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resources April 15, 2017

Killing the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is now dying faster than scientists can document. Just a month ago, in the prestigious journal Nature , the team from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies published the results of their...

resources March 25, 2017

The gas industry’s power play

Lindsay Partridge, the managing director of building products and property development company Brickworks, is a man to whom the Liberal Party listens. At least on some issues. Back in March 2011, when the Labor government...

resources February 18, 2017

Malcolm Turnbull’s switch on power sources

It is an unusual double standard by which Malcolm Turnbull lives. The common complaint against politicians is that they do not practise what they preach, that their private behaviour is of a lower standard than what they...

resources March 18, 2017

Renewables and South Australia’s power policy

The tension was stretched tight across Josh Frydenberg’s face, his mouth not certain what to do. For months he and South Australian premier Jay Weatherill had hurled blame at each other over SA’s energy problems. Now they...

resources February 11, 2017

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

If it were not plain enough already that the riven, scandal-plagued Northern Territory government of Adam Giles was heading for massive defeat at last August’s election, the open letter released to the media five days out from...

resources November 26, 2016

The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley

The coal fire had been burning for 33 days when I arrived in the town of Morwell, 150 kilometres east of Melbourne. Government officials were conducting house visits in face-masks, helicopters buzzed the power plant in the...

resources November 19, 2016

SA's citizen jury defies royal commission

Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, AC, CSC, RANR, calmly damned the torpedoes when he went on Adelaide radio on Tuesday morning. He wasn’t sunk yet, he insisted. The available evidence, however, suggested he was taking a lot of water...

resources October 1, 2016

China’s coal price cartel

The statement was staggering, naked and oddly prescient. It was May, and the former prime minister, Tony Abbott, was paying tribute to retiring parliamentarian Ian Macfarlane. The subject was mining and indebtedness. “The...

resources October 1, 2016

Political power struggle after SA’s statewide blackout

Every South Australian will have a story about the night the lights went out. As wild storms lashed the state on Wednesday, social media proved some managed to maintain a sense of humour in the darkness. “Congratulations South...

resources August 13, 2016

Josh Frydenberg's approach to environment and energy

Josh Frydenberg’s ministerial office is crammed with his heroes: black-and-white portraits of one of his predecessors in the Victorian seat of Kooyong, Sir Robert Menzies, and British wartime prime minister Sir Winston...

resources August 6, 2016

Measuring fugitive CSG emissions

In October 2015, an unconventional gas mining well head ruptured at Aliso Canyon near Los Angeles. It belched out a massive plume of methane – the most potent greenhouse gas. Overhead, a Hyperion spectrometer aboard a NASA...