Australia in the news

I have to say I have reached a saturation point on impeachment and girl-warrior attacking global warming. So a bit of change of pace. Donald Trump asked Morrison to help probe origins of Mueller inquiry.

Scott Morrison has confirmed Donald Trump called him to assist US Attorney-General Bill Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

The investigation is part of the Trump administration’s attempts to discredit the Russia probe as politically motivated.

According to the New York Times, Mr Trump “pushed” Mr Morrison during a phone call in “recent weeks” for Australia’s help in the Justice Department’s investigation.

It said Mr Barr requested that the president ask Mr Morrison directly about the issue.

A Morrison government spokesman told The Australian on Tuesday: “The Australian government has always been ready to assist and co-operate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation.

“The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the president.”

Nice.

And if I’m not mistaken, today is the 70th anniversary of Mao’s takeover of China. As part of the celebration, we have Our economic miracle delivers Aussie dream, says Chinese ambassador.

Chinese ambassador Cheng ­Jingye says Australia should ­remember it depends on China for its economic success, as he urged greater “mutual respect” between the countries and a reduction in “prejudices and suspicions”.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of China’s communist revolution, Mr Cheng lauded his country’s “miracle” rise from a “poor backward country” to the world’s second largest economy.

That is, if you can believe their stats, and on per capita basis income is one-tenth that of Japan’s. Then there’s this: Julia Gillard, UK experts lash Australia for ‘regrettable’ foreign aid budget.

Ms Gillard, attending the conference as the chair of the Global Partnership of Education, said she never would have thought that as a Labor politician she would be at a Conservative party event but she fully supported the Tories’ committed aid spending of 0.7 per cent.

But the sharpest criticism of Australia’s policies on aid spending came from the Overseas Development Institute acting chief executive Simon Gill who unfavourably compared Australia to Ireland.

“Australia should give more,“ Mr Gill said.

These socialists love spending other people’s money.

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40 Responses to Australia in the news

  1. Robber Baron

    Gillard can lead by donating her parliamentary pension.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oh noes Trump is asking Australia to interfere in US elections! IMPEACH!!!
    Oh wait, Downer was interfering in the US election on the side of Clinton wasn’t he?
    Nah, not important then. Nothing to see here.

    (Can you get insurance against Arkancide?)

  3. Win

    The Chinese Ambassador who obviously holds Australia and Australians in contempt actually is saying now China has taken all your manufacturing ,impoverished and created unemployment mChina , enevolent with the best of intentions and out of the goodness of its heart is helping Australia by buying up your mines , agricultural land your ports your houses and Victoria to help in the slide to third world status.

  4. Roger

    Chinese ambassador Cheng ­Jingye says Australia should ­remember it depends on China for its economic success, as he urged greater “mutual respect” between the countries and a reduction in “prejudices and suspicions”.

    How can we respect a nation that keeps a million of its citizens in concentration camps?

    How can we not hold suspicions about Chinese companies and intentions when Xi’s philosophy dictates that all Chinese enterprises are controlled by the Communist Party?

    We can only regret that our naive leaders, past and present, have brought Communist China in from the cold.

  5. China has taken all your manufacturing…buying up your mines , agricultural land your ports your houses

    Get it right. Australian businesses sold all of its manufacturing etc to China. Australian governments are selling our assets to China. This is what is called free trade. Get with the times.

  6. stackja

    bemused
    #3172170, posted on October 1, 2019 at 8:59 am

    This is what is called free trade short term gain. Get with the times.

  7. stackja

    According to the New York Times, Mr Trump “pushed” Mr Morrison during a phone call in “recent weeks” for Australia’s help in the Justice Department’s investigation.

    Who told NYT this ? Deep State Swamp inhabitant? Do USA voters have 2020 vision?

  8. This is what is called free trade short term gain. Get with the times.

    Well, tell the Doom Lord that, he’s one of the most ardent advocates for all of this unrestricted trade. I’m just a pleb, a deplorable, what do I know about all of this? I’m just reflecting on what he, and many others, have always said.

  9. Roger

    WSJ, 29.09.2019 (paywalled):

    “A Department of Justice team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is separately exploring the extent to which a number of countries, including Ukraine, played a role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.”

  10. stackja

    bemused
    #3172182, posted on October 1, 2019 at 9:10 am unrestricted trade

    Seems to benefit some and not others. Mystery!

  11. De Fred Lenin

    Giliard involved in world ejykayshin? Well! The new standard of English will be South Australian Ministry of Housing slag style ? No No Jacob Rees Mogg is much clearer ,we dont want the rest of the world thinking we are a bunch of Boganese speaking yobs who are eell known to the Police .

  12. Russell

    Australia is an “undeveloping” country and these should also be exempt from UN dictates.

