Did you know we have an “esafety commissioner”?

I came across this at The Gateway Pundit: Australian Politician at Davos Explains that We Need a “Recalibration” of Freedom of Speech. Really, I said, so I watched the video. This is the summary of what she said:

‘Australian eSafety commissioner Julie Inman Grant tells the World Economic Forum we need a “recalibration” of freedom of speech. Which only means eliminating their ideological competition.’

Or according to the link to the above post:

Australian politicians forced shutdowns and restrictions on citizens based on COVID.  Their leaders have no regard for their citizens or their human rights.

This became clear today in Davos as Australian Commissioner Julie Inman Grant told the World Economic Forum that we need a “recalibration” of freedom of speech.

Who is this Julie Inman Grant speaking on behalf of us. This is who she is, and she really does apparently speak on all our behalfs: eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant reappointed for another five years.

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant has been reappointed for a further five years as new laws granting her new internet takedown powers come into effect.

Ms Inman Grant, a former Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe executive, has been eSaftey Commissioner since 2017. On Sunday, communications minister Paul Fletcher announced she will remain in the job until 2027 with another maximum appointment term.

The reappointment comes as the controversial Online Safety Act comes into force, giving Ms Inman Grant new powers to issue take-down notices to a range of online services in relation to online content deemed to be harmful.

“Today’s reappointment, and the simultaneous commencement of the Online Safety Act, will enhance Australia’s position as a world leader in online safety.”

Ms Inman Grant was appointed eSafety commissioner in 2017 when the government agency responsible for children’s online safety expanded its remit to all Australians’ online safety and was renamed to the eSafety Commissioner.

The Commissioner is an independent statutory office holder, supported by around 67 staff, contractors and the national media regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The office has an annual budget of around $25 million but will receive more this year to support its new powers.

We have a “national media regulator”? And they have been given new powers. Meanwhile the nincompoop Minister who was in charge may yet lose his seat to some Teal candidate. 

JUST IN CASE YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE: This his her profile from The World Economic Forum:

Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online. Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe. The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Director for Safety & Privacy Policy and Outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety & philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia. As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. She was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, the World Economic Forum and Apolitical appointed the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government. In 2021, Julie oversaw significant increases in the eSafety office’s budget, increased staffing levels and launched the global Safety by Design initiative. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms beginning on 23 January 2022. Commissioner Inman Grant was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government in January 2022.

I thought she had an American accent. Not that I hold it against her, but still she does seem like an import contaminated with every stupid notion found amongst the Washington bureaucracy. And do note, she is “one of the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government”. 

The Australian election result had virtually nothing to do with Covid policy and everything to do with climate change

My post on the election was put up on Powerline: Feel Bad Story of the Day. This is the entire post which I was very pleased to see discussed.

Our friend Steve Kates writes from down under to comment on the defeat of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison by opposition leader Anthony Albanese. Yesterday we posted a link to the Israel-oriented story at the Times of Israel. Steve writes: “Saw you had a brief note on our election from the Times of Israel…There is no sense of what a disaster this election has been from that article and I think there needs to be a broader alert about just how disastrous the election result has been for conservatives.”

Steve draws our attention to two posts. First, his own post this morning with a headline that says it all: “The election result in Australia was just about as bad as it could have been.” And then to Peter Smith’s Pipeline post “‘Greenslide’ in Oz Dumps Scott Morrison.”

Steve comments: “This will be a far-far left government that is either part of a trend or part of the highwater mark this madness will reach….I don’t think anyone in the US really gets it, in part, no doubt, because your media see nothing to complain about. But this is now part of the Biden-Trudeau-Ardern axis that is reaching further outwards. We live in such dark times and they are getting darker.”

There was obviously little coverage of the Australian election in the US, but what really astonished me was the assumption that the outcome had been the result of the Government’s approach to dealing with Covid and so they deserved what they got. If you go to our posts, but especially Peter’s, it should be evident that the major issue was the Government’s refusal to go all in on climate.

However, these were the three “best” (ie most agreed with) comments on the Powerline thread:

Based on their authoritarian approach to the Wuhan Flu, I assumed Australia already had a left wing government.

Morrison did it to himself by going full blown crazy over covid. I know, someone will say it was their state governments that did it, but he could’ve stopped them from having the cops arrest pregnant women for speaking against covid tyranny, sending out the ninja turtles to bust up crowds exercising basic rights, and sending people to concentration camps. No, he did it to himself. There is a lesson there to be learned. Never compromise with the fascists.

