Monday 5th of June 2023

leaking like a bucket flat-pack to assemble with a lying key...


The Prime Minister's office has accidentally leaked its own internal talking points for MPs to journalists across Australia, revealing the key issues the Coalition will focus on this week.

Key points:
  • 15-page document includes suggested lines on the budget, migrants, energy prices and more
  • Includes slogan-like rhyming lines for MPs to use against Labor
  • Comparison against Josh Frydenberg's interview shows the Treasurer is on brand


The 15-page document has key lines for MPs to use in interviews, covering everything from the budget to welfare, energy prices, drought, Julian Assange and the medevac bill.

It includes the main talking points on each topic as well as lines to use if asked about specific details.

The document's existence is nothing unusual, but the lines are usually kept in-house rather than being distributed direct to journalists in an email at 7:11am on a Monday.


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Why would I guess that this was done deliberately?... Saves time... 

lack of recovery at the site of mangrove dieback...

Traditional owners are devastated by the lack of recovery at the site of Australia's worst recorded mangrove dieback and are calling for action to limit climate change threats.

Key points:
  • Scientists have said the severity of the mangrove dieback is on a par with Great Barrier Reef bleaching
  • The Top End is experiencing sea level rise at two to three times global averages 
  • The CSIRO is warning the world is not on track to halt sea level rise


Traditional owner Patsy Evans had hoped there would be signs of recovery at the site of the mangrove dieback, in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

But during a recent visit to the area for the first time since 2015, when she and her husband alerted the Northern Territory Government to the extent of the damage, she was devastated by the scene.

"This is bad, worse, it's unbelievable, I can't even believe what's happening here," Ms Evans said.

She said she wanted policy makers to see how climate change was affecting the land near her home on the Limmen River, 750 kilometres south of Darwin.

"Go out and see what's happening, be aware and look at it, and don't make decisions where you are," she said.


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Pictures of healthy mangroves in the Gulf, by Gus Leonisky (2003).



land clearing at taylor's bush...

The former environment minister Josh Frydenberg sought urgent information about an investigation for land clearing brought by his department against a company in which fellow minister Angus Taylor and his relatives held an interest, new documents show.

A week after parliament resumed in February 2017, and shortly after his department began an investigation into clearing of critically endangered grasslands at the Taylor family-owned property, Frydenberg’s office contacted the environment and energy department saying it required “urgent talking points” because the case had been raised in parliament. 

But Hansard transcripts for that time show no record of the matter being raised in either the House or the Senate chambers, raising the possibility it was discussed with Frydenberg by an unnamed person privately.


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fact-checking scummo's sweet little lies...

This week, after avoiding the United Nations Climate Summit altogether,Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to the global stage to defend his government’s poor climate record.


His speech to the UN general assembly was long on spin and short on fact – so we asked our climate experts to sift through the speech and hit back with the truth.


Here are our top 8 fact-checks on Morrison’s speech:


Morrison statement: “Now, Australia is also taking real action on climate change and we are getting results. We are successfully balancing our global responsibilities with sensible and practical policies to secure our environmental and our economic future.”

Fact-check: Australia’s Paris target is to reduce our emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is one of the weakest targets amongst developed countries. If other countries adopted Australia’s target the world would be heading for catastrophic climate damage. Rising emissions and worsening climate impacts are placing Australian lives, our economy and the natural environment at risk.


Morrison statement: “Australia is responsible for just 1.3 per cent of global emissions. Australia is doing our bit on climate change and we reject any suggestion to the contrary.”

Fact-check: Australia is the 17th largest polluter in the world, bigger than 175 countries. We are the third largest exporter of fossil fuels in the world.


Morrison statement: “By 2020 Australia will have overachieved on our Kyoto commitments, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 367 million tonnes more than required to meet our 2020 Kyoto target. Now there are few member countries, whether at this forum or the OECD who can make this claim.”

Fact-check: The reason for this is that Australia’s Kyoto targets were the second weakest in the world for the first commitment period (a target to increase emissions by 8% above 1990 levels) and the weakest in the world for the second commitment period (a target to reduce emissions by just 5% below 2000 levels by 2020). It isn’t hard to overachieve on dismal targets. The reality is today our emissions are going up and up – according to the government’s own data.


