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Michael was first admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2003 and was entered on the Registrar of Practitioners in the High Court of Australia in 2005. Michael practiced as a criminal defence barrister up to 2010.

A Person For All Seasons

It is very rare in the modern political world you can meet a person who has not been a career politician, and who genuinely wants to enter our Federal Parliament as a Member of Parliament to work hard for an electorate which successive Liberal Governments have neglected because they consider it to be a safe Liberal seat.

When I joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in January 2019 I rang our Federal ALP candidate for the seat of Ryan for the 2019 Federal Election, Peter Cossar, who had left his calling card in my letterbox with an actual direct link telephone number to talk to him. The mobile telephone number I rang was busy, and I left a message for Peter in which I explained I was a new member of the ALP, and I was calling him to see how I could be of assistance. After I left the message, I wondered whether I would receive a return call, but sure enough five minutes later I did receive a return call from Peter. Not only did Peter return my call, but he also very decently told me he would be happy to meet with me that day for a coffee, which subsequently occurred by way of Peter making the special trip into the city. We talked over a coffee for about 45 minutes to an hour, and when we finished our first meeting it was clearly apparent to me Peter was a genuine, honest, intelligent, and articulate person who was concerned about the welfare of the people of Ryan, the state of our nation and the future for our children. I went home that night and told my wife I had met with Peter, and I explained to her Peter is a person who we desperately needed to be the Member of Parliament for the seat of Ryan, a person who had not been a career politician, as opposed to the background of the Liberal Party’s preselected candidate Julian Simmonds, whose preselection reportedly at the time had caused an outrage with some Liberal Party members such as Mr Warren Entsch and Ms Michelle Landry, and whose political background had been one of a career politician.

Indeed, the former Ryan Federal Member Jane Prentice, whilst not specifically mentioning Mr Simmonds by name, may nevertheless be allegedly implying a reference to Mr Simmonds in her departing speech because of the alleged furore about the 2018 Liberal Party preselection process for Ryan (I am not suggesting there were any underhanded tactics used by Mr Simmonds during the 2018 preselection process), that he was of a political class who, to quote Mrs Prentice; “Impatient ambition, treachery and lies are now more than ever part of our political fabric. For the only response to be, ‘Oh, come on, that’s politics,’ is actually very sad. It is also sad that we are increasingly seeing candidates and elected members whose primary focus is not a desire to serve their communities but to serve themselves.” I also explained to my wife I wanted to work as part of Peter’s electoral team to assist him to become the ALP member of the Federal Parliament for the seat of Ryan.

Within days of meeting Peter, I had joined his campaign team, and I went door knocking with him around Toowong and Taringa. On this first occasion I knocked doors with Peter I asked him about his background, and he happily told me he had lived in Brisbane his whole life being the proud son of an Italian born father and an Australian born mother. When I asked him about his own family, Peter then told me he met his wife Katherine in 1992 and they married in 1996, they then had two children. Peter added that he and Katherine moved to Toowong in 1999 and have lived there ever since.

Regarding his qualifications, when Peter left school he initially qualified for his trade certificate as a bricklayer, but then he decided he would return to study, and he eventually graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Arts, majoring in theatre. This piece of personal information immediately caught my attention, as I had obtained a Diploma in Dramatic Arts before returning to further study to be admitted to the legal profession. Peter mentioned that he had success in the international and domestic markets of dramatic arts, but of course the work is not constant so in between performing he also utilised his trade skills to work on building sites as a carpenter; an undertaking which he told me gave him a keen sense of the business of construction work, the margins which apply to each job and the overall knowledge of the laws which apply to the construction sector.

Peter with Senator Penny Wong

I have gone into some detail about the life information Peter shared with me that first day of knocking doors, as it illustrates just how open and honest he is as a person, as well as him possessing knowledge of the needs of the business community, and the greater public at large. His caring and compassionate nature was also displayed during the next four months I worked with him on his campaign, not only in Peter genuinely listening to people’s stories about their difficulties in life living under the neoliberal policies of the successive Liberal Federal Governments, but even personal matters which applied to me at that time. Subsequently, Peter did not succeed in winning the seat of Ryan for the ALP at the 2019 Federal Election, but through his hard work and appealing personality traits he was the only candidate for the ALP in Queensland to achieve a swing of the vote in his favour on that occasion.

Don’t just take my word for it regarding Peter’s character. Recently I have spoken to one of Peter’s long-time supporters as to the reasons why he is such a staunch supporter of Peter. Alan Rowell is a retired school principal, so having spent so much time in the education system I understood how perceptive he would be of a person’s character. Alan told me:

“I’ve known Peter for about 8 years. In our many conversations I have been impressed by how passionate he is about ensuring a fairer nation for all Australians, including such key sectors as education, healthcare, aged care, and social services. He has genuine concern for people doing it tough under the harsh policies of the successive Liberal governments. Peter is committed to protecting the environment and his work in ensuring the Zip-Lines were not built on Mount Coo-tha conveyed to me his genuine and honest passion in addressing Climate Change. He sees government has a role in taking urgent action in relation to Climate Change. Peter has a great sense of commitment to serving the best interests of the people living in the electorate of Ryan and he is an overall good bloke who I would love to represent me in Canberra.”

Alan’s words are so compelling about Peter’s wonderful nature, and I concur with Alan. Indeed, on the personal front for me Peter has regularly checked in on me to see how I am faring, as over the past twelve months as I have battled a major depressive disorder and other mental health problems. Peter has stayed in touch with me, to see how my recovery from mental health illness is faring, and how my family is coping. That has spoken volumes to me about Peter’s good nature. Compassion is a key element to any person’s nature, but when it is so kindly displayed by a person wishing to enter the savage field of politics it is a character trait which we as people want to see overflowing through a politician’s veins, and Peter is indeed that type of person.

Peter is committed to ensuring an Albanese Federal Government delivers to the people of Ryan:

  1. a revitalised and stronger Medicare system by making it easier to see a doctor.
  2. creating local jobs by investing in Fee-Free TAFE and more university spaces, making your job more secure with better pay and conditions.
  3. cheaper childcare so that it’s easier for working families to get ahead.
  4. goods made here in Australia by working with business to invest in manufacturing and renewables to create more Australian jobs.
  5. an education system which enhances our school children’s learning as presently under the Morrison Government, Australia has recorded our worst ever results in reading, science, and maths.
  6. Powering Australia, an ALP policy plan to create jobs, cutting power bills and reducing emissions.
  7. lower taxes for more than 9 million Australians through the legislated tax cuts that benefit everyone with incomes above $45,000.00, as well as supporting cost of living relief for Australians through an increase in the low- and middle-income tax offset by $420 this year.
  8. the Better Deal for Small Business, which includes measures to ensure invoices are paid within 30 days, rather than the current national average of 37 days.

