Australian Politics

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Bravo! China changes iron ore import rules

Via the AFR comes a huge laugh out loud: China has changed its inspection procedures for iron imports under new rules that analysts say could be used to block Australia’s most important export, as trade tensions between the two countries escalate. China’s Customs authorities said in a notice the new supervising rules, which take effect

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Labor is committing China suicide

‘ We have not “let the relationship slip”. China launched a quiet invasion of Australia via bribery, lawfare and intimidation, and Labor is blaming Australia for it even though Turnbull and Morrison only undertook the most basic pushbacks to protect our sovereignty and freedoms. Post COVID-19, we spearheaded a failed push for an independent inquiry

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There will be no Australian manufacturing recovery

Via The Guardian: Australian taxpayers should underwrite a massive expansion of the domestic gas industry – including helping open new fields and build hundreds of kilometres of pipelines – according to a group advising on Covid-19 recovery. A leaked draft report by a manufacturing taskforce advising the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) recommends the Morrison

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How does this fake world end?

It’s all fake now. Our entire political economy. Right wing politics is an oligarchic fake pretending to compete. Left wing politics is an oligarchic fake pretending to care about workers or the environment. Government is a fake, pretending to do reform but really just stuffing the nation full of coolies to disguise falling living standards.

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Scotty from Marketing trumpets fake manufacturing renaissance

This time via The Guardian: More natural gas, faster project approvals and lower company tax are critical to achieving “economic sovereignty” and a stronger Australian manufacturing sector, according to the industry minister, Karen Andrews. Andrews will address the National Press Club on Wednesday, calling on governments to streamline project approvals and foreshadowing a role for

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UQ launches CCP-style lawfare to crush freedom-fighting student

The federal government must step into this disgrace, at The Australian: A student activist facing expulsion from the University of Queensland is being threatened with criminal prosecution over his handling of documents relating to the institution’s public response to anti-Beijing protests on campus. Drew Pavlou faces a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday following his protests and

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Why Labor can’t be trusted on China

I’m afraid it is an epochal stain that will keep it from power for decades. Labor cannot be trusted with China. Kevin Rudd is the exemplar: Former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has accused Scott Morrison of exposing primary producers to extra risk by taking the lead against China on a coronavirus inquiry while Beijing

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Greens launch sensible recovery plan

Via The Guardian: The Greens have proposed increasing government debt by $300bn in a bid to kickstart the economy out of the Covid-19 contraction through investments in industry, infrastructure and renewable energy. The Invest to Recover plan, released on Monday, sets up the Greens’ economic argument leading into the next election as a battle against Coalition austerity

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ScoMo edges ahead in Newspoll

He would have to pretty pissed if he didn’t given the virus outcome: Popular support for the federal Coalition has climbed to its highest level since last September ahead of a looming by-election in Eden-Monaro, as Scott Morrison cemented record approval ratings for his leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The

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Australia has the whip hand on China Trade

The Chinese Government has threatened trade sanctions if the Australia continues its push for an independent inquiry into the origins and response to the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic: High-ranking calls to China have gone unanswered amid an escalating trade dispute with Australia that’s been fuelled by calls to investigate the origins of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

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More doubts about wet market virus source

From BioRvix comes the new study: In a side-by-side comparison of evolutionary dynamics between the 2019/2020 SARS-CoV-2 and the 2003 SARS-CoV, we were surprised to find that SARS-CoV-2 resembles SARS-CoV in the late phase of the 2003 epidemic after SARS-CoV had developed several advantageous adaptations for human transmission. Our observations suggest that by the time

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China’s wolf warriors devour Australia’s possum pansies

China’s wolf wanker warrior diplomats may be a pack of arseholes. But at least they’ve got a bit of get up and go. By comparison, Australia’s possum pansy diplomats are about as fearsome as a trampled flower bed. At The Guardian today: Australia must work to prevent ties with China slipping into permanent hostility as

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WHO: Coronavirus here forever now

Thanks, Xi Jinping: The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it. “It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just

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UQ VC paid to sell out Australia

Unbelievable. Via Domain: Liberal senator James Paterson has taken aim at universities’ reliance on international students, using a speech in Parliament to reveal confidential details about the University of Queensland vice-chancellor’s pay incentives to deepen ties with China. In a late-night speech on Tuesday, Senator Paterson said a whistleblower from the university had given him

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Medicine shortage crushes Aussie ICU capacity

Well oh dear, at Domain: Hospitals are struggling to source drugs including propofol and cisatracurium, used to sedate patients before they are intubated, which are needed to take ICUs to full capacity if there is a second wave of coronavirus infections after restrictions are lifted. “As part of Australia’s COVID-19 response, hospitals are still on

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Immigration extremists turn demagogues

George Megalopolis produced some basic data on the weekend with a very strange conclusion: Australia faces a realignment of the economy at warp speed. Almost a third of the 950,000 jobs lost across the economy since March 14 have been in accommodation and food services. Most were casual positions. They are not easily restored without

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Odds lift for second wave Aussie pandemic

Via the ABC: Concerns over another spike in coronavirus cases have been raised after thousands of people flocked to shopping centres across Australia on Saturday, many flouting social distancing rules. Although the pre-Mother’s Day boom was a welcome lift for the retail industry, it caused alarm over a potential surge in COVID-19 cases after weeks

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Can we trust the WHO to investigate China?

Via SCMP: China says it supports World Health Organisation efforts to investigate the origin of  the Covid-19 pandemic, but rejects any “presumption of guilt”, after the global body said it was talking to Beijing about sending another delegation to the country. The remarks came as Beijing is under mounting international pressure – particularly from the

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UBS: Immigration to 100 year lows as all visas crash

Magnificent! Via UBS: Government suggests ~330k less migrants than expected in the next 18 months With reports suggesting over 300k tourists and temporary residents had already departed Australia by mid-April, and expectations that perhaps another 300k may leave by the end of 2020, a collapse in Australian net overseas migration (NOM) and visitor arrivals is

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Australia’s public service stripped bare by “cult of consultants”

Former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, claims that Australia’s public service is no longer able to function effectively after being stripped bare by years of outsourcing: Speaking to InnovationAus’ Commercial Disco podcast as part of a virtual book tour to promote his political autobiography A Bigger Picture, Mr Turnbull said one of the big challenges facing

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Flip-flopping Labor demands audit into ballooning debt

One week Labor is calling for JobKeeper and JobSeeker to be extended to more than a million temporary migrants, taxpayer bail-outs for all “critical businesses”, taxpayer bail-outs of universities, and taxpayer support for industry superannuation funds that failed to manage liquidity. Now, Labor is calling for an audit into the explosion of federal government debt:

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ScoMo’s virus app a virus itself

Via Crikey’s Bernard Keane: How many Australians have to download the Morrison government’s surveillance app for it to be effective in helping health authorities trace contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19? At least 40% of the population, says Scott Morrison. Not 40%, say bureaucrats from the Department of Health. In fact, they hadn’t suggested