Australia information stay: Albanese to satisfy with Sogavare in bid to ease Solomon Islands tensions

Albanese to satisfy with Sogavare in Canberra

Daniel Hurst

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, will search to ease tensions with Solomon Islands when he welcomes his counterpart, Manasseh Sogavare, to Parliament Home in Canberra at this time.

The connection between Solomon Islands and Australia has been strained, together with over the brand new safety settlement between Honiara and Beijing.

After his final assembly with Sogavare in Fiji in July, Albanese stated he was “very assured” there wouldn’t be Chinese language bases in Solomon Islands, regardless of the 2 international locations’ safety pact that was signed simply earlier than the Australian election (the deal that prompted Labor to say in the course of the marketing campaign that the Coalition had presided over the worst overseas coverage failure within the Pacific for the reason that second world struggle).

Anthony Albanese meets with Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare on sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on 13 July.
Anthony Albanese meets with Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare on sidelines of the Pacific Islands Discussion board in Suva on 13 July. {Photograph}: Reuters

However regardless of a post-election lull, tensions flared up once more not too long ago over Australia’s public announcement of a proposal to offer funding in direction of the holding of the following election in Solomon Islands. Sogavare’s plans to delay the election have been contentious in home Solomon Islands politics. Sogavare was unimpressed with the timing of Australia’s publicising of its supply: final month he branded the dealing with of the announcement as “overseas interference”.

Albanese and Sogavare are scheduled to satisfy mid-afternoon at Parliament Home for talks, however at this stage that is no plan for a joint press convention afterwards. The overseas affairs minister, Penny Wong, can also be anticipated to hitch the assembly. Some reviews have advised a dinner on the Lodge can also be on the playing cards.

Yesterday, in a press release saying the go to, Albanese stated Australia’s relationship with Solomon Islands was “extremely vital”:

As members of the Pacific Household, we’re dedicated to working collectively to face our shared challenges and obtain our shared objectives, together with on local weather change.
I sit up for partaking with Prime Minister Sogavare on constructing a robust and affluent Pacific area, primarily based on ideas of transparency, respect and partnership.

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Gillard ‘cool anger’ drove misogyny speech

Former prime minister Julia Gillard has recounted how she challenged a senior adviser to ship her well-known anti-misogyny speech, AAP reviews.

Almost a decade since Gillard declared in Australian parliament she wouldn’t be lectured by then-opposition chief Tony Abbott on sexism and misogyny, she has mirrored on the speech that attracted international consideration.

The previous Labor chief stated her chief-of-staff Ben Hubbard requested if she was certain she wished to answer an opposition bid to take away then-lower home speaker Peter Slipper, who had despatched sexist textual content messages about ladies’s genitalia.

She advised a 5000-strong crowd in Sydney final night time:

I wandered over to the adviser’s field and I stated to the advisers there, ‘I’m going to take this, I’m going to do the reply’.

And Ben stated to me ‘are you certain?’. As a result of usually I used to carry myself above the techniques of the opposition on any given day.

Sure I’m certain as a result of I’m sick of this s***.

Gillard stated for a few years she felt the speech was her fixed companion.

Wherever I went it was strolling with me alongside me.

However I’ve come to grasp that it’s not my companion, it’s yours as a result of it’s turn into your anthem of defiance when you’re subjected to a sexist slur.

The previous prime minister was joined by ladies who shared their impressions of the speech. Others beamed in by way of video message, together with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and prime minister Anthony Albanese.

The latter stated the response to misogynistic assaults on Australia’s first feminine prime minister had reverberated across the chamber, parliament, the nation and the world.

With such an economic system of phrases Julia captured and channelled the indignities and obstacles so many ladies had confronted their entire lives.

Julia spoke to each lady and for each lady who had been excluded and bullied and harassed or worse.

Australian ladies recognised themselves within the speech. That’s what made it so highly effective and that’s the reason it’ll endure.

Gillard stated the unplanned speech was fuelled by a cool anger.

I felt analytical. I knew exactly what I wished to say. And I felt empowered, not embattled, not cowed. And that’s the spirit of the misogyny speech.

Gillard believes {that a} decade after the October 9, 2012 speech, sexist and misogynist behaviour will not be tolerated as a lot because it was throughout her prime ministership.

The previous prime minister, who serves as chair of main psychological well being consciousness physique, Past Blue, appeared on stage in Melbourne and Sydney over two nights.

Flood warning for Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers

Victorian Coalition pledges $1bn Metro rail increase

Practice providers could be prolonged in Melbourne’s rising south-east beneath a $1bn election pledge by the Victorian Coalition, AAP reviews.

