Coronavirus outbreak in China traps 100 young Australians in Wuhan, Marise Payne working on evacuations

Loading Asked if the Morrison government would follow the lead of the United States, France and Japan in arranging charter flights to bring citizens home, Mr Hunt said the minister and her department were “working with the Chinese authorities on all options to secure the return of the Australians”. “These are international discussions that many countries are having and we’re coordinating with other countries in the discussions,” he said. “Our focus is on the welfare on the ground and the health and safety on the ground, and then on the…

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Can Scott Morrison regain control of the political agenda?

Loading This includes climate in all its dimensions, but there are a host of other challenges that demand attention. These range from the functioning of an antiquated federation itself; water security; education, in which Australia’s performance measured internationally is a national scandal; nation-building infrastructure separate from vote-buying sports rorts; and tax reform to broaden the Commonwealth’s revenue base. For all the government’s obsession with a disappearing wafer-thin surplus as a political talking point, the longer-term necessity for the country is how will it secure sufficient revenues to enable the provision…

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Premiers handle bushfire crisis better than PM, new poll

State premiers handled the New Year’s bushfire crisis better than Prime Minister Scott Morrison, according to voters in a new poll, which has revealed a growing shift in attitudes towards government action on climate change. More than a third of voters surveyed “strongly disapproved” of Mr Morrison’s handling of the bushfire crisis, while more than 20 per cent disapproved, leaving him with a net approval rating of just 32 per cent. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has doubled down on his government’s environment policies.Credit:AAP In contrast, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews had…

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Workers ‘wasted’ in national trouble spots for low wage growth

“These places with higher underemployment … are definitely going to feel the impact,” Mr Rawnsley said. “Especially if those tourism businesses can’t make it through the year or lay off staff to get through the year, that will exacerbate the problem.” Some of the biggest challenges are in Queensland, where the proportion of unemployed and underemployed workers has swollen over the past six years to 16.2 per cent from 11.4 per cent in west Brisbane and to 14.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent in the Darling Downs. The results…

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Federal Parliament to honour fire victims, volunteers

“These fires have been devastating, but through these terrible times we have also witnessed the Australian spirit on display with an outpouring of love, support, courage and generosity,” Mr Morrison said. “Sadly we have lost too many Australians to this disaster and the Parliament will rightly acknowledge all those who have lost loved ones and those who have suffered injuries or lost their homes or suffered in any way as a result of the recent bushfires.” Mr Albanese said he welcomed the government “adopting my proposal” and the opportunity for…

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Best of cartoons, January 27, 2020

Best of cartoons, January 27, 2020 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 5 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their humorous version of the news of the day. January 26, 2020 — 8.01pm 1/5 Illustration: Matt Golding 2/5 Illustration: Cathy Wilcox 3/5 Illustration: Jim Pavlidis 4/5 Illustration: Matt Golding 5/5 Vintage Dyson Politics

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Critics put axe to forestry industry push to increase logging

Australian National University Fenner School of Environment professor David Lindenmayer said logging in forests after fire harmed flora and fauna by removing tree hollow habitat for animals, damaged soil from trucks and equipment, and caused flow-on effects to waterways. “It has a massive impact on soil, on birds and possums and gliders, and on large old trees. On a whole bunch of things. The forest’s recovery is impaired by 80 to 180 years, so it’s a massive setback,” Professor Lindenmayer said. “Soil gets washed into streams and rivers and that…

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Emergency medal to recognise bushfire ‘service and sacrifice’

“It is the story of our today. A story of perseverance and struggle and overcoming, a story of pain and loss and seeming failure at times and, yet at the same time, a story of courage, perseverance and willingness to fight until the sun rises,” he said. Detailed eligibility criteria for the medal will be developed when the bushfire crisis is over. A NSW Fire & Rescue firefighter sprays down a smouldering tree trunk during mopping up in Wingello this month. Credit:Kate Geraghty The National Emergency Medal was established in…

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Official history of Australia’s peacekeeping efforts in East Timor back on track

Last year, The Sun-Herald revealed the War Memorial’s official historian Craig Stockings, who is overseeing the East Timor volume, was on the brink of resigning due to his frustrations with the delays and requested changes by senior DFAT bureaucrats. While it is common for government departments to request changes to official histories, especially when they regard ongoing security issues, multiple sources said the interference on this project by DFAT was unprecedented and “beyond the pale”. Them prime minister Tony Abbott and Brendan Nelson pictured together in 2014.Credit:Andrew Meares In a…

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