Daily News Review – Tuesday 20 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

Shane Wright outlines the further damning evidence of serial rorting by this federal government that were examined at Senate Estimates yesterday.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/car-parks-targeted-government-list-of-marginal-electorates-inquiry-told-20210719-p58b00.html
Paul Bongiorno posits that the vaccine rollout shambles is a foretaste of Australia’s climate response.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/07/20/paul-bongiorno-climate-response/
Katherine Murphy writes that Scott Morrison has taken a significant hit with voters since March with the latest Guardian Essential poll revealing the prime minister has suffered a 15 percentage point drop in public perceptions that he is good in a crisis.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/20/voter-confidence-in-scott-morrisons-ability-to-manage-a-crisis-dives-as-three-quarters-say-he-plays-politics
The SMH editorial calls for clearer rules and better planning in the wake of what it described as “policy on the run” from Berejiklian.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/clearer-rules-and-better-planning-needed-to-navigate-uncertainty-20210719-p58aza.html
The Australian reveals from the latest Newspoll that the NSW government has been blamed for not moving swiftly enough to curb the ongoing Covid-19 crisis gripping Greater Sydney, with voters marking down Premier Gladys Berejiklian for moving too late on her citywide lockdown and not imposing strict enough measures to limit the movement of people.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/gladys-berejiklian-and-rule-breakers-cop-blame-newspoll/news-story/6c8b8cd03251f80f2460b408325e8aa0
The rolling NSW COVID-19 crisis is revealing how much political judgments – and mistakes – hide behind claims that governments follow the best health advice, opines Jennifer Hewett who says that Victoria’s approach has quickly replaced NSW’s as the “gold standard”, with political fallout as helpful to Andrews as it is damaging for the leader more fondly nicknamed “our Glad”.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/political-costs-of-lockdowns-add-up-to-a-harsh-winter-20210719-p58b2c
Victorian health authorities say two people have become accidental super-spreaders, passing on the virus to others when they attended public events while infectious, including a rugby union and an AFL match.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/australia-news-live-nsw-and-victoria-covid-19-cases-continue-to-grow-victorian-lockdown-extended-20210719-p58b1n.html
The editorial in the AFR says that if the international borders are to reopen, the Morrison government must make the case for vaccination enabling Australia to move beyond the fixation with zero cases.
https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/reopening-the-borders-a-test-of-political-leadership-20210718-p58asb
Michael Pascoe believes fear of anti-vaxxers may have prematurely killed the UQ vaccine.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/07/20/michael-pascoe-anti-vaxxers-uq-vaccine/
Even if outbreaks are brought under control, CBA’s chief Matt Comyn has said the transmissibility of the Delta strain means more lockdowns are a real possibility.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/that-s-a-reality-cba-chief-warns-on-economy-more-lockdowns-20210719-p58azz.html
For a masterclass in vaccine rollout, Australia could look to British Columbia, explains Stephen Milne.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/for-a-masterclass-in-vaccine-rollout-australia-could-look-to-british-columbia-20210719-p58ay2.html
When Scott Morrison became prime minister, two dimensions of his persona seemed potentially positive: a Christian faith that might have illuminated his leadership with kindness and compassion, to say nothing of integrity, and a widely-touted marketing background (‘Scotty from Marketing’) that might have lifted the standard of political communication and inspired some brilliance in government advertising. Whatever hopes might thus have been raised have long since been dashed, writes Hugh McKay.
https://johnmenadue.com/no-compassion-and-no-marketing-skill-either/
Phil Coorey reckons Australia is more concerned at being sanctioned by financial markets, investors and lenders, than being hit with European carbon tariffs, if the nation does not commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/investment-ban-a-bigger-threat-than-carbon-tariffs-20210719-p58ays
“Who put that racist lout of a mouth Kate Hopkins on Australian TV?”, asks Peter FitzSimons.
