Tag: Michael West Media

Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West

Fractured Australia

Hating Barnaby Hating Scott Hating Barnaby Hating….

In campaign debates, in radio stations, television studios, people to people encounters all over the nation, the name Barnaby Joyce comes up as the biggest brake on Australia making a greater commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Does the leader of the National Party deserve the brickbats? Maybe we should look to our backyards, writes Mark Sawyer.

Source: Hating Barnaby Joyce: is it him, or is it us? – Michael West

Labor tells a story without pictures: now that’s confidence – Michael West

Around this time in the 2019 campaign, the confidence that was bubbling throughout the Labor camp burst out into full hubristic glory.

One leading daily posed the ALP team in chiaroscuro, looking one part Sopranos cast, one part corporate raiders. Bristling with purpose, they looked. The new crew. The mean machine. The none-too subtle message: Bill Shorten’s team is ready, ready to rule.

Meanwhile Chris Bowen’s Facebook page featured himself and four sober-suited colleagues in an impersonation of a high-end law firm: himself, deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, a chin-stroking Shorten, Jim Chalmers and Penny Wong.

When the serious quintet’s big play went unstuck, one user commented: ”All dressed up and nowhere to go.”

Contrast all that with Campaign ’22. Yes, Albo has modeled some groovy threads to go with his trimmer physique. But the group photoshoot has gone the way of Shorten’s jibes about the big end of town. No more moody magnificence.

Labor candidates emphasise how rare it is for their party to win from opposition. The years it has happened since the war are cited like bingo numbers: 72, 83, 07. It’s the talk of the poker player holding a straight flush.

Source: Labor tells a story without pictures: now that’s confidence – Michael West

A matter of discretion: politicians make their own rules on funding – Michael West

Community Development Grants

What lessons have been learnt in the wake of the funding rorts that have embroiled the Morrison government? Rosie Williams finds that the problem is worse than the most pessimistic assumptions.

Source: A matter of discretion: politicians make their own rules on funding – Michael West

Friends where it matters: Aspen Medical’s contract came out of nowhere

Since 2010, the self-styled ‘’global provider of guaranteed, innovative and tailored healthcare solutions’’ has received $1.8 billion in federal government tenders. Of that, $1.3 billion came from a single tender for face masks made in 2020. In 2020, Aspen Medical was given a $1.3 billion contract to supply face masks to the Federal Government despite having no experience in large-scale procurement reports the ABC. Until then, the most the company earnt in federal government contracts in a year was $124 million in 2014, with most years showing a max of $30 million.

Source: Friends where it matters: Aspen Medical’s contract came out of nowhere

Net Zero Transition: China, world leave Australia behind on climate – Michael West

Climate wars. Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: Alex Anstey

The latest Coalition climate catastrophe, Senator Matt Canavan declaring national net zero policy “dead,” rings alarm bells for what’s ahead if the Morrison government is returned to office. Meanwhile, our new rival in the Pacific region, China, is seizing the mantle of climate leadership. Blair Palese reports on Australia’s greatest failure as a nation.

Source: Net Zero Transition: China, world leave Australia behind on climate – Michael West

Wake in fright. What another election loss would do to Labor – Michael West

Anthony Albanese

It’s time. Time to consider the unthinkable – another term in opposition for Labor. What would it look like? Mark Sawyer looks at a post-Albanese era as if one were fated to begin on May 22.

Source: Wake in fright. What another election loss would do to Labor – Michael West

Scott Morrison, Angus Taylor stack clean energy agencies with fossil fuel mates – Michael West Media

CEFC, ARENA, Snowy Hydro

The Morrison government has slashed renewables funding and stacked Australia’s renewable energy agencies with fossil fuel executives, leaving the likes of ARENA, CEFC and Snowy Hydro controlled by potentially regressive political appointees for years. Callum Foote reports.

Source: Scott Morrison, Angus Taylor stack clean energy agencies with fossil fuel mates – Michael West Media

News Corp’s Easter Albo shellacking – Michael West Media

From Murdoch whose organization was busted bugging the phones of dead girls, celebrities, and politicians comes an Easter Gift. Yes, Murdoch who pretended to be old, without memory, sick, and frail like Alan Bond trying not to be jailed. That same sleezy Murdoch who sacrificed his staff and a major paper to flee to America. Today’s Murdoch Putin’s ally in Russia and the enemy of Democracy in the US. Is now playing the 5th columnist in Australia’s 2022 election despite despite the fact that Scott Morrison is a leader he doesn’t like because he can rid us of him later.

