environment

resources February 16, 2019

Matt Canavan hijacks native title fight on Adani

While Resources Minister Matt Canavan insists Adani has the full support of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, the legitimacy of a land agreement with the mining giant is the subject of a Federal Court appeal.

environment February 2, 2019

‘Gross negligence’ on Murray-Darling

Murray-Darling Basin royal commissioner Bret Walker, SC, has savaged successive governments and found the basin’s management authority is ‘unwilling or incapable of acting lawfully’.

resources November 17, 2018

The energy blame game

As the government pushes to legislate for control of energy prices, retailers blame poor policy for rising bills. Meanwhile, experts say, the market continues to be gamed by energy generators.

rural January 26, 2019

Fish kill: What led to the Murray disaster

The death of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Murray-Darling Basin was unprecedented, but it was not without warning.

resources October 27, 2018

Climate change claims its first mammal extinction

Liberal moderates, corporations and the voters of Wentworth have all called on the Morrison government to act on climate change. But the country’s top scientists say its effects are already wreaking havoc across Australia.

environment August 18, 2018

Accounting trick frames reef grant

The government’s surprise $444 million grant to a private foundation is allegedly being used to fudge its commitment to UNESCO on Barrier Reef protection.

indigenous affairs August 4, 2018

Protecting country

Protesters against a Victorian highway project requiring the clearing of thousands of trees, including some sacred to the local Djab Wurrung people, say the issue exposes the government’s hypocrisy in treaty negotiations.

rural August 4, 2018

High court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation

A Commonwealth challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling royal commission has become a state rights battleground with implications for the Constitution.

environment May 26, 2018

Who is the group awarded $443m to save the reef?

The largest government grant for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef has been awarded, without tender, to a tiny foundation with no details on why.

rural May 12, 2018

Fuel reduction a smokescreen for logging burns

The smoke drifting into Melbourne from fires in Victoria’s central highlands, described by a government agency as the result of bushfire management for community safety, is mostly due to logging industry burnoffs.

environment May 12, 2018

Dhaka’s climate refugees a warning

Dhaka is on the frontline of climate change disaster, as refugees from Bangladesh’s flooding south are migrating to the capital in abject poverty. Experts fear that failure to persuade regional towns to rapidly expand could lead to anarchy.