And as for sermonising desperate marketplace or ‘legal eagle’ politicians like Morrison and Hunt, they should just keep their ministerial phlebotomy and mouths shut on the subject, since if you have no empathy for others’ true-life experiences you are not going to learn them in a mandatory training module, just as you won’t learn ethics and how to manage ethical dilemmas from not listening to other people’s including women’s concerns. You just don’t have the goods, the prerequisite character and traits to learn it in the first place, other than pretending you do, yes, Mr Morrison I am speaking particularly to you.
To reach the government’s biggest goal of giving every Australian at least one shot of the two-dose vaccine by October, somewhere in the region of 140,000 to 190,000 shots will have to be administered every day from now.
Far from being “front of the queue” for vaccines, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last year, Australia’s rollout started later and is running slower than many comparable nations.
Mr Morrison protests that Australia’s rollout is going better than Germany, Japan and South Korea were at the same stage; health department secretary Brendan Murphy says plans are “going well”.
Even as this piece is being written, more damning accounts of PM Morrison’s inept behavior arrive by the hour! Better stop writing before it becomes encyclopedic. No more weighty words are needed. Time will test the prediction that Scott Morrison’s government, like the proverbial smelly fish, is rotting from the head down, and will lose the next election. 15 March 2021 though will stick in our memory as the day the rot began.
The Coalition has taken a significant hit in Queensland and Western Australia, where it has traditionally done well, and would have to restore support there to hold onto government, the latest Newspoll shows.Source: Coalition loses significant electoral support in key states: Newspoll
Morrison can’t take a trick lately. He fails the 4 million Covid vaccinations by March target he set in January. Massively. Andrew Laming is off on empathy training to stop his stalking women; curb his up-skirting? Because the party needs the pervert’s vote. Morrison doesn’t have the bottle to sack him. He’s barely promoted Amanda Stoker as deputy of his new women’s taskforce when Grace Tame calls him out. He’s either pulling a swiftie or he’s got dud judgement. And the latest skirmish in the PM’s guerrilla war on women who investigate rape accusations against mates and staffers blows up in his face.
The Salesman’s Blunder
Australia’s vaccine rollout has so far been overhyped and under-delivered.
The first announcement, in August last year — that Australia had negotiated vaccine deals — set the tone for the rollout of “announceables”. Within hours, this initial announcement unravelled as it became clear it wasn’t a “deal”, but in fact a letter of intent.
Word got out several days ago Morrison had referred himself to a therapist. Our source is unclear, but we know it wasn’t the ABC this time. Oh damn it, okay, so it was News Corp, as if you couldn’t work it out yourself, it’s hardly going to be the Australian Signals Directorate or AFP; and of what’s left of the Public Service, a couple of disgruntled male staffers on private temporary contracts who might have thought their lude comments of women would at worst score them a referral – More than their job’s worth right – You’re kidding!
The unreported fact is 186 countries didn’t report any concern. The concerns reported tend to be more critically political than scientific.
In his inability to listen to women, Prime Minister Scott Morrison keeps digging a bigger hole for himself, as evinced by his popularity slide in Newspoll and his latest failure to take a stand against the trolling of women by Coalition MP Andrew Laming. Yet the repeated failures indicate this is not just a matter of a “tin ear” but rather a contempt for women, reports Elizabeth Minter.Prime Minister Scott Morrison: a “tin ear” or a contempt for women? – Michael West
Allegations of rape at Parliament House, sex in prayer rooms, male prostitutes, staffers masturbating on desks: what the hell is going on?This Government, led by one of the most religious prime ministers we’ve ever had, is surrounded by crisis after crisis. If this was the management of a fish and chip shop, you wouldn’t let your daughter pick up the dinner.‘A rogues gallery’: Running through the Coalition’s line-up
Could it be that Scott Morrison, the nation’s 30th Prime Minister, is trying his best – but is simply not up to the job? Could it be that he actually, genuinely doesn’t understand the angst and anger, the manipulations and missteps that have him kicking own goals every single time he speaks? Even if that is the case – and politics is taken out of this whole sorry mess – Scott Morrison’s performance over the past six weeks lends support to the view that he doesn’t actually have the leadership capacity to deal with the biggest recent issue to envelop his government. If he ran a company or a school, a charity or a sporting code, he would need to consider his next job.Madonna King: Scott Morrison just isn’t good at his job
As more women of Parliament make a stand against Scott Morrison’s misogyny, his feeble attempts to save face are potentially losing voters, writes Andrew P Street.Morrison’s misogyny sends his popularity plummeting
