Tag: Scott Morrison

Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Scott Morrison this week more or less trashed Australia’s top advisory body on immunisation, in remarks that were at best ill-judged and at worst alarming. On Wednesday Morrison told a news conference he (or the government) made a “constant appeal” to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to review its advice on AstraZeneca according to the balance of risk. On Thursday he said on radio: “I’ve just simply said balance of risk is changing, guys, so how is that impacting on your advice, and it’s time to think about that”. The “guys” (and girls) on ATAGI are obviously as aware as anyone of the changing risk profile as cases increase.

Source: Grattan on Friday: Morrison wrong to try to influence advice from expert immunisation group

Old Dog Thought- Hitler and Stalin attacked Liberal Culture at every level burnt books art and,erased any opposition. They installed their own hierarchy of academics to fix not evaluate the thought of the day.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 22/7/21; Scott the Salesman never the Leader. Always trying New Clothes; The Liberal Party’s backroom is the danger;

Kevin Rudd asked to save Australia from Scott Morrison

Obviously, nobody from Pfizer, let alone Dr Bourla, is in the least interested in catching up with Morrison in any capacity and frankly, who could blame them? It could also be something of a relief that we will see more of the Lieutenant General and less of Morrison and Hunt, except for the fact that we are paying these men to do jobs they increasingly outsource. Not that they knowingly outsourced to Mr Rudd, they simply underperformed so dramatically that non-government actors felt obliged to step in. Well may we ask, why even are they?

Source: Kevin Rudd asked to save Australia from Scott Morrison

Old Dog Thought- We hide Iceland, Scandinavia from view, sanction Cuba,Iran, Venezuela and others and can’t live with China’s past 75 years because we can’t examine who we really are doing sweet FA and falling behind socially. Wake up Australia wake up.

The Communist Party of China’s 100th anniversary show last month: The regime is implacably hostile towards the West.

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Julia Banks: Book reveals – again – that men are behind sexist politics

Julia Banks reveals her time in the Liberal Party

It would be alarming if it wasn’t so, well, expected. The reception to an excerpt from former Liberal MP Julia Banks’ book in a weekend newspaper fell into two depressingly familiar camps – government supporters and critics. Both camps scrambled over each other in the race to discredit and dismiss Ms Banks, giving priority to their own political allegiances rather than address the real issues raised by her book.

Source: Julia Banks: Book reveals – again – that men are behind sexist politics

Scotty The Inspiration For My Own Four Phase Plan! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I have it on good authority – not the PMO’s office, no definitely not, we don’t need another six month long inquiry into who knew nothing and what they didn’t say about what they didn’t know – that the Prime Minister reached out to Ms Banks and tried to understand but she was too upset to express her reasons clearly and what can a bloke do when a woman just says that she’s leaving because of the disgusting behaviour and bullying of the people in charge except shake his head and sigh and make another curry. Say what you like about Mr Morrison. I always find him an inspiration.

Source: Scotty The Inspiration For My Own Four Phase Plan! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia needs COVID rollout and reopening targets, experts say

We have been currently in the First Phase for 18months of unfulfilled promises Mr Morrison

“It should have always been the plan. It should have been a race. It’s taken [the PM] 18 months to realise it. And Australians are paying the price for his complacency,” Mr Albanese said on Twitter.

Source: Australia needs COVID rollout and reopening targets, experts say

‘Completely false’: Victoria says Coalition can’t blame state for commuter car park failure | Australian politics | The Guardian

The federal assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar

This has Morrison’s fingerprints all over it, Promises with no action has been his leadership style from the get-go.  It’s what salesmen without a product do.

The Victorian government says it is “completely false” for the federal assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar, to blame the state for the commonwealth failing to build one of its controversial commuter car parks. The proposed Mitcham station car park in Sukkar’s electorate of Deakin was junked in May. It was one of two projects the Australian National Audit Office found had been selected for federal funding with no authorisation evident beyond a Coalition press release.

