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 Federal Government describes the program as,”the most important public diplomacy program promoting Australian capabilities in the US”. The bright blue necklace caught the eye of citizen journalists who began to investigate and share their findings over Twitter. It wasn’t long before a number of recent events including calls for the abolition of weekend penalty rates began […]

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 coalition of parties that want to emphasis and push for much higher ambition at these talks. Tony De Brum said “You’ve read things in the media. We want you to hear from us directly. The High Ambition Coalition is emerging as a result of collective efforts of developed and developing countries.” It is a cross […]

#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 Di Natale was on hand to receive the award for Australia. Both Argentina and Australia endorsed inclusion of the 1.5 degree temperature limit, along with the 2 degree C limit, in the operative text of the draft agreement during negotiations. At least 109 countries of the 196 countries attending the conference have stated they want […]

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 as a mid-level power carries some influence at sensitive negotiations such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual summit, called the Conference of Parties or simply COP. This year in Paris is the 21st year of negotiations, hence COP21. Tom Arup in The Age has a good summary of the Australian […]

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 Hunt was a important broker in a deal phasing down HFC emissions in the Montreal Protocol update last week. Just a couple of weeks ago Greg Hunt was being rebranded by activists as the Minister for Coal for approving the Adani Carmichael Coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee basin for the second time. A mine that […]

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 negotiations fell apart leaving us with a voluntary accord that was stitched together at the last moment in back room negotiations to save some face. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Paris, the 21st Conference of the Parties more usually called COP21, is expecting 80 world leaders to attend a summit […]

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 chilly evenings. Even in Switzerland I was wearing T-shirts and shorts, only pulling on a warm jacket for the journey to the top of Mount Titlis at over 3000 metres altitude in the European Alps. I realize with my full bag I have probably brought far too many warm weather clothes expecting much cooler Autumn […]

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 comparison, the Climate Change Authority which has investigated both the science and comparative international action, called for a 40 to 60 per cent cut on 2000 levels by 2030. Other reputable organisations have also called for higher targets. The Australian Academy of Science called for emissions cuts of 30 to 40 per cent for the […]

#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 commended to the House, Prime Minister Tony Abbott took the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation for a photo opportunity. On the desk before the media were multiple maps indicating where ASIO intelligence indicated terrorist suspects were likely to emerge from in Australian suburbs. Today the Government took an […]