Daily News Review – Thursday 22 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

David Crowe looks at Morrison’s rather pugnacious presser held yesterday.
The ‘it’s not a race’ vaccine mantra has been discarded, but the prime minister is still running around in circles trying to evade responsibility, says Katherine Murphy in a scathing assessment.
Scott Morrison needs to rehabilitate AstraZeneca to boost the vaccine rollout. After weeks of frustration, Morrison broke the thin facade of unity on Wednesday. With the Delta variant running amok, he put the medical experts under public pressure to rethink their advice on AstraZeneca, writes Paul Kelly.
With growing criticism toward his poor leadership of our country, particularly through the pandemic, Scott Morrison’s popularity is slipping, writes Emma Dawson.
Just as it can’t speed up vaccine delivery, the federal government can’t slow the global timetable for joining the commitment to zero net emissions by 2050, opines Jennifer Hewett.
David Crowe and Shane Wright report that a former supreme court judge has labelled the federal government’s $660 million car park fund “corruption” amid warnings that ministers may have breached laws that required them to spend taxpayer funds in an efficient and ethical way.
Locked down and out-of-work Australians struggling to access Covid disaster payments are waiting hours on the phone for assistance, and even longer in some branch queues, with Centrelink staff worried in-person identification checks risk spreading the virus.
Peter Brent says, “Morrison’s 2019 “miracle” can never be taken from him, and Covid still gives him purpose, but he’s not the prime minister he was two years ago. The lackadaisical attitude to the vaccination rollout, which was actually shared by others for a time, has truly come back to damage the country and the government.”
Berejiklian’s patchy lockdown performance has not translated into loss of votes according to a poll described by Aleandra Smith.
Alexandra Smith writes, “If Sydney has any hope of leaving lockdown – even in some form – next Friday, that zero goal is surely now overly ambitious. Instead, it seems the government has accepted that with deplorably low vaccination rates, Delta is getting the better of it.”
We’re paying companies millions to roll out COVID vaccines. But we’re not getting enough bang for our buck, explains Kesley Russell.
The SMH tells us that NSW is struggling to keep up with vaccination demand in south-west Sydney due to insufficient Pfizer doses and a reluctance of older residents to take AstraZeneca.
Paul Sakkal writes about Liberal leader Michael O’Brien saying stricter border controls could have prevented Victoria’s fifth lockdown and has called for quicker closures, in a departure from the Opposition’s frequent warnings against disproportionate public health measures. O’Brien is useless!
The Age’s editorial examines the closing statement of counsel assisting the royal commission into Crown and wonders how that organisation, being too big to fail, can be repaired.
Buckle up! Peta Credlin writes, “The official orthodoxy, that high immigration boosts growth without depressing wages, looks like being exposed as bunkum.”
Right wing darling Nicole Flint is upset, saying that Annabel Crabb’s ABC show Ms Represented blatantly misrepresents conservatives.
Restoring our lives to normality after Covid is not the solution, it’s the problem, argues Jeff Sparrow who says that while Australians have been preoccupied by coronavirus, a wider environmental calamity has unfurled over the planet, manifesting in various ways in different nations.
Professor of International Trade, Gary Sampson, argues that it is time to reform the global trade rules for agriculture. He says that without it, the consequences for Australian farmers will be dreadful.
Barrister, and Labor MLC Adam Searle writes that Monday’s guilty verdict by the Supreme Court in the long-running corruption case against former NSW ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald shows that the state continues to need a strong, well-resourced and independent anti-corruption body. Sadly, he says, this is not a universally held view.
Naaman Zhou reports that a private boys’ school in Perth that charges up to $27,000 a year in fees received more than $7m in jobkeeper subsidies in 2020 while declaring an operating surplus of more than $8m. The Hale School in Perth counts cabinet minister Christian Porter and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith as alumni.
The AFR tells us that BHP’s Australian oil and gas assets are ripe for divestment and shareholders say they would support a more aggressive exit plan from the petroleum industry
There is widespread political acknowledgement overseas that climate change is a serious issue that needs immediate attention. Meanwhile in Australia, pollies twist themselves into back-breaking knots to muddy the link between climate change and deadly extreme weather, laments Will Steffen representing the Climate Council.
Westpac, one of the nation’s most corrupt major companies, has been aggressively recruiting prosecutors, lawyers and investigators from among the corporate regulator’s top brass, raising concerns the practice could further strangle its effectiveness, posits Anthny Klan.
Jeffrey Sachs writes about the “idiocracy“ of America and how it is perilously close to becoming a failed state.
Alan Kohler reckons China was whacked with a wet lettuce over its cyber crimes.
Craig Thomson is back in the headlines again, this time for alleged fraud against the federal government.
Soon after withdrawing its troops, Australia is contemplating sending diplomatic and intelligence officers back to Afghanistan. China’s keen interest in the region may be the key to understanding this.

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