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LATE BREAKING: Glencore bankrolled covert campaign to prop up coal

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The same tactics used by greens are evil when used by companies that actually employ people.

The multinational mining giant Glencore spent millions bankrolling a secret, globally coordinated campaign to prop up coal demand by undermining environmental activists, influencing politicians and spreading sophisticated pro-coal messaging on social media.

An investigation by Guardian Australia can reveal the covert campaign, dubbed “Project Caesar”, was orchestrated by world-renowned political operatives at the C|T Group, the firm founded by Sir Lynton Crosby and Mark Textor.

Bill Shorten can’t contain his inner socialist

Speaking at the AFR Business Summitt yesterday, Bill Shorten showed that he has no understanding of how businesses work but a perfect understanding of politics.

Read between the lines and be very afraid ($$$):

Speaking to The Australian Financial Review Business Summit at which he declared the election to be a referendum on wages, Mr Shorten said the current minimum wage of $18.93 per hour failed to cover the basic costs of living and was consigning people to poverty.

The Opposition leader said the minimum wage did not take into account modern living expenses such as mobile phones, paying for water, the internet and energy costs. “The minimum wage is nowhere near a living wage,” he said.

Mr Shorten challenged the audience members to try and live on the current minimum wage.

“If you don’t want to live on it, why would you expect everyone else to live on it.”

There aren’t enough facepalms for that final line.

Labor moves on abortion

Uniform, national abortion laws make sense for women (putting aide the morality), but the triumphalism of this announcement is gross:

Women will secure access to “free” abortions in public hospitals and scripts for the contraceptive pill that last for three years, if Labor is elected at the next election.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek will on Wednesday announce a major overhaul of Medicare to deliver cheaper contraception, including long-form options such as intra-uterine devices (IUDs).

But the biggest change is a pledge to deliver “free” surgical abortions in public hospitals – if Labor wins the next election.

More details on the targeting of Abbott by GetUp

The Breakdown has been running with stories about GetUp for a while, and their hatred of Tony Abbott.

The campaign is more sinister than you might think, according to The Australian ($$$):

GetUp and its supporters began targeting Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah more than 12 months ago with outside organisers in an effort to infiltrate local community groups and assume a lead co-ordinating role in efforts to oust the former prime minister at this year’s federal election.

The Australian can confirm that Ray Yoshida, GetUp’s lead organiser, was a prominent figure in setting up the “North Shore Environmental Stewards” in Mr Abbott’s north-side Sydney electorate to mobilise disillusioned Liberals and other locals who believed he was blocking action on climate change.

According to the AEC, there’s nothing to see, folks, nothing at all.

Coal miners need to get tough or they will be crushed

It’s hard to disagree with this sentiment from Graham Young, the executive director for the Australian Institute for Progress and a former vice president and campaign chairman of the Liberal Party in Queensland ($$$):

The cowardice of Australia’s largest coal miner Glencore in bowing to activist pressure and capping its coal production torches the reputation of coal by implying coal mining is unethical.

This is grossly unfair to the industry and those who work in it, or use its products, which is all of us. The ethical case against coal is weak.

Yes, coal produces CO2, which is a greenhouse gas, but modern living is so dependent on electricity, and electricity so dependent on coal, that you just can’t abolish it.

Robert Richter has quit Pell defence team … or has he?

There was some confusion over whether Robert Richter had quit Cardinal Pell’s defence team.

What isn’t in dispute is that ABC was doing all it could to politicise the issue and make it look worse for pell than it is (which it isn’t – it’s a nothing burger).

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