No nuclear subs to be in water until 2040

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says there was some “illuminating evidence” in Senate estimates regarding the AUKUS nuclear submarines project.

“Some illuminating evidence in Senate estimates this morning that indicated that the policy is a risky one,” Mr Clennell said.

“The Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty and head of the nuclear sub project giving evidence that the first boat will not be in the water until 2039, that they are presently not attempting to lease some US and UK subs first, and that we will have to rely on the Collins class subs in the meantime.

“Defence Minister Peter Dutton told me last month for Sunday Agenda that the government was working on leasing subs first.”

‘No taxes, no mandates’: PM criticises Labor for not supporting net zero plan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Labor Party does not support the Coalition’s net zero emissions plan because it does not involve increased taxes and more government regulations.

“What doesn’t get us there is taxes and mandates and laws telling people what to do and what they can’t do on their farms, in their businesses, in their factories, in their homes,” Mr Morrison said.

“The reason Labor doesn’t like our plan is because there’s no taxes in it, they don’t like our plan because there’s no mandates telling people what to do and regulations trying to control their lives: that’s why Labor doesn’t like our plan.”

Instead, Mr Morrison said the federal government commitment would be achieved by backing decisions made by the corporate and scientific sectors.

“I can confirm that our plan for achieving net zero emissions by 2050 – an extensive plan – that we will achieve,” he added.

“We’ll achieve that by backing the decisions that Australians are making, particularly across our corporate sector, across our scientific community, that understands the technological changes that will take place and that we will fund and support through the low-emissions technology roadmap and the many other initiatives that we’ve outlined as a government – that is what gets us to net zero by 2050.”

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.