Tammy Wynette reporters stand by their Dan

BUT as Steve noted last night, their warbling didn’t deter Josh Frydenberg from arriving with a baseball bat of truth and throwing it around like Babe Ruth – or perhaps like Al Capone in The Untouchables. Teamwork. Well said, Treasurer. Of all the putrid acts of official thuggery and dishonesty witnessed this year, the attempt by the Labor Party and its cock-a-hoop journalistic sentinels over the past 48 hours to celebrate the Victorian Premier as a hero is the most revolting of all. It is one of the sickest shindigs in our political history.

Were it not for Daniel Andrews and his dirty, flyblown government, only 88 Australians would have succumbed to coronavirus. That’s 11 for each state and territory. Our small population and island polity were always going to make COVID an easybeat epidemiologically. Governments of both persuasions – including Mr Frydenberg’s – were going to claim credit for this to excuse their panic, then package an economic disaster as a triumph for their respective re-election campaigns. I even remember when that was the amoral sham most rational critics were lamenting. Yes, that was bad enough. But then came the hotel quarantines, the lies, the mates, the cover-up and the carnage. The Premier responsible said yesterday he intended to reward himself not with a beer but a pricier tipple. ‘To me,’ was the presumed toast. You could forgive Scott Morrison for Hawaiian shirt flashbacks and a visceral loathing for the commentary class.

AFP, ICAC old boys say it’s time to spy on the Coalition

It has no power to investigate unless there is already evidence of a crime. That would mean none of the current problems could be investigated — it would virtually mean that no inquiry could ever be commenced.”

– Former NSW ICAC counsel Geoffrey Watson is appalled that a federal anti-corruption body would be hamstrung by… evidence. Once described (by a barrister) as a “a lying c..t,” Mr Watson’s false accusation of corruption against NSW Liberal police minister Mike Gallacher led to the latter’s resignation. Watson himself was officially reprimanded in a parliamentary report as a “hectoring”, “sneering”, “contemptuous”, “bullying”, er, so-and-so.

 
Watson and former long-serving AFP officer Chris Douglas have explained their interest in a Commonwealth Integrity Commission to the ABC – which publishes stolen classified documents to defame war heroes when it isn’t lying about Catholic Cardinals using the bogus testimony of convicted criminals. Here’s how the ABC itself explains the sudden importance of a “federal ICAC”:

Calls for a federal ICAC have grown louder this year in the wake of a series of explosive revelations at a state level.

The NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority’s inquiry investigating allegations of money laundering at Crown Casino has embroiled former Commonwealth officials who sit on the company’s board.

Most sensational was the recent grilling of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian by the state ICAC over what she knew about the business dealings of her secret ex-boyfriend, disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.

 
No mention of Victoria – the most corrupt state in the Commonwealth – where the hotel quarantine cash-for-knuckleheads affair killed several hundred people; where the police refuse to investigate a mysterious transfer of nearly two million stolen euros in alleged connection to the rigged prosecution of George Pell.

A set-up is underway here and if the Coalition falls for it, they will rue the day. The goal is to create a left-wing spy agency, staff it with zealots and bring down as many LNP governments as possible. The Prime Minister and the Attorney-General should instead push for an inquiry into the ABC’s taxpayer-funded war on its ideological enemies and the extent to which this unending and utterly illegal campaign has been abetted by bodies like – hypothetically – the AFP and Victoria Police.

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33 Responses to Tammy Wynette reporters stand by their Dan

  1. notafan

    This

    Signed
    Resident of Australia’s most fly blown state.

  2. RobK

    The ABC is a shameful embarrassment. It is both a symptom and a cause of division and derision.
    It’s persecution of the SAS is beyond the pale. It serves no purpose now. It is a dead weight to carry.

  3. Snoopy

    Great post CL. The ABC is the virus.

    [email protected] the fuckers.

  4. nb

    Never fight the left on the territory they define. Take the fight to areas of your choosing. After all, they’re the left. By definition everything they do is sinister and corrupt. Opportunity is everywhere.

  5. BrettW

    Didn’t the ABC air that segment to coincide with the anniversary of the death of one of the men of the Commando unit.

