Daily News Review – Tuesday 13 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

The Australian says that Anthony Albanese would take the nation’s top job and deliver a majority government of 78 seats to Labor if the statewide swings against the Coalition in this week’s Newspoll analysis were replicated at the next election.
According to Phil Coorey, the federal ALP will go to the next election vowing not to unravel Scott Morrison’s income levy reductions if it forms government.
The failure to implement a parliamentary code of conduct has made Australia’s regulation of federal politicians’ conduct the weakest among comparable nations, research has found. Unlike the United Kingdom and Canada, Australia lacks any enforceable code governing the behaviour of MPs, and unlike New Zealand, it has no system to regulate the ethics of ministerial staffers, writes Christopher Knaus.
As has been the pattern with the Morrison government’s rorting of federal grants for electoral purposes, it turns out the “#carporkrorts” scandal is even worse than it first appeared, says Michael Pascoe.
Paul Bongiorno reckons we are seeing is a dramatic subversion of the preferred political narrative on how to handle the pandemic not only from the state Berejiklian Coalition government, but also from her federal counterparts. He says that with Scott Morrison we see a craven form hiding behind the khaki uniform of Lieutenant-General John Frewen. Ouch!
We have seen Morrison’s best, and it wasn’t much, writes Jack Waterford. This is a long, withering and excoriating assessment of Morrisom. Another ouch!
The AFR tells us that the federal government is willing to co-fund with the state increased cash-flow payments for businesses on the condition they do not shed employees.
Many of those in the know are saying that the risk level is changing dramatically in Sydney’s southwest and the current measures will not be enough to get out of trouble.
Despite continual claims she acted on “the health advice”, despite her fervid pleas to the NSW public to follow “the health advice”, Gladys Berejiklian has refused to disclose the health advice. However, the NSW Premier has let slip that advice from unnamed business associates of the government has played a part in her handling of the pandemic and the Sydney lockdown. Callum Foote and Michael West investigate.
David Crowe writes that as other countries cement deals with Pfizer for the years ahead, Australia is banking on a Novavax order and awaiting advice on what else might be needed.
The Morrison government has fallen short in all areas of the Covid vaccine rollout, proves Greg Jericho with an array of data.
Nick Bonyhady tells us that aged care unions and providers will use a private meeting with the Health Minister and federal coronavirus taskforce commander to warn care for the elderly risks being compromised if nursing home staff are not vaccinated by the time it becomes mandatory.
Melissa Cunningham reports that top infectious diseases experts say more infectious versions of COVID-19 will continue to “punch holes in every deficiency” of the country’s pandemic response.
The Sydney outbreak is a demonstration of the need for Australia’s political leaders to do more again to protect businesses and households from the impact of an indefinite lockdown, writes Jennifer Hewett
Unions are saying the only way for Sydney to avoid a protracted lockdown is to provide income support to casual workers choosing between forgoing a wage or going to work while potentially infectious.
Daniel Hurst writes that Scott Morrison and federal health minister Greg Hunt have not denied claims that they failed to press Australia’s case for more vaccine doses directly with Pfizer’s global chief, after revelations that Kevin Rudd spoke to the pharmaceutical company chief last month.
Victoria is on high alert as health authorities listed new COVID-19 exposure sites after two removalists from Sydney visited Melbourne while infectious and two members of a family in the city’s north-west tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from NSW.
Josh Butler tells us that young Sydneysiders are using ‘secret’ website links to access Pfizer vaccines, as frustrations grow over their inability to easily access jabs and only vague timelines on when they can expect them.
Public health professor, Simon Chapman explains how shocking ads can pay off.
The government’s confronting new ad may finally get people to take action against COVID but could have unintended consequences, writes Karen Ferry. She says the shock tactic COVID ad isn’t accurate but ads aren’t about truth, they’re about motivation
The Conversation tells us why Australia’s new “Arm yourself” vaccination campaign is another wasted opportunity.
Jenna Price laments the fact that teachers are not the priority list for anything.
Reserve Bank Governor, Philip Lowe, has triggered a massive but largely over-simplified debate on the impact of immigration on wages, argues Abul Rizvi.
Anthony Galloway explains how company directors could be held personally responsible for cyber attacks under new standards being discussed with industry as government research shows cyber crime is costing the Australian economy about $3.5 billion a year.
Australia has plummeted from international standard bearer to a laggard with its approach to the pandemic but the nation’s beleaguered tourism industry is being told by DAN Tehan that the good times will eventually return.
Global export figures show which countries are handling current economic conditions well and those which aren’t. Australia is among the losers, along with Britain and the USA, writes Alan Austin.
Houses will cost more to build, and construction is set to take longer, industry and financial experts have again warned, as the price of timber in Australia continues to rise. Builders and timber processors warn rising wood prices have not ended despite a cooling international market, with costs unlikely to settle until at least September.
The government must take responsibility for the Great Barrier Reef and stop looking for someone else to blame, urges Peter Garrett.
Boris Johnson has warned Britons not to expect life to return to normal when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted next Monday, urging people to keep wearing masks and even stick to working from home.
July 20 will be a big day in Indonesia. It marks the end of more than two weeks of lockdown, and it’s Bloody Tuesday – Idul Adha, the feast of the sacrifice. This year participants may become victims, explains Duncan Graham.
Percy Allan has some ideas on how to deal with China.

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