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World awaits action by ‘suicidal’ Australia, says former climate chief

The world is waiting for a “suicidal” Australia to reverse its stance on climate change, says one of the world’s most senior diplomats. Christiana Figueres, who was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change through the Paris Agreement talks, said the world expected more from Australia …

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Iranian MPs seek hardening of nuclear stance after top scientist killed

In this case, the government must decide whether a sharp response to the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh might jeopardise the prospect of an improvement in ties with the United States once Joe Biden takes over from Donald Trump as president. “The government believes that, under the constitution, the …

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Pfizer-BioNTech target December to roll out of vaccine in Europe

Frankfurt Pfizer Inc and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine could be rolled out in Europe this month, the companies said on Tuesday after they applied for EU emergency approval for the shot. The application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) comes days after the companies applied for emergency use of their vaccine …

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Trump raises more than $230 million on false US election fraud claims

A donor has to give $US5000 to Trump’s new PAC before any funds go to his recount account. Still, the Trump campaign continues to urgently ask for cash. On Monday, Trump signed a campaign email that breathlessly told supporters that the end of November – nearly four weeks after Election …

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Time for Victoria Police leadership overhaul

This same force that was so visibly heavy-handed during lockdown somehow finds it difficult to protect Victorians from criminals and then resorts to illegal investigation methods that jeopardise previous convictions. Am I the only one to think that Victoria Police needs to have a good hard look at how it …

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Not all trophy hunters are bad people

Last week we published an urgent request for assistance from Jane Ellis (C8) of Cremorne. Jane had thrown out what she thought was a box of old trophies, only to discover they were needed. Jane writes with good news: “Many thanks to the person who returned the World Deaf Golf …

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Clock tower lightning strike, power outages, trains delayed as thunderstorms lash Sydney

The storm affected much of Sydney, including Camden, Parramatta, Sutherland, Sydney City and Liverpool. Lightning struck a clock tower on a disused church in Sydney’s inner west, causing a fire to break out shortly after 8pm. Five fire crews attended the church on Charlotte Street, Ashfield, and by 8.30 the …

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Further police reform sorely needed

And despite Mr Patton’s assurances, the royal commission was scathing about the “considerable challenges” it faced getting police to produce documents during the probe. It said police at times took a “narrow view of, and obdurate approach to, the scope of notices to produce”, which had impeded its investigations. The …

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‘Need a resolution’: Government fights opposition to toxic waste dump plans

The town has has been severely hit by a downturn in agricultural employment as well as drought, with a significant long-term decline in population. Loading Kimba mayor Dean Johnson and community members met with Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday to stress the town wanted …

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Brisbane City Council takes aim at government over bayside rail crossing

Council infrastructure chairman David McLachlan.Credit:Tammy Law “When it comes to the removal of open-level crossings, the state government is nothing if not consistent. Always promising, but never delivering.” Cr McLachlan said the future looked bright for the removal of the dangerous open-level crossing because the federal and state governments committed …

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