Crikey Worm: The best defense is…?


A nearly three-year diplomatic freeze between Australia and China ends not with a bang, but with an elbow. Minister of Defence Richard Marles met with his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghein Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangri-La security summit, the ABC reports† Australia, as you may recall, was in China’s bad books after it banned Huawei from Australian telephone networks and then proposed an independent inquiry into the 2020 coronavirus outbreak. These incidents led the disgruntled superpower to give us the cold. shoulder and introduced trade restrictions .

Marles described the hour-long meeting with China’s defense minister as a “very full and frank exchange” according to the AFR † He said they discussed recent air power, Australia’s interest in the Pacific, and stopping further militarization in the region: “We want to do this in a very level-headed and deliberate way. We do not underestimate the difficulties in the bilateral relationship.”

As some of the tension in China-Australia relations cools, Wei wasn’t afraid to crank up the temperature elsewhere. Al Jazeera reports that the defense chief warned that China “would not hesitate to go to war” […] if anyone dares to split Taiwan from China.” The rather heated comments came during a meeting with his equal US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin† Okay, gotcha, loud and clear.


Marles took some time in Singapore to allay some domestic concerns, most notably to impeach the opposition leader Peter Dutton from politicizing national security when he wrote an op-ed last week about our procurement of nuclear submarines, the Australian say † He rejected Dutton’s claims that Australia planned to buy submarines from the US before 2030, saying instead that “all options are on the table”.

The defense minister also took the opportunity to defend himself against claims that Australia overpaid when it agreed to give $835 million to French shipbuilder Naval Group. the ABC reports† This brings Australia’s total expenditure on its $90 billion contract to build 12 submarines to $3.4 billion (for 0 submarines for those of you keeping track). Prime Minister Anthony Albanian was quick to point out that this number was less than the $5.5 billion estimated in Senate estimates.

Naval Group said in a statement that the settlement was “fair and equitable”. Nice if you can get it!


The federal government is putting “all options on the table” to contain the rising costs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Australian say † Newly minted NDIS Minister shorten bill says he doesn’t believe there should be fewer program participants, but also wants to “limit the growth of program costs,” which at this rate will reach $60 billion a year by 2030.

Shorten says reducing fraud is one way to cut costs: The Australian Crime and Intelligence Commission says the NDIS is being ripped off by up to $1.45 billion a year, The Daily Telegraph reports ($), featuring “organized crime gangs” charging unwitting NDIS participants, inflated invoices, or ghost bookings. States that gave more support outside the NDIS was another option that was suggested.

This comes after the resignation of the director of the National Disability Insurance Agency Martin Hoffman this week. Whoever takes on his mantle ends up in an office with some big decisions to make, according to The Saturday newspaperincluding an organization that is “increasingly dependent” on contractors and consultants.


As the temporary and mostly benevolent dictator of this newsletter, I’m doing this a little differently and giving you a little tech to start your day right. You may have heard that Bitcoin is something built to be anonymous and decentralized – as opposed to boring, old fiat currency. These two technological advantages are part of why proponents will tell you that this is the currency of the future.

Except a new study reported by Gizmodo claims it’s neither, or at least not in the early days. Researchers have found that just 64 people were responsible for the vast majority of early mining (the engineering process that makes the currency work, which in turn allows bitcoin to do so) — leaving them with $120 billion worth of currency in today’s world. time. requirements. Moreover, they were able to find out Who those people who traded the currency were through some complex techniques. In fact, creating a currency with public transactions can make people using the currency very easy to control.

TL;DR (too long, didn’t read)? This won’t stop the hype, but bitcoin isn’t all it is.


In a perfect world, “going out” with same-sex celebrities should be a redundant concept by 2022. Love is love, right? As Rebel Wilson know, we don’t live in a perfect world.

Andrew Hornery

As the SMHs Private Sydney columnist hasn’t rubbed enough people the wrong way by passing it on Rebel Wilson two days to comment on her same-sex relationship before publication, then his follow-up – where he complained that he was “gazump”[ed]” by Wilson who first announced it on Instagram – certainly.

Crikey Worm: The best defense is...?

Peter Dutton opens the door to a transparent defense debate and proves that anything is possible

“The opposition leader is now under fire from both the government and defense commentary for daring to reveal that as Secretary of Defense he had hopes that the United States would hand over not one but two Virginia-class nuclear submarines to Australia by 2030.

