Daily News Review – Saturday 31 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

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As the COVID crisis deepens, effective advocacy and leadership are missing – and the public is paying the price, writes Laura Tingle who says Morrison is running out of things to say.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-31/covid-crisis-nsw-pear-shaped-morrison-governent-useful/100338410
George Megalogenis headlines this contribution with, “Premiers, your nation needs you when the PM’s positions keep mutating”. He says Morrison has had more mutating positions in this pandemic than the virus has had strains. Another excellent article from George.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/premiers-your-nation-needs-you-when-the-pm-s-positions-keep-mutating-20210730-p58ehy.html
John Hewson writes about Morrison and his problems with the truth. He writes, “The pandemic has tested Morrison’s capacity for leadership, and he has been found seriously wanting. He simply hasn’t been able to rise above base politics, nor beyond what he considers to be clever marketing. Like Humpty Dumpty, he has relied on words to suit each occasion, even if they contradict each other from one moment to the next.” This is one hell of a dismantlement of the PM!
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2021/07/31/scott-morrison-and-the-truth/162765360012173
Tax cuts may ‘turbo-charge’ inequality but that’s a price Labor is willing to pay to win Coalition seats, says Katherine Murphy.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/31/tax-cuts-may-turbo-charge-inequality-but-thats-a-price-labor-is-willing-to-pay-to-win-coalition-seats
Dennis Atkins thinks Labor’s electioneering backflips have come too late to woo wary voters.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/07/31/atkins-labor-policy-backflip/
And Paul Bongiorno says of this that “On the day the nation celebrated the extraordinary feat of Ariarne Titmus winning her first Olympic gold medal in the pool, Anthony Albanese did a political triple backflip with a twist he hopes will bring him just as glorious a victory.””
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2021/07/31/albanese-makes-taxing-decision/162765360012179
Paul Kelly writes that there is a moment of truth, for us — and for Morrison. He says the political reality is that the pathway will still be unfolding at the time of the next federal election. It will be either in phase two or phase three.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/moment-of-truth-for-us-and-for-morrison/news-story/5d6ff9e82ccb43176cc7f089b519f929
Rule-breakers and anti-lockdown marchers are boofheads – but the biggest failure is the government’s, opines Paul Daley.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/31/rule-breakers-and-anti-lockdown-marchers-are-boofheads-but-the-biggest-failure-is-the-governments
Rick Morton examines the political forces inside the anti-lockdown movement. It’s very ugly!
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/07/31/the-political-forces-inside-the-anti-lockdown-movement/162765360012176
Janet Albrechtsen writes, “Scott Morrison has been a relatively slow learner during the Covid pandemic. Apart from two important and quick decisions by him and the Treasurer – closing the border to China and giving financial help to Australians during the pandemic – the rest of the Morrison government’s pandemic responses have been frustratingly, painfully, slow and confused.”
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/coronavirus-australia-to-address-this-emergency-pm-must-resort-to-urgency/news-story/4c4acd76953ee92bdb228a286c22e975
Peter Hartcher tells us how Albanese plans to make his run for the big league. Quite a good read.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/how-albanese-plans-to-make-his-run-for-the-big-league-20210730-p58el4.html
Crispin Hull despairs that Labor has given up any hope of a progressive agenda. He says that Future generations are being sold out. Labor’s tax decision this week just adds to the woes.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7363455/labor-has-given-up-any-hope-of-a-progressive-agenda/?cs=14264&utm_source=website&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=latestnews
Calla Wahlquist looks at the state v state: as a war of words heats up over Sydney and Melbourne lockdowns.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/31/state-v-state-war-of-words-heats-up-over-sydney-and-melbourne-lockdowns
Ministers are relying less on advice from public servants and relying more on the political advisers in their own offices, writes Ross Gittins as he ponders over why politics has gone bad.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/why-politics-has-gone-bad-bureaucrats-down-party-advisers-up-20210729-p58e70.html
Mark Kenny posits that courage and vision have gone missing in 2021.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7364238/courage-and-vision-have-gone-missing-in-2021/?cs=14264
David Crowe and Katina Curtis unravel Morrison’s new Covid plan.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/vaccinated-australians-will-avoid-lockdown-restrictions-once-we-hit-70-percent-target-20210730-p58ekc.html
Rachael Clun and David Crowe report that Australia’s biggest companies will set up schemes to vaccinate employees and their families with unallocated vaccines in a bid to boost the national rollout and help end sweeping lockdowns.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/businesses-to-take-unused-astrazeneca-doses-to-boost-rollout-20210730-p58eax.html
A September bottleneck is looming for Covid-19 vaccinations, as another at-risk group is revealed as having been essentially forgotten in the rollout plan. By Karen Middleton, warns Karen Middleton who points to the home care system.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/07/31/home-care-and-vaccination/162765360012169
No federal department is squarely responsible for the nation’s quarantine, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has said. Appearing before the Senate’s COVID-19 committee on Friday, Ms Frame revealed no Commonwealth body took overarching responsibility Australia’s quarantine system.
