Josh Frydenberg concedes Australia’s carbon emissions rose in 2017

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg concedes Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution continued to soar last year, confirming that more than a decade of climate policy bickering has failed to curb harmful emissions.
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Official data shows Australia’s annual emissions have risen for the fourth year running. They were up by 0.7 per cent in the year to June 2017, to 550 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The alarming figures come ahead of a critical few months for the Turnbull government as it seeks to convince the states and territories to sign off on its signature climate policy, the national energy guarantee – a measure that Labor says will fail to sufficiently rein in emissions.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said the government’s national energy guarantee, announced in October, was “the most effective way” to cut emissions. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The data, released last month, also casts serious doubt on Australia’s ability to meet its international obligations under the Paris climate accord.

Australia recorded its third-warmest year on record in 2017 – continuing a trend of warmer temperatures that the Bureau of Meteorology has linked to climate change.

The latest quarterly update of Australia’s national greenhouse gas inventory showed last year’s emissions were only marginally lower than the 554 million tonnes produced in 2000, despite years of fierce climate policy debate in the intervening years.

Emissions levels have fluctuated since the turn of the millennium, but have risen steadily since 2013.

Speaking on ABC Radio on Thursday, Mr Frydenberg was repeatedly pressed to admit Australia’s emissions rose last year, and eventually conceded “that is true”.

But he said those figures were calculated on a yearly basis, and “if you look at the last quarter they went down, if you look at the trend it is improving”.

Mr Frydenberg said June quarter figures showed emissions went down by 0.6 per cent, and that emissions on a per capita and GDP basis were at “their lowest in 28 years”.

“What you need to focus on here is what is happening in different aspects of the economy as a result of policies we are putting in place,” he said.

“What we are seeing is real improvements in various aspects of the economy.”

Mr Frydenberg pointed to the national energy productivity plan which aims to boost energy efficiency in the built environment by 40 per cent, and the emissions reduction fund, focused on agriculture and the land sector, which has abated up to 190 million tonnes of carbon dioxide at an average cost of $12 a tonne.

The Department of the Environment and Energy’s own modelling projects that by 2020, Australia’s total emissions will be slightly higher than current levels, at 551 million tonnes. It said the rapid expansion of the liquefied natural gas sector was a major factor in emissions growth, however this was partly offset by falling emissions in the electricity sector.

Mr Frydenberg on Thursday said the government’s national energy guarantee, announced in October, was “the most effective way” to cut emissions.

It forces energy companies to meet mandated standards of reliability and emissions reduction, but critics say it thwarts growth in renewable energy, props up ageing coal-fired power plants and will fail to sufficiently drive down emissions.

Labor has heavily criticised the plan and energy spokesman Mark Butler said on Wednesday the “only detail that has been released is modelling showing cuts to large-scale renewable investment”.

Mr Butler said former prime minister Tony Abbott “vandalised” the nation’s climate change policies – a reference to the abolition of Labor’s so-called carbon tax in 2014 – and “unsurprisingly we have seen carbon pollution levels rise ever since”.

He said the government’s own data “projects that with their policy position in place, carbon pollution levels will continue to rise between now and 2030” – the date set for Australia to meet its emissions reduction commitments under the Paris deal.

Mr Frydenberg said the independent energy security board was undertaking detailed design work on the national energy guarantee. In April it would be presented to the COAG energy council, which must unanimously sign off on the policy.

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Wake up to yourselves, NSW: Jeff Kennett

Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has poked his nose into Sydney’s great stadium debate, claiming NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is merely mopping up the mess left behind by Bob Carr in the 1990s.
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Kennett was in office from 1992 to 1999 and in that time invested hundreds of millions of dollars into Melbourne’s sporting facilities.

On his watch, Melbourne became the envy of the sporting world. Etihad Stadium was built, Albert Park revitalised for the Australian Formula One grand prix, and Melbourne Park’s tennis facilities beefed up to ensure the Australian Open was never played anywhere else.

