I’m Scotty the Marketing Man …

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Mark David Cartoons: 5 January 2020

From a CAAN Contributor, JV …

I’m Scotty the Marketing man
I’m lying as hard as I can
I’ll say I’m terrific
But I’m never specific
I’m your useless, Narcissistic PM
Toot toot.

(sung to Popeye the Sailor Man )

There once was a PM called Scotty
Whose actions in Govt were….. spotty
When asked what he did
He said “I just fib!”
I’m Scotty the Marketing Wally.





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‘Climate denier’ MP Craig Kelly roasted on British TV

Craig Kelly was slammed by the hosts of Good Morning Britain.Photo: Twitter

AUSTRALIA’s putrid politics … can it be any uglier? 

MORE about this MP … so you can see where he is coming from … what’s in it for him ?

Chinese gas deal: National security concerns could be eased if it invests in local market, argues Liberal MP

September 2018

Federal LNP MP Craig Kelly DESPITE conceding the national security concerns being raised were well founded has suggested that if Australia sells off our gas pipelines to the Chinese it will enable expansion… BIZARRE!

Of course the Chinese would like to gain control of our gas resources … they have our Ports!


The Liberals Religious Right

September 2018

These days Washer’s old environment committee is run by Craig Kelly, a Christian conservative, climate sceptic and coal advocate with no scientific background. The seat Washer used to represent, Moore, is now held by Ian Goodenough, a pillar of Globalheart, a Pentecostal church that has deeply infiltrated the Liberal Party in the west.


SCOMO’s Fixer offered Craig Kelly’s challenger a $350,000 Party job to drop out … PART 1

Liberal MP Craig Kelly was saved from a humiliating preselection defeat by the PM’s intervention.


LABOR asks AFP to investigate $350,000 job offer to Craig Kelly preselection Challenger … PART 2

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed on Thursday that Mr Briggs had offered Sutherland Shire councillor Kent Johns a $350,000 job for six months’ work as the Liberals’ federal campaign director in NSW, on the understanding he would withdraw from the contest against Mr Kelly.

Labor senator Don Farrell, the shadow special minister of state, wrote to AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin on Friday asking him to investigate the matter “to protect the integrity of our democracy”, arguing the job offer could be considered a bribe. …

 Mr Briggs acknowledged Mr Kelly could “bring down the government” if he did not get his way, and that Mr Kelly “holds the power”.


Liberal MP Craig Kelly wants Family Home included in Pension Asset Test

July 2019

LABOR has demanded the Prime Minister rule out including the family home in the pension test or delaying the super guarantee after Liberal MP Craig Kelly called for a fresh debate.


‘Climate denier’ MP Craig Kelly roasted on British TV

Craig Kelly was slammed by the hosts of Good Morning Britain.Photo: Twitter

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Senior Liberal MP Craig Kelly has come under fire over his climate denial in a trainwreck interview on morning television in the UK.

As deadly fires continue burning across the south and east of Australia, Mr Kelly was fronting Good Morning Britain to defend the Prime Minister and his own comments about climate change, oil and coal.

It comes after Mr Kelly told the BBC on Saturday that fires were a result of “drying” of the environment but that Australian scientists had disproved any link between climate change and drought.

  • Read Tuesday morning’s bushfire latest here

While Scott Morrison has stressed in recent days there is “no dispute” about the impact of global warming, Mr Kelly has doubled down on his comments while under questioning from Good Morning Britain hosts, saying the bushfire crisis was due to a lack of hazard reduction burning.

The backbencher was called a “disgrace” and told to “wake up”.

“To try to make out as some politicians have to hijack this debate, exploit this tragedy and push their ideological barrow, that somehow or another the Australian government could have done something by reducing its carbon emissions that would have reduced these bushfires is just complete nonsense,” Mr Kelly hit back.

Good Morning Britain@GMB

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The show’s weather presenter Laura Tobin slammed Mr Kelly as “not a climate sceptic” but a “climate denier”.

“Australia have just had in 2019 their highest year temperature-wise ever recorded and their driest year ever record with forecast temperatures that go back over 100 years,” Tobin said.

“At the moment we want everyone to commit in the world to be one-and-a-half degrees to lower our global temperature rise. You can’t even commit to two degrees.

Good Morning Britain@GMB

Laura Tobin takes on climate change sceptic and Australian MP Craig Kelly, who believes global warming was not the cause of the Australian bushfires.

Watch here – http://bit.ly/2tBXEQA @Lauratobin1 #Australia

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“You have the second-highest carbon emission per person on Earth and you are burying your head in the sand … this is a climate emergency.”

Defending the PM’s controversial Hawaii holiday, Mr Kelly said, “The only thing the national leader can actually do on this is basically wait until he gets response from those state premiers asking more resources”.

“Any time one of those state premiers has come forward and said we need something, the Prime Minister has done that – he’s shown leadership.”

Host Piers Morgan hit back, describing Mr Morrison’s disaster response as a “dereliction of his duty as leader of Australia”.

“The truth is, he was absent when the fires were burning. Scott Morrison thought the right response to these fires erupting in Australia was to go lie on the beach in Hawaii,” Morgan said.

SOURCE: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/01/07/craig-kelly-piers-morgan-climate-denial/





The year of living feebly: how did we all become so pathetic?

BY NOW … it should be obvious that those in charge are not going to step up unless we step up too.

IN the lead up to new-year’s-resolution time, perhaps ask yourself:

When was the last time you went to a protest?

-When was the last time you called your local MP?

Do you have investments, and if so, have you considered their impact on the issues that you care about? –

Of course, none of these acts by themselves will change the world. But if we all think that way, the world won’t change.

The year of living feebly: how did we all become so pathetic?

Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly

Columnist and former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

December 28, 2019

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And so a new year is about to begin. Scandals will come. Public figures will lose their jobs. Policy debates will flare and disappear.

