“The Chinese will adjust domestic coal production to allow imports of thermal coal to continue to decline. My prediction is they will go to zero by 2020, and China may even become an opportunistic net exporter.”
China’s plan to increase coal production and keep global prices low is bad news for Australian miners and their political allies.
“Unless something is done about family violence ‘we will be just waiting for a whole new generation of children who have been harmed to come through the system’.”
As a royal commission probes child protection and detention in the Northern Territory, ongoing issues of alcohol abuse, violence and neglect in Aboriginal families keep delivering new offenders into the system.
“Recognition is not just a symbolic change. Are laws and the constitution symbolic? if we don’t fit into the rule books properly, then our full humanity doesn’t exist.”
Marcia Langton talks about a promising welfare management trial and how constitutional recognition would complete the Commonwealth.
US unclear on nuclear first strike; deadlier weapons heading to Aleppo; The Hague orders Australia into mediation with Timor-Leste over maritime boundary.
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Response to species deceases
Tim Flannery is wrong to claim “nothing was done” in response to the demise of the pipistrelle bat on Christmas Island in 2009 (Karen Middleton, “Sustained energy”, September 24-30). …
Photojournalist Dean Sewell thinks back to war-torn Chechnya, looking at photographs he took in the aftermath of the battle for Grozny.
Plans to escape chilly climes for sun-drenched Fiji can fall foul of unpredictable weather and illness, but some clear blue sky can turn it around.
Dan Rule on the lure of the hovering frisbee and the spirit of fair play.
Lolita. (Bonus point: Vladimir Nabokov.)
NRL: Melbourne Storm; AFL: Sydney Swans.
“Very quickly after we were attacked – it was obviously quite a serious situation – the Peshmerga called in an air strike and probably within a half an hour, 40 minutes, the jets were overhead.”
The short man from Longman describes being present during a firefight with Daesh in a town west of Mosul. He said he was there because he wanted to “see for myself”, which was also his excuse for looking at that magazine behind the bike sheds.
“I think I’m just very unlucky, to be honest.”
The Sydney tradesman, identified only by his first name, describes being bitten on the penis by a spider for the second time in five months. The veracity of the story, and what he was doing to the spiders, was not immediately clear.
“That makes me smart.”
The Republican presidential candidate defends the fact he pays no income tax. Because not funding schools is the secret to his penetrating intellect.
“We’ve got to start talking about the things that matter to individuals. Let me tell you: migration, culture … jobs, manufacturing – all of those things matter to people in Australia.”
The Liberal senator says the Coalition needs to win back voters from One Nation, and that “flamboyant rhetoric” will not do it.
“There are lunatics in this country who bizarrely advocate a 100 per cent renewable energy target, as if they want a real-life Hunger Games.”
The One Nation senator shows the kind of sober rhetoric Bernardi is presumably talking about. In this instance, regarding a power outage in a state he doesn’t represent.
“There was a spontaneity to him that you enjoyed and that’s why we loved being in Max’s company.”
The commentator remembers cricketer Max Walker, who died on Wednesday, aged 68.