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7364632/theres-no-department-in-charge-of-quarantine-govt-reveals/?cs=14329
As trident SMH editorial says the time for half measures is over. The whole of Sydney must lock down harder and stay locked down until infection numbers fall. It says Berejiklian needs to stop playing catch-up with Covid-19.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/gladys-berejiklian-must-stop-playing-catch-up-with-covid-19-20210730-p58ehi.html
Farrah Tomazin and Clay Lucas describe how Australia’s vaccine rollout turned into a train wreck.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-did-australia-s-vaccine-rollout-turn-into-a-train-wreck-20210729-p58dzu.html
The Delta variant is much more contagious, more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines and may cause more severe disease than all other known versions of the virus, according to an internal presentation circulated within the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/delta-variant-as-contagious-as-chickenpox-cdc-internal-report-20210730-p58ehe.html
Australia’s COVIDSafe app has identified only 17 close contacts that were not already found by contact tracers, despite costing taxpayers millions. It has been rated as a huge flop writes Cait Kelly.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2021/07/31/covidsafe-app-contacts-cost/
In the long term, one of the defining features of this pandemic, especially in Australia, will be compliance; that is, the willingness of citizens to have their rights curtailed in the name of the public good, writes Peter van Onselen who looks at how these erosions of civil liberty might affect the future.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/wheres-the-line-between-rights-and-wrongs/news-story/221a3cf30f4f31bc54d86fd5b3a2c0be
As global cases of the coronavirus build towards 200 million, the threat of long-term medical consequences keeps extending, warns Jill Margo.
https://www.afr.com/life-and-luxury/health-and-wellness/long-covid-is-on-the-march-can-it-be-stopped-20210729-p58e1i
Matt Wade thinks that Sydney’s lockdown will have lasting legacy.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/economic-double-punch-sydney-s-lockdown-will-have-lasting-legacy-20210730-p58egq.html
Shane Wright and Katina Curtis write that the $660 million Commuter Car Park fund might do almost nothing to cut congestion, with an urban planning expert warning it may be more effective to send people home in Ubers.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/getting-rail-passengers-ubers-more-effective-than-commuter-car-parks-expert-20210730-p58efo.html
The SMH tells us about the plans to unite the ratbag fringe into a new political party, the Freedom Party.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/freedom-activists-aim-to-harness-anger-for-new-political-party-20210730-p58edq.html
“Scott Morrison gave his life to God, committing himself to the ­service of Jesus for the rest of his days, on January 11, 1981. He was 12 years old. He remembers the day and the moment with perfect clarity. He has never gone back on this promise.”, writes Greg Sheridan. I couldn’t read this article any further!
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/my-faith-scott-morrison-bill-hayden-and-peter-cosgrove/news-story/938d9a13c83ae8cd0803b5fdbeff5089
Facebook has been criticised for enabling the fomentation of dangerous activism and disinformation, but the platform also provides a ready-made digital breadcrumb trail for police to track law-breakers, explains media expert Jonathan Hutchinson.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/hiding-in-plain-sight-facebook-a-honeypot-for-police-to-monitor-protests-20210730-p58efi.html
As Brisbane prepares to host the 2032 Olympics, there are questions over contracts that siphon off revenue and invest almost all power in the International Olympic Committee, explains Mike Seccombe.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2021/07/31/inside-story-what-happens-when-you-win-the-olympics/162765360012174
Scott Morrison’s technology-not-taxes approach to hitting net-zero emissions by 2050 is not likely to be enough, says new research co-authored by economist Warwick McKibbin and published by the International Monetary Fund, reports Ronald Mizen.
https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/morrison-s-emissions-policies-won-t-reach-net-zero-imf-report-20210730-p58eaw
Three simply spoken Afghan farmers made history this week as they testified in a western courtroom from a small office half a world away, writes Deborah Snow about this week’s testimonies in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/afghan-voices-heard-for-first-time-in-roberts-smith-case-20210730-p58ebp.html
“Cruel” Australian soldiers planted a radio and a bag on the body of alleged murder victim Ali Jan to incriminate him during an SAS raid in southern Afghanistan in 2012, a relative of the dead man has told Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial, reports Ben Doherty.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/30/ben-roberts-smith-case-cruel-soldiers-planted-radio-on-alleged-victim-to-frame-him-court-hears
Alan Jones is neither down nor out at News Corp writes Amanda Meade in her weekly review of the media.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jul/31/axed-yet-still-compelling-alan-jones-is-neither-down-nor-out-at-news-corp
From Alan Jones to Gladys Berejiklian, News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics, says Dennis Muller.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2021/07/30/news-corp-covid-politics/
Is the ACCC helping the Government get the best price for the sale of NBNCo? The competition regulators are doing consumers no favours hindering investment in new telco infrastructure. Who is looking after the interests of telco consumers? asks former NBNCo CTO Gary McLaren.
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/is-the-accc-protecting-telco-consumers-or-fattening-up-nbnco-for-sale/
Anyone who wants to understand why our share market is hitting record highs despite lockdowns and the threat of recession would do well to pay attention to the corporate earnings season, explains Colin Kruger.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/boomsday-scenario-earnings-season-set-to-defy-covid-doom-20210728-p58doi.html
And Adele Ferguson tells us that Australian bank shareholders will be awash with cash this year as the big four are on track to serve up big profits, hefty share buybacks and fat dividends.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/a-30b-bank-buyback-bonanza-in-store-for-investors-20210730-p58ehw.html
Donald Trump suffered twin setbacks yesterday when the Justice Department cleared the way to release his tax records and disclosed a memo showing he urged top officials last year to falsely claim his election defeat was “corrupt”.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/in-one-two-punch-to-trump-justice-deptartment-approves-release-of-taxes-memo-20210731-p58en4.html
Victorian authorities are investigating whether contaminated horse meat, which was sold to pet owners as beef, was responsible for the deaths of 22 dogs and the hospitalisation of a further 44, reports Henrietta Cook.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/you-don-t-expect-horse-meat-victorian-investigators-probe-mysterious-dog-deaths-20210730-p58eml.html

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