At the end, will anything be very different?

Let’s backtrack first. The week before Christmas was a busy time for political observers. The American President was impeached. Boris Johnson passed his Brexit bill.

Scott Morrison returned from Hawaii. So it took a lot to turn my head.

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And yet still I found my head turned, and my eyes widened, at one comparatively minor item.

The Business Council of Australia was about to lodge its submission ahead of next year’s federal budget, and had decided to call, again, for cuts to the company tax rate.

*I’m sorry, what? Just that week, hadn’t Google agreed to pay almost half a billion dollars in back taxes, some of them dating back to 2008? And wasn’t this the latest in a string of similar cases? At the end of a year in which we’d discovered that some of Australia’s largest, richest companies – like Woolworths – had been stealing wages from their employees?

*Had it even been a month since the CEO of Westpac was forced to resign after allegations that his bank had effectively facilitated child abuse? I checked. Respectively: yep, yep, yep, and no it hadn’t even been a month.

Impressive hubris, huh? Now, I understand this is a budget submission, and the whole point is to suggest what government might do differently. But even if I could see my way clear to ignoring the hubris, as well as the evidence suggesting a company tax cut won’t do any of the things business says it will, what I can’t get out of my mind is how utterly feeble this is.

At the end of a year in which it became obvious that many of Australia’s largest businesses are not running what you’d call a tight ship – or even what you’d call a moderately loose dinghy their response was to ask government to fix their problems for them.

*Now, let me take a swerve that’s not really a swerve. A lot has been written recently about the prime minister’s insistence that Australia’s contribution to global emissions is small, and therefore unimportant. A lot of analogies have been marshalled – imagine if we all said the same thing about picking up rubbish etc – and underpinning them all is the suggestion that Morrison’s stance is the very definition of selfish.

It is, but it’s also worse than that. Recently, the former High Court judge Kenneth Hayne described such attitudes as “helplessness”, and I think that’s a good start. But increasingly I’ve found myself thinking it’s worse still.

The government admits Australia has a problem in the form of climate change. It concedes – sometimes – the havoc that climate change is causing.

In other words, it’s not just that it can’t fix the problem. The inevitable conclusion to the government’s logic is that it desperately wants someone else to fix it. By doing nothing, Australia is not just being selfish, or helpless. Instead, it’s some awful combination of both, entitled and pathetic at once. We can’t fix this on our own, boohoo, don’t expect us to do anything, now hurry up the rest of you and fix this mess.

While we’re on climate change, here’s another argument that keeps popping up. Energy minister Angus Taylor recently returned from Madrid, where he helped derail the chance of an international climate agreement.

Specifically, he spent his time there arguing that the loophole Australia has been using to argue it’s doing its bit on climate change – it’s not – should be kept in place. Or in other words: we got away with it last time, we should be able to get away with it again.

By now, Scott Morrison has said an awful lot about his trip to Hawaii, so you probably missed what for me was the most stunning moment in his apology tour. The problem, as you know, was not just that he left the country, but that he tried to keep it secret. Here was one of his attempts at justification: “I took leave in June as well and we did follow exactly the same practice.” But this was really just another way of making Taylor’s argument: “I got away with it last time, so you can’t really blame me for expecting to get away with it again.”


Hillville fire reflects on water during NSW bushfire emergency. 12 November 2019. Photo Dean Sewell

East coast bushfires: ‘a mongrel of a thing’

If that sounds familiar, it might be because it’s the same argument the government has been using to justify the fact it’s done very little since being re-elected. When the government is asked what else it might be planning, its routine response – presented as a matter of honour – is that it will do exactly what it said before the election, no less and certainly no more.

In July, when MPs were pushing for a change to Newstart, Morrison told them to be “mindful of what we took to the election and what we didn’t take to the election”. Just after his ‘miracle win’, he said this on energy: “There’s no change to our policies there. What I took to the election is what I’m going to do.”

In other words: we got away with it in 2019, we’ll get away with it again. The biggest question after the election was whether the prime minister really believed that. Seven months on, we’re still wondering.

I wonder if one clue to our future might come from Britain. The soundly defeated Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, recently wrote that his party had “won the argument” even though it lost the election. At first I thought this idiotic. But on reflection I found myself agreeing with my former colleague, John McTernan – no Corbyn fan – who wrote in the Financial Times that Corbyn had a point. On austerity, and particularly on health spending, the Tories ended up moving a long way in Labour’s direction.

British Labour might take heart from this. But it should also be terrified, because if the Tories manage to steal its political territory, while retaining their traditional strengths, then Labour won’t be left with many moves.

In Australia, there’s much speculation about whether Morrison will act on climate next year. I suspect he will, and the fairly weak action he takes (presented as a “balanced” approach) will box Labor in ever more tightly – though there is also a chance he’ll leave climate alone, and follow Johnson more directly on health and education.

And what about Labor’s direction next year? Here, too, international events might provide a model. If the US Democrats choose Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders as their presidential candidate, and one of them loses to Donald Trump, then Labor’s resolve to tack towards the centre will be strengthened.

Some Labor MPs, home for Christmas, will no doubt have heard complaints that the newish leader has not cut through. My feeling is that such complaints, this early, are not cause for concern. I wrote recently that Albanese seems to have settled into his role, and his decisions during the Hawaiian boilover – when to attack and when not to – were well pitched.

CAAN: WATCH ABC AND SBS NEWS REPORTS TO FOLLOW WHAT IS HAPPENING … to view what the Labor Opposition including Albo have to say … Today Albo questioned why the Scomo and Berejiklian Govts response has been so poor concerning the continuing Fire Crisis across the Nation!

Albanese questioned the ‘ethos’ of volunteering when

-these firefighters have to put food on the table; pay their mortgage/rent etc with fire storms happening since August 2019!

