1. Swear allegiance to clean coal
I got a heads-up from John D, Mark’s Facebook was onto it also. Prospective migrants would be asked questions about clean coal, according to RenewEconomy, who don’t normally do satire. They got it from The Australian, and the man from The Monthly on RN Drive says it was real, so was it?
The link was to this site, so was it real, or a spoof? Surely the latter!
So I Googled IELTS and found that Peter Dutton says the idea that an academic test is required for citizenship and migration is a load of cobblers.
- “Contrary to Labor’s false claims, the IELTS Academic test is not required for migration or citizenship purposes.
“The General Training test is accepted.
“Level 6 of the General stream focuses on “basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.”
He looks like a trustworthy man, so we can all relax, right?
There was also a link to the IELTS site.
If you click on ‘General Training Reading’ and ‘Multiple Choice Questions’ and there it is!
No shit, that’s the real world we are living in!
Belatedly, the three ministers, Michael Sukkar, Greg Hunt and Alan Tudge, sent an unconditional apology to the Victorian supreme court when they realised how serious their situation was. The court was not altogether impressed, finding their actions “appalling” and a contravention of the separation of powers.
- The court accepted their apology and will not take refer the ministers for contempt of court, but Chief Justice Marilyn Warren said the comments were “fundamentally wrong” and that the delay in apologising was “regrettable and aggravated the contempt”.
The Australian did not solicit their comments. These turkeys, all lawyers, coordinated their comments and sent them off to make a splash.
3. Britain in the mire
Opinion polls are now giving Labour the lead over the Tories, enough to win the most seats, if not a majority.
Theresa May has now painted herself into a corner.
Jon Henley, European affairs editor of The Guardian, talked to Elizabeth Jackson on Late Night Live about the mess they are in.
For starters, the three matters of how much Britain will have to pay, the border in Ireland, and the rights of Europeans living in the UK and Brits in Europe will need to be resolved before they talk about trade. But the kind of trade deal they make would affect those three.
Then there is the great Repeal Bill, which will take 80,000 pieces of EU legislation and copy them onto British statutes. Then they will have to go through them all and decide which bits to keep and which to change. A complicating factor is that in many cases the Scottish parliament has devolved powers, and would have to approve any changes.
They’ll be doing little else.
Many are having second thoughts about Brexit, as the economy sags they way those stupid expert economists said it would. However, May has 70 to 80 hard-line Brexiters, the ones she wanted to sideline by a nice fat majority, who must be satisfied with any move she makes. Sounds as though she would be better off talking to Jeremy Corbyn.
4. Guy Rundle warns that the world is about to get nastier
Guy Rundle at Crikey thinks that with the Grenfell Tower and now the Finsbury Park attack, London has changed to become a contested city. Those with jihadi inclinations are quite small in number, about one in a quarter of a million. If that became one in 10,000 we would have something like Belfast in the 1970s.
However, that is where he thinks we may be heading and not just in London. We will increasingly be called upon to say which side we are on.
He thinks Trump’s drone campaign, which is not as disciplined as Obama’s and is hitting more innocent civilians, is not helping.
Nor is Mark Latham, who has joined Rebel Media:
- The Finsbury Park truck attack is one of dozens, hundreds of attacks on UK Muslims over past years. But it’s one of the first that has been choreographed to be a spectacle of terror. In its wake English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has called for the formation of white militias, and for the armed “defence” of whites against Muslims. Since Robinson is part of the Canadian media outfit “The Rebel”, which is now represented in Australia by Mark Latham, such fascist squaddist rhetoric is now being spread here. Since Latham is now explicitly branding his output as part of the “Rebel” stable, it would seem he is willing to be fully associated with such sentiments and urgings.
5. Manufacturing is not dying
Australia’s manufacturing industry could be poised for recovery, according to a new report, which says the sector is enjoying its largest improvement in employment conditions in a decade.
It says Australian manufacturing jobs have swelled by 40,000 in the past 12 months – the second-largest number of new jobs created in any industry – and productivity has returned to near its previous peak.
The industry was in decline after 2008 and the GFC, but seems to have stabilised since 2014 and profits are up:
Quarterly gross operating profits reached nearly $8bn in the March quarter, the highest in several years, which may soon encourage future increases in capital spending and more hiring.
The report says the value of Australian-made manufactures sold to international markets has also grown dramatically in recent years, from a low of $80bn in 2009 to a record high of more than $100bn in the past 12 months.
Recent data also indicate the sector allocates almost 5% of its sector value-added to new R&D expenditure, more than any other sector – including the scientific and professional services sectors.
Here’s a graph showing electricity usage, which may surprise:
That was from a report by the chief economist.
Yet a day later we get an article Unionised tax-funded health work becoming the ‘new manufacturing’ which paints an entirely different picture:
- Nurses, doctors, aged-care assistants and other social welfare professionals are rapidly becoming the backbone of the nation’s workforce, increasing the political and economic might of a union-heavy sector that relies almost exclusively on government taxation.