 billion PR scam.
    Defence procurement is rotten to the core: It’s time for a Royal Commission, shouts Chris Douglas.
    The outlook for the world economy is on a knife’s edge as Europe debates a price cap for Russian oil and OPEC considers production cuts. Explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    Eddie Obeid and his son, Moses, claim a miscarriage of justice will occur if they are forced to remain in jail while waiting to appeal their convictions.
    “Can Elon Musk afford to go to war with Apple?}, wonders Elizabeth Knight.
    The message from the Central Committee on Tuesday night signalled it was prepared to use greater force after days of open dissent.
    China’s state security apparatus is more sophisticated than ever. But so are its protesters, who have taken lessons from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, explains Eryk Bagshaw.
    Paul Krugman outlines how he thinks China lost the COVID-19 war. He concludes that what we can learn from China is broader than the failure of specific policies; it is that we should beware of would-be autocrats who insist, regardless of the evidence, that they’re always right.
    Mike Pence says his ex-boss Donald Trump has “demonstrated profoundly poor judgment” and called on him to apologise after the former president had dinner last week with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.
    A spate of major court rulings rejecting claims of executive privilege and other arguments by Donald Trump and his top allies are boosting investigations by the US justice department and a special Georgia grand jury into whether the former US president broke laws as he sought to overturn the 2020 election results.

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  3. Sean Kelly wonders if Scott Morrison will even care when he is censured. A very good read.

    Not in the least. Remember, Dog himself wanted Bullshitman to become PM, so he was on ‘a mission from god’. This is just ‘persecution’ of someone who had been doing the lord’s work. So come on down him feeling he is now an even godlier person- Scotty The Martyr.

    • And it’s all due to that Godless Albanese and Labor. Or so he thinks.

      I have no idea which god wanted Scollum to be PM but whoever it is certainly isn’t the same God true Christians worship,.

  4. SfM as seen in Parly today.

    So all together Scotty…………

    Pick out a pleasant outlook,
    Stick out that noble chin;
    Wipe off that “full of doubt” look,
    Slap on a happy grin!
    And spread sunshine all over the place,
    Just put on a happy face!

  5. I would like to say I was gobsmacked with the media finally telling their audience how bad the previous government were, but I can’t. It is all so predictable. They knew all along but painted them as harry hero’s. Social media wins, every time.

  6. Bilious Poorlean

    Senator Pauline Hanson has accused ACT senator David Pocock of being “rolled over” into supporting the industrial relations bill, calling him a “rookie senator” and “doormat Dave”.

    The One Nation leader spoke in the Senate on Tuesday, outlining her opposition to the government’s industrial relations bill, which is set to pass Parliament after Senator David Pocock cut a deal with Labor on Sunday.

    “Labor had to have everything passed before Christmas and successfully gambled on pressuring a rookie crossbench senator into letting it happen,” Senator Hanson said.

    Senator Pocock responded to the criticism saying Senator Hanson was “a long way off the mark” about his engagement with the bill and that he has spent the last month consulting widely to reach a decision on how he will vote.


    Attention Deficit Disorder.

  7. Senator Pauline Hanson has accused ACT senator David Pocock — “rolled over” —-calling him a “rookie senator” and “doormat Dave”.
    Upsetting Poorlene makes it 100-1 odds on that he’s done the right thing

    • Why throw Australia’s detritus into orbit to pollute the universal atmosphere? Let’s keep the ex-PM here to grovel in our dirt and eventually be of some use there. A few cockroaches might enjoy his shame! He may not feel or understand it but those who know right from wrong have the satisfaction today of knowing that justice has been done. One good thing I see emerging out of this is the clear demonstration of the ignorance of almost all MPs on the Opposition benches of their responsibility to represent all voters in their electorates. They went on strike! They weren’t there! They refused to listen to arguments on both sides of this Censure Motion, even to those with whom they might have agreed! History was made in Canberra yesterday. Parliamentary process was followed. A majority of honest politicians and our public servants did their job, except for those who should have been sitting on the Opposition benches! Due process and debate of a censure motion such as this requires attendance and attention to the details of the issue. It was heartening, if sad, to see brave young Bridget Archer MP, sitting there unsupported, alone, and listening. Well done, her!

