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Scott steps up but all he can hit is fouls

Scott Morrison might tell us he has “stepped up to the plate” to bring everyone together, but ever since he became PM, he has been pissing people off.

His captain’s call to bring up his willingness to “discuss” moving our embassy to Jerusalem angered the Palestinians, the Indonesians, the Malaysians and the Australians who recognise that would be an incendiary move.  Why would you announce a “discussion” at such cost?

Likewise his Trumpian thought bubble to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal which angered all those who worked so hard to secure it.

The dismissal of the IPCC report and the arrogant gaffe by Melissa Price and her “cheque book” has pissed off Pacific nations and the majority of Australians who want action on climate change.  Morrison has firmly stuck his head in the sand, saying we won’t be contributing to the UN fund as we promised, and we won’t be going to climate change conferences.

The suppression, followed by the inevitable leaking, of the Ruddock review has ended up annoying both the gay rights activists and the religious lobby as we now argue about whether religious schools should keep the right to discriminate against gay students and teachers.

The support for gambling advertising on “Australia’s biggest billboard”, aka the Sydney Opera House, angered pretty much everyone except the racing industry and the politicians who are oh so eager to appease them.

The never-ending attacks on the ABC, with more funding cuts and four reviews underway, shows a government scared of scrutiny and unable to take criticism.  Hands off our ABC has become a clarion call in the community.

The special deal to give extra funding to religious schools has enraged public school advocates and made a mockery of needs-based funding.

The embarrassing revelation that Coalition Senators don’t have a clue what they are voting on when they supported Pauline Hanson’s ridiculous anti-white discrimination bill should worry everyone as should Abbott and Howard’s push to undermine the autonomy of universities with their Western civilisation degree.

The refusal to save the children on Nauru has angered doctors, lawyers, refugee advocates, and, finally, the majority of the public.  Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton have tried to hide the plight of the asylum seekers we have incarcerated, denying there were any problems or deflecting responsibility to the corrupt Nauruan government who is keeping these people hostage in order to keep the money rolling in.

Our slashing of foreign aid whilst spending hundreds of billions on war machinery might please the arms manufacturers but it has angered the world community who understand the value of helping our neighbours.

Our push to become an arms exporter has led to several contracts to supply the Saudis with weapons but our government, unlike others, shrouds these dealings in secrecy, unwilling to say exactly what deals we are doing and with whom.  We can’t even decide whether to be cross with them or not for dismembering a journalist in their Turkish Embassy.

Despite advice from everyone that welfare payments are inadequate to live on and an impediment to finding employment, welfare recipients continue to be penalised whilst tax cuts for the wealthy are fast-tracked.

With stagnant wage growth and sham contracting adding to inequality and eroding workplace entitlements, the government goes in to bat for the employer every time, cutting penalty rates and defending the casualisation of the workforce.  They have done everything in their power to undermine collective action by workers, attacking unions for all they are worth.

Claims from women within Morrison’s own party that they have been bullied and intimidated have been swept under the carpet, as were all the investigations into Barnaby Joyce’s behaviour in giving his girlfriend a job, rorting his expenses, and harassing women.  But hey, let’s bring him back.  What sort of signal does that send to women about making complaints?

Scott may have stepped up to the plate swinging but all he has done is hit foul balls – his eye is on the camera and not the game.

After Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison, it’s time for the Australian public to call it – three strikes and you are out.


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  1. Terence Mills

    Unstable government defined :

    We saw this illustrated during the week when the coalition’s elected members in the senate lined up to vote for Pauline Hansons’ It’s OK to be white dog whistle.

    As the coalition fronted up to vote some of them didn’t even know what they were voting for and even when some incredulous cross benchers and Labor/Green politicians called out to them : “do you know what you are voting for ?” The response was in many cases was that they didn’t.

    None of them it seems had taken the time to enquire into this silly motion from Hanson, none of them had questioned why this motion was coming before the senate. What they did know was that sucking up to One Nation was coalition policy, so anything goes.

    Surely that is a clear example of a government that lacks integrity and stability !

  2. New England Cocky

    Kaye Lee, you have accurately as usual reported the sad facts of present Australian political life, where lack of policies is seen to be meritorious, lack of moral principles a necessity and lack of suitable leadership beyond the capabilities of any person in the LNP misgovernment.

    May the Wentworth bye-election today (201018) return a candidate who will cause this mess to be sorted out by the Australian electorate before Christmas 2018.

