Australia Institute report reveals massive rorting

Hannah Melville-Rea, Robyn Seth-Purdie and Bill Browne of the Australia Institute reveal that $3.9 billion has been spent by grants programs withministerial discretion since 2013. $2.8 billion, or 71%, has been allocated to projects in Coalition seats. Funding has clearly favoured marginal seats at the expense of safe Labor seats and, in some cases, safe … Read more

Minderoo Foundation launches major women and girls campaign for election

The Minderoo Foundation has launched a major campaign with the aim of highlighting women and girls as a critical federal election issue. Why? The nation will be healthier, safer, stronger and more prosperous with a government that acts on this urgent call for change. “The speed and strength of Australia’s recovery from a once-in-a-century pandemic … Read more

Coal plants closing faster than expected

James Ha and Alison Reeves of the Grattan Institute  write how we can phase out coal, keep the lights on and slash emissions at low cost. The international climate summit in Glasgow aimed to “consign coal power to history”. But while some major coal-consuming countries have agreed to phase out the fossil fuel in the … Read more

Heavyweights combine to fight integrity vacuum

Two former political heavyweights from different sides have joined forces to combat the corruption and damaging inaction of the Morrison government. Barry Jones writes in Pearls and Irritations: “Former Liberal leader John Hewson and I have teamed up as joint patrons of the Truth and Integrity Project,a social media-focused advocacy campaign targeting Scott Morrison’s record on … Read more

Is there hope on transparency and integrity?

A.J. Brown, Professor of Public Policy &Law, Centre for Governance & Public Policy, Griffith University writes in The Conversation that as we head into a federal election campaign next year, the focus on whether government – and which party – can be trusted to govern openly and honestly for the public good is looming larger … Read more

TIA flags Australian money laundering controls

Transparency International Australia (TIA) has highlighted the inadequacy and lack of efficacy of Australia’s anti-money laundering (AML/CTF) regime as dirty money flows in from the Asia-Pacific Region, Africa and Russia. TIA made the case in a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the adequacy of and efficacy Australia’s anti-money laundering … Read more

Now this is a real EV plan

The Grattan Institute has released a new plan for more EVs and safer cities. Written by Marion Terrill, Ingrid Burford and Lachlan Fox it says Australia needs to switch to electric cars to cut carbon emissions, but we also need to ensure we don’t become more dependent on cars as we emerge from the COVID … Read more

Australia wins Cop26 Colossal Fossil award

It will come as no surprise to regular fossil readers that Australia would come out on top in the prestigious final of the COP26 ‘Colossal Fossil’ hall of shame. After making an appearance on the very first day, they’ve chalked up another five podium finishes over the past two weeks. Such breathtaking climate ineptitude started … Read more

Australia tops per capita coal power emissions

Adam Morton writes in The Guardian (12 November) that Australia has the highest greenhouse gas emissions from coal power in the world on a per capita basis, nearly doubling those in China. according to a new analysis released at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow. The British climate and energy think tank Ember released an analysis at … Read more