-that they must be paid

-that more funds need to be found urgently to provide the equipment to fight the fires

IS THAT WHY … there was no video on the ABC NEWS OR SBS NEWS FACEBOOK PAGES?

SK: Still, the most important factor will be whether Morrison gives him material to oppose. Either way, I’m expecting the contest between the two men to become more personal. Labor seems recently to have realised it is up against the prime minister, not his party.

I began this column by calling out both business and government for their feebleness. I’m sure many of you spent at least some time over your prawns or turkey expressing frustration at our leaders. That’s fair enough. But it also risks repeating their mistakes: blindly hoping someone else will fix things for us.


Scott Marsh painted this mural of Scott Morrison on a wall in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale.

A look back the darkness and din that was 2019

*This is tricky ground, I know, because by focusing on ordinary citizens you risk letting those with power off the hook. And so perhaps the answer lies in combining the two, by asking what the rest of us can do to hold those with power responsible.

*And so, in the lead up to new-year’s-resolution time, perhaps ask yourself: when was the last time you went to a protest? When was the last time you called your local MP? Do you have investments, and if so, have you considered their impact on the issues that you care about? Of course, none of these acts by themselves will change the world. But if we all think that way, the world won’t change.

I don’t write this from moral high ground. I could do much more. I write this partly to remind myself. But we have to face the fact that Australia has had a long, long run of luck. That has allowed us to get away with a lot, but the fact we got away with things in the past doesn’t mean we’ll get away with them forever.

At the end of this year, will anything be different? Business pretends it’s up to government. Government pretends it’s up to the rest of the world. And us? By now, it should be obvious that those in charge are not going to step up unless we step up too.

Sean Kelly is a former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. He is currently working from London.

Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly is a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and a former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard

Illustration: John Shakespeare

SOURCE: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/the-year-of-living-feebly-how-did-we-all-become-so-pathetic-20191227-p53n3a.html





IT could be …

It could be that

Australia might be part of a raft of social experiments that have some facets not immediately obvious …

We have heard, for instance, that Australia is used as a testing ground for new products.

A leaked image of what the iPhone 11’s new camera could look like.

A leaked image of what the iPhone 11’s new camera could look like.Source:News Regional Media

Well, we know

-Australia is quite advanced when it comes to electronic retailing and the online marketplace

ecommerce australia statistics

View: https://www.webalive.com.au/ecommerce-statistics-australia/

Australians use of smart cards and electronic banking is overtaking cash

All of this is sold to us as benign and convenient. However, we all know it is now so easy for those who wish to … to track our tastes and purchasing … data mining is alive and well!

Data Mining: How You’re Revealing More Than You Think’

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH3bp5335IU

Along with all of this it seems Australia’s changing society has never been so engaged with distractions, or captured by a cycle of trying to get by, so much so there is little time for much else.

Could it be this new form of disengagement has led a lot of us to be in a spectrum that covers the ground from disinterest to ignorance?

The persuasive influences of the new consumerism has ‘benefits’ for others with agendas that have wide-ranging consequences.

Indeed, it may have occurred to some observers that fewer of us are committed to ideas … the effects of this seen in lesser numbers of people

-joining political parties
showing strong support or opposition to political policies
participating in community activism

Thus opportunists and those with the capacity to push the marketplace agenda are able to exploit these circumstances firmly in the grip of the mindset of the ‘trickle down’ economy.

Honest Government Ad | Trickledown Economics

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264K subscribers

The Australien Government has made an ad about Trickle Down Economics – and its surprisingly honest and informative 💸💧

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yzeOqV7eKI

These trends are also observed in a tendency for volunteer groups to struggle in maintaining their memberships, the non-marketplace society has been under stress.

It has been influenced by …

-individualist ideas
-detached singularity and
insufficient time

And so on, the message is there … maybe it’s not a bright one, it has been bleak!


Has there been something sinister in this new marketplace environment?

Well it maybe …

Could it be a cohort of willing participants, for each having their own reasons to actively or passively adding, aiding and/or cooperating to alter, and gain what they can in manipulated/contrived circumstances?

Have we been witnessing passive and active coercive undertakings to not only disrupt past practices and societal arrangements, but also wide-ranging ideas shaping on a scale unimaginable less than 2 decades ago?

Are we foolish enough to dismiss ideas such as the role media manipulation has had in all of this? AKA …

-Limited News

-Daily Liargraph

-Daily Terror

-The UnAustralian

Are we now getting the message?

Protesters react after police threaten to arrest them during a protest outside of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Thursday, December 19, 2019.

Protesters react after police threaten to arrest them during a protest outside of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Thursday, December 19, 2019. (AAP)

NOTE … their Message: ‘Look at What You’ve Left Us … Watch us fight it … Watch us WIN!’

Climate Change Protests Continue

Tim Flannery’s Climate Council is funding the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group. Picture: Damien Pleming

Climate activist Tim Flannery is the force behind a band of former state fire and emergency chiefs accusing Scott Morrison of abandoning­ bushfires across the nation and demanding an immediat­e end to the burning of fossil fuels.

View: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/tim-flannery-climate-group-funding-exfire-chiefs-going-it-alone/news-story/fd55e5bd69cc54288e071d07808438c9

THE SAME CAN HAPPEN with Australians uniting to object and DEMAND

-implementation and enforcement of the Second Tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws (AML L) for the Real Estate Gatekeepers … who were made EXEMPT in October 2018 by the Morrison Government!

.that alone will return the Housing Market to the Cohort of Australians locked out!

.by the enormous competition from foreign buyers

.it will rid us of Proxy Buyers

.improve the lifestyle and living conditions for Australians

.less demand on infrastructure, healthcare, our environment from new ‘Permanent Residents’

Enforcement of the AML Laws (Second Tranche) will improve our economy because Hot/Black Money is bad for the Australian Economy

In 2018, an Australian study found that $72 billion of illegal activities used Bitcoin.

