‘Really important’ Scott Morrison isn’t legislating net zero: Barnaby Joyce

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says it is “really important” the Prime Minister will not be legislating a net zero emissions by 2050 target.

“What is really important is that when the Prime Minister goes to Glasgow, he’ll be able to clearly point out we won’t be legislating any of the people … out of a job,” Mr Joyce said.

“So, when the Prime Minister goes to Glasgow, he will also know the Coalition are 100 per cent behind the plan that he has brought forward.”

Trade-offs with Nationals for net zero unclear

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says there is a view in the senior ranks of the government that there is more on the table for the Nationals than another cabinet spot and a productivity commission review of the net zero target.

“It has been speculated that changes to the EPBC Act governing environmental laws could occur, through regulation,” Mr Clennell said.

“There was a letter from the PM to the Nationals with certain promises.

“The PM yesterday mentioned $20 billion worth of spending by 2030 for projects in the regions, such as hydrogen and carbon capture, but that is funding already committed. Scott Morrison pretty cagey on some aspects of this, including the modelling underpinning the assumptions contained in The Australian Way plan.

“A Senate Estimates Committee heard this morning it is not Treasury modelling, it is modelling for Energy Minister Angus Taylor’s department, assisted by Mr Taylor’s old firm McKinsey. I am told the modelling around this will not be released for another two weeks. Not the best distraction to the announcement.

“Nevertheless, Scott Morrison has his net zero plan to take to Glasgow with Nationals approval. A win, although one minister did remark to me that it was just a continuation of the current policy of government essentially, and it was crazy that Barnaby Joyce, Bridget McKenzie and co had threatened to blow the show up as a result.”

Queensland health workers must be vaccinated by Monday

Queensland healthcare workers yet to get the jab have been given a final deadline – if they haven’t been inoculated by Monday, they will be banned from their workplace.

There are approximately 2,000 healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated, according to Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath.

Ms D’Ath said the staffers work in the operational side of healthcare, such as cleaners, kitchen workers, or security.

Those who decide they do not want to be vaccinated will be issued with a show cause notice on Monday.

Victorian households forced to sort waste into four rubbish bins

The Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Bill 2021, introduced to state parliament on Wednesday, will provide the legal framework for Recycling Victoria, who will regulate the sector from July 2022.
“Soon all Victorian councils will transition to a four-bin household recycling system,” Environment Minister Lily D’Amboriso said in a post to Facebook, with a picture of her and the four bins.
“The Act will set the state-wide standards on service delivery and the sorting of material.”
Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Amboriso poses with the four bins. Picture: Facebook
The four bins include: green for food organics and garden organics, purple for glass recycling, yellow for mixed recycling and red for rubbish.
Victorians in 13 councils are already using the four different coloured bins.
“There will be a staged transition to the new system, which councils will complete as per the needs of their local communities,” the Victorian government website reads.
All households will have access to services for glass recycling by 2027 and to food organics and garden organics by 2030.
The four bins are green, purple, yellow and red. Picture: Victorian government
The legislation also includes the new container deposit scheme which allows residents to return cans, bottles and cartons for a cash refund.
Ms D’Amboriso said the scheme will “increase recycling, reduce litter and provide community organisations with opportunities to raise funds”. 
“These new measures will help divert up to 650,000 tonnes of organic waste away from landfill and boost Victoria’s economy by up to $6.7 billion by 2030, creating 3,900 new jobs,” she said.
“This is all part of the Victorian Government’s $515 million circular economy plan, cutting down waste and pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs.”

Convincing international airlines to come back to Australia the ‘key challenge’

Australian Airports Association CEO James Goodwin says a key challenge when it comes to international travel will be proving Australia is open again.

“The key challenge where Australia has been closed for 18 months almost to two years is to say that we are reopen again,” Mr Goodwin told Sky News Australia.

He said 70 per cent of international travel prior to COVID was via international airlines – not Qantas and Virgin.

“So we need to say to those airlines that Australia is a destination again.

“We’ve lost about half of the airlines that have been flying into Australia during this period so we need to convince them that Australia is a destination that they need to go to.”

PM: Australia ‘on track’ to have one of highest vaccination rates

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia is on track to have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.

“We’re on track … to have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world,” Mr Morrison said.

“Australia has now passed the United Kingdom on first-dose vaccinations across whole-of-population.

“We have had one of the lowest fatality rates of COVID-19 in the world.”

Frydenberg: ‘We’re delivering lower taxes and more jobs’

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the Coalition is committed to “creating more jobs and driving down taxes”.

“When we came to government, unemployment was 5.7 per cent,” Mr Frydenberg said during Question Time on Wednesday.

“Today it’s 4.6 per cent.

“And 1.4 million additional jobs have been created since we came to government.

“We’re delivering lower taxes, and we’re delivering more jobs.”

Supermarkets to stock rapid COVD tests

Supermarket giants such as Woolworths and Coles will start stocking shelves up with rapid antigen tests from early November.

Surescreen Australia is one of the few manufacturers who produce rapid COVID tests and will be one of the providers in Australia.

Managing Director Troy Stewart says the price of the tests will be below $10 and it takes 10 minutes to complete and provide an outcome.

“The accuracy is based on the frequency of testing … repeat testing two to three times a week has an accuracy of around 98 per cent on the sensitivity, which is equivalent to the molecular PCR test,” Mr Stewart told Sky News Australia.

Mr Stewart described the test as similar to a pregnancy test, with one line to indicate negative for COVID and two lines for positive.

He also demonstrated how to use one of the rapid antigen tests for adults and mention there are tests available for kids aged as young as four.