Episode 289 – Facebook refused an extortion demand

In this episode we discuss:

We’ve Been Zucked
Brittany Higgins
Who is Celia Hammond?
Morrisons reliance on Jen
Tennis Boos
Gough Whitlam
Public Opinion
Thousands of anti-vaxxers hit Brisbane streets to protest jab
Exponential Growth
Australian businesses can require customers to prove they’ve had Covid jab, regulator says
Melbourne doctors under review for promoting discredited Covid treatment
Tobacco Advertising
Greens to put inequality at centre of election campaign after billionaires make out ‘like bandits’
Democracy’s fragility revealed – Kevin Andrews

Show notes in a pdf – 289 notes

3 comments on “Episode 289 – Facebook refused an extortion demand
  1. Donavan Marney says:

    Hi, I would like to search through your podcasts in search of specific topics. Could you please advise if you have a search tool for your podcasts?


  2. Bronwyn Benn says:

    I just wanted to leave my congratulations to Scott for your recent job seeking success. I hope you find the new job interesting and fulfilling. We’ll miss you from the podcast, but hopefully you can take a guest starring role occasionally. All the best, Bronwyn

  3. Bronwyn Benn says:

    And another message from me – this one is for the 12th Man.

    12th, I am writing to correct the factual errors which were apparent in your discussion of the states of emergency in Victoria.

    Victorian public health legislation allows for a state of emergency to be called, but only for a period of four weeks. The state of emergency can be extended for a further four weeks, but the total period is capped at six months. If the government wants to go beyond that, it has to seek a legislative amendment via State Parliament.

    The initial state of emergency related to COVID-19 was declared in March, and was subsequently renewed in several four-week increments. When the six-month cap timeline of September was approaching, Melbourne was still in Stage 4 lockdown with several hundred new cases per day, so it was obvious that an extension of the state of emergency would be required to enable the CHO to continue to issue directions in relation to the management of the pandemic. Therefore the State Government sought Parliamentary approval of an extension to the state of emergency beyond the six months allowed in the legislation. This was granted after some concessions were made by negotiation with the upper house cross benchers (of which Fiona Patten of the Reason Party is one), ie. the government didn’t get their bill through unamended.

    The State Government is now seeking an additional extension of the current state of emergency from Parliament, as it expires this month. This is currently being debated in the Upper House, and it’s been reported already that the government has conceded some issues to the cross benchers.

    To respond to your accusations of a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the Victorian Government, I refer you to the Fact Check article below. This article makes the excellent point that Victoria is the only state whose emergency powers legislation requires successive states of emergency to be time limited, thus requiring Parliamentary scrutiny beyond the cap. This is not the case in any other state, nor in the Commonwealth.



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