Whatever we’re going to do, we have to do it fast. A major climate report calling for a ban on all coal-generated electricity by 2050 was released earlier this month. But, would an end to coal energy be enough?
The last thing Aussie businesses and households need in the year ahead is even greater uncertainty.
‘I believe we have reached a level of maturity in this country where we can move beyond policies based on fear or disapproval and embrace an evidence-based medical and harm-minimisation strategy, as sophisticated societies have done elsewhere,’ Senator Leyonhjelm said.
The war in Afghanistan is now in its 17th year. That’s more than three times as long as the Second World War. And it’s precisely that prolonged period of fighting that is giving rise to hopes of possible peace.
Assange’s legal team believes he could face lengthy jail time in the US over leaking classified documents. While the UK has yet to offer the safety guarantees as directed by the UN, the Ecuadorian government has decided to partly restore communications for Assange.
Australians aren’t alone when it comes to our unhealthy appetite for too much debt. Far from it. With interest rates across much of the globe having fallen to zero — or even below — in the years following the global financial crisis, borrowing was never cheaper.
And if you think developing nations are going to be carrying the brunt of that cost…think again. The report rather optimistically also calls for coal (of which Australia is the largest global exporter) to be phased out by 2050.
If you’ve been doing any driving of late, you’ll have noticed an unwelcome sting. Petrol is closing in on a record-setting AU$1.70 a litre. That’s partly due to the currently weak Aussie dollar and partly due to the artificially elevated oil price.
Arguments first began back in 2013, when Mr Wilson, a self-styled crypto anarchist, showed off the world’s first 3D-printed gun. Files showing how to replicate the process became immediately available on the Defense Distributed website, where it was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.