Daily News Review – Saturday 24 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

In another scathing assessment, Laura Tingle writes that, as Australia’s COVID crisis reaches boiling point, Morrison seems unable to articulate what’s wrong with our lack of policy.
Laura will upset dear old Gerard Henderson with her latest! Henderson continues with his infatuation with the “biased” ABC.
Peter Hartcher declares that Scott Morrison’s reckoning has arrived.
The feeling around the national cabinet table these days is that Gladys Berejiklian succumbed to hubris, writes Katherine Murphy who seems to have the goss from inside the last meeting.
There is an increasing likelihood that the Delta strain of the Covid-19 virus has dealt a fatal blow to the prospects of the Morrison government retaining office at the next election, whenever it is held, argues Paul Bongiorno in a contribution well worth reading.
Dennis Atkins writes that, from character to competence, ‘Scotty from Marketing’ is in a world of pain.
PM has dealt with the ‘sorry’ question, but it might be harder to put the ATAGI questions to rest, writes Michelle Grattan.
In this long examination, Jacob Greber writes that Scott Morrison has the haunted look of a man who woke in fright this week. He says our lockdown nation yearning for leadership.
Karen Middleton tells us that the government’s appointment of a three-star general to head the vaccine rollout is part of a larger trend that risks politicising the Defence Force.
A power-sharing relationship inside the NSW Liberals has given the party stability – and edged out the influence of Scott Morrison, writes Mike Seccombe.
Crispin Hull says that the buck will never stop with Morrison if he keeps passing it.
Gladys Berejiklian is set to delay thousands of second COVID-19 vaccines and redirect the doses to south-west Sydney in a dramatic escalation of the government’s response to the Delta strain.
The federation has fractured once more over the coronavirus outbreak, opines Rob Harris.
Peter van Onselen also examines the state the federation.
South-western Sydney suburbs have among the lowest vaccination rates in the state despite being in the epicentre of the city’s worsening Delta outbreak. The SMH looks at how Sydney’s outbreak turned into a national emergency – and where to from here.
In her weekly media round-up Amanda Meade writes about News Ltd turning against Berejiklian.
Katina Curtis weighs up the risk equations for AstraZeneca in various circumstances.
Nick Coatsworth writes, “A section of the medical and scientific commentariat has peddled extreme risk aversion to Australia’s detriment. The most egregious examples have amounted to anti-AstraZenecism. It’s not academic freedom. It’s academic dishonesty – and it will cost lives.”
Public policy and personal reticence due to side effects continue to impede the use of Australia’s available and effective AstraZeneca (AZ) COVID-19 vaccine at a time when it is most needed, the now critical 6 months before sufficient supplies of alternate vaccines can deliver the desired 80% vaccination rate required to end the need for crippling lockdowns, writes Graeme Stewart.
Aisha Dow and Melissa Cunningham write that, according to Allen Cheng, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s co-chair for COVID vaccines, Australia is likely to experience a coronavirus epidemic in unvaccinated people once the nation is reopened to the virus, as everyone would eventually either be infected with the disease or get vaccinated against it.
Philosopher Adam Piovarchy writes about why we wanted the Prime Minister to say, ‘I’m sorry’.
The editorial in The Age looks at how we face a tough transition from fortress Australia.
This is quite a sensible contribution from Greg Sheridan on how, at some time, we will be forced to live with Covid.
NSW has a right to expect more help from other states after housing the majority of Australia’s returned travellers, posits the SMH editorial.
With half of Australia locked down, Bondi has become public enemy No 1, says Brigid Delaney.
Dr Kerry Chant is on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. She is described by colleagues as someone who abhors small talk and will give advice regardless of the impact on her career, writes Rick Morton.
Shane Wright argues that Sydney’s job market was faltering even before the city’s lockdown rules were tightened to stem the spread of coronavirus, with growing evidence the national economy is being derailed by NSW’s struggle to deal with the pandemic.
John Lord looks at the struggle to get Morrison to say “sorry”.
In the list of policy failures over the past 20 years, the fall in school education performance must rank at or near the top – yet the response has brought contradictory voices and a denial of political responsibility to confront this dis­service to young Australians and our economic future, writes Paul Kelly.
The US President has acted swiftly to deal with the increasing evidence that reduced competition is contributing to a productivity slowdown, and Australia should follow his lead, urges Ross Gittins. He quotes Biden as saying, ‘Let me be very clear, capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism, it’s exploitation.’
Josh Frydenberg promised $65m for car parks at four stations in his electorate ahead of the last election, but if they’re ever to be delivered costs will balloon. And one of the stations soon won’t exist!
As more details emerge about the government’s car park fund, Karen Middleton reveals that a former departmental officer has described it as ‘a rort’.
Star Entertainment is likely to return to the table in it’s pursuit of Crown Resorts, but it’s a safe bet that its next offer won’t be as generous as the initial one, writes Elizabeth Knight who says Crown is feeling the heat for playing hard to get.
Nick O’Malley writes that, as the world gallops to Glasgow, Australia trundles the other way.
Having spent a decade framing emissions reduction in apocalyptic terms, the Coalition now has to present different facts, explains Katherine Murphy.
A slow-moving heat dome is bringing record-breaking temperatures to the northern hemisphere. Climate scientists are alarmed by how bad it is – and what might follow in Australia.
Julia Baird explains what has changed 17 years after she wrote a book about the media, women and politics. Another good read from Julia,
Michaela Whitbourn tells us that the judge presiding over war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial says there are significant obstacles to moving the case interstate to avoid a worsening COVID-19 outbreak in NSW but he has not yet ruled it out.
Matt O’Sullivan reports that the builder and developer of Sydney’s Opal Tower have been ordered to fix defects in the 36-storey building more than two years after residents were forced to evacuate due to cracking.
John Coates’ cutting behaviour is exactly according to his cloth, say Peter FitzSimons in his weekly sports column.
Matthew Elmas explains how Australian motorists could miss out on the falling global petrol prices.
The departure of host Hamish Macdonald after 18 months has prompted questions about Q+A’s future – and an opportunity to get it right writes Karl Quin. And he’s not wrong!
Nearly 18 months after the coup in Myanmar, Professor David Kinley asks why Australia’s Future Fund is still investing in Adani Ports whose contracts with the Myanmar military are worth $290 million.
The New York Times says that the anti-vaxxer movement is much bigger than Facebook.

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