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Nov 29, 2015

The Guardian | World | Australia | Australian Politics - November 30, 2015 Autralian Time Zone): Parliament to Consider Last-Minute Amendments to Citizenship Revocation Legislation.

Parliament to consider last-minute amendments to citizenship revocation legislation.

Daniel Hurst

Politics in two hemispheres, this lunchtime

Seems ridiculous to term such a small thing “breaking” but it is new: the Labor caucus has just signed off on the amendments to the government’s citizenship laws.

Minister not required to consider every revocation: citizenship

Daniel Hurst has been on the trail of citizenship amendments and has this update.

I understand the planned last-minute changes to the citizenship laws involve two elements. The first amendment is largely uncontroversial and involves an apparent drafting error involving the use of an “or” rather than an “and”.
I have been told the second amendment relates to the immigration minister’s powers in the case of a dual national who has gone offshore to fight for a terrorist group and is taken to have automatically renounced their Australian citizenship by their conduct. I understand the previous version of the bill would have required the minister to consider in each case whether to exercise a power to rescind the revocation and allow the person to keep their citizenship. The new amendment would continue to give the minister the power to overturn the revocation, but would not require the minister to consider every single case.
This tweak essentially boils down to a question of administrative law, and is designed to firm up the commonwealth’s position in the event that a high court challenge is brought against the bill.

'The problem with Islam: discuss, the sequel'

There is talk about there being an additional amendment to the citizenship package that wasn’t expected. I’ll follow as this comes together over the course of the morning. Colleagues are chasing particulars as we speak.
Can you ‘run aground’ in the high court? You sharp folks know what I mean ..

Special caucus meeting to consider the citizenship package

I haven’t had much of a chance to get into the citizenship laws, which are on the notice paper for debate in the House of Representatives. Labor has convened a special caucus meeting to discuss the government’s legislation at 11am. We expect the government will amend its own legislation in an effort to try and make the package constitutional. There have been a range of expert legal opinions suggesting that the citizenship revocation proposal originally framed by the government would run aground in the high court.

Hadley goes to water


'The problem with the budget: discuss'


'The problem with Islam: discuss'

Thanks to my colleague Shalailah Medhora for the Morrison quotes, which are from the Viewpoint show.

Scott Morrison, fire fighter


Good morning


GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - November 29, 2015: 4 Articles: Governments Doing all They Can to Supress Gold, IMF to Make Chinese Yuan a Reserve Currency, Falling Currency Raises Australina Gold Production and Indian Govt., Banks to Review "Slow Response" to Gold Paperization Scheme.

Governments doing all they can to suppress gold, von Greyerz tells KWN

Submitted by cpowell on Sunday, November 29, 2015 November 29, 2015

Gold fund manager Egon von Greyerz, interviewed today by King World News, notes that governments "are doing their utmost to suppress the gold price" and that "on Friday $2 billion of paper gold was sold to push the gold price down." An excerpt from the interview is posted along with the interview's full audio at the KWN Internet site here:


IMF to make Chinese yuan reserve currency in historic move

Submitted by cpowell on Sunday, November 29, 2015By James Titcomb
The Telegraph, London
Sunday, November 29, 2015

The International Monetary Fund is to give the yuan a historic vote of confidence on Monday when it includes the Chinese currency in its elite club of major currencies.
The yuan, also known as the renminbi, is widely expected to be added to the IMFs group of international reserve currencies after an IMF meeting held by its managing director Christine Lagarde.

The Guardian | Environment | Climate Change on November 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m (EST): Global Climate March 2015: Paris Police Use Tear Gas During Clashes.

Global climate march 2015: Paris police use tear gas during clashe.

Fiona Harvey
I’m now stuck in a corner of the plaza surrounded by hundreds of police and a few hundred protesters who have been systematically pushed back. No one can get in or out.
The day of action in Paris has completely disintegrated into a stand off between groups of anarchist protesters and riot police. The large crowd who showed up to campaign for a positive outcome at COP21 left long ago.
Police moved into la place de la Republique and kettling those left. About 500 anarchists, including many from the “Black Bloc”, are pelting police with glass bottles. Police responding with flash-bang bombs and tear gas.