He understood what many in NSW can’t wrap their heads around as they continue to moan about Berejiklian’s $2.3 billion knockdown and rebuild of Allianz and ANZ stadiums: that major sporting events pay for themselves many times over because of what they bring to the local economy.

“When we started this process of attracting major events in the 1990s, your premier at the time said, ‘No, this is inappropriate, NSW is not going to chase these sorts of events’,” Kennett said. “That was Bob Carr. They lost 10 to 15 years before they started to realise the importance of major events.

“Major events add confidence to the community. When we started this in 1992, our state was rundown. We quickly rebuilt the confidence of Victorians in their own state. There is none of that in NSW. You lost 15 years because the government at the time thought it was ‘inappropriate’.

“What Gladys is doing now is belated recognition that if NSW is going to be part of this not just national but international world of events, they’re going to have to upgrade their facilities. It costs money. I understand the premier is coming under a fair bit of flak but no state is just about education, it’s not just about health. You judge a state on its complexity and totality: sport is very much part of that.”

In this space last week, your humble columnist argued that people underestimate how important sport is to this city and state. They’d prefer we spent the money on baby incubators and the like. (With that in mind … behold! The Baby Incubator Stadium! Problem solved).

Over the past 15 years, whenever Melbourne has hosted a State of Origin match, I’ll attend the obligatory media conference involving NSW and Queensland captains and coaches as well as the Victorian sports minister and/or major events minister.

When the speaking is done, I’ll chat to said ministers and they will tell you exactly why they want NSW and Queensland belting each other before 91,000 people at the MCG.

“Because one match fills our hotel rooms and bars and restaurants in the middle of winter,” is the usual reply.

You can roll out academics and economists and reports and say these stadiums are a waste of money. I’ll defer to the city that for decades has smashed the rest of the country when it comes to sport and culture and the man who first got the ball rolling.

“How do you measure a state’s confidence?” Kennett asked. “You can add up the cost of stadiums and how much they are to build. But you cannot put a figure on the economic add-ons that come when you have a rolling program of major sporting and cultural events that mean hotels have high occupancy levels all the time, restaurants and bars are thriving, people using taxis and spending money … the expenditure shouldn’t be judged in the years in which it is spent. The return is over decades.”

But is that going to cover the $2.3 billion, Mr Kennett? What about the baby incubators?

“It shouldn’t just be judged on financial benefits. It’s got to be based on reputation. If you’re going to have people wanting to go to an event, they want good quality facilities: good food, good toilets, good viewing lines. They want comfort.

“NSW has never been pro sport as much as Melbourne and it’s partly because you haven’t had the facilities. You have the SCG and that’s about it. If you want to be serious you have to want to compete. What then is left for NSW, apart from the drudgery of going to work? There’s got to be more to life. Major events, cultural and sport, give people the opportunity to go to a different place.”

It is simplistic and duplicitous to claim “these stadiums only service a handful of NRL clubs, let them pay for them”. What elitist bullshit. And they do. They pay a hirer’s fee, like everyone else.

Truth is, these stadiums serve many sports, and many events, many headline artists, and if they are not upgraded Sydney soon won’t be seeing any of it.

Kennett’s comments about Carr remind us of the story that often gets a run in rugby league circles about the night the former premier attended a State of Origin match – and read a book.

“I’ve used that story so many times,” Kennett said. “I like Bob but he was from a different planet. The ET of Australian politics.”

Warne’s page-flipper

Channel Nine’s Mark Nicholas is ghost-writing the autobiography of his commentary box buddy Shane Warne ??? and former Prime Minister Bob Hawke has agreed to write the foreword.

Warne and Nicholas popped up in the Trust Suite early on day two of the fifth Ashes Test at the SCG last Friday. They were there to corner Hawke, who was sitting out on the balcony with his former federal sports minister, John Brown. Hawke agreed to their request to write the introduction to a book that’s expected to come out in September.

Warne’s management has been spruiking the biography for about a year, asking for telephone-number figures in terms of an advance.

