Why the hysteria?

Breaking News from the Age:

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC No new local COVID-19 cases as calls grow for mass vaccination centres to be fast-tracked 

Victoria has recorded no new local cases of coronavirus for the 38th day in a row as calls grow for the government to fast-track mass vaccination centres.

Seriously, what’s the rush? As in: Can We Trust America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Statistics_ – Global ResearchGlobal Research

“I’m sure Grace would agree”

Following up on Is it The Age or The Oz?, the first of the articles was from The Australian: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews promoted after she made my life hell, says female staffer. They have now rectified their error of leaving out the story on The Australian of the Year – remind me what exactly she did to win the award – by including this today: Grace Tame attacks Scott Morrison for promoting Amanda Stoker. The PM did respond to her, however, trying to teach Ms Tame something about grace and sense:

Mr Morrison said he disagreed with Ms Tame labelling the ministerial reshuffle a “distraction”.

“I wouldn’t share those views. I respect Grace and I once again congratulate her on her strong advocacy on the issues that have been so front of mind but they’ve always been front of mind for people who have been dealing with these issues over generations,” he said.

“There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with each other, but I think we’ve got to find better ways to disagree and this comes and builds from a culture of respect in this country which I’m sure Grace would agree is something we need to continue to build.”

From the comments:

Tame received AOTY for her campaign about letting victims of sexual assault be allowed to speak……”Let her speak” was the campaign slogan. Certainly a worthy message. But she seems to be against Stoker or Arendt being allowed to speak their piece. Why?? Because their views don’t align with hers??

Amanda Stoker obviously worries the left. They have come out so quickly with a personal attack. Suggests she is very good and what I see she certainly is

I’ll back the senator any day against lefty accusations. I think Grace should do more homework before expressing opinions about things she doesnt have all the facts on.

I didn’t realise that the Australian of the Year could have a say in choosing a Cabinet Minister. Enough is enough Grace.

More than enough.

Is it The Age or the Oz?

Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews appears via video link during a virtual swearing-in ceremony with Scott Morrison on Tuesday. Picture: AAP

I now find reading The Age of a morning in no way politically different than from reading The Oz. Take this bit of nonsense from this morning: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews promoted after she made my life hell, says female staffer. This mostly looked like a claim for Workers’ Comp but really seems to be just part of the job.

A senior Liberal adviser has taken stress leave from Karen Andrews’ office after claiming the new Home Affairs Minister bullied, humiliated and victimised her over a six-month period.

The complaint, first made by the long-serving female adviser in August and raised again on March 14, has come to light after Ms ­Andrews was promoted from the industry portfolio by Scott Morrison on Monday in a reshuffle ­designed to enhance focus on women’s issues.

In a letter sent to Ms Andrews earlier this month, the senior­ ­adviser — The Australian has agreed not to name her at her ­request — claimed the workplace bullying was so significant she was “suffering severe stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and depression”.

And this is woman-on-woman bullying. The story ends:

Ms Andrews was one of six women promoted in the ministerial shake-up on Monday — from industry, science and technology to home affairs — as part of Mr Morrison’s bid to neutralise the Coalition’s sexism row and after weeks of criticism about the government’s handling of rape and sex harassment claims. It increased female representation in cabinet to 30 per cent.

Some senior Liberal figures have privately said Ms Andrews was chosen for the role, above other contenders, such as Stuart Robert — widely considered the frontrunner but who became Employment Minister — in large part because of her gender.

In interviews over the past month, Ms Andrews has been outspoken about the treatment of women in parliament, last week describing the experience for some as “horrendous”.

Hmmmm. And then this: ‘Distractions posing as solutions’: Grace Tame criticises Scott Morrison’s cabinet reshuffle. Ms Tame was apparently Australian of the Year. She writes:

Ms Tame said improving the representation of women in the ministry wouldn’t address the abuses of power. She also accused Senator Stoker of endorsing columnist Bettina Arndt’s “‘fake rape crisis’ tour aimed at falsifying instances of sexual abuse on school and university campuses across Australia” and failing to support victims of sexual assault….