I would be offending the writing rule of prolixity if I mentioned all the ALP policies which Peter will ensure are delivered to the people of Ryan. Rather than waving at traffic (Julian you are going to cause a car accident one of these days), Peter’s door will always be open to the people of Ryan to listen to your concerns, so that he may improve the lives for everyone living within the electorate of Ryan.

Peter is the person for all seasons of our lives, good or bad. After so many years of the Liberal Party treating Ryan like a neglected piece of silverware Peter will make an excellent Member of Parliament for the Federal seat of Ryan. It’s time for an ALP member to represent Ryan, and of course it’s time for an Albanese Government.


Peter with Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers


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Are YOU Really Arguing We Can’t Feed and Care for Our Grandparents?

On Saturday 2 April 2022, the Federal Member for Whitlam, Mr Stephen Jones MP, posed this question to the Prime Minister Mr Morrison on social media:

“Does Scott Morrison really want to go to this election arguing that we can’t afford to feed and care for our grandparents?”

It is a pertinent question for Mr Jones to put to the Prime Minister, because the only response we have heard from the Federal Government regarding the Labor Party’s Aged Care policy initiative has been the feeble, indeed risible, response of “we can’t afford it”, a matter which I shall subsequently address herein. May I also say at the outset of this article, my late mother feared and fought against the whole notion of being placed in an aged care facility, even though her physical needs required it, undoubtedly because of the news reports about the disgraceful way the successive Liberal Federal Governments had treated the sector for the past 9 years. My mum died in her own home, but prior to her passing she told me and my two brothers she did not ever want to be placed in aged care. These are fears which are consistently reported around the country about this much neglected sector.

I will return to Labor’s Aged Care policy initiative in a moment, as the Morrison Government’s whimper of affordability must be called out so that we examine their shocking economic management of this country. Mr Stephen Koukoulas, an esteemed economic intellect in this country has concurred with Labor’s assessment of the Morrison Government’s budget mismanagement, an assessment which opines under the Morrison Government Australia will spend more in debt interest than it does to fund the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Mr Koukoulas also agrees with Labor’s further assessment that under the Morrison Government’s mismanagement of the budget we will soon be spending more on interest than we spend on Medicare.

Take some time to fully comprehend the gravity of this economic assessment; remember, the Morrison Government were elected in 2019 on the back of the astonishing promise “Back in Black”, when by 2019 the successive Liberal governments since 2014 had incurred 100% more national debt (yes doubled it) than any other government in our by then 118 years of federation. The highly respected economics, business and political commentator, Michael Pascoe, provided a sobering opinion for all Australians to consider regarding the Morrison’s Government’s mishandling of the budget in his article published in The New Daily on 31 March 2022 in which he said:

“What’s tucked away in a single overlooked chart is the Treasury’s forecast that our economic recovery, the one supposedly “leading the world”, hits the wall next year.”

Mr Pascoe considers all that Mr Frydenberg’s budget (one which he and many other commentators remark to be a short-sighted political ploy to win votes) has done is to encourage the Reserve Bank of Australia to start lifting interest rates sooner rather than later, that is it’s a cash splash toxic fuel poured over an already run-away fire of an inflation problem. A link to Mr Pascoe’s article is posted here below for you to consider, as he also highlights the Morrison Government’s other waste of funds and economic failures.

So, the Morrison Government’s feeble attack on Labor’s Aged Care policy when considered in light of the matters raised herein by Mr Koukoulas and Mr Pascoe, in addition to us also considering the Federal Government’s waste of our money in the sum of $5.5Billion on the French nuclear submarine deal, the $20Billion waste of Jobkeeper payments to undeserving companies and of course, the great unanswered question as to how they doubled the debt before the 2019 Federal Election, are just some of the numerous examples of economic mismanagement of our money by the Morrison Government.

Most disturbingly, there is the mismanagement of the aged care sector itself which includes the approximate 1,500 deaths in this sector arising from the Morrison Government’s poor handling of the Covid-19 crisis in that sector. Indeed, on 28 February 2022 HelloCare journalist Amy Henderson reported a recent Aged Care Collaboration (‘ACC’) survey has uncovered widespread uncertainty among two-thirds of aged care providers towards the Morrison Government’s reform process as there is minimal transparency (that is a common complaint about the Federal Government), inadequate consultation and vague commitments being at the height of their frustration. The ACC, which represents major providers of aged care, has also been particularly critical of the Morrison Government’s lack of commitment to lift the pay for aged care workers.

In general, the aged care sector has criticised the Morrison Government’s response to the aged care crisis as anaemic: too little, too slow and too late (particularly in relation to Covid).The list of other failures of poor governance and economic mismanagement by the Morrison Government are too far and wide for me to address each item now, and of course we are now in the unfortunate position of having the world focus on an Australian Prime Minister in Mr Morrison who has some serious questions being asked about his character flaws, namely the reports about his alleged racism (he hasn’t addressed why Mr Chapman would sign a statutory declaration corroborating Mr Towke’s version of events, and Mr Baird’s comment today “I didn’t hear anything” does not impugn Mr Chapman’s statutory declaration and is only consistent with Mr Baird being a close friend of Mr Morrison and therefore lacking in objectivity), bullying (Mr Morrison has not explained Senator Hanson’s complaint) and seemingly pathological propensity to continuously lie (once again, I quote President Macron, “I don’t think, I know”, as well as Mr Morrison denying he used the racist term ‘Shanghai Sam’ only for the media evidence, and his own Twitter account, to prove otherwise).

