Australia Covid news live update: federal cabinet to debate net zero target; NSW, Victoria and ACT vaccination rates surge
WorldOctober 12, 2021
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Federal Nationals frontbencher Bridget McKenzie is on ABC radio now, trying to convince people that the net-zero emission debate… isn’t about climate change?
Here are the reasons she gives as to why the decades-long delay on meaningful climate change action from Australia is actually a good thing.
We’ve actually been able to avoid very bad outcomes for our country and our communities.
We don’t have a carbon tax*, the big emitters like India and China are now going to be included in that global infrastructure. And we now have a framework, where countries like Australia can put forward plans to reduce emissions that are in our national interest.
We’ve had that for quite a while in the sector, and agriculture has created jobs in the region, which is something the National Party is very very keen on, and we’ve cut our emissions by 20%.
So, this actual debate isn’t about climate change is about regions.
Good morning everyone, it’s Matilda Boseley on the blog with you this morning. Get yourself a cup of coffee and settle in, because right off the bat we are talking about climate change.
Yep, today the federal cabinet will thrash out the details of a plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050*, and potentially a more ambitious medium-term target. But first, the prime minister needs to find a way to placate the Nationals about regional jobs and power prices.
At the moment, the Coalition has a 2030 target of reducing emissions by between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels and a “preference” to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Watch this space.
Now to the states and the ever-present Covid-19 situation, where we actually have some good news.
NSW is now rapidly approaching its next vaccination milestone, 80%, just three days after the state’s 70% reopening.
75.23% of residents over 15 are fully vaccinated and 90.77% have had at least one dose. That means NSW could reach the 80% fully vaccinated milestone by Sunday, and potentially start the next phase of reopening next week.
Victoria is also slightly ahead of schedule, with the state expected to reach 70% in the next week or so and the ACT could well achieve almost complete vaccination coverage, upwards of 99% of the eligible population, by the end of November.
The territory is also set to relax its lockdown at the stroke of midnight Friday, with 98.2% of over-12s in the ACT having received a first dose (72% are double dosed).
OK, with all of that going on, let’s not delay any further and jump right into the day!
*Known in environmental circles as “the bare minimum”.
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