Government MPs have reserved the right to cross the floor to sink the National Energy Guarantee, despite prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing changes to the flagship policy to shore up backbench support. On Friday Turnbull abandoned plans to ratify emissions reduction targets outlined in the 2016 Paris climate agreement, instead allowing targets to be set by regulation. Conservative backbenchers, including former prime minister Tony Abbott and several Nationals MPs, refused to back the changes, with Nationals MP George Christensen saying the revised policy “certainly hasn't allayed my concerns”. Home affairs minister Peter Dutton attempted to downplay media speculation that he was being encouraged to challenge Turnbull for the Liberal leadership over the issue, saying on Saturday that “the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the government”.
A bomb that killed 40 children in a Saudi airstrike on a Yemeni city last week was supplied by the United States, analysis has found. CNN reports that the Lockheed Martin MK 82 bomb, which killed 51 people when it struck a school bus in the northwestern town of Dahyan, was sold to Saudi Arabia as part of a State Department-approved arms deal. In March 2017, the Trump administration reversed an Obama administration ban on selling guided bombs to Saudi Arabia. Speaking to al-Jazeera, Dahyan parent Fares al-Razhi, whose 14-year-old son was killed in the attack, said he would “take revenge on Salman, Mohammed Bin Zayed and Trump”, singling out the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the US.
A man who fled Australia after being outed by law enforcement as an informer inside a notorious bikie gang has become the first known Australian to gain refugee status. Stevan Utah fled the country in 2006 after an Australian Crime Commission press release bragging about an informant in the Bandidos blew his cover. In a landmark ruling, Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board found that Utah "established with 'clear and convincing evidence' the state's inability to provide operational adequate protection from the threat against him". Utah provided evidence to the ACC on Bandido criminal activities including arms smuggling, methamphetamine production and murder.
Members of the South Sudanese community in Australia have called on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and other political leaders to refrain from racist and inflammatory language. In a video campaign created by producer Richard Keddie and Anglican priest Philip Huggins, South Sudanese-Australians recounted the racism they had encountered as political rhetoric about “African gangs” spiked in recent months. Speaking to The Australian ($), the Reverend Chaplain Soma said “this video is needed to send a message to the politicians to be careful in using their words – not to use words that harm, words that really hurt people”.
And former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has died after a short illness. Annan, 80, became the first person from a sub-Saharan African nation to lead the UN when he was elected to the post in 1997. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to refocus the UN on human rights issues, including efforts to oversee Nigeria’s transition to civilian government, supporting East Timor’s push for independence, and persuading Israeli troops to withdraw from Lebanon. World leaders and contemporaries paid tribute to Annan, with former United States president Barack Obama saying he “embodied the mission of the United Nations like few others”.