Now we shall return to the question Mr Jones MP posed to the Prime Minister two days ago and it is a question I pose to you regarding our aged care sector. Labor’s Aged Care policy initiative focusses on treating older Australians with the respect they deserve. Older Australians helped build this country by working hard, paying their taxes, and raising their families. An Albanese Labor Government will take practical measures to ensure older Australians receive the aged care they deserve by:

  1. Every aged care facility being required to have a registered, qualified nurse on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  2. Raising the standard of aged care across the board by ensuring there are carers, who have more time to care, and Labor ensure proper care being provided by mandating every Australian living in aged care receives an average of 215 minutes of care per day, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Aged Care.
  3. Backing a pay rise for aged care workers by supporting workers’ calls for better pay at the Fair Work Commission.
  4. Ensuring there is better food for residents of aged care facilities, which includes Labor working with the sector to develop and implement mandatory nutrition standards for aged care homes to ensure every resident gets good food.
  5. Making residential providers report, in public and in detail, what they are spending money on, including providing to the Aged Care Safety Commissioner new powers to ensure there is accountability and integrity.

Ms Amanda Copp, the Political Reporter for National Radio News, tweeted on 3 April 2022 the clear problem in the aged care sector is worker shortages, as pay and conditions need to improve if they want people to work there. Labor’s Aged Care policy initiative will place security, dignity, quality, and humanity back into aged care, including attracting more people to work in the sector. Is that too much for a wealthy country to ask for? The Morrison Government in the wake of their misuse of our funds and budget mismanagement, have had the temerity to pose the question of affordability of Labor’s Aged Care policy, which, amongst all of Labor’s other policies, has been fully costed at $2.5Billion (less than half of the ridiculous Hells Gate Dam announcement Mr Morrison made in North Queensland and less than half of the contractual damages which WE will have to pay for the French submarine contract being broken). Perhaps the best words on the question of funding are the words Mr Albanese spoke on 3 April 2022 when he was being interviewed by Mr Chris Uhlmann of Nine News, who in response to a question about unfunded costs said:

“That is there because of wages of whoever is in government, and the Prime Minister had to concede that on Friday. The question is this, why is it this Prime Minister can’t say that aged care workers deserve a wage increase?”

Mr Albanese’s question, and Mr Jones’ question as well, are fairly put to the Prime Minister, and we as a population, which has benefited from the rewards of the hard work people in aged care previously gave to us, need to ask ourselves where our moral and ethical compass is pointing to regarding the aged care sector. The aged care sector is in crisis under the Morrison Government. Labor’s Aged Care policy will lead our aged population out of crisis to the care and dignity they deserve. Costs become an irrelevant question when your moral compass points in the direction of proper and dignified treatment of our aged population in aged care.

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From Back in Black to a Trillion in Debt

After Mr Morrison told the country on Monday he had presided over 8 budgets, 3 as treasurer and 4 as Prime Minister, Mr Frydenberg then delivered last night his fourth budget, which of course leads to Mr Morrison’s inability to correctly do simple addition. I should also say at the outset this budget is a pork barrel of promises, which as reported in The Guardian yesterday, promises which in the sum of ten billion dollars of our money is being used by the Morrison Government to target specific seats which they hope to retain if they’re not unanimously voted out of office.

In relation to the “promises”, they are made by a government which failed to protect the nation regarding the deadly bushfires of 2019 (aloha Scott and Jenny relaxing on the beach in Hawaii, the former fire chiefs did forewarn you), failed to introduce a Federal ICAC, failed to build the pork barrel carparks promised at the last election, failed to build the Southeast Queensland infrastructure which they promised before the 2019 election – and which Mr Morrison subsequently announced again as an election promise for the upcoming election – failed to keep the nation safe regarding Covid-19 easily entering the country by the disembarking passengers from the Ruby Princess, failed to protect the nation regarding building fit for purpose quarantine centres to house citizens returning from overseas who had contracted Covid-19 and its variants (hotel quarantine was only meant to be a temporary solution), failed to deliver the vaccine rollout in a timely manner (it was actually a race, Mr Morrison), failed to protect the elderly in Aged Care from contracting Covid-19, failed in relation to urging the states to open up early when the Omicron variant had entered Australia, and finally, failed to assist flood-affected residents of Queensland and New South Wales in a timely manner, including giving Queenslanders the big “don’t care gesture” by only paying a third of compensation for damage which was otherwise paid to the flood affected residents of New South Wales.

That is quite a list of failures which one would expect a government of twenty years to accrue, let alone a government of 3 years. I do not raise these failings by the Morrison Government in jest, rather, I raise them because any “promises” in last night’s budget must be measured against the failures to deliver on promises, and proper governance. As for any Liberals raising JobKeeper as some form of accomplishment, it was only introduced by the Morrison Government after they were heavily lobbied by Mr Albanese, Ms McManus and Mr Combet, and the Morrison Government still failed on that imitative as well by appearing to allow billions of dollars to be paid to undeserving companies.

Last night’s budget was the worst budget I have ever witnessed be delivered by either of the two major political parties in my now 46 years of taking an interest in politics and economics. Before the Trojan warriors of Liberal trolls come out to attack me about my 46 years of interest or understanding about those two topics, may I explain my Grandfather, Flying Officer Hector Spring DFC, was a genius who obtained degrees in economics and commerce at the University of Queensland, and he taught economics to my late mother Jill Spring, who was also up there at a genius level of academia which included her achieving 97% on her senior certificate for English, and finally my stepfather who also possesses genius level intelligence and he studied economics as well at the University of Queensland. So, when Mr Whitlam was dismissed by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr on 11 November 1975, when I was as a 6-year-old child, from that moment onwards I took a very keen interest in any discussions around our house about politics and economics. I am not saying I’m a genius, but I have been exposed to some very intelligent observations about the two topics over that 46-year period. In any event, let us also move on from discussions about pedigree and heritage.

There’s always a tweet to regret. Do you remember this gem from 2019?

Only a true rusted on Liberal Party member and their partisan media supporters would try to argue the budget was anything other than a cynical last-gasp attempt by an incompetent and out of touch Federal Government looking down the tunnel of political oblivion. Let us start with the once off handout of between $250.00 to $420.00 to “assist” poor and middle-income families with the skyrocketing costs of living. For almost 9 years now we have witnessed stagnant wages growth. KPMG reported earlier this month there was some wages growth, but that was in the non-unionised workforce, in other words the professional sector or like businesses. Otherwise, over 90% of the workforce has not seen any significant growth since Mr Abbott famously ate a raw onion. So, if we use the number 9 as our rough figure of division, last night Mr Morrison and Mr Frydenberg said you are only worth about $28.00 to $46.00 per year regarding this one-off payment to purportedly help you with the skyrocketing costs of living, which is not a recent phenomenon, as costs of energy, house prices, health costs and groceries have been increasing since 2013, just to name a few costs.