I am never happy to see the Left win, but the Liberal (i.e. conservative) government went all in on lockdowns which at least to this American’s eyes does not seem very conservative. I mean, they wrecked the economy, right? How could that NOT cause en electoral disaster.

Others tried to correct these views. These were replies provided to these comments.

Wrong. The lock downs were not at the national level but imposed at the state level.

He could NOT have stopped the Labor Victorian Government from arresting a pregnant women. Internally, Australia is a federation. The States have the real power – we have just discovered. Regardless, vaccination was supported by all people – across the board. Anti-vaxxers are regarded as nutcases across the board. The election was won by the Climate Changers. The whole country has been brainwashed by “education” and the media. Covid – apart from the constant mud slinging by the media against the former Government – which was “wrong” whatever it did, was irrelevant.

There was then this at the Canadian blog Small Dead Animals under the heading, Missing Information which linked to a story in Canada’s National Post.  The “missing information” was supposedly that the paper had not discussed the role of Covid in the outcome. Here is the blog entry:

Judging by the what is unmentioned in this story, you would think that Morrison’s defeat in the Australian election had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with implementing the second most draconian pandemic policies in the world.

Dealing the Covid is a state issue, not national. The actual issue that made the difference was global warming, which is what did the Government in. Not that it matters now that the election is done and gone. The Government was around 55-45 global warming skeptics. The next crew is about 10-90, if it is even as high as 10. It is the warmist cult that will bring about the decline and fall of the West. That is the lesson from our election.  

The election result in Australia was just about as bad as it could have been


“Give the people what they want, good and hard”. It’s a philosophy, I suppose, but not so good for those who didn’t want whatever it is that actually gets served up. So now Australia joins the Biden-Trudeau-Adern club of Mencken’s worst nightmare societies.

I am still a bit shell shocked from the outcome, not that I am all that surprised, so rather than say what I think, I will take a pair of comments from a previous post and then go read the papers – or at least do the crossword puzzle. First from Another Ian who quotes from JoNova.

“My daughter just finished a class in college about the alchemists. Before some of you rant about how useless this class was, it’s not It teaches us about the past and is a guide to the future. The alchemists did produce some useful discoveries. But they are most known for some of their absurd attempts to turn lead into gold and other nonsensical endeavors.

“Climate science is really the new alchemy. It is using regression analysis to figure out what level of CO2 will endanger the planet. But it makes no more sense than what the alchemists were doing. We don’t really have quality information on worldwide temperatures for past years. It’s questionable whether we have information on it for present years. We don’t know all of the variables that impact temperature. So the new alchemists are trying to predict future weather by generating computer models that are absolute garbage because they don’t take into account natural variability, urban heat zones, etc. They don’t know the variables and just fudge the numbers to get the programs to make it look like they work. But of course, how did they predict the Little Ice and the Roman Warm Period. These models can’t even accurately predict the past. And we are spending billions of dollars supporting this new alchemy and possibly trillions of dollars, endangering the health and welfare of our citizens because of this elitist nonsense.”

And then this from Bruce of Newcastle.

Unfortunately to some extent both parties are channeling the insanity of the voters. I was reflecting last night that I’ve been opposing the climate craze for nearly 15 years now, and in that time it has just gotten worse and worse. There’s still nothing much happening in the real world – no actual global warming, none of the dire prognostications. Yet this election is a choice between the totally bonkers Libs and the beyond insane Labor Party. Both are falling over themselves to destroy our country for a myth.

That’s because the voters demand this stupidity. The MSM demands it. The whole of the nation is stuck in a lemming-like race to disaster which only a literal disaster will crack the people out of.

The Covid arc illustrates this. You had guys like McGowan immensely popular for converting his entire state into a prison camp to save the people from a virus so innocuous that people often don’t know they have it. It took two years of disaster – closed businesses, lost jobs, lockdowns, vaccine injuries, masking and elderly parents dying alone for the people to suddenly, overnight, get over it. Now the pollies don’t mention the virus and it’s like it never existed.

