Tag: Morrison

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce were most unpopular leaders at election since 1987, study shows | Scott Morrison | The Guardian

Every Picture tells the story Barnaby believes it Morrison doesn’t.

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce, at the time the Coalition lost the May election, were the most unpopular party leaders since the Australian Election Study began in 1987.

Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce were most unpopular leaders at election since 1987, study shows | Scott Morrison | The Guardian

Morrison dresses up as Prime Minister in desperate last-ditch attempt to save job | The Shovel

Morrison puts on a white coat and says ” I’m like you dentist you don’t have to like me” He’s nothing like my dentist. I like my dentist. He’s just a moron in a white coat pretending to be her. If I didn’t like my dentist I’d change dentists. If she pulled the wrong teeth I’d sue her for malpractice.

Morrison is just the idiot in the sandpit spoiling my kid’s day, my day, in fact, everybody’s day pretending to be something he’s not and needs to be removed.

Despite the move, senior Liberal Party strategists apparently warned against the stunt, saying Scott Morrison acting as a Prime Minister would not be believable to voters.

Source: Morrison dresses up as Prime Minister in desperate last-ditch attempt to save job | The Shovel

Does Morrison deserve another term? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The verdict is that, for me, the current 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. They have devalued our Australian identity by flouting international standards of behaviour, and by trying to be the Trumpian nightmare of the Pacific. There’s not a lot to like.

Scott Morrison does not deserve another term.

 

 

Source: Does Morrison deserve another term? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison refuses to say if he’ll stand down if he loses election

Mr Morrison was in a defensive posture on Monday.

Inspired by the Brian Houston’s leadership approach to Hillsong no doubt. He will be pushed to leave but 60% of the numbers are now required to force him out. Who will be their leader if Josh isn’t kept Peter Dutton ?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to say if he will stand down if he loses Saturday’s election after spending the day defending a controversial housing plan the day after launching it.

Source: Scott Morrison refuses to say if he’ll stand down if he loses election

Politicians’ pay has gone up by a third in a decade, but a wage rise in line with inflation is too much?

On the money? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

They are all about to benefit from stage 3 tax cuts the rest of will be left to watch.

It was pointed out, too, that politicians’ salaries have not suffered from the near-decade of wage stagnation that has afflicted the rest of us. Their pay has gone up 30 per cent over the past 10 years. The annual base rate for a backbencher is now $211,250 (ministers and shadows get more), and the prime minister’s salary is $550,000.

Morrison, his media backers and the business lobby were horrified at the thought that the wages of the poorest workers should meet inflation – which is to say, workers should not take a pay cut.

“Morrison supports decline in living standards” should have been the headline

Source: Politicians’ pay has gone up by a third in a decade, but a wage rise in line with inflation is too much?

Julia Banks: Respect at work starts at the top

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly shown a lack of commitment to ensuring respect, safety and equity for all women in the workplace.

It’s shown in large ways and small: “We both respect females in the workplace …” Morrison said at a forum – not only a jarring reference to “females in the workforce”, as if working women are some form of rare species, but also creating another falsehood by wrongly co-opting Albanese, who, based on my experience and that of countless others who have either met or worked with both men, is a decent and respectful man.

I‘d never met Gillard, so I lined up in the queue after the unveiling.

The cameras were clicking furiously, and I knew the microphones would be on. So, when it came my turn, I whispered quietly so that only she could hear, and thanked her for ‘everything she had done for women’.

Obviously aware it had been a stressful time for me, she warmly whispered back while we were still shaking hands, “you know how to get my number – if you want a confidential chat”.

Despite the difference in our political status – and our politics – I saw it as a shared connection of mutual respect. And it was such a warm and embracing gesture – one which I shall never forget – from a former prime minister for whom I shall have enduring respect.

Source: Julia Banks: Respect at work starts at the top

At least as easy with Albanese – and nowhere near as sleazy

We are all, on average, about 3% poorer every year under the Morrison Government. Founder and publisher Dave Donovan debunks the “Coalition are better economic managers” theory.

