Category: LNP Government

Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Scott Morrison this week more or less trashed Australia’s top advisory body on immunisation, in remarks that were at best ill-judged and at worst alarming. On Wednesday Morrison told a news conference he (or the government) made a “constant appeal” to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to review its advice on AstraZeneca according to the balance of risk. On Thursday he said on radio: “I’ve just simply said balance of risk is changing, guys, so how is that impacting on your advice, and it’s time to think about that”. The “guys” (and girls) on ATAGI are obviously as aware as anyone of the changing risk profile as cases increase.

Source: Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Liberal Party pandemic management: Exemplary — thanks, Gladys!

Scott and Gladys were so intent on dividing the country they forgot that pride comes before a fall. They both failed the test of leadership blinded by their populist electioneering. Now they are looking at others to blame when all they need is a mirror.

Watching New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her “gold standard” pandemic management unravel before our eyes is a bittersweet moment for many people — Victorians, in particular.For months on end, Gladys has been held up as the model all should follow. We have heard that Gladys’ gold standard contact tracing was second to none. That her approach to handling the pandemic was far superior to her mere mortal non-Liberal counterparts around the country. Even that she single-handedly “saved Australia”.

Source: Liberal Party pandemic management: Exemplary — thanks, Gladys!

Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?

The prime minister has until next May to hold an election. The government has ample time to play catch-up with the rollout. If further outbreaks are contained and the elusive herd immunity is achieved by then, lockdowns will have become a thing of the past. The relief at being able to move on may obliterate current disquiet. Further, in normal circumstances, policy virtue is not necessarily synonymous with political success. The last federal election was an indicator of this. The Coalition triumphed despite a threadbare policy program. In other words, policy prowess is only ever one measure of a government’s success.

Source: Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?

Toxic Waste Rebranded: Australia bans Third World dumping, leaves giant toxic loophole – Michael West

energy-from-waste, waste export ban, RDF, loophole

“It’s our waste, it’s our problem”, said Scott Morrison as he announced the nation’s waste export ban culminating in 2024. Not really. It’s a good thing Australia has banned solid waste dumping to the Third World but we have left a gaping, toxic loophole; burning plastics for energy. Luke Stacey investigates.

Source: Toxic Waste Rebranded: Australia bans Third World dumping, leaves giant toxic loophole – Michael West

Car park program shows Australia must adopt Commonwealth Integrity Commission ASAP: governance experts

The Croydon railway station in Melbourne is one of the car parks promised to be upgraded as part of the government’s program.

Governance experts fear Australia is sliding down the “slippery slope” of corruption, calling on the federal government to overhaul its planned integrity commission in the wake of an auditor-general report into a program funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Coalition-held seats.

Source: Car park program shows Australia must adopt Commonwealth Integrity Commission ASAP: governance experts

The problem with employment services: providers profit more than job seekers

The problem with the system is that it premised on competition, not collaboration. This model of employment services, delivered by outsourced providers, seems to have mostly benefited the providers.

Source: The problem with employment services: providers profit more than job seekers

Compassion – you’re kidding – » The Australian Independent Media Network

However, for the past 13 years, only one party has been in control of the situation no matter the sentiments of the electorate. It s point of political difference as they believe ‘fear’ wins them the power game. Forget the service.

Neither side of politics can honestly claim to be above blame here. Both the Coalition and the Labor Party have played their part in the increasingly inhumane immigration and welfare practices imposed in the name of ‘compassion’. Both side of politics have weaponised human lives. It needs to stop.

Source: Compassion – you’re kidding – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Foreign multinational Max Solutions the biggest winner in pandemic jobs crisis – Michael West

Jobactive Max Solutions

A takeovers binge is in swing in the jobless sector as the biggest private provider of employment services, the foreign multinational Max Solutions, mops up smaller players and posts strong revenues from government. Stephanie Tran investigates the Jobactive scheme and the failure of privatisation.

Source: Foreign multinational Max Solutions the biggest winner in pandemic jobs crisis – Michael West

Labor takes 53-47 lead as Scott Morrison’s approval rating plummets

Not only had Mr Morrison’s net approval slid to its lowest level since the 2019-20 bushfire crisis, popular support for the Coalition (down two points) and Labor (up two points) was deadlocked at 39 per cent. The four-point turnaround equates to Labor taking a 53-47 lead in a two-party-preferred vote and a significant defeat for the Morrison government if a federal election was held.