Most middle-income families are living week to week, as they have been for the past 9 years of stagnant wages growth. The least fortunate families on lower incomes have been struggling with the costs of living just to survive, which includes an ever-diminishing access to health care as Liberal Government under Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison have reduced payments the Medical Benefits Scheme, including the costs of seeing a GP. The one-off payment can really be construed as one week of relief at best for lower- and middle-income families, who undoubtedly are well behind in other costs of living, including utilities and rent. Whilst we deal with the issue of rent, if house prices increase, as they have been for several years now, the cost of rent will also increase. I did not see any rent relief in last night’s cynical “we will buy your vote” budget. BDO in its analysis of these payments opine it is only a temporary fix which may not have a long-lasting impact for vulnerable Australians. BDO also question any long-term affordability of schemes to assist first home buyers. And as for Mr Morrison’s comment this morning:

“Scott Morrison has told renters that the best way the government can support them is to help them buy a home, in what housing experts have described as a ‘let them eat cake’ moment.”

We all know from our history lessons what the people of France did to their monarchy when such an uncompassionate statement was made.

Then we move onto the fuel excise. There are two issues about the temporary fuel excise reduction which Mr Frydenberg announced last night. The first issue is the requirement for petroleum companies to pass that benefit onto you the consumer at the petrol pump; there is none apart from an “expectation” by the ACCC, and they acknowledge it could take many weeks as petrol companies use up their existing stock. The cost of fuel worldwide is on the way up, not down, so don’t expect to see any significant difference at the petrol bowser when you fuel up once existing stocks are exhausted. The second issue is a matter which I raised in an earlier article about inflation, namely the failure by the Morrison Government to embrace electric car technology and indeed manufacture the vehicles here as we have underground all the necessary minerals to make affordable electric cars. Consumers would not be subjected to the vicissitudes of the petroleum companies and the price per barrel of oil if the Federal Government had not so incompetently shunned the proposal of electrical vehicles being introduced into the marketplace during the 2019 Federal Election. Fossil fuels are an anachronism of a bygone age, and for the life of me I cannot understand why the Federal Government would not embrace electric car technology 3 years ago, other than pursuing an untrue political strategy to win an election. The costs of charging an electric car would be nominal, and it is good for the environment as we are converting over to renewable energy (I will have more to say about that issue on another occasion).

Cartoon by Alan Moir (

The budget failed to deliver any national plan for reviving Australian manufacturing; an essential economic step if we wish to break free from the escalating costs of purchasing secondary level manufactured goods from China and India. There was absolute silence on the floor of Parliament last night about this issue; Simon and Garfunkel could have played their famous song last night to reflect the ongoing disinterest the Liberal Party has regarding the logical economic step of us manufacturing from our primary resources the secondary manufactured goods which we in turn purchase at the tertiary level of the economy here, a chain of three levels of Australian owned business enterprises. The Liberal Party has pushed our national debt into the stratosphere of “trillion dollars” debt, with nothing to show for it, save for questions about so many billions of our dollars of our money allegedly sliding sideways into the hands of mining magnates and other billionaires.

The Morrison Government is blowing hard into their own pipes today about the purported savings of childcare per week, but those savings will be negated to a large degree by the skyrocketing inflation which will be incurred by day-care centres, just like any other business, and parents. The question has to be asked; why didn’t the Morrison Government previously provide adequate childcare relief before last night’s budget? It is evident the 2021 budget was financially insufficient to provide more accessible childcare relief, and it was not going to be implemented until 1 July 2022. Those 2021 budget provisions for childcare were only going to benefit a quarter of the population using childcare services. In relation to the 2022 budget, there was no provision evident from the proposed policy to address the question which any parent has (and up until the end of 2017 I had a child in day-care) about scaling up demand for day-care services, namely what is being done on the other side of the ledger regarding the risks of compromised quality, which is important to parents as it affects children’s health, wellbeing, and development. The Federal Government concedes the “benefits” of child-care are subject to many variables, so in other words, don’t expect to see too much back in your bank accounts.

Aged Care services are no better off than last year’s budget as the sector is still underfunded, and there are key workforce issues including incentives for nurses to work in regional areas and older workers to join the industry, as well as the sector still facing the challenges of the pace of compliance and regulatory change (NAB review 30/03/2022). On the broader health front, the Australian Medical Association argues the current health system is not fit for purpose, and I have previously addressed how Medicare is being pulled apart brick by brick. The President of the RACGP, Dr Karen Price, has expressed her disappointment vital components of the Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan remain unfunded. On behalf of the RACGP, Dr Price stated:

“… the Federal Government has failed to provide much-needed funding to support vulnerable patient groups, including those with chronic and complex disease, and deliver on what is needed to ensure a strong future for primary healthcare in Australia.”

Dr Price also stated the lack of funding regarding the 10 Year Plan will also negatively impact the community by there being continuing gaps in aged care, mental health, disability, and chronic and complex care. The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Professor Trent Tworney has also criticised the 2022 Budget regarding the costs of medicines, as he says the Federal Government has:

“… failed to adequately address the increasing cost of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines in the Federal Budget, a decision that has been criticised as a missed opportunity by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.”

A missed opportunity! (You don’t say, as a person who takes daily medication I groan in financial anxiety when I receive my monthly account). The Grattan Institute has stated today health fared poorly in last night’s budget, as the Federal Government failed to fix primary care and aged care.

Finally, the CEO of Professionals Australia, Jill McCabe, said the Federal Budget measures failed to address the full cost of living pressures faced by Australian families now and into the future, including the budget failing to reduce the costs of groceries, power, rent, education, health, and housing. Ms McCabe also said wage growth (if it materialises) will not keep up with inflation, so Australian families will be even worse off.

There are so many other failures delivered in the budget last night (such as proper flood funding for Queenslanders) but the list is too extensive for me to write about them now, in the interests of brevity. Mr Morrison in his train wreck interview at the National Press Club back on 1 February 2022 could not even say what the price of such basics as bread and milk were at that time. Mr Morrison simply does not understand or seemingly care what the average income earning Australian must try to pay for each week, let alone impoverished Australians.

