The Republicans demand stricter Voting ID and like good camp followers Australia’s LNP suggest the same. Republicans demand stricter education measures Australia’s LNP fight for the same. Morrison is against Lockdowns anti-mandates all Republican Trump decrees Morrison adopts the same plan. It looks like a game of Simon Says. Does the Morrison government have any original policies?
The assault on teachers in this country by Republicans continues as a new bill proposed by Florida State Rep. Bob Rommel would allow cameras in the classroom as well as put microphones on teachers to monitor what they say.
Source: Florida Lawmakers Wants To Put Microphones On Teachers | Crooks and Liars
Australians are getting a stark reminder about how value is actually created in an economy, and how supply chains truly work. Ask chief executives where value comes from and they will credit their own smart decisions that inflate shareholder wealth. Ask logistics experts how supply chains work and they will wax eloquent about ports, terminals and trucks. Politicians, meanwhile, highlight nebulous intangibles like “investor confidence” – enhanced, presumably, by their own steady hands on the tiller. The reality of value-added production and supply is much more human than all of this. It is people who are the driving force behind production, distribution and supply. Labour – human beings getting out of bed and going to work, using their brains and brawn to produce actual goods and services – is the only thing that adds value to the “free gifts” we harvest from nature. It’s the only thing that puts food on supermarket shelves, cares for sick people and teaches our children.
Source: Healthy humans drive the economy: we’re now witnessing one of the worst public policy failures in Australia’s history
Assange is currently detained for publishing “crimes” he’s said to have committed in the USA when not even there. Simply out the Americans can ask for you or me to be brought to them form our beds. Currently, the world is watching Australia for having released Djokovic for a real crime. One he admits to and he did commit here, in Spain, and in Serbia. So why did Australia agonize over Djokovic and do sweet FA about Assange whose as innocent as an assylum seeker?
It’s time to kick these do nothing assholes out
Julian Assange has now been in the maximum-security facilities of Belmarsh prison for over 1,000 days. On the occasion of his 1,000th day of imprisonment, campaigners, supporters and kindred spirits gathered to show their support, indignation and solidarity at this political detention most foul.
Source: Julian Assange: A Thousand Days in Belmarsh – » The Australian Independent Media Network
My thought for the day We would be a much better society if we took the risk of thinking for ourselves unhindered by the unadulterated crap served up by the government, the media and self-interest groups. PS: Contribute to my diary by making a comment. ( John Lord)
Source: The baggage the LNP have dragged from one year to the next has gotten heavier and heavier – » The Australian Independent Media Network
A Vote for Palmer’s UAP is a Vote for Morrison and that’s as diseased as Democracy gets. Remind yourself what Morrison did these past 3 years and what he would do with another 3 owing Palmer. Palmer is the bastard who keeps nobody honest when it comes to getting what he wants.
Published opinion polls are barely recording more than 5 per cent for “others”, but several insiders insist Palmer’s UAP is looking at a vote across Victoria, NSW and Queensland of around 8 per cent and as high as 12 per cent across suburban Melbourne and Brisbane. About 17 per cent voters under 40 are considering voting for Palmer, one strategist told this columnist.
Source: Clive Palmer woos a demographic that is disaffected and ‘mad as hell’
Today we discovered that over the past four years the Coalition has spent three times as much on Liberal electorates when compared to Labor-held seats. This proves that we should move house if we want some of our taxes to come back to us, or maybe just vote them out. Which brings us to accountability. No bill has been seen. Morrison blames Labor because he cannot get his own pathetic version of an integrity commission past his own backbenchers. Ask yourself why he won’t legislate a national integrity commission. Ask yourself why he vilifies the NSW ICAC every second day. You know the old saying – if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. The verdict is that, for me, the Coalition government is the single worst government in living memory, possibly in our history of representative government. From the top to the bottom they shred convention, they outsource our governing functions to multinationals, they have starved our elderly in aged care, they keep the unemployed poverty-stricken, they are fanning the flames of conflict with China, they have destroyed our social fabric, and they run kangaroo courts. There’s not a lot to like.
