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September 2019

Gotta admire this woman and her composure while copping undeserved and horrible disrespect from this spineless arsehole

More strength to you ma'am.



Julia Gillard to speak at Boris Johnson's first Conservative Party conference

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Manchester: Former prime minister Julia Gillard is set to speak at Boris Johnson's first Conservative Party conference as Prime Minister.

The former Labor prime minister will speak on a panel to discuss international aid and education, in her capacity as chair of the Global Partnership for Education.

The surprise appearance from Australia's first female prime minister comes after the Supreme Court ruling which cut short the Labour Party's conference in Brighton last week threatened to overshadow Johnson's prime ministerial debut before the conference in Manchester.

Gillard did not attend Labour's conference, but her close ally, former treasurer Wayne Swan, and the new Labor Party national secretary Paul Erickson were observers.

Labour members planned a major "Shut Down the Tories" rally in Manchester as speculation mounted the recall of Parliament, triggered by last week's court ruling that Johnson unlawfully shut down Parliament, could see the event abandoned by key MPs now required in the Commons where Johnson has a majority of minus 40.

Johnson arrived in Manchester arm-in-arm with his 31-year old girlfriend Carrie Symonds, but his prior relationship with another blonde is in focus.

The Sunday Times reported that Jennifer Arcuri was given $228,946 in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade missions led by Johnson while he was mayor. It said Acuri told four friends that she was having an affair with the then London mayor.

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he said: "Everything was done with full propriety...there was no interest to declare."

Tony Blair's former communications director Alastair Campbell said the story warranted scrutiny.

"Am normally opposed to private life Qs of politicians on TV but given financial and other advantages given by a public official to Ms Arcuri the direct question of Boris Johnson ‘have you ever had sex with her?’ is a legitimate one," he wrote on Twitter.

"If not asked it’s another fail for journalism."

UN comes clean on plans to redistribute wealth under guise of climate change

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The UN has called for a global “green new deal” and overhaul of the world’s financial order to ­tackle climate change and deliver on its Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals.

New measures are needed to raise and distribute $US2.5 trillion ($3.7 trillion) a year to developing countries, says a UN report, released alongside this week’s climate meeting in New York. The measures include new controls on the movement of money, demanding more from developed nations, targeting sovereign wealth funds and setting a global minimum tax rate for multi­nationals.

Meeting the demands of the UN’s sustainable development agenda for 2030 would require rebuilding multilateralism and “pursuing a financial future very different from the recent past”, UN trade and development ­secretary-general Mukhisa Kituyi said. The UN’s sustainable development agenda was supported by all governments in 2015.

The UN report comes amid calls for a new summit with leaders from China, the EU and the US to reshape multilateralism and replace the postwar Bretton Woods system that has set the current economic order.

Former ACTU secretary Sharan Burrow supported the move at a conference held on the sidelines of this week’s UN climate summit.

“If our multilateral structures are failing us and they don’t reform, then we are going to have to re-create some of the basis on which the world does business,” she is quoted as saying.

Outgoing UN renewable energy official Rachel Kyte said a new economic order was needed to reshape multilateralism and align all public investments with climate action.

The UN’s push for a new era of global intervention is at stark odds to Donald Trump’s address to the General Assembly this week. The US President told world leaders to reject “globalism” and to look out for the interests of their own countries first. “The future does not belong to globalists; it belongs to patriots,” he said.

Under the proposals, the US could be expected to provide up to half the funds to be ­redistributed.

Climate finance has been a key stumbling block over decades of UN talks on climate change.

China and India highlighted the issue as crucial to them taking action at this week’s meeting in New York called by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

A blueprint to reset the global economy and trade is set out in the UN report. It calls for a state intervention similar to the ­Depression-era New Deal policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the US.

The report says a global green new deal is the right policy framework to make a clean break with years of austerity and insecurity after the global financial crisis, help bring about more equal distribution of income and reverse environmental degradation.

It seeks a new generation of trade and investment agreements to support these policies along with changes to intellectual property and licensing laws.

“A changing climate is already causing severe damage across the world and posing an existential threat,” a UN statement said.

“Decarbonising the global economy will require a significant rise in public investment, especially in clean transport, energy and food systems. This will need to be supported by effective industrial policies, with targeted subsidies, tax incentives, loans and guarantees, as well as accelerated investments in research, development and technology adaptation.”

Police Remembrance Day

The Royal Australian Mint has released this $2 coin in recognition of this 30th anniversary of Police Remembrance Day.

The official date is 29 September which this year falls on Sunday. 

Police forces around Australia are taking part in ceremonies today to mark the event.

We pause to honour our colleagues who've been killed on duty.

For me there are some very personal links.

Angela Rose Taylor was murdered by Craig Minogue and others in the 1986 Russell Street bombing.

I was at the Academy for Constable Taylor's funeral and feel privileged and humbled to have been awarded the Angela Taylor Memorial Prize when I graduated.

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Thank you for your service and sacrifice Angela.

Steve Tynan and Damian Eyre were at the Academy with my squad-mates and me.

In 1988 vicious killers lured Steve and Damian to an ambush in Walsh Street South Yarra.

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Steve and Damian were cut down with shotgun blasts then finished off with point-blank shots from their own service revolvers. 


I had the privilege of leading the funeral parade with full police honours out of the Victoria Police Academy.

I will never forget right wheeling out of the Academy to be confronted with thousands of police in uniforms representing the whole country standing shoulder to shoulder lining the street.  It was a very long, slow march as one by one they saluted those brave young blokes.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice Steve and Damo.

I also served with Gary Silk, my regular partner on the Port Melbourne divvy van.

In August 1996 Gary and Rod Miller were sitting off an armed robbery target, the Silky Emperor Restaurant in Moorabbin.

Vicious criminals Bandali Debs and Jason Roberts shot and killed them from behind.  They didn't stand a chance.

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It's a privilege to have known and worked with you Gary, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

We talk a lot about our Glorious Dead from wars and we give thanks for our veterans who've served overseas.

Police face deadly risks every day they go to work.

And not just for the months of a deployment.  Year in, year out.

There's no Gold Card for police, no Department of Veterans Affairs looking out for them and no TPI pension either.

Lest We Forget.


Tony Abbott's life of service keeps on keeping on

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Eileen Toomey-Wright (say it phonetically) pops in to an ABC production meeting!