Source: At least as easy with Albanese – and nowhere near as sleazy

Barrie Cassidy on Scott Morrison: I admire his tenacity, but he’s no Bob Hawke

Barrie Cassidy hosted Insiders for almost two decades.

“Just remember that. It was Labor in government who stationed the US marines in Darwin, and it was Scott Morrison that flogged off the port to the Chinese.” – Shadow Defence Minister Brendan O’Connor lands a heavy blow in his debate with Defence Minister Peter Dutton.

Source: Barrie Cassidy on Scott Morrison: I admire his tenacity, but he’s no Bob Hawke

Do your job competently – » The Australian Independent Media Network

It’s not the lack of experience Scott it’s the lack of competence that’s the yardstick. After 25 years Albanese has shown he’s not lacking and in the same period that can’t be said of your history.

The Coalition and some media are arguing that Albanese’s ALP doesn’t have the knowledge, skills or abilities to form a government, an illogical argument as the only way to get direct and recent experience is to do the job. When Morrison started work in the Prime Ministerial office, we didn’t even get a say in his elevation, as the only election he won was one of his political party’s Members of Parliament. At that time, he too had none of the experience in the job that he now claims is mandatory.

Source: Do your job competently – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Plibersek Shows The Way: Labor, The Media and The Future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just imagine the 2nd Debate was between Tanya Plibersek and Scott Morrison and you would seen a Misogynistic Neanderthal v Rationality and Steadiness in an event sponsored by, and in Media’s Side Show Alley. “Don’t let me interrupt you Scott”

Conclusion: Sass to The Max The hostility of the media, along with its total hypocrisy (deficits are now an issue again just in time for a Labor government) is hereby exposed. Your role, Mr Albanese and the Labor team, is to no longer take the crap that media dishes out. Scott Morrison has cowered the media through his screeching about bias when confronted with facts he does not like, and they are compliant lapdogs instead of the watchdogs they are meant to be. Now, I am not suggesting that Mr. Albanese manipulate the press as his counterpart has done, but I do want him to say when confronted with some partisan BS question framed in some crap fashion Nice gotcha question there. Does anyone have a serious question they would like to ask? This is not hostile to the media broadly, but it does send the message ‘serious questions only, folks’. It will be necessary for Mr. Albanese to put the media in their place from the start, because if Labor is elected on May 21st, the media will commence Operation Restore Legitimate Government from May 22nd.

Source: Plibersek Shows The Way: Labor, The Media and The Future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison confirms $500,000 payment was not for Alan Tudge’s abuse which means it had to be for the sexual assault complaint against Josh Frydenberg – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Scott  Corporal Schultz Morrison also said ” I don’t know anything about that”

Scott Morrison and Senator Anne Ruston, who is the Coalition campaign spokesperson, have both stated the $500,000 that will be paid to Rachelle Miller is a for a separate matter other than the ones that were the subject of the Thom Inquiry which means it has to be for the alleged sexual harassment / sexual assault by federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Source: Scott Morrison confirms $500,000 payment was not for Alan Tudge’s abuse which means it had to be for the sexual assault complaint against Josh Frydenberg – Kangaroo Court of Australia

Stuart Robert says he does not know where Alan Tudge is and has been doing his job ‘for almost 12 months’ | Alan Tudge | The Guardian

Stuart Robert and Alan Tudge

Honestly??

Stuart Robert has said he does not know where the education minister Alan Tudge is, and bizarrely claimed to have been doing Tudge’s job for “almost 12 months”.

Source: Stuart Robert says he does not know where Alan Tudge is and has been doing his job ‘for almost 12 months’ | Alan Tudge | The Guardian

“Who do you trust?” asks the Liar from the Shire – » The Australian Independent Media Network

One thing we can be assured of Anthony Albanese isn’t Scott Morrison. Another he hasn’t the production team Morrison has and he doesn’t simply arrogantly say “I’m not answering that” or avoid questions altogether. Albanese is the man you can trust to try to answer every question put to him providing the ALP’s distinguishing difference if not the nuanced details.

