He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty Wyatt Roy – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol






The radicalisation of a future prime minister.






Julie Bishop promotes jewellery for Liberal Party donor: @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol






The jeweller, the retailer and the foreign minister. How a blue opal necklace linked Julie Bishop to Liberal Party donors and sparked the war over the abolition of Sunday penalty rates. Foreign minister Julie Bishop has modelled an opal collier for one of the Liberal Party’s donors at the launch of the taxpayer funded program, “G’Day USA”. The […]






Australia to join Coalition of High Ambition? #COP21 #climate report by @takvera #auspol






On Friday afternoon with the talks drawing to a close I attended a press conference called by the Marshall Islands. It featured Tony DeBrum, the Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, as well as several ministers in the Coalition of Ambition here at the Conference of Parties. This new grouping is not a negotiating bloc, but a […]






#FossiloftheDay for Julie Bishop’s endorsement of #coal for Australia reports @takvera






Australia and Argentina shared a first place Fossil of the Day award for Wednesday 9th December at the UN Climate Change conference in Paris, for fostering coal projects when the world is rapidly turning away from coal due to the impact of greenhouse gases in driving climate change. Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard […]






Australia’s #climate stance for Paris #COP21 reports @takvera #Auspol






It seems that Australia has flexibility in negotiating for a global climate agreement in Paris. Minister Hunt even expressed that there is some room for Australia to lift it’s targets, after a review, through purchase of carbon credits. But it appears there is no extra funding to the Green Climate Fund on the table. Australia […]






Can a leopard change it’s spots? Australia’s schizophrenic #climate diplomacy at #COP21 reports @takvera






It seems Ministers from 62 nations were won over by Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s charm at Precop with applause being delivered to speeches from Ministers from both Australia and Canada. (see my article on the Paris Precop ministerial meeting) Australia is being seen as back on side diplomatically on the climate issue, especially after […]






Australia at sustainability crossroads at #Paris2015 #climate talks says @takvera #Auspol #COP21






There is much momentum for a binding climate change agreement in Paris, but success is by no means assured. In less than 4 weeks time leaders, ministers and diplomats will sit down to try and again thrash out an agreement over two weeks. This was supposed to happen six years ago in Copenhagen but the […]






Halloween heat in UK , France says @takvera travelling to #Paris2015 #Cop21 #climate talks






I have been travelling in England and Europe for 6 weeks now. It is supposed to be Autumn going into Winter, yet there is still plenty of warmth despite the shorter days. Other than a few days of rain, it has been remarkably fine: T-shirt and shorts weather, although a jacket is sometimes needed for […]






Australian #climate targets half of what is needed say scientists – @takvera #Auspol






Australia’s post 2020 climate targets were approved in cabinet last night ahead of a Liberal and National Party room caucus meeting today. The post 2020 climate targets were announced at a press conference (See transcript and media release) today and amount to 26 to 28 per cent emissions reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. In […]






#CommanderInGaffe – PM bumbles his way through “Allegiance to Australia” bill: @Qldaah #auspol






Blog of media reports on the “Commander-in-gaffe” story. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (June 26, 2015)  – ASIO using Washington Post maps. (June 25, 2015)  – Questions over maps. (June 24, 2015)  – Abbott in ASIO bunker. . Introduction As his “Allegiance to Australia” legislation was about to be […]