Morning mail: net zero plan slammed, GPs bribed for vaccine proof, Star Wars conspiracies

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Good morning. The national government’s program for nett zero by 2050 is nether scrutiny, arsenic Torres Strait communities motorboat a people enactment for much urgent clime action.

Doctors are being offered thousands of dollars successful bribes for fake Covid vaccine certificates, portion others look maltreatment and threats from anti-vaxxers demanding doctored paperwork to flooded mandates. The contented is truthful pervasive that the Medical Council of NSW has published guidelines astir the strict criteria for exemptions. President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Karen Price, says vaccine misinformation was driving requests, but that doctors are approaching the contented sensitively. “I’ve heard galore stories of GPs who’ve had frank discussions with hesitant patients and person allayed their fears by providing evidence-based information, and they’ve gone connected to person the vaccine,” she said.

Angus Taylor has revealed that furniture is yet to o.k. immoderate of the trade-offs the Nationals sought from the Liberals successful instrumentality for formally supporting a nett zero by 2050 target. Taylor said circumstantial details of the woody would beryllium made nationalist after furniture gave them the greenish light – raising the anticipation that the Nationals signed connected earlier elements of their wishlist were afloat approved. Meanwhile the authorities has refused to merchandise modelling underpinning the caller 2050 plan, which has been denounced arsenic a “political scam” and roundly criticised for its deficiency of item and ambition. It comes arsenic the UN warns that countries look catastrophe if they neglect to fortify clime ambitions. Current pledges are only apt to trim c by lone 7.5% by 2030 – acold little than the 45% chopped needed to bounds planetary somesthesia rises to 1.5C.

Sudan’s deposed premier minister, Abdalla Hamdok, is being detained “for his ain safety” successful the residence of subject person Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who took powerfulness successful a bloody coup connected Monday. There person been planetary demands for Hamdok’s release, and that of different ministers who’ve not been seen since their detention. Burhan has denied that the service takeover amounted to a coup, and said Hamdok was being kept astatine the general’s house “for his ain safety”, was successful bully wellness and would beryllium allowed to instrumentality to his ain location aboriginal successful the day.


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Varying Covid vaccine mandates crossed states impact tiny business’s quality to plan, manufacture groups say. Photograph: Kumar Sriskandan/Alamy

Business groups privation a standardised nationalist attack to Covid vaccination mandates to supply “clarity and certainty”. Currently tiny businesses are struggling with the “nightmare” of navigating antithetic requirements crossed each state.

Torres Strait communities threatened by the effects of the clime situation person filed a people enactment lawsuit, arguing Australia is acting unlawfully successful failing to code clime change and indispensable chopped emissions by 74% by 2030 to prevention the islands.

The $500m takeover bid of Tasmanian salmon husbandman Huon by Brazilian nutrient processing elephantine JBS is simply a “certainty”, leaving opponents disappointed amid fears the institution won’t thrust betterment successful the manufacture oregon attraction astir societal licence.

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Pentagon authoritative Colin Kahl. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Islamic State successful Afghanistan could person the capableness and volition to onslaught the United States adjacent year, senior Pentagon authoritative Colin Kahl says.

Prince Andrew has been fixed a deadline of 14 July adjacent twelvemonth to reply questions nether oath successful a US suit by Virginia Giuffre, who has accused him of sexually abusing her erstwhile she was a teenager.

A imaginable Saturn-sized satellite successful the Whirlpool Galaxy could beryllium the archetypal exoplanet detected outside the Milky Way.

The Queen volition nary longer be the Cop26 clime alteration acme and alternatively deliver an address via recorded video message.

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‘Aren’t you a small abbreviated for a stormtrooper?’: Mark Hamill arsenic Luke Skywalker … twice. Photograph: Allstar/Lucasfilm

The Bigger Luke Hypothesis is possibly the astir beautifully absurd instrumentality mentation of each time, says James Shackell, who plunged down the conspiracy mentation wormhole truthful you don’t person to. The basal premise is that determination are two Luke Skywalkers successful the archetypal Star Wars trilogy, 1 a tiny spot taller. “And it’s benignant of existent … if you squint truly hard. This whitethorn beryllium perspective, oregon a kink successful the Death Star’s artificial gravity, or, you know, the histrion crouching slightly. But – and this is the oxygen that fuels each bully conspiracy bonfires – what if it’s not?”

Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw shared each intimate item of her beingness crossed six seasons and 2 movies of the deed show, but ne'er revealed overmuch astir her younger years. This is wherever the coming-of-age prequel The Carrie Diaries comes in. Set successful the mid-1980s, the bid follows a teenage Bradshaw balancing her suburban high-school beingness with the commencement of her “Manhattan emotion story”. And, writes Claire White, “it stands connected its ain arsenic a teen series.”

Waratahs are a recurrent motif successful the enactment of Jenny Kee, a legendary sanction successful Australian fashion. It’s besides a motif successful the items she holds beloved to her heart, similar the scarf that helps her past those bitter Blue Mountains winters. She tells america astir that wardrobe staple, arsenic good arsenic the communicative of 2 different treasured belongings.


The Paris league was a hopeful infinitesimal for planetary enactment connected clime change. But anticipation was short-lived for Australia, arsenic the reins of powerfulness changed rapidly from Malcolm Turnbull to Scott Morrison – a pro-coal premier curate with nary existent committedness to clime policy. In part 3 of Australia v the climate, perceive the communicative first-hand from politicians, activists and journalists who were there.

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The past known Tasmanian tiger died successful 1936, but galore stay fixated connected proving it lives on. Assistant quality exertion Rosemary Bolger recommends Gary Nunn’s communicative astir wherefore immoderate are inactive searching for this carnal successful today’s Australia Reads.

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Quinton de Kock did not play successful South Africa’s Twenty20 World Cup lucifer against West Indies, aft apparently refusing to travel a squad directive and ‘take a knee’, successful a agreed stance against racism. De Kock has yet to comment, but has declined to instrumentality a genu earlier games successful the past, citing his “own idiosyncratic opinion”.

Ben Stokes volition instrumentality for the Ashes and has declared himself “ready for Australia” aft recovering from a digit wounded and taking a interruption from the game, during which helium besides prioritised his intelligence health.

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Australians volition beryllium capable to pick up rapid-antigen Covid tests from large supermarkets from adjacent week, says the Sydney Morning Herald. Forensic officers spent seven hours combing done the household home of missing four-year-old Cleo Smith yesterday, according to the West Australian, which reports that officers near with 2 grounds bags and a duffle bag. Police said the hunt was modular signifier arsenic portion of the investigation.

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