Squiz Today / 20 May 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 20 May

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Getting your fab Friday started. 

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Squiz Sayings

“No matter how hard you try to avoid being cringe, you will look back on your life and cringe retrospectively.”

Said Taylor Swift to a stadium full of graduates about the fact that you can’t avoid life’s awkward moments. Sounds like some good fodder for a new song…

Election 2022 – here we go

Saturday, 21 May. Yep, International Tea Day is finally here. Oh, and there’s a federal election… And like a good brew, the candidates have been steeping in the hot water of the campaign, and they now hope we find them refreshing and invigorating enough to drink ‘em up by the pot-full.

That’s true, so onto details, eh?

●  PM Scott Morrison’s Coalition goes into tomorrow’s race with 76 seats – bang on the minimum number required to form a government in the 151-seat House of Reps. They need to hold onto every one of them if the Liberal/National parties are to hang on – or they need to win new seats to patch up any losses.

●  Anthony Albanese and Labor go in with a notional 69 seats and they need to win at least 7 to claim victory. Their result could be bolstered by support from the Greens, who pundits say could get more votes than last time. The polls are tipping a Labor win, but we went down that road in 2019 and look how that turned out…

●  And there are several seats where independent candidates are having a red hot go (or should we say a Teal hot go…) against moderate Liberal incumbents. Keep an eye on Kooyong (Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s seat), Wentworth (Dave Sharma), Goldstein (Tim Wilson), North Sydney (Trent Zimmerman) and Mackellar (Jason Falinski).

●  What do the major parties stand for? The Coalition has highlighted strong economic management as its policy cornerstone. Labor says it has a plan for a better future and that their government would be more accountable.

●  So where is this going? Dunno… Sure, there have been some stuff-ups and lighter moments along the way, but it’s likely to be a nailbiter. And a hung parliament isn’t out of the question.

Here are 3 useful resources:

●  The pendulum and swing calculator – if you’re into it, you can use this to see how the seats are tracking with, or against, the swing.

●  Who are all these Senate parties? Well, that’s a good question…

●  Which TV coverage to watch on Saturday night? Here’s a guide to who’s doing what on which channel. You’re welcome…

And a drink selection: as longtime Squizers know, we pair notable elections with a beverage. In celebration of our freedoms and free/fair elections, we’re going with a Moscow Mule. Seems totes approps for the times. And if you’re voting tomorrow, may your democracy sausage (map here…) be good.

AusPol Election 22

Squiz the Rest

Unemployment falls to record low

Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in April – the last time it was that low, it was August 1974, and Stevie Wright’s rock anthem Evie dominated the charts. But before we let our hair hang down, it was a bit of a shock that a net 4,000 new jobs were created. Digging deeper, 92,000 full-time jobs were created, and 88,000 part-time jobs were lost – and that saw the underemployment rate fall. “So people switched to working more hours, so you could say that was good,” said NAB economist Ivan Colhoun. But we’re seeing “the most severe workforce shortages in 48 years,“ according to Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Andrew McKellar. And COVID continues to mess with workers with reduced hours due to illness. But experts say we’re heading towards pay rises because of increasing competition for talent.

Business & Finance

Voluntary assisted dying is legalised in NSW

It will be legal for terminally ill people in NSW to choose to end their lives with the assistance of medical professionals after the state parliament passed legislation yesterday. It’s been 20 years since voluntary assisted dying laws were first debated, and yesterday, NSW became the last state in the country to approve the laws. Government and Labor MPs were granted a conscience vote, and both Premier Dominic Perrottet and Labor Leader Chris Minns voted against the scheme that could take up to 18 months to implement. Yesterday, PM Morrison said he wouldn’t allow the Northern Territory and ACT a voteon legalising voluntary assisted dying there, but a new Labor Government is thinking about a conscience vote in the Federal Parliament to overturn that position. #SquizShortcut


Witness tells of traumatic life with Dawson

It was a day of explosive evidence in the NSW Supreme Court with the former schoolgirl who became Chris Dawson’s wife saying she was treated as his slave. The woman known as ‘JC’ was 18yo when she moved into the Dawsons’ Northern Beaches home days after Lyn Dawson’s disappearance in January 1982. “I was looking after 2 children, I was having to learn to cook, to be the substitute housekeeper,” she said. Prosecutors argue that Dawson killed his wife and disposed of her body so he could move on with JC, an accusation Dawson denies. JC also told the court that Dawson told her he had tried to hire a hitman to kill Lyn but opted not to because innocent people could be hurt. He explained Lyn’s absence by saying she’d gone away with “religious people”. JC and Dawson married in 1984 when she was 20yo – they had a child together but separated in 1990.

Australian News Crime

Brace for a global food crisis, says UN boss

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has worsened food insecurity in poorer nations due to rising prices, and it’s a situation that could last for years. That’s the assessment of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who says Ukraine was one of the world’s breadbaskets before the war. These days, its maise and wheat exports have been smashed, along with its vast cooking oil industry. That’s caused the prices of alternatives to soar, sending global food prices almost 30% higher than at the same time last year. Combined with the pandemic and effects of climate change, Guterres says it “threatens to tip tens of millions of people over the edge into food insecurity followed by malnutrition, mass hunger and famine.” The fix is “goodwill on all sides” to restore peace and prosperity to Ukraine, he says.

World News

Get ready for the Platinum Party

It’s beginning to feel like a party after a star-studded lineup for the Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations was unveiled yesterday. A concert featuring Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer and many more will feature in the 4-day long weekend festivities, with 22,000 loyal subjects expected to attend. British rockers Queen will open the event on 4 June, with guitarist Brian May returning 20 years after he famously performed God Save the Queen on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. He’s hinted that he might pop up in another unexpected spot this time around… It’s not just about the music – other stars are set to make an appearance, including Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham, Stephen Fry and Dame Julie Andrews. And there will be lots of activity on the streets of London, with Ed Sheeran among those performing. Jolly good show…

World News

Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

Bobbi Brown is a makeup queen, and this week she got caught up in a TikTok drama after an influencer misused and dissed one of her products. It’s amusing, but the takeout is that even queens have to get their hands dirty online to protect their brands.

Hacks is back on Stan for season 2 after winning so many of the big awards last year for its first instalment. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a comedy-drama about a legendary Las Vegas comedian who teams up with a younger writer – hilarity/life-changing adjustments ensue. We could watch Jean Smart for days

Need election night sustenance? It’s hard to go past homemade sausage rolls. Make a double batch to freeze and nibble on as the count continues – it could take a few days/couple of weeks after all…

Friday Lites

Do the Squiz Quiz

Reckon you know which sport popstar-turned-athlete Cody Simpson will compete in for Oz at this year’s Commonwealth Games? Have a crack at the Squiz Quiz. 

Squiz the Day

Election Eve

Company AGMs – AMP; Invocare

Malcolm X Day – US

World Bee Day

National Walk Safely to School Day

Birthdays for singer Cher (1946) and journalist Louis Theroux (1970)

Anniversary of:
• the first publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1609)
• Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patenting the first blue jeans (1873)
• Saudi Arabia gaining independence from Great Britain (1927)
• Sukarno becoming the first President of Indonesia (1963)
• East Timor gaining independence (2002)
• Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro winning a 2nd term in an election marred by boycotts and accusations of vote-rigging (2018)

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