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. SOCCEROOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Angus Thompson examines Morrison’s defence of his actions that led to his censure in parliament yesterday.
    Michelle Grattan says Morrison makes parliamentary history – for the worst of reasons.
    Matthew Knot sums it up with, “Scott Morrison did it his way”.
    The editorial in The Canberra Times says that Morrison’s actions had to be censured.
    But the AFR’s says that Scott Morrison deserved to be censured by parliament – but Labor and the media now need to move on from their obsession with the former prime minister.
    The APS needs leadership that acknowledges the failures of recent years and reminds everyone, from top to bottom, that it is there to serve not only the Government but also the Parliament and the Australian public, writes Andrew Podger who describes the the Bell report as another mark against the APS leadership.
    Frank Bongiorno picks out the juicy bits in Niki Savva’s new book which catalogues Scott Morrison’s “nasty, duplicitous, nutty behaviour”.
    Had Scott Morrison been re-elected this year, not much would have stopped him from amassing total power, writes Paul Begley who tells us how we prevented a Morrison dictatorship.
    Nick McKenzie and David Crowe report that a consulting company owned by good friends of federal Liberal MP Stuart Robert claimed in leaked internal documents that the politician attended meetings to discuss potentially lucrative government projects after becoming a minister. Oh Stewie, how could you DO it?
    A downcast Peta Credlin does not agree with Malcolm Turnbull’s evaluation that the Liberal Party “has been taken over by the hard right and is therefore at odds with the electorate whose support it seeks.”
    Hack the Insider declares that Victorian state voting demographics spell disaster for the Liberal Party.
    The NSW Liberal Party couldn’t find a lower house seat for its most senior woman. This is a symptom of a chronic sickness within, writes Alexandra Smith who says too many Liberals would rather die in a ditch than address the party’s women representation problem.
    Jacqui Maley dives in and says the Liberals’ rejection of quotas is self-sabotage on an epic scale.
    John Howard somehow made his way into power in Australia, staying PM for 11 long years, yet his divisive legacy may marginalise the Liberal Party for far longer than that, argues Dave Donovan who tells us how Howard screwed the Libs.
    Michael Pascoe is starting to feel sorry for the Reserve Bank governor, such is the extent of the pile-on since he apologised on Monday for loose lips sinking mortgage ships during the heat of the COVID war.
    Pauline Hanson has accused ACT senator David Pocock of being “rolled over” into supporting the industrial relations bill, calling him a “rookie senator” and “doormat Dave”. I’m sure Porline would have the intellectual capacity to outdo the examination the bill that Pocock undertook.
    Andrew Stewart examines what the compromise IR package means for wage negotiations, and pay rises.
    Former Indigenous Australian minister Ken Wyatt has lashed out at Nationals MPs for indicating they would not back a referendum to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament. Wyatt said he had taken a report to cabinet on two separate occasions while he was in office on what an Indigenous voice would look like.
    The National Party’s decision to campaign against a voice to parliament is destructive and wilfully ignorant. Contributors to this decision ignore a history of Indigenous punishment and powerlessness. They criticise a referendum process which has not been published but which they pretend to know. They attribute to the Uluru Statement goals which it does not have, declares Stuart Rees.
    A surprise slowdown in inflation and further falls in property values that have wiped $53,000 from the average dwelling could force the Reserve Bank into reassessing its plans to drive up interest rates next year, says Shane Wright.
    A NSW Labor government will extend funding arrangements for the state’s community service providers in a bid to address an exodus from the sector due to short-term and sporadic financial support. Tom Rabe tells us that Chris Minns will announce today the key election policy aimed at stabilising the community service sector and improving job security for women, who make up a large majority of workers in aged care and domestic violence services.
    The Senate hearing on War Powers reform is scheduled for early December, but reform advocates may be less enthused by the composition of the committee that is handling the inquiry. Zacharias Szumer has talked to many of those involved.
    The extent of public anger and protests we have seen erupt across at least 18 Chinese cities over the past week is something rarely seen since 1989 in Tiananmen, writes Jennifer Hsu who explains how these protests are quite different.
    Rachel Clun writes that media, information and telecommunications workers experienced workplace sexual harassment at nearly twice the national average, a major report found, as Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said she was worried about how little had changed for those starting first jobs.
    After years of allegedly facilitating money laundering the walls are closing in on Star Entertainment, posing a mighty headache for the casino operator’s newly minted CEO Robbie Cooke, writes Elizabeth Knight who tells us that with two shareholder class actions afoot, the financial crimes regulator AUSTRAC has now mounted a civil court action, and it looks like the corporate watchdog ASIC is also ready to pounce on Star.
    “I was close to one of the US gun massacres. ‘Thoughts and prayers’ did nothing”, writes Grace Tame in a well-argued essay on the seemingly intractable US gun culture.
    The SMH editorial declares that NSW was too slow to own up to its bungled COVID fines.
    The recent Israeli election has thrown ʹReligious Zionismʹ into stark focus as politicians with this self-acclaimed identity, now in government, seek significant positions of power in areas of security and policing with dire implications for Palestinians and their fundamental human rights, writes George Browning who says the Zionist violence against Palestinians is the antithesis of Judaism.
    While their lives were improving, many Chinese citizens were happy with the deal they had struck with the Communist Party. That is no longer guaranteed, writes Eryk Bagshaw.
    Yes, the Chinese protests are about politics and freedom. But they are also about what COVID might do if it is let loose now, writes James Chin.
    The top two Republicans in the US Congress have broken their silence about former president Donald Trump’s dinner last week with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, saying that their party has no place for anti-Semitism or white supremacy.
    Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has been convicted of seditious conspiracy for a violent plot to overturn US President Joe Biden’s election, handing the Justice Department a major victory in its massive prosecution of the January 6, 2021, insurrection. The last time the Justice Department had secured such a conviction at trial, though, was in the 1995 prosecution of Islamic militants who plotted to bomb New York City landmarks.

