This was the same firm that Robb had publicly defended when it controversially acquired a 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin in 2015. Two years after clinching a historic free trade deal with Beijing, former trade minister Andrew Robb...
Jamie Pittock, Australian National University Last weekend South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced the establishment of a Royal Commission to investigate breaches of the Murray Darling Basin Agreement. This follows apparently egregious behaviour by some irrigators and state government regulators in...
New VET Student Loans unlikely to weed out dodgy private providers Mary Leahy, University of Melbourne and Shelley Gillis, University of Melbourne Education Minister Simon Birmingham argues that the new VET Student Loans program – which will replace the flawed and...
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...
David Blowers, Grattan Institute Politicians are told never to waste a good crisis. Australia’s electricity sector is in crisis, or something close to it. The nation’s first-ever statewide blackout, in South Australia in September 2016, was followed by electricity shortages...
On Thursday he had a double-header news conference, with two major, unrelated, announcements – a proposed new federal integrity body, and a plan for a Religious Discrimination Act. In normal times, each would have had its own day in...
Australia has two decades to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change Iain Stewart, ClimateWorks Australia The long-awaited special report on the science underpinning the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5℃ has been released today by the...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University; Belinda Townsend, Australian National University; Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney; Pat Ranald, University of Sydney, and Peter Robertson, University of Western Australia The latest incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership...
John Mangan, The University of Queensland One of the most common ways multinationals take advantage of current laws to reduce their tax bill is through what’s known as transfer pricing. Former Treasurer Wayne Swan last week accused mining giant BHP...
Every dollar the Queensland government spends on handouts to coal companies is a dollar that can’t be spent on schools, teachers, hospitals or nurses. Sign the Open Letter here - http://bit.ly/back_qld Queensland has been amongst the lowest in state spending...