For most, Easter is a time for rest and renewal. For Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp it is a time to keep shaking the pom-poms for the Coalition and thrashing Labor. At least Nine’s mastheads SMH and Age ran on the Coalition’s mega-pork this morning; some $55bn in public money being spayed about to buy votes. For their Murdoch peers in the media duopoly, there was no such attempt at balance; they were still pinning their ears back with inflated claims, “Labor’s jobs plan to cost billions”. Like their fallacious Darwin Port and Tasmanian loggers coverage this week, the fear-mongering over jobs was not based on any substance. Substance is not their strongest suit. Going into week two of the campaign, Albo’s starts again with the large handicap of a Coalition-subservient media cheering on incumbent Scott Morrison.

Source: News Corp’s Easter Albo shellacking – Michael West Media

Morrison’s hand-out to double size of nation’s logging industry, if you believe it – Michael West Media

Forestry package

Lovely! the SMH, AFR, The Australian, Age and the Murdoch tabloids are all running with a story about Scott Morrison forking out $220m in grants to chop down trees. 73,000 jobs they reckon!

Source: Morrison’s hand-out to double size of nation’s logging industry, if you believe it – Michael West Media

Scott Morrison lets rip on native forests in strange oblation to Tasmania’s logging companies – Michael West Media

logging

You know who I am I’m forever blowing bubbles Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has “let her rip” on the pristine native forests of Tasmania today. It was his “This is coal” moment for another dying industry. Former Greens leader, farmer and 40 year logging activist Christine Milne explores the government’s latest bizarre and destructive pork barrel.

Source: Scott Morrison lets rip on native forests in strange oblation to Tasmania’s logging companies – Michael West Media

The Dirty Election: how the cards are stacked in favour of Scott Morrison – Michael West Media

Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison

Sales, a veteran ABC interviewer, did not lay a glove on the marketing maestro and the interview ended with Sales smiling, “Thank you Prime Minister”: the sort of sardonic smile which – in the land of Insiderville which is the Canberra Press Gallery, denotes a doff of the cap, an acknowledgment that yes, okay, you sure can spin the proverbial PM. “You’re good, a bit too good”. There was also the obligatory whine that the PM should come on more often. But why would he when he has the cheesily fawning Paul Murray on Sky, or 2GB, or fan-man Chris Uhlmann on Nine as his go-to?

To get to the point, Labor may be streets ahead in the polls but Scott Morrison is now in his element. His government is a shambles but, with the three major media houses backing him, and the ABC and others truckling to their daily news agendas, Anthony Albanese will have to win this thing, not wait for Morrison to lose it. The propagandists of News Corp will run hard for Morrison. Already, according to their questionable Newspoll, the gap has narrowed sharply. Sure, they want a contest, it sells their propaganda sheets, but given all the subsidies and favors which Rupert Murdoch, Nine Entertainment, and Seven have wrung out of the Coalition they will surely be barracking for the Coalition and bagging Labor till the cows come home.

Source: The Dirty Election: how the cards are stacked in favour of Scott Morrison – Michael West Media

Rio claiming employee taxes as its own – Michael West Media

Minerals Council of Australia, Deloitte, taxes and royalties, Australian mining

The Minerals Council of Australia, a foreign-controlled mining lobby, has duped Australia’s major media in an $80bn PR scam by not accounting for billions in GST refunded every year, exaggerating the contribution of the minerals industry to Australia. Callum Foote reports.https://www.michaelwest.com.au/murdoch-media-nine-entertainment-mining-lobby-busted-for-record-bullartistry-go-into-hiding/

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Minerals giant Rio Tinto has counted the $769 million in tax paid by its employees in Australia in its tally of tax paid by itself in 2021. The minerals and fossil fuel industry frequently engage in PR attempts to bolster its image of contributing to the economy, securing its social license to operate. Chief among these efforts is spruiking the amount of taxes and royalties paid. In 2021, Rio claims $11.1 billion in taxes and royalties have been paid in Australia alone. The first point is that royalties and taxes are not equivalent payments. Royalties are the cost of purchasing commodities from the Australian people. The second point is that Rio has claimed the taxes paid by its employees as its own.

Source: Rio claiming employee taxes as its own – Michael West Media

Sparke Helmore received $162m from Morrison government – Michael West Media

Lobbyland

Sparke Helmore Lawyers, who the government used to conduct the investigation into potential sexual misconduct in the Australian Parliament prayer room by Liberal MPs, has received more than $162 million from the Morrison government.

Source: Sparke Helmore received $162m from Morrison government – Michael West Media

Jordan Shanks, the Parliament prayer room, a police raid and the sounds of silence – Michael West Media

Jordan Shanks, @friendlyjordies, Parliament prayer room

Two days on, deafening silence. Not a word from the corporate media and the national broadcasters. Despite the creeping visions now planted in so many brains, despite the high public interest in this story.Allegations of senior Liberal party figures cavorting in the Parliament prayer room with prostitutes. Allegations sourced directly from a document, an investigation by the government-aligned law firm Sparke Helmore.Yet another raid by the police on a whistleblower. Still silence.The document from the law firm Sparke Helmore was leaked to YouTube investigator Jordan Shanks, aka FriendlyJordies, who published it and produced a compelling Youtube video on the scandal which had clearly been vetted by lawyers.