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    Mark Knight

    Mark David

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  9. Dawn Patrollers
    For some reason I missed going through the Guardian, so, belatedly, here is the pick of its crop.

    Nothing in Scott Morrison’s demeanour projected regret as he was censured by parliament, writes a singularly unimpressed Katherine Murphy who says the former PM’s oversized perception of his role in the grand sweep of history took him to a place where he disdained parliamentary and democratic conventions.
    Scott Morrison falsely suggested he lacked ministerial powers to help the Biloela family while he was sworn in to administer the home affairs department. The day before the 2022 election, Morrison dead-batted calls to help the Murugappan family, claiming he needed to leave the decision to immigration minister, Alex Hawke. Paul Karp says that the answer flies in the face of Morrison’s claim in the House of Representatives on Wednesday that if he had been asked about his appointment to administer multiple departments, he “would have responded truthfully about the arrangements”.
    Inflation may now have peaked. The RBA must tread carefully, warns Greg Jericho.
    The Liberals can beat teals – Victoria proves it, argues Trent Zimmermann.
    At least 45 Australian defence force personnel who attended training to deal with potentially being captured, interrogated and tortured, subsequently killed themselves, an inquiry has been told. But the force is yet to investigate whether the training was a direct trigger for the deaths in the two decades since 2001.
    Crikey hired a marketing company to capitalise on a legal threat from Lachlan Murdoch in order to drive subscriptions, the co-chair of News Corporation has alleged in the federal court.
    The wonderful John Crace writes that Rishi Sunak’s honeymoon period has become a shipwreck. He says it’s becoming increasingly hard to see the point of Rishi Sunak. Or if indeed he ever had one. Other than back in the summer when it was clear he wanted to be prime minister.

  10. “Crikey hired a marketing company to capitalise on a legal threat from Lachlan Murdoch in order to drive subscriptions, the co-chair of News Corporation has alleged in the federal court.”

    A desperate tactic, especially when you know the Murdoch rags – all of them – require a subscription before you ca read them. At least Crikey posts some free articles, Murdoch never does.

  11. The scandal never stops when it concerns Morrison – now he has been caught out on his register of interests.

  12. Urgent action needed to protect workers from silicosis: Burke

    The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union announced last week it would ban the use of engineered stone if the federal government failed to do so by 2024, labelling the material often used for kitchen benchtops the “asbestos of the 2020s”.

    This really gives me an urge to do A Rant but I shall refrain. This is bullshit and the workers involved need a good look in the mirror. The problem is with dry cutting, the stupidity and danger of which has been known and banged on about for decades. The Unions used to be red hot about it. Anyone still dry cutting such stone requires a level of ignorance and stupidity that deserves some ‘Darwin Award’ nominations. THERE IS NO EXCUSE. Not for the employer , not for the employee. Wet cut it.

    • I am a Lapidary, also from a long line of Gold miners, every single one of my great grandfathers and all their kin were miners, lots of early deaths from Silicosis in my family. I agree whole heartedly. We have known for a century (or more) that this was a problem, no excuse to be cutting this stuff dry.

  13. In my inbox

    Our Restoring Territory Rights Bill has just passed the Senate.

    That means we’ve ended 25 years of discrimination against Canberrans.

    And it means every Australian, regardless of whether they live in a state or territory, now has the same democratic rights.

    For the last 25 years, Canberrans have been second-class citizens.

    That’s because the Andrews Bill, passed under the Howard Government, banned the territories from debating laws related to voluntary assisted dying – something that every state has since debated and legislated.

    Tonight we changed that and made democratic equality a reality.

    It’s been a long journey getting to this point, and I know just how much this matters to so many Canberrans.

    That’s why over a decade ago as Chief Minister I campaigned to see territory rights restored, and why from day one as your Senator I worked to get it done – supporting and co-sponsoring bills in 2015, 2016 and 2021.

    And while those bills weren’t successful, the reason this one has passed comes down to the Prime Minister’s commitment last year to prioritise a vote on territory rights in the House of Representatives.

    That commitment mattered, because before now, even if the Senate had passed a Territory Rights Bill, previous Coalition Government’s never allowed the issue to be debated in the House.

    Fast forward to the first sitting fortnight of the new Parliament, we passed the Restoring Territory Rights Bill through the House, and in every week that followed I worked to build support across the Senate.

    And now with tonight’s vote, territory rights have been restored, once and for all.

    As Chief Minister I championed it, as your Senator I fought for it, and now with a Federal Labor Government, we’ve delivered it.

