PM Malcolm Turnbull told Parliament on Wednesday that men must lead by example to address violence against women, calling for a significant cultural change in Australia on White Ribbon Day and releasing new research that shows blaming domestic violence victims and downplaying its severity remains common. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced a Labor government would include five days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards, which would include working with unions and business to discuss the rollout, with the Federal Government describing it as “absolutely worth considering”.
Turkish authorities say it shot down a Russian warplane, claiming it had violated Turkey’s airspace near the Syrian border and ignored 10 warnings on Tuesday, one of the pilots was killed by Turkmen Syrian rebels, while the other was rescued and claims that the plane was never in Turkish airspace and received no warning. A US official suggested the Russian jet was in Turkish airspace for less than 30 seconds. The incident has continued discussions surrounding Daesh and Australia’s military presence in Syria following the terrorism attacks in Paris.
World number one golfer Jordan Spieth’s first shot in the Australian Open was a birdie, but he ended round one tied nineteenth alongside Australian Adam Scott, saying “it’s been a while” since he had to play in such windy conditions. Spieth won last year’s event and it was just his second title since turning pro. The tournament continues at the Australian Golf Club in Rosebery NSW until this Sunday with over $1 million set as prize money.
Just a few days before PM Malcolm Turnbull heads to the Paris climate talks, which are aiming to produce a global agreement on a path to significantly reducing carbon emissions, and amid confirmation that 2015 will by some distance be the warmest year since records began, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he will take significantly steeper emissions cuts than the Turnbull government to the 2016 election. Labor’s plans include a return to an economy-wide price on carbon, support for which lost Turnbull the leadership of the Liberal Party in 2009 and many believe cost both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard their jobs. Shorten is proposing a 45 per cent reduction in total emissions from 2005 levels within 15 years, while Turnbull has stuck with the Abbott Government’s target of 26-28 per cent.
Two people have been confirmed dead, at least 13 people have been hospitalised and 16 homes destroyed by a major bushfire in South Australia’s mid north. A number of schools are closed today as preliminary investigations suggest the blaze in Pinery was not deliberately lit. At Gawler, some roads have been reopened, but fire authorities have clarified the blaze could still pose problems.
Quote of the week: – “I feel a bit weird… I don’t think there were any women nominated in this category at all” Triple J’s Matt Okine, winner of Best Comedy Release at the ARIA Awards last night.