    Same as when Masters released his Afghan book on SAS on anniversary of death of Matt Locke MG. I recall the family not being too impressed.

    Co-incidences ? I think not.

    It can’t be said enough, shut down the ABC. It consistently fails to live up to its charter. What does Buttrose actually do for her Chairmanship fees ?

  6. Rex Anger

    That Commando officer is the rarest and bravest individual out of the whole lot to surface. If my diggers were under such public assault, I am not certain I would have been so restrained.

    It’s no longer just smacking Ben Roberts-Smith VC around. Nor some throw-away ‘baby killer’ claims made by non-existent complainants against non-existent targets.

    There is a coordinated campaign of defamation and demoralisation being directed towards the ADF and Army in general, and SOCOMD in particular. Aided and abetted by Service SJWs and the craven Cowards in charge of and around them.

    If the ABC, its enablers and the inciters and ‘investigators’ behind the Brereton Inquiry do not come out of this shitfight with at least one active defamation Class Action lawsuit against them, rule of law is sunk in Australia and matters need to be dealt with with rules 556 and 762…

    This is beyond the institutional wilderness years for the Army post-Vietnam. This is sedition, subversion and cultural terrorism.

    And that is before we look into the thought bubbles regarding the Leftards’ Spanish Inquisition (totally unexpected, tovarisch…).

  7. C.L.

    Hear hear, Rex.
    Brilliantly said.

    If the ABC, its enablers and the inciters and ‘investigators’ behind the Brereton Inquiry do not come out of this shitfight with at least one active defamation Class Action lawsuit against them, rule of law is sunk in Australia…

    Just this.

  8. Dave in Marybrook

    CL-
    don’t forget, it’s overwhelmingly a benign virus, less deadly than the seasonal flu, killing overwhelmingly geriatric crook men. Focus on the avoidable deaths in aged care, hotel quarantine corruption by the bovver boys, the wrecking ball to businesses and mental health.
    Don’t slip into the inertia that COVID-19 is an awful plague out there somewhere, you’re giving ammunition to the same gauleiter class who would do it all again in a heartbeat.

  9. candy

    Not to be troublesome C.L. but if so many deaths are attributable to Dan Andrews and the Federal Liberals felt the lockdown in Victoria was too severe, PM Morrison’s government would have acted by now. In the public good, and acted some time ago really.
    They haven’t for a particular reason.

  10. Squirrel

    Aside from having been indoctrinated by a lefty “education” system, and a tendency to mix with like-minded types, the Tammy Wynette journos might, at times, reflect on the fact that they are employed in a shrinking industry and – for those based in Victoria – if you live in what is looking increasingly like a one-party state, you’re not going to be in a hurry to bite the hand which you might one day want to feed you.

    That’s not an excuse, but it may well be an explanation in part of the one-eyed group-think and the general lack of curiosity about what really went wrong with the hotel quarantine system.

  11. candy

    There is a coordinated campaign of defamation and demoralisation being directed towards the ADF and Army in general,

    I believe that too. I wonder where Andrew Hastie is in all of this, but the Federal Libs are poll driven.
    As with corona and Victorian government incompetence, they are waiting to see which way polls might swing before forming an opinion. As they are flying high in the polls, don’t expect them to address injustice to the ADF or the Victorian public as it might be tricky, or follow up on the stolen money from the Vatican sent to dubious entities in Australia for dubious purposes.

    The Federal LNP simply does not have a heart of beliefs within them.

  12. Gerry

    Yep…. seed the agency with the swamp and there goes another bit of our democracy

  13. Clam Chowdah

    An ex commando may dispute that the crime happened. But so what since it is behind a paywall?

    Stupid herald sun twats.

  14. Clam Chowdah

    In their own way they are as bad as twitter.

  15. Rex Anger

    @ Clam Chowdah-

    I put the whole headline into my search engine, and got the Courier Mail’s site videos.

    Damn paywalls indeed…

  16. Dot

    Chris Masters is a knob and a seedy little fraud.

    There is no evidence any POWs were murdered.

    Or were even killed at all, it seems.