Source: As a fish rots from the head, so is Australia’s democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Liberal/Nationals governments talk a lot about “the economy” and very little about society. “The economy” is about allowing rich people to get richer so they will then employ people who work to make them even more money. The lower the labour cost, the higher the profit. “The economy” is about the GDP – a number that is easily manipulated by including a big government program when it needs a boost. “The economy” is about the budget, an obscure set of figures which are ripe for cherry-picking – a guess based on convenient assumptions, which can decide to leave stuff out at will, which never ends up being accurate, where debt and deficit can be a disaster one year and a wise investment the next. The LNP would have us believe that they are very concerned for our mental health and well-being as a result of the pandemic. Prior to that, not so much. When, in February last year, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers suggested Australia should consider adopting a wellbeing budget, Josh Frydenberg absolutely ridiculed him.
Source: Well-being and security for all or wealth and privilege for a few – Labor and the LNP are far from the same. – » The Australian Independent Media Network
”Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” So said Warren Buffett. And the tide has ebbed on the Coalition’s claim to be superior economic managers. Exposed by its bungled response to the pandemic, both in the provision of health protections and economic safety nets, the government has proved Buffett’s aphorism. Alan Austin crunches the numbers.
Source: Eight years in, how do our Coalition economic management gurus measure up? – Michael West Media
Preferences and power of Billionaire Clive’s money are all for the benefit of the LNP and assured and underpinned by a quietly understood transactional Quid pro Quo arrangement.
Members of the anti-vax movement have been showing support for the United Australia Party, two factions that share similar characteristics, writes Tom Tanuki.
But things have devolved rather rapidly of late. And now, the greatest letdown of the “freedom” movement – not to me but to itself, a great letdown of its own potential – is the eagerness with which it has rolled over for one Clive Palmer.
The Freedom Movement have been…
Source: Anti-lockdown movement rolling over for UAP
Former Liberal Party minister Pru Goward recently published an opinion piece outlining her views on the “underclass.” Her analysis exemplifies the ignorance, mediocrity, and condescension of Australia’s elite.
Source: No, There Is No Such Thing as the Undeserving Poor
Suicide is painless
With all of that in mind, if we at the time would have followed Tony Abbott’s advice to kill the NBN altogether, would that have been better? Was Malcolm Turnbull’s alternative of stripping down the fibre to the home (FttH) plan to the Multi Technology Mix (MTM), with hindsight, indeed the better option?
And the NBN is not the only casualty of this level of politicking. The energy policy, climate change policy, electric vehicle policy — all have been delayed by the Coalition Government for a decade. They are now finally followed by one backflip after the other.
Obviously, this also reflects the voters who preferred a conservative government that would not come up with those “scary” progressive policies. We no longer are trying to reach each other at the middle ground. When I (and others) between 2007 and 2012 tried to build broadband bridges between the Labor Government and, at that time, the Coalition Opposition, there was absolutely no interest from the Liberal Party to do this — not on broadband, not on smart energy, not on e-health and so on.
Now, 10-15 years later, all these policies are suddenly being accepted by the Coalition. What a waste of time having delayed progress on these issues for so long.
Source: Tony Abbott’s NBN plan may have been a better option
Not fit for office
In the public domain, individuals who had known a thing or two about the spiritual and physical torment of rape expressed their puzzlement over Dutton’s response. Higgins, who is seeking redress for her own suffering in this matter, found the minister’s legal response to Bazzi “baffling”. “I’ve been offended plenty.” Despite that, it still afforded “people … the right to engage in public debate and assert their opinion.” The whole case was a “shocking indictment on free speech.”
In finding for Dutton in November, Justice White ruled that the tweet had been defamatory, and that Bazzi could not resort to the defence of honest opinion. With classic, skewering casuistry, the judge found that “Bazzi may have used the word ‘apologist’ without an understanding of the meaning he was, in fact conveying.” If this had been the case, “it would follow that he did not hold the opinion actually conveyed by the words.” Let it be known: if you do no not understand the meaning of certain words, you can have no opinions about them.