  3. Kaye Lee

    Yes Terence, their arrogance and ignorance are unsurpassed.

    Greens whip Rachel Siewert called out “Do you know what you’re voting on?”

    Barry O’Sullivan responds: “I don’t know and I don’t care, because you’re over there, which means I’m over here. It’s all I need when I come in. I don’t look for the whip, I look for you people.”

    He would rather vote with Hanson than the Greens regardless of whatever nonsense she is proposing. Ideological idiocy.

  4. John Ocallaghan

    This Govt are on the ropes, and all that is left for us to do is to deliver the knock out blow at the next election!

  5. Matters Not

    All over ABC radio this morning was a high ranking officer who announced the investigation of drones as a weapon of warfare. Apparently, the enemy did just that and is now dropping small explosive devices on our troops.

    While we spend $115 million on each plane with uncertain flying capability and reliability, our enemy goes to KMART and pioneers a tactical breakthrough. Had to feel sorry for the gentlemen in question who obviously drew the short straw.

    Using drones! Would would have thought …? Buy shares in KMART.

  6. RomeoCharlie29

    Thanks Kaye Lee for another lucid encapsulation of the government’s inadequacies but especially for the Barry O’Sullivan revelation that he doesn’t vote on issues, just blindly opposes any position taken by the Greens ( and presumably Labor). Queensland voters, if informed, might wonder why they bother with him. This might be a good theme for GetUp to pursue in the election, assuming he is up for re-election..

  7. Matters Not

    Paul Fletcher on ABC 24 this morning chanting the 4 line mantra. We all know it’s a script and deviations are forbidden but surely there’s some room for individuality.

    The result was another car crash! Talk about slow learners. Surely there’s someone in authority who can stop them making absolute fools of themselves. Otherwise put it on the Comedy Channel.

  8. Matters Not

    O’Sullivan will now have more time for his property investments – his current day job. Politics is just a hobby.

    And topping the list of property ownership is Senator Barry O’Sullivan with 33 properties declared on interests registers.

    The Toowoomba senator’s extensive property portfolio includes 11 agricultural properties in Kleinton, and 11 commercial/investment properties in Toowoomba, and one in Kingaroy, according to an analysis by the ABC.

    Another two investment properties are held in Goondiwindi, three in Silver Ridge and two in Brisbane while the Nationals senator has two residential properties – one each in East Toowoomba and Canberra.

    The Canberra property is listed as a “residential unit investment”.

    I think he might be in favour of negative gearing because he’s just a mum and dad investor trying to get ahead. Believe what you will.

  9. MikeW

    But we “Stopped the boats and drownings at sea”, well maybe who knows as we don’t talk about on water matters, like a lot of things this bunch of imbeciles do it’s shrouded in secrecy.

    Let’s hope this bunch of clowns get a hiding in Wentworth today although a 17% swing is a big ask.

  10. Ross in Gippsland

    “Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.” Donald Horne 1964.

    Fast forward to 2018 and things have gone sharply downhill from Mr Horne’s polite 1964 observations. But if you look around the world today we are not on our pat malone, it seems the entire world is run by greedy fourth rate incompetent f#ckwits. Australia is different only in the fact that our f#ckwits are either fifth or six rate incompetents. (Apologies for the language but no other word adequately describes these people).
    The Hayne Royal commission is currently shining a very bright and less than flattering light on the quality of our grossly overpaid so called corporate elite while the current federal government lurches from multiple weekly or sometimes daily fiasco’s, administrative errors, debacles, crisis, cock ups and fingers in the public till scandals, irrespective of which Liberal Party Muppet is PM on any given week.
    But there might just be a small glimmer of hope for us yet, Wentworth may be the start.
    Makes you wonder what Mr Horne would say of Australia in 2018.

  11. Kaye Lee


    I rather liked this recent offering…

    “A politician can destroy our future, a politician can ignore the best evidence and be responsible for decisions that lead to deaths of many and the suffering of all, and still be free until the end of their days to milk the legal corruption that is Australian public life, picking up highly paid sinecures as ambassadors, board directors and lobbyists for the corporations they were once meant to regulate in our interest.

    …both the government and Sharma, state that they are “doing enough” on climate change.

    The very phrase drips with the contempt of our political class for Australian citizens who they take for passive fools, easily manipulated. As with marriage equality we see a polity determined to do nothing.

