ABC Country Hour is marketed as the "voice of the bush"; but whose voice and whose bush? Brian Burkett, Dr Lisa Waller and Emma Mesikämmen investigate how Country Hour does the bidding of the Liberal and National Parties and their powerful friends while glossing over the likes of climate change, indigenous issues and the #watergate scandal.
Federal and state funds for bushfire recovery have been heavily skewed in favour of Coalition seats with NSW State Labor picking up just 1% of $177 million handed out. Elizabeth Minter investigates
The resources industry donated $136.8 million over two decades to Australian political parties. Donations buy a lot of influence, with research showing that for every US$1 spent, the return on investment can be as high as US$220. In return, public policy is moulded to suit the interests of the highest corporate bidders and their lobbyists. Adam Lucas investigates.
While most Australians were settling into holiday mode last week, the Government gifted another $130 million Christmas present to Woodside to help the oil and gas titan clean up its own mess. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the latest instalment of the Northern Endeavour debacle - a sneaky slug to taxpayers.
Angus Taylor’s rescue package for the oil industry is a testament to governments getting gamed by large corporations. The latest Tax Office transparency data shows oil and gas juggernauts are Australia’s biggest tax cheats, again, yet now they are crying for public subsidies - and getting them - to prop up their oil refineries. Michael West reports on the good and the bad in multinational tax dodging land.
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.
Australia's carbon-belching future is surely being sealed by the Coalition with the acquiescence of Labor. As the world turns from coal, gas is almost as toxic for the climate. Callum Foote reports on Labor's capture by the gas lobby capture while Angus Taylor appoints Macquarie's Shemara Wikramanayake and former Origin chief Grant King to advise on his Energy Roadmap even though they are smack-bang in the middle of a billion-dollar gas deal.
The move by Josh Frydenberg to exclude Greenpeace, the Australia Institute and the Australian Conservation Foundation from next week's Budget lock-up continues his long history of favouring business groups over green groups dating back to when he was Environment Minister. Jommy Tee reports stunning new evidence of fossil fuel influence.
Scott Morrison has perfected the art of media manipulation by briefing a select club of Canberra correspondents on the same day, rather than leaking to individual media outlets. Callum Foote and Michael West report on the marketing genius of the Prime Minister and the increasingly meek mainstream media.
Once venerable, the Nine Entertainment-owned Fairfax press has sunk to holding comedians to account and protecting corrupt government. Michael Tanner on the rise of vloggers and the stoush between Youtuber Friendlyjordies and the mainstream media.
The fossil fuel giants got a big leg-up today as News Corp, Nine Entertainment, ABC News and Guardian Australia faithfully splashed the latest government gas plans on their front pages.
Santos has lodged a big report based on false assumptions to push its Narrabri CSG project through regulators. Its independent expert is not independent, nor expert. Michael West investigates.
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