Greens lift 2030 renewable target to 100 per cent, would revive carbon price

Under its Renew Australia 2030 plan, the Greens would also seek to phase out all exports of thermal coal used in power plants by that year, using an auction system. Loading The scheme would also levy at least $268 million in the first five years to help fund trade diversification. Australia’s thermal coal exports of about 185 million tonnes in 2019 would dive to just 21.5 million tonnes by 2029 and cease the following year. “Coal is the world’s biggest cause of climate change – and Australia is the world’s…

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Booming Melbourne to become nation’s largest city by 2026

Of Melbourne’s total population increase through the year, 65 per cent of it was due to overseas migration. One of those to make the move to Melbourne is SriHarsha Malempati, 23, who arrived in the city in October last year. Student SriHarsha Malempati who moved to Melbourne six months ago.Credit:Justin McManus SriHarsha holds a bachelor’s degree from his home city of Narasraopet, but wanted to further his education in Melbourne, a city he says stood out when researching cities around the world. Never having stepped foot in Melbourne before making the…

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Companies ‘no longer comfortable’ storing data in Australia: Microsoft warns

He said Australia had in recent years “emerged as a country where people and companies and even governments in many other countries were comfortable storing their data”, which had benefited the domestic tech sector and economy. Loading “But when I travel to other countries, I hear companies and governments say we are no longer comfortable putting our data in Australia and so they are asking us to build our data centres in other countries and we will have to sort through those issues,” Mr Smith told the audience. “The big…

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Senator Brian Burston seeks AVO against One Nation staffer James Ashby

Senate President Scott Ryan told Parliament he revoked Mr Ashby’s parliamentary pass “for the time being” after reviewing security tape showing an “incident” between Mr Burston and Mr Ashby and “inappropriate behaviour by a passholder towards a Senator”. Mr Burston, who joined Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party after leaving One Nation, has advised Mr Ryan’s office he will not attend Parliament in April for the Budget sessions if Mr Ashby is allowed to return. Senators Brian Burston and Pauline Hanson in the Senate at Parliament House on February 14.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer…

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Bill Shorten pulls unions into line over One Nation

“My clear view – and I’ve stated it to union leaders – is yes, I know that traditionally you say put the LNP last. But I think One Nation’s performance in recent times and that of [senator] Fraser Anning [mean] I think they have to be put last,” Mr Shorten told reporters. “I will say this again – I would rather see Labor’s preferences go to the LNP first rather than to the One Nation party. “And that mightn’t always be in my interests. And maybe One Nation, the political leadership, will seek to punish…

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Labor eyes financial incentives for electricity companies that cut emissions

Sources familiar with the draft policy say Labor is seriously considering linking that mechanism to the electricity sector. This would allow power companies to cut emissions beyond 45 per cent and generate carbon credits, which could then be sold to polluting companies needing to offset their emissions. The office of Labor’s climate change and energy spokesman Mark Butler did not confirm the plan. If adopted by a future Labor government, it would encourage carbon abatement from power generation without the political risk of forcing the electricity sector to make greater…

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the price Turnbull paid to become PM

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size Malcolm Turnbull was ready to be sworn in as prime minister. He had beaten Tony Abbott for the Liberal leadership and now he needed to make the 10-minute drive to see the Governor-General. But he’d hit a snag. It was called the Nationals. Without their country cousins and Coalition partner, the Liberals didn’t have a majority in the House of Representatives. They couldn’t form government. The Nats were driving a hard bargain. Turnbull was resisting. And parliamentary question time was looming. Then-Prime…

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Australian intelligence agency declassifies information in cyber terror fight

“Daesh communications were degraded within seconds. Terrorist commanders couldn’t connect to the internet and were unable to communicate with each other,” Mr Burgess is expected to say. Loading “The terrorists were in disarray and driven from their position — in part because of the young men and women at their keyboards some 11,000 kilometres or so from the battle.” In another operation, ASD hackers mounted cyber attacks against the IS media machine, which was critical to the group’s global propaganda and radicalisation efforts. “We locked the terrorists out of their…

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Best of cartoons, March 27, 2019

Best of cartoons, March 27, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 15 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day. March 26, 2019 — 10.44pm 1/15 Illustration: Cathy Wilcox 2/15 Illustration: Michael Leunig 3/15 Illustration: Simon Letch 4/15 Illustration: Simon Letch 5/15 Illustration: Oslo Davis 6/15 Illustration: Matt Golding 7/15 Illustration: John Shakespeare 8/15 Illustration: Matt Golding 9/15 Illustration: Andrew Dyson 10/15 Illustration: Matt Golding 11/15 Illustration: Matt Golding 12/15 Illustration: Matt Golding…

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Economist warns Bill Shorten against ‘overpromising’ on wages

“The politics of this are good, but the economics aren’t nearly as good.” Mr Shorten announced on Tuesday that a Labor government would legislate to enable the Fair Work Commission to give more weight to cost of living pressures when setting the minimum wage, in a move he says would impact about 1.2 million low-paid workers. Under the policy, the commission would identify a living wage target in its 2020 annual wage review, then phase in minimum wage increases to reach the target. Despite selling the policy as a “sensible, measured,…

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