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Canberra Inc: 'The revolving door' of lobbyists shaping today's policies - The Sydney Morning Herald

On an autumn morning this year, an elderly woman clutching a walking stick was ambling across the Members' Hall of Parliament House when she slipped and fell into a shallow pool.

Standing nearby was Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who ran over to help the woman from the ground and out of the fountain. The incident was captured on camera and made the news that day, where it was noticed by 37-year-old Canberra lobbyist Michael Kauter.

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Politics live as Malcolm Turnbull unveils the Coalition government's new energy policy - The Sydney Morning Herald

Time for me to call it a day. What happened?

  • the Turnbull government announced its energy policy;
  • power companies will be required to meet a reliability standard and a carbon pollution standard;
  • the government says this will ensure coal is still an integral part of the energy mix but also provide an incentive to use renewable energy;
  • the new mantra is energy that is 'reliable, affordable and responsible'
  • Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says the policy looks like it will do what it says it will;
  • but first the government must secure the support of the states and territories which is not a sure thing.

My thanks to Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen for their magical work and to you for reading and commenting. 

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Alex, Andrew and I will be back in the morning. Until then, go well.

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Power play: will the government's new energy policy finally silence ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

As shut-downs go, it could not have been more emphatic. Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had just presented to the Coalition party room details of the government's long-awaited energy policy.

Flanked by government officials from the energy market regulators, his presentation, while lacking detail, was well-received. 

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This week in politics: Energy prices to citizenship fiasco - 9news.com.au

It will be a busy week for politicians in Canberra. 9NEWS political reporter Kerrie Yaxley details what you need to know. 

Power policy

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will continue selling the National Energy Guarantee, which the government says will bring down power bills by $110 to $115 per year from 2020.

But Minister Frydenberg first needs to get the state and territory governments to agree. They'll meet next month.

Labor is likely to continue its attack which claims that the savings for households are too little too late.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hopes the government will be able to bring power bills down $115 per year. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hopes the government will be able to bring power bills down $115 per year.

Senate Estimates 

The Senate won't sit this week. Senators will instead be locked in Estimate Hearings, grilling public servants about a whole range of issues.

These hearings have the potential to cause governments grief.

High Court 

The High Court could...


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Malcolm Turnbull says the NBN was a mistake and may never make ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that, in hindsight, the National Broadband Network project was a mistake and blamed the former Labor government for setting up a new government company to deliver the mammoth infrastructure project.

And Mr Turnbull, who was previously the Communications Minister in the Abbott government, admitted the giant project might never make back the money invested by taxpayers.

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Could Paul Keating and Gareth Evans be Australia's North Korea solution? - The Sydney Morning Herald

Should we be amazed that at 93, Jimmy Carter, has offered to start talks with Pyongyang?

While it would seem unreasonable to subject a nonagenarian to the gruelling rigours of shuttle diplomacy, the 39th president's search for a sane alternative to war, is sound.

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'Historic': Sweeping overhaul of Indigenous Closing the Gap strategy ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's Aboriginal affairs ministers have agreed to focus more on the positives of Indigenous achievement under a sweeping "refresh" of the Closing the Gap strategy.

The move to overhaul the Council of Australian Governments-backed plan has been welcomed by the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, which said the steps being taken were "historic" and cause for optimism.

Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, speaks to Local Elder Uncle Moogi at the Kornar Winmil Yunti ... Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, speaks to Local Elder Uncle Moogi at the Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation in Adelaide. Photo: AAP

The shift amounts to an admission by Australia's governments that the existing work to close gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across education, employment and health have failed since they were introduced almost a decade ago.

In a meeting hosted by federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion in Canberra on Monday, the...


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Australia's Political Future is 'Taking Over' Federal Parliament Today - Huffington Post Australia

CANBERRA -- The sadly accepted fact among many female politicians is that it is "political suicide" to declare ambition. Well, Caitlin Figeuiredo wants to be Prime Minister and she is working to knock down the gender barriers in her way.