When asked by veteran interviewer Kerry O’Brien on SBS on Tuesday night if Prime Minister Scott Morrison was moved by her words after the awards were announced, Ms Tame paused and said: “moved, in what direction I don’t know”, to huge applause from the audience.

OK, which story was from which paper? If you don’t already know, I bet you couldn’t tell. As for management of our public affairs, what any of this has to do with anything is still to be revealed, although I was happy to see Peter Dutton moved over to Foreign Affairs.

My advice, for what it’s worth, to anyone under thirty

The one spokesperson from the Libs who I find myself listening to most closely when I see her on the tele is the Liberal Party’s federal vice-president, Teena McQueen. Balanced and sensible and most impressively calm in what she says and goes about doing. I love her name as well. And there she was in today’s Age with this the headline: ‘I would kill to be sexually harassed at the moment’: Liberal Teena McQueen stuns colleagues in closed door meeting.

The Liberal Party’s federal vice-president, Teena McQueen, said “I would kill to be sexually harassed at the moment” according to three senior Liberal women who joined her at a meeting to discuss the NSW branch’s new code of conduct.

And Ms McQueen, who says she did not make this exact comment, has apologised for an attempt at humour about herself.

Ms McQueen said she “made a throwaway line, that ‘when women reach my age, we don’t have to worry about being sexually assaulted’,” during the meeting.

I see the joke but worry about not one, not two, but THREE senior Liberal women who reported this remark to the Fairfax Press. What a sorry bunch of twits seem to be advising Ms McQueen. The story continues:

The executive voted later that evening to adopt a new code of conduct that makes clear the party has zero tolerance for bullying, sexual harassment, vilification, physical violence and discrimination.

Of course it does, as it always did and always will. We really do live in an Age of Stupidity! And let me provide a piece of advice from Jordan Peterson from his astonishingly excellent Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.

In our culture, we live as if we are going to die at thirty. But we do not. We live a very long time, but it is also over in a flash, and it should be that you have accomplished what human beings accomplish when they live a full life, and marriage and children and grandchildren and all the trouble and heartbreak that accompanies all of that is far more than half a life. Miss it at your great peril. [p. 283]

It is annoying to find the media and the left [I know, the same thing] fixating on fixing what no Parliament can repair – boy-girl relations in the age of of online porn and Sex and the City:

Criticism has been expressed about the influence the show has on adolescents and how the images displayed on the show affect the way women and young girls view themselves.

Tanya Gold of The Daily Telegraph stated, “Sex and the City is to feminism what sugar is to dental care. The first clue is in the opening credits of the television show. Carrie is standing in a New York street in a ballet skirt, the sort that toddlers wear. She is dressed, unmistakably, as a child. And, because she is sex columnist on a newspaper, a bus wearing a huge photo of her in a tiny dress trundles past. ‘Carrie Bradshaw knows good sex,’ says the bus. And there, before any dialogue hits your ears, you have the two woeful female archetypes that Sex and the City loves—woman as sex object and woman as child … In another [episode], Carrie realizes she is homeless because she has spent $40,000 on shoes and does not have a deposit for an apartment. (In this crisis, she cries and borrows the money for the deposit—what child would do anything else?).

My advice, for what it’s worth to anyone under thirty, is that they should read Jordan Peterson and straighten out their own lives by themselves. If you are taking your cues from Carrie Bradshaw you will find yourself adrift with almost no way home after that.

And if you have a moment, Prime Minister, could you also have a look at this

Chinese vessels photographed at Whitsun reef by the Philippines coast guard.

Philippines all at sea over arrival of 220 Chinese ships at disputed reef. Some detail from the story.

