We have a lot to say about submarines. Also, shutting down public transport to stop a protest: Sensible tactic to calm things down or bad idea that'll just make things worse? If only I were writing this several days in the future and could see what would happen on Monday and Tuesday.
Three large sons
- Australia has entered a new military pact with the US & UK to build a couple of new submarines. It’s pronounced “Orcus”.
- We wasted billions of dollars on the Collins class Submarines.
- No one remembers Scott Morrison’s name.
- Scott Morrison called French President Macron the night before the contract was announced. They’re pissed now.
- France is a major provider of military contracts in Australia.
- Nationals MP Matt Canavan is already trying to pivot this into a push for nuclear power.
- The move has also pissed off Indonesia, who canceled a planned visit between President Widodo and Scott Morrison.
- Australia’s very clever defense policy.
- Greens leader Adam Bandt called the submarines “floating Chernobyls”.
- Correction: Lang states that Matt Damon was in Pearl Harbor. This is a common mistake; he was thinking of Jon Voight.
Top of the cops
- Police shut down Melbourne’s public transport to put a damper on anti-lockdown protests.
- The protests still happened.
- Construction workers also protested the shutting down of tea rooms.
- The University sector has lost 40,000 jobs since the pandemic started.
- Shoutouts to Joel Fitzgibbon, who is not recontesting the next election in Hunter, but has been highly effective at saying the quiet part loud.