PM unveils Australia’s 2050 net-zero plan

Australia’s 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target will rely on existing technologies to meet 85 per cent of the goal, with the remainder to be achieved through new breakthroughs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday confirmed he would take the commitment to the United Nations climate conference, which starts on Sunday in Glasgow. Australia’s carbon emissions … Read more

Coalition’s net-zero plan to include rural reviews

Federal cabinet has signed off on “safeguard” reviews of the economic impact of the government’s 2050 net-zero emissions target on rural and regional communities, ahead of a global climate summit. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who will leave Australia this week for the United National COP26 climate summit, said the Productivity Commission reviews would be conducted … Read more

Keith Pitt elevated back into cabinet

Resources and Water Minister Keith Pitt will return to the cabinet after the Nationals agreed to provide “in-principle support” to the government’s net-zero plans. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced the Nationals MP would be elevated back into the cabinet, just months after he was demoted. “Minister Pitt is a powerful voice for the … Read more

Labor takes 54-46 Newspoll lead as PM prepares for Glasgow climate summit

Labor has extended its lead to 54-46 in the latest Newspoll, days before Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepares to head to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit. The results of the exclusive poll, which is conducted for The Australian newspaper and released on Sunday night, shows support for the Coalition at its lowest level in … Read more

Nationals agree to support process towards net-zero target by 2050

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has indicated his party will support the process towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The in-principle support would depend on the submission to go before federal cabinet, Mr Joyce told a press conference on Sunday afternoon following a two-hour meeting of the junior Coalition party in Parliament House. “We are in … Read more

Refugee advocates rally at COVID-riddled Melbourne detention centre

Protesters have rallied outside a Melbourne hotel being used to detain refugees after a COVID-19 outbreak escalated, with more than one-third of detainees testing positive for coronavirus. There are 46 refugees and asylum seekers detained inside the city’s Park Hotel, which is being used as an alternative place of detention by the Australian Border Force. … Read more

‘Reluctant’ Clive Palmer talks up UAP, Craig Kelly

Businessman Clive Palmer says he’s “reluctant” to run for federal parliament again because he’s got a new boat and has faith in Craig Kelly to lead the United Australia Party. The former federal MP said the party he founded was the largest in the country, with 70,500 members – and growing at 500 a day. … Read more