Australian Politics

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Revenge of the CCP-Nazi apologists

We begin, as always, with Labor and the once hawkish Richard Marles, at Domain: Opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles says a Labor government would not let backbenchers lead the debate on China, accusing the Morrison government of letting “fringe dwellers” damage Australia’s relationship with its biggest trading partner. Mr Marles hit out at government MPs

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Victorian Government refuses to give quarantine answers

Victoria’s Health Minister, Jenny Mikakos, avoided seven questions on Melbourne’s Hotel Quarantine debacle at Tuesday’s Legislative Council question time by saying she would provide a written response the following day. These questions included topics like: When the government first became aware of problems around quarantine? Who made the decision to outsource to private contractors? Will

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ScoMo left behind as Australia votes for virus elimination

The Morrison Government should do a major volte-face on its virus suppression strategy. There are three reasons. First and most important, elimination is the best way forward. Virus-free New Zealand is tracking for far better economic, lifestyle and health outcomes than Australia is. Second, governments in the virus-free states of WA, SA, QLD, TAS, ACT

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Dodgy Dan Andrews delays hotel quarantine inquiry

With three epidemiologists and genomic sequencing experts scheduled to appear today, the judicial inquiry into Melbourne’s botched hotel quarantine disaster was conveniently delayed by six weeks: The inquiry into what went wrong in Victoria’s hotel quarantine program has been delayed due to the state’s coronavirus crisis. The board of inquiry, headed by former Family Court

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Unis “dumbed down” by foreign student “bullying”

Great stuff by The Australian: Australian university lecturers are being cowed into lowering their academic standards by “highly organised” networks of international students making co-ordinated attacks against any staff members whose assignments and examinations prove too difficult to pass. …Academics are concerned the lowering of standards for overseas students means Australian students’ education is also

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QLD shuts border to NSW leper colony

 Herein lies the problem with virus suppression: BREAKING: Queensland borders will close to New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory from 1am Saturday, August 8. All visitors will be denied entry except for rare exemptions & returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine.#COVID19au pic.twitter.com/Yc7BxKJ3GW — Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP)

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WHO: Vaccine “might never” come

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom: On Friday, the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 met and reviewed the current pandemic. It was a sobering moment coming six months on from when the Committee advised, and I agreed, that the outbreak constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. At the time, 30 January, there were fewer than 100

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Adam Creighton turns raving loony

For months I’ve not addressed Adam Creighton’s virus tirade demanding more people die to save business. It’s obvious that this is a false binary. The virus crushes economies whether governments step in to address it or not. Instead, I’ll just leave this here to let you take the measure of the man: Shameful what’s occurring

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UQ issues freedom of speech talking points

Oh dear: HAHAHA, UQ is distributing this standard response sheet to all staff at Open Day tomorrow. Which means it was promptly leaked to me by dozens of sympathetic staff. What absolute geniuses. How much more humiliating can this get? pic.twitter.com/byDHK3z2kQ — Drew Pavlou 柏乐志 (@DrewPavlou) August 1, 2020 In short, if someone mentions China,

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One week in, Morrison’s recovery plan implodes

I wish it were hard to believe that just last week Josh Depressionberg announced a major tightening of fiscal support, the RBA put the stimulus cue in the rack, and the Morrison Government tried to bulldoze state quarantine borders in preparation for a rushed international opening to renew mass immigration and his favoured house price

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Scummo demands virus spread nationwide

Via the AFR: Scott Morrison has called on West Australian Premier Mark McGowan to relax his border restrictions, saying there is no reason why the state should be closed to jurisdictions that pose no health threat. Amid fears that unnecessary economic damage is being inflicted by some closures, the Prime Minister also cast doubt on

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AUSMIN births “Scummo Doctrine” drivel

Via The Australian: Australia and the US have established a top-secret defence co-operation framework to counter Chinese military aggression, and put Darwin at the centre of future military plans with a new strategic fuel reserve for the city. The classified defence framework, agreed at high-level talks in Washington, creates a new bilateral team to co-ordinate

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UQ reputational wrecker, Peter Hoj, headed to Uni of Adelaide?

Readers will know well that over the past twelve months the University of Queensland (UQ) has been plunged into local and international infamy by its corrupt relationship with the local Confucius Institute and Chinese Consulate. Most pointedly, the universities’ reputation has been destroyed by its treatment of Hong Kong protestors (and one formerly obscure student

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Why is Scummo so upset with virus-free QLD and WA?

Crikey warps the latest virus politics: A Nine investigation has found that Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton’s team had just 14 contact tracers by the time COVID-19 took hold in Australia in March, despite the state government being given warnings by top bureaucrats dating back as far as May 2019 that the “public health unit was the worst

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UQ mocked mercilessly in federal senate

The UQ brand continues to slide into ignominy under current management: Disgraced UQ VC Peter Høj claims Australian universities would be plunged into “Dickensian” conditions without Chinese money. @SenPaterson has inquired into whether this would involve a return to gruel, child labour and untreated sewerage running through the streets 😂😭😭 pic.twitter.com/fYotfUoM5o — Drew Pavlou 柏乐志

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Greedy, self-interested lobby: China business not greedy, self-interested

Oh, the cognitive dissonance! At Domain: Australia’s former trade commissioner in China believes Australian business leaders must speak out against the deteriorating relationship between the two countries and that keeping low-profile is no longer an option. Accusing the Australia China Business Council, the Business Council of Australia and the Australia-China CEO Roundtable of being silenced,

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Is war with China “inevitable within three years?

An alliance of paranoia between Gottiboff and Zero Hedge is causing a stir: Back 14 years ago in 2006 Australia’s top defence analysts, Air Power, set out in a long document for the Foreign Affairs Committee the emerging power of China contrasting with the looming American decline. It was a remarkable forecast. …Air Power last

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COVID mutating too fast for vaccines

Via Medium: SARS-CoV-2: How Fast is The Virus Changing and What does it Mean? About me: I am a PhD trained Immunologist / Biophysicist. Disclosure: I am the founder of a company that is developing SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies. Today, July 26th, 2020, 16.5 million people have tested positive for the COVID-19 and 652,039 people have

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Why do half of voters believe Victoria is doing a good job on virus?

As we know, the Victorian Andrews Government’s epic hotel quarantine failure has unleashed COVID-19 on Victorians, resulting in another hard lockdown, loss of jobs and life. With community transmission of COVID-19 virtually eliminated across Australia, our governments had one key job to keep us safe: running robust quarantine arrangements for returning permanent residents and citizens.