The ‘suffering’ of Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison – @Qldaah #auspol

The true victims of the refugee crisis on Nauru and Manus Island revealed.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop evades on #climate change risk to security reports @Takvera

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop attended Washington for a series of meetings on security and terrorism. But equating climate change as a security threat was just too much for Julie Bishop, evading a journalist’s probing question and replying with some untruthful spin on the Government’s climate change ‘good story’. This story was originally published in an earlier version on John Englart’s own climate blog. Bishop was invited to attend President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address by House of Representatives speaker John Boehner. 11.10pm doorstop for @JulieBishopMP in DC after attending #SOTU pic.twitter.com/Lr1ttbqvCK — Lisa Millar (@LisaMillar) January 21, 2015 In his 6th State of the Union (SOTU) Speech […]

Obama’s Brisbane climate clarion call to Australia and the world

As we develop, as we focus on our econ, we cannot forget the need to lead on the global fight against climate change.  Now, I know that’s — (applause) — I know there’s been a healthy debate in this country about it.  (Laughter.)  Here in the Asia Pacific, nobody has more at stake when it comes to thinking about and then acting on climate change. Here, a climate that increases in temperature will mean more extreme and frequent storms, more flooding, rising seas that submerge Pacific islands.  Here in Australia, it means longer droughts, more wildfires.  The incredible natural glory of the Great Barrier Reef is threated.  Worldwide, this past […]

Australia is a climate leaner, not a lifter: @takvera comments on #Climate2014

Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop took the podium at the United Nations Climate Summit to an almost empty plenary to announce Australia was balancing economic growth with climate action, with a 5 per cent cut based on 2000 levels by 2020 using $2.55 billion to fund emission reductions under the government’s Direct Action Plan. (Read speech) Two photos tell the story of her address to this climate summit, of the vast gap between the government’s rhetoric and actual action. The first is the more flattering image the Abbott Government would prefer you to see tweeted by Australia’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations Gary Quinlan: The second […]

Mystery over ‘Blue-tie Man’ deepens, France baffled: @Qldaah #auspol

Satire. French authorities have detained a man found speaking gibberish to school children and are anxious to return him to his country of origin. Wearing a neat suit with a pale blue tie, the man appeared at a school fete and began speaking in broken French to children, teachers and parents. Officials also believe the man was involved in a series of ‘photo bombs’ over recent days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the first to notice the so called ‘Blue-tie Man’ next to her during a world leaders photo shoot at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France. As the photo was taken, she is captured turning to her right and […]