Daily News Review – Wednesday 29 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

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Alexandra Smith reports that NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro has backed new climate change targets to slash the state’s emissions in half by 2030 at the same time his federal colleagues are bitterly divided overreaching net zero by 2050.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-nats-support-plan-to-halve-the-state-s-emissions-by-2030-20210928-p58vhp.html
Mike Foley and Nick O’Malley say that this shows Morrison how to sell net zero emissions to the Nationals.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nsw-shows-morrison-how-to-sell-net-zero-emissions-to-the-nationals-20210928-p58vha.html
In a pointed contrast with the language used by some federal MPs, the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said increasing the target showed the state was “serious about setting itself up for the future and helping the world decarbonise”. John Barilaro, the Nationals leader and deputy premier, said it would be good for regional communities, which would reap the rewards of new clean industries, write Adam Morton and Katherine Murphy.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/29/climate-pressure-on-scott-morrison-grows-after-nsw-promises-to-cut-emissions-in-half-by-2030
David Crowe and Rob Harris tell us that Scott Morrison has briefed federal MPs on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as soon as 2050 amid Liberal anger at Nationals colleagues raising new fears over the cost of reaching the target.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/pm-briefs-federal-mps-on-net-zero-as-nationals-raise-new-fears-20210928-p58vin.html
Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie is deliberately undermining the Liberal Party’s claim its policies can deliver both emissions reductions and regional jobs, writes Jennifer Hewett.
https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-climate/the-nationals-stab-the-liberals-in-the-front-on-climate-20210928-p58vgt
Flipping the likes of Matt Canavan, Bevan Shields writes, “No, the UK’s energy woes have not really been caused by net zero”.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/no-the-uk-s-energy-woes-have-not-really-been-caused-by-net-zero-20210928-p58vjs.html
The National Party appear to be the only people who think the Morrison Government takes climate seriously and they are not happy, writes Andrew P Street.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/national-partys-emission-plan-no-coal-executive-left-behind,15567
The Nationals signing up to net-zero should be a no-brainer. Instead, they’re holding Australia to ransom, writes Associate Professor of International Relations, Matt McDonald.
https://theconversation.com/the-nationals-signing-up-to-net-zero-should-be-a-no-brainer-instead-theyre-holding-australia-to-ransom-168845
According to Annika Smethurst, Darren Chester has been approached to run for the Victorian Parliament at next year’s election amid speculation about his future after he announced he was taking a break from the party.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/nationals-outsider-darren-chester-weighs-switch-from-canberra-to-spring-st-20210928-p58ves.html
Stop thinking our kids will be lumbered with massive government debts; they won’t be, says Ross Gittins.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/stop-thinking-our-kids-will-be-lumbered-with-massive-government-debts-they-won-t-be-20210928-p58v9t.html
Morrison’s Christmas present to Australia may come unstuck, cynically writes Julie Szego.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/morrison-s-christmas-present-to-australia-may-come-unstuck-20210928-p58vd8.html
Christopher Knaus reports that Brad Hazzard insists police will be responsible for enforcing entry restrictions on unvaccinated people – a position at odds with the state’s police commissioner who said officers would “not be walking through restaurants, cafes and pubs checking if people are double vaccinated”.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/28/nsw-covid-update-brad-hazzard-contradicts-police-chief-on-enforcement-of-vaccine-rules
If Scott Morrison is framing the election around fear, national security may not be the slam dunk he’s banking on, writes Peter Lewis who refers to the latest Essential polling.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/commentisfree/2021/sep/28/if-scott-morrison-is-framing-the-election-around-fear-national-security-may-not-be-the-slam-dunk-hes-banking-on
The SMH editorial says that, with a federal election campaign coming in a matter of months, the boundaries of public debate are likely to be tested. The public is best served by the vigorous but polite and reasonable expression of the widest possible range of views.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rediscovering-the-lost-art-of-robust-but-civil-debate-20210928-p58vhz.html
In this op-ed in the AFR, Anthony Albanes outlines the directions a Labor government would take.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/labor-s-alternative-plan-for-australia-20210927-p58v6p
With Donald Trump heading the field as the most likely Republican candidate for the presidency in 2024, America’s constitutional crisis seems far from over as new material surfaces about Trump’s effort to illegally seize power in January this year, writes Paul Kelly who says Donald Trump is a political criminal, not just a populist. Wow!
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/donald-trump-is-a-political-criminal-not-just-a-populist/news-story/485a5caa3ec619063f5564db3bbd03c4
The Infrastructure Department is keeping secret hundreds of documents and emails about the controversial $660 million commuter car park fund that was the subject of a scathing Auditor-General’s report. Ronald Mizen writes that the decision comes as lawyers and transparency experts raised concerns in a parliamentary inquiry that government departments were not following proper processes in administering freedom of information laws.
https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/hundreds-of-documents-connected-to-660m-car-park-program-kept-secret-20210927-p58v7u
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard says he has no intention to exempt any local health district or hospital from the mandatory vaccination rules.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/health-staff-told-to-get-vaccinated-or-be-placed-on-unpaid-leave-20210924-p58uis.html
The New Daily tells us that vaccination enforcement is still unclear for retail and hospitality as NSW prepares to reopen.