The presence of more than 200 suspected Chinese militia vessels at a disputed reef off the Philippines could be a prelude to violent clashes, according to a leading analyst who says the flotilla is only latest example of the superpower tightening the noose in the world’s most contested waterway. In the latest diplomatic flare-up over competing claims to the South China Sea, the Philippines has protested after its coastguard discovered the vessels moored at a boomerang-shaped reef that both nations claim.

Nothing to worry about, say the Chinese. However, as the story says:

The incident shapes as a litmus test in south-east Asia for US President Joe Biden’s new administration swiftly following its frosty diplomatic summit with China in Alaska last week. “Back in 2012 [China] took the Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines and [Barack] Obama didn’t see it as a red line and shortly thereafter we saw a spike in artificial island construction across the South China Sea,” said John Blaxland, professor of international security at the Australian National University. “They tested the waters and they knew the Americans weren’t going to bite. What we’re seeing now is a fresh one for the Biden administration and it comes after Alaska.”

A litmus test for Australia as well. Where’s the Minister of Defence?

Apparently the PM has failed to grasp how diabolical politics has become

Apparently the Prime Minister and I have something in common, which I learned from the first female president of the NSW Young Liberals, Catherine Cusack. This is what she said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has failed to grasp any understanding of how diabolical politics has become for women. Ms Cusack, a long-serving NSW upper house MP, said Mr Morrison “no doubt means well” but has no idea about the issues that are leaving Liberal women devastated about the state of the party…. “I hear so many stories from federal Liberal women, but they are too scared to speak up but I say to them that it is time to give Scott Morrison the information he needs.”

Since she is a long-serving NSW upper house MP, why doesn’t she just tell him, why doesn’t she just give him the information he needs? Who is in a better place to explain the problem than she is? In fact, why doesn’t she tell the rest of us as well since I am also in the dark about what the problem is. In fact, that is precisely why she was elected, to help inform the party leadership of issues they are not properly addressing.

Really, why don’t any of them tell anyone. They just keep it to themselves kinda like as if the PM, if he really cared, would understand everything already. So instead of putting the issues straight, as she might even have done in the article I am quoting from, she has decided to quit the party room. These are the final lines from the article:

“Guys, this is your problem to solve,” Ms Cusack said. She said the “toxic factions” were to blame for women being held back at the expense of men. “Bullying is something that men do well, but the bullying within the party does not only drive women away, but also very capable men,” Ms Cusack said.

I will only add that we do not elect Prime Ministers to deal with the after-hours relations between staff members in Parliament House. And if she means by “bullying” the hard edge infighting that always goes on in politics, she is just not suited for this line of work.

Men create civilisation specifically to have families

The video which is over the top is from a comments thread at Instapundit as is this comment.

I believe men create civilization specifically to have families. Inspired by women and the desire to protect and provide for her and their children, men create everything else.

Somewhere along the line, we lost the civilizational thread. It started out as a beneficial thing — liberation of women from certain constraints. These were real constraints, not made up stuff. LIke don’t go out to ice cream alone, lest you be perceived as an immoral woman.

But there was an unintended side effect, namely, men actually do not need women, but do need women to be inspired to be civilized. And women will not build civilization on their own … they will at best maintain it. But it will never grow and it will inevitably fall. When you have female chiefs of police, female governors … men check out.

Part of the problem is men cannot follow women; women are too emotional, make rationalizations that another men wouldn’t tolerate for a second, pull rank, become risk-averse, and engage in a double-standard where they are simultaneously reliant on actual male power while claiming to be a leader that they could never personally enforce.

There is also this which is directly related: Nicolle Flint’s career sacrifice for the greater good of others.

“The general reaction to my announcement I would not recontest the next federal election was one of shock,” Flint told The Weekend Australian on Friday.

“After all, I was only in my second term (having held my seat despite the best attempts of GetUp, Labor and the unions); I had a strong record of achieving policy change; and this week the Prime Minister has said I was ministerial material. But there are limits to human endurance and I had reached mine.”