Despite his eagerness to seek damages for all grounds, Dutton was only successful on one of the four pleaded imputations. Claims for aggravated damages and an injunction targeting Bazzi’s comments, were rejected. The Defence Minister’s appetite for pursuing Bazzi for his full legal bill also troubled Justice White, who had repeatedly urged the parties to reach a settlement. Why had Dutton not sued in a lower court, he asked? The reason, claimed Dutton’s barrister Hamish Clift this month, was because his client was a prominent figure requiring a prominent stage to protect his prominent reputation. “It would not be appropriate for the court,” retorted White, “to exercise their discretion more favourably to Dutton simply because of the important public and national office of which he holds.”
Source: How to Chill Free Speech: Defamation Down Under – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The unfitness for office of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his coalition government now stands comprehensively exposed. Yet the apparent criminality of Liberal-National cruelty to immigration detainees has somehow remained largely unexposed, unprevented, and unpunished for nearly a decade.
Source: Time to end the ‘criminality with impunity’ of Australia’s immigration detention regime – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The federal government has “raised the situation” of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s confinement with the UK and US, but has stopped short of calling for the Australian to be released.
The UK court’s decision has drawn ire from the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, who sharply criticised the verdict.
“This is a shortcoming for the British judiciary,” Mr Melzer told the DPA news agency on Friday.
“You can think what you want about Assange but he is not in a condition to be extradited,” he said, referring to a “politically motivated verdict”.
Source: Australia asks about Assange but won’t call for release
Parliament is in recess and another year has gone without the Morrison government honouring its promise to establish a federal ICAC. It is clearly reluctant to do so at all, while rorts and scandals continue to erode trust in our politicians. The system is broken, and it will take much more than an integrity and corruption commission to fix it. Kim Wingerei reports. A wise person once said: the problem is rarely the problem, it’s failure to deal with the problem that becomes the problem. The problems run deep in Federal Parliament, but they can be addressed.
Source: Back to first principles: a blueprint to revive Australian democracy – Michael West Media
We have seen the IPA’s and Murdoch’s influence when it comes to attacking the ABC. They had Tony Abbott their puppet on a string as far back as 2013 with a list of 75 demands. He promised: “No cuts to the ABC”. a lie that turned into Treasurer Morrison’s claim that $1Bn wasn’t a cut but an efficiency review. or improvement.
Yes, Kennedy wasn’t assassinated either his heart merely stopped. “Alternative Facts” have been finessed by the LNP and Morrison is the major practitioner of the art. Remember when he couldn’t reveal anything of refugees because those questions were “On the Water Matters”?
The Institute of Public Affairs is seeking to harm the ABC’s reputation, while questions linger over its own operations and purpose, writes Anthony Klan. WELL-HEELED secretive lobby group the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), which seeks to influence Australia’s public debate, sway government policy – and is running an aggressive campaign against the nation’s most trusted news outlet – is refusing to say who actually funds it.
Source: The IPA rolls out ugly campaign against the ABC
If it wasn’t for the feminazis, the ABC lovers, the gays, the Aborigines, the refugees, the ecoterrorists, the inner-city latte sippers, the kids, the aged, the disabled, the homeless, the poor and all those other woke identity politics bleeding heart whingers – this government could get on with the serious business of wealth creation and post-politics employment planning.
Source: What privileged middle-aged white men call “woke identity politics” is what matters to everyone else – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Key crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie says she will not vote for the government’s proposed voter ID laws, significantly reducing the chance of them passing.
Source: Voter identity laws heading towards defeat
My thought for the day Good democracies can only deliver good government and outcomes if the electorate demands it and it doesn’t come about by good people disengaging from the process. (John Lord )
Source: This do nothing, good for nothing Government is now at its most vulnerable – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Simply take the money out of politics and you’ll get more Democracy. After all, Palmer is wealthy, an Independent whose money shouldn’t be his advantage over your’s or my vote. Surely same applies to the members of the LNP. But with private media waiting for a return on their 3 year investment. Their business model dictates they perform for the money which flows from the top down. The ABC’s charter and reason for being an Independant Statuary Body is to question all forms of power no matter the wealth. Why is it the LNP sees them as their enemy?
There is no place for “Blind Trust” yet Porter exhonerated by the privileges committee and he was declared innocent of any wrong doing. Isn’t a fundamental principle in law that “ignorance is no excuse”, but it seems power is? Despite his ignorance Porter went ahead and used that Blind Trust money. Our prisons are filled with the powerless innocent despite their claims of ignorance.
