Morrison’s Joker propaganda worthy of Goebbels

Playing the Joker card worked a treat in the left and right weekend press for the Morrison Government:

This immense distraction has only one purpose, to bury the lede of the collapse of government service delivery during Morrison’s “let it rip” recession. ACOSS has summed up what is missing:

The ACOSS policy recommendations are organised across health, education, social security, essential services, aged care, disability, First Nations communities and emergency accommodation for women and children who are exposed to violence. They include the restoration of the economic support systems that were cut when vaccination rates reached targets, pandemic leave payments for all affected workers, a suspension of “mutual obligations” that require Centrelink recipients to unnecessarily visit offices and workplaces, free RATs to be mailed to all residents, equitable access to protective equipment, “fast and equitable vaccination for children”, including in schools, and measures to prevent inequitable access in remote and rural communities.

These are the basics of centrist government. Counter-cyclical income support, social safety net, practical health services to enhance freedoms. They should all have been put in place before Australia opened up, OMICRON or not.

We got none of it owing to Morrison policy unprocess and won’t see it now because that would acknowledge the failure. The rest is history as the economy tanks, health services buckle, freedom evaporates and fear explodes with no end in sight despite a looming near term peak in cases:

Meanwhile, businesses are being hit by a series of headaches caused by the outbreak, including sick or exposed staff isolating, supply chain breakdowns and shoppers staying home.

Economists Steven Hamilton and Richard Holden have both said the federal government should make rapid COVID-19 tests and N95 masks available and free to improve economic activity.

Mr Hamilton, a former Treasury economist, said the omicron wave was unlikely to be the last for 2022.

“You shouldn’t pretend this is a one-off thing,” Mr Hamilton said.

“Part of living with COVID is recognising that outbreaks will happen, and planning for them and managing them.

“And obviously, we didn’t plan for or manage this outbreak as well as we ought to have.”

…Mr Hamilton said governments needed to think more medium- to long-term to adapt to the virus and, along with free masks and rapid tests, should also incentivise businesses to improve ventilation.

He said businesses would keep getting smashed by lockdowns, whether government mandated or self-imposed, which would dampen investment.

Professor Holden, who heads the University of NSW’s school of economics, pointed to studies which said that in the US 90 per cent of the decline in economic activity was linked to self-imposed lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

“When there’s a lot of virus circulating in the community, people take precautionary measures themselves,” Professor Holden said.

“It’s not going away. It’s not going to be controlled in the sense that it’s going to be driven away, but there are lots of things we can do.”

Enter the Joker propaganda coup to distract and dissemble.

Even the Serbian President, who knows a thing or two about Big Lies, is looking on with begrudging admiration:

On Saturday Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic blasted Australia for “mistreating” Djokovic and accused Australian Prime Minister of using Serbia’s biggest sports star for political gain.

“If you wanted to ban Novak Djokovic from winning the 10th trophy in Melbourne why didn’t you return him immediately? Why didn’t you tell him, ‘It is impossible to obtain a visa?’” Vucic said on Instagram.

“Why do you harass him, why do you mistreat him, as well as his family and (a) nation that is free and proud?

“Is all this necessary to win the elections and please your public?

Well, Morrison ain’t going to win on his policy record, is he?

Houses and Holes

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    • Frank DrebinMEMBER

      Novak should flip this on it head and start campaigning extremely hard and loud to release the other detainees in that hotel.

      That may cause a few Minister and Border Patrol officials to start squirming in their seats. Nothing like a bit of sunlight to act as disinfectant.

  1. happy valleyMEMBER

    “Well, Morrison ain’t going to win on his policy record, is he?”

    But he wins on moral bankruptcy, brainwashing, deceit and underhandedness.

    • Ailart SuaMEMBER

      For me, it’s looking more and more likely, that what many learned individuals believe to be fact – that the world is controlled by a small group of ultra-wealthy people – and most governments and oppositions are merely ‘puppets’, is pretty much on the money. It would offer a plausible explanation, relative to major global events that have occurred over the past few decades. And some local events as well, such as the inconceivable notion that the other federal government we citizens are allowed to have, appears hell-bent on losing each and every election.

      Now, I’m not 100% certain this is the case. Maybe, 90% certain. One thing I am certain of, is if this ‘elite global establishment’ does exist, the least left-wing, ‘for the people’ governments in control the better. How many of you believe Biden’s Democrats will survive the next election? Or, Albanese will be Australia’s next PM?

      • The theory is at least plausible. The world is full of grey areas, but so many people are only comfortable with black and white. It’s best to think in terms of probabilities not certainties.

        • Ailart SuaMEMBER

          “In a sense, yes, but the conspiratorial tone is distracting. It’s class.”

          It’s a lot more than simply class, Ginger. If there are ‘back-room’ groups of people covertly influencing the people’s elected leaders, whether it be local donors, or global elites; that’s conspiracy in anyone’s language. ‘Conspiracy theories’, ‘antivaxxers’ etc, are the defence mechanisms use to discredit those who dare to challenge their primitive, sick narrative.

