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A Tale Of Two Leaders But Whatever You Do Don’t Say It’s A Race!

A few days ago, I was tempted to write a scathing piece about Adam Bandt’s response to Labor’s 43% target. You know the sort of thing, point out that complaining that Labor wasn’t going hard enough and how well that’s worked as a strategy over the past few years. Like when the Greens got together with the Coalition and blocked Kevin Rudd’s plan for an emissions trading scheme because it wasn’t ambitious enough.

But then I though I’d have to be even handed and point out all Labor’s faults, like Joel Fitzgibbon.

And then I imagined all the comments where some Green supporter would accuse Labor of just being interested in power and some Labor supporter would fight back and accuse the Greens of being naive and then some anti-vaxxer would say how none of it matters because everyone will be dead before climate change happens because the non-vaccinated are being sprayed with Covid at rallies and the vaccines will kill all those who are vaccinated and we need more people to go the rallies to fight the government who’s killing the enlightened and then someone would say that vaccines never killed anyone and then someone else would link to a website which explained how investing in gold is the only way to preserve your wealth after the whole system crashes due to Bill Gates being a socialist.

So, I decided it was probably safer just to stick to Gladys, who isn’t the Liberal candidate for Warringah

When I say that she isn’t the candidate for Warringah I’m simply being factual. I could just as easily say that she isn’t the candidate for Bennelong but then I’d start a lot of speculation about whether she’s been approached for the former but she’s holding out for the later because she doesn’t want to tackle a seat that she might lose.

No, really, I know that nobody is reporting what I just wrote and there are two reasons that nobody is reporting it: 1. They’re all too busy reporting the government line that she might be standing for Warringah and 2. It’s a total fabrication.

Of course, that second point hasn’t stopped all the media salivating like Pavlov’s dogs every time a member of the government rings a bell.

I don’t see Gladys standing for a number of reasons:

  1. How do the Liberals counter the obvious? She had to stand down as premier because ICAC were investigating her for misconduct and conflicts of interest, but we don’t worry about such things in Canberra.
  2. Then there’s also the: So this why she resigned her seat and didn’t merely stand down as Premier; she was planning this all along. She’s just turned her back on the people of NSW in their hour of need.
  3. The whole Morrison strategy is to talk her up and then say that she won’t stand because an unelected body like ICAC has stood in her way, and isn’t it good that we haven’t rushed into having a federal integrity body!
  4. There’s a distinct possibility that she’d be in Opposition, which might mean that she could become the Opposition leader but it’s hardly the sort of gig that one would willingly take on when you could just try for a much better paying job lobbying for Wagga.
  5. Even if the Liberals won the next election, she’d have to go to Canberra and listen to Scott Morrison’s speeches in the party room.

Of course, I could be wrong, but whatever – the media is full of the idea that the election campaign has started because Morrison is doing lots of photo opportunities and Albo is releasing policies. Personally, I think that Morrison doing photo opportunities is him getting on with what he perceives his job to be, but maybe I’m getting too cynical after seeing this year’s photo of him putting up the same Christmas decorations while totally ignoring basic ladder safety like having someone hold the ladder and putting it somewhere near the thing your placing in position.

Whatever – I thought that the events of the weekend gave voters a tough choice: Albanese who announced a policy on extra TAFE and university places and Morrison who got driven round in circles by the person in the driver’s seat. Ok, it may not seem like a tough choice but last time voters elected the man who wasn’t in the driver’s seat and was content to go round in circles.

 

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Still I did enjoy Leigh Sales hard-hitting question to Chris Bowen last night about electric cars, which – if I leave out a large chunk of the interview – seemed to be: When will an electric car be the same price as a Hyundai i30 – was that an ad on the ABC? Leigh should be counselled! She then suggested that a Tesla was around $70,000 and that this was the sort of question that the average person wanted to know. Personally, I’d like to know when I can get a new Mercedes for the same price as the i30 because the fact that she was comparing a small affordable car with a luxury model like the Tesla seemed a rather strange comparison. So when are Aston Martins going to be as affordable as the Nissan Leaf, Leigh? I think that’s what we all want to know!!

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Scotty Morrison’s Economic Bounce From The Printing Of Booklets

Interviewer – Good morning, we’re joined today by Tor Kingpoints, the only person available owing to all Liberal MPs flitting between the various going away parties for outgoing MPs.

TK – Good morning.

Interviewer – So what’s the mood in the party room like.

TK – From what I hear, it’s very positive. The government has had an extremely good year and they’re all looking positively at the future.

Interviewer – Is that because you don’t want anyone to look at your record?

TK – Ha ha, of course not. We’ve successfully done heaps of things and we’re looking forward to moving forward and making forward progress in the future which is where all future progress will be and we don’t intend to get stuck looking back at the past.

Interverviewer – Exactly what do you see as your achievements?

TK – Now there’s no need for hostile questions like that, we’ve achieved a lot. Australia is still here and nobody listening to this has died which is all down to the PM and his government.

Interviewer – But people did die from Covid and some would argue…

TK – Some people are always prepared to argue. All I’m saying is that most of our success is in front of us and that’s why we’re not going to be looking backward.

Interviewer – Specifically, can you name a government achievement from 2021?

TK – Apart from all the lives we saved? Well, what about our commitment to net zero by 2050? That’s a pretty big achievement!

Interviewer – But you used to say that there’s was no point in committing to a target unless you knew how you’d get there…

TK – Technology not taxes, that’s how we’ll get there.

Interviewer – What does that mean?

TK – It means that we won’t tax people and we’ll give lots of money to the fossil fuel companies so that they can see if they can come up with something that reduces emissions?

Interviewer – Won’t this come from taxes?

TK – Not theirs because we don’t want them to pay any!

Interviewer – But doesn’t someone have to pay…

TK – Look let’s not get bogged down on this one glorious achievement, we’ve got plenty more. We’ve got pages and pages of legislation ready for the delivery of a federal integrity commission.

Interviewer – So why haven’t you introduced it?

TK – You’ll have to ask Labor that?

Interviewer – Is that because you don’t have an answer?

