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Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is asked what medium term 2030 targets need to be set by the federal government to give industry “confidence and clarity”.
Forrest can’t really hear him, though:
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is asked whether it’s appropriate for Australia to continue to sell thermal while there’s an international market for it.
He says it doesn’t matter much what the government thinks, or what he thinks, but what customers think, particularly big financiers:
Katharine Murphy:
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest:
Independent member for Indi Helen Haines has weighed in on debates on the transition to net zero.
The electorate has been held by an independent since Cathy McGowan beat Liberal incumbent Sophie Mirabella in 2013.
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has recommended the government consider listing Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation.
The PJCIS today tabled a report reviewing the relisting of five terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code: al-Shabaab, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
While the committee supported the relisting of all these organisations under the Criminal Code it has gone a step further, recommending the government expand the listing of Hamas’ Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades to include the whole organisation of Hamas.
The committee made a similar recommendation in June 2021 in its report on the review of the relisting of Hizballah’s External Security Organisation as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code that the listing of Hezbollah’s External Security Organisation be expanded to the whole organisation of Hezbollah.
Committee chair senator James Paterson said it was clear from evidence received during the review that the whole organisation of Hamas met the definition of a terrorist organisation:
End Covid For All’s Tim Costello has addressed Australia’s decision to end local manufacturing of AstraZeneca once the current contract is met.End Covid For All’s Tim Costello has addressed Australia’s decision to end local manufacturing of AstraZeneca once the current contract is met.
Forrest says the fact the federal government still hasn’t set an official net zero by 2050 target is an “enormous concern”:Forrest says the fact the federal government still hasn’t set an official net zero by 2050 target is an “enormous concern”:
Back in the ACT, Andrew Barr addresses the vaccination mandates that were introduced yesterday for the education sector.Back in the ACT, Andrew Barr addresses the vaccination mandates that were introduced yesterday for the education sector.
He says mandates have always been used as the “absolute last measure”.He says mandates have always been used as the “absolute last measure”.
Forrest turns to “increasingly rare, fear-mongering politicians” who have been pushing back against net zero by 2050 targets:Forrest turns to “increasingly rare, fear-mongering politicians” who have been pushing back against net zero by 2050 targets:
Forrest:Forrest:
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest touts the raft of announcements made in Queensland and NSW this week:
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is about to virtually address the National Press Club. I’ll bring you the highlights – the title of his address is “Green Hydrogen, the Power of Now”, which is timely.
Victoria today downgraded the ACT from a red zone to an orange zone.
Many thanks to Matilda Boseley – hopefully my embrace will be suitably warm. I’ll be with you for the rest of the day.
With that, I shall pass you over to the warm embrace of Caitlin Cassidy, who will guide you through the afternoon.
Stay safe everyone!
Robert:
Just on those job numbers, federal employment minister Stuart Robert has sledged Queensland’s border restrictions urging the premier to provide certainty to businesses.
Australia’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.6% in September as a further 138,000 jobs were lost due to lockdowns in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.
The jobless rate had unexpectedly eased to a near 13-year low of 4.5% in August as a result of people giving up searching for work, reports AAP’s Colin Brinsden.
The participation rate of those in work or seeking employment fell further in September to 64.5%, from 65.2%. The number of hours worked rose by 15m or 0.9%.
Australian Bureau of Statistics head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said:
In September, there were 111,000 fewer employed people and two per cent fewer hours worked than in March 2020.
Oops!
Hmm, this is interesting. Just ducking back to the NSW premier’s press conference this morning, where Dominic Perrottet was asked about the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils plans to host an online forum that included two members of the Taliban.
Have a read of what he says and then I’ll point out the issue.
Perrottet:
Here is the problem. Geoff Lee isn’t the multicultural minister anymore, it’s Natalie Ward, one of only two Liberal women in the NSW cabinet.
I mean the event got cancelled so clearly he called someone, but did Lee just humour him the whole phone call and pass the message along?