The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) delivered a masterclass in spin and corporate lobbying this week. It’s worth going through it in detail to see how industry groups are able to push their agendas regardless of facts — even those in their owned commissioned research. Rod Campbell from The Australia Institute reports. The MCA put out a press release saying miners are ‘paying their fair share’, with an ‘effective tax rate of 51 per cent’ and this ‘conclusively busts the myth that Australian mining companies pay little or no tax.’ In fact, say the MCA, they’re paying so much...Read More
Author: Sandi Keane
As the US was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and trying to resuscitate its domestic coal industry, China has been busy accelerating its shift away from coal and enhanced its new energy technology capacity as a prelude to a global roll-out. Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reports. In 2017, China has continued to be the world’s dominant force in the building and financing of clean energy technology globally, concludes a report published today. IEEFA Report: China Continues to Position Itself for Global Clean Energy Dominance During...Read More
Did anybody notice the country’s annual emissions data? It was six months old, lost in the festive season scramble and not good news. Freelance journalist, Peter Boyer, who was awarded an OAM for services to conservation and the environment, particularly in the fields of climate science and awareness, reports. I’m seeing red this Christmas. It’s happened in years past, but now at the end of 2017 it’s deeper and darker than ever. I don’t mean the red in shop windows or bus drivers in Santa hats, of which I thoroughly approve, nor the bright glow lighting up the dark of...Read More
With Christmas fast approaching, will we see a record number of dogs abandoned at animal shelters? Thanks to social media’s power to tempt people into buying adorable puppies on a whim, this is exactly what has happened in Britain with a 57 per cent increase this Christmas. It’s a sobering thought and good reason to rerun Michael West’s December 2015 investigation into NSW RSPCA’s kill rate, the highest anywhere in the country. “We urgently need your help,” wrote Steve Coleman, chief executive of the RSPCA in a plea to Facebook followers on the last day of the financial year, six months...Read More
Agents of influence, presumably Chinese, are in the news. But the really important agents of influence are organisations linked “hip to hip” to the US and its military/industrial complex. One of these is the Australian Strategic Policy Institute which is an enthusiastic supporter of almost all things American. It pretends it is an independent think tank. John Menadue updates his post on this subject from September 6, 2016. Yesterday, Bob Carr commented that ASPI and the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney both express “consistently pro American positions” while receiving funding from “US corporations including armaments companies”. And it’s...Read More
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