The destruction of the sacred Juukan Gorge caves highlighted the folly of Rio Tinto’s decision-making in moving its headquarters to the UK, a world away from local knowledge and in breach of the original merger conditions. It’s time Rio ended the remote-control management and returned its team to the country that provides the bulk of its profits, writes Shane West.
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Desperate Dalrymple: Brookfield dumps coal port on mums and dads in ASX float as Queensland moots bail-out
The giant coal port Dalrymple Bay is up for sale. The financial engineering wizards from Brookfield want out. Brookfield’s debt is humungous, and green hydrogen is looming as a mortal threat to coking coal. They can’t offload it to professional investors, so they are now targeting the mums and dads for a float on the ASX,
Bushfires, bots and arson
Who Pays: should ordinary taxpayers foot the bill for bushfires or the fossil fuel giants who pay no tax?
Five of Australia’s top coal companies – Peabody, Yancoal Sumitomo, Citic and Whitehaven – racked up $54 billion in total income over the past five years and paid zero income tax in Australia, according to Tax Office corporate tax data. Fossil fuel companies should foot the bill for the fires, not ordinary taxpayers.
As bushfires rage and the demands for action on climate rise, the gas cartel is developing a suite of enormous fossil fuel projects destined to blow Australia’s commitments to the Paris Agreement to smithereens”. Michael West reports on the push to frack new provinces; the propaganda and the reality.
As Australia cooks under forecast record temperatures this week, the Coalition is still trying to cook the books by claiming carry-over Kyoto credits to mask its failure on climate. Sandi Keane updates her recent article, the first to explain in full just how these ill-gotten Kyoto credits were conjured up courtesy of John Howard.
Triskele looks at a proposal by Gina Rinehart to build the biggest irrigation farm in the northern hemisphere using offtake flood water from the Fitzroy River. The plan is at odds with the state government’s 2013 election commitment to create a landmark Kimberley National Park
The current drought in Eastern Australia has focused the attention of all Australians on water but effective policy responses are missing in action. Isn’t it time to call it a water emergency? Quentin Grafton and John Williams report. The dictionary defines an...
Norway delivered its oil & gas riches to its people, Australia delivered the profits into foreign hands, having done the exploration, spending years and billions proving up giant gas fields. As the gas cartel rakes in the profits exporting LNG at the expense of local consumers
To allow the poisoning of critically endangered grasslands by a company which he part-owned, Angus Taylor pushed to have the environment legislation reviewed. The review was chaired by Dr Wendy Craik, a regular reviewer for government. Will it be a “win-win” for the wealthy financier? Jommy Tee and Sandi Keane report.
What an outrage it is that the Northern Territory doesn’t increase its grape production, rather than importing wine from South Australia! And what about those lazy Tasmanians; rather than producing their own mangoes and pineapples they import them from Queensland!
IN APRIL 2017, the Commonwealth Director of National Parks (DNP) translocated eight endangered Norfolk Island green parrots from Norfolk Island to what was hoped would be their new home on Phillip Island.
The arrival of monsoon season may not be enough to save India from the grip of a devastating water crisis. At what point does national crisis evolve to global catastrophe? Michael Sainsbury reports.
Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) is a trillion-dollar, climate change-inducing value destruction machine. It relies on false economics, selective accounting and political capture. Stewart Taggart reports.
“This ticks so many boxes,” an adamant George Christensen told Seven News. “Local jobs, indigenous self-empowerment, indigenous training, local jobs”.
The sudden push by Murdoch media and Coalition right-wingers to overturn the nuclear power ban ignores the chilling economic cost. According to Noel Wauchope, it’s enough to give we taxpayers an attack of the collywobbles.
Why would a billionaire persist with a mine that will probably lose money? John Quiggin explains. BY MID-JUNE, if everything goes as expected, Adani Australia will receive the final environmental approvals for its proposed Carmichael coal mine and rail...
Defying all odds, prospects for Adani’s coal mine in the Galilee Basin have never looked better. This is a risk for Australia, and the world
This reporter had not been barred from attending a public meeting in two decades of journalism but it finally happened. Michael West reports on the sneaky push to exempt a Chinese-owned tax avoider from the National Gas Rules
The Adani pile-on continues apace this week with Bob Brown's Stop Adani convoy, Queensland Government's rejection of the miner's management plan for the endangered Black-Throated Finch and the UK's upping of the global stakes with its "climate emergency"....
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's first budget tomorrow is expected to deliver a predicted surplus thanks to Australia enjoying its second largest increase in mineral exports on record. But for the winner of the 2019 federal election, the surplus will likely be short-lived...
The price of a solar module has crashed 90 per cent since 2010. That was the year when Adani bought into its Galilee Basin coal project but it is now demanding compensation from Australian taxpayers
Scott Morrison made the pilgrimage to Texas last year to visit Exxon bosses. The then Treasurer might have prodded them to pay tax in Australia, but no
Are former PM John Howard's ill-gotten Kyoto credits about to be played out again? Experts ridicule PM Morrison's claim that his government will meet its Paris target "in a canter". Will he resort to the poisoned chalice of Howard's land clearing fiddle and risk...
The Commissioner’s report paints a damning picture of how, for years, successive governments and administrators failed to take notice of the scientific consensus about sustainable levels of water harvesting from the Murray Darling Basin.