LOWE AND BEHOLD
Chair of the House of Representatives economics committee Tim Wilson plans to grill Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe tomorrow over low interest rates. The Australian Financial Review ($) reports that Wilson is arguing that the RBA’s call to increase infrastructure and borrowing at the record low 1% rate equates to Lowe having “thrown up his hands and said he has exhausted the options of monetary policy”.
Wilson will call for an explanation of the impact of the current interest rate — first slashed in June and held on Tuesday — on retirees. The news comes after an RBA call for stimulus as the China-US trade war tumbles stocks and crashes the Australian dollar to a decade low.
LATHAM V TRANS KIDS
One Nation MLC Mark Latham has launched an “information pack” on trans students which will be sent to at least 500 parent and community groups across NSW next week.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the pack, organised by political lobby group Binary (formally anti-marriage-equality group Marriage Alliance) and supported by MPs such as NSW Finance Minister Damien Tudehope, warns parents of children being “indoctrinated” by “radical gender activists” at schools.
It calls on parents to ask their schools which toilets “trans students use”, where “trans students sleep on school camps” and whether “biological males can participate as females” in sports.
Police in Israel have recommended deputy health minister Yaakov Litzman face indictment for allegedly interfering in the extradition case of Malka Leifer, a former principal of Melbourne’s ultra-orthodox Adass Israel School currently facing 74 charges of sexual assault of students.
The Guardian reports that The Australian Israel Jewish Affairs Council has also called on Litzman to step down over accusations of pressuring psychiatrists to alter conclusions about Leifer, who fled to Israel in 2008 following allegations, so that a court would find her mentally unfit to stand trial. Litzman’s office has denied any wrongdoing.
THEY REALLY SAID THAT?
You’re telling me you can’t radio in for one white towel?
The Australian sport star gets his priorities straight when handed a branded towel and straight sets loss at the Canadian Open.
CRIKEY QUICKIE: THE BEST OF YESTERDAY
“Paul Ramsay was aboard his beloved 105-foot private yacht Oscar II, anchored in the glistening waters of the Spanish resort island of Ibiza, when he suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness. It was late April 2014. No sooner were paramedics called than a message was quickly drafted to the Australian Stock Exchange, alerting investors to the situation.”
“The government’s strategy of deliberately prolonging the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Coallery for exposing ASIS’ crimes in Timor Leste bore fruit yesterday with K agreeing to plead guilty to a charge of revealing secret information under the Intelligence Services Act.”
“The right and the foreign policy establishment was in paroxysms of joy. They mentioned us! They mentioned us! God knows what the scene was like at the Centre for Independent Studies, but I hope they own a lot of mops. We haven’t even heard from Greg Sheridan yet. It is quite possible that he became so excited that he simply exploded.”
READ ALL ABOUT IT
Thou shalt have no other gods but Google ($) — Dennis Prager (The Australian): “Senator Ted Cruz asked the Google representative at the hearing what could land a video about the Ten Commandments on the restricted list. The representative responded that the video referred to ‘murder’. As he did not appear to be joking, I assured the Senate committee that we would release a Google-friendly video, The Nine Commandments.”
Our abortion stories are deeply personal. This is the last time MPs should need to tell them — Jenny Leong (Sydney Morning Herald): “As I have sat in the NSW Parliament chamber this week, one thing has struck me: how deeply personal the debate over decriminalising abortion is, for so many MPs.”
What the bid to unseat Josh Frydenberg reveals about white, self-defined progressives — Alana Lentin (The Guardian): “It is not lost on me that Josh Frydenberg happily defends his government’s policy of locking up those who seek asylum by boat on Manus Island and Nauru and keeping countless others in limbo ‘on shore’ while claiming special status because his mother fled the Nazis and the Hungarian fascists to come to Australia.”
WHAT’S ON TODAY
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with Scott Morrison, visit defence facilities, and participate in events hosted by the Lowy Institute in Sydney and the Institute for Regional Security at the Australian National University in Canberra.
- Asia Society Australia will host a 2019 “Asia Briefing” to feature secretary of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Dr Martin Parkinson, global food security expert & former UN adviser Dr Jaleh Daie, and others.
- Editor Benjamin Law and contributors David Marr, Holly Throsby and Bec Shaw will launch anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.
- The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care will release the second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights.
- The Victorian Greens will announce plans to re-introduce “Refund on Bottles and Cans” legislation into the Victorian Parliament.
- Victorian solar installers will rally outside Premier Daniel Andrews’ Treasury Place office (after repeated requests to meet with him were allegedly refused) calling on him to relax monthly limits on the state’s $1.3 billion solar rebate scheme.
- The Centre for Independent Studies will host the “China Debate” with political scientist John Mearsheimer v strategist Hugh White.
- Public hearings will begin for an inquiry into Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s failure to disclose gifts and travel, reports of infighting between councillors, two chief executives taking stress leave and the council’s suspension in March 2018.
- 2019 Australian of the Year Dr Richard Harris will speak in-conversation at a public SA Department for Innovation and Skills event.
- RBA assistant governor Michele Bullock will present at the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast.