Tag: Michael West

Bureau of Meteorology: under pressure to toe the Coalition line on climate change? – Michael West

Map of Australia from Bureau of Meteorology showing heat trends

While the UK’s Met Office is out there educating the public, BoM is remarkably coy about any public discussion of climate change. Questions have also been asked whether its senior leadership is too close to the gas industry. Sandi Keane investigates.

Since the days of the Howard government, effective action on climate change has been held hostage by the big polluters’ stranglehold on policy.

Last week’s leaked report from the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission Manufacturing Taskforce comes as no surprise from a commission stacked with executives from the gas and mining lobbies. Its recommendations are a bonanza for the fossil fuel industry and a chilling harbinger of the nightmare to come if, courtesy of the taxpayer, Big Gas is unleashed across our prime farmland.

via Bureau of Meteorology: under pressure to toe the Coalition line on climate change? – Michael West

Family Ties: Defence contracts go to company linked to wife of former army chief – Michael West

Duntroon, Defence

Peter Leahy’s wife is a director of a company awarded $38 million in contracts from federal departments, mostly Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade. The company had earned $2.2 million in revenue from federal government contracts before Leahy resigned as Chief. Michelle Fahy investigates.

Family Ties: Defence contracts go to company linked to wife of former army chief – Michael West

Coalition Zombie Grants: a slush fund to be reawakened for the next election – Michael West

Illustration of zombie pigs

Coalition pork-barrelling during the 2013 and 2016 election campaigns involved “zombie” grants that had not a hope in Hades of getting off the ground. Yet those grant applications are still on the books just waiting to be revived. How many grants from the 2019 election await a similar fate? Jommy Tee investigates.

via Coalition Zombie Grants: a slush fund to be reawakened for the next election – Michael West

Launching QED: The case for a federal ICAC – Michael West

QED, Federal ICAC

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, trust in government had reached its lowest level on record, according to a major study conducted by The Australian National University. Just 25% of Australians said they had confidence in their political leaders and institutions. The study of the 2019 federal election also found Australians’ satisfaction with democracy was at its lowest since the constitutional crisis of the 1970s. A huge 56% believe democracy is not working – that government is run for a “few big interests”. Just 12% believe the government is run for “all the people”.

via Launching QED: The case for a federal ICAC – Michael West

News Corp and Packer aged care “win” is tip of corporate welfare iceberg – Michael West

The Murdochs and Packers have got their fingers in the taxpayer honeypot again, this time winning nearly $6 million without a tender from the Department of Health. Michael West reports on Mable and the latest in corporate welfare.

via News Corp and Packer aged care “win” is tip of corporate welfare iceberg – Michael West

History shows future generations don’t need to suffer from government debt – Michael West

Cutting government services to pay off government debt post the current pandemic is not a necessity but rather a political and ideological choice. History has shown that if we focus on full employment and the real economy, the budget will take care of itself. Economist Warwick Smith reports.

via History shows future generations don’t need to suffer from government debt – Michael West

Scott Morrison Scorecard: before Triple Black Swan of bushfires, floods and virus – Michael West

Economic growth has halved, debt has rocketed, but the share market is up and bond yields have collapsed. Female representation in Cabinet is down to one quarter, yet women on top boards have edged up to nearly 35%. This is the MW30, a quarterly snapshot of Australia.

via Scott Morrison Scorecard: before Triple Black Swan of bushfires, floods and virus – Michael West

China’s ridesharing giant DiDi makes Uber look like a driver sweat shop – Michael West

Chinese drivers are earning well above average income while Aussie Uber drivers can’t make minimum wage. Marcus Reubenstein reports.

Source: China’s ridesharing giant DiDi makes Uber look like a driver sweat shop – Michael West

Royal Attrition: Government caves to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms – Michael West

Royal Attrition: Government caves to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms

The Federal Government’s protection of “a few big interests” was on show last week when it voted against accountability proposals from the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Public health researcher, Dr Sarah Russell, reports.

via Royal Attrition: Government caves to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms – Michael West

House of Cards: is Brookfield the next Babcock & Brown? – Michael West

The Foreign Investment Review Board has already waved through the Healthscope acquisition and is presently deliberating on the Aveo deal. Yet the question must be asked; as Brookfield pays so little tax in Australia, what is the national interest in allowing this tax haven operator to buy billions of dollars buying key infrastructure when it merely siphons the profits offshore?

via House of Cards: is Brookfield the next Babcock & Brown? – Michael West

True Lies: Mathias Cormann caught by his own department for economic fairy tales – Michael West

True Lies: Mathias Cormann caught by his own department for economic fairy tales

via True Lies: Mathias Cormann caught by his own department for economic fairy tales – Michael West

The Streisand Effect – Clive Palmer forgot about that

The Streisand Effect: lawyers’ threats backfire amid the rising trade in hurt feelings

Clive Palmer is suing YouTube sensation Jordan Shanks for defamation. Instead of capitulating however, Shanks doubled down and tore strips off Palmer in the funniest response to a legal threat yet. If you have been legally threatened in similar ways – we want to hear about it – click here to let us know – the Streisand effect may work in your favour.

The Streisand Effect – Clive Palmer forgot about that

Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean – Michael West

Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean

It is extraordinary that the profit from Barnaby Joyce’s record payment for Australian water rights, an $80 million payment of taxpayers’ money, found its way to a company in the Cayman Islands which had been set up by Angus Taylor, a company at which Taylor had been a director for six years. Report by Michael West.

via Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Australia and the Caribbean – Michael West