For a laugh…

APOLOGIES TO GOOGLE but….

I found this online and just had to share!

Ordering a Pizza in 2023


CALLER: Is this Pizza Hut? 


GOOGLE: No sir, it’s Google Pizza.


CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number, sorry.


GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Pizza Hut last month.


CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza.


GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir?


CALLER: My usual? You know me?


GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.


CALLER: Super! That’s what I’ll have.


GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?


CALLER: What? I don’t want a vegetarian pizza!


GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir.


CALLER: How do you know that?


GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.


CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetarian pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol.


GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased only a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once at your Pharmacy, 4 months ago.


CALLER: I bought more from another Pharmacy.


GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.
CALLER:I paid in cash.


GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.


CALLER: I have other sources of cash.


GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your latest tax returns, unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law!


CALLER: WHAT THE … !


GOOGLE:I’m sorry sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.


CALLER: Enough already! I’m sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I’m going to an island without the internet, TV, where there is no phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.


GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago…


Welcome to the future 😁
ENJOY…


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    • Great post Puffy TMD, wherever it came from! And it’s good to know you have dogs in your life again.
      Helen

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe writes that voters have backed the federal government on more than a dozen key policies ranging from economic management to jobs and wages while giving Labor a convincing lead of 42 to 29 per cent over the Coalition on core political support.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-still-well-ahead-of-dutton-as-preferred-prime-minister-resolve-poll-20230124-p5ceyd.html
    Alcohol sales will be subject to immediate curbs across the Northern Territory in a step towards more sweeping bans within a week, after Anthony Albanese flew to Alice Springs to respond to a surge in violence ravaging Indigenous communities. The AFP will not be sent in.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-alice-springs-alcohol-restrictions-after-albanese-s-crime-wave-crisis-talks-20230124-p5cf55.html
    David Crowe argues that Albanese was too slow to respond, having been warned by indigenous leaders about violence in Alice Springs barely a week after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese installed his full ministry in office after last year’s election.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-too-slow-to-respond-to-alice-springs-violence-20230124-p5cf64.html
    Indigenous elders have given a cautious welcome to tighter restrictions of alcohol in Alice Springs as the town grapples with a surge in crime and anti-social behaviour, but politicians have been urged to follow up with aid for ‘neglected’ remote communities.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/24/indigenous-elders-welcome-alice-springs-alcohol-curbs-but-plead-for-more-help
    Marcia Langton wades in to The Australian with an op-ed saying that Peter Dutton knows how this culture war works. And his confected outrage this week has been timed to undermine the most important idea that could unite Australians in a vision of the nation all can take pride in – the proposed Indigenous voice to parliament and government; the culmination of thousands of Australians discussing ways to overcome the frontier hatreds that persisted from the 18th and 19th centuries.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/cultural-warriors-shamed-by-confected-outrage-over-voice/news-story/9c076a6c89bce04db9a01e41bab7e73f?amp
    NSW Labor has a winning lead eight weeks from the March 25 election but Dominic Perrottet’s popularity has risen despite a torrid week in which he admitted to wearing a Nazi uniform to his 21st birthday party, writes Alexandra Smith. The Coalition’s primary vote is on 34 per cent, down from the 42 per cent secured when Gladys Berejiklian won in 2019. Smith doesn’t really point out that 38% are still undecided on the preferred premier question, though.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-labor-in-election-winning-lead-but-perrottet-preferred-premier-20230124-p5cf5o.html
    Michael Pascoe writes that, aside from dubious gaming machine posturing, the nearest attempt at a policy battle in New South Wales’ March election is housing. It’s not much of an attempt, he says, just Band-Aids and duct tape.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2023/01/24/michael-pascoe-affordable-housing/
    As with last year’s federal election, housing affordability is a major issue for the electorate, but not for the major parties. As long as one side doesn’t take it seriously, the other side doesn’t have to either.
    An administrative appeals tribunal member who ruled against the Coalition government on several robodebt cases has told a royal commission how he was surprised to lose his job after nearly 40 years of service. Emeritus professor Terry Carney, who sat on the AAT and its predecessor over nearly four decades, ruled five times against the federal government’s robodebt program in separate cases throughout 2017. Carney told the royal commission on Tuesday the “income averaging” method central to the scheme was flawed due to a lack of sufficient evidence and “simple mathematics”.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/24/prominent-critic-of-robodebt-who-ruled-against-scheme-five-times-lost-aat-job-inquiry-hears