“As always, hypocrisy is a standard part of politics, and it’s amazing what transformation can take place when a person enters the sophisticated world of a ministerial suit and the sticky embrace of secret briefings – and when they leave it. We are now looking forward to Dutton call to collaeryprosecution not billed, Julian Assange return home and end the persecution of David McBride

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Why Kristina Keneally failed at Fowler and how Dai Le turned the story around?

“People assumed that Fowler would be a competition between a veteran campaigner and a relative amateur. They were right: Kristina Keneally has never won a competitive campaign.

“The Labor right-wing faction has treated Fowler voters like parishioners; they embraced the label by throwing the party on its ears for the past ten years. Why did anyone think, given her track record? Keneally would it be different?”

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Labor must take the reins of progressivism – otherwise times won’t be good for anyone

“In Australia, I don’t think there’s any chance that a Liberal party, based on a Protestant predominance of private school networks, could present itself as a populist representative of the excluded knowledge, as Republicans in the US have done. But it’s not impossible that they could achieve a brutal, distorted plurality victory in 2025 if Labor doesn’t take over the social knowledge-truth machine and make it work for the masses of people.

“Labor could be really confused about what progressivism and truth orientation mean if a global crisis unfolds and starts to hit us. It identifies his role as the (very limited) truth-teller about how awful everything is. It’s clear that Jim Chalmers likes to deliver bad news. There is almost a smile of delight when he does it. Not because he wants people to suffer, but on the contrary: he wants to eradicate illusions so that we can continue to tackle the real problems, beyond the, as I said, ‘decade of failure and waste’. It’s real, but he looks like the vet, syringe in hand, about to kill your dog and then charges you $350 to do it. †


Tennis star Ash Barty and former Prime Minister Carmen Lawrence among the winners of the Queen’s Birthday Honors (ABC)

Insulation. Comic Searches. Rape: in a Tasmanian juvenile detention center (The age

Iran ‘dangerously’ close to completion of nuclear weapons programThe Telegraph

Russia is likely to take all of Luhansk in the coming weeks, says a US official (The Washington Post

Climate policy dragged into culture wars as ‘delay’ tactic, study finds (the guard

French elections: Macron and neck and neck left – projection (BBC)

3400-year-old city emerges from reservoir in Iraq after months of extreme drought (Euro news

The Spanish Catholics want Rome to consider optional celibacy and female priests (South China Morning Mail

Return of ‘work from home’ plan to save fuel in case of crisis caused by war in Ukraine (Ireland independent

City of Ottawa denies ‘outrageous’ request to fly Russian flag (CBC)

Germany faces a severe shortage of beer bottles, which has led to breweries begging drinkers to return empty bottles, the report said (Business Insider


What happens to the politically dead? Unfortunately I now find out – Trent ZimmermanGuardian Australia): “In my case I shared a rented mansion with four other MPs. At one point I was talking to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Commerce. I remember telling an ambassador about this scheme and he was shocked that ministers of the crown were part of such a group household in the suburb of Canberra. Although he was slightly outraged, I thought to myself that this is one of the strengths of our democracy and society – that we do not expect or need to place our high ministers in palaces behind fortified walls.

“Some have warned me that losing an election is a grieving process. That’s a bit there. Sure, some friends and residents talk to you like you’re one of the loved ones. Others on the street avert their eyes to avoid such a conversation.”

These are the real people all politicians conveniently forget – Katrina Grace Kelly the Australian): “A Senate report, Forgotten Australians: A report on Australians who experienced institutional or out-of-home care as childrendefines a forgotten Australian as a person who has experienced care in an orphanage, home or other form of out-of-home care in the past century.

“All politicians may want to remember our real forgotten Australians and their experiences. It may be wise not to apply their identity and status to an imaginary group, and worsen existing and significant injuries.”


The latest headlines


through the whole country

  • Queen’s Day is a public holiday for people in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.

Yuggera Nation Country (aka Brisbane)

  • The National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum is hosting its annual summit to educate the industry on how to best engage with their communities, back after two canceled years due to COVID-19.

  • Author Nigel Featherstone leads a salon of up-and-coming Queer writers with a discussion of his new book My heart is a little wild thing† Also online.

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