We now have governing hesitancy, with Scott Morrison focused on handling the overall look of his possess logical contradictions | Katharine Murphy

With Covid-19 situations mounting simply because of the winter Delta outbreak, Australians are acutely mindful of the general public overall health perils of vaccine hesitancy. But this 7 days, Australians have been subjected to a distinctive sort of equivocation: governing hesitancy.

Barnaby Joyce gave us the starkest examples. Australia’s deputy key minister advised the ABC on Wednesday governments do not formulate local weather coverage, and he couldn’t potentially share what his possess position might be right until a “competent” authority, potentially the CSIRO or the Intergovernmental Panel on Local weather Adjust, advised him what to do.

This honesty binge

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This week in US politics: Biden takes on Facebook, cosies up to Fox News, to battle vaccine hesitancy

Welcome to your weekly run-down of all the big news, strange rules and interesting happenings from the world of US politics.

Joe Biden campaigned on making politics boring, and since taking office, he’s been called boring by everyone from Donald Trump to his top White House staffers (yes, even by us, too).

Just last week The New York Times published a widely shared analysis of how “mind-numbingly tedious” the “explainer-in-chief” can be.

So this week it was bracing, like stepping out into a stiff winter breeze, to see the President answer a question about vaccine misinformation spreading on social media

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