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Jordan Peterson addresses Coalition MPs in Canberra

Josh Butler

Controversial Canadian speaker Jordan Peterson is in Parliament House today, giving a talk to some Coalition MPs in a committee room.

Nationals senator Matt Canavan’s office sent out invitations to MPs and their staff for a “speaking event” this afternoon. We’ve walked past the room and seen a packed audience – including a number of MPs from the Coalition and One Nation – listening as Peterson spoke.

There’s also security posted outside the door.

In an invitation to the event, seen by Guardian Australia, Canavan’s office says there was “huge interest” in the event. They also noted that despite it being scheduled for lunchtime, there would be no lunch provided.

Peterson is visiting the country on a speaking tour of Australia.

Ooft, straight into it and Peter Dutton is wearing his new glasses, so you know he is serious.

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We haven’t seen Dutton ask a question in a while, so it is a little surprising to see him open the proceedings.

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Dutton:

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My question is to the Prime Minister: Before the election the Prime Minister promised cheaper electricity prices,ing cheap be gas prices, and cheaper mortgages. Since the election the Prime Minister has mentioned nothing in relation to those promises, instead your actions have delivered the opposite. Now to make a bad situation worse, you’re imposing a job-destroying industrial relations system at exactly the wrong time for our economy. Why, like Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, does this Prime Minister get every economic call wrong?

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Anthony Albanese:

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I thank the Leader of the Opposition for his first question in three days. And congratulate him on getting that decision through his tactics committee. I did think that – I know Matthew Guy wants him to have a vow of silence. … And he’s not welcome in Victoria.

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But I welcome the Leader of the Opposition here to ask a question about industrial relations. Because his deputy said yesterday, said a couple of times, ‘we think the entire bill is terrible’. That is their position on industrial relations.

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“The entire bill is terrible.”

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Well, let’s have a look at what they say is terrible. In the legislation. Putting gender equality and job security at the heart of the Fair Work Commission’s decision making.

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Putting it in the objectives of the ACT. They say that’s terrible. Banning pay secrecy clauses, a tool that’s been used to hold down women’s pay in particular. That’s terrible as well.

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Giving the commission the expertise and the powers to end the historical inequality between the pay and conditions in female dominated care and community sectors and the pay ask conditions enjoyed by the rest of the workforce. They say that’s terrible as well.

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Expanding access to flexible work arrangements. Particularly for women. They say that’s terrible as well. Especially prohibiting sexual harassment in the Fair Work Act. They say that’s terrible as well.

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Placing new limits on rolling fixed term contracts so that workers can’t be effectively put on an endless probation period. They say it’s terrible for workers to get back entitlements.

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Banning job ads advertised for below the relevant minimum pay rate. Do they support that? No, they say that’s terrible.

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Strengthening anti-sham contracting laws. Do they support that? No. They say guess, what, that’s terrible as well. Reforming the better off overall test so it’s simply, flexible, and fairer for both workers and for business, they say it’s terrible as well.

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The same mob, the same mob that couldn’t have $1 an hour pay increase for people on the minimum wage, they said it was reckless and damages, they’re lecturing us about industrial relations.

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Well, we on this side of the House stand for increased productivity, stand for supporting business, but we also stand for supporting workers’s wages.

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Controversial Canadian speaker Jordan Peterson is in Parliament House today, giving a talk to some Coalition MPs in a committee room.

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Nationals senator Matt Canavan’s office sent out invitations to MPs and their staff for a “speaking event” this afternoon. We’ve walked past the room and seen a packed audience – including a number of MPs from the Coalition and One Nation – listening as Peterson spoke.

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There’s also security posted outside the door.

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In an invitation to the event, seen by Guardian Australia, Canavan’s office says there was “huge interest” in the event. They also noted that despite it being scheduled for lunchtime, there would be no lunch provided.

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Peterson is visiting the country on a speaking tour of Australia.

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So far, Labor is voting against amendments from Helen Haines, who was elected on a strong platform of increased transparency, in what seems like a bid to ensure bipartisanship with the Coalition.

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Which did not progress a federal Icac. Didn’t even introduce its toothless tiger version into the parliament.

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Lots of people watching this debate with eyebrows raised.

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The ACT has been ranked as the most progressive state or territory on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transport, with New South Wales coming in second.

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According to a report from the Climate Council, the ACT’s zero emissions transport plan, targets for electric buses and government vehicles, high levels of new electric car sales and the lowest emissions per person for transport all put the territory on top.

