Mark’s news digest March 13-14, 2021 


Mark’s news digest March 13-14, 2021. This weekend’s digest of national and international news by Mark O’Brien. Reading news on Facebook feeds is inviting the ‘Facebook mind’ into your life again. If you’d prefer to have your viewing private then check out the newsfeed and click through to the website where articles first appeared.


Canberra Rape story

It would appear that this is growing into a #metoo moment in Australia as women are finding their voices and their determination and fight to not allow these stories to fade away changing nothing. Clearly Scomo has demonstrated again that he is simply clueless about what people, and women in particular, are raging about.

A seminal moment in Australian life? Maybe. I hope so.

Morrison’s empathy gap: time to stop the damage control and start showing basic humanity by Katharine Murphy

The #March4Justice isn’t about a single accused or a single survivor: It’s about equity for all women

I was raped as a teenager. Here is why I didn’t consider going to the police

No, prime minister, sexual assault allegations are not only a matter for the police

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull says Attorney-General Christian Porter is lying regarding sexual relationships with junior staff



Canberra researchers at the Australian National University find a protein that could stop allergic reactions and anaphylaxis

When pills stopped working, Andrew Robb looked to magic mushroom therapy



Australia joins US, India and Japan in ‘unprecedented’ deal for coronavirus vaccines after historic Quad meeting

Joe Biden’s first meeting with an international alliance, India, Japan, US and Australia, that can out weigh China’s influence

Israeli real-world data on Pfizer vaccine shows high Covid protection

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses have better efficacy when given 12 weeks apart, study finds

Denmark, Norway and Iceland suspend AstraZeneca COVID shots after blood clot reports


Enviro news

International Women’s Day; inspirational women of the climate council

Queensland introduces laws to ban single-use straws, polystyrene containers

Outcry at Australia’s coal plant closures misses the point: change is coming

Why being near water makes us happier?

Fires bring home climate driven urgency of rethinking where we live – and how


Australian politics

The following stories demonstrate how the LNP works. Cutting jobseeker (I am so sick of Scomo’s phrases – jobkeeper, jobfinder, jobseeker, treats population like idiots) means is the same areas targeted with cheap flights, people out of work can no longer imagine being able to afford to go to the dentist, or eat properly, drive a safe car etc.

Returning the dole back to below official poverty level in this time of high unemployment and restructuring of the national economy will suck hundreds of $millions out of local economies, and hopefully millions of voters out of the LNP base.

Cheap flights is supposed to bring tourism dollars to tourist areas along with AIRBNB blocking access to reasonably affordable housing, again hitting those at bottom of the heap, as well as giving Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin massive subsidies. LNP gives money to business while Labour gives money to people so they can spend on services that companies provide.

Federal government to offer 800,000 half-price flights in billion-dollar tourism boost

As JobKeeper is wound back, the government’s cheap flights scheme is a huge punt

Labor questions why majority of destinations for cheap flights are marginal seats

I am living in fear of what life will be like when jobseeker is cut back