TK – No, it’s because they’re refusing to have a bipartisan approach and we can’t introduce legislation this important unless they agree.

Interviewer – But that hasn’t stopped you introducing other bills such as the Religious Freedom bill…

TK – Well, that’s because a bill like that is too important to wait till everyone agrees. The Religious Freedom bill is there to differentiate between the good people who care about things and those who would follow the path of evil like Labor and The Greens.

Interviewer – Aren’t Labor supporting the bill?

TK – Not without looking at parts of it first which suggests that they’re really just supporting it to take it off the table. But let’s not focus on the past, let’s move forward and look at the future. The future, that’s what counts.

Interviewer – Ok, so what about the Jenkins report will you be implementing all 28 recommendations?

TK – It was a shocking report, truly shocking and let me say that, it was no surprise to any of us, but let me point out that all parties have problems and it wasn’t just us.

Interviewer – Yes but, as you say, let’s not dwell on the past, are you going to implement the recommendations?

TK – I’d like to remind you that we were the party that commissioned the report and we did this, thanks to complaints from our staffers, so really it’s something that the government should take a lot of credit for.

Interviewer – The recommendations?

TK – Yes, they’re in another booklet. We’ve released more booklets than any other government in history and if it wasn’t for this, why the whole printing industry may have gone under in the recent pandemic…

Interviewer – What is your plan for the recommendations?

TK – I’m glad you asked that because we certainly have a plan, unlike Labor, and it’s an excellent one.

Interviewer – Would you like to give us the plan?

TK – Well, first we’ll look at the recommendations in Cabinet and then we’ll form a working party to device how we can best work through the booklet in a way that maximises the opportunities for genuine change and then that working party will co-opt various people to make a report which will then be given to the PM in the form of a booklet which he can show the press, so that they’ll all know that we haven’t been idle.

Interviewer – But exactly what action to improve things for everyone and females in particular will the government be taking?

TK – Look I can’t pre-empt the working party. Sorry but I going to have to go.

Interviewer – Oh, do you have another interview?

TK – No, it’s just one of the end of year parties will be in full swing and if I don’t get there soon, I might miss the stripper.

Interviewer – Thanks for your time.

TK – See you next year after I get preselection.

 

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Scotty Goes To War Or Series 3 Of “The Don’t Do Government”!

We’ve always all had the experience of watching the disappointing next series of a show we liked where it just doesn’t work for you any more… You know what I mean, it’s not that anything’s different or that the formula has changed, it’s just that it’s sort of that little bit staler because well, it’s just too much like the last series and the one before and you suddenly understand that you know the formula a bit too well to find this entertaining any more.

Well, this latest series of “The Disappointing Government” isn’t like that for me. I didn’t like the first series which had Tony Abbott as the lead character. It didn’t take long for everyone to realise that he was too unsympathetic to keep viewers hooked and his demise kept some people interested with the surprise twist of a new lead.

But when the new lead was hamstrung by the fact that he was given very similar lines as the old lead and he felt that he couldn’t do anything but repeat them without losing the role, the series wasn’t something I wanted to watch anymore.

Rather than try to appeal to a wider audience the writers again borrowed the “Death In Paradise” formula of bringing in a new lead character. However this time there was a twist: Suggest that the lead was going to be another unsympathetic man, then throw in the possibility of a woman, before eventually settling on the surprise compromise of Scotty the boat stopper.

This twist kept us all watching with the idea that this would be a last hurrah and that the show would be replaced in the new year by Bill and The Big Spenders but there was a twist in the tale.

Scotty and his boy wonder, Josh, got the Budget back in black… next year. When asked if this was a projection and not an actual return to surplus Scotty assured that, “No, the Budget is in surplus next year and that won’t change whatever happens.” What about unforeseen circumstances? “We know that there won’t be any of those.”

Well, all the episodes since have followed a familiar pattern: Something goes wrong, Scotty denies that it’s gone wrong, if that doesn’t work, he finds someone to blame, if it’s someone on his side, then Phil the fixer is asked to do an inquiry where he doesn’t ask questions of anyone who knows anything, then we all eat a curry or build a chook shed for non-existent chooks. If none of that works, we can always let Jenandthegirls out of the cupboard for a family photo and hope that distracts people until the next SNAFU which is almost certain to happen within days.

This week, however, things definitely became a little bit more interesting. While occasionally, governments may have trouble getting legislation through the Senate, it’s rare that they lose a vote in the House Of Representatives. To lose one, but insist that you haven’t really lost it because you’re not counting the people who voted remotely adds the new plot device of “Will Scotty be able to convince his own party to vote for his legislation?”

Then there’s the question of Peter Dutton moving that the member be no longer heard. Does that require an absolute majority or a simple majority? Will the new Speaker – the one that Barnaby prefers to the old one – have to consult every time we have a vote? Will Scotty try for the record of the most lies in one sitting? Will the fact that it’s such a predictable plot device mean that Josh won’t challenge even though it might keep people interested a while longer? Will the religious discrimination laws mean that if I say I’m a Satanist that the Christian school down the road can’t refuse to employ me because my beliefs will be protected? Will the journalist who allegedly misquoted Linda Reynolds and told readers that she said that NDIS shouldn’t be “welfare for life” face consequences, or are the government worried that he/she has the tapes? Was the idea that people can’t stay on the NDIS for life, part of Morrison’s miracles? If I suggest that any of the front bench are apologists for this government will I be sued? If I am, can I retract it and say that none of the bastards are sorry for any of their incompetence.

There are so many questions. Although it now seems clear that we won’t be invading Taiwan to keep it safe from China. Instead, we’re sending people to the Solomon Islands which is almost as good as a war because we can ramp up the rhetoric and find a way to suggest that not supporting the government at this time of conflict would be unpatriotic.

Of course, when I say time of conflict, I’m not suggesting that the Coalition is at war with itself…most of them will tell you that they’re completely united and there’s a general consensus on just about everything!

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Scott Morrison Meets And Beats Me Every Time!