Source: Jordan Shanks, the Parliament prayer room, a police raid and the sounds of silence – Michael West Media

Forget the cash-splash for the poor, Josh’s Budget giveaway is super for the rich – Michael West Media

SMSFs, Australia, superannuation, Federal Budget

Tucked away in the maelstrom of Budget announcements is a measure which turns private pension funds into the financial equivalent of a magic pudding; valuable, inexhaustible and sheltered from tax until ready to be passed on to the next generation. Harry Chemay unveils the quadrella of self-managed superannuation lurks which favour wealthy retirees. While many Australians were looking for relief from cost of living pressures, wealthy retirees had another reason to celebrate the recently delivered Budget. It continues a measure that turns their private pension funds into the financial equivalent of a magic pudding; valuable, inexhaustible and sheltered from tax until ready to be passed on to the next generation.

Source: Forget the cash-splash for the poor, Josh’s Budget giveaway is super for the rich – Michael West Media

Albanese’s aged care push: right target, wrong attack. Privatisation the rub – Michael West Media

Aged care, Anthony Albanese

Anthony Albanese’s aged care push is smart policy. It’s the right thing to do too, but it does not address the fundamental problem of a privatised system and its profit-takers. The Morrison government tossed some money at the problem, much went to the middlemen. The Opposition, to its credit, is having a go. But is Labor leader Anthony Albanese on the right track? Wherever you look, the failures of privatisation are myriad, often spectacular. Billions wasted on JobActive the privatised jobs service, gold-plating in electricity, privatised prisons, the gutting of the bureaucracy in favour of consultants, the sale of Sydney Airport, Transurban’s taxing toll-road monopolies, profiteers in the home care scheme.

Source: Albanese’s aged care push: right target, wrong attack. Privatisation the rub – Michael West Media

White and might is right: the secrets which push us into other people’s wars – Michael West Media

War powers

How often do we see on the news “500 people are hiding in X theater” only to see it bombed by the enemy. Or, “we are going to Syria to bomb the mother fuckers”. Governments may hold some secrets but they sure as hell more often than not telegraph their punches for domestic currency to the enemy. It makes you wonder whose side their on.

Currently, Peter Dutton is sending promised “armored vehicles” to Ukraine. In reality reality “Peter Dutton doesn’t know how to get promised armored vehicles to Ukraine.”  The government announced it was sending 70k tons of coal to Ukraine. It might get there sometime next year if they can find a ship. However, Poland exports coal and is Ukraine’s neighbor and could get it tomorrow. Dumb is what Morrison is but always the ad man selling pet rocks, or cans of fresh air and advertising “fake news”

For decades, minor parties in Australia have introduced bills seeking to give parliament greater control over military deployments. In the debates and inquiries that have followed, a wide range of objections have been raised. We are told that, as military deployments are often made on the basis of confidential information, this information cannot be publicly disclosed to the parliament. Another common objection is that parliamentary decision-making would reduce the flexibility and speed needed to carry out military operations safely and effectively. Most of the opposition to war powers reform, received as part of Michael West Media’s ongoing survey of politicians, follows similar lines. You can see myriad responses here. However, some experts think there might be another reason — one that Australian pollies may be uncomfortable acknowledging.

Source: White and might is right: the secrets which push us into other people’s wars – Michael West Media

Fossil fuel subsidies soar past disaster relief, even public schools funding. What’s the scam? – Michael West Media

Fossil fuel subsidies, TAI

This week on Q&A Barnaby Joyce said “we are a government who only spends money where we see a return on investment and growth in GDP”. Well we know that!! So little has been devoted to Age-Care, flood disasters, pensioners, job seekers yet debt blew out 400% above 2013 levels. It went from 10% of GDP to over 40% and is heading to 50%. So where did the money go and why doesn’t it matter now?  It mattered ever so badly when the ALP were in government. The LNP are currently screaming taxes taxes will go up under the ALP yet they have constantly been the highest under the LNP.

The scam is that flood and fire victims and other ordinary Australians don’t have lobbyists and don’t pay political parties. What are they thinking, that politicians will just help them because …?

Cruelling somewhat the Budget pitch euphoria in corporate media today, The Australia Institute has sallied forth with its annual analysis of hand-outs to coal and gas multinationals, state and federal, finding they cost the public $11.6b in 2021-22, or $22k per minute.

It’s a $1.3b (12%) increase on last year thanks to the feds. Across all budgets there is $55b committed, which is 11 times the balance of Australia’s Emergency Response Fund ($4.8b in Dec 2021), while $11.6b in 2021-22 is 56 times the budget of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.

The subsidies cost the Federal government more than it spent on public schools in the same year ($9.7b). Now *that’s* a scam … and we are yet to see the Budget.

