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Nine people with Covid-19 have died in New South Wales overnight, with the state recording 6,979 new cases on Sunday morning, with 2,148 people in hospital and 58 in ICU.

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COVID-19 update – Sunday 14 August 2022

In the 24-hour reporting period to 4pm yesterday:

– 96.9% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine*
– 95.3% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine* pic.twitter.com/7DAPCNrXIp

&mdash; NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 13, 2022

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24 people with Covid-19 have died in Victoria overnight, with the state recording 3,450 new cases on Sunday morning, 575 people in hospital, 29 in ICU and 6 on ventilation.

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We thank everyone who got vaccinated and tested yesterday.

Our thoughts are with those in hospital, and the families of people who have lost their lives.

More data soon: https://t.co/eUcG51fFhA pic.twitter.com/vz8flGSizx

&mdash; VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) August 13, 2022

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3 doses (16+): 69.5%
2 doses (12+): 94.7%
Doses total: 6,334,838

Hospital: 575
ICU: 29
Ventilated: 6
Lives lost: 24

New cases: 3,450 (Rapid antigen test cases: 2,396, PCR test cases: 1,054)
PCR tests: 9,216
Active cases (all): 29,914

&mdash; VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) August 13, 2022

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And welcome to another Sunday morning Guardian live blog.

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The federal jobs minister Brendan O’Connor has floated a plan to deal with Australia’s skills shortage by increasing the cap on skilled migrants. The plan, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age on Sunday morning, would lift the annual migration cap from 160,000 to between 180,000 and 200,000. The scheme would reportedly include a mechanism to recognise credentials obtain overseas and will be carefully discussed with unions at the jobs and skills summit next month.

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New South Wales police are investigating after two women, aged 48 and 36, were shot dead in southwestern Sydney on Saturday night. Emergency services responded to reports of a shooting in Revesby just before 8.50pm where they found the two women inside a car. Both women later died but other other occupants, a man and a woman, were not injured. A taskforce has been established to investigate.

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And 60,000 people are taking part in the City2Surf on Sunday for the first time since 2019 as the race returns to its traditional Hyde Park to Bondi route.

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I’m Royce Kurmelovs, taking the blog through the day. With so much going on out there, it’s easy to miss stuff, so if you spot something happening in Australia and think it should be on the blog, you can find me on Twitter at @RoyceRk2 where my DMs are open.

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With that, let’s get started …

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Bowen says how this will work has yet to be determined and gives a nod to an upcoming discussion paper, with the details to be hammered out in consultation with industry. But he raises some interesting points that this needs to happen as there is a growing risk Australian industry will be exposed to carbon tariffs if nothing changes.

This will help us avoid these, by showing the EU and the rest of the world, you don’t need to slap tariffs on our manufacturers and our producers because Australia is working with industry to get emissions down is a very sensible way.

Speers asks Bowen directly: will new coal and gas projects be banned

Bowen says the mechanism is “not designed to do that” but that it’s “designed to ensure that all facilities, whether they be old or new, are reducing their emissions.”

The safeguard mechanism is taking the 315 biggest emissions and working with them to reduce emissions because if we don’t, we will continue the 10 years of no reductions from those facilities and it won’t cut the mustard.

Bottom line from Bowen:

Any facility which emits more than 100,000 tonnes of facilities, whether it is new or existing which is just increasing its activity, we are not having the same architecture. They will be put on a trajectory to net zero, facility by facility. We have designed this in a very sensible way.”

Bowen really emphasising this transition is going to be “sensible”.

Speers asks about the safeguard mechanism passed with the recent climate change bill that will ensure the 315 biggest emitters actually lower their emissions. Speers asks: what penalties will they face if they don’t?

Bowen:

In relation to the finer implement detail – the trajectory is very clear, we are putting these emitters on a pathway to net zero by 2050. Again, there is detail to work through. I will be issuing a discussion paper in the next week on some of the finer details about how we help emission intensive trade exposed industries, for example, those facilities based on the principle of comparative impact to ensure it doesn’t get taken overseas.

Bowen goes on to say that the government will be taking a “very sensible approach” and will be “consulting”.

From this we can establish that there is more detail to come.

Bowen:

It certainly make it is easier to get transmission up, certainly make it is easier for energy companies to make sensible decisions about renewables, to provide certainty to new investors which we are opening to the world, it is a big change, unanimously agreed between myself and the states and territories.

Bowen is now talking very quickly now about the work the government is doing – their ambition is to boost the share of emissions in the power grid to 82% and they’re doing that by setting up “mechanisms” and bodies to help make that happening. This includes what Bowen calls is an orderly transition to get the right kit in place to make that happen.

