A frustrated voting public is becoming increasingly louder against the Government’s lack of climate policy and endless incompetence, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.
“There’s little point in relying on the Labor opposition to deal with this on our behalf. As Ilic noted in an interview with CNN, we have to lead because we have no leaders.
We do have power, other than at the voting booth. We have our voices. We have social media platforms on which to use them. We can’t all do billboards or organise marches, but we can support those who are willing to take on these tasks. Morrison has revealed, inadvertently, that it is in fact our voices he most fears, because if enough of our voices consistently criticise, humiliate and refuse him, he will not hold onto power. Forget the opposition. It’s down to us.”
Source: The people versus Scott Morrison
There’s so much to contemplate in this development: the humiliation – if the federal government was apt to feel such a thing – of a state government appearing to unilaterally end quarantine arrangements (the responsibility of the federal government) and overseas arrivals caps for starters It looked for all the world as if the state government was running the joint. Perrottet the premier of Australia. Just as Scott Morrison has been dubbed the prime minister for NSW. Before Perrottet’s announcement, we had heard nothing this week from the PM since Monday – when he emerged out of The Lodge to once again try to share in the joy of (and credit for) the end of lockdown in NSW.
Source: The most abject failure of leadership in living memory
As things stand, it is a wonder Prime Minister Scott Morrison is even bothering. The Australian delegation in Glasgow is bound to be poorly briefed, confused and barely able. The coalition government, still weighed down by fossil-fuel fantasists, will continue to be engaged in a battle of such stunning incoherence any undertakings on carbon neutrality and change can only be regarded as unreliable and disingenuous. As McKenzie and a few of her lobotomised colleagues would have you believe, climate change is something that happens to other people. In the meantime, fossil fuel socialists the world over, unite!
Source: Waking up to Climate Change Dinosaurs – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Scott Morrison is giving every impression he is paralysed by the fear his government is disintegrating. With three weeks to go to the Glasgow climate summit attended by more than 100 world leaders, he cannot make a decision on whether to attend or not because he is not sure if his one-seat majority government will still exist. Two National Party cabinet ministers are running open defiance of the Prime Minister’s stated preferred position to start doing something real to achieve a net-zero emission target by 2050.
Source: Paul Bongiorno: Hot air and slogans are masking government falling apart
When the PM who dominates our Corporate MSM starts to do the “Trump Whinge” about individuals you know his pollsters are telling him he’s between a rock and a hard place. Yelling foul hasn’t shown that Trump has turned a corner it simply shows pathetic desperation.
If Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants to weed out anonymous trolls on social media, he might want to start with his own government, writes Andrew P Street.
Source: A brief history of the Coalition’s fake social media accounts
There are few words here for you to read. They are not necessary to tell the lamentable tale of Morrison’s dishonesty; the embedded YouTube video does the talking. Malcolm Turnbull belled the cat in spectacular style during his remote National Press Club address on 29 September. In his inimitable style, he called out the sheer dishonesty of our Prime Minister. If you missed it, here is the link to Turnbull’s speech (although the YouTube video of his speech can be viewed at the bottom of this post). Here is a report on his speech that you may wish to read if you haven’t the time to watch it in its entirety.
Source: Living under a dishonest leader – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s security pact with the U.S. and UK is damaging Australia’s reputation on the world stage, writes Paul Begley.
Source: Morrison’s AUKUS deal crippling foreign policy
A group of former US officials and experts has written to the US president, Joe Biden, warning the deal could threaten US national security by encouraging hostile nations to obtain highly enriched uranium (HEU). At the same time, the former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says if Australia does buy the submarine reactors without a domestic nuclear industry – and therefore the nuclear expertise – it will be “more plug and pray” than “plug and play”. The former Nato deputy secretary general Rose Gottemoeller has called on Australia to make a new deal with France to use their uranium, which is not weapons grade. That would heal the rift with France and ease nuclear proliferation fears, she said.
Source: Experts warn Joe Biden supplying nuclear submarines to Australia threatens US security | Australian military | The Guardian
We couldn’t expect anything else from our do-nothing leader
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pointed to the resignation of Gladys Berejiklian as a reason not to introduce a NSW-style federal corruption commission.