Last night we saw an out of touch and desperate Federal Government trying to buy your votes just before an election – an election which the polls suggest the Morrison Government will be heavily defeated in – by delivering a terrible budget which has no long-term plans for this country’s future. The only plan regarding this budget is an attempt to re-elect Mr Morrison as Prime Minister, a man whom in the words of Senator Fierravanti-Wells is an “autocrat and bully who has no moral compass” (Pauline Hanson is also alleging today she too has experienced Mr Morrison’s bullying).

We deserve better than this, Australia.


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Brick by brick we say goodbye to Medicare

One of the great moments of social accomplishment which arose out of the election night in 1983 when Bob Hawke and the Australian Labor Party (“Labor”) were so emphatically elected to power was the knowledge we had Gough Whitlam’s important social reform of free universal health care would be restored, after the Fraser Government had privatised Gough’s Medibank. That enthralling night in 1983 heralded the introduction of Medicare in 1984, a social initiative which meant as much to Bob Hawke as it did Gough Whitlam.

Turn the hands of time forward 39 years later and what we now have regarding universal health care is a shadow of what used to be the socially responsible policy of universal health care under the umbrella of Medicare. Before I take you to the evidence I have received from Australians who assert the Liberal Party is pulling apart the structure of Medicare brick by brick (the identity of these witnesses has been protected to ensure they are not subjected to febrile reactive commentary of trolls whom may wish these people harm), there are issues in relation to our universal health care system in which I am either personally subjected to, or which impoverished Australians are now experiencing reduced funding under the Morrison Government. My personal experience shall be addressed in the paragraph immediately below, followed by the Australians who have reached out to me about the insufficient Medicare rebates.

There was also an announcement made by Mr Morrison on Friday, 25 March 2022 regarding endometriosis and pregnancy funding, an announcement which generated criticism online by women as being a product of cynical political motivations of an unpopular Prime Minister in the last weeks of an electoral cycle. Now before anyone begins to type the words of scorn directed at me regarding Mr Morrison’s announcement, may I say I have deep sympathy for any woman who has suffered endometriosis or pregnancy problems, as my wife and I suffered a harrowing 5 years of trying to fall pregnant until our bundle of joy being our daughter was born in December 2012. I recorded our harrowing journey, including the mental health aspects of it, in an article I published on LinkedIn during 2015.

As many of you are aware, I suffer from a Major Depressive Disorder, various anxieties, and post-traumatic stress (‘PTS’). Some of my mental health problems stretch all the way back to 1979. Indeed, you may say my mind has been a torture chamber since I was 9 years of age, as I endured either the mental health problems themselves, or alternatively battled very low self-esteem or self-confidence which was a product of the torture of my mind, and the mental concerns I held about my body. When I had my mental health breakdown at about this time last year, I was fortunate to have private health insurance to ensure I could be treated by a psychiatrist at a private hospital immediately. Many Australians are not so lucky to be insured to this level of medical protection, or they don’t have any insurance at all. Nevertheless, notwithstanding my private medical insurance protecting me financially in relation to my treatment at the hospital of my choice by my psychiatrist, it does not provide sufficient coverage for me regarding the extremely necessary psychological counselling I must participate in if I wish to become healthy again.

Now, once again, before the Liberal Party screaming trolls embark on a journey of criticising me again, I acknowledge psychological counselling was first added as part of item 80110 to the Medical Benefits Schedule (‘MBS’) in November 2006. However, 16 years later, 10 of which years have been under the rule of Liberal and National Party Federal Governments, there is a significant financial and social inequity which now arises regarding psychological/ psychiatric treatment. I must incur over $2,000.00 of psychological counselling costs, in which I am only partially rebated at about 50% of the cost of the therapy, before Medicare increases to absorb approximately 80% of the psychologist’s fee. I have not worked since early March 2021, so every dollar counts on my budget. However, I am fortunate to live in a highly advantaged area of a major city, because for every Medicare dollar spent in my area on psychological counselling, the least fortunate areas only receive 76 cents.

The inequity of the rebate system regarding psychiatric treatment is even more extreme, as for every dollar of our public money we disburse for psychiatric treatment under Medicare, disadvantaged Australians only receive $3.45 compared to the highly advantaged areas of the nation receiving $7.70. This inequitable disbursement of funds under the present Medicare system of psychiatric/psychological care has been previously reported by the ABC in December 2020, yet the Morrison Government has not seen fit to ameliorating the inequity in the system since that ABC report. Medicare was established in the interests of equity, not inequity.

Nevertheless, the disassembling of the Whitlam/ Hawke social initiative of Medicare extends beyond psychiatric/ psychological care, as we are now witnessing an entrenched system under Liberal governments of disassembling Medicare brick by brick regarding the payments or rebates made under the MBS, as is evident from the experiences of the people I have been contacted by (for the sake of their privacy they shall remain anonymous) requiring public health care:

1 DW has suffered from a variety of health problems during her lifetime. She has told me she now has to pay over $300.00 for her Shingles vaccination, which used to be on the PBS and is still free for people aged over 70. DW is not 70, but she suffers from bouts of shingles about once every 18 months, therefore she needs the vaccination. Her blood tests are only authorised once a year by the Medicare rebate. In 2003 DW also paid $2295.00 to have 5kg of angiolipoma removed from her body, a cost which she paid upfront and then discovered Medicare would not rebate her because a plastic surgeon performed the operation, which Medicare deemed as ‘cosmetic’. DW appealed the decision and was successful. She is very concerned with the way the current government and the Howard Government have approached medical rebates under Medicare. She has also told me about the uncertainty and worry amongst the aged community in relation to hip, knee, and shoulder replacement rebates, because they may have to pay large out of pocket fees.

2 Cat needed an MRI of her knee, but it’s no longer subsidised for over 60s according to her GP. She had to settle for a less comprehensive x-ray. Cat informs me it is painful for her to stand for more than an hour or to use public transport. She has also told me the job agency she is using can only offer her unsuitable jobs, in that they are unsuitable because of her medical condition.

3 GRF is a breast cancer survivor. GRF told me since being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2017, there are now no more free mammograms for her, and from now on she will have to pay for her mammograms. GRF has also told me it’s her opinion the defunding of Medicare by the current Federal Government is real, and it is worse for people with more invasive cancers as they don’t receive Medicare rebates.