Now before some PM gets litigious and tries to suggest that my headline suggests some sadomasochistic relationship in the prayer room between me and Scotty, I’d like to state clearly that I didn’t vote the man, so there’s no evidence of any such thing… And even if I had voted for him, there is such a thing as a truth defence…

No, I merely meant that the previous week has been so full of material that I could satirise that I was left with nothing because I couldn’t think of anything that was more ridiculous than this mob of miscreants that some people refer to as a government.

Not Scotty himself, obviously. He’d never refer to himself and his mates as a government… and by never I mean, like most of the things he says, not this week. He runs a “don’t do government” and, like Barnaby thinks that we all want government out of our lives.

As a side-note, I recently read that, as a child, he was in “Oliver” where he played The Artful Dodger… Talk about someone who was typecast at a young age…

So there I was, pen in hand… actually keyboard under fingers but that doesn’t sound as poetic… there I was, pen in hand, about to write about how we agreed to look at our emissions target for 2030 when we’d already looked at it and decided that it was just fine and we were certainly prepared to look at it again in the few hours after signing up and say, “Yeah, isn’t it great. We could look at it all day, I mean, isn’t it perfection? Yes, we’ll continue to look at it and tell it, please don’t change because we love you just the way ou are…”

However, I was distracted by… what was it again? There was something that made me stop and think I should be writing about this not that… Was it one of Barnaby’s sober interviews? By sober, I mean serious and I don’t wish to defame the man by suggesting in any way that he was anything else but serious…

Ah, yes, the nooses… Well, I would like to unequivocally say that we don’t support threats even though I understand why they’re upset and sometimes domestic violence occurs and I certainly condemn it and it has no place but I do understand that men sometimes get frustrated by women and… OH, I THINK I JUST FOUND A WAY OF DOING SATIRE BY BEING MORE OUTRAGEOUS THAN SCOTTY…

Oh damn, I just remembered that he suggested that those women who marched were too far away to meet with and that they were lucky that this was Australia because they’d be met with bullets if they tried it in some other country.

No, he beats me every time.

I think I’ll go to Hawaii…

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Some Tinkle Peep I Should Be Ledder of Da Nashunal Party…

Interview Transcript from one side only:

There are moments when you think that you know what’s going on… Like some of the conspiracy theories make sense…

Notice I only said some, before you think that this is a recruiting ad for Qananan… Mmm, never realised how close “Qanon” and “Quoran” were in terms of spelling until I misspelled one of them… Can’t remember which one because I don’t remember much these days… don’t tell the guy who’s mates with the guy who is connected to one of them, I think it’s QandA Nonny no… but anyway, surely we can make something of that and this job of being leader was always mine…

Always mine… mmm, great slogan for the Nationals…

Now let me make it clear that t never signed anything so…

Thanks, I will have another…

Anyway… Patricia let me just say that I’m the…

Yes, thank you, that’s what I am, I wake up every morning and I say that I am that…

But let me make it clear that I was never in Glasgow so there’s no way that I’ll agree to making gas go…

Ha ha,,, did you hear that PK?

That was very clever of me Glass go, gas glow…

Ha ha, I’m the Deputy P…

Oh, I think I may need one.

How can we afford child support if we don’t sell coal because that’s where most of our money comes from… well, most of mine and I’m the one who… No, I didn’t leak about… Oh, I see…

Any resemblance between this and any interview that our Deputy PM did is pretty remote so any legal action is liable to result in me being the next leader of the National Party.

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The Liberals Are Planning To Ban Cancel Culture!

Ok, it’s not actually true that they’re planning to introduce legislation to do it and a lot of people will be saying that the headline is just clickbait, but I can say that it’s not and that it’s irony and anyway, there was no headline and if you think that there was, well, you’re the sort of person who believes the Labor lies about Scott Morrison talking down electric vehicles…

Morrison has never said any such thing. I know this because our leader has said that he didn’t and if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s Scott Morrison’s word because he’s never told a lie in public office. I know this because – when asked – Morrison said he’d never told a lie and if you can’t trust the word of a man who tells you that they’ve never told a lie, then who can you trust?

After all, Labor are the ones who were going to introduce targets to reduce our emissions which the modelling showed would cost us thousands of dollars each and ensure that we all had to sell our first born child into slavery… which was a real problem for childless people and pensioners.

Pensioners, you may remember, were going to miss out on thousands of dollars already because when Labor removed their franking credits, their share income was going to drop from $250,000 pa to a mere $180,000… That is, the pensioner owned a share parcel of about ten million dollars.

Anyway, Scott won and that’s lucky because without his economic leadership, the country would now be in debt and the budget would be in deficit and Labor would be spending the money combatting climate change instead of allowing “can-do capitalism” to do all the work in return for a billion dollars or so. You see, while Labor would have wasted taxpayer money subsidising people to find solutions to climate change, the Liberals instead give money to the private sector and say, “There you go, this should help you reduce emissions!” And thanks to the Liberals’ much better modelling, cutting emissions will now SAVE us money.

Anyway, “cancel culture” is the actual topic for discussion here and when we talk about cancel culture we’re not talking about when we cancel contracts for submarines or when the government move the gag motion in Parliament because the Opposition is saying things they don’t like. No, it’s when people ask for things to be boycotted or silenced just because a person disagrees with what’s being said. We frequently have certain groups trying to stop people from expressing an opinion just because it happens to contain demonstrably incorrect and dangerous information and this shouldn’t be allowed to happen.

Take Peter Van Onselen. He was allegedly defamed on Twitter… I hope I’m allowed to say allegedly and that he won’t sue because he did tweet that he considers the fact that the person concerned took down the tweet and apologised was clear evidence of wrongdoing… Anyway, he was allegedly defamed and the tweet has been removed, the person has apologised, but this wasn’t enough for Mr Poor Victimised Onselen.

