Australian Politics


Labor tears itself apart over China

Via The Australian: Former special forces captain Andrew Hastie and Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching will co-chair a new global parliamentary alliance urging governments to adopt a tougher stance against China. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China has been established across seven national legislatures and the European parliament. It is expected to expand further amid growing international


Anti-lockdown proponents dills

Could not agree more. At FTAlphaville: When considering which measures are appropriate for tackling coronavirus, and which should be eased first, it’s crucial that we think seriously about the various trade-offs that we are making, and the potential collateral damage wreaked by various strategies. Clearly, there will be massive effects from the lockdowns imposed to


UQ “manufactured” Pavlou evidence

Via the ABC comes the CCP’s leading university in Australia learning from its masters: An alleged victim of suspended university student Drew Pavlou has rejected suggestions he felt threatened by the anti-Chinese Government activist, and says a complaint involving him was “manufactured”, in an email produced by Mr Pavlou’s lawyers. The revelation came as the University


Santos to poison NSW for thousands of years as it steals from it

And the outrage goes on, at the AFR: Santos’ $2 billion-plus Narrabri gas project is set to proceed for assessment under NSW’s independent planning process after the lower house of the state government voted down a bill on a moratorium on coal seam gas that controversially secured Labor’s support in the Upper House. Chief executive


Nev Power’s great gas fakening

It didn’t take long for Nev Power’s boondoggle to descend into farce, at the AFR: Former Fortescue Metals boss Nev Power has distanced himself from plans to dramatically increase public spending on gas infrastructure, saying a leaked document does not represent the view of the government’s COVID-19 commission. A manufacturing taskforce established as part of


How Nev Power rolls

Nev Power has taken to central planning like a miner to iron ore: The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission has detailed priority manufacturing sectors it would like to see developed and expanded without government assistance to the Senate’s COVID-19 Committee. NCCC chair Nev Power said the commission’s manufacturing task force wants to enhance energy intensive manufacturing,


Labor wowsers lecture households on stimulus spending

Labor is a genuine dill. Via Domain: The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on Monday said 1.8 million people had so far used the scheme, withdrawing more than $12 billion. Less than one per cent of applications have been rejected. Analysis by credit bureau illion and consultancy AlphaBeta, part of Accenture, shows those using their super


Drew Pavlou savages UQ’s “kangaroo court”

Via the ABC: Charges against suspended University of Queensland (UQ) student Drew Pavlou were “obviously fabricated” and involved “scrounging up every bit of filth which could possibly be thrown at him”, his lawyer claims. In a 16-page appeal document seen by the ABC, Brisbane barrister Tony Morris QC, who is acting pro-bono, argues Mr Pavlou,


God bless America!

Paul Kelly thinks it’s the end of America: The most powerful nation on Earth is being brought undone from within by its pent-up governance and moral failures. The crisis has multiple triggers — abuse of police power, entrenched disadvantage of black Americans, mounting anger in American hearts, cultural schisms across the nation and political polarisation


The Economist: Chinese wolf wankers alienate all

Via The Economist: It is not hard to find Chinese who cheer the foreign ministry’s pugnacious new style. Against that, some members of China’s foreign-policy establishment express alarm over this assertiveness, calling it a mistake born of inexperience. That is letting foreign ministry hotheads off too easily. A well-travelled bunch, China’s quarrel-picking diplomats know how


Gladys Liu condemns Manchurian Dan

What a world this is, via Domain: Federal Parliament’s first Chinese-born MP says the Andrews government’s deal with Beijing on the trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative has been shrouded in secrecy, and called on the state to release full details of the scheme’s benefit to Victoria. Gladys Liu said although Australia was open to entering


Univerisites lobby to destroy Aussie virus success

Via The Australian: Seeking a “first-mover” advantage in the competitive global education business, Australia’s 39 major universities have put a plan to the government to restart the entry of international students under strict health guidelines. The proposal by Universities Australia, sent to the federal government on Thursday for consideration by the national cabinet, will require


SA policeman puts jackboot on Hong Kong

Via the ABC: SA Police has launched an investigation into a photo which purportedly shows one of its uniformed police officers supporting Hong Kong’s police force. The photo, which features in an International Police Association (IPA) magazine, defends the conduct of Hong Kong Police during the protests last year, despite claims from protesters that officers


Australia’s CCP apologists burn

“Australia” has had a near-death experience, at The Australian: Australia’s current ambassador to China gave the green light to Victoria to sign on to President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative, which has been criticised by Scott Morrison. The Australian can reveal that Graham Fletcher, then a senior Foreign Affairs official, told the Victorian


Labor trumpets treason

Awful to watch. At the AFR comes Joel Fitzgibbon on his long march: Indeed, China is the customer for 36 per cent of Australia’s exports – more than $120 billion worth each year. Their demand for our food and mining products creates hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs. So too does the money invested here


Sailing barley ships show limits of Chinese power

Via The Australian: Australian barley on its way to China has been diverted mid route to Japan and the United Arab Emirates following China’s decision to impose punitive trade tariffs on the grain. Four ships carrying Australian barley have changed course or cargo after rising trade tensions led to China — Australia’s biggest barley buyer


Drew Pavlou for Australian of the Year

Drew Pavlou for Australian of the Year, at The Guardian: Lawyers for a student activist have lodged a formal complaint demanding the University of Queensland dismiss the Chinese consul-general in Brisbane from an adjunct professor position, over comments “praising violence” against peaceful campus protesters. The call to sack the diplomat, Xu Jie, from the honorary


10 long term implications of the virus

Via Shane Oliver at AMP: Introduction There has been much debate about the short-term economic and investment impact of coronavirus – on economic activity, unemployment, interest rates, house prices, shares, etc. However, the magnitude of the shock means it will have medium to longer-term implications as well. Of course, there is a danger in placing


Manchurian Dan threatens ANZUS

This is what happens when Labor takes the China bribe to its logical extreme, at ABC: The US ambassador to Australia has played down a suggestion from his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that his nation could “simply disconnect” from Australia if Victoria’s trade deal with Beijing threatened its telecommunication security. On Sunday morning, Mr


Depressionberg bans LIC commissions

Good, Chris Joye’s Flying Circus: In the AFR today I write that this is a great day for all Australian financial advisers and investors, and a brave decision by the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, which was also vigorously advocated by Labor’s shadow financial services minister, Stephen Jones. Excerpt enclosed: By banning fund managers from paying sales commissions


Burning Kouk a moth to virus flame

The Kouk just can’t well enough alone: A group of 122 economists (at last count) have signed a letter arguing against an early relaxation of social distancing measures in Australia. They say “some commentators have expressed the view that there is a trade-off between the public health and economic aspects of the crisis. We, as