4 RW is a disabled and impoverished woman. She says most people on benefits can’t afford to pay for pathology, and if you get a knee scan only one a day is covered under a Medicare rebate. RW says the same rebate policy applies to shoulders scans. She also told me if she needs an ultrasound, it’s just too much money for her to afford as an upfront cost. Finally, RW told me obtaining free mental health services for a person in her physical and financial position is very difficult, and there are no free psychiatric treatments available to her.

5 DMP is under 65, so free eye checks are now only available every 3 years whereas once they were free every 2 years.

6 TFC receives a Disability Support Pension (‘DSP’) because she suffers from a physical disability and autism. She told me she is currently being investigated for endometriosis. TFC couldn’t get an abdominal and pelvic scan bulk billed together, nor can she afford an MRI. TFC told me she is now stuck on a waiting list for a laparoscopy while elective surgeries are postponed because of Covid. She also told me the increased cost of pharmaceutical supplies means she now can’t afford melatonin to assist her with her sleep. In addition, TFC also can’t afford some of the blood tests she needs performed, and she even must pay in full for the vaccine boosters she needs due to one of her conditions causing her to experience complications with her immunity. The medical costs TFC must pay has made it impossible for her to survive on the DSP and to access the medical help she needs to keep her medical conditions stable.

7 SLJ has told me because of her age it will cost her close to $500.00 for a mammogram and ultrasound, to ensure the lump she has in her breast isn’t malignant. SLJ quite rightly asserts early detection of breast cancer is crucial for survival, but the system makes it financially difficult for her to have regular mammograms and ultrasounds. SLJ also queries how young women can afford these medical treatments.

8 ME suffers from an illness which requires medical intervention by a rheumatologist. She informs me her specialist, which ME must consult with regularly, costs her personally after the Medicare rebate $150.00 per consultation. It is a long-term illness which ME suffers from, and the Medicare rebate is insufficient to pay for consultations and then pay for her other costs of living.

9 CK agrees endometriosis is debilitating and painful, but she told me women who are facing life or death breast cancer diagnosis now must pay up to $800 for an MRI, due to Morrison’s cuts to Medicare.

10 JP told me she was recently informed she may have to pay $1,200.00 for a Familial Hypercholesterolemia blood test, which will be an out-of-pocket cost.

As you can see from the evidence provided to me by the above-mentioned people regarding their own personal experiences in the public health system, there are significant inequities in Medicare rebates which arise from conservative governments slowly dismantling the universal health care system which Mr Whitlam and then Mr Hawke enacted for every Australian to benefit from. During the Howard years we witnessed the emphasis shifting from public health to encouraging (for use of a better word) Australians to pay for treatment in the private health system, to move away from a universal health care system paid for by our public money. The costs of private health insurance have increased significantly since Mr Howard first came to power, and it is now a system in which only the advantaged can afford top healthcare cover. Indeed, the current Leader of the Opposition, Mr Albanese wrote about the Howard Government’s broken promises in an article he published online on 15 April 2005. The disadvantaged people, such as the people who contacted me above, rely upon Medicare. It is a system of public health care cover which has suffered from the previous cuts made by the Howard Government, including locking the bulk billing rate into 66.5% of the GP’s costs.

Upon Labor returning to power Medicare was reconstituted by Mr Rudd’s proposed reforms in 2010 which were implemented by Ms Gillard’s reforms during 2011. Sadly, almost 1,000 further changes to the MBS have been made by the Morrison Government during 2021, which the Australian Medical Association described as ‘chaos’, including the costs of GP’s leaving a gap of up to 34% under the rebate scheme. The Howard and Morrison Government’s have destroyed what was the great social medical scheme of Medicare introduced by Mr Hawke in 1984.

Finally, I shall briefly return to Mr Morrison’s endometriosis funding announcement on Friday, 25 March 2022. As I stated earlier, I have only the deepest sympathy for women who have experienced problems with pregnancy and endometriosis, particularly as my wife and I experienced so many difficulties for approximately 5 years before we were fortunate to fall pregnant. As I also explained above, many women on social media on 25 March 2022 found this announcement to be a cynical announcement, given Mr Morrison’s political misfortunes now. Mr Morrison made the announcement in circumstances where the Newspoll published the previous day recorded his personal standing to be further diminishing, and the Roy Morgan poll published on 23 March 2022 listed him as the most untrustworthy politician in the country (it was quite an extensive poll conducted by Roy Morgan, with over 12,000 people being interviewed and the top 10 most untrustworthy politicians are Liberal and National Party and other politicians; no Labor politicians featured in the untrustworthy list). Channel 9 also interviewed Mrs Morrison on 25 March 2022. The very resourceful online journalist Ronni Salt has previously examined on 13 March 2021 Media Cloud, and she discovered either Mr Morrison’s communications team, or some partisan elements of the media, referring to Mrs Morrison’s personal health problems on the following occasions:

1 July/August 2018 when Mr Morrison was vying to become leader of the Liberal Party (don’t be fooled by that hand on Mr Turnbull’s shoulder).

2 April/May 2019 when Mr Morrison was campaigning for re-election.

3 September 2019 when the story broke about Mr Morrison trying to obtain an invite for Mr Houston to attend a dinner at the White House with former President Trump.

4 February/March 2021 when questions were raised about the alleged conduct of some Liberal members or staffers.

Now I can’t say definitively what motivated Mr Morrison’s announcement on 25 March 2022 regarding some funding for endometriosis and pregnancy treatment, but the announcement has been made right before an election will be called, and if it wasn’t a politically motivated initiative of announcements and personal revelations of a medical health problem suffered by women, then why didn’t Mr Morrison introduce the proposed medical funding during June or July of 2019? Notwithstanding what opinions you may form about Mr Morrison’s announcement on 25 March 2022, or Ms Salt’s previous investigations, one fact is certain; Medicare is slowly but surely being pulled apart brick by brick, particularly by the Morrison Government.



This article was originally published on my Facebook page.

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The inflation we did not need to have

Australia is experiencing the impact of runaway inflation which is a product of poor economic management by the Liberal Party.

Because the pandemic shut down supply lines for a period of time, a government with an even a semblance of economic understanding would have foreseen that once the world came out of lockdowns, demand would exceed supply because production had either been shut down totally or not producing at its pre-pandemic rates, therefore inflation would not just increase, it would run out the gates (in layman’s terms). This inflationary pressure could have been avoided if action was taken by the Federal Government even twelve months ago to address the foreseeable danger of inflation. This is a simple point of Keynesian macroeconomic principle which even a market economist like Milton Friedman would have to agree with.

