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Santos’ destruction of the Pilliga Forest would be a ‘crime’

EnvironmentJim McIlroyCoral WynterIssue 1276Australiacoal seam gasSantos Narrabri Gas ProjectPilliga ForestNarrabriAugust 10, 2020Maria Rickert, the German-born owner and co-founder of the Pilliga Pottery and Barkala Farmstay, is passionately committed to protecting the Pilliga Forest from Santos’ plan to drill 850 coal seam gas (CSG) wells. “I would like to emphasise how beautiful

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Grim findings to come in war crimes investigation

Australians will be dismayed by the findings of an investigation into allegations that their special forces in Afghanistan committed war crimes, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has warned. Interviewed by journalist Stan Grant as part of ASPI’s ‘Strategic Vision 2020’ online conference series, Senator Reynolds said the investigation was nearing its conclusion.

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Trump has a problem with China – but what is Australia doing?

Since Trump became President the relationship between the US and China has deteriorated to the point that some observers talk of war. Why is this and what should Australia’s role be? In simple terms America feels threatened by China’s rapidly … Continue reading →

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Is it time for a universal basic income?

https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/business/finance/the-dark-clouds-of-debt-deficit-and-unemployment-loom-large/Like cheese from Chernobyl, the prospect of prolonged debt and deficit has long been viewed as unpalatable. Last week...

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QED proves the need for a federal ICAC, but also a broken culture

When we launched QED, the aim was to create a strong narrative to call for a federal anti-corruption commission, or independent commission against corruption (ICAC). As of today we have published over 70 stories. Collectively, they reveal more than “just” dubious behaviour often bordering on corrupt; they point to a

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