While the Biden presidency pushes forward international climate action, both the Morrison government and its Labor opposition are fractured over emissions policy.After a hiatus caused by coronavirus, the twin issues of climate change and energy have resumed their place, secured over two decades, as the most intractable and dangerous in Australian politics.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump have converged on election offices around the country to protest the counting of mail-in ballots, as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden closes in on victory. There were reports that some supporters in Arizona were armed. In Michigan, where Trump once held an early lead, protesters demanded officials cease counting votes at a Detroit election facility, while others gathered outside a ballot-counting office in Phoenix, Arizona, where Trump is catching up to Biden, to instead insist that counting continue. Republicans also protested in Philadelphia, where Biden is on pace to overcome Trump’s Pennsylvania lead, and a local judge granted the Trump campaign the right to more closely observe ballot counting. In New York, Seattle and Los Angeles, progressives marched against Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Biden is also closing in on Trump in Georgia, where a judge dismissed a lawsuit from the Trump campaign over absentee ballots. Trump is filing a federal lawsuit in Nevada, where he remains narrowly behind.
An inquiry into Crown Resorts Limited’s New South Wales casino licence has heard that the gambling giant is not fit to hold the licence, given its failure to protect staff overseas in recent years. Counsel assisting the inquiry Adam Bell, SC, laid out several options in his final submissions, including the cancellation or suspension of the licence, a penalty of up to $1 million, amending the terms or conditions of the licence, or simply issuing a letter of censure. The inquiry was also told that billionaire shareholder James Packer should no longer be considered suitable to be a close associate of Crown. Despite a decision on the inquiry not being due until February 2021, Crown plans to continue to open a new harbourside Barangaroo casino in December.
Victoria on Thursday recorded its sixth consecutive day without any coronavirus deaths or new infections. The state had just 30 active infections on Wednesday, the lowest number since the government began counting them in March. Premier Daniel Andrews said the decision of NSW on Wednesday to reopen its border with Victoria on November 23 was a ringing endorsement of the state's ability to manage and suppress Covid-19 outbreaks. Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry will today hand down its interim report.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has resigned in order to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague. Thaci announced his resignation at a news conference on Thursday. According to a draft indictment revealed in June, while he commanded fighters in the Kosovo Liberation Army during the 1998-1999 war Thaci and nine others were involved “nearly 100 murders” and other atrocities against “hundreds of known victims of Kosovo Albanian, Serb, Roma, and other ethnicities”. Jakup Krasniqi, another Kosovo politician, was arrested on Thursday and transferred to The Hague, the Kosovo war crimes tribunal said in a statement.