It’s increasingly difficult to keep apace of the torrents of misinformation, disinformation, obfuscation, avoidance, denial and bare-faced lies that emanate from the Morrison Government and its enablers every day.Rape, masturbation and lewd acts all part of Parliament House under Morrison
As The Australian’s 2019 Power List reported, there are only a couple of women among Scott Morrison’s “inner circle” of friends and advisers. Nor is there a surfeit in his parliamentary team. The Liberal Party has always resisted quotas for women, but it has not put enough effort into identifying and preparing women for preselection to obviate the need for them. The lack of electable women representing the party is compounded by a lack of female strategic input. Slowly but surely this is adding up to a lack of women voters.Scott Morrison is not a misogynist, what he lacks is a female inner circle
Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a speaking invitation at last December’s global leaders Climate Ambition Summit withdrawn UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed to the ABC Australia had failed to meet the required terms to attendance Australia’s Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, says Australia is meeting and beating its emissions reduction targetsBritish foreign minister explains why Scott Morrison’s climate invitation was withdrawn – ABC News
The great mystery of the past month is why the Prime Minister, for all his political strengths, has no plan to deal with a crisis gripping the nation’s attention and eroding support for the governmentScott Morrison doesn’t have a plan for dealing with sexual harassment, and women are fed up – ABC News
By way of contrast, it’s hard to recall a government less able than Morrison’s to articulate a national vision, one less cultured and less interested in changing anything unless it’s another of those workplace relations bills that this time – we promise – will unleash the animal spirits of Australian capitalism.From ‘snapback’ to ‘comeback’: policy gridlock as Morrison government puts slogans over substance
Men must realise that this implies no threat to them, no disenfranchisement nor emasculation. Empowering women will not disempower men but rather help to, as Robert Kennedy said in 1968; “tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” In the civilised world, in these troubled times, the very survival of humankind depends upon collaboration, cooperation and mutual understanding. Patriarchy has had its day.Patriarchy has had its day – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Across the country on Monday, tens of thousands of women marched to protest against gendered injustice. They left the jobs that don’t pay them enough. They left their unequal burden of unpaid work. They left schools and universities and homes to protest, once again, things women have been protesting about for decades. The fact that women are not safe at work. That they are not safe on their way home or after they get home. That they are not safe in childhood or old age. That wealthy white men who show such contempt for women’s lives, bodies, safety and futures are the ones writing the laws and policies that govern us.Jane Gilmore: Scott Morrison has ‘ignored women’
The Prime Minister’s comments were about Australians’ right to protest His choice of words, saying protesters in other countries would be “met with bullets”, drew criticismLiberal MPs have backed the Prime Minister
“Not far from here, such marches, even now, are being met with bullets, but not here in this country.” That comment elicited a furious response from Greens leader Adam Bandt and Senator Larissa Waters, who blasted him for an “insulting” message. “The Prime Minister’s message for women who were demanding justice and change, was ‘be grateful we didn’t shoot you’. This is unbelievably appalling behaviour,” Mr Bandt railed.Morrison slammed for ‘bullets’ comment as women storm the country
Ms Kimmitt’s position has been under siege since she sent an all-staff email last week that was critical of veteran partner Peter Bartlett for not following “consultation or approval processes” before he provided advice to Mr Porter about his response to the rape allegation.Law firm chief ‘asked to leave’ as embattled ministers told to pay own legal costs
A double-digit deterioration in perceptions of Scott Morrison’s personal attributes has been wholly driven by female votersRape allegations have shaken Canberra to its core – and may now be hitting the PM in the polls | Peter Lewis | Australia news | The Guardian
The Australian Federal Police have no authority to investigate an alleged crime of sexual assault that was allegedly committed in NSW. The Prime Minister must know this. If he doesn’t, he should perhaps seek advice from his Attorney General, Christian Porter, who would certainly be aware of this. Either mistakenly or deliberately the Prime Minister is not observing the “rule of law” in referring the allegations to the Federal Police. He should have referred them to the NSW Police. He should still refer them to the NSW Police if he is interested in respecting the rule of law and intends to continue to claim he is abiding by that rule. Morrison has done nothing by referring the matter to the AFP other than provide a smokescreen, and some breathing space for himself and the alleged rapist in his cabinet.Morrison shows us again how much he despises women – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The idea that a question so fundamental to our sense of self as a people would arise on his watch would have been absurd a fortnight ago. But it was inevitable once we learned that a young woman who worked for Morrison’s government had been allegedly raped by a colleague in Parliament House. Inevitable because the Prime Minister’s first instinct was to see the story of Brittany Higgins politically. He sensed the issue would be damaging for his government, and took the short cut of denial. He wanted the public to know he wasn’t told by anyone in his office or his ministry before the news broke on February 15. Illustration: Simon Letch Illustration: Simon LetchCredit:The Sydney Morning Herald He has taken that argument to the strangest place of all, where he says he is aware of rumours on the Labor side, as well as his own, but not the specific allegation of a violent crime against Higgins, committed just 50 metres from his own office. “Once again, the Leader of the Opposition can come to this dispatch box, seek to state these matters and seek to pointscore on them,” Morrison told Parliament on Wednesday. “But the issue that is here is the issue that we all must address. These matters, as we know, are not confined to any one side of politics in this building.” That need to be blameless at all times echoes the self-sabotaging stand he took during the black summer of fires, when he said he didn’t hold a hose, mate. He didn’t start the fires, and it was the responsibility of the states to put them out.Brittany Higgins exposes PM’s failure to lead
Morrison should not survive the alleged rape cover-up. His deplorable actions are beyond any sense of morality and justice. It should be the straw that broke the camel’s back after many years of flagrant corruption. If he does survive, our democracy is dead — and you can largely thank our appalling media for that.Wren’s Week: Alleged rape cover-up and Facebook ban should sink PM Morrison
So much for accepting the science. Morrison is happy to ride on the coat tails of the State premiers by claiming to have accepted the health science but he clearly doesn’t accept the climate science. We need less marketing and more hummingbirds.The Hummingbird – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“The things that were said that encouraged others to come to the Capitol and engage in that way were incredibly disappointing,” Mr Morrison told 2GB radio on Monday.Morrison calls out ‘very disappointing’ Trump over Capitol insurrection
If the Prime Minister does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Donald Trump and his QAnon followers, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson.Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack
Australian PM Scott Morrison is often compared to Donald Trump. Morrison is certainly a race-baiter who serves the rich, but his brand of reheated “populism” borrows far more from Britain’s Margaret Thatcher and former PM John Howard. Unfortunately, it’s not dead yet.Scott Morrison Isn’t the Australian Trump — He’s a Margaret Thatcher Tribute Band
Accountability doesn’t matter. You don’t need to fear the consequences of misuse of taxpayer funding. “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,” David Morrison famously said. For the Morrison government, it hasn’t merely accepted the low standards that have mired federal politics in sleaze, it has actively promoted them. This is the result.Scott Morrison’s ‘mates first’ policy is rotting Australia from the inside
Look, I think the National Cabinet was a great initiative of mine. The states and territories needed to make their own decisions. I mean, I don’t hold the hose and I don’t hold the hose of wimpy — I mean, hand, of wimpy premiers. ~ Prime Minister MorrespinIA Talks: Exclusive interview with Scott Morrespin on ‘The Sun Rises’
Meanwhile Trump Gives Morrison Military Honours For His Foresight
Labor has called on the Morrison government to guarantee a proposed Chinese fishing facility on Australia’s doorstep will not threaten national security and deplete the area’s fish stocks, saying it has “clearly dropped the ball”Labor says Morrison government ‘dropped the ball’ on Chinese fishing facility in PNG
Millions of people in the world are struggling to survive, while a very small minority are working furiously to acquire millions, to salt away their wealth, and secure themselves recognition and a place in the super rich category. In reality, many in this group are totally insensitive to the fact that their greed is causing genocide in many nations, destroying the environment all round the world, including an alarming assault on biodiversity, while ignoring the existential threat of global warming. And we have a PM who is a happy member of that minority – gladly rubbing shoulders with and kowtowing to a wealthy elite, while trying to be seen as the leader who cares. Actually he is – but not because he cares about others in need, but because he cares about his own needs for praise and recognition. He is a mini-Trump – and that is no compliment!Our PM is incompetent, insensitive and incapable of good judgment – » The Australian Independent Media Network
New Zealand’s stonking growth brings to mind Scott Morrison’s claim Australia suppressed the virus without its neighbour’s crippling costsScott Morrison’s economic humblebrag disproved by New Zealand comeback | Scott Morrison | The Guardian