  1. Deposit funds into a financial system. They don’t attract federal attention for cash deposits less than $10,000. For larger sums, they comingle the illegal gains with funds from a cash-heavy legal business.
  2. The layering of transactions to disguise the source, ownership, and location of the funds. They may create overseas shell companies that are only used to launder the cash.
  3. Integrate the funds into society in the form of holdings that appear legitimate. Many use funds to buy real estate.

View: https://www.thebalance.com/black-economy-4173517

.the black economy refers to people who operate entirely outside the tax and regulatory system

.it encompasses: understatement of takings, cash wages off the books, welfare fraud, sharing economy contractors not declaring their income, moonlighting and phoenixing, and money laundering

.those in the formal economy to be faced with higher tax burdens

View: https://www.michaelwest.com.au/fatf-caves-as-australia-keeps-propping-up-property-market-with-black-money/



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Inside the public service shakeup: what it really says about Morrisons Government

THIS is so true … we have heard them …their fellow travellers talk of …

The bias of the ABC – that’s code for I hate the ABC because:

.they seek the truth
.they ask difficult questions

We have heard them talk with hatred in their voice about:

-the bureaucracy
-Regulations, and of course, the good old reliable animosity to
.Red Tape

These antagonists are typified by:

-more than a passing interest in the share market
-property ownership(plural)

IT is all about self-interest … on and on they bark about how the system is all wrong, their entitlements etc, etc …

.ALL must be swept aside unless it’s about making money and personal gain

Scott Morrison is seen from a low angle while he is speaking.


Inside the public service shakeup: what it really says about Morrison’s Government


By Laura Tingle

PHOTO: It is important to go beyond just the symbolism of what the Prime Minister announced this week. (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

RELATED STORY: The overhauled public service may be more efficient, but at what cost to good government?

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Shortly after the federal election, I had a conversation with a figure at the very centre of the Government.

As we raked over where the election had left the political conversation, I noted the Prime Minister’s repeated emphasis on getting on with delivering services to Australians in his public statements.

Did this suggest that a politician so driven by marketing memes had detected a weariness with the ideological wars of politics among disconnected voters, and recognised political self-interest in shaping both the Government’s message, and its agenda, around the basics of government service delivery?

Did this mean the Government might abandon some of its ideological warfare against institutions?

“Don’t be ridiculous,” this person snorted. “If anything, this Government is more ideologically driven than Abbott.

They want to win the culture wars they see in education, in the public service, in all of our institutions, and they’ll come for the ABC too, of course. There will be a big cleanout at the top of the public service, but Morrison will wait for a while to do that. They believe the Left has been winning the war for the last 20 years and are determined to turn the tables.

Morrison will just be craftier about the way he goes about it.

Go beyond the symbolism

There have been many occasions to remember this conversation — and its rather extraordinary reflection on who seems to have been winning the ideological battle — over the intervening six months.

For Morrison, electoral triumph has brought a shrunken field of vision
Scott Morrison has been in the historically unusual position, as leader of the Liberal Party, of being able to confidently order his stationery in bulk. And it’s helped him deliver in spades.

No more so than amid the anger expressed about the Government’s move on Thursday to slash the number of government departments and sack five departmental secretaries.

The arts community, in particular, are angry and alarmed that there won’t be a department with “arts” in the title.

But it is important to go beyond just the symbolism of what the Prime Minister announced this week, and also to put it in the context of the contempt for accountability that he and his ministers have shown since their re-election, particularly in the Angus Taylor affair.

The public service is being sidelined

First, a bit of boring old process. The Government commissioned a comprehensive review of the public service last year, headed by former Telstra boss David Thodey.

The Government received the review’s final report in September. It hasn’t yet gone to Cabinet.

Yet, this week, the Government embarked on a major overhaul of the structure, personnel and purpose of the public service which it says “hits the theme” of the review. No, no-one mentioned the vibe of the thing.

Politicians keep shifting the goal posts
A question for students of bad bits of history has always been: how did people let such a thing happen? Now it feels like we are getting a very real answer in the way the world is moving.

So having spent a great deal of experts’ time, and taxpayer money, the Government announces huge changes in the public service without linking them directly to recommendations from the body it established itself.

Oh, except, sorry, it was the same Government that started the review but, you guessed it, a different prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

Among the many contributions made to, and by, the Thodey review was a paper on the relationship between the public service and ministers and their advisers.

And while people have talked about the growing role of ministerial offices and advisers for decades, this week’s announcement really crystallises a trend to the sidelining of the public service as a frontline provider of policy advice.

Are ‘silos’ in the ‘Canberra bubble’ really the problem?

Listen to the language of Scott Morrison from Thursday’s press conference.

The Prime Minister reflected on how he had told public servants soon after the election “about having a very strong focus on the delivery of services because that’s what Government is there to do”.

I want a public service that’s very much focussed on implementation….Whether… they’re preparing research, the policy they’re developing, services they’re delivering on the ground and ensuring that could be done efficiently and keep Australians connected to them in the work they do each day.”

VIDEO: PM announces changes to public service departments (ABC News)

Now, there are references to the development of policy in his words. But the clear message was really about improving the way services are delivered to the public.

This is an admirable goal. And, of itself, merging different parts of the bureaucracy isn’t a bad idea.

But it is really unclear that “silos” in the “Canberra bubble” are necessarily the real issue here.

And the fact that the number of departments was slashed from 18 to 14, with five department heads losing their jobs while the number of ministers remains unchanged is very telling, and not just because of the bad optics.

How do we know who’s making the decisions?

The underlying message from the Prime Minister is really a reflection of the fact that policy is largely driven by ministers and their offices these days, rather than a clear line of process that involves public servants, and/or the people who have been commissioned by the Government itself to advise it. The Thodey Review itself is a stunning example of this.

The determination to protect Angus Taylor defies self-interest
Scott Morrison has spent the week defending the indefensible behaviour of his minister. So much political capital expended and so little return, writes Laura Tingle.

