Daily News Review – Wednesday 14 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

Sydney’s health system has become the first in the country to confront the latest wave of highly transmissible Delta-variant cases as one in three Covid cases is in intensive care.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nobody-is-safe-one-in-three-covid-19-hospital-patients-in-intensive-care-20210713-p589c8.html
David Crowe says the Rudd claim reveals the call that Morrison never made.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rudd-claim-reveals-the-call-morrison-never-made-20210713-p58969.html
Sally McManus posits that there’ll be no economic recovery without a wages recovery.
https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/there-ll-be-no-economic-recovery-without-a-wages-recovery-20210712-p5890a
Jack Waterford reckons it’s time for Labor to capitalise on Morrison’s inadequacies.
https://johnmenadue.com/its-time-for-labor-to-capitalise-on-morrisons-inadequacies/
The Australian trumpets that Scott Morrison has unveiled a new model of economic support for Covid-19 outbreaks, with taxpayers to spend about $1.5bn a fortnight on direct payments to help businesses and workers endure the extended lockdown of greater Sydney.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/scott-morrison-blueprint-for-covid19-relief/news-story/14310fe3b168619b371111fcb9a3f8ff
In this op-ed, Anthony Albanese says Scott Morrison had two jobs – and bungled them both.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/opinion/2021/07/14/scott-morrison-vaccines-quarantine/
Scott Morrison and Gladys Berejiklian have adopted a united front to present a shared financial assistance package for struggling businesses and households, but the tensions will outlast the lockdown, opines Jennifer Hewett.
https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/jobkeeper-lite-shoulders-the-heavy-lifting-20210713-p5899q
Michelle Grattan writes about federal help for NSW triggers triggering a slanging match between the Andrews and Morrison governments.
https://theconversation.com/federal-help-for-nsw-triggers-slanging-match-between-andrews-and-morrison-governments-164404
Josh Taylor sets out to unpick the slanging match.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/07/13/sydney-lockdown-support-victoria/
Jennifer Wilson writes, “If you needed further confirmation of the wilfully ignorant incompetence of the Federal Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, it appeared on Sunday in the form of an article written by the ABC’s Laura Tingle. The article graphically describes the Government’s arrogant early dealings with Pfizer that have resulted in a vaccine shortage at the worst possible time, when the COVID-19 Delta variant is taking hold in NSW. “
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/kevin-rudd-asked-to-save-australia-from-scott-morrison,15285
New South Wales’ coronavirus case numbers will keep bubbling along and restrictions will continue for months because of a “soft lockdown” approach that relies too heavily on people doing the right thing without clear guidance, a top epidemiologist says.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/14/nsw-restrictions-will-last-months-under-soft-lockdown-approach-epidemiologist-says
NineFax says the Victorian and federal governments are locked in a battle of recrimination and blame after Morrison announced a plan to support people unable to work because of the NSW coronavirus lockdown.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/double-standard-federal-aid-sparks-clash-with-pm-20210713-p589e2.html
Sarah Martin writes that the multibillion-dollar economic support package for businesses and workers affected by the greater Sydney lockdown has been slammed by unions as a betrayal of workers but business groups say the lifeline will save jobs.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/13/peace-of-mind-morrison-and-nsw-announce-500m-a-week-support-package-for-locked-down-sydney
Tony Blakely argues Sydney should bite the bullet and go into hard lockdown.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-should-bite-the-bullet-and-go-into-hard-lockdown-20210713-p589ag.html
Berejiklian’s critics will say she waited too long – and they’ll be right, says Ross Gittins.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/berejiklian-s-critics-will-say-she-waited-too-long-and-they-ll-be-right-20210713-p589ck.html
The NSW Premier used to be the sensible antidote to the hysterical bed-wetting from every other state leader, but now she’s lecturing her constituents in locked-down “Gladystan”, writes expert on everything, Rita Panahi.
https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/gold-standard-gladys-berejiklians-dramatic-fall-from-grace/news-story/6e08579bb9f735c14e94c67a64df8c8a
When the Delta strain moved from east to south-west, the strategy needed to change. But it didn’t, writes Pallavi Singhal.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/when-the-delta-strain-moved-from-east-to-south-west-the-strategy-needed-to-change-it-didn-t-20210713-p58991.html
Shaun Carney explains how Australia’s reliance on offshore manufacturing was exposed by the pandemic. He points to the attitude of the government and the traditional party of capital has progressively diminished its links with, and understanding of, the manufacturing industry.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/australia-s-reliance-on-offshore-manufacturing-exposed-by-pandemic-20210713-p58979.html
According to Amanda Meade, Ray Hadley has blasted former 2GB colleague Alan Jones for the Sky News presenter’s “ridiculous stance” against the Sydney lockdown in an escalating war among rightwing media over the response to the pandemic.