Arguably, the Gillard Government that relied on the support of the trio of Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor was the most effective government Australia has had in the past 50 years. The reason is simple – to survive the government of the day had to actively listen to the concerns, aspirations and ideas of people ‘outside the ALP tent’. Gillard and current Opposition Leader Albanese (who was Leader of the House) did so, which is to their eternal credit.
Source: Lies, damn lies and economics – » The Australian Independent Media Network
We know what a cunt is but we have to have a Government define “a troll”. America defined Julian Assange as a type of troll and Morrison simply shut up watched and, stayed silent. Morrison wants us to “Shaddup our face” and more, stay silent. But heaven help us if anything happens in China. Then we should all be upfront vocal and yell as if the world is falling apart.
People around the country have reacted to the news by saying absolutely nothing, just in case it costs them $35,000.
Source: Massive cunt wins defamation case | The Chaser
Just when you think this government can’t get any more sneaky. In a Human Rights Denied,virtually unnoticed move, the Coalition government has snuck an alarming last-minute amendment into an aged care bill before Parliament that removes the legal and human rights of aged care residents. The amendment removes the civil and criminal protections to which all other Australians are entitled. If a member of the public is restrained without their consent, the perpetrator can be charged. In contrast, an aged care resident who is restrained without their consent will have no legal recourse. Then the government has the gall to try to claim that this amendment relates to a recommendation of the Aged Care Royal Commission, when it is the complete opposite of what the royal commissioners recommended.
Source: Amended dignity: our elders denied their human rights again – Michael West Media
The very notion of ridding us of the ABC was once a “dead cat ” on the table. It too started as a “distraction” just as changing Voter ID laws are suggested to be. However, that “dead cat” has been alive for more than 20 years and in fact, has grown into a feral zombie of a tiger feeding on the ABC. It has reduced our most trusted newscaster’s budget by a billion dollars leaving it with the equivalent of 1984’s to work with. Bragg’s inquiry is not only dominated by the LNP and has only one intent ” to ilegally cripple our the ABC”.
The fate of Senator Andrew Bragg’s inquiry into the way the ABC and SBS handle complaints will be decided in a matter of days, with two independent senators and the Labor Party signalling they would support a motion by the Greens to terminate it. But Dhanya Mani, a campaigner against misconduct towards women, backed the inquiry, saying it would be a better alternative to the ABC’s independent review.
Source: ABC Senate inquiry on knife edge as advocate backs review
Why Morrison and Taylor talk is BULLSHIT
his rebrand was so consistent that ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods, Chevron CEO Michael Wirth, Shell Oil President Gretchen Watkins, BP America CEO David Lawler, and American Petroleum Institute President Mike Sommers all touted their commitment to a “low carbon” or “lower carbon” future in their scripted opening statements. And what are these low carbon solutions? Largely natural gas, which as science has repeatedly shown, is roughly as bad for the climate as coal when methane leaks and total emissions are added to the equation. Natural gas is so problematic that to meet the 1.5 C Paris goal, production will have to decline 3 percent per year to 2030, starting last year.
If there is one lesson to be learned from these executives, it is that their climate pledges depend almost entirely on convincing members of Congress that they are doing something that they are clearly not doing: significantly reducing emissions from their products over the next ten years.
Enter natural gas, the “low tar” cigarette of fossil fuels.
Source: How ‘Low Carbon’ Energy Became the New ‘Low Tar’ Cigarette | The Smirking Chimp
Meanwhile, the LNP is moving forward with their Religious Freedom Bill
Sydney’s Muslims are considering a complaint to ICAC over Premier Dominic Perrottet’s apparent favoritism towards the Catholic Church’s attempted takeover of NSW cemeteries, reports Callum Foote.
Source: Unquiet graves: Muslims add to criticism over the great cemetery takeover – Michael West Media
Lawyers for Attorney-General Michaelia Cash have warned of national security issues if the trial of Bernard Collaery continues in public, writes Dechlan Brennan.
Source: Bernard Collaery’s trial needs to remain open
With the coming of the LNP in 2013 the Government budget for Science and Research into anything Climate Science project or Clean energy one was cut. Any ideas for research need not apply. “Go find your funding in the private market place”. The CSIRO came close to being dismantled and climate related shown the door.
