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For the first time in Anthony Albanese’s prime ministership, most voters disapprove of his performance. According to polls, the majority of Australians believe Labor is not doing enough to combat cost-of-living pressures. Laura Murph- Oates talks to editor-in-chief Lenore Taylor and head of newsroom Mike Ticher about why the Albanese government is losing support, and whether it’s actually in trouble
Since winning the most seats in the Dutch election last week, Geert Wilders has been attempting to form a government. The controversial figure is the leader of the far-right Party for Freedom and has campaigned for anti-Islamic policies in the past, including a ban on the Qur’an and headscarves. How did the far-right politician win so many seats in the election? Jon Henley and Senay Boztas report
Young Australian voters are more diverse and less religious than baby boomers and generation X. Faced with soaring house prices and cost of living pressures, they are leaving the family home, getting married, having children and buying their own home much later than previous generations did, if at all. And political scientists say these trends are feeding a ‘fundamental shift’ in voting patterns. Guardian Australia data journalist Josh Nicholas tells Jane Lee how voting patterns have changed over decades and why younger voters are turning away from the two-party system.
After four fatalities in as many months, the families of some of the vulnerable people fatally shot by NSW police have united to call for an independent inquiry. Prominent lawyers and academics say it’s time for an alternative approach, where mental health specialists, rather than police, are sent as first responders. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia reporter Jordyn Beazley about how a series of fatal shootings could trigger a radical rethink of how NSW police respond to mental health emergencies You can support the Guardian at theguardian.com/fullstorysupport
A new report from Oxfam shows that rising inequality is not only worsening the climate crisis, the climate crisis is also worsening inequality. The super-rich are now responsible for half of the world’s emissions while the poorest are more likely to suffer from increasingly frequent heatwaves and extreme weather events. Jane Lee speaks to editor-in-chief Lenore Taylor and head of newsroom Mike Ticher about the growing carbon divide
In the final part of this three-part series, Australian climate scientists Lesley Hughes, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Graeme Pearman take stock as they look back on their life’s work. How does it feel for them to carry this burden of knowledge? Could they have done more? And what hope do they hold for the future?
In part two of Weight of the world, three Australian climate scientists reveal the professional and personal toll of their predictions. Lesley Hughes tells us about the axing of the Climate Commission – a group tasked with educating the public about climate science and the need to cut carbon emissions. Graeme Pearman talks of the pushback from government and industry, and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg speaks of the personal attacks and death threats that followed his warnings. All three express their disbelief that meaningful action didn’t follow the science, with Pearman acknowledging he was ‘naive’ to think it would
Pioneering Australian scientists Graeme Pearman, Lesley Hughes and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg saw the climate crisis coming. Pearman predicted the increase of carbon dioxide levels, Hughes foresaw the alarming number of species extinctions and Hoegh-Guldberg forecast the mass coral bleaching events we’re seeing today. All three went on to become some of the country’s most respected experts in their fields, travelling the globe, briefing leaders, and assuming the world would take action having heard their alarming findings. In part one of this three-part series, these climate change scientists reveal the moment they realised the planet was heading for certain catastrophe. What did they do when they found out? How did they think the world would respond? And how do they feel today, looking back on that moment of cognisance?
After a landmark high court ruling, the Labor government has rushed through emergency legislation to impose strict conditions on people released from indefinite immigration detention. Chief political correspondent Paul Karp speaks with Jane Lee about what led to the dramatic events in parliament last week and what could happen from here
A new survey of more than 7,000 Australians has found social cohesion has significantly decreased. According to the report, racial discrimination and prejudice are still stubbornly common, making people of colour, in particular, feel less like they belong. Jane Lee speaks with head of newsroom Mike Ticher and national news editor Patrick Keneally about what is dividing the country and where it is leading us
A false claim about wind turbines killing whales is spinning out of control in coastal New South Wales – appearing on posters, placards and social media. The Albanese government has earmarked six offshore wind zones across the country but some say genuine community concerns about these developments are being warped online. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to climate and environment editor Adam Morton about Australia’s plans for offshore windfarms, and why whales are at the centre of the debate. You can support the Guardian at theguardian.com/fullstorysupport
The day after the Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates for the thirteenth time, Australia’s major banks started reporting huge profits. And it’s not just banks that are doing well, with some older Australians ‘living large’ at a time when many are struggling to pay their mortgage and their rent. Guardian Australia’s senior business reporter Jonathan Barrett speaks to Jane Lee about the great divide in Australia’s economy You can subscribe for free to Guardian Australia’s daily news podcast Full Story on Apple Podcast, Spotify and Google podcasts
Nearly half the Australian population were left without internet or phone service on Wednesday when Optus crashed. Coming just over a year after the telecommunications provider was embroiled in the worst cyber breach in Australian history, the company has once again been widely criticised for its response. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to cyber expert Matt Tett and technology reporter Josh Taylor about what could have caused this outage, and what it means for the reputation of one of Australia’s biggest telecommunications companies You can support the Guardian at theguardian.com/fullstorysupport
Last week Anthony Albanese embarked on the first trip to China by an Australian prime minister since 2016, meeting China’s president, Xi Jinping. This moment signals a diplomatic reset between Australia and China after years of turmoil. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy about her first-hand view of the historic trip and how it serves both Australian and Chinese interests You can support the Guardian at theguardian.com/fullstorysupport
With the death toll rising in Gaza, the Albanese government has repeated its calls for ‘humanitarian pauses on hostilities’ and for Israel to observe the rules of war. However, the Greens and a growing number of protesters nationwide are calling on the government to do more – and demand a ceasefire. Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to Guardian Australia’s political reporter Sarah Basford Canales about the rising dissent over Australia’s stance on a ceasefire, and Scott Morrison’s ‘solidarity’ trip to Israel You can support the Guardian at theguardian.com/fullstorysupport
Qantas’ first annual general meeting since Alan Joyce’s departure saw the board confronting tough questions from shareholders who want it to take responsibility for the airline’s declining reputation.Guardian Australia’s transport and urban affairs reporter, Elias Visontay, tells Jane Lee what happened at the meeting and the many challenges still facing the national airline You can support the Guardian at theguardian.com/fullstorysupport