Tear gas in Paris

An unauthorised demonstration at Place de la Republique degenerated into violence on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of riot police sealed off the whole square and the roads around as clashes broke out with protestors.
The protestors began by throwing shoes, left at the square to symbolise a demonstration - including a pair from Pope Francis - at police. There were several very large explosions, thought to be fireworks. Police began using tear gas to clear the area that has been a symbolic place of gathering since the Friday 13 November attacks in Paris.
Police have now cleared the square. Still a helicopter overhead and sirens. Many of the flowers and candles left in tribute to the 130 people who died in the attacks have been trampled on and destroyed.
— Kim Willsher (@kimwillsher1) November 29, 2015
Place de la Republique. Two loud explosions. Not sure if tear gas or very big firecrackers.
The future of the world may be decided inside a dozen or more vast, anonymous, rigid white structures on the edge of Paris. The convention centre at Le Bourget airport has been officially declared UN property for the duration of the meeting.
It boasts a mini Eiffel tower constructed of red chairs, the main street is lined with 30 or more plastic animals and the 195 countries’ offices are empty and little is expected to happen until tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile Paris city centre is almost empty of traffic and all public transport has been made free for two days to discourage cars and allow nearly 150 world leaders to whizz around unhindered between bilateral meetings in five star hotels and embassies.
More soon from Paris, where Karl Mathiesen is among those caught up in the teargas used by police after people with an apparently anti-capatalist agenda clashed with police.
Caroline Lucas, Green party MP, told crowds in London:
To change everything we need everyone. That’s why people are gathering in cities around this country and the world. We are already so far ahead of the governments and the private corporations who block us....We already know that what’s on offer in Paris is nowhere near enough.we know that business as usual will take us towards a world of 4C warming....that is a future of droughts desertification and disease. We refuse to leave our future in the hands of those inside the secure zone in a conference centre in Paris... We already know what needs to be done. We need a massive investment in renewable energy and efficiency to create hundreds of thousands of jobs...we need to be serious about agriculture because meat production creates more emissions than all the card and trains and planes out together.
Special shout out to divestment campaign who with all their inspiration have showed us the way
David Cameron is taking a wreaking ball to environmental policy....We are here to say the fight against fracking and nuclear is only just beginning.

Corbyn: make world leaders act at Paris

Corbyn, standing atop a fire engine in London next to shadow chancellor John McDonnell, tells his audience to send a message to the more than 147 world leaders expected to attend the Paris climate talks:
Those who are sitting around the tables in Paris have an enormous opportunity in front of them. Do not let them flake it or fool us. Make them understand that if we are to bequeath to future generations a world of flooding, a world of environmental disaster, a world where our children will not be able to live or eat properly, then they will do nothing and allow the pollution of this planet to continue. If however, they listen to the words of millions all around the world: it is possible to reduce the level of emissions, it is possible to slow the rate of temperature change, it is possible to protect large parts fo the environment of this planet, then they will have done something useful. Our message today is to them: do what you are sent there to do.
Videos to come shortly.
Cecelia Anim, president of the Royal College of Nursing, tells me:
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. If it goes unchecked climate changewill be devastating for human health and will put a huge strain on our health system. Every healthcare professional has a duty to raise awareness of climate change. Health professionals must lead the way.