Source: Fossil fuel subsidies soar past disaster relief, even public schools funding. What’s the scam? – Michael West Media

Big Budget Bluff: how the Coalition conned its media allies and left 10m Australians in the lurch – Michael West Media

Federal Budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg

After two weeks, two long weeks of fawning Budget coverage, leak after leak, story after story brown-nosing the Coalition, reciting Treasurer Frydenberg’s talking points; after all that free publicity, what do they do? They miss the story. Michael West reports.

Source: Big Budget Bluff: how the Coalition conned its media allies and left 10m Australians in the lurch – Michael West Media

The first time Morrison lost the nation’s confidence: the story they don’t want you to know – Michael West Media

Scott Morriosn - Tourism Board Australia

Like Trump, there is a trail of NDAs set in place to prevent us from knowing his past history. Why would that be? There are no such barriers to Anthony Albanese

”Clearly not within scope,” said the department when Jommy Tee went on a Freedom of Information hunt for reasons a future prime minister’s first Australian government job ended in acrimony. Our correspondent found that while the Prime Minister seeks inquiries into the conduct of others, information about his departure from Tourism Australia is kept out of sight.

Source: The first time Morrison lost the nation’s confidence: the story they don’t want you to know – Michael West Media

Budget to provide practical household help – Michael West Media

But we won’t be opting for an improvement in wages, pensions or welfare in the long term and will keep a tight grip on any public sector union growth by privatizing and outsourcing and shrinking it in order to keep better worker conditions from rising. We will appoint politically biased department heads of our choosing along with government advisers and spin doctors at the highest wage levels to ensure our desired outcomes are met. The problem is Australians expect too much government action in their favor when 50% don’t even vote for us.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says his fourth budget will provide practical measures to ease cost of living pressures, as the government gears up for a federal election in May. While he was light on detail in a series of television interviews on Sunday, Mr Frydenberg said Tuesday’s budget will contain responsible and practical measures, and he does not expect it will add to prevailing inflation pressures. “There will be a number of measures in the budget that go to the heart of the cost of living issue,” Mr Frydenberg told ABC television.

Source: Budget to provide practical household help – Michael West Media

Greg Hunt saves 40,000 lives (not nurses, doctors, just Greg) – Michael West Media

Greg Hunt

Why Victoria is Progressive not because of Greg Hunt

“When Jack the Ripper died he saved the lives of women across London,” Bernie Dowling, Twitter.

So it was that Health Minister Greg Hunt threw a presser today in which Greg was in no arguing mood when his colleague the Member for Moncrieff Angie Bell praised him for saving 40,000 lives.

Greg Hunt saves 40,000 lives (not nurses, doctors, just Greg) – Michael West Media

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The Tactical Insertion of a Jen

Only the most hardened cynic would decry the appearance of Jenny Morrison in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph helping her husband Scott announce $58 million in funding for endometriosis. This debilitating illness affects 11% of Australian women and girls, of which Jenny is one.

It’s worth noting, however, that Mrs M did not come forward with her story when Health Minister Greg Hunt announced $20 million for endometriosis funding as a part of the $353.9 million in women’s health funding in the budget last year. Though of course, that was a full year away from an election. 

The Tele spread is certainly another insight into the turbocharged media machine at the PM’s disposal as he chases every last vote.

This means war: how Australia’s main allies take the biggest step a nation can take – Michael West Media

war powers

On what grounds do we put boots on the ground? Australian politicians have been mostly unwilling to cede control of declarations of war to parliament. When it comes to committing troops, our closest security partners have moved towards parliamentary votes, but in most cases the leadership reserves the final say, writes Zacharias Szumer.

Source: This means war: how Australia’s main allies take the biggest step a nation can take – Michael West Media

The Big Sugar juggernaut: how corporate players keep Australia addicted to a sweet killer – Michael West Media

Sugar by Grant Gibbons

Another way confectionary and processed food manufacturers circumvent disclosures on sugar content is by listing a multitude of confusing ingredients which, in fact, are all different forms of sugar, they include: dextrose, maltose, glucose, fructose, corn sweetener, honey, corn syrup, sucrose, sorghum syrup, sorbitol, lactose, molasses, syrup, fruit juice concentrate and high-fructose corn syrup. All of these compounds have the exact same effect on the human body as pure sugar, some would argue worse because they are being consumed by people who do not realise they are ingesting excess sugar. Even Harvard University has moved ahead from its shaky 1960s position, now finding, “Beverage companies spend billions of dollars marketing sugary drinks, yet generally rebuffs suggestions that its products and marketing tactics play any role in the obesity epidemic.”

