Tommy Freeman is one of four England players to come in as they prepare for their final match of the calendar year against a semi-depleted Springboks. Freeman is preferred over Jack Nowell on the right-wing, with Nowell having struggled to deal with New Zealand’s relentless crossfield kicking game last weekend. “We have made steady progress from game to game, culminating in a pulsating draw against New Zealand. “Now we have the chance to test ourselves against the might of the world champions. England’s being against World Number 10 side Japan and South Africa against 12th ranked Italy.
The Barbarians have confirmed the full squad for the Killik Club, as the famous invitational side face All Blacks XV at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 13 November (tickets available now). Co-Coach Ronan O’Gara brings with him a number of stars from his Top 14 side Stade Rochelais, who are current Heineken Champions Cup holders. Alongside Teddy Thomas, Camille Chat and Tawera Kerr-Barlow, returning Barbarians Dilly Leyds and Antoine Hastoy, George-Henri Colombe, Romain Sazy, Remi Picquette and Raymond Rhule will also head to London from Les Maritimes. Two Welsh favourites in Aaron Wainwright and Rhys Webb will line-up alongside Barbarian favourite Joe Marler and his Harlequins teammate Joe Marchant. Bryn Gatland, the son of previous Barbarians Head Coach Warren Gatland, is also included alongside the nephew of Barbarians legend Pat Lam, AJ Lam.23 days ago The Rugby Paper
Imagine our streets and neighbourhoods with electric vehicles in every driveway, super-quiet engines, no fumes and no nasty shocks at the bowser. Our delayed uptake of EVs has provided us with the opportunity to learn from the countries that were early adopters. As long as other countries have stronger emissions standards for vehicles, they will command a greater share of the EV market. The EU passed laws to standardise phone charging, and now has a similar directive for EV charging, urging manufacturers to adopt the preferred CCS2 standard. Policies that encourage EV uptake will provide environmental, financial and health benefits to households and practical inputs to the grid.1 month ago The Saturday Paper
Butler’s new national health sustainability and climate unit will form part of a national health and climate strategy that will measure and address emerging health risks from climate change. The health and climate strategy will aim to better co-ordinate policy development on climate and public health, along with reducing the sector’s carbon footprint and ensuring it is well prepared for the impact of climate change. In so doing, it has slashed some of the previous government’s environment, water and climate change funding and redeployed it to other programs. The government also ploughed some savings from cancelling $328.3 million in the former government’s manufacturing grants into addressing climate change. This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on October 29, 2022 as "A decade on, Labor delivers a climate budget".1 month ago The Saturday Paper
There is little doubt about the damage her predecessor inflicted – delivering Brexit was the beginning of Britain’s decline. There are important policy lessons to be learnt from Truss’s experiment. The important lingering question is whether a change in Tory leadership would really move much beyond more of the same old, same old thinking. I see little to inspire in terms of likely policy responses for these difficult times. Changing the jockey will achieve little if it’s the horse that’s crook, which certainly seems to be the case.1 month ago The Saturday Paper
While in Hawaii, Marles tweeted a photo of himself standing next to United States Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and countless Australian and American military personnel. He wrote: “Today I also had the privilege of meeting the impressive [Australian] and [American] men and women serving their countries in Hawaii. Clinton Fernandes is professor of international relations and political studies at UNSW Canberra, part of the Australian Defence Force Academy. “Australia is a sub-imperial power upholding a US-led imperial order,” he writes. This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on October 29, 2022 as "Clinton Fernandes, Sub-imperial Power: Australia in the International Arena".1 month ago The Saturday Paper
Take Paul Keating’s recent mad, ignorant, arrogant, pro-developer, pro-Packer, anti-public interest, self-justifying half-hour Barangaroo rant. But still, to hear him laud the ultra-rich and right-wing, the uglifiers and the shameless privatisers of public land, as benefactors of “the ordinary people” was genuinely bizarre. First ugly casino skyscraper exploiting public land for private profit? All of which seems only to spur Keating’s classic mix of undeserved praise and unwarranted derision to greater intensity. For the casino’s invasion of public land Keating quite spuriously blames Lord Mayor Clover Moore.1 month ago The Saturday Paper
On Tuesday, in delivering the first Labor budget in almost a decade, he turned convention on its head. Economist Warren Hogan says the treasurer got that right by producing a budget that was “fiscally neutral”. Chalmers says “the days of pretending that we don’t have structural pressures on the budget are over”. No longer a simple “our position hasn’t changed”, twice in different interviews he has put them in the context of welcome tax relief for lowerincome earners. Dutton may call him “Grim Jim” but you don’t make a call to arms like the treasurer did in his budget speech unless you have to.1 month ago The Saturday Paper