Meanwhile PM Tony Abbott tried to install Dr Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Center into any Tertiary Institute that would take him with a $4m carrot. The CCC had been kicked out of Denmark and no longer the favoured spruiker of America’s Kings of Coal the Koch Bros because he was too globally recognized as a mere propagandist. The incentives for renewable energy in Australia the world’s best placed nation for clean energy development were abandoned to the private market which today PM Scott Morrison still spruiks as the world’s best practice.
Is it a coincidence that 40,000 University academics lost their jobs and weren’t declared eligible for JobKeeper? That Education is one of the most casualised job sectors in Australia and that we have become the laggards of scientific R&D in the OECD? No, because that appears to be the LNP’s vision of a ” great do nothing government”. Yet has 100 coal projects ready to be funded along with gas and oil on it’s books moving forward. In fact SANTOS was the primo government supported attraction in the Australian pavillion at COP26. All in all Morrison made Australia look like Philip Morris which is claiming it intends to UNSMOKE the world with “more tobacco”. Australia’s Fossil Fuel Industry Santos etal claim they intend to DECARBONISE it by selling “more gas” aided by the LNP.
Federal support for developing a green fuel export industry is growing slowly. However, industry and financial consortia have been investing rapidly in green technologies and plants.
Source: How can Australia get cracking on emissions? The know-how we need is in our universities
If anyone in your personal circle or professional relationships lied to you as much as this LNP government has since 2013, if anyone was found to have behaved as badly or kept as many secrets as the LNP has you’d have turned your back on them and simply walked away years ago. So why do we accept it of our politicians?
The government has scrapped the local build of a Pacific support vessel promised in 2018 A ship will be purchased overseas instead for faster delivery Defence has also detailed it is unlikely to purchase a hybrid design for its nuclear submarine fleet
Source: Long-awaited large-hulled defence vessel scrapped, nuclear submarine fleet details revealed – ABC News
Ironically the Prime Minister and his fellow converts in the News Corp tabloids around the nation on Monday were trumpeting the opportunities net zero will present for jobs and growth something they all decried as reckless at the 2019 election. Mr Morrison in question time ridiculed Labor for not having a plan to reach the 30-year target apparently oblivious to the fact that so far he hasn’t taken the nation into his confidence about his hitherto secret plan. Hopefully before he boards his plane on Thursday all will be revealed. Either way he won’t be asking the Parliament to do anything about it.
Source: Paul Bongiorno: Morrison’s win over Nationals looking like a pyrrhic victory
Importing Scab Labour to break the backs of Australia’s Unions
The Government is contemplating a substantial increase in immigration, boosting the Pacific Australian Labour Mobility Scheme and introducing the new Agriculture Visa, so it’s worth reflecting on where things are at with Australia’s biggest ever labour trafficking scam.
Source: Update of Australia’s biggest ever labour trafficking scam
My thought for the day Power is a malevolent possession when you are prepared to forgo your principles and your country’s wellbeing for the sake of it. ( John Lord )
Source: You take the high road and I’ll take the low road, and I’ll be in Scotland before you – » The Australian Independent Media Network
“It’s not just a health crisis, it’s an economic crisis.” Dominic Francis Perrottet, a gangly colt by Gordon Gecko out of Margaret Thatcher in party apparatchik’s blue tie saddle-cloth, a heavily tipped favourite, but up in class, easily beats his lunchtime jogging pal, Planning Minister, pious Anglican and fellow anti-abortionist, Rob Stokes to the winning post in NSW’s forty-sixth premier stakes. It’s a rigged ballot, after much horse-trading, yet a novelty in a party which hasn’t voted for a leader since 2002. NSW prefers, like La Cosa Nostra, to keep its succession planning simple. Gladys is a no-show. Is she in witness protection already? Scuttlebutt from “senior Liberals” is that she’ll be parachuted into a safe federal Liberal seat. If ICAC doesn’t send her to jail.