The 22-year-old Canberran is part of a "takeover" of Australia's federal parliament by young women on Wednesday -- in her case, she will be in the office of Labor's Gai Brodtmann -- and she has a message for all politicians, especially males ones.

"Zero percent of young women want to become parliamentarians. This is your fault," Figeuiredo told HuffPost Australia.

"I don't care. This is your fault. As a political leader, you need to step up."

Our youth ambassadors ready to takeover Parliament! #GirlsTakeover @PlanAustralia #auspol pic.twitter.com/xrNYadCjqQ

— Pasanna Mutha (@Pasanna_PlanAus) October 17, 2017

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Can wannabe tennis pro turned politician Josh Frydenberg ace ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Josh Frydenberg has been up since 4am. This is the first thing he tells me, energetically, on arrival at the ABC studios in Melbourne's Southbank on a cold winter's morning in July. It's still dark outside and Aunty's employees trudge in drably, heads down against the cold. Suddenly, borne in on a literal gust of fresh air, Frydenberg enters: Menzies fanboy, former tennis ace, Environment and Energy Minister. He is brisk in a well-cut blue suit, chin upturned, flanked by advisers who clack importantly on their heels. His sleeplessness, which is a chronic problem, is not the result of angst or self-doubt. Frydenberg suffers from neither. Rather, it's the side effect of a busy brain that is always jumping to the next thing; an aspirational mind that once dreamed of glory on the international tennis circuit and now has its sights set – all in good time – on politics' big prize: the...


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State governments 'destroying' plan to save Australia's most important rivers - The Sydney Morning Herald

A $13 billion plan to rescue Australia's most important rivers is being "actively destroyed" by the NSW and Victorian governments, which refuse to ensure water flows high enough to keep floodplains and forests alive, leading scientists say.

The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists said the failures of the two upstream governments, as well as recalcitrant landholders and a price-gouging private company, threatened to render the Murray-Darling Basin plan "useless", compromising a river system on which millions of Australians depend.

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Electric hybrid car emits four times more CO₂ than advertised, real ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

A purportedly eco-friendly hybrid electric car emits four times more greenhouse gas than manufacturers claim, according to a report backed by Australia's motoring heavyweights that opens up a new front in the nation's energy policy tussle.

The report by the Australian Automobile Association, members of which include the NRMA and RACV and RACQ, says real-world testing reveals some new cars are using up to 59 per cent more fuel than advertised. Almost six in 10 exceeded the regulated limit for one or more pollutant in cold-start tests.

Emissions testing commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association highlights discrepancies between lab testing and ... Emissions testing commissioned by the Australian Automobile Association highlights discrepancies between lab testing and on-road results. Photo: Nick Moir

The AAA says consumers are being "increasingly ripped off", forking out for vehicle technology that cuts emissions in the laboratory, but not on the road.

It says the findings cast doubt on whether...


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Census 2016: Australians increasingly restless as half move home - The Sydney Morning Herald

Almost half the Australian population has moved house during the past five years, one in every six people in the past 12 months.

The second release of data from the 2016 census paints a picture of an incredibly mobile population, in which one third of young Australians aged 20 to 29 change address every 12 months and two thirds move every five years.

Almost half the Australian population has moved house in the past five years, according to the most recent census. Almost half the Australian population has moved house in the past five years, according to the most recent census. Photo: Warren Goldswain

For the population as a whole, 43.4 per cent changed address in the five years before the 2016 census, up from 41.7 per cent in the five years before the 2011 census.

Although Queensland was the most popular destination for interstate arrivals, gaining 77,050 Australians from other states in the year before the census, it lost 66,480 locals to other states, giving it a net gain of only 10,570....


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Labor lays into Turnbull over 'second-rate' NBN – as it happened - The Guardian

08:07

The wrap

On that note, Mike Bowers and I shall leave you for the night.

We’ll be back early tomorrow morning to update you on what happened overnight. Including the fallout from the Four Corners report into the NBN which has had the government in a right tizz all day.

