Here’s a wrap of today’s news:
Clive Palmer calls for emission trading scheme
Clive Palmer, with Al Gore by his side, has called for an emission trading scheme which would regulate emissions by fixing Australia’s target around major trading partners. This has disrupted Tony Abbott’s plans to abolish the carbon tax. The Palmer United Party (PUP) has also called for savings made by repealing the Carbon Tax to be passed on from energy companies to households. The PUP has raised opposition to the abolition of the Climate Change Authority and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, announcing continued support for the Renewable Energy Target.
25 years of the internet
This week marks 25 years since Australia became permanently entrenched in the vast mass of information we know as the internet. Australia’s first permanent internet connection was established by AARNet at University of Melbourne. It was chosen as the site for the nation’s first connection primarily due to the work of Robert Elz, who was central to the establishment of early networks within Australia. To confirm the connection, Elz sent what was possibly the first email in the country via the new connection, stating simply “Link Up.” The current head of Computing and Information Systems at the University, Professor Justin Zobel, said, “the impact on our society is all-encompassing.”
Boy dies on mountain after cardiac arrest
A 7-year-old boy has died after being buried in snow for 90 minutes on Mount Buller, Victoria. The boy went missing from his family’s holiday chalet around 5pm yesterday in freezing conditions and eventually died of cardiac arrest. Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman Belle Nolan said the boy was taken to a nearby hospital. “He was treated for over an hour, but unfortunately couldn’t be revived,” she said. The boy’s death is not believed to be suspicious.
Man’s ear severed after road rage brawl
A man is in critical condition at Westmead Hospital after his ear was severed in a road rage incident in Sydney’s northwest. Police were called following a confrontation between four men in their vehicles at The Ponds at 9pm, where they found a 28-year-old man with multiple stab wounds and a severed left ear. The man’s twin brother is being treated for a leg injury at the same hospital. – Compiled from web sources by Melisa Alic, Rachel Mall, Melissa Clarke and Brian Ennew.
Top photo from Clive Palmer’s Facebook page.