Federal Labor will adopt former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s discarded energy policy and pledge billions of dollars in renewable energy investment when it unveils its climate change policy today. Labor’s shadow cabinet agreed on Wednesday to endorse Turnbull and then-environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg’s National Energy Guarantee, which was endorsed by the Coalition party room in August before being derailed by backbench conservatives. In an announcement today, opposition leader Bill Shorten will also recommit a Labor government to a 45 per cent reduction in 2005-level carbon emissions by 2030, and renewed funding for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
The federal government has joined the United States and several eastern European nations in refusing to ratify a new global treaty on migration and the treatment of refugees. An international conference will be held in Marrakesh next month to finalise the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, described by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as “aimed at facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration, while reducing the incidence and impact of irregular migration”. Speaking to News Corp, prime minister Scott Morrison said the agreement “will only be used by those who have always tried to tear our stronger border policies down”. The decision places Australia in the company of far-right administrations in Austria and Hungary that have taken anti-immigrant platforms.
The Australian Council for International Development has apologised for 31 instances of sexual misconduct committed by Australian foreign aid workers over the last three years. On Wednesday, ACFID released the final report of an independent investigation into claims of sexual violence in the foreign aid sector that found “a reluctance to report serious sexual misconduct to law enforcement authorities in international jurisdictions”, and that “most victim/survivors from affected populations were children”. The review was commissioned in the wake of revelations of widespread sexual misconduct and abuse in the British foreign aid sector, including Oxfam aid workers sexually assaulting women and girls in Haiti. In a statement, the ACFID board said it accepted all 31 of the review’s recommendations. “We pledge to shed light on and harness our failings; unceasingly assess how we can improve practice; and challenge gendered power relations where they exist,” the board said.
And Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy has pledged to shut down the Richmond injecting room within a week if his Liberal Party wins government at the state election on Saturday. Victoria’s only medically supervised injecting room opened in June, prompting praise from medical experts and condemnation from conservatives. Speaking on Wednesday, Guy said he “wouldn’t want an ice injecting room next to my sons’ primary school and therefore I won’t tolerate it next to anyone else’s childrens’ primary school”. Australian Medical Association of Victoria president Julian Rait criticised Guy’s stance, saying he was “convinced it’s saving lives and assisting people who would otherwise be at the margins of society”.