    Katy Gallagher
    Minister for Finance, Women and the Public Service
    Senator for the ACT

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe and Nick McKenzie writes that former cabinet minister Stuart Robert has sparked claims he tried to pressure government officials to come to his defence after leaked emails revealed his connection to a close friend who sought lucrative contracts in Canberra.
    As background, David Crowe tells us how a minister’s mate got the inside running. And sold us a lemon.
    James Robertson explains how the embattled former Coalition minister Stuart Robert is facing a new investigation into meetings he took as a minister with a business associate and their Canberra firm who he had previously advised on their bids for IT contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.
    The territory governments have had their rights to make laws on euthanasia returned after 25 years, with a bipartisan push in the federal Senate overturning a Howard-era ban on the final night of the parliament for the year. Cop that, Kevin Andrews!
    Employers may restart lapsed pay deals to avoid being caught under incoming laws that could force them into sector-wide bargaining, the Australian Council of Trade Unions head Sally McManus has predicted while pushing the government to act on the next swathe of its industrial reforms early next year.
    Much attention has been paid to the federal government’s multi-employer bargaining reforms. Yet, another significant change as part of the industrial relations Bill has flown under the radar. The government is seeking to close a loophole that currently allows employers to too easily terminate expired enterprise agreements, even if they are negotiating for a replacement agreement.
    Jenna Price has some bad news for the Coalition. She describes the weird relationship in which two parties are stuck together, knowing they aren’t good for each other and says it won’t win the next federal election. And the way its constituent parties are behaving, it won’t win the one after that,
    Scott Morrison, most notorious of all Australia’s prime ministers for his delusions of grandeur, offered up a sermon on the “politics of retribution” in answer to a parliamentary censure motion, writes Michelle Pini.
    It may be the final data dump, but the Medibank fallout is far from over, explains Tim Biggs.
    Lisa Visentin writes about the difficulties arising for the Voice getting up.
    Waleed Aly says that the Nationals will have to back up their claim that the Voice is elitist.
    Peter Dutton says the Liberal party will finalise its position on the referendum early next year, arguing that there is “building bewilderment” at the lack of detail around the Voice to Parliament.
    The opposition leader doesn’t need to support the Voice but nor should he actively oppose it. He’s been on the wrong side of history before, opines Phil Coorey.
    I wonder who Senator Jacinta Price is referring to when she talks of “my people”, writes Lesley Turner who says, “Price doesn’t speak for my people – and her stance shows why Australia needs the Indigenous voice”.
    Australia has less than a year to get itself ready to vote on one of the most significant constitutional referendums in its history – to insert an Indigenous Voice into the constitution. And it has to be said that, despite years of discussion, we are as yet in a poor place to give the Voice its best chance of life, writes Michelle Grattan.
    Nick O’Malley and Nick Toscano write that Anthony Albanese is facing a revolt from the states over energy policy with NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet declaring the federal government would have to repay the state’s taxpayers if it sought to cut skyrocketing energy costs by imposing a cap on coal prices.
    As ordinary Australians suffer from the disaster of climate change, mining companies are recording massive profits and often paying little or nothing in tax, writes John Quiggin.
    Alan Kohler tells us how two Australian chemists came up with a global solution for plastic.
    Melissa Davey outlines the tragic stories behind the soaring rates of youth addiction to vaping.
    NBN Co will not recover at least $31 billion the government invested to build the network in a move designed to allow it to cut wholesale internet prices in the future. In a new draft pricing proposal lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this week, the government-owned company said it would no longer seek to recover the full $44 billion sunk into the initial build and instead would only claw back $12.5 billion from retail internet providers.
    The Prime Minister’s surprise revelation that he has raised the case against Julian Assange with US officials and urged that charges of espionage and conspiracy be dropped opens up many questions, writes Alison Broinowski.
    According to The Age, Daniel Andrews has scored a major post-election win with a group of MPs joining his Socialist Left faction, strengthening his grip on government and giving his group a majority within state Labor.
    James Massola reports that the second trial of Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins, is expected to be abandoned and the charges dropped, reportedly because of new evidence concerning the impact on Higgins’ mental health.
    The New York Times says that the ruling Communist Party may be starting to back down on unpopular COVID restrictions in response to a wave of mass protests that have been the most widespread challenge to Beijing in decades.

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    Cathy Wilcox

    Matt Golding

    Jim Pavlidis

    Mark David

    Andrew Dyson

    Fiona Katauskas

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre


    From the US

  15. I read the incoming news that the charges against Bruce Lehrmann are to be dropped because of “an unacceptable risk to the life of the complainant”. As a male I can only guess at the intolerable stress that a woman has to undergo to get any redress after an intolerable offence has been committed on her person. Talk about the dice being loaded.

    • The whole thing makes me so cranky – he got to sit in court watching Ms Higgins deal with her own character assassination and did not have to give any testimony at all. How unfair is that?

      Now she is in hospital getting the care she must desperately need after her ordeal, I’m not just talking about the trial here, but about the almost four years since the rape took place.

      Brittany Higgins is in hospital and receiving treatment and support, her close friend Emma Webster said.

      In a statement, Webster described the last two years as “difficult and unrelenting”.

      She said:

      Brittany is in hospital getting the treatment and support she needs.

