Straya Briefly for 07/06/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • The race to protect the neglected hidden history that’s right at our doorstep (ABC)
  • Activists speak at Melbourne Black Lives Matter protest (SBS)
  • Police pepper spray protesters leaving Sydney’s Black Lives Matter rally after largely peaceful marches across Australia (SBS)
  • ‘They nearly cost me my life’: How robo-debt turned lives upside down (SMH)
  • Australian Black Lives Matter protests: tens of thousands demand end to Indigenous deaths in custody (The Guardian)
  • Interstate fruit picker sparks mass public health alert, as Qld stands firm on border issue (New Daily)
  • Opinion

  • There was one word missing from the Government’s foreign investment announcement (ABC)
  • Morrison has sailed into treacherous waters that sunk the dreams of those before him (ABC)
  • Pandemic pause opens window to a more contemplative world (SMH)
  • The heart aching in me wants collective action. It calls for truth speaking | Kirli Saunders (The Guardian)
  • Queensland set to introduce legislation to force wage freeze for public servants (ABC)
  • The Lancet has made one of the biggest retractions in modern history. How could this happen? (The Guardian)
  • Business

  • Could Australia’s best way out of economic slump be batteries, electric buses and solar? (ABC)
  • Pandemic exposes vulnerability of agricultural supply chain (ABC)
  • Scott Morrison is betting on a shovel-led recovery but the jobs bonanza is elsewhere (SMH)
  • ‘We knew difficult times were coming’: Can Chinatown survive COVID-19? (ABC)
  • Jamie McPhee and the ‘Bank for Me’ (SMH)
  • The top regional housing markets that boomed before the COVID lockdown (New Daily)
  • World

  • US protests latest: Memorial held for George Floyd, police who pushed over elderly protester charged with assault (ABC)
  • George Floyd killing spurs fresh protests across Europe (Deutsche Welle)
  • Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum worldwide with fresh weekend of protests (France 24)
  • How long will America protest the death of George Floyd? History has some clues (ABC)
  • George Floyd latest: Washington DC protesters arrive for ‘largest’ rally (Deutsche Welle)
  • From ‘under control’ to ‘critical’: Four potential scenarios for Covid-19 in France (France 24)
  • Climate

  • US healthcare giant tips $45m into Australian EV charging company Tritium (Renew Economy)
  • More than a third of NSW rainforests found to have been hit by Australian bushfires (The Guardian)
  • New Zealand readers tell us how they want the country to change after Covid-19 (The Guardian)
  • Italian oil major Eni to restructure, creating ‘energy evolution’ unit to push green transition (IEEFA)
  • Covid-19 relief for fossil fuel industries risks green recovery plans (The Guardian)
  • Why it’s time to get moving on decarbonising Australia’s transport (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • The NRL’s fastest at playing the ball revealed, but ruck mysteries remain (ABC)
  • Premier League coronavirus testing: No positive results from latest tests (BBC Sport)
  • Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Champions need two wins to retain Bundesliga title (BBC Sport)
  • Star’s $700,000 payout: The story Paul Gallen didn’t want you to read (SMH)
  • NRL admits to ‘incorrect’ forward pass call in Sea Eagles’ loss to Eels (ABC)
  • Kearns, Gallop among names in frame for rugby hot seat (SMH)
  • Further reading

  • China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns (Wired)
  • Is Hiring More Black Officers the Key to Reducing Police Violence? (Jstor)
  • Friday essay: the politics of dancing and thinking about cultural values beyond dollars (The Conversation)
  • Meet the Organizers of #BlackBirdersWeek (Smithsonian)
  • Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway in Basingstoke, England (Atlas Obscura)
  • How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 06/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • ‘Justice won’t wait’: Protesters vow to defy Supreme Court at Sydney Black Lives Matter rally (SBS)
  • Qld student to remain enrolled amid appeal (SBS)
  • Payroll tax, stamp duty reform hopes dashed by federal government (SMH)
  • Transparency around government decision-making is another casualty of Covid-19 | Katharine Murphy (The Guardian)
  • Wollongong University staff vote to accept pay cuts in bid to prevent job losses (The Guardian)
  • China warns citizens not to travel to Australia, claiming coronavirus-fuelled racism (New Daily)
  • Opinion