  17. A strong pro-corruption stance by the Currency Lad, unsurprisingly. It’s all a vast left-wing conspiracy, isn’t it?

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Heston Russell: Ex-commando says alleged Afghan murder never happened

    An Australian soldier who was accused in an ABC report of executing an Afghan detainee because there was no room for him on a helicopter has strongly denied the allegation.
    Jonathon Moran, The Daily Telegraph
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    The platoon commander of an Australian special forces unit accused in an ABC report of murdering an Afghan prisoner because there weren’t enough seats on a helicopter has vowed it never happened.

    Heston Russell served in the Australian Army from 2003 to 2019, the majority of this time as an officer in the Sydney-based special forces 2nd Commando Regiment.

    Last week, the ABC published an interview with an unidentified US Marine who claimed he was witness to the murder of an unarmed Afghan prisoner during a mission in Afghanistan in 2012.

    The Marine said the prisoner — one of seven who had been captured — was shot by an Australian soldier because there were only six available seats on the US extraction chopper.

    Mr Russell vehemently ­denied the allegations, disputing how the US Marine could claim he heard a “pop” which the Marine took to be a gunshot, given he was “a couple of thousand feet above the ground”.

    “The helicopters were not on the ground ready for us to board,” Mr Russell said.

    “The Marine’s accusation is based on him hearing a pop through his communication system. The helicopter was flying around, not hovering, as you would not hover for fear of being shot down, and hearing a pop at that height at that time with that level of combat noise and assuming that meant we had executed someone is outrageous and false.”

    Mr Russell, 34, has no recollection of the incident because he says it never happened. The first he knew of the allegation was last week when his November Platoon group of 40 plus soldiers was singled out in the ABC article

    “He alleges that we murdered the seventh detainee in order to take six. We did not murder the seventh detainee,” he said.

    It was routine, he said, for detainees to be prioritised based on their potential intelligence value and those that could not be accommodated on helicopters would be left with Afghan Partner Forces.

    “When the decision is made to leave a designated person of interest, what we would have done is take the ear muffs off them, the blackened out goggles off them, we would untie them and we would move them to an area of the village and instruct them with the local Partner Force to remain in that ­location until they could no longer hear the helicopters.

    “We did that on more than five occasions to my knowledge. On no occasions did we ever execute any detainees that we could not fit on to a helicopter.”

    An ABC spokesman said the broadcaster stood by the story. But he refused to comment on whether the US Marine had seen any body.

    “The ABC is aware former Commando Heston Russell has disputed the allegation in the report. However, we have no information he was there at the time,” he said.

    “As we have reported, the US Marine heard the shot over the radio communications in which he and his Marine crew on the Huey UH-1Y helicopter were included. They also heard the conversations between the US pilots and the Australians on the ground before and after the shot.”

    The ABC story broke on the morning of the eighth ­anniversary of the death of Special Operations Engineer Corporal Scott Smith, a member of November Platoon during the deployment referenced, who was killed by an IED on October 21, 2012. Mr Russell was Smith’s Platoon Commander.

    “I was the person who carried his body out with the ­assistance of others to be sent home to his family,” he said. “The loss of Scott haunts me because he was one of those incredible people that you never thought that would happen to. It was a tremendous impact that he left on my life to help me be the best person I can be and support those that he supported now he is not here.”

    The government’s Inspector General of the ADF ­inquiry is investigating reports and rumours of atrocities committed by Australian soldiers during operations in Afghanistan.

    Mr Russell said he supports any investigation into alleged offences but called for greater concern for the mental health of the body of soldiers who have been caught up in the inquiry.

    “They need to be investigated to the letter of the law,” he said. “I make no excuses for anything that is found, I just ask that the Australian public appreciate that over 10 years of counter insurgency combat in a foreign country against an insurgency that you didn’t know were the enemy until they fired at you, we weren’t perfect but we tried to be perfect.

    “Please just allow this investigation to take effect and for us to have our day in court if it comes to that.”

    Mr Russell said he had been inundated with phone calls from troubled veterans since the ABC story and even one of his former colleagues required medical support.

    “I have received no support or contact from Defence since these claims have come out,” he said.

    “The lack of support is ­despairing. I am now propelled forward to motivate my guys.”