    Matthew Knot reports that Defence Minister Richard Marles says the government has almost completed its plan to acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS pact and won’t shy away from taking tough decisions to overhaul the Defence Force for today’s military threats. Marles will receive both the recommendations of the nuclear-powered submarine taskforce and the final version of a sweeping strategic review of the nation’s defence forces within weeks, laying the foundation for some of Australia’s most significant national security decisions in decades.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/huge-moment-government-prepares-to-unveil-aukus-plan-20230124-p5ceyh.html
    In the event of Chinese military aggression in our region, there is no NATO-style organisation to protect Australia, explains Mick Ryan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/why-australia-needs-a-nato-style-military-alliance-20230123-p5ceu6.html
    Mike Foley and Nick Toscano report that fossil fuels sank to their lowest-ever levels across Australia’s east-coast electricity mix in the final three months of 2022 as green power supplies overtook black coal’s output for the first time in the history of the grid.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/fossil-fuels-fall-to-record-low-in-power-grid-as-renewables-hit-new-high-20230124-p5cf3o.html
    Former assistant treasurer Michael Sukkar has rejected calls for the government to stop consulting PwC on tax policy after breaches of confidentiality by PwC partners, saying that disciplinary action should be targeted at individuals rather than the big four firm. Sukkar worked for PwC in 2005 to 2006.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/sukkar-dismisses-calls-to-sanction-pwc-over-leaking-scandal-20230124-p5cf2m
    The federal government will join the Transport Workers’ Union’s (TWU) high court fight with Qantas as the airline bids to overturn a ruling that it illegally outsourced 1,700 ground handlers’ jobs. Paul Karp tells us the workplace relations minister, Tony Burke, filed a notice of appearance on 16 January to intervene in the case, in which Qantas hopes to overturn a full federal court decision exposing it to a mammoth compensation bill for laying off staff at 10 airports in November 2020.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/24/federal-government-to-intervene-in-transport-unions-high-court-fight-against-qantas
    John Frew laments that there is nothing coming from Albanese and the Labor government that offers any hope for public schools.
    https://johnmenadue.com/labor-abandons-public-education/
    Gamblers lost more than $2.1 billion on poker machines in fewer than 100 days last year – the highest losses in NSW history – an outlay critics labelled an obscenity that reinforced the need for reform. Lucy Cormack and Ben Cubby tell us that daily profits for pubs and clubs from poker machines hit $23 million a day, as punters’ losses rose 11 per cent last year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/gone-in-92-days-gamblers-lose-2-1-billion-on-poker-machines-20230124-p5cf1z.html
    The decline of Australia Day comes at a time when other staples of the national calendar may also be running up against their sell-by date, writes Nick Bryant.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/is-australia-day-the-only-thing-on-the-calendar-past-its-use-by-date-20230123-p5ceu5.html
    Until we agree on what we are celebrating, it’s hard to have a sensible discussion about the date of Australia Day, says Peter Lewis.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2023/jan/24/until-we-agree-on-what-we-are-celebrating-its-hard-to-have-a-sensible-discussion-about-the-date-of-australia-day
    An independent investigation into the workplace culture of Australia’s agvet chemical regulator has been made aware of claims the organisation fired multiple senior staff after submitting complaints about harassment and bullying.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8058755/claims-apvma-sacked-harassment-whistleblowers-investigated/?cs=14329
    The government is hosting a media freedom roundtable yet Freedom of Information inquiries show no evidence of entreaties to the Biden administration to free Australia’s number one victim of political and media persecution, Julian Assange. Actions speak louder than words, writes Rex Patrick.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/documents-show-no-sign-albanese-government-lobbied-the-us-to-bring-julian-assange-home/
    There are three cases before the US Supreme Court that could make social media platforms liable for the content they host. At the centre of them are “the 26 words that created the internet”, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/the-three-cases-that-could-break-the-internet-20230124-p5cey9.html
    A notorious underworld figure was shot several times in the legs in front of two young children while stopped at a busy suburban rail crossing last week. It is the third time in 18 months that unknown gunmen have targeted Douglas Mikhaeel, who has been feuding with a host of organised crime players including Middle Eastern and southern European gangs, outlaw motorcycle clubs and his former associates in the Notorious Crime Family. Nice!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/underworld-figure-shot-in-front-of-children-at-busy-rail-crossing-20230124-p5cf58.html
    Japan is on the brink of not being able to function as a society as its plummeting birthrate reaches crisis point, the country’s prime minister has warned. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said it was “now or never” for one of the world’s oldest societies, and he has vowed to take urgent steps.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2023/01/24/japan-population-crisis/
    Close aides to Mike Pence discovered about a dozen classified-marked documents stored in boxes at his home in Indiana last week and turned over the materials to the US justice department, according to a top adviser to the former vice-president.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/24/mike-pence-classified-documents-discovered-home-indiana
    School teachers in Florida’s Manatee county are removing books from their classrooms or physically covering them up after a new bill went into effect that prohibited material unless deemed appropriate by a librarian, or “certified media specialist”. If a teacher is found in violation of these guidelines, they could face felony charges. WTF!
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/24/florida-manatee-county-books-certified-media-specialist

