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Another Niki Savva classic! She covers a lot of ground, writing in an entertaining style.
It is correct, as former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has asserted, that few of the questions raised by the government’s announcement that Australia will acquire nuclear-propelled submarines have been answered, explains the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Marcus Hellyer. He says that submarines that don’t need refuelling still require a nuclear industry
And in this op-ed Malcolm Turnbull torpedoes Morrison over the submarines fiasco.
Anthony Galloway tells us about Turnbull’s appearance at the NPC yesterday, where he claimed Scott Morrison put Australia’s national security at risk in the way he has handled the decision to dump a $90 billion submarine contract with France and instead build a nuclear-propelled fleet with the United States and Britain.
Essentially agreeing with Turnbull, a disillusioned Greg Sheridan begins this spit with, “As things stand, it is unlikely Australia will ever get a nuclear submarine. All that we have done so far is cancel the French submarine. My guess is this delays any submarine at all by at least 10 years.”
And Michelle Grattan describes how Turnbull slammed ‘deceitful’ Morrison for giving Australia a reputation as untrustworthy.
“China is repeatedly accused of coercion. But China is a minor player in the coercion game. The US is the grand master. Now that Australia has forfeited so much sovereignty to the US, expect its coercive diplomacy to play an increasingly prominent and negative role in Australian decision making and affairs”, warns Bruce Haigh.
Paul Keating put it succinctly yesterday in The Sydney Morning Herald that we are selling our country to another power. Or, as former ambassador John McCarthy put it, “we are moving from being a country with the self-respect of true independence”, writes Paul Menadue.
Malcolm Turnbull will not back Scott Morrison over Anthony Albanese, and has reserved the right to back independents funded by climate change activists over pro-climate action Liberal MPs, including those who backed him in the 2018 leadership coup, writes Phil Coorey.
Australia’s budget deficit at the time of the Delta outbreak was nearly $80bn less than forecast in the first year of the pandemic, coming in at around $135bn on the back of a sharp recovery in the jobs market and a reduction in welfare payments, reports Simon Benson.
Here’s Peta Credlin’s weekly contribution in The Oz.
Jennifer Duke and Shane Wright report that Sydney and Melbourne home buyers face tougher lending standards within months as house prices in the two largest Australian cities rise hundreds of dollars every day.
Alan Kohler tells us that curbs on risky lending won’t solve the housing affordability crisis.
According to Lucy Carroll, the number of biopsies, scans and surgeries in Australia plummeted last year, sparking concerns of up to 20,000 missed cancer cases as extended lockdowns halt check-ups.
These health experts in The Conversation outline all the risks associated with NSW’s opening up. Well worth reading.
YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about COVID-19 vaccines to include content that contains misinformation about other approved vaccines, it said in a blog post. And about time too!
More than one million NSW workers will, within weeks, lose the federal disaster payments that have been sustaining them through the three months of lockdown and for many it will be a trying time, says the SMH’s editorial.
Melbourne’s building industry is set to reopen on Tuesday after a two-week hiatus, despite a growing COVID-19 outbreak at the construction union headquarters. The cluster has infected four CFMEU officials and forced hundreds of people into self-isolation, including union leader John Setka, reports The Age.
Michael Pascoe looks at some of the hidden perils and effects of the nearly two year pandemic.
Victorian businesses have been short-changed up to $1.01 million each compared with those in NSW, under the different business support schemes, the Tax Institute has found.
Rob Harris tells us that Angus Taylor will press the world’s leading nations to improve their climate emissions reporting ahead of a global summit, arguing that all countries need to be held accountable for their targets. Angus Taylor calling for accountability and transparency? That’s one for the ages!
Nick Toscano and Mike Foley say that Australia’s clean energy transition is tipped to accelerate to the point that most homes will have solar panels paired with batteries by 2030 and the nation could have the highest penetration of renewable energy per-capita of anywhere in the world.
Australian states could deliver at least a 34% cut in national greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 based on existing pledges, prompting calls for the Morrison government to lift its climate goals. New South Wales on Wednesday became the third state to set a target of cutting emissions roughly in half by the end of the decade compared with 2005 levels, in line with what scientists say is necessary for the developed world to live up to the goals of the Paris agreement.
With just weeks to go to the key climate conference in Glasgow, the government has announced no target or policy, but it does have an ad campaign, writes Graham Readfern.
Australia should not be a climate laggard at Glasgow. We should be leading the world and encouraging every other country to increase their climate ambitions, urges NSW energy and environment minister Matt Kean.
Paul Karp reports that the UK’s high commissioner to Australia has warned it will be “very disappointed” if Scott Morrison doesn’t attend climate talks in Glasgow, as pressure mounts to lift emissions reduction ambitions.
“On a matter as important as climate change, shouldn’t the Prime Minister attend the Glasgow conference?”, writes John Lord.
‘Green growth’ doesn’t exist – less of everything is the only way to avert catastrophe, opines George Monbiot.
Victoria’s anti-corruption commission will call former Andrews government minister and Labor factional strongman Adem Somyurek to public hearings in the next fortnight to probe allegations he misused public money to build his power in the party.
Victoria’s Health Department has been charged over last year’s mistakes in hotel quarantine that drove the state’s deadly second wave of COVID-19. WorkSafe has charged the Department of Health with 58 breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, alleging the department failed to provide a safe workplace for its employees and failed to ensure people were not exposed to risks to their health and safety, reports Tammy Mills.
Anthony Galloway writes that new laws will be urgently passed to help Australian businesses fend off major cyber-attacks in a range of new sectors including banking, groceries and universities, while businesses continue to express serious concerns about the government’s proposed overhaul of the critical infrastructure regime.
The global COVID-19 recovery is driving hot demand for Australian coal, but threats loom for the fossil fuel as decarbonisation goals accelerate, says Nick Toscano.
Our political leaders will do anything to stay in positions of power, including deceiving the voting public on urgent matters of climate change, writes Sue Arnold.
Professor of Law, Joellen Riley Munton, examines vaccination and the law. She does not have good news for those who refuse vaccination.
“Just who will draw the short straw on policing the line between the vaxxed and the unvaxxed when states open is emerging as the decade’s vexed demarcation dispute”, asks Elizabeth Knight. She says the question is “political kryptonite”.
The AFR says that soaring prices for gas and coal look set to drive Australian resources exports to a record $349 billion as big economies such as China and Europe battle energy supply crises and the Morrison government faces an internal stoush over whether to adopt stronger emissions reduction targets.
Alexandra Smith describes the conundrum over voluntary assisted dying that is facing Berejiklian. It one of her own making after she said after a bruising abortion debate, that there would be no more conscience votes in this term of government.
“The Victorian government’s decision to legislate to stop religious schools having control over who they employ illustrates how religious freedom is being undermined in Australia. Such a law will force faith-based schools to employ staff whose beliefs and actions are inimical to the religious tenets such schools embody”, whines tha Australian Catholic University’s Kevin Donnelly.
Panic petrol buying, soaring gas prices, a truck driver shortage, a labour market squeeze – there’s a perfect inflationary storm brewing in Britain, explains Hans van Leeuwen.
“No, Barnaby. The UK energy crisis has nothing to do with its net-zero target, and to suggest otherwise is outrageous”, say these two academics in their contribution to The Conversation.
The Chinese Government is making progress in achieving a reduction in carbon emissions through its technology and energy sectors, writes Professor John Quiggin.
Following on from yesterday’s “Arseholes of the Week” nomination, West Australian Police Minister Paul Papalia says the actions of two Melbourne Demons fans who allegedly sneaked into the state to attend the AFL grand final were “despicable” and called for the pair to face jail time.
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