Daily News Review – Monday 16 August

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 Taliban have taken control of the Presidential Palace in Kabul after the President fled, signalling the collapse of the Western-backed government two decades after the United States invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The 20-year western mission to Afghanistan collapsed in a single dramatic day as Taliban gunmen poured into the capital, Kabul, yesterday to seize back control of the country.
It’s time for the simple truth. After 18 years of propping up an illegitimate, corrupt and venal government in Kabul, the US has finally had enough, writes Nicholas Stuart.
Nick McKenzie and Joel Tozer begin a series exposing the presence of the white supremacism movement in Australia.
The editorial in The Age puts the above threat into perspective.
Alexandra Smith looks at Kerry Chant’s dire warnings about the current state of the pandemic in NSW.
Paul Kelly begins this contribution with, “Australia’s hopes of sticking by a national plan at 70-80 per cent vaccination to open the economy, the internal borders and ease restrictions are being torn apart. The premiers continue to run their agendas. And the premiers are divided. On a bleak Sunday NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian admitted reality, saying it was “not possible” to eliminate Covid cases, while West Australian Premier Mark McGowan boasted that even at 80 per cent vaccination, his goal would still be “zero” cases and he would attempt to achieve that.”
Ian Verrender writes at length on how an ongoing apprehension towards total lockdown in NSW has come at an enormous cost.
Unlike some past prime ministers who have seized what history threw at them to shape the rhetorical landscape, Scott Morrison has failed to make a major address to help the country through this crisis, points out the AFR’s James Curran.
In a small pharmacy 40 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD, Veronica Nou has single-handedly vaccinated 10 per cent of Oxley Park’s residents in a week. This is one example of the overwhelming response from Sydney communities seeking to get vaccinated.
When doctors are scared, it’s time to listen, declares the NSW president of the AMA, Dr Danielle McMullen. She says that if we were scared about COVID-19 in March 2020, we should be terrified about its Delta variant in 2021.
Jennifer Hewett reckons NSW’s latest measures are a signal of desperation.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has killed off Australia’s de facto “COVID zero” policy, saying on Sunday that the delta strain was so transmissible that it was “near impossible” to eliminate, writes Michael Read.
Jordan Baker and Matt Wade describe a tale of two Sydney cites and the great lockdown divide.
Further lockdown extensions loom as Melbourne has hit a COVID ‘tipping point’.
Elyse Methven and Samantha Lee explain why the $5000 COVID fines might backfire.
The failure to identify First Nations communities in western NSW as a priority in Australia’s vaccine rollout is now a national emergency, says indigenous lawyer, Teela Reid.
Meg Keneally takes us back to what life was like in pre-vaccination times.
There is an ethical and political failure of leadership on Covid vaccination policy in Australia. The arguments against making Covid vaccination broadly mandatory are spurious, explains ethicist Bernd Bartl.
Mandatory vaccinations cannot be uncertain, and it cannot depend on thousands of businesses getting legal advice, writes Elmer Funke Kupper.
The Conversation explains how behaviouralists would approach boosting vaccination rates.
A growing number of mental health leaders are warning the aggressive pursuit of zero-COVID through lockdowns is coming at too high a cost to people’s wellbeing and we must learn to live with the virus, amid surging calls for help. Prominent psychiatrist and former Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry said eliminating COVID-19 was unsustainable and should be abandoned as soon as the 70-80 per cent vaccination threshold was reached, reports Michael Koziol.
Sean Kelly examines the politics of blame.
Frank Bongiorno tells us how the pandemic has given rise to extreme views and fractured conservative politics.
Noel Towell writes that leading Victorian economist says Australia’s closed borders have saved the state from mass unemployment during the COVID-19 downturns, with the economy instead experiencing a growing shortage of workers, but experts warn that the tight labour market will not lead to a bonanza of well-paid jobs. There is no sign of wages rising despite the increased scarcity of workers as job vacancies sit well above their pre-pandemic level.
Ross Gittins unveils the pernicious business model of Afterpay and its ilk.
“We have run out of time for obfuscation (lovely word!) because we have wasted too many decades ignoring the truth. It is not a question of how much will it cost to change tack and really start reducing emissions. It is a question of what cost will our descendants have to bear because of our stubborn refusal to accept that – like those experts whom we believe when it comes to directing how to deal with a pandemic – the climate scientists have been right all along”, begins the AIMN’s RosemaryJ36 in this contribution.
The tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan resonates for Australians because it was our war. Should the PM have the sole call to take Australians to war? Tasha May reports on our politicians’ mostly grey responses to the #warpowers investigation.
Michael Koziol tells us about the “astroturfing” of Zali Steggall happening in Warringah. The Liberals are diving for cover.
Lisa Visentin writes that Kevin Rudd has called for the country’s media watchdog to be abolished, saying the regulator had “monumentally failed” in its responsibilities during the pandemic by not upholding broadcast standards at Sky News Australia.
Although the rest of us are tackling the downside of COVID-19, our Government has been making money out of the pandemic — charging fees to companies and migrants without giving any services at all, explains Lini Li.
Christopher Knaus reports that Rex Patrick has launched proceedings in the administrative appeals tribunal to overturn a government decision not to release archived cabinet documents setting out Australia’s strategy for bartering with its impoverished ally on the Timor Sea maritime boundary.
Allan Behm headlines this argument for a federal ICAC with, “Mischief, Disingenuousness and the ‘Doctrine of Ministerial Discretion’ by Bridget McKenzie”.
Karen Maley writes that the gaming giant, Crown, committed a big tactical blunder in not appointing a new chairman earlier because it undermines the credibility of its commitment to reform.
Conservative Christian voices weren’t ignored in SA’s euthanasia breakthrough, they just didn’t get their own way, writes Lainie Anderson.
Afghanistan will be seen as Joe Biden’s defeat. And it may come back to haunt him, says Simon Tisdall.
Defence has elevated “opportunities for Australian companies” over human rights and transparency in weapons sales, as an investigation by Michelle Fahy reveals 187 permits for military exports to Israel.
These clowns get nomination for “Arseholes of the Week” after a guest at a crowded engagement party last week attended by dozens of people tested positive for coronavirus.

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