The world is ‘laughing’ at Joe Biden

The world is “laughing” at US President Joe Biden’s inability to confront the danger posed by China, according to Republican Senator Tom Cotton.

President Biden gave his first speech to the United Nations since being elected eight months ago.

During the address the US president focussed primarily on the environment, pledging America would allocate $11 billion towards helping developing countries mitigate the damage done by climate change.

Senator Cotton told Fox News President Biden made a serious error by not mentioning China at all during his first major global address since becoming commander-in-chief.

“A lot of the world sees Joe Biden and just laughs at the statement he made yesterday,” the senator said.

“Of course, we don’t seek a new cold war. We would rather have peace with all nations.

“But when China is waging a cold war against the United States, we don’t have a choice whether we are in it or not. We only have a choice to win or to lose.”

‘Australia has a lot at stake’: Frydenberg lays groundwork for net zero commitment

The federal government has given a strong indication it intends to sign up to a net zero emissions commitment, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg making the economic case in a speech to business leaders on Friday, warning “Australia has a lot at stake”.

Mr Frydenberg said if Australia did not appear to be “transitioning in line with the rest of the world,” it would face reduced access to capital markets.

“Reduced access to these capital markets would increase borrowing costs – impacting everything from interest rates on home loans and small business loans to the financial viability of large infrastructure projects,” Mr Frydenberg said.

Several Liberal MPs have been vocal about their support for a more ambitious climate target, including Jason Falinski, Dave Sharma, Trent Zimmerman and Warren Entsch, however, Mr Frydenberg will be the most senior cabinet minister to publicly endorse the goal.

The Liberal Party has long faced opposition from the National Party on adopting a more aggressive climate goal, with Nationals such as Senator Matt Canavan remaining opposed to a net-zero emissions plan.

Nationals’ leader Barnaby Joyce said on Friday, he had “no problems with any plan that does not leave regional areas hurt”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been meeting with President Joe Biden in the US, where climate change was a major topic of discussion – with Mr Morrison telling reporters after a one-on-one meeting with the President, the two countries were “both seeking to get to the same place”.

However, Mr Morrison remained firm that Australia had not yet made a commitment to net zero, saying Australia “has not made any final decision on that matter.

He noted Australia was working on a plan that recognised “the world is transitioning to a new energy economy, in order to respond to climate change.”

NSW government ‘prioritising’ getting Australians home

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the state government is “prioritising” getting Australians back home once the state begins to open up.

“But we’re also really keen to allow universities to welcome back those International students,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“They will need to be double vaccinated with a vaccine that our federal authorities deemed to be adequate and effective and that’s just the way it is.

“So, we encourage anybody who wants to be part of our international student program in the future to get access to a vaccine which our federal authorities regard as effective and I think our population will understand that.

“But our priority will remain welcoming home Australian residents.”

Australia ‘needs a commitment to net zero by 2050’

Shadow Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen says Australia needs a “roadmap” to net zero emission by 2050, which should be “clearly legislated”.

“We are not seeing a commitment to net zero by 2050, Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce, and even Josh Frydenberg have admitted that today,” Mr Bowen told Sky News Australia.

“We need a commitment to net zero by 2050, clearly legislated and a strong roadmap to get there and anything else is just talk.

“This is just eight years of wasted opportunities and some last minute catch up, weeks from Glasgow, is not going to cut the mustard.”

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry make first public appearance since birth of Lilibet

The pair arrived in New York City on Wednesday before touring the One World Trade Centre on Thursday where they paid tribute to the victims of the September 11 terror attacks. 
Meghan gushed to reporters about her return to the city, telling them, “It’s wonderful to be back, thank you” when asked about her feelings about the trip, The Sun reported. 
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled up to the viewing deck at the One WTC where they met with the city’s mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Kathy Hochul. 
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have appeared together publicly for the first time since the birth of their second child. Picture: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images
The couple visited the One World Trade Centre in New York City on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, Picture: Gotham/FilmMagic
The visit marks Meghan’s first public appearance since giving birth to the couple’s second child in June. 
The couple were seen holding hands as they toured the 9/11 Memorial Pools and stopped to observe a wreath laid at Ground Zero. 
The Sussexes are slated to broadcast from New York’s Central Park on Saturday as part of a Global Citizen Live event where they will promote the COVID-19 vaccine. 
“This certainly won’t be the first time The Duke and Duchess have raised their voices about the issue of vaccine equity,” the Global Citizen website stated. 
“Prince Harry and Meghan will join the 24-hour global broadcast event live … to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere.” 
Governor Kathy Hochul, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Dante De Blasiomet at the One WTC Picture: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were dressed in sombre colours as they visited the 9/11 Museum on New York on Thursday. Picture: Ray Rochlin/Getty Images
As part of the campaign, Global Citizen Live is calling on G7 nations and the European Union to share at least one billion vaccines immediately with those most in need and support calls for a waiver on COVID vaccine intellectual property rights.
The 24-hour event will see artists around the world take part – including Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Billie Eilish and the Black Eyed Peas – and bring attention to the COVID pandemic, ending hunger, resuming learning for all, protecting the planet and advancing equality.
Meghan and Prince Harry previously teamed up with Global Citizen earlier in the year to raise money for vaccines for vulnerable populations. 
The campaign raised a mammoth $1.9 million in six days. 
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘love their heads in the media’

