Daily News Review – Friday 10 September

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

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Michelle Grattan tells us how Scott Morrison is wedged between Joe Biden and Barnaby Joyce in forging climate policy for Glasgow.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-10/morrison-biden-barnaby-wedged-on-climate-glasgow/100449834
David Crowe describes PM’s culture of creeping secrecy and how a flight to Sydney confirmed his aversion to disclosure.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-s-culture-of-creeping-secrecy-how-a-flight-to-sydney-confirmed-his-aversion-to-disclosure-20210909-p58qa4.html
In this exclusive, Nick McKenzie, Chris Masters and Anthony Galloway, reveal that the day before he was dumped as defence minister in 2015, Liberal hardliner Kevin Andrews pulled a bold move – he appointed his long-time staff member and conservative party factional player Nick Demiris to the crucial quasi-judicial role of inspector-general of the defence force. They say Details of the appointment, which was overturned days later by a furious prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, have emerged as concern circulates at the highest levels of the Australian Defence Force about whom the government will appoint when outgoing watchdog James Gaynor’s term ends amid the fallout from the damaging Brereton inquiry into war crimes.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/how-a-liberal-defence-minister-tried-to-promote-his-staffer-to-a-top-military-post-20210909-p58q93.html
Lucy Cormack and Tome Rabe unravel Gladys’s “freedom road map”.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/holidays-visitors-on-the-road-map-but-future-restrictions-not-ruled-out-20210909-p58q9l.html
But Mary Ward writes that public health experts have expressed concern about NSW’s road map to reopening its economy, which they say appears to have been driven by industry rather than consideration of the state’s stretched hospital system.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/one-person-s-freedom-is-another-person-s-going-to-hospital-20210909-p58q8t.html
This is a great path to freedom (so long as you’re vaccinated), say Gregory Dore and Liz Hicks in this measured and detached contribution.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-is-a-great-path-to-freedom-so-long-as-you-re-vaccinated-20210909-p58qbh.html
The NSW roadmap is uncharted territory, a Covid experiment pitting the vaccinated against the rest, writes Anne Davies. She says the big unknown in the plan is how it will be enforced. The good news for other states is they can watch it unfold and decide whether to follow.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/09/the-nsw-roadmap-is-uncharted-territory-a-covid-experiment-pitting-the-vaccinated-against-the-rest
Vaccine passports are coming to Australia. Katie Atwell tells us how they will work and what we will need them for.
https://theconversation.com/vaccine-passports-are-coming-to-australia-how-will-they-work-and-what-will-you-need-them-for-167531
Australians must be prepared to see the Covid vaccination uptake curve start to flatten in coming months, a leading vaccine communication expert has warned, due to the rate of hesitancy, explains Melissa Davey. She says the latest data from Melbourne Institute’s Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Tracker suggests 20.3% of Australians are either unsure about or unwilling when it comes to vaccination.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/09/australias-strong-covid-vaccine-uptake-will-wane-in-coming-months-due-to-hesitancy-expert-warns
We’re sick of COVID. So government messaging needs to change if it’s to cut through say these contributors to The Conversation.
https://theconversation.com/were-sick-of-covid-so-government-messaging-needs-to-change-if-its-to-cut-through-166891
NSW has a road map out of lockdown, but absurd restrictions on useful signposts such as rapid antigen testing are going to make the narrow path more difficult, says Jennifer Hewett.