Source: Morrison rejects NSW-style corruption body
Why on earth would a climate-change-denying PM who shows 100% support for the filthy, polluting coal-mining and environmentally destructive gas fracking industries attend the COP26 (climate change conference) in Glasgow? Wasn’t this the same fool who dragged a piece of coal into Parliament House and declared – in front of a gleeful Barnyard Joyce – that “there is nothing to be afraid of – it’s just coal! Nothing to see here!” It came as no surprise that the yellow-bellied coward, Sloth Morrison, slunk away and returned back to Australia right before the conference even started! Why? Because he knew that his climate-change-denying ideology will be held up for ridicule on the world stage at any international summit on the emergency to address important issues on a subject the LNP do not believe in! That is exactly the type of disgraceful, cowardly behaviour we have come to expect from a useless, non-achieving PM who expends more energy trying to get out of work and totally avoiding any of his responsibilities as one of the highest paid “leaders” in the free world!
Source: What could possibly go wrong? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
One of the Morrison government’s first acts was to kill off Malcolm Turnbull’s plan for greater transparency about how lobbyists interact with the federal government, leaving in place a system widely regarded as ineffective, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Source: Morrison ditched Turnbull plans for lobbying transparency – Michael West Media
The PM’s dishonesty in dealing with the French has left Australia in the invidious position of being a country that can never be trusted again.
Source: Scott Morrison’s subs deal trashed all the rules of ethical procurement
The breakdown over the NEG was the trigger which cost Malcolm Turnbull the prime ministership a week later. This time Pitt is waiting to see Scott Morrison’s plan before he decides his next steps but makes no secret that he implacably opposes net zero.
Source: Wooing the hostile beast within
“We Meet It and We Beat It.”
At that point, CBS’s Margaret Brennan could only observe that no country had actually delivered on such targets. Hardly a problem, came Morrison’s reply to the bubble’s bursting. “See, it’s one thing to have a commitment, but in Australia, you’re not taken seriously unless you’ve got a plan to achieve the commitment.” This was delightful coming from a Prime Minister who has no plans to speak off when it comes to dealing with climate change. In fact, Morrison’s tenure has been marked by an absence of plans on any major policy decision. When any have been proposed – the vaccine rollout being the conspicuous example – they have been spectacular failures.
Morrison was particularly fortunate on that score, winning over his hosts with a shameless slogan that sounded hopelessly electoral and starkly mendacious.
Source: Our Man in Washington: Morrison’s Tour of Deception – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Scott Morrison has attached us to be allies of this mindset that calls this war peace
Under the leadership of then-Director Mike Pompeo, the CIA in 2017 reportedly plotted to kidnap—and discussed plans to assassinate—WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, who is currently imprisoned in London as he fights the Biden administration’s efforts to extradite him to the United States.
Source: Trump’s CIA Considered Kidnapping or Assassinating Assange: Report
How is it Scott Morrison sacked by both the NZ and Australian Governments for shady tourist deals was allowed to bring that dept hand to a job with the LNP and become PM? In one foul swoop, Morrison has managed to fuck over France, even piss off his bestie ally America, upset the Indonesians, and stand naked with no contract in hand in front of us and the world,hoping the media will save him. He’s the magician whose performance never really works yet leaves everyone flabbergasted mouths agape by his ineptitude.
Watch this space, though, because Biden and Macron could conceivably come to an arrangement to share the Indo-Pacific marketplace, with the French supplying a small number of subs to Australia, after all. Remember that in Morrison’s rush to announcement last week he actually left Australia without a contract. The AUKUS deal still has 12 to 18 months of haggling and review ahead of it before it is signed.
Source: His sights on domestic navel-gazing, Morrison’s all at sea on the world stage
After President Biden rang President Macron this week to soothe hurt French feelings about AUKUS, a joint statement was issued. It said in part, “The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners.” Morrison refused to take this as any reflection on Australia’s diplomatic blundering in the way it handled the cancellation of its French submarines contract.