No, the person also added to their crime by deleting their Twitter account which meant that the apology also disappeared. So now, not only can’t people see whatever awful thing that was said, they can’t see an apology about something that most people won’t know about… unless they ask around because the outrage has made them curious. This sent the alleged journalist into a fury, telling Twitter that he would never let this rest and that the mob was trying to silence him…

Now, Mr Van Onselen has a right to run his own life, but personally, if someone were to say something defamatory about me…Let’s say someone suggests that I have a flatulence problem. Personally, I would prefer to ignore it, but if I were moved to obtain an apology and a retraction, I’d certainly consider it counterproductive to constantly remind people that something was said about me – which wasn’t true – and have people wonder what was said or, if they know, wonder about how bad the flatulence problem really is. And I certainly wouldn’t say that I’m never going to stop until… Or actually, to quote PVO, “I’ll never let it rest!” so there is no until.

I’d be happy that I’d received a retraction and an apology and I’d figure that this has cleared the air… Perhaps the wrong phrase to use when talking about an alleged flatulence problem.

But that’s just me.

Although once public figures were also pretty reluctant to use defamation proceedings on the grounds that they might amplify what would others only be heard by a handful of people. And politicians rarely did, partly because of the same reason, and partly because parliamentary privilege meant that it seemed unfair that they could defame people without legal consequence, so it might seem a bit unfair to the average voter. Now, we have the Minister for War (is that defamatory, whoops!) telling us that there should be a fund for politicians to use taxpayer money to sue people saying nasty things like they’re unfit for office. I presume this means that any successful prosecution would be paid back to the taxpayer, given that we stumped up the money in the first place. Although, when I think about it, that would mean that any. newspaper editor, businessperson or lawyer setting up a blind trust to pay for a politician’s legal costs would get the money if they’re defamation case was successful.

Free speech should never be stifled, unless you have a really good lawyer.

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Breaking: Scott Morrison Had A Shave This Morning!

There’s something very strange about the nature of what news organisations actually do. I mean you may have once thought it odd that the news takes up exactly the same amount of time each night but as you grew older, you probably worked out that it’s because there are people who are selective about what actually gets broadcast…

And, of course, when Scott Morrison invited the media to follow him and take photos while he got a haircut, then that’s big news. Imagine if you decided to go and have a cup of coffee instead and all the other news outlets had the scoop of Scott Morrison’s trip to the barber and you were left with something less significant.

Personally, I’ve spent the day anxiously waiting for the updates on the hair situation. How did Jen react? What’s Labor’s position? Will they release it or will we have to wait to closer to the election? Will we hear about his shave this morning?

I couldn’t help but wonder if Morrison will invite the media if makes a trip to a proctologist… Although, I suspect that he won’t need to… The proctologist is highly likely to discover a number of them during the examination.

Whatever, a few valiant souls are trying to point out Morrison’s backflip on electric vehicles, while the PM tries to confuse them about exactly what he said in the hope that we’ll have forgotten and that all footage of him saying it will be banned under the official secrets act.

“No, no,” says Scotty, “I was never against them. I was merely against Bill Shorten’s policy which mandated that everyone would have to have one, and anyway, the technology’s come a long way since then… why, they have a much longer range owing to the fact that they now use batteries and the car doesn’t stop once you reach the limit of the extension cord…”

Ok, he didn’t actually say that but it’s a lot closer to what he said than anything he’s pretending that Labor said. Labor’s aim, if you remember was for 50% of all NEW cars sold by 2030 would be electric. Given the way vehicle manufacturers are getting out of combustion engines, this seems like buying anything but electric might be difficult by 2030. We’ll have to rely on the Australian car industry to make the ones with grunt that Scotty assured us that Australians all loved… Oh, that’s right. Joe Hockey told the remnants of our car makers that the country wasn’t big enough for the both of them and that they had until sundown to get out of town.

And his latest thought bubble about subsidising chargers at people’s homes is another fine sounding proposal, if you don’t actually think about it. Why don’t I get an electric car? Price. Does the lack of a charger at my house put me off? No, because if I could afford the car, then installing the charger would be the least of my worries. Charging it away from my home is a consideration but this doesn’t really do much to fix that.

But Morrison is against the idea of mandating things, which is pretty funny even if you don’t have the wit to ask him what the Indue card’s all about. The idea that the government shouldn’t mandate things is a nonsense. The only question for any non-anarchist is what should a government be mandating and what should be a matter of choice? After all, the government has no problem mandating work for the dole, asylum seekers being held off-shore, unions obeying certain laws and whole range of things.

Similarly, I can’t quite understand why none of the media have pointed out that there’s an absurdity to the “technology not taxes” mantra. When the government tells you that it’s going to subsidise the private sector to come up with the solution… But won’t the government be giving them taxpayer money? And won’t they have to tax people to do that? (Ok, not necessarily… I get Modern Monetary Theory!)

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”.

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Counting… Not My Usual Schtick

When I was in Grade 2 – as we called it in those days – I decided to count to a thousand in my head.

It took me from the start of the day until sometime in the middle of Playtime (Recess) because there were all these other tasks that I had to do as well because I didn’t take the teacher into my confidence and explain that I was counting to a thousand for reasons I don’t understand now but I presume that I had some reason… Like all those mundane tasks had some point even though I could do them and count in between the spelling test or the national anthem or whatever.

Anyway, I remember the epiphany when I got there. Now it’s just the same thing again until I get to two thousand and then three thousand and then…

I realised that I could count forever and not stop…

My school career, like the rest of my life, has been punctuated by moments of extreme stupidity and extreme cleverness which sometimes surprised my teachers and those around me because for a large part of it, I cruised. Of course, it was only when I surprised myself that anything meant something to me.

My life since school has had more trouble than I ever would have expected for someone with so much potential. God, I got sent to an elite private school for the latter part of my secondary education because my mother had faith in me – or maybe she just hoped that one of her offspring would be the person she knew she could have been in a different time.

In the midst of my darkest hours, I remember that not only did I develop empathy, but that I understood that I owed it to the whole human race to survive. Not just because I could but because every time that someone gives up, then the bastards get a little closer to winning.

I realised that I counted. And so does every single human who is worn down by the grinding machine that never seems to relent.

I realised that I could count forever and not stop…

We all count. Sometimes one is enough.