  13. a happy little debunker

    I just love how ABC News Breakfast’s faces were so insistent that this Trump phone call was proof that he was somehow desperately trying to undermine the outcomes from the Mueller investigation.

    As if Trump would want to undermine the report that TOTALLY EXONERATED both himself and his campaign of conspiracy and collusion.

    ‘Their ABC’ is a conspiracy of idiots and their political dependants.

  14. Perfidious Albino

    GPE is Clinton related is it not? (and generously funded with Australian taxpayers money by Gillard and then Bishop to the better part of $500m). No doubt our Julie will find her way their after her stint as VC of ANU, might look a bit sus otherwise…

  15. Colonel Crispin Berka

    China has taken all your manufacturing…buying up your mines , agricultural land your ports your houses

    Get it right. Australian businesses sold all of its manufacturing etc to China. Australian governments are selling our assets to China. This is what is called free trade. Get with the times

    Updating Bastiat.
    If borders do not cross goods then armies will?

  16. Lawrence Ayres

    We could give more to the corrupt governments of 3rd world countries if Gillard had not wasted so much while PM. She was a failure as a PM now she is feted as some kind of guru. An old version of Greta, the Swedish saint and soon to be frequent visitor to psychiatric wards.

  17. stackja

    Andrew Bakaj, one of the whistleblower’s lawyers,

    Andrew Bakaj is a former intelligence officer and criminal investigator who brings a history of distinguished service to the firm. This experience enables the firm to represent individuals in adverse security clearance actions, whistleblower activities, and individuals, corporations, and organizations who are facing criminal and/or administrative investigations. Notably, his background as a subject-matter expert in whistleblower reprisal investigations makes him uniquely qualified to represent individuals who have experienced retaliatory action as a result of lawfully engaging in protected activity—whistleblower reprisal—particularly when the action involves a security clearance. Moreover, he is a leading expert in security clearance matters. In his professional capacities, Andrew has advised and counseled numerous senior U.S. Government officials in a variety of legal and investigative areas.

  18. stackja

    Colonel Crispin Berka
    #3172208, posted on October 1, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Red China does both. Tibet?

  19. Old School Conservative

    She was a failure as a PM

    I would argue that she was a wonderful success.
    She successfully introduced Fabian methodologies of destroying the country (after getting rich herself).

  20. Colonel Crispin Berka

    And what is the deal with George Leakalotolous claiming he did his patriotic duty by testifying that Downer was part of a setup? Was George doing his patriotic duty when he jeopardised Trump’s campaign by leaking their illegitimate source of info and that a foreign power was gaining influence with a potential future President? Was he doing his “patriotic duty” by keeping quiet about that and leaving the FBI to find out 3rd-hand from a diplomat in London?
    Downer as an Australian ambassador can legitimately claim he was doing his duty of reporting an act of espionage targeting the Secretary of State of an allied government to his Australian government contacts, but young George not quite so much.

    Not that Duty is the be-all and end-all of morality, mind, but he should at least be consistent.

    Downer did nothing wrong in reporting that conversation. Trumpland is embarrassed about the Trump Tower meeting with Russia and are flinging mud-soaked Distraction-Squirrels™ everywhere.
    And at the bottom of it all.. where exactly is this so-called “dirt” on Hillary Clinton? This is cannot be the Clinton Emails leak which has at best a couple of emails supporting the use of Muslim Brotherhood against Gaddafi and one vaguely suggestive of taking an interest in potentially doing the same in Syria. As bad as that is, it is hardly anything new for the USA, nothing that wasn’t happening under Reagan’s administration. What exactly was all this “dirt” and who has it?

    And does the Trump campaign deserve any credit for apparently never using it? I can’t recall the Stable Genius blurting it out during his campaign in his typical off-the-cuff style. But if this dirt was dangled but never actually given to them then what exactly is the crime here (aside from the theft of the info, potentially from the private server that Obama/Clinton were not supposed to be using anyhow)?

  21. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Moderators! (Insert a Sinc / Moderator bat signal here)
    I used the “M” word, but I didn’t inhale. Please release that comment from the naughty corner.

  22. Wil

    ‘”Their ABC’ is a conspiracy of idiots and their political dependants.”
    This is a well proven fact that they keep reinforcing.
    Witness the rant by the soon to be forgotten Faine on 774 this morning, with a guest who was supposedly an expert on US politics, but it turned out she was an expert on Trump derangement syndrome.
    Then an ‘interview’ with Ziggy, and the Faine theory that we should just bypass nuclear and go straight to all renewables.
    Why do the ABC keep promoting this rubbish radio?

  23. DaveR

    Perhaps one of the most important reforms Morrison could instigate would be to call Ita Buttrose in for a chat and give her 3 months to commence a program of bringing the ABC back in-line with its Charter.

    And then tell her that she has 12 months until the first review of her performance against the Charter requirements.

    Will it ever happen? If not, why have a Charter at all?

