Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Govt agencies have not honoured their commitment to fuel reduction: Barilaro (Sky News)
  • Threat of pension poverty forcing more pensioners into part-time work to make ends meet (ABC)
  • Older Australians’ increasing wait before nursing home care: report (SMH)
  • Labor backs govt plan to scrap surplus for bushfire recovery (Sky News)
  • Michael Pascoe: Morrison announces massive carbon emissions cuts – but he doesn’t mean it (New Daily)
  • Frustration over face masks as coronavirus cases in China climb to 440, nine dead as virus adapts and mutates (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • Scott Morrison orders probe into whether Bridget McKenzie breached ministerial code (The Conversation)
  • What a feeling! The eroticism of Flashdance (Overland)
  • How good is Matt Kean? (Inside Story)
  • Our plan is to stop the fires by chopping down everything flammable BEFORE it burns. Marketing genius! | First Dog on the Moon (The Guardian)
  • Morrison just adding mirrors to the smoke, with no real action (SMH)
  • No one job is worth saving at the expense of climate catastrophe. Not even Scott Morrison’s | Richard Denniss (The Guardian)
  • Business

  • Crown Resorts: shareholders’ lawyers lose bid to overturn secrecy provisions (The Guardian)
  • Australians are throwing caution to the wind in the pursuit of a home deposit (ABC)
  • Great Barrier Reef group severs ties with Greyhound over Adani contract (The Guardian)
  • Can I chime in on my co-worker’s dress code? (SMH)
  • Controversial Old Mate tourism ad was deemed ‘not child friendly’ before release (ABC)
  • Unprecedented bushfires knock consumer confidence for six (New Daily)
  • World

  • ‘The Last Ones’ : Listening to survivors of the concentration camp (France 24)
  • Hollywood ‘titan’ Weinstein also ‘a rapist’, prosecutors say as trial begins (ABC)
  • Report indicates Saudi Crown Prince had ‘possible involvement’ in Bezos phone hack (ABC)
  • Pandemic fears grow as new coronavirus spreads (Deutsche Welle)
  • Saudi prince may be involved in Bezos phone hacking: UN (Al Jazeera English)
  • Italy: Populist 5-Star leader Di Maio quits amid party discord (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • I lived in the Sahara for 18 years. What I learnt could help solve our bushfire crisis (ABC)
  • Infigen tapped as retailer for Tesla Australia EV supercharger network (Renew Economy)
  • Collapsing permafrost is transforming Arctic lakes, ponds and streams (The Conversation)
  • New BlackRock coal policy seen as a milestone in divestment movement (IEEFA)
  • 23 solar farms added to grid in 2019 as PV costs fall to record lows (Renew Economy)
  • Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023 (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Australian Open: Federer beats Krajinovic, Madison Keys through – as it happened (The Guardian)
  • Jonathan Wells, Peter Siddle take Strikers closer to playoffs (Cricinfo)
  • Saracens keen to see publication of long-awaited salary-cap report (The Guardian)
  • Nick Kyrgios tells AOC he wants to stay in athletes’ village in Tokyo (SMH)
  • Jordan Thompson suffers heartbreaking five-set loss to Fabio Fognini (SMH)
  • Williams, Federer show off championship class on blockbuster night at Aus Open (ABC)
  • Further reading

  • Vodafone is the eighth company to quit Facebook’s digital currency project (MIT Tech Review)
  • Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more. Here’s how Australian owners could cash in (The Conversation)
  • Ray Bradbury on War, Recycling, and Artificial Intelligence (Jstor)
  • UN calls for investigation of Saudis allegedly hacking Jeff Bezos (MIT Tech Review)
  • Highbrows and self-helpers (Aeon)
  • The Diplomatic Intrigue That Gave Morocco a Cameo Appearance in the U.S. Civil War (Smithsonian)

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