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Seeking The Leaking…

“My wife says that she had no idea that I was about to announce that I was leaving her for another woman, but look at this text she sent me: ‘Can I expect you home for dinner?’! That’s clear evidence that she knew our relationship was in tatters! See, this proves that I’m not lying when I say that I made it clear that I wasn’t going to stick with my wedding vows, and when my wife calls me untrustworthy, I think that men everywhere should be offended.”

Yes, that does sound rather absurd, doesn’t it? But that’s pretty much what good old Scotty is dishing up to us. Macron should have known that all wasn’t well, so I didn’t need to ring him till after I stepped out with my new best mates and announced that I was moving on.

Of course, Paul Kelly thinks that Morrison had no choice but to mislead Macron, but Paul Kelly is known for putting his blind trust into the government. (That’s Paul Kelly, the guy who works for Murdoch, not Paul Kelly the health guy, not Paul Kelly the singer, not Paul Kelly the ex-Swans captain.) Of course, it does seem a little strange that The Australian also published an opinion piece from Greg Sheridan which argued that Morrison was right to publish the text from Macron to show that he had, in fact, let him know that the subs deal was cactus. This seems to be another occasion when the Murdoch Pravda asks us to hold two contradictory positions at the same time.

It seems that some in the media are starting to question the contradictions in the narratives that Morrison puts out. Not everyone, but that’s pretty much because they rely on his office feeding them stories and if they were to print a story showing him in a bad light, then the backgrounding would stop and they’d have to walk a bit further than one of the Canberra bars to actual find something to write about. So, we’re all just expected to nod when he says that he’s never been against electric vehicles and he never said that they’d ruin the weekend and he’s always supported net zero and we can achieve net zero while opening more coal mines and burning more coal and… by the way, isn’t it great about that little girl being found, I know because I have two daughters and Jen said imagine if it was your daughter and I said, “Well, that’s just so upsetting that I’m going to make a curry that’s one of the girl’s favourites… I can’t remember which one because I’ve spent so much time in quarantine that they look the same to me, but Jenandthegrirls will be in my heart and my photograph this weekend when we have a heartfelt reunion until I go back to Canberra where I’ll be calling on the Governor-General before Pete and Josh find someone who can accurately count numbers!”

Yes, some journalists are actually saying things like: How can it be true that you let Macron know, while simultaneously briefing people that you had to keep him in the dark? Some are even wondering whether other leaders may worry that you could leak private communications and that you’re a bigger security risk than Tim Smith after two glasses of wine, which is apparently enough to put you nearly three times the legal limit.

I expect any day now that the PM will ask Phil Gaetjens to investigate who actually leaked the text message of the French president just so he can refuse to comment on it.

Anyway, I think it’s always worth remembering that even The Titanic sank when the leaks grew too big.

And speaking of the unsinkable, it’s the buoyant Alan Jones last show tonight. Yes, old Jonesy isn’t getting his contract renewed, so I expect he’ll go out with the same grace and class that he’s always shown… I’d be almost tempted to watch if it wasn’t for the fact that I might die of shame if anyone found out!

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War With France Is Inevitable, And Other Obvious Things That Morrison Will Soon Say!

Listening to Angus Taylor on “Insiders”, I was impressed that he summed up the situation on net zero so honestly and openly. First, it would be wrong for this government to commit future governments to things, so we could only plan for the next ten years and, secondly, we wouldn’t be changing anything in the next ten years apart from relying on technology not taxes to enable us to reach net zero and the technology hasn’t been developed yet. However, we are committing billons of dollars to developing it, because we don’t think taxes are the answer.

Given the lack of anything concrete, one wonders what the discussion in the Nationals’ Party room was like:

Barnaby: Scott wants us to commit to net zero by 2050.

Pitt: Why?

Barnaby: He thinks it could be an election issue so what do you all think?

Littleproud: What’s it involve? Like what do we have to do?

Barnaby: We have to commit to net zero and he’ll make billions available to mitigate against the adverse consequences.

McCormack: Which are?

Barnaby: Well, none, because we won’t be changing anything.

Christensen: If it involves shutting down coal mines I’m against it.

Barnaby: Actually Scott’s agreed to build a coal-fired power station if it stacks up economically.

Canavan: Doesn’t matter, I’m against net zero whatever. If I give in on this, nobody will interview me again, unless I think of something else to be against. I tried complaining about The Wiggles being woke, but nobody took any notice and…

So, as you see, this fits one of the two modus operandi of this government. Make an announcement committing billions of dollars, then not actually do anything so that you can announce the billions of dollars in the next budget or at the next by-election. I could ask where the billions of dollars are coming from, if not from taxes, but that might start a whole side-track about Modern Monetary Theory and we’d never get around to the main reason for writing today: Mr Morrison and the other modus operandi of his government.

A few weeks ago, Scotty announces that he’s cancelling our submarine contract with France and we have a deal with the US and UK.. As it transpires, it’s not so much a deal but an agreement to work something out at some future date… rather like when we were first in the queue for the vaccines. Now, when Dan Andrews fulfilled an election commitment by tearing up the East-West contract which the Liberals signed the day before going into caretaker mode, in spite of Andrews announcing that he wouldn’t be building it, he was attacked for wasting a billion dollars and getting nothing for it. Strange that this hasn’t been the focus of any of the discussion around the submarines.

No, it’s all been about whether we let the French know. And this is where the old Morrison MO comes into play.

  • The initial response when things go wrong is that it’s someone else’s fault. “I tried to ring but Macron didn’t take the call.” (Nobody told me or somebody else didn’t do the right thing. Think Brittany Higgins or the vaccines not arriving as early as promised.)
  • Then, it wasn’t my fault, but we’ll work it out and I’ll contact them and we’ll have a bit of a natter and it’ll all be ok. (Think Brittany Higgins again.)
  • If neither of these works, we may need Phil Gaetjens who works for the PM to launch an independent inquiry. Of course, by “independent” we don’t mean independent of the PMO, we mean independent of actually telling anyone else what he discovered or independent of actually asking anyone who might know anything. (And again)
  • Finally, background against the person or start an argument about some minor detail in the whole fiasco.

