Daily New Review – Wednesday 21 July

Each day this service is sourced by CCO from the excellent work done as ‘The Dawn Patrol’ for over a decade now by ‘BK’ at Poll Bludger. See; pollbludger.net

One day late due to technical problems at CCO yesterday

Governance experts fear Australia is sliding down the “slippery slope” of corruption, calling on the federal government to overhaul its planned integrity commission in the wake of an auditor-general report into a program funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into Coalition-held seats.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/car-parks-program-shows-country-on-a-corruption-slippery-slope-20210720-p58bbw.html
Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus reveal that Canstruct International, the Brisbane company and Liberal party donor running Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru, has won another uncontested contract extension – $180m over six months – bringing its total revenue from island contracts over the past five years to more than $1.5bn.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/21/liberal-party-donors-revenue-from-uncontested-contracts-for-offshore-processing-rises-to-15bn
Conservative Australia is approaching a moment of truth. The pressure on the Morrison government to pledge net-zero carbon emissions at 2050 cannot be delayed or averted and the speed of global politics now makes this goal mainstream, not radical, writes Paul Kelly. Well fancy that!
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/finance-power-will-drive-pm-to-net-zero/news-story/84d1a1e999865dc3570ef0821c3ba626
Scott Morrison’s attempt to nudge his government in the direction of a net zero commitment by 2050 is expected to face resistance at this weekend’s annual convention of the Liberal National party in Brisbane, says Katherine Murphy.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/21/resistance-in-the-ranks-any-nudge-by-morrison-towards-net-zero-by-2050-will-be-a-tough-sell-to-lnp
“Is the COVID vaccine rollout the greatest public policy failure in recent Australian history?”, wonder these contributors to The Conversation. This is quite a good read and it touches on more that the rollout.
https://theconversation.com/is-the-covid-vaccine-rollout-the-greatest-public-policy-failure-in-recent-australian-history-164396
The number of mystery cases in NSW has ballooned to levels not seen since the peak of the state’s March 2020 lockdown, with figures showing almost one in 10 COVID-19 cases has been transmitted at work.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/that-s-where-the-risk-is-one-in-ten-infected-people-caught-covid-at-work-20210720-p58bd7.html
A narrow majority of the community wants political leaders to phase out the use of lockdowns and border controls as more people are vaccinated, amid a sharp fall in the number who are reluctant to get a jab, writes David Crowe about a new survey.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/narrow-majority-of-voters-wants-lockdowns-phased-out-as-vaccination-rate-grows-20210720-p58bbs.html
Three weeks after it outlined its much-publicised road map for living with COVID-19, Singapore is returning to a partial lockdown for a month.
https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/now-is-not-the-time-to-risk-it-all-singapore-returns-to-lockdown-20210720-p58bfn.html
More from Crowe on the survey where Barnaby Joyce was really on the nose with a 29% net unpopularity.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/voters-mark-down-morrison-joyce-s-popularity-extraordinarily-low-20210719-p58b3c.html
Matt Wade lays out how the lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne could send the whole economy into reverse.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/the-chart-that-shows-why-lockdowns-in-sydney-and-melbourne-could-send-the-whole-economy-into-reverse-20210720-p58b9j.html
The Australian reports that technical failures with the government’s MyGov platform have left people unable to access urgently needed financial relief via the website, causing long queues outside Centrelink offices yesterday.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/centrelink-glitch-strands-thousands-without-covid19-funds/news-story/48ddce89642c23a44f37242fcf813a6f
The SMH editorial says that mental health is becoming our biggest lockdown concern.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/mental-health-is-becoming-our-biggest-lockdown-concern-20210720-p58bbx.html
Despite this being the most scientific of all ages, capable of producing highly effective vaccines a year after the SARS-COV-2 virus was identified ( Russian scientists actually achieved this in six months), poor leadership, ignorance, stubbornness and irresponsible media, (broadcast and social), are making this pandemic much worse than it needs to be, explains Professor John Dwyer.
https://johnmenadue.com/john-dwyer-poor-leadershipirresponsible-media-and-a-clever-virus/
Our lives are changing profoundly, but we can’t succumb to cynicism and hopelessness, urges Lenore Taylor.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/20/our-lives-are-changing-profoundly-but-we-cant-succumb-to-cynicism-and-hopelessness
Workers who have endured the slowest wage growth on record will never make up for the hit to their weekly pay packets caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the Reserve Bank warning inertia could hold back incomes for years, reports Shane Wright.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/pandemic-will-deliver-pay-packet-pain-for-years-rba-20210720-p58bc5.html
NSW’s hospitality and entertainment sectors are pleading for certainty about when they can reopen after Premier Gladys Berejiklian assured the construction industry that it would reopen on July 31.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/hospitality-entertainment-want-their-own-certainty-after-premier-s-reopening-assurance-to-construction-sector-20210720-p58bef.html