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  2. And his confected outrage this week has been timed to undermine the most important idea that could unite Australians in a vision of the nation all can take pride in – the proposed Indigenous voice to parliament and government; the culmination of thousands of Australians discussing ways to overcome the frontier hatreds that persisted from the 18th and 19th centuries.

    By all means let’s have the ‘voice’ . Meanwhile you can bet your bottom dollar in hundreds of places across Australia the appalling poverty and squalor blighting the lives of so many Aboriginal people will sail on unabated. Out of sight and out of mind while the beau monde bask in a warm inner glow and Straya tells itself how totes awesome it is for having the Voice.

  3. Ommmmmm

    What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
    .
    .
    Make me one with everything!

    Did you hear about the Coroner who suddenly died last weekend ? Still went to work on Monday…

  4. I wonder what those vaxxer loons were ‘believing’ before covid. Are they a grand coalition of nuttery be it fluoridated water ,’electromagnetism’ etc etc ?

  5. So we have gone from Dylan Alcott to a woman I have never heard of. I had to look her up – she is allegedly a writer, I bet you have not seen any of her work on body image.

    Honestly, what was the committee who decides this stuff thinking? We could have had Craig Foster or one of the other worthwhile candidates, but no, we had to have a woman who few Australians would ever have heard of.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8054958/who-will-be-australian-of-the-year-2023/

    • The Australian of the Year would be better suited to something fluffy like

      Better Homes and Gardens
      Body and Soul

      Has ita infiltrated the Australia Day committee

  6. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Angus Thompson writes that, as blanket alcohol bans and tougher spending restrictions are on the cards for at-risk communities in the Northern Territory, former Indigenous Minister Ken Wyatt dismissed Peter Dutton’s call for a royal commission, saying the Coalition shared the blame for Alice Springs’ woes.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/cash-restrictions-and-total-alcohol-bans-slated-for-nt-violence-20230125-p5cfbm.html
    Legal academic Hannah McGlade wrote her PhD on sexual abuse of Indigenous children but she says Dutton never asked her for advice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/i-wrote-my-phd-on-sexual-abuse-of-indigenous-children-dutton-never-asked-me-for-advice-20230124-p5cf5z.html
    Alcohol bans and law and order responses to crime in Alice Springs haven’t worked in the past, and won’t work now, warn these contributors to The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/alcohol-bans-and-law-and-order-responses-to-crime-in-alice-springs-havent-worked-in-the-past-and-wont-work-now-198427
    Noel Pearson is concerned that a failed Voice referendum will kill hopes of reconciliation for good.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-failed-voice-referendum-will-kill-hopes-of-reconciliation-for-good-20230125-p5cffu.html
    Culture warrior pin-up Peta Credlin declares that a vote for the voice is a threat to Australia Day.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/a-vote-for-the-voice-a-threat-to-australia-day/news-story/82744003eb445ee367081816dbaa28cd?amp
    Conservatives rail against references to “invasion day”. Ultimately, however, these are the despairing sighs of an old, dying Australia which no longer exists and isn’t coming back, opines Scott Burchill.
    https://johnmenadue.com/conservatives-fight-desperate-losing-battle-against-decolonisation-of-australia/
    According to David Crowe, Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has cleared the way for a split with her colleagues on the Indigenous Voice to parliament in a formal deal in the party room yesterday that gives her free rein to vote against the proposal while others give it their support.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/lidia-thorpe-given-free-rein-to-vote-against-voice-but-greens-likely-to-back-it-20230125-p5cfek.html
    Jim Chalmers hopes inflation has peaked at a 32-year high, but economists expect the Reserve Bank to keep hiking interest rates to tackle ongoing economic pressures when it meets again next month.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/inflation-reaches-7-8-per-cent-highest-since-1990-20230125-p5cf94.html
    The SMH editorial urges the RBA to be careful not to overshoot in the fight against inflation.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/rba-must-be-careful-not-to-overshoot-in-the-fight-against-inflation-20230125-p5cffy.html
    Despite the highest inflation growth in 32 years, the figures suggest a peak has likely been reached, argues Greg Jericho.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2023/jan/26/inflation-has-hit-78-over-the-last-year-so-why-arent-australians-running-for-the-hills
    Typical borrowers facing this year’s fixed-rate mortgage cliff will have to pay about $2700 more a month if they do nothing and are rolled on to their lender’s standard variable rate, says RateCity which monitors home loans.
    https://www.afr.com/wealth/personal-finance/fixed-rate-borrowers-face-extra-hit-of-almost-3000-a-month-20230123-p5cet4
    Luke Henriques-Gomes reports on yesterday’s explosive day at the Robodebt royal commission. It’s building up to some interesting testimonies next week and beyond.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/25/former-social-services-official-denies-trying-to-conceal-evidence-during-robodebt-investigation
    The NSW ICAC has withheld vital information on corruption within the Perrottet Government leading up to the State Election, writes Anthony Klan.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/nsw-icac-silent-on-perrottet-corruption-scandal,17173
    We are at a crossroads. The Ultra High Net Worth Individual (UHNWI) class is creating a new international feudal order, assisted by the professional enabler class including politicians in pursuit of their money. One of those enabling mechanisms is the media. In Australia, News Corp serves as the strongest weapon in the creation of their desired world, writes Lucy Hamilton.
    https://theaimn.com/distracted-by-hate-we-are-robbed/
    As inflation hit a 32-year high, signalling a rise in interest rates in February, bank shares rose on the ASX. Besides the prospect of fatter profit margins though, they are coining $102m a week from an obscure Pandemic stimulus measure. Callum Foote investigates.

    Australians have increased their support for a republic at a time of intense publicity over Prince Harry and his falling out with the royal family, with some voters saying his revelations have influenced their shift towards breaking ties with the monarchy. David Crowe reports that support for the republic increased from 36 to 39 per cent among eligible voters over the four months since the death of Queen Elizabeth, while the number of voters against the change fell from 37 to 31 per cent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/royal-drama-pushes-australian-voters-towards-republic-poll-20230125-p5cf95.html
    Jacinda Ardern is likely to require an unprecedented level of security for a former New Zealand prime minister given the extent of the abuse and threats she faced while in office. She the target of some of the darkest and most extreme online abuse, according to research by the University of Auckland.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/oceania/ardern-may-need-ongoing-security-as-true-extent-of-threats-is-revealed-20230125-p5cfeu.html
    Elizabeth Knight tells us why Rupert Murdoch’s mega-deal ambition to potentially unite the two arms of his empire News Corp and Fox is now dead.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/why-rupert-murdoch-s-mega-deal-is-dead-20230125-p5cfbn.html

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  7. I’ve been thinking about the opening statement by Puffy this last couple of days. I’ve had a file of “clean jokes” stashed on my computer (and now my phone for easy infliction) to send to family and friends who are suffering whatever dreaded ‘lurgy is doing the rounds, to resounding groans – usually!

    What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
    A thesaurus.
    Why are frogs so happy?
    They eat whatever bugs them.

    • I am sick and tired of Trump sooking about that election result.

