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Reds Under Bed: Barnaby and Keith’s plot for Australia to subsidise China – Michael West Media

Barnaby Joyce, Keith Pitt, coal

The Coalition’s election war-chest will be brimming with fossil fuel donations thanks to demands by Barnaby Joyce and Keith Pitt to transfer $250bn from Australia to Chinese and other coal and gas companies. Michael West reports on the National Party’s latest brainstorm.

Source: Reds Under Bed: Barnaby and Keith’s plot for Australia to subsidise China – Michael West Media

Banks urged not to fund coal power as government moves to underwrite projects | Australia news | The Guardian

Liddell power station in the NSW Hunter Valley

Government Guaranteeing the investment viability of coal in their “free market” economy” (ODT)

Activist groups warn providing finance for coal-fired power stations is inconsistent with banks’ commitments to Paris agreement

via Banks urged not to fund coal power as government moves to underwrite projects | Australia news | The Guardian

Russia is a rising military power in the Asia-Pacific, and Australia needs to take it seriously – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russian navy

Why is it since Howard the Coalition seems to portray everyone as our enemies except the Anglosphere and Israel? Both Howard and Abbott have taken us to 2 wars we aren’t winning and Abbott was ready to take us to the Ukraine as well. Are we being fed the wrong information and for what purpose? (ODT)

Last December, Russian strategic bombers conducted exercises out of an Indonesian airfield close to Australia, forcing Australian Defence personnel in Darwin into a state of “increased readiness”. There were concerns the exercises may have been aimed at information gathering.

Then in March, two “undeclared intelligence officers” were expelled from the Russian embassy in Canberra, raising more questions about Russian covert activities in Australia. Two months later, a Russian training warship visited Papua New Guinea — the first visit of its kind for the Russian navy.

via Russia is a rising military power in the Asia-Pacific, and Australia needs to take it seriously – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Is this a red line for us?’ $15b European trade deal doomed if Australia dodges Paris pledge

EU doesn’t think Australia 1% of the words emmissions are insignificant as the Conservatives do (ODT)

The Coalition’s internal climate war risks damaging the economy after Europe declared it would reject a $15 billion trade deal with Australia unless the Morrison government keeps its pledge to cut pollution under the Paris accord.

The EU bloc is Australia’s second largest trading partner, third largest export destination and second largest services market. The EU was also Australia’s largest source of foreign investment in 2017.

Mr Morrison – who is in Jakarta for trade talks – and Trade Minister Simon Birmingham declined to comment on the European Parliament’s position.

via ‘Is this a red line for us?’ $15b European trade deal doomed if Australia dodges Paris pledge

‘See you in court’: Student rejects Labor MP Terri Butler’s apology and vows to continue lawsuit

A stoush between a Queensland law student and Labor frontbencher Terri Butler over claims of a “racist smear” is bound for court after he bluntly rejected her apology as a “sham” and vowed to press ahead with a $150,000 defamation lawsuit.

Source: ‘See you in court’: Student rejects Labor MP Terri Butler’s apology and vows to continue lawsuit

LNP plays gutter politics with Safe Schools – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Safe Schools program currently at the centre of right-wing LNP angst was functioning throughout failed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s governance, yet not one voice was raised against it until Abbott was ousted, and Turnbull took his place. After capitulating to his party’s right-wing faction and instigating an inquiry into the program, Turnbull is now…

Source: LNP plays gutter politics with Safe Schools – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Malcolm Fraser says selling the ABC and SBS would be "lousy" politics.

The Abbott government’s push to double advertising on the SBS during peak viewing periods is part of a plan to sell the public broadcaster, former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser says.

Mr Fraser criticised the government’s cuts to the SBS and the ABC, which total more than $300 million over five years.

“Forced cuts from the ABC and SBS … it is part of a whole ideological approach, which to me is to ultimately get rid of publicly funded broadcasting,” Mr Fraser said.

“The government does not believe in government activity. They’re not prepared to say so straight out in relation to ABC and SBS, because both are too popular.”

Mr Fraser’s comments after the boss of Ten Network Holdings Hamish McLennan said the government’s proposed changes to SBS’s advertising structure was creating a “fourth free-to-air network by stealth”.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said government would seek to average out the SBS’s current advertising limit of 5 minutes an hour over the day, allowing it to double it in peak viewing periods. This would increase the broadcaster’s “savings” back to the federal budget to $53.7 million, or 3.7 per cent, over five years, he said.

“[That is] assuming that the additional revenue to the SBS from advertising changes amounts to $28.5 million over five years,” the minister said.

But the commercial free-to-air networks have disputed the government’s figures, saying doubling advertising during peak would rob them of more than $200 million.

Mr Fraser said he was concerned that ongoing cuts and more advertising on the SBS would eventually lead to the government privatising the broadcaster.

“They’ll say ‘what’s the point, you’re behaving like a commercial [broadcaster], you’re getting your money the same way’.

“If there is any value left, they will sell it to somebody or if there is no value left they’ll wind it up,” he said.

“We are seeing an ideological program designed to get rid of both [the ABC and SBS].”

Mr Fraser said it was “lousy” politics and that the government did “not accept that there were some things that the government needs to do if they are going to be done well”.

“I would like to see the ABC operating, certainly throughout Asia, with the kind of reputation that the BBC holds worldwide. And the BBC is one of the most reliable news reporters. It always has been and that’s good for Britain.

“The ABC is the only organisation that can do that for Australia.”

Mr Turnbull defended the cuts on Wednesday, saying “the work I’ve undertaken with both broadcasters is about more than repairing the [federal] budget, it is also about reform that will modernise both organisations, pave the way for productivity gains and ensure our national broadcasters are focused on good business practices for the long-term”.

Mr Fraser’s comments were at odds with commercial network bosses, who say that the ABC should be able to absorb a cut over five years.

John Hartigan, chairman of regional TV broadcaster Prime Media and former News Limited boss, welcomed the Abbott government’s push for greater financial transparency and governance at the national broadcaster and also its proposal to strip Mark Scott of the combined role of ABC managing director and editor-in-chief.

“I applaud the fact that editorial responsibility is finally being split or will be split, and even more so, the directors now will have to not sit on the fence,” Mr Hartigan said.

“They have got to be active. That’s what boards are in place for to represent their constituency, and finally they will have to put up or shut up. You just can’t hide. There is no place to hide in today’s transparent world.”

 
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