Community leaders endorsed and supported a unanimous condemnation of violence in any form
 
Kuwait: Sheikh Ahmed Al-Abdullah was appointed Prime Minister and assigned to form the members of the new cabinet
 
Chris Bowen says there is no anger from religious leaders about lack of security
 
Youssef Salamah: The US, Israel, and Iran have introduced a new language at the International War College
 
ECCNSW | An act of terrorism in Wakley, which is abhorrent to our values and Australia's multicultural values
 
Lebanon called for an end to the escalation in the Middle East and respect for international law
 
FROM SOGGY TO SPECTACULAR: Bill Anderson Park ready for any weather
 
AFIC Condemns Tragic Incident
 
The Revolutionary Guard announces the seizure of a ship linked to Israel in the Strait of Hormuz
 
It was momantous occasion, blessed with a substantial turnout that filled the college premises ...
 
Latest news about the ceasefire negotiations in Gaza
 
Member for Parramatta Donna Davis thanked the incoming trainee paramedics and emergency call takers...
 
From Australia, World news in Brief

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Australia has challenging plans to boost its manufacturing sector
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Biden vows 'ironclad' support for Israel amid Iran attack fears
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Scientific study: Global timekeepers may need to delay our clocks by one second.
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Anthony Albanese announces Samantha Mostyn as Australia's next governor-general
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Secretary Austin stressed the need to immediately take concrete steps to protect aid workers and Palestinian civilians in Gaza... 
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Religious Leaders Warn Albanese Against Greens Alliance on Religious Discrimination Legislation
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Albanese Unveils Solar SunShot Initiative to Catalyze Australian Solar Panel Production



