Daily News Review – Friday 24 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


Good morning Dawn Patrollers

David Crowe tells us that Josh Frydenberg has backed the case to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 in a warning that Australia must not be left behind in a mammoth economic shift that will impose sweeping costs on countries that do not act on climate change.
Here, Frydenberg makes his case. He says financial markets are preparing for climate change and so must we.
Barnaby Joyce has assured his colleagues they will have the final say on any federal government decision to support a net zero emissions target as momentum builds within the Coalition towards adopting a 2050 commitment, reports Rob Harris.
Joyce’s linking of climate change and inland rail is a sign the Nationals are finally stepping aboard Australia’s carbon abatement challenge, posits Phil Coorey.
Meanwhile Morrison has sold the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Nancy Pelosi who said Australia is “leading the world” on climate change.
EnergyAustralia has committed to end coal power generation by 2040, underlining the accelerating shift away from coal as proposed reforms to the national electricity market needed to keep the lights on during the switch to clean electricity hang in the balance, reports Angela Macgonald-Smith.
Michelle Grattan says that after the deal on security, Scott Morrison now will turn to the shift on climate action.
Michael Pascoe writes about Independents v Liberal Party and wonders if they will destroy the village to save it.
“Imagine telling someone from last century about this week’s construction industry protests. Imagine telling them that they’d last for days, targeting not employers or a Liberal government, but a Labor government and the construction union”, writes Waleed Aly in his examination this week’s furore.
A vaccination centre has closed, and healthcare workers have been told not to wear their uniforms in public after abuse from protesters across Melbourne this week, including one case where a nurse was allegedly spat on. Bloody charming!
Without any sort of leadership or strategy, the Melbourne anti-lockdown protests have descended into chaos without real purpose, writes Tom Tanuki.
An illegal protest staged at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance could turn out to be a Covid-19 ­superspreading event, after authorities said a person who attended the demonstration was hospitalised after contracting the virus.
States and territories were told at national cabinet their allocations of Pfizer will fall from 10.9m in September to 8.4m in October. The leaked figures, seen by Guardian Australia, substantiate concerns that there is a reduction of Pfizer supply in the critical month that New South Wales and Victoria intend to reach the 70% vaccination target and push towards further reopening at 80%, reports Paul Karp.
States and territories have rejected Greg Hunt’s claims Pfizer supply issues in October have been fixed with Daniel Andrews warning Victoria could not bring forward second-dose appointments as a result.
There is strong evidence that Melbourne’s four days of street riots by angry young men claiming to be construction workers were fomented by right-wing extremists who used social media to radicalise unemployed or locked-down young men. They look to have modelled themselves on Trump supporters storming the Capitol, opines former diplomat Tony Kevin.
Overseas-trained nurses in Australia are frustrated they can’t work in New South Wales hospitals which are desperate for staff to deal with Covid patients, because of a requirement to sit an in-person exam in Adelaide. State border closures mean nurses in NSW can’t travel to South Australia for the test which is necessary for some foreign degree holders to be registered to work in Australia.
As the public health measures work to suppress the pandemic, community relations and connections are at risk. A sense of community, togetherness and mutual support is needed, now and in the long-term, writes Professor Ian Webster.
The Age reveals that the Victorian government wanted to keep some of its “big build” construction projects working as it imposed a two-week shutdown on the rest of the industry, but trade union objections put a stop to the plan.
Sean Carney describes what Dan Andrews has had to endure and he says he is still running the show.
Senior lecturer and expert in employment and contract law, Gabrielle Golding explains why she believes employee vaccination incentives will work. She points to a number of interesting examples.
David Crowe writes, “Some of Scott Morrison’s colleagues believe the Prime Minister is in for a shock when he calls the election and voters get a way to vent their anger. He cannot delay this date any later than May” and he suggests that voter exasperation will be the great unknown for Morrison.
The SMH editorial says that Angela Merkel was the sane one when the lunatics took over the asylum.
Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters tell us that the relationship between Defence Minister Peter Dutton and the military top brass has frayed badly over the fallout of the Brereton war crimes inquiry, with armed forces chief Angus Campbell now described as a lame duck by senior politicians and former military generals.
The French “overplayed their hand’’ in sending high value submarine work back to France, former South Australian defence industries minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says, while one fed up tech company boss said he’d be glad to help Naval Group pack their bags.
“Almost comical”. Experts lambast Scott Morrison’s “crazy” AUKUS deal to buy nuclear submarine tech from parlous UK and US programs. Marcus Reubenstein finds a real prospect Australia will be used to “underwrite” the foundering foreign submarine industry.
Fergus Hunter and Kate Mclymont lift the lid on police alleging that a building company owner who privately boasted of having the top CFMEU officials in NSW in the palm of his hand in an arrangement where he provided secret cash bribes under the table in return for promises of work with well-known developers across Sydney. Nice!
The federal government should reveal the full list of big companies that gained help from the $88 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy, according to a clear majority of Australians who want to know the amounts paid out of taxpayer funds, writes David Crowe. This one is not going away soon!
A bipartisan (sic) letter from NSW Nationals, Labor and Greens MPs has called for a restriction on non-essential travel to the North Coast until the region itself hits a 70 per cent vaccination target.
Documents detailing robodebt advice handed to Scott Morrison when he was social services minister have been kept secret, citing their release could “substantially” harm the public interest. Minutes of a meeting between senior officials within the Human Services Department – now Services Australia – discussing the agency’s online compliance program in early 2015 will remain hidden for now, following a decision from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
Cybercriminals are exploiting the confusion around vaccine passports to sell fake credentials and steal sensitive information, as the federal government races to put together a fully functioning proof of vaccination system, writes Tim Briggs.
Legislation that the South Australia’s corruption commissioner warned would hobble her ability to investigate MPs has passed parliament unanimously.
Shane Wright tells us that one in seven working Australians is now employed in health or social services, while manufacturing is enjoying a COVID-era renaissance, show new figures that also confirm casual workers are bearing the brunt of east coast pandemic lockdowns.
Steven Hamilton explains how we dodged a bullet by sinking the French submarines deal.
Elizabeth Knight tells us how a hungry Lew is scouring the landscape for pandemic-wounded retailers. Pacman!
Zoe Samios reports that Australia’s five biggest telcos have launched another joint broadside at NBN Co, the operator of the National Broadband Network, saying the company needs to stop profiting off the prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s chief executive Matt Comyn says he is increasingly concerned with rising house prices and household debt levels and has called for action to be taken sooner rather than later to stop the property market from overheating.
The European Union will produce a “toolbox” of measures countries can use to tackle energy price spikes, with consumers facing sharp rises in bills with winter approaching and even shortages of fast foods, fizzy drinks and lager. That’s hardly a “gas led recovery”.
George W Bush will headline a fundraiser next month for top Donald Trump critic Liz Cheney, turning her re-election race into a proxy war of sorts between the former presidents who represent two competing factions of the Republican Party.
The FBI is still coy on the Saudi government’s involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks but there’s enough in its latest document release to suggest that Saudi government officials assisted with hijacker logistics, explains Paul Malone.
“Arsehole of the Week” nomination goes to this Melbourne chiropractor who spouted “dangerous” misinformation about vaccinations, including likening childhood vaccinations to poison. He has been suspended from practising for six months.
And a former multiple nominee, the disgusting Malka Leifer, has finally been ordered to stand trial.

Cartoon Corner

Cathy Wilcox

David Pope

Alan Moir

Lead cartoon also by Moir

David Rowe

Simon Letch

Jim Pavlidis

Matt Golding

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