  • Why do protests turn violent? It’s not just because people are desperate (The Conversation)
  • Cold was the ground: ‘Sorry for Your Trouble’ (The Monthly)
  • The economy is going to hell! So have a go – do a reno | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • The circus awaits Morrison — and an embarrassing conversation with China (ABC)
  • ‘Still water gone green’: The Murray-Darling Basin and the political economy of water (Overland)
  • Coronavirus has infected every other political debate — and killed the Indigenous referendum (ABC)
  • Business

  • As work hours collapse, the underemployed are the face of the new recession (ABC)
  • Rio Tinto blames ‘misunderstanding’ for destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site (The Guardian)
  • Fast moves in India-Australia relations risk pushing millions more into modern slavery (The Conversation)
  • New Acland coalmine: Queensland farmers win reprieve in battle to stop expansion (The Guardian)
  • HomeBuilder might be the most-complex least-equitable construction jobs program ever devised (The Conversation)
  • Pandemic is making it even harder for first-home buyers to raise their deposits (New Daily)
  • World

  • US protests latest: Trump says current situation the ‘greatest thing’ for race relations (ABC)
  • Reddit co-founder quits board over George Floyd (BBC News)
  • How Madeleine McCann became one of the biggest crime mysteries in the world (ABC)
  • Iran stockpiled enriched uranium at nearly 8 times the limit — UN (Deutsche Welle)
  • Generation Z joins George Floyd demonstrations (Deutsche Welle)
  • China revels in US protests, sees unrest as PR opportunity (France 24)
  • Climate

  • American lobster, sea scallop habitat could shift off the northeast (Science Daily)
  • It’s time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up (The Conversation)
  • ‘Cheaper and more efficient’ community solar battery may be trialled in Canberra suburb (ABC)
  • Rain plays a surprising role in making some restored prairies healthier than others (The Conversation)
  • Vattenfall to build 1.5GW, subsidy-free offshore wind farm, world’s largest, in North Sea (IEEFA)
  • Victoria delays on new energy efficiency targets, changes to lighting scheme (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • Aleksandar Katai leaves LA Galaxy after wife’s Instagram posts (BBC Sport)
  • Summit required to stop Australian cricket’s chaos (Cricinfo)
  • NRL 2020: Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Premiership Rugby sets provisional date of 15 August to resume season (The Guardian)
  • ‘Tyranny of cash’: Australian vows to clean up weightlifting (SMH)
  • Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund forward unhappy over haircut picture fine (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • HomeBuilder misses a chance to make our homes perform better for us and the planet (The Conversation)
  • Irwell House Ruins in Prestwich, England (Atlas Obscura)
  • Consciousness regained (Aeon)
  • Barbara Christian on Audre Lorde (Jstor)
  • There is no easy path out of coronavirus for live classical music (The Conversation)
  • A Better Jobs Report Belies America’s Breadlines (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 05/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Governments challenged to shake up ‘Byzantine’ vocational education system (SMH)
  • ‘Little evidence’ wage subsidies boost apprenticeships, Productivity Commission says (The Guardian)
  • Amid China tensions, Australia signs comprehensive strategic partnership with India (SBS)
  • ‘A lost opportunity’: Concerns $688 million HomeBuilder scheme neglects Australians in need (SBS)
  • Salesmen and substitutes gave snake oil a bad rap, a warning for the PM (New Daily)
  • Government scheme delivers just 38 of predicted 36,000 Covid food boxes to older Australians (The Guardian)
  • Opinion

  • Can the drift be stopped? (Inside Story)
  • Surrounded by pygmies: Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘A Bigger Picture’ (The Monthly)
  • An unavoidable recession (The Monthly)
  • In triumph over the spirit lost: revisiting Seven Poor Men of Sydney (Overland)
  • We’re horrified by what’s going on in the USA. Of course nothing like that could happen here | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • Quiet Australians must speak up to end racism (SMH)
  • Business

  • Our first recession in 29 years, but the Treasurer is right — Australia’s economic pain isn’t as bad as other nations (ABC)
  • After Robodebt, it’s time to address ParentsNext (The Conversation)
  • Covid commission chief distances himself from leaked report on massive gas expansion (The Guardian)
  • Australian distillers who made sanitiser left with unsold product as cheap imports flood market (The Guardian)
  • Not many Australians are taking domestic flights, but things could get even worse next week (ABC)
  • Cheap renos out, new homes in: The problems with the $688m HomeBuilder scheme (ABC)
  • World

