Saturday 23rd of October 2021

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‘Too little, too late’ is one of the Morrison Government’s defining characteristics.


From an abject lack of preparation for Australia’s worst bushfire season despite repeated warnings; failure to build dedicated quarantine facilities recommended by Morrison’s appointed adviser Jane Halton; being stingy in securing a diverse range of vaccines when other countries were doing so; and dragging its feet on responding to climate change and the biggest transformation in energy and transport in 100 years; the Morrison Government is perpetually caught flat footed on every major policy challenge.

Afghanistan is just the latest example of Morrison doing too little, too late.

Earlier this week, Morrison said “I want to talk openly to veterans that despite our best efforts, I know that support won’t reach all that it should…On the ground events have overtaken many efforts. We wish it were different.”

Yes it is true that now the Taliban is in power in Afghanistan, identity and security checks are more difficult.

But it needn’t have been that way!

If Morrison and Dutton had responded promptly to the ongoing pleading of Australian war veterans to help Afghan interpreters who worked for Australia, pleading that was starkly put to Morrison in a question without notice from Bill Shorten in 2018, things could have been very different.

There is absolutely no reason all the Afghan interpreters who helped Australian troops could not have had their Australian visas processed years ago with some remaining behind to continue to help Australian troops until the full withdrawal.

That Morrison and Dutton did not follow that path is just another example of the Morrison Government’s ‘too little, too late’ approach.

As is his standard practice, Dutton is now casting aspersions on the interpreters themselves saying that some of the former interpreters had shifted their allegiance to the Taliban or Al Queda.

He has done so without offering any evidence.

Given Australia now has few if any Australian Government officials on the ground in Afghanistan, Dutton would know there is no way to verify his allegation one way or the other.

Former Australian Army captain Jason Scanes, a long standing campaigner for Afghan nationals who served alongside Australian troops, said he was “disgusted” that Dutton would be “attacking and besmirching the good name of those interpreters”.

Extraordinarily, Dutton accuses advocates such as Scanes of being ‘lounge chair experts’.

This sort of fear mongering is of course par for the course for Dutton – no one would forget Dutton telling us that Melbournians were fearful of going out at night because of African gangs. Once again, without a shred of evidence.

Indeed, Dutton has no difficulties telling outright lies as he did at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic asserting that his Department ‘has no role in clearing people on health grounds’. and going as far as to suggest his Department does employ any doctors.

The fact is every visa application to Australia is subject to health and character. The Migration Act has extensive powers in terms of protecting the community on public health grounds and directly employs a substantial number of doctors and indirectly makes use of an extensive network of doctors in Australia and overseas which is many thousands strong.

What More Can Australia Do?

Refugee advocates have proposed a range of additional measures the Morrison Government could take given an impending humanitarian disaster.

As with many major policy issues, the Morrison Government has chosen to do as little as possible announcing that it will use 3,000 of the 13,750 places in the 2021-22 Humanitarian Program for people at risk in Afghanistan or those fleeing Afghanistan.

This compares to a commitment to take 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan by both the UK and Canada.

In response to this comparison, Dutton said “let’s see whether people put their money where their mouth is”, revealing his view that other countries are as disingenuous as he is.

It is true that processing refugee and humanitarian cases out of Afghanistan will be difficult in the near term.

But Australia’s international arrivals cap and lack of dedicated quarantine facilities will make even our 3,000 commitment additionally difficult to deliver.

In 2019-20, Australia’s Humanitarian Program was delivered at only 13,171 against an announced planning level of 18,750. While Immigration Minister Hawke has yet to announce the outcome for 2020-21, it is highly likely the outcome was significantly below the reduced planning level of 13,750.

Given that record, Morrison, Dutton and Hawke will know Australia is likely to fall well short of the 3,000 place commitment for refugees and humanitarian visa holders from Afghanistan in 2021-22.

The simplest and most sensible action the Morrison Government could take is to convert the Afghan refugees in Australia on Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) into permanent visas and to urgently process the outstanding onshore asylum applications that have languished for around 10 years.

Not doing so is just gratuitous cruelty.

There is almost zero chance these people will ever be returned to Afghanistan. Morrison and Dutton know that.

To pretend as Morrison continues to do that this is somehow ‘denying people smugglers a product’ is pure sophistry while policy to turn back boats remains in place.

If Morrison and Dutton were really worried about denying unscrupulous people a visa product they can sell, they would not have sat by while offshore and onshore agents have run the biggest labour trafficking scam and abuse of the asylum  system in Australia’s history.