Source: ‘Completely false’: Victoria says Coalition can’t blame state for commuter car park failure | Australian politics | The Guardian

No locking down ‘gold standard’ Morrison: The fool on the Hill

Scott Morrison is a man bereft of ideas, whose only talents are spruiking and spin; it’s driving Australia to the brink, writes Michelle Pini and Dave Donovan.

Source: No locking down ‘gold standard’ Morrison: The fool on the Hill

Barnaby Joyce restoration spells trouble for Scott Morrison

Barnaby Joyce Scott Morrison trouble

Who’s Mining the Store Barnaby is

There are real fears in the Morrison government that junior Coalition party – the Nationals – will derail its carefully laid re-election plans.

Source: Barnaby Joyce restoration spells trouble for Scott Morrison

India’s Vaccine Makers Are Profiteers, Not Humanitarians

A Health Worker holds a Used Vial of COVISHIELD Coronavirus Vaccine at a Vaccination Center in Sopore, District Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India on 03 May 2021. Serum Institute of India CEO Aadar Poonawalla has said that the production of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield is in full swing in Pune and he will review the operations once he is back in the country. (Photo by Nasir Kachroo/NurPhoto via AP)

There are more secrets among the Vaccine manufacturers secrets protected in law than there is suggested in Wu Han. These secrets also kill. Why did Scott Morrison choose AstraZeneca? Was he pushed or did he jump? What were his priorities at the time? He certainly wasn’t telling the Australian public the truth but only making political announcements to lessen the damage already done.

The Indian government’s free-market approach to vaccine distribution has privileged profit over lives.

Source: India’s Vaccine Makers Are Profiteers, Not Humanitarians

Being woeful gets the thumbs up! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hey, LNP supporters, which category do you fit in? Rich and self-serving? Working- or middle-class, pretentious and totally misinformed or just incredibly dumb, politically disconnected and gullible? Either or, an appalling government and an equally appalling prime minister gets the thumbs up from you guys. Sad.

Source: Being woeful gets the thumbs up! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison: Who’s he trying to impress? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There are a lot of totally gormless, Murdoch-manipulated, ill-informed intellectual midgets out there who keep voting for the worst, most callously inhumane, ineffective and corrupt regime – the LNP – over and over again! Tragically, it is these unspeakably stupid fools who believe everything they inhale from the twisted, totally biased, lying Murdoch press who keep propping up cruel, totally inept, misogynistic, self-serving, smug and elitist politicians – like Abbott and the current totally inept, smirking dullard, Morrison, who has a long, notorious history of taking credit for the hard work, blood, sweat, toil and good ideas and achievements of other people! Sadly, it is likely to happen again until gormless LNP voters attempt to learn more and research the backgrounds of the notorious types of ruthless psychopaths they put into power. In my experience there are three sorts of people who vote for the LNP:

Source: Scott Morrison: Who’s he trying to impress? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison uses international crime bust to target Labor but misfires

The Prime Minister blamed Labor for blocking transnational crime laws and got some of his facts wrong.

This is dumb timing when Morrison heads to the G7 summit in London this weekend to discuss global security with leaders like United States president Joe Biden. At the very time he urges G7 leaders to show unity against autocracy, he exaggerates the divisions at home.

Asked a straight question about border controls and drug imports, Morrison blamed Labor for blocking three draft laws that would help the police stop transnational crime. But he was too eager to start a political fight. And he got some of his facts wrong. This has gone down badly on both sides of politics. One Labor MP calls Morrison’s remark a kind of “vandalism” against the PJCIS. “Everyone knew it was bullshit, and it was cheap,” he says. Liberals also know the Prime Minister was out of line. The Prime Minister blamed Labor for blocking transnational crime laws and got some of his facts wrong. The PJCIS does not get along easily, but it gets along.

And here we have Morrison bagging the PJCIS committee which holds a Liberal majority and with who Labour agrees with most of the time. Morrison is either dumb or he believes his media audience is. Sales men rarely think in the rush of selling a lame horse.

