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Climate Change Authority releases Review of International Offsets – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What this seems to indicate is back to the Rudd/Gillard future and that comprehensive Carbon Trading Scheme that Tony Abbott’s LNP set out to destroy by calling it a tax. The report echoes the fact that our Nation has lost 10 years of possible progress towards becoming a global leader rather than the number one laggard when tackling carbon emissions.

Climate Change Authority Media ReleaseReleased today, the Climate Change Authority’s Review of International Offsets finds the international carbon market is still evolving in response to the Paris Agreement and calls for publication of a National Carbon Market Strategy that makes the most of this opportunity for Australia to accelerate ambition on emissions reduction.The review finds that while carbon is priced and traded in Australia, the market is fragmented, inefficient and complicated.

Climate Change Authority releases Review of International Offsets – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Be progressive, Albo, don’t implement Stage 3 tax cuts

Labor is pushing ahead with Stage 3 tax cuts to benefit the wealthy, but with so many Australians struggling to make ends meet, IA founder and publisher Dave Donovan argues that the timing couldn’t be worse.

Be progressive, Albo, don’t implement Stage 3 tax cuts

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coalmine near Great Barrier Reef | Environment | The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coalmine near Great Barrier Reef | Environment | The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coalmine near Great Barrier Reef | Environment | The Guardian

Adam Bandt hung out to dry, in a solar-friendly way – Michael West

It was a big day for the Albanese government on Wednesday when its 43% emissions reduction targets were guaranteed passage in the Senate. Announcing the news, Albanese and Energy Minister Chris Bowen were grinning from ear to ear.

Adam Bandt hung out to dry, in a solar-friendly way – Michael West

Australian PM: Every US Mass Shooting Has Justified Our Gun Control Measures | Crooks and Liars

America listens to an Australia’s PM not being lobbied or supported by the NRA

25By John Amato — August 1, 2022Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese told CNN that, sadly, every mass shooting that occurs on US soil has reinforced their commitment to the gun control measures they implemented in 1996.

Australian PM: Every US Mass Shooting Has Justified Our Gun Control Measures | Crooks and Liars

What can history teach us to ensure a successful referendum for A First Nations Voice to parliament?

The Albanese government is moving ahead with plans to hold a first-term referendum on a First Nations Voice. The Prime Minister has attended the annual Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land, where the Voice was a key focus.

What can history teach us to ensure a successful referendum for A First Nations Voice to parliament?

To Solve Australia’s Cost-of-Living Crisis, Labor Should Tax Superprofits

The very fact the ALP beleves in Democracy, Bi partisan Government, and Government for everyone guarantees there won’t be any clawback from the rich on behalf of the poor. It’s a formula for the ever increasing wealth and income gaps to continue.

Inflation is eroding paychecks and rising interest rates are hurting people with mortgages. Anthony Albanese’s government could defend workers’ living standards by taxing the rich and controlling prices, but Labor’s neoliberal orthodoxy stands in the way.

To Solve Australia’s Cost-of-Living Crisis, Labor Should Tax Superprofits

The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics | Trent Zimmerman | The Guardian

The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics | Trent Zimmerman | The Guardian

The Coalition’s refusal to engage on climate legislation abandons the sensible centre of Australian politics | Trent Zimmerman | The Guardian

Why An Emissions Target Is The Work Of Satan… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Finally, I’d just like everyone to remember the basic strategy that the Coalition will adopt over the next few weeks. If Labor and The Greens reach any sort of compromise, then it’ll be because they’re a coalition and if you vote for one it’s the same as voting for the other, but if they can’t agree, then Peter Dutton will move a motion of no confidence in the government because they can’t get their legislation through the Senate.

Ok, an Opposition leader would have to be pretty stupid to do that. So how long do you think it will be before he does?

 

Source: Why An Emissions Target Is The Work Of Satan… – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coalition changes allowing renewable energy agency to fund fossil fuel projects to be scrapped | Australian politics | The Guardian

Solar panels at a solar farm on the northern outskirts of Canberra with a tree-covered hill in the background

Done and dusted one Angus Taylor LNP scam policy reversed.

Climate change minister Chris Bowen says Arena will have mandate to accelerate electrification and focus on renewable technology

The Albanese government will scrap changes to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency introduced in the dying days of the Morrison government that would have allowed it to fund some fossil fuel developments.

Source: Coalition changes allowing renewable energy agency to fund fossil fuel projects to be scrapped | Australian politics | The Guardian

Labor moves quickly on anti-corruption body, but who’s watching the watchers?

Australia's corruption score plummets to shameful new low

The Morrison Government made great strides in politicizing the APS by appointing their choice as heads of departments on politics rather than merit now AG Dreyfus is confronted with the consequences of that.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has moved quickly to set up a task force to get Labor’s federal anti-corruption body off the ground, but the staff selection process for his pilot taskforce has raised…

So, the Taskforce set to design the NACC will come from the same set of people the NACC will be tasked to investigate. With not even one person coming from outside the APS to provide a check or balance.

