It's all about Australia's net zero plan

Yesterday, the government unveiled its net zero plan. But it left more questions than answers.

The plan was revealed, just five paragraphs into the threadbare presentation, to be sitting on the most unstable of foundations, wrote journalist Harley Dennett for The Canberra Times.

He writes: "The net zero plan comes with just five parts of any substance - the rest being motherhood statements of values and a show of accountability. The first 20 per cent comes from reductions that were made by policy decisions of previous governments.

"Another 40 per cent comes from the Technology Investment Roadmap - a Hail Mary prayer that a collection of technologies, unproven in the best cases and proven failures in several others, will turn it all around.

"Global trends, over which the government has no control, and in which several Nationals frontbenchers are actively denying, are counted on contributing up to 15 per cent of reductions."

The former vice-president of the Australian Conservation Foundation also had his say on the plan. Summed up, Ian Bayly wrote it 'beggars belief'.

The Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce also had his say, describing the negotiations as a "very tough week strengthening an agreement so as to get further protections and benefits for you".

Meanwhile, Torres Strait Islander leaders are suing the federal government alleging it has failed to protect their communities from climate change harm.

And all this before the UN climate conference which kicks off in Scotland on October 31. Which, the Queen will no longer be attending due to her health.

ICAC to continue for a third week

A corruption inquiry into former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian will spill into a third week, after the probe heard she misled her chief of staff about when her relationship with Daryl Maguire ended.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption is probing whether Ms Berejiklian breached the public trust when she failed to disclose her relationship with the former Wagga Wagga MP as she dealt with projects he was pushing for his electorate.

According to a revised witness plan released on Tuesday, Mr Maguire will now give evidence to the inquiry on Thursday. Ms Berejiklian will round out the public hearings on Friday and Monday.

COVID outbreak on the NSW-Victorian border

A COVID-19 outbreak continues to bubble away on the NSW border with Victoria, as the NSW premier hints that freedoms could be restored sooner than expected.

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District recorded the second-highest number of cases on Tuesday, accounting for 45 of the state's 282 infections.

With regional areas like Albury soon to welcome back travellers from Sydney, Premier Dominic Perrottet on Tuesday hinted other freedoms may also be restored soon.

Check-in app to alert users of exposures

Meanwhile, the QR code check-in app Victorians use to register at cafes, shops and even playgrounds, will also be able to let them know if they have visited an exposure site.

An update to the Service Victoria app will mean it can notify people if they have visited a tier one exposure site, according to the Chief Health Officer's update on Tuesday.

Staying in Victoria and more than 100 essential workers and employers are challenging Victoria's vaccine mandates in a fresh case before Victoria's Supreme Court.

- with Australian Associated Press

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