Source: The Big Sugar juggernaut: how corporate players keep Australia addicted to a sweet killer – Michael West Media

Greens and climate independents: a true test of this country’s political carrying capacity? – Michael West Media

Bob Brown, Australian Greens

Dr Monique Ryan for Kooyong

The Australian Greens had the environmental vote sewn up. But the 2022 election may be the one where the tide went out for the party after 40 years of passion and picketing and manoeuvring. It may be the election where parliamentary activism on clean energy is entrusted instead to a breed of reassuring, female ‘’climate leaders’’ who better reflect the aspirations of middle Australia, writes Mark Sawyer.

Source: Greens and climate independents: a true test of this country’s political carrying capacity? – Michael West Media

ABC should expose News Corp’s agendas, not Labor’s “Mean Girls” – Michael West Media

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp

Murdoch couldn’t save the LNP in South Australia the State that gave birth to his propagandist empire

The ABC had a choice this week: amplify Murdoch’s toxic “Mean Girls” coverage, or expose News Corp for exploiting the death of Kimberley Kitching for political purposes. It made the wrong choice. New management is in order. Michael West reports. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is the story, not the sad, sudden death of Senator Kimberly Kitching. And certainly not the grotesque narrative being peddled by News Corp’s rabid propagandists. Manslaughter, that is, manslaughter by Labor senators Penny Wong, Katy Gallagher and Kristina Keneally.

Source: ABC should expose News Corp’s agendas, not Labor’s “Mean Girls” – Michael West Media

Fog of War: how Australian taxpayers enriched Putin’s fracking mate – Michael West Media

Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.

At long last, the Australian government has added one of Putin’s claque to the sanctions list, Origin’s fracking partner in the Beetaloo Basin. And dirty dealings in a dirty industry don’t end there. The case highlights the massive government outlay required for otherwise uneconomic projects, writes Kurt Johnson. It’s worth asking exactly why the Australian government dithered until today to sanction oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. This associate of Vladimir Putin, owner of world’s largest collection of Fabergé eggs, has a significant minority stake in Falcon Oil and Gas Australia. The company, in a joint venture with operator Origin Energy which together own three permits in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin, the keystone project of the government’s “Gas-fired Recovery Strategy”.

Source: Fog of War: how Australian taxpayers enriched Putin’s fracking mate – Michael West Media

Justice for whistleblower Bernard Collaery is as far away as ever – Michael West Media

Bernard Collaery featured

This Australian government has been acting as Putin does.

Top-secret evidence will be allowed in the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, the man who exposed Australian spying in East Timor, an ACT Supreme Court judge has ruled. Greg Barns examines the implications. Here’s a test. You have been charged with serious criminal offences and are facing a trial. The prosecution says it can use secret evidence against you. Evidence you and your lawyers are unable to see. Instead the court will appoint a special advocate who can look at the secret evidence and represent your interests. Which country are we in? Russia? China? Or in the United States with its infamous Guantanamo Bay military justice system.

Source: Justice for whistleblower Bernard Collaery is as far away as ever – Michael West Media

Guardian defence story forgets to disclose weapons links – Michael West Media

PR people like to crow they write most of the newspapers. Problem is, they’re correct, but now it’s think tanks too.

Guardian Australia’s analysis today by Katharine Murphy: “Rising US isolationism means Australia must become more resilient and autonomous, think-tank warns” was based on a research paper by the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre (USSC).

The story by did not reveal that while also being funded by the United States Department of State and the Australian government, the think tank also receives funding from weapon makers Northrop Grumman Australia and Thales.

Duncan Lewis, the former director-general of ASIO, has also been appointed as a non-resident fellow. On the board is Dr Brendan Nelson, president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. Mick Mulvaney, the former chief of staff in the Trump administration, is also a non-resident fellow.

As reported by the uni’s student newspaper Honi Soit the University of Sydney’s Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson also acts as the chairman of Thales Australia, the local arm of French global weapons manufacturer Thales Group.

 

Source: Guardian defence story forgets to disclose weapons links – Michael West Media

States leave feds in the dust as Taylor and Bowen play politics on energy transition – Michael West Media

Angus Taylor helped raise our debt over 200%,. He made us the laughing stock Glasgow when turning our baks on global climate responsibility and now he’s claiming the ALP is fiscally irresponsible with his hand covering his heart! I thought bullshitters crossed their fingers when their lips moved.

While Energy Minister Angus Taylor and Shadow Energy Minister Chris Bowen quibble over the brass tacks, the states are getting on with the job of energy transition, writes Callum Foote, and in a mostly bipartisan way.

The upcoming federal election has spurred political sparring over Commonwealth energy policy. Labor is claiming the Liberals are dragging their feet on climate and the Liberals are claiming Labor is fiscally irresponsible.

