Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has told Scott Morrison to do better on Australia’s transition to clean energy and declared climate change “no laughing matter” in the country, a likely pointed reference to Petter Dutton’s 2015 publicly recorded “joke” about the effects of climate change on Pacific islands.
According to the ABC, Bainimarama spoke of how Fiji is already dealing with forced relocations and spoiled crops as ongoing consequences of increased sea levels. Bainimarama also noted Australia’s record-breaking heatwave, and told Morrison to put the lives of Pacific islanders above the interests of “any single industry”. Morrison in turn praised Bainimarama’s international leadership on climate change. While stopping short of an emissions policy, Morrison had promised earlier in the week to fund climate change mitigation policies across the Pacific.
VIGIL FOR AIIA
Mourners will today fill a Melbourne tram with red roses in memory of murdered Palestinian-Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe, as Victoria Police search for the owner of a grey and black Cotton On T-shirt and black “1986” baseball cap discovered near her body Wednesday morning.
The Herald Sun ($) reports that a number of tributes have already been laid near the scene of the crime in Bundoora, where mourners will tonight take a mass of red roses aboard an 86 tram after a vigil at Parliament House. Police have confirmed that the 21-year-old Maasarwe was on the phone with her sister at the time of the attack, and, vowing to “saturate” the Bundoora area as part of the investigation, are now urging anyone who travelled on the route Tuesday night to get in contact.
Lleyton Hewitt has accused former Davis Cup teammate Bernard Tomic of “blackmail” and “physical” threats towards him and his family for the past year and a half.
According to the ABC, Hewitt labelled Tomic a “clown” and promised he would never again play Davis Cup under Hewitt’s captaincy, days after Tomic accused the former world No. 1 of exploiting the role and admitting to threatening violence two years ago. The rift clouds an otherwise strong local presence at the Australian Open, with Ashleigh Barty, Alexei Popyrin, Alex Bolt and Alex de Minaur through to the third round and Kimberly Birrell to play No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber in a second round game tonight.
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Men of Australia, it’s time to pick your side — Clementine Ford (The Age): “Somewhere in Australia right now, there’s a woman reading this news who’s just like Aiia Masarwe, like Eurydice Dixon, Tracey Connolly, Jill Meagher, Lynette Daley, Vicki Cleary, Anita Cobby and all the other countless women who came before her. We don’t know her name yet. But we will.”
Trust ALP to change tune on tax ($) — Josh Frydenberg (The Australian): “Having junked his previous support for negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions, as well as income and company tax cuts, Shorten has also backflipped on the taxation of trusts. In a desperate tax grab, Labor has announced it will tax the distributions of discretionary trusts at a minimum 30 per cent, a rate equivalent to that imposed on large companies.”
We’re heading to 36 days of temperatures of over 35C by 2030 — but we can avoid it ($) — Mark Butler (The Advertiser): “The warnings are familiar: keep cool, stay indoors, drink plenty of water, and look out for family, friends and the elderly. But the Australian Institute’s latest report, Heatwatch Adelaide, shows an alarming future for Adelaide when it comes to extreme heat if we don’t get climate change under control.”
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WHAT’S ON TODAY
Day one of the aged care royal commission, where commissioners will outline how the inquiry will operate but no witnesses or applications will be heard.
A number of tributes will be held for murdered Palestinian-Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe will be held around Melbourne, including a vigil outside Parliament House where mourners will fill the 86 tram with flowers.
UNSW Galleries will host a panel discussion on the 1973 labour-led “green ban”, organised against socially and environmentally harmful redevelopment in Sydney, with former Labor president of the NSW Legislative Council Dr Meredith Burgmann and Rocking the Foundations documentarian Pat Fiske among others.
Lead scientists will hold a press conference ahead of a seven-week voyage to the Antarctic ice edge tomorrow, set to study whales and their diet of krill and the value of their poo as a fertilizer to maintain the food chain.