The unemployment data going below 4% is a sign there is a problem with labour demand across the economy, because employers will not increase wages. This fact adds to the economic crisis we are now witnessing in relation to inflation, as the Liberals have allowed wages to stagnate for the past nine years. Nevertheless, there is more to this sad story of economic mismanagement than just wages.

Mr Morrison in his usual bullying style has previously accused Mr Albanese of being more left-wing than Gough Whitlam, whatever that inarticulate and illogical statement is meant to mean, a statement which by the way has been made by a man dismissed from Tourism Australia and reported to have caused problems which were reviewed at New Zealand Tourism before he backstabbed his way into the seat of Cook. Along with his distasteful behaviour over the past week of trying to weaponise Senator Kitching’s death, Mr Morrison’s slur against both Mr Albanese and the late Mr Whitlam is just another desperate statement made by a Prime Minister who has no future economic plan for this country, and whose only electoral plan is to try and pork barrel his way through an election, again.

The Australian Labor Party (‘Labor’) and Mr Albanese have an economic plan, a plan which will address this unnecessary inflationary pressure. Mr Albanese wants to rebuild Australian manufacturing, like we used to manufacture and sell, which will address our supply line problems and the now skyrocketing inflation, because amongst other matters we will not be so reliant for our tertiary level of purchasing of goods manufactured in China or India, as they are reaping the benefits of secondary good manufacturing made from Australian primary materials.

As an example, during the pandemic crisis we ran out of PPE; a product which we were not manufacturing in Australia, and which we should have been manufacturing had it not been for this misconceived economic practice of market economics which has been so feverishly embraced by the Liberal Party over the past 70 or so years. There is no sound business or economic case for PPE not being manufactured/produced in this country, and it astonishes the minds of sound economists such a simple product which every hospital, doctors’ surgeries, dental surgeries, and any other medically aligned undertaking in Australia required for their daily use prior to the pandemic.

Indeed, the poor economic management cuts deeper than just PPE. Our car industry was destroyed by the Liberal Party’s application of market-based economics. Mr Albanese wishes to restart the manufacturing of electric cars by this country, and once again there is no sound business or economic case to refute this sound economic plan. In Australia we mine every single element which is used to manufacture electric cars and batteries. You may recall Ms Cash and Mr Morrison saying during the 2019 Federal Election electric cars will be the end of the weekend and tradies. That statement was nothing more than an economic naivety which was untrue, and more importantly, has wasted three years of building Australian electric car manufacturing, so that we would be by now world leaders in that field.

It makes no economic sense whatsoever for Australia to export its primary resources to other countries for them to manufacture that primary resource at the secondary level of electric car production, and then for that country to reap the benefits of exporting that product back to Australia to be sold to us at the tertiary economic level. We should already be phasing out fossil fuel-based technology for transportation. Instead, we are left in this vulnerable economic conundrum of being at the mercy of the supply of fossil fuels; a cost which is skyrocketing and causing economic hardship to most Australian families.

The Liberals try to argue paying proper wages for workers would inhibit the production of electric cars in this country, but that is a baseless argument in the scheme of economics because when you have the primary resource to call upon within your own country for secondary production, the costs of production are insignificant when you make quality secondary goods which will be within the means of purchase at the tertiary economic level of not just the local market, but also the international market. Once again, this macroeconomic policy which Mr Albanese has referred to as being a Labor initiative will address the supply problem of inflation which the Liberals have unnecessarily caused with their decades-long blind devotion to market economics.

Another example of the Liberal Party’s economic mismanagement may be found in the history of solar panels, the manufacturing of which now occurs in China. The primary resources for solar panels are now exported by us to China for secondary level manufacturing to then sell back to us as a tertiary-level good. This should never have happened as solar panels were originally developed and manufactured in Australia.

Regarding the issue of quality, let us just cast our minds back in time to the 1960s when Australia used to manufacture most of the clothing worn by Australians. The quality of Australian menswear was of such a standard people from overseas would compliment us about the quality of our manufacturing of clothing because buttons didn’t fall off shirts and zippers didn’t malfunction on trousers. That is not long ago in the scheme of history to demonstrate we as a country are able to produce quality secondary goods to sell at the tertiary level to the local and international markets.

We should not, as a country rich with a variety of primary resources, be now left in this supply chain crisis of relying upon other countries to manufacture most of our products and sell them back to us as tertiary goods. The irony of this poor economic management by the Liberals is gobsmacking as it is a basic principle of economic theory.

The cynical mindset of the application of market economics by the Liberals caused this inflationary crisis and many other economic problems, as they purely focussed on short-term economic costs rather than the long-term economic benefits of producing from our primary resources at a secondary level such products as the examples referred to herein of solar panels and electric cars. The pursuit of cheap labour by the Liberal Party and vested interests has only resulted in Australia missing out on the full economic benefit of all three layers of economic production, including renewable energy modes of transportation which are not subjected to the costs of operation of the fossil fuel market.

It has been flagged by some banking commentators that monetary policy should be implemented to address the runaway inflation problem. That is an economically unsound step to take as the use of monetary policy is like striking the economy with a blunt sword. The economic proposal put forward by Mr Albanese is the sensible economic approach to addressing our inflationary problems, as the adoption of local manufacturing and renewable resources, including renewable transportation, will reduce the cost of goods from the farmgate to the table, to coin a phrase.

It’s time for an economic change, whilst we still have time.


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Weaponising Senator Kimberley Kitching’s death is vile and distasteful

This week I witnessed the worst character traits of human behaviour play out on my television screen as a Prime Minister in dire straits regarding his, and his party’s, popularity tried to weaponise a death for political gain, assisted by some elements of a partisan media which commenced with an article written by Shari Markson and published in The Australian on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. To my knowledge, Ms Markson has never written a positive word about the ALP, and of course the Murdochracy which owns The Australian has pinned its political colours to the mast supporting the Liberal Party since about 2009. To say the article and Mr Morrison’s behaviour was vile and distasteful is an understatement. Some of you may be feeling inclined to say, “Michael, you’re an ALP member”, which I am, and I am proud of it, but hear me out as this is an important statement I make for the future of our entire democracy, including for the Liberal Party.

