Australia’s Most Mentioned Issues in the Media (November 28 – December 4)
PM Malcolm Turnbull spoke at the UN climate change conference in Paris on Monday, and pledged Australia will contribute at least $1 billion over the next five years to developing countries for climate mitigation, although this will come out of the existing foreign aid budget . Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed to a 45 per cent emissions cut by 2030. Turnbull’s pledge has reportedly been compared unfavourably with new Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, who doubled the previous government’s funding to $2.65 billion over five years.
At least 14 people have been killed in San Bernardino, California after a mass shooting by multiple gunmen at the Inland Regional Center. At least 17 people have been injured. Two suspects have reportedly died in a shootout with police hours after the attack, with one identified as an inspector with the county health department and another rumoured to still be on the loose.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced he will start referring to ISIS as Daesh, with officials believing the name Islamic State legitimises the terror group. Reportedly Daesh leaders do not like the term as it means crush in Arabic, and France has been using the term for a few months. After a vote passed the British Parliament, Britain has joined the bombing campaign against militants in Syria. Australian fighter jets carried out their first air strike on IS targets in September.
Australian Matt Jones survived a close final round to outlast world number one Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott to win the Australian Open on Sunday by one shot. The win has Jones on the verge of securing a place in the US Masters and jumping 30 places to number 51 in the world. Meanwhile Rod Pampling shot a course record 61 in the final round to almost catch Jones.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called for Special Minister of State Mal Brough to stand aside over his involvement in the Peter Slipper affair, after contradictions between Brough’s interview with 60 minutes and answers to Labor in Parliament early in the week. Since 2012 Former Speaker Peter Slipper has faced allegations of misused travel entitlements and sexual abuse, with abuse accusations dropped and the ACT Supreme Court finding him not guilty of defrauding the Commonwealth after Slipper’s appeal in February this year.
Quote of the week: “If I’d been knocked over by a bus on the morning of the coup, I would have gone to the Pearly Gates and given an upbeat assessment” – Former PM Tony Abbott, speaking with Fairfax this week