Daily News Review – Wednesday 15 September

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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Lucy Carroll reports that emergency departments were overloaded with a record number of seriously ill patients in the three months leading up to the Delta outbreak, with nearly one-third of patients arriving at NSW hospitals not treated on time.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/fuel-on-the-fire-hospitals-faced-record-demand-in-the-months-before-delta-hit-20210914-p58rir.html
Shane Wright tells us that, for the first time, the OECD says the RBA – which sets interest rates and guides economic policy – should be the focus of an independent review.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/oecd-says-now-is-the-time-for-a-review-of-the-reserve-bank-20210914-p58rjo.html
Meanwhile, Harris reports that the Reserve Bank has urged governments to deal with tax and social security policies to bring surging house prices under control after new figures showed the biggest jump in nationwide property values on record.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-says-surging-house-prices-are-a-government-problem-20210914-p58rjv.html
Australia has lost considerable credit as an international citizen in recent years, in part because of meanness with aid, but also because of its retreat from multinational systems, including combined action on climate change, writes Jack Waterford ahead of the PM’s trip to the US for a Quad meeting.
https://johnmenadue.com/to-protect-its-interests-australia-should-be-a-better-neighbour-rather-than-a-us-lapdog/
Paul Keating has backed in Kristina Keneally.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/good-intentions-are-not-enough-paul-keating-backs-keneally-as-the-mp-fowler-needs-20210914-p58rid.html
Rob Harris writes that Adam Bandt wants voters to welcome the prospect of a hung Parliament after the next federal election in a strategy to help Labor form a minority government.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/greens-name-price-to-share-power-with-labor-take-swipe-at-its-diversity-woes-20210914-p58rmg.html
Anthony Galloway reports that a cyber attack is being reported in Australia every 7.8 minutes on average as sophisticated hackers, including foreign governments, target the nation’s critical infrastructure and essential services such as hospitals, food distribution and electricity systems.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/new-battleground-cyber-attackers-targeting-australia-s-health-system-20210914-p58ri2.html
Phil Coorey tells us that Labor and the Greens are demanding cabinet minister Christian Porter disclose the identity of those behind a blind trust who have helped him with a hefty legal bill.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/porter-faces-demands-to-name-who-paid-his-legal-bills-in-abc-case-20210914-p58rfy
Scott Morrison faces fresh pressure over Australia’s lack of emissions reduction ambition from the Biden administration, with the US President putting the “climate crisis” firmly on the agenda for the first ever face-to-face Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders’ meeting next week, writes the AFR’s Andrew Tillett.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/morrison-to-face-climate-change-questions-at-quad-meeting-20210914-p58rgv
Lisa Cox tells us that analysts are saying Australia was late on renewable energy and is now making same mistakes with electric vehicles.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/15/australia-was-late-on-renewable-energy-and-is-now-making-same-mistakes-with-electric-vehicles-analysts-say
Australia’s climate failures are costing its economy – and Scott Morrison’s government is being blamed, says Greg Jericho.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/sep/15/australias-climate-failures-are-costing-its-economy-and-scott-morrisons-government-is-being-blamed
The government is determined to keep National Cabinet’s work a secret. This should worry us all, argues law professor, Cheryl Saunders.
https://theconversation.com/the-government-is-determined-to-keep-national-cabinets-work-a-secret-this-should-worry-us-all-167540
Legal cases both here and overseas highlight reasons why our theocratic Government needs to make a clear separation between church and state, writes Max Wallace.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/why-australia-needs-to-become-a-secular-republic,15515
“Why are ‘religious’ organisations given tax free status?”, asks the AIMN’s RosemaryJ36.