We are all aware Senator Kimberley Kitching tragically died of a heart attack on 10 March 2022. It followed the tragic news of Shane Warne’s same cause of death on 4 March 2022. Mr Morrison had already made a major tactical error on Monday, 14 March 2022 when he attacked Anthony Albanese’s weight loss in circumstances whereby we had lost one of our cricket greats and a member of the Australian Senate.

Mr Albanese had properly told the press on Wednesday this week decency demanded people allow the family and friends of the late Senator Kitching to mourn in peace, and the inappropriate article written by Shari Markson which appeared in The Australian newspaper that morning, was a matter he would address with the media after the Senator’s funeral on Monday, 21 March 2022. Ms Markson’s article was distasteful for two reasons.

The first reason was her reference to three ALP Senators being Ms Wong, Ms Gallagher, and Ms Keneally as ‘Mean Girls’, a very disparaging and misogynistic name for a man to call a woman, let alone a female journalist, and the facts which Ms Markson referred to try and support this terrible nomenclature, were historical, including alleged bullying. The second reason the article was distasteful was because Ms Markson was weaponising the late Senator’s death to try and smear the ALP, in circumstances where the latest Newspoll published on the evening of Sunday, 13 March 2022, placed Mr Albanese in this late stage of a Federal Election cycle (by the way, Mr Morrison is currently using our money to campaign before calling an election, rather than actually calling the election which means the Liberal Party’s money may then only be used) in a winning position on the Two Party Preferred poll (55% ALP- 45% LNP), as well as the poll confirming Mr Albanese’s ever increasing popularity whilst Mr Morrison’s personal approval rating is rapidly declining. 60 Minutes Sunday program featuring Mr Albanese attracted far more viewers than the 60 Minutes article with Mr Morrison and his wife, you know the article, it was when Mr Morrison did a terrible injustice to Dragon’s greatest hit rock song ‘April Sun in Cuba’ by playing it out of tune on a ukulele whilst he also sung out of tune.

Well of course a desperate Scott Morrison, already rumoured to be feeling the political heat within his own party to remove him as leader (lets face it, the South Australian branch of the Liberal Party had told Mr Morrison to stay away from the South Australian State Election, such is the dislike for him in that State), could not act decently, he wanted to weaponise the Senator’s death there and then that Wednesday afternoon whilst he was in Perth. I should mention at this juncture, whilst Mr Morrison was making a public appearance with Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan that same day (not McGarron as Mr Morrison had so ignorantly pronounced the Premier’s surname earlier in the day), he was heckled by a passer-by with words I shall not repeat, but words which suggested Mr Morrison is not particularly well liked in Western Australia as well. I objected on Facebook to this distasteful behaviour of Mr Morrison’s on Wednesday evening, as it clearly was not only distasteful, but it was also desperate.

Any matters of internal party interplay which Senator Kitching may have been allegedly exposed to should, as a matter of our Anglo-Irish democratic roots, be dealt with in the decent manner after the funeral, not the appalling manner of the hamburger and fries GOP conduct which has sadly seen American democracy facing such difficulties since Donald Trump decided Clive Palmer was not the only billionaire who should try to enter the political forum.

On Thursday Mr Morrison proved again why he is becoming so disliked, and demonstrating he is so inappropriate to hold the office of Prime Minister, when he misled the Australian public about the history of our unemployment data, only to then try and backtrack in the most embarrassing manner.

Then on Friday morning The Murdochracy were at it again, publishing an article in The Daily Telegraph which had relied on information from Emma Husar. In that article Ms Husar raised allegations of bullying within the culture of the ALP, the only problem is it appeared to be inconsistent with a public letter Ms Husar had issued one year beforehand in which she did not mention the alleged bullying of Ms Wong, Ms Gallagher, and Ms Keneally (accusations which all three Senators have denied in a written statement they published yesterday).

The Costello Cartel of 9 Entertainment then decided to join the bandwagon of distasteful behaviour when the Today Show had its normal Friday political guests of Richard Marles and Peter Dutton. Mr Marles had already told a Murdoch journalist the previous day the line of questioning about Senator Kitching was distasteful. That Friday morning on the Today Show one of the show’s hosts, Allison Langdon, decided she would pursue the distasteful media behaviour by repeatedly questioning Mr Marles in circumstances where he had told her after the first question, he considered it to be inappropriate to pursue that line of questioning when Senator Kitching has not even had her funeral. To make matters worse, Mr Dutton (who has many questions to answer regarding the state of our ADF and the failure to deploy them properly for the floods) said he wanted some answers, now joining Mr Morrison in the terrible weaponising of a tragic death. Mr Dutton also claimed he was Senator Kitching’s friend, a claim which does raise some eyebrows as her close political friend is of course Bill Shorten (because Mr Dutton is such a miserable human he perhaps thinks a person saying hello to him means they’re a friend). The Today Show then had Ms Husar on for fifteen further minutes of distasteful television.

Mr Morrison thumped away in interviews in Western Australia on Friday demanding answers from Mr Albanese, continuing the appalling and distasteful weaponising of the Senator’s death. Mr Morrison even had the temerity to ask where Mr Albanese was – we all know where was at that time, Mr Morrison, campaigning in a state in which your own party told you to stay away from. What is even more intriguing is Mr Morrison is demanding answers from Mr Albanese when Mr Morrison has gone missing in action over accusations about certain behaviour within the Liberal Party, and of course there is his own bullying of Christine Holgate and Julia Baird’s yet to be properly investigated accusations of bullying.

I am not a scientist, so I am not going to speculate on causes of death. However, I am a person who believes in our Anglo-Irish democratic roots, our conduct as citizens within such a democracy, including the way we act when someone has died. Weaponising a death is the worst traits of the GOP, and even the Liberal Party’s Dave Sharma has said this week he fears the Liberal Party is slipping into that abyss of the far-right GOP style of governance and political behaviour. We know the Murdochracy has already been the subject of media shows about their conduct within the American political system, and of course 9 Entertainment is headed up by Mr Costello, the former Liberal treasurer under John Howard.

As I said at the outset of this post, the behaviour this week by Morrison, and now Mr Dutton, as well as their partisan media friends weaponising a death is vile and distasteful. Decent behaviour demands observing the rights of the late Senator Kitching’s family and friends to mourn privately, and with dignity. That is the Australian way of behaving, behaviour which Mr Albanese last Wednesday requested the Federal Government and the media to abide by. Heaven help us as a country if the likes of Mr Morrison’s behaviour becomes the lowbrow norm of political behaviour.


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