Daily New Review – Monday 27 September

Each day this service is sourced by CCO from the excellent work done as ‘The Dawn Patrol’ for over a decade now by ‘BK’ at Poll Bludger. See; pollbludger.net


Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles has criticised the Australian prime minister for giving people false hope about the state opening its borders in time for Christmas. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Mr Miles said Scott Morrison needed to focus on his job instead of discussing “what should happen in Queensland in 90 days’ time”, reports Jocelyn Carter.
Darren Chester’s decision to remove himself from the Nationals federal party room, albeit temporarily at this stage, is a reflection of how Balkanised the junior Coalition partner has become, writes Rob Harris who tells us that the departure might be least of Joyce’s troubles right now.
Katherine Murphy tells us Matt Canavan has signalled he is prepared to defy his party room if a majority accepts a commitment to net zero, as his Victorian colleague Darren Chester – who supports an aspirational mid-century target – will take a break from the National party.
Scott Morrison has a month to win the Coalition partner’s backing, and it’s going to cost him money, money, money, predicts Jennifer Hewett.
Scott Morrison will return home to a fight on two fronts – and one could prove ruinous, writes Katherine Murphy. She says replacing Christian Porter is just the start of the PM’s problems, as climate jostling in the National party over net zero threatens to spill into all-out warfare.
Alan Kohler says that Australia’s net-zero target must include legislation. Without it, he says – if net zero is just an intention – it will be meaningless.
Swift action for a coal-free future cannot come fast enough, urges the SMH editorial.
Denis Shannahan says that Scott Morrison is preparing an integrated climate change plan to more swiftly transition Australia’s energy exports from fossil fuels towards new low emissions technologies and cleaner energy sources to avoid the nation being left behind as the world moves towards a net zero future.
John Lord declares that the National Party has no environmental credibility whatsoever.
Former finance minister Mathias Cormann is set to become a key figure in a push to create a global carbon pricing regime, a move that would confound his many detractors in the climate-change movement, writes Hans van Leeuwen.
A government move to shield national cabinet meetings from scrutiny should be “killed off”, says independent senator Rex Patrick, as he launches a counter challenge to block the last-minute changes. It comes on the eve of a Senate hearing into the contentious legislation that would block the leaders’ meetings from being subject to Freedom of Information disclosures – something that has concerned government accountability experts. Writes Josh Butler.
Nancy Pelosi’s praise for Scott Morrison should terrify Labor, says Sean Kelly.
John McCarthy argues that, with AUKUS, we are moving fast from being a country with the self-respect of true independence.
Councils and NSW Health have defended the decision to allow unvaccinated people to access outdoor pools when they reopen on Monday, amid community concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
Associate professor in political philosophy, Holly Lawford-Smith, argues why vaccine mandates must be a last resort.
Professor Stephen Alomes explains how the Doherty model has been politically weaponised.
Meanwhile, the New Daily tells us that vaccine passports for fully jabbed people will be trialled in parts of regional Victoria, testing how to enforce rules that will enable double-dosed patrons to take part in a “vaccinated economy”. The series of trials will begin across some regional Victorian businesses and events from October 11 in areas with high vaccinations and low virus such as Buloke, Pyrenees, Bass Coast, Bendigo, East Gippsland and Warrnambool.
Rachel Clun reports that home COVID-19 testing will become widely available as soon as the medical regulator approves its use, with the federal government eager for self-testing to become another layer in the community’s protection against the pandemic as the country opens up.
Health experts say the smaller and sooner-than-expected peak in severe COVID-19 infections in NSW should be replicated in Victoria as better-than-expected vaccine effectiveness pushes against modellers’ worst-case scenarios, writes Tom Burton.
The fallout from the cancellation of the nation’s Attack-class submarines contract has widened, with American defence giant Lockheed Martin – which was to have built the boats’ combat systems – issuing termination letters to its subcontractors. The move affects large defence contractors such as Thales Australia, as well as dozens of small and medium enterprises, including 12 named as Lockheed Martin partners on the program on the day before the French-designed submarines were cancelled, writes Ben Packham.
Morrison’s tanking of the Australian-French submarine deal in favour of the AUKUS pact signals to the world that Australia is not interested in being a real sovereign nation, writes Peter Henning.
The nation’s economists are realising that what we need is not smaller government but better government – government that delivers value for money. That means stopping the waste of taxpayers’ money. But identifying genuine waste is harder than you may think, explains Ross Gittins.
Catholic historian Paul Collins writes that Australia is an object lesson in what not to do when planning church renewal as he looks a the upcoming plenary session of the Catholic church. He is not impressed with them shying away from the key issues.
Furniture, televisions, electronics, toys, sporting goods and food are facing months of delays as port strikes across the country, triggered by a worsening dispute over union demands for more pay and control of hiring workers, threaten to cripple imports ahead of Christmas and further strain supply chains in the middle of state lockdowns, reports the AFR.
Decades of economic expansion have come at the expense of developing nations and a tremendous cost to the planet. Degrowth is a healthier future option, writes Erin Remblance.
Foodco, the franchisor behind Jamaica Blue and Muffin Break cafes, is signing up franchisees to failed sites despite a decline in both businesses, in a bid to bolster its profits, writes Cara Waters. What IS it about franchisors?
Hundreds of soldiers could be scrambled to deliver fuel to petrol stations running dry across the country due to panic buying and a shortage of drivers under an emergency plan expected to be considered by Boris Johnson on Monday.
Biden must act quickly to save his presidency, opines Simon Tisdall.

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