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How Australia could be a clean energy super power but is “flopping” it with fossil fuels



Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to fossil fuels and clean energy investment.

“There is a really prosperous, cheaper energy future for Australia… post coal”


He says oversea’s leaders question to Australia is “why are you hanging on to fossil fuels”

The prominent Australian political figure, serving as the 29th Australian Prime Minister from 2015 to 2018, says he expects to see more investment in clean and renewable energy in the upcoming Federal Budget.

The Australian government will deliver the Federal Budget at 7:30pm AEST on Tuesday, May 11.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will reveal how the Morrison government is going to spend taxpayer’s money over the next four years, and Turnbull believes investment in coal is a “mistake”

What does Turnbull want to see in the budget?

“Demand for coal is going to head south.. and rapidly”

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From a climate perspective, Turnbull is hoping to see a substantial investment in climate initiatives towards climate action, renewables, zero-emissions industries.

“I hope gas led recovery doesn’t make much of an appearance, that is a complete dud”

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He believes the answer to boosting Australia’s action toward climate change is putting resources behind technologies of the future. However, this will require some significant projects.

“I worry the government will put small amount of money behind essentially pilot projects”

Turnbull says scale is key, like Australia’s Snowy Hydro and the GenX project, that Turnbull has a huge presence in forwarding.

He is calling for the Morrison government to just “get on with it”

Where is Australia compared to other global economies?

President Biden hosted the virtual climate summit, where we saw America and China commit to pretty impressive targets against climate change, Australia though seems to be falling behind.


Turnbull told ticker that he has spoken to people in the Biden Administration about carbon tariffs.

“Views are generally divided” he says.

“Politicians love nothing more than a bit of protectionism.”

He draws on the “usual nice argument” that politicians like to claim they’re “protecting local jobs and businesses, but also saving the planet.

“The europeans will say talk to the hand”

Are the nationals ‘cozying up’ to coal companies?

Turnbull says the nationals are advocates for the big mining companies.

“The sheer mindlessness and stupidity”

TurnbullMalcolm says new jobs at Australian mines will only come at the cost of exisiting jobs in current mines #huntervalley

How can Australia secure its economic future?

Turnbull says Australia is the most successful, multi-cultural society in the world and “that is an incredible achievement”… but says “we have to make sure we’re not getting left behind.

“We have to make sure we’re not getting left behind as some Trumpian, fossil fuel hugging, back water in the south pacific”

Mr Turnbull has written a letter objecting to the expansion of a coal mine in the Mount Pleasant area, in the Hunter Valley, and says investment in coal is a mistake to current jobs in fossil fuel industries too.

“I’m sure I made plenty of mistakes”

Turnbull was the Prime Minister of Australia from 2015 to 2018. He recalls his power in the top position and what he wish he could have done, if he had more time.

Turnbull on vital leadership talks with Donald #Trump “that wasn’t easy” to keep the trans-Pacific partnership alive.
Meeting with US President Donald Trump ahead of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve done”

Turnbull reflecting on his time as pm

Turnbull says he had to recognise politics is a tough business. He recently worked with publisher, Hardie Grant books to publish “A bigger picture” and highlights “Our nation, our Australian Project, is a remarkable one. But we cannot take its endurance or its success for granted.”

He is speaking at the Smart Energy 2021 conference in Sydney on Wednesday, 12th May. His speech is “the courage to act: planning for a future beyond coal”

Turnbull joined renewable energy expert and ambassador climate change, Scott Hamilton, alongside ticker anchor Holly Stearnes on Monday, live on Monday evening AEST to discuss climate action.

Every week, Scott Hamilton joins Holly Stearnes on tickerCLIMATE to discuss climate change and what action our world leaders are taking to tackle it.

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Time is running out for Biden’s death penalty abolition



President Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure as his administration grapples with the challenge of fulfilling a key 2020 campaign promise – the abolition of the federal death penalty.

The issue has gained renewed attention as the Department of Justice reviews its policies on capital punishment.

Despite initial steps like imposing a moratorium on federal executions, the President’s commitment to a complete abolition faces hurdles in Congress and legal complexities.

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What can be learned from the AT&T outage?



The outage lasted for several hours and impacted thousands of customers across the United States.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were looking into an AT&T outage that lasted for several hours and impacted thousands of customers across the United States.

AT&T said the hour-long outage to its U.S. cellphone network appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack and that the Federal Communications Commission was in touch with the company.

Hugh Odom a former AT&T Attorney and the Founder and President of Vertical Consultants joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #IN AMERICA TODAY #featured #telecommunications #cellphone #AT&T #AT&Toutage

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Extremism top concern for U.S. voters ahead of election



Worries over political extremism and threats to democracy have surged to the forefront as the primary concern for U.S. voters, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown in the upcoming November election.

The three-day Reuters Ipsos poll, which concluded on Sunday, found that 21% of respondents identified “political extremism or threats to democracy” as the nation’s most pressing issue, narrowly edging out concerns about the economy and immigration.

President Joe Biden appears to hold a slight advantage over his predecessor, Donald Trump, in addressing this issue, with 34% of respondents believing Biden has a better approach compared to 31% for Trump.

The findings underscore the deeply polarized political landscape in America, with Democrats prioritizing extremism as the top issue, while Republicans overwhelmingly focus on immigration.

Independent voters

The poll also highlights the pivotal role of independent voters, with nearly a third citing extremism as their primary concern, followed closely by immigration and the economy.

This suggests that the handling of extremism could significantly influence voter behavior in the upcoming election.

The rise of extremism as a top concern comes amid ongoing political turmoil, with Trump continuing to challenge the legitimacy of U.S. institutions and perpetuate false claims of election fraud.

His rhetoric has not only fueled division but also incited violence, as seen in the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

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