Daily News Review – Saturday 11 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


Laura Tingle piles in to Berejiklian and Morrison over their “steamrolling” of the national plan.
George Megalogenis says that Sydney in real danger of a once-in-a-century setback, given Berejiklian’s “challenging policy experiment.
A number of things that happened on the last week of politics have really got Katherine Murphy fired up. It’s a great read.
Also driven by the events of last week, John Hewson says, “Voters are looking for politicians with conviction and purpose rather than drones who are just there for the perks of politics, whatever they might be.”
“Scott Morrison loves to keep a secret. It has become a trademark of his government and famously manifested itself long before he snatched the keys to The Lodge. It is serving him and the workings of our democracy poorly”, begins Paul Bongiorno in this assessment of the secret life of the Prime Minster. He says of all the prime minister’s secrets, one is very poorly kept: an integrity commission like that is the last thing Scott Morrison wants.
Tony Wright reckons the Prime Minister for Sydney could do with a little camping out. He says, “If Scott Morrison is aggrieved at being tagged Prime Minister for Sydney, he could do worse than consider why The Lodge was chosen as Australia’s primary residence for national leaders and their families in the first place.”
Annika Smethurst tells us all about Morrison’s efforts in heading up tourism under Fran Bailey. It seeks Tim Fischer has warned her about the dangers that would be presented by Morrison.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton is on a mission to fix Australia’s complacency regarding China, but our nation must also look within to address the many threats to the lucky country, urges Peter Hartcher.
Hooray! David Crowe tells us that Australia’s medical regulator is preparing to take legal action against federal MP Craig Kelly over text messages that could have misled people about vaccines.
As overwhelmed hospital staff prepare to triage patients based on age, a new briefing to national cabinet says the strain on the health system will last well into next year, reveals Rick Morton in this very concerning article.
Tom Rabe and Lucy Cormack write that Sydney’s Delta outbreak has put an $11 billion hole in the NSW economy in 12 weeks, with the budget deficit forecast to hit $19 billion but Treasurer Dominic Perrottet insists he has no plans to scrap any of the state’s major infrastructure projects.
Deborah Snow and Lucy Carroll say that right when Berejiklian most needs to maintain public trust, she cuts back the government’s exposure to questioning. NSW is now walking a Delta tightrope.
Beh Doherty looks at some of the reaction to Berejiklian’s cessation ofs daily presser appearances.
In a long and informative contribution, Greg Sheridan says that vaccines or not, the war on Covid may have only just begun.
The editorial in The Saturday Paper outlines the information revealed this week and declares that “the sequence of events describes the central failure of the Morrison government. It is a failure of urgency and humility. The government has done everything it can to obscure it and nowhere near enough to correct it.”
Zoe Daniels writes that our leaders are using COVID to divide us, and she says we should not keep taking the bait.
A year into the pandemic, the advances have been incredible, but the head of the Doherty Institute says there will be more challenges awaiting, reports Rachel Clun.
The Government’s merging of the Family Court with the Federal Circuit Court will complicate the family law system over time, writes Graham Perrett.
Bianca Hall reports that some ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers have been gathering since March last year during repeated lockdowns, to the frustration of police, Victoria’s Department of Health and the wider Jewish community.
Police say some demonstrators arrive with only one plan: to try and fight cops. “Why else would someone turn up at an anti-mask rally wearing a mask and goggles?”, writes John Silvester in this article about the way Police Commissioner Patton is managing the force.
Karen Middleton reflects on the 20 years after 9/11.
The average NSW mortgage has climbed more than $200,000 in two years. But it may have come at a cost to the nation’s long-term living standards, explains Shane Wright.
Karen Middleton explains how government agencies worked against each other in the Kabul evacuation.
The SMH editorial pushes back against Education Minster Alan Tudge, saying that it is important to give students not just nationalistic propaganda but a nuanced view of our history with all its tragedies and its successes.
Zoe Samios tells us that News Corp Australia’s executive chairman Michael Miller has told local staff the company’s commentators such as Andrew Bolt and Rowan Dean will not be “muzzled” as part of a company-wide editorial project focused on climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
Despite government promises to increase funding during the pandemic, Australian experts are identifying a mental health emergency for young people, writes Santilla Chingaipe in The Saturday Paper.
Peter Dutton has reaffirmed the elite status of Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment, overruling a Defence plan to strip it of its ability to select its own recruits, reports Ben Packham.
As the ACCC pursues BlueScope in court over alleged price-fixing, the regulator’s chair is pushing for far-reaching reforms to merger laws, explains John Durie.
“What if the US response to 9/11, with all its multiplied hatreds, had been different?”, wonders Paul Daley.
Even as school principals face more onerous workplace demands, they are receiving less support, leaving many burnt out and disillusioned – and some under investigation, writes Jane Caro.
Dear old Gerard, like Old Faithful, has another vomit at the ABC.
Biden is channelling the sentiments of the majority of Americans who are fed up with the unvaccinated. He’s picking his fights wisely, writes Matthew Knott who says Biden is resetting his presidency.
A federal judge ordered Apple to dismantle part of the competitive barricade guarding its closely run app store, threatening one of the iPhone maker’s biggest money makers. Nice work, Mr Judge.
On the eve of its 48th anniversary, documents just declassified by the Australian National Archives show the extent to which the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) worked closely with the CIA in the lead-up to the Coup-d’état in Chile in September 1973. Story by Peter Kornbluh and Clinton Fernandes.
Prince Andrew was served with papers at the Royal Lodge, Windsor on the morning of August 27, according to a witness statement filed in Manhattan federal court.

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