The Liberal-Nationwide proposal would prolong and absolutely electrify the Cranbourne line to Clyde. It could embrace new Metro stations in Cranbourne East and Clyde, six road-rail grade separations between Cranbourne and Clyde and an upgraded Cranbourne Station.

The Metropolis of Casey is one in every of Australia’s fastest-growing communities, with its inhabitants predicted to succeed in 550,000 by 2041.

The Coalition has costed the plan at $928m.

The Coalition will extend rail Metro services to Clyde under its $928m plan.
The Coalition will prolong rail Metro providers to Clyde beneath its $928m plan. {Photograph}: Joel Carrett/AAP

The opposition chief, Matthew Man, stated the rail improve would lower visitors congestion:

Underneath this plan, residents throughout southern Casey will lastly be related to the Metro community, that means faster and extra dependable journey for a whole lot of 1000’s of Victorians and their households.

The opposition transport spokesman, Matt Bach, stated Casey communities had been uncared for by the state authorities:

It’s unacceptable one in every of Melbourne’s fastest-growing communities isn’t related to the metropolitan rail community. Solely the Liberals and Nationals have actual options to present Casey residents the general public transport choices they deserve.

Bathurst supercar race going forward regardless of rain and flood

The Bathurst 1000 supercars championship has made an announcement that the occasion beginning at this time will go forward “as deliberate” regardless of a climate forecast of impending rain and flooding.

Bathurst was one of many cities the Bureau of Meteorology has stated they’re involved flooding might happen in centre and west of the state.

Supercars CEO Shane Howard stated:

In mild of the climate forecast over the approaching days, patrons are inspired to plan accordingly.

Periods will start for all classes on monitor on Thursday and run by way of till Sunday’s nice race.

NSW emergency providers minister, Steph Cooke, was requested by ABC Information Breakfast whether or not that race ought to go forward?

Look, we have now put in fantastic preparations round Bathurst. We have now seen this coming for the previous couple of days. The SES have labored with the native council, with the occasion organisers, after all, and native police to proactively relocate some campers from some lower-lying areas as much as increased floor.

Realizing that these programs are coming by way of we’re in a position to get on the entrance foot, put these preparations in place, and I believe now the messaging that I’d prefer to get throughout the people who find themselves attending the nice race, this excellent occasion that we have now in Australia and on the market at Bathurst, to be very cautious as you progress in and across the neighborhood.

We would see some native street closures. That would power folks on to these main roads and will lead to some delays. So asking folks to be affected person, to drive very rigorously presently, and simply preserve up-to-date with the recommendation that’s been put out. That’s one of the best ways to maintain your self and your loved ones protected.

The Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in December 2021.
The Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama in December 2021. {Photograph}: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

NSW ready for flash flooding, emergency providers minister says

The NSW emergency providers minister, Steph Cooke, spoke to ABC Information Breakfast about about the specter of flooding within the state:

We’re seeing challenges on a number of fronts throughout New South Wales at current, throughout the western elements of the state we obtained a number of river programs which might be in flood to some extent, whether or not that be minor proper by way of to main.

We have now prepositioned sources in response to this maintaining, you realize, guaranteeing that we have now sources positioned the place they might be wanted whether or not that’s plane positioned across the west of New South Wales, we have now obtained high-clearance automobiles in sure communities, we have now obtained greater than 500 SES volunteers out within the discipline in the meanwhile. They’re properly supported by our different emergency providers organisations.

What we all know is that our panorama is totally saturated, our dams are all however full, and our river programs have gotten loads of water coming down them. So any rainfall has the potential to trigger each riverine flooding, however I believe the higher danger at this cut-off date is flash flooding, notably in sure communities.

We have now seen Wee Waa remoted throughout current instances and, while not remoted at current, these communities on the market may be re-isolated once more simply with a minimal quantity of rain falling. So we’re very alert to that. We have now obtained plane which might be able to conducting resupply into communities. We obtained our high-clearance automobiles, we obtained different plane which have down-the-wire functionality ought to we have to rescue anyone out of flood waters. We’re hoping that that gained’t be wanted. However we’re very a lot on excessive alert and able to reply if crucial.

NSW minister for emergency services and resilience, Steph Cooke.
NSW minister for emergency providers and resilience, Steph Cooke. {Photograph}: Bianca de Marchi/AAP

Majority of Goldstein in favour of reviewing stage-three tax cuts, Zoe Daniel’s survey finds

Talking of stage-three tax cuts, Zoe Daniel, the unbiased member for Goldstein, has launched a survey for her voters on the problem.

