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“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.

The Great Artesian Basin, the forests, the premier Gladys Berejiklian: is nothing safe from the NSW Nationals?

The Great Artesian Basin, the forests, the premier Gladys Berejiklian: is nothing safe from the NSW Nationals?

The power of the Nationals in NSW politics poses a serious risk to the state’s environmental health. From fracking the Pillaga and pushing for coal mining on the fertile soil of the Liverpool Plains, to using the state’s remaining forests for a dirty power plant dressed up as ‘renewable’ energy, Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s fingerprints are on every policy. Suzanne Arnold reports.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Donor Republic’s copycat plastics campaign quietly cancelled

Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Donor Republic’s copycat plastics campaign quietly cancelled

Just days after its launch, I Refuse to Single Use, which mimicked Plastic Free July, has been cancelled. How much will the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, granted $444 million of taxpayers’ money, now be up for in penalties for breaking its contract with Donor Republic, the agency that devised the initiative that effectively swiped the intellectual property? Elizabeth Minter reports.

Morrison’s media code could be catastrophic for climate and energy news

Morrison’s media code could be catastrophic for climate and energy news

Climate denial from Rupert Murdoch’s toxic Sky News, Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Junkee. This sort of “news” will be on display on Google News Showcase as a result of the government’s regressive new media laws. It is a travesty for journalism and dangerous to climate and energy transition, writes Giles Parkinson, founder of independent media site Renew Economy.

Fracking Madness: “hottest play on the planet” or giant sinkhole for public money?

Fracking Madness: “hottest play on the planet” or giant sinkhole for public money?

“The hottest play on the planet,” Keith Pitt calls it. Resources Minister Pitt and his government are keen to open up the Northern Territory to gas fracking but, if the NT’s Beetaloo Basin is so “hot” for investors, then why do they need public money to drill it? Even more bizarrely, the industry has made it clear that it does not want public subsidies but Pitt and Co appear determined to throw public money at the gas companies anyway. Callum Foote and Michael West report on another extraordinary case of corporate welfare, environmental destruction and the political donors and large US hedge funds who we are all subsidising.

Val Shopping: Barnaby Joyce department paid 57 times over for #watergate rights

Val Shopping: Barnaby Joyce department paid 57 times over for #watergate rights

New documents reveal a valuation of just $1.4 million for the water rights sold by Angus Taylor’s old company to Barnaby Joyce’s department. Unfortunately, the government was guided by a later, far higher valuation for the controversial water rights. Jommy Tee’s latest investigation is further compelling evidence of the drastic need for a federal corruption commission with teeth.

Another Australian miner sues another poor country, this time Barrick’s Porgera in PNG

Another Australian miner sues another poor country, this time Barrick’s Porgera in PNG

Investor State Dispute Settlement processes in trade agreements hit the headlines when US multinational Philip Morris tried to sue Australia over its tobacco plain packaging laws. Australian mining companies are increasingly using ISDS processes and are being awarded billions based on dubious calculations of potential lost profits by unaccountable international tribunals. Patricia Ranald reports.

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