          I wonder how long it will take before the human species eventually finds its way out of the jungle, leaving its ‘animal instincts’ behind. Any ideas, Ginger?

          • It’s a lot more than simply class, Ginger. If there are ‘back-room’ groups of people covertly influencing the people’s elected leaders, whether it be local donors, or global elites; that’s conspiracy in anyone’s language. ‘Conspiracy theories’, ‘antivaxxers’ etc, are the defence mechanisms use to discredit those who dare to challenge their primitive, sick narrative.

            This is simply conflation.

          • You are conflating influence at one scale (wealthy individuals, industry groups), with globally co-ordinated, shadow organisations running (seemingly infinite-) layered strategies with intricate micromanagement and complex, years- to decade-long interdependencies producing exactly the outcomes they want at any given point in time.

            When people say “conspiracy theory” they’re referring to the latter, not the former.

          • Ailart SuaMEMBER

            How is it not conspiracy, when a wealthy individual, or ‘cartel’, coerces elected members of government and or opposition parties into ‘bending’ policy in their favour through substantial, regular cash donations? They are deploying subterfuge to achieve their own goals with total disregard for the both the voter and democracy itself.

            This is where who you refer to as ‘the latter’ start out.

          • People act in their own self interest. The ‘cabal’ are the very wealthy individuals acting likewise.

          • conspiracy
            /kənˈspɪrəsi/
            noun
            a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.

            The people you are trying to conflate with your shadow One World Government, aren’t particularly secretive about what they’re doing.

            That’s before getting into the whole Occam’s Razor thing.

  2. Totes BeWokeMEMBER

    “Morrison ain’t going to win on his policy record”

    No, Morrison’s going to win because he’s not Labor.

    Albanese condemns China. Comments on Uighurs and HK, …but not on their international threat, belt and road, or the virus, or Taiwan.

    Comments on house prices…but not on massive immigration.

    Comments on unemployment and underemployment…but not on massive immigration.

    Comments on aspiration of getting a job and buying a house…but has dropped the popular Buffett tax.

    Labor have it 100%, 180 degrees wrong again. Outside the houso’s and inner city extreme leftists, Labor are the polar opposite to what most Australians want.

    Labor’s going to lose even worse than the humiliation of 2019.

    Too woke. Too many of Rudd and Gillards disastrous front bench ministers still hanging around, NINE FROM RUDDS BENCH, still protecting their seats from the Greens.

    Even SMH commenters have turned against Labor.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/creating-wealth-albanese-s-election-pitch-to-aspirational-australians-20220114-p59odp.html

    Why continue attacking LNP? They’re not going anywhere until Labor’s fixed, or replaced. To me, that seems to be a fact.

    Without workchoices or similar major mistake by LNP, they’re not losing. Australia just won’t risk a Labor government with everything going on here and overseas.

    • Because the LNP are smug, god-bothering, stupid (but I repeat myself), narcissistic, vacuous, hypocritical, arseholes. Everything they touch turns to shit.
      Labor may not be perfect but they are light years ahead of the integrity-free zone that is the LNP.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Compared to the risks another Labor government would bring, no one cares about integrity.

        Look for integrity in your partner, your kids and mates. Not politicians.

        We want action to fix Australia. Labor’s not offering it, so we’re going with the status quo. You watch what happens.

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Go and have a read of the comments in the smh article I linked.

        Labor are alienating the people that voted for them in 2019, but aren’t gaining the voters they lost.

        Labor are moving further away from victory. They have a number of options they refuse to take (or don’t understand they need to take), AND MUST, be punished for it.

        Or we deserve everything we get.

        • kierans777MEMBER

          I did read a chunk of the comments. There were varying opinions. Those who are sick to death of the LNP will vote Labor just to get rid of ScumMo. Those who feel abandoned by the ALP becoming Liberal Lite may vote for someone else at #1 but because of preferential voting the vote may come back to the ALP. Or the ALP might have to form minority government with independents/minors who will force tax policy back onto the agenda.

          It’s not as black and white as you make out Totes.

          However I do agree that it’s getting to the time where Labor do have to come out with something. The should push hard on an ICAC, media reform and donations reform, as well as killing Big Australia. I think based on the massive trust deficit that the LNP have created, a platform to try and rebuilt trust in government could get up as it placates a large number of groups.

    • Totally agree with all of your comments. Albo couldn’t run a p..s up in a brewery. Appalling pubic persona just like his predecessor AND he needs to tell Krudd to zip his mouth.
      As for the Serbian President’s comments – clearly only looking at headlines!!
      “Why do you harass him, why do you mistreat him, as well as his family and (a) nation that is free and proud?
      “Is all this necessary to win the elections and please your public?

        • pfh007.comMEMBER

          Totes,

          Why on earth would you want to reward incompetence with a 4th term?

          Our political class is so woeful that the only thing we can do is toss them out as quickly as possible.

          A second term only if they really out perform in the first term. Otherwise chuck them out.

          The LNP should have been given the boot at the last election. The idea of giving them another term is bonkers.

          Slapping politician’s career ambitions around is the best approach.

          The opposition could be a drover’s dog and they would still be a better option than returning this hopeless lot for another term.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            I don’t agree.

            The opposition, just like in sport or any other endeavour, is the benchmark.

            No one needs to rise further than the next best.

            A jockey puts away the whip when he’s 5 lengths in front.

            The opposition is the alternative we’re looking at putting in as a government, and they’re not good enough by a million miles.

            Punish both parties, or you’re rewarding them for garbage. Put Labor in and you’re rewarding them for being garbage.

            We cannot get out of this mess going from LNP to Labor again and again. They need to be punished.

            BOTH OF THEM.

          • pfh007.comMEMBER

            “The opposition is the benchmark”

            Benchmark of what? They are in opposition and have no power to do anything.

            The only thing that we can measure is the performance of the government and they have been pathetic.

            Toss them out and if the ALP don’t perform toss them out after one term.

            We have seen right around Australia that governments DO NOT IMPROVE with age.

            They just get worse.

            The only punishment that matters to a politician is losing office.

            Toss the LNP out and given them a chance for a spring clean and a freshen up.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “They are in opposition and have no power to do anything”

            You know that’s not true. They can tell us their plan, and how they’d do it differently every hour of every day, and the completely underwhelming smh article is what we get.

            “performance of the government and they have been pathetic”

            I completely agree.

            “Toss them out and if the ALP don’t perform toss them out after one term”

            We’ve tried that for decades.

            Labor aren’t saying anything that suggests this time will be different.

            “We have seen right around Australia that governments DO NOT IMPROVE with age”

            LNP and Labor both stink. They both need to be punished, and not rewarded.

            “The only punishment that matters to a politician is losing office”

            There’s more to it than that. Labor have an internal struggle between satisfying the inner city woke, and workers and plebs. You know the woke front bench protecting their seats from the Greens win the argument.

            The party is broken, and can’t be fixed.

            “Toss the LNP out and given them a chance for a spring clean and a freshen up”

            That’s the mistake we’ve made for decades, and the results are really starting to hurt.

            It’s time for a new plan.

            Leave LNP and Labor 2nd and 3rd last. Greens last. Below the line.

          • Unfortunately because the average Australian can only handle a decision between two choices, they see an election in the same way they see a football match. Liberal vs labour, not who has the best ideas. You never win an election in Australia, you only ever lose them. Thats why i immediately want to punch any politician that uses the term ‘mandate’. No one ever give a politician a mandate, they kick the other side out. The only way you get any power in this society is to be a swinging voter. If you are one of those proud labour or liberal voters then you are the kind of fool the major parties love because your vote is banked and they can forget about you and concentrate on pretending to care about the concerns of the marginal electorate in QLD instead.

            I think the only way forward for Australia as a society is to add another 2 sets of goals to an AFL/NRL field and change the rules so four teams play at once. Perhaps then we may realise there could be more than two teams in any contest.

          • “The opposition is the benchmark”

            Benchmark of what? They are in opposition and have no power to do anything.

            The opposition is the benchmark, all you have to do is present yourself better than them by the most miniscule of margins.

            That’s the role of opposition, be the case for the alternative to what prevails.

            However, if your alternative is a sad parody of the very worst aspects of humanity….. the incumbents don’t have to do much, even if the incumbents are pathetic, corrupt and conflicted.

          • pfh007.comMEMBER

            Totes,

            “..We’ve tried that for decades…”

            What?

            That is the very thing we have not tried.

            We keep following your sleepy “stick with the devil we know” recipe

            1975 – Fraser elected and hung around until 1983 – 3 terms (3 too many)

            1983 – ALP elected and hung around until 1996 – 5 terms (at least 2 terms too many)

            1996 – Howard elected and hung around until 2007. – 4 terms. (at least 1 term too many)

            2007 – ALP elected and was given the boot after 2 terms.

            2013 – LNP elected has been stinking up the joint for 3 terms – TIME TO GO.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “We keep following your sleepy “stick with the devil we know” recipe”

            Not my recipe.

            Leave both LNP and Labor 2nd and 3rd last below the line is the only thing that will change Australia.

            https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=preferential voting australia

            Labor are on the cusp of forced change…Don’t mess it up and give them government. Rudds disgusting dozen need to go.

            https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/has-beens-or-heroes-labor-veterans-line-up-for-one-last-roll-of-the-dice-20220105-p59m2n.html

            Best outcome. Wipe both parties out.

            Giving labor government is an even worse idea than returning LNP. Labor need to become an alternative before we consider rewarding them.

