Daily News Review – Tuesday 31 August

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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Peter Hartcher warns that Australia needs to prepare for the return of anarchy to world affairs.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/australia-must-prepare-for-the-return-of-anarchy-to-world-affairs-20210829-p58mzg.html
Rob Harris tells us that a split between the two most senior Nationals in federal cabinet is threatening to inflame tensions within the party over the federal government’s multibillion-dollar Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail project.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rift-between-top-nationals-ministers-over-inland-rail-threatens-more-unrest-20210830-p58n73.html
Catherine Williams uses the Craig Kelly/Clive Plamer tie-up to add to her argument for changes to our electoral funding rules.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/buying-power-it-s-legal-but-is-it-democratic-20210830-p58n29.html
Gareth Parker examines Mark McGowan’s achievements in his four and a half tears as WA premier and comes up empty.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/after-4-years-in-government-is-mark-mcgowan-responsible-for-anything-20210830-p58na3.html
From worsening pandemic statistics to the lack of empathy shown towards Australians trying to flee Afghanistan, the Morrison Government has blood on its hands, writes John Wren.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/wrens-week-government-negligence-is-dooming-our-nation,15459
This year Morrison has not done much that will win him credit over the premiers. That’s because of his own mistakes, writes Jack Waterford.
https://johnmenadue.com/can-morrison-sell-his-risky-plan-as-a-contract-with-the-australian-people/
Pauline Hanson is in hot water with electoral commission, again. She has a lot of form.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/pauline-hanson-in-hot-water-with-electoral-commission-again-20210830-p58naj.html
As the Coalition approaches the eighth anniversary of its election, Alan Austin surveys some of this regime’s most destructive records.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-government-sets-records-in-economic-mismanagement,15457
Amid a once-in-a-century pandemic, the nation’s major export commodity, iron ore, is playing an outsized role in helping to hold the economy together, explains the editorial in the AFR.
https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/iron-ore-riches-shore-up-australia-20210829-p58myq
Katherine Murphy unpacks this week’s Essential poll that shows Australians wary of any ‘living with Covid’ strategy that would lead to more deaths.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/31/guardian-essential-poll-australians-wary-of-any-living-with-covid-strategy-that-would-lead-to-more-deaths
According to David Crowe and Lucy Carroll, the federal government is seeking urgent advice from intensive care doctors about the pressure on hospital wards from “sustained” demand that will last for months, shaping advice for national cabinet this Friday on whether the health system can cope when lockdowns are eased.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-says-health-system-will-be-able-to-cope-with-covid-cases-20210830-p58n94.html
Patients in Sydney hospitals receiving lower levels of care will need to be moved into their homes and cared for primarily by GPs if the city’s hospitals are to stand any chance of coping with surging cases of Covid, the Australian Medical Association has warned.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/31/non-covid-patients-will-need-to-be-sent-home-to-avoid-catastrophe-in-sydney-hospitals-if-cases-surge-ama-says
Jennifer Duke reports that business groups are warning state and territory leaders that continuing to lock down once 70 to 80 per cent of the eligible population is vaccinated against COVID-19 will cause more economic damage and job losses. IMHO opinion Morrison has created two ticking time bombs with his simplistic 70% and 80% milestones.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/we-back-the-prime-minister-business-groups-support-re-opening-push-20210830-p58n20.html
Josh Butler says that the government is picking a dishonest fight on its reopening targets.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/08/30/national-plan-reopening-fight/
Opening up when 80% of eligible adults are vaccinated won’t be ‘safe’ for all Australians, explain three outspoken health experts in The Conversation.
https://theconversation.com/opening-up-when-80-of-eligible-adults-are-vaccinated-wont-be-safe-for-all-australians-166818
The federal government was warned 18 months ago of the urgent need to protect the Covid-hit town of Wilcannia, leaked correspondence seen by Guardian Australia shows, with an Aboriginal health service pleading for immediate help at the time to prevent an outbreak.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/30/wilcannia-covid-outbreak-leaked-letter-shows-federal-government-was-warned-last-year-of-potential-catastrophe
Jenny Hocking describes Wilcannia and Covid, as a disastrous, discriminatory, failure by Australian and NSW Governments.
https://johnmenadue.com/wilcannia-and-covid-a-disastrous-discriminatory-failure-by-australian-and-nsw-governments/
The NSW prison system has been locked down statewide as COVID-19 clusters grow among inmates and staff, with authorities rushing to roll out rapid antigen testing and vaccines.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-prisons-locked-down-as-covid-19-clusters-grow-20210830-p58n67.html
The New South Wales government has been criticised for its “outrageous” refusal to reveal inmate vaccination rates, as it announced a lockdown of the prison system due to fears a Covid outbreak at the Parklea correctional centre may have spread.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/30/nsw-locks-down-prisons-over-covid-fears-but-refuses-to-reveal-inmate-vaccination-rates
One of the consequences of managing the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the divide between socioeconomic classes, writes Davey Heller.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/picnics-for-the-rich-and-curfews-for-the-poor,15458
Matthew Reddin compares NSW and Victoria using two Covid press conferences.