  • Is the looting in the US tied to the protests? (ABC)
  • Rare iguana species, the surprise star found in The Blue Lagoon, faces a new threat to its survival (ABC)
  • Lebanon MP: Protesters outside officials’ homes should be ‘shot’ (Al Jazeera English)
  • Israel plans to annex West Bank territories (Deutsche Welle)
  • Chinese, Iranian hackers targeted Biden and Trump campaigns, Google official says (France 24)
  • Norway landslide sweeps homes into the sea (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Vital buffers against climate change are just offshore (Science Daily)
  • Air pollution and temperature: bad for your heart and blood vessels (The Conversation)
  • ARENA flooded with applications for green hydrogen project funding (Renew Economy)
  • Atmospheric CO2 levels rise sharply despite Covid-19 lockdowns (The Guardian)
  • Romania looking to build first offshore wind farms in the Black Sea (IEEFA)
  • Conversion of 1,800MW Intermountain coal plant in Utah to 840MW gas-hydrogen facility moving forward (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Australian Cricketers Association to formally challenge Cricket Australia revenue forecasts (Cricinfo)
  • ‘I could have handled it better’: Holmes opens up on Cronulla exit (SMH)
  • Timo Werner: Chelsea in talks to sign RB Leipzig striker (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League: Five substitutes approved for rest of 2019-20 season (BBC Sport)
  • All Blacks great Dan Carter makes surprise return to New Zealand rugby (The Guardian)
  • NRL 2020: Brisbane Broncos 0-59 Sydney Roosters – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • House: after five years of living (Aeon)
  • Greening our grey cities: here’s how green roofs and walls can flourish in Australia (The Conversation)
  • Lessons from history point to local councils’ role in Australia’s recovery (The Conversation)
  • Sixty years on, two TV programs revisit Australia’s nuclear history at Maralinga (The Conversation)
  • The Road Less Traveled to Fusion Energy – Issue 86: Energy (Nautilus)
  • Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green (Wired)

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    Straya Briefly for 04/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Hong Kong police forced Australian student to sit on plastic chair for 20 hours (SBS)
  • Man arrested after grabbing Australian journalist during live broadcast in London (SBS)
  • NSW police at centre of police brutality case after teenager slammed into ground (NIT)
  • Super funds will be ‘biggest political donors in Australia’: Andrew Bragg (SMH)
  • New HomeBuilder package aims to safeguard jobs of a million tradies (SMH)
  • Historic Mabo lecture made public (SBS)
  • Opinion

  • Government to give $25,000 grants to people building or renovating homes (The Conversation)
  • Eight readings of In the Dream House (Overland)
  • How COVID-19 is hitting some democracies harder than others (Pursuit)
  • The screens that ate school (The Monthly)
  • Five weeks have been a long time in Eden-Monaro (Inside Story)
  • False Queensland COVID-19 death could jeopardise confidence in Premier’s handling of coronavirus crisis (ABC)
  • Business

  • How a tightening of wallets pushed Australia into recession (The Conversation)
  • Majority of Australians believe class action lawsuits a good thing, Essential poll finds (The Guardian)
  • More than 1.4m Australians in mortgage stress, almost 100,000 at risk of default after JobKeeper ends (ABC)
  • Working from home remains a select privilege: it’s time to fix our national employment standards (The Conversation)
  • Wall Street surges on signs of economic rebound; Boeing soars (SMH)
  • Why taking a break has left casual retail workers cut out of Australia’s JobKeeper scheme (ABC)
  • World

  • Police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck has murder charge against him elevated (ABC)
  • ‘It happens here too’: As George Floyd outrage spreads, France confronts its own demons (France 24)
  • Police announce new suspect in disappearance of Madeleine McCann (ABC)
  • How a pandemic ignited America’s largest uprising since the ’60s (ABC)
  • New charges brought over George Floyd’s death (BBC News)
  • #BLM: US cycle of racist violence resonates in Africa (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • The need for conservation of natural springs in drying climate (Science Daily)
  • Rivers help lock carbon from fires into oceans for thousands of years (Science Daily)
  • Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years (The Guardian)
  • Rooftop solar market powers on in Australia, despite Covid-19 blip (Renew Economy)
  • Q Cells invests $5m in SwitchDin to tap solar and battery management technology (Renew Economy)
  • German government pushes plan for 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040 (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Is it the crowds or grounds that give home teams an edge? (ABC)
  • CA claims cuts will reduce A$142 million revenue hole (Cricinfo)
  • Premier League: Clubs to meet to discuss premature finish plans (BBC Sport)
  • HMRC says Premiership ineligible for furlough when contact drills resume (The Guardian)
  • NRL turns up code war heat with attempt to sabotage AFL broadcast deal (SMH)
  • Independent panel launches comprehensive review of racehorse welfare (SMH)
  • Further reading

