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.
A new poll indicates that 70 per cent of Republican voters believe the United States election was not free or fair, as President Donald Trump continues to promote baseless conspiracies that the result was rigged against him. The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll indicates the number of Republicans harbouring such scepticism has doubled since prior to the election, when about 35 per cent espoused similar beliefs. Of the respondents, 78 per cent believed that mail-in voting led to widespread voter fraud and 72 per cent said that ballots were tampered with. About 86 per cent of Democrats said they trust the results. Trump supporters are planning several rallies for Saturday, including the “Million Maga March”. It comes as Richard Pilger, the head of the Justice Department Election Crimes Branch, resigned in protest after US Attorney-General William Barr authorised the investigation of voter fraud. Meanwhile, Trump has removed the head of the program that produces the US government’s definitive scientific report on climate change, and plans to appoint a climate sceptic to lead the US Global Change Research Program.
A former adviser to acting immigration minister Alan Tudge has lodged a formal complaint that alleges he engaged in workplace bullying and intimidation that left her “anxious and afraid”. Rachelle Miller, who came forward this week to Four Corners to detail an affair she had with Tudge while working in his office, detailed his “humiliating” behaviour in a document obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald. Miller calls for a systemic change to create a “zero tolerance” approach to bullying. A spokesperson for Tudge said the minister had only learned of the complaint from the media and was not aware of any previous complaint.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will today move to establish a Senate inquiry into media diversity, after Kevin Rudd’s petition for a royal commission into Murdoch media attracted 501,876 signatures. “The cosy relationship between the Coalition government and News Corp should be scrutinised,” Hanson-Young told Guardian Australia. The petition was presented to the parliament on Monday by Labor MP Andrew Leigh, but Labor is yet to reveal whether it supports it. The Greens will need the support of Labor, the crossbench and One Nation to get an inquiry established by the environment and communications references committee.
An independent inquiry has found that the Catholic Church in Britain betrayed its moral purpose over decades by protecting those who sexually abused children rather than caring for their victims. The Catholic Church received more than 900 complaints involving more than 3000 instances of child sex abuse in England and Wales between 1970 and 2015, and more than 100 allegations a year since 2016, which the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse suggests likely underestimates the scale of the problem. The report calls for the senior Catholic leader in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, to resign over his failure to acknowledge personal responsibility or show compassion for victims in recent cases. The report on the Catholic Church comes on the same day that the Vatican published a report into sex abuser and former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The report pointed to failings by popes, Vatican officials and senior clerics.