Source: Labor takes 53-47 lead as Scott Morrison’s approval rating plummets

A new Employment Minister, but the deceptions continue

Vying for the top job with Petter Dutton for being Australia’s worst Minister of everything

Stuart Robert has been the Minister for Employment for less than four months but already has the art of fudging figures and faking facts finely honed, writes Alan Austin.

Source: A new Employment Minister, but the deceptions continue

More than $1 million raised for friendlyjordies legal battle

The overwhelming response – which followed a plea for donations on Shanks-Markovina’s YouTube channel – showed the public was on their side, he said.“We have received more than 24,000 individual donations – that’s more people [than] who first voted John Barilaro into parliament,” he said in a statement.Among his supporters is former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Source: More than $1 million raised for friendlyjordies legal battle

‘My destiny to die’: Afghan who helped Australian soldiers pleads for visa

Hammedullah Hammedie, pictured here in 2013, says he will die if he can’t flee Afghanistan.

Here’s a Boat you wouldn’t want to be in and it’s not even on the water. There’s an LNP wall of silence in their way.

When Australian soldiers withdrew from Uruzgan Province, local builder Hammedullah Hammedie knew he had to flee as well. Because of his work for Australia, Hammedie says he was a target of the surging Taliban.

Source: ‘My destiny to die’: Afghan who helped Australian soldiers pleads for visa

Just who is this man named Morrison that he needs Murdoch’s defence? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Soon all his marveled PR will be shot on green screen as he won’t be allowed out in public

Who is this man who would have you believe that he is God’s gift to all that bothers us? Has the nation finally woken to his lack of leadership, his character and his lying? Can he keep up this façade of broken promises and false credibility?

Source: Just who is this man named Morrison that he needs Murdoch’s defence? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

ABC attacked by Christian right-wing Senator

A Liberal Party Senator has launched an attack on the ABC, branding it as a left-wing activist group undermining our society, writes Steve Bishop. A SENATOR from the Christian Right wing of the Liberal Party is “fabricating outrage” to foment division, paint mainstream Australia as radicals and suggest his extreme views are actually representative of  Alex Antic‘middle Australia’. ASIO has warned about extreme right-wing threats but Senator Alex Antic has identified a “taxpayer-funded left-wing activist group at war with mainstream Australian values”. He says it’s also the most “virulent haven of taxpayer-funded identity politics in the country”. Alex has launched a petition to curb the excesses of this organisation which he accuses of undermining our society. A clue: it purveys such subversive programs as The Religion and Ethics Report, Country Hour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Yes, it’s the ABC.

Source: ABC attacked by Christian right-wing Senator

Australia’s Hermit Nation Strategy Unravels – » The Australian Independent Media Network

More practical approaches have come from outside government circles. Former Prime Ministers have shown Morrison up. The ever-connected Kevin Rudd made his own intervention in lobbying Pfizer’s chairman Albert Bourla. This effort was bitchily dismissed by Hunt and watered down by the Morrison government. Rudd’s response was a snarl. He would “definitely not seek to associate himself with the Australian Government’s comprehensively botched vaccine procurement program.” The Australian model, if it can be called that, has pricked international attention. John LaMattina, former president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, was all understatement about it in an interview on Australian television: “If I was an Australian, and I was seeing the rest of the world getting all these vaccine doses, and my country … was late to the party, I’d be a little disappointed to say the least. And it isn’t as if they were blindsided.” The Financial Review was less reserved. Australia may well have developed “an enviable test and tracing system” that helped keep the COVID-19 death toll to less than a thousand. But it had “squandered its early victory over the virus, despite being one of the

Source: Australia’s Hermit Nation Strategy Unravels – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Carporks’: #Carparkrorts are far worse than we originally thought

Carporks government funding

As has been the pattern with the Morrison government’s rorting of federal grants for electoral purposes, it turns out the “#carporkrorts” scandal is even worse than it first appeared.

Source: ‘Carporks’: #Carparkrorts are far worse than we originally thought

‘Inadequate’: Covid breaches on the rise in Australia’s hotel quarantine | Australia news | The Guardian

Hotel quarantine Victoria

Josh Nicholas Mon 12 Jul 2021 03.30 AEST Last modified on Mon 12 Jul 2021 03.32 AEST Breaches of Australia’s quarantine system have substantially increased this year, with data showing there have been as many leaks recorded in the past three months as there were last year. There have been up to 30 breaches – where a community case of Covid has been traced back to an infection in quarantine – since the system was established in March last year for Australian citizens and permanent residents returning home. Twenty of those occurred this year.