With Morrison you can’t as there are no details. He wines, dines, and hosts the commercial mainstream media. Corporate leeches whose business model, “ratings”, depends on him, his government’s generosity, and Morrison being the central white knight for their consumer audience’s attention. It’s a codependent quid pro quo relationship rather than an Independent one as is that with the ABC.

By and large it’s a supportive rather than a critical marriage. The ABCs relationship is more investigative and less able to be manipulated by Morrison. As a consequence, Morrison avoids it like the plague. Particularly so during this election.

Albanese, the ALP on the other hand are the targets of the gotcha questions in the constant hunt for a front-page criticism. Sensationalism for the widest public,to curry Morrison’s favor, improve their bottom line and all in plain sight delivered in the guise of balanced News. Newscorp and Skye no longer even bother to hide the fact that cash for comment is their business.

Scott Morrison is asking the Australian people “Who do you trust?” – a gutsy approach from a man who has earned the sobriquet ‘Liar from the Shire’.

Do you trust the man who draped his arm around his leader, grinning innocently as he proclaimed “I’m ambitious for this guy” whilst his backroom boys were organising a coup?

Do you trust the man who left the country in flames to sip cocktails poolside in Hawaii, had his office deny it, and then excused it by saying he doesn’t hold a hose, mate?

Morrison claims he is the better economic manager. This was initially based on false claims of having delivered a surplus. Instead, we got the first recession in thirty years and debt levels unprecedented outside of wars.

After having said “governments don’t create jobs, businesses do”, Morrison is now claiming credit for creating 1.9 million jobs since they were elected in 2013.

Between September 2013 and February 2022, Australia’s population increased by 2.7 million people so that growth in jobs is basically just population growth.

Morrison also claims credit for an unemployment rate of 4%.

Antipoverty Centre analysis of ABS and Department of Social Services data shows that while the unemployment rate has not been this low since before the global financial crisis in 2008 when it was also 4%, the proportion of working-age people who rely on an unemployment payment has nearly doubled – from 3.3% in mid-2008 compared to about 5.9% today.

Source: “Who do you trust?” asks the Liar from the Shire – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Will a hung parliament lead to ‘chaos’? What a Gillard v Morrison comparison reveals | Australia news | The Guardian

Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard

Gillard outperformed Abbott and Morrison when it came to bills passed by both houses.  She topped the list when one considers the daily rate with which Acts were passed. Morrison and Abbott captains of Nope  lagging considerably behind

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, have both said voting for independent candidates in the federal election could lead to the “chaos” of a hung parliament. Scott Morrison Labor says rate rise highlights PM’s shredded credentials but Morrison insists it’s part of pandemic journey Read more However, a Guardian Australia analysis of legislation passed and not passed under various governments shows the minority government led by Julia Gillard actually had a better success rate in passing legislation than the Morrison government.

Last month Frydenberg warned in a media conference this was not the time to take a chance on “the chaos of a hung parliament”.

Similarly, when asked during an interview on Tuesday whether he would negotiate with independents, Morrison said he would not.

“This is a real question for the people who are voting at this election,” he told 3AW. “Voting for the independents is a vote for chaos.”

It should be noted that both of the above analyses do not count the number of bills lost to failed negotiations prior to the introduction of legislation.

However, in the context of minority governments, or governments that have a minority in the upper house, these indexes may give us an indication of which governments were better and worse in their negotiations with crossbenchers or the opposition.

Source: Will a hung parliament lead to ‘chaos’? What a Gillard v Morrison comparison reveals | Australia news | The Guardian

#FACT — It’s not Labor that needs to stop frightening pensioners

Two more weeks and they will have lied their way to oblivion.