Of 834 responses, Daniel says roughly three-quarters of Goldstein are in favour of reviewing the coverage.

Expertise minister confirms authorities dialogue is going down round stage three tax cuts

As a part of media rounds in mild of the abilities shortages information this morning, Brendan O’Connor the minister for abilities and coaching was additionally on ABC Radio this morning.

O’Connor has confirmed there are lively conversations happening inside authorities about stage three tax cuts.

We identified a few of our considerations on the time however made a dedication to stage three. That dedication has not altered.

Do you suppose that dialogue must occur?

I believe we must always have discussions concerning the altering nature of the economic system and what we do. I do know that the treasurer, prime minister, finance minister, the cupboard are taking a look at these points. There’s a really vital course of proper now as we put together for the price range in three weeks trying to discover financial savings from the misspent rorts and waste that we noticed. I believe we have to think about these items however let’s keep in mind that stage three tax cuts should not till virtually two years away and we have now to think about the rapid issues earlier than us and take care of them now.

Employers must do extra to upskill workers, minister says

O’Connor says the talents scarcity has been handled as an pressing matter by the federal government:

We’ve devoted sources to the house affairs division to speed up the talents visas. There’s been an enormous congestion of those purposes over years. We have to speed up that.

I don’t suppose that the earlier authorities actually understood the significance of immigration as an financial portfolio. I believe that we additionally must match up the funding in coaching and schooling with areas of demand in our economic system. And so, we have to do higher there, ensuring that the VET sector, universities, are actually equipping the long run workforce.

Is O’Connor assured that the measures which got here out of the roles and abilities summit are sufficient or are there different measures that must be thought-about within the upcoming October price range lower than three weeks away?

I believe growing the expert migration ranges for the yr is actually vital and given the acute shortages, I believe dedicating 180,000 fee-free Tafe locations for 2023 is actually vital. We’ve obtained a nationwide abilities settlement which is able to final for 5 years being negotiated between all governments. And I additionally suppose that employers must do extra. Some employers do remarkably properly investing in abilities, and it’s good for his or her firms after they achieve this. I believe some employers might do higher than they do now. I believe it’s a nationwide problem, and subsequently we have now to work collectively. And we’re centered on it, however it actually does simply point out, this report signifies how massive the problem is.

Talent shortages ‘an indictment on the failure to plan’: abilities minister

The Nationwide Expertise Fee’s annual replace of the talents precedence listing is out at this time, exhibiting the variety of occupations dealing with abilities shortages have virtually doubled in previous yr.

The minister for abilities and coaching Brendan O’Connor is talking to ABC Information Breakfast concerning the ballooning vacancies.

Are these emergency ranges?

Properly, I wouldn’t say precisely that. I might say, although, it is vitally excessive that we have now so many occupations the place there are vital shortages.

I imply, the truth that it virtually doubled in a yr speaks to a labour market that’s crying out for abilities. But additionally, it’s an indictment on the failure to plan, spend money on schooling and coaching to have the talents our labour market, our economic system and our employers want and our workforce want in order that they’ll discover good jobs.

O’Connor stated the federal government has prioritised the world by already convening a jobs and abilities summit and can proceed to work with business and state governments to deal with the shortages.

We do want to ensure, 1) the funding in schooling and coaching is in the fitting locations in order that we provide the talents wanted for our economic system now and into the long run. And, after all, 2) we have to have a a lot sooner manner of delivering on the expert migration pathways for industries which might be crying out for abilities. And whether or not they be nurses or tech employee, baggage handlers. Wherever you look throughout the economic system, there are shortages and it’s a very vital precedence of this authorities.

Minister for skills and training, Brendan O’Connor.
Minister for abilities and coaching, Brendan O’Connor. {Photograph}: Martin Ollman/Getty Photos

Birmingham holds agency on stage-three tax cuts

Simon Birmingham is requested about whether or not stage-three tax cuts must be revisited resulting from modified financial circumstances. Nevertheless, he says:

Circumstances haven’t modified that considerably.

RN Breakfast host Patricia Karvelas pushes Birmingham on the information which present circumstances have dramatically modified. Birmingham responds:

The federal government went to the final election saying time and again they’d honour the legislated tax cuts.

Within the time since we’ve seen in Australia rate of interest rises sure … however we’ve seen an Australian economic system that continues to carry out very strongly.

Birmingham requires Teena McQueen to step down after celebration of ‘lefties’ leaving celebration

Simon Birmingham, the opposition chief within the Senate, is requested about whether or not he believes federal Liberal celebration vice-president Teena McQueen ought to step down.