      The last couple of years have been difficult and unrelenting.

      While it’s disappointing the trial has ended this way, Brittany’s health and safety must always come first.

      Brittany is extremely grateful for all the support she has received, particularly from our mental health care workers.

      Prosecutors have just announced they will not proceed with a retrial, saying it is not in the public interest because of the significant danger it would pose to Higgins’ life


  16. From my inbox –

    Last week of Parliament before the end of the year…

    Here’s the 5&5.


    1. Everything we passed this week

    2. Anika Wells stating the facts when it came to the ‘Morrison Ministries’

    3. Linda Burney speaking her truth

    4. Josh Burns’ Christmas carol

    5. The Shadow Minister for recycling


    1. Having to censure Morrison

    2. Morrison’s executive authority addiction

    3. Angus Taylor and Dolly Parton having common ground

    4. Peter Dutton moving a suspension of standing orders

    5. Senator Michaelia Cash


    1. We hit the ground running after being elected in May – and ended the year passing a heap of seriously important legislation. This week we passed:

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill to restore integrity to politics The Respect @ Work Bill to make workplaces safe from sexual harassment
    The Privacy Legislation Amendment to better protect your data from cyber breaches
    And just this morning – the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill to get wages moving & close the gender pay gap

    2.Aged Care Minister Anika Wells pointed out the absurdity of the secret Morrison ministries saga this week. Answering in Question Time she pointed out the lack of progress the previous government had made in aged care – despite having THREE ministers responsible: Health Care Minister Greg Hunt. Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck. As well as Prime Minister and Minister for Health Scott Morrison. Luke Howarth shot up on a point of order, arguing the Minister had misused the former PM’s title. Both the Speaker and the Minister handled it perfectly:

    Mr Howarth: I have a couple of points of order, Mr Speaker.

    The SPEAKER: One will do.

    Mr Howarth: There are two. There is one on correct title in relation to the member for Cook.

    The SPEAKER: Resume your seat. The minister was clear. I was listening carefully to her answer when she said ‘the former prime minister Scott Morrison’. That is his title. I will give her the call to continue her answer, which will be heard in silence.

    Ms WELLS: There are so many titles to choose from, Mr Speaker! I can see how it’s confusing.

    3. It’s a privilege to be in the same party as Linda Burney. Every now and then you have a speech that stops the Parliament. In Question Time Linda said: “That someone with my history can stand in this place is the most unlikely thing—but not everyone is so lucky. Not everyone can havetheir voice heard. That’s why we need a voice. An Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander voice is an idea whose time has come. The Australian people willdecide this referendum, not politicians, and I have faith in the Australian people.”

    4. This week the Member for Macnamara, Josh Burns combined two of my passions – politics and poetry. Presenting the 12 Days of the Canberra Bubble Christmas. It’s well worth a watch!

    5. Tanya Plibersek didn’t miss when asked about recycling this week. The former Environment Minister Sussan Ley thought it would be smart to interject. It wasn’t. As Tanya put it: “The shadow minister interjecting, she is an expert in recycling, backbench, frontbench, backbench, frontbench. She put them on notice. Put the solar industry on notice. But they never took any notice of her.”


    1.On Wednesday the House censured former Prime Minister Scott Morrison. This is not the way any of us wanted to make history. As former High Court Justice Virginia Bell found in her report on the multiple Morrison ministries:

    “the principles of responsible government were “fundamentally undermined”
    “the lack of disclosure of the appointments to the public was apt to undermine public confidence in government.”
    “the secrecy with which they had been surrounded was corrosive of trust in government.”
    How did Scott Morrison respond? An ‘if anyone has been offended’ non-apology. And this time it was the media’s fault for not asking him at the time. Really? As the Prime Minister put it during the debate:

    “He has confirmed again that he just doesn’t get it.”

    2.More details arrived on the multiple Morrison ministries this week. According to Niki Savva’s new book – Morrison’s most loyal supporter Alex Hawke made this admission about the former PM. “He got addicted to executive authority,” Hawke said. As the Prime Minister explained during Question Time, no wonder they couldn’t land an energy policy in close to a decade. “We know from the member for Mitchell, who’s had some good comments about his mate the member for Cook, that they were addicted to power, but they weren’t very good at energy. …That’s the problem for those opposite: all about power policy; nothing about energy policy.”

    3. I don’t know why Angus Taylor keeps trying, but he does. This week he decided to ask the Treasurer, Jim Chalmers, a question, something he’s barely done since the Budget. I think Jim enjoyed the question – here’s how he answered: “Did you know, Mr Speaker, that Dolly Parton wrote ‘Jolene’ and ‘I will always love you’ in one day? It took the shadow Treasurer 19 days to write that question—19days longer than it took to write two of the most popular songs in history.”

