Morning Mail: ‘Final warning’ on global climate, support for Aukus weakens, Xi meets Putin

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Morning everyone. Drawing on the global recognition of an Oscar-winning film to grab the world’s attention, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, has warned that a concerted effort of “everything, everywhere, all at once” is needed if we are to avert climate disaster. He was ringing the alarm bell to mark the mammoth new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change into the crisis – the last before 2030. We’ve got news, and analysis to keep you briefed. Plus, the latest Essential poll on Aukus and the voice is unwelcome reading for Labor, Xi Jinping is in Moscow, and Rupert Murdoch is marrying again at the age of 92.


National flags of the Australia, Great Britain and the US flying at a wharf
Only one quarter of people polled think the Aukus nuclear-powered submarines are good value for Australia. Photograph: Richard Wainwright/AAP
  • Essential poll | Public support for the Aukus nuclear submarine deal and the voice to parliament have both declined, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. Only a quarter think the subs are good value, and support for the voice has slipped 5% but still has majority support of 59%. A separate poll shows a majority of voters in inner-city seats support a ban on new fossil fuel projects.

  • Doctor barred | A doctor has been barred from practising medicine for 10 years for professional misconduct during a cluster of potentially preventable stillbirths and newborn baby deaths at a hospital in Victoria.

  • Vaping crackdown | Australia’s drug regulator is expected to recommend sweeping import bans on vaping products, as new research shows young people who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to go on to smoke regular cigarettes.

  • ‘Good shot’ | The Legalise Cannabis party is eyeing an upper house seat in the NSW election this weekend as it bids to overturn the drug-driving law for people using the drug as medication.

  • Ocean looters | Australia must do more to prevent the “destruction” of its underwater heritage, ranging from shipwrecks to millennia-old First Nation sites, as improving technology helps looters to plunder the ocean depths.


Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow
Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands prior to talks at the Kremlin. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/AP

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Guardian Australia journalist Nick Evershed creates an AI-generated voice ‘clone’ to test Centrelink’s voice activated security system.
An investigation by Guardian Australia has found that AI is able to fool a voice identification system used by the Australian government. Composite: Guardian Australia

How AI fooled Centrelink – and could fool you

Our data and interactives editor Nick Evershed explains how he discovered the Centrelink AI security flaw, while tech expert Toby Walsh explores how this technology could make it easier than ever to steal someone’s identity or commit scams.


Denise O’Donnell stands on a riverbank
Malyangapa-Barkandji woman Denise O’Donnell says that it is devastating to see the death of so many Boney bream, which are the totem on her Mother’s side. Photograph: Otis Filley/The Guardian

“The whole of Australia should be fighting for this river – all the rivers. It makes me sick to see it like this.” So says Malyangapa Barkandji woman, Denise O’Donnell, as she surveys the appalling hypoxic blackwater fish kill in Menindee that traditional owners fear will lead to them losing the waterway for ever. Otis Filley reports.

Not the news

A bean and vegetable fish on a white plate
Yotam Ottolenghi’s brothy beans with roasted mushrooms and chive salsa. Photograph: Louise Hagger/The Guardian. Food styling: Emily Kydd. Prop styling: Jennifer Kay. Food styling assistant: Susanna Unsworth.

If you want to move on from the avocado wars or just fancy something different on your plate this autumn, we have called on a master to help you out: Yotam Ottolenghi. The renowned chef suggests, among other things, cheesy curried butter beans on toast as a “grownup” version of beans on toast, a delicious-sounding (and looking) brothy beans with roasted mushrooms and chive salsa, and burnt honey and lime creme caramel.

The world of sport

John Sattler sitting in a change room in front of a Rabbitohs jersey on a hanger
Former rugby league player John Sattler has died, aged 80. Photograph: Renee McKay/Getty Images
  • Rugby league | South Sydney have hailed John Sattler after the legendary four-time premiership-winning player died aged 80, three years after being diagnosed with dementia.

  • Tennis | Carlos Alcaraz has re-established himself as world No 1 after demolishing Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 to win the Indian Wells title.

  • Formula One | FIA is to review its regulations after a series of u-turns by the governing body confirmed Fernando Alonso as finishing third in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Media roundup

As the global banking crisis mounts, bankers in Australia are becoming concerned about “2021 and 2022 vintage” home loans, according to the AFR. The Sydney Morning Herald tells the dramatic story of what it says is the only Australian parent known to have won the child abduction race under Japan’s sole custody system. Billions of dollars will be poured into Adelaide’s Osborne shipyard, the Advertiser says, transforming it into one of the world’s leading defence sites. Queensland’s government is “very seriously” considering introducing a rent cap but experts say it would be a disaster, the Courier Mail reports.

What’s happening today

  • Tasmania | An anti-transgender rally will go ahead outside parliament house in Hobart, three days after an equivalent event in Melbourne attracted neo-Nazis.

  • Economy | RBA monetary policy meeting minutes will be released.

  • Canberra | The chair of the Carbon Market Institute, Kerry Schott AO, speaks at the press club.

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