Fears that the cashless debit card will be implemented for all income recipients across the board, including those on the age pension, appear to originate from the Government’s own information and statements.

Source: #FACT — It’s not Labor that needs to stop frightening pensioners

At the half way mark can Labor feel confident of victory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day A Coalition leads the nation, but we never see the two leaders together when they campaign. Why is it so? ( John Lord )

Source: At the half way mark can Labor feel confident of victory? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Facebook- Labor would launch a royal commission into the Robodebt

Labor to launch Robodebt royal commission

Robodebt led to a greater number of deaths and breakdowns than Pink Bats. It was a protracted denial by everyone in the LNP that it was their doing, including Morrison who was the Minister at the time and who will go down in history as the worst Social Services Minister on record. When Albanese was Deputy PM and Minister for Infrastructure unlike Morrison he delivered all his projects on time and at cost.

 Labor would launch a royal commission into the Robodebt scheme if it won government to find out who was responsible for implementing the discredited program. The automated matching of tax and Centrelink data to raise debts against welfare recipients, for money the coalition government claimed to have overpaid, was ruled unlawful in 2019. A $1.2 billion settlement between Robodebt victims and the federal government was reached in 2020. But the Morrison government has never detailed who was accountable for the four-year scheme, and which ministers knew about its problems. Scott Morrison was social services minister when the scheme was conceived, but has denied personal responsibility for the disaster.

Source: Facebook

Who gives a stuff about inflation in the US and UK? – Michael West

Frydenberg would have, if he could have, said “They’re doing it tougher in Ukraine therefore we should be grateful for Morrison’s LNP”

‘‘Australians couldn’t give a stuff about inflation in the United States,’’ Labor’s Jim Chalmers told a media conference. ‘’And the UK,’’ he added later. The shadow treasurer was responding to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s attempts to play down the inflation rate (5.1%, the highest in 21 years) by citing higher rates elsewhere. Malcolm Fraser tried similar to Frydenberg in 1983 amid severe recession, running the slogan: ‘‘We’re not waiting for the world’’. It didn’t save the Coalition from a thumping defeat.

Source: Who gives a stuff about inflation in the US and UK? – Michael West

New Report Details Fracking’s ‘Widespread and Severe Harm’ to Health and Climate

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LNP Support FRACKING

Combining findings from more than 2,000 scientific and government studies, a report published Thursday details how hydraulic fracturing has “dire impacts on public health and the climate.”

“Fracking swings a wrecking ball at our climate.” Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY) released the eighth edition of their Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, a comprehensive examination of the state of the hydraulic fracturing industry and its impacts.

“The scientific evidence reveals conclusively that fracking causes widespread and severe harm to people and the climate,” Sandra Steingraber, CHPNY co-founder and compendium co-author, said in a statement. “For over 10 years, individual studies have demonstrated impacts in multiple areas, including toxic air pollution, water contamination, radioactive releases, earthquakes, methane emissions, and much more,” she added. “The compendium takes stock of all the science together, which shows that continuing and expanding fracking brings with it a grave cost.”

Source: New Report Details Fracking’s ‘Widespread and Severe Harm’ to Health and Climate

Economists warn Morrison’s tax pledge guarantees fiscal irresponsibility

 

Morrison announces a  “Lemming’s Promise” and expects us to follow

A Coalition pledge to keep taxes lower will inevitably lead to either budget blowouts, cuts to services or a broken promise, a leading economist has warned.

