China has for the first time announced targets for reaching a net zero emissions economy, leaving Australia increasingly isolated as major countries lock in climate plans. In a speech to the virtual United Nations summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases would aim to hit its emissions peak before 2030, before reaching “climate neutrality” by 2060. Greenpeace called for more detail and an explanation of how the move fits with China’s ongoing coal expansion. United States President Donald Trump, who plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord in November, used his speech to criticise China’s record on pollution. It comes as the Morrison government on Tuesday announced a technology roadmap for energy that did not include a specific year to reach net zero emissions, and as Labor’s draft policy platform commits to “responsible” development of gas reserves.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has revealed a rise in the number of violent right-wing extremists under surveillance. ASIO deputy director-general Heather Cook told Parliament's Joint Intelligence and Security Committee that up to 40 per cent of the agency’s counterterrorism efforts are now focused on right-wing groups or individuals, up from between 10 per cent and 15 per cent prior to 2016. “Some of the circumstances of COVID have contributed to an increase in radicalisation, in particular, because of the amount of time that individuals are spending in isolation or working from home or not in school,” she said.
South Australia will lift border restrictions to New South Wales from midnight tonight, provided no detections of community transmission are detected today. People entering SA from NSW will no longer need to undergo mandatory quarantine if that plan goes ahead, with Qantas will resume flying between the two states, Virgin reintroducing daily flights between Sydney and Adelaide, and Jetstar to ramp up services to twice daily. Queensland will also relax its borders to five New South Wales local government areas from 1am on October 1: Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Glen Innes.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has hit back at Clive Palmer ($), responding to the mining magnate’s legal action with a defamation lawsuit of his own. McGowan will seek damages from Palmer to “vindicate his reputation” and compensate him for “distress and embarrassment”, reports The West Australian. It comes after Palmer followed up his legal challenge against the state’s border closure with a defamation lawsuit against McGowan, who described Palmer as “an enemy of the state”.