Daily News Review – Monday 26 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

Alexandra Smith reports that Gladys Berejiklian is at odds with the Prime Minister, who insists only a lockdown will end the outbreak. (In this case Morrison is right IMHO).
Michael Koziol goes into quite some depth in details the problems facing NSW with this outbreak.
Fergus Hunter and Laura Chung reveal that the anti-lockdown rally was fomented in online communities teeming with COVID conspiracy theories, anti-Semitism and debunked views on vaccines.
Sean Kelly says that the anti-lockdown protests is a sign of chaos growing in NSW. A pretty good read.
And in a confronting contribution, Mark Mordue writes that the divided city has reached boiling point with the anti-lockdown protest. He says, “It was hard to know who was freedom-loving or freedom-threatening, who was pagan or religious, lost in conspiracies or enraged by their inability to believe in anything at all. But a mob does not channel thought; only ill will.”
Anti-lockdown protesters have promised to return in greater numbers for more demonstrations in coming weeks, with plans for large gatherings nationwide including in Sydney and Canberra, reports Josh Butler.
The AFR’s editorial says that NSW’s deepening lockdown crisis shows there will be no genuine return to normal life for all Australians until the national vaccine rollout is completed.
Victoria is poised to ease the lockdown, but restrictions are set to remain, writes Paul Sakkal.
According to The Australian, The NSW government has requested financial modelling for a lockdown of Greater Sydney that extends until mid-September due to the severity of the outbreak and an expectation that businesses and jobs won’t survive without more financial support.
Nearly 18 months into this pandemic, Australia still finds itself in a similar position to where we were at the start, posits Osman Faruqi who says simple measures are needed as lockdown exhaustion hits. He does make some good points.
The Rural Doctors Association warns regional Victoria’s health system is delicately poised in the face of more widespread coronavirus outbreaks.
The economist appointed to review the federal government’s JobKeeper program says the nation needs a public service that can design better policy in the middle of a crisis, writes Harley Dennett.
Pathologist Dean Whiting argues that as the fast-moving Delta variant has exposed the failures in our current system, and we need to immediately deploy daily rapid antigen testing nationally in all high-risk settings.
Rosiland Dixon and Mark Holden argue that the hard lockdown in south-west Sydney must come with compensation.
But the federal government is resisting calls to redirect existing vaccine supply to south-west Sydney and reintroduce wage subsidies to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, but has ordered 85m doses of Pfizer to arrive from 2022.
The federal government is resisting any return of JobKeeper payments, but businesses are warning that makes it harder to hold on to many of their full-time employees in a protracted lockdown, writes Jennifer Hewett.
Economists say SA’s lockdown will deal a savage blow to business and the state’s bottom line. But the Treasurer says his budget plans will hold.
Paul Karp writes that Scott Morrison has sought to defend government MP George Christensen for anti-lockdown activism in Queensland, stating Australians have “free speech” and can attend rallies where public health orders allow, while condemning rally-goers in Sydney as “selfish”.
According to Matt Wade, analysis by Australia’s biggest bank shows NSW was ranked fifth out of eight state and territory economies heading into the winter shutdown.
The only way to end the rorts and deceit damaging Australia’s fragile political trust is to demand better, whether voting, volunteering or donating to a political cause, writes Joey B Brown.
In an interesting article, Ross Gittins looks at the book written by the Grattan Institute’s departing head, John Daley, that examines the history and reasons for genuine reforms.
Murdoch media is helping hide the callous Scott Morrison by favouring his public relations creation, the daggy dad, ScoMo, writes Paul Begley.
Megan Gorry tells us that the contractor building the WestConnex motorway beneath hundreds of homes in Sydney’s inner west is attempting to gag residents in return for providing noise-cancelling headphones to block construction racket.
Senior public servants are only as good as the leadership provided by politicians working in the national interest. With appropriate checks, balances and protections in place, senior public servants should be able to give the frank and fearless advice required of their position and as set out in law, writes Bruce Haigh.
Michael Koziol reports that a group of Liberal MPs has warned Attorney-General Michaelia Cash that several parts of the draft Religious Discrimination Bill are unacceptable to them, including the so-called “Israel Folau law” that would give legal protection to “statements of belief” made in the name of religion. Cash is going to have her work cut out getting this bill into shape to present to parliament by the end of the year.
It’s been quite the innings for some of Australia’s wealthiest billionaires. Certain large proprietary companies owned by the establishment – Secret Rich-Listers as we call them – have been cloaked in darkness by government legislation for more than a quarter of a century. Luke Stacey reports how South Australian Senator Rex Patrick is fighting to buck the trend and demolish Australia’s Secret Rich List once and for all.
Now that the redistributions in Victoria and WA are completed we can begin to assess the possibilities for the next federal election. Imperfect as it is polling offers some interesting insights, writes Bob McMullan.
Zoe Samios writes that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia has swung an axe in its commercial division after tapping consultancy McKinsey & Company to assist with another restructure.
Investors are betting on hefty dividend hikes from mining giants and likely share buybacks at the upcoming round of earnings results, despite COVID-19 lockdowns in Sydney and Melbourne threatening to derail the economic recovery, says Clancy Yeates.
Writing for The New Daily, Malcolm Turnbull argues that we can’t manage the Murray-Darling Basin without community trust.
The impact on communities from the global shift away from fossil fuels will be far larger than Australia’s exit from car making, says a climate investor group.
Ready or not: a carbon price on exports is coming to Australia, declares Jeremy Webb.
Angela Merkel and her chief of staff think those who won’t be vaccinated could be barred from restaurants or sporting arenas if infections continue to rise.
The first of Kevin O’Donnell’s victims to report the paedophile priest to police hopes the $1.375 million he will receive from the Catholic Church will stand as a landmark settlement and assist other victims who are seeking compensation.

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