Michael Pascoe goes to town on the construction industry scoring political mates’ rates. He says that for a tough industry, there seem to be plenty of cry-babies in this industry that is suffering a relative hiccup in the middle of an absolute boom.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/07/21/michael-pascoe-construction/
Peter Lewis writes that with NSW’s pandemic strategy in tatters, Australians are piling on the state they love to hate.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/20/with-nsws-pandemic-strategy-in-tatters-australians-are-piling-on-the-state-they-love-to-hate
Liam Mannix explains the irrationality of assessing and acting on risk.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/worried-about-astrazeneca-me-too-the-way-we-think-about-risk-might-be-the-problem-20210720-p58beh.html
Ross Gittins believes that getting electric cars on the road in Australia could be easier than we think.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/getting-electric-cars-on-the-road-in-australia-could-be-easier-than-you-think-20210720-p58bac.html
Jack Waterford makes a case to re-imagine Anzac Day and phase out ADF and RSL’s ownership.
https://johnmenadue.com/lets-re-imagine-anzac-day-and-phase-out-adf-and-rsls-ownership/
Michaela Whitbourn tells us that Christian Porter and one of his lawyers look like they will have to cough up a cool $500000 to Jo Dyer.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/christian-porter-and-barrister-facing-550-000-costs-bill-court-hears-20210720-p58b91.html
Hayden O’Connor writes about Josh Frydenberg destroying his ‘nice guy’ image.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/josh-frydenberg-destroys-his-nice-guy-image,15312
If Crown loses its Victoria licence, the hit for James Packer would be enormous. Most of his wealth is tied up in his 37 per cent stake in Crown and his lifestyle is funded from the hundreds of millions of dollars it generates, explains Elizabeth Knight.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/packer-s-wealth-on-a-knife-edge-as-crown-becomes-biggest-gamble-on-asx-20210720-p58be4.html
And Karen Maley tells us how James Packer killed his golden-egg laying goose.
https://www.afr.com/companies/games-and-wagering/how-james-packer-killed-his-golden-egg-laying-goose-20210720-p58b9s
Peter Martin opines that, when COVID is behind us, Australians are going to have to pay more tax.
https://theconversation.com/when-covid-is-behind-us-australians-are-going-to-have-to-pay-more-tax-164707
Stephen Alones reckons Tokyo’s Olympic Games could turn into a global horror story.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tokyo-s-olympic-games-could-turn-into-a-global-horror-story-20210719-p58b3y.html
Police have arrested a former member of the Defence Force and seized chemicals that could be used to manufacture explosives during a major operation in Picton, south of Sydney. Investigators are looking into whether Michael Brown, 54, who allegedly has extensive training with bombs from his military experience, is a “doomsday prepper” or was preparing for an act of terrorism using the chemicals he had collected.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/terror-concerns-after-police-raids-uncover-potential-bomb-making-materials-20210720-p58bca.html
The damage to coral reefs from bleaching during marine heatwaves is similar to that wrought on forests during bushfires – animal habitat is destroyed and the diversity of wildlife so highly prized in these ecosystems is lost, explains Mike Foley.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-coral-bleaching-is-like-a-bushfire-20210720-p58b9i.html
Meanwhile, Australia’s global lobbying offensive to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the world heritage “in danger” list has secured support from at least nine of the 21-member committee that will make the decision, according to a diplomatic email seen by Guardian Australia.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/coalition-believes-it-has-numbers-to-stop-great-barrier-reef-being-listed-as-in-danger
One of Australia’s most prominent conservationists and official “Beach Ambassador” for Tourism Australia, Brad Farmer, is urging the Morrison Government to do more in protecting our coastal resources.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/call-to-morrison-government-for-coastal-and-marine-commission,15310
“It’s our waste, it’s our problem”, said Scott Morrison as he announced the nation’s waste export ban culminating in 2024. Not really. It’s a good thing Australia has banned solid waste dumping to the Third World but we have left a gaping, toxic loophole; burning plastics for energy. Luke Stacey investigates.
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/toxic-waste-rebranded-australia-bans-third-world-dumping-leaves-giant-toxic-loophole/
The global rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic is set to drive greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change to all-time highs, a Paris-based International Energy Agency says.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/science/environment/2021/07/20/covid-recovery-emissions-soaring-iea/?breaking_live_scroll=1
Professor Martin Loosemore says that the problem with employment services is that the providers profit more than job seekers. Another triumph of outsourcing!
https://theconversation.com/the-problem-with-employment-services-providers-profit-more-than-job-seekers-162421
Excess deaths in India during the pandemic could be a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, likely making it modern India’s worst human tragedy, according to new research.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/indias-pandemic-death-toll-could-be-in-the-millions-20210721-p58bh1.html
Multiple “Arsehole of the Week” nominee Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California to face sexual assault charges.
https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/harvey-weinstein-extradited-to-california-to-face-sexual-assault-charges-20210721-p58bh5.html

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