Source: States leave feds in the dust as Taylor and Bowen play politics on energy transition – Michael West Media

Lobbyland – Michael West Media

Lobbyland

Welcome to Lobbyland! Lobbyland is an online column dedicated to unravelling the political and corporate spin coming out of Australian politics. To start us off, it has been 1187 days since Scott Morrison formally committed to a “Commonwealth Integrity Commission” on the eve of the 2019 federal election. “A new Commonwealth Integrity Commission will take the lead on detecting and stamping out any corrupt and criminal behaviour by Commonwealth employees,” he assured the nation.

Source: Lobbyland – Michael West Media

Women and Warnie: the true and wondrous legacy of our most gifted sports star – Michael West Media

Shane Warne

But what is the truly wondrous thing about the Age of Warne, as it should be known? No, it’s not the glamour he attached to the art of spin bowling. His successors around the world have only proved what a one-off he was. That wonderful thing is the way cricket has grown spectacularly in popularity and participation with girls and women. It’s a pity it took 100 years. How many girls were inspired by Warne’s subtle skills? Yes, the on-field ones. For all his silly, to use the horrid word ”blokey” carry-on, all the moronic antics, he was a brilliant ambassador for the game. If miracles exist, there’s one here. Valentino would have been proud.

Source: Women and Warnie: the true and wondrous legacy of our most gifted sports star – Michael West Media

Government incompetence and lack of planning: it never rains but it pours – Michael West Media

National Severe Weather Outlook

The skies opened and the rains fell, hammering communities up and down the east coast. So how good is Australia in another time of tragedy? An FOI reveals that the government was warned about the increased likelihood of floods in November last year, and failed to properly prepare for the disaster, writes Callum Foote.

Source: Government incompetence and lack of planning: it never rains but it pours – Michael West Media

Paying dues: party card is just the ticket for media giants – Michael West Media

Once again, the big four, the banks, lobby groups and the biggest industry players lined up to pay their dues to political party coffers. Even media companies got in on the action with Network Ten and the Nine Network each paying $27,500 for silver memberships to the Liberal Party. In 2019, Nine came under fire for a now infamous $10,000-a-head fundraiser for the Liberal Party at their Sydney headquarters. Since the 2015-16 financial year, Nine has donated $213,706 to the Liberal Party and $139,963 to Labor. The Liberal Party did not disclose the $27,500 contribution from Nine despite exceeding the $14,300 disclosure threshold.

Source: Paying dues: party card is just the ticket for media giants – Michael West Media

Resilient, Josh, really? Treasurer guilds the lily 12 ways on Australia’s economy – Michael West Media

Josh Frydenberg

Josh Frydenberg has again claimed Australia is “outperforming all other major advanced economies” in a Liberal Party missive to supporters which cherry-picks 12 bright spots. Alan Austin details the 12 other things you need to know about Australia’s economic management.

Source: Resilient, Josh, really? Treasurer guilds the lily 12 ways on Australia’s economy – Michael West Media

Why the listless reaction from governments, the hush on climate change? – Michael West Media

The Morrison government has gone missing again at a time of crisis and devastation, despite its disaster relief fund brimming with $4.8bn. NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet finally made it to the outskirts of Lismore on the weekend, vowing support, visibly shaken at the magnitude of the devastation. Why the failure of governments to respond in times of crisis, asks resident Robyn Fitzgerald. Why no mention of “climate change”?

Source: Why the listless reaction from governments, the hush on climate change? – Michael West Media

Scraping the bottom of the (pork) barrel as big swill nears – Michael West Media

Federal ICAC, rorts, Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg

We don’t pat ourselves on the back but MWM placed a mole (totally legit) inside Canberra and sniffed out some rotten deals. Jommy Tee continues his exposé of the rorts for the regions.

Source: Scraping the bottom of the (pork) barrel as big swill nears – Michael West Media

This changes everything, from the world stage to polling booths far from the fatal steppes – Michael West Media

There is a Murdoch/Russian Coalition in America and a Morrison /Murdoch one here. Will it be ignored and kept under wraps?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a disaster for more than 40 million people, a threat to Europe, a challenge to the US and a catastrophe for the world. It’s hard to imagine that Vladimir Putin’s war, while just about as far away from Australia as any world event could be, would have no bearing on the thoughts of voters in the expected May election. And it’s clear we were already gearing for a security election.

The Coalition has installed one of its head-kickers, Peter Dutton, in the Defence post and his warnings are as much about the dangers of a Labor government as any foreign foe. The government has stooped to describing Labor leader Anthony Albanese as China’s preferred Australian leader and deputy Labor leader Richard Marles as the Manchurian candidate.

 

Source: This changes everything, from the world stage to polling booths far from the fatal steppes – Michael West Media

Minerals and petroleum lobbies are not taxpayers (but guess who subsidises them?) – Michael West Media

Morrison has no interest in hard Economics and Murdoch media certainly don’t pay attention to the harsh realities. Between them they have reduced politics to Culture wars. Currently Transgender children in Sport is Morrison’s issue when not a single transgender person has won a medal in the Olympics. Or any child run away with all the medals up for grabs, ruined any sporting event, or is in danger of doing so. However, as always Morrison loves fuelling politicizing bigotry and steering away from the material and econimic realities of our  world. He believes  in holding onto the minority of racists, ethnic, religious, cultural, and anti-welfare bigots and to have them put on their pillow-case hoods and swing his way even if he doesn’t help their hip pockets. Fuelling emotions is a distraction from economic reality mismanaged.

