Author: Sandi Keane

MW’s solution to safeguard public interest investigative journalism

How can we safeguard the future of investigative journalism in Australia? MW’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism floats a couple of ideas (with the added bonus of neutralising #fakenews) and requiring just a minor tweaking of our tax laws. MW’s ed-in-chief, Sandi Keane, reports. AS MICHAEL WEST said in his Opening Statement to the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism: “There is as yet, however, no reliable business model to fund journalism and my personal experience is testament to this.” The massive slump in advertising revenues has hit investigative journalism hardest....

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Climate doubt merchants and their self-inflicted blindness

In recent years, the gulf between Coalition and Labor on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) has widened since politics overtook science in determining conservative attitudes on climate science.  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. WANT TO know why power bills are so high? Look no further than South Australia’s battery project and other “make-believe solutions to a make-believe crisis”. That was Andrew Bolt’s advice last week in one of his Herald-Sun tirades. Ignoring chief scientist Alan Finkel’s advice that high power prices are due to expensive...

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John Quiggin on Adani’s thinking: Will we end up with a $1 billion black hole?

Research economist, Professor John Quiggin, hypothesizes on Adani’s “green light” to Carmichael. His likely (scary) scenario sees the Australia public dudded with a half-built rail line to nowhere and a $1 billion black hole. A COUPLE OF days ago, Gautam Adani made the long awaited announcement that the Adani board had decided to proceed with the Carmichael mine-rail project in the Galilee Basin. As usual there was an asterisk. Construction work won’t start until Adani can get financial backing. This was previously supposed to be in June 2017 (that is, within weeks) but has now been deferred until 2018. Still, Adani...

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Epic wealth creation and the Game of Mates

There is one class of people in Australia which transcends political parties, dominates the business world and is the key to getting rich. That is, mates. Working hard is good, watching Anthony Robins tapes might help, but if you really want to get ahead, say Dr Cameron Murray and Professor Paul Frijters in their new book, ‘Game of Mates’, find yourself some good old mates. This is a tale of feather-nesting mates who skim billions from Australia’s economy to line their own pockets. Whether it’s property, mining, infrastructure or banking, the mates have their snouts firmly in it, helping themselves to a...

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Your Sunday roast, Pauline, brought to you by kosher ritual slaughter, not halal

Yesterday, at Senate estimate hearings, Pauline Hanson lobbed another grenade into the on-going halal beat-up. She claimed that cows were slaughtered “alive” under halal. Sorry, but not quite true, Pauline. Sandi Keane’s investigation into ritual livestock slaughter reveals that halal stuns the animal beforehand (so technically “alive” but unconscious) unlike kosher which, by the way, may end up at the family BBQ or as your Sunday roast. Sandi’s investigation was in 2012 but remains true today. You can read further about ritual killing here. Your Sunday roast, brought to you by ritual animal slaughter Loopholes in the law mean that Australian consumers are...

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