Source: Morrison uses international crime bust to target Labor but misfires

A message to Quiet Australians® – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In a world awash with psychopathic tyrants, kleptocrats, killers and loons such as Trump, Putin, Bolsinaro, Netanyahu, Erdoğan et al and their hordes of grifting toadies it is still so very easy to loathe a comparative non-entity, a vapid mediocrity and serial underachiever like Smirkin’ Scotty Morrison.

Source: A message to Quiet Australians® – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Going to War: power rests in the hands of one Australian, Prime Minister Scott Morrison – Michael West

Morrison bombers

The power to send Australian troops to fight in foreign wars rests in effect with the Prime Minister alone, yet a huge majority of Australians think parliamentary approval should be required. Alison Broinowski reports.

Source: Going to War: power rests in the hands of one Australian, Prime Minister Scott Morrison – Michael West

Scott Morrison’s “promise to Australia” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison’s 2019 election campaign speech: “To run a stronger economy requires a government that knows how to manage money. If you can’t manage money, you can’t run the country.

Source: Scott Morrison’s “promise to Australia” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Allow me to fill you in on how Scott Morrison sees himself as our prime minister – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, is the best way of providing solutions to human problems. PS: George Christensen is to retire at the next election. That’s a weight off my mind.

Source: Allow me to fill you in on how Scott Morrison sees himself as our prime minister – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hubris and hypocrisy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison is getting worse. The hubris and hypocrisy is flowing at every turn. Our Prime Minister believes he was given “a sign” by God in the shape of a picture of an eagle which he read as divine endorsement for his elevation to the top job. Being the “chosen one” confers some sort of infallibility to one’s decision-making. It implies motives are pure. Morality is unquestioned. Outcomes are ordained.

Source: Hubris and hypocrisy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- White Supremacy was born out theft,the barrel of a gun, boats and the ability to kill at a distance. History told is power

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Real men need to speak up against the entitled minority

The rape problem isn’t going away and men must speak up against the entitled minority that furthers it, writes A L Jones.

*CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses rape

WHY IS THE PROBLEM of sexual assault so intractable? Why, despite increasing community awareness, is progress so slow?

Source: Real men need to speak up against the entitled minority

Dennis Atkins: Scott Morrison needs to hear some hard truths

This government looks mean and tricky. They look mean because people – staffers, constituents being trolled online by their local member or the walking innocent caught up in robo-debt – have been treated like political problems that are often slimed or managed. They look tricky because everything is swamped by Canberra Bubble word-salad where process and middle management blather are used to hide bad behaviour, inaction or cover-up.

Dennis Atkins: Scott Morrison needs to hear some hard truths

Murphy admits vaccine rollout timeline ‘patently unachievable’

After months of repeatedly assuring Australians public our vaccine rollout is on track, health department secretary Brendan Murphy has conceded it is behind schedule. “Clearly our rollout was slower than we originally anticipated,” Professor Murphy told a Senate estimates hearing on Wednesday.

Murphy admits vaccine rollout timeline ‘patently unachievable’

Spare me your tears – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A ‘tearful’ Scott Morrison took to the stage this morning to tell us how his daughters, his wife, and his mother are the centre of his life. Yeah, we know. That’s how he began his election campaign – “Aren’t they fantastic? How good is Mum? How good is Jenny?” So, aside from the fact that he has female relatives, why was Scotty upset?

Spare me your tears – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Prayer Groups And Prayer Rooms And Liberals On Their Knees! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

However, it does make one wonder how lax things must be at NewsCorp when a complaint like that is mentioned in the PM’s press conference. I mean, who told him? If the Liberals can keep a sexual assault so confidential that Scott Morrison never hears about it, how did he find out about this one? Surely not gossip because he never comments on that, so it must have been official. Still, criticising the culture at a Murdoch operation is a brave move. A very brave move. He’ll be gone within the week!

