Author: Sandi Keane

CSG lobbyists: untangling the web of influence peddlers

A Vote Compass survey taken during the 2016 federal election reported two-thirds of Australians opposed easing restrictions on CSG exploration, compared with just over half during the previous election. CSG is unpopular with both farmers, environmentalists and, increasingly, most other voters. Following her investigation into Barnaby’s gas bonanza, whistleblower Simone Marsh untangles the web influence peddlers — the CSG lobbyists. THE PLANNING phase for east coast CSG-LNG commenced during the Howard LNP innings at the federal level. The present Queensland director of lobby group APPEA, Rhys Turner, was an advisor in the office of PM John Howard and Shadow Treasurer...

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Shell plays Australian gas customers for mugs

In the wake of the AFR National Energy Summit in Sydney, investment analyst Bruce Robertson joins Shell Australia’s Zoe Yujnovich in debunking a few gas myths — specifically those of Shell Australia. PLAYING THE public for mugs is standard practice for Australia’s gas cartel in any discussion on the gas crisis which grips this country. In an article in the Australian Financial Review ahead of the summit on Monday, Shell’s new boss Zoe Yujnovich took aim at ‘gas myths’. Yujnovic plucked a longbow from Shell’s arsenal of spin and took aim: “Allow me to be absolutely clear on this point – Australian gas...

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Investigation: Barnaby’s gas bonanza and the pervading influence of the gas lobby

Gas companies weigh a heavy influence over Australia’s political leadership. As the horror show over high gas prices unfolds, Big Gas Con whistleblower and analyst, Simone Marsh, reports on National Party donations, the gas lobby, the “revolving doors” between industry and politics, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and his land parcel at Narrabri where Santos is planning to drill. This is the first of a two-part series. THE COALITION’S complicity over gas exports was on display last week as the Prime Minister twirled the control trigger on his finger, then turned to point at us. Turnbull’s government threatens...

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Fossil fools: $US185 billion shareholder wealth destroyed over last decade

Hapless taxpayers face the prospect of subsidising foreign billionaire, Gautam Adani, to the tune of billions of dollars – not just the railway but now the mine itself too – and farmers in Queensland are told to bear it when the government hands out unlimited free water to Adani. It is little wonder public outrage over Adani’s Carmichael coal mine – a project considered unbankable by Queensland’s own Treasury two years ago – has now galvanised into one of Australia’s biggest protest movements. Both the Australian Conservation Foundation and GetUp! are targeting politicians in marginal seats. The #StopAdani movement,...

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Canadian banks and audit firm sued over Taib Mahmud money-laundering

Swiss charity, the Bruno Manser Fund, has been tracking the allegedly corrupt Malaysian billionaire Taib Mahmud  for years. Thanks to the work of this Swiss NGO, we were able to expose the activities of the former governor of Sarawak province in Fairfax Media in 2015 as the man behind a money-laundering scheme involving Australian property, namely The Adelaide Hilton. As far as we are aware, authorities are yet to investigate despite the evidence. Between 1981 and 2014, over 90 per cent of Sarawak’s tropical rainforest was logged, allegedly lining the pockets of Chief Minister Taib and his family. Bruno Manser campaigns world-wide...

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New Michael West Podcast

Created by PodcastOne, this 3 part series looks into how Australia has gone from one of the cheapest countries in the world for energy to one of the most expensive, and reveals just what has happened with our gas and electricity supply and why we are on the verge of an energy crisis.

Listen to THE ENERGY TRUTH on the PodcastOne website

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