Source: Economists warn Morrison’s tax pledge guarantees fiscal irresponsibility

Old Dog Thoughts- Peter Foster is innocent when compared with Murdoch selling false products. You pay for News and get this.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 27/4/22 :What Murdoch & Peter Foster have in Common; The LNP has been taken over by a Religious Cult; Morrison “feels optimistic”; Redlines; Labor is running the country; The “unblessed”; China Outtricks ScaMo;

Old Dog Thought- Morrison’s Team of “I”s the plague of Grasshoppers that have left the cupboard bare and shamed the Nation. Or Albanese Team of a focused “We” prepared for rational decisions work and the restoration of National pride.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 24/4/22; Aesop’s Fable; Morrison and China;

Election 2022: Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese make their pitch to Australia’s 4.6 million uncommitted voters

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have made their pitches to uncommitted voters.The Ant and the Grasshopper (+ Free Downloadable Ebook) | by Sir John  Hargrave | Medium

Morrison and Aesop’s Fable

It’s a case of the tent preacher leading a ragged bunch of camp followers into town banging his drum promising “miracles” having left disaster behind in his wake. It’s the huckster promising the last 3 years didn’t happen and weren’t his fault that it was the opposition that made him do it. Yes, It’s Morrison the grasshopper leaving our cupboard bare and a bill to pay, and the ant wanting, he, and his team to rebuild it.  It’s the hare prancing about like the energizer bunny doing little or nothing while the tortoise has been purposefully moving forward knowing what the race really means It’s not about blind faith or optimism or blind trust but focused rational attention to work changing direction and everyone doing it together for their kids kids.

In a pair of opinion pieces commissioned by The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age four weeks out from polling day on May 21, both men have laid out their visions for Australia’s future – while emphasising the risks presented by their opponents.

Source: Election 2022: Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese make their pitch to Australia’s 4.6 million uncommitted voters

While Albanese looks to the future, Morrison just talks about the past – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Wouldn’t it be good if in our parliament, regardless of ideology, we had politician’s whose first interest was the peoples and not their own. (John Lord )

Source: While Albanese looks to the future, Morrison just talks about the past – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Julia Banks: Voters are losing faith in political integrity. They’re partly right

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Time for integrity

Once, when I was a government MP under Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership, I was watching him in a TV interview. At the end, the host held a ‘fun pop quiz’ requiring ‘one-word answers only’. What’s the most important quality in a Prime Minister?: Without hesitation came the then-prime minister’s answer. Integrity. I believe him.

The aspiring prime minister Anthony Albanese has said of himself, “what you see is what you get”, and I will treat you with ‘respect and integrity’. And he also says he will implement an Integrity Commission. I believe him.

Aside from MPs on the cross bench and in other parties, I have lost count of the number of current and former Liberals MPs and members – many of whom I know personally – who, in addition to the ones who have ‘gone public’, say that Morrison can’t be trusted, is only interested in power not people, and has no integrity. I believe them.

Source: Julia Banks: Voters are losing faith in political integrity. They’re partly right

Why Australia must not deliver Mad (Prime) Minister Morrison his second ‘miracle’

Australia’s consolidated and over-concentrated private media corporations are about to try to raise Morrison like Lazarus from the zealots’ plastic snow dome he built for himself all in plain sight of us all. You only had to blink and there he was in a pilots uniform fixing QANTAS  with $$$ only now QANTAS doesn’t work. There he was in a hard hat welding or at Rheem spruiking Jobs Jobs Jobs only to discover Rheem was sending 30% of its workforce to Vietnam. Yes Morrison was always wrapped in plastic never in the real world just the PM doll who if in trouble turns to Barbie Jen to bail him out and to pretend he’s real.

THE FIRST TIME Scott Morrison was elected Prime Minister, he called it a “miracle” and soon after took a trip to Hawaii. In the middle of the most hellish bushfires this nation had ever suffered.

He and his uneasy Coalition of big business plants, anti-worker activists and wide-eyed religious zealots sunk immediately behind the Labor Opposition two-party preferred according to almost every poll. They’ve lagged there since, despite the concertedly self-interested efforts of the major media operators and all their other, legion, establishment allies.

It is difficult to put lipstick on a pig, so they say. Even more so when presented with a snarling, coarsely bristled, snaggledy tusked and occasionally incontinent Morrison hog. Bedevilled by disasters, inaction, poor planning, lack of vision and constant damaging scandals, both financial and sexual, even the Murdoch Press began to eschew applying cosmetics. Only the famous apathy and prodigiously poor memory of the Australian public could save his bacon now.

