The best way for Australia to stop worrying about oil is to stop depending on it | John Quiggin

Supply fears after the Saudi attack are alarmist, the impact on Australian petrol prices marginal at most. But they also miss the point

The recent drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil refineries has raised fresh concerns that Australia is not meeting our obligation to the International Energy Agency to maintain oil stocks equal to 90 days of consumption. Among other things, it has been suggested that the defence forces might run out of fuel.

This all sounds alarming. But a moment’s thought raises more questions than answers. Why should the adequacy of our oil stocks be a matter of international concern? And why oil, rather than, say, essential medical supplies? Is a 90-day stock the right amount for Australia?

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Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Brit-dominated Emmys

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy was the surprise victor while the final season of HBO’s fantasy drama picked up the most awards

It was a British invasion at the 71st Emmy awards, with Game of Thrones taking home the prize for best drama and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag sweeping most of the comedy awards in a night that saw numerous nods to stars from across the pond.

The biggest question heading into the night was whether Emmy voters would reward perennial juggernaut Game of Thrones for its divisive final season. The show was nominated for 32 awards – the most for any single season of television ever – and had already won 10 Creative Arts Emmys last week. Game of Thrones took home the night’s final prize for outstanding drama series and a best supporting actor nod for American star Peter Dinklage – bringing its total to 12 awards and breaking its own 2015 record for the most awards given to a series – but was otherwise shut out of the telecast.

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Trial over weight-loss pill behind ‘up to 2,000 deaths’ to start in France

French drug watchdog along with pharmaceutical firm Servier on trial over Mediator drug scandal

A landmark trial over one of France’s biggest healthcare scandals will begin on Monday after a weight-loss pill was believed to have killed up to 2,000 people and left many more injured for life.

The trial for manslaughter and deceit will attempt to lift the lid on France’s massive pharmaceuticals industry.

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Morrison visits an Australian box factory in Ohio – and the Trump crowd goes wild | Katharine Murphy

The president’s story was manufacturing jobs, and the PM was more than happy to play along

As soon as the cornfields cleared, they were waving, hands and flags, in fours and fives, then in lines, small and substantial, with their Make America Great Again caps. The rubberneckers were overwhelmingly white, in shorts and flip-flops, beckoning their saviour like it was Palm Sunday. Little children stood to attention and saluted as the motorcade rolled in – the wrong one, the first arrival in Wapakoneta on Sunday was Scott Morrison, not Donald Trump – but the people didn’t know and I doubt they cared.

The welcoming party was all Trump love, except for two brave souls, down near the railway line near the entrance to Anthony Pratt’s Ohio box factory, clutching a sign that read: “Thank you, Obama and Australia, for jobs.”

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Climate-sceptic academic seeks $1.5m in donations to fight unlawful dismissal appeal

Peter Ridd’s former employer James Cook University appealing after a court ruled the professor’s sacking was unlawful

The climate-sceptic academic Peter Ridd has asked supporters to donate another $1.5m to fund ongoing legal costs after his former employer, James Cook University, lodged an appeal against an unlawful dismissal ruling.

This month the federal court awarded Ridd $1.2m in compensation. The court has made clear its finding related to Ridd’s employment rights and not his academic freedom.

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Thomas Cook travel chaos: insolvency leaves 150,000 stranded on holidays – live updates

A huge repatriation effort has begun after company ceases trading with immediate effect, causing flights to be cancelled

Peter Fankhauser, the chief executive of Thomas Cook, said the tour operator’s
collapse was a “matter of profound regret” as he apologised to the company’s
“millions of customers, and thousands of employees”.

The CAA’s website dedicated to providing information for travellers who are stuck keeps crashing, but the CAA says just to keep refreshing and it should be fixed shortly.

There is also a phone number for people to call.

Thomas Cook Group, including the UK tour operator and airline, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

All #ThomasCook bookings, including flights and holidays, have now been cancelled.


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Countries must triple climate emissions targets to limit global heating to 2C

United in Science report ahead of UN summit says climate is changing faster than forecast, and current plans would lead to ‘catastrophic’ global temperature rise

An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The report, launched as leaders gather at a UN climate action summit in New York on Monday, says current plans would lead to a rise in average global temperatures of between 2.9C and 3.4C by 2100, a shift likely to bring catastrophic change across the globe.

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The Veronicas hit back after being kicked off Qantas plane over bag dispute

Sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso say reporting of incident ‘in conflict with video’ evidence, and they will take legal action over ‘intimidating and confusing’ removal from flight

Pop duo the Veronicas have disputed the account of their removal from a Sydney plane over an “incredibly intimidating and confusing” cabin baggage dispute, and are taking legal action.

Sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso were asked to leave Qantas QF516, which was bound for Brisbane on Sunday morning, amid an argument with cabin crew.

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Emmys 2019: the winners, the speeches, the surprises – live!

The biggest night in TV sees Game of Thrones aiming for victory with a record 32 nominations but can a divisive final season dominate the night?

So word is that the red carpet is aggressively humid today thanks to a particularly scorching LA day which has led to big industrial hanging fans, water on hand and a touch-up station for celebrities to ensure they’re looking as unsweaty as possible. The girls from Go Fug Yourself are already prepping for some underarm embarrassment:

It is hot and humid in LA today. People are going to be sweaty on this red carpet. #Emmys2019 - J

People are here! Wearing things! Here they are!

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Empty homes in England up by 11,000 last year, study shows

Increase is double the previous year and there are now over 200,000 empty properties

The number of empty homes in England increased by almost 11,000 last year, a study suggests, prompting calls for urgent action to bring them back into circulation to help tackle the housing crisis.

Research by the pressure group Action on Empty Homes and Nationwide building society indicates that last year saw the fastest rise in long-term empty homes in England since the recession.

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More than 8 million people in England living in unsuitable housing

Research shows people in need outnumber those on social waiting lists by two to one

More than 8 million people, equivalent to the population of London, are living in unsuitable housing in England, according to analysis suggesting the scale of the housing crisis could be far worse than officially estimated.

Research by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh suggests the lives of one in eight people in England are now negatively affected by years of fast-rising prices and missed house-building targets.

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UK universities publish guidance on risks of initiation ceremonies

Students warned of physical and mental dangers three years after death of Edward Farmer

Students starting university are this week being warned of the dangers of initiation ceremonies, almost three years after an undergraduate was killed as a result of the “toxic effects” of such events.

Ed Farmer died after excessive drinking at an initiation event run by Newcastle University’s agricultural society in 2016. Karen Dilks, the coroner at the inquest into his death, called on universities to issue more forceful warnings about the dangers of alcohol for first-year students.

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Health cover for retired Britons in EU to last six months in no-deal Brexit

Government pledges £150m for those not covered by reciprocal arrangements if UK crashes out

The government has pledged £150m to temporarily cover the healthcare costs of 180,000 British nationals living in the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said workers posted to the bloc, plus pensioners and students, who can currently have their healthcare funded by the UK under existing reciprocal arrangements, would continue to be covered for six months after a crash out.

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No-deal Brexit will have ‘seismic’ impact, says European car industry

Carmakers fear disorderly exit would cripple the just-in-time supply chain, investment and lead to tariff barriers

The European car industry has warned of catastrophic effects of a no-deal Brexit, saying it would have a “seismic” impact on making cars in Europe.

In a rare joint statement, chiefs from 23 automotive business associations across Europe joined forces to caution against a brutal exit from the bloc by Britain, where auto giants BMW, Peugeot PSA and Japan’s Nissan have factories.

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