Daily Links Sep 11

Check the articles under the NSW heading. Koala consciousness is rampant in the NSW coalition, or is that koalaition? Barilaro seems to be a dab hand at backing wrong horses, literally feral ones in the Kosciusko National Park and in this case, a farmer’s total right to do whatever they want on their land. Not for him the notion of a temporal ‘stewardship’ or the doctrine  of ‘public trust’. Australia would be all the better with this doctrine underpinning our law.

Post of the Day 

Impact of Covid slowdown on CO2 in the atmosphere ‘not even a blip’, Australian scientist says 

By early June, emissions had mostly returned to the levels of the same period in 2019, the report found 


Live: Deadline looms for Barilaro to back down or quit NSW Government 

The NSW Liberal-National Coalition will undergo its greatest test today, with the future of the Government under threat over the state’s koala policy. Follow our live blog for developments as they happen. 


On This Day 

Sep 11 

Our Lady of Coromoto Day – Venezuela 


Coronavirus Watch 

Confirmed cases: 26,513. Deaths: 788 


Contact tracing is not just a Victorian failure 

David Crowe  

What if there is no vaccine? Or a slow vaccine? Australia will need a very good contact-tracing structure for a long time – and states will need to talk to each other. 


Climate Change 

Climate crisis could displace 1.2bn people by 2050, report warns 

More than 1 billion people face being displaced within 30 years as the climate crisis and rapid population growth drive an increase in migration with “huge impacts” for both the developing and developed worlds, according to an analysis. 



Australia signs deal with Germany for potential future hydrogen exports 

Australia could one day be producing and exporting hydrogen to one of the biggest countries in Europe, after a deal signed today to look into the potential for future collaboration. 


Do you love bees? This could be the job for you 

Michael Batley is one of a handful of taxonomists in Australia who specialises in bees, but his knowledge is at risk of being lost as the discipline struggles to find successors. 


Impact of Covid slowdown on CO2 in the atmosphere ‘not even a blip’, Australian scientist says 

By early June, emissions had mostly returned to the levels of the same period in 2019, the report found 


BHP ‘sets new bar’ with carbon cuts targeting steel mills, shippers 

The mining giant has set targets to slash emissions by 30 per cent in the next decade and tackle its wider carbon footprint. 


Climate clash over potential gas emissions 

A new report suggests Australia’s gas resources could emit the equivalent of three times the world’s annual carbon emissions. 


IEA’s technology report highlights Australia’s dangerous climate policy holes 

IEA technology report highlights a simple truth: In a good emission scenario, there is less gas. In a bad emission scenario, there is more gas. 


Apathy and inconvenience: Why households are slow on demand response 

An ARENA-sponsored demand response trial sees strong participation rates amongst large energy users, but apathy and inconvenience see households lag behind. 


Climate policy pressure builds as Steggall sets November date for zero emissions bill 

Independent MP says she will present Climate Change Bill to federal Parliament in November, as the focus switches from surviving Covid to a green recovery. 


Weapons of gas destruction: Lifting the lid on greenhouse gas emissions from Australian fossil gas projects and resources 

The Australia Institute 

This research report, commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation, is the first time the entirety of Australia’s gas project pipeline and resources have been compiled and their potential climate impact assessed. 


Astronomers create 40% more carbon emissions than the average Australian. Here’s how they can be more environmentally friendly 

Adam Stevens et al 

Astronomers know all too well how precious and unique the environment of our planet is. Yet the size of our carbon footprint might surprise you. 


These Aussie teens have launched a landmark climate case against the government. Win or lose, it’ll make a difference 

Laura Schuijers 

On Tuesday, eight young Australians aged 13-17 filed a class action seeking an injunction to prevent federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley approving a new coal project expansion. 


Energy incumbents query AEMO governance in move to clip its wings 

Giles Parkinson 

Let the games begin. The two major energy industry bodies representing the incumbent fossil fuel industry have taken aim at the Australian Energy Market Operator over its “governance” issues, but the move is more likely to be viewed as an attempt to clip the wings of the only institutional body bold enough to lay out a clear path to a clean energy transition. 



Undraining the swamp: how rewilders have reclaimed golf courses and waterways 

Ripping up drains and releasing rats may not sound like popular moves, but through urban ecology projects, volunteers and locals are building a new harmony with nature 


$1m clean-up bill: Toxic waste dumping ‘victim’ says EPA could drive it to the wall 

The fallout of the chemical dumping syndicate linked to two fires and multimillion-dollar clean-up costs for the government now threatens a small Melbourne company. 


