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Electricity trading paused, Joe Biden to meet Saudi prince and Socceroos welcomed home

Hello. It’s Thursday, June 16, 2022, and here is a series of updates.

Australia’s energy regulator has stopped trading in the electricity market

Australia’s energy regulator says it has been forced to stop trading in electricity until another notice to maintain reliable supplies.
The Australian Energy Market operator says some generators have withdrawn their supplies due to a price cap that has made it difficult to operate what is known as the spot market for wholesale electricity.
This is the first time the market has been shut down nationally and will be reviewed daily.
AEMO Chief Executive Daniel Westerman says conditions remain tight, especially in New South Wales and urges consumers in that state to conserve energy.

“We have faced high demand profiles due to the cold weather. Entry costs have increased due to international factors,” Mr Westerman said.

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“We had some outage transmission lines etc that caused a price cap.
“Since this price limit was applied we have seen a number of generators remove their availability from the market which has led to it being impossible for us to operate.”
Opposition leader Peter Dutton says the new government is to blame for the current problems.
“This is an issue that Mr Bowen (Energy Minister Chris Bowen) has created,” Mr Dutton said.

“And Mr Bowen went to the polls saying that it would reduce electricity prices and at the moment we are seeing the complete opposite and we are seeing great uncertainty around electricity supply.”

Joe Biden has been criticized for supporting human rights abuses when he planned to meet with Prince Crown of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman

The U.S. government has been accused of abandoning its commitment to human rights.
President Joe Biden will meet Saudi Arabia’s Crown Chief Mohammed bin Salman during a trip to the Middle East next month.

Some see this as breaking a campaign promise to turn Saudi Arabia into a pariah after the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Turkey in 2018 caused garbage around the world.

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A street outside the Saudi embassy in Washington has been renamed Jamal Khashoggi Way. In his inauguration, Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman said Mr. Biden would be ashamed.
Abdulla Alaoudh of Dawn Democracy for the Arab World Now says Mr Khashoggi’s legacy will continue. “Our message today is that we will not move forward,” Mr. Alaoudh said.

“Jamal’s legacy lives on, regardless of their normalization efforts. And this event today is just one way we will fight to honor Jamal’s legacy.”

Richard Marles meets with Japanese counterpart

Defense Minister Richard Marles held talks with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo. Mr. Marles and Nobuo Kishi pledged to increase defense cooperation and military exercises in the region.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Penny Wong is due to travel to Solomon Islands on Friday to meet with his Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

It is hoped that the Solomon Islands and China security parks will be at the top of the agenda. This is Minister Wong’s third trip to the Pacific since he was sworn in.

Socceroos arrive home to welcome heroes to Sydney

Several Socceroos players and staff arrived at the home of a welcoming hero at Sydney Airport.
Among them were captain Mat Ryan, key penalty Awer Mabil and goalkeeping coach John Crawley.

Fans greeted them, singing their names and even their mascots and kangaroo costumes celebrating their World Cup qualifiers.

Australia currently qualifies for five consecutive World Cups.

They play against France, Denmark, and Tunisia in Group D when they return to Qatar for the tournament in November.

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