1. Cardinal Pell
Kristina Keneally talks about the power of the Catholic church for good and its ability to inspire young people.
During World Youth day in Sydney in 2008, Cardinal Pell walked freely among the young people. He couldn’t do that now, as direct allegations of sexual abuse by Pell have been aired on the 7.30 Report.
The Victorian police have a long list of allegations, being considered by the public prosecutor.
From what we saw, it’s very possible they won’t proceed. It would be hard to make anything stick.
The allegations are mild, relative to the endless horrific evidence we’ve heard in the royal commission. The Pope is right in saying we can’t have trial by media, and the presumption of innocence must be maintained. Yet these allegations go to the top, and it is understandable that Kristina Keneally asks:
- How long can I keep cognitive dissonance going between my relatively positive experience of faith in Jesus Christ, and the mounting evidence that the institution that has transmitted and supported that faith is tragically flawed?
And how do I raise my kids in the Catholic faith, helping them to grasp the good in the gospel despite the bad in the church that transmits it?
2. Firebirds break the Swifts heart
There are great rivalries in sport, such as State of Origin in rugby league, equalled hereabouts only by the netball rivalry between the Australian Diamonds and the NZ Silver Ferns. In the last few years at the club level the rivalry between the Queensland Firebirds and the Sydney Swifts has been ferocious.
Last year the Firebirds stole the championship in the last seconds, after the Swifts had led for the whole game, and by four with two minutes to go. This year they were level after four 12-minute quarters, level again after two 7-minute extra time periods, with the Firebirds finally edging two in front in extra extra time. They were never far apart and the lead changed 15 times.
In the game a goal is scored on average in less than 30 seconds. Turnovers are critical. Here’s Laura Geitz pinching one from Swifts goalie Caitlin Thwaites:
I believe netball is the largest participation sport in Australia, but the elite competition is not professional and only available on Foxtel. It’s great to watch and next year we’ll be able to see the new 8-team competition backed by Nine Network and Telstra.
There hasn’t been an image as good as the one I posted last year:
3. Bank interest rate kerfuffle
I have to declare an interest – I’m a direct investor in bank shares, but support Labor’s call for a royal commission.
The Reserve Bank dropped interest rates by 25 basis points, but the banks have chosen to only pass part of the decrease on to customers.
Scott Morrison was at first frank and no doubt truthful when he said it was simply a commercial decision, but quickly fell into line when Turnbull started the totally predictable political venting. In calling for banks to front a parliamentary committee once a year, Turnbull said there was “no commercial basis… other than to improve their profitability,” for the banks not to pass on the full rate cut.
It’s not a mystery, Malcolm. Money is becoming expensive to import, the banks need to encourage depositors, and yes, they do have to look after shareholders. More explanation here. The bottom line is that it goes to the stability of the financial system.
I’m sure Turnbull knows all this, and that the big banks pay about $10 billion in taxation every year. The new accountability will not change bank behaviour and distracts from the need for a royal commission into their wealth management practices.
Michael Janda worries that the Reserve bank knows what it’s doing and whether Stevens might go down as the governor who fuelled the housing bubble that broke the economy.
4. What. Is. Trump. Doing?
Many Republicans thought that Trump, once he won the nomination, would act more presidential. No chance, apparently. Zoe Daniels reports how incredibly hard he is working to kill his own campaign.
He refused to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan, leading to worries his antics would lose the HoR for the Republicans. He may try to repair the rift, but to some extent the damage is done.
Then he attacked the grieving mother of fallen Muslim soldier Ghazala Khan.
Zoe Daniels list is as long as your arm. Some think it’s a watershed moment. Let’s hope so. His polls are so bad that his supporters are making them up.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
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The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
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