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In for a penny, in for a pound: $90 billion for an obsolete submarine fleet

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It is hard to believe that a government genuinely committed to defending the nation would sign a contract to buy 12 ludicrously expensive submarines that would not be operational for at least 20 years, with the final submarine not ready for nearly 40 years. The fleet will be obsolete before its delivered.

But this is what the Turnbull government did when it announced in September 2016 that the majority French government-owned Naval Group would build 12 large submarines in Adelaide. The first sub is unlikely to be operational until the late 2030s and the last one until well after 2050.

It is even harder to understand why the government endorsed the extraordinarily dangerous role for Australian submarines of helping the US conduct…



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Victoria celebrates zero cases with baked goods

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It has been a long and arduous 16 weeks for Melburnians, wearily battling through a hard lockdown to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

For many, a morning routine has been established – and it mostly involves waiting for tweets.

It begins with waiting for the @VicGovDHHS daily tweet, to get an idea of coronavirus case numbers. That tweet also lets everyone know how many lives have been lost to the virus overnight and what our 14-day rolling average is for metro and regional Victoria.

Then it’s a sometimes lengthy wait for the @WhatTimeDan Twitter account to announce what time we can expect Premier Daniel Andrews and friends to grace us with the daily press conference.

It’s unsurprising then that so many…



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When will WA Labor lift the Iron Ore Curtain?

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is hopeful Western Australia will reopen by late December. No doubt that will be on his Santa list and the Santa list of thousands of West Australians too. 

I hate to break it to you, PM, but at the rate we are going, Santa ain’t even gonna get an exemption into this state. 

Mr Morrison, you and the rest of Australia (who probably believe that WA does not need their business) have been wedged and snookered by a very savvy political operator.  

Premier Mark McGowan knows politics. He also knows that people do not know what he knows and that is never to underestimate him, ever. 

This was plainly seen back in 2016 when former federal Labor defence minister Stephen…



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Danandrewstan opens – in a way that only the people who created the problem to begin with could arrange

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Daniel Andrews loves his facts and figures. At his press conference today, he seemed proud that it was 139 days since Victoria had seen a day free of new coronavirus cases, instead of apologising for the 20 weeks of death and devastation his government has inflicted on his state and the nation.

‘This belongs to every Victorian,” Andrews declared.

No, it doesn’t. The loss of lives and livelihoods belongs to entirely to him, his ministers, bureaucrats and the police.

“I’m so humbled,” he continued.

Culpable, more like it. Culpable and in denial.

Then, he announced what we largely expected him to announce yesterday.

All very Danandrewstan.

Labor politicians, public servants, union hacks and ABC types don’t really…



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