Reasons to be cheerful …

COVID-19 day 72: Morrison, Seneca, co-morbidity, and Wellington.

Both the ABC’s Laura Tingle and The Guardian’s Katharine Murphy cut Prime Minister Scott Morrison some slack in their analyses of his news media standup yesterday with his chief health officer, Professor Brendan Murphy.

I was incredulous.  What short and fickle memories these analysts have.  And I say ‘his’ chief health officer, because the man is too much a political pawn for me to trust anything he has to say.  My chief health officer is my GP, who gains nothing by lying to me.

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In the news …

China panic is more concerning than dictatorial overreach; Morrison confirms he’s a liar; more political instability coming our way.

Chinese panic

Like many others, I have only Western news reports on which to base my judgements about all things China, but it seems the coronavirus has created panic in Chinese corridors of power.

Twenty-thousand infections.  More than 400 deaths.  Building hospitals so fast the concrete surely hasn’t had time to cure.  Cremating bodies en masse regardless of family wishes.  Lodging official protests about editorial cartoons!

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Morrison regime threatens press freedom

'Unfailingly' polite federal police arrive at reception, ABC Ultimo headquarters in Sydney
‘Unfailingly’ polite federal police arrive at reception, ABC Ultimo headquarters in Sydney.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and News Corporation journalist Annika Smethurst’s private residence, are clear indications the AFP is being used to intimidate journalists and ‘whistleblowers’, meaning public servants willing to leak information about questionable government activities.

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Folau, Morrison are just wrong

Folay scores

Gifted Australian rugby player Israel Folau has been in the news quite controversially lately.

He claims to be a devout Christian, as justification for social media posts that seem, to me, to be more hate speech than religion.

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Morrison: man without conscience or soul

When the coup against Malcolm Turnbull was inevitable, some in the Liberal party room thought Scott Morrison was a better choice than hardline reactionary Peter Dutton.  They may have been wrong.

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General Hurley must be sacked

Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, General David Hurley, Lieutenant General David Morrison.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, General David Hurley, Lieutenant General David Morrison.

It is regrettable that a fine soldier should be the sacrificial lamb for the political incompetence of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, Defence Minister David Johnston, and Shadow Defence Minister Stephen Conroy. These men are unfit to hold public office.

Nevertheless, even a veiled public threat against civilian authority is unacceptable from Chief of Defence, General David Hurley, and he certainly made such a threat when he referred directly to Conroy’s ridiculous, crass outbursts to say publicly: ‘Once said, the shadow will linger.’

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