“Privatize everything. Abolish help for the weak, the solitary, the sick and the unemployed. Abolish all aid for everyone except the banks. Don’t look after the poor; let the elderly die. Reduce the wages of the poor but reduce the taxes of the rich. Make everyone work until they are ninety. Only teach mathematics to traders, reading to big property-owners and history to on-duty ideologues.” And the execution of these commands will in fact ruin the life of millions of people,” writes Alain Badiou in Capitalism Today, (2012, 13).
“It could be a page from Dom’s secret diary. It certainly fits federal Coalition “policy”.
Source: Hey, hey, it’s Perrottet. Can Morrison survive? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Federal policies remain firmly fixed on keeping fossil fuels in the energy mix and expanding coal and gas production. It recently approved several new coal mines and announced subsidised and expanded gas production. Gas is a fossil fuel that also needs to be phased out if we’re to have any chance of keeping warming to 1.5℃. The Morrison government is also increasing funding for carbon capture and storage, a policy aimed at continuing the use of fossil fuels. This is despite the country’s largest such project, the Gorgon venture off Western Australia, failing to reduce and store carbon emissions at the rate originally promised. The annual Climate Transparency analysis, released on Wednesday, shows Australia has some of the G20’s highest per capita emissions. It is the only developed country in the G20 with no price on carbon, yet ranks the fourth highest for risk of economic losses from climate impacts.
Source: Yes, Australia can beat its 2030 emissions target. But the Morrison government barely lifted a finger
Australia faces an intensifying risk of global investors divesting bonds or equity if we don’t join other nations in making a net zero emissions commitment for 2050, the Reserve Bank has warned.
Source: Investors could shun Australia without 2050 net zero commitment, RBA warns | Reserve Bank of Australia | The Guardian
Very few media outlets have covered the Witness K and Bernard Collaery case in a diligent manner. Sky News, so often rallying for freedom of speech and democracy, didn’t even report on the successful appeal. Like all whistle-blowers, Bernard Collaery is a hero. People of all walks of life should be protected if they report on malfeasance. If Collaery’s prosecution goes ahead, Australian democracy will be weaker as a result.
Collaery’s trial to be public, but it should be abandoned
My thought for the day When a political party deliberately withholds information that the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned assessment of how it is being governed. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy. ( John Lord )
Source: If an election campaign was starting tomorrow, what would be your top 10 points of debate? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Australia accuses the Taliban of being inhumane yet demands refugees perform acts of magic. Our Government’s harshness shames us. Thank you Minister Hawke recently promoted by Scott Morrison for his service.
0 Leave a comment Advertisement Thousands of Afghans married to Australians are in limbo after the federal government said they would still require health checks to finalise visa applications to exit the Taliban-controlled country.
Source: Afghan visa applicants told to get health checks despite security crisis
The gas development in the Beetaloo Basin is guaranteed to accelerate and worsen climate change impacts on our health, writes Dr David Shearman. AUSTRALIA IS A global pariah for its unapologetic fossil fuel stance, in the face of the recent IPCC code red warning on climate change.
Source: Australia’s approval of gas projects lighting climate change fires
The Morrison years have been appalling for Australian workers. Alan Austin reveals the actual state of employment — because the mainstream media refuses to do so.
Source: Morrison and Frydenberg set multiple ‘all-time worst’ records on jobs
Revelations of rampant cheating at KPMG echo the broader decay in culture at the top of business in Australia; at the Big Four firms which advise both our largest corporations and government, indeed the firms to which government itself is being outsourced. Michael West speaks with Jeffrey Knapp.
Source: Uppercut: KPMG cheating scandal mirrors Big Four rot, business leadership – Michael West Media
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
Anglo American Alamo on Asia renting Fort Australia from from from a fella…. The SQAUKUS
They were appearing to talk up their close friendship, but Scott Morrison and Joe Biden’s AUKUS announcement quickly turned awkward when the US President appeared to forget our Prime Minister’s name. Mr Biden thanked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson but then paused as he addressed Mr Morrison. “Thank you, Boris … I want to thank, ah, that fella down under,” Mr Biden said.
Source: Joe Biden forgets Scott Morrison’s name in awkward AUKUS call
Human rights experts and Amnesty International are demanding the government commits to transparent and open appointments to the Australian Human Rights Council after it gave a plum posting to a law lecturer with strong ties to the Liberal Party.
Source: Government asked to set up open process to pick human rights commissioners