McQueen advised the CPAC Australia convention on the weekend that “the advantage of the final federal election is loads of these lefties are gone – we must always rejoice in that”.

RN Breakfast Host Patricia Karvelas:

You’ve known as feedback by NSW Liberal celebration vp Teena McQueen celebrating the defeat of reasonable Liberals on the election ‘disloyal’. Ought to she resign?

Birmingham:

Sure, that may be a much better factor for her to do if she doesn’t wish to assist or endorse Liberal candiates or sitting Liberal MPs, then she shouldn’t be sitting across the federal govt desk of the Liberal Social gathering.

I definitely gained’t be supporting her re-election if she contests her place once more. I believe she ought to replicate upon her place and her place is untenable.

You may learn extra on that story from my colleague Josh Butler:

Birmingham stated for the Coalition to win again authorities they would wish to win seats again not solely from the teal independents but additionally off Labor and the Greens.

Liberal senator Simon Birmingham.
Liberal senator Simon Birmingham. {Photograph}: Joel Carrett/AAP

Shadow overseas affairs minister says he’s happy about Solomon Islands PM’s go to to Australia

Simon Birmingham, the shadow overseas affairs minister, is talking to ABC Radio forward of the assembly between prime minister Anthony Albanese and his Solomon Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare.

Birmingham stated:

I’m happy he’s coming to Australia. This go to has been mooted a pair instances.

Does he settle for this assembly is a constructive signal?

Properly definitely all dialogue is constructive.

Nevertheless, Birmingham says he’s disappointing the Solomon Islands selected to delay their elections.

Australia re-elected to international telecommunications physique

Daniel Hurst

Australia has obtained a lift in its bid for affect in worldwide organisations, with its candidate re-elected to the governing council of the UN physique that units telecommunications requirements.

Readers might recall that the previous prime minister, Scott Morrison, as soon as derided “adverse globalism” and “an unaccountable internationalist paperwork” in a speech in Sydney in 2019 when Donald Trump was nonetheless US president.

However either side of Australian politics have seen the advantage of selling Australian candidates to international our bodies within the wake of the disruption brought on by the Covid pandemic and amid sharpening competitors between the US and China.

Australia’s push to maintain its seat on the desk of the Worldwide Telecommunication Union (ITU) – which units international requirements – was one of many first points that the brand new communications minister, Michelle Rowland, was briefed on after the election.

The outcomes are actually in, and Australia ranked ninth of 16 candidates to select up one in every of 13 council member seats for the Asia and Australasia area of the ITU.

Australia gained 141 votes in an election held in Bucharest, Romania.

China additionally secured a seat however with a barely decrease variety of votes: 135. Jordan, Iran and Iraq had been the shedding candidates on this group. The ITU can even be led by a US consultant as secretary basic.

Rowland stated this morning:

That is a terrific end result for Australia. Having a seat on the desk permits us to form outcomes that profit our area and neighbours and guarantee key telecommunications selections defend stability and prosperity in our area.

The Labor senator Karen Grogan, who was a part of Australia’s delegation to Romania, stated Australia was “honoured to have been re-elected to this very important worldwide organisation”.

South Australian Labor senator Karen Grogan.
South Australian Labor senator Karen Grogan. {Photograph}: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

SES obtain 240 requires help and conduct 4 flood rescues in NSW

The New South Wales SES assistant commissioner, Sean Kearns, spoke to the ABC Information Breakfast this morning concerning the areas of concern within the state amid the deluge this week:

Our areas of most concern proceed to be the west of the state the place we did see vital rainfall yesterday. That has moved over metropolitan Sydney in a single day, and within the final 24 hours, we’ve had 240 requires help with 120 of these being throughout the higher Sydney space.

Those for the higher Sydney space are primarily for leaking roofs and timber down, and out within the west of the state, it was round flooding operations and the like. Throughout that point, we’ve additionally had 4 flood rescues.

What we’re going to see, although, is as you might have talked about, there’s going to be additional rain come throughout the west of the state, notably over the weekend, which goes to convey additional rain to already saturated catchments. So we’re asking the communities round Gunnedah, Wee Wah, Warren, Dubbo, Bathurst, Nyngan and Cobar and even in some areas of the Hunter to be ready for additional rain and additional attainable flooding.

Albanese to satisfy with Sogavare in Canberra

Daniel Hurst

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, will search to ease tensions with Solomon Islands when he welcomes his counterpart, Manasseh Sogavare, to Parliament Home in Canberra at this time.

The connection between Solomon Islands and Australia has been strained, together with over the brand new safety settlement between Honiara and Beijing.