White Houses refuses to cop criticism for unfolding border crisis

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has shifted responsibility off the Biden administration over the escalating border crisis – claiming they inherited a “broken” system from Donald Trump which was “inhumane, immoral and ineffective”.

The border crisis has escalated in Del Rio after more than 14,000 mostly Haitian immigrants flocked to the Mexico-Texas border seeking a new life.

The Biden administration has been criticised for the way it handled the crisis, especially after images emerged showing border patrol agents allegedly whipped migrants.

A reporter asked the White House press secretary what Joe Biden thought of the comparisons between him and Donald Trump’s strict border policies.

“We could not see it as any more different from the policy of the prior administration,” Jen Psaki said.

“Which the president feels – we all feel – was inhumane, immoral, ineffective, wasn’t operationally working and because of the dysfunction of it we’ve led to a very broken system that we are dealing with today.”

Texas senator Ted Cruz visited the southern border over the weekend and slammed the Biden administration for pretending this isn’t a problem.

“I’ve got to tell you every Democrat I met with was so horrified by what’s happening at the border they said to me over and over again if the Democratic party is the party of open borders count me out,” he told Fox News.

“It is an unfolding disaster and yet todays’ Washington Democrat there’s not a single one of them who cares.

“Joe Biden won’t go down to the border, Kamala Harris won’t go down to the border or the Rio Grande Valley or go to Del Rio.

“They insist these problems aren’t happening.”

Palaszczuk ‘has copped it’ from all fronts in past days

Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson says it was pretty ordinary politics from Annastacia Palaszczuk to single out India when the state has deep ties to the country.

Ms Palaszczuk was on the defensive when pressed over the prospect of international travel.

“I don’t know why she went after India. That was pretty ordinary politics,” Mr Gleeson said.

“In the last 48 hours, she’s got very, very angry. She’s copped it from all fronts.”

Several protesters arrested in Melbourne as Victoria Police thwart anti-vax rally

Several arrests have been made with hundreds of riot squad personnel deployed in Melbourne as Victoria Police attempt to thwart a fifth consecutive day of anti-vaccine protests.

Law enforcement officials have set up check points across the city and are understood to be checking the IDs of those travelling into the CBD in the hopes of avoiding another day of civil unrest.

Victoria Police to investigate arrest of a man after confronting footage

The video, which began circulating on Wednesday night, showed a man talking to an officer inside the famous train station as other members of Victoria Police stood by.
An additional officer then walked over to the pair and grabbed the member of the public from behind, forcing him to the floor.
A loud thud was heard as the man’s head made contact with the floor.
Victoria Police will investigate the arrest of a man at Flinders Street Station after confronting footage was shared to social media. Picture: Twitter
“Victoria Police are aware of a video circulating on social media depicting an arrest at Flinders Street Station,” a spokeswoman told Skynews.com.au.
“The exact circumstances around the incident are yet to be determined and are under investigation by both Transit Safety Division and Professional Standards Command.”
Victoria Police are also asking for the man in the video to come forward.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident, including the person who took the footage and the person depicted in the vision, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” the spokeswoman said.

Evergrande avoids defaulting on loan

Failing Chinese property developer Evergrande has avoided defaulting on its loan, but the next payment is due in six days, according to Sky News business editor Edward Boyd.

The move has not yet affected the markets, but there are concerns about the next payment.

The payment is roughly US$50 million, due next Thursday and is an interest payment.

Evergrande is the largest property developer in China and second-largest globally, but they owe US$300 billion.

There have been reports the Chinese Communist Party is encouraging Evergrande to pay the loans so as not to leave investors and creditors at a loss.