Once things are decided in a minister’s office, the scope for even the parliament to find out what has happened is immediately constrained, particularly in an administration that thinks it is okay for one minister to decline to be interviewed by the police, or for another minister to retain his job while unable to explain how he appears to have spectacularly misled parliament, and is subject to a police investigation into forged documents.

Or for the role of ministerial advisers in various scandals to remain unclear, while they hold on to their jobs.

If these new changes mean even less policy flows out of the public service, what hope have we of knowing who is making the decisions, and on what rationale, in areas that the Government doesn’t feel like talking about or prioritising, like the arts? It is hard to see any discussion coming up in Estimates, for starters.

Public servants are now supposed to be the facilitators of policy rather than its authors, but, in fact, particularly under Coalition governments, they have often become little more than post boxes for the outsourcing of contracts to the private sector.

There’s too little transparency

But think of all the bad contractual arrangements that have been exposed just this year — from the Paladin contracts in Papua New Guinea to (yet another) case of a minister distributing regional grants out of their office, outside the guidelines of the grants program — and how little transparency there is about what goes on.

A telling remark from an unnamed “senior government source” in The Australian on Friday was that “there is also a big wake-up call coming for the IT and tech public servants who have spent 20 years making contractors and IT companies rich by signing up for fragmented, sub-scale tech systems”.

A man frowns in front of a tree

PHOTO: The institutional memory of how systems had previously been set up to try to do exactly what the Prime Minister says he wants the public service to do has never recovered. (ABC News: Mark Moore)

For those of us with any memory, it’s hard not to laugh out loud here.

It was the Howard government who oversaw the disastrous outsourcing of the government’s IT program — which was scathingly reviewed by the Auditor-General.

The institutional memory of how systems had previously been set up to try to do exactly what the Prime Minister says he wants the public service to do has never recovered.

Thank goodness there is the public service to blame for this, rather than actually considering what impact slogan-driven policy, lacking in any real idea or interest in how to run a government, may be playing.

Laura Tingle is 7.30’s chief political correspondent.

SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-06/close-up-of-scott-morrison-announcing-his-new-ministry-on-sunda/11775334





Sydney buses so overcrowded they don’t stop

Sydney busses so overcrowded they don’t stop

By Unconventional Economist in Australian Economy

December 2, 2019 | 14 comments

As Sydney’s population continues to grow like a science experiment on the back of never-ending mass immigration:

The city has experienced growing congestion across all public services and infrastructure, including roads, public transport, schools and hospitals.

The latest example is Sydney’s busses, which according to a new Auditor-General report, have become so crowded that they are increasingly failing to stop for passengers:

The bus service contracts define a crowded bus as being full on route which leaves customers behind. Crowding on buses increased from last year. In 2017–18, 8,801 services left customers behind due to being full, which increased to 9,698 buses in 2018–19. Majority of these full buses related to Region 3 (Western Sydney services in the Parramatta, Liverpool, Merrylands, Prairiewood and Fairfield areas) and Region 4 (North-western Sydney services in the Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Dural and Baulkham Hills areas).

You will note from the above that Sydney’s migrant-stuffed west is the most effected by overcrowding, which is hardly surprising. And given Western Sydney’s population is projected to increase by around one million people over the next 20 years, obviously the overcrowding will get much worse.

In fact, Infrastructure Australia projects that all types of public services and infrastructure will become increasingly crush-loaded across Sydney as the city’s population balloons to a projected 7.4 million people by 2046. That is, commute times and overcrowding on roads and public transport will worsen, as will access to jobs, schools, hospitals and open space, irrespective of whether Sydney builds up or out:

Sydney’s living standards will unambiguously worsen so long as the federal government maintains the mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy.

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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs. 

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/12/sydney-busses-so-overcrowded-they-dont-stop/





ScoMo’s ‘quiet Australians’ con exposed

A victorious Scott Morrison  takes to the stage on election night.
  • IT’s all to do with what happened in Queensland … *

ScoMo’s ‘quiet Australians’ con exposed

By Houses and Holes in Australian Politics

December 2, 2019 | 2 comments

The Coalition has nicely illustrated why it is a very weak government. Via Domain:

A Liberal Party review into Scott Morrison’s stunning election victory has warned the Coalition’s future chances of forming government will remain “worryingly narrow” unless it improves its standing in Victoria and parts of NSW.

The review warns there is “no room for any complacency” within the party following the 2019 election campaign, recommending a “comprehensive impartial candidate vetting process” for candidates to avoid a similar situation where 10 Liberals were disendorsed during the campaign.

Undertaken by former senator Arthur Sinodinos and former New Zealand government minister Steven Joyce, the report – released on Friday – identified the federal budget as a “key turning point” in the party’s electoral recovery and the almost single-handed successful prosecution of the campaign by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

*No, it wasn’t.

It was the small immigration cut that was the key moment. That’s when ScoMo captured the imagination of the Queenslanders that supported nationalist fringe parties that put Scummo into office via preferences.

The Coalition is very right to note how narrow this power base is. QLD is all that mattered in the election as Labor dominated the major states.

*Why Labor hasn’t noticed it is testament to something crucial missing from its brains trust.

That’s why the Coalition backlash against Pauline Hanson and her correct decision to vote down the union-busting bill last week is revealing. At The Australians:

A central Queensland CFMEU official, condemned for his behaviour in a major industria­l dispute, incited Pauline Hanson to block the government’s union-busting bill in a betray­al of written assurances of support she gave senior ministers.

Senior government figures continue to vent their fury at the One Nation leader’s 11th-hour ­decision and have vowed to re­introduce the bill next week, amid warnings from business that its defeat amounts to a green light for union thuggery.

Senator Hanson held meetings with Queensland CFMEU construction division organiser Chris Brodsky, who led the union’s fierce dispute with miner Glencore at Oaky North in the Bowen Basin, which ended in February last year after 230 days.

