I'm starting afresh after getting too far ahead of myself this morning & mixing up the great writings of @latingle and @murpharoo, for which I sincerely apologise! First to Laura Tingle's astute article. 1/
2/ On Thursday morning the PM apparently achieved some clarity on the full extent of the political chaos overwhelming him. Apparently the media had failed to complain to the PM's chief of staff about PMO staff "backgrounding" Brittany Higgins' partner. 2/
3/ Aside: I'm still unclear as to why after nearly two weeks of being questioned on this, with much stonewalling, the PM thought was the fault of all those slack journalists for not lodging a complaint.
4/ Of course, Tingle explains this was all about the PM doing something he dearly loves - blame shifting.
She goes on to explain the "wonder of watching the Prime Minister's journey of discovery into the world of women".
Very politely put Ms Tingle!
5/ Apparently Morrison has been listening. Carefully. He shared what he had learned. He had no idea that women don't call out bad behaviour for fear of losing a job or being intimidated in the workplace. They are even afraid to walk to their car from the train!
6/ Morrison learned a whole lot more! Women carry their keys in their hand in case they're attacked... Women are overlooked, talked over by men, treated like they have nothing valuable to contribute. Who would have thought?
7/ But wait, there was more! Women being marginalised, intimidated, belittled, diminished, and objectified. Scotty said "That is not OK."
Ms Tingle & women around the country were amazed by the 'learnings' of Scotty.
8/ Ms Tingle highlights that the many processes of the PM, which look very official appear to have another purpose; to delay or bury information and with it, accountability. The Gaetjens Review provides a good example.
9/ The PM got a bureaucrat to ask his own staff what they had known about a sexual assault. The bureaucrat "paused" the process because he may, or may not, have been asked to do so by the police.
10/ But the PM didn't seem to think Parliament needed to know this. He misled Parliament, which of course, he denied.
Bizarrely, as the PM scrambled to distance himself from the backgrounding, on Thursday he created a new process. The PM would invite people...
11/ ...including Brittany Higgins, to tell his CofS something he really didn't want to hear. As Ms Tingle points out, having dug in to avoid answering questions on this in Parliament for two weeks, it seems odd, at the least.
12/ By the end of this week it appeared the PM's edifice of processes was looking very shaky.
Women being allegedly assaulted and mistreated in the Coalition, male staffers engaged in grotesque behaviour & the Morrison Govt appearing focused on covering it up, or "managing" it.
13/ The first point of attack had been that poor behaviour towards women wasn't restricted to the Coalition, but so far little seems to have emerged on the Labor side.
Does Labor have greater discipline, party culture, draw upon a wider demographic?
14/14 Laura Tingle rightly says that what is needed is "understanding what drives the way the system has worked will ultimately be more important to fixing it than the processes set up to blind us from how they work".
So true. #auspol

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27 Mar
Now to some great insights from @murpharoo. I thought she hit the nail on the head with this piece.
Scott Morrison did a lot of making things worse this week, although he was trying to make things better. 1/
2/ Katharine Murphy shares an insight about Morrison: he "speaks almost exclusively to one cohort of voters: men at risk of voting Labor". If you are a male swinging voter, you probably don't notice this but the rest of us might feel excluded.
3/ The PM's not talking to you - he never is. Morrison always thinks like a campaign director but of late has been "whacked, and hard", so he's now faced with trying to engage with women - meaningfully. Hence the "hapless fumbling" we've seen.
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25 Mar
Tracey Grimshaw asked Scott Morrison why he didn't reach out to Brittany Higgins after she spoke out publicly. He said it was "daunting".
Doesn't get that speaking out publicly about what happened would have been more than daunting for Brittany Higgins.
It's always about him.
Still refers to Ms Higgins as "Brittany", although he doesn't know her, hasn't spoken to her. Overly familiar. Morrison is #ToneDeaf, with the EQ of a gnat.
He assumes to know Ms Higgins trauma or how it unfolded. Referring to the lack of support provided "As she became more traumatised by these events...".
Read 5 tweets
24 Mar
Where to start? 🤦‍♀️
Morrison's standing has been internally diminished?
No doubt but how slow are members to only just be waking up?
And what of his 'standing' externally? 1/
2/ Slow on the uptake but apparently members of his govt have FINALLY drawn the link between Morrison's mishandling of the Black Summer bushfires & the past month's allegations of rape, harassment & sexism.
3/ "Both required human empathy, an ability to read community sentiment and judgement — important traits for a Prime Minister".
I'd say, important traits for a human being...
According to Speers, "more than a few" Lib MPs believe...
Read 11 tweets
24 Mar
Der Spiegel: Scott Morrison in 'dire straits' and the Australian government is sinking into a scandalous swamp. Berliner-Zeitung, Le Monde, Le Figaro, the Washington Post, Bloomberg...1/
2/ The Washington Post focused on Morrison’s “disastrous” press conference on Tuesday, with the headline, “Facing fury over sex scandals, Australia’s leader fights tears – then retaliates in outburst at reporter”.
3/ Morrison dug himself a "deeper political hole" and quoted Kirstin Ferguson as saying “The fish rots from the head … I just can’t imagine what would happen if there was a board responsible for Parliament House.”
Read 4 tweets
23 Jan
1/ Without wanting to be unkind, it's evident from looking at Scott Morrison that he's prefers to be a spectator of sport rather than a participant.
When he ran for Cook, he developed a character. A rugby league loving, everyday bloke, a daggy dad.
#auspol #AustraliaDay
2/ Morrison hadn't followed league but he learnt about it. He became the Sharkies number 1 ticket holder, wore his scarf, waved it, & drank beers.
This character, eventually named ScoMo, was used to gain a following & send political messages.
#ScottyFromMarketing was astute.
3/ Recently, @CricketAus were naughty. They made a decision, after consulting with Indigenous leaders, to promote inclusion. #ScottyFromMarketing was not happy.
How dare a sports body interfere in political matters, he argued.
#auspol #AustraliaDay
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22 Jan
Recipients are made ACs “for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large”.

a. Can anyone explain how being accomplished at hitting a tennis ball competitively (having already been recognised for this) ticks this box?
2/ b. I have tried researching, to found out what Margaret Court, in her life beyond hitting tennis balls very well), has given the "highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large".

I haven't found anything that ticks this box.
Am I a not-very-good researcher?
3/ If anyone can provide evidence of Mrs Court's service to Australia or humanity at large, could they let me know what this service has been?
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