So what happened? What did we learn and what’s coming up?

  • Everyone in the governent seems very worried about what Four Corners will say about the NBN, which has resulted in a PR blitz by both the government and NBN Co.
  • Senate estimates revealed a 1,000-page security manual was lost, but don’t worry, it’s not a security risk, for reasons that can’t be stated because of security concerns.
  • The “remuneration” Bill Billson received from a lobby group while still a minister was fine because “it is very appropriate for backbench members to receive remuneration from third-party sources not inconsistent with...

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Could Paul Keating and Gareth Evans be Australia's North Korea solution? - The Sydney Morning Herald

Should we be amazed that at 93, Jimmy Carter, has offered to start talks with Pyongyang?

While it would seem unreasonable to subject a nonagenarian to the gruelling rigours of shuttle diplomacy, the 39th president's search for a sane alternative to war, is sound.

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Power play: will the government's new energy policy finally silence Tony Abbott? - The Sydney Morning Herald

As shut-downs go, it could not have been more emphatic. Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had just presented to the Coalition party room details of the government's long-awaited energy policy.

Flanked by government officials from the energy market regulators, his presentation, while lacking detail, was well-received. 

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Power play: will the government's new energy policy finally silence Tony Abbott? - The Sydney Morning Herald

As shut-downs go, it could not have been more emphatic. Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had just presented to the Coalition party room details of the government's long-awaited energy policy.

Flanked by government officials from the energy market regulators, his presentation, while lacking detail, was well-received. 

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This week in politics: Energy prices to citizenship fiasco - 9news.com.au

It will be a busy week for politicians in Canberra. 9NEWS political reporter Kerrie Yaxley details what you need to know. 

Power policy

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will continue selling the National Energy Guarantee, which the government says will bring down power bills by $110 to $115 per year from 2020.

But Minister Frydenberg first needs to get the state and territory governments to agree. They'll meet next month.

Labor is likely to continue its attack which claims that the savings for households are too little too late.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hopes the government will be able to bring power bills down $115 per year. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hopes the government will be able to bring power bills down $115 per year.

Senate Estimates 

The Senate won't sit this week. Senators will instead be locked in Estimate Hearings, grilling public servants about a whole range of issues.

These hearings have the potential to cause governments grief.

High Court 

The High Court could...


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This week in politics: Energy prices to citizenship fiasco - 9news.com.au

It will be a busy week for politicians in Canberra. 9NEWS political reporter Kerrie Yaxley details what you need to know. 

Power policy

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will continue selling the National Energy Guarantee, which the government says will bring down power bills by $110 to $115 per year from 2020.

But Minister Frydenberg first needs to get the state and territory governments to agree. They'll meet next month.

Labor is likely to continue its attack which claims that the savings for households are too little too late.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hopes the government will be able to bring power bills down $115 per year. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hopes the government will be able to bring power bills down $115 per year.

Senate Estimates 

The Senate won't sit this week. Senators will instead be locked in Estimate Hearings, grilling public servants about a whole range of issues.

These hearings have the potential to cause governments grief.

High Court 

The High Court could...


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Read more: This week in politics: Energy prices to citizenship fiasco - 9news.com.au
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Malcolm Turnbull says the NBN was a mistake and may never make money - The Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that, in hindsight, the National Broadband Network project was a mistake and blamed the former Labor government for setting up a new government company to deliver the mammoth infrastructure project.

And Mr Turnbull, who was previously the Communications Minister in the Abbott government, admitted the giant project might never make back the money invested by taxpayers.

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Malcolm Turnbull says the NBN was a mistake and may never make money - The Sydney Morning Herald

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that, in hindsight, the National Broadband Network project was a mistake and blamed the former Labor government for setting up a new government company to deliver the mammoth infrastructure project.

And Mr Turnbull, who was previously the Communications Minister in the Abbott government, admitted the giant project might never make back the money invested by taxpayers.

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