Tag: Australian economy

Scott Morrison says he wants to explain emissions plan to Australians before ‘people overseas’

PM implies he won’t attend Glasgow climate summit, saying people in the Hunter, Queensland and Victoria’s west are his first responsibility – after he’s met with the Nationals Should Morrison go to Glasgow? Not if he’s planning a climate con job | Bill Hare Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The […]

Liberal Andrew Bragg urges Scott Morrison to commit to net zero

Barnaby Joyce declares test for Nationals to sign up will be impact on jobs ‘in Muswellbrook’ Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The Liberal senator Andrew Bragg has urged Scott Morrison to commit to net zero emissions at the Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow as the Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce, has […]

Australian super funds to vote against company directors not tackling climate crisis

Businesses must adopt Paris emissions targets even if the government fails to do so, big investors say Big super funds have threatened to vote against company directors who do not make sure their businesses are committed to action on global heating that includes hitting net zero by 2050. The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (Acsi), […]

Can Australia’s Labor party match Joe Biden’s winning message on climate action? | Van Badham

Biden dissolved the decades-old wedge between jobs and the environment. It’s an electoral field that is Labor’s to claim Democrat Joe Biden had only been the US president for a week when, on one single day, he rained down enough executive orders to completely reframe the global politics of climate action. After eight years of […]

Business Council of Australia backs Zali Steggall’s climate change bill for 2050 net zero target

Group hails ‘science-based, risk-management’ approach as world heads towards net zero emissions A business group representing mining, retail, manufacturing, banking and energy bosses has formally backed climate change legislation proposed by the independent MP Zali Steggall, saying Australia needs to set a net zero emissions target for 2050 and lay out a path to get […]

Who should pick up the tab for the costs of climate change in north Queensland? | Richard Denniss

As climate risks continue to rise, the government is considering the idea of subsidising north Queensland homeowners Is it fair that young men pay more for car insurance than older women, or that we make young healthy people buy private health insurance to keep the price of health insurance low for older customers? How about […]

Federal resources minister insists inquiry into banks’ decision to abandon thermal coal will go ahead

Committee has delayed decision after some Liberals criticised proposal but Keith Pitt says it should ‘do its job’ The federal resources minister, Keith Pitt, has warned parliament’s joint standing committee on trade and investment growth to “do its job” after the group deferred a decision on whether to conduct a controversial inquiry into the climate […]

With Covid comes the opportunity to shift the economy away from fossil fuel | Greg Jericho

And yet the Morrison government remains focused on a gas-led recovery, which is no recovery at all Whenever confronted with a tragedy in your life, one of the hardest aspects to deal with is that life goes on – work continues, other events occur, bills need to be paid, the world keeps on turning. It […]

In the staggering dislocation of 2020, I think of the many gifts my parents gave me | Christos Tsiolkas

For most Australians, two events of biblical solemnity will define this year: fire and plague. How should we respond? This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 As soon as my partner and I completed two weeks’ quarantine after returning from Europe in late March, I […]

The coming recession is the best reason to step up the pace of renewables investment | Frank Jotzo

It will not do to wait until the next power plant announces its closure. Building alternative infrastructure should start now The Covid-19 recession will bring fiscal stimulus on a massive scale. There are high hopes that the recovery will be green but it could be an uphill struggle. A big opportunity for Australia’s governments is […]