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Sitting Ducks: spread of Carbon Border Tax schemes leaves Australia defenceless on climate

Sitting Ducks: spread of Carbon Border Tax schemes leaves Australia defenceless on climate

The sudden, global move to tax carbon puts billions of Australian coal and gas exports at risk, indeed this country’s largest sources of income. Hard on the heels of the EU’s carbon border tax declaration, the US declared a carbon border scheme. Others are poised to follow. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the immense risk to Australia’s largest source of income.

Carbon Bomb Beetaloo: world goes net zero, yet Coalition steps on the gas, Labor nods

Carbon Bomb Beetaloo: world goes net zero, yet Coalition steps on the gas, Labor nods

Tracts the size of Bulgaria open for oil and gas exploration, along with generous government subsidies for foreign oil companies. Just as the world is tackling climate change, Australia is accelerating its fossil fuel production, and in almost every state and territory. Callum Foote investigates the bizarre hand-outs for a foreign hedge fund drilling for gas and the carve up of the NT’s Beetaloo Basin.

Murdoch media, Nine Entertainment, mining lobby, busted for record bullartistry, go into hiding

Murdoch media, Nine Entertainment, mining lobby, busted for record bullartistry, go into hiding

The Minerals Council of Australia, a foreign-controlled mining lobby, has duped Australia’s major media in an $80bn PR scam by fraudulently claiming more than $72 billion of GST payments to exaggerate contribution of the minerals industry to Australia. As first-year accounting students know, GST payments are rebatable. Media outlets have not done their work. Callum Foote reports.

BHP carbon accounting good for executive bonuses, not for climate

BHP carbon accounting good for executive bonuses, not for climate

BHP counts all the carbon emissions from projects it operates but ignores the climate impact of its investments in projects managed by other companies. This is not a credible approach to climate change, writes Peter Milne, from independent energy and climate news site Boiling Cold, as all owners have a say on the big decisions that affect emissions. Ignoring emissions is also great for executive bonuses.

“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin

“Scientifically Indefensible”: how a $13 billion political fix is killing the Murray Darling Basin

The federal government continues to squander $13 billion of taxpayers’ money in an unlawful mess that was supposed to fix this country’s greatest environmental catastrophe – the destruction of the Murray Darling Basin. It is a tale of political interference, scientific censorship and deception, pressure from lobbyists and bureaucratic cowardice. Richard Beasley SC reports.

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