The Labor post-mortem
The review is almost too good to spoil for you. It’s a fantastically written, interesting read. but there are some blind spots. For example:
Bill Shorten’s mother – 7 May
Bill Shorten’s mother was and remains a powerful influence on his life. He frequently spoke lovingly of her and her thwarted career ambitions. He used this to explain his motivation to eliminate all forms of discrimination, especially that experienced by mature-aged women. Inexplicably, the NSW newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, ran a story under the banner headline entitled “Mother of all invention”, asserting Shorten had misrepresented his mother’s career achievements, which was demonstrably false.
Shorten’s response was emotional and powerful and represented one of the high points in his campaign. In one moment he gave voters a real insight into his motivations for seeking public office.
This does ot accord with what the Tele actually wrote. The Tele applauded Bill’s mother and her achievements (which were numerous and frankly amazing).
It all started with this on Q&A:
This is the type of leader I’ll be ??? pic.twitter.com/VQzL0ASrtK
— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) May 7, 2019
In 1985, Ann Shorten graduated LL B from Monash with first class honours, winning the Supreme Court Prize and the Flos Greig Memorial Prize – the year that her twin sons Robert and William (now leader of the Federal Opposition) began Economics/Law and Arts/Law respectively.
She took the Leo Cussen Practical Training Course and came to the Bar in the September 1989 Readers Course, reading with the late Michael Kiernan. She practised at the Bar for six years …
In 1991, she was the founder of the Australian & New Zealand Education Law Association. With Professor Ian Ramsay, she co-authored the leading Butterworths text Education & the Law (1996). She was a driving force in the Association.
In 2009, ANZELA established the annual Ann Shorten Doctoral Award for the best thesis in education law research. In 2012, she was honoured as the first Life Member of the Association.
And from a 2015 Herald Sun piece by Andrew Rule, who met Ann Shorten six years earlier:
At 74, Ann Shorten lived alone with a friendly corgi called Barney and several thousand books in a comfortably cluttered house in Chadstone. The luminous intellect that led a teacher to become an historian and then a barrister in late middle age shone through everything she said.
At the time, The Breakdown made the point that Shorten was throwing his mum under a bus. Now Emerson and Weatherill have endorsed Shorten’s rewriting of history.
Another proud moment for Dr Kerryn Phelps
Medivac strikes again.
Well done, Kerryn. You must be so proud to help these fine people:
An asylum seeker who Nauru police were told had sexually assaulted a child on the island will be brought to mainland Australia within days under the controversial medevac laws, which Labor and crossbench MPs rammed through before the election.
While the government has serious concerns about the man — who was also accused of kicking his girlfriend and her mother in the face — it is obliged to transfer him because he does not breach the security test in the medevac legislation.
Selling renewables by fudging reality
The ABC was big selling this story yesterday:
A major milestone was reached in Australia’s biggest electricity market this week when renewable energy supplied more than half of the grid’s power.
Green energy sources — mostly solar and wind — met most of the demand for the national electricity market (NEM) just before lunchtime on Wednesday, surpassing 50 per cent of supply for the first time.
The NEM provides power to all jurisdictions except Western Australia and the Northern Territory, which have separate grids.
Yes, renewables hit 49.9 per cent of demand for 10 minutes.
But when we need power most – when demand is highest – renewables supply 30 per cent at best.
Hope for the cultre
A woman was singing from her apartment window and this was her neighbors reaction…. pic.twitter.com/tHDt42EnCN
— elatticus (@elatticus) November 6, 2019
Dana White talks about Trump
UFC President Dana White talking about how great of a guy President Trump really is.
— Chico P. (@hitman604) November 4, 2019