    Since 2013, the Coalition government in its various incarnations has lied, laughed and destroyed when it comes to this most fundamental matter: that of our future. Their record is one of deceit, obfuscation and craven capitulation to the fossil fuel industry. It is a party that has evaded its most fundamental responsibility to our land and our people, and the time for a reckoning has arrived.”

  12. Diannaart

    Top writing, Kaye Lee.

    Being Jewish does not mean being a Zionist. Relying upon the Jewish vote in Wentworth by ProMo’s latest dogwhistle does not, necessarily, result in more votes for a LNP which is so divided, confused and out of touch.

    In fact the paucity of sincerity by Morrison may well result in a dog bite.

    However, as MikeW noted, a swing of 17% is a big ask. Any win, no matter how feeble, will be used as a further weapon against reason.

    The Jewish establishment can continue to brainwash kids on how great Israel and Zionism are. But as those kids grow up, and integrate into the rest of Australia, it is likely they will continue to experience a distancing, if not disillusionment from Israel. For Progressive and secular Jews, who are more integrated with Australian society, they are likely to reflect attitudes around them. As Australian public opinion, and liberal opinion in particular turns on Israel, so the secular and progressive communities will increasingly reflect those trends.

    It may be that the best hope for the Jewish establishment in this respect is to give up on the seculars and progressives, and try to strengthen ties with the political right, who are more firm and reliable supporters of the Israel government.

    It has traditionally been said that Jewish organisations speak for a majority of the community when they defend Israeli actions. It is increasingly clear that they speak in the name of a hawkish part of that majority, a hawkish part that represents a section of the majority, but by no means a consensus position.

  13. Kaye Lee


    I forced myself to read those lists. What a shocking indictment. And thanks to Sally McManus for her vigilance. She truly is a warrior for the people.

    PS Just read that neoliberalism article too. Thanks so much for sharing such important stuff. That’s what it’s all about. Sharing information so we can stop being conned by an inadequate political class who are in it for all the wrong reasons.

  14. Judith

    Re: Barry O’Sullivan responds: “I don’t know and I don’t care, because you’re over there, which means I’m over here. It’s all I need when I come in. I don’t look for the whip, I look for you people.”
    – Reminds me of another voter, so passionate that he simply voted the opposite way I did.

    I’m astounded at another example of hipocracy from this PM that gives thousands to headspace while ignoring advice about the mental health of children on Nauru.

  15. Keith


    I fully agree, Sally McManus is a real warrior.
    “Despicable” is a word describing those lists. I was not able to go all the way through them.

  16. Kyran

    Ms Murphy over at the Guardian has finally penned a piece on the alternate universe occupied by the IPA’s political wing. She fails to mention media complicity in promoting the alternate universe as ‘a real place’ or something having the slightest resemblance to any modicum of reality.

    There was another judicious and restrained appraisal written by Mr Birmingham. He carefully evaluates the marketing prowess of the government, with subtle reference to the need to eat well and more than a passing regard for the welfare of our farmers. Such careful insight is what has been sorely lacking from our bipartisan objective MSM, candidly honest, brutally refreshing, and a use of the English language not seen since those long gone days of ‘The Bard’. Keating, not Shakespeare.

    “I think it’s time for ScoMo to break out the raw onions. After all, there’s still a handful of escaped mental patients who think Tony Abbott should make a comeback, and if ScoMo could possibly swing them behind him by necking a fistful of stinking fresh bulbs and stripping down to a pair of bright, red dick-stickers, why not just go for it? The alternative is going limp in the middle of the road and just waiting for the eighteen wheel road train that’s coming to turn him into street pizza. And it could hardly be less ill-considered than trashing decades of bipartisan agreement not to f#ck around with the septic mess of Isreali-Palestinian politics for the sake of a few votes.
    But ScoMo’s accidental prime ministership is now so terminal that even the magic onion might not save him. What an effing disaster his soon to be short-lived Turd Reich turned out to be. An imploding supermassive shitshow of desperate incompetence so violently bunglef#cked six ways from Sunday that even listing the major oh-no moments feels like shamewanking over grief porn.”

    The rest of this well considered piece is equally clinical and dispassionate in its evaluation.
    Thank you Ms Lee and commenters. Take care
    PS I think it’s spelt ‘Fowls’.

