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A gas market run by a cartel is no market Despite what Canberra believes, the gas crisis is not a question of supply. The problem lies with the handful of extremely powerful companies which steer the market as they see fit. The...
Senior ministers deal death blow to Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership Michaelia Cash and Mathias Cormann have delivered the death blow to the prime ministership of Malcolm Turnbull. AAP/Sam Mooy Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Malcolm Turnbull has been delivered a political death blow,...
What is 'Sovereign Risk' Sovereign risk is the risk that a central bank will impose foreign exchange regulations that will significantly reduce or negate the value of its forex contracts. It also includes the risk that a foreign nation will either fail to...
The Australian arm of the global mining giant Glencore has been involved in cross-currency swaps of up to $25bn of a type under specific investigation by the Australian tax office, the Paradise Papers reveal. Glencore, the world’s largest mining company...
The Queensland election outcome is a death knell for Adani's coal mine John Hewson, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University The coal mine proposed for Queensland’s Galilee Basin by Indian mining giant Adani has been a moveable feast, with...
Companies and lobby groups linked to the gaming industry, labelled Australia’s own National Rifle Association by critics, gave nearly $2 million to the major parties last financial year. The Australian Electoral Commission’s annual returns, published on Thursday, revealed the extent of the cash...
Everyone knows Australia’s big four banks are huge, accounting as they do for almost one quarter of the value of all the companies on the entire ASX. But they are actually even bigger than they seem, thanks to a network...
Explainer: why we shouldn't be so quick to trust energy modelling Energy policy models are only as good as the predictions they’re based on. Hugh Saddler, Australian National University As is so often the way with political debate about new policies, much...
In pockets around the world, democracy is being reinvented as it was conceived in ancient Athens – not modern Greece, I hasten to add! Luca Belgiorno-Nettis In pockets around the world, democracy is being reinvented as it was conceived in ancient...
  Dastyari saga shows the need for donations reform, and for politicians to take more care Labor’s Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip for his poor judgement. AAP/Lukas Coch Tony Walker, La Trobe University New South Wales senator...