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Pull out or perish: behind Blackrock’s grand exit from coal

BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund, is quitting thermal coal. The move by the $10 trillion fund has stunned financial markets. While the people protest in the streets, progressive analysts such as IEEFA’s Buckley, who had lobbied hard for the BlackRock decision, protest about climate change to global finance bosses.

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Gutless Wonders: when will politicians demonstrate the accountability they foist on the rest of us?

Gutless Wonders: when will politicians demonstrate the accountability they foist on the rest of us?

From Robodebt to Ruby Princess, politicians are past masters at ducking responsibility, though busy prosecuting their perceived foes. Will they stop at nothing to avoid being accountable, asks Elizabeth Minter. Taxpayers are on the hook for $3 million in court costs fighting whistleblowers, and threatened High Court action to stop a federal employee giving evidence to the Ruby Princess Inquiry. All the while, in the absence of a federal anti-corruption commission, the political scandals unfold, and pass without consequence.

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