Government forecasts are more than double the amount of doses CSL is able to produce per week when operating at maximum capacity
Government forecasts are more than double the amount of doses CSL is able to produce per week when operating at maximum capacity
The competence a politician has and displays is the Bitcoin of the modern business. If you’re competent enough and present as such, with the typical confidence high-achieving pols have in abundance, your selling price is on the escalator. Just like the roller coaster ride Bitcoin traders know so well, when a political leader falters in competence and starts looking to be out of his or her depth your value takes a dive. Right now Scott Morrison is like Bitcoin. He spent 2020 on the rise – hitting unprecedented highs over time – but then slumped in the early months of 2021.
With growing criticism toward his poor leadership of our country, particularly through the pandemic, Scott Morrison’s popularity is slipping, writes Emma Dawson.
Our PM is a YO-YO
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been accused of “playing us for mugs” and telling “a bare-faced lie”, after he claimed previous comments that vaccine rollout was “not a race” were taken out of context. But Mr Morrison’s latest explanation of the controversial comments don’t hold up to scrutiny, with transcripts provided by his office proving he was specifically talking about the speed of the rollout. “He tried to mislead Australians,” claimed Labor’s shadow health minister Mark Butler.
then ” Not my fault”
then “Up to you”
Pants on Fire Morrison can’t help himself
However, transcripts from Mr Morrison’s own office show he made the “not a race” comments in March 2021, nearly two months after Pfizer was approved in January and a month after AstraZeneca’s approval in February. Professor Murphy’s own “not a race” comments on March 10 were also specifically about the rollout pace. Australia’s COVID vaccinations began on February 21, 2021. Mr Morrison was among the first Australians to get a jab that day. But on March 31, in South Australia, he said “We’re on track for our first dose for everyone by the end of October … it’s not a race, it’s not a competition. He made similar “not a race” comments in interviews on March 11, and again on March 14, weeks after vaccines were approved.
Promises undelivered give rise to more promises. This PM simply doesn’t deliver anything other than promises. That’s what salesmen do but leaders don’t!
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has expressed regret for declaring the vaccine rollout was “not a race” when the program has fallen behind schedule, promising he will try to make up the lost ground.
Scott Morrison is hoping the vaccine scarcity that has led to the lockdown of half the nation’s population will be close to resolution by December, and along with it a reversal of his political fortunes. But as fate would have it, that timetable coincides with our next summer.
Which level of Gov is doing the best?
The Australia Institute has been regularly polling the question “which level of government do you think is doing a better job of handling the COVID-19 crisis?”. Respondents were asked to choose between their state or territory, the federal government, both equally, or say they didn’t know.
In the past week, when the country was looking desperately for some leadership, Scott Morrison shrank to the occasion
With his approval ratings are tumbling and COVID cases soaring, Australia’s Prime Minister would rather talk about just about anything else, which is why he recently brought up the so-called ‘soiled pants at Maccas’ rumour during a radio interview, an internet meme that came to light in 2019. Maccas is Australian slang for McDonald’s. Just 9% of Australians are fully vaccinated, compared to over 48% in the United States. They’re currently in their third lockdown.
Scott Morrison has been accused of misrepresenting advice from the government’s immunisation advisers, Atagi, who he has sought to blame for the slow rollout of Australia’s vaccination program. The prime minister has incorrectly claimed that Atagi made an “assumption” in its vaccine approval planning that Covid-19 cases would remain low – when their advice on AstraZeneca vaccines in fact warned the opposite. Morrison made the comments on Thursday, doubling down on an earlier attempt to blame the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation for the botched rollout.
Morrison’s outsourcing and blaming everyone he can for us being last among the wealthiest nations and not even in the world’s top 100 in vaccinating their citizens. He’s certainly proved he’s never “held the hose” on fires, the pandemic, or anything when leadership has been required. He has however been Australia’s No 1 tourist PM rather than its manager. Proof he has been sacked from even that role in more than one country.
