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12.11.19. ‘Citizenship be damned’ is the attitude of Turkey’s President Erdogan who has always said he will deport ISIL scum to the countries from whence they came. “Countries can’t just revoke the citizenship of such ex-terrorists and expect Turkey to take care of them; this is unacceptable to us and it’s also irresponsible,” he told reporters on 2 November. “Turkey is not a hotel for foreign terrorists.”
Turkey has already fired a shot across the bows of Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton about the Australian brides and their brood of ISIL terrorists. It will be interesting to see if Dutton holds firm on his wish to stop their return to Australia on security grounds—as he bloody well should!
Turkish official says seven German nationals will be returned on November 14, according to state media. Turkey has deported a US national who is a member of ISIL, according to a Turkish official, as Ankara said it started repatriating captured fighters belonging to the armed group. Apparently, secret deportations have been in play for a while! Don’t stir the natives is the modus operandi? That will suit the rulebook of this government! More

12.11.19. In the senate yesterday the National’s deputy leader and Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie fidgeted nervously with her fingers as she refused to answer concerning questions from Senator Hanson about dangerous additions to the milk industry regulations that were not in the original draft. McKenzie, already on notice for poor performance, displayed perfectly a person completely out of her depth—”I’ll have to get back to you on that” was the reply to all questions—although the same twaddle script was spruiked for all. Poor Bridget might be better suited to stacking bananas in her local IGA—as the “locals like it!”
That McCormack and McKenzie will add to the demise of Morrison’s coalition seems like a sure bet for the near future. More free votes for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is also a sure bet!
Family-run dairy farms are fuming after regulations they were told would protect them from unscrupulous milk processors appear set to do the opposite. The government’s own competition watchdog, the ACCC, says it has concerns the proposed regulations are hazy and could entrench the market power of big multinational companies. More

12.11.19. Who shall forget the Victorian Black Saturday fires in February 2009 that killed 180 people and burned 450,000 hectares (1,100,000 acres). Thousands of farm animals perished in the 400 fires at that time. The RSPCA estimated that over a million animals also perished. David Packham, bushfire expert and research fellow at Monash University, argued that high fuel loads in bushland led to the destructive intensity of the fires, saying that, “There has been total mismanagement of the Australian forest environment.” He cautiously did not name the Greens, but the lessons were not heeded by the Greens as we see now in Queensland and NSW.
On Saturday Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said, while he is saddened by the loss of life from bushfires in NSW and Queensland, “thoughts and sympathies are not enough”. Dr Di Natale said for decades it has been known that burning climate changing fossil fuels would lead to more frequent and intense bushfires. More

12.11.19. In response to a NSW government plan to restrict water flow to the resource sector in times of drought is a plan that could have far reaching ramifications. Jobs and export earnings and the many ancillary businesses linked to the resource industry if slowed or halted will harm the national economy.
In a harbinger of what could be in store for the resources sector, a NSW miner says it could run out of water by February, after the state government introduced new restrictions in response to the savage drought. Aeris Resources said it could run out of water for its Tritton mine in Western NSW if it was unable to tap a nearby pipeline as an alternative supply. More

12.11.19. At time of writing in the pre-dawn coolness of southern NSW the trees are still as though asleep, unaware of the total fire ban that stretches through NSW into Queensland with an ominous warning that heralds the Rural Fire Service clarion call of “catastrophic!” The mere word by it nature conjures images of Dante’s inferno, a day of reckoning, perhaps aimed at the Climate Change deniers and scoffers of the Greta Thunberg phenomenon. Or more practically put, our sins for swallowing the Greens Kool-Aid of madness for which they must be repaid—in spades!
Around 6 million residents across eastern New South Wales are bracing for catastrophic bushfire conditions today, with strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures expected. Catastrophic fire danger warnings are in place across Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region and around 600 schools and TAFE campuses are closed. More

12.11.19. The dragging wheels of justice grind slowly for the condemned, even slower for an unwell and rapidly aging once champion of the Catholic Church that has now been thrown to the media jackals, salivating as they do from anticipation. In one more day of a lengthy legal saga, the dirty washing of such, that spread across the free world, George Pell will learn if his special leave to appeal is granted. If so, will the establishment circle its wagons as before? Will the man who claims innocence walk free or die in jail?
Cardinal George Pell will find out at 9.30am on Wednesday if he has another chance to try and overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two teenage choirboys or whether he will serve out the remainder of his minimum three years and eight months in jail. More

12.11.19 The two major parties are limping along with record levels of public distrust and disenchantment with politics. In Canberra, we have our very own swamp, where government departments and taxpayer-funded non-government organisations advocate not only for their own existence, but also for progressive answers to contentious public policy questions. The public service is supposed to be a neutral instrument of the elected government, but it’s increasingly adopting a political character of its own. The government enables this by funding and allowing the bureaucracy to exert political influence, while excluding the people that elected them in the first place. To their discontent, the excluded voters are discovering their representatives are failing to adopt their mainstream values, preferring the niche positions of the progressive elite. This betrayal alienates voters from the institutions of democratic government, further entrenching the insiders. When government only listens to bureaucracy, it will choose bureaucratic solutions to problems that are typically created by the bureaucracy in the first place. Time for some Drano in the Canberra swamp, hopefully as much as Sheriff David Clarke thinks should be put in the Washington swamp. More

12.11.19 In Australia we do have socialists, sadly. Often they are well educated, middle class and somewhat wealthy, in fact many socialists have everything to lose if we were ever to be taken over by our extreme socialists, the Greens. Labour pretends to be of socialists stock, and certainly they have some members who are. But certainly nothing like the British Labor party. We have some leftist groups of agitators or organizers, usually young and ignorant and can be ignored as hopefully they will grow up, but we do have some serious communists that can cause problems mainly because they are in the press and academia. These people rarely survive in non-green political parties, so again lack power to do damage. We should stay alert to ensure that remains the case as Victor Davis Hanson points out: More

11.11.19. Simon Benson is again sifting Newspoll figures and they don’t augur well for Mr Morrison who must be wondering if his God has forsaken him—foreclosed on that ‘miracle’ win?
Albanese has levelled the game indicating an increase in popularity. That surely indicates that Morrison is seriously on the nose? ScoMo’s dealings with the bush have resonated with voters at large who have paid greater interest in a farmer’s dreadful plight, and they have probably noticed a very sharp increase in food prices—broccoli @ $9, a bank loan required for a lamb chop perhaps?
The Coalition and Labor are on an equal electoral footing for the first time since the May election, with a turnaround in Anthony ­Albanese’s personal standing and a slide in popular support for the government. An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian has the major parties tied with a 50-50 share of the two-party-preferred vote as Scott Morrison grapples with the drought and a flattening economy. More