Daily News Review -Monday 13 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


The AAP has just reported that Joel Fitzgibbon will retire from politics at the next election.
Sean Kelly harshly criticises Morrison’s and Berejiklian’s vanishing acts.
Kristina Keneally’s house switch stops one row, but starts another writes Michelle Grattan.
The AFR’s editorial urges Gladys Berejiklian to publicly submit herself to public questioning at least several times a week as NSW enters a testing time, with the COVID-19 health toll about to peak.
But lawyer Joseph Friedman defends Berejiklian’s cessation of the daily pressers.
Phil Coorey writes about Morrison’s “Get jabbed or get left behind” mantra. He also reports that SA’s Steven Marshall, whose state is COVID-free and has a 40.4 per cent double-dose rate, agreed to open his borders to NSW and Victoria once his state reached the 80 per cent double-dose rate – although he reserved the right to bar people from hotspots if need be.
Struggling businesses relying on income support to survive lockdown fear jobs will be lost in a sea of red tape created by the NSW government after it unexpectedly tightened eligibility tests around its JobSaver program, report Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke.
Berejiklian’s snap decision to walk-away from her daily COVID briefings took everyone by surprise, even her most trusted ministers in crisis cabinet, writes Alexandra Smith.
In the meantime, two NSW cabinet ministers have been summoned to appear before the state’s corruption watchdog and give evidence over the activities of Daryl Maguire and a significant grant he obtained with the help of Gladys Berejiklian.
Reconstructive surgeon Neela Janakiramanan believes that Covid has exposed Australia’s fault lines. She certainly gives us something to think about.
Tom McIlroy reports that the latest NSW Health data shows there have been 317 cases in people with two doses of a vaccine, a ‘breakthrough’ rate of just 2.6 per cent.
The Sydney lockdown has exacerbated inequity in the areas hardest hit by Covid and this is being made worse by a lack of access to green space, according to Guardian analysis of data from the Australian Urban Observatory.
A Fitzroy North primary school whose principal has repeatedly flouted public health orders and invited families to send in their children during lockdowns has been hit by a significant coronavirus outbreak.
The balance between individual freedoms and the interests of the wider community has repeatedly been tested during the COVID-19 pandemic and the front line is shifting to the small business community. The editorial in the SMH says that the NSW government has announced that as a condition for reopening, it will require businesses to refuse entry to unvaccinated customers. Victoria could soon follow.
Meanwhile, an infectious disease expert who advises the Victorian government has sounded the alarm on groups forming on social media to encourage unvaccinated people to visit their venues. Bloody knuckleheads!
Liam Mannix writes that the professor behind a model provided to the WA government that predicted scores of coronavirus deaths in that state if restrictions are relaxed too soon says the Doherty Institute modelling on which the national reopening plan is based is “perhaps too optimistic”.
Vaccine passports are coming to Australia. Kate Atwell tells us how they will work and what will we need them for.
Lucy Cormack tells us that NSW risks setting a national reopening precedent that leaves vulnerable people behind, with social services groups warning the vaccination target of 70 per cent could mask inequity in low-income communities.
Michael Pascoe says that young Australians will pay for our debt via higher house prices.
According to Shane Wright and Katina Curtis, a spreadsheet of marginal electorates that was used to promise railway station car parks to voters as part of a $660 million program could only have come out of the offices of former infrastructure minister Alan Tudge or Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
If the PM is serious about reducing gas prices, he needs to address price fixing, writes Peter Dawson.
Nationals MPs will decide on major reforms that could strip Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce of the power to pick cabinet and outer ministry positions. The Australian tells us that a group led by ­Nationals whips Damian Drum and Perin Davey has been tasked with preparing new models of selecting the party’s executive positions.
New analysis shows Morrison government funding won’t cover any extra uni student places for years, explains Shane Warburton.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has opened an investigation into the rapid rise in shipping and container costs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with inflation emerging as a major bugbear for the nation’s retail sector.
Bruce Haigh opines that we have been used again by America, this time in Indonesia.
Zoe Samios says multiple US television networks have approached national broadcaster the ABC about buying the rights to broadcast two Four Corners episodes that looked at Fox News and its role in the 2020 general election. This will fore up the culture warriors at The Australian!
Geoff Chambers reports that Home Affairs Minister Karen ­Andrews will seek to increase powers for security agencies and courts to keep high-risk terrorists in prison or monitor them on ­release and ramp up deradicalisation programs to stop violent ­extremism “before it manifests in an attack”.
Peter Hannam writes that NSW residents could pay as much as $60 extra per year to cover a $2 billion blowout in the cost of new transmission links from Snowy 2.0.
The situation in Lebanon is so grave it may rank as one of the top three economic calamities to strike any nation for the past 170 years, explains Bevan Shields.

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