  17. Alison Manders

    Great article, Kaye. I have only one criticism. Can we please not fall into the Murdochracy trap of referring to Social Security payments as welfare ? Words are important and the word welfare is most often used as a tool to demonise those less fortunate. Social Security is the legislative definition of payments received, and carries far less negative connotations.

  18. Kaye Lee

    I take your point Alison but how sad it it that terms like welfare, socialism, feminism, and greenie have negative connotations in this weird world we find ourselves in.

  19. Michael Taylor

    Alison, to break it down even further, social security payments come in two forms: pensions or income support.

  20. Frank Smith

    Nice piece Kaye Lee!

    Regarding Barry O’Sullivan. He was not elected to the Senate initially – the uncouth thug was appointed by the Queensland LNP to fill Barnaby Joyce’s Queensland Senate seat in 2014 when Barnaby noted he needed to be in the House of Reps to lead the National Party. So, Barnaby reasoned the NSW seat of New England would welcome him with open arms when Tony Windsor stepped down so he moved down there to create the chaos we have witnessed (and seemingly continue to witness).

    However, Queensland voted to retain O’Sullivan as a Senator in 2016 so he was elected at that time. Thankfully the Qld LNP have not endorsed either O’Sullivan or MacDonald to stand at the next Senate election – something about wanting “new blood” so fools like Canavan will probably lead the LNP Senate ticket now that Bookends Brandis is enjoying all the pomposity of Australia House.

  21. MöbiusEcko

    Here is a list of most of the things the L-NP have done to undermine action against AGW and against support for renewable energy. Why would a conservatively progressive constituency like that in Wentworth vote for a mob that does this?

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott
    Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science – 16 September 2013
    Abolishes the Climate Commission – 19 September 2013
    Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bushfires and accuses a senior UN official of “talking through their hat” – 23 October 2013
    Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee which ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards – 8 November 2013
    Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO – 8 November 2013
    Abandons Australia’s emission reduction targets – 12 November 2013
    Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers – 9 December 2013
    Removes the community’s right to challenge decisions where the government has ignored expert advice on threatened species impacts – 9 December 2013
    Approves the largest coal port in the world in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area – 10 December 2013
    Approves Clive Palmer’s mega coal mine in the Galilee Basin which opponents say will severely damage Great Barrier Reef – 11 December 2013
    Overturns the “critically endangered” listing of the Murray Darling Basin – 11 December 2013
    Scraps the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 13 December 2013
    Starts dismantling Australia’s world leading marine protection system – 13 December 2013
    Axes funding for animal welfare – 17 December 2013
    Defunds the Environmental Defenders Office which is a network of community legal centres providing free advice on environmental law – 17 December 2013
    Scraps the Home Energy Saver Scheme which helps struggling low-income households cut their electricity bills – 17 December 2013
    Cuts funding to the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Programme which makes it mandatory for large energy-using-businesses to improve their efficiency –17 December 2013
    Requests the delisting of World Heritage status for Tasmanian forests – 21 December 2013
    Breaks his promise to provide a customs vessel to monitor whaling operations in the Southern Ocean – 23 December 2013
    Defunds all international environmental programs, the International Labour Organisation and cuts funding to a range of international aid programs run by NGOs such as Save the Children, Oxfam, CARE Australia and Caritas – 18 January 2014
    Exempts Western Australia from national environment laws to facilitate shark culling – 21 January 2014
    Appoints a climate change sceptic to head a review of our renewable energy target – 17 February 2014
    Blames carbon pricing for the closure of Alcoa smelters and rolling mills and the loss of nearly 1,000 jobs, despite the fact the company states it had no bearing on their decision – 19 February 2014
    Axes funding earmarked to save the Sumatran rhinoceros from extinction – 28 February 2014
    Cuts hundreds of jobs at the CSIRO – 14 March 2014
    Cuts 480 jobs from the Environment Department which help protect places such as Kakadu, Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef – 7 April 2014
    Scraps the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which was set up to support new and emerging renewable technologies and in doing so breaks an election promise – 13 May 2014
    Axes industry and community clean energy programs including the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, the National Low Emission Coal Initiative, Energy Efficiency Programmes, the National Solar Schools Plan, Energy Efficiency Information Grants and Low Carbon Communities – 13 May 2014
    Cuts Australia’s Animal Welfare Strategy – 13 May 2014
    Rips a further $111.4 million over four years out of the operating budget of the CSIRO – 13 May 2014
    Reduces funding to the Australian Institute for Marine Science – 13 May 2014
    Breaks a promise to have one million more solar roofs across Australia and at least 25 solar towns – 13 May 2014
    Breaks a promise to spend $2.55 billion on the Emissions Reduction Fund by committing less than half this amount in the budget – 13 May 2014
    Terminates the Office of Water Science research programme – 13 May 2014
    Slashes the Biodiversity Fund – 13 May 2014
    Scraps the National Water Commission – 13 May 2014
    Axes the carbon tax with no viable policy to address climate change or Australia’s emission targets – 17 July 2014
    Repeals the mining tax on the profits of big coal and iron ore companies – 2 September 2014
    Cuts spending on science and innovation to the lowest levels since the data was first published – 07 October 2014
    Describes coal as “good for humanity” while opening a coal mine in Queensland – 13 October 2014
    Refuses to contribute to the fund Green Climate Fund, which Abbott described the year before as “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” – 17 November 2014
    Cuts CSIRO funding, which means that CSIRO will lose 1/5 of its workforce – 24 November 2014
    Cuts the Climate Adaptation Outlook Independent Expert Group – 15 December 2014
    Cuts the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the Subcommittee on Animal Health Laboratory Standards – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the Emissions Intensive–-Trade Exposed Expert Advisory Committee –15 December 2014
    Disbands the Commonwealth Environmental Water Stakeholder Reference Panel – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the Bureau of Meteorology Water Accounting Standards Board – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the National Marine Mammal Scientific Committee – 15 December 2014
    Disbands the National Marine Mammal Advisory Committee – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the National Landscapes Reference Committee – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the Technical Advisory Committee for the Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package – 15 December 2014
    Abolishes the Marine Council – 15 December 2014
    Appoints a climate sceptic who praised Rupert Murdoch as the “starting point for green innovation” to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment – 21 December 2014
    Cuts $12.5 million from the National Heritage Trust – 12 May 2015
    Establishes a Commissioner for Wind Farms – 24 June 2015
    Slashes the renewable energy target – 24 June 2015
    Intense lobbying keeps Great Barrier Reef off UNESCO’s world heritage in-danger list despite many government decisions which threaten it – 2 July 2015
    Directs the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop investing in wind power – 12 July 2015
    Bans the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from investing in rooftop solar panels and other small-scale solar energy – 12 July 2015
    Reduces Australia’s carbon emissions reduction target – 11 August 2015
    Tries to introduce laws to stop citizens from exercising their legal rights to stop big developments that damage the environment – 19 August 2015