This is very dangerous territory for Team Scummo, as its own election deconstruction shows. QLD is its power base. PH is QLD’s most glorified anti-politician and bashing her nearly always backfires with her supporters.

And there is another, greater danger. It never made much sense that PH supported the bill in the first place. Her QLD constituency are marginalised, working class folks. They may be battlers not bludgers, and not like unions and handouts, but they are smart enough to know that decimating union strike power will not help their shrinking pay packets.

*Thus bashing PH over unions shows that ScoMo is not in their corner after all, is for the big end of town, and has basically conned them into thinking otherwise with phony nationalism (at this point a comparison with El Trumpo is appropriate).

If ScoMo takes this line for long, he will not only prove to be the greatest politcal comeback artist since Paul Keating retined by slaying the GST in 1993, but he will also share his fate at the subsequent election.

ScoMo’s ‘quiet Australians’ con exposed


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David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/12/scomos-quiet-australians-con-exposed/





HARDLY NORMAL: Appalling Insults by Gerry mar Harvey Norman meeting amid Activist Revolt

‘Hardly surprising’ either …

Isn’t it the case that some sufferers of the onset of envy get really really nasty about others pointing out their foibles?

Certainly this moment in time presents the opportunity for more of us to consider 

-shopping elsewhere 

-telling others of our disdain 

-spreading the word about how good the deals were elsewhere 

-seeking to have super investments diverted elsewhere 

AGAIN it seems we are increasingly being treated badly by the corporate sector … the banks and insurance companies took us for a ride, declaring they are the good guys only to be exposed as 


-lying to customers 

-lying to regulators

-exploiting the vulnerable 

-charging illegally fees

-deriving some of their massive profits from bad business practices

-underpaying workers, aka wage theft probably over a billion dollars in the last 12 months

OMG … the list goes on and now we hear some of our industry leaders still feel entitled to say ‘how dare they criticise us’

Time will tell, and so will further light illuminate attitudes and practices that the broader community in due course are more and more likely to reject

As West pointed out getting into bed with, and having understandings with mates in the political arena and in the media is helpful and may work for a while but it’s hardly something that doesn’t have a use by date like some OF the players seem to fail to recognise!

Hardly Normal: appalling insults by Gerry mar Harvey Norman meeting amid activist revolt

by Michael West — 27 November 2019 — FeaturedMarkets

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Author: Michael West

Hardly Normal: appalling insults by Gerry mar Harvey Norman meeting amid activist revolt

Gerry Harvey, chairman of Harvey Norman. Image: ABC

“Are you a sexual predator?” asked Gerry Harvey of a dissident shareholder who was politely though persistently questioning him in front of a packed house at the Harvey Norman annual meeting. This was the crowning insult, a gross defamation, amid the volley of abuse and ridicule directed at “agitators”; anybody who didn’t agree with him that is, men and women. Michael West reports on an extraordinary show of arrogance.

Questions cut off mid-sentence, proxy advisors and others dubbed “idiots”, derision at shareholders who dared question him, no cameras allowed. It was an extraordinary performance, belittling for Katie Page the billionaire’s wife and highly successful chief executive who sat on the podium next to him, appearing slightly uncomfortable though dignified throughout.

Most of the abuse by the billionaire chairman was aimed at shareholder activist Stephen Mayne who had nominated himself for a board seat to address concerns about corporate governance. When it came to the vote, Mayne picked up just 8.2 per cent. Still 84 million Harvey Norman shares voted in his favour.

For the second year running, the retailer’s Remuneration Report was thumped by shareholders: a 47.5 per cent vote against and 51.85 per cent for (ex the Harvey family shares), which led to a spill motion, solidly defeated in due course.

Mayne didn’t expect to win a board seat, he even voted in favour of the re-election of Katie Page himself. He came to deliver a message, a message on behalf of large shareholders (via proxy advisors) who were not happy with Gerry Harvey.

The extraordinary brawl was essentially about board independence, whether Harvey Norman should be run as a Harvey fiefdom or a public company with concern for the rights of minority shareholders.

“Harvey Norman is a family company, it always has been,” said the billionaire retailer in his opening preamble. Indeed it has been one of the most successful companies in ASX history, delivering 18 per cent returns to shareholders over 30 years.

And Gerry Harvey has a point when he says the autocratic structure had worked for shareholders. The likes of News Corporation and the Westfield group had delivered strongly for their owners over the years, both with executive chairmen Rupert Murdoch and (formerly) Frank Lowy.

That does not mean however that it will work in the future, or that the strongman approach is right. Gerry Harvey might control almost half the shares in Harvey Norman but the rest are held by minorities, investors who help finance the company on the ASX. They too have a voice and the independent directors on the company board are there to represent that voice.

There are broader issues at stake.

The power of corporations over democracy is growing. It needs to be monitored, its excesses curbed, and that is precisely what activist shareholders, indeed minority shareholders do.

Shareholder activists are merely exercising their right to exert a voice in the way corporations are run. It is a legal right, and it should be said that, despite his relentless vilification by Gerry Harvey today, Stephen Mayne has done as much for shareholder rights and corporate reform as anybody in this country.

And he has done it politely.

The other point about corporations in democracy is that they make political donations, they sway public policy. They have vast resources to influence policy via their lobbyists and control over elements of the mainstream media.

Harvey Norman is a huge advertiser, as Stephen Mayne points out. It spent $391 million on advertising last year, a vast chunk of that, perhaps $100 million with News Corp, which has acted as little more than a fan club for the billionaire via The Australian and Sky News.

After today’s front page of Melbourne’s Herald Sun published an enormous front page advertisement for Harvey Norman, its chairman kicked off his media day with a spot on Alan Jones’ high-rating 2GB radio show.

