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Australia plans to cut carbon emissions by at least 26 percent

The Federal Government is going to announce a plan to cut carbon emissions by at least 26 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. Currently, Australia is aiming to reduce emissions by 5 percent by 2020, based on the level of 2000. The level is far below recommendations by its own Climate Change Authority. Changing the base year of emissions from 2000 to 2005 makes the ...

South Australia’s unemployment rate could reach 9 per cent in the next six months

South Australia’s unemployment rate could reach 9 per cent in the next six months, an economist has warned, after BHP Billiton announced it would axe about 380 jobs in the state. The mining giant has announced it will cut almost one tenth of its workforce at its Olympic Dam mine in outback South Australia, in what it calls “operational changes”. ...

Tony Smith has called for “a better parliament”

New Speaker Tony Smith has called for “a better parliament” in a break with the “rude” and “loud” politics that have reigned over the House of Representatives. Mr Smith, addressing parliament after he was elected unopposed this morning, said there was “a mutual obligation” between the Speaker and his fellow MPs. “I want to say at the outset I will ...

Tony Smith early front runner to replace Bronwyn Bishop

The Liberal Party has no intention of allowing the Nationals Bruce Scott become Speaker while Philip Ruddock lacks support as the jostling begins in earnest to replace Bronwyn Bishop. Sources have told The Australian Financial Review that the position will be filled by a Liberal and that the party room, not the Prime Minster, will decide. Early frontrunners include Victorian MPs Tony ...

Shorten: new Speaker mustn’t be partisan

Labor has urged the Abbott government to pick a new speaker who doesn’t have “the same hyper partisanship” as Mrs Bishop, as Bill Shorten accused the veteran Liberal MP of making parliament a “laughing stock”. The Opposition Leader threw his support behind the likes of Mr Scott and Dr Stone for the speaker role and said he hoped Mr Abbott ...

Abbott has reminded Australian politicians they cannot “get away with exploiting the rules” on expenses

ACT Police arrest Tuungafasi Manase and charged with perjury

A man has been arrested and charged with perjury after giving evidence at the trade union royal commission in Canberra. Tuungafasi Manase, 29, was arrested by ACT police last night just after 7:00pm and charged with one count of perjury. Manase is the third person to be charged while the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption is in ...

Bishop apologise over travel expenses controversy

Bronwyn Bishop has made a grovelling on-air apology for her excessive use of parliamentary entitlements, conceding her interstate travel bills do “not look right” and agreeing to repay money spent on attending friends’ weddings. Mrs Bishop’s apology comes more than two weeks after revelations she billed taxpayers for private aircraft to attend three Liberal Party fundraisers — including $5227 for ...

Al Gore flies into Australia to push momentum towards Paris climate summit

Former United States vice-president Al Gore has flown into Australia for a whistlestop tour that includes meetings with state government ministers and senior business figures as part of efforts to build global momentum towards the Paris climate change summit later this year. Mr Gore arrived in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, heading to a speaking engagement and then dinner with Victorian ministers and senior ...

Two men arrested over the shooting of a police officer in Melbourne

Two men have been arrested over the shooting of a police officer in the north-west of Melbourne earlier this month. A 31-year-old police officer, Constable Ben Ashmole, was shot in the back of the head after he and his partner tried to pull over a car in Moonee Ponds about 3:40am on July 7. A 22-year-old man in Morwell, and a ...