    Mr Russell said that despite assurances that they would be looked after, all of the Partner Force operatives he and his unit had worked with had been “slaughtered and killed by the Taliban” since Australia’s withdrawal from the country area.

    An Defence Force spokesman said the inquiry was being conducted at arm’s length from the ADF and it was not appropriate for ­Defence to comment on matters that could be canvassed in the investigation.

  19. Rex Anger

    A strong pro-corruption stance by the Currency Lad, unsurprisingly. It’s all a vast left-wing conspiracy, isn’t it?

    Welp, mUntz would say that, wouldn’t he?

    The merest whiff of conservative impropriety, and mUntz is instantaneously being crash-uploaded with all the rapidly updating talking points. Like all his fellow drone-comrades.

    Active, demonstrated abuses of rule of law, sedition, process terrorism and the most blatant malfesance by his own side? “Oh noes, comrade. It’s all a C0nSp1RaC- REEEEEEEE!!1!”

    Or a mad rush to declare everything is debunked and suspect.

    It’s as almost as if all the little bugman processor units occupying his skull cavity unquestioningly believe the propaganda that Resistance Is Futile…

  20. C.L.

    What corruption are you talking about, Monty?
    Did you read the article?
    The call is for a body with powers to tap any and all Federal MPs even without evidence of wrongdoing.

    Do you have any serious commentary to make on any subject any more?

  21. tombell

    The Prime Minister and the Attorney-General should instead push for an inquiry into the ABC’s taxpayer-funded war on its ideological enemies and the extent to which this unending and utterly illegal campaign has been abetted by bodies like – hypothetically – the AFP and Victoria Police.

    But ScoMo doesn’t have the heart for it – nor puppet Porter. More or less we’re f*cked.

  22. Mak Siccar

    An excellent article in the Speccie. Another enemy within. Drain the Australian swamp!

    https://spectator.com.au/2020/10/scott-morrison-dismal-with-daniel-andrews-feeble-on-freedom/

    FLAT WHITE

    Scott Morrison: dismal with Daniel Andrews, feeble on freedom

    Rocco Loiacono
    28 October 2020 6:25 PM

    Ahead of question time in federal parliament yesterday there were two contrasting speeches given. In response to a motion moved by opposition leader Anthony Albanese celebrating Victoria’s reopening after defeating a second wave of coronavirus infections, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, himself a Victorian, declared this was a victory for the people of the state. “It’s their victory and no one else’s”, he thundered. “The Victorian people have suffered so much, the pain, the cost, the loss of Victorian people. It should have never have come to this. The comparison is not with the United Kingdom, the comparison is not with the United States, the comparison is with New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, and South Australia.” Frydenberg added that children in Victoria had lost six months of schooling and 800 people had died. “It all comes back to the failures in hotel quarantine for which we still do not have any answers to,” he roared.

    When the Prime Minister rose to speak to the motion, it could not have been more different. While warning that Australia should not embrace a “future of lockdowns” to manage the virus, he added: “Borders and lockdowns are not demonstration or evidence of success… they are evidence of outbreaks that have got out of control. They are evidence of things that have not gone as they should. We saw the issues of contact tracing and we saw Victoria descend into what was a cataclysmic second wave of this virus,” he said. Tellingly, however, Scott Morrisson said it was the “right decision of the Victorian Premier” and his government to impose the lockdown measures.

    This insipid justification of the greatest violation of fundamental rights in Australia’s history by the Prime Minister should not come as a surprise. In fact, it is true to form, given his, and many of his fellow ministers’ silence, which goes as far back as March this year, in the face of governments around Australia imposing draconian measures which are a cure that is far worse than the disease.

