Scott Morrison attends pivotal global climate talks today, bringing a weak plan that leaves Australia exposed

Originally published on theconversation.com Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at today’s opening of the United Nations climate summit with a 2050 net-zero emissions target born from a painful political process. Friendly nations will breathe a sigh of relief, freed from the awkward task of calling out Australia on that basic climate pledge. But the target […]

A comedian always in search of ‘a good ending’, Bert Newton has died at 83

Originally published on theconversation.com Bert Newton has died at 83. An icon of Australian broadcasting, he is remembered as a master performer and comedian, with successful roles on radio, television and the theatre. He is survived by his wife Patti, children Matthew and Lauren, and grandchildren. Bert Newton’s achievements, particularly relating to Australian television, are […]

COP26: time for New Zealand to show regional leadership on climate change

Originally published on theconversation.com Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images As the UN climate summit in Glasgow kicks off on Sunday, it marks the deadline for countries to make more ambitious pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting is the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and […]

60 years after it first gazed at the skies, the Parkes dish is still making breakthroughs

Originally published on theconversation.com CSIRO, Author provided The CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes Radio Telescope was commissioned on October 31 1961. At the time it was the most advanced radio telescope in the world, incorporating many innovative features that have since become standard in all large-dish antennas. Through its early discoveries it quickly became the leading instrument […]

Explainer: what Sudan’s coup is about and why the rest of the world needs to act

Originally published on theconversation.com The military coup in Sudan follows a longstanding pattern in which a short period of democracy in the country is brought to an abrupt, and often sticky, authoritarian end. This time, however, the stakes are higher than ever. Not only is Sudan’s peace and security at risk, but so is the […]

Facebook relaunches itself as ‘Meta’ in a clear bid to dominate the metaverse

Originally published on theconversation.com Eric Risberg/AP Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced the company will change its name to Meta, saying the move reflects the fact the company is now much broader than just the social media platform (which will still be called Facebook). The rebrand follows several months of intensifying discourse by Zuckerberg […]

Want to understand how the Coalition works? Take a look at climate policy

Originally published on theconversation.com This week’s excruciating case of a prime minister being beholden to a rogue section of his own Cabinet over climate policy has again drawn attention to the arcane nature of Coalition arrangements. While the numbers eventually fell his way, a policy U-turn that Scott Morrison regarded as politically existential was for […]

Grattan on Friday: The weather gets choppy with Joyce and Morrison’s climate contradictions

Originally published on theconversation.com In the press gallery at Parliament House, there’s a bell that years ago was rung regularly to alert journalists to press conferences and statements. Email has made it an anachronism. But shortly before 8am on Thursday Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce appeared in the gallery, looking rather agitated, and personally rang […]

Drying land and heating seas: why nature in Australia’s southwest is on the climate frontline

Originally published on theconversation.com Supplied, Author provided In a few days world leaders will descend on Glasgow for the United Nations climate change talks. Much depends on it. We know climate change is already happening, and nowhere is the damage more stark than in Australia’s southwest. The southwest of Western Australia has been identified as […]

With Labor gaining in polls, is too much Barnaby Joyce hurting the Coalition?

Originally published on theconversation.com AAP/Mick Tsikas A federal Resolve poll for Nine newspapers, conducted October 21-24 from a sample of 1,603, gave the Coalition 37% of the primary vote (down two since September), Labor 34% (up three), the Greens 11% (up one), One Nation 3% (down one) and independents 9% (steady). As usual with Resolve, […]