A scan might have found the cancer now killing Daniel van Roo. Instead his doctor gave him 50 STI tests, which van Roo believes was because he is gay.If I hadn’t taken action and if I hadn’t seen a doctor then, you know, then where I am is just where I am. But because I did do those things, I am probably going to be upset about it when I am laying in the hospital bed at the end.
In his first vision statement as Labor leader, Anthony Albanese will today argue that coal has a valuable role to play in the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Speaking in Perth, Albanese will distinguish between thermal coal, which is burned for energy, and coking coal, used in manufacturing steel for purposes including wind turbine construction. “Australia could be exporting 15.5 million tonnes of coking coal to build these turbines,” he will say. “This is the equivalent of three years output from the Moranbah North coking coal mine in Queensland.” A 2017 Greenpeace report argued that Australian exports of coking coal, otherwise known as metallurgical coal, are slowing down the transition to lower-carbon steelmaking alternatives. Albanese will also promote the potential of mining lithium for electric vehicle batteries, and push to develop hydrogen exports, in an effort to reframe discussion about climate change around opportunities for jobs growth. The news comes as a new Essential poll found a majority of voters aware of Extinction Rebellion approve of the climate protest movement, including Labor voters.
Working parents struggle: The National Working Families Report has found two-thirds of working parents struggle to care for their physical and mental health. The survey of more than 6000 parents and carers, released today, was commissioned by Parents At Work. Emma Walsh, the chief executive of Parents At Work, said: “One in four parents and carers reported an increased intention to leave their jobs in the next 12 months, because they struggle to combine caring with their job.” The report comes as The Sydney Morning Herald reports that research from the University of Sydney finds a lack of supportive policies mean young women who want children are choosing not to have them because they believe it is too difficult to balance motherhood and a career.
Brexit extended: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has formally accepted the “unwanted prolongation” of a European Union offer to extend the Brexit deadline until January 31, 2020. The extension came less than 90 hours before the UK was due to crash out of the EU without a deal. Johnson said the extension meant the Labour opposition had “run out of excuses” to avoid his call for a general election, but his motion to do so was rejected by parliament. Johnson will try set an early election date for a fourth time tomorrow. In other European news, an 84-year-old with far-right links shot and wounded two men in their 70s who found him attempting to set fire to a mosque in south-west France.
Birthplace of humans identified: New Australian-led research published in Nature today pinpoints a lush wetland largely located in Botswana as the birthplace of modern humans 200,000 years ago. The study cross-referenced DNA sequencing with geological and climate data to identify the location, which the authors say remained the home of modern humans for 70,000 years, although the findings have prompted some scepticism.