    As has been pointed out repeatedly, the overall ratio of coronavirus-related deaths when compared with other causes of death is minimal. In this regard I cite the group of 13 medical practitioners who wrote to the Victorian Government in August, urging it to lift stage 4 lockdowns and review its policy since the blanket approach was harming the general population. They urged the government to focus on the aged, the most vulnerable segment of the population, rather than continuing with stage 3-4 lockdowns for the whole community for no apparent scientific reason. In the letter, the doctors said specialist referrals from GPs had fallen dramatically as a result of patients fearing they would get sick if they went out. “As a direct consequence of this delay, many will have poorer prognoses. This has especially been the case with three consultants who treat cancer,” they wrote. “We now know that whilst COVID-19 is highly contagious, it is of limited virulence. We are told that since March 2020, 565 Victorian patients have died either with or from the virus (numbers as at 31 August). This compares with annual Victorian deaths of approximately 10,000 patients with cardiovascular disease and 11,000 with cancer.” The doctors also warned: “It is our professional opinion that the stage 4 lockdown policy has caused unprecedented negative economic and social outcomes in people, which in themselves are having negative health outcomes.”

    Victorians have just now been allowed, with small steps, out of the harshest restrictions of any country in the world, which were imposed for four months, only as a result of the staggering incompetence of the Andrews government. Parallels have been appropriately drawn between George Orwell’s 1984 and the state of affairs in Victoria, where curfews and surveillance, not only via drones but even of social media sites, is ubiquitous to ensure any opposition is crushed. Unfortunately for Victorians, the “state of emergency” will now continue until March 2021. In fact, the Victorian Parliament has only sat effectively once since March, and that is to consider the extension of the “state of emergency”.

    I need not remind readers of the disgraceful episodes that have emerged from Melbourne in recent months – episodes that one might have expected to see in Ceauşescu’s Romania, not in the Australia my forebears came to in search of a better life for themselves and for their children. Priests are being warned by police they will be arrested if they infringe the lockdown to administer the last rites to dying parishioners. Pregnant women are harassed in parks and even in their own homes and charged with “incitement”. Grandmothers chatting in a park are confronted by six police officers and have their phones confiscated. Unarmed women are dragged brutally from their cars. We have seen riot police, in full (black) gear (including Darth Vader-style helmets) as if they are going to quell a prison uprising, vastly outnumber (by 2 to 1, according to reports) and violently shove unarmed, peaceful protesters through the Queen Victoria Market. Add to this the sickening incidental episode of the mentally ill young man rammed by a police vehicle and then stomped on his head by police.

    I also need not remind readers that the Victorian Government and Police had no issue with a Black Lives Matter protest attended by 10,000 people in Melbourne, marked by a lack of social distancing and face masks, giving them the proverbial “nod and wink” to demonstrate, even though Chairman Dan has said repeated that protests are unlawful. As Caroline Overington asked in The Australian on 3 September, police did not ask the mother handcuffed in her own kitchen, Zoe Buhler, in a reasonable and sensible manner, to take her social media post down? How many of the Black Lives Matter supporters got arrested, for posting, before their protest got the go-ahead? None. Why did their protest get the go-ahead, while all others are banned?

    However, perhaps what is even more disturbing than all of this is the refusal of the Prime Minister to criticise Daniel Andrews in keeping with his strong belief in “national leadership unity”. The Prime Minister has publicly backed the Victorian Premier, including his imposition of de facto martial law across the state. Indeed, Morrison not only has refused to criticise the Victorian Premier for being unable to stop the spread of the virus, he has further encouraged political arbitrariness and oppression in Victoria by, in his own words, “encouraging the Victorian government to ensure that there are appropriate penalties for those who do break public health notices.” Therefore, by saying that the oppressive lockdown was the “right decision”, the Prime Minister is being consistent in his authoritarian bent.

    Morrison’s lack of criticism of the other State Premiers must also be condemned. Queensland is effectively closed because Annastacia Palaszczuk wants to be a hero. How heroic is it, will someone tell me please, for a state to be open for AFL footballers and officials, but where sons and daughters are refused entry into the state, even if they come from places in Australia that have not recorded corona infections in more than a month, to see their dying fathers and attend funerals? How heroic is it when a mother pregnant with twins, who lives near the Queensland border, cannot cross it to get urgent medical treatment, but instead has to travel 16 hours to Sydney and as a result, tragically lose one of her babies? Morrison only spoke up about these outrages when it became politically expedient, due to the fact that there is an election to be held in Queensland this coming weekend.