      You’d think he would have accepted the concept of losing by now, but no.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Speakers at a packed Invasion Day rally in inner Sydney have unanimously rejected the proposed Indigenous Voice to parliament, branding it a box-ticking exercise that will not lead to meaningful change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/we-are-the-voice-sydney-invasion-day-speakers-reject-voice-to-parliament-20230126-p5cfpe.html
    The biggest threat to the Voice is the tenor of today’s politics, argues Waleed Aly in a worthwhile contribution.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-biggest-threat-to-the-voice-is-the-tenor-of-today-s-politics-20230126-p5cfm2.html
    In the clamour and confusion around the Indigenous voice, the media has a special responsibility, states Lenore Taylor.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/26/in-the-clamour-and-confusion-around-the-indigenous-voice-the-media-has-a-special-responsibility
    With only a simple yes or no vote available in the referendum, scenes on Invasion Day expose the problem Labor faces, explain Katharine Murphy and Josh Butler. They say, “Critics on the right will chide the government for going too far, while critics on the left want them to go further. With only a simple yes or no vote available in the referendum, the government is entirely alive to the possibility of being sandwiched and outflanked on both edges.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/26/with-only-a-simple-yes-or-no-vote-available-in-the-referendum-scenes-on-invasion-day-expose-the-problem-labor-faces
    Angus Thompson writes that the federal MP at ground-zero of the Alice Springs crime crisis has warned the Northern Territory government the Commonwealth will intervene if the territory doesn’t take serious action now. As the Northern Territory government plans to ballot every town camp over the future of alcohol restrictions, Lingiari MP Marion Scrymgour, who is based in Alice Springs, doubled down on her stance that drinking bans should not have lapsed last July.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/federal-mp-warns-nt-of-commonwealth-action-20230126-p5cfms.html
    The SMH editorial posits that the violence in Alice Springs only strengthens the case for an Indigenous Voice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/violence-in-alice-springs-only-strengthens-case-for-indigenous-voice-20230126-p5cfrf.html
    Albanese Government made a good start for the dispossessed, but much more needs to be done, says Francis Sullivan.
    https://johnmenadue.com/albanese-government-makes-good-start-for-the-dispossessed-but-much-more-to-be-done/
    “Happy Australia Day. Let’s make it a two-day festival”, says Alan Kohler.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2023/01/26/australia-day-two-day-festival-kohler/
    The Salvation Army here outlines the thrust of its submission to two Senate inquiries into the rising cost of living and the nature and extent of poverty in Australia. It makes some telling points.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/driving-on-bald-tyres-you-re-not-the-only-one-20230126-p5cfnl.html
    Australian taxpayers have been dudded by the PwC tax scandal, with the firm collecting at least $300 million a year in consulting work for federal departments, explains David Crowe/
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-is-the-government-spending-billions-for-others-to-do-its-job-20230126-p5cfot.html
    Doctors are calling for more testing for a marker of “bad cholesterol” that can cause sudden heart attacks in younger people and could be elevated in more than 5 million Australians. Aisha Dow writes that Professor Jason Kovacic, executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, said there was a huge amount of data “unquestionably” linking higher levels of a little-known cholesterol – lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a) – to strokes and heart attacks.
    https://www.theage.com.au/healthcare/wider-testing-urged-for-bad-cholesterol-linked-to-heart-attacks-in-younger-people-20230126-p5cfl2.html
    Suspected suicides have risen by 8 per cent in early data from NSW and Victoria last year, in what mental health experts have described as evidence of Australians’ distress following years of successive crises: fires, the pandemic and soaring inflation brought on by global unrest. The sharpest increases were in male suicides and the 45 to 64-year-old age bracket.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/amid-a-relentless-barrage-of-crises-middle-aged-men-fall-through-the-cracks-20230124-p5cf34.html
    According to The Australian’s Geoff Chambers, Anthony Albanese is preparing to revive Labor’s controversial road safety remuneration tribunal powers and set up a fight with 35,000 owner-driver truckies under a new industrial relations crackdown enabling the Fair Work Commission to “set minimum standards” for road transport workers. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politicsnow-transport-unions-put-in-drivers-seat/live-coverage/6ffbba285ee9bf10e97789f142a4583e?amp
    A hospitality giant is facing calls to negotiate with its workers after pushing staff towards a new workplace deal that could let it avoid paying penalty rates. The Queensland-based Mantle Group Hospitality has legally avoided paying its casuals weekend and public holiday rates through a so-called “zombie” agreement first signed in 1999, explains Luke Henriques-Gomes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/26/australian-hospitality-giant-accused-of-going-to-shocking-lengths-to-avoid-paying-casuals-penalty-rates
    The ACTU may push for a minimum wage rise in line with inflation for a second year, which could force the Reserve Bank of Australia to leave interest rates higher for longer, economists have warned.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/inflation-driven-wage-rise-could-push-interest-rates-higher-20230126-p5cfn0
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will target more than 100 influencers in a national blitz of social media influencers who have tried to hoodwink the public with misleading claims and endorsements. If there is one word that fires me up these days, it is “influencers”!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/dishonest-tiktok-and-instagram-influencers-face-accc-crackdown-20230126-p5cfry.html
    As federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers ponders the future of Australia’s Productivity Commission (PC), calls for its reform or even abolition have grown louder. Anyone following the media commentary might have the impression that its recommendations have been steadfastly ignored by government for the last two decades, writes Roy Green.
    https://johnmenadue.com/reforming-the-productivity-commission/
    Lauren Ironmonger tells us why it’s time to grow up and learn to pronounce non-English names. Fair enough, too.
    https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/why-it-s-time-to-grow-up-and-learn-to-pronounce-non-english-names-20230116-p5ccqx.html
    Following the Coalition’s example, News Corp and Nine have been prioritised over small independent publishers in the Albanese Government’s “media roundtable” initiative, complains Michelle Pini.
    https://independentaustralia.net/business/business-display/mark-dreyfus-exclusive-media-diversity-club,17175
    An area of ocean almost the size of Australia could support commercial seaweed farming around the world, providing food for humans, feed supplements for cattle, and alternative fuels, according to new research. Seaweed farming is a nascent industry globally but the research says if it could grow to constitute 10% of human diets by 2050 it could reduce the amount of land needed for food by 110m hectares (272 acres) – an area twice the size of France.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/27/food-feed-and-fuel-global-seaweed-industry-could-reduce-land-needed-for-farming-by-110m-hectares-study-finds
    Former Liberal minister Craig Laundy, his wife and daughter are being sued by his one-time lover in an extraordinary legal case seeking damages for her alleged treatment including being chased down the street and called a “whore”.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/lawyer-natalie-baini-seeks-damages-from-lib-exlover-craig-laundy/news-story/8496b119da01c9b04e8002ceb1ee6780?amp
    Farrah Tomazin writes that, as someone who has spent the past few decades living in a near gun-free Australia, it’s hard for him to get used to the frightening reality of gun-wielding America.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/what-will-it-take-to-stop-it-an-australian-on-the-scene-of-america-s-mass-shootings-20230126-p5cfmg.html
    A man connected with the secretive and ultra-conservative Geelong Revival Centre has been charged with multiple child sex abuse offences and earns nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”. What a mob!
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/member-of-controversial-geelong-church-charged-with-child-sex-abuse-offences-20230126-p5cfqh.html

