Bookmarked Every day that passes brings a new political wonder you’d have never thought possible (ABC News)

Every day as the scale of this present coal-black cloud grows across the globe, it’s harder to spot a silver lining, but perhaps in this country it might be this; that in a time of crisis we formed a national decision-making body roughly half of which came from each of our two major parties, and decisions were made that were well outside the orthodox political comfort zone of the people making them, and that some loud voices shut up for a minute, in recognition that the situation was bigger than their own need never to give an inch.

Annabel Crabb reflects on the ability in times of crisis for people and politics to get things done.

Getting private hospitals to work hand in glove with the public system?

Asking vast chunks of the schools sector to educate children remotely? Publishing newspapers from empty newsrooms? Whole companies working from home? Turning over hotels to homeless people?

All of this would have seemed impossible just weeks ago.

Bookmarked Thread by @tulip_education: I’m neither shocked by developments in DET (Victoria) or by Milligan’s dumbfounded reaction, but both are unfortunate. 1/ Since the late 198… (

I’m neither shocked by developments in DET (Victoria) or by Milligan’s dumbfounded reaction, but both are unfortunate. 1/

Since the late 1980s, and particularly through the Kennett years, management of schools has devolved and decentralised. This has been consistent with community expectations. There is no central standard issue toilet paper or hand sanitiser. Schools have funds to manage this. 2/
The current model of school management (broadly described as neoliberal) has many issues. Nevertheless ABC journalism has supported this model through programs such as “Revolution School” and the 4 corners “Digi Kids”, which I described as a puff piece and I stand by this. 3/
There is consistent evidence that this model of system management has failed (IBAC Dunham and Ord, PISA NAPLAN results etc). I have seen no journalist engage with these bigger issues. It’s mainly superficial reporting of facts with emotive interpretation. /4

Marten Koomen highlights the issues with supplies in state school and how this relates to the current challenges around funding.
Liked Are Australian students receiving the school education they deserve? – ABC News (

Australia’s education system was once ranked among the world’s best, but its falling reputation has nothing to do with teacher quality and curriculum. The problem is growing inequality, writes Pasi Sahlberg.

Liked Education resources for schools teachers and students – ABC Education (Splash)

The Australian Dream education resources explore five themes, which we recommend studying in the following order: (1) Introducing Adam Goodes (2) Cultural identity (3) History and truths (4) Racism (5) Resilience and reconciliation.

Bookmarked The Eleventh (

The Eleventh is an explosive thriller teasing out everything you never knew about one of the most famous chapters of Australian political history β€” the downfall of Gough Whitlam. Host Alex Mann seeks out new clues and perspectives about what actually happened via first-hand accounts, many previously untold, bringing to life the scandals and subplots that changed the nation forever. Listen for free from your mobile device on the ABC listen app, Apple Podcasts or Google podcasts.

A podcast providing an in-depth look at Whitlam’s sacking in 1975.
Bookmarked ABC under ‘growing’ cost pressure as bushfire emergency broadcasts surge (The Sydney Morning Herald)

The ABC’s extensive coverage of bushfires ravaging the country threatens to push the taxpayer-funded news organisation into more budget strife with emergency broadcasting events on track to double in 2020.

Jennifer Duke discusses the pressure on the ABC associated with emergency broadcast events.

“The cost of the ABC’s emergency broadcasting coverage come out of base funding – there is no specific government funding for this coverage,” the ABC spokesman said in a statement.

“These costs are growing,” he said.

“We will always prioritise coverage of emergency information and will continue to speak with government to ensure that we are adequately funded to serve the Australian public.”

Watched Recovery: The Music & The Mayhem from ABC iview

Celebrating legendary ABC music show Recovery, host Dylan Lewis takes us through the best performances, those awkward interviews and the most random, hilarious moments of the show.

This was a great documentary. I do not think I appreciated how zany and amazing Recovery was. Having grown up with Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Recovery took music and entertainment to a whole new level.

Watched Of Monsters and Men – ‘Alligator’ (live for Like A Version) from YouTube

Of Monsters and Men perform ‘Alligator’ live for Like A Version. Subscribe | Like A Version on Spotify | Like …

The band plays a striped back version of their song Alligator. Gone are the driving guitars, replaced with subtly of synths and synthetic drums.
Bookmarked Can Morrison live down his George W Bush moment? (ABC News)

George W Bush’s failure to immediately recognise a catastrophe during Hurricane Katrina tells us what problems are created by Scott Morrison’s perplexing failures of political and policy judgement

Laura Tingle reports on the backlash Scott Morrison has faced when visiting towns. See Jordan Shanks video for a summary. As with George W Bush after in delay in responding to Hurricane Katrina, there is animosity towards to prime ministers ineptitude.