Australia has challenging plans to boost its manufacturing sector
11/04/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l:In a strategic move that signals a departure from traditional economic orthodoxies, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese unveiled plans for a bold foray into bolstering Australia's manufacturing sector. Dubbing it as the dawn of a new manufacturing era, Albanese's announcement on Thursday resonated with ambition, promising a wave of public involvement in private sector affairs, a paradigm shift echoing global trends.
Anthony Albanese's set piece policy announcement on Thursday was not short on ambition.
The prime minister declared his government was at the crest of a "new wave" of public involvement in the private sector.
He pointed to a global "revolution" of governments putting their hands on the scales to support domestic businesses – seen in the US, the EU, Japan, Korea, Canada and China – and declared his intention to join in.
"We need to be willing to break with old orthodoxies and pull new levers to advance the national interest … combining market tools with government action."
In other words, pouring public money into investments in renewable energy, hi-tech manufacturing and other "future" industries.
Albanese's call to arms echoes a global trend, where governments worldwide are recalibrating their roles in supporting domestic industries, particularly in sectors pivotal for the future. From the United States to China, the winds of change blow, ushering in an era of strategic interventionism aimed at nurturing industries vital for sustainable growth.
The centerpiece of Albanese's vision is the "Future Made in Australia Act," representing a departure from conventional policy frameworks. Embracing the idea of "picking winners," the government vows to channel public funds into burgeoning sectors like renewable energy and high-tech manufacturing. However, amidst the lofty rhetoric, questions linger about the pragmatic implementation and tangible outcomes of this grand strategy.
The global shift towards net-zero emissions catalyzes this interventionist fervor, with climate imperatives shaping economic landscapes. President Joe Biden's monumental Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), infused with climate-conscious investments, serves as a beacon, inspiring emulation across the developed world. This convergence of climate urgency and economic ambition delineates a landscape where governments vie to carve out niches in the burgeoning green economy.
However, amid the fervor of interventionism, pitfalls lurk. The specter of government overreach looms large, raising concerns about the efficacy and sustainability of such interventions. As evidenced by past missteps in Australia's manufacturing landscape, the road to industrial revitalization is fraught with challenges, from scale limitations to funding uncertainties.
Critics caution against placing undue faith in government-led initiatives, citing a history rife with false starts and dashed hopes. Skepticism pervades the business community, wary of entanglement in bureaucratic quagmires and uncertain policy terrain. Amidst political discord and policy reversals, businesses tread cautiously, hesitant to bank on government largesse.
Despite the skepticism, unions applaud the government's proactive stance, heralding it as a boon for workers and the environment. They envision a future where Australia emerges as a frontrunner in the global race towards sustainability, leveraging government support to propel industries towards greener pastures.
As Australia embarks on this ambitious journey, the stakes are high, and the path forward uncertain. Navigating the labyrinth of economic transformation requires a delicate balance between ambition and pragmatism, collaboration and caution. While the promise of a revitalized manufacturing sector beckons, the journey ahead is fraught with challenges, demanding unwavering resolve and adaptive leadership. In this brave new world of manufacturing, Australia stands at the precipice of possibility, poised to chart its course amidst the tumultuous seas of global economic realignment.
Biden vows 'ironclad' support for Israel amid Iran attack fears
President Joe Biden has promised Israel "ironclad" US support amid fears that Tehran could launch reprisals for an attack that killed senior Iranians.
Mr Biden warned that Iran is threatening to launch a "significant attack" after Israel struck the Iranian consulate in Syria 10 days ago.
"We're going to do all we can to protect Israel's security," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Iran's leader said the Israeli attack in Damascus was equivalent to an attack on Iran itself.
"When they attacked our consulate area, it was like they attacked our territory," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech.
"The evil regime must be punished, and it will be punished."
It is not yet clear what form any reprisal attack would take.
For Iran to strike Israel directly would risk an even greater escalation in the conflict, and analysts have said Iran does not have the military capability for a significant confrontation.
A possible alternative is an attack via an Iranian proxy like Hezbollah, which frequently carries out smaller strikes on Israel from neighbouring Lebanon.
On Sunday an Iranian official warned Israel's embassies were "no longer safe", suggesting a consulate building could be a possible target.
Experts have also suggested Iran could target Israel with a cyberattack.
Thirteen people were killed in the 1 April attack on the Iranian consulate building, including senior Iranian military leaders.
Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but is widely considered to have been behind it.
US and Israeli forces in the region have been put on high alert in the days since.
Mr Biden's remarks came as he was speaking to journalists at the White House on Wednesday alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
"As I told Prime Minister Netanyahu, our commitment to Israel's security against these threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad — let me say it again, ironclad," Mr Biden said.
His comments come one day after Mr Biden, in an interview, called for a ceasefire in Gaza and said he disagreed with Mr Netanyahu's war strategy.
"I think what he's doing is a mistake. I don't agree with his approach," he said in an interview with Univision that was recorded a week ago.
It also comes nearly a week after a tense phone call between Mr Biden and Mr Netanyahu in the wake of the Israeli killing of seven humanitarian aid workers in Gaza.
Mr Biden has sharpened his rhetoric over Israel's conduct in the nearly six-month-old war sparked by Hamas's 7 October attack, and voiced his growing frustration with Mr Netanyahu.
