Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • EXCLUSIVE: Minister blames ‘decades of mismanagement’ for bushfires deaths (Sky News)
  • NSW Grazier Finally Gets To Shave His Beard After Rainfall (Ten)
  • Council approves removal of 96 million litres of water a year from drought-ravaged region (ABC)
  • Minister reveals he needs counselling to deal with deadly fires (Sky News)
  • More relief for firefighters with significant rainfall on the way (New Daily)
  • Shorten defends climate policy he took to failed federal election (Sky News)
  • Opinion

  • Russian government resignation: what’s just happened and what’s in store for Putin beyond 2024? (The Conversation)
  • How Putin is devising his exit plan (Pursuit)
  • Moving the A-League to the winter would improve the play, but will it attract the fans? (The Conversation)
  • The bushfire crisis has shown a way forward for Australia – and revealed who we truly are | Van Badham (The Guardian)
  • Turning a profit out of aged tests means less care (SMH)
  • We have already had countless bushfire inquiries. What good will it do to have another? (The Conversation)
  • Business

  • Julie Bishop takes job with Greensill, the firm pushing controversial financing practice (The Guardian)
  • A South Australian financial adviser is accused of swindling $170,000 from clients, court told (ABC)
  • Workers strike balance between empowerment and control (SMH)
  • An Aussie invention could soon cut five per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (New Daily)
  • Bushfire tourism flagged by SA Environment Minister following Kangaroo Island crisis (ABC)
  • ASX 200 closes at record high on back of US-China trade deal (Sky News)
  • World

  • Nations demand compensation from Iran for plane crash victims (ABC)
  • Trump impeachment trial opens in US Senate (Deutsche Welle)
  • Gambia: Thousands march for ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh’s return (Deutsche Welle)
  • Trump administration broke the law over Ukraine aid, says watchdog (ABC)
  • US Senate formally opens Trump impeachment trial (Al Jazeera English)
  • Putin appoints unknown hockey buddy as Russia’s new PM (ABC)
  • Climate

  • What is climate change? (BBC News)
  • ‘We can raise a red flag now’: 2019 the second-hottest year on record for Earth, WMO says (ABC)
  • In defence of Michael McCain: Speaking out is what strong leaders do (The Conversation)
  • Kia to target 1 million electric car sales yearly by 2026 in $36b ‘Plan S’ strategy (Renew Economy)
  • Germany moves forward with 40 billion-euro plan to exit all coal generation by 2038 (IEEFA)
  • Nuclear weapons worsen the climate crisis | Letter (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Zampa reveals methodical plans for Kohli success (Cricinfo)
  • Derby County: Championship clubs charged for breach of spending rules (BBC Sport)
  • Australian Open draw treats Barty well while fans eye Kyrgios-Nadal fourth-round blockbuster (ABC)
  • Xavi: Barcelona job offer came ‘too early’ in coaching career (BBC Sport)
  • Alun Wyn Jones can make a fifth World Cup, says Wales’ Jonathan Humphreys (The Guardian)
  • The Breakdown | Saracens’ spirit is remarkable but cost-cutting threatens strength (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • So, you want to live tiny? Here’s what to consider when choosing a house, van or caravan (The Conversation)
  • In the absence (Aeon)
  • This Apple-FBI Fight Is Different From the Last One (Wired)
  • Africa, in its fullness (Aeon)
  • Black Drop Effect review: infusing the present moment with layers of the past (The Conversation)
  • Dirty Money and Bad Science at MIT’s Media Lab (Wired)

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