The Weekend Australian spoke this week to one Boothby volunteer who said that “bovver boys” from the SA branch of the CFMEU arrived at his booth on polling day and ripped down all Flint’s posters, then stood there with their arms folded challenging anyone to dare put them up again. Picture: Getty

Utterly lame. She will only make it harder for other women to find seats in Parliament since she has wimped out in a way that others will now know the kinds of pressures that work. Weak and unforgivable.

A strong democracy requires a fair and honest press

Trump issues lengthy statement after The Washington Post retracted false quotes. This is the final para of the statement:

“You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way—against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm—for example, after an election is over. Look no further than the negative coverage of the vaccine that preceded the election and the overdue celebration of the vaccine once the election had concluded. A strong democracy requires a fair and honest press. This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities—not journalistic enterprises. In any event, I thank the Washington Post for the correction.”

And in regard to an untrustworthy media, this from The Oz: Scott Morrison’s rallying call to MPs after ‘tough’ month

Scott Morrison has urged his MPs to support each other after a ‘tough’ month, amid calls from within the Coalition for the parties to push back against claims of being ‘anti-women’.

The Australian leads the way in its anti-government “anti-woman” slant with the ABC doing all it can to keep up. Todays’ front page, for example.

There are a thousand things that might be said about the PM but being “anti-woman” would not be one of them.

In what sense did you mean it, Linda?

C’mon Linda. Clear it up. Explain what you meant.

Meanwhile we have hearsay to the fourth degree: Former boyfriend of Porter’s accuser willing to front any inquiry.

A former partner of the woman who has accused Attorney-General Christian Porter of raping her in 1988 says he recalls having “relevant discussions” with her within months of the alleged incident.

Really? So where have you been for the last thirty years? We will now be told what he recalls a dead woman having said following an incident the woman didn’t even remember until her repressed memories were recovered through hypnotherapy a couple of years ago.

Mr Hooke said he was “devastated by the untimely death of my very dear friend” and concerned for the privacy and dignity of her family and the wellbeing of Mr Porter, whom he had known for about 30 years. “Mine is just one set of recollections and I am aware of the fallibility of human memory, however unintentional. That said, I have what I consider to be clear recollections of relevant discussions I had with [the woman] over the years from mid-1988 until her death,” Mr Hooke said. “I also have what I consider to be clear recollections of relevant discussions I had with Christian Porter from April 1992 in Perth and through the mid-1990s.

Mid-1990s until now is 26 years.

Maybe with D Andrews sidelined things might begin to improve

From The Age: Mammoth cost of mothballed hotel quarantine revealed.

The cost of Victoria’s suspended hotel quarantine has been revealed, with the Andrews government entering into 12-month contracts with hotels, transport services and health providers worth $377 million to run a program that is currently housing zero returned travellers.

The previously unreported figure, contained in the mid-year financial report tabled today in parliament, will increase pressure on the government to bring the program out of mothballs and re-open Victoria’s airports to international arrivals.

International passenger flights into Melbourne were suspended on 14 February in response to a COVID-19 outbreak out of the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn which forced the state into a five-day lockdown.

Prior to the lockdown, the government committed to accepting 1310 returned travellers a week into its quarantine hotels. Instead, as of 11pm Thursday, there were two returned international travellers in quarantine.

There are 15 city hotels contracted to the quarantine program but of these, 10 are currently non-operational. Nearly all the guests inside the five hotels still providing quarantine services are air freight crew members.

The absence of returned travellers over the past month has starved the program of revenue intended to offset its costs. The state parliament passed legislation at the end of last year enabling COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria to charge adult returned travellers $3000, additional adults in a room $1000 and children three years and older $500 for a two-week stay.

If the program had run over the past four weeks to the government’s agreed capacity, this would have returned up to $15 million to state coffers. Under their contractual arrangements with the government, non-operational hotels receive a reduced rate for unoccupied rooms.

This has arguably been the most incompetent government in Australian history.