Nationals leader Littleproud told journalist David Speers that he’d be open to a “gas reservation policy” to avert what’s described as a gas supply crisis.
Most of Australia’s gas is exported, and the companies make money.
Littleproud is claiming the solutions look like “carbon capture and storage” and “picking up the phone” to the gas companies, and says the Coalition had a “sensible” policy on energy and climate change.
I write a fact-checking column on climate and energy each week, and I can tell you I’m being triggered here.
Littleproud spars with Speers on Insiders
New Nationals leader David Littleproud is speaking to ABC’s Insiders host David Speers, and it’s already turning into an argument about energy, renewables, and gas.
There will need to be some fact-checking on what Littleproud is saying here, but he’s defending the Coalition’s record by saying it had a “gas-fired recovery”. But as my colleague Adam Morton points out…
There wasn’t a gas-led recovery.
— Adam Morton (@adamlmorton) June 4, 2022
Updated at 19.32 EDT
Football (soccer) Twitter is blowing up around the world over this cracking scorpion kick goal against Iraq from Socceroos U23s striker Alou Kuol (who executed the move after mistiming his run across the front of the defender but let’s not split hairs). The Socceroos drew the Asian Cup game 1-1.
FIFA suggests Kuol could be an early contender for the Puska award, given each year to the “player judged to have scored the most aesthetically significant goal.”
Maybe the folks at FIFA didn’t see Ben Garuccio’s scorpion goal-winner for Western United in the A-League in February?
Arguably the most famous scorpion kick ever wasn’t to score a goal but to save one.
The bonkers Columbian goalkeeper René Higuita (his nickname was El Loco) was executing a scorpion in 1995 against England.
Higuita used to regularly do stuff as a goalkeeper that you’re not meant to do.
Updated at 19.16 EDT
Albanese is to fly to Indonesia today for talks with the president
Anthony Albanese is flying to Jakarta today for a three-day visit, with trade, climate change, and energy on top of the agenda in his conversations with Indonesian president Joko Widodo.
Joining the prime minister are the foreign minister Penny Wong, trade minister Don Farrell, industry minister Ed Husic and the MP and member for Solomon, Luke Gosling. There’s a delegation of business leaders as well.
The trip is Albanese’s second overseas diplomatic effort after the Quad leaders’ summit with the US, India, and Japan the day after he won the federal election.
Of the Indonesia visit, Albanese said:
Indonesia is one of our closest neighbors, so I committed to visiting as soon as possible.
Our two countries have a long history of cooperation and friendship, and my government will work with Indonesia to deepen this.
AAP also reports the Indonesia-Australia comprehensive economic partnership agreement and Australia’s proposed $200m climate and infrastructure fund will be discussed.
While in Jakarta, Albanese will also meet with Dato Lim Jock Hoi, the general secretary of Asean, the political grouping of Southeast Asian countries.
A high-level delegation of Australian business leaders will also travel to Indonesia as part of the country’s contingent.
AAP reports that the talks in Jakarta come amid growing tensions in the Pacific after China sought to sign a multi-nation deal with countries in the region and multiple bilateral partnerships.
Indonesia had raised concerns last year about Australia signing up to the Aukus security pact with the UK and the US and its decision to acquire nuclear submarines as part of the deal.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo: talks with Anthony Albanese. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Updated at 19.09 EDT
Welcome and a catch-up on the news
Happy Sunday, everybody.
You’ve got me, Graham Readfearn, for your live news today. Most of us wake up to a nice, crisp, chilly morning with temperatures hovering around 10C in most main centers.
Prime minister Anthony Albanese will swap the 9C of Canberra for the 24C of Jakarta for the start of a three-day visit to Indonesia today. More about that shortly.
Here’s what you might have missed from yesterday.
Rug up if you’re heading out (unless you’re in Darwin or Jakarta), or settle down with us with a warm drink and a blankie.