Offices are deserted but green-thumbed army bring love to lonely plants 

Josh Gerraty is one of the plant technicians continuing to enter Melbourne’s almost empty buildings to tend all those devil’s ivys, ficuses and cheese plants. 


Vic opposition exposes Dan’s sham forestry plan 

AFPA media release 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Ross Hampton commended Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath for uncovering that, almost a year after promising to “transition the industry to plantations”, the Andrews Government has only planted a very small area and is not using the species which the hardwood timber sawmills rely on. 


Why 5-minute settlement will make such a difference to battery storage 

Warwick Forster 

5-minute settlement will encourage investment in battery storage that would not have occurred under the existing 30-minute regime. 


New South Wales 

NSW Government on brink of collapse over koala stoush 

Gladys Berejiklian’s two-seat majority is in jeopardy and a new ministry may be on the cards today if the rebelling Nationals don’t back down on their threats by 9.00am. 


The koala policy that’s plunged NSW into political chaos 

It’s designed to provide increased protection for koalas, but NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says this new policy is a disaster for farmers — here’s why he’s prepared to die on this hill. 


Nationals ministers should ‘resign immediately’ amid koala row: legal experts 

Experts say NSW Nationals including Deputy Premier John Barilaro should resign as ministers after vowing not to support government bills amid a planning row. 


Why John Barilaro’s koala concerns may destroy his political habitat 

Ashleigh Raper 

He’s known for using strong-arm tactics to ensure the National Party gets its way, but John Barilaro’s latest ultimatum to his Liberal Party colleagues over koala policy may have backfired — and now his leadership is on the line. 


The NSW Nationals’ threat to blow up the Coalition over koalas is as bizarre as it is misguided 

Cristina Talacko 

The state’s koala population could become extinct by 2050. This is not the time to water down protections 


‘None of us wanted koalas to die’: Barnaby Joyce wades into NSW coalition showdown 

Katharine Murphy  

Former deputy prime minister throws his weight behind John Barilaro as other Nationals warn it’s impossible to ‘out shoot the Shooters’ 


Koala war: Silence is complicity and I will not sit by quietly as my own government kills regional NSW 

John Barilaro  

The Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader writes that he is defying his Liberal partners in government to protect the rights of rural landowners. 


My colleague Barilaro’s koala claims are a pack of mistruths: Stokes fires back 

Rob Stokes  

The Planning Minister writes on the koala war splitting the NSW Coalition government. 


‘Good on the Nats for saying enough is enough’ [$] 

Barnaby Joyce  

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says the actions of John Barilaro in standing up against the Liberals over the new koala protection policy have his blessing. Here’s why. 


Labor the only winner in Coalition’s koala collapse [$] 

Anna Caldwell 

Just when it looked like NSW was the gold standard in politics, along comes a long-simmering dispute over planning and wildlife to potentially blow up the government. 



Renewable energy grants mean more testing for solar panels 

More efficient testing of solar panels entering the Australian market will be carried out in Canberra following an ACT government grant. 


National Walk Safely to School Day organisers say Canberra should become more pedestrian-friendly 

Canberra is one of the most unwalkable cities where the car rules and pedestrians come second, according to the organiser behind National Walk Safely to School Day. 


Spare the wilderness, cull the brumbies 

Canberra Times editorial 

Binalong’s favourite adopted son, “Banjo” Paterson, has got a lot to answer for. 



Rare species of ‘walking’ fish found in Australia for first time 

A rare “walking” scorpionfish is among the many discoveries made by scientists exploring the depths of the northern Great Barrier Reef. 


Beef processor in $47m legal action against Defence over water contamination 

Facing millions in remediation costs, one of Australia’s largest beef processors takes court action against the Australian Defence Force after PFAS contaminated its water supply. 


Cape York Traditional Owners want safeguard for ‘disrespected’ sacred site 

Traditional Owners are calling on the Torres Shire Council to help safeguard the sacred cliffs of Frangipani Bay, after an increasing number of ‘ugly’ memorial plaques are being left at the site by tourists. 


Queensland seeks wind, solar and storage proposals to fill renewable energy zones 

Queensland calls for registrations of interest in new renewable generation and storage projects in first formal step towards unlocking new renewable energy zones. 