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  9. Marion Scrymgour is absolutely right – the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Act 2012 should not have been allowed to lapse.

    Another thing Morrison got wrong, to add to the ever-growing list of his incompetence.

    This act was passed in 2012 by the Gillard government and came into force on commencement on 29 June that year, not without a lot of criticism. It was intended to last 10 years , with a further two years for communities to decide if they wanted to keep the alcohol bans or not. It covered much more than alcohol abuse, it also dealt with unemployment, low school enrolment and attendance, community safety and child protection issues, food security, and housing and land reforms.

    That bastard Morrison allowed it to lapse when he should have renewed it or encouraged consultation, another indication of his racism and lack of care for the most disadvantaged, white and black.

    From July last year –
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-07/nt-aboriginal-communities-alcohol-restrictions-could-be-lifted/100967520

  10. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    The Voice is in danger of being drowned out by noise – even before the details are decided, writes Laura Tingle.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-28/debate-voice-referendum-noise-division-before-details-decided/101900808
    In quite a long article, Peter Hartcher writes that for a politician in a fundamentally weak position, Peter Dutton has done well while doing little. He’s an unpopular new leader of a shattered party. He hasn’t yet declared his position on the proposed Indigenous Voice to parliament, neither for nor against. Yet he’s managed seriously to unnerve many Voice supporters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/has-it-been-a-bad-week-for-the-voice-yes-and-no-20230126-p5cfnx.html
    George Megalogenis begins his contribution on the matter with, “There is a powerful conservative argument for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to our national parliament. Peter Dutton should be aware of it, even if the Liberal Party’s base outside the capital cities would prefer to see the referendum fail for the simple, tribal pleasure of poking cosmopolitan Australia in the eye.”
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/dutton-is-forgetting-one-major-detail-and-it-s-nothing-to-do-with-the-voice-20230126-p5cfo0.html
    Katherine Murphy tells us what the ghosts of campaigns past – and Dirty Dancing – can teach the PM about the voice referendum. She says Albanese well understands the stakes, both for the country and for his own prime ministership. The road ahead is hard, and failure is almost too terrible to contemplate.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/28/what-the-ghosts-of-campaigns-past-and-dirty-dancing-can-teach-the-pm-about-the-voice-referendum
    Jack Latimore explains how the problems in Alice Springs prove why we do need a Voice – not the opposite.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-problems-in-alice-springs-prove-why-we-need-a-voice-not-the-opposite-20230125-p5cfe9.html
    “The federal government response to crime rates in Alice Springs dominated federal politics this week. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese made a better-late-than-never visit. His sombre expression contemplating the conditions there was a reminder of just how heavy a responsibility leading a nation can be”, begins Chris Wallace who says that this is not a boring government. Things are beginning to get really interesting.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2023/01/28/looking-labors-grand-plan
    Beneath the Alice Springs ‘crime wave’ are complex issues – and a lot of politics, explain these contributors to The Conversation.
    https://theconversation.com/beneath-the-alice-springs-crime-wave-are-complex-issues-and-a-lot-of-politics-198530
    Josh Butler reports that Anthony Albanese has branded left wing opponents of the voice to parliament “radicals”, describing the government’s referendum proposal as a “mainstream” concept and urging politicians to support it to advance reconciliation efforts.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/27/anthony-albanese-calls-left-wing-opponents-of-voice-to-parliament-radicals
    Indigenous voice and violence are double trouble for the PM, pontificates Paul Kelly.
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/indigenous-voice-and-violence-double-trouble-for-the-pm/news-story/2344a6aab59d209d8ea0a389f0f84d49?amp
    Expressing frustration with the Albanese government’s messaging ahead of the referendum, teal independents are launching their own grassroots campaigns, reports Paul Sakkal.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/teals-to-compete-to-see-who-can-get-the-most-yes-votes-for-the-voice-20230127-p5cfzn.html
    The Guardian looks at the difficulties of life in Alice Springs.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/28/under-siege-as-alice-springs-becomes-a-national-flashpoint-locals-fear-what-comes-next
    John Kehoe writes that Jim Chalmers has unveiled a grand vision to revamp the nation’s long-standing market-based economic model, attacking “neoliberalism” and urging business to co-invest with government to deliver “values-based capitalism”. Dr Chalmers criticised the free market economic ideology pursued by political conservatives and the “negative form of supply-side economics” prescribed by traditional economic institutions, including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/chalmers-new-economic-blueprint-20230126-p5cflz
    And Michelle Grattan also tells us about Jim Chalmers has laid out an economic blueprint for pursuing “values-based capitalism”, involving public-private co-investment and collaboration and the renovation of key economic institutions and markets.
    https://theconversation.com/jim-chalmers-lays-out-agenda-for-pursuit-of-values-based-capitalism-198675
    In a major interview, with Mike Seccombe, Mark Dreyfus details his ambitions as attorney-general and the history that drives him to make an impact in the portfolio. It is a great read in which we see Dreyfus foreshadowing some action coming on what he described as “refugee inhumanity”.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2023/01/28/the-dreyfus-interview-action-coming-refugee-inhumanity
    Government lawyers working in the Department of Social Services “feared” giving their then-secretary Kathryn Campbell news she would not have liked, the robodebt royal commission has heard. Several mid-level legal officials in the department gave evidence on Friday to possessing legal advice from Clayton Utz of the unlawfulness of the robodebt scheme in 2018. That advice sat within the branch for many months and during that period was not passed upwards to the secretary or minister. Ms Campbell would not have wanted to hear advice, claimed Anna Fredericks, a then-principal legal officer in the department, reports Harley Dennett.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8063559/robodebt-lawyers-feared-kathryn-campbell/?cs=14329
    And Luke Henriques-Gomes has been following the royal commission ang gives us his take on yesterday’s rather explosive testimonies.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/27/robodebt-inquiry-hears-claim-social-services-official-sat-on-damning-external-legal-advice-about-scheme
    Fresh evidence to the royal commission shows how departments actively avoided legal precedents to keep robo-debt running for years, writes Rick Morton in an excellent explanation of what is being uncovered there over this last week.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2023/01/28/pandoras-box-real-conspiracy-behind-robo-debt
    Martin McKenzie-Murray reports that the battlelines are drawn as the health minister is promising the greatest reform of Medicare since the scheme began.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2023/01/28/butler-vows-medicare-reform-the-way