https://theaimn.com/why-are-religious-organisations-given-tax-free-status/
Margaret Simons agrees with some of what Leigh Sales complains about over social media abuse but she does point out the some of the interactions are justifiably critical.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/bullying-must-end-but-it-can-t-all-be-tweet-nothings-20210914-p58rk4.html
Former corporate cop Greg Medcraft says digital currencies issued by central banks and “stablecoins” have the potential to unleash major changes in finance. Clancy Yeates tells us about Medcraft’s thoughts.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/digital-dollars-could-be-a-game-changer-says-former-corporate-cop-20210914-p58rm7.html
With no idea when caps on arrivals will be lifted, Singapore Airlines has cancelled at least one flight a day into Australia over the next three months, reports Chris Barrett who tells us that the hopes of scores of Australians trying to get home before Christmas have been shattered.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/devastating-dozens-of-new-flight-cancellations-leave-australians-stranded-20210914-p58rg9.html
COVID Delta is tempting us to trade lives for freedoms — a choice it had looked like we wouldn’t have to make, writes Peper Martin as we approach an end point.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-15/covid-difficult-choice-between-trade-saving-lives-end-lockdown/100461128
An on this subject, Peter Lewis writes about an old ethical dilemma has become Australia’s grim reality – and this can’t be spun, he says.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/sep/14/an-old-ethical-dilemma-has-become-australias-grim-reality-and-this-cant-be-spun
In this excellent contribution, John Dwyer says, “The truth is that with the exception of a vaccination target with which all agree, there would seem to be little appreciation of the urgent need to have nationwide uniformity in the development and application of the non-vaccination strategies that will be essential for us to live, together, more enjoyable and productive lives despite the continuous presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
https://johnmenadue.com/a-house-divided-against-itself-cannot-tame-the-pandemic/
Paul Bongiorno says that Denmark provides salutary lessons for lifting COVID restrictions. It’s a good read.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/09/14/paul-bongiorno-denmark-covid-restrictions/
The Age reports that a breakaway group within the Victorian education union is leading push for mandatory jabs ahead of return to class as anti-vax groups issue legal threats over vaccination promotion.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/inner-city-teachers-push-for-mandatory-jabs-ahead-of-return-to-class-20210914-p58rjq.html
Melbourne’s Jewish community has been subjected to a wave of anti-Semitic abuse via social media, graffiti attacks and verbal threats following recent breaches of public health orders by a small number of ultra-Orthodox worshippers. It’s not pretty.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/jewish-community-faces-wave-of-hatred-after-illegal-gatherings-20210914-p58ri5.html
The Australian Services Union’s Natalie Lang argues that the government needs to enshrine pandemic isolation leave into the national employment standards.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/amid-the-rush-to-reopen-pubs-prime-minister-don-t-forget-the-pandemic-heroes-20210913-p58r73.html
Planning alone will not fix Sydney’s housing affordability crisis, explains Rob Stokes, the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/planning-alone-will-not-fix-sydney-s-housing-affordability-crisis-20210914-p58rhv.html
Uneven vaccination rates are just a part of the challenge looming in our region, explains Matt Wade who urges Australia to step up over the economic calamity on our doorstep.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/there-s-an-economic-calamity-on-our-doorstep-australia-must-step-up-20210914-p58rmj.html
One of the country’s major aged care providers has warned international border restrictions are beginning to cause acute workforce problems, which will only get worse in the next 18 months, writes Christopher Knaus.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/15/australias-aged-care-workforce-under-strain-amid-international-bordure-closure-provider-warns
With the government’s response to the pandemic starting to feel like its treatment of environmental issues, the absence of a cohesive policy has again forced the corporate community to set the agenda, complains Elizabeth Knight.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/businesses-left-to-separate-the-jabbed-from-the-jabbed-nots-20210914-p58rma.html
Former PM Tony Abbott has criticised people for dobbing him in for not wearing a mask in public, which is hypocritical considering his past, writes Andrew P Street.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/dobber-king-tony-abbott-doesnt-care-for-being-dobbed-upon,15514
The next election is likely to continue the grim outlook for welfare beneficiaries regardless of whether the Coalition or Labor wins. A healthy democracy should do a lot better than this. There is no shortage of good ideas, writes Brian Touhey.
https://johnmenadue.com/economists-proposals-show-responsible-welfare-reform-is-possible/
According to Joel Gibson, some “junk insurance” policies added to credit cards, home loans, car loans and personal loans may have hidden benefits for those suffering from coronavirus hardship.
https://www.smh.com.au/money/insurance/junk-insurance-may-have-hidden-covid-19-benefits-20210913-p58r91.html
One of our favourites, Chris Uhlmann, tells us why Keating’s dovish advice on China should be scorned.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/why-keating-s-dovish-advice-on-china-should-be-scorned-20210914-p58rji.html
A disgusted Julie Szego writes about the ‘evil brilliance’ of the Texas abortion laws. Really, America is rooted!
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-evil-brilliance-of-the-texas-abortion-laws-20210914-p58rgq.html
China’s ambassador, Zheng Zeguang ,has been blocked from attending a summer reception at the Palace of Westminster in an escalation of tensions between London and Beijing.
https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/china-s-ambassador-barred-from-entering-british-parliament-20210915-p58rox.html
General Mark A Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the 2020 election and after the January 6 siege in a bid to avert armed conflict, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/top-general-feared-trump-might-spark-war-so-made-secret-calls-to-his-chinese-counterpart-book-says-20210915-p58roz.html
Days after former US president George W. Bush called domestic and foreign terrorists “children of the same foul spirit”, former president Donald Trump has lashed out, saying Bush should not be lecturing Americans about national security.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-on-defensive-after-george-w-bush-calls-out-domestic-terrorism-20210914-p58rez.html

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