Rowan Dean on Sky News Australia (Image: supplied)

Blue Sky thinking Sky News UK is launching The Daily Climate Show, which it claims is the first daily prime time news show dedicated solely to climate change. Of course, Sky News Australia has been dedicating a great deal of air time to the issue too, just not exactly during prime time.

We wonder what the UK team would make of its stablemate’s after dark takes:

Indeed, just three days ago Rowan Dean shared an incredible insight that throws doubt on the scientific consensus around climate change: “So much for all those global warming predictions,” he says, because it’s been raining:

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We hope his UK colleagues don’t overlook this new information.

We have some questions The ABC’s flagship show for making literally no one happy, Q+A, will tackle this week “how we can design a better, more equal world”. To that end, it’s enlisted French economist Thomas Piketty, author of the widely acclaimed and hugely influential study of inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Alongside this intellectual heavyweight are, among others, The Australian‘s economics editor Adam Creighton and UNSW economics professor Gigi Foster. We will be interested to see if their view on solving inequality involves as many avoidable deaths as their solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building a cabinet Back on Friday, Western Australian Emperor Premier Mark McGowan unveiled his cabinet, giving a few clues as to what he plans to do with his record majority.

McGowan gives himself the keys to treasury — I mean, who was going to tell him no? Meanwhile, John Quigley prepares to definitely not do anything about voting values in the upper house, now that he’s minister for electoral affairs as well as attorney-general, and Alannah MacTiernan continues the role she has always held: senior Labor figure.

Trump watch Apparently Donald Trump’s first major post-presidency project will be a return to social media — via his own platform. After all, the major players banned him for, you know, inciting an attack on Capitol Hill.

“This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media,” long-time Trump adviser Jason Miller told Fox News. “Everyone wants him and he’s going to bring millions and millions — tens of millions — to this platform.”

And look, we’ll definitely be checking it out — if only to see if Trump returns to the sheer performance art-level weirdness of his pre-presidency tweets:

Government communications It hardly feels like a coincidence that the day after the federal government announced JobSeeker would be cut by $50 a week from April 1, this email about “taking difficult phone calls” was sent to government staff:

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