Fire threatens some Vic electricity supply

An out-of-control bushfire burning in Bunyip in Victoria’s east is dangerously close to two electricity transmission lines linking the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne. The Bunyip State Park fire has burnt more than 6000 hectares and is racing towards the Princes Highway, starting from multiple lightning strikes on Friday. “Firefighters are protecting these transmission lines, both […]

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Trump asks China to lift tariffs on US farm products

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said he had asked China to immediately remove all tariffs on U.S. agricultural products because trade talks were progressing well. He also delayed plans to impose 25-percent tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday, as previously scheduled. Advertisement “I have asked China to immediately remove all Tariffs on our agricultural products (including […]

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Is meeting Australia’s Paris Agreement emission targets as easy as Scott Morrison says?

Addressing climate change has dominated the prime minister’s agenda this week with a series of announcements revolving around reducing Australia’s emissions. The flurry of announcements is a sign the Coalition has realised the issue is top of mind for voters and traditionally-conservative voters are despairing at the government’s lack of action on climate change. As […]

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Concerns welfare program leads to poverty

A federal government program that forces parents to complete training to get their welfare payments is a pathway to homelessness, a Senate inquiry has heard. National Council of Single Mothers and their Children chief executive Terese Edwards said the punitive nature of the program – which suspends payments if certain activities are not met – […]

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Shorten defends ALP’s ship fleet promise

Labor leader Bill Shorten has defended his plan to boost the number of Australian-flagged ships, through a strategic fleet the government could turn to in crisis. The federal opposition has promised to establish the fleet, which is likely to include up to a dozen vessels including oil tankers, container ships and gas carriers if elected […]

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