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May 10 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Morrison announced a $220 million upgrade to Epping Rd today, split 50/50 w/ NSW

Bit of history to this

It's a NSW Govt project that was announced by Minister Anthony Roberts 17 July 2018

Cost in 2018: $50 million

Cost in 2022: $220 million
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#auspol #ausvotes #ausvotes2022 So, the re-announcement Morrison made today is EXACT same commitment the NSW took to their 2019 state election & never delivered

Now, it's getting a re-run at quadruple+ the price!

Described as "One of Sydney's worst bottlenecks" then & now
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#auspol #ausvotes #ausvotes2022
May 6 β€’ 25 tweets β€’ 20 min read
A to Z of scandals, failures & fuck-ups during Morrison's Prime Ministership

It not an exhaustive list, more of a living document
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#auspol #ausvotes #insiders #AusVotes2022 A

Aged care neglect
Archer bullied
Ancestry trip G7
ACC Conference GC - 'appointed by God'
ABC cuts, 250 jobs lost
AngusGate
Angus, fuel storage/fake electricity prices fail
ANAO & OAIC funding cut after SportsRorts Reports
Afghanistan

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#auspol #ausvotes #insiders
May 5 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 11 min read
#AlboForPM
Didn't recite Labor's comprehensive 6-pt planπŸ‘‡word-for-word on cueπŸ‘‰media goes ballistic

Morrison
Didn't call Sogavare, dropped ball, China moved in, threatened nat sec; also called a 'buffoon' by an SCπŸ‘‰ media goes meh
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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022 #insiders If you would like to read Labor's NDIS policy....

You can find it here
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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022 #AusVotes22 #AlboForPM #insiders #QandA
alp.org.au/policies/a-bet…
May 4 β€’ 9 tweets β€’ 8 min read
Here's an interesting story

Regional publishers struggling with paper prices, it's revealed

"Norwegian-owned Norske Skog is the only manufacturer of newsprint and magazine-grade paper in Australia."
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#auspol #ausvotes #ausvotes2022
abc.net.au/news/2022-05-0… via @ABCaustralia Why is a Norwegian-owned company the ONLY supplier of newsprint-grade paper in Australia?

We have trees

Btwn May 2018 - Nov 2020 the federal govt gave Norske Skog $1.5 million - basically for commercial Cyrene Production for the EXPORT market

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#auspol #ausvotes #ausvotes2022
May 3 β€’ 10 tweets β€’ 10 min read
What's so special about Torquay Surf Life Saving Club?

All surf clubs are deserving but this one seems to think it is especially so

2020 they got $550K

They've lobbied Matthew Guy, he's promised $3.5 million

Y'day Morrison promised another $6.5 million
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#auspol #ausvotes Torquay SLSC's $550K 'Closed, non-competitive' grant hasn't yet expired & they want $10 million more!

They want to do an $11 million reno - they've raised $1 million - they expect taxpayers to stump up the rest

Money would be better shared among all SLSCs
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#auspol #ausvotes
Apr 29 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 6 min read
Lark Distilling got over $330K in #JobKeeper even though the business suffered no 'significant impact'

@ScottMorrisonMP is trying to give them another $4.5 million of taxpayer money

Lark is part-owned by billionaire Bruce Mathieson Snr
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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022 Here's a link Lark's Annual Report

See page 30 & 33
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annualreports.com/Company/lark-d…
Apr 28 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
On @abcnews @PatsKarvelas discusses Morrison's scare tactics about a hung parliament..."Chaos" PM wails

No Parliament could be more chaotic than the 46th Parliament

Morrison- cut sitting days, had majority yet LOST votes in House, gagged debate

Utter chaos
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#auspol #ausvotes Historic defeat
23 Feb 2019
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theguardian.com/australia-news…
Apr 27 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 5 min read
#NPC

Question for Sen McKenzie

Are all NAIF recipients meeting their indigenous engagement responsibilities?

