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rural July 13, 2019

Murray–Darling recovery in peril

As attempts to restore water to the river basin fail to meet their targets, scientists warn irrigator subsidies may cost 10 times initial estimates.

resources July 13, 2019

Queensland mining industry reckons with spate of deaths

After the death of six workers in the past 12 months, Queensland’s mining industry is desperately searching for solutions to improve the safety of its worksites.

rural May 25, 2019

Shorten loses again, trying to undermine Albanese leadership

As Labor attempts to understand how it lost the unloseable election, old divisions have been reopened by the party’s search for a new identity to win back voters.

rural June 15, 2019

Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard

As the Coalition stalls on emissions reduction, moneyed climate activists are turning to direct investment, led by tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes.

resources May 25, 2019

Morrison sprints to Adani approval

The Queensland Labor government has taken the Coalition’s election victory as a warning it must fall in line and green-light the Carmichael coalmine.

resources May 11, 2019

Are the Nationals still the party of the bush?

With the election poised to be a referendum on climate policy, the junior Coalition partner finds itself out of touch with voters, even in its traditional strongholds.

rural April 27, 2019

Keelty warns river ‘ripe for corruption’

EXCLUSIVE: Former AFP chief Mick Keelty is examining links between political donations and water licences, and calling for proceeds-of-crime laws to be expanded.

resources March 16, 2019

Barnaby’s last stand

As the Nationals quietly shift positions on climate change and energy, Barnaby Joyce is wreaking havoc as coal’s last defender.

resources March 9, 2019

Wilcannia: The town with no water

Since the Darling River ran dry six months ago, Wilcannia’s residents have been left to truck in drinking water. Politicians blame the drought, but locals cite mismanagement and corruption.

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 September 1, 2018

Barnaby Joyce and the Murray–Darling

As Barnaby Joyce, newly minted special envoy for drought, made a grab for Murray–Darling water, the royal commission into the basin faced yet another setback.