Nobody cares about the Prime Minister’s problems when their house is under threat, or they feel their lives are in danger. They want to know what is being done to help them.

This is highlighted when comparing the current disaster to recent events from around the world.

To give some scale to what has happened here so far, international media outlets have been reporting the 2018 California fires burnt 2 million acres; the 2019 Amazon fires 2.2 million; and the 2019 Siberian fires 6.7 million.

Tingle explains that the biggest problem that Morrison has is that his policy cupboard is bare.

When you look, it turns out that the policy cupboard is pretty bare. The Government’s quarterly figures on what has driven emissions lists figures without any real obvious help from government policy.

The real challenge according to Tingle is when the current crisis is over and we are forced to reimagine life in Australia as we know it.

The real test, however, may not be on what the Government does on cutting emissions, but on how it leads us to confront the sorts of brutal adaptations current events show us we now face: not just the immediate effects of disasters, but the questions they raise like building standards, towns that governments will not able to afford to rebuild, and communities that have run out of water.

This piece follows up from an earlier piece in which Tingle questions the way in which Morrison has responded.

Bookmarked Australia bushfire coverage: ABC emergency fire broadcasts praised but News Corp goes on attack (the Guardian)

Despite the dramatic rise in the need for emergency broadcasts – from 256 in 2017-18 to 371 in 2018-19 to 673 to date this year – there will be no additional funding to cover the resources which have been poured into the effort, according to the ABC’s director of local and regional, Judith Whelan. And then there’s the small matter of the $14.6m Coalition budget cut to manage this year.

Amanda Meade explains that although the Australian Broadcast Commission has an emergency broadcast policy, there is no explicit funding allocated to this.

After Cyclone Yasi hit Queensland in 2011, the former ABC managing director Mark Scott created an emergency broadcasting policy, in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology and Australian fire and emergency authorities, Whelan said. The policy commits the ABC to issue all watch and act and emergency warnings and to undertake recovery broadcasting. There is no specific funding for these roles.

Bookmarked Live: Isolated Gippsland community under threat from approaching bushfire (ABC News)

Communities on Australia’s east coast are bracing for another day of serious bushfire threats.

The ABC’s live blog associated with the current fire crisis in Victoria and NSW.


Bookmarked If we each spent $200 to help prevent climate change, here’s how we could transform Australia (ABC News)

On average, Australians are willing to chip in an extra $200 a year to prevent climate change. It turns out that money could go a long way.

Responding to the findings of the Australia Talks National Survey, Nick Kilvert and the team at the ABC speak with a number of specialists to identify what they would do now in response to the climate debate. Some of the suggestions provided include investing in research, subsidising electric vehicles and installing solar panels.
Bookmarked Chernobyl’s radiation legacy: Zombie reactors and an invisible enemy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Linton Besser, Mark Doman, Alex Palmer and Nathanael Scott report on the invisible legacy that is nuclear radiation that will continue to haunt parts of Europe for hundreds and even thousands of years. As Sofia Bezverhaya, a resident who lived then and still now within 30 kilometres of the Chernobyl reactor:

This fallout was an β€œinvisible enemy”, Sofia said. Although she β€œneither saw it nor felt it [and] it had no colour and no taste”, it would go on to take the lives of many of those close to her.

People are still suffering the ill effects from eating contaminated food, such as milk and berries.

As of January, of the 2.1 million people registered with Ukraine’s health authorities for treatment for Chernobyl-related illnesses, 350,000 were children.

The biggest concern is that with ageing facilities and lapsed safety standards due to financial pressures, it is feasible for another catastrophe to occur:

β€œThis is why we call them zombie reactors, because on the one hand, we have them running. We use the electricity from them. And from the other hand, we understand that there are safety shortcomings in those reactors that might lead to an accident with the potential major consequences.” Iryana Holovko said.

The episode of Foreign Correspondent can be viewed here:

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Bookmarked How Hillsong and other Pentecostal megachurches are redefining religion in Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Pentecostal churches are growing, while other Christian denominations are declining
  • The denomination began in Los Angeles in the early 1900s before arriving in Australia
  • Modern Pentecostals in Australia often embrace ‘prosperity doctrine’
Stephen Stockwell and Ruby Jones discusses the rise of Pentecostal churches, such as Hillsong. The popularity relates to the use contemporary music, the promise of the holy spirit and the hope of prosperity. It would seem that unlike more traditional movements, Pentecostal churches continually adjust with the time, such as a tech incubator. Pentecostalism grew from small churches in Los Angeles in the early 1900s and spread to Australia in 1920s. Although the tie between politics and religion is nothing new, Scott Morrison is the first Pentecostal leader.