What must fire our national conversation

Loading Which is the only way I can make sense of Albanese’s decision to announce on Sunday that Labor would abandon its previous emissions-reduction target. A new target will be announced later. I suppose it’s another in the “I’m not Bill Shorten” series. Voters want climate action but they remain wary of what Labor has been. Still, the timing is strange, and Albanese risks alienating some voters. The inside view will be that those votes are ones Labor can lose. Perhaps, but Labor leaders need to inspire, too, to win.…

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Jetstar and pilots to resume pay talks after December strike

Jetstar and the union are scheduled to meet on January 28, both parties confirmed, where they hope to break the deadlock. “Hopefully we’ll be able to make some progress between now and then,” an AFAP spokeswoman said. A Jetstar spokeswoman said the airline looked forward to “receiving details of the union’s new 3 per cent proposal it says it has”. AFAP members have the option of walking off the job again, with the workplace tribunal approving strike action of up to 24 hours. Jetstar has claimed the union’s demands equate…

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Veteran Liberal MP Kevin Andrews faces preselection battle

In the 2011 Australia Day honours he received a Commendation for Distinguished Service, for duty in action. Military veteran Keith Wolahan has been hailed as “the future” of the party. Mr Wolahan declined to comment when contacted by The Age, citing party rules prohibiting party members from commenting on preselection. However, a senior Liberal with close knowledge of the situation said it was very likely he would nominate. “The question for the party is whether it believes in renewal, especially when the future can be a decorated special forces war…

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‘Walmart with a crown’

Retired Hollywood lighting director Thomas is also said to believe Meghan has “let down” the Royal Family over his daughter and Harry’s abdication plan, The Sun has reported. Thomas Markle spotted grocery shopping in wake of daughter Meghan and Prince Harry stepping down as senior members of the royal family. Picture: Splash/Media ModeSource:Media Mode And in a TV documentary set to air soon, Thomas, 75, branded Harry and Meghan “embarrassing”. He also told the Channel 5 doc Thomas Markle: My Story that his daughter was “cheapening” the Royal Family and…

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‘Monster’ dust storms a ‘new norm’ for rural towns

Marcia Macmillan, who has lived in Mullengudgery, 27km east of Nyngan, since 1997 says the storms are taking a huge toll on residents. “These monsters have sadly become our new norm, and they are just as corroding to our emotional and mental wellbeing as they are to the landscape,” she told news.com.au “It’s enormous. We’ve had five in the last week and they just keep rolling in. “The relentless drought continues, and dust storms of this magnitude now wreak havoc and devastation every couple of days. They are so common…

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Two dead and two injured in boat crash

Police said a 37-year-old Sellicks Hill man sailing an inflatable dinghy and a 40-year-old Murray Bridge passenger of an aluminium dinghy died when the boats collided before 4pm today. A 42-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man were also involved in the accident and were taken to the Flinders Medical Centre with serious injuries. The Advertiser reports that distressed family members were present as the bodies were recovered. One of the boats is still being recovered, and an SES boat has also arrived. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.…

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Diana’s niece spotted in PDA with fiance

There were a bunch of Hollywood A-listers at the Critics’ Choice Awards, The Duchess of Sussex was spotted in her (probably permanent) home of Canada and Liam Hemsworth confirmed his new love with some smooching at the beach. Here’s our pick of the best celeb photos of the week: Recently engaged couple Lady Kitty Spencer, 29, and Michael Lewis were spotted looking so in love in Cape Town last week. Kissing at breakfast, ergh. Picture: BackgridSource:BackGrid Liam Hemsworth had previously been pictured introducing his rumoured new girlfriend Gabriella Brooks to…

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Surprise result as bar lockouts end

The controversial lockout laws were introduced in 2014 after the deaths of one-punch victims Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie and officially repealed on January 14. They have been lifted everywhere in the CBD except Kings Cross and will be reviewed in 2021. Emergency service groups had braced for a weekend of increased alcohol-fuelled violence as a result of the New South Wales government’s decision to end the laws. But a NSW Police spokeswoman on Sunday confirmed there were no significant incidents reported on Friday or Saturday night. “Nothing out of…

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Bushfire affected Southern Highlands reopens for business

From south of Warragamba, Picton, and Wingello to the towns of Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale, people are being urged to visit. The decision to re-open follows determinations from NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, Transport for NSW and local councils. Other towns in the state, that have seen bushfires roar through them are also looking for tourists to return. A house damaged by the catastrophic bushfires in the Southern Highlands village of Balmoral, 120km south west of Sydney, Monday, December 23, 2019. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:Supplied A destroyed house in…

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Infrastructure spending blitz puts defence projects at risk

The struggle to attract and retain workers comes as Defence embarks on a building and acquisition program totalling more than $200 billion over the coming decade. At the same time, NSW and Victoria have committed to spending more than $120 billion on infrastructure projects over the next four years. Defence highlighted continuing shortages of skilled workers for its land programs because of competition from the Victorian government and the private companies involved in the large infrastructure projects in that state. The quarterly Defence report for June last year, which is…

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