    NSW’s powerful education authority is investigating Sydney schools linked to Opus Dei amid a war of words between the ultra-conservative Catholic group and the public broadcaster. Alexandra Smith and Lucy Carroll tell us that Monday’s 4 Corners will be alleging “disturbing practices” by the controversial organisation in several schools and explore its influence in the NSW Liberal Party.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/war-of-words-erupts-between-opus-dei-schools-and-the-abc-20230127-p5cfvs.html
    John Hewson, who has had some skin in the game, tells us about the story of garbage and recycling in Australia.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2023/01/28/the-future-garbage
    Michael Pascoe exposes how the pokies lobby comes after politicians. An excellent contribution,
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2023/01/27/michael-pascoe-gaming-lobby-helen-dalton/
    Clancy Yeates says that the RBA’s interest rates dilemma just got more complicated.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-rba-s-interest-rates-dilemma-just-got-more-complicated-20230126-p5cfli.html
    The editorial in the AFR says that inflation is set to test Labor’s wage promises.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/inflation-is-set-to-test-labor-s-wage-promises-20230126-p5cfm6
    An advertising campaign highlighting how clubs provide help for victims of floods and other disasters has been criticised after industry group ClubsNSW conceded some venues are given taxpayer-funded compensation for their efforts.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/club-ads-under-fire-after-poker-machine-profits-revealed-20230127-p5cg0u.html
    An investigation into Shine Justice has found accounting irregularities and a large gap between the law firm’s cash flow and the far shinier accounting numbers it presents to the market, explains Michael West.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/red-flags-abound-for-shine-justice-but-no-win-no-fee-law-firm-no-respond-nor-pwc/
    Kate Aubusson reports that mentally ill patients at Sydney’s Cumberland Hospital are being held in solitary confinement for more than double the maximum target time, and physically restrained for record-long periods, as staff struggle to intervene before they become a danger to themselves and others.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/mentally-ill-patients-held-in-solitary-confinement-for-more-than-double-the-maximum-target-time-20221215-p5c6nv.html
    Allan Fels says the National Mental Health Commission has lost the confidence of the sector and the government should give it true independence to scrutinise its spending.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/mental-health-commission-needs-authority-to-speak-freely-fels-20230126-p5cfmr.html
    Sexual assault reports have surged in NSW just two weeks after the introduction of a new anonymous online reporting system. Jeremy Noyes tells us that more than 300 reports have been lodged with NSW Police through the anonymous online portal since its launch earlier this month – nearly a third of the 936 total reports made last year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sexual-assault-reports-surge-in-first-weeks-of-new-online-system-20230124-p5cf29.html
    Nick O’Malley explains why we need to shoot all the feral horses in the Snowies. He points to the explosion in the population of the wild horses and the damage they do as clear evidence of catastrophic failure of public policy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/cull-of-duty-why-we-need-to-shoot-all-the-feral-horses-in-the-snowies-20230127-p5cfyp.html
    The Liberal senator Linda Reynolds has sent a formal defamation complaint to David Sharaz, the partner of former government staffer Brittany Higgins, over tweets her lawyers claim caused damage that “cannot be underestimated”. Lawyers for the Reynolds have threatened to take the case to Western Australia’s supreme court as they pursue an apology and damages from the journalist, claiming he made “inaccurate and professionally damaging” criticisms of her online.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/27/linda-reynolds-sends-formal-defamation-complaint-to-brittany-higginss-partner-david-sharaz
    Here’s Amanda Meade’s weekly media round-up.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2023/jan/27/nine-and-seven-go-from-tv-ratings-spat-to-claims-of-lost-landmark-defamation-case
    The London Telegraph’s Jeremy Warner posits that we have to ban crypto before it’s too late. He says there is a marked reluctance among Western governments and regulators to see crypto as just a sophisticated scam, and like China, ban it entirely.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/we-have-to-ban-crypto-before-it-s-too-late-20230123-p5cen1.html
    Tony Windsor goes to town on Santos, explaining the so-called “water trigger” enacted in 2013.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2023/01/28/the-case-against-fossil-fuel-giant-santos
    An unprecedented state of emergency was declared in Auckland after torrential rains, flash floods and evacuations.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/oceania/state-of-emergency-declared-in-auckland-after-torrential-rains-flash-floods-20230127-p5cg3y.html
    A spate of articles has argued protection of the environment is incompatible with population and economic growth. But they do not address how to stop this growth and its public acceptability, nor how more determined efforts to protect the environment can succeed, laments Michael Keating.
    https://johnmenadue.com/economic-growth-and-our-environmental-future/
    A confidential report warns that Australian academics are at risk of harassment, harm and intimidation from foreign governments and corporations, explains Charmaine Manuel.
    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/education/2023/01/28/secret-document-reveals-academic-threats
    A group of shoppers have thwarted the plans of two armed robbers by pinning them down in a dramatic citizens’ arrest in Sydney’s west. The pair entered a tobacconist in Town Terrace shopping centre at Glenmore Park about 2.10pm on Thursday and allegedly threatened an employee with a gun before stealing packets of cigarettes, cash and lighters.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/two-men-pinned-down-by-shoppers-during-alleged-armed-robbery-in-sydney-s-west-20230127-p5cftx.html
    Rob Harris writes that the 86-year-old pontiff, Pope Francis’s future in the role is under renewed speculation following the death of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, earlier this month, and a flood of criticism over the direction of the church under his reign. Traditionalist factions within Rome are clamouring to anoint a next-in-line.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/a-mounting-civil-war-pope-francis-future-under-renewed-speculation-20230127-p5cft6.html
    Western powers appear to have no viable strategy to bring the Ukraine war to an end. The best they can do is keep Ukraine on life support. But, as Sun Tzu put it, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat, says Cameron Leckie.
    https://johnmenadue.com/ukraine-the-ignominious-unravelling-has-begun/
    And Mike Scrafton argues that the supply of main battle tanks will commit the NATO allies and partners to the war in a way that makes their involvement irreversible and could be effectively the first major step toward a war with Russia.
    https://johnmenadue.com/tanks-for-ukraine-wont-bring-peace-negotiations-and-an-end-to-the-war-closer/
    Until America’s elected representatives, from local government to the White House, are prepared to put their own political careers on the line, gun violence will continue to wreak carnage in their country, argues shooter and former Howard Government staffer, Brad Emery.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-only-way-america-will-ever-solve-its-gun-problem-20230126-p5cfo8.html