Desperate Dalrymple: Brookfield dumps coal port on mums and dads in ASX float as Queensland moots bail-out 

Michael West 

The giant coal port Dalrymple Bay is up for sale. The financial engineering wizards from Brookfield want out. Brookfield’s debt is humungous, and green hydrogen is looming as a mortal threat to coking coal. They can’t offload it to professional investors, so they are now targeting the mums and dads for a float on the ASX, 


South Australia 

South Australia’s ban on single-use plastic cutlery and straws hailed as ‘historic’ 

Retailers say they don’t have enough time to adjust to law, which is likely to come into force in early 2021 


Hydrogen supply deal fuels energy export hopes [$] 

SA’s bid to harness a lucrative clean hydrogen industry will get a shot in the arm, with Australia starting talks to become a major supplier to the world’s fourth largest economy. 



Public outraged by seagull cull at Invermay 

Outrage on social media was sparked after seagulls were culled on Tuesday at Invermay with no community warning, but a government spokesperson says Tasmania Police and nearby businesses were notified. 


Deaths of Wedge Tailed Eagles on power lines in Tasmania need to be reported 

Farmers and private regional landholders are being urged to report incidents where birds of prey are killed or injured by TasNetworks powerlines that exist on land. 


Feds must help stop spread of invasive urchins: Whish-Wilson 

A Tasmanian Greens senator is urging the Commonwealth government to open its purse and fund autonomous underwater vehicles to destroy invasive sea urchins ravaging reefs in the waters off the state’s East Coast. 


Tasmania to benefit from German hydrogen deal [$] 

Tasmania’s bid to build a lucrative hydrogen industry will get a boost with Australia starting talks to become a major supplier for Germany. 


Primary Industries minister Guy Barnett announces sea fishing strategy discussion paper [$] 

A keen Coastal fisherman has called on fellow anglers to make their voices heard. 


Global goals provide a road map for State’s sustainable recovery 

Adam Mostogl 

In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly embarked on a bold project to build a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all – the Sustainable Development Goals. 


Give us a cable car, because mountain drives coaches round the bend [$] 

Michael Larissey 

Coach companies like Redline are forced to disappoint tourists, explains  


Northern Territory 

Working together to remove marine threats 

Cooperation between the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) and Maritime Border Command (MBC), a joint agency task force enabled by both the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF), has resulted in the removal of environmental hazards from the waters of northern Australia in recent months. 


Indonesian company in hunt to supply Darwin gas [$] 

Indonesian oil and gas exploration and production company MedcoEnergi may soon be supplying gas to Darwin for domestic power generation. 


Western Australia 

Rio Tinto misled Juukan Gorge inquiry and ‘can’t plead ignorance’ as a defence, committee chair says 

Queensland MP Warren Entsch says the evidence contradicts the mining giant’s claims it wasn’t aware of the significance of the caves 


Hesta super says ‘change in ranks’ at Rio Tinto won’t be enough as Juukan Gorge fallout continues 

Shockwaves from blasting of ancient Aboriginal sacred site spreads across Pilbara mining industry 


Juukan Gorge blast inquiry delay ‘distressing, frustrating’ for traditional owners 

Traditional owners say the delayed parliamentary inquiry visit to the Juukan Gorge site, which was blasted by Rio Tinto, only further deepens their “hurt and anguish”. 


Did production problems lead to Rio’s Juukan Gorge debacle?  

Stephen Bartholomeusz  

Planning failures, a loss of core skills and historical tensions between Rio Tinto’s London head office and its Australian operations might have contributed to the miner’s ill-fated decision to blow up the Aboriginal rock shelters. 


Rio’s day of reckoning [$] 

Jennifer Hewett 

The Rio Tinto board is only belatedly realising how badly it got it wrong by arguing that docking the pay of key executives was sufficient penance for the inexcusable failure at Juukan Gorge. 



Paradox of the social license to operate 

Martijn Boersma 

David Murray, former chair of troubled investment firm AMP, has been called out for what many believe are outdated views on risk and governance frameworks. 


Nature Conservation 

Up to 48 species saved from extinction by conservation efforts, study finds 

Extinction rates for birds and mammals since 1993 would have been ‘three to four times higher’ without action 

Maelor Himbury

6 Florence St Niddrie 3042



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