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NSW is ranked second, with the highest share of people using public transport and targets for electric buses and government vehicles that don’t deliver as quickly as the ACT, the report says.

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Victoria and Tasmania were placed equal third in the Are We There Yet report, followed by South Australia, Queensland, WA and the Northern Territory.

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Latest national data shows transport accounts for 18.7% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Before the pandemic, transport emissions were rising. After a sharp drop from the economic slowdown, transport emissions have climbed again but not to pre-pandemic levels.

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The Climate Council said while progress was being made towards cheaper and cleaner transport, there were big differences in how states and territories were progressing. Dr Jennifer Rayner, the council’s head of advocacy, said:

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Australians want clean transport options that are accessible, reliable and better for our hip pockets and climate.

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This includes well-connected networks of footpaths and bike lanes, zero emissions public transport and affordable electric vehicles. State and Territory governments are putting their wheels in motion but our analysis shows they really need to hit the accelerator.

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Energy issues are usually not far from the surface these days, and news that AGL Energy has today given a date for the closure of its Torrens Island ‘B’ power plant in South Australia will likely stoke debate anew.

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The energy giant, which has been under siege from billionaire activist Mike Cannon-Brookes over its decarbonisation pace, told the ASX today it would close its remaining three units of the now 600MW gas-fired power station on 30 June 2026.

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The company cited the expected completion of a new transmission line between SA and NSW in mid-2026 as affecting the economic viability of the station. Better hope that line is in place by then, I suppose. (The storms that “islanded” SA from the rest of the national electricity market is a reminder of the need for more power supply options.)

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AGL copped a lot of flak when it gave seven years notice for its plans to close its ageing Liddell coal-fired power plant by 2022. After intense pressure from the Turnbull government that closure date was pushed out to April 2023, handily after the state elections next March.

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It’s unlikely AGL will get much pressure from Albanese government, but it’s not hard to imagine political and punditry hay being made over the decision to exit a fossil-fuel plant.

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Expect more media interest on 30 November when the Australian Energy Regulator is due to release its annual retail markets report detailing how household bills have changed over the past year.

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Shareholder issues of a different kind are on display elsewhere today with one of Australia’s biggest coalminers New Hope Group holding its AGM in sunny Muswellbrook (haze permitting) in the upper Hunter region of NSW.

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New Hope is hoping a resolution from 100-plus shareholders to wind down coal output in line with global climate goals (think, COP27) won’t get up.

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Groups like Market Forces aren’t happy that the company is not providing any audio or video webcast as is the practice for most AGMs and something New Hope managed to provide during the Covid years. Will van de Pol, a campaigner at Market Forces, said:

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New Hope Group is avoiding shareholder accountability, even after complaints from globally significant investors about the company’s lack of engagement. Market Forces analysis indicates New Hope Group will spend nearly $1bn in investor capital to expand the New Acland Stage 3 project in Queensland and continue to explore other coal assets.

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Given the federal government will have to provide EPBC approval for mine expansions, expect this issue to turn up in Canberra too.

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The House of Representatives is considering the national anti-corruption commission bill in committee stage, including amendments.

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First up were Helen Haines’ amendments to remove the “exceptional circumstances” test for public hearings, so that the Nacc can have public hearings whenever it is in the public interest to do so. Haines also proposed that the optional considerations for the Nacc in judging exceptional circumstances be made mandatory.

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The house voted the amendments down 77 to 14.

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Liberal Bridget Archer – as she flagged last night – crossed the floor, voting with the Greens, and most of the crossbench (Kate Chaney, Zoe Daniel, Haines, Bob Katter, Monique Ryan, Sophie Scamps, Allegra Spender, Zali Steggall, Kylea Tink and Andrew Wilkie).

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Haines’ amendment to define what “exceptional circumstances” are is next up – but I expect that Labor and the Coalition will again vote together to defeat them.

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The attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, told the House that “reasonable minds can differ” on the question of exceptional circumstances:

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This is an appropriate threshold that reflects the significant nature of the power to compel people to give evidence at a public hearing.

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The PKKP Aboriginal Corporation, which administers the traditional lands and waters of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama people and the Pinikura people on their behalf, has released a statement slamming the federal government for its response to the Juukan Gorge report, saying they were not consulted. The statement in full is below:

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The PKKP Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC is angry