Scientists round the world are looking aghast at the politics of climate change in Australia.
It’s one of the most vulnerable countries on the planet to rising temperatures, yet there is still denial about the impacts of rising CO2 levels on events like the current wildfires.
There is no serious doubt among scientific institutions that rising global temperatures are leading to record heat.
The heatwaves are driven by a natural phenomenon but they are adding to an already over-heated planet.
In the election, the victorious Liberal (conservative) Party categorised climate change as a metropolitan fad for urban professionals, and gained support for the world’s biggest coal mine.
Coal is the dirtiest fuel and scientists say we shouldn’t be building more coal-fired power stations if we want to stabilise the climate.
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Authorities later identified the gunman as Ian David Long, 28, a Marine veteran, who was found dead inside after apparently killing himself.
Earlier this year, Long was cleared by a mental-health specialist after an encounter with police.
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said on Thursday morning that investigators had not been able to determine a motive.
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“When there is absolutely no curse or verbal abuse from Serena then giving her a game penalty is insane. You can’t do that. It is impossible.”
“She’s right [Serena Williams] when she says the men say 10 times worse and don’t even get a warning.”
Equality for Australian women has worsened dramatically since the beginning of this decade, with high levels of sexual harassment in the workplace, the former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, recently warned.
With the Turnbull Government’s proposed corporate tax cut stalled in the Upper House, the business lobby has been ramping up efforts to convince a handful of crossbench senators to pass the legislation.
Source: Fact check: Would companies that paid no tax in 2015-16 be unable to benefit from a tax cut so as to invest more and help lift wages? – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In its rush to paint Labor as wild-eyed tax-and-spend merchants … the Coalition is deliberately over-egging the impact
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Donald Trump’s well known for his “make America great again” slogan, but did you know Hitler was the one to get there first? Trump’s Hitler mimicry was discovered after the following article was found. It was part of a series on Modern Leaders of Men, and was syndicated in newspapers across the United States in 1934. According […]
There are good reasons to doubt the prudence of Tony Abbott’s attack on public service jobs.
Amaryllis Fox spoke for the first time publicly with AJ+ about terrorism, misguided narratives on why it happens, and the underlying motivators driving it.
- The claim: Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says Australia has “one of the highest loss of species anywhere in the world”.
- The verdict: When comparing places on the IUCN Red List, Australia is in the top five for extinction of animals and plant species, and the top 10 for endangered and threatened species. Senator Di Natale’s claim is correct.
- The claim: Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie says most guns used in crime are illegally imported rather than coming from licensed owners.
- The verdict: ABC Fact Check could find no study or evidence that proved the majority of guns used to commit crimes are illegally imported. Comprehensive data on the source of illegal guns in Australia is lacking. Senator McKenzie’s claim is baseless.
- The claim: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Coalition announced plans to stop new mothers “double dipping” on paid parental leave before the 2013 election.
- The verdict: The policy the Coalition took to the election didn’t include ending double dipping and ensured most working women would have a far better deal with their paid parental leave. A pre-election costings document did flag scrapping double dipping for public servants, but it didn’t say it would apply to women in the private sector. Mr Abbott’s claim is misleading.
- The claim: Treasurer Joe Hockey says abolishing negative gearing could push up rents, because that’s what happened in the 1980s.
- The verdict: During the period negative gearing was abolished rents notably increased only in Sydney and Perth. Other factors, including high interest rates and the share market boom, were also contributors to rent increases at the time. Mr Hockey’s claim doesn’t stack up.
- The claim: Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop says the Abbott Government inherited the worst set of financial accounts in Australia’s history.
- The verdict: Large borrowings to finance Australia’s participation in World War I and World War II and the impact of the Great Depression led to much higher deficits and levels of debt than any government has experienced since. The Howard Government also inherited more gross and net debt and a higher budget deficit relative to GDP than the Abbott Government. Ms Bishop is wrong.
- The claim: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says growth in spending is lower under the Coalition than it was under Labor.
- The verdict: Experts say Labor’s one-off stimulus spending to combat the GFC distorts Mr Abbott’s comparison, and opposition in the Senate to proposed spending cuts could change the estimates for the Abbott Government. What’s more, measured as a proportion of gross domestic product, spending under the Abbott Government has been higher than in all but one of Labor’s years in government. Mr Abbott’s claim is spin.
The number of election commitments broken by the Abbott Government has jumped from eight to 12.
Since launching our election Promise Tracker in July, we’ve had requests from the audience – and the Prime Minister’s office – to examine more of the Coalition’s pre-election commitments.
We’ve added a dozen of the most popular requests into the mix, including Tony Abbott’s pledge to spend a week a year in an Indigenous community, the promise to send a Customs vessel to the Southern Ocean to monitor whaling, and the commitment to ensure the continuation of existing university funding arrangements.
Of the additions, one is delivered – the decision on Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek; four are broken; two are stalled; and five are in progress.
But overall the Abbott Government is still delivering more than it’s breaking.
Here’s how the new promises change the tally: of the 78 promises now being tracked, 15 are delivered, 12 are broken, four are stalled and 47 are in progress.
Here’s an overview of the new promises and their statuses:
In April 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed the Government would help fund a second airport for Sydney at Badgerys Creek, fulfilling its pre-election promise to announce a site for the airport and ending decades of debate.
Tony Abbott repeatedly promised to spend a week a year in an Indigenous community. In his first year in Government, he spent four days in Arnhem Land, breaking his promise.
The Coalition said it was committed to sending an Australian Customs vessel to act as a “cop on the beat”, after confrontations between anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers in 2013.
This year’s whaling season ended in March, with a plane – but not a vessel – being sent to monitor whaling in the Southern Ocean.
The Coalition vowed to publish a cost-benefit analysis before funding any infrastructure project over $100 million. It broke that promise, by paying $1 billion to Victoria for the second stage of the East West Link before any analysis was released.
Tony Abbott repeatedly promised he wouldn’t “move the goalposts” on superannuation and would make sure there were no more negative, unexpected changes to the system.
He broke that promise when increases to the superannuation guarantee were delayed until July 2021.
The Coalition’s Real Solutions booklet released in January 2013 promised a continuation of the “current arrangements” for university funding.
But in its first budget in May this year, the Government announced significant changes to higher education funding.
The Government is still trying to get these reforms passed in the Senate.
Part of the direct action plan the Coalition took to the election included rebates for an additional one million solar panels or hot water systems over 10 years.
Days before the election, then opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said the rebate had halved from $1,000 to $500. The 2014-15 budget contained no funds for the scheme.
In 2013, then opposition defence spokesman David Johnston promised to build Australia’s new submarine fleet in Adelaide.
Talks with Japan have attracted controversy, but the Coalition said before the election it would take 18 months to come to a decision.
The Coalition promised to provide $700 million in funding to the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.
The 2014-15 budget commits up to $1.285 billion to the project. Construction will begin in mid 2015.
In his campaign launch speech in August 2013, Tony Abbott pledged to help make child care more affordable and accessible.
Soon after being elected he announced a major national inquiry into the sector, with a report expected for public release before the end of 2014.
Despite the Coalition’s plans for revised Fair Work laws, Tony Abbott said before the election penalty rates would not be wound back.
The Government has introduced legislation which has attracted criticism that it might leave workers worse off.
The Coalition said growing higher education as an export industry – by increasing international student enrolments – would be a priority within the first six months of Government.
Three months after the election, enrolments were up 2 per cent, and by June 30 enrolments were up 11.5 per cent compared with the first six months of 2013.