Source: Grattan on Friday: After the deal on security, Scott Morrison turns to the shift on climate
Australia is languishing through lack of leadership. Christian Porter, Scott Morrison and the LNP have forgotten that they are servants to the people. Instead, they are trying to enslave us to a decrepit legacy system that is reliant on coercive control, and social infrastructure drip fed by political bullies.
Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
No matter how you look at it, this is a sorry saga of secrecy, deceit and manipulation by Scott Morrison and one that has become all too familiar domestically. Although, this is the first time the Prime Minister’s preferred methods of operation have been demonstrated on the world stage. It appears that the U.S. expected Morrison would advise the French in a timely manner of his change of plans. This is a reasonable expectation of a reasonable leader, but the Americans had not yet realised the duplicitous and, some would say, cowardly nature of the man they are working with.
Source: Scott Morrison’s devolution of democracy
The last time a major Australian political party professed independent foreign policy was 18 years ago when Labor, led by Simon Crean, opposed involvement in the Iraq invasion without a UN mandate. Since then, “sovereignty” has been little more than a word used to talk up national security fears. And fear sells.
Source: Michael Pascoe: Who sold the nuclear submarines – and our sovereignty?
Paul Keating added further concern with Australia’s current strategy in relation to China and military escalation in the South china sea if we have a situation is another reckless style Donald Trump leader is elected in the next US elections. The tensions in Scott Morrison’s move in the public and political realm in the Pacific is evident, in what appears to be very little discussion or debate with Australia’s most important Pacific partner before making his submarine buying deal which will give fresh indigestion to others.
Source: Morrison creating tensions with Asia and New Zealand – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“For us clearly, such a decision announced without any prior consultation – not just a phone call, but real consultation due to the scope of the consequences – marks a real breach of trust,” he said.
Source: ‘Lies and treason’: France could suspend military co-operation and trade talks
“We are a proud democracy in our region. We stand with our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific to ensure enduring peace and this collaboration makes it a safer region. That’s the reality and no amount of propaganda can dismiss the facts.”
Source: Australia to oppose China’s bid to join trade pact until it halts strikes against exports | Australian politics | The Guardian
Guess who was wearing a mask
With Australia under pressure from China, the French President declared: “You are at the forefront of the tensions that exist in the region, of the threats, and sometimes of the intimidation. I want to reiterate here how much we stand by your side.” “We are good friends, we are good partners”, Morrison told Macron later in remarks over an official dinner. “We share common goals and we share common values and that’s why our partnership with liberty and affinity I think is one that we’ll be able to progress further this evening.” ‘It’s a stab in the back’ What the PM didn’t mention was that he had just held talks in Cornwall with US President Joe Biden and UK PM Boris Johnson about a proposal for a tripartite alliance, the most spectacular immediate element of which would be dumping the $90 billion plan underway to build French submarines in Australia in favour of some (yet to be worked out) plan to build American (or British) ones (for some unspecified amount of money). In fact, nobody bothered mentioning this rather significant change of heart to the French until hours before the announcement was made jointly, with much pomp early on Thursday morning Australian time, with Morris
Source: Australia’s nuclear submarine deal fundamentally changes our relationship with the world – ABC News
MORRISON GIVES THE FRENCH THE FINGER
Recalled ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault, speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age hours before leaving Canberra for Paris, said Australia had engaged in “lies and treason” for 18 months behind his nation’s back. He said there was an “intentional breach of trust” and “when something serious happens between two countries, really serious, there is a need for reassessment, and obviously consultation at high levels”. “For us clearly, such a decision announced without any prior consultation – not just a phone call, but real consultation due to the scope of the consequences – marks a real breach of trust,” he said. Mr Macron’s decision to recall US ambassador Philippe Etienne to Paris for consultations was the first time that action had been taken in the history of their alliance, which dates back to 1778
Source: ‘Lies and treason’: France could suspend military co-operation and trade talks
In addition to the lack of consultation AWPR has several serious concerns about the new pact. These include: The plan is likely to inflame tensions with China thereby increasing the risk of conflict. Prospective visits by US & UK nuclear-powered vessels to Australian ports for repair and resupply further militarises our region. The pact could far more readily draw Australia directly into any conflict between the US and China over Taiwan. The new pact could have an adverse impact on Australia’s relationship with New Zealand. The plan keeps Australia tied to a world dominated by superpowers and takes us away from a genuinely independent foreign policy. The submarine decision breaks the long held and accepted understanding that Australia is nuclear free. This decision alone requires serious discussion within the parliament and community.
