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NSW Vitality Minister Matt Kean can now pressure coal and logistics corporations to ship gas to electrical energy mills, the SMH experiences. The “extraordinary improvement” got here after Kean visited the governor late final night time, amid worries our coal stockpiles are low at some mills. It’s uncommon for the governor to greenlight a power-grab reminiscent of this, The Australian ($) says.

But it surely appears the vitality disaster is passing (for now) — coal-fired vegetation that have been offline (or have been anticipated to be, like Bayswater) are booting up once more, and the icy climate is easing, in keeping with the previous head of the Vitality Safety Board, as Guardian Australia experiences. She added that Wednesday’s electrical energy market suspension shouldn’t last more than every week. The AEMO mentioned electrical energy provides throughout the nation stabilised yesterday (although warned Victoria might have a shortfall ($) between 7:30am and 10:30am this morning). It comes as BHP has introduced it should shut NSW’s largest coal mine by 2030 — the Mount Arthur coal mine within the Hunter Valley. It operated at a loss in 2020 and 2021, The New Day by day experiences, and BHP has did not discover a purchaser. It’s been making an attempt to promote the coal mine since 2020, harking back to one other failed selloff, as Crikey experiences — its Nickel West operations in Western Australia.

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Australian Border Power (ABF) has searched 41,410 telephones, computer systems and units in 5 years, an FOI from ITNews has revealed. Officers don’t even want a warrant to take a look at them — which means travellers need to reveal their passcode or passwords so the units could be searched, as Guardian Australia explains. Positive, travellers can say no, as ABF informed the Senate in April — nevertheless it means ABF can maintain onto your machine indefinitely. Plus, should you don’t reveal your cellphone passcode, officers can maintain any pc you will have too.

Talking of powerful border measures — Russia has blacklisted 121 Australians who promote a “Russophobic agenda”, stopping them coming into the nation indefinitely — together with former Crikey politics reporter Kishor Napier-Raman, who’s erroneously (and considerably humorously) listed as a journalist at “Krayki”. Take a look at the complete record right here. Different names on the record embrace Defence Power Chief Basic Angus Campbell, mining magnate Gina Rinehart, Information Corp columnist Andrew Bolt, journalist Liz Hayes, and AI researcher Toby Walsh, the Herald Solar ($) experiences. It comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has invited PM Anthony Albanese to go to Kyiv in a present of solidarity. France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Olaf Scholz, Italy’s Mario Draghi and Romania’s Klaus Iohannis are all in Kyiv surveying the injury with Zelenskyy, as The New Day by day experiences. Macron informed reporters the “barbarism” was gutwrenching.


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has informed the Greens he is not going to negotiate on his electoral promise of a 43% discount in emissions by 2030, as AFR experiences — take it or go away it. The Coalition is in opposition to legislated targets (and, one would possibly even say, significant local weather motion) so Labor wants the Greens within the Senate (who maintain the stability of energy) to legislate the goal. They’ve bought ’til July to make their minds up, which is when Parliament resumes. It comes as Albo informed the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change 43% is our new goal, up from the dismal Morrison goal of 26-28% — which made worldwide information, as NPR experiences. Greens chief Adam Bandt didn’t present his playing cards yesterday about whether or not he’d veto the to-be-legislated, goal however did say Labor has bought to cease opening new coal and gasoline initiatives — like Beetaloo, as Guardian Australia experiences.

Talking of rallying assist, former attorney-general Christian Porter has hosted a dinner in Perth to introduce his “good pal” Opposition chief Peter Dutton to powerplayers in WA, The West ($) experiences. Porter, who was accused of a historic rape (which he vehemently denied) as a Liberal minister, is now working as a legal lawyer in Perth. Dutton is trying to rebuild the Liberal Occasion’s shattered fame out west — Might’s election was the social gathering’s worst-ever lead to WA with 5 seats falling in Perth (together with Porter’s former seat of Pearce, which had the most important two-party swing in the entire total nation. Yikes).


Quiz aficionado Brydon Coverdale has been a contestant Who Needs to Be a Millionaire? reverse Eddie McGuire, Million Greenback Minute, and now, a chaser on The Chase Australianevertheless it’s pub trivia that has made him sweat essentially the most. He was a cricket journalist for a decade, so naturally everybody expects him to be the game man. You understand, the one everybody seems to be at when the obscure query pops up? Each group has their ministerial portfolios at pub trivia — the arty-farty one, the geographer, and the sports activities fanatic. And “a minister for Kardashians is simply as worthwhile as a minister for science,” he writes. Lately Coverdale was requested which state completed final within the Sheffield cricket comp this yr, and he drew a clean. He is aware of which query he failed as a result of his fellow teammate Cheryl (a lawyer) retains notes and sends out terse emails with an inventory of questions every particular person answered unsuitable.

It really works nice, he says — questions do come up greater than as soon as at pub trivia. He says there are different straightforward methods to get the higher hand as a staff. For example, should you’re undecided of a query, guess the “proportion reply” — for example, should you’re requested about oceans, strive The Pacific, as a result of it’s the most important. When you don’t know the US metropolis, strive New York. Which garbage state cricket staff? “I ought to have identified it was South Australia, the perennial wood spooners,” he writes. Ouch. He says it’s good to hear carefully (one time he answered Britain’s largest carnival with Notting Hill, earlier than studying the reply was really the “badger” — the query was the landmass’s largest carnivore). And go straightforward on a budget beers, he says — or count on a terse e-mail itemizing your errors.

