Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has revealed a new plan proposed by the ALP that insists renewable sources can supply half of Australia’s energy productivity.
Mr Shorten said: “Labor’s ambition is to see 50 per cent of our electricity energy mix generated by renewable energy by 2030”. Mr Shorten believes this plan will give voters a “clear choice” at the next federal election. Commentators believe the new policy was created for Labor to regain the support of the Greens and to help voters see a clear contrast with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the basis of climate change.
Federal MP found dead
West Australian MP Don Randall was found dead in his car in Boddington, south of Perth, on Tuesday afternoon. He had told friends he had been suffering from heart problems and police believe it links to his death. Mr Randall is remembered by parliamentary colleagues and friends as a hard-working “good bloke”. Prime Minister Tony Abbott held tributes in Mr Randall’s honour on Tuesday evening, saying he was shocked by the MP’s death and gave his condolences to Mr Randall’s wife Julie, and their two children. Mr Abbott said: “Don was a very strong local member, he was a strong and fearless voice in our party room in Canberra.”
New food labelling laws
Consumers in Australia will now have the information on where their produce is originating from with new labelling laws introduced on Tuesday afternoon. Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a joint statement with Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said, “The new labels will be easy for shoppers to identify. Consumers will no longer have to search for country of origin information hidden in small print.” Mr Joyce said, “What this is about is being truthful to the Australian people about what they buy with their money.”
Syrian fighter returns to Australia
The body of Reece Harding, who died in Syria last month while fighting against Islamic State militants, has been returned to Australia. Mr Harding will be given a traditional Kurdish ceremony in Melbourne on Sunday as a sign of appreciation for his efforts in fighting IS. A message posted on Facebook by the Lions of Rojava, a Kurdish fighters support group, requested all Australian Kurds be present at the ceremony in Melbourne. The post states: “Show respect by attending his arrival and embracing him for what he has done for humanity. Bring the most beautiful flowers for him.” After the ceremony, Mr Harding’s body will be flown back home to Queensland for a family service on August 1. Mother Michele Harding said: “No parent should have to do this, it is not how it is meant to be. I so wish it was me, not Reece.”
Sydney Bikie group gives back to the homeless
Hundreds of leather jackets have been donated to the homeless community by a motorcycle group in Sydney for the annual Winter Jacket Drive event. The event is part of a partnership between Mission Australia and Australian Motorcycle News. News Editor Chris Dobie said: “Motorcycle jackets are great because they’re made with one purpose in mind and that’s to be protective and to keep you dry and warm.” The jackets were picked up in Ashfield last Friday at a drop-off point at a motorcycle dealership and delivered to those sleeping rough in Sydney’s inner suburbs under the Woolloomooloo bridge. Other jackets were distributed at the Sydney Homeless Connect event at Town Hall on Tuesday. – Compiled from internet sources by Luke Rufford.
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