Morning everyone. The Labor-Greens deal on the climate bill appears to be a classic political compromise, with the latter hailing a “a big hit on coal and gas”. We’ve got news and analysis on this big political moment, plus the latest on NSW Labor’s push for a post-election majority and a report asking whether the Tasmanian tiger really lived until this century.
Overseas, the Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, has put on pause his plans for judicial reform after mass protests, there’s been (another) school shooting in the US and Prince Harry has made a surprise appearance in a London courtroom in his action against the Daily Mail newspaper group.
‘Dangerous rhetoric’ | Penny Wong was advised to warn her Chinese counterpart that Russia was responsible for “dangerous nuclear rhetoric” and must be put under pressure to end the war with Ukraine, documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal.
‘Significant hurdles’ | The Albanese government’s signature climate bill targeting big polluters is expected to pass with crossbench help after a deal with the Greens, including an absolute cap on emissions. The Greens leader, Adam Bandt, claimed it would enable a block on the biggest fossil fuel projects, but the prime minister denied that there would be any such thing. Our environment expert says it’s not perfect but it will result in lower emissions.
Labor closes in | New South Wales’s incoming Labor government is still sweating on a handful of undecided seats to see whether it will govern in a majority as it goes to the wire in Kiama and Ryde. Labor fell behind in Terrigal but is expected to recover. The Liberals face a left-right tussle to see who takes the party leadership as the outgoing team of Dominic Perrottet and Matt Kean consider the lure of Canberra.
Vape study | More young people are vaping than thought and those with friends who vape are most susceptible, according to a study of 15- to 30-year-olds. Almost half reported being either current users (14%) or having used e-cigarettes in the past (33%).
Youpla fear | Terminally ill Aboriginal people are asking “when they should die” in order to be eligible for emergency relief set up after the financial collapse of the predatory Youpla funeral scheme.
Israel crisis | Israel’s embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced a delay to his far-right government’s proposals to overhaul the judiciary after a slow-burning political crisis exploded into street protests overnight.
School shooting | Three children and three adults were killed by a female shooter who took two assault rifles and a pistol into an elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee. Police shot and killed the attacker, said to be a 28-year-old woman.
Hacked off | The Daily Mail’s parent company has successfully invoked the UK’s Human Rights Act to stop other media outlets naming its journalists in a phone hacking court case brought by Prince Harry, Elton John, Sadie Frost and other celebrities. The prince’s appearance in court proved he is not bluffing in his war against the media group.
King of Scots | Humza Yousaf has been elected the first minority ethnic leader of the Scottish National party after a campaign that exposed deep divisions in the party at a critical point in its push for independence.
Retreat ‘barrier’ | Members of a recently formed Russian assault unit say their commanders deployed troops to stop them from retreating and threatened them with death after they suffered “huge” losses in eastern Ukraine.
The next steps for the Indigenous voice
We now know both the proposed question and changes to the constitution we would see if Australians vote yes to legislating the Indigenous voice to parliament. Indigenous affairs editor Lorena Allam talks to Jane Lee about what this wording means practically and how it has been received.
The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, may have hung on in the wild decades after the last known member of the species died in captivity in 1936, according to a new analysis of 1,237 observations and claimed sightings of the animal since 1910. However, despite suggestions the creature may have made it into this century, one expert said the research “relies on a lot of maybes”.
Not the news
Jasper Lees, a transgender man from Tasmania, has news for Posie Parker and other anti-trans activists: “We are here, we are real, and we are everywhere.” He explains how going through the arduous, expensive process of transitioning was a genuine life or death choice; that “most of us do it for survival, and because we deserve to live in a body that feels like home, that feels like us”.
The world of sport
Rugby | In Joseph Suaalii (pictured), Rugby Australia has bought a supremely marketable, freakishly talented player who will also be a powerful bargaining chip.
Olympics | The UN special rapporteur for cultural rights has provoked outrage by claiming that Russian soldiers who have fought in Ukraine should be allowed to compete at the Paris 2024 Games – as long as they have not committed war crimes.
The Australian forecasts that “storms” have already hit the Labor-Greens climate deal, while the AFR says “gas is the loser” in the agreement because they will have to spend “billions” on offsets. All public schools in Victoria will have Indigenous names by 2025, the Age reports, in what campaigners say is a “great place to start”. The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has moved to cap the amount of times property owners and landlords can lift rents, the Courier Mail says.
What’s happening today
Economy | AFR’s annual banking summit considers the challenges sparked by higher rates and the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank.
Sydney | Charlie Teo’s disciplinary hearing enters its penultimate day.
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