And forget about appealing, the AGP told Dr Holt, you can’t:

‘I note that you have requested to appeal the decisions regarding the appointments made to the NACC taskforce. As these appointments were transfers of current APS employees at their substantive levels, this is not an appealable process.’

It is probably worth noting that recruitment is not likely something attended to by the Minister, but rather by the public service. The secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department is Katherine Jones, one of three Morrison Government appointments of three key public service heads, made by Scott Morrison just under a year ago, on 22 July 2021. The appointments were not without controversy,

Source: Labor moves quickly on anti-corruption body, but who’s watching the watchers?

How Right disunity emboldens the Left – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So where now for the Right?

We are witnessing a monumental disconnect among those who define themselves as of the Right.

A stark example is the discombobulation of members of the Conservative Party of the UK, who abandoned former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in droves, suggesting the British Right has lost all faith in its philosophy.

The same is true of the Liberal Party of Australia, which, to a casual observer, appears devoid of political relevance.

Source: How Right disunity emboldens the Left – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hitting the green accelerator: Labor’s renewables target ambitious but achievable – Michael West

Jim Chalmers and Anthony Albanese

Unless the US and the world’s biggest corporations get on board and assist China and India the gesture is a token even if admirable. The biggest corporations are the biggest polluters and have ignored governments for years.

Prepare for a great acceleration in renewable energy build, despite the policy fracas between Labor and the Greens. To achieve its 82% target, Labor has to build renewables around five times faster than the past two decades, and build storage at about 10 times the rate of the past five years. Energy economist Bruce Mountain offers a blueprint.

Source: Hitting the green accelerator: Labor’s renewables target ambitious but achievable – Michael West

Albanese says Australia could be renewable energy superpower

Anthony Albanese will declare Australia is “eager and ready to do our part” to achieve a net zero world and could become a renewable energy superpower with its resources and research capacity.

In a key speech on climate change, the prime minister will tell the Sydney Energy Forum that Australia is ready to “once again be a trusted global partner on climate action”.

Source: Albanese says Australia could be renewable energy superpower

Labor asked to reassess decisions about coal and gas projects made by previous governments – ABC News

One expert says that, if the application reaches the courts, it may set an important precedent, forcing the consideration of climate change in assessments of fossil fuel projects.

Source: Labor asked to reassess decisions about coal and gas projects made by previous governments – ABC News

Mark Dreyfus orders Commonwealth to drop Bernard Collaery East Timor spying charges

Bernard Collaery chose to fight the charges after Witness K received a three-month suspended sentence.

Insanity has left the building

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has ordered the Commonwealth to drop the prosecution of lawyer Bernard Collaery, four years after he was charged with leaking classified information about Australia’s alleged spying operation in East Timor.

Source: Mark Dreyfus orders Commonwealth to drop Bernard Collaery East Timor spying charges

Albanese’s foreign policy takes off in spite of critics

Mr Albanese has sought to twin international concerns with those on Australia's doorstep.

The conservative media might be critical but the world and Australians are applauding.

But John Blaxland, a professor of international security and intelligence at the Australian National University, said that Mr Albanese appeared to be distinguishing himself by marrying international engagements with more immediate national interests.

Source: Albanese’s foreign policy takes off in spite of critics

Bowen slams Morrison legacy as fossil fuels drive jump in Australia emissions

Energy Minister Chris Bowen has criticised the Coalition’s failure to implement effective emissions reduction policies, writes Michael Mazengarb.

Source: Bowen slams Morrison legacy as fossil fuels drive jump in Australia emissions

Scrap the digital workhouse. An open letter to Tony Burke. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We know you are new in your job, Tony and face not only the huge demands of your portfolio but a backlog of catastrophic ineptitude and deceit left you by a Morrison government whose criminal negligence of health and welfare was rivalled only by its pandering to corporate oligarchs and its bent for wholesale corruption, but can you, please, reconsider Pbas?

Pbas is the points based system which the Coalition was keen to inflict on job-seekers, a jobactive revamp it promoted as “more flexible” than mandatory job application. It’s not. It’s Liberal propaganda designed to pillory job seekers for being out of work. Lazy dole-bludgers. Political point-scoring. Baked into it is unconscionable, sadistic cruelty and victim blaming. It’s the antithesis of everything we’ve come to associate with Labor.

Scrap the digital workhouse. An open letter to Tony Burke. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trade discussions ‘stalled’ over climate – Michael West

Negotiations for a “critical” trade deal with the European Union have “stalled” over perceptions Australia isn’t “fair dinkum” on climate change action, and due to a fractured relationship with France, Anthony Albanese says.

