Australia’s biggest industry group calls on Morrison government to halve emissions by 2030

Exclusive: The Australian Industry Group’s Innes Willox says the case for strong climate action has strengthened rapidly and the cost has turned out to be lower than expected Katharine Murphy: So Morrison’s going to Glasgow. Should we laugh, weep or rage for the lost decade? Innes Willox: ‘Both bad climate policy and no policy will […]

Coronavirus live: 42,776 new cases in the UK; travellers stranded after NHS Covid vaccination pass app crashes

UK also reports 136 further deaths; some people unable to travel after issue with downloading proof of vaccination NHS app proving vaccine status malfunctions, causing travel delays Senior Tory says sorry for mistakes in pandemic handling Russia’s population sees largest ever peacetime decline How Japan became a surprise Covid success story See all our coronavirus […]

Flying surfboards and smart stand mixers: Australia’s Good Design awards 2021 – in pictures

Judged on design excellence, innovation and impact – whether it be social, commercial or environmental – the best in class gong at the Good Design awards is one of the country’s highest design honours. Winners are chosen by a panel of more than 70 industry experts. This year’s awards received a record 930 applications across […]

Under the table: Australia’s dazzlingly diverse home cooking underground

Social media and online marketplaces have facilitated a boom in Australian home cooking businesses – but many operate without regulation During the Sydney lockdown I ordered from a different home cook every Friday night, for me and my neighbours. I discovered each cook from community groups or social media pages for migrant communities in Sydney […]

Covid live news: Wales to keep home working and mandatory masks until 2022; Australia planning to allow international travel

Welsh first minister expects Covid measures to continue until next year; Australia’s PM planning to fast-track international travel See all our coronavirus coverage Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the man regarded as the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb”, has died aged 85 after being hospitalised with Covid-19, the BBC reports. Khan was hailed as a national […]

Aukus: French contractor ‘astonished’ at cancellation of Australia submarine deal

Head of Naval Group reiterates company’s ‘stupefaction’ at being told multi-billion dollar contract was being torn up The head of the French defence contractor Naval Group has reiterated the company’s “astonishment and stupefaction” at being told a multi-billion dollar submarine contract with Australia was being torn up hours after it was reassured the deal was […]

Ashes tour likely to go ahead as England and Australia hold positive talks

England players likely to be joined in Australia by families Doubts remain over scheduling of five-Test series England’s Ashes tour of Australia took a significant step towards being confirmed later this week following positive talks between players’ representatives, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Cricket Australia and the Australian government on Tuesday. The 11-week trip […]

In reckoning with its demons, Hillsong will be forced to move away from what made it powerful | Elle Hardy

Reigning in its pastors and dealing with the scandals enveloping the megachurch risks creating a brand that’s bland and bureaucratic Hillsong Church is in crisis. Australia’s greatest cultural export – with 131 churches in 30 countries, 150,000 weekly congregants, 50 million churchgoers singing their songs each week, and over three billion YouTube views – has […]

Hydroxychloroquine sales spiked almost 100% in Australia at start of Covid pandemic, study finds

There was also a rise in prescriptions for ivermectin being filled, despite no evidence either drug is effective against the virus The amount of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin dispensed from Australian pharmacies increased significantly in 2020 as the Covid pandemic took hold, according to new research. Analysis of six publicly subsidised drugs – including hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, […]

When Will Picker broke his back on his NSW farm there was no mobile phone reception – so he crawled for 1km

For some residents in rural Australia, there is no way to call for help. One federal MP says telcos are letting them down when they most need it Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Last year, Hannah Sparks got a call from her partner Will Picker telling her he had an […]

‘The world is burning’: how Australia’s longest-serving fire chief became a climate champion

Greg Mullins says after the ‘black summer’ bushfires it is time for politicians to act on global heating Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The year 2019 was Australia’s hottest and driest on record. By 2040, those conditions – temperatures 1.5C above normal, contributing to the worst bushfire season the east […]

Thinktank calls for carbon trading desk for small farmers and climate-focused livestock research

The Grattan Institute’s report on agriculture says farmers should directly benefit from efforts to curb emissions, currently 15% of Australia’s total Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community The Australian government should establish a fixed-price carbon trading desk for small farmers, […]

‘A few of the legends’: the 39-year journey to put a face to the world’s great photographers

In 1982 Peter Adams finished a photography course in Australia. As the celebratory drinks flowed an idea materialised that would take him on a journey spanning 374,592km (he did the maths) around the world. The purpose of this grand endeavour was to photograph and interview some of the world’s best-known photographers. Thirty-nine years later the […]

‘Go for an entertaining revenge’ – readers’ tips for healing a broken heart

Breaking up is never easy and breaking up during lockdown made it even harder. Take a lesson from our contributors’ experiences Take up Muay Thai – it’s a great way to get really sweaty on a weekly basis. If the heartbreak is really bad, travel solo, going as far and as for as long as […]