Anti-capitalists clash with police in Paris

In Paris a group of socialist activists who have been circling La Place de la Republique have confronted police at one of the exits of the famous roundabout. Tear gas and batons are being used to push them back.
It appears to be a high jacking of the climate march by those with another agenda. “It is more to against capitalism [than a call for climate action],” said one.
Police just set off large bangs to deter the crowd. Which incensed them because of the resemblance to bombs.
I’ve been speaking with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood in London, who said:
It looks great. We are the people. Politicians are criminals. They are trapped in the rotten financial system which is the cause of poverty war and climate change. Politicians just talk about how they are going to deal with it. How are they going to deal with what will be absolute horror? These idiots accept it. We need to stop it! There is no choice between the green economy and mass extinction.
All parties were invited to speak in London but the Conservative party did not provide anyone. Lynne Featherstone is here from the Liberal Democrats. “We never find enough words to convey the cataclysm ahead. Unless we mitigate and adapt, the world will be in the greatest trouble we have ever seen,” she said. Caroline Lucas is there for the Greens and Corbyn for Labour.
The wind is blowing hard, the rain is coming down but still the people have come to London in their thousands. People have travelled here from Wales, Scotland and fracking communities in Lancashire who are standing right at the front. One group from Brighton travelled here on a bus powered by chip fat, according to organisers. There are people from the Sápmi indigenous community in Sweden, where the melting arctic is having a big impact on their daily lives.

Tens of thousands at London march

The Press Association is reporting that tens of thousands of people have gathered in central London for the march. I’ll update you on numbers later, based on what organisers and police say.

Addressing inequality essential for tackling climate change, Corbyn to say


Latvian president: deal in Paris ‘quite close’

In case you were wondering (like me) what was going to happen to all the shoes in Place de la Republique, Avaaz tells me that they are being given to a social enterprise called Relais 75 Emmaus that works with homeless people.

Maurice Strong has died


Pope Francis and UN secretary general donate shoes in Paris


Record numbers in Australia and New Zealand

March organisers say there were at least 140,000 people marching in Australia and 33,000 in New Zealand, both of which they say are the highest ever turn-outs for climate marches in both countries. The Guardian is unable to independently verify the numbers.

Corbyn to speak at London march



I’m now handing over the live blog to my colleague Adam Vaughan in London, who’ll continue the coverage of marches across the globe today.
Thanks for reading and for all your contributions here, on Twitter and via GuardianWitness.

Summary: Australia marches for climate action

South Korea's climate march begins


European marches on Sunday: when and where

Japanese campaigners march in Tokyo

Bangladesh march for climate justice

Unity is the theme of the People’s Climate rally in Perth. Led by Noongar Whadjuk MCs, and kicked off with a Whadjuk dance to clear the bad spirits, the crowd then listened in silence to a multi-faith speech led by Perth Anglican assistant Bishop Tom Wilmot.
Wilmot introduced Jewish, Hindu and Sikh leaders and made a point of referring to Rateb Jneid, president of the Islamic Council of Western Australia, as his “brother in the faith”, repeating: “And he is my brother.”
There has been no mention of the Paris attacks, but the group of more than 1000 people, which has now left Wellington Square to march on the city, will sit for a minute’s silence in Hay Street Mall to mark those who have already lost their lives, homes and livelihoods from climate-related events.
In particular the minute’s silence will honour those affected by bushfires, which have killed six people in Australia this November.
Kevin Jolley, president of the firefighters’ union of WA, said that anyone who had spent time on a fire line knew that the effects of man-made climate change were devastating and real. “There are no sceptics on the end of a fire hose,” Jolly said.

Philippines climate march

Jakarta marches for climate action

Perth march begins

More than 300 people are gathered in coloured clumps under the trees that line Perth’s Wellington Square, ahead of the people’s climate rally.
One of those is Gerard Siero, an ecological urbanism researcher at UWA (the University of Western Australia), who is wearing a yellow linen suit and leaning against his folding bike, which collapsed down to a 10kg stick for ease of commuting. He’s marching for the solutions to climate change.
“We have all the solutions we need to solve the problem,” Siero said. “We don’t have the will on behalf of our politicians, but we have the will on behalf of the people.
“What we are really trying to march with today is to let the politicians know that they have to get out of the way.”
Siero said Australia had the capacity and technology to switch off carbon, but it was fast running out of time. “We’re at the point where if we don’t so something it will be too late to do anything but get out the ambulances,” he said.

Sydney lord mayor: 'at least 45,000 marchers'

The Canberra march has wrapped up without incident, and ACT Policing has issued Guardian Australia with this statement from operation commander Jo Cameron:
There was a large, well-behaved crowd and it was a peaceful event. There were no arrests and no incidents.
There were some road closures during the march, which were opened as soon as possible.
As you were, Canberra. Carry on with your weekend.