They ripped in to Mayne. Harvey thanked Sky News boss Paul Whittaker and Sky presenter Paul Murray for their support. But in all this, there was no mention of the $150 million losses made by the company in to non-retail plays such as dairy, school lockers and mining camps.

No mention either of shareholder grievances about the independence of directors, or the lack of women on the board apart from Katie Page. Nothing about accounting irregularities which have been the cause of substantial concern among professional investors; irregularities which were not adequately addressed by auditor EY.

It seems Gerry Harvey, with his “you’re an idiot if you disagree with me” schtick, just doesn’t get the fact that a $5 billion public company should listen to its minorities rather than mock them.

Perhaps the board thinks Harvey Norman ASX Index Weight refers to a brand of bathroom scales. The reality is that this stock attracts investment from superannuation funds who invest on behalf of ordinary Australians. These investors owe a duty of trust to those who invest with them, just as Harvey Norman owes a duty of trust to those who invest with it, not a duty of derision.

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MOORE PARK: New $1.5b vision for Entertainment Quarter unveiled

MOORE PARK is also a large area of parkland that is part of Centennial Parklands, a collective of three parks being Moore Park, Centennial Park and Queen’s Park.

BUT the Octogenarians, it seems, can’t help themselves … it’s about ever more development … this time an unsolicited proposal for a hotel FFS!

TICK! Residential development was ruled out as not being consistent with the proposed focus on leisure, events and entertainment.

New $1.5b vision for Entertainment Quarter unveiled

Businessmen Gerry Harvey and John Singleton have put forward a $1.5 billion plan to turn Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter into a destination to rival Barangaroo.


Edward Boyd, The Daily Telegraph

November 29, 2019

The Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park is set to be rejuvenated under a $1.5 billion masterplan to transform the site into a mix of open space, retail shops and leisure facilities.

The plan includes four hectares of interconnected parks, a fresh food market, restaurants, cafes, bars, a large 20m wide pedestrian boulevard for holding street food markets, festivals and events and a 180 room 4.5 star hotel.

An artist’s impression of the new-look EQ.
An artist’s impression of the new-look EQ.

The cinema complex will be redone, a community vegetable garden installed and the Showring updated, with the entire precinct designed to support up to 8,000 jobs in the hospitality and creative industries.

The unsolicited proposal to refresh the 11 hectare site next to the Sydney Cricket Ground was submitted to the state government today by the owners of the Entertainment Quarter, Carsingha Investments Pty Ltd.

The consortium led by retail king Gerry Harvey, advertising guru John Singleton and venture capitalist Mark Carnegie will fund the entire $1.5 billion development if it receives government approval. The trio bought a 30 year lease to the site in 2014 for $80 million and are hoping the government will grant them a 99 year lease – similar to the leasing arrangement Lendlease has with the government at Barangaroo.

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Entertainment Quarter CEO Guy Pahor said the proposed development could generate around $1 billion in economic activity each year.

He said 400 locals along with more than 1000 Sydneysiders had been consulted over the past 18 months to develop the plan, which will focus on reconnecting the Entertainment Quarter to the local community with open space and the CBD via the new Light Rail.

“Key to the success of these social spaces and the food and dining precinct will be people – without a critical mass of people during the day and at night eve the best designed public spaces will fail,” Mr Pahor said.

“Our plans include a vision of the Entertainment Quarter as a new employment hub for creative industries – reinforcing the adjacent Fox Studios enterprise.”

The $1.5 billion plan does not include residential uses, which were ruled out early in the planning stages as not being consistent with the proposed focus on leisure, events and entertainment.

Entertainment Quarter Moore Park development proposal by Carsingha.
Entertainment Quarter Moore Park development proposal by Carsingha.

All buildings on the site will be no higher than the roof of the new Sydney Football Stadium (which will be roughly 10 storeys), apart from the new cinema and creative industries office tower in the centre of the site, which will be roughly the same height as the SCG light towers.

Mr Pahor said parks and public spaces will take centre stage in the renewed Entertainment Quarter.

“The Showring will also be rejuvenated as a multifunctional public space – accommodating community and other sporting events such as jazz concerts and other performances, similar to the much loved summer twilight concert series at Taronga Zoo,” he said.

A Department of Premier and Cabinet steering committee will now examine the commercial, technical and legal aspects of the unsolicited proposal in more detail before making a recommendation to government on whether or not to proceed to the next step in the process.

Developer Carsingha will be required to obtain all the necessary planning and environment approvals for the project, which is separate to the unsolicited proposal vetting process.

An artist’s impression of the proposed Night Noodle Market.
An artist’s impression of the proposed Night Noodle Market.

Sydney Business Chamber executive director Katherine O’Regan said Sydney desperately needs another eat street in this area, and somewhere people can hang out after the footy or a concert.

“This very tired precinct promised so much decades ago and is desperately in need of a new life. It’s a rare opportunity to create a vibrant new entertainment and dining district right on the edge of the CBD for both locals and tourists,” she said.

“As well as adding more public open space and amenities, the proposal provides a place for business to flourish, boosting the attraction for creative industries like media, fashion, graphic arts and tech businesses.”

The Entertainment Quarter as it looks now.
The Entertainment Quarter as it looks now.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/new-15b-vision-for-entertainment-quarter-unveiled/news-story/c2c43e3f7f5de5460c3db4facdf4370e





SCOMO Enjoys the Game of Mates…

Generalissimo Scummo enjoys the game of mates

IN conclusion …. ‘Something that must be creeping on up voters

ADD … PRIMING HOUSE PRICES for his property mates forcing people to borrow beyond their means  ….

Generalissimo Scummo enjoys the game of mates

By Houses and Holes in Australian Politics

November 28, 2019 | 9 comments

Via Crikey:

Angus Taylor

This is the sequence of events. Angus Taylor, federal cabinet minister, used a doctored document to publicly accuse Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore of being a hypocrite on climate change because her councillors spent, allegedly, $15 million on travel in a year (the real figure was about $6000). The document was a forgery, but Taylor insisted his office had downloaded it from the council’s website. That’s been shown to be wrong.