          • pfh007.comMEMBER

            Totes,

            “..Giving labor government is an even worse idea than returning LNP..”

            I don’t see how you work that out when you reckon the two major parties are virtually identical.

            Anyway you should relish the thought of terminating a one term ALP government.

            Despite your protests that you wish a pox on both their houses it is quite clear that you like Scotty’s crew of drunken and incompetent sailors and want to give them a 4th Toxic Term.

            Time to turn on the hoses and clean out Scotty’s dirty stables.

          • I am coming to that conclusion as well. Incompetence need to be punished.

            Anecdotally at least 6 people I know who have previously voted for Libs for at least the last 3 elections are saying that they are going to put them last.

          • ”I’m just a normal guy with my finger on the pulse way more than you when it comes to politics.”
            Are you sure you have your finger in the right place or do you just live in Queensland?

            ”After all, I’m the only person in Australia to have predicted Labor’s loss 2019.”
            Did you get a bonus for it? 😉

            ”Woke clouds your vision.”
            You’re right but not for the reasons you’re thinking.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            AlexD

            Inner city, life long union member. Environmentalist, scientist. Finger on the pulse.

            2PP lol.

            “Woke clouds your vision.”
            You’re right but not for the reasons you’re thinking”

            Woke thinkers miss 4 of the 7 aspects of any given situation. Scientifically proven.

            Life is tough when you don’t understand nearly 60% of what’s going on.

          • Woke thinkers miss 4 of the 7 aspects of any given situation. Scientifically proven.

            I know I’m going to regret this, but…

            [Citation required]

          • Turvs is further right than Ghengis Khan.

            I am quite confident that regardless of whether the decision about Novak was to kick him out or let him stay, turville would have been defending it.

          • ”WhoTF is turville? More so, what’s he got to do with me?”
            A clone of you. Follow this thread …..

        • “Nah. You’ve been there the whole 10 years or more I’ve commented and evolved to understand what’s going on better than any paid analyst.”
          10 years eh ?
          What was your pseudonim back then ?
          You haven’t been Totes be Woke for 10 years .

          • What was your pseudonim back then ?
            You haven’t been Totes be Woke for 10 years .

            He’s been at least:
            ric
            rich
            Rich42

            Pretty sure there was one other where he tried to argue for weeks or months he wasn’t really the same person, despite the rather obvious tells.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “where he tried to argue for weeks or months he wasn’t really the same person”

            Literally didn’t happen. Stop making stuff up.

    • “still protecting their seats from the Greens.”

      So doing what THEIR electorate wants?(as they should?)

      • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

        Sure. Excellent point BTW.

        However, they’re doing terminal damage to federal Labor, empowering LNP, ergo destroying Australia.

        They should run as independents. The “horrendous nine” or more still there should all go.

        • lol.
          They represent the people voting for them but not what you want, so they should “run as independents”
          How do you justify this garbage to yourself?

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            My argument is clear. The inner city views have dragged the party to being unelectable. The views completely conflict with seats elsewhere the Labor MPs are trying to win to form government.

            Greens have destroyed the inner city. Plibersek etal have destroyed the Labor party.

            Rudds woke 9 completely dominate the narrative. Have gone out of their way to stop debate within the party about what the rest of Australia wants.

            How is that fair to the party or Australia?

          • It’s what the party wants and stands for, or they would kick them out.
            If australia doesn’t like it they should form another party to compete and win the election.
            But then you run into the real world problem that westminster democracy doesn’t really work as it claims on the box…

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “It’s what the party wants and stands for, or they would kick them out”

            How could they find what the party wants when the Horrendous Rudd 9 deliberately made sure they didn’t find it?

            Find the elephant missing from this document.

            https://alp.org.au/media/2043/alp-campaign-review-2019.pdf

            “If australia doesn’t like it they should form another party to compete and win the election.
            But then you run into the real world problem that westminster democracy doesn’t really work as it claims on the box”

            That’s what I reckon. Or the inner city MPs should run as Independents.

            Nothing wrong with our democracy. Plenty wrong with the clueless woke that vote to destroy everything they stand for.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            The Horrendous Rudd 9 are career politicians putting themselves ahead of the good of Australia.

            They’re a selfish disgrace.

          • How could it not be “what the party wants”. It is literally what the party is doing.
            It is not what YOU want. You need to understand the difference.

            How can you constantly argue the results are broken but the machine that creates them isn’t?

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Not sure what your comprehension is like Joe, but I’ve spelled it out a few different ways for you.

            Did you find the missing elephant?

            BTW, I’ve made an horrendous mistake. It’s not 9. It’s 12.

            “Twelve members of Rudd’s 2013 cabinet are still on Labor’s frontbench, nine years after that chaotic final year of Labor in office”

            Rudd’s disastrous dozen. Do you remember how bad it was?

