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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 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 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 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.

resources February 18, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull’s switch on power sources

The further Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gets into defending the Coalition’s climate change policy, the clearer it becomes that he is living two lives.

resources February 11, 2017

Gina Rinehart’s cattle stations, Adam Giles and fracking prospects

A push into cattle has made Gina Rinehart the NT’s biggest landholder, and seen her enlist the help of former chief minister and fracking proponent Adam Giles.

resources November 26, 2016

The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley

While Hazelwood’s closure raises questions about the future of Latrobe Valley – and of energy markets – an insider says Engie got off lightly after the mine fire inquiry.

resources November 19, 2016

SA’s citizen jury defies royal commission

SA’s citizen jury, which rejected the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission's pro-storage stance, reveals the democratic tension when governments open decision-making to the people while seeking a predetermined outcome.