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Woodside warns renewables 'lack scale' as rivals turn green leaf

Woodside warns renewables 'lack scale' as rivals turn green leaf

Woodside warns renewables 'lack scale' as rivals turn green leafcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeAustralian oil and gas giant Woodside has expressed reservations about following major European rivals in committing to diversify away from fossil fuels into the renewable energy industry, despite facing a historic investor revolt on climate change.In the largest-ever vote for a motion of its kind in Australia, more than 50 per cent of and backed demands for the company to establish hard targets to bring its own emissions and emissions caused by the use of...

May 1, 2020
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Man dies after shark bite off northern NSW beach

Man dies after shark bite off northern NSW beach

'Sombre mood': Community reels after first fatal shark attack in state in five yearscloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeA community is reeling after a three-metre great white shark killed a man at Kingscliff in northern NSW on Sunday morning, the first fatal attack in the state in five years.Rob Pedretti, from Queensland, was surfing off South Kingscliff Beach, north of the Salt Surf Life Saving Club when the incident occurred. said the shark attacked the Gold Coast man and bit the back of his thigh after 10am. Nearby surfers rushed to the aid of the...

June 7, 2020
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Trump announces major US troop cut in Germany

Trump announces major US troop cut in Germany

'Favour to Russia': Trump announces major US troop cut in GermanycloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeWashington: President Donald Trump said on Monday he was ordering a major reduction in US troop strength in Germany, a move widely criticised by members of his own party as a gift to Russia and a threat to US national security."We're putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers," Trump said at the White House.The US currently has about 34,500 troops in Germany — far fewer than during the Cold War, when Germany was the central focus of American and NATO...

June 16, 2020
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Aurukun locals sitting on $120m trust

Aurukun locals sitting on $120m trust

'The richest poor people on Earth': Aurukun locals sitting on $120m trustcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeAustralia's most-troubled Aboriginal community, Aurukun on western Cape York in Queensland, has locals living in abject poverty, yet a trust set up to help pay for health, education and other essential infrastructure has more than $120 million in cash and assets that remain untouched.Influential locals are questioning why the Western Cape Communities Trust, which made a $16 million net profit last year from royalties earned from Rio Tinto's mining...

July 12, 2020
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Narrabri gas project to be one of Australia's top greenhouse emitters

Narrabri gas project to be one of Australia's top greenhouse emitters

Narrabri gas project to be one of Australia's top greenhouse emitterscloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThe proposed Narrabri Gas Project – which would see 850 coal seam gas wells sunk in the Pilliga region of north-west NSW – would become one of the top 100 greenhouse gas emitters in Australia if approved, an Independent Planning Commission hearing has been told.Associate Professor Bryce Kelly, an environmental scientist from the University of New South Wales who is part of an international team currently conducting the world's largest study on methane...

July 25, 2020
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Coronavirus: Trump criticises Australia as US COVID-19 cases soar

Coronavirus: Trump criticises Australia as US COVID-19 cases soar

As US cases soar, Trump says Australia has 'tremendous problems'closeAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeWashington: US President Donald Trump has criticised Australia for its resurgence of coronavirus cases, using it as an example of a country that is now having "tremendous problems" dealing with the global pandemic.As the number of confirmed cases in the US neared 4.5 million on Friday (AEST), Trump pointed to Australia as one of several nations where "they thought they'd really done great" only to have a serious...

July 31, 2020
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The great decline of Trump's United States

The great decline of Trump's United States

Altered States: how a superpower stopped being greatcloseAdvertisementNormal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size“It’s a great honour,” said Donald Trump, proffering a welcoming hand and tipping slightly his feather-light wedge of corn-coloured hair, as we greeted each other outside the golden elevators on the 25th floor of his Manhattan skyscraper. Expecting this germophobe to recoil at the possibility of physical contact, I was surprised he was prepared to take my hand, let alone grip it so firmly. Expecting to be confronted by a wall of bombast, I found his humility also...

August 14, 2020
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Joe Biden's VP pick: Why race matters in this year's contest

Joe Biden's VP pick: Why race matters in this year's contest

Joe Biden's VP pick: Why race matters in this year's contestcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeWashington: In late April, a group of black women leaders from across the US wrote to Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden asking him to “seize this moment” in America’s history.Biden had already signalled he would pick a woman as his vice-presidential running mate. But this group – from pastors and former politicians to activists and corporate chiefs – wanted him to go one step further by ensuring that the candidate was black.“Black women are not only the...

August 9, 2020
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Coronavirus NSW: Thousands in Sydney asked to self-isolate as virus 'elimination' pushed to 2021

Coronavirus NSW: Thousands in Sydney asked to self-isolate as virus 'elimination' pushed to 2021

Thousands in Sydney asked to self-isolate as virus 'elimination' pushed to 2021closeAdvertisementBy Log in, or to save articles for later.Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThousands of people who caught trains between south-west Sydney and the CBD last week have been asked to self-isolate on Thursday after a worker at a quarantine hotel tested positive.A woman who worked at two connected CBD hotels ended the state's 26-day streak of no locally acquired cases and pushed NSW's hopes of "eliminating" the virus into the new year. No coronavirus cases detected within the...

December 3, 2020
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Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labour

Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labour

Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labourcloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeNike, Apple and a major manufacturer building trains in Australia are among the dozens of global brands implicated in a new report on forced labour in China, amid growing international concern over the treatment of the Uighur people.The report, by the US State Department-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute, alleges some factories that supply the brands appear to be using Uighur workers sent directly from re-education camps.The...

March 2, 2020
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