US officials have been attempting to send a message to the Iranians that, despite differences of opinion between Mr Biden and Mr Netanyahu, any attack on Israel will met with an aggressive US response.
In an effort to ease tensions, the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Iraq spoke to their Iranian counterpart this week, according to Axios.
The ministers were asked to convey a message from Mr Biden's senior Middle East advisor, Brett McGurk, about the need to de-escalate.
According to Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry, more than 33,000 people - mostly women and children - have been killed in the Israeli incursion.
The conflict was sparked by Hamas's killing of more than 1,200 people in Israel and the taking of 253 hostages in its October attack. 
Scientific study: Global timekeepers may need to delay our clocks by one second.
9/4/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: A new scientific study has concluded that climate change affects the speed of the Earth's rotation and may affect the way we maintain global timekeeping.
The study says that the accelerated melting of ice in Greenland and Antarctica is adding more water to the world's sea levels, and redistributing mass.
She added that this causes the Earth's rotation to slow down slightly, although the planet is still rotating faster than it was before.
As a result, global timekeepers may need to delay our clocks by as much as one second.
“Global warming is already affecting global timekeeping,” says the study, which was published in the scientific journal Nature.
Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC, which is used by most countries in the world to regulate clocks and time, is calculated by the Earth's rotation.
However, the Earth's rotation rate is not constant, and accordingly it affects the length of our days and nights.
Changes in the liquid center of Earth also mean that it rotates a little faster.
Since the 1970s, to correct this, about 27 “leap” seconds have been added to Universal Time, and timekeepers plan to subtract one second for the first time in 2026. This is known as the “negative leap second.”
However, the study concluded that the melting of ice caused by climate change has partially offset this acceleration.
The study also indicated that ice sheets are now losing mass five times faster than they were 30 years ago, which means that a negative change in a leap second will not be needed until 2029.
Duncan Agnew, who led the study, told NBC News: “It is exciting, even for me, that we have done something that measurably changes the speed of the Earth’s rotation.”
He added that "things are happening in an unprecedented way."
The study says that the leap second has not been used before, and its use "would constitute an unprecedented problem" for computers around the world.
"This has never been done before, and it poses a major challenge to making sure that all parts of the global timing infrastructure show the same time," Agnew, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, told AFP news agency.
"Many computer programs for leap seconds assume they are all positive, so they have to be rewritten," he added.
However, some doubts are raised about the study.
Dimitrios Matsakis, former chief scientist for time services at the US Naval Observatory, told AFP news agency that "the Earth is unpredictable" if a negative leap second would be needed soon.
Human activities such as burning fossil fuels cause global temperatures to rise.
This rise in temperatures has a major impact on the environment, including the rapid melting of glaciers and ice sheets.
Anthony Albanese announces Samantha Mostyn as Australia's next governor-general
5/04/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: Prominent businesswoman and gender equality advocate Samantha Mostyn AO will be Australia's next governor-general.
Ms Mostyn is the current chair of the federal government's Women's Economic Equality Taskforce and has previously served in a range of roles, including as an AFL commissioner.
She will be the second woman to hold the position, becoming Australia's 28th governor-general. 
It follows King Charles's approval of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's recommendation that she be appointed as his representative in Australia.   
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese recommended Ms Mostyn (L) replace David Hurley. 
She will be sworn in on July 1, replacing David Hurley, who has served since 2019.
Mr Albanese described Ms Mostyn as a modern and optimistic leader who was deeply respected in the business world.
"Her leadership reflects our enduring Australian values of equality, fairness and a responsibility to build a better future for the next generation," he said.
Ms Mostyn said her strong business experience and legal training would bolster her in the new position.
"I can think of no greater purpose, prime minister, than to serve this country I love as governor-general, particularly at a time in our history when the challenges and opportunities we face are large and complex," she told reporters in Canberra. 
She says she has engaged with a diverse Australian community over the years. 
"My connections to this country and people have come in so many forms — from contributing to governance around executive investment and board tables, to cheering at the footy, to being moved and inspired in the audience at our extraordinary music and arts events or packing food boxes in my local community," she said. 
"The beauty of Australians is our ability to pull together often despite our differences." 
Ms Mostyn has previously worked with Reconciliation Australia, Beyond Blue, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the National Mental Health Commission.
As a commissioner with the AFL, she was central to establishing the code's women's competition.
She will be just the second woman to serve as Australia's governor-general, following Quentin Bryce.
Mr Hurley welcomed the announcement, calling Ms Mostyn someone dedicated to "making positive change in our community". 
"I have had the privilege of working with Ms Mostyn previously and know that she will represent and serve all Australians with distinction," he said in a statement. 
"I congratulate her on her appointment as our next governor-general, look forward to spending time with her in coming months and, with all Australians, supporting her as our governor-general."
Secretary Austin stressed the need to immediately take concrete steps to protect aid workers and Palestinian civilians in Gaza... 
04/04/2024 
WASHINGTON-- Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin expressed his "outrage" at the Israeli occupation's strike on a World Central Kitchen humanitarian aid convoy that killed seven aid workers, including an American citizen.