            Australia should wipe this party out.

            https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/has-beens-or-heroes-labor-veterans-line-up-for-one-last-roll-of-the-dice-20220105-p59m2n.html

          • “Did you find the missing elephant?”
            What they choose to leave out of a report tells you as much or more than what they put into it about their priorities.
            That report tells you what labor is about. You just aren’t listening.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Not true joe. There were Labor MP’s wanted many things explored and they were purposely left out so the detail couldn’t be found.

            That literally makes it, not a party position, but a vested interests position of the inner city seats.

            Rudd’s disgusting dozen dictate what happens.

            Just ask ermo how much say he gets as a party member

          • IF the party votes the dirty dozen in then that is what the party wants. If it wasn’t they wouldn’t preselect them.
            That is how “democracy” works.

            “Just ask ermo how much say he gets as a party member”
            Exactly as much as you do as a voter in an election.
            Welcome to the system you say isn’t broken…

            A representative representing hundreds or thousands of people can never represent all those views, let alone hundreds of thousands.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Labor’s broken. Not our democracy.

            You are conflating issues joe. Stick to the argument, or don’t bother.

          • Labor is a direct product of our democracy.
            Either labor isn’t broken or the democracy is…

            There is no conflation of issues, the political parties internally work on exactly the same principles as the wider electoral system. It is either broken on both levels or on neither.

          • Are you saying that A political party constitution is being ignored and is therefore a completely meaningless joke of a piece of paper? That sounds like a failing bigger than the labor party…

            Ultimately your problem is that no party represents what you want. That is a failing of democracy no matter how much you blame labor for not being what you want. You might as well blame a horse for not being a boat…

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “A political party constitution is being ignored and is therefore a completely meaningless joke of a piece of paper?”

            I’m saying Labor purposely set out not to find what cost them the election, but instead ensure that Rudd’s disgusting dozen kept their jobs, and the donations kept flowing. Defying what most MP’s wanted. Defying what most party members, like ermo wanted.

            Argue against that.

            Like I said, ask ermo how much say he gets.

            You are defending every problem Australia’s got. The modern Labor party.

          • LOl,
            “(j) the abolition of poverty, and the achievement of greater equality in the
            distribution of income, wealth and opportunity;”

            Theres labors open borders policy right there in their constitution or whatever it is.
            No mention of for australians or anything there, it’s equality for the whole world.

            “(g) the application of democracy in industry to increase the opportunities for people
            to work in satisfying, healthy and humane conditions; and to participate in and to
            increase their control over the decision making processes affecting them;”
            Same again.
            “(k) social justice and equality for individuals, the family and all social units, and the
            elimination of exploitation in the home;
            (l) equal access and rights to employment, education, information, technology,
            housing, health and welfare services, cultural and leisure activities and the law;”
            “(p) elimination of discrimination and exploitation on the grounds of class, race, sex,
            sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, religion, political affiliation,
            national origin, citizenship, age, disability, regional location, economic or
            household status;”

            And if you think the australian is implied:
            “(r) recognition and encouragement of diversity of cultural expression and lifestyle
            within the Australian community;”

            I’d say labor meets the standards in that document when read literally not hopefully…

          • “I’m saying Labor purposely set out not to find what cost them the election, but instead ensure that Rudd’s disgusting dozen kept their jobs, and the donations kept flowing. Defying what most MP’s wanted. Defying what most party members, like ermo wanted.

            Argue against that.”
            Argue what?
            The labor party has no interest in changing, no need to change and no desire to do what the electorate wished because democracy is working fine for it how it currently is.
            You thinking it should change is the problem.

          • If democracy allows this:
            ” Defying what most MP’s wanted. Defying what most party members, like ermo wanted.”
            How is it NOT BROKEN.
            Argue against that.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            “No mention of for australians or anything there, it’s equality for the whole world”

            Correct, so why interpret as global? It was about Australia until Labor decided to throw Australians under the bus. Maybe they should be open about their intentions…Just kidding. We know there in intentions, that’s why they can’t win a seat outside the inner cities.

            “And if you think the australian is implied:
            “(r) recognition and encouragement of diversity of cultural expression and lifestyle
            within the Australian community;”

            Did you miss the word…”within”?

            Your comprehension isn’t great joe.

            “I’d say labor meets the standards in that document when read literally not hopefully”

            I’d say Labor has lost their way, appeal to the inner cities at the expense to the party, and are left in opposition because of it.

            They should run as Independents.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            Your argument is all over the place joe.

            Have a reread of what both you and I have said, and comment.

          • the achievement of greater equality in the distribution of income, wealth and opportunity

            What if the enhancement of the 3rd (opportunity) leads to to exacerbating the other 2?

          • If democracy allows this:

            ” Defying what most MP’s wanted. Defying what most party members, like ermo wanted.”

            How is it NOT BROKEN.
            Argue against that.

            Umm.. ‘Democracy’ isn’t allowing that. Only the ALP is allowing that.

