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news April 23, 2016
Inside the $100b charities bubble
The first reports on the charity sector reveal staggering duplication and a nation less willing to give than it likes to imagine.
news April 09, 2016
Sports gambling, advertising and the Barry O’Farrell review
As sports gambling becomes more ubiquitous – stimulated by TV advertising targeting young men – an inquiry focused on the illegality of offshore wagering rather than the dire social consequences is being sat on by government.
news April 16, 2016
No royal commission as Turnbull’s Liberals in deep with the banks
Conservatives against a banks royal commission argue it would damage the economy – because of the criminality it would reveal.
news April 02, 2016
The taxpayer’s billions spent on government advertising
The government’s $70m budget for border protection propaganda is the latest in a long line of taxpayer-funded “messaging” exercises.
news March 26, 2016
Malcolm Turnbull’s climate change thimble trick
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to grant a stay of execution to two government green energy agencies hinges more on cooling the heat on him than the environment.
news March 19, 2016
The tax shirkers running the PM’s ‘agility’ agenda
They are some of the country’s biggest corporate tax avoiders. Now their directors make up the board advising the government on innovation incentives.
news March 12, 2016
The rich people who pay no tax
Lost in the tax debate are the billions hidden in the cash economy, and the complex systems concealing the incomes of the very rich.
news March 05, 2016
Inside John Howard’s legacy
Twenty years after he won government, the economic and political damage of John Howard’s leadership is becoming clearer.
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 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 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 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.