We’ve got no doubt that Nicholas will do an outstanding job. His 2016 memoir, A Beautiful Game, was well crafted and worth reading.

Our concern is just how many more beans Warne has to spill. There have been 14 Warne biographies over the years, including two written by himself.

Sales records are tricky to pin down but the word from industry heavyweights is that anything written about the legendary leg-spinner has hardly flown off the shelves. People just don’t believe they are getting the full story.

This time, Warne’s keen to set the record straight about the Shane Warne Foundation, which he shut down early last year amid claims of mismanagement. Consumer Affairs Victoria cleared Warne of any wrongdoing following a 14-month investigation.

He’s also promised to open up about his personal relationships with former wife Simone and ex-fiance Elizabeth Hurley.

Let’s hope it doesn’t get too catty. As he was leaving the suite, he bumped into trustee and media executive John Hartigan.

Two years ago, Warne was furious about a column written by Hartigan’s late wife, Daily Telegraph columnist Rebecca Wilson.

“To say that the cricket community sees the relationship between Warne and [Michael] Clarke as an unhealthy alliance is an understatement of monumental proportions,” Wilson wrote. “Warne has become an embarrassment every time he utters Clarke’s name.”

Warne wanted Hartigan to gag Wilson and also threatened to go public about her personal life. Hartigan put Warne back in his box, telling him “to take a look in the mirror”.

“You don’t come out of it looking too good,” Warne spat at Hartigan when he saw him, before storming off in a huff. Meow.

Jarryd Hayne arrives to front reporters at Eels training last week. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Costly defence

Jarryd Hayne is adamant he will fight the rape allegations levelled at him in a civil lawsuit lodged just before Christmas in the US ??? but it is going to cost him a truckload if it heads to court.

Hayne has engaged high-profile trial lawyer Mark Baute, who successfully defended NBA star Derrick Rose, who had to answer rape claims in a federal civil case in 2016.

We’re told by sources in the US that Baute charges $US15,000 a day ($19,000). No, that’s not a typo.

Hayne has “vehemently” denied claims by a 25-year-old woman known only as “Ms V” that he raped her in December 2015 when Hayne was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

Q & A: Carlos Brathwaite

We speak to the Sixers’ recruit ahead of their Big Bash local derby against the Thunder at the SCG on Saturday.

You played with the Thunder last season. Any fiery text messages from your former teammates since you signed with the Sixers?

Not much. I saw a few of the boys in a bar in Coogee but that’s about it. It will be good to see the guys’ faces when the time comes.

Any dabbing if you take a couple of wickets?

I’m not sure. I have to take a couple of wickets first. I haven’t used it since the last Big Bash. Maybe the dab. Maybe something new.

Fun fact: did you know that the dab is illegal in Saudi Arabia?

I did. My fiancee sent me an article about footballers being banned from doing it. Thankfully, we don’t play there.

You’re a Manchester United fan … [Laughs] Yes.

What do you think of City’s dominance of the EPL season?

I don’t think we played as well as we could. A few times in the season we’ve let ourselves down. Ashley Young’s three-match ban didn’t help. Sometimes, you have to put your hand up and say well done to the opposition. City have done a fantastic job. Hopefully, they lose a lot of games in a row.

Usain Bolt says he wants to play for Manchester United. You?

Me? Maybe in a charity game, I’d put my hand up. I’m a poor man’s Paul Pogba. I’d like to strut my stuff at Old Trafford one day, make some tackles … I’m not sure how talented Usain is but I’m sure if he wants to go after it, he’ll make a good fist of it. I’m sure he thinks he’s good enough.


“When I’m scoring runs, I’m elegant. When I’m not, I’m lazy. I can’t seem to win when things aren’t going well.” ??? Usman Khawaja takes a swipe at his critics after scoring 171 against England. Look, it’s very simple, Usman. Want better stories? Less criticism? Keep scoring runs.