Furious French defence contractor to seek compensation over Aukus deal

Head of Naval Group attacks Australia’s ‘political’ decision to cancel €56bn contract with his firm Australia has signed up to an empty promise by agreeing to a US nuclear powered submarine deal for which there is no clear delivery date or technology transfer agreement, the furious head of the French defence contractor Naval Group has […]

Covid live: Novavax applies for WHO emergency use approval; UK reports 36,710 new cases

Vaccine maker has agreement to provide 1.1bn doses to Covax; latest UK figures show an increase of almost 10,000 compared to last Wednesday England’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the world FDA approves Pfizer booster shots for Americans ages 65 and older New Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fix See all our […]

Louis Lynagh keen to keep fairytale rise going at first England training camp

Harlequins player called up by Eddie Jones on Tuesday Son of Michael Lynagh is also eligible for Australia and Italy Louis Lynagh has one major concern about his first England training camp this weekend: what to wear. There have been a few faux pas in the past: Dylan Hartley would often recall how he once […]

US has ‘no closer ally than Australia’, Biden says after Aukus pact

US president and Australian PM welcome new security ties after deal that has infuriated France Joe Biden and the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, have welcomed their new security ties after last week’s announcement that Washington would provide Canberra with advanced technology for nuclear-powered submarines as part of trilateral deal with the UK. “The United […]

Going nuclear: the secret submarine deal to challenge China

It came out of the blue – but the new military pact between Australia, the UK and the US could transform international relations for a generation. The Guardian’s defence and security editor, Dan Sabbagh, explains the Aukus deal that has enraged Beijing When Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Scott Morrison announced a new deal that […]

UK-France defence summit cancelled in Aukus row

Paris furious at scrapping of Australian submarine contract and new three-way technology pact A Franco-British defence ministers’ summit due to take place this week has been cancelled as Paris steps up its protests over the loss of a £48bn submarine contract with Australia and its secret replacement with nuclear technology from the UK and US. […]

Louis Lynagh double leads champions Harlequins to opening win at Newcastle

Newcastle 20-26 Harlequins Danny Care and Joe Marchant also score for Harlequins Coaches are fond of saying the season is a marathon and not a sprint but, whatever the length of the race, it helps to get off to a good start. Harlequins, the defending champions who beat Exeter in the greatest final in Premiership […]

Rupert Murdoch’s launch of talkTV is about opportunism as much as ideology | Emily Bell

Piers Morgan will be presenting a nightly talkshow in this new venture aimed at outflanking the ailing GB News The human Marmite of British journalism, Piers Morgan, is about to be spread very thinly. He has signed a global commentary deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. A nightly talkshow will be central to the plans […]

‘We thought we were mates’: French ambassador laments subterfuge en route to Sydney airport

Jean-Pierre Thebault was angry about Aukus as he left Australia on Saturday night, saying: ‘It’s like in a couple, you know, when you commit … you don’t run away’ Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The French ambassador to Australia was in a car heading […]

Australia ‘regrets’ France’s recall of ambassador as Aukus fallout predicted to last years

Australia says it looks forward to engaging with France again but experts say submarine decision was ‘deeply humiliating’ for Paris France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia after Aukus pact Australia has said it “notes with regret” France’s extraordinary decision to recall its ambassador over the scrapping of a submarine contract – part of the […]

From Neo’s awakening to Agent Smith’s omniscience: how well do you know The Matrix?

The Matrix is returning! But how much do you remember about the original films? Take our quiz to find out how plugged-in you really are The Matrix is more than a blockbuster movie franchise, more than a cultural touchstone, more than an epic sizzle reel for philosophical speeches delivered by a dude in a trenchcoat […]

Covid live news: Scotland follows England in terminating traffic light travel system

Scotland will not change testing rules; French president says close to 90% of people in country of 67 million have had at least one vaccine dose; UK reports 178 Covid-linked deaths New Zealand extends Australia travel bubble pause as cases drop to 11 Experts divided over Covid booster shots days ahead of US rollout Long […]

Global coral cover has fallen by half since 1950s, analysis finds

Overfishing, a heating planet, pollution and habitat destruction have devastated reefs, scientists warn The world’s coral reef cover has halved since the 1950s, ravaged by global heating, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, according to an analysis of thousands of reef surveys. From the 1,430-mile (2,300km) Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Saya de Malha […]

Trudeau lambasted over exclusion from US-led military alliance as election nears

Canada already shares intelligence with Australia, the UK, the US and New Zealand but was not included in Aukus pact Justin Trudeau is facing harsh criticism from political rivals after Canada was excluded from a new international defence pact, days before the country votes in a federal election. Australia, the United Kingdom and the United […]

The nuclear option: why has Australia ditched the French submarine plan for the Aukus pact?

Just two weeks before the bombshell, senior ministers from both countries met and declared they were ‘committed to cooperation’. How did it all go so wrong? Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Just two weeks before France complained of being “stabbed in the back”, two senior French ministers met with their […]