The people haven’t yet gotten to this point on the climate scam, but they will once the pain really amps up. Which it is just starting to, particularly electricity and fuel prices. But with the elites all Believing like religious fanatics even that’s not going to be enough. Saving the world syndrome is a very powerful hubristic drug. It may take a full-on political apocalypse to stop these people saving us from an apocalypse which isn’t happening.

You know, there may have been people even during the height of the witch-burning phase of our own past history who understood it was all insane. Meanwhile, we are about to live through years of serious idiocy.

The truth of the matter is that everyone lives through “interesting times” as the Chinese like to say. It’s not a curse, it’s just the way it is.

It would be a madness to allow Labor to govern if it is at all possible to prevent it

There is a view I sometimes come across that argues that The Coalition should willingly lose the election since things are certain to crater over the next year or so and therefore, Labor will be blamed for everything. That way, The Coalition will be able to win in three years with an even more solid majority.

Even more fantastic is the belief that being in opposition will allow the Libs/Nationals to sort things out so that when they return in 2025 they will be able to govern from strength based on the newfound wisdom they will have generated.

There is a lot of crazy around at the moment, but that is up there with the worst of them.

Witness the United States under Joe Biden. The Democrats are perfectly aware that there is a large possibility that they will lose the presidency in 2024 along with Congress. They therefore are going about doing everything to fulfil their insane agenda right now. They also believe they will also likely be able to again cheat their way back in, but are hurrying things along just in case they might really lose.

So for Australia. Labor is not a party of sense and moderation with a slightly socialist bent. They are out and out full-on Marxists who will do as much damage as they possibly can. They will wreck the economy, they will open our borders, they will demolish the private sector, they will further subvert the education system, they will socialise every aspect of society they are able.

These are not moderates. Albanese is from the Socialist Left and he means every stupidity he says, plus all of the others that he now keeps to himself.

It would be a madness to allow Labor to govern if it is at all possible to prevent it by not electing them in the first place.

A non-paid political advertisement for our current government

This is from Terry Barnes at The Spectator: Tezza’s how-to-vote card.

On Saturday, I’ll be voting Liberal, but out of loyalty rather than conviction. The party is no longer that of Menzies, Howard, or Abbott, and instead is riven with power-hungry egos and factional warlords.

The Liberal Party needs reform. It needs to rediscover its roots. It needs to be a party of the mainstream centre-right and to stop being so desperate in trying to appease affluent progressives on issues like ‘climate action’ and public health, even while knowing they’ll never vote for it….

I believe the only way necessary change will happen is from the heights of federal government, because the country can’t afford the Left-Labor alternative. Incumbency brings purpose and demands at least nominal discipline. Opposition would bring nothing but an open invitation for Liberals to eat each other alive, unleash ferocious factional wars, and set federal and state organisations against each other.

It’s a recipe for long-term opposition and unelectability, not a quick return to government….

As a Victorian, I also know that the shock of losing office to an inferior opposition can lead – not to a brief spell in the paddock – but decades in the unelectable wilderness….

If you’re a disillusioned Coalition voter, the Liberals’ need to retain your support gives you lasting influence and leverage over the Liberal Party’s (in a wordplay readers under 40 won’t get) future directions. You are their true base. Your preferences matter. Please use them wisely.

I only differ from this in giving the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt since on most issues I think he sees things in an entirely conservative way (but who knows?). With the world filled with climate and covid zombies whose votes also matter, and who are found in large numbers even amongst those who vote for The Coalition, there is no way to remain a purist. 

Labor will follow Joe Biden on every issue. We will have open borders, massive deficits and a weakening of our national defence. Lockdowns and Covid restrictions will not come to an end.

Three years is a very long time in politics, specially if it stretches out to six years or even more. 

How to lose the election

There are wholesale numbers of fringe parties who will never form a government. To lose the election these are all that is required for the major parties:

  • argue that global warming/climate change is a hoax
  • argue that covid is almost a non-existent problem

Suppose Scott Morrison thinks exactly that. He cannot say any of it since the Coalition would end up losing in a massive landslide.

There are other issues too, but those alone would do it.

Keynesian economics and the Magic Pudding

The level of economic ignorance and stupidity has reached such astronomical levels that I can make the forecast that Australia is heading for many years of falling real incomes and a vast increase in the level of poverty.

You really have to stand in amazement at how little flak this morning’s front page in The Oz has received: Election 2022: Labor to turbocharge budget deficits in ‘quality spending’ focus. If Labor wins they will do nationally what Labor has done in Victoria. 