Prayer Groups And Prayer Rooms And Liberals On Their Knees! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Has Scott Morrison changed the script on women and sexism, or is this political self-preservation? – ABC News

Morrison strides down an empty corridor holding a folder

But he came with no solutions, only a commitment to stand with women. It was a reset, a changing of the script. But without solutions it runs the risk of being seen as a political exercise in self-preservation. A spin job. A response to research and polling that is telling the government women are red hot with rage.

Has Scott Morrison changed the script on women and sexism, or is this political self-preservation? – ABC News

Scott Morrison doesn’t have a plan for dealing with sexual harassment, and women are fed up – ABC News

A close up of Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Where the Bloody Hell Are You Morrison

The great mystery of the past month is why the Prime Minister, for all his political strengths, has no plan to deal with a crisis gripping the nation’s attention and eroding support for the government

Scott Morrison doesn’t have a plan for dealing with sexual harassment, and women are fed up – ABC News

Patriarchy has had its day – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Men must realise that this implies no threat to them, no disenfranchisement nor emasculation. Empowering women will not disempower men but rather help to, as Robert Kennedy said in 1968; “tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” In the civilised world, in these troubled times, the very survival of humankind depends upon collaboration, cooperation and mutual understanding. Patriarchy has had its day.

Patriarchy has had its day – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- even 100k women couldn’t force Morrison out of his white christian waspish Western Men’s shed

Rupert Murdoch

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Living with our ‘transactional’ prime minister – » The Australian Independent Media Network

21rst Century Transactional Man

Writing in The New Daily, it was Dennis Atkins who drew our attention to the notion that we had a ‘transactional’ Prime Minister. He recounted an exchange between Nick Xenophon and the PM when Xenophon asked him if he’d like to catch up for a coffee to have a chat about issues, to which Morrison responded: ‘What for?’ ‘No, mate. I’m purely transactional.’ It was Morrison’s way of saying: “What’s in it for me?’. Reflect on that and then ask yourself how often he behaves in this self-seeking way.

Living with our ‘transactional’ prime minister – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Violence in Australia’s Parliament House: Runs Deeper Than Sexual Assaults – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Gaslighting for Morrison is Salesmanship

Over the years Australians have witnessed behaviours from the members of our government institutions that can be depicted as lacking. These days we have a word that is becoming increasingly common in our society, gaslighting; more specifically political gaslighting. Described by Medical News Today, “Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse where a person or group makes someone question their sanity, perception of reality, or memories. People experiencing gaslighting often feel confused, anxious, and unable to trust themselves.” The description provided by the Political Dictionary is, “Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or group”.

Violence in Australia’s Parliament House: Runs Deeper Than Sexual Assaults – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Finding the truth and reporting it is more important than creating a narrative where controversy matters more – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The ability of thinking human beings to blindly embrace what they are being told without referring to evaluation and the consideration of reason never ceases to amaze me. It is tantamount to the rejection of rational explanation. ( John Lord )

Finding the truth and reporting it is more important than creating a narrative where controversy matters more – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The sad joke – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Pascoe also noted that Morrison refused to condemn the violence that occurred when the US Capitol was stormed by rioters in January, unlike Conservatives such as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A week later, Acting Prime Minister and Nationals Party leader Michael McCormack added fuel to the fire generated by LNP backbenchers spreading false or unsubstantiated statements on social media by stating Facts are sometimes contentious, and what you might think is right somebody else might think is completely untrue. “That is part of living in a democratic country. In 2015, on the release of a report into bullying and harassment in the military, Australian Army Lieutenant General David Morrison stated: ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept’. The comment was reflected on by a writer for The Huffington Post who went on to suggest Every time we accept the status quo of poor behavior, we are endorsing it. A strong leader should not only advise of behavior that is appropriate, they should embody it. They should be the person telling us that we don’t tolerate bullying or harassment. Morrison and the state premiers aren’t necessarily being booted permanently from Twitter or Facebook or inciting mobs to invade the Parliamentary buildings on Capital Hill, Spring St or George St, but they are implicitly supporting behaviours that demean the democratic process by not speaking out about them. They, and the parties they represent, are also openly involved in a winner take all battle where belittling, bullying and harassment of those with different opinions is not only common, but expected. In recent months, the US has seen the results of a winner take all battle of wills for the future of the country. Let’s hope our leaders observe, reflect and actually lead, before it’s too late.