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
    Approves Carmichael coal mine – 16 October 2015
    Environment Minister Greg Hunt claims selling India Australian coal will cut carbon emissions – 10 Dec 2015
    Approves Abbot Point Coal Terminal expansion – 22 December 2015
    Presides over a drop in Australia’s ranking on the Environmental Performance Index of 10 places – 28 January 2016
    Approves logging in Murray Valley National Park – 28 February 2016
    Tries to loan Adani $1 billion to build a railway link to the Carmichael mine and promises to “fix” native title problems – 11 April 2017
    Describes Labor’s emissions trading scheme as “jobs destroying”, a handbrake on the economy, leading to “much higher energy prices.” – 27 April 2016
    Says coal will be important for “many, many decades to come” – 25 October 2016
    Seeks changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to stop conservation groups challenging environmental ministerial decisions – October 31, 2016
    Says “if anyone had a vested interest in showing you that you could do really smart, clean things with coal, it would be us” – 1 February 2017
    Opens $5 billion infrastructure fund for “clean-coal” power stations – 3 February 2017
    Hires Sid Marris, former head of climate and environment at the Minerals Council of Australia, to be his climate and energy adviser – 3 February 2017
    Scott Morrison brings a lump of coal to question time and says “This is coal. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared.” – 9 February 2017
    Ignores advice that renewable energy was not to blame for South Australian blackouts – 13 February 2017
    Oversees 3.4% rise in emissions within 12 months and 7.5% increase since the Abbott-Turnbull government scrapped the carbon price – 01 March 2017
    Diverts funds from Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund coal with carbon capture and storage – 31 May 2017
    Stops releasing pollution data that used to be announced on a quarterly basis – 7 July 2017
    Attacks South Australian renewable energy policy as “ideology and idiocy in equal measure” – 14 August 2017
    Lobbies AGL to delay closure of ageing Liddell coal power station for another five years – 5 September 2017
    Dumps Clean Energy Target – 17 October 2017
    Plans to reduce environmental spending to less than 60% of the 2013-2014 budget – 13 December 2017
    Data released in the week before Christmas shows highest greenhouse gas emissions on record when land use change emissions excluded – 19 December 2017
    This data shows emissions increasing to 2030 and beyond – 19 December 2017
    Declares climate policies are a big success – 19 December 2017
    Climate policy review loosens the safeguard mechanism that sets limits on pollution – 19 December 2017
    Government fails to list a single piece of critical habitat for protection despite 1800 species and ecological communities being identified as threatened in Australia – 6 Match 2018
    Backs Pauline Hanson’s motion for new coal-fired power stations – 27 June 2018
    Turnbull’s signature emissions reduction policy, the National Energy Guarantee, described as having ‘no benefit’ to emissions – 18 July 2018.
    Personally approves a $443m fund for Great Barrier Reef Foundation, an organisation with ties to BHP, Shell and Peabody Energy – 31 July 2018.
    Removes emissions reduction target from National Energy Guarantee – 20 August 1018