Labor is planning to unveil budget deficits up to $10bn greater than the Coalition over the next four years as Anthony Albanese sharpens his election pitch around the need for “quality” spending rather than fast-tracking debt reduction….

“What we need to be able to do is to flick the switch in the budget, not to austerity, but to quality, so we can fund the things that we care the most about,” Dr Chalmers said.

hese idiocies. Our present Government actually does know better but are barely able to explain any of it in a way that will have the general run-of-the-mill Treasury and academic economist on side. Certainly you will find almost not a single warning out there from hardly any of them.

Meanwhile we will be dismantling our power grid and ability to deliver low-cost electricity to industry. I don’t wish to single out The Age but reading its editorial today really did depress me: Fair wage growth must be at the heart of economic recovery.

more value adding output than the value of the resources used up in production. If anyone thinks the ALP is remotely capable of that sort of outcome, just vote these people in and then sit back and enjoy the rising level of poverty that will then be inevitable. Not for everyone, of course, just most of us.

Melbourne has lost what it once had

Australia though it may be, picked up at that great Canadian site, Small Dead Animals. I will also provide this comment from amongst those found there.

Melbourne used to be a great city, the best in Oz. It has become irretrievably Leftist in the past 30 years and now there is no hope. VicPol is a hard left organisation doing the bidding of the authoritarian pseudo Marxists in power. This cannot end well, especially given that the inner parts of our other major cities are going ultra woke also.

It’s really the idiocies of Covid that have done us in coupled with a particularly stupid and vicious premier. Who knows when we will return to what we were of even if we can.

“The undecided” will ultimately decide

I watched the first “debate” between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, and this is what I now find out from the papers: Undecided voters give win to Anthony Albanese after leaders’ debate. This was the final tally:

Of the 100 undecided voters at the debate, 40 per cent gave the debate to Anthony Albanese, 35 per cent to Mr Morrison and 25 per cent remained undecided, results show.

Of course, no one is actually undecided. You may be sure that at least 40% were ALP voters since there is no way to really keep them out. An undecided is someone who says they remain unsure, but anyone who watched the flow of words and thought the ALP leader was the more persuasive has demonstrated a decided lack of grasp of the issues, or has very little idea of what will make their lives more secure or more prosperous.

I will just say that the PM took the Leader of the Opposition to the cleaners. He understands the issues more clearly, he has a vision, he is realistic and recognises the nature of the problems our country faces. That should lead to his re-election but that unfortunately is now how things work. The people will be consulted and they will make the decision. So we will end up with our version of Joe Biden.

Let me end with this, which is in all essentials the promise being made to Australians by the ALP: however bad things are now, we will make them worse, or as it says at the link but in reference to the US: Red states [ie States governed by Republicans] top blue states [ie states governed by Democrats] for low taxes and best economies.

The ALP plan, as usual, is to introduce some unaffordable freebie welfare program, then lose government and let the Libs work out how to pay for it.

Of course, the ALP pitch is to say that had they been the government everything would have turned out better than they have. Meanwhile, they promise to fix our non-existent global warming problems by crashing our carbon-based power-generating system, and will eliminate the non-existent racism that supposedly ruins social relations in this country by blaming everything on people who ancestors have come – either recently or in the distant past – from Northern Europe.

The Australian left has not a single sensible policy idea to offer

Let me start with this, which is in all essentials the promise being made to Australians by the ALP: however bad things are now, we will make things worse, or as it says at the link but in reference to the US: Red states [ie States governed by Republicans] top blue states [ie states governed by Democrats] for low taxes and best economies.

I just sat through the first of the Sky News debates. The Prime Minister explained one policy position after another along with trying to weave in an understanding of how limited are the resources available to deal with the phenomenal costs involved. But what was most extraordinary to me was the absence of any actual proposal by Labor to shape any specific policy outcome.

The ALP plan, as usual, is to introduce some unaffordable freebie welfare program, then lose government and let the Libs work out how to pay for it.

Of course, the AP pitch is to say that had they been the government everything would have turned out better than they had. Meanwhile, they will fix our non-existent global warming problems by crashing our carbon-based power-generating system and will eliminate the non-existent racism the supposedly ruins social relations in this country by blaming everything on people who ancestors have come – either recently or in the distant past – from Northern Europe.