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Australia v the climate part 3: Paris and the fall
Six years after the devastation of the Copenhagen meetings, the Paris conference became a hopeful moment for action on climate change. It looked for a moment that a truly global deal would be made. Hope was short-lived for Australia, as the reins of power changed quickly from Malcolm Turnbull to Scott Morrison, a pro-coal prime minister with no real commitment to climate policy. You’ll hear the story first-hand from the people who were there, including: former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull; former prime minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga; Guardian Australia editor, Lenore Taylor; Guardian Australia’s political editor, Katharine Murphy; climate campaigner Erwin Jackson; climate scientist Lesley Hughes; chief negotiator on climate for Tuvalu, Ian Fry; and head of Greenpeace International, Jennifer Morgan
Australia v the climate part 2: Copenhagen
After Kevin Rudd becomes prime minister in 2007 he decides to turn his full attention to helping the world tackle the climate crisis. But for all the work Australia puts in, the world takes a turn for the worst at the climate summit in Copenhagen. In the second episode in the series, we ask: what could happen if Australia decides to be a good global citizen on climate?
Australia v the climate part 1: Kyoto
This is the story of how Australia’s behaviour across decades has made it a climate change outcast. In the first episode we hear how Australia managed to increase its emissions under a climate deal that was supposed to cut them
Introducing Saved For Later: Succession, #sponcon and Flex Mami kick off our new lifestyle podcast
In Guardian Australia’s new weekly podcast, lifestyle editor Alyx Gorman, culture editor Steph Harmon and editorial assistant Michael Sun tackle the infinite scroll of the internet – and bring you the best of their tabs. In episode one, ‘real life influencer’ Flex phones in to explain how #sponcon is creeping into our everyday – and Harmon and Gorman subject Sun to a gentle Succession-themed quiz
Returning to school in a Delta outbreak
Over the next fortnight millions of kids in Victoria and NSW are returning to school early, after both states hit their 70% double-dose target ahead of schedule. However, with Covid-19 still spreading in both states, and Victoria recently experiencing record-high case numbers, some teachers and parents say schools aren’t ready to reopen. Jane Lee speaks to reporter Cait Kelly and a primary school teacher in Victoria about the risks of returning to school, and what’s being done to make sure classrooms are safe
The escape of the Afghanistan women’s football team
In mid-August, as the Taliban took Kabul and thousands of desperate Afghans attempted to flee the country, the international sporting community became particularly worried about one group of athletes – the women’s national football team. Known worldwide as activists and symbols for equality, their lives were suddenly in danger. Audio producer Ellen Leabeater speaks to the global team of activists, lawyers, politicians and footballers who banded together to evacuate the athletes and bring them to Australia.
Just listened to the story on strip searches. Have we sunk so low that minors going to a music festival are subjected to invasive and terrifying strip searches is the way that we as Australians think that police can behave? In most circumstances this would be statutory rape and child abuse. If a parent did this to their own child, and the child told their teacher it would be a mandatory reporting offence to child protection services. We do not live in country that supports these Starzi like actions prevalent in dictatorships and police states. Are we really like this? Has our entire history of placing limits on state power and a suspicion of excess authority, suddenly been tossed aside to give credence to political aspersions of “hard men and the “war on drugs/crime”? Where is the rule of law? Even the police have admitted that many of these search’s are probable illegal under the very vague legislation as it stands. This country is full of people who fled regimes who behaved this way. How on earth did we get here and what possible justification is there for this behaviour in a society that, allegedly, subscribes to the presumption of innocence and the rule of law and citizens rights? I suggest we strip search every politician as they enter parliament for “security reasons”. Then they can debate the validity of their complicity in this behaviour by our police. This is not my country any more, this is not Australia. If you think I’m OTT then wait 10 years. The erosion of principles and rights happens slowly and in small increments, and then accelerated at a point to protect the powerful from accountability. Programs like this and the independent media are a major defence against the subversion of free societies. If we don’t shine a light on these abuses of power how will we ever know how much we have lost until too late? More power to your arm Guardian Australia. Oh, I’m old and white and comfortable financially. This is a matter of principle, not identity politics. It matters to everyone.
I’m not “luvin it”
Cutting off Dr Chen mid-sentence for a Maccas ad….pretty poor
Thanks for bring us balanced reporting.