This came in a phone conversation between Secretary Austin with the Israeli occupation's Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, said a statement by the Department of Defense late Wednesday.
Secretary Austin stressed the need to immediately take concrete steps to protect aid workers and Palestinian civilians in Gaza after repeated coordination failures with foreign aid groups.
Secretary Austin urged Minister Gallant to conduct a swift and transparent investigation, to share their conclusions publicly, and to hold those responsible to account.
Secretary Austin stated that this tragedy reinforced the expressed concern over a potential Israeli military operation in Rafah, specifically focusing on the need to ensure the evacuation of Palestinian civilians and the flow of humanitarian aid.
Secretary Austin expressed his admiration for World Central Kitchen and its dedicated staff.
World Central Kitchen pioneered the delivery of food to Gaza by land, air, and sea-now totaling over 40 million meals to Gazans in need.
Secretary Austin stressed to Minister Gallant that this tragedy made it more difficult to flood the zone with humanitarian assistance, as Israeli officials have stated they seek to do.
Secretary Austin also raised the need to see a rapid increase of aid coming through all crossings in the coming days, particularly to communities in northern Gaza that are at risk of famine.
Religious Leaders Warn Albanese Against Greens Alliance on Religious Discrimination Legislation
31/03/2024
(See translation in Arabic section)
Sydney - Middle East Times Int’l: A coalition of religious figures, comprising around 40 leaders from diverse faith-based organizations, has penned a stern letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese cautioning against collaboration with the Greens regarding Religious Discrimination legislation. The missive, issued just ahead of Easter, underscores concerns over Albanese's recent openness to working with the Greens, a move perceived by the religious community as a breach of trust.
Albanese's shift in stance surfaced last week when he indicated that securing support from either the Greens or the opposition was essential for advancing legislation safeguarding LGBT staff and students in faith-based schools while protecting religious groups. However, this prompted disapproval from religious leaders, who emphasized the importance of maintaining bipartisanship in addressing the matter.
The letter, endorsed by Catholic and Anglican leaders alongside representatives from various denominations and religious associations, urged Albanese to uphold his commitment to bipartisan cooperation. It underscored apprehensions that any collaboration with the Greens might undermine the religious freedoms cherished by faith communities.
Central to the dispute are two draft bills proposed by the government, the specifics of which remain undisclosed to the public. While the Greens advocate for adhering to the Australian Law Reform Commission report's recommendations, emphasizing the repeal of discriminatory exemptions in the Sex Discrimination Act, religious leaders express skepticism regarding the Greens' approach.
In response, Albanese's office has been approached for clarification, as the Coalition underscores its readiness for negotiations but stresses the need for comprehensive consultations.
Greens Senator David Shoebridge reiterated the party's willingness to collaborate in ensuring the protection of both the LGBTQIA+ community and individuals of faith. However, he cautioned against granting Opposition Leader Peter Dutton veto power over the legislation, highlighting the importance of fulfilling election promises to combat discrimination.
The letter serves as a reminder of Albanese's electoral pledge to safeguard both religious freedoms and the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals within educational institutions. As debates surrounding religious discrimination legislation intensify, the delicate balance between protecting individual rights and respecting religious beliefs remains at the forefront of political discourse.
Solar SunShot manufacturing program ...
Albanese Unveils Solar SunShot Initiative to Catalyze Australian Solar Panel Production
In a groundbreaking move aimed at redefining Australia's energy landscape, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the Solar SunShot program, a visionary initiative with a $1 billion investment to bolster domestic solar panel manufacturing. The announcement, made amidst the backdrop of New South Wales' Hunter Valley, marks a strategic shift towards renewable energy production in a region historically tied to coal mining.
Despite Australia boasting the highest rate of solar panel adoption globally, a mere 1% of these panels are manufactured locally. The Solar SunShot initiative seeks to alter this reality by offering production subsidies and grants, positioning Australia as a prominent player in the global solar manufacturing supply chain.
Central to this initiative is the transformation of the Liddell Power Station site near Muswellbrook into a solar manufacturing hub. Emphasizing the program's commitment to supporting coal-dependent communities transitioning into sustainable industries, Albanese highlighted the imperative of securing alternative employment opportunities for workers in regions facing impending closures of mines and power stations.
The billion-dollar commitment will predominantly fund the redevelopment of the Liddell site, with a portion allocated for additional projects across the country. Albanese anticipates the creation of hundreds of high-paying jobs, surpassing previous employment levels associated with the coal-fired power station.
AGL, the owner of the Liddell site, has initiated a partnership with solar startup SunDrive to explore the site's conversion into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Vincent Allen, CEO of SunDrive, underscored the abundance of essential minerals in Australia, positioning the country favorably for solar panel production and reducing importation costs.
The announcement has garnered widespread acclaim, with industry leaders applauding the government's proactive approach to sustainable development. Bob Hawes, CEO of the Hunter Business Chamber, lauded the initiative's potential to invigorate local economies and foster diversification within the renewable energy sector.
While hailed as a significant step towards achieving net-zero emissions targets, critics, including Greens senator David Shoebridge, advocate for a more comprehensive transition away from fossil fuels. Despite differing perspectives, the Solar SunShot program signals a transformative leap towards a greener, more resilient future for Australia's energy landscape.

 














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