https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/when-it-comes-to-rapid-testing-common-sense-is-out-the-window-20210909-p58qb4
The Age says top-level Victorian government officials are increasingly frustrated with the speed at which the state’s public health team is developing a plan out of lockdown, as experts call for more measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Brett Sutton appears to be under the pump.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/heat-on-chief-health-officer-over-lockdown-exit-plan-20210909-p58q92.html
It has been just three weeks since Covid first came to the far north-west New South Wales community of Enngonia, but already it has claimed the life of a beloved elder and infected 21 – or 30% – of the Indigenous population of the town, reports Lorena Allam.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/10/government-has-a-lot-to-answer-for-30-of-indigenous-nsw-community-struck-down-by-covid
Rachel Clun looks at Morrison’s defence against the allegations over the delay in negotiations with Pfizer.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/health-minister-defends-handling-of-pfizer-negotiations-20210909-p58q5v.html
The Pfizer deal was an insurance policy we needed, but it was too little, too late says David Crowe.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pfizer-deal-was-an-insurance-policy-we-needed-but-it-was-too-little-too-late-20210909-p58qbt.html
Josh Butler reports that American drugmaker Novavax says it is ready to begin shipping COVID vaccines to Australia as soon as the federal government gives it the official tick of approval, claiming it has resolved production issues that threatened to derail plans to deliver millions of jabs in 2021.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/09/09/novavax-ready-to-ship-vaccines-to-australia/?breaking_live_scroll=1
Waleed Aly says that police accessing QR data is a violation of our emergency pact.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/police-accessing-qr-data-violates-our-emergency-pact-20210909-p58q2f.html
After a delay of over six months, the Australian government has now decided to support a temporary waiver of property rights in the World Health Organisation (WHO) on COVID-19 vaccines. The waiver would allow world-wide production. The WHO meets again on September 14. If agreement can be reached this will enable the production around the world of life-saving vaccines that are needed particularly for poor people.
https://johnmenadue.com/applause-as-australia-backs-covid-vaccine-patent-waiver-better-late-than-never/
Australians will be paying more for groceries and other essential goods heading into Christmas as COVID wreaks havoc on retail supply chains. Matthew Elmas tells us that economists have warned households to expect higher prices as supermarkets and other retailers start passing on large cost increases to consumers.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/09/09/grocery-prices-covid/
Employment experts Stephen Clibborn and Chris F Wright hope that the eventual reopening of national borders will provide an opportunity to end the mistreatment of migrant workers.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/in-shadow-of-pandemic-a-chance-to-end-exploitation-of-migrant-workers-20210907-p58phy.html
Michelle Pini writes about Morrison’s underwhelming effort at the Women’s Summit.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-finlay-and-a-tame–but-not-tame-enough-womens-summit,15495
The editorial in The Age goes to News Corp’s climate change shame.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/news-corp-s-climate-change-shame-20210908-p58prk.html
News Corp’s climate change campaign allows the company to shift its public without being committed to much at all, opines Kim Carr.
https://johnmenadue.com/news-corp-opts-for-a-bet-each-way-on-climate-change/
The National Party has abandoned farmers in favour of caving into the demands of fossil fuel donors, writes David Paull.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/a-betrayal-of-farmers-the-nationals-are-lackeys-for-coal,15497
Labor’s candidate for the Melbourne seat of Higgins, Michelle Ananda-Rajah, says the government’s lack of action on climate change will be a decisive issue for voters at the next election, as she eyes winning the seat off the Coalition for the first time in more than 70 years.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/10/labor-contender-in-blue-ribbon-liberal-seat-of-higgins-courts-voters-concerned-about-climate
Labor’s leading lawyer, Mark Dreyfuss, has promised a tough, transparent anti-corruption body Prime Minister Scott Morrison would be “terrified” of if the opposition won the next election, writes Sarah Basford Canales.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7421689/labor-promises-an-anti-corruption-body-pm-would-be-terrified-of/?cs=14264
The AIMN says “This week marks 1000 days since the Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised Australians an integrity commission. In that time, the Prime Minister has done almost nothing to live up to his word. The truth is, this Government does not want an integrity commission before the next election”.
https://theaimn.com/1000-days-1000-delays-i-wont-let-them-get-away-with-it/
Australia is at a critical point. A Coalition government that would cling to power to impose broadly unpopular policy threatens the very nature of our democracy, warns Lucy Hamilton.
https://johnmenadue.com/democracy-in-decline-australias-slide-into-competitive-authoritarianism/
JobKeeper for dentists? Fair enough. But more public subsidies for doctors’ lobby groups who enjoyed rising surpluses or hardly suffered a downturn? Callum Foote reports on Australia’s Medical Colleges refusing to pay back the millions in JobKeeper payments.