https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/who-put-that-racist-lout-of-a-mouth-kate-hopkins-on-australian-tv-20210719-p58axb.html
The Age’s editorial is equally scathing.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/deporting-uk-provocateur-katie-hopkins-the-right-thing-to-do-20210719-p58b05.html
The right is winning the culture war because its opponents don’t know the rules, explains Nesrine Malik.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/19/right-winning-culture-war
Nick Bonyhady reports that Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has argued Australia’s workplace harassment laws encourage companies to shut down or fight complaints while revealing 16 former or current MPs have taken part in her review of parliamentary culture.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/harassment-laws-stifling-workplace-complaints-jenkins-20210719-p58axr.html
Kate McClymont writes that former Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald are likely to be jailed after a Supreme Court judge found the pair guilty over their roles in a rigged coal exploration tender which resulted in the Obeid family receiving a $30 million windfall with the promise of another $30 million. Enjoy the porridge, fellas!
https://www.smh.com.au/national/eddie-obeid-likely-to-return-to-jail-after-guilty-verdict-on-rigged-tender-20210719-p58b3f.html
For years Eddie Obeid fended off all allegations. Now the truth can’t be denied, writes Anne Davies.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/20/for-years-eddie-obeid-fended-off-all-allegations-now-the-truth-cant-be-denied
KPMG estimates the lockdown in Sydney will cost about $220 million a day while in Victoria the cost will be closer to $150 million a day, explains Shane Wright. He also tells us that ANZ believes the national jobless rate, which hit 4.9 per cent in June, will be down to 4.4 per cent by the end of the year.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/steeconomy-tipped-to-face-10b-hit-from-victoria-and-nsw-lockdowns-20210719-p58azu.html
Nick O’Malley reports that the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project has failed to meet a crucial target of capturing and burying an average of 80 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced from gas wells in Western Australia over five years.
https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/australia-s-giant-carbon-capture-project-fails-to-meet-key-targets-20210719-p58b3i.html
Radical corporate surgery on Australia’s biggest energy company may be too late to save it as it falls victim to death by 2.8 million solar rooftop cuts, writes Matthew Warren.
https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/how-energy-colossus-agl-could-be-the-first-victim-of-a-brave-new-grid-20210715-p589y4
Australia has joined Britain, Canada, the EU, Japan and New Zealand in the condemnation of China in the first such statement from NATO publicly targeting Beijing for cybercrimes, specifically the Microsoft Exchange email hack.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-points-finger-at-china-over-microsoft-exchange-email-hack-20210719-p58b5b.html
Liam Mannix reports that Australian researchers have concluded that federal government research investment largely failed to produce useful findings about the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and placed too much focus on the now-discredited hydroxychloroquine treatment.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/experts-blast-local-research-into-covid-treatments-decry-lack-of-effort-to-understand-vaccine-take-up-20210719-p58aw0.html
Does Boris Johnson deserve sympathy? Not really, given the risk he’s taking, says Simon Jenkins.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/19/boris-johnson-prime-minister-risk-gamble
Parliament does not need to be consulted before Australian troops are sent to war. What do the politicians who have donned the uniform have to say? Tasha May asks Rex Patrick, Andrew Wilkie, Jim Molan and Bob Katter.
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/war-powers-four-perspectives-from-politicians-who-have-served/
As governments across Europe push to get everyday life back to normal, the carrot-and-stick approach to inoculations is shifting more to the latter.
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/europe-gets-tough-on-vaccinations-as-threats-replace-incentives-20210720-p58b5s.html
Morrison Government yet to deal with massive asylum seeker and visa backlog, complains Abul Rizvi.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/government-yet-to-deal-with-massive-asylum-seeker-and-visa-backlog,15309
China’s new carbon market, instantly the world’s largest, opened last Friday. It will, however, be years before the pricing of carbon by the world’s largest polluter has an impact, if any, says Stephen Bartholomeusz.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/china-s-long-awaited-market-opens-with-a-whimper-not-a-bang-20210719-p58ay1.html
Malcolm Conn tells us that Cricket Australia will front-load its summer schedule with red-ball cricket under Operation Ashes, a plan designed to give rising stars such an Cameron Green and Will Pucoski an unprecedented opportunity to prepare for this summer’s clash against England.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/red-ball-cricket-to-be-prioritised-under-operation-ashes-20210719-p58b15.html

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