Former PM Malcolm Turnbull loses new clean economy board appointment
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Sydney - M E Times Int'l: The purpose of the Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board is to create jobs in low carbon industries and see the State reduce its emissions in ways that grow the economy.
It is important that the focus is on achieving these outcomes, based on facts, technology, science, and economics.
The focus should not be on personality.
Malcolm Turnbull AC has contributed much to our country and I know will contribute more into the future.
However, no person’s role on the Board should distract from achieving results for the NSW people or from the Government’s work in delivering jobs and opportunities for the people of NSW.
For this reason, I have decided not to proceed with his appointment as chair.
A new chair of the Board will be announced in due course. Until then, the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will act in the role.
I want to thank Mr Turnbull for his willingness to serve and look forward to his continued contribution to public life.
Tough time for people who live in Australia's regional and remote communities
Sydney: New South Wales is seeing a rise in rural crime – delivering significant financial blows to farmers' livelihoods during years already made tough by COVID-19 and drought.
New research by the University of New England has revealed 80 per cent of New South Wales farmers reported being targeted by criminals. Crime Stoppers NSW CEO Peter Price commented on the statistics, saying “the people who live in our regional and remote communities around NSW and around Australia have had a really tough time for the last few years, they’ve had to deal with drought, floods, COVID and everything else that can be thrown at them”.
“What they don’t need to do is they don’t need to be dealing with adversity around theft.”
Between 2015 and 2020 $22.5 million worth of sheep and cattle were reported stolen across NSW, however, lost animal by-products and breeding potential hiked the lost value up to about $60 million.
The vaccine rollout has been a “supply program” as three million doses from Europe “never came”: PM
Canberra: The challenges Australia has faced regarding the vaccine rollout has been a “supply program” as three million doses from Europe “never came,” according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Mr Morrison spruiked the growing speed of the vaccine rollout pointing to the 79,000 vaccinations in one day just before the Easter weekend.
“At this stage of our rollout, it is actually better than where Germany was, better than where New Zealand was, better than where South Korea and Japan was,” he said.
The prime minister also said the government is looking to expand on the already 1500 GPs in the rollout network by the end of the week.
“What this means is that we are getting more points of distribution closer to people in their communities,” he said.
“The challenges Australia have had has been a supply problem. It is pure and simple. There was over three million doses from overseas that were that never came.
“That's obviously resulted in an inability to get three million doses out and distributed through the network.”
China winning COVID public relations war with Australia in Pacific
Canberra: Australia is falling behind in the race with China to deliver COVID vaccines to Pacific Island nations, with experts warning losing to Beijing would be a "significant blow" to Aussies.
If the Australian government is unable to secure millions of vaccine doses for its Pacific Island neighbours within the next few weeks, there are fears it could lead to China gaining an even stronger foothold in the region.
Last month Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia would be sending more than 8000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Papua New Guinea. He also said he would ask one million doses of the shots coming to Australia from Europe to be sent to PNG instead, however, this is yet to happen.
Now, PNG has accepted 200,000 Chinese Sinopharm jabs, with Fiji also saying it will accept the vaccines when it is approved by the World Health Organisation.
Lowy Institute Pacific program director Jonathan Pryne said Australia is now racing against China to supply vaccines to the Pacific.
Australia has to ‘wake up’ to the biggest threat to ‘our way of life’
Canberra: Liberal Senator James McGrath says you don’t hear the Greens or “woke companies” attacking Beijing despite China being a threat to Australia’s economy and “way of life”.
“A lot of silence there from the Greens when it comes to China,” Mr McGrath told media.
“We’ve got to wake up, Australia, to what is going on.”
Labor veteran critical of ALP’s “priority” of Palestinian state
Canberra: Former Labor MP Michael Danby says the issue of a Palestinian state indicates the ALP is giving “priority to the wrong issues”.
It comes after the ALP adopted a motion at its virtual National Conference calling for a future Labor government to formally recognise Palestine as a state.
The resolution mirrors a similar motion in 2018 which saw the conference support Israel and Palestine existing as “two states”.
Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said the party’s motion in 2021 reflects its “prior expression of its view on statehood”. Ms Wong used the same words in her speech to the conference that were used in 2018.
Mr Danby said the “unconditional recognition of Palestine” gives a “very bad impression to the Australian people”.
The former Labor MP was excluded from speaking out against the motion and putting forward his amendment at the national conference.
Morrison delivers Easter message to Australia
Canberra: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny have delivered their Easter message to Australia, reflecting on how tough the last year has been, especially for those devastated by the recent floods.
“Easter is a very special time where people and families are coming together right across our country, and for many in a way they haven’t been able to do over the past year,” Mr Morrison said.
“Easter is also a very special time and a sacred time for those who share the Christian faith.
“Christians everywhere, our family included, will draw great strength and heart from the Easter message. A message of hope, of love, and forgiveness.
“The past year has been a tough one and I particularly want to thank Australians for the great spirit that they’ve shown one to each other.
“It’s our capacity to love our neighbour as ourselves that I think has really demonstrated the great Aussie spirit of mateship over this past year”.
Pompeo seen as potential Republican leader
Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would make a formidable candidate for president as he can “appeal to the Trump base” while still being an establishment Republican, according to the Financial Review’s Aaron Patrick.
Mr Pompeo did not rule out running for the Republican Presidential nomination in an interview with The Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan.
Mr Patrick told media the former secretary of state is a “pretty interesting potential candidate,” given the growing split within the Republican Party.
He said the two factions of the GOP were “at war with each other” during the Trump administration, but a candidate like Mr Pompeo with a “lot of credibility in policy circles” could do bring both camps back together.
“(He) can perhaps pick up the Trump mantle and take it forward, and attacking China is a way to do that,” Mr Patrick said.
“Perhaps it’s people like that who will create the future path of the Republican Party back to power in the US.”
Peter Dutton defends against Chinese Global Times censure
Sydney: Newly appointed Defence Minister Peter Dutton has responded to criticism from China's Global Times accusing him of looking to "stir up trouble" with the United States in the South China Sea.
News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says “the Global Times out of China had an article criticising your appointment describing you as a hawk and saying it was likely you would look to work with the US to stir up South China Sea issues”.
Mr Dutton said “they’re half right” as he fully intended to work closely with the United States because they were Australia’s most important ally. However, he added Australia would not work with America in an “antagonistic way” but rather only so as to secure national sovereignty.
“We don’t support militarisation of ports".
“We don’t support any foreign country trying to exert influence here via cyber or other means. “We don’t want to see conflict in our region.”
Mr Dutton said he would continue to work with allies in the region and five eyes partners across the world.
Leftists are undermining western civilisation: Cory Bernardi
Sydney: THE leftists’ mission is to “undermine the west” and that can only be done by discrediting the church that Jesus built and the principles upon which it rests, claims News host Cory Bernardi.
Mr Bernardi claimed that leftists demand that everyone must adhere to and accept their "behavioural demands".
“These narcissistic adherents place themselves at the centre of the universe and expect society to mould and adapt and morph to accept their behavioural demands,” he said.
"Anyone who resists these selfish desires is immediately labelled to suit the zeitgeist – you just have to pick one of the fanciful phobia's or ism's that are so popular these days.
"Many lefties understand how important the principles of Christianity are to western civilisation.
"As such, loathing it is deemed okay among the radicals who seem to demand tolerance for any other belief system … other than the one that built the society they exist in today.”