You’ll notice that we’ve hit that last point with the French president in the past day or so. Biden may said that it was “clumsy” but we’ll just ignore that and create the distraction of accusing the President of knowing and, by the way, has he forgotten about the war and how we helped. Ungrateful foreigner! He’s slandered all Australians by calling me a liar.

Yes, this is Morrison using diplomacy to repair the relationship. No, not the one with France. That’s basically stuffed and, even though he’s risking any free trade agreement with the EU, he’ll double down and up the rhetoric because – just as he did with China – the issue isn’t getting a good outcome, the issue is ensuring that he’s in an election winning position.

He hasn’t suggested that war with France is inevitable, but I guess that’ll be Dutton’s job as Defence Minister.

 

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Credit Where Credit Is Due, Scott Morrison Reveals Roadmap

After telling us for years that there’s no point in setting a target unless you know how you’ll get there, Morrison has announced that Australia is committed to net zero by 2050.

It’s been quite a struggle to pull off this remarkable achievement. First the government had to work out the plan before they could decide where they were hoping to end up. Yes, it’s hard to do that because if you don’t know where you want to go, you don’t know which roadmap to pull out. However, after years of deliberation, the government has managed to find a way to agree with itself. Apparently this was the hard part but now we’ve managed to work out that this is a worthwhile thing, than we can relax knowing that technology will save the day and we don’t have to stop burning coal or ruin the weekend by buying an electric car. Of course, this is rather like continuing to smoke but insisting that even if you do get lung cancer there’s likely to be a cure before it becomes terminal, but at least it’s a strategy that works if your aim is to stop yourself from worrying too much about the possible consequences of your refusal to change your behaviour.

So what does this commitment actually mean. Well, it means that the government is committed to net zero by 2050 even though there’s no legislation in place.

It seems we won’t be doing anything in the life of this parliament or for the next ten years. In fact, it seems that what we have is a government which has committed some future government to actually doing something about net zero so it’s only reasonable that they don’t legislate anything because it wouldn’t be right to tie a future government down like that… Although there is legislation about tax cuts for high income earners in 2024.

And given that we now have a commitment, it’s only right that we should have a plan because weren’t we told over and over again that there was no point in having a goal unless we knew how we’d achieve it. Well, it seems that they do have a plan because I heard Coalition MPs attacking Labor as having no plan. If Labor don’t have a plan, it makes it hard for the government to steal the best bits and attack the rest until it’s decided that some of the bits they were attacking last week are worth stealing. Rather like the whole idea of net zero itself, which just a few short months ago was a wrecking ball that would destroy the economy but will now be the salvation of many, many jobs. In particular, they hope, the Prime Minister’s.

As I understand it, the Morrison plan is similar to many of his other plans:

  1. Make the announcement that there is a plan.
  2. Hold up a booklet with lots of pictures, numbers and words.
  3. Keep doing what you’ve always done and hope that something turns up that helps you to avert disaster. In this case, technology.
  4. Tell everyone how good it is to be Australian.
  5. Make a curry.
  6. Get photographed with Jen and the girls.
  7. Introduce something that’s controversial enough to get people talking but not so controversial that everyone thinks it’s a totally bad idea.

 

Image from news.com.au (Photo by NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman)

 

Anyway, Scotty’s gone to Scotland and Barnaby Joyce is the Acting PM, Gladys is telling ICAC that Darryl had no more access to her than any other MP which must have been a shock to Darryl who didn’t realise that she’d given out so many keys to her house, Tony Smith has resigned as Speaker insisting it’s got nothing to do with dissatisfaction with the government (an interesting comment in itself… if someone at your workplace quit but insisted that it wasn’t because the place was poorly managed and likely to collapse at any moment, you’d have to wonder!), but Tim Smith capped it all off by tweeting a meme which showed storms over Melbourne with the words: “Great weather for outdoor retail and dining Daniel Andrews?”

There is a bit of discussion about proposed changes to pandemic laws giving the Premier too much power, but if Andrews can control the weather, I think he already possesses more than a leader should have…

Mm, maybe Scotty should just give Dan a call and then we wouldn’t have to worry about the fact that the technology we have in our net zero is yet to be invented… If Tim “Donuts” Smith is right, Mr Andrews could limit warming with a click of his fingers.

 

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“Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter” – Proverb

“The first is an old habit of men of this ilk of asserting that women are not to be believed but men are. There is a long brutal tradition of asserting that men are credible but women are incredible, men are objective, women are subjective, and this guy has just treated us to how a man might argue that, and in doing so he has unwittingly succeeded in demonstrating something else. He has imagined reasons why she might be unreliable and he seems to give them a credence that maybe we shouldn’t give our imaginings.”

Rebecca Solnit

I started reading one of the many books that I have in my “YOU REALLY SHOULD FINISH THIS” pile which is in a special shelf on the bookshelf just below my “READ NEXT” group. This is well away from my “YOU KNOW THAT YOU SHOULD READ THIS ONE DAY, BUT WHO ARE YOU KIDDING WHILE YOU HAVE THOSE OTHER TWO PILES” pile.

Anyway, this is a great book for when I’m not sure what to read because it’s a collection of essays by Rebecca Solnit entitled Whose Story Is It?

Today I just happened to be up to an essay entitled The Fall Of Men Has Been Greatly Exaggerated.

It seemed serendipitous in light of Grace Tame’s interview yesterday. When asked by Ros Childs, “The federal government is announcing details of a national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse awareness. I presume you have been involved in the drafting of that, what can we expect?”, Ms Tame looked surprised and replied that she hadn’t.

But she certainly lived up to her first name. She answered the rest of the questions with grace and class and made a lot of people wonder why she isn’t standing for parliament. (Give her time, give her time. She might actually do that, or she might actually decide that she’s the sort of person who can actually achieve something useful!)

Anyway, the Solnit essay spent some time focusing on a tweet about the woman who alleged that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when he a drunk teenager. The tweet suggested that the woman had possibly been drinking and so her testimony and memory were unreliable, whereas Kavanaugh could be relied on even though it had been suggested that he’d been drinking for quite a while before the party.

Whatever the actual events of any past incident, unless we have video footage we can only reconstruct them from the testimony of the people who were there at the time. And that’s the whole trouble with events which are disputed, we can only go on what’s most likely to be the truth.

If I trip on the trunk of a tree and say that I tripped on the trunk of a tree in my front yard, the tree won’t dispute it, so most people will accept that’s what happened without cross-examining me. The difference in a case of sexual assault is that nobody will ask why I let the tree grow or whether I should have kept out its way. And nobody will suggest that the tree the presumption of innocence. The PRESUMPTION of innocence unless I prove my claim in court.

It’s become rather strange that we’ve come to equate the word “presumption” with the word “proof”. Just because I can’t prove that the tree tripped me, doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen.

Yes, the Solnit article made me glad that we live in Australia where things like the Brett Kavanaugh incident could never happen. He was questioned about it. We’d never allow such a thing to happen in this country because a person has the right to the presumption of innocent and if they’re innocent, what could an investigation show? I think that was Scott Morrison’s logic when saying that there’d be no investigation into Porter because the one that the police didn’t do was more than enough.

As for who paid his legal fees, it’s a mystery. And it seems that a million dollar donation is exactly like a lot of little donations to a GoFundMe campaign, so we really should check both before worrying about things like why would anyone make such a large donation if they didn’t either want something in return. Whatever, it’s a shame that this is preventing such a promising minister from being a member of the Cabinet. Someone should get to the bottom of it. Maybe Alan Jones could ask a few questions. He’s good at finding out things.

Anyway, Solnit’s essay is well worth a read, so I’ll let her have the last word::

Men with power magnify other men with power, sometimes by commissioning articles by or in defense of men who’ve assaulted women and verbal attacks on those women who were physically attacked or who spoke up for them, as we’ve seen in various New York publications this year.

 

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“We’d Like To Win The Premiership… By 2050… But Only If The Coach Can Keep His Job!”

Club President – I’d like to start the meeting. Now the purpose of this is to commit our club to winning the premiership by 2050. I know that we’ve never been big on winning in the past but circumstances mean that we’ll be left behind and kicked out of the league unless we’re a bit more competitive.

Matty – Excuse me, but who are other clubs to tell us what to do? Aren’t we a sovereign club with sovereign rights. (Murmurs of agreement from those near Matty)

:President – Nobody’s taking away our sovereign rights, but they won’t play with us unless we actualy make some sort of effort.

Barnaby – I just wish we could get those umpires out of our life. Who needs them?

President – Unless we make this commitment, we’ll have everyone out of our life?

Keith – What about the coach? He’s a good bloke. Does this mean that we’ll be sacking poor old Cole?

President – We can probably keep him on, but we need to make other changes. Like the playing group. We need players who can actually play.

Matty – Our fellows can play. Our club was built on these guys.

President – Yes most of the ones over fifty are talking about retiring.

Barnaby – Hey, weren’t you the one trying to get them to last a few more years.

George – That’s right. You said that they were cheap and reliable and we couldn’t afford to be paying for any new players who only turn up on sunny days.

President – Well, things have changed. There’s a few younger players who are showing promise and they’re prepared to play for free.

Matty – For free?

President – They may want us to pay for their gear but after that, every game they play will cost us nothing.

Barnaby – But they’re not as reliable as some of our old guys. They’ve been the backbone of the club for years.

President – They were good in the past but you’d hardly call Liddell reliable any more he broke down in the middle of the warmup last season. And Vic has to leave the field every few minutes because of his incontinence problem.

Matty – This is just ridiculous. If losing was good enough for our fathers, it should be good enough for us.

Treasurer – If I could just interrupt here, you’re all missing the point. If we don’t go along with what everyone else wants, we’ll find ourselves unable to sustain our current…

Barnaby – I don’t think ignoring our point of view is enough to get us on board.

President – Well, what would it take?

Matty – Coach Cole should be guaranteed a job for life.

Barnaby – And free drinks for all past players.

George – Open borders.

Keith – Not allowing our current players to retire just because they think they’re past it.

President – Ok, well if I agree to all those things, will you agree to commit to a premiership by 2050?

Barnaby – We’d have to think about it.

George – We can talk before the next match.

Keith – But we won’t be rushed.

President – Look, you just have to commit to it. It’s not like we actually have to do it.

Matty – Yeah, but once we commit, nobody will pay any attention to us any more.

President – Ok, well, can you get back to me before I go to the meeting with the league? I’ve got a meeting with all the other teams next week and imagine how it’ll look if I can’t make the same commitment that everyone else is making.

Barnaby – Why didn’t you just do what you usually do?

President – What’s that?

Barnaby – Lie about what you intend to do.

 

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Net Zero Contribution From The Usual Gross Quarters!

“Great news… The Coalition are about to announce a commitment to net zero.”

“Really? How did that happen?”

“Well, ScoMo has been pushing for net zero for years…”

“Morrison? Didn’t he take a lump of coal into parliament?”

“Yeah, he told people not to be afraid about getting rid of coal.”

“I don’t think it’s what he said.”

“I’m pretty sure it was. Don’t be afraid, he said!”

“Anyway, what’s the news?”

“After the Liberals have been telling us that they’re committed to net zero as soon as possible, and let’s be real here, you can’t do it any sooner than that because if you did, you would have done it before it was possible, which would mean that you haven’t done it at all because you can’t do what’s not possible. They just couldn’t commit to net zero by 2050 because of the Nationals.”

“You think that they’ll be able to get the Nationals to commit to net zero?”

“Yep, the National Party room is meeting on Sunday to discuss what’s on the table.”

“Probably a lot of papers.”

“What?”

“There’ll probably be a lot of papers on the table and the odd cup of coffee.”

“No, no, they’ll be discussing what Scotty is offering them in order to get them to agree to the target.”

“Oh, so what is Scotty offering?”

“Well, it’s confidential but I happen to have a source who tells me that he’s offering them… and I haven’t confirmed this, but he’s offering them incentives.”