https://theaimn.com/new-south-wales-and-victoria-a-tale-of-two-press-conferences/
The Age tells us that Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is unsure if Victoria can achieve zero COVID-19 cases in the short term, despite Premier Daniel Andrews saying on the weekend the state was still aiming for “very low numbers”.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/we-have-to-do-what-is-feasible-sutton-unsure-on-zero-covid-chances-20210830-p58n7l.html
Vaccinations would be mandatory for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and even hospital cooks and cleaners under a plan the nation’s peak medical body is putting to Australia’s leaders as they prepare to relax pandemic restrictions, reports Rachel Clun.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/peak-medical-body-backs-mandatory-jabs-for-all-health-sector-workers-20210830-p58n9a.html
The SMH editorial says that national cabinet, and lawmakers, need to be mindful to avoid the creation of a two-tiered society as they weigh up how vaccine passports might work in Australia.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/vaccine-passport-rules-must-be-carefully-considered-20210830-p58naq.html
Meanwhile, the system that underpins Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine certificate system cannot recognise anyone with mixed doses as fully vaccinated, prompting further concerns about the mooted move to vaccine passports and conditional reopening.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/30/australias-vaccine-certificate-system-cant-recognise-people-with-mixed-covid-jabs-as-fully-vaccinated
Phil Coorey reports that Western Australia is the most vulnerable state to a COVID-19 outbreak with data presented to national cabinet showing an infection could spread at almost three times the rate as that in NSW, due to WA’s low rate of vaccination and lack of social distancing.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/free-living-wa-most-vulnerable-to-covid-19-outbreak-20210830-p58n1h
The sudden interest in mental health during COVID is welcome but weaponising the issue is not, opines clinical psychiatry researcher Ian Hickie.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sudden-interest-in-mental-health-during-covid-is-welcome-but-weaponising-the-issue-is-not-20210829-p58mzd.html
How bloody stupid! A national shortage and tenfold increase in Australians importing ivermectin in August has sparked a warning from the Therapeutic Goods Administration against the use of the medicine, which is typically used to deworm livestock, as a treatment for Covid-19.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/30/australian-imports-of-ivermectin-increase-10-fold-prompting-warning-from-tga
In this op-ed, Ed Husic explains why the Morrison government doesn’t want the spotlight on Greensill Capital.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/morrison-government-doesn-t-want-the-spotlight-on-greensill-capital-20210827-p58mng.html
Phil Coorey tells us how business groups and the government have rounded on attempts to publicly disclose the individual details of companies that received JobKeeper payments. Hardly surprising!
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/row-intensifies-over-disclosing-companies-that-received-jobkeeper-20210830-p58n1y
Unless they disclose who got it, JobKeeper will remain a giant festering stain on the reputation of big business in Australia. Michael West reports on business’s greatest shame.
https://www.michaelwest.com.au/jobkeeper-shame-and-the-collapse-of-business-leadership-in-australia/
Jess Irvine reckons we’re in a recession, even if it’s not ‘official’.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/spoiler-alert-we-re-in-a-recession-even-if-it-s-not-official-20210830-p58n7s.html
Australia’s GDP data will show strong growth – but don’t jump for joy, warns Greg Jericho.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/aug/31/australias-gdp-data-will-show-strong-growth-but-dont-jump-for-joy
Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells tell us how robber barons and high-speed traders are dominating Australia’s water market.
https://theconversation.com/robber-barons-and-high-speed-traders-dominate-australias-water-market-166422
An independent review of the ABC’s three-part documentary, Ghost Train, found the series relied on interviews and a “misleading” graphic. The linking of Neville Wran to Abe Saffron was strongly criticised.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/abc-ghost-train-series-misleading-in-linking-wran-and-saffron-20210830-p58nar.html
An investigation into who in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office knew about former staffer Brittany Higgins’ allegations of rape by a colleague has been put back on hold until a criminal trial into the matter has ended.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/morrison-s-department-boss-puts-brittany-higgins-inquiry-on-ice-20210830-p58n9y.html
Crown Resorts’ $261 million loss isn’t its biggest problem, explains Elizabeth Knight. It’s in the shape of Ziggy Switkowski.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/crown-resorts-261-million-loss-isn-t-its-biggest-problem-20210830-p58n8z.html

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