Daily News Review – Thursday 2 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


A really good read from Niki Savva who looks at leadership in the Liberal party.
Albanese’s small-target strategy may give Labor a remarkable victory — or yet more heartbreak, writes Shaun Carney.
The number of people admitted to hospital in NSW with COVID-19 has jumped 42 per cent in one week, with infected patients spread across 35 of the state’s hospitals and more than 1400 healthcare workers now in isolation and swelling case numbers have forced the private hospital network to activate surge plans and deploy their nurses to public hospital intensive care wards.
Alexandra Smith explains how the rollout rolled past First Nations – and why NSW blames Canberra.
A more cautious than expected loosening of restrictions could still mean Melbourne is locked down for months and recording 2000 daily coronavirus cases by October.
The Age’s editorial declares that the jump in new cases to 120 signalled that the chance of Victoria returning to COVID zero in the community has gone, and the government and health officers have acknowledged it. While the daily numbers are not in the same league as NSW’s, the pathway back to more freedoms is the same – high vaccination rates.
Emeritus consultant with St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, and chair of the think tank Australia21, Alex Wodak, argues that recent weaknesses in the strategies adopted by the federal and NSW governments are having serious health and economic consequences.
If somebody as dogged and determined as Daniel Andrews says delta cannot be beaten, that sends a powerful message to other Premiers, especially the Labor Premiers, writes Phillip Coorey. (And what about Marshall and Gutwein, Phil?)
John Warhurst writes, “Morrison has been criticised for lacking a plan. Well now he has a national plan, which has been discussed and (perhaps) agreed to by the national cabinet. That doesn’t stop dissent from McGowan and others, but it does give Morrison something to hang on to – and puts Anthony Albanese under pressure.”
Richard Denniss writes that NSW’s Covid surrender puts the ACT at risk. He says, “Unless NSW can get its outbreak under control, the PM’s plan to reopen Australia’s internal borders will be as meaningless as his plan to stamp out violence against women, or his roadmap for low emissions. The Doherty modelling doesn’t show that it is safe for the ACT or any other state to open their borders to NSW if the virus is still running rampant. It simply assumes such a situation would never have been allowed to develop.”
Australia is among the rich, western countries siding with Big Pharma to thwart the widespread manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, explains John Menadue.
Mental health campaigner Patrick McGorry has withdrawn from speaking at a function for a new community group that has highlighted the “shadow pandemic” of poor mental health among children after he became aware of its ties to the Liberal Party.
Do vaccination passports take away freedoms? It depends on how you frame the question, explains John Quiggin.
Angus Thompson reports that Gladys Berejiklian appeared before a western Sydney business conference the same day she told the mayors of the city’s hardest-hit COVID-19 areas that she would not make time for them in a similar forum.
The latest Covid lockdowns have locked Australia’s poorest out of financial support, write Jay Coonan, Kristin O’Connell and Jeremy Poxon for The Guardian.
Josh Butler writes that Scott Morrison and Gladys Berejiklian are encouraging other state leaders to embrace the potential to wind back reliance on hotel quarantine and are sweating on results from a home trial in South Australia.
Peta Credlin complains about the pressure from unelected bureaucrats, a product of the left’s long march through the institutions, that is driving social change without any reference to the quiet Australians who get their say only every three years at the ballot box and are otherwise ignored – even by the Morrison government.
Australia’s economy looks better than a year ago. But sadly, we aren’t out of the Covid woods yet, opines Greg Jericho.
Latika Bourke outlines Frydenberg’s defence of Jobkeeper and its many unworthy recipients who have kept the money.
And Elizabeth Knight writes that Gerry Harvey’s silence speaks volumes about Frydenberg’s JobKeeper mess.
Joe Aston simply says, “Gerry Harvey is everything that’s wrong with JobKeeper”.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and his big business patrons are in crisis mode amid rising demands to end the JobKeeper cover-up and disclose the transfer of billions to from average Australians to large and profitable companies. Michael West reports on the unfolding political drama.
When the US requires a deputy sheriff Australia reports for duty – but not when it comes to climate action, laments Katherine Murphy.
Christopher Knaus reports that the energy minister, Angus Taylor, and resources minister, Keith Pitt, have been asked to explain their dealings with the Liberal-linked firm Empire Energy before it received $21m in federal grants, after email records showed it asking for information on “eligibility criteria” and the “application process” well before the program guidelines were released.
The Australian’s Stephen Lunn tells us about a new report that shows employees of the nation’s disability insurance scheme are too often “inward-facing, technical and ­bureaucratic” in their dealings with people with disabilities and their carers.
Australia’s leading scientists and engineers have told the Morrison government the technologies needed to make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions already exist – and the Coalition should immediately implement a national net zero policy.
Richard Baker tells us how Chinese meatworkers bear the scars of mistreatment in Australia’s visa factories.
After decades of resistance to the charms of the farm lobby, the Morrison Government is now committed to introducing a dedicated Agriculture Visa from the end of September 2021, writes Abul Rizvi who says modern slavery is continuing.
The SMH editorial says better regulation needed to protect gig economy workers.
Rob Harris reports that a grassroots movement trying to oust dozens of federal Coalition MPs at the next election is facing a push to investigate its funding sources.
According to Chris Masters and Nick McKenzie, tomorrow was meant to mark the end of the controversial 2 Squadron of the SAS. Now, citing COVID, the brass has delayed the ceremony.
Business travel as we’ve known it is a thing of the past. From Pfizer, Michelin and LG Electronics to HSBC and Deutsche Bank, businesses around the world are signalling that new communications tools are making many pre-pandemic era trips history.
Amanda Meade tells us that Lachlan Murdoch has been invited to appear before a re-convened Senate inquiry into YouTube’s temporary ban on Sky News Australia for uploading videos in breach of the platform’s Covid misinformation policy. The committee will meet again next Monday.
By ignoring Asia, the Australian media is contributing towards the creation of more insular and parochial but less understanding country, explain Bruce Dover and Ian Macintosh.
As the pandemic saw a global rise in high-speed broadband subscriptions, Australia still lags behind in the OECD ranking, says Paul Budde.
America has a big-picture vision for its children, so why don’t we, asks the Centre for Policy Development. The authors point to Biden’s commitment to children’s early years.
According to The New York Times, The US economy is growing at its fastest rate in a quarter-century, but there is mounting evidence that the coming months could be chaotic.
Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how China is addressing the dire financial condition of some of China’s biggest enterprises.
A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect yesterday, with the Supreme Court silent on an emergency appeal to put the law on hold. If allowed to remain in force, the law would be the most far-reaching restriction on abortion rights in the United States since the high court’s landmark Roe v Wade decision legalised abortion across the country in 1973.
Pat Dodson has condemned fringe Christian groups for promoting anti-vaccination propaganda in remote Western Australia, saying people who spread fear and misinformation around coronavirus vaccines are “evil”, thereby qualifying them for nomination as “Arseholes of the Week”.
Michelle Grattan has her say on the referenced “god botherers”, as she calls them

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