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08.07.20. The status quo result in the Eden-Monaro by-election is stacked with meaning 14 months since the general election and after the opening phase of the COVID-19 crisis, the greatest tribulation facing the nation since World War II. While Scott Morrison is unsurprisingly focused on what he calls the “haunting” parallels with the Great Depression, the differences to this stage from the 1930s are far more important and work to the Prime Minister’s benefit.
The extraordinary feature of the by-election is that the anxiety of the public remains repressed in political terms. Who would have believed that with official unemployment at 7.1 per cent, actual ­unemployment at 13 per cent and 2.3 million people losing work or hours of work, that Australia would have a “business-as-usual” by-election devoid of emotional rancour or major voting protest? More

08.07.20. One of the world’s deadliest snakes has given a Queensland motorist the fright of his life. Jimmy, 27, from Gladstone, was driving down the Dawson Highway west of Calliope in central Queensland when he saw a brown snake in the cab of his ute. “I’m driving at 100 kilometres an hour and I just started to brake,” he told police. “And the more I moved my legs … it just started to wrap around me. “Its head started to strike at the seat and between my legs.” Jimmy used a seat belt and a work knife to fight off the snake while bringing his ute to a stop. He feared he had been bitten and was about to die so he killed the snake and put it in the ute’s rear tray and drove off at great speed to the nearest hospital.
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08.07.20. Sky News host Peta Credlin says a “grubby secret will emerge” as to why the Victorian government decided against involving the police in the security of hotel quarantine. Unlike hotel quarantine facilities in other states which employed either police or the Australian Defence Force, the Victorian government outsourced the security of the venues to private security who allegedly had little training. The hotel quarantines have since been identified as a major source of Melbourne’s second COVID-19 outbreak. “I have been told the police union did not want to babysit the returning passengers,” Ms Credlin told Sky News host Alan Jones. “Then there was the outsourced players, the private contractors, who came in, and that’s where the risk happened”. Ms Credlin said there has quite clearly been a “systemic failure across every level in Victoria”. More

08.07.20. In all fairness and by all right Daniel Andrews has proven his unworthiness to hold his expensive office. Just 45 minutes after launching, the webpage to apply for a permit to cross the NSW-Victoria border amid the coronavirus crisis in Melbourne stopped working, before returning just over an hour before the closure comes into effect. The red button which read “Apply online” had disappeared from the bottom of the page and an error which read “This transaction will be available soon” was placed at the top. If that doesn’t beat all, the lockdown of Victoriastan will!
Dan’s Covid relapse: virus setback as Andrews shuts down Victoria for six weeks. More than five million Victorians are set for a long and bitter winter in isolation, with the economic consequences likely to last for decades, after a record 191 new corona­virus cases on Tuesday forced the Andrews government to order a six-week lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne. More

08.07.20. “The Federal Government has issued new travel advice warning Australians they could face “arbitrary detention” if they go to mainland China. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also said Chinese Government authorities have detained foreigners because they were allegedly “endangering national security. The department was already advising travellers not to travel to China because of the coronavirus pandemic. That level of advice has not changed.”
Hong Kong’s new national security law imposed by Beijing last week does not spell “doom and gloom” for the city, says its leader Carrie Lam who is communist China’s stooge. The draconian legislation punishes, with up to life in prison, what China describes broadly as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. More

08.07.20. There are ‘strong whispers in Washington DC’ of Joe Biden’s cognitive decline. There have been too many incidences to ignore. Joe Biden is running for the most important and powerful position on earth. Just wait until he faces Trump live of which there are to be three—minced meat! Questions surrounding his mental faculties put the focus squarely on who he will nominate as his running mate in the lead-up to the Presidential election according to Sky News US political commentator Joe Hockey. According to a Rasmussen poll, 20 per cent of Democrats believe Mr Biden has dementia with 38 per cent of all respondents holding a similar view. Mr Hockey said although he has not met with Mr Biden in recent years and is not a doctor, there is certainly “a strong whisper around Washington DC”. “If there are any issues about his cognitive abilities, then they surely would come out in an intense national debate on three occasions,” Mr Biden told Sky News host Paul Murray. The former vice president is set to face off against President Donald Trump in three prime time debates each lasting one and a half hours. “It does put the focus squarely on who he is nominating as his running mate.” More

08.07.20. Universities claim they will lose up to $16bn by 2023 due to the impact of Covid-19, according to new modelling. Universities Australia has raised the stakes in lobbying for an industry assistance package or relaxed visa conditions to facilitate international students by revealing it now expects members to lose between $3.1bn and $4.8bn this year alone. The peak body had previously estimated losses of up to $4.6bn, warning of 21,000 job losses in the sector. The warning prompted the government to guarantee its normal $18bn contribution to universities but it refused to kick in extra funding and nor should it. Universities are a business and when bad business decisions are made they suffer the consequences. Being as reliant as they are with overseas students the Chines flu will be a good wakeup call hopefully ensuring appropriate and profitable courses are promoted. After all, as universities teach all the subjects of business, etc. they should know how to manage things better than anyone? Victor Davis Hanson’s article in Townhall discusses this same issue in the US. More

He’s gonna need a bigger car! OK sticklers: He might require a larger vehicle!

07.07.20. Such a benevolent fellow is Victoria’s Premier Andrews. ‘Stacked’ with Labor virues— and total lack of sense. A student of the socialist ethos—blame others for all stuff-ups. The job of a leader is to make decisions and for that Dan pockets a salary of $441,000 and making him the highest-paid state premier in Australia. Value for money is never mentioned in Dan’s cabal of incompetents. Spreading taxpayers’ money is easy for poor leaders. As they say: “one picture is worth a thousand words.” How very true!
The Andrews government hired up to 35 KPMG management consultants at a cost of almost $3.5m over less than four months to help co-ordinate its COVID-19 response, and has refused to say whether any consultant had a role in establishing Victoria’s bungled hotel quarantine system.
Oh well! KPMG will take the blame, besides, there’s plenty more consultants to lay cash on. It’s all written in Labor’s playbook!. More

07.07.20. As Victoria sinks into the mire of being the worst administered state in Australia, Captain COVID-19, AKA,  Xi dung Dan, or Dopey Dan the Danger Man Andrews is entirely to blame. Dan’s now infamous ‘Towers” are copping taxpayer hand outs of food and toys for the kids. Big trouble brews: The ‘Towers’ are likened to ‘verticle cruise ships’ in which a virus breeds and so does trouble. Locked in the three-bedroom home he shares with his parents and six siblings, Yaqub Hashi, 17, could hear his neighbours cry out during the night. That means at least 10 people in one hatchery—tempers fray. One man who tried to defy the lockdown bit a police officer while attempting to leave. That sort of thing will escalate. Dan’s Labor-vote-incubators are about to mutate into something uglier than he could ever imagined!
Locked in the three-bedroom home he shares with his parents and six siblings, Yaqub Hashi, 17, could hear his neighbours cry out during the night. The child of Somali refugees, he has lived his whole life in a public housing tower in North Melbourne that is one of nine ordered into hard lockdown by the Victorian government. More