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison
    Appoints Angus Taylor, a long-time campaigner against the Renewable Energy Target and a fierce critic of wind energy, as Minister for Energy – 26 August 2018
    Appoints Melissa Price, a former general counsel for Crosslands Resources, which owns the Jack Hills iron ore project in Western Australia, as Minister for the Environment – 26 August 2018
    Appoints Matt Canavan, who doubts the importance of climate change mitigation and is a strong advocate of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine but dismisses the battery storage facility, the Hornsdale Power Reserve, as the “Kim Kardashian of the energy world”, as Minister for Resources – 26 August 2018
    Angus Taylor indicates more taxpayer money for existing coal and gas – 30 August 2018
    Revealed that the Marine Park Authority had to scale back surveys in 2017, a year of massive coral bleaching, due to lack of government funds – 2 September 2018
    Angus Taylor says there is too much wind and solar in the electricity grid – 5 September 2018
    Tries to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands forum – 6 September 2018
    Union tells Senate inquiry that 87% of members who work in threatened species management in the environment department and other government agencies thought Australia’s effectiveness in protecting critical habitat was poor or very poor – 7 September 2018
    Resources Minister Matt Canavan says Paris agreement “doesn’t actually bind us to anything in particular” and doesn’t stop Australia building new coal plants – 7 September 2018
    PM says National Energy Guarantee “is dead” – 8 September 2018
    Tony Abbott advocates scrapping of renewable energy subsidies – 11 September 2018
    A report shows Australia’s transport emissions rose 3.4% from December 2016-December 2017 – 13 September 2018
    Angus Taylor announces Morrison government won’t be replacing the renewable energy target “with anything” beyond 2020 – 18 September 2018
    Approves private tourism development with helicopter access in Tasmanian world heritage wilderness – 31 August 2018
    Morrison says Australia will meet its Paris emissions targets “at a canter” despite no emissions reductions policies and statements from the Energy Security Board to the contrary – 5 September 2018
    Australia receives bottom three ranking for environmental policy among wealthy nations – 18 September 2018
    The government tells Great Barrier Reef scientists to focus on projects which make the government look good and encourage more corporate donations – 26 September 2018
    Releases data showing March quarter increase in emissions of 1.3% on a Friday afternoon, which was a public holiday in Victoria and the same day as the release of the banking sector royal commission interim report – 28 September 2018
    Describes $444m Great Barrier Reef Foundation grant as the “right financial decision” – 1 October 2018.
    Data reveals 770,000 hectares (three times the size of the ACT) of forests in the Great Barrier Reef catchment zone have been cleared since Tony Abbott was elected in 2013 – 4 October 2018.
    Senate inquiry into threatened species told Australia’s environment laws have been “white-anted with loopholes” and hears of “massive and pervasive non-compliance with legislation” – 8 October 2018
    PM rules out providing more money for global climate conferences and “all that sort of nonsense”– 8 October 2018
    Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says Australia should “absolutely use and exploit its coal reserves” despite IPCC warnings of climate catastrophe and says Australia wouldn’t change climate policy because of “some sort of report” – 9 October 2018
    Matt Canavan responds to the IPCC calls for phasing out coal by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by saying “many argue that coal markets are in structural decline when nothing could be further from the truth” and “our coal is the envy of the world and we should promote it proudly” – 9 October 2018
    Melissa Price responds to the IPCC report by saying “every year there’s new technology with respect to coal and what it contributes to emissions. So I think to say it’s got to be phased out by 2050 is drawing a very long bow” – 9 October 2018
    Angus Taylor says the government would “not be distracted from our goal of lowering power prices for Australian households and small business” and “coal will continue to play a vital role in our energy mix, now and into the future” – 10 October 2018
    Former Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg responded to the grave IPCC warnings with “If we take coal out of our energy system, the lights will go out on the East Coast of Australia” – 9 October 2018
    Chairman of Coalition’s backbench energy committee Craig Kelly says the government needs to axe renewable energy subsidies – 16 October 2018
    Melissa Price reported having told the former president of Kiribati at a dinner in Canberra ““I know why you are here, it’s for the cash. For the Pacific, it’s always about the cash. I have my cheque book here, how much do you want?” then accused of misleading Parliament over it – 17 October 2018