    4.Remember the days when the moment Anthony Albanese would stand up as Leader of the Opposition and they’d move he be no further heard? Well Thursday was a reminder of exactly why they never wanted to confront our now Prime Minister in any debate. Peter Dutton moved a suspension of standing orders during Question Time thinking he had momentum. When the Prime Minister personally responded, first you saw the Opposition backbench go quiet, then you saw them look into their phones and gradually you watched each and every one of them – including Peter Dutton – shrink in their chairs. Have a watch, it will be some time before they try this again. But to be honest, I can’t wait until they do.

    5.Not content with deliberately keeping wages low for the past decade – the Libs tried everything they could to try stop the passage of our Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill. There were 19 amendments put forward in the Senate. In more than nine hours of debate how many amendments do you think had been brought to a vote? Zero. Principally because of the behaviour of Senator Michaelia Cash. Seriously? After ten years of keeping wages low they first tried to put the Bill off until next year and then by the end Senator Cash was trying to stand in the way of getting wages moving for every extra minute that they could. But by Friday morning both Houses had agreed to the Bill and the era of wages being kept deliberately low came to an end.

    So that’s it for 2022. There’s more to be done.

    In my part of Sydney there’s a long tradition of everybody enjoying each other’s festivals and celebrating them. So in that same spirit, can I wish you all the peace and joy of Christmas and look forward to being in touch in 2023.

    ‘til then,


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  18. Not so sunny for Sunak

    The City of Chester has woken up to its new representative after re-electing Labour, with candidate Samantha Dixon winning by a majority of 10,974 in a brutal first electoral test for Rishi Sunak.

    Just before 2am this morning it was announced that Labour received 17,309 votes with 61.22% of the vote share, its highest majority and share of the vote ever in the seat. Conversely, the Conservatives received just 6,335 votes and a 22.4% vote share, their worst result in the constituency since 1832. The Liberal Democrats came a distant third on 2,368 votes.


  19. Sunak’s boast that his government will be governed by integrity, professionalism and accountability has lasted as long as a snowflake in the sun.

    I’m sure the initials “IPA” are merely incidental. Others may consider it an omen for Australia.