Mug punters are usually classified as people that frequently wager more than they can afford, Initially they may revel in the satisfaction of beating the odds, usually the odds catch up and the punter loses the lot. Morrison was, in a previous life, the head of both the New Zealand and Australian Tourism Commissions. He was ‘let go’ prior to the expiry of his contract in both countries. They reckon things happen in threes. What do you think?The mug punter – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Morrison will also have to work overtime with other US allies (including the Europeans) to lend support to Australia beyond simple declarations of solidarity. Despite Morrison routinely shunning Europe in areas of central concern to them, such as climate change, Australia now needs France, Germany, Britain, Brussels and others to ensure that any World Trade Organisation action against China’s politically driven tariffs receives maximum multilateral support. And finally, Morrison will also need to take a leaf out of Japan’s recent playbook on dealing with China. He’ll need to grow up and, importantly, learn to shut up – other than when it’s essential for our core values and interests and, where possible, articulated in unison with our friends and allies. The irony is that Morrison’s current course is making Australia less secure, not more secure, despite his government seeking to wrap itself in the rhetorical mantle of “national security”. Managing China’s rise, and its interplay with American and allied military and economic power, is not a juvenile game for domestic political advantage. The national interests at stake are too high for that.The PM ignored one of the enduring truths in politics in his over-the-top response to China
Winning, by staying on top and making your own rules, is the name of the game – and has been for Morrison from long before he entered politics. No wonder a rogue group in the Special Forces ran amok. After all – the Prime Minister is the most important person in the country and his example must be one to follow. Scott Morrison -you fully deserve the opprobrium implicit in the Chinese cartoon and your fake anger in response is patently dishonest. You are an enabler of the worst kind. And – disastrously – you are also enabling a reluctance to act on our greatest challenge – global warming.Morrison – the crooked enabler – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Record fiscal stimulus of $25 billion over four years will capture the headlines. But what the Victorian government has done with it is perhaps the bigger story. Education jobs, a massive social housing build, support for the tourism sector – it’s by and large the right package for this recession.Victoria budget: Victorian government steps in where federal government did not
Morrison’s jaundiced relationship with China is making CEO spines shiver (ODT)
A rising tide of fear has begun to course through the boardrooms of some of the nation’s biggest companies. Some can see their entire livelihoods on the line. A great many others worry about a huge drop in earnings and profits and, by proxy, a premature end to their own careers.Australia’s biggest export could be key against tensions boiling over with China – ABC News
The Victorian Premier has become the biggest challenger to Morrison’s agenda in a national debate over the pandemic. While Andrews puts a priority on shutdowns in the name of saving lives, Morrison puts a premium on opening up the economy.Daniel Andrews is now Scott Morrison’s biggest threat
Labor raises alarm after findings of three-month project that cost $541,750 sent ‘straight to the prime minister’s office’‘Thinly disguised political research’ paid for by taxpayers shared with Morrison’s office | Australian politics | The Guardian
I am sure that I can rely on readers to add to the list of the multitude of sins for which, if he were a Catholic, he would be doing penance – if he only admitted that he had done wrong. Looking back over just the past year, there are far too many things for me to hope to encompass them all, let alone dig back further into his very grubby history, so let’s go over that year roughly chronologically.SCOTT MORRISON IS GUILTY! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Murmours of Andrews being a model of what a PM should look like has set Morrison and Frydenberg off against not just Andrews but Victoria blaming the State for everything they haven’t done. (ODT)
They need him to succeed on their behalf. The Prime Minister might find that destabilising the state government during a recession and a pandemic might not please as many Victorians as he thinks.Has Scott Morrison forgotten that he’s Victoria’s Prime Minister, too?
Twitter says it permanently suspended a QAnon account belonging to a family friend of the prime minister, Scott Morrison, for “engaging in coordinated harmful activity”. Twitter is in the middle of a broader crackdown on QAnon content and is attempting to reduce the amplification of accounts spreading “clear and well-documented informational, physical, societal and psychological offline harm on our service”. BurnedSpy34, a prominent and prolific member of the Australian QAnon scene, was recently permanently suspended.Twitter permanently suspends QAnon account belonging to friend of Scott Morrison for ‘harmful activity’ | US news | The Guardian