It’s a phenomenon more commonly attributed to ”banana republics”. Our government is helping the resources lobby even as it works against the interests of the nation and the planet. Stephanie Tran examines the influence of energy lobby giants as they intensify efforts to delay Australia’s embrace of clean energy.

Source: Minerals and petroleum lobbies are not taxpayers (but guess who subsidises them?) – Michael West Media

Late on your tax? One rule for the small guy, another for Lendlease and the Big End of Town – Michael West Media

Lendlease, tax, ATO

So, we had a call the other day from a nice woman at the Tax Office, or it might have been an outsourced call centre. In any case, there was apparently a late BAS statement or something, and we – that is the small business which operates Michael West Media – was in danger of incurring a fine. Michael West reports on the gaping double standards between government enforcement of big business and the rest.

Source: Late on your tax? One rule for the small guy, another for Lendlease and the Big End of Town – Michael West Media

Pauline Hanson v the gas giants: who would have thought? – Michael West Media

Pauline Hanson

Elections bring on desperate changes and sometimes common sense is an accidental outcome.

So, if you want action against major gas companies controlling Australian politicians, a red-hot climate denier may still be worth some attention.

Hanson went so far as to propose a government-owned enterprise instead of paying private companies to do the same job. “If we’re going to pay $2.3 billion to secure Australia’s fuel supply, the government should buy the Brisbane refinery in Lytton and let it become an asset owned by the Commonwealth.” Hanson continually references Norway’s Sovereign Health Fund having “struck the right chord for its citizens, earning $1.5 trillion from its commodities.” “Australia, on the other hand, last year took a measly $300 million in direct payments for $50 billion worth of gas off the North West Shelf” while “the tiny nation of Qatar has a different approach. It receives around $26 billion in royalties on the gas it exports.” Qatar trades slightly less gas and hydrocarbon products than Australia.

Source: Pauline Hanson v the gas giants: who would have thought? – Michael West Media

How Scott Morrison might junk the Cannon-Brookes and Brookfield mega-bid for AGL – Michael West Media

AGL

Morrison handballed the problem of Carbon Emissions to the “free market and new technology”. Now he hates what that market is actually doing. It’s ignoring him for having done nothing and moving in the opposite direction.

Will Scott Morrison’s government block the radical AGL takeover bid by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Brookfield? It’s a deal which accelerates Australia’s decarbonisation, creates jobs, cuts energy prices, and saves AGL shareholders from a slow death, but Morrison has two regulators who can still nix it. Michael West reports.

Source: How Scott Morrison might junk the Cannon-Brookes and Brookfield mega-bid for AGL – Michael West Media

Steggall takes hatchet job, but will the chickens come home to roost for major parties? – Michael West Media

political donations, AEC

Murdoch media alone has been the LN-P’s  biggest propagandist with never a hint of that being an undeclared donation. Maybe it’s “not free” but part of an undeclared quid pro quo arrangement. Where there was 2.5 years of quo and now the quids are really beginning to flow for Murdoch as his business model predicted. In vast amounts of dollars out from the L-NP.

Spooked by independents, Liberals are happy to turn the spotlight turn on their opponents on political donations. But when it comes to taking dirty money, they only need to examine their own house. Stephanie Tran reports.

Why should we care?

An election will be called in the next 90 days so there’s no doubt that political donations are ramping up now.

Clive Palmer has already pledged to beat his own record $80 million spend in the upcoming election, having blitzed Labor at the 2019 poll.

While corporate donors will now be paying their political dues in droves, we won’t know the identities of the largest political payers until February 2023 due to the once-a-year donation disclosure regime.

Despite calls for real time donation disclosures and a reduction of the disclosure threshold, Australians are continuously kept in the dark about who is bankrolling the political parties.

And with distractions such as Zali Steggall’s failure to disclose the Kinghorn family donation dwarfing media coverage of the large systemic abuses by the major parties, don’t expect reform any time soon.

Source: Steggall takes hatchet job, but will the chickens come home to roost for major parties? – Michael West Media

Zombie Doctrine: belief in Coalition as “super economic managers” sticks, despite proof otherwise – Michael West Media

Australia economy, zombie doctrine

The Coalition as “superior economic managers”? The data demonstrates the polar opposite. Alan Austin looks at the leading measures of economic performance over 10 years and finds Australia has slumped sharply against other nations. The bright spot? Corporate profits.