Source: Why Australia must not deliver Mad (Prime) Minister Morrison his second ‘miracle’

Paul Bongiorno: Not being Scott Morrison is Albanese’s best shot

Scott Morrison could be looking ahead at political blue sky if voters deliver a hung parliament.

On Sunday it was Scott Morrison’s turn to come up with a “Freudian slip” – you know, the brain explosion that everyone pretends to dismiss while at the same time believing is deeply significant. Three times at his news conference the Prime Minister addressed the assembled media scrum according to the parliamentary protocol of speaking through the chair. He was wriggling around the issue of who will have specific cabinet portfolios after the election, and said “of course, Mr Speaker” all of the portfolios are important. When interrupted, he started to say it again and after the third time pulled himself up, trying to dismiss the gaffe with a smile: “There you go, I’m back in Parliament”.

Source: Paul Bongiorno: Not being Scott Morrison is Albanese’s best shot

US delegation to visit Solomon Islands on China pact concern

Remember when Abbott was declared the “Pivot of the Pacific” he turned out to be a Europhile and ignored the title and got rid of Radio Australia. Meanwhile, Morrison and Dutton began to really prod China and he and Dutton have rapidly become the twin “Pillocks of the Pacific”. They lost our biggest trading partner and the respect of the now American government who have rushed in to form AUKUS and are setting up an embassy in the Solomon Islands because dumb and dumber were making such a mess of things. Biden couldn’t even remember Morrison’s name.

The LNP had cut Foreign Aid, They turned Aid into a quid pro quo transactional and commercial arrangement while Dutton publicly mocked the Pacific region’s concerns about Climate Change. As a result, the Americans have sent in the cavalry. However, not only because of Australia’s neglect in the Pacific but their neglect at home. They are about to occupy Australian sovereign territory itself, and guess what we are leasing and paying for the privilege of allowing them to storm in and make us a new global target. Do the math  90% of Australians live in just 5 cities and the American bases we are about to pay for aren’t going to be in any wilderness. America has left the Philipines and are about to relocate here and we will pay.

In February, the United States announced it would open an embassy in the Solomon Islands, part of an effort by the Biden administration to commit more diplomatic and security resources to the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s drive for greater influence. The Solomon Islands said in March that it was creating a partnership with China to tackle security threats and ensure a safe environment for investment in what would be a major inroad for Beijing in a region that US allies Australia and New Zealand have for decades seen as their “backyard”.

Source: US delegation to visit Solomon Islands on China pact concern

Old Dog Thought- Liberals across Australia and particularly in the Morrison State of NSW are abandoning the Liberal Party like never before.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 17/4/22; Scott Morrison, LNP Memes; Fear of ICAC, Gotcha, Briget Archer, Integrity Commission, Julia Banks,

Rachelle Miller challenges Scott Morrison to release details of settlement following workplace bullying claims | Australian politics | The Guardian

Rachelle Miller challenges Scott Morrison to release details of settlement following workplace bullying claims

Change of wording applied here to the wording of Morrison’s associated media, who reported Rachelle Miller as giving the Government “permission” rather than “challenging the government to release the full and truthful account of her case by dropping the NDA which Morrison was hiding behind. Will Morrison now oblige us and have the truth and information released or will he keep it unavailable?

Lawyers for Miller say the former Coalition staffer wishes to remove ‘any impediment’ preventing the PM giving a ‘full and truthful account’ of her case

Source: Rachelle Miller challenges Scott Morrison to release details of settlement following workplace bullying claims | Australian politics | The Guardian

Government grants: A broken system failing every taxpayer

Morrison, Turnbull, Abbott

It’s no longer “what can we do for you, but what you can do for us in terms of $$$? In the end many of these announced promises will simply go the way of vanashing bubbles even if the LNP government wins. Morrison has been only doing one thing for the past 3 years,and that’s rehearsing the reselling of his massively expensive waste. It’s like a replay of Sunset Boulevarde “Action Lights your on Scotty” with not a voter invited on to his very “on set party” for the crew.