E.g., Coalition gave cattle barons, Angus family $30.5 million to build an abattoir on their own land for their
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#auspol #ausvotes
1/2 2/2
own cattle to reduce their own transport costs

Recently, Angus' sponsored ICMJ & sent a team who won several awards even tho the abattoir has only been open for a few mths

3 of the 7-strong team were daughters/niece of the recipients of $30.5 mill
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#auspol #ausvotes #NPC
Apr 21 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 8 min read
#LeadersDebate

Morrison: "I designed OSB & the turnback policy of our govt"

"I'm just looking for accuracy & the truth"

PM didn't design 'turnbacks', he copied from Howard

Morrison became an MP in 2007

Howard turned back 5 boats btwn 01-03
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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022 Image Is it illegal to seek asylum by boat?
No

Is Australia a signatory to the Refugee Convention & Protocol?

Yes, Australia voluntarily acceded to the Refugee Convention & Protocol
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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022
Apr 14 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 7 min read
Now, this is what really pisses me off

@The_Nationals have endorsed Kimberly Hone (nee Goldsworthy) as their candidate for Richmond (NSW)

Kimberly is a woman of faith but you wouldn't know it from her bio on Nats' website

Lying by omission
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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022 Kimberly doesn't mention a word about her deeply-held faith

So, either she's deliberately trying to hide her faith from voters or she's not really a woman of faith

Her social media is all about her faith
Her business is all about her faith

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#auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022
Apr 12 β€’ 21 tweets β€’ 16 min read
Hi #ausvotes #AusVotes2022

Let's have a chat about the election

A 🧡

On May 21, 2022 Australians will vote in a federal election. Voting is compulsory for all citizens over 18.

If you're not enrolled, you still have time:
Close of Rolls is Monday 18 April, 2022
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#auspol Australians will vote for candidates in the House of Representatives (Lower House) and a half Senate election (Upper House)

This is NOT a 'double dissolution' election, so that means we are only voting for half the Senate (38 Senate seats will be contested)
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#auspol #ausvotes
Apr 9 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Hey @ipeaAusGov

I've just been double-checking @mattjcan's expenses for Oct-Dec 2021

Senator Canavan has claimed Travel Allowance of $1332.00 for 4 nights 'Parliamentary Duties' 5 Dec 21 to 8 Dec 21

&
Unscheduled Transport $1075.67 4 Dec 21 to 13 Dec 21
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#auspol #insiders Senator Canavan was in Newcastle on 7 Dec 2021

Same day, there was a Select Committee on Job Security hearing in Newcastle.

Senator Canavan is Deputy Chair of the Job Security Select Committee

But Senator Canavan didn't attend that hearing
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#auspol #insiders
Apr 5 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Ok media, I'm gonna have a red hot go at y'all

For years we've been saying our 4th Estate is letting us down, it's dysfunctional & corrupt

We are now enduring THE worst govt in Australian history bcuz of YOUR failure. I hold the mainstream media responsible.
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#auspol Yesterday, @friendlyjordies presented ANOTHER brilliant investigation into Australian politics

AGAIN, it has been ignored by mainstream media

Jordan & Kristo are familiar to Australians bcuz of Barilaro's corrupt use of police to violently arrest them & charge Kristo
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#auspol
Apr 4 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Re: Towke

1. If allegations levelled at Towke in 2007 to remove him after winning pre-selection 82-8 (i.e. branch-stacking & misleading the Lib Executive) were true & deserving of losing his pre-selection, why was he allowed to remain a member of the Liberal Party?
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#auspol 2. Why was Towke employed by a Liberal Senator after losing Cook pre-selection for supposedly lying & branch-stacking?

