Image has always been important to PM Scott Morrison, so it is no surprise to see his image head the shortlist list in the UnOz’s 2020 Person Of The Year award:
However, Scotty himself failed to make the list, which is:
- Scotty From Marketing’s Photographer
- Dan Andrews
- Peter V’Landys
- Australian Coal
- Miranda Devine
- Pete Evans
…The Australian arts and creative industries have been decimated by Covid related cancellations.
Australian Prime Minister Scotty from marketing vowed to do what he could to keep the industry going and by the looks of things he will be doing it one person at a time.
How good is Australian coal? So, good the Chinese decided that it was too good to burn and instead should be left in Australia for politicians to use as a prop in parliament.
With the Chinese announcing they will no longer take our coal the Government has assured the industry that they will move heaven and earth to ensure the industry and it’s billionaire owners stay strong.
Miranda Devine gave Australia the greatest gift this year (no, not that Tony) by moving overseas to cover the US Election. Sadly her scribblings were still published in Australia.
Where most people saw the Election result as a Trump loss, good old Miranda saw it as anything but a loss. If you followed her scribblings you would have seen her work through the five stages of grief well maybe just two, anger and denial.
What will 2021 bring for Miranda? Will she stay in America (fingers crossed) or return to Australia to host a show on Sky News where her ramblings will be viewed by 10’s of people.
What a year the celebrity chef turned minor celebrity conspiracy theorist has had. He’s raged against 5G, vaccines and whatever else his Byron Bay buddies have decided that they know more about than Scientists.
Sure, we laughed at Pete Evans but let’s be honest he is a dangerous fool.
2. Gladys shines
Missing out was Gladys Berejiklian, a premier like no other. She rates a separate article, telling
residents locked down in the State’s Northern Beaches that the only reason for them to leave their house is to gamble at a nearby RSL or Casino.
“‘We need to get on top of this latest outbreak so I make no apologies for the harsh conditions that I have placed the Northern Beaches under,” said the Premier. “From midnight tonight the only reason to leave the house is to gamble.”
“If you need exercise walk or run to your nearest RSL, food then grab some complimentary nuts whilst playing the pokies.”
When asked why the Premier was placing gambling above all else, Gladys Berejiklian said: ”I am putting the health of my citizens a close second I’ll have you know.”
”The poor gambling industry has suffered a lot this year. So, I call on NSW residents to give back to an industry that has given so much to State coffers.”
Personally, I thought her pork-barrelling achievements were award-worthy:
Is this the new norm?
In any case, she and PM Morrison always said we have to live with a bit of virus about, so why would anyone expect otherwise at Christmas?
2. Robodebt lives to strike again!
Centrelink, having been thoroughly discredited for the scam of collecting debts that didn’t exist, has come up with a new way of terrorising people it thinks owe it money.
Centrelink is in fact legally obliged to recover social welfare debts, so they have called tenders. As a result three ‘new Robodebt’ collectors will compete for market share.
There will be incentives and penalties:
- those that collect a greater percentage of debts will be given an increased share of the work.
Those that fail to meet targets will be penalised by losing work.
There is no requirement to be nice to people, or consider their circumstances. However contractors:
- must have a plan to deal with the “management of escalations and threats” from customers.
The key ones are threats of violence or self-harm “as well as events that have potential for serious adverse impact to the department’s reputation”.
Specifically, companies must also have an action plan for when customers threaten to contact members of parliament or the media and inform the department “within 1 hour” of such a threat.
3. Angus Taylor distinguishes himself
The AFR readers poll asked readers which cabinet ministers did the best and which did the worst in their job.
Strange way of putting a question, but Angus Taylor excelled in a negative way:
‘Don’t know enough to say” does astonishingly well, but Taylor’s best/worst ratio of 55/13 stands out.
Mind you there was healthy competition in doing badly in a second rung cluster that included Peter Dutton 47/24, Stuart Robert 45/8, Michael McCormack 43/14, Christian Porter 43/27, Michaelia Cash 41/17 and Sussan Ley 40/80.
The ones who did well, or at least impressed AFR readers, were Josh Frydenberg with a best/worst ratio of 77/14, Greg Hunt 70/14, and the departing Matthias Cormann 53/20.
Where Angus Taylor excelled was in doing the opposite of what he was meant to do, that is reduce carbon emissions, as detailed by Giles Parkinson in Extinction Rebellion has much to learn from Angus Taylor, Australia’s “worst” minister.
His latest effort is getting NSW to fast-track approvals for Morrison’s wished-for gas generator to replace Liddell, where forward planning shows it to be completely unnecessary.
4. Morrison gets a gong
No doubt due to his sterling work in containing China Scott Morrison was awarded the Legion of Honour by POTUS Donald Trump.
- President Donald Trump awarded the Legion of Merit to Mr Morrison “for his leadership in addressing global challenges and promoting collective security”.
The Legion of Merit is awarded to US soldiers and to foreign political or military figures.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe were awarded the decoration in the same ceremony.
Time will tell how helpful this is in repairing relations with China.
5. The grownups are leaving the room
I’m not sure Doug Anthony changed Australian politics, but he certainly represented his constituency with dignity, and maintained standards of integrity not always to the fore in our public life. Her will be remembered, inter alia, for lambasting Britain for dumping us in favour of the EU, (that worked out well!) and inspiring the Doug Anthony Allstars.
May they rest in peace, in both cases lives well lived, no major projects unfinished.