Trade discussions ‘stalled’ over climate – Michael West

Trade discussions ‘stalled’ over climate – Michael West

Government stands by renewables goal as Dutton flags opposition

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The ALP government confirms their action to increase renewables in order to reduce energy costs and emissions. While Dutton confirms nothing but a promise of opposition to the government offering no alternatives.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton signalled the Coalition would not support legislation for a more expensive, 43 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 but declined to specify the size of its own, more modest target. “We will announce that before the next election,” Mr Dutton told the ABC.

Source: Government stands by renewables goal as Dutton flags opposition

Alan Kohler: In case of recession, Albanese must don a Teflon overcoat

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Governments usually change after a recession, not before one, so the job is a nice one – to manage the recovery. But this time is different.

So the number one political imperative in Anthony Albanese’s first term is fast becoming the need to make sure he is not blamed in three years’ time for the various crises he has been bequeathed.

He will especially need to find a Teflon recession coat. Tuesday’s minimum wage decision, in line with his own submission, won’t help.
Economic prospects are now changing rapidly as the Reserve Bank belatedly engineers a slowdown to deal with inflation. It will be touch and go whether there’s a recession.

Source: Alan Kohler: In case of recession, Albanese must don a Teflon overcoat

Lucky dollar: 5.2% minimum wage increase is a significant early political win for the Albanese government | Sarah Martin | The Guardian

Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese holds a one dollar coin as he speaks to the media

 

Backing the wage rise shows Labor is on the side of workers at a time when many are doing it tough

Source: Lucky dollar: 5.2% minimum wage increase is a significant early political win for the Albanese government | Sarah Martin | The Guardian

A pox on both your houses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

none of us can expect any government to change the world overnight. Whitlam and Rudd both tried that, and it didn’t end well. Albanese has a history of building consensus and getting results, so rather than scream from the rooftops that your particular policy or action isn’t done inside the next 100 days, calm down and wait. Albanese isn’t the new Messiah and he can’t please everyone. But if he can demonstrate major political parties and good governance don’t have to be mutually exclusive, a lot more people will go into the polling booth in three years’ time without the virtual pegs on their nose.

Source: A pox on both your houses – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Same as it ever was … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Make no mistake, we’ve been here before. No sooner did Kevin Rudd and Labor gain power in November 2007 than they were confronted by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) which kicked off three months earlier, and threatened the banking industry just two months after the poll.

Source: Same as it ever was … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

O Lucky Man? Albo out to break the Labor hoodoo – Michael West

Labor is back in power. It is a rare gift. The ALP has held the reins of government for less than a third of the time in Australia’s history. And the party seems doomed to get the call from the electorate just as trouble is brewing.

Source: O Lucky Man? Albo out to break the Labor hoodoo – Michael West

Assange is still in jail – what can the new government do? – Michael West

Julian Assange, Wikileaks

There are signs that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese seems more interested in dealing with the plight of Julian Assange than was the Morrison government. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has to decide whether or not to sign off on Assange’s extradition to the US by the middle of this month. Albanese must act now, writes Greg Barns.

Source: Assange is still in jail – what can the new government do? – Michael West

Defence faces budget blowout with Aukus nuclear submarines to cost more than scrapped French project | Australia news | The Guardian

American nuclear-powered submarine

The Albanese government faces the prospect of a blowout in defence spending, with analysts warning that the nuclear-powered submarines will cost “significantly more” than the cancelled $90bn French project.

Source: Defence faces budget blowout with Aukus nuclear submarines to cost more than scrapped French project | Australia news | The Guardian

Federal anti-corruption body to have scope to investigate ‘what they see fit’, Anthony Albanese says

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When the anti-corruption body gets up and running, I envisage there will be a few politicians quaking in their shoes with the worry of will ‘I’ be next or indeed first cab of the rank. This is good news for every Australian opposed to the corruption we have seen in the former Morrison government.

The prime minister has indicated the car park and sports rorts affairs could be investigated by the national anti-corruption commission his government has promised to establish.

Source: Federal anti-corruption body to have scope to investigate ‘what they see fit’, Anthony Albanese says

After the Coalition’s failure, there is no higher duty than being Australia’s environment minister | Amelia Young | The Guardian

Tanya Plibersek with governor general David Hurley being sworn in as environment minister

An Australian environment minister carries this responsibility in a way that environment ministers from other countries don’t: Australia as the long-isolated island ark, has flora and fauna like nothing else on the globe.

So when political commentators say that Tanya Plibersek has been “demoted” to the role of Australian environment minister, I wonder what higher responsibility a government minister in 2022 could possibly carry.

Source: After the Coalition’s failure, there is no higher duty than being Australia’s environment minister | Amelia Young | The Guardian

Address the mess Albo – fossil super profits and soaring energy bills – now may be your only time – Michael West

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The new Labor government of Anthony Albanese has a unique political opportunity, a one-off perhaps, to reform. The Tory government has slapped a super profits tax on multinational gas giants in the UK. Can Labor go in to bat for the people of Australia over its fossil fuel donors? Michael West reports.

Source: Address the mess Albo – fossil super profits and soaring energy bills – now may be your only time – Michael West