Source: Massive Decisions – Zero Transparency – » The Australian Independent Media Network
It does not get any messier or more chaotic than this. Since 2009, when Australia’s Future Submarine Program (FSP) known as Project SEA 1000, began to take shape, strategists and policy makers have been keen to pursue the next big White Elephant of defence spending. And few areas of an already wasteful area of public expenditure are more costly – often mindlessly so – than submarines. The Australian effort here is particularly impressive. Pick a real winner by signing a contract for a yet to be designed attack class submarine, supposedly necessary in an increasingly dangerous region. Ensure that this design is based on a nuclear model and remove that attribute, aptly described as “dumbing down a nuclear submarine by removing the whole basis of its superior capability, and then charging at least twice as much for a far less capable submarine.”
Source: Nuclear White Elephants: Australia’s New Submarine Deal – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Let’s face it this is an economic trade off and appeasement to the Anglo/ Industrial Military Complex for the business lost in Afghanistan,Iraq and Syria. Morrison was simply the Indo-Pacific smokescreen in the arrangement. The Age for once puts up an extended and reasoned opinion about about the slyness of a move that has Dutton’s fingerprints all over it.
The three amigos – an Aussie marketing huckster, an English buffoon and an American senior citizen. Fresh from being chased out of Afghanistan and humiliated by barbarian terrorists they’d set out to defeat 20 years earlier. Their marquee initiative – for Washington and London to supply nuclear propulsion technology for Australian submarines – is serious. But Canberra has no ability to make use of it in a deployable submarine for at least another 20 years. What’s the point of giving an engine to someone without a car?
Source: Australia-US submarine deal: Scott Morrison, the third amigo, speaks loudly to Xi
Morrison, liar, salesman and diplomat the third amigo in SQAUKUS told the nation he’d smoothed it over with France beforehand. Is there any wonder he’d been sacked by Australia and NZ once before?
France will take the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors from Australia and the United States, as the fallout grows from a new defence pact that has infuriated French President Emmanuel Macron. The unprecedented move follows the Morrison government’s decision to tear up a $90 billion contract to buy 12 French submarines in favour of a new nuclear-powered fleet using technology from the US and United Kingdom.
Source: Australia-US submarine deal: France recalls its ambassadors to Australia and United States amid submarine fury
LNP has dragged the chain for a decade and despite their lack of progressive action the nation has done better than on should expect in some areas.
failure is blamed on the Morrison government. The report argues “a coherent and coordinated national strategy that defines clear goals and corresponding policy settings” for achieving net zero emission by at least 2050 “is needed”. Failure to do so since the end of the carbon price has meant Australia has missed out on “significant economic benefits” that “can come from a quicker pace of emission reductions”. That again remains toxic to the Morrison government – as the prime minister lacks the political will or power to challenge the climate change deniers in his government. And so the Morrison government will find much to like in this survey about what the OECD reports of 2020, but much to ignore about what it recommends for the future.
Source: Australia’s climate failures are costing its economy – and Scott Morrison’s government is being blamed | Greg Jericho | The Guardian
Legal cases both here and overseas highlight reasons why our theocratic Government needs to make a clear separation between church and state, writes Max Wallace.
Source: Why Australia needs to become a secular republic
With every problem the Morrison government encounters the Prime Minister will reply that he does not hold the item relating to the probe. Regarding the issue of international students from China confidence in Australia when the Morrison government decides to implement their vaccine passport and allow international students back, it has to be asked will Morrison say; “I do not hold a phone mate.”
When the Chinese government raised concerns Scott Morrison branded these concerns as rubbish in response. He went on to respond that Australia will not be bullied in regards to international students.
