Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Bowling club wants to know why it missed out on ‘modest’ $40,000 government sports grant (ABC)
  • Scott Morrison’s father John dies aged 84 (ABC)
  • PM will not pressure dept head ‘one way or the other’ on McKenzie (Sky News)
  • Bullying, abused and attacked: Pleas for civility as female MP quits after 16 years (ABC)
  • Australia Day controversy: What date could it be instead? (New Daily)
  • Hundreds of Australians caught up in global sting by tax agencies (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Why we need strong ethical standards for ministers – and better ways of enforcing them (The Conversation)
  • I’m excited about my new job, but it’s cost me $700 before I’ve even started (ABC)
  • All hole and no plot: fixing Australia’s literary sector (Overland)
  • Stopping the pandemic: countries work together on coronavirus control (SMH)
  • Dear Australia, elegy for a summer of loss | Amy Coopes (The Guardian)
  • Grattan on Friday: Bridget McKenzie has made herself a sitting duck (The Conversation)
  • Business

  • Australian clients to get ‘scary’ letters in tax crackdown on multinational (The Guardian)
  • Hemp is an eco-friendly material, but here’s why Australia doesn’t grow more of it (ABC)
  • Bauer chief determined to proceed with $40m Pac Mags deal with Seven (SMH)
  • ‘More bullish than ever’: Loyalty focus as startups take on troubled retail sector (SMH)
  • ‘It’s just bad policy’: NT social services slam ‘mixed messages’ about controversial welfare proposal (ABC)
  • Westpac appoints banking veteran John McFarlane as new chairman (Sky News)
  • World

  • China locks more cities as coronavirus spreads to new countries (ABC)
  • Davos Debate: Tackling the digital tax dilemma (France 24)
  • World Holocaust Forum: Israelis want action on anti-Semitism not words (Deutsche Welle)
  • Banker in Angola money laundering scandal kills himself say police (Deutsche Welle)
  • Doomsday Clock nearest to apocalypse than ever (BBC News)
  • Netanyahu condemns ‘tyrants of Tehran’ in Holocaust speech (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Vital Signs: climate-linked financial crises loom, but the fix isn’t up to central banks (The Conversation)
  • Victorian Liberals change tack and push for long-term federal emissions targets (Renew Economy)
  • The dramatic dismissal of a landmark youth climate lawsuit might not close the book on that case (The Conversation)
  • Malcolm Turnbull criticises Scott Morrison’s response to Australia’s bushfire crisis (ABC)
  • University forced to dump coal conference over planned climate blockade (ABC)
  • Downer earnings hit after more problems at wind and solar projects (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • FA Cup: Tranmere Rovers v Watford (BBC Sport)
  • Ashton Turner hopeful of turning his form around after horror run (Cricinfo)
  • Premiership Rugby is from Mars and Saracens are from Venus | Robert Kitson (The Guardian)
  • ‘I really don’t care’: Nadal dismisses Kyrgios impersonation (SMH)
  • BBL winning over cricket’s traditionalists even as crowd concerns begin (ABC)
  • Nick Kyrgios wins war with himself and Gilles Simon at Australian Open (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • NASA has now decided what it is going to send to the moon next year (MIT Tech Review)
  • Home (Dom) (Aeon)
  • Don’t Break Up Big Tech (Wired)
  • Ancient Bat Guano Reveals Thousands of Years of Human Impact on the Environment (Smithsonian)
  • These are the most detailed photos yet of the far side of the moon (MIT Tech Review)
  • Friday essay: this grandmother tree connects me to Country. I cried when I saw her burned (The Conversation)

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