  22. Pete Petrass

    Almost on a weekly basis now we see such articles as this listing the complete chaos and incompetence of this government. And each week the list keeps on growing and we now sit here trying to imagine if things could get any worse. To our complete amazement things do keep getting worse and it is getting really depressing for the future of our country. My feeling now is that this government are intent on liberally splashing cash anywhere they can just to make it more difficult for Labor when they take over. Just so they can stand up and blame Labor some more.

  23. Kaye Lee

    silkworm, that video is hilarious.

  24. Michael Taylor

    At least we know he’s rehearsed his lines for Parliament.

  25. MöbiusEcko

    Thanks to New Matilda Michael.

  26. MöbiusEcko

    And the very sad thing is that a long list of miscreation could be made from just about every major policy of the L-NP going back to the rise of Howard.

  27. MöbiusEcko

    And the sadder thing is that they were voted in more than once despite these damning lists of failures.

  28. Diannaart


    Love this cartoon. Says it all.

  29. Kaye Lee

    Morrison says, in his defence, “I understand you’re angry. I was there when it was happening, supporting the then-prime minister when they were seeking to take him down.”

    He seems to forget that “they” is the party he leads. “They” are the ones who caused all this. “They” are the people wearing his ridiculous flag badge. Yes we are angry. But Promo is one of “them”, the people he pretends he had nothing to do with, the people he sits next to, the people that have inflicted policy paralysis on this country. It’s them or us and Promo, whilst wanting to pretend he is one of ‘us’, is the leader of ‘them’ and no pronoun can change that. We don’t vote for you Promo, you are asking us to vote for the “them” that you want to distance yourself from. Well so do we. .

  30. MöbiusEcko

    Oh, I wish I had the prose in me to have written this. From a tweeter in John Birmingham’s account.

    An imploding supermassive shitshow of desperate incompetence so violently bunglef*cked six ways from Sunday that even listing the major oh-no moments feels like shamewanking over grief porn.

  31. Matters Not

    Remember, if Sharma wins or loses, it’s all part of God’s plan. Morrison will admit that it he’s asked.

    Who will be brave enough to venture that question in the advent of a loss? Emma Alberici perhaps?

  32. Diannaart

    Well, Matters Not

    It is a loss, a huge loss for Morrison.

    Now things are going to get really interesting.


  33. paul walter

    Yes, it’s a whupping.

    Will the conservatives still remain tin-eared even after all the self imposed disasters to have afflicted them this year alone?

  34. paul walter

    Btw, thanks Mobius Ecko (sorry, no umlaut).

    The sheer scale of the disaster for the country that list represents must not be allowed to slip from memory.

    If even Wentworth folk have a gutful, what must the rest of nation be feeling?

  35. paul walter

    Discussed a bit this week on ABC’s Drum show, Kronomex.
    The panellists the last few nights were mainly liberal, yet predicted the Wentworth result for the sort of reason you offer as an example. As for the specifics, more on this here:

    Includes Yoga; Aboriginal smoking ceremonies.

    No kumbaya Ecuminism here, reads more like the “Three Cheers for the Paraclete” novel about the reactionary Roman Catholic church from way back in 1968… crikey, we did this at high school and I am all but at pension age now.

    The conservative right are panicking, suffocating under a deep and suffocating paranoia. You’d have actually had to have watched Friday’s Drum to grasp how pathetic this excuse for a decision comes across as. A relatively conservative panel tore it shreds along with a couple of similar irritations also traced back to Morrison reactionism.

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