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Report maps out ways to reach climate targets and regenerate economy

Modelling outlined in the report suggests Australia’s economy has a two in three chance of hitting net zero emissions by 2050, if “governments drive policies to limit emissions and facilitate technological innovations” while facilitating collaboration with businesses and individuals across all sectors. Loading The current trajectory of global warming is …

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States urged to focus domestic violence funds on emergency accommodation

Senator Ruston and Minister for Women Marise Payne chaired the inaugural Council of Australian Governments’ Women’s Safety Council this week, where states and territories agreed to prioritise safer housing, emergency accommodation, counselling, crisis support, help lines and behavioural change programs. Technology-based support is also high on the list to help …

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Banks urged to ‘stretch’ to help crisis customers

Loading The Treasurer has been in talks with bank chiefs over many weeks to authorise programs to defer repayments but the discussions have had to consider whether the prudential regulator should treat the loans as impaired. “That’s welcome and co-ordinated action,” he said. “There’s an alignment of interests – the …

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Coronavirus presents us with terrible climate risk – and opportunity

So today, even as the skies, roads and seas of the world empty of polluting engines, as factories shut down and power plants reduce their output and emissions due to the lockdown of around three billion people, scientists fret that governments will be sapped of the energy, will and treasure …

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The abnormal new normal: confronted by a cluster of threats this summer, is Antarctica at a tipping point?

Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size A pair of humpback whales has been inspecting the expedition cruise ship Roald Amundsen, lying a notch below 65 degrees south in the mirrored waters of the Lemaire Channel. But they’ve had a change of mind. It’s our tiny Zodiac boat, little …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global COVID-19 cases top 1 million as third patient dies in cluster at The Alfred

The besieged Ruby Princess will be the lone cruise ship left in Sydney on Monday, as health authorities, police and Border Force grapple with what to do with the ship and its crew. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said he has launched an investigation into the disastrous decision to allow …

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‘Go home’ Scott Morrison tells international visitors

France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands have arranged repatriation flights for citizens to return home, with up to 25,000 having registered their interest to secure a seat on a Qatar Airways flight out of Australia and about 10,000 of those have already departed. Loading The European Union’s ambassador …

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Out and about? Google releases global virus lockdown data

Oakland: Google has published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein the spread of the novel coronavirus. Google’s analysis of location data from billions of users’ phones is the largest public dataset available to …

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Strain on the banks: Financial systems hinge on our health strategy

Only now is it clear how closely bank chief executives and bank regulators have been cooperating with political leaders to agree on emergency measures that can help homeowners, investors and small businesses suspend their repayments. The first emergency intervention, two weeks ago, saw Treasurer Josh Frydenberg strike an agreement with …

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Coronavirus Queensland LIVE updates: new restrictions on crossing the state’s borders

As finger-pointing around the Ruby Princess debacle continues, Nine News has revealed an email chain between the cruise ship’s senior physician and NSW Health, where the department reportedly said that testing was not required before letting passengers disembark without any examiniations in Sydney last week. Leaked emails were exchanged between …

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