    In WA, we have a Premier who has effectively decided he does not want to be a part of the Commonwealth. However, Mark McGowan was caught with his proverbial pants down a fortnight ago by his own Chief Health Officer who told a parliamentary committee that he had advised the government that travel bubbles with some states were feasible, but the advice had not been followed. To save face, the Premier resorted to shameless fearmongering in The West Australian, which is building up a cult of personality around McGowan that is scarily starting to resemble that which surrounded a certain Georgian peasant named Djughashvili during his rule of the Soviet Union. The Premier claimed one of his great fears was that coronavirus would return to WA and that he would have “mass deaths on his conscience”. Excuse me? WA has had NO community transmission of coronavirus since April 11, more than six months. Marxist Mark claims he wants to protect the health of Western Australians, yet the mental health costs of shutting the State off from the rest of the country are staggering. A very significant number of FIFO workers who drive WA’s mining industry are from interstate, yet for seven months children have not been held by their fathers and families have not been able to be together in the same room. Funerals, weddings have been missed, dying grandparents have not been able to see their children and grandchildren for one last time. Yet, as recently as the Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie earlier this, McGowan trotted out once more, as he has done ad nauseum, the secessionist line that the WA mining industry “funds the nation” and that “Western Australia still subsidises the rest of the nation under the GST deal even as it is currently constructed.” It is on the back of those interstate FIFO workers that the WA economy is being propped up, yet McGowan insists on playing politics with their lives, brazenly using fear to convince West Australians that the hard border is the only way to protect them from a horrible death and that the monsters from the East want to take our money away.

    What has been Mr Morrison’s response to this squalid political bastardry? Capitulation, with a faintly expressed hope that WA will open up by Christmas. One would rightly expect the Liberal party to stand up for the Constitution, yet on Mr Morrison’s orders the Commonwealth has withdrawn from the High Court challenge to the WA border closure. As Janet Albrechtsen noted in The Australian only oday:

    Australians might reasonably expect Morrison to test an issue of major national significance for its constitutional implications. Shutting state borders will become an unfortunate precedent for the future. And, as day follows night, the threshold for doing so again will get lower and lower. It won’t be a once-in-a-generation pandemic that leads to borders closing next time. In other words, a functioning federation is at stake.
    I wrote in a previous article for this publication about the ‘quiet Australians’ being scared into submission by this Prime Minister, the same quiet Australians who gave his government an unexpected victory at the May 2019 elections. Along with economic management, always at the forefront of an election contest, issues of freedom of speech and religious freedom were considered to be important in the government’s unexpected victory. However, those same quiet Australians would have reason to feel aggrieved, since the Morrison Government’s record on freedom of speech and religion issues is nothing short of lamentable, coronavirus or not.

    Let us not forget this is the only democracy in the world which has prohibited its citizens from leaving the country. We are now in the company of Cuba and North Korea. Remember on 19 August when the Prime Minister proudly trumpeted he wanted to make any coronavirus vaccine mandatory before having to back-track less than 12 hours later? Over the last seven months we have witnessed state and federal governments needlessly instil a sense of fear into most Australians, effectively facilitating the transformation of these governments into elected dictatorships. The operative silence of the Prime Minister and his government at the insidious attacks on fundamental freedoms in this country need explanation. Case in point, we have heard very little, as one might have expected, from the Commonwealth Attorney-General, who as the first law officer of the nation, should be vociferous in defending the Constitution and the rule of law, not stand idly by while they are being trashed. Only Josh Frydenberg, as noted above, has spoken up with any vehemence. Unfortunately, even before the arrival of the Wuhan virus, the Morrison Government has form when it comes to issues of freedom of speech and religious freedom.

    With regard to religious freedom, the Morrison Government promised before the last election it would enact a Religious Discrimination Bill to protect religious organisations from anti-discrimination legislation so that they could employ people on the basis that they respected the tenets of the faith professed by that organisation. The Bill would also be aimed at protecting and people of faith generally from the same legislation that would undermine their right to practise their faith in their everyday lives, so for example, if such people posted on social media quotes or otherwise published views espousing their religious beliefs, they could not be accused of, and prosecuted for, discrimination. This arose out of the prosecution of the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous, for declaring his (and thus the Catholic Church’s) opposition to same-sex marriage under Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws. The federal government has had two rounds of consultation with religious groups and released a second exposure draft of the legislation, yet the Bill has not progressed through the Parliament.