In an interview with 2GB Radio on Wednesday, the prime minister said “very cautious” decisions by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (Atagi) had slowed the rollout “considerably” and “put us behind”.
From Prime Minister Scott Morrison we see a craven form hiding behind the khaki uniform of Lieutenant-General John Frewen. Morrison has outsourced to the distinguished soldier the politically contentious issue of the failings in planning, purchase and delivery of vaccines to keep Australians safe. This politicisation of our military is frankly scandalous, and according to former cabinet ministers, previous Defence Force chiefs would not have tolerated it. Making a uniformed general an apologist for the federal government’s policy decisions that caused the vaccine scarcity is banana republic stuff. Our vaccine rollout still lags behind the developed world, the PM’s claims last week that even if he had delivered on January’s vaccine timetable Sydney’s lockdown would still have happened, is an admission of failure.
The latest Essential poll last week showed people’s support of the government’s handling of the pandemic sliding nine points from 53% to 44%. And 30% of respondents described the government’s COVID strategy as poor, compared to 24% a month earlier.
The ‘gold standard’ state is in crisis We get so many COVID-related numbers thrown at us these days it can be eye-glazing. But these numbers demonstrated better than any others how the nature of the pandemic has morphed as much as the virus itself in the last couple of months. It’s no longer just about protecting old and vulnerable people. The chances that you will catch it from a casual contact are much higher. It’s a disease that is hitting people of every age, and hard. It’s not just a race to vaccinate the vulnerable groups — it’s a race to vaccinate everyone. Politically, too, it is morphing. The all-too-easy politics that seemed to flow from Victoria’s woes last year — the implicit message that it all came down to various forms of incompetence in one state — are also a thing of the past now that the “gold standard” state is in such a crisis. This isn’t just a shot at the fact the Prime Minister has put so much store on NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklean’s handling of the pandemic in her state until now. It is that so many more variables than tracing systems and hotel quarantine are now open to question, and set different political hares running. It is vaccine supplies and
From all eggs to eggs all over his face the Machiavellian Morrison just keeps digging and distracting and re-writing history.
Scott Morrison has recommended people in Sydney’s lockdown try to get their second dose of AstraZeneca after eight weeks – instead of the recommended 12 – in a bid to give people faster protection against the Delta strain. It has been hailed as a “great” reform by some, but one leading epidemiologist said he was “gobsmacked” at the change being announced in the middle of a press conference, warning constant “zig-zagging” on AstraZeneca could further damage public confidence in the safe and effective jab.
Well, he’d done it again. Scott Morrison had vanished, leaving the nation to steer itself through the dangerous waters he’d created.
A global challenge to controlling the pandemic The Delta variant is more transmissible, probably causes more severe disease, and current vaccines don’t work as well against it. WHO warns low-income countries are most vulnerable to Delta as their vaccination rates are so low. New cases in Africa increased by 33% over the week to June 29, with COVID-19 deaths jumping 42%. There has never been a time when accelerating the vaccine rollout across the world has been as urgent as it is now.
The Australian Federal Court has ruled that the Nation’s Environment Minister and Government “has a legal duty not to cause harm to young people of Australia by exacerbating climate change when approving coal mining projects.” While the case will eventually get to the High Court, it is hard to make a logical argument that expansion or creation of infrastructure that produces fossil fuel for consumption doesn’t also increase carbon emissions.
As Banks notes in her interview with Crikey’s Amber Schultz, it took a while, but people are beginning to see through Morrison and his techniques. Right from the outset of his prime ministership he was deploying techniques of spin, distraction and denial in order to evade embarrassment and accountability.And right from the outset, he was gaslighting female critics.
