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News November 30, 2019
Hydrogen strategy backs dirty coal
Although touted as a clean energy project, the government’s investment in hydrogen production is in fact protecting the fossil fuel industry – a paradox that may limit the value of the new technology.
News November 16, 2019
Actually, it is climate change
As the prime minister refuses to discuss the science linking climate change and the bushfires burning in eastern Australia, former Howard adviser Geoff Cousins compares the political strategy to the tactics of the American gun lobby. With photography by Stephen Dupont.
News November 23, 2019
The transition to renewable energy
Despite the successes of Australia’s renewable energy sector, the federal government is stalling on further development of this industry, instead maintaining its dogged commitment to coal-fired power.
News November 09, 2019
Activism and secondary boycotts
Although the Coalition is talking tough about criminalising consumer advocacy, legal experts say any attempt to do so will be hamstrung by reality.
News November 02, 2019
The fatal cost of Australia’s rising inequality
As the gap between Australia’s rich and poor continues to widen, a new study highlights the fatal cost of economic inequality and the rise of ‘deaths of despair’.
News October 26, 2019
Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state
Privacy experts fear the Home Affairs minister will ignore a warning from parliament’s most powerful committee and push ahead with his plan for national surveillance.
News October 19, 2019
Children in the criminal justice system
As crossbencher Rebekha Sharkie pushes to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, experts point to the long-term detrimental effects of early incarceration and a disproportionate racial factor in detention rates.
News October 12, 2019
The decline of political freedoms in Australia
While the Australian government is quick to criticise other countries for restricting people’s freedoms, its treatment of whistleblowers and climate protesters reveals an alarming hypocrisy.
News October 05, 2019
The cost of increasing the super rate
While the proposal to increase the superannuation rate to 12 per cent has bipartisan support, the reform is likely to be a significant economic burden that exacerbates inequality.
News September 28, 2019
NSW farmers’ class action on water
As water supplies remain perilously low across Australia’s drought-stricken east, a group of farmers is launching a $750 million class action against the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.
News September 21, 2019
Robo-debt class action launched
As prominent lawyer Peter Gordon launches a class action against Centrelink’s controversial robo-debt scheme, the minister in charge claims it’s all a political stunt.
News September 14, 2019
Philip Lowe and Australia’s economy
Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe is flouting convention, publicly calling on the government and business to do more to save Australia’s foundering economy.