          • Umm.. ‘Democracy’ isn’t allowing that. Only the ALP is allowing that.

            Democracy is the rules that the political system runs under. The ALP can only do what democracy allows. The libs are doing the same. and the greens, and the democrats before they imploded, and Palmer united/united australia or whatever it is, and PHON….

        • “Your comprehension isn’t great joe.”
          LOL, POt, kettle…

          Correct, so why interpret as global? It was about Australia until Labor decided to throw Australians under the bus. Maybe they should be open about their intentions…Just kidding. We know there in intentions, that’s why they can’t win a seat outside the inner cities.

          “And if you think the australian is implied:
          “(r) recognition and encouragement of diversity of cultural expression and lifestyle
          within the Australian community;”

          Did you miss the word…”within”?
          ” so why interpret as global?”
          Anything specific to australia has it mentioned is why as above. Not sure what within has got to do with anything. MAybe you whould reread as you suggested.

          • Totes BeWokeMEMBER

            You’re clutching at straws joe. None of any of that is about immigration.

            Just so I know what I’m dealing with here joe, could you answer;

            1. How high should our annual immigration be?

            2. refugee policy?

  3. Yeah. Kicking Djokovic for potential to ‘foster anti-vaccination sentiment’, seems like the worst reason. Will give the great reset mob a massive propaganda boost, and further erode our national image, especially since we are one of the highest vaccinated countries in the world. Djokovic is bound to sue for loss of earnings & damages, hard as it is to sue for immigration decisions, how much will tax payers be on the hook for? Could he sue Tennis Australia? Would it bankrupt them?

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      Morrison will make the Australian government pay for Djokovic’s law suit to keep the news in the headline.

      If Djokovic sues, it will be against the Australian government in the EU. After the French submarine debacle, expect a “slam dunk” decision against Australia.

      • After humiliating Djokovic and upsetting the Serb president, I hope the bomb Squad are out and about at the Australian open.

    • Zulu – the only think the Joker can expect is the potential opportunity to return and play before the end of a 3 year visa ban. He’s more likely to get an invoice to pay fees – he could have simply avoided the whole matter by being vaccinated beforehand (like 98% of the other compliant payers) or simply not coming here in recognition of our strict entry regulations. My belief is that he and his team bodged the documentation and ultimately got found out. This is not an embarrassment to Australia in fact the complete opposite. Rather like the economic “tiff “with China. We made valid points, stood our ground and have worked tirelessly to expand our international export markets. Sometimes we have to say “NO”

      • ” or simply not coming here in recognition of our strict entry regulations.”
        Apparently he met our “strict entry regulations” given we issued him a visa, or could reasonably expect he did.

  4. …Mr Hamilton said governments needed to think more medium- to long-term to adapt to the virus and, along with free masks and rapid tests, should also incentivise businesses to improve ventilation.

    Despite the abysmal collection of evidence during this pandemic it has become clear that the virus transmits indoors and not so much outdoors. So the idea of improving indoor ventilation is a good one.

    We have already had vaccine passports imposed on the population, where a citizen must prove to a business that he/she is “fully vaccinated” before entering the premises. Wouldn’t it also be fair for a business to have to prove that it is “fully ventilated” before a consumer sets foot inside the premises?

    On another note, the virus appears to come in waves which peak and then crash. Yet the modelling always shows exponential growth. Has any scientist been able to explain the waves?

    • Wouldn’t it also be fair for a business to have to prove that it is “fully ventilated” before a consumer sets foot inside the premises?
      Maybe, but that would cost Businesses money, especially BIG businesses. The bigger the room the harder it will be to ventilate “properly”. A huge Harvey norman would require massive refits to be considered adequately ventilated.

      On another note, the virus appears to come in waves which peak and then crash. Yet the modelling always shows exponential growth. Has any scientist been able to explain the waves?

      I believe this is fairly typical of infections like this. Maybe go read up in a good medical textbook on the subject. The reason this explanation never makes it into the mainstream media I’ll leave as an exercise for the reader.

      • Well, nothing can keep increasing forever in a finite system. Eventually there’d be no one left to infect.
        The other issue is: the variables change. Various measures get introduced to reduce human mobility and interactions.

        • “Various measures get introduced to reduce human mobility and interactions.”
          Yeah nah. That article I linked is from 2013 and talking about the flu.
          No one was doing measures to reduce “human mobility” as you so quaintly put it.

          • I don’t necessarily mean official measures. Could be changes in a group/individual behaviour.
            Namely, in many Asian countries even before COVID-19 you could see folks wearing face masks,
            either to avoid passing or contracting flu/cold etc. Some folks may avoid public transport and gatherings
            (I certainly did in Melbourne autumn/winter) if people around them are getting sick.

    • On another note, the virus appears to come in waves which peak and then crash. Yet the modelling always shows exponential growth. Has any scientist been able to explain the waves?