Source: Zombie Doctrine: belief in Coalition as “super economic managers” sticks, despite proof otherwise – Michael West Media

The Zali ballyhoo: dark days for an idealistic independent MP, but the soot won’t stick to Steggall – Michael West Media

Zali Steggall, political donations

The Independent federal MP Zali Steggall has been forced to defend her integrity after revelations by Nine Newspapers that her campaign took donations from a coal kingpin. Mark Sawyer and Michael West have some free advice for the member for Warringah: no strings attached.

Still, Nine Entertainment, which does fundraisers for the Liberal Party and whose political coverage is skewed in favour of the Coalition, boasts the moniker “Independent. Always.” emphatically on its mastheads. Therefore it too is guilty of hypocrisy, emphatic hypocrisy.( Michael West )

Source: The Zali ballyhoo: dark days for an idealistic independent MP, but the soot won’t stick to Steggall – Michael West Media

A Portrait in Cadging: PwC’s grants-for-grants rort, consulting bonanza, even a sweatshop – Michael West Media

Pwc, George Orwell

 

While they hunt down Robodebt victims for every penny, PwC pays no tax, rakes in billions for consulting to government, quietly runs a sweatshop in Sydney’s West and has even jagged a grant to tell the government who should get grants. Michael West has an answer to lift a pound of flesh from Australia’s biggest leaners. Even Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, with a jar of LSD, could hardly have brainstormed a future so dystopian as this.

Source: A Portrait in Cadging: PwC’s grants-for-grants rort, consulting bonanza, even a sweatshop – Michael West Media

Private school funding rises five-fold while public school funding stagnates – Michael West Media

Why has Australia gone backward in the past decade in comparison to the rest of the world?

New school funding figures show that government funding for private schools increased by nearly five times that for public schools over the last 10 years, writes Trevor Cobbold.

Source: Private school funding rises five-fold while public school funding stagnates – Michael West Media

A hot Kurri Kurri: why Labor’s fossil proposal is even worse than the Coalition’s – Michael West Media

Fossil fuel subsidies

The point isn’t whether or not the ALP’s proposals are better or worse than the LNPs but rather why has politics driven the ALP to come to an agreement of any sort with the LNP over the Kurri Kurri gas plant? It’s very existense serves no purpose now let alone in the future. If there isn’t a finacial case is there is there a welfare case for an electorate in transition?

The Kurri Kurri gas plant proposal. No financial case, no necessity, a billion-dollar price tag, infrastructure unfit for purpose, a nearby gas plant that does the same job and faces the rising affordability of batteries. Callum Foote reports on why Labor’s proposal may be even worse than the Coalition’s.

Source: A hot Kurri Kurri: why Labor’s fossil proposal is even worse than the Coalition’s – Michael West Media

Quid pro quo: donations data shows billionaires and corporations fix politicians for another year – Michael West Media

political donations

What isn’t accounted for is the unrecorded support offered by Corporations like News Corp in Quid pro Quo arrangements along with the promises in retirement guaranteed to Ministers for the mutual two-way street of benefits. Being a minister is just a step along the way to real wealth. The danger does Murdoch even like Morrison?

Fossil fuel companies, the Big 4 accountants, billionaires and the usual suspects. The Coalition bag-people came out on top, with more than $15 million more payments given to them than Labor. Callum Foote and Stephanie Tran wrap up 2021’s political payments. It never ceases to amaze how cheaply politicians, and therefore policy and political protection, can be bought. Released today, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) data for the 2020-21 financial year reveals that $166 million was paid to political parties, with the Liberal Party ranking in $15.4 million more than Labor.

Source: Quid pro quo: donations data shows billionaires and corporations fix politicians for another year – Michael West Media

A Poor Knock: Colbeck carousing at the cricket amid aged care crisis just tip of incompetence iceberg – Michael West Media

Aged Care, Richard Colbeck

Failure to protect Federal aged care residents has left 389 elderly Australians dead this year alone, and 40% of private nursing homes locked down. Dr Sarah Russell reports on the government’s devastating failure as the Covid aged care crisis grips. Demanding accountability from the Minister for Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, is being “a knocker”. So says our King of Spin, Scott Morrison. Given the media’s new obsession with appearances – and whether people smile for the camera – it was not a good look for Colbeck to be enjoying an outing at the cricket on the same day he declined to appear before the Covid-19 committee. In a letter to chair Katy Gallagher, Colbeck claimed he could not justify “diverting the time and resources” of his office given the pandemic was at a “critical point”. That the aged care system is at a “critical point” was an understatement. On the day Colbeck was out and about at the cricket (14 January), thousands of older people were in lockdown. Some 1,107 of the 2,704 federally operated private aged care homes (40 per cent) were locked down. The residential aged care system was in crisis.

Source: A Poor Knock: Colbeck carousing at the cricket amid aged care crisis just tip of incompetence iceberg – Michael West Media