Opposition leader Bill Shorten has laid out his pitch to voters at Labor’s national conference. Speaking in Adelaide on Sunday, Shorten promised a future Labor government would pass a federal Environment Act, offer incentives to finance construction of 250,000 affordable homes and promote investment in renewable energy and battery manufacturing. Shorten’s speech was interrupted by activists protesting Labor’s refusal to oppose the Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland, as well as its support for offshore detention.
Representatives from almost 200 countries have agreed on a set of rules to cut global carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. Representatives at the United Nations climate change conference in the Polish city of Katowice agreed on consistent carbon measuring and reporting standards, allowing countries to be held accountable to their commitments. Disagreements prompted the delay of resolutions on emissions trading systems and setting more ambitious carbon reduction targets, with Brazil, the United States and Australia criticised for seeking more lenient rules and promoting coal at the conference.
Muslim nations have criticised the federal government’s decision to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Speaking on Saturday, prime minister Scott Morrison said the government would establish an interim trade and defence office in the city, and would move “our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical, in support of and after, final status determination”. The department of foreign affairs and trade issued a travel warning to Australians in Indonesia, advising that “demonstrations have been held in recent weeks around the Australian embassy in Jakarta and the Australian consulate-general in Surabaya” against the government’s Israel policy change that had been flagged for several weeks. In a statement, Malaysia’s ministry of foreign affairs described the decision as “a humiliation to the Palestinians and their struggle for their right to self-determination”.
And New South Wales governor David Hurley will be Australia’s next governor-general. Speaking on Sunday, prime minister Scott Morrison said Hurley was his “first and only choice” to replace current governor-general Peter Cosgrove, who will step down before the federal election next year. Shadow finance minister Jim Chalmers criticised the fact that opposition leader Bill Shorten was not consulted on the appointment, saying “ideally, so close to the election, the Opposition would have been properly consulted on this appointment, which is so important to Australia”.