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  11. You don’t have to listen to Peta moaning and lying, I’m just posting this as proof she has been there.

  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. This is an embarrassingly small collection today.

    Anthony Galloway outlines what we can expect from the Yes and No campaigns for the Voice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/what-to-expect-from-the-yes-and-no-campaigns-for-the-voice-20230127-p5cfxo.html
    Victoria’s leading cancer hospital has postponed surgery for a significant number of its patients in February due to a shortage of staff. Dozens of potentially life-saving procedures at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, including surgery for skin, bowel, prostate, head and neck cancer, as well as reconstructive surgery, are set to be delayed.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/cancer-surgery-delays-as-peter-mac-theatres-sit-empty-20230127-p5cfv2.html
    Lucy Carroll reports on a private school scholarship racket.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/private-schools-lock-in-high-achievers-as-demand-for-scholarships-rise-20221102-p5buvz.html
    A research report published in the US this week cites numerous concerns with Adani’s business structure, accounting practices and its lofty valuation. Echoing Enron – one of the most spectacular corporate failures in recent history – the report even questions how Adani makes money, if at all. What’s the scam? Kim Wingerei reports.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/is-adani-the-next-enron-whats-the-scam/
    The killing of Tyre Nichols was heinous and shocking. It was also not an aberration, opines Simon Balto.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/28/the-killing-of-tyre-nichols-was-heinous-and-shocking-it-was-also-not-an-aberration

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    • Not a winning strategy 50 days from an election