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/everybody-did-it-wealthy-doctors-lobbies-ride-jobkeeper-gravy-train/
Angus Thompson writes that Sydney Liberal MP, Jason Falinski, who is leading the Commonwealth’s inquiry into housing affordability has equated social housing with “housing commission” and criticised affordable schemes as rent fixing that drive up prices and limit supply elsewhere.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/smells-like-rent-control-housing-affordability-inquiry-chair-rubbishes-affordable-housing-20210909-p58qbe.html
Meanwhile, Westpac chief executive Peter King has underlined a deterioration in housing affordability, saying regulators should wait for lockdowns to end before assessing whether there was a need for lending curbs to be introduced.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/pretty-stretched-westpac-boss-says-housing-affordability-is-getting-worse-20210909-p58qch.html
The gaming industry spent $271.3 million on advertising last year, up from $89.7 million in 2011, and the CEO of Tabcorp says more restrictions are needed.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tabcorp-calls-for-fresh-crackdown-on-tv-gambling-advertising-20210909-p58q7v.html
Shareholders should be outraged by the casino gaint’s remuneration policy. Not only have they not received any dividends, but the board has also allowed failed executives to make out like bandits, complains Elizabeth Knight.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/failure-has-its-perks-at-packer-backed-crown-resorts-20210909-p58qb3.html
And The Australian says that, as if things couldn’t get any worse for billionaire James Packer’s casino empire, its brand new auditor, Rachel Milum and her team from top-tier accounting firm KPMG, have issued a formal warning that there is a “material uncertainty” and “significant doubt” that Crown will be able to continue as a “going concern”.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/margin-call/crown-resorts-auditors-warn-of-material-uncertainty/news-story/2da187713fc76b9e11b1abf76aaaace7
The Future Fund’s exceptional performance highlights the constraints, not the failings, of super funds, explains the AFR’s Jonathan Shapiro.
https://www.afr.com/wealth/superannuation/your-future-fund-your-super-fund-20210908-p58q11
Staff at the nation’s domestic spy agency are working overtime to reduce long waits for officials needing high-level security clearances to handle top secret information. Doug Dingwall reports that a new report from the national auditor shows ASIO is relying on employees to work longer hours when the backlog for high-level security clearances grows.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7423035/logjam-of-aps-security-assessments-increasingly-impacting-public-servants/?cs=14329
The catastrophic failure of US and coalition intelligence in Afghanistan offers serious food for thought about the extent to which Australia relies on the vaunted Five Eyes arrangements, writes former ambassador to Korea, Mack Williams.
https://johnmenadue.com/five-eyes-on-the-afghan-collapse-one-eyed-or-blind/
French warships and troops would be given guaranteed access to Australian naval bases and military sites under a proposal being discussed by both countries, as the federal government moves to lock in the next stage of its troubled $90 billion future submarine program next week, reports Anthony Galloway.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/france-could-access-australian-military-sites-as-countries-look-to-boost-ties-20210909-p58q7j.html
The US government is running out of cash and a stalemate over the raising of the US debt ceiling threatens to throw economies and share markets around the world into turmoil, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz. It’s not a pretty picture.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/the-us-is-just-weeks-away-from-defaulting-on-its-debt-and-unleashing-financial-chaos-20210909-p58q6i.html
Yesterday Joe Biden announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging Delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardising the nation’s economic recovery.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/joe-biden-to-impose-sweeping-new-vaccine-mandates-for-100-million-americans-20210910-p58qex.html
The US Justice Department is suing Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution”. And we think WE have culture wars!
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/open-defiance-justice-department-sues-texas-over-state-s-new-abortion-law-20210910-p58qev.html

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