Author: Sandi Keane

Coalition tries again to strip eco-charities of tax-deductibility status

The Government will financially damage environment groups by stripping away their tax-deductibility status while corporate lobby groups pay no tax thanks to their not-for-profit status. Its case, based on arguments espoused by helped by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is that eco-charities should not be political activists. When the IPA spins the facts on climate change, tobacco or GMO foods, however, it is subsidised via tax-deductions for its donors. Cam Walker reports. WITHOUT COMMUNITY advocacy for the environment, the Franklin River would have been dammed, there would be no World Heritage Areas or national parks protecting our wild landscapes,...

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If #SSM doesn’t wreck it, NBN or Murray-Darling might

If things weren’t already terrible for the Turnbull Government on marriage equality, the prime minister and deputy prime minister are front and centre in two other big problems. Crikey’s politics editor, Bernard Keane, reports. WHILE THE Turnbull Government goes to pieces over marriage equality, some holding operations have become necessary on two other major fronts, both of which, in normal circumstances, would be significant medium-term problems. One is the NBN. The government is now facing the consequences of its decision to wreck the project by switching to Fibre To The Node/Fibre To The Some Other Random Point Short Of Your Premises...

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Santos, coal seam gas and the disappearing $2 billion

Researchers Tony Shields and Rod Campbell at The Australia Institute expose Santos’ wilful and exaggerated economic assessments (known in the trade as “strategic misrepresentation’) to win government approval for its controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project. WHEN SANTOS submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to get government approval for its Narrabri coal seam gas project, their consultants, GHD, estimated the project would provide net economic benefits of $2.2 billion. Strangely, in Santos’ financial statements the project is worth a bit less. Actually, a lot less. In December 2015 Santos was forced to “write down the remaining book value” of its stake in...

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Pet aversion: energy retailers in “savage dog” meter scam

Are you a dog owner and fed up with getting inflated “estimated” energy bills? Two weeks ago, our editor-in-chief, Sandi Keane, discovered her therapy dog, Milka – a Golden Retriever who worked in the palliative care section of the Royal Melbourne Hospital – had been classified “savage” by Multinet. So meter readers refused to visit her property. Milka passed away but it was the same deal for McKaylee, her next Golden Retriever pup … also “savage”. Sandi reports. ON MOVING to Melbourne seven years ago, I was shocked by energy bills four times higher than at my last address in the...

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Gas shortage! What gas shortage?

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 debacle. CONSUMERS ARE opening up their latest gas and electricity bills to discover that – on top of prices doubling in recent years – they’ll be slugged a further 15 to 20 per cent. For many struggling households, it could mean turning off the heating or going without food — the “heat or eat” dilemma. The...

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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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