  • Stimulus that retrofits housing can reduce energy bills and inequity too (The Conversation)
  • The Linguistic Case for Sh*t Hitting the Fan (Jstor)
  • Mark Zuckerberg Believes Only in Mark Zuckerberg (Wired)
  • Love the parasite you’re with – the entertaining life of unwelcome guests from flea circuses to Aliens (The Conversation)
  • The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How (Wired)
  • Motorcycle Midwives Brave Bangkok’s Traffic to Help Expecting Mothers Deliver (Atlas Obscura)

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    Straya Briefly for 03/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Hundreds gather in Sydney as part of latest Australian Black Lives Matter protest (SBS)
  • Black Lives Matter protests held in Sydney (SBS)
  • Social housing package proposed as government finalises new home grants (SMH)
  • Industrial relations foes urged to ‘lay down their arms’ as reform meetings start (SMH)
  • ‘Very rare’: Experts explain Nathan Turner’s false positive coronavirus test (New Daily)
  • Scott Morrison should use Cook’s 250th anniversary to insist Britain return the Gweagal shield (The Guardian)
  • Opinion

  • Changing the culture of arts governance (Overland)
  • Australia still turns a blind eye to Aboriginal people dying in police custody | Celeste Liddle (The Guardian)
  • The last word on George Pell (The Monthly)
  • Asian Australian students’ success is often maligned – but it’s our education system that’s unequal | Christina Ho (The Guardian)
  • Scott Morrison intervenes over Washington police assault of Australian TV crew (The Conversation)
  • Moral bankruptcy (The Monthly)
  • Business

  • Coronavirus Australia: NSW public servant pay freeze blocked while final two bidders for Virgin airline revealed – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Former judge laments ‘alarming lack of oversight’ during COVID-19 emergency (ABC)
  • Two remaining bidders for Virgin Australia face race against time to complete deal (The Guardian)
  • Wall Street advances on signs of economic rebound (SMH)
  • Michael Pascoe: Nobody wants the Reserve Bank’s (nearly) free money (New Daily)
  • Super fund shareholders back ME Bank ahead of parliamentary grilling (SMH)
  • World

  • Donors pledge $1.35bn in humanitarian aid to war-ravaged Yemen (Al Jazeera English)
  • India-China border standoff raises military tensions (Deutsche Welle)
  • EU seeks pharma loopholes to make vaccines more accessible (Deutsche Welle)
  • Austria will transform Hitler’s birthplace into a police station (ABC)
  • Biden blasts Trump, promises to heal ‘racial wounds’ in Philadelphia address (France 24)
  • ‘Back where we belong’: Parisians bask in sun as cafés reopen after Covid-19 lockdown (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes (Science Daily)
  • Is it too late to save the Great Barrier Reef? (The Guardian)
  • Greens to move against lifting Victorian gas moratorium (Renew Economy)
  • ‘Investors already anxious about it’: Australia’s gas future questioned on Q+A (ABC)
  • U.S. coal consumption ‘will be crushed in 2020’—Moody’s (IEEFA)
  • Believe it or not, autumn was warmer than average for Australia (ABC)
  • Sport

  • NRL blocks Telstra from streaming in bid to secure extension with Nine (SMH)
  • Travis Head’s Sussex contract deferred until 2021 (Cricinfo)
  • Summer rugby union could be the chance to deliver best of both worlds | Robert Kitson (The Guardian)
  • Premiership rugby players cleared to start physically-distanced training (The Guardian)
  • Lewis Hamilton ‘overcome with rage’ at events in the US (BBC Sport)
  • Melbourne Renegades chief to report to Melbourne Stars’ chief (Cricinfo)
  • Further reading

  • Smart cities can help us manage post-COVID life, but they’ll need trust as well as tech (The Conversation)
  • Lyubov: love in Russian (Aeon)
  • Torre Bissara in Vicenza, Italy (Atlas Obscura)
  • Destruction of Juukan Gorge: we need to know the history of artefacts, but it is more important to keep them in place (The Conversation)
  • Prince’s Star at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Atlas Obscura)
  • The medicalised life (Aeon)

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