Source: ‘Inadequate’: Covid breaches on the rise in Australia’s hotel quarantine | Australia news | The Guardian

Australia’s disastrous trade decisions may take decades to repair

Global export figures show which countries are handling current economic conditions well and those which aren’t. Australia is among the losers, along with Britain and the USA, writes Alan Austin.

Source: Australia’s disastrous trade decisions may take decades to repair

Politicians, pandemics and pork barrelling – » The Australian Independent Media Network

PLEASE will someone tell Scott Morrison that ‘normal’ no longer applies to the life of the future. Global warming IS the top priority. Failure to take action to keep emissions down – to actually reduce them – guarantees destruction of our last toehold on normality. Between politics, pandemics and pork barrelling, a ‘normal’ life is doomed!

Source: Politicians, pandemics and pork barrelling – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dude, where’s our federal anti-corruption body? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No shortage of fodder When asked about recent scandals that might warrant the establishment of a federal anti-corruption commission, Rowlings was not short for words. “Just in the past year, we have had some classic cases that should attract formal attention for possible corruption,” he said. Along with the sports rorts grants, he pointed to Angus Taylor’s grassland issue, the alleged use of federal electorate offices for branch stacking – possibly by both major parties – and ASIC’s failure to take action against corporations. Rowlings also pointed to a few more discrepancies that involve the architect behind the Coalition’s proposed CIC. There was Porter’s stacking of the Administrative Affairs Tribunal with favourable judicial officers right before the last election, which “he thought the Coalition was going to lose”, and then there’s the attorney general’s decision to approve the prosecution of Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery, after his predecessor George Brandis refused to do so. “The list can go on and on,” Rowlings concluded.

Source: Dude, where’s our federal anti-corruption body? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia Is Making a Bid for Power in the Pacific

As the US continues its slide toward cold war with China, pressure on Australia to maintain its dominance in the South Pacific has only grown. Ever the dutiful ally of the US, Australia is now earning accusations of imperialism from its Pacific neighbors.

Source: Australia Is Making a Bid for Power in the Pacific

The real reason the budget is projected to stay in deficit for the next 40 years

Josh Frydenberg has said little about what the government’s response to the latest intergenerational report will be.

If you follow a rule that when a politician cries “look over there!” you make sure you stay looking over here, there’s much to be deduced from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s Intergenerational Report, before we put it up on the shelf with its four predecessors.

Source: The real reason the budget is projected to stay in deficit for the next 40 years

The Morrison government wants to bail out coal-fired generators. Guess who’ll pay? | Tristan Edis | The Guardian

Powerlines and storm clouds above the Bayswater coal-fired power station near Muswellbrook, Australia

This is a desperate quick fix to try to rescue power station owners from an onslaught of renewable energy they should have seen coming

Source: The Morrison government wants to bail out coal-fired generators. Guess who’ll pay? | Tristan Edis | The Guardian

Julia Banks: Book reveals – again – that men are behind sexist politics

Julia Banks reveals her time in the Liberal Party

It would be alarming if it wasn’t so, well, expected. The reception to an excerpt from former Liberal MP Julia Banks’ book in a weekend newspaper fell into two depressingly familiar camps – government supporters and critics. Both camps scrambled over each other in the race to discredit and dismiss Ms Banks, giving priority to their own political allegiances rather than address the real issues raised by her book.

Source: Julia Banks: Book reveals – again – that men are behind sexist politics

‘The Australian people had their chance’: finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition’s car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian

Finance minister Simon Birmingham was grilled on Insiders on Sunday as to whether the Coalition government targeted the car park funding at seats it was trying to hold and win, rather than where congestion was worse.

Simon Birmingham says voters chose Morrison government last election as he refuses to rule out similar programs in the future

Source: ‘The Australian people had their chance’: finance minister dismisses criticism of Coalition’s car park fund | Australian politics | The Guardian

Government rorts drop political integrity down another notch

Scott Morrison Bridget McKenzie

This was and still is Phase 1 one of the Morrison Government Plan

Just when you thought it couldn’t, political integrity has dropped another notch. I thought we reached the low point in our rorting degradation last year when Gladys Berejiklian was metaphorically caught with her fingers in the paper shredder over $252 million worth of politicised council grants. The NSW Premier effectively said: ‘Yeah, it’s crook, you might not like it, but that’s the way it is, so too bad’. But on Sunday federal Finance Minister Simon Birmingham went further when confronted with the Morrison government’s $660 million #carparkrorts. According to the leader of the government in the Senate, it’s all our fault, “it’s what electorates expect”. At least Ms Berejiklian was capable of admitting to the pork barrelling.