      Does Santos want to blow Perrottets chances

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon will investigate the endemic rorting of Australia’s migration system by syndicates involved in human and drug trafficking and migrant worker exploitation. Nick McKenzie reports that Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil has commissioned Nixon to investigate serious failings, including resourcing and legislative “gaps and areas of weakness”, within the Home Affairs department, Australian Border Force and migration agents regulator that “have allowed threat actors to enter Australia and exploit our system”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tough-as-nails-sex-drug-trafficking-inquiry-to-be-helmed-by-former-top-cop-20230129-p5cg9s.html
    Soaring living costs will dominate the NSW election campaign, with 93 per cent of voters nominating rising prices – particularly for fresh food and groceries – as their top concern ahead of the March 25 poll.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-voters-say-rising-costs-of-weekly-grocery-shop-is-top-concern-20230127-p5cg1u.html
    Michael Evans writes that anti-poker machine campaigner Andrew Wilkie has challenged governments around Australia to seize a “watershed moment” and follow Premier Dominic Perrottet’s plan to introduce cashless gambling cards, while also declaring NSW Labor would be unfit to govern if it didn’t embrace the change.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/watershed-moment-wilkie-challenges-other-states-to-follow-nsw-pokie-reform-20230129-p5cgaw.html
    The Canberra Times’ editorial says that Peter Dutton’s insistent position on the Voice – that he needs more detail before confirming Liberal party support or opposition – risks needlessly jeopardising a historic move towards reconciliation.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8064006/the-voice-is-too-important-for-political-games/?cs=27763
    Australia has a racist constitution. It gives the Federal Parliament power to make laws for ‘The people of any race, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws’. Deemed necessary, that is, by the Parliament itself, argues David Solomon.
    https://johnmenadue.com/australias-racist-constitution-and-the-voice/
    “Opinion polls suggest Peter Dutton and his media accomplices – both Murdoch and the Nine Newspapers – are having some initial success in confusing The Voice issue. It’s not surprising as the tactic has worked very well in many countries in many situations for a long time as the author recently described. It also suits the media who mainline on a daily fix of controversy and what ifs. But in the long haul will it continue to work when it comes to The Voice?”, writes Noel Turnbull.
    https://johnmenadue.com/why-the-dutton-voice-approach-wont-work/
    Want to boil your blood? Then read Louise Milligan’s article about the Opus Dei schools story to be shown on 4Corners tonight.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-30/inside-sydney-opus-dei-affiliated-private-schools/101777060
    Patrick McGorry has a good look at the increasing rate of suicides in Australia. He is meeting with Health Minister Mark Butler today to discuss mental health reform pathways,
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/pandemic-s-health-legacy-will-plague-us-and-i-m-not-talking-about-long-covid-20230126-p5cfs4.html
    According to Nick O’Malley, the Greens are threatening to use their power to overturn the rules of the government’s key climate policy, the so-called safeguard mechanism, unless it is overhauled to remove fossil fuel projects from the scheme.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/greens-warn-the-government-that-a-fight-is-looming-over-energy-policy-20230129-p5cgb7.html
    A report by the Grattan Institute says small-group tutoring should be rolled out in all Australian schools to help close a learning gap that grows wider with every year of schooling. There is some frightening stuff in this report.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/national-disgrace-call-for-tutoring-fix-as-disadvantaged-students-fall-years-behind-20230125-p5cfdx.html
    The Age’s Benita Kolovos reports that almost 400 civil claims have been made against the Victorian government for historical child sexual abuse in state schools in the past 12 years, with more than half settled out of court.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/30/victims-allege-sexual-abuse-victoria-government-state-schools
    Two key upcoming defence reports, including the acquisition of nuclear submarines, will come with a hefty price tag but Richard Marles says the budget isn’t limitless, reports Andrew Tillett.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/no-blank-cheque-for-defence-marles-20230129-p5cg8l
    Australia’s new emissions trading scheme is a carbon tax, and that’s fine, says Alan Kohler in an informative contribution.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2023/01/30/emissions-labor-carbon-tax-kohler/
    Support for free market orthodoxy is waning, but companies will be hoping politicians take the Biden approach of subsidies, rather than the Albanese approach of dictating prices, writes Karen Maley.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/jim-chalmers-joins-the-global-backlash-against-free-markets-20230129-p5cg8n
    Zoe Samios tells us that High-profile ABC journalist Laura Tingle has rebuffed her union-backed colleagues to campaign for a position on the public broadcaster’s board in an attempt to provide staff with a more independent voice.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/laura-tingle-to-run-for-abc-board-as-government-prepares-shakeup-20230127-p5cg27.html
    Big 4 consultancy PwC has been caught red-handed with partners leaking confidential information, obtained while advising the Federal government on combating tax avoidance, so their multinational clients could avoid tax. As the government ponders its response, Rex Patrick argues it’s time to introduce a procurement black list to deal with corporate cowboys.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/rex-patrick-put-pwc-top-of-blacklist-for-government-procurement-payments/
    Australian regulators were concerned about failed cryptocurrency platform FTX’s local operations six months before the company’s spectacular collapse, and were actively surveilling the company, documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/30/australian-regulator-had-ftx-under-surveillance-at-time-of-collapse-documents-reveal
    The government has the opportunity to address the current crisis in the arts and to set it up for the future. But will it be cowered by the Philistines and the bean-counters, wonders Sean Kelly.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/can-australia-become-a-nation-that-takes-art-seriously-20230127-p5cg1s.html
    Clancy Yeates says that the competition watchdog will put bank deposit interest rates under the microscope this year, after paltry rises in many savings account interest rates since the Reserve Bank began lifting rates last May.
    https://www.smh.com.au/money/banking/paltry-offerings-for-consumer-savings-rates-deserves-regulatory-scrutiny-20230120-p5ce8p.html

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  14. Well worth reading Rick newsletter

    And for a laugh, this sketch is from Jerry’s 1998 TV special, I’m Telling You for the Last Time

  15. I just saw this: via Apple News

    Trump’s First 2024 Pitch: It’s Me or World War III
    The former president had some things to say at his first two official campaign events over the weekend.

    Which led me to thinking –

    His every utterance seems to show that his delusions are escalating, as is the damage he does.

    How America is going to deal with him (IF he can be dealt with at all) will be interesting. Anything that could be done to reduce his influence would no doubt outrage however many supporters he has. If he were to fall ill (genuinely, the US isn’t Russia) the supporters could go into conspiracy mode. If he were to die from a heart attack or something the supporters could go ballistic and into SuperOvertheTop conspiracy mode.

    Pretty much anything negative that happens to him could encourage his supporters/enablers to paint him as a martyr.

    At least Australian voters can kick out an unsuitable PM without the other side running a destabilising ‘We Was Robbed’ campaign for a couple of years.

    Helen

  16. Former Victoria Police chief commissioner Christine Nixon will investigate the endemic rorting of Australia’s migration system by syndicates involved in human and drug trafficking and migrant worker exploitation.

    I can only say FMD and !!!!!! This exploitation of such workers has been widely known for many many many years across a number of industries . It has been no secret and yet both Liberal and Labor party’s have chosen to ignore it. Hooray if this signals real action however count me as as being bloody skeptical about anything actually happening.

  17. Leadership change poll bounce for NZ Labour.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/01/newshub-reid-research-poll-majority-of-voters-trust-labour-s-chris-hipkins-many-don-t-trust-national-s-christopher-luxon.html

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/131098047/poll-chris-hipkins-delivers-boost-for-labour

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