Sweden, Germany and France pursuing Paris climate goals alone and more Zedlines

A new study has revealed Sweden, Germany and France are the only European nations pursuing environmental policies promised at the Paris climate conference. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

The data comes from the European Climate Leadership Board published by environmental campaign group Carbon Market Watch, a system ranking European nations according to their progress towards 40% emission reduction by 2030.

Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain and Italy were among the worst ranked.

UQ Liberal President resigns over Nazi claims

The University of Queensland Liberal National party president has resigned after claiming he would have joined Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party.

Former president Kurt Tucker professed on social media that he would have joined the Nazi party for political success, and believes ninety percent of Labor and Liberal members would have done the same.

Tucker has since apologised, stating his comments in no way reflect the views of the UQ Liberal National club or the wider LNP community.

Sarina residents enjoy snow-like foam 

Residents in the north Queensland town of Sarina couldn’t believe their eyes when Cyclone Debbie covered the streets in a sea of foam.

Cyclone Debbie’s 120km wind gusts whipped foam through the town, creating the impression of snow falling from the sky.

NBN Co to ramp up action against crime

NBN Co has vowed to continue targeting whistleblowers in the wake of a critical report from a powerful Senate committee.

Australian Federal Police seized thousands of documents when they raided the office of then-senator Stephen Conroy and the home of one of his staff members.

NBN Co say they take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and breaches of their employee code of conduct, and will act in the best interests of the company and Australian shareholders.

Productivity Commission to streamline super 

The Productivity Commission has proposed a streamlined superannuation system for Australian workers which could bolster retirement funds.

The Commission wants workers to stick with the same scheme from their first job throughout their working lives, a strategy which would reduce fees lost through account changes and save up to $150 million.

The Productivity Commission says the superannuation confusion is widespread as more than 40 per cent of employees have multiple accounts.

Pakistan broadcaster ordered to apologise for ‘hate speech’

Pakistan’s media regulator has been ordered to apologise on air after accusing liberal activists and journalists of blasphemy and treachery.

The religious broadcaster, Aamir Liaquat Hussain, has until the end of the month to apologise to those he accused, or he and his show will be taken off air.

Such allegations are taken seriously in Pakistan, where blasphemy is a crime often resulting in the death penalty.