The sad joke – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Vaccine Rollout To Be Managed By NBN Corporation, Morrison Confirms | The Shovel

Saying it was a faster and more affordable way to tackle the COVID-19 virus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison today confirmed that he had engaged the NBN Corporation to oversee Australia’s vaccination program.

Vaccine Rollout To Be Managed By NBN Corporation, Morrison Confirms | The Shovel

Could Australian small businesses survive without Google search function?

LNP want to dumb down Australia

It gave Scott Morrison a Howard moment — “we’ll decide who searches Australia and the manner in which they search!” — as he huffed, “we don’t respond to threats”. (This will surely be news to anyone who follows the LNP-News Corp relationship.)

Could Australian small businesses survive without Google search function?

Tin pot dictators, timid sycophants, and corporate schills – is that the best we can do? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When the world needs inspiration, courage, integrity and resolve, we are dished up leaders like Trump, Boris and ScoMo – a bunch of buffoons completely unworthy of the title ‘leader’.

Tin pot dictators, timid sycophants, and corporate schills – is that the best we can do? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

The Australian government continues to curtail what you can say online.
Why is it we allow our PM to get away with BULLSHIT. Bring back the ABC

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison was invited at a recent press conference to condemn far-right conspiracy theories promoted by government members such as George Christensen, he refused. He also defended another Liberal backbencher, Craig Kelly, who has undermined the government’s health message by spreading false information about COVID-19. At the time, Morrison said: “There’s such a thing as freedom of speech in this country and that will continue.”

The Morrison government’s two alarming assaults on freedom of speech after spruiking liberty

Don’t expect leadership from Scott Morrison – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day Leadership is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of life and grow over time. They govern moral choices and demonstrate empathy toward others. It is far better for those with these qualities to lead rather than follow. It is incumbent on them.( John Lord)

Don’t expect leadership from Scott Morrison – » The Australian Independent Media Network

America’s global authority disgrace as leaders condemn Trump

Scott Morrison’s ‘distress’, not condemnation of U.S. Congress attack If the PM does not make his allegiances clear, we must assume he supports the seditious actions of outgoing President Trump and his QAnon followers.

America’s global authority disgrace as leaders condemn Trump

A criminally negligent federal government beneath the festive schmaltz. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

He reminds his daughters that if the economy can’t afford drugs for a child their age with Cystic Fibrosis, the child doesn’t get to breathe. No pressure. No emotional blackmail. What a mensch! What a man for our times. Yet as the pandemic becomes endemic, as his government’s debacle in its megaphone diplomacy with China begins to cost, the Morrison’s government’s hollow promises, lies and incompetence will be its undoing. Looking at the debacle that is the NSW government’s response to what may well prove to be a new wave of coronavirus cases surely no-one can miss the criminally negligent federal government behind the scenes. Our challenge is to hold it to account.

A criminally negligent federal government beneath the festive schmaltz. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Daniel Andrews ‘not happy’ request for ADF support turned down

Mr Andrews said he was 'not pleased' only 50 ADF personnel would be offered to Victoria for planning and logistics.

Remember when Morrison kept blaming Andrews for NOT requesting ADF personel?

Premier Daniel Andrews says he is “not happy” his request for up to 300 Australian Defence Force troops to help protect Victoria’s border with NSW throughout the Christmas period has been turned down.

Coronavirus: Victoria records 52 days of no new COVID-19 cases in the community

Cabinet reshuffle: Rumours and daggers surround Scott Morrison’s line-up

Rumours are flying thick and fast over Scott Morrison’s impending ministerial reshuffle this week, but one particularly spicy one lasted barely minutes before being seemingly shut down.

Cabinet reshuffle: Rumours and daggers surround Scott Morrison’s line-up