Government and Accountability
A majority of Australians (63%) think our society has become more unequal over the last ten years while even more (79%) believe that governments should be doing more to reduce inequality. The new survey data has been released along with a landmark report from Australia21 and The Australia Institute, outlining a path to a more equal future for the country.
The report, entitled ‘A Fair Go for All Australians’, is the result of a roundtable involving 32 experts and politicians including Former Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.
The Australia Institute commissioned ReachTEL to poll the federal seat of Boothby (722 respondents) on the evening of 11 December 2018.
“Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister is a welcome acknowledgement that the Government sees tackling corruption is important for the health of our democracy and we need new structures to address the problem,” said Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute.
“However, while the problem of corruption has been acknowledged, only half the solution has been proposed.
“The Prime Minister and Attorney General’s proposal comes up well short of best practice. In particular the inability to take public complaints and make its own referrals; the lack of public hearings; the limited jurisdiction and insufficient funding means today’s announcement is not enough.”
The Queensland Labor Government has offered Adani a “beneficial” royalty deal that would loan hundreds of millions, on subsidised terms it is keeping secret, under a “transparent policy framework” that was a few dot points at the end of a press release.
It has also offered Adani free road upgrades worth $100 million, despite Adani’s promise to build the roads for their near exclusive use. The government has repeatedly blocked access to documents about these subsidies. They should be withdrawn.
The Queensland Government is offering major financial subsidies to Adani’s coal project, including a secret deal on royalties worth hundreds of millions and a free access road worth $100 million, shows a new report from The Australia Institute.
The report estimates the royalty deal will lend Adani between $215 million to $385 million, on terms the Government is still keeping entirely secret.
by Richard Denniss
It's easier to develop long-run visions than solve short-term problems, which presumably explains why governments facing election defeat seem to care more about what future governments should do, than what their government isn't doing.
A joint statement by 41 of Australia’s top scientist and experts, published today by The Australia Institute, has “strongly rejected” the WA Fracking Inquiry’s analysis of potential greenhouse gas emissions that the Government relied on to lift the fracking moratorium.
Signatories to the joint statement include many of Australia’s leading climate scientists, unlike the Fracking Inquiry which included no climate scientists.
The misleading assumptions of the Inquiry that led to the “seriously underestimated” potential climate impacts of fracking include:
Stakeholders in the Lower Darling are strongly opposed to proposed changes to the Menindee Lakes. Local member Kevin Humphries has proposed a new ‘Option 7’ for the Lakes, aiming to deliver more water and local jobs.
Unfortunately, Option 7 would require changes to legislation, agreements and infrastructure.
There is a real risk that the NSW and Commonwealth governments will delay negotiations for water buy backs and compensation while they undertake assessments and consultation on Option 7. This could delay any structural adjustment packages for several years.
Australia is firmly at the bottom of a new index of major greenhouse gas emitters, ranking 55 out of 60, putting it in the same group as President Trump’s USA, and Saudi Arabia when it comes to rising emissions and poor climate policies.
The Australia Institute Climate & Energy Program has contributed to the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index, which finds Australia has once again earned a ‘very low’ performance ranking.