- Party Tensions Increase
Tensions within the NSW NRP continue to grow
About a week after the NSW branch of the Nationals threatened to break away from the almost 100-year-old National Republican Coalition, the light at the end of the tunnel isn't looking any closer. Last week, the Republicans introduced a bill that would make it illegal to clear land unless it is proven that no koalas live in that area.
The bill, introduced in an effort to save Australia's falling koala population, was seen by the Nationals as overstepping the line between libertarianism and authoritarianism, especially for the Nationals' voter base, farmers. Under the new legislation, farmers won't be able to clear their own land or use their own land if koalas reside within it. For the over 300 000 Australians employed in agriculture, this legislation is very bad news.
NSW National leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro said that the bill was 'disgraceful to rural Australians' and said he 'won't let any inner-city folk' tell him what to do. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has mentioned that she 'is willing to compromise' on the bill, but that the protection of koalas and the roughly 200 000 native Australian animals will be the upmost priority.
The New South Wales Cabinet, which currently consists of many high ranking National and Republican politicians, will enter deliberations today to determine what compromises can be made to the bill, or if and how the NSW National Republican Coalition will split. The Federal government has guaranteed that if a split does go ahead, the Coalition will still remain in all states and territories, and will remain on a federal level.
- BBC WORLD NEWS
25 SEP 2020
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- Theresa May Addresses The United Nations
| New York Mr President, Deputy Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour for me to address this General Assembly, and to do so as Prime Minister of a country that has always been a proud and pro-active member at the very heart of this United Nations. This United Nations was formed because leaders across the world knew that they could only deliver security for their citizens at home if they could cooperate, as a community of nations, to deliver security across the globe. Some of the threats that we face together today are familiar to those founding leaders: war, political instability, abuses of human rights and poverty. Others are new: global terrorism, climate change, and unprecedented mass movements of people. We gather here today because we know that such challenges do not respect the borders of our individual nations and that only by working together shall we overcome them.
The UK will be a confident, strong and dependable partner internationally true to the universal values that we share together. We will continue to honour our commitment to spend 0.7% of our Gross National Income on development, building on the achievements we have already made to reduce poverty, deal with instability and increase prosperity the world over. And we will drive forward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. We will continue to champion the rights of women and girls, making sure that all girls get the education they deserve, and tackling horrific abuses such as female genital mutilation and the use of sexual violence in conflict. We will continue to be a steadfast, permanent member of the Security Council, meeting our NATO commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence and making a leading contribution to UN peacekeeping efforts. We will continue to stand up for the rules based international system and for international law. We will continue to play our part in the international effort against climate change. And we will continue to strengthen our existing partnerships, from this United Nations, to the Commonwealth and NATO.
The challenge for those of us in this room is to ensure that our governments and our global institutions, such as this United Nations, remain responsive to the people that we serve. Let it be COVID-19, where The World Health Organisation has negative responses from the United States and China, we are capable of adapting our institutions to the demands of the 21st Century and ensuring that they do not become irrelevant. So when it comes to the big security and human rights challenges of our time, we need this our United Nations - to forge a bold new multilateralism. Because as we have seen even in the past week, no country is untouched by the threat of global terrorism. And when extremists anywhere in the world can transmit their poisonous ideologies directly into the bedrooms of people vulnerable to radicalisation, we need not just to work together to prevent conflict and instability in nation states but to act globally to disrupt the networks terrorist groups use to finance their operations and recruit to their ranks.
When we see the mass displacement of people, at a scale unprecedented in recent history, we must ensure we are implementing the policies that are fit for the challenges we face today. And when criminal gangs do not respect our national borders, trafficking our fellow citizens into lives of slavery and servitude, we cannot let those borders act as a barrier to bringing such criminals to justice. In each of these areas, it is the convening power of our United Nations that gives us a unique opportunity to respond. But we can only do so if we modernise and adapt to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
As a United Nations we have shown how we can work together to reduce the threat from international terrorism by preventing conflict and instability from developing. They are targeting our airlines, exploiting the fact that no one country can keep its citizens safe when they are flying between multiple jurisdictions. They are exploiting the internet and social media to spread an ideology that is recruiting people to their cause all over the world. So we need to tackle this ideology head-on. That is why the UK has championed the work that the Secretary General has led to develop a strategy for preventing violent extremism. Now, as an international community, we must work together to adopt and implement the most comprehensive national action plans to tackle both the causes and the symptoms of all extremism. It is not enough merely to focus on violent extremism. We need to address the whole spectrum of extremism, violent extremism and non-violent extremism; Islamist and neo-Nazi hate and fear in all their forms.
Just as we need the United Nations to modernise to meet the challenges of terrorism in the 21st Century, so we also need to adapt if we are to fashion a truly global response to the mass movements of people across the world and the implications this brings for security and human rights.The 1951 convention and the 1967 protocol must remain the bedrock of our response, but the context in which they must be applied has dramatically changed. Across the world today, there are 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced. That it is equivalent to the entire population of the United Kingdom. It is an unprecedented figure, one that has almost doubled in a decade. And yet UN appeals are underfunded; host countries are not getting enough support; and refugees are not getting the aid, education and economic opportunities they need. We must do more. And as the second largest bi-lateral provider of assistance, the UK remains fully committed to playing a leading role. By ensuring a managed and controlled international migration response - and at the same time investing to tackle the underlying drivers of displacement and migration at source - we can reject isolationism and xenophobia, achieving better outcomes for all of our citizens and particularly for the most vulnerable.
From the St James Palace declaration and the Atlantic Charter forged by Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt, to the first meeting of this General Assembly in London in 1946, the United Kingdom has always been an outward-facing, global partner at the heart of international efforts to secure peace and prosperity for all our people. Only we, as members of this community of nations, can act to ensure this great institution becomes as relevant for our future as it has been in our past. So let us come together, true to our founding values but responsive to the challenges of today and let us work together to build a safer, more prosperous and more humane world for generations to come.