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What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands?

What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands? The more the...

Risks are greater than I can recall in my working life

Despite the encouraging “maths” in this budget, the return to surplus has still yet to...

Banking encourages cheating

Any meaningful shift in the finance sector’s corporate culture will have to come from within,...

Government timing tricks hide the real budget story

Timing tricks help politicians avoid dealing with the substance of their policies. That isn’t going...

View from The Hill: A tax cut that will ‘pay your rego’

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The Turnbull government has produced a budget that it hopes it...

Infographic: Budget 2018 at a glance

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Jenni Henderson, The Conversation and Wes Mountain, The Conversation Jenni Henderson, Section...

Eight charts on our growing tax problem: what abandoning tax reform means for taxpayers

Eight charts on our growing tax problem: what abandoning tax reform means for taxpayers Rebecca Cassells,...

Budget explainer: the structural deficit and what it means

The ageing of Australia contributes to its structural deficit. Flickr/Jonas Boni, CC BY Sarantis Tsiaplias, University of...

How Australia’s mysterious ‘fifth bank’ has dodged the royal commission

While the banking royal commission battles on, exposing scandal after scandal so serious it looks as though...

After damning the Commonwealth Bank’s management, regulators want the bank to fix itself

Helen Bird, Swinburne University of Technology A report on the Commonwealth Bank’s governance, culture and accountability...

Company boards are stacked with friends of friends so how can we expect change?

Sherene Smith, RMIT University Social connections drive board appointments and more than two-thirds of directors in...

Private health insurance premium increases explained in 14 charts

Health Insurance - Rivers of Gold The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman revealed complaints about the industry had increased...

Do you really need private health insurance? Here’s what you need to know before deciding

Every year at the end of March and early in April, the 11 million Australians...

Sick of Selfish Drivers Parking in Disabled Parking Spaces?

I fume every time I see some ignorant selfish di*khead driver act as though 'god...

You should check these privacy settings on Facebook now

How to See, And Block, All The Apps Tracking You on Facebook Don't want developers to...

The Story Behind Banksy

The subversive and secretive street artist turned the art world upside-down Arguably the most controversial street...

Could Labor’s tax changes make the system fairer or hurt investors?

Under dividend imputation rules, Australians are given franking credits on the dividends they receive...

ExxonMobil avoids corporate tax until 2021

ExxonMobile reported revenues of $9.6bn in 2013-14, $8.5bn in 2014-15 and $6.7bn in 2015-16. ExxonMobil told a Senate inquiry...

‘Staggering’: $90 billion lost in resources tax

'Staggering': $90 billion lost in resources tax By Eryk Bagshaw 12 March 2018 — 3:47pm An Oxford University...

You can’t just call any risk a sovereign risk

What is 'Sovereign Risk' Sovereign risk is the risk that a central bank will impose foreign...

The Digital Skill Set of a journalist – editor – publisher

      Unlike many online news portals, your Pigsfly Newspaper doesn’t hold any...

Revealed: the extent of job-swapping between public servants and fossil fuel lobbyists

This was the same firm that Robb had publicly defended when it controversially acquired a...

The Australian companies you didn’t know were owned by the big four banks

Everyone knows Australia’s big four banks are huge, accounting as they do for almost one...

Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40%

Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40% Uncountable numbers of drink containers end...

Self interest tramples public good – Joyce again

SAFEGUARDS FOR THE WATER and environmental values of the Pilliga have been compromised by politicians...

How Tesla’s big battery is bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel

South Australia’s big gamble on grid-scale battery storage may pay for itself in just a...

The minister the money and the mine. How a rotten deal was hatched

As waiters took orders for toasties and coffee at the Little Teapot Café in the...

No risk: The family who own Tasmania’s gambling industry

Every single gaming machine in the state is theirs. The Keno is theirs. They own...

The truth about political donations: there is so much we don’t know

The truth about political donations: there is so much we don't know AEC disclosures revealed Malcolm...

The $200m question: Who gave to the major parties in 2016-17?

Companies and lobby groups linked to the gaming industry, labelled Australia’s own National Rifle Association by...

Why businesses want the ear of government and are willing to pay for it

Why businesses want the ear of government and are willing to pay for it George Rennie,...

Corporate lobbying a billion dollar business

An analysis of the financial statements of 20 of Australia’s major business lobbies found almost...

Three claims used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription, and why they’re wrong

Codeine Banned In Australia: Why The Arguments Don't Add Up Three claims used to justify pulling...

What will be the cost of a patchwork NBN?

A good friend of mine lives in Healesville, in the Yarra Valley, about half an...

Mining coup in Queensland removes public objection rights

Mining coup in Queensland removes public objection rights A test pit for the Alpha Coal Mine...

One town thrives and another withers

What happens when a rural town becomes the mountain bike capital of Australia? A few years...

Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a joyful New Year This is not a commercial for...

The Five Rules of Buying Political Influence

All this stuff about Sam Dastyari - but what about poor Huang Xiangmo? Bloke turns up...

Why is Corporate Tax Optional?

The tax office has revealed 36% of the largest public companies and multinational entities in...

Is this the end of the road for Adani’s Australian megamine?

Adani’s operations in Australia appear to be hanging on by a thread, as activists prove...

 

 

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Don’t be fooled by the ‘Gas Crisis’

In the next few weeks there will be an announcement that a large, gas-intensive Australian manufacturer is to lay off about 1000 workers. The...

Adani may still get Taxpayers $Billions

Why Adani may still get its government loan Brendan Gogarty, University of Tasmania Even though the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would be vetoing the...

Has Canada proved to be a fertile political space for deliberation?

Peter MacLeod Published on Sun Aug 16 2015 Here's a good news story for anyone exhausted at the prospect of our federal election...

New South Wales overturns greyhound ban: a win for the industry,...

  New South Wales overturns greyhound ban: a win for the industry, but a massive loss for the dogs Clive Phillips, The University of Queensland The New...

Will Australia be caught short as politicians sacrifice the national interest...

Matthew Rimmer on Twitter: "No Surprises: Tony Abbott vs Malcolm Turnbull @DavPope on #LibSpill, Trojan Horses and Rainbow Unicorns. http://t.co/7zE2XNmUZq" The tabloid critique of Tony...

Back to the centre

The electorate is not as volatile as we might imagine By George Megalogenis For the third election in a row, Australians are being offered a choice...

The Five Rules of Buying Political Influence

All this stuff about Sam Dastyari - but what about poor Huang Xiangmo? Bloke turns up here, observes how business has been traditionally done, pulls...

Why the big four asked for a parliamentary inquiry into banking

Why the big four asked for a parliamentary inquiry into banking George Rennie, University of Melbourne The major Australian banks are following familiar public relations tactics...

Shambolic energy guarantee policy snatches defeat from the jaws of victory

Earlier this week the government, on the Electricity Security Board's advice, decided a policy that will substantially tear up our electricity market. AEMO CEO Audrey...

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