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News June 09, 2018
The case for legalised cannabis
With California green-lighting the world’s largest legal marijuana market, will Australia follow suit?
News March 24, 2018
Same-sex marriage in India
In India, homosexual sex remains illegal and deeply taboo, but the Arranged Gay Marriage Bureau and a highly ranked royal are working hard to change that.
News April 21, 2018
Native title and mining leases
A series of legal battles to prevent mining exploration on Olkola land in Cape York has highlighted the limitations of native title and Aboriginal land rights without the right of veto.
News August 26, 2017
Our unhealthy power stations
A new report into emissions limits applied to Australia’s power stations shows they are less strict than in the US, EU and China, and that state environmental protection agencies are too timid in enforcing them.
News May 06, 2017
Chechnya’s gay purge
As homosexuals are rounded up, imprisoned and brutally beaten in Chechnya, and families engage in ‘honour killings’, the country’s leader says the gay population will be eliminated by Ramadan.
News April 01, 2017
Palm oil plantations displace more than orang-utans
The Western focus on saving the endangered Borneo orang-utan from palm oil plantations overlooks the industry’s effect on indigenous communities and the climate change impact of the loss of peat forests.
News February 11, 2017
Environmental concerns for Timor-Leste cement project
While plans to build a major cement project in Timor-Leste have brought the welcome promise of jobs for local people, the environmental and social costs could be catastrophic.
News May 02, 2015
Threat to far north Queensland cassowaries a case for worry
Cassowaries play a vital role in Indigenous culture and rainforest replenishment, but the rare bird’s numbers are rapidly falling in Far North Queensland as human recklessness takes its toll.
News November 22, 2014
Future Fund betting on the nuclear arms race
Australia’s Future Fund invests in nuclear weapons development and our banks are happy to provide capital as well.
News September 27, 2014
The unusual suspects of the protest movement
Protesters at the People’s Climate March in Melbourne found themselves being sold superannuation. Organisers say the movement needs to embrace a corporate presence to effect real change.
News June 28, 2014
Malaysia detains Sydney environmental protester indefinitely
A Sydney woman is being detained without charge in Malaysia after protesting that an Australian mining company there is failing to safely dispose of radioactive waste.
Environment April 05, 2014
The fracking industry’s PR blitz
The oil and gas industry is waging a PR campaign to counter public concerns about hydraulic fracturing. It extends to recruitment in school classrooms.