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news February 27, 2016
Coalmine approvals based on flawed models
The coal industry uses flawed economic models to persuade gullible governments to approve new mines and expansions, grossly inflating employment benefits and ignoring profitability questions.
news February 13, 2016
Stuart Robert and political donations
The Stuart Robert scandal highlights deep flaws in the system when it comes to political donations, accountability and influence.
news February 20, 2016
Lockout laws and violence in the streets
Sydney’s lockout laws answered a media panic in the wake of two violent deaths on the streets. Assaults in trouble spots have since dropped, but are protests about ruining nightlife businesses misguided?
news February 06, 2016
Who foots the bill for open-cut mine rehabilitation?
There’s a new vogue in mine rehabilitation: sell the mine for nothing, and let someone else sort it out.
news January 30, 2016
Friction between factions as disunity threatens Liberal Party
A 30-year war that is once again spilling over destroys Malcolm Turnbull’s claim the Liberal Party is free from factional infighting and backroom deals.
news January 23, 2016
Is it all over for Clive Palmer and PUP?
During the past two years, Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel donated $21 million to the Palmer United Party. Now it can’t afford to pay its workers.
news December 19, 2015
Malcolm Turnbull rethinks climate strategy
A policy of ‘indirect action’ may be one way Malcolm Turnbull can hang on to the reins of the Coalition while keeping his emissions reduction dream alive.
news December 12, 2015
Coal seam gas leaks a climate debacle
Hundreds of uncapped bores have for decades been leaking methane, a gas more polluting than CO 2 – and the government knows almost nothing about them.
news December 05, 2015
The truth about Australia’s Ebola hospital
A year on from the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Australia’s slow, privatised and ineffective response has come in for questioning.
news November 28, 2015
The vexed power of Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed
A controversial figure, Australia’s Grand Mufti is of more importance to The Daily Telegraph than he is to many Muslims.
news November 21, 2015
Shenhua’s Mongolia coalmining scandal highlights local fears
International criticism hardens opponents of the Chinese coalmining giant’s plans for the Liverpool Plains, as governments roll over.
news November 14, 2015
The many trials of Cardinal George Pell
As Cardinal Pell prepares for another child sex abuse hearing, his ‘company man’ style has made him enemies within the Vatican.