The system under which billions of dollars of grants are handed out to communities across Australia is irretrievably broken. There’s no other conclusion to be drawn from the figures compiled by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that, grant by grant, electorate by electorate, show a community’s ranking on the electoral pendulum dictates its financial support.

Source: Government grants: A broken system failing every taxpayer

Morrison correctly states the cash rate is $500,000 (for an Alan Tudge harassment payout) | The Shovel

Keen to prove he understands the key figures better than his Labor counterpart, the Prime Minister confidently stated this morning that the cost to pay out a former staffer to compensate for the harassment she received from one of your cabinet ministers is half a million dollars. “That’s the cash rate. Once you take into consideration lawyer’s fees, bank fees and other transaction costs it would be closer to $600,000,” Morrison clarified, quick to show off his attention to detail.

Source: Morrison correctly states the cash rate is $500,000 (for an Alan Tudge harassment payout) | The Shovel

Ex-lover of Liberal frontbencher Alan Tudge slams PM as ’liar’ | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Alan Tudge with Rachelle Miller. Picture: ABC/Four Corners

Morrison says this $500K payout is a “private matter” of which he “knows nothing” and he’s laughing because Albanese made an error. One that didn’t cost us nearly a million dollars all up when said and done.

Morrison insists Tudge is still a member of his Cabinet, is Education Minister, is just on leave, and is still being paid? Meanwhile we the taxpayers are, still, silently it should be said, forking out mega-bucks to clear up the still Education Minister’s  “private matter” of which PM Morrison says he knows nothing. Why don’t we have an ICAC?

“Channel Nine’s host Karl Stefanovic then interjected, “If he didn’t do anything wrong though, what’s the money for? If he did, why is he still a Cabinet minister?”

Ms Miller noted that in December, the Prime Minister insisted that Alan Tudge had “stood aside from the Ministry”.

In March, ”“Alan Tudge is still in my Cabinet?,’’ Ms Miller tweeted.

“Scott Morrison, which is true? Only thing we can believe is you are a liar.”

Labor leader Anthony Albanese said the prime minister’s promise of his frontbench return was “extraordinary”.

“It just shows the chaos that is there. Even when people step aside, they’ve still got the job,” Mr. Albanese said after Mr. Morrison confirmed Mr. Tudge was still in his cabinet.

Scott Morrison has revealed there’s “nothing to prevent” Education Minister Alan Tudge returning to cabinet despite the negotiation of a “private” taxpayer-funded payout of over $500,000 to his ex-lover and staffer.

Source: Ex-lover of Liberal frontbencher Alan Tudge slams PM as ’liar’ | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

Old Dog Thought- Morrison doesn’t lie he’s a “chosen” leader. Like Waco, Jones Town his faith is all he needs. Democracy with its Separation of Powers is a godless State.

Fighting Fake News with REAL, 8/4/22; Morrison and the Dark Age, India, Russia, Andrew Bolt and Eddie Betts, China India media;

“Now or Never” to Avert Climate Disaster, UN Panel Says – Mother Jones

However Australia sides with Russia and India fuck the world.

The world can still hope to stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown but only through a “now or never” dash to a low-carbon economy and society, scientists have said in what is in effect a final warning for governments on the climate. Greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025, and can be nearly halved this decade, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to give the world a chance of limiting future heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The final cost of doing so will be minimal, amounting to just a few percent of global GDP by mid-century, though it will require a massive effort by governments, businesses and individuals.