Source: Government rorts drop political integrity down another notch

Economy will be weak and in need of support after pandemic, say top economists in 2021-22 survey

Australia’s economy will limp along after recovering from the pandemic, failing to regain the growth it had either in the years leading up to the crisis or the much higher growth in the decades before.

Source: Economy will be weak and in need of support after pandemic, say top economists in 2021-22 survey

‘Completely false’: Victoria says Coalition can’t blame state for commuter car park failure | Australian politics | The Guardian

The federal assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar

This has Morrison’s fingerprints all over it, Promises with no action has been his leadership style from the get-go.  It’s what salesmen without a product do.

The Victorian government says it is “completely false” for the federal assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar, to blame the state for the commonwealth failing to build one of its controversial commuter car parks. The proposed Mitcham station car park in Sukkar’s electorate of Deakin was junked in May. It was one of two projects the Australian National Audit Office found had been selected for federal funding with no authorisation evident beyond a Coalition press release.

Source: ‘Completely false’: Victoria says Coalition can’t blame state for commuter car park failure | Australian politics | The Guardian

Big, blatant rort: how Morrison and Tudge picked dud car park projects

What happened when the government spent hundreds of millions of dollars on car parks intended for electoral gain? Waste of taxpayer money on a colossal scale, and a revolt in victoria.

Source: Big, blatant rort: how Morrison and Tudge picked dud car park projects

Rape dossier release and private criminal charges haunt Porter

As the Morrison Government tries to manage the fallout following the release of a dossier detailing rape allegations against Christian Porter, New Liberals’ Victor Kline and Vania Holt intend to launch private criminal prosecution proceedings. Dr Jennifer Wilson reports.

Source: Rape dossier release and private criminal charges haunt Porter

Four words sum up the Joyce reshuffle and none benefit the country

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is trying to reward his backers with promotions.

Borrowing from Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Joyce will confuse personal interest with the public interest and believe his new ministers are best for the country. Deep down, they are not.

 Every transaction tells Australians what to expect from the Nationals leader now he is restored to what he sees as his rightful place as Deputy Prime Minister. It should embarrass ministers who like to think they gain their positions on merit.

Source: Four words sum up the Joyce reshuffle and none benefit the country

Conservatives Are the Ones Attacking Free Speech at Universities

Australian conservatives claim that “woke” students and left-wing lecturers pose a threat to free speech on university campuses. But the real “cancel culture” is coming from the Right.

Source: Conservatives Are the Ones Attacking Free Speech at Universities

Barnaby’s back — and so are the climate wars

Since Barnaby Joyce’s sensational return to the leadership of the National Party and consequently the Deputy Prime Ministership, much has been written about what this means for Scott Morrison and the Coalition Government he leads.

Source: Barnaby’s back — and so are the climate wars

Barnaby Joyce’s 14 greatest achievements

Barnaby’s back! To those of us who have witnessed leaders’ heads roll within the Coalition faster than their accusing fingers can point to “Labor, Labor Labor!”, it seems beyond farcical.

Source: Barnaby Joyce’s 14 greatest achievements

Barnaby Joyce restoration spells trouble for Scott Morrison

Barnaby Joyce Scott Morrison trouble

Who’s Mining the Store Barnaby is

There are real fears in the Morrison government that junior Coalition party – the Nationals – will derail its carefully laid re-election plans.

Source: Barnaby Joyce restoration spells trouble for Scott Morrison

The Morrison Government’s three big furphies on the Biloela family

On 19 June 2021, rallies were held around the country in support of the Biloela family. Below is the speech IA columnist Dr Abul Rizvi gave at a Canberra rally.

Source: The Morrison Government’s three big furphies on the Biloela family

Coalition misdemeanours: the list is long – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In my previous post I mentioned that I would post a list of Coalition misdemeanours over their term in office. There are many, which to most of us would come as no surprise as to the depths of the Coalition’s dirty dealings and the realisation of how rotten these two parties are.

Source: Coalition misdemeanours: the list is long – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Barnaby Joyce is back – questions about his conduct remain! – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce is back

Barnaby Joyce proves that a long history of questionable conduct, pork barrelling, and obtuse dealings with nonexisting water is no obstacle to National Party leadership. Here are “six of the best” from our QED database – living, walking proof of the need for a Federal ICAC now. $5300 for Barnaby Joyce’s three NRL games

Source: Barnaby Joyce is back – questions about his conduct remain! – Michael West

Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

After claiming “official” discussions with Pfizer had only started in December, Health Minister Greg Hunt has finally confirmed that the government met with Pfizer last July to discuss purchasing the Pfizer vaccine. Sources say Australia was given options for as many doses as needed to be delivered in January this year, yet government officials turned down the offer Callum Foote reports.

