In the tradition of Coalition environment ministers, Sussan Ley has knocked back a large renewable energy project while waving through three new coal mines. Callum Foote reports on a government ministry which has found more renewable projects “clearly unacceptable” than coal mines.
The Coalition’s election war-chest will be brimming with fossil fuel donations thanks to demands by Barnaby Joyce and Keith Pitt to transfer $250bn from Australia to Chinese and other coal and gas companies. Michael West reports on the National Party's latest brainstorm
The Minerals Council of Australia, a foreign-controlled mining lobby, has duped Australia's major media in an $80bn PR scam by fraudulently claiming more than $72 billion of GST payments to exaggerate contribution of the minerals industry to Australia. As first-year accounting students know, GST payments are rebatable. Media outlets have not done their work. Callum Foote reports.
BHP counts all the carbon emissions from projects it operates but ignores the climate impact of its investments in projects managed by other companies. This is not a credible approach to climate change, writes Peter Milne, from independent energy and climate news site Boiling Cold, as all owners have a say on the big decisions that affect emissions. Ignoring emissions is also great for executive bonuses.
It was a magnificent shot-in-the-foot, a political “own goal” directed at its ideological foes, and driven by a relentless campaign by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, but an own-goal which backfired and caught all the Coalition friendly lobby groups in a red-tape nightmare. Stephanie Tran reports on political donations.
It has been 10 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster that was fuelled by Australian uranium but neither the mining industry nor the nation’s leaders have heeded any of the lessons, instead continuing to export uranium to countries with inadequate regulation and nations beset by corruption. David Noonan and Dr Jim Green report.
Total political donations for 2020 are $168m, way down on the $434m in the previous year 2018/19. The Liberal Party edged out Labor as the top recipient. Total donations for Liberal Party are $57m, Labor $55m, Nationals $12.4m, Clive Palmer $10.2m, Greens $7.2m and One Nation $5.8m.
Grahame Mapp has been on every AFR rich list since it was first established in 1984. Mapp has business interests in various sectors, including mining, entertainment, property, and horseracing. He is affiliated with two dark companies on the Secret Rich List.
Drumroll ... trumpets, red carpet: we are rolling out Australia's Top 40 Tax Dodgers for 2021. Michael West unveils the villains and the heroes of the tax scene, including new gongs this year for Lifetime Achievement Award and UnAustralian of the Year.
Angus Taylor’s rescue package for the oil industry is a testament to governments getting gamed by large corporations. The latest Tax Office transparency data shows oil and gas juggernauts are Australia’s biggest tax cheats, again, yet now they are crying for public subsidies - and getting them - to prop up their oil refineries. Michael West reports on the good and the bad in multinational tax dodging land.
New documents reveal a valuation of just $1.4 million for the water rights sold by Angus Taylor's old company to Barnaby Joyce's department. Unfortunately, the government was guided by a later, far higher valuation for the controversial water rights. Jommy Tee's latest investigation is further compelling evidence of the drastic need for a federal corruption commission with teeth.
When the Coalition communications minister very quietly changed the regulations to enable access to millions of unlisted mobiles for ‘political research, the Liberal Party’s pollster Crosby Textor was quick out of the blocks with an application to access the database, writes Jommy Tee.
Get Our Weekly Newsletter. Unsubscribe anytime.