Source: “Now or Never” to Avert Climate Disaster, UN Panel Says – Mother Jones

‘They are lying’: UN chief attacks Australia’s climate approach

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The world looks at Australia and says “They are Lying”

The United Nations secretary-general says Australia and other countries intent on increasing fossil fuel production are dangerous radicals. António Guterres made the comment while launching a new global climate change report urging the world to hit the accelerator on the transition to renewable energy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, released on Tuesday (AEST), says it’s still possible to meet the objectives of the Paris climate pact to limit global warming to well below 2C, preferably to 1.5C. It sets out viable, financially sound options to keep the 1.5C goal alive, with Mr Guterres saying the pace of transition to renewables needs to triple. “We are on a pathway to global warming of more than double the 1.5-degree limit agreed in Paris. Some government and business leaders are saying one thing — but doing another. Simply put, they are lying,” he said.

Source: ‘They are lying’: UN chief attacks Australia’s climate approach

Old Dog Thought- Democracy & the separation of powers constitute a godless state. Morrison was chosen to rule with a stick if necessary part of the “elect” who understands Q

Fighting Fake News with REAL 1/4/22 Will the REAL Scott Morrison be Exposed? Roy Morgan; Jacqui Lambie, Concetta Fierravanti-Welles; Barnaby Joyce; QAnon;

Scott Morrison uses Ukraine war to push coal agenda

Always the salesman pushing coal. Morrison will lose the election but will he become the Coal Industry’s  Mad Man into the future?

IN A PRESS RELEASE on 20 March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that his Government is donating 70,000 tonnes of thermal coal to Ukraine, in response to a ‘direct request’ for the fuel, made through the Polish Prime Minister. Morrison said: And today, in response to a direct request from Ukraine, Australia will donate 70,000 tonnes of thermal coal. This will help Ukraine’s power generators operating and supplying electricity to the power grid at this critical time. They need that before the end of May and we have arranged the shipping for that to take place and are working with other countries to ensure it can get to Ukraine. So it’s our coal. We dug it up. We’ve arranged the ship. We’ve put it on the ship and we’re sending it there to Ukraine to help power up their resistance and to give that encouragement.

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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

Crack Down on Russian Oligarchs by Cracking Down on US Tax Havens | The Smirking Chimp

What has Morrison done? He’s left two Russian Oligarch’s investments in Australia alone. In fact he simply ignored the Panama and Pandora papers when they came out. Money laundering and tax evasion are still a hugely lucrative business for the banks and accounting firms in Australia.

The first step in fixing the hidden wealth system is ownership transparency—requiring disclosure of beneficial ownership in real estate, trusts, and companies and corporations. Cities like Los Angeles are exploring municipal-level disclosure of real estate ownership so they can know who is buying the neighborhood. But we should sign a spotlight on the enabling wealth defense industry. Days after the release of the Pandora Papers, U.S. lawmakers introduced the ENABLERS Act, to require such attorneys, wealth managers, real estate professionals and art dealers to report suspicious activity. The attention on Russian oligarchs has revived interest in this legislation. If the U.S. wants to clamp down on Russian oligarchs, the first step is to get our own house in order.

Source: Crack Down on Russian Oligarchs by Cracking Down on US Tax Havens | The Smirking Chimp

Michael Pascoe: Scott Morrison set precedent for carbon levy

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Doublespeak : “This isn’t a Carbon Tax”, Just as the  “No cuts to the ABC”. Morrison the Ad man spends more time with his spin doctors, playing with words than he actually does doing the things he was elected to do. Because actually doing things might seem as if he’s riding on the coattails of the ALP

There is a recent precedent for the federal government to introduce a $1-a-tonne levy on fossil fuels – and it was set by Scott Morrison. As Treasurer in 2017, Mr Morrison successfully legislated a new industry-specific tax he forecast to collect $6.2 billion over four years. Of course he did not call it a “tax” – governments are rather allergic to that word, much preferring fee/levy/surcharge/toll or whatever other euphemism comes to mind. In this case, it was called the Major Bank Levy.

Source: Michael Pascoe: Scott Morrison set precedent for carbon levy