If Libs thought Towke was dirty, then why did CFW employ him? Why did the Liberal Party allow that?
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#auspol
Apr 3 β€’ 6 tweets β€’ 3 min read
FWIW, here's my advice to 'swinging voters'

1. I understand that in the maelstrom of media it is hard to differentiate btwn authenticity & bullshit, especially when some media run protection rackets for some pollies

Basic rule of thumb: mud only sticks if it's true
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#auspol 2. A strong democracy needs a strong Govt & a strong Opposition. A good Opposition will push a Govt to be it's best, it'll hold power to account

3. A strong democracy needs the yin & yang to be it's best, a blend of conservative & progressive voices.
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#auspol
Apr 1 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 2 min read
Ok, I'm gonna weigh-in on the PvO thing

1. I believe PvO's claim about being abused

2. Grace is right, trauma doesn't excuse bad behaviour.

3. This all started as 1 issue, during the escalation there was an admission of abuse from a survivor. We're now dealing with 2 issues
🐝 4. Issue 1 is the original issue of PvO's behaviour for which he deserves no compassion or understanding. He must acknowledge his behaviour & remedy it, it's never too late.

5. Issue 2 is PvO's abuse for which he does deserves compassion and understanding
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Mar 25 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
Hey @ScottMorrisonMP

I hear you & Spud are upset about Solomon Islands getting cosy w/ China, well what did you expect?

Remember when you pissed-off leaders at the Pacific Island Forum in 2019?

Sopoaga said he was 'insulted & deeply angry'
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#auspol
theguardian.com/australia-news… Then there was that time @PeterDutton_MP joked about rising sea levels in the Pacific

Pacific leaders weren't too happy about that either.

Over the years successive Coalition Govts have denied climate change & treated it as a joke
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#auspol
theguardian.com/australia-news…
Mar 25 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 3 min read
For a so-called top journo Phil's a bit out-of-touch

He claims Tudge was "cut loose", we were told AT CHOSE not to return to the frontbench?

Either Phil is wrong or PM lied about Tudge

Also, Phil claims Albo "went to ground", blatant lie, brief itineraryπŸ‘‡
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#auspol #insiders From Albo's FB it's easy to see Phil is totally wrong, Albo was working, travelling, doing interviews & pressers the entire time Phil claims he 'went to ground'- brief itinerary recapπŸ‘‡

March
10th Lowy Inst, Ballina, KK's death
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#auspol #insiders
Mar 24 β€’ 5 tweets β€’ 5 min read
Hey @ScottMorrisonMP

You seem to be having another bout of selective amnesia in your somewhat pathetic attempt to distance yourself from Brian Houston

You haven't been "at Hillsong" for 15yrs 'eh?

Pfft

Mere technicality

Let me refresh your memory champ
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#auspol #insiders You go to Horizon Church now but Pentecostals make up about 1-2% of population, a small tight-knit group

You've continually associated yourself with & praised Brian Houston

Exhibit A:
Maiden Speech

14 Feb 2008 - 14yrs 1 month ago
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#auspol #insiders
parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/searc…
Mar 9 β€’ 4 tweets β€’ 2 min read
I'm starting to think Spud fucked-up intentionally to destroy Morrison

Payback.

It was inevitable. Spud ain't the forgiving type.

Well played @PeterDutton_MP, game, set & match.
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#auspol I thought something was up y'day when Spud smiled at the presser with Palaszczuk

I'd say Kochie & Karl had a hand in it too, Spud was too calm when they questioned him abt ADF, his contrived anger obvious

Then he rocked up to the presser grinning like a Cheshire cat
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#auspol
Mar 6 β€’ 8 tweets β€’ 4 min read
Has anyone told Morrison that the Brisbane River cannot accommodate nuclear-powered subs?

I know this for a fact.

So, why is Brisbane being listed as an option in his Lowy speech today?

I've told this story b4 but here it is again....
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#auspol Years ago an American nuclear-powered warship visited Brisbane, docked at the Port of Brisbane on the Brisbane River.

I was a GC taxi driver at the time, it was a quiet Tuesday night & all of a sudden $200 Brisbane jobs were going off left, right & centre.

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#auspol