As the market deserts coal, Queensland’s government is offering money to Indian mining giant Adani to exploit the state’s reserves.
A change of heart over financial advice regulations has exposed holes in the Coalition’s senate strategy.
“Abbott still has to decide what he and his government mean by recognition: poetry, protection or both? And there is no sign a hard answer to that is anywhere in sight.”
“The breakaway of Lambie and Muir spells big trouble for Abbott. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann was apoplectic. But no one was angrier than Clive Palmer.”
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UN must step in on asylum seekers
As I read the horrific accounts of abuse and hopelessness on Nauru (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Fear and abuse: the Nauru letters”, November 15-21), one question is dominant in …
A Thai twist on the tomato salad
Cheap, small-scale satellites are being developed for commercial use and deployed in a fraction of the time it takes cautious government agencies.
Heading into the steamy rainforests of Sarawak is less about getting away from it all than letting it all sink in.
Penny Lane. (Bonus points: Liverpool; written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon-McCartney.)
Western Sydney Wanderers.
False (Phnom Penh).
“We support strong and effective action to address climate change. Consistent with the United Nations.”
The G20 takes a hopeful “we” to the problem of climate change, in the wake of China and the US brokering a deal on emissions reduction.
“As the world’s largest producer of coal, I’d like to stand up for coal.”
The prime minister addresses a closed-door session on energy. His projections on coal use are disputed, however, with about half going as Christmas presents for children in detention.
“Whether you are a developed country, a developing country, or somewhere in between – you’ve got to be able to overcome old divides, look squarely at the science, and reach a strong global climate agreement next year.”
The US president addresses the G20, helpfully giving Australia three options for its place in the world.
“Mr Obama’s words carried an extra edge in Australia, where Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a blunt skeptic about the science behind climate change.”
The Grey Lady sets Tony Abbott in a global context. Presumably “blunt” is an American spelling.
“Abbott delivered and in an overall stylish fashion.”
The political editor of The Australian notes some “continuing awkwardness on the world stage” but still finds his man out on top. Stylish, even.
“It’s an honour to be hosting the G20 – I know there will be inconveniences in Brisbane as the leaders gather and I thank people for their patience.”
The prime minister, inconvenienced, speaks to the nation and to himself. Whether this was an Al Gore reference remains unclear.