To an informed observer or a person who does not need an empathy consultant there seems nothing rubbish and bullying about asking for issues of racism to be addressed.
In 2018 when similar concerns from the Indian government surfaced .
Rather than a hostile dismissive response, Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham picked up the phone to the Indian government, and organised a trip to India to address the concerns and secure Australia’s International Student confidence.
With Australia’s university sectors facing a projected $16 billion dollar loss by 2023, it is time for Scott Morrison to hold a phone and call to China.
Source: Will the Prime Minister pick up his phone to call China regarding his racist screw up? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
As many have pointed out, this is not the first time Morrison has shown a lack of empathy in tough times. Just months ago, Morrison snuck in a secret trip to Cornwall to find his ancestor’s gravestones (and visit local pubs) whilst in the UK for the G7 summit despite publicly arguing the UK was too risky for Australian travellers. And, of course, Morrison infamously took a family holiday to Hawaii during the height of the 2019 summer bushfires and was forced to cut that trip short in the face of a huge (and foreseeable) backlash. It’s arguable that Morrison’s Father’s Day trip might just be the most offensive of these blunders because not only does the current crisis affect more than half of Australia’s population, but it is also entirely of Morrison’s making. It’s like he lit the fires before jetting off to Hawaii this time.
Source: Scott Morrison’s Father’s Day hypocrisy
Morrison for trying to steal the limelight, including by issuing press releases without approval from her office. “There was a clash of personalities from the start,” one Howard government staffer says, adding that Morrison “just had a strong self-belief in what he was doing, and he wasn’t going to let the minister stop him”.
Source: How Scott Morrison was sacked from Tourism Australia
Morrison is in the process of dismantling everything, politicizing the public service, placing ex LNP wannabes in AHRC,Defence, ABC, all in preparation to create chaos for the ALP after the next election. Politics not service his constant charter.
The Government’s merging of the Family Court with the Federal Circuit Court will complicate the family law system over time, writes Graham Perrett. FOR 45 YEARS, the Family Court of Australia was the envy of the world. From 1 September, this envy is no more.
Source: Coalition responsible for the demise of Australia’s Family Court
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has gone on the defensive over his government’s handling of vaccine negotiations with Pfizer, dismissing critics as “heroes of hindsight”.
Source: ‘Hindsight heroes’: Morrison blasts vaccine critics
Under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia no longer displays compassion and humanity towards those in need, writes Rosalind Fuller. MANY ARTICLES have been written over the last few weeks about the current refugee crisis in Afghanistan as well as the 20 year anniversary of the Tampa debacle, both now inextricably linked. What has also been featured in the commentary is that previous prime ministers, including two Liberal PMs, responded to previous humanitarian crises by offering refuge to people fleeing violence, persecution and in the aftermath of wars. The acceptance of refugees was not always supported by the populace or the political party’s base. These figures are worth restating. Malcolm Fraser, between 1976 and 1982, accepted almost 70,000 Vietnamese refugees (so-called “boat people” — because how you flee apparently matters). A tearful Bob Hawke was so incensed at the Tiananmen Square massacre he made a ‘unilateral decision in 1989 to let the 27,000 Chinese students [that were]present in Australia stay’ and ultimately ‘grant a total of 42,000 permanent visas for Chinese students’. Tony Abbott (not known as a beacon of tolerant politics) in 2015 offered 12,000 Syria
Source: Scott Morrison has destroyed Australia’s humanity
And, “We come to this Summit with an open mind, an ambitious spirit, encapsulated by the target to end – not reduce, but end – violence against women and children,” suggests that his mind is as open as his spirit is ambitious for a target to end violence against women and children. Yep, Mr Morrison is so ambitious for women that he’s implementing a whole 6 of the 55 recommendations from Kate Jenkins’ Respect@Work Report.
Source: Scott Explains Why Women Must Understand How Ambitious He Is For Them! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The rumblings are getting louder that the Morrison government is being increasingly perceived as not fit for purpose. A compelling witness for the prosecution came forward on the weekend with a devastating contribution on Twitter. South Australian independent senator Rex Patrick, an important interlocutor for the government when it tries to marshal the numbers in the upper house, did not mince his words. He tweeted he was “done with ’em”. His anger up in lights, accusing the Prime Minister of “gifting hard-earned taxpayer money to his business mates & donors makes him the most shameless & unethical PM ever”. That was just a start.
