Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton has rejected the suggestion that an international deal on substantial carbon emissions reductions will be achieved at the Paris talks this year.
“There is no excuse for the Abbott government to not support the Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014,” says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.
“The Liberal Party has dealt with the spill motion and now this matter is behind us.” Read Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s statement following this morning’s party room vote.
Changing leaders could put the Liberal Party out of power for a decade, former Thatcher adviser John O’Sullivan told ABC Radio National’s Between the Lines yesterday.
“I have spoken to Deputy Leader Julie Bishop and we will stand together in urging the Party Room to defeat this particular [spill] motion,” Tony Abbott said today. Read the PM’s full statement.
“Living standards will go backwards unless the government does more to address the sharp decline in Australian productivity,” says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director at the Institute of Public Affairs.
“There are lessons in this result for all governments, including the Federal one,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today. Read The PM’s statement on the Queensland election.
We can’t rest on our laurels and everyone has a part to play in sustaining a country that is strong and prosperous, free and fair.
“A Productivity Commission investigation of the harm caused by the minimum wage will hopefully be the first step towards its eventual abolition,” says Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.
The year ahead is one that I expect will be marked by significant change. A change in public attitudes, a change in the global economy and change in global politics.
The murderous attack on the office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo has renewed the debate in Australia about Section 18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
Family First Senator Bob Day today welcomed the South Australian Government’s move for a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry, saying the decision has enhanced prospects for submarines to be built in South Australia.
“My European Jewish brethren are in danger. Again. European streets are ringing with “Death to the Jews” and “Gas the Jews” – ugly mobs, salivating for Jewish blood. Again,” writes Michael Galak at Quadrant Online.
The unrelenting war on carbon fuels has some zealots advocating “Zero Emissions”, while also, incredibly, opposing nuclear and hydro-power. They would take us all back to the BC Era (before coal).
It comes as no surprise to hear those who have long bemoaned Pax Americana celebrating the superpower’s shrinking presence on the world stage. There is grave cause of concern, certainly, but the real problem is Washington’s neo-isolationist refusal to lead, Quadrant editor Keith Windschuttle writes.
“With deep regret, I have accepted the resignation of Senator Arthur Sinodinos from the ministry,” PM Tony Abbott said yesterday.
“The Abbott government should urgently reconsider its decision to hand over $200 million of taxpayers’ money to the United Nations Green Climate Fund,” the IPA says.
Sea levels are never still, but with global temperatures flat and snow cover and polar ice steady, sea levels are probably as stable today as they ever get, writes Viv Forbes.
The announcement will be made to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP. Read the Abbott Government’s media release.
The Abbott Government will establish the Book Council of Australia “to promote good reading as well as good writing”. Read the full list of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists and category winners.
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