Um, did you see the end of that national college football championship between Alabama and Georgia? Relief quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was hauled off the bench at half-time and then threw a 41-yard touchdown in overtime to clinch the match 26-23. He thanked God afterwards. You would, too.


The sudden death of former Raider Kato Ottio from severe heatstroke while training at home in Papua New Guinea prompted an outpouring of grief across the footy community. This quote: “My first goal is to buy my mum a house. I’m a village boy. My dad died when I was 14 and I want to make the most of every opportunity.”


Bernard Tomic, who will battle it out in qualifying matches in a desperate bid to play at the Australian Open. “I’ve never needed the help of Tennis Australia,” Tomic says. Except for that time when he and his father were demanding more money from them.


The army of racegoers and horsie owners who will venture to the Gold Coast this weekend for the Magic Millions extravaganza. “We’re selling dreams!” Gerry Harvey declared. Alas, some of us can barely cover the cab fare back to the hotel.

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‘Astronomical’: New iPhone X pushes retail sales into the stratosphere

So big was the spending splurge on the new iPhone X that it pushed pre-Christmas retail sales to a record high in November, confounding expectations of a weak lead in to Christmas.
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Market economists had forecast a lift of 0.4 per cent in November. Instead, sales shot up 1.2 per cent, the biggest jump in almost five years.

Unusually, the Bureau of Statistics has attributed the jump to one specific product. It said the release of the much-anticipated iPhone X on November 3 pushed up sales of “electrical and electronic goods” an extraordinary 9.3 per cent – the biggest one-month jump since the global financial crisis of 2008 when the government’s $10.4 billion economic stimulus package boosted sales of electronic goods 12.9 per cent.

“The breakdown shows that half of the rise in retail sales was a result of the astronomical gain in spending on electrical goods,” said Capital Economics analyst Kate Hickie. “It presumably reflects the growing importance of Black Friday for retailers as well as the release of the iPhone X.”

Black Friday, on November 24, had fashion and online retailers offering discounts of up to 30 per cent for a day only in a tradition imported from the US.

Excluding electronics, sales climbed a more modest 0.6 per cent in November. Also excluding a category known as “other retailing”, which jumped an unusual 2.2 per cent, sales climbed only 0.4 per cent. The bureau said some iPhone sales would have been recorded as “other retailing”. if(“undefined”==typeof window.datawrapper)window.datawrapper={};window.datawrapper[“QkucL”]={},window.datawrapper[“QkucL”].embedDeltas={“100″:519,”200″:451,”300″:425,”400″:400,”500″:400,”600″:400,”700″:400,”800″:400,”900″:400,”1000”:400},window.datawrapper[“QkucL”].iframe=document.getElementById(“datawrapper-chart-QkucL”),window.datawrapper[“QkucL”][“QkucL”].embedDeltas[Math.min(1e3,Math.max(100*Math.floor(window.datawrapper[“QkucL”].iframe.offsetWidth/100),100))]+”px”,window.addEventListener(“message”,function(a){if(“undefined”!=typeof[“datawrapper-height”])for(var b in[“datawrapper-height”])if(“QkucL”==b)window.datawrapper[“QkucL”][“datawrapper-height”][b]+”px”});

During the year to November, sales climbed 2.9 per cent. Excluding electronic and “other” goods, the increase was 2.1 per cent.

“The reported strength won’t be sustainable,” said Bank of Melbourne economist Janu Chan. “Indeed, it is difficult to fathom retail spending growth substantially stronger than 3 per cent.”

“Given wage growth remains subdued, much stronger growth in spending would likely require an increase in debt. We do not believe households have a strong appetite to increase borrowing for consumption, nor would this be ideal.”

Commonwealth Bank economist John Peters said that setting aside the “humongous” iPhone-related jump in November, retail sales were growing at a trend pace of just 0.1 per cent a month in the lead-up to Christmas.

“Looking ahead, the weakest wages growth in decades is likely to keep consumers on the back foot with a strengthening in broad-based wages growth still not on the horizon,” he said.