After his final assembly with Sogavare in Fiji in July, Albanese stated he was “very assured” there wouldn’t be Chinese language bases in Solomon Islands, regardless of the 2 international locations’ safety pact that was signed simply earlier than the Australian election (the deal that prompted Labor to say in the course of the marketing campaign that the Coalition had presided over the worst overseas coverage failure within the Pacific for the reason that second world struggle).

Anthony Albanese meets with Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare on sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on 13 July.
Anthony Albanese meets with Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare on sidelines of the Pacific Islands Discussion board in Suva on 13 July. {Photograph}: Reuters

However regardless of a post-election lull, tensions flared up once more not too long ago over Australia’s public announcement of a proposal to offer funding in direction of the holding of the following election in Solomon Islands. Sogavare’s plans to delay the election have been contentious in home Solomon Islands politics. Sogavare was unimpressed with the timing of Australia’s publicising of its supply: final month he branded the dealing with of the announcement as “overseas interference”.

Albanese and Sogavare are scheduled to satisfy mid-afternoon at Parliament Home for talks, however at this stage that is no plan for a joint press convention afterwards. The overseas affairs minister, Penny Wong, can also be anticipated to hitch the assembly. Some reviews have advised a dinner on the Lodge can also be on the playing cards.

Yesterday, in a press release saying the go to, Albanese stated Australia’s relationship with Solomon Islands was “extremely vital”:

As members of the Pacific Household, we’re dedicated to working collectively to face our shared challenges and obtain our shared objectives, together with on local weather change.
I sit up for partaking with Prime Minister Sogavare on constructing a robust and affluent Pacific area, primarily based on ideas of transparency, respect and partnership.

Sydney poised to interrupt the document for its wettest yr in historical past this weekend

Sydney is ready to interrupt the document for its wettest yr in historical past by this weekend, overtaking the mark set in 1950.

Rod Sims requires carbon tax as ‘crucial and conceptually apparent’

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

The previous head of the Australian Competitors and Shopper Fee, Rod Sims, says the federal government must broaden the tax base and there’s an “apparent” want for a carbon tax.

Sims additionally helps a windfall revenue tax to extend authorities revenues from vitality and mining firms.

Sims will at this time argue extra tax is required to pay for the general public providers Australians anticipate throughout well being and schooling and to decarbonise the economic system consistent with considerations over local weather change.

However arguing the nation has possible “maxed out” its choices on elevating private and company taxes, Sims as an alternative advocates a carbon tax, a street person tax, land tax and modifications to cease “switch mispricing”.

Sims will inform the Australia Institute’s income summit:

If you’re in opposition to increased taxation then you’re in opposition to increased authorities expenditure,” Sims will inform the Australia Institute’s income summit.

Sims says Australia wants each a petroleum useful resource hire tax and a minerals useful resource hire tax to function at smart ranges.

Right here you might have a nation’s property, attainable at various value ranges largely decided by the accessibility of the useful resource, dealing with wildly various costs that may be influenced considerably by exterior occasions akin to a struggle in Ukraine. This may end up in massive, fortuitous will increase in income that must be shared with the neighborhood that owns these ore our bodies.

Sims will argue a carbon tax is “each crucial and conceptually apparent” to get the modifications in behaviour wanted to sort out local weather change.

“It’s baffling that we have now a big majority of Australia’s inhabitants wanting motion on local weather change, however the concept of a tax on carbon is immediately condemned.”

Rod Sims.
Rod Sims. {Photograph}: Lukas Coch/AAP

Good morning!

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, will meet along with his Solomon Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare, at Parliament Home in Canberra at this time.

Albanese will search to ease tensions which have adopted the brand new safety settlement between Honiara and Beijing, in addition to Sogavare’s refusal of Australia’s supply to offer funding in direction of the holding of the following election in Solomon Islands.

Former principal financial advisor to Bob Hawke and chair of shopper watchdog ACCC, Rod Sims, will at this time give an tackle on the Australia Institute’s income summit, the place he’ll argue there’s an “apparent” want for a carbon tax.

Sims is predicted to inform the summit that extra tax is required to pay for the general public providers Australians anticipate throughout well being and schooling and to decarbonise the economic system consistent with considerations over local weather change.

In additional financial information, the Nationwide Expertise Fee’s annual replace of the talents precedence listing is out at this time, exhibiting the variety of occupations dealing with abilities shortages have virtually doubled in previous yr. You may learn the total story from Guardian Australia’s chief political correspondent Sarah Martin right here:

The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled extreme climate warning in NSW, southern Queensland and northern Victoria. Nevertheless, the State Emergency Service say vital flooding remains to be occurring in inland NSW.

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