      Have a look at the Gompertz function. It looks exponential initially and then tapers off. Used to model all sorts of growth including disease outbreaks.

  5. The Australian left is losing its United-Nations mind. Actually, this is a solid win for Morrison. Just like Howard, he gets to play Mr Strong Borders (We Will Decide) at the same time as unleashing a huge wave of migration. COVID or no COVID.

  6. C.M.BurnsMEMBER

    i reckon there’s a non-zero chance of Australia losing the Australian Open next year. Now that really would be a killing blow for the LNP’s primary vote amongst the tennis playing set of the country

    • So you are suggesting that we will lose the Australian Open – utter nonsense. One person doesn’t make a tournament, especially if his behaviour doesn’t warrant his presence. The Australian Tennis Open is hugely successful and this minor irritation will now go away and we can watch some excellent tennis

      • The problem is booster shot. A lot of the players won’t have one because they would be infected sometime this year. Will they be counted as ‘unvaccinated’? If so, we may end up with a tournament with no players!!

      • Without the world number 1. The LNP management of this has been an absolute dumpster fire. Completely in line with their handling of a number of other issues.

  7. It seems that the crux of all the problems in Australia is finally on display:
    “I’m just a normal guy…” (Resident Cretin)
    The place where he passes as “normal” (with a negative IQ) is out of this world.
    Q.E.D.

  8. Ever consider that the public service may be lacking in foresight and planning as well. What then are highly paid department secretaries doing if not advising their respective Ministers of issues requiring attention.

    • When you are on short term contracts foresight and planning are not a major priority. Being a yes man to the man renewing your contract is a much more urgent problem to resolve…

  9. Glass houses and stones everywhereMEMBER

    Weak unions + ‘big Australia’ = no wage growth for 20+ years
    Weak unions + ‘big Australia’ + no wage growth = weak Federal Labour party
    Weak Federal Labour party + terrifying property prices = protect the status quo (too risky to change)
    Whining about who is the best of the worst is useless. The tradies making money from a booming housing market don’t want things to change (LNP), the wage-slaves earning less each year in real terms want change but are disconnected with politics, mostly (Greens, fringe parties). The ALP is only connecting with itself. If you would like to check, have a chat with some millenials.

    • MerkwürdigliebeMEMBER

      This!

      I tend to think implosion is the only way out (painful though that would be for some), and it is fending off implosion with population ponzi and rorting wage earners to hand tax breaks to tradies via juiced housing which is the only way the Torynuffs would be a remote show (and it would be remote right now) of slipping back in. But I reckon they’d have to sacrifice Toxic Morrison to pull that off from here.

      Even Torynuffs I know loathe him intensely

      • Scomo was made leader nine months before the last election. It’s too late for this one IMO. Although, I wouldn’t mind Dutton taking his place if that happens (as I want to see the LNP wiped out).

    • How does

      (1) Weak unions + (2) ‘big Australia’ = (3) no wage growth for 20+ years

      Set the table for…

      (1) Weak unions + (2)‘ big Australia’ + (3) no wage growth = (4) weak Federal Labour party

      I think you have the cart before the horse here, I’d assert a weak ALP sets the table for the eternal caretakers to impose big Australia have diminish wage growth.

      The ALP’s core mission since the harvester ruling was to allow citizens to get improve the quality of their life by means of how much of the economy they have claim to by means of their physical exertion. The ALP is ‘weak’ because thy no longer believe in this.

      They are like every organisation which has been infested with wokeness, they deviate from what has been their historical core mission statement, thus their reason to exist.

      Their core mission is about a claim to wage share, not men in dresses and perpetuating illegitimate racial grievances.

      • Wages share fell ~ 6% under Hawke – Keating.
        Your last two paragraphs are an irrelevant distraction. If you think not, where was the woke in H – K?

        • Wages share fell ~ 6% under Hawke – Keating.

          Yes.

          They were a deviation from Whitlam, and most definitely Chifley. So much so, many point to this era as when the ALP lost its way… or… became weaker’….

          So, you’re reinforcing my message.

          Did this work out the way you thought it would?

          Your last two paragraphs are an irrelevant distraction. If you think not, where was the woke in H – K?

          Keating himself, Gareth Evans, Ros Kelly, Carmen Lawrence, Bob Collins.

          From acorns, big trees grow.

          • Ok, but the national income shift from labour to capital under Labor was deliberate textbook economic “reform” undertaken by the Labor hard men of the time. There is no link to a woke agenda or woke distraction from the fundamental income distribution question. Or do you see that link?

            For current Labor, I agree there that the woke agenda is there but it’s a minor irrelevancy and the importance is easily overplayed. Immigration as an example is straight out of Treasury as the lazy and easy way to juice GDP – both LNP and Labor subscribe. The woke elements on the Left naively subscribe to immigration for other reasons. Useful idiots.

