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When is a political donation a conflict of interest? By Robin Tennant-Wood. THE BEREJIKLIAN GOVERNMENT’S backflip on plans to cull brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park on grounds of heritage may have silenced a vocal interest group, but has left many questions unanswered. The National Party Member for Monaro and Deputy Premier John

Australia Institute report on money trail from fossil fuel companies to Liberal Party

Queensland case studies: can NSW be far behind? Australia Institute press release A new report reveals a web of political donations, special access and secret lobbying behind controversial mining projects. The report examines 6 highly controversial QLD resource projects and highlights the strong connection of these companies to QLD and federal political parties.

Election 2016: Labor details federal environmental protection authority

ABC news report By political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin Federal Labor says, if elected, it would consider giving the green light to a national environmental protection authority, as part of plans to return conservation controls to federal hands. The Opposition said the Commonwealth should take back environmental assessment powers to "repair the enormous damage that's

Palerang going ahead with rate rise exercise

While waiting to hear the NSW verdict on forced amalgamation with Queanbeyan, (verdict promised before Christmas), Palerang councillors resolved 7–2 at their December meeting to proceed with the special rate variation exercise. According to every councillor who spoke for going ahead, proposing some level of rate rise is required for Palerang’s

Free speech under threat with ag-gag laws

by Ben Latham. INSPIRED BY legislation introduced in several states in America, politicians in NSW and elsewhere are currently discussing establishing ‘ag-gag’ laws, which specifically seek to censor investigations that expose animal cruelty and abuse in factory farms. Most cases of animal cruelty on Australian farms are exposed by undercover investigations by