Australia will spend upwards of $580 million on upgrading military bases and new war games with the United States in the coming months to combat the growing threat from China in the Pacific Ocean.
“In an announcement that comes amid an increasingly bitter diplomatic and trade spat with China, Morrison said Australia must expand its military assets in the Northern Territory to be able respond to unspecified tensions in the Asia-Pacific region,” reports Reuters.
“Our objective is a free and open Indo-Pacific, to ensure a peaceful region, one that, at the same time, Australia is in a position to always protect its interests,” Morrison told reporters in Darwin.
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 28, 2021
“The United States and Australia have been deeply engaged in defence cooperation for over half a century,” said Michael Goldman, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. embassy in Canberra. “We will continue to look for additional ways to partner with Australia, as our ally, to advance the security and prosperity of Americans, Australians, and the peoples of the Indo-Pacific region.”
— The Hill (@thehill) April 28, 2021
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AUSTRALIA BURNING: Officials Charge Nearly 200 with Arson, Looting as Wildfires Rage
Australian officials continued to struggle to contain the massive wildfires engulfing vast sections of the country Tuesday; arresting nearly 200 people since late 2019 for arson and looting.
“The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the state of Maryland,” reports Fox News.
“The NSW Police Force announced Monday that since Nov. 8, authorities have taken legal action against 183 people for fire-related offenses, including 24 individuals who have been charged for allegedly deliberately lighting bushfires – a crime punishable by up to 21 years in prison,” adds Fox.
“The NSW Police Force has taken legal action against more than 180 people for bushfire-related offences since late last year. Numerous bush and grass fires have impacted the state, claiming the lives of 18 people and destroying hundreds of millions of animals and livestock, thousands of homes, and more than 4.9 million hectares of land, so far this bushfire season. Since Friday 8 November 2019, legal action – which ranges from cautions through to criminal charges – has been taken against 183 people – including 40 juveniles – for 205 bushfire-related offences,” posted the official website of the New South Wales Police Force.
Read the full report here.
Source: Fox News
CLIMATE CONFUSION: Bernie Says US Must Pass ‘Green New Deal’ to Prevent Australian Forest Fires
2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders confused millions of users on social media Thursday afternoon; saying the United States must pass his ‘Green New Deal’ to help prevent Australian wildfires from occurring in the future.
“I say to those who are delaying action on climate change: Look at the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires. Our futures are all connected. That is why we must bring the world together and enact a Green New Deal,” posted Sanders.
I say to those who are delaying action on climate change: Look at the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires.
Our futures are all connected. That is why we must bring the world together and enact a Green New Deal. pic.twitter.com/GBQQpDc4vE
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 2, 2020
British actress Emma Thompson issued a dire prediction during a “climate crisis” protest in London last month; suggesting humans may soon have to consume their pets for protein to survive the coming apocalypse.
“Better wrap up warm, stockpile food and remember there is a surprising amount of protein in the average household pet,” said Thompson.
“Expect crop failures, water contamination, damaged houses and ruined lives, and we will see these persistent weather fronts continue to wreak havoc across the nation, albeit with one or two days of dry and settled weather,” she continued.
Dame Emma Thompson gives 'gloomy' climate forecast at Extinction Rebellion protest https://t.co/kZZuJ5ZU8d
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 6, 2019
“I may well be hypocritical by flying but I’m conscious of flying so I fly much less, but sometimes I have to when I’m working. But I’ll continue to find ways to get to places without flying,” Thompson concluded.