Australian Politics

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Labor MP: Those opposing China are “obsolete scum of white Australia”

Sigh. At Domain: The revelation of Mr Moselmane’s February 5 opinion piece for the East China Normal University comes with the upper house MP already facing intense criticism – including from his own party- for separate comments he made praising Chinese President Xi Jinping. In his February opinion piece, Mr Moselmane endorses the much-maligned praise

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Newpoll: Nation swings behind ScoMo

Half of it anyway:   His status as preferred prime minister has also rebounded by 11 points in three weeks. He now leads Anthony Albanese by 53 to 29 on the back of the second and third economic rescue packages and early indications that strict ­social-distancing measures may be slowing the spread of the virus.

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Who will be COVID-19’s biggest f’wit?

Australian universities made the early running with their community-destroying people smuggling. But there are now several major contenders. Transurban is one: Australia’s largest toll operator is under pressure from federal and state governments to reverse price hikes, as it stands accused of making an “unforgivable” decision when road transport is regarded as crucial for essential

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Winter is coming for SloMo

SloMo has done better since last weekend when the entire nation was heading in a different direction. Stimulus attempt IV, DoleHider (JobKeeper), was the key policy shift but there is more. The discredited Brendan Murphy has disappeared in favour of SloMo’s daily briefings. And yesterday we saw free childcare for essential workers (which presumably includes

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Time to treat China as a “hostile state”

Via Bloomie: China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials. The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret,

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Victoria unbans rooting

Regarding ‘Stay at Home’ rules: We have no desire to penalise individuals who are staying with or meeting their partners if they don’t usually reside together. We’ll be making an exemption. Hope that helps. — Chief Health Officer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO) April 1, 2020 Yey!

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Who will pay Depressionberg’s immense debt?

Lot’s of ignomious politcking around the flawed JobKeeper program today, at the AFR: With Labor and the ACTU calling publicly for such a wage, arguing that the welfare safety net in the second stimulus or “survival” package was not enough, insiders say Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy drove the policy at the start. It was worked

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Lenders mortgage insurers quarantine virus-impaired

The pre-nationalistion LMI sector has taken its first step towards public ownership, Via Banking Day: QBE has begun notifying home lenders that it has suspended mortgage insurance coverage for new loans taken out by home buyers employed in industries hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. While the move reflects prudent risk management by the insurer

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Not enough Aussies are self-isolating to stop virus

According to Roy Morgan Research, 69% of Australians claim they are self-isolating due to the coronavirus: Over two-thirds of Australians (69%) claim they are following Government directives to self-isolate as much as possible to fight the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. However, 31% say they were ‘not’ self-isolating according to a special Roy Morgan Snap SMS survey

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SloMo loses control as Canberra bubble pops

SloMo has lost control of the narrative, of policy and of the nation. Australia’s elite commentary is ripping in all directions. Some are still hopelessly biased, such as Paul Kelly: Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg are determined to keep open Australia’s productive economy. Morrison criticises those calling for “lockdown” and affirms his goal is to

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Blathering SloMo folds on schools

After spreading the virus through schools for a month, SloMo has caved, not that you’d know it from all the smoke he’s blowing: “In each of the States and Territories they will be pursuing their own arrangements directly with those schools between now and the end of term. Over the next few weeks, the schools

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WHO scolds SloMo

Via Bloomie: Governments should stop wasting precious time needed to fight the coronavirus after squandering an opportunity to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization’s head said. “We squandered the first window of opportunity,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The time to act was actually more than a month ago or two months

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Of course it should be called “Wuhan flu”

Via Domain: Foreign ministers representing seven major industrialised nations failed to agree on a joint statement on Wednesday after the Trump administration insisted on referring to the coronavirus outbreak as the “Wuhan virus,” three officials from G7 countries told The Washington Post. Other nations in the group of world powers rejected the term because they