1. Chance meeting
This is Nine’s Dom Lorrimer’s pic of Tanya Plibersek’s chance meeting with Craig Kelly in the corridors of Parliament House.
That article is by a couple of academics, who give a lecture on how to deal with nutters who don’t respect science.
Jacqueline Maley in the SMH said Plibersek was calm and all class, but the incident reminded voters that Morrison had to accommodate some strange back benchers to keep everyone in the tent.
Not entirely calm, from what I heard. Her mum lives in Kelly’s electorate.
“My mum lives in your electorate and I don’t want her exposed to people who are not going to be vaccinated because of these crazy conspiracy theories that you’re spreading,” she said as journalists and cameras looked on.
Kelly reckons he’s been a victim of ‘cancel culture’.
At The (un)Australian Scotty from Marketing reminds the press that he has already flogged Government back bencher Craig Kelly with the warmest of lettuce.
The AFR reports that Liberals in the Sydney seat of Hughes are preparing to roll Craig Kelly in preselection. He had been saved from previous challenges by Morrison and former Liberal leaders Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. Next time his luck will run out.
2. Doomsday clock stays 100 seconds to midnight
Doomsday Clock hovers dangerously close to midnight, as experts warn of ‘crossroads’ on climate change according to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, who take their work very seriously indeed.
The clock was set at 7 minutes to midnight in 1947, has been back there at least once – in 1968 after France and China developed nuclear weapons.
Rachel Bronson is president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
The clock was set to 100 seconds to midnight last year, the closest to midnight it has ever been.
Experts said at Wednesday’s announcement the pandemic is an example of how governments and organizations are not ready for global emergencies.
“We recognize that humanity continues to suffer as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world. The pandemic will recede eventually,” said Bronson.
“Still, the pandemic serves as a historic wake-up call.”
It is, she said, a vivid illustration that national governments and international organizations are not prepared to manage complex and dangerous challenges, including nuclear weapons and climate change, which currently pose existential threats to humanity.
The pandemic also brought on challenges as it sparked what the World Health Organization calls an infodemic, an overabundance of information that “includes deliberate attempts to disseminate wrong information to undermine the public health response and advance alternative agendas of groups or individuals.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying infodemic have become intertwined with critical uncertainties regarding science, technology, and crisis communications,” reads the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ statement published on Wednesday.
The bulletin also noted in their statement that 2020 saw the effects of climate change around the world, including massive wildfires in North America and Australia and rising sea levels and melting sea ice and glaciers.(Emphasis added)
3. Are Google and Facebook as bad as claimed?
Beecher, who has worked for big media in this country, and left to publish small media, like Crikey and InQueensland, says taking a big stick approach to Google and Facebook will not solve the issues facing publishers, large and small:
- Ten days ago, I watched as the representatives of three very large, multi-billion-dollar media organizations, sat here, before your committee, insisting that this legislation is essential to their survival.
Two of those companies, News Corporation and The Guardian, are foreign-controlled, with deep pockets. The other is an entertainment business whose serious journalism is a small and almost financially irrelevant part of its overall media portfolio.
I have watched and listened to those companies tell the government … the opposition … this committee … and the public … that Google and Facebook have destroyed their business models by stealing both their content and their advertising revenue … and therefore, that they need legislation to force those two global behemoths to compensate them — to the tune of $1 billion a year, in the estimation of the executive chairman of News Corp Australia.
The truth is that there is no content stealing. There is no breach of copyright.
I don’t understand it all, but I can’t see Google is doing anything but helping news publishers. It takes eyeballs too their stuff, no?
4. Hydrogen news
Hydrogen seems to be the latest thing. In the AFR, hydrogen buses are to hit the roads in Australia soon. A sustainable investment group TrueGreen Impact has teamed up with Chinese company Foton to make four 45-seat hydrogen buses in China to ship to Australia in April.
- It plans to start making hydrogen buses in Australia by the end of next year at TrueGreen’s manufacturing site in the NSW town of Moss Vale with a goal of initially manufacturing 200 buses annually.
Elsewhere POWERPASTE, A High-Density, Safe, And Easily Transportable Hydrogen Energy Fuel has been invented in Germany:
A team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Dresden has developed a hydrogen-containing paste that stores hydrogen energy at ten times the lithium battery‘s density.
The hydrogen-based fuel that is ideal for small vehicles: POWERPASTE, is based on solid magnesium hydride, making it easier to store and use.
Meanwhile the Australian Government has released a ‘Do-Nothing Document’: Australian Electric Vehicle Strategy Lets Emissions Keep Rising.
The document forecasts that battery EVs would make up 26% of new car sales by 2030, while transport emissions would increase by 6%.