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jul/13/rightwing-media-war-over-covid-lockdown-escalates-as-ray-hadley-calls-out-ridiculous-alan-jones
Nick Toscano and Mike Foley tell us that Australia’s energy market operator has set an ambitious target for the country to surge ahead of the rest of the world with an electrical grid ready to handle 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/100-per-cent-renewables-by-2025-grid-operator-pushes-clean-energy-revolution-20210713-p589ap.html
A Liberal Party Senator has launched an attack on the ABC, branding it as a left-wing activist group undermining our society, writes Steve Bishop. Said Senator is from the party’s Christian right, of all places.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abc-attacked-by-christian-right-wing-senator,15289
Harriett Alexander reports that the peak irrigation body in NSW has endorsed a crackdown on irrigators who are breaking the rules, but claimed that only a handful of companies or individuals are at fault. It’s a disgrace.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/throw-the-book-at-them-irrigators-council-wants-crackdown-on-rule-breakers-20210713-p5899w.html
Zoe Samios writes that Telstra has warned that a proposal to limit the amount of radio wave spectrum it can buy later this year will lead to slower network speeds and delay the rollout of 5G mobile services in regional areas.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/i-m-worried-telstra-boss-warns-spectrum-limits-will-hurt-regional-areas-20210713-p589bt.html
Paul Daley tells us how an Australian soldier’s heroics under fire to save an Afghan interpreter has put our ministers to shame.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/13/an-australian-soldiers-heroics-under-fire-to-save-an-afghan-interpreter-put-our-ministers-to-shame
Is Australia a sitting duck for ransomware attacks? Yes, and the danger has been growing for 30 years, explains this article in The Conversation.
https://theconversation.com/is-australia-a-sitting-duck-for-ransomware-attacks-yes-and-the-danger-has-been-growing-for-30-years-161818
The size of the financial crisis facing Australian universities is not yet known and will take years to work its way through the system, explains the AFR’s Julie Hare.
https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/education/unis-in-uncharted-territory-of-slow-burn-crisis-20210713-p589bg
Stephen Bartholomeusz writes about Joe Biden signing a sprawling executive order that aims to curb the market power of America’s big businesses, the big technology companies in particular, that opens a new front in the debate about competition policy in the US.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/biden-turns-up-the-heat-on-tech-giants-with-sweeping-overhaul-20210713-p5897n.html
Adam Carey reports that lessons on the periodic table and the chemical structure of food could be erased from VCE chemistry classes to make room for the teaching of “green chemistry principles” such as recycling metals and plastics. Sacrilege!
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/goodbye-periodic-table-vce-chemistry-set-for-elemental-change-20210713-p58972.html
Matthew Knott reports that Joe Biden says the United States is facing the biggest threat to fair elections in its history because of a wave of Republican-led efforts across the country to make it harder for Americans to vote. And Biden is not wrong!
https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/an-assault-on-liberty-biden-sounds-alarm-on-republicans-effort-to-restrict-voting-rights-20210714-p589gr.html
An unspoken bond of understanding exists between a dog and its owner, and it is unlike anything else in the natural world, scientists have found. A study has proved that dogs are in tune with human emotions and movements like no other species, and they have this ability at birth. Can’t argue with that!
https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/research-proves-dogs-really-are-our-best-and-oldest-friend-20210713-p58956.html
A drunken Rudy Giuliani repeatedly urged Donald Trump to “just say we won” on election night last November, according to a new book, even as key states started to slip away from the president and defeat by Joe Biden drew near.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jul/13/rudy-giuliani-trump-book
Meanwhile, prosecutors in New York, Georgia and Washington have inquiries that could yield further, serious charges against the ex-president.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/13/trump-organization-tax-crimes-charges

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