Remember the days when the Coalition’s game plan was all about debt and deficit and how only they could manage money? Back in black next year?Well now that the debt is rapidly approaching $1 trillion, this bunch of financial wizards think it’s a great time to cut taxes for the wealthy, costing the budget more than $184 billion over the next decade.And since we don’t care about being in debt anymore, they are increasing military spending for the 9th straight year to over $122 million per day. The Defence Forces have so much money they can’t spend it even with the billions they are wasting on abandoned contracts.Must we really waste hundreds of billions of dollars just so the Coalition can say Labor taxes more and is weak on national security?If Scotty takes away the game-playing, what’s left?
Source: ScottyfromMarketing won’t be distracted by political games – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Australians had some world-class news coverage this month when Scott Morrison slumped in a barber’s chair before thrusting a limp sausage at unsuspecting RSL veterans, all in the name of political journalism. Unlike other times in his career, however, this time Morrison knew where the sharp blade was coming from.I’m no expert in newsroom ratings, but I’m pretty sure watching a Prime Minister’s haircut is right up there with televised earwax moulding and people who post script-font quotes on Instagram. But, lols, it’s theatre guys, colour and movement for all those reality-telly-Facebook comment votes, designed to drown out that feeling of dread you get when you realise the Australian government went to the world climate change conference to save the planet with some Year 12 PowerPoint graphs and a gas company paying for the coffee stand.
Source: Scott Morrison: not with a bang, but a whimper | The Shot
As the COP26 climate summit comes to a close, the Australian government has little to show for its attendance other than a seemingly battered and bruised global reputation. Australia sat out of agreements to cut methane emissions, coal use and deforestation, despite many of the world’s largest nations signing on to such commitments.
Source: How the Australian govt was embarrassed on the COP26 world stage
He and Tony Abbott lead Australia’s most Don’t-Do Nope Nope Nope Governments ever. They get’s paid $500,000 for Doing Nothing. It just Won’t Do.
I think it’s very much a case of what Scotty said about how problems would be solved by “can-do capitalism; not don’t-do governments”. Yes, well, just as he doesn’t hold a hose, he can now add that his party “don’t-do government”.
Source: Breaking: Scott Morrison Had A Shave This Morning! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
My thought for the day When he arrives in Scotland, the prime minister won’t be greeted with handshakes of possibility but a kick up the arse for pursuing nothing. (John Lord)
Source: And this is the bloke we’re sending to Glasgow! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
The Reserve Bank of Australia has declared that the Government cannot hide from a net zero future today as state and territory governments around the country make plans without Federal guidance. In response, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told journalists that he has accepted the RBA’s challenge and looks forward to showing the country he can and will hide from it. “Right now, my cabinet is looking for a dead cat,” he said.
Source: “Challenge Accepted!” Says PM After Reserve Bank Says He Cannot Hide From A Net Zero Future — The Betoota Advocate
Scott Morrison Change the world and asked “Where the bloody hell are you?”
When we lived in Paris, the French always loved us once they realised we weren’t British. “Kangoooroo!” they’d exclaim, and it was a compliment. I can’t even imagine what they’re calling us now.
Source: Australia and France international relations: ‘It’s embarrassing to be an Australian in France right now’
Technology might have moved in leaps and bounds over the past 900 years but corrupt and inefficient political systems remain de rigeur. It is now the media rather than the Church which deliver credibility to the political system, a system which governs in the interests of corporations rather than people. Yet it is people who are going to have to pay for government, if Budget paper estimates are any guide – as corporate tax receipts are not tipped to rise too much. We will pay for the useless military expenditures, for a patently unfair political and economic system which diverts wealth from ordinary people to corporations, which rewards corporate and political fealty above good government and fairness.
Source: $66 Billion Reasons: did Scott Morrison get the French submarines right? – Michael West Media
Lessons might have been learned from earlier failures, but while Morrison appears to find plenty of moments to shift blame for those failures, he takes few opportunities to reflect on moments in which he could learn from them.
Source: Scott Morrison: What the bloody hell are you doing
Morrison’s tanking of the Australian-French submarine deal in favour of the AUKUS pact signals to the world that Australia is not interested in being a real sovereign nation, writes Peter Henning.
Source: Morrison’s ‘sub-par’ performance tanks Australia’s national identity
Grace refuses to tame the shrew Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year, left the nation in awe with her profoundly eloquent, inspiring and moving acceptance speech. It shamed those of us who could have done more and didn’t. Including female politicians. No more shaming or taming of the shrew within! The end of her courageous speech when she talks of her serial rapist teacher’s command to be quiet, still echoes in my head and turns my gut: “I remember him saying, ‘Don’t make a sound… Well, hear me now! Using my voice, amongst a growing chorus of voices that will not be silenced. Let’s make some noise, Australia!”
Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 3) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Australia is languishing through lack of leadership. Christian Porter, Scott Morrison and the LNP have forgotten that they are servants to the people. Instead, they are trying to enslave us to a decrepit legacy system that is reliant on coercive control, and social infrastructure drip fed by political bullies.
Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Tess Lawrence is not known for holding back when holding forth. In this first excerpt from a longer treatise she calls out Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing him of both implicit and complicit coercive control over women in Australia, including female cabinet ministers as well as complainants of alleged rape and other forms of sexual assault and harassment. Content warning: This article discusses rape and institutional political psychosexual violence. Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women
Source: Scott Morrison’s coercive control of women (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Scott Morrison, whose COVID face masks have the Australian flag emblazoned on them, likes to talk about “the Australian way” of doing things and Australian values. But it is not “the Australian way” to secretly plan, over a very long time, to deceive a close friend of this country, and then to treat them in a most humiliating and disdainful manner. That does not align with “Australian values” of honesty and fair dealing.
Source: View From The Hill: For Morrison, AUKUS is all about the deal, never mind the niceties | The New Daily
My thought for the day We dislike and resist change in the foolish assumption that we can make permanent that which makes us feel secure. Yet change is in fact part of the very fabric of our existence. ( John Lord )
Source: Why are you so concerned, Poppa? (part 1) – » The Australian Independent Media Network
My thought for the day When a political leader deliberately withholds information that the voter needs to make an informed, balanced and reasoned assessment of how it is being governed. It is lying by omission. It is also tantamount to the manipulation of our democracy.
Source: Has Australia ever had a Prime Minister so devoid of leadership qualities? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Morrison and his Coalition Government have announced 3,000 humanitarian visas for Afghan refugees but that is within the already allocated 13,750 refugee annual intake. He also pointedly mentioned that he would not tolerate refugees arriving “illegally” and would not create a “product” for people smugglers returning to his reductive narrative of framing Afghan refugees as potential threats to Australian security.
Source: The debt Australia owes the people of Afghanistan
The idea that the United States should have stayed in Afghanistan to stop it from falling to the Taliban is dangerously misguided. But there is one thing the US can and should do: admit every single Afghan refugee.
Source: The Best Way to Help Afghans Is to Let Them Come to the US
My thought for the day At the last G7 conference the Prime Minister described himself as a “conservationist”. In Australia we know that all the evidence suggests he is an environmental vandal.
Source: Climate change action: Scott Morrison will never admit that he was wrong and Labor was right – » The Australian Independent Media Network
My thought for the day People often argue from within the limitations of their understanding and when their factual evidence is scant, they revert to an expression of their feelings.
Source: Making important decisions requires meticulous judgement – it is something Scott Morrison lacks – » The Australian Independent Media Network
It’s fair enough to ask if Morrison has proved he is up to it, whether he has the courage, the ability and the wisdom to continue to see the country through these most testing times. Has the Prime Minister grown into the job? An increasing number of Australians think not. Has the Prime Minister grown into the job? An increasing number of Australians think not.Credit:Dionne Gain If you believe the polls, more and more Australians are nudging towards saying no: he does not. They question whether he has the physical, intellectual or mental ability or even the empathy to lead, to earn trust, build coalitions, forge consensus, or to be something more than a moneybags, a punching bag or a spokesman for the premiers.
Source: Prime Minister Scott Morrison in trouble but could again land on his feet
Morrison, Australia’s PM believed that Covid was simply a common cold and a political opportunity to do do what he’d been doing all along little or nothing. He guaranteed and promised his way to prove he was a Trumpist and QAnon idiot as a consequence we lagged behind the OECD with only 25M to vaccinate. Now he claims we can open up the nation with only 50% vaccinated and even calling that number 70%. (of adults). Australia you have an Fwit for a PM.
A few months ago the slow rollout of vaccines was a major source of controversy in Canada. Not anymore. Amazing what can happen when an ex-president and a major political party aren’t trying to screw things up for everybody else. Americans, once buoyantly optimistic about the pandemic, are now increasingly pessimistic, via Gallup
Source: Canada Surges Past The United States In Vaccinations | Crooks and Liars
Most of us are well aware it’s far more likely that a 7-year-old hasn’t done their homework than the dog actually ate it. Morrison hasn’t even attempted to give us a reason why his government’s homework hasn’t been done. Fortunately for us, the state leaders have demonstrated they have the real power, time and time again.
Source: The dog ate my homework – » The Australian Independent Media Network
On Wednesday, 20 July, The Prime Minister did three radio interviews. During the third on Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1, he was asked by the host Jase Hawkins to apologise for the “nightmare” of the vaccine rollout. “Can you honestly say to me that the government has taken accountability?” he said. “Like, I have never heard the word ‘sorry’ – ‘guys you know what, sorry, we did screw it up, but we are getting it right now’.” For the entirety of the interview, Jase tried to elicit the word “sorry” from the Prime Minister. It was like trying to extract blood from a stone. He did, however, manage an admission of sorts that he was responsible for Australia being last on a list of nations well ahead of us with their vaccination programs.
Source: “Ye shall know them by their fruits” – » The Australian Independent Media Network
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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