It’s not entirely clear but basically Bowen is trying to say that companies that make decisions about what kind of plant or equipment to install, they also need to consider how their project will lower emissions. Bowen gives a practical example:

A little while ago TransGrid wanted and suggested that to help Broken Hill they would put in a micro grid of renewable energy. It was much more reliable, much lower emissions and but they were told at that point: “No, you’ve got to keep your old diesel generators running.”

It wasn’t their fault, it was what the objective said.

So basically under the old rules, companies, utilities and other groups involved with the NEM would be forced to make decisions that propped up old fossil fuel power projects. Bowen suggests this will address that.

The federal climate change minister, Chris Bowen, is now up on ABC Insiders with the first question about the new emissions objective that has been incorporated into the rules of the National Energy Market.

David Speers question is a basic one: what does it actually mean in practice?

Bowen:

The national energy objectives really decide how the three bodies, the market operator and the commission work and they have to comply with the objectives and all the work they do. Electricity generation is Australia’s largest source of emissions, 33%, and our laws, our objective, haven’t given our three bodies the capacity to consider emissions reduction.

It will make a material difference as to how these three very good body do their work because they can only comply with the objectives in all the decisions they make and that has led to really silly and perverse outcomes in the past.

Updated at 00.36 BST

Federal treasurer Richard Marles is set to appear on Sky News this morning and Minister for Climate Change Chris Bowen will be giving an interview on ABC Insiders.

We will bring you the latest as they happen.

New South Wales records 9 new Covid deaths

Nine people with Covid-19 have died in New South Wales overnight, with the state recording 6,979 new cases on Sunday morning, with 2,148 people in hospital and 58 in ICU.

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COVID-19 update – Sunday 14 August 2022

In the 24-hour reporting period to 4pm yesterday:

– 96.9% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine*
– 95.3% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine* pic.twitter.com/7DAPCNrXIp

&mdash; NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 13, 2022

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COVID-19 update – Sunday 14 August 2022

In the 24-hour reporting period to 4pm yesterday:

– 96.9% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine*
– 95.3% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine* pic.twitter.com/7DAPCNrXIp

— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) August 13, 2022

Updated at 00.11 BST

Victoria records 24 new Covid deaths

24 people with Covid-19 have died in Victoria overnight, with the state recording 3,450 new cases on Sunday morning, 575 people in hospital, 29 in ICU and 6 on ventilation.

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We thank everyone who got vaccinated and tested yesterday.

Our thoughts are with those in hospital, and the families of people who have lost their lives.

More data soon: https://t.co/eUcG51fFhA pic.twitter.com/vz8flGSizx

&mdash; VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) August 13, 2022

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3 doses (16+): 69.5%
2 doses (12+): 94.7%
Doses total: 6,334,838

Hospital: 575
ICU: 29
Ventilated: 6
Lives lost: 24

New cases: 3,450 (Rapid antigen test cases: 2,396, PCR test cases: 1,054)
PCR tests: 9,216
Active cases (all): 29,914

&mdash; VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) August 13, 2022

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3 doses (16+): 69.5%
2 doses (12+): 94.7%
Doses total: 6,334,838

Hospital: 575
ICU: 29
Ventilated: 6
Lives lost: 24

New cases: 3,450 (Rapid antigen test cases: 2,396, PCR test cases: 1,054)
PCR tests: 9,216
Active cases (all): 29,914

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) August 13, 2022

Good Morning

And welcome to another Sunday morning Guardian live blog.

The federal jobs minister Brendan O’Connor has floated a plan to deal with Australia’s skills shortage by increasing the cap on skilled migrants. The plan, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age on Sunday morning, would lift the annual migration cap from 160,000 to between 180,000 and 200,000. The scheme would reportedly include a mechanism to recognise credentials obtain overseas and will be carefully discussed with unions at the jobs and skills summit next month.

New South Wales police are investigating after two women, aged 48 and 36, were shot dead in southwestern Sydney on Saturday night. Emergency services responded to reports of a shooting in Revesby just before 8.50pm where they found the two women inside a car. Both women later died but other other occupants, a man and a woman, were not injured. A taskforce has been established to investigate.

And 60,000 people are taking part in the City2Surf on Sunday for the first time since 2019 as the race returns to its traditional Hyde Park to Bondi route.

I’m Royce Kurmelovs, taking the blog through the day. With so much going on out there, it’s easy to miss stuff, so if you spot something happening in Australia and think it should be on the blog, you can find me on Twitter at @RoyceRk2 where my DMs are open.

With that, let’s get started …

Updated at 00.21 BST

Source: The Guardian