Source: Paul Bongiorno: Time is running out for Morrison govt to be fit for purpose
Morrison has always thought he was “special” and has a history of doing what others wouldn’t and trying to make out it’s “normal”. It’s the character of the man who claims to be a PM that excuses him of being like us. This Scott Morrison is what’s called a very “a cheap shot”
“It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to see his kids, but so does every other Australian, and I think when your people are doing it tough, you’ve got to do it tough too,” he said. “You can’t have one rule for Mr Morrison and another rule for everyone else. I just think it’s appalling judgement.”
Source: Scott Morrison defends trip back to Sydney over Father’s Day during COVID lockdowns – ABC News
Julian Hill MP
I don’t normally post things from Scott Morrison’s page, but this needs to be called out. It’s horrible.
The Prime Minister’s fake Father’s Day photo was actually from a remembrance event, for four deceased children.
Mr Morrison has now shamelessly turned this photo into a tribute to himself as a father figure.
Poor judgement is an understatement. There is something seriously wrong with this bloke and his character.
Morrison grabbed 4 million Pfizer doses the wealthy nations like the UK and Singapore no longer needed calling it “a loan”. He actually Insured our pain, his failure in supply of vaccines to us will be felt by the lower income regions. Morrison’s delay will now be theirs as in effect he’s jumped the queue. While he’s claiming hero status he’s doing what Trump did. In an effort to boost himself he’s growing and magnifying Australia’s shame.
London: Wealthy countries face mounting pressure to divert COVID-19 vaccine supplies to lower-income regions, with a new analysis showing they’ll likely have about 1.2 billion extra doses available by the end of the year.
Source: ‘Moral outrage’: Wealthy nations will have 1.2 billion vaccine doses they don’t need
Scott Morrison is flailing about as he struggles to get back on the “narrow path” he keeps talking about to deliver him another election victory. Nowhere is this more obvious than the desperate damage control he embarked on earlier this week, when it was obvious he had misread the mood of the nation. Most particularly, what had escaped him was the deeper concerns of people in states free of Covid-19. It was a contrite Scott Morrison who on Tuesday blitzed the radio airwaves in Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. He was on air to offer a new, conciliatory message. While we are all on a journey to a safer future, thanks to vaccination, he said, “we are starting from different places”. Rather than deny the bleeding obvious, as he seemed to the previous week, he was now stating it. He said: “There isn’t a common Covid position across the country”, just a common destination. On Perth radio he even praised West Australian Premier Mark McGowan for keeping his citizens safe and claimed an almost special relationship with him. This was despite the premier describing Morrison’s demands for border openings as “madness”. No doubt the prime minister has a keen eye to holding his 11 of 16 seats
Source: Morrison in damage control | The Saturday Paper
Self-aggrandizement is no substitute for half-baked apologies that allowed the Covid-shit hit the fan. Too late to claim how great the car your selling is when it has been dinged too many times to be declared roadworthy. That car by the way is a Scott Morrison.
Dan Andrews is right to be concerned that the PM selling himself and it might result in the cancellation of AZ jabs already booked. Plus Morrison’s track record of delivering vaccines has been slow when they have had an available and with a “full-life expectancy”. He now claims he’s able to deliver ones whose ” use-by dates” are almost up and which both the UK and Singapore are happy to rid themselves of. Like all of Morrison’s promises this one too is dodgy as hell while it’s primary objective is to polish the turd. He’s seen the polls.
