1. Schools are filling in for dud parents (pay-walled)
- CHILD safety champions Bruce and Denise Morcombe have warned of an escalating trend of teachers taking up the slack for “diminished” parenting.
To find the article Google Peter Hall and the above sentence.
- Leading child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg said many parents had “dropped the ball’’ with regard to rudimentary child-rearing.
Dr Carr-Gregg said this was the result of being extremely time poor, hesitant to set limits and boundaries for fear of being perceived as a wicked parent and in some cases just not realising their responsibilities.
He said evidence showed less than 1 per cent of Year 9 students ate properly in terms of fruit and vegetables. Data also suggests Australia’s Year 5 students are the most sleep-deprived in the world.
2. Brexit – the sinking ship
While the Brexit secretary and the chancellor was assuring that they were determined to secure the status of the City of London it seems that banks will leave any way.
- Britain’s biggest banks are preparing to relocate out of the UK in the first few months of 2017 amid growing fears over the impending Brexit negotiations, while smaller banks are making plans to get out before Christmas.
Meanwhile the pound is eating into living standards as sterling has dropped 15% since June. It’s the poor who tended to vote for Brexit who will be affected most. Inflation rose to 1% in September, up from 0.6% in August, and there is more to come. Things like clothes and food.
A recent poll found that:
In a ranking of 26 countries based on respondents’ level of satisfaction with high-speed broadband, Australia came in at number 23, followed only by Brazil, Peru and Italy.
According to Essential research, 88% of us think the internet is an essential service. However, only 22% think Turnbull’s NBN will ” will adequately meet Australia’s future Internet requirements”.
4. Brandis should resign or be sacked
It’s quite simple, really. Brandis has misled parliament on several occasions, and should go.
The Government spin is that it’s mainly about a personality clash between Attorney-General George Brandis and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson, who has just quit, declaring his relationship with Brandis is “irretrievably broken”. Oh, and he should not have talked to Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus during the election campaign without telling Brandis.
Dreyfus, who is a proper QC, said he did no wrong.
The press has largely bought the Government’s line. Michelle Grattan’s piece reflects this.
- Gleeson had first written to his boss expressing his concerns about being cut out of, and/or being misrepresented in, a number of major constitutional issues. The ones we know about are the citizenship laws and same-sex marriage.
The big one we know about was over the Abbott government’s proposal last year to strip Australian citizenship from joint citizens caught up in terror offences.
Brandis had let it be known that the SG had signed off on the proposed bill, whereas in fact Gleeson had not seen all iterations and held concerns that it would withstand a constitutional challenge in the High Court.
Gleeson also considered that the Brandis direction that contact with the SG should be through him was illegal and done without consultation, contrary to what Brandis told the Senate.
If you want to know what Tingle really thought, listen to what she told Phillip Adams. Brandis is appalling, always was, and should go.
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.
For climate topics please use the most recent Climate clippings.
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.
The thread will be a stoush-free zone. The Comments Policy says:
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