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 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
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said today all Afghan citizens who were in Australia on a temporary basis would be supported by the government, adding no Afghan visa holder will be asked to return to Afghanistan at this stage. The words “at this stage” fall well short of Australia’s moral and legal obligations to Afghan refugees, and provide little comfort to temporary visa holders. With a range of options to expand protection for people at risk both within and outside Afghanistan, the Australian government must stop attaching qualifiers to its response, and start acting decisively and with humanity.
Source: Afghan refugees can no longer wait — Australia must offer permanent protection now
After 46 days cooped up at Kirribilli House and The Lodge, being pummelled with blame for endless lockdowns, a bruised Prime Minister emerged from isolation this week determined to shift the narrative. Armed with new vaccination targets and the promise of greater freedom, Scott Morrison is determined to focus debate on the future rather than the past. With his political fate now tied to achieving the 70 per cent and 80 per cent vaccination thresholds agreed “in principle” by National Cabinet, Morrison is trying to stir the nation to get a jab, any jab, as quickly as possible. But that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily willing to throw everything at it. There are limits, apparently, to how far the Prime Minister will go, as his reaction to Labor’s cash-for-jab idea revealed.
Source: Scott Morrison wants to shift the conversation on vaccines and COVID-19. How far will he go? – ABC News
“In our Chinese international student circle, we often joke about the internet in Australia — we say it’s ‘turtle’ speed.”
Source: China claims it’s leading the way in 6G mobile tech research, but the reality is still years away – ABC News
While the USA moves towards war, anti-China rhetoric grows on a daily basis and the idea of war is being sold as the ‘right’ thing.
Source: Not sleepwalking but marching with eyes wide open to war
I listen to the ABC news and comment programs and note that they employ an increasing number of conservatives including former politicians, like Amanda Vanstone.
Yet conservatives as a whole continue to accuse the ABC of left-wing bias!
And because it is so obvious that the ABC is not offering exclusively left wing opinions, those who are firmly left-wing in their personal beliefs, see the ABC now as becoming right-wing!
It is a crazy situation when each side of politics demands balance in their national broadcaster, and, when they get it, interpret it as bias!
It is worse than crazy, it is dangerous, when that results in the government effectively introducing strong right-wing bias into media, by cutting funds to the ABC and giving funds to blatantly right-wing Murdoch media outlets.
You have to ask yourself – how, in a democracy, can this be seen as legitimate? – particularly when that same government is passing increasingly dictatorial legislation which reduces our freedoms.
Not a good look from a government with so slim a majority!
No wonder they do not want Parliament to be sitting and discussing the government’s flawed program!
via Bias and balance – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Morrison is sitting pretty – at least until the next election – with a more than adequate income, a roof over his family’s heads, ability to take a holiday and enjoy life for brief spells, so he appears to be one of two things: the first is – someone totally lacking in empathy and compassion – which is bad enough – while the second is – an out and out sadist, getting pleasure from other people’s pain!
via Mr Morrison – are you a sadist? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
This is a fair assumption, too, considering for 100 years every new generation of Australians has moved out of their parents’ house with a good wage and started the climb up an ever-growing job ladder.
via Young workers worse off than ever
Australia is right behind America walking in Trump’s shadow, (ODT)
via Millions in US face financial ruin as emergency jobless benefits end
Virgin using the Coronavirus to sell the business for more than it’s worth (ODT)
via Virgin Australia: buy the business, don’t bail out the shareholders – Michael West
Irresponsible lending created the GFC (ODT)
The Morrison Government’s emergency measures to protect the economy are another massive subsidy from embattled taxpayers to Australia’s largest corporations. They are a failure of government to govern. Michael West reports.
Question: why would a bank lend money to a business with no customers?
Answer: it wouldn’t.
Question: who will benefit from the Reserve Bank’s massive loan and money-printing program?
Answer: banks, bond traders and corporate customers.
Bankster Bailout: will the trickle-down package trickle beyond the banks and big business? – Michael West
“If you could find out when you were going to die would you want to know?”
My personal answer to this was no but, given none of us are getting out of this life alive, what are some of the real sudden death health risks to worry about? Around the world, every year, the number of people:
killed by car crash ~1,250,000
killed by their own hand ~800,000
killed by influenza ~375,000
killed by (non war) gun violence ~250,000
killed by war ~200,000
killed by terrorists ~20,000
killed by lightning ~6,000
killed by coconut falling on head ~150
eaten by shark < 10
Car crash v Coronavirus: doctor puts pandemic in perspective – Michael West
LNP Shame up close and personal with the USA and down distant and who gives a fuck with it’s citizens. America constructed crimes to fit Assange and our LNP has done nothing but applaud. (ODT)
IN A WATERSHED CASE for journalistic freedom, the hearing for Julian Assange’s extradition to the U.S. begins in London on 24 February 2020. If extradited to the U.S., Assange will face 18 charges under the 1917 Espionage Act and a potential sentence of 175 years in prison for “crimes” that include some of the greatest pieces of citizen journalism of the 21st century: the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan War Logs, Cablegate and the famous collateral murder video.
via Ending the torture of Julian Assange