The Department of Home Affairs currently has over 30,000 asylum applications on hand at the primary stage and over 60,000 that have been refused at the primary stage but have not departed Australia.

This level of abuse is unprecedented in Australia’s history.

Yet Morrison and Dutton do nothing about this even though Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has called for an amnesty for the unsuccessful asylum seekers – that would be by far the biggest amnesty in Australia’s history if it were to proceed.

I don’t want to suggest that the Morrison Government does not have the skills to plan ahead.

Looking at how it planned pork barrelling taxpayer money at an industrial scale prior to the last election, it is clear they have those skills, including using colour coded spreadsheets.

Morrison no doubt has similar plans in place for the next election.

It’s just that the Morrison Government prefers not to use these skills to anticipate and address major public policy challenges.


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time to go...

It's time for Scomo of shittering heights of the shitty Shire to dismiss himself, call an election or bury himself in the bad compost of his rotten political career where miracles are only performed by cheating. 

Like a cornered dog, he shows his teeth (see picture above by without any empathy nor understanding of anything... just angry political hubris...


Why Has The Tiny Pentecostal Sect Taken-Over The Australian Government? 

Pentecostals make-up 1.1% of the Australian population. Why are they over-represented in the Morrison government? Why do they stand for office when they believe an unseen entity solves all problems? Why are they being paid just to let this entity do their 'work'? This is the flea wagging the tail that's wagging the dog.


We respect a persons right to believe anything they want, but when those beliefs heavily impact the rest of us then it's another thing entirely. For example. You may believe in spiritual healing like Pentecostals. What did the Pope do when he had a bowel obstruction? Did he go to hospital or to church? Of course a hospital. Medical officers in Australia shut down churches during the COVID-19 pandemic and religious leaders complied. Science trumps religion every time.

Scott Morrison runs Australia entirely by press conference but where does the bible mention electronic media? Nil. The book is based on events thousands of years ago with no geographic or technological connection to Australia. That's why it's adherents are failing us. In our view the religiously indoctrinated use science, which is the basis of medicine and electronics, to propagate dogma.

The LNP Are Hopeless At Managing A Pandemic 

How could you get your corona response more wrong than Morrison and Berijiklian? You back a vaccine that makes people HIV-positive. Fail. Your next vaccine gives a few people blood clots than can kill, somehow this doesn't effect old people although why was never explained. Fail. You tell people 'This is not a race'. Fail. You shutdown and stay open at the same time like silly Gladys. Fail.


The LNP don't understanding that antivaxxers ultimately only take themselves out of the reproductive cycle. Why stop them, the planet is already grossly over-populated? Day after day Berijiklian holds a press conference on how to tread water in a pandemic. 

The blame lies with permanently confused  Scott Morrison. His Homeland Security is 100% responsible for our borders and 100% responsible for letting in the FedEx Covid-Delta delivery. Morrison's government flagged them in with no proof of vaccination and no quarantine at all. The entire East Coast of Australia is now carrying the horrendous cost of another Penetecostal stuff-up.

  The LNP Want A 50,000 Year Old Culture To 'Close The Gap' With An Armageddon Cult. Really?

How about Morrison trying to close the gap on 50,000 years of continuous, sustainable human occupation in Australia.  Why should Aboriginals adopt a contradictory and self-destructive ideology from a throw away culture that's almost thrown itself away? 

The 20 Year Religious War In Afghanistan Achieved Nothing

Scott Morrison highlights exactly why it achieved nothing. Substituting one set of illogical, unverifiable religious dogma with another set of the same will always achieve nothing.


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Morrison Provides Clarity On Australia’s Afghanistan Response: “I Didn’t Soil My Pants At Engadine McDonald’s In 1997”

Asked what Australia was doing to provide urgent assistance to thousands of people fleeing Afghanistan, the Prime Minister says the rumours about him fouling his underwear at a McDonald’s family restaurant after a Cronulla Sharks game in the late 1990s are false.

Pushed on how many Afghans may be resettled in Australia, Mr Morrison said he didn’t even like McDonald’s. “It’s not a place I eat at all generally, so it’s just quite funny that this thing keeps coming up. I find the whole thing incredibly amusing”.

When asked whether Australia should have moved more quickly in anticipation of the current situation, the PM said one thing that was true was that he was at the Cronulla Sharks game in question. “Love the Sharkies, always have. But no, the rest of the rumour isn’t true – but I do get a laugh from it”.