Source: Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

After claiming “official” discussions with Pfizer had only started in December, Health Minister Greg Hunt has finally confirmed that the government met with Pfizer last July to discuss purchasing the Pfizer vaccine. Sources say Australia was given options for as many doses as needed to be delivered in January this year, yet government officials turned down the offer Callum Foote reports.

Source: Government’s “appalling” error, rejects offer of 40 million Pfizer doses in July 2020 – Michael West

Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal | Renewable energy | The Guardian

Angus Taylor

A Liberal-led committee has told the Morrison government its plan to change the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) so it can fund a broader range of technologies including some using fossil fuels could be illegal. The standing committee for the scrutiny of delegated legislation has written to the energy minister, Angus Taylor, expressing concern that his proposal to change Arena’s remit without legislation goes beyond what the parliament envisaged when it passed laws to create the agency.

Source: Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal | Renewable energy | The Guardian

Australia’s competitiveness drops to lowest level in 25 years – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s competitiveness drops to lowest level in 25 years: WCY 2021 Australia has fallen four places to 22nd in a global ranking of the competitiveness of 64 nations released today. It is Australia’s worst result in 25 years. CEDA Chief Economist Jarrod Ball said our performance in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2021 showed we could not afford to stand still, despite our early success in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and recent strong economic recovery. “Australia cannot waste any time getting match-fit for the post-pandemic era,” Mr Ball said. “The rankings show business will need to do a lot of the heavy lifting, with business efficiency leading Australia’s slide in the rankings, driven by a lacklustre 58th place for management practices. “We are among the lowest-ranked of 64 nations on company agility, entrepreneurship, customer satisfaction and credibility of managers.

Source: Australia’s competitiveness drops to lowest level in 25 years – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Biloela family to be released from Christmas Island, but no permanent visa

Scott Morrison and the Biloela family

The pettiness of the Dutton /Morrison autocracy is plain to see.

Biloela’s Muruguppan family will be released from Christmas Island and allowed into the community in Perth, but the federal government is still blocking them from permanent resettlement or returning to their Queensland home.

Source: Biloela family to be released from Christmas Island, but no permanent visa

Governments back privileged in education, public schools bear burden – Michael West

school funding and disadvantage

Nearly half of students at public schools are considered disadvantaged – either living remotely, with a disability, having an Indigenous background or from a low socio-economic background – compared to just 20 per cent at private schools, yet private schools receive far more government funding. Trevor Cobbold reports.

Source: Governments back privileged in education, public schools bear burden – Michael West

This word “courage” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What the Fuck? To pull this family out of the miserable bog our government has dropped them in, we need no “courage,” no “ifs” no “buts” and no Old Testament-type laws to hide behind. No “thou shalt nots!” It is simply evil to do the inhumane thing, the barbaric thing, the thing that is done in the darkest heart of a jungle. It is a quintessential part-and-parcel of being human. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– It’s what humans do.

Source: This word “courage” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison uses international crime bust to target Labor but misfires

The Prime Minister blamed Labor for blocking transnational crime laws and got some of his facts wrong.

This is dumb timing when Morrison heads to the G7 summit in London this weekend to discuss global security with leaders like United States president Joe Biden. At the very time he urges G7 leaders to show unity against autocracy, he exaggerates the divisions at home.

Asked a straight question about border controls and drug imports, Morrison blamed Labor for blocking three draft laws that would help the police stop transnational crime. But he was too eager to start a political fight. And he got some of his facts wrong. This has gone down badly on both sides of politics. One Labor MP calls Morrison’s remark a kind of “vandalism” against the PJCIS. “Everyone knew it was bullshit, and it was cheap,” he says. Liberals also know the Prime Minister was out of line. The Prime Minister blamed Labor for blocking transnational crime laws and got some of his facts wrong. The PJCIS does not get along easily, but it gets along.

And here we have Morrison bagging the PJCIS committee which holds a Liberal majority and with who Labour agrees with most of the time. Morrison is either dumb or he believes his media audience is. Sales men rarely think in the rush of selling a lame horse.

Source: Morrison uses international crime bust to target Labor but misfires