Daily News Review – Monday 19 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

Here’s Simon Benson’s evaluation of the Newspoll.
And Michelle Grattan says Morrison and the Coalition have sunk in Newspoll on the back of the rollout shambles.
Sean Kelly explores how Morrison could ride the national tide of impatience. He looks to Boris Johnson to make his perverse point.
Sara Martin tells us what a new study from The Australia Institute has found. It reported that support for Morrison government’s handling of coronavirus outbreak is dropping, while states and territories ‘have shone’.
A thoughtful contribution, this Year 11 student nicely sums things up, asking, “Is honest and transparent leadership too much to ask for?”
Tony Abbott has decried the “dog’s breakfast” of federal-state relations during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying there is no certainty “about who’s in charge” and the national cabinet of Scott Morrison and premiers is making it worse.
Tony Blakely explains how the Sydney and Victoria lockdowns taught us a valuable lesson.
What hope has NSW got when this is going on? As people in the city’s south-west begin hard lockdown this week – unable to leave their council areas unless they are on a government list of authorised workers – there are growing calls from state and federal politicians to ease restrictions in areas of Greater Sydney and surrounds less afflicted by COVID-19 such as the northern beaches, the Central Coast and Shellharbour.
Alarmed corporate leaders have successfully pushed the NSW government to keep open western Sydney’s vital distribution hubs, reports Jacob Greber.
Susan Butler defends Dan Andrews after he was labelled a “whinger”.
Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak revealed by The Guardian.
Kate Jenkins was worried for her inquiry into Parliament as a workplace but is glad to write that was wrong.
Mike Foley reports that experts are saying Australia cannot hit net zero emissions by 2050 without a policy for the transport sector, and it must be focused on driving people to buy electric vehicles.
Ross Gittins pointedly says that reality is catching up with our freeloading, populist climate deniers. He writes that it is a condemnation of our business people that, when their own side of politics offered them a way to postpone the inevitable costs of adjusting to a low-carbon world, they happily embraced it.
Alan Kohler declares that the climate change panic button is coming.
The AIMN’s Rossleigh piles into Barnaby Joyce over his net zero antics.
And the SMH editorial proclaims that the floods in Germany and heatwaves in North America show the dangers, but the federal government makes only lazy excuses.
Alexandra Smith writes that MPs from across the political divide, including the Nationals, Labor, Greens and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, have confirmed they will support a voluntary assisted dying bill when it is introduced to NSW Parliament.
Scaring people into action can work, but it comes at a price, writes Andrew Hornery.
There was a 75 per cent rise in business administrations in the last week of June, prompting warnings this will continue if the government does not reintroduce safe harbour rules for companies, writes Jennifer Duke.
Jenny Wiggins writes about the mistakes underpinning Greensill Capital’s collapse. It seems they made a mess of not respecting the planning rules of planned, firm planned and released purchase orders.
“Defence Minister Dutton has upped the ante in some interesting comments on China and Afghanistan. He reinforces some myths we accept and states unequivocally our dependence on the US to protect us from evil for Thou art with us, Thy nukes and Thy military they comfort us”, writes former Australian diplomat, Cavan Hogue.
Britain is opening up on Monday even as COVID numbers rise. Boris Johnson’s government appears to have chosen the path of recklessness, argues Australian epidemiologist, David J Hunter. He concludes the contribution with, “Getting back to zero, and then keeping the virus out until the two-dose vaccine rollout is complete, is not hyper-caution or authoritarianism. It is the only sensible way to react until the results are in for the speculative bets under way in Britain and some US states.”
Facebook has pushed back against the Biden administration’s denouncing of the social media giant for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, escalating tensions between the Silicon Valley company and the White House.
It is not at all clear how much more stress, how many more incendiary inputs into its inflammable politics, the American Republic can stand before it becomes fully dysfunctional and unworkable, argues Mike Scrafton.
Bruce Wolpe tells us why Trump’s class action lawsuit is doomed.

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