As Santos reports its profits this week, there is one number you are unlikely to hear from chief Kevin Gallagher: $7 billion. That’s $7 billion in gas losses over five years
Australia is destined to become the world’s biggest exporter of gas, writes analyst Bruce Robertson. Importing gas to solve the challenge of rampaging gas prices is ludicrous and only paves the way for the gas cartel to further profiteer at the expense of consumers. The answer is clear; a “domestic reservation policy” which earmarks Australian gas for Australia consumers. What is lacking is political will.
Gas Shortage? What shortage, asks IEEFA analyst Bruce Robertson in Part One of his analysis of who the big losers are in the East Coast gas debacle. Consumers, manufacturers, small businesses and the gas industry itself are all big losers in the East coast gas...
‘Sham inquiry’: calls grow for proper investigation into scandal-ridden NSW workers’ insurance scheme icare
The publicly owned workers compensation scheme paid for a right-wing US political operative to work in Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s office. Instead of ordering a judicial inquiry into the scandal, Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to stand by her man, writes Wendy Bacon.
The numerous inquiries, reviews and consultations over the years have provided mounds of evidence of negligence, neglect and abuse in residential aged care homes. Yet the recommendations have mostly been ignored. Now we watch in horror as the number of elderly residents who have died from Covid-19 continues to climb. The government is going to have to explain how this predictable tragedy occurred on its watch.
Robodebt: changes to Criminal Code pave way for action against lawyers who vigorously defend clients
The Commonwealth has been extremely cruel to Centrelink recipients but there’s no suggestion that those who designed and implemented Robodebt will face any punishment. Yet lawyers who unwittingly cause distress to public officials when defending clients could face criminal charges.
In 2017, Labor MP Michael Danby repaid travel claims for family trips dating back to 2010. He used public money to pay for an ad to attack an ABC reporter and he took a week’s sick leave from Parliament to spend the time travelling in Israel.
Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy retired from the Australian army in July 2008 having concluded his 37 year military career with six years as Chief of Army. Within a year he was on the boards of Codan and Electro Optic Systems (EOS). More recently, EOS has been exporting its weapon systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates while the Yemen war has raged despite multiple reports of war crimes by these countries and a situation in Yemen which the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.