Afternoon Update: Matt Kean to head federal climate body; fresh unrest in New Caledonia; and governor general gets pay rise

<span>The PM, Anthony Albanese (right) with former NSW Liberal treasurer Matt Kean.</span><span>Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian</span>
The PM, Anthony Albanese (right) with former NSW Liberal treasurer Matt Kean.Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Afternoon. The former NSW state politician Matt Kean has been named as the new chair of the Climate Change Authority.

The Albanese government announced the former New South Wales Liberal treasurer will lead the authority, in a surprise cross-party appointment that follows Kean’s sudden resignation from state politics.

“This is not about ideology. It is about what’s best,” Kean said at a joint press conference with the PM.

Federal Coalition MPs were not so enthused, with Barnaby Joyce accusing Kean of treachery. “He should have joined the Labor party at the start when he left school.” Here’s a quick explainer on Kean and what the Climate Change Authority does.

Top news

  • Frontline workers priced out of Queensland housing market | Most nurses, police officers, childcare workers and teachers cannot afford to buy or rent a home on their own in south-east Queensland. Brisbane is now the second-most expensive city in Australia to buy a home, according to data released by CoreLogic earlier this month. The median house value in the Queensland capital is $937,479, and $615,429 for a unit.

  • Two teens charged over Adelaide shopping centre brawl | Two boys aged 15 and 16 were arrested and charged with assault, affray and aggravated robbery over a brawl yesterday that sent the Westfield Marion shopping centre into lockdown.

  • Sydney metro line under harbour due to open in August | Driverless trains with speeds of 100km/h will take passengers from North Sydney to the CBD in minutes. The state government says once the project is complete, metro passengers will get from Martin Place to Waterloo in six minutes, from Sydenham to Macquarie University in 33 minutes and from Chatswood to Central in 15 minutes.

  • Victorian minister apologises over ‘Aboriginal homelessness’ | Giving evidence at the Yoorrook justice commission, the Victorian housing minister, Harriet Shing, apologised for the dispossession of land and ongoing disadvantage faced by Aboriginal communities. “We created Aboriginal homelessness and then we turned away from it, and for too long, we refused to even acknowledge that its existence and impact was our doing. For that, I am sorry,” Shing said.

  • AFL’s drug testing approach not in breach of anti-doping code | An assessment by Sport Integrity Australia concluded there were no breaches of the World Anti-Doping Agency code by AFL players or support personnel according to information it had available, but urged the AFL to improve its practices. The probe followed allegations in parliament from MP Andrew Wilkie in March that AFL clubs were conducting “off-the-books drug-testing” and “resting of players testing positive” to avoid illicit drug tests. Separately, read Jonathan Horn’s column about the AFL’s unfair fixture.

  • Physio accused of sexual assault returns to work on ‘gender condition’ | Hany Bebawy was immediately suspended by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in April after he was charged with two counts of sexual assault. But last week, the Melbourne physiotherapist, who runs three clinics, won a bid to reverse his suspension – provided he does not “have contact with any female patients”.

  • Fresh unrest in New Caledonia | Buildings, including a police station and a town hall, were set on fire overnight after seven independence activists were sent to mainland France for pre-trial detention.

In pictures

A Gaza ceasefire pilgrimage walks 45km through central Victoria

The journey, organised by Free Palestine Ballarat, takes walkers from Daylesford to Ballarat – roughly the same distance as the length of Gaza. Click here to view the photo gallery.

What they said …


“People are getting fed up with a Labor government that continues to tinker around the edges of a massive cost-of-living crisis and refuses to do anything substantial to tackle the structural issues in our economy and political system that allow big corporations to screw ordinary Australians.” - Max Chandler-Mather

The Greens have criticised the federal government’s mandatory code of conduct for the big supermarkets as not going far enough.

In numbers

The Albanese government introduced a bill today to amend the governor general’s salary. The proposed salary is calculated by reference to the estimated average salary of the chief justice of the high court of Australia over the notional five-year term of the appointment of the governor general.

Before bed read

No, being single doesn’t make me miserable. It’s the key to living my best life, Jill Stark writes.

“I feel more at peace with myself at 48 than I ever have, and I’ve forged deep connections with people outside the traditional notions of ‘family’. Far from feeling like a lesser path, my life feels expansive.” Read the full column.

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