Hoping the solutions come simply at this time — and have a restful weekend forward.


Scott Morrison went to the Glasgow Convention final yr and gave an empty speech to an empty room with no modified place.

Anthony Albanese

As the youngsters say, “rekt“. The PM has confirmed our new goal of a 43% discount in emissions by 2030 to the UN, up considerably from 26-28% below the Morrison authorities, one thing that made Australia a global embarrassment — and our former chief a forlorn but barefaced pariah — at Glasgow’s local weather summit final yr.

A market unfit of the identify: state seize guilty for vitality disaster

“These 9 years of failure, ameliorated solely by Malcolm Turnbull’s determined try to pull the Coalition nearer to actuality — an effort that value him his prime ministership — have been absolutely purchased and paid for by fossil gas corporations. The coal miners, the gasoline exporters, the coal-fired energy mills, the crackers.

“They purchased delay and obstruction of decarbonisation, the killing of the extremely efficient carbon worth the Abbott authorities inherited, the Coalition’s struggle on renewables, the defeat of Turnbull’s vitality plans, the ‘gas-led restoration’ and the ‘CoalKeeper’ tax. The result’s a ‘market’ unfit of the identify, which operates to gouge households and small companies whereas gasoline and coal exporters make out like bandits — within the case of gasoline exporters, whereas paying just about zero tax.”

Lettuce costs romaine excessive — listed below are some tips about beeting the prices

“Frozen greens got here up as properly — most veggies bought within the freezer part are snap frozen and so retain their vitamins typically higher than produce on the cabinets. However Ritchies IGA chief government Fred Harrison informed the ABC lately that suppliers of frozen greens haven’t but recovered from the pandemic, so costs will likely be greater within the freezer part too — although positively nonetheless a very good price range possibility.

“As is soil, when you have the backyard house. A number of readers advised sowing some seeds; leafy greens (significantly Asian greens) develop properly within the winter, as do beetroot, beans, leeks and spring onions, amongst others.”


Qatar Airways posts report $1.5b income earlier than World Cup (Al Jazeera)

Apple battery row: Hundreds of thousands of [UK] iPhone customers might get payouts in authorized motion (BBC)

Revlon, the pioneering cosmetics model, recordsdata for chapter. (The New York Instances)

Greater than two thirds of Auckland’s $59m gentle rail spend is on consultants (NZ Herald)

UN rights chief warns of ‘unprecedented’ exodus from Nicaragua (Al Jazeera)

Russian spy caught making an attempt to infiltrate struggle crimes court docket, says Netherlands (The Guardian)

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi embassy road in US renamed after murdered journalist (BBC)

DNA evaluation reveals supply of Black Dying (CNN)

[US] mortgage charges hit 5.78%, highest stage since 2008 (The Wall Road Journal) ($)

Colombian mayor who known as Hitler ‘nice German thinker’ might be nation’s subsequent president (The Guardian)


‘Interstate bromance’: How Dom and Dan grew to become Australia’s energy pairingJordan Baker (The SMH): “On paper, they’re an odd couple. One is a factional hardman from Victorian Labor’s Socialist Left who has stamped his authority over eight years of management. The opposite is a conservative from the fitting of the NSW Liberal Occasion who’s new to the job of premier … Each additionally face elections inside 9 months …Quickly after Perrottet grew to become premier, he and Andrews labored principally in lockstep as they eased COVID-19 restrictions of their states. They’ve signalled an intention to band collectively on well being. And on Thursday, each introduced an intention to introduce a yr of common pre-kindergarten, full with a joint assertion about ‘two nice states working collectively’ …

“The alliance will shake the standard energy dynamics in Australia; Canberra has been accustomed to what Perrottet late final yr described as a ‘divide and conquer method’ to federation (former prime minister Tony Abbott described federalism as beset by ‘rancid partisanship’). Prime Minister Anthony Albanese might wish to muscle in on the bromance, too (earlier than the election, he mentioned there wanted to be a ‘clearer delineation of who’s liable for what’). Albanese’s first nationwide cupboard assembly is on Friday.”

Sure, Crypto Is Crashing Once more. Blockchain Will SurviveMaria Bustillos (The New York Instances): “On the identical time, the marvels of the web multiplied, magic that by now appears unremarkable: a map of the world, road by road, in your pocket; instantaneous translations from nearly any language; a look-up service for each department of information; world, near-instantaneous information. As we speak’s web is deeply woven into the world’s economies, media, politics, business and social life, in good methods and dangerous. An identical evolution is within the works for crypto. Blockchain, the expertise that makes cryptocurrency attainable, has the potential to be simply as transformative because the web improvements on which we rely day by day, and industries like provide chain administration, finance and pharma have already begun to seek out makes use of for it.

“It’s attainable to think about a future the place you would possibly search for the destiny of each tax greenback you’ve paid, and authorities corruption turns into all however inconceivable; the place lovely and essential tales and music, video games and artwork would by no means disappear from the web; the place, as an alternative of being compelled to depend on a giant energy firm, you would possibly purchase and promote surplus photo voltaic vitality from or to your individual neighbors, and by no means face one other blackout. Wherever tamper-proof, unbiased record-keeping is required, Blockchain might hold all of the receipts, obtainable and secure, for anybody to see.”


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