1) You would be a touch inhumane if you didn’t think the drought wasn’t having a calamitous effect on individuals, families and towns throughout this blond Australian landscape.
You would be even more merciless if in the scheme of things you turned your back on a politically bipartisan approach to helping those on sunburnt properties overcome the sorrow of their quandary.
There are many who in despair have given up the fight, given up their love of the land, defeated by endless sacrifice to an unforgiving sky and less caring land. Many suicides serve as testimony to the truth of it.
Why then is our Christian Prime Minister who says he prays for the drought’s end, playing politics over aid for these poor folk?
The situation is simple. Labor will lend its support to at “any level” the Coalition names so long as the money isn’t taken from another portfolio at which our Prime Minister has responded by saying he will deal with the crossbenches instead.
All very smart because he can then say, and be technically correct, that Labor didn’t support the plan.
Hypocrisy never seems to reach drought proportions in the land of Scott.
2) At first I couldn’t believe it. So much so that my morning coffee burnt my lower lip and I will be walking around with a strange look on my face for the rest of the day.
“Anthony Albanese calls on MPs to lift the standard of political discourse.”
“And that when you call someone a liar flippantly you don’t really have another gear to go to after that.”
Albanese is turning out to be a quintessential campaigner for a better parliament. Will he succeed where Turnbull failed? My fear is that the hard heads of many a Labor veteran still wants him to do the old biffo routine.
Anyone who has followed my writing over the past 6 years knows perfectly well where I stand on this issue. Democracy has been stolen from us. It is worthy of rescuing. True tough intellect can win the day.
3) I wonder when those who so enthusiastically voted for the $1000 bribe instead of better services for the community in which they live will wake up to the fact that Morrison intends to do nothing about reducing our climate emissions and we will not meet our Paris target.
4) Isn’t it truly lamentable that a senior Australian public servant can be paid $886,000 PA and at the same time be doing an awful job?
Well so found a review of APRA led by former ACCC chief Graeme Samuel, that “leadership, people and culture” were issues and that it “should address variation in leadership capability for all management levels”.
“You can’t earn $886,000 [as Mr Byres does] and not be fully responsible for leadership, transparency and contestability.” Senator Patrick told The New Daily.
It seems it is not only the Government who is minus any management skills.
“History is just an ongoing commentary on the incompetence of men.”
5) Besides the truth this Government has always been loose with money but when one of most well known, and popular citizens by the name of Smith, receives a $500.000 Franking Credit return from the tax office and then complains that he doesn’t need nor want it. Well, then I wonder just how many folks are getting tax returns of this size.
It’s a pity Dick didn’t raise the issue during the election campaign. The rich have that many tax rorts to choose from that they must become confused at the end of each financial year.
Meanwhile, the country’s most vulnerable people are left wondering what they did wrong.
“How is it possible for the inherited rich and privileged to understand poverty?”
6) The funniest thing though is that last week we had The Australian newspaper saying that “stubborn” workers were responsible for wage stagnation, because they were failing to switch jobs often enough.
Yes, I know you think I’m joking but I’m not. It’s all mixed up in this politics of “what’s in it for me?”
I hear what you’re saying. Yes, I know we have a Christian Prime Minister.
7) What follows are a few snippets from a piece by Dr John Falzon a Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice. He was national CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2012 to 2018.
“Labor did not convince people that it would make their lives better.
The distance from being underemployed to being unemployed to being homeless is not long.
At one of the booths a few of us had some interesting conversations with the two young people handing out for Palmer’s United Australia Party.
There was a sense that they were being told to be grateful for whatever they got, a bit like the neoliberal formula for the ideal labour market.
Like Treasury’s bizarre attempt yesterday to blame “stubborn” workers for wage stagnation, because they were failing to switch jobs often enough. Thankfully there are signs that Labor may be about to draw the line on some of this.
Unless we succeed in collectively re-framing what it is to be a member of society, what society is, how the sense of the social can triumph over the primacy of private profit and private gain, our policies will not cut through, they will not scratch the neoliberal itch, they will not speak to the broken soul of the nation. This is a struggle that is not limited to what happens in parliament. It is, above all, a struggle that needs to be waged in workplaces and in the community, in suburbs and in regions.”
8) An interesting proposal. Should we abolish private health insurance for a public system only?
9) Peta Credlin was discussing Getup. Said ban them from handing out how to vote cards. Make them conform with the requirements of a political party.
10) The Leader of the Opposition tells his shadow cabinet not to call the Government liars and the Prime Minister tells his Ministers to stick to their portfolios and limit media appearances. Wow.
11) The words “Send her back” repetitively chanted at a Trump rally are a shocking indictment of how politicians use words for propaganda.
”America may be the most advanced technological nation on earth but its social progress on matters of great moral importance is still fighting its way out of the dark ages when mysticism was rampant.’’
13) Newspoll after a disastrous 12 months or more of getting it wrong was rumoured to recommence today. A no show. Make of it what you may.
My thought for the day
“Ask them, they are the government.”
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