He concluded the interview by saying he was always prepared to answer the tough questions about his bowel movements in the 1990s.


Seriously though... read the teleprompter lied... and more hidden history... and cry... It's the human thing to do.


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the non-truths are...


By Noel Turnbull


It is commonly believed if you are going to consistently tell lies you need either a good memory or a hide like a rhinoceros. These days neither seems to be necessary.


Scott Morrison fails the first qualification, comfortably fits into the second while, fittingly for a fundamentalist God-botherer simply believes what he says or thinks it serves a higher purpose.

His recent attempts to deny his comments about Labor policy on EVs are in a class of their own. Rather than denying what he said, which would be an outright lie, he accuses his accuser of misunderstanding what he plainly said and justifies his evasion in a way even that a medieval scholastic would be embarrassed about.

It is all reminiscent of a Jonathan Swift pamphlet which, consistent with the subject of lying, may be attributable to him; may have been by someone claiming to be him; or may have been written by someone else altogether.

Sticking to the Swift attribution though, he wrote: “There is one essential point wherein a political liar differs from others of the faculty, that he ought to have but a short memory, which is necessary according to the various occasions he meets with every hour differing from himself, and swearing to both sides of a contradiction, as he finds the persons disposed with whom he hath to deal.”

Swift said his thoughts on the subject stemmed from observing the practice of a great man of 20 years “reputation as the most skilful head of England for the management of his nice affairs.”

“The superiority of his genius consists in nothing else, but an inexhaustible fund of political lies, which he plentifully distributes every minute he speaks, and by an unparalleled generosity forgets, and consequently contradicts, the next half hour. He never yet considered, whether any proposition were true or false, but whether it were convenient for the present minute or company, to affirm or deny it.”

The man Swift was referring to was the 1st Duke of Wharton, a Jacobite, who was ironically the son of the 1st Marquess of Wharton known as “Honest Tom”. Many other 18th century statesmen could have fit the bill equally well. But he might as well have been referring to Scott Morrison.


Recently Bernard Keane said: “It’s now an established rule of Australian politics that when Scott Morrison is under pressure he tells more lies and falsehoods”. He then proceeded to put together a dossier of 35 of them. That was back in early August thus leaving plenty of time since to add to the total. No doubt the list was also incomplete.

Keane covered just some of the best-known lies including those about the Brittany Hughes case, vessels off Port Botany, vaccine claims, ALP policy on Israel, sports rorts, emissions reductions, the Brian Houston White House dinner invitation and funding for fire and emergency services.

In his new book, Liars, Cass Sunstein looks at lies and falsehoods from a different perspective: why they spread so rapidly: and, what sort of policies and laws we might need to alleviate the problem.

Sunstein, as a legal scholar, focuses on the situation in the US and points to the 2013 Supreme Court case US v Alvarez which held that freedom of speech covers not just truth, opinion and mistakes but also outright lies.

Thus, Donald Trump and his supporter’s claims about the 2020 election being stolen are free speech and protected. Nevertheless, inciting an election official to change an election result is a crime.

Sunstein argues that free societies must generally allow falsehoods and lies and that they should not be banned from democratic debate. In contrast, he argues that governments should be able to regulate falsehoods which genuinely endanger health, safety, and the capacity of the public to govern itself.

He also suggests Facebook and Twitter and others could do more particularly where lies threaten public health. We all wait hopefully for that happening in any meaningful way.

All in all Sunstein’s book is about all sorts of uniquely US assumptions about what is possible in constraining lies and falsehoods. Interesting enough in its own right but the legal framework is not as relevant to us as the example Trump and others have set and been copied by Australian politicians.

The bigger problem for Australia is this Trump example and the way lies are used to underpin policies, political prejudices or poor political performance. These include the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; the claim that Afghanistan had to be invaded to get rid of a sanctuary for terrorists; the lie that we will meet emissions targets ‘in a canter’; the lies about sports rorts, car parks and bushfire compensation; and, all the others Bernard Keane listed.

Most recently the Prime Minister lied to Parliament about Anthony Albanese having made an appointment to talk with the new vaccine rollout head, Lt  General Frewen.

Once a PM who lied so blatantly would be remorseful and possibly apologise. Instead, all that happened was that the Speaker, consistent with parliamentary procedures, required Albanese to withdraw when he called Morrison a liar.

Which all goes to prove we live in a system where telling the truth leaves you with the choice of being thrown out of Parliament or withdrawing.


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