PM noting that he wasn’t leaving any stone unturned – now that things are dire, it seems. “I can tell you I’ve been turning over some stones in recent times,” he remarked, boasting that this deal would allow the country to reopen sooner. The UK vaccine swap is undeniably good news, though as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews implied in his concurrent press conference, let’s hope it doesn’t impact people’s willingness to take up the many AstraZeneca appointments available for this weekend. And, more to the point, why couldn’t Morrison – who, as it hardly bears repeating, told us for months that the vaccine rollout wasn’t a race – have tried turning over some stones before half the population was plunged into deep, dark vaccine-reliant lockdowns, which condemn the nation to another recession? Why couldn’t he have shown some basic care or urgency before it was his political life on the line? Morrison certainly does owe Boris a beer for getting him out of a tight spot. But the PM shouldn’t be expecting commendation for this face-saving announcement. The fact is Australia’s chance at a unified, orderly transition with the minimum amount of pain and suffering has been obliterated, all be
Source: Hurried Pfizer and the blusterer’s stone | The Monthly
Morrison is seen — in both the US Democrat and Australian foreign policy elite — as having brought a bit too much of his footy-fanboy-from-the-Shire schtick to his treatment of Trump. Worse, the US wants what Morrison doesn’t want to give — a meaningful commitment to the global embrace of climate action.
Source: Scott Morrison has an America problem, and News Corp can’t help him
Scott Morrison has changed tack from ridiculing COVID-zero states to saying he “acknowledges” their worry about opening borders, with the Prime Minister telling the Coalition to start preparing for an election. As the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics. Just days ago, Mr Morrison was telling Queensland and Western Australia to get out of “the cave” of lockdowns, claiming they were ‘undermining’ the reopening plan and comparing them to children’s movie The Croods. By Tuesday, he was on a morning blitz across what he called the “low-COVID” states, singing from a new songsheet where he could see their “sensible concerns”.
Source: Scott Morrison changes tune on reopening as he focuses on election
Palaszczuk and Berejiklian let it rip and describe the real Scott Morrison
Thursday was the day Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk finally had had enough of Scott Morrison. She announced she was not waiting any longer for the Prime Minister to work with Queensland. In January, Palaszczuk decided that Queensland needed to dump the failed system of hotel quarantine and build its own cabin-style facility. But when she pitched this to Morrison, he was unsupportive.
Source: Even Berejiklian is fed up with the PM, who she privately regards as an ‘evil bully’
Letters sent to Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie warned of gaps in biosecurity controls weeks before Ruby Princess arrived
The ABC has obtained letters sent to the Prime Minister and former agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie warning of gaps in biosecurity controls weeks before the COVID-hit Ruby Princess docked in Sydney.
The Maritime Union of Australia wrote to the PM and then-agriculture minister warning of “significant concerns” over biosecurity control gaps The warning was sent in January 2020, six weeks before the Ruby Princess incident A report by the inspector-general of biosecurity said it was “perplexing” the agriculture department was not better prepared
Source: Federal government warned about gaps in biosecurity controls weeks before Ruby Princess debacle – ABC News
The Delta variant is also thriving in younger populations and in epidemiological and evolutionary terms, opening up actually makes the virus stronger because it can mutate faster and become both more virulent and more deadly. We are in a weird political space where science is being sidelined in favour of ideology. We need to remember that the Spanish flu killed an estimated 50 million people. COVID-19 is just getting started. Morrison is banking on things being just alright enough to provide a moment of clear air and create a window for him to call and win a quick election before it all goes to shit again. Palmer and Kelly are there to help him do the Devil’s work. God help us all.
Source: Freedom protesters and Craig Kelly central to Morrison’s re-election plan
Morrison wants to “Open Up” like the UK
Nearly 5000 people who attended a music festival in Cornwall have tested positive for coronavirus. Health officials are investigating 4700 cases after the Boardmasters event, headlined by Foals and Gorillaz. The event, which ran in the Newquay area from August 11-15, was attended by about 76,000 people.
Source: Cornwall festival, headlined by Gorillaz, ends with 5000 coronavirus cases
Our PM is a past master at sheeting home mistakes to others. When have you heard him genuinely, I mean genuinely, accept responsibility, concede an error of judgement, appear eager to put the record straight? No, it’s always someone else’s fault. His verbal diarrhoea is legendary. As is his inability to utter a genuine full-throated ‘Sorry’. There’s always a ‘Morrison’ way of avoiding it.
Source: Toad of Toad Hall – » The Australian Independent Media Network