We at least saw that Tony Abbott could ride a bike and not just SPIN
Even when they do get distributed, the anecdotes of dysfunction in the system are manifest. For example, a GP who found himself with many more Pfizer doses about to expire than he could possibly use tried to swap them with a state health authority which could have used them up in a day and given him supply with a longer shelf life. But the Commonwealth would not facilitate this and recommended unused doses be destroyed. Friday’s national cabinet wasn’t a step forward, it was but a stark illustration of the problems in our vaccination rollout. The crumbling confidence in the national cabinet process to achieve unified purpose, and the gaslighting of our medical experts, doesn’t help. Nor does the spectacular lack of transparency about what vaccine supplies we have got coming, or what the government is doing about accelerating supplies in any way possible. Nor does the fact no one wants to say how much of the population needs to be vaccinated before we can open up. The magic numbers we need are the ones about vaccine supply.
Transparency, facts and truth are not a hallmark of the Liberals or the Morrison government, and Morrison fudges and lies about everything he touches. The king of tourism and economic geography turning fibs into gold, for himself of course. The pandemic like quarantine, border control, refugees, robodebt, the Indue cashless welfare card, bushfires and global climate change are among the many critical topics in his coal bunker of precious lies. Even other Liberal bimbos like Simon Birmingham, Minister for Finance insist in having their say on public record outside of their ministerial portfolio, blowing off at Labor State premiers on this pandemic and public health, politicising anything that moves, and like Morrison, what the fuck would he know about it!
The caller’s tone was bullying, short and swift and coldly calculating. It was Morrison. I’d been trying to speak to him all day; I wanted to tell him directly to get his bully boys to back off. He made offers that had been made before by his emissaries, including Frydenberg. He offered to send me to New York as the United Nations delegate, all expenses paid, for months in a lavish hotel (at taxpayers’ expense). I declined. He offered to “negotiate with Bill [Shorten, then opposition leader] for a pair”. A parliamentary pair is when the two political parties rebalance their numbers for voting when an MP is absent from the chamber for personal, parental or sick leave reasons. It could have effectively meant I’d be on “unlimited sick leave”, or more likely “unlimited mental health leave”, for the remainder of the term. The fact that this would align with the “emotionally and mentally unwell” narrative was not lost on me. “I am not sick,” I said.
Scott Morrison’s two political debacles this past week, the vaccine rollout and the carpark grants program, have more in common than first appears. They are two sides of the same coin that is Morrison’s approach to leadership.
There is a power shift under way in Australia, from the Commonwealth to the states. No matter how hard Scott Morrison tries to resist it, the pandemic keeps forcing him to collaborate with the premiers – on their increasingly assertive terms. On Friday we saw the clearest expression yet of this dynamic as the Labor states, led by Victoria, pulled rank on the Prime Minister and his most prominent state ally, NSW, to slash the number of international travellers to Australia.
Friday’s national cabinet wasn’t a step forward, it was but a stark illustration of the problems in our vaccination roll-out. The crumbling confidence in the national cabinet process to achieve unified purpose and the gaslighting of our medical experts doesn’t help. Nor does the spectacular lack of transparency about what vaccine supplies we’ve either got coming on stream, or what the government is doing about accelerating it in any way possible. Nor does the fact no one wants to say how much of the population needs to be vaccinated before we can open up. The “magic numbers” we need are the ones about vaccine supply.
In the end, the Joyce factor may end up multiplying Morrison’s challenges and highlighting even further his government’s corruption, ineptitude and inadequacy; its lies and, above all, its catastrophic failure to protect its people.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison authorised the use of $15 million taxpayer funds to upgrade a commuter car park simply by issuing a press release along with five other Liberal MPs saying it would happen. The project, one of 47 funded in a program slammed by the auditor-general for being opaque and failing to award funds based on merit, has since been cancelled. Former Finance Department deputy secretary Stephen Bartos said the use of a press release to allocate money was “appalling governance”, even though it was within the law.
