Scott Morrison signals environmental overhaul and 'fresh look' at industrial relations

Prime minister tells business council he wants shorter timeline for environmental approvals

Scott Morrison has flagged an overhaul of environmental approvals for major projects and a willingness to further streamline the industrial relations system, as he makes a fresh deregulation pitch to business.

Saying the government wants to “get major projects off the ground sooner”, Morrison has told the Business Council of Australia that he wants to reduce the length of time it takes for businesses to navigate environmental approvals.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:30am

Israel opposition leader nears deadline to form coalition government

Benny Gantz must strike deal by midnight, but suggests no progress made in negotiations

The Israeli opposition leader, Benny Gantz, has until midnight to form a government that could end Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic tenure or risk pushing the country towards an unprecedented third round of elections.

Paralysed for months by inconclusive ballot results, the political stalemate has played out during a fraught time for Israel as an increasingly open conflict heats up with Iran, its arch-enemy and a regional powerhouse.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:30am

Billionaires invest in giant Australian solar farm to supply power to Singapore

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest joins Mike Cannon-Brookes to raise tens of millions of dollars for Sun Cable

The mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has joined fellow billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes in raising tens of millions of dollars to build a giant solar farm in the Northern Territory to supply electricity to Singapore.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:41am

100 years of Scottish life - in pictures

Scotland’s Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection celebrates Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through to the 1940s. The photographs were amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon and illustrate a century of dramatic transformation and innovation

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:30am

‘The party tips its hat’: Democrats take debate to Atlanta hoping to woo black voters

Choice of Atlanta is testament to power of the black vote as Democrats hope to turn solidly Republican state blue in 2020

At an open plan loft space in central Atlanta the sense of excitement among assembled Democrat voters was palpable, despite the grey sky outside.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:00am

'What will be left for us?' Lagos fishermen lament the oil refinery

In Nigeria’s megacity, rampant development and a growing population are forcing communities to go further for fish

Almost as soon as the fishermen arrive with their haul, it disappears. The fish market in Epe, at the edge of Lagos, now runs like a kind of seafood cabal, with demand so high that many miss out. The major buyers are served as a priority – the big Lagos restaurants, a few cold room owners, then the rest. Sometimes smaller fishermen will sell to favoured market-stall holders. There is simply not enough to go around.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 2:00am

Australia fires: All mainland states top 40C as bushfires flare in South Australia

Extreme heat hits across the country as parts of Victoria prepare for worst possible bushfire conditions on Thursday

All of Australia’s mainland states, and the Northern Territory, had areas that reached more than 40C on Wednesday, as residents have been warned it is too late to leave as two serious bushfires hit areas of South Australia.

A code red bushfire warning – signifying the worst possible conditions – was also issued for parts of Victoria for Thursday.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 1:27am

Exiled vice-president blames ‘racist backlash’ for Evo Morales's forced exit

Álvaro García Linera concedes mistakes pair made but branded the toppling of Morales as an anti-indigenous, rightwing ‘coup’

Evo Morales’s closest political adviser has admitted that the Bolivian leader’s failure to groom a successor contributed to the political crisis engulfing the South American nation but slammed the “racist backlash” he blamed for the toppling of its first indigenous president.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 1:15am

Gordon Sondland: witness White House fears most to testify

Sondland will face questions on Wednesday over a key phone call with Trump at a restaurant in Ukraine

Donald Trump’s own words will take centre stage at the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday when his ambassador to the European Union faces questions about a phone call with the US president in a Ukrainian restaurant.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 1:00am

Aston Martin unveils its first SUV

Aston Martin unveiled its first SUV Tuesday in Los Angeles and at a simultaneous event in Beijing. The British sports car company joins a long list of brands, including Lamborghini, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, for which an SUV would have once been unthinkable, but is now a reality.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:42am

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