What are Australia's climate targets?

Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, will arrive in Paris later tonight for key international climate talks, armed with a climate target that’s lower than many other developed countries.
The Australian government has committed to cutting emissions by 26%-28% of 2005 levels by 2030.
By comparison, the United States has vowed to cut emissions by 26%-28% too – but five years earlier than Australia, by 2025.
Canada has committed to a 30% cut and so has New Zealand, while the European Union has vowed to reduce emissions by 40% of 1990 levels by 2030.
The Labor party released its own targets on Friday. It wants a 45% cut by 2030, a figure Turnbull has criticised as “heroic” and expensive.
But modelling by leading economist Warwick McKibbon, did not find a large difference in the economic impacts of the targets. A reduction of 26% would shave between 0.2% and 0.3% of the GDP, while a 45% reduction would see between 0.5% and 0.7% lost.
It was a very peaceful, family-oriented affair in Canberra, as people brought their children to march with them from Parliament House to the tent embassy, near Old Parliament House.
Police estimate around 3,000 people showed up, while protesters think the number is closer to 6,000. Canberrans are fairly cautious about protesting, as many are public servants and are often reluctant to make political statements.
One of the coordinators of the event, Emma Robinson from the Conservation Council, said she was not surprised that so many showed up in the capital.
“Climate change is and has always been everyone’s business,” she said.
The event was staffed by about 80 volunteers, most of whom are Canberra locals who are part of the Conservation Council.
Former chief scientist of Australia, Penny Sackett, said that protests like Sunday’s make people feel as though they are taking action on climate change.
“People can become discouraged because it appears as though [political] change does not happen swiftly enough,” she told Guardian Australia.
She said the march was a message from voters to world leaders who are about to meet on climate change in Paris: “We’re watching.”

Sydney is go!


What is likely to be agreed in Paris?

We know already what the biggest emitters have committed to:
Nations responsible for more than 90% of global emissions have now come up with their targets – known in the UN jargon as intended nationally determined contributions, or INDCs.
These include all of the major developed and developing countries, though their contributions vary: in the case of developed countries, actual cuts in emissions, but for developing countries a range of targets including limits on emissions compared to “business as usual”, and pledges to increase low-carbon energy or preserve forests.
Analysis of the INDCS, endorsed by the UN, has suggested that these pledges are enough to hold the world to about 2.7C or 3C of warming. That is not quite enough to meet the scientific advice.
However, that is not the end of the story. One of the key components of any Paris agreement would be to institute a system of review of the emissions targets every five years, with a view to ratcheting them upwards.
Another, and complementary, approach is to make more effort to bring down emissions outside the UN process, for instance by engaging “non-state actors” such as cities, local governments and businesses to do more.

Why Paris, why now?

Marches in Australia

Opening summary

Welcome to live coverage of the global climate march – a continent-spanning series of rallies which organisers hope will see millions of people join to highlight the need for a worldwide consensus on tackling climate change ahead of the COP21 talks in Paris, which open tomorrow.
I’ll be kicking off this live blog from Sydney, handing over later to colleagues in London and New York, and aiming to bring you updates from marches in all those places and everywhere in between.
Last year, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels; thousands more turned out in Sydney and Brisbane, with 30,000 thronging the streets of Melbourne. In New York, more than 300,000 marchers took part, on a day of 2,700 simultaneous climate events worldwide.
This year, marchers will not be able to rally in Paris, the home of the climate talks starting on Monday – demonstrations were cancelled in the wake of the 13 November terror attacks. Instead, others have been encouraged by Parisians to #March4Me; we’ll be keeping an eye on that campaign throughout the day.
If you’re taking part in the marches and want to share a story, an observation, a pun or a picture, please do get in touch below the line or give me a shout on Twitter @Claire_Phipps. I’ll tweet key developments from there too.
You can also share your pictures and videos of the march via GuardianWitness here or the blue button at the top of the blog, just up there.