    Another area where the federal government has failed to act is against the transgender ideology. In June, Health Minister Greg Hunt refused to support a joint federal/state inquiry into what advice is being given by gender clinics to parents of young children and to young people under 18 presenting for treatment. As noted by Moira Deeming in this publication, the increasing numbers of children and young people presenting to gender clinics is very concerning. The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Gender Service, Melbourne reported a 250-fold increase in new referrals to their service between 2003 and 2017 – from 1 to 250. Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory have now made “gender conversion” practices illegal. Victoria will soon follow suit. This is despite the evidence provided by a significant majority of medical professionals that almost all affected children will revert to an identity congruent with chromosomes through puberty. All that is needed in the great majority of cases is ‘watchful waiting’ in expectation of natural reversion, supported by individual and family counselling, and appropriate administration of psychiatric care. This view is supported by many individuals who have experienced a positive change from properly given and appropriate therapy. Under the above-mentioned legislation, access to such therapy will be denied and anyone with influence involved in a child’s life risks incarceration if they do not embrace “affirmative therapy”.

    Why then is the government — and the Prime Minister in particular — so hostile to the exercise of fundamental freedoms?

    To find a possible answer, we must go back as far as March 2017, when he was Treasurer in the Turnbull government. At this time, attempts were being made to amend section 18C of the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975, which prohibits an act that is reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity. It had been Coalition policy to either repeal this law or amend it significantly, since it infringes the implied right in the Australian Constitution of freedom of political communication given that the language and emotions 18C targets – offence, insult and humiliation – go far beyond what is required in the international treaties most directly supporting this Act, they being the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

    During the debate on the legislation to amend the Act, Morrison told The Sydney Morning Herald that changing section 18C would not help reduce unemployment or improve any other economic metric. He said at the time: “As a senior figure in this government … I know this issue doesn’t create one job, doesn’t open one business, doesn’t give anyone one extra hour. It doesn’t make housing more affordable or energy more affordable. I don’t see any intersection between that issue and those priorities.”

    Well, as we have seen this year, oppressive measures to counter coronavirus which have failed to protect those most vulnerable and the Prime Minister’s support for them, have created economic disaster and numbers of unemployed not seen since the early 1990s. The fact is that this appalling result has been achieved with authoritarian provisions in denying the fundamental human rights of Australians, yet at the same time expecting their total obedience and acquiescence. M

    The Prime Minister’s weak criticism of the Victorian government in the parliament while at the same time justifying is actions is consistent with that of a man who has in the past displayed his authoritarian tendencies on several occasions.

    Scott Morrison’s gratitude for the ‘quiet Australians’ who returned his government can only be described as hollow words by a hollow man. I would go so far as to argue that, as Australia faces its biggest economic and social crisis since World War II, the biggest threat, along with Dictator Dan, to our democracy, the freedoms that underpin it, along with the physical, economic and social well-being of Australians, is in fact the Prime Minister himself.

    Dr Rocco Loiacono is Senior Lecturer at Curtin University Law School.

  23. Mark M

    Unscientific forced mask wearing, circles and crosses on ground, and bizarre, ever changing unscientific regulations.

    And politicians playing good cop/bad cop whilst fingering unicorns over there.
    A poxy virus on all of them.

  24. Mother Lode

    Calls for a federal ICAC have grown louder this year in the wake of a series of explosive revelations at a state level.

    Would it really kill them, for once, to tell us who these calls are coming from?

  25. Tintarella di Luna

    Thank you Rex for alerting us to the article in the Spectator by Dr Rocco Loiacon0 – very courageous of him give the cancel culture alive and well and nested in our universities and all organs funded by we the taxpayer.

    Dr Loiacono’s been inside my head but with greater eloquence expresses exactly how I feel about the Prime Minister – a vain, shallow, hollow man whose vanity coupled with his perfidy makes him dangerous to the liberty of us all.

    Dr Loiacono’s article sums up the ‘leadership’ in Australia and the craven ‘hollow “men”‘ particularly Scott Morrison and the Attorney General Christian Porter.