PM’s Park Rorts
A car park planned to be built in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast will cost more than $210,000 per space, which is 430 per cent above the benchmark figure, according to an Australian National Audit Office report. The audit found the Urban Congestion Fund was used to bankroll commuter car parks in mostly Liberal-held or marginal seats across the country.
It’s not me driving you nuts, he suggested implicitly to people watching the press conference at one point, it’s the pandemic making you cranky, wearing you down. “It’s the pandemic, that’s the reason why these things are happening, and happening not just in Australia but in all places around the world”. Yes, it’s the pandemic. For sure. But Morrison can’t absolve himself of responsibility for the roads not taken. The coronavirus didn’t stop Australia getting Pfizer, or failing to vaccinate workers, or failing to roll out dedicated quarantine facilities. That’s on him.
There is no better illustration of the dangers of biased media narratives – media inequality – than the differing perceptions about COVID-19 in NSW, as compared to Victoria.
For a long time now Scott Morrison has cruised along on a message that, when you strip it down, essentially amounts to: “Be grateful.” You can hear it every time the government talks about its great success keeping Australians safe. You can hear it every time ministers cite the death tolls abroad. You can hear it every time the Prime Minister demands the opposition support the team and drop its “carping negativity”. But how long can this really pass muster as our COVID-free paradise fast becomes our prison?
Death of a Salesman. If this doesn’t amplify the need to know why Morrison was sacked in NZ and Sacked by Aus Tourism what does? What are the reasons Australian people need to be kept in the dark? This seems to be the origin of the bullshit Morrison term “underwater matters” the cover-up for total incompetence.
Public relations has trumped public health as the Prime Minister targets the AstraZeneca vaccine as a scapegoat to shift blame from his own incompetence, writes Paul Begley.
If our kids are caught out lying, there is most certainly a discussion on why the behaviour is unacceptable. If someone in a court of law is caught out lying, it is actually a crime called perjury. If you lie on an insurance claim or in an application for finance and it is found out, the company will void the contract. That Morrison seems to believe lying and deceit are acceptable is concerning enough – more concerning is that those with the ability to produce and promote the evidence that he is doing it have apparently chosen not to.What do you think?
It has emerged that Mr Morrison – who sparked outrage on social media last week for visits to several Cornish pubs while in Britain – also ducked off to explore his convict roots. The extracurricular journeys all came despite the PM repeatedly publicly arguing that Britain remains too risky a destination for Australian travellers. Last Sunday’s trip to a village about 45 minutes away from the G7 summit in Carbis Bay was never disclosed to the media, despite being on Mr Morrison’s agenda for a fortnight
Yes his trip was little more than a photo shoot. Well, “that’s his job”!
Scott Morrison has fobbed off continued criticism of his secret family tour of Britain, describing it as “pretty innocent” – despite publicly deeming the United Kingdom too risky for everyday Australians to visit.
All these Labs aren’t in China. Just how many secrets does this government refuse to reveal? Timor Leste is just one that comes to mind. Morrison is hardly promoting an in-principle argument here that he abides by.
Scott Morrison’s support for President Biden’s assertion that there is an urgent need to bolster and accelerate efforts to identify the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and further that there is a need to ensure that the World Health Organization is independent and invested with stronger surveillance powers, seems on the face of it more than reasonable. Is it?
But nonetheless, the lab scenario should worry us. Governments around the world operate labs that create and study viruses. One could claim that this is a disinterested pursuit of scientific knowledge but somehow, I doubt that funding such research is motivated by lofty altruistic motives. The laboratories working on various biohazardous research are graded from 1-4 according to their potential risk. Fifty or so laboratories worldwide come into category 4. Category 4 laboratories are highly regulated and often top-secret establishments. One cannot help but infer from that level of secrecy that governments fund that research out of their defense budgets.