          • Ok, but the national income shift from labour to capital under Labor was deliberate textbook economic “reform” undertaken by the Labor hard men of the time.

            That I wholeheartedly agree with, and it is also why I am not overly critical of Paul Keating in his role of economic reform. he was a genuinely capable person, and had good people in his ear. The secular parts of his reforms were needed, and I would be confident in asserting if and when it started to unwind, he would be clever enough to pull some more levers to steer it once again.

            Unfortunately, a relatively lean economy was handed over to the caretakers, and the secular reforms tied up with their ideology has caused a lot of harm, so that part of history I can agree with.

            There is no link to a woke agenda or woke distraction from the fundamental income distribution question. Or do you see that link?

            No, I referred to a “weak Federal Labour party”, not a woke labour party, as the problem.

            One thing that was extremely disappointing from the post-96 era was Beazley’s weakness in letting Lawrence, Evans and Kernot run roughshod over proper ALP governance. The ALP still had sane minds like Crean and (then) Latham, but the worst excesses of the ALP took centre stage, weakening them from their core mission.

            Which is what I’ve also referred to. “The ALP’s core mission since the harvester ruling was to allow citizens to get ahead …..The ALP is ‘weak’ because thy no longer believe in this.”

            it was the post 96 ALP which stopped believing in this cause. This is their weakness.

            An ALP which doesn’t have workers claims to the economy is no longer the ALP. Weakness can only stem from here.

            Which leads to…

            For current Labor, I agree there that the woke agenda is there but it’s a minor irrelevancy and the importance is easily overplayed.

            Now this is where we disagree.

            The wokeness is not trivial. The wokeness is core and centre to their beliefs now. Their post-96 weakness allowed this cancer to slip in, filling up an ideological vacuum.

            Where we are now is that every ALP policy has to be factored in to appealing to woke sentiment, how much beneficial is it to them from a woke lens, to the point they cannot do anything secular, nor can they throw the “non-woke” a bone, for fear of the bellowing of the woke saying “what’s in this policy for us?”.

            Immigration as an example is straight out of Treasury as the lazy and easy way to juice GDP – both LNP and Labor subscribe.

            Yes, as the (now) ALP subscribe. WHy doesn’t the ALP say to themselves “treasury be damned”. To paraphrase Ben Chifley…

            “The ALP must always fight for what’s right. For this reason it will find itself in opposition more times than not, but we must fight it nonetheless”.

            Now, this type of statement is the obvious spear tip for why they are woke, why such malevolent can be easily disguised… but hey, that’s their cross to bear. It’s simple for the ALP, don’t be evil. Cut the woke cancer out, it’s just as important to oppose it, as it is to oppose robber barons.

            The woke elements on the Left naively subscribe to immigration for other reasons. Useful idiots.

            Fourierism, Marxism, National Socialism, Fascism, Maosim, Jucheism, the Khmer Rouge, are pretty consistent in being left wing ideologies attracting idiots. Hard to say if it’s the chicken or the egg here.

          • Thanks, well argued and agreeable though we’re still discordant at the margins, possibly due to emphasis.

            I’m not alone in my despair at the Left. H&H once referenced Paddy McGuinness’ despair at the sheer stupidity of the Left – I feel it too (Anyone but Green guides my voting preferences because of their utter stupidity, a tough call for an environmentalist). You (and Totes) are correct in that the Left, or its absence, are responsible for abandoning the core mission. Destruction is not the answer though and I sense a shift back to core purpose.

      • kierans777MEMBER

        I think you have the cart before the horse here, I’d assert a weak ALP sets the table for the eternal caretakers to impose big Australia have diminish wage growth.

        Agreed.

        The ALP’s core mission since the harvester ruling was to allow citizens to get improve the quality of their life by means of how much of the economy they have claim to by means of their physical exertion. The ALP is ‘weak’ because thy no longer believe in this.

        They are like every organisation which has been infested with wokeness, they deviate from what has been their historical core mission statement, thus their reason to exist.

        I can’t find a consistent definition of “wokeness” because it appears to mean “every opinion I disagree with”. However I do agree that the ALP has deviated from their core mission statement because they fell too much in love with neoliberalism. While Keating did what he thought was best during his day, it opened the door for neoliberalism to infect the ALP which is now why they’re Liberal Lite. Except for that stint under Shorten where the tried to bring in good taxation reforms and got killed by several own goals, inability to communicate WHY we needed those policies and a very biased media that exploited everything while ignoring the LNP.

        It’s time the ALP got back to some old fashioned class warefare with an acerbic, Keating-esque style.

        • I can’t find a consistent definition of “wokeness” because it appears to mean “every opinion I disagree with”.

          That is the consistent conservative definition, which is why the probability of a useful discussion begins to approach zero once it has been rolled out.

          And ol’ RP is pretty conservative. He’d probably consider legislation for things like no-fault divorce, equal pay and public service maternity leave to be “wokeness” infiltrating the Labor Party.