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Gautam Adani’s company is in line to get an extraordinary helping hand from Malcolm Turnbull’s government to develop the Carmichael coal mine. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Report: government won’t rule out underwriting Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

If the government were to provide loan insurance or loan guarantees, the banks might be more inclined to fund Adani. Taxpayers would then be at risk for the estimated $10 billion in project finance.
Does it make sense any more to talk about the weather – like record heatwaves in Sydney – as separate from the developing climate patterns we are seeing? Stilgherrian/flickr

The weather is now political

Thinking about climate change as a process of 'weathering' reminds us of the profound and highly unequal consequences for all living things.
Public anxiety about the post-truth era inspired a New York Times advertising campaign.

Navigating the post-truth debate: some key co-ordinates

Beneath simple labels like post-truth, alternative facts and fake news is a complex set of issues. Any debate about the problems needs to start from some common points of reference.
Senior ATO officials, including Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan, have given evidence to the inquiry. It has heard that completely transferable tax credits mean oil and gas companies won’t pay tax for many years. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Senate inquiry told zero tax or royalties paid on Australia’s biggest new gas projects

The Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance has heard stunning evidence about the failure of the tax and royalties system to capture any of the billions being generated by new projects.
Does Japan’s moral education system leave any room for students to appreciate diversity and think critically? Ajari/flickr

From bakery to wagashiya: a textbook case of ‘moral education’ in Japan

The changes required of a textbook that referred to a bakery – an “inappropriate” form of Japanese culture – illustrate how the system falls short of its goals of deliberative and critical education.
Turkey may soon become one of the few countries in the history of democracy to vote for the death of democracy. Steve Evans/flickr

Turkey on the verge of democide as referendum looms

If the 'yes' vote prevails in this month's constitutional referendum, the Turkish people may be in the rare position of democratically approving the death of their own democracy.
Businesses lower down in the supply chain are waiting months for payment, but Coles has moved to pay 1,000 suppliers within 14 days. Julian Smith/AAP

Late payments: the policy no-brainer for business

Putting a stop to powerful corporations exploiting their powerless suppliers would not only deliver small-business votes but would speed up the entire economy.
Could a randomly selected tree make a better president than Donald Trump? Bruce Irschick/flickr

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

If people are starting to look much worse in democratic terms, trees are starting to look much better. We are learning that plants engage in meaningful and, more to the point, truthful communication.
It seems even Macquarie’s own ex-bankers feel the sting of an ‘investment advice’ fees trail. Joel Carrett/AAP

Hidden fees and the lowdown on Macquarie’s latest way to make money

For those who might wish to check if they are being swatted unwittingly with undisclosed or barely disclosed fees on their investments, there appears to be one solid approach to take: ring up and ask.
It’s quite a feat to sell beer to a nation of drinkers like Australia and not record a taxable income. Bala Sivakumar/flickr

Multinational tax dodgers are the real leaners

Nowhere is the impotence of politicians and regulators more costly than in their failure to stand up to multinational corporations dodging tax.
Are the foxes in charge of the henhouse? MomentsForZen/flickr

Australia’s march towards corporatocracy

Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers…
Julian Leek/AAP

The Death of President Trump

We live in darkening times, so it’s time for some dark humour. Inspired by the antics of a Big Man with a Big Mouth, think just for a moment about the important subject of how democracies treat their elected…
Donald Trump’s reinvention of the royal fiat as rule-by-tweet, or ‘twiat’, is anti-democratic and needs to be resisted. Twitter

Trump, the wannabe king ruling by ‘twiat’

Donald Trump is reinventing the royal fiat by novel means: the rule-by-tweet, or 'twiat'. This move is not an extension of popular democracy, but its enemy, and it needs to be resisted.
Just say no! Tyranny depends on mass subservience. Alek S./flickr

To resist Trump’s tyranny, just don’t comply

The origin of tyrannical power is irrelevant: whether by election, inheritance or force, if rulership is oppressive, it is tyrannical. And the way to beat it is deceptively simple: refuse to comply.

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