    Whenever I hear the Prime Minister to me his voice sounds exactly like ‘rats’ feet over broken glass’ and his headpiece (and codpiece) is filled with straw without courage or nerve his words are merely pompous vainglorious rhetoric. I have to close the french doors such is my disregard.

    Well may the headpieces filled with straw in our parliament deride that jug-eared ignoramus in Victoria but he was totally enabled and unleashed by the duplicitous Scott Morrison.

    The last paragraph in particular is a magnificent rebuke on the part of all lovers of liberty: –

    Scott Morrison’s gratitude for the ‘quiet Australians’ who returned his government can only be described as hollow words by a hollow man. I would go so far as to argue that, as Australia faces its biggest economic and social crisis since World War II, the biggest threat, along with Dictator Dan, to our democracy, the freedoms that underpin it, along with the physical, economic and social well-being of Australians, is in fact the Prime Minister himself.

  26. Steve

    If true, NZ becomes a modern day penal colony?

    It appears its a case of off to a camp……no test = no release?

    https://mobile.twitter.com/berniespofforth/status/1320860041910591489?s=20

  27. Rafiki

    Scott Morrison et al face a dilemma. If they go in hard against Andrews (as Frydenburg has done), the result may be that the high level of public support Labor has in Victoria has will lock in for a considerable period of time. This removes the option of an early federal election, and may carry through to a regular election. OTOH, refraining from attack opens them up to attack from the right and demoralises their supporters.

    Acts of bastardry succeed in politics, and Andrews may have succeeded. No wonder that Albanese praises Andrews. He can see that Victorian electoral returns will deliver a Labor federal government

  28. LBLoveday

    What their ABC has to say:
    .
    Source: ABC The Conversation
    .

    After Victoria’s long and difficult coronavirus lockdown, it’s now the envy of the world

  29. Colonel Crispin Berka

    bring down as many LNP governments as possible.

    C.L. should explain how that can possibly happen if the LNP are not doing anything illegal.

  30. Politenessman

    ” The Prime Minister and the Attorney-General should instead push for an inquiry into the ABC’s taxpayer-funded war on its ideological enemies”

    Why? just privatise it. let them do as they please on their own dime.

  31. Bruce

    Regarding the helicopter incident:

    I have been in and our of helicopters for many decades.

    All manner of machines from Robinson 22 to CH-47 Chinooks.

    They are NOISY; outside and in. Blackhawks particularly.

    Now, if a crew member was in flight, they would have their head-set on. This is their primary communications measure and the ear-pieces are essentially weapons-grade ear-muffs with speakers inside them. The boom microphones are referred to as “noise-cancelling” because that is what they do. Most, but not all EXTERNAL noise is nulled out and they only work for the wearers voice when the mic capsule is VERY close to their mouth. Thus, it is EXTREMELY unlikely that someone sitting inside an airborne Blackhawk would hear much apart from the comms chatter. On top of that, when the pilot or any other crew-member keys the radio transmitter, as one would when coordinating with troops on the ground, what EVERYONE in the aircraft hears is that voice, mixed with a bit of helicopter noise bleeding into that mic, (the “noise-cancellation” is NOT perfect), and not much else.

    So, someone inside a moving chopper, several hundred feet off the ground and with all the “liason” chatter going on, would be hard-pressed, to say the least, to hear a 5.56mm round going off a couple of hundred metres away. If the person was a “passenger, they would have had ear-plugs in, to prevent hearing damage, as required by flight regulations.

    Something else is afoot.

  32. Clam Chowdah

    Thanks for that, ZK2A.

  33. John A

    Colonel Crispin Berka #3636437, posted on October 29, 2020, at 10:07 am

    bring down as many LNP governments as possible.

    C.L. should explain how that can possibly happen if the LNP are not doing anything illegal.

    Colonel, in these days of polarised politics

    a) Mud Sticks
    and
    b) The Process is the Punishment

    It would not matter a whit that an accusation was false. Once declared, it takes such an effort to clear one’s name.

    Just look at the Wussia hoax and the impeachment process in the USA, or the Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett confirmation hearings. The same SJW tactics are used here.

    Compare (no contrast required) with the George Pell case.

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