Higgins remains engaged with the Australian federal police and it will be known within weeks whether or not her sexual assault complaint will be prosecuted. Morrison’s ‘investigations’ into Brittany Higgins’ rape allegation are yet more smirk and mirrors Penny Wong Read more The AFP commissioner, Reece Kershaw, told a Senate committee last week that “a brief of evidence is likely to be provided to the ACT director of public prosecutions in coming weeks”.
Mathias Corman has done a 180 degree turn on Morrison
As with the Government’s energy policy and its NBN rollout, its plans for electric vehicles – or rather the lack thereof – is another disaster, writes Paul Budde. WE HAVE HAD former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “kill the NBN” policy, Scott Morrison bringing a lump of coal into the Parliament and then-Small Business Minister Michaelia Cash tried to scare Australian ute drivers by proclaiming they would be obliterated by electric vehicles (EVs).
Like his actions on so many other issues, Morrison is sniffing the breeze and working out which way he should jump (after all he has to win an election in the next 12 months to retain power). It seems fence sitting and blaming others is far easier than accepting responsibility or making a decision. And it seems he is convinced that blowing the racist dog whistle regularly doesn’t seem to hurt.
Victoria is entering yet another lockdown, but Victorians shouldn’t be blaming contact tracers or the State Government, they should be blaming Scott Morrison for his inaction on purpose-built quarantine facilities, writes Hayden O’Connor.
Real Concern “Believe me” Morrison’s Plea
Liberal and Nationals MPs are being urged to raise money for a federal election to be held next year out of concern at the power of activist groups and the union movement to threaten the government’s hold on power. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told government MPs to “turn up and shake hands” at events so they could gain the friends and finances they will need to fend off groups such as GetUp.
This makes the release today of Crikey’s A Dossier of Lies and Falsehoods – covering 16 documented lies and 11 falsehoods from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, all backed with referenced source – surprising only because it is overdue. Crikey has been careful, only picking those matters they can back with documented facts and evidence.
What do you think? Those of you who believe they have a fix on Morrison’s nature and intentions may be living in fantasy land. While there is bound to be a diversity of opinion, who can avoid the conclusion that his unbridled arrogance is obvious? And that it is dangerous?
The world’s powerhouse economies have turned their backs on coal, with economists warning Australia is setting itself up for misery if the federal government keeps investing in fossil fuels.
In Morrison’s case, this frames his opportunism – he gauges opportunity and grabs it when it appears. The other national leader who is labelled a Benthamite utilitarian is Britain’s Boris Johnson, someone also capable of stepping in every cow pat in the paddock but emerging with shiny shoes. It is wrong to label Morrison a pragmatist. In fact, he uses pragmatism to give his consequentialism a cloak of respectability. He is many things, as we learn week in, week out. Add this to what’s a mainly grim list: he’s the most cynical politician anyone has seen in the prime minister’s office.
If it quacks like a duck, it only quacks on one side of the fence with an LNP smirk and swagger, it only quacks on one side of the Tasman – Once again the Kiwis surely have got this right. Remember this when you vote next time and the mess we find ourselves in (remember Stan scratching his head peering round at Ollie, if you are as old as me, I was just a boy). This was just about a simple vaccine to keep all Australians safe and the Federal Government couldn’t even waddle their way through that like they made a dog’s breakfast of quarantine, not the way Morrison puffs up his tails, boasts and goes on and on about it, I mean dream on. So come next Federal election remember… vote don’t quack and don’t forget to get the right vaccine, if you have a choice and can lay your hands on it.
Scott Morrison, Australia’s conservative premier, is selling his 2021 budget as a job-creation package. But in reality, it’s a miserly budget — except when it comes to handouts for business and the wealthy.
While the rate will be raised, the Morrison government has promised to be tougher on those who need welfare in order to survive.
Wages will be down down down, Jobs underpaid, casualized, while welfare entitlement numbers will be decreased at both Centrelink and NDIS. Meanwhile, debt slavery will be made far more readily available. Dependance rather than independence and individual freedom to choose will be the norm and essence of the corporate State.