  20. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Laura Tingle writes that the mood of the Australian electorate has changed and Morrison’s “apology” showed he fails to understand it. A good, insightful article.
    George Megalogenis lays out the map of misery in the Liberal heartland. He concludes this very readable contribution with, “Dutton has acquired by default what Morrison built by design – a party that runs on the whim of one white man. And he has a section of the media telling him that their applause is a genuine reflection of the will of the Australian people. But they continue to underestimate the new political majority in the capital cities, where two-thirds of the people live.”
    The Liberal Party is fighting divisions within its own ranks, and a losing battle against demographics as highly motivated younger generations overwhelm its base, explains Mike Seccombe who takes us inside the Liberal Party’s ‘existential crisis’. Very interesting.
    Here’s Paul Kelly’s take on the Morrison censure. Quite well balanced.
    Morrison’s censure a political stunt but an appropriate shaming, write Peter van Onselen.
    The Saturday Paper’s editorial begins with, “Like a veteran troubadour, Scott Morrison rose from the backbench on Wednesday and delivered all the old hits: indignation, self-pity and sly evasions. The moment – parliamentary debate of his historic censure for secretly swearing himself into several portfolios as prime minister – demanded new notes, of course, namely songs of contrition. But Australians were kidding themselves if they thought they’d hear them.” It describes the censure as a proportionate acknowledgement of a historically deviant act and a suitably ignominious distinction for a man who was grossly unfit for the office he once held.
    Simon Cowan describes what the Coalition needs to do if it wants to get back into power gain – and to govern effectively.
    The National Party has deserted country people on climate change, NBN, health services, and now the Voice, writes John Menadue who says farmers are the main sufferers from climate change- droughts, fires heavy rainfall and floods, but the National Party has failed farmers and country people on numerous fronts. It has sold out to the miners.
    Stephanie Dorwick tells us why women cannot revive Liberal “appeal”.
    Katrina Grace Kelly, writing about the Liberal loss in Victoria, says, “In media circles, it might be time to reassess whether efforts to guide the Liberals are actually hindering them instead. Perhaps sections of the electorate now ­conflate the party with sections of the media, which they regard as toxic, and perhaps they are voting to reject both this type of media as well as the party they think it represents.”
    The SMH editorial says that the government has shown it can get its way in parliament, but it must not become carried away from the political centre.
    Anthony Albanese went to the election promising “renewal not revolution” but six months in and 61 bills later, it’s starting to feel more like the latter, writes Phil Coorey who looks at Labor’s first six months and examines both sides’ post-election reviews.
    Measures to support and facilitate bargaining in low-paid sectors should open the door for workers to access living wages, argue IR professors Rae Cooper and Chris F Wright.
    According to the AFR, the Albanese government could be forced to overhaul the laws governing offshore energy projects after a court ruling slowed the approval of new gas developments, and raised doubts about how quickly wind farms, considered vital to the energy transition, can be built off the Australian coast.
    Environmental laws are being used in new ways to force a review of proposed oil and gas projects, and the Australian government may finally have to take responsibility for the greenhouse emissions our exports create, says Tom Morton.
    In a detailed examination, Sumeyya Ilanbey and Royce Millar tell us how Labor pulled off the sweetest victory of all in Victoria.
    The Age tells us that Daniel Andrews says the promise of resurrecting the State Electricity Commission was a killer blow in the election campaign that delivered Labor a third term in office last weekend.
    The Lehrmann trial is over – but it will never really be over, asks Jacqui Maley.
    Abandoning the trial of Bruce Lehrmann for the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins is an appalling and unfair outcome for all involved – the justice system included, says the AFR’s Michael Pelly.
    Christopher Knaus reports that there are growing calls for a major overhaul of the way rape complainants are treated within the justice system in the wake of the Bruce Lehrmann trial, with a former federal court judge urging governments to appoint victim advocates to support women through the process.
    Women are furious about the Lehrmann trial outcome – and men should be too, declares Jenna Price.
    Rick Morton thinks Philip Lowe’s future as Reserve Bank governor looks in doubt – he’s short of allies as a major review looms, just months from a decision about his reappointment.
    The conservative lawyer favoured to win preselection in the ultra-safe Liberal seat of Castle Hill has had his nomination blocked because he criticised the Berejiklian government’s pandemic lockdowns. Noel McCoy, a former Young Liberal president, was expected to win the coveted seat after using his support in the hard-right faction to edge out centre-right rival and sitting member Transport Minister David Elliott.
    Allowing terminally ill people to travel interstate to be with family as they go through an assisted death will be the next step once every state and territory has voluntary assisted dying laws, writes Rachel Clun.
    Michelle Grattan outlines her concern that, in her opinion, the Voice only has a 50/50 chance of getting up, the way things are going.
    Peter Dutton saying no to the Indigenous voice, or saying maybe but meaning no, is not a cost-free exercise, writes Katherine Murphy who says Opposition leader faces a coterie of hardcore voice opponents in the Liberal party room, but saying no, and Australians voting yes, is a risk she wouldn’t want to take.
    Paul Bongiorno writes, “Littleproud and Price should be wary of the siren song that comes from the delusional right-wing urgers who claim to speak for the ‘silent majority’. The Victorian state election, like the marriage equality plebiscite, shows how much of a dead end this can be.”
    Michael Pascoe says that other that a desire to put pressure on it Coalition partner, there is a deeper, darker reason the Nationals were always going to oppose the Voice: The inability of much of their country base to come to terms with their heritage, with their families’ pasts, with the source of their wealth.
    Nick Bryant writes that the world is watching while we grapple with the concept of an indigenous Voice to parliament. He says that, along with the internal ramifications, the outcome of the vote could determine how the country is perceived internationally for years to come.
    Is the ABC biased or merely a pawn in the culture wars? This week’s senate estimates hearing highlights the broadcaster’s dilemma as senior journalists came under fire from the Coalition, writes Chris Wallace who says the ABC is besieged on multiple fronts. Right-wing culture warriors target it for being too left wing. Critics from the left are vociferous about the way its journalistic and management ranks appear to have been stacked, with honourable exceptions, by smug Coalition fellow-travellers.
    Over the next fortnight, three of Australia’s big banks will face a fresh round of shareholder pressure over their responses to climate change, explains Clancy Yeates.
    John Hewson opines that Australia needs Covid-19 mandates. He doesn’t underestimate the political difficulties for our governments to publicly announce such a reversal of the recent easing of mask-wearing and isolation restrictions. But it is imperative that they do so.
    Jessica Yun writes that Communications Minister Michelle Rowland has defended the Labor government’s policy to return the national broadband network closer to its original design despite fresh admissions it will not be able to recover $31 billion invested into the project.
    Falls have overtaken motor vehicle accidents as the most common cause of trauma injuries being treated at Melbourne’s leading trauma hospitals. And it’s mainly men of a “certain age”, writes Aisha Dow.
    The shape of the plan by which Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS agreement is now in place though not yet formally agreed, and it could still change substantially. Greg Sheridan writes that Defence Minister Richard Marles will attempt to finalise the key planks of the deal in a series of meetings overseas in the next week. He and Foreign Minister Penny Wong are travelling to the US for this year’s AUSMIN meeting with their counterparts, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
    For the visibly disabled person, the battle against discrimination is constant, and sometimes brings uncomfortable public scrutiny as a token for inclusion, explains Georgia Cranko.
    “Hi Babe, always enjoy our romps” is not the type of evidence you’d expect in a corporate regulator’s case against an advocate for bank victims. Callum Foote explores ASIC’s curious prosecution of Geoff Shannon of Unhappy Banking fame, a case which has embroiled the National Australia Bank.
    A former chief executive of one of Victoria’s largest rail networks is among seven people charged as part of an investigation into serious corruption. Yesterday the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission announced the charges following its investigation into corruption in V/Line and Metro Trains’ tendering and procurement processes.
    The speed with which “deeply regrettable” comments saw the late Queen’s head girl Lady Susan Hussey shown the door at Buckingham Palace speaks volumes about the new-look Windsors. It says Charles is serious about modernising the monarchy. It showcases the utter ruthlessness beneath the royals’ sentiment for tradition, writes Kate Halfpenny.
    Indonesia’s parliament is expected to pass a new criminal code this month that will penalise sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, officials have confirmed. Cohabitation before marriage will also be banned.
    Tom Rees explains how Xi Jinping made the ‘Chinese dream’ a nightmare for the next generation. He describes how a record number of graduates are entering a jobs market with near record youth unemployment. Housing affordability in the biggest cities has become stretched to eye-wateringly expensive levels. And the young are shunning marriage, perhaps a symptom of the financial insecurity and the male-female imbalance caused by the one-child policy.
    Trump had dinner with two avowed antisemites. Let’s call this what it is, writes Francine Prose.