Online sales amounted to only 5.5 per cent of the total in November, suggesting that ahead of the arrival of Amazon in December, physical stores faced little competition. In the past nine months retailers have expanded their workforce by 65,000, most in full-time jobs.

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Cyclists escape disaster as truck ploughs into Tour Down Under

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Spectators waiting at the finish line of the Tour Down Under were treated to an unexpected sight on Thursday when a truck laden with hay stole the show.

The truck drove down the main road ofGumeracha,in the Adelaide Hills, in the middle of the raceand was too tall to fit under the inflatable finishline, dragging it away.

Vision broadcast by the ABC shows reporter Sarah Hancock speaking to the camera as a group of female cyclists ride along behind her.

Immediately afterwards, a hay truck drives past, and Ms Hancock covers her ears.

A truck laden with hay drags away the finish line of the Tour Down Under. Photo: ABC News

The truck picks up the finish line, which knocks into a spectator and a metal fence before it’s dragged down the road.

One woman, who had been standing next to the inflatable structure as she watched the race, raised her arms questioningly as the truck drove away.

TheABC reported the truck finally stopped”some distance down the road”.

After minor repairs, the finish line was back in place in time forAnnette Edmondson to claim victory in stage one of the women’s tourin just over three hours.

Reporter Sarah Hancock turns around as the truck begins to drag the inflatable structure. Photo: ABC News

The sprawling 115.7-kilometre stage started and finished inGumeracha, with 102 riders winding through suburbs including Birdwood, Mount Pleasant and Mount Torrens.

Stage two will continue tomorrow atLyndochin the Barossa Valley.

Fantastic performance by @NettieEdmo to claim victory in Stage 1 💪 Read more:南京夜网/krVJ2ia1B0

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Good speech needs solid foundation

STRUCTURE: When preparing to speak in public, do your research, create a framework for your speech and identify key messages.There are so many things to think about when public speaking – the audience,the occasion andthe materials you’re going to use.
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Another important aspect is deciding on your key messagesand how to structure them.

Here are some tips:

ResearchDo some research about the topic you will speak about. It’s also best to clarify the purpose of your speech during preparation.

Create Your Key MessageOnce you’ve gathered the required information and you know the purpose of the speech, you need to create your top threekey messages. Ask yourself “what do I want the audience to remember?”

Here’s how to do it:

1. Write down 10 key messages that you think are important about the topic.

2. Narrow this down to threeby prioritising the ones you want your audience to remember.

3. Craft your top threekey messages so they will be easy to say, easy to understand and easy to remember. They should be specific and direct to the point.

4. Select the most important message among the three. This will be your main key message. It should be about your audience, and not about yourself or the company. The main key message should be something which will make an impact on your audience or something they will benefit from. Think to yourself, “what’s in it for them?”

Make an outlineBased on the key messages, draft a structure on how you want to deliver a speech. Just like a movie or a story, your speech should have a narrative. This way, your audience will be able to understand your messages better.

Below is the most common framework of a speech:

Introduction – This is where the greeting, self-introduction, the topic, the key message, and preview for the main points are given. Make sure you deliver a strong introduction. You can use a quotation, a saying, or a line from a song or movie to set the tone of your speech.

Body – It includes main points and ideas that will support your key messages. This is where the purpose of your speech should be served. Any short videos, graphs, or slides are shown at this part of public speaking. You can also insert some humour related to the topic, to keep the audience’s attention.

Conclusion – A short summary of the topic, the main points and the key messages should all included in the conclusion of your speech. You can also impart some parting wisdom about your topic. This is your big chance to make your audience remember you and your speech.

Use Simple WordsAfter creating a framework, composing your entire speech is next. Remember not to use fancy words;this is not necessary. Use simple words in short, but powerful, sentences.

After composing your speech, take time to read it through. Practice the correct timing and delivery of the sentences, so your audience will understand your message effectively.

Jaimie Abbott, owner of Jaimie Abbott Communications, a public speaking training company.