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A specialist robotic camera will be used to search for the body of an eight-year-old boy who is believed to have drowned while kayaking in Western Australia’s south, AAP’s Michael Ramsey reports. Wild weather is brewing in NSW:
Josh Frydenberg says he’d like to see Victoria, which just reported more than 2,000 cases in a single day, following the New South Wales roadmap - which goes significantly further than Victoria - when it emerges from restrictions.
Josh Frydenberg is asked about the emergency disaster payments, which are due to end when state’s reach 80% double dose targets. He says emergency payments, like lockdowns, can’t last forever:
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is up in Melbourne now commenting on the latest unemployment figures:
A specialist robotic camera will be used to search for the body of an eight year old boy who is believed to have drowned while kayaking in Western Australia’s south, AAP’s Michael Ramsey reports.
The boy had been camping with family at Fernhook Falls near Walpole, about 400km southeast of Perth. He was reported missing from the campsite on Sunday morning, with police later saying he had been involved in a boating incident on the river.The boy had been camping with family at Fernhook Falls near Walpole, about 400km southeast of Perth. He was reported missing from the campsite on Sunday morning, with police later saying he had been involved in a boating incident on the river.
A land search that spanned several days and involved more than 60 State Emergency Service volunteers has been suspended, and police are now focusing on recovering his body from the river.A land search that spanned several days and involved more than 60 State Emergency Service volunteers has been suspended, and police are now focusing on recovering his body from the river.
Superintendent Kim Travers said the boy had ventured off alone near the top of the falls on Sunday morning. He had earlier told his older brother he wanted to paddle through foam on the surface of the water but was told it was too dangerous:Superintendent Kim Travers said the boy had ventured off alone near the top of the falls on Sunday morning. He had earlier told his older brother he wanted to paddle through foam on the surface of the water but was told it was too dangerous:
A short time later, his father located the boy’s jumper jammed underneath a rock.A short time later, his father located the boy’s jumper jammed underneath a rock.
The family had been staying in a cabin at the Mount Frankland National Park and had been kayaking over the weekend without any issues. The family had been staying in a cabin at the Mount Frankland national park and had been kayaking over the weekend without any issues.
A Swiss National daily news journalist asks Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest about Australia’s image overseas. She says it is poor, in Europe particularly.A Swiss National daily news journalist asks Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest about Australia’s image overseas. She says it is poor, in Europe particularly.
The Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein is providing a Covid-19 update following the escape of a quarantined traveller who later tested positive to the virus.The Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein is providing a Covid-19 update following the escape of a quarantined traveller who later tested positive to the virus.
Gutwein says the man has not been particularly forthcoming with authorities.Gutwein says the man has not been particularly forthcoming with authorities.
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is asked about Australia’s trade and diplomatic relationship with China, particularly in the wake of the new Aukus pact:Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is asked about Australia’s trade and diplomatic relationship with China, particularly in the wake of the new Aukus pact:
A reminder CovidBaseAU is run by teens who got vaccinated at their first opportunity.A reminder CovidBaseAU is run by teens who got vaccinated at their first opportunity.
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest is asked what medium term 2030 targets need to be set by the federal government to give industry “confidence and clarity”.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: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.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:He says it doesn’t matter much what the government thinks, or what he thinks, but what customers think, particularly big financiers:
Katharine Murphy:Katharine Murphy:
Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest:Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest:
Independent member for Indi Helen Haines has weighed in on debates on the transition to net zero.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 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 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).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.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.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: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: