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resources November 11, 2017

Mixed environmental messages in Queensland

In the run-up to the Queensland election, the major parties are attempting to play both sides of the Adani mine–Great Barrier Reef debate.

resources October 21, 2017

The Coalition’s national energy guarantee

While the government’s proposed national energy guarantee has been criticised as being more about saving Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership than good policy, has the prime minister smuggled in a carbon price under the noses of his conservative colleagues?

resources October 7, 2017

Andrew Forrest’s good intentions

While Andrew Forrest campaigns to save Australians from smoking-related cancers or the world from slavery, his company’s practices tell a less benevolent story.

resources October 14, 2017

Abbott looks to Pell on energy policy

In condemning action on climate change as killing ‘goats to appease the volcano gods’, Tony Abbott was paraphrasing an earlier speech by his confessor, Cardinal George Pell.

resources September 23, 2017

Proving political collusion in water buybacks

Following revelations about inappropriate dealings with irrigators, the first of six inquiries finds a regulator captured by vested interests.

resources August 26, 2017

Our unhealthy power stations

A new report into emissions limits applied to Australia’s power stations shows they are less strict than in the US, EU and China, and that state environmental protection agencies are too timid in enforcing them.

resources June 24, 2017

Final chapter in Adani loan deal

While the dealings of the government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility remain shrouded in secrecy, pressure mounts over funding for the Adani rail line.

resources June 17, 2017

The politics of the Finkel review

When Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg briefed Coalition MPs on the Finkel review’s recommendations for a clean energy target, all eyes were on Tony Abbott and his supporters.

resources April 15, 2017

Killing the Great Barrier Reef

As the Great Barrier Reef suffers record bleaching, Malcolm Turnbull courts a mining giant that will only hasten its death.

resources March 25, 2017

The gas industry’s power play

Long-term mismanagement of Australia’s gas industry has seen price gouging by cartels and the possible need for imports. Even if the government can put things to right, natural gas will never again be a cheap alternative fossil fuel.

resources March 18, 2017

Renewables and South Australia’s power policy

The outcome of the South Australian government’s bold energy policy could be key to the future of renewable energy throughout the nation.