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  21. “Women are furious about the Lehrmann trial outcome – and men should be too, declares Jenna Price.”

    A very good and very thoughtful article from Jenna Price.

    It seems there were many other complaints about Lehrmann’s sexual behaviour but they were removed from the media before the trial. We can now hear about them because the trial will not go ahead.
    Documents show other Lehrmann allegations

  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    James Massola and Anthony Galloway report that Peter Dutton has said the Liberal Party has an identity crisis and allowed itself to be defined by its opponents, including teal candidates that took many of its blue ribbon seats, at the last election. But he is prepared to negotiate with them to form a minority government if the next election produces a hung parliament.
    And they examine Dutton’s plan for a one-term comeback.
    Peter Dutton is facing a set of political problems that no conservative opposition has ever had to deal with, writes James Campbell.
    Julia Banks says that the Liberals are paying a high price for their unholy merger with the hard right. She gives the Pentecostals and Mormons a right serve! Serious stuff.
    Barry Jones writes about the great political crossover where the concept of elections as sporting contests has finally broken down.
    According to Anthony Galloway and Paul Sakkal, Anthony Albanese’s office has asked state governments whether they can recall their parliaments to put price caps on coal, sparking fresh legal advice which shows the Commonwealth has the power to enact the new measures but it would have to fairly compensate producers.
    Jacqui Maley writes that amid the mess and distress of the Lehrmann case, it is easy to forget that the allegations centred on a workplace, Parliament House. And despite the enormous scrutiny the rape allegation invited, into the culture of parliament, the culture of the Liberal Party and the ability of women to speak up about unsafe workplaces and still keep their jobs, no one was held to account.
    Shane Wright tells us that the Reserve Bank has signalled interest rates will be pushed higher to show Australians it is serious about bringing inflation under control as signs grow that first-time home buyers are being driven out of the property market.
    Daniel Hurst reveals that a Coalition frontbencher conducting a “grassroots” survey about nuclear power is using a website registered by a business that helps an American small modular reactor company, records reveal. Ted O’Brien, the shadow minister for climate change and energy, issued a statement on Friday saying he was “launching a grassroots community engagement program” under the banner “Time to Talk Nuclear”.
    Nuclear lobby propaganda in favour of small modular reactors ignores Australia’s terrible nuclear history and plays fast and loose with the facts. Many forensic enquiries have already recommended against the introduction of nuclear power into Australia on the grounds of proliferation risk, cost, safety, and the environment, explains Richard Broinowski.
    Paul Sakkal reports that first-time Victorian Liberal MP Sam Groth has called on his party to embrace mainstream voters and shun the far-right after its third straight election loss as top Liberals grapple with the fallout threatening the future of the party.
    Ambulance Victoria was forced to declare a code red as it buckled under huge demand in Melbourne overnight, meaning it could not reach some “lights and sirens” emergency cases on time. The code red declaration – the first since the Omicron winter peak earlier this year – was due to a “surge in workload and demand” just before midnight and high staff shortages due to increasing COVID-19 cases.
    A breakdown of negotiations between a health insurance provider and the operator of several of Sydney’s major private hospitals will see patients paying higher fees for treatment from February. In an email to its 1.8 million members across Australia this week, HCF confirmed it had failed to reach an agreement with Healthscope, the company behind Norwest, Northern Beaches, Campbelltown and Prince of Wales private hospitals, among others.
    The conviction of the leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia last week placed a president at the spiritual heart of a seditious conspiracy to illegitimately keep power in a way that is unparalleled in American history. The guilty verdict against Stewart Rhodes, head of the militia, and one of his subordinates effectively established that there was an illegal plot to keep president Donald Trump in power despite his defeat in the 2020 election, whether Trump was directly involved or simply inspired it through the lies he spread.

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    • I tried to do O’Brien’s survey, I got kicked out after the first question. I guess I didn’t give the correct answer.

  23. I tried too, could not submit the survey because I failed to fill in the alleged “optional” questions and did not provide my email address.

    The most crucial question is never answered by those advocating for nuclear energy – where does the waste go?

    I suppose we just shove it in rusty old drums and store it a shed.

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