  24. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The investigation is part of the Trump administration’s attempts to discredit the Russia probe as politically motivated.

    the MSM are absolute deadshits

  25. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    “The Australian government will use its best endeavours to support your efforts in this matter. While Australia’s former high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer, is no longer employed by the Government, we stand ready to provide you with all relevant information to support your inquiries,” Mr Hockey said.

  26. Beachcomber

    DaveR at 11:06 am
    Review of performance of the ABC etc. etc. Forget it. A waste of time.

    Just de-fund it and shut it down.

  27. Beachcomber

    “………. we stand ready to provide you with all relevant information to support your inquiries,” Mr Hockey said.

    That actually sounds like a bit of good sense coming from the Morrison government, and the fact that the ABC-TASS media are going Greta-crazy hysterical about it is a good sign.

  28. Up The Workers!

    What is the philanthropic Mr Gill’s personal salary at the moment, and precisely what proportion of it is he currently gifting to the causes he espouses?

    If he won’t follow his own advice, why should anybody else?

  29. duncanm

    Our foreign aid budget is $5B ; we could increase that by 20% if we shut down the ABC.

    .. but I digress.

    Gillard, deputy PM when funding for Global Partnership for Education began, of which she is currently Chair of the board.

    They receive ~ AUD$610M (7.2% of US$5.7B) of the Australian foreign aid budget.

    Colour me surprised that she is calling for more.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle:

    (Can you get insurance against Arkancide?)

    Of course you can.
    I can get you a deal of a $1,000,000 payout.
    The first premium is $2,000,000.
    Ta.

  31. Tombell

    Why do the ABC keep promoting this rubbish radio?

    Because we keep paying for it…….

  32. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    China has taken all your manufacturing…buying up your mines , agricultural land your ports your houses

    Jesus christ this is idiotic. We lost manufacturing to Japan before China was capable.

    The export income and employment we get from the WA mining industry is phenomenal. The Chinese own very little of it and even less agricultural land.

    They arguably should not own a port but calling that sale “free trade” is perverted.

    China owns…a few thousand hones out of millions.

    Luddites are hysterical and think they can tax their way out of a slump.

  33. Lee

    Gillard has a long history of spending other peoples’ money.

    And then taking all the credit for herself.

    NDIS for one.

  34. The BigBlueCat

    a happy little debunker
    #3172198, posted on October 1, 2019 at 9:48 am
    I just love how ABC News Breakfast’s faces were so insistent that this Trump phone call was proof that he was somehow desperately trying to undermine the outcomes from the Mueller investigation.

    As if Trump would want to undermine the report that TOTALLY EXONERATED both himself and his campaign of conspiracy and collusion.

    ‘Their ABC’ is a conspiracy of idiots and their political dependants.

    I saw Michael Rowland and a co-conspirator on Youtube (ABC feed) and spend the next 5 minutes shouting at the screen. Morrison isn’t being engaged by POTUS to discredit Mueller, Australia is being asked to participate in an investigation by the US AG. Big difference. The ABC is full of Trump Derangement Syndrome and it needs to stop.

    ABC is faux-news … they should be fact-checked.

  35. I_am_not_a_robot

    That is, if you can believe their [China’s] stats, and on per capita basis income is one-tenth that of Japan’s …

    I could be misinterpreting, but Trading Economics gives the GDP per cap PPP in Japan at 39293.50 US dollars (2018), whereas GDP per cap PPP for China at 16186.80 US dollars (2018), a bit higher than Brazil (14282.70 US dollars).

  36. JohnL

    ABC is faux-news … they should be fact-checked.

    Does Ita ever watching the ABC?

  37. nb

    ABC television, the comedy channel, delivering a perfect parody of the left.

  38. gowest

    It looks like the ABC is stealing video from the Bolt report interview ( many moons ago) with Downer re the latest ABC TDS without any attribution. Full disclosure would be handy so we can check the rest of the info (revealing). Just love the way they act as if they are “above the law”. Bolt also mentioned the Gillard / Hillary link via Australian taxpayers funds to the GPE. He also mentioned how (un)successful Gillard was when she “worked” with Hillary in the election. Perhaps Australian taxpayers paid twice to help Hillary as she was on a pension at the time as well.

  39. The BigBlueCat

    I find it amusing that the media is portraying Alexander Downer as a leftist actor in the Russia collusion scenario – Papadopoulis even claiming Downer recorded their conversation. If true, where is the recording?

    It’s becoming clearer that the Demonrats attempted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections – one can only hope that the US AG (Bill Barr) gathers the information to start prosecutions. Pelosi is panicking, even claiming Barr has gone rogue – other Dems saying Barr has “crossed the line” and “needs to resign”. I don’t see that happening …

    One way or another, the Demonrats are blowing their 2020 chances. I hope a more than a few of them end up in jail.

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