Morrison statement: “Our latest estimates show both emissions per person and the emissions intensity of the economy are at their lowest levels in 29 years.”

Fact-check: Australia has the highest emissions per capita in the developed world. It is true that Australia’s emissions per capita have fallen more than most countries, but this is from an extraordinarily high baseline, and has largely been driven by rapid population growth. Even with this drop, we still have the highest per capita emissions in the developed world. Our emissions per capita are higher than Saudi Arabia, a country not known for its action on climate change. Ultimately, our international targets are not based on per capita emissions.


Morrison statement: “Australia’s electricity sector is producing less emissions. In the year to March 2019, emissions from Australia’s electricity sector were 15.7% lower than the peak recorded in the year to June 2009.”

Fact-check: This is cherry picking. There are 47 sectors in the Australian economy, almost all of them are going up. This figure of 15.7% is only correct for the electricity sector in the east coast of Australia, not all of Australia. While emissions from electricity are down, and this is good news, this is despite the best efforts of the Federal Government to undermine the renewable energy sector. Also, emissions from electricity production account for only 33% of our total emissions. Overall, there has been a rise in emissions from other sectors such as transport. Australia’s emissions are increasing and have been for five years in a row.


Morrison statement: “…it is important to note that Australia only accounts for around 5.5 per cent of the world’s coal production.”

Fact-check: This is spin, as it makes Australia’s contribution to climate change seem much smaller than it is. In reality, if you include Australia’s fossil fuel exports, we are the fifth largest emitter on the planet, after the US, China, EU and India. Australia is the world’s second largest coal exporter.


Morrison statement: “We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.”

Fact-check: This is woefully inadequate and not aligned to what the science says is necessary to tackle climate change. Australia’s emissions have risen every year for the past five years, across almost every sector of the economy. The Government’s commitment on paper might be 26-28%, but cheating with Kyoto credits effectively reduces our emissions reduction target to just 15%.


Morrison statement: “And our Great Barrier Reef remains one of the world’s most pristine areas of natural beauty. Feel free to visit it. Our reef is vibrant and resilient and protected under the world’s most comprehensive reef management plan.”

Fact-check: In 2016 and 2017, the Great Barrier Reef was severely damaged through back-to-back bleaching events which killed half of all corals on the planet’s largest living structure. Australia’s current goal, if followed by other countries, would sign the death warrant of the Great Barrier Reef.

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necessary protests...

Climate change protesters have clashed with police in violent scenes outside an international mining conference in Melbourne.

Key points:
  • Police arrested protesters for alleged offences including assaulting a police horse
  • A police officer and a protester have been taken to hospital for treatment
  • A spokesperson for the demonstrators accused police of using "aggressive and intimidating" tactics


Police have arrested more than 20 demonstrators outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, where the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) is being held.

More than 100 protesters were met by almost as many police, including at least eight mounted on horses, at the venue on the Yarra River.

Police used capsicum spray on some protesters, and used horses to force the demonstrators away from the entrance to the building.


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josh should go and play in a kiddy sand pit...

Josh Frydenberg says federation a 'handbrake' on Australia's productivity

Treasurer says Australians should be ‘under no illusions about the inefficiencies that exist in our federation’

Federation reform could be the secret to improving productivity in Australia and avoiding blurred responsibility in fields such as health, the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has suggested.

In a speech to be delivered at the University of Adelaide on Thursday, Frydenberg reveals that state and territory treasurers have agreed to draw up potential productivity enhancing reforms in policy areas including transport, health, skills and environmental regulation.

In extracts of the Sir John Downer oration, seen by Guardian Australia, Frydenberg argues that Australia’s federal system has “matured” with greater uniformity in states’ approaches on taxation, education and transport and a single national approach to corporations law and the regulation of credit.


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Frydenberg talks shit... Bullshit, bullshit...


The system has worked well so far, except for those who want to pass the buck or garner more power... Frydenberg should resign.