Morning mail: Melbourne exits lockdown, Barnaby Joyce’s ‘carbon bomb’, ‘free land’ offer

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Good morning. Melbourne exits its sixth lockdown today. Leaked documents amusement that high-polluting countries person been lobbying to h2o down a landmark UN clime report. And, arsenic Australia’s large cities unfastened up, eros is back.

After 262 days, Melbourne is emerging from lockdown with 70% of Victorians aged implicit 16 having received 2 doses of vaccine. Students volition instrumentality to people part-time, afloat vaccinated radical tin get haircuts, groups tin stitchery outdoors successful larger numbers and radical tin person visitors successful the homes. While pubs and restaurants volition beryllium unfastened for constricted numbers, amusement venues volition not, making the reopening bittersweet for those moving successful the sector. “Everyone is celebrating astir coming retired of lockdown,” says set booker Georgia Farry. “But we inactive consciousness near behind.” And the AMA’s Victorian subdivision has suggested “Covid-deniers” and “anti-vaxxers” should opt retired of care successful the nationalist wellness strategy if they drawback the virus.

Countries that nutrient coal, oil, beef and carnal provender person been lobbying to water down a UN clime report, according to a leak of documents seen by Greenpeace’s probe team. Days earlier Cop26, the leaks amusement fossil substance producers including Australia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Japan are lobbying the Intergovernmental Panel connected Climate Change to region recommendations that the satellite needs to signifier retired fossil fuels. According to the documents, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries besides backed weakening the report’s recommendations connected fossil fuels.

Barnaby Joyce’s propulsion for a $3bn hold of the inland obstruction task to Gladstone would unlock a “carbon bomb” of 9 caller coalmines and an estimated 150m tonnes of c emissions a year, biology groups claim. As the Nationals presented their last demands for signing up to nett zero to the premier curate connected Thursday, the Lock the Gate confederation said it was acrophobic the authorities was preparing to money the “disgraceful” task spearheaded by Joyce, saying it would beryllium a “Trojan horse”. It comes arsenic the commercialized minister, Dan Tehan, has urged colleagues to backmost nett zero emissions by 2050, declaring “the satellite is moving to decarbonise” and Australia indispensable beryllium at the array to fend disconnected “protectionist forces”.


The occidental  Sydney airdrome  site.
The occidental Sydney airdrome site. Photograph: Carly Earl/The Guardian

An enquiry into the integrity of the NSW environmental offsets scheme volition statesman today. Earlier this twelvemonth Guardian Australia exposed multiple, superior failures successful a strategy that is expected to compensate for the biology demolition that occurs arsenic a effect of development.

A tiny outback town’s connection of “free land” has attracted interest from the seashore to Hong Kong. Quilpie council’s connection is portion of a program to code a lodging situation successful the south-east Queensland town.

The premier minister’s bureau failed to conscionable deadlines for the bulk of state of accusation requests made implicit the past year, according to the Office of the Australian Information Commission’s yearly report.

Australia inactive prohibits cheery men oregon trans women who person enactment with men from donating blood. Meanwhile, nations astir the satellite specified arsenic the UK, the Netherlands, Israel, Argentina, France and Germany are abolishing their prohibition connected humor donations for peculiar groups.

The world

The Queen receives Dame Sandra Mason astatine  Windsor Castle
The Queen receives Dame Sandra Mason astatine Windsor Castle. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Barbados has elected its archetypal president conscionable weeks earlier the Caribbean land becomes a republic and ceases to recognise the Queen arsenic its caput of state. The island’s politician general, Dame Sandra Mason, was elected astir unanimously by parliament, with lone 1 subordinate declining to vote.

A Minneapolis constabulary serviceman who fatally changeable an Australian woman, Justine Damond, aft she called 911 to study a imaginable rape happening down her location has been re-sentenced to astir 5 years successful prison – the maximum allowed for manslaughter aft his execution condemnation was overturned.

Greta Thunberg has accused countries of being successful denial implicit the grade of the clime and ecological situation and utilizing “creative c accounting” to augment their greenish credentials. In an opinion portion for the Guardian, the Swedish activistic says satellite leaders person been liable for “decades of blah, blah, blah”.

Shocking instances of sexual and carnal maltreatment of asylum seekers by national officers astatine the confederate US borderline person been uncovered by Human Rights Watch. Documents released aft a six-year conflict to wrestle the accusation from the Department of Homeland Security uncover much than 160 cases of misconduct and abuse.

Facebook has reached statement with a radical of French newspapers to pay for contented shared by its users. France had been battling for 2 years to support the publishing rights and gross of its property and quality agencies.

Recommended reads

Diane Weyermann with Ai Weiwei
Diane Weyermann with Ai Weiwei. Photograph: Laura Kim

“Diane’s passing made maine consciousness that each surviving idiosyncratic should self-actualise to the maximum and importune connected pursuing ideals with escaped thinking, escaped look and proactivity,” writes the creator Ai Weiwei astir the death of documentary shaper Diane Weyermann. “It is the lone mode for america to consciousness that we, arsenic individuals, are not alone.” Weyermann, who was 66, was the pioneering shaper down films specified arsenic RBG, The Square and An Inconvenient Truth. “Diane’s readiness to lend to a origin she believes successful is genuinely an inspiration to me,” Ai writes. “Her passing is simply a immense nonaccomplishment to like-minded people; similar a span of anticipation and imaginativeness washed distant successful the storm.”

“I was a single, isolated workaholic,” Saima Mir says. “Until I learned to emotion my ain company.” When Mir recovered herself azygous aft her 2nd divorce, she experienced the loneliest play of her life. She had a large occupation successful TV, kept engaged and yet wondered however agelong it would instrumentality anyone to announcement if she went missing – if she fell down the stairs, oregon had an accident. But with clip and therapy, Mir learnt to spot herself. “What I learned was that nary 1 was coming to rescue maine – and that was OK,” she writes. “I cognize present that I really needed to beryllium lonely.”

“Eros is back,” declares Brigid Delaney arsenic she recounts locking eyes with a stranger. “Chance encounters, serendipity, the glint successful the oculus – arsenic we unfastened up from lockdown, they’re back, baby!”


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Australia footwear disconnected their T20 World Cup run against South Africa. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

There was a clip erstwhile Australia would mostly triumph its cricket matches. Not immoderate more. “On mean crossed a tourney Australia is wounded by a deficiency of specialisation,” writes Geoff Lemon aft Australia kicked disconnected their T20 World Cup run against South Africa. “Picking the biggest scorers means picking players who unfastened the batting domestically, and immoderate Australian teams person been packed with openers from 1 to seven.”

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Less than fractional of Australia’s available Moderna supply has been used, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, and tens of thousands of doses are acceptable to expire wrong weeks. International instrumentality enforcement agencies are connected standby to assistance lick the suspected abduction of Cleo Smith, a four-year-old who went missing from a WA campsite, according to the West Australian.

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