As far as Taylor is concerned, that’s it. He has denied any impropriety by him or his office, but not explained where the fake document came from. FOI requests for correspondence relating to the train of events have been refused and he hasn’t answered questions in parliament about it. The mystery persists.

Yesterday, it came out that the Labor Party had written to the NSW Police and that the police have launched an investigation. The nature of that has not been revealed; presumably they’re looking at some form of potential forgery or fraud offence.

When asked about this development in question time, Scott Morrison said it was news to him. He said he would speak directly to the NSW Police and find out. He came back later in the day to announce this:

I have since spoken with the NSW Police Commissioner about the investigation and the nature and substance of their inquiries which he advised me were based only on the allegations referred by the shadow attorney-general. Based on the information provided to me by the commissioner, I consider there is no action required by me.

The action that Labor was demanding was that Morrison stand his minister down while he is under an active police investigation, in compliance with the ministerial guidelines. These are not binding, but it is conventional that a minister stands aside from their office when their conduct is under a serious cloud. Most recently, the Liberal minister Arthur Sinodinos stood aside voluntarily during an ICAC investigation into him (which ultimately exonerated him).

The conventions of ministerial responsibility have become progressively honoured in the breach in recent years, so it’s no real surprise that neither Taylor nor Morrison proposes to take this matter seriously or pay the public the respect of providing an actual explanation of what happened.

However, there’s something even weirder here: the prime minister’s open acknowledgement that his first instinct was to call up the police chief for a personal chat about the current investigation of potential criminal conduct by one of his cabinet ministers.

If that sounds a bit off to you, that’s because it is. Whatever the status of the investigation may be, and whatever its prospects of leading anywhere are, it is in the hands of an agency of the executive government of the state of NSW. It is axiomatic that the police are required and expected to function with independence, unaffected by political influence.

David Crowe chimes in at Domain:

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull raised the political heat by declaring he would not have made the phone call because the matter had to be “entirely free of political influence” and seen to be so.

Barrister Geoffrey Watson said Mr Morrison should not have made the call because it looked like he had sought a “favour” from the police chief.

“There’s nothing illegal about contacting the police but on the other hand, once you put it into perspective, it should never have happened,” said Mr Watson, a director of the Centre for Public Integrity and a former counsel assisting at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

“What the Prime Minister should not have done is used his position in executive government to contact an external bureaucrat because it just looks like he’s applying pressure.

“It’s just an inappropriate move rather than an illegal move.”

The Australian tries to hose it off:

NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller has dismissed Labor ­attacks on Scott Morrison’s phone call to him over the investigation into Energy Minister Angus Taylor, but the Prime Minister is now under fire after being forced to clarify an incorrect statement to parliament.

As Mr Fuller promised an “open and transparent” NSW Police investigation into Mr Taylor that could be over as early as next week, Labor seized on the Prime Minister’s Tuesday phone call to him to question Mr Morrison’s judgment.

Mr Fuller said Mr Morrison had “received no more or less ­information” than was publicly available in a NSW police media release confirming an investigation into Mr Taylor.

It’s more press gallery hand wringing than a vote turner. But it does again show that Scummo’s instincts are to rule by executive fiat than committee. Very much in the “strong man” politics of the day. The Guardian digs up an indignant judge:

Scott Morrison is under fire for making a phone call to the NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller to discuss an active investigation into Angus Taylor.

Former anti-corruption commissioner and senior judge David Ipp says Scott Morrison’s phone call to the New South Wales police chief appears to be an inappropriate attempt to use his position to make a political decision.

Morrison came under fire on Wednesday for calling NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller to discuss an active investigation into one of his cabinet ministers, Angus Taylor.

NSW police set up strike force Garrad to investigate whether Taylor’s office came to rely on a falsified document to attack Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore for her travel-related carbon emissions.

Morrison called Fuller before announcing to parliament that he was standing by Taylor on Tuesday. His predecessor Malcolm Turnbull said he would never have made the call, because the inquiry needs to be seen as independent and free of political influence.

Ipp, who served on the NSW court of appeal and as an Independent Commission Against Corruption commissioner, said the call was clearly not appropriate. He said it appears to have been made to aid Morrison’s party-political decision-making, rather than the interest of the state.

“An ordinary citizen would not be able to get that information from the police … so what is it about the prime minister that entitles him to that information?” Ipp told Guardian Australia.

“You can’t see that it’s information that relates to matters of state interest. It can only relate to matters of party interest. If it relates to matters of party interest then he’s using his influence as prime minister to try to obtain the information so that he can make the politically correct decision – that is, whether to keep Taylor or to fire him.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate. It’s not appropriate.”

Isn’t it just the game of mates, at the ABC:

Angus Taylor speaks at the despatch box with Scott Morrison listening in

Crossbench senator Rex Patrick said the friendship between the Prime Minister and Commissioner meant the pair needed to be very careful in their dealings with each other.

Mr Morrison and Commissioner Fuller have both publicly commented on their friendship before.

Senator Patrick said it was “even more inappropriate” that Mr Morrison had called the Commissioner because of their friendship.

“Because they know each other, they have to be very, very careful,” he told Sky News.

“It creates all sorts of perceptions, and as we know in politics, it’s not only about being clean, it’s about being seen to be clean.”

I doubt “quiet Australians” give two hoots. They probably even like a bit game of mates stuck in the face of “inner city lunatics”.

The main danger for Generalissimo Scummo is that he is seen as aloof and arrogant.

Something that must be creeping on up voters as he refuses to do anything about the dire state of the economy, climate change and the CCP silent invasion.

Houses And Holes

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

SOURCE: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/11/generalissimo-scummo-enjoys-the-game-of-mates/