https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2021/09/28/nsw-shops-restaurants-vaccinated/
Pal Sakkal and Aisha Dow report that a spike in calls to triple-zero has prompted warnings that the Victorian health system will struggle to cope with an expected rise in hospital admissions from COVID-19.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/spike-in-triple-zero-calls-sparks-health-system-warnings-20210928-p58vcu.html
Shane Wright reports that special federal disaster payments to millions of people will end as lockdown seats hit key vaccination targets of 70 and 80 per cent.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/covid-disaster-payments-to-end-once-vaccine-targets-are-hit-20210928-p58vis.html
Vaccination rates of Indigenous people must be lifted as a matter of urgency before the country opens up, a senior Labor frontbencher argues, after it was revealed fewer than a third are fully immunised against COVID-19 more than six months into the national rollout.
https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/fewer-than-one-in-three-indigenous-australians-fully-vaccinated-20210928-p58vcp.html
One would hope that, at a time of crisis, archbishops would be careful not to lend their authority in a way that could be construed as supporting anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown sentiments, says Jesuit priest Bill Uren.
https://johnmenadue.com/three-archbishops-a-viral-infection/
At $20 a pop, Australians will be able to start purchasing self-testing kits for COVID-19 from pharmacies, convenience stores or online in a matter of weeks after the medical regulator announced it would approve them for home use from November 1.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/self-testing-kits-to-be-available-at-pharmacies-convenience-stores-within-weeks-20210928-p58vdm.html
Australian democracy is under serious threat, and neither of the major parties have any vision beyond the next election. Only an active citizenry can prevent us sliding towards authoritarian or populist democracy, writes a concerned Barry Jones.
https://johnmenadue.com/the-democratic-crisis-whatever-happened-to-courage-principle-commitment-accountability/
Determined to see progress in Australian politics, The New Liberals have been hindered by ignorance from the mainstream media, writes Victor Kline.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/mainstream-media-no-friend-to-the-new-liberals,15564
Malcolm Turnbull has warned Australia will need to develop a nuclear industry to maintain its proposed fleet of submarines and lashed its treatment of France and he has lashed Morrison for not being upfront with France over its decision to dump a $90 billion contract.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/clumsy-deceitful-and-costly-turnbull-slams-handling-of-nuclear-submarine-decision-20210928-p58ve3.html
Paul Keating responds to recent criticisms flowing from his remarks about China and the submarines by writing, “A relic of a bygone age? I might be, but I’m not a defeatist”.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/a-relic-of-a-bygone-age-i-might-be-but-i-m-not-a-defeatist-20210928-p58vdu.html
Despite what some commentators say, China does not pose a nuclear threat to Australia: its submarines and other nuclear weapons systems are much inferior to those of the US, argues Brian Touhey.
https://johnmenadue.com/brian-toohey-australias-nuclear-submarine-deal-wont-make-us-any-safer/
John Collett says that house price growth will slow, one way or another.
https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/house-price-growth-to-slow-one-way-or-another-20210927-p58v4n.html
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has at last released the report on the outcome of the 2020-21 Migration Program, months after he would have received it, complains Abul Rizvi.
https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/outcome-of-2020-21-migration-program-alex-hawke-panics-on-immigration,15563
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted perceptions of the health system. With virtual healthcare, some acute conditions can be treated at home, explains Martin Bowles who believes that, after the pandemic, virtual healthcare is the future.
https://johnmenadue.com/after-the-pandemic-virtual-healthcare-is-the-future/
Nearly two million financially vulnerable Australians are taking increasingly dramatic action to pay back Buy Now Pay Later debt, some even skipping meals to make their payments, writes Niha Hendy. This was always going to become a cancer.
https://www.smh.com.au/money/borrowing/explosive-bnpl-growth-sparks-gen-z-hardship-warning-20210927-p58v63.html
Panic buying of petrol in the UK, industry closures and energy subsidies in Europe and street lights being switched off in China are being driven by a global shortfall in gas supply, writes Stephen Bartholomeusz.
https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/the-energy-crisis-wreaking-havoc-across-the-globe-20210928-p58vdq.html
Britain’s supply chain strain could last until after Christmas, Boris Johnson has admitted as he urged motorists to stop panic-buying fuel by insisting supplies were “improving” – despite thousands of forecourts remaining dry.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/28/supply-chain-crisis-could-last-months-admits-pm-but-fuel-situation-improving
Homicides in the US in 2020 increased nearly 30 per cent over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to new figures released by the agency. America is experiencing a gun violence epidemic within the COVID pandemic
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/in-largest-ever-increase-us-homicides-surge-during-pandemic-20210928-p58vf3.html
An “Arseholes of the Week” nomination goes to Melbourne bar and restaurant owner Hayden Burbank and financial planner Mark Babbage who have been charged after allegedly entering Western Australia by falsely claiming to be Northern Territory residents and attending the AFL grand final.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/western-australia/melbourne-demon-fans-arrested-in-regional-wa-after-sneaking-into-state-to-attend-grand-final-20210928-p58vhe.html

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