“Yeah, what incentives?”

“I’m not at liberty to say. And neither are they, so it’s all pretty hush, hush.”

“So the voters won’t find out what these incentives are until after the Nationals have agreed to net zero.”

“Probably not even then. It’ll probably just become part of the Coalition agreement and will therefore be more confidential than classified documents like the ones that someone let Andrew Bolt read a few years ago.”

“Right, so we won’t know if they’re underwriting fossil fuels to the tune of $250 billion like Keith Pitt wanted.”

“I don’t see why we’d need to know when they’re just underwriting loans and not actually giving them money until they go broke.”

“And they won’t be building that railway to help get coal to the ships?”

“They might, but railways are good things aren’t they? Look, don’t tell anyone but apparently the Nats will agree to net zero providing that mining companies and farmers are excluded from changing their behaviour.”

“You mean they can continue to go on emitting greenhouse gases? So the Nationals will only agree if their constituents don’t have to make any changes.”

“Well, they’ll also want compensation.”

“Compensation for what?”

“For the fact that they had to worry about all these possible changes.”

“Ok, so with the right compensation and a promise that miners and farmers don’t have to change their practices the Nationals will agree to net zero by 2050?”

“Oh, sooner than that. They won’t wait till 2050 to commit, they might even do it on Sunday.”

“No, I mean they’ll commit to net zero by 2050, not take until 2050 to commit to it.”

“Oh, yes. Certainly they’ll do it before the election and with any luck, Scotty will be able to announce that this election is about a commitment to net zero and if you want that then you need to vote for the Coalition.”

“Aren’t Labor committed to it too?”

“Yeah, what’s your point?”

“Well, if both parties are committed, doesn’t that make it a non-issue?”

“I don’t see why. Once the PM says that the election is about committing to net zero then he’ll be the one showing leadership.”

“Won’t it then go to who has the best policies on achieving it? Like what will the government be announcing in terms of the pathway forward?”

“Why would there be any need to announce policies? Surely the commitment’s enough. I mean, we don’t want to get bogged down in details when this will be one of the best announcements the Prime Minister has ever made. It’ll be right up there with We’re front of the queue and his commitment to bushfire victims. People’ll love it.”

“But what about the follow up? Won’t he actually need some plan for achieving the goal?”

“I don’t see why, it’s never mattered in the past. Still, I suppose there’s a first time for everything!”

 

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So Let’s Hear It For The Echo Chamber Unless We Disagree…

Definition of echo chamber

: a room with sound-reflecting walls used for producing hollow or echoing sound effects – often used figuratively

Now, I could be nasty here… However, I’m used to putting up with teenagers who are sometimes rather nasty to teachers and I’ve learned that fighting fire with fire just leads to a bigger fire. It’s usually best to fight fire with something else such as water or some form of chemical retardant… And no, not drugs…

Anyway, there was a comment about something I’d written where I was accused of being a “Covid zealot” in an “echo chamber”. Like I said, I could have been nasty and gone down the literal path and asked him what he means by echo chamber and then pointed out that he was using it in the sense that most people use it… probably because that’s how all the people he normally reads use it and he has no idea of the etymology which I’ve added at the start of all this and…

But – like I said – I’m used to teenagers and I have a firm belief that everyone can learn… even me but I’m old and just like the saying says, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…”

Oh wait, I’m not a dog.

Anyway…

I reflected on his comment and thought about the whole echo chamber thing. It’s interesting that it’s usually only applied to people perceived to be left of centre by people who are so far away from the centre that they argue Hitler was a socialist. Or so out of touch with the mainstream media that they don’t realise that Labor are so far left that The Greens find it difficult to work with them because The Greens are so extreme that they…

Anyway… I didn’t mean to start the whole Green/Labor war here because this is an echo chamber and how could anyone vote for the one that someone will tell me they’d rather vote for Clive The Palmer than the other one….

I mean, when was the last time you heard someone refer to the Catholic Church as an echo chamber? Or any other Christian church that hasn’t been defined as a cult?

Every morning, I read “The Financial Review”. This, of course, is not an echo chamber because we have a variety of different opinions of the best way to make money… some of it involves letting the poor die, while others argue that the poor can still be put to work in some meaningful way once robots have taken their jobs….

I could go on…

Actually, I will.

If you looked at any of the front pages of the Murdoch Mead-jar on Monday you’ll notice that they all had something in common… No, I don’t mean the day and date… Geez…

It was all about the chance of turning this whole global warming green thing into gold… I may have misread it because I only ever read the headline unless I can get to the paper first while I sip my soy latte…

(That’s meant to be irony. I never drink soy because I support our dairy farmers in spite of being a lefty who reads the Finn and sips lattes and votes for a different party every time just to keep them guessing. I actually considered voting for the Liberals when Abbott was challenging Gillard then Rudd, just so I could say, “Well, I voted for Tony Abbott and I’m disappointed and I won’t be voting for him again!” …Yes, I know that we don’t ACTUALLY vote for our Prime Minister. Do you think I’m in some stupid echo chamber?)

 

Now, I’m pretty sure I could snatch the paper from the cold, dead hands of the idiots reading it in my local coffee shop but I’d like to go back because I’m not Tony Abbott who can come and go as he pleases… (Not libellous, so don’t even suggest it, REMOVED FOR LEGAL REASONS!)

In the end, I don’t mind echo chambers as long as they don’t hurt the ears. I’m confident the someone will disagree and tell me I’m wrong and explain why and that’s the way it should be. And I have the freedom to decide whether I take that on board and reassess things in the light of new information… Or whether I can just say, you idiot, you’re living in an echo chamber… which is an oxymoron, if you think about it…

Or even if you don’t, an oxymoron is an oxymoron whether you think about it or not…

In the end, I encourage everyone to disagree with me but there’s two things I think are very important:

  1. I don’t like stupidity
  2. There’s no reason to be mean unless you’re in an echo chamber that argues the best way to change the world is by mocking others….

Oh fuck, I’m guilty on both counts.

Thank god, you’re not really guilty until a court decides so I can be presumed innocent.

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